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✨✧ Total ContrastTotal Contrast (with bonus tracks) ... CD
London/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
A standout set of British soul from the 80s – and an early production from Steve "The Scotsman" Harvey! The set's got a nicely chunky sort of groove – one that draws heavily from American indie modes of the early part of the decade, but focuses things a bit more towards the charts – coming up with catchy, upbeat tunes that the duo handle nicely – with plenty of bass from Delroy Murray, and vocals from Robin Achampong that are sometimes sweet, sometimes a bit more funky. Titles include "Hit & Run", "The River", "Sunshine", "Entangled", "How Many Reasons", and "Where Is Love". CD features 5 bonus tracks too – "Takes A Little Time (US rmx)", "Be With You Tonight", "What You Gonna Do About It (dance rmx)", "I'm Still Waiting", and "Dub A Little While". CD

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✨✧ Gabor Szabo & Bobby WomackHigh Contrast ... CD
Verve/Blue Thumb, 1970. Used ... $14.99
Excellent early 70s work from jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo – a super-dope album that's one of the best he ever recorded! Part of the success of the record has to do with the presence of Bobby Womack – normally a soul singer, but also a heck of a guitarist, playing here alongside Szabo in a very cool twin-guitar style that makes for an amazing sound. Both players have a hollow, warm tone to their work on the strings – stepping around a blend of soul and jazz that's nicely tripped out in a 70s Blue Thumb style. The highlight of the record is the massive track "Breezin", a sample track used by more than one group over the years – but the whole record's amazing, filled with slow, trippy grooves that were years ahead of their time! Titles include "I Remember When", "Just A Little Communication", "Amazon", "Fingers", and "Azure Blue". CD
(Original US digipack pressing!)
 
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✨✧ Ben E KingRise Of Ben E King – 1959 to 1963 ... CD
Atlantic/Contrast, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $3.99
A set that does a great job of opening up the early years of this wonderful soul singer – a collection that not only features Ben E King's initial solo classics, but also his incredible lead work with The Drifters – plus a pair of rare duets with Atlantic Records' R&B powerhouse Lavern Baker! King in The Drifters is wonderful – a different voice than previous star Clyde McPhatter, and one who really humanized the group – even when they were hitting a newer groove for the 60s soul generation – and Ben continued that mature, sophisticated style in his own music too – tracks that are able to sound heartbreaking, but completely in charge of their emotions too. King's maybe least familiar on the two duets with Baker – "A Help Each Other Romance" and "How Often" – but those cuts are also a great demonstration of his range as well. Other titles include "Dance With Me", "I Count The Tears", "Oh My Love", "Amor", "Young Boy Blues", "First Taste Of Love", "Brace Yourself", "Too Bad", "Don't Drive Me Away", "Walking In The Footsteps Of A Fool", "Tell Daddy", and "I'm Standing By". CD
(Still sealed.)

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Jackie WilsonYou Better Know It! – The Soul Sides ... CD
Contrast, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Still sealed.)

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✨✧ VariousBlues For Christmas - Classic R&B/Blues Christmas Cuts 1956 to 1961 ... CD
Contrast, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title might be Blues For Christmas, but lots of these tunes are pretty bright and jumpy, too – a nice mix of 50s R&B and early soul styles, served up here in a mighty sweet little package that's a great antidote to some of too-familiar Christmas collections on the market! Most of the artists are names you'll know already – especially if you've got some 50s blues in your collection – but the setting is mighty fresh, and the tunes together spin out for a nicely extended batch of Holiday listening that goes way past the obvious! Titles include "Oh Holy Night" by The Blue Notes, "Christmas Letter" by La Fets & Kitty, "Christmas In Jail" by The Youngsters, "Christmas Time (part 1)" by Jimmy McCracklin, "Can This Be Christmas" by Eddie Floyd & The Falcons, "Rock & Roll Santa Claus" by Huey Smith & The Clowns, "Christmas Celebration" by BB King, "Christmas Tears" by Freddy King, "Rock & Roll Santa Claus" by Babs Gonzales, "When Was Jesus Born" by Marian Williams, "After New Years Eve" by The Heartbeats, "It's Christmas Time" by Marvin & Johnny, and "Santa" by Lightnin Hopkins. CD

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✨✧ VariousBoogie Woogie Santa Claus – Classic R&B/Blues Christmas Cuts 1945 to 1949 ... CD
Contrast, Late 40s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Postwar Christmas tunes – all from that great moment when blues and jazz were coming together in the early days of R&B! Most of these tracks are upbeat, groovy, and plenty festive – that new sort of warmth and celebratory vibe that seemed to hit Christmas music in the postwar years – and there's also a few tracks that are a bit more spare and gritty, hearkening back to earlier Christmas blues material of the pre-war years. The package features lots of tunes we'd never heard before – and is especially great if you dig jump blues and R&B! Titles include "New Year's Eve Blues" by Smokey Hogg, "Jingle Bells" by Leo Watson, "Xmas Blues" by Harmon Ray, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" by Mable Scott, "Santa Claus Blues" by Champion Jack Dupree, "Bring That Cadillac Back" by Harry Crafton, "How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around" by Jimmy Witherspoon, "Lonely Christmas" by The Orioles, "Christmas Time Blues" by Boll Weevil, "Christmas Spirits" by Julia Lee, "Christmas Time" by Little T Bone, "I Want A Present For Christmas" by JB Summers, and "Love For Christmas" by Felix Gross. CD

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✨✧ VariousChristmas In Jail (Ain't That A Pain) – Classic Pre War Christmas Cuts 1924 to 1948 ... CD
Contrast, Late 20s/1930s/Early 40s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A very different Christmas collection than usual – as this set features mostly pre-war blues with a very gritty feel – and not the usual Holiday warmth you might know from more famous records! Much of this material was originally issued on 78rpm discs, and has this gritty vibe that reminds us that although some folks are snug and warm on December 25th, there's other folks out there who aren't having such a great time – stories spun out here that involve lost love, isolation, and incarceration! As the swing years move in, a few tracks get a bit jazzy – but often still have strongly blue undercurrents. The package is a double-length set – with 42 tracks in all – titles that include "No Christmas Blues" by Marry Harris, "Santa Claus Blues" by Peetie Wheatstraw, "Christmas Song" by Leadbelly, "Gin For Christmas" by Lionel Hampton, "Santa Claus Bring Me A New Woman" by Bumblebee Slim, "Santa Claus Crave"b y Elzadie Robinson, "Christmas In Jail" by Leroy Carr, "Santa Claus Blues" by Eva Taylor, "Christmas Christmas Blues" by Charlie Jordan, "New Santa Claus" by Walter Davis – and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ VariousMr Santa Claus (Bring Me My Baby) – Classic Soul & R&B Christmas Cuts 1961 to 1963 ... CD
Contrast, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great Christmas tunes from the early years of soul music – tracks that have their roots in the R&B Christmas modes of the 50s, but also burst out in great new directions too! Some of the tracks feature harmony groups, others feature single artists – and in addition to some of the bluer sounds of the season, there's lots of titles here that sparkle with a newly festive vibe – that upbeat style that you'd also hear on dancefloor soul singles of the period. There's plenty of unfamiliar numbers here – which makes the set a delight to our ears – and titles include "Santa Claus Is Coming" by The Midnighters, "Don't Cry For Me This Xmas" by The Marcels, "New Year Greeting" by Gene McDaniels, "I'll Stay Home" by The Jaynells, "Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Kim Weston, "I Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva, "Mr Santa Claus" by Nathaniel Mayer, "Merry Christmas Darling" by The Uniques, "White Christmas" by Darlene Love, "Drive Slow" by Johnny Flamingo, "Christmas Time" by Jan Bradley, "Blue Holiday" by The Shirelles, "Merry Christmas Darling" by Poppa Hop, and "Christmas Greeting" by Gene McDaniels. CD

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✨✧ VariousMr Santa's Boogie – Classic R&B/Blues Christmas Cuts 1949 to 1953 ... CD
Contrast, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A Christmas collection, postwar-style – served up here in a mix of vintage singles that include rare doo wop, jazz, and blues-based recordings! This series is a totally great one – we love all the titles in the collection – and like the rest, this volume features a stellar choice of cuts that really go beyond the obvious, while still keeping the Christmas spirit alive and well! In other words, these aren't just obscure tunes that might not get things right – they're very well-selected selections that really balance out the best sort of Holiday moods for the season. Titles include "Christmas Blues" by Larry Darnell, "I Need A Man" by Thelma Cooper, "Far Away Blues" by Johnny Otis, "Lonesome Christmas (part 1)" by Lowell Fulson, "All I Want For Christmas" by The Larks, "Hello Santa Claus" by Cecil Gant, "No Room At The In" by The Fairfield Four, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" by Sonny Parker, "Jingle Jangle Jump" by Gladys Bentley with Dexter Gordon, "Christmas Boogie" by Sugar Chile Robinson, and "It's Christmas Time" by The Five Keys. CD

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✨✧ VariousSanta Claus Is From The South – Classic Country & Western Christmas Cuts 1947 to 1963 ... CD
Contrast, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very cool Christmas cuts from the country music side of the spectrum – most of them recorded during those postwar years when the genre was mostly known as hillbilly! The tunes here aren't the soppy crossover Holiday tracks of the 70s – and instead have lots of rough edges and plenty of twang – a mixture of those blue-tinged elements that always sounded great with small string groups in the backing, mixed with some more upbeat numbers that have that wry hillbilly wit! The set's got 29 titles in all – and tunes include "Christmas Doll" by Jim Eanes, "Santy's Movin On" by Homer & Jethro, "We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo" by Terry Fell, "North Pole Boogie" by Billy Briggs, "You're The Angel On My Christmas Tree" by Faron Young, "The Christmas Cannonball" by Kenn Roberts, "Barefooted Little Cowboy" by Jimmy Dickens, "Christmas In The Hills" by Hylo Brown, "They Shined Up Rudolph's Nose" by Johnny Horton, "Santa Claus Is From The South" by Benny Martin, and "Jangle Bells" by Lonzo & Oscar. CD
 
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Ely ArcoverdeO Orgao Que Canta Sambas ... CD
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1962. New Copy ... $18.99
Wonderfully weird bossa organ from the lesser-known Ely Arcoverde – a record that stands in nice contrast to better-known 60s Brazilian organ sessions from Walter Wanderley and Ed Lincoln! The rhythms are often in a samba mode – arranged by Waldemiro Lemke – but Ely's got a way of playing the organ that often makes the notes come out sideways – kind of watery and fluttery, with a really unique quality that shows up especially on the solos – where it feels like the organ is almost singing! Most numbers feature some sort of horn in the group – giving the tunes a good little punch – and titles include "Ta Hi", "Carinhoso", "Fechei A Porta", "Favela", "Marina", "Rosa Morena", "Helena Helena", and "Eu Nao Tenho Onde Morar". CD

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Bill BarronHot Line – The Tenors Of Bill Barron/Booker Ervin (Savoy Jazz – with bonus track) ... LP
Savoy, 1962. Near Mint- ... $18.99
A stunner from Bill Barron! The set's one of the few rare sides that Barron cut as a leader during the early 60s – and it ranks right up there with work by Ornette Coleman or Joe Harriott for sheer raw modern power! The group's a quintet – with Barron and Booker Ervin on tenor, Larry Ridley on bass, Kenny Barron on piano, and Andrew Cyrille on drums – and the warm interplay between Ridley's bass and Barron's piano provides a striking contrast to the sharp-edged horn of Barron and the adventurous drumming of Cyrille. Tracks chop around in a modal groove, but still also retain a bit of soul jazz flair – and like all of Barron's best work, they never forget how to swing, and swing they do! Titles include "Bill's Boogie", "Groovin", "A Cool One", "Playhouse March", and "Work Song". 80's pressing, with previously unissued track "Billie's Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing, with previously unissued track "Billie's Bounce".)

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✨✧ Jewel Bass/Dorothy MooreMalaco Soul Sisters ... CD
Malaco/Soulscape (UK), 1970s. Used ... $18.99
Incredible material from a pair of underappreciated queens of Mississippi soul – 70s Malaco material from Jewel Bass and Dorothy Moore – together on this excellent compilation from Soulscape! Jewel Bass started as a session singer in her teen years, and recorded precious little material as a solo star, making these Malaco singles all the more precious! She pulls off a number of styles on a dozen tracks here equally well, from soaringly soulful ballads to funkier numbers, raw groovers to more polished gems. In contrast, Dorothy Moore made a bigger impact sales wise in the mid 70s, but still overlooked by history – and she's another versatile singer who could pull of perfect female southern soul with big choruses and achingly soulful melodies, tearful ballads, and more uptempo numbers. Jewel Bass songs include "All Good Things Must Come To An End", "Sugar Britches", "Let Your Love Rain Down On Me", "It's Been A Long Time Coming", "Seeing You Again", "I'm Worried" and more. Dorothy Moore tracks include "See How They've Done My Love", "Same Old Feeling", "Cry Like A Baby", "Two Of A Kind", "I Know", "Diamonds" and more. 21 tracks in all, plus a cool unlisted track with Dorothy Moore plugging the US Navy, with her hit "Misty Blue" in the background! CD
(Out of print.)

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Fratello Joseph BassiCiao Amore (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
A trio record without any drums – which allows for really great interplay between the bass of Fratello Joseph Bassi, the piano of Domenico Sanna, and tenor of Max Ionata! We're used to hearing Ionata in a more snapping sort of session, but he's maybe even more compelling here – carving out some sharp, soulful lines next to the fantastic interplay between bass and piano, all given this warmth that will really have us paying a lot more attention to Bassi in the future! The depth of his tones are wonderful – never overplayed, but delivered with this stark, simple, almost economical mode that's a nice contrast to the more fluid, but equally colorful work of Sanna on piano. Titles include "Sno Pease", "Voyage", "I Know You Know", "Promenade", "Say No", "Ciro Chi", and "Giochi Di Luci". CD

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✨✧ Paul Bley, Franz Koglmann, Gary PeacockAnnette ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1992. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Paul Bley returns to important territory from earlier years – the compositions of Annette Peacock, which often offered up some of his best musical moments during the 70s! The format here is different than the ECM years, though – a bit edgier, in that the piano of Bley and bass of Gary Peacock is mixed with trumpet and flugelhorn lines from Franz Koglmann, who not only really gives the set an expressive depth, but also ties the Bley/Peacock mode to a later strand of European improvisation. In fact, the record's almost a sonic shift in time – representing the newer era of avant recording by Hat Art, and instantly displaying its contrast with the earlier ECM aesthetic that brought Bley to many ears. Peacock's original tune structures provide a lot of familiar signposts along the way – even though the paths taken are quite different! Titles include "Both", "Mister Joy", "Touching", "Miracles", "Albert's Love Theme", "Cartoon", "Annette", and "Kid Dynamite". CD
(Out of print.)

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Paul Bley, Franz Koglmann, Gary PeacockAnnette ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1992. Used ... $16.99
Paul Bley returns to important territory from earlier years – the compositions of Annette Peacock, which often offered up some of his best musical moments during the 70s! The format here is different than the ECM years, though – a bit edgier, in that the piano of Bley and bass of Gary Peacock is mixed with trumpet and flugelhorn lines from Franz Koglmann, who not only really gives the set an expressive depth, but also ties the Bley/Peacock mode to a later strand of European improvisation. In fact, the record's almost a sonic shift in time – representing the newer era of avant recording by Hat Art, and instantly displaying its contrast with the earlier ECM aesthetic that brought Bley to many ears. Peacock's original tune structures provide a lot of familiar signposts along the way – even though the paths taken are quite different! Titles include "Both", "Mister Joy", "Touching", "Miracles", "Albert's Love Theme", "Cartoon", "Annette", and "Kid Dynamite". CD
(Out of print.)

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Robi BotosOld Soul ... CD
Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Robi Botos is a keyboardist with a nice sense of space – one that makes for an inherent sense of groove in his music, even when things are mellow! Robi's not exactly a funk musician, but the record has plenty of currents of that mode – as his own keyboards are blended strongly with the snapping drums of Larnell Lewis and well-timed bass of Mike Downes – then topped off with some mighty nice work on tenor by Seamus Blake! We're not used to hearing Blake in such a setting, which really brings out some of his more soulful elements – and the tenor is a great sharp-edged contrast to some of Botos' warmer lines on piano and keyboards. The set also features guest work from Lionel Loueke's guitar on one track – and titles include "Calhoun Square", "Budapest", "Old Soul", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Praise", "Hope", and "Diamond". CD

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Billy BraggRoots Radicals & Rockers – How Skiffle Changed The World (hardcover) ... Book
Faber & Faber (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
You'll know Billy Bragg as a singer/songwriter, but he's also a surprisingly strong historian and author here – giving us a vivid look at the rise of skiffle bands on the UK scene at the end of the 50s! Skiffle was something that never played as strongly on our shores, but was inspired by American blues and folk – influences that younger UK artists used to create raw acoustic music that was heavy on rhythm, and a great contrast to the overproduced pop of England's post-war years! Long before the Beatles and the Stones, skiffle bands were the hippest things going in the British underground – and Billy Bragg does a great job of tracing the movement and showing its impact – something that's long overdue in the annals of music writing that's often too America-centric on the influences of British rockers in the 60s. 431 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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CongosHeart Of The Congos ... LP
VP, 1976. Very Good ... $11.99
A classic slice of Jamaican roots – and an essential record from the godlike hands of Lee Perry! The set was produced by Perry at Black Ark – and instantly became the stuff of legend, even though the initial version of the album got very limited exposure – which has led to years of differing reissues and versions of the record! Yet the core sound is always very much in place, no matter what the setting – very spiritual lyrics from the group themselves, set to nicely stripped-down rhythms and instrumentation that are a great contrast to the wave of more polished international reggae releases that were garnering mainstream attention at the time. The lasting power of the set is proof that maybe when it comes to roots, you've got to really go to the roots to get it right – as you'll hear on classic tracks that include "La La Bam Bam", "Fisherman", "Congoman", "Children Crying", "Open Up The Gate", and "The Wrong Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)

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✨✧ Ted DanielTapestry (plus bonus track) ... CD
Sun/Porter, 1974. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An amazing blend of free jazz and fusiony touches – a partially electric session that's a real standout in the New York loft jazz scene! The album was produced by Noah Howard at Ornette Coleman's Artist House studio – but it's got a sound that's quite different from work by either of those big names associated with the set. Daniel plays trumpet and flugelhorn on the record – always with an open, spacious tone that soars one minute, meanders the next – allowing plenty of room for contributions from other group members who include Khan Jamal on vibes, Jerome Cooper on drums, Tim Ingles on electric bass with wah wah, and Richard Daniel on Fender Rhodes – again played with wah wah and echoplex! The added processing really does cool things to the electric sides of the music – spacing them out nicely, and creating a wide-toned sound that's a nice contrast to Jamal's vibes and Daniel's horn. All tracks are long, and titles include "Tapestry", "Sweet Dreams", and "Mozambique". CD also features the previously unreleased bonus track "Asagefo". CD

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✨✧ Decoy & Joe McPheeAC/DC ... CD
OTOroku (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
The legendary Joe McPhee joins the British Decoy trio – and as with previous records, the results are completely amazing – and a great reminder that McPhee is still one of the most vibrant improvisers on the planet! The group's got a very unusual element in the Hammond B3 of Alexander Hawkins – an instrument you don't often hear in a free jazz setting, and which is used here almost as a reminder of, and contrast to, McPhee's earliest recordings with an organ player – as Hawkins is as open, experimental, and freely improvising as the other members of the group – who include Steve Noble on drums and John Edwards on bass, plus Joe himself on pocket trumpet and alto sax! The album features two long improvisations, both pretty mindblowing – "A/C" and "D/C". CD

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✨✧ Lou DonaldsonLush Life (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An unusual session from the heart of Lou Donaldson's return to Blue Note in the late 60s – a mellower date that stands in strong contrast to his funkier albums of the time! As you might guess from the title, there's a lusher feel going on here – one that has Lou's alto sax augmented by larger backings from Duke Pearson – who manages to score things perfectly with a balance of soul and sophistication. The album's hardly a "Donaldson with strings" date – and instead is done in the more mature mode that Duke was using in some of his own sides from the time, and on work with players like Donald Byrd or Stanley Turrentine. Other players here include Wayne Shorter on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Garnett Brown on trombone – plus core rhythms from the trio of McCoy Tyner on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles include "Sweet Slumber", "The Good Life", "Sweet & Lovely", "Stardust", and "You've Changed" – and the album was recorded in the 60s, it was only first issued in Japan in 1980 – and even then only later in the US! CD
(Please note this disc has a couple of marks but plays fine.)

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Pierre DorgeSoundscapes ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Guitarist Pierre Dorge has been giving us amazing music for many years – but he sounds especially amazing here in the company of a really great group – the excellent Kirk Knuffke on cornet, plus Stephen Riley on tenor, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums – all very dynamic players who seem to make Dorge sound even fresher than ever! There's an especially strong sense of phrasing on the record – no surprise, especially with Knuffke in the mix – and while Pierre can sometimes use his instrument in more abstract ways, that quality is really balanced by all the other members of the lineup. Anderson's bass is great – nicely pointed at the best moments, and a great contrast to Dorge's strings – and all tracks are originals, with titles that include "Lullaby For Sun Ra", "Mingus' Birthday Party", "Afrikaa Mbizo Dyani", "Sim Sim Ba", and "Alligator In Paradise". CD

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France GallBaby Pop ... LP
Philips/Third Man, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99
No baby pop here, as France Gall is all-woman throughout – one of the best of the French female pop singers of the mid 60s, working here with an upbeat, groovy sound throughout! Backings are by the great Alain Gouraguer, who gives the record a tightly jerking kind of feel – a sound that's the Paris contribution to the same sort of mod grooves that were coming out of the London scene at the time. The album's filled with classics by Gall, all sung in a sweet voice that's a great contrast to the music – wonderful stuff throughout, with titles that include "Baby Pop", "Cet Air La", "L'Amerique", "Mon Bateau De Nuit", and "Deux Oiseaux". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stan Getz/Eddie SauterMickey One – Original Soundtrack ... LP
MGM, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
An excellent one from Getz – recorded here as the lead soloist over backings composed by Eddie Sauter, designed to accompany the film Mickey One, an early directorial effort from Arthur Penn (and starring Warren Beatty as well!) The score has a very edgey quality to it, and Getz's playing is superb – a clear contrast to his breathier bossa work of the same vintage, and proof that he was growing tremendously as a player at the time. Titles include "Where I Live", "The Creature Machine", "Morning Ecstasy", "As Long As I Live", "Mickey's Theme", and "On Stage". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small split in the bottom seam.)

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James William GuercioElectra Glide In Blue ... LP
United Artists, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
An amazing little soundtrack from James William Guercio – music composed for his only cinematic effort as a director – for a film that features Robert Blake as a Native American cop! The score is heavy on jazzy horns with an undercurrent of funk – very similar to Guercio's best modes working with the group Chicago in the early days, and his productions for Blood Sweat & Tears! The depth of the music is quite a surprise – as we never new that James had this ability on his own – and it's recorded with that crystal clear quality that made him a revolutionary talent in the studio, too. Some numbers have a tight cop show sort of funk, while others have an expansive sound that's a nice contrast – and in addition to instrumental tunes "Free From The Devil", "The Chase", "Prelude", "Monument Valley", "Overture", and "Jolene's Dance" – the set also features "Most Of All" by The Marcels, "Meadow Mountain Top" by Mark Spoelstra, and "Tell Me" by Terry Keith of Chicago. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Al HaigAl Haig Trio (Period) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Swing/Vogue (Japan), 1954. Used ... $19.99
A key trio date for pianist Al Haig! The group here features Haig, alongside Bill Crow on bass and Lee Abrams on drums – there's a nicely unified feel here throughout! Haig's at the top of his bop-era powers, but also playing with some warmer, gentler tones at times – a nicely introspective mode that really comes through strongly on the mellower tracks, which stand in strong contrast to some of the more pyrotechnic numbers here. CD features 8 titles from the session of March 13, 1954 – including "Moon Is Mellow", "Yardbird Suite", "Taboo", "Mighty Like A Rose", and "Round Midnight". CD
(Out of print.)

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HarrissaHarrissa ... LP
Acoustic Life (France), 1984. Very Good+ ... $36.99
A fantastic spiritual avant combo from the French scene – one that features Mike Ellis on soprano sax, Mark Sims on trombone, Bob Drewrey on bass, Raouf Jasouli on drums, and Jacques Leroy on percussion! The soprano lines are very bold and sharp – and really make this fantastic contrast to the drums and percussion – on long titles that include "Harrissa", "Relativity", "Clown Bop", and "Tune Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a small mark on the front – but this is a nice copy overall.)

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Blind Willie JohnsonPraise God I'm Satisfied ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
He may be blind, but he's plenty satisfied – and so are we, with this excellent package of rare 78rpm recordings from Willie Johnson! The sound quality is great – which is important, as Willie's got a style of guitar that's almost lighter in tone than some of his contemporaries – a deft thinness that really comes through well in this presentation of the music, really showing his skill on the strings. Vocals are surprisingly raw at points, making for a real contrast to the guitar – and titles include "I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole", "Praise God I'm Satisfied", "Dark Was The Night Cold Was The Ground", "When The War Was On", and "Mother's Children Have A Hard Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Peacock label pressing.)

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Syl JohnsonUptown Shakedown ... LP
Hi Records, 1978. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A different sound than usual for Syl Johnson – but a record that still has loads of those amazing vocals we love from Syl! The style's mostly modern soul – with a tightness that's different from the grit of earlier Johnson albums – that mode in which other singers of the time were tightening up their bag too. The approach works especially well on the midtempo groovers – which have the bite of Johnson's vocals providing a great contrast tot he smoother grooves of the instrumentation – in ways that really deepen the feel of the tunes, but in ways that are very different than classic work from Syl. Titles include "Mystery Lady", "Blue Water", "Who's Gonna Love You", "You're The Star Of The Show", "Gimme Little Sign", and a 9 minute "Otis Redding Medley". LP, Vinyl record album

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Barney KesselBarney Kessel – Hoboken, NJ 1980 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
A rare live performance by guitar great Barney Kessel – recorded for radio at the start of the 80s, and a nicely open sort of performance, with a good contrast to some of Barney's studio work of the time! Kessel mostly works in a trio with Bob Magnuson on bass and Sherman Ferguson on drums – although Herb Ellis joins on guitar for one track – and the tunes are nice and long, often shifting the melody in the middle – with these long runs by Kessel in a mix of raspy plucked passages and warmer chromatic hues! Titles include "Wave/I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "Brazil/Manha De Carnival", and "Body & Soul" – the last of which also features Herb Ellis on guitar. CD

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Earl KlughLiving Inside Your Love ... CD
Blue Note/EMI, 1977. Used ... $2.99
Earl Klugh's second album for Blue Note – and like the first, a nicely stripped-down album that we like a lot better than his later work! Klugh's sound and tone are still very pure here – set up in some nice small group arrangements by Dave Grusin, and recorded in a way that brings out all the sweetness in Earl's approach, without falling into the cheesy qualities that it inspired in so many other, weaker players. Part of the charm of the set is the strong use of acoustic guitar on the sessions – played by Klugh in a manner that has some strong Brazilian references, and which provides a nice contrast to the other electric instrumentation used on the record. If anything, Klugh's style is stronger and more confident than on his first outing – on titles that include "Kiko", "The April Fools", "Captain Caribe", "Felicia", and "Living Inside Your Love". CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)

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Andrzej KorzynskiMowa Ptakow (plus Lektury Uzupelniajce & Kosmos) ... CD
GAD (Poland), 2019. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A more recent soundtrack from Polish composer Andrzej Korzynski – put together for a film by the son of his old partner, director Andrzej Zulawski – and in a way that continues their cinematic legacy from previous years! The roots of the music like in older Korzynski recordings, but the songs are transformed a fair bit – often in ways that are very electronic and beat-heavy – with a sci-fi dance sort of vibe, and these tuneful passages that are a bit of a contrast to some of the composer's earlier work. Yet as always with Korzynski, nothing is ever too mainstream or commercial – and in a way, these shorter songs almost seem to answer a more popular idiom with a more personal vision. Titles include "Rower", "Dziewczyna Zla", "Smyzcki", "Opetanie Drugie", "Temat Etniczny II", and "Komputer". CD2 features 12 more bonus tracks – from a few decades of cinematic collaborations between Korzynski and Zulawski – then conclosed with 8 more tracks from the 2015 soundtrack to the film Kosmos. CD

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Joachim KuhnSpringfever ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Near Mint- ... $4.99
We like this set better than most of Joachim Kuhn's work from the time – mostly because it's got a slow fusion approach that really makes for some nice numbers! The band – which includes Euro fusion stalwarts Philip Catherine, John Lee, and Gerald Brown – really moves very slow, as slow as Lee and Brown on their sublime first album for Blue Note – creating some gingerly stepping numbers that also have a nice spacey feel to them. Kuhn goes a bit mad on the keyboards, but in a way that sounds great in contrast with the slower rhythms. Titles include "Two Whips", "Sunshine", "Lady Amber", "California Woman", "Equal Evil", and "Morning". Really must have been a great record to hear on headphones while stoned in the back of a carpeted van in the hills above LA! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and some surface wear.)

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LighthouseSuite Feeling ... LP
RCA, 1969. Very Good ... $5.99
A great title for this one – given that the album's got a full, spacious sound – one that definitely lives up to the "suite feeling" you'd expect! The style here is even more sophisticated than on the group's debut – still a mix of jazzy horns and rockish rhythms, but fused together even more perfectly – but with a leanness that's a good contrast to some of the more overblown groups of the same generation! There's just the right balance here to allow some standout solos – on horns, natch, but also some sweet Hammond too – and a young Howard Shore is also in the group on alto sax, and handled some of the arrangements for the record. Titles include a great version of "A Day In The Life" – plus originals "Taking A Walk", "Could You Be Concerned", "Chest Fever", "Feel So Good", "Places On Faces Four Blue Carpet Traces", and "What Sense". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has light ring & edge wear.)

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Julie LondonAbout The Blues ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
Hip early work from Julie London – with full jazz orchestra backing by Russ Garcia, whose soundscapes are perfect for that dreamy style of singing she was using at the time – a blend of the sublime and sad, floating along with almost effortless ease, but hiding a huge wellspring of emotion! The album's a great illustration of the subtle talents that Julie brought to the vocal scene of the 50s – and it's a nice contrast to some of the smaller group sides done by her at the time. Bobby Troup produced the set – and the album's got versions of his songs "Meaning Of The Blues" and "The Blues Is All I Ever Had", plus the tracks "Get Set For The Blues", "Bye Bye Blues", "Bouquet Of Blues", and "Invitation To The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquiose label pressing.)

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Mass ProductionWelcome To Our World Of Merry Music – The Definitive Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Cotillion/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $22.99
A fantastic collection of grooves from Mass Production – one of the best of the large funk ensembles to hit the mainstream at the end of the 70s – even though they didn't always get the success they deserved! That doesn't stop these guys from giving their all, though – super-sharp, super-tight instrumentation that comes down on the groove right from the get-go – and which moves with a fast funk energy that's a nice contrast to some of the stiffer, clunkier modes that were floating around at the time! These guys inherit the best impulses of Earth Wind & Fire and Kool & The Gang – and find a way to make their large lineup sound nice and lean, never too overcooked – with shifting vocals that really help keep things interesting throughout. The 3CD package features 45 tracks from their seven year stretch recording for Atlantic/Cotillion Records – and titles include "Sky High", "Groove Me", "Our Thought", "Bopp", "Turn Up The Music", "Diamond Chips", "Inner City", "Sun Dancer", "Victory 83", "Magic", "I Like To Dance", "Welcome To Our World", "Slow Bump", "Time Bomb", "Keep My Heart Together", "Cosmic Lust", "I Believe In Music", "Fun In The Sun", "Just Wanna Make A Dream Come True", "Firecracker", and "Eknuf (inst)". CD

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Percy MayfieldMy Jug & I ... LP
Tangerine, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A lost gem on Ray Charles' Tangerine label – a session of R&B tracks from 50s legend Percy Mayfield, updated nicely for the 60s! The approach is similar to that used in some of Ray's work of the time – bigger backings with some nice jazzy touches – but the vocals are rootsier, in keeping with Percy's early work, and make for a really nice contrast with the instrumentation. There's a fullness here that tops most of Percy's other work – and the album features 12 original tunes that include "The Hunt Is On", "Fading Love", "Memory Pain", "I Reached For A Tear", "Life Is Suicide", "Baby Please", "Never Say Naw", and "Stranger In My Hometown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, in nice shape otherwise.)

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Monday MichiruNexus ... CD
Artist Share, 2008. New Copy ... $12.99
Brilliant work from Monday Michiru – one of her jazziest records to date, and one of her most soulful too! There's a really deep feel going on here – light years past the basic soul and dancefloor grooves that Monday was cutting a decade ago, with a musically evolved sound that's really tremendous – as full and rich as it is simple and straightforward – filled with righteous themes and that extremely positive vibe we've always loved in Monday's music! The keyboards on the record are handled by Dave Kikoski on a number of tracks – really warm and fluid, and wrapping up Michiru's vocals wonderfully – and other instrumentation includes acoustic bass, trumpet, and some earthy percussion, which makes for a nice contrast with the Fender Rhodes on some tracks. The record's one that makes us proud we've been following Monday's work for so many years – really pleased to see it coming this far forward! Titles include "Genetic Imprints", "Sands Of Time", "On & On", "Weak", "Your Eyes", "Candy", "Sometimes", "Suite 610", and "Epiphany". CD

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✨✧ MomentsNot On The Outside, But On The Inside, Strong!/On Top ... CD
Stang/Playback, Early 70s. Used ... $10.99
Beautiful! Not On The Outside is one of The Moments' best albums from the early 70s, and it's a masterpiece of east coast group soul in the best New Jersey tradition! The trio of Ray, Goodman, and Brown sing together with perfect harmonies, and the production has a raw edge that makes their voices sound even sweeter in contrast – that rough edge that really characterized east coast soul in the years before some of the bigger Philly productions started smoothing it out a bit. The record includes their big hit "Not On The Outside", plus "Hurts On Me, Baby", "Sunday", "Love On A Two Way Street", "You Make Me Feel Good", and "I'm So Lost". The On Top album continues the tradition – with 10 more killers including "Lucky Me", "All I Have", "I Lost One Bird In The Hand", "Sweeter As The Days Go By", "To You With Love" and "Candy Shack". CD
(Still sealed.)

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John ColtraneThelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $3.99
A rare gem of a session – live material recorded by the Voice Of America in 1957, and featuring a unique Thelonious Monk quartet with John Coltrane on tenor! The performance is contemporaneous with Coltrane's appearance on the legendary Monk's Music album for Riverside – and the overall feel here is a bit similar to that classic. Yet the live setting also allows Coltrane to open up and improvise a lot more – stretching out in fluid lines that are often a strong contrast to the more angular notes coming out of Monk's piano. Rhythm is by the team of Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass and Shadow Wilson on drums – and titles are broken up into an "early show" and "late show" – 9 numbers in all that include "Bye-ya", "Epistrophy", "Nutty", "Crepuscule With Nellie", "Monk's Mood", and "Evidence". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Wes MontgomeryWillow Weep For Me (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1965/1968. Used ... $19.99
A strange little record, but a great one too – a posthumous album that took older Wes Montgomery sides and souped them up a bit after his death! The core material here is quartet recordings done in 1965 – Montgomery's guitar in a hip group with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – other material recorded at the same time as the Smokin At The Half Note set, discovered later by Verve, and augmented with fuller backings from Claus Ogerman for this record in 1968. In contrast to some of Wes' other albums of this nature, the core combo grooving was done first, which then ends up directing Ogerman's arrangements – and not the other way around – making for a really unique mix of sounds, especially on some of the longer tracks. Titles include "Four On Six", "Oh You Crazy Moon", "Willow Weep For Me", "Misty", "Impressions", and "Portrait Of Jennie". CD
(Out of print, 2008 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Rose MurphyI Can't Give You Anything But Chee Chee ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great range of work from Rose Murphy – one of the most unique talents of her generation, and an artist with a style that's really unlike anyone else we can think of! At one level, Murphy's a great pianist – ala Hadda Brooks – but she's also got a high range of singing, with vocals that are more in the light upper reaches hit by Blossom Dearie – which makes for quite a contrast to her work on the keys! Then there's also her very rhythmic way of singing, which often has some playful inflections – most notably the use of the "chee chee" or "chi chi" phrase, which comes through on a fair bit of the tunes here. The package is the first strong career overview we've ever seen of Murphy's music – and includes tracks recorded for the RCA, Majestic, Mercury, Verve, and Decca labels – with 28 tracks that include "By The Waters Of Minnetonka", "You Were Meant For Me", "Time On My Hands", "Ceceila", "When I Grow Too Old To Dream", "Rose Of The Rio Grande", "Mm Mm Good", "Busy Line", "A Little Bird Told Me", and "The Little Red Monkey". CD

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✨✧ Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi ... LP
RCA, 1982. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Klaus Nomi's standing here on the cover with the oversized cabaret costume he used famously backing David Bowie – but this early solo album definitely has the singer very much in his own territory overall! Some of the songs are a weird reworking of older European cabaret mode, or Brechtian song ideas – given this strange post-punk twist, and set to rockish backings that are a very unusual contrast to the more operatic leanings in Klaus' vocal style – almost this Liquid Sky moment where an amnesiac opera singer wanders into a downtown New York club and happens to take the stage. Other tracks are moodier and more spacious – and work together with the straighter rock songs to make the whole thing feel like a larger conceptual album, even though that sort of thing wasn't really what Klaus, or the rest of the scene were going for at the time. Titles include "Nomi Song", "You Don't Own Me", "Nomi Chant", "Total Eclipse", "The Cold Song", and "Keys of Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(French pressing, with inner sleeve! Cover has an unglued top seam.)
Also available Klaus Nomi (hot pink vinyl pressing) ... LP 26.99

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Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi (hot pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
RCA/Real Gone, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 27.99
Klaus Nomi's standing here on the cover with the oversized cabaret costume he used famously backing David Bowie – but this early solo album definitely has the singer very much in his own territory overall! Some of the songs are a weird reworking of older European cabaret mode, or Brechtian song ideas – given this strange post-punk twist, and set to rockish backings that are a very unusual contrast to the more operatic leanings in Klaus' vocal style – almost this Liquid Sky moment where an amnesiac opera singer wanders into a downtown New York club and happens to take the stage. Other tracks are moodier and more spacious – and work together with the straighter rock songs to make the whole thing feel like a larger conceptual album, even though that sort of thing wasn't really what Klaus, or the rest of the scene were going for at the time. Titles include "Nomi Song", "You Don't Own Me", "Nomi Chant", "Total Eclipse", "The Cold Song", and "Keys of Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition hot pink vinyl pressing!)
Also available Klaus Nomi ... LP 29.99

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OvationsHaving a Party ... LP
MGM, 1973. Very Good ... $9.99
A slightly deeper vibe than previous work from The Ovations – but in a great way too! The set begins with the Sam Cooke remake of the title track, but after that things pick up a bit more – using more bass in the backings for a groove, and a bit more keyboards too – not exactly funky touches, but definitely a harder edge than before for The Ovations – all of which makes for a great contrast to the sweet soul vocals of lead singer Louis Williams! There's a few echoes of Hi Records at points, but never in the too-iconic style of Hi – and instead arranger Dan Greer really finds a way to carve out a unique space for the group. Titles include a number of Sam Cooke tributes – given that Williams was a big devotee – titles that include "You Send Me" and "A Change Is Gonna Come", in addition to the title track. But we dig the other titles even more – and they include "Your Love Is Like A Song To Me", "Born On A Back Street", "Touching Me", "Don't Look Back", and "I Can't Believe It's Over". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and some light wrinkling on back.)

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Marty Paich, Herbie Harper, Larry Bunker, et alJazz City Workshop ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. Used ... $6.99
An excellent swinging Bethlehem session from the mid 50s – one that's recorded in LA, but with a sound that's way hotter than most of the label's other west coast sides! The group's extremely tight – and features Marty Paich on piano as the leader, next to great trombone from Herbie Harper and vibes from Larry Bunker! Bunker's vibes offer a nice contrast to the usual smooth west coast group from the time – as he hits the bars with a nice hard clang that wakes everyone up to groove – and Jack Costanzo is on bongos on all tracks, and he adds a great little kick that keeps things fresh, too. Mickey Lynne sings vocals on "That Old Black Magic", and all other tunes – like "Zing! Went The Strings", "Blues In The Closet", and "The Natives Are Restless Tonight" – are instrumental. CD

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Art PepperSurf Ride ... CD
Savoy, 1952/1954. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A classic 50s album on Savoy – a set that's almost as memorable for its cartoony cover as it is for the great Art Pepper material on the record! Pepper's tone here is wonderful – that sharper-edged, more soulful approach that you often get in his smaller label 50s work – a nice contrast to some of the smoother sides of Art, and the part of his sound we really love. The album's got three different west coast groups working with Pepper – with players who include Russ Freeman or Hampton Hawes on piano, Jack Montrose on tenor, Joe Mondragon or Monte Budwig on bass, and Larry Bunker or Bobby White on drums. But Art's the main star of the set – blowing beautifully throughout, with both jaw-dropping precision and a tremendous sense of sound! Titles include "Tickle Toe", "Chili Pepper", "Susie The Poodle", "Brown Gold", "Holiday Flight", "Surf Ride", "Straight Life", "Cinnamon", and "Thyme Time". CD
(Out of print, purple back Nippon pressing – BMG club edition.)

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Tony PerkinsTony Perkins ... LP
Epic, 1957. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A really wonderful first album from Anthony Perkins – cut years before he shocked the screen in Psycho, at a time when he was arguably more committed to his role as a singer! Perkins is surprisingly great throughout – with a mellow, masculine approach that's a bit like Matt Dennis at the time – never overdone, but with just the right sort of inflections to really personalize the music. Tony never tries to belt it out of the park, and that's what we really like about the record – in that he's a much more honest, understated singer – a nice contrast to some of the more emotive talents on the charts at the time. Marty Paich provides the backing – in a great jazzy style that's similar to his work with Mel Torme – and titles include "April Fool", "Hit The Road To Dreamland", "How Long Has This Been Going On", "But Beautiful", "I Wish I Knew", "Accidents Will Happen", and "Better Luck Next Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Judy Pollak Featuring 33 1/3In Togetherness ... LP
Chatsford/Athens Of The North (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
An underground mellow soul gem from the 70s – recorded on the Detroit scene with lead vocals by Judy Pollak, and backings by a very hip soul trio! 33 1/3 are way more than just an instrumental group – as they also harmonize behind Judy a fair bit – really elevating the soul quotient of the record, and almost making us wonder what they'd sound like on their own! Pollak is a pretty compelling singer, though – and has this light, airy style that's a bit like Asha Pulthi, but maybe without the many-octave range – which makes for a very unique contrast in the way she's paired with the group. Titles include "You're Mine", "Mr DJ", "Fascinating", "Billy's Coming Back", "Still In Love", "Come With Me", and "More Than Words". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jean Luc PontyAurora ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ... $3.99
One of the hippest of Jean Luc Ponty's mainstream efforts from the 70s – a tightly jamming album that's made even better by plenty of keyboards from Patrice Rushen! Rushen's sound really brings a warmer, more soulful groove to the record – stretching out with flowing solos that remind us a lot of her own early work for Prestige, placed here as a nice contrast to the heavy guitar work of Darryl Stuermer and the sometimes-frenetic work on violin by Ponty. Tracks have a definite rock fusion approach, but still offer up enough jazzy moments – and titles include "Is Once Enough", "Renaissance", "Aurora (parts 1 & 2)", "Passenger Of The Dark", and "Lost Forest". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Pierre RaphJeunes Filles Impudiques (Schoolgirl Hitchhikers) ... 7-inch
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover)... $14.99
Funky sounds and offbeat grooves from an obscure French adult film of the late 60s – directed by Jean Rollin under a fake name, and scored by Pierre Raph with the same sort of charm as his work for Requiem For A Vampire! This EP features a number of different styles of sounds from the film – the very funky "Gilda & The Gunshots", with really great bass and drums; the slow-stepping jazz tune "Jewel Thieves", which almost feels like early 60s Italian cinema jazz; and the more lively "Schoolgirl Hitchikers", which has this innocent jazzy flute line that must have been a real contrast to the sex on the screen! There's also "An Intimate Relationship" – which has a sexy spoken part in English – and the hippy/trippy guitar/flute theme "Jeunes Filles Impudiques", with a few sex sounds in the background! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Pharoah SandersBlack Unity ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1971. Used ... $11.99
A righteous cover, a righteous title, and a righteous little session that features one long song that spans the entire length of the album! "Black Unity" may well be Pharoah Sanders' freest expression on record to date – but it's also still got all the hallmarks of his best moments on Impulse – especially the tighter rhythmic focus that always makes his work so compelling – and which has kept his legacy fresh for generations and generations of new jazz listeners! The group here is wonderfully put together – with Joe Bonner on piano, Carlos Carnett on tenor, Marvin Hannibal Peterson on trumpet, Cecil McBee and Stanley Clarke on basses, and Norman Connors and Billy Hart on drums – all with plenty of space to stretch out, open up, and really do their thing! In contrast to some of the totally free work coming out of the European scene during the same stretch – especially that by American players overseas – the album's a great reminder that rhythm in jazz is always a key component – as Pharoah finds a way to make things swing, even at unexpected moments! CD
(Out of print, slight mark through barcode & radio call letters in marker on digipack cover.)

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Silver ApplesSilver Apples (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Kapp/Phoenix (UK), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $16.99
A groundbreaking set from The Silver Apples – one of those records that almost didn't get fully appreciated until many decades later! The sound here is quite unique, even for the late 60s psych rock underground – and The Apples work in a blend of spacey electronics, driving percussion, and simple, stark guitar parts – a sound that's almost to their generation what the music of Suicide was to the underground of a decade later. Most tunes pulsate with an almost organic sort of quality, and the lyrics of the songs are often quite tuneful at times – a nice contrast to some of the colder styles of the instrumentation. The album's had a huge influence on countless groups in the past decade or so – for good reasons – and titles include "Oscillations", "Lovefingers", "Velvet Cave", "Whirly-Bird", "Dust", "Misty Mountain", "Program", and "Dancing Gods". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Silver Apples/Contact ... CD 9.99

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Lonnie Liston SmithReflections Of A Golden Dream ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. Used ... $14.99
Lonnie Liston Smith grooves it hard here with his Cosmic Echoes group – mixing in a stronger dose of soul than ever before, yet still giving tracks a righteous feel overall! The approach here is a bit like that of Roy Ayers work from the 70s – still jazzy at its core and conception, but often featuring vocals to deliver a wider message for the tunes – plus some nicely snapping rhythms that are enough to get a fe cuts good play on the dancefloor! The record's still got plenty of great mellow tracks too, though – the kind of floating spacey numbers that Smith virtually invented during the 70s, and which stand here as a more strongly jazz-voiced contrast to some of the soul tunes in the set. Donald Smith and Dave Hubbard are still working here with Lonnie to give the work a really solid sound, and tracks include groovers like "Get Down Everybody", "Peace & Love", and "Beautiful Woman" – mixed with spacier fusion numbers like "Quiet Dawn", "Golden Dreams", and "Goddess Of Love". CD
(Includes obi.)

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SoiaWhere Magnolia Grows ... CD
Beat Art Department, 2019. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Soia has a wonderfully crisp, chunky style to her music – very well-placed on a label with "beat art" in the name – but topped with snakey, soulful vocals that are a really great contrast! There's a production style that's right up there with the best of the hip hop underground, but the music is completely soul – personal, but sometimes a bit more – on titles that include "Pancakes", "Run With Wolves", "Vacant Paradise", "Looming Storm", "Pay For Pizza", and "Fractal Spirits". CD
Also available Where Magnolia Grows ... LP 21.99

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SoiaWhere Magnolia Grows ... LP
Beat Art Department, 2019. New Copy ... $21.99 24.98
Soia has a wonderfully crisp, chunky style to her music – very well-placed on a label with "beat art" in the name – but topped with snakey, soulful vocals that are a really great contrast! There's a production style that's right up there with the best of the hip hop underground, but the music is completely soul – personal, but sometimes a bit more – on titles that include "Pancakes", "Run With Wolves", "Vacant Paradise", "Looming Storm", "Pay For Pizza", and "Fractal Spirits". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with download!)
Also available Where Magnolia Grows ... CD 14.99

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SpanielsGoodnite It's Time To Go ... LP
Vee Jay, Late 50s. Very Good ... $36.99
A rare album of classic doo wop – from one of Chicago's greatest harmony groups! In contrast to labelmates The El Dorados, The Spaniels were a bit smoother, and added more of a sweet harmony sound to their style – as you'll know from tracks like "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite", "Baby It's You", and "The Bells Ring Out". But the big list of tracks on here also includes a number of uptempo tracks that have a rawer sound, like "Play It Cool" and "Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing with deep groove.)

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Kay StarrBlue Starr ... LP
RCA, 1957. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Plenty of blue tones in Kay Starr's music here – those sad-tinged sounds that made her a real standout in 50s pop, served up here with some slightly jazzier elements as well! The record's a nice contrast to some of Kay's more familiar hits – in that it still shows her singing strongly with that undeniable Starr style, but also brings in some fresher material and arrangements too. The latter aren't credited on the cover, and at points they have some really great elements – a male backup vocal group on some numbers, a bit of tenor or harmonica on others, and even a bit of gently stepping guitar. Titles include "Blue Starr", "Wedding Bells", "It's A Lonesome Old Town", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "The House Is Haunted", "I Really Don't Want To Know", and "Just Like A Butterfly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Sweet SlagTracking With Close-Ups ... LP
President/Lion, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A unique British group from the start of the 70s – and that's saying quite a lot, given how many unique groups were part of that scene at the time! Sweet Slag aren't really psych or hard rock, but they have equal bits of both – folded into a style that's maybe more the sort of mode that you'd get from the American underground a few years later – especially in the pre-metal albums from the "private press" world that always seems to get a lot of attention in recent years – but with a performance level that's much more skilled and adventurous! The guitar work by Mick Kerensky is wonderful – sometimes back there a bit, but then strutting out with these incredible solos when in the spotlight – and the quartet also features these amazing moments on alto, soprano sax, and flute from Paul Jolly – informed by deeper currents of the late 60s Brit jazz scene, but used in different ways than the jazz/rock that was taking over the mainstream – almost more avant at moments, which makes for quite a contrast to the guitar. Titles include "Twisted Trip Woman", "Rain Again", "Milk Train", "Specific", "World Of Ice", and "Babyi Ar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Horace TapscottTapscott Sessions Vol 8 ... CD
Nimbus, Early 80s. Used ... $14.99
Beautiful solo piano work from Horace Tapscott – a real contrast to his larger group recordings from the LA scene! The session features Horace playing in a contemplative and moody style – working through deeply personal readings of Mal Waldron's "Fire Waltz", Randy Weston's "Little Niles", and Thelonious Monk's "Crepuscule With Nellie" – as well as his own lovely work "As A Child", an exceptionally lyrical number that's worth the price of the record alone! CD
(Out of print.)

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Timmy ThomasWhy Can't We Live Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
TK/Big Break (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark album from Timmy Thomas – one that mixes together electronics and soul in this wonderfully unique mellow groove – a style that's hardly ever been matched again, and which may well put this album at the same level as Shuggie Otis' classic Inspiration Information set! Timmy's working here in a very unusual format – one that takes spare drum-machine beats, adds in warm keyboard chords, and graces the whole thing with smooth vocals to give it a real dose of soul! The contrast between the colder beats and Timmy's sweetly crackling voice is amazing – and creates a sound that echoes with love, loss, and loneliness – making the album one of the finest to come from the growing Miami scene of the 70s. Includes the landmark title cut "Why Can't We Live Together", plus "Dizzy Dizzy World", "The Coldest Days Of My Life", "Funky Me", "Take Care Of Home", "In The Beginning", and "Cold Cold People". CD features bonus tracks – "People Are Changin", and single mixes of "Funky Me" and "Why Can't We Live Together". CD

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Bobby TimmonsSweet & Soulful Sounds ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $7.99
A wonderful mellow trio session from Bobby Timmons – done with a spare, relaxed approach that's a nice contrast to the recordings he was making for Prestige around the same time – but which still has the same deep, soulful approach to the piano that makes those records so great! Half a dozen trio numbers with Sam Jones and Roy McCurdy are rounded out with two piano solos, "God Bless The Child" and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" – both of which present Bobby in an especially introspective mode, one you don't hear that often on record! Remaining trio tunes include "The Sweetest Sounds", "Turn Left", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Another Live One", "Alone Together" and "Why Was I Born". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ubirajara & Seus Embaixadores De CopacabanaSolovox De Ouro ... CD
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1963. New Copy ... $18.99
The Solovox is a mighty cool keyboard – kind of a smaller version of an electric organ, with a really otherworldly sound – and it gets a great showcase here in a hip album of 60s instrumentals from Brazil! Ubirajara plays the keys – which often have these flowing waves of sound – and arranger Waldemiro Lemke provides the larger backings, which are heavy on percussion and punches of horns – all providing a nice contrast to the electric flow upfront! As you'd guess from the title, many of the tunes are hits – but they're really transformed here into new versions, with a list that includes "El Suco Suco", "Stella By Starlight", "Moscow Nights", "Tender Is The Night", "Come September", "Caminito", "Quem E", and "Donde Estas Corazon". CD

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✨✧ Luiz Carlos VinhasNovas Estruturas ... LP
Forma (Brazil), 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $28.99
Tremendous bossa material from legendary pianist Luiz Carlos Vinhas – best known for his work in Bossa Tres, but sounding even better here on his own! The set's got a really wonderful lineup – one that expands the core bossa piano sound with added saxophone from Paulo Moura, flute from Meirelles, and especially great harmonica work from Mauricio Einhorn – played in a richly chromatic way that really opens up most of the tunes, and which stands in nice sonic contrast to some of Vinhas' warmer lines on the piano. The sound is clear and sharp – every bit as modern as the cover image might imply, but never too cold or academic – and still filled with a soaring sense of pure bossa energy! Titles include "Ad Vinhas", "Pensativa", "Batucada", "Curta Metragem", "Aboio", and "Tempo". LP, Vinyl record album
(90s reissue pressing, in a non-gatefold cover.)

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Bennie WallaceFourteen Bar Blues ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
Great early work from tenorist Bennie Wallace – a set that's got a really nice edge, and which is a nice contrast to some of Bennie's smoother work in years to come! The format's a trio – ala the important Sonny Rollins mode – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Eddie Moore on drums – and Wallace plays with a real sense of sharpness, and a balance between newer tenor ideas and some of the older roots of the instrument in jazz – almost rewriting legacies of Lester Young and Ben Webster, by taking their inspiration through a much more modern landscape. Titles include "Trinkle Trinkle", "Chelsea Bridge", "Green & Yellow", "Yard N Newk", "The Fourteen Bar Blues", and "Vicissitudes". CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Bobby WomackRoads Of Life ... CD
Arista/Razor & Tie, 1978. Used ... $11.99
A great album from Bobby – different than his earlier albums for United Artists, but in a good way – one that revives his whole career, and takes his sound into a whole new direction! The album's got a smooth soul finish with some touches of synth funk – produced by Bobby and Patrick Moten, who would later work together on the masterful Poet LP – and the contrast between the more modern arrangements and Bobby's raspy soul vocals works wonderfully! The mellow tracks are really great – with a tight, lightly funky sound bubbling under Bobby's wonderful vocals – and the album's got loads of nice cuts like "The Roads Of Life", "Give It Up", "The Roots In Me", "Honey Dripper Boogie", "How Could You Break My Heart", and "What Are You Doin". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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VariousAloha Got Soul – Soul, AOR & Disco In Hawai'I 1979 to 1985 ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Sweet soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – a surprisingly strong source of well-crafted, warmly-produced grooves – all with a special sort of sparkle that reminds us a lot of the best Bay Area or LA sounds of the time! There's a sunny vibe to the music that really belies its roots – a blend of jazz, soul, funk, and more – all handled with production that's few notches down from the slicker AOR material of the period, which still lets all the more soulful currents shine through nicely – and which keeps all this stuff from ever sounding too commercial. Given the cultural cross-currents taking place on the islands at the time, there's a surprising mix of backgrounds to some of these groups – which results in a unique sound that's nicely colorblind, and which stands as a bit of a contrast to some of the more defined scenes on the mainland. As always with Strut Records, the track selection and presentation is wonderful – with plenty of notes that illuminate the music – and titles include "Sparkle" by Greenwood, "Get That Happy Feeling" by Lemuria, "Countryside Beauty" by Tender Leaf, "Yesterday's Love" by Aura, "Kawaihae" by Brother Noland, "Feel Like Getting Down" by Nova, "Love One Another" by Mike Lundy, "Coast To Coast" by Rockwell Fukino, and "Call Me" by Hal Bradbury. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBrasa 4 ... CD
Bemol/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
A cool collection of late 60s rock and pop from Brazil – and a set that stands as a nice contrast to some of the "song festival" albums from the time on Philips and Odeon! Like those sets, this one presents up-and-coming artists working through a variety of material – but rather than showcasing new styles, the modes here are maybe more in the jovem guarda style of the mid 60s – a bit more slavishly tied to American and European styles, although a few of the tunes here are of Brazilian origin too. There's a bit more complexity and sophistication to the music than the chart pop of a few years before – kind of in the way that west coast pop rock acts were letting their hair down a bit by the late 60s – and titles include "Como E Grande O Meu Amor Por Voce" by Os Intrusus, "O Que Ha De Mal Em Mim" by Bitons, "You Only Live Twice" by Os Agitadores, "When Summer Is Gone" by Analfabitles, "Voce Nao Serve Pra Mim" by Amir Francisco, and "Travessia" by Edinho. CD

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VariousCiao! Manhattan (colored vinyl) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Cinewax/Light In The Attic, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $13.99
The lovely and late Edie Sedgwick is the cover draw on the record and movie – but the music within is maybe an even more interesting blend of sounds, and very different than what you might expect to come from the famous star of Andy Warhol's Factory scene! Some of the music here is by Gino Piserchio – and is spare, electronic material – of the creepy style that you'd hear in underground films of the time, but sometimes almost given a Brian Eno sort of tunefulness too. Other tracks are vocal numbers, and have a rootsy rock vibe that seems much more west coast than New York – which makes a nice contrast. There's even a few spoken passages that feature Edie's voice from the film – which balances things out in a great way. Titles include "Angel Shock", "Driving Verdeccio", "Revolution Of Youth", and "Night Riders" by Gino Piserchio – plus "I Can't Make It Anymore" by Richie Havens, "Citizen Kane" by Skip Battin & Kim Fowley, "To Give All Your Love Away" by Richie Havens, "Malibu People" by John Phillips, "Justice" by Kim Milford, and "Shouldn't All The World Be Dancing" by Richie Havens. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited "angel shock" colored vinyl. Includes 20-page book with rare archive photos and liner notes Q&A with writer/director David Weisman.)

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✨✧ VariousEsterno Notte Giorno D'Estate – Open Air Grooves, Daytime Breaks, Sunny & Scat Beats From The Italian Untapped Film Music Archives 1969 to 1978 (180 gram pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $32.99
Sunny grooves with a fantastic sound – music that echoes some of our favorite Italian soundtracks of the 60s and 70s – but most of it previously unreleased! The work here is from undertapped sources of the period – not some of the oft-compiled songs from the Italian soundtrack/sound library reissue scene of the past decade or two – but instead lots of fresh tracks that really throw open the gates – with strong quality tracks that are awash in lots of groovy elements! Music is both acoustic and electric, often with a fair bit of jazz or bossa nova influences – and in contrast to some sound library collections that go for the darker side of the spectrum, these tracks are all as warm as you might guess from the title. Tracks include "Don Milani" by Alessandro Alessandroni, "Cugine Mie" by Nico Fidenco, "Gideon" by Alberto Baldan Bembo, "Camorra" by Manuel De Sica, "Pensiero D'Amore" by Mario Migliardi, "Gisposta A Tutto" by Gianni Marchetti, "Mondo Di Notte Oggi" by Gianni Oddi Gianni Dell'Orso, "Un Uomo Dalla Pelle Dura" by Carlo Pes, and "Verso La Droga" by Sandro Brugnolini. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – pressed on 180 gram vinyl and with bonus CD!)

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✨✧ VariousPsychedelic Rock Mexican ... CD
Orfeon (Mexico), 1971. Used ... $12.99
A trio of Mexican rock acts from the start of the 70s – all brought together in one very groovy compilation! The set begins with work from Los Papos – a Guadalajara group with a very heavy sort of sound – one that features plenty of fuzzy guitars that are often mixed with organ lines with a nice sense of darkness – about as heavy as you might get for the time, with vocals that kind of burst out over the top with a real sense of starkness. Next up is Free Minds, led by guitarist Jorge Aguilera, whose work really helps give their music a nice edge – a guitar-driven groove that's somewhat powerful and which has the vocals sliding in alongside with a nicely sinister feel. A few of their tracks are a bit sweeter, which makes for a nice contrast. Last up is Polvo, represented here by only two songs, both of which are great – and very high up on the fuzzed-out side of the spectrum. Titles include "I See You Very Lonely", "My God", "Wake Up", and "Push Me Very Slow" by Los Papos; "Buscando Alrededor", "Neurosis", "Dejame", and "Campanas En El Camino" by Free Minds; and "Have You Ever Been There" and "Can't Get Enough" by Polvo. CD
(Out of print, packaged in a great little LP style sleeve.)

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VariousShibuya Jazz Classics Presents Johnny's Underground – Best Of Johnny's Disk ... CD
Johnny's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99
A double-length look at the legendary Johnny's Disk label from Japan – and important indie that forged new ground for jazz at the end of the 70s, and also opened the way towards lot of creative experimentation for years to come! Johnny's wasn't just a jazz label, though – and instead it echoed some of the genre-crossing modes that were also taking place in other Japanese scenes at the start of the 80s – styles that are really emphasized here on CD 2, which is titled "Under Ground" – in contrast to the "Jazz Ground" of CD 1! The modes on CD 2 are a mix of avant rock, jazz improvisation, and other modes – sometimes playful, sometimes dark – and the styles on CD 1 are often warmer, and represent a strong Johnny's Disk contribution to the warm piano trio modes of 70s Japan. 23 tracks in all – with work by Lee Won Hui, Sonoda Mayumi, Ktayama Mitsuaki, Nakayama Eiji, Kingkong Paradise, Sakamoto Teru, Itakura Katsuyki, Kondo Kouji, Miyoshi Youji,Terui Ken & Aterui Jazz Gakudan, Oguri Hitoshi, and Hayasaka Koukou. CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 33 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Renown & Hornet Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
A tight batch of rare rockers from a tiny North Carolina label from the end of the 50s – a set that's a nice contrast to some of the other volumes in this excellent series, which usually focus on lost rockabilly nuggets in the vaults of major labels! Here, there's a vibe that's much more unified overall – as most of the early tracks feature a core combo providing most of the rhythms for a lead singer and lead guitar – and even the later ones seem to hold on to a tight sort of label style, which makes for a very unified vibe through the 35 tracks in the collection! The music's not just rockabilly, either, as there's a number of cuts here that have a more direct inspiration from R&B – some of that crossover Carolina soul at its earliest levels – and there's maybe a few that echo some older styles from the hills, too. As with all volumes, the Bear Family presentation is great – very detailed notes, great sound, plenty of history, and a massive set list – with titles that include "Problem Child" and "Betcha Didn't Know" by Wayne Handy, "I Want Everything My Baby Got" and "Our Southern Way Of Living" by Jim Thornton, "Buzz Me On The Telephone" by Irving Fuller & The Chorvettes, "Cold North Wind" and "I'm Not Ashamed" by Lonnie Dee, "True Blue" by Joe Franklin & The Hi-Liters, "Stop Walking All Over Me" and "Tears Falling Down Down Down"b y Harold Pope, "Bad Boy" by Don Ray with The Hornets, "The Day I Die" by Daryl Petty, "Do You Ever Think Of Me" by Clyde Moody, "The Pad" by Bobby Strigo with The Blue Notes, "I'm Going Home" by Hughie Owens with The Blue Notes, and "Making Fun Of Me" by Bobby Rose. CD

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✨✧ John Abercrombie/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnetteGateway ... CD
ECM, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A whole new kind of trio session for the 70s – one that has the airy, open lines of guitarist John Abercrombie stretching out nicely in the company of drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Dave Holland! The music is archetypal ECM work of the time – a complete contrast to a guitar trio session from a decade before, or even a few years before on any different sort of label. Abercrombie's got a bit of bite at a few moments, but mostly keeps things spare and spacious – and Holland and DeJohnette are more than happy to follow suit. Titles include "Backwoods Song", "May Dance", "Waiting", "Jamala", and "Sorcery 1". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lorez AlexandriaFor Swingers Only ... LP
Argo, 1963. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from Lorez Alexandria – an ultra-hip singer who recorded for Impulse and King, but who sounds especially wonderful on this rare date for Chess Records! The album's got a groove that definitely lives up to its title – a jazzy, bouncy sort of rhythm that's definitely "for swingers only", and which is a nice contrast to overdone torch or standard jazz vocal modes. Alexandria's singing is completely sublime – quite fluid, yet with a soulful depth that's really amazing – and her backing combo is equally hip – a group led by John Young on piano, and also featuring George Eskridge on guitar, Jimmy Garrison on bass, Phil Thomas on drums, and Ronald Wilson on flute and tenor – an obscure player whose reed work really makes the album sparkle! The song choices are great too – a mix of some under-recorded gems and a few blue-toned classics – all redone amazingly by Lorez with a sound that's quite unique. Titles include her classic Argo reading of "Baltimore Oriole", which begins with an amazing drum/bass passage that's worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks include "The End Of A Love Affair", "Baltimore Oriole", "All Or Nothing At All", "Mother Earth", "Love Look Away", and "Traveling Down A Lonely Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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✨✧ JD AllenBarracoon ... CD
Savant, 2019. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the boldest records we've ever heard from tenorist JD Allen – a set that has him playing in trio formation, with just bass and drums – borrowing a page from the modernist years of Sonny Rollins, but pushing even more forward with his sound and style! The tracks aren't totally free, but are very open – and in addition to the drums of Nic Cacioppo, the group shifts between electric and acoustic bass work from Ian Kenselaar, who uses the electric on about a third of the record – making for a really nice contrast with the all-acoustic moments. There's a rumbling intensity to the whole record – which crackles with energy throughout – and titles include "Eye Scream", "Barracoon", "G Sus", "The Goldilocks Zone", "13", and "Communion". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Paul BleyPaul Bley Synthesizer Show ... LP
Milestone, 1970. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great record by Paul Bley – one of his few forays into electronic music, and a set that's got a really striking feel right from the start! Unlike some of the gimmicky moog records of the time – or some of the noisier avant electronic sets – Bley finds a way to use the instrument to open up new perspectives in jazz, often with a style that's tuneful and filled with sentiment – maybe an electronic contrast to his solo piano material on ECM! The tunes were all penned by Annette Peacock – and they have Bley playing a lot more soulfully than on other records from the time. Backing is by acoustic drum and bass, and Bley plays a bit of acoustic piano on the record – but the real highlight are the choppy rhythmic chunks of electronics, played in a style that sounds very little like Bley's other work. Believe it or not, there's even a few nice groovers on here – although most of the record is in a downtempo mode. Titles include "Parks", "Mr Joy", "Archangel", "Snakes", Gary", and "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing.)

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✨✧ Milt JacksonMilt Jackson Live At The Village Gate ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little set from that time when Milt Jackson was fronting a group that also included Jimmy Heath on tenor – a wonderful pairing of talents that made for some of Milt's most soulful sides of the 60s! Heath's sharp-edged tone is a great contrast to Jackson's smoother touch on the vibes – and the pair are supported here by rhythm from Hank Jones on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all great players who bring plenty of personal inflection to their work on this live date. Titles include a great version of Heath's "Gemini" – plus Jackson's "Bags Of Blue", "Gerri's Blues", and "Ignunut Oil" – plus takes on "Little Girl Blue" and "Time After Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Rick JamesGarden Of Love ... LP
Gordy, 1980. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from Rick James' classic early run for Motown – a set that maybe didn't chart as big as some of his other records for the label, but which stands strongly today as a well-crafted batch of mellow funky soul! James has a bit less of the bass-heavy riffs here than you'd expect – and instead, the record has kind of a laidback, almost dreamy feel at times – still upbeat, but with the kind of relaxed, glowing vibe you'd be more likely to find from Teena Marie around this point – a really nice contrast with the more familiar hit sounds you'd know from Rick! We actually really like these mellower groovers – which are almost like some of Johnny Watson's Caribbean-tinged grooves – and the production augments the tunes with a bit of sound effects, which really furthers the paradise garden feel of the tunes. Titles include "Mary Go Round", "Summer Love", "Big Time", "Don't Give Up On Love", "Getting It On In The Sunshine", and "Island Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing, including the round corner inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Etta JonesSoulful Sunday – Live At The Left Bank ... CD
Reel To Real, 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very soulful setting from singer Etta Jones – who really opens up here in a concert done for the Left Bank jazz society in Baltimore! The performance is from 1972, and really has Jones sounding a bit different than on her 60s material for Prestige – partly because backings are by the fantastically hip trio of pianist Cedar Walton – with the leader on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – a group that also stretches out on their own at the start of the record, for a fantastic 10 minute reading of "Love Story"! Walton's lyrically modern style is a nice contrast to some of the bluesier pianists who sometimes back Jones up – and there's a sophisticated swing to most numbers, which include "Love Nest", "For All We Know", "Sunday", "If You Could See Me Now", "This Girl's In Love With You", and "You Better Go Now". CD

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✨✧ Jorma Kaukonen With Tom HobsonQuah ... LP
Grunt, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The mid 70s solo record by Jorma Kaukonen – the legendary guitarist for Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna – and a really great, sort of back to basics acoustic set! In direct contrast to some of the more bombastic rock coming out of the Jefferson Airplane camp in the early 70s, those one has a rootsier psych folk vibe. Holds up well decades later, too – with titles that include "Genesis", "I'll Be All Right", "Song For The North Star", "Anotehr Man Done Gone" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi ... CD
RCA/BMG (UK), 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Klaus Nomi's standing here on the cover with the oversized cabaret costume he used famously backing David Bowie – but this early solo album definitely has the singer very much in his own territory overall! Some of the songs are a weird reworking of older European cabaret mode, or Brechtian song ideas – given this strange post-punk twist, and set to rockish backings that are a very unusual contrast to the more operatic leanings in Klaus' vocal style – almost this Liquid Sky moment where an amnesiac opera singer wanders into a downtown New York club and happens to take the stage. Other tracks are moodier and more spacious – and work together with the straighter rock songs to make the whole thing feel like a larger conceptual album, even though that sort of thing wasn't really what Klaus, or the rest of the scene were going for at the time. Titles include "Nomi Song", "You Don't Own Me", "Nomi Chant", "Total Eclipse", "The Cold Song", and "Keys of Life". CD
(Out of print.)
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✨✧ Phoebe SnowSecond Childhood ... LP
Columbia, 1976. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A 70s classic from Phoebe Snow – one of those records that it seemed like everybody had to own back in the day – and for good reason! Phoebe's vocals are wonderful – laidback, but inflected with plenty of personality – at times kind of hovering in a 70s space between Minnie Riperton and Joni Mitchell, but often underscored with some folksy acoustic guitar – which makes for a nice contrast to the jazzy backings! Arrangements are a masterpiece of understatement – really letting Snow's spirit come right up front in the mix – and our hat's off to Pat Williams for some great work on the record. Titles include "Two Fisted Love", "Inspired Insanity", "Pre-Dawn Imagination", "All Over", "Isn't It A Shame", "Sweet Disposition", and "No Regrets". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light aging.)

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✨✧ SpinnersSpinners Live ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fascinating little record by The Spinners – and a real contrast to some of their other Atlantic albums! The set has them stepping out of the tightly controlled studio sound of their Philly albums – still working with Thom Bell on production, but doing so in a freer sort of live setting. A number of tracks are taken in very open versions, and really extended out nicely – and there's also some good material on here that shows that the group's harmonies could work in just about any setting. Surprisingly great – a really excellent little album that shows that the group were as strong as a unit as they could be as part of a hit-making machine. Titles in lude "Then Came You", "Sadie", "Fascinating Rhythm", "I've Got To Make It On My Own", "Superstar Medley", "Love Don't Love Nobody", and "Mighty Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)

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✨✧ John Abercrombie/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnetteGateway ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
A whole new kind of trio session for the 70s – one that has the airy, open lines of guitarist John Abercrombie stretching out nicely in the company of drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Dave Holland! The music is archetypal ECM work of the time – a complete contrast to a guitar trio session from a decade before, or even a few years before on any different sort of label. Abercrombie's got a bit of bite at a few moments, but mostly keeps things spare and spacious – and Holland and DeJohnette are more than happy to follow suit. Titles include "Backwoods Song", "May Dance", "Waiting", "Jamala", and "Sorcery 1". CD
(Recent pressing in a gatefold sleeve.)

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✨✧ Bo DiddleyBig Bad Bo ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heavy funk from the legendary Bo Diddley – one of his amazing comeback albums from the early 70s for Chess, all of which are plenty darn great! For this set, Bo's traded in the scratchy guitar mode of his classic work for a sweeter, tighter funk-based sound – a groove that's supported strongly with electric studio arrangements from Wade Marcus – used here in very nice contrast to Diddley's rougher vocals and guitar! The style's got a bit more electric jazz touches than some of the other Chess blues funk records from the time – but the overall sound is still bound to please any funk fan – and titles include "Bite You", "Stop The Pusher", "You've Got a Lot Of Nerve", and the breakbeat classic "Hit Or Miss"! CD

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✨✧ Sadik HakimLazy Bird ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's nothing lazy about the piano of Sadik Hakim here – as the album's a superb live trio date, issued only in Japan – and a record that stands with the handful of gems Hakim gave us at the time! The trio's got a very particular flavor – in part because the deep tones of Errol Waters on bass provide a nice contrast to the more pointed work of Sadik on the keys – given a gentle swing by the drums of Clifford Barbaro, but in ways that always seem to still have the pianist guiding the proceedings with his boundless sense of imagination! Titles include "Lazy Bird", "Idling", "I'll Remember April", "Yardbird Suite", "49th Street", and "Stella By Starlight". CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ Lionel HamptonAir Mail Special ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1953. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the standout gems from Lionel Hampton's 50s sessions for Verve – wonderful small combo recordings that let Hamp stretch out in freer solo space than usual! Although the Hampton fame always lay in his popularly-touring bigger band, and all its related pyrotechnics, we've always loved Lionel's sound in a more intimate setting – and the way his ringing tone on the vibes prefaces work to come in later years by Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Nelson, and others – bold, soulful, and surprisingly modern at times. There's a metallic quality to the solo work on these sides that we really like a lot – and which offers a nice contrast to Milt Jackson's vibes of the period through its more powerfully pronounced understanding of the instrument's tone. The core group is a quartet – with Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums – and half the set features the clarinet of Buddy DeFranco. All tracks are nice and long – almost jam-session style – and titles include "Soft Winds", "Airmail Special", "The Way You Look Tonight", and "It's Only A Paper Moon". CD
(SHM-CD pressing, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerBird On Verve Vol 2 – Bird & Diz ... LP
Verve (France), 1950. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
An expanded version – with bonus material and alternates! The core of the record is a classic meeting of two giants from the early years of bop – altoist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie – brought together here in a session that Norman Granz would later list as one of the truest realizations of his vision for recording jazz music! Parker's sharp lines are a great contrast to the robust horn work of Diz – and the players work here with a rhythm section that features Thelonious Monk on piano, Curley Russell on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums. Titles include "Bloomdido", "Leap Frog", "Oscar For Treadwell", and "Mohawk". LP features three alternate takes, and also includes a 1950 quartet date with Hank Jones on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums – on the titles "Star Eyes", "Blues (fast)", and "I'm In The Mood For Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great French pressing from the 80s!)

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✨✧ Charlie Parker & Dizzy GillespieBird & Diz (Verve) ... LP
Verve (Czech Republic), Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A classic meeting of two giants from the early years of bop – altoist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie – brought together here in a session that Norman Granz would later list as one of the truest realizations of his vision for recording jazz music! Parker's sharp lines are a great contrast to the robust horn work of Diz – and the players work here with a rhythm section that features Thelonious Monk on piano, Curley Russell on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums. Titles include "Relaxin With Lee", "Leap Frog", "Oscar For Treadwell", and "Mohawk". The LP also has a classic David Stone Martin image on the cover. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Evan ParkerChicago Solo ... CD
Okka Disk, 1997. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Evan Parker sounds wonderful here – on a 90s session recorded in Chicago, but a record that may well stand with our favorites from his earliest years on vinyl! Parker was sometimes sounding more academic and dry at this point in his career, but he really wakes up our ears here too – maybe in part because the album's his first-ever solo effort on tenor, in contrast to a number of other records over the years in a Lacy-like fashion, recorded with solo soprano sax! A few tunes are dedicated to heroes and inspirations – Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, and Chris McGregor – and the album features 14 solo tenor tracks in all. CD

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✨✧ Phenomenal Hand Clap BandTraveler's Prayer/Stepped Into The Light ... 7-inch
Magnifreeq, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky soul from Phenomenal Hand Clap Band – a group who bring some nice 80s elements into their music, while still keeping things nice and warm overall! "Traveler's Prayer" almost feels like soulful fusion from The Crusaders generation – with a great female singer who comes into the mix once the instrumentation gets going – and breaks that are peppered with this thinner keyboard part that makes for a mighty nice contrast! "Stepped Into The Light" is more of a full-on track – almost fusion overall, with keyboard lines that soar up and down – until the singer comes into the mix, and does her thing in an equally soaring way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Hank ThompsonHank Thompson At The Golden Nugget ... LP
Capitol, 1961. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A live album recorded at a Vegas casino, complete with some occasional sound effects from the floor! The feel is nice and spontaneous, and there's some added jazzy horns in the mix – which makes for a nice contrast with the intimate twang of Hank's guitar. Titles include "I Guess I'm Getting Over You", "Honky Tonk Girl", "She's Just A Whole Lot Like You", "Steel Guitar Rag", and "Lost Highway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Bobby TimmonsSweet & Soulful Sounds/Born To Be Blue ... CD
Riverside/Universal (Germany), 1962/1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
Pure piano magic from Bobby Timmons – a pair of great albums from his years at Riverside Records! First up is Sweet & Soulful Sounds – a wonderful mellow trio session from Bobby – done with a spare, relaxed approach that's a nice contrast to the recordings he was making for Prestige around the same time – but which still has the same deep, soulful approach to the piano that makes those records so great! Half a dozen trio numbers with Sam Jones and Roy McCurdy are rounded out with two piano solos, "God Bless The Child" and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" – both of which present Bobby in an especially introspective mode, one you don't hear that often on record! Remaining trio tunes include "The Sweetest Sounds", "Turn Left", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Another Live One", "Alone Together", and "Why Was I Born". Born To Be Blue is one of Bobby Timmons' most obscure trio sessions from the early years – recorded at the tail end of the Riverside years, which is probably why the album disappeared so quickly! The set's in a similar format to some of Bobby's other records for Riverside – a trio set with either Sam Jones or Ron Carter on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – but it's different in that Bobby's a bit more introspective – "blue", if you will – working in less of the gutbucket soul jazz mode than before, and really hitting some lyrical magic on the keys! The album includes the original tunes "Know Not One", "Often Annie", and "The Sit In" – plus a great reading of Tom McIntosh's "With Malice Towards None". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Sweet & Soulful Sounds ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Toshiaki Yokota & Beat GenerationFlute Adventure ... CD
King (Japan), 1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
A definite flute adventure from Japanese reedman Toshiaki Yokota – one that's got some wonderfully trippy elements, in the best spirit of some of the most groundbreaking MPS sessions at the end of the 60s! Yokota plays a variety of flutes, and he's backed by electric guitar, bass, and plenty of percussion – often used in rootsy and rhythmic ways that make for plenty of great groovers on the set. There's a bit of a Latin influence at the bottom, but not in Toshiaki's playing – because that's often light and airy, floating over the top of the heavier rhythms with a great sense of counterpoint – making for a really great contrast of modes! Music on a few tracks is by The Beat Generation combo, and the album also features some great bossa covers too – versions of "Reza", "Orfeu Negro", and "Samba De Orfeu" – alongside original tunes "Ending Samba", "Cimmerie", and "Nuit De L'Enfer". CD
(Recent SHM-CD pressing, includes obi.)

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✨✧ JD AllenBarracoon ... CD
Savant, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the boldest records we've ever heard from tenorist JD Allen – a set that has him playing in trio formation, with just bass and drums – borrowing a page from the modernist years of Sonny Rollins, but pushing even more forward with his sound and style! The tracks aren't totally free, but are very open – and in addition to the drums of Nic Cacioppo, the group shifts between electric and acoustic bass work from Ian Kenselaar, who uses the electric on about a third of the record – making for a really nice contrast with the all-acoustic moments. There's a rumbling intensity to the whole record – which crackles with energy throughout – and titles include "Eye Scream", "Barracoon", "G Sus", "The Goldilocks Zone", "13", and "Communion". CD

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✨✧ John BarryWalkabout (180 gram pressing) ... CD
Roundtable (Australia), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful and exotic score from the great John Barry – one that never had as much circulation on record as some of his bigger hits of the time, but which is equally well deserving of praise! The music is done for Nicolas Roeg's film Walkabout – set mostly in the Australian outback – and Barry mixes these breathy orchestrations with some rootsier acoustic elements – in ways that really echo the contrast of the characters in the narrative, and remind us of the sensitivity that Barry can have at his most sophisticated moments. Three tracks differ slightly from this approach – the seven minute long fuzzy freakout "Electronic Dance", which is totally great in its own sort of way – the experimental echoey "Professional Crumble" – and the vocal number "Los Angeles", kind of a hippy dippy tune. Other titles include "The Three Of Us", "Walkabout", "The Children", "The Journey", "Stranded", and "Night In The Outback". CD

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✨✧ John BarryWalkabout (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Roundtable (Australia), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful and exotic score from the great John Barry – one that never had as much circulation on record as some of his bigger hits of the time, but which is equally well deserving of praise! The music is done for Nicolas Roeg's film Walkabout – set mostly in the Australian outback – and Barry mixes these breathy orchestrations with some rootsier acoustic elements – in ways that really echo the contrast of the characters in the narrative, and remind us of the sensitivity that Barry can have at his most sophisticated moments. Three tracks differ slightly from this approach – the seven minute long fuzzy freakout "Electronic Dance", which is totally great in its own sort of way – the experimental echoey "Professional Crumble" – and the vocal number "Los Angeles", kind of a hippy dippy tune. Other titles include "The Three Of Us", "Walkabout", "The Children", "The Journey", "Stranded", and "Night In The Outback". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John Carter & Bobby BradfordFlight For Four ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Spectacular work from one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time – the legendary John Carter/Bobby Bradford Quartet – quite possibly the hippest thing going in the LA scene of the late 60s! The group includes Carter on alto and tenor, Bradford on trumpet – working together in these amazing lines that have both players running off together in a style that's free, but often quite rhythmic – spurred on to move past the new freedoms unlocked by the Ornette Coleman group a few years before! Yet the vibe here is very different than Ornette, too – given the bold, righteous power that comes through in the voices of both players – working here at a level that seems to blow away just about anything else going on in the American avant garde at the time. The group has just two more players to round out its amazing sound – Tom Williamson on bass, and Bruz Freeman (brother of Von and George!) on drums – and all tracks are long and free, yet also fragile and intimate – with an almost painterly sense of beauty and emotion that stands in stark contrast to much of the avant work of the time coming out of the east coast. Titles include "Domino", "Abstractions For Three Lovers", "Woman", and "The Second Set". CD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
 
 
 



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