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✨✧ Al StrongLove Strong Vol 1 ... CD
Al Strong Music, 2015. Used ... Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Al Strong is a new talent to our ears, but he grabs us right from the get-go on this excellent self-released set – the kind of top-shelf set that could make Strong a big name in jazz in years to come! The material was all recorded in North Carolina, with a shifting array of players who help Al reach for some mighty soulful currents on the set – amidst instrumentation that includes Fender Rhodes, Hammond, acoustic piano, tenor, alto, and soprano sax – plus other instrumentation, too – used in these wonderful blends from track to track, with a sound that's as colorful as the cover image – and equally classic, too. The vibe is maybe somewhere in an old school Freddie Hubbard mode, even on some of the tunes that feature Strong on flugelhorn – and like Hubbard, Al's really going for his own farther-reaching sound here – music that's at the most soulful side of the jazz spectrum, but never in a way that's compromised or commercial at all. CD
 
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Al Cohn & Zoot SimsComplete Original Quintet/Sextet Studio Recordings (Brothers/From A To Z/You N Me/Al & Zoot) ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1952/1956/1957/1960. Used 2 CDs ... $13.99
A huge batch of material from the team of Al Cohn & Zoot Sims – tracks recorded on 4 different dates, all showing them in different quintet and sextet settings! The first 4 tracks on the collection are from a 1952 10" album on Prestige – issued under Zoot's name, and featuring Al Cohn on tenor sax, Kai Winding on trombone, George Wallington on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. Tracks are all longish, especially for a record like this – and feature strong head arrangements with breakout solos. Titles include "Tangerine", "Zootcase", "The Red Door", and "Morning Fun". Next up is the 1956 RCA album A To Z – one of the greatest albums that Al Cohn & Zoot Sims ever recorded – and as strong a display of their amazing twin tenor talents as you'll ever find! The album boasts 2 different groups – one with Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson; the other with Dick Sherman, Dave McKenna, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson – but the overall sound is quite unified, thanks to some fluid blowing from Al and Zoot that never lets up! Titles include "My Blues", "More Bread", "Sherm's Terms", "From A To Z", "Crimea River", and "Mediolistic". Next is the 1960 album You N Me, issued by Mercury – a record that features pure straight blowing with small combo backing that includes Mose Allison on piano. The album includes the incredible spare sax-only track "Improvisation For Unaccompanied Saxophones", which is an extremely haunting track that sounds unlike anything the pair had ever done together. Other titles have the full quintet playing, and titles on those include "The Opener", "The Note" and "You N Me". And last but not least is the 1957 album Al & Zoot, issued by Coral – and not to be confused with work the pair cut for RCA or Mercury! This one's a very laidback small group session – Mose Allison on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Nick Stabulus on drums – recorded in New York, in a loosely arranged format that lets both of the tenorists get in more licks than they might on some of their usual sides from the time. Tracks include "Two Funky People", "Just You Just Me", "The Wailing Boat", "You're A Lucky Guy", "Brandy & Beer", and "Chasing The Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Al Cohn/Bill Perkins/Richie KamucaBrothers! (French pressing) ... LP
RCA (France), 1955. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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
(Early 80s French pressing.)

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Al Hudson & The Soul PartnersSpreading Love ... LP
ABC, 1978. Near Mint- ... $19.99
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
(Cover has a promo stamp, name in marker, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al)Live Under The Sky ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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✨✧ VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al)Quintet ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
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

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✨✧ One WayOne Way Featuring Al Hudson (1979) ... CD
MCA/Universal (UK), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A dancefloor soul classic – one of the strongest albums ever by Al Hudson, Alicia Meyers, and the whole One Way crew! The record's got a sweet soulful feel that provides a nice counterpoint to its bass-heavy grooves – popping along at that midtempo pace that was Al's popular remedy for disco on the dancefloor, and which had a crucial effect on soul at the time. The album still plays mighty big here in Chicago, where a classic 80s groove can reign supreme if it's strong enough – and tracks include "You Can Do It", "I Am Under Your Spell", "Guess You Didn't Know It", "Music", "Come Dance With Me", and "Now That I Found You". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al)Live Under The Sky (remastered with unreleased tracks) ... CD
Sony, 1979. Used 2 CDs ... 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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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 1 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Very Good ... $6.99
A great large group project from arranger Manny Albam – one that teams him up with "jazz greats" of the east coast scene, in a really hard-swinging set of tracks that showcase some wonderful solo work! Manny's working here with a set of players who are well-chosen for their ability to work strongly in an ensemble, yet also break out with strong solo work when the moment comes – and the lineup includes Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and Art Farmer – with rhythm by the trio of Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. The tracks are long, with more room for soloing than usual on this sort of album – and nearly all of them are originals by Manny. Titles include "Minor Matters", "Blues From Neither Coast", and "Latined Fracture". LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label promo pressing.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneColtrane (Prestige) (20 bit remaster) ... CD
Prestige, 1957. Used ... $4.99
Classic early John Coltrane for Prestige – less a bold statement as a leader than a strong batch of blowing session-styled tracks that show how well Coltrane could hold his own with more established players! The groups on the set vary from track to track – and feature players that include Sahib Shihab, Mal Waldron, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Al Heath – plus underappreciated Philly trumpeter Johnnie Splawn. Trane's in great form here – even though the overall set's a bit less structured than some of his later albums – and his tone and solo approach are already stepping out from the rest of the pack with great vigor! Titles include "Bakai", "Time Was", "Straight Street", and "Chronic Blues". CD
(Out of print 2001 non-OJC pressing.)

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Lou DonaldsonLush Life ... LP
Blue Note, 1967. Sealed ... $13.99
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! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 80s DMM pressing.)

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Dynamic SuperiorsDynamic Superiors/Pure Pleasure ... CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com, 1975. Used ... $6.99
A great lost bit of mid 70s Motown – a pair of should-be classic albums by Dynamic Superiors – in a single set! Dynamic Superiors were a great harmony group with an east coast sound – quite different from the usual Motown combo in that their vocals were often allowed very free range, with less of the tightness of the usual Motown group soul album. Ashford & Simpson produced the record – with arrangements by Leon Pendarvis, Richard Tee, and Arthur Jenkins – and the whole thing's a sweet soul treasure that's got some excellent mellow soul cuts! Titles from the self-titled set include "One Nighter", "Don't Send Nobody Else", "Shoe Shoe Shine", "Star of My Life", and "Leave It Alone". Pure Pleasure is another sweet set – 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". 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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One WayWho's Foolin Who ... LP
MCA, 1982. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Who's Foolin Who (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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One WayWho's Foolin Who (with bonus tracks) ... CD
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
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!)
Also available Who's Foolin Who ... LP 4.99

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerNow's The Time – Genius Of Charlie Parker #3 ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Sealed ... $9.99
Very strong quartet material from Bird – recorded for Verve, with a group that includes Al Haig on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Max Roach on drums. Tracks are straightforward, but with some impeccable soloing – and a few of the tracks are presented in both master and alternate takes. Tunes include "Kim", "Cosmic Rays", "Laird Baird", "Chi Chi", and "Confirmation". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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Biff RoseBiff Rose ... LP
Buddah, 1970. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Beautifully somber work from Biff Rose – material that's quite a bit different than his more freewheeling records on Tetragrammatron, and a lot more serious than his later joke-filled live album on Buddah! This set's got a personal, dark sort of sound that's somewhere in the territory of Randy Newman – bits of strings lurking in the background behind Biff's fragile, personal vocals – filling in the spaces quietly, and with a nice sort of sadness that underscores the gentle wit and visionary views of the songs. Rose previously showed signs of songwriting this strong on his earlier records, but it really comes to the forefront here – with a sensitivity that's really amazing, and a personality that really sets the record apart from most of Biff's contemporaries. Arrangements are by Al Gorgoni and Michael Leonard – who really help to set the tone – and titles include "Love Song", "African Lullaby/Little Monk", "The Captain", "The Promise", "Diane", "All The Fondest Wishes", "I'll Walk Away", "Nothing To Gain", and "Passing Parade". LP, Vinyl record album

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Staple SingersCity In The Sky ... LP
Stax, 1974. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The Staple Singers are cooking on all burners at this point – and it's hard to stop them with that much power – a soaring, searing sort of energy that definitely earns them a place in the sky! The set's a totally strong batch of gospelly soul tracks – produced by Al Bell with that great early 70s Stax deep soul sound – at a point that's still without the sort of cliche that might hold back material of this type in later years. Instrumentation is by Clayton Ivey on Hammond, Barry Beckett on keyboards, and Jimmy Johnson and Eddie Hinton on guitar – and titles include "Getting Too Big For Your Britches", "Today Was Tomorrow Yesterday", "Something Ain't Right", "My Main Man", "Blood Pressure", "Who Made The Man", "Back Road Into Town", and "If It Ain't One Thing It's Another". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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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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VariousZamaan Ya Sukkar – Exotic Love Songs & Instrumentals From The Egyptian 60s (with bonus download) ... LP
Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 60s. New Copy ... $27.99
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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✨✧ Don BryantDon't Give Up On Love ... LP
Fat Possum, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Albert KingYears Gone By ... LP
Stax, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soulful blues from Albert – recorded in Memphis with some strong arrangements by Al Jackson. The tracks aren't necessarily in the funky blues mode, but Albert's guitar and vocals are great all the way through, with that tight crossover sound that made him one of the best acts of his time in the blues mode. Includes the instrumentals "You Don't Love me", and "Drowning On Dry Land", plus "Killing Floor", "Cockroach", "Lonely Man", "Wrapped Up In Love Again", "The Sky Is Crying", and "If The Washing Don't Get You, The Rinsing Will". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has a gold promo stamp on the back.)

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✨✧ Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Songbook Vol 1 ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gerry Mulligan meets up with a great array of 50s modernists here – in specially setting dedicated to all Mulligan-penned compositions! Although a radical player himself on the baritone sax, Gerry also added something strong to the 50s jazz catalog with his great tunes from the early days – gently modern numbers that slowly became standards over the years, thanks to respect from other players. The best of these tracks are showcased here – played by Mulligan with a sax section that includes Zoot Sims on alto and tenor, Al Cohn on tenor and baritone, Lee Konitz on alto, and Allan Eager on alto and tenor. Rhythm is by the piano-less section of Freddie Green on guitar, Henry Grimes on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums – and titles include "Venus De Milo", "Revelation", "Sextet", "Turnstyle", "Four & One More", "Crazy Day", and "Disc Jockey Jump". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label World Pacific pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams & discoloration from age.)

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✨✧ Nolan PorterKeep On Keeping On/If I Could Only Be Sure ... 7-inch
Outta Sight (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Cal TjaderConcert By The Sea Vol 2 ... LP
Fantasy, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 "Tumbao", "SS Groove", "Tu Crees Que", "Love Me Or Leave Me", and "Bess You Is My Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label pressing. Cover has a large light stain on back.)

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✨✧ McCoy TynerHorizon (Keepnews collection – with bonus track) ... CD
Milestone, 1979. Used ... 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". CD also features the bonus track "Horizon (alternate)". CD

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✨✧ Jimmy McCracklinYesterday Is Gone ... LP
Stax, Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Pretty great stuff from Jimmy McCracklin – easily one of his best albums! The record takes the raw soul of earlier years, and gives it a bit more sophisticated sound, adding in some strong arrangements by Willie Mitchell and Al Jackson, ones that blend together bits of Memphis styles, such as those used behind Al Green or Isaac Hayes, stripped down a bit more by Jimmy's bluesy vocals. Titles include "Like My Mama", "Would Man Be Satisfied?", "Double Dealing", "Just Got To Know", "Stay Away From That Monkey", and "The Love Money Can't Buy". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Raul SeixasKrig-Ha Bandolo (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Mel Torme, Francis Faye, Johnny Hartman, & OthersComplete George Gershwin Porgy & Bess (70s pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Used 3LP Box Set ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite recordings ever of George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess – done by Bethlehem Records in the mid 50s, and featuring nearly every one of the label's great talents at the time! The choice of the lead characters is a bit odd – as Mel Torme plays Porgy and Francis Faye plays Bess – but both singers are actually pretty darn great for the set, and really bring a lot out of the tunes. Plus, the other artists on the set really keep things interesting – as the collection features vocal performances by Johnny Hartman, Frank Rosolino, Betty Roche, Bob Dorough, and Sallie Blair. Plus, the whole thing's presented as Gershwin wrote it – complete with narration by Al Jazzbo Collins, and a number of strong instrumental passages. Music is performed by groups led by Russ Garcia, Duke Ellington, Pat Moran, and Stan Levy – and players are an array of the best of both the New York and LA scenes at the time! LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousBluesin By The Bayou – Ain't Broke Ain't Hungry ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic look at the strong blues legacy in Louisiana – especially the electric blues that emerged from the swamps in the late 50s! The package here is one of the grittiest in the "By The Bayou" series from Ace – and not only features rare work from labels that include Excello, Ric, Flyright, Goldband, and Instant – but also includes a fair bit of unissued tunes too! There's a romping, riffing vibe to most numbers – those Louisiana rhythms that got cleaned up and moved uptown in New Orleans soul – but presented here in their most stripped-down modes, often showing a bit of a bridge with rural blues of the generation before. In keeping with the Ace Records tradition, the presentation is wonderful – great sound and much more detailed notes than you'd get from a public domain package – with 28 titles that include "Don't Change Your Mind" by TB Fisher, "I Love Her So" by Al Smith, "Somebody Tell Me" by Jake Jackson, "I Don't Know" by Lightnin Slim, "Baby Baby Baby" by Ramblin Hi Harris, "Sugar Coated Love" by Barbara Lynn, "Dreaming Dreaming" by Joe Richards, "Ain't Broke Ain't Hungry" by Polka Dot Slim, "Cigarettes" by Slim Harpo, "In The Evening" by Cookie & The Cupcakes, "Better Start Doin It" by Honey Boy Allen, "Pleadin" by Mercy Baby, and "I've Been In This Prison" by Leroy Washington. CD

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✨✧ Poncho SanchezPoncho ... LP
Discovery, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great early album by Poncho Sanchez – cut before he moved onto the smoother style of the Concord label, at a time when he was the hottest young thing on the west coast Latin scene! The sound is tight and jazzy, with lots of strong soloing on the best tunes – and a lineup that includes Gary Foster, Victor Pantoja, Alex Acuna, and Clare Fischer – who plays Fender Rhodes, Yamaha organ, and acoustic piano on the set. The album includes a nice version of Fischer's "Morning", plus the cuts "Pancho's Mambo", "Baila Mi Gente", "Mambo Terrifico", and "Al Pon Pan". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover, with bumped corners.)
 
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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 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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James Brown20 All Time Greatest Hits! ... CD
Polydor, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $2.99
Not a classic from the early years of James Brown – but a later greatest hits package that's gone onto have legendary status – given all the key cuts it includes! Most numbers here are the shorter single versions – and together, they pack a hell of a punch – showing an especially strong focus on the best soul and funk years of the legendary Godfather Of Soul! Titles include "I Got You", "Sex Machine (part 1)", "I Got The Feelin", "Mother Popcorn (part 1)", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (part 1)", "Think", "Get Up Offa That Thing", "Hot Pants (part 1)", "Superbad (parts 1 & 2)", "Papa Don't Take No Mess (part 1)", "Payback", "Get On The Good Foot", and more! 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 ... $6.99 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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John ColtraneBallads ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... $3.99
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – one that shows that Trane's groundbreaking group with Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano could still express themselves with even more direct soulfulness than usual! The album's completely solid all the way through – and although it won't change your life as much as A Love Supreme, it will show what a fantastically strong player Coltrane was, in any sort of setting! Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "What's New", "Nancy", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "All Or Nothing At All". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Ballads ... LP 18.99

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John ColtraneBallads ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $18.99
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – one that shows that Trane's groundbreaking group with Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano could still express themselves with even more direct soulfulness than usual! The album's completely solid all the way through – and although it won't change your life as much as A Love Supreme, it will show what a fantastically strong player Coltrane was, in any sort of setting! Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "What's New", "Nancy", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "All Or Nothing At All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram pressing.)
Also available Ballads ... CD 3.99

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Gal CostaEstratoferica – Ao Vivo ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99
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
Also available Estratoferica – Ao Vivo (DVD) ... DVD 29.99

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Gal CostaEstratoferica – Ao Vivo (DVD) ... DVD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ... $29.99
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". DVD
Also available Estratoferica – Ao Vivo ... CD 21.99

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Rodrigo Amado/Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Chris CorsanHistory 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 pressing) ... LP
Mercury/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... About November 9, 2018
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

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Atomic RoosterSleeping For Years – The Studio Recordings 1970 to 1974 (4CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Just Sold Out!
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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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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Luiz BonfaO Violao E O Samba ... CD
Odeon/EMI (Brazil), 1962. Used ... $8.99
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
(Out of print.)

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Brothers JohnsonLook Out For #1 ... CD
A&M, 1976. Used ... $7.99
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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Joanna BroukHearing Music ... LP
Numero, Early 80s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
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

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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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Gary BurtonSomething's Coming/Groovy Sound Of Music/Time Machine ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1964/1965/1966. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A trio of excellent Gary Burton albums from the 60s – collected together in a single set! Something's Coming is the launch of vibist Gary Burton as a leader – a force in jazz that would continue strongly for decades to come! At the time of the record, Burton had already been making waves as a session player on the Nashville scene – where RCA had some especially strong ears – but he's launched here in a mode that's quite far from those roots, and already filled with those modern, chromatic modes that would have Burton pushing the sound of the vibes forward strongly throughout his career – even on an early record like this! The group is very like-minded, and well-chosen – players who are spacious and modern, but never too much so – a quartet with Jim Hall on guitar, Chuck Israels on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Melanie", "Careful", "Six Improvisatory Sketches", "Something's Coming", and "Little Girl Blue". Next up is a very cool take on the music of Sound Of Music – handled with some help from arranger Gary McFarland, in a way that really unlocks the modal potentials of the tunes! As you might expect from the revolutionary vibist Gary Burton, the approach here is quite different than the usual jazz album of Broadway material – and instead, both Burton and McFarland do a heck of a lot to open up the coolest potential of the songs – as they bring in other hip players who include Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Phil Woods on alto, Joe Puma on guitar, and Steve Swallow on bass. Titles include "An Ordinary Couple", "Sixteen Going On Seventeen", "Do Re Mi", "Edelweiss", and a great take on "My Favorite Things". Time Machine is filled with beautiful sounds from Gary Burton – a seminal 60s session that really has the vibist coming into his own, and finding that new path towards musical expression that would flower even more strongly in the 70s! The album has Burton really strengthening up his sense of chrome – matching the boldness of other important 60s vibes players on the rise – like Karel Velebny or Bobby Hutcherson – but also working this really special magic in the way he lets each note resonate in the air – often with a much longer decay on the sound than the actual moment of its creation! Burton also plays a bit of piano on the record, overdubbed with his vibes – but in a way that's quite different than the vibes/piano combo of earlier acts – like the MJQ, or George Shearing Quintet – thanks to work from Steve Swallow on bass and Larry Bunker on percussion. Tracks include "Six Nix Quix Flix", "The Sunset Bell", "Deluge", "Chega De Saudade", and "Falling Grace". CD

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Vinicius CantuariaVinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim ... CD
Sunnyside, 2015. Used ... $8.99
A truly beautiful tribute to the classic songcraft of Antonio Carlos Jobim – done with warmth, reverence and soul-stirring voice and guitar by Vinicius Cantuaria! The Tom Jobim songbook is timeless, of course, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that one of the finer Brazilian voices of a later generation could handle it, but this set is exceptionally strong! Some of the best numbers are on the spare side, with Cantuaria's voice up front in the mix, giving it an intimate quality that we love – but it also includes some wonderful musicians from both Rio and Tokyo – where the tracks were recorded – plus some nice guest guitar work by Bill Frisell on a couple tunes and a lovely duet with Joyce. Includes "Ligua", "Caminhos Cruzados" featuring Joyce, "Vivo Sonhando", "So Danco Samba", "Este Seu Ohlar", "Retrato Em Branco E Preto", "Felicade", "Insensatez", "Inutil Paisagem", "Voce Vai Ver", "Por Causa De Voce" and more. 13 in all. CD

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ChakachasChakachas (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Avco/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
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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Chi-LitesChi-Lites ... LP
Brunswick, 1972. Very Good ... $4.99
One of our favorite albums ever from the legendary Chi-Lites – and a set that's sometimes passed over, because it didn't have a formal title or colorful cover! The self-titled set is a killer all the way through – filled with the kind of sublime harmonies that made the group easily one of the best vocal acts at the start of the 70s – set to some sophisticated grooves that really push the vocals strongly – with lots of unusual twists and turns that go way past the group's previous cuts! Presentation, performance, and production are sublime – the best of the best of the Brunswick Chi-soul years – and titles include the great groover "Go Away Dream", the hits "Marriage License" and "Stoned Out Of My Mind", and lots of other nice ones like "Homely Girl", "I Never Had It So Good", and "I Found Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has initials in marker, a split top seam, and staining & splitting on the bottom seam.)

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Stelvio CiprianiRage (Fuoco Incrociato) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cinevox/Digitmovies (Italy), 1984. New Copy ... $18.99
Stelvio Cipriani works here in a mode that's maybe a bit more string-heavy than some of his 70s work – but still used with that great sense of compression and space that always makes his music so wonderful! Unlike some other Italian soundtracks of 80s vintage, this one really has the sense of majesty and balance you'd know from the golden years of the film score – no overdone keyboards or fuzzy guitars – and instead these well-done orchestrations that are balanced with more isolated instruments, and set to an especially great main theme that repeats in some wonderful variations throughout. That theme has that really strong Cipriani sense of emotion, but without ever sounding forced at all – and titles include "La Nube Tossica", "Tema Del Viaggio", "Ricerca In Galleria", "Arrivo Alla Base", and "La Base Nucleare". CD features 4 bonus tracks added to the original album! CD
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Rhonda ClarkBetween Friends ... LP
Tabu, 1989. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A great set of modern soul Rhonda Clark – one that really should have catapulted to super-stardom in the late 80s! Rhonda has the goods here – crisp, modern productions that are as strong as any R&B circa '89 – a diverse, attractive voice and a bunch of great songs. We can't fathom why it didn't top the charts at the time, but it's really strong stuff! Between Friends has production on Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the masterful single "State Of Attraction"– and their on board as musicians on some other tracks, too – with production by Randy Ran, Chuck Howard and Jellybean Johnson. Titles include "Does That Make A Man", "I Love Your Body", "Sugar", "Stay Here, Stay Near", "Now Matter How", "Sugar" and "Between Friends". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Eddie Costa QuartetGuys And Dolls Like Vibes ... CD
Decca (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... About December 5, 2018
Forget the theme of this one – because the album's a lot hipper than you'd expect! Sure, it's one of those "jazz meets showtunes" albums – in this case, tunes from Guys & Dolls – but the group's a sharply modern one, and features the vibes of Eddie Costa in a quintet that includes Bill Evans on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – a lineup you can definitely expect to do way more than usual with the tunes! The Evans/Motian axis is especially strong, and frees the tracks from their usual readings – bringing Costa into territory that he rarely hits on record this well – a totall great sound on longish titles that include "Adelaide", "Guys & Dolls", "If I Were A Bell", "I'll Know", and "Luck Be A Lady". CD

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Steve CropperWith A Little Help From My Friends ... LP
Volt, 1969. Very Good ... $19.99
An obscure bit of late 60s Stax! Steve Cropper's working away from the MG's here, in a mode that's slightly similar, but which has his guitar upfront in the mix on a batch of Memphis-style instrumentals – kind of his own take on the groove he was laying down with Booker T, but with a lot less organ in the mix! There's no mad funk on the album, but the whole thing's pretty darn nice – and is proof that Cropper was the key element in more than just a bit of the Stax sound at the time – a really strong artist who could more than stand on his own. Titles include "Crop Dustin", "Land Of 1000 Dances", "Rattlesnake", "Funky Broadway", and "Boogaloo Down Broadway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label mono promo! Cover has light wear, with a cutout notch & ink stamp on the back. Vinyl has a flaw that causes a click in the last track of each side.)

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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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✨✧ Blossom DearieBlossom Dearie – Live In London ... CD
Harkit (UK), 1966. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The lovely lady at her lovely best! By the mid 60s, Blossom Dearie's initial run of recordings for American labels had tapered off, but that was mostly because she was spending a lot of time in London – where this rare session from 1966 was recorded. The set's got Blossom in very comfortable territory – Ronnie Scott's night club, where she worked often with a trio that included Allan Ganley on drums and Freddie Logan on bass. The format is simple and very much in keeping with the trio mode that Blossom would adopt a lot on later recordings – a lot hipper than most other singers of this type, and with a really strong choice of lesser-known material to keep things fresh! Titles include "Big City", "The Grass Is Greener", "That's No Joke", "The Great City", "Sweet Lover No More", "One Note Samba", "Peel Me A Grape", and "When In Rome". 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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ElizabethElizabeth (1970) ... CD
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Elizabeth is a lovely looking singer on the cover – and she packs a surprising amount of punch on the record – coming across with the sort of bold, soulful currents that remind us a lot of the best Brit girl singers of the mid 60s! Lyrics are all in Portuguese, but there's certainly musical modes that hearken towards some of the styles used by singers like Cilla Black or Jackie Trent – upbeat and bouncy, and with a groovy feel that Elizabeth often matches with a really strong range on her vocals – never forced, but fitting the rhythms of the tunes in a mighty nice way. There's even a few currents of funk at times, and the whole thing's more groovy than the dreamy image on the cover might make you expect. Titles include "Vida Agitada", "Vulcao", "Quero Ver De Perto", "Luiz", "Afinal De Contas", "Eu Faco A Guerra", and "Tomara Que Sim" – all originals by Elizabeth! CD

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Duke EllingtonFeeling Of Jazz ... LP
Black Lion (Germany), 1962. Sealed ... $16.99
A sharp early 60s session from the Duke Ellington group – one that seems to draw strongly on the best late 50s work for Columbia Records, but which also seems to add in an extra crackle too! The tunes are relatively short, but the group pack plenty of punch in the small space – especially on the more rhythmic numbers, which almost seem to borrow a bit from Basie's bag – yet with more of the sophistication you'd expect on the Ellington horns. The work of Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums is especially strong on this session – but there's loads of great interplay from reedmen who include Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, Russel Procope, Harry Carney, and Paul Gonsalves – plus trumpet from Bill Berry, Cat Anderson, Roy Burrowes, and Harold Baker. Titles include "Taffy Twist", "Flirtbird", "Smada", "What Am I Here For", "Boo Dah", "Black & Tan Fantasy", and "I'm Gonna Go Fishin". LP, Vinyl record album
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Louis ArmstrongPops Is Tops – The Verve Studio Albums (I've Got The World On A String/Louis Under The Stars/Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson/bonus tra ... CD
Verve, 1957. New Copy 4CD ... $39.99 49.99
Louis Armstrong only recorded briefly as a solo act for the Verve label (apart from his famous recordings with Ella Fitzgerald) – but he made some excellent albums for the legendary imprint, all of which are included here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! CD 1 features the great I've Got The World On A String – one of two excellent vocal albums that Louis cut for Verve – some of the best of his career, and graced with amazing arrangements by Russ Garcia! The sound's a lot purer than some of the pop vocal albums that Louis cut for other labels, like Decca – and he both sings and plays trumpet on tracks like "When Your Lover Has Gone", "We'll Be Together Again", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "I've Got The World On A String". Under The Stars follows in similar format – again matching the trumpet and vocals of Armstrong with arranger Russ Garcia – whose modern, west coast approach is a nice change from some of the other charts that Louis was using in the 50s and 60s. There's a nice swing to most numbers, a sense of punctuation that works perfectly for Louis – and titles include "East Of The Sun", "Top Hat White Tie & Tails", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Stormy Weather", "Home", and "Body & Soul". Third up is Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson, presented here in its original mono mix. The album's gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate the tunes a bit more strongly, and give them that gently swinging rhythm that always works well with Armstrong's style. The real surprise, though, is Louis' voice – which is simple, almost elegant at times – and free from some of the gimmicks of other 50s sessions, or the too-playful style of his better-known duets of the period. We really love his gentle, honest approach to the lyrics here – on tunes that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Moon Song", "What's New", "There's No You", "You Go To My Head", "That Old Feeling", and "Let's Fall In Love". CDs 1 to 3 each feature bonus tracks from the original albums – including alternates, session takes, and more. CD4 features A Day With Satchmo – which offers up 24 tracks from a recording session on August 1, 1957 – really showing the care and craft that went into the creation of a handful of songs that day! CD

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Neil ArdleyKaleidoscope Of Rainbows ... CD
Gull/Dusk Fire (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $12.99
A sweet set from British jazz rock genius Neil Ardley – one that has him working off the vibe explored on the Greek Variations album, but hitting a sound that's a fair bit funkier overall! As with other efforts, Ardley draws here on some really top-shelf talents for his ideas – soloists who include Ian Carr on trumpet, Ken Shaw on guitar, and Tony Coe, Barbara Thompson, and Brian Smith on saxes! The tracks are all quite longish, and unfold in a really organic way – building over an immediate rhythm at some points, or letting the soloists set the main vibe at others. There's nothing overly-obtuse about the record at all, and Ardley never lets anyone dominate too much – making the album a strong group effort with a really unified vision – but one with plenty of space for the feeling of the individual players. Titles include "Rainbow One", "Rainbow Two", "Rainbow Three", and so on. CD

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Neil ArdleyKaleidoscope Of Rainbows ... LP
Gull (UK), 1976. Very Good- ... $19.99
A sweet set from British jazz rock genius Neil Ardley – one that has him working off the vibe explored on the Greek Variations album, but hitting a sound that's a fair bit funkier overall! As with other efforts, Ardley draws here on some really top-shelf talents for his ideas – soloists who include Ian Carr on trumpet, Ken Shaw on guitar, and Tony Coe, Barbara Thompson, and Brian Smith on saxes! The tracks are all quite longish, and unfold in a really organic way – building over an immediate rhythm at some points, or letting the soloists set the main vibe at others. There's nothing overly-obtuse about the record at all, and Ardley never lets anyone dominate too much – making the album a strong group effort with a really unified vision – but one with plenty of space for the feeling of the individual players. Titles include "Rainbow One", "Rainbow Two", "Rainbow Three", and so on. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with an unglued bottom seam.)

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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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Lennie Dale with Bossa TresUm Show De Bossa ... CD
Elenco (Japan), 1963. Used ... $11.99
A live bit of bossa vocals from Lennie Dale – recording here with some cooking accompaniment from the Bossa Tres trio! The format is very spontaneous and relaxed – similar to an American live jazz vocal date of the time, but with a bossa groove instead – one that's a perfectly showcase for Dale's lively vocals and strong sense of showmanship – singing here in both English and Portuguese! Luis Carlos Vinhas' piano playing sparkles throughout, and although recorded in a club, the set has all the crystal clarity you'd expect from the Elenco studio sides of the time. Many tunes are done in pot-pourri fashion – shifting easily between themes of a few different tunes – and titles include "No Dollar Bills", "Day In Day Out", "Old Devil Moon", "O Samba Da Minha Terra", "Improvisacao Bossa Tres", "Bim Bom", and "Samba Do Aviao". CD
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Paco De Lucia5 Original Albums (El Duende/Fuente Y Caudal/En Vivo/Almoraima/Plays De Falla) (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 5CD ... $18.99 19.99
Five fantastic albums from the legendary Spanish guitarist – all packaged with original album sleeves too! First up is El Duende Flamenco – a richly personal vision of music – played by Paco with incredible deftness on the guitar, yet with a way that's never trying to show off, or bury feeling with any overdone sense of technique! Instead, De Lucia creates this really special sort of magic on the instrument – unlocking amazing tones and colors with effortless ease – all with the energy you might expect from a free jazz musician on the instrument, yet always directed in a tuneful, musical way. The album's a key early accomplishment from Paco – and although some tracks have light additional strings, these are used very gently to shade in the background, and still leave the set with the feeling of a solo album overall. Titles include "Percusion Flamenca", "Barrio La Vina", "De Madruga", "Cuando Canta El Gallo", "Canestera", "Punta Del Faro", and "Farolillo De Ferria". Fuente Y Caudal is one of our favorite albums ever from the legendary Paco De Lucia – and a set that really has the guitarist coming into his own – stepping past even his rich flamenco roots, and coming up with a new style that's practically a genre unto itself! Paco's sense of imagination here is wonderful – freed up from any previous expectations, and really set loose on the strings of the guitar – coming up with an amazing blend of rhythm and melody in these fast flurries of notes – at a level that's as passionately powerful as it is breathtaking from a sheer technical perspective. Ramon De Algeciras joins Paco on two tracks, but most numbers are solo – and titles include "Fuente Y Caudal", "Entre Dos Aguas", "Plaza De San Juan", "Los Pinares", and "Cepa Andaluza". En Vivo Desde El Teatro Real is a strong live set from the great Paco DeLucia – one that has his sublime acoustic guitar sounds really ringing out in the large space of a theater – which creates a slightly different vibe than some of his more close-up studio records of the 70s! DeLucia is extremely commanding in this space – and seems to reach out with even more majesty than ever – incredibly deft work on the strings of the guitar, full of fire and feeling – on a set of original numbers that reference tradition, then completely dismantle it as well. Ramon De Algeciras joins on a bit of second guitar, and titles include "Solea", "Fandangos", "Rumba", "Guajiras", "Alegrias", and "Tarantas". Almoraima is a brilliant 70s set from guitarist Paco DeLucia – one that really shows him stretching out with even more pride and power than before – finding that really unique groove that was part jazz, part flamenco, but really something very special of his own! Paco's got a highly rhythmic way with his guitar – using the instrument almost as much as a drum in some passages – while still being able to carve out these complicated passages on the strings, with dynamic energy that few American players might be able to match. Ramon De Algeciras plays second guitar on the record, but most of the music is from Paco's own instrument – and titles include "Rio Ancho", "Plaza Alta", "Ole", "Llanos Del Real", "Almoraima", and "Cueva Del Gato". Last up is a beautiful album in which Paco De Lucia Plays Manuel De Falla – songs by the famous composer that include "Danza De La Molinera", "Danza Ritual Del Fuego", "Danza De Los Vecinos", "Escena", and "Cancion Del Fuego Fatuo". CD

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Etran De L'AirEtral De L'Air No 1 ... CD
Sahel Sounds, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD
Also available Etral De L'Air No 1 ... LP 18.99

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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
Also available Etral De L'Air No 1 ... CD 13.99

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Fania All-StarsRhythm Machine ... LP
Columbia/Fania, 1977. Very Good+ ... $16.99
One of the proudest moments of the New York Latin underground – a time when some of its best players wound up playing for Columbia, through a brief affiliation between Fania and the larger label! And although you might think that the album would totally sell out the group's best points, it's actually a great batch of cuts that mixes the All-Stars' strong salsa and jazz grooves with some nice club-oriented rhythms – a blend that was perfect to show the growing sophistication of the Nuyorican scene in the late 70s! All the right touches are still strongly in place – and the record features work from Pacheco, Roberto Roena, Mongo Santamaria, and Louie Ramirez, as well as guests Bob James and Eric Gale. Titles include "En Orbita", "Awake", "Juan Pachanga", "Steady", "Jubileo", and "Ella Fue". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sandy BarberBest Is Yet To Come ... LP
Olde Worlde, 1977. Very Good ... $29.99
A great little record that's really grown strongly over the years – issued in the mid 70s to almost no notice at all, but a set that's gotten plenty of attention from crate-diggers, club-goers, and collectors over the past few decades! Sandy Barber's got a hell of a voice – singing with this soaring vibe that's a lot richer than some of her 70s club contemporaries – and working here with tight arrangements from Nat Adderley Jr and David Wofford, under production from the great Clyde Otis – whose previous studio experience really knows how to bring out the depth in Barber's singing! The set's pretty upbeat on most numbers – a tight vibe that's far more indie club than mainstream disco – and the set also features a few mellower moments that really let Sandy open up and show off her chops. Titles include "I Think I'll Do Some Steppin On My Own", "Can't You Just See Me", "Dont' You Worry Baby", "The First Time", "I've Got Something Good", and "Look Out Sky". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot & some wear.)

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Ray BarrettoLatin Soul Man ... CD
Fania, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $18.99
A great title for this one – because at the end of the 60s, Ray Barretto was definitely a Latin Soul Man – an artist from the earlier generation who really took strongly to the newer modes of the younger scene – and used their grooves to really help add a lot of spice to his music! Although some of the older Latin players dismissed Latin Soul as a fad – or worse, claimed it was ruining the music – Ray really took to the blend of soul, funk, jazz, and other elements that the Spanish Harlem scene was using. This multi-label collection goes way past just Ray's work for Fania – and also features tracks recorded for Tico and United Artists too – 17 titles that include "Babalu", "Power", "Tin Tin Deo", "Hard Hands", "Got To Have You", "A Deeper Shade Of Soul", "El Watusi", "Senor 007", "Together", "New York Soul", "Right On", "Soul Drummers", "Do You Dig It", "Mercy Mercy Baby", and "El Bantu". CD
(Out of print.)

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Cilla BlackSurround Yourself With Cilla/It Makes Me Feel Good (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Parlophone/SFE (UK), 1969/1975. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A pair of classic albums from Brit femme legend Cilla Black – back to back in a single set, with 22 bonus tracks too – a number of which make their debut here on CD! First up is Surround Yourself With Cilla – a fantastically groovy album from the great Cilla Black – a set that takes the singer's already-strong vocals, and sets them to some very cool arrangements that bubble over with hip and mod touches! The mighty Mike Vickers is behind the charts on most of the set – and he really brings this groovy quality to the whole proceedings that push Cilla even further than some of her earlier records – and that's saying a lot, given that most of them were all pop vocal masterpieces in their own right! Titles include "Forget Him", "It'll Never Happen Again", "Without Him", "Think Of Me", "I Am A Woman", "Words", "Only Forever Will Do", "Surround Yourself With Sorrow", and her classic take on "Aquarius". Next up is the mid-70s album It Makes Me Feel Good – a record that has Cilla Black taking on some unusual territory – including songs by Tom Waits, Alex Harvey, and other unlikely songwriters! Some songs go for a bit of a soulful style, others have more of a rootsy approach – played by a small combo that often brings up the guitar and bass more than on some of the fuller arrangements on some of Cilla's earlier records – all while still letting the lady's vocals soar on tunes that include "It Makes Me Feel Good", "Lay It All Down", "Lovin Land", "Running Out Of World", "I'll Take A Tango", "San Diego Serenade", and "September Love Affair". Bonus tracks include "Your Heart Is Free", "Surround Yourself With Sorrow (false start)", "London Bridge", "Quando Si Spezza Un Grande Amore", "A Bad Case Of Rock N Roll", "Easy In Your Company", "It's Now", "Fantasy", "I Beleive", and "Slow Dance". CD

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Luiz BonfaAmor! – The Fabulous Guitar Of Luiz Bonfa ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1957/1958. Used ... $9.99
A rare early album by the legend Brazilian guitar genius – still bossa, but also recorded in the US – which gives the album a stronger jazz feel at times! The core focus here is still on Bonfa's lively guitar solos – but the presence of added jazz musicians make for a set that's a bit fuller and richer than some of the more solo-styled album from Luiz – not exactly Verve bossa, but somewhere close – and a wonderful record that manages to capture the best side of Bonfa's lyrical genius – thanks to a mix of original sambas and bossa tunes, plus Bonfa-ized versions of some American standards. Titles include "Brasilia", "Island Of Trinidade", "Blue Madrid", "Old Times", "Indian Dance", "Marajo", and "Arabesque". CD
(Out of print.)

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Budos BandBurnt Offering ... LP
Daptone, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99 17.98
Some of the deepest, heaviest work we've ever heard from the Budos Band – as you might guess from the album's dark title and cover! There's a bit of a heavy metal look to the package, but the sounds within are still the righteous funk we've always loved from Budos – yet are also inflected with a very slight bit of trippy elements this time around – a touch of fuzz on the guitar, or cosmic echoes on the keyboards – which really balance out strongly with the group's bold horns and razor-sharp drums! The slight changes make for a more sinister sound than before, and show that these guys continue to be one of the most forward-thinking funk bands around – never content to just rest on the laurels of their great musicianship, but always leaping ahead with new ideas. Titles include "Shattered Winds", "Black Hills", "Magus Mountain", "Into The Fog", "The Sticks", "Burnt Offering", and "Turn & Burn". LP, Vinyl record album

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Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew ShippSeraphic Light ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Reedman Daniel Carter's in some great company here – a trio that features the bass of William Parker and piano of Matthew Shipp – both bold musical partners that really give the album a lot of depth! Shipp is especially great, and at times really seems to dominate the proceedings with his energy – that non-stop spiral of constant creation that has made his work in recent years so rewarding – balanced with Parker's always strong command of the bass, and shifting sounds from Carter – who blows flute, clarinet, tenor, alto, and soprano sax – as well as a bit of trumpet. The album features a live performance of the title suite, "Seraphic Light" – divided into three sections. CD

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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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Chip E feat K JoyLike This (house mix, DDD dub) ... 7-inch
BBE (UK), 1985. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A real classic from Chip E – maybe not always the strongest of the early Chicago house music pioneers, but a great talent here – with a wonderfully soulful vibe! Female lead vocals make the tune a fuller, richer one than it might be from just the stark handclap beats and basslines – and Lidell Townsell handles the house remix and dub, which are superb – and really shows his strong ear for a vamping trancing groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Otis ClaySoul Man – Live In Japan ... LP
Rooster, 1985. Very Good+ 2LP ... $11.99
Otis Clay recorded live in Japan – working before a very appreciative audience, and hitting grooves that are right up there with his best 70s work on Hi Records! The sound is a bit looser than Hi – which is a nice change – and Clay's really in command on the set, leading the group with a strong sense of personality, and serving up great vocals with a strong deep soul feel. The grooves are filled with classic Memphis soul moments – and titles titles include "Hard Working Woman", "Ellie", "Trying To Live My Life Without You", "His Precious Love", "Love & Happiness", "Here I Am Baby", and "Love Don't Love Nobody". LP, Vinyl record album

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Cold BloodLydia ... LP
Warner, 1974. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of the tightest albums ever cut by this San Francisco funk combo – one titled after their lead singer Lydia Pense, who'd become a much better vocalist by this point than she was on earlier efforts. The album's strongest point, though, is still the instrumentation – which is arranged and produced here by Steve Cropper with sort of a 70s Memphis groove, one that brings out the sharpest edges of the guitar and organ riffing. Titles include "Under Pressure", "Consideration", "Just Like Sunshine", "Ready To Live", "Simple Love Life", and "When My Love Hand Comes Down". LP, Vinyl record album
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Willie ColonLo Mato ... CD
Fania, 1973. Used ... $19.99
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.)

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Olegario DiazI Remember Chet ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A tribute to the late trumpeter Chet Baker, but one that's got a rock-solid swinging feel that's quite different than most of Baker's music on record! The group here is a fantastic lineup – with Alex Sipiagin handling the trumpet parts, but in a way that's often quite un-Chet-like – alongside strong tenor from Seamus Blake, bold bass from Scott Colley, and dynamic drums from Bill Stewart – all working under the leadership of pianist Olegario Diaz, who colors the tunes with nicely vivid notes that fly from his fingers with a sparkling sense of imagination. Many numbers are from the Chet Baker songbook, but Diaz also wrote a few great songs of his own – and titles include "Everything I Love", "Star Eyes", "Just Friends", "CTA", "Rise & Fall Baker", "Bernie's Tune", and "I Remember Chet". CD

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EliminatorsLoving Explosion ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A rare funky soul classic! This one was originally issued on Brunswick in 1974, and it's darn impossible to find in the original, probably because Brunswick was having a great deal of financial trouble at the time. Whatever the case, the record's a great one – and it's got a tight ensemble funky sound, mixed with some great soulful vocals, and a strong indie soul groove. The band originally came from North Carolina, and they've got a style that's similar to some of the other south coast funk groups that were operating in the 70s in cities like Washington, Richmond, and other points south. Most tracks have deep soulful vocals, but there's some very nice instrumentals too, and the band's got a pretty tight approach to playing. Titles include "Rump Bump", "Loose Hips", "Get Satisfied (parts 1 & 2)", "Loving Explosion", "Give It Up", and "Blood Donors Needed". CD

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Calendar/Braxton Holmes Presents Cabrini Greens &Comin On Strong (Jamie 3:26 edit)/Stomps & Shouts (Jamie 3:26 edit) – A Taste Of Chicago Sampler ... 12-inch
BBE (UK), 1979/2003. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Two very different songs – both given a fantastic remix by Jamie 3:26 as part of his Taste Of Chicago project! "Comin On Strong" is a killer long funky cut from Calendar – more tight combo than mainstream disco, with a great sound that was a huge influence on the early Chicago house scene – stretched out here by Jamie to a mighty 9 minutes! "Stomps & Shouts" is from Cabrini Greens & Cornbread – one of the strongest acts on Chicago's Cajual label – home of some stark, spare grooves like this one – expanded nicely by Jamie! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Duke Ellington/Louis ArmstrongParis Blues – Original Soundtrack ... 8-Track
United Artists, 1961. Used ... $2.99
We've always loved Duke Ellington's soundtracks, and this is one of his best! The score is a moody introspective one, written for a 1961 film that starred Paul Newman as a frustrated jazz musician living in Paris. The "Paris Blues" theme is a dark, somber composition that is supposedly Newman's masterpiece as a jazz writer – and it works beautifully with the film's themes of frustration and unfulfilled desire. Ellington's at his best here, and apart from the main theme, the score also has great versions of classics like "Mood Indigo" and "Take The A Train", plus originals like "Nite", "Wild Man Moore", "Guitar Amour", and "Paris Stairs". Also features Louis Armstrong on one track! 8-Track
(Original 8 track tape – sealed! We can't promise anything about the quality of the tape – but this is a mighty cool object.)

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Duke Ellington/Louis ArmstrongParis Blues – Original Soundtrack ... LP
United Artists, 1961. Very Good ... $8.99
We've always loved Duke Ellington's soundtracks, and this is one of his best! The score is a moody introspective one, written for a 1961 film that starred Paul Newman as a frustrated jazz musician living in Paris. The "Paris Blues" theme is a dark, somber composition that is supposedly Newman's masterpiece as a jazz writer – and it works beautifully with the film's themes of frustration and unfulfilled desire. Ellington's at his best here, and apart from the main theme, the score also has great versions of classics like "Mood Indigo" and "Take The A Train", plus originals like "Nite", "Wild Man Moore", "Guitar Amour", and "Paris Stairs". Also features Louis Armstrong on one track! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousIII Festival International Da Cancao Popular Rio – As 10 Mais Internacionais ... LP
Philips (Brazil), 1968. Used ... Out Of Stock
Brazilian work mixed with songs from other countries, too – on cuts that include "Jogo De Futebol" by Antoine, "A Quoi Ca Sert" by Francoise Hardy, "L'Oiseau Qui S'Est Perdu" by Lisebeth List, "I Feel So Strong" by Sheri Mantera, "Sabia" by MPB4, "Waterfall" by Jimmy Cliff, and "I'll Find A Place For Me Someday" by Danny. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Stan Getz5 Original Albums Vol 2 (Jazz Samba/Jazz Samba Encore/With Laurindo Almeida/Getz Gilberto/Getz Gilberto 2) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
An insane collection of music – five albums that perfectly showcase the bossa nova genius of Stan Getz! First up is Jazz Samba – one of those records that no home should be without – not only a pivotal album in the growth of bossa nova in the 60s – but a set that also really helped set the career of tenorist Stan Getz on fire! The real credit here might almost go to guitarist Charlie Byrd – as Byrd was a big early proponent of bossa nova rhythms, and had already been experimenting with them on his records of the time – yet also gets a key extra "umph" here in the presence of Stan's tenor – a bold, rich, soulful sound that really helps give the music a lot of direction – in ways that still resonate strongly all these many years later! Getz is completely sublime – a master of tone and timing throughout – and perfectly fit to these tunes. Rhythms are mostly from Byrd's trio, augmented with some extra percussion – and titles include the classic "Desafinado", plus "E Luxo So", "Samba Dees Days", "Samba Triste", "O Pato", "Samba De Uma Nota So", and "Baia". Jazz Samba Encore is hardly an "encore" of the first Stan Getz Jazz Samba album – as this set's got a slightly different feel, and lots of great elements that make it really unique! This time around, Brazilian musician Luiz Bonfa is on guitar – already a skilled proponent of the bossa by the time of the record, and arguably one of the few who really got it going back home in Rio. Stan's tenor sounds wonderful – as carefully and soufully blown as on the first set, but also with some new colors and tones too. Bonfa's wife Maria Toledo sings a bit on the record – hinting at Stan's work to come with Astrud Gilberto (this album was cut right before the Getz/Gilberto collaboration) – and the record also features added work on piano and guitar from the great Antonio Carlos Jobim – more than enough proof that the album's got a pure bossa pedigree! Titles include "Menina Flor", "Ebony Samba", "Saudade Vem Correndo", "Sambalero", "Samba De Duas Notas", and "Mania De Maria". With Laurindo Almeida is one of the best of the Stan Getz bossa nova sessions – and a record that features the great Laurindo Almeida on guitar – playing with more virtuosity than either Charlie Byrd or Joao Gilberto did on their collaborations with Getz! The record's got a driving rhythm section, with lots of long tracks, and nice laid-back solos by both Getz and Almeida – who's getting in some of his few jazz licks of the 60s here, working in a groove similar to that of his earlier sides with Bud Shank, but which sounds almost even better in the languid company of Getz. Cuts include "Outra Vez", "Winter Moon", "Maracatu-Too", and "Samba Da Sahra". Getz Gilberto is a landmark record – both in 60s jazz and bossa nova – and a set that not only bridged worlds of music, but set the tone for so many other albums to come! By the time of this 1964 set, Stan Getz had already issued a few bossa nova experiments on Verve – but this pairing with guitarist Joao Gilberto really pushed the format over the top – thanks in part to the vocals of Gilberto's lovely wife Astrud, who'd never sung in the studio before this famous recording! The record created a sound that was copied endlessly, and which catapulted Astrud to unbelievable fame worldwide – even though she was only included in the session at the last minute, because Joao couldn't sing in English – and the mix of Stan's tenor and Joao's guitar is wonderful – and backed throughout by this light, lilting bossa nova rhythms. Titles include the classic recording of "Girl From Ipanema", plus loads of other bossa classics like "Desafinado", "Cocovado", "O Grande Amor", and "Vivo Sonhando". Getz Gilberto 2 is a very different record than the first collaboration between Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – but that's also one of the things that makes it great! The album's more of a split LP than a shared one – as side one features a live performance from the great mid 60s Stan Getz quartet that featured Gary Burton on vibes – a wonderfully cool combo that was very under-documented on record, and which makes a key appearance here. The combination of Burton's vibes and Stan's tenor is pure genius – a sound that's got all the subtle hues and cool colors of the Getz bossa recordings, but which is quite different overall. Stan's tone is amazing on these tunes – and titles include "Here's That Rainy Day", "Tonight I Shall Sleep With A Smile On My Face", "Grandfather's Waltz", and "Stan's Blues". Side two features Joao Gilberto without Stan – playing in a very groovy trio that's more straight bossa than most of his other US recordings – cool small combo grooving that's totally great! The lineup features Gilberto on guitar and vocals, Keeter Betts on bass, and Helcio Milito on drums – all working in a sweetly grooving mode on titles that include "Samba De Minha Terra", "Meditation", "Bim Bom", "Rosa Moreno", and "O Pato". CD

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Al & The KiddWe Like To Party (vocal, inst) ... 12-inch
Al & The Kidd, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A heavily percussive groove – of the sort that made Al & The Kidd one of the funkiest groups on the DC scene! The style here is still very much in a 70s funky club mode, but you can also hear a bit of go-go drums in the mix too – never used too strongly, but hinting towards the later growth of the style – as does the nice instrumental bits that pop up all over the place, turning the short hook of the track into a mighty nice extended jam – as both sides of the single are over 10 minutes long! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Alessandro AlessanadroniSangue Di Sbirro (180 gram pressing – with bonus track) ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $32.99
One of the funkiest soundtracks we've ever heard from Alessandro Alessandroni – a set that clearly shows he'd been listening to the score for Shaft, as well as a host of 70s sound library music too! There's lots of great Italian cop/crime grooves on the set – done at an understated level that's almost better than more familiar work of the genre – often strongly focused on the core rhythms, which are lean and plenty darn funky – bad-stepping with instrumentation that's often small combo funky jazz more than it is the bigger orchestrations of American cop scores. Titles include "Cop's Blood", "Amusement", "Duke Soul Jazz", "Tema Di Susie", "Club Jazz", "Palance", "Knell", "Sbirro In Fuga", and "Luxury". Features the never-issued bonus cut – "Tema Di Susie #2 (suspance version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alessandro AlessandroniDi Tresette Ce Ne Unto Tutti Gli Altri Son Nessuno ... LP
GDM/Overdrive (Italy), 1974. Sealed (reissue)... $19.99
Introspective work from Italian soundtrack genius Alessandro Alessandroni – mostly a western-themed score, one that features spare tunes that focus strongly on his own ability to play guitar with a haunting, ethereal quality! A few tracks have some nice electric instrumentation submerged in the mix – creating a cool juxtaposition of wah wah or keyboards and plucked acoustic guitar – and this well-done release features a total of 25 tracks in all, on vinyl for the first time ever! LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ Mehr Ali & Sher AliQawalli – The Essence Of Desire (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Buda (France), 1994. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Spiritual sounds from Pakistan – a set of two long tracks that feature Mehr Ali's vocals in the lead, amidst other singers trading lines – and some especially wonderful instrumentation on harmonium and tabla! The tablas bring a sharp crackle to the rhythms, while the harmonium lines pulse with almost the vibe of a beating heart – leaving Ali and his compatriots to soar to the heavens on their vocal exultations. The whole thing is filled with righteous power and a very strong spirit – even if you can't understand the language – and titles include "Man Kunto Maula" and "Maro Nara Haideri Ya Ali". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)

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Mose AllisonHello There Universe ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $3.99
One of Mose's best albums for Atlantic – an ambitious session that features larger arrangements backing him up, making for a much fuller sound than on other records! The album includes a greatly grooving version of "Wild Man On The Loose" – done with this cool sneaky organ – and lots of the other tracks feature strong horn parts that flesh out the sound, and give a nice edge to Mose's vocals. Other titles include "On The Run", "Somebody Gotta Move", "No Exit", "I'm Smashed", and "Hello There Universe". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear & an unglued top seam.)

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✨✧ Herb AlpertHerb Alpert Reimagines The Tijuana Brass Music Vol 3 ... CD
Herb Alpert, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Herb Alpert remakes himself again – taking all the best tunes from his classic years on A&M records, then fitting them to contemporary grooves – all at a level that's a bit like some of the Verve Remixed projects from years back, but even better! These aren't remixes, but new versions – as Herb blows strong trumpet lines over the top of beats, keyboards, and other contemporary elements – all while keeping that Tijuana Brass punch in his horn, on versions of "Whipped Cream", "Spanish Flea/Rise", "The Lonely Bull", "El Presidente", "Spanish Harlem", "Green Peppers", "A Taste Of Honey", and "Bittersweet Samba". CD

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Herb Alpert & Hugh MasekelaHerb Alpert & Hugh Masekela ... LP
A&M, 1978. Very Good ... $3.99
Two top trumpet talents – coming together beautifully on this groovy late 70s set! Both Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela had a big rise to fame in the 60s – Herb, for his Tijuana Brass albums on A&M – and Hugh, for the way that he brought South African jazz currents to the American soul mainstream! Given that both had strong presence on the Cali scene in their time, the pairing here is a great one – and works well with some larger jazz backings that color things out in a mix of soul, fusion, funk, and some slight South African touches. Other players on the set include Lee Ritenour and Arthur Adams on guitars, Paulinho Da Costa on percussion, James Gadson on bass, and Hotep Cecil Bernard on piano – and titles include "Skokiaan", "Moonza", "Lobo", "African Summer", "Ring Bell", and "Happy Hanna". LP, Vinyl record album

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassSRO ... CD
A&M/Shout Factory, 1966. Used ... $4.99
A standing room ovation in the A&M Studios – certainly the kind of reception we'd imagine Herb would get during these glory years of his career! The set's one of the most no-nonsense Tijuana Brass sessions of the 60s – a tightly crafted album that has a bit more jazz than usual sneaking in on some of the tunes, but still enough of that snapping, punchy rhythmic approach that makes Herb and the group so great! As usual, the fluidity here is the strongest point – as the A&M touch takes a sound that should be hokey, and flips it into something really really groovy through warm use of compression in the studio. Titles include "Blue Sunday", "Bean Bag", "Work Song", "Our Day Will Come", "Mexican Road Race", and "Freight Train Joe". CD
(Out of print signature series edition, penmark through barcode.)

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Gerald AlstonGerald Alston ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't match – polished with the kind of class that kept The Manhattans strong well into the 80s – but updated nicely with some of the more adult soul modes of the latter part of the decade. Production is by Stan Sheppard and James Varner, who know to keep things laidback to keep Alston at his best – and titles include "Stay A Little While", "You Laid Your Love On Me", "I've Waited All Night", "Activated", "We've Only Just Begun", and "I Come Alive When I'm With You". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Gerald Alston ... CD 19.99

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Gerald AlstonGerald Alston ... CD
Motown, 1988. Used ... $19.99
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't match – polished with the kind of class that kept The Manhattans strong well into the 80s – but updated nicely with some of the more adult soul modes of the latter part of the decade. Production is by Stan Sheppard and James Varner, who know to keep things laidback to keep Alston at his best – and titles include "Stay A Little While", "You Laid Your Love On Me", "I've Waited All Night", "Activated", "We've Only Just Begun", and "I Come Alive When I'm With You". CD
(Original pressing – out of print! Rear artwork has a bit of pen.)
Also available Gerald Alston ... CD 13.99

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Arnaldo AntunesRSTUVXZ ... CD
Pommelo (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ... $19.99
Fantastic work from one of the most creatively consistent talents in Brazilian music – and a record that really hangs on to all the early genius that Arnaldo Antunes brought to his music! The sense of language here is almost enough to make us love the record – the way that Antunes borrows structures and shapes from modernist poetry, to put together the words of his tunes almost like miniature sculptures – yet still manages to make them sound beautifully tuneful, and very down to earth – thanks in part to the album's mix of samba rhythms and guitar-based rock – hinted at slightly on the cover. The more acoustic numbers are especially wonderful – that special blend of modern ideas and humanism that we seem to find most strongly in the music of Brazil. Titles include "Se Precave", "A Samba", "Amanha So Amanha", "Eu Todo Mundo", "Pense Duas Vezes Antes De Esquecer", "Tambem Pede Bis", "Ceu Contra O Muro", and "De Trem De Carro Ou A Pe". CD

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Louis ArmstrongI Will Wait For You ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
A completely charming vocal session from Louis Armstrong – done in the later pop years of his life, but a record that's not nearly as well known as his bigger hits for Kapp! Louis works with arrangements from Dick Jacobs – the Brunswick arranger who first provided the early charts for Jackie Wilson – and the style is kind of a 60s update of 20s styles – that retro mode that was showing up in the decade as a few artists like Armstrong were reinvented for the younger generation. But despite the setting, Louis is wonderful throughout – with that honest, raspy tone of later years – and just a bit of trumpet to jazz things up amidst the pop. Titles include "I Will Wait For You", "Sunrise Sunset", "Rosie", "Willkommen", "I Believe", "The Happy Time", and "Talk To The Animals". CD
 
 
 



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