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✨✧ Contemporary Jazz QuintetBlack Hole (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata/180 Proof, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Keiko AbeContemporary Music From Japan Vol 1 – Works For Marimba ... LP
Candide, 1960s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Boykan/BarkinQuartet No 1/String Quartet – Contemporary Quartet/American Quartet ... LP
CRI, 1975. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, aging, a cutout mark, and and index label on the spine.)

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Kenny DorhamJazz Contemporary (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Erb/Macdougall/Edwards/BassettNaumburg Award Winners – 3 Pieces For Brass Quintet & Piano/Anacoluthon: A Confluence/Kreuz Und Quer/Sextet – Concord String Quartet/New York Brass Quintet/Boston Musica Viva/Contemporary Music Ensemble ... LP
CRI, 1975. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and price sticker remnants on back.)

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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- ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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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
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Orquesta RiversideContemporary Charanga Sounds Of Orquesta Riverside ... LP
Sonido Latino, 1983. Near Mint- ... $19.99
With vocals by Chico Alvarez. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some sticker remnants on front and a small name in marker on back. Label has a small name in marker.)

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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- ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(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- ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has price sticker remnants.)

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Cal TjaderCal Tjader Plays The Contemporary Music Of Mexico & Brazil ... LP
Verve, 1962. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing.)

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Chou Wen ChungPien/Yu Ko/Cursive/The Willows Are New – Sollberger/Group For Contemporary Music At Columbia University/Charles Wuorinen/Yi An Chang ... LP
CRI, 1969. Near Mint- ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a bit of pen on back.)

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Wiren/RosenbergContemporary Music From Sweden Vol 2 – Symphony No 4 Op 27/Symphony No 2 (Sinfonia Grave) – Sexten Ehrling/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra ... LP
Turnabout, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has minimal wear and aging, with a small index label on back.)

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✨✧ VariousContemporary Sampler ... LP
Blue Note, 1976. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Massive cuts from the 70s funky years at Blue Note! Titles include "The Stop & Go" by John Lee & Gerry Brown, "Motivation" by Horace Silver, "Explodition" by Eddie Henderson, "Funky Business" by Gene Harris, "Montara" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Dominoes" by Donald Byrd, and "Uno Esta" by Bobbi Humphrey! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, small corner cut, and a Blue Note Hits A New Note sticker.)

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VariousSounds – Contemporary Swedish Improvised Music ... LP
Blue Tower (Sweden), 1990. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $69.99
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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✨✧ Tipton TrioContemporary Trios For Flute, Cello & Piano – Martinu/Damas/Rorem ... LP
Westminster Gold, 1973. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Edgard VareseOffrandes/Integrales/Octandre/Ecuatorial – Jan DeGaetani/Thomas Paul/Arthur Weisberg/Contemporary Chamber Ensemble ... LP
Nonesuch, 1972. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some orchestral instrumental stuff, and some of Varese's early compositions from the twenties and thirties. Played by The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, with Jan De Gaetani mezzo-soprano, and Thomas Paul bass. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of pen on back.)

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✨✧ James TatumContemporary Jazz Mass ... CD
JTTP/Be! (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ... 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! 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
 
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George CablesCircle ... LP
Contemporary, 1979. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Lovely work from George Cables – one of the strongest piano stars to emerge from the west coast scene of the 70s, and one of the most soulful too! The album features a core trio of Cables on acoustic piano, plus Rufus Reid on bass and Eddie Gladden on drums – and they're joined on 2 tracks by Joe Farrell, who plays some wonderfully lyrical flute. One track features Cables on electric keys, plus sax by Ernie Watts – and titles include "The Phantom", "Circle", "Love Song", "Beyond Forever", and "Thank You Thank You". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Fantasy pressing. Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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George CablesPhantom Of The City ... LP
Contemporary, 1985. Very Good+ ... $16.99
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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Benny CarterSwingin' The 20s ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Very Good ... $7.99
Benny Carter swings material from the 20s – but the results are a lot better than you might expect! We'll be honest in saying that the cover and theme of this one always made us figure the record was some sort of "old timey" affair – but Benny's surprisingly cool on the record, and is working in a small group mode that may well be even more deftly compelling than his earlier combo sides for Verve! The group here is only a quartet – with Benny on alto and trumpet, Earl Hines on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – and it's possibly the modern rhythm section that gives the record a nicely soulful groove, and lets the tunes come off as more than just rehashed classics. Carter's tone on the alto is great – and very nicely recorded, with that edge that was showing up strongly in these later years – and titles include "Laugh Clown Laugh", "Thou Swell", "Who's Sorry Now", "A Monday Date", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "In A Little Spanish Town", and "Mary Lou". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label pressing.)

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Benny CarterSwingin' The 20s (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1958. Used ... $12.99
Benny Carter swings material from the 20s – but the results are a lot better than you might expect! We'll be honest in saying that the cover and theme of this one always made us figure the record was some sort of "old timey" affair – but Benny's surprisingly cool on the record, and is working in a small group mode that may well be even more deftly compelling than his earlier combo sides for Verve! The group here is only a quartet – with Benny on alto and trumpet, Earl Hines on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – and it's possibly the modern rhythm section that gives the record a nicely soulful groove, and lets the tunes come off as more than just rehashed classics. Carter's tone on the alto is great – and very nicely recorded, with that edge that was showing up strongly in these later years – and titles include "Laugh Clown Laugh", "Thou Swell", "Who's Sorry Now", "A Monday Date", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "In A Little Spanish Town", and "Mary Lou". CD features 3 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print, 1999 pressing with 20bit mastering. Includes obi)

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Chris ConnorClassic ... LP
Contemporary, 1986. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A sweet later set from this great singer – produced by Helen Keane, arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett – and featuring Paquito D'Rivera on alto and Claudio Roditi on trumpet! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and light wear.)

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Art FarmerBlame It On My Youth ... CD
Contemporary, 1988. Used ... $4.99
A great group – with Clifford Jordan on tenor and soprano sax, plus James Williams on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Chico FreemanFocus ... CD
Contemporary, 1995. Used ... $8.99
Features Chico Freeman on tenor, Arthur Blythe on alto, George Cables on piano, Santi Debriano on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums! CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case.)

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Terry Gibbs & Buddy DeFrancoAirmail Special ... LP
Contemporary, 1981. Near Mint- ... $5.99
With Frank Collett on piano, Andy Simpkins on bass, and Jimmie Smith on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Hampton HawesThis Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD
Contemporary, 1956. Used ... $6.99
The darkly brooding image of Hampton Hawes on the front cover of this one is a real standout in the mostly-sweet cover lineup of the Contemporary label – but it's also a great indication of the sound of the record, which is something different than most of its contemporaries! Hawes is working here at his top-shelf early best – stepping around the keys of the piano with a sense of grace and spaciousness – but also a hard-hitting, highly rhythmic mode on the left – a bit soul jazz at times, mixing earthy elements with the sweeter, lyrical moments in his solos. Rhythm is by the team of Red Mitchell and Chuck Thompson – and titles include "Yesterdays", "Blues For Jacque", Stella By Starlight", "Steeplechase", "Round Midnight", "Autumn In New York" and "Section Blues". CD
Also available This Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD 6.99

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Hampton HawesThis Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1956. Used ... $6.99
The darkly brooding image of Hampton Hawes on the front cover of this one is a real standout in the mostly-sweet cover lineup of the Contemporary label – but it's also a great indication of the sound of the record, which is something different than most of its contemporaries! Hawes is working here at his top-shelf early best – stepping around the keys of the piano with a sense of grace and spaciousness – but also a hard-hitting, highly rhythmic mode on the left – a bit soul jazz at times, mixing earthy elements with the sweeter, lyrical moments in his solos. Rhythm is by the team of Red Mitchell and Chuck Thompson – and titles include "Yesterdays", "Blues For Jacque", Stella By Starlight", "Steeplechase", "Round Midnight", "Autumn In New York" and "Section Blues". CD
(Out of print, 80's Japanese pressing.)
Also available This Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD 6.99

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Helen HumesSongs I Like To Sing! ... LP
Contemporary, 1964. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Arranged by Marty Paich – with cuts that include "I Want A Roof Over My Head", "If I Could Be With You", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "My Old Flame", and "Imagination". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. In shrinkwrap with original OJC info sticker along the left side.)

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Helen HumesSwingin With Humes ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Barney KesselBarney Kessel Plays Carmen ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... $11.99
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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✨✧ Barney KesselWorkin' Out ... LP
Contemporary, 1961. Very Good- ... $7.99
Much more interesting than some of Barney's earlier records – possibly because he's working with a hip, flexible combo – one that includes Marv Jenkins on piano and flute, Jerry Good on bass, and Stan Popper on drums. The tracks are a mix of groovers and mellow numbers – with Jenkins breaking out the flute on the sparer ones – and titles include "The Good Lil Man", "Spanish Scenery", "Pedal Point", and "New Rhumba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pre-OJC stereo pressing. Cover has a split top seam, heavy wear at the spine, and some discoloration from age around the edges.)

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Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Men Play Checkmate ... LP
Contemporary, 1961. Very Good ... $11.99
After having a bit of a minor hit with a crime jazz album dedicated to the music of Peter Gunn, Shelly and combo turn towards a less-remembered TV cop show for more music in a similar vein. Checkmate was a short-lived show from the early 60s, but it had a great score by John Williams – one that's a perfect platform for Shelly's group, a quintet that features Richie Kamuca on tenor and Conte Candoli on trumpet. Kamuca's horn is always well suited to odd little numbers like these, and Shelly opens a few of the tracks up past the usual three minute soundtrack crime jazz format – taking tunes like "Checkmate", "Cyanide Touch", "The King Swings", and "The Isolated Pawn" past the 5 minute mark for additional solo flourishes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing – yellow label & deep groove. Cover has wear and splitting seams.)

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Shelly Manne & Jack MarshallSounds Unheard Of! ... LP
Contemporary, 1962. Very Good Gatefold ... $19.99
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 Morgan with Cedar WaltonEasy Living (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1985. Used ... $18.99
A great date from the later revival years of altoist Frank Morgan – thanks to a warm performance from the Cedar Walton trio! One of the great things about late Morgan is the way in which he's able to really fit himself into different settings – still holding onto his soulful roots, but also fluidly picking up the best elements of the groups he works with – such as the rich tones and soaring styles that Walton brings to this session! Cedar's piano always sounds great with a horn, and the warmth in Morgan's alto is quite a different match than some of Walton's tenor-driven sessions – and bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Billy Higgins keep things in just the right subtle side of the spectrum to fit the mood. Titles include "The Rubber Man", "Yes & No", "Manha De Carnaval", "Now's The Time", "Three Flowers", and "Third Street Blues". CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a thin cutout notch.)

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Phineas NewbornBack Home ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1976. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Previously unreleased material recorded by Phineas Newborn for Contemporary Records – a set that has him ringing out the notes in ways that are almost earthier than in earlier years – sometimes bluesy, but other times with almost a more traditional approach to the keys! There's a timeless sensibility here that's a bit hard to describe – and you can definitely hear that Phineas has been soaking it up strongly over the years, and works hard to get his musical vision out in the studio – sometimes sacrificing his lighter touch for a stiffer, almost startling approach to the keys. Ray Brown is on bass and Elvin Jones is on drums – and titles include "Sugar Ray", "Ill Wind", "Back Home", "Pamela", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lennie NiehausLennie Niehaus Vol 3 – The Octet No 2 ... CD
Contemporary, 1955. Used ... $9.99
Pretty incredible work from Lennie Niehaus – one of his seminal albums for Contemporary – nearly all of which were as poorly titled as this one, but equally worth checking out! This side has Lennie grooving on alto – blowing in a tighter, harder style than most west coasters – more in the realm of Herb Geller or Art Pepper than some of his other contemporaries on the instrument – really shining in a larger group that includes Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Stu Williamson, and Pete Jolly. Arrangements are beautiful, and there's a lot more soul on the set than you might first expect! Titles include "They Say It's Wonderful", "Rick's Tricks", "Yes Yes Honey", "Rose Room", and "Cooling It". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperArt Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese King Records pressing, with obi – LAX 3011. Back cover has some light wear, but front is nice.)

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Art PepperGettin' Together! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $9.99
One of Art Pepper's most classic sets for Contemporary – a record that puts him in the company of the Miles Davis rhythm section – Jimmy Cobb on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano – who make up 3/5 of a quintet that also includes trumpeter Conte Candoli! The tracks open up a bit more from some of Pepper's 50s work in LA – arguably a bit tighter at times, and possibly a bit more "classic" – at least to longtime fans of the set. There's a bit less edge here than on some of Art's other 50s dates, but the album's still a great one – with titles that are a mixture of originals like "Getting Together", "Diane", and "Bijou The Poodle", plus a few other strong numbers, like Chambers' "Whims Of Chambers" and Dory & Andre Previn's "Why Are We Afraid?" CD
(Out of print.)

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Andre PrevinPlays Songs By Harold Arlen ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $7.99
A solo piano set – tracks include "Cocoanut Sweet", "Let's Fall In Love", "A Sleepin' Bee", and "My Shining Hour". CD

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Andre Previn & Russ FreemanDouble Play! ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... $8.99
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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Sonny RollinsWay Out West ... LP
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
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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Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All StarsHoward Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars Vol 3 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Contemporary, 1953. Very Good ... $11.99
One of the first albums to ever bear the name of Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars – a well-chosen monikker for a record to feature the talents of leading 50s west coasters like Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, Shelly Manne, Milt Bernhardt, and Herb Geller. The format here is a bit more freewheeling than some other Lighthouse sessions – as the mood changes up from track to track – offering up some great Latin on a few tunes (one with Jack Costanzo and another with Carlos Vidal on percussion), a bit of R&B tenor wailing, and some more of the usual Four Brothers-styled horn lines. Titles include "Mambo Los Feliz", "Jazz Invention", "Witch Doctor", "Swing Shift", and "Viva Zapata No 1". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has very small center splits in the seams and spine, with light wear and a small stain on back, looks nice otherwise.)

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Bill SmithFolk Jazz ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Very Good+ ... $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 surface wear.)

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✨✧ Leroy VinnegarLeroy Walks Again! ... CD
Contemporary, 1963. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Although it's easy to get mixed up with all the Leroy Vinnegar albums that have "walk" in the title, this one's a great soul jazz session from the early 60s – one that nicely draws upon an LA scene that includes Roy Ayers, Freddie Hill, Teddy Edwards, Mike Melvoin, and Ron Jefferson, all of whom make some nice contributions to the record. In fact, the session's one of Ayers' first-ever – and he features nicely on 3 tracks, "Down Under", "For Carl", and "Wheelin & Dealin". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gerald WigginsRelax & Enjoy It – Jazz Piano Moods By Gerry Wiggins ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1962. Used ... $14.99
Relax, but not in a sleepy sort of way – because Gerald Wiggins really hits a great little groove on this record – one that bounces along with a soulful undercurrent that keeps things fresh, and still lets him soar on the keys when he wants to! Rhythm is by the team of Joe Comfort on bass and Jackie Mills on drums – but both players really take a back seat to Wig, who's in fine fine form here, and really at home in the comfortable Contemporary Records setting. Titles include "Narcissus", "Just Squeeze Me/Satin Doll", "Serenade In Blue", "Blue Wig", and "The Lady Is A Tramp". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hampton HawesBird Song (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1956/1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare slice of 50s work from pianist Hampton Hawes – material recorded during his initial strong run for Contemporary Records, but unissued until many years later! The album allows a chance to hear Hamp away from his better-known trio of the period – and some of the tracks feature Paul Chambers on bass and Lawrence Marable on drums, while others feature Scott LaFaro's bass and Frank Butler's drums. The work still has the incredible fluidity that Hawes brought to the table back in the 50s – a style that's inspired by the fast invention of bop, but colored with a warmer sense of lyricism overall. Titles include "Cheryl", "Blues For Jacque", "Bird Song", "Big Foot", "Ray's Idea", and "Stella By Starlight". CD features 1 bonus track! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Joe HendersonRelaxin At Camarillo ... CD
Contemporary, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We love Joe Henderson's 70s sides, and though this is reaching the end of the decade, it still smokes. Joe sounds great, with his raw edge still intact, playing nice far reaching solos that never leave the pocket. The set opens with "Y Todavia La Quiero", a nice groover with a feel like an uptempo "Love Supreme" set to cook rather than open you up spiritually. Chick Corea, Tony Dumas and Peter Erskine are the band, though Richard Davis and Tony Williams guest on two cuts. The set also includes one of our favorite Corea compositions, 'Yes, My Dear", plus the title track, "Crimson Lake" and "My One And Only Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonSolo/Quartet ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bobby Hutcherson breaks it down in two different ways – solo on the first half of the record, and in a quartet on the rest! The set begins in a very spare way – Bobby playing vibes, marimba, xylophone, and bells – often a bit overdubbed, so that although alone, Hutcherson fills the tracks with a rich palette of sound – glowingly rhythmic lines that ring out with plenty of soul, and showcase a really under-tapped side of Bobby's talents! Remaining tracks are equally great, but in a totally different way – played by a righteous lineup that includes McCoy Tyner on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – really working together beautifully in ways that make the album feel like a lost 70s soul jazz set. Forget Hutcherson's slick look on the cover – because this album's drenched in open, honest, acoustic feeling – a rich tapestry of sound and emotion, on tracks that include "Gotcha", "The Ice Cream Man", "For You Mom & Dad", "Messina", "My Foolish Heart", and "La Alhambra". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonSolo/Quartet ... LP
Contemporary, 1981. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bobby Hutcherson breaks it down in two different ways – solo on the first half of the record, and in a quartet on the rest! The set begins in a very spare way – Bobby playing vibes, marimba, xylophone, and bells – often a bit overdubbed, so that although alone, Hutcherson fills the tracks with a rich palette of sound – glowingly rhythmic lines that ring out with plenty of soul, and showcase a really under-tapped side of Bobby's talents! Remaining tracks are equally great, but in a totally different way – played by a righteous lineup that includes McCoy Tyner on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – really working together beautifully in ways that make the album feel like a lost 70s soul jazz set. Forget Hutcherson's slick look on the cover – because this album's drenched in open, honest, acoustic feeling – a rich tapestry of sound and emotion, on tracks that include "Gotcha", "The Ice Cream Man", "For You Mom & Dad", "Messina", "My Foolish Heart", and "La Alhambra". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker in the bottom corner.)

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✨✧ Harold LandFox ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key moment in the west coast harbop scene – and one of the greatest early records from saxophonist Harold Land! The group's a really striking one – with the unique Dupree Bolton on trumpet, a great player that we really only know from this set – plus Herbie Lewis on bass, Frank Butler on drums, and the great Elmo Hope on piano! Hope's piano really gives the set an edgey finish that seems to bring out even more dark tones in Land's horn than usual – and another aspect of the session that's worth noting is its early production by David Axelrod – who really seems to have an ear for making all the elements gell together perfectly. There's a really free-thinking sound here that makes the album stand out from other LA work of the time – and titles include "The Fox", "Sims-A-Plenty", "One Down", and "One Second, Please". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some aging.)

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✨✧ Shelly ManneComplete Live At The Manne Hole ... CD
Contemporary/American Jazz Classics (Spain), 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible record from Shelly Manne – one of his only dates recorded at The Manne Hole, even though it was his own club – and a killer live recording that was issued in a rare 2LP format for the time! The style here is similar to Manne's excellent recordings at the Blackhawk – open-ended, stretched out, and more freely expressive hardbop than on his 50s sides – played by a group that features plenty of excellent tenor from the great Richie Kamuca, plus trumpet from Conte Cantoli, piano from Russ Freeman, bass from Chuck Berghofer, and drums from Manne himself. As with the Blackhawk date, many of the tunes are familiar, but open up mostly as longer solo vehicles – completely transformed by the efforts of the group and their freewheeling lines. CD

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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 2 ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Near Mint- ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing – pre-OJC. Cover has a "now available again" sticker on the front.)

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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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✨✧ Frank Morgan AllstarsReflections ... LP
Contemporary, 1988. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Art PepperLiving Legend ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent 70s side from Art Pepper – recorded with a West Coast rhythm section that includes Hampton Hawes, Charlie Haden, and Shelly Manne! The trio all play here with a remarkable intensity, given the date of the session – and although the production's got that later, crisper Contemporary tone, it still lets Art's horn come through beautifully! Pepper's singular voice and beautiful phrasing are still intact, and the quartet cooks nicely on half a dozen numbers, mostly Pepper originals – "Ophelia", "Here's That Rainy Day", "What Laurie Likes", "Mr Yohe, "Lost Life", and "Samba Mom-Mom". CD features 1 bonus track! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperSmack Up ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice straight batch of tracks from Pepper – and a record that we like more than some of the more "classic" ones on Contemporary! The album's got quite a strange title – Smack Up, a very strange choice, given Pepper's well-known experience as a junkie – and features some edgey work that really pushes Art away from the sweeter sounds of a few years before. There's some slightly off-kilter tracks on the set that really make it sparkle, including Duane Tatro's "Maybe Next Year", Ornette's "Tears Inside", and Harold Land's "Smack Up" – the irony of which, we're sure, was not lost on Art Pepper! Also includes Pepper's own "Las Cuevas De Mario" – and players include Jack Sheldon, Pete Jolly, Jimmy Bond, and Frank Butler. LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing – still sealed, with review sticker.)

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✨✧ Prince Lasha & Sonny SimmonsFirebirds ... LP
Contemporary, 1967. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Lasha & Simmons' firey collaborations from the mid 60's! Both players are at the top of their form, and the backing – by Bobby Hutcherson, Buster Williams, and Charles Moffett – provides a hard rythmic drive that sets their solos on edge and really gives them focus. Lasha plays flute, alto, and alto clarinet, and Simmons plays alto and a bit of English horn. Great stuff, and beautiful mix of out sensibilities and tight rhythm playing. With the tracks "Island Song", "Firebirds", and "Psalms Of Solomon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsWay Out West (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... Temporarily 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". CD features 3 bonus tracks! CD
(OJC Remasters pressing with a punch through the barcode.)
Also available Way Out West ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ Buddy ColletteMan Of Many Parts ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Near Mint- ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine and light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Art FarmerOn The Road ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Farmer's best sessions of the 70s – recorded in a mode that's a bit freer than usual, with a group that includes Hampton Hawes, Ray Brown, and either Steve Ellington or Shelly Manne on drums. Art Pepper sits in on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – and it's his tone and edgieness that really opens things up, casting Farmer's work on flugelhorn in a light that's darker than usual, filled with shadows that haven't crept into his playing for years, creating a depth to the record that really keeps us listening. Titles include "Downwind", "Namely You", "What Am I Here For?", and "Will You Still Be Mine?" CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetBack To The City ... LP
Contemporary, 1986. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous comeback for the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – recording here in the mid 80s with original members Farmer, Golson, and Curtis Fuller – plus tremendous rhythm support from the trio of Mickey Tucker, Ray Drummon, and Marvin Smitty Smith! The session has less of the tightly snapping groove that was the initial Jazztet calling card in the 60s – and comes across with some of the warmer, more chromatic tones that showed up on the group's last few recordings – and even more so in Art Farmer's work for many years to come. Tracks are all longish, and filled with many interesting twists and turns – and overall the album recalls the brilliant economy of Farmer's best work from the period, with some of the subtle soul that made Golson a player to keep an ear on strongly during the 80s. Titles include "From Dream To Dream", "Back To The City", "Vas Simeon", "Write Soon", and "Without Delay/Time Speaks". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Helen HumesSongs I Like To Sing! ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
Arranged by Marty Paich – with cuts that include "I Want A Roof Over My Head", "If I Could Be With You", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "My Old Flame", and "Imagination". CD
Also available Songs I Like To Sing! ... LP 8.99

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✨✧ Barney KesselFeeling Free ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
Easily one of Barney Kessel's greatest records – done with a really surprising quartet lineup that includes Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Chuck Domanico on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums! The group's far hipper than Kessel, but that also really drives him to keep up with them – forging these modal chordal lines on guitar, while Hutcherson vamps waves of sound over Jones' freely drumming patterns. Titles include "Moving Up", "Two Note Samba", "Blues Up, Down, & All Around", and "The Sounds Of Silence". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kerry CampbellPhoenix Rising ... LP
Contemporary, 1988. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Featuring Rob Mullins on keyboards, Ray Fuller on guitar, Martin Ruddy on bass, and Gregg Field on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All StarsHoward Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars Vol 4 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Sheesh, Howard Rumsey sure knew how to stick his name on a lot of records! (He must have been trying to give Norman Granz and Leonard Feather a run for their money!) Fortunately, most of them were also great – like this one, which features flute duets between Bob Cooper and either Bud Shank or Buddy Collette, over rhythms by Sonny Clark or Claude Williamson on piano, Max Roach or Stan Levy on drums, and Howard Rumsey on bass (actually making a rare appearance on wax here!) Titles include "Aquarium", "Still Life", "Bag's Groove", "Hermosa Summer", "Albatross", "Night In Tunisia", "Warm WInds", and "Happy Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow & black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear on back.)
 
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Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsShaman ... CD
Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A tremendous return to form for reedman Idris Ackamoor and his Pyramids group – and a record that we love every bit as much as his classic material from the 70s! There's a power, righteousness, and urgency to this album that we haven't heard from Ackamoor in years – very much the kind of material that's both a message and a medicine for the planet – of the sort that first inspired Ackamoor's generation in the 70s – and which is rarely carried off in a contemporary context this well! Idris plays tenor, but also delivers some surprisingly wonderful vocals and a few very powerful spoken parts too – and the rest of the lineup features Margaux Simmons on flute, Bobby Cobb on guitar, Ruben Ramos Medina on bass, Jack Yglesies on percussion, Sandra Poindexter on viola and violin, and Giole Pagliaccia on drums. The vibe here is like the vintage Black Fire Records label at its best – and titles include "Salvation", "Theme For Cecil", "When Will I See You Again", "Shaman", "Tango Of Love", "Dogon Mysteries", and "The Last Slave Ship". CD
Also available Shaman ... LP 28.99

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Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsShaman ... LP
Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
A tremendous return to form for reedman Idris Ackamoor and his Pyramids group – and a record that we love every bit as much as his classic material from the 70s! There's a power, righteousness, and urgency to this album that we haven't heard from Ackamoor in years – very much the kind of material that's both a message and a medicine for the planet – of the sort that first inspired Ackamoor's generation in the 70s – and which is rarely carried off in a contemporary context this well! Idris plays tenor, but also delivers some surprisingly wonderful vocals and a few very powerful spoken parts too – and the rest of the lineup features Margaux Simmons on flute, Bobby Cobb on guitar, Ruben Ramos Medina on bass, Jack Yglesies on percussion, Sandra Poindexter on viola and violin, and Giole Pagliaccia on drums. The vibe here is like the vintage Black Fire Records label at its best – and titles include "Salvation", "Theme For Cecil", "When Will I See You Again", "Shaman", "Tango Of Love", "Dogon Mysteries", and "The Last Slave Ship". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Shaman ... CD 12.99

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Alessandro AlessandroniAfro Discoteca Reworked EP ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1978/2020. New Copy ... $13.99
Four fantastic tracks from the Afro Discoteca record by sound library genius Alesseandro Alessandroni – all reworked in contemporary versions, yet in a way that never loses the funky charm of the originals! There's a real respect for classic styles going on here – partly because the choice of remixers is so strong, the project features just the right sort of artists to keep things right, while still also adding in their own contributions too – maybe some extra keyboards or subtle electronic elements that never get in the way of the original tribal disco inspiration! Titles include "Afro Voodoo (Bovisa rmx with Calibro 35)", "Afro Darkness (Pad rmx)", "Afro Discoteca (Jolly Mare lifting)", and "Afro Darkness (LUCA quirky version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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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
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Aloe BlaccAll Love Everything ... CD
BMG, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 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
Also available All Love Everything ... LP 19.99

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Aloe BlaccAll Love Everything ... LP
BMG, 2020. New Copy ... $19.99 21.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available All Love Everything ... CD 12.99

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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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Joe Armon-JonesStarting Today ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Joe Armon Jones sings and plays lots of cool Wurlitzer electric piano on this gem of an album – but the whole thing is maybe even more of a tribute to the warmly collaborative spirit of the contemporary London scene, as it is to the talents of the man himself! There's a nicely fluid sense of stardom here – as differing artists get their time to shine in the spotlight while others recede a bit from track to track – but not in the kind of "leader with guests" version of older soundsystem albums – and instead maybe more as a cosmic vision for the future. Other singers include Asheber, Big Sharer, Ego Ella May, and Oscar Jerome – and musicians include Dylan Jones on trumpet, Moses Boyd on drums, and Nubya Garcia and James Mollison on tenor. Titles include "Starting Today", "Almost Went Too Far", "London's Face", "Ragify", "Outro", and "Mollison Dub". 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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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. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
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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Burt Bacharach & Daniel TashianBlue Umbrella (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $24.99
A fantastic late album from Burt Bacharach – a collaboration with singer/songwriter Daniel Tashian, who adds some great front-end sounds to Burt's instrumentation! The balance here is great – very much that classic Bacharach sense of timing and space, but set to lyrics that are more contemporary too – given Tashian's background, which includes work with Kelly Musgraves. There's a nicely gentle groove to the whole set – that understated elegance that few can do as well as Burt – and Daniel's vocals are a great topper to the whole thing, as they show how the Bacharach aesthetic can still find new life in these later years. Titles include "Midnight Watch", "Bells Of St Augustine", "Whistling In The Dark", and "We Go Way Back". CD also features two bonus tracks – "21st Century Man" and "Quiet Place". CD
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✨✧ Erykah BaduBaduizm ... CD
Universal, 1997. Used ... $2.99
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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Banda Black RioO Som Das Americas ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2019. Used ... $14.99
Contemporary work from Banda Black Rio – the legendary Brazilian funk band who gave us some really great records in the 70s! Turns out, the group still sounds great after all the passage of years – more in a modern soul mode overall, with a few more sophisticated twists and turns alongside the grooves – and a wider style overall, to make room for guests who include Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Elza Soares, Cesar Camargo Mariano, and others! Think of the music as a progression from earlier Brazilian soul modes – a bit in the way that early Ed Motta work was a step forward from the generation of Tim Maia – and amidst the great guest vocal work, there's also plenty of sharp instrumentation. Titles include "Arthur E O Gigante", "America Do Sul", "Labirintos", "Rir E Chorar", "Isabela", "Aos Pes Do Redentor", "Vento Leva", "Aguas Sabias", "Bossa Da Praia", and "Nove No Samba". CD
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Banda Black RioSuper Nova Samba Funk ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2011. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
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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Barry & The FountainsGreat Extreme ... LP
Barry & The Fountains, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
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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✨✧ Robbie BashoBashovia (Falconer's Arm Vols 1 & 2/Song Of The Stallion) ... CD
Takoma, 1967/1968. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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Count Basie & Oscar PetersonCount Basie Meets Oscar Peterson – The Timekeepers (XRCD pressing) ... CD
Pablo/JVC, 1978. Used ... $22.99
Twin pianos, recorded in a very easy-going setting – just the kind of record that will help you discover a whole new side of Count Basie, and fall in love with the work of Oscar Peterson all over again! We really dig these more laidback sides from the Pablo label in the 70s – and although this album's got a rhythm section (unlike some of Peterson's other meetings with contemporary jazz giants), the feel is still largely guided by the main soloists – especially given that Basie's style of vamping seems to pull in rhythm players John Heard on bass and Louis Bellson on drums. Tracks include "Soft Winds", "Rent Party", "Indiana", "Hey Raymond", "After You've Gone", and "That's The One". CD
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Lucio BattistiRarities (180 gram pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Ricordi/RCA (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $29.99
A nice collection of work from Italian legend Lucio Battisti – most of which predate the 80s look of the cassettes on he cover! Lucio's in great form here – stepping out on unusual songs, but with that richly soulful style that made him one of the most important in a new generation of expression in Italian music – as emotive as pop singers from the previous decades, but much more contemporary and universal overall. Titles include "La Folle Corsa", "La Spada Nel Cuore", "Vendo Casa", "Per Una Lira", "Il Mio Bambino", and "La Farfalla Impazzita". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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George BensonBig Boss Band ... CD
Warner, 1990. Used ... $2.99
George Benson more than earns the title on this one – given that most of the tracks feature backings from the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster – a great ensemble who really help keep things soulful throughout! Despite the date of the set, the feel here is a bit more classic than most of Benson's work from the time – as the group bring a full acoustic soul to the record – a swelling, swaying brace of horns that seems to push George's vocals a bit more than usual – past that simply sweet style that was the usual Benson bag. There's a range and depth here that's really surprising – a quality that goes past the hokey title, which might make you expect less from the record – and although there's a few brief moments that get slightly contemporary, these pass quickly in favor of a classic groove. Titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Without A Song", "Ready Now That You Are", "Basie's Bag", "Skylark", and "How Do You Keep The Music Playing". CD
(Out of print, Columbia House pressing.)

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✨✧ George BensonBig Boss Band ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1990. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
George Benson more than earns the title on this one – given that most of the tracks feature backings from the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster – a great ensemble who really help keep things soulful throughout! Despite the date of the set, the feel here is a bit more classic than most of Benson's work from the time – as the group bring a full acoustic soul to the record – a swelling, swaying brace of horns that seems to push George's vocals a bit more than usual – past that simply sweet style that was the usual Benson bag. There's a range and depth here that's really surprising – a quality that goes past the hokey title, which might make you expect less from the record – and although there's a few brief moments that get slightly contemporary, these pass quickly in favor of a classic groove. Titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Without A Song", "Ready Now That You Are", "Basie's Bag", "Skylark", and "How Do You Keep The Music Playing". CD

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George BensonLove Remembers ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1993. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
Sweet stepping soul from George Benson – a batch of tracks that wraps up his wonderful vocals and guitar with some great contemporary rhythms! The vibe here is nicely laidback – never too smooth, nor some of the more commercial territory that Benson was trying for a decade before – and in a way, it's almost as if George has been digging some of the less mainstream soul sounds of the time, as he's hitting a sound that would certainly appeal to steppers in Chicago, or the indie soul and smooth jazz scene of the early 90s. Benson's got a great way of scatting lightly with his guitar, and there's a leanness to most of the tracks, despite a relatively full lineup of players. Titles include "I'll Be Good To You", "Got To Be There", "My Heart Is Dancing", "Love Remembers", "Come Into My World", "Somewhere Island", "Calling You", "Lovin On Borrowed Time", and "Love Of My Life". CD

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Benjamin BiolayGrand Prix ... CD
Universal (France), 2020. New Copy ... $22.99
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 ... $26.99
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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BJ The Chicago Kid1123 ... LP
Motown, 2019. New Copy ... $18.99 21.98
BJ The Chicago Kid's second full length for Motown! BJ has a way of recalling classic Chicago soul in the earnest, emotional realness of his lyricism and relatively mellow style, which is a nicely grounding anchor given the modern overall aesthetic. It's a contemporary sound with a timeless soul at the center. BJ's years as a guest vocalist himself makes him such a great host for guest singers, MCs and producers on his own records, too – and this one features Anderson.Paak, Rick Ross, Afrojack and others with production by Danja, Cool & Dre, Karriem Riggins and more. Includes "Feel The Vibe" feat Anderson.Paak, "Champagne", "Get Away" feat JID, Buddy & Kent Jamz, "Tome Today", "Can't Wait", "Playa's ball" feat Rick Ross, "Too Good", "Close", "Rather Be With You", "Worryin' Bout Me" feat Offset, "Reach" feat Afrojack and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Black Art Jazz CollectiveArmor Of Pride ... CD
High Note, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A set that's bursting with every bit as much of the fantastic energy you might expect from the lineup – a bold sextet that features Wayne Escoffery on tenor, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, James Burton III on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Vicente Archer on piano, and Johnathan Blake on drums – all coming together here in a righteous message that's even stronger than the sum of its parts! All titles are originals, and have this progressive, soaring vibe – spiritual, but not in a mellow way – and instead very much up to date in terms of contemporary jazz expression, thanks to the individual strengths of the soloists – who feel completely unified throughout. Titles include "Armor Of Pride", "When Will We Learn", "Black Art", "Pretty", "The Spin Doctor", and "Awuraa Amma". CD

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Blue MagicShare A Dream ... CD
Society Hill, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
New work from a revived version of Blue Magic – that legendary 70s group who were one of the best on the Philly scene of the time – still sounding great here in a more contemporary set! The album's headed up by producer Butch Ingram – with backing by the whole Ingram Family – and like some of the recent Ingram projects on Society Hill, the record does a great job of both going back into deep Philly soul roots, and adding a few slight contemporary touches – never too many to ruin the old school modes, but just the right dash to keep the record from sounding like a copycat of the old days. Tunes include new material penned by the Ingrams and Barbara Mason – and titles include "I Can Show You Love", "I Can Want You", "I've Got My Heart Set On You", "Hurting", "Your Spell Stayed On My Mind", "On A Crowded Street", and "Seasons For Love". CD
 
 
 



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