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✨✧ Wagon CookinPassion Flute/To Go Away (orig, reprise) ... 12-inch
Tranquilo (Germany), 2000. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Boo Ray & Sean BrockSaint Misbehavin'/Soul Food Cookin' ... 7-inch
BRRB, 2016. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $0.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Silver vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisCookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ... $4.99
A seminal session from the team of Miles Davis & John Coltrane – not nearly as "cookin" (at least in a blowing session way) as you might guess from the title, but instead a beautiful example of the lyrically modern explorations the pair created together! Rhythm is by the trio of Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – but the horn work of Davis and Coltrane are clearly the starring attraction on the set! Titles include "Tune Up", "Blues By Five", and "Airegin" – plus the pair's classic reading of "My Funny Valentine". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dynamic Les DeMerle BandCookin' At The Corner Vol 1 ... CD
Origin, 2006. Used ... $4.99
... CD

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Curtis FullerSouth American Cookin' ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1961. Used ... $11.99
Not Curtis Fuller in South America, but a record that picks up a very slight Latin vibe in the rhythm – which makes for a nice change from Fuller's sessions for Blue Note! The date was recorded during that great short run of soul jazz cookers on early 60s Epic Records – and is a perfect talent for the well-voiced solo talents of Fuller – which really take great fire in a group that also includes Zoot Sims on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Dave Bailey on drums. The record's got some of the gutbuckety energy of Bailey's classic sets for Epic at the same time – a strong recommendation from us – and titles include "One Note Samba", "Besame Mucho", and "Wee Dot". CD
(Includes obi.)

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LabellePressure Cookin' ... LP
RCA, 1973. Very Good+ ... $7.99
An early classic from LaBelle – wonderful vocals mixed with both heavy funk and laidback spacey soul touches! The group had really hit their stride by this point – as the trio of Nona Hendryx/Sarah Dash/Patti Labelle push way past their girl group roots – and even some of the slightly less-formed modes of their Warner Brothers years – finding a really badass sort of territory that would serve them well for the rest of the 70s! The shift really pays off – as there's a number of good funky numbers on the album – and some righteous political lyricism in the mix, too – but also some mellower moments that really round things out nicely. The trio riff on a version of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", as led into by the cut "Something In The Air" – and other numbers include "Sunshine (Woke Me Up This Morning)", "Mr. Music Man", "Goin' On a Holiday", "Open Up Your Heart", "Let Me See You In The Light", and "Can I Speak to You Before You Go to Hollywood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Dave McKennaCookin At Michael's Pub ... LP
Halcyon, 1973. Near Mint- ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some aging.)

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithHome Cookin' ... CD
Blue Note, 1959. Used ... $4.99
Classic work from Jimmy Smith – a smokin' quartet session from the early 60's, one that sports a rare appearance by Percy France on tenor on most of the tracks! France has a great raw sound that gives the session a nice little edge – and the rest of the group features Kenny Burrell on guitar, Donald Bailey on drums, and Jimmy himself, wailing away on the Hammond! Titles include "Sugar Hill", "I Got A Woman", "Motoring Along", "Gracie", and "Messin Around". CD features 5 previously unissued bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousMo' Cookin' ... CD
Ubiquity, 1994. Used ... $7.99
The second in Ubiquity's series charting the massive sounds from the San Francisco jazz scene. Selections by Slide 5, Push, Ping Pong, and many more! We still get loads of requests for these cuts when we play out, and if this one can last a few more years, we'll be selling it as a classic jazz funk release – which is what it is! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Booker ErvinCookin ... CD
Savoy (Japan), 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer stuff from Booker Ervin – and one of his first sessions as a leader! The album was recorded during a stretch when Ervin was coming into fame as a member of the Mingus group – and he's playing here with a number of Mingus-ites like Richard Williams on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums – plus some great bass work from George Tucker – not exactly Mingus, but with a soulful undercurrent that's totally great! The record's got a hardbop groove with a modernist tinge, and it features some excellent playing by Booker that shows off both sides of his style – the deep Texas tenor roots, and some of the sharper tones he picked up with Mingus. Tracks include "Mister Wiggles", "Well Well", "Dee Da Do", and "Down in the Dumps". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Howard RobertsSomething's Cookin' ... LP
Capitol, 1964. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very groovy! The record's a hip batch of jazzy tracks played by the great Howard Roberts, caught here at the height of his 60s groovy bossa style, and playing with his regular combo plus backing by a larger group of horns. Jack Marshall and Shorty Rogers helped Howard with the arrangements, and the record has that groovy LA jazz sound that graced the best of the Capitol sides of the time. Charles Kynard gets in some nice organ, Howard plays a nicely-toned Epiphone, and titles include "Bluesette", "The Lonesome Cowboy", "Charade", "Maniac", and "Recado Bossa Nova". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original rainbow label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisMiles Davis (Cookin/Relaxin) ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A 70s 2LP set that brings together the albums Cookin and Relaxin – both of them late 50s sessions cut with the Red Garland Trio and tenor work by John Coltrane! The sides are as classic as you can get for both Miles on Prestige and late 50s Trane – handled with an easy groove, and a sound that's both soulful and modern at the same instant. Tracks are classics all the way through – and titles include "Oleo", "Airegin", "Tune Up", "Woody N You", and "Blues By Five". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
 
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Hilton Ruiz EnsembleSomething Grand ... LP
Novus, 1987. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A nice record from Ruiz and one that really combines jazz elements with a Latin sound. Ruiz composed and arranged the songs on the record and plays piano as well. His ensemble consists of such players as Lew Soloff on trumpet, Steve Turre on trombone & seashells, Sam Rivers on flute and tenor & soprano sax, Russell Blake on electric bass and Ignacio Berroa on drums, plus others. The tracks include "Home Cookin", "Puerto Rican Children", "Four West", "Something Grand", "Sunrise Over Madarao", and "One Step Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMovements Volume 10 – Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer (with bonus 7 inch) ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99
The tenth edition in this really fantastic series – a collection of tunes that's moved way past the traditional funk compilations from years back – really showing the evolving taste for a groove in the global underground! The tunes here effortlessly mix together rare soul, groovy jazz, and plenty more – pulled from impossibly rare 45s and albums that remind us that, even though we've spend decades digging in the crates, we still have a heck of a lot to learn about music! We're especially in love with some of the more obscure soul jazz vocalists here – artists we never would have discovered otherwise – and the package features tracks that include "Spooky" by Frankie Greer Quartette, "Kitchen Cookin" by Eddie Buster Band, "The Mustang (parts 1 & 2)" by The New Philadelphians, "Under The Covers" by The Kats, "Coming Home Baby" by Ronny Pellers Satin Sound, "Evil Ways" by The Lido, "El Mexicano" by Brazada, "Title Town" by Herb Crawford Jazz Ensemble, "Little Sister (parts 1 & 2)" by The Headliners, "Radiation Funk" by Maxell, and "String Around My Heart" by Eunice Haze. LP, Vinyl record album
(Initial quantities include bonus 7 inch single – with work by Johnny Spinosa! Quantities limited!)

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VariousRemineded – A Remix Compilation ... LP
Coalmine, 2019. New Copy ... $18.99 20.98
A classic boombap inspired remix compilation of the ever-fresh hip hop on the Coalmine label – with tracks by Heltah Skeltah, El Da Sensei, Guilty Simpson & Small Professor, Blu & Nottz, Sean Price and more – remixed by a roster as impressive as Large Professor, Diamond D, Oh No, DJ Concept, Audible Doctor and more! A rock solid timeless dozen tracks here, lyrically-focused enough to shine a bright light on the diverse MCs, and fleshed out to hypnotic headnodding effect by the remixers. Includes Midnight Madness (Audible Doctor Remix)" by Heltah Skeltah, "Strung Out (Small Professor Remix)" by Skyzoo, "On The Run (DJ Revolution Remix)" by Guilty Simpson & Small Professor, "Boys II Men (Diamond D Remix)" by Blu & Nottz, "Gold Vase (Oh No Remix)" by Planet Asia & DJ Concept, "Naturally Born (Cookin' Soul Remix)" by Big Noyd, Large Professor & Kool G Rap and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lambert, Hendricks & RossWay Out Voices Of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (aka High Flying With Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A later repackaging of the excellent Flying High album – easily the group's best album by far, and unfortunately, too often the toughest one to find! The arrangements here are fantastic, and the material is waaaaaay more hip than the Ellington and Basie stuff that they wasted too much time working with. Annie Ross reprises her famous "Farmer's Market" solo, plus the group swings wildly on versions of "Mr. P.C.", and Horace Silver's "Home Cookin'" and "Come On Home". John Hendricks' voice is at his prime, and the whole thing grooves madly. LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Odyssey pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousMovements Volume 10 – Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The tenth edition in this really fantastic series – a collection of tunes that's moved way past the traditional funk compilations from years back – really showing the evolving taste for a groove in the global underground! The tunes here effortlessly mix together rare soul, groovy jazz, and plenty more – pulled from impossibly rare 45s and albums that remind us that, even though we've spend decades digging in the crates, we still have a heck of a lot to learn about music! We're especially in love with some of the more obscure soul jazz vocalists here – artists we never would have discovered otherwise – and the package features tracks that include "Spooky" by Frankie Greer Quartette, "Kitchen Cookin" by Eddie Buster Band, "The Mustang (parts 1 & 2)" by The New Philadelphians, "Under The Covers" by The Kats, "Coming Home Baby" by Ronny Pellers Satin Sound, "Evil Ways" by The Lido, "El Mexicano" by Brazada, "Title Town" by Herb Crawford Jazz Ensemble, "Little Sister (parts 1 & 2)" by The Headliners, "Radiation Funk" by Maxell, and "String Around My Heart" by Eunice Haze. CD
Also available Movements Volume 10 – Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer (with bonus 7 inch) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ VariousWheedle's Groove – Kearney Barton ... CD
Light In The Attic, 2009. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seattle funk & soul in superbly classic form – and it's all new recordings – featuring a roster of first wave Seattle scene figures and engineered by the the legendary Kearney Barton! All the cuts were recorded in 2008 at Audio Recording, where it all went down in the first place, as chronicled on Light In The Attic's excellent Wheedle's Groove compilation – and this all new set features many of the players from the mid 60s through early 70s Emerald City scene, working as an all star band on funky originals and covers! It's incredible stuff, from the Hammond B3 & Moog funk instrumental "Babyback", to a gospel funk take on "Jesus Christ Pose" featuring Pastor Pat Wright (aka Northern Soul legend Patrinell Staten) and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, to the gritty soul of "HOE" featuring Ural Thomas on vocals and backing by the Muscle Shoals Horns, an anthemic spacey keyboard workout on Marc Moulin's "Humpty Dumpty" and much more. Producer Dynomite D does a wonderful job of putting the pieces together, and the players include members of Black On White Affair, Cookin' Bag, Cold Bold and Together, with Overton Berry on piano, keyboard maestros Ron Buford and Greg Davison, drummers Robbie Hill and John Lee Rodde, vocalists Ural Thomas and Broham (Larry Hammond, Leonard Hammond & Curtis Hammond Jr), guitarists Johnny Horn, Herman Brown and Coleman Brown, bass player Bob Lovelace and others. Other tracks include "Sea Of Glass", "Fools Gold", "Everything Good Is Bad", "Rainy Sea" and "Baddest". CD

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✨✧ Miles DavisWorkin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (gold CD) ... CD
Prestige, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the four essential quintet sides Miles Davis cut for Prestige in the mid 50s – all modern jazz classics by anyone's measure, along with Steamin', Relaxin' and Cookin'. These quintet sides established Davis and John Coltrane as a significant force to be reckoned with, and helped set the tone for much of the small group and post bop jazz cut in that era. Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones lay a smooth swinging pulse for Miles and Trane to blow over on the set – and titles include "It Never Entered My Mind", "Four", "In Your Own Sweet Way", "The Theme (takes 1 & 2)", "Trane's Blues", "Ahmad's Blues" and "Half Nelson". CD
(Out of print gold disc DCC pressing.)

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✨✧ Quincy JonesItalian Job – 50th Anniversary Edition (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Paramount/Quartet (Spain), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful Quincy Jones soundtrack from the end of the 60s – and one that's a bit different than some of his other work of the decade! The film's a very cool British heist story, with Michael Caine in the lead – and while Quincy brings in plenty of the jazz of his background, there's also some warm elements that feel like some of the best British sound library material of the period – particularly in the use of electric bass on some of the more open, airy numbers – creating this great stepping vibe and subtle groove amidst the changing moods of the music! The title song is the great "On Days Like These" – sung at first by Matt Monro, then done in an instrumental version – and other titles include "It's Caper Time", "Greensleeves & All That Jazz", "Getta Bloomin' Move On", and "Somethings Cookin". Great 50th anniversary version – with the full film score and alternate bonus tracks – 20 more songs than the original album! CD

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✨✧ Horace SilverBest Of Horace Silver – The Blue Note Years ... CD
Blue Note, 1950s. Used ... Out Of Stock
12 classics – including "Sister Sadie", "Peace", "Cookin At The Continental", "Opus De Funk", "Room 608", "Senor Blues", "The Preacher", "Cool Eyes", and "Doodlin". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tsuyoshi YamamotoSummertime ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from one of the most dynamic Japanese pianists of the 70s – a player who's straighter than some of his contemporaries, but also has a very soulful swing as well! Tsuyoshi Yamamoto really opens up in a live setting – and concert dates like this represent some of his best work ever – a really open, flowing format that has Yamamoto moving in territory that's a bit like Oscar Peterson at his live best – but which also allows for a bit more of the free play that Japanese trios of the time were hitting. The group features excellent work on bass from Akira Daiyoshi and drums from Shinji Mori – and titles include "Like Someone In Love", "Cookin The Blues", "Summertime", and "The Way You Look Tonight". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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✨✧ Miles DavisWorkin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the four essential quintet sides Miles Davis cut for Prestige in the mid 50s – all modern jazz classics by anyone's measure, along with Steamin', Relaxin' and Cookin'. These quintet sides established Davis and John Coltrane as a significant force to be reckoned with, and helped set the tone for much of the small group and post bop jazz cut in that era. Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones lay a smooth swinging pulse for Miles and Trane to blow over on the set – and titles include "It Never Entered My Mind", "Four", "In Your Own Sweet Way", "The Theme (takes 1 & 2)", "Trane's Blues", "Ahmad's Blues" and "Half Nelson". CD
 
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Phil WoodsGreek Cooking ... LP
Impulse, Mid 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
Great stuff! Phils Woods plays reeds over a cool crazy band of Greek players who are trying to do a "jazz meets Zorba the Greek" thing here. Sounds crazy, but the record's actually great, and has a mix of styles that comes together in an amazing way. We always used to pass this up, but now we love it – not only for the crazy cacaphonous sound of the greek players, but for the sweet right-on solos by Woods. Tracks include "Zorba The Greek", "Greek Cooking", "Nica", and "Got A Feelin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label mono pressing, with Bell Sound stamp/LW etch. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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AliveCall It Jazz ... CD
Redwood/Celeste (Japan), 1981. Used ... $13.99
The second album by this excellent all-female San Francisco jazz combo – a live date that's even more cooking than their debut! As before, there's a sweetly breezy style to the record – that hip SF sound of the 70s – with echoes of Braziliana and soul amidst the group's jazzier leanings – all wrapped together with a sound that's tight, but never uptight! The female vocals give the music a feel that's like Janet Lawson, Sheila Landis, or some of the hipper European singers of the 70s – and instrumentation is mostly acoustic, save for a bit of Fender Rhodes. Titles include a version of Gil Scott-Heron's "Willing", plus "Greeting Song", "Call It Jazz", "Too Bad", "Golden River/Golden Dream", and "Heaven Is In Your Mind". CD

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✨✧ Chet BakerChet Baker In Milan ... LP
Jazzland, 1959. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A rare Italian album from Chet Baker – wonderfully cooking small group work that's a far bit greater than his more familiar "with strings" session recorded in Italy during the same period! The album's got Chet working with an array of great players from the local scene – including Gianni Basso on tenor sax, Renato Sellani on drums, and Glauco Masetti on alto sax – all in a groove that shows plenty of traces of that opened-up sound that Baker was exploring in the very late 50s – the modes he was crafting in his group with Phil Urso on tenor, as he started to get a bit more bit in his style! Yet there's also a nicely compressed approach going on here too – that west coast sound that was a strong influence on the Italian players of the postwar years, but which was unfolded to new ends in their hands. Titles include "Lady Bird", "Line For Lyons", "Tune Up", "Cheryl Blues", "Indian Summer", and "Pent Up House". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label stereo Orpheum pressing.)

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Brand New HeaviesAll About The Funk (Japanese pressing) ... CD
One Two/Recall (Japan), 2004. Used ... $6.99
The Brand New Heavies are back on top – coming across with a batch of funky soul tracks that should cross over large! The sound here is much tighter and hook-heavy than on their recent Japanese release – more in the vein of the chart-crossing funk the group were cooking up at the end of their early 90s run – a blend of 70s soul influences, stripped-down production, and enough modern R&B twists to carry their work quite far from their London roots. There's a heck of a lot of guitar on the set – fuzzed-up but compressed nicely, underneath vocals from new singer Nicole Russo. Titles include "Boogie", "Waste My Time", "Need Some More", "Surrender", "How Do You Think", "How We Do This", and "I Feel Right". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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James BrownSlaughter's Big Rip-Off ... CD
Polydor, 1973. Used ... $6.99
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number in the set – and which also has James himself stepping out vocally for a few key tracks. The album features the massive groover "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" – a slamming track that beats nearly every number in the JB 70s catalog – plus other cuts that include "To My Brother", "Brother Rapp", "Sexy Sexy Sexy", "Slaughter Theme", "Transmogrification", "King Slaughter", and "How Long Can I Keep It Up". CD
(Out of print original pressing with a tear from some water damage inside the booklet.)
Also available Slaughter's Big Rip-Off ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ James BrownSlaughter's Big Rip-Off ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99 24.99
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number in the set – and which also has James himself stepping out vocally for a few key tracks. The album features the massive groover "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" – a slamming track that beats nearly every number in the JB 70s catalog – plus other cuts that include "To My Brother", "Brother Rapp", "Sexy Sexy Sexy", "Slaughter Theme", "Transmogrification", "King Slaughter", and "How Long Can I Keep It Up". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Slaughter's Big Rip-Off ... CD 6.99

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Avishai CohenBig Vicious ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2020. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen has given us many great records over the years, yet this time around, he seems to be cooking up something extra-special – an album that still echoes some of his older ideas, but which maybe has a bit more warmth, and a bit more unity – qualities that seem to come partly from the album's use of two different guitarists, whose electric elements provide a nice backdrop for the Cohen's trumpet! Uzi Ramirez plays one guitar, and Yonatan Albalak plays the other, and a bit of bass – but there's also maybe a more pointed drum sound too – not too funky or rhythmic, yet more than we're used to hearing from Avishai, and maybe ECM too. Aviv Cohen and Ziv Ravitz handle the drums – and the latter does some live sampling – and Avishai also adds some electric touches to the record, as well as uses a few effects on his horn. Titles include "The Cow & The Calf", "This Time It's Different", "Fractals", "Hidden CHamber", "Honey Fountain", "The Things You Tell Me", and "Teno Neno". CD

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Avishai CohenBig Vicious ... LP
ECM (Germany), 2020. New Copy ... On June 26, 2020
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen has given us many great records over the years, yet this time around, he seems to be cooking up something extra-special – an album that still echoes some of his older ideas, but which maybe has a bit more warmth, and a bit more unity – qualities that seem to come partly from the album's use of two different guitarists, whose electric elements provide a nice backdrop for the Cohen's trumpet! Uzi Ramirez plays one guitar, and Yonatan Albalak plays the other, and a bit of bass – but there's also maybe a more pointed drum sound too – not too funky or rhythmic, yet more than we're used to hearing from Avishai, and maybe ECM too. Aviv Cohen and Ziv Ravitz handle the drums – and the latter does some live sampling – and Avishai also adds some electric touches to the record, as well as uses a few effects on his horn. Titles include "The Cow & The Calf", "This Time It's Different", "Fractals", "Hidden CHamber", "Honey Fountain", "The Things You Tell Me", and "Teno Neno". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Big Vicious ... CD 17.99

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Miles DavisLive Evil (Quad mix) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1972. New Copy 2CDs ... $54.99
A beautiful live representation of the energy of the Bitches Brew years – one that has Miles Davis and the group really letting loose with free-flowing, modally-inspired lines – cooking up an incredible blend of acoustic and electric sounds at once! There's a bit of funk here, but not much – and although guitar is sometimes used strongly, it's often not as noisy as in later live sides. Instead, the whole group gels together beautifully – an unlikely assortment of players that includes Gary Bartz and Steve Grossman on reeds, John McLaughlin on guitar, Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Hermeto Pascoal on percussion, Dave Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – all given new focus, direction, and inspiration by Miles! Titles include "What I Say", "Sivad", "Selim", "Funky Tonk", and a great medley of "Gemini/Double Image". Hybrid SACD with DSD mastering – featuring both the 4-channel and 2-channel mixes of the album! CD
(A beautiful package – 2CDs in a heavy 7" style gatefold, with the artwork of the original album!)

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✨✧ Miles DavisOn The Corner ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A sublime bit of Miles Davis electric funk – one of the best-remembered electric sets from the 70s, and for good reason too! The tracks are long, the jams are hard, and the whole thing has a lot more funk than some of the noise you'd get on other Miles albums of the time – thanks to killer keyboards from Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, guitar from John McLaughlin, and reeds from Dave Liebman – plus some standout drums from the legendary Jack DeJohnette – easily at the top of his powers here. These top-shelf players jam together beautifully – really cooking on the album's long tracks – "On The Corner" and "Helen Butte/Mr Freedom X" – and tightening up on the slightly shorter cuts "Black Satin" and "One & One". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing in a standard cover.)

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Bill Doggett28 Big Ones ... CD
King, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
Plenty of big ones here from Bill Doggett – the kind of cooking instrumental numbers that made the organist one of the key players of his generation! The set definitely features some hits from Bill, but it also includes some nice lesser-known gems too – easy to do when you've got 28 tracks packaged in a single collection – all with mighty Hammond from Doggett, and some sweet tenor work from the great Clifford Scott! Titles include "Hold It", "Leaps & Bounds", "High Heels", "Cherry", "Smokie (part 2)", "Blip Blop", "Monster Party", "Goofy Organ", "Eleven O'Clock Twist", "Rainbow Riot", and "Honky Tonk (parts 1 & 2)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mickey Fields with Richard Groove HolmesAstonishing Mickey Fields ... LP
Edmar, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A really cooking little session from tenorist Mickey Fields – recorded live as one of the legendary Left Bank sessions in Baltimore! Mickey's got some great company on the date – including Groove Holmes on Hammond, plus George Freeman on guitar and Billy Jackson on drums – a lineup that is featured on most of the record, save for two numbers that change to include Calvin Vaughn on organ and Don Bowie on drums. The album features one very long jam session number titled "Left Bank Cook Out" – and long takes on "Straight No Chaser" and "Lover Man – plus cool takes on "Light My Fire" and "Little Green Apples". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has the very light trace of an old sticker, but is great overall.)

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Dexter GordonDoin' Allright ... LP
Blue Note (Netherlands), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Doin Allright? Dexter's doing great on this one – working with that fully mature Blue Note sound of his – a rich approach to soloing that keeps the tracks cooking with excitement! The group on the set's an all-star lineup that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Al Harewood on drums – and the tunes are a great blend of soulful rhythms and bop improvisation – heard especially well on the album's landmark tune "Society Red"! All tracks are great, though – and other titles include "You've Changed", "For Regulars Only", and "I Was Doing All Right". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Grant GreenGrant's First Stand ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Grant's First Stand – and a mighty one at that! The set was recorded when Green was a guitarist fresh on the scene – showing up in New York from St Louis, where he'd been discovered by Lou Donaldson and brought to Blue Note with great acclaim! For this first date, Green's heard in really stripped-down company – just Hammond from Baby Face Willette and drums from Ben Dixon – a spare trio setting that makes for a madly cooking little record, and one without some of the smoother edges of Greens' later years! The set's as raw and soulful as Willette's own Blue Note classics – and is very much in the side of the spectrum that Donaldson was bringing to the label at a time – a much-needed dose of new energy from the Prestige Records side of the tracks. Every track's a winner – and titles include "Blues For Willarene", "Baby's Minor Lope", "Miss Ann's Tempo", and "A Wee Bit O Green". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jimmy Greene QuartetLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2010. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Jimmy Greene really knocks it out of the park with this cooking live set – showing us again that he's definitely a tenor talent to watch – one with a depth of soulfulness that stretches back to some of the more righteous players of the 60s, but with a contemporary vibe too – one that's very much at home in this Smalls Live setting! Tracks are all nice and long, and draw a lot of energy from the bold piano lines of Xavier Davis – who seems to be a great partner for Greene on the recording, really helping to shape and direct the flow of his tenor lines. There's almost a modal aspect to the record at times – although one led more by Davis' piano, instead of the bass of Ugonna Okegwo and drums of Gregory Hutchinson. Titles include "Sense Of Urgency", "Self Portrait 1", "Soul Music", "Home", and "Bloomfield". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tito GuerreraArriba ... LP
Crown, Late 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
One of the more cooking Latin albums on Crown – with titles that include "Caballo Negro", "Amapola", "Silbando", "Koldoba", "Maswcarado", and "Gallegos". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo grey label pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam and light surface wear.)

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Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul ... LP
Enterprise, 1969. Very Good- ... $7.99
Amazing stuff from Isaac Hayes! Although Ike had first appeared on LP with the album "Introducing", this was the first record to really expose his true soul genius – and it was also the first release on Ike's successful sub-label at Stax, Enterprise Records. The record shows that for all the years Ike was working away on other folks' songs for Stax, he was carefully cooking up his own style of soul that would forever change the way we think about the music. Back in 1969, the album must have blown more than a few minds for its incredibly baroque approach to soul music – taking common elements like strings, piano, and funky rhythms, and stretching them out into long waves of sound that cycle over and over, working a sly subtle magic along with Ike's super-sexy vocals, and his monologue-heavy approach to popular tunes. The album features incredible remakes of pop hits "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" – both of which run for over 10 minutes, and which completely transform the songs into something way more than simple radio fodder. Also features the psychedelic soul masterpiece "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic", which has this crazy funky piano, and a messed-up sound that would make even George Clinton weep! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Back cover has a light stain and a name in marker.)

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Richard Groove HolmesLive In France 1980 ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
A really cooking live set from Hammond hero Richard Groove Holmes – a record that follows strongly from his best 70s material on the Muse and Groove Merchant labels, but much more obscure overall! The tunes have that long, freewheeling vibe that always made Groove in a live setting so wonderful – a tone that's clean, but handled with a flurry of notes that's really breathtaking – with help from Steve Giordano on guitar and Roger Humphries on drums. The mighty Willis Jackson joins the group on tenor on two tracks, but the set's already got plenty going on with just Groove in the lead – and titles include "Bluesette", "Killer Joe", "Wave", "Blues In Bb", "Moose The Mooche", and "Blues In F". CD
(Part of the Black & Blue Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Jive TurkeysBread & Butter ... CD
Colemine, 2010. Used ... $6.99
Organ funk from the midwest scene – raw, tightly grooving instrumentals and the first full length release from Ohio's Jive Turkeys – numbers that sounds right in step with the 70s instro funk of The Meters and the best of the contemporary indie funk scenes! The group is a four piece – organ, drums, bass and guitar – keeping it simple, raw and funky. As hinted at on the on the couple of the stellar 45s that led up to Bread & Butter, they work well in both a slower cooking, Booker T indebted groove or a fast & furious,post-JBs style. Simple, straight up funky soul instrumentals is the order of the day, and these Jive Turkeys bring it! Titles include "Funky Turkey", "JT Strut", "Soul High", "Chickenfoot", "Straight Fire", "Bill Collector", "Stamp", "Funky Brewster", "Talkin' That Talk", "Grimmin", "BA" and "Otis Lament". CD

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Julian Y Su ComboNoche De Sabor (180 gram pressing) ... LP
INS/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Julian's got a cooking little combo – one that's driven strongly by his own great guitar work throughout – which has almost the tone of a chicha-styled guitar, but set here to a whole host of jazzy salsa backings! The group features both alto and tenor sax, whose presence adds in a whole other current of soul next to the percussion, piano, and trumpets – and the mix of the alto, tenor, and guitar really give the album a unique vibe – and a quality that almost hearkens back to the small combo work of the Latin Soul years in New York. Titles include "Enyere Kumbara", "INS Rock", "Estoy Soda", "Infierno En La Isla", "Quiero Salsa Na Ma", "Las Calenas Son Como Las Flores", "Almendra", and "Los Chismes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Little BeaverParty Down ... CD
Cat/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $22.99
A funky classic from Little Beaver – one of the best albums to come out of the Miami scene of the mid 70s! Little Beaver lays down some righteous guitar and heavy vocals over a cool spare backing groove on this one. It's a party, alright, but it's got the feel of the smoldering, latenight hours of it – after everyone's feeling real good for a long while! The sound is sort of a mix between slow cooking raw soul and heavier stripped down funk outings. One of Little Beaver's best – and one of our all time favorites! Titles include "I Can Dig It Baby", "Money Vibrations", "Let The Good Times Roll", and "Party Down (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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Los KeysMister TCB (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
There's a great mix of sock-soul and funk going on here – as a raw-voiced lead singer belts out the lyric over riffing guitar and romping drums – all while some horns come into the mix, cooking things up with almost a Texas soul sort of style! Part 2 is nice and loose, with some great instrumental moments too! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Herbie MannHerbie Mann At The Village Gate ... CD
Atlantic, 1962. Used ... $4.99
Herbie Mann's at the Village Gate – really wailing away in a set of extended numbers that not only set a whole new standard for live recording in jazz, but which also pushed forward the role of the flute in the music as well! There's a heck of a lot of soul in the grooves here – served up by a totally cooking rhythm section that includes basses from Ben Tucker and Ahmed Abdul-Malik, percussion from Chief Bey and Ray Mantilla, and drums from Rudy Collins – plus some especially great work on vibes from Haygood Hardy, sounding beautifully chromatic underneath Herbie's sharp-edged work on flute! The set features a key reading of "Comin Home Baby" that runs for over 8 minutes long – plus great long versions of "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So". CD
(Please note the tray card is missing one spine and has some clear tape on one side.)
Also available Herbie Mann At The Village Gate ... CD 9.99

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Herbie MannHerbie Mann At The Village Gate ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. Used ... $9.99
Herbie Mann's at the Village Gate – really wailing away in a set of extended numbers that not only set a whole new standard for live recording in jazz, but which also pushed forward the role of the flute in the music as well! There's a heck of a lot of soul in the grooves here – served up by a totally cooking rhythm section that includes basses from Ben Tucker and Ahmed Abdul-Malik, percussion from Chief Bey and Ray Mantilla, and drums from Rudy Collins – plus some especially great work on vibes from Haygood Hardy, sounding beautifully chromatic underneath Herbie's sharp-edged work on flute! The set features a key reading of "Comin Home Baby" that runs for over 8 minutes long – plus great long versions of "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available Herbie Mann At The Village Gate ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Herbie MannHerbie Mann At The Village Gate ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Herbie Mann's at the Village Gate – really wailing away in a set of extended numbers that not only set a whole new standard for live recording in jazz, but which also pushed forward the role of the flute in the music as well! There's a heck of a lot of soul in the grooves here – served up by a totally cooking rhythm section that includes basses from Ben Tucker and Ahmed Abdul-Malik, percussion from Chief Bey and Ray Mantilla, and drums from Rudy Collins – plus some especially great work on vibes from Haygood Hardy, sounding beautifully chromatic underneath Herbie's sharp-edged work on flute! The set features a key reading of "Comin Home Baby" that runs for over 8 minutes long – plus great long versions of "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has light wear and a stereo stamp.)
Also available
Herbie Mann At The Village Gate ... CD 4.99
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Gwen McCraeGwen McCrae (1974) ... CD
Cat/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark album from the Miami soul scene of the 70s – the record that put Gwen McCrae on the map, and showed to the world that the TK sound was about to dominate the charts! There's a really unique groove to the set – part older southern soul, part percolated electric modes – that funky groove that Little Beaver, Timmy Thomas, and some of Gwen's TK contemporaries had been cooking up at the time. Both Beaver and Thomas are working on the sessions – as are Willie Clark, Latimore, and George Perry – and even the backup vocals are hip – with help from George McCrae, Betty Wright, and KC of Sunshine Band fame. But throughout it all, Gwen's the real star – singing with an impeccable vocal approach that's full of soul, yet never overdone – heard to amazing effect on the classic track "90% Of Me" – and other gems that include "For Your Love", "He Keeps Something Groovy Going On", "It Keeps On Raining", "He Don't Ever Lose His Groove", "Move Me Baby", and "Let Them Talk". CD

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Jimmy McGriffMain Squeeze ... CD
Groove Merchant/Unidisc (Canada), 1974. Used ... $6.99
One of the grooviest albums ever from Jimmy McGriff – a hard-wailing session that's filled with plenty of cooking lines on the organ, and a few especially funky tracks! The groove here is tight, short, and very sharp – strongly in the mode of other post-Sue sessions by McGriff – like The Worm or other Groove Merchant sides – with a style that's often much more focused than Jimmy's earlier years, and strongly turned towards the rhythms of the tunes! A few numbers are more familiar soul jazz, but these are nicely offset by the harder funk numbers of the record – like the romping, stomping break classic "The Main Squeeze", the totally groovy "The Worm Turns", and the fast-vamping "GMI". The group features Jimmy Ponder on guitar and Connie Lester on alto sax – and other titles include "The Sermon", "Stella By Starlight", and "The Blues Train To Georgia". CD
Also available Main Squeeze ... CD 16.99

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Jimmy McGriffMain Squeeze ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the grooviest albums ever from Jimmy McGriff – a hard-wailing session that's filled with plenty of cooking lines on the organ, and a few especially funky tracks! The groove here is tight, short, and very sharp – strongly in the mode of other post-Sue sessions by McGriff – like The Worm or other Groove Merchant sides – with a style that's often much more focused than Jimmy's earlier years, and strongly turned towards the rhythms of the tunes! A few numbers are more familiar soul jazz, but these are nicely offset by the harder funk numbers of the record – like the romping, stomping break classic "The Main Squeeze", the totally groovy "The Worm Turns", and the fast-vamping "GMI". The group features Jimmy Ponder on guitar and Connie Lester on alto sax – and other titles include "The Sermon", "Stella By Starlight", and "The Blues Train To Georgia". CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Also available Main Squeeze ... CD 6.99

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Lee MorganCooker ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Very Good+ ... $38.99
A very appropriate title for a very cooking little album – one of Lee Morgan's first efforts as a leader, cut back during his first years of late 50s fame! The style here is a bit less Morgan-esque than some of Lee's later 60s classics – but the record is rock-solid throughout, and proof that Morgan was every bit as great a leader in a hardbop session as Hank Mobley or some of the other emerging heavyweights at Blue Note! The strength of the group really helps keep the fire stoked on the set – and Bobby Timmons turns in some amazing piano work alongside a lineup that includes Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The Adams presence gives the record a bit of the feel of some of Pepper's sessions with Donald Byrd – but the sparkling, soaring sound of Morgan makes the record way more than just a copycat set. Titles include "New-Ma", "Night In Tunisia", "Lover Man", "Just One Of Those Things", and "Heavy Dipper". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s black b label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Also available Cooker (180 gram pressing) ... LP 28.99

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Lee MorganCooker (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
A very appropriate title for a very cooking little album – one of Lee Morgan's first efforts as a leader, cut back during his first years of late 50s fame! The style here is a bit less Morgan-esque than some of Lee's later 60s classics – but the record is rock-solid throughout, and proof that Morgan was every bit as great a leader in a hardbop session as Hank Mobley or some of the other emerging heavyweights at Blue Note! The strength of the group really helps keep the fire stoked on the set – and Bobby Timmons turns in some amazing piano work alongside a lineup that includes Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The Adams presence gives the record a bit of the feel of some of Pepper's sessions with Donald Byrd – but the sparkling, soaring sound of Morgan makes the record way more than just a copycat set. Titles include "New-Ma", "Night In Tunisia", "Lover Man", "Just One Of Those Things", and "Heavy Dipper". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet Series – a beautiful pressing, with heavy vinyl and cover!)
Also available Cooker ... LP 38.99

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Col Nolan Soul SyndicateWhatever It's Worth ... CD
CBS/Pacific Theatre Encore (Australia), 1968. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic funky set from the Sydney scene of the 60s – one of the coolest, cookingest combos to ever record in Australia at the time – and a group with a mix of mod and soul elements that reminds us of the best organ jazz recorded in London too! The group's led by the mighty Col Nolan – whose handling of the Hammond is wonderful – with lots of cool, compressed tones that work very well with the funky drums of John Sangster – a player that most folks know for his other records that feature vibes instead of drums! Sangster's great here kicking up a groove for the combo – and the tunes also feature plenty of tenor and flute from Col Loughnan, whose tight lines underscore all the best elements in the organ. There's a wonderful 60s nite club vibe running through the whole set – and titles include "Shades Of McSoul", "Sunny", "Blues For Madeline", "Ode To Billie Joe", "Rivera Mountain", and "Whatever It's Worth". CD
Also available Whatever It's Worth (with bonus download) ... LP 22.99

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Col Nolan Soul SyndicateWhatever It's Worth (with bonus download) ... LP
CBS/Pacific Theatre Encore (Australia), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A fantastic funky set from the Sydney scene of the 60s – one of the coolest, cookingest combos to ever record in Australia at the time – and a group with a mix of mod and soul elements that reminds us of the best organ jazz recorded in London too! The group's led by the mighty Col Nolan – whose handling of the Hammond is wonderful – with lots of cool, compressed tones that work very well with the funky drums of John Sangster – a player that most folks know for his other records that feature vibes instead of drums! Sangster's great here kicking up a groove for the combo – and the tunes also feature plenty of tenor and flute from Col Loughnan, whose tight lines underscore all the best elements in the organ. There's a wonderful 60s nite club vibe running through the whole set – and titles include "Shades Of McSoul", "Sunny", "Blues For Madeline", "Ode To Billie Joe", "Rivera Mountain", and "Whatever It's Worth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Whatever It's Worth ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Eji OyewaleCharity Begins At Home ... CD
EMI/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
No charity needed here – as reedman Eji Oyewole's got a wealth of talent on his own! Eji's a musician with roots in the 60s Nigerian scene, but left to follow a personal path through Europe and the US, where he picked up some wonderfully funky styles which are then brought home to create this completely cooking late 70s album! The style's different than other big Afro Funk names of the time – like Fela Kuti or Manu Dibango – but shares a similar sense of flowing, open grooves – and Eji's ability to act strongly as both a lead vocalist, and a soaring soloist on tenor, soprano, and flute! Rhythms are damn funky at the core – with almost a blacksploitation vibe at times – and the tracks are all quite long, with most of the real "voice" coming from the saxes, which speak volumes on their solos. Titles include "Gele Odun (Oil Boom)", "Lagos Complex Highways", "Unity In Africa", and "Charity Begins At Home". CD

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PachecoArtist ... LP
Fania, 1977. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Johnny Pacheco's still one hell of an artist well into these late 70s years of his career – one of the key talents in the transformation of the New York Latin sound in the early 60s, and still equally vibrant in his work for the younger generation too! The album's got that cool, cooking sound that always made Pacheco's work so great – a small combo dedication to rhythms first, and other instrumentation second – piano, percussion, and basslines tide up beautifully at the bottom – all topped with some brassy flourishes, and lots of strong lead vocals from Hector Casanova! Pacheco's a master of understatement throughout – no tricks, gimmicks, or nods to the contemporary dancefloor styles – but that's what makes the album a killer – on cuts that include "La Yerba Brava", "Ileana", "Tu No Sabes Na", "Amarra El Perro", "El Inventor", and "Corso Y Montuno". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joey PastranaJoey In PR ... CD
Cotique, 1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The PR in the title is Puerto Rico – Joey's home before his days in the New York scene, and a country that's really referenced heavily in the cooking salsa feel of the album! In fact, there's a sound here that's really a few years ahead of the rest of the New York scene – a little more of a 70s sound than you'd expect for the time, mixed with other elements that groove with a Latin Soul flourish, and others that stretch back to a history in jazz. The latter is represented by two amazing remakes – Charlie Parker's "Parker's Mood", redone in a Latinized King Pleasure style, with lyrics that substitute "Puerto Rico" for "Kansas City"; and an original tune called "Sids Walk", which is a remake of the bop classic "Symphony Sid" – crucial in that the latter was Sid's old theme when he was a jazz DJ, and the former's a new Latin Soul theme! Other tracks offer an equally compelling mix – and titles include "Hugo", "Jala Con Joey", "El Pollito", "Yesterday", and "Cry Back". The whole thing was handled by the great George Goldner – and as the liner notes say, "Now we have a bitch of an artist, and a bitch of a producer, a combination that has to create a truly great album!" CD
(Original CD pressing. Artwork has some light aging, but this is a nice copy overall.)

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Houston PersonGoodness! ... LP
Prestige, 1969. Very Good+ ... $16.99
A great little record – one of Houston's most successful for Prestige! The album follows strongly in that late 60s pre-funk mode that Prestige was cooking up – tight and groovy, with electric bass dropped into the mix, electrifying things a bit, but still really just grooving in a souped-up 60s soul jazz mode. Houston rises to the style wonderfully – and the rest of the group include Sonny Phillips on organ, Billy Butler on guitar, and Buddy Caldwell who throws in some great conga work! Includes a nice boogaloo cut called "Hey Driver!", with some chanted vocals by the band, plus the tracks "Hard Times" and "Jamilah", which have a very nice groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)

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Marvin Peterson & The SoulmastersMarvin Peterson & The Soulmasters In Concert (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Century/P-Vine (Japan), 1968. Used ... $19.99
Rare early work from Hannibal Marvin Peterson – doing it live at the Burning Bush in Denton, TX in November of 1968, around the time Peterson was still a student at North Texas State University – an incredible formative live document of one of the great soul jazz players, in a more soul & early funk inspired groove than the more exploratory style to come! The set's credited to Marvin Peterson & The Soulmasters – aptly billed, we might add – and it's a mix of organ funk, a more slow cooking number or two, and a couple nods to James Brown style funk soul! Marvin, not yet billed as Hannibal, is on trumpet and he sings on his own "Five Foot Seven" and also contributes some vocals to the JB cover "I Can't Stand It". Tim Peterson is on sax and flute, penned the set opening "Groove For Otis" and co-wrote "Our Groove" with Peterson. The group also covers the Gershwin classic "Summertime" and other players include Mike Campell on alto sax, Clevend Gay on trombone, Eugene Carrier on organ and tamborine, Richard Thompson and Eugene Murray on bass and Emry Thomas on drums. CD
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Prime Movers Blues BandPrime Movers Blues Band ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A legendary Detroit group that's maybe best known for featuring early work from the young Jim Osterberg – later Iggy Pop – but a combo who's more than cooking on their own, with a searing sound that reminds us that blues-styled rock had a mighty strong power in the 60s! Combos like this were a key breeding ground for later psych and prog sounds – and you'll hear plenty of roots of both in the long, freewheeling tunes that are heavy on guitar and keyboard solos – all with plenty of romping rhythms too. The lead guitar of Daniel Erlewine is worth the price of admission alone – able to solo at great lengths, with a very distinct voice and a mode that's never as slavishly tied to standard blues roots – and the whole record has a wonderfully dark, moody vibe overall. Titles include "Rock Me Baby", "Orange Driver", "You Better Watch Yourself", "Endless Blues", "Yonder's Wall", "Walkin By Myself", "Walking Through The Park", and "All These Blues". CD
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Prime Movers Blues BandPrime Movers Blues Band ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $33.99 35.99
A legendary Detroit group that's maybe best known for featuring early work from the young Jim Osterberg – later Iggy Pop – but a combo who's more than cooking on their own, with a searing sound that reminds us that blues-styled rock had a mighty strong power in the 60s! Combos like this were a key breeding ground for later psych and prog sounds – and you'll hear plenty of roots of both in the long, freewheeling tunes that are heavy on guitar and keyboard solos – all with plenty of romping rhythms too. The lead guitar of Daniel Erlewine is worth the price of admission alone – able to solo at great lengths, with a very distinct voice and a mode that's never as slavishly tied to standard blues roots – and the whole record has a wonderfully dark, moody vibe overall. Titles include "Rock Me Baby", "Orange Driver", "You Better Watch Yourself", "Endless Blues", "Yonder's Wall", "Walkin By Myself", "Walking Through The Park", and "All These Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Prime Movers Blues Band ... CD 14.99

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RobMake It Fast Make It Slow ... LP
Essiebons/Soundway (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
The second album from Ghanaian funk singer, composer and arranger Rob – issued for the first time ever outside of Ghana, thanks to the deep diggers at Soundway! Rob sings in English throughout – and there's a slinky, slow-cooking, kinda strange groove on most of the numbers – a mix of funk with lots of offbeat, oddball touches – of the sort that some folks these days might dub Afro Psych – but which was just pretty darn experimental back in the day! Rhythms are heavy on guitar, bass, and drums – and plenty of offbeat percussion – all topped with some great heavy horns too. The memorable title track is one of the most unique Afro Funk songs you could ever hope to hear – , with dexterous opening horn blasts, clattering bell-like percussion, and undeniably carnal English vocals – and the rest of the album's pretty darn amazing too! Other titles include "Loose Up Yourself" "Not The End", "I've Got To See You Again Lord", "He Shall Live In You", "But You", "Bargain" and "Back On You". LP, Vinyl record album

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RogerMany Facets Of Roger/Saga Continues/Unlimited (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Robinsongs (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A trio of albums from Roger – with bonus tracks too! On the first album, there's Many Facets Of Roger – and they're all pretty darn funky! From this vantage point, all we can think of is that Roger Troutman must have had some sort of crystal ball to see into the hip hop sampling future – either that, or he was busy cooking up west coast gangster funk drones in some secret So Cal laboratory! Whatever the case, though, the record's a classic in the Troutman/Zapp catalog – and features a sparkling west coast take on electro – offered up with lots of popping basslines, snapping electric kickdrums, and a truckfull of vocoder! There's also some pretty nice guitar in the mix – especially on the good jazzy groover "Chunk Of Sugar", which sounds like it's from a completely different record. Other tracks include "Maxx Axe", "Do It Roger", "So Ruff, So Tuff", and "Blue". The Saga Continues finds Roger still rocking his trademark effects laden vocals and vamping guitar work into the middle of the decade – with even tighter syncopated percussion, funky keys, and sharp synth bursts – sailing in a killer groove throughout! Roger produced the record along with Larry Troutman – and they bring in Maceo Parker for a horn solo and Ohio Player Billy Beck for keyboards as well! Tracks include a vocoder funk reading of Wilson Pickett's "Midnight Hour", plus "In The Mix", "Play Your Guitar Brother Roger", "The Break Song", "I Keep Trying", "Bucket Of Blood", "T C Song", and "Girl Cut It Out". Unlimited has Roger going for a sound that's maybe even more electro than some of his earlier solo work, at a level that really seems to be pushing the Zapp sound further for the 80s! The style is funky, but touched with lots of elements that have wended their way from indie hip hop up to mainstream soul – all at a level that later acts might fuse together with a bit more warmth, but which still has the starker feel of electro soul in Troutman's hands. Titles include "Thrill Seekers", "I Want To Be You Man", "I Really Want to Be You Man", "Night & Day", and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". Bonus tracks include "Please Come Home For Christmas", "Bedisguitarist-A-Rown", and 7" mixes of "Heard It Through The Grapevine (part 1)", "Do It Roger", "In The Mix", "I Want To Be Your Man", and "Midnight Hour (part 1)". CD

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Ron SexsmithBlue Boy ... CD
Interscope/Cooking Vinyl (UK), 2001. Used ... $3.99
Produced by Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy. CD

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Melvin SparksTexas Twister/Melvin Sparks '75 ... CD
Eastbound/BGP (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Wicked work from the legendary Melvin Sparks – 2 of his rare post-Prestige sides for the short-lived Eastbound jazz label! Texas Twister is one of Melvin's funkiest albums ever – done in a style that's even harder and rawer than his work for Prestige! The sound is lean and often a bit rough around the edges – with possibly more funk than even jazz in the mix – and players on the set include Caesar Frazier on organ, Bad Bascomb on bass, Ron Bridgewater on tenor, and Idris Muhammad on drums! Prestige funk maestro Bob Porter produced the whole thing, and gets a beautifully soulful sound out of all players – rounding out Melvin's totally cooking work on guitar with some equally great contributions from the rest. Titles include "Whip Whop", "Judy's Groove", "Star In The Crescent", "Texas Twister", "Gathering Together", and "I Want to Talk About You". Melvin Sparks 75 is a record that moves the guitarist a bit more into soul territory than the funky jazz of his early 70s years – but it's still a heck of a great little record overall! The tracks are shorter than before and the backings are bigger – but Melvin's work on the strings still gets plenty of space in the arrangements, and there's more than a few funky instrumentals here that more than make the album great. Plus, Little Jimmy Scott sings vocals on a few cuts – "I Got To Have You" and "If You Want My Love" – both done in a style that's fuller and more soulful than any of the work cut under his own name! Other tracks are mostly instrumental, and include the funky numbers "Bump & Stomp", "Get Down With The Get Down", and "Get Ya Some" – plus "Looking For Love", "In The Morning", and "Mocking Bird". CD

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✨✧ Stark RealityActing Thinking Feeling – The Complete Works 1968 to 1978 (3CD set) ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
Amazing sounds from The Stark Reality – an obscure group from the early 70s, but one who've really risen to fame over the years – thanks to their groundbreaking ear for new music, and their freewheeling way with a funky groove! This package brings together all the incredible work recorded by the group in the late 60s and early 70s – a mindblowing assortment of funky and fuzzy jazz tracks – almost all of which are graced by the offbeat vibes work of Monty Stark! Stark often adds a bit of distortion into his instrument, which makes for a very tripped-out approach to vibes – one that blends perfectly with the heavy funk of some of the rhythms, and the freaky guitar lines added to most tracks by a young John Abercrombie. Yet at other times, things are very laidback and chilled-out – balanced beautifully from track to track, in a way that illustrates the larger picture the group were always going for in their music. This massive package brings together everything Stark Reality ever recorded – their famous Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop album, the Acting Thinking Feeling live performance, the Roller Coaster Ride/1969 album, and lots of rare singles too – more than enough music to please any fan of the group, and blow the minds of anyone who's just getting a first taste. Titles include "Roller Coaster Ride", "On Being Black", "New World Generation", "Theme To Say Brother", "Dreams", "Clouds", "All You Need To Make Music", "Rocket Ship", "Cooking", "The Old Prospector", and "Junkman's Song". Great package too – with two LP-styled CD sleeves inside a larger case, plus a big booklet of notes and photos! CD

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✨✧ Art TaylorAT's Delight (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
A real stormer! This was one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the great hardbop drummer Art Taylor – and it's one of the best from the Blue Note catalog at the time! The band is a heavily smoking one – with Dave Burns on trumpet, Stan Turrentine on tenor, and Wynton Kelly on piano – and Patato Valdez backs them up on conga on a number of tracks, too. The whole thing is perfectly put together, with an insanely tight rhythm line, and perfectly placed solos by Turrentine and Burns – really cooking with an intensity that matches some of the best Jazz Messengers albums of the time. Features a great version of Coltrane's "Syeeda's Song Flute", plus the tracks "Cookoo & Fungi", "Blue Interlude", and "Move". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tower Of PowerBack To Oakland (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1974. Used ... $11.99
Tower Of Power are back in Oakland, after recording their previous album down south – cooking up plenty of East Bay grease with their horn-heavy groove at the height of its power! These guys were always a cut above any other band who tried for this territory – and this early version of the ensemble still features tremendous keyboard work from the mighty Chester Thompson on organ and Fender Rhodes – plus later soul legend Lenny Williams on lead vocals. The rest of the group are all in great young form too – Emilio Castillo, Steve Kupka, Greg Adams, Lenny Pickett, and the rest – and titles include "Oakland Stroke", "I Got The Chop", "Time Will Tell", "Squib Cakes", and "Man From the Past". CD
(Includes obi.)

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VenturesVentures In Space (Pickwick) ... LP
Dolton/Pickwick, 1964. Near Mint- ... $6.99
The Ventures In Space is a really wonderful idea – especially given that the quartet had so much energy in their guitars at this point, they could easily make it to the moon! The set's cooking with great little numbers that really keep with the space theme of the title – tracks like "One Step Beyond", "Twilight Zone", "The Fourth Dimension", "Moon Child", and "Solar Race" – all as captivating as they sound from the titles, and served up here with that sweet mix of guitar twang and jamming that made The Ventures so great back in the day! LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s issue.)

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Sunao WadaCoco's Blues ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $19.99
A cooking little record from Japanese guitarist Sunao Wada – one with plenty of offbeat touches! Like many of the albums on the Three Blind Mice label from the time, this one's a bit hard to peg – because the moods and styles shift a bit from track to track, and there's an openly exploratory approach to the music that's really trying to find its own space in jazz! Some numbers are straighter bop, but others have a more unusual approach to rhythm that really opens things up – using the guitar in different ways, and having the bass and drums work their lines with unusual phrasing and sounds that really keep things interesting. Other instrumentation includes alto sax from Kenji Mori, piano from Takehiro Honda, and flugelhorn from Kunji Shigi – and titles include "Sick Thomas", "Coco's Blues", "Guitar's Time", and "One's Blue". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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✨✧ T Bone WalkerGood Feelin' ... LP
Polydor, 1968. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A rare gem from T Bone Walker – one of the few hip sides he cut in Europe at the end of the 60s – and very different than his more traditional work! The set was put together by Robin Hemmingway – who also handled the hip Hal Singer record from the same time – and the players here include Bernard Estardy on organ, Michel Sardaby on piano, and Manu Dibango on saxophone – all of whom make for a groove that's far more than traditional blues. Sure, the record's plenty bluesy – but it's also got a funky groove on many numbers – really cooking along in a way that's even cooler than most funky American blues. And given that Walker's guitar style was a key influence on most funky guitar players in jazz, his own work here is a really great fit for the setting! Titles include "Vacation", "Long Lost Lover", "Woman You Must Be Crazy", "I Wonder Why", "Poontang", "Reconsider", "Sail On Little Girl", and "When I Grow Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Polydor pressing with Sterling stamp, in a border cover.)

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Randy WestonMusic From The New African Nations Featuring The Highlife ... LP
Colpix, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A fantastic Randy Weston album – and one of the albums that really showed the world all the new ideas he was cooking up in jazz! The style is very much as promised by the title – as drawn from African inspiration as his previous Uhuru Afrika record – but much more fused towards an American jazz idiom – at a level that makes Weston a key precursor to so much righteous music to come, much of it inspired by the same wave of African independence. Melba Liston handled the arrangements – and definitely deserves a lot of credit for the success of the set – and other hip players include Budd Johnson on soprano sax, Booker Ervin on tenor, and Ray Copeland on trumpet. Titles include the crucial original recordings of Weston classics like "Congolese Children", "Blues to Africa", and "Niger Mambo" –plus "Zulu", "In Memory Of", and "Mystery of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo! Cover has a name on the back in one corner, but looks great on the front.)

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✨✧ Baby Face WilletteFace To Face (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
One of the all-time great tenor/organ sessions on Blue Note – totally fierce, with a sound that's a lot rawer than most other work on the label! The incredible Baby Face Willette grooves it hard and heavy on Hammond – working in a quartet that includes Fred Jackson on tenor, Grant Green on guitar, and Ben Dixon on drums – a killer lineup that makes for a very cooking sound throughout! There's a bit of an R&B-ish tinge to most of the tracks on the set – gutbuckety soul jazz, of the sort you'd hear on a label like Prestige, but recorded with more of the Blue Note sense of poise and professionalism – a very unique blend that makes the album an essential one in any collection. Titles include "Swingin' At Sugar Rays", "Face To Face", "Something Strange", and "Goin Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet Series – heavy vinyl and cover!)

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✨✧ Kazuo YashiroBlack Nag (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1969. Used ... $28.99
Ramsey Lewis move over – because this cooking Japanese trio from the 60s has a mightily soulful groove – one that's more than enough to give Ramsey's classic combo a run for their money! Pianist Kazuo Yashiro hits the keys harder than ever here – working with a wickedly soulful punch, and getting sublime backing from Masanaga Harada on electric bass and Jimmy Takeuchi on drums – both rhythm players with more than a bit of funk in their bag – as you'll hear on some of the most explosive cuts on the record! The use of electric bass, and overall range of styles, is a bit like the second Lewis trio – with Cleveland Eaton and Maurice White – yet there's also some really unique elements to the record that make it way more than a copycat of American modes. Titles include "Black Nag", "Favela", "Love For Sale", "Marionette Blues", and "Lady Madonna". CD
(Out of print, Blu-spec CD pressing – includes obi!)

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VariousDirty Jazz From Down South ... CD
Cook, 1958. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 16.98
Nothing too dirty about this jazz – especially considering that the "south" in the title is actually the Caribbean – an overlooked hotbed of creative improvisational activity! The album's similar to some of the other Caribbean jazz recorded by Cook Records at the time – highly rhythmic, with a somewhat exotic feel – but the music here is also a bit more conventionally jazz-based at times, with echoes of older swing and trad modes mixed in with rougher percussion on the bottom. There's some great sax parts at times – nice and snakey – and titles include "Serenade", "Kiss Me In the Country", and "Mme Kilio" by Cyril Diaz; "Vicki" and "Cook's Cooking" by Johnny Gomez, "My Salty Sin" and "Choro" by John Buddy Williams, "All Of Me" by Conrad Jones, and "Jungle Blues" by Lorna Pierre. CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisOn The Corner (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sublime bit of Miles Davis electric funk – one of the best-remembered electric sets from the 70s, and for good reason too! The tracks are long, the jams are hard, and the whole thing has a lot more funk than some of the noise you'd get on other Miles albums of the time – thanks to killer keyboards from Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, guitar from John McLaughlin, and reeds from Dave Liebman – plus some standout drums from the legendary Jack DeJohnette – easily at the top of his powers here. These top-shelf players jam together beautifully – really cooking on the album's long tracks – "On The Corner" and "Helen Butte/Mr Freedom X" – and tightening up on the slightly shorter cuts "Black Satin" and "One & One". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ El AfrocomboPan Con Salsa (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Famoso/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
That's a mighty big loaf of bread on the cover – and there's a mighty big sound on the record as well – a fantastic blend of early 70s salsa modes from this very cooking little combo – served up in a blend of two saxes, two trumpets, and plenty of great percussion and piano! The group clearly draw plenty of inspiration from the New York scene – particularly that moment when the tight Latin soul combos of the late 60s were moving into salsa styles for the 70s – but there's also some other South American rhythms at work here too, although not enough to knock the album off its strongly salsa course. Jackie Carazo handles lead vocals – and titles include "El Huevo", "Pan Con Salsa", "Bomba Pa Los Cueros", "La Bailadora", "Mira Muneca", and "A La Fiesta Del Mar" – plus a great groovy cover of "Oye Como Va". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ JJ JohnsonReally Livin ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the hippest, hardest albums that trombonist JJ Johnson ever cut for Columbia – a session we'd rank right up there with his amazing JJ Inc record, and like that one a really cooking hardbop record that maybe even rivals the best on Blue Note and Prestige at the time! As with that gem, the strength here is really the group – not just tremendous trombone from JJ, but great work from Nat Adderley on trumpet, Bobby Jaspar on tenor and flute, Cedar Walton on piano, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all working with a soaring, soulful energy that's a lot more hardbop heavy than you might expect from JJ Johnson on some of his other projects for the label. Titles include "Me Too", "Decision", "Stardust", "Sidewinder", "Speak Low", and "Red Cross". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye deep groove pressing. Cover has some light wear.)

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✨✧ Little BeaverParty Down ... CD
Collectables, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky classic from Little Beaver – one of the best albums to come out of the Miami scene of the mid 70s! Little Beaver lays down some righteous guitar and heavy vocals over a cool spare backing groove on this one. It's a party, alright, but it's got the feel of the smoldering, latenight hours of it – after everyone's feeling real good for a long while! The sound is sort of a mix between slow cooking raw soul and heavier stripped down funk outings. One of Little Beaver's best – and one of our all time favorites! Titles include "I Can Dig It Baby", "Money Vibrations", "Let The Good Times Roll", and "Party Down (parts 1 & 2)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Little BeaverParty Down (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Cat/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky classic from Little Beaver – one of the best albums to come out of the Miami scene of the mid 70s! Little Beaver lays down some righteous guitar and heavy vocals over a cool spare backing groove on this one. It's a party, alright, but it's got the feel of the smoldering, latenight hours of it – after everyone's feeling real good for a long while! The sound is sort of a mix between slow cooking raw soul and heavier stripped down funk outings. One of Little Beaver's best – and one of our all time favorites! Titles include "I Can Dig It Baby", "Money Vibrations", "Let The Good Times Roll", and "Party Down (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on metalic gold vinyl!)
Also available Party Down ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Marvin Peterson & The SoulmastersMarvin Peterson & The Soulmasters In Concert ... CD
Century/Jazzman (UK), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare early work from Hannibal Marvin Peterson – doing it live at the Burning Bush in Denton, TX in November of 1968, around the time Peterson was still a student at North Texas State University – an incredible formative live document of one of the great soul jazz players, in a more soul & early funk inspired groove than the more exploratory style to come! The set's credited to Marvin Peterson & The Soulmasters – aptly billed, we might add – and it's a mix of organ funk, a more slow cooking number or two, and a couple nods to James Brown style funk soul! Marvin, not yet billed as Hannibal, is on trumpet and he sings on his own "Five Foot Seven" and also contributes some vocals to the JB cover "I Can't Stand It". Tim Peterson is on sax and flute, penned the set opening "Groove For Otis" and co-wrote "Our Groove" with Peterson. The group also covers the Gershwin classic "Summertime" and other players include Mike Campell on alto sax, Clevend Gay on trombone, Eugene Carrier on organ and tamborine, Richard Thompson and Eugene Murray on bass and Emry Thomas on drums. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Marvin Peterson & The Soulmasters In Concert (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonPut On A Happy Face ... LP
Verve, 1962. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kind of a companion to the better-known Sound Of The Trio set recorded at London House – an album that features more material from that date, but issued here without the indication of a live album. The style is still as great as before, though – really cooking work from the classic early 60s combo that featured Peterson on keys, Ray Brown on bass, and Ed Thigpen on drums. Titles include "Put On A Happy Face", "Old Folks", "Woody'N You", "Yesterdays", "Diablo", "Soon", and "The Lonesome One". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and a small split in the top seam.)

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✨✧ RampCome Into Knowledge ... LP
Blue Thumb/Verve, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums of all time – a masterpiece of moody soul, spacey vocals, and jazzy vibes – all produced by the legendary Roy Ayers! Ramp take their name from the anagram Roy Ayers Musical Productions – and in a way, the group's the summation of all the genius that Roy had been cooking up on his own albums of the 70s – served up at an even higher level than before! The group boasts a unique two-female vocal style – sung together in a mode that had been used on Roy's own albums, but never this fully – all supported by some complex jazzy instrumentation, very heavy on the vibes and keyboards! Nearly every cut is fantastic – and the album has a strange off-kilter vibe that's totally amazing, and which has captivated soul fans for years – a blend of mellow and upbeat, complicated and straightforward that's totally great. Titles include the massive cut "Daylight", sampled famously over the years, plus "American Promise", "Come Into Knowledge", "I Just Love You", and the band's great cover of "Everybody Loves the Sunshine", done in a way that's strangely both similar and different than Roy's own version! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo SoundEl Progreso – Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound 10 ... LP
Fania, 1978. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The 10th album in a legendary 70s run from Roberto Roena and Apollo Sound – a set that has the group deepening their emotion and social themes a bit more than before! The core Apollo Sound is still very firmly in place here – with tight salsa-heavy horns offset by a saxophone, plus plenty of timbales, congas, and bongos at the bottom – cooking things up with an approach that's highly rhythmic, but shaded in wonderfully by the horns. Vocalists here include Tito Cruz and Carlos Santos – and titles include "Regano Al Corazon", "El Progreso", "Viva Cortijo", "Lamento De Concepion", "Necessito Llamar Su Atencion", and "Lo Que Dios Me Dio". LP, Vinyl record album
(US multi-color label pressing.)

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✨✧ Sonny StittMy Mother's Eyes ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare one for Sonny Stitt – an album for Pacific Jazz recorded on the west coast, but done with some hard-burning organ work by Charles Kynard that easily matches any of Stitt's best soul jazz sides from the east! There's a tightly cooking feel to the entire set that's really great – a style that's slightly different than Sonny's work for Argo or Prestige, but which is equally great – thanks to fluid lines on Hammond from Kynard, and some great guitar from the under-rated Ray Crawford. The group's completed by Doug Sides on drums – and titles include "Blue Skies", "Sitt In Time", "Summer Special", "My Mother's Eyes", and "SOP Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black & silver label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear and light aging.)

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsHip Hug Her/Doin Our Thing (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax/Edsel (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 full albums – plus bonus tracks too! On Hip Hug Her, Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky – stepping off with the incredible title cut, a tune which really complicates the groove from the earlier years! The sound is still solid Memphis soul, with a raw instrumental vibe – but the grooves are even better than before, and the set includes loads of great original number written by the group – the kind of cool tunes they most likely cooked up while jamming live in the studio! These gems include the seminal "Hip Hug Her" – plus "Carnaby Street", "Booker's Notion", "Soul Sanction", "Double Or Nothing", and "Slim Jenkins' Place". But the covers are groovy too – and include a version of "Pigmy", plus "Groovin" and "Sunny". Doin Our Thing has Booker T & The MGs moving their instrumental sound into a whole new range than before! The album has a very groovy feel – nice and tight, with especially great organ and guitar lines – often tuned towards 60s hits by other soul artists, but reworked strongly by the group's wonderful rhythms, and turned into a really cooking batch of Memphis soul instrumentals! There's a few key original tunes on the set – like the title track "Doin Our Thing" – and the cuts "I Can Dig It" and "Blue On Green" – but the covers are equally great, and include versions of "Ode To Billie Joe", "You Keep Me Hangin On", "Expressway To Your Heart", and "Let's Go Get Stoned". Features 2 bonus tracks – "Summertime (single edit)" and "Winter Snow". CD

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✨✧ James BrownSlaughter's Big Rip-Off ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number in the set – and which also has James himself stepping out vocally for a few key tracks. The album features the massive groover "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" – a slamming track that beats nearly every number in the JB 70s catalog – plus other cuts that include "To My Brother", "Brother Rapp", "Sexy Sexy Sexy", "Slaughter Theme", "Transmogrification", "King Slaughter", and "How Long Can I Keep It Up". CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)
Also available
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off ... CD 6.99
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Miles DavisAgharta (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia/4 Men With Beards, 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A seminal 70s side from Miles Davis – originally a Japanese recording, and one that returns to the solid push of the initial electric years! The record's a completely cooking little session – one that mixes the raw, noisier styles of other Davis albums with a focus, funked-up energy that's really set loose in the freer standards of the Japanese scene – all to come up with a sound that's completely otherworldly, and which is light years ahead of most mainstream fusion from the period. Pete Cosey plays some really wicked guitar and synthesizer, Al Foster kicks tremendous energy on his drums, Sonny Fortune brings a soulful depth on soprano sax and flute, and Michael Henderson creates massive flow on the bass. Titles include "Prelude", "Interlude", and a long version of "Theme From Jack Johnson". LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-nice heavy vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Orrin EvansLiberation Blues ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2014. Used ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful session from pianist Orrin Evans – one of the most richly talented players of his generation – always great, no matter what the setting! We've recently dug Evans in trio and larger group formats – but this set's got him cooking strongly with a quintet – a tight lineup that has Sean Jones on trumpet and JD Allen on tenor – but each dropping out a bit near the end to let Evans showcase his trio as well! The horns hold sway on most of the record, though – including the wonderful Liberation Blues Suite – which is penned for Dwayne Burno, and features both his own music and tunes by Evans as well. The set continues with great sounds that really forward the righteous vibe – and titles include "A Free Man", "Liberation Blues", "Juanita", "Devil Eyes", "Simply Green", "Anysha", "Meant To Shine", and "Mumbo Jumbo". Also includes a bonus encore – "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", with vocals by Joanna Pascale. CD

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✨✧ Ricky FordTenor Madness Too! ... CD
Muse, 1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ricky Ford's always a favorite of ours – and on this cooking little set, he matches horns wonderfully with tenorist Antoine Roney! Put aside any worries you might have about the Sonny Rollins-like title – or of the album being one of those twin-tenor albums that always ends up half the sum of its parts – because Ford's leadership and Roney's sensitivity really set the album on the right track, and both horn players have a magical interplay that shifts beautifully to new sounds with each fresh track. The album's edgey one minute, soulful the next – and it sports a rock-solid rhythm section in the piano of Donald Brown, bass of Peter Washington, and drums of Louis Hayes. Titles include "Up A Step", "Summer Summit", "Ballad De Jour", "Blues Abstractions", "Nigeria Blues", and "Rollin & Strollin". CD

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✨✧ MndsgnSnaxx (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Mndsgn second delicious batch of Snaxx – not to be confused with the earlier set titled Snax, this being an xx-tra excellent follow up – cooking up heavy beats, dreamy psych atmospherics, and surprisingly deft use of tinkering bits of piano and other touches that give it just that added bit soul jazz reverent atmosphere. As impressive a blend of compelling beatcraft and moody atmposphere as anything he's done to date. Includes "Comethru", "Spreads", "Papayaberry", "Hydration Station", "Browneez", "Sumdim", "Over EZ", "Deviled Eggs", "Chips" with Jon Bap, "Unnecessary", "Snaxx W U" with Asal Hazel and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Lee MorganCooker (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very appropriate title for a very cooking little album – one of Lee Morgan's first efforts as a leader, cut back during his first years of late 50s fame! The style here is a bit less Morgan-esque than some of Lee's later 60s classics – but the record is rock-solid throughout, and proof that Morgan was every bit as great a leader in a hardbop session as Hank Mobley or some of the other emerging heavyweights at Blue Note! The strength of the group really helps keep the fire stoked on the set – and Bobby Timmons turns in some amazing piano work alongside a lineup that includes Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The Adams presence gives the record a bit of the feel of some of Pepper's sessions with Donald Byrd – but the sparkling, soaring sound of Morgan makes the record way more than just a copycat set. Titles include "New-Ma", "Night In Tunisia", "Lover Man", "Just One Of Those Things", and "Heavy Dipper". CD features one bonus track – an alternate take of "Just One Of Those Things". CD
Also available
Cooker ... LP 38.99
Cooker (180 gram pressing) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ RobMake It Fast, Make It Slow ... CD
Essiebons/Soundway (UK), 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
The second album from Ghanaian funk singer, composer and arranger Rob – issued for the first time ever outside of Ghana, thanks to the deep diggers at Soundway! Rob sings in English throughout – and there's a slinky, slow-cooking, kinda strange groove on most of the numbers – a mix of funk with lots of offbeat, oddball touches – of the sort that some folks these days might dub Afro Psych – but which was just pretty darn experimental back in the day! Rhythms are heavy on guitar, bass, and drums – and plenty of offbeat percussion – all topped with some great heavy horns too. The memorable title track is one of the most unique Afro Funk songs you could ever hope to hear – , with dexterous opening horn blasts, clattering bell-like percussion, and undeniably carnal English vocals – and the rest of the album's pretty darn amazing too! Other titles include "Loose Up Yourself" "Not The End", "I've Got To See You Again Lord", "He Shall Live In You", "But You", "Bargain" and "Back On You". CD
Also available Make It Fast Make It Slow ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Arthur BlytheElaborations/Light Blue/Put Sunshine In It ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – brought together in a 2CD set! First up is Elaborations – a beautiful moment in which the loft jazz generation really got a chance to shine in the mainstream – and mostly without any sense of overdone attempts at commercialization! The album's a great summation of all the ideas that reedman Arthur Blythe was cooking up in the 70s underground – performed here with a hip group that includes Blythe on alto, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Abdul Wadud on cello, Bobby Battle on drums, Bob Stewart on tuba, Wilbur Morris on bass, and Mohammad Abdullah on congas – some of them players who you might never have expected to be recording for Columbia Records! And yet the setting of the record doesn't interfere with their creativity at all – and instead, really seems to give Blythe and the group the sort of focus that only makes their ideas even better – on titles that include "Elaborations", "Metamorphosis", "Sister Daisy", "Shadows", and "The Lower Nile". Light Blue is a wonderful record from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – a set that features his group working through a number of tunes by Thelonious Monk – but with very different arrangements and instrumentation that change things up completely! The set came at a time when Monk was receiving a lot of new attention in the world of jazz, and at a time when Arthur's star had risen too – and the meeting of forces is wonderful – as Blythe brings all sorts of new rhythms and tonal combinations to play with familiar tunes that really transform in the process. The group is a familiar one for Blythe – and features Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Bobby Battle on drums! And while you might scratch your head at the tuba, the instrument is often used in ways that might follow older bassline styles – but with a quality that bridges the alto and cello in a great way. Titles include "Nutty", "Coming On The Hudson", "Light Blue", "Epistrophy", and "We See". Put Sunshine In It is a record that really seems to live up to its title – as the sound here is maybe a little bit sunnier than on some of Arthur Blythe's previous albums! The record features heavy contributions from Todd Cochran – aka Bayete – who plays keyboards on most numbers, and introduces more of an electric vibe to the album than previous Blythe outings. The style isn't entirely fusion, but it's definitely warm and sunny – and Arthur responds as such with his solo work – a tight tighter and less edgey, but still nicely soulful. The album features a nice remake of the tune "Sentimental Walk" – from the movie Diva – plus the tracks "Uptown Strut", "Silhouette", "Put Sunshine In It", and "Tumalalumah". CD

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✨✧ Bobby ValentinLet's Turn On/Arrebatarnos ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Stone slamming boogaloo – and one of the greatest albums from a young Bobby Valentin! Bobby's really cooking on all burners here – mixing together a bit of Latin jazz with a headier, trippier style of Latin soul – one that features lots of sinister undercurrents in the rhythms, making for a sense of darkness that's really counterbalanced by the joyous feel of the grooves. This sublime mix can be heard to perfect effect in the amazing "Use It Before You Lose It", a monster track that's sure to fill any dancefloor – but the whole album's wonderful, and other tracks include "Boogaloo y Shingaling", "Keep the Faith", "Funky Big Feet", and "Descarga En Mozambique". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Black HeatBlack Heat ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A searing debut from Black Heat – one of the best funk acts to record for Atlantic during the 70s, and a tight little group with a sound that's a mixture of New Orleans funk and New York heavy! The album's got a bit of vocals – figuring in on about half the tracks – but the main focus here is definitely instrumental – with a strong emphasis on choppy guitar, sweet organ licks, and cooking horn solos on trumpet, tenor, and flute – the last two of which are played by David Newman – not normally a member of the combo, but a great guest for this session! The sound is very tight, but never slick – and often recorded with an earthiness that recalls some of the best indie label funk of the period – like the kind of grooves you might find over at Perception/Today – with all the trippiness that might imply. Titles include "Chip's Funk", "Wanoah", "Barbara's Mood", "Chicken Heads", "The Jungle", "Send My Lover Back", "Honey Love", and "Time Is Gonna Catch You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)

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✨✧ Barbara CarrollLive! Her Piano & Trio ... LP
Warner, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A cooking little live set from pianist Barbara Carroll – and a set that definitely shows the stronger approach to the keys she was using in the 60s! Some moments still have Carroll hitting those fluid, lyrical modes that graced her important 50s recordings – but others show a definite strength on the left hand too, which punches things up in a way that really emphasizes the rhythms and which show that Barbara's been listening to some of the younger players of the soul jazz generation! The rhythm players – Dick Sheridan on drums and percussion, and Beverly Peer on bass – both show a nice ability to change up the groove and keep things interesting – again in ways that echo the younger generation. Titles include "What Now My Love", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Fiddler On The Roof Medley", "On A Clear Day", "Suzie's Bossa Nova", and "Satin Doll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ MndsgnSnaxx ... LP
Stones Throw, 2019. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Mndsgn second delicious batch of Snaxx – not to be confused with the earlier set titled Snax, this being an xx-tra excellent follow up – cooking up heavy beats, dreamy psych atmospherics, and surprisingly deft use of tinkering bits of piano and other touches that give it just that added bit soul jazz reverent atmosphere. As impressive a blend of compelling beatcraft and moody atmposphere as anything he's done to date. Includes "Comethru", "Spreads", "Papayaberry", "Hydration Station", "Browneez", "Sumdim", "Over EZ", "Deviled Eggs", "Chips" with Jon Bap, "Unnecessary", "Snaxx W U" with Asal Hazel and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ Houston PersonGoodness! ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great little record – one of Houston's most successful for Prestige! The album follows strongly in that late 60s pre-funk mode that Prestige was cooking up – tight and groovy, with electric bass dropped into the mix, electrifying things a bit, but still really just grooving in a souped-up 60s soul jazz mode. Houston rises to the style wonderfully – and the rest of the group include Sonny Phillips on organ, Billy Butler on guitar, and Buddy Caldwell who throws in some great conga work! Includes a nice boogaloo cut called "Hey Driver!", with some chanted vocals by the band, plus the tracks "Hard Times" and "Jamilah", which have a very nice groove! CD
(2009 pressing, includes obi.)
Also available Goodness! ... LP 16.99
 
 
 



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