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New Arrivals ✈

Items added April 12 - 16

Benny Sings

Music
Stones Throw, 2021. New Copy
CD...$9.99 10.99
Benny Sings has a scruffy sort of look on the cover here – but his music is wonderfully smooth and soulful – every bit the sound that we've loved on all of his previous records, and which makes Benny maybe one of the under-discovered talents of the global scene of the past decade or so! ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Takoma, 1967/1968. New Copy
A great collection of tracks from three important early albums from Robbie Basho – all issued on Takoma Records, under the guidance of John Fahey – an early champion of Basho, who was an artist who was every bit a revolutionary acoustic player as his mentor! Basho a guitarist who's ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Fantasy, 2021. New Copy
Here's a record that may well push Valerie June over the top – a mature, fully-formed set that's filled with anthemic tunes that point the way to a whole new generation in soul! The album bills individual songs as filling certain needs – prescriptions, if you will – like ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Partisan, 2020. New Copy
A nice little set from Bombino – recorded in Amsterdam, but heavy on the kind of fuzzy, freaky guitar work that have made the Tuareg group such an international hit in recent years! These guys wail mightily throughout – mixing pulsing rhythms with nicely freaky guitar lines – ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Joe Armon-Jones

Turn To Clear View
Brownswood (UK), 2019. New Copy
A fantastic second set from keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones – a musician we first came to love in the UK-based Ezra Collective, and one who's now effortlessly bridging a space between jazz and soul! The record's got a vibe that's as cosmic as its cover – but one that comes not just through ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Hallelujah Chicken Run Band

Take One
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy
Early work Zimbabwe legends Hallelujah Chicken Run Band – a group that was an early showcase for the vocal talents of the equally legendary Thomas Mapfumo! The set's not just a Mapfumo showcase, though – as the sound here resonates strongly from the whole group – nice harmonies ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Raheem DeVaughn & The Colleagues

What A Time To Be In Love
SoNo, 2020. New Copy
A wonderful pairing, and one that's really helped Raheem DeVaughn find a great new place in his music – a space that's still got all the sensual soul of previous records, but which has him collaborating with The Colleagues to give it a lot more focus and direction! There's a classic vibe ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1982. New Copy
One of the greatest Sun Ra records from the early 80s – and a set that's every bit as striking as its sinister title! The album was recorded in 1982 – in marathon New York sessions that yielded more than one album's worth of material – but of all of them, this is probably the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sun Ra Arkestra

Swirling
Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy
Sun Ra left the planet a few decades ago, but his Arkestra has been going strong – really carrying the torch that the great one kept burning – and stepping out here in their first studio album in 20 years! The record is really something special – that core Sun Ra spirit, but ... CD (Jazz CD)
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy
A really great idea for a record – and one that echoes the same "E & F" mode that Makaya McCraven brought to his previous album! The approach here is as unique as the drummer himself – in that McCraven went back to the sessions for the core album, and pulled out material ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Marvin Pontiac (John Lurie)

Asylum Tapes (2020 Record Store Day Release)
Northern Spy, 1999. New Copy
The "Asylum" here isn't a reference to Asylum Records – that powerhouse of singer/songwriter material – but a fictional allusion to the mental institution in which this music was supposedly created – yet another slice of the mysterious puzzle of Marvin Pontiac, the alter ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
All Saints, 1990. New Copy (reissue)
A surprisingly strong record from an equally surprising duo – both artists who had given the world some real moments of genius in the 70s, then maybe lost their way a bit in the following decade – only to strip things back to a basic appeal here! For Eno, the record is a real return to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Knxwledge

1988
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy
A rock solid effort from one of the finer producers on Stones Throw at this stage in the label's esteemed history! If you expect 1988 to be throwback effort by the number title, think again, but he's not as predictable as that anyway. He sets an impeccable and unpredictable mood that stays rooted ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention

Mothers 1970 (4CD set)
Zappa, 1970. New Copy 4CD
A mindblowing treat for anyone even remotely interested in the music of Frank Zappa – as this box set brings together 70 unreleased tracks by a group that was one of Zappa's coolest ever – the 1970 version of the Mothers, with George Duke on a variety of cool keyboards, Ian Underwood on ... CD (Rock CD)
Vanguard/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP
A never-issued album from the guitar genius Robbie Basho – material recorded at the same Vanguard Records sessions that produced his monumental albums Voice Of The Eagle and Zarthus, and every bit as great as the work that appeared on those records – and as the tracks on Basho's Takoma ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Pleasure Seekers

What A Way To Die
Sundazed, Mid 60s. New Copy
A killer compilation of cuts by The Pleasure Seekers – the criminally overlooked teen garage rock girl group with roots in the feral mid 60s Detroit scene! The band's relative obscurity is all the more surprising, given that it's the first band featuring glam rock trailblazer Suzi Quatro ... CD (Rock CD)
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2CD
A mindblowing little set – and a massive overview of soul music in Spain during the late 60s and early 70s, filled with incredible tunes we've never heard before, all supported by great notes in both English and Spanish! The Spanish soul groove is a bit rougher than that of the US – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy
CD...$9.99 10.99
A British singer with a wonderfully fluid feel – a voice that slides right into a tune, wraps around the keyboards and other instrumentation, and picks up this special sort of glow along the way! The album's very heavy on Fender Rhodes, which are almost a second sort of voice on the record ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Angel Bat Dawid

Oracle
International Anthem, 2019. New Copy
Beautiful solo sounds from Angel Bat Dawid – a Chicago clarinetist who works here with the same inventive spirit as the other contemporary artists on the International Anthem label! By that, we mean that although Angel's music starts in jazz, it quickly becomes something else – as she ... CD (Jazz CD)
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1975. New Copy
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sly & The Family Stone

Life (gold vinyl pressing)
Epic/Sundazed, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Killer work from Sly & The Family Stone – hard-grooving, fast-funking, and really setting the scene for countless groups to come! The album's a messed-up funky party, with plenty of short little tracks that have a mix of funk, soul, and rock – perfect for the crossover crowd from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Don Drummond

Don Cosmic
Studio One, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
An incredible collection of work from one of the coolest musicians on the Jamaican scene in the 60s – the legendary Don Drummond – an artist who was schooled in jazz trombone, then went on to use the instrument as a surprisingly powerful force in ska, rocksteady, and reggae! This ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Luaka Bop, Mid 80s. New Copy
An incredible side of the talents of the legendary Alice Coltrane – obscure 80s material that was recorded in the years after her famous records on Impulse and Warner Brothers – only ever issued on cassette at the time! The tracks have Alice still very much in the same spiritual ... CD (Jazz CD)
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

George Benson

Giblet Gravy
Verve, 1967. Used
Very groovy work from guitarist George Benson – and a set that really helped him make the transition from small group soul jazz to some of his more ambitious work to come! The album's still quite soulful and a bit funky at times – but it also features larger arrangements from the great ... CD (Jazz CD)
Strut (UK), 1976. New Copy 2 CDs
A killer bit of funk from mid 70s Tanzania – performed here by a group who never got the same international exposure as some of their contemporaries, but who really made some magic on their local scene! Sunburst work in this wicked blend of sharp guitar lines, heavy bass, and plenty of drums ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Mart'nalia

Pe Do Meu Samba
Natasha (Brazil), 2004. Used
Wonderful samba work from the lovely Mart'nalia – daughter of Martinho Da Vila, and an artist that's every bit as great as her pop! The set's got a sweet and smooth feel that's still got plenty of rootsy touches – bringing in some slight electric instrumentation to give the tunes a few ... CD (Brazil CD)
Strut (UK), 1977. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Sun Ra made some really wonderful music in Rome during the year 1977 – heard most famously on his albums for the Horo Records label, and now on this unreleased session from the time! The album features Ra at his straightest, and most soulful – playing piano and other keyboards with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Clark Terry & Chico O'Farrill

Spanish Rice
Impulse, 1966. Used
Sweet Latin licks from Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill – cut in a mode that's very similar to O'Farrill's best Verve work of the 60s! The vibe is kind of a mod take on Afro Cuban sounds – not really Latin soul, but with a playful vibe that mixes together jazz and Latin with equal parts ... CD (Jazz CD)
Verve, 1959. Used
A gem of a record from a time when flute Mann Herbie was really taking off – a set that shows his growing love of Latin rhythms, which are used to wonderful effect throughout! Mann had been recording straighter chamber jazz a few short years before, but there's a nicely unbridled feel to ... CD (Jazz CD)
Bouzouki Joe, Late 60s/1970s. Used
A second set of Turkish psychedelia from the 70s in the Turkish Freakout series – great stuff that really covers a lot of terrain stylistically – with a few names that'll be recognizable to lovers of the panoramic Middle Eastern grooves of the era, and a bunch more that we're being ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Ella Fitzgerald

Hello Dolly!
Verve, 1964. Used
A definite shot at the pop market by Ella Fitzgerald – quite possibly recorded as a follow-up to the 60s success of former singing partner Louis Armstrong, who's referenced nicely in Ella's rendition of the title hit! The first 4 tracks on the set were done in the UK, under the leadership of ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Milt Jackson & Coleman Hawkins

Bean Bags
Atlantic/Koch, 1958. Used
A wonderful little record – a real standout in both the careers of Milt Jackson and Coleman Hawkins! The album captures Hawk during his great later years – that time when his sound was even more soulful and inventive than ever – with lots of odd modern undercurrents that really ... CD (Jazz CD)

Bixiga 70

Bixiga 70
Agua Forte (Brazil), 2011. Used
A Brazilian group, but one who plays with a sweet Afro Funk vibe – really mixing together a few cultural influences in a groove that's totally unique! There's a style here that's similar to other contemporary Afro Funk grooves – but there's also a different vibe too – one that's ... CD (Brazil CD)

Billie Holiday & Lester Young

Lady Day & Pres 1937 to 1941
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/Early 40s. Used 2 CDs

Matthew Shipp Horn Quartet

Strata
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1997. Used
Matthew Shipp on piano, Daniel Carter on alto and tenor saxophone, flute and trumpet, William Parker on double bass, and Roy Campbell on trumpet. CD (Jazz CD)

Myra Melford Extended Ensemble

Even The Sounds Shine
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1994. Used
Myra Melford on piano, on alto saxophone and clarinet, Lindsey Horner on double bass, Reggie Nicholson on drums, and Dave Douglas on trumpet. CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Holland), 1960s/1970s/2005. Used 2CD
If there's anyone we'd trust with a trip through the Blue Note catalog, it's Jazzanova – as the group have been a key force in the jazz-inspired sound of the global dancefloor for many years! This set's the 4th in Blue Note's "Trip" series – and it may well be the best, as ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1953/1955. Used
A collection of early modern work by saxophonist Teo Macero – heard here in the company of his Jazz Composers Workshop, on sides originally done for Savoy, Period, and Columbia! The package offers four different slices of these important years in Macero's career – tracks from 1953 and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Battle, 1962. Used
Rootsy blues from the team of Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon – recorded in Paris in the early 60s at the Trois Mailletz nightclub! The style here is much earthier than you'd guess from the date – the return to tradition mode that some players often experienced while working in the ... CD (Blues CD)

Electric Light Orchestra

New World Record
Jet/United Artists, 1976. Very Good+
Titles include "Telephone Line", "Livin' Thing", "Tightrope", "Above The Clouds", "Do Ya", and "So Fine". LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

George Shearing & The Montgomery Brothers

George Shearing & The Montgomery Brothers
Jazzland/OJC, 1961. Used
Some of jazz's most sensitive artists get together in a lyrical set of light-handed ditties. Shearing's piano is a surprisingly nice complement to the vibes/bass/guitar sound of The Montgomery Brothers – and the group is augmented by some nice Latin percussion. Tracks are short, and titles ... CD (Jazz CD)
Columbia/Sundazed, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
Bob's fourth record, and close runner up to Freewheelin' as the masterpiece of this early stage of his career. While the overly arch Times They Are A Changin' pretty much stood as the cornerstone of classifiable folk rock at the time, Another Side is just that. Dense, elliptical, and downright ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Dave Pell's Prez Conference with Joe Williams

Prez & Joe
GNP, 1979. Very Good+
With Bob Efford on baritone sax, Monty Budwig on bass, Frank Capp on drums, Al Hendrickson on Guitar, Nat Pierce on piano, and Bob Cooper on tenor sax. LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Luaka Bop, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Although there's been a few "best of" collections out already by this legendary Brazilian rock group – this volume still stands as the most nicely-selected batch of tracks, and it comes complete with great liner notes that help you really navigate and understand their music. There's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Hampton Hawes/Freddie Redd

Piano East West
Prestige/OJC, 1952/1955. Used
A classic split album of bop piano from both coasts – kind of a double-header in jazz, and one that really packs a punch! Hamp Hawes represents the west coast – and unlike his cool jazz contemporaries, he's grooving hard in a quartet that includes Larry Bunker on vibes, Larry Marable ... CD (Jazz CD)

John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Impulse, 1963. Used
A landmark album of vocal jazz – and one of the few sessions that John Coltrane ever cut with a singer! In a way, the album's more Hartman's than it is Coltrane's – given that Johnny's warm, mellow style of singing isn't as free and open as Trane at his most adventurous – but at ... CD (Jazz CD)

Archie Shepp

Attica Blues
Impulse, 1972. Used
A classic of spiritual, soulful jazz – and one of Archie Shepp's greatest albums! The set was recorded in New York after a few free and festive years in Paris, and it's an amazing about-face that has Archie stepping into a world of righteous, full-on, political, and funky themes – the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Leaf (UK), 2016. New Copy 2CD
The amazing first full length set of Comet Is Coming – one of the boldest statements from the London jazz scene in recent years – and a brilliant blend of live jazz instrumentation and electronics! Shabaka Hutchings – as King Shabaka – is in the group on tenor, which he ... CD (Jazz CD)
 



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