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✨✧ George Adams & Don PullenCity Gates ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
George Adams and Don Pullen knock it out of the park on this one – finding great company in each other's presence, and really moving things forward in the process! The set begins with a long track titled "Mingus Metamorphosis", and that really sums up the spirit of the record ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, 2015 pressing – includes obi.)

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George Adams, Martin Hannibal Peterson & FriendsMore Sightings ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... About October 21, 2020
With Adams on tenor, Hannibal on trumpet, John Scofield on guitar, Ron Burton on piano, Walter Schmocker on bass, and Allen Nelson on drums. (Jazz) CD

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✨✧ George Adams/Don Pullen QuartetEarth Beams ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A firey session from the quartet of George Adams and Don Pullen – a set that has the group stretching out in some of their most spiritual modes, yet still finding plenty of time to swing as well! Adams is tremendous on tenor – a very fresh voice in the post-Coltrane world, with ... (Jazz) read more CD
(2015 pressing, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Pepper AdamsJulian (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Nat AdderleyGood Company ... CD
Challenge/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $16.99
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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Shoji AketagawaAt The Babel ... CD
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $18.99
Two beautiful long tracks from Japanese pianist Shoji Aketagawa – recording here with just he bass of Hiroshi Yoshino for accompaniment – in a style that mixes some of the deeper tones of Shoji's straighter records with an approach that's maybe looser and more improvised overall! Parts ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Shoji AketagawaFly Me To The Moon ... CD
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
An indie piano jazz treasure from the Japanese scene of the 70s – originally issued on the Aketa's Disk record, and with a sound that's a bit different than some of the bigger-label piano trio albums of the time! There's a real edge here – a harder sound on Aketagawa's keys than some ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Shoji AketagawaFly Me To The Moon ... CD
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An indie piano jazz treasure from the Japanese scene of the 70s – originally issued on the Aketa's Disk record, and with a sound that's a bit different than some of the bigger-label piano trio albums of the time! There's a real edge here – a harder sound on Aketagawa's keys than some ... (Jazz) read more CD
Also available Fly Me To The Moon ... CD 18.99

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Shoji AketagawaSoto Wa Ii Tenki ... CD
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $18.99
A rare treasure from the Aketa's Disk label – one of the hipper Japanese jazz imprints of the 70s, and a great showcase here for the mighty piano talents of Shoji Aketagawa! There's something very unusual about the piano that Shoji is playing here – as it's got a tonal quality that ... (Jazz) read more CD
Also available Soto Wa Ii Tenki ... CD 16.99

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Shoji AketagawaSoto Wa Ii Tenki ... CD
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. Used ... $16.99
A rare treasure from the Aketa's Disk label – one of the hipper Japanese jazz imprints of the 70s, and a great showcase here for the mighty piano talents of Shoji Aketagawa! There's something very unusual about the piano that Shoji is playing here – as it's got a tonal quality that ... (Jazz) read more CD
(From the Deep Jazz Reality series!)
Also available Soto Wa Ii Tenki ... CD 18.99

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Shoji AketagawaYamazaki Blues ... CD
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $18.99
A slightly different album than usual from pianist Shoji Aketagawa, but one that still follows strongly in the best tradition of his offbeat gems for the Aketa's Disk label! This set has Shoji co-credited on piano and vocals – the latter of which aren't really sung lyrics, but maybe more sub- ... (Jazz) read more CD

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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

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Lorez AlexandriaFrom Broadway To Hollywood ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
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
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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Gene AmmonsGene Ammons In Sweden ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $14.99
An album issued after the untimely early death of tenorist Gene Ammons, but one that features the player working in a nicely relaxed live setting – one that really shows the transformation of his instrument since his famous late 50s/early 60s records on Prestige! Gene's horn here seems to ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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✨✧ Benny Aronov with Bob Brookmeyer & Tom HarrellShadow Box (with bonus track) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful pairing of horns – the compressed trombone and trumpet sounds of Bob Brookmeyer and Tom Harrell – coming together here in a record that's one of the real standouts from Brookmeyer's 70s years, and a key demonstration of the young powers that would really make Harrell shine ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Average White Band & Ben E KingBenny & Us (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 ... $22.99
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
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ Barrino BrothersLivin' High Off The Goodness Of Your Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 28.99

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✨✧ Barrino BrothersLivin' High Off The Goodness Of Your Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 28.99

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Kenny BarronLandscape ... CD
Limetree/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... About September 23, 2020
A beautiful overseas album from Kenny Barron – recorded in a warm and mellow trio format, with bass by Cecil McBee and drums from Al Foster. There's a gentleness to the set that's extremely compelling – a style of spacious introspection that Barron first exhibited during his Muse years ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Celi BeeBlow My Mind ... CD
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
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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Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End (with bonus track) ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the rarest funky records of all time – the hard-to-find second album by Beginning Of The End! This West Indian combo hit it big with their first album on Alston, but this second set, for some strange reason, never really got distributed – which is a damn shame, because it's ... (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 ... $22.99
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
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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Richie BeirachElegy For Bill Evans ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $22.99
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
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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Karl Berger with Masahiko SatoWith Silence ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Billion Dollar BandBillion Dollar Band ... CD
Good Sounds/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
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 ... $22.99
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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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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✨✧ Hamilton BohannonBrunswick Complete Singles Collection ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer cuts from the legendary Hamilton Bohannon – an artist who first broke big on the Brunswick label with a really unique approach to a groove! Bohannon's cuts were always funky, but never straight funk – and instead, he had this minimalist way of layering together elements that was ... (Soul) read more CD

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Joanne BrackeenPrism (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
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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✨✧ Joanne BrackeenSnooze (with bonus track) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dreamy open-ended tracks from pianist Joanne Brackeen – with a spiritual sound that almost reminds us of Alice Coltrane's best work on Impulse – and which represents a very different side of Brackeen's music than her better-known work with Stan Getz during the same time! Of course, the ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Joanne BrackeenTring-A-Ling (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
Pretty strong work from Joanne Brackeen – a great 70s trio set, with either Cecil McBee or Clint Houston on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – plus some guest tenor work by Michael Brecker, who's definitely at the sharper side of his spectrum! Brecker's tone here is raw and adventurous ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Dollar BrandAfrican Sketchbook ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily 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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Dollar BrandAfrican Space Program ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Dollar BrandLive At Montreux ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... About October 21, 2020
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 ... $22.99
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
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ Dollar Brand/Don Cherry/Carlos WardThird World – Underground ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(From the recent Jazz Legends In Japan series – includes obi!)
Also available Third World – Underground ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Dollar Brand/Johnny DyaniGood News From Africa ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Anthony BraxtonTown Hall 1972 ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
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
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ Funky BrownThese Songs Will Last Forever ... CD
Glades/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet grooves from Funky Brown – an artist who's more soul-based than you'd guess from his name, and who works here in the hippest Miami modes of the mid 70s! The album's got this warm glow that's mighty nice – even smoother and more mature than some of the Timmy Thomas work of the ... (Soul) read more CD

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James BrownSoul Syndrome ... CD
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $22.99
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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✨✧ Ann BurtonBurton For Certain ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful set from Ann Burton – one of hers more obscure sessions from the 70s – recorded in Tokyo in 1977! Like many of Burton's best albums, the set has a great feel overall – laidback, almost effortless, but never sleepy – as Burton manages to always remember that she's ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ Jerry Butler/Jerry PetersMelinda – Original Soundtrack (with bonus track) ... CD
Pride/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Jerry Butler's funkiest moments of the 70s – served up in a fantastic soundtrack co-penned and arranged by the great Jerry Peters! Peters is best known for his hip work with a variety of soul acts in the studio, but he really steps out here for the score to Melinda – a lesser-kno ... (Soul) read more CD

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California Three (Dwight Dickerson)Windows ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
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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Gene ChandlerBrunswick Complete Singles Collection ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
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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✨✧ CheeseCheese ... CD
Good Sounds/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Nothing cheesy about this sweet little set – a warmly soulful batch of tunes from this lesser-light of the TK Records universe in the 70s – a great group with a beautiful way of mixing compressed rock and tight soulful undercurrents! The approach has echoes of more commercial work of ... (Rock) read more CD
(Part of the Miami Sound – Original Soul/Funk/Disco Collection series!)

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✨✧ June ChristyJune Christy 1977 (aka Impromptu) ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure moment in June Christy's career, but a great one too – a rare later recording, done many years after her time at Capitol Records – in a laidback setting with a hip group of west coast players! June's voice definitely shows a bit of age, but she's still head and shoulders ... (Vocalists) read more CD

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✨✧ Otis ClayTrying To Live My Life Without You ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the most successful record Otis Clay ever cut – and a wonderful little set that recasts his bluesy Chicago vocals with a sweeter Memphis soul approach! Willie Mitchell is very firmly in the house for the record – and the approach he uses here with Otis is similar to that ... (Soul) read more CD

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CollageGet In Touch (with bonus track) ... CD
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $14.99
Collage may not have been the biggest group during the legendary early run of Solar Records – but they were certainly one of the tightest – as you'll hear on this classic album of 80s groove! Collage boast a lot more members than their contemporaries – a total of 10 guys are ... (Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Solar Records Original Masters Collection!)

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CollageShine The Light (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Constellation/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $14.99
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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Hank Crawford & Calvin NewbornCenterpiece ... CD
Versatile/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... About September 23, 2020
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

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Ted CursonFireball (aka Trio) ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
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
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ Rein De GraaffNow Is The Time ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2002. New Copy ... $16.99
A great selection of material from the sometimes overlooked Dutch pianist Rein DeGraaf – a player who's been making great music since the 60s – and who's heard here on a series of recordings from 1972 up through 2002! We're not sure, but we think all the cuts on this set are exclusive ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Buddy DeFrancoFree Sail (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful Buddy DeFranco album from the 70s – one that really shows a lot of change in his style since his better-known sessions of the 50s! The album's got Buddy using the clarinet in different ways than before – with snakier lines, and more exotic tones that get past the straighter ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Buddy Defranco featuring Gordie FlemingWaterbed ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A really cool 70s album from reedman Buddy DeFranco – and one that resonates strongly with some of his groovy 60s work with Gumina! As with those records, this one features both clarinet and accordion – the former by Buddy, the latter by Gordie Fleming – used here in a match that' ... (Jazz) read more CD
Also available Waterbed ... LP 9.99

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Bob DegenChildren Of The Night ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Pianist Bob Degen is great here – but the record shines equally from the contributions of the great Terumasa Hino – who plays cornet throughout, and really puts a bold sort of sparkle on the record! In truth, the whole group is great – a quartet that also features Cameron Brown ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" 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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Eric DolphyBerlin Concerts ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $16.99
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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Cornell DupreeShadow Dancing ... CD
Versatile/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... About September 23, 2020
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

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8th Day8th Day (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $9.99
The first album by 8th Day – a record with a bit of a complicated pedigree, but a massive amount of 70s Detroit soul as well! The set was supposedly compiled to cash in on the group's hit single "She's Not Just Another Woman" – reportedly recorded by 100 Proof Aged In Soul, ... (Soul) read more CD
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8th Day ... LP 11.99
8th Day (180 gram pressing) ... LP 16.99

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Electro Keyboard OrchestraElectro Keyboard Orchestra ... CD
Columbia/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
Electric keyboards galore – and a sweet 70s album from Japan! The set features a large group of Japanese keyboard players – all playing Korg synthesizers, in styles that range from laidback and mellow to upbeat and funky! The group's got core backing by a tight rhythm combo – ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ Electro Keyboard OrchestraElectro Keyboard Orchestra ... CD
Columbia/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Electric keyboards galore – and a sweet 70s album from Japan! The set features a large group of Japanese keyboard players – all playing Korg synthesizers, in styles that range from laidback and mellow to upbeat and funky! The group's got core backing by a tight rhythm combo – ... (Jazz) read more CD
(2003 pressing, includes obi.)
Also available Electro Keyboard Orchestra ... CD 14.99

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Eli's Second ComingEli's Second Coming ... CD
Silver Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
A great little set of 70s soul – and one of the more obscure groups to ever record for the TK Records family of labels! Not to be confused with the Laura Nyro hit "Eli's Coming", this group's one that's headed up by Philly Soul maestro Bobby Eli – composer of, producer for, ... (Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Miami Sound – Original Soul/Funk/Disco Collection series!)

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Booker ErvinLament For Booker Ervin ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965/1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A compelling split album – both a performance by and a tribute to the legendary tenorist Booker Ervin – issued after his death, but also featuring a rare European performance from the 60s as well! The album features one long track by Booker – "Blues For You" – ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Europe Jazz All Stars (Surman/Humair/Mangelsdorff/Louiss/Pedersen)Room 1220 ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
An overlooked performance by a quintet of avant jazz masters from the European scene at the start of the 70s – one that was recorded and issued only over in Japan, but which bristles with the energy of some of the best French and German avant albums of the time! The tracks are long, and ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ European Jazz TrioNorwegian Wood ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $16.99
A lightly lyrical trio, of the sort that the European scene has been serving up here and there since the 70s – clearly inspired by the spaciousness of Bill Evans, but also working with its own rhythmic conception too! Karel Boehlee handles the piano with a nice sprightly sort of touch – ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Bill EvansConsecration 1 – The Last ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic work from piano legend Bill Evans – recorded at the Keystone club in San Francisco just a week before his too-early death – and a batch of material that shows us that Bill still had plenty to offer the world! This isn't the work of a musician on his last legs – and ... (Jazz) read more CD

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FantasiaSweet Sweet City Rhythm ... CD
Amazon/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
A 70s album on Miami's powerhouse TK Records – but a set that's got a real northeast pedigree, given that arrangements were handled by John Davis, and the whole thing was recorded at the New York branch of Sigma Sound! Peggy Santiglia handles the lead vocals, but many of the tracks are long-s ... (Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Miami Sound – Original Soul/Funk/Disco Collection series!)

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✨✧ Art Farmer/Phil WoodsWhat Happens? ... CD
CAM/Ultra Vybe (Italy), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
What happens when Art Farmer and Phil Woods get together? Some pretty magical music – and a set that's quite different than most of their other 60s recordings! The session is a special date – put together by Clarke-Boland Band impresario Gigi Campi – with Farmer's flugelhorn and ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, 2016 Italian Jazz Classics pressing on Solid/Ultra-Vybe – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Victor Feldman Featuring Tom ScottYour Smile ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the funkiest album that Victor Feldman ever recorded – a sweet little cooker from early 70s Cali – recorded with some great help from Tom Scott on sax and flute! Victor plays both piano and vibes, and there's a warm funky glow to the whole set – kind of a CTI vibe, ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ FireFire ... CD
Sunshine Sound/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky soul from this fantastic female duo – a pair who work here with plenty of help from Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC & The Sunshine Band – and who get plenty of that group's elements in their rhythms! One way to think of this set is as the best funk from KC and crew, ... (Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Miami Sound – Original Soul/Funk/Disco Collection series!)

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Tommy FlanaganBallads & Blues ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... About October 21, 2020
A key 70s session from Tommy Flanagan – a record that showed that he was still one of the most fluid and soulful players of his generation! The album has Flanagan working only with the bass of George Mraz – in a drum-less format with even less structure than usual, a perfect setting ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Tommy FlanaganEclypso ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweetly swinging seventies set from pianist Tommy Flanagan – one of those records that's a perfect balance between the bop-inspired dexterity of his work on the keyboard, and that undeniable warmth he always brought to his best recordings! Tommy's got maybe a bit more bite on the keys, ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Tommy FlanaganGiant Steps – In Memory Of John Coltrane ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful little tribute to the late, great John Coltrane – served up as a piano trio session led by Tommy Flanagan, but done with a sense of power and imagination that rivals the strength of Trane's classics! All tracks here are originals by Coltrane, performed by Flanagan with a forceful ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Tommy Flanagan/Red Mitchell/Elvin JonesSuper Session ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-titled super session from pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Elvin Jones – and one with a bit more sense of surprise than similar all-star trio outings from the 80s! There's a looseness here that's a good antidote to some of the more tightly-produced Japanese ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Frank FosterLoud Minority ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)

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FoxyHot Numbers (with bonus track) ... CD
Dash/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
Way more than disco, a bit different than funk, and a lot cooler than you might guess from the image on the cover – a stone classic from Miami groovers Foxy, and easily one of their best records ever! The set's nice and tight right from the start – not really disco, but more of a ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ FreedomFarther Than Imagination ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing, unjustly obscure bit of southern funky soul – played with kind of a club oriented groove, and a strong nod towards middle-period Earth, Wind, & Fire – a far different vibe than a lot of the southern soul on the Malaco label! The band has some nice harmony vocals over a ... (Soul) read more CD
(Part of the "Malaco – The Truth Of Southern Soul Definitive Collection" series!)

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George FreemanMan & Woman ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. Used ... $13.99
One of the more laidback albums from George Freeman's early 70s run – but still a great little set that shows the mellower side of his talents! Despite the sexy style of the cover, the sound here is relatively straight soul jazz – small combo work with Harold Mabern on acoustic piano, ... (Jazz) read more CD
(2018 pressing, includes obi.)

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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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Von FreemanYoung & Foolish (with bonus track) ... CD
Daybreak/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
Arguably one of Von Freeman's most obscure recordings – and many of them are pretty darn obscure! The set was recorded for the Daybreak label, live in the Netherlands in 1977 – with a strong Chicago rhythm section that features John Young on piano, David Shipp on bass, and Charles ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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✨✧ Ryo FukuiMellow Dream ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A well-titled album from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – one that's got a warm sense of flow that takes it well past conventional piano trio work! The group here features Fukui on piano, Satoshi Denpo on bass, and Yoshinori Fukui on drums – all working together beautifully as a unit ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ Ryo FukuiScenery ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Lyrical magic from pianist Ryo Fukui – a lost gem from the Japanese scene of the 70s, and a beautifully flowing album throughout! Fukui's got a wide-open touch to the piano that we totally love – and is easily one of the best of his contemporaries on the Japanese trio scene of the time ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Ryo FukuiScenery (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Lyrical magic from pianist Ryo Fukui – a lost gem from the Japanese scene of the 70s, and a beautifully flowing album throughout! Fukui's got a wide-open touch to the piano that we totally love – and is easily one of the best of his contemporaries on the Japanese trio scene of the time ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Red GarlandMisty Red ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
A great later session from pianist Red Garland – recorded in the early 80s with support from Ahmad Jamal's old trio-mates – Jamil Nassar on bass and Frank Gant on drums! The Garland heard here is a gentler one than on his earlier recordings – playing with a nice Jamal-like sense ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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✨✧ Red GarlandWee Small Hours ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nicely understated set from piano genius Red Garland – a master of understatement himself, but in completely great form in this Japanese-only live set from the start of the 80s – one that also features guest work from Lou Donaldson on two of the album's tracks! The sound quality is ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ General CaineDangerous (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ultra Vybe/Tabu (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
General Caine's plenty dangerous here – so much so, they found a way to fuse an electric socket to the midsection of the model on the cover! That joke aside, though, the album's got the same tight approach to funk of the group's previous records – made maybe even tighter here by great ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ General CaineGirls (with bonus track) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
General Caine's got plenty of girls on the cover, and plenty of funk in his groove – that bass-heavy style that made Caine one of the better mainstream funk acts of the time! The General is actually Mitch McDowell – who'd worked previously with James Brown and George Clinton, and ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Jimmy GiuffreMusic For People, Birds, Butterflies & Mosquitoes ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Overlooked 70s work from Jimmy Giuffre – a hip trio session that has all the free elements of his earlier recordings, but possibly an even greater focus on tone! Jimmy plays a range of reeds here – tenor, clarinet, and flute – and he works with bass and drum accompaniment, but ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Jimmy GiuffreRiver Chant ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the hippest, most spiritual sessions ever recorded from reedman Jimmy Giuffre – a set that echoes some of his earlier experiments from the 50s and 60s, but which has a very different mode of expression overall! Part of the quality of the record comes from the organic, often modal work ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Glass HouseInside The Glass House (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $9.99
A great album by one of lost groups on the Invictus label! Glass House were a stellar male/female vocal group with a good deep soul sound – very much in the spirit of other Invictus albums of the era, with a tremendous feel for down home, gritty soul but executed with the smooth HDH vibe ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Benny GolsonThis Is For You John ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A lost treasure by Benny Golson – and one of his most noteworthy records since the early days! The "John" in the title is Coltrane – and the set's got a sweeping spiritual groove that's quite different from much of Golson's other work, and which shows that he's never stopped ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Eddie GomezDown Stretch ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $22.99
Bassist Eddie Gomez hardly ever has a down stretch – especially given all the creative combinations he's worked in over the years – and this rare 70s album from Japan is more of a high point than anything "down" at all! The record's a trio date, with killer work on Fender ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ Al GreenTokyo Live ... CD
Cream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tasty double-live set from Al Green – one that has him working through longer versions of tunes than you'd hear on his studio albums, and really doing great in front of an appreciative Japanese crowd! The overall approach here is a bit more modern than on some of his older Hi albums – ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Greens IIIRazor ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Three gals – all named Greene – coming together in a sweet 80s update of girl group modes! There's a style here that's definitely in the same territory as the Mary Jane Girls – lots of catchy lyrics and sweet bubbling electro rhythms – but the girls also have this really ... (Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Malaco Definitive Collection, The Truth Of Southern Soul Series!)

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Al Haig & Jimmy RaneyStrings Attached (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A brilliant mid 70s set headlined by pianist Al Haig & guitarist Jimmy Raney – essentially a reunion of bandmates from the early 50s Stan Getz Quintet – beautifully done and in a timelessly appealing mode! What's great about this is that doesn't feel in the least a hokey revisit ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Sadik HakimLazy Bird ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's nothing lazy about the piano of Sadik Hakim here – as the album's a superb live trio date, issued only in Japan – and a record that stands with the handful of gems Hakim gave us at the time! The trio's got a very particular flavor – in part because the deep tones of Errol ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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Nobuo Hara with Sharps & FlatsSoul Modern Jazz 3 – Members ... CD
Columbia/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99
Hard driving jazz from the Japanese scene of the 50s! The album's one of the best recorded by Nobu Hara and the legendary Sharpes & Flats group – a really swinging set of big band jazz that drives with the power of some of the 60s recordings by the Clarke-Boland Big Band, and which ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Johnny HartmanLive At Sometime ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
A rare 70s album from the legendary Johnny Hartman – a singer who recorded famously on our shores during the 60s, then had a much more obscure run of records in the following decade! The performance is live, a really intimate set that features Rolland Hanna on piano and George Mraz on bass ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ Hampton Hawes, Cecil McBee, Roy HaynesLive At The Jazz Showcase In Chicago Vol 1 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A hell of a great live set from pianist Hampton Hawes – thanks especially to the other members of the trio! Hawes is at his free, open, 70s best on the piano – but bassist Cecil McBee really takes the record to the next level – spinning out these amazing lines that are as ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
 
 



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