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Der PlanDie Peitsche Des Lebens ... CD
Ata Tak/Bureau B (Germany), 1991. New Copy ... $16.99
The last album in the cool classic run of German gems from Der Plan – a group that few folks paid attention to at the time, but who really gave the world some wonderful electronic music in the post-punk years! These guys really distill all the best sides of the German electronic experiments of the 70s – serving things up in shorter tunes that are filled with unusual twists and turns, and which also have plenty of offbeat vocals and a nice sense of humor too – almost like little audio cartoons, with a quality that's far more long-lasting than some of their contemporaries! Despite the 1991 date of the record, the style here is every bit as great as the group's earliest music – and like most of their music, there's hardly any connection to a real epoch in sound – as the whole thing's so darn unique. Titles include "El Cigarro", "Kleiner Junge", "Wir Babies", "Vive Le Vie", "Alter Mann", "Es Werde Licht", and "Spiel 77". CD
Also available Die Peitsche Des Lebens ... LP 22.99

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Der PlanDie Peitsche Des Lebens ... LP
Ata Tak/Bureau B (Germany), 1991. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
The last album in the cool classic run of German gems from Der Plan – a group that few folks paid attention to at the time, but who really gave the world some wonderful electronic music in the post-punk years! These guys really distill all the best sides of the German electronic experiments of the 70s – serving things up in shorter tunes that are filled with unusual twists and turns, and which also have plenty of offbeat vocals and a nice sense of humor too – almost like little audio cartoons, with a quality that's far more long-lasting than some of their contemporaries! Despite the 1991 date of the record, the style here is every bit as great as the group's earliest music – and like most of their music, there's hardly any connection to a real epoch in sound – as the whole thing's so darn unique. Titles include "El Cigarro", "Kleiner Junge", "Wir Babies", "Vive Le Vie", "Alter Mann", "Es Werde Licht", and "Spiel 77". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Die Peitsche Des Lebens ... CD 16.99

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Der PlanEs Ist Eine Fremde Und Seltsame Welt ... CD
Ata Tak/Bureau B (Germany), 1987. New Copy ... $16.99
The title translates to "it's a strange and peculiar world" – and there's maybe no better introduction to the mad electronic music of this wonderful German trio from the 80s! Der Plan were part of that special small slice of the German new wave – groups who didn't rely on darkness or angst to get their message across – but instead mixed together whimsical elements with musical experimentation – often in ways that were years ahead of their time! Imagine Kraftwerk scoring the music for cartoons, and you'd get part of the idea here – but that's hardly the start of the sonic delights within – as the album features short tracks in many different varieties – exploding with innovation at each twist and turn. Titles include "1 Mann 1 Ball", "Bleib Gold", "Kennen Sie Koln", "Frisch Verliebt", "Komm Zurick", "Get Out", and "Ich Hab Den Jordan Gesehn". CD
Also available Es Ist Eine Fremde Und Seltsame Welt ... LP 22.99

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Der PlanEs Ist Eine Fremde Und Seltsame Welt ... LP
Ata Tak/Bureau B (Germany), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
The title translates to "it's a strange and peculiar world" – and there's maybe no better introduction to the mad electronic music of this wonderful German trio from the 80s! Der Plan were part of that special small slice of the German new wave – groups who didn't rely on darkness or angst to get their message across – but instead mixed together whimsical elements with musical experimentation – often in ways that were years ahead of their time! Imagine Kraftwerk scoring the music for cartoons, and you'd get part of the idea here – but that's hardly the start of the sonic delights within – as the album features short tracks in many different varieties – exploding with innovation at each twist and turn. Titles include "1 Mann 1 Ball", "Bleib Gold", "Kennen Sie Koln", "Frisch Verliebt", "Komm Zurick", "Get Out", and "Ich Hab Den Jordan Gesehn". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Es Ist Eine Fremde Und Seltsame Welt ... CD 16.99
 
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Rodzina PastoraBiegnijmy W Slonce ... CD
GAD (Poland), Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
A really cool Polish group from the early 70s – one who only issued a 7" EP at the time, but who finally get their full due here, in a set that brings together other material recorded for Polish radio! The approach is great – a bit in the folk funk mode, with a female singer in the lead, next to well-placed basslines, and nice use of flute next to guitar and keyboards – all pretty light, so that the rhythms and the vocals take the core, often with jazzy inflections that are mighty nice! The tracks features vocals from Maria Fiegel on the first half, and Zofia Borca on the second – and the package features 14 titles in all, with tracks that include "A Gdy Leci Glaz", "Troche Wiosny Troche Lata", "To Tak Jak Sen", "Zawse Humor Mam", "Ogon Pawie", "Musisz W Drodze Byc", and a really great cover of "Whole Lotta Love". CD

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✨✧ VariousSomewhere Between – Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism, & Shadow Sounds Of Japan 1980 to 1988 ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1980s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A much deeper dip into the Japanese scene of the 80s than similar collections of this nature – as the package brings together work with a very specific vibe, and one that's maybe not quite like some of the more mainstream music that was getting exported at the time! Most of these tracks have never been available outside of Japan, and some are from the farther reaches of the indie scene – done in a mode that's not quite like the more polished electronic pop of the decade, but which also has more going on than some of the minimalist music too! There's some darker moments that maybe resonate just a bit with cold wave material from the European scene, but other tracks have a warmer vibe, and an occasional groove – making for a really unusual discovery of sounds you're not likely to hear otherwise. Titles include "Arrows & Eyes" by Noriko Miyamoto, "Days Man" by Yoshio Ojima, "Akatere" by Wa Ha Ha, "Area" by Neo Museum, "Wedding With God" by Soniko, "Koneko To Watashi" by Takami Hasegawa, "Yakan Hikou" by Naoki Asai, "Weimar 22" by RNA Organism, "Sweet Sultan" by D Day, and "Hasu No Enishi" by Dip In The Pool. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSomewhere Between – Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism, & Shadow Sounds Of Japan 1980 to 1988 ... CD
Light In The Attic, 1980s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A much deeper dip into the Japanese scene of the 80s than similar collections of this nature – as the package brings together work with a very specific vibe, and one that's maybe not quite like some of the more mainstream music that was getting exported at the time! Most of these tracks have never been available outside of Japan, and some are from the farther reaches of the indie scene – done in a mode that's not quite like the more polished electronic pop of the decade, but which also has more going on than some of the minimalist music too! There's some darker moments that maybe resonate just a bit with cold wave material from the European scene, but other tracks have a warmer vibe, and an occasional groove – making for a really unusual discovery of sounds you're not likely to hear otherwise. Titles include "Arrows & Eyes" by Noriko Miyamoto, "Days Man" by Yoshio Ojima, "Akatere" by Wa Ha Ha, "Area" by Neo Museum, "Wedding With God" by Soniko, "Koneko To Watashi" by Takami Hasegawa, "Yakan Hikou" by Naoki Asai, "Weimar 22" by RNA Organism, "Sweet Sultan" by D Day, and "Hasu No Enishi" by Dip In The Pool. CD

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Natalie ColeTake A Look ... CD
Elektra, 1993. Used ... $1.99
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Mayuko KatakuraMayuko Katakura Plays Coltrane ... CD
Days Of Delight (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $26.99
A really fresh take on the music of John Coltrane – not just because Mayuko Katakura is a pianist, not a saxophonist – but also because she's got a really fresh, original approach to the tunes! You'll certainly recognize most of the numbers, but they're taken in different ways – sometimes really opened up in different directions, with inventive rhythms from Takumi Awaya on bass and Noritaka Tanaka on drums – musicians who sometimes swing, sometimes step back and let the piano direct the proceedings! Titles include versions of "Resolution", "Naima", "Equinox", "Up Gainst The Wall", "Love", "Bessie's Blues", and "Wise One". CD

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✨✧ Afrika Bambaataa Presents Time ZoneZulu War Chant (voc, funky remix, not taking no sh*t street)/Time 2 Get Open (voc, inst)/40 oz Crew ... 12-inch
Profile, 1993. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice comeback record for Bambaataa that uses a vocal chant from a live Soul Sonic Force show back in the day – "Zulu! Can't stop us" looped over some classic break beats, still heard in mixes today. The "not taking no sh*t" version includes some nice rhymes from GLOBE of the Soul Sonic Force. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Profile sleeve.)

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✨✧ Joe BataanLost Sessions – New York 1976 ... CD
BGP (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Joe Bataan working in a pronounced dancefloor soul mode! While the legendary Bataan was no stranger to the fusion of Latin, soul and funk, this some of the most club soul oriented sounds from Joe we've ever heard – and the sessions are seeing official release for the first time ever! The recording feature players who worked on Joe's stellar Afrofilipino and features a backdrop of wonderful Afro and Latin percussion and rhythms with the best sounds of the NYC dancefloor soul in the mix – with uptempo and midtempo vocal numbers flirting with disco and modern soul very nicely – with solid lead vocals and groovy female backup! Most tunes bring a bit of harp into the mix for a little more of a soar that plays off the percussion in really cool way. Titles include "Sadie", "When We Get Married", "My Cloud", "I Need Love", a take on the Isaac Hayes "Theme From The Men", "Let Me Kove You", "My Opera" and "I Do Love You". CD

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Fumio ItabashiLife & Live – Watarase ... DVD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2011. New Copy ... $4.99
A really unusual performance from Japanese pianist Fumio Itabashi – who returns here to Watarase, a site that inspired his most famous album in the 70s! Itabashi plays here outdoors – a really amazing setting for a grand piano – yet his work on the instrument is ever bit as bold and powerful as when it's captured in the closeness of the studio – although maybe taking off with even more inspiration from nature, which is always something that Fumio brings to his unique combination of lyrical lines and magical flow! The performance runs for approximately 63 minutes, and all other notes are in Japanese, or else we'd tell you more. DVD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series! DVD is NTSC – All Region.)

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Charles MingusJazz In Detroit – Strata Concert Gallery (5CD set) ... CD
Strata/BBE (UK), 1973. New Copy 5 CDs ... $39.99
A fantastic live performance from Charles Mingus – recorded in Detroit, with a slightly unusual group – and done with the more open, freewheeling quality that grace his live recordings of the early 60s! The set was recorded at the Strata Gallery – and has some of the deeper spiritual currents of the work on Detroit's Strata label – as the quintet burns beautifully with contributions from Don Pullen on piano, John Stubblefield on tenor, Joe Gardner on trumpet, and the great Roy Brooks on drums! It's interesting both to hear Mingus without Dannie Richmond on drums – and Brooks at a time when he was at his most righteous – and the pairing really seems to bring a lot of the best energy out of the other players too. The super-expanded set features material from a few nights of performance, with a few alternate takes – and titles include "The Man Who Never Sleeps", "Pithecanthropus Erectus", "Peggy's Blue Skylight", "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Blue Silk", "Dizzy Profile", and "C Jam Blues". CD

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Sadao WatanabeSadao 2019 – Live At Blue Note Tokyo ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $23.99
We've loved saxophonist Sadao Watanabe for many years, through many different styles, and he's still sounding wonderful after all his decades in music – playing live in a laidback quartet setting, in a performance that's very heavy on his own compositions too! The backing is top-shelf, but nicely understated – Russell Ferrante on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums – moving with a gentle swing, but really letting Sadao take the lead on alto sax – blowing soulful, well-crafted solos of the sort that you'd maybe be more likely to hear on this sort of session from a tenor. Titles include "Warm Days Ahead", "Butterfly", "Plum Island", "Tembea", "Waiting Song", and "Early Spring". CD

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✨✧ Joe BataanCall My Name ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Joe Bataan is alive and well – and to our ears, the king of Latin Soul is sounding better than he has in decades! This tasty little set really takes us back to Joe's classic work for Fania – but it's also got a slightly different twist – one that shows a new younger appreciation of the funk side of Joe's work that wasn't always able to come to the forefront in earlier years. Joe recorded the album at the Daptone Studios in New York – so the sound of the set is spot-on all the way through – perfectly recorded to bring out the soul in Joe's music, and handled with some great touches that make the instrumentation as wonderful as Joe's classic-styled vocals! And even more than that, there's also a heck of great new songs on the set – tunes that follow very strongly in the spirit of Joe's older classics, but which have a freshness that makes the album a totally essential part of Joe's catalog. Titles include "Chevere Que Chevere", "Keep The Change", "Call My Name", "Chick A Boom", "I'm The Fool (parts 1 & 2)", "Cycles Of You", "Secret Girl My Superfraud", and "Ernestine". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Marty BaumannToybox Time Machine – A Catalog Of The Coolest Toys Never Made (hardcover) ... Book
IDW Publishing, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful book of graphic imagination – a book that features 60s-styled ads for toys that never existed – but which take us back to the glory days of Matchbox, Big Daddy Roth, and Aurora Monster Models! The artwork is all by Marty Bauman – who would have made a heck of a toy designer back in the day – as he thrills us with full color creations like the Creepy Clutching Hand, Gorilla Rifle, Savage Cedric, Psychedelic Simians, Misterlectro, Robot Troooper, Super-Python 300, Battling Robot, Rick Mason Undercover Triple Agent, The Mighty Zorok, and lots lots more! Each fake toy gets a full color page – like an ad from the back cover of a vintage comic or kids magazine – and the creations are so cool, we really have trouble believing they never really existed! Over 160 pages, hardcover, and full color throughout. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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✨✧ Eric DolphyEric Dolphy Memorial Album (aka Music Matador) ... LP
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing work from Eric Dolphy – a record that's come out on a number of different labels, under a number of different names – but which is one of his most perfectly-realized sessions of the 60s, and one of his most spiritual albums ever! The record features a shifting lineup of players – almost presaging the ensemble modes that would rise more strongly in the post-Coltrane years – and Dolphy's chosen a strong group of associates, including Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Clifford Jordan on soprano sax, Prince Lasha on flute, and Sonny Simmons on alto and bass clarinet. Dolphy plays flute, alto, and bass clarinet – and titles include "Love Me", a solo alto tune by Dolphy; "Alone Together", a duet with Davis' bass; a seminal take on "Jitterbug Waltz", completely reinventing the tune for new generations; and the massive "Music Matador". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert – RJL 2662. Inside cover has some light traces of tape, but outside looks nice.)

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✨✧ GuruJazzmatazz Vol 1 ... LP
Chrysalis, 1993. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A groundbreaking meeting of musical icons – with veteran jazz greats, a couple of then-young guns, and one of the MCs who helped bring jazz into hip hop in the first place! Jazzmatazz bridges both stylistic and generational boundaries in incredible ways, not only an earnest effort by Guru to pay heartfelt tribute to heroes, but to show his own and subsequent generations its the vitality and longevity jazz music – with a lineup that includes Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, Ronny Jordan, Lonnie Liston Smith, Carleen Anderson, N'Dea Davenport and MC Solaar. 12 tracks in all, including "Slicker Than Most", "No Time To Play", "Loungin", "Sights In The City", "Le Bien, Le Mal", "Transit Ride", "When You're Near", "Down The Backstreets", "Respectful Dedications", "Take A Look At Yourself" and "Trust Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pat Thomas & Matana RobertsTruth (180 gram pressing) ... LP
OTOroku (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic meeting between pianist Pat Thomas and alto saxophonist Matana Roberts – recorded live in London, and showing an amazing sense of sympathy between the two improvisers – even though they're normally separated by the space of an ocean! Thomas has these really dark, moody tones on the piano at times – almost as if he's playing with a prepared version of the instrument, although we're guessing that he's showing more of a Cecil Taylor-like understanding of the full tonal possibilities of the piano – even though his approach is very different than Cecil. Matana has this crispy soulfulness and depth – almost as if she's bringing the best modern traditions on the alto into play with the richer currents of the tenor – with results that are breathtaking throughout! The set features one long track – "The Truth". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Three – River Run Thee ... LP
Constellation (Canada), 2015. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the most dense, most complex work we've heard from Matana Roberts to date – a unusual effort that blends together her own instrumental passages with sound samples recorded during a wintertime ramble through the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana! Roberts moves away from her previous group efforts, to hit even more experimental sounds here – which include her own alto saxophone lines, plus work on a Korg Monotron, an early 1900s upright piano, and even a bit of vocalizations too – all taken at a level that's way beyond jazz, and which has elements of found sound mixing with processed instrumental passages, and even some odd snippets of classic American songs. The effort comes off sounding as if an avant jazz album were recorded with an older 4AD aesthetic – with all the dense sonic structures that might imply – and the whole thing's definitely one more reason to keep your eyes focused on Roberts' genius in years to come! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes poster.)

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George Adams, Martin Hannibal Peterson & FriendsMore Sightings ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $16.99
An unusual date from tenorist George Adams – recorded right around the same time as his legendary records with Don Pullen, but instead a more unusual partnership with the great trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson! The pairing is great – and both hornmen soar out and really get plenty of room to do their thing – in a mixture of hardbop energy and more spiritual currents, with help from John Scofield on guitar, Ron Burton on piano, Walter Schmocker on bass, and Allen Nelson on drums. The energy is maybe a bit more like some of Peterson's late 70s records than some of the Adams/Pullen material – and that quality makes the live date a nice standout in the catalog of both players. Titles include "Soul Brothers", "Do We Know Where We Are Going", "Melanie", "More Sightings", and "Don't Take Your Love From Me". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Tina BrooksMinor Move (Jazz Heritage pressing) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $4.99
A stunning set from overlooked tenor genius Tina Brooks – a musician who recorded for Blue Note during the key years of Hank Mobley and Johnny Griffin, but whose music was mostly un issued at the time! This rare set is a great second chapter to Tina's True Blue album – material recorded in 1958, but unissued until the late 70s in Japan – at which time the album became an instant classic in the Blue Note catalog – and for good reason, too – as the quintet features a crack lineup – with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. The group grooves nicely on Brooks' "Nutville" and "Minor Move" (done in other versions later on Blue Note), plus a nice long take of "The Way You Look Tonight" – and the tracks "Star Eyes" and "Everything Happens To Me". CD
(Out of print Jazz Heritage pressing with full color art work. NOTE: this copy is missing the rear tray card and is priced accordingly.)

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Francisco Mora CatlettMora/Mora 2 ... CD
AACE/Far Out (UK), Late 80s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A pair of great albums back to back – both rare albums from a percussionist who worked with Sun Ra! First up is Mora volume 1 – a legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is definitely at the core – but the set also features wonderful contributions from Vincent Bowens on tenor and soprano sax, Jerome LeDuff on berimbau, Alberto Nacif on quinto, and Detroit jazz legend Kenny Cox on piano! There's a balance here that really matches the best Strata East energy of the 70s – an open, flowing approach that's completely sublime, and very righteous too – even more so than anything Mora's done since the 70s – making this record one of his greatest achievements ever. Tersa Mora sings a bit of vocals at times – and titles include "Afra Jum", "Five AM", "Rumba Morena", "Samba De Amor", and "Cultural Warrior". Mora 2 is a set recorded in Detroit, but one that's got a globe's worth of elements in the mix – originally recorded in the mid 80s, but not released until a brief CD issue in the early part of the 21st Century! Despite that history, the album's a really timeless record that encompasses a world's worth of elements in jazz! Francisco Mora Catlett's at the height of his powers here – leading the group with a sense of righteous majesty that takes us back to some of the most ambitious heirs of the post-Coltrane generation, but with perhaps an oddly rhythmic twist as well – such as you might find in some of the 70s classics of Bobby Vince Paunetto. Echoes of Latin, Afro, and spiritual jazz come together as one – soaring to the skies on soulful waves of sound – brought together with a sense of focus and spirit that really moves us a lot. Players include Marcus Belgrave and John Douglass on trumpets, Sherman Mitchell on trombone, Vincent Bowens on tenor and flute, Alex Harding on baritone and bass clarinet, Kenny Cox on piano, and Rodney Whitaker on bass – and titles include "Samba/Conga De Amor", "Amazona Prelude/Dawn", "Old Man Joe", "Por Que Paro", and "Afra-Jum (parts 2 & 3)". CD
Also available Mora ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ John ColtraneBallads (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Impulse, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 25.99
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – but which still has some of the depth of soul that John Coltrane brought to his more experimental work on Impulse Records! The album's a classic introduction to the music of Trane – and maybe is tied more closely to the spirit of some of his work on Atlantic Records, and makes a nice bridge between the two bodies of work – as the Great One takes on older jazz tunes, but really transforms them, thanks in part to the sublime work of Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano. The album's completely solid all the way through – and although it won't change your life as much as A Love Supreme, it will show what a fantastically strong player Coltrane was, in any sort of setting! Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "What's New", "Nancy", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "All Or Nothing At All". LP, Vinyl record album

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John ColtraneBlue World (Le Chat Dans Le Sac) ... CD
Impulse, 1964. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A lost treasure from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – material recorded as the soundtrack for the Canadian film Le Chat Danse Le Sac – which features new recordings of material that Coltrane had done in previous years, but really updated by the fresh version of this group! Although the music was used in the film, which was an art house hit at best, it's never been issued on record before – and in fact, its existence was something of a mystery until not that long ago – quite a surprise, given that the sessions were done at Rudy Van Gelder's studio, and have a quality level that really matches the Impulse Records best by these musicians! The tunes are almost like this amazing bridge between the mid 60s Impulse years and the Coltrane sound at the start of the decade on Atlantic – as the grooves are modal, and most music is more inside than the group was hitting by 1965 – yet still burning with that searching spirit that made them so great. The lineup, of course, features John Coltrane on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and the whole thing is an instant key addition to the catalog of this tremendous quartet. Titles include two takes on "Naima", three takes on "Village Blues", and the tracks "Like Sonny", "Traneing In", and "Blue World". CD
Also available Blue World (Le Chat Dans Le Sac) ... LP 22.99

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John ColtraneBlue World (Le Chat Dans Le Sac) ... LP
Impulse, 1964. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
A lost treasure from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – material recorded as the soundtrack for the Canadian film Le Chat Danse Le Sac – which features new recordings of material that Coltrane had done in previous years, but really updated by the fresh version of this group! Although the music was used in the film, which was an art house hit at best, it's never been issued on record before – and in fact, its existence was something of a mystery until not that long ago – quite a surprise, given that the sessions were done at Rudy Van Gelder's studio, and have a quality level that really matches the Impulse Records best by these musicians! The tunes are almost like this amazing bridge between the mid 60s Impulse years and the Coltrane sound at the start of the decade on Atlantic – as the grooves are modal, and most music is more inside than the group was hitting by 1965 – yet still burning with that searching spirit that made them so great. The lineup, of course, features John Coltrane on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and the whole thing is an instant key addition to the catalog of this tremendous quartet. Titles include two takes on "Naima", three takes on "Village Blues", and the tracks "Like Sonny", "Traneing In", and "Blue World". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Blue World (Le Chat Dans Le Sac) ... CD 13.99

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Ensemble Al-SalaamSojourner ... LP
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... About May 1, 2021 (delayed)
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best post-Coltrane modes of expression in jazz, and which really takes advantage of the freedoms of the Strata setting to open up the sound in really beautiful ways! Beatrice Parker handles the vocals, with a very warm and spiritual style that's not unlike some of the early, righteous recordings by Dee Dee Bridgewater – and other group members include Khaliq Abdul Al Rouf on saxes, Bevin Turnbull on keyboards, Mashujaa Aliye Salamu on guitar, Leroy Seals on bass, and Fred Kwaku Crawley on a host of hip percussion instruments. There's a slight undercurrent of funk on a few tunes, but most tracks are focused more in a soaring, spiritual groove – with titles that include "Circles", "The Sojourner", "Peace (Salaam)", "Traces Of Trane", "Ecstasy", "Music Is Nothing But A Prayer", and "Malika". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Maynard FergusonNew Vintage ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Maynard really grooves it up on this one – playing with a group that's even larger than some of his early 70s funk sessions, in a style that's got traces of disco and R&B-styled fusion! The set was arranged, conducted, and produced by Jay Chataway – who's going for a nice smooth mode on most of the cuts, almost in the slick manner of some late 70s cop show soundtrack. Tracks are a bit longer than usual, with more room for the groove, and titles include the originals "Oasis" and "El Vuelvo", a surprisingly nice disco take on "Maria", and the cuts "Airegin" and "Star Wars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Frank FosterHere & Now ... LP
Catalyst, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
Very different work than usual from Frank Foster – and pretty darn great! The album was put together by arranger Billy Mitchell – with a warm and sunny take on soul jazz that's every bit the best side of the Catalyst Records sound – kind of a sweeter, slightly electric take on the genre that's different from the styles going down at some of the other indies during the other part of the decade. Foster's tone is in full force here – but his overall playing is reigned in a bit from his more frenetic recordings with Elvin Jones – a good thing by us, as the record allows him to explore sound in much different ways. The rest of the group is equally great – with players that include Art Webb on flute, Harold Mabern on piano, Roland Prince on guitar, Freddie Waits on drums, and Richard Williams on trumpet. Tunes have an arranged feel that's got some slight sweetness to it – but they're also long, and with plenty of room for solos. Titles include "Shunga", "Sweet Mirage", "Square Knights Of The Round Table", and "Been Here & Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover has a small gouge in the spine and minimal surface wear.)

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Dexter Gordon & Slide HamptonDay In Copenhagen (MPS) ... LP
MPS, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $16.99
A tremendous European meeting of tenorist Dexter Gordon and trombonist Slide Hampton – brought together in this impeccable sextet session for MPS – a real standout in the label's straight jazz catalog over the years! By the time of the set, Gordon had been working heavily in Europe, especially Copenhagen – a locale where he was given ample freedom to stretch out and really explore his tone and phrasing. Hampton had also kicked around the continent a fair bit too, but in a tighter format, doing arrangements for others and working in bigger groups – and it's actually his careful touch that really helps shape the sound of the set – by bringing Gordon's groove into a focus more strongly than before, and reminding us that Dex was a great group player when he wanted to be! The frontline features Gordon's tenor, Hampton's trombone, and the trumpet of Dizzy Reece – often stating the heads in a fluidly soulful way, then breaking out nicely with individual voices – very much in the best Blue Note mode. Rhythm is by the trio of Kenny Drew on piano, Art Taylor on drums, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and titles include 3 excellent originals by Hampton – "A New Thing", "My Blues", and "A Day In Vienna" – plus a wicked almost-Lee Morgan-esque take on "What's New", and versions of "Shadow Of Your Smile" and "You Don't Know What Love Is". LP, Vinyl record album
(US BASF pressing in gatefold cover, with an unglued seam.)

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Wendell HarrisonDreams Of A Love Supreme (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Wenha/Octave (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $22.99
Pretty great stuff – even though Wendall Harrison has strayed far from the Tribe Records sound of his earlier years! The record takes the spiritual post-Coltrane jazz of Harrison's earlier days, and infuses it with a smooth fusion approach that's clearly an attempt to reach a wider audience with a soulful message – giving the whole thing a blend of soul and spiritual jazz that comes off surprisingly well overall! There's some nice dark edges to the record that really keep things interesting – maybe imagine Larry Mizell producing some of the more off-beat albums on Strata East – and there's a bit of vocals on the set, which also features work from Phil Ranelin on trombone. Tracks include "Where Am I", "Sea Minor Blues", "Take Time Out", and "Dreams Of A Love Supreme". CD features bonus tracks – "No Turnin Back", "Rocket Love", and the unreleased "Patrina's Dance". CD

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Sachi Hayasaka & Stir Up2.26 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $16.99
The group here is named Stir Up, and that's definitely what they do alongside the soprano and alto of Sachi Hayasaka – often hitting these full, intense passages of sound – sometimes free, sometimes more rhythmic – served up with a lineup that includes Tatsuya Sato on tenor, Toshiki Nagata on bass, Ken Tsunoda on drums, Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion, and the great Yosuke Yamashita on piano! Sachi's maybe a bit more inside than Yosuke's famous reed partner from the 70s, Akira Sakata – but she's also got this ability to move between freedom and structure in a really great way – which keeps things interesting throughout, as the group move through titles that include "Yellow Monk", "Children Children", "Heso", "Bubble Net Feeding", and "Take Care Of All My Children". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Tubby HayesGrits, Beans, & Greens – The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 (2CD version) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 29.99
A long-lost album from one of our favorite jazz talents of all time – British tenor legend Tubby Hayes, a player we'd easily place on a short list with giants like Dexter Gordon or Sonny Rollins! Like both of those players, Hayes has an incredible talent for longform solos that never lose their fire, direction, or imagination – a quality that emerges here maybe even more strongly than on some of the records that preceded it – as Hayes works with just a quartet, on long tracks that are really dominated by both his great sound, and the strong contributions of pianist Mike Pyne – an equal star on the set! At a time when British jazz was going for a lot of new recording modes, crossover styles, and other gimmicks, the whole thing is a back to basics record for Tubby – but also one that shows just how much he's grown as a soloist in just a few short years – really on fire, as the tenor is driven strongly by the efforts of Ron Mathewson on bass and Spike Wells on drums, completing a great quartet who really get the energy of their leader. Titles include a great version of the Duke Pearson tune "You Know I Care", a lovely take on "Where Am I Going", and the Hayes originals "For Members Only", "Rumpus", and "Grits Beans & Greens". Fantastic stuff – long overdue, and instantly a key addition to the Tubby Hayes Fontana catalog of the 60s! This great 2CD version features the full versions of all the sessions, with a number of takes on some of the tunes – including an unusual version of "Where Am I Going" with the guitar of Louis Stewart instead of the piano of Mike Pyne. Also has a hardcover package, and a nice booklet of notes! CD
Also available Grits, Beans, & Greens – The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ IndependentsJust As Long – The Complete Wand Recordings 1972 to 1974 ... CD
Wand/Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the best soul groups to come out of Chicago in the early 70s – a quartet that was overflowing with great talent, and who also went on to influence a lot of other 70s soul as well! The group features one gal singer, and three guys – the former the great Helen Curry, who'd recorded a few solo singles before joining up – the latter the team of Charles Jackson and Marvin Yancy, who'd go onto some crucial production work with Natalie Cole and other singers, plus the great Maurice Jackson, who issued some amazing work on his own! The four come together in a style that really sums up all the sophisticated soul currents taking place in the Windy City at the time – a bit of Brunswick group modes, touched with some of the loftier production styles of Curtom, given some of the fuller, warmer touches that you'd hear from The Emotions or Jerry Butler. The group only spent a few years together, and recorded for the Wand/Scepter label in New York – who often repackaged albums with a lot of overlapping tracks – which makes this collection the first true representation of everything they recorded at the time – served up with the usual stellar Kent Records notes and production. Titles include the Independents' amazing version of Leroy Hutson's "Lucky Fellow" – plus "I Just Want To Be There", "Baby I've Been Missing You", "Our Love Has Got To Come Together", "Leaving Me", "Just As Long As You Need Me (parts 1 & 2)", "Here I Am", "It's All Over", "One Woman Do Right Man", "The Same Old Way", "No Wind No Rain", and "I Love You Yes I Do (Tom Moulton rmx)". CD

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Quincy JonesLive In Paris – 14 Mars 1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Hard-driving live work from Quincy Jones – material recorded during one of the most productive, creative years of his large jazz ensemble! Material is from a very hip all-star group – and in addition to the sorts of tracks that Quincy was doing for ABC and Mercury during the period, there's also some longer, extended tunes that really showcase the growing complexity of Quincy's music – and that visionary quality that would make him one of the hippest bandleaders in the world by the end of the 60s! Players include Sahib Shihab on baritone, Phil Woods on alto, Budd Johnson and Eric Dixon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard and Benny Bailey on trumpets, Melba Liston and Curtis Fuller on trombones, Les Spann on guitar and flute, Patti Brown on piano, Stu Martin on drums, and Patato Valdes on congas – and long tracks include extended takes on "Stolen Moments"," Africana", and "Banja Luka" – plus other titles that include "Gwan Train", "Moanin", "Solitude", "Caravan", "Boy In The Tree", and "Summertime". CD

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Oliver LakeComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings Of Oliver Lake (Holding Together/Prophet/Clevont Fritzhubert/Expanding Language/Edgeing) (7CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 7 CDs ... $32.99 42.99
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by reedman Oliver Lake – all packaged together in one great set! The package shows Lake really maturing both as a player and as a group leader – working with a range of contemporaries to move his sound past the loft jazz modes of the 70s, but still with all the deep spirit of collaboration that always made his contributions to jazz so important. The first few albums are key standouts in the Black Saint catalog, and the later titles are great surprises from some years when folks might have taken Lake for granted, but he was still always able to pull out some new modes of expression. Players on the sessions include Michael Gregory Jackson, Fred Hopkins, Baikida Carroll, Donald Smith, Pheeroan Ak Laff, Russell Gunn, Charles Eubanks, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille – and the set features 7 full albums, all with original artwork – Holding Together, Orphet, Clevont Fitzhubert, Expandable Language, Edge-ing, Dedicated To Dolphy, and A New Organization. CD
(All albums come in cardboard sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)

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Hubert Laws/George BensonIn The Beginning/In Concert Carnegie Hall ... CD
CTI/BGO (UK), 1974/1976. New Copy 2CD ... $5.99 14.99
A split CTI package – with a record apiece by Hubert Laws and George Benson! Hubert Laws is first with In The Beginning – moody work from one of the most groundbreaking flute players of the 70s – and a real standout in the legendary catalog of CTI Records! Hubert Laws was not only richly talented, but he was also capable of a large number of styles – and this double-length set for CTI has him moving past the electric funky jazz that was the usual manner of the label. The set features backing by a range of different keyboardists – from Bob James, to Clare Fisher, to Richard Tee – plus tenor by Ronnie Laws, percussion by Airto, drums by Steve Gadd, and guitar by Gene Bertonicini. All tracks are long, and the material spans funk, jazz, and even a bit of classically influenced playing. Titles include "Mean Lene", "Restoration", "Moment's Notice", and "Reconciliation", and "In The Beginning". Next up is George Benson In Concert Carnegie Hall – one of his hardest-hitting albums of the time! In a way, the record returns George to his early years at CTI – particularly the album Beyond The Blue Horizon – as the set's got a stripped down smaller group, working in a tight blend of electric jazzy bits that's very nice! Ronnie Foster lays down some great keyboards on the set, Hubert Laws is on flute, and George himself plays a hollow body with a nice soulful tone – stretching out on some straight jazz on most cuts, but also hitting a few of his smoother notes from the mid 70s. Titles include "Sky Dive", "Take Five", "Octane", "Summertime", and "Gone". CD

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MoondogMore Moondog/Story Of Moondog ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956/1957. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Incredible work from the enigmatic Moondog – and a great CD that brings together his rare 2nd and 3rd albums for the Prestige label! The work here is quite different than some of Moondog's later, more serious compositions – in a mode that's much earthier, personal, and spontaneous – more in keeping with the mostly-jazz catalog on Prestige (although admittedly, all Moondog records are still a strange fit for the company!) There's a spare, stark modern style here that's almost a small combo version of the Harry Partch sound – or a looser, freer take on some of the modes of the Gil Melle camp. Most tracks are quite short – and are built out of primitive flutes and reed instruments, odd percussion, eerie vocalizations, and even some organ and other instruments created by Moondog himself. The CD features a total of 30 cool little tracks – and tunes include "Organ Rounds", "Wildwood", "Moondog's Theme", "Chant", "Oboe Round", "Trimbas In Eigths", "In A Doorway", "OO Solo", and "Seven Beat Suite". CD

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MPB4Barra Pesada – MPB4 Ao VIvo Nos Anos 70 (5CD set) ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), Mid 70s. Used 5CD ... $29.99
A really heft collection of unreleased live recordings by this great Brazilian vocal group – one that almost seems to double their catalog of albums from the 70s! MPB4 got their start in the 60s, at a time when Brazil was really in love with harmony styles borrowed from American groups like The Hi-Los and Four Freshmen – and while many of the other Brazilian groups used the vocal modes in a bossa style, MPB4 were always able to take things one step further – often going for musical modes that brought a different sort of complexity to their harmonies, which only increased as the group moved into the 70s! You'll hear plenty of that here – as the live recordings mostly just feature their voices with a bit of light percussion and acoustic guitar – leaving plenty of space for their amazing vocal interplay right up front in the mix. The set features five full length concerts on CD – two recorded in Peru, one in 1973 and one in 1974 – plus sets recorded in 1975 and 1976. CD
(Still sealed.)

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Junko OnishiLive XI – Junko Onishi Presents The Sextet – Second Album ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $29.99
A great live album from the sextet of pianist Junko Onishi – one of the warmest, most dynamic groups she's had in awhile – and one who come across here with all these moody tones and colors that seem to really help shape the direction of Junko's own performance! The horns are great – a lineup that includes Miki Hirose on trumpet and flugelhorn, Akihiro Yoshimoto on tenor and soprano, and Yuzo Kataoka on trombone – players who sometimes have a way of blocking out their sound in nicely angular ways, which are emphasized by the piano – and who sometimes hit a freer flow when the drums and bass get going! The rest of the group features Yosuke Inoue on bass and Shinnosuke Takahshi on drums – and the set also features some work on guitar from Satoshi Yoshida and alto from David Negrete – on tracks that include "Peace In Chaos", "Unity 1", "Rain In March", "Water Reflections", "2 Laps Behind", and "Gate Crasher". CD

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Junko Onishi Presents The SextetUnity All – Live At Pit Inn (3CD set) ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), 2020. New Copy 3CD ... $59.99
A searing live set from this larger group headed up by pianist Junko Onishi – actually more than a sextet for this date, given the appearance of a few other players in the concert! Onishi sounds more vibrant than we've heard in years – not just a really dynamic leader, but also playing with lots of dark, chunky tones – almost avant at moments, alongside a lineup that includes Akihiro Yoshimoto on tenor and flute, Miki Hiros on trumpet, Yuzo Kataoka on trombone, Yosuke Inoue on bass, Shinnosuke Takahshi on drums – and work from Satoshi Yoshida on guitar, David Negrete on alto, and vocals from Wornell Jones. This beautiful 3CD set features a great book-like package, with a CD each for three different dates of performance – and titles that include "Unity 2", "Rain In March","Kind", "Head Towards The Light", "Falling Rocks", "Dark Chime", "Two Laps Behind", "Cura Da Gatos", "Teenager", and "Alert 5". CD

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Yoshio Otomo/Hidefumi Toki Alto MadnessLover Man ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $19.99 24.00
Twin alto sax work from the leaders – blowing here together with a really rich sound that almost feels like some of Phil Woods alto-heavy dates from years back, but with a vibe that's more 70s Japanese as well! The pair are both great soloists on their own – and step out in the lead on boppish tracks, but with phrasing that's far beyond just hokey Charlie Parker cliches – given an even more modern sense of expression through the quintet's use of guitarist Kazumi Watanabe, alongside bass and drums. The set features 11 minute takes on both "Lover Man" and "Scrapple From The Apple" – plus the side-long original "Blues For T&O", which runs for 19 minutes! CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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Iggy PopIdiot (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Capitol, 1977. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
Iggy's second solo LP proper, and a strangely intoxicataing mix of junkie desperation and gutteral punk funk – a conscious decision to move away from the guitar roar of the Stooges era and closer to the sounds his longtime champion David Bowie was experimenting with at the time, with a little bit of Lou Reed for good measure – but make no mistakes, this is Iggy's show. It's as fascinating as it is impressive on a more visceral level, heavy bass rhythms and keys intergral to the sound, and weary latenight storytelling that trips you out on contact. All tunes co-written by Bowie, who would go on to have a huge hit with his own version of "China Girl" a few years into the 80s when the world was more ready for it, plus the classic "Nightclubbing", "Sister Midnight", "Baby", "Dum, Dum Boys", "Tiny Girls" and "Mass Production". This great deluxe version includes a complete live set from London's Rainbow Theatre on July 3, 1977 – with classics from Iggy's career to date including "Raw Power", "TV Eye", "Dirt", "Sister Midnight", "China Girl", "I Wanna Be Your Dog", "Search & Destroy" and more. CD

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✨✧ Manfred Schoof with Yosuke Yamashita TrioDistant Thunder ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A really amazing record from trumpeter Manfred Schoof – and one that's quite different from his better-known recordings on the European scene! This set has Schoof joining in with the searing trio of Yosuke Yamashita on piano, Akira Sakata on alto, and Takeo Moriyama on drums – and mindblowing group that were setting their own standards of free jazz on the Japanese scene in the 70s, often with a very different vibe than European improvisers of the decade! Sakata is especially amazing – bold, searing, and completely on fire – in a way that seems to have Schoof rising to new heights to match his energy. The set begins with the blistering side-long track "Mitochondira" – then takes a bit of a breather, as Schoof delivers a solo take on "Round Midnight", and Yamashita performs the solo "Distant Thunder" – before full group action re-emerges on the long "Hachi". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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SmithsLouder Than Bombs ... CD
Sire/Rough Trade, Mid 80s. Used ... $4.99
A special collection done for the US market after the first great run of albums by The Smiths – a double-length set that's partly a best-of, and mostly a collection of all the wonderful songs the group issued on their various singles and EP releases in the UK – none of which were originally released in America! As such, the album's a crucial component to the group's catalog – especially if you weren't buying their singles back in the day – and is filled with as much greatness as all their other albums of the period. Titles include "Girl Afraid", "Panic", "Sheila Take A Bow", "Is It Really So Strange", "London", "Half A Person", "Sweet & Tender Hooligan", "Hand In Glove", "Rubber Ring", "Ask", "Golden Lights", "Oscillate Wildly", "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby", and "Asleep". CD

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SorcerersIn Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God ... CD
ATA (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
The Sorcerers return, and with a sound that's even deeper than before – a fantastic blend of funk and Ethiopian elements – but with a tightness that also resonates with some of the hipper European sound library work of the 70s! In fact, there's a mode here that's like those few special records where a funky sound library session might take on some more exotic currents – which is definitely what the Sorcerers do with a wicked blend of percussion and unusual woodwinds, which includes some work from Chip Wickham – who we also love from his own records too. Titles include "Overgrown Icons", "Downriver", "The People Of The Forest", "Crossing The Rope Bridge", "Summoning The Monkey God", "Who Is The Hunter Who Is The Prey", and "Escape From The Catacombs". CD

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Charles TolliverCharles Tolliver & His All Stars (aka Paper Man) (180 gram pressing – with bonus track) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 44.99
The first moment of genius from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – a set that wasn't originally issued on the Strata East label, but which really set the tone for all the genius to follow on Tolliver's label! At the time of the record, Charles was part of a whole new generation of hardboppers who were coming up in a world of new ideas – a time when Coltrane, Shepp, and Ayler were transforming the left side of jazz – while other musicians were pushing the boundaries of more familiar modes too. Tolliver worked with Horace Silver, Max Roach, and others at the time – and here, he's a brilliant leader right out of the box – set up with an all-star combo that features Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – perfect partners for exploring the new music that Charles brings to the record. Gary Bartz joins the group on the second half – another young player about to transform a generation – and the whole album's a dream all the way through, with the mix of soul and spirit of some of Woody Shaw's first records, or maybe Bartz's first few albums for Milestone. Titles are all Tolliver originals – and include "Household Of Saud", "Earl's World", "Paper Man", "Lil's Paradise", and "Right Now". Also features a bonus track – "Repetition (take 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Charles TolliverRinger (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $24.99 About May 26, 2021
Incredible first album from a player who would go onto become one of the major soul jazz talents of the 70's – and one of the owners of the Strata East label. Tolliver plays here with the original incarnation of his Music Inc group – which includes Stanley Cowell, Steve Novosel, and Jimmy Hopps. The tracks are all originals, with a brilliant spiritual groove that virtually describes the direction Tolliver and similar post-Coltrane musicians would take in the 70's. Titles include "The Ringer", "Mother Wit", "Plight", and "On The Nile". CD
This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, May 26.

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Charles Tolliver & Music Inc.Live At The Loosdrecht Jazz Festival (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1972. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $49.99 54.99
A searing live set from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – one of the few talents who could take his instrument into the kind of long-blown, beautifully open territory explored on a double length album like this! Tolliver maybe inherits a late Lee Morgan quality, but also opens up with the Woody Shaw generation – but at a level that's even more exploratory than Woody, and which follows up the fantastic sounds of his two part Live At Slugs albums, issued slightly earlier on the Strata East label! Strata is a name that's come to be synonymous with the best in spiritual jazz of the 70s – and Tolliver is the key figure at the top of that legacy – really making magic here in a quartet that includes John Hicks on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Alvin Queen on drums. Titles are all nice and long – and include "Grand Max", "Truth", "Prayer For Peace", "Our Second Father" and "Repetition". LP, Vinyl record album
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Piero UmilianiLa Ragazza Fuori Strada (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1975. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 24.98
One of the coolest Italian soundtracks we've heard in a long time – a wonderful set of tunes that moves from slinky, to easy, to groovy, and beyond! The tunes start out bubbling very spare and slow – with floating piano, moog, and other nice bits – and as the record progresses, the sound gets heavier, with some nice funky elements thrown into the mix! The whole thing's a brilliant exercise in understatement – not only one of the best soundtracks by Umiliani from the 70s, but also a perfect example of why we dig Italian soundtracks so much! Titles include "Volto Di Donna", "La Rinuncia", "Il Tuo Volto", "Nostalgia", "Le Ore Che Contano", "Cantata Per Maryam" and more. Schema CD also includes 12 alternate takes – with 24 tracks in all! CD

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Porter Wagoner & Dolly PartonOnce More/Two Of A Kind/The Right Combination Burning The Midnight Oil/Together Always ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Four classic RCA albums from the team of Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton – all brought together in a single set! Once More is a pivotal moment in the duo career of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – both solo singers who'd worked together on earlier records, but really seemed to hit their stride around the time of this set! Both Porter and Dolly gel together perfectly – often singing together, not trading back and forth as much – in ways that only make the lyrics of the songs resonate more strongly. Titles include "I Know You're Married But I Love You Still", "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man", "A Good Understanding", "Let's Live For Tonight", "Once More", "Fight & Scratch", and the tear-jerker "Ragged Angel". Two Of A Kind is a great pairing of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – one an aging country singer, yet still in his prime – the other a soon-to-be superstar, getting her youth balanced out a bit more by the presence of Porter! The tunes here are the perfect sort of music for the pair to work together – some songs that have separate parts that give each singer a distinct character – others harmonized together in a mighty nice way. Dolly wrote a fair bit of material for the set, and Porter had a hand in a few too – and titles include "Oh The Pain Of Loving You", "Possum Holler", "The Flame", "The Fighting Kind", "Two Of A Kind", "There'll Be Love", "Is It Real", and "Curse Of The Wild Weed Flower". On the next album, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton are definitely the Right Combination – singing here with a chemistry that not only reflects Dolly's years on stage with Porter, but which also echoes some of the tension of their relationship backstage! The tunes are a mix of originals – some by Wagoner, some by Parton – plus a few other well-chosen numbers – all of which expand their duo style nicely, marking it as way more than just some record company attempt to cash in by bringing two stars together! Titles include "More Than Words Can Tell", "The Right Combination", "Her & The Car & The Mobile Home", "Burning The Midnight Oil", "On & On", and "The Fog Has Lifted". The title of Together Always is maybe a bit un-prophetic – given that a few years later, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton would hardly be together – but the record's a great one from that wonderful stretch when the pair could really make magic singing together on record! The tunes are all original numbers – some by Dolly, some by Porter – new material that makes the album every bit as strong as solo efforts by either singer, and which show that these RCA duo sessions weren't just filler material in the catalog! Titles include "Love's All Over", "Take Away", "Lost Forever In Your Kiss", "Looking Down", "Poor Folks Town", "Ten Four Over & Out", and "You & Me Her & Him". CD

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Andy WilliamsEmperor Of Easy – Lost Columbia Masters 1962 to 1972 ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
The title definitely gets it right – as Andy Williams was maybe the king of the easy listening vocal scene at the end of the 60s – a singer with a smooth style that was equally popular on record as it was on the TV screen! Yet Andy was also something very special, and very much unto himself – a crooner with links to the past, but with a warmth and personal approach that was much more down to earth – which made Williams such a great community-crossing artist at the time. This package is a great addition to his Columbia catalog – as it features 20 tracks on CD for the first time ever, 16 of which are previously unreleased – with lots of gems that are every bit as great, and maybe often more interesting than, some of Andy's biggest hits for the label. There's some great tunes here that get that wonderful Williams treatment – and titles include "Two For The Road", "On The Southside Of Chicago", "This Guy's In Love With You", "Bonita", "No One To Cry To", "A Question Of Love", "The Sinner", "Our Night To Howl", "Proud Mary", "What's The Matter Girl", "Too Young", "I Don't Know How To Love Her", "Through The Years", "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town", and "San Francisco". CD

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✨✧ Joe Lee Wilson & Bond StreetShout For Trane ... LP
Why Not (Japan), 1976. Near Mint- ... $48.99
Maybe the best Joe Lee Wilson album you can ever get! Joe Lee Wilson's got a spiritual jazz vocal style that's in the vein of Leon Thomas, but which often falls short of Thomas' greatness on other recordings – yet here, though, he's totally great – hitting a beautifully soulful vein that's totally righteous, and which really delivers on the promise you'll hear on his other records. The group's quite tight – the Bond Street combo, which includes Fielder Floyd on trumpet, Monty Waters on alto and soprano, and Shiroh Mori on guitar – and the session was released by the hard-to-find Why Not imprint of the Japanese label Trio, making it one of the more obscure records in Wilson's catalog. The set steps off with an amazing take on Billy Gault's "Mode For Trane" – and other titles include "Song For My Father", "One ", "Four", and "Sophisticated Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse At The BBC (3LP 180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Republic, Mid 2000s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $53.99 59.99
The career of Amy Winehouse was all too short – and although she gave us a small number of really wonderful albums, a set like this is a really great addition to her catalog! The package features a huge amount recorded on various BBC shows over the years – tracks that show the initial sharply bristling sound of Winehouse during her debut, and her great ability to grow and change – heading towards a maturity that we wish we'd seen develop on more records. A third of the set features a 2007 live set recorded by the BBC at Porchester Hall, a number of others feature appearances on Later With Jools Holland and Hootenanny – and there's a number of other show appearances too. Titles include "Rehab", "In My Bed", "Know You Now", "Tears Dry On Their Own", "Take The Box", "Some Unholy War", "Stronger Than Me", "Teach Me Tonight", "Tenderly", "Love Is A Losing Game", "Valerie", "To Know Him Is To Love Him", "Me & Mr Jones", "Monkey Man", "Addictied", "Best Friends Right", and "I Should Care". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Yosuke YamashitaClay ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Mindblowing trio work from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – in a group that's equally noteworthy for its incredible reed performances from the mighty Akira Sakata! The pairing of Sakata and Yamashita was one of the greatest things in Japanese jazz in the 70s, and certainly one of that scene's strongest avant impulses – and the trio's completed by the thoughtfully spacious drum work of Takeo Moriyama, who really knows how to read the room, then run when the time is right. Sakata manages to get some of the most searing sounds from the clarinet we've ever heard, and a hell of a lot of force from the alto too – and the set features a long reading of the trio's classic "Mina's Second Theme" – plus the tune "Clay", dedicated to Muhammad Ali. CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Yosuke YamashitaClay (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... On June 12, 2021
Mindblowing trio work from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – in a group that's equally noteworthy for its incredible reed performances from the mighty Akira Sakata! The pairing of Sakata and Yamashita was one of the greatest things in Japanese jazz in the 70s, and certainly one of that scene's strongest avant impulses – and the trio's completed by the thoughtfully spacious drum work of Takeo Moriyama, who really knows how to read the room, then run when the time is right. Sakata manages to get some of the most searing sounds from the clarinet we've ever heard, and a hell of a lot of force from the alto too – and the set features a long reading of the trio's classic "Mina's Second Theme" – plus the tune "Clay", dedicated to Muhammad Ali. (Note: This item is not for sale online until noon on Saturday, June 12. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning Saturday, June 12. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after noon on June 12 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDays Of Delight – Dynamic (Yakudo) ... CD
Days Of Delight/Universal (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $29.99
Soaring, searing spiritual jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – most of it pulled from the catalog of the East Wind label, an imprint that was really letting some of the younger musicians open up and do their thing! Japanese jazz had come very far forward in the 60s – but during the 70s, there was an even greater wave of exploration – partly from the older musicians, who were really starting to break past straighter American modes, but also from younger players who were initially inspired by the spiritual styles of John Coltrane and his group, then fused that energy with their own organic explorations – with results that you'll hear here in the best of their formation! All tracks are nice and long – and titles include "Minors Only" by Takehiro Honda, "Recollection" by Kosuke Mine, "In The Darkness" by Terumasa Hino, "Vichakani" by Sadao Watanabi, and one more long track with a Japanese title by Masabumi Kikuchi, pulled from his End For The Beginning album. CD

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VariousDiggin On Blue – Mixed By DJ Krush & Muro ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99
Two legendary Japanese DJs take on the Blue Note catalog – and come up with some amazing results in the process! Both DJ Krush and Muro serve up a non-stop mix in this collection – one each per disc – and the music is really transformed by their magical talents on the decks, at a level that takes us back to the sorts of cool projects that Japanese Blue Note was handling at the start of the century – when they were really inviting some younger talents to breathe new life into their catalog! Neither Muro nor Krush are spring chickens, but they definitely give a strong 21st Century vibe to this music – really expanding on a range of tracks that are mostly pulled from the late 60s/early 70s run of Blue Note. Krush mixes tunes that include "Feeling You Feeling Me Too" by Gene Harris, "Before You Leave" by Alphonse Mouzon, "I'm On My Way" by Candido, "Oblighetto" by Jack McDuff, "Move Your Hand" by Lonnie Smith, "Blue Juice" by Jimmy McGriff, "Mestizo Eyes" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Little Green Apples" by Monk Higgins, and "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life" by Lou Donaldson – and Muro mixes up tunes that include "Acid Pot Or Pills" by Horace Silver, "Classic Funke" by Jack McDuff, "New York Times" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Trying Hard To Look Inside" by Waters, "Cristo Redentor (part 2)" by Gene Harris, "Down Here On The Ground" by Grant Green, "Summer Song" by Ronnie Foster, "Alias" by Jeremy Steig, "Pot Belly" by Lou Donaldson, "Time After Time" by Willie Bobo, and "Mercy Mercy Me" by Reuben Wilson. CD

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VariousHillbillies In Hell – Revelations – Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952 to 1974 ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Deep deep country music, from the glory days of the genres – the kind of tracks that start in the territory of the Louvin Brothers' Satan Is Real, then take off into a whole host of different themes based on sinning, saving, and redemption! The vibe here is every bit as great as the previous volumes in the series – and as the compilations have gone on, they've only gotten more surprising – really moving past the obvious cuts for such a collection, and pulling together some real gems from the farther reaches of postwar country music! CD features 30 tracks in all – and titles include "Oh Death" by John Reedy & The Stone Mountain Trio, "Fire's A Coming" by Swanee River Boys, "Death's Black Train" by AL Phipps Family, "Heaven Bound Train" by Lewis Family, "Jesus Is On My Side" by Richard Miller, "A Wonderful Time Up There" by Wally Fowler & The Oak Ridge Quartet, "The Story Of The Street Girl" by Lonnie Glosson, "Filthy Sea Of Sin" by Ernest Carter, and "Are You Insured Beyond The Grave" by Little Jimmy Dickens. CD

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VariousStudio One – Afrikan Blood (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Studio One, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
Very righteous work from the legendary catalog of Studio One – material that includes some early reggae numbers mixed with later roots numbers – served up here with a few unreleased tracks as well! Studio one might be known for more soul-based reggae from the late 60s/early 70s, but the tracks here showcase a much deeper current in the label – proof that although Clement Dodd released plenty of his productions during the long career of the company, there's still a lot to be discovered in the vaults! Unreleased tracks include "We're Gonna Climb" by Alton & Zoot, "Hooray" by Wailing Souls, "Rasta Footprints (12" mix)" by Vicedroys, "Afrikan Blood (take 2)" by Judah Eskender Tafari, and "King Alpha (take 2)" by Dennis Lovelock – and the set features unreleased stereo versions of "I Was born A Free Man" by Al & Freddy, "Drought" by Simms & Robinson, and "I Am Free" by The Gaylads" – plus the tunes "Send Another Moses" by The Willows" and "Justice & Peace" by Rodley Brissett. LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie exclusive limited edition of 1000 – on red vinyl!)

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✨✧ Tina BrooksMinor Move (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning set from overlooked tenor genius Tina Brooks – a musician who recorded for Blue Note during the key years of Hank Mobley and Johnny Griffin, but whose music was mostly un issued at the time! This rare set is a great second chapter to Tina's True Blue album – material recorded in 1958, but unissued until the late 70s in Japan – at which time the album became an instant classic in the Blue Note catalog – and for good reason, too – as the quintet features a crack lineup – with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. The group grooves nicely on Brooks' "Nutville" and "Minor Move" (done in other versions later on Blue Note), plus a nice long take of "The Way You Look Tonight" – and the tracks "Star Eyes" and "Everything Happens To Me". CD
(Out of print, 1996 pressing with original Japanese LP cover image.)

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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann TrioFor Adolphe Sax ... CD
Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album of free jazz – Peter Brotzmann's first record, and a hard-driving set of material that blows away most avant jazz work from the US at the time! The album takes the energy of the ESP generation, and turns it up more than a few notches – as Brotzmann blows his head off on tenor and baritone, accompanied by Sven Ake Johansson on drums and Peter Kowald on bass. The title is a reference to the inventor of the saxophone – an instrument that Brotzmann pushes way to its limits here – at a level that Adolphe never would have expected! Titles include "For Adolphe Sax", "Sanity", and "Morning Glory". CD features the bonus track "Everything". CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneBallads ... CD
Impulse/MCA (Brazil), 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – but which still has some of the depth of soul that John Coltrane brought to his more experimental work on Impulse Records! The album's a classic introduction to the music of Trane – and maybe is tied more closely to the spirit of some of his work on Atlantic Records, and makes a nice bridge between the two bodies of work – as the Great One takes on older jazz tunes, but really transforms them, thanks in part to the sublime work of Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano. The album's completely solid all the way through – and although it won't change your life as much as A Love Supreme, it will show what a fantastically strong player Coltrane was, in any sort of setting! Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "What's New", "Nancy", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "All Or Nothing At All". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Ballads (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Miles Davis & John ColtraneGreen Dolphin Street – Live In Holland ... CD
Natasha Imports, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Long live takes on a few classics – with Wynton Kelly on piano, too! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Serge GainsbourgEn Studio Avec Serge Gainsbourg (3CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of rare work from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – studio outtakes, alternate versions, and lots of other material that stands as a great addition to the catalog of one of the coolest, grooviest French language singers ever! This 3CD set is overflowing with gems – and CD1 brings together rare tracks by Serge himself – some from 45 or LP projects, but presented here in different modes that stand as a wonderful complement to some of the versions you might know – almost like a "part 2" or extended take in some cases. Titles include "Black Trombone (avec intro)", "L'Homme A Tete De Chou (instrumental)", "Sea Sex & Sun (extrait des prises voix", "Chez Les Yeye (prise complete)", "L'Eau A La Bouche (avec intro)", "69 Annee Erotique (instrumental)", and two very long tracks – "Melody (prise complete)" and "Lola Roastaquoouere (instrumental)". CD2 features various interpretations of Serge's songs – many of which were produced by Serge himself, and a few of which even feature vocals by Gainsbourg! The music spans the space of his early Latin and jazzy work, through his slinky sexy 60s and 70s years, to his final burst of great music in the early 80s. Titles include "J'Ai Deja Donne" by Jacques Dutronc, "Les P'Tits Papiers" by Regine, "Les Papillons Noirs" by Michele Arnaud, "Mambo Miam Miam" by Los Goragueros, "Le Sixieme Sens" by Juliette Greco, "L'Oiseau De Paradis" by Zizi Jeanmarie, "Les Petits Boudins" by Dominique Walter, "Le Mal Interieur" by Isabelle Adjani, "Plus Dous Avec Moi" by Charlotte Gainsbourg, and "Le Drapeau Noir" by Mirelle Darc. CD3 features great music that Serge Gainsbourg did for a variety of cinematic projects – music that's every bit as groovy as his own vocal tunes, and which often appear here in instrumental takes that let you focus even more strongly on his great sense of a funky bit and a groove! Titles include "Milena (instrumental)", "L'Eau A La Bouche (avec intro)", "Requiem Pour Un Con (instrumental)", "First Class Ticket (prise alternative)", "Les Chemins De Katmandou (generique)", "Le Village A L'Aube", "Discophoteque (rough mix)", and "Le Physique Et La Figure (version complete)", plus Anna Karina singing "Roller Girl". CD

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✨✧ MadlibShades Of Blue – Madlib Invades Blue Note ... LP
Blue Note, 2003. New Copy 2 LPs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Madlib invades Blue Note! He gets free reign of the catalog for this mix of sampler genius and live band interpretations, too, as/with Ahmad Miller, Yesterdays New Quintet, Malcolm Catto, Medaphoar, and others from the Stones Throw camp. This one's truly a conceptual triumph, if there ever was such a thing – one of the greatest hip hop producers alive, given carte blanche with the source beats of the century! Madlib's Blue Note crates are heavily weighed in the mid 60s through mid 70s electric beats that often get the shaft in mainstream jazz round-ups, but floor the beathead world into overdrive. Re-interpretations, remixes, and revisions are spliced seamlessly with the source samples, creating a whole new world where hip hop and late model live funk not only co-exists with classic Blue Note jazz, but it actually draws a linear transition between the 2 genius art forms. Beautiful stuff – if the album isn't the most original idea to come along all of these years into the hip hop & jazz underground, it's certainly one of the most perfectly realized projects of its kind, ever! It's one for the time capsule – easily one of Madlib's masterpieces, and pure funky sample wizardry by any standard! Includes Monk Higgins' "Slim's Return" interpreted by Ahmad Miller and DJ Lord Such on cuts, "Donald Byrd's "Distant Land", "Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Bounce", Yesterday's New Quintet's adaptation of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints", Madlib Invazion's "Funky Blue Note", the Joe McDuphrey Experience take on Horace Silver's/Herbie Hancock's "Peace/Dolphin Dance" and lots more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Otis ReddingRemember Me – 22 Previously Unissued Tracks ... CD
Stax, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare work from Otis Redding – material recorded during his legendary run for Stax Records in the 60s, all of which was never issued at the time! The quality here is still tremendously high – way more so than most of Redding's many imitators at the time, and proof that even on a bad day, Otis was still King – singing both original material and key covers with an undeniable sense of soul! There's a few alternate takes here that illuminate more famous versions of Redding tunes – but most of the numbers are unreleased cuts that add a lot of new music to the Otis Redding catalog. Titles include "She's All Right", "Send Me Some Lovin", "Remember Me", "Tick Or Treat", "Loving By The Pound (take 1)", "Respect (alternate)", "Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay (take 1)", "Don't Be Afraid Of Love", "You Got Good Lovin", "Gone Again", "I'm Coming Home", "Cupid", and "The Boston Monkey". CD

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✨✧ Tadao Sawai, Kazue Sawai, Hozan Yamamoto & OthersJazz Rock ... CD
RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer set of jazz rock from early 70s Japan – and a set that's way different than Anglo albums of this nature! There's definitely a mix of horns, jazzy soloing, and electrified elements on guitar, bass, and keyboards – but the themes here are often strongly Japanese, and also feature work on a variety of traditional instruments – including koto and shakuhachi, all served up with a very cool sound throughout the set! Players are a who's who of some of the more creative Japanese jazz musicians of the time – a lineup that includes Hozan Yamamoto, Takeshi Inomata, Tadao sawai, Sadanori Nakamure, Tatsuro Takimoto, and Kazue Sawai – and the record's got a number of elements that make it resonate with some of Hozan's coolest work from the period. A few tracks get nice and funky, others are laidback and spiritual – and titles include "Soran Bushi", "Kuroda Bushi", "Hanagasa Odori", "Kiso Bushi", "Hokkai Bon Uta", "Iso Bushi", "Hietsuki Bushi", "Sansa Shigure", and "Sado Okesa". CD

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✨✧ Spaceways Inc (Ken Vandermark)Version Soul ... CD
Atavistic, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ken Vandermark and crew take a funkier turn – working off the style of their last album (a tribute to Sun Ra & George Clinton), moving into tunes that are tributes to soul and funk heroes of the past 30 years. Most tunes are originals by Vandermark – played by the trio that includes Ken on reeds, Nate McBride on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – and titles include "Clocked", "Back Of A Cab", "Reasonable Hour", "Size Large", "Journeyman", "She Just Got Here", "All Frequencies", and "Force At A Distance". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ SupertrampBreakfast In America ... LP
A&M, 1979. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hell of a record from Supertramp – the set that catapulted them into global stardom after a late 70s run of really great, but overlooked albums! The album is a pure pop masterpiece all the way through – catchy tunes with slightly deeper ideas – a nice sense of striving in the lyrics, but never too overdone – and maybe as many great keyboard lines as the one classic album to precede it by the group – Crime Of The Century! Every cut's a classic – and titles include "Child Of Vision", "Take The Long Way Home", "Oh Darling", "Breakfast In America", "Goodbye Stranger", "Gone Hollywood", "The Logical Song", and "Just Another Nervous Wreck". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover is still in a portion of the original shrinkwrap, with hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Gabor SzaboGypsy 66/Spellbinder ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1965/1966. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two very groovy records – back to back on a single CD! Gypsy 66 is one of Gabor Szabo's best records – a hip small combo session, featuring backup by Gary McFarland, Sadao Watanabe, Richard Davis, and Willie Rodriguez – an odd kind of lineup, but one that goes well with the offbeat grooves of the set! The overall sound has lots of touches of the McFarland Latinized rhythms of the time – but also stretches out with some of those great snakey guitar solos from Szabo – not nearly as extended or trippy here on other albums of the time, but in a really great way that makes for some tight, hip, mod little tracks! The set's one of Gabor's best from the 60s – and titles include "Flea Market", "Walk On By", "Gypsy Jam", "Gypsy '66", and "The Echo Of Love". The whole thing's kind of a compressed take on the sound of Gabor's Spellbinder album – if you know that one! Spellbinder is breezy brilliance from the legendary Gabor Szabo – and one of the grooviest albums the Hungarian guitarist recorded during the 60s! The set's almost a tightening up of the style that Szabo first brought to prominence in his work with Chico Hamilton – a sound that's got roots in gypsy guitar, but which is also influenced by modern, Latin, and soulful styles of the 60s. There's an airiness to Gabor's guitar that's almost trippy – but which never goes too far out on the set, and really keeps a focus on the backings laid down by the album's highly rhythmic combo of Chico Hamilton, Ron Carter, Victor Pantoja, and Willie Bobo. Szabo makes a surprisingly great vocal appearance on 2 tracks – "Bang Bang" and "Autumn Leaves" – both sung in this weirdly dark style that's a great contrast to the lightness of his work on guitar. Other titles include Gabor's hit "Spellbinder", plus "Gypsy Queen", "It Was A Very Good Year", "Yearning", and "Cheetah". CD

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✨✧ Thievery CorporationSymphonik ... LP
Eighteenth Street Lounge, 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title here certainly gets it right – as the album marks a huge new step for Thievery Corporation – the first full record in which the group works with orchestral accompaniment – a move that's maybe long overdue, given how much these guys were initially influenced by older soundtracks and instrumental records! The use of orchestrations is wonderful, and really helps breathe new life into the duo's music – giving them a richness that we never would have expected, and maturing them far past some of their earlier modes – which were appealing, but never this complex or satisfying. As usual in recent years, there's a huge host of guests on the record – artists who include Puma, Frank Orrall, Natalia Clavier, Elin Melgarejo, Mr Lif, Shana Halligan, and Lou Lou Ghelichakhani – on songs that are reworkings of older Thievery tracks, taken into new territory with the orchestrations. Titles include "Ghetto Matrix", "Until The Morning", "Love Has No Heart", "Marching The Hate Machines", "Weapons Of Distraction", "The Forgotten People", and "Sweet Tides". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hidefumi TokiToki ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Deeply personal work from Japanese saxophonist Hidefumi Toki – a player who manages accomplish a great deal in a fairly stripped down setting – filling spare space with gentle notes on alto and soprano sax, often delivered with a nicely raspy tone! The group here is a quartet – with Kazumi Watanabe on guitar, Nobuyoshi Ino on bass, and Steve Jackson on drums – and the setting is laidback and mellow, often moving at a pace that's slow, but always flowing with a great gentle swing. Tracks are long, and titles include the great originals "Darkness", "Lullaby For The Girl" and "Old Song Blues" – plus nice takes "When Sunny Gets Blue" and Ornette Coleman's "Blues". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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✨✧ Charles Tolliver & Music Inc.Live At The Loosdrecht Jazz Festival ... LP
Strata East, 1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A searing live set from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – one of the few talents who could take his instrument into the kind of long-blown, beautifully open territory explored on a double length album like this! Tolliver maybe inherits a late Lee Morgan quality, but also opens up with the Woody Shaw generation – but at a level that's even more exploratory than Woody, and which follows up the fantastic sounds of his two part Live At Slugs albums, issued slightly earlier on the Strata East label! Strata is a name that's come to be synonymous with the best in spiritual jazz of the 70s – and Tolliver is the key figure at the top of that legacy – really making magic here in a quartet that includes John Hicks on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Alvin Queen on drums. Titles are all nice and long – and include "Grand Max", "Truth", "Prayer For Peace", "Our Second Father" and "Repetition". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some stains and flaking at the top two inches, ring and edge wear, and half split bottom seams.)
Also available Live At The Loosdrecht Jazz Festival (180 gram pressing) ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ June Tyson with Sun RaJune Tyson – Saturnian Queen Of The Sun Ra Orchestra (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The voice of June Tyson was a key part of the sound of the Sun Ra Arkestra during the first few decades of its existence – but this is the first time the lady herself has ever gotten a record under her own name – a beautiful collection of Ra-backed, Tyson-fronted tunes that includes classics and a fair bit of unreleased titles too! The music is from deep in the catalog of Saturn Records – and showcases a singer who could have taken both the jazz vocal and soul music worlds by storm, had she not chosen to dedicate herself to the larger cultural mission of the Arkestra – a place that June Tyson called home for more than a decade or two – and where she gave the world sublimely soulful vocals like these. Titles include the unissued "Enlightenment", "They'll Come Back", "Never Never Land", and "If You Are Not A Myth/Strange Worlds In My Mind" – plus "The Moors (complete version)", "Somebody Else's World", "Stardust From Tomorrow", "Astro Black", "Smile", "Tapestry From An Asteroid", and "Outer Space Is A Pleasant Place". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse At The BBC (3CD set) ... CD
Republic, Mid 2000s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The career of Amy Winehouse was all too short – and although she gave us a small number of really wonderful albums, a set like this is a really great addition to her catalog! The package features a huge amount recorded on various BBC shows over the years – tracks that show the initial sharply bristling sound of Winehouse during her debut, and her great ability to grow and change – heading towards a maturity that we wish we'd seen develop on more records. A third of the set features a 2007 live set recorded by the BBC at Porchester Hall, a number of others feature appearances on Later With Jools Holland and Hootenanny – and there's a number of other show appearances too. Titles include "Rehab", "In My Bed", "Know You Now", "Tears Dry On Their Own", "Take The Box", "Some Unholy War", "Stronger Than Me", "Teach Me Tonight", "Tenderly", "Love Is A Losing Game", "Valerie", "To Know Him Is To Love Him", "Me & Mr Jones", "Monkey Man", "Addictied", "Best Friends Right", and "I Should Care". CD
Also available Amy Winehouse At The BBC (3LP 180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 53.99

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✨✧ VariousLegacy Of NuSoul (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sony (Germany), Late 90s/2000s. Used 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Call it what you want – Nu Soul, Neo Soul, or just plain ol' contemporary soul – the sound of R&B has changed a lot in the past decade or two, as you'll hear in this wonderful batch of tracks! The collection is heavy on work from the Sony and RCA catalogs – and includes a fair bit of the best acts to break big from the underground, then find a huge audience in the mainstream – and there's some especially great tracks from the 90s, back when this movement first got going, but before anyone thought to give it a label. 3CD set features 32 tracks in all – and titles include "Heavenly Daughter (soul inside mix)" by Kwesi, "Is It Possible" by Raheem DeVaughn, "Stick Up Kid" by Lyfe Jennings, "I Won't" by Alica Keys, "Hopeless" by Dionne Farris, "Just What It Takes (human rhythm rmx)" by Kenny Lattimore, "She Don't Have To Know" by John Legend, "Still Believe In Love" by Jacksoul, "I Am Your Woman (summertime rmx radio)" by Syleena Johnson, "Get Up" by Amel Larrieux, "So Good" by Davina feat Raekwon, "If I Had You" by Frankie, "You Will Rise" by Sweetback, "Oh Girl" by Raphael Saadiq, "Finer Things" by Jon B feat Nas, "Charlene" by Anthony Hamilton, "Matrimony Maybe You" by Maxwell, "Inside My Love" by Trina Broussard, "Don't You Forget It" by Glenn Lewis, "Nature Of A Man" by Heather Headley, "I Can't Help It" by Davina, "Need You" by 7 Sons Of Soul, and "Guess Who Loves You More" by Raheem DeVaughn. CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneBallads (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Impulse, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – but which still has some of the depth of soul that John Coltrane brought to his more experimental work on Impulse Records! The album's a classic introduction to the music of Trane – and maybe is tied more closely to the spirit of some of his work on Atlantic Records, and makes a nice bridge between the two bodies of work – as the Great One takes on older jazz tunes, but really transforms them, thanks in part to the sublime work of Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano. The album's completely solid all the way through – and although it won't change your life as much as A Love Supreme, it will show what a fantastically strong player Coltrane was, in any sort of setting! Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "What's New", "Nancy", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "All Or Nothing At All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – part of the Verve Acoustic Sounds series!)
Also available Ballads (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ John ColtraneBallads – Deluxe Edition ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – but which still has some of the depth of soul that John Coltrane brought to his more experimental work on Impulse Records! The album's a classic introduction to the music of Trane – and maybe is tied more closely to the spirit of some of his work on Atlantic Records, and makes a nice bridge between the two bodies of work – as the Great One takes on older jazz tunes, but really transforms them, thanks in part to the sublime work of Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano. The album's completely solid all the way through – and although it won't change your life as much as A Love Supreme, it will show what a fantastically strong player Coltrane was, in any sort of setting! Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "What's New", "Nancy", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "All Or Nothing At All". Plus, this expanded CD version features a whole bonus CD of extra tracks – 14 in all, including alternates of "Greensleeves", "They Say It's Wonderful", "All Or Nothing At All", and "It's Easy To Remember". CD
(Out of print, mark through digipack barcode.)
Also available Ballads (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Stanley CowellBlues For The Viet Cong ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Marty PaichJazz Band Ball, First Set ... CD
Mode/VSOP, 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sure, the album's got a hokey title – but it's a wonderful little session that ranks as one of the most striking in the Mode Records catalog! The lineup is a very unusual one – with Stu Williamson and Bob Enevoldsen on valve trombone, paired with Jack Sheldon and Don Fagerquist on trumpet – in a 4 part brass frontline that features some wonderfully compressed solos. Rhythm is by a trio that features Marty Paich on piano, Buddy Clark on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums – and the album's a beautiful small group take on some of the fluid larger arranging styles of the west coast scene of the time. The valve trombone work is especially great on the session, and is caught with a deep sensitivity that's just wonderful – and titles include "Soft Winds", "Blue Lou", "Ida", "Logrolling", and "Look Around". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaGod Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the rarest 70s albums in the Sun Ra catalog – and one of the most unique, too – given that the format here is a piano trio, of the style often used by other jazz musicians – but completely transformed here in the hands of Ra! The music is sometimes straight, but always with angles – taking off nicely from the Horo Records mode right before – and delivered by Ra with this new sense of confidence and historical imagination on the keys of the piano – with great support from Richard Williams on bass and Luqman Ali on drums. There's no spacey production or weird instrumentation – but still, as with the Horo and Improvising Artists material, Sun Ra shows us what a tremendous jazz musician he can be in a more familiar setting – a great snap back to all those who ever might have called him a pretender. Titles include "Blythe Spirit Dance", "Tenderness", "Days Of Happiness", and "Magic City Blue". CD

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✨✧ Tadao Sawai, Kazue Sawai, Hozan Yamamoto & OthersJazz Rock ... LP
RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer set of jazz rock from early 70s Japan – and a set that's way different than Anglo albums of this nature! There's definitely a mix of horns, jazzy soloing, and electrified elements on guitar, bass, and keyboards – but the themes here are often strongly Japanese, and also feature work on a variety of traditional instruments – including koto and shakuhachi, all served up with a very cool sound throughout the set! Players are a who's who of some of the more creative Japanese jazz musicians of the time – a lineup that includes Hozan Yamamoto, Takeshi Inomata, Tadao sawai, Sadanori Nakamure, Tatsuro Takimoto, and Kazue Sawai – and the record's got a number of elements that make it resonate with some of Hozan's coolest work from the period. A few tracks get nice and funky, others are laidback and spiritual – and titles include "Soran Bushi", "Kuroda Bushi", "Hanagasa Odori", "Kiso Bushi", "Hokkai Bon Uta", "Iso Bushi", "Hietsuki Bushi", "Sansa Shigure", and "Sado Okesa". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gabor SzaboGypsy '66 ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Gabor Szabo's best records – a hip small combo session, featuring backup by Gary McFarland, Sadao Watanabe, Richard Davis, and Willie Rodriguez – an odd kind of lineup, but one that goes well with the offbeat grooves of the set! The overall sound has lots of touches of the McFarland Latinized rhythms of the time – but also stretches out with some of those great snakey guitar solos from Szabo – not nearly as extended or trippy here on other albums of the time, but in a really great way that makes for some tight, hip, mod little tracks! The set's one of Gabor's best from the 60s – and titles include "Flea Market", "Walk On By", "Gypsy Jam", "Gypsy '66", and "The Echo Of Love". The whole thing's kind of a compressed take on the sound of Gabor's Spellbinder album – if you know that one! CD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)

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✨✧ Dave ThompsonGoldmine Jazz Album Price Guide – 3rd Edition ... Book
Goldmine, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overstuffed edition of the Goldmine Jazz Price Guide – filled with great information! First off – forget the prices in this one, because we hate price guides, and we don't suggest that they actually have any correspondence to the real world – because people buy records at all different prices, for different reasons. HOWEVER, this is a great little book filled with useful data on jazz releases – and we find it to be an excellent resource when we need to look up details of work by specific artists – maybe more like a discography than an actual guide to pricing records. The book does have some holes and mistakes – but there's a heck of a lot of useful information in here, especially if you have questions like "What year did that come out?", "What label was that on?", "Which record was first in his career?" We're surprised at how many listings we can find for key albums – and the book's especially helpful for figuring out releases that seem to have a sly history of reappearing on the market! There's also a helpful section on different jazz labels and pressings, and the book is 506 pages, softcover, with lots of black and white illustrations – and listings for over 40,000 titles! Book

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiLa Ragazza Fuori Strada (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 1975. New Copy LP & CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest Italian soundtracks we've heard in a long time – a wonderful set of tunes that moves from slinky, to easy, to groovy, and beyond! The tunes start out bubbling very spare and slow – with floating piano, moog, and other nice bits – and as the record progresses, the sound gets heavier, with some nice funky elements thrown into the mix! The whole thing's a brilliant exercise in understatement – not only one of the best soundtracks by Umiliani from the 70s, but also a perfect example of why we dig Italian soundtracks so much! Titles include "Volto Di Donna", "La Rinuncia", "Il Tuo Volto", "Nostalgia", "Le Ore Che Contano", "Cantata Per Maryam" and more. Schema vinyl version includes the CD version – with 12 bonus alternate takes – and 24 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD – plus 12 alternate takes!)
Also available La Ragazza Fuori Strada (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ George WallingtonComplete Live At The Cafe Bohemia (plus George Wallington Showcase) ... CD
Prestige/Phono (Spain), 1954/1955. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A great 2CD set that's filled with some of the best 50s work ever recorded by pianist George Wallington – a key full album plus bonus tracks, and material from an additional 10" LP! Live At The Cafe Bohemia is real standout in the catalog of Wallington – a very cooking live set, recorded with an expanded quintet! The record supposedly showcases Wallington's style (or gimmick) – called "The Peck", and explained as a series of incomplete phrases from the players – but to us, this approach is just prime 50s hardbop at its most inventive – a mode that might be dubbed "call and response", in which players trade lines back and forth with great dynamism and energy! Players here are all very well suited to the task – and include Donald Byrd on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – all working with great boppish fire on a set of tunes that include "Sweet Blanche", "Minor March", "Jay Mac's Crib", and "Bohemia After Dark". And as an added bonus, this 2CD set features all the alternate takes from the album – a whopping 14 Bohemia titles in all! And added to those are another 10 tracks from the Blue Note 10" LP The George Wallington Showcase – recorded in 1954, with a largeish group that includes Dave Burns on trumpet, Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, and Danny Bank on baritone – all playing to Quincy Jones arrangements. Titles include "Baby Grand", "Festival", "Bumpins", and a nice take on "Summertime". CD

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✨✧ Jack WilsonSomething Personal ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
A real treasure through and through – one of the most unusual Blue Note albums you'll ever hear, and a set that's one of the best-remembered from the team of pianist Jack Wilson and vibist Roy Ayers! Long before Roy struck out on his own in the world of funky soul, he worked often in the 60s with Wilson – and the pair have this unique way of blending vibes and piano that's completely fresh, and still unmatched all these many years later! Wilson's natural lyrical style blends with Roy's modal approach to a groove – and the pair soar out in space with these long-flowing lines that make the whole album a treasure. There's no horn players at all – as with Wilson's other small combo Blue Note date – and rhythm is from Varney Barlow on drums, and either Roy Brown or Buster Williams on bass. Titles include a wonderful version of "Sernata", an unusual take on Ornette Coleman's "The Sphinx", and the wonderful Wilson originals "CFD", "Most Unsoulful Woman", and "Harbor Freeway 5pm". CD
(Out of print, Connoisseur pressing.)

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✨✧ Yosuke YamashitaYosuke Yamashita Trio ... CD
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A searing lost performance from this legendary group – the amazing Yosuke Yamashita on piano, working here with Akira Sakata on alto and clarinet, and Moriyama Takeo on drums – a unit that was one of the greatest improvising trios on the planet at the time! Sure, many folks look to the intensity of the French and German scenes at the start of the 70s – or maybe the American legacy of players like Cecil Taylor or Jimmy Lyons – but Yamashita and Sakata together are simply mindblowing, and have an energy, tone, and sense of timing that's completely their own! Drummer Takeo really knows how to balance things out – and we love these guys so much, material like this is a fantastic addition to their classic catalog. CD

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✨✧ VariousCurtom Club Classics Vol 2 – Funk-Soul Brothers & Sisters ... CD
Sequel (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Massive set of grooves pulled from the legendary Curtom catalog – home to Curtis Mayfield, Leroy Hutson, Baby Huey, and other stone-cold groovers! The set is put together with a focus on sample-oriented tracks – and features material that's been used by the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Mary J Blige, Digable Planets, Eric B & Rakim, Gang Starr, and others. There's 20 cuts in all – including "Can't Get Next To You" by Arnold Blair, "House Party" by Fred Wesley, "Superpeople" by The Notations, "Bumpin" by Groundhog, "Hey Lucinda" by Jones Girls, "Stone Junkie" by Ruby Jones, "Soul Is Love" by Love's Children, "If You Can't Take Me Higher" by Ed Townsend, "The Devil Made Me Do It" by Rasputin Stash, "Give Me Your Love (love song)" by Curtis Mayfield, and "Inner City Blues" by The Impressions. Nice package, too! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousReturn Of Jazz Funk – Killer Jazz Funk From Mainstream Vault Vol 2 ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Massively funky work from the Mainstream Records catalog of the early 70s – some of the grittiest, most hard-hitting tracks recorded by the label at the time! Most of the tracks here are short, but pack plenty of punch – that rock-solid approach to jazz funk that Mainstream was putting down heavier than most other labels at the time – thanks to a top-shelf array of leaders, studio players, and arrangers in the mix! There's a number of tracks here that haven't been reissued as part of P-Vine's single album program on the label – making the compilation even more essential – and the 19 track album features over 75 minutes of music, more than enough to warrant the higher Japanese price. Titles include "Sweet Emma" by Don Burrows, "Mustang" by Sonny Red, "Red Clay" by Jack Wilkins, "Witch Doctor Bump" and "Boogie The Devil In" by The Chubukos, "Spinning Wheel" by Phoenix Authority, "Fire & Water" by Charles Kynard, "Family Affair" by Dave Hubbard, "Signifyin Gemini" by Lamont Johnson, "Freedom Jazz Dance" by Night Blooming Jazzmen, "Mother McCree" by Reggie Moore, "Let's Take The Long Way Home" by Arbee Stidham, and "Never Can Say Goodbye" by Johnny Coles. CD

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✨✧ Serge GainsbourgEn Studio Avec Serge Gainsbourg Vol 1 ... LP
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of rare work from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – studio outtakes, alternate versions, and lots of other material that stands as a great addition to the catalog of one of the coolest, grooviest French language singers ever! This vinyl volume 1 brings together rare tracks by Serge himself – some from 45 or LP projects, but presented here in different modes that stand as a wonderful complement to some of the versions you might know – almost like a "part 2" or extended take in some cases. Titles include "Black Trombone (avec intro)", "L'Homme A Tete De Chou (instrumental)", "Sea Sex & Sun (extrait des prises voix", "Chez Les Yeye (prise complete)", "L'Eau A La Bouche (avec intro)", "Requiem Pour Un Con (instrumental)", "69 Annee Erotique (instrumental)", and two very long tracks – "Melody (prise complete)" and "Lola Roastaquoouere (instrumental)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gang Of FourGang Of Four 77 to 81 (Entertainment/Solid Gold/Singles/Live At The American Indian Center 1980) (5LP/cassette set) ... LP
Matador, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 5LP & Cassette Set ... Out Of Stock
A hell of a package – two key albums from Gang Of Four, plus lots of other rare material from these crucial years! At the core of the package is the classic album Entertainment – one of the greatest debut albums of all time – a record that hit the world like a comet when it was released, and which will continue to burn brightly for many decades to come! There's few groups who get things so right as Gang Of Four on this set – balancing the sharp edges of UK punk with a deeper political sense – but one that puts its message across in these short, sharp, shocks that are often given an extra punch by some surprisingly strong basslines! The mix of rawness, message, and surprising groove really sets this one apart from the pack – and that includes the work by legions of groups who've tried to imitate it over the years. Tracks include "Ether", "Natural's Not In It", "Not Great Men", "Damaged Goods", "Return The Gift", "Guns Before Butter", "Glass", and "Contract". Solid Gold is a stunning second set from the mighty Gang Of Four – and a record that's got all the power and politics of their famous Entertainment debut! The set's got some wonderfully heavy basslines amidst the scratchy guitar that makes the group so great – but nothing's too polished, certainly not as in their crossover club modes to come – and the call/response vocal style of Andy Gill and Jon King is tremendous – a very fresh way to deliver the message, and one that's still never been matched all these many years later. Titles include "Paralyzed", "What We All Want", "Why Theory", "If I Could Keep It For Myself", "Cheeseburger", "The Republic", "Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time", "In The Ditch", "A Hole In The Wallet", and "He'd Send In The Army". Next, you get an exclusive Singles album – the first-ever LP collection of all the early singles and b-sides – including tracks from the EP releases Yellow, Damaged Goods, and Another Day Another Dollar. Next is an another exclusive vinyl release – the 2LP set recorded Live At The American Indian Center 1980. There's also an exclusive C90 cassette – with unreleased outtakes, rarities, and studio demos from Entertainment and Solid Gold. Plus, the box features a 100 page full-color, hardcover book – with rare photos, contributions from group members, original artwork, and rare posters – plus essays from Greil Marcus, Michael Stipe, Jon Langford, and others. Plus, you get two badges as well! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Junko Onishi Presents The SextetUnity All – Live At Pit Inn – The Most Live ... LP
Somethin Cool (Japan), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A searing live set from this larger group headed up by pianist Junko Onishi – actually more than a sextet for this date, given the appearance of a few other players in the concert! Onishi sounds more vibrant than we've heard in years – not just a really dynamic leader, but also playing with lots of dark, chunky tones – almost avant at moments, alongside a lineup that includes Akihiro Yoshimoto on tenor and flute, Miki Hiros on trumpet, Yuzo Kataoka on trombone, Yosuke Inoue on bass, Shinnosuke Takahshi on drums – and work from Satoshi Yoshida on guitar, David Negrete on alto, and vocals from Wornell Jones. Titles include "Magic Touch", "Unity Blues", "Teenager", "Speak Your Name", "Apple Of My Eye", "To The End Of The World With You", "Gate Crasher", "Two Laps Behind", "Dr Pu Poon", "Kind", and "Dark Chime". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ SorcerersIn Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God ... LP
ATA (UK), 2020. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The Sorcerers return, and with a sound that's even deeper than before – a fantastic blend of funk and Ethiopian elements – but with a tightness that also resonates with some of the hipper European sound library work of the 70s! In fact, there's a mode here that's like those few special records where a funky sound library session might take on some more exotic currents – which is definitely what the Sorcerers do with a wicked blend of percussion and unusual woodwinds, which includes some work from Chip Wickham – who we also love from his own records too. Titles include "Overgrown Icons", "Downriver", "The People Of The Forest", "Crossing The Rope Bridge", "Summoning The Monkey God", "Who Is The Hunter Who Is The Prey", and "Escape From The Catacombs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available In Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Thievery CorporationSymphonik ... CD
Eighteenth Street Lounge, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title here certainly gets it right – as the album marks a huge new step for Thievery Corporation – the first full record in which the group works with orchestral accompaniment – a move that's maybe long overdue, given how much these guys were initially influenced by older soundtracks and instrumental records! The use of orchestrations is wonderful, and really helps breathe new life into the duo's music – giving them a richness that we never would have expected, and maturing them far past some of their earlier modes – which were appealing, but never this complex or satisfying. As usual in recent years, there's a huge host of guests on the record – artists who include Puma, Frank Orrall, Natalia Clavier, Elin Melgarejo, Mr Lif, Shana Halligan, and Lou Lou Ghelichakhani – on songs that are reworkings of older Thievery tracks, taken into new territory with the orchestrations. Titles include "Ghetto Matrix", "Until The Morning", "Love Has No Heart", "Marching The Hate Machines", "Weapons Of Distraction", "The Forgotten People", and "Sweet Tides". CD

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✨✧ VariousSweet Inspiration – The Songs Of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of wonderful tunes – all written by the legendary southern soul team of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham! The pair rarely entered the spotlight themselves, but contributed countless compositions that helped forge the sound of southern soul in the 60s – classic tunes that made the music of Memphis and Muscle Shoals even more mighty than anyone might have expected – thanks to a depth of feeling, sensitivity of emotion, and a trademark undercurrent of sadness that really helped the music set a new level at the time! This collection is the first to really do justice to the full range of the Penn/Oldham catalog – a beautiful batch of soul singles from a variety of different 60s labels – laid out back to back, in a breathtaking tapestry of soulful music. Titles include "Feed The Flame" by Ted Taylor, "Take Me" by Solomon Burke, "I'm Your Puppet" by Dionne Warwick, "Out Of Left Field" by Percy Sledge, "Cry Like A Baby" by Arthur Alexander, "It Tears Me Up" by Jeanne Newman, "I Met Her In Church" by Tony Borders, "I Need Someone" by The Wallace Brothers, "In The Same Old Way" by Arthur Conley, "Let It Happen" by James Carr, "Are You Never Coming Home" by Sandy Posey, and "I Worship The Ground You Walk On" by Etta James. CD

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✨✧ Erroll GarnerConcert By The Sea ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of Erroll Garner's best-selling albums ever – a famous live date recorded in the mid 50s – and a record that's as important to his catalog as the classic Misty! Garner's playing before an apparently large audience, but the recording quality is still nice and clear – a strong focus on his amazing work on the keys of the piano – filled with rhythmic invention at every turn, in a way that can only be described as Garner-esque, and which still leaves us breathless after all these years. Despite the oft-heard power of the record, it's still a great one – worthy of discovery even if it wasn't a hit. Rhythm is by Eddie Calhoun on bass and Denzil Best on drums – on tracks that include "Teach Me Tonight", "I'll Remember April", "Autumn Leaves", "Red Top", "April In Paris", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "Erroll's Theme", and "Where Or When". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Manfred Schoof with Yosuke Yamashita TrioDistant Thunder ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really amazing record from trumpeter Manfred Schoof – and one that's quite different from his better-known recordings on the European scene! This set has Schoof joining in with the searing trio of Yosuke Yamashita on piano, Akira Sakata on alto, and Takeo Moriyama on drums – and mindblowing group that were setting their own standards of free jazz on the Japanese scene in the 70s, often with a very different vibe than European improvisers of the decade! Sakata is especially amazing – bold, searing, and completely on fire – in a way that seems to have Schoof rising to new heights to match his energy. The set begins with the blistering side-long track "Mitochondira" – then takes a bit of a breather, as Schoof delivers a solo take on "Round Midnight", and Yamashita performs the solo "Distant Thunder" – before full group action re-emerges on the long "Hachi". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Also available Distant Thunder ... CD 13.99

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Mineko Itakura/Shinichi Isohata/Michel Henritzi/RQRQJoushu Enka – Enka Mood Collection (10-inch) ... 12-inch
An'archives (France), 2019. Near Mint- Gatefold (pic cover)... $24.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a silk-screened gatefold cover, with obi and insert.)
 
 
 



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