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OrchestraOrchestra ... LP
En Pointe, 1979. Sealed Gatefold ... $5.99
An unusual record – one that features a few spoken passages by Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, and Johnny Mathis – plus large ensemble readings of "Three Symphonic Dances" by Claus Ogerman, "An American Concerto" by Pat Williams, and El Gamino" by Dick Grove. Features saxes from Bud Shank, Jerome Richardson, Bill Perkins, and others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered pressing.)
 
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Ernie KovacsErnie Kovacs Album (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Omnivore, Early 60s/1976. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
An audio document of the genius of the Ernie Kovacs TV show of the early 60s – served up with almost as much dynamic energy as the show itself! Given the lack of visuals, the focus here is mostly on dialogue-heavy routines – so there's less of the wordless musical numbers that are often pointed to in examples of the show. But that approach makes the record a great one from a comedic perspective – and really gets at the sly, subtle sense of humor that would have made Kovacs a key talent in films and broadcasting for years to come – had his life not ended at a tragically young age. Includes some great Percy Dovetonsils segments, plus "Albert Gridley", "World's Strongest Man", "Tom Swift", "J Walter Puppybreath", "Strangely Believe It", "Pierre Ragout", and "Question Man". CD also features bonus material – "Hot Nudniks", "The Inch Worm", "It's Been Real", "Your Own Crime Syndicate", "Choco-Spin Factory", and "Little Kapusta Cyclotron Kit". CD

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We FiveYou Were On My Mind ... LP
A&M, 1965. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A pivotal 60s album in the shift from folk-rock to Sunshine Pop – and a standout gem from the early years of A&M Records! We Five are a group with a really groovy feel – a warm blend of male harmonies and one female voice – all in a style that, a few years earlier, might have been pointed towards more folksy material – but which here really takes off in a soaring sound that's completely sublime! The group have a nicely straight laced look on the front – matched by some of the material they've chosen – some older standards that get "groovied up" by the album – almost the same sort of transformation that Chris Montez was doing to older songs with his A&M work, but in a much more harmonic style by these guys! The set includes the amazing hit single "You Were On My Mind", plus I Got Plenty O Nuttin", "Softly As I Leave You", "Love Me Not Tomorrow", "Somewhere Beyond The Sea", and "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Talib Kweli & MadlibLiberation ... CD
Blacksmith, 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
The dynamic duo of Talib Kweli & Madlib making jazzy & funky, stripped down, beautiful hip hop together – originally released as a surprise free download on Stones Throw's website – now on CD on Kweli's Blacksmith label! Liberation finds Talib rocking his precise, thoughtful, and often pointedly political rhymes over a Madlib beats that are as raw as any 'Lib beats that come to mind. Titles include "The Show", "Funny Money", "Time Is Right", "Engine Running" feat Consequence, "Over The Counter", "The Function" feat Strong Arm Steady, "Happy Home" feat Candice Anderson, "Soul Music" feat RES and "What Can I Do". CD

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Noel PointerPhantazia ... CD
Blue Note, 1977. Used ... $9.99
Sweet electric fusion from violinist Noel Pointer – a player so great, you'll forget that he's using an instrument you normally associate with sleepier music! Like others of the 70s generation, Pointer plays the violin in a way that's clearly heavily influenced by keyboards of the time – electric in amplification, and worked in a mode that uses the instrument to create waves of sound that flow out amongst the tighter fusion rhythms of the set. Dave Grusin arranged and produced the set – in his best lean soulful mode of the time – and other players include Earl Klugh, Ralph MacDonald, Steve Gadd, and Grusin himself. Titles include "Mirabella", "Night Song", "Living For The City", "Phantazia", and "Wafaring Stranger". CD
(Out of print.)

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Elvis CostelloUnfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (hardcover) ... Book
Penguin Books, 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 30.00
A wonderfully-written autobiography from Elvis Costello – a book that's not only completely illuminating for any fan of his music, but which stands quite strongly on his own, even if you're not a longtime fan of the man himself! The volume almost sets a new standard for musician autobiographies – as Costello approaches the project with the sort of zeal he's brought to his new "second role" in popular culture over the past few decades – that of being as much of a raconteur as a singer, as much as a spotlight on other genius as he is a genius himself – always handled with the sense of pointed prose and honesty you'd find in his music. The book is huge – and filled with black and white photos too. A heavy 672 pages, and hardcover. Book
(The spine has a small remainder mark.)

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✨✧ Art PepperWay It Was! (Original Master Recording) ... CD
Contemporary/Mobile Fidelity, Late 50s. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever by Art Pepper – even if it isn't a proper album! The set features material recorded in the late 50s, pulled together to form an album in the early 70s – and overall, it's some of the best Art Pepper work on record we can think of. Pepper plays beautifully on 4 tracks with tenorist Warne Marsh, and the rest of the cuts features equally great accompaniment from the likes of Jimmy Bond, Dolo Coker, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Garland. The material on the album is far fresher than most of Pepper's so-called "classic" sessions, and it shows the edge and creativity of his alto playing in a way that few other albums ever do. We really recommend this one if you've ever been disappointed by another Pepper album – because there's a sharpness here that really comes through. Titles include "All the Things You Are", "What's New", "Autumn Leaves", and "The Man I Love". CD features 2 bonus tracks – alternates of "All The Things You Are" and "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Laurie AndersonBig Science ... CD
Warner, 1982. Used ... $3.99
One of the greatest albums to come from the New York underground of the early 80s – even if it was a relatively big "hit" on a major label! Laurie Anderson is in perfect form here – drawing on a strong tradition of avant garde performance, but without any of the indulgences that would mire down performance art in years to come. Instead, she's got a clean, clear style that's simply amazing – spoken passages that are poetic and pointed, but which also have a slight undercurrent of wit – a charming quality that never takes itself too seriously, even when the sounds and styles are somewhat dark. Instrumentation includes some great rhythm passages from David Van Tieghem, plus surprising performances from Rufus Harley on bagpipes and George Lewis on trombone. Titles include "From The Air", "Big Science", "O Superman", "Born Never Asked", "Walking & Falling", "Example #22", "Let X = X", and "It Tango". CD

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Leny AndradeLeny Andrade (1985) ... LP
Pointer (Brazil), 1985. Near Mint- ... $9.99
An unusual album from Leny Andrade – but a great one too! The set was issued by the Pointer label as a promotional set for Visa – but features great small group bakings, and titles that include "Sessao Passatempo", "Vai Passar", "Clichet", "Samba De Rei", and "Bebado". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Marc BenhamBiotope ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
This isn't the first album from Parisian pianist Marc Benham, but it might be the first that really caught our attention – a strong trio set that really has Benham exploding on the keys from the very first note! Benham's got an especially strong touch on the low notes – really making all this resonance on the keyboard in ways that dominate even on the ballads – force that's full, but never overdone – but a pointed presence that really sets him apart from the rest, in ways that aren't easy to explain, yet which come through right away after even just a casual listen to the album! The trio also features John Hebert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums, who can be as lively as Benham, but who also seem very much driven by the energy of the leader – on titles that include "Year Of The Monkey", "Pablo", "Con Alma", "La Suite De Fibonacci", "Samurai Sauce", and "Airegin". CD

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Ethnic Heritage EnsembleBe Known Ancient/Future/Music (deluxe 2LP edition) ... LP
Spiritmuse, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $41.99 44.99
The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the Chicago and global scenes were decidedly more free jazz-oriented – and from his emergence in the 80s onward, percussionist Kahil El'Zabar has continued to fan the flames with his own music, and with fantastic collaborations like this! The group's a quartet this time around – and has the tremendous Corey Wilkes on trumpet, really giving the sound a pointed edge – next to Kahil's work on a variety of percussion instruments, the baritone sax of Alex Harding, and the cello of Ian Maskin. Maskin's performance on the record is often similar to the way in which the violin of Billy Bang was used in El'Zabar's Ritual Trio – a fluid bridge between the percussion and the horn lines – and the set includes great reworkings of the classics "Little Sunflower" and "Freedom Jazz Dance" – plus originals "Ntozake", "Pharoah", "Blew It", "Black Is Back", and "Wish I Knew". LP, Vinyl record album

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Michael FormanekEven Better ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A very well-pointed trio – Michael Formanek on bass, Tim Berne on alto, and Mary Halvorson on guitar – players who find a way to resonate with each other in a very special formation! It's a bit hard to describe the energy of the record in words – but there's a percolating sensibility between all three instruments – almost as if they're restless on their own, and really yearn to come together musically – not a nervous sort of energy, but maybe one that's itching to create new sounds together – which is definitely the case with the results! Titles include "Implausible Deniability", "Still Here", "Like Statues", "Suckerpunch", and "Jade Visions". CD

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Kendrick Lamar & OthersBlack Panther (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Interscope, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 34.99
A modern classic hip hop soundtrack to Black Panther that should make T'Challa proud! It was pretty clear early on that Black Panther might be one of the greatest modern super hero movies – and an important one for the political and cultural climate of the late teens – so the pressure was on to deliver a relevant soundtrack. What's stunning is how creatively uncompromising it is, with sharp, lyrically pointed tracks by Kendrick Lamar – and with no watering things down to PG-13 on this unedited version – plus tracks by Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, The Weeknd, Ab-Soul and more. Kendrick headlines or guests on several tracks including the title track, "All The Stars" with SZA, "King's Dead" with Jay-Rock, Future & James Blake, "Big Shot" with Travis Scott and "Pray For Me" with Weeknd. Other tracks include "Opps" by Vince Staples, "I Am" with Jorja Smith, "X" by Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Saudi and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Karin KrogJazz Moments With Karin Krog (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Muzak (Japan), 1966. Used ... $26.99
Incredible early work from vocalist Karin Krog – a mid 60s session, but one that already shows that she was thinking farther than most other singers of the time! The timings on the tunes are quite unusual – a bit like those used by Sheila Jordan in the 60s, but often even more personally pointed – in a way that makes even familiar tunes come across as if they're spontaneous expressions by Krog. Karin's working here with beautiful small combo backing from a quartet that includes Jan Garbarek on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Jon Christensen on drums – but the album's also arranged in a wonderful way that often has the vocals hanging out there alone, beautifully unsupported. Titles include "Body & Soul", "All Of You", "Dearly Beloved", "I Got Your Number", "Old Folks", "I Can't Get Started", and "Glad To Be Unhappy". CD
(Out of print.)

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SwordsmenSwordsmen ... LP
RCA, 1969. Sealed ... $19.99
A fantastic album of obscure soul! The group features the duo of Eddie Anderson and Ray Thompson – trading vocal duets in a pointed, fragile, southern-sounding style. The Swordsmen were discovered by Nina Simone, and record here on the Stroud Enterprises imprint, which was handling some of her best work for RCA. Includes the great cut "Oh, My Soul", which should have been a classic of southern soul – plus the tunes "Grow On Love", "Gimme Some", "Here I Am", and "Got To Get Moving". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed – but shrinkrap is open a bit in one corner.)

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✨✧ Ethnic Heritage EnsembleBe Known Ancient/Future/Music ... CD
Spiritmuse, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the Chicago and global scenes were decidedly more free jazz-oriented – and from his emergence in the 80s onward, percussionist Kahil El'Zabar has continued to fan the flames with his own music, and with fantastic collaborations like this! The group's a quartet this time around – and has the tremendous Corey Wilkes on trumpet, really giving the sound a pointed edge – next to Kahil's work on a variety of percussion instruments, the baritone sax of Alex Harding, and the cello of Ian Maskin. Maskin's performance on the record is often similar to the way in which the violin of Billy Bang was used in El'Zabar's Ritual Trio – a fluid bridge between the percussion and the horn lines – and the set includes great reworkings of the classics "Little Sunflower" and "Freedom Jazz Dance" – plus originals "Ntozake", "Pharoah", "Blew It", "Black Is Back", and "Wish I Knew". CD
Also available Be Known Ancient/Future/Music (deluxe 2LP edition) ... LP 41.99

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✨✧ Pointer SistersSo Excited ... LP
Planet, 1982. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A sweet one from The Pointer Sisters – with an opening track that's permanently tattooed to the memory of just about anyone who lived through the era, but better than that, a bunch of great songs that are comparably slept on all these years later! So Excited is a great example of a very solid set of period soulful grooves that you might be tempted to pass on due to extreme exhaustion from the biggest hit – don't do that! There's some great stuff here! The single "I'm So Excited" lit up the early 80s, but this album actually isn't the biggest Pointer Sisters hit of the era, and it's worthy stuff to say the least! Dancefloor ready midtempo groovers with big choruses and insistent grooves galore. Titles include "I'm So Excited", "See How The Love Goes", "Heart Beat", "All Of You", "If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady", "Heart To Heart" and "American Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing, with blank red labels.)

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✨✧ Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo SoundRoberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound – Lucky 7 ... LP
International, 1976. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A lucky seventh album from Roberto Roena and his groundbreaking Apollo Sound combo – a set that's filled with spectacular arrangements and a new level of sophistication for the group – yet one that's still firmly pointed towards the dancefloor! There's a richness here that's really great – an array of tones and colors that flows out from some incredibly strong charts for the horn players – who include Miguel Rodriguez on tenor and flute, set in amidst the brassier players to give the record a nice shade of soul. Vocals are by Papo Sanchez and Sammy Gonzalez, and titles include the classic "Mi Desengano", plus "Que Me Castigue Dios", "A Bailar Mi Bomba", "Te Voy A Tratar", "La Mala Mana", "Hoy Mi Dia Triste", and "Estas Equivocada". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, with wide clear tape on the seams and spine.)

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Cannonball AdderleyThings Are Getting Better ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $4.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – given the great change and evolution in the style of Cannonball Adderley's music – definitely pointed towards the soul jazz fame to come in the 60s! The group here has Adderley's alto in the company of some all-stars who may not be his regular group, but who definitely help keep the whole thing at a top-shelf level throughout – a quintet that features Milt Jackson on vibes, Wynton Kelly on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. There's still a few echoes of Cannon's earlier bop recordings, but the sound is also moving towards the new modes to come – especially on the classic title cut "Things Are Getting Better". Other cuts include "Just One Of Those Things", "Sounds For Sid", "Groovin High", "Serves Me Right", and "Blues Oriental". CD
(Out of print.)

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AquarianaAquariana ... LP
Drag City, 1974. Near Mint- ... $6.99
An incredible side chapter of the enigmatic Source Family – the ethereal singer Aquariana – an artist with a voice as lovely as her name! Some tunes are spare and simple – with just a bit of piano and this fragile little voice – while others are a bit more righteous, with Aquariana singing like some of the best underground folk artists of the time – but even more expressively, and with a range that's really mindblowing. Tunes are often quite narrative in structure, and some of the more pointed numbers have this personal appeal that almost feels like the best material from the big singer/songwriter generation – had it received fuller arrangements and production. Limited LP issue features all these lost gems, and some nice notes on the lady too – and titles include "One Love", "Forget About The Past", "Ancient One", "Rise Oh Mighty Soul", "Awaken Us", "Come Forth", "Walking Together", and "Oh My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Joan ArmatradingLove & Affection ... CD
A&M, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... $6.99
A collection that gets at the full range of talents from Joan Armatrading during her famous years at A&M Records – a time when she took an older folk soul aesthetic, and gave it a whole new spin – with a voice that was one of the most distinct in pop at the time, and a style that Armatrading made completely her own! Acoustic guitar figures as strongly as the voice in many of these tracks – and the work has a balance that made Joan a big hit with both rock and soul audiences at the time – thanks to incredible songwriting that was as personal as it was pointed. CD
(Out of print.)

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Brother TheodoreFate Conspires With Destiny To Do Me Dirt – 1959 to 1972 ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Completely bizarre work from Brother Theodore – a strange postwar cultural figure who'd arrived in the US from a rescue of the holocaust hellhole of Dachau, then reinvented himself as an offbeat actor and monologist! Theodore's got a very strange voice, one that's partly inflected by his accent, but which mostly comes from the pointed way he presents his word – often with rolling consonants, and this sense of acting, even when speaking – which is what he mostly does on the record, save for some added musical effects and very slight production twists. Theodore briefly worked with Orson Welles, and there's almost a Welles-like sense of creativity and pomposity on these recordings – which were just part of the Brother's calling card, as he spent years doing his act in New York clubs, and also spent some time on the west coast too – a surprisingly strong underground figure. This release brings together the 1959 Coral Records album Theodore In Stereo, plus two tracks recorded for the PIP label in 1972, and one unreleased track – with titles that include "The Willow Landscape", "Quadrupedism", "The Curse Of The Toad", "Lisolatta Bindfel", and "I'm Just Plain Folks". CD

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Marion BrownPorto Novo (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $24.99
Genius early work from reedman Marion Brown – an album that was originally only issued overseas, where it was recorded – as part of that legacy that's always had Brown getting a lot more attention in Europe than back at home! Yet the record's a monster that stands equally with Marion's seminal sides for Impulse and ESP – and is maybe even bolder than both of them, as Brown blows alto in a loose trio – with Maarten Van Altena on bass and Han Bennink on drums – in a mode that definitely puts the "free" in free jazz – recorded before the start of both FMP and BYG! Yet there's also that sensitive, soulful quality that makes Brown so great – that element in the music that's always had recordings like these as key pointers forwards to the loft jazz years on the NYC scene – a brilliant blend of freedom and inner spirit – on titles that include "Sound Structure", "QBIC", "Porto Novo", and "Similar Limits". CD

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✨✧ Burning SpearMan In The Hills ... LP
Island, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
The vital follow up to the crucial Marcus Garvey set, and the second collaboration between Burning Spear and producer Jack Ruby. While the earlier Studio One sides are truly great, the work of the group (still a harmony vocal trio) at this point took the next step to classic status – with some of the pointed and righteous songs in the Burning Spear canon – committed with a steady, soulful and entirely irresistible vibe. Classic early greatness from mighty Burning Spear! Includes the great title track, plus "No More War", "People Get Ready", "Children", "Mother", "Groovy" & "Black Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has light wear and a sticker on the bottom right corner.)

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Gary BurtonThrob ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $16.99
A very groovy record from vibes legend Gary Burton – a set that was done for Atlantic Records right after Gary's big rise to genius on RCA – but with a feel that's even wilder than those wonderful records! There's a bit of the Vortex Records approach going on here – some slight psychedelic elements that come not just from Gary's vibes, but from the excellent guitar work from Jerry Hahn – who can play jazz, but with some of the trippiness of a rock musician – yet in a way that's still very laidback, and pre-fusion overall. The group also features Steve Swallow on bass, Bill Goodwin on drums, and a bit of violin from Richard Greene – and the blend of electric and acoustic strings with the vibes is mighty nice – with a sound that's sharper and more pointed than Burton's ECM music to come. Titles include "Turn Of The Century", "Chickens", "Some Echoes", "Throb", "Doin the Pig", and "Henniger Flats". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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✨✧ CheeseCheese ... CD
Good Sounds/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Nothing cheesy about this sweet little set – a warmly soulful batch of tunes from this lesser-light of the TK Records universe in the 70s – a great group with a beautiful way of mixing compressed rock and tight soulful undercurrents! The approach has echoes of more commercial work of the time – but all the charm of a more heartfelt indie – the kind of obscure record that still holds onto an AOR vibe, yet really shows us all the best potential of that genre when it's not being pointed to strongly towards the charts! Backings have some nice jazzy inflections, and the vocals are recorded in this way that slides them right down with the grooves – on titles that include "I Got Love", "Sweet Harmony", "Man In Love", "City Life", "Time Is An Arrow", and "Lady Of The Night". CD

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Chocolate MilkBlue Jeans (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
One of the best later albums by Chocolate Milk – a bit different than their earlier work with Allen Toussaint, but still bouncing along in a sweet 80s groove, with more than enough traces of their roots as a funky combo! Leo Nocentelli's sitting in on guitar, adding some nice licks to keep some tracks a bit more firmly grounded in a New Orleans funk tradition, alongside some more modern production touches – and the album's got a compelling vibe that's partly pointed towards the boogie generation of the 80s, but with a heavier funk component overall! Titles include "Let's Go All The Way", "Like My Lady's Love", "Honey Bun", "Running On Empty", "Blue Jeans", and a version of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long". CD also features 7" single mixes of "Honey Bun", "Take It Off", "Like My Lady's Love", and "Blue Jeans" – plus 12" mixes of "Video Queen", "Let's Go All The Way", and "Who's Getting It Now". CD

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

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Nancy DupreeSweet Thunder – Black Poetry By Nancy Dupree ... CD
Folkways, 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
Great work from one of the most compelling poets to record for Folkway Records in the 70s – the always-righteous Nancy Dupree, working here in a really bad-rapping set of work! The album beings with a spoken, then sung, introduction from Dupree – then continues in a very conversational style – one that has Nancy talking in front of a small audience, who respond themselves – the rolling into some of her poems in a very easygoing, personal style. Overall, her voice is nicely pointed – as much so as Sarah Webster Fabio's albums on Folkways, if not more so – and certainly much more forceful than the work on the label by Nikki Giovanni. Titles include "Bats & Butterflies", "My People Is", "Let Me", "The Brothers", "New Love", "Herd Runners", and "Self Love". 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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Durutti ColumnWithout Mercy (4CD set) ... CD
Factory Benelux (Luxembourg), 1986. New Copy 4 CDs ... $24.99
A beautiful little record from Durutti Column – and a bit of a departure for Vini Reilly, given that there's more of an overall concept to the album! The set's an all-instrumental one – a bit different than his blue-tinged vocal work of the first few Factory albums – but it's still awash in that wonderful guitar style of his – airy and atmospheric, but surprisingly pointed, too – really one of the strongest instrumental voices to emerge from the British post-punk scene, even if it was one of the most subtle! The music adds in piano, bits of strings, oboe, and other elements – really opening up the incredibly lovely melodies of the songs – almost in a Penguin Cafe Orchestra mode, which might be a good comparison to the spirit of the set. This beautiful version features 4 CDs' worth of material – bonus tracks on the main album, including "All That Love & Maths Can Do", "Snowflakes", "The Sea Wall", "Profondeurs Des Eaux Des Laques", "Duet", and "Estoril A Noite". Then, there's also three full CDs of concert material – a Manchester show from 2011, a London show from 1984, and an Oslo show from 1986. CD

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Harry Sweets Edison & Eddie Lockjaw DavisSimply Sweets ... CD
Pablo, 1977. Used ... $6.99
The sweet and the raw – the trumpet of Harry Sweets Edison and the tenor of Eddie Lockjaw Davis – brought together here in a standout small group session for Pablo! The set's got an unusual element in that it features some electric bass from Harvey Newmark – who plays in an otherwise acoustic setting, but gives the tunes maybe this light little bounce – a hint of funk at times, with a rolling element that makes the whole thing a bit different than just a rehash of the old days. Also noteworthy is pianist Dolo Coker, who plays mostly acoustic piano – with that pointed tone that was always such a unique approach – and who also handles a bit of Fender Rhodes, but in a completely different way. Even when Newmark's playing acoustic bass, he's still got a great round tone that really drives the set – and the group's completed by the excellent Jimmie Smith on drums. Titles include "Simply Sweets", "Feelings", "Opus Funk", "Lax", "Miz Kitty's Blues", and "One For The Count". CD

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✨✧ Luc FerrariPhotophonie ... LP
Transversales Disques (France), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $26.99
A range of never-issued recordings by sound wizard Luc Ferrari – all pulled from his personal archive! Side one features the very extended "Photophonie" – done for a photographic exhibition, and with a sound that's in the noisier, more striking side of the electronic spectrum at the start – then moves into these moodier, more open passages that have voices that slip in and out of the mix – almost like these whispering demons in conversation. "Il Etati Une Fois" is another long piece – one that seems to take real joy in its mix of obscure electronic textures and more pointed tones – followed by the very short "Trans-Voices", which at 52 seconds is almost a compression of the ideas of "Photophonie". Last up is "Leica" – a work with this building cyclical wave of electronic sound, and a feel that's almost like a creation from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Merle HaggardPortrait Of Merle Haggard/Keep Movin' On ... CD
BGO/Capitol (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A pair of Capitol Records killers from Merle Haggard – back to back on a single CD! First up is A Portrait Of Merle Haggard – a 1969 album that shows just how much he'd grown and matured during his 60s years at Capitol Records – and almost a celebration of all that time, given how many great songs Merle manages to put inside the record! The set begins with the sublime "Working Man's Blues" – a tune that's got jazzier currents than Hag ever had a few years back, but which also delivers a very pointed message to the bulk of his audience – and creates a new anthem for Merle in the process. The record then progresses with a host of other fantastic tracks, half originals by Haggard, and all showing the many moods of the maturing singer – "What's Wrong With Stayin Home", "Silver Wings", "I Die Ten Thousand Times A Day", "I Came Close To Living Alone", "Who Do I Know In Dallas", and a great version of "She Still Thinks I Care". Keep Movin On is a mid 70s effort from Merle Haggard, and one that shows just how much he continued to bring his best to his work for Capitol Records – not just in his vocals, but in his songwriting too – as the album features almost all original material by Haggard! The mood nicely varies, and Hag hits some of those maturing masculine modes that were coming in with some of his contemporaries – blending "stay at home with the wife" sort of songs with others that echo more of the hellraising and sadness of younger years – all as a beautiful testament to his genius! Titles include "Movin' On", "Life's Like Poetry", "September In Miami", "Here In Frisco", "Always Wanting You", "Kentucky Gambler", "A Man's Gotta Give Up A Lot", "I've Got A Yearning", and "These Memories We're Making Tonight". CD

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Honey ConeSweet Replies (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Hot Wax/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
The second album by Honey Cone – and the one that really broke them out of the box! The record's got a groove that gets going right from the start – a sense of upbeat, soulful energy that really shows why the Honey Cone approach was so different than most of the girl groups who came before them – a groovier, more righteous style that shows that the ladies are very much in charge – and able to send things over the top with their unified energy! Production is great – very rumbling and bold, which further helps the groove – and titles include the huge hit "Want Ads" – a pre-disco cut that pointed the way towards future female soul groups of the mid 70s – plus "Deaf Blind Paralyzed", "Sunday Morning People", "My Mind's On Leaving", "We Belong Together", and "Blessed Be Our Love". CD features two bonus tracks – "Want Ads (unedited version)", and "The Day I Found Myself (single version)". CD

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ImpressionsTimes Have Changed ... LP
Curtom/Love Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
A post-Curtis Mayfield album by The Impressions – but one that crackles with the raw righteousness of Curtis' first few solo albums on Curtom! Mayfield's place here is held by the amazing Leroy Hutson – one of our favorite soul talents of the 70s, really sparkling here in the trio before moving onto his own run of classics for Curtom – with a vocal quality that's solidly soulful, and possibly even more progressively pointed than Curtis. Hutson helped co-arrange the album with Riley Hampton – and production is by Curtis Mayfield, who brings in all the right elements of fuzz and funk to really keep the group sounding hip. Titles include the classic peace song "Stop the War", plus "I Need To Belong To Someone", "Love Me", "Our Love Goes On & On", "This Love's for Real", and a cool cover of "Inner City Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bert JanschIt Don't Bother Me ... LP
Transatlantic/Superior Viaduct, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Continuing genius from the great Bert Jansch – the singer/songwriter's second album, and one of his most sublime records ever! The album's got an up-close, personal vibe – mostly just Bert's vocals and acoustic guitar, a bit like the earliest albums by Bob Dylan – and like Dylan, Jansch has this approach that's completely his own – very much schooled in older 20th century traditions, but focused on finding a new way forward – with a mix of melodic and harmonic elements that flow from his guitar with effortless ease, and are matched by some beautifully pointed vocals by a singer who sounds unlike anyone else. At times, the tunes have a quality that's almost hypnotic – a bit of a John Fahey vibe in the progressions, but a bit warmer – and titles include "Tinker's Blues", "It Don't Bother Me", "Harvest Your Thoughts Of Love", "Lucky Thirteen", "As The Day Grows Longer Now", "So Long", "900 Miles", and "Ring A Ding Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bert JanschJack Orion ... LP
Transatlantic/Superior Viaduct, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A huge leap forward for the mighty Bert Jansch – and a record that's somehow even more amazing than the ones that came before! Bert's maybe even more introspective here, but also on a personal journey that takes him down musical paths that seem broader than before – almost echoing a wider range of influences on his guitar performance, yet in a way that still comes across with a uniquely pointed vibe. There's some occasional shift in the instrumentation, too – as Jansch plays banjo on the leadoff track, but with the same chilling currents as his sublime acoustic guitar – and John Renbourn joins on second guitar for a number of tracks, prefacing the pair's collaboration to come. And as with all of Jansch's genius material at this point, there's a quality that's both ancient and modern, timeless and uniquely tied to its moment – flowering beautifully on tunes that include "Jack Orion", "The Waggoner's Lad", "Nottamun Town", "Black Water Side", "Pretty Polly", and "The Gardner". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kele2042 ... CD
Kola, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99
Really striking work from Kele – an artist who works in a space that's very much his own, but which follows in a strong British legacy of mashing up modes for political action – a trajectory that might start with Pop Group, and flow strongly through the Tricky and Portishead generation! As we say, Kele's very much his own man, and sounds nothing like those groups – but may well ascend in his own sort of genre-blending glory – spurred on by really creative combinations in the studio, and very pointed messages in his music! Titles include "Secrets West 29th", "Catching Feelings", "A Day Of National Shame", "Back Burner", "Between Me & My Maker", "Natural Hair", "Jungle Bunny", "Let England Burn", and "St Kaepernick Wept". CD
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Kele2042 ... LP
Kola (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
Really striking work from Kele – an artist who works in a space that's very much his own, but which follows in a strong British legacy of mashing up modes for political action – a trajectory that might start with Pop Group, and flow strongly through the Tricky and Portishead generation! As we say, Kele's very much his own man, and sounds nothing like those groups – but may well ascend in his own sort of genre-blending glory – spurred on by really creative combinations in the studio, and very pointed messages in his music! Titles include "Secrets West 29th", "Catching Feelings", "A Day Of National Shame", "Back Burner", "Between Me & My Maker", "Natural Hair", "Jungle Bunny", "Let England Burn", and "St Kaepernick Wept". LP, Vinyl record album
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Taj MahalRecycling The Blues & Other Stuff ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Hardly any "recycling" going on here – as Taj Mahal takes bluesy roots and turns them in a whole new direction for the 70s, evolving the music way past the level most other bluesmen were working in at the time! At some level, Mahal's style is far more rootsy than most early 70s blues artists – often more acoustic guitar and percussion than you'd expect – but there's also a looser, freer presentation of the material – opened up a lot more than any delta bluesman from many years back, and often touched with some jazzier inflections on some of the phrasing. Plus, the music here features some unusual elements from time to time – including kalimba, tuba, banjo, and even some backing vocals by The Pointer Sisters. The album was recorded live, with a nicely organic feel – and titles include "A Free Song", "Corinna", "Conch Close", "Kalimba", "Bound To Love Me Some", "Richochet", "Gitano Negro", "Cakewalk Into Town", and "Texas Woman Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
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Monday Michiru & Toshiko AkioshiJazz Conversations – The Other Side Of Monday Michiru ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
The other side of Monday Michiru – or, more appropriately, the early side of the great soul singer – given that her roots in jazz go very far back, to the time when she was the child of two very famous jazz musicians! This set has Monday reunited with her mother – the legendary pianist Toshiko Akioshi – who works exclusively on piano, in this wonderfully pointed, introspective style – while Monday both sings in a jazz style, and plays flute as well – an instrument she first used on record when she was about ten years old. The reunion is a wonderful one – and while Toshiko's every bit as great as you'd expect, we find ourselves falling in love with Monday even more than before – as her handling of the mellower material is beautiful, and opens up an even more deeply expressive side of her vocals than before. The record's got a bit of added bass and drums at points – and titles include "Frog", "Long Yellow Road", "First Night", "Love & Life", "New Girl In Town", "Broken Dreams", and "Ain't Gonna Ask No More". CD

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James MoodyCookin' The Blues ... LP
Argo, 1961. Near Mint- ... $6.99
The genius of Moody! It's an album like this that you need to prove to your friends that Moody was way way more than a simple bopper. The set was recorded live in San Francisco in 1961, and it's got a hip mix of soul jazz, filtered through some modernist ideals, all played by a great little group that includes Bernard McKinny on trombone, Howard McGhee on trumpet, Musa Kaleem on baritone, and Sonny Donaldson on piano. Eddie Jefferson sits in for 2 numbers – "Disappointed" and "Sister Sadie" – and other tracks include "One For Nat", "Bunny Boo", "Moody Flooty", and "Home Fries". LP, Vinyl record album
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Junior MurvinPolice & Thieves (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mango/4 Men With Beards, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
The all time classic from Junior Murvin – as essential as any late 70s reggae! Production-wise, Police And Thieves is among Scratch's finest moments, from the most monumental period in Perry's career, during the height of the Black Ark. The title track needs no introduction from us, and the rest of the record is solid, funky roots rock, at a level Murvin would not match again in his career. His sweet falsetto is draped in the dense, murky production that carved a niche in history for Perry. Tracks like "Roots Train" and "False Teaching" are the embodiment of crucial, and the album is filled with other great cuts like the now classic title track, "Rescue Jah Children", "Tedious", "Easy Task" and "I Was Appointed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ George OtsukaPage 3 – Last Summer (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Takt/Sony (Japan), 1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Page three in the early chapter of drummer George Otsuka – and a record that has him stretching out even more than before! Back in the 60s, Otsuka was easily one of the most expressive leaders in Japan – an artist who held all the tightness that the scene had embraced earlier in the decade – yet who could really stretch out in ways that pointed towards Japanese piano trio freedom to come in the 70s! This album's a perfect example of the richness of Otsuka's skills – bold and modern some moments, yet swinging the next – lyrical at points, yet never sleepy – and always driven with this sense of majesty that few of his contemporaries on the scene could match. The group features sublime work on piano from Hideo Ichikawa and bass from Masaoki Terakawa – on titles that include "Sea View", "Breeze Brook & Birds", "Last Summer", and "The Things We Did Last Summer". CD features a bonus live track – "Sea View". CD
(Includes obi. Blu-Spec CD.)

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✨✧ Eddie Palmieri y Su Conjunto La PerfectaEl Molestoso (aka La Perfecta Vol 2) ... LP
Alegre (Venezuela), Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of Eddie's early gems with his La Perfecta group – a hard-hitting ensemble with a sound that encompassed the charanga era, yet which also pointed the way towards many styles past it. Eddie's strong piano is a very big part of the group's success – jazzing things up at the right moments, and adding in some blue tones that pitch the whole album slightly to the left – but the rest of the players are equally skilled, and the remarkable thing about the record is how well it comes off as a full team effort. Lead vocals are by Ismael Quintana, and titles include"El Molestoso", "Sabroso Guaguanco", "Yo Sin Ti", "No Critiques", "Asi Es La Humanidad", and "En Cadenas". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. Used ... $7.99
Gregory Porter arrives on Blue Note Records – and the result is Porter's most fully-formed set so far – just the kind of album that will push him firmly into the limelight – a place that we've felt he's deserved for quite a few years! Porter's a hell of a singer, and a hell of a songwriter too – and although his roots are in jazz, he's got a rare ability to step between genres with plenty of soul – a special space that belongs to a very rare few – like Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, or Gil Scott-Heron! Gregory's voice is amazing, his lyrics are both personal and pointed – and he does so much here with so little, the album should be handed out to the hundreds of mis-directed vocalists who think that a few extra tweaks in the studio is all they really need. Most numbers just feature small combo backing, with wonderfully warm piano from Chip Crawford – and the whole thing's got a timeless feel that makes us think this is the beginning of a rich new season for Porter. Titles include "Free", "Water Under Bridges", "Lonesome Lover", "Liquid Spirit", "No Love Dying", "Brown Grass", "When Love Was King", and "Wind Song". CD

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Raashan AhmadSoul Power (white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trad Vibe (France), 2019. Sealed ... $11.99
There's definitely a lot of soul power going on here – a deep current of classic inspiration that makes most of the tracks resonate with a vintage soul quality, even though the music is hip hop! Yet Raashan Ahmad also states that the "soul power" he refers to in the title is that which empowers his soul – which you can definitely understand in the depth of the lyrics – maybe a bit more personal and pointed than ever before for Ahmad. Production is by Kas One, Ebo, Stefonix, Headnodic, Woodstock, and Raashan himself – and titles include "Soul Train", "Move", "Day After Day", "Celebrate", "Money", and "Patience". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Rose Royce/Norman WhitfieldCar Wash – Original Soundtrack ... LP
MCA, 1976. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
A solid bit of heavy funk – and one of the last strong-selling soundtracks of the blacksploitation era! Sure, you know the hit "Car Wash", but there's plenty of other great numbers that rank the 2LP set right up there with the best of its genre. There's a lot of nice instrumentals on the album that feature a tight smooth funky sound – with good work on clavinet, wah wah guitar, and horns – all quite different than the usual work of Whitfield and Rose Royce at the time. The group do a good job on the vocal cuts, working in that soulful early 70s Motown mode that Whitfield was working on with other acts – and the whole album's as great a debut for Rose Royce as anyone could have hoped for. Features the hit title cut, plus "I Wanna Get Next To You", "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is", "Zig Zag", "Mid Day DJ Theme", "I'm Going Down", "Crying", "Doing What Comes Naturally", and "Righteous Rhythm". The Pointer Sisters sing on one track, "You Gotta Believe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring wear and a hype sticker.)

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David RuffinWho I Am ... LP
Motown, 1975. Very Good ... $1.99
David Ruffin at the height of his solo powers – working in that mature mix of soul and strings that made him one of the more sophisticated Motown talents of the time! The set's produced and arranged by Van McCoy – at a level that's maybe more Philly soul than the Detroit sounds of David's roots – and the singer's vocals open up beautifully as he hits a few upbeat groovers, and some especially nice midtempo tracks that really make the album shine! McCoy also wrote most of the songs, too – and titles include the classic "Walk Away From Love", one of Ruffin's sweetest numbers ever – plus the tracks "Who I Am", "Wild Honey", "Statue Of A Fool", "Heavy Love", "It Takes All Kind Of People To Make A World", "Love Can Be Hazardous To Your Health", and "The Finger Pointers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Tom RushComplete Elektra Recordings (Tom Rush/Take A Little Walk With Me/Circle Game – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 19.99
A trio of early albums from Tom Rush – all together in a single set! First up is the really great debut album from Tom Rush – a sometimes-overlooked singer/songwriter from the Bob Dylan generation – and one who definitely deserves a rediscovery all these many years later! Tom's a great songwriter, and takes off here in a rootsy blend of folk and acoustic blues – backed by lots of great guitar work of his own, plus some spare guest contributions – including occasional harmonica from John Sebastian! Rush is one of those rare breed who handles his music completely without self-consciousness or cliched adherence to his roots – a performance that we'd put right up there with Fred Neill on his legendary Capitol albums, or maybe the bluesier side of Tim Hardin. Titles include "If Your Man Gets Busted", "Poor Man", "Black Mountain Blues", "When She Wants Good Lovin", "Windy Bill", "Panama Limited", and "The Cuckoo". On Take A Little Walk With Me, Tom Rush picks up a bit of an electric edge, but still keeps all the songs and styles very much in the territory that made his debut so great! Al Kooper wrote the liner notes, and also plays electric guitar on all of side one – but the instrument is used in ways that just seem to underscore all the rhythmic changes of Tom's acoustic guitar, and echo some of the shifted rhythms that make the music sparkle. Tunes include originals by Rush and Eric Von Schmidt, plus some bluesy covers too – and titles include "Galveston Flood", "Sugar Babe", "Joshua Gone Barbados", "On The Road Again", "Money Honey", "Who Do You Love", and "Statesboro Blues". Last up is the classic The Circle Game – one of the best-remembered albums from the great Tom Rush – a set that gave the world his well-recorded title track (and the classic "No Regrets"), and which also has Tom really reaching out with a proud new style! The record expands the core sound of Rush in ways that roughly echo some of the early Tim Hardin material at Verve – still bluesy folk at the core, but with arrangements that are slight, but sophisticated – in ways that unlock all these great moods and colors in the songs that you never would have gotten if Rush were just singing and playing guitar on his own! Paul Harris handles the charts, and things are light, but well-pointed – a really beautiful inflection of the vocals and guitar at the core of the performance, often with a very moody style. Titles include "The Circle Game", "Rockport Sunday", "No Regrets", "Tin Angel", "Urge For Going", "Something In The Way She Moves", and "Shadow Dream Song". 2CD set features bonus tracks too – "I'm In Love Again", "Urge For Going (single)", "Coda", "Circle Game (take one)", and "Something In The Way She Moves (single)". CD

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Masahiko SatohDouble Exposure ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1988. Used ... $18.99
A great little trio set from Japanese pianist Masahiko Satoh – working here on both acoustic and electric piano, with incredible rhythm support from Eddie Gomez on bass and Steve Gadd on drums! All players are really given a lot of room to do their thing here – Gomez with those round, flowing tones we love so much – and Gadd with a sound that's sometimes forceful and driving, sometimes quite spare and pointed. Satoh's keyboard lines really match the spirit of these rhythms – and although the date of the session is somewhat late, the album's got a free, open style that's right up there with his best 70s work. Titles include "Nouvell Cuisine", "Go No Sen", "Yellow Dolphin", "Fumon", "Evening Snow", "Bamboo Shoots II", "Duke's Calypso", and "All Blues". CD
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Alan Wilkinson/John Edwards/Steve Noble3 Of A Kind ... LP
Bo Weavil (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $23.99
Fiery sounds by a really well-matched trio – one that features tremendous work by Alan Wilkinson on alto, baritone sax, and bass clarinet – moving with non-stop energy alongside John Edwards on bass and Steve Noble on drums! It's clear right from the start that all three players really understand each other – as they leap into the space of improvisation with no hesitation at all – never trying to outdo each other, but stepping forth with equal boldness – so that nobody's ever left in the lurch, or back in the shadows – with fantastic three-pointed performance from the trio. Edwards is fantastic – maybe better than we've ever heard – and titles include "Full House", "Straight", and "Flush". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eri YamamotoLife ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2016. Used ... $9.99
Fantastic sounds from pianist Eri Yamamoto – a musician we've maybe not given her due in previous years – but who really has us listening strongly again with her wonderful work on this record! There's a pointed, poetic quality to the performance – one that's underscored by some of Eri's notes on the tunes – but the music is also never too lyrical for its own good, as Yamamoto always has this way of keeping an edge to her performance – a quality that knows the outside, and can reference it in a few simple flourishes, then bring things back into warmly swinging territory with her very well-matched trio members David Ambrosio on bass and Ikuo Takeuchi on drums. Titles include "New York Time", "Ground", "Passing By", "Half Moon", "Revive", "Last Night's Dream", "Circle", and "Lunar Express". CD

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✨✧ VariousMotown Disco – Selected By Muro & T-Groove ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $26.99
A fantastic look at the funkier side of Motown in the 70s – and a collection that's not just straight disco, thanks to the mighty selection talents of DJ Muro and T-Groove! Muro handles all of CD1 – and mixes in some excellent soundtrack numbers with more familiar soul tracks – and also presents a few classic cuts in remixed versions too! T-Groove is on CD2 – which has cuts that are maybe a bit more iconic in the Motown club sound of the 70s, but still pretty darn great when heard together in this set. Neither CD appears to be mixed – tracks all appear discrete and standalone – and the package features 37 titles that include "You Made Your Bed" by Reuben Howell, "Books & Basketball" by David Shire & James Di Pasquale, "T Plays It Cool (unedited version)" by Marvin Gaye, "Erucu" by Jermaine Jackson, "Mirrors Of My Mind" by Jackson 5, "Date With The Rain (DJ Spinna refreak)" by Eddie Kendricks, "Ego" by Ozone, "Big Time (M+M big time 2016 mix)" by Rick James, "Treat Her Like A Lady" by The Temptations, "Brothers Gonna Work It Out (Joey Negro return of the mac mix)" by Willie Hutch, "He's A Friend" by Eddie Kendricks, "Down To Love Town" by The Originals, "Go For It" by Billy Preston & Syreeta, "Full Speed Ahead" by Tata Vega, "Let's Be Young Tonight" by Jermaine Jackson, "Heaven Must Have Sent You" by Bonnie Pointer, "Shoulda Gone Dancin" by High Energy, "Saturday Night Sunday Morning" by Thelma Houston, "Star Love" by Three Ounces Of Love, "Tailgate" by 21st Creation, "Scratchin" by Magic Disco Machine, "Standing On The Verge" by Platinum Hook, and "I Need Your Lovin (M+M lovin all night long mix)" by Teena Marie. CD

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyThings Are Getting Better (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An album that definitely lives up to its title – given the great change and evolution in the style of Cannonball Adderley's music – definitely pointed towards the soul jazz fame to come in the 60s! The group here has Adderley's alto in the company of some all-stars who may not be his regular group, but who definitely help keep the whole thing at a top-shelf level throughout – a quintet that features Milt Jackson on vibes, Wynton Kelly on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. There's still a few echoes of Cannon's earlier bop recordings, but the sound is also moving towards the new modes to come – especially on the classic title cut "Things Are Getting Better". Other cuts include "Just One Of Those Things", "Sounds For Sid", "Groovin High", "Serves Me Right", and "Blues Oriental". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi – and still sealed!)
Also available Things Are Getting Better ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel 1 – Car ... LP
Atco, 1977. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first solo set from Peter Gabriel – and a record that was quite a surprise upon initial release – kind of a stripped-down variant of the energy that Gabriel brought to his early work with Genesis, presented in a nicely lean way that allowed for all the best focus on his key ideas! The style here is light years away from the last moments Gabriel was with Genesis – although there's still a few nice touches of the Lamb Lies Down generation, too – and the vocals are more pointed, more focused, and arguably more personal too. Instrumentation holds up better than you might expect – especially as there was no move at all to nod to the nascent punk generation – and titles include the hit "Solsbury Hill", plus "Modern Love", "Slowburn", "Humdrum", "Waiting For The Big One", "Down The Dolce Vita", and "Here Comes The Flood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Pop GroupY (remastered & expanded – with download) ... LP
Radarscope/Mute, 1979. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal punk-funk classic from the end of the 70s – one that's as brilliantly abrasive and brashly fresh today as it was when it was released! The group are working here in equal parts dub, funk, and lots of scratchy guitars and heady bass – with a style that would later be picked up more strongly by On-U in the 80s, but which is executed here with a much clearer vision that's free of any of the cliches that would later overcome the genre. Even the politics are surprisingly pointed – and Paul Stewart's vocalizations of most of the tunes is really dead on the money! Titles include "Thief Of Fire", "Snowgirl", "Blood Money", "We Are Time", "Don't Sell Your Dreams", "Words Disobey Me", and "Don't Call Me Pain". This great version features the original 12" single "She Is Beyond Good & Evil", included with the original album – plus a bonus large format poster too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered with bonus material and includes original large format poster, and high def digital version!)

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✨✧ Voices Of East HarlemVoices Of East Harlem ... LP
Just Sunshine, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A masterpiece of sweet group soul! This was the first secular record cut by The Voices Of East Harlem – a group who'd had an earlier gospel-tinged album on Elektra, but who are soaring out here in a brilliant mix of righteous mainstream soul styles – courtesy of the Curtom power team of Rich Tufo, Leroy Hutson, and Curtis Mayfield! The album's an unusual non-Curtom effort by the Hutson and Curtom – who collaborated in producing the record with Tufo, who himself did most of the arrangements with Hutson – in a mode that's wonderfully in the same spirit as Leroy's seminal work for Curtom in the mid 70s. There's a depth here that makes the album one of our favorite-ever soul records from the 70s – brilliant not just for the overall sound, but also for the pointed lyrics and really personal feel of the songs. Lead vocals shift between the different tunes – but are mostly handled by Gerri Griffin and Monica Burress, with warm support by the rest of the group. Titles include "Giving Love", "Cashing In", "Could This Be Love", "New Vibrations", and "Wanted Dead or Alive". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Herb AlpertChristmas Wish ... CD
Herb Alpert, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nice little Holiday album from trumpeter Herb Alpert – whose 60s set with the Tijuana Brass might well be one of our favorite Christmas albums of all time! The TJB is long gone, but Herb's still in the lead – working with a larger orchestra directed by Chris Walden – who creates a shimmering array of strings, voices, and keyboards – all in an updated take of the older Herb Alpert sound – meaning that there's some nicely pointed moments that really fit the compressed, punchy horn sound that's always been Herb's calling card. The voices sometimes hit a more familiar Christmas chorus mode, but they're often then offset by Alpert's solo work – and titles include "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "The Christmas Song", "Santa Baby", "Winter Wonderland", "The Christmas Wish", "Merry Christmas Darling", and "What Are You Doing New Years Eve". Herb didn't remake "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle" – but his original 1968 version is maybe too perfect to mess with! CD

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✨✧ Herb AlpertChristmas Wish (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Herb Alpert, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A nice little Holiday album from trumpeter Herb Alpert – whose 60s set with the Tijuana Brass might well be one of our favorite Christmas albums of all time! The TJB is long gone, but Herb's still in the lead – working with a larger orchestra directed by Chris Walden – who creates a shimmering array of strings, voices, and keyboards – all in an updated take of the older Herb Alpert sound – meaning that there's some nicely pointed moments that really fit the compressed, punchy horn sound that's always been Herb's calling card. The voices sometimes hit a more familiar Christmas chorus mode, but they're often then offset by Alpert's solo work – and titles include "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "The Christmas Song", "Santa Baby", "Winter Wonderland", "The Christmas Wish", "Merry Christmas Darling", and "What Are You Doing New Years Eve". Herb didn't remake "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle" – but his original 1968 version is maybe too perfect to mess with! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – on colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ Anthony Braxton – Georg Grawe DuoAmsterdam 1991 ... CD
Okka Disk, 1991/1997. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful, very organic album from the duo of Anthony Braxton on reeds and Georg Grawe on piano – a set that's got a looser, freer vibe than some of Braxton's other music of the time – and which maybe takes us back to the spirit of some of earliest work on the Chicago scene! Grawe's got a nicely pointed style of playing – notes that are free, but clear and distinct – which seems to almost produced a grittier style from Braxton at times, as he blows a range of instruments that include soprano sax, clarinet, alto, and flute. The titles are free of the more academic codes that Braxton usually brings to play, and the music is too – on selections that are simply titled "Duet 1", "Duet 2", and "Duet 3". CD

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✨✧ Bill Evans TrioBill Evans At Town Hall Volume One ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
An open-ended live date from Bill Evans – recorded at the auspicious venue of Town Hall, but recorded with a warmth that matches Evans' smaller club sessions of the 60s! The sound here is possibly a bit more focused and direct than some of the moodier, mellower Evans live records – well pointed at the start, but then moving into some gentler chromatic modes as the set moves on – all with gentle accompaniment from Chuck Israels on bass and Arnold Wise on drums. Titles include trio versions of "I Should Care", "Spring Is Here", 'Who Can I Turn To" and "Make Someone Happy" – then Evans takes a 13 minute solo turn, dedicating a suite to the memory of his father! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ahmad JamalJamal Plays Jamal ... LP
20th Century, 1974. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic 70s work by Ahmad Jamal – the kind of record you look for for years, and are always disappointed when you end up buying a more straight-ahead session! The album features Jamal on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – working in a trio format, plus percussion, with some occasional additional backgrounds arranged by Richard Evans. The tracks are long, loping, and with a very strong soul jazz approach that builds on Jamal's advances of the 60s. Titles include "Death & Resurrection", "Swahililand", "Eclipse", "Pastures", and "Dialogue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small center split on the seam.)

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✨✧ Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsNaturally ... CD
Daptone, 2005. Used ... Out Of Stock
The long-anticipated second album from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings is a stunner – undoubtedly stronger than the group's fantastic debut – and a record that not only transcends the late model funk revival genre, but stands on footing as solid as the best hard funky soul of the late 60s and early 70s! If you're expecting a rehash of the heavy funk jams that burned on the Dap Dippin' album you won't be disappointed, but get ready for a deep, natural (hence the title) soulfulness that not only caught us off guard, but really forms the big, hard-beating heart of the album. The frothing, frenetic funk is as tight as ever, and in spots just as furious, but the attention to songcraft this time out is just as searing and indelible. The eight piece Dap Kings continue to be the best band in the land – with El Michels on baritone sax, Neal Sugarman on tenor, Homer Steinweiss on drums, not-so-secret weapon Bosco Mann on bass, vibes and piano. Guest appearances include fellow Daptone powerhouse vocalist Lee Fields on the the duet "Stranded In Your Love", and strings courtesy of the Bushwick Philharmonic, but make no mistake, this is the band's album. Amazing stuff from in indispensable group – an album that'll keep spinning in our circles for as many years as the great albums by the gritty soul forefathers do! Tracks include "How Do I Let A Good Man Down?", "Natural Born Lover", "My Man Is A Mean Man", a soulful reading of Woodie Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land", "Your Thing Is A Drag", "Fish In A Dish" and "All Over Again". CD

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✨✧ OlatunjiMore Drums Of Passion ... LP
Columbia, 1966. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Babatunde Olatunji goes even more drum-crazy than before – working here with no less than nine percussionists, plus a host of singers as well! The tunes have a very rootsy groove throughout – instrumentation that only comes from the rhythm instruments, some of which are pointed towards melody – and a setting that features none of the added strings or horns you might get from a jazz or exotica-styled session of this nature – just drums and voices, presented by Columbia Records in a really groundbreaking blend! Titles include "Wasalu", "Ayinde", "Frekoba", "Alose", and "Omo Pup". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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✨✧ Eddie Palmieri y Su Conjunto La PerfectaLa Perfecta Vol 2 – El Molestoso ... CD
Alegre, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Eddie's early gems with his La Perfecta group – a hard-hitting ensemble with a sound that encompassed the charanga era, yet which also pointed the way towards many styles past it. Eddie's strong piano is a very big part of the group's success – jazzing things up at the right moments, and adding in some blue tones that pitch the whole album slightly to the left – but the rest of the players are equally skilled, and the remarkable thing about the record is how well it comes off as a full team effort. Lead vocals are by Ismael Quintana, and titles include"El Molestoso", "Sabroso Guaguanco", "Yo Sin Ti", "No Critiques", "Asi Es La Humanidad", and "En Cadenas". CD
(Out of print original Alegre pressing.)

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✨✧ Charles Rumback/Jim Baker/James Singleton/Greg WardCadillac Turns ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An album recorded under the leadership of drummer Charles Rumback – but a set that might also be the most revelatory work we've ever heard from pianist Jim Baker too! Rumback wrote all the tunes on the set – these open, long-flowing numbers that have a strongly spiritual component – which really comes through in Baker's piano, as he opens up in these cascading note clusters that are filled with more joy, life, and hope than we've ever heard in his music – given fuller strength via the alto solos of Greg Ward, a strongly pointed player who brings the whole thing into focus! James Singleton handles the bass, in a way that's well-attuned to Rumback's energy – and titles include "Dragons In Denver", "Convulsive", "Too Toney", and "Salt Lines/Storybook Skyline". CD

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✨✧ Billy VeraHarlem To Hollywood (hardcover) ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Billy Vera's had a hell of a career in the music business – early years as both a performer and songwriter, then work behind the scenes as a producer and historian, a return to performing in the limelight – and lots of other surprising stops along the way! The book is told from Vera's own perspective – one that really gets at some of the ups and downs of the industry, and some of the darker corners of show business too – and while it's perhaps a bit more pointed and one-sided than some of his liner notes or other writings on music, the whole thing is a very illuminating tome – handled with all of the wit and perspective that Billy's brought to his musical projects over the years. 273 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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✨✧ Barbara BrownGot To Be Somebody – The XL Sessions – 60s Memphis Gold ... LP
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great full length collection of work by Memphis singer Barbara Brown – a vocalist who appeared both as a solo act, and with her sisters – on a variety of singles for labels like Cadet, Atlantic, Tower, and MGM in the late 60s and early 70s! Barbara's got a deep, rich voice that's clearly schooled in gospel, but pointed towards more secular ends – an approach that's very much in keeping with the best late 60s wave of soul from Atlantic Records, and which is carried off here with a sharpness and precision that's simply mindblowing! Why Brown never scored bigger is a real mystery to us, because these tunes come off like the cream of the crop of southern soul at the end of the 60s – not just obscurities for obscurity sake, but some of the highest level of soul a female soul singer could hope for at the time! Titles include "Can't Find No Happiness", "Plenty Of Room", "A Great Big Thing", "Things Have Gone To Pieces", "Man Around The House", "Play Thing", "I'm Gonna Start A War", "I Don't Want To Have To Wait", "It Hurts Me So Much", "Got To Be Somebody", "There's A Look On Your Face", and "If I Can't Run To You I'll Crawl". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Randy JohnstonIn A-Chord ... CD
Muse, 1994. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title's a bit hokey, and the cover is too – but the record's a really great batch of tenor, organ, and guitar lines – served up with guitarist Randy Johnston at the helm, and featuring great contributions from Eric Alexander and Joey DeFrancesco! Drummer Mickey Roker completes the quartet – kicking things along with his classic sound – and Joey's strong ability to handle basslines with the organ gives the record a nice rumbling feel up from the bottom. Alexander's tenor is perhaps a bit less pointed than on other albums of the 90s, but his presence is always a welcome one – and titles include "Minor Mystery", "Sunday In New York", "The Philadelphians", "Wonder Why", and "Blues For The New One". CD

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✨✧ Pop GroupY (3CD definitive edition) ... CD
Radarscope/Mute, 1979. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A seminal punk-funk classic from the end of the 70s – one that's as brilliantly abrasive and brashly fresh today as it was when it was released! The group are working here in equal parts dub, funk, and lots of scratchy guitars and heady bass – with a style that would later be picked up more strongly by On-U in the 80s, but which is executed here with a much clearer vision that's free of any of the cliches that would later overcome the genre. Even the politics are surprisingly pointed – and Paul Stewart's vocalizations of most of the tunes is really dead on the money! Titles include "Thief Of Fire", "Snowgirl", "Blood Money", "We Are Time", "Don't Sell Your Dreams", "Words Disobey Me", and "Don't Call Me Pain". CD2 features lots of bonus tracks – some from an unreleased album – including "She Is Beyond Good & Evil", "Kiss The Book", "Thief Of Fire (bass addict)", "Words Disobey Me (Dennis the Menace mix)", "Don't Sell Your Dreams (a mix)", "3:38", "Boys From Brazil (ridge reels)", and "Blood Money (slow thief)". CD3 is Y Live – an unreleased live set with 9 more tracks! CD

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✨✧ Sudan ArchivesSink ... LP
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
It's impossible to put a label on the sound of Sudan Archives – and while we were already blown away with the mix of future sounds and African inspiration on her debut EP, she's even more mindblowing here on an album that's based around recent experiences in Ghana! If you're expecting to hear familiar sounds of the continent, you'll be disappointed – but if you're ready for this amazing vision of a new global sonic landscape, then you'll really be blown away – as Sudan Archives weaves together the kind of cosmic currents you might expect from Stones Throw with lots of deep beats and basslines of her own creation – peppered occasionally with sounds from the Ghana visit, yet all fused into a new ball of sound that bristles and crackles with creative energy. Titles include "Beautiful Mistake", "Escape", "Pay Attention", "Mind Control", "Nont For Sale", and "Sink". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousDanceable Tabu – Dance & Funk Collection ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Upbeat soul, 80s groove, and plenty of boogie – a massive collection of groovers from the groundbreaking Tabu Records! Tabu got its start in the late 70s disco years, but already pointed the way towards more modern soul styles to come in the next decade – and served up a host of classic cuts for the dancefloor, including key work by individual singers and funky groups, and some early production efforts from the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. This 17 track set is overflowing with gems from Tabu – and titles include "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (edit)" by Cherrelle, "Sweet Delight" by Woods Empire, "Some Kind Of Lover" by Mary Davis, "Changin (single)" by Sharon Ridley, "I'm Still Missing Your Love" by SOS Band, "Fake (edit)" by Alexander O'Neal, "No One Home (single)" by Lalo Schifrin, "We're On Our Way Home (part 1)" by Brainstorm, "Just What I've Been Missing" by James Robinson, and "The Girls" by General Caine. CD

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✨✧ Voices Of East HarlemVoices Of East Harlem ... LP
Just Sunshine/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A masterpiece of sweet group soul! This was the first secular record cut by The Voices Of East Harlem – a group who'd had an earlier gospel-tinged album on Elektra, but who are soaring out here in a brilliant mix of righteous mainstream soul styles – courtesy of the Curtom power team of Rich Tufo, Leroy Hutson, and Curtis Mayfield! The album's an unusual non-Curtom effort by the Hutson and Curtom – who collaborated in producing the record with Tufo, who himself did most of the arrangements with Hutson – in a mode that's wonderfully in the same spirit as Leroy's seminal work for Curtom in the mid 70s. There's a depth here that makes the album one of our favorite-ever soul records from the 70s – brilliant not just for the overall sound, but also for the pointed lyrics and really personal feel of the songs. Lead vocals shift between the different tunes – but are mostly handled by Gerri Griffin and Monica Burress, with warm support by the rest of the group. Titles include "Giving Love", "Cashing In", "Could This Be Love", "New Vibrations", and "Wanted Dead or Alive". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pointer SistersBreak Out ... LP
Planet, 1983. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The album's no breakout for the Pointer Sisters, as the trio were already at the top of the charts when the set was released – but the whole thing does find a great way to keep the grooves coming in the group's lasting relationship with producer Richard Perry! There's plenty of 80s elements here – basslines, beats, and keyboards – moving the group way past some of the club and pop modes of the 70s – and keeping them perfectly poised for long-term crossover fame for years to come! Case in point is the album's long-running hit "Jump (For My Love)", nestled alongside other cuts that include "Automatic", "I'm So Excited", "I Need You", "Neutron Dance", "Easy Persuasion", "Baby Come And Get It", "Telegraph Your Love", and "Operator". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, still in the shrink with hype sticker, including the printed inner sleeve.)

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Pointer SistersWe've Got The Power/Evil ... 12-inch
Groove Line Records (UK), 1980. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $5.99
Two dancefloor stormers from the Pointer Sisters – both presented here on a heavy, half-speed mastered single! "We've Got The Power" is upbeat and soaring – not really a club cut overall, but with a groove that certainly fits the mood – while the trio deliver the kind of hook-heavy vocals that always made them great! "Evil" is a tune with these great jazzy changes – funky, but sophisticated too – almost giving the girls a sort of Labelle setup on the rhythm! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Pointer SistersBlack & White ... LP
RCA, 1981. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A great step into the 80s for The Pointer Sisters – a record that has them bringing in themes that are a bit more soulful than some of their previous efforts! The album's still got all the big crossover potential of their other hits – but the groove's got a solidly soulful vibe overall – plenty catchy, and with some great 80s elements bubbling underneath – more than enough to freshen up their sound, and give the trio great new territory to work through! Titles include the mega-hit "Slow Hand" – plus "Sweet Lover Man", "We're Gonna Make It", "What A Surprise", "Got To Find Love", "Fall In Love Again", "Should I Do It", and "Someday We'll Be Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Pointer SistersSpecial Things ... LP
Sony, 1980. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly pleasing little set from The Pointer Sisters – a lot more soul than pop, and really held together with some solid production and songwriting! Despite the hit cut "He's So Shy", with its over-heard catchy chorus, the rest of the album has the trio moving in a somewhat sophisticated territory – almost taking some cues from The Jones Girls at points, especially on the mellower moments. Sid Sharp handled most of the larger arrangements, which dip, turn, and groove nicely – and most numbers feature one of the sisters stepping into the lead, with support from the others. Titles include "Could I Be Dreamin", "He's So Shy", "The Love Too Good To Last", "Special Things", "Where Did The Time Go", "Evil", and "Save This Night For Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker and some marker.)

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✨✧ Pete La RocaBasra (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of jazz in the 70s, but which was still firmly rooted in the soulful style of the 60s. The album's filled with beautiful flowing waves of sound – and features lead solos by Joe Henderson, strong piano lines by Steve Kuhn, and some great round basswork by Steve Swallow. The feel of the set's somewhere in the vein of Larry Young's work at the time – never too "out", but much more flowing and free than the typical Blue Note. Tracks include "Basra", "Tears Come From Heaven", and "Candu". A fantastic album, with a unique approach! LP, Vinyl record album

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Taj MahalOooh So Good N Blues ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A very rootsy feel overall – much more delta blues styled than some of Taj's other albums of the time – mostly with acoustic guitar behind his vocals, plus some occasional backup support from The Pointer Sisters – although even they manage to hit a rootsier feel than usual too! There's almost a folksy sort of intimacy to the record that we really love – a charming quality that we don't really hear in most of the other albums of this time from Taj Mahal. Titles include "Buck Dancer's Choice", "Dust My Broom", "Little Red Hen", "Railroad Bill", "Oh Mama Don't You Know", and "Teacup's Jazzy Blues Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo ink stamp, light wear, and a tracklist sticker.)

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

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✨✧ Chuck Wayne & Joe PumaInteractions ... CD
Choice, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great interactions here – thanks to magical twin-guitar work from Chuck Wayne and Joe Puma, both players who are incredibly well-matched for the session! Wayne's always had this beautifully mellow tone – and although Puma could sometimes be a bit more pointed on his 50s recordings, he slides in alongside Chuck's style wonderfully here – in a set that has both players really opening up with energy they hadn't had on record for years! The guitar lines are wonderful – very fluid, and wrapping around each other throughout – a magical sort of beauty that spins out on tracks that include "Let's Do It Again", "My Favorite Things", "Little Joe Waltz", "Lester Leaps In", "Baubles Bangles & Beads", and "I'll Get Along". CD

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✨✧ Pete La RocaBasra (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of jazz in the 70s, but which was still firmly rooted in the soulful style of the 60s. The album's filled with beautiful flowing waves of sound – and features lead solos by Joe Henderson, strong piano lines by Steve Kuhn, and some great round basswork by Steve Swallow. The feel of the set's somewhere in the vein of Larry Young's work at the time – never too "out", but much more flowing and free than the typical Blue Note. Tracks include "Basra", "Tears Come From Heaven", and "Candu". A fantastic album, with a unique approach! CD
Also available Basra (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99
 
 
 



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