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John Lee HookerFolk Lore Of John Lee Hooker ... CD
Vee Jay/Collectables, 1961. Used ... $18.99
Hardly a folk album, despite the title – and instead a wicked batch of raw bluesy numbers from the mighty John Lee Hooker! Two of the album's tracks were recorded live at the Newport Folk Fest, but the rest were done back in Chicago – with lots of gritty vocals and guitar from Hooker, plus some occasional extra backing on a few of the cuts – including some harmonica and guitar from Jimmy Reed. The album's a perfect illustration of Vee Jay's classic approach to blues – almost more impressive than that of Chess Records in a setting like this – on cuts that include "Tupelo", "I'm Mad Again", "Take Me As I Am", "The Hobo", "You're Looking Good Tonight", and "I'm Going Upstairs". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roland KirkInflated Tear (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic, 1968. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A landmark album from Roland Kirk – one of his key 60s sides for Atlantic records, and an amazing blend of soul jazz, hardbop, and freer thinking styles! Roland's playing an insane assortment of horns on the set – often at the same time, if you know his 3-way style of blowing – and instruments used for the recording include Manzello, stritch, flute, whistle, English horn, and flexatone – in addition to standard tenor and clarinet. Other players in the group include Ron Burton on piano, Steve Novosel on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums – and the album's got some incredible original compositions that include "Many Blessings", "Handful Of Fives", "Lovellevellioqui", "Laugh for Rory", "Black and Crazy Blues", and "The Inflated Tear". Also includes the bonus track "I'm Glad There Is You". CD
(Out of print Atlantic 50th Anniversary pressing in a cardboard digipack.)

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyCannonball's Sharpshooters ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set that's right on target, right from the start – and one that has the young Cannonball Adderley really coming into his groove! The set's a lot more soul jazz-oriented than some of Cannon's records from a few years before – played by a rock-solid group that includes brother Nat Adderley on cornet, Junior Mance on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – hitting a groove that's got plenty of nascent elements of that Cannonball sound that would virtually take over jazz in the 60s! Yet there's also a nicely different vibe going on here too – a bit less structure, and a looser approach to the mode – spun out with some modern moments too, on titles that include "Straight No Chaser", "Jubilation", "Our Delight", "Fuller Bop Man", and "Stay On It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireIllumination ... CD
Sanctuary, 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Earth Wind & Fire's most ambitiously orchestrated records of recent years – one that pairs the legendary funk/soul/pop collective with contemporary players such as Will I Am of Black Eyed Peas, Raphael Saadiq, Floetry, Big Boi of Outkast, Sleepy Brown and others! Believe us, we were as skeptical as the rest of you when this project first materialized, so it's really a wonderful surprise to report that it works very well! The album is essentially a modern, uptempo neo soul effort by a group that just happens to be legendary – with clean vocals and horns by the group, and warm production by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Will I Am and Raphael Saadiq. It may not be a classic on par with the 70s work, but it's easily the best Earth Wind & Fire album in at least a decade! Tracks include "Lovely People" feat Will I Am, "Show Me The Way" feat Raphael Saadiq, "Work It Out", "Elevated People" feat Floetry, "Pass You By", "Pure Gold" and more! 13 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Alex PudduMark Of The Devil ... LP
Al Dente (France), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wild shift in sound from the enigmatic Alex Puddu – as you might guess from the cover – not the straighter funk of some of his previous records, but instead a richly-crafted album that owes plenty to the golden age of Italian soundtracks! As part of that approach, Puddu works here with the famous soundtrack singer Edda Dell'Orso – whose voice was such a big part of Morricone classics back in the day – and the larger orchestrations are conducted by Giacomo Dell'Orso, who does a perfect job of opening things up to so many different instrumental elements, while still holding to some of the cinematic funk of Puddu's other music. The record features a stunning array of instrumentation – from familiar strings to vibes, Fender Rhodes, electric sitar, tenor sax, and lots lots more – on titles that include "The Whip", "Il Sogno Il Fuoco", "The Haunted Palace", "Tentazioni", "La Carne E Il Peccato", "Il Canto Delle Vergini", and "Mother Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ WarPlatinum Jazz ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily 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 light wear.)

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Willie Colon & Mon RiveraThere Goes The Neighborhood ... CD
Fania, 1975. Used ... $18.99
Mon Rivera gets a great revival here during the height of the 70s salsa era – thanks to backings from Willie Colon, and a sound as solid as any of the best on Fania Records at the time! The album has Willie working with a tight combo that's heavy on trombone, piano, and percussion – backing up Mon's lead vocals, and also featuring Rivera a bit on guiro. The tunes are mostly lively bombas or plenas – romping around with a lot of joyous energy – with arrangements from Mon, Willie, and Jorge Millet. Titles include "Mosaico", "Baila Mi Bomba", "Pena De Amor", "Ya Llego", "La Humanidad", and "Si Te Vas". CD
(Out of print, traycard is lightly creased.)

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Randy EdelmanIf Love Is Real ... CD
Arista/Sony (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
Early work from Randy Edelman – one of those AOR songsmiths who had no trouble turning out great material for records of his own! The set's got a nicely understated vibe – polished, but less commercial than some of its contemporaries – more in the way that some of the better AOR artists were an evolution of earlier singer/songwriter styles – which only a rare few could take to the top of the charts. Randy's style is heartfelt, but never too cloying – and titles include "If Love Is Real", "Take My Hand", "Autumn Days With You", "Sentimental Fools", "It's Hard To Say Goodbye", and "Can't It All Be Love". CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)

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Grant GreenMatador ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic mid 60s album from Grant Green – but one that never got its due originally, because it was unreleased at the time – and didn't come out until a Japanese version in the late 70s! Despite that oddly long gap, Matador is truly one Grant's best ever records – a really inventive session that goes way past his standard soul jazz roots – and which really shows the guitarist stretching out towards future styles of jazz! The session's a spare quartet date – with Green's guitar playing modal grooves over rhythm by by his incredible combo – with Bob Cranshaw on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and the incomparable McCoy Tyner on piano – blocking out bold changes that really drive the record strongly. Cuts are long, and there's a freewheeling quality to the material that's only ever matched by some of the Grant Green/Larry Young sessions from the same time – especially the Street Of Dreams Record. Titles include "Matador", "Bedouin", Green Jeans", and a killer version of "My Favorite Things", done in a very Coltrane-esque style. CD
(Out of print.)

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf Album ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... About November 23, 2018
A killer album of funky blues – recorded by Howlin Wolf during the period when Chess/Cadet was backing its older artists up with some of the newer funk musicians it had working in its studios! The overall sound works quite well – and although purists at the time moaned at the way artists like Wolf, Etta James, and Bo Diddley were being handled (especially with a "we know better than them" message on the cover like this!), the funky blues records from this time actually seem to be some of the most enduring from Chess – especially with younger listeners in the 21st Century! A big part of the success here goes to producers Charles Stepney and Gene Barge – who helped bring together a younger batch of players for Wolf's backing – including Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch on guitars, Louis Satterfield on bass, and Morris Jennings on drums. Titles include "Spoonful", "Tail Dragger", "Smokestack Lightning", "Red Rooster", "Evil", and "Down In The Bottom". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lebron BrothersLlegamos/We're Here ... LP
Cotique/Get On Down, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 22.98
Soaring salsa from the mighty Lebron Brothers – a group who first burst on the Latin scene with a strong run of Latin Soul recordings, but who are taking a more straightforward approach here! Yet that change hardly makes any difference, as the Lebrons still have that bold, youthful energy that made their records such a great change from some of the too-big bands of the previous generation in Latin music – and their shift from boogaloo to salsa is a great example of the way the key younger acts were helping make the waves that so many other artists would follow! Pablo Lebron sings lead vocals, and Angel and Jose Lebron co-lead the mighty tight grooves – which include alto from Gabe Gill and tenor from Herman Saldana – both players who keep a soulful sound to the set. Titles include "Mi Fracaso", "Si Ti", "Todo Lo Hechaste Ha Perder", "Orgullo, Riqueza Y Lujo", and "Tus Recuerdos". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Montgomery BrothersMontgomeryland ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1958/1959. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the best records we've ever heard by The Montgomery Brothers – an album that's combined from 2 different sessions, but which has quite a unified feel! Monk Montgomery plays Fender bass – and both groups feature work by Buddy and Wes Montgomery – Buddy on piano and Wes on guitar, of course! But almost even more exciting are the horn players – as one of the sessions features Pony Poindexter on alto, the other Harold Land on tenor – and both of them add a nice depth to the tracks that you don't always hear on other of the horn-less Montgomery Brothers sides – an edge, or "bite" that makes the album one of the most soulful Montgomery outings ever recorded. Tracks include "Renie", "Far Wes", "Lelia", "Wes Tune", and "Monk's Shop". CD

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Musiq SoulchildFeel The Real ... CD
E One, 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 17.98
Musiq Soulchild has been making music for many years – the man virtually invented the beats n keys format back at the start of the century – and he's still got the sharp crackle and classic depth that won us over to his sound back in the day! This double-length set is completely unassuming – almost casual, if it wasn't so tight – as Musiq layers his vocals perfectly amidst some heavy, head-nodding beats and spacious keyboard fills – all with maybe more 80s modes than on his earliest records – but at a level that's never too easy or cliched. The set includes guest appearances by Marsha Ambrosius, Willie Hyn, The Husel, Chris Theory, Blaqgxld, and even Neil DeGrasse Tyson – on titles that include "Humble Pie", "Feel The Real", "Benefits", "Serendipity", "Let Go", "Test Drive", "Broken Hearts", "Shudawudacuda", "Start Over", "My Bad", "The Moon", and "Sunrise Serenade". CD

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Joey PastranaLet's Ball ... LP
Cotique/Get On Down, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 22.98
The title alone should make you want to pick this one up – as anyone with the guts to name a record Let's Ball back in the 60s really had something going! The album's one of the best of Joey Pastrana's early gems – a fierce little record that explodes with Latin Soul energy, and which also shows the more sophisticated side of Pastrana's work that would emerge in the 70s – some of the more complicated elements that would arise more in his move to salsa a few records later. Titles include the massive party cut "Hey Let's Ball – with some great lyrics, and a totally catchy hook – plus the slamming descarga "Mani Picante", the bassy groover "Jammin' With Joey", and the hip boogaloo "My Shingaling"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Connie SmithJoy To The World (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Connie Smith looks a lot more saintly than usual on the cover here – and she sounds a fair bit saintly, too – as she makes her way through a set of Christmas tunes on this 70s album for Columbia! Given the time, the album's maybe more of a throwback to Christmas records of years past – particularly that majestic kind that Columbia did so well in the early 60s – as Connie's voice is often captured with these serious, lush arrangements that are much less country than you might expect – and which have the singer often rising with backing vocals from The Jordanaires or Holladay Sisters, who both bring a more spiritual vibe to the music. Titles include "Joy To The World", "What Child Is This", "O Holy Night", "Come All Ye Faithful", "Sweet Little Jesus Boy", and "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks". CD has an extra-cool bonus track – a 1986 duet with Willie Nelson on "Silent Night". CD

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Spice 1Spice 1 ... LP
Jive/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 25.98
The first full length classic from Spice 1 – an MC who came up in the wake of Too Short on the west coast, but has definitely found his own style by the time of this set! Some tracks almost have an Ice Cube mix of biting social commentary and view from the streets – while others are maybe more in the crossover gangsta vein that would rise strongly in years to come. Samples are all obvious, but well-used – records from Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Isaac Hayes – and the album also features some tight mixing and production from Ant Banks. Titles include "In My Neighborhood", "187 Proof", "Peace To My Nine", "Welcome To The Ghetto", "Money Or Murder", "City Streets", and "Break Yourself". LP, Vinyl record album

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T La RockLyrical King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $11.99
A well-titled set from the lyrical king – the mighty T La Rock, one of the key mid 80s MCs who helped introduce a whole new level of sophistication to hip hop! T La Rock maybe never hit the heights of KRS-One, Rakim, or other contemporaries – but this set has all the sharp fire and intensity that made that moment of new creativity so great – from the edgey production work and scratches by Louie Lou, to the extra help from Mantronik, and even the album's early appearances by Special K and MC Serch – which further the sense of collaboration from the streets that made some of the Fresh Records sets so great. Titles include "Lyrical King", "Back To Burn", "Three Minutes Of Beat Box", "Bust These Lyrics", "This Beat kicks", "Big Beat In London", and "It's Time To Chill". CD features bonus tracks – "It's Yours (12" radio)", "Breakdown (12" mix)", "He's Incredible (12" mix)", "Breaking Bells (12" mix)", "Bass Machine (12" mix)", "Love Blind (12" mix)", and "Runaway (12" voc)". CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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U-RoyVersion Galore ... LP
Treasure Isle/Get On Down, 1970s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
The debut of U-Roy, and an album that paves the way for countless wonderful sounds to come! The album's an early one in the toasting approach – and has U-Roy calling out the tunes in this echoey style that's wonderful – somehow more urgent than reggae records of just a few years before, and almost dismantling the tunes as he works alongside them! Rhythms are cooked up by Duke Reid – and the album's the stuff that put both him, and the role of the DJ in reggae firmly on the map! Titles include "Your Ace From Space", "On The Beach", "Version Galore", "True Confession", "Tide Is High", "Things You Love", "The Same Song", "Happy Go Lucky Girl", "Rock Away", "Wear You To The Ball", "Don't Stay Away", and "Hot Pop". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousJoey Negro – Remixed With Love Vol 3 – Part 3 ... LP
Z Records (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $31.99
Soaring sounds from Joey Negro – a man who's given us plenty of great club tracks on his own, and who here works some real magic with a host of gems from the glory days of disco! The tunes are all expanded wonderfully – given a prime edit sort of treatment – as Joey focuses on key elements that really make the tunes special, then expands them out in a wonderful way – a catchy vocal here, slamming piano there, and so on – all at a level that makes most of these cuts even stronger stormers than in their original versions! Titles on this 2LP Part 3 version include "I Am Somebody (Joey Negro finessed rmx)" by Glenn Jones, "Never Gonna Give You Up (Joey Negro re-grooved mix)" by Patrice Rushen, "You (Joey Negro zoomed in mix)" by Samuel Jonathan Johnson, "Free (Joey Negro re-grooved mix)" by Deniece Williams, "Shining (Joey Negro tribute to Leroy Burgess mix)" by Venus Dodson, "Doin It (Joey Negro soulful reprise)" by Gwen McCrae, and "Shante (Joey Negro cosmic funk mix)" by Mass Production. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousOther Side Of The Trax – Stax/Volt 45rpm Rarities 1964 to 1968 ... CD
Stax/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
Stax Records turned out plenty of hits in the 60s – but the Memphis label was also a non-stop powerhouse of recording, and cut countless sides that were every bit as great as their hits, but never fully got their due! This collection brings together a huge amount of those gems – 24 rare Stax singles, none of which have ever been reissued – which makes this package a treasure trove of under-discovered Memphis soul, even if you've got some other Stax/Volt sets in your collection! A number of these tracks are early numbers by artists who'd break bigger on Stax later in the 60s – and others are by singers you might not know at all, but who were key to helping the label form its sound at the time – as their top-shelf team of writers and studio talents made these obscure singles every bit as great as their work for bigger artists. Titles include "I Need Somebody" by Johnny Daye, "Separation" by Carla Thomas, "Under My Nose" by Eddie Floyd, "Here I Am" by Lynda Lyndell, "Bashful Guitar" by Johnny Jenkins, "I Gotta Have My Baby's Love" by Sir Mack Rice, "Sweet Thing" by Gorgeous George, "The Big Dipper" by Sir Issac & The Do Dads, "Uh Oh I'm In Love Again" by Eddie Jefferson, "Beach Bash" by The Mar-Kays, "You Belong To Her" by Barbara & The Browns, "Strange Things" by Johnny Taylor, and "This Kind Of Woman" by Ivory Joe Hunter. CD

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✨✧ Airto/DeodatoFingers/Airto & Deodato In Concert ... CD
CTI/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CTI Records meets that Brazilian fusion sound of the 70s – served up here on two classic albums! Fingers is one of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of California soul! Flora Purim joins in here on both vocals and percussion – and the rest of the group features Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorgte Fattoruso on drums, and David Amaro on both electric and acoustic guitars – shifting nicely between both instruments in a way that further underscores the blended vibe of the record! Most of these tracks are Airto classics – like "Tombo in 7/4", "San Francisco River", "Romance Of Death", "Ringers", and "Wind Chant" – and the record has a very sweet CTI production style, but is still rough enough around the edges to keep things nice and real! Deodato In Concert is an excellent little live set from Deodato – hard to believe because the sound's just as tight and funky as his studio albums, and possibly even more interesting because he manages to pull it off equally well in a live setting! The record features percussion by Airto, guitar by John Tropea, and vocals by Flora Purim – and those are just the marquee names of a large and amazing grew of great musicians! All tracks are long and complicated, for very hynotic feel throughout. The funkiest number is "Tropea", which has a nice long 8 minute groove – and the set also features a cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again", plus the tracks "Parana", "Branches", "Baubles, Bangles And Beads" and "Skyscraper". Amazing! CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ Patrick CowleyAfternooners ... LP
Dark Entries, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The continuing lost legacy of Patrick Cowley – the San Francisco 80s club maestro who made some famous records with Sylvester – but who also did a huge amount of underground sounds for porno films at the time! This set digs deep into that legacy – by featuring music that Cowley did for the 1982 film Afternooners, as well as a few other tracks from the time – material that's a great 80s extrapolation of the sorts of slinky funk you'd know from 70s porn! The sounds here are heavy on beats and keyboards – a much more slowed-down take on territory that Cowley explored on his club singles of the period – and the basslines are plenty heavy, and very seductive – as you might imagine, given the images they were used with on the screen. We should tell you that the package does include a few nude images inside – so be warned if you're offended by that sort of thing. Titles include "Love Come Set Me Free", "Big Shot", "Surfside Sex", "Hot Beach", "The Runner", "One Hot Afternoon", "Leather Bound", and "Bore & Stroke". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Patrick CowleyMuscle Up ... CD
Dark Entries, Late 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Moody work from the legendary Patrick Cowley – all music originally composed for use in 70s porno films shot on the San Francisco scene – most of it in the years before Cowley took off in more techno-styled dancefloor modes! These tracks are all heavy on electronics, but the grooves are often somewhat gentle – mostly in modes that run from midtempo to spacey, and which clearly featured during the more languid erotic scenes of the movies – maybe moments when the action was heated, but also rapturously intense. And as such, the music has a very different vibe than the familiar funk and jazz you'd know from other porn films of the period (although there is one great funk number here) – and the use of electronics give most of these cuts a cool, spacey vibe – almost like Sky Records material from the German scene, or pre-cold wave electronics. Titles include "Deep Inside You", "5oz Of Funk", "Timelink", "Uhura", "Pigfoot", "Don't Ask", "Cat's Eye", and "Somebody To Love Tonight". CD

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✨✧ HeptonesBook Of Rules ... LP
Jaywax/Get On Down, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A soulful classic from The Heptones – easily one of the greatest trios to emerge from the Jamaican scene in the late 60s – and one of the few who were really able to evolve their style as the years went on! The style here is to earlier Heptones material as the early 70s Impressions records on Curtom were to their 60s albums on ABC – more righteous in content, and hipper in overall expression – with this beautiful interplay between the vocals of Leroy Sibbles, Barry Llewelly, and Earl Morgan – all captured with this warm glow in the Harry J Studio! Players on the date include Cedric Im Brooks on tenor and Leslie Butler on organ – and titles include "Suffering So", "Peace & Harmony", "Book Of Rules", "Black On Black", "Do Good To Everyone", "Wah Go Home", and "Over & Over". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Big Jullien & His All Stars (Ivan Jullien)Riviera Sound No 1 ... CD
Riviera/Sonorama (Germany), 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic French grooves from the end of the 60s – a killer set of jazz-based tracks recorded by trumpeter Ivan Jullien, with help from funky arranger Michel Colombier! Jullien recorded a fair bit of jazz and studio work around the time, and his playing here is razor-sharp – and supported by Colombier grooves that rival his best soundtrack material, his experiments with Pierre Henry, or his backings for singers like Serge Gainsbourg or Brigitte Bardot! Colombier also plays keyboards on the record, as does the great Maurice Vander – amidst a host of other great French jazzmen who include Pierre Gossez on sax, Roger Guerin on additional trumpet, and Eddie Louiss on organ. Drums are nice and funky on most cuts – and the whole thing kicks even more than most funky big band records on MPS! Includes the great break cut "I Remember Otis" – plus "Sonoro", "The Looser", "Talk", "An Oscar For Eddy", "Wake The Monster", "Edith", and "Crescendo". CD

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✨✧ Roni Size/ReprazentNew Forms ... CD
Mercury, 1997. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An insane moment of vision from the British scene of the 90s – one of the key points when all the scattered energy of the scene's clubs and singles was brought to bear on a full-length records – with results that are still tremendous all these many years later! The album definitely lives up to its title – as it finds a way to take all the more jagged edges of British rhythms, and find a way to work them all together in a sound that really soars to the skies – maybe not with the spiritual currents of 4Hero, but definitely pushing towards a similar space in the cosmos. The noisier currents of the Bristol scene find great direction here in the Talking Loud environment – moving past the dominant jump up sound – with jazzy, soulful production that's really kept this one a classic. Titles include "Brown Paper Bag", "New Forms", "Railing", "Watching Windows", "Lets Get It On", "Share The Fall (full vocal mix)", "Matter Of Fact", "Morse Code", "Beatbox", "Change My Life", "Jazz", and "Destination". CD
(Out of print. Promotional copy.)
Also available New Forms (4CD set) ... CD 54.99

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✨✧ Sarah VaughanLive In Japan – The Complete Sarah Vaughan Live In Japan ... CD
Mobile Fidelity, 1973. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A 70s set from Sarah Vaughan, but one that's recorded in a classic small combo mode – acoustic overall, and a bit of a change from her other sessions for Mainstream Records! The date's a live one, and the tracks are taken at a looser level than some of Vaughan's studio work – a bit more open, and with a bit of conversation too – which is a nice surprise. The group's a trio – with Carl Schroeder on piano, John Gianelli on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – and titles include "I Could Write A Book", "Love Story", "The Nearness Of You", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Wave", "Misty", "There Will Never Be Another You", "A Foggy Day", and "Round Midnight". CD
(Out of print, booklet is wrinkled from some light water damage.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneColtrane Jazz ... CD
Atlantic, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
The title may be a simple one, but the record really marks a key point in John Coltrane's development – an embrace of the newer freedoms allowed to him at Atlantic Records, but in a way that's a bit more subtle than some of his other work for the label! At one level, the record moves at the same groove as Trane's later Prestige years – with rhythm mostly from Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – carving out some sharp lines for Coltrane to cascade over on tenor sax. Yet there's also a new sense of darkness here too – one that moves into edgier territory, and which isn't nearly as settled in as before. These qualities sneak out of both original numbers like "Harmonique", "Fifth House", and "Like Sonny" – as well as standards like "My Shining Hour" and "Little Old Lady". And they really come to the forefront on the classic "Village Blues" – the one track that features the new Coltrane group of McCoy Tyner, Steve Davis, and Elvin Jones! CD features 4 more bonus alternate takes too! CD

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanRight Now (RVG Remaster Edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great stuff, and one of Jackie McLean's best for Blue Note from the "new thing" period! The album features Jackie working out a wealth of new ideas, in a quartet that includes Larry Willis on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Clifford Jarvis on drums. Jackie holds down the frontline himself on alto, and the tracks are nice and long, with one composition by Jackie, and two by Willis – all in the exploratory mode of work on records like One Step Beyond. Tracks include "Eco", "Poor Eric", "Christel's Time", and "Right Now". Plus, the CD also features a bonus alternate take of "Right Now". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hank MobleyFar Away Lands ... CD
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
A real treasure from the great tenorist Hank Mobley – and a record that shows him really opening up his sound in his later years at Blue Note! The album's got some key rhythmic elements that come both from the drumming of Billy Higgins and piano of Cedar Walton – both players who bring in a sense of lyricism that really opens up Hank's horn, and which also sets the trumpet of Donald Byrd free as well – in territory that really resonates with some of Donald's own excellent Blue Note material from the mid 60s! The album's one of those great Blue Note dates that was recorded in the 60s, but not issued until many years later – and really makes for a richer side of Mobley's catalog – a new great level amidst all those already wonderful records. Titles include "Bossa For Baby", "Soul Time", "No Argument", and "A Dab Of This & That". CD
(Out of print 1st pressing.)

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✨✧ Workshop De Lyon50th Anniversary (Inter Frequencies/La Chasse De Shirah Sharibad/Tiens Les Bourgeons/Concert Lave/Anniversaire/Chant Bien) (6CD box set) ... CD
Bisou/Souffle Continu (France), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 6CD ... Out Of Stock
A huge testament to the genius of this important French free jazz ensemble – a group who were already quite different than the rest at the start, then only grew into more compelling modes as the years went on! The core trio here that drives all the performances is Maurice Merle on saxes, Christian Rollet on drums, and Jean Bolcato on bass – although a number of the records also feature some really wonderful contributions from reedman Louis Slavis. Merle will come as an especially strong revelation to those who don't know his work – as he handles alto and soprano with qualities that can be searing one minute, then quite soulful the next – in ways that really reflect the special organic energy of the group. The box features 6CDs, but includes way more than that – as it features 9 full albums, one unreleased, with bonus tracks too – most of which make their CD debut in this package. Albums include Inter Frequencies, La Chasse De Shirah Sharibad, Tiens Les Bourgeons Eclatent, Concert Lave, Musique Basalte, Anniversaire, Fondus, Chant Bien Fatal, and Arzana – most in replicas of their original album covers too! Booklet features more details – with notes in French and English. CD

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✨✧ Ray CharlesSweet & Sour Tears ... CD
ABC/Rhino, 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
Easily one of the best Ray Charles albums on ABC – if not one of the best Ray Charles albums of all-time. Ray's in his C&W mode here, but it's a bit more restrained than on other LPs, and is replaced here by a sophisticated style that works perfectly with his heartbreaking voice. Proof that Ray knew what he was doing when he said that he didn't want to cut any more crazy R&B records! Titles include "Teardrops From My Eyes", "Cry", "A Tear Fell", "You've Got Me Crying Again", and "I Cried For You". The CD includes 7 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Ira SullivanHorizons ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the hippest albums ever from Chicago reedman/trumpeter Ira Sullivan – a set that takes on a really different feel than his previous bop-styled records – and which shows a whole new side of the musician! Ira's clearly inspired here by the changes in jazz in the 60s – particularly the work of John Coltrane – and he reaches forward in a wonderfully expressive way that's filled with joy, life, and a spiritual sensibility we never heard this strongly again in Sullivan's music. There's a definite modal jazz vibe to most of the record – played beautifully by an obscure rhythm section that features Dolphe Castellano on piano and electric harpsichord, William Fry on bass, and Jose Cigno on drums – players with a wonderfully refreshing conception that really makes the album sparkle. Yet Sullivan's the clear star of the show, too – really shining on a range of horns that includes trumpet, tenor, and soprano sax – sometimes played together on the same tune. Lon Norman plays a bit of trombone on the record – and the set's got some great eastern numbers like "Ninevah", "Horizons", and "Adah" – plus the tracks "Oh G", "Norwegian Wood", and "E Flat Tuba G". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Actress X London Contemporary OrchestraLageos ... CD
Ninja Tune, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A pretty moody little collaboration between electronic wizard Actress (Darren Cunningham), and the London Contemporary Orchestra – both working here in a way that's quite unlike other records of this nature we've heard in the past! At first, we were maybe guessing that the set would have a Cinematic Orchestra vibe – but the Actress presence really shapes every sound from the start, even the rich acoustic elements of the larger lineup – often creating these unnerving sounds and shapes that make it feel as if Cunningham is battling the whole ensemble by himself! Other times, things are more subtle – with a resonance between electric and acoustic that's completely haunting – and titles include "Hubble", "Surfer's Hymn", "Chaos Rain", "Chasing Numbers", "Galya Beat", "Momentum", "Voodoo Posse Chronic Illusion", and "Audio Track 5". CD
Also available Lageos ... LP 26.99

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Actress X London Contemporary OrchestraLageos ... LP
Ninja Tune, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 27.99
A pretty moody little collaboration between electronic wizard Actress (Darren Cunningham), and the London Contemporary Orchestra – both working here in a way that's quite unlike other records of this nature we've heard in the past! At first, we were maybe guessing that the set would have a Cinematic Orchestra vibe – but the Actress presence really shapes every sound from the start, even the rich acoustic elements of the larger lineup – often creating these unnerving sounds and shapes that make it feel as if Cunningham is battling the whole ensemble by himself! Other times, things are more subtle – with a resonance between electric and acoustic that's completely haunting – and titles include "Hubble", "Surfer's Hymn", "Chaos Rain", "Chasing Numbers", "Galya Beat", "Momentum", "Voodoo Posse Chronic Illusion", and "Audio Track 5". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Lageos ... CD 12.99
 
 
 



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