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Sun RaAntique Blacks ... LP
Art Yard/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 35.98
Amazing work from Sun Ra – record that really features a great range of sounds and styles, and a heck of a lot of soul as well! Ra plays some especially nice rocksichord on the set – that freaky, fuzzy keyboard that comes off sounding like a guitar, even though it's played with keys – and there's some spiritual undercurrents to the set that are different than some of Ra's other albums with the instrument – some deeply feeling rhythms and soulful, spiritual expressions that really belie the Space Is The Place generation in which the album was cut. A few recitations imbue the record with a bold sense of poetry, which seems to be carried through strongly in the instrumentation too – especially on John Gilmore's tenor lines, which almost have a Shepp-like quality at points. Other players include Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto, Ahk Tal Ebah on trumpet, Clifford Jarvis on drums, and Sly on electric guitar – and titles include "Song No 1", "There Is Change In The Air", "Antique Blacks", "Would I For All That Place", "Ridiculous I & The Cosmos Me", and "This Song Is Dedicated To Nature's God". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaDisco 3000 ... LP
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 35.98
If this is disco, point us in the direction of Studio 54! The album's one of Ra's greatest from the 70s – recorded in Italy in 1978, and featuring some incredibly otherworldly keyboards that are some of his most enigmatic on record! The track "Disco 3000" is an incredible workout on synthesizer, with a tiny bit of drum machine, a little "Space Is The Place" breakdown, and all of the wild sound you'd expect from a Sun Ra album. The cut goes on for quite some time, and is really fantastic. Side two of the record features three more long tracks – the sweetly soulful "Friendly Galaxy", a great soul jazz number; "Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens", which has spooky organ, frenetic bass, and somber percussion; and the track "Third Planet". LP, Vinyl record album
(2018 repress.)

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Sun RaEgypt '71 (4CD set) ... CD
Strut/Art Yard (UK), 1971. New Copy 4CD ... $23.99 24.99
A really amazing package – one that brings together three rare Saturn albums recorded by Sun Ra & The Arkestra during their legendary visit to Egypt in 1971 – plus two more albums' worth of never-issued material! The three Saturn records are worth the price of the package alone – Dark Myth Equation Visitation, Nidhamu, and Horizon – all featuring the Arkestra taking on newly exotic modes in the Egyptian setting, partly from inspiration, partly from the assistance of Hartmut Geerken, whose hospitality really helped the group open up. The other two records feature material recorded at Geerken's home, plus a TV broadcast and live performance in Cairo – with titles that include "Egyptian Oasias (parts 1 & 2)", "We Sing This Song", "Imagination", "Pleiades", "We'll Wait For You", "They'll Come Back", and "Nidhamu (parts 1 & 2)". 4CD set features 19 previously unissued recordings – plus new sleeve notes, session details, and more in the big booklet within! CD

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Sun RaSky Is A Sea Of Darkness When There Is No Sun To Light The Way/Somewhere In Space (alien vocal version) ... 7-inch
Art Yard (UK), 1957/1978. New Copy (pic cover)... $19.99
Two fantastic tracks from Sun Ra – different vintage, but equally great! "Sky Is A Sea Of Darkness" is a mellow, spiritual quartet track – very stripped down, with a beautiful vocal that slides alongside this blue-tinged piano from Ra – surprisingly soulful, and wonderfully gentle – with a nicely exotic tenor solo from John Gilmore, trumpet from Michael Ray, and a slowly unfolding bassline that holes the whole thing together! "Somewhere In Space" is presented here in an unissued 1957 "alien vocal" version – with a very cool altered vocal, amidst nicely-building modal energy from the Arkestra – spare at first, then a joyous cry to the heavens by the end! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Sun RaSleeping Beauty ... LP
Saturn/Art Yard (Germany), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most soulful Sun Ra albums ever – very much on the Lanquidity tip, and done with a great mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation! The vibe here is really mellow, spiritual, and warm – and the album actually feels a lot more like a session recorded for the Strata East label than it does for Saturn! Keyboards pervade the session – electric piano and organ drifting around in moody, laidback lines – augmented by occasional vibes, bits of guitar, and some wonderfully well-blown sax solo work by Marshall Allen and John Gilmore! The title track "Sleeping Beauty" runs for all of side two of the album – and it's an amazing little number that mixes instrumental passages with some great mellow Roy Ayers-styled vocals. "Door Of The Cosmos" is a bit of a groover, and even gets a bit funky at times – and the album also features the laidback spacey number "Springtime Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaOn Jupiter ... LP
Saturn/Art Yard (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Righteous Ra from the end of the 70s – one of the most soulful albums ever by the Sun Ra Arkestra, and a lost treasure that's got some nice funky moments! The vibe here is very much in the Lanquidity/Disco 3000 mode – an extrapolation of styles best known from the Space Is The Place era, tightened up into more of a groove at some points, but also relaxed and more reflective at others. Our favorite track on the set is "UFO", a snapping bit of funk that comes as a real surprise from Sun Ra – and a tune that's got some nicely noisy guitar jamming alongside straighter electric rhythms – all topped off by vocals from the group and some really strong horn work! The tune's a great party funk number that shows the Arkestra at its most joyous – and other tracks include "On Jupiter", which has a great blend of light vocals, spacey moog, and snakey sax – plus the side-long "Seductive Fantasy", a laidback number that unfolds with a really gentle grace. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun Ra & His Solar ArkestraI Roam The Cosmos (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Art Yard/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic material from Sun Ra – a never-heard 1972 performance at Slugs, and one that captures the group at their most spiritual point! The core of the set is the track "I Roam The Cosmos" – one of the more obscure Ra compositions, and a title that appears here for the first time on any record – folded together with bits of "Astro Black" and "Discipline 27 II" – in a wonderfully extended single musical performance – stretching for 51 minutes long, and filled with righteous vocal moments alongside some great solos too! The groove is great – kind of a slow dipping and turning rhythm – showcasing recitations by June Tyson and Sun Ra – with lots of room for soulful work from Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Davis on alto, John Gilmore on tenor, Kwame Hadi and Akh Tal Ebah on trumpets, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone – plus lots of drums and percussion. Really beautiful stuff – as deeply spiritual as the best of the Impulse Records artists, circa 1972 – and appearing here for the first time ever! CD

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✨✧ Sun RaMedia Dream ... LP
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Incredible work from one of Sun Ra's most enigmatic periods! The album was recorded in Italy in 1978, right around the same time as "Disco 2000" (and not too far off from Languidity) – and it features Ra playing around with lots of cool spacey keyboards, in a spare cosmic style that's really out of this world! The overall sound is incredible – with an incredible sense of otherness that has Ra pushing the limits of the moog and organ to a level never heard before on record – and in a way, the set is everything you might have imagined when you first heard of Sun Ra as some strange jazz musician who claimed to be from outer space! The group is a quartet, with Michael Ray on trumpet, John Gilmore on tenor, and Luqman Ali on drums – and titles include "Saturn Research", "Media Dreams", "Year Of The Sun", "Constellation", and the haunting straight jazz piece "Twigs At Twilight". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz BandEgypt Strut (with bonus tracks) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1974. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Amazing grooves like you've never heard before – the seminal sides by Salah Ragab and his Cairo Jazz Band! As you can probably guess from their name, the ensemble was an Egyptian one – working in an incredible blend of jazz and more traditional Egyptian-styled sounds – a blend that comes across with all the exotic feel of the pyramids at dawn, but which manages to groove like some of the best funky work from America at the time! Instrumentation includes lot of percussion, heavy piano and horns, and some especially great flute on most tracks – all coming together with a sound that's unlike anything else we've heard before. This collection is the first time that this music has been brought together officially, all with the kind of top-shelf production and packaging we've come to expect from the Art Yard label! The is the definitive edition of the 1974 album – with the original record on LP1, and eight more bonus tracks from related sessions on LP2 – all presented with original artwork, and Prism Music Unit inner sleeves and booklet! Titles include "Egypt Strut", "Ramadan In Space Time", "Dawn", "Neveen", "Oriental Mood", "Kleopatra", "Mervat", "Latino In Cairo", "Tribute To Sun Ra", "Khan El Khaleely", "The Crossing (Oubour)", "Calling You", "Black Butterfly", "Upper Egypt", "A Farewell Theme" and "Kleopatra (alternate take)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)
 
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Jaki Byard QuartetLast From Lennie's ... CD
Prestige, 1965. Used ... $9.99
A treasure trove of lost material from Jaki Byard – recorded during a time when he was at the height of his powers! The 7 tunes on this set were originally cut for the 2 volume series of live recordings Byard did for Prestige in the mid 60s – and of those 7, only 1 was ever issued, and even then, never on CD. The work is quite striking – with Byard on piano, leading a quartet that features a very young Joe Farrell on tenor, soprano, and flute, with crack rhythm by the team of George Tucker on bass and Alan Dawson on drums. All the tracks were recorded during one set at Lennie's in Massachusetts in 1965, and overall, the performances have a longer, more unbridled feel than most of Byard's studio work of the time. The range of his work on piano is incredible – modern one moment, soulful another, and trad the next – and Farrell's playing is surprisingly strong for such an early point, especially on the longer tunes on the set, which really let him open up in exploratory solos. Titles include "Dolphy #1", "King David", "Twelve (alt)", "St Mark's Place Among The Sewers", and "Jaki Byard's Ballad Medley". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, disc has a promo stamp.)

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Jaki ByardHere's Jaki ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Important early work from Jaki Byard – one of his first records as a leader, and a wonderful set of quirky piano trio tunes! Jaki's working here with Ron Carter on bass and Roy Haynes on drums – in a format that's similar to other trio records of the time, but which is really pushed to the limit by Byard's unique conception of the keys, and his unabashed ability to play well and whimsical at the same time! And by "whimsical", we're not saying "goofy", or "silly" – but really just are referring to Jaki's clearly unabashed love of all things musical – a joyous celebration of many strands of jazz, all coming together in a sound that's all his own! (Jaki worked often with Roland Kirk – and that's a good point of comparison.) Titles include "Cinco Y Quatro", "Giant Steps", "Garnerin A Bit", "To My Wife", and "Mellow Septet". CD

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✨✧ Jaki ByardOut Front! (with unissued bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1964. Used ... $15.99
One of the greatest records ever from pianist Jaki Byard – a razor-sharp set that features some tremendous work from tenorist Booker Ervin and trumpeter Richard Williams! Byard starts out the set in trio formation for the first two numbers – echoing the great qualities of his earlier albums for New Jazz/Prestige – and then Ervin and Williams slide in on the following two tracks – really expanding the sound with a nice sense of added fire. Both players are a perfect fit for Byard – schooled in a Mingus modernist sensibility that has them really pushing the edges, but never going too far out or getting too free. A few numbers have almost a gutbuckety sense of soul – one that stretches back over previous eras of jazz expression – and titles include "Searchlight", "European Episode", "Out Front", "Two Different Worlds", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – a track that has Byard on alto and piano, recorded a few years before. This CD includes two previously unreleased tracks, "I Like To Lead When I Dance" and "After The Lights Go Down Low." CD
(Out of print.)

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Jaki Byard (with Roland Kirk)Jaki Byard Experience ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1968. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
An amazing (and often forgotten!) quartet session that brings together the enigmatic pianist Jaki Byard and the mind-blowing multi-reed player Roland Kirk! Kirk and Byard had played together previously – most notably on some of Kirk's Mercury recordings – and they fit together perfectly in this mad session of off-kilter jazz that takes off beautifully from the very first note! Rhythm is by the crack team of Alan Dawson on drums and Richard Davis on bass – a pair who can open up creatively when needed, but also return the record to a soulful swing when it's getting too far out. The whole thing's great – and titles include "Parisian Thoroughfare", "Evidence", "Memories Of You", and "Hazy Eve". CD

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Charles MingusLive In Stuttgart 1964 ... CD
Unique Jazz, 1964. Used ... $5.99
A great lineup featuring Clifford Jordan on tenor, Eric Dolphy on reeds, Jaki Byard on piano, Danny Richmond on drums, and Mingus on bass. CD
(Still sealed!)

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Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny RollinsModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good ... $16.99
The Modern Jazz Quartet with a very noteworthy addition – the great Sonny Rollins, whose work on this record really makes it a cut above the usual MJQ outing for Atlantic! As on the quartet's previous Music Inn album with Jimmy Giuffre, the addition of a reed player really inflects their trademark sound with a new range of sounds and feelings – and Rollins himself cuts back on the hardbop influences, and shows some great restraint in matching some of the group's more modern modes. Sonny only plays on 2 of the album's 6 tracks – but that's enough to open it up nicely – and on other numbers, the MJQ begin in their usual mellower mode, but then seem to step things up with more boppish inflections, almost anticipating Rollins' arrival on the last 2 numbers. Sonny plays on the tunes "Bag's Groove" and "Night In Tunisia" – and other titles include "Midsommer", "Festival Sketch", "Yardbird Suite", and an opening medley. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and purple label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear and a name in marker.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny RollinsModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... CD
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Modern Jazz Quartet with a very noteworthy addition – the great Sonny Rollins, whose work on this record really makes it a cut above the usual MJQ outing for Atlantic! As on the quartet's previous Music Inn album with Jimmy Giuffre, the addition of a reed player really inflects their trademark sound with a new range of sounds and feelings – and Rollins himself cuts back on the hardbop influences, and shows some great restraint in matching some of the group's more modern modes. Sonny only plays on 2 of the album's 6 tracks – but that's enough to open it up nicely – and on other numbers, the MJQ begin in their usual mellower mode, but then seem to step things up with more boppish inflections, almost anticipating Rollins' arrival on the last 2 numbers. Sonny plays on the tunes "Bag's Groove" and "Night In Tunisia" – and other titles include "Midsommer", "Festival Sketch", "Yardbird Suite", and an opening medley. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ Martial SolalBluesine ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1983. Used ... Out Of Stock
Solo piano from one of the greatest French modernists – on cuts that include "Bluesine", "Lover", "Moins De 36", "14 Septembre", and "Yardbird Suite". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Stu WilliamsonTrumpet Artistry Of Stu Williamson ... CD
Bethlehem/Jazz City (Spain), 1955/1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great sampling of work from the Bethlehem sessions of trumpeter Stu Williamson – an under-remembered player on the west coast scene, working here with an assortment of great saxophonists who include Charlie Mariano, Jimmy Giuffre, and Bill Holman! The sessions have an approach that's right up there with the best Bethlehem format at the time – very tightly arranged at the head, but then breaking out into solos that get a tremendous amount done in very little space – always poised, but still full of feeling, especially on the numbers that feature Mariano in the set! CD features 14 tracks in all, with Claude Williamson as the pianist on all of them – and titles include "Stu's Due Blues", "Yardbird Suite", "Pee Jay", "Hongry Child", "Rose Bud", "Big Red", "Darn That Dream", "Red Cross", "Just Friends", and "Oom's Tune". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Big LLifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous ... CD
Columbia, 1995. New Copy ... $4.99 8.99
The classic first solo album by Big L – with bedrock DITC production by Buckwild, Showbiz and Lord Finesse – perfectly framing the rhymes by Harlem's finest. Big L didn't leave a huge wealth of recordings before he was taking away from the world, but he started out strong, and this benchmark effort makes a pretty solid testament to his legacy. Alongside some of the period QB hip hop, this one is pretty close to the pinnacle of streetwise east coast 90s hip hop. 12 tracks in all: "Put It On", "MVP", "No Endz, No Skinz", "8 Iz Enuff", "All Black", "Danger Zone", "Street Struck", "Da Graveyard", "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor And Dangerous", "I Don't Understand It, "Fed Up Wit The Bullsh#t", and "Let 'Em Have It L". CD

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Les BrownLive At The Hollywood Palladium ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
Includes the songs "Montoona Clipper", "Caravan", "Strange", "Baby", "Speaklow", "Rain", "Street Of Dreams", "Brown's Little Jug", "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart", "Back In Your Own Backyard", "Invitation", "You're The Cream In My Coffee", "Midnight Sun", "Begin The Beguine", "Happy Hooligan", "I Would Do Anything For You", "Laura", "Jersey Bounce", " From This Moment On", "Crazy Legs", "Flying Home", "One O'Clock Jump", "Cherokee", and "Sentimental Journey". CD
(Still sealed.)

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Serge ChaloffBoston Blow-Up! ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021
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". CD

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✨✧ Czarface (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric)Every Hero Needs A Villain ... LP
Brick, 2015. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99 29.98
The superhero hip hop team of of Inspectah Deck, 7L, and Esoteric return as Czarface for epic second album from Brick Records! We thought the debut was ambitious, but this one's bigger in every way – and features a mighty roster of guests, including MF Doom, Method Man, Large Professor, GZA, Juju of the Beatnuts, Ra The Rugged Man, and Mayhem Lauren – a lineup that only adds more to the action-packed blast of the trio at the core! Titles include "Don The Armor", "Czartacus", "Lumberjack Match", "Nightcrawler", "World Premier", "Red Alert", "Junkyard Dogs", "When Gods Go Mad", "Escape From Czarkham Asylum", "Sinister", and "Good Villains Go Last". 2LP version includes a premiere issue of the Czarface comic book – titled Death & Destruction! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Miles DavisTutu ... CD
Warner, 1986. Used ... $3.99
A nice collaboration between Miles and Marcus Miller from the latter part of Miles career. As much of the recording here is overdubbed, with many multiple instruments played by Miller, it doesn't have the improvised vibe of Miles' classic performances, but the songwriting and arrangements are head and shoulders above much of the contemporary jazz being recorded at the time, Miles is in great form, and the glossy production sits better with us now than ever before. Paulinho DaCosta, George Duke, Michael Urbaniak and Bernard Wright all make guest appearances. 8 tracks in all: "Tutu", "Tomaas", "Portia", "Splatch", "Backyard Ritual", "Perfect Way", Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson". CD
(Out of print.)

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Matt DennisWelcome Matt Dennis ... CD
Jubilee/Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s. Used ... $4.99
A lesser-known set from vocalist Matt Dennis – not as well-remembered as his 50s dates for RCA and Kapp, but still pretty darn great nonetheless! Matt's working here with full backings from Sy Oliver – in a set that showcases his talents more as a singer than a songwriter – but which still manages to include a few great Dennis originals. And despite a cover that looks a bit lurid – with Dennis cornering a model inside a hotel room – the overall feel of the record is quite homey and domestic, with tunes that echo images of hearth and family, but often with the kind of nod and a wink which you might expect from Matt's usual approach to a tune. Titles include "Home", "Welcome Mat", "Back In Your Own Back Yard", "By The Fireside", "A Cup Of Coffe A Sandwich & You", "Let's Put Out The Lights", and "Your Family". CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke Ellington & John ColtraneDuke Ellington & John Coltrane ... LP
Impulse, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 25.98
A seminal meeting of the old and new generations of jazz in the 60s – put together in perfect Impulse fashion! At some level, this is actually an early 60s John Coltrane Quartet album – with Duke Ellington sitting in for McCoy Tyner on piano, as that's the lineup on about half of the album – tracks that feature Coltrane on tenor, Elvin Jones on drums, and Jimmy Garrison on bass, all working with Ellington on the keys. On other titles, though, the album features Coltrane playing with a Duke-ish trio that has Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums – slightly less modern, but with a nice sense of depth throughout! Overall, the the record does a great job of balancing between the best talents of both players – and titles include "Big Nick", "The Feeling Of Jazz", "Take The Coltrane", and "My Little Brown Book". LP, Vinyl record album

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Duke Ellington & John ColtraneDuke Ellington & John Coltrane (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... On December 10, 2021
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A seminal meeting of the old and new generations of jazz in the 60s – put together in perfect Impulse fashion! At some level, this is actually an early 60s John Coltrane Quartet album – with Duke Ellington sitting in for McCoy Tyner on piano, as that's the lineup on about half of the album – tracks that feature Coltrane on tenor, Elvin Jones on drums, and Jimmy Garrison on bass, all working with Ellington on the keys. On other titles, though, the album features Coltrane playing with a Duke-ish trio that has Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums – slightly less modern, but with a nice sense of depth throughout! Overall, the the record does a great job of balancing between the best talents of both players – and titles include "Big Nick", "The Feeling Of Jazz", "Take The Coltrane", and "My Little Brown Book". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Acoustic Sounds series!)
Also available Duke Ellington & John Coltrane ... LP 23.99

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Don EllisHow Time Passes ... CD
Candid/Solid (Japan), 1961. Used ... $14.99
Quite possibly the greatest record that Don Ellis ever recorded – and his hippest too! The trumpeter's playing here with a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on alto and piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums – coming together perfectly in that arch-modern style that you'd find on the best Candid albums from the time. Ellis tone is skittish and fragile – and sounds here almost like he's working in a Mingus-y mode, quite possibly because Byard's influence on the session is pretty strong. Titles include "Waste", "A Simplex One", "Sallie", and an extended "Improvisational Suite #1". CD
(Recent Japanese pressing – includes obi!)

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Don EllisNew Ideas ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961. Used ... $4.99
Compelling early work from trumpeter Don Ellis – and a set that's almost equally great for the presence of Jaki Byard on piano! The work's quite different than some of Ellis' other material – a bit more sharp and stark, and played by a group that includes Byard on piano, Al Francis on vibes, Ron Carter on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums. Byard's especially nice – playing in a range of styles, and with all of the quick thinking and imagination that he displays on recordings with Roland Kirk and others. There's a lot of nice moments on the record, especially when Byard and Francis trade off piano and vibe lines back and forth – and titles include "Natural H", "Imitation", "Solo", and "Despair To Hope". CD

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Booker ErvinSetting The Pace (plus The Trance) ... CD
Prestige, 1965. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A CD of very long tracks from Booker Ervin – only 4 tunes in all, but each over 15 minutes long! First up is the album Setting The Pace – an album that's one of the most open-ended and jamming sets that Booker Ervin recorded for Prestige in the 60s! The album's a live date from Germany – featuring Dexter Gordon joining Ervin on the stage for some very long, extended solo work – the sort that Dex was starting to do heavily overseas at the time, and which is relatively new territory for Ervin – at least on record. Other players include Jaki Byard on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – but the clear starts of the set are Booker and Dexter – blowing in a range of modern and soulful modes throughout their extended solos. Album features 2 side-long tracks – "Setting The Pace" and "Dexters Deck". Next up is The Trance – an amazing record from the legendary Booker Ervin – and a set that really does a great job of bridging his modernist tendencies and soul jazz roots! The title track – "The Trance" – is an amazing 20 minute number that takes up all of side one of the record – and features Ervin soloing in an incredibly imaginative way – not as boppish as on his set with Dexter Gordon, but more in the powerful-voiced style that he developed with Mingus. The rest of the group features Jaki Byard on piano (always a treat!), Reggie Workman on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – and side two features a very moody take on "Speak Low". Note that the CD omits the track "Groovin At The Jamboree" from The Trance – due to space restrictions. CD

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Governor's State University Jazz BandGovernor's State University Jazz Band Live ... LP
Governor's State University/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 About November 3, 2021
A really wonderful album of obscure jazz recordings from the Chicago scene of the 70s – way more than just the usual school band record, as the tracks here are mostly originals, and performed by a very inventive group of musicians! Governor's State University was a very hip place at the time – a public college at the end of the main train line running through the south side of Chicago – which made the school a place of great opportunity and expression for the city's African-American community. Rather than a junior college, GSU had higher levels of learning – and had an especially strong jazz program, as you'll hear in this set – which features both sextet performances and work by a larger ensemble – both imbued with some of the best creative legacy of the Chicago scene. Things never go far outside, but there's definitely a deeper understanding of musical reaches taking place here – and the core quartet features Walter Henderson on cornet, John Pate on piano, Eugene Vineyard on tenor, Ronald Askew on guitar, Jeff Simon on bass, and Curtis Prince on drums. These players are in the larger group – which also features William Howell and Gerald Myrow on trombones, Vincent Carter and Steele Seales on saxes, and Kenneth Brass and Melvin Williams on trumpets. Titles include "Crabmeat", "Song For Suzanne", "Keishaz", "Give It One", "Listen Here", and "Spanish Samba". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Vince GuaraldiIt's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (orange pumpkin shaped vinyl) ... LP
Craft, 1966. New Copy ... $23.99 25.99
The third soundtrack that Vince Guaraldi did for The Peanuts TV specials – and maybe the best so far! There's a depth to the music that's wonderful – as Vince's combo works alongside some occasional larger orchestrations by John Scott Trotter, which are still arranged by Guaraldi – and the core combo adds in the guitar of John Gray, trumpet of Emanuel Klein, and sax and flute of Ronald Lang – the last of which is a particularly expressive sound on the record! The whole thing's worth it alone for "The Great Pumpkin Waltz" – which captures that perfect mix of melancholy and groove that was Guaraldi at his best – and the set also features maybe the best version ever of "Linus & Lucy", thanks to some flute – plus "Trick Or Treat", "Breathless", "Graveyard Theme", "Snoopy & The Leaf/Freida", and "The Charlie Brown Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pumpkin-shaped LP – on orange 45rpm vinyl!)

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Woody HermanBlues On Parade ... CD
Decca, Late 30s/Early 40s. Used ... $4.99
Vintage 78 rpm recordings – tracks include "Woodchopper's Ball", "Blues On Parade", "Get Your Boots Laced, Papa – Part 1", "Chip's Blues", and "Yardbird Shuffle". 20 cuts in all. CD

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Chris HillmanSlippin' Away ... LP
Asylum, 1976. Very Good ... $2.99
The first solo album by Chris Hillman – material recorded after the man had spent many years on the west coast scene – first as a bluegrass musician, then as a key part of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, and Stephen Stills' Manassas! Hillman's quite strong in the spotlight here – working as a warm-voiced singer who can easily craft his previous roots into tighter mid 70s music – but all without losing the personality that made him so great in the first place. The album's got a touch of modern AOR production in the mix, but also hints of Nashville 70s too – and tunes include lots of originals by Hillman – "Step On Out", "Take It On The Run", "Falling Again", "Slippin Away", "Midnight Again", and "Lifeboat" – plus a remake of "Down In The Churchyard", which he co-wrote with Gram Parsons. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has ring wear and some aging.)

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✨✧ Grandpa JonesMountain Dew ... CD
King/Starday, Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Think what you want about Grandpa Jones from his later appearances on TV – at this point in his career, the man's a hell of a banjo player, and a really great singer too – one who's able to mix wit with deft instrumentation, all at a time when he was really growing into the character he'd created for himself! Jones' real identity is Louis Marshall – hardly yet a grandpa at this point in his career, but blessed with this nicely crackling voice that's really distinct, and which encouraged his character – this completely charming way of putting across a lyric, as you'll hear on cuts that include "Fast Moving Night Train", "She's Gone & Left Another Broken Heart", "Stay In The Wagon Yard", "Are There Tears Behind Your Smiles", "My Little Nagging Wife", and "I Don't Know Gee From Haw". CD

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✨✧ Eric KlossFirst Class (First Class Kloss/Grits & Gravy) ... CD
Prestige, 1966/1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 excellent early albums from overlooked saxophone genius Eric Kloss! Grits & Gravy is a really incredible little set – with a varied approach that we love! About half the record has Kloss blowing with a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – going for a style that's more towards the soulful end of Byard's modern approach – and featuring some incredibly well-crafted alto solos for his young age. The other half of the album features a strange but cool larger group – one with Teddy Charles on vibes, Billy Butler on guitar, and even some female backing vocals! The approach on these sides is like that on some of the George Braith and Freddie McCoy sides for Prestige – a great blend of groovy and funky, with a soulful undercurrent that's really sent home by Kloss' solos! A stunning album with a really unique blend of sounds – and titles that include "Repeat", "Grits & Gravy", "Gentle One", "Slow Hot Wind", and "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise". First Class Kloss catches the young saxophone genius at a perfect point in his career, right when he was stretching out from the organ jazz roots of his first few records, but in a way that's not as noodly as in some of his later recordings. The group's incredibly hip – with Jimmy Owens, Cedar Walton, Leroy Vinnegar, and Alan Dawson – and the record bounces with that soulful pre-funk mode that crept into only the best of the Prestige sides of the late 60s. Titles include "African Cookbook", "Chittlins Con Carne", "Comin Home Baby", and "The Chasin Game". 16 tracks in all, including one previously unissued track – "Psychedelicatessen Rag". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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Gene KrupaGene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements ... CD
Verve, 1958. Used ... $5.99
Gene Krupa and Gerry Mulligan – hardly a pairing that we would have thought of – but one that works surprisingly well here, and which showcases Mulligan's increasing fascination for larger group settings! The album features Gene on drums with a set of players that include Kai Winding, Urbie Green, Phil Woods, Hank Jones, and Barry Galbraith – but the real star of the set is Gerry, who's not playing here, but conducting the larger group of jazz players through charts that are all his own, and which display the same love of fluid ensemble horn parts that he used in his own smaller combo work. There's a lot more brass in the mix than you'd usually get from Gerry – which gives the album a bit more of a Krupa kick – and Gene also gets some nice space to show himself on drums. Titles include "Yardbird Suite", "Margie", "Bird House", "The Way Of All Flesh", "Disk Jockey Jump", "Birds Of A Feather", and "Mulligan Stew". CD
(Out of print.)

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Charles MingusCharles Mingus At Bremen – 1964 & 1975 (4CD set) ... CD
Sunnyside, 1964/1975. New Copy 4CD ... $31.99 35.98
Two different concert recordings from the great Charles Mingus – recorded with the space of more than a decade between them, and showing the continual evolution of his genius! The first 2CDs bring together a sublime recording by German Radio in Bremen from 1964 – work that's from that important European tour that included the soon-to-be late Eric Dolphy on alto, flute, and bass clarinet – as part of a fiery sextet that also includes Johnny Coles on trumpet, Clifford Jordan on tenor, and Jaki Byard on piano. All players are fantastic – getting that push with Mingus that could often make soloists even more dynamic with the leader at the helm than on their own recordings – as you'll hear on the extended concert readings of "Hope So Eric", "Fables Of Faubus", "Parkeriania", and "Meditations On Integration" – plus a shorter solo by Byard. Mingus is at the helm of a different, but equally great group on the 1975 concert – with Jack Walrath on trumpet, George Adams on tenor, Don Pullen on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums (as on just about every Mingus recording!) The politics of the 64 performance are still in place, with a slight shift – and they're mixed with some of the late Mingus' love of Duke Ellington, who gets a tribute here in a few spots, but with some great touches by Charles. Most tracks are nice and long – and titles include "Remember Rockefeller At Attica", "Devil Blues", "Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love", "Black Bat & Poles", "For Harry Carney", "Sue's Changes", and "Free Cell Block F Tis Nazi USA". CD

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Charles MingusMingus In Europe Volume 1 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
Great recordings the important 1964 tour of Europe by bassist Charles Mingus – a key musical moment that not only saw some of the last recordings of Eric Dolphy before his departure from this planet, but which also introduced the overseas scene to some key up-and-coming talents who were in Mingus' tenure! The group here is a quintet, but plays with the fire of some of Charles' bigger ensembles from a few years before – and the setting has some especially open space for great solos from the reedmen – both Dolphy on alto, flute, and bass clarinet – plus Clifford Jordan on tenor. Dannie Richmond plays drums, and Jaki Byard is superb on piano – and titles on this first volume include a 37 minute reading of "Fables Of Faubus", plus "Meditations" and "Starting". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Charles MingusTown Hall Concert (Jazz Workshop) ... CD
OJC, 1962. Used ... $8.99
A great later example of the genius of Mingus with Eric Dolphy – a performance done shortly before Dolphy left on his tragic last visit to Europe in 1964, and which features both him and Mingus at their freest together! Don't mistake the album for the similarly-titled Town Hall album on United Artists, because this session's a lot more open-ended – with longer tracks, and a real focus on freely creative solos from players that include Dolphy, Clifford Jordan, Johnny Coles, and Jaki Byard. The album features only 2 long tracks – both titled after Dolphy's passing, with appropriate names "Praying With Eric" and "So Long Eric". And as an added bonus, the booklet features a great Mingus rant against the record industry! CD
(Original OJC pressing. Small cutout hole through rear case and tray card.)
Also available Town Hall Concert (Jazz Workshop) (CDr on demand pressing) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Charles MingusTown Hall Concert (Jazz Workshop) (CDr on demand pressing) ... CD
OJC, 1962. Used ... $6.99
A great later example of the genius of Mingus with Eric Dolphy – a performance done shortly before Dolphy left on his tragic last visit to Europe in 1964, and which features both him and Mingus at their freest together! Don't mistake the album for the similarly-titled Town Hall album on United Artists, because this session's a lot more open-ended – with longer tracks, and a real focus on freely creative solos from players that include Dolphy, Clifford Jordan, Johnny Coles, and Jaki Byard. The album features only 2 long tracks – both titled after Dolphy's passing, with appropriate names "Praying With Eric" and "So Long Eric". And as an added bonus, the booklet features a great Mingus rant against the record industry! CD
(On demand CDr pressing.)
Also available Town Hall Concert (Jazz Workshop) ... CD 8.99

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Louis Moholo Moholo Unit4 Blokes ... CD
Ogun (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
Not just four blokes, but a killer quartet led by legendary drummer Louis Moholo – one that works at the same searing intensity as his Blue Notes group in the 70s! The combo is especially adept at quick-paced, fast-thinking creativity – and really leap forward with a great sense of cohesion on some of the album's most emotive tracks – but they also know how to balance things out with some more contemplative and soulful passages, too – showing the rich sensitivity to sound that Moholo has developed over the years. Louis plays only a drum kit – but with a depth of sound that makes you feel as if he's got other percussion instruments in the mix – and the group also features Jason Yarde on saxes, John Edwards on bass, and Alexander Hawkins – and titles include "For The Blue Notes", "Yes Baby No Baby", "Angel Nomali", "Tears For Steve Biko", and "Khwalo". CD

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Jimmy SmithJimmy Smith At The Organ Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99 About October 20, 2021
Wonderful early work from Jimmy Smith! The album is one of two great sessions that capture Smith in all his youthful prime, playing with other Blue Note greats like Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell, and Lou Donaldson – and nicely constructed tracks that take standard tunes and open them up into a whomping good soul jazz groove, thanks to Jimmy's monster organ playing. The solos are pretty free and gosh darn creative – and titles on this volume include "Summertime", "All Day Long", and "Yardbird Suite". CD

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SupersaxSalt Peanuts – Supersax Plays Bird Vol 2 ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021
A stone classic from Supersax – a record with plenty of classic bop elements, despite a very 70s-styled group name and cover! The combo's a large one, and features tight horn formation deftly cutting through a host of bop classics – lots of ensemble passages at the start, then breakout solos that really get things going! Horn players include Conte Candoli on trumpet, Carl Fontana on trombone, and supersax players Med Flory and Joe Lopes on alto, Warne Marsh and Jay Migliori on tenor, and Jack Nimitz on baritone. Ronnell Bright, Lou Levy, and Walter Bishop Jr handle the piano – and titles include "Confirmation", "Lover Man", "Salt Peanuts", "The Bird", "Groovin High", and "Yardbird Suite". CD

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TrafficWhen The Eagle Flies (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Island, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
The last album in a legendary run from Traffic – a set that has the team of Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi working with a really strong sense of focus – maybe in part because the group's winnowed down to a quartet, which leaves their contributions even more strongly in the lead! The great Chris Wood still brings in some nice sax and flute touches – but Steve's also really letting loose on keyboards, and not just organ and piano – taking the longer space of some tracks to bring in some mighty nice solo moments! Titles include the classic title cut "When The Eagle Flies" – plus "Dream Gerrard", "Graveyard People", "Love", "Walking In The Wind", and "Something New". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Marzette WattsMarzette Watts ... CD
ESP (Italy), 1966. Used ... $11.99
A vision of the future of avant garde jazz – recorded in 1966, and one of the most groundbreaking titles on the legendary ESP label! Saxophonist Marzette Watts is a player who hardly ever gets his due – but was part of the key new wave of younger players on the east coast scene of the 60s – fitting well in a lineage of Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, and other important forces in avant jazz at the time. This album's one of the few he ever recorded – along with an important session for Savoy – and is mindblowing right from the start – a fresh blend of new thing ideas with the freer, looser modes of the ESP scene – handled perfectly by a well-chosen group that features Byard Lancaster on alto and flute, Clifford Thornton on trombone and cornet, Sonny Sharrock on guitar, Karl Berger on vibes, Juni Booth and Henry Grimes on bass, and JC Moses on drums. Watts plays tenor, soprano, and bass clarinet – and titles include "Backdrop For Urban Revolution", "Ia", and "Geno". CD
(Out of print. Disc has a couple of marks but plays fine.)

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VariousJammy's From The Roots 1977 to 1985 ... CD
Greensleeves, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 20.98
Crucial work from the mighty King Jammy – nearly a decade's worth of productions involving a host of key artists on the Kingston scene – set up with a quality that really helps Jamaican move forward at the underground, after a burst of global fame in the 70s! Jammy's got this nicely rootsy vibe here – not roots reggae, although there's some of that here – but an evolved version of indie production that makes this work such a great antidote to some of the major label material that was flooding the market at the time – righteous sounds from the streets, by artists who were still working hard to uncover new modes and fresh sounds! The choice of cuts is great – and titles include "Pablo in Moonlight City (12" mix)" by Augustus Pablo, "Fally Ranking" by Johnny Osbourne, "Tonight Is The Night To Unite" by Black Uhuru, "It A Go Dread" by Barry Brown", "Life Hard A Yard" by Natural Vibes, "Boom-Shack-A-Lack" by Junior Reid, "Children Of Israel" by Frankie Paul, "Liberation" by Junior Delgado, "Conscience Speaks" by Black Crucial, "Mr Landlord" by Half Pint, "Please Officer (12" mix)" by Earl Zero, "Jah Fire Will Be Burning" by Hugh Mundell, and "Youth Man" by Noel Phillips. 32 tracks on 2CDs. CD
Also available Jammy's From The Roots 1977 to 1985 ... LP 26.99

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VariousJammy's From The Roots 1977 to 1985 ... LP
Greensleeves, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 29.98
Crucial work from the mighty King Jammy – nearly a decade's worth of productions involving a host of key artists on the Kingston scene – set up with a quality that really helps Jamaican move forward at the underground, after a burst of global fame in the 70s! Jammy's got this nicely rootsy vibe here – not roots reggae, although there's some of that here – but an evolved version of indie production that makes this work such a great antidote to some of the major label material that was flooding the market at the time – righteous sounds from the streets, by artists who were still working hard to uncover new modes and fresh sounds! The choice of cuts is great – and titles include "Pablo in Moonlight City (12" mix)" by Augustus Pablo, "Fally Ranking" by Johnny Osbourne, "Tonight Is The Night To Unite" by Black Uhuru, "It A Go Dread" by Barry Brown", "Life Hard A Yard" by Natural Vibes, "Boom-Shack-A-Lack" by Junior Reid, "Children Of Israel" by Frankie Paul, "Liberation" by Junior Delgado, "Conscience Speaks" by Black Crucial, "Mr Landlord" by Half Pint, "Please Officer (12" mix)" by Earl Zero, "Jah Fire Will Be Burning" by Hugh Mundell, and "Youth Man" by Noel Phillips. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Jammy's From The Roots 1977 to 1985 ... CD 18.99

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VariousLet's Do The Boogaloo ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $24.99
A set that really gets at the full spectrum of the boogaloo groove – not just the Spanish Harlem sounds of the Latin Soul generation – but also the deeper roots of the style from across the USA! "Boogaloo" is a term that most folks use to refer to that New York uptown fusion of Latin rhythms and soulful vocals – and while the NYC styles were key to its fame, the music also burst forth from lots of points west, too – and came together in a flurry of fast rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, and hard-driving vocals that made for a completely infectious blend! This package is a fantastic testament to that mad musical moment – and is overflowing with a selection of gems that goes way past the obvious – not the Fania Records catalog that usually shows up on other boogaloo releases, but a huge batch of tracks from small labels and indie singles too. Titles include "Skate Boogaloo & Karate Too" by Lee Harris, "Block Party" by Jimmy Castor, "Boogaloo #3" by Roy Lee Johnson, "Do The Boo-Ga-Loo (part 1)" by Tom & Jerroo, "Playing It Cool" by Hector Rivera, "Ready Steady Go" by Prince & Princess, "Bar Kays Boogaloo" by The Bar-Kays, "What I Feel" by Richie & The PS 54 School Yard, "Have Some Boogaloo" by Timmy Thomas, "Bugalu" by Charlie Palmieri, "Boogaloo (part 1)" by The Bob & Earl Band, "Me & You Doing The Boogaloo" by Lou Courtney, "Boogaloo Zoo" by Shirley Butler, "Bugaloo Party" by Harold & Connie, "Boogaloo Investigator" by The Exotics, "Funky Funky Boogalo" by Jimmy Brown, and "Let's Do The Funky Boogaloo (part 1)" by Barry Jones. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMonsters, Vampires, Voodoos, & Spooks – 33 Slabs Of Undead Rock N Roll ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A hip celebration of all things spooky – pulled from that wonderful late 50s/early 60s stretch when the novelty market was overflowing with rock and soul songs based on Halloween topics! This collection is nicely huge – and while there's a few tracks here you might know from big fame, there's lots more from the the farther reaches of the trash rock underground of the period – very cool cuts that were only issued as singles, maybe just for the Halloween market, then quickly dropped out of sight! The music is a mix of R&B and early rock, with a few other styles thrown in for good measure – and titles include "The Cat" by Chris Kevin, "Frankenstein Rock" by Eddie Thomas, "I Was A Teenage Monster" by The Keytones, "Werewolf" by The Frantics, "Nightmare" by Scottie Stuart, "Voodoo Voodoo" by Lavern Baker, "Rockin In The Graveyard" by Jackie Morningstar, "The Spook Walks" by The Spooks, "The Monsters Hop" by Bert Convy, "She's My Witch" by Kip Tyler, "Frankie & Igor At A Rock N Roll Party" by Bob McFadden, "Little Demon" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, and "Nighmare Hop" by Earl Patterson with The Darts. CD

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VariousSoul Love Now – The Black Fire Records Story 1975 to 1993 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A great look at one of our favorite record labels of all time – a company that was one of the first we ever worked together with, back when we started Dusty Groove – and whose music has been a huge inspiration to us for decades! Black Fire is a really special record label from the DC area – not just a jazz imprint, but more of an artistic collective – maybe similar to what Tribe Records was to the Detroit scene of the 70s, but also more open to more soulful sounds too – which is what really makes so many of these tracks so great – as they have a perfect balance between jazz, funk, and soul – kind of that through-line that the Chicago scene had as things moved from Sun Ra, to Phil Cohran, on to the Pharoahs and Earth Wind & Fire! That trajectory is key here – as many of the players were rooted in more avant jazz styles, but were also eager to communicate their message in ways that were more universal – which is why the music here has such lasting appeal over the years – as it's filled with messages of love and peace, life and pride – with an intensity that maybe makes these tracks every bit as important now as when they were first recorded. The best-known group on the set is Oneness Of Juju, but there's work from the whole spectrum of Black Fire artists – tracks that include "Look At The People" by Wayne Davis, "Doin The Carvin For Thabo" by Lon Moshe, "African Rhythms (live 1975)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Children Of Tomorrow's Dreams" by Theatre West, "People" by Experience Unlimited, "Follow Me" by Okyerema Asante, "Third House" by Southern Energy Ensemble, and "Drummers From Ibadan" by Byard Lancaster. CD
Also available Soul Love Now – The Black Fire Records Story 1975 to 1993 ... LP 28.99

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VariousSoul Love Now – The Black Fire Records Story 1975 to 1993 ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99 29.99
A great look at one of our favorite record labels of all time – a company that was one of the first we ever worked together with, back when we started Dusty Groove – and whose music has been a huge inspiration to us for decades! Black Fire is a really special record label from the DC area – not just a jazz imprint, but more of an artistic collective – maybe similar to what Tribe Records was to the Detroit scene of the 70s, but also more open to more soulful sounds too – which is what really makes so many of these tracks so great – as they have a perfect balance between jazz, funk, and soul – kind of that through-line that the Chicago scene had as things moved from Sun Ra, to Phil Cohran, on to the Pharoahs and Earth Wind & Fire! That trajectory is key here – as many of the players were rooted in more avant jazz styles, but were also eager to communicate their message in ways that were more universal – which is why the music here has such lasting appeal over the years – as it's filled with messages of love and peace, life and pride – with an intensity that maybe makes these tracks every bit as important now as when they were first recorded. The best-known group on the set is Oneness Of Juju, but there's work from the whole spectrum of Black Fire artists – tracks that include "Look At The People" by Wayne Davis, "Doin The Carvin For Thabo" by Lon Moshe, "African Rhythms (live 1975)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Children Of Tomorrow's Dreams" by Theatre West, "People" by Experience Unlimited, "Third House" by Southern Energy Ensemble, and "Drummers From Ibadan" by Byard Lancaster. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Soul Love Now – The Black Fire Records Story 1975 to 1993 ... CD 14.99

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VariousSoul Power 68 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), 1968. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
Soul power 1968, but Kingston-style too – served up here in a host of gems from the vaults of Jamaican producer Duke Reid! The material is from a perfect moment in Reid's career – a time when he was changing his well-crafted Treasure Isle groove from ska to rocksteady – bringing in a new wave of inspiration from American soul, similar to the work at the start of the 60s that first inspired Jamaican artists to take off in some new directions of their own! The mode here is a blend of styles you might hear on Atlantic or Stax, but set to rhythms that are much more Jamaican – sometimes with soulful vocals in the lead, sometimes working as an answer to American soul instrumental singles of the time. Titles include "Come On Little Girl" by The Melodians, "Funky Beat" by Lloyd Williams, "In The Midnight Hour" by The Silvertones, "Soul Power" by Radcliff Butler, "Music Is My Occupation" by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics, "Black Power" by Winston Wright, and "What More Can I Do" by Clive & Doreen. 2CD set features a stunning 30 bonus tracks – 18 titles of which are new to CD, 3 of which appear here for the first time – material from The Sensations, Hopeton Lewis, Lloyd Tyrell, Joya Landis, The Gladiators, Yardbrooms, Phyllis Dillon, Tommy McCook, and others. 42 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Shirley Collins & Davy GrahamFolk Roots New Routes ... CD
Decca/Fledgling (UK), 1964. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic combination – the amazing guitar work of the young Davy Graham and the sublime vocals of Shirley Collins – paired together here in a record that's a strong precursor to British acid folk in years to come! Collins is rooted in tradition – and had already dipped deep into the American rural folk experience by the time of this record – but the pairing with Graham really points the way towards the tremendous changes she'd go through in coming years – in part because of some of the jazzy phrasing that Davy can bring to his guitar. That maybe comes through strongest on the album's jazz covers – of "Grooveyard" and "Blue Monk" – mixed nicely with traditional material, in a set list that also includes "Nottamun Town", "Proud Maisrie", "The Cherry Tree Carol", "Pretty Saro", "Rif Mountain", "Jane Jane", "Bad Girl", "Dearest Dear", and "Love Is Pleasin". CD

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✨✧ Miles DavisTutu ... LP
Warner, 1986. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice collaboration between Miles and Marcus Miller from the latter part of Miles career. As much of the recording here is overdubbed, with many multiple instruments played by Miller, it doesn't have the improvised vibe of Miles' classic performances, but the songwriting and arrangements are head and shoulders above much of the contemporary jazz being recorded at the time, Miles is in great form, and the glossy production sits better with us now than ever before. Paulinho DaCosta, George Duke, Michael Urbaniak and Bernard Wright all make guest appearances. 8 tracks in all: "Tutu", "Tomaas", "Portia", "Splatch", "Backyard Ritual", "Perfect Way", Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)
Also available Tutu ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ Flesh EatersMinute To Pray, A Second to Die ... CD
Slash, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wicked early 80s punk from The Flesh Eaters – with some fun nods to trash culture and B-movies the cover art, song titles and lyrical imagery – but it's also some of most slyly ambitious sounds from the west coast punk scene of the time! It's clear from the first track they're going for something more instrumentally adventurous than others at the time, with sax and off kilter hand percussion all over it – but Chris D's vision and caterwauling presense as front man keeps it nice and raucous. X's John Doe and DJ Bonebrake Flesh Eaters at the time, along with sax player Steve Berlin, later to play with Los Lobos – and even roots rock hero Dave Alvin – that's hell of a punk band, right?! Titles include "Digging My Grave", "Satan's Stomp", "So Long", "Cryan De Berger's Back", "Divine Horseman", "See You In The Boneyard" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sadik HakimLazy Bird ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
There's nothing lazy about the piano of Sadik Hakim here – as the album's a superb live trio date, issued only in Japan – and a record that stands with the handful of gems Hakim gave us at the time! The trio's got a very particular flavor – in part because the deep tones of Errol Waters on bass provide a nice contrast to the more pointed work of Sadik on the keys – given a gentle swing by the drums of Clifford Barbaro, but in ways that always seem to still have the pianist guiding the proceedings with his boundless sense of imagination! Titles include "Lazy Bird", "Idling", "I'll Remember April", "Yardbird Suite", "49th Street", and "Stella By Starlight". CD

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsReevaluations – The Impluse Years ... LP
Impulse, Early 60s. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice overview of Hawkins' 60s work for Impulse, accompanied by Ray Nance, Bill Berry, and Snooky Young on trumpets; Lawrence Brown and Urbie Green on trombones; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Benny Carter, Phil Woods, and Charlie Rouse on saxophones; Barry Harris, Duke Ellington, Dick Kats, Tommy Flanagan, and Hank Jones on piano; Buddy Catlett, Aaron Bell, Major Holly, Jimmy Garrison, George Duvivier on bass; Eddie Locke, Sam Woodyard, Jo Jones, and Shelly Manne on drums; and Willie Rodriguez on percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, with light sticker remnants and two small cutout holes.)

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✨✧ Wanda JacksonUnfinished Business ... LP
Sugar Hill, 2012. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic comeback for the legendary Wanda Jackson – a country singer that was also one of the first female rock and roll artists too – heard here in a great back-to-basics set, co-produced by Justin Townes Earle! Titles include "Two Hands", "Old Weakness", "California Stars", "Tore Down", "The Graveyard Shift", "Pushover", "What Do You Do When You're Lonesome", and "Down Past The Bottom". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Louis JordanBest Of Louis Jordan ... CD
MCA, Mid 40s-Mid 50s/1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection of Jordan's material from the mid 40s to the mid 50s – starting with his jazzy numbers of the earlier years, and moving into the more blues/rock 'n roll sound of later recordings. His band always sounds great and it also sounds like they're having a good time especially when they participate in the dialogue of the songs. There are a total of 20 songs and they include "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie", "Saturday Night Fish Fry", "Barnyard Boogie", "I Want You To Be My Baby", "Caldonia", "Run Joe", "School Days", "Buzz Me", "Beans & Corn Bread" and "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusMingus In Europe Volume 2 ... LP
Enja, 1964. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great recordings the important 1964 tour of Europe by bassist Charles Mingus – a key musical moment that not only saw some of the last recordings of Eric Dolphy before his departure from this planet, but which also introduced the overseas scene to some key up-and-coming talents who were in Mingus' tenure! The group here is a quintet, but plays with the fire of some of Charles' bigger ensembles from a few years before – and the setting has some especially open space for great solos from the reedmen – both Dolphy on alto, flute, and bass clarinet – plus Clifford Jordan on tenor. Dannie Richmond plays drums, and Jaki Byard is superb on piano – and titles on this second volume include "Charlemange", "At-Fw-You", "Sophisticated Lady", and "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Blue Silk". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has some light water staining, mostly on the back – but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ WarYoungblood ... LP
United Artists, 1978. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
War did the music for this funky soundtrack to an early Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs film, and although most of the stuff on here is just typical War stuff, there's one track called "Flying Machine" that's a long funky chase scene-type track that's worth the price of the album alone! Other tracks include "The Kingsmen Sign", "Junk Yard", "Superdude", and "Youngblood". One of the best War LPs! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Louis JordanBest Of Louis Jordan ... LP
MCA, Mid 40s/Mid 50s/1975. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of Jordan's material from the mid 40s to the mid 50s – starting with his jazzy numbers of the earlier years, and moving into the more blues/rock 'n roll sound of later recordings. His band always sounds great and it also sounds like they're having a good time especially when they participate in the dialogue of the songs. There are a total of 20 songs and they include "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie", "Saturday Night Fish Fry", "Barnyard Boogie", "I Want You To Be My Baby", "Caldonia", "Run Joe", "School Days", "Buzz Me", "Beans & Corn Bread" and "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beige label MCA pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear.)

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✨✧ Roland KirkRip, Rig & Panic/Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith ... CD
EmArcy, 1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff! This essential CD brings together two of Roland Kirk's best albums from the mid 60's (and two of his hardest to find on vinyl!) Rip, Rig, & Panic is mindblowing work from Roland Kirk – a record that really pushes the boundaries of his music even farther than some of his earlier, and excellent, albums for the Mercury label! Kirk's really stretching out here – finding a space in jazz that's uniquely his own – modern, yet playful – creative, yet never overindulgent – and perfectly balanced to find a whole new sound of soul for the 60s! Things never get too far outside, but Kirk's reedlines are always breaking out into fresh territory – incredible tenor parts, and also some amazing work on manzello and stritch too, both lesser-known reed instruments that Roland employs to incredible ends. Other group members fit his vibe perfectly – Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – each stepping quickly to catch the energy of each new twist and turn in Kirk's music. Titles include the sublime "From Bechet Byas & Fats" – plus "No Tonic Pres", "Rip Rig & Panic", "Mystical Dream", "Black Diamond", and "Slippery Hippery Flippery". Beautiful Edith is a bit mellower, but no less wonderful, and the record features some great early piano work by Lonnie Liston Smith. Titles include "Blue Rol", "No Tonic Press", "Rip, Rig, & Panic", "Slipper, Hippery, Flippery", "Stompin' Grounds", and "Mystical Dreams". CD

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✨✧ Jason MoranTen ... CD
Blue Note, 2010. Used ... Out Of Stock
Jason Moran and The Bandwagon – his stellar jazz trio featuring the top tier jazz pianist along with drummer Nasheet Waits & Tarus Mateen on bass – marking their 10th year with this thoroughly excellent album for Blue Note! Moran has stayed plenty busy in the aughties, but Ten is actually his first album since 2006 – and it's a great one, rivaling his first couple records for Blue Note – and that's saying something, because those are among our favorite modern albums for the venerable jazz label in many years. Includes several sharp Moran originals such like "Blue Blocks", "RFK In The Land Of Apartheid", "Pas De Deux-Lines Ballet", "Gangsterism Over 10 Years", "Old Babies" and "Playtolive" (the latter with the great Andrew Hill) – plus Mateen's "The Subtle One" and readings of Jaki Byard's "To Bob Vatel Of Paris" and Monk's "Crepuscule With Nellie". Brilliant stuff! CD
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✨✧ Sun RaMy Favorite Things ... LP
Saturn, 1977. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful mid 70s session from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – done in the same slightly-straight style they were using on their rare recordings for the Horo label around the same time! The album's a mixed session of standards and a Ra original – played by the group with a relaxed, open feel that really allows for some particularly soulful solo moments – of the sort you sometimes don't always get from the Arkestra! John Gilmore's tenor sounds great – sometimes played with a brief nod to Coltrane, or to some of the Gilmore's other contemporaries of the Chicago tenor school of the 50s – and Ra's piano is especially expressive, reaching back over years of pianistic tradition with great command, almost in a way that reminds us of Jaki Byard, but a bit more adventurous. Other group members include Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, Akh Tal Ebah on trumpet, James Jacson on flute and bassoon, Eloe Omoe on clarinet, Richard Williams on bass, Luqman Ali on drums, and Atakatune on congas – and titles include "Some Blues But Not The Kind That's Blue", plus versions of "Nature Boy", "My Favorite Things", "Black Magic", and "Tenderly". LP, Vinyl record album
(A beautiful copy – with pasted-on purple artwork, and back notes that were once taped, but are now loose. Orange El Saturn label.)

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✨✧ LindisfarneNicely Out Of Tune (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Charisma/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's nothing out of tune here – as Lindisfarne are at their early best, and have a focus and clarity that really makes them stand out from the rest – even amidst the hipper folk-oriented groups of the UK scene at the time! As with some of their contemporaries, Lindisfarne can bring in some jazzier elements from time to time – but they also electrify things more, too – using both electric piano and organ next to acoustic and electric guitar – and reaching for standout instruments on different tracks, when needed – all to support the well-crafted vocals that make the tunes come across with a very down to earth vibe – especially when the harmonies take over. Titles include "Road To Kingdom Come", "Winter Song", "We Can swing Together", "Scarecrow Song", "Clear White Light", and "The Things I Should Have Said". CD features the bonus tracks "Nothing But The Marvellous Is Beautiful" and "Knackers Yard Blues". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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YardbirdsHaving A Rave Up With The Yardbirds ... LP
Epic, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $69.99
Titles include their great versions of "Train Kept A Rollin" and "I'm A Man" – plus "Smokestack Lightning", "Respectable", "Here Tis", Still I'm Sad", "Heart Full Of Soul", and "You're A Better Man Than I". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing with 1C matrix. Vinyl is nice! Cover has surface wear, a name in marker, and some aging.)

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✨✧ Jaki ByardBlues For Smoke ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very unusual early album from piano genius Jaki Byard – recorded right around the same time as his initial albums for Prestige, and his big breakthrough with Charles Mingus! The set is all solo, recorded during that legendary short span of recordings by Candid Records in Nola Penthouse – and Byard is completely on fire, maybe showing a pianistic dexterity and command of the history of jazz that wouldn't burst forth on other records until the end of the decade! Jaki wrote all the material himself – and seems to embrace a range of expression that runs from Jelly Roll Morton up through Mal Waldron – then filtered and focused brilliantly through his godlike fingertips. Titles include "Hollis Stomp (Mr Piano Man)", "Flight OF The Fly", "Aluminum Baby", "One Two Five", Dian's Melody", and "Jaki's Blues Next". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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✨✧ FarmyardBack To Fronting ... LP
Polydor/Wah Wah (Spain), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The second and final album from New Zealand's Farmyard – a record that continues some of the jazzy spirit of their debut, but which also goes into territory that's a bit more rough and raw too! It's almost as if the group were getting their wind a bit more – and finding a way to make a statement that was bolder than before, but still had a quality to set them apart from the rest – plenty of flute and tenor from Andrew Stevens, but mixed with more electric guitar and bass – on a set of tunes that have hard rock appeal, but also plenty of sharp proggy changes! Titles include "Me The Dog Ma & Dear Ol Dad", "All In Your Mind", "Looking For A Place", "Feeling Pretty Good", "Fantasia/New Road", and "Too Much Wrong". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Arcana (Bill Laswell/Tony Williams)Arc Of The Testimony ... CD
Axiom/MOD Reloaded, 1997. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A classic performance from the Axiom years of bassist Bill Laswell – done at a time when he was not only boldly stating his own musical vision, but also opening the door in these really collaborative ways! Here, the core group features Laswell on bass and electronics, and Tony Williams on drums – working at a level that still has some of the moodier Laswell production elements of the decade, but maybe more live energy too – a quality that's echoed by the great guest work from Pharoah Sanders on tenor, Graham Haynes on cornet, Byard Lancaster on alto and bass clarinet, and both Nicky Skopelitis and Buckethead on guitars. Titles include "Black Money", "Illuminator", "Wheeless On A Dark River", "The Earth Below", "Into The Circle", and "Returning". CD

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Terence BlanchardAbsence ... CD
Blue Note, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Absence is a word that can instantly have a sense of sadness, but it can also have a sort of beauty, too – and that's definitely the case in this album of work done as a tribute to the great Wayne Shorter by trumpeter Terence Blanchard! The record's way more than just a collection of Shorter's tunes – and although it features a few numbers penned by the saxophonist, there's also a set of new music by Blanchard and his piansist too – really lovely numbers that have the trumpeter at his most evocative – in maybe a condensed expression of some of the modes he brings to his larger soundtrack material. The core group is his E-Collective – with Fabian Almazan on piano, Charles Altura on guitar, David Ginyard on bass, and Oscar Seaton on drums – but maybe the most interesting aspect of the record is the gentle use of the Turtle Island String Quartet, who shade in Blanchard's deeper ideas in a nicely subtle way. Titles include "I Dare You", "Envisioned Reflections", "When It Was Now", "Diana", "The Elders", "Dark Horse", "The Second Wave", and "Fall". CD

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Stanley CowellBlues For The Viet Cong ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $22.99
Incredible work from the young Stanley Cowell – one of his first albums ever, but already a step ahead of most of his contemporaries! The set's a trio date, unlike some of Cowell's later albums for Strata East – and it's got a wonderful blend of soaring piano lines and more complicated rhythms – already showing some of the spiritual elements that Cowell would later craft into longer lines with Charles Tolliver – but possibly even more striking here in the looser space of a trio! Rhythms are sometimes quite fluid and free – almost in the vein of some of Steve Kuhn's most inventive late 60s work – but sometimes things echo previous generations as well, almost with a Jaki Byard vibe. In addition to Cowell's great work on acoustic and electric piano, the trio features wonderful drums from Jimmy Hopps and bass from Steve Novosel – both players who are at the top of their game here, and really help set fire to Cowell's music. Titles include an early take on "Travelin Man" – quite different from the later version on Strata East, but equally wonderful – plus "Blues For The Viet Cong", "Wedding March", "Photon In A Paper World", "Departure", "Sweet Song", and "The Shuttle". CD

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Eric Dolphy with Booker LittleFar Cry ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
Eric Dolphy's first meeting in the studio with trumpeter Booker Little – a brilliant batch of modernism that's easily one of the hippest records Little ever worked on! The Dolphy heard here is Eric at his most inventive – sharp-edged and angular one minute, then spiritually lyrical the next – playing flute, bass clarinet, and alto sax equally well on the record – and somehow managing to get Little to share his inspiration perfectly on every number. Other players include Jaki Byard on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – a rhythm team whose abilities are a big part of the success of the record – and titles include "Far Cry", "Mrs Parker Of KC", "Left Alone", "Ode To Charlie Parker", and "Miss Ann". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Eric Dolphy with Booker LittleFar Cry (20 bit remaster) ... CD
Prestige, 1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Eric Dolphy's first meeting in the studio with trumpeter Booker Little – a brilliant batch of modernism that's easily one of the hippest records Little ever worked on! The Dolphy heard here is Eric at his most inventive – sharp-edged and angular one minute, then spiritually lyrical the next – playing flute, bass clarinet, and alto sax equally well on the record – and somehow managing to get Little to share his inspiration perfectly on every number. Other players include Jaki Byard on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – a rhythm team whose abilities are a big part of the success of the record – and titles include "Far Cry", "Mrs Parker Of KC", "Left Alone", "Ode To Charlie Parker", and "Miss Ann". CD features 1 bonus track. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Far Cry ... LP 21.99

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Jneiro JarelAfter A Thousand Years ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Jneiro Jarel has always been way more than just a hip hop producer – even his earliest records were a bit hard to peg, and this excellent set not only pushes that bar forward a heck of a lot, but it also firmly suits the album's placement on the Far Out label! Far Out's best known for its recordings of Brazilian music – and there's some surprising currents of that scene here – amidst funkier bits, spacier sounds, and this wonderful weaving of so many different elements, both acoustic and electric – all done without any sort of gimmick, or that style that others might have – of hiding their real skills or ideas behind to much front-end production. Instead, Jneiro really lets things flow at an organic level – and opens the door along the way for guests who include Jarel Gilyard, Capital Peoples, Mel Owens, Bill Summers, and Dr Who Dat. Percussion and acoustic elements are more important here than some of the previous hip hop touches – and there's a cosmic vibe to the record that's very much in keeping with its cover. Titles include "Africa Bahia Sol", "If I Could See Heaven Without Dying", "Ce Les Tial", "Sunwakers (parts 2 & 3)", "Let The Cuica Play", and "Broken Arted". CD

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✨✧ Charles MingusBlack Saint & The Sinner Lady ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Sealed ... $24.99
Fantastic – and one of Mingus' greatest albums ever! This one ranks right up with The Clown and Pithecantropus Erectus for sheer raw power and emotion – and Mingus' writing here is incredibly tight, giving soloists like Charlie Mariano, Jaki Byard, Richard Williams, and Jerome Richardson a real workout. The set's an extended suite of tracks with sort of a semi-ballet form. Don't let this fool you into thinking that the work's some sort of semi-classical snoozer, though – as Mingus uses the structure to hit some brilliant raw emotion, and the "dance" part of the piece gives the work a tight rhythmic form, pushing the soloists into raw urgent grooves, of a nature that never show up on Mingus' other work from the time. Titles include "Trio & Group Dancers", "Solo Dancer", "Group & Solo Dance", and "Duet Solo Dancers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue on Superior Viaduct in the heavy gatefold cover.)

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Charles MingusBlack Saint & The Sinner Lady (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1963. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $31.99 35.99 On November 19, 2021
Fantastic – and one of Mingus' greatest albums ever! This one ranks right up with The Clown and Pithecantropus Erectus for sheer raw power and emotion – and Mingus' writing here is incredibly tight, giving soloists like Charlie Mariano, Jaki Byard, Richard Williams, and Jerome Richardson a real workout. The set's an extended suite of tracks with sort of a semi-ballet form. Don't let this fool you into thinking that the work's some sort of semi-classical snoozer, though – as Mingus uses the structure to hit some brilliant raw emotion, and the "dance" part of the piece gives the work a tight rhythmic form, pushing the soloists into raw urgent grooves, of a nature that never show up on Mingus' other work from the time. Titles include "Trio & Group Dancers", "Solo Dancer", "Group & Solo Dance", and "Duet Solo Dancers". Quite hard to find on the original vinyl, too – which is why we're extra-excited to have it on CD! LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Acoustic Sounds series!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, November 19.
Also available Black Saint & The Sinner Lady ... LP 24.99

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Charles MingusMingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1963. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $31.99 35.99 On October 29, 2021
The title's exploding with Mingus, and the album is too – a completely classic effort for Impulse Records that's easily one of Charles' best of the 60s! Things are reigned in somewhat from the Mingus years at Atlantic or Candid, but the sound is still great – almost more focused than before – with a sense of all the best qualities that Charles was finding in his music, laid out back to back in near-perfect formation! The group's full of great players – with reeds from Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin, and Jerome Richardson – all of whom really contribute some deep tones to the album – and Jaki Byard's on piano, making one of his key Mingus appearances of the 60s. Titles include the massive "Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul" (the virtual Mingus "trademark" tune), plus the tracks "Celia", "Hora Decubitus", and "II B.S.". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Acoustic Sounds series!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, October 29.

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Louis Moholo MoholoUplift The People ... CD
Ogun (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
The spiritual sound of drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo is alive and well – the one light still burning from the legendary Blue Notes jazz ensemble from South Africa – and one who's taken the righteous power of that group well into the 21st Century! The music here is as uplifting as the title – and features Louis working with a very powerful group of younger musicians – including the excellent Shabaka Hutchings and Jason Yarde on saxes, plus Alexander Hawkins on piano and John Edwards on bass – musicians who rise up with this fantastically united power under the leadership of Moholo-Moholo, flowing together at the start, then finding confidence in their individual voices as the performance moves on. The whole thing was recorded live, and is a beautiful extended concert – with titles that include "Dikeledi Tsa Phelo", "Do It", "Ezontakana", "Ngwoele Ngwoele", "Angel Nomali", "Lakutshon'Llanga", "For The Blue Notes", and "B My Dear". CD

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David MurrayLucky Four ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $16.99
A gentler set than some of David Murray's other US dates from the time – but in a really great way that nicely gets at the more sensitive side of his work on tenor and bass clarinet! There's a bit of a hardbop groove to the album, but also a bit more freedom too – a style that never goes that far out, but which reminds us through subtle cues that most of these players have a longer legacy in more avant-oriented work. The group features Dave Burrell on piano, Wilbur Morris on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums – and Burrell especially echoes a range of influences here – almost pulling from older eras of jazz in the way that Jaki Byard used to – an approach that's often echoed by Murray in his horn. Titles include "Valley Talk", "Chazz", "As I Woke", "Abel's Blissed Out Blues", "Sharing", and "As I Woke". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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NirvanaStory Of Simon Simopath (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Island/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Tremendous! This album is one of the few relics cut by the British group Nirvana – a late 60s ensemble that is not to be confused with the more famous Seattle one – a really cool combo who are way more than the usual pop psych of the time – and have so many great twists and turns of their own! The set's a brilliant batch of baroque and trippy tunes – presented as a "science fiction pantomime", but coming off more like a series of fab pop tunes that kind of crossup Brit Invasion and California Sunshine Pop sensibilities. The great Syd Dale (of KPM fame) handled the arrangements, so the album's got a nice extra-groovy punch – and titles include "We Can Help You", "Satellite Jockey", "Lonely Boy", "Wings Of Love", "In The Courtyard Of Stars", "You Are Just The One", and "Pentecost Hotel". CD features the full mono and stereo mixes of the album – plus bonus tracks that include "I Believe In Magic", "Life Ain't Easy", "Feelin Shattered", and "Requiem To John Coltrane". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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Bennie WallaceFourteen Bar Blues ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Great early work from tenorist Bennie Wallace – a set that's got a really nice edge, and which is a nice contrast to some of Bennie's smoother work in years to come! The format's a trio – ala the important Sonny Rollins mode – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Eddie Moore on drums – and Wallace plays with a real sense of sharpness, and a balance between newer tenor ideas and some of the older roots of the instrument in jazz – almost rewriting legacies of Lester Young and Ben Webster, by taking their inspiration through a much more modern landscape. Titles include "Trinkle Trinkle", "Chelsea Bridge", "Green & Yellow", "Yard N Newk", "The Fourteen Bar Blues", and "Vicissitudes". CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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VariousTrick Or Treat – Music To Scare Your Neighbors – Vintage 45s From Lux & Ivy's Haunted Basement ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99 16.99 About October 1, 2021
Who better to spend Halloween with than Lux and Ivy of The Cramps – a pair who almost act like it's the last day of October all year long! Lux and Ivy are well-known as collectors of strange and offbeat 45s from the late 50s and early 60s – and that period also coincides with a great run of horror rock, monster novelties, and other spook-oriented singles – the sorts that are almost like the audio equivalent of catching a schlocky film on the late late show, or sitting at the drive-in watching some low-budget monster movie! The package features a whopping 50 tracks in all – tunes that are maybe more funny and groovy than downright scary – but that's OK with us, because the whole thing's great. Titles include "He's A Vampire" by Archie King, "She's My Witch" by Kip Tyler, "Cannibal Stew" by Jerry & Mel, "Graveyard" by Leroy Bowman & The Arrows, "Beware" by Bill Buchanan, "Voodoo Kiss" by Don Sargent & The Buddies, "Rock N Bones" by Elro Dietzel & The Rhythm Bandits, "The Cave (part 1)" by Gary Spider Webb, "Strollin Spooks" by Ken Nordine, "The Rockin Ghost" by Archie Bleyer, "The Mummy's Bracelet" by Lee Ross, "Swamp Girl" by Kay Martin, "The Spook" by The Tomkos, "Mr Ghost Goes To Town" by The Five Jones Boys, and "The Fang" by Nervous Norvus. CD

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✨✧ Eric Dolphy with Booker LittleFar Cry (plus bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Eric Dolphy's first meeting in the studio with trumpeter Booker Little – a brilliant batch of modernism that's easily one of the hippest records Little ever worked on! The Dolphy heard here is Eric at his most inventive – sharp-edged and angular one minute, then spiritually lyrical the next – playing flute, bass clarinet, and alto sax equally well on the record – and somehow managing to get Little to share his inspiration perfectly on every number. Other players include Jaki Byard on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – a rhythm team whose abilities are a big part of the success of the record – and titles include "Far Cry", "Mrs Parker Of KC", "Left Alone", "Ode To Charlie Parker", and "Miss Ann". CD features 1 bonus track – "Serene". CD
Also available Far Cry ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonNew York Concert ... CD
Music Masters, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Duke Ellington on piano, Peck Morrison on bass, Sam Woodyard on drums, with Willie 'The Lion' Smith and Billy Stryahorn on piano. CD
(Out of print.Still sealed with a small cutout hole thriugh the traycard artwork.)

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✨✧ Booker ErvinTex Book Tenor ... CD
Blue Note, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing later work from Booker Ervin – far more modern and far-reaching than you'd guess from the "Texas" title in the set! Although Ervin first came onto the scene as a strong-voiced tenorist from a Texas tradition, through the course of the 60s he'd really expanded his musical vision – working with Charles Mingus, Jaki Byard, and others to push his already-soulful sound into a freer-thinking mode that was one of the most compelling approaches to tenor at the time. And while this change had been documented on some key sides for Prestige and World Pacific at the time, this rare 1968 session for Blue Note is perhaps one of the best of the bunch – but oddly was somehow never issued at the time, and only made a brief appearance in 1976, as part of a 2LP set. Ervin's working here with a totally hip group – one that has Woody Shaw in the frontline on trumpet, and a rhythm team of Kenny Barron on piano, Jan Arnet on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all grooving with Ervin in styles that recall the modal vamping and soaring energy that Shaw would later bring to his own solo work in the 70s. Tracks are all longish, and filled with a sense of life and exploration that shows that Ervin was growing tremendously in this last stretch of his all-too-short life – never too free, always in control, yet roaming the skies in search of new notes and sounds! Titles include "Gichi", "Den Tex", "Lynn's Tune", "204", and an early version of Shaw's "In A Capricornian Way". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusBlack Saint & The Sinner Lady ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic – and one of Mingus' greatest albums ever! This one ranks right up with The Clown and Pithecantropus Erectus for sheer raw power and emotion – and Mingus' writing here is incredibly tight, giving soloists like Charlie Mariano, Jaki Byard, Richard Williams, and Jerome Richardson a real workout. The set's an extended suite of tracks with sort of a semi-ballet form. Don't let this fool you into thinking that the work's some sort of semi-classical snoozer, though – as Mingus uses the structure to hit some brilliant raw emotion, and the "dance" part of the piece gives the work a tight rhythmic form, pushing the soloists into raw urgent grooves, of a nature that never show up on Mingus' other work from the time. Titles include "Trio & Group Dancers", "Solo Dancer", "Group & Solo Dance", and "Duet Solo Dancers". CD
(Early MCA pressing.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusBlack Saint & The Sinner Lady ... CD
Impulse, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic – and one of Mingus' greatest albums ever! This one ranks right up with The Clown and Pithecantropus Erectus for sheer raw power and emotion – and Mingus' writing here is incredibly tight, giving soloists like Charlie Mariano, Jaki Byard, Richard Williams, and Jerome Richardson a real workout. The set's an extended suite of tracks with sort of a semi-ballet form. Don't let this fool you into thinking that the work's some sort of semi-classical snoozer, though – as Mingus uses the structure to hit some brilliant raw emotion, and the "dance" part of the piece gives the work a tight rhythmic form, pushing the soloists into raw urgent grooves, of a nature that never show up on Mingus' other work from the time. Titles include "Trio & Group Dancers", "Solo Dancer", "Group & Solo Dance", and "Duet Solo Dancers". Quite hard to find on the original vinyl, too – which is why we're extra-excited to have it on CD! CD
(Digipack pressing has a small sticker spot on the lower right corner.)
Also available Black Saint & The Sinner Lady ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ VariousThese Ghoulish Things – Horror Hits For Halloween (And All Year!) ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fab collection of novelty numbers from the late 50s and early 60s – all recorded during the glory days of the monster rock and roll trend! There's a tone here set by Bobby Pickett's classic "Monster Mash", but which goes way past the obvious to include a great range of lesser-known numbers – many recorded for tiny indies of the period, and done with some madly echoing production and ultra-spooky sound effects. Rock and roll is the dominant genre, but there's also some nice entries from the jazz and R&B sides of the spectrum too – brought together in a brilliant 28 track package that blows away any other horror-based set we've seen on the market! All legit, and presented with great notes on the music – and titles that include "Rockin In The Graveyard" by Jackie Morningstar, "Feast Of Mau Mau" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Screamin Ball" by The Duponts, "Drac's Back" by Billy DeMarco, "Midnight Stroll" by The Revels, "I'm The Wolfman" by Round Robin, "Monster Party" by Bill Doggett, "Mr Werewolf" by The Kac-Ties, "My Son The Vampire" by Allan Sherman, "Nightmare Mash" by Billy Lee Riley, and "Frankenstein's Party" by The Swingin Phillies. CD

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✨✧ Charles MingusJazz Workshop Concerts 1964/1965 (7CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, 1964/1965. Used 7CD ... Out Of Stock
Key moments in the career of Charles Mingus – all recorded during the crucial years of 1964 and 1965, and featuring the first-time release of a fair bit of live material too! The set represents the first full presentation of recordings that have appeared piecemeal on a handful of obscure releases – self-released records from Mingus himself – Town Hall, My Favorite Quintet, and Music Written For Monterey – all really expanded here with the full recordings of the tracks, and unreleased titles provided from the original tapes! Mingus was really on fire during these years – severed from most of his bigger label associations, and freely working on some of his most inventive ideas with various smaller groups of players – all fresh young talents who were key interpreters of Charles' ideas – including Johnny Coles and Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, Jimmy Owens on trumpet and flugelhorn, Charles McPherson on alto sax, Clifford Jordan on tenor, Jaki Byard on piano, Eric Dolphy on alto, flute, and bass clarinet. The stalwart Dannie Richmond is on drums, and the sides represent some of Dolphy's last, and most important recordings on the planet – recordings done at Town Hall and in Amsterdam in April of 1964 – in addition to live material at Monterey in 1964 and 1965, in Minneapolis in May of 1965. Tracks are all quite long – some pushing the half-hour timing – and as with the best live Mingus, there's variations here that go way past any studio readings – really incredible solo flights that are still beautifully integrated with the ideas of the main group. Titles include "So Long Eric", "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Blue Silk", "Mingus Piano Solo", "Bird Preamble", "Themeless Blues", "Copa City Titty", "A Lonely Day In Selma", "Cocktails For Two", "Praying With Eric", "Parkeriana", "ATFW", "Meditations On A Pair Of Wire Cutters", and "Meditations On Integration". 7CDs, limited edition, and with a great book of notes too! CD
(Out of print, numbered limited edition. Includes original box, book and all 7CDs – in great shape!)

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✨✧ Jon AppletonAppleton Syntonic Menagerie ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible record from the glory days of Flying Dutchman! The session's one of a rare few cut by electronic musician Jon Appleton, and it's a stunning blend of analogue electronics and sonic cut up material – a record of musique concrete compositions to rival the greatest work coming out of France in the late 50s and early 60s! Appleton's approach to the material is at some level like that of Pierre Henry, but at another level, he's also using some bits of late 60s Americana – such as a Chef Boyardee commercial, or snippets of interviews done in an airport – and it's elements like these that give the set a darkness that makes it even more compelling. Titles include "Chef D'Oeuvre", "Newark Airport Rock", "Times Square Times Ten", "Second Scene Unobserved", "Nyckelharpen", and "The Visitation". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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✨✧ Tal FarlowSwinging Guitar Of Tal Farlow ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most compelling Verve albums from guitar genius Tal Farlow – a drummer-less trio session, recorded with Eddie Costa on piano and Vinnie Burke on bass – really opening up at a level that lets you hear just how revolutionary Farlow's approach was at the time. Tal's tone is as great as always – edgily carving out some rhythms with the trio, swinging more gently than the title might imply, in a mode that might later be taken up by Jim Hall, but which here is all Tal's own – a fantastic modernist change from the way the guitar had been just in jazz just a few short years before. Titles include "Meteor", "Taking A Chance On Love", "Yardbird Suite", "Like Someone In Love", and "I Love You". CD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the "Tal Farlow 100th Anniversary Collection" series!)

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✨✧ Doug HammondFolks ... LP
Idibib/Manufactured, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A lasting classic from drummer Doug Hammond – maybe one of his most widely-circulated records, even though the whole set is still relatively obscure! That doesn't stop the music from being great, though – and the whole thing is a great bridge between the New York loft jazz years of the 70s, where Doug was a key performer – and some of the later soulful styles of jazz expression that would flourish in the 80s – a kind of new confidence brought back to the mainstream, with subtle messages really creating power in the music! Much of the record is more inside than you might expect, but still swings with a real edge – very much in the early 80s spirit of Black Saint/Soul Note – and Hammond works with a very cool shifting lineup of musicians, which creates a special flavor for each track on the set. Musicians include Marvin Blackman on alto and tenor, Hubert Eaves on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, Byard Lancaster on alto, Karen Joseph on flute, and Muneer Abdul Fataah on cello – and the record features vocal performances from both Bessie Carter and Angie Bofill – the later of whom is a real surprise on a record like this. Titles include "Togetherness", "What's Happening Now", "Folks", "Perspicuity", "Pony Pone", and "Kone Pone". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hank Jones TrioLive In Japan ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pianist Hank Jones always got some of his best 70s treatment working overseas – and that's definitely the case here, as Hank stretches out beautifully in a live trio date that was originally intended just for the Japanese market! The sound is sublime – really respectful of all that careful balance of swing and lyricism that Jones brings to the piano at his best – given understated accompaniment from George Duvivier on bass and Shelly Manne on drums – both musicians who always seem to let Hank show the way, but definitely know where to follow. Tracks include "Blue Lou", "Cotton Tail", "The Man I Love", "Crazy Rhythm", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "Basically The Blues", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", "Yardbird Suite", and "On Green Dolphin Street". CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)
 
 
 



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