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Muhal Richard AbramsThink All, Focus One ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1994. Used ... $9.99
A septet session featuring Eddie Allen on trumpet, Eugen Ghee on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Alfred Patterson on trombone, David Gilmore on guitar, Brad Jones on bass, Reggie Nicholson on drums, and Abrams on piano and synthesizer. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Kamaal WilliamsReturn (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Black Focus, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first solo project from Kamaal Williams – and a wonderfully spiritual set that has the keyboardist really blowing us away with his talents! Williams plays plenty of Fender Rhodes on the set, mostly in a trio setting, but one that's far from standard jazz – as the rhythms often reflect his roots in hip hop, although played live by drummer Joshua McKenzie and bassist Pete Martin – who also have the ability to send Williams soaring to the skies with this magnificent spiritual energy! Consider this set to maybe be a Lonnie Liston Smith album for the hip hop generation – and praise Allah for Kamaal's mighty talents on the keys, and the sharp production skills of Henry Wu. Titles include "Salaam", "The Return", "High Roller", "Situations", "Rhythm Commission", "Catch The Loop", "Medina", and "LDN Shuffle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Steve SpacekHouses ... CD
Black Focus, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Steve Spacek isn't making as many musical waves as he was back at the start of the century – but the man certainly hasn't lost his touch at all – and is still one of the most forward-thinking talents of his generation! As with his classics, the record bristles with new energy and imagination – a vibe that pushes all the older London ideas forward with a very personal, very distinct vision – maybe even jazzier and warmer than before, which is quite stunning when you read the notes and find out that Spacek created most of the music on an array of apps for the iPhone! Yet this is definitely a record that wasn't "phoned in" at all – as Steve's got a longer-form approach that matures the music in ways that some of the 4Hero diaspora have done in recent years – familiar but fresh, on tunes that include "African Dream", "Songlife", "Single Stream", "Love 4 Nano", "Rawl Aredo", and "Where We Go". CD features bonus tracks "Yu Used To Love Me", "Bright Eyes Rev", "Child Insperation", and "Who Cares". CD

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✨✧ Steve SpacekHouses (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Black Focus, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Steve Spacek isn't making as many musical waves as he was back at the start of the century – but the man certainly hasn't lost his touch at all – and is still one of the most forward-thinking talents of his generation! As with his classics, the record bristles with new energy and imagination – a vibe that pushes all the older London ideas forward with a very personal, very distinct vision – maybe even jazzier and warmer than before, which is quite stunning when you read the notes and find out that Spacek created most of the music on an array of apps for the iPhone! Yet this is definitely a record that wasn't "phoned in" at all – as Steve's got a longer-form approach that matures the music in ways that some of the 4Hero diaspora have done in recent years – familiar but fresh, on tunes that include "African Dream", "Songlife", "Single Stream", "Love 4 Nano", "Rawl Aredo", and "Where We Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
 
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Bar-KaysBlack Rock ... LP
Volt, 1971. Near Mint- ... $39.99
An album that's every bit as great as the title might imply – heavy guitar-based funk from the second version of The Bar-Kays – one that uses the new instrumental focus to push a groove that's much more black rock than before! There's still a bit of trumpet from the past, but the sound here is much heavier on the bottom – and really fuzzes up the guitar nicely at times to create a hipper sort of soul instrumental vibe! The rhythms are quite hip too – with echoes of the experiments in soul going on at Stax in the work of Isaac Hayes and others – and the album's miles away from the work that the group was laying down a few years before! Definitely one of the hardest-hitting Stax albums of the early 70s – and filled with great tracks like "You Don't Know Like I Know", "Dance To The Music", "Piece Of Your Peace", "Montego Bay", and "Baby I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has very light wear on front.)

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Black SabbathTechnical Ecstasy ... CD
Warner, 1976. Used ... $6.99
The cover here looks a bit slicker than some of the other Black Sabbath albums of the 70s – but the sound is anything but, and still flies the flag of all the greatness the group had to offer! The set was recorded at the famous Criteria Studios in Miami – home to some great soul sessions in the early part of the decade – and Tommy Iommi gives the band a sharp edge in the studio, bringing the guitars up and Ozzy's vocals into a nice sort of focus – reminding the world that Sabbath can still kick the ass of newcomers like AC/DC when needed. And like late 70s material by Led Zeppelin, which some purists of the time tend to dismiss – from the backward perspective of 40 years, the album sounds pretty darn great to our ears! Titles include "She's Gone", "Dirty Women", "It's Alright", "Gypsy", "Back Street Kids", "You Won't Change Me", and "All Moving Parts". CD

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Black DiamondChant ... LP
Shifting Paradigm, 2019. New Copy ... $9.99 20.00
Fantastic work from the duo of Artie Black and Hunter Diamond – two tenor saxophonists who work together here in a mode that's a sublime extension of some of the modern styles first put down in the 50s! Black and Diamond twist their tenors together with the dexterity of a Zoot Sims/Al Cohn team, or even better, the mix of Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh – but their sound is more modern, and more creatively tied to other currents in the contemporary Chicago scene – particularly the 21st century shift in avant jazz to tighter arrangements with freer moments. The pair work here with Matt Ulery on bass and Neil Hemphill on drums – and the sound is wonderful, with no instrumentation at all – just a focus on the reed work, which also includes a bit of bass clarinet from Artie. Titles include "Aerosonic", "Oh Bee", "Tihai", "Henrylle", and "Chant". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pharoah SandersBlack Unity ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1971. Used ... $9.99
A righteous cover, a righteous title, and a righteous little session that features one long song that spans the entire length of the album! "Black Unity" may well be Pharoah Sanders' freest expression on record to date – but it's also still got all the hallmarks of his best moments on Impulse – especially the tighter rhythmic focus that always makes his work so compelling – and which has kept his legacy fresh for generations and generations of new jazz listeners! The group here is wonderfully put together – with Joe Bonner on piano, Carlos Carnett on tenor, Marvin Hannibal Peterson on trumpet, Cecil McBee and Stanley Clarke on basses, and Norman Connors and Billy Hart on drums – all with plenty of space to stretch out, open up, and really do their thing! In contrast to some of the totally free work coming out of the European scene during the same stretch – especially that by American players overseas – the album's a great reminder that rhythm in jazz is always a key component – as Pharoah finds a way to make things swing, even at unexpected moments! CD
(Out of print, digipack has some light edgewear.)

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Sly & The Family StoneWhole New Thing (black cover) ... LP
Epic, 1967. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A Whole New Thing, indeed – the first album ever from Sly &The Family Stone – and a record that would forever change the face of pop, funk, and soul music! Even at this early point, all the group's best energy is firmly in place – a mad mix of raw funky roots with righteous late 60s energy – all served up with a lot more focus than most of the indie acts of the time, with enough of a punch to cross the group over to a much wider audience! Most tunes are short, hard, and tight – and the album features few familiar hits – which almost makes it a new discovery if you've only ever heard Sly's work from a "greatest hits" perspective. Titles include "Dog", "Bad Risk", "Underdog", "Run Run Run", "Turn Me Loose", and "That Kind Of Person". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sundazed reissue.)

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✨✧ Various2000 Black Records Presents The GooD gOOd 2 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
2000 Black (UK), 2002. Used ... $8.99
The soulful side of London – and a really great compilation that's even better than the first volume in the series! The 2000 Black posse present a warm and wonderful batch of tunes – numbers that have their roots in the current broken beat underground, yet which also have a bit more warmth, and more of a focus on classic soulful roots. Titles include "Relax Unwind" by Mark De Clive Lowe, "Smile" by Assassino Daninha, "Music Of The Earth" by Domu, "Let Your Feelings Show" by Restless Soul, "Run (Seiji rmx)" by Micatone, and "Ice" by Opaque. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Black DiamondChant ... CD
Shifting Paradigm, 2019. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from the duo of Artie Black and Hunter Diamond – two tenor saxophonists who work together here in a mode that's a sublime extension of some of the modern styles first put down in the 50s! Black and Diamond twist their tenors together with the dexterity of a Zoot Sims/Al Cohn team, or even better, the mix of Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh – but their sound is more modern, and more creatively tied to other currents in the contemporary Chicago scene – particularly the 21st century shift in avant jazz to tighter arrangements with freer moments. The pair work here with Matt Ulery on bass and Neil Hemphill on drums – and the sound is wonderful, with no instrumentation at all – just a focus on the reed work, which also includes a bit of bass clarinet from Artie. Titles include "Aerosonic", "Oh Bee", "Tihai", "Henrylle", and "Chant". CD
Also available Chant ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Juju/Oneness Of Juju/Experience UnlimitedBlack Fire Set (Live At The East/Chapter Two/African Rhythms/Space Jungle Luv/Free Yourself) (5LP set) ... LP
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 5LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Five full albums from the legendary Black Fire label – a DC-based imprint that was home to a heck of a lot of knowledge and power back in the 70s! First up is Live At The East – a never-issued performance by the legendary spiritual jazz group Juju – the genre-crossing combo who'd later expand to the full Oneness Of Juju ensemble! This set captures the group in more avant formation than their later funky records – more clearly tied to a late Coltrane inspiration, but with some of the energy of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and other creative improvisational groups – especially in the way the members of the lineup seem to effortlessly shift instruments over the course of the long tunes on the set! The vibe is very similar to the Juju albums on Strata East – and this set might be thought of as a chapter three to those two records – with a lineup that features the mighty Plunky Nakabinde on tenor, soprano, flute, and percussion – plus Al Hammel Rasul on piano, Lon Moshe on vibes and percussion, Ken Shabala on bass, and Babatunde and Jalango on percussion and vocals too. Titles include "Black Experience", "Struggle Home", "At Least We Have A Horizon Now", and "Soledad Brothers". Next is Chapter Two – the rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St Louis at the same time, but maybe a bit more direct, too – and really showing some of the stronger spiritual tones that would only blossom more strongly in later years! Reedman Plunky Nakabinde is firmly at the helm of the group – on tenor, flute, and soprano sax – but the set also features great work from Lon Moshe on vibes and percussion, Babatunde on congas and drums, Phil Branch on bass, and Al-Hammond Raul on piano and percussion. The sounds are a bit less Afro-styled than on the Oneness records, but still have all the great spiritual currents – and titles include an excellent version of Pharoah Sanders' "Black Unity", plus the original tunes "Contradiction","Nia", "Black Experience", and "The End Of The Butterfly King". On the next record, the group shifts into the new name Oneness Of Juju, and delivers African Rhythms – a landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with spiritual and political aspirations that stretched far beyond the average funky combo. This first album is a masterful blend of percussion, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – alternating vocal tracks with harder-hitting jazz instrumentals, all held together under the leadership of sax player Plunky Nakabinde – a reedman whose work here alone is worth the price of admission – laid out nicely alongside some great percussion, Fender Rhodes, and wonderfully worm vocals on a few tracks. The album's one of the greatest independent soul jazz albums of the 70s – and it's filled with great tracks, such as the breakbeat classic "African Rhythms" and "Liberation Dues" – plus "Kazi", "Funky Wood", "Don't Give Up", "Poo Too", and "Incognito". The group returns on Space Jungle Luv – a fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms – but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, and a set that's filled with life, emotion, and wonderful instrumentation throughout! The group are a bit more relaxed overall – easing into things, but in a way that really builds up as the album moves on – as they layer together heavy percussion, sweet keyboards, and lots of great sax solos from Plunky Nakabinde – plus wonderfully warm vocals that add a soulful edge the group never had before, but which still is very jazzy – and not like the funky club of later years. The whole thing's wonderfully cohesive, and a treasure throughout – and titles include the warm vocal number "River Luvrite", to the harder hitting "Space Jungle Funk", and other gems like "Soul Love Now", "Follow Me", "The Connection", and "Love's Messenger". Lastly, Experience Unlimited serve up a wonderfully spiritual album – and one that's maybe a bit of a surprise, given the later fame of the group! The group here is billed by their full name – Experience Unlimited – but where later known to most of the world as EU, the DC funk outfit that went onto become pretty big in the GoGo scene, and who scored big with the 80s party cut "Da Butt". Yet as a classic album on the Black Fire label, this record is nothing like their 80s material at all – and instead catches the group when they were part of a more spiritual scene, the same DC one that gave the world Oneness Of Juju and the larger family of Black Fire artists! This album has the group very much in a mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire mode – jamming hard and free, with plenty of electric guitar riffing, funky keyboards, horns, and lots of percussion. Some tracks have vocals, and some are instrumentals – but the whole thing's an extremely unified album with a great overall vibe – and a message to match the title and the cover. Titles include "Functus", "Free Yourself", "Hey You", "It's All Imagination", and "Funk Consciousness". LP, Vinyl record album
(Five full records, each with individual cover art and booklets – all in a slipcover!)

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✨✧ Billy HarperCapra Black (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most spiritual recordings put out by the Strata East label – and the album that put tenor giant Billy Harper on the map! Harper leads a hip group here – one that features George Cables on piano, Reggie Workmanon bass, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, and Julian Preister on trombone – and they're joined by a quintet of voices that includes Eugene McDaniels, all singing behind the jazz players in an uplifting spiritual mode that cries out with the new soul jazz freedom of the 70s! Max Roach and Donald Byrd had begun experiments like this a decade before, but Harper's work here blows them all away – with a sense of righteousness and focus that's simply astounding, especially considering that the album was Billy's first as a leader! Harper's solos are worth the price of the record alone – searing with a raw, post-Coltrane energy as he darts in and out of the voices in the backings. Titles are all original compositions – and include "Capra Black", "Soulfully I Love You", "New Breed", "Sir Galahad", and "Cry of Hunger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ VariousListen, Whitey! – The Sounds Of Black Power 1967 to 1974 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the most righteous recordings ever issued – a rich batch of soul, funk, rock, and spoken word tracks from the boldest era of African American empowerment! The set does a great job of mixing together classic cuts and overlooked nuggets – all of which bring forth the message of the times with energy that's far more direct, and far more powerful than some of the more easygoing songs of the Civil Rights era – a musical shift that follows the cultural one documented in the book of the same title! The collection and notes are done by Pat Thomas – who wrote the Listen Whitey book – and he's done a really amazing job of picking just the right selections, and finding a way to make them all resonate together beautifully – in ways that only increase the focus and strength of their message. Titles incude "Free Bobby Now" by The Lumpen, "I Ain't Black" by Kain, "Free Huey" by Stokely Carmichael, "Invitation To Black Power (parts 1 & 2)" by Sahid Quintet, "Woman Of The Ghetto (live)" by Marlena Shaw, "Who Will Survive America" by Amiri Baraka, "Winter In America (solo version)" by Gil Scott Heron, "I Hate The White Man" by Roy Harper, "Dem Niggers Ain't Playing" by The Watts Prophets, "Tim Leary" by Eldridge Cleaver, and "Angela" by John Lennon & Yoko Ono. CD

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✨✧ VariousYou Need This – An Introduction To Black Saint & Soul Note Records 1975 to 1985 (3LP set) ... LP
Black Saint/BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous look at one of the coolest jazz labels of all time – and one that has an especially strong focus on the more spiritual side of its music! The paired Black Saint and Soul Note labels came along from the Italian scene right at a time when so many other American companies were shutting their doors – former spiritual jazz powerhouses like Strata East, Impulse, and Black Jazz were moving beyond the music, or disappearing entirely – which made the role of Black Saint/Soul Note such a crucial one! The company came into the game at a time of boundless creativity in American jazz – and really captured a post-Coltrane generation that was brimming over with fire and new ideas, but just needed a place to find expression – which it did at the label, who recorded dozens of albums in the space of less than a decade, nearly all of which have gone onto become classics over the years. And while there's a side of the label that's much more free jazz and avant garde, the cuts here reflect a Black Saint/Soul Note that's just slightly inside – tunes that are still freewheeling, but also have a rhythmic core – and the kinds of open, soaring solos that were first inspired in the 60s generation of Coltrane and Shepp. The choice of cuts is great – similar to the others in the If Music series – and titles include "Mr Seven" by M'Booom, "Joycie Girl" by Don Pullen with Sam Rivers, "Il Giro Del Giorno In 80 Mondi" by Enrico Rava, "Oasis" by Hamiet Bluiett, "Confessin" by John Stubblefield, "Joobubie" by George Adams & Dannie Richmond, "Verde Que Eu Te Quero Ver" by Rava String Band, "Down Home In New York" by Archie Shepp, "BK" by Air, and "The Nagual Julian" by Billy Bang Sextet. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Black Jazz ConsortiumEvolution Of Light (3LP set) ... LP
Perpetual, 2019. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
A crackling little full length set from Fred Peterkin – aka Black Jazz Consortium – a set that continues his forward-thinking approach to a groove, but which also brings in a recent love of the music of Brazil as well! The Brazilian elements here are very spare – this is still mostly future house overall – but the lighter touches really open up the sound, and especially speak to the warmer collaborative energy from a list of guests who include Leonardo Peretti Reibnitz, Trovao Rocham, Leo Vieira, Bruna Elisabetsky, and Slikk Tim. Titles include "More Blessings", "Another Path", "Salvador", "Brisbane", "Energies Collide", "Focus", "Love Alliance", "Resonate", "Soul People For Life", and "Sacred Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sy OliverDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Yes Indeed ... CD
Black & Blue/Night & Day, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Sy Oliver was a big talent in the swing generation – where his sharpness and focus almost paved the way for later leaders and arrangers like Quincy Jones or Neal Hefti – and here, he brings that old school mode into sharper focus in a smaller ensemble – working with a nonet in the best Black & Blue label mode – that imprint's excellent way of finding new sounds and scenes for old school musicians like Sy! The music is hardly a recasting of the past – and instead, there's a leaner quality going on here – maybe not Oliver's trumpet totally out in the lead, as he's blowing next to Al Bryant – but certainly a fair bit of contemporary expression from musicians who include Chris Wood and Haywood Henry on saxes, Candy Ross and Al Cobbs on trombone, Cliff Smalls on piano, Peck Morrison on bass, and Michael Silva on drums. There's a bit of vocals on the set, but most tracks are instrumental – and titles include "Move", "Rumble", "Creole Love Call", "T'Ain't What You Do", "Zonky", and "Yes Indeed". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gato BarbieriLast Tango In Paris ... LP
United Artists, 1972. Sealed ... $9.99
One of the greatest moments ever from saxophonist Gato Barbieri – and that's saying a lot, given that by the time of this recording, he'd already had a great 60s run as an avant jazz musician, and started the 70s with a string of albums that criss-crossed jazz and South American musical styles! Yet Last Tango In Paris may well be Barbieri's crowning achievement – a sublime record that draws on all the richer, more emotive themes of his Latin America projects, but gives them new focus in the arrangements of Oliver Nelson – who ensures that the music is never too cheesy or overdone – quite a feat, given the sexy setting of the film! Gato draws a lot from Argentine tango, but often uses his own sax solos in place of a more familiar bandoneon – in a way that pushes the "new tango" mode of the time even farther – especially when set amidst Nelson's wonderful orchestrations. Titles include many versions of the "Last Tango" theme, plus the tracks "Girl In Black", "Jeanne", "Why Did She Choose You?", "It's Over", and "Fake Ophelia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has some sticker remnants. Cover has a cut corner.)

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James L BaughmanSame Time Same Station – Creating American Television 1948 to 1961 (hardcover) ... Book
John Hopkins University Press, 2007. New Copy ... $6.99 39.00
A very hefty look at the early years of television – a time when the format was trying to really set itself apart from other American media, especially radio – and was brimming over with new ideas and fresh opportunities! The author writes from a deeply historical perspective – the notes on the book alone take up 100 pages – and the book is filled with details on both the rise of the networks, and the special activities on the local scenes before the whole thing got connected – with a special focus on the ideological debates that were taking place as the medium got its footing. 443 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Ruby BraffBraff! ... LP
Epic, 1956. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great little album from Ruby Braff – simply blown in a small combo setting, with a strong focus on Braff's sparkling tone on the trumpet! The groups vary throughout the course of the set, but all players are pretty darn great – and tunes include guitar from Steve Jordan, vibes by Don Elliott, and even some nice tenor work from Coleman Hawkins. Braff's own playing is a bit free of the overly-sentimental tones that sometimes mar his other records – and he's got a clarity and charm here that makes the record one of his best full length sets ever. Titles include "Stardust", "Indian Summer", "Here's Freddie", "Just One More Chance", "You're Lucky To Me", "Too Marvelous For Words", and "It's Been So Long". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow & black label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneLove Supreme ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Very Good Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Maybe one of the greatest jazz albums of all time – a real breakthrough moment for the legendary John Coltrane, and the blueprint for generations of jazz records to come! Trane was already breaking down plenty of boundaries before Love Supreme – but he knocked it out of the park for the album – which is a full-length suite of spiritual expression, one that gives even greater focus and message to Coltrane's long-spiralling style of soloing on the tenor sax! The group here is the classic quartet – McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – taking Trane up to the heavens on waves of modal energy, but also holding his spirit closer to the planet than on some of later, more outside performances. There's a slight bit of vocalization on the record – that chanted energy that imbues the set with so much love – and movements include "Acknowledgement", "Resolution", "Pursuance", and "Psalm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange & black label ABC Paramount pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover is very nice overall – save for some light wear on a back edge.)

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Angel Bat DawidOracle ... CD
International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
Beautiful solo sounds from Angel Bat Dawid – a Chicago clarinetist who works here with the same inventive spirit as the other contemporary artists on the International Anthem label! By that, we mean that although Angel's music starts in jazz, it quickly becomes something else – as she assembled the record not from a solitary solo performance, but by overdubbing sounds she'd recorded around the globe, and back home in Chicago – mixing her own very beautiful reed lines with a variety of other instrumentation – all recorded on cell phone, which gives the whole thing a wonderfully fresh feel! Don't worry about the album being too gimmicky, or too DIY – as it's got the same appeal as a studio-recorded spiritual session by a larger group – and there's plenty of focus on Dawid's incredible solos on her chosen instrument, with a vibe that's likely to have her rising to the level of clarinet giants like Jimmy Guiffre or John Carter. Titles include "Black Family", "Capetown", "The Oracle", "We Are Starzz", "London", and "What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black". CD

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✨✧ Angel Bat DawidOracle ... LP
International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful solo sounds from Angel Bat Dawid – a Chicago clarinetist who works here with the same inventive spirit as the other contemporary artists on the International Anthem label! By that, we mean that although Angel's music starts in jazz, it quickly becomes something else – as she assembled the record not from a solitary solo performance, but by overdubbing sounds she'd recorded around the globe, and back home in Chicago – mixing her own very beautiful reed lines with a variety of other instrumentation – all recorded on cell phone, which gives the whole thing a wonderfully fresh feel! Don't worry about the album being too gimmicky, or too DIY – as it's got the same appeal as a studio-recorded spiritual session by a larger group – and there's plenty of focus on Dawid's incredible solos on her chosen instrument, with a vibe that's likely to have her rising to the level of clarinet giants like Jimmy Guiffre or John Carter. Titles include "Black Family", "Capetown", "The Oracle", "We Are Starzz", "London", and "What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Oracle ... CD 8.99

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John FaheyVoice Of The Turtle ... LP
Takoma, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $34.99
A tremendous early statement from the great guitarist John Fahey – and a record that has all his best ideas coming into really sharp focus! Fahey was a very collaborative person right from the start – even as a record collector, before his own recordings – and that spirit is felt here on some of the duet tracks, in which John and associates perform these acoustic instrumental tunes that plumb the past of underground America, but turn it out again into something completely new and fresh – not folk revial, but more a reworked fantasy of the nation, almost as a refuge for the changes of the late 60s. The sound is beautiful – with a flute accompaniment here, a bit of fiddle there, and even Fahey duetting with himself on guitar – thanks to the magic of overdub. As usual with these early Takoma records, the style is very fluid – sometimes very tied to the 78rpm generation, but other points much more towards the freewheeling guitar introspection of some of Fahey's underground contemporaries. The overall sound is amazing, too – as Fahey almost uses the studio as an additional instrument, but in very subtle ways. Titles include "Bottleneck Blues", "Bill Cheatum", "Lewisdale Blues", "Bean Vine Blues", "A Raga Called Pat (part 3)", "A Raga Called Pat Part IV", "Train", "Je Ne Me Suis Reveillais Matin Pas En May", "The Story Of Dorothy Gooch (part 1)", "Nine Pound Hammer", and "Lonesome Valley". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s black & gold label pressing in the gatefold booklet cover, with some wear, aging, and splitting in the bottom seam.)

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Robert GlasperPhotograph ... LP
Back Lot, 2020. New Copy ... $24.99 26.98
A really beautiful record from pianist Robert Glasper – and a set that shows us another side of his many, mighty talents! The album's a soundtrack, but it also has a vibe that makes it feel like another page in the rich book of jazz offerings from Glasper –especially since many tracks focus on his piano in the lead, and have this back to basics acoustic approach that's a bit different than some of his Black Radio projects. Yet there's still a touch of energy from that side of Glasper's world – as the set features a few vocal moments – "Fade Away" by Lucky Dave, "Comfortable" by HER, and a nice remake of the Squeeze tune "Tempted" by Erykah Badu and James Poyser – amidst instrumentals by Glasper that include "The Wake", "Michael Helps Mae", "Dark Room", "Alarms", "Violet's Kitchen", "After The Storm", "London", and "Christina Leaves". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joseph Jarman/Don Pullen/Don MoyeMagic Triangle ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1979. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A well-titled set of tunes – as the trio of Joseph Jarman, Don Moye, and Don Pullen really do come together as a magic triangle of sorts! The strengths of the Jarman and Moye team is well-known from their work with the Art Ensemble, and on a few solo recordings – and the addition of Pullen really seems to push the whole session into even more majestic territory – working with the strong Pullen piano lines to bring new focus into Jarman's reeds and Moye's percussion, and forge some beautiful longer tunes that manage to explore soulful space without ever losing their direction! Titles include "Lonely Child", "What Was Ain't", "Hippy Dippy", and "JFM – 3 Way Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Juju (Oneness Of Juju)Chapter Two – Nia ... LP
Strata East/Now Again, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 25.98
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St Louis at the same time, but maybe a bit more direct, too – and really showing some of the stronger spiritual tones that would only blossom more strongly in later years! Reedman Plunky Nakabinde is firmly at the helm of the group – on tenor, flute, and soprano sax – but the set also features great work from Lon Moshe on vibes and percussion, Babatunde on congas and drums, Phil Branch on bass, and Al-Hammond Raul on piano and percussion. The sounds are a bit less Afro-styled than on the Oneness records, but still have all the great spiritual currents – and titles include an excellent version of Pharoah Sanders' "Black Unity", plus the original tunes "Contradiction", "Nia", "Black Experience", and "The End Of The Butterfly King". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition! Includes a great 12" square, 12 page booklet of notes and photos!)

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Lee MorganLee Morgan (aka The Last Session) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
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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✨✧ PharaohsAwakening (with download) ... LP
Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A legendary album from Chicago – recorded by a group with ties to Sun Ra, Phil Cohran, and Earth Wind & Fire! The set's got a sound that more than lives up to all those references – a vibe that's jazzy and soulful, yet often quite righteous too – imbued with the sort of spirit you'd guess from the group's name and the album's cover image – but often served up with a tight enough groove to make the set a favorite for fans of funk as well! There's a really special mix going on here – and unlike other ensembles of the time, The Pharoahs never go too far out – and instead really have the great sort of focus you'd hear even more strongly with Earth Wind & Fire. The lineup features Louis Satterfield on bass, Willie Woods on trombone, Don Myrick on saxes, Black Herman on drums, and Derf Reklaw on percussion and flute – and titles include "Ibo", "Somebody's Been Sleeping", "Damballa", "Freedom Road", "Great House", and "Black Enuff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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Don Pullen/Chico FreemanWarriors ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1978. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Bold sounds from this hip quartet of American players – working here on an early session for the Black Saint label, in a recording that's got a really great sense of focus! The album's dominated by the two-part track "Warriors Dance" – a number that builds beautifully on rhythms from the bass of Fred Hopkins and drums of Bobby Battle, punctuated by sharper piano from Don Pullman and wild tenor sounds from Chico Freeman – soulfully crafted, but also with some of the playful aspects you'd find in 70s work from the AACM. The tune shifts its shape a lot over the course of its 30-plus minutes – and the album's completed by the wonderful "Land Of The Pharoahs" – a leaping number with a great spiritual avant energy! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Marshall RoyalGordon Jenkins With His Orchestra Presents Marshall Royal ... LP
Everest, 1960. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A rare session as a soloist for saxophonist Marshall Royal – and a record that provides a tremendous focus on his amazing tone! As you can see by the title, Royal's blowing here with a larger group led by Gordon Jenkins – but the style's never as sleepy as some of Jenkins' other work, thanks to some strong jazz presence by players who include Hank Jones on piano, Freddie Green on guitar, and Sonny Payne on drums. A string section and vocal group slide into some of the tracks, but the main focus is still on Marshall's solos – snaking through the record with a timeless sound that's almost exotic at points. Titles include "Caravan", "Birth Of The Blues", "Intermezzo", "Blue Prelude", "Battle Royal", "Black Coffee", and "Pagan Love Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker on front.)

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Jeremy SteigJeremy & The Satyrs ... CD
Reprise/Warner (Japan), 1968. Used ... $18.99
One of the first albums ever from ultra-cool flute man Jeremy Steig – a jazz album at its core, but one with some rock and folk elements as well! The instrumentation is heavy on Steig's funky flute – already blown here with that breathy quality that would come out even more strongly on later records – although the instrumentation here is somewhat fuller than on Jeremy's straight jazz records – given the presence of Warren Bernhardt on keyboards and Adrian Guillery on guitar and harmonica. The great Eddie Gomez is the bassist for the outing – and brings in some of his best bottom-bumping moments – although again, the interplay with Steig isn't as stark as on later records. And although there's a bit of vocals on the record – sung by Bernhardt and Guillery – they've got a raspy appeal that shows that Jeremy was trying to reach out towards other audiences before going straight jazz. Some tracks are instrumentals, though, with an even heavier focus on flute – and titles include "Mean Black Snake", "In The World Of Glass Teardrops", "Satyrized", "Let's Go To The Movie Show", "Lovely Child Of Tears", "Foreign Release", "Lovely Child Of Tears", and "The Do It". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Also available Jeremy & The Satyrs ... LP 19.99

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Jeremy SteigJeremy & The Satyrs ... LP
Reprise, 1968. Sealed ... $19.99
One of the first albums ever from ultra-cool flute man Jeremy Steig – a jazz album at its core, but one with some rock and folk elements as well! The instrumentation is heavy on Steig's funky flute – already blown here with that breathy quality that would come out even more strongly on later records – although the instrumentation here is somewhat fuller than on Jeremy's straight jazz records – given the presence of Warren Bernhardt on keyboards and Adrian Guillery on guitar and harmonica. The great Eddie Gomez is the bassist for the outing – and brings in some of his best bottom-bumping moments – although again, the interplay with Steig isn't as stark as on later records. And although there's a bit of vocals on the record – sung by Bernhardt and Guillery – they've got a raspy appeal that shows that Jeremy was trying to reach out towards other audiences before going straight jazz. Some tracks are instrumentals, though, with an even heavier focus on flute – and titles include "Mean Black Snake", "In The World Of Glass Teardrops", "Satyrized", "Let's Go To The Movie Show", "Lovely Child Of Tears", "Foreign Release", "Lovely Child Of Tears", and "The Do It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed stereo pressing!)
Also available Jeremy & The Satyrs ... CD 18.99

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Matthew Tavares & Leland WhittyVisions (transparent blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mr Bongo (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 28.98
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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Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage ArkestraSongs From The Sun Ra Cosmos (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Early 90s/2019. New Copy ... $9.99 24.99
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods – the first, a series of early 90s recordings that focus more on the soul-styled sound of Ra's 45rpm output – the second, a bit more far-reaching, and maybe more Ra-like overall – but with plenty of vocals from Barrence upfront! Brother Cleve handles keyboards and a fair bit of the arrangements – and titles include remakes of "Black Man", "I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman", "Somebody Else's World", "Nuclear War", "Everything Is Space", and "Love In Outer Space". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold vinyl pressed at Third Man in Detroit!)

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VariousNew Deal Blues – 1933 to 1939 ... LP
Mamlish, 1930s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Raw country blues from the 30s – a set that focuses on the shifting modes of the southern styles of the time – and brings into focus the kind of sounds that would really take off in the decade to come! The work here may not be as well-known as some of the more collected, more fetishized blues material from the time – and that's what makes the collection so great – as it reminds us that we've still got so much to discover in the 78rpm underground of the pre-war years. Titles include "Meat Cutter Blues" by Joe McCoy, "Howling Man Blues" by One Arm Slim, "Whiskey & Women" by Black Ace, "Sweet Sixteen" by Walter Davis, "Firewood Man" by Sonny Scott, "You Can't Take It Baby" by Bumble Bee Slim, "Keep It To Yourself" by Memphis Minnie, "Don't Do It No More" by Bo Carter, and "Memphis Fives" by Lee Green. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Mamlish pressing.)

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VariousNo Other Love – Midwest Gospel 1965 to 1978 ... CD
Tompkins Square, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A really fantastic collection of rare gospel music – one that's put together with a fair bit of thought, and a great deal of love – even more than most other collections of the music that we usually get our hands on! The selection of songs is as thoughtful as the long, well-crafted liner notes – and the music here comes from an assortment of rare singles from the farther reaches of the gospel recording world in the late 60s and 1970s – almost all of it very localized, as you might guess from the title – and with a very strong focus on our fabulous city of Chicago. Titles include "Rocky Roady" by Joanne & Sonny, "Black Pride" by Rev HH Harrington, "No Other Love" by Messiahs Of Glory, "I Want You To Help Me" by Travelers Of Zion, "Christ Rose" by Rev John Thomas, "Try Jesus" by Gospel Carolets, and "The Number" by Wondering Gails. CD
Also available No Other Love – Midwest Gospel 1965 to 1978 ... LP 18.99

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VariousNo Other Love – Midwest Gospel 1965 to 1978 ... LP
Tompkins Square, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
A really fantastic collection of rare gospel music – one that's put together with a fair bit of thought, and a great deal of love – even more than most other collections of the music that we usually get our hands on! The selection of songs is as thoughtful as the long, well-crafted liner notes – and the music here comes from an assortment of rare singles from the farther reaches of the gospel recording world in the late 60s and 1970s – almost all of it very localized, as you might guess from the title – and with a very strong focus on our fabulous city of Chicago. Titles include "Rocky Roady" by Joanne & Sonny, "Black Pride" by Rev HH Harrington, "No Other Love" by Messiahs Of Glory, "I Want You To Help Me" by Travelers Of Zion, "Christ Rose" by Rev John Thomas, "Try Jesus" by Gospel Carolets, and "The Number" by Wondering Gails. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available No Other Love – Midwest Gospel 1965 to 1978 ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ James Clay & David Fathead NewmanSound Of The Wide Open Spaces ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Texas tenors locked in hard formation! The set's a wonderfully stripped-down set that has James Clay and David Fathead Newman playing head-to-head in a rootsy Texas tenor style jazz session – one that's a bit more open-ended and earthy than some of the faker tones on Newman's early work for Atlantic! The setting is nicely relaxed – New York blowing session, taken down south – and rhythm is from a trio that includes Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, with lots of focus on the solos – and the set includes two hip compositions by Babs Gonzales – "Wide Open Spaces" and "Figger-ation" – plus the titles "Some Kinda Mean", "What's New", and "They Can't Take That Away From Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Robert GordonMemphis Rent Party – The Blues, Rock & Soul In Music's Hometown (hardcover) ... Book
Bloomsbury, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Willie LindoFar & Distant ... LP
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wicked guitar work from Willie Lindo – spun out here over an all-instrumental set that almost feels more like Jamaican records of the late 60s than you'd guess from the mid 70s date of the album! The grooves are definitely more 70s – certainly with a strong reggae current – but the spare, stripped-down manner of presentation takes us back more to some of the instrumental rocksteady records – especially in the way the production allows for lots of focus on the core musician – which means you really get to hear all the wicked, trippy currents of Lindo's instrument – used in a heady style that almost makes him come across like the Phil Upchurch of the Jamaican scene! Lloyd Charmers produced, and also plays piano and organ – and titles include "Drum Song", "Darker Shade Of Black", "Midnight train To Georgia", "Samba Pati", "Chopper", "Hear I Am Baby", "Charmers Mood", "Mystic Mood", "Breezing", and "Holly Holy". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee MorganLee Morgan (aka The Last Album) ... LP
Blue Note, 1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s black b label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and light wear)

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✨✧ Phaze IINo Cover Charge ... CD
Phaze II Jazz, 2019. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet jazzy funk from Phaze II – a DC combo who've been together for over 20 years, and who've really sharpened up their sound during that time! The group have worked in clubs – both as a solo act, and as backup for visiting soul singers – and they've got a really tight vibe, but without ever sounding too slick at all – maybe that perfect moment of R&B-tinged fusion, right before things fell into the black hole of smooth jazz! The rhythms are rolling and romping, and the music is filled with some fantastic keyboards, guitar, and saxophone – and although there's a bit of vocals on the record, the main focus is on the instrumentation of the group. Titles include "The Ivory Antidote", "Nite Cry", "April", "Release Me", "Funny How Time Flies", "Inner Urge", and "In The Pocket". CD

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✨✧ Bud PowellBud Powell '57 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1954/1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title says "57", but the music's from a few years before – yet that's OK with us, because Bud Powell always has a sound that's instantly timeless no matter what the year! The album brings together sides from Verve dates in 1954 and 1955 – one featuring Art Blakey on drums and Lloyd Troutman on bass, the other featuring Max Roach and Percy Heath. Given the presence of the strong drummers, there's a drive here that's a bit harder than on some of the other Verve dates – a highly rhythmic component that often brings a real focus to some of the more upbeat numbers, but which lays back nicely on the mellower ones to let Powell hit some especially dark notes. Titles include "Deep Night", "That Old Black Magic", "Round Midnight", "Thou Swell", and "Tenderly". CD
(Out of print – and includes obi!)

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✨✧ QuasimodeLand Of Freedom ... CD
Geneon/Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing second full length set from Quasimode – easily one of the most soulful combos working in the current club jazz underground! Quasimode cover some of the same territory as their Japanese contemporaries Sleepwalker – an older style of soul jazz – played live, mostly with acoustic instrumentation – in ways the hearken back to the best older work on labels like Impulse, Strata East, and Black Jazz. They've got a great sense of focus and drive – really pushing their tunes with a sense of energy that most regular jazzmen these days can hardly touch – yet also doing so in a way that always swings strongly, with the kind of jazz dance rhythms that first sent international collectors digging for soul jazz sides a few decades back! This time around, they've got some wonderful help from Carmen Lundy on two tracks – bringing in vocals that recall the best work on her own albums from a decade or two ago – and other guests on the album include Mika Arisaka on vocals and Masato Nakamura from Sleepwalker on tenor sax. Titles include "Raw Cotton Field", "Over The Horizon", "Dark Beauty", "Percussion Revolver", "Last Nine Days", "For Self Defense", "Time Is Love", "The Man From Nagpur", and "Object In The Mirror". CD

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✨✧ Daniel RachelArt Of Noise – Conversations With Great Songwriters ... Book
St Martins, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title's a bit misleading – as there's not really any noise going on here, and the main focus is on lyricism – given that the author spends his time interviewing a huge array of famous songwriters for this project! The book is very large, and features author Daniel Rachel interviewing a big scope of songwriters with a focus on their process and their craft – a list of talents that skews strongly British, and which includes Sting, Jimmy Page, Lily Allen, Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Joan Armatrading, Noel Gallagher, Jimmy Page, Robin Gibb, Damon Albarn, Ray Davies, Annie Lennox, Mick Jones, Billy Bragg, Bryan Ferry, and others. Book is 514 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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✨✧ Dewey Redman & Ed BlackwellRedman & Blackwell In Willisau ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1980. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real highlight in the Black Saint catalog – killer duets between the tenor of Dewey Redman and drums of Ed Blackwell – old partners from their days with Ornette Coleman, sounding just as brilliant here on their own! The style here is looser and freer than their work with Ornette, but handled with a similar respect for rhythmic progression – recorded with a style that's almost loft jazz overall, but with a sharper focus that we really love. Redman plays a bit of musette too – which makes a cool change – and titles include "Willisee", "We Hope", "S 126 T", and "Communication". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Revolutionary EnsembleRevolutionary Ensemble (Inner City) ... LP
Inner City, 1978. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful example of the maturation of American avant jazz in the 70s – a set that has the Revolutionary Ensemble really drawing their sound into focus, drawing on older experimental modes and forging them into a rich new vision – one that would certainly live up to the AACM's promise of "Great Black Music"! The tracks here are all quite long, but they also have a careful, thoughtful feel too – not just improvisations, but measured exercises in spirit and sound – played beautifully by the trio formation of Sirone on flute and bass, Jerome cooper on drums, percussion, and balaphone, and Leroy Jenkins on violin, flute, and kalimba! The mixture of instrumentation is handled with Art Ensemble-like precision at points – never academic, and occasionally loose enough to be loft jazz – but always with an ear for organic richness of sound, in ways that make the album a surprising delight at each new turn. Titles include "Chicago", "March 4 1", "Clear Spring", and "Revolutionary Ensemble". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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✨✧ World's Experience OrchestraBeginning Of A New Birth/As Time Flows On ... CD
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost legacy in spiritual jazz – two albums recorded by a Boston group who worked far from the limelight in New York – in a very underground scene where they recorded these two very special albums in the 70s! Their sound is very collaborative and freewheeling – an approach that reminds us a lot of music by Phil Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble. The first album in the set is The Beginning Of A New Birth – a record that really lives up to its title, given the joyous energy it brings into being – a very collaborative vibe that has the entire ensemble working together on two side-long tracks – mixing rootsy percussion, avant solos, and unified voices that really give the music a special touch! The mix of ensemble vocals and reed elements is a bit like some of the Max Roach or Billy Harper projects of the time – but the approach is looser, less structured, and very organic. Players include Michael Cosmic on alto, Raquib Ishma'll Hassan on tenor, Phil Musra on soprano sax, Shaddu Jones on piano, and Robert Fuff on bass – and titles include "The Beginning Of A New Birth" and "The Prayer". As Time Flows on is the second record – and has a style that's maybe slightly more compact – still every bit as spiritual as before, but with some shorter tracks that bring the group's ideas into even deeper focus! The group is smaller, but still uses voice along with their instrumentation – which comes from the work of Earl Grant Lawrence on flute, Jamyll Jones on bass, Shaddu Jones on piano, and Larry Roland, Roy Hall, and Chauncy Hutcherson on percussion. Some vocals are more solo, and even hit a bit of a hip protest vibe – and titles include "Nine Degrees & Cold", "Black Woman", "To Do Nothing", "The Mind", and "Rain". Comes with a great booklet – which tells the group's unique story! CD

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✨✧ Gato BarbieriLast Tango In Paris (180 gram pressing) ... LP
AMS (Italy), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest moments ever from saxophonist Gato Barbieri – and that's saying a lot, given that by the time of this recording, he'd already had a great 60s run as an avant jazz musician, and started the 70s with a string of albums that criss-crossed jazz and South American musical styles! Yet Last Tango In Paris may well be Barbieri's crowning achievement – a sublime record that draws on all the richer, more emotive themes of his Latin America projects, but gives them new focus in the arrangements of Oliver Nelson – who ensures that the music is never too cheesy or overdone – quite a feat, given the sexy setting of the film! Gato draws a lot from Argentine tango, but often uses his own sax solos in place of a more familiar bandoneon – in a way that pushes the "new tango" mode of the time even farther – especially when set amidst Nelson's wonderful orchestrations. Titles include many versions of the "Last Tango" theme, plus the tracks "Girl In Black", "Jeanne", "Why Did She Choose You?", "It's Over", and "Fake Ophelia". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Serge GainsbourgEn Studio Avec Serge Gainsbourg (3CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of rare work from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – studio outtakes, alternate versions, and lots of other material that stands as a great addition to the catalog of one of the coolest, grooviest French language singers ever! This 3CD set is overflowing with gems – and CD1 brings together rare tracks by Serge himself – some from 45 or LP projects, but presented here in different modes that stand as a wonderful complement to some of the versions you might know – almost like a "part 2" or extended take in some cases. Titles include "Black Trombone (avec intro)", "L'Homme A Tete De Chou (instrumental)", "Sea Sex & Sun (extrait des prises voix", "Chez Les Yeye (prise complete)", "L'Eau A La Bouche (avec intro)", "69 Annee Erotique (instrumental)", and two very long tracks – "Melody (prise complete)" and "Lola Roastaquoouere (instrumental)". CD2 features various interpretations of Serge's songs – many of which were produced by Serge himself, and a few of which even feature vocals by Gainsbourg! The music spans the space of his early Latin and jazzy work, through his slinky sexy 60s and 70s years, to his final burst of great music in the early 80s. Titles include "J'Ai Deja Donne" by Jacques Dutronc, "Les P'Tits Papiers" by Regine, "Les Papillons Noirs" by Michele Arnaud, "Mambo Miam Miam" by Los Goragueros, "Le Sixieme Sens" by Juliette Greco, "L'Oiseau De Paradis" by Zizi Jeanmarie, "Les Petits Boudins" by Dominique Walter, "Le Mal Interieur" by Isabelle Adjani, "Plus Dous Avec Moi" by Charlotte Gainsbourg, and "Le Drapeau Noir" by Mirelle Darc. CD3 features great music that Serge Gainsbourg did for a variety of cinematic projects – music that's every bit as groovy as his own vocal tunes, and which often appear here in instrumental takes that let you focus even more strongly on his great sense of a funky bit and a groove! Titles include "Milena (instrumental)", "L'Eau A La Bouche (avec intro)", "Requiem Pour Un Con (instrumental)", "First Class Ticket (prise alternative)", "Les Chemins De Katmandou (generique)", "Le Village A L'Aube", "Discophoteque (rough mix)", and "Le Physique Et La Figure (version complete)", plus Anna Karina singing "Roller Girl". CD
Also available En Studio Avec Serge Gainsbourg Vol 1 ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ MonophonicsIn Your Brain ... LP
Ubiquity, 2012. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The Monophonics definitely have a way of getting inside your brain – using a cosmic slop of fuzzy guitars and funky basslines to eat away your grey matter more than a maggot inside your cranium! Yet even past that heavy Funkadelic reference, they've also got a richer vibe too – elements of 60s psych mixed in with their funk – particularly in the way that the younger generation's been re-digging crates from the early 70s these days – especially some of the more farther-flung tracks from the global underground. There's slight Afro elements at times, garagey bits at others, and even some well-timed rhythms that help the whole thing have a good sense of focus – and save it from the overindulgence that toppled the hippie generation before they even got started. Titles include "Mirage", "Bang Bang", "Temptation", "In Your Brain", "Sure Is Funky", "There's A Riot Going On", "Say You Love Me", "They Don't Understand", and "Thinking Black". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage ArkestraSongs From The Sun Ra Cosmos ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Early 90s/2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods – the first, a series of early 90s recordings that focus more on the soul-styled sound of Ra's 45rpm output – the second, a bit more far-reaching, and maybe more Ra-like overall – but with plenty of vocals from Barrence upfront! Brother Cleve handles keyboards and a fair bit of the arrangements – and titles include remakes of "Black Man", "I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman", "Somebody Else's World", "Nuclear War", "Everything Is Space", and "Love In Outer Space". CD
Also available Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ VariousNigeria Rock Special – Psychedelic Afro Rock & Fuzz Funk In 1970s Nigeria ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Forget the "rock" in the title, and just focus on the "funk" – because this set of tracks is a massively heavy batch of Nigerian numbers from the 70s – all with the same solidly soulful feel as more familiar Afro Funk work of the time! There's a definite emphasis on guitars – which are often used in freaky and fuzzy ways, to offer up a more tripped-out take on the music than you might expect – but they never go too far into mainstream rock territory, certainly not in an Anglo sort of way. Most of the rhythms are still very much in an Afro Funk mode – but again a bit more tripped-out than usual – sometimes with a nice sense of space and laidback timing, which is often augmented by production techniques that pull out some of the cooler aspects of the music. There's a fair bit of keyboards too, often used in ways that are similar to the guitars – and in a way, the vibe here is often in the mode of British cross-cultural groups of the post-colonial years – like Cymande or Demon Fuzz, both of whom would sound right at home here. As usual with Soundway, the whole package is put together with a great deal of love and care – and full notes on all the wonderful music within! 15 tracks in all – including "Finger Toe" by Tabukah X, "Odenigbo" by The Wings, "Adieu" by Ofege, "In The Jungle (inst)" by The Hygrades, "Freaking Out" by Question Mark, "Omoboa D'Eru Ri" by Tunji Oyelana, "Another Man's Thing" by Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound, "Acid Rock" by The Funkees, "Kenimania" by Mono Mono, "Ku Mi Da Hankan" by The Elcados, and "Eniaro" by Ofo The Black Company. CD

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✨✧ Alton EllisMr Soul Of Jamaica – Alton Ellis Greatest Hits (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Incredible work from the mighty Alton Ellis – one of the first soul singers to emerge in Jamaica during the 60s – presented here on a famous greatest hits album, which is then expanded with the addition of 37 more bonus tracks! Alton Ellis was a key figure in the shift towards more homegrown styles in Jamaica during the 60s – a singer with roots in more American soul modes, but easily tipped towards fresher rocksteady rhythms that really help give his vocals a new focus – often with all these hip little inflections that balance sweetness with bite, at a level that also makes Alton such a huge influence on reggae singers to come in the 70s. Backings on most numbers are by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics – and titles on the greatest hits album include "Breaking Up", "Why Birds Follow Spring", "Chatty Chatty People", "Baby I Love You", "You Made Me So Very Happy", "Ain't That Loving You", "What Does It Take", and "If I Could Rule This World". 2CD set adds in a huge number of bonus tracks – singles produced by Duke Reid from the mid 60s onwards – with titles that include "Duke Of Earl", "Dance Crasher", "Black Man's Word", "Give Me Your Love", "I Love You", "Party Time", "Girl I've Got A Date", "Rock Steady", "Cry Tough", "Don't Trouble People", "Diana", "La La Means I Love You", and "The Same Song". CD

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✨✧ Jacksons with Fred BronsonJacksons Legacy – From The Family Archives – The 50th Anniversary Book (hardcover) ... Book
Black Dog, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The story of Michael and The Jackson 5 – all presented here in an array of fantastic materials all pulled together from the family archives! The book is stunning – hefty, full color, and with page after page of really great material – images of records, live shows, special events, and family happenings – all laid out in relatively chronological order – so that the visuals tell the story of the group and its growth – with the expected heavy focus on the 70s and 80s! There's a bit of text in the book, but the images are the main draw – and the volume is 318 pages, printed beautifully, in a hardcover edition. Book

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✨✧ Simon ReynoldsShock & Awe – Glam Rock & Its Legacy From Seventies To The Twenty First Century ... Book
Dey St, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Simon Reynolds has taken on many musical topics over the years – but he really outdoes himself here, in a massive examination of the rise of glam rock in the 70s – providing far more history and context than we ever would have imagined, and tracing its influence for decades after its initial moment! Usually, glam is treated like a flash in the pan – and most books use it as a footnote for its bigger proponents, like David Bowie or T Rex – but Reynolds really digs deep, and situates the musical movement in larger shifts in culture, fashion, and gender – really showing us how these mid-70s sounds opened doors and continued to provide freedom and focus for years to come. The softcover book is a massive 686 pages, with some black and white photos. Book
(Spine has a remander mark.)

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✨✧ Matthew Tavares & Leland WhittyVisions ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 2020. New Copy ... 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". CD
Also available Visions (transparent blue vinyl pressing) ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ BandBand (2CD 50th anniversary edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Maybe not the first album from the legendary Band – but a record in which the group get everything completely right all the way through – and sparkle with that special sound that continues to influence generations of music makers, and music lovers! All the great elements the group were bringing to their work with Bob Dylan are in place here – but the focus is completely different, with this warm glow that really fits the vocals of Levon Helm, and a sense of unified vision that makes it really hard to even come up with a match for the energy of the group on this album. The great John Simon adds a few special touches to the overall sound – and titles include "Rockin Chair", "Across The Great Divide", "When You Awake", "Up On Cripple Creek", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Look Out Cleveland", and "King Harvest". 2CD 50th anniversary edition features lots of bonus tracks – including 13 more early, alternate, and instrumental versions of tracks on the album – and a bonus 11 track Live At Woodstock 1969 set, with original rough mixes of tunes that include "I Shall Be Released", "This Wheel's On Fire", "Long Black Veil", "Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos", "Tears Of Rage", "Chest Fever", and "We Can Talk". CD
Also available
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Band (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ IndexOriginals Vol 2 – 1969 ... LP
Lion, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare tracks from this obscure Detroit combo of the 60s – stripped down here to a trio lineup, which gives the music a really lean, clean focus that sounds years ahead of its time! The group definitely have their ears turned towards the psych side of the spectrum – but often mix fuzzy guitars and moody production with tighter drums and sharp songwriting – all on tunes that are never too indulgent, and which often have this vibe that could be coming more from the American underground of the early 80s, instead of the Motor City at a time when many other groups were gaining fame. The tracks here were all found on tapes many years after recording – and provide a great counterpart to the group's Red and Black albums – with titles that include "It's All In Your Mind", "Street Crime", "I Walk Alone", "Tired Of Being Told", "Be My Friend", "Yesterday & Today", "Don't You Know", "Kick It Out", "431 Lakeshore", and "Livin In Detroit". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousShel's Girls – From The Planet Records Vaults ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Producer Shel Talmy is maybe best known for his work behind some of the bigger rock artists on the UK scene of the 60s – but he also really had a great way with a gal singer too – as you'll hear in this killer collection of female pop singles from the time! The tunes here groove like the best from big names like Sandie Shaw, Dusty Springfield, or Cilla Black – with a similar focus of strong lead singer amidst some very groovy arrangements – but the songs are much more obscure overall, and stand strongly as a rich dip into the world of female British pop of the 60s, even if you don't care at all about Shel's legacy! Fortunately, we're huge fans of both – and completely adore this well-done collection – which has two dozen tracks we never would have heard otherwise, along with very detailed notes and plenty of images of the ladies within. Titles include a great version of the Brian Wilson tune "Guess I'm Dumb" by Dani Sheridan – plus "No More Love" by Liz Shelly, "Gotta Get Away" by Van Lenton, "Cruel Way To Be" by Debbie Sharron, "Surrender" by Perpetual Langley, "A Strange World" by Stevie Holly, "Stay At Home" by The Orchids, "This Heart Is Not For Sale" by Margo & The Marvettes, "Tar & Cement" by Liz Shelly, A Shoulder To Cry On" by Christine Holmes, and "A Ladies Man (alt version)" by Colette & The Bandits. CD
 
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Eugene BlacknellWe Can't Take Life For Granted ... CD
Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
A massive amount of rare work from East Bay funk maestro Eugene Blacknell – an artist who never cut a full album, but managed to record a lot of great funky tracks over the years! This package is the first ever full length set to focus on Eugene's work, and it's a treasure trove of guitar-heavy groovers – starting with some rough-edged, raw R&B-styled funk – then moving into some fuller party funk and boogie-styled numbers! Eugene's guitar is fully in the lead on most tracks – and the vibe of the later work is in a space that's somewhere between Bootsy Collins and Shuggie Otis – a very good place to be, in our opinion. The package was done in collaboration with Eugene's son, and features rare singles, remastered cuts, and even some exclusive and live tracks that have never seen the light of day before. The set features a whopping 25 tracks in all, all with great notes on Eugene's music and story – and titles that include "Cousin John", "Mo Self", "Jump Back", "Getting Down", "The Trip", "Dance To The Rhythm", "For The Sake Of Love", "Jive Kinda Friends", "Wah Wah Funk", "Space Funk", "Don't Stop Now", "Grov-ve Monkey", and even a few rare radio spots! CD

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Stuart L GoosmanGroup Harmony – The Black Urban Roots Of Rhythm & Blues ... Book
University Of Pennsylvania, 2005. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
Group soul harmony gets some great treatment here – in a well-done book that follows the music from the street corner to the airwaves – all with a thoughtful mixture of oral history and the larger issues of the time! Author Stuart Goosman focuses especially on harmony groups on the Baltimore and Washington DC scenes of the postwar years – with a lot of detail on The Orioles, one of the first great groups in the tradition – and some of the smaller acts of the period as well – and the book begins with the initial postwar rise in the format, then looks at the huge wave of group harmony during the doo wop years. Although an academic book, the tone is never dry – and the oral history material really illuminates the music a great deal. 291 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Bukky LeoBukky Leo Presents Black Egypt ... CD
Can Can, 2000s. Used ... $6.99
A great album from saxophonist Bukky Leo – a player with roots in 70s Ethiopia, and a range of experiences that also includes key recordings in the early British acid jazz scene! Bukky's got a resume that includes work with Fela and Tony Allen – and he's working here in a mode that's very similar to recent work by the latter – an updated version of older Afro Funk styles, augmented slightly by additional keyboards and a warmer, more dancefloor-styled groove – but a core sound that's highly rhythmic, very acoustic, and filled with great work on guitar, sax, and flute! Bukky's also singing a fair bit on the record too – calling out the lyrics with a raspy warmth that's a lot more personal than some of Tony Allen's more abstract vocalizations on recent work – and the record's got a really focused feel that makes it one of the best takes on Afro Funk we've heard in a good number of years! Titles include "Ake Bo Je", "Times Like These", "Dreamer", "Dem Go Shout", "Secular Society", "His Majesty", "The Vision", and "Why Can't We Live Together". CD
(CDr release, subsequently reissued by Mr. Bongo as Afrobeat Visions.)

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✨✧ Lou BlackburnComplete Imperial Sessions (Jazz Frontier/Two Note Samba) ... CD
Imperial, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pure genius from the hipper side of the LA scene – 2 rare early sessions from trombonist Lou Blackburn, both cut in collaboration with a young Horace Tapscott! The style here is quite hard to peg – a unique blend of soul jazz and modernism – handled with a key focus on unusual rhythms and timings. Blackburn's work on trombone is nicely matched with trumpet by Freddie Hill in the frontline – and the pair work together perfectly in a recasting of some of the modes explored by both instruments in the more mainstream side of the LA scene of the 50s. Tapscott's piano is not nearly as unbridled as in later years, but his presence here is clearly felt on the record – as there's a similar collaborative feel here to some of his later, larger, more spiritual groups. The albums are filled with great original tunes – and titles include "Harlem Bossa Nova", "New Frontier", "The Clan", "Scorpio", "Two Note Samba", "Grand Prix", "Jean Bleu", "Blues For Eurydice", and "Jazzanova". 19 tracks in all – and incredible throughout! CD
(Out of print, spine has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Ruby DeeWhat If I Am A Woman – Black Women's Speeches ... CD
Folkways, 1977. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty cool collection produced by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee – focusing on famous speeches by important female African-Americans – mostly focusing on the civil rights era, but also featuring an early speech by Ida B Wells. Ruby reads the speeches, and works include "I Am A Black Revolutionary Woman (1971)" by Angela Davis, "The Right To A Decent Life & Human Dignity (1971)" by Coretta Scott King, "It Is Time For A Change (1969)" by Shirley Chisolm, and "Lynching, Our National Crime (1901)" by Ida B Wells. CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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✨✧ Gil Scott-HeronRevolution Begins – The Flying Dutchman Masters (New Black Poet/Pieces Of A Man/Free Will/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gil Scott-Heron at his early best and most revolutionary – circa Small Talk At 125th And Lenox, Pieces Of Man and Free Will, plus a host of rare and unreleased material – the complete Flying Dutchman Masters in a masterfully compiled anthology! Rather than simply collecting the original Flying Dutchman albums into a box set, BGP does a terrific job here of organizing it by style. Disc One (Songs) focuses on the soul-based songcraft – while Disc Two (Poetry, Jazz & Blues) features the strident jazzy poetry that inspired most hip hop and spoken word to come. Disc Three features alternate takes and rarities – all of which have never been officially released before now! The set includes every recording that Gil made for Flying Dutchman that's known to exist – and if you're keeping tally, that's all of the tracks from the above-named classic albums – plus the great "Artificialness" from Pretty Purdie's Stand By Me record with Gil on vocals – and the surviving alternate takes. Even if you have all of the original albums, the set is worth picking up for the bonus material and the thick, nicely done booklet of notes and photo – which really adds some top notch historical perspective. 51 tracks on 3CDs: "Lady Day And John Coltrane", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", "Whitey On The Moon", "Free Will", "Pieces Of Man", "Brother", "Ain't No New Thing", "The Needle's Eye", "The Get Out OF The Ghetto Blues", "Evolution (And Flashback)", "Billy Green Is Dead", "The Middle Of Your Day", "Save The Children", "Who'll Pay Reparations On My Soul?" and many more. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Of A Nation – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher – Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap In The Black Power Era 1969 to 1975 (3LP set) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
The hippest funky jazz from the start of the 70s – music that takes all the pride, power, triumph, and challenge of the 60s – and focuses into a bold new energy for a young generation! The work here draws equally from jazz and soul, with lots of other global influences coming into play as well – and together, the tracks present an amazing portrait of a generation moving past the initial Civil Rights struggle – building a new culture through righteous expressions like these! Nearly every track is a classic – and all the artists are ones we've supported for years on their own reissues – and together, the tracks sound wonderful, especially when given the full sort of Soul Jazz presentation with great notes and other details. Titles include "Exchange (part 2)" by Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe, "Space Jungle Funk" by Oneness Of Juju, "Damballa" by The Pharoahs, "Whitey On The Moon" by Gil Scott Heron, "Brown Rice" by Don Cherry, "Work It Out" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz, "Beneficent" by Tribe, "Sweet Power Your Embrace" by James Mason, "Kitty Bey" by Byron Morris & Unity, "Nappy Dugout" by Funkadelic, "Theme De Yoyo" by Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and "Welcome To The Party" by Har-You Percussion Group. LP, Vinyl record album
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John Coltrane & Don CherryAvant-Garde ... CD
Atlantic, 1960. Used ... $4.99
A beautiful meeting of two major talents from the left end of jazz – recorded in the early 60's when both were working for Atlantic! Despite the "avant garde" title, this set is straighter than you'd expect – very much in the spirit of Coltrane's work for the label, but with perhaps some of the more angular styles that Cherry was laying down with Ornette Coleman at the time. The session has Coltrane joining Ornette's group of Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell – save for a few numbers that feature Percy Heath on bass instead of Haden. The set includes great readings of Ornette's "The Blessing", "The Invisible", and "Focus On Sanity", and Coltrane plays both soprano sax and tenor! CD

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Chico FreemanPied Piper ... CD
Blackhawk, 1984. Used ... $12.99
A surprisingly great little set from Chico Freeman – and a record that seems to hone his best creative energies of the loft jazz years into an even hipper groove! The group here features Freeman on a wide variety of reeds – alongside John Purcell on saxes and oboe, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – all in a sound that's wonderfully focused, and in a way that almost has Chico sounding a lot more deeply expressive than in earlier years. To us, Freeman's always been one of those players who sounds better on the inside than the out – and this album has him nicely restrained, and really working on the best side of his craft. Titles include "Blues On The Bottom", "The Rose Tattoo", "Pied Piper", "Monk 2000", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", and "Amor Sona Dor". CD
(Out of print. Tray card is missing both spines.)

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Mort GarsonElectronic Hair Pieces ... CD
A&M/Fifth Dimension (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
A fantastic moog-based take on the music from Hair – a wonderful confluence of two of the grooviest musical trends of the late 60s! Mort Garson had his hand in plenty of other great moog-related projects from the period – like the Wozard Of Iz, the Lucifer/Black Mass album, and Ataraxia – and here, he steps out in another great mode – using spare early electronic music styles to freak out on the original tunes by Galt MacDermot – all at a level that's very different than some of the other instrumental records using the same tunes. Mort keeps things playful, but also really focused on the best elements of the songs – and given that Hair was performed on stages all around the planet in the late 60s, the whole thing feels as if the revue might have traveled to Venus on tour! Titles include "Frank Mills", "Good Morning Sunshine", "Easy To Be Hard", "Hair", "Walking In Space", and "Three Five Zero Zero". CD

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Donny Hathaway/Quincy JonesCome Back Charleston Blue (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atco/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 33.99
An unusual album in the Atlantic career of Donny Hathaway – and a unique collaboration with the legendary Quincy Jones! The music here is Hathaway's sole entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack genre of the 70s – penned for film version of a Chester Himes novel, and scored in a mix of funky 70s modes and other more standard jazz styles. Quincy's on board as the "musical supervisor" – and clearly helps Donny focus his energies towards the hipper side of the soundtrack spectrum, especially on the more contemporary styled tracks. And although most of the work here is instrumental, Hathaway also sings a bit too – most famously on the classic "Little Ghetto Boy" – which is easily one of Donny's greatest tracks ever! Other titles include "Come Back Charleston Blue", with vocals by Margie Joseph, plus "Bossa Nova", "Tim's High", "Hearse To Graveyard", "Harlem Dawn", "String Segue", "Furniture Truck", and "Liberation". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Barry White & Love Unlimited OrchestraTogether Brothers – Original Soundtrack ... CD
20th Century/Elemental (France), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunner of a soundtrack from the maestro Barry White – his only entry into the blacksploitation film genre of the 70s, and a complete doozy throughout! For the album, Barry's stripped down the bigger space of his own records, and his Love Unlimited productions – into some shorter tracks that really focus on that blend of funk and strings that he could do so well – making for a batch of killer instrumentals that really offer up a special Barry White take on the funky film sound of the 70s! Love Unlimited also sing on two tracks – "Somebody Is Gonna Off The Man" and "People Of Tomorrow Are The Children Of Today _- but most of the record is instrumental, played by the Orchestra – and tracks include "Killer's Lullaby", "So Nice To Hear", "Killer Don't Do It", "Can't Seem To Find Him", "Alive & Well", "Theme From Together Brothers", "Do Drop In", and "Here Comes The Man". CD
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Morwell UnlimitedA1 Dub (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Blacka Morwell serves up some massive dub here – working at Channel 1, for an obscure album on Trojan Records – but maybe coming across with some of the richness of the Island Records generation! There's a fullness to the sound that's wonderful – top-to-bottom completely solid, and often highly focused on the rhythms, but also always using one key instrumental element on each cut – a bit of organ here, a weeping guitar there, or even an odd sonic element – always given center stage in the spotlight, and set apart from the rest of the mix in a really great way. Titles include "Downtown Rebel", "Well Crucial", "Different Style", "West Side Ranking", "Pressure Rock", "Blackboard Jungle", and "Waterpump Skank". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Mustang ForceHollywood Hustlers ... LP
Beatsqueeze (France), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The cover's got the look of some old action thriller from the 70s – and the music follows that spirit in a really faithful way – offering up a really good range of different funky modes, which gives the whole record the feel and complexity of some classic cop, crime, or blacksploitation soundtrack! And sure, other groups have tried this approach before – but Mustang Force do an especially good job of it – never overdoing things with the instrumentation, and realizing that sometimes what makes a bit of classic soundtrack funk so great is the way a tune can focus on a core instrumental element. The set features lots of work on Fender Rhodes and Hammond, plus sharp horn solos, tight drums, and funky basslines – on tracks that include "Easy Morning", "Dirty Sheet", "Stalking You", "Relaxin With Debbie", "Night Chase", "We Will Meet Again", "Trippin Bad", and "Loose Beat". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ben WebsterSaturday Night At The Montmartre (plus Midnight & Sunday Morning) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Black Lion/Muzak (Japan), 1965. New Copy 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
A really great package – one that brings together three different albums on the Black Lion label, all of which were recorded during the same live sessions at the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen! Ben Webster's tone is wonderful here – that mature, mellow sound that he brought to some of his standout live dates – and which is captured here in the kind of relaxed, soloist-focused setting that always makes 60s recordings from the Cafe Montmartre so great! The group is a familiar one for the house – Kenny Drew on piano, Nils Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums – but it's clear that Ben's the main star, and steps out on the kind of tenor solos really set him apart from the rest – on a record that's also one of his best from the decade! 2CD set features 21 tracks in all – and titles include "I Can't Get Started", "Londonderry Air", "My Romance", "Misty", "That's All", "Yesterdays", "Perdido", "Teach Me Tonight", "Friskin The Frog", "Stormy Weather", and "Blues For Herluf". CD
(Great 2CD paper sleeve pressing!)

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✨✧ Dennis BovellDecibel – More Cuts And Dubs 1976-1983 ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Pressure Sounds does it again, with another fine collection of mighty, mighty dub! A much needed Blackbeard retrospective collecting 16 hard to get cuts from British dubmeister Dennis Bovell, rare dubs and instrumentals, plus a couple of outstanding vocal tracks from the man at the epicenter of the British reggae scene. Focusing on Bovell's early work, this collection brings some of his heaviest productions out for the first time since their original release in the mid-seventies, all propelled by his chubby bass playing and rounded out by his deft touch on the console. 16 tracks in all: "The Grunwick Affair", "Harmoniser Dub", "Dominion Dub", "Rowing (12" version)", "Zombie Zones", "Zion Dub", "Higher Ranking", "Ranking High", "Scientific", "Shi-cago", "None Jah Jah Children (Melodica version)", "Uganda Crisis", "Ah Fi Wi Dis", "Entebbe", "Blood Ah Go Run" and "Dub'er". As always, a wonderful package, with new liner notes and photos! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ PixiesCome On Pilgrim – It's Surfer Rosa (3CD set) ... CD
4AD, Late 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous collection – one that brings together the first two moments of genius from The Pixies, plus a live album too! Come On Pilgrim is only an EP, but a set that's had maybe more impact than thousands of other full length records over the years! The record gave the world a mighty strong taste of The Pixies – eight tracks that forever put Black Francis and the group on the map, with a sound that's raw, but focused – really heralding a whole generation of new groups to come! Yet here, at the source, things sound better than ever – on titles that include "Caribou", "Vamos", "Ed Is Dead", "The Nimrod's Son", "I've Been Tired", "Levitate Me", and "Isla De Encanta". Surfer Rosa is the stunning first full length album from The Pixies – produced with a completely sublime touch by the great Steve Albini! There's a brilliance here that's kept this record playing strongly for decades (maybe too strongly, if you ask the roommates of some folks out there) – and although the sound here has spawned countless imitations, it's never as great as here in the hands of the originators! Titles include "Bone Machine", "Break My Body", "I'm Amazed", "Vamos", "Cactus", "Where Is My Mind", "Gigantic", "Something Against You", and "Broken Face". Added to the whole thing is a wonderful prequel of sorts – a 1986 radio recording by the group, done on their home turf in Massachusetts – with a set list that includes the group's reading of the David Lynch tune "In Heaven", from Eraserhead – plus "Caribou", "Broken Face", "The Holiday Song", "Rock A My Soul", "Vamos", "Boom Chicka Boom", "Nimrod's Son", "I've Been Tired", "Down To The Wall", and "Isla De Encanta". CD

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✨✧ ZiorBefore My Eyes Go Blind – The Complete Recordings (Zior/Every Inch A Man/First Monument/Spirit Of The Gods) (4CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
The overlooked legacy of Zior – a group who sprang into being with a strong Satanist side to their act, but who also have a hell of a strong sound that should have gotten bigger notice at the time! Zior often used demonic references and unusual costumes and sets on stage – but at the core, they're hard rock heavyweights – with a sound to rival the best of the bigger world of Black Sabbath and beyond! Lead singer Keith Bonsor delivers the lyrics with raw power and a nicely sinister edge – and the tunes are tight, focused, and moving forward with a great sense of drive, and no cliche at all – even when the devil rears his ugly head. The set features their three 70s albums – Zior, Every Inch A Man, and The First Monument – plus a bonus later reunion set, Spirit Of The Gods – all in a great box set with a big booklet of notes. CD

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✨✧ Birds Of A FeatherBirds Of A Feather – The Page One Recordings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Page One/RPM (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
An album that's maybe best remembered for its connection with the world of the young Elton John – as the man himself plays piano on the record, and also contributed a number of songs – but a set that's also a standout achievement from sisters Doreen and Irene Chanter! The duo are British, but sing together in a way that clearly draws a lot of inspiration from southern soul – that version of the music that you'd find refracted through a British prism on records like Honky Chateau or Tumbleweed Connection – but coming through nicely in the girls' own songs too. Production is great – nicely understated, even when full – and the main focus is on the vocals, which are surprisingly soulful throughout. Titles include "Take Me To The Pilot", "Border Song", "Leaving The Ghetto", "Country Comfort", "All God's Children Got Soul", "One More Time", "Take The World", "Bad Side Of The Moon", and a cool cover of "Gimme Shelter" that's almost got a Motown vibe! CD features two bonus tracks – "Blacksmith Blues" and "Sing My Song & Pray". CD

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Scott BomarDolemite Is My Name (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mondo, 2020. New Copy ... $30.99 34.99
A great vintage-styled soundtrack from Scott Bomar – served up with just the right 70s vibe to fit the mood of Eddie Murphy's biopic on Rudy Ray Moore – with plenty of cinematic funky tunes in the mix, and a few nice scene-setting numbers too – plus vocal performances by Eddie Murphy, Craig Robinson, and Bobby Rush! The vocal tracks are in the minority – most of the set focuses on the instrumentals, which evoke blacksploitation styles, but never in a way that's too slavish – and one track even features a guest appearance by the legendary Fred Wesley. Titles include "Dolemite", "Ballad Of A Boy & Girl", "The Dunbar Hotel", "Liquor Store Wisemen", "Recording Comedy", "I'm Gonna Kill Dolemite", "Leaving", "Phone Call", and "New House Record/Walkin". LP, Vinyl record album

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Miles DavisSeven Steps To Heaven ... LP
Columbia, 1963. Very Good- ... $34.99
A key point in the development of the Miles Davis sound of the 60s – his first album to feature work from Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – augmented by some equally nice work on other tracks from Victor Feldman and Frank Butler! The sound here is beautifully spare – a wonderful exploration of ideas that Miles had been putting forth on some other albums for Columbia, but crafted here with a vision that's apparent in the very first note – and which transforms both the tunes and the work of the players into a focused, near-perfect sound all the way through. Titles include "So Near So Far", "Seven Steps To Heaven", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Joshua", and "Basin Street Blues" – which even sounds great in this setting! LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing with black text. Cover has light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Deep PurpleBook Of Taliesyn ... LP
Tetragrammaton, 1969. Very Good+ ... $7.99
The heavy groove of Deep Purple continues – in a style that's a bit more song-focused and guitar-led than the group's debut – but still pretty darn great nonetheless! Some of the rumbling bass of before has been toned down a bit, but that leaves plenty of space for more jamming guitar work from Ritchie Blackmore – as well as more soaring Hammond lines, and vocals that almost hint at soulful influences from time to time. The record's got a slightly heartfelt quality that's almost a surprise – and titles include covers of "Kentucky Woman", "We Can Work It Out", and "River Deep Mountain High" – plus the originals "Wring That Neck", "Listen Learn Read On", and "The Shield". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later silver label pressing.)

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✨✧ Rahsaan Roland KirkPrepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
One of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's last truly fantastic albums – a set that still has all the amazingly messed-up qualities of his best late 60s work – delivered with the honest heart and sense of soul that always make us love his music! The set was recorded for Atlantic in the early 70s, and it's got a wonderful mix of inside and outside playing – a bit more Kirk-unleased overall than some of the more focused experiments of previous records – filled with lots of personality, incredible reed work, and a sound that's spiritual, yet also deeply individual too! Rahsaan plays flute, notes flute, black mystery pipes, E flat sax, and clarinet – and other musicians include Charles McGhee on trumpet, Dick Griffin on trombone, Ron Burton on piano, and Sonny Brown and Ralph MacDonald on percussion – plus a hip string ensemble on some cuts – definitely giving the album a touch of the "Black Classical Music" style that Kirk always claimed was at the root of his work. Side two features the extended "Saxophone Concerto", which has some cool breathing tricks that really let Roland wail – and other tracks include "Celestial Bliss", "One Mind Winter/Summer", and "Ninth Ghost", all of which have a nice dose of spirituality. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker.)

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Anita O'DayMisty – Anita O' Day With Don Abney (plus Angel Eyes) ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Great later work from Anita O'Day – a set that really focuses in on the mature style of vocals she hit during the 70s – a mode that's quite different from some of the sometimes too-bright styles of her early years, and really lets her find some new feeling in her music! The first half of the set here features Anita in a live trio, with Don Abney on piano – working with just a bit of bass for backup, in a relatively spare setting that really puts the vocals center stage – never too fast or too swinging, which O'Day could sometimes do back in the 50s – and always taking the tunes at just the right pace to make them personally emotive. The second half of the set just features piano from Abney – and the CD seems to feature both the Misty and Angel Eyes albums together. Titles include "When Sunny Gets Blue", "Angel Eyes", "Am I Blue", "Afternoon In Paris", "Bluesette", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and "Black Coffee". CD

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Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here – Thank You 4 Your Service (with download) ... LP
Jive, 2016. New Copy 2LP ... $30.99 31.98
A hell of a comeback for Tribe Called Quest – maybe one of the best musical comebacks ever, and a fantastic reminder of why we loved the group so much in the first place! 18 years have passed since we last heard from the trio (now, sadly, a duo) – and that time only seems to have sharpened their sound, and given them a more powerful presence than ever! Everything we loved about them is still very firmly in place – that sense of collaboration, almost improvisation in a jazz-like way, and those moments of surprise and wonder at all the deft turns they can take in a short space. Yet there's also a new edge – one that might be even more powerful in this highly politicized moment in American history – a bite that the group never had before, and a larger social agenda that makes all of their incredible skills even more amazing, when focused on a target. We've certainly missed them – but the album's also well worth the wait! Titles include "Black Spasmodic", "The Donald", "The Space Program", "We The People", "Solid Wall Of Sound", "Dis Generation", "Kids", "Melatonin", "Enough", "Movin Backwards", and "The Killing Season". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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VariousAfrican Disco – Deep Disco From 1970s Africa ... CD
Nascente (UK), 1970s. Used ... $18.99
A fresh take on the African sound of the 70s – a compilation that focuses more on the club-oriented tracks of the scene, and less on the harder funkier tunes that have showed up in abundance on recent compilations. The feel here is tighter and smoother than work by Fela and some of the others of the Afro Funk era – more aimed at the dancefloors, and done with a style that borrows heavily from Philly and New York scenes of the mid 70s. There's still loads of great instrumentation on the tracks – burning in a style that owes a lot to earlier African crossover groups, and which is more of a refinement of the funk sound than a completely separate approach. The nicely-priced set was put together by Adrian Gibson of Jazz Cafe, with a keen ear towards the tunes that would make a London crowd move – and titles include "Ashewo Ara" by Kabbala, "Advice From Father" by Buari, "Get That Groove In" by Blo, "Zombie" by Ephraim Uzomechina Nzeka, "Money Is The Root Of Evil" by Dan Boadi, "The Way It Used To Be" by Pacific Express, "Afro Disco Beat" by Tony Allen, "Kaoule Woman" by Malinga Five, and "AIE (A'mwana)" by Black Blood. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousCan You Feel That Beat – Funky 45s & Other Rare Grooves ... CD
Numero/J&D, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $7.99
A dream of a set from the folks at Numero Group – a special package that digs through all their many collections and archive projects, and comes up with some of the funkiest cuts in the bunch! Unlike some of their other compilations, this one focuses on the groove first – and the groove is nice and funky, hard and gritty, and feels like you're sitting next to the turntable, playing a stack of rare funk 45s, one after the other! Titles include "Function Underground" by We The People, "Jungle" by Young Senators, "Let Me Come Within" by Renaldo Domino, "Iron Leg" by Mickey & The Soul Generation, "Get It Right" by Soul President, "First Thing I Do In The Morning" by Joyce Williams, "Party Time" by Black Soul Express, "Money Won't Save You" by Boscoe, "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" by Robert Moore, "You Made Me Suffer" by Andrew Brown, and "Watch The Dog That Bring The Bone" by Sandy Gaye. CD

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Dynamic Label ... CD
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy ... $7.99 18.98
That's a sweet image on the cover – and the grooves inside are equally dynamic too – a really wonderful collection that's easily one of the most compelling in Numero's Eccentric Soul series! The work here all hails from the tiny San Antonio scene of the late 60s – but much of the music has a sound that's way different than you might expect from Texas soul – often with great harmonies that recall the best of the east coast groups of the time, and occasionally with a few brown-eyed touches that echo the style of East LA! There's a wonderfully heartbreaking feel to many of these tracks – and the set's heavy focus on mellower numbers is totally great – and gives the whole thing a wonderful late nite sort of vibe that's usually quite hard to find in compilations like this. As usual, Numero's done a great job with the notes and history of the label – but the music alone is more than enough – a heady brew of cuts that include "Little Girl Blue" and "Try Loving Me" by The Webs, "I Gotta Know" by Tonettes, "Give Your Love To Me" and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Little Jr Jesse & The Tear Drops, "Cry & Wonder Why" by Doc & Sal, "Must Be Alright" and "Hey It's Love" by The Commands, "She's Gotta Have Soul" by Bobby Blackmon & The Soul Express, and "I Can't Take No More" by Willie Cooper & The Webs. CD

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VariousOnly Way Is Up – Move On Up To Modern Soul ... LP
Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99
Upbeat, positive grooves from the glory days of soul music – tunes from a time when things were changing up a bit – moving from the straighter styles of the Northern Soul years to the more sophisticated modes that would come to be known as "modern" by British fans in the 70s – but which, to us, just mean the kind of soul music that we've always found inspirational! Most of the music here is from the tail end of the 60s and start of the 70s – but there's a very forward-thinking vibe, and a great sense of energy that takes the righteous spirit of the times, and focuses it in some very personal directions. Titles include "Stop Steppin On My Dreams" by Jerry Butler, "It Hurts So Good" by Katie Love & The Four Shades Of Black, "Lucky Felly" by The Independents, "The Only Way Is Up" by Otis Clay, "We're Not Too Young To Fall In Love" by The Jacky Beavers Show, "Too Much Love Makin" by Gloria Scott, "Don't You Care" by Alice Clark, "Come Back (part 1)" by The Fantastic Puzzles, and "Now That You're Gone" by Sonny Turner & Sound Limited, and "You Girl" by Wendell Watts. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ahmed AbdullahLife's Force ... LP
About Time, 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A crowning moment of achievement for trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah – a record that draws on his rich experience working with Sun Ra, but focuses the energy into a warmer, more spiritual jazz setting overall! The album's a lost treasure from the US scene of the late 70s – a perfect melding of jazz modes of the time, and one of those dates that somehow has all the players sounding even better than usual – really hitting a unique space together – one that's rhythmic, yet searching – free, yet structured – and always open to new ideas throughout! In addition to trumpet from Abdullah, the group also features vibes from Jay Hoggard, French horn from Vincent Chaney, cello from Muneer Abdul Fatah, bass from Jerome Hunter, and drums from Rashied Sinan. Hunter's bass is an especially moving force in the session – giving the album a warm, soulful current that really holds things together – and titles include "Song of Tenderness", "Eternal Spiraling Spirit", "Long Time Black", and "Life's Force". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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✨✧ Jefferson AirplaneCrown Of Creation ... LP
RCA, 1969. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jefferson Airplane flying high in the late 60s – both a creative and commercial triumph for the band – balancing the tripped out adventurousness of their earlier work, with a more focused approach that brought them to bigger and bigger audiences! Front loaded with moodier, acoustic-based songs that build into heavier rock as the record plays on – with some really great use of sound effects for added drama on here and there! Titles include "Lather", "In Time", "Star Track", "Chushingura", "If You Feel", "Ice Cream Phoenix", "The House At Pooniel Corners" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove, including lyric insert. Cover has some wear and a trace of a price sticker.)

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✨✧ Larry CarltonEight Times Up ... CD
Wounded Bird, 1983. Used ... Out Of Stock
Larry Carlton live in Tokyo – really sounding great in the stripped-down vibe of a concert performance! At the time, Carlton was still one of the most focused jazz fusion guitarists of his generation – really able to hone in on a great style and sound, with all the best expressive attitudes of guitar giants from years before – almost more of an updated bluesy soul jazz sound than some of the trippier or dippier modes of some of his contemporaries. There's definitely some rockish influences, but Larry also never over-jams his solos – nor tries to go for the crossover crowd – and titles include "House On The Hill", "Black & White", "Upper Kern", "Salud", and "Strikes Twice". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana ... LP
RCA, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the best Madlib-produced LP since the highest peaks of the prime Stones Throw era, and Freddie Gibbs is on fire throughout! Each one does what he does best here and ups the ante. 'Lib is focused on crackling soul beats and hazy funk – masterfully utilizing vintage and contemporary sample sources from Donny Hathaway and Syl Johnson to Kaidi Tatham and The Heliocentrics – delivering the right kind of gritty headnodding vibe without compromising on his distinctive style. Freddie Gibbs is uncompromisingly raw and fiercely focused, varying the speed of his flow when the mood strikes, so what sounds like it might be an uncommonly inspired freestyle one second rolls into the most dexterous lyricism for the next couple minutes. Seriously strong stuff, with just a few guest appearances by Pusha T, Killer Mike, Anderson.Paak, Yasiin Bey & Black Thought. Titles include "Half Manne Half Cocaine", "Cataracts", "Gat Damn", "Education", "Crime Pays", "Palmolive", "Guannis", "Soul Right" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate ... LP
Interscope, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A set that arguably has even more majesty than the debut album from Michael Kiwanuka – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of that now-classic record! Production here is by Dangermouse, Inflo, and Paul Butler – and there's an airiness to some songs that really has Kiwanuka's vocals floating in space – maybe more iconic than before, and held nicely in a balance between open sonic elements and more crispily-focused instrumental touches. Michael uses folksy currents in his vocals that almost recall Nina Simone during her Philips Records years – and titles include "Black Man In A White World", "One More Night", "Love & Hate", "Rule The World", "Father's Child", "The Final Frame", and "Cold Little Heart". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Max RoachPictures In A Frame ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
Soulful Max Roach at the end of the 70s – working in the quartet format that he used to forge some of his best work of the decade, with stalwart Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Odeon Pope on saxes (filling in nicely for Billy Harper!), and Calvin Hill on bass – an extremely soulful lineup that really packs a lot of power on the date! Tracks are shorter than some of Roach's earlier outings of the decade – but that also makes them tighter and more focused, in a good way – not extended side-long jams, but some really sharp lines that almost hearken back to his late 60s work on Atlantic! Titles include "Mail Order", "Japanese Dream", "Reflections", "Mwalimu", "China's Waltz", and "Ode From Black Picture Show". CD

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✨✧ VariousHard Row To Hoe Vol 1 – Dark & Moody Rhythm & Blues Popcorn Style ... LP
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great grooves from a really unusual strain of soul music – one that wasn't categorized at the time, but which came to be known as "popcorn" by European collectors of the music – who often focused in on a very distinct pattern of rhythm and production! The work here is a mix of soul and R&B, and often has this leaping, loping sort of style – a bouncing groove that's different than the Northern Soul that was favored more strongly by British collectors over the years – but which, like that scene, really opens our ears up to American soul in a very different way! Titles include "It's A Sad Thing" by The Simms Twins, "I'd Think It Over" by Sam Fletcher, "She's Gone Too Long" by Roy Brown, "Daniel Webster & The Devil" by Big Daddy, "It Ain't No Use" by Lou Johnson, "65 Bars" by Louis Jordan, "Move It" by Landy McNeil, "Hard Row To Hoe" by Otis Lee, and "Black Gal" by Roy Gaines. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jonny TrunkWobbly Sounds – A Collection Of British Flexi Discs ... Book
Four Corners (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest record books we've ever seen – a smaller take on the album art format, but one that focuses exclusively on flexi discs – those thin little records which were usually given away free, and which are usually pretty hard-pressed to survive the passage of time! Yet author Jonny Trunk is one of the few folks who really know how to take care of ephemera like this – as you might know from his longstanding work on the Trunk Records label – and his presentation of fab flexis from the UK scene is nothing short of mindblowing! These aren't the boring plain black flexis that were often included in magazines – but instead, full color discs that are every bit as great to look at as they are to hear – a wealth of rare records from the 50s onward, all presented here in vivid color, on pages that are about to open a whole new avenue in our record collecting lives. The range of records is great – some feature celebrities, some music stars, others have ads, or spoken words – and many are marketing vehicles, especially from the 60s and 70s, which was a time when the format really took off. The softcover book is full color throughout, features over 150 records, and also includes an essay on the format by Jonny! Book
 
 
 



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