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Eve (Everaldo Marcial)Canto Aberto ... LP
Free Lance/Kosmos (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
Eve isn't Adam's partner, but instead Brazilian musician Everaldo Marcial – an artist who fled the dictatorship in the 70s for a new home in France – where he recorded this beautiful album in the second half of the 70s! The set's got some of the best hybrid modes of other Brazilian/Parisian projects of the decade – a way of taking all the best qualities of Marcial's vocals and guitar, and allowing them to flow and blossom over work from a group that mixes jazzy work on flute and tenor with Brazilian percussion, berimbau, and cavaquinho! There's a larger sense of arrangement to the music, but the presentation is wonderfully intimate – somewhere in the best territory of artists like Jose Mauro or Arthur Verocai – on titles that icnlude "Canto Aberto", "Sala Dos Espelhos", "Os Ratos", "Nego", "Joana", "Falar Da Vida Alheia", and "Berimbois". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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MenagerieMany Worlds ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
A beautiful set of spiritual jazz from this hip Australian group – a combo who are headed up by guitarist Lance Ferguson, who you'll know from a host of great funk and soul projects over the years – but who shows a much deeper side of his talents with Menagerie! The group has a strong lineup of saxes, trumpet, piano, Fender Rhodes, vibes, and lots of percussion – with vocals on some cuts, but an overall focus on the group's instrumentation – which spins out beautifully on the long tracks on the set! At times, the groove is like the currents of spiritualism that ran through late 60s Blue Note – which is A-OK with us – and titles include "Many Worlds", "Free Thing", "Mountain Song", "Hymn Of The Turning Stone", and "Quantum Blues". CD
Also available Many Worlds ... LP 22.99

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MenagerieMany Worlds ... LP
Freestyle (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $22.99 29.99
A beautiful set of spiritual jazz from this hip Australian group – a combo who are headed up by guitarist Lance Ferguson, who you'll know from a host of great funk and soul projects over the years – but who shows a much deeper side of his talents with Menagerie! The group has a strong lineup of saxes, trumpet, piano, Fender Rhodes, vibes, and lots of percussion – with vocals on some cuts, but an overall focus on the group's instrumentation – which spins out beautifully on the long tracks on the set! At times, the groove is like the currents of spiritualism that ran through late 60s Blue Note – which is A-OK with us – and titles include "Many Worlds", "Free Thing", "Mountain Song", "Hymn Of The Turning Stone", and "Quantum Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Many Worlds ... CD 14.99
 
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Ice TIceberg – Freedom Of Speech – Just Watch What You Say (180 gram red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sire/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1989. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 30.99
Ice T's third album, and a set that still has all the nicely biting style of his early best! The approach here is great – as political as the cover implies, but with a nice sense of wit, too – that quality that already made Ice stand so far apart from others who were getting mired down in their hardass stance – but without also ever sounding too flip about the subject matter. The balance is what soon brought him to Hollywood, but it's always got a lot more edge on record – served up here with superb production and beats from Afrika Islam. Titles include "You Played Yourself", "The Girl Tried To Kill Me", "Freedom Of Speech", "What Ya Wanna Do", "Hit The Deck", "Peel Their Caps Back", "Shut Up Be Happy", "Lethal Weapon", and "The Hunted Child". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition – on heavyweight red translucent vinyl!)

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Francisco Mela with Matthew Shipp & William ParkerMusic Frees Our Souls Vol 1 ... LP
577, 2021. New Copy ... $16.99
Pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker are long-running musical partners that you're likely to know well – and here, they join under the leadership of drummer Francisco Mela, a player who's more than able to keep up pace with the improvising giants! Case in point is the album's first long track, "Light Of Mind" – a number that's awash in the kind of dynamic piano work that Matthew Shipp first hurled at the world in his early years, taken at a clip that also has Parker moving faster than usual – a quality that's balanced out nicely by the following shorter track, "Dark Light" – which has William up a bit more in the mix, and working a sense of spare magic that's wonderful! All three players brew together in a very heady way on the long "Infinite Consciousness", which concludes the record – a performance that has us wondering if the three have more to give us in the near future. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Masayuki Takayanagi & New Direction For The ArtsFree Form Suite ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $19.99 24.00
A really compelling set from this important Japanese group of the 70s – a quartet headed up by guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi – but which features a very complex balance of work from all the individual members! The set initially begins with a traditional vibe, but then seems to step out with each new track – almost encompassing a history of modern jazz in the music, then moving past with its own sense of invention! Masayuki's guitar rings out on the spare "The Blues", which begins – but then moves aside for free flute work from Kenji Mori on a mindblowing take of "You Don't Know What Love Is" – almost handled with a late Dolphy vibe. "Sun In The East" has the ensemble moving boldly together – with double drums and percussion from Joe Mizuki and Hiroshi Yamazaki – and the set concludes with the extended "Free Form Suite" – a tune that definitely lives up to its name! CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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Stan TraceyWisdom In The Wings (Free An One/Seven Ages Of Man) ... CD
Lansdowne/Resteamed (UK), 1969. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 24.99
Two incredible albums from British pianist Stan Tracey – originally part of the Lansdowne series in the UK! Free An One has a cockney sort of title, but a very modern jazz vibe – one that shows just how much Stan Tracey had grown over the course of the 60s – as the vision here is a huge extension past the Monk/Herbie Nichols sound of his early days – with a strong ear for modal elements in the rhythms at times, mixed with surprisingly sensitive moments that balance things out tremendously! The "One" in the title is alto saxophonist Peter King, who's completely on fire on the record – playing with an edge that makes his performance here one of his greatest moments on record – alongside Stan on piano, Dave Green on bass, and Bryan Spring on drums. Titles include "Free An One", "Nudgy Vamp", "The Green Kingspring Of King Springreen", and "Rainbow At The Five Mile Road". Seven Ages Of Man is an incredible large group performance – led by pianist Stan Tracey, who is really coming into his own both as a composer and a larger jazz visionary – maybe even more important to the British modernist ideal of the late 60s as his earlier contributions were in the 50s! Stan's not just a hell of a pianist, but his overall sense of tone, timing, and color here is amazing – as he moves with a larger group that includes Mike Gibbs and Chris Pyne on trombones, Peter King on alto, Tony Coe on clarinet and tenor, Alan Skidmore on tenor, Ronnie Ross on baritone, Derek Watkins and Tony Fisher on trumpets, and Frank Ricotti on vibes – all tremendous players who effortlessly realize Tracey's ideas on the set. All titles are originals, and titles include "Matinee Days", "Overture & Beginners", "Kindly Leave The Stage", "Wisdom In Th Wings", and "Panto Panta". CD

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✨✧ Deniece WilliamsFree – The Columbia/Arc Recordings 1976 to 1988 (8CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 8CD ... $49.99 69.99
An insanely big collection of work from the great Deniece Williams – eleven full albums, plus bonus tracks more – all to sum up a decade in which she was one of the strongest forces going in mainstream soul! Williams got her start as Deniece Chandler on the Chicago scene – where she had a vocal range that rivaled that of Minnie Riperton, which had her initially stepping out here in a mode that's a bit similar on the first album or two in the set – working with sophisticated soul production that really brings out the best in her sound! As things move on, she also showcases the way she can wrap that fantastic voice around a catchy groove and a playful hook – a quality that made Williams one of the surprising crossover soul stars as the 80s moved in, with a big run of hits that are all included here on albums that still represent a well-balanced blend of chart tracks and some deeper full length material. The set features the full albums Niecy, Songbird, When Love Comes Calling, My Melody, a second Niecy album, I'm So Proud, Let's Hear It For The Boy, Hot On The Trail, Water Under The Bridge, and Good As It Gets – plus an album of duets with Johnny Mathis, titled That's What Friends Are For. The final CD is filled with bonus tracks – single mixes, remixes, and more! CD

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Lizz WrightFreedom & Surrender ... CD
Concord, 2015. Used ... $6.99
Lizz Wright just keeps on growing and growing as a singer – past the jazz and soul of her roots, to a space that easily has the singer reaching out to a much greater range of ears, but all while keeping true to her style! There's definitely a jazzy heart at the core of the record – and most instrumentation is from a small combo – but the expression in Wright's vocals moves into very personal territory that's very much her own – feeling, but never overdone – catchy, but never cloying – and set up in a balance that maintains all the class and poise we've always loved in the singer. Highlights include a duet with Gregory Porter on "Right Where You Are", and a nice cover of Nick Drake's "River Man" – and other titles include "Here & Now", "Surrender", "Blessed The Brave", "Freedom", "The Game", "Lean In", "Somewhere Down The Mystic", and "Real Life Painting". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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✨✧ Francisco Mela with Matthew Shipp & William ParkerMusic Frees Our Souls Vol 1 ... CD
577, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker are long-running musical partners that you're likely to know well – and here, they join under the leadership of drummer Francisco Mela, a player who's more than able to keep up pace with the improvising giants! Case in point is the album's first long track, "Light Of Mind" – a number that's awash in the kind of dynamic piano work that Matthew Shipp first hurled at the world in his early years, taken at a clip that also has Parker moving faster than usual – a quality that's balanced out nicely by the following shorter track, "Dark Light" – which has William up a bit more in the mix, and working a sense of spare magic that's wonderful! All three players brew together in a very heady way on the long "Infinite Consciousness", which concludes the record – a performance that has us wondering if the three have more to give us in the near future. CD
Also available Music Frees Our Souls Vol 1 ... LP 16.99

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Fred Anderson QuartetBirdhouse ... CD
Okka Disk, 1996. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
The first new studio recording by tenorist Fred Anderson since 1980 – and a set that shows just how much he'd grown in the intervening years! Here, Fred's newly alive with a younger Chicago group – a great quartet with Jim Baker on piano, Harrison Baker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – all players openly fluid to move with Anderson from swinging passages to freer ones – a beautiful balance of soul and experimentation, captured in a way that maybe links Fred more closely to Von Freeman than any other record in his career – yet which still captures all the AACM vitality in his music too. Titles include "Birdhouse", "Bernice", "Like Sonny", and "Waiting For Me". CD

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Billy BangDistinction Without A Difference (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
Billy Bang has always been one of the most incredible players on his instrument – a jazz violinist who could take the strings into freely creative territory, yet also somehow manage to swing – a balance that nobody ever seemed to manage as well as Bang! And while Billy's work in groups is always wonderful, the strengths of his genius maybe come through even more in a solo setting like this – as Bang uses the violin in ways that are completely unheard of, even in jazz work of the decade before – but also while somehow holding to an inherent core that always makes his music make immediate sense, even to the most casual listener. The album's a true testament to the genius that Bang brought to jazz violin – and why we still love him on the instrument more than anyone else. Titles include "Theme For Masters", "Sometime Later", "Improvisation On Sweet Space", and "Loweski". This great edition comes in a gatefold LP-styled cover – almost like a mini version of the original record released by Hat Hut – with bonus tracks that include "Fiddle In The Floodlight", "Subway Ride With Giuseppi Logan", "Echo Vamp", "Prana", and "A Pebble Is A Small Rock". CD

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Steve Beresford & Han BenninkB + B In Edam ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2000. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
Delightful work from this amazingly creative duo – a pair of freely-improvising musicians, but also one who take things far from the familiar modes of free jazz! Han Bennink is incredible on the drums – able to move with stunning dexterity, but never in a way that's bombastic or egotistic at all – and Steve Beresford used piano and toy electronics in these ways that really show his quick wit and open ear for all sorts of sonic territory! Beresford can make some noisy moments, but never revels in them – as the strength of the performance seems to come from the return to tunefulness – which both players do in ways that balance out their freer flights, and really show us the genius behind their instant compositions. Titles include "Crumbs In Bed", "Hagel Slag", "Billow Your Pillow", and "Teas Not Made". CD

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Paul BleyBlood – Paul Bley In Haarlem (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $24.99
Mindblowing early work from pianist Paul Bley – two side-long tracks that really show the pianist stretching out and expanding his mind – quite far from even his few modern moments on record in years before! The group here is very well-suited to the spirit of the set – Mark Levinson on warmly rounded bass, and Barry Altschul on some freer, bolder drums – balanced with the freer lines on Bley's piano, but at a level that really shows that underlying sensitivity that made Paul so different than so many other avant jazz musicians of his generation. This is especially true on the sublime reading of Bley's "Mister Joy" – a mindblowing journey in music – but it also comes through on "Blood" as well. CD

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Paul BleyTouching (with bonus track) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Prime modern work from the great Paul Bley – a pianist who was really expanding his sound at this time – to a level that would soon make him a legend around the globe! The European date is a great chance to hear Bley really opening things up – playing freely, with an amazing command of the keyboard – faster flurries of notes at times than you might hear on his 70s material, but with an equally sensitive ear for space and sound – all balanced by perfect work from Kent Carter on bass and Barry Altschul on drums! There's an instantly haunting quality to the music – which is all unique original material from Bley's scene – titles that include his own compositions Bley's "Pablo" and "Mazatlan", plus Annette Peacock's "Both" and "Cartoon", and Carla Bley's "Start". CD also features the bonus track "Closer" – another Carla Bley composition. CD
(Part of the "Freedom Paper Sleeve Collection" series!)

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Gary Burton QuartetCountry Roads & Other Places ... LP
RCA, 1969. Sealed ... $24.99
Hardly the kind of country roads you'd find traveled by other musicians – as Gary Burton's sound here is incredibly fresh – still as groundbreaking now as it was back in the 60s! The title might be a reference to Burton's Nashville roots, and the music does have a slightly pastoral vibe – but the overall execution is extremely modern, and filled with the kind of bold tones and sharp turns that always made Burton so wonderful at the start! The group includes Jerry Hahn on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – all very freewheeling, open players – with an equal balance between rhythm and melody. Burton, Swallow, and Hahn composed a good many of the tracks – and titles include "A Singing Song", "Wichita Breakdown", "Country Roads", "The Green Mountains", "True Or False", and "Gone But Forgotten". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing, still sealed! Shrinkwrap is cracked a bit at the opening but still intact.)

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Michael Cosmic/Phill Musra GroupPeace In The World/Creator Spaces (with bonus download) ... LP
Cosmic/Now Again, 1974. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $49.99 55.98
An amazing package – a pair of rare avant jazz albums, presented here together! The first album is Peace In The World – maybe the only album issued under the name of Michael Cosmic – but a set that's part of a key legacy with his brother, reedman Phill Musra! The set has Cosmic in very heady territory – sounds that come from his young tenure in the AACM, his brief time with Cecil Taylor, and his budding reputation on the 70s Boston scene – where the set was recorded, and almost stands as a precursor to the rich legacy of improvisational jazz that would emerge on the New England scene for decades to come! Tracks are long and very free, but have spiritual currents too – and Cosmic is mostly on piano, with Musra on soprano sax and tenor, Leonard Brown on soprano and tenor, John Jamyll Jones on bass, Huseyin Ertunc on drums, and Eric Jackson on percussion. Titles include "We Love You Malcolm X", "Peace In The World", "Sapce On Space", and "Arabia". Next is the related album Creator Spaces, by Phill Musra – recorded at the time when he was part of the very underground Boston avant scene – a world that had a slightly different vibe than music coming from Chicago, Detroit, or New York! The album's got a spiritual avant bent – soulful at the core, with lots of references to outer space as well – and an approach that feels a lot like a classic Saturn Records session by Sun Ra, both in sound and spirit! Musra plays reeds, chimes, and percussion – and the group features some incredible sax work by Michael Cosmic, who also plays a bit of organ, again in a tripped-out, Ra-type way. Huseyin Ertunc plays percussion – very free and loose, in ways that are a great balance to the more angular lines of the reeds – and tracks include "The Creator Is So Far Out", "The Creator Spaces", "Egypt", and "Arabia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 1000!)
Also available Peace In The World/Creator Spaces/The Prayer (3CD set) ... CD 9.99

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Michael Cosmic/Phill Musra Group/World's Experience OrchestraPeace In The World/Creator Spaces/The Prayer (3CD set) ... CD
Cosmic/Now Again, 1974. New Copy 3CD ... $9.99 20.98
An amazing package – a pair of rare avant jazz albums, presented here together! The first album is Peace In The World – maybe the only album issued under the name of Michael Cosmic – but a set that's part of a key legacy with his brother, reedman Phill Musra! The set has Cosmic in very heady territory – sounds that come from his young tenure in the AACM, his brief time with Cecil Taylor, and his budding reputation on the 70s Boston scene – where the set was recorded, and almost stands as a precursor to the rich legacy of improvisational jazz that would emerge on the New England scene for decades to come! Tracks are long and very free, but have spiritual currents too – and Cosmic is mostly on piano, with Musra on soprano sax and tenor, Leonard Brown on soprano and tenor, John Jamyll Jones on bass, Huseyin Ertunc on drums, and Eric Jackson on percussion. Titles include "We Love You Malcolm X", "Peace In The World", "Sapce On Space", and "Arabia". Next is the related album Creator Spaces, by Phill Musra – recorded at the time when he was part of the very underground Boston avant scene – a world that had a slightly different vibe than music coming from Chicago, Detroit, or New York! The album's got a spiritual avant bent – soulful at the core, with lots of references to outer space as well – and an approach that feels a lot like a classic Saturn Records session by Sun Ra, both in sound and spirit! Musra plays reeds, chimes, and percussion – and the group features some incredible sax work by Michael Cosmic, who also plays a bit of organ, again in a tripped-out, Ra-type way. Huseyin Ertunc plays percussion – very free and loose, in ways that are a great balance to the more angular lines of the reeds – and tracks include "The Creator Is So Far Out", "The Creator Spaces", "Egypt", and "Arabia". Also features unreleased tracks "The Creator Is So Far Out (unreleased version)" and "Phyllis". Added to the set is a really special bonus third CD – an unreleased long live performance of "The Prayer" by Worlds Experience Orchestra – a group from the same scene at the time – with Shaddu Jones on piano, Stan Strickland on tenor and soprano, Frank Peterson on alto, John Jamyll Jones on bass, Robert Ruff on cello, Larry Lerner on drums, and John Klein on amplified violin. CD
Also available Peace In The World/Creator Spaces (with bonus download) ... LP 49.99

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Buddy DeFrancoBuddy DeFranco Plays Artie Shaw ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $9.99
Buddy DeFranco plays tunes associated with Artie Shaw – but in a completely different way than before – with a wider-open swing for the 50s! The work here is all small combo, not big band – and there's a free-flowing groove that's totally great – a sound that carries echoes of the earlier years, but which comes across with that modern inflection to swing that made Buddy's years at Verve so great. Few players could come up with a balance of modes as great as this – and DeFranco's clarinet is caught alongside trumpet from Ray Linn, guitar from Barney Kessel, and piano and harpsichord from Jimmy Rowles! CD
(Out of print.)

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FlockFlock ... LP
Columbia, 1969. Sealed ... $23.99
Far-reaching sounds from The Flock – a group who were maybe one of the best American acts at the end of the 60s to blend trippy rock with the big new wave of jazz fusion! These guys definitely use horns in a way that link them to the chunky groove of early work by Chicago or Blood Sweat & Tears – but they're also clearly going for a more long-haired vibe, too – especially when they open up on some acoustic stringed instrumentation – such as 12-string guitar or violin, both of which are handled by Jerry Goodman in a really great way! These instruments really shape some of the sound of the set – especially the violin when it's used in these freewheeling passages that might give Jean-Luc Ponty a run for his money – but there's also a core, tight soulful sound that balances things out nicely – as does some of the heavy drums and fuzzy guitar! Titles include "Clown", "I Am The Tall Tree", "Store Bought Store Thought", and "Truth" – plus a very cool funky cover of The Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing! Cover has a small cutout mark.)

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FlockTruth – The Columbia Recordings 1969/1970 (Flock/Dinosaur Swamps/bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Esoteric (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A pair of albums by The Flock – with bonus tracks too! First up is the group's self-titled debut – far-reaching sounds from The Flock – a group who were maybe one of the best American acts at the end of the 60s to blend trippy rock with the big new wave of jazz fusion! These guys definitely use horns in a way that link them to the chunky groove of early work by Chicago or Blood Sweat & Tears – but they're also clearly going for a more long-haired vibe, too – especially when they open up on some acoustic stringed instrumentation – such as 12-string guitar or violin, both of which are handled by Jerry Goodman in a really great way! These instruments really shape some of the sound of the set – especially the violin when it's used in these freewheeling passages that might give Jean-Luc Ponty a run for his money – but there's also a core, tight soulful sound that balances things out nicely – as does some of the heavy drums and fuzzy guitar! Titles include "Clown", "I Am The Tall Tree", "Store Bought Store Thought", and "Truth" – plus a very cool funky cover of The Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting". Dinosaur Swamps has a slightly different sound than previously from The Flock – a set that brings in some sweet Hammond organ to the group's mix of jazzy horns and freewheeling guitar and violin – all in a way that even makes the whole thing better than before! The organ is never too jamming, but used at times to give the music a subtle majesty – and at other times to maybe percolate a bit more soul – while the previous instrumentation on guitar, violin, trumpet, and saxes is only even better than before – really setting these guys apart with one of the most unique visions in American jazz rock – especially when they maybe hit a few other musical roots too. Titles include "Green Slice", "Big Bird", "Hornschmeyer's Island", "Crabfoot", "Mermaid", and "Uranian Sircus". 2CD set features lots of bonus tracks – including "Afrika", "Just Do It", "Clown (part 1 & 2)", "What Would You Do If The Sun Died", "Lollipops & Rainbows", "Chanja", and "Atlantians Truckin Home". CD

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Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2014. Near Mint- 2LP ... $24.99
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight shooting, street lingo slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats. Gibbs is sharply on point throughout here, and if it seems like an oddball pairing at first glance, rest assured, these guys work GREAT together. Guests include Danny Brown – who drops some top shelf wordplay of his own on "High" – plus the Wu legend Raekwon on "Bomb", Domo Genius & Earl Sweatshirt on "Robes", Domo Genius, G-Whiz, Mac Miller and more on the title cut, and more. Other titles include "Supplier", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real" and "Uno". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Pinata ... LP 25.99

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Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99 30.99
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight shooting, street lingo slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats. Gibbs is sharply on point throughout here, and if it seems like an oddball pairing at first glance, rest assured, these guys work GREAT together. Guests include Danny Brown – who drops some top shelf wordplay of his own on "High" – plus the Wu legend Raekwon on "Bomb", Domo Genius & Earl Sweatshirt on "Robes", Domo Genius, G-Whiz, Mac Miller and more on the title cut, and more. Other titles include "Supplier", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real" and "Uno". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Pinata ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ GenesisTrick Of The Tail ... LP
Atco, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
Life after Peter Gabriel – with Phil Collins doing a surprisingly great job on vocals – free from all the tripe of later years! The group are still very much in the mode of their early prog years, but balance things out with a few catchier tunes – a mode that's a bit like the Selling England By The Pound album, sans Gabriel. Collins is learning how to express himself soulfully, but not in a commercial way – and the few off moments are more than balanced with some wonderfully tight instrumental work – on tracks that include "Dance On A Volcano", "Robbery Assault & Battery", "Ripples", "Trick Of The Tail", and "Mad Man Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Atco pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a bit of fading at the edges.)
Also available Trick Of The Tail (180 gram Easter yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP 21.99

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GenesisTrick Of The Tail (180 gram Easter yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atco, 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99 23.99
Life after Peter Gabriel – with Phil Collins doing a surprisingly great job on vocals – free from all the tripe of later years! The group are still very much in the mode of their early prog years, but balance things out with a few catchier tunes – a mode that's a bit like the Selling England By The Pound album, sans Gabriel. Collins is learning how to express himself soulfully, but not in a commercial way – and the few off moments are more than balanced with some wonderfully tight instrumental work – on tracks that include "Dance On A Volcano", "Robbery Assault & Battery", "Ripples", "Trick Of The Tail", and "Mad Man Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rhino Start Your Ear Off Right pressing. Limited edition!)
Also available Trick Of The Tail ... LP 19.99

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Margo GuryanTake A Picture (mono edition) ... LP
Bell/Sundazed, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
An overlooked 60s pop gem from Margo Guryan – probably best known as the writer of the "Sunday Morning" hit for Spanky & Our Gang, but an equally great singer on her own! Margo's got a style that's towards the hipper side of girl pop in the late 60s – but one that's also free from singer/songwriter modes too – an approach that's never too serious, yet which often has a nice undercurrent of darkness in the mix. Production is somewhat poppy, but not in a commercial way – and we might well say that Guryan's work here has that same great balance of elements we love in the Mercury recordings by Spanky & Our Gang. John Hill produced, and also handled most of the arrangements – and many tunes here are Guryan originals, with titles that include "Sunday Morning", "Sun", "Love Songs", "Thoughts", "Take A Picture", "Think Of Rain", "Can You Tell", and "Someone I Know". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Herbie HancockEmpyrean Isles ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A lyrical masterpiece from the young Herbie Hancock – and a record that's really special for so many different reasons! First, the songs are really long and open – even more so than some of Hancock's other work – with a quality that's balanced between his soul jazz roots, and some of the freer ideas he was exploring with key counterparts of the time! Next, the group features a quartet with Freddie Hubbard on cornet – an instrument he didn't play that often, but which creates a really special sound here – one that's cool and compressed, but still has a sharp bite, too – especially over the inventive rhythms laid down by Ron Carter on bass and Anthony Williams on drums. All players are capable of going out – and have strong "new thing" cred by this point – but they keep it inside all the way through, but with a balanced sense of darkness that's really beautiful. The album features Hancock's classic (and oft-sampled) version of "Cantaloupe Island" – plus "One Finger Snap", "Olioqui Valley", and "The Egg". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing. Includes obi. Cover has light wear.)

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Julius Hemphill (Mbari)Dogon AD (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1972/1977. New Copy ... $24.99
A seminal session from the St Louis scene of the early 70s – one that was humming nearly as much as Chicago was with the AACM at the time! As with the larger organization in the Windy City, St Louis had the Black Artists Group – of which Julius Hemphill was a key member, forming fresh new ideas in improvisatory jazz with players who went onto have an undeniable impact on the global scene as well. This album's one of the standout recordings of the Black Artists era at its best – a record produced by Hemphill, but equally balanced between his own alto and flute, the trumpet of Baikida Carroll, cello of Abdul Wadud, and drums of Phillip Wilson – plus a bit of added baritone from Haimet Bluiett. The rhythms are quite open, but there's also a nice sense of structure to the record too – a bridge between spiritual and free jazz that prefaces the impact that both Hemphill and Bluiett would have on the New York loft jazz generation. Titles include "Dogon AD", "Rites", and "The Painter". CD

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Terumasa HinoHino's Journey To Air ... LP
Love/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 35.99
Trumpeter Terumasa Hino at a level that's quite different than most of his early work in Japan – recording in New York, and using a very spiritual approach – one that's clearly influenced by some of the other players in the session! The album features one long track – a bit improvised, and almost free at times – but also given a strong sense of direction, too – that balance between completely unbridled expression and structure that can make some of the best spiritual jazz sessions so great! Hino's on trumpet, and also plays some flugelhorn – and other players include Steve Grossman on tenor and flute, Pete Yellin on alto and flute, Dave Liebman on alto and tenor, Olu Dara on trumpet, Bob Moses on drums, Dave Holland on bass, and Mike Garson on piano and Fender Rhodes. LP, Vinyl record album
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Ferg Ireland TrioFerg Ireland Trio Vol 1 ... LP
Monde Green (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99
A really freewheeling trio from the UK – not Ireland, as you might expect from the leader's name – the great bassist Ferg Ireland, who works real magic here at the head of a group that also features Nathaniel Facey on alto and James Madden on drums! At first glance, you might think of the set as being in the territory of the Sonny Rollins trio experiments at the end of the 50s – but the group here often puts rhythm first, with Ferg very much in the lead on bass at many points – on these tracks that have all these angular qualities, but always in a forward-moving way – one that unlocks even more great angles and edges in the alto sax lines. Titles include the long tracks "Confession" and "Stay Broke". LP, Vinyl record album
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Ferg Ireland TrioFerg Ireland Trio Vol 2 ... LP
Monde Green (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99
A really freewheeling trio from the UK – not Ireland, as you might expect from the leader's name – the great bassist Ferg Ireland, who works real magic here at the head of a group that also features Nathaniel Facey on alto and James Madden on drums! At first glance, you might think of the set as being in the territory of the Sonny Rollins trio experiments at the end of the 50s – but the group here often puts rhythm first, with Ferg very much in the lead on bass at many points – on these tracks that have all these angular qualities, but always in a forward-moving way – one that unlocks even more great angles and edges in the alto sax lines. Titles include "Lips", "When You Know", "Mel's Mood", and "Ludwick Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ferg Ireland TrioFerg Ireland Trio Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Monde Green (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $14.99
A really freewheeling trio from the UK – not Ireland, as you might expect from the leader's name – the great bassist Ferg Ireland, who works real magic here at the head of a group that also features Nathaniel Facey on alto and James Madden on drums! At first glance, you might think of the set as being in the territory of the Sonny Rollins trio experiments at the end of the 50s – but the group here often puts rhythm first, with Ferg very much in the lead on bass at many points – on these tracks that have all these angular qualities, but always in a forward-moving way – one that unlocks even more great angles and edges in the alto sax lines. Titles include "Lips", "When You Know", "Mel's Mood", "Ludwick Blues", "Confession", "Stay Broke", and "Fruit Fly". CD
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Hank JonesTalented Touch ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's an early showcase for the piano of Hank Jones – a talented touch that's already able to rise above most of his contemporaries! The date's a trio outing, and Jones is allowed a bit more freedom than the usual jazz musician on Capitol at the time – with backing from Milt Hinton on bass and Osie Johnson on drums – both players who really match Hank's mixture of lyricism and soul! There's a really careful balance on the record that already hints at Jones' long years in jazz to come – and titles include "The Blue Room", "If I Love Again", "Let Me Know", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "It's Easy To Remember". CD

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King FloydKing Floyd ... LP
Cotillion, 1971. Very Good ... $19.99
One of the best-remembered moments from the mighty King Floyd – a southern soul singer who came into the game slightly later than some of his Atlantic Records contemporaries, but who still packs a punch that's right up there with the best of them! The album's best known for the huge hit "Groove Me" – a slinky, catchy tune that's gotten King plenty of play over the years – but the whole thing is pretty darn great, and shows a new sound and style of southern soul coming into play – as Floyd's working in Jackson, at the Malaco Studios, with Wardell Quezergue producing – in a sound that's a bit free of some of the more obvious Memphis and Muscle Shoals modes, yet without any of the cliches that would later hold some folks back too. King balances things perfectly throughout – and in addition to "Groove Me", the set also features "Let Us Be", "Messing Up My Mind", "What Our Love Needs", and "Don't Leave Me Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album

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Steve LacyStamps (with bonus track) ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy 2CDs ... $15.99
A massive double-length set from saxophonist Steve Lacy – and maybe one of the strongest 70s statements from his legendary European quintet! The album features two different live performances – each of which open up in the brilliant freedoms allowed by the European scene since the end of the 60s, but restructured by Lacy in that fantastic energy he shared with Steve Potts on alto, Irene Aebi on cello and voice, Kent Carter on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums. The group display a masterful balance between united energy and individual expression – and the synchronicity between Lacy and Potts is especially striking. Titles include "Stamps", "Wickets", "The Dumps", "The Blinks", "Duckles", "Ire", and "Existence". Also features the bonus track "Follies". CD

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Joelle LeandreBeauty/Resistance (3CD set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy 3CD ... $39.99 65.99
Bassist Joelle Leandre is always a warmly collaborative player – an artist whose own sound is tremendous, but also seems to bring out the best in her collaborators – which is definitely the case in this series of live material recorded at the Krakow Jazz Festival in Poland! CD1 features Leandre in a quartet – working alongside Zibniew Kozera on bass, Mateusz Rybicki on clarinet, and Zlatko Kaucic on drums – both of the bassists creating this wonderful bottom sound, resonating together and breaking apart – while the clarinet gets a chance to go on all these free flights of sonic exploration! CD2 features Leandre duetting with drummer Zlatko Kacic – in ways that are completely different from the pair's sound in the quartet – often balanced beautifully between tentative spaciousness that allows all these unusual sounds to slip forth and find a unique sort of resonance. CD3 features work from Rafal Mazur on acoustic bass guitar – an instrument that's a great choice to accompany Leandre, and helps her further express herself in those unusual but warm tones that make her work on the bass so unique compared to other improvisers of her generation. CD

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✨✧ Jan Maksimowicz/Dmitrij GolovanovThousand Seconds Of Our Life ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The album's got a very poetic title, and a wonderfully poetic sound as well – music that adds up to way more than the 1000 seconds promised on the front, served up in beautiful duets between Jan Maksimowicz on soprano sax and Dimitrij Golovanov on piano! Some tunes are quite short, others run for a few minutes – and there's a great sense of variety throughout – sometimes quite free, sometimes more lyrical – often with a nice sense of space around the edges, and a balance of modernism and sentiment, a bit like ECM at its best. Titles include "210 Seconds", "302 Seconds", "170 seconds", "72 Seconds", and "228 Seconds". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nick Mazzarella TrioUltraviolet ... CD
International Anthem, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
The strongest album to date from Chicago saxophonist Nick Mazzarella – a trio set that has the leader's alto blazing out in brilliantly soulful spirit, alongside robust bass from Anton Hatwich and magical drums from Frank Rosaly! The group have a cohesion that we might not have expected from the players a handful of years before – a sense of unity that's extremely dramatic, and which grabs our ears right from the start of the record – insisting that we listen with rapt attention, almost as if they're announcing the set as a new classic in jazz. All compositions are by Mazzarella, and although there's a lot of freedom in the playing, there's also an adhesion to his musical vision too – that wonderful balance of structure and openness that can really separate a record like this from the rest of the pack. Titles include "Neutron Star", "Luminous Dials", "Ultraviolet", "Fossil", and "Outlier". CD

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John McLaughlinWhere Fortune Smiles (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Dawn/Tiger Bay (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $24.99 25.99
A groundbreaking early album from guitarist John McLaughlin – a set that's a bit different than his more famous work of the mid 70s – with maybe a more avant approach, and a lot more bite as well! The set's really an equal collaboration, rather than just a McLaughlin session – although it's become known as such, since the guitarist is the most famous musician – amongst a fantastic lineup that includes John Surman on reeds, Karl Berger on vibes, Dave Holland on bass, and Stu Martin on drums – all working in a freewheeling mode that's a lot like some of Surman's Trio records on the Dawn label from the same time! Surman is especially great here – adding in soulful currents at some spots, freer lines at others – and it's great to hear the tones of McLaughlin's guitar balanced against Berger's vibes. Titles include "Glancing Backwards", "Earth Bound Hearts", and "Where Fortune Smiles". LP, Vinyl record album

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Misha Mengelberg/Piet Noordijk with Ted CursonJourney – Live In Amsterdam 1966 ... CD
MCN (Netherlands), 1966. New Copy ... $19.99 29.99
An amazing slice of rare work from pianist Misha Mengelberg – caught her early in his career, but already an important modern jazz force on the European scene! The set's a live one – featuring a very sharp-edged combo with Misha on piano, Piet Noordjik on alto, Rob Lengereis on bass, and Han Bennink on drums – plus guest trumpet from Ted Curson on two long tracks! As you can imagine, we love the Curson material – and Ted always seems to sparkle in a fresh setting like this, drawing new energy from less familiar players – and stretching things out to the height of his free-thinking talents of the time. But Noordjik is wonderful, too – really hanging nicely in a balance between soulful and modern with his horn, and easily matched by Mengelberg's piano – really great to hear in a more structured setting than his later, freer records. Titles include "Driekusman Total Loss", "The Leopard", "Sugar N Spice", "Journey", and "Peer's Counting Song". CD

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Aruan Ortiz with Andrew CyrilleInside Rhythmic Falls ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. Used ... $9.99
The legendary drum work of Andrew Cyrille has a fantastically fresh setting here – matched with the piano of Aruan Ortiz and the percussion of Mauircio Herra – both of whom add some spoken bits to the performance! Cyrille's brilliance hasn't dimmed at all over the years – and he's still one of the best folks to be able to roam freely all over the drum kit, while never losing his way – really amazing us with his sense of freedom, but in the way that freedom all makes sense – a great balance to some of the bolder moments that Ortiz brings to his piano, and filled in with work on changui bongoes, cata, marimbula, and cowbells by Herra. CD

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PattoGive It All Away – The Albums 1970 to 1973 (Patto/Hold Your Fire/Roll Em Smoke Em/Monkey's Bum) (4CD set) ... CD
Vertigo/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $36.99 50.99
Four full albums from Patto – presented here in a complete box set! First up is the self-titled Patto – the debut album from a group who were never huge at the time, but who've gone onto become one of the best-remembered acts from the Vertigo Records scene – thanks to the sound of this amazing debut! The record is extremely hard to peg – it's definitely got some jazz inspiration in the way the songs are put together – especially since group member Ollie Halsall uses some great vibes – but the whole thing's hardly a jazz rock set at all – as the tunes are maybe more open at times, or a bit gritty at others – always topped by the unique vocals of Mike Patto. The record is both freewheeling and down to earth at the same time – a hard thing to pull off – and titles include "The Man", "Hold Me Back", "Time To Die", "Red Glow", and "Government Man". Hold Your Fire is a really great second set from Patto – a record that maybe tips the balance more strongly towards guitar sounds than the previous, but one that still preserves all their really unique sense of arrangements and songwriting! Vocalist Mike Patto is kind of a lost legend from early 70s rock – a singer who might have given some of the bigger Brit names a run for their money, had he ever gotten a chance to really shine in the spotlight. But it's also that suppressed fame that makes his presence on this record so great – a completely unselfconscious approach that fits in both with the grittier numbers and some of the more open, chromatic tunes. Titles include "Hold Your Fire", "Give It All Away", "See You At The Dance Tonight", and "How's Your Father". Next is Roll Em Smoke Em – maybe the funkiest record ever cut by Mike Patto and crew – a set that's got a nicely loose, unbridled feel – and plenty of funky drums and percussion from John Halsey! The group have really hit their prime here – so much so, they almost don't need any larger concepts or ideas to guide them – and are just comfortable to get together and work out some nicely rough-edged ideas – with Patto himself sounding maybe a bit more blue-eyed soulful/rocker, and Ollie Halsell kicking up his guitar with a lot more fuzz. Titles include "Flat Footed Woman", "Singing The Blues On Reds", "Loud Green Song", "Turn Turtle", and "Peter Abraham". Last up is Monkey's Bum – material that was intended to become the fourth album from Patto – an excellent UK group who never fully got their due! Patto have a great sound that's kind of like higher progressive rock ideas taken down into bluesier territory – with an earthiness that maybe a few key contemporaries got right – maybe Traffic or Procol Harum – and, like both of those groups, one that was capable of really hitting things right on the nose with a special sound that was all their own. Mike Patto only got better as a singer as the years went on, bringing more soulful phrasing into his lyrics – which is also echoed by some of the keyboard and rhythm work here, but never in a way that's too slavishly blues-rock or white boy soul, and certainly with the right sort of complexity to warrant the group's attention by Island in the early 70s. Titles include "Hedyob", "My Days Are Numbered", "Sugar Cube 1967", "I Need You", "Good Friend", and "Get Up & Dig It" – plus a great cover of "Last Night I Had A Dream". CD set features the bonus tracks "Beat The Drum", "Bad News", and "Hanging Rope". CD

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Bill Perkins & Richie KamucaTenors Head On ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021
A killer date from two of the hippest tenors of the west coast scene in the 50s – Bill Perkins and Richie Kamuca – both musicians who worked in the cool school, but could also come across with plenty of soul! The album's got both tenors working head on – hitting counterpoint modes at times, but also opening up more freely at others – showing the balance between composition, arrangement, and improvisation that made the scene so great at the time – yet executed with a bit more depth of feeling, as we'd expect from Perkins and Kaumca. Rhythm is from the trio of Pete Jolly on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Stan Levey on drums – and titles include "Spain", "Pick A Dilly", "Oh Look At Me Now", "Don't Be That Way", and "Blues For Two". CD

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Howard RileyFlight ... LP
Turtle/Eargong (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99
A complete classic from British pianist Howard Riley – exactly the sort of record that made him as important a new voice on the piano as Cecil Taylor in the US or Alexander Schlippenbach and Martial Solal on the European scene! The set's got the free, fiery vibe of some of Taylor's best work – but with even more inventive sounds from the whole trio – which also includes Barry Guy on bass and Tony Oxley on drums and amplified percussion – a tremendous lineup that's equally matched, and brilliant throughout! Riley is as wonderful as on his solo sessions – but he's almost even more incredible here for the way he balances things between all the players, and gives both Oxley and Guy some key space to make themselves known. Titles include "Cirrus", "Motion", "Flight", "For Lesley/For Sue", and "Forgotten Game". LP, Vinyl record album

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Archie SheppComplete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint/Soul Note (Sea Of Faces/Down Home New York/Little Red Moon/California Meeting) (4CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1975/1984/1985. New Copy 4CD ... $32.99 41.98
A relatively small slice of the long and storied career of tenorist Archie Shepp – but a great one too, and a set of records that marks some of Shepp's more spiritual modes at the time! The package might well be worth it alone for the classic Sea Of Faces – a great little set from Archie Shepp – one of his strongest of the 70s, and a real return to the kind of spiritual jamming he was doing at the end of his time with Impulse Records! The album's well-known for it's great track "Song For Mozambique" – a spare and righteous number that features Bunny Fox singing in a sweet spiritual mode, while Charles Greenlee and Shepp recite chants over the jamming grooves of the band. Fox also sings on the mellow and soulful "I Know Bout The Life", and the Shepp group picks up a straight but hard mode on Cal Massey's great track "Lookin For Someone To Love". The extended jammer "Hipnosis" takes up all of side one – and it's a great little groover that builds nicely with a comping rhythm, yet which gives the band some nice room to solo in an exploratory fashion. Down Home New York is an overlooked killer from Archie Shepp – a set that almost recalls some of the spiritual moments of his later Impulse work, and which definitely has him moving past some of the straighter sounds of this period in his career! Things are never too outside or free, but there's a balance with straightness that's really great – so that when the rhythms are gentle, Archie might really take off in an edgey solo – or when the grooves have more force, he might hang inside with a soulful core energy, holding the whole group together. There's some great use of electric bass on the date – played by Saheb Sarbib – and other players include Charles McGhee on trumpet, Ken Warner on piano, and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums. Players vocalize a bit at times – in an older Shepp way – and titles include "Down Home New York", "May 16th", "Down Home New York", "Straight Street", and "The 4th World". Little Red Moon features some nicely spiritual currents too – with a group that includes Enrico Rava on trumpet – on titles that include "Naima", "Impromptu", "Whisper Not", and "Little Red Moon". California Meeting is a live set from the west coast – featuring some very long tracks with George Cables on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Eddie Marshall on drums – plus bluesman Royal Blue on one track too. All four albums come in a box, in tiny recor-style sleeves! 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 ... $13.99 29.98
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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Horace TapscottFlight 17 (180 gram pressing ... LP
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1978. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $34.99 44.99
One of the most ambitious albums ever from pianist Horace Tapscott – a double-length set that has him working with a large lineup of underground musicians from the 70s Los Angeles scene – all united in spirit and power as the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra! Tapscott's piano directs the group strongly – as an extension of the vision that he brought to the late 60s Sonny's Dream album by Sonny Criss – but the music is freer, more spiritual, and often graced with bursts of ensemble energy, balanced by some really tremendous solos from other musicians too! The lineup includes some other key members of the Nimbus Records collective – including Jesse Sharps on saxes and flute, Linda Hill on piano, Adele Sebastian on flute, and Roberto Miranda on bass – and other players include James Andrews and Sabia Matteen on tenor, Archie Johnson and Lester Robertson on trombone, Billy Harris on soprano, Herbert Callies on alto clarinet, and Michael Session on alto. Titles include "Flight 17", "Breeze", "Horacio", "Clarice", and "Maui". LP, Vinyl record album

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Horace TapscottLive At Lobero Vol 1 (plus bonus track) ... CD
Nimbus, 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
Really beautiful work from pianist Horace Tapscott – working here in a mode that crosses some of the freer inclinations of his solo sessions for the Nimbus label with some of the deeper spiritual currents of his large group recordings of the time! The group's just a trio – with Sonship on percussion and the mighty Roberto Miranda on bass – the last of whom does a really fantastic job of setting the tone, with this round, rich sound that really holds things together – even when Horace is getting a bit free on his solos! All tracks are nice and long, and thanks to Miranda, there's a nice sort of modal energy on the set – a balance between structure and freedom that's really wonderful, and which gets at the core of Tapscott's best achievements on record. The album features a great 21 minute reading of Tapscott's perennial favorite "The Dark Tree" – done with a great throbbing bassline – plus the tracks "Raisha's New Hip Dance" and "Sketches Of Drunken Mary". CD also features the bonus track "Inception" – a full 29 minutes worth of extra music! CD

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Horace Tapscott/Pan Afrikan Peoples ArkestraFlight 17 ... CD
Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the most ambitious albums ever from pianist Horace Tapscott – a double-length set that has him working with a large lineup of underground musicians from the 70s Los Angeles scene – all united in spirit and power as the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra! Tapscott's piano directs the group strongly – as an extension of the vision that he brought to the late 60s Sonny's Dream album by Sonny Criss – but the music is freer, more spiritual, and often graced with bursts of ensemble energy, balanced by some really tremendous solos from other musicians too! The lineup includes some other key members of the Nimbus Records collective – including Jesse Sharps on saxes and flute, Linda Hill on piano, Adele Sebastian on flute, and Roberto Miranda on bass – and other players include James Andrews and Sabia Matteen on tenor, Archie Johnson and Lester Robertson on trombone, Billy Harris on soprano, Herbert Callies on alto clarinet, and Michael Session on alto. Titles include "Flight 17", "Breeze", "Horacio", "Clarice", and "Maui". CD

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Jym YoungPuzzle Box (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $24.99
An amazing record – and sometimes sadly overlooked – one of the few avant jazz sessions from the 60s San Francisco scene, and a hell of an album throughout! Pianist Jym Young plays with a brilliant style that's almost a bridge between earlier modern eras and the changes on the New York scene in the mid 60s – not "new thing", not ESP – but this balance of some modal elements and some free impulses – served up in a group that also features Bennett Friedman on tenor, Harley White on bass, and Jim Messinger on drums and "Indian snake charmer"! Young also plays a bit of kalimba, and tracks are quite long – with titles that include "Lament", "Puzzle Box", and "Skippin In The Rain". CD

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VariousSpiritual Jazz – Esoteric, Modal, & Deep Jazz From The Underground 1968 to 1977 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jazzman/Now Again, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
The Jazzman label hits a whole new level of brilliance – as they turn their funk-trained crate digging skills to the world of spiritual jazz! The collection's an amazing batch of ultra-rare tunes – tracks that take inspiration from the John Coltrane/Archie Shepp work on Impulse Records in the 60s, then run with those roots in bold new directions – soaring, spiritual aims in jazz that reach for new freedoms, but never lapse into the totally-outside modes of free jazz! Instead, there's a really great balance here between structure and struggle – as many tunes often have a good rhythmic pulse, usually modal and soulful, then let the horn solos stretch out more in their own sounds and directions. The mix is amazing, as is the selection of tunes – rare numbers pulled mostly from American independent jazz releases of the 60s and 70s – most of which are as obscure as the funky 45s we normally get from Jazzman. As with the label's US funk compilations, there's full notes on all the music – a heck of a lot of detail on these artists – and tracks on the set include "Paul's Ark" by Morris Wilson Beau Bailey Quintet, "Ayo Ayo Nene" by Mor Thiam, "Nomusa" by Ndikho Xaba & The Natives, "The Afrikan In Winter" by The Positive Force, "Neveen" by Salah Ragab, "Ja Mil" by Hastings Street Jazz Experience, "Be There" by Leon Gardner, "Psych City" by Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble, "Introduction" by James Tatum Trio Plus, and "No Jive" by Frank Derrick Total Experience. US pressing has 2 bonus tracks – "All Prasies To Allah (parts 1 & 2 edit)" by Lightmen Plus One, and "Bada Que Bash" by PE Hewitt Jazz Ensemble. CD

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✨✧ Marilyn Crispell/Fred Anderson/Hamid DrakeDestiny ... CD
Okka Disk, 1995. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hell of a set from the comeback years of tenorist Fred Anderson on record – a date that has Fred on tenor with familiar drummer Hamid Drake – joining pianist Marilyn Crispell during a special live performance on a visit to Chicago! The set's very much in the Crispell mode – produced and presented in a manner that's more like some of her records than Fred's – and the freewheeling piano work of the legend really seems to push Anderson on to even bolder moments than some of his other records from the time, but always balanced with the kind of sensitivity that makes him so great, easily echoed by Drake's work on percussion – and balanced out with that sense of space that has always kept us interested in Crispell's music over the decades. The album features six numbered pieces, each titled "Destiny". CD

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✨✧ Herbie HancockEmpyrean Isles (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lyrical masterpiece from the young Herbie Hancock – and a record that's really special for so many different reasons! First, the songs are really long and open – even more so than some of Hancock's other work – with a quality that's balanced between his soul jazz roots, and some of the freer ideas he was exploring with key counterparts of the time! Next, the group features a quartet with Freddie Hubbard on cornet – an instrument he didn't play that often, but which creates a really special sound here – one that's cool and compressed, but still has a sharp bite, too – especially over the inventive rhythms laid down by Ron Carter on bass and Anthony Williams on drums. All players are capable of going out – and have strong "new thing" cred by this point – but they keep it inside all the way through, but with a balanced sense of darkness that's really beautiful. The album features Hancock's classic (and oft-sampled) version of "Cantaloupe Island" – plus "One Finger Snap", "Olioqui Valley", and "The Egg". Also includes 2 CD bonus cuts! CD

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✨✧ Julie LondonOur Fair Lady (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet, sophisticated musings from Julie London – a set that has her taking on some of the coolest tunes from the first half of the 60s – including a fair bit of soundtrack themes too! Backings are by Richard Wess and Ernie Freeman, who each have their own distinct flavor – and help give the record a nice sort of balance between mellow and upbeat. There's loads of groovy tunes on the set – and London does a wonderful job with "Theme From A Summer Place", "More", "Never On Sunday", "An Affair To Remember", "Boy On A Dolphin", "The Second Time Around", "Charade", and "Wives & Lovers". CD

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✨✧ James Blood UlmerRevealing ... CD
In & Out (Germany), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very unusual slice of work from guitarist James Blood Ulmer – material originally recorded in the late 70s in New York, but not issued until more than a decade later – making for a real revelation of Ulmer's early years as a leader! The tracks are all long and open, but have a different sound than some of James' better known records from a few years later – grooves that definitely show Ulmer's freewheeling approach to the guitar, but in ways that aren't trying as hard to enforce his identity, showing some surprising strong links to other jazz guitar modes! The balance is a bit hard to describe in words, but it's there – and the record's a great one if you only think of James as a guitarist capable of noisy or arty moments. The other players really help the feel of the record – and include George Adams on reeds, Cecil McBee on bass, and Doug Hammond on drums. Titles include "Revealing", "Raw Groove", "Overtime", and "Love Nest". CD
(Booklet has some age spots.)

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✨✧ Jym YoungPuzzle Box (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Freedom/Trio (Japan), 1966. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing record – and sometimes sadly overlooked – one of the few avant jazz sessions from the 60s San Francisco scene, and a hell of an album throughout! Pianist Jym Young plays with a brilliant style that's almost a bridge between earlier modern eras and the changes on the New York scene in the mid 60s – not "new thing", not ESP – but this balance of some modal elements and some free impulses – served up in a group that also features Bennett Friedman on tenor, Harley White on bass, and Jim Messinger on drums and "Indian snake charmer"! Young also plays a bit of kalimba, and tracks are quite long – with titles that include "Lament", "Puzzle Box", and "Skippin In The Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi! Cover has some light aging, but vinyl is great!)

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✨✧ Derek Bailey & Han BenninkDerek Bailey & Han Bennink (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A legendary meeting of free jazz talents – and one of those records that completely changed the game during the 70s! Both guitarist Derek Bailey and drummer Han Bennink work here at a level that seems completely divorced from American roots in jazz – about as strongly in the post-68 freedoms of the European scene as possible – with both musicians opening up an incredible range of sonic elements on their instruments! And while the sometimes-bold drum work of Bennink might be seen as a challenge to the more intricate guitar sounds of Bailey, both players really find a way to work together perfectly – which also makes the record a key illustration of that spontaneous understanding that can arise between the best of the free jazz scene. Titles include "Call That A Balance", "Misty", "The Girl With The Concrete Tongue", and "Who Is That". 2LP version features unreleased bonus tracks on the full second album! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann/Hamid Drake/Mahmoud GaniaWels Concert ... CD
Okka Disk, 1997. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unusual Peter Brotzmann records we've ever heard – and we mean that in the best way possible! The live improvisation features Brotzmann on tenor, alto, tarogato, and e-flat clarinet – working with Hamid Drake on drums, tablas, and percussion – but alongside Moroccan gnawa musician Mahmoud Gania (or Guinia), whose music is a really different addition to the Brotzmann sound! Hamid Drake provides a great bridge between both players – still working as a free jazz musician, but also bringing a wider range of sounds to his percussion, which blends perfectly with Gania's creations on the warm-toned strings of the guembri, and his occasional vocalizations too. The whole thing is amazing – and the balance of avant reeds, percussion, and regional sounds rivals some of the best of the MPS jazz-meets-world titles from years back. The improvisation is 70 minutes in length – and breathtaking throughout! CD

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✨✧ Dave BurrellOnly Me ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the most beautiful work ever recorded by pianist Dave Burrell – a solo session issued only in Japan, featuring Burrell on a Steinway recorded in the wide open space of a performance hall in Tokyo! There's a photo on the back cover that has a pair of suitcases behind Burrell at the piano – and we like to think that he showed up in the space, dropped the bags, and ran over to the piano to let loose with the kind of inspired imagination he really brings to the set – as the long tracks have this boundless sense of creativity that marks the record as one of the strongest statements of Burrell's genius on record! Some moments are rhythmic, others are freer yet still have a sense of cohesion – and there's a balance here between structure and space that's really wonderful. All tracks are nice and long – and titles include "Margy Pargy", "8th Ave Rendez Vouz Blues", and "Lush Life". CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony MalabyZoning ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Nick Fraser has a great sense of cyclical energy here – a way of playing freely, but elliptically – so that there's this sense of passage and phase in some of the music, even while all the members are improvising with great intensity! The core trio features Fraser on drums, Kris Davis on piano, and Tony Malaby on saxes – the last of whom blows with an angular energy that strikes a great balance between the piano and drums. Half the record also features two more guests – Ingrid Laubrock on tenor and Lina Allemano on trumpet – and titles include "Zoning", "Wells Tower", "Sketch 46", "Coda", "Charismatics", and "Events". CD

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✨✧ Eero KoivistoinenOriginal Sin ... LP
Scandia/Svart (Finland), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The rare fourth album from Finnish reed legend Eero Koivistoinen – his first on a proper jazz label, but still a pretty darn obscure set overall! Although only 25 at the time, Eero's already showing a real maturity in both his solo structures, and his overall conception of his music – sounds that have a sophistication that shows his strong musical education as a youth, but which also open up to all these freewheeling modes that mark Koivistoinen as a player at the forefront of changes taking place on the Finnish scene! There's a few fusion touches here and there – great electric piano from Eero Ojanen, and guitar from Lance Gunderson – but balanced nicely with the bold acoustic currents from Eero on tenor and soprano sax, and work from Tappi Luuppola on trumpet, Juhani Aalto on trombone, and Pekky Poyry on alto. The groove is a more jazz-based take on territory that would soon show up on the Love Records label, but graced throughout by Eero's wonderful phrasing – on titles that include "Bye Bye/Hello", "The Original Sin", "Both & And", "Summersea", and "Sinner". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe/FourmenonlyModern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe/Fourmenonly – Complete Recordings (Trees/Position 2000/Fourmenonly Vol 1/Science Fiction Stories) (3CD set) ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CDs ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic lost legacy in European free improvisation – the complete works of a group who were first known as Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe, then later as Fourmenonly – presented here in a beautiful 3CD set! First up is the album Trees – issued on a small label in 1968, but a set that matches the groundbreaking energy of the early work on FMP – played by a group that features Helmuth Zimmer on piano, Wilfreid Eichorn on tenor and soprano sax, Claus Buhler on bass, Rudi Thielmann on drums, and Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, Mellophon, piston, and percussion! The group have a melodic vibe at the core – often feeling out the initial space as a unit, then exploding with sound and color – and really making especially great work of the talents of Joos and Eichorn – players who work together with great power, driven on by the others. Titles include "Lonely Time", "Trees", "Schnee Verbrennt", "Change Of Beauty", and "The Devil Is Green Blue Yellow". CD also features a bonus unreleased improvisation too! Next is Position 2000 – a record of even longer improvisations, and one that shows the quintet really developing their sound – strongly aware of the farther reaches, but always beginning in some more colorful passages that almost have a melody, before exploding out with very vibrant energy! The lineup is the same as on the debut – with Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, mellophone, Indian flute, and percussion – and Wilfried Eichorn on tenor, soprano sax, bass clarinet, flute, and percussion – alongside Helmuth Zimmer on piano, Klaus Buhler on bass, and Rudi Thielmann on drums. Titles include "The Sun Is Coming Over", "Position 2000", and "Where Love Forever Shines". CD also features an unreleased improvisation. For the next album, bassist Buhler has departed the group – who are renamed Fourmenonly! Their first record is a brilliant set of free jazz from the German scene of the 70s – very different than other work of the time, in that there's maybe more of a future-thinking balance between sounds and silence, frenzy and fragility – all served up by a quartet that features Herbert Joos on trumpet and flugelhorn, Wilfried Eichhorn on tenor and soprano sax, Helmuth Zimmer on piano and percussion, and Rudi Theilmann on drums and percussion. Titles include "Viridiana/Ich Und Meine Bruder/Compulsion" and "Count Down/Excess". On the album Eight Science Fiction Stories, the Fourmenonly lineup is expanded by trombonist Wolfgang Czelusta – and perform some fantastic work billed as "science fiction stories", all composed by Herbert Joos. The sound is as revolutionary as on the group's earliest material, but also maybe more compact as well – nicely focused, with especially strong emphasis on the interplay between Czelusta on trombone, Wilifried Eichorn on bass clarinet, flute, and oboe, and Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, trumpet, and mellophone. The piano of Helmuth Zimmer is amazing – almost Cecil Taylor-like in intensity at times – and drummer Rudi Theilmann does a great job of moving from passages of full-on power to more spacious percussion. Titles include "Lucifer Is Marching On", "Dead Season", "The Beauty Without A Face", "Departure", "Plastic Happiness", and "Space Wall". CD
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✨✧ Horace TapscottLive At Lobero Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Really beautiful work from pianist Horace Tapscott – working here in a mode that crosses some of the freer inclinations of his solo sessions for the Nimbus label with some of the deeper spiritual currents of his large group recordings of the time! The group's just a trio – with Sonship on percussion and the mighty Roberto Miranda on bass – the last of whom does a really fantastic job of setting the tone, with this round, rich sound that really holds things together – even when Horace is getting a bit free on his solos! All tracks are nice and long, and thanks to Miranda, there's a nice sort of modal energy on the set – a balance between structure and freedom that's really wonderful, and which gets at the core of Tapscott's best achievements on record. Titles include the extended "St Michael" – plus the tracks "Lino's Pad" and "Close To Freedom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ Sadao WatanabeRound Trip ... LP
Vanguard, 1970. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A pivotal record in the career of this brilliant Japanese saxophonist – a set recorded in New York with a trio players from the American scene – done in a style that's even more freewheeling than most of Sadao Watanabe's previous work! Watanabe had always worked with unusual tones and phrasing from the start – but this album has him really stretching out on long long tracks – working on both soprano sax and flute, with Chick Corea on acoustic and electric piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The title track is an open-ended jam that takes up all of side one – and Watanabe balances things out with a bit of lyricism from time to time, showing him to be as rich in conception as the regular sort of reed players who might have worked with a trio like this. Titles include "Round Trip – Going & Coming", "Sao Paolo", and "Pastoral". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Herbie HancockEmpyrean Isles (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A lyrical masterpiece from the young Herbie Hancock – and a record that's really special for so many different reasons! First, the songs are really long and open – even more so than some of Hancock's other work – with a quality that's balanced between his soul jazz roots, and some of the freer ideas he was exploring with key counterparts of the time! Next, the group features a quartet with Freddie Hubbard on cornet – an instrument he didn't play that often, but which creates a really special sound here – one that's cool and compressed, but still has a sharp bite, too – especially over the inventive rhythms laid down by Ron Carter on bass and Anthony Williams on drums. All players are capable of going out – and have strong "new thing" cred by this point – but they keep it inside all the way through, but with a balanced sense of darkness that's really beautiful. The album features Hancock's classic (and oft-sampled) version of "Cantaloupe Island" – plus "One Finger Snap", "Olioqui Valley", and "The Egg". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Misha MengelbergPech Onderweg ... LP
ICP (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant 70s recording from pianist Misha Mengelberg – all solo, recorded live at the Bimhuis – and at a level that instantly shows why we'd put Misha right up there with American giants like Thelonious Monk or Herbie Nichols! Sure, most folks know Mengelberg as more of a free jazz musician – but he's also got a great ear for structure and sense in his music too, and effortlessly blends bold expression with an inherent sense of cohesion – working with sharp angles, but also softening them with his inherent sense of wit and warmth! The balance is incredible – and captured here at a level that's even better than some of Mengelberg's better-known classics – the kind of record that can easily appeal to ears on both sides of the fence, and which makes us miss Misha more than ever. Titles include "Suite Banana", "Pech Onderweg", "Raspodie Soliee Bref", and "Wie Jeuk Heeft Als Moet Men Zich Krabben". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Berto Pisano/Franco PisanoLa Svergognata/Anima Mia ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweetly sexy soundtrack from the great Berto Pisano – one that really lives up to its image on the cover! There's a gently grooving feel to the music that's right up there with the best erotica work from Morricone – handled by Pisano with light strings, keyboards, bits of flute, and some especially nice vocals from Edda Dell'Orso, who's definitely on the warmer side of her talents with a record like this! The tunes glide along nicely, and are supported with some great artwork from the film – and titles include "Orchestra For Edda", "Piano Dreams", "Free Hammond", "Sound For A Child", and "Voice In The Night". Anima Mia is a really wonderful score from Franco Pisano – nicely sexy, with some sweet 70s touches – but a deeper style than just the usual sexploitation film! Edda Dell'Orso sings a bit, and well-crafted strings are balanced with the keyboards – painting a lovely, and very groovy picture in music – over the course of the album's 11 tracks! CD
Also available La Svergognata (180 gram pressing) ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Pharoah SandersIzipho Zam (My Gifts) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A rare non-Impulse Records album from the early days of Pharoah Sanders – but a set that ranks right up there with his classics for that legendary label! The album's one of the classics in Strata East's Dolphy Series – and it's a uniquely collaborative session from 1969, one that has Sanders working with a largeish group that includes Sonny Fortune on alto sax, Sonny Sharrock on guitar, Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Leon Thomas on vocals, and Cecil McBee on bass – all coming together with a freely exploratory sort of energy, one that's a bit like some of Archie Shepp's most righteous sides from the same time. Sanders' tenor still dominates most numbers, but not as much as on some of the Impulse sides – and there's a nicely relaxed and personal feel to the whole album. The album features 3 long tracks – "Prince Of Peace", which has Leon Thomas doing his "Creator Has A Master Plan" thing, and the cuts "Balance" and "Izipho Zam", the latter of which jams for a full 28 minutes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive At The SF Jazz Center 2018 – The Music Of Antonio Carlos Jobim & Original Compositions ... CD
SF Jazz, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The music of Antonio Carlos Jobim gets some really wonderful treatment here – very far from the bossa roots of most of the tunes, in a free-flowing, highly creative set of arrangements by the members of the group – who then balance out the set with some of their own compositions as well! Jobim's music dominates the first half – arranged by vibist Warren Wolf, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, pianist Edward Simon, tenorist David Sanchez, and trombonist Robin Eubanks – who together really make some special magic with titles that include "Waters Of March", "Garoto", "Inutil Paisagem", "Retrato Em Branco E Preto", and "Chega De Saudade". The second half features wonderful originals – almost a track from each member of the group – with titles that include "Another Side", "Variations", "MZ's World", "Insight", "Sketch", and "Unseen Worlds". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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✨✧ Horace TapscottLive At Lobero Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Really beautiful work from pianist Horace Tapscott – working here in a mode that crosses some of the freer inclinations of his solo sessions for the Nimbus label with some of the deeper spiritual currents of his large group recordings of the time! The group's just a trio – with Sonship on percussion and the mighty Roberto Miranda on bass – the last of whom does a really fantastic job of setting the tone, with this round, rich sound that really holds things together – even when Horace is getting a bit free on his solos! All tracks are nice and long, and thanks to Miranda, there's a nice sort of modal energy on the set – a balance between structure and freedom that's really wonderful, and which gets at the core of Tapscott's best achievements on record. The album features a great 21 minute reading of Tapscott's perennial favorite "The Dark Tree" – done with a great throbbing bassline – plus the tracks "Raisha's New Hip Dance" and "Sketches Of Drunken Mary". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Harun Ghulam Barabbas & Alaeddin AdlernestBreath Of The Masters – Smile ... CD
Black Monk (Austria), 1982. New Copy ... $18.99
Two players we don't really know at all, but coming together here in a sublime set of reed-based creations – Alaeddin Adlernest on bassoon and Haru Ghulam Barrabas on alto sax – four long tunes that each have some sort of structure, but also balance things nicely with a sense of freedom – a bit like some of the looser that Jimmy Giuffre or Lee Konitz were making during the 60s and 70s! Given the use of bassoon, there's almost some echoes of the Arkestra here – or the sparer moments that the Arkestra might feature on a solo – and Barabbas has some very unusual phrasing on alto sax, too – which comes across wonderfully here next to the less-conventional horn. Really beautiful throughout – with titles that include "Einstein", "Smile", "Al Bab", and "Music Navigation". CD
Also available Breath Of The Masters – Smile ... LP 32.99

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Harun Ghulam Barabbas & Alaeddin AdlernestBreath Of The Masters – Smile ... LP
Black Monk (Austria), 1982. New Copy ... $32.99
Two players we don't really know at all, but coming together here in a sublime set of reed-based creations – Alaeddin Adlernest on bassoon and Haru Ghulam Barrabas on alto sax – four long tunes that each have some sort of structure, but also balance things nicely with a sense of freedom – a bit like some of the looser that Jimmy Giuffre or Lee Konitz were making during the 60s and 70s! Given the use of bassoon, there's almost some echoes of the Arkestra here – or the sparer moments that the Arkestra might feature on a solo – and Barabbas has some very unusual phrasing on alto sax, too – which comes across wonderfully here next to the less-conventional horn. Really beautiful throughout – with titles that include "Einstein", "Smile", "Al Bab", and "Music Navigation". LP, Vinyl record album
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BreadBaby I'm A-Want You/Guitar Man ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
A pair of classics from Bread – both pulled from a stretch that was a mighty big time for the group! First up is Baby I'm A Want You – a soft rock masterpiece from Bread – the kind of standard-setting album that made them one of the real giants of pop music at the start of the 70s! The title cut here is a perennial favorite that's had a surprisingly long run over the years – a heartfelt ode to male desire – balanced out here by some equally well-crafted tunes by David Gates and the rest of the group. Gates trades lead vocals with James Griffin from track to track – and as usual, the real charms of the group come when the pair are harmonizing together – set to these really lovely arrangements that definitely bring the soft into soft rock. Larry Knechtel adds in a few of the stronger studio instrumental touches – and titles include "Baby I'm A Want You", "Mother Freedom", "This Isn't What The Government", "Dream Lady", "Games Of Magic", and "Everything I Own". On the cover of Guitar Man, Bread have a somewhat fuzzy look – but that approach is a perfect indication of the warmer, softer sound that makes Bread such soft rock giants from the time! Case in point is the beautiful "Guitar Man" title track of the set – a record that definitely has some nice guitar lines, but all a bit back in the mix, so that the warm lead vocals drift in amidst these easygoing arrangements that fit perfectly with the groove – as do most of the other elements in the set – furthering the genius arranger/producer talents of the mighty David Gates! Other titles include "Make It By Yourself", "Picture In Your Mind", "Don't Tell Me No", "Didn't Even Know Her Name", "Welcome To The Music", and "Fancy Dancer". CD

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Brothers JohnsonWinners ... LP
A&M, 1981. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $5.99
Smooth jazzy soul from the Brothers – still sounding wonderful at this point, producing themselves for the record, and using the best parts of all those lessons they learned from Quincy Jones! The bass is a bit down in the mix for this album – a good move, considering that 1981 was kind of drowning in bass-heavy soul – and the Brothers are wonderfully concentrating on their strong talent for a jazzy harmony vocal! The set's polished without ever sounding too slick – a balance that the Brothers seemed to do better than most – and titles include "The Real Thing", "Dancin Free", "In The Way", "Caught Up", "Daydreamer Dream", and "Hot Mama". LP, Vinyl record album
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Dave Burrell & Motoharu YoshizawaDreams ... CD
Trio (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
If you've ever doubted the genius of pianist Dave Burrell, this may well be the record to push you over the top – as the album captures Burrell at the height of his power, at a time when he was very much in a long-form, incredibly dynamic mode of improvisation – equal maybe to the greatness of Cecil Taylor during the same time! Yet Burrell can also balance his moods and modes, too – so that one of the album's long numbers, he's completely on fire – whereas on the other he's got a much more spacious sense of improvisation – really waiting and sounding things out, with superb accompaniment from bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa on both selections. Yoshizawa has this incredible boldness on the fast, free tune "Red/Black" – then comes at his instrument in a completely different way on the moodier, more contemplative "Green/Day Dream". CD

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John ColtraneLive At The Village Vanguard Again! ... LP
Impulse, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 25.98
John Coltrane returns to the Village Vanguard – but his sound here is a lot more far-reaching than a few years before! The album's a great counterpart to the first Vanguard session – as it takes all of the bold, soaring energy of that date, and balances it with the newly introspective sound of the later Coltrane years – plus some of the freedoms learned from the Love Supreme era. The group here showcases the new territory explored by Coltrane – with Trane himself on tenor, soprano, and a bit of bass clarinet (echoing earlier Dolphy), plus Pharoah Sanders on additional tenor, Alice Coltrane on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Rasheid Ali on drums. The album only features 2 long tracks – an incredibly soulful version of "Naima", and a very firey version of "My Favorite Things", but one that begins with a haunting bass solo by Garrison! LP, Vinyl record album

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Chick CoreaIs ... CD
Solid State/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99
One of Chick Corea's first true moments of genius – a record that has the pianist stepping out into more experimental territory, after doing years of 60s material in a more soul jazz and Latin-styled mode! The tracks have a great sense of arrangement, but also balance that with really well-crafted solos that get nice and free – played by a lineup that includes Woody Shaw on trumpet, Benny Maupin and Hubert Laws on reeds, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – really opening up to Corea's fresh sense of rhythm! The whole thing's great – and titles include the long tracks "Is", "Jamala", "This", and "It". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the "Forever Chick Corea" collection!)

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EmotionsDon't Ask My Neighbors – The Columbia/Arc Recordings (Flowers/Rejoice/Sunbeam/Come Into Our World/New Affair/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $26.99 30.99
Amazing box set – five full albums of material, plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Flowers – a soaring classic from The Emotions – thanks to some supreme help from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the soul spectrum! This set has the trio really sounding great – with Kalimba Productions by Maurice White and Charles Stepney – and a good deal of EWF help on the instrumentation as well! The girls break out of the rootsier style used on their earlier Stax recordings, and manage to fit perfectly with the jazzy tinges of the new grooves – and, along with Ramsey Lewis and EWF, the Emotions were part of a hugely successful trinity during the late 70s – one that took the indie soul roots of the Chicago scene and turned it into landmark big business for Columbia Records. The album's got a new approach to female group soul that would go onto shape R&B for years to come – and titles include "Flowers", "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", "We Go Through Changes", "Special Part", and "You've Got The Right To Know". Next is Rejoice – a huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they'd been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There's a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls miles from their rougher, rootsier soul of the Stax/Volt years – yet like all the best EWF records of the time, the sound is also plenty soulful, with lots of righteous undercurrents. The album includes the group's wonderful track "Don't Ask My Neighbors", a heavenly tune that builds on a long tradition of sweet female soul from Chicago; the super-huge "Best Of My Love", a hit on dancefloors and radios for years to come – and many other nice numbers like "Blessed", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", and "Key To My Heart". Sunbeam is great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey sound that provides a perfect spiritual edge to the girls vocals – taking them way past the hits, into much more sophisticated soul territory. There's a beautifully righteous vibe going on throughout – a sound that's almost like Minnie Riperton at her 70s Capitol best – and titles include "Love Vibes", "Walking The Line", "Time Is Passing By", "I Wouldn't Lie", "Smile", and "Spirit Of Summer". Come Into Our World has the sweet Emotions at the top of their game – one of the brilliant albums that has the soulful trio working hand in hand with Earth Wind & Fire! The girls were plenty great in their early years, but working with Maurice White and company, they really took off – hitting a whole new level that really unlocked some deeply spiritual power in their vocals! And sure, the approach also yielded the group plenty of hits – but for good reason, too – given the classic quality and all-great nature of a set like this. Maurice White produced, and the lineup is filled with plenty of Earth Wind & Fire players too – working with some great arrangements from Tom Tom 84, Wade Marcus, and others. Tunes are balanced between clubby numbers and some nice midtempo moments – and titles include "Where Is Your Love", "Cause I Love You", "Come Into My World", "On & On", "I Should Be Dancing", "Layed Back", and "Yes I Am". New Affair has The Emotions breaking free a bit from the Earth Wind & Fire influence, and grooving nicely with a sweet 80s feel! The girls' voices are still quite wonderful – some of the deepest harmonies in the female soul world at the time – and the tunes kick it up nicely in a blend of snapping bassy club tracks and mellower cuts that sweetly sway with their great vocals! Loads of wonderful tracks – and an album not to miss! Titles include "Turn It Out", "There'll Never Be Another Moment", "Now That I Know", "Love Lies", "When You Gonna Wake Up", and "Here You Come Again". 3CD set features 8 bonus tracks – including "Boogie Wonderland (12" mix", "Don't Ask My Neighbors (single version)", "I Should Be Dancin (single version)", "My Baby Dance", "Changes", "Where Is Your Love (single version)", and "Flowers (single version)". CD

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Michael FormanekWide Open Spaces ... CD
Enja, 1990. New Copy ... $16.99
An unusual album from bassist Michael Formanek, served up in songs of varying length – many quite short, but working together as a whole to really live up to the wide open spaces of the title! Formanek's got a nice bounce in his bass at times, but balances things out with freer runs too – given all these surprisingly sharp edges by the alto and soprano sax of Greg Osby, very different than his later Blue Note years – and colored in with the guitar work of Wayne Krantz and violin of Mark Feldman. Drummer Jeff Hirshfield snaps things into action when needed – and titles include "Wild Dreams", "Coffee Time", "Cloak & Dagger", "The Sage", "Yahoo Justice", "Edge To Edge", "Fantasy Scape", "Outerlude", and "Soul Dancing". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Stan Getz/Bob BrookmeyerStan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer – Recorded Fall 1961 (Verve master edition) ... CD
Verve, 1961. Used ... $8.99
A great lost Verve album that stands as one of Stan Getz's best sessions from the early 60s – a brilliant pairing with Bob Brookmeyer that shows just how much each player had grown in the past decade! There's a strongly modernist feel to the record – more Brookmeyer's influence than Getz's usual bag – with long tracks that move almost airily at times, and which feature some beautiful interplay between tenor and trombone. Rhythm is by a very hip trio of Steve Kuhn on piano, Roy Haynes on drums, and John Neves on bass – and the work's got a great balance between freedom and more focused blowing! Titles include "Minuet Circa 61", "Thump, Thump, Thump", and "Who Could Care". CD
(Out of print.)

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Matthew HalsallSending My Love (with bonus track) ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2008. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 29.99
A really incredible album – a set that's filled with far more soul and feeling than you might guess from the youthful image on the cover! Matthew Halsall's a pretty young player, but his sound here is really amazing – not just on his own trumpet solos, but on the overall feel of the album – which is beautifully composed, and put together with a sense of spirit that takes us back to Strata East at its most sophisticated in the 70s! There's a really beautiful balance here – ambition in the writing that recalls other UK efforts from The Heritage Orchestra or Nostalgia 77 Octet – but an execution that's much leaner overall, deeply personal lines played by a relatively small combo – quintet formation on all numbers, featuring Halsall's trumpet alongside great reedwork on soprano sax, flute, alto, and tenor – supported by soaring rhythms on piano, bass, and drums – all handled with the majesty of an early 70s McCoy Tyner album, or some of the other great modally-inspired work of the American post-Coltrane generation. Tremendous stuff throughout – a record that held us rapt from start to finish – with 5 original compositions that include "On The Other Side Of The World", "Reflections", "Freedom Song", "Sending My Love", and "Sachi". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stan KentonStan Kenton Conducts The Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton ... LP
Capitol, 1967. Very Good+ ... $0.99
One of the hippest Stan Kenton albums of the 60s – a set of original compositions by Dee Barton – Stan's drummer at the time, and a composer to rival the great ones who contributed to the Kenton group of the 40s and 50s! Barton's work here is totally great – modern, but never too academically so – that perfect balance of swinging and thinking that marks some of the best Kenton albums over the years. All numbers are awash in those great Kenton tones and colors we love so much – and the group here features Mike Price on trumpet, Dick Shearer on trombone, Ray Reed on alto & flute, Mike Altschul on tenor, and Don Bagley on bass – as well as Kenton on piano and Barton on drums. Titles include "Man", "Lonely Boy", "Singing Oyster", "Dilemma", "Three Thoughts", "A New Day", and "Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a FREE punch-out.)

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Bunny LeeFull Up – Early Reggae Productions 1968 to 1972 ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Mindblowing sounds from the great Bunny Lee – and exactly the kind of collection that makes us love the Pressure Sounds label so much! The track selection is wonderful – and most numbers are balanced in a unique space between reggae and rocksteady, and often have some crucial influences from American soul and funk as well – but they come across with a mode that's very different from more standard reggae, especially the style of the music that would be more codified a few years later. Instead, there's a really rich sense of experimentation here – as Bunny Lee and his All Stars work on instrumental tracks, or alongside other key artists like Delroy Wilson, Rico Rodriguez, Tommy McCook, U Roy, or Winston Williams. Some tunes have amazingly trippy touches – and a few points even mix in some wild moog too – and titles include "Double Attack", "Ivan Itler The Conqueror", "Scarface", "Joe Lewis", "War", "Wet Vision", "When I Get My Freedom", "Smooth & Sorts", and "Death Rides A Horse". CD

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Marc LevinSocial Sketches ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
Marc Levin is maybe best known for one famous album of avant jazz recorded for the Savoy label in the 60s – but he's equally stunning here in a mid 70s set that got little circulation at the time, but which is a key part of Levin's under-recorded legacy as a leader! The approach is very open and creative, but balanced with that mixture of structure and freedom that Levin's other album shares – almost 60s "new thing" modes, expressed during the 70s loft generation – on long tracks that feature some really stunning shifts in sounds, styles, and instrumental elements! Levin blows cornet, flugelhorn, flute, mellophone, and melodica – and the group also features Seppo Paakkunanine on baritone, flute, and viola – plus Reino Laine on drums, Teppo Auta Aho on bass, and Carita Holmstrom on voice – a singer who makes some especially strong contributions to the record, in a way that maybe echoes some of the Sheila Jordan/Roswell Rudd collaborations. The tunes are fantastic, every bit as striking as their titles – which include "Nylon Coverin Body Smotherin", "Brothers In War", "Letter To President Nixon Re The Chile Affair", and "Student Days New York 1965". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Lightmen Plus OneFancy Pants (2CD version – mono/stereo versions) ... CD
Judnell/Now Again, 1971. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99 15.98
Some of the most righteous sounds we've ever heard from Houston legends The Lightmen – recorded at a time when the group was at their most spiritual, and very firmly following a cosmic path set down by drummer Bubbha Thomas! The music here owes nothing to the hippest sounds coming from the coastal cities – and even the undergrounds of Chicago and Detroit in the early 70s – and in fact, there's a vibe here that would be right at home with the Tribe Records spirit of the motor city, as the group balance their freewheeling inclinations with a nice sense of rhythm as well! Players include Doug Harris on some excellent soprano, tenor, and flute – plus Virgil Solomon on flute and alto, James Hensley on trumpet and light whistle, Joe Singleton on trombone, and Marshia Frazier on electric piano. Titles include "Sorrow Bitterness & Revolution", "Hope", "Blue Tip", "On The Road Home", "Song Of Praise", and "Ujimma". 2CD version features the standard stereo mix and the unissued mono version – plus a great booklet of notes! CD
Also available Fancy Pants (2LP version – mono/stereo versions – with booklet) ... LP 20.99

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Lightmen Plus OneFancy Pants (2LP version – mono/stereo versions – with booklet) ... LP
Judnell/Now Again, 1971. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99 25.98
Some of the most righteous sounds we've ever heard from Houston legends The Lightmen – recorded at a time when the group was at their most spiritual, and very firmly following a cosmic path set down by drummer Bubbha Thomas! The music here owes nothing to the hippest sounds coming from the coastal cities – and even the undergrounds of Chicago and Detroit in the early 70s – and in fact, there's a vibe here that would be right at home with the Tribe Records spirit of the motor city, as the group balance their freewheeling inclinations with a nice sense of rhythm as well! Players include Doug Harris on some excellent soprano, tenor, and flute – plus Virgil Solomon on flute and alto, James Hensley on trumpet and light whistle, Joe Singleton on trombone, and Marshia Frazier on electric piano. Titles include "Sorrow Bitterness & Revolution", "Hope", "Blue Tip", "On The Road Home", "Song Of Praise", and "Ujimma". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download for audio & video! 2LP pressing – with both the mono and stereo versions of the record – and a great booklet too.)
Also available Fancy Pants (2CD version – mono/stereo versions) ... CD 6.99

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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas SoundprintsLive At Monterey Jazz Festival ... CD
Blue Note, 2015. Used ... $13.99
A really wonderful pairing of trumpeter Dave Douglas and tenorist Joe Lovano – working together here on some of the most adventurous material that either player has cut in years! The music is balanced evenly between a sense of rhythm and sense of freedom – with a vibe that's similar too, but not exactly in the same space as early Ornette Coleman at times – especially in the way the alto and trumpet come together – but which also has these other bold, forward-moving currents too – especially at the points when the group step into a few well-chosen songs from Wayne Shorter. The rest of the quintet is loose and very spontaneous – a great trio of Lawrence Fields on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Joey Baron on drums – on titles that include "Weatherman", "Power Ranger", "Sound Prints", "Destination Unknown", and "To Sail Beyond The Sunset". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Barre PhillipsThirty Years In Between (Ahoy/Camouflage) ... CD
Victo (Canada), 1989/2020. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
A pair of different performances from this legendary bassist – each recorded thirty years apart! The set begins with Ahoy – a sublime solo set recorded at Victoriaville in 2019 – a performance done by a very aged Phillips, but a musician who's clearly very much in control of his instrument – able to handle the bass with the range of colors and approaches that made him one of the key talents on his instrument to emerge in the 60s! Some passages are fiercely plucked, others are beautifully bowed – and there's almost a balance here between some of Barre's more spacious performances for ECM, and his more dynamic side of free improvisation. Titles include "What To Do What To Do", "Abate Arise", "Ahoy", "You There On The Hill", "A New Take", and "A Quake's A Coming". Camouflage is a really unique album from bassist Barre Phillips – a set recorded right in the middle of his career, at a time when his sense of new ideas was non-stop and everflowing! This album features Barre on solo bass, but playing with tapes – at a level that sometimes seems to have him overdubbed on a second bass, but also improvising alongside other sounds that appear in the mix – very much with the spirit of a set of live duo or trio improvisations, although with Barre always at the center of attention! Titles include "Twist & Parry", "Covered", "Camouflage", "You & Me", "Around Again", and "No Exclusion". CD

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RhyzeJust How Sweet Is Your Love (180 gram pressing) ... LP
SAM/Demon (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Wonderful work from Rhyze – a group who were always a cut above some of their dancefloor contemporaries! Most numbers here have a great sort of bounce and boogie-heavy feel – but there's also an equally thoughtful ear for the vocals, which are often delivered with the depth of an older-style soul group – no surprise, given the earlier work done on the scene by the album's producer Paul Kyser! There's a nice balance here with a few key mellow cuts mixed in with the groovers – creating a depth that goes way past some of the simpler dancefloor sounds usually found on the Sam label, with a quality that easily makes Rhyze one of the classiest groups to record for the company. Titles include "Free", "Just How Sweet Is Your Love", "Home", "Do Your Dance", "I Found Love In You", "Relax & Enjoy" and "Singing & Dancing". LP, Vinyl record album

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SacbeSacbe ... LP
Discos Arte/Favorite (France), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 48.99
Sweet Latin fusion from Sacbe – a Mexican group, but one who work with some of the best elements of the Brazilian jazz scene of the time – long-flowing lines, nicely complex rhythms, and a very organic sense of balance between the acoustic and electric instruments in the group! These guys are never too jamming, but always keep things tight – but tight, and not slick or commercial – as the set maintains the best vibe of the indie label electric jazz work of the time, and stays very far from the traps of modern mainstream fusion in the 70s! Players include Eugenio Toussaint on keyboards and arrangements, Alejandro Campos on soprano sax and tenor, Enrique Toussaint on bass, and Fernando Toussaint on drums and percussion – and the set features work from other guest players as well. Titles include "Page", "Las Pulgas Freeway", "Ah Tok", "Andromeda", "Caribe", and "Sacbe". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pharoah SandersSummun Bukmun Umyun – Deaf Dumb Blind ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99
Pharoah Sanders is working here with some excellent horn players in the frontline – Woody Shaw on trumpet and Gary Bartz on alto sax – both of whom really bring a lot of power to the record! As with some of Sanders' other Impulse albums of the period, the record only features two long songs – both of them great, and both of them balanced between more modal moments, and freer flights of jazz expression. Bartz and Shaw are obviously well suited for both of these sides of the spectrum – as are the other players, who include Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Clifford Jarvis on drums. Nathaniel Bettis and Anthony Wiles play additional percussion – as do some of the other members of the group from time to time. Both tracks build with a stretched-out, organic quality – and titles include "Summun Bukmun Umyun" and "Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the 60 Impulse series!)

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Philippe SardeCesar Et Rosalie ... CD
CAM/Quartet (Spain), 1972. New Copy ... $20.99 36.99
One of the coolest Philippe Sarde soundtracks of the 70s – a set that balances his conventional modes with some much more offbeat moments – including some very cool use of electronics next to some bold woodwinds scored by Hubert Rostaing! The approach is very unusual for Sarde, and his ability to still make the odd sentimental moment amidst he more striking passages is what really makes the whole thing great – as he shows us that he's not only the master of the mature, adult film score – but also still has his ears open to all the underground changes going on around him! The set features moog from Guy Boyer and trumpet from Pierre Dutour – and titles include "Free Jazz", "Folie De Cesar", "David", "Le Cortez Et La Course", "David Et Rosalie", "Les Sentiments", "Repas De Noces", and "Cesar Court Chez Antoine". CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Philippe SardeCesar Et Rosalie ... LP
CAM/Transversales Disques (France), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
One of the coolest Philippe Sarde soundtracks of the 70s – a set that balances his conventional modes with some much more offbeat moments – including some very cool use of electronics next to some bold woodwinds scored by Hubert Rostaing! The approach is very unusual for Sarde, and his ability to still make the odd sentimental moment amidst he more striking passages is what really makes the whole thing great – as he shows us that he's not only the master of the mature, adult film score – but also still has his ears open to all the underground changes going on around him! The set features moog from Guy Boyer and trumpet from Pierre Dutour – and titles include "Free Jazz", "Folie De Cesar", "David", "Le Cortez Et La Course", "David Et Rosalie", "Les Sentiments", "Repas De Noces", and "Cesar Court Chez Antoine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Phoebe SnowNever Letting Go ... CD
Columbia, 1977. Used ... $4.99
Phoebe Snow's warming things up a bit here – reaching for some slightly fuller production at times, yet never losing the intimacy that's always made her music so great! Snow's a unique 70s enigma – not really soul, not really mellow pop, not even jazz – but somewhere up on top of all those styles – in a great space that's all her own! The record really balances things wonderfully – never tipping into cliche, no matter how many times you've seen this record in other folks' collections – thanks to strong arrangements from Robert Freedman, William Eaton, and Ken Ascher. Titles include "Never Letting Go", "Majesty Of Life", "Something So Right", "Garden Of Joy Blues", "Electra", "We're Children", and a nice remake of "Love Makes A Woman". CD
(Out of print.)

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TereaTerea ... LP
Baby Grand/Everland (Austria), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Sweet jazzy soul from Terea – a group who never cracked the big time, but who work here with a vibe that's almost like 70s Rufus at their best! The instrumentation is wonderful – warm, but funky – just the right balance to set the scene perfectly for the lead vocals by Sharon Robinson – a singer who's really great – as equally top-shelf as the players on the session! The record's always been billed as a "tax shelter" project that never succeeded because it was doomed from the start – but thankfully that situation's been remedied by Jazzman's great reissue of the material – finally bringing this soulful treasure back to light. A record you'd be proud to file next to your copies of the Newban and James Mason albums – with cuts that include "Pretty Bird", "Morning Laughter", "For Free", "Manic Depression", "One & Only", and "Try Harder". LP, Vinyl record album
(Fantastic pressing – in this really heavy, gold-embossed cover – which has an almost wood-like texture!)

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Rob ThomsettYaraandoo/Hara (with bonus album) ... LP
Now Again, Mid 70s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $39.99
It's a bit hard to sum up the genius of Australian Rob Thomsett in words – but you can bet that we're going to try! Rob was kind of a character unto himself in the 70s – neither a psychedelic rocker, nor a new agey outcast – but instead, somehow this musician who could borrow from both worlds, and maybe a bit of the sound library and jazz scenes too – particularly that new wave of Australian "landscape" musicianship that was coming of age in the decade – when artists like John Sangster or Don Burrows were putting aside a slavish adherence to North Hemisphere inspirations, and trying to craft new sounds that were uniquely Australian! Thomsett may well blow away all other efforts of the time, though – with the kind of work here on the album Yaraandoo – which features long, open guitar lines mixed with shifting patterns of sound on a variety of different instruments – from congas to moog, tenor sax to bamboo flute – always balanced between acoustic and electric modes in a perfect way. Rob avoids any easy gimmicks, lyrics, or structures – apart from a slight inspiration from Aboriginal folklore – and instead just lets his mind and music wander beautifully, sometimes augmented by a bit of effects and studio wizardry. Titles include "Baiame", "Moulding Of Red Earth", "Nameless Children", "New Life – Refusal", "Shadow Of Yaraan", "Flight Of Yaraan", and "Tears Of Blood – Endless Weeping". This package also includes the follow-up album Hara – a set that has a slightly more conventional fusion approach, but a sound that's no less freewheeling – really great guitars from Thomsett, set up alongside loads of keyboards, heavy drums, bass, and a bit of soprano sax. The tunes move between spacious, lyrical moments and more full-on tracks – a bit like some of the best experimental European fusion of the period – and titles include "Sumari", "Breathing Space", "Hara", "Sunday 23 May", and "Michael's Song". Double-length set features great notes and packaging too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered pressing – never played – with obi and booklet!)

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Three DegreesGold (3CD set) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Crimson (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $11.99
A great collection of work from the Three Degrees – a female soul group who really found a way to move the music forward after the girl group years of the 60s! The trio had recorded previously, in a somewhat more standard style of Philly soul – but during the 70s they hooked up with the studio genius of Gamble & Huff, and managed to make some really amazing music that forever helped transform the style of female soul on the dancefloor! Their vocals are a perfect match for the soaring strings and lively rhythms of the Philly International groove – and the cuts are as sweet as they are grooving – a magical balance that few other groups could strike this well. This 3CD set is overflowing with great work – two tracks of regular cuts for Philly International, including work with MFSB – and a full CD with 10 more rare tracks – longer versions, single cuts, and live material. 40 tracks in all – with titles that include "Dirty Ol Man", "Woman In Love", "The Runner", "Jump The Gun", "Golden Lady", "Red Light", "Out Of Love Again", "Bodycheck", "Magic In The Air", "TSOP", "Love Is The Message", "Take Good Care Of Yourself", "La Chanson Populaire", "Giving Up Giving In", "My Simple Heart", "Free Ride (live)", "Starlight (long version)", "The Runner (extra long version)", "Love Train (live)", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (live)", and "Living For The City/For The Love Of Money (live)". CD

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2000 BlackNext Set A Rockers ... CD
2000 Black (UK), 2008. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
It's been 10 years since 2000 Black first started catching our ears, and they've never sounded better! This album's way more than just a "next set" of grooves from the pair – as it really shows a growth over time, a unified musical vision that has them hitting some of the same cosmic heights as 4 Hero! And although we've always loved 2000 Black tunes in the past, this set is a really well-developed album – balanced beautifully between skittish rhythms, soaring soul, and some occasional jazzy touches – especially on the keyboards from Dego and Kaidi Tatham. As before, there's some wonderful vocal talents on board – including Nadine Charles, Lady Alma, Ferraz, Rasiyah, Ty, Vanessa Freeman, and Face – all of whom contribute strong individual voices to the album's righteous sound. Titles include "Dealt A Bad Hand", "Simple Sacrifice", "Don't Make Me Hurt You", "A Little More", "What's It To Be", "Take It Back", "Move Over", "Got Me Puzzled", "If You Got 3 Wishes", and "Lost It". CD

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UnderdogsWasting Our Time ... LP
Pye/Wah Wah (Spain), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A heady second set from New Zealand's Underdogs – a record that has the group reduced to a trio, yet somehow finding even more power in their overall sound! There's a nicely thoughtful approach to the music – not some of the full-on hard rock of other power trios of the time, but instead a balance between roots and more freewheeling moments – the latter of which really take over on the album's closer, a monstrous 10 minute jam! The record echoes some of the blues/hard styles of the UK scene of the time, but also has a personality that's very much its own – maybe because the whole thing was cooked up in far away Auckland. Titles include "Tomorrow's Child", "Garden Of Eden", "Clover In The Air", "Is He Going To Die", "It's A Blessing", "Old Grey Dog", "Name The Day", and "Duchess Of Montrose". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500! Great reissue – in a flipback cover, like the original.)

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Doug WebbApples & Oranges ... CD
Posi tone, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Forget the cover, which is maybe a bit too sweet for our taste – and instead imagine some sort of vintage Prestige Records soul jazz image on the front – because the set's a tremendous batch of tenor and organ numbers throughout! Tenorist Doug Webb has recorded with Hammond organ before, but there's definitely something about this record that's a real cut above – maybe the way the group is balanced, as it's just a trio with Brian Charette on organ and Andy Sanesi on drums – a lineup that's fluid, very open, and which draws as much from Charette's work on the bass pedals as it does on the keys – beautifully balanced with this really strong current of soul! Webb's sense of imagination and expression are set more free here than ever before – stretching out on these original tracks that allow all players to really be their best – titles that include "Coruba", "Alexico", "Monkey Face", "Forethought", "For Steve", and "Apples & Oranges" – plus nice versions of "Estate" and "How Can I Be Sure". CD
 
 
 



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