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✨✧ Jamey AebersoldAutumn Leaves – Volume 44 ... LP
JA Records, 1989. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Trio features Niels Lan Doky on piano, Christian Doky on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet.)

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Brian Brown QuintetCarlton Streets ... LP
44 Records/Roundtable (Australia), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $34.99
One of the best albums ever recorded by Brian Brown – an Australian sax player with roots in the country's late 50s hardbop scene, and who here is continuing to grow tremendously, stretching out in a post-Coltrane mode that's touched with electric keyboards and bass, and a very free-wheeling approach to the groove! The tracks on the set are original compositions that move through a number of different modes with the freedom of some of the best early 70s work on the Impulse label – some tracks have a modal approach, others are freer, and some take advantage of the keyboards to chop the rhythms up. The record's a great one – with an overall sound that's not unlike some of Sonny Fortune's best work of the time – and titles include "The Fair", "Carlton Streets", "Coonadoo", and "Flight". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousEnjoy The Experience – Homemade Records 1958 to 1992 ... CD
Sinecure/Now Again, 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible companion to the book Enjoy The Experience – and like that volume, a set that's filled with gems from the obscure sides of the American recording industry – vanity and privately pressed records that are plenty darn groovy, and pretty darn funky in all the right spots! The book is a painstakingly researched collection – and this soundtrack is just as carefully put together – with a great range of styles – heavily steeped in freaky funk, upbeat boogie, acid folk, offbeat psych, and trippy jazz! The range of sounds is really wonderful – with a feel that's somewhere between a Trunk Records or Finders Keepers compilation – and titles include "Intro (Excerpt)" by The Muzzy Band, "Spacing Out" by The Invaders, Diska Limba Man" by Medico Doktor Vibes, "Music Slave" by Jade, "White Panther" by Arcesia, "Never Come Back" by Boa, "ESP Switch" by Michael Farneti, "6.4 = Makeout" by Gary Wilson, "Just To Say Goodbye" by Russ Saul, "Cadillac Woman" by Stephen David Heitkotter, "Piledriver" by Dennis The Fox, "Old Time Feeling" by Circuit Rider, and "666" by Ray Torske. CD
(A great 2CD package – like a mini-hardcover book like package – with 44 pages of notes and photos!)

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Tom PrehnCentrifuga ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Crucial rare work from Danish piano genius Tom Prehn – a player who's only known for a handful of rare records from the 60s, and some unissued material that has come out in more recent years! This set falls somewhere between the space of both of those points – as the material had been released, but only on reel to reel format – making it even rarer than Prehn's vintage vinyl, and clearly able to use the extended format of the tape to let the group improvise in ways that they couldn't even do on a single record at the time! Case in point is the amazing 44 minute track "Centrifuga" – a cut that seems to have Prehn playing piano that sounds prepared, ala John Cage – mixed with equally unusual sounds from the bass of Poul Elders, some striking sounds from the drums of Finn Slumstrup, and this amazing raw tenor from Fritz Krogh – a player we don't know at all, but who's very much in the best mode of the early free jazz world on the European scene! The second part of the record features four shorter pieces, each numbered variations of "Solherv" – recorded six months after the first track, and with this open sonic sensibility that recalls much more contemporary improv work – such as recordings by Mats Gustafsson, who actually contributed the notes to the set. CD

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John Stevens & Evan ParkerCorner To Corner/The Longest Night ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1976/1993. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 18.99
A triple length set of work from the team of Evan Parker and John Stevens – presented here as a 2CD set! The first part of the package features both volumes 1 and 2 of the Longest Night sessions from 1976 – very free duets between these two ex-partners in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – a session with very little structure at all, and sounds that are almost more FMP than other Ogun albums of the time! Evan Parker plays soprano sax throughout – and Stevens alternates between percussion and cornet – using mostly the former, but sometimes a bit of the latter in ways that have a surprising sense of presence. Parker's notes are nicely shaped on the best numbers – bringing in occasional more human moments amidst more Lacy-like bleats and blonks on the soprano. Titles include "21.25", "19.11", "19.44", "21.47", "22.18", "23.12",, and "23.40. Next up is the album Corner To Corner – recorded in 1993, nearly 20 years after the first 2 records – but with a quality that's amazingly similar, and which shows both Parker and Stevens to still be at the farthest, freest edges of British jazz. The sounds of the session clearly mark it as a belated follow-up to the first date – but the titles this time around are a bit less oblique, and include "Corner To Corner", "Rubber", "Angles", "Incidence", and "Reflections". CD

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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsLet's Groove – The Archie Bell & The Drells Story ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great great group who never lost their groove – featured here on a set that's the first-ever label-spanning collection of their genius! The set begins with a huge amount of tracks from the Atlantic Records years of Archie Bell & The Drells – records that start with their raw Texas funk groove, then move into the group hitting a Philly soul mode – which they do wonderfully, and continue to expand their sound in a really great way! The second half focuses on their sublime 70s Philly gems for Gamble & Huff – tracks that showed up on the Philadelphia International family of labels, and which had Archie and the group sounding equally great on the modern club dancefloors! There's also some rare material that was recorded in between these stretches for the Glades label – and the 44 track, 2CD set is overflowing with rare gems, well-remembered favorites, and other well-chosen tracks. Titles include "Soul City Walk", "I Love My Baby", "My Balloon's Going Up", "You Never Know What's On A Woman's Mind", "Girls Grow Faster Than Boys", "Old People", "Strategy", "Show Me How To Dance", "Glad You Could Make It (12" disco)", "Go For What You Know", "Showdown", "Dog Eat Dog", "A Soldier's Prayer 1967", "Do The Choo Choo", "Girl You're Too Young", "Don't Let The Music Slip Away", "Wrap It Up", "Deal With Him", "Archie's In Love", "Ain't Nothing For A Man In Love", "I've Been Missing You", and "Nothing Comes Easy". CD
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VariousGarland Records – Pacific Northwest Pandora's Box ... CD
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A searing collection of work from the tiny Garland Record label – most of which was not issued at the time, but which together presents the label as a powerhouse of newly-minted hard rock from the Northwest scene! This package definitely blows away previous collections of work on the label – and has a very different vibe too, as you might guess from the Kiss-style makeup of the group who play on the cover! For some reason, only three of these cuts saw the light of day at the end of the 60s – which makes the whole thing a wonderfully rich discovery – full of the kind of raw, rare, hard rock treasures you usually find on more metal-centric labels. Titles include "Back Street Queen" and "Slave Driver" by Eclipse, "Stone Mountain" by The Other Side, "They'll Pass Me By" and "Day Dreams II" by Messick, "Don't Be A Fool" by Inner Circle, "Thor's Hammer" by Loyal Opposition, "Hey Joe" by Zero End, and "Don't Want To Be Alone" by High Voltage. CD
Also available Garland Records – Pacific Northwest Pandora's Box (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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VariousIntroduction To Ictus Records' 30th Anniversary Collection ... CD
Ictus, Late 70s/1980s/1990s. Used ... $6.99
An incredible tribute to the long-running Ictus label – home to some great recordings of avant jazz and improvised music over the last 30 years! Intro CD includes 12 tracks from the larger box set. CD

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VariousOpen Up Your Mind – The Psych Pop World Of Rembrandt Records 1966 to 1967 ... CD
Cicadelic, 1966/1967. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
A cool compilation that collects the first couple years of recordings for Chicago's Rembrandt Records – some great and largely unheard garage psyche from The Nuchez, The Nite-Owls (also known as The Nickel Bag), The Circus, The Lemon Drops and others! Some of these cats were still in their teens, making walloping yet tuneful numbers inspired by LSD and other illicit activities, which gives the some songs a seedy charm, but the ultimately it's simply great raw, yet solidly produced rock that's as groovy as Nuggets tracks and better known numbers of the era. Includes "Open Up Your Mind" and "BG's One Eye" by The Nuchez, "Sands Of Mind" and "Games We Play" by The Circus, "It's A Hassle" by The Nite-Owls, "The Woods" by The Nickel Bag, "Sometime Ago" by The Lemon Drops and more. 22 tracks in all, including previously unreleased stereo and mono versions, and all of it is actually quite rare! CD

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✨✧ VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 38 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Liberty & Freedom Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A totally wonderful batch of cuts from the early years of Liberty Records, and related labels – cuts that really bristle with the kind of energy that was exploding in all sorts of styles on the LA scene at the end of the 50s! Liberty may not have the cred as Sun or Chess Records, but the company was really at the crossroads of music on the west coast, and had both the ears and the studio talent to really turn out some great singles at the time – often the sort of material that was very different than the vocals and mood music on its full length LPs. If you don't know this side of Liberty's legacy, you'll really in for a surprise – and even if you do, you'll still discover some overlooked gems in this 37 track set – presented complete with detailed notes on all the artists too. Titles include "Lies" by Lee Ross, "Buddy" by Jackie Dee, "Willa Mae" by Al Casey, "Little Bit" by Bobby Lonero, "You've Done It Again" by Andy & The Live Wires, "Sweet Baby Doll" by Johnny Burnette, "Ain't That Somethin" by Larry O'Keefe, "She's So Fine' by Andy Caldwell, "Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down" by Johnny Olenn, "Billy Billy" by Dee Dee Dorety, and "Hey Baby" by Bill Lawrence. CD

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✨✧ Louis JordanFive Guys Named Moe – Original Decca Records Vol 2 ... CD
Decca/MCA, 1940s/Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Adrenalin ODHumungousfungusamongus ... LP
Buy Our Records, 1986. Near Mint- ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Ambiance II Fusion EnsembleGida Gida – Tight & Tidy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Da Mon/P-Vine (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the best records ever recorded by the Ambiance II Fusion Ensemble – a group led by sax player Daoud Abubakar Balewa – and grooving here in a mix of soul jazz and electric fusion that sounds pretty darn sweet overall! Daoud's got a pinched style to his reed work, creating a tone that's almost sad – even in the more joyful moments of the record – and it blends well with the album's work on electric guitar and keyboards. There's a great jazzy groover on the album with a sweet Jazz Biznezz feel – "Fiesta", a lively Latinized number that has some sweet female vocals. Other tracks are a mix of styles, but hold together nicely – and titles include "There Is A Love", "Quasar", "The Clavicle", and "Baggage". CD

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Jo BissoAfrican Disco Experimentals 1974 to 1978 ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $32.99 34.99
Don't think "experimental", think funky club tracks – as Jo Bisso did a great job of crossing over to the American mainstream in the 70s, thanks in part to a famous album on TK Records! That work is referenced here, alongside some much more obscure tracks – all with an approach to club music that mixes African touches with some of the more unusual styles of the New York scene – including a few keyboard-heavy moments that would have been right at home on the P&P family of labels! The set's the first to really do justice to the creative talents of Bisso for the clubs – and titles include the long "Play Me" suite, plus "Your Love", "Let's Keep it Together", "Midnight", "Disco Madonna", "Lover's Concerto", "Don't Fight The Feeling", "Love Beat", "Tonight", "Chocodate", "The Mystery With Me", and "Don't Think About It". LP, Vinyl record album

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David BowieAladdin Sane ... CD
Virgin, 1973. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite David Bowie albums ever! Aladdin Sane was a real turning point for Bowie – recorded on the heels of the tremendously popular Ziggy Stardust album, but really pushing the boundaries past the more straight-ahead rock and glam of that record. Instead of just sitting on his laurels, Bowie tripped out into a wilder, weirder world with this one – mixing together elements of some of the baroque arrangements of early records, with the meaner leaner sound of the 70s – populating the songs with freaks, weirdos, and odd characters that gave the whole thing a really creepy edge. The whole thing's an oft-overlooked gem that, to us, is truly one of Bowie's most magical moments – and titles include "Drive In Saturday", "Panic In Detroit", "Aladdin Sane", "Watch That Man", "The Jean Genie", "The Prettiest Star", "Time", and "Lady Grinning Soul". CD
Also available Aladdin Sane (180 gram pressing) ... LP 21.99

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Dave BrubeckJazz – Red Hot & Cool (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1955. Used ... $5.99
A sweet live set from Dave Brubeck's early years on Columbia Records – recorded in New York, but with all the calculated cool and modern tones Brubeck first forged in the San Francisco scene of the 50s! Paul Desmond's on board on alto sax – really getting a lot of space to stretch out on the album's extended performances, with a haunting, floating tone that really sends us. Remaining members include Bob Bates on bass, and Joe Dodge on drums – and tracks include "Lover", "Love Walked In", "The Duke", "Little Girl Blue", and "Fare Thee Well Annabelle". CD features 2 bonus tracks, previously unissued – "Taking A Chance On Love" and "Closing Time Blues". CD

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Donald ByrdByrd's Eye View ... CD
Transition/Universal (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021 (delayed)
A wailer! This rare 1955 album is one of Donald Byrd's first records as a leader – recorded for the tiny Transition label in Boston, but with a hardbop groove that's right up there with his early work for Savoy and Blue Note. The record is practically a Jazz Messengers session – as it features Art Blakey on drums, Horace Silver on piano, Hank Mobley on tenor, and Doug Watkins on bass – and it's also got the unique aspect of a two-trumpet frontline, as the young Joe Gordon joins Donald on the instrument for the session. Tracks are long and open-ended – with incredibly well-crafted playing that really keeps the set fresh, despite the young age of Donald at the time. Titles include "El Sino", "Doug's Blues", "Hank's Tune", and "Hank's Other Tune". CD

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Donald Byrd & The BlackbyrdsJazz Funk Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Robinsongs (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $26.99 30.99
An amazing tribute to some of the greatest jazz funk of the 70s – the groundbreaking work of trumpeter Donald Byrd, both as a solo act on his own, and as the inspiration for the mighty Blackbyrds group – both of whom are featured on this set! Byrd first broke into new territory in the early 70s with a string of amazing records on Blue Note – all done with help from genius producer Larry Mizell, who helped Byrd's trumpet find a way to groove in an electric space, but at a level that was very different (and a lot more soulful) than any sort of Miles Davis electric modes! This work quickly inspired a young group at Howard University, who chose the name Blackbyrds as a nod to Donald – who quickly became their mentor and producer, and helped them forge a great blend of jazz and funk before they took off on their own. This set features 39 tracks from both artists, illustrating a fantastic partnership and shared musical inspiration – with work from Byrd's Blue Note and Wea albums, and all the great Blackbyrds records for Fantasy in the 70s. Titles include Donald Byrd tracks "Dominoes", "Black Byrd", "Lansana's Priestess", "Wind Parade", "Flying High", "Thank You For Funking Up My Life", "Onward Til Morning", "Dance Band", "Science Funktion", "Dominoes", "Flight Time", "Witch Hunt", "Stepping Into Tomorrow", "Sexy Dancer (12" mix)", "Star Trippin (12" mix)", "Pretty Baby", "Giving It Up", and "Dancing In The Street". Blackbyrds cuts include "Blackbyrd's Theme", "Do It Fluid", "Flying High", "Cornbread", "Time Is Movin", "Happy Music", "Rock Creek Park", "Walkin In Rhythm", "Lookin Ahead", "Street Games", "Gut Level", "Party Land", and "Supernatural Feeling". CD

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Joe ChambersSamba De Maracatu ... CD
Blue Note, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The great drummer Joe Chambers is one of the few Blue Note greats from the 60s who's still making groundbreaking records for the label – and although we don't hear from him often, each new record from Joe continues to be a delight! This set features Chambers not just on drums, but also vibes and a range of percussion – including Brazilian instruments that he uses to flesh out the grooves in the spirit of the title – not straight Brazilian rhythms, but the kind of soulful modern jazz that Joe has always given us, inflected with work on guiro, cuica, congas, and other percussion instruments. The group here is just a trio – Steve Haines on bass and Brad Merritt on piano and keyboards – but the sound is hardly that of a trio record at all, thanks to inventive arrangements from Joe that really expand on the rhythms first, the other elements second. One track features vocals from Stephanie Jordan, another from MC Parrain – and titles include "Sabah El Nur", "Visions", "Ecaroh", "Circles", "Samba De Maracatu", "Rio", "New York State Of Mind Rain", and "Never Let Me Go". CD
Also available Samba De Maracatu ... CD 11.99

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Angela ClemmonsAngela Clemmons ... LP
Portrait, 1982. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Soaring vocals from Angela Clemmons – a set that really has an amazing range, and a depth of sound that goes way past the usual from Epic Records at the time! Angela's got a way of stretching out right from the start – inflecting the lyrics with a rich power that easily matches or beats some of her bigger-name contemporaries at the time – and which really help give an extra something special to the record. Production is by Paul Leka, and a number of songs were written by Michael Brown – and the pair really help give the whole thing a personal feel, and keep the set from being just another run of the mill mainstream soul album from the early 80s. Titles include "Giving It Away", "Fill You Up", "Uneasy", "When You're Through I'll Be Waiting", "Mine", and "Sure Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear, a hype sticker, and a mark from sticker removal.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneStandard Coltrane ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1958. Used ... $5.99
The title may say "standard", but with Coltrane at the helm, the record is anything but! Sure, the tunes are all familiar ones, but the presentation here is a far cry from mainstream piano jazz of the 50s – as John's working in a group with the Red Garland trio for rhythm, as well as trumpeter Wilbur Harden, the slightly off-kilter player who made some great Savoy records with Coltrane. Tracks are all quite long, and really open up with a fair bit of invention – and even when Coltrane's straight ahead, he's still compellingly creative. Tracks include "Don't Take Your Love From Me", "I'll Get By", "Spring Is Here", and "Invitation". CD

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Contemporary Jazz QuintetBlack Hole (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata/180 Proof, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
A never-issued live set from Detroit's Contemporary Jazz Quintet – a group who were a key part of the Strata Records scene, and who are expanded here to a much larger lineup for this very freewheeling performance from 1973! The group's spiritual modernism is very strongly in place, but there's also some funky elements rumbling around in the rhythms – a vibe that's maybe somewhere in the territory of the double live electric albums from Miles Davis in the early 70s, but looser and with righteous energy that more strongly shows the lineup's ties to the Detroit scene. Players include Kenny Cox and Charles Eubanks on piano and keyboards, Ron English on guitar, Charles Moore on flugelhorn, Ron Brooks on bass, Marcus Townsend on saxes, Phil Mendelsohn on electronics, Danny Spencer and Bud Spangler on drums, and Adam Rudolph on congas – a large lineup that resonates with plenty of power together. The album features four long tracks, each without a title – and each a mighty nice jam! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 copies!)

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Gal CostaGal Costa (1969) ... CD
Polygram/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. Arrangements are by the legendary Rogerio Duprat – who effortlessly shifts the backings between stark electronics, sweet bossa, gliding strings, jazzy piano, and baroque orchestrations that dance around with a surprising amount of grooves! Tunes include some classics by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Gilberto Gil – served up in amazing new versions by Gal and Duprat! Titles include "Nao Identificado", "Lost in the Paradise", "Que Pena", "Sebastiana", "Namorinho De Portao", "Divino Maravilhoso", and "Deus E O Amor". CD

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Cowboy CopasTragic Tales Of Love & Live ... LP
King, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.98
King Records gems from the great Cowboy Copas – a singer who's a lot more country than western – despite his name and hat on the cover! The music here is the kind that really set the scene for crossover country in the 60s – tunes of heartbreak and loss, sometimes swinging sometimes mellow – all making great use of that deeply expressive voice of Copas – a singer we might put in the same rough territory as Ernest Tubb in the 50s. There's a wonderful range of material here – all pulled from earlier King recordings – and titles include "Four Bare Walls & A Ceiling", "Three Strikes & You're Out", "Those Gone & Left Me Blues", "An Old Farm For Sale", "Hangman's Boogie", "Ashamed Of Myself", and "The Postman Just Passes Me By". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hank Crawford & Calvin NewbornCenterpiece ... LP
Versatile, 1978. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A nice little collaboration between saxophonist Hank Crawford and guitarist Calvin Newborn – a record that turns out to be one of the best from both players for the time! Crawford's managed to shake off some of the hoke of his earlier records – and although his sound here isn't earth-shattering, it's a lot fresher than it might be – with a laidback use of the alto that's augmented by some especially nice Fender Rhodes, as part of Hank's growing talents on the keyboard. Crawford also arranged and produced, but Newborn still gets in plenty of space too – using some bluesier licks to bring in an earthier tone, while still also staying in the smoother feel of the record. Titles include a remake of "Breezin", plus "Centerpiece", "Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You", "I Can't Stand It", "I Had A Dream", and "Frame For The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Miles Davis & Robert GlasperEverything's Beautiful ... LP
Legacy, 2016. Sealed Gatefold ... $28.99
Robert Glasper takes on the music of Miles Davis – in a set that's way more of Glasper's own than you might guess from the presentation! True, the tracks are all based around Miles Davis material from the Columbia Records vaults – but Robert really opens things up right away with his own sort of vibe, and uses the Davis elements to weave into a much larger fabric – one that incorporates a range of hip contemporary styles, in the manner of his great Black Radio projects! So while you will hear some of Miles at times – both playing and (even cooler) speaking – the real strength of the record lies in Glasper's amazing keyboards, especially Fender Rhodes, and the wonderful bass work of Derrick Hodge, whose bottom currents really make the whole thing glow with a subtle, soulful fire! And we haven't even gotten to the guests – a great lineup that rivals the sorts of folks that Robert had on the Black Radio project – as the record includes contributions from Stevie Wonder, Bilal, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Illa J, John Scofield, Ledisi, and King. Titles include "They Can't Hold Me Down", "Ghetto Walkin", "Right On Brotha", "Milestones", "Song For Selim", "Little Church", "Violets", "Maiysha", and "Silence Is The Way". LP, Vinyl record album
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El CocoRevolucion ... LP
AVI, 1980. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
Latin inflected club grooves by the legendary El Coco – a fantastic group who often worked with the same sort of spacey elements that you'd find in work from the P&P family of labels! The group were probably the most successful to come from the team of Michal Lewis and Laurin Rinder – and although things are maybe not as jazzy or far out as some of the other Rinder & Lewis records, there's still plenty of those elements in the mix! Most tracks are nice and long, with a disco groove, and titles that include "Carry Me", "I'll Take My Chances", "Something Ya Got Makes Me Hot", and "Love Bizness". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ John FaheyJohn Fahey Volume 3 – The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites ... CD
Takoma, 1967. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Brilliant work from the young John Fahey – a record that instantly captures its time-bending feel with its title, and which more than delivers on its promise with the music! The songs here are hardly real "plantation favorites", but Fahey evokes this antebellum sensibility with his sound – pre-blues, pre-folk modes that are actually his own new inventions on the guitar at the time – a cosmic intertwining of tradition and individual vision that was first set fire with records like this, then continued to inspire for decades to come. Fahey plays solo throughout – save for one duet with William Barth – and titles include "Wine & Roses", "How Long", "On The Banks Of The Owchita", 'Worried Blues", "What The Sun Said", "Revelation On The Banks Of The Pawtuxent", "Poor Boy", "Variations On The Coocoo", "The Last Steam Engine Train", "Give Me Corn Bread When I'm Hungry", and "Dance Of Death". CD

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Flying LizardsFlying Lizards ... LP
Virgin, 1979. Very Good+ ... $8.99
A new wave crossover classic from The Flying Lizards – one of the quirkiest groups of their era! The group were European, but have a sound that resonates strongly with the most playful post-disco work of the New York scene of the time, particularly the acts on Ze Records – a groove that mixes equal part punky and clubby rhythms, often topped with lyrics that are cold, but clever, done in the same ironic arty style of Cristina, or Devo. This album's the group's standout opus – and features their classic covers of "Summertime Blues" and "Money" – as well as originals "The Flood", "TV", "The Window", and "Russia". LP, Vinyl record album
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Tennessee Ernie Ford with Billy Strange & Glen CampbellClassic Trio Albums 1964 & 1975 (Country Hits Feelin Blue/Ernie Sings & Glen Picks) ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), 1964/1975. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
Two of the most unusual albums ever recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford – both small group sessions, with a very different sound than his other material for Capitol Records! First up is Country Hits Feelin Blue – one of the coolest albums ever from the great Tennessee Ernie Ford – a set that has a spare, stripped-down setting – with just a bit of bass, and plenty of acoustic guitar work from the great Billy Strange – who arranged all the tracks with this spare, open style that's very different than some of Ernie's larger arrangements on other records! We love the voice that Ford can bring to a session – and here, it might be more upfront in the mix than anywhere else – given no other adornment, save some guitar from strange over the basslines – which means that Ernie's got to carry most of the tunes on his own – which he does wonderfully, and with even more feeling than on other records. Titles include "Worried Mind", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", "Funny How Time Slips Away", "No Letter Today", "Tears On My Pillow", "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight", and "Born To Lose". Next is Ernie Sings & Glen Picks – a fantastic pairing of Capitol country talents – the guitar of Glen Campbell and the voice of Tennessee Ernie Ford – on a set that almost has a jazzy inflection at times! The setting is very different than most other sessions by either artist – as there's just a bit of bass added to the mix, which lets Glen remind the world that he's as great of a guitarist as he is an entertainer – picking out these great solos that are really wonderful – while Ernie gets all sort of space in the lead to open up on some wonderful tunes by Kris Kristofferson, Dallas Frazier, Harlan Howard, and others. Titles include "Legend In My Time", "She Called Me Baby", "Loving Her Was Easier", "Nobody Wins", "Trouble In Mind", "I Gotta Have My Baby Back", and "There Goes My Everything". CD

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Frozen ExplosionFrozen Explosion ... CD
B-Boy, 1988. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
Frozen Explosion may not look as dope here as some of his NYC contemporaries – but the blue-eyed MC has the honor of being one of the few folks from the Chicago scene to cut a full length hip hop set back in the 80s! The record disappeared almost immediately upon release, even though it was issued by B-Boy Records on the east coast – but it's grown in interest over the decades, thanks to shouts by DJ Shadow and other hip hop historians! FE's maybe not going to knock MC Serch or Tony D out of the lineup, but the album's still got some nice moments – and titles include "Rapman", "Cold Kickin'", "Smashing", "Babs", 'Direct Contact", "Iwo Jima", "Rapaholics", "Mac Nife", "Beaver Jam", and "Cold Dub". CD

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✨✧ Stan Getz & Charlie ByrdJazz Samba ... LP
Verve, 1962. Very Good- Gatefold ... $14.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing. Cover has light wear, aging, and a smudge in front.)

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Philip GlassKoyaanisqatsi ... CD
Antilles, 1983. Used ... $8.99
One of the first film scores ever done by Philip Glass – and a sublime batch of music that exposed his genius to a whole world who'd never heard him before! The music builds in a beautifully minimal way – with rumbling organ and orchestral themes at the beginning, which slowly evolve into brilliantly streaming lines of repeating notes played on keyboards, reeds, and strings – building in a gradual way, but with really subtle power – and occasional voices that come into the blend to push the whole thing even further. Completely amazing – and still one of our favorite records by the legendary composer! CD
(Out of print, slight crease through traycard artwork.)

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Dexter GordonAll Soul's Dexter Gordon Vol 2 ... CD
Dexterity/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99
A gem of a live set from Dexter Gordon – one that features a nice change from some of his more familiar records of the time! The set features Gordon recording away from Cafe Montmartre, with an excellent Dutch rhythm trio – the fantastic Rob Agerbeek on piano, plus Henk Haverhoek on bass, and Erik Ineke on drums – a group who groove very differently, and really take a lot of cues from Agerbeek's action on the keys – as he romps along with a very soulful vibe, which seems to inspire new energy in Gordon's phrasing as well. Titles on this second volume are nice and long – and include "All The Things You Are", "Shadow Of Your Smile", "Watermelon Man", and "Jelly Jelly" – a tune that Dex liked to cut often for European dates! CD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)

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✨✧ Buddy GrecoBuddy Greco At Mister Kelly's ... LP
Coral, 1955. Very Good- ... $2.99
Buddy Greco may have gone onto become a bit of a self-parody in his later years, but back in the mid 50s he was a heck of a great singer with a lot of jazz in his style – as you'll hear on this intimate set recorded at Mister Kelly's nightclub! The album's got a very laidback style, especially when compared to later Greco records – and instrumentation is only piano and bass – with Buddy himself on the former and Johnny Frigo on the latter. Given that Greco's playing piano with his vocals for the record, there's a bit of a Matt Dennis quality to the record – a slightly gentler sound than the later Greco "uh-huh" style of the 60s, and a mode that often brings in jazzier inflections to match his actions on the keys. Titles include "They Didn't Believe Me", "A Foggy Day", "Welcome To Mister Kelly's", "The Nearness Of You", "Give Me The Simple Life", and "Will You Still Be Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small maroon label pressing with deep groove. Label on Side 1 has an address sticker. Cover has half split seams and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)

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Al GreenI'm Still In Love With You ... LP
Hi Records, 1972. Very Good+ ... $39.99
Warm wonderfulness from the great Al Green – a record that may have a pale-looking cover, but a set that's one of Green's most deeply soulful albums ever! There's a grace and a glow to the set right from the very first note – that really unique presentation and performance that makes these early 70s Green albums such enduring treasures – and so unlike anything else that's ever come since, no matter how many folks were influenced by Al's sound! The production is perfect – with Al helping Willie Mitchell at the helm, as they balance together the richness of the instrumentation with core elements in the rhythms – on titles that include Al's stone classic "Love & Happiness", plus "I'm Still In Love With You", "I'm Glad You're Mine", "What A Wonderful Thing Love Is", "Look What You Done For Me", and his great remake of Kris Kristofferson's "For The Good Times" – a country/soul classic if there ever was one! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Mastercraft etch.)
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Burton GreenePeace Beyond Conflict ... CD
Birdwatcher, 2003. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Piano from Burton Greene has always been a treat, and we've loved just about all of his records over his many decades in music – yet we're still surprised at how vibrant and powerful he sounds here – working in a trio setting, but with that sense of individuality that's always made Greene's music unlike anyone else's! The trio features Adam Lane on bass and Dave Brandt on drums – and the music is divided between these highly rhythmic numbers that have the pass, drums, and piano all leaping into the fray together – and other moments that have that more spiritual, meditative quality that Greene embraced strongly as the 70s moved on – a quality that's not quite spiritual jazz, and maybe has more of that element that you'd hear when Alice Coltrane might get more tuneful on her early records. Titles include "Carnival Of Mother Kali", "Sylosophy", "Gnat Dance", and "Peace Beyond Conflict". CD

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Grupo BatuqueOle Ola – Futebol Bonito! – The Brazilian Soundtrack To The Beautiful Game ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2006. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
A Brazilian tribute to football – but one that's given a distinctly London twist – as core rhythms by Wilson Das Neves, Dom Um Romao, and others are mixed up and augmented by Da Lata, Zero dB, Roc Hunter, Fauna Flash, and Osunlade! The album's got a depth and compelling quality that goes far beyond other records by Grupo Batuque – as tightly-played percussion riffs are mixed with sound effects, crowd noise, and commentary from football games – all in a rich sonic tapestry that goes past simple samba or batucada! The whole thing's almost like an audio document to the greatness of the sport and its importance in Brazilian culture – but thanks to the globe-spanning efforts of Far Out, the added production help should help settle more than a few disputes at the World Cup! Titles include "Torcida Do Flamengo", "E Ruim (Zero dB rmx)", "Ole Ola", "Isto E Samb", "Na Cancao Do Samba", "Ole Ola (Fauna Flash rmx)", "Na Batida Do Agogo (Osunlade rmx)", and "Berimbal Capoeira (Da Lata rmx)". CD

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✨✧ Isaac HayesTo Be Continued ... LP
Enterprise, 1970. Very Good- ... $6.99
One of Isaac Hayes early 70s classics for Stax Records – a perfectly conceived masterpiece of baroque soul that builds and builds as the set goes on! Ike heads up the instrumentation on electric piano, vibes, and plenty of percussion – but he's also getting strong support here from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra – who bring in a cool sort of depth to the record, and almost make it come off like some badass blacksploitation soundtrack! But the difference here is that the tracks are all long and drawn out – quite sophisticated stuff that often has Hayes extrapolating from a few basic lyrics, and moving into some bad-rapping territory of his own. Titles include the killer funky "Ike's Mood I", plus an incredible long version of "The Look Of Love", done in such a way that transforms the song into a prayer of darkness! Other tracks include "You've Lost That Lovin Feeling", "Runnin Out Of Fools", and "Our Day Will Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow logo label pressing. Cover has a Gold Record Award sticker.)

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✨✧ Honey ConeLove, Peace & Soul ... LP
Hot Wax, 1972. Near Mint- ... $23.99
The last Honey Cone album for Hot Wax Records – and a set that's still very much at the top of their game! As with other artists from the Holland-Dozier-Holland stable of hits in the 70s, Honey Cone have a massive amount of force behind their groove – so much so, the record might still be great even if the vocals were nothing special – but fortunately, the trio of Edna Wright, Shellie Clark, and Carolyn Willis bring plenty to the table too – a great sense of individual soul and all-together harmonies! Titles include "Who's Lovin You", "Stay In My Corner", "I Lost My Rainbow", "Ace In The Hole", "Sittin' On a Time Bomb", and "A Woman's Prayer". With a neat die-cut gatefold cover that has an image of a heart on the front! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original die-cut gatefold pressing – a beautiful copy! Cover is in perfect shape.)

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Shirley HornSwingin Shirley Horn – Jazz Club ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), 1960s/1990s. Used ... $5.99
Shirley Horn's definitely swinging here – in a set of tracks that features groovy numbers from two different points in her career! Some of the work on the set is from her early 60s years on Mercury and ABC Records – and the other half's from that great stretch in the 90s when her career had really been revived, thanks to a host of excellent recordings for Verve! The mix of material is really great, and shows a wider range of Horn's talents than you'll normally find on other collections – mixing 60s swingers in with some more mature numbers from the later years. Titles include "Big City", "The Great City", "Mack The Knife", "That's No Joke", "I Got Plenty O Nuttin", "Hard Hearted Hannah", "Peel Me A Grape", "How Am I To Know", "Come Dance With Me", and "The Best Is Yet To Come". CD

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Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... LP
Columbia/Be With (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! The set's got a really visionary feel – keyboards that compare with the best mellow soul lines of Donny Hathaway, and a vocal style that's got some of the range of Ronnie McNeir, mixed with a more human approach to the lyrics that makes the whole thing wonderfully personal, too. There's lots of jazzy elements on the Fender Rhodes lines – which bubble beautifully on the mellow moments, and step out boldly on the album's few groovers – making for a richness that goes way beyond the vocals, and which puts Johnson in the company of DJ Rogers or Webster Lewis. Forgive us if we keep name-dropping like that – but the set's a stunning treasure from an artist who should have gotten the same sort of recognition as all the best soul talents of the 70s. The title track – "My Music" – has an amazing bit of bubbling synth intro (and outro), cool spacey vocals by Sam, and a mellow, but tight groove that sounds a bit like something that Roy Ayers might have cooked up – and it leads off an incredible album of other titles that include "Sweet Love", "Just Us", "You", "Reason For The Reason", "Because I Love You", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Yesterdays & Tomorrow", and "Thank You Mother Dear". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonWe Did It/Any Way The Wind Blows ... 7-inch
Hi Records, 1972. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some pen.)

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Seu Jorge & AlmazSeu Jorge & Almaz ... CD
Now Again, 2010. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Incredible music from Seu Jorge – and that's saying a lot, given how much we've loved all of his previous records! This time around, Jorge really knocks it out of the park – by stepping away from some of his tighter styles, and going for a looser, more organic approach that's totally great – forged strongly with the cool combo Almaz, which features members of Nacao Zumbi, and bassist Antonio Pinto – the guy behind the great music in City Of God! The result is a record that's completely fresh, new territory for Jorge – but a set that also still holds onto all the best charms of his previous records too – and given that he's always seemed poised for superstardom and global crossover, it's even more incredible that he's made such a rootsy record like this! The record's filled with cool covers – all given the Almaz twist – tunes by Kraftwerk, Roy Ayers, Michael Jackson, Jorge Ben, Tim Maia, and others – completely reworked, and tuned up with spare instrumentation that's mostly guitar, bass, and drums. Titles include "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "The Model", "Cala Boca Menino", "Girl You Move Me", "Juizo Final", "Cirandar", "Tempo De Amor", and "Rock With You". CD

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Steve LacyStraws ... LP
Cramps/Dialogo (Italy), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 39.99
A beautiful Steve Lacy album recorded during his fruitful time in Europe during the 70s – and one that's nicely different than some of his other material of the decade! The approach here really fits in with the Cramps Records style of presentation – as Lacy is maybe in a more experimental mode at times, especially on two of the album's tracks that mix together soprano sax solos with work on tape – one track that features construction sounds, another with players trying out different reed instruments! Two more tunes feature some accompaniment on celeste – another unusual mode for Lacy – and two more are solo soprano sax performances. Titles include "Pinochle", "Straws", "Hemline", "The Rise", and "Feline". LP, Vinyl record album

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Julie LondonLove Letters/Feeling Good ... CD
Liberty/EMI (UK), 1962/1965. Used ... $14.99
Near-lost work from Julie London – 2 later albums for Liberty, both of them great, and both of them the kind of records that would have been classics – had she not recorded so much at the time that they got buried in the rush of all her releases! Love Letters has Julie still working in the breathy and mellow style of her late 50s classics – with very spare backings that really let Julie's vocals take center stage, and often a nice guitar line in the front of the mix, picking its way through the tunes right behind Julie's voice. Feeling Good has a more upbeat and swinging style – with some great big band arrangements from west coast maestro Gerald Wilson – who really brings new life into Julie's style with the set! The tunes are mostly familiar 60s numbers on the set, but Wilson's lively backings are plenty playful, and show us a side of Julie that we'd never heard before. The CD features 22 tracks in all – and titles include "And That Reminds Me", "Love Letters", "Broken Hearted Melody", "Fascination", "Never On Sunday", "Hey There", "I Miss You So", "She's Just A Quiet Girl", "Summertime", "Watermelon Man", "Girl Talk", "I Bruise Easily", and "Won't Someone Please Belong To Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bob Marley & The WailersCatch A Fire (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Island, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 25.99
The first Bob Marley album on Island Records – and the start of a really legendary run that would not only transform reggae in the 70s, but the rest of popular music as well! Chris Blackwell's partially at the helm on production, but the album was mostly recorded in classic Kingston studios – Randy's, Dynamic, and Harry J's – and retains the same vibe as some of Marley's earlier work, but with more of the forward-thinking vision he brought to his time at Island. Bunny Livingston lays down some excellent percussion on the set – and rhythm is from the team of Aston and Carlton Barrett on bass and drums. Titles include the classic "Stir It Up" – plus "Slave Driver", "Kinky Reggae", "High Tide Or Low Tide", and "Concrete Jungle". LP, Vinyl record album

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Makoto MatsushitaFirst Light (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner (Japan), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99 About February 22, 2022
Beautiful work from Makoto Matsushita – and one of those Japanese city pop records that slides right into the best sort of jazzy soul from the US during the late 70s! Makoto sings in English and Japanese, and the backings are wonderfully jazzy – lots of fusion at the core, which keeps things warm and soulful throughout – better than mainstream AOR, but with equally superb sorts of production! There's a perfection here that rivals the strength of Steely Dan at their late 70s best – with just the right balance of vocals and instrumentation. Titles include "First Light", "One Hot Love", "Lazy Night", "I Know", "Love Was Really Gone", "This Is All I Have For You", and both English and Japanese versions of "September Rain". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kim Jung MiWind ... CD
World Psychedelia (Korea), 1973. New Copy ... $4.99
A tasty, trippy little set of Korean psychedelic folk from Kim Jung Mi – another wonderful little batch from a great run of work in the early-to-mid 70s! Wind has a breezier, more meditative approach on some numbers – with some strings and a fair stripped down sound supporting her sweetly soaring vocals – but it's also got the tripper electric guitar groove that we love from her other records of the period! 10 groovy tracks in all. (Sorry, we can't provide the song titles – notes are in Korean!) CD

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Phil MooreFantasy For Girl & Orchestra (Verve) ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good ... $29.99
One of the strangest records ever on Verve! The album's a dreamy batch of easy tunes – composed by Phil Moore, and played by a group that includes Lucky Thompson, Marshall Royal, Snooky Young, Gerald Wilson, Calvin Jackson, and Harry Klee, plus added strings. The overall feel is similar to some of the mellower "with strings" albums on Verve – with a lead soloist stepping out on each track on the set. However, the real stunner is the extended "Fantasy For Girl & Orchestra", which features the voice of Annette Warren having an internal monologue to deal with her sadness. Crazy stuff! Other tracks include "Misty Moon Blues", "Cornucopia", "Fugue For Barroom Piano", and "125th Street Prophet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover looks nice on the front, but has light wear in one corner, a split spine, and a stain on the back.)

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✨✧ Ramon MorrisSweet Sister Funk ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that's like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing together bright notes, funky rhythms, and plenty of great chord changes! Cecil Bridgewater's on trumpet, and the band has a really righteous feel – with lots of real soul and thoughtful playing mixed into the jazz funk grooves of the record. Massive – with titles that include "Sweat", "Lord Sideways", "Sweet Sister Funk", and a nice version of "People Make The World Go Round". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dave PikeJazz For The Jet Set ... LP
Atlantic/Nature Sounds, 1966. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
A classic little album that's every bit as groovy as its cover – served up by vibist Dave Pike, and one of the first true expressions of his talents! The set's a standout early American date that predates Pike's later experiments for MPS – done in a great blend of soul jazz and some tighter Atlantic Records influences – all served up by a hip group of players that includes Billy Butler on guitar, Clark Terry and Marty Sheller on trumpets, and Grady Tate on drums – plus Herbie Hancock making a rare appearance on organ! There's a great little bounce to most numbers – not really funk, but a blend of soul instrumental and more contemporary jazz styles – in a way that takes a Blue Note groove more towards the jukebox audience. Titles include "When I'm Gone", "Devilette", "Sweet Tater Pie", "Blind Man Blind Man", and "Sunny". LP, Vinyl record album

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Carlo Poddighe/Roman CoppolaMolto Groovy Christmas ... CD
Molto Groovy, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the coolest, grooviest Christmas records we've heard in years – a set that's the first-ever effort from Roman Coppola's Molto Groovy Productions – and which has a mod 60s vibe all the way through! The styles here are steeped in the best Italian soundtrack modes from years back – cool keyboards, fuzzy organ, funky basslines, and lots of offbeat instrumentation that really transforms the tunes – almost as if someone like Piero Umiliani or Ennio Morricone recorded a whole album of Christmas instrumentals! The sound is perfect – even better than you might suspect from the cover – and you can take it from us, as we're not easily fooled by "fake" retro projects – and really tip our hat to these guys for getting the instrumentation, arrangements, and production just right. Most titles are familiar songs, but done in very unusual styles – and tracks include "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", "Joy To The World", "Jingle Bells", "Sleigh Ride", "Feliz Navidad", "Little Drummer Boy", "Silver Bells", and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". CD
Also available Molto Groovy Christmas ... LP 13.99

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✨✧ Carlo Poddighe/Roman CoppolaMolto Groovy Christmas ... LP
Molto Groovy, 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest, grooviest Christmas records we've heard in years – a set that's the first-ever effort from Roman Coppola's Molto Groovy Productions – and which has a mod 60s vibe all the way through! The styles here are steeped in the best Italian soundtrack modes from years back – cool keyboards, fuzzy organ, funky basslines, and lots of offbeat instrumentation that really transforms the tunes – almost as if someone like Piero Umiliani or Ennio Morricone recorded a whole album of Christmas instrumentals! The sound is perfect – even better than you might suspect from the cover – and you can take it from us, as we're not easily fooled by "fake" retro projects – and really tip our hat to these guys for getting the instrumentation, arrangements, and production just right. Most titles are familiar songs, but done in very unusual styles – and tracks include "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", "Joy To The World", "Jingle Bells", "Sleigh Ride", "Feliz Navidad", "Little Drummer Boy", "Silver Bells", and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album
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Bud PowellBud Powell In Paris (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise, 1964. Used ... $7.99
A surprising Bud Powell album for Reprise Records – and one of the label's hippest jazz titles ever! When Frank Sinatra first started up the Reprise imprint, he let Duke Ellington do a bit of A&R for the jazz division – and one of the first things Ellington did was capture the great Bud Powell in his then-local setting of Paris – in this rough edgey session that turned out to be one of Powell's last albums, and one of his best from the 60s. The record is nothing fancy on the outside – just simple piano trio versions of jazz standards like "Parisian Thoroughfare", "I Can't Get Started", "Jordu", and "Dear Old Stockholm" – but Powell's dark genius turns the tracks into jagged little razors, cutting with an emotional depth that's quite surprising. Duke Ellington produced – and trio members include Gilbert Rovere on bass and Carl Fields on drums. Also included are two bonus tracks, "Indiana" and "B Flat Blues". CD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover)

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Sun RaMagic City (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1965. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
One of the most important Sun Ra albums from the early years of Saturn Records – a set that got a bit more circulation than some of his other records, and which shows the group really expanding their sonic range in a wonderful way! The title track takes up all of side one – and is this mystic workout that features Sun Ra on clavioline and piano – an acoustic/electric combination that creates really mindblowing results – and which is echoed by some very inventive reed work from Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, Pat Patrick on baritone, and John Gilmore on tenor. The tune has a brooding intensity that's amazing – very spacey at times, and free, but not in an aggressive way. Other tunes follow in their own rich pattern – and also feature Ra on Sun Harp, celeste, dragon drum, and marimba – on titles that include "The Shadow World", "Abstract Eye", and "Abstract I". This great reissue features the rare stereo mix of "The Magic City" – plus "Other Worlds (alternate)" and "The Magic City (mono version ending)". CD

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✨✧ Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry AltschulRicochet – Sam Rivers Archive Project Vol 3 ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
A searing live performance from Sam Rivers – never issued before, and recorded as one non-stop improvisation with a really amazing trio! Rivers plays tenor, soprano, flute, and piano – and the record is a great example of the constantly creative energy that he can bring to the fold – especially when working with Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums – two players we've always loved, but who we're still blown away with in the company of the leader! The energy here matches classic 70s Rivers records on Impulse and Horo – and the single long improvisation, titled "Ricochet", runs for 52 minutes in length. CD

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✨✧ Shorty RogersShorty Rogers Courts The Count ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1955. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Shorty Rogers courts Count Basie – but he does so in a way that's definitely all his own! The material may have Basie roots, but the overall execution is Shorty at his early 50s best – in a way that makes the album one of his strongest for RCA at the time – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the great run of records! The lineup is filled with well-chosen players who fall together wonderfully under Shorty's leadership – Buck Clayton, Pete Candoli, and Harry Edison on trumpets – and reed work from Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bud Shank. The set swings with all the power of the Basie band, yet has all the wonderful arrangements we love from Rogers – and titles include "Basie Eyes", "Doggin Around", "Jump For Me", "Over & Out", and "Walk, Don't Run". CD
(Out of print.)

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Raymond ScottReckless Nights & Turkish Twilights – The Music Of Raymond Scott ... CD
Columbia, Late 30s. Used ... $4.99
A wonderful batch of instrumentals from the legendary Raymond Scott – and a set that features some of Scott's most wonderful compositions ever! These numbers all date from the 30s, and were originally released as 78s on the Master Records label – but this later Columbia package really brings the sounds together wonderfully, and gives Scott a long-overdue showcase as one of the budding modernists of the pre-war years – a composer who could match swing and whimsy, exoticism and jazz, playfulness and poise – all without every losing his beat! The instrumental is wonderful, the arrangements inventive, and the whole thing's got the same sort of audio appeal as an old Warner Brothers cartoon. Titles include "Twilight In Turkey", "The Penguin", "The Toy Trumpet", "Powerhouse", "New Years Eve In A Haunted House", "War Dance For Wooden Indians", "Peter Tambourine", and "At An Arabian House Party". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Frank SinatraWorld We Knew ... LP
Reprise, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A later gem from Sinatra – filled with a mix of unusual mature songs, set to arrangements by Ernie Freeman Claus Ogerman, Billy Strange, and Jimmy Bowen. Titles include his "Somethin Stupid" duet with Nancy – plus "This Town", "This Is My Song", "This Is My Love", "The World We Knew", and the perfect "Drinking Again" – a Reprise Records classic if there ever was one! LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & tan label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Sister SledgeThinking Of You – The Atco/Cotillion Recordings 1973 to 1985 (6CD set) ... CD (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. Used 6 CDs ... $28.99
A massive collection of work from Sister Sledge – a Philly quartet who were able to take an older version of female group soul deep into the disco years – then keep on making great music well into the 80s! The hits of the group are certainly well-known, but they've got a rock-solid approach that always makes their full albums worth digging into – really wonderful records that are heavy on classic Philly soul production at the start, then continue to move past the sorts of disco cliches that so many other female 70s acts got stuck on – as you'll hear in this batch of music that moves all the way up through 1985, and still has the group sounding great! The package adds in some great bonus material too, for a total of 97 tracks – and albums include Circle Of Love, Together, We Are Family, Love Somebody Today, All American Girls, Sisters, Betcha Say That To All The Girls, and When The Girls Meet The Boys. CD

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Leon SpencerBad Walking Woman ... LP
Prestige, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
Supremely heavy work from organist Leon Spencer – one of his classic jazz funk sessions for Prestige Records, and a record that shows him opening up his sound a bit more than before! The album has Spencer working in a few different lineups – some with small groups that feature Melvin Sparks on guitar and Idris Muhammad on drums – others with some slightly larger instrumentation and even a bit of strings, used in a sophisticatedly soulful style that reminds us a bit of CTI or Kudu backings of the time! Billy Ver Planck handles the larger arrangements, but even on these Leon's organ is right out front in the mix – really dominating the tunes, and soaring over the top with a newly fluid style that reminds us of Charles Earland at his own best during this time. Titles include the killer funky title cut – "Bad Walking Woman" – plus "When My Love Has Gone", "In Search Of Love", "Down On Dowling Street", "Hip Shaker", and "Bad Walking Woman". Cool cover, too, with a huge collage of photos of the backsides of exactly 99 "bad walking women"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Horace Tapscott w/ Pan Afrikan People's ArkestraLive At IUCC (2CD set) ... CD
Nimbus, 1979. New Copy 2CDs ... $13.99 26.99
An excellent double-length set from Horace Tapscott's Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – an extremely righteous ensemble that was one of the hippest things going on the LA jazz scene of the 70s! The vibe is free and spiritual, but it also has a wonderful groove pulsating underneath many of the tracks – that heir to the Impulse Records style that Tapscott and other Nimbus Records artists carried on well into the early 80s. The group here features some of Tapscott's Nimbus labelmates – including Sabir Matteen and Billy Harris on tenor saxes, Linda Hill on piano, Adele Sebastian on flute, Roberto Miranda on bass, and Jesse Sharps on soprano sax – and in a way, the album's almost a live summation of all the mighty talents brewing on the Nimbus label at the time! Tracks are all quite long, and titles include a great version of Sebastian's "Desert Fairy Princess", plus "Macrame", "Future Sally's Time", "Noissessprahs", "Village Dance", "LTT", and "Lift Every Voice". CD

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Vaudou GameNoussin ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 2021. New Copy ... $29.99 39.99
A sweet little album from Vaudou Game – a set that's got a leaner feel than some of their previous records, but in a way that also makes the whole thing funkier too! The group's a quartet this time around, and working with lots of guitar riffs and bass from lead singer Peter Solo – next to keyboards, drums, and a bit of percussion – all served up in a style that echoes older Afro Funk modes, but with a much more stripped-down vibe that's pretty darn unique! We love the change, and actually think the album's the group's best so far – and really does a great job of showcasing the unique spirit and energy of Peter in the lead. Titles include "Lady Bobo", "Mon Canape", "Tell Me", "Bella", "Be My Wife", "Yome", "Tu As Deconne", and "Zorromi". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Noussin ... CD 16.99

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Phil WoodsNew Phil Woods Album ... LP
RCA, 1972. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Phil Woods really outdoes himself here – offering the world a whole new side of his talents, and stepping forth at the head of a larger ensemble than usual! The album features Woods' core quartet augmented by larger strings and horns – all in shadings and tones that are incredibly expressive, and filled with warm colors and rich tones that never get bogged down in hoke or too-easy inflections! Most impressively of all, Phil arranged and conducted the whole set – save for one number – and all this while playing in that sharp-edged and soulful mode that graced his best 70s work, a sound that's filled with new intentions and imagination we never would have expected from his already-great records of the early years! Titles include "The Sun Suite", "At Seventeen", "Gee", "Mimi", "Sacre Coeur", and "Body & Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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OV WrightBottom Line ... LP
Hi Records, 1978. Very Good- ... $11.99
Great work from OV Wright – one of the few singers who was still strongly carrying the Hi Records torch at the end of the 70s! Although Wright had sometimes been bluesier in the past, his late 70s Hi sides have a much mellower, mature sort of feel – a ripening of the seeds in his Backbeat label work, taken to nice new heights at Hi in the hands of Willie Mitchell. Mitchell's backings have a feel that's somewhat like his work with Al Green, but OV's style of singing is completely different – not as overtly sexy, but really personal in approach. Titles include "That's The Way I Feel About Cha", "A Little More Time", "I Don't Know Why", "No Easy Way To Say Goodbye", "Let's Straighten It Out", and "The Bottom Line". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl plays with some light crackles and occasional pop. Cover still looks nice, with just a bit of edge wear.)

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VariousBeale Street Beats – Home Of The Blues Vol 1 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Home Of The Blues/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... $22.99 29.99
Great work from the Memphis scene of the early 60s, served up here by one of the city's smaller independent labels – not Stax, Sun, or Hi Records – but the much smaller Home Of The Blues, an important imprint who helped bridge the worlds of R&B and soul at the start of the 60s! At some level, the company owes a lot to King Records – as they carried forth a legacy of that company's R&B work, and also picked up a few of its artists too – while also moving things forward into more soul-based modes, with help from a young Willie Mitchell – who worked for Home Of The Blues in the studio before moving onto greater fame at HI! Titles on this first set are some great nuggets from the HOTB vaults – titles that include "You're So Hard To Pleas" by Willie Cobbs, "Rocking All The Time" by Roy Brown, "Teenage Letter" by Billy Lee Riley, "Goofball" by The 5 Royales, "Sugar Baby" by Roy Brown, "Thirty Five Thirty" by Willie Mitchell, "Little Schoolgirl" by Larry Birdsong, "Home Of The Blues" by Sammy Lawhorn, and "Search No More" by Jimmy Dotson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool 10" package!)

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✨✧ VariousKon & Amir – Off Track Vol 3 – Brooklyn – Rare Ghetto Disco, Funk & African Boogie ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 34.99
Beat digging heroes Kon & Amir return with a diverse, funky treasure trove of rare dancefloor anthems, rarer disco soul and African boogie cuts – possibly the best yet in their Off Track series for BBE! The east coast duo have dedicated each title in the series to an NYC borough, and Brooklyn is honored this time out – but there's a world of rare and underground club funk & soul presented here! Includes African disco & soul records with all regions dancefloor appeal, raw percussion and bass accented numbers that are tight and punchy and others with a more soaring approach, all of it totally wonderful and hard-to-find – including some we've seen or heard before! The vinyl version features 2LPs with unmixed tracks, with Kon's selections on 2 sides and Amir's on 2 sides – some featured on the mixed 2CD versions plus alternate tracks! Kon's selections include "Burnin Up" (Kon's edit) by SFB, "From The Heart" (Kon's Multi rmx) by Donny McCuillough, "Rock Don't Stop" by Taxie, "More Power To You" by Mazyck Project, "Lost In Space" by Shake and "EOD" by Edge Of Daybreak. Kon's selections include "Enjoy Your Life" by Oby Onyioha, "Disco Power" by Bomp, "You Can't Change A Man" by Christy Essien Igbokwe, "Sexy Dancer" by Harry Mosco and "Don't Ask Me" by Goddy Oku. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousYou Better Get Ready – Savoy Gospel 1978 to 1986 ... LP
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who really learned how to record blues singers and soulful styles from the secular world, then used that same ability to work some real magic on songs from the more spiritual side of the spectrum – an approach that really made for top-shelf music, even as the decades moved on! Savoy's gospel legacy has always been a bit underground – not nearly as reissued for larger audiences as their jazz and blues material – but this collection does a great job of correcting that lack, by presenting their music in a wonderful format – all in a mix of rare cuts and classics from the gospel underground. Savoy kept going strong into the 80s, in a mix of styles that includes some funk and boogie – served up here on 17 tracks by artists that include Solomon Burke, Genobia Jeter, World Wonders, Edith Moreno, Glenn Jones & The Modulations, Hollywood Stars, James Cleveland, Holy Lights Of Baltimore, Sensational Williams Brothers, Gospelaires Of Dayton, Helen Hollins Singers, Edith Moreno, and The 4th Of May. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Norman ConnorsMr C ... LP
Arista, 1981. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunner from the wonderful Norman Connors – an artist who just seemed to get better and better at soul music the farther he moved away from jazz! Make no mistake, there's still plenty of jazz in the mix here – as backings are by Connors' great Starship Orchestra, with Marion Meadows on most tenor and soprano sax solos – but the overall groove is totally great, too – and really sets up the excellent vocals throughout! The album's the sort that put Connors on equal footing with Roy Ayers or Wayne Henderson – two other soul talents who'd moved in from jazz – and Norman's almost got more confidence himself with the lyrics than on some of his previous records. Jean Carn guests on one track, Glenn Jones on another – and titles include "Love's In Your Corner", "She's Gone", "Stay With Me", "Keep Doin It", "Anyway You Want", and "Sing A Love Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Frank D'Rone & Geraldine De HaasD'Rone & De Haas Sing Anka ... LP
Phonograph, 1982. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked set from the Chicago scene! Frank D'Rone and Geraldine De Haas sing the compositions of Paul Anka – but don't hold that against them! The album's a lot groovier than you might expect – a great blend of breezy jazz with slight electric touches, and some of the surprisingly soulful moments you'll find in the best interpretations of Anka's work. Most of the tracks are sung solo, not as duets – with Geraldine and Frank trading vocals throughout the record. De Haas sings in that deep-toned way she first forged when she was a member of Andy & The Bey Sisters – a sound that brings a welcome soulful tone to the record. But surprisingly, D'Rone's actually the best one here – warmly jazzy, with a hip contemporary sound that's quite different than his earlier records. A few backings are by the Bob Perna Band, but the rest are by soul fusion combo The Chosen Few – at a level that's similar to their own work on this label. Titles include "Hey Guy Hey Girl", "Can't Get You Out Of My Mind", "Dedicate This Heart", "Love Is A Lonely Song", "I've Got My Mind Made Up", and "Pickin Up The Pieces". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover and labels have a small sticker. Back cover has WGN and notes in pen.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinLove All The Hurt Away ... LP
Arista, 1981. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An early 80s gem from Aretha Franklin – one of the best of her years at Arista Records, thanks to solid help in the studio from the mighty Arif Mardin! Mardin's in perfect form here – the same blend of older soul and jazzier, more sophisticated styles that he was also bringing to Chaka Khan at the time – although Franklin's arguably more deserving of his talents, given her long relationship with the producer! There's a full, mature feel here – one that really gets Aretha back in gear as a singer, and shows off her talents to a new generation in new ways – yet all without trying too hard for a crossover hit. Tunes include a few originals by Franklin, and titles include "Kind Of Man", "Whole Lot Of Me", "Love All The Hurt Away", "You Can't Always Get What You Want", "It's My Turn", "There's A Star For Everyone", and "Hold On I'm Coming". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Curtis FullerBlues-Ette ... CD
Savoy, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal session from Curtis Fuller – one of a handful he cut for Savoy, recorded during that late 50s/early 60s period when he seemed poised to become one of the biggest trombonists in jazz! (Whatever happened? How did he cut so many records as a leader so fast, then slide back into being a sideman for most of the rest of his career?) The set's cut in that laidback blowing session mode of the Savoy hardbop years – with tremendous work from Benny Golson on tenor, plus Tommy Flanagan on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Al Harewood on drums – all working through easily-handled tunes that include "Minor Vamp", "Love Your Spell Is Everywhere", "Five Spot After Dark", and "Twelve Inch". Think soul jazz with a slight touch of mysticism! CD also features 3 bonus alternate takes of tunes on the album. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Blues-Ette (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Linda HayesYes I Know ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful solo work from Linda Hayes – a singer who's maybe best known for her relationship to The Platters in their early years, but a hell of a vocalist on her own – much more soulful than in that famous group, with a quality that almost rivals some of the best female R&B singers on Atlantic and King during the 50s! The work here also has a bit of a west coast spin, too – that mix of jazz, blues, and R&B that was brewing up with some of the cooler, classier singers on the LA scene in the postwar years – on side that Linda recorded for the Hollywood Records label, and af ew other small imprints. This 2CD set is maybe the best we've seen to bring together the music of Hayes – with 35 tracks that include "Take Me Back", "Atomic Baby", "Big City (parts 1 & 2)", "Darling Angel", "I'll Never Love Again", "Hubba Hubba", "I Had A Dream", "Our Love's Forever Blessed", "Non-Cooperation", "No Next Time", "Grrr Mambo", and "Your Back's Out" – plus some cuts with The Platters too! CD

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✨✧ Catherine HoweWhat A Beautiful Place ... CD
Reflection/Numero, 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful early 70s debut LP from a then 20 year old, Halifax-reared Catherine Howe – produced and arranged by US jazz pianist Bobby Scott in a mode that manages to feel lush and opulent while never belying Catherine's warmth, intimacy and maturity! The sound is warmly baroque, and Catherine's lovely vocals and evocative songwriting style is sheerly natural – recorded in a fairly stripped down setting and fleshed out with strings by the London Symphony Orchestra. The mix of intimacy and grandeur makes the record a bit of stylistic cousin to Nick Drake's Bryter Layter – we take our Drake seriously and we don't throw that comparison out lightly! Released by a doomed Reflection Records, which closed up shop the same year – the album was almost instantly relegated to obscurity, but has become the stuff of legend over the years – thanks to reissues, and interest in Howe's music from younger generations. Titles include "Up North", "On A Misty Morning", "Nothing More Than Strangers", "My Child", "The Innocence Of A Child", "It Comes With The Breezes" and more – plus the bonus demo "In The Hot Summer" – which led to the next phase of Catherine's career at RCA. CD

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✨✧ Vijay Iyer/Linda May Han Oh/Tyshawn SoreyUneasy ... LP
ECM (Germany), 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful trio work from Vijay Iyer – a set that's got his piano doing equal time with the drums of Tyshawn Sorey and bass of Linda May Han Oh – all at a level that reminds us why we first fell in love with Iyer's music many years back! The set's a return to the kind of records that really has Vijay reshaping the role of the trio in jazz – with every player rhythmic at once, but still also finding melodic moments together too – breaking down conventional structures, but never in a way that's free jazz either – just boldly, lyrically leaping towards the future! Titles include "Children Of Flint", "Touba", "Entrustment", "Configurations", "Uneasy", "Drummer's Song", and "Augury". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Uneasy ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Rick JamesCold Blooded ... LP
Gordy, 1983. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Another stone winner from Rick James' early 80s run for Motown – a set that follows strongly on territory opened up by previous records – especially that bass-heavy approach to funk! The record's maybe not as stone classic as others, but still is way tighter and more put-together than most of the James imitators of the time – and features some nice moments that include the very groovy title cut, the mellow "Ebony Eyes" duet with Smokey Robinson, and even a guest appearance from Grandmaster Flash. Titles include "Cold Blooded", "Ebony Eyes", "Pimp The Simp", "U Bring The Freak Out", "Doin' It", "Unity" and "123 (U Her & Me)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light surface wear.)

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✨✧ La Logia SarabandaGuayaba (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Lider/Get Back (Italy), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tripped-out grooves from this legendary combo from Uruguay – a mix of candomble roots and wilder rockish touches – but also served up with a bit of Latin in the mix too! There's some great heavy percussion on the bottom of most tracks – and even when the guitars are fierce and fuzzy, the overall sound is nicely rhythmic, and often a bit funky – a great blend of global elements, and coming across with the same sort of power as the best Latin funk albums from Peru! There's perhaps a bit more psychedelia here than on those records, but never in a way that's too indulgent or dated – thanks to some lean, clean arrangements. Titles include a cover of Tito Puente's "Guayaba", plus "Adios A Jimi Hendrix", "Cajon De Castanas", "Llamada Del Sur", "Buscado", "Donde Esta El Doctor", and "Mas Alla Del Sahara". CD

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✨✧ Le Trio CamaraLe Trio Camara ... CD
Saravah/Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bossa jazz from the French scene of the 60s – an ultra-hip album issued on the legendary Saravah Records label – and one that's one of the best illustrations of the label's way of blending together jazz and other global styles! The group here is a trio, with Fernando Martins on some wonderfully bold piano – working with bassist Edson Lobo and drummer Nelson Serra – in a groove that's rooted in older Rio bossa jazz modes, but also has a slightly more powerful quality, too – that special sort of late 60s flowering that Brazilian music had when it hit the very receptive European scene. The trio have a nice rolling sound that might be compared to some of the MPS jazz/Brazilian crossover sessions – and titles include "Upa Neguinho", "Nascente", "Bia", "Noa Noa", "Samba Novo", "Berimbau", "Nao Tem Solucao", and "Muito A Vontade". CD

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✨✧ Bob Marley & The WailersCatch A Fire ... LP
Island, 1973. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first Bob Marley album on Island Records – and the start of a really legendary run that would not only transform reggae in the 70s, but the rest of popular music as well! Chris Blackwell's partially at the helm on production, but the album was mostly recorded in classic Kingston studios – Randy's, Dynamic, and Harry J's – and retains the same vibe as some of Marley's earlier work, but with more of the forward-thinking vision he brought to his time at Island. Bunny Livingston lays down some excellent percussion on the set – and rhythm is from the team of Aston and Carlton Barrett on bass and drums. Titles include the classic "Stir It Up" – plus "Slave Driver", "Kinky Reggae", "High Tide Or Low Tide", and "Concrete Jungle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with Sterling stamp. Cover has some edge wear.)
Also available Catch A Fire (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Ohio PlayersPain (expanded & remastered) (UK pressing) ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mindblowing funk from The Ohio Players – the group's debut album for Westbound Records, and a landmark batch of tracks that never gets old! The sound here really has the group stretching out a lot – working on tunes that are extended, but never as overindulgent as their labelmates Funkadelic – always keeping to a groove that's focused, yet also free to explore its bad self in the new freedoms of the 70s. There's a strong undercurrent of funky jazz running through the set – mixing great riffing alongside the tight rhythms and tripped-out vocals – all brought together with that deep deep deep production sound that Westbound gave the world as its own legacy in the wake of Norman Whitfield's experiments at Motown. Titles include the wonderfully jamming "Players Balling", and the funky numbers "Reds" and "Singing In The Morning" – plus more soulful tracks "I Wanna Hear From You" and "Never Had A Dream". CD features a whopping 7 bonus tracks – some previously unissued – including "Climax", "What's Going On", "Time & Space", "Ain't That Loving You", "If You Were My Woman", and "Feelin Alright". CD

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✨✧ Oscar Peterson & Ella FitzgeraldSwiss Radio Days Vol 15 – JATP Lausanne 1953 ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Vintage vocal work from the great Ella Fitzgerald – recorded at a time when she was really hitting her prime in the new Verve Records jazz generation – set up here by an all-star JATP group of players from that legendary label! Oscar Peterson's the main player pictured on the cover, but the set's also swung strongly with work from Barney Kessel on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and drums from JC Heard – and on one of the album's tracks, the combo gets help from Lester Young on tenor and Charlie Shavers on trumpet. Tracks are nicely tight, and Ella is in very fantastic dynamic formation – with that kind of energy that often made her live sets so different than her studio recordings of the period – on titles that include "Lady Be Good", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "The Continental", "My Heart Stood Still", "The Man I Love", "Oscar's Tune", "A Tisket A Tasket", and "You Belong To Me". CD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ SupremesSupremes At The Copa ... LP
Motown, 1965. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Supremes take on the classy Copa nightclub – and really bring down the house with a stunning mix of warmth, charm, and soul! The record's perhaps one of the "livest" of Motown live albums from the time – done in a spread-out style that features a lot more songs than some of their other live records, really giving the full scope of the show at the club. Plus, there's lots of crowd noise, bits of speaking from the girls, and an overall approach that's fluid and natural – very much a concert on record! Titles include "The Boy From Ipanema", "Put On A Happy Face", "I Am Woman", "Baby Love", "Sam Cooke Medley", "Queen Of The House", and "Back In My Arms Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Frank WaltonReality ... LP
Delmark, Late 70s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few records ever from Chicago trumpeter Frank Walton – and a sweet-stepping bit of soul jazz with some nice funky undercurrents! The group's mostly acoustic, but has a bit of electricity in the keyboards and bass – making for a few tracks that emerge with rounded and warm tones that pus the album almost in the direction of some of the best indie soul jazz work on Muse at the time. Walton's trumpet is in the lead, alongside alto by Henry Threadgill (making a rare "straight" appearance!), piano by Jodie Christian, and soprano and tenor sax by Ari Brown. A few tunes have some jagged moments that show the AACM leanings of some of the group's members, but overall the sound is relativey straight and soulful. Includes the spacey "Shorter's Vibes", plus "Safari", "Change Of Mode", and "Waltz Of The Prophets". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Dexter WanselTime Is Slipping Away ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1979. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wicked work from Dexter Wansel – a funky classic for Philly International, put together with just the sort of care he brought to his albums for other artists! The album's a bit more straight Philly than some of Dexter's earlier records – a bit less of the cosmic funk from before, but in its place are some amazing jazzy backings – modern soul galore, with key adult touches – completely sublime throughout, and wrapped up with more great keyboards than you're likely to find on other Philly albums! The album features a killer cut – "The Sweetest Pain", a smooth stepper with some subtle keyboard grooving behind warm female vocals by Terri Wells – and other great tracks include "Funk Attack", "New Beginning", "One For the Road", "It's Been Cool", and "I'll Never Forget My Favorite Disco". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Ben WebsterSoulville ... CD
Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
About as classic as you can get for Ben Webster on Verve Records – a nicely mature, nicely laidback session that really captures the energy promised in the title! The sidemen are all in an easygoing, soulful mode – Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Stan Levey on drums – and Ben blows these beautifully deep, well-crafted lines on tenor over the top – always with that raspy tone that had already influenced a generation, but which hardly ever got a better showcase than this! Titles include "Time On My Hands", "Where Are You", "Soulville", "Late Date", and "Ill Wind". CD also features 3 previously unissued tracks – "Who", "Boogie Woogie", and "Roses Of Picardy". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousFor Dancers Also (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An early treasure from a great tradition in soul music – one of the first few compilations from Ace/Kent Records – issued way back in the early 80s, and still a treasure trove of great 60s soul after all these years! As you'd guess from the title, the tracks here are all upbeat and uptempo – numbers brought together for the Northern Soul audience in the UK, but which also represent a great sampling of underground soul from the US in the 60s! Many of these numbers mix rough-edged vocals with more tightly-crafted instrumentation – and the collection features a total of 16 tracks that include "Lay This Burden Down" by Mary Love, "You Just Cheat & Lie" by ZZ Hill, "Good Taste Of Love" by Danny Monday, "Wanting You" by Jimmy Bee, "Can It Be Me" by Mel Williams, "Hole In The Wall" by The Other Brothers, "Talkin Woman" by Lowell Fulsom, "What Kind Of Man Are You" by Jackie Day, "Country Girl" by The Johnny Otis Show, "Everybody Needs Love" by Willie Gauff & The Love Brothers, and "My Baby Needs Me" by Yvonne Baker. CD
(Comes in a great little cardboard slipcase – replicating the old LP sleeve!)

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✨✧ VariousStranger I May Be – Savoy Gospel 1954 to 1986 (3CD set) ... CD
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who really learned how to record blues singers and soulful styles from the secular world, then used that same ability to work some real magic on songs from the more spiritual side of the spectrum – an approach that really made for top-shelf music, even as the decades moved on! Savoy's gospel legacy has always been a bit underground – not nearly as reissued for larger audiences as their jazz and blues material – but this collection does a great job of correcting that lack, by presenting their music in a wonderful format – all in a mix of rare cuts and classics from the gospel underground. A great 3CD set – with a huge amount of work – music by The Davis Sisters, Gospel Chimes, Jimmy Scott, Roberta Martin Singers, Swindell Brothers, Christones, Gospel Harmonettes Specials, Harmonizing Five, Famous Ward Singers, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Stars Of Faith, Gospel Cavaliers, Staple Singers, The Metro Tones, Betty Hollins, Gene Martin, Swan Silvertones, Artistic Sounds, James Moore, Holy Lights Of Baltimore, Brooklyn Skyways, World Wonders, Myrna Summers, Brockingham Ensemble, Prof Charles Taylor, Exciting Supreme Highlights, Highway QCs, Solomon Burke, Genobia Jeter, World Wonders, Edith Moreno, Glenn Jones & The Modulations, Hollywood Stars, James Cleveland, Holy Lights Of Baltimore, Sensational Williams Brothers, Gospelaires Of Dayton, Helen Hollins Singers, Edith Moreno, and The 4th Of May. CD

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✨✧ VariousTerror From The Universe – Soundtrack From Beyond The Stars From The Attic Of Lux & Ivy – Filmed In Glorious Crampovision ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Blast off into space with The Cramps – with plenty of firepower here in a collection of unusual space-themed and space-sounding tunes from the glory days of the postwar recording industry! Some of the tunes have the raw, raunchy vibe of other material in this great series of Lux & Ivy compilations on Righteous – but others have maybe a moodier, spacier feel – as the work is pulled from a variety of sources that include modern jazz, avant electronics, exotica records, and some great space age pop releases! There's occasional snippets of dialogue from old sci fi films, which helps link the tunes – and titles include "Deep Night" by Frank Comstock, "Skin Tight" by Basil Kirchin, "Perpetual Motion" by Moondog, "Winds Of Sirius" by Les Baxter, "Waltz In Orbit" by Ray Cathode, "Astronic" by Jimmie Kaskell, "Robot Man" by Jamie Horton, "Ghost Satellite" by Bob & Jerry, "The Moon" by Ron Goodwin, "Full Moon" by Eden Ahbez, "Shock Treatment" by The Invaders, and "Ignition" by Tom Dissevelt. CD

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✨✧ FabianDrugstore's Rockin – I'm A Man ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Surprisingly rocking sounds from Fabian – a figure most folks know as a teen star, both on screen and off – but an artist who comes across here with a sound that's surprisingly strong overall! Of course, part of the strength of these tracks is that they were cut at a time when studios often had top-shelf talent at their disposal – great session players and arrangers, who could set up the kind of a groove that came off pretty well, no matter who was in the lead! In the case of Fabian, most of the cuts were done for the Chancellor label, who didn't keep very good records – but we can say that there's some great guitar work on here from Howard Roberts and Barney Kessel, both of whom do a surprisingly great job of fitting into an early rocking groove! As usual with Bear Family records, the package and presentation is wonderful – and the set's overflowing with tracks, a total of 37 in all – with titles that include "Tiger", "Tongue Tied", "Ooh What You Do", "I've Got Nobody", "Hong Kong", "Little Meanie Jeanie", "String Along", "Grapevine", "Everything Is Just Right", "Hypnotized", "Hey Little Girl", "Lovesick", and "Shivers". CD

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✨✧ Joy UnlimitedInstrumental Impressions ... LP
Devega/Sonorama (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet sound library funk from Joy Unlimited – an early 70s German combo heard here on their rarest record ever! As with the group's commercial releases, there's a wicked blend of funky jazz and hard-riffing instrumentation – and unlike other records, this one's got an even leaner, meaner groove – all instrumental, and with a great focus on key elements of the sound – funky flute here, sweet keyboards there, and lots of tightly-played guitar lines – which really help give the music a nice edge! The set's got a sound that's a lot like some of the best MPS funk of the time – no surprise, given that it comes from the same scene – and instrumentation includes Fender Rhodes, flute, guitar, saxes, marimba, trumpet, and lots of sweet drums. Titles include "Jamara", "Soul Gravy", "Homunkulus", "Breeding Ground", "Jigsaw Man", "Blue Box", "Parabolica", "Spectrum", "Herbie", and "Laguna Seca". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ramsey Lewis TrioMore Sounds Of Christmas ... LP
Argo, 1964. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Ramsey Lewis had such great success with his first album of Christmas instrumentals for Chess Records, he soon hopped back in the studio for a second record – but one with a very distinct difference! This time around, the trio's a bit unusual – in that it features regular bassist Eldee Young, but also the great Steve McCall on drums – a percussionist who'd later really flourish in the 70s, and gain great fame for his work in the group Air! The presence of McCall is no surprise, though – Malachi Favors and Muhal Richard Abrams also make appearances on early 60s Chess jazz albums – but it does give the record a nicely special sort of sound, as does the added instrumentation on some tracks too. About half the set features the trio, and the rest features a bigger group that's arranged by King Fleming and Will Jackson – jazz trio with a bit of strings, including some nice harp, and a touch of trombone from John Avant. Titles include "We Three Kings", "Snowfall", "Plum Puddin", "Little Drummer Boy", "Snowbound", "Egg Nog", and "Jingle Bells". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label mono Cadet pressing. Cover has aging on the back, but in solid shape.)
Also available More Sounds Of Christmas ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Bill Mason/Gary ChandlerGettin' Off/Outlook (UK pressing) ... CD
Westbound (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 killer jazz funk albums – both rare, and both on one CD! The records were cut for the short-lived Eastbound side of the soul/funk Westbound label, both under the supervision of Bob Porter, who handled some of the best early 70s jazz funk work for Prestige! Both albums also feature drumming by the super-heavy Idris Muhammad – who keeps things very much in his classic breakbeat mode. Bill Mason was an obscure organ player who performed on the legendary Rusty Bryant funk LPs (Fire Eater & Wildfire), and his session here has the same kind of fierce groove – with tenor by Hubert Laws, trumpet by Gary Chandler, and guitar by Wilbert Longmire. Titles on that one include "Gettin Off", "Stone", "Mistery Jay", and "Now Run & Tell That". Gary Chandler's album is even better – and features organ work by Ceasar Frazier, guitar by Cornell Dupree, and tenor by Harold Ousley. The album includes a much-sampled version of "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms", plus the cuts "Kaleidoscope", "Jet Set", and "Blue Dues". Both records are great – and together, they'd cost you well over $100 in the original! CD

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✨✧ Willie MitchellIt's Dance Time ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
It's Dance Time, Memphis style – thanks to a hip album of instrumentals from the great Willie Mitchell! This one's actually a bit rougher around the edges than some of Willie's other work, with strong guitar and groovy organ, very much in a Booker T & The MGs mode! The tracks groove along with a sound that's more Stax than Hi – which is ok by us, as the feel is nicely raw and raunchy! Titles include "Morning After", "Buster Browne", "Poinciana", "Twine Time", "Apple Jack", and "Wiggle Rock", "Fever", "Woodchopper's Bal" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available It's Dance Time ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Ohio PlayersPleasure (expanded & remastered) (UK pressing) ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A true pleasure indeed – easily one of the greatest records ever by the Ohio Players, and a perfect summation of all things great in their groove! The album's a landmark effort – even for the heady days of the early 70s – as the Players manage to bring together a fair bit of jazz with their famous guitar-driven funk – all in a blend that's a lot more sophisticated than most other funk combos of the time, from the rhythms at the bottom to the instrumentation on the top! There's a darkness here that's undeniable – but the album's also not just a head trip into the fuzziest reaches of the studio – as the jazzier inflections help illuminate the farthest corners, and really bring the whole album back to focus with a wonderfully redemptive groove! Psychedelic elements are still all over the place, but also used sparingly enough to be most effective – a brilliant balance that few groups of this type were ever able to muster. Titles include the classic "Funky Worm", with the wild moogy bit that's been sampled loads of times over the years by a gazillion hip hoppers – plus loads of other nice ones, like the slow bonking funker "Pride & Vanity", the wild "Walt's First Trip", and the groovy "Laid It" – as well as "Pleasure", "Paint Me", "Our Love Has Died", and "Walked Away From You". CD features amazing sound and a whopping 7 bonus tracks – including "Ruffell Foot", "What It Is", "Rooster Poot", "Gone Forever", "Dimensions In Time", and "Introducing The Players". CD
Also available Pleasure ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples ArkestraCall ... CD
Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from some of the hippest, most spiritual players on the LA scene of the late 70s – a lineup you'll recognize from other Nimbus Records sessions, all working together beautifully to realize the unique vision of Horace! Tracks are long, and feature Tapscott on piano, Jesse Sharps on saxes, Adele Sebastian on flute and vocals, Herbert Callies on alto, James Andrews on tenor, Lester Robertson on trombone, Kafi Larry Roberts on soprano, and Linda Hill on additional piano – all working together perfectly as a unified ensemble. There's a strong Strata East vibe to the whole record – and titles include "The Call", "Nakatini Suite", "Quagmire Manor At Five AM", and "Peyote Song III". CD
Also available Call (180 gram pressing) ... LP 34.99

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✨✧ Horacio VaggioneLa Maquina De Cantar ... LP
Cramps/Dialogo (Italy), 1978. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really cool album from the legendary run of records on the Italian Cramps label of the 70s – a set of spare keyboard work from Horacio Vaggione, and one that falls somewhere in between American minimalism and some of the John Carpenter keyboard horror soundtracks of the time! Vaggione's keyboards are very cyclical and move in repeating lines – a bit like Terry Riley at times, but with more of an edge too – especially when things are more electronic than electric. There's a bit more of that at the start of the record, then things take off a bit more at the end – almost throwing in some proggy organ lines, but still with a very minimalist feel overall! Titles include "La Maquina De Cantar" and "Ending" – each taking up a side of the record. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Walt Disney Studio Sound Effects DepartmentChilling Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House ... LP
Disneyland, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest records ever produced by Disneyland Records – and one of the creepiest too! The record features one side of raw sound effects – top-shelf level material, of the sort that the Disney crew would save and use in cartoons and films – and the other side features similar sounds, but structured with a more narrative approach – almost making for a record that's sort of a ghost story in sound! Titles include "The Very Long Fuse", "The Dogs", "The Unsafe Bridge", "The Martian Monsters", "Chinese Water Torture", and "Drips & Splashes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ WarPlatinum Jazz ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Sweet jazzy work from War – a record that has them stretching things out a bit from before, and finding new ways to groove for the second half of the 70s! All the core elements are still firmly in place – that sublime blend of jazz, soul, funk, and Latin elements – but there's a slight shift in the presentation, with maybe just a touch more of the jazz promised in the title – which might have to do with the album's initial placement as a Blue Note Records title! The first half of the record features all new material, showcasing this slight shift in the group's sound – and a mode that's nicely free of any hits – and the second half of the set brings back some key jazzy tracks from earlier records, which fit perfectly into place. Titles include "War Is Coming", "I Got You", "LA Sunshine", "Platinum Jazz", "Slowly We Walk Together", "River Niger", "H2Overture", "City Country City", "Four Cornered Room", and "Deliver The Word". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and a bumped corner at the bottom left.)

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✨✧ VariousSuper Breaks – Essential Funk, Soul & Jazz Samples and Breakbeats ... LP
BGP/Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Way more than just a typical collection of rare funk and soul – as the selections here not only meet the stunningly high standards of the BGP label – but they've also been sampled in more recent years for hip hop records and other contemporary recordings! Essentially, you've got the best of both worlds – vintage funk from the late 60s and early 70s – brought together in a great collection – and work that's gone onto form the blueprint for contemporary urban sounds as well – which means you'll probably recognize some or part of most of these songs from their use in more contemporary recordings. Nearly every cut's been sampled at least more than once – and titles include "Blind Alley" by The Emotions, "Chick A Boom" by Pazant Brothers, "Eva" by Jean Jacques Perry, "Walk Tall" by Cannonball Adderley, "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms" by Detroit Emeralds, "Bouncy Lady" by Pleasure, "Tramp" by Lowell Fulson, "Take Yo Praise" by Camille Yarbrough, "Thinking Single" by The Counts, "Different Strokes" by Syl Johnson, "Ike's Mood" by Isaac Hayes, "What A Man" by Linda Lynell, and "Smokey Joe's La La" by Googie Rene. Funky funky! LP, Vinyl record album

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