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Contemporary Jazz QuintetBlack Hole (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata/180 Proof, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
A never-issued live set from Detroit's Contemporary Jazz Quintet – a group who were a key part of the Strata Records scene, and who are expanded here to a much larger lineup for this very freewheeling performance from 1973! The group's spiritual modernism is very strongly in place, but there's also some funky elements rumbling around in the rhythms – a vibe that's maybe somewhere in the territory of the double live electric albums from Miles Davis in the early 70s, but looser and with righteous energy that more strongly shows the lineup's ties to the Detroit scene. Players include Kenny Cox and Charles Eubanks on piano and keyboards, Ron English on guitar, Charles Moore on flugelhorn, Ron Brooks on bass, Marcus Townsend on saxes, Phil Mendelsohn on electronics, Danny Spencer and Bud Spangler on drums, and Adam Rudolph on congas – a large lineup that resonates with plenty of power together. The album features four long tracks, each without a title – and each a mighty nice jam! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 copies!)

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Contemporary Jazz QuintetLocation ... CD
Strata/BBE (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 19.99
A spiritual jazz classic from Detroit – and one of the few records from this important Motor City group! The Contemporary Jazz Quintet were a groundbreaking ensemble that mixed together hardbop and modernist playing – sometimes with a keen ear for Miles Davis' experiments of the late 60s, but also with an underground Detroit flavor that's well in keeping with that city's rich traditions! The group was ostensibly led by pianist Kenny Cox – and it's his name that their two Blue Note albums were issued under – but on this rare third set from the Detroit-based Strata label, the group appears more as a larger collective with an even more freewheeling vibe – a lineup that includes Cox on piano, Charles Moore on trumpet, Leon Henderson on tenor, Ron Brooks on bass, Charles Eubanks on electric piano, and Ron English on guitar. Tracks are long, with a stretched-out pre-Bitches Brew sound – plus some freer avant jamming – and titles include "Noh Word", "Bang", "Tao", and "Nguzo Saba". CD

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✨✧ Charles Bell Contemporary Jazz QuartetCharles Bell Contemporary Jazz Quartet ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A great little record made by this obscure modernist group! The quartet seems to begin with an MJQ inspired kind of groove – but they're much more soulful than that, and the tracks have a nice jagged sound that well earns them their "contemporary" tag. The lineup is guitar/piano/bass/drums, and the tracks are spare and moody, but swing nicely! Titles include "Happy Funky", "Latin Festival", "Counterpoint Study 2", and "Variation 3". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye stereo pressing. Cover has some light wear, but vinyl is nice and clean.)

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✨✧ Kenny CoxIntroducing Kenny Cox & The Contemporary Jazz Quartet (plus Multidirection) ... CD
Blue Note, 1968/1969. Used ... $11.99
An overlooked late 60s treasure on Blue Note – 2 rare albums by Kenny Cox & The Contemporary Jazz Quintet – one of the few new groups to work on the label at the time, and an up-and-coming modern combo from Detroit! The first album's quite unique for a number of reasons – not just because the group was a little-known new signing to the label, but also because the work is quite far-reaching at times – some of the most free-thinking jazz recorded for Blue Note during the time, with a sense of boldness that almost stretches back to Jackie McLean's first few records of the new thing years, or a sense of lyrical invention that's a bit like Wayne Shorter when he made a shift towards the outside. Some numbers are awash in fast colors and changes, while others are a bit more in the pocket, with echoes of soul jazz – but the whole thing's incredibly fresh and free, a wonderful little record that only gets better and better over the years! The group features pianist Kenny Cox as the leader, plus Charles Moore on trumpet, Leon Henderson on tenor, Ron Brooks on bass, and Danny Spencer on drums. Titles include "Mystique", "You", "Trance Dance", "Eclipse", and "Number Four". The CD also features the group's second Blue Note album, Multidirection – a session of work that builds strongly on the colors and changes explored by Miles Davis earlier in the 60s, but which takes things off into a whole new direction! (A Multidirection?) The horns on the record have incredible interplay – trumpet by Charles Moore and tenor from Leon Henderson, playing together with a sense of dexterity that may even beat the team of Davis and Wayne Shorter – angular one moment, softly lyrical the next, and always in pursuit of fresh tones and righteous sounds. Kenny Cox's piano is great too – an exercise in understatement at times – getting as much done with one note as other players would with five – as he slowly guides the group along, and grounds their freer expressions with a good sense of humanity. Titles include "What Other One", "Gravity Point", "Spellbound", "Snuck In", and "Sojourn". CD
(Out of print Connoisseur pressing.)

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George CrumbAncient Voices Of Children/Music For A Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) – Jan DeGaetani/Arthur Weisberg/Contemporary Chamber Ensemble/Gilbert Kalish/James Freeman/Raymond DesRoches/Richard Fitz ... CD
Nonesuch, 1971. Used ... $4.99
Songs based on texts from Federico Garcia Lorca with voices, electric piano, harp, and percussion – plus "Music For A Summer Evening" for two amplified pianos & percussion! CD
(Out of print.)


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Stan KentonContemporary Concepts (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1955. Used ... $7.99
Contemporary concepts that are as bold today as they were when first released in the mid 50s! Stan's at the height of his powers here – working with the brilliant Bill Holman to craft some incredible versions of tunes that had become jazz standards, tired ones at that – but which explode into new colors and tones in the hands of the Kenton magic! Titles include sublime readings of "What's New", "Stella By Starlight", "Yesterdays", "Cherokee", and "I've Got You Under My Skin" – and the CD features bonus material that includes "Opus In Chartreuse", "Opus In Turquoise", "Opus In Beige", and "Sunset Tower" – most of which were arranged by Gene Roland, and are even more modern than some of the other material. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Shelly ManneMy Fair Lady (Contemporary) ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A key early entry in the "jazz meets Broadway" genre – and a record that was so successful, it went onto inspire countless imitations! Shelly Manne's working here in a lightly playful trio setting – alongside Andre Previn on piano and Leroy Vinnegar on bass, in a reading of tunes originally composed for the musical My Fair Lady. Given Manne's talent for unusual rhythms and melodic percussion, the session's got a bit of a whimsical edge that takes it way past the core compositions that most listeners already knew – into a realm that allows for much great improvisation and play with the melodies. Previn's nicely restrained on the keys, and Vinnegar adds in a good sense of bottom to the set – and titles include "Get Me To The Church On Time", "I Could Have Dance All Night", "Ascot Gavotte", "Show Me", and "With A Little Bit Of Luck". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and a few small pen marks on the back.)

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Schuller/MadernaTre Invenzioni/Il Giardino Rilisioso/Contours – Gunther Schuller/Arthur Weisberg/Contemporary Chamber Ensemble ... LP
Columbia/Odyssey, 1976. Very Good- ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has some stubborn residue that plays with noise at the beginning of each side. Cover has some surface wear and aging, fraying at the top seam, and small sticker spots.)

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James TatumContemporary Jazz Mass ... CD
JTTP/Be! (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
A jazz mass, but unlike any other variation on the theme that's ever been recorded – thanks to a very righteous performance from James Tatum – who makes the whole thing feel much more like an organic spiritual jazz set than anything you'd ever find in a church! James himself plays both Fender Rhodes and piano – at the helm of a progressive combo from the Detroit underground of the early 70s – a group that features soprano sax from Theodore Buckner, trumpet from Judge Gray, tenor and alto from Louis Barnett, and trombone from Norman O'Gara – all lesser-known players, but who work beautifully alongside James' lead! The Fender Rhodes work is wonderful – as great as you'll find on any other record of the time – and there's also two singers who add to the sound – but step out at all the right moments to let the solos open up. Titles include "Gloria", "Offertory", "Holy Holy Holy", "Amen", "Lamb Of God", and "Communion" – but the overall sound is way more than you'd expect from those titles! CD

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✨✧ Stefan Wolpe/George Rochberg/Seymour ShifrinSpectrum – New American Music Vol 2 – Chamber piece No 1/Serenata D'Estate/Satires Of Circumstance – Arthur Weisberg/Contemporary Chamber ... LP
Nonesuch, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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VariousSounds – Contemporary Swedish Improvised Music ... LP
Blue Tower (Sweden), 1990. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $43.99
A massive set of track from the Swedish underground of the 80s – all lovingly packaged with a huge booklet filled with photos and writings in both English and Swedish! The set's a nice glimpse at this key transitional era between the Swedish scenes of the 70s and 90s – both of which are better-documented on record than this period. Titles include "Albumblatt" by the Aaly Trio, "Omoblerat II" by Sten Sandall, "From Things To Sounds" by Gush (with Mats Gustafsson), "Borstviska" by Frim Storband, "Jojk" by Lars Goran Ulander, "En Till Hill" by Per Henrik Wallin, "Slagi II" by Raymond Strid, "Den Stora Tystnaden" by Bengt Nordstrom, and "Stormvind, Svavel Och Kristallark" by Iskra. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet. Cover has unglued top seams, some wear on the spine, and some smudges inside the gatefold.)

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✨✧ Cowell/Davidovsky/Kohn/Powell/Wuorinen/Harbison/MartinoUniversal Flute – Contemporary American Works For Flute – Rachel Rudich ... CD
Music & Arts, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Teddy EdwardsGood Gravy (Contemporary) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Teddy Edwards at his best – set up in a simple group that lets the album focus on his tremendous tone and well-chosen solo formations! The album's got a subtle brilliance that's evident from the very first note – a way of putting Teddy over that's never forced, but which also has a lot more tightness than some of his other records. Players include either Danny Horton or Phineas Newborn on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Milt Turner on drums – and titles include the Edwards originals "Good Gravy", "Could You Forget", "Yes I'll Be Ready", and "Not So Strange" – plus "A Little Later" and "On Green Dolphin Street". And heck, if all his records were this great, Edwards would easily have stood on a par with Sonny Rollins at the time! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Cal TjaderCal Tjader Plays The Contemporary Music Of Mexico & Brazil ... CD
Verve, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A groovy 60s session from vibist Cal Tjader – and an excellent little Latin set, with a mixture of bossa nova and Latin jazz that goes way beyond the promise of the title! The great Clare Fischer arranged the set – and if you know his work with Cal, you know that he's got a wonderful approach to jazz that works perfectly with Tjader's unique phrasing – a spacious sensibility, and a great sense of timing – one that always ensures the tunes sparkle with a sweetly stepping groove. Fischer plays piano on the record – and other players include Laurindo Almeida on guitar, Paul Horn on reeds, Johnny Rae on timbales, and Milt Holland on percussion. Titles include "Choro E Batuque", "Nao Diga Nada", "Elizete", "Imagen", "Vai Querer", and "Que Tristeza". CD
(Small sticker remnant on digipack cover.)

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✨✧ WuorinenCharles Wuorninen Vol 3 – Alphabetical Ashberry/Fourth Piano Sonata/It Happens Like This – Group For Contemporary Music ... CD
Bridge, 2017. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Three world premiere recordings. CD

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamJazz Contemporary (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from one of the hippest jazz contemporaries of the late 60s – trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a player who was really coming into his own by the time of this album! The record has Kenny with a nice sort of edge – not as boldly experimental as his 60s work for Blue Note, but definitely pushing things forward from the 50s – shaking off the sweet for a bit more bite, and working with a great lineup that includes Steve Kuhn on piano, Charles Davis on baritone sax, and either Jimmy Garrison or Butch Warren on bass. Kuhn and Davis really bring some interesting elements to the record – and titles include "Tonica", "Monk's Mood", "In Your Own Sweet Way", and "Horn Salute". Plus, the CD features some extra bonus tracks – alternate takes from the sessions! CD

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✨✧ James TatumContemporary Jazz Mass ... LP
JTTP/Be! (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A jazz mass, but unlike any other variation on the theme that's ever been recorded – thanks to a very righteous performance from James Tatum – who makes the whole thing feel much more like an organic spiritual jazz set than anything you'd ever find in a church! James himself plays both Fender Rhodes and piano – at the helm of a progressive combo from the Detroit underground of the early 70s – a group that features soprano sax from Theodore Buckner, trumpet from Judge Gray, tenor and alto from Louis Barnett, and trombone from Norman O'Gara – all lesser-known players, but who work beautifully alongside James' lead! The Fender Rhodes work is wonderful – as great as you'll find on any other record of the time – and there's also two singers who add to the sound – but step out at all the right moments to let the solos open up. Titles include "Gloria", "Offertory", "Holy Holy Holy", "Amen", "Lamb Of God", and "Communion" – but the overall sound is way more than you'd expect from those titles! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Contemporary Jazz Mass ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Lerdahl/DuggerEros/Intermezzi/Abwesenheiten Und Wiedersehen – Beverly Morgan/Fred Lerdahl/Collage/Jonathan Khuner/Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players ... LP
CRI, 1978. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Neil B RolnickReal Time/A La Mode – Rolnick/Taylor/Relache The Ensemble For Contemporary Music/Jackson/Hartt Contemporary Players ... LP
CRI, 1987. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has light wear and some application wrinkles in the front & back paste-ons.)

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✨✧ Schwantner/Eichelberger IveyMusic Of Amber/Solstice – William Wright/Contemporary Music Forum ... LP
CRI, 1988. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has price sticker remnants.)
 
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George CablesPhantom Of The City ... LP
Contemporary, 1985. Very Good+ ... $11.99
With John Heard on bass and Tony Williams on drums – on titles that include "Phantom Of The City", "But He Knows", "Dark Side/Light Side", and "Blue Nights". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear with a spot from sticker removal.)

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✨✧ Bob CooperCoop – The Music of Bob Cooper ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... $19.99
A tremendous early album from this west coast tenorist – really breaking out here in a smaller group setting than usual! Coop plays tenor, in a group with Victor Feldman on vibes, Loy Levy on piano, Frank Rosolino on tormbone, and Mel Lewis on drums! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Curtis CounceCurtis Counce Group Vol 1 – Landslide ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... $22.99
Material recorded by LA bassist Curtis Counce at the height of his career – working in the mid 50s with a group that includes Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Harold Land on tenor, Frank Butler on drums, and the weird "sideways" piano player Carl Perkins on the ivory 88's! The session's a great meeting of LA modes – with Sheldon blowing harder than usual, and Land cutting in the sort of edges that always made his sessions in the town kick a bit more than most. Tracks are longish – especially by the standards of the Contemporary label – and titles include "A Fifth For Frank", "Sarah", "Mia", "Sonar", and "Landslide". CD
(Out of print.)

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Teddy EdwardsHeart & Soul ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1962. Used ... $9.99
One of our favorite albums by Teddy Edwards – and one with some organ in the group! This obscure quartet side has Gerry Wiggins playing a rare bit of Hammond – grooving the group with a lean and open-ended soul jazz approach that really has Edwards blowing at his best! The style sits right up there next to Gene Ammons' best albums of the time, and the rest of the group features Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Milt Turner on drums. Titles include "Smokin", "No Regrets", "A Bag Of Blues", "Wiggin", and "Little Steddy" – all originals that get Edwards past the usual bag of soulful standards! CD
(Out of print.)

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Terry Gibbs Dream BandFlying Home ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Arrangements by Bill Holman, Bobby Brookmeyer, Med Flory, Marty Paich, and Al Cohn, with featured soloists Lou Levy on piano, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Mel Lewis on drums, Terry Gibbs on vibes, Med Flory on tenor, Joe Cadena on trombone, Joe Maini on alto, Max Bennett on bass, Bill Perkins on tenor, Buddy Clark on bass, Lee Katzman on trumpet, Bobby Burgess on trombone, and Charlie Kennedy on alto. LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 80s issue.)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes At The Piano ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1976. Used ... $11.99
One of Hampton Hawes' last sessions for Contemporary Records – a wonderful little date that's filled with the bright tones and bold confidence that marked Hamp's piano work in later years! The style here is simple, but effective – and Hawes has a way of ringing out the notes without overdoing his thing – a balance that was never present in his earlier work, and which made him a more and more compelling player as the years went on. Titles include "Morning", "Blue In Green", "Sunny", "Soul Sign Eight", and "Killing Me Softly". CD
(Out of print.)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Trio Vol 1 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1955. Used ... $9.99
'Leaping brilliance on the keys from a young Hampton Hawes – a player who makes this record bristle with excitement from the very first note! The format is simple, but the presentation here is breathtaking – a rock-solid trio performance that shows why Hawes was one of the greatest talents on the keys to come out of the west coast in the 50s – one with the fluidity of some of the better-known crossover players of the era, but the harder edge and sharper notes of the boppers, plus just a touch of nascent soul jazz in the rhythms. Backing is by Red Mitchell on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums – and titles include "Hamps Blues", "Carioca", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Blues The Most", "Easy Living" and "All The Things You Are". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hampton HawesHere & Now ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1965. Used ... $18.99
Brilliant work from that hip 60s period when Hampton Hawes was really stretching out his sound – building on his already-great style of the 50s, by adding in more complex lines and unusual tones – creating far more depth in his music than ever before! In a way, there's a bit of a Bill Evans quality to the record – that contemplative love of sound that always made Bill's records so great. Yet Hawes is definitely his own man on the date too – because he also breaks out with bolder moments than Evans ever would have done – letting some of his older LA groove come into play with his newer ideas, in blend that holds us rapt with attention throughout. Rhythm players are great too – Chuck Israels on bass and Donald Bailey on drums – and titles include "The Girl From Ipanema", "Dear Heart", "Rhonda", "Chim Chim Cheree", and "Days Of Wine & Roses". CD
(Out of print.)

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Barney KesselBarney Kessel Plays Carmen ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... $6.99
An odd choice for material, but a surprisingly nice record – and just the kind of session needed to break Barney Kessel out of some of his too-familiar trio modes of the 50s! The record here features jazz takes on tunes from the opera Carmen – in case you didn't figure that out from the title – all adapted by Barney himself, on charts that feature Buddy Collette on flute, Ray Linn on trumpet, Victor Feldman on vibes, and Andre Previn on piano – a lineup that helps keep things creative and playful without sounding too gimmicky. Titles include "Free As A Bird", "If You Dig Me", "A Pad On The Edge Of Town", "The Gypsy's Hip", and "Carmen's Cool". CD
(Out of print.)

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Shelly Manne & Jack MarshallSounds Unheard Of! ... LP
Contemporary, 1962. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
A very cool album that has Shelly Manne and Jack Marshall going nuts on a bunch of percussion, drums, and other odd instruments! Marshall mostly plays spare acoustic guitar, with some very nutty changes – and Manne proves that he's a very adept percussionist way past his usual west coast drumming style. Not the first album the pair cut together, but maybe the best, and with lots of nice cuts like "Poinciana", "By Myself", "Temptation", and "Night & Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Frank MorganReflections ... CD
Contemporary, 1988. Used ... $11.99
Excellent later work from Frank Morgan – the legendary LA altoist who first burned brightly in the bop generation, then came back to make really rich recordings like this! The set's got Frank in some really great company – a hip sextet that features Joe Henderson on tenor, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – a sweet modern jazz lineup that ensures that the record's filled with sharp changes and deep colors – arguably a lot more so than some of Morgan's later revival sessions – with a vibe that's much more like some of Hutcherson or Henderson's best from the 80s. Titles include "Old Bowl New Grits", "Starting Over", "Reflections", "OK", and "Black Narcissus". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperThursday Night At The Village Vanguard Vol 1 ... LP
Contemporary, 1977. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
One of the great albums that came out of the late live run at the Village Vanguard from alto giant Art Pepper – captured here at a time when he was still completely on fire! The group is a familiar one – George Cables on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and all tracks are nice and long, with extended solos that really sear on the tunes "Valse Triste", "Goodbye", "Blues For Les" and "My Friend John". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Andre Previn & Russ FreemanDouble Play! ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... $6.99
A goofy title and cover – but a really unique session of two-piano jazz, recorded with Russ Freeman and Andre Previn on the keys, plus only the drums of Shelly Manne to provide additional support! The sound is really great – and Previn's especially wonderful here, really stretching out to meet the harder style of Freeman. Both players also seem really inspired by Manne's drum work – and in a way, it almost feels like Shelly's directing the piano from the drum kit, especially on the more uptempo numbers. The notes do a very detailed job of breaking down the piano work, so that you can figure out who's soloing when – and titles include "Who's On First", "In The Cellar Blues", "Called On Account Of Rain", "Fungo", "Safe At Home", and "Double Play". Baseball, anyone? CD

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Bill SmithFolk Jazz ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the few sides ever cut as a leader by west coast clarinetist Bill Smith – and a pretty groovy session that has the group performing jazz versions of folk tunes, a gimmick that was used briefly around the same time by players that included Harold Land and Benny Bailey. The quartet includes Jim Hall on guitar, who really makes the tracks sparkle – grooving in an open way that's like the best of his own records from the time – and rhythm is by Monty Budwig and Shelly Manne, both well suited to the project as well. Titles include "A Roving", "Greensleeves", "Blow The Man Down", "Go Down Moses", and "Three Blind Mice". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has minimal aging and some wear at the top seam.)

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Leroy VinnegarWalkin' The Basses ... CD
Contemporary, 1992. Used ... $9.99
Leroy Vinnegar on bass, Geoff Lee on piano, Mel Brown on drums, and Curtis Craft on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Buddy ColletteMan Of Many Parts ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Buddy Collette's definitely a man of many parts here – and many talents too, considering the reedwork on the set! Buddy plays alto, tenor, clarinet, and flute – using the horns with wonderful invention that really showcases his unique style of the time – that mix of modern and playful modes you'd hear in the Chico Hamilton group when Collette was around! The album features a few different groups, too – with players who include Gerald Wilson on trumpet, Ernie Freeman or Gerald Wiggins on piano, Red Callender on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Ruby", "Cycle", "Cheryl Ann", "Jazz City Blues", "Zan", and "Jungle Pipe". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Buddy ColletteNice Day With Buddy Collette ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Buddy Collette shows off his full range of reed skills here – blowing tenor, alto, flute, and clarinet – in varying lineups that include piano from Don Friedman and Clavin Jackson, drums from Shelly Manne, and bass from John Goodman and Leroy Vinnegar! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chris ConnorNew Again ... CD
Contemporary, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features arrangements by Michael Abene and Richard Rodney Bennett – who both play keyboards on the record! Also features trumpet from Claudio Roditi, tenor and alto from Bill Kirschner, and some guest flute from Dave Valentin. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Curtis CounceCarl's Blues ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal session of LA hardbop – featuring a great group that includes Gerald Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Frank Butler, and pianist Carl Perkins, the unique talent who had a strange way of playing the keys (sideways!), and who died shortly after the recording of this set. As the title might imply, the album's dedicated to Perkins – and titles include "Nica's Dream", "Pink Lady","Carl's Blues", and "Larue". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Curtis CounceYou Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An album with a sexy cover, but a set that's one of the more soulful from the LA scene of the 50s – thanks to a tight, sharp group working under the leadership of bassist Curtis Counce! Counce didn't cut many albums as a leader, but all of them are pretty darn great – and done with a bit more edge than the cool jazz of the LA scene – a bit more open, with a strong focus on the solos on some of the album's longer tracks too! Solos include great work on tenor by Harold Land – who's really coming into his own here – plus Jack Sheldon on piano, and the tremendous Curtis Counce on piano – a player who would pass away not long after this set. Frank Butler completes the group on drums – and titles include "Complete", "Big Foot", "Counceltation", and "Mean To Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Joe GordonLookin' Good! ... CD
Contemporary/Hallmark (UK), 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible session of hardbop from early 60s LA – easily one of the hippest and hardest-hitting albums ever recorded for Contemporary Records! Joe Gordon passed away early in 1963, and this album's one of a rare few he made as a leader – but even if it was the only one, it might well be enough – because the trumpeter steps out here with an intensity and sense of imagination that easily matches the best sounds of Lee Morgan or Ted Curson during the time, often with the similar mix of modernism and grooving as the latter! The session's a quintet one – and is equally noteworthy for the presence of alto saxophonist Jimmy Woods – heard here in a mode that's a bit more straightforward than some of his own few albums, but in a way that really sets a nice edge to the whole set. Rhythm is from the trio of Dick Whittington on piano, Milt Turner on drums, and the great Jimmy Bond on bass – and they all work with the kind of complicated twists and turns you might expect from some of Blue Note's best rhythm combos of the time. Titles include "Terra Firma Irma", "Song For Richard", "Diminishing", and "Heleen" – all original tunes! CD

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✨✧ Shelly ManneWest Coast Sound (aka Shelly Manne & His Men Vol 1) ... LP
Contemporary, Early 50s. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty darn great record – the first full length LP cut by Shelly, issued by Contemporary in the mid 50s, and pulling together side from sessions in 1953, some of which were issued previously, others of which appear for the first time here. The tracks are short and playful – very much in the "west coast sound" noted in the title, with Shelly playing the kit in a creative and lyrical way, joined by horn work by players that include Joe Maini, Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Enevoldsen, Art Pepper, and Bob Cooper. Titles include "Gazelle", "Sweets", "Mallets", "Fugue", "Grasshopper", and "Afrodesia". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing – still sealed!)

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 1 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this first volume include "Summertime", "Our Delight", "Poinciana", "Blue Daniel", and "Theme From A Gem From Tiffany". CD

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 2 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this second volume include "Step Lightly", "Vamp's Blues", and "What's New". CD

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 3 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this third volume include "I Am In Love", "Whisper Not", and "Black Hawk Blues". CD

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✨✧ Phineas NewbornWorld Of Piano ... LP
Contemporary, 1961. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe not a "world" of piano, but a real classic from Phineas Newborn – a record that marks a harder, more soulful sound than some of his 50s work – shaking free from some of his flowery touches on the keys, and digging much deeper into the groove of his Memphis roots! The sound here is really tremendous – boldly leaping forth from the keys with a strength that's really surprising – but still sensitive enough to slide in a few more contemplative notes when the moment calls – sometimes while Newborn is still racing down the keys at breakneck speed! Rhythm on both sides is great – with Paul Chambers & Philly Joe Jones on side one, and Sam Jones and Louis Hayes on side two – and titles include "Cheryl", "Manteca", "Oleo", "Dahoud", "Cabu", and "For Carl". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label pressing, pre-OJC.)

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✨✧ Lennie NiehausComplete 50s Recordings Vol 2 – Octet & Quintet ... CD
Contemporary/Lonehill (Spain), 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early genius from Lennie Niehaus – proof that he was one of the best arrangers of the west coast scene of the 50s! The format here is fairly large for most tracks – as even on the quintet sides, added string players often join in – but Niehaus really manages to keep things away from the realm of cliche, and pens his charts with a depth of feeling that could sometimes be missing from other LA modern work of the time! Horns are still plenty tight, with the kind of deft lines and complicated passages that Niehaus and his contemporaries were known for – but the breakout moments also hit these personal notes and deeply felt qualities that are really great, especially on some of the mellower tracks. The first 8 tracks are octet numbers with Stu Williamson, Bob Enevoldsen, Bill Holman, and Jimmy Giuffre – on titles that include "Debbie", "Yes Yes Honey", "Blue Room", and "Circling The Blues". Next up are 8 more numbers that feature a quintet with added strings – on titles that include "Easy Living", "Rondo", "Star Eyes", "Crosswalk", and "Full House". Last up are 4 more numbers done with a straight quintet that includes Stu Williamson and Hampton Hawes – on tracks that include "Lens", "More Than The Blues", and "Just One Of Those Things". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperArt Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Art Pepper's classic recordings, in which he plays with a spare quartet backing by Miles Davis' rhythm section at the time – Paul Chambers, Red Garland, and Philly Joe Jones. An essential "east meets west" jazz recording, with Art at the top of his game, playing in a unique setting for the first and only time (it's said that Art didn't even know of the date until the morning of the session). Pepper is one of the few alto players to really establish his own voice on the horn, without aping Bird, and his emotive playing really shines here. A definitive version of "Straight Life" is on this album, along with "Waltz Me Blues", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To". and "Star Eyes". CD
(Out of print SACD, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Howard RumseyHoward Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars Vol 6 ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Another standout set from Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars – the kind of group who should have been a gimmicky way to promote his nightclub, but who actually managed to cut some of the best LA records of the time! The lineup here features Rumsey on bass, Bud Shank on alto, Bob Cooper on tenor, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Claude Williamson on piano, Stan Levey on drums, and either Frank Rosolino or Stu Williamson on trombone – depending on the track – and as before, there's a great focus on the solo talents of each member, so that even in this larger group setting, each number features a strong contribution by a particular player. Arrangements are great, and titles include "Who's Sleepy", "Isn't It Romantic", "Mad At The World", "Long Ago & Far Away", "Sad Sack", and "Dickie's Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage UK pressing, on Vogue, in a flipback cover!)

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✨✧ Miles DavisAt Last – Miles Davis & The Lighthouse All Stars ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1953. Used ... Out Of Stock
Quite an unusual moment in west coast jazz history – one tremendous night at the legendary Lighthouse nightclub, that featured performances by both Chet Baker and Miles Davis! Chet and Miles didn't play in the same group, but both graced the same bandstand on the same night – working through a shifting lineup of personnel in what was a "showdown" of sorts – especially since Chet had just beat Miles out in the 1953 Downbeat poll! Most of this issue is actually Miles playing with the Lighthouse group, which includes Bob Cooper, Howard Rumsey, Bud Shank and Max Roach who also gets a moment to shine on his solo "Drum Conversation" – and other titles include "At Last", "Infinity Promenade", "Round Midnight" and "Night In Tunisia". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Frank MorganYardbird Suite ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Frank Morgan's great comeback records from later years – featuring the leader on alto, with Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperArt Pepper With Warne Marsh (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
A lost treasure – finally brought back to light! The album features previously unissued material by the team of Art Pepper and Warne Marsh – tracks recorded back in 1956 for Contemporary records, but only issued many years later as part of the Complete Contemporary project for Pepper's work. Why these dates never made it to wax is a real mystery to us – because the pairing of Pepper's alto and Marsh's tenor is perhaps even greater than the more famous team of Marsh & Konitz – and the sound here is completely wonderful – fluid, modern, and exceptionally poised – yet never without soul! CD includes a few master and original takes of some numbers – and titles include "All The Things You Are", "Tickle Toe", "Warnin", "Stompin At The Savoy", "What's New", "Avalon", and "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me". CD
(Out of print – and includes obi!)

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✨✧ Art PepperFriday Night At The Village Vanguard ... LP
Contemporary, 1977. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A rather late recording for Pepper, but a great one played with some fierceness that you might not expect from the date of the recording. It helps that he's accompanied by a remarkable rhythm section of George Cables, George Mraz and Elvin Jones, all seasoned vets by this point, and playing with the same tenacity as Art, on extended takes of "But Beautiful" and "Caravan", plus two Pepper tunes "Labyrinth" and "Las Cuevas De Mario". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has light wear, but looks great overall.)

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✨✧ Prince Lasha & Sonny SimmonsCry! ... LP
Contemporary, 1963. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A classic of spiritual jazz! The album is one of the few rare pairings of Sonny Simmons and Prince Lasha from the 60s – and it's arguably the greatest album they ever cut! The set was recorded for the Contemporary label in LA, but it's far far different than the cool jazz that was the label's stock in trade during most of the 50s – done instead with a pulsating spiritual feel that really takes off as the album progresses! The lineup features the twin-reed frontline of Lasha on flute and Simmons on alto, plus an amazing rhythm section that includes 2 bass players (Gary Peacock and Mark Procter), who really give the tunes a pulsating feel overall – plus drums by Gene Stone. Titles include the famous groover "Congo Call", plus the tracks "AY", "Lost Generation", "Red's Mood", and "Green & Gold". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo yellow label pressing. Cover has one slightly bumped corner, and a bit of aging on the back, near one edge – but overall, this is a great copy.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsWay Out West ... LP
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A classic set that brings the east coast tenor of Sonny Rollins into contact with a west coast rhythm section of Ray Brown and Shelly Manne! Despite Rollins' silly look on the cover, and the album's overall "western" theme, the session's a brilliant one – right up there with Sonny's strongest trio sides of the late 50s, and a key link in a string of excellent recordings for Blue Note, Prestige, and Riverside! The lack of a piano really opens up the style of the set – letting Sonny explore freely on his solos, while Brown's bass and Manne's drums do more than enough to keep the rhythms going on their own. Solos aren't as "out" as on the Village Vanguard sessions, but certainly every bit as inspired – and titles include "I'm An Old Cowhand", "Solitude", "Come, Gone", "Way Out West", and "Wagon Wheels". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Colonel AbramsColonel Abrams (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Mid 80s soul from Detroit's Colonel Abrams – One of the first artists to take the then burgeoning house sound into the mainstream – paired up with nicely grooving modern soul vibe! Includes the his "Trapped" and "I'm Not Gonna Let", with those bright and bumping synth melodies and relentless house influenced beats underneath vocals and songwriting that helped get it over with the chart ready contemporary soul scene – plus the solid ballad "Never Change", "Over & Over", "Speculation", "The Truth", "Table For Two" and more. This CD version includes 4 bonus tracks: 12" mixes of "Trapped", "I'm Not Gonna Let You", "The Truth" and "Over And Over" – plus the non album track "Music Is The Answer". CD

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AfronautAfrican Lounge Experience ... CD
African Cream, 2007. Used ... $5.99
Nothing too loungey here – and instead, the record's a nice blend of older South African modes and contemporary styles – some nicely mellow grooves from the Afronaut trio! The grooves are a bit downtempo at times, but with a lot more going on than just beats and a few stray sounds – some jazzier touches in the instrumentation, and lots of warm moments on bass and keys. Some of the best cuts have gently soulful vocals, and titles include "Senegal Soul", "Unkunwaba", "Mparra", "Phula", "Liya Buya", and "Eeze Now". CD
(Out of print.)

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David AkeLake Effect ... CD
Posi tone, 2015. Used ... $9.99
The lake effect here is a powerful one – a way of building up songs in these blocks of sound that relies heavily on the piano of David Ake, but also draws a lot from the well-crafted saxophone lines of Peter Epstein! Ake's approach is somewhat in the more contemporary school of jazz piano – that way of moving boldly with very carefully-chosen chords – but his work also has a darkness that's very unique, and a balanced sense of pacing that really makes the work of Epstein even more powerful than it might be in a more freewheeling setting. The group's completed by equally-thoughtful work on bass by Sam Minaie and drums by Mark Ferber – and titles include "Lone Pine", "The Cubs", "Tricycle", "Two Stones", "Silver Thaw", and "Palhaco". CD

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Alice Island BandSplendid Isolation ... LP
Warren/Wah Wah (Spain), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
One of the more obscure outings from the British underground folk scene at the start of the 70s – a set that's way way different than contemporary work on the bigger labels, and which sounds as if it was conceived and recorded a fair bit away from the mainstream! The instrumentation is a mix of electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass, piano, and harmonium – with vocals by all three members of the trio, but in ways that are only partly harmonious – as some of the moments are more sung or spoken at cross-purposes – maybe with the energy of some of the madder parts of the Giles Giles & Fripp record, but more acoustic overall. Tunes were all penned by Roger Moore, who produced but doesn't play on the record – and titles include "Devil's Island", "Nickel Man", "Package Tour Mona Lisa", "Smoke", "Goodbye Cindy", and "The Man That I Am". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Aloe BlaccAll Love Everything ... CD
BMG, 2020. New Copy ... $6.99 15.99
There's a bit of a poised, mature look to Aloe Blacc on the cover – and that may well be a good way of summing up the set – as the singer seems ready to elevate into the stratosphere of contemporary soul artists, with strong, confident songs that have a very uplifting vibe throughout! Production is maybe a bit tighter than before, but never too slick – just supportive of Aloe's raspily-phrased vocals, which still have all the crackle and charm of before. Titles include "Glory Days", "Family", "All Love Everything", "My Way", "Wherever You Go", "I Do", "Corner", and "Harvard". CD

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Aloe BlaccAll Love Everything ... LP
BMG, 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
There's a bit of a poised, mature look to Aloe Blacc on the cover – and that may well be a good way of summing up the set – as the singer seems ready to elevate into the stratosphere of contemporary soul artists, with strong, confident songs that have a very uplifting vibe throughout! Production is maybe a bit tighter than before, but never too slick – just supportive of Aloe's raspily-phrased vocals, which still have all the crackle and charm of before. Titles include "Glory Days", "Family", "All Love Everything", "My Way", "Wherever You Go", "I Do", "Corner", and "Harvard". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available All Love Everything ... CD 6.99

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Anderson PaakMalibu (orange & white splatter vinyl pressing) ... LP
Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy ... On October 15, 2021
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – released months after his standout, near show-stealing moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record! .Paak's proved himself a stellar collaborator many times over by the time Malibu dropped, and here he proves a stellar host – but make no mistake, Malibu is his show, and a REALLY strong one. Contemporary hip hop soul with grit and heart – with appearances by BJ The Chicago Kid, Robert Glasper, Rapsody, The Game, Talib Kweli and more on the mic, plus guest production by Madlib, Hi-Tek and others. Includes "The Bird", "Heart Don't Stand A Chance", "The Waters" with BJ The Chicago Kid, "Put Me Thru", "Without You" feat Rapsody, "Room In Here" feat The Game & Sonyae Elise, "Celebrate", "Come Down", "Your Prime", "The Dreamer" with Talib Kweli & Timan Family Choir and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(RSD Essentials pressing. Limited edition!)

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Roman AndrenJuanita ... LP
Ajabu/P-Vine (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... About July 14, 2021
Loads of sweet keyboards here – handled by Roman Andren, who's at the head of a very soulful group! Andren plays Fender Rhodes, and a bit of acoustic piano too – amidst other instrumentation that includes vibes, guitar, and lots of percussion – served up with strong influences from older Brazilian rhythms, European jazz, and a touch of American soul – all wrapped up warmly with a really great sound for a contemporary record like this! In the notes, Andren claims to be going for the jazzy sound of the 60s and 70s – and he's definitely got that right, but also brings a bit of a contemporary vibe into play too – not with too many beats, but just in the way he manages to tune his grooves towards the 21st Century – not just copping older modes, but reinventing them with his own soulful spirit. Some tracks have vocals, and titles include "O Sapo", "Juanita", "Let's Live Forever Love", "Bumblebee", "You Never Told Me", "Vento Do Verao", "O Mundo E Seu", and "Til Another Day". Japanese CD also features the bonus track "Love Has A Name". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ ApiferaOverstand ... LP
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
A jazz set, but one that's in a very Stones Throw mode – as the music here mixes jazz elements with more contemporary production elements, and blends together the live and programmed in a mighty nice way! The group's a quartet, most of whom have played on other Stones Throw albums – and the lineup features twin keyboard work from Yuval Havkin (aka Rejoicer) and Nitai Hershkovits, plus bass from Yonatan Albalak and drums from Amir Bresler – the last of whom has a great rhythmic pulse that often defines the energy of the set! Titles include "Notre Damn", "Pulse 420", "Four Green Yellows", "Iris One", "Lake Vu", "The Pit & The Beggar", and "Yaki's Delight". LP, Vinyl record album

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Maki AsakawaNothing At All To Lose ... LP
Universal (Japan), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $52.99
Japanese singer Maki Asakawa is looking a bit more down to earth than on her 70s albums, and the sound is maybe a bit more in that mode as well – helped out nicely here by American soul artist Bobby Watson – not the jazz musician, but the bassist/keyboardist, who produced the whole set with a nice current of contemporary R&B! Maki's vocals sometimes have this great world-weary quality – referenced by her cigarette smoking image on the cover – almost an aging European female singer sort of vibe – like she's some hip French chanteuse. Most lyrics and song titles are in Japanese – but a few English-titled tracks include "Tokyo", "Kaleidoscope", "Nothing At All To Lose", and "Love Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ashbury Stabbins Duo (Roy Ashbury/Larry Stabbins)Fire Without Bricks ... CD
Bead/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 15.00
An overlooked gem from the British free jazz scene of the 70s – a set issued on the Bead Records label, and one that got very little circulation at the time – but which is equally as mindblowing as work from the period on labels like Ictus and Ogun! The duo here features Roy Ashbury on drums and percussion, and Larry Stabbins on soprano and tenor – working in this free, open space, but on tracks that are often shorter than album-length improvisations – which allows the players to stop a minute, take a breath, and move into these nicely varied moments of spontaneous creation! You might know Stabbins from later 80s work on more groove-oriented records – but here, he's a tremendousimproviser, with a sense for creative reedwork that might well rival his contemporary Evan Parker. Titles include "Puff", "Formants Of The Deep", "Wych Elm", "Fire Without Bricks", "Rough Cut", and "Maldoror". CD

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✨✧ Satoshi AshikawaStill Way (Wave Notation 2) ... LP
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1982. New Copy ... $26.99
A beautiful example of the really special sort of instrumental record that was coming out of Japan in the early 80s – music that's spare and minimal, but quite different than any sort of similar projects from other parts of the globe! Satoshi Ashikawa creates sounds in ways that resonate both with the ancient and contemporary, organic and urban, at a level that's very slow-building and striking in its careful use of sound and space – served up here on instrumentation that includes vibes from Midori Takada, piano from Tomoko Sono, and harp from Yuko Utsumi – always tuneful, but in ways that are more like a natural progression of sound than conventional music. Titles include "Prelude", "Still Park", "Still Sky", "Wrinkle", and "Image Under The Tree". LP, Vinyl record album

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Zeshan BVetted ... CD
Minty Fresh, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A record that certainly deserves its title – as the sound is well-vetted right from the start, and not at all the gimmicky approach you might expect! Zeshan B might well be forging a whole new genre here – one of Indian soul – as the singer was raised by Indian parents in contemporary Chicago – where he developed a love of classic soul, especially the deeper variety from down south – which you'll definitely hear in the album's Memphis soul production at Ardent Studios by Lester Snell! We'll admit, we were a bit suspicious at first – but from the very first note, Zeshan won us over – a truly dedicated deep soul singer, and one who's also able to slide into a few non-English lyrics as well, but all without sounding gimmicky at all. Part of the record's strength is the instrumentation – which is as dedicated to classic Memphis modes as the singer – and titles include "Lonely Man", "Meri Jaan", "Hard Road To Travel", "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City", "Prove It To Me", "Ki Jana", "You Don't Miss Your Water", and "What Now". CD

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B BaxterWhere Is The Love ... CD
Society Hill, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
Philly singer Mark Baxter bills himself as the "ladies choice" when he's on the stage – but he's got a warm, mature vocal style that's right up there with some of the greats of his city from years back – including some of the bigger male vocalists to record for the Philadelphia International label in the 70s! Baxter continues that legacy here in a nice way – especially hitting that mellow midtempo groove that Philly International had after the disco years – updated here with some more contemporary production and instrumentation, courtesy of the Ingram family. Titles include "Already Missing You", "Where Is The Love", "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby", "You're My Latest My Greatest Inspiration", "Love So True", and "Standing Right Here". CD

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✨✧ Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandSerpent's Mouth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. Used ... $9.99
Funky genius from a mighty unique group – one who've drunk deep on the classic steel band sounds of the 70s, but who've also refined that groove with a contemporary funk approach too! The group's the brainchild of Bjorn Wagner – who you might know from The Mighty Mocambos – and the sound here is every bit as well-crafted as that combo, but with the difference of steel drums in the mix! The drums provide most of the melodic elements, while the funky backings kick things up nicely – all at a level that's maybe even funkier than some of the best funky steel drum albums of the 70s – especially across the space of the entire album. Titles include "Xxplosive", "Touchdown", "Burn", "Real Hot", "Hoola Hoop", "1 Thing", "Crockett Theme", "Bocas Del Dragon", "Bushfire", and "I Love You". Features bonus tracks – "All For The Cash" and "Great To Be Here". CD

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Erykah BaduBaduizm ... CD
Universal, 1997. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A landmark debut from the mighty Erykah Badu – a record that really set the world on fire when it first appeared – and which continues to blow our minds all these many years later! There's a simple, straightforward grace to the album that comes through immediately – as Erykah tries to forge new ground for soul music, but does it by taking a few steps backwards – not into retro modes, but more in a way that focuses on the core vocal, songcraft, and right instrumentation that can make a special soul record such a standout. She does a great job of both avoiding easy commercial paths, or some of the temptations to embrace other then-contemporary genres – which has made the work of some of her colleagues seem a bit dated. The record defines a whole new style of expression – "Baduizm", if you will – one in which Erykah sings with a depth that stretches back through a century's worth of jazz, soul, and gospel influences – but works a groove in a stripped-down and forward-thinking mode that sets the pace for countless Neo Soul singers to come! Titles include "Certainly (Flipped It)", "Next Lifetime (radio)", "On & On", "Appletree", "No Love", "4 Leaf Clover", and "Sometimes (mix #9)". CD

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✨✧ Jalen BakerThis Is Me This Is Us ... CD
Outside In, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
Jalen Baker is a vibist, and he gets big props in the notes from Warren Wolf – which means a lot to us, as Wolf is one of our favorite contemporary players on the instrument! But it also looks like Jalen might be giving him a run for his money – as the young musician is also a hell of a composer and a leader too – working here in a setting that mixes his richly chromatic tones with a well-chosen blend of instrumentation – familiar trumpet, bass, and drums – blended with just the right use of light strings – never in a sleepy way, but just kind of cascading around the bolder, rhythmic elements of the music, and giving the whole thing this sense of spirit that's really wonderful. All titles are original, and tunes include "Don't Shoot", "So Help Me God", "Healing", "We Regret To Inform You", and "Obey/Disobey". CD

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Banda Black RioSuper Nova Samba Funk ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2011. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A brilliant new vision for the legendary Banda Black Rio – the pioneering samba, soul and funk combo that broke so much ground in the 70s and remain vital to this day – led here by William Magalhaes, in a mode that celebrates decades of the best Brazilian music, while fearlessly moving it forward! William's father Oberdan Magalhaes was a driving force behind the original Banda Black Rio, and we couldn't really imagine a more appropriate new vision for the group than his son's. William wrote or co-wrote each track and he sings, plays keys and synth, guitar, bass, drums and more. The expansive group brings a depth of percussion, horns, strings and vocals – delivering timeless and dexterous jazzy Brazilian funk and dancefloor soul. The guest list includes classic and contemporary greats like Seu Jorge, Elza Soares, Marcio Local, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and others! Includes "Louis Lane" with Seu Jorge & Mano Brown, "Super Nova Samba Funk (9 No Samba)", "America Do Sul", "Isabela" feat Elza Soares and Cesar Camargo Mariano, "Samba Nova", "Quem Vem La" feat Marcio Local, "Deixa Estar" feat Aleh, "Lindos Olhos" feat Seu Jorge and Don Pixote, "Paname" feat Pyroman, "Final Feliz", "Irere" feat Gilberto Gil, "Aos Pes Do Redentor" feat Caetano Veloso and more. 16 tracks on the CD version. CD

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✨✧ Banda Black RioSuper Nova Samba Funk (yellow vinyl pressing) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Far Out (UK), 2011. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A brilliant new vision for the legendary Banda Black Rio – the pioneering samba, soul and funk combo that broke so much ground in the 70s and remain vital to this day – led here by William Magalhaes, in a mode that celebrates decades of the best Brazilian music, while fearlessly moving it forward! William's father Oberdan Magalhaes was a driving force behind the original Banda Black Rio, and we couldn't really imagine a more appropriate new vision for the group than his son's. William wrote or co-wrote each track and he sings, plays keys and synth, guitar, bass, drums and more. The expansive group brings a depth of percussion, horns, strings and vocals – delivering timeless and dexterous jazzy Brazilian funk and dancefloor soul. The guest list includes classic and contemporary greats like Seu Jorge, Elza Soares, Marcio Local and others. Includes "Louis Lane" with Seu Jorge & Mano Brown, "Super Nova Samba Funk (9 No Samba)", "America Do Sul", "Isabela" feat Elza Soares and Cesar Camargo Mariano, "Samba Nova", "Quem Vem La" feat Marcio Local, "Deixa Estar" feat Aleha and "Lindos Olhos" feat Seu Jorge and Don Pixote. 8 tracks on the vinyl version. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition yellow vinyl pressing!)

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Bande GamboaHorizonte – Revamping Rare Gems From Guinea Bissau & Cabo Verde ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
A really fantastic idea for a project – and one that comes off even better than we would have guessed – new versions of classic grooves from the nations of Cabo Verde and Guinea Bissau, performed by a really well-matched group of singers and musicians, in a mode that's quite different than the usual revival record of this nature! The songs are definitely classics, but the presentation is very contemporary – directed by producer Guts, and Francisco Sousa, with a special ear for avoiding the sorts of cliches that both mar a project like this, and some of the stereotypes that get reinforced by reissues on the market. Instead, there's a fresh criss-crossing of cultures, but one that never waters down the roots at all – maybe a bit like some of the best Parisian productions of the 70s and 80s post-colonial years. Titles include "Dunia Be Tene", "Riba Bass Di Mi", "Citi Ku Liti", "No Guinea", "Mulato Ferrera", "Segunda", and "Di Mas". CD

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Barry & The FountainsGreat Extreme ... LP
Barry & The Fountains, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99
Contemporary deep soul from Barry Jean Fontenot – a singer who should be destined to be huge, given the power and presence he has on this six track release! Barry knows how to soar like a classic soul singer, but also never hangs his music on cliches – as the sound here is very much his own, right down to backing by The Fountains, who have a nicely different vibe than more retro-sounding combos – especially when they throw in a few key tenor solos that really deepen the mood! The guitar is also nice and bright, in a way that's different from other recordings of this nature – bringing out new colors in Barry's vocals, on titles that include "By The Edge Of The Sea", "Second Line", "Desiree", "Come On Down", "The Flow", and "It Ain't So Easy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Basement's GlareFlesh Contagium ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $19.99
A contemporary horror score, but one that's handled by Basement's Glare with a nice mix of modes – including some darker electronic textures that feel like they're borrowed from the farther reaches of 80s indie soundtracks! Make no mistake, this isn't the easily-done keyboard score that some folks use to replicate 80s modes – and instead, the group have a deeper understanding of sonic possibilities – able to often work in the very low end of the spectrum, creating tension that builds from a bassy bottom and then steps into the light with a bit more keyboards. CD features 24 tracks in all – including "Mutants", "A New Beginning", "Getting Fresh Food", "Kinslayers", "Udolfo Violates Ornella", "Melody Of A Corrupt Love", and "Vera Unchained". CD
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Robbie BashoBashovia (Falconer's Arm Vols 1 & 2/Song Of The Stallion) ... CD
Takoma, 1967/1968. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A great collection of tracks from three important early albums from Robbie Basho – all issued on Takoma Records, under the guidance of John Fahey – an early champion of Basho, who was an artist who was every bit a revolutionary acoustic player as his mentor! Basho a guitarist who's often known as a contemporary of John Fahey – but one that we might well put in an entirely different class altogether! The music here is mostly solo guitar – on 12-string and standard acoustic guitar – and Basho has this sublime way of spinning out these long, almost modal lines – clearly inspired a bit by Indian music, given his comments in the notes – but with a result that's very much his own, and which has this sonic sensibility that's years ahead of his time! If you dig Fahey or Sandy Bull, you'll find plenty to dig here too – but there's also elements of Basho's late 60s performance that wouldn't turn up until decades later in the playing and phrasing of others. There's a bit of vocalization on a few numbers – a strange style that's less singing than channeling the planet – and titles include "The Falconer's Arm", "Lost Lagoon Suite", "Song Of The Snowy Ranges", "Pasha", "The Haji", "Khatum", and "Pavan Hindustan". CD

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Tony BennettTony Makes It Happen/Yesterday I Heard The Rain ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of late 60s Columbia classics from Tony Bennett – back to back on a single CD! First up is Tony Makes It Happen – a very jazzy album, with a group that features Joe Wilder and Joe Newman on trumpets, Urbie Green on trombone, Joe Soldo on flute, and orchestrations from Marion Evans – all of whom really bring out those unique qualities that set Bennett apart from so many other singers in his generation! Where a Vic Damone might have used his inherent richness to push things over the top, the maturing Tony is a master of restraint – still able to run the full gamut of his amazing range, but set up with these beautiful arrangements that bring some adult understanding to the tunes, in a beautifully subtle vibe. Titles include "What Makes It Happen", "I Don't Know Why", "Can't Get Out Of This Mood", "She's Funny That Way", "A Beautiful Friendship", and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore". Next is Yesterday I Heard The Rain – fantastically mature work from Tony Bennett – a record that follows in that great direction the singer was taking in the 60s – delivering sophisticated vocals that didn't care much for the charts, but which really stand the test of time as the years go by! As on some of Tony's best from the period, arrangements are by Torrie Zito – whose careful orchestrations always let Bennett's vocals soar out in the lead, while also hitting some occasional flourishes that bring just the slight touch of drama to the music – but never in the over the top styles of some of his contemporary! Space is the key here – lots of space between the words and the notes – which makes even simpler songs sound pretty darn amazing. Titles include "Sweet Georgie Fame", "Fool Of Fools", "Only The Young", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "Yesterday I Heard The Rain", and a surprisingly great version of "Hushabye Mountain". CD

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Matt BerryBlue Elephant ... CD
Acid Jazz (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The music of Matt Berry just keeps getting better and better – to a point where he's almost creating a parallel career to his work on screen – one that's equally great, but which is completely different overall! Berry brought out a wealth of vintage keyboards for the record – pulled from his huge collection – and he mixes those with subtle work on guitar, and guest drums and percussion – all in this swirling blend of sounds that really surpasses the instrumentation of any of his previous work! The set's much more instrumental than vocal – which is maybe part of the charm – and Berry's turned out to be a hell of a musician, as well as a great producer – as he manages to make the record resonate with just the right currents of contemporary psych, but without ever overindulging in that approach. At times, his command of a variety of instruments handled just by himself in the studio seems to rival the work of Sean O'Hagan – and titles include "I Cannot Speak", "Summer Sun", "Safer Passage", "Now Disappear", "Alone", "Blues Inside Me", "Like Stone", "Forget Me", and "Invisible". CD

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Benjamin BiolayGrand Prix ... CD
Universal (France), 2020. New Copy ... $13.99
Rock-solid work from the mighty Benjamin Biolay – one of the few contemporary French talents who moves us as much as his counterparts from the 60s scene – and an artist who's maybe now got a legacy that's even larger than some of his earlier heroes! The album's got a sound that's as sharp and striking as its cover – well-penned tunes by Biolay, served up with inventive production, and a great ear for the sorts of tunes that work perfectly with Benjamin's oft-whispered vocals – a mode certainly inherited from Serge Gainsbourg's Melody Nelson years, but taken into directions that have definitely made Biolay his own artist over the years. Titles include "Visage Pale", "Ou Est Passe La Tendresse", "Souviens Toi L'Ete Dernier", "Vendredi", "Grand Prix", and "Ideogrammes". CD

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Mario BiondiParadise – Alternative Productions EP ... LP
Sony (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
A great little package that expands on the tune "Paradise" – one of the catchiest numbers in years from the raspy-voiced genius of Mario Biondi – a contemporary singer, but one who's perfect for turning out soulful tracks that really hearken back to the bast! Here, Biondi almost rivals Barry White's depth in the company of the catchy groove of the tune – which is presented in a radio edit, plus "DJ Meme's club remix", "DJ Meme's extended disco", "Piparo's production", "Joe T Vannelli's extended remix", and "Joe T Vannelli's extended instrumental". LP, Vinyl record album

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Black MilkNo Poison, No Paradise (purple vinyl with download) ... LP
Fat Beats, 2013. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... $18.99
Black Milk's greatest to date – working with a stellar guest roster that includes Black Thought of the Roots, contemporary jazzy soul great Robert Glasper, Dwele, Will Sessions, AB, Tone Treasure, Quelle Chris and more! Titles include "Interpert Sabotage" feat Mel, "Codes And Cab Fare" with Black Thought, "Sunday's Best", "Monday's Worst", "Dismal", "Money Bags", "Sonny Jr (Dreams)" with Robert Glasper & Dwele, "Perfected On Puritan Ave", "X Chords" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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Don BlackmanDon Blackman ... CD
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend of 70s fusion, bassy funk, and even tighter riffing – all put together with a greater depth and sense of soul than most other records of its type. Blackman's a GRP contemporary of Bernard Wright, Tom Browne, and Weldon Irvine – and there's bits of all their sound in the work here, but somehow Don does it even better – hitting these grooves, notes, and lines that seem to fall from the heavens – and which still stand as some of the hippest music of his generation. A record to file proudly next to your copies of Ramp and James Mason – and like those gems, the kind of record that only happens once in an artists career! Titles include "You Ain't Hip", "Yabba Dabba Do", "Heart's Desire", "Deaf Hook Up Connection", "Never Miss A Thing", and "Holding You Loving You", and "Since You Been Away So Long". CD
(Remastered edition – completely new version taken from the original source master tapes!)

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Arthur BlytheDa Da/Basic Blythe ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1986/1988. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 16.99
A pair of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – back to back in a single set! Da Da is a set that mixes some of the sharper edges of Blythe's earlier records with a few more contemporary touches – but always at a level that still has the reedman standing far from the mainstream! The core group here features Olu Dara on trumpet, Cecil McBee on bass, John Hicks on piano, and Bobby Battle on drums – and on the acoustic tracks, there's some great energy between them that soars with a soulful spirit birthed in the loft jazz years, maybe swung a bit straighter than before. A few other tunes add in some extra elements – an electric bass on one number, some light strings on another – but the core of the album still has a magnificent focus on that tone that Blythe had only perfected even more on records like this, especially on the more laidback numbers, which come as a real surprise, and reflect a ballad style we might not have guessed in the early days. Titles include "Odessa", "Esquinas", "After Paris", "Crescent", and "Break Time". Next up is Basic Blythe – not exactly basic work from Arthur Blythe, as the set features an added string ensemble too – but a record that certainly has the saxophonist really hitting a whole new level of genius! There's a great core group here – with John Hicks on piano, Anthony Cox on bass, and Bobby Battle on drums – and the strings are added in around the edges, never getting to much in the way of the combo energy, but also fleshing out the sound with this beautiful richness that only seems to enhance the sharp tone of Arthur's alto sax! The arrangements are great, too – hardly the usual "with strings" material, and instead very creative – with this mix of soul and sophistication that reminds us a bit of the Bill Lee scores for early Spike Lee films, but even longer and with the key addition of Blythe in the lead. Titles include "Lenox Avenue Breakdown", "Faceless Woman", "Ruby My Dear", "Heart To Heart", and "As Of Yet". CD

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Bomba EstereoElegancia Tropical ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2013. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
The best album so far from this up-and-coming Colombian group – a great mix of rootsy elements and more electronic production – served up in the forward-reaching style we've come to love in recent projects from the Soundway label! Bomba Estereo are easily one of the most contemporary groups to hit the imprint of late – and they've got no trouble at all moving between upbeat, soulful styles and more earthy levels of instrumentation – all fused together with the kind of warmth and joy we might expect in some of the older productions from Luaka Bop, but with a bit more edge too. Titles include "Bosque", "Bailar Conmigo", "Pa Respirar", "Mozo", "Pajaros", "Pure Love", and "Caribbean Power". CD
(Out of print, please note that there is tear on the corner of the sleeve cover & is priced accordingly.)

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Bossa IVForget Your Name ... LP
2019. New Copy ... $6.99
A charming, joyous batch of tunes from Bossa IV – not really the bossa-sounding project you might assume from the name and from the fact Dusty Groove is stocking it, but a timeless and melodic batch of indie rock we'd put up there some of of the best of out there. This is Chicagoan Matthew McGarry's third album as Bossa IV, and he continues to do nearly everything himself, and impressively so, bearing influences from the 60s onward, but he's got such a singular style that you can't pinpoint them directly. We don't stock a lot of contemporary rock at the ol' DG...Bossa IV is just that irresistible! Includes "Protest (Down Pat)", "Sudden Deafness", "Total Chaos", "Paper View", "Forever Numb", "Ethnograph (Ra CBE)", "Grim Reaper", "Karaoke (ACH)", "Versa" and "Forget Your Name". LP, Vinyl record album

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Whit Boyd ComboParty Girls (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1969. New Copy ... $23.99 26.99
Funky organ jazz from a very unlikely source – a Texas-made porno from 1969, and a movie that dared ask the question "Do prostitutes make good wives?" The music is unusual in that it's actually pretty darn good – nice small combo jazz, often with a good current of funk in the mix – surprisingly still around after all these years, on audio tapes that stand where no extant copy of the film remains! The sound is nice and raw – heavy drums, plenty of Hammond, and some trumpet solos too – all with a feel that's maybe more like a gem from the contemporary funk underground, although a lot grittier overall! Plus, most tracks are nice and long – clearly scored for extended sex scenes – which is a real rarity for music like this of the time, usually served up on the short side of a funky 45. The set begins with the trailer-like "Don't Miss The Party Girls" – then soars into the 15 minute "Nikki & The College Boys", and the 23 minute "Party Scene/Strip Poker" – plus a version of the James Brown tune "I Got The Feelin". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad QuartetSilver Cornet ... CD
Nessa, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
The great Bobby Bradford recorded famously for the Nessa label back in the 70s – but here he's heard in the company of some younger players on a contemporary recording – one that shows that his fire hasn't dimmed at all! The group's a quartet – with Frode Gjerstad on alto and clarinet, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Frank Rosaly on drums – and the three tracks are all relatively long and quite free – but have this organic sense of building that really matches some of Bradford's energy from the early days – a style that's not as rhythmic or modal as before, but partly because Rosaly and Flaten are such amazingly complex musicians! Titles include "The Silver Cornet Tells", "A Story About You", and "And Me Me & You". CD

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Jaimie BranchFly Or Die 2 – Bird Dogs Of Paradise ... CD
International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99
A really fantastic album from Jaimie Branch – one that's even more powerful than the first Fly Or Die set – which is saying a heck of a lot, given that that record hit most of us with a pretty hard punch! The sound is even more groundbreaking than before – moving well beyond jazz, although there's plenty of that in the mix too – to reflect Branch's connection to so many different musical communities in the contemporary scene! Jaimie brings a lot of anger and frustration at the current political situation into the music – a great reminder that with the right focus, jazz can be used for so many different cultural aims – especially when handled this well, in a lineup that features Jaimie on trumpet, electronics, and a bit of voice – with Lester St Louis on cello and percussion, Jason Ajemian on bass and percussion, and Chad Taylor on drums, mbira, and xylophone. The record also features guest work from Ben Lamar Gay and Marvin Tate on voice, Matt Schneider on 12 string guitar, and Dan Bitney on percussion and synth – and titles include "Prayer For Amerikkka (parts 1 & 2)", "Lesterlude", "Love Song", "Simple Silver Surfer", "Bird Dogs Of Paradise", "Nuevo Roquero Estereo", and "Twentey Three N Me Jupiter Redux". CD
Also available Fly Or Die 2 – Bird Dogs Of Paradise ... LP 22.99

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Jaimie BranchFly Or Die 2 – Bird Dogs Of Paradise ... LP
International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ... $22.99 23.99
A really fantastic album from Jaimie Branch – one that's even more powerful than the first Fly Or Die set – which is saying a heck of a lot, given that that record hit most of us with a pretty hard punch! The sound is even more groundbreaking than before – moving well beyond jazz, although there's plenty of that in the mix too – to reflect Branch's connection to so many different musical communities in the contemporary scene! Jaimie brings a lot of anger and frustration at the current political situation into the music – a great reminder that with the right focus, jazz can be used for so many different cultural aims – especially when handled this well, in a lineup that features Jaimie on trumpet, electronics, and a bit of voice – with Lester St Louis on cello and percussion, Jason Ajemian on bass and percussion, and Chad Taylor on drums, mbira, and xylophone. The record also features guest work from Ben Lamar Gay and Marvin Tate on voice, Matt Schneider on 12 string guitar, and Dan Bitney on percussion and synth – and titles include "Prayer For Amerikkka (parts 1 & 2)", "Lesterlude", "Love Song", "Simple Silver Surfer", "Bird Dogs Of Paradise", "Nuevo Roquero Estereo", and "Twentey Three N Me Jupiter Redux". LP, Vinyl record album
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Brand New HeaviesTBNH ... CD
Acid Jazz (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Excellent work from The Brand New Heavies – one of those groups that made us first want to get into the record store business many years ago! The passage of time hasn't dimmed their genius at all – and right as at the start, the music here is flowing with classic funk and soul influences, but leaned up into a groove that's very contemporary – and which continues to stand head and shoulders above the generations of artists who've been inspired by their sound! As you might notice by the cover, the core duo of Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy are the key force of the sound – but their longtime partner N'Dea Davenport is on vocals for many tracks on the set – replaced at a few points by guests who include Laville, Angie Stone, Angela Ricci, Beverley Knight, and Siedah Garrett – a nicely shifting lineup that almost give the record the variety of a classic Incognito set. Titles include "Stupid Love", "Just Believe In You", "Get On The Right Side", "Little Dancer", "It's My Destiny", "Getaway", "Beautiful", "Wired Up", "Together", and "Dontchawanna". CD

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Gianni BrezzoAwakening ... LP
Jakarta (Germany), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
Gianni Brezzo's a nom-du-date for Marvin Horsch – a German producer who handles a nice array of keyboards, guitar, bass, and percussion here – all in a swirling mode that starts somewhere in 70s electric jazz, but which comes off with a very contemporary vibe overall! Horsch has been involved in clubbier projects in the past, but the vibe here is more laidback – better than some easy beats-n-keys session, with contributions from guests on flute, tenor, and harp – plus vocals from J Lamotta on one track, and Otis Junior on another. Titles include "The Awakening", "In My Arms", "Beirut", "Flower Rain", "Hold Tight", and "Home Run". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brit Funk AssociationLifted ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $9.99
Excellent work from a very well-named group – as the contemporary combo forwards the legacy of British funk in the late 70s and early 80s – as the supergroup features original members of Central Line, Beggar & Co, Light Of The World, and Hi-Tension – all seminal groups from back in the day! The sound is a bit more modern, but the approach is very much the same – superbly crafted grooves that start way down in the rhythm section, then bubble on up with lots of jazzy solo work over the top – and lead vocals from Paul McLean, who's also joined by some of the other members of the group. The whole thing is a great meeting of the minds – with lots of the sophisticated, sometimes jazz-based touches that generation of British soul was so good at – on tunes that include "Lifted Up", "Summer", "Smilin", "For Tomorrow", "Sign Of The Times", "Step On Board", "BFA", and "This Is What We Do". CD

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Butcher Brown#KingButch ... CD
Concord, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Fantastically jamming genius from Butcher Brown – a contemporary funk combo, but one with a sound that owes nothing to anyone else! These guys aren't retro, or any kind of jamband offshoot – and instead, they rework vintage instrumentation with a very fresh feel of their own – a groove that's been well-nurtured on previous releases, and which really explodes here – heavy with Fender Rhodes, bass, guitar, and drums – and getting occasional vocals touches from Tennishu, who also blows trumpet and tenor! There's maybe a bit more vocals than before, but they're right on the money, and perfect for the sound – on cuts that include "1992", "Broad Rock", "Cabbage", "#KingButch", "Gum In My Mouth", "Hopscotch", "Tidal Wave", "For The City", "IDK", and "Love Lock". CD
Also available #KingButch ... LP 18.99

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Butcher Brown#KingButch ... LP
Concord, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99 21.99
Fantastically jamming genius from Butcher Brown – a contemporary funk combo, but one with a sound that owes nothing to anyone else! These guys aren't retro, or any kind of jamband offshoot – and instead, they rework vintage instrumentation with a very fresh feel of their own – a groove that's been well-nurtured on previous releases, and which really explodes here – heavy with Fender Rhodes, bass, guitar, and drums – and getting occasional vocals touches from Tennishu, who also blows trumpet and tenor! There's maybe a bit more vocals than before, but they're right on the money, and perfect for the sound – on cuts that include "1992", "Broad Rock", "Cabbage", "#KingButch", "Gum In My Mouth", "Hopscotch", "Tidal Wave", "For The City", "IDK", and "Love Lock". LP, Vinyl record album
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Calibro 35Ritornano Quelli Di Calibro 35 ... LP
Record Kicks (Italy), 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 28.99
Classic-styled soundtrack funk from Calibro 35 – a contemporary group, but one who works in the best styles of the Italian scene of the 70s! This album's Calibro's heaviest work to date – a set that's got even more funky rhythms than before, and plenty of darkly brooding basslines, fuzzy guitar bits, and choppy keyboards that really help maintain a rhythmic pulse to the whole record – keeping things strongly in a space between the late 60s mod moments of Trovajoli and Piccioni, and the fuzzier freakouts of the Goblin generation! Titles include "Five Dolls For An August Moon", "Calling All Units To Broccolino", "Talk Is Cheap", "Eurocrime", "Death Comes At Midnight", "Fair Sex & Merciless Crimes", "Hired To Kill", and "A Fistful Of Lead". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gorden CampbellConversations ... CD
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A wonderful debut from Gorden Campbell – an underground soul singer on the contemporary LA scene, and one who works here with some of the same collaborative power as the jazz musicians in the city in recent years! Gorden claims inspiration from Terrace Martin, who's on the set, in a lineup that also includes Kamasi Washington – but apart from the bigger names, the whole thing is really an overall effort from everyone involved – great musicians who help shift the vibe with each track, but keep things unified over the strong vocals and message-minded music that Campbell lays down – tunes that include "Too Many Lost", "One Mind", "6 In The Mornin", "Play Somethin", "Initiate", "Song In 6", "Wherever", and "Purify Me". CD

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Cande Y PauloCande Y Paulo ... CD
Verve, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Really lovely work from this Argentine jazz duo – vocals by Cande, piano and keyboards from Paulo – all served up in a great style that mixes the breeziness of classic bossa with some more contemporary instrumental and production elements! The record is nicely stripped-down overall – intimate, but in the warmest way possible – and at times that also means a nice current of sadness around the edges – ala bossa nova too – on a bilingual set of tunes that mixes jazz standards with originals. Titles include "Summertime", "Limite En Tu Amor", "Deja Atras", "Treaty", "Esperandote", "The Thrill Is Gone", "En Blanco Estas", "Tuyo", and "Barro Tal Vez". CD
 
 
 



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