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PocketsSo Delicious ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
An oh so tasty batch of jazzy modern soul from the Baltimore combo Pockets – one of the loose assemblage of groups to be directed at the time by Verdine White's Kalimba Productions – and with all the joyful vibes that association implies! There's some nice touches of Earth Wind & Fire on the record – but the group also has a lot of similarity to other jazzy harmony groups at the time, like Side Effect or Creative Source – with super memorable tunes with catchy hooks without ever compromising the deeper soul touches. Wonderful stuff! Tracks include "Catch Me", "So Delicious", "How Do You Think It Feels?", "Charisma", and "Baby, Are You Coming Home With Me?". CD

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✨✧ Freestyle ProfessorsYour Pockets Been Picked (voc, inst)/Down With The Freestyle Professors (voc, dirty bounce mix, inst)/Get Wise/Hardcore Villain/Get Put On ... 12-inch
Freestyle, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing.)
 
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Herbie Hancock5 Original Albums (Takin Off/My Point Of View/Inventions & Dimensions/Speak Like A Child/The Prisoner) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $26.99
The early genius of Herbie Hancock – perfectly summed up here in five classic albums for Blue Note – each presented in a tiny LP-styled sleeve! Takin Off has Herbie Hancock stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one went on to become a standard within a few short years in 60s jazz, it still sounds great here in the original – a very fresh take on the sound of soul jazz in the 60s – offered up here in a 7 minute version that has more sharp soloing than most other takes on the tune! The group here is great too – with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks are all also originals by a young Herbie – including "Watermelon Man", "The Maze", "Driftin", "Three Bags Full", "Alone & I", and "Empty Pockets". My Point Of View is a great mix of soul jazz and modernism! The record include a nice groovy "hit", Herbie's "Blind Man, Blind Man" – an obvious follow-up to "Watermelon Man", but still a standout track with a lot of imagination, and a fierce soul jazz hook that just won't quit! The rest of the record, while still groovy, also shows much more signs of Herbie's far-reaching conception – especially shared with players like Tony Williams, Grachan Moncur, Chuck Israels, and Grant Green – all of whom work with Herbie, Donald Byrd, and Hank Mobley – in a larger than usual group that makes for a really great sound! Titles include "A Tribute To Someone", "King Cobra", and "The Pleasure Is Mine". Inventions & Dimensions is really unique little record from Herbie Hancock – one that's almost completely improvised over Latin percussion! The setup is quite spare – and quite different than Herbie's other Blue Note work – and the group features improvised backgrounds by bassist Paul Chambers and 2 Latin percussionists, Willie Bobo and Osvaldo "Chihuahau" Martinez. Herbie only wrote simple sketches for the songs on the album, and most of the work on the tracks was done live, spontaneously, in the studio – creating a very free groove that never goes too far out, but which is far more adventurous than usual. All tracks are long, and titles include "Succotash", "Triangle", and "Mimosa". Speak Like A Child is an oft-overlooked session that has Herbie mixing a nice dose of lyricism into his usual soul jazz approach from the 60s! The sound's a bit farther-reaching than on some of Herbie's smaller group sessions – and the record features a sextet that includes Ron Carter, Mickey Roker, Jerry Dodgion, Thad Jones, and Peter Phillips – all soaring with the warmth and introspection that was showing up in some of the best Blue Notes from the time. The harder-hitting soul jazz riffs and hooks are nicely replaced by more thoughtful lines that get a bit deeper, soufully – and nearly all tracks on the set are originals by Hancock! The album's filled with great moments – and tracks include "The Sorcerer", "Riot", and "Goodbye To Childhood". Last up is The Prisoner – a nice late Blue Note change from Herbie Hancock – a very different album than his previous sets for the label – in that it features a slightly larger group, and a sound that really points the way towards his directions in the 70s! There's a slightly ambitious feel to some of these cuts – not in a way that's over-arranged, but just a new sort of thinking for Herbie's kind of groove – a mode that's partially informed by the seriousness of 60s jazz soundtracks, but which also has the beginnings of some more righteous modes of expression too. Players are all great – and include Joe Henderson on tenor and flute, Johnny Coles on flugelhorn, Garnett Brown on trombone, Hubert Laws on flute, Jerome Richardson on bass clarinet, Buster Williams on bass, and Tootie Heath on drums. Herbie plays both acoustic and electric piano – using the latter here in one of his first recordings on the instrument – and titles include "Firewater", "I Have A Dream", "The Prisoner", and "He Who Lives In Fear". CD

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Herbie HancockTakin' Off ... LP
Blue Note (Spain), 1962. New Copy (reissue)... About December 25, 2016 (delayed)
Herbie Hancock is certainly Takin Off at this point in his career – stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one went on to become a standard within a few short years in 60s jazz, it still sounds great here in the original – a very fresh take on the sound of soul jazz in the 60s – offered up here in a 7 minute version that has more sharp soloing than most other takes on the tune! The group here is great too – with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks are all also originals by a young Herbie – including "Watermelon Man", "The Maze", "Driftin", "Three Bags Full", "Alone & I", and "Empty Pockets". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rick JamesStreet Songs ... CD
Motown, 1981. New Copy ... $3.99 9.98
One of the all-time great Rick James albums – a return to funkier sounds for Rick that worked both artistically and commercially – and actually got over far better than his more blatant attempts at crossover material on other records! The mix here is perfect – a true summation of all that made Motown great at the time, and the special sort of energy that made Rick one of the freshest mainstream talents at the end of the 70s! The record put a lot of money in Barry Gordy's pockets, and for good reason too – given that the set includes the classic hit "Super Freak" – plus "Give It To Me Baby", "Ghetto Life", "Make Love To Me", "Below The Funk (Pass The J)", and "Fire & Desire" – all done in that compressed pop-funky style that James kind of took from Bootsy Collins and manage to successfully soup up for the masses! CD also features the bonus tracks "Give It To Me Baby (12" mix)" and "Super Freak (12" mix)". CD

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VariousSouvenirs Of The Soul Clap Vol 5 – Jonathan Toubin's New York Night Train ... LP
Norton, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent entry in this very cool series – one that offers up a unique approach to soul music, which has turned up plenty of rare gems in the process! The music here isn't funk, group, or Northern Soul – and it's not popcorn or R&B either – and instead, the groove is usually raw, garagey, and pretty unbridled – music that's got just the sort of romping, upbeat vibe that has made the Soul Clap nights of DJ Jonathan Toubin something of a legend on the New York scene! There's loads of numbers here we'd never have heard otherwise – many cuts from the earliest years of soul, but by less iconic artists – with titles that include "Ain't Got No Home" by The Starrs, "Friday Night Get Together" by Eddy Jacobs, "Fool In Love" by Naomi Bradley, "El Monkey" by Saxie Russell, "Hands Out Of My Pockets" by Sugar & Sweet, "Soul" by Squatty & The Bottys, "Are You Fooling" by Lil Gray, "Mojo Man" by Nelson Sanders, "Don't Make Me Cry" by Matt Ti Madison & Minit Men, and "Making Love Girl" by The Original Jaguars. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousWonderland – The Spirit Of Earth Wind & Fire ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
An amazing document of the wide wide reach of Earth Wind & Fire at the end of the 70s – that joyous, righteous spirit that not only flowed through their own music, but seemed to touch most of the soul and jazz world as well! The set's a much-needed look at the way that energy from EWF flowed out to so many other folks too – as the group's tunes were frequently covered, its members frequently worked with other artists, and Maurice White frequently lent his production talents to others in the studio! The package is overflowing with greatness from the great ones – a killers set of tracks that include "Got To Find My Way" by Pockets, "Tequila Mockingbird" by Dee Dee Bridgewater, "Let's Get Together" by Paulinho DaCosta, "City Lights" by Valerie Carter, "Ancient Source" by Caldera, "Answer To My Prayer" by Alton McClain & Destiny, "Let Love Groove Me" by Syliva St James, "The Boy I Left Behind" by Deniece Williams, "Glow Love" by Mighty Clouds Of Joy, "And I Do" by Abraham Laboriel, "I Waited" by Blue Magic, "Dream Come True" by Stargard, and "Theme For Relana" by Gene Harris. CD

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✨✧ Peter BernsteinLet Loose ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Guitarist Peter Bernstein lets loose wonderfully here – opening up those ringing tones we love so much in his playing – chromatic hues that illuminate the record right from the start, given soulful underscoring from the trio of Gerald Clayton on piano, Doug Weiss on bass, and Bill Stewart on drums! Bernstein's really found his sound over the years – and it rings out confidently here, but without too much arrogance, either – none of those too-braggy moments that some guitarists can hit as they start to mature – and instead just this warmly personal sound that's a joy to behold (and behear!) Titles include a remake of Woody Shaw's "Sweet Love Of Mine", plus Bernstein originals "Let Loose", "Resplendor", "Cupcake", "Hidden Pockets", and "Lullaby For B". CD

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✨✧ Showbiz & AGRunaway Slave (clean promo pressing) ... LP
Payday, 1992. Used ... Out Of Stock
A legendary record from Show & AG – and one of the strongest full lengths of the early 90s from the DITC camp! Runaway Slave came about during the end of an era when major labels still seemed to be hungry for for dope underground MCs, so there's a gritty realness here, and on other great hip hop LPs of the early 90s that's still pretty incredible. This full length debut delivers very strongly on the Soul Clap EP – and titles include that classic track "Bounce Ta This", "Represent", "Catchin Wreck", "Fat Pockets", "40 Acres And My Props", "Hold Ya Head", "He Say, She Say", "Hard To Kill" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousJoey Negro – Remixed With Love Vol 2 ... CD
Z Records (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Stunning soul from the 70s – all reworked here by dancefloor maestro Joey Negro – who gives all these grooves even more punch than before! Joey's own music has plenty of vintage styles – and his work with older cuts is even better – able to open them up, break them apart, and rework all the best elements at a level that rivals classic work by Tom Moulton or Larry Levan! And like both of them, Joey's most at home when the cuts have a lot of soul at the core – as is definitely the case with the numbers here – a really well-chosen array of tracks that includes 70s soul classics, disco numbers, and funky club cuts – all served up in special Joey Negro mixes of "Love Ballad" by George Benson, "Come Go With Me" by Pockets, "Can We Come Together" by The Trammps, "Open Your Mind" by Kleeer, "Every Kinda People" by Robert Palmer, "I'm Here Again" by Thelma Houston, "Music Is My Way Of Life" by Patti Labelle, "I Love Music" by The O'Jays, "Straight From The Heart" by Loose Change, "Time Waits For No One" by Jean Carn, "Stella" by Norman Connors, "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" by Willie Hutch, and "Here We Go Again" by People's Choice. Heck, Joey even does a great job with "Ride Like The Wind" by Christopher Cross! CD
 
 
 



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