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✨✧ Al Belletto SextetWhisper Not ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good ... $8.99
A very cool album from this overlooked combo on Capitol – a group who have a wonderfully colorful blend of sounds, and work here with more space for strong solos than you might expect! Al Belletto leads the group on alto – and other players include Jimmy Guinn on trombone, Willie Thomas on trumpet, Fred Crane on piano and baritone sax, Tom Montgomery on drums, and Kenny O'Brien on bass. Al's sense of arranging is great – with modern tonal elements, ala Gigi Gryce – and although there's a few harmony vocal numbers, the set's a lot more instrumental than their debut – and really beautiful overall. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing. Cover has some light splitting on the top seam, but is nice overall.)

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Al Cohn/Bill Perkins/Richie KamucaBrothers! ... LP
RCA, 1955. Very Good ... $24.99
A classic set of interlocking tenor work from 3 giants who made up the best part of Woody Herman's classic 4 horn lineup – Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, and Richie Kamuca – all coming together here in small group formation! The album's a wonderful example of the way that the hornplay of the larger Herman group had an influence on the smaller combos of the west coast scene – and Perkins and Kamuca are especially great here, working with a strong sense of precision, but also some nice humanity in their tone. Other group members include either Jimmy Raney or Barry Galbraith on guitar, Hank Jones on piano, John Beal on bass, and Chuck Flores on drums – and titles include "Cap Snapper", "Pro Ex", "Hags", "Gay Blade", and "The Walrus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing, with deep groove! Cover has some light aging.)

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Al FosterMixed Roots (Laurie) ... LP
Laurie, Mid 70s. Near Mint- ... $34.99
The cover's not much to look at – but it houses a mighty nice set of funky 70s jazz! Drummer Al Foster leads the crew on this obscure session produced by Teo Macero for the mostly-rock Laurie label – and even though the album's kind of hidden under a completely innocuous cover that has a closeup of a Christmas Tree (?), it bursts out with a strong funky jazz groove that reminds us of some of the best drum-heavy electric 70s sessions in our collection, like work by Ed Thigpen or Les DeMerle. Players include Masabumi Kikuchi on electric piano, Mike Brecker and Sam Morrison on saxes, and Paul Metzke on guitar – and Teo Macero also sits in on the electric keys on one of the album's mellower cuts. There's not really any standout drum breaks that we caught on the set – but there are a lot of great choppy funk tracks in that "heavy drums meet riffing reeds" style that was started by Elvin Jones and popularized by Stone Alliance. Titles include "Mixed Roots", "Ya Damn Right", "Pauletta", "Double Stuff", and "Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde". LP, Vinyl record album

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Don Joseph featuring Al CohnOne Of A Kind ... LP
Uptown, 1984. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A nice small combo date – done in the best Uptown Records way – understated, but nicely strong all the way through! Don Joseph blows cornet – in a combo that features Al Cohn on tenor, Bill Triglia on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Joey Baron on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al)Quintet ... CD
Columbia, 1977. Used ... $3.99
A classic album of soulful hardbop from the mid 70s – one that features the classic VSOP group with Herbie Hancock on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – all nicely returned to the acoustic splendor of their early years! After the excesses of some of the more fusion-based jazz supergroups of the time, VSOP are a real breath of fresh air – proving that straight, strong work in a classic Blue Note mode could still be as captivating as ever – even in the highly electric decade of the 70s! Tracks were recorded live in Berkeley and San Diego – and titles include "One Of A Kind", "Jessica", "Little Waltz", "Byrdlike", "Dolores", and "Third Plane". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Quintet ... LP 7.99

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✨✧ VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al)Quintet ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A classic album of soulful hardbop from the mid 70s – one that features the classic VSOP group with Herbie Hancock on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – all nicely returned to the acoustic splendor of their early years! After the excesses of some of the more fusion-based jazz supergroups of the time, VSOP are a real breath of fresh air – proving that straight, strong work in a classic Blue Note mode could still be as captivating as ever – even in the highly electric decade of the 70s! Tracks were recorded live in Berkeley and San Diego – and titles include "One Of A Kind", "Jessica", "Little Waltz", "Byrdlike", "Dolores", and "Third Plane". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a portion of the shrink with hype sticker.)
Also available Quintet ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ Al Cohn/Bill Perkins/Richie KamucaBrothers! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic set of interlocking tenor work from 3 giants who made up the best part of Woody Herman's classic 4 horn lineup – Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, and Richie Kamuca – all coming together here in small group formation! The album's a wonderful example of the way that the hornplay of the larger Herman group had an influence on the smaller combos of the west coast scene – and Perkins and Kamuca are especially great here, working with a strong sense of precision, but also some nice humanity in their tone. Other group members include either Jimmy Raney or Barry Galbraith on guitar, Hank Jones on piano, John Beal on bass, and Chuck Flores on drums – and titles include "Cap Snapper", "Pro Ex", "Hags", "Gay Blade", and "The Walrus". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Also available Brothers! ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Al Hudson & The Soul PartnersSpreading Love ... LP
ABC, 1978. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Excellent early work from Al Hudson – a soulful talent who stood his own in the late 70s, forging an up-tempo funk sound that lived long past disco, and which was sort of a platform for groups of the 80s to build a new dancefloor sound. Hudson relied heavily on bass-y funk to hit his groove, but he also gave strong focus to the good singers who worked with his groups – adding in good ballads that act as a showcase to members like bassist Kevin McCord, who sings some great vocals on this set. The album kicks off with the up-tempo groover "Spread Love", an anthemic dancefloor tune that almost points the way towards soulful house, and it's got some other nice cuts, like the ballads "Lost Inside Of You" and "Love Me Forever", plus the funky numbers "How Do You Do", and "Dance, Get Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ricard Roda, Ricard Miralles, Enric Ponsa, & Joan Josep TuduriNits De Jazz Al Jamboree (with bonus track) ... LP
Edigsa/Wah Wah (Spain), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A rare set of Spanish jazz from the 60s – quite a treasure, considering how little jazz we've heard from Spain at the time! The group's tremendous – soulful and modern, at a level that matches some of our favorite Italian combos of the same period – with this strong lead work from Ricard Roda on alto sax and flute, and these beautiful lines on piano from Ricard Miralles – both players we don't know at all, but who really shine in the live setting of the album! The group also features bold bass from Enric Ponsa and drums from Joan-Josep Tuduri – and the group clearly have a love of the modal tendencies that hit American jazz at the end of the 50s, particularly in the work of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Titles include Miralles own "Asteriscs" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Kelly Blue", "Theme For Ernie", "Stella By Starlight", and "On Green Dolphin Street". Album also features the bonus track "Solar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ DellsNew Beginnings ... LP
ABC, 1978. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
This Dells LP was cut around the time ABC was having some great luck with the Detroit soul of The Dramatics – so they brought the Dells over to Detroit to record, with production work by the likes of Al Perkins, George Clinton, and Eli Fontaine. The tunes have a smoother approach than the group's work at Chess/Cadet – but their vocals are still top notch, with that raspy soul quality that has made them sound consistently strong over the years, no matter what the setting. Includes versions of Clinton's "I Just Wanna Testify" and "All Your Goodies Are Gone" – plus the tracks "Cherish", "Tripped, Slipped, Stumbled & Fell". Lots of nice ballads! LP, Vinyl record album

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Bennie GreenBennie Green ... CD
Time, 1960. Used ... $9.99
One of the best albums you could ever find from trombonist Bennie Green – a great date that's right up there with his Blue Note albums of the late 50s! The album's a very slamming session of hardbop – with a crack lineup that includes Sonny Clark on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Al Dreares on drums – as well as some great tenor work from Jimmy Forrest, a surprising player for the record, but one who shines almost more there than on his own dates as a leader! Clark's at his best on the record, and plays with a strong fire that you'll find in some of his best recordings of the late 50s – and two of Sonny's classic cuts make this album great – versions of "Cool Struttin" and "Sonny's Crib" (listed here as "Sonny's Crip"). Green's no slouch, either – and gets nice and tight on his best solos – and other tracks include "Sometimes I'm Happy", "And That I Am So In Love", and "It's Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny HodgesCastle Rock ... LP
Verve/Norgran, 1952. Very Good- ... $19.99
An undisputed Verve classic, and proof that Johnny Hodges could make damn good records away from Duke Ellington! The set features a number of small groupings of Ellington players – like Al Sears, Billy Strayhorn, Lawrence Brown, and others – but the sound is quite different than with the Duke – really jamming hard, with almost an R&B overtone at times – and a strong focus on the hard-edged Hodges alto sax! The classic "Castle Rock" is a wailer composed by Sears – and other tracks are all great too – including "Jeep Is Jumping", "Wham", "Sideways", "You Blew Out The Flame In My Heart", and "My Reward". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Norgram pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has thick white tape on the seams and spine, some aging, and writing in pencil on back.)

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Sam JonesVisitation ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
One of the strongest statements ever recorded by bassist Sam Jones – a wickedly soulful session that cooks on all burners! The album's got a rich depth that far surpasses most of Jones' trio sessions – and is a full quintet album, with Terumasa Hino on cornet, Bob Berg on tenor, Ronnie Matthews on piano, and Al Foster on drums. Matthews' strong and soulful lines really push the whole group along – stretching out with modal energy that really seems to set the horns free. All tracks are extremely fresh, and played at a level that brings out the best we'd expect from the players – possibly more in fact – and the record's an under-appreciated gem in the Steeplechase catalog of the 70s! Titles include "Del Sasser", "Visitation", "Occurrence", "Jean Marie", and "Before You". CD also features 3 bonus alternate takes! CD

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Mike NockIn Out & Around ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Moody brilliance from pianist Mike Nock – a solid quartet date that features plenty of edgey tenor from Michael Brecker, who's in really great form throughout! The rhythm section has a nicely snakey vibe too – with George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums – and both players can come on strong when Mike needs them to, then lay back into some warmer, lyrical modes that really show Nock's melodic development at this point in his career. The piano is acoustic throughout – and titles include "Break Time", "Dark Light", "Shadows Of Forgotten Love", "Hadrian's Wall", and "The Gift". CD

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✨✧ Alicia MyersI Appreciate ... LP
MCA, 1984. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone classic from Alicia Myers – one of her classic sets recorded during the MCA years of the mighty One Way empire! By this point in the 80s, Myers was just about the only part of Al Hudson's One Way collective that was still running strong – and this album of smooth modern soul tracks shows that she still had plenty of steam – stepping out strongly as a lead act on her own, with a vibe that was equally great on mellow tracks and upbeat groovers! The record was produced by Kevin McCord, who also wrote a number of nice tracks – and Al Hudson checks in on writing credits on a few numbers, too. Titles include the sweetly smooth "Don't Do Me This Way", which has a nice jazzy tip – plus "Say That", "You Get The Best From Me", "Just Can't Stay Away", and "Appreciation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Skin Flesh & BonesDub In Blood ... CD
Sunshot/Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real dub rarity – a set that was originally issued in two different versions, both with different tracks – both in very small pressings! This excellent version from Pressure Sounds combines all the cuts from both discs – in a superb package of stripped-down dubs built around songs by George Faith and Al Campbell – recorded and mixed at Channel One, with a lean, effective sound that should stand as blueprint for all those contemporary producers who might muddle up the waters with too much in the mix! The basslines are especially strong – played by Bertram Ranchie McLean, Robbie Shakespeare, and Aston Familyman Barrett – and titles include "Dub To The Vein", "Dub In Blood", "Skin Dub", "Suit Your Dub", "Heart Dub", "Bandwagon Dub", "Doctor Dub", "Syringe Dub", and "Injection In Dub". CD

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✨✧ Don BryantDon't Give Up On Love ... LP
Fat Possum, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first album in decades from Memphis soul legend Don Bryant – a singer who hardly even gave us any recordings back when he was in his prime! Don was one of the lesser lights at the famous Hi Records – not as successful as Ann Peebles or Al Green, but steeped in the same wonderful sound as those great artists – and still going wonderfully strong after all these years! In fact, the album almost feels more like some lost Hi tapes from Bryant's glory days than a contemporary set – as his voice is wonderful, the songs are tight, and both the production and instrumentation have just the right sort of classic approach – soulful, but without overstating things in any sort of cloying "resurrection" mode. Instead, Don's just right on top, and right in the pocket – doing his thing wonderfully on titles that include "Don't Give Up On Love", "I Got To Know", "First You Cry", "It Was Jealousy", "Something About You", "Can't Hide The Hurt", "One Ain't Enough", and "A Nickel & A Nail". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ One WayWho's Foolin Who (with bonus tracks) ... CD
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic from One Way – who're still going strong in the early 80s! The group's ace in the hole was always the great work of Al Hudson – a fearless leader who kept things funky, and who wrote in some great hooks to tracks that give them uncommon strength. Case in point is the classic "Cutie Pie", which is the leadoff track here – with a funky bassline would be right at home on George Clinton's Computer Games – but it really takes flight thanks to One Way's deeper-sinking hook. The album is among their bigger hits of the period – but it's also proof that they were still going strong creatively, too. No foolin'! Lots of solid cuts, including "Runnin Away", "Who's Foolin Who", "Sweet Lady", "Give Me One More Chance" and "You're So Very Special". CD features two bonus tracks – "Pull Fancy Dancer/Pull" and "Let's Talk". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Nolan Strong & The DiablosMind Over Matter ... LP
Fortune, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $4.99
Classic Detroit doo wop, by a group led by one of the most amazing voices in the business. Lots of the classics are here, with a dozen tracks in all, including "Mind Over Matter", "Village Of Love", "Welcome", "Al Coochie", "Harriette It's You", "You Are Love", "Are You Sincere", "Can't We Talk It Over", "I Really Love You" and "Everything They Said Came True". LP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue pressing. Cover has some wear with tape along the opening.)

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Stanton Davis' Ghetto MysticismIsis Voyage ... CD
Outrageous/Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy ... $5.99
A great counterpart to the rare Stanton Davis Ghetto Mysticism album – and a set that was recorded right around the same time, with a number of previously unreleased tracks! The spiritual energy of that group has been well-loved by collectors for years – and enjoyed by others thanks to a recent reissue – and this sweet batch of rare cuts really augments that rare musical moment, by offering up a further set of completely cosmic grooves! The style is spacey jazz funk with some deeper elements in the mix – all recorded and arranged with an indie vibe that reminds us a lot of the classic Oneness Of Juju albums on Black Fire, but without as much vocals – just a strong focus on the sweet keyboard lines and soaring horn passages. Some tracks are brand new, others are different versions of themes from the Brighter Days album – and titles include "Delta Six/Brighter Days", "Isis Voyage", "Odwalla", "Things Can Not Stop Forever (Al Kent version)", "High Jazz (reprise – alt mix)", "Things Cannot Stop Forever (inst mix)", and "Funky Fried Tofu (alt inst version)". CD

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Dexter GordonEspace Cardin 1977 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Elemental, 1977. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 21.99
A fantastic late live date from Dexter Gordon – one that's noteworthy not just for his own strong work on tenor, but also for the presence of bop pianist Al Haig – who comes as quite a surprise on the session! Haig and Gordon have never played before on record – although their paths must have crossed in the postwar bop underground – and Al's really tremendous here, and makes for a completely different sort of accompanist than some of the more familiar pianists that Dex would work with! The format is similar to some of Gordon's classic live sets from Europe – familiar tunes, but opened up with really long solos – and augmented here with a few originals that really make things interesting – and the rest of the quartet is equally great, thanks to work from Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include "Antabus", "Sticky Wicket", "Body & Soul", and "Oleo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Chubby JacksonOoh What An Outfit – New York 1949 ... CD
Uptown, 1949. Used 2 CDs ... $7.99
A marvelous document of the power of bassist Chubby Jackson at his best – served up here in a double-length package of rare recordings from the end of the 40s! Chubby has a really unique place in jazz – a special space between bop and swing, where he was able to work with some of the best players of his generation – and help forge an audience for the modern tones of the newer music by bringing in some of the more powerful elements of the old! This quality really comes through in the initial batch of big band recordings in the package, which take up most of CD1 – tunes that echo some of the work Jackson had done with Woody Herman's group in the late 40s, but arguably even more hard-biting and boppish – with strong work from Frank Socolow on alto, Teddy Charles on vibes, Ray Turner and Al Young on tenor, and the trio of Norman Faye, Al Porcino, and Charlie Walp on trumpets. Arrangements are by drummer Tiny Khan for the big band sides – and the set also features smaller ensemble work with Gene Roland's Boppers, led by trumpeter Gene Roland – plus work by the quintet of vibist Joe Roland with singer Paula Castle. The set also features a very cool combo recorded in Sweden – Chubby Jackson's Fifth Dimensional Jazz Group – with Conte Candoli on trumpet, Terry Gibbs on vibes, Lou Levy on piano, and Frank Socolow on tenor. The whopping package features 2CDs, 37 tracks – and mixes together live tracks, radio broadcasts, and some rare recording sessions too. CD
(Please note that the booklet has some significant wear & some penmarks. The price reflects this.)

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Ty Karim & George GriffinKeep On Doin' Whatcha' Doin' (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Sheridan House/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Rare later work from the lovely Ty Karim – a female soul singer who made some great 60s singles on the LA scene – then really surprised us when she reappeared for this massive club stepper at the start of the 80s! The tune's got a beat that's strong, but mellow – a bit around the pace of Gwen McCrae's "Funky Sensation" – handled here with a similar blend of funk, soul, and strings – and once it gets going, George Griffin comes into the mix – singing back and forth with Karim in a way that's like the Al Johnson duet with Jean Carn! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Nolan PorterKeep On Keeping On/If I Could Only Be Sure ... 7-inch
Outta Sight (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Two rare ones from the early 70s years of Nolan Porter – a time when he was one of the most unusual soul singers around! "Keep On Keeping On" comes on strong with a romping rhythm and this weird, almost watery wah wah guitar line – almost mixing Northern Soul with a more righteous 70s approach! "If I Could Only Be Sure" has a more fluid 70s groove – tripping along with a sunny sort of energy, and almost an Al Wilson style of vocals from Nolan! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Bill PottsJazz Soul Of Porgy & Bess ... LP
United Artists, 1959. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
A stone cooker – and one of the best versions of Porgy & Bess recorded in a jazz format! It's a slightly-forgotten fact that at the time of the big late 50s film version of Porgy & Bess, there was a bit of trouble with the soundtrack – so the market was flooded with other versions of Gershwin's score in a hope to fill the void. This is one of the best of that bunch – a very well-done set of tunes arranged and conducted by Bill Potts, recorded with a strong set of soloists that include Al Cohn, Gene Quill, Zoot Sims, Art Farmer, Bill Evans, Charlie Shavers, Bob Brookmeyer, and Harry Edison. Tracks are the usual batch of Porgy & Bess numbers – "I Loves You Porgy", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "My Man's Gone Now", "A Woman Is A Sometimes Thing", "Summertime" – all woven together wonderfully in a rich tapestry of sound, with some particularly evocative solos. LP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe limited edition pressing, #A 8, with booklet. Cover has a half split top seam and some surface wear.)

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Raul SeixasKrig-Ha Bandolo (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
An incredible album from Brazilian rock legend Raul Seixas – easily one of the most important artists to emerge after the Tropicalia generation – and a singer with a sound that's as striking as his image on the cover! The album's got an explosive blend of styles – everything from psychedelic samba to country rock to easy rock tunes – all bound together by the strong sense of presence that helped Seixas elevate to become one of Brazili's most controversial rock stars of the time, all with the kind of legacy you might expect from the cover image! The sound is great – very different than what American and Anglo groups were doing at the time, although with sly nods to their modes from time to time – and titles include the English track "How Could I Know", plus "As Minas Do Rei Salomao", "Mosca Na Sopa", "Cachorro", "Al Capone", and the strange electronic "Introducao". LP, Vinyl record album

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Cal TjaderConcert By The Sea ... LP
Fantasy, 1959. Very Good ... $7.99
The crashing waves of the Pacific coast hardly seem like the serene setting you might want for the vibes of Cal Tjader – but this album works surprisingly well, and offers up Cal's combo in a Monterey live date, before the jazz festival really got going strong! The group's one that matches his best early albums for Fantasy – piano from Lonnie Hewitt, soulful bass from Al McKibbon, and some great Latin percussion from Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo! Paul Horn also joins the group on flute – blowing with lyrical lines that fit the sound wonderfully, adding a whole new dimension to the music. Many tracks are longer than usual for the Fantasy years – and titles include "Walkin With Wally", "Doxie", and "Afro Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s lightning label pressing.)

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✨✧ Cal TjaderMonterey Concerts (Concert By The Sea Vols 1 & 2) ... LP
Prestige, 1959. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
The crashing waves of the Pacific coast hardly seem like the serene setting you might want for the vibes of Cal Tjader – but this album works surprisingly well, and offers up Cal's combo in a Monterey live date, before the jazz festival really got going strong! The group's one that matches his best early albums for Fantasy – piano from Lonnie Hewitt, soulful bass from Al McKibbon, and some great Latin percussion from Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo! Paul Horn also joins the group on flute – blowing with lyrical lines that fit the sound wonderfully, adding a whole new dimension to the music. Many tracks are longer than usual for the Fantasy years – and titles include "Walkin With Wally", "Doxy", "Round Midnight", "Tumbao", "Love Me Or Leave Me", "SS Groove", "Tu Crees Que", and "Afro Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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UnificsSittin' In At The Court Of Love ... LP
Kapp, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The one and only album by The Unifics – and a beautiful precursor to the solid group sounds of the east coast early 70s. The group's got some wonderful harmonies – still raw, but showing the strength of smooth production to hit some very strong moments. Arrangements are by Richard Rome, Bert De Coteaux, and a very young Donny Hathaway – and the lead singer of the group is Al Johnson (although we're not sure he's the same Al Johnson that went onto greater fame as a solo act.) Includes "Sittin In At The Court Of Love", which was a minor hit – plus a number of other originals, including "Which One Should I Choose", "Tables Turned", and "Toshi Sumasu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a very small split in the bottom seam.)

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VariousJack Ashford – Just Productions Vol 2 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
70s soul from a 60s Detroit legend – producer, arranger, instrumentalist Jack Ashford – the many who lent his talents to both the Motown and Pied Piper production teams, and who's still going strong with all the rare work in this package! After Motown shifted much of its work to California, Ashford and a few key talents were still turning out blockbuster soul in Detroit – as you'll hear in this wonderful assortment of very obscure recordings, which were either issued only on very limited 45s, or which appear here for the first time ever. Ashford's groove is a great update of earlier Motor City modes – with some echoes of the upbeat yet classy style he formed with Pied Piper, but also more 70s modes too – some warmer keyboards, sweetened strings, and maybe an even more sophisticated sense of rhythm that really keeps things interesting! As usual with Ace/Kent, even if you're a huge collector of rare soul, you'll find plenty to discover here – and if you're not, the whole thing's still pitched as a great introduction to this scene. Titles include "Don't Leave Me Baby" by Lorraine Chandler, "Crying Clown" by Eddie Parker, "I Can Fly" by The Magnificents, "After You Give Your All" by Sandra Richardson, "The Story Of My Life" by Billy Sha-Rae, "Let Me Take Care Of Your Heart" by Jack Ashford, "Alone Again" by Brenda Cook, "JC's Grit Gitter" by JC Heard, "Lay A Little Lovin On Me" by Don Gardner & Baby Washington, "Watch Yourself" by Al Gardner, "There Can Be A Better Way" by The Sound Of New Detroit, and "The First Depression" by Ray Gant & Arabian Knights. CD

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VariousMusic City Blues & Rhythm ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $14.99
Fantastic sounds from the Bay Area scene of the 50s – more than enough to showcase a legacy of R&B as strong as postwar work from LA! The music here is great – tight, lively, and often very witty – with the sharpness of jump blues and pre-soul work from south Cali labels like RPM and Crown – done in a similar blend of class and groove that reflects the big changes on the bluesy side of the spectrum as artists and audiences moved to the west coast! All the tracks were recorded by the Music City studio in Berkeley – better known for later funk and soul – and a fair bit of them make their first appearance here – as 22 of the CD's 28 tracks have never been issued before. As usual with Ace Records, the presentation is stunning – lots of notes, history, and rare photos – for titles that include "Music City Jump" by Alvin Smith, "Here Lies My Love" by Roy Hawkins, "She Moves Me" by Jimmy "T99" Nelson, "Moving Out Baby" by Chick Morris with Al Harris, "Baby Call" by Jimmy Raney, "You Gotta Be Mighty Careful" by The Richmond Boys, "Long About Midnight" by Little Willie Littlefield, "Ease My Mind" by Pee Wee Parham, "Roland's Blues" by Roland Mitchell, "You're The One" by Gene Lee & The Blues Rockers, "Walking Blues" by Johnny George, "Wrong Doing Woman" by Jasper Evans, "Tin Pan Alley" by Sidney Grande, "I Don't Stand No Quittin" by Gloria Jean Pitts, "Your Money Ain't Long Enough" by Que Martyn with Del Graham, and "Who Did It" by an Unknown Male Vocalist. CD

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VariousTropical Tricks EP ... 12-inch
Cree (Germany), Early 80s. New Copy (pic cover)... $19.99 24.99
Rare Caribbean grooves, remixed with just a slight dose of contemporary elements – yet still sounding very much like the warm originals that the Cree label has been uncovering over the years! The choice of mixers is great – and most tracks are slightly picked up in groove, but not too much – with a strong sensitivity to the best elements that make the originals shine, expanded out just a bit more. Titles include "Music Makes The World Go Round (Al Kent edit)" by Hamilton Brothers, "I Believe (Waxist edit)" by Zodiac featuring Denyse Plummer, "Beat The Drum (Keshav's jus now rework)" by Mansa Musa, and "All Nite Tonight (Nomad's reel to realness mix)" by Barbara Hernandez. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousZamaan Ya Sukkar – Exotic Love Songs & Instrumentals From The Egyptian 60s (with bonus download) ... LP
Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
Don't think "love songs" in the usual sleepy style – as these tunes are all wonderfully upbeat and totally grooving – filled with Latin-styled touches that really make a great mix with the Egyptian instrumentation in the lead! Back at the end of the 50s, the farther reaches of the American 45 scene was often crafting these weird hybrids of exotica and rock instrumental modes – and here, it's almost as if the Egyptian scene of the 60s were offering up their own music as a response – mixing odd percussion, unusual instrumentation, and offbeat vocalizations in these fantastic songs that are far different than anything you might expect! You can really hear the east/west crossroads of the scene at the time – and the music has this explosive sense of surprise that hold strong all these many years later. Titles include "Fatouma" by Salim El Baroudi, "Ahallefak Washkeek Lellah" by Soad Mohamed, "Leyla" by Abd El Fattah Mansi, "Nafourak Ya Ghazal (part 1)" by Magda Ali, "Musiqaa Dhahab Ellayl" by Mohamed Fawzi, "Asmar Ya Sukkar" by Al Thoulaty Al Mareh, and "Ard El Marrah" by Sayed Salamah. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Dexter GordonEspace Cardin 1977 ... CD
Elemental, 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic late live date from Dexter Gordon – one that's noteworthy not just for his own strong work on tenor, but also for the presence of bop pianist Al Haig – who comes as quite a surprise on the session! Haig and Gordon have never played before on record – although their paths must have crossed in the postwar bop underground – and Al's really tremendous here, and makes for a completely different sort of accompanist than some of the more familiar pianists that Dex would work with! The format is similar to some of Gordon's classic live sets from Europe – familiar tunes, but opened up with really long solos – and augmented here with a few originals that really make things interesting – and the rest of the quartet is equally great, thanks to work from Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. There's also one more great surprise – Gordon plays soprano sax on one modal number – with this snakey tone that's really wonderful! Titles include "Antabus", "Sticky Wicket", "A La Modal", "Body & Soul", and "Oleo" – and the piano trio plays a version of "Round Midnight". CD
(Limited edition!)
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✨✧ McCoy TynerHorizon ... LP
Milestone, 1979. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bit of a change for McCoy Tyner – but a set that's every bit as righteous as his other classics from the 70s! The lineup here is slightly different – with John Blake's violin playing a strong role in the sound, and lots of percussion from Guilherme Franco giving the set an almost Latin vibe at times – one that mixes in beautifully with Tyner's bold, modal lines on piano – and which are inflected with soulful reeds from Joe Ford and George Adams. The rest of the group features Charles Fambrough on bass and Al Foster on drums – both very hip cats – and Blake's instrument almost gives the album an early 70s Impulse Records sort of spirituality. Titles include "Horizon", "Motherland", "Woman Of Tomorrow", "One For Honor", and "Just Feelin". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousLaughin At The Blues – A Hilarious & Scurrilous Collection Of R&B & Comedy Like You've Never Heard! ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1940s/1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jumpin' rhythm & blues tunes and jivin' vocals from an amazing cast – late 40s and 50s sides from a slew of cats and ladies that would go on to greener (and in some cases blue and dirty) pastures in the 60s & funky funky 70s! Perhaps the coolest thing about Laughin' At The Blues are the rare tunes from Redd Foxx, Rudy Ray Moore and Sammy Davis Jr – early bits from Foxx and Rudy that find these guys as genuinely strong singers – but still in a comical mode. You also get benchmark work from Slim Galliard, Babs Gonzales, Pearl Bailey, Scatman Crothers and more. 27 tracks in all: "Shame on You" and "Redd Foxx Blues" by Redd Foxx, "Open The Door, Richard (Parts 1 & 2)" by Dusty Fletcher, "Who Put The Benzedrine" by Harry "The Hipster" Gibson, "Eatin' With The Boogie" by Slim Galliard, "House Rent Party" and "She's Just Right For Me" by Babs Gonzales, "Papa" by Scatman Crothers, "She Ain't No Saint" by Spirits Of Rhythm", "The Buggy Ride" and "I'm Mad With You" by Rudy Ray Moore, "I'm Gonna Whale On You" by Little Arthur Matthews, "Let's Drink Some Whisky" by Al Jackson, "Gotta Great Big Shovel" by Shorty Muggins (later known as Sammy Davis Jr!!!), "Dial That Telephone (Parts 1 & 2)" by Effie Smith, "Henry (Yes My Love" by Thelma Baxter: and more. CD
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✨✧ Lou DonaldsonLush Life (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
An unusual session from the heart of Lou Donaldson's return to Blue Note in the late 60s – a mellower date that stands in strong contrast to his funkier albums of the time! As you might guess from the title, there's a lusher feel going on here – one that has Lou's alto sax augmented by larger backings from Duke Pearson – who manages to score things perfectly with a balance of soul and sophistication. The album's hardly a "Donaldson with strings" date – and instead is done in the more mature mode that Duke was using in some of his own sides from the time, and on work with players like Donald Byrd or Stanley Turrentine. Other players here include Wayne Shorter on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Garnett Brown on trombone – plus core rhythms from the trio of McCoy Tyner on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles include "Sweet Slumber", "The Good Life", "Sweet & Lovely", "Stardust", and "You've Changed" – and the album was recorded in the 60s, it was only first issued in Japan in 1980 – and even then only later in the US! CD
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✨✧ VariousCapitol Christmas Vol 2 ... LP
Capitol, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Classic Christmas sounds from the mighty Capitol Records – served up here in a package that has a very strong focus on the first two decades of the label! There's certainly some classics here, but there's also some overlooked gems – and most numbers are vocal tunes that reflect the excellent array of singers that Capitol was using at the time. Titles include "Silver Bells" by Al Martino, "Away In A Manger" by Louvin Brothers, "Jingle Bell Rock" by Wayne Newton, "Christmas Waltz" by Nancy Wilson, "Christmas All Alone" by The Lettermen, "Jingle Bells" by Dinah Shore, "Marshmallow World" by Ray Anthony, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Molly Bee, "What Are You Doing New Years Eve" by Lena Horne, "Do You Hear What I Hear" by Sonny James, "Love Turns Winter To Spring" by Four Freshmen, "Count Your Blessings" by Gordon MacRae, "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by Wayne Newton, "Winter Wonderland" by Johnny Mercer, "Old Toy Trains" by Glen Campbell, and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" by The Starlighters. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Birdland Dream BandBirdland Dream Band ... LP
Vik, 1956. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A dream band indeed – as the set features a cast of excellent players who manage to come together tightly as a unit, then break out in really strong and hard-blown solos! Even by a "pulled together for this jam session by the record label"-type group there's a swinging style firmly in place – incredible tightness, but a real respect for the soloists – and a power to kick it louder and larger than even in a small group setting. Players include Herb Geller, Al Cohn, Hank Jones, Budd Johnson, and Ernie Wilkins – and titles on this first volume include "Maynard The Fox", "The Wailing Boat", "Somebody Wants Me Down There", "Little Girl Kimbi", and "Button Nose". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing. Cover has some wear and aging, with clear tape on the top seam.)
 
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Anderson PaakMalibu ... LP
Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 24.98
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – released months after his standout, near show-stealing moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record! .Paak's proved himself a stellar collaborator many times over by the time Malibu dropped, and here he proves a stellar host – but make no mistake, Malibu is his show, and a REALLY strong one. Contemporary hip hop soul with grit and heart – with appearances by BJ The Chicago Kid, Robert Glasper, Rapsody, The Game, Talib Kweli and more on the mic, plus guest production by Madlib, Hi-Tek and others. Includes "The Bird", "Heart Don't Stand A Chance", "The Waters" with BJ The Chicago Kid, "Put Me Thru", "Without You" feat Rapsody, "Room In Here" feat The Game & Sonyae Elise, "Celebrate", "Come Down", "Your Prime", "The Dreamer" with Talib Kweli & Timan Family Choir and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Brother AliChampion EP ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2004. Used ... $4.99
Tougher, angrier stuff than we remember from the Shadows On The Sun LP – with the usual strong production from the Ant, approximating rock and roll breaks and mood as well as anyone since earlier Cypress Hill. The album track "Champion" is remixed here for a dub reggae style. Other tracks include "Bad Ma F**ka", "Sleepwalker", "Self Taught", "Chain Link", "Rain Water", "Love On Display" and more. CD

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Gal CostaEstratoferica – Ao Vivo ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. Used 2CD ... $18.99
A nice little live set that follows off the same sort of energy as the studio album Estratoferica – which has Gal Costa coming across with a more youthful vibe than she's had in years! As with that record, Gal's working here with a group of younger musicians – players who bring more rock currents to the music than you might expect, with especially strong use of electric guitar and keyboards – which Costa matches with a surprising degree of power in her voice! The tunes are pretty straightforward – no Tropicalia experiments here –but the overall approach still feels more 70s MPB than much of Gal's more recent material. Titles include "Meu Nome E Gal", "Estratosferica", "Por Um Fio", "Cabelo", "Quando Voce Olha Pra Ela", "Casca", "Dez Anjos", "Nao Identificado", "Mal Secreto", "Ecstasy", "Os Alquimistas Estao Chegando", and "Por Baixo". CD

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✨✧ VariousThis Is Trojan Roots – Conscious Vibes From The Ghetto ... CD
Trojan, 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Really great work from the roots years of the 70s – a time when reggae got even deeper and more righteous than a few years before – definitely breaking its initial ties with American soul music, and finding a strong voice of its own! The period coincides with some especially strong years for the Trojan Records label, too – home to some of the best roots music of the period, a good deal of which is collected in this 40 track set. The music here goes way past the obvious cliches of the Island Records scene, and moves a lot deeper underground – with a variety of expression that makes the double-length collection incredibly rich – on titles that include None Shall Escape The Judgement" by Johnny Clarke, "Here I Come" by Dennis Brown, "His Majesty Is Coming" by The In Crowd, "Curly Locks" by Junior Byles, "Two Sevens Clash" by Culture, "Set The Captives Free" by Gregory Isaacs, "Forward Up" by Brent Dowe, "Wipe Your Weeping Eyes" by Justin Hinds & The Dominoes, "Ghetto Stays In The Mind" by Bob Andy, "Man Hungry" by Sugar Minott, "Heavy Manners" by Prince Far I, "Fire Fe The Vatican" by Max Romeo, "Sons Of Slaves" by Junior Delgado, and "Tribal War" by George Nooks. CD

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Rodrigo Amado/Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Chris CorsanoHistory Of Nothing ... LP
Trost (Austria), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
Breathily-blown brilliance from tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado – working here in a very well-matched frontline that features the mighty Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and soprano sax – both instruments he uses with a deftness that takes us back to is early albums on Hat Hut! Both musicians have this great sense of texture – an almost-earthy vibe at times, which is certainly echoed by the deep-toned bass work of Kent Kessler – a player we don't hear from as much as we used to, but who makes a really strong appearance here, especially when balancing out some of the freer moments on drums from Chris Corsano. Both McPhee and Amado sometimes have very close-up, almost mouthy elements to their music at points – and titles include "Wild Flowers", "The Hiddend Desert", "Legacies", and "A History Of Nothing". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Aphrodite's ChildEnd Of The World (180 gram gold colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mercury/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A brilliant criss-crossing of pop modes in late 60s Europe – and the first album from Greek rock supergroup Aphrodite's Child! Although later work by the trio was a fair bit more heady, the approach here is more focused psychedelic pop – done in styles that echo strongly with some of the late 60s styles coming out of the Parisian scene, which is where the group were working at the time. Lyrics, though, are sung mostly in English – which gives the record a bit of a Brit psychedelic feel – but there's some other elements here that are also strongly the group's own. A young Demi Roussos sings lead vocals and plays guitar, and new age maestro Vangelis plays organ and percussion with a sound that's quite different than any of his later work! Titles include "End Of The World", "Day Of The Fool", "Valley Of Sadness", "Rain & Tears", "Mister Thomas", "You Always Stand In My Way", and "The Shepherd & The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(50th Anniversary Edition – numbered limited edition of 1000 on gold colored vinyl!)

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Derek BaileyDerek Bailey Solo Guitar Vol 1 (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1972. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
A seminal record in the world of free jazz – a set that not only helped document the incredible talents of guitarist Derek Bailey, but also proclaimed a whole new role for his instrument as well! The music here is completely different than any jazz guitar in previous years – and even though Bailey was a respectful student of other musicians, he's completely dismantling conventional use of the electric guitar here – opening the door not just for generations to come who would be inspired by his intricate work on the strings and equally strong use of the body of the instrument, but also for so many others who would create new sounds on the guitar in other fields of music too. Titles include "Improvisation 4", "Christiani Eddy", "Improvisation 6", "Where Is The Police", "Improvisation 7", and "The Squirrel & The Ricketty Racketty Bridge". 2LP set features all the additional improvisations that were recorded at the same time, and which appeared on the 1978 pressing of the record – plus a full side of a never-issued improvisation, recorded in York in 1972! LP, Vinyl record album

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John Baker, Delia Derbyshire, & David CainBBC Radiophonic Music (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
BBC/Silva Screen (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $29.99 35.98
One of the first great recorded documents of the genius of the BBC Radiophonic Music laboratories – home to pioneering electronic talents Delia Derbyshire, John Baker, and David Cain! The trio are heard here on a set of amazing tracks recorded for BBC radio plays in the 60s, plus a bit of early TV work too – tunes that are sometimes spooky and noisy, sometimes playful, often tuneful, and always revolutionary – really groundbreaking use of electronic instrumentation in the world of popular entertainment! Baker and Derbyshire have gotten especially strong acclaim in recent years – and along with Cain, the set presents their early genius in all its glory – on tunes that are still pretty amazing after all these decades! Titles include "Milky Way", "PIGS", "The Frogs Wooing", "Boys & Girls", "Time & Tune", "Artbeat", "Sea Sports", "The Missing Jewel", "Air", "Crossbeat", and "Autumn & Winter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 500 – on pink vinyl!)

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Big LDevil's Son EP (From The Vaults) ... 12-inch
Columbia, 1993. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Big L's travels to hell and back on "Devil's Son" – intended for his Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous but didn't make the final cut of that classic album – much like the other gritty underground classics, one-time promo-only, but classic level tracks in this vital EP! The Title track features production by Showbiz, and the other tracks feature equally strong production by fellow legendary producers of the era in Buckwild, Lord Finesse and Large Professor. Other tracks include "I Shoulda Used A Rubba", "School Dayz", "Times Iz Hard" and "Da Unexpected Flava". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Still in the shrink with hype stickers.)

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Black FlowerFuture Flora ... CD
Sdban (Belgium), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
A very cool little combo – one who play funky jazz, but add in a globe's worth of influences – with an especially strong ear for the exotic reed sounds of Ethiopia in the 70s! The album's got warm keyboards at the core, driven by live drums and percussion – then topped with really beautiful work on cornet, alto, and baritone sax – the last of which has this deep, rich voice that really gives the record some soul – a special sort of quality that really sets these guys apart. There's a few other reed instruments in the mix there somewhere, and titles include "Ankor Wat", "Hora De Aksum", "Early Days Of Space Travel (part 2)", and "Ohm Eye". CD
Also available Future Flora ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Black FlowerFuture Flora ... LP
Sdban (Belgium), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
A very cool little combo – one who play funky jazz, but add in a globe's worth of influences – with an especially strong ear for the exotic reed sounds of Ethiopia in the 70s! The album's got warm keyboards at the core, driven by live drums and percussion – then topped with really beautiful work on cornet, alto, and baritone sax – the last of which has this deep, rich voice that really gives the record some soul – a special sort of quality that really sets these guys apart. There's a few other reed instruments in the mix there somewhere, and titles include "Ankor Wat", "Hora De Aksum", "Early Days Of Space Travel (part 2)", and "Ohm Eye". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Future Flora ... CD 14.99

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Brothers JohnsonLook Out For #1 ... CD
A&M, 1976. Used ... $5.99
An all-star soul affair produced by Quincy Jones, and featuring the talents of studio greats like Harvey Mason, Billy Cobham, Toots Thielmans, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, and many others – not to mention the Brothers themselves! We'll be honest, though, in saying that we really think it's the great jazzy backing and the tight arrangements by Quincy that make this album so great. The Brothers' bass and vocal work is fine – but it's the non-bass instrumental moments that really make this album strong, as you'll hear on cuts like the moog-heavy "Tomorrow", or the timbales/keyboard/flute groover "Thunder Thumbs & Lightnin Licks". Great stuff if you dig mid 70s work by Q – and featuring the tracks "I'll Be Good To You", "Land Of Ladies", "Free & Single", "Get The Funk Out Ma Face", and "The Devil". CD

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Chong The Nomad/Stas Thee BossLove Memo/S'Women (colored vinyl) ... LP
Crane City, 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 21.98
A split LP from 2 leading lights of Seattle's fiercely creative independent hip hop scene – Chong The Nomad and Stas Thee Boss! Stas previously made waves as half of the enigmatic cosmic soul duo Thee Satisfaction and she lays out a hypnotic abstract hip hop vibe really strongly here, with a laidback vocal approach and lightly trippy approach to beatcraft on her side, S'Women. Titles include "Found Parking", "Tried It", "Solo", "No Service", "Diamond Doris", "Sex Pack", "Melt", "Before Anyone Else" and more. Chong The Nomad's Love Memo side is all about the moody beatcraft and it's wonderful stuff, too – from spare, though heavily atmospheric washes of sound to insistent beats and vocal samples, it's solid all the way. Tracks include "Lip Bite", "Docile", "For Tonight", "Chest Pain", "Enchant Me", "In Conclusion" and vinyl bonus track "Pompelmo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 750 copies. Marble-colored vinyl.)

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Circle ResearchMulligan Stew ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2004. Used ... $5.99
A nice little batch of groovy Toronto-based hip hop from Circle Research and their extended family of rhymers! CR shows a really strong reverence for mid school Cali, particularly prime era Del. The beats and basslines have a nice and live feel, with some trippy keys and guitar laid over in spots. Like a lot of the best British hip hop, the Toronto reared Circle Research duo has a geniune affinity for a jazzy, 70s spacey soul vibe – and a better understanding of the musicality of all those jazzy soul sounds than you'll find in a lot other producers! Tracks include "Speak & Read" featuring Abdominal, Psy'd" with Psy, "I'm Not", with D-sisive, "Substance" with Mike Swift & others, "Bento Dusho" with Yushin, "Bridging The Gap" with Tara Chase & others, "Cumbersome Trinkits" with Abdominal, "Making Me Itch" with Asicks and much more! CD
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CollageDo You Like Our Music? ... CD
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... About May 22, 2019
One of the less-remembered acts of the Solar Records empire of the late 70s/early 80s – but a great one! Collage had a strong modern soul groove – taken especially well at midtempo, which is where the band really hit their stride. This album's produced by The Whispers – and in a way, it's actually stronger than most of The Whispers' own work at the time. Plenty of nice moments, including "When You Smile", "Special Occasion", "Do You Like Our Music?", and their cover of "Groovin". CD

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✨✧ Willie ColonCrime Pays (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1972. Used ... $19.99
Classic work from Willie Colon – the "payoff" of his youthful hoodlum routine, and a hard-hitting batch of salsa tunes pulled from earlier records – all in a package that defines his groove of the 70s! Hector LaVoe's on vocals with Willie's group – and he's also standing with Willie on the cover, a nice image that has the two of them dressed as big-time gangsters, standing next to a Rolls Royce! (Wonder what it cost them to rent that for the cover shoot?) But more important than Willie's perpetuation of himself as the bad boy of Latin music, is the overall sound of the record – fierce salsa, with a really strong approach that's as bold and proud as the image which supports it. Solid all the way through, and tracks include "El Malo", "Jazzy", "El Titan", and "Che Che Cole", a nice groover. CD
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✨✧ Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery ... CD
Impulse, 2019. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary London scene! Shabaka's work on tenor and bass clarinet really gives the record an earthy, organic core – which seems to let the keyboards really soar off into space, often with the sort of vibe that you'd guess from the group's name and the cover image on the record – in a wide flurry of live and amplified performance elements! At some level, the trio is almost London's answer to some of the jazz-meets-studio work from Chicago's International Anthem label – and like some of the groups who record for that imprint, these guys are all strong jazz musicians at the core – but performing at a level that's very beyond the ordinary. Titles include "Birth Of Creation", "Summon The Fire", "Blood Of The Past", "Astral Flying", "Super Zodiac", "The Universe Wakes Up", and "Timewave Zero". CD
Also available Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery ... LP
Impulse, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary London scene! Shabaka's work on tenor and bass clarinet really gives the record an earthy, organic core – which seems to let the keyboards really soar off into space, often with the sort of vibe that you'd guess from the group's name and the cover image on the record – in a wide flurry of live and amplified performance elements! At some level, the trio is almost London's answer to some of the jazz-meets-studio work from Chicago's International Anthem label – and like some of the groups who record for that imprint, these guys are all strong jazz musicians at the core – but performing at a level that's very beyond the ordinary. Titles include "Birth Of Creation", "Summon The Fire", "Blood Of The Past", "Astral Flying", "Super Zodiac", "The Universe Wakes Up", and "Timewave Zero". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Cortijo Y Su ComboQuitate De La Via, Perico ... CD
Rumba, Early 60s. Used ... $14.99
Classic material from Cortijo's legendary combo with Ismael Rivera on vocals – one of the first records to really showcase the great sounds coming from the Puerto Rican scene in the early 60s! Rhythms are plenty lively – as Cortijo's group has the same sharp focus as the early Joe Cuba Sextet – a really strong emphasis on rhythms that can always be depended on to keep things moving. Rivera's singing is excellent to – with that nascent soul that would come into focus much more sharply in the late 60s, as countless other Latin vocalists really picked up the Puerto Rican sound! Titles include "Cortijito", "El Trompo", "Bomba Carambomba", "El Chivo", "El Pajaro Chogui", "Caramelo Santo", "Piedras En Mi Camino" and "Perico". CD
(Out of print Rumba pressing. Tray card has a crease and a name in pen.)
Also available Quitate De La Via, Perico ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Cortijo Y Su ComboQuitate De La Via, Perico ... LP
Gema, Early 60s. Good+ ... $9.99
Classic material from Cortijo's legendary combo with Ismael Rivera on vocals – one of the first records to really showcase the great sounds coming from the Puerto Rican scene in the early 60s! Rhythms are plenty lively – as Cortijo's group has the same sharp focus as the early Joe Cuba Sextet – a really strong emphasis on rhythms that can always be depended on to keep things moving. Rivera's singing is excellent to – with that nascent soul that would come into focus much more sharply in the late 60s, as countless other Latin vocalists really picked up the Puerto Rican sound! Titles include "Cortijito", "El Trompo", "Bomba Carambomba", "El Chivo", "El Pajaro Chogui", "Caramelo Santo", "Piedras En Mi Camino" and "Perico". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label Rumba pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)
Also available Quitate De La Via, Perico ... CD 14.99

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Francesco De MasiLa Macchina Della Violenza (aka The Big Game) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Beat/Spettro (Italy), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
An excellent 70s Italian film score – penned for a political thriller, but handled with a fair bit of sweet and lovely themes! The album's one of the best we've ever heard from Francesco De Masi, and it nicely mixes his usual strong talents for action with a bit more warmth that befits the sexier side of the Italian cinematic spectrum. Sweet strings glide in alongside tighter electric basslines on some tracks – and others feature evocative woodwind bits, haunting piano, and a few more dramatic orchestrations – all wrapped up with really lovely sound throughout, and reissued here in a wonderful new package that really fits the music! There's a few vocal tracks – "Tomorrow Is A Foreign Land" and "Time On My Hands" – sung in English by Melody – and other titles include "The Story Of A Dream", "Running Against The Time", "Cape Town Harbour", "Soldiers Aboard", "Red Clouds", "Ending A Dream", "Suspect & Love", and "You'll Kill Her". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500 – includes poster!)

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DeeleDeele Greatest Hits ... CD
Solar, Used ... $11.99
With haircuts like this, it's got to be the 80s! During the decade, The Deele were one of the greatest new acts on Solar Records – a sweet soul group with a sound that was a good link to other acts on the label, like The Whispers or Collage, but one with a sense of style that was unabashedly 80s, and which helped the label stay strong in the charts with Deele's ever-expanding sound. The group's got no problem using a drum machine riff or tweaked-out keyboards, but they also maintain a really strong vocal approach – heard best on the album's excellent mellow and midtempo numbers. The CD's got a total of 16 tracks in all – with titles that include "I Surrender", "Two Occasions", "Shoot Em Up Movies", "Can U Dance", "Material Thangz", "Just My Luck", "Body Talk", "Dry Your Eyes", "Video Villain", and "Suspicious". CD
(Out of print.)

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DeeleShoot Em Up – Best Of The Deele ... CD
Solar/Castle (UK), 1980s. Used ... $6.99
With haircuts like this, it's got to be the 80s! During the decade, The Deele were one of the greatest new acts on Solar Records – a sweet soul group with a sound that was a good link to other acts on the label, like The Whispers or Collage, but one with a sense of style that was unabashedly 80s, and which helped the label stay strong in the charts with Deele's ever-expanding sound. The group's got no problem using a drum machine riff or tweaked-out keyboards, but they also maintain a really strong vocal approach – heard best on the album's excellent mellow and midtempo numbers. The CD's got a total of 17 tracks in all – with titles that include "I Surrender", "Two Occasions", "Shoot Em Up Movies", "Can U Dance", "Material Thangz", "Just My Luck", "Body Talk", "Dry Your Eyes", "Sexy Love", "Suspicious", and "Working". CD
(Out of print.)

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Larry DixonStar Time – Larry Dixon & Lad Productions Inc – Chicago 1971 to 1987 ... CD
Past Due, 1970s/1980s. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
Two rare albums from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – plus an even more obscure array of rare singles and lost tapes from the same time too! The set begins with Larry's wonderful indie set I Am So In Love – originally issued on vinyl with a glued-on photocopy on the cover image! The album's a self-produced effort from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – and a great mix of sweeter soul and a few clubbier numbers – all of which sound surprisingly great, given the homemade look of the package! According to the label, the album was recorded live – most likely live in the studio, but with a freewheeling freshness that gets away from some of the cliches of this time – and which is really in keeping with the honest, personal approach Larry brings to the record. Titles include "What I Am", "Body", "Show Me", "Star Time", "Free Me", "Hey Girl", and "I'm So In Love". Next up is 1984's Can't Price Love – done with a bit more of an 80s soul vibe, but still villed with wonderfully sweet vocals from Larry! Dixon co-wrote some of the tunes and his guitarist Charles Parks takes credit for some of the others – and titles include one gospel song "Wait For Me" (both vocal and instrumental) , "Can't Price Love" (also vocal and instrumental version), "Doing What Comes Naturally", "Dance To The Beat", and "Make Up Your Mind". The second half of the collection is maybe even cooler than the first – a huge array of rare tracks done by Larry Dixon, from the early 70s through the mid 80s – really showing the evolution of both the indie soul sound of the time, and of the sort of artists who never fully got their time in the spotlight! Some tracks are by Dixon, others feature a different singer in the lead – and together, the work really illustrates the choices made by indie singers who were usually working a few years behind mainstream trends, but with a sharpness that really belies their lesser-star status. The music is already great on the rare funk or harmony singles at the start – but gets even more interesting as Larry and musicians cook up a sweet jazzy take on club – one that's almost more cosmic funk at times, with kind of a Cali-Tex vibe, than any sort of the disco on the east coast – especially given the placement of really strong musicians in the group. These 20 tracks are a huge revelation – and titles include "Next Time", "The Only One", "Don't It Make You Dance", "Love In Your Heart", "Feelings So Fine", and "Being With You" by Larry Dixon; "Space Caravan", "Groove It All Night", and "Love We Had (demo)" by Charles Parks III & The High Society Players; and "Ready For Your Touch", "That Kind Of Love", and "Ready For Your Touch (Jerome's dub)" by Chuck-A-Luck. CD

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Pierre DorgeSoundscapes ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Guitarist Pierre Dorge has been giving us amazing music for many years – but he sounds especially amazing here in the company of a really great group – the excellent Kirk Knuffke on cornet, plus Stephen Riley on tenor, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums – all very dynamic players who seem to make Dorge sound even fresher than ever! There's an especially strong sense of phrasing on the record – no surprise, especially with Knuffke in the mix – and while Pierre can sometimes use his instrument in more abstract ways, that quality is really balanced by all the other members of the lineup. Anderson's bass is great – nicely pointed at the best moments, and a great contrast to Dorge's strings – and all tracks are originals, with titles that include "Lullaby For Sun Ra", "Mingus' Birthday Party", "Afrikaa Mbizo Dyani", "Sim Sim Ba", and "Alligator In Paradise". CD

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Svein Finnerud TrioPlastic Sun ... CD
Odin (Norway), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
The album that forever put Norwegian pianist Svein Finnerud on the map – a piano trio album from the start of the 70s, and one that's every bit as open and free-thinking as the best work of the time from Keith Jarrett or Steve Kuhn! As with both of those musicians, Finnerud's got this way of opening up completely new concepts in melody and rhythm, but almost always without using any darker or noisier jazz modes – so that even when his trio is completely unbridled, they seem to have this sense of soul and swing that's completely fantastic! The link is especially strongest to Kuhn's most compelling work in his early years, and the set also features two Annette Peacock tunes – which should also be a bit of a reference. Titles include "Touching", "Plastic Sun", "Dee Dee", "Strings", "Parelius N", "Cartoon", and "Alnafet Street". CD

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Svein Finnerud TrioPlastic Sun ... LP
Odin (Norway), 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
The album that forever put Norwegian pianist Svein Finnerud on the map – a piano trio album from the start of the 70s, and one that's every bit as open and free-thinking as the best work of the time from Keith Jarrett or Steve Kuhn! As with both of those musicians, Finnerud's got this way of opening up completely new concepts in melody and rhythm, but almost always without using any darker or noisier jazz modes – so that even when his trio is completely unbridled, they seem to have this sense of soul and swing that's completely fantastic! The link is especially strongest to Kuhn's most compelling work in his early years, and the set also features two Annette Peacock tunes – which should also be a bit of a reference. Titles include "Touching", "Plastic Sun", "Dee Dee", "Strings", "Parelius N", "Cartoon", and "Alnafet Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue, including the bonus CD.)
Also available Plastic Sun ... CD 16.99

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Roberta FlackOasis ... CD
Atlantic, 1988. Used ... $1.99
Roberta Flack sounding freshly inspired in the late 80s – her first new album in years – and it's a really strong one! The first thing that jumps out at us is how wonderful her voice continues to be –she's recognizable from the first syllable, and it's right it home with a contemporary sound – though classical soul-inclined – thanks to smart production and arrangements by Marcus Miller, Jerry Hey and Michael Omartian. There's a little bit of a tropical vibe in couple places – hence the title – especially the opening and closing tunes "Oasis" and "(His Name) Brazil" – and other cuts include the nice and hooky Ashford & Simpson tune "Uh-Uh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)", plus "All Caught Up In Love", "Shock To My System", "You Who Brought Me Love", "And So It Goes", "Something Magic". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Oasis ... LP 2.99

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Roberta FlackOasis ... LP
Atlantic, 1988. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Roberta Flack sounding freshly inspired in the late 80s – her first new album in years – and it's a really strong one! The first thing that jumps out at us is how wonderful her voice continues to be –she's recognizable from the first syllable, and it's right it home with a contemporary sound – though classical soul-inclined – thanks to smart production and arrangements by Marcus Miller, Jerry Hey and Michael Omartian. There's a little bit of a tropical vibe in couple places – hence the title – especially the opening and closing tunes "Oasis" and "(His Name) Brazil" – and other cuts include the nice and hooky Ashford & Simpson tune "Uh-Uh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)", plus "All Caught Up In Love", "Shock To My System", "You Who Brought Me Love", "And So It Goes", "Something Magic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)
Also available Oasis ... CD 1.99

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FlevansPart Time Millionaire ... CD
Jalapeno (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $12.99
We first loved Flevans for his albums on the Tru Thoughts label in the first decade of this century – and after a long hiatus, the man is back in action – and somehow sounding funkier than ever! Most of the work here is handled by Flevans/Nigel Evans – but there's a fullness to the whole thing that almost makes you feel like there's a whole funky combo at play – a bit like some of the funk projects we've enjoyed from Shawn Lee – and some of the best cuts here have really strong vocals in the lead, enforcing more of a soul vibe than we remember from the previous albums. Singers include Laura Vane, Sarah Scott, and Elliott Cole – and titles include "Invisible", "It Just Goes", "Who's Got Me", "Right On Top", "Ex Factor", "The Wheel", "Some Day", "Take Your Money", and "Two Steps". CD
Also available Part Time Millionaire ... LP 14.99

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FlevansPart Time Millionaire ... LP
Jalapeno (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
We first loved Flevans for his albums on the Tru Thoughts label in the first decade of this century – and after a long hiatus, the man is back in action – and somehow sounding funkier than ever! Most of the work here is handled by Flevans/Nigel Evans – but there's a fullness to the whole thing that almost makes you feel like there's a whole funky combo at play – a bit like some of the funk projects we've enjoyed from Shawn Lee – and some of the best cuts here have really strong vocals in the lead, enforcing more of a soul vibe than we remember from the previous albums. Singers include Laura Vane, Sarah Scott, and Elliott Cole – and titles include "Invisible", "It Just Goes", "Who's Got Me", "Right On Top", "Ex Factor", "The Wheel", "Some Day", "Take Your Money", and "Two Steps". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Part Time Millionaire ... CD 12.99

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Rodney FranklinLearning To Love ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Rodney Franklin's learning to love – and he's learning to groove, too – by adding in just a bit more vocals to his music than before, but still holding onto all the best keyboard strengths of the past! Franklin was really one of the leading lights of the Columbia Records jazz scene of the time – an exceptionally strong artist, and very much his own spirit – yet sadly not as remembered these days as contemporaries like Lonnie Liston Smith or Herbie Hancock. Yet Rodney's got all the range of both of those artists – the same ability to mix jazz, funk, fusion, and soul – the last of which he does here wonderfully, with help from singers Jim Gilstrap, Howard Smith, and Darryl Phinnessee. Yet at the heart of all the tracks are Rodney's nice soulful keyboards – which have the same smooth feel as Bobby Lyle's from the same time – and the same ability to blend wonderfully with lyrics and other instrumentation. The record was produced by Stanley Clarke – and titles include the great "Enuff Is Enuff" – the theme from the early 80s blacksploitation flick One Down Two To Go – plus "Sonshine", "Learning To Love", "Don't Wanna Let You Go", "Sailing", and "That's The Way I Feel Bout Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieDizzy In Greece ... LP
Verve, 1956. Very Good ... $14.99
Dizzy's in Greece, looking very cool in a fez on the cover – and really wailing hard with a larger group that includes Billy Mitchell, Charlie Persip, Lee Morgan, Wynton Kelly, and Phil Woods! The mode here is still quite boppish, despite the larger size of the ensemble – but Dizzy also manages to bring in some of those wonderfully rich colors that were coming into his later work – a tonal depth that's completely amazing, and which pushed Gillespie way past his simple roots of the 40s, into a space that made him one of the most expressive jazz leaders of the 50s. The horn charts alone are totally great – and Dizzy's got a wonderful talent for letting the key soloists step out with a really strong voice in the set – and although short, the tunes have an incredible reach overall. Titles include "Tin Tin Deo", "Yesterdays", "Groovin' High", "Hey Pete", "Arnnie's Dance", and "Groovin' for Nat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, with old tape on the seams.)

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Ralphe ArmstrongHomeBASS ... CD
Detroit Music Factory, 2013. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole, booklet has a gold promo stamp.)

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Manny AlbamJazz Workshop ... LP
RCA, 1955. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Great early work from arranger Manny Album – Manny's entry in RCA's Jazz Workshop series – a set of tunes that are shorter, and arguably a bit more modern than some of his later work – tracks done definitely in that Jazz Workshop blend of west coast cool and east coast modern – with players that include Bob Brookmeyer, Nick Travis, Urbie Green, Billy Byers, Hal McKusick, Al Cohn, and Thad Jones. Titles include the Albam originals "Headstrong", "The Changing Scene", "The Turning Point", and "Intermezzo" – plus "Charmaine", "Royal Garden Blues", and "Anything Goes". LP, Vinyl record album
(French Jazz Line reissue in a beige border cover.)

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David Allen CoeTattoo/Family Album ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Two classics from one of the greatest talents in 70s country music! First up is Tattoo – a classic from the key late 70s years of David Allen Coe – a set recorded right after his Long Haired Redneck stretch, with an equally confident, put-together vibe! Coe's completely his own man here – able to sing straight country songs that effortlessly knock out most of the competition, still a bit able to sing those unusual songs about his own place in music, and even turning into a wonderful talent for ballads – which really balance out the set. Titles include a nice take on the classic "San Francisco Mable Joy" – plus "Face To Face", "Just To Prove My Love To You", "Canteen Of Water", "Daddy Was A God Fearin Man", and "Play Me A Sad Song". Family Album is pure brilliance from the great David Allan Coe – a record that somehow manages to be sincere 70s country, yet also has a strong sense of distance too – that special balance that always set Coe apart from bigger contemporaries like Willie Nelson or Waylon Jennings! The song styles are slightly more varied here, but the album overflows with the kind of thoughtful balance between modern and classic, personal and social themes – so much so that the whole thing weaves together in a way that few other country singers can match. Titles include Coe's version of "Take This Job & Shove It", plus "Million Dollar Memories", "Family Album", "Guilty Footsteps", "Houston Dallas San Antoine", "Bad Impressions", and "Whole Lot Of Lonesome". CD also features the earlier hit "If I Could Climb The Walls Of The Bottle". CD

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Alex CondeOrigins ... CD
Ropeadope/Uprising, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Pianist Alex Conde always has a great way of blending jazz performance with Latin rhythms – and that approach really takes off here, as Conde's core combo gets fantastic frontline help from Brian Lynch on trumpet, Conrad Herwig on trombone, and Dayna Stephens on tenor and soprano sax! Both Lynch and Herwig are no strangers to sounds like this – and they really shine when called upon – soaring out to give the music this great sense of color and energy – which is really saying a lot, given Conde's already-strong work with the bass, drums, and cajon in the rhythms. A few moments feature guest vocals – from Alejandro Conde Sr and Ismael Fernandez – and titles include "The Great Priest", "Jungle Street", "Spring Break", "Upper West Side", "Bulerijazz", "Descarga Por Bulerias", and "El Emigrante". CD

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Alice CooperEasy Action (2018 Record Crawl Exclusive – colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Rhino, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
Early work from the Alice Cooper band – working in a hard grooving, late 60s psych and garage rock informed sound, a couple years before the Bob Ezrin-produced, shock rock juggernaut – but still a nicely sinister Detroit rock & roll sound! Alice's sneering, snakelike vocals are laying the bedrock for the nastiness to come – and this is the best, pre-superstar Alice Cooper album, and also a lot stronger than the cheesy, self referential late 70s stuff. Titles include Mr & Misdemeanor", "Shoe Salesman", "Still No Air", "Below Your Means", "Return Of The Spiders", "Laughing At Me", "Lay Down And Die, Goodbye" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie store exclusive on gold colored vinyl!)

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Roxy CossFuture Is Female ... CD
Posi tone, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Roxy Coss's second album as a leader for the Posi-Tone label – and it's her strongest to date, both by design and in performance! Where her Chasing The Unicorn album set up a whimsical sensibility, this one obliviously sets up a tone of strength and determination – undercurrents of all her work we've heard thus far, but are front-and-center thematically here. The titles are strident and topical, while the sound is timeless, with some thematic touches – like the almost foreboding intro to "Mr. President" that leads into marching drums, or the slyly easygoing swing that starts "Feminist AF" leading to some of the most energetic soloing by Roxy on the whole set – but she never casts off the neo-classic jazz she's always had such a strong voice for. Recorded in a single day with her excellent band including Alex Wintz, Miki Yamanaka, Rick Rosato and Jimmy Macbride, titles include "Nevertheless, She Persisted", "Little Did She Know", "She Needed A Hero, So That's What She Became", "Females Are Strong As Hell", "#MeToo","Nasty Women Grab Back" and "Ode To A Generation". CD

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Count OssieTales Of Mozambique (with bonus tracks & download) ... LP
Dynamic Sounds/Soul Jazz (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
One of the hippest sets ever issued during the roots reggae wave of the 70s – and one of the most spiritual, too! The album's got a very special acoustic vibe at the core – earthy drumming that goes back to a pan-African tradition, these beautiful acoustic basslines that link the music strongly with underground jazz, and even some wicked sax and reed passages that make that link even stronger – especially when tied to the more message-oriented lyrics of the vocals! The album's hardly a straight roots album – and instead goes deep into the more spiritual side of Rastafari, with a personal, acoustic style that's instantly captivating – and which also has strong appeal to fans of other global sounds, and 70s spiritual jazz as well. A stunning classic – with tracks that include "Lock Stock & Barrel", "Selam Nna Wadada", "Tales Of Mozambique", "Let Freedom Reign", "Nigerian Reggae" and "Run One Mile". Features two bonus tracks too – "Rasta Reggae" and "Samia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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Miles Davis & Tadd DameronMiles Davis/Tadd Dameron Quintet In Paris Festival International De Jazz May 1949 ... LP
Columbia, 1949. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
A rare early side of Miles Davis – recorded in postwar Paris in the company of Tadd Dameron! The group's a quintet – with Miles on trumpet and Tadd on piano – and although the overall vibe certainly shows a lot of bop generation spirit, there's also a strong indication of the deeper ideas that were already becoming a part of both artists' music. The group features some excellent work on tenor from James Moody – plus bass from Barney Spieler and drums from Kenny Clarke. Tunes include a fair bit of familiar numbers from the Charlie Parker camp – and titles include "Rifftide", "Good Bait", "Don't Blame Me", "Lady Bird", "Wah Hoo", "Allen's Alley", "Embraceable You", "Ornithology" and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Etran De L'AirEtral De L'Air No 1 ... LP
Sahel Sounds, 2018. New Copy ... $18.99
A trio of guitars, augmented by bass, all swarming around each other in a way that might well make this group the Spacemen 3 of the Tuareg scene! There's not the obvious psychedelic influence here that group had back at the end of the 80s – but the mix of guitar fuzz is equally trippy – especially as the strong lead solos by Abdourahamane Ibra Allamine are balanced out by the two other guitarists, then given direction by a bit of drums – and augmented with vocals that are often much farther down in the mix than the guitars! Titles include "Tarha", "Hadija", "Etran Hymne", "Agrim Agadez", "Mon Amour", "Tenere Maliat", and "Tamiditine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Clare FischerWaltz ... CD
Discovery, 1969. Used ... $14.99
A pretty darn nice CD – one that compiles tracks recorded by Fischer's big band in 1969, and which we almost passed up because of a silly-looking cover! The CD appears to include most of the material that appeared on Fischer's album Thesaurus for Atlantic, plus a wealth of additional tunes cut at the same time, with similar players – making for 15 tracks in all that perfectly capture his spacious approach to the material, and strong sense of a groove. Personnel includes Gary Foster, Bud Shank, Warne Marsh, Larry Bunker, Conte Candoli, James Zito, and Buddy Childers – and Fischer himself plays organ, acoustic piano, and a bit of electric piano as well! Titles include "One", "Waltz", "Miles Behind", "This Is Always", "Thiers' Tears", "Liz Anne", "Calamus", "In Memoriam", "Bitter Leaf", and "Upper Manhattan Medical Group". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mike Gibbs with John ScofieldMike Gibbs Band At Symphony Hall – Birmingham 1991 ... CD
Dusk Fire (UK), 1991. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A really unusual meeting of the minds – as legendary guitarist John Scofield works here with the famous British big band of Mike Gibbs – an ensemble that had been making waves for decades by the time of this recording! Gibbs was always one of the most colorful of the modern British talents at the end of the 60s – a trombonist, composer, and arranger who was always strongly aware of tone – especially the unusual moments that could arise when putting key talents together in his always-modern ensemble! The lineup here lives up to that legacy – as it also features Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Tony Coe on tenor, John Taylor on piano, Chris Pyne on trombone, and Steve Swallow on bass – all players whose early work helped transform the UK scene, and who still sound great at the start of the 90s. The album's a double-length set – and titles include "Meant To Be", "Lost In Space", "Pretty Out", "Blueprint", "Science & Religion", "Fat Lip", "World Without", "Out Of The Question", and "Don't Overdo It". CD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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✨✧ Les BaxterJungle Jazz (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Capitol/Captain High (Germany), 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 23.99
One of our favorite albums ever from the mighty Les Baxter – and one of the few from his Capitol years that really has a strong jazz component! The approach here is similar to Les' classic African Jazz set – with lots of rootsy percussion at the core, maybe more than usual for Baxter – mixed with larger instrumentation, plus a bit of vibes and other percussion – all topped with the soulful tenor of Plas Johnson, whose sound her really brings the whole thing together! The mix of jungle exotica and tenor is completely sublime – and titles include "Amazon Falls", "Coco", "Isle Of Cuba", "Jungla Brava", "Go Chango", and "Blue Jungle". Also features bonus tracks – "Safari", "Banana Boy", "Jungalero", and "Cairo Bazaar". LP, Vinyl record album

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Heinie BeauMoviesville Jazz ... LP
Coral, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
An obscure west coast session led by reedman Heinie Beau – a player who mostly recorded with film orchestras of the 50s, but who sounds great here in the company of better-known LA names like Howard Roberts, John Graas, Don Fagerquist, Buddy Collette, and Red Callender! The style here is a bit like some of Graas' albums of the time – especially for Decca – tightly arranged, with lots of bold colors and rhythms – but still plenty of space for breakout solo moments on flute, alto, trumpet, tenor, and other reeds. Beau's conception is really wonderful – filled with modern influences, but always strongly swinging – almost in the jazz soundtrack mode you might expect from the title! Tracks include "The Three Heads Of Adam", "In Your Private Eye", "Scotland Yardbird", "The Cool Tin Roof Story", "Moonset Boulevard", "Gullible Travels", and "The Gina Pastrami Cha Cha Cha". LP, Vinyl record album
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Louie BellsonSticks On Fire ... CD
Ocium (Spain), 1951/1952/1953. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The focus here is on Bellson – playing on tracks recorded for the Mercer, Columbia, Capitol, and Verve labels – under the leadership of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, as well as his own group. The tracks are grouped nicely by session, and represent some great material that's strongly driven by Bellson's drum work – including many recordings that were important 78rpm sides, but which haven't been reissued much over the years. The CD features 25 tracks in all, with titles that include "Sticks", "Hawk Talks", "Night Walk", "Moonlight Fiesta", "She", "The Happening", "Alternate", "Hoppin John", and "Phalanges". CD
(CD also features a bonus multimedia track to play on any Windows system – with information on the artist and other notes!)

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Tony BennettWho Can I Turn To ... CD
Columbia, 1964. Used ... $1.99
A 60s classic from Tony Bennett – a record that sported a huge title hit, but which also stands strongly as a really unified album! Tony's at his maturing best here – still working with core jazz inspiration from the Ralph Sharon Trio, but also getting fuller strings from George Siravo – who colors in the tunes with a sense of adult emotion and sophisticated melancholy that shows that Bennett's way more than just a simple singer of hits. The material here is all pretty darn great – with a strong jazz influence on tunes like "Autumn Leaves", "Waltz For Debby", "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", and "Got The Gate On The Golden Gate" – and more deeply sensitive style on "Who Can I Turn To", "Listen Little Girl", and "There's A Lull In My Life". CD

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Boogie Down ProductionsSex & Violence ... CD
Jive, 1992. Used ... Just Sold Out!
righteous but still righteous KRS way, without ever compromising the beats. BDP is still going strong here in the early 90s, after busting all kinds of boundries and paving the way for just about every other hip hop crews and solo acts to balance strident lyricism and realatively strong commercial success. 16 tracks in all: "We In There", "Duck Down", "The Original Way", "Build And Destroy", "Questions And Answers", "Who Are The Pimps", "Ruff Ruff" featuring Freddie Foxxx) "Drug Dealer" (produced by Prince Paul), and "13 And Good". 16 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing. Small price sticker on booklet cover.)

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Booker T & The MGsBest Of Booker T & The MGs ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Near Mint- ... $14.99
What can we say? Booker T and crew are always tops in our book – and this album's as strong a batch of their classic singles as you'll ever find! Book's organ is the sound of a generation, and Steve Cropper's sinister vamping on guitar gives even the poppier tracks a hard edge that still sends shivers down our spine! Includes the breakbeat track "Hip Hug Her", plus "Green Onions", "Boot Leg", "Tic Tac Toe", "Red Beans & Rice", and "Jellybread". Smoking! LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink & tan label stereo pressing.)

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Booker T & The MGsBest Of Booker T & The MGs (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic, 1968. Used ... $2.99
What can we say? Booker T and crew are always tops in our book – and this album's as strong a batch of their classic singles as you'll ever find! Book's organ is the sound of a generation, and Steve Cropper's sinister vamping on guitar gives even the poppier tracks a hard edge that still sends shivers down our spine! Includes the breakbeat track "Hip Hug Her", plus "Green Onions", "Boot Leg", "Tic Tac Toe", "Red Beans & Rice", and "Jellybread". Smoking! Also includes 4 bonus tracks. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bootsy's Rubber BandAhh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... $9.99
Massive work from Bootsy Collins – one of his best-ever solo albums, and a perfect summation of the P-Funk groove – focused strongly through Bootsy's own sense of stardom! George Clinton worked with Collins on production, and the album's as tight as the best Parliament or Funkadelic work of the time – particularly the latter on their killer 70s sides for Warner, which was also the home for Bootsy. The Horny Horns are helping out on this one, which gives the album a strong instrumental drive – but the real star is Bootsy, whose sexy vocals and good sense of soul keep things firmly on track throughout. Features the cuts "What's A Telephone Bill?", "Munchies For Your Love", "We Want Bootsy", "The Pinocchio Theory", and "Rubber Duckie". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! ... LP 24.99

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Bootsy's Rubber BandAhh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Massive work from Bootsy Collins – one of his best-ever solo albums, and a perfect summation of the P-Funk groove – focused strongly through Bootsy's own sense of stardom! George Clinton worked with Collins on production, and the album's as tight as the best Parliament or Funkadelic work of the time – particularly the latter on their killer 70s sides for Warner, which was also the home for Bootsy. The Horny Horns are helping out on this one, which gives the album a strong instrumental drive – but the real star is Bootsy, whose sexy vocals and good sense of soul keep things firmly on track throughout. Features the cuts "What's A Telephone Bill?", "Munchies For Your Love", "We Want Bootsy", "The Pinocchio Theory", and "Rubber Duckie". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Test pressing in a plain sleeve, with info sheet taped to the front!)
Also available Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! ... CD 9.99

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ChangeLove 4 Love ... LP
Original Disco Culture (Italy), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99
Wonderful new work from Change – the international soul combo who made some classic cuts back at the start of the 80s – still sounding great all these many years later, but in a slightly different way! The balance between all elements here is fantastic – as the music has all the best parts of the group's earlier music, but also updates the sound a bit – in the way that a combo like Incognito or Brand New Heavies were updating older soul music back in the 90s, by grabbing all the strongest parts of the past, and fusing them into a fresh lean groove. The songs are upbeat, positive, and full of the kind of catchy hooks that Change always did so well – and titles include "Friends", "Make Me Go Cray", "How Will We", "Too Late", "Living Monday", "Love 4 Love", "All My Life", and "Hit Or Miss". Also includes some remix versions of older tracks – "Searching (Figo Sound version)", "Oh What A Feeling (Figo Sound version)", "You'll Always Be A Part Of Me (Figo Sound version)", and "It's A Girl's Affair (Figo Sound version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nat King ColeNat King Cole & The Quincy Jones Big Band – Live In Paris 19 Avril 1960 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
A dream of a collaboration – the great Nat King Cole in his prime, getting some mighty hip backings from the equally great Quincy Jones – who gives Nat a jazzy push that he wasn't always getting on his Capitol Records sessions of the time! The performance was recorded live in Paris on the same 1960 tour that has given us a few other rare Cole/Jones collaborations – but this one may well be the best of the bunch, as the fidelity is great – with an equal balance on Nat's wonderful vocal phrasing, and all the strongly soulful elements that Quincy brings to the band. Titles include "Tickle Toe", "Lester Leaps In", "Dance Ballerina Dance", "The Continental", "Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup", "Route 66", "It's Only A Paper Moon", "Joe Turner's Blues", "Welcome To The Club", "Blues In The Night", and "Thou Swell". CD

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Ornette ColemanOrnette At 12 ... LP
Impulse, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $33.99
Two generations of Ornette Coleman – making incredible music here together! The album's a freewheeling late 60s outing from the senior Ornette – who plays alto, violin, and trumpet here – working with his young son Ornette D Coleman on drums, just 12 years old at the time – but a surprisingly strong free jazz player overall! Heavyweight help comes from Dewey Redman on tenor – really tremendous here, with energy that's up there with Albert Ayler or Archie Shepp at their 60s best – plus Charlie Haden on bass, really coming strongly back into the music at this point in his career. The album's quite free overall – similar to some of Coleman's Blue Note work of the period – and titles include "COD", "Rainbows", "New York", and "Bells and Chimes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing, in fantastic shape!)

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Willie ColonLo Mato ... CD
Fania, 1973. Used ... $9.99
This is about as strong as you can get from Willie Colon – he's holding a gun to some cat's head on the cover! (And hip hoppers think they invented the gangster image!) More than just a catchy picture, though, the image is really important at a symbolic level – as the guy Willie's capping is an older one, possibly a bloated bandleader from years past, being shoved out of the way by Willie's leaner, cleaner sound and style. The album more than lives up to that picture, too – as it's filled with hard-hitting salsa numbers that show Willie and crew refining their sound even more from their already-strong previous albums. Includes the long cut "Junio 73", a really wonderful number, plus loads of other great ones that include "Guajira Ven", "Vo So", and "Calle Luna Calle Sol". CD
(Out of print. Rear tray card has a crease.)

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John ColtraneChasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary ... LP
Impulse, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 34.99
A great collection of work by John Coltrane – pulled together in support of the Chasing Trane documentary! The music here spans the gamut of Coltrane's years as a leader – as the set includes material from his years recording for Prestige, Atlantic, and Impulse Records – showing the tremendous amount of development he brought to his already-strong sound and style – with results that are still having a huge impact on jazz all these many years later! The set skews a bit towards the spiritual side of Trane – which is a great thing by us – and titles include "Trane's Slo Blues", "Russian Lullaby", "Love Supreme – Part 1 Acknowledgement", "Moment's Notice", "After The Rain", "Alabama", "My Favorite Things (part 1 – single version)", "I Want To Talk About You (live)", "Chasin The Train (live)", and the duet with Johnny Hartman on "My One & Only Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ravi ColtraneSpirit Fiction ... CD
Blue Note, 2012. Used ... $6.99
Ravi Coltrane's first album for Blue Note – put together here with production help from Joe Lovano, who also plays a bit of guest tenor too! The album's got a really dark edge – and really works strongly in those edgier sides of the spectrum – those modes that Coltrane's developed best in the past decade or so – which are almost more saxophonic elements of a maturing Wayne Shorter than they are those of his famous father! Ravi's got a good sense of space between his notes – never bridging the gaps with flurries of sound, and instead making these bold statements that swing together nicely, with help from a lineup that includes Geri Allen and Luis Pedromo on piano, James Genus and Drew Gress on bass, and EJ Strickland and Eric Harland on drums. In addition to tenor from Lovano on two tracks, the set also features some guest trumpet from Ralph Alessi – on titles that include "The Change My Girl", "Spirit Fiction", "Klepto", "Roads Cross", "Cross Roads", "Yellow Cat", and "Check Out Time". CD

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Con Funk ShunTo The Max ... LP
Mercury, 1982. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Snapping grooves and a sweet clubby sound from Con Funk Shun – one of the best 70s ensemble funk groups to make the transition to 80s groove years! The bass is tight, the keyboards are electric, and the rhythms are great – never forced or stiff, and always flowing with a sense of soul that's head and shoulders above most of the group's contemporaries. Vocals are strong too – especially on the numbers that step things down a few notches – and titles include "Ms Got The Body", "Let's Ride & Slide", "Everlove", "Hide & Freak", "You Are The One", "Take It To The Max", "The Freak", and "Love's Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a sticker spot.)

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Rudy De AndaMirror/Los Canarios (green vinyl pressing) ... 7-inch
Karma Chief/Colemine, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)... $8.99
A sweet little number with a sunny California vibe – equal parts rock and soul, with a guitar line that fades in to echo the waves of the surf – while Rudy De Anda delivers a vocal over romping drums! "Los Canarios" is slower, with plenty of echoey guitar tripping over slow beats – while Rudy's vocals lurk more in the background, especially when a stronger fuzz guitar comes into the lead! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited green colored vinyl pressing.)
 
 
 



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