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AfrodisiaElephant Sunrise ... CD
Comma/Cordial (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $11.99
Rare work from a funky group who really lead with their basslines and love their rhythms – so much so that vocals are often an afterthought when it comes to the grooves! These guys are German, but they've got a righteous sound that really lives up to the flavor of the cover – and we're guessing that the combo is one of those unique hybrids of American and European players on the overall scene – working with wickedly tight sounds on the bass and drums, dosed throughout with jazzy keyboard solos, tenor sax riffs, and lots of funky guitar. Titles include "Good Thang", "Wild Turkey", "TMFF", "Elephant Sunrise", "Psychic Summers", "Could It Only Be Me", and "Going Down To The Disco". CD
Also available Elephant Sunrise ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ AfrodisiaElephant Sunrise ... LP
Comma/Cordial (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Rare work from a funky group who really lead with their basslines and love their rhythms – so much so that vocals are often an afterthought when it comes to the grooves! These guys are German, but they've got a righteous sound that really lives up to the flavor of the cover – and we're guessing that the combo is one of those unique hybrids of American and European players on the overall scene – working with wickedly tight sounds on the bass and drums, dosed throughout with jazzy keyboard solos, tenor sax riffs, and lots of funky guitar. Titles include "Good Thang", "Wild Turkey", "TMFF", "Elephant Sunrise", "Psychic Summers", "Could It Only Be Me", and "Going Down To The Disco". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Elephant Sunrise ... CD 11.99
 
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✨✧ Johnny NashI Can See Clearly Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive crossover from Johnny Nash – a record that gave the 70s the chart-topping title hit, and which helped Johnny mix his Caribbean roots with contemporary soul! The set's a huge change from the sometimes-faltering styles Nash had tried in the 60s – often a bit more mainstream than he was able to do well, which is why the deeply personal approach of this album's such a striking contrast. Nash arranged and produced himself, and really hits a vibe here that stands out even from his other 70s recordings – beautifully balanced, on titles that include "Comma Comma", "Guava Jelly", "Stir It Up", "I Can See Clearly Now", "We're All Alike", "How Good It Is", "Cream Puff", and "You Poured Sugar On Me". Includes two bonus tracks "Cream Puff" & "Stir It Up (single mix)". CD
 
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✨✧ Commander Cody & His Lost Planet AirmenWe've Got A Live One Here! ... LP
Warner, 1976. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Cecil B DeMilleTalks About Hollywood, America & The Ten Commandments ... LP
Mark 56, 1977. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is shopworn, with a Best Entertainment Value sticker.)

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Harvey & MoonglowsMean Old Blues/Ten Commandments Of Love ... 7-inch
Chess, 1950s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label pressing. Label has a light stain.)

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✨✧ Red DragonCommandor/Version ... 7-inch
10 Roosevelt Ave (Jamaica), 1986. Very Good ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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TemptationsCompact Command Performance – 17 Greatest Hits ... CD
Gordy, 1960s/1970s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Fresh GordonFresh Commandments/My Fila/Dub Commandments (dub)/The Fila Beat (inst) ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1986. Very Good+ (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fresh Commandments for 1980's MC's, like "Thou shall not wear fake Gazelles!", over Whodini-style production complete with vo-coder. My Fila is a take-off of My Adidas, featuring The Jaz. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lanrewaju AdepojuOfin Mewa (Ten Commandments) ... LP
Lanre Adepoju/Phonodisc (Nigeria), 1980. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)

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✨✧ Commander Cody & His Lost Planet AirmenToo Much Fun – The Best Of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen ... CD
MCA, Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ LakesideYour Wish Is My Command/Keep On Moving Straight Ahead/Untouchables (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of classic albums from Lakeside – representing the second slice of their work for the Solar Records label! First up is Your Wish Is My Command – great stuff from the glory days of the LA bass-pedal funk era! The tracks manage to mix an 80s groove and soul without sounding cloying, and the band's vocals are always better than we remember them – with a strong harmony sound in the best moments that keeps things real. Tracks include "Your Wish Is My Command", "The Urban Man", "I'll Be Standing By", "Special", and "Magic Moments". Keep On Moving Straight Ahead is a really well-titled album from the mighty Lakeside – as the record makes you think that the group were going to keep on going for many years – working in their own unique version of earlier funk modes – almost a tightening up of the Funkadelic style of the late 70s! The basslines are very much in charge, but like the George Clinton groups, they also have a great way of really bringing everything together at once – sly vocals, riffing guitar, sweet keyboards, and everything else that comes to groove – all hitting right on the money on titles that include "It's You", "Be My Lady", "All For You", "Anything For You", and "We Want You (On The Floor)". For Untouchables, the gangster image on the cover might be a tipoff to the sound – as Lakeside help forge the roots of g-funk with their classic bass-heavy sound on the album! The record's great – every bit as funky as previous Lakeside work in all the right parts, but also showing a greater development of the group past their funk roots – able to mix mellower moments with groovers, at that sublime level that Fatback hit when the 80s began! There's plenty of greatness here for everyone – and titles include "Real Love", "Untouchable", "So Let's Love", "Turn The Music Up", and "Raid". Bonus tracks include "Keep On Moving Straight Ahead (12" version)", "Raid (7" version)", "We Want You On The Floor (7" version)", "Turn The Music Up (inst dub)", and "Turn The Music Up (7" version)". CD

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✨✧ Baba Commandment & The Mandingo BandSiri Ba Kele ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rootsy grooves and heavy rhythms from Baba Commandant – an album recorded in Burkina Faso, and done with a nice blend of guitar, bass, and drums – plus plenty of work on balafon and n'goni! The steel tones of the n'goni ring out nicely next to the warmer percussive melody of the balafon – instantly setting up a pulse for each new song, which is filled in nicely with wider washes of sound from the guitar! Baba Commandant sings on most numbers, but also lets most of the tunes find their groove first – and titles include "Loga Fo Djelba", "Bobira", "Mantcha Mantcha", and "Siguisso". CD

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Art BlakeyKyoto ... LP
Riverside, 1964. Sealed ... $24.99
Quite possibly the best of the non-Blue Note Blakey sides from the early 60s – and an excellent outing from the sextet version of the Jazz Messengers that included Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, and Reggie Workman! The format here is a big tighter than some of Blakey's quintet sessions – with a bit more focus on the arrangements than before – but a change that's more than welcome to our ears, given the strength of the material and Walton's majestic command of the rhythms! Wellington Blakey joins the group on vocals on the track "Wellington's Blues" – but the best aspect of the album is its long Eastern-tinged jam tracks, very much in the mode of some of Horace Silver's work in a similar vein. Titles include Sadao Watanabe's "Nihon Bash", plus "Kyoto", "The High Priest", and "Never Never Land". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed OJC pressing.)

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Body 11Youth ... LP
Medical, Mid 80s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A one-man German operation from the mid-80s – but one with a punchy approach that rivals some of the better electro pop from the Euro scene at the time! Body 11 only ever issued a 7" EP back in the day, plus a handful of cuts on cassette – but the sound here really recalls those great early 80s moments when older, colder groups like Cabaret Voltaire or Human League found a way to get more tuneful – yet still hold onto most of the edge that made them so great. Had Body 11 issued these cuts in early 80s Sheffield or Manchester, he might well have broken big – but it's also the mystery of these obscure tracks that keeps the record really interesting too. Instrumentation includes lots of Yamaha, Korg, and Roland electronics – and titles include "Wasteland 2", "Under My Command", "Just A Smile", "Marching", "Hearts", and "Fascination". LP, Vinyl record album
(Milky clear vinyl, including the insert.)

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Jerry ButlerGolden Hits Live (second cover) ... LP
Mercury, 1968. Very Good+ ... $0.99
The wonderful thing about this one is that the album allows you to hear how great Jerry could be in any setting – even without the fabulous studio work that graced most of his classic hits. Jerry emerges here as a masterful entertainer, with a rich command of both his talents, and the audience in front of him. No schmaltz, though – and the record features nice versions of "Moon River", "He Will Break Your Heart", "Amen", "For Your Precious Love", and "I Stand Accused" – most clearly recorded live so that Mercury would at least have versions of them in the catalog to compete with the Vee Jay recordings. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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John CaleAcademy In Peril ... LP
Reprise, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the coolest, most unusual albums ever from the great John Cale – a set that draws strongly on his roots in the New York underground of the mid 60s – including time spent with Tony Conrad and other experimentalists! The record is almost all instrumental – and has Cale mixing modes that include spare passages that are very evocative and contemplative, with fuller orchestral outbursts that are somewhere in the territory of his material with Terry Riley, but more freewheeling and less minimalist overall. Piano is the main instrument on many numbers, and Cale stuns us with his command of the keyboard – and the album features one striking vocal performance on the song "King Harry", alongside other titles that include "The Philosopher", "Brahms", "Legs Larry At Television Centre", "John Milton", and "Intro/Days Of Steam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram vinyl in the die-cut cover.)

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ClipseLord Willin' ... LP
Star Trak/Arista, 2002. Very Good 2LP ... $24.99
A neo-electro/drug rap/crossover hip hop classic produced by the Neptunes, and the debut LP on their own Star Trak label. Malice and Pusha T are smooth, confident rhymers with some stand-out moments, but the Neptunes are driving this train, much in the way Prince Paul commandeered early De La Soul productions. Like Paul, The Neptunes' fingerprints are evident on just about every second of every track, but it doesn't diminish the role of the rappers in the least. This is a true hip hop record from beginning to end, something the 'Tunes had shied away from around the same time with the hard rockin' NERD. Their production style saturated pop music at the time, but this may be the Neptunes first album-length masterpiece. Tracks include "Young Boy", "Ma, I Don't Love Her" featuring Faith Evans, "Ego", "Comedy Central" featuring Fabulous, "Gangsta Lean", "Let's Talk About It" featuring Jermaine Dupri, and more. Includes exclusive "Grindin'" remixes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the insert. Cover has a hype sticker.)

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Lew Davies & His OrchestraStrange Interlude ... LP
Command, 1961. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Orchestral instrumental stuff, with Tony Mottola on guitar, Phil Bodner on reeds, and Sy Mann playing a groovy ondioline and if that's not enough, there's two theremin players! Cuts include spooky versions of "Ebb Tide" and "Riders in the Sky", plus the title track "Strange Interlude" and "In A Mist", "Wild Goose", "Intermezzo", "Old Devil Moon", "The Riddle Song", "The Witching Hour", "Laura" and "Spellbound". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing in a non-gatefold cover, with a small cutout hole.)

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El RegoEl Rego (clear vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Daptone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 17.99
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his native Benin, essentially credited as the godfather of Benin funk – but to date, he hasn't been celebrated around the world nearly as famously as the superstars of African music hailing from Nigeria and Ghana. That's something that can change really quickly if enough people pick up this truly great compilation of pioneering recordings. Singer El Rego and his excellent, diversely capable band – sax and flute by Baboni Oudou, sax by Michel Diogo, guitar by Oscar De Souza, trumpet by Emmanuel Ganssounou, guitar by Roger Coffi, tumba by Marcelin Kpohonon, additional vocals by Christian Agueh, and bass by band leader Paul Hounnou – take a tighter approach to funky soul. Just a couple tracks on this set roll past the 4 minute mark – which gives it a tighter soul sound, along with some Benin blues and some riveting JB-indebted vocal affections. We owe Voodoo Funk and Daptone big for putting this together! Includes "Feeling You Got", "Zon Dede", "E Nan Mian Duku", "Dkobime", "Dis-Moi Oui", "Djobime", "Hessa" (the centerpiece of the album, 3 minutes of Afro Soul perfection. . .the whole set is great, but this track is unforgettable), "Kpon Fi La", "Do Do Baya", "Vive Le Renouveau", "Achuta", "Cholera" and "Ke Amon-Gbetchea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Daptone Authorized Dealer pressing – with download. Clear vinyl limited to just 150 copies!)

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France GallFrance Gall (1964) ... LP
Philips (France), 1964. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Early work by one of the grooviest singers in the French pop scene of the 60s – the lovely France Gall, working here with some very swinging arrangements from Alain Gouraguer! The grooves are wonderful throughout – sometimes jazzy, sometimes more in a "yeh yeh" pop vein – but always upbeat, lively, and youthful! Gall's voice has a lightly dreamy quality that skips along nicely over the top of the rhythms – not really a little girl mode, given her sense of command on the lyrics – but as cutely flirtatious enough to match the sexy spirit of the record! Titles include "Jazz A Gogo", "Soyons Sages", "Pense A Moi", "La Cloche", "Ca Va Je T'Aime", "Ne Dis Pas Aux Copains", "Mes Premieres Vraies Vacances", and "N'Ecoute Pas Les Idoles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent German pressing on Twitchin' Beat.)

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Coleman HawkinsHawk Relaxes (RVG remaster series) ... CD
Prestige, 1961. Used ... $5.99
The Hawk Relaxes, but never lets himself go – and a set like this is a great illustration of the gentle genius that made so many later Coleman Hawkins records so great! The relaxed setting for this record is a perfect setting for Hawkins to open up and stretch out – working his tenor with a sound that has surprising modern edges, and unusual twists and turns, yet still all the careful economy of his better-known classic sides. There's a command of the instrument here that few other aging players ever seemed to muster – always a sense of new discovery and invention that marks the work strongly, even at a time when Hawkins could have been sitting on his laurels, playing the same old tune! Titles are all standards, but don't let that fool you – because there's plenty of magic in Coleman's versions of "Moonglow", "Just A Gigolo", "Speak Low", "When Day Is Done", and "I'll Never Be The Same". Oh, and we almost forgot – just because we're so focused on Hawkins – the other players include Ronnell Bright on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums – making a surprising early appearance here! CD

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Kenny Burrell & Coleman HawkinsMoonglow (Hawk Relaxes/Bluesey Burrell/Kenny Burrell & Ray Bryant) ... LP
Prestige, 1958/1962. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
The first LP features the full album The Hawk Relaxes – a great illustration of the gentle genius that made so many later Coleman Hawkins records so great! The relaxed setting for this record is a perfect setting for Hawkins to open up and stretch out – working his tenor with a sound that has surprising modern edges, and unusual twists and turns, yet still all the careful economy of his better-known classic sides. There's a command of the instrument here that few other aging players ever seemed to muster – always a sense of new discovery and invention that marks the work strongly, even at a time when Hawkins could have been sitting on his laurels, playing the same old tune! Titles are all standards, but don't let that fool you – because there's plenty of magic in Coleman's versions of "Moonglow", "Just A Gigolo", "Speak Low", "When Day Is Done", and "I'll Never Be The Same". Oh, and we almost forgot – just because we're so focused on Hawkins – the other players include Ronnell Bright on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums – making a surprising early appearance here! Side 3 features material from the album Bluesy Burrell, also with Hawkins – and side 4 features material from Kenny Burrell & Ray Bryant. LP, Vinyl record album

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Isaac HayesHotbed ... LP
Stax, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $5.99
We used to pass this one up, because it was later, and hence not as good as the other Stax stuff. But then we discovered the nice extended version of "Feel Like Makin' Love", which is a nice solid groover. Also includes the tracks "Use Me", "I'm Gonna Have to Tell Her", and "The Ten Commandments of Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Richard HaymanGenuine Electric Latin Love Machine ... LP
Command, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $29.99
Groovy electronic pop stuff from the great Command label! Not as wild as Dick Hyman, but still pretty darn nice, and with a good groovy feel, accented by some nice "Latin" touches. Titles include "Girl From Ipanema", "Dansero", "Look Of Love", "Hare Krishna", and "Samba De Victoria". Groovy gatefold cover, too, with a goofy robot on the front! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has bumped corners and a small cutout hole, looks great otherwise!)

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Bobby HutchersonColor Schemes ... CD
Landmark, 1986. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A great title for this album from Bobby Hutcherson – given the way he commands such great tones from his work on the vibes! The album's a real gem from his Landmark Records years – that great back-to-basics point when Bobby was almost doing more by doing less – especially in a record with understated brilliance like this. The group's a warmly sensitive one – with Mulgrew Miller on piano, John Heard on bass, Airto on percussion, and Billy Higgins on drums – a perfect rhythmic accompaniment for Hutcherson's hip vibes. Titles include "Rosemary Rosemary", "Remember", "Never Let Me Go", "Recorda Me", "Bemsha Swing", and "Whisper Not". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Color Schemes ... LP 4.99

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Bobby HutchersonColor Schemes ... LP
Landmark, 1986. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A great title for this album from Bobby Hutcherson – given the way he commands such great tones from his work on the vibes! The album's a real gem from his Landmark Records years – that great back-to-basics point when Bobby was almost doing more by doing less – especially in a record with understated brilliance like this. The group's a warmly sensitive one – with Mulgrew Miller on piano, John Heard on bass, Airto on percussion, and Billy Higgins on drums – a perfect rhythmic accompaniment for Hutcherson's hip vibes. Titles include "Rosemary Rosemary", "Remember", "Never Let Me Go", "Recorda Me", "Bemsha Swing", and "Whisper Not". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Color Schemes ... LP 4.99

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonColor Schemes ... LP
Landmark, 1986. New Copy ... $4.99
A great title for this album from Bobby Hutcherson – given the way he commands such great tones from his work on the vibes! The album's a real gem from his Landmark Records years – that great back-to-basics point when Bobby was almost doing more by doing less – especially in a record with understated brilliance like this. The group's a warmly sensitive one – with Mulgrew Miller on piano, John Heard on bass, Airto on percussion, and Billy Higgins on drums – a perfect rhythmic accompaniment for Hutcherson's hip vibes. Titles include "Rosemary Rosemary", "Remember", "Never Let Me Go", "Recorda Me", "Bemsha Swing", and "Whisper Not". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in limited supply!)
Also available Color Schemes ... LP 4.99

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Dick HymanAge Of Electronicus ... LP
Command, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
Nice one! This is one of Dick Hyman's most fantastic LPs, and the one that includes some of his best moogy playing. With the very funky club cut "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", plus "Both Sides Now", "Kolumbo", "Time Is Tight", and "Green Onions". LP, Vinyl record album
(A nice copy!)

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Dick HymanKeyboard Kaleidoscope ... LP
Command, 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $8.99
Dick Hyman plays some groovy instrumentals on the Lowery Organ, with a nice light sound that's different from the kind of stuff you'll hear on a Hammond B-3. Titles include "Goldfinger", "Love Me Do", "It Kinda Makes Yuh Wonder", "Discotheque Doll", and "Under Paris Skies". LP, Vinyl record album

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Herb LarsonSax Appeal ... LP
Command, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
A totally groovy album of sax-based 60s instrumentals! The record features the alto work fo Herb Larson, but the real treat is the off-beat arrangements by Bill Ramal, which are filled with weird production and very groovy instrumentation – like electric sitar, electric bass, bongos, and other "now sound" 60s touches! Includes a great odd one called "Malaysian Melody", a swinging cover of "Meondocino", and the cuts "Traces", "Galveston", "You Showed Me", and "Hang 'Em High". Very nice – and plenty saxy! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some gloss separation at the spine.)

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Mary Jane Girls/Bobby NunnCandy Man/Sexy Sassy (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1983. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A tasty 80s pop soul number from the Mary Jane Girls, produced by Rick James, and showcasing his ever-growing command of the mainstream soul market at the time! This longer single version offers a fair bit more than the chart version of the cut – not only a much more extended take on the tune, but also a slightly heavier groove as well! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Motown sleeve. Sleeve and labels have small stickers and a bit of marker.)

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Charles MingusMe Myself An Eye ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Near Mint- ... $8.99
Complicated later work from Charles Mingus – a great illustration of the way his power to command a large ensemble never wavered as the years went on! The album features two different large groups of players – filled with modernists young and old – including Ricky Ford, George Coleman, and Michael Brecker ont enors; Ronni Cuber and Pepper Adams on baritone; Randy Brecker and Jack Walrath on trumpets; Lee Konitz on alto, Larry Coryell on guitar, Slide Hampton on trombone, and Eddie Gomez on bass. Side one features the 30 minute track "Three Worlds Of Drums", and side 2 contains a remake of "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting", plus "Devil Woman" and "Carolyn Keki Mingus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Vanessa MitchellHigher Ground ... LP
Command, 1988. Near Mint- ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Mitsuko Miyake & Kiyoko MaruyamaTokyo Canaries ... CD
King (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99
Early jazz vocals from the Japanese scene – recorded in a late 50s stretch when the Tokyo scene was really taking off! The album's a split effort showcasing two different vocalists – Mitsuko Miyake on side one, and Kiyoko Maruyama on side two – both singers with a good command of English, and working here in modes that rival some of the best modern jazz American vocalists of the time! Miyake's got a nice depth to her tone, while Maruyama has a more lyrical trill – and the variety makes the album like finding two rare gems together at once. Miyake sings "Until The Real Thing Comes Along", "Solitude", "Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea", and "My Melancholy Baby" – and Maruyama sings "Lover Come Back To Me", "Yesterdays", "Lullaby Of Birdland", and "Moonlight In Vermont". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Mos DefSex, Love & Money (radio, inst, LP)/Ghetto Rock (radio, inst, LP) ... 12-inch
Geffen, 2004. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Two great tracks that show that Mos is tip-top form when he wants to hip hop – even though they come from an album that in many ways steers clear of straight hip hop! "Sex, Love & Money" finds Mos laying back, rolling, and scatting off the wordplay with a cool presence – commanding the track with confidence and a sly subtlety. The beats by Warryn Campbell leave room for a great flute line on the beat. "Ghetto Rock" is not what you'd expect – r.e. the "Rock & Roll" track from Black On Both Sides. It's another sly track, with hazy psych beats and echoey vocals, produced by Minnesota. These two tracks comprise the the best of the hip hop tracks from the wildly diverse New Danger LP. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve with unglued bottom seam.)

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Nana MouskouriVoice Of Greece (3CD set) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $9.99
A huge amount of early work from Nana Mouskouri – a singer who looked a bit like a librarian, with glasses to match – but who managed to catapult to huge global fame in the 60s and 70s! Part of that fame was due to the fact that Nana was not only a great singer, but also graced with a strong command of other languages too – which helped her score big on charts all over Europe, and in other parts of the globe. Yet this set focuses strongly on Mouskouri's earliest work in her native Greece – with lyrics all in Greek, which may come as quite a surprise if you only know some of Nana's bigger songs in French, English, or other languages. The backings often have a nicely understated quality – some folkloric elements hitting more modern arrangements, sometimes with a great current of jazz that really lights things up – and the 3CD package features 77 tracks in all, complete with notes – selections from albums that include The Voice Of Greece, Epitaphois & More Songs Of Her Homeland, Greece Dreamland Of Desire, and Pashalies Mesa Apo Tin Nekri Gi. CD

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NirvanaMTV Unplugged In New York (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Geffen, 1994. New Copy ... On November 1, 2019
Nirvana's classic session for MTV's Unplugged – slowing down the tempo and stripping away the feedback and squalling electric guitars of their early 90s classics – as well as showing Kurt Cobain's command of cover tunes! This is a set that blew expectations right out of the water. It shows the essence of the great Cobain songwriting, as well has his gift for interpreting others – drawing parallels from Bowie, The Meat Puppets to traditional folk and blues. Amazing! Includes "About A Girl", "The Man Who Sold The World", "Where Did You Sleep Last Night", "Lake Of Fire", "All Apologies", "Dumb", "Polly" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Notorious BIGGreatest Hits (2018 Record Store Crawl Exclusive – on colored vinyl) ... LP
Bad Boy, 1990s. New Copy 2LP ... $29.99 31.98
A strong batch of classic Notorious BIG! Greatest Hits took some hits upon release for falling short of being the single definitive statment on Biggie's tragically short career that you might expect from the title, but history has been a little more kind to it, as it should be – really is a solid select anthology, if not literally "the greatest hits" – with "Juicy", "Big Poppa", "Hypnotize", "One More Chance/Stay With Me (Remix)", "Dead Wrong" with Eminem, "Who Shot Ya", "Ten Crack Commandments", "Notorious Thugs" with Bone Thugs & Harmony, "Unbelievable", "N***as Bleed" and more. 17 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie store exclusive on transluscent red colored vinyl.)

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Rich PerryOther Matters ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Rich Perry has a great way of shaping his sounds here – sometimes rhythmically, sometimes more spatially – but all with a very distinct approach to his work on the tenor! The group is open and as fluid as the leader – Gary Versace on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and John Riley on drums – all great players, but clearly driven with a sensitivity to the needs of the leader's tone, which is great – as Perry really commands a lot of attention, but without ever hitting us over the head. Part of the strength of the set is the material – all original compositions by Rich, which really suit his approach – titles that include "Other Matters", "Transparency", "Sono", "Neta", "Written Image", and "Mndfl". CD

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Oscar PetersonWalking The Line (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
MPS (Japan), 1971. Used Gatefold ... $24.99
An album with a groove as fluid as you might guess from the title – and from the nicely stretched image of Oscar Peterson on the cover! The album's one of the best-remembered from Oscar's years at MPS – a session that's got almost as much soul jazz at the bottom as it does the fluid Peterson touch on the top – and a record that benefits, no doubt, from exceptional rhythm work from the team of George Mraz on bass and Ray Price on drums, who hit a groove that's a bit more pronounced than usual. Peterson is tremendous throughout on the keys – all over the place, but always in control – really burning up the 88s with a command of his instrument that few players could match! Titles include "Just Friends", "Teach Me Tonight", "I Love You", "Once Upon A Summertime", "The Windmills Of Your Mind", and "All Of You". CD
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Dannie RichmondDionysius ... LP
Red (Italy), 1983. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Proof that Dannie Richmond had a lot more to offer than just his drumming with Charles Mingus! The album's a stunning post-Mingus set that shows Richmond in command of a hip group of Mingus-ites – but working in a style that has much of its own manners and quirks! The album features 2 Mingus tunes – as you'd expect from a Richmond album – but the delivery is quite different than when the tunes were in Charles' hands, and they come off with an offbeat sense of rhythm and timing that almost has the playful feel of some of Jaki Byard's best work. The rest of the group features Ricky Ford on tenor, Jack Walrath on trumpet, and Cameron Brown on bass – and titles include "Hi Jinks", "Dionysius", "Flying Colors", and "Peggy's Blue Skylight". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bernie Senesky/Gene Perla/Doug RileyInvitation ... CD
PM/Solid (Japan), 2009. New Copy ... $16.99
A great little record from Bernie Senesky – a Canadian pianist who doesn't always get the recognition he deserves on this side of the border, but who can always blow us away! Bernie's got a fantastic command of the piano – this bold, wide range at times – but also with more lyrically sensitive moments too – a balance of energy that always keeps things exciting, and which comes across with a sense of warmth that's really wonderful. The trio features the mighty Gene Perla on bass and Ben Riley on drums – really matching Bernie's groove – and titles include "Bill's Waltz", "Old Folks", "Invitation", "Come To Me", "Blues For EJ", "Bud Lines", and "Young & Foolish". CD
(Part of the Modern Jazz Connection series!)

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Louis SmithHere Comes Louis Smith ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $6.99
Trumpeter Louis Smith made only two records for Blue Note, but both of them are great! This set's arguably his most famous – because of a rare uncredited appearance by Cannonball Adderley, working here under the "nom de date" of "Buckshot La Funke" – and blowing with a power that beats most of his other Mercury sessions of the late 50s! But the real credit here should go to Louis Smith – who's got a sense of power and command that should have made him one of THE trumpeters of the 50s – an emerging young talent to stand alongside Lee Morgan, Nat Adderley, and other post-Fats Navarro/Clifford Brown talents on the instrument. Smith sparkles throughout with a mix of soul and modernism we really love – and an earthy way of blowing the horn that doesn't always reach its goals, but which draws even more energy from its ability to try! The rhythm section on the album's also very tight – with Art Taylor on drums, Doug Watkins on bass, and either Tommy Flanagan or Duke Jordan on piano – and tracks include "Ande", "Brill's Blues", "South Side", and "Val's Blues". CD
(Out of print Connoisseur pressing.)

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Sonny StittTune-Up! ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
By this point in his career, Sonny hardly needed a tune up in his style – but the album's a great one from his post-Prestige years, and a real back-to-basics effort that recalls the genius of his work on Roost! The format is straight and simple – Stitt's tenor and alto fronting a quartet that includes Barry Harris, Sam Jones, and Alan Dawson – all playing in a way that puts Sonny in command on all tracks, blowing with an amazing tone that makes us want to throw away all his funk, organ, and electric outings, and just concentrate on these straight acoustic sides. Stitt has a way of blowing the reed like he's got his whole mouth moving into the sax – an earthy, human, and personal feel that first came out strongly in his work during the late 50s, but which has grown even more by this point – even if you couldn't hear the development on other sets. And given our love of funk and electric sides, we're honestly surprised we find ourselves championing a record like this from the early 70s – but it's a great one, and not to be missed if you remotely dig Stitt! Titles include "Tune Up", "Idaho", "Just Friends", "Groovin High", and "Blues For Prez & Bird". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny StittTune-Up/Constellation – Endgame Brilliance ... CD
Cobblestone/32 Jazz, 1972. Used ... $11.99
Early 70s magic from Sonny Stitt – two albums recorded in 1972 for the Cobblestone label! First up is Tune Up – a great one from Stitt's post-Prestige years, and a real back-to-basics effort that recalls the genius of his work on Roost! The format is straight and simple – Stitt's tenor and alto fronting a quartet that includes Barry Harris, Sam Jones, and Alan Dawson – all playing in a way that puts Sonny in command on all tracks, blowing with an amazing tone that makes us want to throw away all his funk, organ, and electric outings, and just concentrate on these straight acoustic sides. Stitt has a way of blowing the reed like he's got his whole mouth moving into the sax – an earthy, human, and personal feel that first came out strongly in his work during the late 50s, but which has grown even more by this point – even if you couldn't hear the development on other sets. And given our love of funk and electric sides, we're honestly surprised we find ourselves championing a record like this from the early 70s – but it's a great one, and not to be missed if you remotely dig Stitt! Titles include "Tune Up", "Idaho", "Just Friends", "Groovin High", and "Blues For Prez & Bird". Constellation is all bop and all soul all the way through, and recorded with a tight quartet that features Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums! The style's a bit like Sonny's work of the late 50s, but there's also a fluidity to the rhythm section that makes it a bit different too – a sound that's warm, open, and soulful – creating a space into which Stitt settles nicely and blows like mad. There's no gimmicks at all, just solid classic jazz skills – and titles include "Casbah", "Constellation", "By Accident", "Webb City", and "Topsy". CD
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Toots ThielemansContrasts ... LP
Command, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
Toots at his grooviest – working in a nice and light setting that brings out the best of his unique style! Don't be put off by the fact that this one's on the easy listening label Command, because it's got a very jazzy finish – and really allows Toots the space to inflect his sound at levels that he often never got to do freely until later 70s sides. The tracks are all short, and include some familiar covers – but Toots transforms them with magical work on guitar, harmonica, and whistle! Titles include "Sweet & Lovely", "So Nice", "Big Boy", "Yesterday & Today", and "Bluesette". LP, Vinyl record album

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Toots ThielemansToots ... LP
Command, Late 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
Groovy Toots – just the way we like him, with a bit of jazz, a bit of easy, and some cool 60s approaches to his sound! The album has Toots on both harmonica and guitar – working in a stripped-down small combo setting that has some really surprising elements, like piano and organ by Dick Hyman, additional piano by Herbie Hancock, and some added guitar on rhythm on a number of tracks. Tunes are great – and even familiar numbers are handled in a light and pixieish style that really gets the best out of Toots' sound, and which makes the album swing nicely overall. Titles include "Preachmanship", "I Can't Get Started", "Secret Love", "Blues Talk", "Lover Man", and "Whispering". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Alexander Von Schlippenbach QuartetThree Nails Left (180 gram pressing) ... LP
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Amazing work from this seminal group on the FMP scene – a quartet led by pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, but equally balanced between the saxes of Evan Parker, bass of Peter Kowald, and percussion of Paul Lovens! We're not sure how much to take the "nails" in the title seriously, but it does sound as if Schlippenbach is playing prepared piano at times – or perhaps his command of the keyboard is just so strong, he can make other-worldly elements come from the instrument whenever he wants! Much of the music has a full-on FMP intensity – that non-stop, sonically adventurous quality inherited from Machine Gun – spun out over three great live improvisations, titled "Range", "Black Holes", and "Three Nails Left". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony WilliamsForeign Intrigue ... LP
Blue Note, 1985. Near Mint- ... $7.99
An intriguing little set from drummer Tony Williams – and a set that shows him still very much in command of his talents well into the 80s! Tony's playing here with all the bold, open energy of his classic recordings – and although he picks up a bit of electric percussion at points, he still plays it all "live" – and really seems to defer to the richer acoustic sounds of the group's great lineup – an all-star setting that includes Wallace Roney on trumpet, Donald Harrison on alto, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Ron Carter on bass, and Mulgrew Miller on piano! The richness of the alto and trumpet are tremendous – and Hutcherson's vibes ring out beautifully, a perfect balance of tone and timing. Titles include "Foreign Intrigue", "My Michele", "Takin My Time", "Sister Cheryl", and "Arboretum". LP, Vinyl record album
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Teddy WilsonIntimate Listening ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
Intimate listening from pianist Teddy Wilson, but surprisingly lively listening too – as Teddy's as fleet on the keys as ever, and maybe even more so in this well-recorded session from the 50s! The record's got a great Verve vibe – simple, unadorned presentation of the Teddy Wilson genius at its mature height – with bass and drums to help bring in a gentle bit of rhythm, but Teddy handling most of the energy himself – with an amazing command of the keyboard that really transforms these familiar tunes. The approach is like Erroll Garner at his best from the time – subtle magic from simple sources – but Teddy's lighter, and more lyrical too – especially on his flourishes on the keys. Titles include "You Go To My Head", "Night & Day", "Cheek To Cheek", "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "East Of The Sun", and "Everything Happens To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Phil WoodsWoodlore ... LP
Prestige, 1955. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Early work by one of the greatest voices on the alto sax in the 1950s – a player who worked with the deftness of other altoists of his generation, but a depth of soul usually reserved for the tenor! The setting is simple and perfect – as Phil Woods blows at the helm of a quartet that features John Williams on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – players who know how to get things moving, but allow plenty of room for the leader to fill space with his solos! Even at this early date, Woods' command of his instrument is amazing – and the record is easily one of the greatest introductions to his work you'll ever find. Titles include "Strollin With Pam", "Be My Love", "Slow Boat To China", "Woodlore", and "Falling In Love All Over Again". LP, Vinyl record album
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Denny ZeitlinZeitgeist ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Pianist Denny Zeitlin is sporting a beard on the cover of this fourth album for Columbia Records – and his music here definitely reflects a bit of a change from his earlier cleaner-cut image! Denny steps a bit outside at times – never to much so to make the album a session of avant jazz, but definitely showing the listener at the start that he's able to stretch out in the same way as some of the more adventurous pianists of his generation – yet really sound best as a master of lyrical understatement, as on his previous few records! Zeitlin's command of chords is wonderful – these blocks of color and subtle sound in his hands – inspired by Bill Evans, but taken in a whole new direction – and set up here in two different trios, with either Charlie Haden or Joe Halpin on bass, and Oliver Johnson or Jerry Granelli on drums. The real star of the show is always Denny, though – holding us rapt on titles that include "The Hyde Street Run", "Dormammu", "Maiden Voyage", "Offshore Breeze", "Mirage", and "Night & Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has staple holes in one corner.)

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VariousLefto Presents Jazz Cats ... CD
Sdban (Belgium), 2018. Used ... $9.99
The jazz cats here are all pretty contemporary – younger musicians and combos on the current scene in Belgium – which turns out to have a fantastic array of really fresh sounds! Some groups play straight, some maybe use a bit more electronics – others are more acoustic than electric – and together, the tracks present an amazing underground that we'd never have heard otherwise – a really rich tapestry of talents who clearly draw keen inspiration from the 70s, but also really point the way forward – maybe with some of the post-jazz styles of music that we've been exposed to by Gilles Peterson over the years! Hats off to Lefto for doing such a great job of bringing these talents to light – in a set that includes "Steak In The Neck" by Madame Blavatsky, "Bombarda" by Combro Oro", "Introducing (part 3)" by Commander Spoon, "Lindbergh" by Schntzl, "De Vlijtige Kip" by Brzzvll, "Elevator" by LABtrio, "Takeoff" by Collective Conscience, "Hiza Hiza Hey" by Pudding Oo, "Hikari Park" by Mazzle, and "Oude Beren" by De Beren Gieren. CD

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✨✧ Amerigo GazawayNotorious JB's – The BIG Payback Tape – Biggie Vs James Brown ... Cassette
Soul Mates, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amerigo Gazaway deftly mixes and mashes up the James Brown and Biggie Smalls! Includes "Big Poppa Got A Brand New Bag", "Sex Machine Gun Funk", "The B.I.G. Payback", "Everyday Struggle", "The Ten Crack Commandments" (which weaves in a little Fela) and more. Cassette
(2019 Cassette Store Day release.)

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✨✧ Milt Buckner & Jo JonesBuck & Jo (4CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic pairing of talents – brought together here in a set of recordings that features way more material than we ever knew the duo recorded! The massive 4CD package is focused on spare duets between drummer Jo Jones and organist Milt Buckner – both American jazz musicians from a slightly earlier age, given a chance to really stretch out in a great way during the early 70s – taken into the studio by producer Hugues Panassie, in a mode that's free from any restrictions or commercial trappings at all! Both musicians can really do a lot with a little – especially Buckner, whose Hammond almost always sounds better without a larger group alongside him – because you can really hear his great command of the keys and pedals, and his amazing ear for a very wide range of sounds. The package features 42 tracks in all – some of them nice and long – with titles that include "Blues For Diane", "Am I Blue", "Pick Yourself Up", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Smoke Rings", "Madeline's Garden", "Anna Ryan", "Cute", "Count's Basement", "Perdido", "Three Little Words", "It Happened In Monterey", "That's All", and "Believe It Beloved". CD

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✨✧ Sonny ClarkSonny's Crib ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard-slamming genius from pianist Sonny Clark – one of his greatest albums for Blue Note, and a real cooker that's served up with an all-star group! Clark's vision has never been tighter or fuller than on this album – save, perhaps, for the magnificent Cool Struttin – and his command as a leader is impeccable, effortlessly shaping the horns of Donald Byrd, Curtis Fuller, and John Coltrane to realize his unique vision in music. Rhythm is by Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and titles include classics like "News for Lulu" and "Sonny's Crib", plus smoking renditions of "Speak Low" and "With a Song in My Heart". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ FME (Ken Vandermark)Cuts ... CD
Okka Disk, 2005. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Powerful work from the Free Music Ensemble of Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Nate McBride – a set recorded in Oslo with the intensity of some of the older power trio sessions from the Scandinavian scene! Vandermark, as always, is a commanding presence on reeds – blowing with all the capable imagination of previous albums, but always deepening in tone with each new release – and Paal Nilssen-Love's drums are fast, frenetic, yet always nicely pulsating – giving a sense of energy to the album that pushes the whole thing along nicely, but never exhausts its imagination. McBride's bass gets some nice moments of quieter sonic presence – and titles include "Necessary/Reset/Slip", "Other Side Up/Boadas", "Heavy Light", and "Broken". CD

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✨✧ Little Anthony & The ImperialsI'm On the Outside (Looking In)/Goin' Out Of My Head ... CD
Collectables/United Artists, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although Little Anthony first cracked into the world with his early doo wop and R&B recordings for the End label, we've always been partial to his beautifully produced albums for Veep from the mid 60s. This nice 2-in-1 CD brings together Anthony's 2 best albums from the time, for a total of 27 harmony vocal soul tracks with a nice pop production sound. That material's great, and most of the tracks have arrangements by Teddy Randazzo (who also wrote a fair bit of them). The whole set's a perfect excercise in uptown soul, and titles include "I'm On the Outside", "Please Go", "Our Song", "Reputation", "Get Out Of My Life", "Take Me Back", and "Hurt So Bad". Also includes 3 bonus cuts that weren't on the original LPs – "Out of Sight, Out of Mind", "Ten Commandments Of Love", and "Help Me Find A Way". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Pete RugoloTen Trombones Like Two Pianos ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of a series of albums Kenton arranger Rugolo cut for Mercury in the early 60s – 10 Trombones Like 2 Pianos, 10 Trumpets & 2 Guitars, and 10 Saxophones & 2 Basses – all making use of differing instrumental lineups to showcase Rugolo's amazing command of sound color and tone! Pete first rose to fame in the Kenton group, and you'll hear plenty of Kenton-like inflections here – but trained towards a more dynamic hi-fi generation with wide sonic range! Titles on the 10 trombones session include "Angel Eyes", "Intermission Riff", "Love Is Here To Stay", "Like Love", and "10 Trombones Like". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Cecil TaylorWorld Of Cecil Taylor ... LP
Candid, 1960. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cecil Taylor's first LP for the Candid label – and a landmark album that really lets him open up for the first time in years at a recording session! The album was cut at Nola's Penthouse in 1960, and the core group is Cecil's trio with Buell Neidlinger on bass and Dennis Charles on drums – but Archie Shepp joins the group on tenor on two tracks, "Air" and "Lazy Afternoon". The remaining three have a sound that's not always heard on other Taylor albums from the 60s – a bit bluesy, with playing that might be called a bit "straight", but which also shows Cecil's command of the jazz idiom in a mode that allows keen comparison with other players of his generation. Titles include "EB", "This Nearly Was Mine", and "Port Of Call". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Teddy Wilson/Gerry MulliganTeddy Wilson Trio & Gerry Mulligan Quartet With Bob Brookmeyer & Bill Evans At Newport ... LP
Verve, 1957. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two different sides of Verve Records in the 50s – one modern, one a bit more traditional – and both represented in live material from the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! Side one features a stunning live performance from pianist Teddy Wilson – working in a tight trio with Milt Hinton on bass and Spec Powell on drums – and really blowing away any conceptions we might have had about Wilson being aging or flowery at the time. Instead, he's got a sharp edge and command of the keys that's amazing – and which almost seems to have a bit more bite than usual in this concert setting. Titles include "Stompin At The Savoy", "Basin Street Blues", and "Airmail Special" – and Gerry Mulligan joins the group on baritone for a reading of "Sweet Georgia Brown". Mulligan then takes off with his own group, in a completely different format – no piano at all, just beautiful work from Joe Benjamin on bass and Dave Bailey on drums – and sublime sounds from Bob Brookmeyer's valve trombone, which is a perfect match for Gerry's deep tones. The group plays long takes on "My Funny Valentine" and "Utter Chaos". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing, UMV 2622, still sealed in the original outer sleeve with some sticker remnants on front. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ VariousSouled Out (Chess) ... LP
Chess, 1960s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection of soul and R&B off Argo, Chess and Checker: "The Entertainer" by Tony Clarke, "Selfish One" by Jackie Ross, "Temptation Bout To Get Me" by the Knight Bros, "I Had A Talk With My Man" by Mitty Collier, "It Do Me So Good" by Little Miss Cornshucks, "We're Gonna Make It" by Little Milton, "Voice Your Choice" by the Radiants, "Ten Commandments Of Love" by the Moonglows, "Hi Heel Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker, "I'm So Young" by the Students, "Searching For My Love" by Bobby Moore, "Lonely Baby" by ty Hunter, "I'm Over You" by Jan Bradley and "Daytripper" by the Vontastics. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousSouth Dallas Pop Festival 1970 ... CD
Now Again/Stones Throw, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of lost funk – recorded live in Dallas in 1970, and issued now for the first time ever! The project was unearthed by the crate-digging funk fanatics at Stones Throw – and it's a perfect counterpart to their brilliant reissue singles of the past few years – live work from obscure groups of the Texas funk scene of the 60s, all recorded in concert, in a format that allows them to jam even more than they would on 45s! Tracks are often quite free-minded – grooving with a tightness that shows the groups' roots in the club scene that first got them playing heavy funk, but working here with a confidence and slight sense of experimentation that's quite befitting of their move to the bigger stage of the festival. The music is presented here complete with announcements and introductions – plus a great set of notes that really helps you understand the vibe of the music – and the material features performances by The Soul Seven, Apollo Commanders, Marchel Ivery Quintet, Black Maffia, and Les Watson & The Panthers – all groups you'll be happy to discover! CD

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✨✧ Leonard CohenNew Skin For The Old Ceremony ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
New Skin for Leonard Cohen, who by 1974 was ready to start singing with a bit more flair, and do so over more textured arrangements – but still raw both emotionally and in the unglossy instrumentation! The core of the sound is still Cohen's voice, his words, and acoustic guitar – but this record brings in some ragged acoustic instrumentation and loose percussion, as well as some more layered strings, some winds, and backing vocals – Janis Ian among the vocalists. On later records, bigger productions would nearly choke the natural life out of Cohen's songs, but this is one of those totally great records where the change in sound would actually enhance the material in the studio – allowing for one of his best albums of the 70s. Titles include "Is This What You Wanted", "Chelsea Hotel #2", "Lover Lover Lover", "Field Commander Cohen", "Ther Is A War", "A Singer Must Die", "Leaving Greensleeves" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent Sundazed reissue.)

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✨✧ Bill O'ConnellMonk's Cha Cha – Live At The Carnegie Farian Room ... CD
Savant, 2017. Used ... Out Of Stock
Warmly lyrical solo work from pianist Bill O'Connell – a set that's got a much mellower feel than you might guess from the Thelonious Monk reference in the title! Bill's definitely got some modern chops, and his command of the piano is breathtaking – but he also rounds things out, instead of goes for sharper edges and angles – almost taking us back to the kind of old school, late night piano albums we love from the 50s and 60s – save for some points when both the phrasing and the compositions get a bit more contemporary. Titles include "Monk's Cha Cha", "Gibberish", "Hither Hills", "Afro Blue", "White Caps", "Zip Line", and "Dindi". CD
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✨✧ Tsuyoshi YamamotoMidnight Sun ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most sensitively soulful records of the 70s from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – a set that still has him working in a trio format, but which also has a slightly more mellow feel overall – with some especially great work from the leader on the ballads! Yamamoto's style is maturing strongly here – and he's got this commanding spectrum of sound from the piano – gentle right hand passages and deep left hand lines – all nicely balanced with work from Tsutomo Okada on bass and Keiji Kishida on drums. Titles include "Billy Boy", "A Shade Of Love", "Midnight Sun", "Autumn Leaves", "Wave", "Blue Manhattan", and "Kid". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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✨✧ Echoes Of The PastIssue No 126 ... Magazine
Echoes Of The Past, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Lots of great group coverage here – presented with the interesting information, label scans, and discographical details that always make this publication so great! This issue looks at Carl Holmes & The Commanders – who you might know from a vintage 60s album on Atlantic – plus The Mandells, Corvairs, and a feature with the Hurricanes, Four Chaps, Calvanes, and other groups! There's also a look at "one man's record collection" – and some other short bits too. Magazine

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✨✧ Ryo FukuiScenery ... LP
We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Lyrical magic from pianist Ryo Fukui – a lost gem from the Japanese scene of the 70s, and a beautifully flowing album throughout! Fukui's got a wide-open touch to the piano that we totally love – and is easily one of the best of his contemporaries on the Japanese trio scene of the time – working in the open-ended mode that was allowed by labels in Tokyo during the 70s, a style that was never too far outside, but which really allowed the pianist to soar with a driving, rhythmic intensity. There's a bit of a modal groove to some of the tracks on the album, but more than that, there's just a beautiful sense of freedom – a love of sound and texture that's never reduced to mere experimentation, and which has Ryo taking full command of the keys to soar to the skies on waves of acoustic soul. The group on the set features Yoshinori Fukui on drums and Satoshi Denpo on bass – and tracks include "I Want To Talk About You", "Scenery", "Autumn Leaves", "Early Summer", and "It Could Happen To You". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ David KikoskiKayemode ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pianist David Kikoski has added his talents to many great groups over the years – but the man himself always seems completely on fire when he's out front on his own – as on this wonderful trio set with Joe Martin on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums! Kikoski still has that way of building waves of sound that can be so important to horn player – but he also has an incredibly deft command of the keyboard at so many different levels during his solos on the set – bold one minute, modern the next, and often with an inherent lyricism that holds the whole thing together beautifully! Dave's sense of tone is crisp and clear – as the notes ring out strongly alongside each other – but he always seems to be working with a larger overall vision, even when wrapped up in the heat of a solo. The set features original tracks "Morning Glory", "Binge Watching", "Switching Roles", and "Blues For Gerry" – plus versions of Chick Corea's "Mirror Mirror" and the Pat Metheny tune "H & H". CD

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✨✧ Oliver NelsonStolen Moments (Inner City) ... LP
Inner City, 1975. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of the last sessions Oliver Nelson ever recorded – a genius batch of work recorded for the Japanese East Wind label, and maybe one of his greatest albums ever! The set's a wonderful link between the sophisticated large group sounds that Nelson did for Impulse Records in the 60s, and some of the more expansive styles he was trying out on the Flying Dutchman imprint in the 70s – a batch of work that both has that sense of majesty that Nelson could command at his best, but which still retains an earthy vibe overall. The group is great – with soulful work from Bobby Bryant on trumpet, Jerome Richardson on soprano sax and flute, Buddy Collette on tenor and flute, and Jack Nimitz on baritone – and the rhythm section has some great Fender Rhodes from Mike Wofford, given more push from the electric bass of Chuck Dominico, and some open-ended drum work from Shelly Manne. Titles include a wonderful remake of Nelson's "Stolen Moments", the groover "Mission Accomplished", and the tracks "St Thomas", "Three Seconds", and "Yearnin". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City.)

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✨✧ Dave O'Higgins Trio + Max IonataTenors Of Our Time (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two tenors, Hammond organ, and drums – nothing else at all, which makes for a mighty sharp little record! The group's led by tenorist Dave O'Higgins, but it draws equal power from guest Max Ionata on tenor too – and each player appears in a different channel of the record, so you can definitely separate their contributions – all while enjoying the wonderful rhythm driven by the organ of Ross Stanley and drums of Luca Santaniello! We're not sure we've ever heard Stanley before, but we really love him – and he's got this bold, rich command of the Hammond that really sets the scene perfectly – igniting the record with plenty of energy right from the start, which seems to inspire the tenors even more. Titles include "Fourplay", "Lady Face", "Donna", "Medication", "Satosong", and "Song For Capetown". CD

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonFlaming Youth ... LP
RCA (Japan), Late 40s. Very Good+ 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Rare pre-Verve material from the great Oscar Peterson – a host of early tracks recorded for RCA in the 50s! If you think that Peterson only emerged fully-formed in the hands of Norman Granz during the 50s, then think again – because this work really shows a young player already hitting tremendous heights – full, fluid, and very commanding – at a level that's kind of a rougher around the edges version of his Verve years – but in a great way! Peterson echoes some of his predecessors a bit – and you can hear a bit more proximity to Erroll Garner or Eddie Heywood in the way he embraces the rhythms with his solos – but the overall presentation is still pure Oscar. The album's packaged in a heavy cardboard cover, with most of the notes in Japanese – and a set of titles that includes "Flying Home", "I Got Rhythm", "Smiles", "Stairway To The Stars", "Oop Bop Sh-Ram", "Fine & Dandy", and "Honeydripper". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing.)

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✨✧ Jerry ReedExplores Guitar Country/Cookin/Georgia Sunshine/Me & Jerry ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collection of work from the great Jerry Reed – some more obscure albums than his bigger hits, which makes for a really fresh selection of music throughout! Explores Guitar Country is maybe one of the rootsier efforts during the early RCA years of Jerry Reed – a set that definitely lives up to the "guitar country" promised in the title, as his strong command of the instrument is right up front in the mix – often on these midtempo numbers that sound perfect with his style! Jerry sings a bit, but his guitar is almost the strongest voice on the record – nicely unadorned, especially for RCA at the time – on titles that include "Bluegrass With Guts", "Are You From Dixie", "Wayfarin Stranger", "Barbara Allen", "In The Pines", "Swarmin", and "A Worried Man". Cookin has Jerry Reed reaching for some of the groovier material that would bring him great fame – but the songs are also balanced with some slightly folksy currents, maybe a bit like the late 60s work of Waylon Jennings – with some surprising commentary from time to time, and a richness of feeling that wasn't always allowed Jerry in some of his more famous, joke-heavy moments. Titles include "Turn It Around In Your Mind", "How Many Tomorrows", "Sometimes Feelin", "Plastic Saddle", "Alabama Jubilee", and "My Next Impersonation". Georgia Sunshine is a record that has Jerry Reed really hitting that formula that would make for some big albums in the 70s – a mix of witty, upbeat numbers and some occasional deeper moments – many of which are featured here in songs penned by Jerry himself! The set features the big hit "Amos Moses" – plus "Good Friends & Neighbors", "Talk About The Good Times", "Preacher & The Bear", "Georgia Sunshine", "That's All Part Of Losing", and "Dream Sweet Dreams About Me". Me & Jerry is a great duet album with Chet Atkins – a set that showcases the super-strong guitar talents of both musicians – very different in sound and style, but perfectly matched on a strong set of instrumentals! The tunes are mostly familiar, but nicely fresh in this setting – with lots of creativity from both musicians – and titles include "Tennessee Stud", "Wreck Of The John B", "Nut Sundae", "Stump Water", "Cannonball Rag", and "The January February March". CD

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✨✧ Shadows Of KnightShadows Of Knight – Alive In 65 ... CD
Beat Rocket/Sundazed, 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Super-raw work from The Shadows Of Knight – maybe the earliest recording ever of the famous garage combo – and a set that already shows them sounding pretty darn great! The material is from a small club on the outskirts of Chicago – and the young quintet is already completely on fire – not just transforming familiar tunes with the gritty approach that would give them their biggest hit a short time later – but also really coming across as a tight, top-shelf act that are wonderfully commanding from the stage – way more than you might expect for a few young guys from the Chicago suburbs! Titles include "Money", "Not Fade Away", "Carol", "Rawhide", "Heart Of Stone", "It's All Right", "Break Time", "You Really Got Me", "All Day & All Of The Night", and "Route 66". CD

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✨✧ VariousDoo Wop Nuggets Vol 3 – That's My Desire ... CD
Warner (Japan), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really fantastic collection of unusual doo wop tunes – and one that really lives up to the "nuggets" in the title, given how obscure many of these tunes have remained over the years! The style is great – tunes that really showcase the vocal skills of these young groups – at a level that's completely amazing, both on the mellow cuts and the more upbeat numbers – all without any of the hoke or cliche that sometimes comes from the overplayed hits that can keep new listeners away from digging vintage doo wop at its best. In fact, it's probably more accurate to think of this material as group harmony soul overall – even with some of the more rock-oriented acts – as there's an approach here that undeniably helped shape the sound of soul music in years to come. Titles on this third volume include some numbers that are maybe a bit more familiar, but still pretty darn great, mixed along with a few early Atlantic soul cuts too. Titles include "Remember My Baby" by The Earls, "That's My Desire" by The Belmonts, "Love You So" by Ron Holden, "Chapel Of Dreams" by The Dubs, "Blue Velvet" by The Clovers, "That's My Desire" by The Channels, "Dedicated To The One I Love" by The 5 Royales, "Dream Girl" by Normal Fox & The Rob Roys, "Ten Commandments Of Love" by Harvey & The Moonglows, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by The Shirelles, "Alone" by The Four Seasons, "Make It Easy On Yourself" by Little Anthony & The Imperials, and "Drip Drop" by Dion Di Muci. CD

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✨✧ VariousEccentric Soul – The Dynamic Label (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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. 2LP version features 7 more tracks not on the CD set – and great heavy vinyl and cover! LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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