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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoChi-Congo ... CD
Fuel 2000, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost chapter in the career of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – an obscure early 70s album, issued by the mostly-blues Paula Records label in Louisiana, and one of the hardest to find albums in their catalog! The album features 3 long tracks – "Chi-Congo", "Enlorfe", and "Hippparippp" – played in an open and inventive style that recalls the best of the group's work in Paris at the end of the 60s. The core group of Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, and Don Moye manage to get their hands on more instruments than you'd hear from the entire percussion section of an orchestra – and with amazing results! CD
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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoLive In Paris ... CD
BYG/Fuel 2000, 1969. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal work from the Art Ensemble of Chicago – recorded during their most creative period ever! The album was recorded live in October of 1969 – at a time when the group had pulled up roots and moved to France for a few years, bursting on the European scene with unique creativity that was not getting the recognition it deserved in their hometown of Chicago. The studio sets from this time are already the stuff of legend, and have thankfully made it back on reissue heavily the past few years – and this brilliant live set stands perfectly next to them – matching any of the LPs in the Great Black Music series on BYG/Actuel for sheer creative brilliance and soulful energy! Fontella Bass joins the group for a bit of vocals, and the 2CD set features 2 long tracks – "Bon Voyage" and "Oh Strange". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dominique GuiotL'Univers De La Mer ... LP
Chicago 2000/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful album of keyboard-heavy tracks – issued by a small sound library label in France during the 70s, with a title that translates as "the universe of the sea"! As you might guess, there's a nice underwater vibe to the record – a sound that's similar to some of the other great sea-driven recordings of the late 60s and early 70s – especially the work of Sven Libaek, who really seems to inform the style here – although Dominique Guiot's approach is much more heavy on the keyboards! Yet despite the use of minimoog, mellotron, organ, clavinet, and other keys – the sound here is always warm, and never too electronic – always glowing around the edges, with a watery richness that's wonderful – offset a bit by acoustic guitar and other elements, a bit like some of the soundtracks of Francois De Roubaix. Titles include "Une Ballade Pour Une Goelette", "Wind Surf Ballad", "Iceberg En Voyage", "Alerte En Mer", "Les Emigrants De La Mer", and "Les Pingouins S'Amusent". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jens BungeMeet You In Chicago ... CD
Jazz4Ever (Germany), 2000. Used ... $1.99
... CD
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✨✧ Kurt EllingLive In Chicago ... CD
Blue Note, 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We think this guy's one of the best new jazz vocalist to emerge over the past decade, and this album – his 4th for Blue Note – is far and away his best! The album was recorded live at Chicago's Green Mill nightclub – with nice small combo backing by Laurence Hobgood, Rob Amster, and Michael Raynor, plus guest horn work by Von Freeman, Eddie Johnson, and Ed Peterson. Kahil El'Zabar also plays percussion, and Jon Hendricks joins in on vocals a bit. But the best part is Elling's voice – which is a sweet mix between Mark Murphy at his best, and earlier vocalese masters, like Hendricks or Joe Lee Wilson. The album features mostly straight-ahead jazz vocalizing – with little of the hipster monologues that have ruined other Elling albums – and it includes an incredible version of Wayne Shorter's "Night Dreamer", plus the cuts "Oh My God", "Esperanto", "My Foolish Heart", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", and the King Pleasure classic "Don't Get Scared". A real treat – especially if you like Cleveland Watkiss' Green Chimneys album, or any of the good Mark Murphy recordings for Muse! CD
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Paul Butterfield Blues BandGot A Mind To Keep On Living – Live 1966 ... LP
Real Gone, 1966. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99
Unreleased live material from the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues Band – heard here at a time when the mighty Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield were in the group on guitar! The set was recorded in a coffee house in Boston in 1966, but the recording vibe makes the whole thing feel a lot more like it was set in the kind of southside club that first inspired Paul on the Chicago scene – with a surprisingly faithful representation of the group's sound, complete with a wonderful amount of grit – both in the grooves, and on the guitar, and even in the fuzzy sound of the vocals! Butterfield sings lead, and plays harmonica – and the combo also features organ, bass, and drums. Titles include a sweet funky take on "Get Out Of My Life Woman" – plus "Look Over Yonders Wall", "Born In Chicago", "Walking By Myself", "Memory Pain", "One More Heartache", and "Never Say No". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 2000 – on yellow and blue vinyl!)

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PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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Territory Band (with Ken Vandermark)Transatlantic Bridge ... CD
Okka Disk, 2000. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
The fantastic first record from Chicago's Territory Band – a project headed up by saxophonist Ken Vandermark, and one that definitely builds the Transatlantic Bridge that's promised by the title! During the second half of the 90s, the Chicago avant scene really exploded with some great younger players – and also drew a lot of guests from other global scenes too – creating a lively cross-breeding of sounds, styles, and ideas – all of which are represented strongly by this group! The lineup features Jim Baker on piano, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Axel Dorner on trumpet, Dave Rempis on alto and tenor, Kent Kessler on bass, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, and both Paul Lytton and Tim Mulvenna play drums – which makes for a super heavy sense of energy throughout. Vandermark blows tenor, bass clarinet, and b flat clarinet – on titles that include "Collage (for Kurt Schwitters)", "RM (for Marcel Duchamp)", "Mobile (for Alexander Calder)", and "Stabile (for Hans Hoffmann)". CD

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✨✧ Lightbox OrchestraTwo Lightboxes (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Locust, 2004. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
2 excellent performances by Chicago's groundbreaking Lightbox Orchestra – a loose assemblage of musicians directed by Fred Lonberg-Holm through the use of his own "lightbox" device! The format is similar to classic improv orchestras of the 70s – like Globe Unity or London Jazz Composers Orchestra – and the quality of the players is always top-notch, and makes for excellent music that goes way beyond the simple gimmick of the lightbox. One side of the LP features Lonberg-Holm directing himself with the Peter Brotzmann Tentet that toured the US in 2000 – featuring Mats Gustafsson, Hamid Drake, Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, and William Parker playing with Brotzmann. The other side is another 2000 performance with a more local lineup – featuring Lonberg-Holm with Kent Kessler, Ken Vandermark, Michael Zerang, Sebi Tramontana, and frequent Chicago visitor Mats Gustafsson! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe McPhee & Hamid DrakeEmancipation Proclamation – A Real Statement Of Freedom ... CD
Okka Disk, 2000. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A late 90s record, but one that we might easily put next to similar spiritual improv albums from the 70s – a fantastic meeting of both artists at Chicago's Empty Bottle – with Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and tenor, and Hamid Drake on some amazing drums and percussion! Drake's wonderfully open, fluid sense of sound is a great match for McPhee here – really opening up a side of Joe's music in a way that's a bit different than some of his other recordings of the time, including his Okka Disk material – spirited, but never stressed – exploratory, yet always with a strong sense of direction. Titles include "Hate Crime Cries", "Cries & Whispers", "Mother Africa", and "Emancipation Proclamation". Very spare, but very moving – in the manner of some of the early work by the Art Ensemble of Chicago! CD

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✨✧ School Days (with Ken Vandermark)Crossing Division ... CD
Okka Disk, 2000. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very hip group from Chicago – named after Division street, right around the corner from Dusty Groove! Certified genius reed player Ken Vandermark is in excellent form – working through a number of modernist modes on this session that's dedicated to jazz inspirations like Roswell Rudd, Harry Carney, Mal Waldron, Teddy Charles, and Mal Waldron. The other strong component of the group is trombonist Jeb Bishop – whose participation in the Chicago scene has touched the city's musical community at many levels. The rest of the quartet includes Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and Ingebright Haker Flaten on bass – and titles include "Smoke Rings", "Bookworm", "Counteraction", "Passenger", "Rosmosis", and "Broad Daylight". CD
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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of Chicago/Lester Bowie/Roscoe MitchellArt Ensemble Of Chicago & Associated Ensembles (21CD set) ... CD
ECM (Germany), Late 70s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. Used 21 CD ... Out Of Stock
A huge chapter of work from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – one that not only includes their own albums for the ECM label, but also related solo and side projects too! The set begins with four Art Ensemble albums – Nice Guys, Full Force, Urban Bushman, and The Third Decade – all of which came out as a statement of the group's strengths in the late 70s and early 80s – their first mainstream appearance after a few years of being very underground, and material that helped set a whole new standard for avant jazz expression in the generation to come! Next is the fantastic album Divine Love, by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – not necessarily an Art Ensemble album, but one that does feature great work from trumpeter Leo Smith – plus trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, bassist Charlie Haden, and vibist Bobby Naughton. Next are four albums by Lester Bowie – two smaller group, and two with his Brass Fantasy ensemble – the records The Great Pretender, All The Magic/The One & Only, I Only Have Eyes For You, and Avant Pop. Then, after Bowie's early passing, the Art Ensemble recorded their beautiful Tribute To Lester – as a trio lineup with Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors, and Don Moye. Mitchell takes the helm next – on a surprisingly big flurry of projects for ECM – records that often show a deeper compositional strand in his music – on records that include Nine To Get Ready, Composition/Improvisation, Far Side, Bells For The South Side, and Boustrophedon – the last of which was led by Evan Parker, with Mitchell in the Transatlantic Art Ensemble. Last up are three records by drummer Jack DeJohnette for ECM – New Directions and New Directions In Europe, both featuring a group with Lester Bowie on trumpet – and Made In Chicago, which features Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, and Muhal Ricard Abrams. Recordings were made between 1978 and 2015 – and comes in a box set with a big booklet of notes! CD

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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoEarly Combinations ... CD
Nessa, 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An important pre-Art Ensemble Of Chicago moment – one that has most of the group coming together in a pair of rare recordings in the home of Lester Bowie – already sounding amazingly creative as a unit! The sound is almost freer than later work by the group – or certainly at the fierceness they hit right at the start of the 70s – and the lineup here includes both Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman on a range of reed instruments, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Malachi Favors on bass – plus strong input from Thurman Barker on drums, and an appearance on one track from Curtis Clark on bass! The sound is wonderfully raw, and surprisingly clear for a home recording – and the power of the music is undeniable. Both tracks – "A To Ericka" and "Quintet" – were previously part of the Art Ensemble box set on Nessa – but that's been out of print for years, and together these compositions work wonderfully as a full album! CD

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✨✧ AirAir Time ... CD
Nessa, 1977. Used ... $12.99
One of the best albums ever by this legendary Chicago trio – a great example of the way that records on the Nessa label can really get to the heart of artists' intentions! The trio of Henry Threadgill on reeds, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Steve McCall on percussion have never sounded better – and have this intimate, soulful interplay that's sometimes missing from other efforts – that special kind of energy that makes the AACM so great when it's really clicking this well – as deeply spiritual as it is freely expressive! Threadgill plays alto, tenor, bass flute, and the compelling hubkaphone – and titles include "I'll Be Right Here Waiting", "No 2", "GvE", "Subtraction", and "Keep Right On Playing Thru The Mirror Over The Water". CD

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✨✧ Fred AndersonMissing Link (with bonus track) ... CD
Nessa, 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-titled set, given that Fred Anderson's been a missing link in Chicago jazz for many years – a bold tenorist with qualities that reach back to the heavy sax generation of the 50s, and a creative improvisor who's kept the AACM ideals alive and well in the Windy City for years! The session captures Fred in the late 70s, a really under-recorded point in his career (especially in comparison to his big revival of the past decade or so) – and Anderson's working with Larry Hayrod on bass, Hamid Drake on drums, and Adam Rudolph on percussion – in relatively freewheeling space that gives Fred plenty of room to solo! Titles include "Twilight", "Ballad For Rita", and "The Bull". CD features the bonus previously-unreleased track "Tabla Peace" – a cool number penned by Drake, with lots of nice percussion. CD

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✨✧ AirAir Time (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nessa, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the best albums ever by this legendary Chicago trio – a great example of the way that records on the Nessa label can really get to the heart of artists' intentions! The trio of Henry Threadgill on reeds, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Steve McCall on percussion have never sounded better – and have this intimate, soulful interplay that's sometimes missing from other efforts – that special kind of energy that makes the AACM so great when it's really clicking this well – as deeply spiritual as it is freely expressive! Threadgill plays alto, tenor, bass flute, and the compelling hubkaphone – and titles include "I'll Be Right Here Waiting", "No 2", "GvE", "Subtraction", and "Keep Right On Playing Thru The Mirror Over The Water". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Air Time ... CD 12.99

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NacrobatsA In The Square ... LP
Culture Power 45, 1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy ... $25.99
A killer compilation of timeless Chicago independent hip hop from the Nacrobats crew – a loose collective of hugely talented MCs, producers and dual threat MC/producers who were just starting to make waves in the late 90s and early 00s underground – including longtime faves and Psalm One, Thaione Davis, Infinito 2017, Kenny Keyes, Open Mike Eagle and many more! It doesn't even sound like formative material from rising talents, it's strong and sound all the way. Titles include "Century 21" led by Rift Napalm & Cosmo Galactus, "Paperz" by Centric IE, "Audible Footage" by Chips Pentium, Open Mike Eagle & Pugs Atomz, "Illiteration" by Uncle Butta, "En-Oh-Es" by Vyle, "Straight" by Pugz Atoms, PKaye & Kream, The Goodie" by 1993, "Lost World Travelin'" by Kao Ra Zin, "Staticling" by Offwhyte and the standout closer "Rock The World" with Psalm One, Cosmo Galacus, Infinito 2017, Thaione Davis & Pugs Atomz. LP, Vinyl record album
(Initial copies come with a hand-sealed envelope of bonus goodies. Quantities extremely limited!)

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✨✧ VariousClosed Sessions Vol 1 (10th Anniversary colored vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Closed Sessions, Late 2000s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great and still fresh-sounding snapshot of the some the leading lights of the Chicago and Chicago-connected independent hip hop scene of the immediate post-millennium – with Curren$y, Rhymefest, BJ The Chicago Kid, Amanda Diva, Bun B, Kidz In The Hall and more! The sessions were recorded mostly in 2009 at SoundScape Studios with a diverse roster of talent and producers, but a consistent sense of purpose and high level of quality that more than stands the test of time. On vinyl here, finally, for the first time ever the titles include "Rapper Weed" with Curren$y, "Posted" with Tanya Morgan, "Helluva Year" with Emilio Rojas, Scheme & Astonish, "Dutch Dalton" with Truck North & Rapper Big Pooh, "I Can See" with Amanda Diva, "Crack The Code" with Skyzoo & Rhymefest, "Happiness Before Riches" with Bun B, GLC & BJ The Chicago Kid, "So Cold" with Curt@ins, Hollywood Holt & U-N-I and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(First ever vinyl release – and remastered properly for the format! On mustard colored vinyl with download.)

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