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✨✧ A Certain RatioACR Box (4CD set) ... CD
Factory/Mute, Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A really great collection of work from one of the coolest, most compelling groups to record for the legendary Factory Records label – a combo who were contemporaries of Joy Division and New Order, but who had a very different sound! A Certain Ration – or ACR for short – had a wicked approach that was part funk, part punk – but often more soulful than contemporaries like Pigbag or Bush Tetras – a quality that only advanced as the group aged a bit, and learned to play their instruments even better than before! Factory was very committed to ACR right from the start – and in addition to key albums, they also recorded the group in many ways, which also yielded plenty of unusual tracks for singles, and plenty of unreleased material too. This package brings together all the best of those moments – and features 53 tracks that are a huge addition to their smaller catalog of LP releases – titles that include the previously unissued "Houses In Motion (demo)", "And Then Again (another version)", "Piu Lento (Peel Session)", "Nostromo A Go Go (demo)", "Backs To The Wall (demo)", "It's Trippin When I'm Fine", "Mello (JD 800 perc mix)", "Teko 4 An Answer (120 bpm)", "Samba 123 (demo)", "Some Day (ACR rework)", "Say What You Mean (unfinished demo)", "WSLU", and "Happy Meal" – plus "The Planet", "Turn Me On (7" edit)", "Fever 103 (Greetings 4 version)", "Loosen Up Your Mind", "All Night Party", "Thin Boys", "Blown Away", "Funaezekea", "Abracadubra", "Sommadub", "Guess Who (12" mix)", "Tumba Rumba", "Knife Slits Water (12" version)", "There's Only This", "Si Fermir O Grido (Touch cassette version)", "Brazilia (long)", "The Runner (Greetings 4 version)", and "Sounds Like Something Dirty". CD

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✨✧ A Certain RatioSextet ... CD
Creation (UK), 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the funkiest album ever by the groundbreaking British group A Certain Ratio – filled with lots of heavy post-disco bass and percussion, all rattling away with the energy of some of the best work on Ze Records a the time! The group's dark moody feel is still largely in place, but by the time of this record, they've learned to play their instruments a bit more – and really have a way of twisting around all the inspirations they've lifted from American funk and Jamaican dub! The album features a great long take on the track "Knife Slits Water" – one of the group's catchiest tunes ever – plus the cuts "Below The Canal", "Rialto", "Rub Down", "Skipscada", "Crystal", and "Lucinda". CD

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✨✧ A Certain RatioSextet ... CD
Factory/Mute, 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the funkiest album ever by the groundbreaking British group A Certain Ratio – filled with lots of heavy post-disco bass and percussion, all rattling away with the energy of some of the best work on Ze Records a the time! The group's dark moody feel is still largely in place, but by the time of this record, they've learned to play their instruments a bit more – and really have a way of twisting around all the inspirations they've lifted from American funk and Jamaican dub! The album features a great long take on the track "Knife Slits Water" – one of the group's catchiest tunes ever – plus the cuts "Below The Canal", "Rialto", "Rub Down", "Skipscada", "Crystal", and "Lucinda". CD
 
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VariousFactory Records – Communications 1978 to 1992 (8 LP set) ... LP
Factory/Warner, Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 8LP ... $143.99 149.99
A massive package of work from the legendary Factory Records label – that important Manchester home to Joy Division, New Order, and a host of other important UK groups in the post-punk years – a company that got plenty of our pocket change when we were young! Factory was always a cut above the rest – a company that let its artists be freely creative and always adventurous – as they recorded music that went on to have a huge impact on the shape and sound of modern music on both sides of the Atlantic, with a legacy that lasted long after the label closed its doors in the early 90s. This huge 8LP set brings together lots of magic moments from Factory – not just hits, but some great underground gems – titles that include "Deaf" by Crispy Ambulance, "Watching The Hydroplanes" by Tunnelvision, "Time Goes By So Slow" by The Distractions, "Digital" by Joy Division, "Brighter" by Railway Children, "Tasty Fish" by The Other Two, "Kinky Afro" by Happy Mondays, "Compressor" by Biting Tongues, "All At Once" by Stockholm Monsters, "Trickery" by Kalima, "Yashar (John Robie mix)" by Cabaret Voltaire, "Talk About The Past" by The Wake, "Cool As Ice" by 52nd Street, "Taste What's Rhythm" by Swamp Children, "Art On 45" by Royal Family & The Poor, "Knife Slits Water (LP version)" by A Certain Ratio, "Temptation" by New Order, "Messidor" by Durutti Column, "Love Tempo" by Quando Quango, "It's Hard To Be An Egg" by John Dowie, "Dirty Disco" by Section 25, "Nightshift" by The Names, "English Black Boys" by X O Dus, "Shack Up" by A Certain Ratio, "Eletricity (Factory version)" by OMD, and "Dolphin's Spurt" by Minny Pops. LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes in a hefty box, with cool inner sleeves, and a booklet of notes!)

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✨✧ Biting TonguesLive It Up ... LP
New Hormones/Cache Cache (UK), 1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early work from Biting Tongues – a group who gave Factory Records a few great singles in the mid 80s, but who are heard here a few years before – on an album that was only issued on cassette at the time! We've always loved these guys – and they've got a way of mixing the punk/funk of A Certain Ratio with some of the moodier currents of the Manchester scene – touched also by lots of great lines on trumpet and tenor sax, the latter of which almost gives their music some Blurt-like qualities! Yet the rhythms also move more in the cold wave mode – which mixes with the horns and live percussion to create a very cool blend – on titles that include "Denture Beach", "Read This", "Unhook That Boy", "Forty Three", "Evening State", "Or With Eyes Closed", and "Reflector". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ EP4Multilevel Holarchy ... CD
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The most unusual work we've ever heard from this very unusual Japanese group from the early 80s – a dubby, bassy combo who work somewhere in the territory of A Certain Ratio – but also have a complex sound that's all their own! The album only features two long tracks, but each is filled with lots of musical changes and sonic shifts – riffing guitars one minute, atmospheric sounds the next, weird noises at another spot, and filtered vocals that make the whole thing sound nicely creepy – even when there's a bassline that comes in and kicks up the rhythms! There's plenty of studio play going on here – almost as if Martin Hannett were behind the controls, charging the whole thing with his own sense of electricity – and the album's one that can definitely sit nicely next to the darker reaches of Factory Records. CD
 
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Miles Davis & Tadd DameronMiles Davis/Tadd Dameron Quintet In Paris Festival International De Jazz May 1949 ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1949. Used ... $6.99
A rare early side of Miles Davis – recorded in postwar Paris in the company of Tadd Dameron! The group's a quintet – with Miles on trumpet and Tadd on piano – and although the overall vibe certainly shows a lot of bop generation spirit, there's also a strong indication of the deeper ideas that were already becoming a part of both artists' music. The group features some excellent work on tenor from James Moody – plus bass from Barney Spieler and drums from Kenny Clarke. Tunes include a fair bit of familiar numbers from the Charlie Parker camp – and titles include "Rifftide", "Good Bait", "Don't Blame Me", "Lady Bird", "Wah Hoo", "Allen's Alley", "Embraceable You", "Ornithology" and "All The Things You Are". CD
(Out of print. Obi has a crease on the back panel.)

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Bill EvansExplorations ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $5.99
The Bill Evans trio with Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums – a near-perfect lineup that forever raise the bar for jazz piano expression! The title here is certainly apt – because even though many of the tunes are shortish, Evans has a sense of exploration in the way he's approaching the keys – one that still retains some of the lyrically rhythmic traces of his first few records – but which also glides forth into territory that was virtually untapped on record for the time. The revolution here is so subtle, it's easy to miss from the perspective of our generation – but give it a few listens, and the record will open up beautifully! Titles include "Israel", "Haunted Heart", "Elsa", "Nardis", and "I Wish I Knew". CD

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Stan GetzMore West Coast Jazz With Stan Getz ... LP
Verve, 1953. Very Good- ... $24.99
The title's a bit misleading, but the record's a great one! Oddly, the album's not a follow up to the West Coast Jazz album by Stan Getz – firstly, because it wasn't actually done on the west coast, and secondly, because this one was actually recorded two years before! But that doesn't stop the set from being great – and we can certainly forgive Verve's free use of west coast in the title as more of a stylistic definition than anything else. But even with that name in place, there's almost more of a Boston modern feel going on – one that's open, fluid, and which features the tenor of Getz alongside some tremendous trombone work from a young Bob Brookmeyer. Rhythm is by the trio of John Williams on piano, Frank Isola on drums, and Teddy Kotick on bass – but at moments, the horns almost hang together alone, especially on the longer, mellower tracks! Titles include "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Willow Weep For Me", "Crazy Rhythm", "Tangerine", and "The Nearness Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Norgran pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has discoloration from age, a stain along the bottom with a mostly split bottom seam, and a split top seam held with some clear tape.)

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Wojciech KaminskiOpen Piano – Polish Jazz Vol 66 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. Sealed ... $16.99
A beautifully understated session from Polish pianist Wojciech Kaminski – one that's certainly focused strongly on his work on the keys, but which also features key contributions from other players as well! The style here is a mix of modes from various jazz generations – sometimes the gentle modernism of John Lewis, sometimes a trad jazz approach to the piano – couched in a group that features tenor, trumpet, alto, clarinet, and some especially nice guitar – played almost in a Jim Hall sort of style at times. Titles include "The Wika Rag", "Autumn Leaves", "Enter After Three", "The Daily Blues", "Jazz Me Blues", and "Blues For A Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)

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Allen LoweAvant Garde Of Our Own – Jews & Roots Radical Jewish Acculturation – Disconnected Works 1980 to 2018 (8CD set) ... CD
ESP, 1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. New Copy 8CD ... $68.99
An incredible legacy of jazz – one that's certainly as disconnected as promised by the title, but which stands as a much-needed look at the many-sided talents of tenorist Allen Lowe! The set's on ESP Records, but often has sounds that are somewhat straight ahead – although often in a way that's a bit more than you might expect – as Lowe's a player with a strong knowledge of older generations of jazz, but who can put things together with a very contemporary ear – maybe best summed up in the Avant Garde Tribute To Louis Armstrong – a Knitting Factory performance that's part of this set. Lowe works with a compelling range of musicians throughout – maybe most importantly, trumpeter Doc Cheatham, who shows that in the 80s and 90s, he was still very open to new ideas – as well as Percy France and David Murray on tenor, Randy Sandke on trumpet, Roswell Rudd on trombone, Matthew Shipp on piano and Farfisa organ – and many others along the way. The massive 8CD set features countless rare recordings from over 40 years of Lowe's career – private recordings, live sets, and lots more – a huge addition not just to his own catalog, but a revelation of a connecting web on the east coast scene for decades! CD

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Koichi Matzukaze Trio & Toshiyuki DaitokuEarth Mother ... CD
Alm/BBE (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
An important early album from saxophonist Koichi Matsukaze – maybe not one of the biggest names in Japanese jazz during the 70s, but certainly one of that scene's most striking players! The approach here is quite spiritual – long, open tracks that pulsate strongly – thanks to work on Fender Rhodes and piano from Toshiyuki Daitoku, bass from Tamio Kawabata, and drums from Ryojiro Furusawa – all players that hew to the rhythm as strongly as Coltrane's rhythm section might have in the 70s – and who really let their leader soar to the skies, with magnificent solos on flute, alto, and tenor sax! The music is quite exploratory, but never too far outside – that perfect balance from the post-Coltrane generation – and titles include "Images In Alone", "Don't Worry About Tenor Saxophone", "Earth Mother", and "Zekatsuma Selbst". CD

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Theo ParrishSound Signature Sounds Vol 2 ... CD
Sound Signature, 2007. Used ... $6.99
Spare sounds from the Detroit scene – the kind of grooves that Theo Parrish and his scene have been making for years, and really opening up the frontiers – even when the rest of the world may not have been looking! The sounds here are spare and spacey, but still mostly rhythmic – that post-techno sound from the Detroit underground, almost as influenced by jazzier styles of years past – but set loose in a vibe that's certainly 21st Century overall! The collection brings together tunes that were mostly issued as singles, and include collaborations with Dwele and trumpeter John Douglas – on tracks that include "Dirt Rhodes", "Rain For Jimmy", "I Can Take It", "Suns Of Osiris", "Get Got", "Instant Insanity", and "Timeislafincharunninout". CD

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Ras GEl AylienTapes Vols 1 & 2 (with download) ... LP
Leaving, 2016. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Some of the most cosmic beatcraft we've heard to date from the always adventurous Ras G! A prominent figure in the trippier side of LA beathead scene, Ras G's work certainly feels at home in the Brainfeeder and Leaving Records camps – mixing spacey and murky elements to hypnotic effect – with a seemingly limitless wealth of inspiration. He might even skew a bit more towards mood and mystery than head-noddingly insistency than many of his peers – the heady vibe takes it's time to sink in and rewards patience. Very cool stuff! Includes Part I (side 1) includes "Discipline09-1" through "Discipline09-4" – plus a bonus GB remix. Part II (side 2) includes "Broken Cartridge!", "Dogstar Sirius", "Unfolding", "Plates And Fork (The PAF)", "Sike Ya Life", "Green Curry" and the bonus "Times Cold". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has lightly bent corners.)

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John RenbournUnpentangled – The Sixties Albums (There You Go/John Renbourn/Bert & John/Another Monday/Watch The Stars/Sir John A Lot Of/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Transatlantic/Cherry Tree (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 6CD ... $32.99
A treasure trove of greatness from British folk rock legend John Renbourn – all of his late 60s solo work, done before moving on to greater fame in Pentangle! First up is There You Go – a rare one from singer Dorris Henderson and future Pentangle founder John Rensbourn! Florida born, LA raised singer Dorris Henderson moved to London in 1965 and was soon singing London's folk clubs, where she met Rensbourn. A solid mix of traditionals and then contemporary folk songs – stripped down and honest takes on "Saly Free And Easy", "Cotton Eyed Joe", "Mr Tamborine Man", "Going To Memphis", Something Lonesome", "Mist On The Mountain" and more. This edition includes bonus tracks from a rare 45 – "Hangman" and "Leaves That Are Green". Next is the self-titled John Renbourn from 1965 – a set that would not only establish John's legacy for years to come, but also have a very strong impact upon the role of the guitar on the British scene too! The album's definitely in a mode that owes something to an American folk legacy – but it also really breaks from the past with unusual phrasings and colorings in Renbourn's guitar – certainly with an ear towards ancient English modes, but also at once very fresh and contemporary – a strong precursor to the waves of new acoustic talents that would flow from the UK a few years later, but maybe even more revolutionary – given that John's mostly just working here with his guitar and voice. Bert Jansch adds guitar to a few tracks – and titles include "Song", "Down On The Barge", "Plainsong", "Judy", "Beth's Blues", "Blue Bones", "Train Tune", "Winter Is Gone", and "Noah & Rabbit". Bert & John is a hell of a collaboration between British legends Bert Jansch and John Renbourn – both working here together to completely redefine the sound of their music for the generation to come! This one album may well hold all the sense of subtle power and possibility that was about to flower in the Brit movement often known as "acid folk" – that reworking of older aesthetics with modern conceptions, and doing so mostly with their work on acoustic guitar – quite a feat, given the stripped-down instrumentation of the set! Bert sings a bit – in that incredible style of his – but the real attraction here is the guitar interplay, which is always fresh, never hokey, neither familiar American folk nor forced singer-songwriter backup material. Titles include a wonderful reworking of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" – plus "Red's Favourite", "Orlando", "Soho", "Piano Tune", "East Wind", "After The Dance", and "The Time Has Come". Another Monday is maybe the most obscure album in the collection – a set that is mostly instrumental, with some completely fantastic work by Renbourn on guitar – but which also features a bit of guest vocals from singer Jacqui McShee – whose warmer presence next to John really makes for a nice pairing. The album's as powerful as it is subtle, really beautiful in its sense of variety – with titles that include "Buffalo", "One For William", "Lost Lover Blues", "Another Monday", "Day At The Seaside", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", and "Waltz". Watch The Stars is another great collaboration with Dorris Henderson – an American singer, but one who moved to London in the 60s – where she cut this rare gem with guitarist John Renbourn! The album's got a righteous vibe that's hipper than the usual folk set – with some traditional tunes and some contemporary material – recorded with that amazing phrasing that made Renbourn's guitar so distinct right from the start, with lots of those jazzy currents we love so much – and which really fit the creative vocal approach of Henderson! Dorris also plays some autoharp, and there's a bit of bass in the backings – although overall the main focus here is on Renbourn's guitar and Henderson's vocals. Titles include "Come Up Horsey", "God Bless The Child", "Watch The Stars", "30 Days In Jail", "Mosaic Patterns", "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", and "There's Anger In This Land". Sir John A Lot Of is perhaps one of the best-known albums from British guitar legend John Renbourn – as it was issued widely in the US, and kept in print for a surprisingly long time over the years! The approach here is slightly different than Renbourn's previous records – a bit in the image presented by the cover, although with maybe not as slavish a sound – as John just uses the whole thing to go a bit more ancient than before, in ways that echo the time travel that the whole British folk scene was taking as the 70s approached. The tunes are done in ways that are really beautiful – still lots of the incredible guitar work that made Renbourn such a standout on the scene – plus flute from jazzman Ray Warleigh, who's very different here than usual – and spare use of finger cymbals, African drums, and glockenspiel by Terry Cox. Titles include "Morgana", "Transfusion", "The Trees They Do Grow High", "Sweet Potato", "Seven Up", and "White Fishes". 6CD box features all records in original artwork sleeves, with a booklet of notes – and bonus tracks that include "Message To Pretty", "The Waggoner's Lad", "Lucky Thirteen", "Blues Run The Game", "The Wildest Pig In Captivity (alt)", "Can't Keep From Crying", "Transfusion (alt)", and "The Leaves Are Green". CD

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RJD2Third Hand ... CD
XL, 2007. Used ... $3.99
Renowned indie beat-crafter RJD2 throws everyone a curve-ball and tosses his hat into the singer-songwriter arena. Although this album will inevitably draw comparisons to similar post-hiphop acts like Gnarls Barkley and The Gorillaz, it certainly holds it's own stylistically, and really shows RJ's growth as an artist, continuing his one-man show, as all the songs are written, performed, produced, and recorded by him. Gone are the soul and rock samples so prevalent in his previous releases, and what we have here is more a sampling of ideas rather than lifting of sounds, as he draws inspiration from psych rock, soft pop, and maybe some touches of musique concrete. While the moods shift seamlessly between ambient to electro, the songs maintain a cohesiveness that ties the whole album together, and true to his roots, the drums remain bombastic. Truly a pleasant surprise. 15 tracks in all, titles include "You Never Had It So Good", "Have Mercy", "Work It Out", "Bad Penny", "Sweet Piece", "Rules For Normal Living", and "The Evening Gospel". CD
(Digipack has some edgewear.)

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David Sedaris/Jeffrey Jenkins (editor)David Sedaris Diaries – A Visual Compenium (hardcover) ... Book
Little Brown, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 50.00
A very unusual sort of diary from writer David Sedaris – but maybe that's what we'd expect, given that Sedaris has always been something of an unusual figure himself! The book does feature diary entries, often from moments when Sedaris was visiting a certain place – but there's also a very strong visual component – as most pages feature more images than text – illustrations done by David, mixed with found elements and items from the location – almost with the feel of a shadow box illustrating a moment in time! There's some pages that are very unique – in that they even feature extra layers of inserts on top of the images – and there's a section at the end that also shows the outsides of the diaries, which are often as visually stunning as their contents. The book is very hefty, hardcover, 249 pages, and full color throughout. Book

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Soft MachineSoft Machine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
The amazing debut of Soft Machine! It's hard to find a more seminal moment of jazz rock from the British scene – and there's certainly few albums from its generation that stand up as well over the years as this one! The trio of Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, and Michael Ratledge carve out the future of progressive playing on this excellent set of shorter tunes that still offer up all the hard jamming of later years. Beat group morphs into prog jazz before your very eyes – on tracks like "Hope For Happiness", "Why Am I So Short", "Save Yourself", "Priscilla", "So Boot If At All", "A Certain Kind", "Lullabye Letter", and "Why Are We Sleeping?" – plus the bonus tracks "Feelin Reelin Squeelin" and "Love Makes Sweet Music". CD

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Sylvia TellesAmor De Gente Moca – Musicas De Antonio Carlos Jobim (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Odeon/El (UK), 1959. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
A beautiful early showcase of the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim – and one of the best late 50s albums from the lovely Sylvia Telles! The album's got a wonderfully gentle feel – one that's a far cry from some of the more emotive female vocal work that had come from Brazil in the 50s – and although the sound isn't fully bossa nova, it's certainly a strong precursor of the genre – arranged by Maestro Gaya with orchestrations that are as floating and dreamy as the lyrics of the tunes! Sylvia's vocals haunt the tunes in a beautifully, echoey way – as strings, vibes, and piano slip in and out to widen up the sound – and titles include"Fotografia", "Janelas Abertas", "De Voce Eu Gosto", "Discussao", "Sem Voce", and "Canta Canta Mais". CD features lots of bonus tracks from Telles, too – 17 more tracks that include "Sucedeu Assim", "Foi A Noite", "Samba Torto", "Eu Preciso De Voce", "Corcovado", "Estrada Do Sol", "Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce", and "Se Fodos Fossem Iguais A Voce". CD

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✨✧ Toots ThielemansSound ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The cover bills Toots as "The Amazing" – and it's certainly got that right – as few other players could ever match his amazing tone and phrasing on the harmonica! Back at the time of this mid 50s Columbia release, most American use of the instrument was either novelty-based or bluesy – so Toots' Belgian-bred approach to the instrument was completely fresh at the time, and has certainly stayed so for all the decades that followed. Thielemans plays with a cool, fluid approach to his instrument – one that avoids most blue notes, and goes for the shimmering ones – and always has an undercurrent of sadness that's really beautiful. He's set up here in some smallish combos with a bit of guitar, horns, and percussion – but the real star of the set is always Toots, thanks to his moody atmospheric washes of sound and his incredible chords of tone and color. Titles include "Cocktails For Two", "So Rare", "Skylark", "Don't Be That Way", "I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket", and "Scotch On The Rocks". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has discoloration from age.)

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Narada Michael WaldenNature Of Things ... LP
Atlantic, 1985. Very Good- ... $0.99
A highly electric set from Narada Michael Walden – a mid 80s effort that's filled with catchy little tunes! The style's certainly more mainstream than we might have guessed, given Walden's early career – but it's still much better than most of the pop of its generation – thanks to Michael's strong jazz pedigree, which does seem to inform some of his arrangements and instrumental choices on the album. Most of the percussion is in the form of beats, but Walden's also credited with playing drums (roto-toms, perhaps?) – and in addition to his own lead vocals, the set also features work by Patti Austin and Marth Wash. Titles include "Live It Up", "Nature Of Things", "High Above The Clouds", "Gimme Gimme Gimme", "Suspicion", and "Dancin On Main Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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✨✧ AntibalasAntibalas (with download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet throughout it all, they've always stayed true to their sound – and, if anything, are even sharper, tighter, and funkier than before – all extremely adept not only at playing their instruments, but at hitting the right sort of sound to cut through all the BS that was holding back funky Afro grooves for years! Part of that sound comes from superb Daptone production by Gabriel Roth – who really knows how to keep things lean and mean and full of energy. But the core credit really goes to the group – who never cease to amaze us here – and continually come up with fresh sounds on their keyboards and horns – and inventive rhythms to match! Titles include "Dirty Money", "The Rat Catcher", "Ari Degbe", "Ibeji", "Sare Kon Kon", and "Him Belly No Go Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Atlantic StarrBrilliance ... LP
A&M, 1982. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title's certainly right on this one – because Atlantic Starr serve up a really brilliant blend of electro funk and mainstream soul – balanced with that near-perfect sound that made them one of the best groups of their generation! Despite the size of the combo, the sound is relatively lean – a very focused balance of basslines, keyboards, and some tightly snapping 80s groove rhythms – served up with vocals that warmly cascade over the tops of the tunes, but usually take a second seat to the extremely compelling instrumentation. The sound is polished, but never too slick – and the group are a great example of how well soul from this time could sound when done just the right way! Titles include "Love Me Down", "Sexy Dancer", "Circles", "Love Moves", "Your Love Finally Ran Out", and "You're The One". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Aretha FranklinSoft & Beautiful ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title's certainly right on this one, because the album is soft and beautiful – recorded by Aretha Franklin in a moody late nite mode that's similar to early 60s work by Sarah Vaughn or Dinah Washington on Roulette! Backings are by Belford Hendricks – relatively full, with strings and sometimes a bit of backing vocals – and Aretha's vocals drift nicely over the top with a relatively slow pace overall. And while this isn't the hard-hitting Atlantic soul that made her fame, the record's still a great demonstration of Franklin's many talents – and heck, if she'd cut a set like this these days, we're sure she'd get a Grammy for returning to the classics! Titles include "Only The Lonely", "Shangri-La", "A Mother's Love", "Jim", "Friendly Persuasion", and "People". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Linda LewisFathoms Deep ... LP
Reprise, 1973. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful album from Linda Lewis – certainly one of her best from the early days, and a completely captivating mixture of soul, jazz, and rock that sparkles like Minnie Riperton's best work from the time! The album's got a sweet LA sound – with Linda's great vocals up front in the mix, and lots of nice touches on acoustic guitar, almost foreshadowing the later work Sheree Brown with some nicely jazzy undercurrents! Lewis' sound here is great – very unique, warm and sweet, with a quality that really makes her stand out from other artists of her generation. Tracks include "Lullabye", "Fathoms Deep", "I'm In Love Again", "Play Around", "Wise Eyes", "On The Stage", and "Goodbye Joanna". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the insert. Cover has a promo sticker and some wear.)

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✨✧ JD RobbElectronic Music From Razor Blades To Moog ... CD
Folkways, 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great entry in the "intro to electronic music" style that was popular at the end of the 60s – and like others in the genre, a set that seems to use each new track to demonstrate certain aspects of electronic music! Techniques include tape echoes, moogy passages, and even stereo separation effects – and lots of wonderful analogue electronics from JD Robb! The date of the work is 1970, but the approach is a bit older – almost abstract, and very concerned with sonic textures and space – but also playfully assembled, at a level that's fairly tuneful for most of the set – even though there's not really that many "songs" to speak of. Titles include "Collage No 2", "Spatial Serenade (excerpt)", "Green Mansions", "Analogies", "Les Ondes Martenot", and "Transmutations For Orchestra". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with full artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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✨✧ Ken VandermarkAlchemia (12 CD box set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2005. Used 12 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Proof that the genius of Ken Vandermark knows no bounds – a 12 CD box set of work that continues to delight throughout! The set documents the full 5 night stay of the Vandermark Five at the Alchemia nightclub in Cracow, Poland in 2004 – a week that must certainly go down in the history of Polish jazz, if only for the quality of work on this set! We'll be honest in saying that we were initially very suspicious of the package – because let's face it, 12 CDs of work from the same time by anyone might be a bit much. But we also had faith in the project as well – because we've seen Vandermark live many times over the years, and know that his ability for continuously creative expression is far greater than most players – not only those of his generation, but countless others than have inspired him from earlier years as well. There's a mode here that's free-thinking, yet tightly directed – almost like Sonny Rollins at his most modern live modes, but inflected with an understanding of Albert Ayler, Roland Kirk, and Ornette Coleman – as well as the even more important lesser-known reed expressionists from whom Vandermark has always drawn inspiration. The group's the always-solid Vandermark Five – with Kent Kessler on bass, Tim Daisy on drums, Jeb Bishop on trombone, and Dave Rempis on additional saxophones – and the recording quality of the set is quite strong as well – just enough "room" to recreate the live feel of the set, but nicely controlled recording of additional space and sounds to maintain the power of a studio CD. The package is limited and numbered – and packaged in a really unique way! Each cover has a different image, too! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jazz QPozorovatelna – The Watch Tower (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1973. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The legendary debut album from Czech combo Jazz Q – a fusion classic that was so strong, it managed to break the group out from behind the Iron Curtain at the time! There's certainly a lot of rock-inspired instrumentation in the mix – including drums that are completely massive and very strong guitar solos – but there's also plenty of excellent Fender Rhodes from Martin Kratochvil, which ring out in beautiful currents, and really warm things up in the right sort of way! The album's one of those gems from a European jazz generation who were equally inspired by prog of the period and by soul jazz styles from the decade before – modes that come together beautifully on the long tracks "Trifid", "Kartago", "Pori 72", "Pozorovatelna", and "Klobosove Hody". This 2CD version adds in lots of bonus tracks, many unreleased – a 1971 studio session that features the tracks "Walter L", "Percenta Pro Hnizdovku", Pozorovatelna", and "Kartago" – plus radio tracks "Bylo Je A Bude" and "Epilog", and live versions of "Pori 72" and "Slez". CD

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✨✧ First International Sex Opera BandAnita ... LP
Golden Pavilion (Portugal), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An insane little record that sounds even wilder than you might guess from the cover – and given that image, that's really saying a lot! The set's kind of a freeform mix of psychedelic rock and sex sounds – recorded in a single day in a Dutch studio with the help of some local prostitutes – who really add a lot to the music! Some of the sounds are as groovy and sexy as you might expect – but other times the whole thing verges much more into noise, with both the guitars and the voices coming across more as if they're being tortured than pleasured – which makes for one mighty strange record. Supposedly, the original pressing of 300 copies was given away to the ladies who helped participate in the session – and although the record might not be one that you'll play every morning before work, it's certainly a fascinating audio document from a very freewheeling generation. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bill Evans5 Original Albums (Explorations/Waltz For Debby/Moonbeams/Interplay/At Shelly's Manne Hole) (5CD set) ... CD
Riverside/Universal (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A great package – 5 wonderful albums from Bill Evans, all in tiny LP-styled sleeves! Explorations features the Bill Evans trio with Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums – a near-perfect lineup that forever raise the bar for jazz piano expression! The title here is certainly apt – because even though many of the tunes are shortish, Evans has a sense of exploration in the way he's approaching the keys – one that still retains some of the lyrically rhythmic traces of his first few records – but which also glides forth into territory that was virtually untapped on record for the time. The revolution here is so subtle, it's easy to miss from the perspective of our generation – but give it a few listens, and the record will open up beautifully! Titles include "Israel", "Haunted Heart", "Elsa", "Nardis", and "I Wish I Knew". Waltz For Debby is an incredible album from Bill Evans – and maybe THE record you need in your collection if you're trying to understand his contribution to jazz! The album's one of Evan's first sides from the Village Vanguard – and features the legendary trio that included Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums – both players who could shake free from conventional rhythmic roles in a piano trio, yet who also support Evans' lyrically modal playing here beautifully! The tracks are a bit longer than Bill's studio sides from the time, allowing for even more magical interplay on the keys – and titles include "My Foolish Heart", "Waltz For Debby", "Detour Ahead", "My Romance", "Some Other Time", and "Milestones". Moonbeams is a very hip set from Bill Evans' second trio – the legendary lineup that featured Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Both players bring Evans' sound to an even greater level of spaciousness – allowing for lyrical interplay that's completely amazing, and even furthers the promise of genius made by Bill on his first few albums – a bold step forward that really makes this album one of Evans' standout sets of the early 60s! Titles include an early reading of Evans' wonderful tune "Re: Person I Knew", plus "Very Early", "In Love In Vain", "Stairway To The Stars", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "If You Could See Me Now", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". Interplay is a rare quintet outing for Evans – one that breaks the mode of the usual trio format by adding in Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Jim Hall on guitar – alongside rhythm players Percy Heath on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – already a unique enough match for Evans' talents! The pairing of Evans and Hall has been beautifully documented on other records – and sounds equally great here – but the real treat is Freddie Hubbard's horn, which often lays back on most of the tracks, then bursts in with a brashness that really ignites some of the tunes! Titles include "When You Wish Upon A Star", "You & The Night & The Music", "I'll Never Smile again", "You Go To My Head" and the Evans original, "Interplay". At Shelly's Manne Hole is a great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non-jazz, but who hits a new level here with the Evans Trio – one that almost matches that of Paul Motian for his sensitivity and lyrical interplay with Evans' piano and the bass of Chuck Israels! Titles include "Blues In F", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "The Boy Next Door", "Swedish Pastry", and "Round Midnight". CD

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✨✧ Carmen McRaeTorchy! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Decca (Japan), 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
Early work by Carmen McRae – and a wonderfully titled set that's certainly Torchy all the way through! Carmen's singing in a lush, romantic style – working with backings from Jack Pleis and Ralph Burns – in a mode that features larger orchestrations, but which still very much has Carmen's vocals at the top of the mix. As was well demonstrated by Carmen in many later recordings, she hardly needs a band to help her set a mood – and on this set, although the orchestra is large, they're there mostly to color in the spaces between the notes, and create more of backdrop for Carmen's evocative vocals. Titles include "But Beautiful", "Midnight Sun", "My Future Just Passed", "Yesterdays", "Star Eyes", "We'll Be Together Again", and "Speak Low". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Perez PradoBest Of Perez Prado (aka Big Hits By Prado) ... LP
RCA, 1950s/1967. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
They certainly got the title right on this one – as the album's overflowing with earlier hits by Perez Prado, re-recorded here for the hi-fi generation, with really swinging RCA sound! The numbers include some perennial Perez favorites – including "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White", "In A Little Spanish Town", "Caballo Negro", "Mambo Jambo", and the legendary "Mambo Number 5". A nice way to get all of his best stuff on wax! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has some pen and marker on back.)

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✨✧ Siegel Schwall Band953 West ... CD
Wooden Nickel/Wounded Bird, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The album's title is a reference to an address on the north side of Chicago – 953 West Belmont Ave – somewhat gritty at the time the album was recorded, now not too far from a giant Target discount store! Yet the address, the cover, and the overall presentation are a great example of the way that the north side folk scene morphed as the 60s moved into the 70s – as a group like the Siegel Schwall Band were able to work in a style that was nicely lean, and free from some of the more commercial inclinations that might have been foisted on them, had they been recording on the coasts! By this point in the 70s, so many once-blues acts had morphed into more mainstream blues rock modes – not always in a bad way, but certainly different than the mix of acoustic and electric blues inspirations these guys use for their very well-penned, often witty songs. Titles include "Traitor From Decatur", "Good Woman", "When I've Been Drinkin", "Off To Denver", "I Think It Was The Wine", and "Just Another Song About The Country Sung By A City Boy". CD

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✨✧ Wlodzimierz Korcz07 Zglos Sie ... CD
GAD (Poland), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99
Totally groovy sounds from a top-level Polish cop show in the 70s – one that certainly didn't make it to our screens back in the day, but which definitely had a soundtrack to match some of the best American programs of the time! In fact, the style here is maybe more late 60s/early 70s than the actual dates might imply – with lots of elements that you'd hear in work from Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones, and some of their contemporaries – including lots of surprisingly strong jazz elements, mixed in with the fuller orchestrations, funky rhythms, and more electric moments! There's a bit of wordless vocalization at times – but most cuts here are instrumental, and plenty darn great throughout – a real discovery to our American ears – even though the show was one of the biggest Polish TV programs at the time. The CD features a whopping 35 tracks in all, with hefty notes in both Polish and English – and the whole thing may well be one of the grooviest Gad Records projects to date! CD

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Anita BakerGiving You The Best That I Got ... CD
Elektra, 1988. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A mega-hit, but for good reason – as the record brought sophistication back to chart soul at the end of the 80s – proof that well-done, deeply-voiced records could still beat the schmaltz of the geri-curl generation! Anita's working here in territory that draws from the classics, but is certainly all her own – a space between jazz and soul that was hardly ever handled this well by other artists at the time. Titles include "Priceless", "Lead Me Into Love", "Giving You The Best That I Got", "Good Love", "Rules", "Good Enough", and "You Belong To Me". CD

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Bulk 7" SinglesRandom Bulk 7" Singles – At Least 200 Records ... Misc
Good ... $4.99
A completely random assortment of 7" records – some in good shape, some totally beat up! We make these boxes at random, and seal them tightly – and even we don't know what's in them. Keep in mind that this vinyl has been through the regular racks – and the Bargain Basement – and some of it might have defects, most are not in sleeves, but given the 45rpm format, they can often play surprisingly well, even if they're a bit beat up. We stuff the box with at least 200 singles – but if there's more room, you'll get more too. Think of the contents as "raw material" or "space fillers" – vinyl to be used for projects, decorations, or even things like art installations or set dressing. At less than a nickel a record, the price is certainly right! Misc
(Given the nature of these bulk vinyl records, they cannot be returnedm, and must be shipped through Fedex. All sales are final.)

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Bulk Vinyl Records60 Count Box of Random Bulk Vinyl ... Misc
Good ... $4.99
A completely random assortment of 12" records – both LPs and singles – some in good shape, some totally beat up! We make these boxes at random, and seal them tightly – and even we don't know what's in them. Keep in mind that this vinyl has been through the regular racks – and the Bargain Basement – and some of it might have defects, some may have damaged or missing covers, and the vinyl will mostly likely be a mix of 12" singles and full albums. Think of the contents as "raw material" or "space fillers" – vinyl to be used for projects, decorations, or even things like art installations or set dressing. At less than a dime a record, the price is certainly right! Misc
(Given the nature of these bulk vinyl records, they cannot be returned, and must ship through FedEx. All sales are final.)

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✨✧ Bing CrosbyMerry Christmas ... LP
Decca, 1940s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
This may well be THE Christmas album of the 20th century – a 50s issue of 40s singles cut by Der Bingle, packaged in a cover with a classic cover image that's ensured that the record stayed in print for dozens of Decembers in years to come! Given that Bing virtually owned Christmas on TV during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the album's place in popular music is well-earned – and honestly, Bing's "aw shucks, I'm just reg'lar folks" sort of approach to these tunes really helped create a kind of common man secular side to the Holidays that forever transformed America's celebration of the season. Or maybe we're going to far with this one . . . But whatever the case, the album's a standard, and one we were certainly raised on. Titles include "Silver Bells", "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night", "White Christmas", "Adeste Fideles", "Faith Of Our Fathers", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", and "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing.)

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Al EscobarAl Escobar ... CD
Alma, Late 60s. Used ... $8.99
Killer Latin soul from the great Al Escobar – maybe not one of the bigger names of the boogaloo generation, but certainly one of the best! The CD starts with work from Al's Modern Sounds album – a massive groover all the way through – filled with tight, choppy, soul-drenched sounds that easily rival the best from Joe Cuba or Ricardo Ray – with a similar blend of English and Spanish lyrics that really keeps things interesting! The instrumentation is superb – very sharp rhythms that almost veer towards funky at times – topped with great jazzy touches on horns, and some especially great lyrics on the English tunes. Titles include the massive original "Ape Walk" – plus great versions of "Tighten Up" and "The Horse", a medley of "Judy In Disguise/Chain Of Fools/Black Is Black", and the cuts "Mi Guajira", "Dejame Ya", and "Wave". Other tracks are from earlier vintage – more an early 60s Latin mode – but still pretty darn great, and titles include "Palm Springs Mambo", "Johnny's Special", "Oye Nicanor", "Lenny's Mambo", and "No Encuentro Palabras". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art FarmerTo Sweden With Love ... LP
Atlantic, 1964. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A really unique little album that features jazz versions of themes from Swedish folk music – all served up by a sublime quartet that features Art Farmer on flugelhorn and Jim Hall on guitar! The exploration of folk roots in jazz is not a new one – and a number of the postwar Swedish modernists were especially strong in their love of folk music for inspiration. But the genre's never been handled this well before, and Farmer's warmly lyrical sensibilities really transform the tunes – opening up a timeless sense of expression in their melodies, yet still keeping things strongly in a modern jazz vein with his timing and phrasing. The other members of the piano-less quartet certainly help in this respect – Steve Swallow on bass and Pete LaRoca on drums – and Jim Hall's guitar is always a treat in a stripped-down session like this. The sound of the record is both warm and eerie at the same time – and titles include "Va Da Du?", "De Salde Sina Hemman", "Kristallen Den Fina", and "Visa Vid Midsommartid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing.)

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Keith JarrettSomewhere Before ... LP
Vortex, 1968. Very Good ... $29.99
A wonderful illustration of the inherent sense of beauty in Keith Jarrett's early work – an approach to piano that was simple, straightforward, and marked by a ringing sense of tone that's evident in the very first note of the set! Jarrett here isn't trying to break any rules in jazz piano, nor is he trying to go out of his way to make the world known of his presence – and instead, he's got a simple, subtle approach to the keys that's filled with tenderness and gentle tones – but not in a way that's hokey or overly sentimental. There's certainly echoes here of 60s work by Steve Kuhn, and of earlier records by Vince Guaraldi – but Jarrett also hints at a bold power underneath that seems likely to break out at every turn. The album's a live recording, with Charlie Haden on bass and Paul Motian on drums – and titles include "A Moment For Tears", "Pout's Over", "My Back Pages", "Pretty Ballad", "Moving Soon", "Old Rag", and "Dedicated To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Vortex pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkGenius Of Modern Music Vol 1 (Non-RVG remastered edition) ... CD
Blue Note, Early 50s. Used ... $3.99
A great collection of Monk's 10" recordings for Blue Note – seminal not only for the label's commitment to a modernist bop ideal, but also for Monk's integration in the growing collection of top-level jazz players on the New York scene. The work's notable also for the fact that Monk's playing in group settings – not trio ones – and here, his early writing for and interplay with saxes and trumpet would certainly have a strong effect on the development of modern jazz in the 50s. Titles on this first volume include "Round Midnight", "In Walked Bud", "Thelonious", "Well You Needn't", and "Off Minor". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkGenius Of Modern Music Vol 2 (Non-RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, Early 50s. Used ... $2.99
A great collection of Monk's 10" recordings for Blue Note – seminal not only for the label's commitment to a modernist bop ideal, but also for Monk's integration in the growing collection of top-level jazz players on the New York scene. The work's notable also for the fact that Monk's playing in group settings – not trio ones – and here, his early writing for and interplay with saxes and trumpet would certainly have a strong effect on the development of modern jazz in the 50s. Titles on this second volume include "Four In One", "Ask Me Now", "Criss Cross", "Skippy", "Hornin In", "Sixteen", and "Let's Cool One" – and this new version features a total of 18 tracks with great remastering and some rare alternate takes! CD
(Out of print.)

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Mack PorterPeace On You (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Tidal Waves, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 26.99
A really unique album from Mack Porter – a singer born in Ghana, but working here on the Swiss scene, where he'd landed after late 60s work in other European cities! The music is this very unusual hybrid of rock and soul, with a mixture of acoustic elements and larger orchestrations – and the kind of thoughtful, sensitive, singer-songwriter approach that puts Mack somewhere in the territory of other stand-alone artists of his generation – like Terry Callier, Bill Withers, or Rodriguez! The music here sounds nothing like those three – especially when Porter hits a bit of a Hendrix vocal vibe on one track – but it certainly has an equally heady quality. Titles include "Miles To Go", "Peace On You", "Till The Fall", "Freedom", "Sunday In Neon Lights", and "Back Home". LP, Vinyl record album
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Andre Previn & His PalsGigi ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Andre Previn's got some very hip pals here – drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Red Mitchell – both frequent partners during the late 50s, especially on this classic run of jazz-Broadway records for Contemporary! The spirit here is very much like that of the famous My Fair Lady date made by the trio – a strong extrapolation of familiar tunes from a hit show – taken way out into instrumental jazz territory – with less thought of the core melody, and more focus on the tunes use as vehicles for jazz improvisation. Previn's piano has hardly sounded better – and more creative, both in tone and timing – an inspiration that certainly comes from Manne's inventive drum work – and titles include "Aunt Alicia's March", "I Remember It Well", "The Parisians", "She Is Not Thinking Of Me", "Thank Heaven For Little Girls", and "A Toujours". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light aging on the spine.)

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Frank Sinatra/Phil Spector/Elvis Presley/Bing Crosby/Ella FitzgeraldChristmas Tale – Timeless Classic Albums (Jolly Christmas/Christmas Gift To You/Christmas Album/Merry Christmas/Swinging Christmas) (5CD set) ... CD
Vinylogy (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $12.99
A great set of Christmas classics – five albums, each represented with LP-styled artwork in a box of 5 CDs! First up is Jolly Christmas by Frank Sinatra – one of the greatest Christmas albums of the 20th century – a rich tapestry of sadness and longing from Ol' Blue Eyes himself! Sure, most folks think that Christmas albums are supposed to be cheery and celebratory – but Frank, coming off of his best Wee Small Hours years at Capitol, rightly chose the sadder side of Christmas – and put together an album full of songs that really get at the bluer side of the holiday. Side one of the set includes some tremendous secular songs – the kind of mid-century tunes that often had a dark undercurrent of separation and unfulfilled desire – masquerading as holiday tunes, but in Frank's hands, coming off more like smokey late night tunes of lost love and wasted life. Side two's got some more spiritual-oriented tunes – but again, done by Frank, with arrangements by Gordon Jenkins, these tunes come off with a lot less celebratory spirit than you'd expect. Titles include "The Christmas Waltz", "Mistletoe & Holly", "The Christmas Song", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear", and "I'll Be Home For Christmas". Next is A Christmas Gift To You – Phil Spector's classic Christmas album – a swirling delight of 60s pop and soul numbers, still one of the greatest full Christmas LPs ever recorded! The whole thing is wonderful – a mix of soul, rock, and pop – all produced with that classic "wall of sound" style that made Phil Spector such an early production genius in the 60s! The music is from those magical times when boundary-busting art and craft were mixed perfectly with pop styles that anyone could instantly fall in love with – and titles include "Frosty The Snowman" by The Ronettes, "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans, "Marshmallow World" by Darlene Love, "Sleigh Ride" by The Ronnettes, "Winter Wonderland" by Darlene Love, "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town" by The Crystals, and "Silent Night" by Phil and other artists on the set! Next is Elvis Christmas Album – an early Holiday gem from Elvis Presley – a set that had RCA Records wisely rushing the young singer into the studio to cut a host of Christmas tunes – which ensured that Elvis would be spinning on the turntable for many seasons to come! Titles include "Here Comes Santa Claus", "Silent Night", "Blue Christmas", "White Christmas", and "Santa Bring My Baby Back". Next is Merry Christmas from Bing Crosby – which may well be THE Christmas album of the 20th century – a 50s issue of 40s singles cut by Der Bingle, packaged in a cover with a classic cover image that's ensured that the record stayed in print for dozens of Decembers in years to come! Given that Bing virtually owned Christmas on TV during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the album's place in popular music is well-earned – and honestly, Bing's "aw shucks, I'm just reg'lar folks" sort of approach to these tunes really helped create a kind of common man secular side to the Holidays that forever transformed America's celebration of the season. Or maybe we're going to far with this one . . . But whatever the case, the album's a standard, and one we were certainly raised on. Titles include "Silver Bells", "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night", "White Christmas", "Adeste Fideles", "Faith Of Our Fathers", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", and "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Last up is Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – a wonderful Holiday album that's stayed fresh for years! Ella's got a perfect style to interpret these numbers – working with Frank DeVol and Russ Garcia in a set of lightly jazzy versions of Christmas favorites like "Sleigh Ride", "Jingle Bells", "Winter Wonderland", "White Christmas", "Frosty The Snowman", and one of the best versions of "What Are You Doing New Years Eve" ever recorded! CD

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Marcus StricklandPeople Of The Sun ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Saxophonist Marcus Strickland continues the electric explorations of his previous project with Meshell Ndegeocello – but works here on his own, with his very cool Twi-Life group – which certainly opens up a whole new dimension in his music! Marcus blows sopranino, alto, tenor, and bass clarinet – in a group that also has Mitch Henry on a fair bit of keyboards, with live bass and drums, and occasional rhythm programs from Strickland himself, which bring a subtle complexity to the music! The sax solos are mostly right out front in the mix – but sometimes step aside for guest contributions from Greg Tate, Bilal, Pharoahe Monch, Akie Bermiss, Jermaine Holmes, and Weedie Braimah – on titles that include "Lullaby", "Build", "Aim High", "On My Mind", "Spirit Of The Music", "Relentlessness", "Marvelous", and "Black Love". CD
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Marcus StricklandPeople Of The Sun ... LP
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 21.99
Saxophonist Marcus Strickland continues the electric explorations of his previous project with Meshell Ndegeocello – but works here on his own, with his very cool Twi-Life group – which certainly opens up a whole new dimension in his music! Marcus blows sopranino, alto, tenor, and bass clarinet – in a group that also has Mitch Henry on a fair bit of keyboards, with live bass and drums, and occasional rhythm programs from Strickland himself, which bring a subtle complexity to the music! The sax solos are mostly right out front in the mix – but sometimes step aside for guest contributions from Greg Tate, Bilal, Pharoahe Monch, Akie Bermiss, Jermaine Holmes, and Weedie Braimah – on titles that include "Lullaby", "Build", "Aim High", "On My Mind", "Spirit Of The Music", "Relentlessness", "Marvelous", and "Black Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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Ronnie VonA Maquina Voadora ... CD
Polydor/Discos Mariposa (Argentina), 1970. New Copy ... $4.99
A really standout set from Brazilian rocker Ronnie Von – easily one of his greatest records ever, and a set that shows some wonderful steps forward in production and arrangements! Ronnie's still got a rock approach at his core, but he's often working here with fuller backings that include strings and large orchestrations – all blended with key psychedelic elements of the time, in ways that are a fair bit like some of the best productions from the Cadet Concept series – especially the work of Rotary Connection! Like that group, Ronnie's music here draws from the familiar, then pushes its boundaries – taking the music into unexpectedly majestic territory, but still making it groove in the end. Great credit should certainly go to arrangers Francisco De Moraes and Djama Mellin – and titles include "Enseada", "Imagem", "Seu Olhar No Meu", "Verao Nos Chama", "A Maquina Voadora", "Cidade", and "Voce De Azul". CD

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VariousBuntus Rince – Explorations In Irish Jazz, Fusion, & Folk 1969 to 1981 ... CD
Allchival (Ireland), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... About October 22, 2019 (delayed)
A really fantastic little collection – one that opens the door to a whole new understanding of Irish music – and one that will certainly get you past more familiar expectations of The Chieftains and The Pogues! This set is very heavy on jazzy elements – and while we've never known of much jazz coming from Ireland in the postwar years, the set opens up fantastic strands from a few different scenes – including some great contributions from Irish rockers exploring a jazzier side of their music – or folk artists hitting the funkier side of the spectrum with some electric touches! If you know the deeper strands of early 70s rock from the British Isles, you'll recognize a few names – but the set's genius is the way it combines those with other more obscure artists, in a way that has us seeing the Emerald Isle in a whole new light. Titles include "Floatin" by John Wadham, "Spon Song" by Noel Kelehan Quintet, "Nutmeg Bitter Sweet" by Granny's Intentions, "Lonely Man" by Mellow Candle, "Araby" by Louis Stewart, "Caravan" by Joe O'Donnell, "Red Sail" by Sonny Condell, "When You're By Yourself" by Supply Demand & Curve, "Mister Sleep" by Rosemary Taylor, "Misery" by Jonathan Kelly's Outside, "Silent Partners" by Zebra, "Holy Smoke" by Stacc, "Mary Malone Of Moscow" by Dr Strangely Strange, "Weekend" by Apartment, and "African Wah Wah" by The Plattermen. CD
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VariousBuntus Rince – Explorations In Irish Jazz, Fusion, & Folk 1969 to 1981 ... LP
Allchival (Ireland), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
A really fantastic little collection – one that opens the door to a whole new understanding of Irish music – and one that will certainly get you past more familiar expectations of The Chieftains and The Pogues! This set is very heavy on jazzy elements – and while we've never known of much jazz coming from Ireland in the postwar years, the set opens up fantastic strands from a few different scenes – including some great contributions from Irish rockers exploring a jazzier side of their music – or folk artists hitting the funkier side of the spectrum with some electric touches! If you know the deeper strands of early 70s rock from the British Isles, you'll recognize a few names – but the set's genius is the way it combines those with other more obscure artists, in a way that has us seeing the Emerald Isle in a whole new light. Titles include "Floatin" by John Wadham, "Spon Song" by Noel Kelehan Quintet, "Nutmeg Bitter Sweet" by Granny's Intentions, "Lonely Man" by Mellow Candle, "Araby" by Louis Stewart, "Caravan" by Joe O'Donnell, "Red Sail" by Sonny Condell, "When You're By Yourself" by Supply Demand & Curve, "Mister Sleep" by Rosemary Taylor, "Misery" by Jonathan Kelly's Outside, "Silent Partners" by Zebra, "Holy Smoke" by Stacc, "Mary Malone Of Moscow" by Dr Strangely Strange, "Weekend" by Apartment, and "African Wah Wah" by The Plattermen. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Philip GlassWords Without Music – A Memoir (hardcover) ... Book
Liveright, 2015. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hell of a memoir from Philip Glass – one that's breathtakingly open, and almost completely different than the man you'll know from his music! Glass is clearly a genius – we'd never dispute that fact – but despite the always-creative, always-perceptive mind that's transformed American music over the past 50 years, there's also a down-to-earth guy who had his own ups and downs – and who wasn't always on a clear path forward, but never failed to hold on to the interests and inspirations that drove him. The book certainly features lots of Glass on the music that he's known for – including key creative moments from the time before he made records – but we're almost more moved by the more common, everyday features of the memoir. Hardcover edition is over 400 pages, with some black and white images. Book

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✨✧ Bing CrosbyWhite Christmas (aka Merry Christmas) ... CD
Decca/MCA, 1940s. Used ... Out Of Stock
This may well be THE Christmas album of the 20th century – a 50s issue of 40s singles cut by Der Bingle, packaged in a cover with a classic cover image that's ensured that the record stayed in print for dozens of Decembers in years to come! Given that Bing virtually owned Christmas on TV during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the album's place in popular music is well-earned – and honestly, Bing's "aw shucks, I'm just reg'lar folks" sort of approach to these tunes really helped create a kind of common man secular side to the Holidays that forever transformed America's celebration of the season. Or maybe we're going to far with this one . . . But whatever the case, the album's a standard, and one we were certainly raised on. Titles include "Silver Bells", "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night", "White Christmas", "Adeste Fideles", "Faith Of Our Fathers", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", and "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". CD

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✨✧ RamonesRoad To Ruin (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sire/Rhino, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A prime Ramones classic from the late 70s – a set that's got Joey, Johnny, and crew really hitting right on the money – with the kind of short sharp tracks that made the group such a key bridge between the 60s and the blank generation! The energy here is phenomenal – the kind of nonstop, always-blistering vibe that few of their imitators could ever hope to match – and certainly never with songs that are this catchy and perfectly formed! Titles include their classic "I Wanna Be Sedated", – plus "I Just Want Something To Do", "Needles & Pins", "Questioningly", "I Wanted Everything", "Go Mental", "Bad Brain", "It's A Long Way Back", and "Don't Come Close". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rhino Start Your Ear Off Right 2019 exclusive – 40th Anniversary blue vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ James BrownUniversal James ... CD
Scotti Bros, 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
James Brown makes a big nod to the younger generation here – by letting Jazzie B and C&C produce some of the tracks on the record – all with the expected contemporary funk vibe you might expect! The best numbers here are really those done by Jazzie B – as they've often got a Soul II Soul approach to funk – one that's certainly early 90s, but which also has more of a respect for the best older elements in James' vocals, and never tries to overpower them too much. Jazzie sets up some rhythms that are often spare and simple, but quite effective – and with a warmth that's missing from most other James Brown albums of the time. JB also produced a few tracks himself, and titles include "Mine All Mine", "Just Do It", "Can't Get Any Harder", "Watch Me", "Show Me Your Friends", "Everybody's Got A Thing", "How Long", and "Moments". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Fania All-StarsLo Que Pide La Gente ... LP
Fania, 1984. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A mid 80s studio set from the Fania All Stars – and proof that the group was still going great at this time – almost reverting to their older modes of the early 70s, and shaking free of the more electric, more soul-based styles that group was using during their time at Columbia Records! The style here is very much in the spirit of the group's roots – long tracks that spin out with plenty of space for all the collaboration that made the Fania All Stars not only unique in Latin music, but a real model of artistic cooperation that other genres could certainly share! The group for this date includes vocals by Ismael Miranda, Celia Cruz, Adalberto Santiago, and Hector Lavoe – and titles include "Por Eso Yo Canto Salsa", "Usando El Coco", "El Rey De La Puntulidad", and "La Tierra No Es Pa La Guerra". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing on Fania. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Kool & The GangCelebration/Morning Star ... 7-inch
De-Lite, 1980. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Like you really need us to tell you anything about this track. . . Not exactly what you'd call a Kool & The Gang funk classic, but probably the groups most enduring track, for better or for worse. It's easy to make fun of, but if you're a working DJ, this is certainly one you'll need for your crates, and besides, it is a decent enough commercial soul cut after all. But the real star of this single is the jazzy instrumental flip, produced by Eumir Deodato like the rest of the album, with a wonderful breezy feel that reminds us a bit of nice Mizell Bros production. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ RamonesRoad To Ruin ... LP
Sire, 1978. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A prime Ramones classic from the late 70s – a set that's got Joey, Johnny, and crew really hitting right on the money – with the kind of short sharp tracks that made the group such a key bridge between the 60s and the blank generation! The energy here is phenomenal – the kind of nonstop, always-blistering vibe that few of their imitators could ever hope to match – and certainly never with songs that are this catchy and perfectly formed! Titles include their classic "I Wanna Be Sedated", – plus "I Just Want Something To Do", "Needles & Pins", "Questioningly", "I Wanted Everything", "Go Mental", "Bad Brain", "It's A Long Way Back", and "Don't Come Close". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent blue vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ WilcoOde To Joy ... LP
dBpm, 2019. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first in a few years from Jeff Tweedy's flagship operation, certainly not the longest gap between Wilco albums, but given Tweedy's prolificacy in recent years and a solid solo album released just a few months earlier, we feel a little lucky to have them back so soon! Ode To Joy is sort of a sly title, as it's their later period subtly arty folk rock in sound and performance, as opposed to a Wilco take on sunshine rock, or a literal riff on Beethoven. Subtle and restrained without dispensing with their distinct avant flourishes all together – but knowing how far they can reach stylistically, the restraint gives it an interesting edge, especially on the songs with heavier personal lyricism. Titles include "Bright Leaves", "Before Us", "One In A Half Stars", "Quiet Amplifier", "Everyone Hides", "White Wooden Crosses", "We Were Lucky", "Citizens", "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)", "Hold Me Anyway" and "An Empty Corner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has an old shop sticker on back.)

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✨✧ WilcoOde To Joy (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
dBpm, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first in a few years from Jeff Tweedy's flagship operation, certainly not the longest gap between Wilco albums, but given Tweedy's prolificacy in recent years and a solid solo album released just a few months earlier, we feel a little lucky to have them back so soon! Ode To Joy is sort of a sly title, as it's their later period subtly arty folk rock in sound and performance, as opposed to a Wilco take on sunshine rock, or a literal riff on Beethoven. Subtle and restrained without dispensing with their distinct avant flourishes all together – but knowing how far they can reach stylistically, the restraint gives it an interesting edge, especially on the songs with heavier personal lyricism. Titles include "Bright Leaves", "Before Us", "One In A Half Stars", "Quiet Amplifier", "Everyone Hides", "White Wooden Crosses", "We Were Lucky", "Citizens", "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)", "Hold Me Anyway" and "An Empty Corner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie exclusive limited pink vinyl pressing!)
 
 
 



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