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Rough ShopLit Up Like A Christmas Tree (with bonus download) ... LP
Perdition, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
Christmas albums have always been a particular favorite of ours – in case you haven't guessed from our comments on these pages – and we're especially big fans of folks who try to bring something new to the Holiday canon, by coming up with fresh tunes of their own! Rough Shop do exactly that on this special Christmas album – by penning nearly half the tunes themselves, in a home-grown manner that really comes across well – personal tracks that are the real standouts on the record, and way better than the most of the covers here – although the group does a great version of the Marvin Gaye Christmas classic "Purple Snowflakes"! Yet it's their own tunes we love the best – cool indie pop contributions that remind us of the Pearlfishers' Christmas EP from years back – titles that include "Christmas Isn't Like Any Day", "Christmas Time", "A Christmas Snowfall", "Snowbound Girl", "Soul Of Christmas", and "Santa What You Got In The Bag". LP, Vinyl record album
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Georgie FameWhole World's Shaking – Complete Recordings 1963 to 1966 (Rhythm & Blues At/At Last/Sweet Things/Sound Venture/Rarities/bonus) (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (UK), 1960s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $84.99 86.99
Four incredible albums from the young Georgie Fame – plus a bonus CD of rare material, bonus tracks on all CDs, and 18 previously unreleased tracks – all in a box set with a 48 page book, 5 postcards, and a poster too! First up is Rhythm & Blues At The Flamingo – blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of a American small organ combo, especially the early 60s variety that often played equal parts soul jazz and R&B! Georgie's on the Hammond, and also sings with a rough-edged style that's plenty soulful, and incredibly appealing – a mode that oozes charisma, but never sounds fake or forced. Titles include "Do The Dog", "Eso Beso", "Work Song", "Baby Please Don't Go", "Shop Around", "Humpty Dumpty", and "You Can't Sit Down". Fame At Last is a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". Sweet Things is a definite sweet thing from Georgie Fame – a record that has him filling in his sound even more than before, with tremendously soulful results! The backings here are bigger than before – a bit tooled in an American soul mode, but still with that beautifully raspy Georgie Fame touch – lots of jazzy inflections on the vocals, and a way of handling a tune, even a familiar one, and really working it on his own level. Hammond still fills in most of the tunes, but other instrumentation includes some nice African percussion from Speedy Acquaye, saxes from Pete Coe, and some nice bold drums from John Mitchell. These come out to the forefront on the classic funky tune "Music Talk" – and still sound great on other numbers that include "The World Is Round", "Last Night", "Dr Kitch", "My Girl", "Ride Your Pony", and "Sweet Thing". Sound Venture is one of the jazziest early albums from Georgie Fame – a set that has him singing with the big band of Harry South, at a level that's a lot more complicated than some of his other work with The Blue Flames! The style here still has that mod 60s London feel, but it also has some deeper inflections as well – modes borrowed a bit from Jon Hendricks or Mose Allison, yet served up with even greater complexity – at a level that really points towards the tremendous growth Fame would unleash over the next few years. Members of the group include Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, Dick Morrisey, Kenny Wheeler, and many other key Brit jazz figures of the time – and titles include "Three Blind Mice", "Dawn Yawn", "Feed Me", "Lovey Dovey", "Lil Darlin", "Lil Pony", "I Am Missing You", and "Many Happy Returns". CD5 is Bend A Little – a package with 20 unusual titles – demos, rare tracks, and outtakes – including unreleased tracks, IBC recordings, and even two German tracks too! Plus, each individual CD comes with bonus tracks – 40 bonus tracks, in addition to the 20 more titles on the Bend A Little set – a huge amount of material! CD
(Includes a hardcover book, 5 postcards & a poster.)

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✨✧ Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesRhythm & Blues At The Flamingo (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Universal (UK), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of a American small organ combo, especially the early 60s variety that often played equal parts soul jazz and R&B! Georgie's on the Hammond, and also sings with a rough-edged style that's plenty soulful, and incredibly appealing – a mode that oozes charisma, but never sounds fake or forced. Other instrumentation includes tenor, baritone sax, bass, drums, and conga – plus some great guitar from Big Jim Sullivan – and titles include "Do The Dog", "Eso Beso", "Work Song", "Baby Please Don't Go", "Shop Around", "Humpty Dumpty", and "You Can't Sit Down". This 2016 edition comes loaded with a huge number of bonus tracks, too – with 1964 BBC Session recordings of "Night Train", "Walking The Dog", "Do-Re-Mi", "You're Breaking My Heart" wtih Long John Baldry and more, plus "Parker's Mood", "Molasses", "Funky Mama (Blue Moon Bootleg Version)", "Money (That's What I Want)" and lots more. 10 tracks on the original album – plus 13 bonus tracks! CD

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✨✧ Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesRhythm & Blues At The Flamingo (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of a American small organ combo, especially the early 60s variety that often played equal parts soul jazz and R&B! Georgie's on the Hammond, and also sings with a rough-edged style that's plenty soulful, and incredibly appealing – a mode that oozes charisma, but never sounds fake or forced. Other instrumentation includes tenor, baritone sax, bass, drums, and conga – plus some great guitar from Big Jim Sullivan – and titles include "Do The Dog", "Eso Beso", "Work Song", "Baby Please Don't Go", "Shop Around", "Humpty Dumpty", and "You Can't Sit Down". This 2016 edition comes loaded with a huge number of bonus tracks, too – with 1964 BBC Session recordings of "Night Train", "Walking The Dog", "Do-Re-Mi", "You're Breaking My Heart" wtih Long John Baldry and more, plus "Parker's Mood", "Molasses", "Funky Mama (Blue Moon Bootleg Version)", "Money (That's What I Want)" and lots more. 10 tracks on the original album – plus 13 bonus tracks! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
 
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BT ExpressNon-Stop ... LP
Roadshow, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
BT Express are speeding it up a bit from the first album – hitting more of a disco vein, as would be their due, since they were one of the key groups in inventing the genre! The core ensemble funk sound is still firmly in place, with loads of great horns arranged by the enigmatic Carlos Ward, a jazzy talent who always brought a nice edge to the group's albums. Includes the tasty funk cut "Devil's Workshop", which has a similar feel to "Express" – plus the massive "Peace Pipe", a very catchy number that's always been a favorite in Chicago. Also includes "Discotizer", "Give It What You Got", "Whatcha Think About That?", and "Close To You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsSoul Of A Woman (3CD set – with Give The People What They Want & I Learned The Hard Way) ... CD
Daptone, 2010/2014/2017. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99 23.99
A triple-pack of soulful sounds from Sharon Jones – three albums together at a very nice price! The header of the set is Soul Of A Woman – the fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate setting for Sharon's incredible voice – as it features both her longtime core combo, the Dap-Kings – as well as additional backings from the Bushwick Philharmonic – a small ensemble of strings who really help elevate the music to classic status! If you're worried that the strings might soften the sound, the very first note of the record will put your mind at rest – as will the heavy drums that mark just about every track, and keep things hard and funky throughout. If anyone ever doubted that the Daptone label was our modern equivalent of Stax Records or Atlantic, this will certainly be the set to change their mind – and will also stand forever as a bittersweet reminder of all the greatness that Sharon Jones gave us over the years. Titles include "Searching For A New Day", "Rumors", "Matter Of Time", "Sail On", "Just Give Me Your Time", "Come & Be A Winner", "Call On God", and "These Tears". On Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones steps out strongly with a sense of maturity that seems to take her vocals even farther than before – and The Dap Kings are more than ready to match her energy with some funky work of their own! Jones has gone through a lot in recent years – both with the band and in her own personal life – and the record's a proud summation of life's challenges and triumphs, served up in the instant-classic style that has made Sharon one of the greatest living soul singers of the past few decades. Bosco Mann knocked things out of the park with his raw production – and also wrote a good number of tracks on the set too – and titles include "Making Up & Breaking Up", "Long Time Wrong Time", "People Don't Get What They Deserve", "Retreat", "Stranger To My Happiness", and "Now I See". I Learned The Hard Way is the fourth album from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – solidifying what we learned pretty early on from the indomitable soul spirit that is Sharon and her impeccable combo the Dap-Kings – it's that this is not some retro soul revival novelty act, what they are is the greatest active embodiment of a true soul sound that will never go away! We've always loved that Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings recognize the studio and the stage as different worlds. On stage, Sharon is the possibly the most energetic, charismatic presence you'll ever see and the band brings heft and heat. In the studio, they stretch out and diversify wonderfully, bringing both raw, unpolished funky soul realness to some more stripped down numbers and a full on Stax or Hi level heaviness to the bigger ones. The songs are better and more memorable than ever on this record – with "The Game Gets Old" and "I Learned The Hard Way" (an astoundingly strong one/two punch for the opening minutes) plus "Better Things", "Give It Back", "Money". "The Reason", "Window Shopping", "I'll Still Be True", "Without A Heart", "If You Call" and "Mama Don't Like My Man". CD

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Mad LadsMad Lads In Action ... LP
Volt, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Some rare early Memphis soul material by this legendary Stax combo! The sound of the recording is a bit rawer than most of the stuff we know by them, but their harmonies are great all the way through, with that hard Memphis soul sound that always made them so great! It features the earliest recordings of the group that we've heard, with a number of harmony soul covers of some of the hits and lots of great tunes. The album's got a weird, and somewhat sinister cartoon cover – which makes it an oddity, both for Stax and for the group! Titles include "Nothing Can Break Through", "You're My Inspiration", "Sugar Sugar", "Don't Have To Shop Around", "Michael The Lover", "Land Of 1000 Dances", "Come Closer To Me:, "I Want Someone", their nice cover of "Get Out Of My Life" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCoxone's Music 2 – The Sound Of Young Jamaica - More Early Cuts From The Vaults Of Studio One 1959 to 1963 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Sealed 3LP Gatefold ... $24.99
A fantastic overview of sounds from the Jamaican scene in the years before rocksteady and ska really took off – most of them from the hands of groundbreaking producer Clement "Coxone" Dodd – later the driving force behind Studio One! In these early years, Dodd already had very close ties to the local scene – first as a DJ who was bringing in underground R&B sides from the US, to play on his 50s soundsystem – and also as a record store owner, with a very strong ear for new talent! Yet although Dodd's later sounds have been really well documented, these earliest recordings are perhaps even more amazing – as they showcase a really great range of styles, and present a Jamaican musical world in which the new ideas were just getting started, and taking on modes that sometimes feel very American, other times feel as if they're in a very individual space that doesn't even have any ska or blue beat touches. There's even a bit of jazz in the mix at times, which is great – and throughout the collection's 41 titles, there's an undeniable richness of Jamaican talent that would have already been huge, even if the scene didn't explode in later years. Titles include "More Proof" by Clancy Eccles, "Get Drunk" by Owen Gray, "Jerk Pork" by Roland Alphonso & His Alley Cats, "Cuban Blockade" by Don Drummond, "Little Lady" by Theophilus Beckford with Clue J & His City Slickers, "Exodus" by Jazz Jamaica, Don't Do It" by Bunny & Scully, "Six & Seven Books Of Moses" by The Maytals, "Peanut Vendor" by Tommy McCook, "Mighty Man" by Higgs & Wilson, "Creation" by Lascelles Perkins, "Mr Propman" by Jazz Jamaica From The Workshop, "Light Of My Life" by Mellow Larks, and "Grand National" by Down Beat All Stars. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Doris DukeWoman ... LP
Scepter, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the best album ever from deep soul diva Doris Duke – a set that's produced with a slight undercurrent of sophisticated funk – and put together in ways that take Duke way past the rougher soul of earlier years! The album's a rare UK production – with backing from Ultrafunk and the Armada Orchestra, and a sound that's a great mix of Doris' roots back home with some of the sweeter, funkier sounds of the mid 70s – never in a way that's too commercial, and always with a quality that resonates strongly with the best US indie soul of the time. The album begins with a sublime remake of Marlena Shaw's "Woman Of The Ghetto" – and Doris takes the tune into whole new territory with her reading – and other tracks include "A Little Bit Of Your Love", "To Chicago With Love", "Love Is Here & Now Your Gone", "Grasshopper", "Hey Lady", and "Pick Up The Pieces". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light surface wear, a promo ink stamp, and radio station ink stamp.)

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✨✧ School Days (with Ken Vandermark)Crossing Division ... CD
Okka Disk, 2000. Used ... Out Of Stock
A very hip group from Chicago – named after Division street, right around the corner from Dusty Groove! Certified genius reed player Ken Vandermark is in excellent form – working through a number of modernist modes on this session that's dedicated to jazz inspirations like Roswell Rudd, Harry Carney, Mal Waldron, Teddy Charles, and Mal Waldron. The other strong component of the group is trombonist Jeb Bishop – whose participation in the Chicago scene has touched the city's musical community at many levels. The rest of the quartet includes Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and Ingebright Haker Flaten on bass – and titles include "Smoke Rings", "Bookworm", "Counteraction", "Passenger", "Rosmosis", and "Broad Daylight". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousCoxone's Music 2 – The Sound Of Young Jamaica - More Early Cuts From The Vaults Of Studio One 1959 to 1963 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic overview of sounds from the Jamaican scene in the years before rocksteady and ska really took off – most of them from the hands of groundbreaking producer Clement "Coxone" Dodd – later the driving force behind Studio One! In these early years, Dodd already had very close ties to the local scene – first as a DJ who was bringing in underground R&B sides from the US, to play on his 50s soundsystem – and also as a record store owner, with a very strong ear for new talent! Yet although Dodd's later sounds have been really well documented, these earliest recordings are perhaps even more amazing – as they showcase a really great range of styles, and present a Jamaican musical world in which the new ideas were just getting started, and taking on modes that sometimes feel very American, other times feel as if they're in a very individual space that doesn't even have any ska or blue beat touches. There's even a bit of jazz in the mix at times, which is great – and throughout the collection's 41 titles, there's an undeniable richness of Jamaican talent that would have already been huge, even if the scene didn't explode in later years. Titles include "More Proof" by Clancy Eccles, "Get Drunk" by Owen Gray, "Jerk Pork" by Roland Alphonso & His Alley Cats, "Cuban Blockade" by Don Drummond, "Little Lady" by Theophilus Beckford with Clue J & His City Slickers, "Exodus" by Jazz Jamaica, Don't Do It" by Bunny & Scully, "Six & Seven Books Of Moses" by The Maytals, "Peanut Vendor" by Tommy McCook, "Mighty Man" by Higgs & Wilson, "Creation" by Lascelles Perkins, "Mr Propman" by Jazz Jamaica From The Workshop, "Light Of My Life" by Mellow Larks, and "Grand National" by Down Beat All Stars. CD
Also available Coxone's Music 2 – The Sound Of Young Jamaica - More Early Cuts From The Vaults Of Studio One 1959 to 1963 ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ VariousDeep Jazz Trip ... CD
Muse/Pho, Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Things definitely get plenty deep on this jazz trip – a great run through the 70s catalog of Muse Records, and one that's filled with some incredible bits that we'd rank right up there with the best work of the time on labels like Black Jazz or Strata East! Muse always had a way of really letting its artists do their thing – and you'll heard that clearly on some of the best cuts here – numbers that offer up surprisingly vibrant sides of the artists included, usually with some righteous undertones. Titles include Eddie Jefferson's rendering of "Freedom Jazz Dance" (and a very crazy one at that), Charles Earland's excellent stormer "Murilley", Kenny Barron's "Swamp Demon", Walter Bishop Jr's "Soul Village", Joao Donato's "Night Tripper", "Old Man Moses" by Grant Green, and three nice ones by Carlos Garnett – "Good Shepherd", "Banks Of The Nile", and "Taurus Woman", from the classic Black Love LP. CD

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Free Jazz WorkshopInter Frequences (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Bisou/Souffle Continu (France), 1973. New Copy ... $23.99
An overlooked moment on the French free jazz scene at the start of the 70s – and a completely homegrown effort throughout! Unlike the famous albums in the initial wave of BYG and America label releases, which often featured American musicians joining overseas players – this set is a completely French outing, and shows a remarkable sense of energy and spontaneous creativity – a fresh fire that matches the FMP scene in Germany for imagination and power, but cast out in different ways that show the changed sense of style and relationships that were brewing in France. Imagine some of the Saravah Records material, played more freely – and you'll get part of the vibe here – but there's also a very special, very unique quality throughout. Players include Jean Bolcato on bass, Jean Mereu on trumpet, Maurice Merle on soprano and alto sax, Patrick Vollat on piano and prepared piano, and Christian Rollet on drums. Titles include "Sirene", "Ode A Lon Chaney", "Inter Frequences", "Air Perdue", and "Sphinx". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a big booklet of notes, too!)

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Aladar PegeHungarian Jazz Workshop ... CD
Hungaroton (Hungary), 1991. Used ... $28.99
Evocative work from Aladar Pege – one of the strongest bassists on the Eastern European scene, heard here in a series of recordings made with Hungarian players in the early 90s! Pege's tone and craft of the bass strings dominates most of the tracks – setting the stage for the tunes with a power that recalls Ron Carter's 70s shadings on the instrument – a mode that makes his presence known, but leaves plenty of room for major solos on trumpet, tenor, and guitar – which participate in the tracks in shifting lineups throughout the set. Titles include "Funny Night", "Hommage A Charles Mingus", "Summer Breeze", "Autobahn", "For Susan", "Butterfly Dance", and "Caleidoscope". CD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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People's WorkshopHouston Talent Expo 1982 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BBE (UK), 1982. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $16.99 26.99
The cover might look a bit understated, but the album's got plenty of depth and power – a rare set from the Texas underground of the early 80s – cut by a group who've clearly drunk deep from the same musical well that inspired Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, and other cosmic soul talents of the 70s! As with Stevie and Roy, there's plenty of jazzy currents in the music of The People's Workshop – warm keyboards, sweet sax and flute, and waves of color that really come through the grooves and illuminate the deeper spirit of the vocals. There's a sense of collaboration here that's really special – almost a James Mason vibe at times – all with a sense of sophistication that's quite different than the rootsier sounds you might normally expect from Texas soul groups. Titles include "Save Your Money", "A Song For The Children", "Love Love", "Let's Get High", "Chocolate Coated People Song", and "This Song". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pet Shop BoysRelease ... LP
Parlophone, 2002. Sealed ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram remaster. Cover has marker through the barcode.)

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Pet Shop BoysYes ... LP
Astralwerks, 2009. Sealed ... $19.99
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(Recent 180 gram remaster. Cover has marker through the barcode.)

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VariousFatback's Soul Shop ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
If we had a shop like this in our neighborhood – we'd be broke! Fatback are (of course) the legendary 70s funk group whose records we've loved for decades – but what's not as well known is that they also ran a little storefront office known as the House Of Fatback, located in Queens, and home to some really funky music! The office not only served as headquarters for the group, but was also a place where they caught new talent, and kept one ear to the street for other artists to work with. In the years before Fatback themselves broke big, the group ran a label – also called Fatback – and recorded some excellent local talent on the New York scene – a mix of soul and early funk acts, handled with a level of quality that ranks right up there with the best indie soul of the late 60s. This great set features 16 tracks from the Fatback label, along with great notes that really get at their story – and contains a wonderful range of tunes that are all winners all the way through! Titles include "The Cat Walk" and "Little Bit Of Soul" by Gerry & Paul & The Soul Emmisaries, "You're My Everything" and "Who Will It Be" by Mary Davis, "Right Or Wrong" and "I Need You" by The Puzzles, "Why Don't You Let My Love Go" and "Got To Find A Way" by Jimmy Williams, "Put It In" and "Keep On Brother Keep On" by Johnny King & Fatback Band, and "Quiet Waters" by GP & The Soul Emissaries. CD

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Joe Gordon with Art BlakeyEarly Sessions (Introducing Joe Gordon/Blakey) ... CD
EmArcy/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954. Used ... $14.99
A fantastic hard bop reissue! This CD combines two rare early sessions by trumpeter Joe Gordon, a fantastic player who died an early death, and never got to record as much as he should have. One set was recorded under Gordon's name, and the other under the name of Art Blakey – and both albums were only ever issued on rare 10" LPs during the mid 50s, making the reissue even more essential! There's a wonderful pre-Blue Note hardbop sound to the set – and every cut crackles with a sinister intensity that's just fantastic – made all the more special by a host of original compositions by both Gordon and Gigi Gryce, who arranged one of the session. One session features Gordon on trumpet, Gigi Gryce on alto, and Walter Bishop on piano; the other features Gordon, Charlie Rouse, and Junior Mance – and Blakey is on drums throughout. Titles include "Evening Lights", "Rifftide", "Lady Bob", "Eleanor", "Minority", "Hello", "Mayreh", and "Futurity". CD
(Out of print.)

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Walt HarperHarper's Ferry ... LP
Gateway, 1962. Very Good- ... $11.99
An obscure side with a cover that you might just pass by if you came across it in a shop, but actually quite a sleeper, filled with some stormin' hard house party jazz numbers. The group's a tight little quintet led by the Pittsburgh pianist Walt Harper and they run through a number of well known cuts like "Transfusion" and "Work Song" with an energetic approach plus some great, groovy originals too, including "Harper's Ferry" and the bouncing "Hey Miss Jones". 10 tracks in all, the set also includes "Molasses", "Crosstown", "I Remember Clifford" and "Satin Doll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has split seams with tape remnants and some pen on front & back.)

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Ken McIntyre with Eric DolphyLooking Ahead ... CD
New Jazz/OJC, 1960. Used ... $7.99
A legendary meeting of these two modernists – and a record that's filled with sharp-edged new ideas! Both Ken McIntyre and Eric Dolphy play alto and flute on the album – and Dolphy contributes a bit of bass clarinet as well – and the pair receive a bit of straighter backing than usual from a trio that includes Walter Bishop on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The soulful undercurrent in the rhythm section is nicely offset by the free-thinking reed work of Dolphy and McIntyre – and the record's got a slyly sinister edge that still holds up extremely well over the years. Titles include "Lautir", "Curtsy", "Dianna", and "Head Shakin". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Spider TrioPresences ... CD
Blue Millennium, 2007. Used ... $6.99
A bold trio from the Chicago scene – and one with a vibe that's a bit different than some of the city's other avant work! There's a nicely rootsy feel here – almost organic at points – a bit more together than just free improvisation, yet also almost workshopped in the way the tunes come together – a really personal, almost poetic blend of the saxes of Bryan Pardo, drums of Tim Keenan, and bass of Dan McNaughton. The group swings beautifully on "The See You Later Library", comes up from spare percussion on "Sparkle Guitar", dances around a bassline on "Right Round The Corner/Up Through The Cracks", and comes on with some wonderful elasticity on the cuts "Three Questions" and "Stumble". A great set overall – and more proof that there's plenty of fresh energy on the Windy City scene in recent years! CD

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Tenorio JrEmbalo (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Bomba (Japan), 1964. Used ... $9.99
A set that's maybe one of the greatest bossa jazz albums of all time – and a fantastic homegrown Brazilian effort that's quite different from the more commercial American bossa albums of the 60s! Tenorio Jr isn't just a hell of a pianist, he's a great writer and arranger too – one who's got an amazing ear for color and tone, balanced out with some completely sublime grooves – not smooth coffee shop bossa nova, but instead the harder sort of rhythms that were cooked up by the best combos in Brazil! The tunes are as warm and soulful as they are tight and angular – a perfect summation of the bossa jazz idiom at its truest expression – and the writing is fantastic throughout, with original songs that really provide a fresh change from some of the too-played hits of the generation. Instrumentation includes trombone from Raul De Souza, drums from Milton Banana, tenor from Meirelles, and alto sax from Paulo Moura – on titles that include the classic groover "Nebulosa", plus the tracks "Clouds", "Nectar", "Embalo", and "Estou Nessa Agora". A delight through and through – and one we never tire of! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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VariousDave Hamilton's Detroit Funk – Rare & Unreleased Twisted Funk 1967 to 1975 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A killer little set that's as heavy as it sounds from the title – a wealth of rare material pulled from the studio of Detroit producer Dave Hamilton – a good deal of it previously unreleased! Hearing this set is like finding a pile of rare 45s stuffed in the back corner of a long-lost record shop – because although much of the work was never issued, it crackles with the intensity of the best funky 45s – lots of funky drums, offbeat guitar, and raspy soul vocals – produced with a real edge to all the work, so that all of the hardest elements of the tunes really come through in the mix! The work that was issued here came out on the TCB, Tayster, and New Day labels – and although the artists are often not well known, the work's got a really unified feel – thanks to the funky vision of Dave Hamilton. CD features 20 tracks in all – including "Brand New Girl (part 1)", "You're Wasting My Time (parts 1 & 2)", and "I Got Some (parts 1 & 2)" by Billy Garner; "The Grown Folks Thing" by OC Tolbert, "Party Time" by James Carpenter, "Going To The Moon" by Dave Hamilton, "Funky Trip" by Johnny Walker, "The Devil Is Gonna Get You" by The Future Kind, "Just A Mistake" by The Barrino Brothers, "Hunchin" by Gip Roberts, "Bump With Me" by The Webb People, "Sweet Thing (part 1)" by Bobby Dee, and "Can You Dig It" by Chico & Buddy. CD
 
 
 



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