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MinistryLand Of Rape & Honey ... LP
Sire, 1988. Sealed ... $36.99
A huge moment for Ministry – and the record that strongly brought forward all the underground styles that Al Jourgenson was bringing to the Chicago scene! The vocals and overall sound are a lot rawer than ever before – especially the earliest Ministry music, which was more in a Brit pop mode – and the record is honestly more of a Wax Trax release, as it shows Al's strong links to the industrial underground that had grown up around that Chicago label – as well as a surprising interest in hardcore too. Recorded in both Chicago and London, with some great guest work from Chris Connelly (onetime Dusty Groove employee!) – and titles that include "Deity", "The Missing", "Destruction", "Golden Dawn", "Stigmata", "Land Of Rape & Honey", and "Flashback". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a cutout mark. Shrinkwrap has a small "give the gift of music" sticker.)

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Al CohnCohn On The Saxophone ... LP
Dawn, 1956. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Al Cohn on the saxophone – blowing in that lean, clean style he first perfected in larger groups - then really used to perfection when he could open up in a smaller combo setting like this! The album's a nice change from some of Cohn's more tightly arranged records of the 50s – and features his strong tenor right out front – in a group that also features Frank Rehak on trombone, Hank Jones on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. There's a nice swing and tight solos on the set – which almost has a 50s Bethlehem Records vibe – and Cohn contributes the original tunes "Be Loose", "Good Ol Blues", and "Abstract Of You" – and the rest of the tracks include "We Three", "Idaho", "When Day Is Done", and "Blue Lou". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent blue vinyl pressing.)
Also available Cohn On The Saxophone (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 16.99

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Al CohnCohn On The Saxophone (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Dawn/Modern Harmonic, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 24.99
Al Cohn on the saxophone – blowing in that lean, clean style he first perfected in larger groups - then really used to perfection when he could open up in a smaller combo setting like this! The album's a nice change from some of Cohn's more tightly arranged records of the 50s – and features his strong tenor right out front – in a group that also features Frank Rehak on trombone, Hank Jones on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. There's a nice swing and tight solos on the set – which almost has a 50s Bethlehem Records vibe – and Cohn contributes the original tunes "Be Loose", "Good Ol Blues", and "Abstract Of You" – and the rest of the tracks include "We Three", "Idaho", "When Day Is Done", and "Blue Lou". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cohn On The Saxophone ... LP 14.99

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Dexter Gordon, Red Rodney, Von Freeman, et alCharlie Parker Memorial Concert ... LP
Cadet, 1970. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
In Chicago, the cult of Bird fanatics probably lived harder than in other cities – and in the few decades after Charlie Parker's death, the city was host to annual Bird Memorial concerts during the month of August. This obscure 2LP set on Cadet does a good job of documenting the energy and comraderie that went into those sessions – as it captures tunes from four different performances during the series, all recorded at Chicago's North Park Hotel. Players include Dexter Gordon, Howard McGhee, Vi Redd, Lee Konitz, Art Hoyle, Von Freeman, Jodie Christian, Roy Haynes, Muhal Richard Abrams, Eddie Jefferson, and Kenny Dorham – and the set's a great crossection of players – from the bop to the less obvious Parker-philes – in a strong illustration of Bird's still-consistent influence even at the end of the 60s. Titles include "Ornithology", "Yardbird Suite", "Disappointed", "Parker's Mood", "Now's The Time", and "Billie's Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)

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Al HaigOne-Day Session – Vogue & Esoteric Recordings ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1952/1954. Used ... $6.99
A key trio date for pianist Al Haig – material recorded on one day in 1954, but which eventually saw release as two different albums on two different labels! The group here features Haig on the keys, alongside Bill Crow on bass and Lee Abrams on drums – and although half the material came out on a 10" for Vogue, and the other half on Esoteric (later expanded as a full album on Counterpoint) – there's a nicely unified feel here throughout! Haig's at the top of his bop-era powers, but also playing with some warmer, gentler tones at times – a nicely introspective mode that really comes through strongly on the mellower tracks, which stand in strong contrast to some of the more pyrotechnic numbers here. CD features 21 titles from the session of March 13, 1954 – including "Body & Soul", "Yardbird Suite", "Taboo", "Mighty Like A Rose", "Autumn In New York", "If I Should Lose You", "The Moon Is Yellow", and "Round Midnight". CD also features one bonus track – "Taking A Chance On Love" – an odd inclusion, given that it was recorded two years, with a different group (Harry Babasin on bass and Larry Bunker on drums), all the way on the other side of the country in LA! CD

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JJ Johnson & Al GreyThings Are Getting Better All The Time ... LP
Pablo, 1983. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A lesser-known later album from JJ Johnson – but a surprisingly great one too, recorded with a sense of fire and inspiration that's no doubt driven by the mighty Al Grey! At the time of this set, Johnson was hardly recording much jazz at all – but Grey was still burning strong, and managed to hold onto the soulful modes of his 60s years. Johnson produced the record, and most likely handled the charts – and the record shows his strong work in the studio through the late 60s into the 70s, with a tightness that's different than some of the other Pablo albums of the era. Other players include Ray Brown on bass, Kenny Barron on acoustic and electric piano, Mickey Roker on drums, and Dave Carey on percussion – and titles include "Soft Winds", "Let Me See", "It's Only A Paper Moon", "Boy Meets Horn", "Doncha Hear Me Callin To Ya", and "Things Are Getting Better All The Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Azar Lawrence & Al McLeanFrontiers ... CD
Cellar Live, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 12.99
A great collaboration between spiritual jazz legend Azar Lawrence and overlooked Montreal reedman Al McLean – two very well-matched players who really seem to soar in each other's company! The tracks here are nice and long, and really share some of the strongly soulful currents of Azar's recent albums – those stunning sides he's given us in the past decade or so, which maybe are among some of the greatest in his career! McLean fits into the mix perfectly – as his tenor criss-crosses, joins, and breaks away from the horn of Lawrence – all with the kind of boundless creativity that makes us feel like these guys have been playing together for decades – and the rest of the group is quite strong too, with piano from Paul Shrofel, bass from Adrian Vedady, and drums from Greg Ritchie. Titles include "Spirit Night", "Mystic Journey", "Lonnie's Lament", "Get Up", and "Ruby My Dear". CD

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Al SmithMidnight Special ... LP
Prestige/Bluesville, Early 60s. Very Good ... $36.99
The second Prestige album from Al Smith – a great little singer with a sublime blend of blues, jazz, and soul! Smith really came on strong at the start of his career, but then dropped out of sight pretty quickly after this one – and we're really not sure why, given what a great little record it is! The style here is even looser and more laidback than the first – with a fair bit of soul-jazz styled instrumentation, played in a late night mellow mode by a small combo that includes Robert Banks on organ, King Curtis on tenor, and Jimmy Lee on guitar. A few tracks are nicely longish, and really loosen things up a lot – allowing Smith to hit modes that few other singers of the time were doing. Titles include "I Can't Make It By Myself", "I've Been Mistreated", "You're A Sweetheart", "The Bells", "Ride On Midnight Special", and the hard-rocking "Don't Worry Bout Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bluesville pressing, with deep groove and VG stamp. Cover has yellowed clear tape on the seams and spine, and a name in red marker on back.)

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VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al)Quintet ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
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
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)

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✨✧ VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al)Live Under The Sky (remastered with unreleased tracks) ... CD
Sony, 1979. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Originally a Japanese-only session – and one of the best records ever by the great 70's group that featured Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter. As with most of the group's Japanese recordings, this one is far better than the ones that got released in the US – and Shorter, Hubbard, and Herbie are great, and play with a strong commitment to straight ahead playing that was lacking from a lot of their other recordings of the time. The set includes lots of nice long spiralling modal numbers, with strong soloing all around, and excellent recording quality. Tracks include "Tear Drop", "Fragile", "One Of Another Kind", "Papa Oriente", "Domo", and "Pee Wee". Even better, though, this 2CD set features 11 previously unissued tracks – titles that include "Tear Drop", "Stella By Starlight", "Domo", "Para Oriente", and "One Of Another Kind". CD

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✨✧ Al ChemWeird Fiction (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Art Yard (UK), Early 2000s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's lots of weird tones and textures taking place here – a mix of organic elements with an electronic vibe – all in a way that maybe puts the music somewhere in the territory of some of the 4th World Possible Musics projects from EG Records years ago! Electronics bubble along with a rhythmic vibe – and often feel as if they're constructed from an acoustic core – at a level that seems to reference more of a pan-global culture, even though the approach is decidedly 21st Century and European. The leadoff track has lyrics from Ras Michael, but all the rest are instrumentals, with a strong sound collage vibe – and titles include "No Hopper", "Prophet", "The Red Tower", "Baudelaire", and "Ladder Of Perfection". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Zoot Sims/Al Cohn/James MoodyTenor Contrasts Vol 2 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1949/1950. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare material from three of the greatest tenorists in the early years of bop – mostly recorded overseas, but with a few American tracks near the end! James Moody dominates the first half of the set – which provides tracks that are a great complement to his Prestige and Blue Note material of the time – recorded in Sweden with players who include Ulf Linde on vibes, Thore Swanerud on piano, and Arne Domnerus on alto – all musicians who've got a great affinity for Moody's strong sound, and also really give him some time in the spotlight. Tracks by Moody include "Dexterious", "Blue & Moody", "The Man I Love", "How Deep Is The Ocean", and "Again". Zoot Sims is next – on more Swedish tunes, with two different groups – one with Sixten Eriksson on trumpet and Lars Gullin on baritone, the other with Jimmy Woode Jr on piano – titles that include "Boot It Zoot", "All The Things You Are", "Yellow Duck", and "Tickle Toe". The last four tracks on the set feature Al Cohn on tenor – material recorded in New York, with a quartet that features George Wallington on piano – on titles that include "Infinity", "Groovin With Gus", and "Let's Get Away From It All". CD

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Norman ConnorsTake It To The Limit/Mr C ... CD
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy ... $9.99
A pair of groovers by Norman Connors from the start of the 80s – Take It To The Limit and Mr C – together in a single set! Take It To The Limit is excellent album of smooth soul – one that reaches back to some of Norman's earlier records for inspiration, and which takes the sound up a few notches to expand the groove. Norman gets help on the arranging tip from Al Johnson, McKinley Jackson, and Paul Riser – which is why the album has such a great 70s smooth soul feel – and there's loads of guest appearances, like vocals by Johnson, Jean Carn, and instrumental solos from Freddie Hubbard and Gary Bartz. Adaritha sings lead vocals on a number of cuts, and Glenn Johnson takes the lead on "Melancholy Fire". Includes a great version of "Black Cow", plus "Take It To The Limit", "Justify", "You've Been On My Mind", and an excellent remake of "I Don't Need Nobody Else", with Al Johnson on vocals! Mr C is a real sleeper from Norman Connors, but a great record – one that shows him still moving strong in the 80s, always continuing to develop his smooth jazzy soul style! Backing is by the Starship Orchestra, with Marion Meadows on most sax solos – and vocals are by Beau Williams, Jean Carn, and Glenn Jones. There's a number of great uptempo tunes – with a tight hard jazz funk backing, and kind of a sweet early 80s club style in the vocals. Titles include "Love's In Your Corner", "She's Gone", "Stay With Me", "Keep Doin It", "Anyway You Want", and "Sing A Love Song". CD

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Bob Gordon Quintet/SextetComplete Recordings featuring Herbie Harper & Jack Montrose ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1954/1955. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
An incredible testament to the greatness of a near-lost figure from 50s west coast jazz – baritone saxophonist Bob Gordon, a player with a sound on his horn as strong as that of Gerry Mulligan at the time! The 2CD set brings together recordings made by Gordon for the Liberty, Pacific Jazz, Nocturne, and Atlantic labels – a few under his own name, and others done with trombonist Herbie Harper (Liberty & Nocturne), and in the company of tenorist Jack Montrose (Atlantic & Pacific Jazz) – a frequent partner on mid 50s sessions, and a pairing that was as great as that of the Zoot Sims and Al Cohn team of the time! Gordon's got an incredibly fluid feel on his horn – gentle like Mulligan, but with a rounded depth of tone that recalls Pepper Adams, and a sense of fluidity that reminds us a bit of Gil Melle. The first 11 tracks on the set feature Gordon in 2 groups with Harper's trombone, and the remaining 26 tracks document his strong pairing with Jack Montrose. And although Gordon's not at the top of the lists in the jazz history books, the material on this set is some of the best west coast jazz of the time – recorded with a thoughtful and modern approach to arrangement, but never too cool to be soulful. Titles include "Herbstone", "Babette", "Jive At Five", "Just George", "The News & The Weather", "A Little Dust", "April's Fool", "Dot's Groovy", "Paradox", "Meet Mr Gordon", "For Sue", "Onion Bottom", "Credo", "Pretty", "Fools Rush In", "Speakeasy", "That Old Feeling", and "Some Good Fun Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter Gordon5 Original Albums (Doin Allright/Dexter Calling/Swingin Affair/One Flight Up/Gettin Around) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $16.99
Five classic Blue Note albums from tenor giant Dexter Gordon – all packaged together in a single set, with very cool LP-styled sleeves! Doin Allright has Dexter Gordon working with that fully mature Blue Note sound of his – a rich approach to soloing that keeps the tracks cooking with excitement! The group on the set's an all-star lineup that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Al Harewood on drums – and the tunes are a great blend of soulful rhythms and bop improvisation – heard especially well on the album's landmark tune "Society Red"! All tracks are great, though – and other titles include "You've Changed", "For Regulars Only", and "I Was Doing All Right". Dexter Calling is a real classic from Dexter's first big "comeback" period – and represents the strength of his Blue Note years at their best! Gordon's rich, full tone isn't diminished a bit here – and his inventive blowing is given free reign on a set of quartet numbers recorded with Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. The album's got a few strong originals from Gordon – "Soul Sister", "Ernie's Tune", and "I Want More – plus the very sweet Kenny Drew tracks "Modal Mood" and "Clear The Dex"! Swingin Affair is an amazingly simple – but amazingly satisfying session from Dexter Gordon! The group's a totally solid quartet with Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the groove is right in the pocket with a solid solid soulful feel that you don't always get on Gordon's other Blue Note albums! There's a simple elegance here that's really beautiful – Gordon at his post-bop best, but without any of the over-extended modes of his too-long solo years – a mix that's really rare, and carried off impeccably for this set. The record starts with the amazing "Soy Califa", a nice hardbop number with a good Latiny feel, then slides into lots of other nice ones like "McSplivens", "The Backbone", and "Don't Explain". One Flight Up is an unusual set for both Dexter and Blue Note – first, because the set was recorded in Europe (not at Rudy Van Gelder's), and second because the tracks are all quite long! The album was recorded in Paris – and is cut in an open-ended format that's very much in the mode that Gordon would later use on late 60s and early 70s sessions for European labels. The group features (then) local contemporaries Kenny Drew on piano, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and is rounded out by Donald Byrd on trumpet and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, but not meanderingly so – and feature a great mix of Blue Note hardbop, with some of the "roomier" recordings that were given to American players in Europe. Side one features an extended reading of Donald Byrd's "Tanya", and other tracks include Kenny Drew's "Coppin' The Haven", and a version of "Darn That Dream". Gettin Around is a really unusual album for Dexter Gordon – one that has him working in a quintet with vibes by Bobby Hutcherson! Hutcherson's sound really transforms the session, giving it a shimmering middleground that disperses the dominance that Gordon's tenor usually has – and creating a warm, fluid feel that's really great. Barry Harris is in the group on piano – providing some wonderful accompaniment that's a great fit for Hutcherson's vibes – and the rest of the group is completed by the excellent rhythm section of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Billy Higgins on drums! The album includes a great version of "Manha de Carnaval", plus a Dex original, "Le Coiffeur" – and the tracks "Heartaches", "Who Can I Turn To", and "Everybody's Somebody's Fool". CD

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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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✨✧ Dynamic SuperiorsPure Pleasure ... LP
Motown, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sweet set of vocal group tunes from the Dynamic Superiors – arranged with a bit more of a high stepping groove than some of the other Motown work of the time. Backings are handled by a range of talents that includes Paul Riser, William Eaton, Al Gorgoni, and Horace Ott – but the real charm is the way the group's innocent harmony style puts over the lyrics, all of which are very strong tunes written by the team of Ashford & Simpson. Titles include "Face The Music", "Hit & Run Lovers", "Deception", "Pleasure", "Nobody's Gonna Change Me", "Feeling Mellow", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", and "Don't Give Up On Me Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Richard MarksNever Satisfied – The Complete Works 1968 to 1976 (CD with book) ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy CD & Book ... Out Of Stock
An artist you might not know at all – but one you'll be digging plenty after hearing this wonderful set! Richard Marks is a guitarist and singer with a very funky, very gritty sound – really right up there with the best of the funky 45 underground of the time – which makes this overstuffed package feel like you've just inherited a sweet stack of rare 7" singles! Marks hardly made it outside of his hometown of Atlanta – but did work over the years with stars like Al Green and Eddie Kendricks – but, thankfully for us, he left behind a strong legacy of small label singles, nearly all of which are included in this beautiful set – along with a full book that tells the tale of Richard's time outside the limelight, plus lots of photos, images, and notes on the music. Titles include "Funky Fingers", "Never Satisfied", "Don't Take It Out On Me", "I'm With You Love", "Pretty Woman Pass On By", "Innocent Bystander", "Speak Now", "Purple Haze", "Why Did You Leave Me", and "Crackerjack". 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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✨✧ Bennie GreenBennie Green ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
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Banda MantiqueiraCon Alma ... CD
SESCSP (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ... $11.99
Jazzy work from this Brazilian ensemble – a group who seek to bring older choro, samba, and bossa forms forward – while also mixing them with a bit of jazz from the American scene too! The group's especially strong on reedwork – both from leader Nailor Proventa, who plays alto and clarinet – and from the sax section that does a great job of carving colors out of sound, a bit like some of the best arrangements from Moacir Santos. Wynton Marsalis and Romero Lubambo both make a guest appearance on the set – and titles include a great reworking of the Dizzy Gillespie classic "Con Alma" – plus "Chorinho Pro Calazans", "Do Frente Pro Crime", "Forrollins", "Segura Ele", and "Stanats". CD

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Annie Cohen Solal/Paul Goldberger/Robert GottliebNew York Mid Century – Post War Capitol Of Culture 1945 to 1965 (hardcover) ... Book
Thames & Hudson (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 35.00
A stunningly vivid portrait of New York in the postwar years – a time when the city's already-strong hold on American culture was taken to its apex – as the city became home to some of the most important artists, actors, writers, and creative forces of the generation! The book is filled with amazing photographs – hundreds of images, in both black and white and color, laid out alongside equally rich text, in three large sections that look at the visual arts, the performing arts, and architecture and design. Modern visual artists get especially strong placement in the book, as does the groundbreaking architecture in the city during the 50s – but there's also some great sections on dance, theater, and nightlife too – and the whole thing's more than large enough to cover everything at a reasonably strong level. The layout and design of the book are great – and the choice of images is superb – and the whole thing is super-heavy, hardcover, and a whopping 400 pages in all. Book

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Gal CostaEstratoferica – Ao Vivo (DVD) ... DVD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ... About November 15, 2017 (delayed)
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". DVD

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✨✧ VariousShrine – The Rarest Soul Label Vol 2 ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A second batch of soulful rarities from Washington DC's Shrine Records label – a small imprint from the mid 60s who recorded some mighty fine singles! The company's output was quite small, and the label, as the title implies, never got much exposure at the time – but overall, Shrine's work is extremely great, and the tracks on this set soar with the best Philly and New York soul of the time, especially the male vocal group numbers, which are especially strong. The CD features 24 tracks in all – finally brought to light with great sound and excellent mastering – titles that include "Shame" by The Enjoyables, "Poor Loser" by The Cautions, "Mad At The World" by The Epsilons, "I Wouldn't Mind Crying" by The Wisemen, "Caldonia Brown" by Bobby Reed, "If I Had" by The Prophets, "Deeper" by Les Chansonettes, "Peaches Baby" by The Counts, and "This Is Your Last Chance" by The DC Blossoms. CD

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Olli AhvenlahtiBased On A Novel (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ponsi/Svart (Finland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
An excellent session of breezy jazz from Finland – and one of the most obscure albums from fusion legend Olli Ahvenlahti! Olli's playing acoustic piano here, and the vibe is more acoustic than some of his work from the 70s – but in a really great way, as Juhani Aaltonen serves up lots of wonderful work on flute, making a shift from the fusion years on the European scene to some of the return to modal and Brazilian influences that were especially strong on the German scene in the early 80s. Markku Johansson also gets in some warm lines on flugelhorn, and the rest of the quintet features rock-solid work from Pekka Sarmanto on bass and Esko Rosnell on drums. The flute's the real killer, though – coming across with a jazzy lyricism that's brilliant – and maybe even more striking than on some of Aaltonen's own records. Titles include "Chorale", "Nelli's Snowballsong", "Based On A Novel", "Blues In The Country", "Ballata", and "Memories". LP, Vinyl record album

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ApolloniaApollonia (deluxe edition) ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1988. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 18.99
Solo work from Apollonia – working here past her time with both Apollonia 6 and her association with Prince – but still showing an equally strong talent for catchy 80s pop! The music is handled by a host of producers, and most numbers are in a beat-heavy mode that follows on her previous material – funky, but not always in a Prince-ish way – but always tuneful and heavy on the hooks! Titles include "Help Wanted", "Mismatch", "Sychronize", "The Same Dream", "Since I Fell For You", "You Can't Win", and "Your Eyes". This 2CD version features lots of bonus tracks – 14 more selections that include a big number of remixes of the tracks "Mismatch", "The same Dream", and "Since I Fell For You". CD

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoBap-Tizum ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A seminal moment for the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – one of their first albums for a widely-distributed label, and an exceptionally strong live performance that really gets to the core of the group's unique approach! The material was recorded at the Ann Arbor Festival in 1972 – and has the Ensemble playing with a sense of focus and power that's even stronger than their previous indie and European records – really hitting their stride before a large live audience who totally gets their groove, and really eggs them on with enthusiastic support! As usual, the range of instrumentation is great – lots of different reeds, percussion, and brass – handled by the legendary lineup of Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, and Don Moye. Titles include "Oouffnoon", "Ohnedaruth", "Unanka", "Immm", and "Odwalla". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small cutout notch.)

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Atomic RoosterSleeping For Years – The Studio Recordings 1970 to 1974 (4CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $32.99
The full story of Atomic Rooster – a group who were quite an important force in their day, but who've become a bit overlooked in more recent years! The group originally grew out of the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, and featured drummer Carl Palmer in his pre-ELP years – and keyboardist Vincent Crane, who'd be the real lasting force in the group – and brought an especially strong style on organ that was a nice link between earlier bluesier rock and the start of prog – but at a level that was also pretty hard rock-driven too! That latter aspect took off even more strongly as the group lost Palmer and started to really find their sound – and eventually, they picked up the great Chris Farlowe on vocals, whose singing really pushed the style on their last few records! This box features five full studio albums – Atomic Rooster, Death Walks Behind You, In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster, Made In England, and Nice N Greasy – plus bonus tracks from singles, and other cuts that appeared on different international pressings of the records! 55 tracks in all – and very detailed notes on the group! CD

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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)... Just Sold Out!
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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Joe Beck & SabicasSabicas-Rock Encounter ... LP
Polydor/Long Hair (Germany), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
A pretty wild album – and a really wonderful mixture of funky fusion and Spanish guitar, featuring tunes written by flamenco guitarist Sabicas, backed by arrangements handled by funky guitarist Joe Beck! The sound is pretty darn incredible – way better than you might think, and certainly well more than the sum of its parts. The bottom half of the record has a really strong rhythmic pulse, but it also allows plenty of room for virtuoso flights on guitar – both electric and acoustic coming together in a mad Spanish-styled take on 70s funk! The record's a truly unique effort, and sets a whole new standard for cultural crossover sessions of this type in the 70s. Titles include "Inca Song", "Handclaps", "Flamenco Rock", "Zapateado", and "Joe's Tune". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Big LDevil's Son EP (From The Vaults – with download)) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Columbia, 1993. New Copy (reissue)... $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
(Includes download.)

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Black Milk & Nat TurnerRebellion Sessions ... CD
Computer Ugly, 2016. Used ... $8.99
Soul jazz-steeped, largely instrumentals set from always jazz reverent, but rare so solidly jazz rooted producer Black Milk – played in live band arrangements by the group Nat Turner – and it's a stunner! It's got prominent bass lines, airy keyboards, and funky drums inspired by some of our favorite funky fusion sounds of the early-to-mid 70s, with tighter golden age of hip hop vibes, too – really strong stuff and another indication the the sky is the limit for Black Milk as a producer/arranger! Includes "The Ancient Rebellion", "The Never", "The Knock", "Just A Thing", "Electric Spanking", "Take 2", "You Need This Light", "Burn", "Traveler", "4 Blacks". CD

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Luiz BonfaO Violao E O Samba ... CD
Odeon/EMI (Brazil), 1962. Used ... $6.99
An early gem from Luiz Bonfa – one of the first really strong albums from this master of Brazilian guitar! The music is quite lively, without the sleepy quality that you find on some of Bonfa's other records – and Luiz' guitar is backed by a nice little combo that really keeps up to his speed – not entirely bossa jazz, but still with a similar feel! Tracks have a lively rhythm, with occasional vocals, and some nice flute solos from time to time – and the whole thing sounds a bit like an early Baden Powell session – with a clarity and brilliance throughout. Titles include "Amor Em Brasilia", "Amor De Solidao", "Murmurio", "Inquietacao", "Voce Chegou Sorrindo", and "Saudade De Bahia". CD
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Joanna BroukHearing Music ... CD
Numero, Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $13.99 17.98
Beautiful sounds from Joanna Brouk – an artist who was sometimes lost amidst the new age scene of the 80s, but one who's got a much deeper, more intellectual approach overall! True, Brouk's music does have a certain meditative spirit – but she also was a student of Terry Riley and Robert Ashley, and drank deep of the new compositional spirit of the time – especially in the work of Riley, which is often reflected here, but in a more contemplative way than his own recordings. Music sometimes features a core line on flute, opening up and unfolding slowly – and there's also some nice piano, and even a bit of conch shell and Orca sounds too. Double-length set features the usual strong Numero Group level of notes and history – and contains 22 tracks in all, some of which were only ever issued on cassette! CD
Also available Hearing Music ... LP 18.99

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Joanna BroukHearing Music ... LP
Numero, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 24.99
Beautiful sounds from Joanna Brouk – an artist who was sometimes lost amidst the new age scene of the 80s, but one who's got a much deeper, more intellectual approach overall! True, Brouk's music does have a certain meditative spirit – but she also was a student of Terry Riley and Robert Ashley, and drank deep of the new compositional spirit of the time – especially in the work of Riley, which is often reflected here, but in a more contemplative way than his own recordings. Music sometimes features a core line on flute, opening up and unfolding slowly – and there's also some nice piano, and even a bit of conch shell and Orca sounds too. Double-length set features the usual strong Numero Group level of notes and history – and contains 22 tracks in all, some of which were only ever issued on cassette! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Hearing Music ... CD 13.99

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King BucknorAfrican Woman (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
Fierce Afro Funk from King Bucknor – who serves up two side-long jams here, both very much in the best Fela vibe of the 70s! "Woman Nature" starts out the record – building nicely from rattling percussion that's peppered with Bucknor's rough calls at the start, then filled in with much richer vocals by a chorus – whose interplay with the King is offset by lots of excellent criss-crossing guitar lines and horns! "Mr Debtor" is on the flipside, and is even tighter funk – a really long jam that's completely infectious right from the start, and has some especially strong horn solos in the mix! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ ChakachasChakachas (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Avco/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... About January 5, 2018
The coolest, funkiest, and most soulful set ever issued by Chakachas – a record that's way different than most of their Latin-based music – with a strong American funk vibe all the way through! There's still lots of percussion in the mix, but it's often used in ways that echo more of a pan-global and African approach – plenty of congas at the bottom, next to some riffing guitars, sweet reed lines, and some occasional strong soulful vocals. The cut "Jungle Fever" isn't on here, but the whole album definitely feels like that one – with that killer sense of spacing and percussion that makes the group really funky on that hit. Titles include the killer "Stories", plus "Oye Mi", "Bantu", "Love Love Love", "Oye Mi Guaguaco", "Soledad", and "By The Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stanley CowellLive At Copenhagen Jazz House ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
A great little live record, and one that shows that pianist Stanley Cowell never had to answer to anyone else – as he's able to handle so much in such a tight setting – from classic bop numbers, to reworked standards, to the kinds of spiritual compositions that made him such a standout from the start – all performed with effortless ease, and a mindblowing level of creativity throughout! The trio's not one of Stanley's most classic, but is still quite strong – with Cheyney Thomas on bass and Wardell Thomas on drums – although Cowell seems to lead the energy at every twist and turn – showing a rhythmic pulse at some times, a lyrical flow at others, and some especially strong angles on the bop numbers. Titles include "Brilliant Circles", "Bright Passion", "Stella By Starlight", "In Walked Bud", "Prayer For Peace", "Anthropology", "Autumn Leaves", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". CD

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✨✧ DweleGreater Than One ... CD
E One, 2012. Used ... $5.99
The best in years from Dwele – who honestly has yet to really make any kind of a creative misstep – and Greater Than One is one of his greatest records to date! Detroit singer and producer Dwele has long balanced a love for classic soul of the Donny Hathaway school with contemporary, though wisely trend-skirting production – and he does that once again here. There's a more focused feel, and really strong, insistent songs this time out, too. Of course Dwele's voice is the greatest selling point, and it's layered beautifully throughout! Includes "Greater Than One Less Than Three", "Going Leaving", "Takes22Tango", "What You Gotta Do" with Raheem DeVaughn, "What Profit", "Obey", "Must Be" feat J Tait, L'Renee & Black Milk, "Swank" and "Patrick Ronald" feat Monica Blaire, "Frankly My Dear (I'm Bennett I Ain't Innit)" and more. CD

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✨✧ Frankie Goes To HollywoodWelcome To the Pleasuredome ... LP
ZTT/Island, 1984. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
Arguably one of the greatest concept albums of the 80s – and the only really strong full length album cut by Frankie Goes To Hollywood! At the time of the set, the group was riding high on the success and controversy of their singles "Relax" and "Two Tribes" – but in the ambitious ZTT mode, sought to expand their sound way past familiar hits, and into a realm of sonic exploration that rivaled that of labelmates Art Of Noise. Don't get us wrong, because the Frankie of this album is still very much in groove-oriented territory – but they also let Horn take over with some more striking tunes that are both longer and shorter than the usual pop track – offsetting the vocal numbers on the record with a rich tapestry of musical backdrops that also more firmly forward the group's social and sexual leanings. The album features surprising covers of "War", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", and "Born To Run" – plus the hits "Relax" and "Two Tribes", and the original numbers "Welcome To the Pleasure Dome", "Krisco Kisses", "The Ballad Of 32", "Wish The Lads Were Here", "Black Night White Light", "The Only Star In Heaven", "The Power Of Love", and "Bang". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)

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