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Sammy BenskinDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – These Foolish Songs ... CD
Black & Blue/Night & Day, 1986. Used ... $11.99
Sammy Benskin on solo piano. CD
(Out of print.)

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Marty CookRed White Black & Blue ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $16.99
Trombonist Marty Cook may not be the biggest name in jazz – but here, he works at the head of a quintet of top-shelf heavyweights, all of whom really serve up something special under his leadership! The great Jim Pepper is in the group on tenor and soprano sax, and Mal Waldron is on piano – often working here with very different qualities than under his own dates as a leader from the same time – a nice change, and proof of Mal's continued vitality over the years. John Betsch is in drums, and definitely makes his presence known – and Ed Schuller handles bass, on titles that include "Spirit War", "It's About Time", "Love Life", "Grab Bag", "Trapeze", and "Face The Nation". CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesBe For Real – The PIR Recordings 1972 to 1975 (I Miss You/Black & Blue/To Be True/Wake Up Everybody/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Soulmusic.com (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 30.99
A fantastic collection – four classic Philly International albums from this legendary group – plus a CD of bonus material too! First up is I Miss You – a groundbreaking record that forever changed the course for male soul music in the 70s – a set that has the young Teddy Pendergrass fronting the Blue Notes with a sound that's completely sublime – a mix of rough and smooth, personal and polished – which really pushed the music forward strongly for generations! The strength of the record really comes through in these amazing long tracks that have Teddy speaking, then singing – "I Miss You" and "Be For Real" – delivering a message of mature, masculine power – very much in keeping with the new values that Philly International were putting forth. The whole album's great, though – a sophisticated soul masterpiece, with the tracks "Ebony Woman", "Yesterday I Had The Blues", and "Let It Be You". Next is Black & Blue – a killer batch of studio tracks, despite the live image of the group on the cover! The album's got a slightly more expansive feel than some of the other Teddy Pendergrass-era albums by The Blue Notes – almost a mini-symphony of soul, and one that takes arrangements from Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Vince Montana – and wraps the vocals up in a soaring, righteous sort of feel! The rougher, more personal Teddy Pendergrass style of I Miss You is folded a bit more into the harmonies of the rest of the group here – and the result is a powerful wave of soul that pushes The Blue Notes right to the top of the pack. The album features classics like "The Love I Lost" and "Is There A Place For Me" – plus other nice material like "Concentrate On Me", "It All Depends On You", and "I'm Weak For You". To Be True is one of the legendary classics from the Philly International years of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a time when the group was featuring the tremendous lead vocals of the great Teddy Pendergrass! The set's a stunner all the way through – one of the best Philly mixes of smooth, professional backings and deeply personal lyrics – as Teddy soars to the top of the mix with his excellent leads, and gets excellent support from the rest of the Blue Notes on harmonies – but also steps aside to make a bit of space to introduce singer Sharon Paige on one cut, who'd have a greater role in the group in years to come. The songwriting, production, and other Sigma Studios touches are sublime – and titles include "Hope That We Can Get Together Soon", "Where Are All My Friends", "Bad Luck", "To Be True", "Nobody Could Take Your Place", and "All Because Of A Woman". On Wake Up Everybody, Teddy Pendergrass and crew get a bit more political than on earlier releases, and adopt the righteous bubbling soul groove that had put the O'Jays over the top a few years earlier – with incredible results! The title cut – "Wake Up Everybody" – would prove to be a great example of the political Philly International hit formula applied to socially conscious themes, but the record probably scored even bigger with the club crossover hit "Don't Leave Me This Way". Other tracks include "Keep On Lovin You", "Tell The World How I Feel About Cha Baby", "I'm Searching For A Love", and "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" – the latter two of which also feature female vocals by Sharon Paige. Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Ronnie Baker did the arrangements – and this was Teddy's last LP with the group. CD3 features bonus tracks – some of them nice and long – titles that include "I Miss You (live)", "Everybody's Talkin", "Bad Luck (Tom Moulton mix)", "Don't Leave Me This Way (Tom Moulton mix)", "The Love I Lost (live)", and "If You Don't Know Me By Now (live)". CD

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesBlack & Blue/Wake Up Everybody (SACD multi-channel disc) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Vocalion (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
A pair of 70s gems from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes! Black & Blue is classic Philly soul from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a killer batch of studio tracks, despite the live image of the group on the cover! The album's got a slightly more expansive feel than some of the other Teddy Pendergrass-era albums by The Blue Notes – almost a mini-symphony of soul, and one that takes arrangements from Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Vince Montana – and wraps the vocals up in a soaring, righteous sort of feel! The rougher, more personal Teddy Pendergrass style of I Miss You is folded a bit more into the harmonies of the rest of the group here – and the result is a powerful wave of soul that pushes The Blue Notes right to the top of the pack. The album features classics like "The Love I Lost" and "Is There A Place For Me" – plus other nice material like "Concentrate On Me", "It All Depends On You", and "I'm Weak For You". On Wake Up Everybody, Teddy Pendergrass and crew get a bit more political than on earlier releases, and adopt the righteous bubbling soul groove that had put the O'Jays over the top a few years earlier – with incredible results! The title cut – "Wake Up Everybody" – would prove to be a great example of the political Philly International hit formula applied to socially conscious themes, but the record probably scored even bigger with the club crossover hit "Don't Leave Me This Way". Other tracks include "Keep On Lovin You", "Tell The World How I Feel About Cha Baby", "I'm Searching For A Love", and "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" – the latter two of which also feature female vocals by Sharon Paige. Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Ronnie Baker did the arrangements – and this was Teddy's last LP with the group. CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ Gene HarrisBlack & Blue ... CD
Concord, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Gene Harris on piano, Ron Eschete on guitar, Luther Hughes on bass, and Harold Jones on drums. CD

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✨✧ Rolling StonesBlack & Blue ... LP
Rolling Stones, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing with Sterling stamp. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has minimal wear and initials in pen on Jagger's lips.)

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✨✧ Rolling StonesBlack & Blue (Collector's edition) ... CD
Rolling Stones, 1976. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print limited edition LP gatefold sleeve edition.)

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✨✧ Lou RawlsBlack & Blue ... LP
Capitol, 1962. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the first truly great Lou Rawls album for Capitol – an all-out swinging jazz session done with arrangements by Onzy Matthews, in a mode that firmly helped put the Lou Rawls sound on the map! The tracks are mostly older numbers from a long lineage of blues and R&B – but with hipper 60s touches by Matthews in the backings, Lou really swings the work into a whole new territory – moving older, clunky compositions into more adult, more mature modes that aren't nearly as sad or downtrodden as their roots! Titles include "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water", "Roll Em Pete", "Kansas City", "World Of Trouble", "Trouble In Mind", "Strange Fruit", and "Six Cold Feet Of Ground". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has some surface wear, seam splitting, masking tape around all seams, a lightly bent corner and a bit of marker and pen on the back.)

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✨✧ VariousBroke, Black & Blue – An Anthology Of Blues Classics & Rarities (4CD box set) ... CD
Proper (UK), 1920s/1930s/1940s. Used 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Music from Ed Andrews, Big Boy Cleveland, Big Boy Cleveland, Blind Blake, Mississippi John Hurt, Barbecue Bob, Tarter and Gay, Jed Davenport, Son House, Georgia Boyd, and more – 100 tracks total. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $14.99
One of the coolest shirts we've ever printed – one with a front image that takes off on a style that Atlantic Records used on its 45rpm EP releases back at the end of the 50s – and a back image that's got an equally striking feel too – so that the whole thing looks as great coming as it does going! The shirts were crafted especially for our 20th Anniversary – and they're 100% cotton, screen printed, and have a very high level of craftsmanship. Clothing

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Memphis Slim & Canned HeatMemphis Heat (blue vinyl pressing) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
LMLR (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Canned Heat recorded famously with John Lee Hooker during their years on Liberty Records – but here, the blues group is in very different territory – as they work with lead vocals and piano from Memphis Slim, in a Memphis-based setting that also features added work from The Memphis Horns! The recording was originally only issued in France – part of the House Of The Blues series for Barclay Records – and it's got maybe a more blues-first, rock-second quality than some of Canned Heat's other material – with Slim on most of the vocals, except for one cut that has Joe Hill singing lead. Titles include "Down The Big Road", "Back To Mother Earth", "Mr Longfingers", "Trouble Everywhere I Go", "Five Long Years", and "Whizzle Wham". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Silver ApplesContact (blue, white & black swirl vinyl pressing) ... LP
Kapp/Jackpot, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The incredible second album from Silver Apples – even more mad, more trippy, and more space rock than the first! The tunes are all awash in fuzziness – mad guitars, distorted vocals, and rough electronics coming into play with a bit of banjo and some stark, stiff percussion that makes the whole thing have a bit of a groove at times! The sound is otherworldly and incredible – hugely influential upon a generation of 90s popsters, but even better than any of the imitations they've spawned over the years! Titles include "You & I", "Water", "Ruby", "I Have Known Love", and "Confusion". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jimi HendrixParis 1967 (blue & red vinyl pressing) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Dagger/Legacy, 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A legendary European recording by the Jimi Hendrix Experience – done for French radio in 1967, with a lot better fidelity than some of their other overseas bootlegs of the time! The show was captured at the Olympia Theater – with Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass – burning with Jimi's lead on "Hey Joe", "Fire", "The Wind Cries Mary", "Rock Me Baby", "Purple Haze", "Wild Thing", "Stone Free", "Red House", and "Catfish Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time vinyl pressing – Authorized Hendrix Family Edition!)

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✨✧ VariousLife Aquatic – Original Soundtrack (blue vinyl pressing) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Hollywood, 2004. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The soundtrack to the second most underrated of Wes Anderson's films – the strangely wonderful seafaring adventure the Life Aquatic! The heart of the album is the delicate, beautiful solo acoustic covers of David Bowie tunes by Brazil's Seu Jorge – plus some great scoring by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh. Seu commandeers "Rebel Rebel", "Life On Mars", "Starman" and "Five Years" – his gruff, but sweet vocals crooning mostly in Portugese, while Bowie's instantly identifiable melodies easily float to the surface. Mothersbaugh's soundtrack compositions get better and more extroverted with each project, this one branching off from the faux stuffy baroque touches he spun so wonderfully on Rushmore and the Royal Tennenbaums, and even cooking up some blunt, old school synthesizer noisiness that'll please the Spuds! This being a Wes Anderson film, there's some leftfield hits and pop oddities, too. 20 tracks in all, including score pieces, the Jorge/Bowie tunes, plus "Shark Attack Theme" and more by Sven Libaek, "La Nina De Puerta Oscura" by Paco De Lucia, "Search And Destroy" by Iggy & The Stooges, "30 Century Man" by Scott Walker, "Gut Feeling" by Devo and more. As was the case with Anderson's Bottlerocket, the film's critics will slowly shrink into silence over the next few years and the Life Aquatic will be very fondly remembered. LP, Vinyl record album
(On "Cerulean" blue vinyl!)

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✨✧ JadakissCollector's Edition (blue vinyl pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Def Jam, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A compelling alternative to a typical compilation for Jadakiss on Def Jam – 2LPs each with one side of acapellas and one side of instrumentals, serving as a greatest hits set, albeit with unreleased acapella and instrumentals! Includes "Huntin Season" Catch & Release", "Angels Getting Pedicured", "Gov't Cheese", "Stand Up", "Jason", "Pray" & "Ain't Nothin New. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition blue vinyl pressing!)

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Al Copley & Hal SingerRoyal Blue ... CD
Black Top, 1989. Used ... $5.99
Al Copley on piano and vocals, Hal Singer on tenor saxophone, Snooks Eaglin and Duke Robilard on guitar, Jimmy Wimpfheimer on upright bass, and David Lee on drums. CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a cutout hole.)

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Barney KesselBlue Soul (plus Swinging Easy) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Black Lion/Muzak (Japan), 1968. New Copy 2CDs ... $24.99
A pair of late 60s gems from guitarist Barney Kessel – both of which came from the same string of sessions! First up is Blue Soul – a very groovy set from guitarist Barney Kessel – very different than some of his cleaner, smoother-toned work of the 50s! The album was partly recorded in London, and partly recorded in LA – and there's a really nice mix of modes going on, which includes strong use of organ at times – bringing a soul jazz vibe to the record, which Barney seems to match with an extra sort of rasp in his strings – this nice bite that really sets the record apart from some of his others! There's also great use of electric bass, very strong at a few points, with a nice kick in the rhythms that's kind of unexpected for a record from Kessel – as you'll groove to on titles that include "Blue Soul", "Stumblin Around", "Comin Home", "Quail Bait", "Shufflin", and "Frank Mills". Swinging Easy is really nice work from guitarist Barney Kessel – one of his overlooked late 60s sessions from a time when the musician was really opening up his sound! Barney's working with a British trio here – John Marshall on drums and Kenny Napper on bass – and there's a nice sense of tone that carries forward his 50s modes, but which also maybe has a bit more of a bite, too. The mix is a great one, and titles include "On A Clear Day", "The Look Of Love", "Corcovado", "Aquarius", "Watch The Birds Go By", and "I Will Wait For You". CD
(Great paper sleeve package, too!)

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Three SoundsBlack Orchid ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $14.99
Maybe the most evocative title of all the Three Sounds albums of the 60s – and one that really gets at the dark beauty of the entire record! By the time of this release (the group's 7th for Blue Note), Gene Harris and the trio had really come into their own – and were moving past simple soul jazz modes into this wonderful blend of grooviness and lyricism – still very much beholden to Harris' rhythmic approach to the keys, but also filled with loads of complicated lines, especially from the group's wonderful bassist Andrew Simpkins – whose round tone is especially great on the mellow numbers. Titles include Randy Weston's "Saucer Eyes" , Neal Hefti's "Black Orchid", and the tracks "Don't Go Don't Go" and "Oh Well Oh Well", both originals by Gene Harris. CD reissue adds in 6 bonus tracks – including "You Dig It", "Nature Boy", "Theme From M Squad", "Back Home", and "Azule Serape". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdBlack Byrd ... LP
Blue Note, 1973. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album – Donald Byrd's first session with producer Larry Mizell, the man who went on to forever change the face of jazz funk! After rumbling around for a few years attempting electric styles that really didn't fit his mode, Donald wisely hooked up with Larry, and hit a groove here that would carry him for many many years. The album's a masterpiece of soul – heavy production with great keyboards, creating a nice set of grooves that let Byrd solo over the top, sounding better than he had in years! Great all the way through, and with tracks that include "Flight Time", "Sky High", "Black Byrd", "Slop Jar Blues", "Mr Thomas", and the prophetically-titled "Where Are We Going?" LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing. Vinyl has a mark which makes a short click on "Flight Time", but the rest is great. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ SwarvySunny Days Blue ... LP
Black Focus (UK), 2020. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition green vinyl.)

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John Lee HookerGet Back Home In The USA (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Damn fantastic work from the mighty John Lee Hooker – tracks recorded overseas in 1969, but with a raw vibe that takes us back to the time when Hooker was just beginning to set the Hastings Street scene on fire! The record features just John and his guitar – a mode that always seems to bring out the best in the bluesman – served up in that legendary John Lee Hooker quality that mixes rhythm, improvisation, and mindblowing vocals together at a level that will never have you missing the other musicians at all! The recording quality is superb – wonderfully crisp – and titles include "Cold Chills", "Get Back Home In The USA", "Big Boss Lady", "Little Rain", "I Had A Dream Last Night", "Back To Your Mother", and "When My First Wife Left Me". CD features 7 more bonus tracks added to the album – including "Sittin Here Thinkin", "I'm Going Upstairs", "Crazy Bout You", and "I'm So Worried Baby". CD

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Magic SlimHighway Is My Home (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
At the time of this set, Magic Slim called Chicago his home – but the title may well be apt, as the set was recorded overseas in the Barclay Studios in Paris, at a time when Slim was hitting the highway to reach a wide global audience with his music! Despite that displacement, though, there's a very rooted vibe to the whole set – a searingly tight quartet performance that features Slim on guitar and vocals, Alabama Junior on second guitar, Nick Holt on bass, and Fred Below on drums – a rock-solid group who are captured here without any trappings at all – just a core focus on the sorts of sounds that Magic Slim would deliver to an intimate crowd back home. Titles include "I Love You Baby", "Living In My Neighborhood", "Highway Is My Home", "I'm Mad", "Tell Me Baby", "Man Or Mouse", and "Country Girl". CD features 3 more bonus tracks from the sessions! CD

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Otis RushScreaming & Crying (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A stunning little record from the great Otis Rush – one recorded in Paris, but with the feel of a smoky backroom in some tiny club on the south side of Chicago! Rush is at his best here – perfect on both guitar and vocals, with a focus and rawness that even blows away some of his better-known records from the decades – alongside superb accompaniment from Jimmy Dawkins on guitar, Jerome Van Jones on organ, and Willie Mabon on piano! Sunnyland Slim plays guest piano on one track – and titles include "It's My Own Fault", "I Can't Quit You Baby", "A Beautiful Memory", "Looking Back", and "You Gonna Need Me". CD features two bonus tracks – "I Got News For You" and an alternate of "I Can't Quit You Baby". CD

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Charlie Shavers & Budd JohnsonLive Vol 2 ... LP
Black & Blue (France), 1970. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Features Andre Persiany on piano, Roland Lobligeois on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a purple cover, with gloss peel on the opening.)

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Roosevelt SykesChicago Blues Festival 1970 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
A set that was actually recorded in France, many years before the start of the Chicago Blues Festival – but with a great Windy City group that includes Eddie Taylor and Louis Myers on guitars, David Myers on bass, and Fred Bellow on drums – all of whom ensure that there's a great Chicago electric vibe all the way through! Both Roosevelt Sykes and Homesick James provide vocals – and Sykes is on piano, James on guitar – moving through material that might sound a bit more traditional in another setting, but which really comes off well here in the company of the Chicagoans. Titles include "Domestic Nurse Blues", "Put Up Or Shut Up", "That's All Right For You", "Shake Your Money Maker", "Homesick's Rock", and "I've Got To Move". CD features 8 more bonus tracks! CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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Koko TaylorSouth Side Baby (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
An overlooked gem from the great Koko Taylor – maybe because the set was recorded in France – although the sound of the set is definitely more than Chicago enough to live up to the title! There's a lean, raw quality to the record – even more so than some of Koko's better-known dates from the 70s – as the singer belts out bold, soulful vocals with backing from a cool combo that includes guitars from Jimmy Rogers and Louis Myers, and piano from the great Willie Mabon. The record's one that makes you feel like Koko is singing more for herself than some sort of crossover crowd – and titles include "Love Me To Death", "Black Nights", "I'm A Little Mixed Up", "I Got What It Takes", "Twenty Nine Ways", and "Wonder Why". The CD features 8 more bonus tracks too! CD

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T Bone WalkerFeeling The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
A really unusual setting for the legendary T Bone Walker – one of those fantastic records he made while hanging out on the French scene in the late 60s and early 70s – a time when he was able to work in a crossroads of styles that really opened up his sound! That's definitely the case here – as although Walker is very much his strong self on guitar and vocals, he's backed by a wonderfully unusual group – one that features French jazz legend George Arvanitas on piano, delivering some surprisingly bluesy lines – and which also includes tenor sax from the great Hal Singer, another musician who was really able to bridge worlds on the Parisian scene! George's fantastic bassman Jacky Samson is at the core, helping the groove – and titles include "Leaving You Behind", "I Hate To See You Go", "Ain't That Cold Baby", "Late Blues", and "Someone Is Going To Mistreat You". CD features 6 more bonus tracks too! CD

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✨✧ Luther AllisonLove Me Papa (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Luther Allison recorded famously for Motown during the 70s – but here, he's in a much more lean, stripped-down mode – really stretching out on these extended tracks that let his superb guitar work do as much talking as his vocals! But Allison's also got a fantastic voice – one that borrows plenty of inflections from soul music, and which seems to push both the lyrics and his guitar work past the more familiar blues standards of the time – a really unique quality that's captured here perfectly by the sometimes-overlooked work of the mighty Black & Blue label from France. Luther plays harmonica on one track too – and titles include "It's Too Late", "Last Night", "Blues With A Feelin", "Love Me Papa", "I Feel So Good", and "Key To The Highway". CD features 5 more bonus tracks from the original sessions! CD

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✨✧ Jimmy Dawkins & Big Voice OdomJimmy Dawkins/Big Voice Odom (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer set – one that not only features vocals from Jimmy Dawkins on one half, and vocals from Big Voice Odom on the other – but which also includes some great guitar from the mighty Otis Rush! Rush is fantastic, twisting around Jimmy's own guitar, which is pretty darn great too – and the set also has some smoking Hammond from Jerome Van Jones – a player we don't know at all, but whose instrument really brings out some of the funkier currents in the guitars! Titles include "Mean Atlantic Ocean", "Life Is A Mean Mistreater", "No More Troubles", "Tell Me Woman", "Sweet Laura", "Come To Me", "Marcelle Jacques Et Luc", and "It Serves You Right To Suffer". CD features two bonus alternate takes! CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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✨✧ Buddy Guy & Junior WellsBuddy Guy & Junior Wells Live In Montreux (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two Chicago blues legends, coming together on stage at the Montreux festival – but with the sort of raw energy you might expect to hear when the pair were working together at a west side club! The guitar genius of Buddy Guy is no secret to anyone – but here, it's got a raw sense of urgency that's often missing from so many later records – and Junior Wells brings in some equally strong harmonica lines, often without the easier flourishes from later in his career. Both artists sing – trading leads on the set – and the combo also features Jimmy Johnson on guitar, Dave Myers on bass, and Odie Payne on drums. Titles include "Driving Wheel", "Help Me", "One Room Country Shack", "Hide Away", and "Come On In This House". CD features bonus tracks, some with vocals by Big Odom – 6 more titles added to the album! CD

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✨✧ Richard Groove HolmesLive In France 1980 ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really cooking live set from Hammond hero Richard Groove Holmes – a record that follows strongly from his best 70s material on the Muse and Groove Merchant labels, but much more obscure overall! The tunes have that long, freewheeling vibe that always made Groove in a live setting so wonderful – a tone that's clean, but handled with a flurry of notes that's really breathtaking – with help from Steve Giordano on guitar and Roger Humphries on drums. The mighty Willis Jackson joins the group on tenor on two tracks, but the set's already got plenty going on with just Groove in the lead – and titles include "Bluesette", "Killer Joe", "Wave", "Blues In Bb", "Moose The Mooche", and "Blues In F". CD
(Part of the Black & Blue Real Jazz Classics series!)

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✨✧ Luther JohnsonLuther Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Luther Johnson may be the star of the show, but he opens the door here for plenty of work from some key members of his group – the legendary Pinetop Perkins on piano, and the funky Jerry Portnoy on harmonica! When those musicians aren't taking the lead, Luther steps right up with soul-drenched vocals that really give things plenty of focus – and follows up with guitar work that almost seems effortless, in the best modes of his Chicago contemporaries – and titles include "Chicken Shack", "Come Baby", "Too Many Drivers", "Luther's Blues", "Mother In Law", and "Nobody Wants To Lose". CD also features 5 more bonus tracks from the original sessions! CD

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✨✧ Mighty Joe YoungBluesy Josephine ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really fantastic record from Chicago legend Mighty Joe Young – and one that really breaks the mold of the usual blues records of the time, as the tracks are all quite long, and really spin out with these long solos that beautifully demonstrates Joe's strength on guitar! We've heard Joe before, but maybe never in a setting this great – and if you ever needed convincing, this is the record that will show you that Young was one of the true giants of the Chicago scene during these years – the kind of player who would never get huge commercial fame, but who was able to effortlessly deliver the goods, and move the whole world of blues music a few notches forward while doing so! The small combo features Ken Sajdak on piano and organ on most tracks – with a bit of guest piano from Willie Mabon at times – and titles include "Wisefool Express", "Five Long Years", "Teasin The Blues", "Sweet Home Chicago", and "Take Money". CD features 5 more bonus tracks from the original sessions! CD

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✨✧ AcesChicago Beat (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970/1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from this Chicago group – material recorded in France, but which wails with the best sound of the small blues clubs on the south side at the time! The core group features Louis Myers on guitar and harmonica, Dave Myers on bass, and Fred Below on drums – joined by Eddie Taylor, Mickey Baker, and Jimmy Rogers on guitar at points – plus a bit of piano from the great Willie Mabon! The whole thing's excellent – very true to form, and more Delmark than some of the slicker blues recordings that were starting to show up at the time – on titles that include "Ace's Shuffle", "Tell Me Mama", "Take A Little Walk With Me", "Whole Lot Of Lovin", "Blues For Marcelle", and "Money Marbles & Chalk". CD features lots of bonus tracks – 6 more tracks added to the original album! CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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✨✧ Lefty Dizz with Johnny Big Moose WalkerChicago Blues Festival 1979 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the first recordings to ever feature Lefty Dizz in the lead – done at a time when the singer/guitarist was a young star on the Chicago scene, but getting some key exposure here, thanks to an overseas recordings! Lefty's as great as you might guess from his name – a strong personality, but never in a way that's as hokey or overstated as he might be in the hands of a big label production – just balanced with the right sort of Chicago roots energy, in a group that also features piano and a bit of vocals from Big Moose Walker, and some additional guitar from Willie James Lyons. Titles include "Blue Shadow", "RM Blues", "Take Out Some Insurance", "Things That I Used To Do", "All Right OK You Win", "One Eyed Woman", and "Lake Shore Drive Boogie". CD features bonus tracks – "Shake For Me", "Funny Acting Woman", and "Blue Shadow (take 1)". CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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✨✧ Lowell FulsonOne More Blues (with bonus track) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great back-to-basics work from the legendary Lowell Fulson – a set that's got all the best lean modes of his work from the 60s, and some occasional funky currents too! The co-star of the set is guitarist Phillip Walker, whose band Fulson is joining – and the unique recording quality has Lowell's guitar in one channel, and Walker's guitar in the other – and vocals that go right down the middle. The rest of the group is great too – with a bit of tenor from Mike Vannice, and some piano and organ from Art Hillery – and although the set was recorded in France, it's got a very southside vibe throughout. Titles include "One Room Country Shack", "Guitar Shuffle", "Hot Mama", "I Can't Stand It", "Ten More Shows To Play", "One More Blues", and "Your Love For Me Is Gone". Features the bonus track "Jump Children". CD

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✨✧ Willie MabonShake That Thing ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (France), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great date from this legendary Chicago musician – an artist who recorded in the early days for Chess Records, then seemed to find his most welcome recording home overseas on albums like this! The material is from a 1973 session in France, but has all the grit and growl of a Chicago recording – with Willie on vocals, piano, and a bit of harmonica – and some sweet electric lines on guitar from the team of Louis Myers on lead, and Jimmy Rogers on rhythm – alongside Dave Myers on bass and Fred Below on drums. There's almost a slight current of funk at times, which Willie emphasizes with his piano in a great way – and titles include "Got To Have Some", "Shake That Thing", "Poison Ivy", "I'm Mad", "Lover Girl", "I Enjoyed Myself In Pau", "Hungry", and "Hey Girl". CD features a number of unissued tracks – including a few recorded at the same time in The Netherlands with guest vocals on one track by Koko Taylor! CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)
 
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Blue CheerNew! Improved! ... LP
Philips, 1969. Very Good+ ... $29.99
This Blue Cheer record, their first of 2 in 1969, has a different lineup on each side–with Bruce Stephens on guitar, tortoise shell, & sandblocks, and Burns Kellogg on piano & organ on the somewhat more bluesy & song-oriented Side 1, while Randy Holden takes over guitar & vocals for the much heavier psych-rock approach on Side 2. Titles include "When It All Gets Old", "I Want My Baby Back", "Aces'N'Eights", "Peace Of Mind", "Honey Buter Lover", and the mind-melting "Fruit & Iceburgs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing, matrix ending in M1/M2. Cover has light wear.)

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David BowieBlue Jean/Dancing With The Big Boys ... 7-inch
EMI, 1984. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Black vinyl pressing.)

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Clear Blue SkyClear Blue Sky ... CD
Vertigo/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
An insanely ripping little record – one that comes on with all the raw power of the heaviest work by Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin at the time – even though these guys never hit that sort of fame! The group's a trio with an incredibly deft touch – able to make the simple combination of guitar, bass, and drums explode in wonderfully fresh ways – with some quick-changes that really leave us breathless, and really show off their amazing talents – but never in a way that's overdone at all – as these guys have more of the bottom-end, blues-inspired appeal of Zeppelin during their early years. Vocals are by guitarist John Simms, who's also got a wild way of singing – and titles include "The Rocket Ride", "I'm Comin Home", "Birdcatcher", "My Heaven", "You Mystify", and "Tool Of My Trade". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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Leonard CohenSongs Of Love & Hate (180 gram white vinyl pressing) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Columbia, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
One of the more heavily brooding albums ever cut by Leonard Cohen – and also one of the best – the iconic Songs Of Love And Hate from 1971! Cohen's aptly titled third LP, with the nice spare approach to production that most of his early work had, even more stripped down, with voice and acoustic guitar the focus, and some tasteful, more lush texture when the mood strikes – and oh so incredible wordplay and phrasing from the iconic maverick poet/songwriter. Classic bummers including "Avalanche", "Last Year's Man", "Dress Rehearsal Rag", "Diamonds In The Mine", "Love Calls You By Your Name", "Famous Blue Raincoat", "Sing Another Song, Boys" and "Joan Of Arc". LP, Vinyl record album
(50th Anniversary Edition – on heavyweight white vinyl!)

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CultureTwo Sevens Clash (clear with blue smoke vinyl pressing) ... LP
Joe Gibbs/17 North Parade, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99 On May 6, 2022
Essential! The mighty debut album from African disciples Culture pairing up with the Mighty Two, Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson is one of the landmark sets of roots reggae, a defining moment of the genre dropped during the year when two sevens clashed. And though the apocalypse didn't rain down from the skies in '77, this album was certainly a world-changing event, one of the finest moments in Kingston's rich musical history! Gibbs provides the trio with a set of uplifting rhythms over which to harmonize, and Culture comes correct on every track, combining a tightly harmonized approach with a rawer, rootsier sound. 10 tracks in all, including "I'm Alone In The Wilderness", "Pirate Days", "Two Sevens Clash", "Caling Rastafari", "I'm Not Ashamed", 'Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion", "Black Starliner Must Come", "Jah Pretty Face", 'See Them A Come" and "Natty Dread Taking Over". LP, Vinyl record album
(RSD Essentials pressing. Quantities pressed on demand and strictly limited!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, May 6.

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Al HibblerTorchy & Blue ... LP
Decca, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Accompanied by Jack Pleis and orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging, with a mostly split top seam, and a small sticker at the bottom left corner.)

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Terumasa HinoTrans-Blue ... LP
Sony (Japan), 1984. Very Good+ ... $23.99
Terumasa Hino's looking a bit cheesy on the cover of this one – but the record's hardly the slick 80s affair you might expect – and instead is a great session of ballads and more gentle numbers, recorded in the US with full string backings and a warmly sensitive approach to the music! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of Hino's other work of the decade – an approach to the tunes that reminds us a bit of Art Farmer or Freddie Hubbard in a similar setting – with warmly lyrical lines undercut with a slight hint of sadness – that "blue" reference in the title and cover image. Hino plays cornet with a core group that includes Jim Hall on guitar, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Grady Tate on drums – plus a bit of vocals – and strings are arranged by David Nadian. Titles include "Greensleeves", "Black Orpheus", "Alone Alone & Alone", "Nature Boy", and "Lush Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing, still in shrink with hype sticker! Vinyl has a short click in one spot, but is great overall.)

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Illinois JacquetBlack Velvet Band ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Late 40s. Used ... $6.99
Includes the songs "Jet Propulsion", "King Jacquet", "Embryo", "Riffin' At 24 Street", "Mutton Leg", 'Symphony In Sid", "A Jacquet For Jack The Bellboy", "Big Foot", "Black Velvet", "B-Yot", "Adam's Alley", "Blue Satin", "Hot Rod", "You Gotta Chance", and "Flying Home". CD

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Joseph JarmanBlack Case Vols 1 & 2 – Return From Exile ... Book
Blank Forms, 1977. New Copy ... $16.99 20.00
A fantastic side of the many talents of Joseph Jarman – best known as a key member of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and a saxophonist whose talents were crucial to the formation of the AACM – but also a very strong writer, as you'll discover in this book! This version is the full 1977 version of Black Case – and brings together material from the original self-published version in 1974, plus other writings that Jarman had done over the years – some of which later turned up as texts on a variety of albums! The book is a mixture of poetry, free verse, and some prose – sometimes personal, but also very political – maybe even more so than the work of the AEOC. The whole thing is a fantastic revelation, and a representation of Jarman's connection to a much richer cultural world in Chicago – and the book is beautifully done – blue text on white pages, with some images sprinkled throughout – very much a facsimile of the original. 146 pages, softcover. Book

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✨✧ Antonio Carlos Jobim & Luiz BonfaBlack Orpheus – Original Soundtrack (Fontana pressing) ... LP
Fontana, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $9.99
One of the greatest soundtracks ever – a record that set a whole new standard for audio representation of a film! The mad music for the set was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Vincius De Moraes – and performed by Luiz Bonfa on guitar – but despite such prime bossa pedigree, the whole thing's got a sound that goes way beyond the familiar – a crazy mix of batucada percussion, samba rhythms, bossa guitar, and loads of sound effects from the film – so much so that the first half of the record is almost a sound-for-sound replication of the first 20 minutes of the movie! The sound collage is amazing – an extremely unique approach to soundtrack representation, and one that's never been done so beautifully since. A truly breathtaking record, filled with mindblowing sounds – and an early example of the genius that would explode in 60s music in Brazil. Some key bossa classics are represented here in early versions – including "Felicidade", "O Nosso Amor", and "Manha De Carnaval" – but they're wrapped up in odd sounds and rhythms that really make them sound different! LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label stereo pressing. Cover has some surface wear and aging, & the bottom seam is taped,)

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✨✧ Jimmy McGriffBlack & Blues ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1971. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
An unusual little album for Jimmy McGriff – released during his funkier years at the Groove Merchant label, but with a gritty sort of sound that takes us back to his first few records on Sue in the 60s! The "blues" in the title is definitely well-chosen – as the tracks here are long, lean, and drawn out – blues-drenched soul jazz played by a small combo that includes Larry Frazier on guitar, Rudy Johnson on tenor, and Saint Jenkins on drums – plus Gerry Jemmott on electric bass, adding a bit more vamp to the background than usual. There's a very earthy feel to most numbers – almost improvised jams at times, at least on the tracks that are credited to McGriff as the writer. Titles include "Blue Groove (parts 1 & 2)", "Blues For A Broken Down Funky Old Bus", "Bahama", "Mack The Knife", "Harp-er", "Mocha", "Hey Mrs Jones", "Amen", and "Penthouse Serenade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear, a cutout notch, half split bottom seam, a name in pen and marker in front, and some notes in pen inside the gatefold.)

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✨✧ Joe McPheeBlack Is The Color – Live in Poughkeepsie & New Windsor 1969/1970 ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1969/1970. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 20.00
Fantastic unreleased work from the great Joe McPhee – material recorded around the same time as his legendary Nation Time set, and done with a similar blend of spiritual jazz and occasional funky undercurrents! This work shows McPhee to already be an amazing talent, even in the years before his wider reputation grew on record – and the work here is from a series of recordings in the Hudson River valley, where Joe was constantly creative, and very open to exploring new musical ideas! Two thirds of the set feature a version of the Contemporary Improvisational Ensemble – a group led by Joe on trumpet, tenor, and soprano saxophone, and who were clearly inspired by the later work of John Coltrane – with additional work on one group from Ernest Bostic on vibes, Tyrone Crabb on bass, and Bruce Thompson on drums – plus work in another group from Crabb and Thompson, plus Reggie Marks on tenor and flute. Titles from that group include long takes on "Afro Blue", "Naima", "Juju For John Coltrane", and "Black Is The Color" – plus two untitled "Improvisation" tracks. The last batch features slightly more soul-styled work – as McPhee's tenor works alongside the vocals of Octavius Graham – in a lineup that also has piano, drums, and electric bass – on versions of "I Don't Want Nobody" and "Funky Broadway", plus Joe's long original "Blues For The People". CD

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James MoodyJames Moody's Moods (black cover) ... LP
Prestige, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
James Moody really blows us away with this mid 50s set – already stepping past the straighter bop of early years, and finding a way to extend his sounds and moods through some tremendous solos and mighty fresh arrangements! The album's exactly the kind that makes Moody unlike anyone else – a deeply personal voice on both the alto and tenor, and a player who's got a way of constructing these dark lines with the rest of the group – sounds that undeniably pave the way for the younger generation to come. James gets great help from a lineup that includes Dave Burns on trumpet, William Shepherd on trombone, and Pee Wee Moore on baritone – and rhythm is from the trio of Jimmy Boyd on piano, John Latham on bass, and Clarence Johnston on drums. Eddie Jefferson sings on the classic "I Got The Blues" – and other tracks include "Faster James", "Blue Walk", "The Strut", and "Jammin With James". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear and clear tape at the corners, with a name in marker and some notes in pen in back.)

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✨✧ Elvis PresleyBlue Hawaii ... LP
RCA, Early 60s. Very Good ... $13.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a bit of pen.)

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Todd RundgrenHealing (clear vinyl – with bonus 7 inch) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Bearsville, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition clear vinyl pressing – with bonus translucent blue vinyl 7 inch single "Time Heals/Tiny Demons"!)

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Artie ShawIn The Blue Room – In The Cafe Rouge (2LP Box Set) ... LP
RCA, 1938/1939. Very Good+ 2LP Box Set ... $11.99
A set of two live dates from the late 30s – from the Hotel Lincoln's Blue Room in 1938, with Les Robinson and Hank Freeman on alto; Tony Pastor, Ronnie Perry, and Georgie Auld on tenor; Chuck Peterson, Johnny Best, and Bernie Privin on trumpet; Geroge Arus, Les Jenkins, and Harry Rodgers on trombone; Bob Kitsis on piano, Al Avola on guitar, Sid Weiss on bass, and Cliff Leeman and Buddy Rich on drums; and from the Hotel Pennsylvania's Cafe Rouge in 1939, with most of the same personell but with Harry Geller replacing Johnny Best. LP, Vinyl record album
(50s mono black label pressing with deep groove. Includes the booklet and RCA Victor inner sleeves. Box has discoloration from age, a torn wrap-around, and and a few split corners.)

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George ShearingBlack Satin ... LP
Capitol, 1956. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The George Shearing Quintet – with added orchestrations – all in a blend that's got that pillow-soft sound that Shearing did so well back in the 50s! Arrangements are by George and Billy May – the latter of whom is especially subtle here, bringing things in with the best ballad mode he'd use behind Sinatra – yet tailored nicely for Shearing's use of vibes, guitar, and added Latin percussion. And as with some of George's best records, even when things are gentle, they still know how to swing – thanks to a sense of space and timing that's always a treat. Titles include "Moon Song", "The Folks Who Live On The Hill", "If I Should Lose You", "Black Satin", and "Starlight Souvenirs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label Captiol Re-Issue pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Hideo ShirakiStereo Drum/Black Mode ... CD
Toshiba/Think (Japan), 1961. Used ... $22.99
Brilliant proof that the Japanese jazz scene was alive and well in the early 60s – thanks to records like these from drummer Hideo Shiraki! Both records have a tightly-crafted sound that resonates strongly with the groove of Prestige or Blue Note in the late 50s – thanks to a lineup that includes strong tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto, alongside trumpet, piano, bass, and Shiraki's drums. A few tunes sparkle with a nice sort of soundtracky quality – an extremely evocative approach that seems to use a bit of echo in the recording of the horns, really helping set the mood of the tunes. Both albums are wonderful – the kind of lost jazz gems that you'd shell out hundreds to track down in the original, but packaged together nicely on this single CD! Titles are all in Japanese, but there's a total of 14 numbers between both albums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny Hammond SmithBlack Coffee ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good- ... $9.99
One of Johnny Hammond's first albums – and a cooking little live set that really has the organist working with some early raw power! The group's a trio, but they seem to burn differently than some of the other organ combos of the time – maybe with that fluid sensibility that Johnny brought to his keys, and which would later open up in even more famous ways. The core group features Eddie McFadden on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums – but they're joined by Seldon Powell on tenor for more than half the album, who really opens things up with his tremendous playing – and shows at an early state that Johnny Hammond always knows the right way to use a horn player. Titles include "Monterey Theme", "Far Away Places", "I Remember Clifford", "He's A Real Gone Guy", and "Rufus Toofus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, mostly split top seam, some splitting in the bottom seam, and some pen in back.)

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John David Souther (JD Souther)Black Rose ... LP
Asylum, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the sweetest singer-songwriter records of the mid 70s country rock era – beloved by fans, but largely unknown to the masses after all these years! Black Rose is JD Souther's second record, and it's a thing a beauty – produced by Peter Asher and featuring a who's who Souther's famous friends and lot of the great California session musicians of the time, but it's really about the intimate songcraft and the warmth of Souther's voice. Really beautiful stuff and it sounds as great as ever! Includes "Banging My Head Against The Moon", "If You Have Crying Eyes", "Your Turn Now", "Faithless Love", "Baby Come Home", "Silver Blue", "Midnight Prowl", "Doors Swing Open", "Black Rose" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Cassandra WilsonBlue Light 'Til Dawn ... CD
Blue Note, 1993. Used ... $0.99
A beautiful early album from Cassandra Wilson – a singer who already had a really deep sound, right at the start – and definitely hit her stride with music like this! The album mixes jazzy currents with rootsier elements – some of them from a more global perspective – and the production is nicely understated, so that Wilson's strongly in the lead throughout. Titles include "Sankofa", "Black Crow", "I Can't Stand The Rain", "Children In The Night", "Hellhound On My Tail", "Come On In My Kitchen", and "Tell Me You'll Wait For Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousA Capella Black Gospel 1940 to 1969 – Look How The World Has Made A Change (3CD set) ... CD
Narroway (Sweden), 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99 29.99
An amazing legacy in gospel music – three decades' worth of tracks that feature just harmony vocals, no instrumentation at all – in a rich summation of all that the style brought to American music in mid century! Sure, there were some strong harmonies in 60s soul, 50s pop, and later rock – but these are the sorts of cuts that show where so many of those artists got their ideas and inspiration – music that bridges the early years of vocal groups on 78rpm singles, working here with more modern arrangements, and recording quality that really brings out the best in the voices! Many of the artists here are male groups – strong precursors to later doo wop and soul – and as with other Narroway titles, the selection of cuts is wonderful, with a huge amount of material from rare singles. 84 tracks in all – work by Flying Clouds Of Detroit, Famous Blue Jay Singers, Ever Ready Singers, Charming Bells, Silvertone Jubilee Singers, Silver Leaf Quartet Of Florida, Seven Star Juniors, Reliable Jubilee Singers, National Clouds Of Joy, Wings Over Jordan Choir, Traveling Four, Southern Echoes, and many others. CD

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VariousDown & Wired Vol 6 – A Dose Of Psychedelic Funk & Blue Eyed Soul ... LP
Perfect Toy (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $22.99 29.99
A great set of work from a space between the genres – music that's often by rock groups, but who have a very soulful sort of sound – serving up tunes that are sometimes their own take on soul hits of the time, sometimes original material – and always with the sort of funk and soul that's promised in the title! Perfect Toy is one of the few labels around that seems to continue to dig deeply for material we never would have discovered otherwise – and that's definitely the case this time around – as you'll hear on Volume 6 cuts that include "Bang Bang" by What's Happening, "Evil Woman" by Ron Lynch & Bene Regesh, "Take It Low" by Raiders, "Fresh Dirt" by Staff & Management, "Black Time" by Klaas Craats Six, "War" by Hercules & The Black Majic, "Prisoner" by Mike Peace & Filet Of Soul, and "Hardluck" by Snapdragon. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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VariousTheo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature (unmixed) ... LP
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Theo Parrish takes on the music of Black Jazz Records – yet somehow manages to make the whole thing come across with a cosmic groove that's all his own! By that, we don't mean that Theo's messing with the cuts – just that his selection here really highlights the more expansively electric and rhythmically angular elements of the label's classic catalog – sounds that are clearly an inspiration for a huge number of 21st Century musicians and producer – not just Parrish himself! There's a richly spiritual vibe to the whole set – and the collection is easily one of the best presentations of the Black Jazz label we've ever heard – stunning from start to finish. The LP features a dozen Black Jazz tracks, all unmixed – and titles include "My Favorite Things" by Gene Russell, "Those Who Chant" by Walter Bishop, "Jupiter" and "Convulsions" by The Awakening, "Trance Dance" by Doug Carn, "Time & Space" by Rudolph Johnson, "Criss Cross" and "BE" by Calvin Keys, and "Blue Bossa" by Walter Bishop Jr. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature – Black Jazz Records 1971 to 1975 ... CD 15.99

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VariousTheo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature – Black Jazz Records 1971 to 1975 ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Theo Parrish takes on the music of Black Jazz Records – yet somehow manages to make the whole thing come across with a cosmic groove that's all his own! By that, we don't mean that Theo's messing with the cuts – just that his mix here really highlights the more expansively electric and rhythmically angular elements of the label's classic catalog – sounds that are clearly an inspiration for a huge number of 21st Century musicians and producer – not just Parrish himself! There's a richly spiritual vibe to the whole set – and the collection is easily one of the best presentations of the Black Jazz label we've ever heard – stunning from start to finish. Cuts include "My Favorite Things" by Gene Russell, "Those Who Chant" by Walter Bishop, "Jupiter" and "Convulsions" by The Awakening, "Trance Dance" by Doug Carn, "Time & Space" by Rudolph Johnson, "Criss Cross" and "BE" by Calvin Keys, and "Blue Bossa" by Walter Bishop Jr. CD
Also available Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature (unmixed) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Aesop RockAppleseed (clear & black smoke vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Rhymesayers, 1999. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The brilliant debut of Aesop Rock – a set that initially circulated as a homemade CDr, but which has gone on to become the stuff of legend over the years! There's a raw, sinister vibe here that shows just how much Aesop and his generation were renewing the importance of the New York sound – stripping things down with a focus on lean production, and these really well-crafted vocals that have a density that's still pretty mindblowing after all these years! Titles include "Hold The Cup", "Sick Friend", "1000 Deaths", "Blue In The Face", "Odessa", "Same Space", and "Dry Spell". LP, Vinyl record album
(First Time on vinyl! Includes download!)

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✨✧ Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)Black Lightning ... LP
Chiaroscuro, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An album that was issued in the US, but which actually features excellent work that Abdullah Ibrahim/Dollar Brand recorded for the Gallo label in South Africa – the kind of edgier work that we often prefer next to some of his solo and trio material! The key force here is the horns – as one side of the record features work from Kippie Moketsi on alto, Basil Manenberg on tenor and flute, and Duku Makasi on tenor – and the flipside features a quartet with Manenberg again – a player whose deep tones really make for a perfect combination with Dollar Brand's snakey piano lines. Moketsi is great, as always – with that offbeat reed sound that always makes his performances so unique. Side one includes the extended groover "Black Lightning", and side 2 features a rendition of "Blue Monk", plus "Little Boy", and "Black & Brown Cherries". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Blue MitchellBlue Mitchell ... LP
Mainstream, Early 70s. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key 70s album from Blue Mitchell – and a set that's perfectly balanced between the lyricism of his mid 60s sides for Blue Note, and the electric funk of later years! The tracks are long, and have a really great vibe – plenty of room for Mitchell's sweet trumpet in the lead, with longer solos than on his last funk albums for Blue Note – and given a nice sense of bounce, a groove that's almost modal at times, by a group that features Walter Bishop on piano, Larry gales on bass, and Doug Sides on drums. Bishop's clearly playing some Fender Rhodes at times – ala his Black Jazz albums – and the group also features some of the most righteous tenor work we've ever heard from Jimmy Forrest, an artist we really know best for sides from a decade before. Titles include a killer reading of "Soul Village" – later recorded famously by Bishop – plus "Blues For Thelma", "Queen Bey", "Mi Hermano", and "Are You Real". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has ring and edge wear, heavy wear at the spine, a name in pen on front, taped seams, and some marks in pen inside the gatefold.)

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✨✧ Mari Nakamoto & Shoji YokouchiLittle Girl Blue ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Warmly wonderful work from singer Mari Nakamoto – perfectly recorded in a warm Three Blind Mice manner that really suits her style! As with some of the other records on the label at the time, the vibe here is a bit laidback – but in a great way, which lets Mari slink forward in the lead, often with some nicely soulful currents – amidst guitar lines from Shoji Yokouchi, and some occasional organ from Yuri Tashiro – balanced out nicely with some lean work on bass and drums. Titles include a great take on "Bag's Groove" – plus "Song For You", "Black Coffee", "Dreamsville", "I Wanna Be Around", and "Good Morning Heartache" – all done in nicely laidback, open takes! CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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✨✧ Archie SheppComplete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint/Soul Note (Sea Of Faces/Down Home New York/Little Red Moon/California Meeting) (4CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1975/1984/1985. New Copy 4CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A relatively small slice of the long and storied career of tenorist Archie Shepp – but a great one too, and a set of records that marks some of Shepp's more spiritual modes at the time! The package might well be worth it alone for the classic Sea Of Faces – a great little set from Archie Shepp – one of his strongest of the 70s, and a real return to the kind of spiritual jamming he was doing at the end of his time with Impulse Records! The album's well-known for it's great track "Song For Mozambique" – a spare and righteous number that features Bunny Fox singing in a sweet spiritual mode, while Charles Greenlee and Shepp recite chants over the jamming grooves of the band. Fox also sings on the mellow and soulful "I Know Bout The Life", and the Shepp group picks up a straight but hard mode on Cal Massey's great track "Lookin For Someone To Love". The extended jammer "Hipnosis" takes up all of side one – and it's a great little groover that builds nicely with a comping rhythm, yet which gives the band some nice room to solo in an exploratory fashion. Down Home New York is an overlooked killer from Archie Shepp – a set that almost recalls some of the spiritual moments of his later Impulse work, and which definitely has him moving past some of the straighter sounds of this period in his career! Things are never too outside or free, but there's a balance with straightness that's really great – so that when the rhythms are gentle, Archie might really take off in an edgey solo – or when the grooves have more force, he might hang inside with a soulful core energy, holding the whole group together. There's some great use of electric bass on the date – played by Saheb Sarbib – and other players include Charles McGhee on trumpet, Ken Warner on piano, and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums. Players vocalize a bit at times – in an older Shepp way – and titles include "Down Home New York", "May 16th", "Down Home New York", "Straight Street", and "The 4th World". Little Red Moon features some nicely spiritual currents too – with a group that includes Enrico Rava on trumpet – on titles that include "Naima", "Impromptu", "Whisper Not", and "Little Red Moon". California Meeting is a live set from the west coast – featuring some very long tracks with George Cables on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Eddie Marshall on drums – plus bluesman Royal Blue on one track too. All four albums come in a box, in tiny recor-style sleeves! CD

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✨✧ Soulful StringsPaint It Black ... LP
Cadet, 1966. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the better albums by this great Chicago soul studio group – but all of them are pretty nice! The great Richard Evans is still at the head of The Strings, and the album features solo work by Charles Stepney and Lennie Druss, in a cool breezy Chess/Cadet soul jazz kind of mode. The group runs through jazz standards like "Take Five" and "Sidewinder", plus some pop and soul tracks like "Sunny", "Eight Miles High", "Lover's Concerto", and "Paint It Black". A bit funky, a bit groovy, and some nice instrumental tracks from the legendary Cadet studios! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Look Blue Go PurpleStill Bewitched ... LP
Flying Nun/Captured Tracks, Mid/Late 80s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue compilation of timeless material by Look Blue Go Purple – a band that's SUCH a great chapter in the early-to-mid 80s Flying Nun Records story – and a far too little known one, outside of their native New Zealand indie scene of the time! Look Blue Go Purple has the best traits of the most beloved bands in the Flying Nun canon – particularly in the jangly guitars that find a sweet middle ground between melodic and jagged – but it's the distinctly-layered all female vocals, cool keyboards, and distinctive elements (flute and more) that put thems up their own incredible level. Really wonderful stuff! Still Bewitched compiles the hard-to-find Bewitched, LBGPEP2 and This Is This EPs plus previously unreleased live recordings – and titles include "Safety In Crossroads", "Circumspect Penelope", "Vain Hopes", "As Does The Sun", "Cactus Cat", ""Grace", "100 Times", "Winged Rumour", "I Don't Want You Anyway", "Year Of The Tiger", "Days Of Old" and more, plus a side of live tracks including "Spike", "A Request", "Juxtaposition", "Girl Like Her", "Eyes Are The Door" and "Codeine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing. Includes mini poster and color inner sleeves.)

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✨✧ Wiz KhalifaRolling Papers (blue splatter vinyl pressing) (deluxe 10th anniversary pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 2011. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A big one for The Wiz – with titles that include "Black & Yellow", "Roll Up", "No Sleep", "Fly Solo", "When I'm Gone", "On My Level" feat Too Short, "The Race", and "Cameras". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Chief KeefThot Breaker (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
RBC, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(First time LP release – on blue marble vinyl!)

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✨✧ MunstersAt Home With The Munsters (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
BMG, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition blue vinyl pressing in a die-cut sleeve!)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsRollins In Holland – 1967 Studio & Live Recordings (3LP 180 gram pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Resonance, 1967. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Stunning rare material from Sonny Rollins – from a period when he wasn't doing that much work in the studio! The double-length package features Sonny blowing with a great sense of majesty and freedom – working in trio format that recalls his classic Vanguard recordings for Blue Note – but with Ruud Jacobs on bass and Han Bennink on drums – both great players who really help Rollins keep his modern edge! This isn't just a pickup overseas rhythm section – as Bennink is fantastic, at a point right before he was moving into free jazz – and Jacobs is a hell of a bassist who always makes a group sound great. The set features four studio tracks – "Blue Room", "Four", "Tune Up", and "Love Walked In" – plus more live material from the same month – long tracks "Love Walked In", "Four", "On Green Dolphin Street/There Will Never Be Another You", "Sonnymoon For Two", and "Three Little Words". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – pressed on heavyweight vinyl at RTI!)

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✨✧ Mary Lou WilliamsMary Lou Williams (Black Christ Of The Andes) ... CD
Mary, 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album – and one of the best records you'll ever find by Mary Lou Williams! The record's a mixture of jazz and spiritual themes, and it features Mary Lou's piano set in some super-hip jazz arrangements that include players like Grant Green, Budd Johnson, Larry Gales, Melba Liston, Ben Tucker, and Percy Heath. The bass and piano work is amazing, and many tracks have a dark groove that's very subtle, but very compelling. About half the tunes feature hip choral vocalizing – in the mode of some of the Donald Byrd or Max Roach albums from the same time – mostly handled by the group of Howard Roberts. Includes the classic groover "A Grand Nite For Swinging", plus "A Fungus Amongus", "Anima Christi", "Miss DD", "The Devil", "It Ain't Necessarily So", and "My Blue Heaven". Great stuff all around – and even better than we're describing it! This CD issue features the original Mary Records cover art – different than the Saba/MPS or later Smithsonian CD versions. CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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✨✧ Amy WinehouseRemixes (180 gram yellow & blue vinyl pressing) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Republic, 2021. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A double-length collection of remixes from the first two albums by Amy Winehouse – a set of tracks that take all the funk of the originals, and add in some elements of hip hop and club as well! A few tracks here get multiple mixes, but with a nice sense of variety – and titles include "F*ck Me Pumps (MJ Cole rmx)", "In My Bed (CJ mix)", "Rehab (Hot Chip rmx)", "Stronger Than Me (Harmonic 33 rmx)", "You Know I'm No Good (Ghostface UK version – with Ghostface Killah)", "Tears Dry On Their Own (Al Usher rmx)", "Love Is A Losing Game (Kardinal Beats rmx)", "F*ck Me Pumps (Mylo rmx)", "Back To Black (Rumble Strips rmx)", "Love Is A Losing Game (Truth & Soul rmx)", "You Know I'm No Good (Skeewiff mix)", and "Rehab (rmx with Jay Z)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ethel WatersShades Of Blue (10-inch) ... LP
Remington, Early 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Waters sings with J.C. Heard and His Orchestra on these eight tracks. Songs include "Taking A Chance On Love", "I Shoulda Quit When I Was Ahead", "You Took My Man", "Cabin In The Sky", "Dinah", "Man Wanted", and "Honey In A Hurry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black and gold label pressing in the green cover. Cover has light wear and aging, with a few small splash stains on back.)

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Tony AllenThere Is No End ... CD
Blue Note, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A very different album than some of the more recent efforts from the legendary drummer Tony Allen – and a set that shows that, as the title proclaims, there is no end to the creative talents of the mighty musician – even after he departed our planet! This set has Allen working with a variety of singers and MCs – serving up tunes that mix Afro Funk elements with a heavy dose of hip hop – thanks to contributions from a shifting lineup of guests that includes Sampa The Great, Tsunami, Nah Eeto, Zelooperz, Koreatown Oddity, Danny Brown, Marlowe, and others! Co-production and other instrumentation are from Vincent Taeger and Vincent Taurelle – working here strongly alongside core contributions from Allen, and clearly helping shape the creative sound of the record – on titles that include "Mau Mau", "Coonta Kinte", "Rich Black", "Gang On Holiday", "Stumbling Down", "Tres Magnifique", "Cosmosis", and "My Own". CD

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✨✧ Neil Ardley, Norma Winstone, Ian Carr, & OthersMike Taylor Remembered ... LP
Lantern Editions (Italy), 1973. New Copy ... About February 4, 2022
A beautiful tribute to the legendary British pianist Mike Taylor – recorded at the equally legendary Landsdowne studios in the early 70s, with contributions from some of Taylor's key contemporaries – and released here for the first time ever! Taylor was a rising star in the London scene of the 60s, but sadly passed away right at the end of the decade – leaving a great sense of loss and unfulfilled promise – part of which is addressed by the work on the set. All tracks are original compositions by Taylor – music penned back in the 60s, and given a more ambitious performance here by a large ensemble directed by Neil Ardley – and featuring Henry Lowther and Ian Carr on trumpets, Barbara Thompson and Ray Warleigh on reeds, Peter Lemer on piano and electric piano, Alan Branscombe on vibes, and Norma Winstone on vocals. There's strands here of some of the other high-concept large ensemble work from the UK in the same generation – echoes of Mike Westbrook or Mike Gibbs – but the style's also more personal too, with more of the spirit of some of Taylor's own small group recordings from his all-too-short career. Titles include "Summer Sounds Summer Sights", "Half Blue/Pendulum", "I See You", "Song Of Love", "Folk Dance No 2", "Jumping Off The Sun", "Black & White Raga", and "Timewind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong 1928 to 1931 ... CD
Hermes (UK), Late 20s/Early 30s. Used ... $3.99
Includes the songs "A Monday Date", "West End Blues", "Basin Street Blues", "Beau Koo Jack", "Save It,Pretty Mama", "St.James Infirmary", "Tight Like This", "Mahogany Hall Stomp", "(What Did I Do To Be So)Black And Blue", "St.Louis Blues", "Rockin' Chair", "Dear Old Southland", "My Sweet", "I'm Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)", "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)", "You're Drivin' Me Crazy!", "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead,You Rascal You", and "Lazy River". CD

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Gary BartzGary Bartz – Jazz Is Dead 6 ... CD
Jazz Is Dead, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Saxophonist Gary Bartz joins the duo of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad – bringing a warm sense of soul to their soulful backings – which range from funky to spacey, and do a nice job of capturing the mid 70s feel of Gary on record! The sound isn't the Larry Mizell or Ntu Group version of Bartz – but a warm, spiritual take on alto sax – with strong solo that really soar out over the proceedings, even when the Young/Muhammad rhythms might not be as dynamic – but that's maybe no surprise, given that Gary Bartz always made the best of any situation – and really shines here amidst the Fender Rhodes, Hammond, guitars, and vibes that make up the rest of the music. Titles include "Soulsea", "The Message", "Day By Day", "Blue Jungles", "Spiritual Ideation", and "Black & Brown". CD
Also available Gary Bartz – Jazz Is Dead 6 ... LP 23.99

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Gary BartzGary Bartz – Jazz Is Dead 6 ... LP
Jazz Is Dead, 2020. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
Saxophonist Gary Bartz joins the duo of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad – bringing a warm sense of soul to their soulful backings – which range from funky to spacey, and do a nice job of capturing the mid 70s feel of Gary on record! The sound isn't the Larry Mizell or Ntu Group version of Bartz – but a warm, spiritual take on alto sax – with strong solo that really soar out over the proceedings, even when the Young/Muhammad rhythms might not be as dynamic – but that's maybe no surprise, given that Gary Bartz always made the best of any situation – and really shines here amidst the Fender Rhodes, Hammond, guitars, and vibes that make up the rest of the music. Titles include "Soulsea", "The Message", "Day By Day", "Blue Jungles", "Spiritual Ideation", and "Black & Brown". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Gary Bartz – Jazz Is Dead 6 ... CD 13.99

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Count BasieBasie ... LP
Clef, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A beautiful early Verve recording by Basie – one that's packaged here in a great David Stone Martin cover, with a red and blue watercolor of Basie himself. Players include Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Ernie Wilkins, Marshall Royal, Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Bennie Powell, and Freddie Green – plus Basie, of course. Titles include "Two Franks", "Ska Di Didle Dee Bee Doo", "Rails", "Blues Backstage", and "Perdido" – and there's a very strong focus on the best soloists in the group! (Note: this material was also issued under the title The Band Of Distinction – but this is the first version.) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label Clef pressing with a trumpeter logo & deep groove. Short click on "Blues Backstage." Cover has some wear, a peel at the opening, and a small hole.)

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✨✧ Sidney BechetBest Of Sidney Bechet ... CD
Blue Note, 1940s/Early 50s. Used ... $1.99
Includes the songs "Summertime", "St. Louis Blues", "Blue Horizon", "Muskat Ramble", "Porto Rico", "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans", "Bechet's Fantasy", "Blame It On The Blues (Alternate Take)", "Old Stack O'Lee Blues", "I Found A New Baby", "Sister Kate", "When The Saints Go Marching In", "Basin Street Blues", "Copenhagen", "Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll", "Black And Blue", "All Of Me", and "Rose Of The Rio Grande (Alternate Take)". CD

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Les BrownOver The Rainbow – A Panorama Of Color (10-inch) ... LP
Coral, 1951. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Les Brown plays with his Band Of Renown on color themed titles that include "Over The Rainbow", "That Old Black Magic", "Green Eyes", "Blue Moon", "The Moon Was Yellow", "Deep Purple", "Red Wing", and "Azure". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging.)

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Donald ByrdCreeper ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
A rock-solid set from Donald Byrd and a great group of players – a record that's got the same sharp edges and dark undercurrents of late 60s classics like Black Jack, Mustang, and Slow Drag! As with those gems, this album's got Donald really experimenting a bit more – especially with the rhythms – which are put forth by a hip trio that features Chick Corea on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums! But almost even better is the frontline – with Sonny Red making one of his sublime appearances with Byrd, blowing alto with an edge that's amazing – and frequent partner Pepper Adams, adding plenty of baritone on the deep end. The whole thing's great – oddly unreleased until the start of the 80s – and titles include "Samba Yanta", "I Will Wait For You", "Blues Medium Rare", "The Creeper", "Chico-San", "Early Sunday Morning", and "Blues Well Done". CD

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CandidoCandido In Indigo ... LP
ABC, Late 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
Candido cut sooo many great Latin records over the years, spanning a wide range of styles, we have a hard time deciding which we love the best. We like to think this may be his best album from the early part of his career, specifically because it features the master conga player amidst a tight jazz lineup, who leave him plenty of room to solo and just plain get down doing his thing. Dick Hyman's on organ, Joe Puma's on guitar, and Ernie Royal's on trumpet, with George Duvivier and Charlie Persip in the rhythm section. 8 tracks in all, including "Afro Blue", "Caravan", "Softly But Blue", "Blue Lou", "Blue Prelude", "Bongo Baby", "Blue Dirge" and "Candido Cocktail". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear, a small split on the bottom seam, and a small strip of adhesive residue.)

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Doug CarnSpirit Of The New Land ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
Plenty of spirit, and plenty of soul – a 70s classic from organist Doug Carn, and a record that took his instrument, and jazz in general, to a whole new level for the decade! Carn's got this burning, righteous quality on his keys – a vibe that certainly owes something to Larry Young, but also takes off even further – working in a spiritual ensemble that also features his wife Jean Carn on vocals – sounding way more like a righteous jazz singer than on her later soul sides for Philly International! Other players are great, too – and include Charles Tolliver on flugelhorn, Garnett Brown on trombone, George Harper on tenor and soprano sax, Buster Williams on bass, and Alphonse Mouzon on drums. Tracks include "New Moon", "Trance Dance", "My Spirit", "Blue In Green", and "Arise & Shine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered.)

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Benny CarterFurther Definitions ... LP
Impulse, 1961. Very Good- Gatefold ... $19.99
A key later album from alto saxophonist Benny Carter – one that has him at the helm of a largeish group, but playing with a nicely focused sort of groove! In addition to Benny's alto, the record also features tenor sax from Charlie Rouse and Coleman Hawkins, plus one more alto from Phil Woods – supported by rhythm from John Collins on guitar, Dick Katz on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. The tunes are traditional, but have some sharper-edged modern ideas on some of the solos – and there's a nicely echoey feel to the production, which further adds to the quality of the record. The album's a bit like a Swingville session for Prestige, but has a bit more going on – and titles include "Doozy", "Blue Star", "Midnight Sun Will Never Set", and "Crazy Rhythm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing with RVG Stereo stamp. Cover has some wear and aging, small seam splits, a bit of pen in front, and some ink stamps and pen inside the gatefold.)

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Donizetti/VerdiJoan Sutheland Operatic Recital – Joan Sutherland/Nello Santi/Paris Conservatoire Orchestra ... LP
London, 1959. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Includes arias from Lucia Di Lammermoor, Linda Di Chamounix, Ernani, and I Vespri Siciliani. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label wide band stereo pressing – "Made In England" – in the blue back cover.)

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Brent Dowe & The MelodiansBuild Me Up/Pre-Meditation (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
Two soulful reggae classics – issued here back to back in a single set, along with 26 bonus tracks, and a total of 32 titles that appear here on CD for the first time ever! First up is the solo album Build Me Up by Brent Dowe – a sometime member of The Melodians, but one who sounds great here as a lead artist on his own – although many of the cuts follow the similar slow-stepping vibe of his earlier work with the group, and often have a bit of harmony vocals behind Brent's lead. Titles include "I'm Gonna Love You", "Without Me", "Ungrateful Baby", "Heartbreaking Love", "Something You Don't Have", "Don't Give Up", and "Build Me Up". Next up is the album Pre-Meditation – The Melodians really sparking on a set of tunes that were issued on the Sky Note label in 1978, but which really recall the earlier spirit of the group – music that's surprisingly stripped down, and almost with more of a rocksteady groove than you might expect for the time – although there are some roots reggae themes in the mix too. Sonia Pottinger handled production – and titles include "Swing & Dine", "Little Nut Tree", "Don't Get Weary", "Dry Up Yuh Tears", "I'm Gonna Fall In Love", and "Survival Is The Game". 2CD set features both albums, along with all the above-mentioned bonus tracks – lots more Melodians tracks that include "Little Blue Bird", "The News Is Out", "No Sweeter Way", "Share The Good Times", "Two Sides To Every Story", "No Nola", "Heartaches", "Black Man Kingdom Come", "Melodians In Medley", "Your Destiny", "Sweet City Woman", and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ Bob DylanBringing It All Back Home ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Very Good ... $49.99
Seminal work from Bob Dylan – one of his early electric sides, and a record that moved the singer from folk stardom to an even more explosive force in the mainstream! This is the record that forever made Dylan as influential on rock music as he was on underground styles – and the whole thing is a perfect blend of the complexity of his earlier songwriting with some tunes and messages that made his politics even more powerful than ever! The album's brimming over with genius – nearly every cut is a classic – and titles include "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Maggie's Farm", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Gates Of Eden", "It's All Over Now Baby Blue", "It's Alright Ma", "Love Minus Zero/No Limit", "She Belongs To Me", and "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing, with black text – 1C/1C matrix. Cover has light wear and aging, and a small split in the top seam.)
Also available Bringing It All Back Home (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99

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Marianne FaithfullRich Kid Blues ... CD
Castle (UK), 1971/1978. Used ... $8.99
A real breakthrough moment for Marianne Faithfull – a singer who'd already been doing some incredible music in the 60s, but who moves here into deeper territory that makes her way more than just a female British singer with a bit of an edge – and really opens up that talent that would stay strong for decades! The backings are mostly acoustic – a bit rootsy, a bit folksy – in ways to match the album's collection of material by Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Phil Ochs, and other intellectual giants of the time – music that has a perfect fit for that strange phrasing that always marked Faithfull's later years – far more transformative to a tune than just a few years before. Titles include "Chords Of Fame", "Visions Of Johanna", "Long Black Veil", "Beware Of Darkness", "Crazy Lady Blues", "It's All Over Now Baby Blue", and "Sad Lisa". CD also includes 6 tracks from 1978's Faithless album. CD
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Henry FranklinSkipper At Home ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Brilliant basswork from Henry Franklin – one of the hippest cats handling his instrument on the west coast in the 70s – working here with a wicked ensemble of soulful, righteous players! Franlin's bass sets the tone of the record right from the very first note – but the album's a very collaborative effort, too – and features Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Charles Owens on tenor, Bill Henderson on soprano sax, Ndugu Chancler on drums, and Kirk Lightsey on both piano and flute! The legendary David Durrah plays piano on two tracks – his own "Waltz for "Boobuss" and "Venus Fly Trap" – and the Sisters Happiness sing vocals on the latter cut, too. Other titles include "Blue Lights", "Soft Spirit", and a version of Chick Corea's "What Was". CD
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Skipper At Home (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99
Skipper At Home ... LP 22.99

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Henry FranklinSkipper At Home ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
Brilliant basswork from Henry Franklin – one of the hippest cats handling his instrument on the west coast in the 70s – working here with a wicked ensemble of soulful, righteous players! Franlin's bass sets the tone of the record right from the very first note – but the album's a very collaborative effort, too – and features Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Charles Owens on tenor, Bill Henderson on soprano sax, Ndugu Chancler on drums, and Kirk Lightsey on both piano and flute! The legendary David Durrah plays piano on two tracks – his own "Waltz for "Boobuss" and "Venus Fly Trap" – and the Sisters Happiness sing vocals on the latter cut, too. Other titles include "Blue Lights", "Soft Spirit", and a version of Chick Corea's "What Was". LP, Vinyl record album
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Skipper At Home ... CD 12.99

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Henry FranklinSkipper At Home (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Black Jazz/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. Used ... $24.99
Brilliant basswork from Henry Franklin – one of the hippest cats handling his instrument on the west coast in the 70s – working here with a wicked ensemble of soulful, righteous players! Franlin's bass sets the tone of the record right from the very first note – but the album's a very collaborative effort, too – and features Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Charles Owens on tenor, Bill Henderson on soprano sax, Ndugu Chancler on drums, and Kirk Lightsey on both piano and flute! The legendary David Durrah plays piano on two tracks – his own "Waltz for "Boobuss" and "Venus Fly Trap" – and the Sisters Happiness sing vocals on the latter cut, too. Other titles include "Blue Lights", "Soft Spirit", and a version of Chick Corea's "What Was". CD
(Out of print, and includes obi!)
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Skipper At Home ... CD 12.99
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✨✧ Dexter GordonBoth Sides Of Midnight ... CD
Black Lion (Germany), 1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the first great European statements from tenorist Dexter Gordon – a 1967 live recording that really lets Dexter stretch out, and show an even deeper side of his talents than on his 60s albums for Blue Note! The rhythm section here is rock solid – Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums – a unit that still retains the sharpness of the Blue Note dates, but also has the energy to "go long" as Gordon pushes a few of the numbers on the set well past the ten minute mark. Gordon's solos are wonderfully imaginative and expressive – and titles include "Devilette", "For All We Know", "Doxy", and "Sonnymoon For Two". Material previously issued on LP under the title Montmartre Collection Vol 1. CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter Gordon & Wardell GrayCitizens Bop ... CD
Black Lion (UK), 1952. Used ... $12.99
Rare LA bop sides from Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray – two of the heaviest tenors to ever grace the west coast, recorded here in the prime of their late 40s careers. Tracks were recorded during the years 1946, 1947, and 1952 – and 6 tracks (including "The Rubiyat", "My Kinda Love", "Citizen's Bop", and "Man With A Horn") feature Gordon and Gray together in a group with Gerry Wiggins on piano and organ. The remaining 6 tracks feature Gray heading up bop quartets with either Dodo Marmaroso or Errol Garner on piano – and titles include "Dell's Bells", "One For Prez", "Blue Lou", and "Easy Swing". CD
(Out of print, 1997 Black Lion pressing.)

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Robert GordonMemphis Rent Party – The Blues, Rock & Soul In Music's Hometown (hardcover) ... Book
Bloomsbury, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
One of the best writers on Memphis gives us a journey through his musical hometown – portrayed through chapters that focus on some of the city's most legendary figures – including James Carr, Sam Phillips, Jim Dickenson, Robert Johnson, Charlie Feathers, Jeff Buckley, Tav Falco, Bobby Blue Bland, Alex Chilton, Jerry Lee Lewis, and even Cat Power! The chapters are a mixture of history, narrative, and interview material – all done with that great sense of prose that makes Robert Gordon such an important musical chronicler of the south – and the book is 252 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Wardell GrayWay Out Wardell (Crown) ... LP
Crown, 1948. Very Good- ... $3.99
Seminal sounds from the LA scene of the late 40s – one of the most important records to showcase the tenor talents of the legendary Wardell Gray – a key player on the harder side of the west coast for its formative bop years – and one whose career was cut short all too soon! The material here really shows that strong LA tradition of fervent jam session work – recorded here with Gray alongside additional tenor from Vido Musso – plus guitar from Barney Kessel and Irving Ashby, trumpet from Ernie Royal and Howard McGhee, trombone from Vic Dickenson, piano from Arnold Ross and Erroll Garner, and bass from Red Callender and Harry Babison. Tracks are nice and long – with plenty of room for Gray to show of his solo talents – and titles include "Tenderly", "Blue Lou", "Just You Just Me", and "One O'Clock Jump". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove in a blue cover. Cover has seam splits with old masking tape residue, and surface and ring wear.)

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Max Greger with Benny BaileyEuropean Jazz Sounds ... LP
Brunswick (Germany), 1963. Very Good+ ... $38.99
A great swinger from this German leader – and a set that also features a fair bit of solo work from American trumpeter Benny Bailey! Titles include "Portrait In Smoke", "MG Blues", "Boomerang", "Discussion", "Bluer Than Blue", and "You're The One". Group also features Pierre Favre on drums, and more solos from trombonist Rich Richardson! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original heavy black label Brunswick pressing – a nice copy! Back cover has a few very light notes in pencil, but cover is nice overall.)
 
 
 



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