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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 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philadelphia International (Japan), 1973. Used Gatefold ... $29.99
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". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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Rare SilkBlack & Blue ... LP
TBA, 1986. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a trace of a price sticker.)

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Jack TeagardenSt James Infrimary/What Did I Do To Be So Black & Blue ... 78 RPM
Decca, 1941. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(In an original Decca Records sleeve!)

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Mal WaldronComplete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint/Soul Note Vol 2 (Up & Down/Update/Sometimes I'm Blue/Sempre Amore/Dedication/Our Colline's/I'll Be Around/6 Monk Compositions/Communique/Riding A Zephyr/Remembering) (11CDs) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 11CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic run of work from pianist Mal Waldron – an artist who was already years ahead of his time when he broke on the scene in the 50s, but never got a chance to fully explore all of his many musical ideas until he formed a strong partnership with the Black Saint/Soul Note label in the 80s! This huge set features 11 different albums, each one a slight variation on Waldron's talents – all records that are packaged here in individual record-style covers – so that you get a CD version of the albums as they originally appeared on the market. Most of these are more intimate recordings – and the set includes one solo album, two duets each with David Friesen and Steve Lacy, albums with singers Judi Silvano, Tiziana Ghiglioni, and Kim Parker – a quartet date with Anthony Braxton, and another with Chico Freeman – and also one more trio album. Includes the full albums Up & Down, Update, Sometimes I'm Blue, Sempre Amore, Dedication, Our Colline's A Treasure, I'll Be Around, Six Monk's Compositions, Communique, Riding A Zephyr, and Remembering Mal. CD
 
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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
Also available
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (MEDIUM) ... Clothing 12.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (SMALL) ... Clothing 12.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... Just Sold Out!
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
Also available
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 14.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (MEDIUM) ... Clothing 12.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (SMALL) ... Clothing 12.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $12.99
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
Also available
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 14.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (MEDIUM) ... Clothing 12.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (SMALL) ... Clothing 12.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (MEDIUM) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $12.99
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
Also available
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 14.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (SMALL) ... Clothing 12.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (SMALL) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $12.99
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
Also available
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 14.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (MEDIUM) ... Clothing 12.99

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JadakissCollector's Edition (blue vinyl pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Def Jam, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $14.99 23.99
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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VariousMotown Rare & Unreleased (blue vinyl pressing) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Motown, Mid 60s-Early 70s. New Copy ... $29.99
A treasure trove of rare Motown from some of legendary label's most classic acts – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Four Tops, Brenda Holloway, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Originals, Bobby Taylor, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye & The Jackson 5 – prime vintage late 60s to early 70s recordings that have barely if ever seen light of day! Motown recording artists put a lot of work into the recording side of their artistry back in the day, so there was a lot classic level material that didn't come out right away, some finding release on later compilations or on box sets, some STILL just now seeing release. Half of this dozen song collection have never come out in any form until now – including "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" by The Originals and stereo mixes of "For Once In My Life" by Diana Ross & The Supremes, "Pretty Little Brown Skin Girl" by The Temptations and "Touched By Love" by Bobby Taylor and more – plus the rarities "You're Walking Out With My Heart" by Brenda Holloway, "Which Way Is The Sky" by the Four Tops, "Let's Have A Party" by the J5, "The Boy From Crosstown" (Version 1) by The Marvelettes and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Opaque blue colored vinyl.)

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✨✧ VariousPye Girls Colored My World – 32 Brit Girl Tunes Of The Swinging Sixties (180 gram blue vinyl) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Pye/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99 35.99
A mad assortment of 60s girl pop from the UK – one that features a huge amount of material pulled from the vaults of Pye Records! If you've always thought that Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw were all that was going on in the UK pop scene at the time, you'll really be blown away by the scope of material in this collection – as the package features a total of 32 tunes in all, most of which are by artists that were barely ever known on this side of the Atlantic! The song selection is great – and nearly all of it is in that high-stepping, tightly punctuated mode that we first came to love in the tunes of Petula Clark, but which are really beginning to discover in a huge amount of other singers! Features work by Simone Jackson, Glo Macari, Shirley Abicair, Tammy St John, Helen Shapiro, Sharon Tandy, Sandra Barry, The Ferris Wheel, Mally Page, Tawney Reed, Billie Davis, and many others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition pressing – on heavyweight "baby blue" colored vinyl! Includes bonus print, too!)
Also available Pye Girls Colored My World – 32 Brit Girl Tunes Of The Swinging Sixties ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Richard & WillieRed White & Blue From A Black Point Of View ... LP
Laff, 1976. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic in the "alternative Bicentennial" genre from off-color ventriloquist party act Richard & Willie – with a mix of themes that bad-raps American history, and also manages to cover some righteous 70s topics as well! Routines include "200 Years Of Freedom", "Boston School Buses", "Freedom Of Speech Progress", "Klu Klux & Klan", "Sex Scandal", and "Jaws". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small hole at the corner.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdBlack Byrd ... CD
Blue Note, 1973. Used ... $9.99
A landmark album – Donald Byrd's first session with producer Larry Mizell, the man who went onto 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?" CD

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Robert GlasperBlack Radio Vol 2 ... LP
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... $24.99 26.98
Mindblowing work from Robert Glasper – a set that makes us fall in love with his music even more than before – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that we've loved him for years! Glasper's working here in his collaborative Black Radio format – but at a level that's even more perfected than the initial album of this project – a really groundbreaking blend of live jazz instrumentation and underground soul inspiration – served up by Robert's core quartet, with help from a whole host of wonderful guest singers! Glasper alone is worth the price of admission – Fender Rhodes and piano lines that are completely sublime, in that flowing groove that's only gotten better with age – and the combo also features wicked bass from Derrick Hodge, sax and flute from Casey Benjamin, and some damn funky drums from Mark Colenburg – who proves that you don't need any drum loops or samples to make music this great. The singers are the icing on the cake – a lineup that includes Faith Evans, Dwele, Jill Scott, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Norah Jones, and others – on titles that include "Calls", "Worries", "I Stand Alone", "What Are We Doing", "Trust", "Yet To Find", "You Own Me", "Somebody Else", "Persevere", and "Let It Ride". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stefon HarrisBlack Action Figure ... CD
Blue Note, 1999. Used ... $4.99
The title's a stupid one, but Stefon Harris is one of the boldest voices on vibes in the past 20 years – a great player with a sound that resonates strongly with older work by Bobby Hutcherson and Walt Dickerson! Like both of those players, Harris has a way of approaching the vibes that is freshly modern, yet also strongly rhythmic and swinging – a groove that comes out even on the more experimental numbers in the set, and which makes the album resonate with colors and tones that few others on the instrument can match. The overall sound here is marked by Greg Osby's presence in the group and his production – but thankfully, those elements are a bit underplayed – and other players on the record include Steve Turre on trombone and Jason Moran on piano. Titles include "Feline Blues", "There Is No Greater Love", "Of Things To Come", "Bass Vibes", "Collage", "The Alchemist", "Chorale", "Faded Beauty", and "After The Day Is Done". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Bob BeldenBlack Dahlia ... CD
Blue Note, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features a 65 piece orchestra with solos by Marc Copland on piano, Joe Lovano on tenor, Conrad Herwig on trombone, and others. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdBlack Byrd (SACD multi-channel) ... CD
Blue Note/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album – Donald Byrd's first session with producer Larry Mizell, the man who went onto 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?" CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)
Also available Black Byrd ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Donald ByrdBlack Byrd (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... 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
Also available Black Byrd ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Eddie GaleBlack Rhythm Happening (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/4 Men With Beards, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most righteous albums of jazz ever recorded – a brilliant blend of soulful and avant garde styles, backed up by a chorus of voices that have a really soulful sound! The album's the second recorded for Blue Note by the Ghetto Music ensemble of trumpeter Eddie Gale – a lesser-known talent who recorded previously with Cecil Taylor, but who made a turn away from modernism at the end of the 60s, in order to express himself at a level that he felt was more clearly grounded in the people. The result of that effort is sheer brilliance – an album that sounds like nothing else you can imagine. Part of the style shares the energy of similar vocal/jazz projects by Max Roach and Billy Harper, but Gale's conception of the music is much more dynamic, and very carefully rooted in song structures – with a sound that's as powerful today as it was when it was recorded! Titles include "Ghetto Love Night", "Song Of Will", "Ghetto Summertime", "Black Rhythm Happening", and "Look At Teyonda". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Andrew HillBlack Fire (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Insanely wonderful music from Andrew Hill – a lean, stripped-down session that has Hill working at his firey best – in a space that's somewhere between the "new thing" recordings of Jackie McLean, and the brooding brilliance of Andrew's later Smokestack session! The group here has some key figures fleshing out the sound – a young Joe Henderson, blowing tenor with a very edgey quality – the very versatile Richard Davis on bass – and the great Roy Haynes on drums, very much at his most fluid interpretation of rhythm! The whole set's pretty darn great – one of the more mindblowing Blue Notes you'll ever hope to buy – and tracks include "Pumpkin", "Subterfuge", "Cantarnos", and "McNeil Island". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet series – pressed at RTI, with heavy vinyl and cover!)

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Richard Groove HolmesLive In France 1980 ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $18.99
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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Jimmy JohnsonHeap See (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $22.99
A lean little set from Jimmy Johnson – recorded in France in the early 80s, but with the feel of an indie set on a small Chicago label from the decade before! Jimmy sings and plays guitar, and has a mighty sly way of working the two together – with a quality that kind of beats some of the bigger, braggier rising blues stars of the time – and which maybe makes Johnson all that much greater for his understated brilliance! The group's a quartet – with Hammond and piano from Jene Pickett – and titles include "Heap See", "Chicken Head", "When My First Wife Quit Me", "Happy Home", "Missing Link", and "Cold Cold Feeling". CD features bonus tracks – "Tobacco Road" and "I Don't Want No Woman". CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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✨✧ Mickey BakerBlues & Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really great later work from Mickey Baker – a guitarist who first rose to fame during the 50s years of R&B, but who just kept on maturing over the years, and really opened up a much stronger blues style in his music! Here, Mickey sings and plays guitar – the latter with a voice that's maybe even stronger than his own on the lyrics – in small combos that feature work from either Tiny Grimes or Jimmy Rodgers on guitar, plus some harmonica and guitar from Louis Myers too. Titles include "She's Dynamite", "Don't Try To Play Me For Your Clown", "My Play House", "Drucilla", "Hey Little Girl", "Blues After Hours", "In The Evening", "Sweety Cat", and "My Dog". CD features bonus tracks – "Didn't We Baby", "Battle Of Guitars", and "Sweety Cat (take 2)". CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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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 ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Lefty Dizz with Johnny Big Moose WalkerChicago Blues Festival 1979 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Al GreyGrey's Mood (Classic Jazz) ... LP
Black & Blue/Classic Jazz, 1975. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The mood may be gray, but the sound here is plenty blue – those deep-toned lines that make trombonist Al Grey one of the most deeply-voiced players on his instrument! The set has Al in a nicely laidback setting – a relaxed, soulful approach that's almost similar to the Prestige Records Swingville sessions of the early 60s – with longish tracks that open up nicely with rhythm from Tommy Flanagan on piano, John Duke on bass, and Bobby Durham on drums. Jimmy Forrest also sits in on tenor, and cuts a nice edge, and adds maybe a bit more of a hardbop vibe. A few other tracks add in a larger group – with Hal Singer on tenor, Clarence Gatemouth Brown on guitar, and a few French players as well – in a vibe that's slightly more upbeat at times. Titles include "Face It Here It Is", "Catch Up With That", "Bedroom Eyes", and "Mellow For Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Willie MabonShake That Thing ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (France), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Hubert SumlinGroove – Chicago Blues Festival 1975 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Don't let the title fool you, as the set was recorded in the Barclay studios in Paris – but the record is definitely Chicago all the way through – as Hubert Sumlin plays guitar and sings – in a combo with Willie Mabon on piano and Lonnie Brooks on second guitar! By this point in his career, Sumlin's had years of experience in the Chicago clubs – and he definitely evokes that scene here with his confident, yet relaxed performance on all the tunes – never forcing things at all, and resisting any urge to pander for an overseas audience. Titles include "I Wonder Why", "Groove", "Easy Hubert Easy", "Broke & Hungry", "Give The Name Jacquot", and "My Guitar & Me". CD features three bonus tracks too! CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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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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✨✧ Roosevelt SykesChicago Blues Festival 1970 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Alvin Queen & Lonnie SmithLenox & Seventh ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great lost chapter in the career of organist Lonnie Smith – a session recorded in the 80s, but done with the simple straightforward soul jazz groove of earlier sides on Muse and Prestige! Lonnie's working here in a loose and free trio format – with Melvin Sparks on guitar and the great Alvin Queen on drums – rolling out over longish tracks in an open-ended style that almost recalls more of the feel of Don Patterson's great organ trio sides than it does the heavier funk of Smith's early years. The recording quality is great – very faithful to the best tones of the Hammond – and titles include "Minor Chant", "LS Blues", "Slightly Monkish", "Who Can I Turn To", and "Oleo". CD
(Part of the Black & Blue Real Jazz Classics series!)
 
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Ad LibsPresenting The Ad Libs (purple vinyl pressing) (2018 Black Friday Release) ... LP
ORG, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $23.99
A full vinyl release by The Ad Libs – a group known for their classic singles of the 60s, but one who never issued a full-length album of their own! This great little set more than corrects that fact – by bringing together 9 rare singles for the Blue Cat label, plus a few previously unissued tracks – tracks that never made it onto vinyl back in the 60s! The issued singles alone are great – a beautiful blend of one gal and four guy singers, handled with a style that's on the rougher edge of the New York style of soul at the time. Titles include "On The Corner", "Boy From New York City", "Appreciation", "Oo Wee Oo Gee", "Johnny My Boy", "The Slime", "Down Home Girl", "If She Wants Him", "He Ain't No Angel", "Nothing Worse Than Being Alone", "Kicked Around", and "I'm Just A Down Home Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – on purple colored vinyl!)

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Andrew HillComplete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint/Soul Note (Faces Of Hope/Strange Serenade/Verona Rag/Shades) (4CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980/1986. New Copy 4 CDs ... $32.99 41.98
The Black Saint/Soul Note label provided a great home to pianist Andrew Hill in his post-Blue Note years – as you'll hear here in a cool package that features four different albums, each in tiny sleeves with their original artwork! First up is Faces Of Hope – later solo work from Andrew Hill – an Italian session with four long tracks, and a fair bit of sensitive tones throughout! The record definitely has some of Hill's tentative qualities of the period – playing that almost makes you feel like he's rediscovering the keyboard of the piano with each new track – but there's also a subtle sort of warmth as well, especially at points when Andrew relaxes into an area he's been hovering around for a few measures – relaxing just a bit, and relishing the sound. Titles include "Rob It Mohe", "Ceora", "Bayside 1", and "Bayside 2". Strange Serenade is a brooding little album from pianist Andrew Hill – played with an excellent trio that includes Alan Silva on bass and Freddie Waits on drums and percussion! Hill's angular lines on piano really direct the action of the set – often moving with a tentative quality that's pretty great – never too introspective to lose their edge, but always looking inward in search of the next step in sound – in ways that are a delight to hear Silva and Waits follow along. Tracks are all quite long, and titles include "Mist Flower", "Reunion", "Andrew", and "Strange Serenade". Verona Rag features more solo piano from Andrew Hill – done in that long-flowing mature style that he pulled out in later years – an approach that could be as warm as it was constantly creative! Titles include "Retrospect", "Afternoon In Paris", "Verona Rag", "Darn That Dream", and "Tinkering". On Shades, Andrew Hill works mostly in a trio – a great group with Rufus Reid on bass and Ben Riley on drums – but also gets some help from Clifford Jordan's tenor on a few tracks, which really makes the album stand out from other Hill dates of the time! The core group is already great – and Reid and Riley bring a slightly straighter vibe to the date, and a sound that's filled with plenty of soul – and when Jordan joins in, there's almost a classic hardbop approach going on – quite a change from usual for Andrew, and proof that he can handle just about anything that comes his way. Hill still throws out plenty of creative piano lines throughout – those deft, modern moments that are always illuminating, even amidst a straighter swing – with a tension that's not unlike his Grass Roots album. Titles include "Ball Square", "Domani", "La Verne", "Monk's Glimpse", and "Tripping". CD

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✨✧ Jose JamesBlack Magic (10th anniversary edition) ... LP
Brownswood/Rainbow Blonde, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A brilliant second set from Jose James – and that's saying a lot, given that his debut was already a classic in our book! The sound here is a little more full, and a little more confident – a magical blend of James' raspy vocals with some jazz and funk-inflected rhythms – never overdone, and all put together with the kind of poise and depth that's made Jose an artist to watch since his very first single! There's a positive, progressive vibe to the whole record – the kind of excitement we only feel grabbing us once in a blue moon – and the sound is expanded a bit from the laidback combo of the first record, thanks to production help from Flying Lotus, Mitsu The Beats, and others. But James' vocals are always center stage in the mix, no matter what the setting – and titles include "Lay You Down", "Touch", "Promise In Love", "Warrior", "Made For Love", "Code", "Save Your Love For Me", "Detroit Loveletter", and "Beauty". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Mabel MercerOnce In A Blue Moon ... LP
Atlantic, 1958. Very Good- ... $0.99
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(Black "Long Playing Unbreakable" pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Mari Nakamoto & Shoji YokouchiLittle Girl Blue ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $19.99
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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Jim ReevesBlue Side Of Lonesome ... LP
RCA, 1967. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear with a sticker on the spine and some marker.)

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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 ... $6.99
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. Box has some smudges, aging, split corners, a tear in the top edge, and is missing a portion at the bottom on the right edge.)

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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 ... $32.99 41.98
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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Wayne ShorterClassic Blue Note Recordings ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
2CDs worth of Wayne Shorter's Blue Note recordings – what more could a jazz fan ask for? Without a doubt, Shorter ranks among the most significant jazz composers for small ensembles of the modern era, and it's easy to see why on these recordings, where his vision was fully formed, but that doesn't take away from appreciation of his skill as a soloist, weaving beautiful, intricate lines. As you might imagine, the sidemen here reads like a roster of the most important jazzmen of the age, and their playing here is stellar, including Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams, with the tracks pulled from LPs like Speak No Evil, Night Dreamer and Adam's Apple among others. The second disc of the set focuses on his playing as a in others' groups, with a nice chunk devoted to the Jazz Messengers. 22 trcks in all, including 'Black Nile", "Yes Or No", "Speak No Evil", "Infant Eyes", "Angola", "Etcetera", "Adam's Apple", "Footprints", "The Chess Players", "Ping Pong", "Children Of The Night" and "Nefertiti". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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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

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✨✧ Gene AmmonsBlue Gene ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Way more than just an album with Gene Ammons as a leader – and instead, a set with a great array of supporting players, and a very loose, open-ended jam session style that lets everyone get in plenty of solo space! Ammons' tenor is tremendous, but he's also a great collaborator here, too – working with Idrees Suliman on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone, Mal Waldron on piano, Art Taylor on drums, Doug Watkins on bass, and Ray Barretto on conga – in a mode that's maybe slightly tighter than some of the blowing sessions Prestige was doing at the time, but which still has that key longform creative energy that made the hardbop generation so great. Titles include "Blue Gene", "Scamperin", "Blue Greens n Beans", and "Hip Tip" – and all tracks are long, with plenty of focus on solos! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow and black label NJ pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a small bit of splitting on the bottom seam, but is very nice overall.)

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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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✨✧ Clear Blue SkyClear Blue Sky ... CD
Vertigo/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ John ColtraneBlue Train ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
John Coltrane's classic – and only – recording as a leader for Blue Note! The album's no throwaway date, though – as it stands strongly with both Coltrane's other label work of the time, and with the best of the late 50s Blue Note scene – a time when the label was really cooking at full strength! The groove here is a bit harder, heavier, and hardbop-inflected than some of Trane's late 50s sides with Red Garland – thanks to a lineup that features Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. There's a crisp modern edge to the record that really holds up beautifully – even after years of play – and titles include "Blue Train, "Locomotion", "Moment's Notice", and "Lazy Bird". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s black b label pressing.)
Also available Blue Train ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Johnny Hodges3 Shades Of Blue ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent late Johnny Hodges album that mixes his supreme talents with two of the other big stars of the Flying Dutchman label – Oliver Nelson and Leon Thomas – both of whom contribute wonderfully to the set! Nelson arranged the whole album, and gives it the groovy feel of some of his best orchestrations from the late 60s – nicely swinging throughout, but also awash in sophisticated colors and tones at the bottom! Leon Thomas sings vocals on a few cuts, and although he's a little straighter than on his own recordings, or the records he did with Pharoah Sanders, he still gives the set a hip sound that's a great change from the usual Johnny Hodges record – especially some of his 60s sessions with Wild Bill Davis. Hodges is great throughout, and the best tracks include "Yearning", "Welcome To New York", "Disillusion Blues", and Nelson's great "Black, Brown, & Beautiful" – plus a hip vocal take on "Dukes Place". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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✨✧ Illinois JacquetBlack Velvet Band ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Late 40s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Antonio Carlos Jobim & Luiz BonfaBlack Orpheus – Original Soundtrack (Fontana pressing) ... LP
Fontana, Early 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Stereo light blue label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Mac DreYoung Black Brotha ... CD
Romp, 1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print, first pressing with the blue label – in great shape!!!)

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✨✧ Ike QuebecBlue & Sentimental (RVG remaster edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Moody late night tenor musings by one of Blue Note's greatest talents of the early 60s! The album's a classic through and through – and the tenor of the mighty Ike Quebec is set up nicely in a solid quartet with Grant Green on guitar, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. There's no piano on the album, which really opens things up a lot, and lets the guitar/tenor lines get all snakey and introspective – with just the right dose of "blue" and "sentimental" to sweeten things up without getting all gooey! A seminal bit of Ike Quebec – and proof that he was one of Blue Note's greatest discoveries ever! Titles include "Minor Impulse", "Blues For Charlie", and "Like". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "It's All Right With Me" and "That Old Black Magic". CD

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithBlack Smith ... LP
Pride, 1974. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A record that's way way different than the sound of Jimmy Smith Blue Note work – and a much-loved set by fans of 70s funk! Jimmy's organ is still very strongly out front of the arrangements – but it's soaring over the top of grooves done by Jerry Peters and Michael "Incredible Bongo Band" Viner – tracks that have a harder, hipper style than most of Smith's other recordings from the time – in a groove that often comes close to the best blacksploitation soundtracks of the time! The drums are plenty heavy on many numbers here – kicking in a hard and heavy bottom that gives the record a few key breaks – and other numbers even use a bit of chorus vocals, but in a way that never overwhelms the tracks, just supports them with a nice righteous edge. Titles include the classic break version of "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Babe", plus "Something You Got", "Wildflower", "Hang Em High", "Groovin", "Pipeline", "Why Can't We Live Together", and "Joy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in pen and light wear.)

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✨✧ Bobby TimmonsBorn To Be Blue ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Bobby Timmons' most obscure trio sessions from the early years – recorded at the tail end of the Riverside years, which is probably why the album disappeared so quickly! The set's in a similar format to some of Bobby's other records for Riverside – a trio set with either Sam Jones or Ron Carter on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – but it's different in that Bobby's a bit more introspective – "blue", if you will – working in less of the gutbucket soul jazz mode than before, and really hitting some lyrical magic on the keys! The album includes the original tunes "Know Not One", "Often Annie", and "The Sit In" – plus a great reading of Tom McIntosh's "With Malice Towards None". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with a microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear, and split top seam and spine.)

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✨✧ Cassandra WilsonBlue Light 'Til Dawn ... CD
Blue Note, 1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ CommonBeautiful Revolution Pt 1 (red, white & blue marble vinyl pressing) ... LP
Loma Vista, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful revolution from Common – a set that's maybe got more of a message than most of his music of the past decade – but which also comes across with a more interesting musical palette as well! Part of the album's sound comes from heavy contributions from PJ – singer Paris Jones, whose well-crafted soul vocals make for a nice match with Common's rhymes – as PJ appears on six of the album's nine tracks, and could well be billed as a co-star on the set! Other guests include Lenny Kravitz Chuck D, Black Thought, and Stevie Wonder – on titles that include "What Do You Say", "Say Peace", "Fallin", "A Place In This World", "Riot In My Mind", "Don't Forget Who You Are", and "Courageous". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Ennio MorriconeIl Pentito (180 gram silver & black vinyl pressing) ... LP
GDM/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A later score from Ennio Morricone – but an incredibly beautiful one too – penned for a mid 80s mafia film set in Sicily, but featuring some of his sweetest, most sensitive work of the time! There's a very bittersweet feel to most of the music here – a quality that's almost romantic at times, but touched with really blue notes too – as the tunes spin out in slow, thoughtful progressions that echo the darker choices and themes of the film. There's a few more upbeat tracks, and a few darker, atonal numbers – but overall most of the score is steeped in melancholy – with gentle strings and woodwinds that have plenty of trademark Morricone touches! Titles include "Il Pentito", "Messaggio", "Retata", "Momento Decisivo", "Sicilia", "Durante L'Omelia", "Confusi Ricordi", "Sicilia Dei Ricordi Lontani", and "Evento Finale". LP, Vinyl record album
(35th Annivesary, numbered limited edition of 1000 – on silver & black marbled vinyl!)

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✨✧ Ike & Tina TurnerComplete Pompeii Recordings 1968/1969 – So Fine/Cussin Cryin & Carryin On/Black Man's Soul (3CD set) ... CD
Pompeii/Goldenlane, Late 60s. New Copy 3CDs ... Out Of Stock
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by Ike & Tina Turner – 3 albums cut for the short-lived Pompeii label, all of them nice and heavy! First up is So Fine – a great one from Ike & Tina – recorded for Ike's short-lived Pompeii subsidiary for Atlantic, with a hard heavy sound that's really great, almost a mixture of the duo's Sue sides with some of Atlantic's southern soul from the same time – but with this badass funk current that really shows the way that Ike was evolving his groove since the start of the 60s! Titles include "Too Hot To Hold", "Bet'Cha Can't Kiss Me", "Ain't Nobody's Business", "I Better Get Ta Steppin", "So Fine", "We Need An Understanding", and "A Fool In Love". Next is Cussin Cryin & Carryin On – one of Ike Turner's greatest albums ever – recorded for the Pompeii Subsidiary of Atlantic, and featuring some raw tunes that have more than a bit of funk in them! The album includes 2 killer instrumentals – "Thinking Black" and "Black Beauty" – both of which you'd be proud to own as funky 45s! Other tracks feature some hard soul vocals by Tina – and titles include "You Got What You Wanted", "So Blue Over You", "Cussin, Cryin, & Carryin On", "Make Em Wait", "I Better Get Ta Steppin", and "I'm Fed Up". The set also features the solo Ike Turner album Black Man's Soul – the only truly funky album that Ike Turner ever recorded! This set's a batch of obscure funky instrumentals – and sounds like a strong compilation of rare 45s, filled with hard funky drums, nice breaks, and plenty of super-tight grooves. Nearly every cut's a winner – and titles include "Black Angel", "Black Beauty", "Freedom Sound", "Ghetto Funk", "Funky Mule", "Nuttin' Up", "Scotty Souling", and "Thinking Black". Very nice stuff, and a real lost recording for Ike! All 3 albums are in mini-LP sleeves – like the original records. CD

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✨✧ Matthew Tavares & Leland WhittyVisions (transparent blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mr Bongo (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A really amazing step forward for Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty – two musicians best known as founders of BADBADNOTGOOD – but emerging here in an even more mature blend of jazz and larger instrumental ideas! The record mixes core solo voices with some larger touches here and there – shifting effortlessly between focus and scape, with the subtle majesty of similar Brazilian efforts from the 70s – lofty, but never too full of itself – sophisticated, but very down to earth! Tavares plays guitar and piano, Whitty handles saxes and flute – alongside bass, drums, and some nice larger strings, used very lightly, and in all the right ways. Titles include "Blue", "Symbols Of Transformation", "Visions Of You", "Heat Of The Moon", "Black Magic", "Living Water Assembly", and "Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tony AllenThere Is No End ... CD
Blue Note, 2021. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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✨✧ Sidney BechetFabulous Sidney Bechet ... CD
Blue Note, Early 50s. Used ... $5.99
17 trad tracks from Sidney – recorded for Blue Note during the years 1951 and 1953, and originally issued on 10" LPs. Players include Sidney De Paris, Pops Foster, Jonah Jones, and Jimmy Archey – and the CD features a number of alternate takes. Titles include "Black & Blue", "All Of Me", "I'm A Ding Dong Daddy", "Shine", "Rose Of The Rio Grande", and "That's A Plenty". CD
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✨✧ Mansur BrownShiroi (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Black Focus (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
A fantastic debut from guitarist Mansur Brown – a player you might recognize from earlier work with Kamaal Williams – now stepping out on his own, but with production from Williams on his own label too! Brown's got this incredibly open approach to the guitar – a flurry of styles on the strings, with echoes that go back maybe to the great Canadian player Sonny Greenwich, with a few all-over-the-strings echoes of Stanley Jordan – but set to a mode that's complete contemporary London – these moody, airy soundscapes that have lots of abstract elements that provide a nice contrast to the sharper presence of the guitar! Brown definitely solos and has a jazz-based sensibility – but the record's very different than a standard jazz guitar record too – really mixing up modes, a bit like some of the recent Blue Note generation – or maybe like some of Mansur's labelmates on Black Focus too. Titles include "The Beginning", "Godwilling", "Me Up", "Shiroi", "Motions", "Simese", "Flip Up", and "Hands Tied". LP, Vinyl record album
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Donald ByrdStreet Lady (SACD multi-channel) ... CD
Blue Note/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
A landmark album by Donald Byrd – the first one where he really started to click with jazz-funk producer Larry Mizell! Mizell and Byrd had worked together previously on the Black Byrd album – a soaring bit of futuristic jazz funk that took Byrd's career to a whole new level – but this album's the one where they really began to make the formula cook, blending together tight funky rhythms, spacey keyboards, soulful vocals, and some of Donald's best solo work of the 70s! The whole thing's a masterpiece, and all tracks sparkle – including "Lansana's Priestess", "Witch Hunt", and "Street Lady", one of the funkiest tracks ever on Blue Note. A haunting record with a beautiful spacey groove, and one of the best-ever albums on Blue Note! CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players! Tracks available in stereo and multi-channel!)

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Donald Byrd & The BlackbyrdsJazz Funk Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Robinsongs (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $26.99 30.99
An amazing tribute to some of the greatest jazz funk of the 70s – the groundbreaking work of trumpeter Donald Byrd, both as a solo act on his own, and as the inspiration for the mighty Blackbyrds group – both of whom are featured on this set! Byrd first broke into new territory in the early 70s with a string of amazing records on Blue Note – all done with help from genius producer Larry Mizell, who helped Byrd's trumpet find a way to groove in an electric space, but at a level that was very different (and a lot more soulful) than any sort of Miles Davis electric modes! This work quickly inspired a young group at Howard University, who chose the name Blackbyrds as a nod to Donald – who quickly became their mentor and producer, and helped them forge a great blend of jazz and funk before they took off on their own. This set features 39 tracks from both artists, illustrating a fantastic partnership and shared musical inspiration – with work from Byrd's Blue Note and Wea albums, and all the great Blackbyrds records for Fantasy in the 70s. Titles include Donald Byrd tracks "Dominoes", "Black Byrd", "Lansana's Priestess", "Wind Parade", "Flying High", "Thank You For Funking Up My Life", "Onward Til Morning", "Dance Band", "Science Funktion", "Dominoes", "Flight Time", "Witch Hunt", "Stepping Into Tomorrow", "Sexy Dancer (12" mix)", "Star Trippin (12" mix)", "Pretty Baby", "Giving It Up", and "Dancing In The Street". Blackbyrds cuts include "Blackbyrd's Theme", "Do It Fluid", "Flying High", "Cornbread", "Time Is Movin", "Happy Music", "Rock Creek Park", "Walkin In Rhythm", "Lookin Ahead", "Street Games", "Gut Level", "Party Land", and "Supernatural Feeling". CD

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✨✧ Doug CarnSpirit Of The New Land ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
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". CD
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Ian Carr & Don RendellChange Is ... CD
BGO (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
A fitting title – for a great album! Change Is marks a real turning point in the career of the Ian Carr/Don Rendell team – as the pair seem to go out even farther than before, leaving behind some of the straighter rhythms of earlier sets, to explore a realm of looser time and space. The ensemble still has a soulful undercurrent that keeps things compelling – even when the overall style gets a bit out – and thanks to strong horn work from the leaders, plus lyrical work on piano and harpsichord by Michael Garrick, the album's every bit as great as earlier classics like Dusk Fire or Shades of Blue. Garrick contributed 2 great tunes to the album – "Black Hair" and "Cold Mountain" – and other titles include "Elastic Dream", "One Green Eye", and "Mirage". CD

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Nicola Conte & OthersModern Sound Of Nicola Conte – Versions In Jazz-Dub ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2009. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 24.99
A long-overdue collection of all the mixes, side-projects, and rare "Nicola Conte version" tracks that have cropped up in the past decade or so – work that's every bit as great as the material Conte includes on his own albums and singles! Nicola Conte's not a remixer – he's a re-imaginer – and when he sets out to serve up his own version of a track, he often starts from scratch – using his own band, his own arrangements, and his own key elements – all of which turn any projects for other artists into grooves that are very Conte-directed – the kind of classic jazz-infused gems that Nicola's been laying down on his own Schema Records label for over a decade! This double-disc set is filled with amazing work that Conte's done for other folks – and it also include a few rare and unreleased tracks under his own name as well – a massive helping of music that's really mindblowing throughout – sure to please any fan of Nicola, as well as anyone who digs the artists included in the package. Nicola Conte tracks include "Castles In The Rain", "Charade", "New Blues", "When I Wish Upon A Star", "Solo", "Black Is The Graceful Veil (acoustic version)", "Groovy Samba", and "All Or Nothing At All", which features vocals by Jose James! Other cuts include Conte mixes and reworks of "Stolen Moments (Midnight Mood rework)" by Mark Murphy, "Yellow Daisies" by Fertile Ground, "So Danco Samba (Nicola Conte rework)" by Til Bronner, "Terra De Ninguem" by Sabrina Malheiros, "Take Off (Campi's Idea version)" by Marco Di Marco, "3 Corners (For Friends & Relatives version)" by Five Corners Quintet, "You Are" by Povo, "Our Love" by Luisito Quintero, "Healing Blue (shape of jazz to come version)" by Sunaga T Experience, "Lotus Sun" by Maki Mannami, "Heaven (west coast vibes rmx)" by Bitter:Sweet, "Quiet Nights (out of the cool version)" by Re:Jazz, "Elevated States" by Thunderball, "Mood Indigo" by Akiko, "Take Five (Nicola Conte rmx)" by Roberto Roena, and "Kerma Elastica (Nicola Conte rmx)" by Bobby Hughes Combination. CD

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✨✧ Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! (with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1966. Used ... $6.99
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset" – and the CD features the bonus track "Love For Sale". CD

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Duke EllingtonMellow ... CD
Camden (UK), Used ... $3.99
Includes the tracks "Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me", "Mood Indigo", "Chelsea Bridge", "Morning Glory", "Sophisticated Lady", "Blue Serge", "Black And Tan Fantasy", "Perdido", "Take The 'A' Train", "In A Mellow Tone", "Moon Mist", "Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)", "Solitude" "Creole Love Call", "Prelude To A Kiss", "Midriff", "Across The Track Blues", "Sentimental Lady", "Esquire Swank", "In A Sentimental Mood", and " Dusk". CD
(Out of print.)

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Fleetwood MacPious Bird Of Good Omen (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Horizon, 1969. Used ... $6.99
The pious bird of good omen might well be the track "Albatross" here – nestled in the middle of the record, and a key sign that Fleetwood Mac were ready to break from their roots! But this is no heavy bird hanging around the group's neck – as the groundbreaking instrumental really set them free from their straight blues rock expressions, and is mixed here with a great range of material that really shows Peter Green and the group ready to take on the 70s. If you loved Green's blues guitar work on other records, don't worry – there's still plenty of it here – but the range of songs is great, and in addition to the amazing "Albatross", other tunes include the fantastic original version of "Black Magic Woman", plus "The Big Boat", "Rambling Pony", "Just The Blues", "Looking For Somebody", "Stop Messin Round", "The Sun Is Shining", "I Believe My Time Ain't Long", and "Coming Home". CD

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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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Barry Guy & Ken VandermarkOccasional Poems ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2014. New Copy 2 CDs ... $13.99
A fantastic pairing of players – two musicians who really bring out the best in each other in this set of improvisations recorded during the Krakow Jazz Festival – really bold basswork from the legendary Barry Guy, and the kind of ever-changing sounds, shapes, and tones that we always love from the reedwork of Ken Vandermark! Guy seems more on fire here than many other recordings from the time – and there's a photo inside the cover that really reflects the kind of warm intimacy and understanding he has with Vandermark – this really sport of special improvising magic that flows effortlessly throughout. Vandermark plays clarinet and a variety of saxes – and titles include "Black White Red Blue", "Riding The Air", "Curving Of The Wave", "I Will Sing You Of The Moments", "Shadow Cuts Light", and "Nature Is A Wolf". CD

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Joe HendersonMode For Joe (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
Classic early work by Joe Henderson – very well titled with the use of "mode", given the new sound and new direction Henderson was taking his tenor in the 60s! The album's got Joe working at the head of an all-great lineup that includes Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, and Bobby Hutcherson – the last of whom really brings in some tremendous moments to the record, using vibes to create a slightly off-kilter feel that pushes the set from straight hardbop into the modern realm with traces of "new thing" tones and colors. Joe's solos are incredible – searing, searching, yet still pulsing with an undeniably soulful rhythm – and titles include the essential track "Black", plus "Caribbean Fire Dance", "Free Wheelin", and "Shade Of Jade". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe HendersonPower To The People (Keepnews collection) ... CD
Milestone, 1969. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
One of Joe Henderson's greatest albums ever – a real treasure from his electric years at Milestone Records, and a set that showed he really had a lot more to offer for the scene of the 70s! The sound here is quite different than Joe's earlier work for Blue Note – a style that's sometimes soaring, sometimes mellow – but always moving forward with a tremendously fluid approach to the tenor sax. Joe's sense of phrasing and timing is impeccable – quite subtle at times, with these dark notes that hang beautifully in air on the ballads – and some sharper-edged qualities that really burst out strongly on the more upbeat tunes. The group's a great one too – and features Herbie Hancock on both acoustic and electric piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – plus additional trumpet by Mike Lawrence on 2 tracks. Titles include "Black Narcissus", "Isotope", "Afro-Centric", "Forsight & Afterthought", and "Power to The People". CD

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Freddie HubbardArt Of Freddie Hubbard – The Atlantic Years ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 18.98
Killer work from Freddie Hubbard – some key transitional sides for Atlantic Records, and easily some of his most soulful work ever! Freddie started out as a bopper on Blue Note, but then made a great shift at Atlantic – exploring space and sound in a really wonderful way, and opening up towards some of the killer modes you'd know from his classics on CTI. There's just a bit of electricity in the mix here, as most cuts are acoustic – but they already stretch out in some hip, spiritual styles that are really great. Titles include "For BP", "Lonely Soul", "High Blues Pressure", "Midnite Soul", "Black Soldier", Interlude I", "Echoes Of Blue", "Threnody For Sharon Tate Comment", "Spacetrack", "Leap Frog", "Up Jumped Spring", "Latina", and "On The Quee Tee". CD

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Lurlean HunterStepping Out ... LP
Vik, 1958. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of 3 albums that vocalist Lurlean Hunter cut for RCA during the 50s – all of them very nice, in a sophisticated jazz club style that's not as well remembered these days. This album has her singing with Phil Moore's orchestra – a perfect backdrop for her dusky style. Titles include "Kiss Me Again", "If I Could Be With You", "Nobody's Heart", "Some Other Time", and "Under A Blanket Of Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, aging, and a half split top seam.)

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✨✧ IncognitoNo Time Like The Future ... CD
Suonaphone/Blue Thumb, 1999. Used ... Just Sold Out!
More than a decade of work from Incognito, and Bluey's still going strong! The group here are picking up some of the 21st Century Soul touches of late 90s Talking Loud – but that's a great thing by us, as they forge together the warmth of their earlier tunes with the crisp freshness of the London scene of the future – hence the title, wethinks! Tracks include "Black Rain", "I Can See The Future", "Nights Over Egypt", "Wild & Peaceful", "Get Into My Groove", "Yesterday's Dream", and "It Ain't Easy". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Jean GraeEvil Jeanius ... LP
Babygrande, 2008. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 22.98
Hip hop heroine Jean Grae's team up effort with production duo Blue Sky Black Death – a record that stood out at the time and still stands out today! You know you're in for something special when the first track blends icy synth hop atmosphere and touch of terse touch of VU's "Venus In Furs" behind Jean's tough rhymes – it's a diverse mix of moods and it all works together masterfully – and the energy doesn't waver from there. Other tracks include "Away With Me" "Ahead Of The Game" with Blacastan, "Nobody'll Do It For You", "It's Still A Love Song" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Jeff The BrotherhoodLive At Third Man ... LP
Third Man, 2010. Near Mint- ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & blue vinyl pressing.)

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Janis JoplinGet It While You Can ... LP
White Label, 1970. Near Mint- 2LP ... $43.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Dittolino pressing on black vinyl, in a plain cover with blue cover sheet held on front with yellowed tape and with tracklist and notes written in marker on back. Labels have initials in marker.)

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Main IngredientSpinning Around – The Singles 1967 to 1975 ... CD
RCA/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Some of the greatest work ever by The Main Ingredient – a selection of their singles for RCA records from the late 60s and early 70s – but one that goes way past just the hits, in order to fully trace the evolution of their heavenly vocal style! The trio started out as an already-great harmony act in the late 60s – a group who were even sweeter and more soaring than some of their contemporaries – making them perfectly placed to move into some of the more righteous harmony modes of the 70s – including some surprising turns towards more righteous, political material. The 22 track package is the greatest we've ever seen on the group – 15 pages of deeply detailed notes, in true Ace/Kent mode – plus singles that include three by The Insiders, "I'm Better Off Without You", "If You Had A Heart", and "I'm Just A Man" – as well as Main Ingredient singles that include "Black Seeds Keep On Growing", "California My Way", "Magic Shoes", "Everybody Plays The Fool", "You've Got To Take It If You Want It", "Girl Blue", "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend", "I Was Born To Lose You", "Brotherly Love", "You've Been My Inspiration", "I'm So Proud", "Spinning Around", "I'm Leaving This Time", "Rolling Down A Mountainside", "The Gold Old Days", and "Shame On The World". CD

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Curtis MayfieldCurtis (180 gram 2LP pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Curtom/Run Out Groove, 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $30.99 34.99 On July 16, 2021
A mindblowing solo set from Curtis Mayfield – a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield exploding as a force to be reckoned with in the studio! The album's a personal masterpiece – to the career of Curtis what the early solo albums of Issac Hayes were to his own genius – a bold, unfettered statement of pride and power – of the sort that would both make Mayfield and the Curtom Records label forces to be reckoned with in the 70s. Every cut is a classic – and titles include "Move On Up", "If There's a Hell Below We're All Gonna Go", "Miss Black America", "Wild & Free", "Give It Up", "The Makings Of You", "The Other Side Of Town", and "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(50th Annivarsary Edition!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, July 16.

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✨✧ Maysa (Maysa Leak)Maysa ... CD
Blue Thumb, 1995. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The soulful vocalist of Incognito strikes out on her own – serving up an excellent debut LP! This one's got a bit more of a modern R&B approach than the jazzier work of Incognito – but still stays in the hip London soul mode, thanks to some great production work by Ray Hayden of Opaz! Maysa's voice is incredible – running up to the heavens, and dipping deep in that wonderful way she has, to make the songs bottom out with a heck of a lot of feeling. Titles include "Peace Of Mind", "Goodbye Manhattan", "JFS", "Let It Go", "Sexy", "Black Heaven", and "What About Our Love?". CD
(Out of print, pages of booklet are wrinkled from some light water damage.)

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✨✧ Lee MorganLee Morgan (aka The Last Session) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $18.99
Brilliant work throughout – the last studio album ever cut by Lee Morgan, and a mindblowing session that always leaves us wondering how massive he would have become if he hadn't been tragically murdered shortly after it was recorded! The album's a huge change from Morgan's already-great work of the 60s – and features some very extended numbers, most a side long and these free-flowing numbers that are played by a larger group than usual – but with all the intensity and focus of a small group date from Lee! The set features key work from a young Billy Harper on tenor – especially on his own fantastic compositions "Capra Black" and "Croquet Ballet" – and for many folks, the record was a key introduction to Harper's genius. But the whole lineup is wonderful too – especially Harold Mabern on piano – and other titles include "In What Direction Are You Heading", "Angela", and "Inner Passions Out". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ N'DambiTunin Up & Cosignin – Studio Sessions Vol 1 ... CD
Cheeky I, 2001. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
Brilliant work by one of our favorite NuSoul singers! N'Dambi's moving way past her Little Lost Girls Blues album on this set – a beautiful 2CD set that showcases a much more expansive musical vision than before! The set's got the feel of a laidback studio session with N'Dambi – as interludes give way to full tracks, softer songs to harder ones, shifting effortlessly between soul and jazz influences, yet never feeling as if either is an afterthought. We loved N'Dambi's previous album – and this one is miles ahead, showing her to be a soul star as powerful as Erykah Badu, with whom she's worked often! Titles include "Crazy World", "Do Mat Mare Ray", "Bitter Bitter Blue", "Ode To Nina", "See You In My Dreams", "Black Star", "Soul From The Abyss", "Lonely Woman/Eva's Song", and "What's Wrong With You". CD
(Out of print, digipack has some edgewear, nothing major.)

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Kellee PattersonMaiden Voyage ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
The most righteous album ever from Kellee Patterson – her first record, and a set that's way different from her more soul-based sides of later years! The album's got Patterson working in a wonderfully soulful approach to jazz – a style that's not unlike the earliest work by Dee Dee Bridgewater, especially her seminal Afro Blue album – and which mixes Kellee's unique vocals with some very hip backings that are right in the best Black Jazz mode! Instrumentation is from a loose jazz combo, and the tunes are a mix of jazzy numbers and a few tighter tracks – a really rich array of sounds that comes together beautifully in the hands of producer Gene Russell. Titles include a stellar version of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage", a great take on the Flip Nunez number "See You Later", and the tracks "Soul Daddy", "Be All Your Own", "Magic Wand Of Love", "You", and "Look At The Child". LP, Vinyl record album

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Phil RanelinCollected Works – 2003 to 2019 ... CD
Wide Hive, 2000s/2010s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 19.99
An incredible late-life chapter from trombonist Phil Ranelin – a musician who first flourished on the Detroit scene of the 70s, as part of the Tribe Records underground in that city – and one who dropped off the radar of most folks until a huge revival in the past two decades, spurred on by new interest in his classic recordings! Ranelin got a chance to work elsewhere during this stretch, but his greatest champions may well have been the Wide Hive label – who not only gave Phil new access to the studio, and exposure to a much wider audience than before – but also allowed him to create in some of the larger ensemble modes that were always his strongest suit! The music here is pulled from Ranelin's albums for Wide Hive, but also includes a few new tracks too – and musicians include Pharoah Sanders on tenor, Zane Musa on alto and tenor, Kamasi Washington on tenor, Roger Glenn on vibes, Danny Grissett on piano, Nate Morgan on piano, Henry Franklin on bass, Calvin Keys on guitar, Big Black on congas, and Donald Bailey on drums. Titles include "Living A New Day", "Blue Bossa", "Moorish", "In Search Of The One", "This One's For Trane", "Freddie's Groove", "Full Moon", "Spiritual Vibrations", "How Do We End All This Madness", "Fantasy Vibrations", "Black On The Nu", "A Tear In Elmina", "Close Encounters", "Shades Of Dolphy", and "Perseverance 2019". CD

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ReplacementsLet It Be ... LP
Twin Tone, 1984. Very Good+ ... $99.99
The masterpiece by one of the greatest, most sincere rock bands of all time! Let It Be veers all over the place, or at least as much as jangly rock music can, in the best way possible. Includes the pseudo twangy opener "I Will Dare", with the distinctly midwestern hardcore of the group's earlier years showing up on "We're Coming Out" and "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out", and Westerberg's great heart-on-sleeve, ragged balladry appearing for the closers. Like the Meat Puppets and X, the 'Mats really found themselves after they shed the rigid rules of punk rock, and developed into something every bit as honest and heartfelt. They followed the rock songbook just enough to keep their work warm and familiar, but with way too huge and hard-pounding heart to ever seem even the least bit derivative. Hell, they even make Kiss's "Black Diamond" sound sincere! Other tracks include "Favorite Thing", "Androgynous", "Unsatisfied", "Seen Your Video", "Gary's Got A Boner", "Sixteen Blue" and "Answering Machine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Masterdisk stamp. Includes Twin Tone inner sleeve.)

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St GermainTourist – 20th Anniversary Travel Versions ... CD
Parlophone, 2020. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A 20th anniversary celebration of the groundbreaking album Tourist from St Germain – that creative combination of jazz and dancefloor rhythms that made for one of the biggest hits on Blue Note at the start of the century! This set's not an expanded version of that set, though – as the sound is really updated and taken into new directions with a whole host of guests – making for a record that's maybe more of a tribute to the original than any sort of typical anniversary package! St Germain works with a whole host of global contributors – and titles include versions of "Rose Rouge" by Atjazz, Terry Laird, Ron Trent, Nightmares on wax, and Jovonn – plus "Sure Thing" taken by Osunlade, Black Motion, DJ Deep, and Jullian Gomes – as well as "So Flute (2020 version)" by St Germain, and "What You Think About (rejammed remix)" by Traumer. CD
Also available Tourist – 20th Anniversary Travel Versions ... LP 30.99

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St GermainTourist – 20th Anniversary Travel Versions ... LP
Parlophone, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $30.99 31.99
A 20th anniversary celebration of the groundbreaking album Tourist from St Germain – that creative combination of jazz and dancefloor rhythms that made for one of the biggest hits on Blue Note at the start of the century! This set's not an expanded version of that set, though – as the sound is really updated and taken into new directions with a whole host of guests – making for a record that's maybe more of a tribute to the original than any sort of typical anniversary package! St Germain works with a whole host of global contributors – and titles include versions of "Rose Rouge" by Atjazz, Terry Laird, Ron Trent, Nightmares on wax, and Jovonn – plus "Sure Thing" taken by Osunlade, Black Motion, DJ Deep, and Jullian Gomes – as well as "So Flute (2020 version)" by St Germain, and "What You Think About (rejammed remix)" by Traumer. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Tourist – 20th Anniversary Travel Versions ... CD 15.99

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Zoot Sims & Joe PassBlues For Two ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1982. Used ... $6.99
A nice set – just Zoot's tenor with Joe's guitar! Titles include "Blues For 2", "Dindi", "Remember", "Black & Blue", and "Takeoff". CD

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Sounds OrchestralSoul Of Sounds Orchestral ... LP
Parkway, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
There's not as much "soul" as you'd expect here from some of the later work of Sounds Orchestral – but the record's a real mid 60s feather in the cap of arranger John Schroeder and pianist Johnny Pearson – the pair who came together wonderfully on these early sides that helped redefine the sound of 60s easy! At some level, there's nothing too fancy going on here – just piano gliding out front of bigger orchestrations – but the way that Schroeder handles things here is really beautiful – spacious, timed just right – and with a sense of presence and grooviness that is quite subtle, but certainly present throughout, even on the slower numbers. Titles include "Baubles Bangles & Beads", "Blue Bolero", "Bugsy", "Moonglow", "Starglow", "Romance On The North Sea", "Letter Edged In Black", and "When Love Walks Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface and edge wear.)

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✨✧ Steely DanAja ... LP
ABC, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ... $39.99
An undisputed masterpiece, and a record we never tire of hearing – unabashedly the inspiration for our years of jazzy exploration as adults, even though it was probably the closest thing we ever got to the genre as wee lads! Walter Becker & Donald Fagan raise their already-high bar to new heights here – creating one of those rare records that flows together so beautifully, it's hard to remember where some songs begin and others end. There's a sense of perfection in everything about the record – the sound, the songs, the instrumentation – all woven together beautifully without any sense of self-consciousness. One majestic flow that starts with "Black Cow", and runs through classics that include "Aja", "Deacon Blue", "Peg", "Home At Last", "I Got The News", and "Josie". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing with AA matrix and SRC stamp in the gatefold cover. Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has some ring and edge wear.)

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TribeHometown Detroit Sessions 1990 to 2014 ... LP
Strut (UK), 1990/1995/2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 29.99
A return to greatness for the legendary Tribe Records scene in Detroit – an underground movement that gave us some spiritual jazz classics in the 70s – then kept on making wonderful music at an even more underground level as the years went on! This set is a collection of work from three rare recordings issued during that time – all on CD only, and representing a maybe even more obscure side of this legacy than the Tribe albums of the 70s! First up is trombonist Phil Ranelin – heading up a group that includes Wendell Harrison on tenor and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet – two key Tribe partners from the early years – really stretching out on the titles "He The One We All Knew" and "Freddie's Groove", both recorded in 1990. Next is material from a 1995 performance led by pianist Harold McKinney – a set that's got an incredible depth of imagination and soul, almost as much as Harold McKinney's work of years back! The group is a wonderfully hip one – with former Tribe artists Wendell Harrison on tenor and clarinet and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet – plus additional players who include Kiane Zawadi on trombone, Reggie Workman on bass, Francisco Mora on percussion, and Jimmy Owens on trumpet. There's a bit of vocals, but never that much – and most tracks are long and open – freely exploratory, but never too far out or avant-styled – just soulful and spiritual, in the true Tribe Records tradition! Titles include "Wide & Blue", "The Slave Ship Enterprise", "Juba", "Libra Ahora", and "Conjure Man". Last is a set of tracks recorded in 2014 by keyboardist Pamela Wise – a record that really carries forward the Tribe Records spirit from the 70s! The overall approach is a bit more contemporary, but the set's still got all the best feel of a classic indie album from the underground – played and penned by Wise in close collaboration with reedman Wendell Harrison, a frequent partner of Pamela's on a variety of projects, and one of the driving forces of Tribe back in the day! Wise plays both acoustic and electric keyboards, and sometimes sings just slightly – although most of the album is instrumental – and in addition to Harrison's work on tenor and bass clarinet, the album features trumpet, guitar, and lots of percussion. Titles include "Ode To Black Mothers", "Hometown", and "Marcus Garvey". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ UnderwolvesUnder Your Sky – Remixes ... CD
Compost (Germany), 2002. Used ... $5.99
Great remixes of work by The Underwolves – one of the most soulful acts on Compost Records to date, given some very nice treatment here by a host of modern talents! The CD compiles 12 tracks that were previously only on 12" singles by the group – all remixed versions of titles from their album Under The Sky – tracks in which the group gave the remixers pretty free reign to do whatever they wanted. The sound is great – a much more expanded vision of the original project – with tracks that include "In The Picture (Intega mix)", "Shaken (Fauna Flash Timbales rmx)", "Under Your Sky (origin unknown rmx)", "Bird Song (Earthbound rmx – slow)", "So Blue It's Black (Heavy Manners rmx)", "So Blue It's Black (Peshay vs Photek mix)", "Under Your Sky (Divine Styler without rap rmx)", "Shaken (Fauna Flash drum n bass mix)", and "In The Picture (original)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Venom Meets Marco Di MarcoImages ... CD
Modern Jazz/Arision (UK), 2007. Used ... $9.99
Jazzy grooves galore – and a wonderful re-visitation of the piano-driven grooves recorded by Italian jazzman Marco Di Marco! The set features mostly work from Marco's My London Friends album with Nathan Haines, reworked by DJ Venom – but all in ways that still retain the depth and warmth of the originals! Many of the tunes are edits, dubs, or reworks instead of remixes – and as such, they work mostly with the core elements of the originals to alter them slightly – instead of completely abstracting them out with too many contemporary elements. And although there's definitely a bit of a 21st Century feel to the tunes, there's still an acoustic warmth that wholes the whole thing together nicely – and which is a really respectful take on Marco's music. A few titles are from older albums of the 70s – and tracks include "Repeat After Me (Amazon Viper dub)", "Par Avion (Impressions re-edit)", "I Mie Ricordi (the re-imagination)", "Brazilian Waltz (Poizon waltz remake)", "Solaria Chapter One (deep jazz re-work)", "Bossa Of The Future (black mamba rmx)", "Fontana Blue (future past rmx)", and "Winding Dance (celestial re-edit)". CD
(Out of print.)

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WurmFeast – Exumed ... LP
ORG, Early 80s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Pre-Black Flag metal band featuring the So Cal hardcore pioneers' bass player Chuck Dukowski – whose only album Feast was recorded & released in the early 80s, during a Black Flag hiatus. This great 2018 reissue includes a bonus LP with never released demos and bonus tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl 2018 Black Friday release.)

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VariousDust On The Nettles – A Journey Through The British Underground Folk Scene 1967 to 1972 (3CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $29.99 34.99
British folk music got really weird and wonderful at the end of the 60s – light years from the crew cut versions of The Kingston Trio, or the twangy modes of Bob Dylan wannabees – but also very different from the more rockish directions that American folk acts were taking at the time! If anything, the British artists showed an even deeper commitment to acoustic modes – and far more ancient ones than American groups had access too – a thousand year legacy of British Isles music, but reworked into an often-trippy style would find more famous iterations in groups from Fairport Convention through Current 93, and even in the Wicker Man soundtrack as well! Most of the music here is much more obscure than those references – groups that were big in the UK, but maybe didn't have as much of an impact over here during the period – which makes this 63 track box set a real treasure trove of discovery – filled with many tunes we'd never heard before, and put together in a very special way. Titles include "Black Girl" by Mary Anne, "Till The Morning Comes" by Dando Shaft, "Roses For Columbus" by Mark Frhy, "Love Is A Funny Thing" by Spyrogyra, "Come All You Travellers" by Wight, "Willow's Song" by Nagnet, "Cruious Crystals Of Unusual Purity" by Bridget St John, "Prisoners Victims Strangers Friends" by Paper Bubble, "Gabilan" by Duncan Browne, "Meeting By The Moonlight Mill" by Dry Heart, "Silence Returns" by Beau, "Me & My Kite" by Fuschia, "The Colour Is Blue" by Country Sun, "Welcome To The Citadel" by Marc Brierley, "Garden Song (demo)" by Bill Fay, and "Upon Reflection" by Heron. CD
 
 
 



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