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✨✧ VariousDisco Love 2 – More Rare Disco & Soul Uncovered – Compiled By Al Kent (2CDs) ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Funky disco and rare soul compiled by Al Kent – Disco Love 2 on BBE – once again going a lot deeper into the soulful underground of the late 70s and coming back up with some incredibly fresh rarities! Al Kent hails from Glasgow, but we honestly couldn't tell you where most of the singers and groups on the set are from – but we can tell you it's a great batch of underground tunes, some soaring and straight up disco, others with a more thumping, rawer or funkier groove – all of it perfectly pitched to the dancefloor. Includes "Joey's Tune" by Plazza Suite", "I Think I'll Do Some Stepping On My Own" by Sandy Barber, "I've Got The Need" by Spooky & Sue, "I Can Make It On My Own" by Vessie Simmons, "Make Love To You" by Scarbrough, "When Did You Stop" by The J's, "Disco City" by Nasty City, "Loosen Up" by Frequency and more. The 2CD version features both a mixed and unmixed set. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ VariousLos Angeles Soul Vol 2 – Kent/Modern's Black Music Legacy 1963 to 1971 ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great work from the Kent/Modern family of labels on the LA scene of the 60s – a company that initially broke big during the postwar years of R&B, but continued to record a huge amount of wonderful artists as the years went on! Because of their ties to R&B in the previous decade, Kent also had a great ear for the deeper side of soul music – so there's plenty of tracks on this set that may well have come from Memphis, Muscle Shoals, or other points south – mixed in with others that have a cool Cali vibe, including a few great early funk tracks, and some crossover gospel gems! The collection is the sort that Ace does the best – and is filled with rare singles, unreleased tracks, and other gems – all supported by very detailed notes. Titles include "At Last" by Jimmy bee, "Where She Att" by ZZ Hill, "Like I Do" by Bobby John, "Don't Believe Him" by Stacy Johnson, "Mighty Clouds Of Joy" by BPS Revolution, "Nobody But Me" by The Other Brothers, "Ghetto Child" by Johnny Copeland & His Soul Agents, "What Is This World Coming To" by Charles Taylor, "Jodine" by Earl Foster, "It's Getting Late" by Al King, "Whole World Down On You" by Larry Davis, "The Good Side Of My Girl" by Clay Hammond, "I'll Be Standing By" by Chuck Walker & The VIPs, "You're Still My Baby" by Venetta Fields, and "Rock Me Baby" by Millie Foster. CD

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VariousJack Ashford's Just Productions ... LP
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A huge legacy of Detroit soul – all from the masterful hands of onetime Motown maestro Jack Ashford and his Just Productions team! Ashford's had his hands in countless great records over the years – early work with Motown, key Detroit Pied Piper Productions material, and all these excellent cuts from later years – done by Jack in a mix of Northern Soul styles, and some even funkier modes for the 70s! Almost all these tracks only got released on tiny little labels, mostly as singles – and the set also includes a few never-heard tunes from the Ashford vaults – although overall, most of this music is still pretty darn obscure. Yet that never stops it from being great – as, similar to Detroit contemporary Dave Hamilton, Ashford was always working at a top level – and always found a way to bring his A-game to the table, even if he wasn't going for a hit. LP version features the vinyl debut of a few tracks – and titles include "Payback's A Drag" by The Smith Brothers, "I'll Fly To Your Open Arms" by The Family Brick, "Sweet Baby" by Al Gardner, "I'm Gone" by Eddie Parker, "The Story Of My Life" by Billy Sha-Rae, "There Can Be A Better Way" by The Smith Brothers, "Don't Leave Me Baby" by Ray Gant & The Arabian Knights, "Stay Here With Me" by Sandra Richardson, "I Need Your Love" by The Stylists, and "Let Me Take Care Of Your Heart" by Jack Ashford himself. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMen In The Glass Booth – Groundbreaking Re-edits & Remixes By The Disco Era's Most Influential DJs (3CD set) ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 34.99
An incredible collection – and one that fills in a crucially under-documented side of the New York dancefloor generation – the wealth of special mixes and edits that were made for that city's important DJs for their own use in clubs! The package sorts through a mountain of never-issued acetates, and goes way past conventional disco or rare club collections – to showcase the special mixing talents these DJs brought to their re-presentation of the material – which was usually done on tape, then pressed onto acetate discs for their own private use! Those rare treasures are brought forth here – in a beautiful package that's also overflowing with fantastic notes that finally give this lost history its due – all handled by Al Kent – who's a hell of a mixer himself, as well as an underground club historian. 3CD set is overflowing with gems – and titles include "I Just Wanna Say I Love You (John Luongo rmx)" by Leon Collins, "What About Love (Tony Gioe rmx)" by Marboo, "Ten Percent (Walter Gibbons Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Double Exposure, "Inside America (Rick Gianatos disco queen acetate edit)" by Juggy Murray Jones, "Dancing Free (John Luongo rmx)" by Hot Ice, "Black Water Gold (Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by The Sunshine Band, "Magic Bird Of Fire (Francois Kevorkian Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Salsoul Orchestra, "It's Good For The Soul (Jay Negron Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Salsoul Orchestra, "My Love Is Free (Walter Gibbons disco madness rmx)" by Double Exposure, "Reaching Out For Happiness (Jonathan Fearing rmx)" by Fay Hauser, "Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Tom Savarese rmx)" by Love Symphony Orchestra, "The Beat Goes On & On (Jim Burgess rmx)" by Ripple, "I Wanna Be Near You (John Morales Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Ruby Andrews, "I've Been Looking For Somebody (Walter Gibbons rmx)" by TC James & The Fist O Funk Orchestra, "The Disco Scene (Rick Gianatos rmx)" by Lake Shore Drive, "Bumpsie's Whipping Cream (Tom Savarese rmx)" by TC James & The Fist O Funk Orchestra, "Janice (Bobby DJ Guttadoro rmx)" by Skip Mahoney, "My Number's Up (Tee Scott rmx)" by The Salsoul Orchestra, "The Love Bug Done Bit Me Again (David Todd rmx)" by Skyliners, "LA Sunshine (Robert Ouimet rmx)" by Aura, "Love Has Come My Way (Jim Burgess rmx)" by Tony Valor Sound Orchestra, "Handsome Ma (Bobby DJ Guttadoro rmx)" by Sparkle Tuhran & Friends, "Love Thang (Tee Scott rmx)" by First Choice, "Burn Me Up (Jellybean Benitez edit)" by Kay Gees, "Love Is The Message (Tee Scott rmx)" by Brooklyn Express, "Changes (Jellybean Benitez rmx)" by Chain Reaction, "J'Ouvert (Frank Sestito rmx)" by John Gibbs & The Jam Band, "By The Way You Dance (Bobby DJ Guttadaro rmx)" by Bunny Sigler, "It's Good For The Soul (Walter Gibbons disco madness version)" by Salsoul Orchestra, and "It's A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons rmx)" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. CD

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VariousTropical Disco Hustle ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $6.99
Disco sounds from the Caribbean scene of the 70s – a really unique mix of regional styles with the kind of rhythms that were coming from New York and Philly at the time! The groove here is really unique – even different than some of the reggae or African disco numbers of the time – as the sunny style of Trinidad & Tobago and other islands turns out to be a perfect fit for clubby elements – mixing riffing instrumentation with playful lyrics that would have been right at home in older musical modes, but which are tuned just right here to match the energy of the disco generation. And these cuts have an appeal that goes way beyond any sense of novelty or gimmick – often served up with a soulfulness that meets or beats mainstream US disco of the period. Hats off to Cultures of Soul for bringing all these great grooves together – on a set that includes "Dance With Me" by Odessey One, "Feel Like Dancing" by Levi John, "Instant Funk" by Merchant, Be Yourself" by Mighty Duke, "The Rebels" and "Living On A String" by Wild Fire, "Peace Without Love" by Ronnie Butler And The Ramblers, "Rockers Delight" by Prince Blackman (a nicely simmering Jamaican funk take on "Rappers Delight"), "Got To Have You" by Joanne Wilson, "Disco Music" by Trinadad Troubadours – plus the bonus tracks "Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons Rework)" and "Dance With Me (Al Kent Version)" by Odessey One. CD

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✨✧ VariousRic Tic Relics ... LP
Ric Tic/Motown (UK), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare singles from Ric Tic Records – a hip Detroit indie of the late 60s, and one who were working in the shadows of Motown until they were absorbed by the label! Includes singles by JJ Barnes, San Remo Strings, Mark III Trio, Fantastic Four, Al Kent, and early work by Edwin Starr before he moved to Motown/Gordy! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Disco Demands – A Special Collection Of Rare 1970s Dance Music (5CD box set) ... CD
Million Dollar Disco/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 5 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The dancefloor just got a whole lot funkier – thanks to an incredible selection of rare disco and club tracks from the best years of the genre! The set list here is really amazing – the kind of tunes that rarely turn up this easily, and never in such a cohesive package – and our hats are off to compiler Al Kent for putting together such a wonderfully tasty set! Most numbers here are from the mid to late 70s – and showcase a soulfully grooving approach to disco – one that's free from the cliches of the mainstream side of the genre, and which features plenty of real soul vocals alongside uptempo funky instrumentation that usually features a few odd twists and turns! Most numbers are edited by Al Kent, sometimes in very subtle ways, and include "cover ups" billed to other artists – and the package essentially brings together material from Kent's previous CD series of the same name – but with revised track order, wonderful packaging, and a bonus poster! There's a whopping 45 tracks in all – with cuts that include "Love Is All Around" by Sizzle, "I've Been Searching" by Arts & Crafts, "Get Ready" by Allan Harris & Perpetual Motion, "Sweet Jazz Music" by Panache, "To Be With You" by Jimmy Sabater, "Funkathone" by The People's Workshop, "Just Friends" by Silver Platinum & Gold, "Why In The World Do They Keep On" by Executive Suite, "Dancing Free" by Hot Ice, "Doing Our Own Thang" by Al Tanner, "Fear" by Arthur King, "Party Together" by Superbs, "How Can I Tell Her" by Curtis, "Giving It All To You" by Cheryl Berdell, "We've Got It" by Sylvano Santorio, and "Sound Of Disco Rock" by Stringfield Family. CD
 
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Peter Kowald/Kent Kessler/Fred Lonberg-HolmFlats Fixed ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1998. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 12.99
The strings have it – in this sweet little set from bassists Peter Kowald and Kent Kessler, and the great Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello! The combination of instruments is wonderful – very free, but often quite tuneful nonetheless – as each player seems to glide between rhythm and melody, very much awash in their strong senses of sounds! The recording is a vintage one – captured in the WNUR studios in Chicago, at a very formative time for each player, especially Kessler and Lonberg-Holm – and it's issued here for the first time ever. Tracks vary in length from 17 minutes to 55 seconds – and the CD features 16 titles in all. CD

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CJ & CoRainmaker/Let Them Talk ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
Two groovers from Westbound Records club act CJ & Co – both produced by the team of Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey! "Rainmaker" is upbeat and funky – with strings soaring along with the horns – all matched by the group's great vocal interplay, which is as sharp here as their usually-great instrumentation! "Let Them Talk" is great – and an even more unique side of the group – a gentler groover with a wonderful lead vocal – sweet soul, but groovy too! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Mal Waldron/Steve LacyMal Waldron with the Steve Lacy Quintet ... LP
America (France), 1972. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great idea for a session – and one of our favorite albums from the legendary America free jazz series! Mal Waldron is working here with the legendary Steve Lacy French quintet of the 70s – the ensemble that featured Steve Potts on alto, Kent Carter on bass, Noel McGhee on drums, and Irene Aebi on cello (not vocals!) Waldron's soulful and introspective work on piano provides a perfect grounding for the sometimes flighty group – and his gently-placed work on the keys acts as a strong foil for Lacy's more unbridled work on soprano sax. Side one of the record features a 20 minute version of Waldron's "Vio" – and side 2 features two Lacy compositions, "Jump For Victor" and "Blue Wee". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chris Orrick (Red Pill)Portraits (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mello Music Group, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Unfiltered portraits of the artist formerly known as Red Pill – delivering the goods under his own name on a solid set for the Mello Music Group! Real life, self searching and personal statement making hip hop from a voice rooted in classic 90s school craft – not so much with a neo-classic sound as much as a strong commitment to beats, rhymes and life experience. Good stuff! Includes production by Nolan The Ninja, Apollo Brown, L'Orange, Onra and Exile – and given the self-protrait mission the guest rhymes kept to a minimum, with just a couple worthy appearances, courtesy Verbal Kent and Fashawn. Titles include "Self Portrait", "Stories", "Design Flaw", "Lazy Buddies", "Escape Plan", "Bottom Feeders" w/ Fashawn, "Barfly", "What Happens Next", "Mom" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Bonnie GuitarMoonlight & Shadows ... LP
Dot, 1957. Very Good ... $5.99
Dreamy vocal work from Bonnie Guitar – a singer with a bit of a country tinge, but a jazzy feel as well! The album's got a laidback and mellow feel that fits perfectly with the title – moonlight, with just a hint of shadow – a blue undercurrent that comes from Bonnie's nice deep-toned approach on vocals. The backings are by Jack Fascinato, but are a bit more sensitive than some of Jack's work with Tennessee Ernie Ford – not as playful, but still with a great sense of sound overall – one that's a bit echoey, and which makes a great setting for Bonnie's voice. Titles include "Moonlight On The Colorado", "Moonlight & Roses", "The Moon Is Low", "Roll Along Kentucky Moon", "Get Out & Get Under The Moon", and "Moonlight & Shadows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a stereophonic sticker in the top left.)

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✨✧ Perez PradoMambo Mania ... LP
RCA, 1955. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jazzy mambos from the king – and easily the most successful of Perez Prado's albums for RCA in the 50s! The album showcases the Latin mode that Prado crossed over big with on his hit "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" – a tune that almost single-handedly grabbed the energy and audiences of the late swing years, and grafted them onto the growing New York Latin scene of the time! Prado's got that great growl in his chants, as usual – pushing the band to even more rhythmic heights and brassy horn flourishes with his trademark calls – and titles include the classic "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White", as well as tracks like "Tomcat Mambo", "Mambo Ala Kenton", "The High & The Mighty", "Marilyn Monroe Mambo", and "Skokiaan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ June ChristyJune Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A later Capitol gem by June – where she reprisies a number of classics from her early years with Stan Kenton – new versions of late 40s tunes, done here with Pete Rugolo arrangements that go a good way towards showing how both he and June had grown during the 50s. Titles include "How High The Moon", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Easy Street", "Across The Alley From The Alamo", "She's Funny That Way", and "A Hundred Years From Today". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing.)

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Dalton & DubarriSuccess & Failure ... LP
ABC, 1976. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Pretty compelling stuff from Gary Dalton and Kent Dubarri – an LA-based team with a soulful rock sound, sort of in the mode of funkier bits on records by the likes of Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, and other 70s crossover acts. The record's a nice one if you dig that AOR Free Soul sound – and the best cuts mix tight studio playing with some great 70s AM radio songwriting. The standout cut for DGA customers is "Pretty Funky" – which actually is nice and funky in parts, and has some good sample changes. "I'm Just a Rock N Roller" has a nice open drum break, made famous by DJ Krush. Other tracks include "Hookers' Dolls", "Slow Motion Man", "Daddy's Never Know", "Joy Of Comin' Home", and "Cold Outside Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has a small corner cut.)

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Stan KentonKenton In Hi-Fi ... LP
Capitol, 1956. Very Good- ... $0.99
Easily the most successful album that Stan Kenton ever recorded – a brilliant reworking of older Kenton band standards, done with the dynamics of the 50s hi fi scene! The album's a much-needed one to any fan of Stan's genius – as the tunes are presented here in recordings that really sparkle a lot more than their original 40s readings – recordings that not only benefit from the better fidelity of the time, but also from Kenton's finer-tuning on the arrangements, in a way that pushes his original vision even more strongly than before. Players include Lennie Niehaus, Maynard Ferguson, Pete Candoli, Jack Nimitz, Vido Musso, and Bill Perkins – and titles include "Artistry Jumps", "Interlude", "Minor Riff", "Painted Rhythm", "Southern Scandal", and "Eager Beaver". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a split top seam.)

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Rudy Ray MooreCockpit – The Third Rudy Ray Moore Album ... LP
Kent, Early 70s. Sealed ... $28.99
Rudy Ray Moore flies the friendly skies – and turns out one of his best records of the 70s! The set is easily one of the tightest albums from Rudy's classic years – and uses a fair bit of musical backings beneath his very raunchy comedy – in ways that are sometimes funky, but also have jazzier or more soulful moments – with the kind of vibe that was common for performers like Moore in a club – as they'd usually have a small combo grooving along with their jokes. Rudy's classic "Petey Wheatstraw – The Devil's Son-In-Law" is done here in a nice extended version – and other tracks include "Have You Seen My Mule", "Like A Brother", "The Big Shipwreck", "Mop Bucket", and "Pool Shooting Monkey". And yes, the title is something of a dirty joke – but isn't that what you buy Rudy Ray Moore albums for in the first place! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing!)

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Elmore JamesLegend Of Elmore James ... LP
United Superior, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Titles include "Canton Misssissippi Breakdown", "Wild About You Baby", "Sinful Woman", "Long Tall Woman", "So Mean To Me", "Please Find My Baby", and "Hand In Hand". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small label Kent pressing, in the green boarder cover, with a small cut corner.)

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Rudy Ray Moore & The MadamSensuous Black Man Meets The Sensuous Black Woman ... LP
Kent, Early 70s. Very Good- ... $19.99
Hilarious! This is one of the raunchiest of the Rudy Ray Moore albums on Kent – and it's no surprise that it was issued on the label's "sensuous series"! Rudy and The Madam meet up on wax, and give sexual advice to the uninitiated. Side one lays it on the line directly, and side 2 features a sexy "Trip Through The Zodiac". Musical backing is restrained, but very dope, and nicely used! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams, tape residue, some wear, and light staining.)

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VariousOption 1 ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 20.00
A brilliant series of creative performances pulled from Option – a weekly music salon hosted organized by Chicago avant jazz talents Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, and Andrew Clinkman – featuring contributions from some of their greatest contemporaries, and a few older legends too! Most of the material here is free improvisation, but the scope is also nicely wide – with a mix of elements that really keeps things interesting, and which also makes for a hell of a double-length record, even if you don't care at all about the weekly event! The set features performances by Susan Alcorn on steel guitar, Wayne Horvitz on piano with Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, Ladonna Smith on violin and vocals, Havard Wilk on piano, Gerry Hemingway on percussion and electronics, Lou Mallozzi on electronics and turntables with Douglas Ewart on reeds and percussion, Greg Kelly on trumpet, Bonnie Jones on electronics, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor, Kris Davis on piano, Sandy Ewen on guitar, Louise Dam Eckerdt Jensen on alto and Kent Kessler on bass, and the trio of Booker Stardrum on percussion, Beth McDonald on tuba, and Dave Rempis on alto. CD

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✨✧ Tsege Mariam GebruSpielt Eigene Komposition ... LP
Mississippi, 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful set of solo piano work by Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – pulled from one of the CDs in the Ethiopiques series of compilations, and probably the most delicately melodic material in the series! Pianist-composer Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou has an extraordinary personal history – she is a daughter of the heralded Ethiopian intellectual the Kentiba Guebrou, and lived many years as a nun who recorded rarely, and then only as a means to serve the poor. The solo piano compositions in this set were culled from rare albums recorded in the early 60s and 70s, plus a few later recordings from the early 90s. The music is gorgeous and difficult to describe – sweetly somber, melancholy, and befitting the solo performances. Titles include "Presentiment", "The Homeless Wanderer", "The Last Tears Of The Deceased", "Mad Man's Laughter", and "A Young Girl's Complaint". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jeb Bishop Trio/QuartetAfternoons ... CD
Okka Disk, 2001. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the boldest statements on record from trombonist Jeb Bishop – and a really great reminder of his key contributions to the Chicago avant scene at the start of the century! Jeb's a master of subtle shape and sound on his instrument, but he can also play with a fiercer frenzy – which is definitely the case here, and he moves between a trio and quartet lineup – alongside Kent Kessler on bass, Tim Mulvenna on drums, and Jeff Parker on guitar! The match of Parker and Bishop happens on four of the album's seven tracks, and has an especially strong resonance – tuneful at times, fuzzier at others – although the trio tracks are pretty darn incredible, and have us really remembering the greatness of Kessler and Mulvenna too. Titles include "Mirror Image", "The Umbrella", "Piggly Wiggly", "Pond", and "Flex Time". CD

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✨✧ VariousJazz In The Charts Vol 94/100 – Red Sails In The Sunset ... CD
Documents (Germany), 1951. Used ... Out Of Stock
Music from Anita O' Day, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Hoagy Carmichael & Cass Daley, Stan Kenton & his orchestra, Buddy Morrow & his orchestra, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman Sextet & more. CD

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All CityHot Joint (Clark Kent clean, main, inst, Ron Lawrence clean, main, inst) ... 12-inch
MCA, 1998. Near Mint- ... $0.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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✨✧ Stan KentonBallad Style Of Stan Kenton ... LP
Capitol, 1958. Very Good+ ... $2.99
One of Stan's excellent later sides for Capitol – recorded during a flurry of incredible sessions that really pushed the already-great Kenton sound over the top! Here, Stan's working with a host of familiar ballads – but in a way that completely transforms the tunes, and turns them into sound sculptures crafted on blocks of rich color, tone, and hue. The sound is incredible – with perfectly-poised horn passages that shift in the dark like a musical version of the Northern Lights – all topped off by Stan's piano lines, recorded in a magical way that floats them effortlessly over the rest of the group. Titles include "Early Autumn", "How Am I To Know?", "We'll Be Together Again", "The End Of A Love Affair", "More Than You Know", "A Sunday Kind Of Love", "Moon Song", "How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky)", 'The Night We Called It A Day" and "When Stars Looked Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing.)

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Masahiko Togashi with Steve Lacy & Kent CarterSpiritual Moments ... CD
Paddle Wheel (Japan), 1981. Used ... $15.99
A definite spiritual session from percussionist Masahiko Togashi – one that features key contributions from Steve Lacy on soprano sax and Kent Carter on bass – both players who come together in a trio with Togashi, to make the set one of his greatest albums ever! Togashi's nicely restrained at points – in ways that really seem to open up Lacy's reedwork, and especially Carter's bass – almost encouraging both to be more open and exploratory than on their European records together – really different shapes and sounds that make the album sparkle with imagination. Titles include "The Window", "It's Freedom Life", "The Crust", "Steps", and "Poem In The Shadow". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ HalffterComplete Music For Piano Solo – Adam Kent ... CD
Bridge, 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Boneshaker (Mars Williams/Paal Nilssen-Love/Kent Kessler)Fake Music ... CD
Soul What, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A trio that really lives up to its name – given that the lineup features three of the most dynamic figures in free jazz over the past few decades! The set was recorded in Chicago, and has a sound that really lives up to that city's embrace of a power trio like this – with completely frenetic work on reeds by Mars Williams, next to tumultuous drums from Paal Nilssen-Love, and some boldly propulsive bass from Kent Kessler – all spun out here over the course of three very long, freely-improvised tracks! Williams plays a few toy instruments, and Nilssen-Love handles some percussion too – both of which make for some slightly more introspective passages, which are soon balanced by more dynamic energy. Titles include "Miakoda", "Lovin The Buzz", and "Echo Clang". CD

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Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad/Kent Carter/John StevensBlue Cat ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 1991. New Copy ... $22.99
We never cease to be amazed at the sonic sensibilities of the cornet of Bobby Bradford – a musician who always seems to turn out stunning work, no matter what the decade! Here, Bradford is heard in an unissued live performance that features one long improvisation – but a piece that has that usual mix of preconceived structure and individual freedom that Bobby seems to do better than most – a vibe that comes through especially well when the group are hitting some surprising moments of swing! The pairing of Kent Carter's bass and John Stevens' drums is superb – and the alto of Frode Gjerstad stands out again as one of the best pairings with Bradford since the reedwork of John Carter. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 400 copies!)

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California PlayboysJust Say A Four Letter Word/She's A Real Sweet Woman ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $11.99
A great bit of sharply-timed funk from the California Playboys – a tune that's got some great changes at the start, then rolls into a wicked groove that supports the vocals with this nicely-toned riffing guitar! The flipside has an equally great sound – the kind of funk group that can be right on the money without ever sounding slick – perfect for the vocals, which have more of a deep soul vibe! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Serge ChaloffBoston Blow-Up! ... LP
Capitol, 1955. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the few key recordings issued by baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff before his untimely early death – a tremendous little record that really helped redefine the place of his instrument in jazz! The album is one of a number produced by Stan Kenton for Capitol at the time, but it's far from the cooler jazz outings of other "Kenton Presents" sessions – a real Boston Blow up that has Serge standing starkly out front on the baritone, hitting some tremendous notes that show a command and dexterity on his instrument that few other players could match! Also noteworthy is the presence of the great Boots Mussulli on alto sax – a sharp-edge player with a lot of Charlie Mariano touches, and an artist who's rarely heard in a setting so stripped-down as this. Other artists include Herb Pomeroy on trumpet, Ray Santisi on piano, and Jimmy Zitano on drums – and titles include the original numbers "Kip", "Unison", "Bob The Robin", and "Sergical" – plus versions of "What's New", "Yesterday's Gardenias", and Jaki Byard's "Diane's Melody". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing on Affinity.)

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John Edwards/Loleatta HollowayWalls That Separate Our Love/This Man's Arms ... 7-inch
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), 1973/1974. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Two deep soul cuts from this seminal Atlanta talents! "Walls That Separate Our Love" is a slow-burner from John Edwards – a tune that's sweetened with strings at the start, but which soon has Edwards reminding us that he's a hell of a vocalist in the best southern soul mode! "This Man's Arms" is a mellow gem from before the years when Loleatta Holloway was working the disco scene – a heartbreaking deep soul cut that could have made her one of the most powerful forces on that scene, had she continued in that style! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Deep Soul sleeve.)

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Elmore JamesOriginal Folk Blues (United) ... LP
Kent, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Nice 60s album of early Crown/Modern material by Elmore James LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing.)

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Stan KentonInnovations Orchestra ... CD
Capitol/Jazz Heritage, Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
A brilliant collection of work from Stan Kenton – recordings from his Innovations Orchestra, the groundbreaking group from the years 1950 and 1951, which featured players that include Art Pepper, Bob Cooper, Shorty Rogers, and Laurindo Almeida! The work features Kenton in some of his most modern modes – taking the broad range of colors and tones he first started forging in the late 40s, and fusing them onto some modern jazz ideals of the early 50s. The result is some incredible music that still sounds extremely fresh today – tracks that still have a swinging rhythm and jazz-based solos, but which also have a keen ear towards the 20th Century Classical Music of mid century. Titles include "Solitaire", "Soliloquy", "June Christy", "Shelly Manne", "House Of Strings", "Cello-logy", "Art Pepper", "Halls Of Brass", "In Veradero", "Blues In Riff", and "Coop's Solo". 2CDs, great notes, and 30 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print, full color Jazz Heritage pressing.)

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Stan KentonNew Concepts Of Artistry In Rhythm ... CD
Capitol, 1952. Used ... $1.99
Beautiful modernist work from Kenton – one of the first albums to cull his genius together as a whole, filled with the kind of tracks that perfectly sum up his unique approach at the time! If you've ever wondered what makes Kenton so great, this is the album to begin with – as it's filled with fantastic original tunes that provide a shimmering solo showcase for work of players like Lee Konitz, Frank Rosolino, and Bill Holman. Titles include "23 N - 82 W", "Young Blood", "Improvisation", and the haunting "Invention For Guitar And Trumpet", which features Sal Salvador and a young Maynard Ferguson. CD adds 4 bonus tracks to the original 10" LP. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available New Concepts Of Artistry In Rhythm (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99

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Stan KentonNew Concepts Of Artistry In Rhythm (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1952. Used ... $14.99
Beautiful modernist work from Kenton – one of the first albums to cull his genius together as a whole, filled with the kind of tracks that perfectly sum up his unique approach at the time! If you've ever wondered what makes Kenton so great, this is the album to begin with – as it's filled with fantastic original tunes that provide a shimmering solo showcase for work of players like Lee Konitz, Frank Rosolino, and Bill Holman. Titles include "23 N - 82 W", "Young Blood", "Improvisation", and the haunting "Invention For Guitar And Trumpet", which features Sal Salvador and a young Maynard Ferguson. CD adds 4 bonus tracks to the original 10" LP. CD
(Out of print. Includes obi – and still sealed!)
Also available New Concepts Of Artistry In Rhythm ... CD 1.99

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Stan KentonStan Kenton Today/Stan Kenton Recorded Live In London ... CD
Decca/Vocalion (UK), 1972. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
Hip 70s work from Stan Kenton – 2 albums recorded live in the UK in 1972, both of them in the best modern style he was using at the time! As with some of Kenton's other excellent 70s sessions, the players on the records are lesser-known than on his classic sets – but all are extremely well-suited to the Kenton groove, and are younger players that have a free-thinking approach that makes for some great solo work. Tracks are all relatively long, and have a rhythmic pulse that's really great – not really electric, but clearly informed at times by the use of electric instrumentation in bigger bands at the time. Titles include "Malaga", "Artistry In Percussion", "Chiapas", "Bogota", "Fringe Benefits", "Walk Softly", and "Ambivalence". CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan Kenton & His OrchestraKenton Showcase – The Music Of Bill Russo (10 inch LP) ... LP
Capitol, 1954. Very Good+ ... $4.99
One of the best Kenton LPs ever, and one that really shows the band's beautiful blend of avant garde playing with a swinging jazz sensibility. Filled with fantastic material played by Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, and other Kenton modernists. If you've ever wondered why the Kenton band was so great, check this one out! LP, Vinyl record album

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Wynton MarsalisHot House Flowers ... LP
Columbia, 1984. Near Mint- ... $4.99
With Branford Marsalis on tenor and soprano sax, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Kent Jordan on flute, and Ron Carter on bass. Titles include "Melancholia", "Lazy Afternoon", "Stardust", and "For All We Know. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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ParliamentFunkentelechy Vs The Placebo Syndrome ... CD
Casablanca, 1977. Used ... $2.99
Ahhhhh . . . By this point, George Clinton and the P-Funk team were on top of the world! The record is a masterful dose of slick mothership jamming – perfectly woven together with that tightly compressed style that really served Clinton's production work well. The tracks are long, but never too loopy – and thanks to help from the Bernie Worrell, Jerome Brailey, Gary Shider, and the Horny Horns, the album stays very tight instrumentally all the way through! Loads of Parliament classics, including "Bop Gun", "Funkentelechy", "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk", and the massive "Flash Light", which we've heard a million times, but which never ceases to amaze us! CD
Also available Funkentelechy Vs The Placebo Syndrome ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ ParliamentFunkentelechy Vs The Placebo Syndrome ... LP
Casablanca, 1977. Very Good ... $29.99
By this point, George Clinton and the P-Funk team were on top of the world! The record is a masterful dose of slick mothership jamming – perfectly woven together with that tightly compressed style that really served Clinton's production work well. The tracks are long, but never too loopy – and thanks to help from the Bernie Worrell, Jerome Brailey, Gary Shider, and the Horny Horns, the album stays very tight instrumentally all the way through! Loads of Parliament classics, including "Bop Gun", "Funkentelechy", "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk", and the massive "Flash Light", which we've heard a million times, but which never ceases to amaze us! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet and poster! Cover has some edge wear.)
Also available Funkentelechy Vs The Placebo Syndrome ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Ann Richards/Stan KentonTwo Much ... LP
Capitol, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $1.99
Ann's a more lustily voiced singer than the sort that usually worked with Stan Kenton during the 50s – with a deep range in her delivery of a song, and a mode of singing that's a bit more unbridled than you'd expect for someone working under Stan. This set's a lot more Ann's album than it is Kenton's – and arrangements, by the likes of Gene Roland, Bill Holman, and Johnny Richards, are all pretty swinging with more room for Ann's voice than horn solos. Titles include "No Moon At All", "The Morning After", "I Was The Last One To Know", "All Or Nothing At All", and "Don't Be That Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing. Cover has a split top seam.)

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Bill RussoWorld Of Alcina ... LP
Atlantic, 1955. Very Good ... $7.99
One of the most ambitious recordings ever from Bill Russo – the composer/arranger who first rose to fame with Stan Kenton, and who's working here in an even more modern extension of Kentonite ideals! Side one of the record features Russo's beautiful composition "The World Of Alcina" – a tune originally written as a jazz ballet, but which comes across here with the fluid tones and deep colors of some of the more serious jazz soundtracks from the time. The 18 minute piece features some especially great work on horns – played by a large brace of brass instruments used with the careful, sensitive styles that clearly show an influence from Kenton. Side two features shorter tunes – most composed by Russo too, and played in ways that resonate more strongly with west coast small combo work of the time. There's a nice sense of counterpoint on most numbers, and a few tunes feature great interplay between Russo's valve trombone, Bill Porter's slide trombone, and the twin tenors of Sandy Mosse and Bill Trujillo – while others have a more open soloing style, with just Russo and Trujillo as the main horns. Rhythm is by Eddie Baker on piano, Israel Crosby on bass, and Mickey Simonetta on drums – and tracks include "For My Sister", "Under The Greenwood Tree", "L'Affair Bugs", "Bill's Blues", and "Speculum". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with the "long playing unbreakable" logo and deep groove.)

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Merle TravisFolk Songs Of The Hills/Songs Of The Coalmines ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 40s/1963. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
A pair of classic albums from Merle Travis – recorded almost 20 years apart, but sounding wonderful together! Folk Songs Of The Hills is a fantastic early album from Merle – one that brings together some of his initial postwar recordings for Capitol Records, but with more voice between the material to give the whole thing a wonderfully intimate vibe! The songs here are ones that went on to become hits for other singers – and are mixed with more traditional numbers, too – all served up by Merle in a stripped-down style that mostly just features his superb guitar work for accompaniment, next to his wonderful vocals in the lead. The whole thing's a tremendous precursor to so many country and folk modes to come – and is still one of the best of the genre – with the original version of "16 Tons", plus "Nine Pound Hammer", "Muskrat", "I Am A Pilgrim", "Over By Number Nine", "Barbara Allen", "Lost John", and "Dark As A Dungeon". Songs Of The Coalmines is an overlooked early 60s gem from country genius Merle Travis – one that provides a nod to all the younger folkies who were inspired by his early work – while Merle serves up his own set of songs that comment on the state of labor and the trials of the working man! As you'd guess from the title, the theme here is coal – and Travis grew up not that far from the mines in Kentucky, and might well have been headed there himself – were it not for his musical strength, which helped him find a way out of that fate. The format is great – wonderfully stripped-down, with mostly Merle on vocals and guitar, and also introducing many songs with spoken bits too – titles that include "Miner's Strawberries", "Bloody Brethitt County", "Black Gold", "The Harlan County Boys", "Pay Day Comes Too Slow", "Here's To The Operator Boys", and "The Courtship Of Second Cousin Claude". CD

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Jean TurnerFrom The Creative World Of Stan Kenton Comes The Exciting New Voice Of Jean Turner ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
A rare Stan Kenton session with a vocalist – one that features the little-known Jean Turner, a really great singer with a mix of soul and jazz that's a lot like Nancy Wilson! Kenton's a bit looser and more swinging here than usual – almost in an Oliver Nelson mode at times to match the style of Jean's vocals on the lively tunes, but sliding into more Kenton-like chromatic hues on the ballads in the set. Arrangements are by Stan, Lennie Niehaus, and Bill Holman – but Jean Turner's the real star of the set, and really captivates us with her confident vocals and wide range of styles! Titles include "Piel Canela", "Sleepy Lagoon", "A Lot Of Livin To Do", "Love Walked In", "You're The Top", and "It's A Big Wide Wonderful World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has split seams and a torn off corner from the back panel.)

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Ken VandermarkUnexpected Alchemy (7CD set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2019. New Copy 7CD ... $86.99
The title definitely gets it right – as the set's documents unexpected alchemy between reedman Ken Vandermark and a wonderful blend of improvisers – all recorded over the space of a few days in the Polish city of Krakow! The set's something of a follow-up to Vandermark's massive Alchemia box from 2005 – which also documented a long residency in that city – but the format here is a bit different, and also demonstrates just how much Ken and the other musicians have grown over the years! Each CD features a different concert performance, or performances – with different groupings of musicians, some that don't even include Vandermark. Lineups include Ken Vandermark dueting with Nate Wooley, Steve Noble playing solo, the duo of Ikue Mori and Mette Rasmussen, the duo of John Butcher and Nate Wooley, a solo performance by Joe McPhee, the duo of John Butcher and Ken Vandermark, a quartet with Nate Wooly and Kent Kessler, a duet between Kessler and McPhee, another duet between John Butcher and John Tilbury, and a trio with Hamid Drake, Eddie Prevost, and Vandermark. CD7 is something of a bonus – material recorded the following year in Munich – with a trio of Vandermark, Prevost, and Tilbury. CD
(In a beautiful fold-out package with individual paper sleeves.)

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

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VariousSix Feet Under Vol 1 – Rockabilly, Country, & Early Rock Instrumentals ... LP
Mississippi, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
Raw sounds from the American underground – a great set of twang-heavy tracks from obscure 45s – most of them with a unique blend of rock and country styles! There's lots of the spirit here of Johnny Burnette – and a few artists actually seem to pay him tribute with their work – but most of the recordings have a rougher style too, with some especially great echoey production on the guitars! Titles include "Willie Joe" by Mystery Trio, "Dark Mood" by Bartlett Brothers & The Country Paupers, "Still As The Night" by Clint Blacklaw, "Kentucky Fandango" by JP Dunn, "Misery" by Jacky Lee, "A Woman's Mind" by Jimmy Merrill, "Ghost Train" by Electro Tones, and "If You Love Me" by Johnny Fortune. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Oyun HavalariBelly Dance Music ... LP
Kent (Turkey), Mid 70s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set that's way cooler than the usual belly dance record – filled with hip Turkish sounds from the 70s! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Stan KentonKenton Showcase - The Music of Bill Holman and Bill Russo ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best Kenton LPs ever, and one that really shows the band's beautiful blend of avant garde playing with a swinging jazz sensibility. A CD reissue of two 10" albums – one showcasing the arranging style of Bill Russo, the other of Bill Holman. Both sides are excellent, and filled with fantastic material played by Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, and other Kenton modernists. If you've ever wondered why the Kenton band was so great, check this one out. Tracks include "A Study For Bass", "Solo For Buddy", "Hav-A-Ana", and "Kingfish". The CD includes four bonus tracks – "Of All Things", "Lover Man", "My Funny Valentine", and an alternate version of "Bags"! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousEverything Is Gonna Be Alright – Celebrating 50 Years Of Westbound Soul & Funk ... CD
Westbound/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive celebration of the legendary Westbound Records – a Detroit record label started at the end of the 60s, and one that took the Motor City into much heavier territory than Motown! Westbound was the initial home of both Funkadelic and Ohio Players – and the imprint had a great ear for the kind of deeper, funkier side of the soul music spectrum – both with big groups like the two we just mentioned, and with a host of lesser-known singers and combos too! This package brings together two dozen key singles on Westbound – but not the giant hits, and instead the kind of songs that illustrate that key special touch that really set the company apart from the rest – even as the 70s moved on, and elements of club music started coming into their groove. Titles include "I Love You" by The Motivations, "A Letter From Vietnam" by Emanuel Lansky, "Everything Is Going To Be Alright" by Bill Moss & The Celestials, "Ain't No Telling" by Houston Outlaws, "Yes I'm In Love" by Unique Blend, "Why Not Start All Over Again" by The Counts, "I've Changed" by The Magictones, "I'll Bet You" by Funkadelic, "Music Man (part 1)" by Pleasure Web, "Get Up Off My Mind" by Denise LaSalle, "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms" by Detroit Emeralds, "Devil's Gun" by CJ & Co, "Get Ya Some" by Melvin Sparks, "Alvin Stone" by Fantastic Four, "If You Love Him" by Junie, "Calling Planet Earth" by Dennis Coffey, "Crazy Legs" by Donald Austin, and "Funky Worm" by The Ohio Players. CD

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✨✧ Aaly/DKV Double TrioDouble Or Nothing ... CD
Okka Disk, 2002. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two important improvising trios come together head to head in the transatlantic brilliance of Okka Disk Records in the 90s – recorded in a very unusual way that lets you clearly hear all the contributions of the members of the group! In the left channel stands AALY – a searing lineup of Mats Gustafsson on alto and tenor, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Kjell Nordeson on drums – and in the right channel stands DKV, with Ken Vandermark on tenor and bass clarinet, Kent Kessler on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – a mighty meeting of musicians who are really at the top of their improvising game! Rather than come on head-to-head, it's amazing to hear the way that these well-matched trios open up to each other – especially the bassists and drummers, who are maybe less familiar in this setting than Vandermark and Gustafsson, who were an instantly amazing musical pair. The set begins with the original "Left To Right", then the group makes real magic over the course of 51 minutes, in a piece that offers variations on Albert Ayler's "Angels" and Don Cherry's "Awake Nu". CD

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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann/Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Michael ZeGuts ... CD
Okka Disk, 2007. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant pairing of two musicians who never recorded together during their early days on record – but who more than made up for that lack with later classics like this! The cover's got the boldness of an FMP album from the 70s, and the music within follows that spirit – a bold live performance at Chicago's Empty Bottle, a frequent home to both musicians at the time – with Joe McPhee on trumpet, alto, and tenor – Peter Brotzmann on alto, tenor, clarinet, and tarogato – driven by tremendous work on bass from Kent Kessler and drums by Michael Zerang. The set features two long live improvisations – "Guts" and "Rising Spirits". CD

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✨✧ Stan KentonMerry Christmas ... CD
Capitol/Jazz Heritage, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous little Christmas album from Stan Kenton – filled with rich colors, deep tones, and a sense of majesty that's very much in keeping with the best spirit of the holiday! Stan's working here with Ralph Carmichael on the arrangements – in a mode that's still got the interesting instrumental touches of the late Kenton sound, but which avoids the atonal, and goes instead for the warmly unified sound of that incredible Kenton horn section. The set features both secular and spiritual tunes – and titles include "The Holly & The Ivy", "We Three Kings Of Orient Are", "Good King Wenceslas", "Twelve Days Of Christmas", "Once In Royal David's City", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "Christmas Medley". CD also features the bonus "Christmas For Moderns"! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Junior McCants/Johnny SoulShe Wrote It I Read It/Fall In These Arms Of Mine ... 7-inch
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Super-rare soul from Junior McCants – a great singer who died at a tragically young age – which made King Records pull the single before it was ever released! "She Wrote It" is slow and sad – almost a deep soul tune, but with Junior singing in a style that's almost like east coast sweet soul! The flipside by Johnny Soul is very well-matched – the slow-burning "Fall In These Arms Of Mine" – a track with a deep soul vibe that matches the best late 60s work from James Carr and Otis Redding! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Joe McPhee/Ken Vandermark/Kent KesslerMeeting In Chicago ... CD
Okka Disk, 1998. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A seminal early set on the Okka Disk label – the important Chicago avant imprint who began documenting an important stretch of the career of Joe McPhee – much as the Hat Hut label had begun 20 years before! The set features performances recorded during McPhee's first appearance in Chicago during the mid 90s – the start of a beautiful relationship that would continue for decades to come – and McPhee blows both reeds and trumpet, in a trio with Ken Vandermark on saxes and Kent Kessler on bass – all working together in a very open studio format that has the players shifting between trio work, to solo and duo performances too. The recording is crucial – as McPhee's sensitivity brings out a whole new side of both Chicago players – on titles that include "Heart Of The Matter", "A Meeting In Chicago", "Breakneck Ridge", "Lalibela", "Empty Bottle Blues", "Fourteen Years Later", and "I Leave You Love". CD

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✨✧ Steelwool TrioInternational Front ... CD
Okka Disk, 1995. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic from the early days of Chicago avant powerhouse Okka Disk – a killer set that really shows the young Ken Vandermark at his best – as he takes off wonderfully here on a selection of reeds, alongside the mighty bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Curt Newton! The group didn't have the longer stamina of some of Vandermark's other projects, but is a key demonstration of the amazing creative energy he brought to Chicago right from the start – as the trio rises with tremendous improvising skills, and all three players are really at their best! The tunes are dedicated to key inspirational figures, as with other Vandermark albums of the period – a list that includes Sun Ra, Roswell Rudd, Paul Lovens, and Jimmy Blanton – and titles include "Dime Store Novel", "Tough Sledding", "Bowling Alley Roughs", "Day Job", "Another Orbit", and "No Sleeves No Service". CD

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✨✧ Allen ToussaintWhat Is Success – The Scepter & Bell Recordings (Toussaint – plus singles) ... CD
Scepter/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by Allen Toussaint – his legendary Toussaint album for Scepter (aka Whisper To A Scream) – plus some rare late 60s singles that have never been on CD before! The core album is amazing – Allen Toussaint's first big move as a solo act, and the start of some great fame that would blossom even more strongly in the 70s! This indie effort has a rougher edge than Allen's later albums at Warner Brothers – a sly, wicked slow funk approach that's a real transformation of the older New Orleans groove for a hipper, more contemporary 70s audience. The instrumentation is relatively lean – with lots of nice organ and piano lines alongside slow-stepping and vamping rhythms – and the set was actually recorded in LA, but still has very strong roots in New Orleans! Titles include the classic "From A Whisper To A Scream", plus "Working In A Coal Mine", "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky", "What Is Success", "Either", "Pickles", and "Louie" – a few of which are hip piano instrumentals! 17 track CD completes the genius of this point in Toussaint's career – by adding in some killer funky singles – including "Get Out Of My Life Woman", "Gotta Travel On", "We The People", "I've Got That Feelin Now", "Tequila", and "Hands Christiananderson". CD

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✨✧ Mars Williams with Witches & DevilsAyler Xmas – The Music Of Albert Ayler & Songs Of Christmas ... CD
Soul What, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most dynamic Christmas albums you'd ever hope to buy – mostly because the approach here is based around the frenetic jazz style of the legendary reedman Albert Ayler! The group here is the Witches & Devils group of saxophonist Mars Williams – a combo who take their name from one of Ayler's most famous tunes – and players include Josh Berman on cornet, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Kent Kessler on bass, Brian Sandstrom on bass and guitar, and Steve Hunt on drums – a Chicago lineup who do a great job here of folding together bits of Ayler's music with familiar Christmas themes – all at a level that's completely mindblowing! The set's definitely not one you'll play when grandma's over for dinner on the 25th of December – but it is a wonderful statement from the always-vibrant Chicago scene – with titles that include "O Tannebaum Spirits 12 Days Of Xmas", "Angels We Have Heard On High Omega Is Alpha", and "Ma'Oz Tzur Truth Is Marching In Jingle Bells". CD

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✨✧ VariousAll Killer – Finders Keepers 1 to 20 – Mixed By The Gaslamp Killer ... CD
Twisted Nerve/B- Music, Late 60s/1970s/2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
An excellent mix of some of the best lost folk funk, tripped out psychedelia, 60s & 70s material from the global underground from Finders Keepers – but far cooler than a mere sampler – an aurally exciting blend of the material courtesy of the Gaslamp Killer! For this excellent set, eclectic LA DJ guru Gaslamp Killer was given the keys to the Finders Keepers vaults to craft an evocative set of his own, from the sounds found on the first 20 Finders Keepers releases. Turkish rock from Ersen, wild soundtrack grooves from Valerie & Her Week Of Wonders composer Lubos Fiser, instrumental French funk from Jean Claude Vannier, and so much more! All Killer has 12 tracks that are each expertly blended suites of Finders Keepers releases, including "The Sermon" by Lubos Fiser, "Les Garde Volent Au Secours Du Roi" and more by Jean Claude Vannier, "Dance Of The Vampires" by Vampires Of Dartmoore, "Gunese Don Cicegim" by Ersen, "Les Electroniciens" by Bruno Spoerri, "Zeytinyagi" by Mustafa Ozkent, "Europa" by by Susan Christie and more. CD

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✨✧ Gary Puckett & The Union GapWoman Woman/New Gary Puckett & The Union Gap Album/Gary Puckett Album (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of albums from Gary Puckett and The Union Gap – one of which just features Gary on his own! First up is Woman Woman – a set that takes the tightness that the group had forged in the Cali clubs of the mid 60s, and boosts it with bigger arrangements from Al Capps – who adds just the right blend of larger elements to give things a nice Sunshine Pop kind of vibe! Titles include the big hit "Woman Woman" – plus "M'Lady", "Believe Me", "Kentucky Woman", "Don't Make Promises", "I Want A New Day", "Paindrops", and "My Son". The New Gary Puckett & The Union Gap Album is a record with a Civil War-era photo on the cover – but a sound that's late 60s pop at its finest – arranged and conducted by Ernie Freeman, with a vibe that adds in swirling strings to the core groove of the group – all at a level that also seems to encourage even more vocal flourishes from mainman Gary Puckett! Gary started out as a bar singer, but is clearly reaching higher here – not exactly like, but similar too the way that Scott Walker was seeing himself more as a solo male singer once the 60s moved – especially on the mellower or more sensitive tunes. Titles include "Hard Tomorrow", "This Girl Is A Woman Now", "Stay Out Of My World", "Lullaby", "His Other Woman", "Simple Man", and "Out In The Cold Again". The Gary Puckett Album is great solo work from the leader of The Union Gap – a record that not only has Gary really maturing as a singer, but also emerging as a strong songwriter too! About half the tracks on the album are written by Puckett with other musical partners – and they really show a different set of themes from the earlier group material – with Gary's vocals really rising with a new sort of majesty that adds a lot to the lyrics! Arrangements are by Roger Kellaway, Jimmie Haskell, and Larry Muhoberac – and titles include "Shimmering Eyes", "Gentle Woman", "Do You Really Have A Heart", "Feeling Bad", "Angelica", "Hello Morning", "To Keep The Customer Satisfied", and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself". 2CD package features 8 bonus tracks – including "Could I", "Let's Give Adam & Eve Another Chance", "The Beggar", "Life Has Its Little Ups & Downs", "Bless This Child", "Leavin In The Morning", "I Can't Hold On", and "No One Really Knows". CD

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✨✧ Unique Blend/AC Tilmon & The Detroit EmeraldsGonna Spread The News/That's All I Got ... 7-inch
Westbound/Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two rare gems from the Westbound Records vaults! "Gonna Spread The News" has a wonderful vibe that's almost like the best early 70s Holland-Dozier-Holland productions – upbeat funky soul, with a really rich set of arrangements – but with a very distinctly personal take on the vocals! "That's All I Got" is an originally unissued track from The Detroit Emeralds – slightly funky, with these cool complicated changes in the groove – which only seems to open up their wonderful vocals even more! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousBirth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition 1961 to 1964 ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Detroit soul scene at the start of the 60s – music from a time before Motown was dominating the city's reputation, and a whole host of other great labels brought the motor city sound to the masses! The work here is quite a surprise if you're only thinking in terms of Northern Soul and some of the more uptempo Detroit groovers – as the work here burns on so many different levels – often with a style that reflects some of the nascent soul coming out of Chicago on labels like Chess and Vee Jay, the latter of whom is featured here amidst a range of other imprints that include Wand, Atlantic, Scepter, Time, Old Town, and Brent – all of whom released some of these early Detroit soul tracks as singles back in the day. In true Ace/Kent fashion, the set also features a few unreleased gems, plus a wonderful set of notes on the city's soul scene – alongside tracks that include "Nosey Folk" by The Del-Phis, "Answer Me" by Vivian Collins, "Can't We Get Together" by Harry Reid, "Here I Am" by Betty Lavette, "Shakin Fit" by The Pyramids, "That's No Way To Spend My Time" by The Pen Ettes, "Wedding Bells" by Melvin Davis, "You Lied" by Marva Josie, "Think A Little Sugar" by Barbara Lewis, "Just One More Time" by JJ Barnes, "My Letter" by Priscilla Page, "I Know How It Feels" by Laura Johnson, "I'm A Lonely Guy" by Timmy Shaw & The Sternphones, "Come Back To Me" by La Wanda William, "I Cried For My Last Time" by The Sonnettes, and "Tears Running & Falling From My Eyes" by James Lately. CD

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✨✧ VariousLos Angeles Modern/Kent Northern Soul ... LP
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of rare soul tracks from the west coast scene of the 60s – one that has the Ace/Kent label returning to the territory of some of their earliest compilations, but with lots of fresh and unreleased material in the mix! The Kent and Modern labels trace their roots back to the initial outpouring of postwar R&B on the Los Angeles scene – and by the time of the 60s, the companies were in a great position to pick the hippest, coolest cats from their city's soul underground – often recording so much music, only a portion of it was ever released back in the day! That's definitely the case here – as 8 of the 14 tracks on the collection never saw release in the 60s – making the collection a fantastic mix of rare and released Northern Soul from the city of angels. Titles include "Wanting You (alt)" by Jimmy Bee, "Lay This Burden Down" by Arthur Wright & His Orchestra, "Love Is Gonna Get You" by Peggy Woods, "Can It Be Me" by Mel Williams, "Baby Without You" by Gene & Gary, "Nobody But Me" by The Other Brothers, "Make Me Yours" by ZZ Hill, "Hey Stoney Face" by Mary Love, "No Puppy Love" by Johnny Copeland, "This Man Wants You" by Wally Cox, and "Get To Steppin" by Jackie Day. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Stan KentonLush Interlude/Kenton Touch ... CD
Capitol/Collectors Choice, 1958. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Although Stan Kenton's always best known for his famous work with 50s LA reedmen, he's equally great at working with strings as he is with saxes – as you'll hear on this sparkling 2CD set! Both albums reunite Stan with arranger Pete Rugolo – the darkly modern talent who helped Kenton hit some of his highest heights in the early 50s, and who scored backgrounds for some of our favorite vocal sessions of the 50s. Both of these sides are amazing – lush backdrops of strings soaring, snaking, swanning about – as horns dart in and out of the mix, and occasional percussive touches create some even further tension. Titles include "Collaboration", "Opus In Pastels", "Theme For My Lady", "Lush Waltz", "Elegy For Alto", "Theme For Sunday", "Ballade For Drums", "Minor Riff", and "Painted Rhythm". CD
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BJ The Chicago Kid1123 ... CD
Motown, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
BJ The Chicago Kid's second full length for Motown! BJ has a way of recalling classic Chicago soul in the earnest, emotional realness of his lyricism and relatively mellow style, which is a nicely grounding anchor given the modern overall aesthetic. It's a contemporary sound with a timeless soul at the center. BJ's years as a guest vocalist himself makes him such a great host for guest singers, MCs and producers on his own records, too – and this one features Anderson.Paak, Rick Ross, Afrojack and others with production by Danja, Cool & Dre, Karriem Riggins and more. Includes "Feel The Vibe" feat Anderson.Paak, "Champagne", "Get Away" feat JID, Buddy & Kent Jamz, "Tome Today", "Can't Wait", "Playa's ball" feat Rick Ross, "Too Good", "Close", "Rather Be With You", "Worryin' Bout Me" feat Offset, "Reach" feat Afrojack and more. CD

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Jay BolotinNo One Seems To Notice That It's Raining – Previously Unreleased Recordings 1970 to 1975 ... CD
Delmore, Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
A fantastic addition to the all-too-small catalog of recordings by Jay Bolotin – a Kentucky songwriter whose compositions were recorded by bigger names down in Nashville, even if Jay never fully got his due! Bolotin is hardly country, though – much more a songpoet, in the manner of Leonard Cohen – who definitely might be a good reference point here, given the darker qualities in both Jay's lyrics and his vocals! And yet the style also has more echoes of the territory that raised Jay up – and a knowledge of all the hippest sides of folk, rock, and country – delivered with a very personal stamp that makes Bolotin one of the true unique talents of his time. The recording quality is great too – these are more understated studio tracks than demos – and titles include "The Picture & The Frame", "Message To A Snowman", "Don't Worry About Winning What You've Already Won", "No One Seems To Notice That It's Raining", "Driver Driver", "Dime Novels", and "Puddles In The Sun". CD

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Bobby BradfordLove's Dream ... LP
Emanem (UK), 1973. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent Carter on bass, and John Stevens on drums – all working in these long-flowing, very rhythmic numbers that lie somewhere between Bradford's work with John Carter, and the early 60s sound of Ornette Coleman. The alto/cornet interplay is especially nice – very mesmerizing over the course of the album's very long tracks – and Watts turns out to be a great musical partner for Bobby. Titles include "Love's Dream", "Coming On", and "Roswita's Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some pen on front and back.)

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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetImages ... CD
Okka Disk, 2004. Used ... $7.99
A fantastic testament to the genius of the transatlantic meeting that is the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet – a group that manages to bridge the sometimes-unwieldy modes of the improvising orchestra, and the energy of a smaller free jazz combo! All the players seem tied together perfectly – both at an emotional level, and a musical one – so that the combination of energy is way more than the sum of its mighty parts – a real accomplishment, given that the "parts" include Ken Vandermark, Peter Brotzmann, Marts Gustafsson, and Mars Williams on reeds – plus Joe McPhee on trumpet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler on bass, and both Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake on drums. The set begins with a searing 37 minute piece dedicated to Robert Rauschenberg – Vandermark's "All Things Being Equal", which almost has a Mingus-like combination of structure and solo. "Images" follows, and is a more freewheeling piece – but completely wonderful too! CD
Also available Images ... CD 9.99

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Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetImages ... CD
Okka Disk, 2004. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
A fantastic testament to the genius of the transatlantic meeting that is the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet – a group that manages to bridge the sometimes-unwieldy modes of the improvising orchestra, and the energy of a smaller free jazz combo! All the players seem tied together perfectly – both at an emotional level, and a musical one – so that the combination of energy is way more than the sum of its mighty parts – a real accomplishment, given that the "parts" include Ken Vandermark, Peter Brotzmann, Marts Gustafsson, and Mars Williams on reeds – plus Joe McPhee on trumpet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler on bass, and both Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake on drums. The set begins with a searing 37 minute piece dedicated to Robert Rauschenberg – Vandermark's "All Things Being Equal", which almost has a Mingus-like combination of structure and solo. "Images" follows, and is a more freewheeling piece – but completely wonderful too! CD
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Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetSigns ... CD
Okka Disk, 2004. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
A masterful statement from the Peter Brotzmann Tentet – a large group, but one that's capable of a rich array of sounds and sentiments – maybe given best exposure here in this key recording from the prime years of the ensemble! Ten players can be a huge number, especially when improvising so much – but these guys all have ears that are beautifully tuned to each other, and which really seems to not only bring out the best in each member, but also push the whole group together with a style that none of them could have hit on their own. Reeds are handled by the heavyweight quartet of Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, and Mars Williams – and other group members include Joe McPhee on trumpet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler on bass, and both Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake on drums. Titles include "Bird Notes", "Six Gun Territory", and "Signs" – the last of which is live. CD

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Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet + 2Broken English ... CD
Okka Disk, 2002. Used ... $7.99
There's nothing broken about this set – as the album's one of the strongest, most spiritual sessions we've ever heard from the Chicago Tentet of Peter Brotzmann – a really great group who gave us some amazing albums on the Okka Disk label! The set features two great guests – trumpeter Roy Campell and bassist William Parker – and at some level, the rest of the lineup seem to be opening up into modes that welcome the territory of both jazz giants – especially on the long first track, which is a very different reworking of a composition the group explored on another album! As usual, reedman Peter Brotzmann is at the helm – on tenor, alto clarinet, and tarogato – with Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, and Mats Gustafsson on other reeds – plus Joe McPhee on trumpet and valve trombone, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and violin, Kent Kessler on bass, Michael Zerang on drums, and Hamid Drake on drums and frame drum, plus some great vocalizations. Titles include "Stonewater" and "Broken English". CD
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Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet + 2Broken English ... CD
Okka Disk, 2002. New Copy ... $9.99
There's nothing broken about this set – as the album's one of the strongest, most spiritual sessions we've ever heard from the Chicago Tentet of Peter Brotzmann – a really great group who gave us some amazing albums on the Okka Disk label! The set features two great guests – trumpeter Roy Campell and bassist William Parker – and at some level, the rest of the lineup seem to be opening up into modes that welcome the territory of both jazz giants – especially on the long first track, which is a very different reworking of a composition the group explored on another album! As usual, reedman Peter Brotzmann is at the helm – on tenor, alto clarinet, and tarogato – with Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, and Mats Gustafsson on other reeds – plus Joe McPhee on trumpet and valve trombone, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and violin, Kent Kessler on bass, Michael Zerang on drums, and Hamid Drake on drums and frame drum, plus some great vocalizations. Titles include "Stonewater" and "Broken English". CD
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Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet feat Mike PearsonBe Music, Night – A Homage To Kenneth Patchen ... CD
Okka Disk, 2005. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
A wonderful meeting of jazz and poetry – as the Peter Brotzmann Tentet pays tribute to the work of Kenneth Patchen – mixing readings of Patchen's material with backings from the larger group! Section one of the CD features the Brotzmann group improvising under direction from the "lightbox" of Fred Lonberg-Holm, who is also in the group on cello – and then section two features more pronounced readings of Patchen's poetry, done by Mike Pearson in a style that really recalls Patchen's own voice on record. Players include Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson, and Ken Vandermark on a variety of saxes and reeds – plus Joe McPhee on trumpet and alto, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass, and Michael Zerang on drums. CD

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Bob CooperShifting Winds ... LP
Capitol, 1955. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Bob Cooper's smooth LA tenor is set in a band of "shifting wind" players like Jimmy Giuffre, Bud Shank, and Bob Enevoldson – along with other Kentonites like Shelly Manne and Stu Williamson. Kenton produced and presented this session, and it's one of the classic Capitol series releases that focus on his star sidemen from the early 50s. Tracks are short, with tight ensemble playing, and titles include "Drawing Lines", "Sunset", "Tongue Twister", and "Hot Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing, on Affinity – with a slight cover variation.)

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Danish Radio Jazz GroupDanish Radio Jazz Group – With Eric Moseholm & Ray Pitts 1965 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Debut/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1965. Used ... $24.99
Brilliant work from the Danish modern jazz scene of the 60s – a group that has way more to offer than you might guess from the "radio" in their name – and a sound that's certainly more striking than any jazz that was hitting American airwaves at the time! The ensemble is somewhat large, but has a way of hitting these sharp-edged modes you'd be more likely to hear from a small modern jazz combo – never too outside, but definitely pushing the boundaries of jazz – and through ways that are quite different than most American modern inspirations of the time. In other words, there's not really any traces of Kenton, Russell, or Evans – and instead the music has a way of exploding right from the start – always a rich tapestry of sound, but one that's somehow bristling with individual expressions from players who include Palle Mikkelborg and Allan Botschinsky on trumpets, Bent Jaedig on tenor and flute, Niels Husum on soprano sax and tenor, Bent Nielson on baritone and clarinet, Louis Hjulmand on vibes, Bent Axen on piano, and Alex Riel on drums. Erik Moseholm and Ray Pitts work together to direct the group – on titles that include "Hanne", "Gizzy", "Voyage Of The Star Bird", "Fujiyama", and "Sound Like Arnoldi". CD
(Out of print, includes obi!)

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Eddie & ErnieIndication/Nice To Be Near ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $11.99
Two rare tracks from a deep soul duo who've finally gotten their due over the years – thanks to the reissue efforts of Ace/Kent Records! "Indication" is an upbeat groover with kind of a Northern vibe – originally only issued in England, too! "Nice To Be Near" is a cut that appears here for the first time ever – and has a sharper, funkier sound than most of the duo's work – with heavy drums, riffing guitar, and really fantastic lead vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonIndigos ... LP
Columbia, 1957. Very Good ... $9.99
One of Duke Ellington's best albums of the 50s – a well-conceived session of dark moody tracks that revisits a few old favorites, hits a few standards, and offers a new gem that's right up there with the classics! The "indigos" title is taken very seriously here – as the album's awash in blue tones and darker hues – a bit Kenton in inspiration, but carried off with a lot more intimacy and sense of soul throughout. The group by this point is completely mature – and old bandmates like Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Cat Anderson and Ray Nance on trumpets, and Jimmy Woode on bass all fit together perfectly under Ellington's direction. Titles include Duke's great "The Sky Fell Down", plus "Mood Indigo", "Autumn Leaves", "Tenderly", "Dancing In The Dark", "Where Or When", and "Solitude". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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Art FarmerAztec Suite (first cover) ... LP
United Artists, 1959. Very Good ... $6.99
A rare Latin outing from trumpeter Art Farmer – one that has him working with the mighty Cuban arranger Chico O'Farrill! The grooves here are hardly "Aztec", as Chico brings a hip postwar vibe to the session – a blend of American jazz and Latin rhythms that's totally great, and played by an all-star array of players conducted by Al Cohn! Side one of the record features the extended "Aztec Suite" – an ambitious number that begins with modern moments that are somewhere in a space between Stan Kenton and Ralph Burns' experiments of this nature, but which always has Farmer's trumpet as the center focus. Side two features tracks that are a bit more conventional Latin jazz – still played by the bigger group, but with an even stronger sense of swing! Titles include "Aztec Suite", "Heat Wave", "Drume Negrita", "Alone Together", "Woody N You", and "Delirio". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has completely split seams held together with pieces of tape, with some overall wear and aging.)

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FJF (Vandermark, Gustafsson, Hunt, Kessler)Blow Horn ... CD
Okka Disk, 1997. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
A stone classic from the explosive 90s years of the Chicago avant scene – and a record by a quartet that features fantastic interplay between reedmen Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson! Mats was a growing frequent visitor to Chicago at the time of the recording, and he and Vandermark seem to set an instant fire together – really living up to the "blow horn" of the title, with Mats on tenor, baritone, and French flageolett, and Ken on tenor and bass clarinet! Other players in the group are drummer Steve Hunt and bassist Kent Kessler – both musicians who can rise and fall with the energetic needs of the reedmen – on titles that include "Carry Out", "Biomass", "Dedication", "Structure A La Malle", and "Blow Horn for Service". CD

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FugeesBootleg Versions (with download) ... LP
Ruffhouse/Sony, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 20.98
Mid 90s classic Fugees tracks get the remix treatment on Bootleg Versions – with worthy alternate mixes of some of the highpoints from their back-to-back milestones The Score and Blunted On Reality – seriously among the greatest successive album efforts in late 20th century popular music, and this is truly a worthwhile companion piece – plus a live version of "Killing Me Softly". 8 tracks in all: "Ready Or Not (Clark Kent/Django rmx)", "Nappy Heads (Mad Spider mix)", "Don't Cry, Dry Your Eyes", "Vocab (Salaam's remix)", "Killing Me Softly With His Song (Live @ Brixton Academy.)", "Ready Or Not (Salaam's Ready For the Show mix)", "No Woman, No Cry (rmx w/Steve Marley)", "Vocab (Refugees Hip Hop rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album
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Merle HaggardPortrait Of Merle Haggard/Keep Movin' On ... CD
BGO/Capitol (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A pair of Capitol Records killers from Merle Haggard – back to back on a single CD! First up is A Portrait Of Merle Haggard – a 1969 album that shows just how much he'd grown and matured during his 60s years at Capitol Records – and almost a celebration of all that time, given how many great songs Merle manages to put inside the record! The set begins with the sublime "Working Man's Blues" – a tune that's got jazzier currents than Hag ever had a few years back, but which also delivers a very pointed message to the bulk of his audience – and creates a new anthem for Merle in the process. The record then progresses with a host of other fantastic tracks, half originals by Haggard, and all showing the many moods of the maturing singer – "What's Wrong With Stayin Home", "Silver Wings", "I Die Ten Thousand Times A Day", "I Came Close To Living Alone", "Who Do I Know In Dallas", and a great version of "She Still Thinks I Care". Keep Movin On is a mid 70s effort from Merle Haggard, and one that shows just how much he continued to bring his best to his work for Capitol Records – not just in his vocals, but in his songwriting too – as the album features almost all original material by Haggard! The mood nicely varies, and Hag hits some of those maturing masculine modes that were coming in with some of his contemporaries – blending "stay at home with the wife" sort of songs with others that echo more of the hellraising and sadness of younger years – all as a beautiful testament to his genius! Titles include "Movin' On", "Life's Like Poetry", "September In Miami", "Here In Frisco", "Always Wanting You", "Kentucky Gambler", "A Man's Gotta Give Up A Lot", "I've Got A Yearning", and "These Memories We're Making Tonight". CD

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Nobuo Hara & His Sharps & FlatsGlory Of Sharps & Flats – Nobuo Hara & His Sharps & Flats ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1960s. Used ... $18.99
A double-length set from this famous Japanese group – one that features a range of 60s recordings from the ensemble, all of which show why they were easily one of the best big bands working in the East! There's a charm here that's halfway between Stan Kenton and Count Basie – the sense of tone and timing of the former, and the loping soulful energy of the latter – tied together beautifully in ways that echo older American jazz traditions, but still sparkle with the most contemporary elements of their 60s recording dates. The set features 18 numbers in all – and titles include "Tumblin Tambourine", "Satin Doll", "Goodbye", "Moon River", "Blue Flame", "My Funny Valentine", and "In The Mood". CD
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Tommy HuntComplete Man – 60s NYC Soul Songs ... CD
Scepter/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
A fantastic selection of work from the great Tommy Hunt – a male singer who cut some incredible work in the 60s, but never fully got his due! Ace/Kent Records already helped bring Tommy's genius to the forefront with a previous collection – and this second set brings together even more rare, obscure tracks recorded for the Scepter and Dynamo labels – including unissued material – plus rare early singles for Atlantic and Capitol Records too – a wealth of work that will come as a fresh discovery to even big fans of Tommy's music! If you don't know Hunt at all, he's totally fantastic – part of a new wave of mature male soul singers in the 60s who could hit the depths of emotion, while also holding things together – work that's very much in the best spirit of Jerry Butler or Chuck Jackson at the time – but often has a bit more punch, too – and the impeccable New York presentation you might expect from the album's title. The set features 25 tracks in all – and titles include "The Complete Man", "What's The Matter Baby", "I Don't Want To Lose You", "Hold On", "The Clown", "I'll Make You Happy", "Lonely For You", "The Pretty Part Of You", "Never Love A Robin", "I Believe", "Who You Gonna Thrill Tonight", "One Of These Days", "Human", "And I Never Knew", "Born Free", "Son My Son", "The Door Is Open", "Girls Are Sentimental", "I Need A Woman Of My Own", "Searching For My Baby", and "You're So Fine". CD

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Johnny KeatingRobbery ... LP
London, 1967. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A killer soundtrack from jazzy Johnny Keating – a set that we'd rank right up there with his other non-film work of the 60s! The score's got a bold, edgey sort of quality – one that shows a real maturation in Keating's music since the earlier part of the decade – but still that great sense of rhythm and repetition that first made him stand out so strongly. The horns are especially great – bold and brassy one minute, then laidback and compressed the next – filled with great colors and tones that show a link back to Stan Kenton sounds of the 50s, turned towards much groovier ends for Johnny's 60s generation. All tracks are originals, and the titles include the lead vocal "Born To Lose", sung by Jackie Lee – plus "Kate's Theme", "Gang's Arrest", "Accident", "Diamond Robbery", "Breaking Into The Mail Van", and "Passing The Mail Bags". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a sticker remnant, light wear, and a promo stamp.)

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King CurtisSoul Of King Curtis ... CD
Enjoy/Sunset Blvd, Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
Searing sax instrumentals from the great King Curtis – plus a lot more too – as this package not only brings together the King's records as a leader for Enjoy Records, but also digs up lots of performances as a sideman for that famous Harlem record label too! The grooves here are raw and ready, nice and tight, and done with a nitty gritty style that might have been funk if the cuts were recorded a few years later – but which definitely had a bit influence on countless soul instrumental modes to come, both in the rhythms and in King's wicked lead work on saxophone! The package features some of the best instrumental singles that Curtis cut for Enjoy Records, from his Soul Twist album and other singles – and CD2 also features material that Curtis cut for Enjoy as a soloist on records for other artists! CD1 features 18 tracks that include "Soul Twist", "Twisting Time", "The Monkey Shout", "Hot Potato", "Midnight Blue", "Wobble Twist", "What'd I Say (parts 1 & 2)", and "Big Dipper". CD2 features tracks that include "Our Love Will Never End" by The Avons, "I'm Gonna Catch You" by Curtis Carrington, "Madisonville USA (parts 1 & 2)" by The Strolls, "Juicy Fruit" by Rudy Greene, "Fine Little Girl" by The Arcades, "Ice Cream Baby" by The Pearls, "Air Raid" by Curley Hammer, "Mama Don't Allow" by Tyron Rowe, and "Korea Korea" by Bob Kent. CD

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Elliot LawrenceElliot Lawrence Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements ... LP
Fantasy, 1955. Sealed ... $7.99
A pretty hip set of big band arrangements – very much along the lines of early 50s Stan Kenton, with a tight swing, but a nicely modern undercurrent as well! The arrangements, as the title indicates, are all by Gerry Mulligan – and in addition to the piano of Elliot Lawrence, players include Al Cohn and Hal McKusick on saxes, Nick Travis on trumpet, Eddie Bert and Paul Sheldon on trombones, Buddy Saunders on bass, and Don Lamond on drums – all players with a great ear for mixing up tightness on the heads, and a more laidback groove during the solo moments. Tracks are short and angularly arranged – and titles include "But Not For Me", "Happy Hooligan", "My Silent Love", "Mullenium", and "Bweebida Bwobbida". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, sealed with review sticker! Cover has a cut corner, and another corner is slightly bumped.)

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Michel Legrand & CoLe Jazz Grand ... LP
Gryphon, 1978. Sealed Gatefold ... $4.99
A wonderful session of straight jazz work by Michel Legrand – a larger group outing that's one of the few albums he ever cut in this style! The set has all the warmth and imagination of Legrand's best jazzy soundtrack work – strong themes, bold statements, and a sense of personal investment that comes through even in a larger ensemble – yet the work here is also delivered with even more freedom for solo work than Legrand's film scores, with plenty of longer exploratory passages that showcase the takents of key soloists like Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, and Jon Faddis. Most of the album's first side features an extended track suite entitled "Southern Routes" played by a big band – and side two features shorter titles played by a septet, with titles that include "La Pasionaria", "Malagan Stew", "Iberia Nova", and "Basquette". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout mark.)

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Louvin BrothersClose Harmony (8CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 8 CDs & Book ... $165.99 229.99
Whoa! An incredible, gargantuan 8 CD box set of the Louvin Brothers complete catalog for the Capitol, Apollo, Decca, and MGM labels in the late 50s and early 60s! Ira and Charlie are probably the greatest country harmony duo of all time – and the set is way too huge to even think about soaking up in a single sitting – but it's an essential slice of history for the completists out there, and thanks to Bear Family many of these tracks that might have disappeared forever live on thanks to the magic of CD! 220 songs – including tons of alternate versions from throughout the years, many of which still have the crackly quality you have on a lot of Folkways recordings – the kind that only contribute to the sincerity of the recordings rather than standing out as a flaw. The box also includes a massive book, with rare photos, a montage of all the original album cover art, a complete list of tracks recorded by other artists, and everything you need to know about the boys and their lives at the time! A small sample of what you'll find here – "Alabama", "Seven Year Blues", "Weapon Of Prayer", "Robe Of White", "Great Atomic Power", "Broadminded", "Satan And The Saint", "I Can't Say No", "Pitfall", "In The Pines", "Kentucky", "Katy Dear", "We Could", "Tennessee Waltz", "Dog Sled", "Blue", The Drunkard's Doom", and a couple hundred more! CD

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Misha MengelbergTwo Days In Chicago ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1999. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 27.99
Pure beauty! In October of 1998, Misha Mengelberg made an historic visit to Chicago – a rare trip programmed to coincide with a showcase of Dutch jazz that featured him and the Ab Bars trio, playing at Fred Anderson's legendary Velvet Lounge. The trip was notable in that it also became the occasion for Mengelberg to record some fantastic material – part in the studio (with Kent Kessler, Hamid Drake, Fred Anderson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and others), part during the live session which transpired on the second day of his trip. This excellent double CD set from Hat Art brings together the recordings, and is a great glimpse into the interplay between the ever-growing Chicago avant scene and the larger legacy of European free jazz! The studio work is pretty darn great, but the real treat is the live set – as Misha plays solo on a few lovely tracks – like "Chicago Solo" and "Round Midnight" – and in a beautiful duet with Ab Bars on tenor, on a haunting reading of "Body & Soul". The set really captures the range of Misha's rich talents – and the inclusion of some jazz standards like "Off Minor" and "Eronel" gives the CD a well-rounded feel. CD

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Joe Morris & DKV TrioDeep Telling ... CD
Okka Disk, 1999. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
The mighty DKV trio is expanded here by the presence of Joe Morris on guitar – a fourth fantastic sonic element, alongside the bass of Kent Kessler, drums of Hamid Drake, and tenor of Ken Vandermark! The quartet begins the record with a great deal of energy, then things split off into various formations – a few trio and duo tracks which shift the mood and stylistic improvisations in a great way, and really show the open imaginations of all players as they creatively reassemble. Titles include the long "Telling Suite", plus "Standing Here", "Bit Tenet", "Infix", "Breathe Easily", and "Hollow Curve". CD

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan 63 – The Concert Jazz Band ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $9.99
The sound of Gerry Mulligan in the early 60s – and one of the best records by his larger than usual Concert Jazz Band! Given Gerry's piano-less experiments of the 50s, it's surprising to actually have him as the pianist on this session – hitting the keys with a nice light touch, so that the larger horn section can take over most of the tunes – a beautifully-arranged ensemble who have a feel that's lighter than some of the groups of the 50s – such as the Kenton ensemble – yet one that's equally modern at times! The lineup is wonderful – with Clark Terry and Nick Travis on trumpets, Willie Dennis and Bob Brookmeyer on trombones, and Gene Quill, Gene Allen, and Eddie Caine on saxes – plus guitar from Jim Hall, bass from Bill Crow, and drums from Gus Johnson. Titles include "Big City Life", "Bridgehampton South", "My Kind Of Love", "Pretty Gypsy", "Bridgehampton Strut", and "Big City Blues". CD

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PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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PlusPlus (includes bonus 7" single) ... LP
Veals & Geeks (Belgium), 1972. New Copy LP + 7" (reissue)... $22.99
Kind of an offshoot of the Marc Moulin world of the early 70s – the self-titled album from Plus, a group made up of musicians from the funky combo Placebo! The vibe is much more open than Placebo, but still shares lots of that group's great talent for mixing together jazz, funk, and trippy bits of prog – all in a way that's never too overindulgent, and always with a nice punch on most of the cuts – so that there's plenty of funky moments too! Drums are great, keeping things very interesting – and the horn passages run from Afro-styled lines with a nice exotic quality, to straighter jazz rock – augmented by some gritty vocals from time to time – in a raspy style that's kind of a 70s update of soulful UK mod styles of the previous generation. Titles include "The Search", "Gimme Some More Of That", "What Did You Do", "Open Letter", "Put Everything Together", and "Enjoy Yourself". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus pic sleeve single – with the tracks "Kentucky Woman" and "Changing".)

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Pete RugoloBehind Brigitte Bardot ... LP
Warner, 1960. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
A very cool record! The album's sort of an American tribute to the emerging French sex goddess Brigitte Bardot – one that features a gatefold cover with a wraparound photo of Brigitte, and some nice images on the inside. Music on the set is by Pete Rugolo – the master arranger who'd worked with June Christy, Stan Kenton, and others – and although Bardot doesn't sing or even make an appearance on the set, Pete does more than enough of a good job of conjuring up her presence with a good selection of jazzy tunes. Players include Pete Candoli and Jack Sheldon on trumpets, Frank Rosolino on trombone, Paul Horn and Bud Shank on reeds, and Laurindo Almeida on guitar. Gloria Wood sings on one track – and titles include "Arsenic Blues", "Paris BB", "Jeff's Blues", "Mambo Bardot", "A T'Aimer", and "The Night Heaven Fell". LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Vitaphonic pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine and split top seam, comes in two pieces, and some light stains.)

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Johnny ScottLondon Swings ... LP
EMI/Capitol (Canada), 1966. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A mid 60s groover from Brit jazzman Johnny Scott – a date that's done with largeish charts, but a great sense of rhythm throughout! The players include Ian Hamer and Ray Davies on trumpets, Ronnie Ross and Duncan Lamont on saxes, John Marson on harp, Don Lusher on trombone, and Alan Branscombe on piano – and the tunes offer up a cascading mix of large charts and individual instrumental voices, occasionally filled in by a bit of strings. Titles include "London By Night", "Greek Street Soho", "Let's All Go Down To The Strand", "Chelsea Bridge", and "Knocked Em In The Old Kent Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some splitting on the bottom seam – but vinyl is great.)

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Territory Band (Ken Vandermark)Territory Band 3 – Map Theory ... CD
Okka Disk, 2004. New Copy 2CDs ... $10.99 16.99
The most ambitious work to date from Ken Vandermark's Territory Band – a larger-than-usual ensemble that ranks with some of the great improvising orchestras of the 70s – like the London Jazz Composers Orchestra or the Globe Unity group! For the project, Vandermark pulled together a host of talents from the Chicago and European scenes – including Jeb Bishop on trombone, Axel Doerner on trumpet, Kent Kessler on bass, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Dave Rempis on saxes, Jim Baker on piano, and Paul Lytton and Paal Nilssen-Love on percussion. The tracks are strongly concerned with sound and texture, and have a fair degree of space and contemplative moments – showing Vandermark as an increasingly complex composer, but one that still manages to make a project like this pulsate with the energy of his smaller group work. Titles include "Slides #1", "A Certain Light", "Framework", "Image As Text", and "Towards Abstraction". CD

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Territory Band (with Ken Vandermark)Transatlantic Bridge ... CD
Okka Disk, 2000. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
The fantastic first record from Chicago's Territory Band – a project headed up by saxophonist Ken Vandermark, and one that definitely builds the Transatlantic Bridge that's promised by the title! During the second half of the 90s, the Chicago avant scene really exploded with some great younger players – and also drew a lot of guests from other global scenes too – creating a lively cross-breeding of sounds, styles, and ideas – all of which are represented strongly by this group! The lineup features Jim Baker on piano, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Axel Dorner on trumpet, Dave Rempis on alto and tenor, Kent Kessler on bass, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, and both Paul Lytton and Tim Mulvenna play drums – which makes for a super heavy sense of energy throughout. Vandermark blows tenor, bass clarinet, and b flat clarinet – on titles that include "Collage (for Kurt Schwitters)", "RM (for Marcel Duchamp)", "Mobile (for Alexander Calder)", and "Stabile (for Hans Hoffmann)". CD

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VariousMo' Mod Jazz ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
We really love all the different volumes in the Mod Jazz series from Kent Records – they've been instrumental to our musical education over the years – so we're always happy to have "Mo", especially with a collection this great! The material comes from a number of different indies from the 60s – and the style here is definitely mod, in that hip mix of R&B, soul, and jazz that was brewing on the London scene back in the day – but which was always best delivered by American artists like this! The music bristles with heavy tenor, Hammond organ, scratchy guitar, and the occasional well-belted vocal – and the whole thing feels like finding a jukebox full of carefully-selected 45s in some lost southside tavern. 22 tracks in all – including "Smokey Joe's La La" by Googie Rene, "Blue Vibes" by Johnny Lytle, "Cholo" by Brown Brothers of Soul, "Soul Jam" by Booker T & The MGs, "Money" by Freddie Roach, "Mission Impossible" by Johnny Gilliam, "Spider Man" by Freddie McCoy, "You Win I Lose" by Little Johnny Taylor, "You Can't Sit Down" by Chris Colombo, "Eyesight To The Blind" by Mose Allison, "My Train" by Merl Saunders, "Brother Ray" by Willis Jackson, and "Right On" by Boogaloo Joe Jones. CD

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VariousMod Jazz Rides Again ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Sammy Davis Jr is looking pretty darn hip on the cover – and all the artists inside are sounding pretty darn hip as well – coming together during the glory days of soul jazz, at a time when blues, vocals, and R&B were also criss-crossing into other styles too! There's an upbeat, soul-drenched, ultra-cool vibe to the whole thing – not too-familiar retro jazz numbers, but instead a wealth of rare cuts that often come from the sort of 7" singles that change hands for big money in the funky 45 underground, next to obscure album cuts too – mixed with the kind of unreleased material that the Ace/Kent label has always done such a good job of digging up! The package explodes with groovy musical delights – and titles include "What Is love" by Bobby Jenkins, "Out House" by Eddie Bridges & His Lowriders, "Empire City" by Gene Walker & The Combo, "Pushin The Button Of Soul" by Hank Jacobs, "Fat Man" by Montego Joe, "The Bold" by Russell Evans & The Nite Hawks, "Hey Mrs Jones" by Jimmy Witherspoon, "Poppa Nickel" by The Tempo Rhythms, "Sherry's Party" by Ray Johnson, "Hot Tamale Man" by Harold Betters, "Shank & Grits" by Ray Shanklin, "Pluckin" by Jimmy Mayes & The Soul Breed, "East 24th Ave" by Billy Graham & The Escalators, and "Do The Thing" by Gate Wesley. CD
 
 
 



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