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✨✧ Jay DeeRico Suave Bossa Nova (Mr Thing edit)/Come Get It ... 7-inch
Alim (UK), Early 2000s/2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 sides of classic era Jay Dee circa Welcome 2 Detroit – including a tight Mr. Thing edit! "Rico Suave Bossa Nova" has always been a stunner in the Dilla catalog – as diverse of a beatmaker and producer as he always was, the bossa beat and jazzy piano backdrop on this one stood out then and now. Mr. Thing's edit wisely keeps it in that lively and jazzy wheelhouse while extending it just a bit. "Come Get It" with Elzhi on the mic is straightforward head nodding hip hop, though Dilla's ambitious touches are on full display in the bits of vibe and other chiming atmospherics. 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Spirit Of Life EnsembleFeel The Spirit ... CD
Rise Up, 1994. Used ... $6.99
A very large spirital ensemble – with Clifford Adams on trombone, Talib Kibwe on reeds, Antonio Hart on alto, Onaje Allen Gumbs on piano, Kamal Adul-Alim on trumpet, and Winard Harper on drums. CD

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✨✧ VariousKev Beadle Presents Private Collection – Independent Jazz Sounds From The 70s & 80s ... CD
BBE (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A completely sublime collection of spiritual jazz numbers from the 70s – put together by the legendary Kev Beadle, one of the first cats to spin the music with Gilles Peterson on the UK scene! The package is a great mix of essentials from years back, plus some under-discovered nuggets from the American underground – all with a nice emphasis on the grooves and rhythms – in a way that you might have heard back at Dingwalls on a Sunday afternoon! The set's a great reminder that music can be progressive and groovy at the same time – and the whole thing's overflowing with righteous treasures that include "Jessica" by Roy Porter, Namaste" by Seeds Of Fulfillment", "In Every Way" by Reverie, "Open Your Mind" by Southern Energy Ensemble, "Flying Colors" by James Williams, "Dipping" by Johnny Walker, "Here Comes The Family" by Peter Giger's Family Of Percussion & Archie Shepp, "Brotherhood" by Kamal Abdul Alim, "Sun Shower" by Byron Morris & Unity, and "Freedom Road" by The Pharoahs. CD
 
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✨✧ Cetu JavuHave In Mind (kalimba mix, extended mix)/China Girl (gto mix)/Quiero Verte! ... 12-inch
ZYX (Germany), 1988. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $19.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has lightly bent and bumped corners.)

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✨✧ Dr AlimantadoBest Dressed Chicken In Town ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Full strength roots from Dr Aminatado! In a perfect world, this album would need no introduction from us – it's classic caliber to say the least! For those yet to visit the doctor, this is the perfect perscription –in which Dr Alimantado and Lee Scratch Perry lead you through a top tier side of funky Black Ark reggae with the heavy murky Perry touch and some mad Dee Jay stylings from the best dressed chicken in town. 10 cuts, including the awesome title track, plus "Just The Other Day", "Gimme Mi Gun", "I Killed The Barber", "Unitone Skank", "Can't Conquer Natty Dreadlocks", "Ride On", "I Shall Fear No Evil". LP, Vinyl record album

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Erkin KorayHalimem ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1970s. New Copy ... About October 30, 2020 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album

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WeberFantasia (Variations) Op 25/Concertino For Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, & String Quartet/Serenade For Strings – Masselos/Galimir String Quartet ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label monopressing, with deep groove. Cover has a split spine, and some other seam splitting.)

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✨✧ AK SalimPretty For The People ... LP
Savoy, 1957. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hip one from the great AK Salim – one of his rare sides cut for Savoy during the late 50s, a swirling batch of soulful jazz tracks, featuring an octet that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Johnny Griffin on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Max Roach on drums, and Chino Pozo on congas. Salim has a real talent for taking a group like this and making them swing hard – kind of in the way that Slide Hampton did on his early 60s sides for Atlantic, and with a similar soulful bent – especially given the strong percussion work on the set. The soloists break out of the group strongly on the best cuts – and all tunes are over five minutes long, with ample solo space. Titles include "Blu Binsky", "RU12", "Shirley Ray", "Ba Lu Ee Du", and "Pretty For The People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a small split in the spine and blue tape holding the bottom seam, looks nice otherwise.)

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✨✧ Hadley CalimanHadley Caliman ... CD
Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest, hippest albums ever from reedman Hadley Caliman – cut at a time when Caliman was playing on a lot of other west coast sessions – both jazz and soul – and a record that definitely pushes his new ideas to the forefront! Hadley is always great, no matter what the setting – but this record really offers him the chance to stretch out and express himself – both on tenor and flute, in a way that's more Strata East or Black Jazz spiritual than some of the other albums on the Mainstream label at the time. The group's nicely laidback – with Larry Vuckovich on piano, John White Jr on guitar, Clarence Becton on drums, and Bill Douglass on bass – but Caliman is the clear star of the set, and shines brightly throughout. Tracks include "Cigar Eddie", "Longing", "Comencio", and "Kicking On The Inside". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ AK SalimAfro Soul Drum Orgy ... LP
Prestige, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy in the 50s – but by the time of this 1965 recording, he was emerging as a progressive composer with a strong talent for bringing together disparate moods and styles. This rare recording was one of his best works ever, and it's one of the most unusual sides cut by Prestige in the 60s. It features Johnny Coles, Pat Patrick, and Yusef Lateef out front on horns – plus backing by a host of Latin and African percussionists. Tracks are very long – and the reed work of Lateef and Patrick makes the set especially worthwhile for jazz listeners. Titles include "Afrika", "Kumuamkia Mzulu", and "Pepo Za Sarari". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny Almond Music MachineHollywood Blues ... LP
Deram, 1970. Near Mint- ... $19.99
An excellent album of funky jazz – arranged and conducted by British organ and sax player Johnny Arnold – but also featuring some incredible work from an assortment of west coast soul jazz players that include Charles Kynard, Curtis Amy, Hadley Caliman, and Vi Redd! As the title kind of implies, the groove's in a swinging soundtrack sort of mode – almost a Lalo Schifrin 60s style, and one that blends together the organ lines with some totally sweet work on vibes, flute, and tenor sax. There's a wonderful Verve-like feel going down here – although in some way, the album's even hipper than anything on Verve from the time! Titles include "Agadir Sunset", "It's The Water", "Hot Rod", "Slipping Easy", and "Funkville U.S.A.". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a small center split in the spine.)

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Count BasieCount Basie At Newport ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good ... $8.99
The 50s Basie band, loud and proud – recorded beautifully by Verve on the stage of the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957 – a great year, both for the group and the fest! The lineup here features Count Basie firmly at the helm on piano – with players who include Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, and Frank Foster on tenor – plus Thad Jones and Joe Newman on trumpets – all tightly grooving on arrangements by Ernie Wilkins, AK Salim, and others – filled with plenty of Basie jumps, leaps, and vamps! Jimmy Rushing sings vocals on the track "Sent For You Yesterday & Here You Come Today" – and other tracks include "Lester Leaps In", "Swingin At Newport", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", and "Evenin". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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Bobby CaldwellBobby Caldwell (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Clouds/Victor (Japan), 1978. Used ... $38.99
Bobby was one of the more unlikely soul acts of the late 70s – but thanks to some skillful keyboard playing and smooth vocals, he scored huge with the track "What You Won't Do For Love", a nicely compressed mellow soul cut that almost feels like ballad-style Earth, Wind & Fire circa 1975, and which has remained a perennial favorite. The cut's included here on Bobby's first album, along with "Special To Me", "Can't Say Goodbye", "My Flame", "Love Won't Wait", "Come To Me", "Down For The Third Time", "Take Me Back To Then" and "Kalimba Song", another nod to Maurice White and crew, to be sure! Also includes a bonus track – the TK version of "Can't Say Goodbye". CD
(Out of print, includes obi. HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing!)

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DimlitePrismic Tops ... CD
Now Again, 2010. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
Abstract beats with a depth of global influences from Dimlite – the Swiss beatmaker/producer's debut for the Now Again/Stones Throw – and far reaching effort that covers a lot of aural atmosphere over its running time! Dimlite's work for Sonar Kollectiv was among the most forward looking on the roster, and that unpredictable approach is well served here. Glitchy synth sounds and bubbling electronic errata mix with more earthy rhythms and hazy melodies – with vocals that also give it a more grounded feel in spots, but this is adventurous and unpredictable in all the right ways. Titles include "Kalimba Sewathswamp/Kurt Feelings", "On The Same Picture" featuring vocals by Elan Tamara, "Firevomit (ODN)", "Elbow Flood", "Can't Get Used To Those (Afterlude)" and more. CD features the bonus "Elbow Flood" instrumental. CD

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Earth Wind & FireMom/Power ... 7-inch
Columbia, Early 70s. Very Good ... $6.99
2 really great early numbers from Earth Wind & Fire! "Mom" is a lot nicer than you might think from the title – not sappy at all, but a righteous soul number with that sublime blend of jazz and soul that EWF had in their best early records. "Power" is even better – a really long track that begins with some chugging funky guitars, over which you'll hear some of Maurice White's trademark electric kalimba – grooving nicely as some hipper jazzy sounds come into the mix! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Columbia sleeve with some pen. Includes juke box strips.)

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Earth Wind & FireOpen Our Eyes (expanded edition) ... CD
CBS, 1974. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Spiritual, soulful, and oh, so beautiful! This record captures Earth Wind & Fire at a perfect transition moment – when they've still got some of their avant jazz roots, but are leaning towards the smooth soulful funk sound that put them on the charts a few years later. The whole thing's a wonderful mix of spiritualism and funky jazz – and it includes their massive cover of "Mighty Mighty", plus a lot of tracks with cool instrumentation, like "Kalimba Story", "Drum Song", and "Caribou". Great jazzy groovers, all of them! Contains 4 previously unissued tracks – "Ain't No Harm To Moan", "Step's Tune", "Dreams", and "Fair But So Uncool (Walkin In N'Awlins mix)". CD

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Earth Wind & FireOpen Our Eyes/That's The Way Of The World/Powerlight (3CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Sony, 1974/1975/1983. New Copy 3CD ... $6.99
A trio of great albums from Earth Wind & Fire – packaged together here in a single set! First up is Open Our Eyes – a set that's spiritual, soulful, and oh, so beautiful! This record captures Earth Wind & Fire at a perfect transition moment – when they've still got some of their avant jazz roots, but are leaning towards the smooth soulful funk sound that put them on the charts a few years later. The whole thing's a wonderful mix of spiritualism and funky jazz – and it includes their massive cover of "Mighty Mighty", plus a lot of tracks with cool instrumentation, like "Kalimba Story", "Drum Song", and "Caribou". Great jazzy groovers, all of them! Next is That's The Way Of The World – Earth Wind & Fire's ultimate moment of the 70s – and a perfect blending of all their influences that stands as a lasting tribute to their super-huge effect on soul music! The record features all aspects of the band coming into perfect cohesion – bassy funk, mellow soul, and Afrocentric jazz – all expertly handled by the great Charles Stepney, who still has the same rich talent for blending styles that he had while working at Chess/Cadet during the glory days of the late 60s. Some of these songs have been played to death (and covered so much) over the years that it's often easy to forget what a crowning moment this was for former underground soul heroes Earth, Wind & Fire – but we'll never cease to be amazed at the power of their mid-70s work, and this album's the best of the best. Titles include "Shining Star", "That's The Way Of The World", "Reasons", "Africano", "See The Light", and "Happy Feelin". The last album is from the early 80s, but the Powerlight is burning bright – Maurice White, Philip Bailey, and the rest of the group still very much in classic formation! Even on a post-70s set like this, Earth Wind & Fire still manage to come up with tracks that beat the rest of the ensemble funk groups that grew up in their wake – groovers that still set a new level for the boogie generation, and mellow tracks that cross over beautifully without ever getting to soppy or adult contemporary. The balance is a tricky one, but the group always manage to pull it off – and guide the whole presentation of work here with enough class and care to show that the whole thing's the result of genius planning, and not just some happy accident! Titles include "Something Special", "Miracles", "Fall In Love With Me", "Straight From The Heart", and "Spread Your Love". CD

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✨✧ EmotionsDon't Ask My Neighbors – The Columbia/Arc Recordings (Flowers/Rejoice/Sunbeam/Come Into Our World/New Affair/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $24.99
Amazing box set – five full albums of material, plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Flowers – a soaring classic from The Emotions – thanks to some supreme help from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the soul spectrum! This set has the trio really sounding great – with Kalimba Productions by Maurice White and Charles Stepney – and a good deal of EWF help on the instrumentation as well! The girls break out of the rootsier style used on their earlier Stax recordings, and manage to fit perfectly with the jazzy tinges of the new grooves – and, along with Ramsey Lewis and EWF, the Emotions were part of a hugely successful trinity during the late 70s – one that took the indie soul roots of the Chicago scene and turned it into landmark big business for Columbia Records. The album's got a new approach to female group soul that would go onto shape R&B for years to come – and titles include "Flowers", "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", "We Go Through Changes", "Special Part", and "You've Got The Right To Know". Next is Rejoice – a huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they'd been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There's a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls miles from their rougher, rootsier soul of the Stax/Volt years – yet like all the best EWF records of the time, the sound is also plenty soulful, with lots of righteous undercurrents. The album includes the group's wonderful track "Don't Ask My Neighbors", a heavenly tune that builds on a long tradition of sweet female soul from Chicago; the super-huge "Best Of My Love", a hit on dancefloors and radios for years to come – and many other nice numbers like "Blessed", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", and "Key To My Heart". Sunbeam is great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey sound that provides a perfect spiritual edge to the girls vocals – taking them way past the hits, into much more sophisticated soul territory. There's a beautifully righteous vibe going on throughout – a sound that's almost like Minnie Riperton at her 70s Capitol best – and titles include "Love Vibes", "Walking The Line", "Time Is Passing By", "I Wouldn't Lie", "Smile", and "Spirit Of Summer". Come Into Our World has the sweet Emotions at the top of their game – one of the brilliant albums that has the soulful trio working hand in hand with Earth Wind & Fire! The girls were plenty great in their early years, but working with Maurice White and company, they really took off – hitting a whole new level that really unlocked some deeply spiritual power in their vocals! And sure, the approach also yielded the group plenty of hits – but for good reason, too – given the classic quality and all-great nature of a set like this. Maurice White produced, and the lineup is filled with plenty of Earth Wind & Fire players too – working with some great arrangements from Tom Tom 84, Wade Marcus, and others. Tunes are balanced between clubby numbers and some nice midtempo moments – and titles include "Where Is Your Love", "Cause I Love You", "Come Into My World", "On & On", "I Should Be Dancing", "Layed Back", and "Yes I Am". New Affair has The Emotions breaking free a bit from the Earth Wind & Fire influence, and grooving nicely with a sweet 80s feel! The girls' voices are still quite wonderful – some of the deepest harmonies in the female soul world at the time – and the tunes kick it up nicely in a blend of snapping bassy club tracks and mellower cuts that sweetly sway with their great vocals! Loads of wonderful tracks – and an album not to miss! Titles include "Turn It Out", "There'll Never Be Another Moment", "Now That I Know", "Love Lies", "When You Gonna Wake Up", and "Here You Come Again". 3CD set features 8 bonus tracks – including "Boogie Wonderland (12" mix", "Don't Ask My Neighbors (single version)", "I Should Be Dancin (single version)", "My Baby Dance", "Changes", "Where Is Your Love (single version)", and "Flowers (single version)". CD

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Ahmed FakrounMots D'Amour ... LP
Celluloid/PMG (Austria), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Words of love from Libyan singer Ahmed Fakroun – an artist who works with some sweet 80s electro soul backings that perfectly match his look on the cover! The vocals are mostly in Arabic, but they're set to backings that have a definite western approach – very universal in sound, with a quality that embraces some of the best New York indie soul styles of the time, and maybe a bit of Brit electro pop too – while Fakroun flows over the top with a mode that's as emotive as it is groovy! The record's way more than just a world music sidebar, and has gained a lot of appreciation over the years – and titles include "Fil Moden Al Kabira", "Oyunic", "Soleil Soleil", "Ya Farhi'Bik", and "Kalimat Hob". LP, Vinyl record album

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Buck GriffinLet's Elope Baby ... CD
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Overlooked Texas genius from Buck Griffin – a singer who first recorded for the famous Lin label, then got a shot at the bigtime on MGM! Buck's maybe the epitome of a local vocal star – a singer who was on the radio daily, and who was able to absorb the best of the bigger early 50s acts – then sling things forth with a spirit that was all his own – this great mix of heartbreaking vocals and hard-edge twang – which worked equally well on the mellow cuts and the more upbeat numbers! There's some occasional rocking guitar in the mix, which only further emphasizes the strength of Buck's vocals – and although many of these tracks are later than the classic years, there's a strong hillbilly vibe on many of the numbers. Titles include "Go Stop Go", "Broken Heart With Alimony", "Stutterin Papa", "Girl In 1209", "Meadowlark Boogie", "Cochise", "Let's Elope Baby", "Next To Mine", "Lookin For The Green", "Twenty Six Steps", and "First Man To Stand On The Moon". CD

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Matthew HalsallSalute To The Sun ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2020. New Copy ... About November 27, 2020 (delayed)
A gem of a record from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – one of our favorite jazz musicians of the past 20 years, and an artist who just seems to be growing and growing with each new release! This set picks up on the organic, meditative quality of some of Halsall's recent records – but it also has a bit more bite, and is maybe almost a return to the roots of his earliest records on the Gondwana label – those classics that first made us fall in love with his music over a decade ago, and which made Matthew a real front-runner of the current global spiritual jazz underground! The set's got this very rich presentation – as the leader's work on trumpet is mixed with harp from Maddie Herbert, flute and tenor from Matt Cliffe, piano and kalimba from Livin Gheorghe, and great use of percussion, bass, and drums – all on long tracks that build with the best sort of post-Coltrane energy – titles that include "Joyful Spirits Of The Universe", "Mindfulness Meditations", "Tropical Landscapes", "Harmony With Nature", and "The Energy Of Life". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny HammondGears (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the same way he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". This stunning version adds in some killer bonus tracks – 6 never-heard cuts from the Milestone vaults, including "Song For My Family", "Funky Native", "Detroit Rainbow", "Can't We Smile (alt)", and slow and fast versions of "A Child's Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hampshire & FoatSaint Lawrence ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $9.99
The duo of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat keep on getting more and more interesting as the years go on – to a point where they seem to be carving out a really special place in music that might well be a genre of their own! The music here represents a wonderful evolution of their skills together – sounds that are still steeped in older elements of jazz, funk, and other modes – but which have also taken on a new sort of complexity, yet all without ever losing the organic, immediate approach that makes them so compelling! There's a blend here that's as if an Italian soundtrack of the 70s used spiritual jazz for its instrumentation – long flowing tracks that unfold with a gentle sort of beauty – with Hampshire on guitars and percussion, Foat on organ, guitar, piano, and kalimba – and other instrumentation on bells, gongs, flute, and percussion. Titles include "The Solitude Of Certitudes", "Woody Bay", "Out On The Side", "The Undercliff", "The Snake & The Weasel", and "The Clock Tower". CD

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Hampton HawesBlues For Walls ... LP
Prestige, 1973. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Although this session's produced by Orrin Keepnews, it's very much in the stretched-out space funk style of some of the David Axelrod produced Fantasy sessions, although perhaps with some more modal fusion touches. Hawes plays acoustic and electric piano, as well as Arp – and the rest of the group features Oscar Brashear, Hadley Caliman, Ndugu Chancler, and Henry Franklin, all strong proponents of the west coast soul jazz sound. Titles include "Sun Dance", "Brother Brantley", "Rain Forest", "Carmel", and "Me Ho". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some waviness and staining along the bottom 3 inches due to moisture.)

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Quin KirchnerShadows & The Light ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2020. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99
A double-length set that showcases the ever-growing, ever-evolving talents of drummer Quin Kirchner – working here in a variety of settings with help from some other great talents on the Chicago scene! Most of these tunes have a core sense of structure – and even when Quin is improvising more freely, he still finds a way to swing – working here on conventional drums, other percussion instruments, and even a bit of kalimba too – alongside a mix of players that includes Nick Broste on trombone, Nate Lepine on tenor and flute, Nick Mazzarella on alto, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Greg Ward on alto, Rob Clearfield on piano, and Matt Ulery on bass. Many numbers have a spacious, ambitious vibe – almost spiritual jazz, of a quality that really has us respecting Kirchner more than ever – and the double space of the album is really needed to allow this majestic message the room to unfold properly. Titles include "Ecliptics", "King Korn", "Jupiter Moon", "Horizons", "At This Point In Time", "Bata Chop", "Pathways", "Star Cluster", and "Moon Vision". CD
Also available Shadows & The Light ... LP 24.99

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Quin KirchnerShadows & The Light ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 30.00
A double-length set that showcases the ever-growing, ever-evolving talents of drummer Quin Kirchner – working here in a variety of settings with help from some other great talents on the Chicago scene! Most of these tunes have a core sense of structure – and even when Quin is improvising more freely, he still finds a way to swing – working here on conventional drums, other percussion instruments, and even a bit of kalimba too – alongside a mix of players that includes Nick Broste on trombone, Nate Lepine on tenor and flute, Nick Mazzarella on alto, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Greg Ward on alto, Rob Clearfield on piano, and Matt Ulery on bass. Many numbers have a spacious, ambitious vibe – almost spiritual jazz, of a quality that really has us respecting Kirchner more than ever – and the double space of the album is really needed to allow this majestic message the room to unfold properly. Titles include "Ecliptics", "King Korn", "Jupiter Moon", "Horizons", "At This Point In Time", "Bata Chop", "Pathways", "Star Cluster", and "Moon Vision". LP, Vinyl record album
(Please Note – these copies have a slightly bumped corner through shipping, still beautiful!)
Also available Shadows & The Light ... CD 13.99

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Erkin KorayElektronik Turkuler ... LP
Turkofon, 1974. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $34.99
A masterpiece of Turkish psychedelia – and quite possibly the greatest album ever from Turkish psychedelic maestro Erkin Koray – a mad blend of sounds that definitely lives up to its "elektronik" title! Most numbers feature a weird blend of electric guitar and baglama – used in a style that's similar to Koray's earlier Arabesk recordings, but in ways that are often more tripped out and free-thinking – almost in a groove that's similar to late 60s blends of Eastern influences and progressive rock in the US and Europe – but even wilder and weirder throughout! There's a bit of vocals on the set, but the instrumentation dominates – and titles include "Sir", "Karli Daglar", "Cemalim", "Inat", "Hele Yar", "Turku", and "Korkulu Ruya". LP, Vinyl record album
(Italian pressing on GDR from 2008.)

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MachitoKenya (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Roulette/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 44.99
A real corker from Machito – a set that's got a lot more bite and earthy fire than some of his other albums of the 50s – as you might be able to guess from the cover and the title! The record definitely lives up to the Afro-Cuban promise on the front – thanks to very hip arrangements from Mario Bauza and AK Salim – who balance core rhythmic elements with some great modern jazz solo contributions – from key players who include Johnny Griffin on tenor, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Joe Newman on trumpet, and Eddie Bert on trombone – all coming together under Machito's leadership with a sound that's much bolder than most of his work in a straighter Latin mode! The album's a key meeting of styles – as powerful today as it was when first recorded – and tracks include the great "Congo Mulence", a very tight groover – plus "Turuato", "Frenzy", "Cannonology", "Minor Rama", and "Wild Jungle". LP, Vinyl record album
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Taj MahalBrothers/Music Fuh Ya/Evolution ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $10.99 16.99
A trio of Warner Brothers albums from Taj Mahal – all served up as a single collection! First up is Brothers – one of the better records that Taj Mahal cut during in the later 70s – probably because it was a soundtrack, and pushed the groove into some interesting places – with Taj's gruff vocals working over some Caribbean rhythms and modern blues, and more smoothed out moments! The latter moments actually creep near or even cross over the line into kind of a fusiony soul feel, with the tightly thumping electric bass and rolling sax, but Taj keeps the overall vibe as uncommonly diverse as his other records for Columbia. Tracks include "Malcolm's Song", "David & Angela", "Night Rider", "Brother's Doin Time", "Free The Brothers", "Love Theme In The Key Of D", and "Funky Butt". Music Fuh Ya is a sweetly soulful set that has Taj Mahal really trying on some new flavors – yet still keeping things strongly in the bluesy territory of his roots! In addition to the lead vocals and lots of acoustic guitar, the set also features key contributions from Rudy Costa on a range of saxes, plus flute and kalimba too – plus other unusual elements that include steel drums, timbales, and banjo – all of which inflect different moments with freshly playful sounds, and a surprisingly Caribbean vibe at times. Titles include "You Got It", "Sailin", "Truck Driver's Two Step", "Curry", and "The Four Mills Brothers". Evolution is a well-titled set – given that the record really shows an evolution in the style of Taj Mahal! Some cuts are still in an older bluesy mode, but a few others feature some great backings from Leon Pendarvis – who creates this fuller, soaring sort of style that takes off with plenty of power! The approach is a great way to use Taj's vocals in a richer 70s soul setting – and those cuts are balanced by some more stripped-down numbers that include a few that follow in the recent Mahal use of steel drums. Titles include "Sing A Happy Song", "Lowdown Showdown", "Why You Do Me This Way", "Highnite", and "Salsa De Laventille". CD

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Ze Eduardo NazarioPoema Da Gota Serena ... LP
Lira Paulstana/Lugar Alto (Brazil), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A really unique little record from Ze Eduardo Nazario – a set that maybe begins in improvised jazz, but which soon opens up to a world of different sonic possibilities – on some moments that have a very Brazilian vibe overall, even if it is an experimental one! Eduardo plays a range of different percussion instruments – drums, kalimba, xylophone, tablas, and lots more – alongside musical partners Cacau on tenor sax and flute, and Lelo Nazario on piano and keyboards – the last of which are used very gently, and sparingly – so that there's very little electric feel to the set – save maybe this slight glow in the background. There's also a few very abstract vocal passages, but delivered with a rhythmic pulse – so that the voice is just another element in the overall sound, which moves between rhythmic and freer modes. Titles include "Pra Pensar", "Pra Sentir E Contar", "So Pra Ouvir", and "Energia Dos 3 Mundos". LP, Vinyl record album

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Liza NgwaSunshine (with bonus download) ... LP
Nubiphone (France), Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99
A really cool little record, and one that's got a lot more going on than just the usual set from an African female singer – as Liza Ngawa's as much a great guitarist as she is a vocalist, and stretches out here in an excellent group with two other guitar players, two keyboards, and some nicely laidback percussion! The whole thing's got a vibe that's really hard to describe – maybe a trace of Ngawa's Cameroon roots, but with instrumental flourishes that are very personal and very individual – and which are followed by vocals that have an equally distinct quality. Titles include "Alima", "N'Tcho Nkwi", "N'Kirre", "Sunshine", "Samba Makossa", and "Massa Pierre". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500 – includes poster & download!)

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Pharoah SandersSpirits ... CD
Meta, 2000. Used ... $11.99
A great later moment from Pharoah Sanders – a set that's one of his few from the time that really stretches out in the same open, spiritual territory of his classic recordings for Impulse! The group's a trio – with Sanders on tenor and wood flute, Hamid Drake on drums and other percussion, and Adam Rudolph on a host of different instruments – from hand percussion, to kalimba, bamboo flute, and gong! The style's probably mostly like Rudolph's other material – not nearly as outside as some of Drake's recordings – but the presence of Sanders' horn really shapes things a lot, and gives the whole thing a lot more bite than some of Adam's other material. The tracks are long, and mostly have Pharoah soaring out with beautifully emotive work on tenor. Titles include "Morning In Soweto", "Sunrise", "The Thousand Petalled Lotus", "Roundhouse", "Sunset", and "Calling To The Luminous Beings". CD

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Mongo SantamariaStone Soul ... LP
Columbia, 1969. Very Good ... $9.99
A killer album from Mongo Santamaria's classic 60s run for Columbia – and a record that also features some wonderful alto work from a young Sonny Fortune! Sonny's the key soloist on the record – bringing some sharp jazz elements to an album that's equal part Latin and 60s soul instrumental – served up with key arrangements from Marty Sheller, and played by a cool mix of Latin and soul players that includes Mongo on congas and bongos, plus Pretty Purdie on drums, Haldey Caliman and Hubert Laws on tenor, Luis Gasca on trumpet, and Stephen Berrios, Julito Collazo, and Osualdo Martinez on percussion! Tunes are a mix of covers and cool originals – and titles include "Hitchcock Railway", "See Saw", "Cloud Nine", "Where We Are", "Love Child", "Who's Making Love", and "The Now Generation". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a sticker on the spine.)

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Hiroshi SatoOrient ... LP
Kitty/We Want Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Funky fusion from late 70s Japan – a set that's got a bit of vocals in the lead on some tracks, but which really opens up with some sweet keyboard-heavy instrumentation! There's almost a sharper, more soul-based groove here than on other Japanese sessions of the time – and the presence of vocals on about half the tracks give things a nice sense of structure and soul before the keyboards come in and really take off – some mighty nice work on a Yamaha CP-30, which creates some especially great sounds on the instrumental tracks! Sato plays keyboards, and so does Hidehiko Koike – and the record features some great percussion from the mysterious "Pecker". Titles include "Jo Do", "Picnic", "Kalimba Night", "Son Go Kuw", "Doncama", and "Sora Tobu Jutan". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shel SilversteinBoy Named Sue & His Other Country Songs ... CD
RCA/Water, 1969. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
One of the weirdest records ever from Shel Silverstein – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given what a weirdo he is! The set was recorded hot on the heels of the big Johnny Cash recording of "Boy Named Sue" – and it features Shel singing that famous tune, plus a host of other original country material – all of which is quite different than the usual songs coming from Nashville in the 60s! Production was done by Chet Atkins – who must have flipped a wig recording this one – and Shel's raspy, nasally voice is surprisingly at home in the professional Nashville backings. The record's a great leftfield country relic from the 60s – and titles include "Boy Named Sue", "Dirty Ol Me", "Alimoney", "Someday's Here", "Time", "Comin After Jinny", and "Daylight Dreamer". CD

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Jimi Tenor & Kabu KabuMystery Of Aether ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2012. Used ... $4.99
We've always loved the music of Jimi Tenor – but recently, he seems to get better and better with each new record – hitting a spiritual, soulful depth we never would have expected years ago! This album's one of his best efforts ever – and feels more like some lost 70s Euro/African rarity – as you might expect from the compelling cover! All the jazz elements of previous Tenor projects are in place – but there's also more of a pan-global influence going on – especially in the complicated percussion that graces most tracks, and which provides a wonderful counterpart to instrumentation that includes tenor, flutes, and piano from Jimi – plus trumpet from Julla Eskola and Tero Lindberg, trombone from Jay Kortehisto and Heikki Tuhkanen, and guitar from Kalle Kalima. Tracks are long, and have a feel that's somewhere between Strata East and Parisian Afro jazz experiments of the 70s – and titles include "Universal Love", "Afroeuropean", "Eternal Mystery", "Africa Kingdom", "Dance Of The Planets", "Curtain Of Steel", and "Starstuff". CD
(Out of print.)

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Steve TibbettsSafe Journey ... LP
ECM, 1984. Near Mint- ... $19.99
With Tibbetts on guitar, kalimba, and tapes, Marc Anderson on congas, steel drum, and percussion, Bob Hughes on bass, Tim Weinhold on vase, and Steve Cochrane on tabla. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)

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Twilight Memories Of The Three SunsRiver ... LP
Flish, 2008. Very Good+ ... $19.99
With Damian Languell, Dylan Languell, and Leo Heinzel playing guitars, drums, trainwhistle, dirt, rocks, keys, water, kalimba, dijeridoo, airplane, bird, and voice. LP, Vinyl record album
(LP has an extra spindle hole for off-center play.)

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Alex Wing & David BoykinVision Without Words ... CD
Alex Wing, 2019. New Copy ... $4.99
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from David Boykin – a set of spare duets with multi-instrumentalist Alex Wing – done at a level that really pushes Boykin's sounds on both tenor and bass clarinet! The tunes here are all freely improvised, and Wing often plays guitar – in an open, textural style that moves all up and down the instrument in a variety of ways – somewhat in a legacy that would include Derek Bailey or Eugene Chadbourne, and which is a very different setting for Boykin – something you can really hear in the way he's shaping his notes and choosing his sounds! Wing also plays a bit of alto clarinet, hulusi, and kalimba – but it's the guitar/reed moments on the album that hold us most rapt – served up here in material from two different sessions. CD

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VariousBoiling Point – Music From Hot Countries – The Best Of African & Latin Music ... CD
World Circuit/Trees Music & Art (Taiwan), 1996. Used ... $6.99
Music from Joe Arroyo Y La Verdad, Ali Farka Toure, Oumou Sangare, Gabriel Romero, Alex Konadu, Abdel Aziz El Mubarak, Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana, Orchestra Baobab, Dimi Mint Abba, Abdel Gadir Salim, Black Umfolosi & Rodolfo Y Su Tipica RA7. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousKickin Presents Mighty Mainstream – DJ's Choice 1965 to 1973 ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $29.99
A really fantastic collection of funky jazz from the Mainstream Records label – a funky powerhouse that was maybe only second to CTI in the early 70s – and which had a great way of moving forward older soul jazz players to a sweet electric sound for the new generation! The choice of cuts here is superb – some of our favorites from Mainstream, including a lot of lesser-known gems from their more obscure LPs – packed in a collection that runs for nearly 80 minutes in length, with never a letup on the funky moments! Titles include "El Torro Poo Poo" by Charles Kynard, "Red Clay" by Jack Wilkins, "House Of The Rising Funk" by Afrique, "Naima" by Charles McPherson, "Equipoise" by Roy Haynes, "Quadrivium" by Hadley Caliman, "Mambo Au Go Go" by Joe Cain, "Hot Peppers" by Mauricio Smith, "Mi Hermano" by Blue Mitchell, "Inner City Blues" by Sarah Vaughan, "M'Bassa" by Lamont Johnson, "The Loud Minority (edit)" by Frank Foster, "Babylon" by Buddy Terry, and "Ain't Got Nobody" by Maxine Weldon. CD

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VariousZamgroove – Music From Zambia ... LP
SWP (Netherlands), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
A nice range of different sounds from contemporary Zambia – a set that's got a partly ethnographic vibe, but which also features some electric instrumentation and more song-based work by a few different groups! The set begins with a mix of spare percussion and silimba xylophone from the duo of Crispin Mutanuka and Michael Baird – but then moves into two vocal tracks with kalimba lamellophone, guitar, and percussion – still spare, but tuneful overall. That spirit continues for the rest of the album – as other guitar/vocal tunes open up the sound! Percussionist Michael Baird is on most numbers, and also recorded the tracks – and titles include "Toninge Silami" by Lipa Band, "Cheeba Mabelo Abanakwe" by Crispin Mutanuka, "Titwe" by Mufrica Edward, and "Masholi" and "Musipili" by Libala Band. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Cesar AscarrunzCesar 830 ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lost Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and an album that may well blow away better-known work by groups like Malo, Azteca, or El Chicano! The album's near-perfect right from the start – and brings in plenty of New York elements to the groove, thanks to the inclusion of a heady amount of jazz alongside the soul, Latin, and funk elements in the grooves! The legendary Teo Macero produced and arranged – and really takes a lot of care in the studio to focus the overall energy of the tremendous talents on the record – players who include Hadley Caliman on flute and tenor, Steve Marcus on soprano sax, Benny Velarde on timbales, and Francisco Aguabella on congas – plus the trio of Cesar, Mark Levine, and Merl Sanders on keyboards. Most numbers have this really full, flowing groove – jazzy, but with a strong emphasis on the rhythms – and often touched with some great work on guitar that echoes the Santana-inspired sound of the generation, yet never in a rock way at all. Linda Tillery sings vocals on a few numbers, but the main focus is definitely instrumental – and the whole album's great – with cuts that include "See Saw Affair", "Azucar", "Descarga", "The Devil & Montezuma", "Gotta Get Away", and "Bridges". CD

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✨✧ Philip BaileyChinese Wall ... LP
Columbia, 1984. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A big breakthrough for Philip Bailey – and a record that was kind of a second-level explosion for the Earth Wind & Fire sound in the 80s! There's a definite crossover feel to the record – a style that takes Bailey's soulful vocals, and mixes them with lots of catchy hooks – in ways that push the Kalimba aesthetic even more into mainstream modes. Yet the album's still got some solid soul grounding, too – thanks to arrangements by Tom Tom and Arif Mardin – which is a nice contrast to the production by Phil Collins, who also guests on the hit "Easy Lover". Other cuts include "Time Is A Woman", "Go", "Walking On The Chinese Wall", "Photogenic Memory", "I Go Crazy", and "Children Of The Ghetto". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a trace of a price sticker.)

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✨✧ Dupree BoltonFireball ... CD
Uptown, 1962/1963/1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked trumpeter finally gets his due – in this amazingly rich set dedicated to the work of the great Dupree Bolton! Bolton's best known for his early 60s hardbop sides with Harold Land and Curtis Amy – but this may well be the first album to be issued entirely under his own name, and is definitely the first to feature such a wealth of music and historical notes on Dupree's life and career! The package is tremendous – filled with copious notes and vintage photos, and featuring music from three different slices in time – all equally compelling. First up is material from a 1962 TV show, Frankly Jazz – featuring Bolton on trumpet, Curtis Amy on tenor, Ray Crawford on guitar, and Dolo Coker on piano – playing beautifully together with a very soulful sound, on titles that include "Summertime", "Katanga", "Blues For Amy", and "Laura". Next are 2 tracks from a lost Pacific Jazz session – featuring Bolton's trumpet with the angular alto of Earl Anderza, plus Hadley Caliman on tenor and Roosevelt Wardell on piano – on the titles "Midnite Lament" and "Joe & I". Last up is some of the most interesting material on the whole CD – a performance by the Oklahoma Prison Band in 1980, featuring Bolton on trumpet, with a hip group that includes Fender Rhodes, Latin percussion, tenor, alto, flute, and guitar! These titles have a slightly more modern soul jazz feel, but definitely live up to Bolton's legacy – and titles include "Shackle Blues", "Chano", "Monk's Tunnel", and "John's Tune". CD

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✨✧ Bobby CaldwellWhat You Won't Do For Love (aka Bobby Caldwell) ... CD
Clouds/Sin-Drome, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bobby was one of the more unlikely soul acts of the late 70s – but thanks to some skillful keyboard playing and smooth vocals, he scored huge with the track "What You Won't Do For Love", a nicely compressed mellow soul cut that almost feels like ballad-style Earth, Wind & Fire circa 1975, and which has remained a perennial favorite. The cut's included here on Bobby's first album, along with the tracks "My Flame", "Love Won't Wait", "Down For The Third Time", and "Kalimba Song", another nod to Maurice White and crew, to be sure! CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Also available Bobby Caldwell (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD 38.99

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✨✧ John CorbettVinyl Freak – Love Letters To A Dying Medium ... Book
Duke University Press, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible look at the format of vinyl – put together by a guy who's got one of the hippest record collections we've ever seen! John Corbett's been writing about music, art, and other formats for decades – but his real labor of love is vinyl records – a format he continued to embrace even at the height of the CD era – so much so that he talked Downbeat magazine into letting him write a special column on musical delights that had never made it to the digital format! Corbett helped plenty of music get reissued on CD himself – thanks to countless label projects – but he also always held a special place in his heart for the kinds of records that never got reissued – and those are the sorts of titles featured here – a massive run of music that runs from jazz to funk, American and European, totally obscure to completely common – presented beautifully together in this massive book! The volume doesn't just bring together Corbett's columns, but also offers up full color reproductions of all the record covers, along with a few other details too – to support efforts on dozens of artists – a huge list that includes Melvin Jackson, Bill Leslie, Black Grass, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Phil Seamen, Khan Jamal, Klaus Doldinger, The Mad-Hatters, Tommy Jones, Guy Warren, The Three Souls, United Front, Johnny Lytle, London Experimental Jazz Quartet, Paul Smoker, AK Salim, Noah Howard, Jack Wilson, and many others – a good number of whom have yet to be reissued. The book is wonderful – and Corbett's longtime declaration of being a vinyl freak is more important than ever, given the rebirth of the medium! Book is 250 pages, softcover, with color images. Book

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✨✧ Lizzy Mercier DesclouxSuspense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ze/Light In The Attic, 1988. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The last lovely album in a wonderful run of records from Lizzy Mercer Descloux – one of the most unique talents to work on the Ze Records imprint in the 80s – and an artist who shared plenty of the genre-crossing, global-mixing elements of her contemporaries! The album's got a sound that's still as lean as Lizzy's earliest albums, but a slightly warmer glow too – almost a jazzy vibe at times, with a style that takes us back to our favorite sounds from the Swamp Children/Kalima on Factory Records at the same time – although with plenty of that French twist that she's always brought to her music. And in fact, this time around the lyrics seem even more French than ever – on titles that include "2 Femmes A La Mer", "L'Heure Bleu", "Once Upon A Time Out", "Echec Et Mat", and "A Room In New York". CD features bonus tracks – "Hurricane", "Playtime", "Gypsy Flame", "Lucky Strike Drive", and "Calypso Moguls (7" version)". CD

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireHead To The Sky ... CD
Columbia, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendously beautiful album – and a righteous anthem of power and growth that seems to open itself up to us more and more over the years! Earth Wind & Fire are at their height here – mixing together soul and funk with a set of influences that includes African percussion and Brazilian jazz – then blending the whole thing effortlessly into a cosmic sound that's simply breathless! "Keep Your Head To The Sky" is a song of pride that became an instant underground classic; "Zanzibar" is an incredible reworking of Edu Lobo's famous composition, turning the Brazilian baroque track into a spacey groover that soars on for 13 minutes; and "Evil" is a great tune that features the electrified Kalimba that became the band's sonic and legal trademark over the years! Other titles include "The World's A Masquerade", "Clover", and "Build Your Nest". CD
(Out of print original pressing. Cutout hole through case.)

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireThat's The Way Of The World – Alive In 75 ... CD
Sony, 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A previously-unissued live set from Earth Wind & Fire – recorded during their monumental tour of the US in 1975! The performance captures the group at the height of their powers – working with a tightness that's incredible, especially considering the massive stage setting – hitting grooves that are often even funkier than their studio albums, with an even sharper edge than on the better-known Gratitude live album from the 70s. The choice of tracks is great – and the album's filled with loads of the group's early gems – including "Mighty Mighty", "Kalimba Story", "Yearnin Learnin", "Shining Star", "Happy Feelin", "Evil", "Reasons", and "That's The Way Of The World" – plus a version of "Sun Goddess" with guest keys from Ramsey Lewis! CD

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✨✧ EmotionsFlowers (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A soaring classic from The Emotions – thanks to some supreme help from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the soul spectrum! This set has the trio really sounding great – with Kalimba Productions by Maurice White and Charles Stepney – and a good deal of EWF help on the instrumentation as well! The girls break out of the rootsier style used on their earlier Stax recordings, and manage to fit perfectly with the jazzy tinges of the new grooves – and, along with Ramsey Lewis and EWF, the Emotions were part of a hugely successful trinity during the late 70s – one that took the indie soul roots of the Chicago scene and turned it into landmark big business for Columbia Records. The album's got a new approach to female group soul that would go onto shape R&B for years to come – and titles include "Flowers", "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", "We Go Through Changes", "Special Part", and "You've Got The Right To Know". CD
(Out of print, 1996 Japanese pressing.)

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✨✧ Bela Fleck & Marcus RobertsAcross The Imaginary Divide ... CD
Rounder, 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Bela Fleck on banjo, Marcus Roberts on piano, Rodney Jordan on bass, and Jason Marsalis on drums. Tracks include "Petunia", "Kalimba", "Sunshine & The Moonlight", "That Ragtime Feeling", and "Some Roads Lead Home". CD
(Mark through barcode, digipak has light wear.)

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieNewport Years Volume V (aka Dizzy Gillespie At Newport) ... LP
Verve, 1957. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best albums ever in Verve's classic set of recordings from the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival – a set that captures the Dizzy Gillespie group of the decade in top live formation! The ensemble here is plenty hip – with a young Lee Morgan joining Dizzy on trumpet, and a host of other great players who include Melba Liston and Al Grey on trombones, Benny Golson and Billy Mitchell on saxes, and rhythm from the trio of Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul West on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums! Although big, the band often had the sharper groove of a small combo – and even when hitting some older moments from Gillespie's earlier years, they still kept a modern edge in their approach – thanks to arrangements by AK Salim, Tadd Dameron, Benny Golson, Quincy Jones, and Dizzy himself. Titles include "School Days", "I Remember Clifford", "Manteca", "Dizzy's Blues", "Cool Breeze", and "Doodlin". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s MGM pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Egberto GismontiSol Do Meio Dia ... LP
ECM, 1977. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Spare European work from Egberto Gismonti – a set that's different than his fuller earlier work from Brazil, but still pretty compelling overall! Gismonti's playing here with a group of familiar ECM artists – mixing his own piano, guitar, and percussion lines with soprano sax from Jan Garbarek, guitar and percussion from Ralph Towner, tabla from Collin Wolcott, and berimbau and assorted percussion from Nana Vasconcelos. Many tunes are spare, but not nearly as cerebral as other ECM work – as Gismonti brings a very organic feel to the record, one that resonates strongly with Wolcott – and helps keep things in a loosely creative space. Tracks include "Cafe", "Sapain", "Coracao", "Kalimba", and the great "Raga", with excellent work by Wolcott! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Matthew HalsallSalute To The Sun ... CD
Gondwana (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A gem of a record from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – one of our favorite jazz musicians of the past 20 years, and an artist who just seems to be growing and growing with each new release! This set picks up on the organic, meditative quality of some of Halsall's recent records – but it also has a bit more bite, and is maybe almost a return to the roots of his earliest records on the Gondwana label – those classics that first made us fall in love with his music over a decade ago, and which made Matthew a real front-runner of the current global spiritual jazz underground! The set's got this very rich presentation – as the leader's work on trumpet is mixed with harp from Maddie Herbert, flute and tenor from Matt Cliffe, piano and kalimba from Livin Gheorghe, and great use of percussion, bass, and drums – all on long tracks that build with the best sort of post-Coltrane energy – titles that include "Joyful Spirits Of The Universe", "Mindfulness Meditations", "Tropical Landscapes", "Harmony With Nature", and "The Energy Of Life". CD

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✨✧ Matthew HalsallSalute To The Sun (limited clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A gem of a record from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – one of our favorite jazz musicians of the past 20 years, and an artist who just seems to be growing and growing with each new release! This set picks up on the organic, meditative quality of some of Halsall's recent records – but it also has a bit more bite, and is maybe almost a return to the roots of his earliest records on the Gondwana label – those classics that first made us fall in love with his music over a decade ago, and which made Matthew a real front-runner of the current global spiritual jazz underground! The set's got this very rich presentation – as the leader's work on trumpet is mixed with harp from Maddie Herbert, flute and tenor from Matt Cliffe, piano and kalimba from Livin Gheorghe, and great use of percussion, bass, and drums – all on long tracks that build with the best sort of post-Coltrane energy – titles that include "Joyful Spirits Of The Universe", "Mindfulness Meditations", "Tropical Landscapes", "Harmony With Nature", and "The Energy Of Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition half-speed mastered clear vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Johnny HammondGears (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the same way he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". This stunning version adds in some killer bonus tracks – 6 never-heard cuts from the Milestone vaults, including "Song For My Family", "Funky Native", "Detroit Rainbow", "Can't We Smile (alt)", and slow and fast versions of "A Child's Love". CD
Also available Gears (with bonus tracks) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Freddie HubbardSkagly ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title reads like a typo, but the album's a great set of smooth fusion from Freddie Hubbard – self-produced, and almost a summation of all the styles he'd mastered in the 70s! The session's never too over the top or too ambitious – just features Freddie working with a hip group in a laidback setting – blowing lean and mellow lines that almost take him back to his best CTI funk. The group features Billy Childs on keyboards, Hadley Caliman on tenor and flute, and some guest work by George Duke and Paulinho Da Costa – on titles that include "Skagly", "Rustic Celebration", "Happiness Is Now", and "Cascais". CD

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✨✧ Elvin JonesRemembrance ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1978. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Elvin Jones towers above his bandmates on the cover of this 70s classic – and really leads them onward to some great sounds within! The record has a bit more focus and soul than some of Jones' other albums of the period – still quite powerful and dynamic, but with a good adherence to melody, and plenty of room for the group members to open up and make some beautiful sounds – including Pat LaBarbera and Michael Stuart on soprano and tenor sax, and Roland Prince on guitar! The twin reed players are wonderful – and work together in ways that are different than some of Elvin's records at the start of the 70s – and titles include "Kalima", "Section 8", "Giraffe", and "Familiar Ground". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on PA USA. Shrinkwrap is lighty shopworn and aged. Cover has a cutout hole and is bent a bit at the bottom right corner.)

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✨✧ Odean PopeUniversal Sounds ... CD
Porter, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredibly rich work from reedman Odean Pope – a player who's really come back into the limelight of late, thanks to the efforts of the Porter Records label – playing with fire and focus we haven't heard in years! The group's as strong as any that Pope ever lead in years back – a killer combo with Marshall Allan on alto sax and electronic wind instrument, Warren Smith on percussion and drums, Lee Smith on bass, and both Craig McIver and Jim Hamilton on more drums, too! The album's not as percussive-heavy as you'd guess from that lineup – because both Pope and Allen get plenty of space to do their thing, with very open, free solos – but there is a nice sense of pulse and power that comes from the drum work, too – and titles include "The Binder", "She Smiled Again", "Go Figure", "Mwalimu", and "Custody Of The American Spirit". CD
(Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Sounds Of LiberationUntitled – Columbia University 1973 ... CD
Dogtown/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and elsewhere – with Khan Jamal on vibes, Monette Sudler on guitar, and Omar Hill and Rashid Salim on percussion – working alongside some great work on flute and alto from Byard Lancaster, heavy bass from Billy Mills, and just the right touch of drums from Dwight James! The style here is maybe tighter, and occasionally more funky than on their one self-titled album – but the group also stretch out strongly too – hitting all the right spots in this forward-thinking blend of spiritual jazz modes, of the sort that would have made them a huge 70s ensemble, had they held on and found the right venue. Titles include the extended "New Horizon", plus "Badi", "Sweet Evil Mist", "Thoughts", and "Keno". CD

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✨✧ Gerald WilsonCalifornia Soul ... LP
World Pacific, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very hip set of arrangements by LA bandleader Gerald Wilson – and one that takes his soul jazz stylings of earlier albums, and gives them a bit more of a late 60s funky sound. The band's pretty darn hip, and includes players like Anthony Ortega, Hadley Caliman, and Bobby Bryant – and titles include a nice working of "California Soul", plus "Lullaby From Rosemary's Baby", "Sunshine Of Your Love", and "Down Here On The Ground". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Gerald WilsonLive & Swinging ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the hippest of Gerald Wilson's recordings for Pacific Jazz in the 60s – an excellent live session with a very groovy edge! Wilson's studio work for the label at the time was great enough, but somehow, hearing his group working live, we get a new appreciation of his genius – as the tunes unfold with a soulful depth that goes farther than the studio versions, really grooving with great solo work by Harold Land and Hadley Caliman on saxes, Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Jack Wilson on organ, and Phil Moore on piano! Titles include a great version of Tolliver's "Paper Man" – really showing the growing soulful sound of the group – plus the tracks "Viva Tirado", "Blues For A Scorpio", "Lil Darlin", and "The It's Where It's At". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has some scrapes at the spine and a bumped corner at the bottom left.)

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✨✧ VariousStep Forward Youth – Roots Masters From The Punky Reggae Party ... LP
VP, Mid 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic selection of tracks from a time when reggae and punk were really crossing over on the UK scene – the earliest years of the punk rock movement, when bands like The Clash, Slits, and others were bringing the sounds of Jamaica into much greater mainstream circulation! The cuts here aren't reggae punk – or punked-up reggae – but are instead the core tracks that influenced the late 70s UK generation – mostly roots reggae numbers from a few years before, whose politics and production really struck a chord with disenchanted youth in England! Don't worry about the package being too commercial, or too familiar – as the set list is a nicely deep dig, with all the right tracks – titles that include "Rebel" by Barry Ford Band, "The Barber Feel It" by Dr Alimantado & Jah Stitch, "Turn The Heater On" by Keith Hudson, "Pablo Meets Mr Bassie" by Agustus Pablo, "Jah Is I Guiding Star" by Tappa Zukie, "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" by Michael Rose, "Cool Out Son" by Junior Murvin, "Roast Fish & Cornbread" by Lee Perry, "Mr Cop" by Gregory Isaacs, "Two Sevens Clash" by Culture, and "Heavy Manners" by Prince Far-I. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Carlos NinoHigh With A Little Help From My Friends ... CD
Plug Research, 2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
A hypnotic batch of atmospherics and cosmic sounds from Carlos Nino & friends – a nice blend of found sounds and field recordings of both natural soundscapes and studio bits from some of the talented musicians in his circle of friends! Carlos is really one of the more diverse producers/composers/arrangers/artists out there – from his hip hop leaning work with Little Sci, to the spacey jazz funk of Dwight Tribe, Build An Ark, Life Force Trio and well beyond – and this record explores the elemental errata in a freer fashion, without ever sacrificing a connective groove. Carlos provides the overall mood and the waves of atmosphere that defines the sound, with help from nature and some great guests – including Gaby Hernandez on kalimba and organ, Dexter Story on bass, guitar and Moog, and others – and what's described as field recordings of Dwight Trible & The Oasis Of Peace, Build An Ark, and more blend in and out of the sound. The set list appears to be slightly different from the previous version of this album – and titles include "Thursday, August 9, 2007", "9 Moons Full", "With Azul", "Ants & Elephants", "Aquarius", "Lonely Joined By Happy", "Rosario Beach/Creative Cries", "9 Moons Return", "Friends", and "Rabbit Island". CD

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✨✧ Roy HargroveNothing Serious ... CD
Verve, 2006. Used ... Out Of Stock
Nothing serious maybe, but a great set of straight jazz work from Roy Hargrove – released alongside the trumpeter's Distractions album by his RH Factor group – almost as a reminder that Roy's equally great at acoustic jazz! The album really benefits from some strong piano work from Ronnie Matthews – whose bold work on the keys echo with some of the deep soulfulness of his classic performances from the 60s and 70s, and really ground the sound of the group throughout the set. And speaking of classic players, Slide Hampton joins the group on a handful of numbers – creating interplay with Hargrove's horn that's very nice, and often in the wash of colors that Slide brings to his own best work. Other players include Justin Robinson on alto, Dwayne Burno on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums – and titles include "Trust", "Camaraderie", "Day In Vienna", "Invitation", "Salima's Dance", and "The Gift". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Heath BrothersMarchin' On! ... LP
Strata East/Everland (Austria), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A masterpiece of spiritual jazz – and completely unlike anything else the Heath Brothers ever recorded! The set's incredible – far more spiritual and father-reaching than even the best early 70s albums by reedman Jimmy Heath – and certainly different than the later, tighter records put together by the brothers for Columbia at the end of the decade. The vibe is perfect Strata East – very open and creative – with so many new ideas flowing through, but never in a way that pushes the record off track – thanks to a warmly cohesive vision by the brothers. Jimmy plays flute, tenor, and soprano sax – with Percy Heath on bass and bass violin, and Albert Heath on drums and flutes. Stanley Cowell also plays both acoustic piano and mbira – really giving the album a strong Strata East pedigree. The record's well known for the fantastic "Smilin' Billy Suite" – a spare, spacey track that mixes together kalimba, bass, and piano, and which was sampled famously years back – and other titles include "Maimoun", "Tafadhali", and "Warm Valley". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Erkin KorayElektronik Turkuler (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Turkofon/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A masterpiece of Turkish psychedelia – and quite possibly the greatest album ever from Turkish psychedelic maestro Erkin Koray – a mad blend of sounds that definitely lives up to its "elektronik" title! Most numbers feature a weird blend of electric guitar and baglama – used in a style that's similar to Koray's earlier Arabesk recordings, but in ways that are often more tripped out and free-thinking – almost in a groove that's similar to late 60s blends of Eastern influences and progressive rock in the US and Europe – but even wilder and weirder throughout! There's a bit of vocals on the set, but the instrumentation dominates – and titles include "Sir", "Karli Daglar", "Cemalim", "Inat", "Hele Yar", "Turku", and "Korkulu Ruya". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Elektronik Turkuler ... LP 34.99

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✨✧ Taj MahalSing A Happy Song – The Warner Brothers Recordings (Music Fuh Ya/Brothers/Evolution/live tracks) ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1976/1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A trio of albums from Taj Mahal – and some unreleased live tracks as well! First up is Music Fuh Yah – a sweetly soulful set that has Taj Mahal really trying on some new flavors – yet still keeping things strongly in the bluesy territory of his roots! In addition to the lead vocals and lots of acoustic guitar, the set also features key contributions from Rudy Costa on a range of saxes, plus flute and kalimba too – plus other unusual elements that include steel drums, timbales, and banjo – all of which inflect different moments with freshly playful sounds, and a surprisingly Caribbean vibe at times. Titles include "You Got It", "Sailin", "Truck Driver's Two Step", "Curry", and "The Four Mills Brothers". Brothers is one of the better records that Taj Mahal cut during in the later 70s – probably because it was a soundtrack, and pushed the groove into some interesting places – with Taj's gruff vocals working over some Caribbean rhythms and modern blues, and more smoothed out moments! The latter moments actually creep near or even cross over the line into kind of a fusiony soul feel, with the tightly thumping electric bass and rolling sax, but Taj keeps the overall vibe as uncommonly diverse as his other records for Columbia. Tracks include "Malcolm's Song", "David & Angela", "Night Rider", "Brother's Doin Time", "Free The Brothers", "Love Theme In The Key Of D", and "Funky Butt". Evolution is a well-titled set – given that the record really shows an evolution in the style of Taj Mahal! Some cuts are still in an older bluesy mode, but a few others feature some great backings from Leon Pendarvis – who creates this fuller, soaring sort of style that takes off with plenty of power! The approach is a great way to use Taj's vocals in a richer 70s soul setting – and those cuts are balanced by some more stripped-down numbers that include a few that follow in the recent Mahal use of steel drums. Titles include "Sing A Happy Song", "Lowdown Showdown", "Why You Do Me This Way", "Highnite", and "Salsa De Laventille". 2CD set also features 7 bonus live tracks recorded in Chicago in 1977 – but not issued at the time! CD

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✨✧ NomoInvisible Cities ... CD
Ubiquity, 2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great stuff from global funk phenoms Nomo – deftly blending Afro steeped funk with an astral reach – with more of a spiritual jazz influence and off kilter avant touches! Invisible Cities arrives just about a year since their breakthrough Ghost Rock opened so many doors, and although productivity and consistency have never been a problem with Elliot Bergman & co, we're still pretty awestruck – especially given that Ghost Rock set the bar pretty high! Blazing horns, dynamic rhythms and rapturous percussion galore, with the electric kalimba still defining the group's identity nicely, with lots of sweaty funk, more spacious spiritual jazz atmosphere, and a couple of choice covers – Moondog's "Bumba" gets a bit of Caribbean funk treatment with steel drums, plus a reverent take on Tom Ze's "Ma"! Other tracks include "Invisible Cities", "Waiting", "Crescent", "Patterns", "Elijah" and "Nocturne". CD

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✨✧ Patrice RushenPrelusion ... LP
Prestige, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A great set from Patrice Rushen – very different than her later R&B work from the 80s! The record's her first, and at the time, Patrice was much more of a jazz artist – working here with a cool west coast set of players (Joe Henderson on tenor, Hadley Caliman on alto and soprano, and Oscar Brashear on trumpet), playing a range of keyboards, from acoustic and electric piano, to ARP, and clavinet. The tracks are long, and have a wonderfully composed soul jazz vibe – feeling a heck of a lot like work on labels like Strata East, deeply dipping into a soulful bag that's solid and real, with no fakery or tricks to make the mood happen. Includes the nice moogy groover "Puttered Bopcorn", plus "Shortie's Portion", "7/73", and "Haw Right Now". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousColumbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Great collection of early electronic music compositions – which are (in our humble opinion) still some of the best. Dark moody soundscapes by some of the early masters of the technology: Buloent Arel "Stereo Electronic Music No 1", Halim El-Dabh "Leiyla & The Poet", Vladimir Ussachevsky "Creation Prologue", Milton Babbitt "Composition For Synthesizer", Mario Davidovsky "Electronic Study No 1" and Otto Luening "Gargoyles". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo Masterworks pressing with white text. Cover has light wear and a small index label and bit of pen on back.)

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✨✧ VariousFac Dance 02 – Factory Records 12" Mixes & Rarities 1980 to 1987 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1980s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A great little set – one that's even better than the first in the series! As with that one, this smashing package features great gems from the glory days of the Factory Records scene – the time when the Manchester label was also hosting its own Hacienda nightclub – and helping to change the sounds and styles of modern music around the globe! What we love about this set is the way they've gone even deeper than before – to pull out some of our favorite Factory artists who maybe didn't break as big as the others – including some that only issued 12" or 7" singles for the label, and other obscure artists from the Benelux scene. And although "dance" is part of the title, you should take that term very loosely – as many of the numbers here have more of an electronic or post-punk vibe – the kind of stuff that we loved to groove to many decades back – but which would be sure to clear the floor at an Ibiza party these days. 2CD version features 24 tracks that include "Can't Afford (unorganized mix)" by 52nd Street, "The Fox" by A Certain Ratio, "Blue Roses" by Minny Pops, "N'Sel Fix" by Fadela, "Fate" by Nyam Nyam, "Sakura" by Section 25, "Meat Mask Separatist" by Biting Tongues, "Sommadub" by Sir Horatio, "You Hurt Me" by Shark Vegas, "Host" by The Wake, "Babcock & Wilcox" by Thick Pigeon, "Softly Saying Goodbye" by Swamp Children, "Land Of Dreams" by Kalima, "Knew Noise" by Section 25, "Self Portrait" by Durutti Column, "Society" by X O Dus, "Telstar" by Ad Infinitum, and "Vaneigem Mix" by Royal Family & The Poor. CD
(Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Cesar AscarrunzCesar 830 ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Lost Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and an album that may well blow away better-known work by groups like Malo, Azteca, or El Chicano! The album's near-perfect right from the start – and brings in plenty of New York elements to the groove, thanks to the inclusion of a heady amount of jazz alongside the soul, Latin, and funk elements in the grooves! The legendary Teo Macero produced and arranged – and really takes a lot of care in the studio to focus the overall energy of the tremendous talents on the record – players who include Hadley Caliman on flute and tenor, Steve Marcus on soprano sax, Benny Velarde on timbales, and Francisco Aguabella on congas – plus the trio of Cesar, Mark Levine, and Merl Sanders on keyboards. Most numbers have this really full, flowing groove – jazzy, but with a strong emphasis on the rhythms – and often touched with some great work on guitar that echoes the Santana-inspired sound of the generation, yet never in a rock way at all. Linda Tillery sings vocals on a few numbers, but the main focus is definitely instrumental – and the whole album's great – with cuts that include "See Saw Affair", "Azucar", "Descarga", "The Devil & Montezuma", "Gotta Get Away", and "Bridges". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ahmed FakrounMots D'Amour ... CD
Celluloid/PMG (Austria), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Words of love from Libyan singer Ahmed Fakroun – an artist who works with some sweet 80s electro soul backings that perfectly match his look on the cover! The vocals are mostly in Arabic, but they're set to backings that have a definite western approach – very universal in sound, with a quality that embraces some of the best New York indie soul styles of the time, and maybe a bit of Brit electro pop too – while Fakroun flows over the top with a mode that's as emotive as it is groovy! The record's way more than just a world music sidebar, and has gained a lot of appreciation over the years – and titles include "Fil Moden Al Kabira", "Oyunic", "Soleil Soleil", "Ya Farhi'Bik", and "Kalimat Hob". CD
Also available Mots D'Amour ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Sounds Of LiberationUntitled – Columbia University 1973 ... LP
Dogtown, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and elsewhere – with Khan Jamal on vibes, Monette Sudler on guitar, and Omar Hill and Rashid Salim on percussion – working alongside some great work on flute and alto from Byard Lancaster, heavy bass from Billy Mills, and just the right touch of drums from Dwight James! The style here is maybe tighter, and occasionally more funky than on their one self-titled album – but the group also stretch out strongly too – hitting all the right spots in this forward-thinking blend of spiritual jazz modes, of the sort that would have made them a huge 70s ensemble, had they held on and found the right venue. Titles include the extended "New Horizon", plus "Badi", "Sweet Evil Mist", "Thoughts", and "Keno". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Alexis ZoumbasLament For Epirus – 1926 to 1928 (with bonus 7 inch) ... LP
Angry Mom/Third Man, Late 20s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An amazing violinist from Greece, but one who recorded in New York during the 20s – on a host of rare 78rpm material presented in this lavish set! Alexis Zoumbas has a wonderfully melancholy feel to his instrument – a style that mixes virtuostic passages with these deeper, bluer qualities that are more folkloric – often supported with just a bit of work on acoustic bass for the recordings, or a bit of very cool cymbalom as well! The quality of the package and music reproductions puts this one right up there with collections of ethnic 78s on Tompkins Square or Honest Jons – and titles include "Alimbeis", "Tzamara Arvanitiko", "Syrtos Sta Dyo", "Frasia", and "Epirotiko Mirologi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus 7" single – not in previous packages – with two unissued alternate tracks!)

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✨✧ VariousLoud Minority – Deep Spiritual Jazz From Mainstream Records 1970 to 1973 ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A reverent snapshot of the spiritual & soul jazz emanating from the Mainstream label in the early 70s – a well curated set featuring great numbers by Frank Foster, Blue Mitchell, Hadley Caliman, Roy Haynes and other giants of the scene! The material comes from a time in Mainstream label history when it was essentially relaunched as a jazz label, following some the psyche era rock albums of the previous few years. Soulful jazz sounds from a spiritual realm as well as some in a jazz funk mode, and excellent material all the way! 12 great tracks in all: The sprawling opener "The Loud Minority" by Frank Foster, "Mi Hermano" by Blue Mitchell, "Up And Down" by Harold Land, "Watercress" by Hadley Caliman, "Kamili" by Buddy Terry, "Senyah" by Roy Haynes, "EW Beautiful People" by Frank Foster, "Little One" by Hadley Caliman and "Petits Machins" by Johnny Coles/ CD

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✨✧ MyndflowerBlooms From The Invisible Cave ... LP
Pastlyfe, 2020. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Myndflower is a very cool trippy, hypnotic one-man instrumental project from Javier Gonzalez – the groovy musician who's also behind the groups Boogaloo Communicators and Indo-Sonix, but who manages to make some equally special sounds here as a solo act! The record's got a heady sound that's very much in keeping with its title and Javier's painting on the cover – moody, somewhat abstract, and with an echoey darkness that might make you feel like you're in some sort of invisible cave – at least while Javier's letting his guitars get all fuzzy and trippy as they slowly slide through the spare space of the record. There's also some work on electric sitar, kalimba, and oud – and titles include "Flight Of The Imaginary Bird", "Gathering Clouds", "Cohran", "Tears In A Glass Box", "Open Mynd", and "Voice Of The Spirits". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing.)
 
 
 



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