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DJ Fresh & Freddie GibbsTonite Show ... LP
Fresh In The Flesh, 2014. New Copy ... $19.99 21.99
An overlooked collaboration between Freddie Gibbs and DJ Fresh – a producer who provides a very different setting for Gibbs' lyrics, but in a way that reminds us just how versatile and creative Freddie can be! The album came out at a time when Freddie was retrenching himself in the indie market, re-sharpening those skills that have continued to make him one of the more important MCs over the years – and while some elements are definitely strongly driven by the talents of Fresh, there's still plenty to love here if you're a fan of Freddie Gibbs too. The set also features guest work from E40, Problem, Sir Michael Rocks, Trae The Truth, and others – on titles that include "I Be On My Grind", "Bitches Dope & Dollars", "Keep It Gangsta", "G Like Dat", "On Me", "I Wanna Do It", and "The Tonite Show". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceHe's The DJ, I'm The Rapper (with download & bonus album) ... LP
Jive/Zomba, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $24.99 25.98
One of those rare moments where a mainstream hit goes onto preface years of creative talent to come – even though the whole thing might have seemed like a bit of a one-off at the time! The young Will Smith is fantastic as the Fresh Prince – full of charm, at a level that really upped the game for so many other MCs at the time – especially because both his lyrics and his subject matter weren't maybe the most cutting-edge, but could really come over strong, thanks to the inherent stardom in his presentation! We could well argue that Will on the album introduced the whole idea of a crossover hip hop star – one able to do just about anything – but the whole record would be nothing without the creative skills of Jazzy Jeff – who went the complete opposite way after his pairing with Will – more expressive, more experimental – and even more firmly committed to the underground. Yet it was also that easy bridge between underground and fame that made early hip hop albums like this so great – as Jeff brings forward so many great musical moments on titles that include "Live At Union Square", "DJ On The Wheels", "My Buddy", "Rhythm Trax House Party Style", "He's The DJ I'm The Rapper", "Hip Hop Dancers Theme", "Jazzy's In The House", and "Human Video Game". LP, Vinyl record album
(Certified Undisputed Classics Of Hip Hop & R&B series – with download. Initial copies includes bonus LP "Certified Classics Vol. 1" with classic tracks by Nas, Outkast, Clipse, Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang, Aaliyah & more. 12 tracks in all!)

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Freddy FreshFreddy Fresh Presents The Rap Records – Revised 2nd Edition ... Book
Freddy Fresh, 2007. New Copy ... $14.99 39.99
If you liked the first volume of this essential book, you'll love this revised edition – because it's almost 3 times bigger, and stuffed with great new features! The book's a lifetime labor of love for Freddy Fresh – an extensive discography that's got to be the most definitive book on early hip hop we've ever seen! The vintage of the titles listed in the book is 1979 to 1994 – and as Freddy says in the preface, there's a few records listed that may fall outside the rap genre or that time span, including some disco and electro numbers – but that's okay by us! The book's got tons of label scans – plus entries listed alphabetically by label and then in order by catalog number – and this exhaustive project reads like your dream want-list for years and years to come. Plus, in addition to the label and record listings, there's appendices with old school flyer scans, top picks from DJs and producers all over the globe, lists of resources for finding records and Freddy's own personal lists for records, including his "5 star" rated records, and songs and singles arranged by topic. An absolute must-have for any die hard fan of hip hop! Revised edition is 3 times bigger than the first one – 740 pages, with over 1500 new photos, and also features an updated section on bootlegs vs originals, New York City record store photos, info on overseas labels, an Ebay auction guide, a comprehensive cross-index, and lots more great bits. Book

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✨✧ FreshDum Dum (part two, part two inst) ... 12-inch
Trax, 1986. Good ... $4.99
Once upon a time we knew who was behind this great raw original acid track released on the seminal house label Trax, but honestly we can't recall right now, though that doesn't diminish how much we love this percolating Chicago classic! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label pressing with black text.)

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Fresh Celeste & M-4sersGive It All To Me (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
JR, 1988. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a JR sleeve.)

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✨✧ DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceHe's The DJ, I'm The Rapper ... LP
Jive/Zomba, 1988. Very Good 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those rare moments where a mainstream hit goes onto preface years of creative talent to come – even though the whole thing might have seemed like a bit of a one-off at the time! The young Will Smith is fantastic as the Fresh Prince – full of charm, at a level that really upped the game for so many other MCs at the time – especially because both his lyrics and his subject matter weren't maybe the most cutting-edge, but could really come over strong, thanks to the inherent stardom in his presentation! We could well argue that Will on the album introduced the whole idea of a crossover hip hop star – one able to do just about anything – but the whole record would be nothing without the creative skills of Jazzy Jeff – who went the complete opposite way after his pairing with Will – more expressive, more experimental – and even more firmly committed to the underground. Yet it was also that easy bridge between underground and fame that made early hip hop albums like this so great – as Jeff brings forward so many great musical moments on titles that include "Live At Union Square", "DJ On The Wheels", "My Buddy", "Rhythm Trax House Party Style", "He's The DJ I'm The Rapper", "Hip Hop Dancers Theme", "Jazzy's In The House", and "Human Video Game". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has light aging and lightly bent corners.)
Also available He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper (with download & bonus album) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceParents Just Don't Understand (extended mix, single edit, inst)/Live At Union Square ... 12-inch
Jive/Zomba, 1988. Very Good (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"Live At Union Square", is a live recording from 1986, that starts off with Fresh Prince doing some crowd participation chants and then moves into Jazzy Jeff cutting up Herman Kelly's "Dance To the Drummer's Beat" in the old transformer style. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Fresh Brothers IncorporatedSuper Def Rhymes (voc, edit, inst) ... 12-inch
Twilight, 1986. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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BlowflyFresh Juice ... LP
Oops, 1983. Good ... Just Sold Out!
Blowfly must have loved all the changes in soul music that took place during his long career – because they gave him a good chance to keep changing his groove, using new forms and styles to craft his own x-rated parody material. This set's got a number of tunes in an 80s groove/old school mode – all with the sort of bad language that made Blow a favorite with the party record scene! Titles include "The First Black President", "I've Got To Be Free", "Too Fat To F*ck", "That's What Your Pussy's Made For", "The Vampire That Ate Miami", and "She's Bad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl plays with some faint crackles. Cover has ring and edge wear, bent corners, and a light stain on back.)

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Kool & The GangFresh/Misled (special mix)/Cherish (remix) ... 12-inch
De-Lite, 1984. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Polygram sleeve.)

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✨✧ PrincePop Life (Fresh Dance Mix)/Hello (extended mix) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1985. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $16.99
"Pop Life" is a real gem from Prince – a tune that's completely catchy, but maybe a bit more laidback than some of his previous hits – in a mode that some folks were calling a bit psychedelic at the time, but which really just shows the increasing depth of the man's genius! The "fresh dance" mix here is by Sheila E – who really gives the whole thing a nice crackle – and the flipside features a long take on "Hello", too. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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RamatisFresh ... CD
ST2 (Brazil), 2004. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Includes slipcase.)

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Rose RoyceFresh Cut ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
An overlooked 80s moment from Rose Royce – a set recorded after the group had stepped away from their famous association with Norman Whitfield, but were still very much at the top of the modern soul game! The production here is maybe a bit more 80s than before, but the group continue to keep things nice and warm – especially in the way they make use of the mixture of vocals from Ricci Benson and Kenny Copeland, that male/female blend that always give Rose Royce a fuller sound than some of their contemporaries – very welcome here on some of the more upbeat numbers. Titles include "Listen Up", "If Walls Could Talk", "Lonely Road", "Magic Doll", "Doesn't Have To Be This Way", "I Know I'm In The Mood", and "Fighting Chance". CD

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Eddie RussFresh Out! (with download) ... LP
Jazz Masters/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 29.99
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano sax by Larry Nozero – and a vibe that's a lot more laidback than standard funk, or even more mainstream jazz funk too – a sweet open groove that's mighty nice all the way through! The album's really a showcase for Nozero and Russ' solos – trading back and forth effortlessly over long tunes that roll along in a sweet electric-tinged groove – long vamping rhythms that really seem to drive both players onto new heights. Titles include Russ' classic "The Lope Song", a great version of "Hill Where The Lord Hides", and the tracks "Shamading", "Watergate Blues", and "All But Blind". LP, Vinyl record album
(First 1000 copies pressed on limited edition colored vinyl. Includes download.)

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ScaffoldFresh Liver ... LP
Island, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pink rim label pressing. Cover has light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Sly & The Family StoneFresh ... LP
Epic, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $29.99
Sly's leaping into the air on the cover of this one – and for good reason too, given the overall groove of the set! The album's a bit more stripped-down and upbeat than the previous few – almost more of a return to the simple funky style of the first albums, but with a slightly more electric sound than before – especially in the keyboards, which almost slide into the mix here with a Stevie Wonder-like quality. The electricity bubbles and brews wonderfully at the bottom of the rhythms – charging things up a bit, but still hanging back with a super-cool, laidback quality that few other groups could muster! There's a great sense of balance here that's brilliant – and which makes the album one of Sly's undisputed masterpieces from the Columbia years. Titles include the incredible "If You Want Me To Stay" – one of our favorite Sly Stone cuts ever – plus "Keep on Dancin", "Babies Making Babies", "Que Sera Sera", "If It Were Left Up To Me", "In Time", and "Let Me Have It All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has light wear and a small sticker on one corner.)
Also available Fresh (180 gram pressing) ... LP 37.99

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Sly & The Family StoneFresh (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Epic/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $37.99 38.99
Sly's leaping into the air on the cover of this one – and for good reason too, given the overall groove of the set! The album's a bit more stripped-down and upbeat than the previous few – almost more of a return to the simple funky style of the first albums, but with a slightly more electric sound than before – especially in the keyboards, which almost slide into the mix here with a Stevie Wonder-like quality. The electricity bubbles and brews wonderfully at the bottom of the rhythms – charging things up a bit, but still hanging back with a super-cool, laidback quality that few other groups could muster! There's a great sense of balance here that's brilliant – and which makes the album one of Sly's undisputed masterpieces from the Columbia years. Titles include the incredible "If You Want Me To Stay" – one of our favorite Sly Stone cuts ever – plus "Keep on Dancin", "Babies Making Babies", "Que Sera Sera", "If It Were Left Up To Me", "In Time", and "Let Me Have It All". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Fresh ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ VariousFresh Jams ... LP
Becket, 1985. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Nice collection of mid 80s tracks that includes some harder to get middle-school classics: T La Rock & Jazzy Jay "It's Yours", Newcleus "Jam On It", Kurtis Blow "AJ Scratch", Run-DMC "Jam Master Jay", Fat Boys "Human Beat Box" and "Jailhouse Rap", UTFO "Hanging Out" and the Force MD's "Let Me Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is bent a bit at the corners and near the opening.)

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✨✧ Ian Charleton Big BandFresh Perspective ... CD
Ian Charleton, 2020. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes the songs "1 West 67th Street", "Sunday Morning", "A Fresh Perspective", "Everything I've Got", "Stardust", "El Otono", "Blue Skies", "Tea For Two", "When Sunny Gets Blue", and "Party on Park". CD

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✨✧ Missy Elliott/Ms JadeFunky Fresh Dressed (dirty, inst, radio)/Count It Off (dirty, radio, inst) – test pressing ... 12-inch
Beat Club, 2002. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Blank label promo.)
Also available
Baby Baby Baby Sugar Sugar (dirty, clean, inst, short) (one-sided test pressing) ... 12-inch 19.99
Half Baked (radio, inst, album, tv track) ... 12-inch 3.99

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✨✧ Bitchin BajasBajas Fresh ... LP
Drag City, 2017. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The best, most atmospheric and sweeping effort yet from Bitchin' Bajas – a 2LP, nearly 80 minute set of always engaging avant instrumentals – full off loping electronic, percussive and string textures that are hypnotic all the way. It's like the core trio set out to subvert the expectations of post-millennium experimental or post-rock instrumentals, going for a vibe that's a lot more captivating, and they keep them consistently evolving throughout a really expansive and ever evolving set. The core trio gets some top shelf guest accompaniment in guitarist Masaki Batoh, Jim Becker on organ, Nick Broste on trombone, Ben Lamar Gay on cornet and Nori Tanaka on percussion, and titles include "Jammu Circles On Circles", a cool cover (or maybe adaptation is a better word) of Sun Ra's "Angels & Demons At Play", "Yonaguni", "2303", "Chokayo" and "Be Going". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ OutkastSo Fresh, So Clean (radio, club, inst)/Gangsta Sh*t (club mix, inst) ... 12-inch
LaFace, 2001. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)
 
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Sonny CrissSonny Criss Quartet 1949 to 1957 – Featuring Hampton Hawes ... LP
Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 40s/1950s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Includes tracks from two sessions – in 1949 with Hampton Hawes on piano, Iggy Shevack on bass, and Chuck Thomson on drums, and a later one in 1957 with Buddy Woodson on bass. Titles include "The First One", "Calidad", "Blues For Boppers" and "Tornado" from 1949; and "Easy Living", "Willow Weep for Me", and "Wailing For Joe" from 1957. LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 80s issue.)

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Matt DennisWelcome Matt Dennis ... CD
Jubilee/Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s. Used ... $4.99
A lesser-known set from vocalist Matt Dennis – not as well-remembered as his 50s dates for RCA and Kapp, but still pretty darn great nonetheless! Matt's working here with full backings from Sy Oliver – in a set that showcases his talents more as a singer than a songwriter – but which still manages to include a few great Dennis originals. And despite a cover that looks a bit lurid – with Dennis cornering a model inside a hotel room – the overall feel of the record is quite homey and domestic, with tunes that echo images of hearth and family, but often with the kind of nod and a wink which you might expect from Matt's usual approach to a tune. Titles include "Home", "Welcome Mat", "Back In Your Own Back Yard", "By The Fireside", "A Cup Of Coffe A Sandwich & You", "Let's Put Out The Lights", and "Your Family". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ EPMDStrictly Business – 25th Anniversary Edition (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fresh, 1988. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
EPMD's incredible full length debut – straight up classic hip hop that gave the genre a whole new twist. Bottom heavy funked up Long Island hip hop with what was considered slow flow rhymes at the time, and Erick and Parrish's take on funky samples that managed to bring together hard to get breaks and commercial cuts in an age when you could have both street appeal and indie cred. With the classic cuts "It's My Thing", "You Gots To Chill", "Strictly Business", "You're A Customer", "Get Off The Bandwagon" and "I'm Housin'", plus "So Let The Funk Flow", "The Steve Martin", "DJ K La Boss" and "Jane". 5 bonus tracks on the 25th Anniversary Edition: "I'm Housin' (UK Mix)", "You Gots To Chill (Dub Version)", "You're A Customer (Dub Version)" and more. CD

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Bill EvansLegendary Bill Evans Trio – The 1960 Birdland Sessions ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1960. Used ... $14.99
Rare live work from the Bill Evans Trio – captured at Birdland on several dates in 1960! Evans on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian really cook on these numbers, in a gritty groove that's totally compelling. The track list for this CD is culled from 3 dates in 1960, including a couple of alternate versions of some of the tracks – preceding the more heralded Village Vanguard sessions from '61. Some of these recordings have appeared in altered form on past LPs, but they're assembled whole here, on CD for the first time ever! Tracks include "Autumn Leaves", " Our Delight", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Nardis", "Blue In Green", "All Of You", Speak Low" and more! CD
(Out of print.)

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Maynard FergusonMaynard Ferguson & His Dreamband Orchestra '56 – Live At Peacock Lane ... CD
Fresh Sound, 1956. Used ... $6.99
A great set from Maynard Ferguson's "Dream Band " – a small orchestra that featured Herb Geller, Richie Kamuca, Mel Lewis, Paul Moer, and Nino Tempo – and which was a perfect vehicle for Ferguson's hard-swinging approach to jazz. There's some slight Kenton touches here – in the shift between larger ensemble tones and breakaway solos – and given the strength of some of the horn players in the group, the latter part are especially nice! CD
(Out of print.)

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Just-IceBack To The Old School ... CD
Fresh/Traffic, 1986. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
Just-Ice wasn't actually part of the old school – although to some, the 1986 release might seem pretty darn close – but he definitely does a good job here of keeping things nice and clean on his classic debut! Production is from Mantronik, but there's also a harder edge than most of his other work in the studio – maybe thanks in part to edits by the great Chep Nunez, who was responsible for doing some great work on the Ultimate Breaks & Beats series! The sound blasts out of the deck with a very booming 80s sound – and the set also features some human beatboxing from DMX, who often explodes with the quality of a drum machine. Titles include "Back To The Old School", "Gangster of Hip Hop", "Latoya", "Cold Gettin Dumb", "Little Bad Johnny", and "Put That Record Back On." The picture cover is a dope notebook-style graffiti drawing of Just-Ice, DMX, Latoya, and Mantronik – that last of whom is carrying a Roland 909! CD
(On CD for the first time!)
Also available Back To The Old School (35 Anniversary Edition) (2021 Record Store Day release) ... LP 27.99

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Just-IceBack To The Old School (35 Anniversary Edition) (2021 Record Store Day release) ... LP
Fresh/Get On Down, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99
Just-Ice wasn't actually part of the old school – although to some, the 1986 release might seem pretty darn close – but he definitely does a good job here of keeping things nice and clean on his classic debut! Production is from Mantronik, but there's also a harder edge than most of his other work in the studio – maybe thanks in part to edits by the great Chep Nunez, who was responsible for doing some great work on the Ultimate Breaks & Beats series! The sound blasts out of the deck with a very booming 80s sound – and the set also features some human beatboxing from DMX, who often explodes with the quality of a drum machine. Titles include "Back To The Old School", "Gangster of Hip Hop", "Latoya", "Cold Gettin Dumb", "Little Bad Johnny", and "Put That Record Back On." The picture cover is a dope notebook-style graffiti drawing of Just-Ice, DMX, Latoya, and Mantronik – that last of whom is carrying a Roland 909! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on colored vinyl!)
Also available Back To The Old School ... CD 6.99

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Just-IceDesolate One ... CD
Fresh, 1989. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
The second post Mantronik set from the frequently slept on 80s rap genius Just-Ice – featuring production by none other than KRS-One – with a few righteous and ruthless tracks that stand up with the best from the earlier classic LPs! The rugged and raw KRS backdrop serves Just-Ice's gruff delivery very well – and if Desolate isn't the masterpiece it could have been, it's quality still eclipses many more popularly heralded albums from the era – and it's finally available after way too many years out of print! "Na Touch Da Just", "Desolate One", "Welfare Recipients", "Hijack" and a surprisingly dope performance by Heavy D on "Ram DanceHall Session." CD

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Just-IceMasterpiece ... CD
Fresh/Traffic, 1990. New Copy ... $7.99 15.98
A later set by Just Ice – produced by Grandmaster Flash – and record that sounds a lot better than we remembered! Tight, hard hitting dawn of the 90s beats from Flash and that gruff, tight rhyme delivery from Just-Ice. It might not be a masterpiece on par with Kool & Deadly, but it's plenty tough to our ears after all these years. Includes "Get Into Something", "The Iceman Cometh", "Slow, Low & Dope", "Rollin With The Just", and "I Write This In The Dark" with Angie B of The Sequence, known today as Angie Stone! CD

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Just-IceSir Vicious – The Best Of Just Ice ... CD
Fresh/Traffic, Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2CD ... $7.99 16.98
A nicely done compilation of the some of the best of Just-Ice – culled from the legendary Fresh, Warlock and Sleeping Bag recordings – a solid entry point for hardcore hip hop pioneer if you don't already own those records! Includes some the most legendary Mantronix productions, the best of the Just-Ice and KRS-One co-productions and a few of better cuts that Grandmaster Flash produced – and the 2CD set is sprawling enough to bring in some of better 12" versions, too! 23 tracks on 2CDs: "Cold Getting' Dumb", "Back To The Old School", "Latoya", "Gangster Of Hip Hop", "Going Way Back", "Freedom Of Speech", "Kool & Deadly", "The Desolate One", "Na Touch Da Just", "Way Back (We're Going)", "Cold Getting Dumb ('97 Remix)" and more. CD

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Irene KralBetter Than Anything ... CD
AVA/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1963. Used ... $11.99
Great work by a great singer – the far under-recorded Irene Kral, a lovely lady who really bridges a number of different camps in the vocal jazz world! At one level, Irene's got the coolness of a Christy or Connor, but at another, she's got a more open, swinging, and soulful style – one that comes off with none of the hoke of Anita O'Day, and which is a perfect balance between class, cool, and easy going honesty. The trio of Junior Mance provides the backings, and titles include "Better Than Anything", "The Meaning Of The Blues", "Passing By", "No More", "Nobody Else But Me", "This Is Always", and "It's A Wonderful World". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gloria LynneMellow & Swinging Gloria Lynne ... CD
Fresh Sound (Switzerland), 1960. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Bill McHenryRest Stop ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 1997. Used ... $8.99
Features Bill McHenry on tenor sax, Ben Monder on guitar, Chris Higgins on bass, and Dan Rieser on drums. CD

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Ted McNabb & CoBig Band Swing ... CD
Epic/Fresh Sound, 1959. Used ... $12.99
An unusual album from the tail end of the 50s – financed by wealthy jazz afficionado Ted McNabb – and featuring Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Herb Geller, Urbie Green, Nat Pierce, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson on a set of old fashioned, swinging, big band tracks. CD
(Out of print. Please note: CD appears to be mastered from vinyl sources that may be noticeable on some players.)
Also available Big Band Swing ... LP 9.99

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Simon MoullierCountdown ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent, 2021. Used ... $6.99
Features Simon Moullier on vibes, Luca Alemanno on bass, and Jongkuk Kim on drums. CD

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Fats Navarro with Tadd DameronRoyal Roost Sessions 1948 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1948. Used ... $9.99
Features Fats Navarro on trumpet – with Tadd Dameron on piano, Rudy Williams on alto, Allen Eager on tenor, Curley Russell on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Zoot SimsPlays Alto, Tenor, & Baritone (plus Zoot) ... CD
ABC/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1956. Used ... $9.99
Two albums on one CD – both of them great! The title set is one of the grooviest 50s albums ever from the legendary Zoot Sims – a session that uses overdubbing to let Zoot create a one man horn section – blowing on record at the same time on alto, tenor, and baritone sax! The approach is far from the gimmicky sound that you might expect – and the results are really wonderful – an all Zoot-voiced sax section that has some of the smoother qualities of other 50s sextet dates (including Zoot's for RCA), but which has that great Sims' bite on all the solos! Other players include John Williams on piano, Knobby Totah on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums – and titles include a great vocal version of "Where You At", plus "Zonkin", "Pegasus", "Noshin", and "Minor Minor". The second album on the set is a bit more straight – the 1959 session on Argo simply titled Zoot – and features Zoot playing mostly tenor. The group's a quartet – with Johnny Williams on piano, Gus Johnson on drums, and Knobby Totah on bass – and Zoot's blowing in an unfettered setting that reminds us a bit of Sonny Stitt in similar settings at the same time! Tracks are shortish, but there's still plenty of room for Zoot to work in a style that's up there with his best bop recordings of the 50s – and at some level, the record's got the same sharp edge as Sims' best early sides for Prestige – but perhaps goes them one better with an added sense of tightness and maturity. The titles are pretty fresh too – and include "Poinciana", "55th & State", "920 Special", "Gus' Blues", and "Bohemia After Dark". CD

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Toots ThielemansSoul Of Toots Thielemans ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1959. Used ... $9.99
One of the strongest jazz albums we've ever heard from Toots Thielemans – and one of the straightest, too! The session has a no-gimmicks, straight-ahead approach that features Toots grooving on guitar and harmonica in small combo format – working with the Ray Bryant trio, and coming up with a sound that's surprisingly soulful – that pure "Toots" sound we always look for on other records, but don't always find! The addition of Ray's piano is mighty nice – and gives the record a great undercurrent of soul – and bass is by Tommy Bryant, and drums are by Oliver Jackson. There's a bit of sweet whistling next to the guitar on a few tracks, and titles include "Soul", "Nuages", "Misty", "Brother John", and "Confirmation". CD

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Veruca SaltEight Arms To Hold You ... LP
Minty Fresh, 1997. Near Mint- ... $199.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Minty Fresh pressing with printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and appears to have been signed by the group on front!)

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✨✧ Dave PellDave Pell Octet Plays Irving Berlin ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Players include Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Ronny Lang on alto and flute, Ray Sims on trombone, Tony Rizzi on guitar, and Jack Sperling on drums. CD

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✨✧ StezoCrazy Noise ... CD
Fresh, 1989. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Crazy noise, and a crazy great album from Stezo – really the one and only set that the man ever gave us – but a gem that really represents that great shift in hip hop lyricism in the generation of Rakim, EPMD, and Audio two! The production is wonderful – full of raw samples, but served up with lots of compelling twists and turns – that new sense of freshness in combination that Eric B and others were unleashing on the world, with maybe just a bit of Nice & Smooth sense of humor too! If we're referencing too many folks in this description, it's just our way of staying that Stezo can stand head to head with the best of them – as you'll hear on gems that include "Bring The Horns", "Freak The Funk", "Talking Sense", "It's My Turn", "Getting Paid", "Girl Trouble", "To The Max", "Put Your Body", "Jimmy's Getting Funky", "Crazy Noise", and "Going For Mine". CD

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✨✧ Sonny StittOnly The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Probably the most classic of Stitt's sides for Verve – and certainly the one that gets rated time and time again by jazz collectors. We think it's pretty darn great – although we always wonder why folks don't give Stitt's other sides for Verve as much of a chance, because they're all pretty darn excellent! The record's a very laidback session, with 4 long tracks that feature plenty of room for Stitt to meander along on his solos. The group includes Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Stan Levey – and titles include "The String", "BW Blues", and "Blues For Bags". This CD also has 4 bonus tracks including "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "I Remember You", and "I Know That You Know". CD

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✨✧ Frank StrazzeriSomebody Loves Me ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Frank Strazzeri on piano, Bill Perkins on alto flute and alto and soprano saxophone, Jack Nimitz on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, Pete Christlieb on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Dave Stone on bass, and Paul Kreibich on drums. CD

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✨✧ Yaniv Taubenhouse TrioRoads – Moments In Trio Vol3 ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2021. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Yaniv Taubenhouse on piano, Rick Rosato on bass, and Jerad Lippi on drums. CD
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✨✧ Zeshan BVetted ... CD
Minty Fresh, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A record that certainly deserves its title – as the sound is well-vetted right from the start, and not at all the gimmicky approach you might expect! Zeshan B might well be forging a whole new genre here – one of Indian soul – as the singer was raised by Indian parents in contemporary Chicago – where he developed a love of classic soul, especially the deeper variety from down south – which you'll definitely hear in the album's Memphis soul production at Ardent Studios by Lester Snell! We'll admit, we were a bit suspicious at first – but from the very first note, Zeshan won us over – a truly dedicated deep soul singer, and one who's also able to slide into a few non-English lyrics as well, but all without sounding gimmicky at all. Part of the record's strength is the instrumentation – which is as dedicated to classic Memphis modes as the singer – and titles include "Lonely Man", "Meri Jaan", "Hard Road To Travel", "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City", "Prove It To Me", "Ki Jana", "You Don't Miss Your Water", and "What Now". CD

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✨✧ Kenny DrewKenny Drew Trio – Complete Recordings 1953/1954 (New Faces New Sounds/Ideation Of Kenny Drew) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1953/1954. Used ... Out Of Stock
Early genius from Kenny Drew – a set that shows why his talents at the piano were noteworthy right from the start! The first half of the CD features tracks from an early Blue Note 10" by Kenny – titled New Faces New Sounds, and featuring Drew's piano alongside the drums of Art Blakey and bass of Curley Russell. There's certainly the mix of bop modes you might expect from Blue Note at the time, but the record also perfectly captures the warmer, more lyrical side that was the real Drew hallmark back in the 50s – a quality that really linked together the underground and mainstream worlds of jazz piano at the time, yet never succumbed to the cliches of either. Titles from that session include "Stella By Starlight", "Gloria", "Be My Love", "Yesterdays", and "Drew's Blues". Next up are 11 more tracks from The Ideation Of Kenny Drew – a 1954 session for Verve that has Drew playing with Eugene Wright on bass and either Specs Wright or Lawrence Marable on drums – plus solo piano on one additional number. The style here is sometimes even more contemplative than the Blue Note date, but no less fluid – and at times, Drew seems to rival Verve star Oscar Peterson for sheer command of the keys. Titles include "Angie", "Bluesville", "Many Miles Away", "Lo Flame", "Chartreuse", and "Kenny's Blues". CD

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✨✧ Stan Getz QuintetStan Getz At Birdland 1961 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
Stan Getz on tenor saxophone, Steve Kuhn on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums with Symphony Sid Torin as MC. CD

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✨✧ JFK QuintetNew Jazz Frontiers From Washington/Young Ideas ... CD
Riverside/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
New Jazz Frontiers From Washington is a beautiful little record – and one of the only two records made by the obscure (but wonderful) JFK Quintet! The quintet have a sound that's unlike any other combo we can think of – sharp-edged and modern at one moment, but also warmly soulful the next – all at a level that's years ahead of most other players, and which kind of points the way towards new levels of jazz expression in the early 70s. The group features a very young Andrew White on alto, and his playing is unbelievable – a fantastic mix of modernist ideas and soulful colorings that really comes out better here than on any of his later albums as a leader. Ray Codrington's on trumpet, playing with a skittish sound that further underscores the edgey sound of the record – and the great Walter Booker's on bass, working with drummer Carl Newman in a groove that's always compelling. The group plays some startling original compositions – like "Eugly's Tune", "Aw-ite", "Nairod", and "Cici's Delight" – and the album's a delight through and through! Young Ideas is one of the most fantastic (and most obscure) groups to come out of the East Coast in the early 60's. An amazing mix of modernist playing with a soul jazz sensibility. Featuring a very young (18) Andrew White on alto, playing with a tremendous amount of fire, and the great Walter Booker on bass. The rhythm's tight and choppy, the solos are insanely fantastic, and the compositions are so great that you'll swear that you've heard them for years, even though you'll also admit that they sound like nothing you've ever heard before. A really fantastic LP, and a must for any fan of hard bop soul jazz with a Mingus-y twist. Not many of you out there, we know, but if you are, this is for you! CD

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✨✧ Wynton KellyLive At The Left Bank Jazz Society – Baltimore, 1968 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1968. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Not one of the original Vee Jay albums recorded by pianist Wynton Kelly – but a really sweet set that has him stretching out in a live setting recorded by Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society in 1968! Wynton's trio – with Ron McClure on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums – is joined by the great George Coleman on tenor, who really gets a great opportunity to stretch out on the album's long tracks. The 2CD set features all of the concert, with some tracks that run upwards of 20 minutes, and which show that Coleman had a richly inventive solo talent at this point. Titles include "Unit 7", "On The Trail", "Mr PC", and "On A Clear Day". CD

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✨✧ EmmavieHoneymoon ... LP
Fresh Selects, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great set from Emmavie – one of the freshest soul singers we've heard in awhile, and a talent from the London scene we expect to be hearing a lot more from in years to come! Emmavie's got an ear for sound that often has her vocals folded right down into the music – clearly loving digital expression as much as her own organic style of singing – served up here with an approach that's crackling and bristling with energy throughout – enough depth to have ties to the old school, but a beautiful quality that definitely makes you feel that you're getting into something new. Titles include "Stop The Tape", "Distraction", "Let You Down", "High Off This", "I Hope We Never Break Up", and "Burn This House". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Irene KralBetter Than Anything ... CD
AVA/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great work by a great singer – the far under-recorded Irene Kral, a lovely lady who really bridges a number of different camps in the vocal jazz world! At one level, Irene's got the coolness of a Christy or Connor, but at another, she's got a more open, swinging, and soulful style – one that comes off with none of the hoke of Anita O'Day, and which is a perfect balance between class, cool, and easy going honesty. The trio of Junior Mance provides the backings, and titles include "Better Than Anything", "The Meaning Of The Blues", "Passing By", "No More", "Nobody Else But Me", "This Is Always", and "It's A Wonderful World". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Better Than Anything ... CD 11.99
 
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✨✧ King Sunny AdeSynchro System/Aura ... CD
Mango/T-Bird (UK), 1983/1984. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A pair of groundbreaking records from King Sunny Ade – both of which represent a new wave of interest in African music after the initial burst of the Fela Kuti generation! First up is Synchro System – fantastic work from King Sunny Ade – one of his first truly global releases, and an album that marked a whole new sound in his music! Sunny had been issuing lots of his own records back home in Nigeria – but this set has the juju master working in London, with really fantastic production that pushes his sound in really great ways – echoey waves of basslines and percussion, subtle but powerful vocals, and percolating guitar that takes on a whole new sonic sensibility in the setting! There's a richness to the texture that's amazing – almost as if Brian Eno produced – and titles include "Synchro Feelings Ilako", "Mo Ti Mo", "Penkele", "Maajo", "Synchro System", "E Saiye Re", "Tolongo", "E Wele", and "Synchro Reprise". Next up is Aura – a crucial record in the early days of the global scene in the 80s – a set that lifts the music of King Sunny Ade from its roots in Nigeria, and mixes it up with some fresh elements that really open things up for a world's worth of ears! The approach isn't commercial – at least not in the modes of the later world music years – but there's occasional elements that echo the beat culture rising up in New York and London, mixed with the warmer sounds that were always at Sunny's music – especially that way of making the acoustic percussion and basslines come together in flowing waves of completely sublime sound! All tracks are nice and long – and titles include "Gboromiro", "Oremi", "Ire", "Iro", "Ogunja", and "Ase". CD

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✨✧ David Amram & George BarrowJazz Studio No 6 – Amram-Barrow Quartet/The Eastern Scene ... LP
Decca, 1957. Very Good ... $28.99
An enigmatic set of modern jazz – recorded by the Amram-Barrow Quartet – an obscure group led by tenor saxophonist George Barrow and horn player David Amram, the latter of whom would go onto great fame in the 60s and 70s for his groundbreaking arrangements, soundtrack work, and world/jazz experiments! At this point, Amram's a young modernist with some very fresh ideas – and contributes some wonderful original tunes to the session with a moody east coast style that almost has traces of the Mingus camp – particularly the work of Jimmy Knepper and Pepper Adams. George Barrow's tone on the tenor is really tremendous – sharp and soulful, reminding us a bit of the freshness that Hank Mobley brought to some of his early sessions in the 50s, but with less of a hardbop fire. The rhythm in the group is by Arthur Phipps on bass and Al Harewood on drums (Amram plays a bit of piano as well) – and titles include "City Talk", "Someday Morning Will Come", "Somewhere Along The Way", "Phipps Quipps", "Lobo Nocho", and "I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, but is nice overall – no splits.)

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Horace AndyKing Tubby Tapes ... LP
Jet Star/Demon (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... About November 26, 2021
A double dose of Horacy Andy – a compilation of his King Tubby Tapes and a second CD of dub versions! The set features material from the classic Pure Rankin LP from the late 70s and more - loads of fresh, sparsely rumbling rhythms Horace – plus a second disc of dub. Titles include "Set Me Free", "It Grieve My Heart", "Soddom & Gomorrah", "Oure Ranjkin", "Tiotally Free", "Modern Babylon", "Set Me Dub", "Dub Right", "Pure Dubbin", "Dub Gomorrah" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Edwin AstleySaint/Secret Agent – Original Music From The TV Series ... CD
RCA/Collectables, Mid 60s. Used ... $14.99
Two lost spy soundtracks on one CD – both of them pretty darn rare, and pretty darn great! The Saint was Roger Moore's first big claim to fame, and Secret Agent starred a young Patrick McGoohan in his years before The Prisoner – and both shows features music by Edwin Astley, in keeping with the British origin of the programs, done in a cool 60s spy mode that's halfway between John Barry and Lalo Schifrin! The work on the set is great – a real treat to discover, and filled with fresh touches that put Astley right up there with all the other 60s spy greats in our book. Titles include "Mainly On The Plain", "Drake's Progress", "Drake & Ducks", "Vulgar Olga", "Staten Island Ferry", "Olaf's Dance", "Cantina", "Halo", "Slinky", and "Chaise-Lounge". CD
(Out of print.)

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AtmosphereFun EP (Happy Clown Bad Dub Eight) (picture disc) ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2005. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A killer, one time promo-only CD EP circulated ahead of Atmosphere's mid 00s classic You Can't Imagine The Fun We're Having LP – with alternate versions of "Say Hey There" and "Panic Attack", plus some equally dope tracks that strong enough to deserve a spot a proper LP. Atmosphere at a creative peak, on cuts crafted to stand the test of time. They avoided trends in '05 and just did their own thing. Wise move, this is as fresh as ever. Other tracks include "They Call It", "You Make We Wanna", "Secret", "Spaghetti Strapped", Horny Ponycorn Horns" and the bonus track "Pretty Broad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the clear PVC sleeve, with insert and download card.)

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✨✧ AzymuthCascades/Rapid Transit ... CD
Milestone, 1982/1983. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Sublimely soulful work from Azymuth – 2 albums back to back on a single CD! Cascades is fantastic fusion from a group who just couldn't miss during these early 80s California years! The sound here is smooth, but never slick – always a little offbeat, and quite different from more mainstream US fusion of the time – thanks to the genius of Jose Roberto Bertrami's keyboards, which glide one moment, dip the next, and often have these slight changes in speed that are totally great. Other members of the core trio include Alex Malheiros on bass and guitar and Ivan Conti on drums and percussion – and the set also features guest work by Mauricio Einhorn on harmonica, Jose Carlos on flute, and Sidney Moreira on percussion. Titles include "Remembering Milton", "Club Morocco", "Through The Window", "Festa Nativa", "Cascade Of The Seven Waterfalls", and "Indian Pepper". Rapid Transit is a set with a really warm groove overall – hardly the too-fast, or too-urban record you might expect from the title! Instead, there's a nicely organic sensibility going on here – a sound that feels fresh and spontaneous, even when it's in the highly electric territory of Jose Roberto Bertami's keyboards. There's a slight bit of added flute and percussion on the set, but most of the sounds here are from the core Azymuth trio – who even vocalize wordlessly on one of the album's best tracks. Titles include "Missing Doto", "Make Mine Guarana", "Gate Of Time", "I'm Just Looking Around", "Somewhere In Brazil", and "Afternoon". CD

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Bande GamboaHorizonte – Revamping Rare Gems From Guinea Bissau & Cabo Verde ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
A really fantastic idea for a project – and one that comes off even better than we would have guessed – new versions of classic grooves from the nations of Cabo Verde and Guinea Bissau, performed by a really well-matched group of singers and musicians, in a mode that's quite different than the usual revival record of this nature! The songs are definitely classics, but the presentation is very contemporary – directed by producer Guts, and Francisco Sousa, with a special ear for avoiding the sorts of cliches that both mar a project like this, and some of the stereotypes that get reinforced by reissues on the market. Instead, there's a fresh criss-crossing of cultures, but one that never waters down the roots at all – maybe a bit like some of the best Parisian productions of the 70s and 80s post-colonial years. Titles include "Dunia Be Tene", "Riba Bass Di Mi", "Citi Ku Liti", "No Guinea", "Mulato Ferrera", "Segunda", and "Di Mas". CD

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Laurent Bardianne & Tigre D'Eau DouceLove Is Everywhere ... LP
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99 36.99
A fresh set of contemporary soul jazz from French tenorist Laurent Bardianne – a jazz musician, but one with a tie to other stylistic communities – which you can hear in the record from the very first note! The quintet has a familiar lineup that includes Hammond B3, bass, drums, and percussion – the last from Roger Raspail – but the sound is often very different than the standard grooves you'd expect from such a setting, partly because the presence of Raspail does a nice job of complicating things in the rhythm department, as does the presence of a bassist next to any basslines that might be produced by the organ! Bardianne gets plenty of space to solo out front – often in a way that really matches the changed-up rhythms – and titles include "Kinshasa", "Cabane", "Song Dong Hee", "Apaches", "Insolente", "Everlasting Child", and "Love Is Everywhere" – plus the track "Star 5", which features a guest vocal appearance from Anthony Joseph. LP, Vinyl record album

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Count BasiePrime Time ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Near Mint- ... $6.99
The title's not a hokey TV reference or anything like that – but a strong reminder that the Count Basie group was still very much in their prime during the 1970s, thanks especially to the recording talents that the Pablo label brought to records like this! Most of the work here was arranged and composed by Sam Nestico – the talent who was bringing a really fresh voice to the Basie group while still keeping most of its best elements intact. The track "Bundle O Funk" features some great Fender bass in the grooves, and is arguably one of the few funky tracks that Basie ever recorded – but other tracks get back to an all acoustic groove, and include "The Great Debate", "Ya Gotta Try", "Reachin Out", "Featherweight", and "Prime Time". LP, Vinyl record album
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John BeasleyMonk'estra Vol 2 ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2017. Used ... $8.99
John Beasley hears great things in the music of Thelonious Monk – and he turns them into a whole new range of sounds and colors that really bring a fresh perspective to these famous compositions! Monk's got plenty of angles, and plenty of stop/start elements – and Beasley recasts these nicely in ways that are sometimes almost funky, other times more like these soulful bursts of expression – using the horns of the large group in ways that are almost painterly at times – respecting the core inspiration of Monk's tunes, but also illustrating their meaning with other flights of sonic delight! The album features some strong guest appearances – Dianne Reeves sings on one number, Regina Carter plays on another, and both Kamasi Washington and Conrad Herwig work on one more. Titles include "Dear Ruby", "Ugly Beauty/Pannonica", "Crepuscule With Nellie", "Evidence", "Light Blue", and "I Mean You". CD

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✨✧ Charles Bell & The Contemporary Jazz QuartetAnother Dimension ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good+ ... $28.99
A wonderful set by the enigmatic Charles Bell – a 60s modernist, but one with a great sense of soul! The album definitely lives up to its title, and has a fresh approach to the medium – a style that has some of the Modern Jazz Quartet influence in its structure, yet which also shares some more complex rhythmic ideas from the Ornette Coleman camp – mixed with a straighter hardbop vibe as well! The blend is quite compelling – and in addition to Bell's work on piano, the set also features Bill Smith on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Allan Blairman on drums. Titles include "Satan Said", "Django", "Portrait Of Aunt Mary", "Theme", and "Bass Line". LP, Vinyl record album
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Lakecia BenjaminPursuance – The Coltranes ... CD
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
The music of the Coltranes – both John and Alice – taken into wonderful directions by saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin – a younger player who clearly feels the influence of the Great One in a very deep way, but isn't about to just offer up a straight copy of the family spiritual legacy! Part of the difference lies in the fact that Lakecia plays alto, not tenor or soprano – but there's also this energy here that's really fresh, too – maybe a more compact take on the ideas of the songs, but also strongly collaborative too – as the record features contributions from so many other great artists – Gary Bartz and Steve Wilson on alto, Meshell Ndegeocello and Reggie Workman on bass, Marc Cary on piano, Brandee Younger on harp, and Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals. The lineup changes nicely throughout the album, and there's many flavors of reflection in this Coltrane rainbow – on titles that include "Turiya & Ramakrishna", "Om Shanti", "Alabama", "Acknowledgement", "Liberia", "Central Park West", "Sprial", "Syeeda's Song Flute", and "Pursuance". CD

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✨✧ George BensonBenson Burner ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s/1976. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
A 2LP set that features some great early groovers from George Benson – cut for Columbia back in the late 60s, when George was fresh out of Jack McDuff's classic combo, and grooving on his own with the help of organist Lonnie Smith. These tracks have gotten pretty hard to find on vinyl over the years, which makes the set even more essential than it was a decade ago, when you could still find it easily in the cutout bins. Most numbers have a great raw organ/guitar groove – much different and a lot more soulful than most of the other jazz on Columbia at the time. Tracks include "Benson's Rider", "Clabber Biscuits", "Chicken Giblets", "Mama Wailer", "Hammond's Bossa Nova", "Peg Leg Jack", "Jaguar", "Keep Talkin", and "Slow Scene". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Black Art Jazz CollectiveBlack Art Jazz Collective – Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club ... CD
Sunnyside, 2016. Used ... $9.99
A totally great group – all hip leaders who've given us great records on their own in recent years, working together here as a combo with a really fresh sound of its own! The music draws on the strengths of the individual members, but also really pushes forward, too – as their unified voices create moments of pride and power that are maybe even brighter than recent records on own – a truly artful collective expression of the talents of Wayne Escoffery on tenor, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, James Burton on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Vincente Archer on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. There's maybe more angular lines than we might have expected, but still a deep sense of warmth as well – on titles that include "Essence Of Beauty", "Double Consciousness", "Going Somewhere", "Salvador Da Bahia", "Devil Eyes", and "Awaiting Change". CD
(Out of print. Mark through barcode.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyMoanin' (Non-RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $4.99
One of Art Blakey's first true moments of genius! This transitional version of the Jazz Messengers included two parts – Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons – of the holy Morgan/Shorter/Timmons trilogy, and it's also got the added bonus of Benny Golson on tenor, who was at the height of his power at this point. The record really shines in ways that few Blakey albums shone since his days with Horace Silver – in that it's a forum for fresh new writing, most importantly Golson's landmark compositions "Blues March" and "Along Came Betty", and Timmons' instant classic "Moanin". The whole album's wonderful, though, and Golson's edgey modernism adds a strong dimension to the group's usual soulful romping groove! (And in fact, as a tribute to the group's success, the album was initially named Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, but quickly retitled Moanin in this version, after the big hit single!) CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Moanin' (RVG remastered edition – with bonus track) ... CD 6.99

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Art BlakeyMoanin' (RVG remastered edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
One of Art Blakey's first true moments of genius! This transitional version of the Jazz Messengers included two parts – Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons – of the holy Morgan/Shorter/Timmons trilogy, and it's also got the added bonus of Benny Golson on tenor, who was at the height of his power at this point. The record really shines in ways that few Blakey albums shone since his days with Horace Silver – in that it's a forum for fresh new writing, most importantly Golson's landmark compositions "Blues March" and "Along Came Betty", and Timmons' instant classic "Moanin". The whole album's wonderful, though, and Golson's edgey modernism adds a strong dimension to the group's usual soulful romping groove! (And in fact, as a tribute to the group's success, the album was initially named Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, but quickly retitled Moanin in this version, after the big hit single!) CD also features a bonus version of "Moanin". CD
Also available Moanin' (Non-RVG edition) ... CD 4.99

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Terence BlanchardMagnetic ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. Used ... $5.99
The continuing evolution of Terence Blanchard – a trumpeter who's had a great sense of restraint in recent recordings – which makes each new musical moment a very nice surprise! This is the first small group set we've heard from Terence in a number of years – and it's got a fresh feel that comes through on the boldness of the very first notes, and on the ever-shifting sense of mood and color that graces the entire set – a style that references Blanchard's work in soundtrack and other large-format settings, but which comes through even more strongly here in the presence of a smaller group! Blanchard's got some great tenor help on the record – mostly from Brice Winston, but also a bit from Ravi Coltrane too – and the other key players on the set are pianist Fabian Almazan on piano, Joshua Crumbly on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums. The set also features a bit of guest work from Lionel Loueke on guitar and Ron Carter on bass – and titles include "Another Step", "Time To Spare", "Comet", "Hallucinations", "Magnetic", "Don't Run", and "Pet Step Sitter's Theme Song". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, disc has a promo stamp.)

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Paul BleyIntroducing Paul Bley (10-inch) ... LP
Debut, 1953. Very Good ... $159.99
The earliest work on record from pianist Paul Bley – the Canadian modernist who'd become much better known for his more experimental work in later years, but who's heard here in a slightly straighter trio set! Even at this early point, though, Bley's talents are amazing – sharp-edged and fresh – still with a few touches of traditional pianistic approach, but often breaking into surprising twists and turns on the solos. Titles include "Opus 1", "Teapot", "Like Someone In Love", "Spontaneous Combustion", "Split Kick", and "Can't Get Started". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light surface wear, some wear at the top seam, and small sticker remnants on back.)

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✨✧ Willie BoboBobo Motion ... LP
Verve, 1967. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Bobo Motion is groovy motion – heard here on one of Willie's best albums for Verve from the late 60s – a really unique blend of jazz, Latin, and soul-based rhythms! The set's even tighter than some of Willie's other Verve records – and like the classic Uno Dos Tres, it's got some nicely greasy numbers that slide around wonderfully in the groove – next to others that are cleaner, leaner, and plenty darn jazzy! Willie sings a bit on the record, but not much – and the real highlight is the heavy timbales on most of the rhythms, and the crack small combo Latin sound throughout. All tracks are great – and even familiar numbers sound fresh under the Bobo touch! Titles include "Ain't That Right", "Cute", "Evil Ways", "Show Me", "Black Coffee", "Night Walk", and "La Bamba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and very minor nick on the cover.)

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Anthony BraxtonFreedom Years (Complete Braxton/Silence/Time Zones) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969/1971/1976. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... $29.99
A trio of fantastic recordings from Anthony Braxton – all of them at a pivotal time in his career, and each with his reed work in a very different setting! First up is the double-length album The Complete Braxton – a record that's something of a document of Anthony Braxton during his brief period with the group Circle – but a set that also offers up an expanded take on their new idea of freedoms in jazz! Braxton plays alto, soprano, clarinet, and bass clarinet – using his angular reedwork amidst his own fantastic "equation" compositions – which allow for plenty of improvisation from shifting lineups that include Chick Corea on piano, Dave Holland on bass and cello, and Barry Altschul on percussion! The tracks also feature the great Kenny Wheeler on trumpet and flugelhorn – playing mostly at moments when the piano of Corea drops out – and one tune also features the London Tuba Ensemble, who make for an especially bracing sound! Titles include "67M F-12", "R76", "JNK", and a bunch of those compositions that just have pictures for the title! Silence features Anthony Braxton, recorded in Paris at the end of the 60s – but in the company of two very familiar talents from his hometown – Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and Leroy Jenkins on violin! Unlike some of Braxton's other Paris recordings, there's a very strong Chicago vibe going on here – as both of the album's long tracks unfold with thoughtful, almost gentle improvisation at times – a very different current of spiritualism than the post-Coltrane world, with all players picking up other instruments at times – in that mode-shifting way that made the early AACM so wonderfully creative! The set features two side-long titles – "Silence" and "Off The Top Of My Head". Time Zones is one of Anthony Braxton's most compelling albums of the 70s – a series of sonic explorations recorded with electronic music artist Richard Teitelbaum – whose work on a variety of moog synthesizers makes for a very groundbreaking accompaniment to Braxton's work on soprano, alto, and bass clarinet! The album features two long improvisations – "Crossing" and "Behemoth Dreams" – both of which are maybe more in the organic territory of the AACM than some of the later experiments that have electronics and improvisation – a really special space that the pair create together that's different from earlier electro-acoustic work, and even the sound of MEV or AMM – a completely fresh approach to electronics in improvisation – graced with some very interesting moments from Braxton as well. CD

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Peter BrotzmannChicago Octet/Tentet (3CD set) ... CD
Okka Disk, 1998. New Copy 3CD ... $42.99 48.99
One of the greatest releases ever from the Okka Disk label – a legendary set that stands as a great testament to the global improvising scene that exploded in Chicago during the 90s! Back in the early years of FMP, nobody would have thought to use the name "Peter Brotzmann" and "Chicago" in the same context – but by the time of these recordings, the legendary reedman had been spending quite a bit of time in the Windy City – working strongly alongside that decade's fresh generation of improvisers, at a level that also helped Brotzmann discover new energy in his music too! The lineup here is great – both octet and tentet groups that operate in an improvising orchestra tradition – with players that include Ken Vandermark on tenor and bass clarinet, Mars Williams on tenor and alto, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Mats Gustafsson on baritone and fluteophone, Joe McPhee on pocket cornet and valve trombone, Fred Lonberg Holm on cello, Kent Kessler on bass, Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake on drums and percussion, and Brotzmann himself on tenor, clarinet, and tarogato. The set features three different live recordings, and one long studio set recorded over two days – a fantastic collection of music. Titles include "Burning Spirit (For Kazuka Shiraishi)", "Other Brothers", "Old Bottles No Wine, "Aziz", "Foolish Infinity", "Immediate Music", "Makapoor", "Foolish Infinity", "Other Brothers" and "Divide By Zero". CD
(Hand-numbered limited edition pressing.)

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Aaron Parnell BrownTin Man ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Aaron Parnell Brown's no tin man here – as the record has a rock-solid sound from the very first note, and a fresh approach that really sets Brown apart from so many male soul singers in the contemporary underground! Aaron's got this laidback vibe in his music – a deeply soulful approach that flows at its own pace, and doesn't need to step out sharply, and knock you over the head – instead kind of sliding into each track with gentle care, then letting things build up as the warm vocals glow nicely over the course of the record. That doesn't mean that things are sloppy or sleepy at all – just carefully confident to never burn the fire too brightly at one point – and instead go for this slow burn that really keeps the album strong throughout. Titles include "Bleed Me Dry", "Can't Stop", "Just Leave", "Somewhere Around", "Changes", "Everlasting Light", "I Believe In You", and "We All Fall In Love Sometimes". CD

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Chuck Brown & The Soul SearchersFunk Express (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Source/Raw Venture, 1980. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
A great lost moment from seminal DC funk artist Chuck Brown – a set done after his mid 70s Sussex albums with the Soul Searchers, but before his bigger shift to GoGo modes in the 80s – all with a surprisingly jazzy vibe at times, thanks to sharp production from the great Wayne Henderson! The album's more Chuck's own than some of the Henderson/At-Home productions of the period – but the mix of styles is great, as Wayne has a way of bringing a fresh sort of focus to the Chuck Brown sound, in a style that's very much like his Bustin Loose record – tight, but never too slick or commercial – balanced in just the right way! Titles include a remake of Henderson's great "Keep That Same Old Feeling" – plus "Sticks & Stones", "Come On & Boogie", "In The Pocket", "Who Are You", "Time Has No Ending", and "Slow Down". CD has four bonus tracks – all issued here for the first time – "I Love You I Do", "Get Up Get Down", "I Want To Ta Ta You Baby", and "The Key". CD

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Oscar Brown Jr.Sin & Soul ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Trend-setting vocal work from Oscar Brown Jr – one of the hippest singers of his generation, and a vocalist who really took things to the next level in the 60s! Brown's got a sound that's partially influenced by the vocalese of Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and other singers of the 50s – but his groove here is also a bit more fluid and lyrical too – thanks to some great lyrics penned by Oscar, some of which went on to become classics over the years. Like his predecessors, many of the tunes chosen by Brown got their start as jazz instrumentals, but sparkle anew here with fresh lyrics that really liven them up a lot – tales of sin and soul and a lot more, often delivered with a good sense of wit. Titles include great vocal versions of "Dat Dere", "Work Song", and "Afro-Blue", plus some of his great original compositions, like "Brown Baby", "But I Was Cool", and "Rags and Old Iron". The arrangements are great, with a nice jazzy sound – and the group includes the excellent Floyd Morris on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 Eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and half split seams.)

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Dave BrubeckTime Further Out ... LP
Columbia, 1961. Very Good ... $13.99
Like Dave Brubeck's legendary Time Out set? Try this one – a great record that takes off from the concept of the first, but which goes in some very fresh new directions – using the same great group with Paul Desmond on alto, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morello on drums! Dave's still working out some nutty time signatures here – but apart from the science, the thing that really makes the record cook is Desmond's alto – icy, edgey, floating, and always a treat – almost even more amazing in the space of some of these offbeat numbers. Titles include "Maori Blues", "Far More Drums", "Bluetee", "Far More Blue", and "It's A Raggy Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye stereo pressing. Cover has light wear, some aging, some clear tape along the top and some staining from moisture along the bottom quarter.)

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Peabo BrysonDon't Play With Fire ... CD
Capitol/PTG (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Tremendous work from Peabo Bryson – and a record that really has him coming on strong, and staying long! Bryson's vocals are sublime – rooted in gospel depth, but turned towards some warmer secular modes – all wrapped up in a style that's tight, but never slick – perfect production by Peabo himself, with a care and sensitivity that's quite different than some of his later, clunkier work. Bryson is still a mighty fresh talent at this point in his career – glowing with an inner light that really shines through – on tracks that include "Go For It", "We Don't Have To Talk", "Turn It On", "Words", "Let Me Be The One You Need", "Give Me Your Love", and "Don't Play With Fire". CD

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Segun BucknorSegun Bucknor ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1975. Used ... $6.99
Seminal sounds from Segun Bucknor – one of the most soulful singers on the Nigerian scene of the 70s, and an artist who can mix funky grooves with some of the deeper currents and moodier themes that you'll hear in Zamrock recordings of the time! The album begins with some excellent upbeat riffing – but also balances things out wonderfully with some slower funk numbers – tunes that used blue organ lines that really fit the spirit of the vocals, while bubbling along a more gentle groove! The sound is pretty darn fresh, all these many years later – and the album's a great illustration of the revolutionary power that Bucknor brought to the scene. Titles include "The Price Of Love", "No Condition Is Permanent", "Everybody Wondering Why I Love You", "The Good Things Of Life", "Tragedy", and "Nigeria One & Forever". CD
(Still sealed.)

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Budos BandLong In The Tooth ... CD
Daptone, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Budos Band may be long in the tooth – 15 years since their first record (!) – but they still sound pretty darn funky and fresh to our ears, and maybe even return here to some of the rawer modes of their first few records! The approach is simple, but fantastic – heavy drums on the bottom and exotic horns on the top – almost as if a hip hop DJ discovered all the best funky tracks from the Ethiopiques series back in the mid 90s, then set about to create a unique brand of instrumentals – all colored with sweet keyboard lines and other great touches! Titles include "Sixth Hammer", "Dusterado", "Silver Stallion", "The Wrangler", "Gun Metal Grey", "Budonian Knight", "Mierda De Toro", and "Snake Hawk". CD

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Gary BurtonGenuine Tong Funeral ... LP
RCA, 1968. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most ambitious projects ever from vibist Gary Burton – an extended piece written by Carla Bley – and billed as "A Dark Opera Without Words"! The work has a feel that's much more fluid than opera, though – and is a great instrumental outing that not only features Gary's vibes at their youthful best, with support from his quartet – but which also includes extra work from Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Gato Barbieri on tenor, and Carla Bley herself on piano. The music is never too far out, but with angular tones and strange time changes that mark the record as being quite different from Gary's other sides for RCA. It also makes the record one of his best, too – as the set has that wonderfully fresh sound that you get from early work by Bley – never too silly, and with a serious approach to composition that also never loses sight of its roots in jazz. Titles include "The New Funeral March", "Silent Spring", "Mother Of The Dead Man", "Death Rolls", and "The New National Anthem". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, with a small split in the bottom seam.)

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Gary BurtonGenuine Tong Funeral (RCA Master) ... LP
RCA (France), 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the most ambitious projects ever from vibist Gary Burton – an extended piece written by Carla Bley – and billed as "A Dark Opera Without Words"! The work has a feel that's much more fluid than opera, though – and is a great instrumental outing that not only features Gary's vibes at their youthful best, with support from his quartet – but which also includes extra work from Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Gato Barbieri on tenor, and Carla Bley herself on piano. The music is never too far out, but with angular tones and strange time changes that mark the record as being quite different from Gary's other sides for RCA. It also makes the record one of his best, too – as the set has that wonderfully fresh sound that you get from early work by Bley – never too silly, and with a serious approach to composition that also never loses sight of its roots in jazz. Titles include "The New Funeral March", "Silent Spring", "Mother Of The Dead Man", "Death Rolls", and "The New National Anthem". LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s issue.)

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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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Butcher Brown#KingButch ... CD
Concord, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Fantastically jamming genius from Butcher Brown – a contemporary funk combo, but one with a sound that owes nothing to anyone else! These guys aren't retro, or any kind of jamband offshoot – and instead, they rework vintage instrumentation with a very fresh feel of their own – a groove that's been well-nurtured on previous releases, and which really explodes here – heavy with Fender Rhodes, bass, guitar, and drums – and getting occasional vocals touches from Tennishu, who also blows trumpet and tenor! There's maybe a bit more vocals than before, but they're right on the money, and perfect for the sound – on cuts that include "1992", "Broad Rock", "Cabbage", "#KingButch", "Gum In My Mouth", "Hopscotch", "Tidal Wave", "For The City", "IDK", and "Love Lock". CD
Also available #KingButch ... LP 18.99

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Butcher Brown#KingButch ... LP
Concord, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99 21.99
Fantastically jamming genius from Butcher Brown – a contemporary funk combo, but one with a sound that owes nothing to anyone else! These guys aren't retro, or any kind of jamband offshoot – and instead, they rework vintage instrumentation with a very fresh feel of their own – a groove that's been well-nurtured on previous releases, and which really explodes here – heavy with Fender Rhodes, bass, guitar, and drums – and getting occasional vocals touches from Tennishu, who also blows trumpet and tenor! There's maybe a bit more vocals than before, but they're right on the money, and perfect for the sound – on cuts that include "1992", "Broad Rock", "Cabbage", "#KingButch", "Gum In My Mouth", "Hopscotch", "Tidal Wave", "For The City", "IDK", and "Love Lock". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available #KingButch ... CD 13.99

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Donald ByrdByrd's Eye View ... CD
Transition/Universal (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021
A wailer! This rare 1955 album is one of Donald Byrd's first records as a leader – recorded for the tiny Transition label in Boston, but with a hardbop groove that's right up there with his early work for Savoy and Blue Note. The record is practically a Jazz Messengers session – as it features Art Blakey on drums, Horace Silver on piano, Hank Mobley on tenor, and Doug Watkins on bass – and it's also got the unique aspect of a two-trumpet frontline, as the young Joe Gordon joins Donald on the instrument for the session. Tracks are long and open-ended – with incredibly well-crafted playing that really keeps the set fresh, despite the young age of Donald at the time. Titles include "El Sino", "Doug's Blues", "Hank's Tune", and "Hank's Other Tune". CD

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Beth CarvalhoCanto Por Um Novo Dia ... CD
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic early work from Beth Carvalho – exactly the kind of record that made her one of the greatest female samba singers in the 70s! Beth holds this tiny guitar on the cover, and plays the instrument beautifully alongside her vocals – which have this sense of majesty right from the start, but never any touch of pride or arrogance – just this righteous power that makes each of these tunes soar beautifully, with very little effort at all! Production is nicely understated – never too warm, or trying for any sort of commercial approach – instead in this very timeless vibe that makes the whole thing sound as fresh today as when it was cut back in the 70s. Titles include "Fim de Reinado", "Mariana Da Gente", "Salve A Preguica Meu Pai", "Evocacao No 1", "Hora De Chorar", and "Canto Por Um Novo Dia". CD

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ChangeChange Of Heart (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
A game-changing album from Change – a real breakthrough for the early 80s international soul combo! Change Of Heart has some great production by Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis – and on top of that, it's perhaps the best set of songs the group had recorded to to date. Jam/Lewis wrote half the tunes and produced most of the album, which is front-loaded with some of the best of them. They kick up the beat them the big hit "Change Of Heart", along with the great "You Are My Melody", "True Love", "It Burns Me Up", and the more mellow "Say You Love Me Again", the album's opener. Change's own Timmy Allen's songs are great, too – and the record is remarkably consistent as a whole. Slick without sacrificing the soul, and with the bouncing mid 80s Jam/Lewis production vibe that's sounds as fresh as ever! Other titles include "Lovely Lady", "Got My Eyes On You" and "It Burns Me Up". This Big Break UK remastered version has 4 bonus tracks: "Change Of Heart (Single Version)", ""You Are My Melody (Single Version)", "It Burns Me Up (Single Version)" and "Change Of Heart (12" Alternate Dance Version)". CD

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ChangeEverything & More – The Complete Collection 1980 to 2019 (Glow Of Love/Miracles/Sharing Your Love/This Is Your Time/Change Of Heart/Turn On Your Radio/Love 4 Love) (7CD set) ... CD
Edsel (UK), 1980s. New Copy 7CD ... $64.99 69.99
A huge batch of work from Change – all the group's classic albums from the 80s, plus some great work from later years too – all with bonus tracks added to most of the records! First up is Glow Of Love – the classic debut from Change – and the start of an amazing run of groovers in the early 80s! The set's got a tight, jazzy feel throughout – a stripped-down approach to disco modes, with the same focus on the basslines that you'd find in work by Chic – but a style that's almost even more instrumentally focused overall, given the great range of studio players who worked on the set. Yet there's also some key vocal moments, too – work by Luther Vandross that really helps make some of the best tracks sparkle, and which went onto catapult Vandross into a rich solo career on his own. Next is Miracles – a brilliant second set from Change – working here without Luther Vandross on lead vocals, but hardly missing a beat at all! As before, the basslines are at the core of the set – a sweet stripped-down approach that brings even more focus onto the bottom of the groove for early 80s dancefloors – with loads of numbers that step along in a really groovy mode – one quite far from the cliches of disco, and inflected by loads of jazzy elements that keep things fresh over the years! Vocals are by James Robinson – previously with Lonnie Liston Smith – Diva Gray, and Jocelyn Shaw. Sharing Your Love is sweet modern soul from this great group – one of the brightest points in major label soul during the early 80s! Change, ironically, is a group that went through a number of line-up changes, even in their prime – with the tight, clubby, yet genuinely soulful production a constant. This record is made all the better for the beautifully soulful dual lead vocals of James Robinson and Deborah Cooper. The tracks have deeply layered live instrumentation – keyboards, guitar, percussion, horns and strings – blended seamlessly with early 80s production touches. This Is Your Love is an overlooked set from Change – a record that possibly wasn't as hit-worthy as some of their previous efforts – yet one that still had the group very much at the top of their game! By this point, Change had really evolved past being just a studio project, into a rock-solid soul group with a definite ear for a groove – particularly the tight, lean sort of rhythms that percolated in the post-Chic era – making a perfect fit for the slightly jazzy production of the record. Bassbits and beats drive most of the rhythms, but there's still a nice degree of warmth – and vocals are handled by Deborah Cooper, James Robinson, Rick Brennan, and Timmy Allen – who each seem to get their moment in the spotlight, furthering the well-rounded sound of the record. Next is Change Of Heart – a game-changing album from Change – a real breakthrough for the early 80s international soul combo! Change Of Heart has some great production by Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis – and on top of that, it's perhaps the best set of songs the group had recorded to to date. Jam/Lewis wrote half the tunes and produced most of the album, which is front-loaded with some of the best of them. Turn On Your Radio is not nearly as well-known as their first few hits, but still in that all-solid approach to the groove that was the Change trademark during the early 80s! The sound is a bit more stripped down than before – tight beats and keyboards, mostly in a mellow to midtempo mode – all topped with vocals from male and female members of the group! Change still have a great way with a hook here – an approach to soul that's tight and professional, yet not nearly as cloying as some of the chart-climbing acts of their generation. And as before, the keyboards are almost as great as the vocals – with slight jazzy inflections that warm up the tunes nicely! Last up is Love 4 Love – a 2018 comeback for Change – still sounding great all these many years later, but in a slightly different way! The balance between all elements here is fantastic – as the music has all the best parts of the group's earlier music, but also updates the sound a bit – in the way that a combo like Incognito or Brand New Heavies were updating older soul music back in the 90s, by grabbing all the strongest parts of the past, and fusing them into a fresh lean groove. The songs are upbeat, positive, and full of the kind of catchy hooks that Change always did so well! Box set features 78 tracks in all – with bonus tracks added to most albums! CD

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ChangeMiracles ... LP
Atlantic, 1981. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A brilliant second set from Change – working here without Luther Vandross on lead vocals, but hardly missing a beat at all! As before, the basslines are at the core of the set – a sweet stripped-down approach that brings even more focus onto the bottom of the groove for early 80s dancefloors – with loads of numbers that step along in a really groovy mode – one quite far from the cliches of disco, and inflected by loads of jazzy elements that keep things fresh over the years! Vocals are by James Robinson – previously with Lonnie Liston Smith – Diva Gray, and Jocelyn Shaw – and titles include "On Top", "Paradise", "Hold Tight", "Your Move", "Stop For Love", and "Heaven Of My Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Bill CharlapUptown Downtown ... CD
Verve/Impulse, 2017. Used ... $6.99
Pianist Bill Charlap in a hell of a trio – working here with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington – both players who make the record bristle with fresh energy right from the start! Charlap's command of tone and timing are as wonderful here as on other records – already a great enough start in itself – but Kenny's well-paced work on drums, and those warmly-crafted lines on bass from Peter make the whole album a real treat – almost back to the kinds of surprising moments that both Washingtons brought to trio dates back in the 90s. If you're a Charlap fan, don't worry – Bill's style is very firmly in the lead here – but if you're looking for something extra, too, you'll definitely find it here – on titles that include "Satellite", "There's A Small Hotel", "I'm All Smiles", "Uptown Downtown", "Curtains", and "Bon Ami". CD

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Ed CherrySoul Tree ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
A killer guitar and Hammond session with a really sublime sort of sound – a groove that's wonderfully free of cliche – and which has an open, spacious quality that few artists can match! Given the instrumentation, the album's steeped in tradition, but never tries to just rehash an older Prestige Records vibe – and instead guitarist Ed Cherry and organist Kyle Koehler find a way of soaring out in their own spirits – opening up strongly in a bass-less trio that only features the drums of Anwar Marshall to keep things snapping along. The pairing is perfect – on the level of Grant Green with Larry Young, or Pat Martino with Don Patterson – yet very much with its own spirit, too. Cherry's arrangements are great, too – providing very fresh takes on familiar tunes, alongside his own compositions. Titles include "Central Park West", "A New Blue", "Rachel's Step", "Ode To Angela", "Little Sunflower", "Little Girl Big Girl", and "Peace". CD

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ChinaSimulacro ... CD
Candeeiro (Brazil), 2007. Used ... $3.99
'Dark-edged Brazilian pop from China – but work that still has a nice sense of warmth overall! There's a balance here that takes some of the sharper guitars and rhythms of early 80s postpunk, and wraps them around some of the hipper MPB modes of the post-Tropicalia years – all fused together with the evocative vocals of China, which are often presented with a slight bit of processing. The mix of styles is hard to pin down accurately – especially as it changes somewhat from track to track – but there's a really unique, personal feel to the set – a vision as fresh as sounds coming from Lenine, Arnaldo Antunes, and other progressive Brazilian artists of a decade before. Titles include "Cancer", "Sem Paz", "Asas Nos Pes", "Jardim De Inverno", "Um Dia Lindo De Morrer", "Pastiche", and "Durmo Acordo". CD

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✨✧ Choice MC'sBeat Of The Street/Dub Of The Street/Gordy's Groove (Opie's rmx, Mayberry mix) ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1985. Good ... Just Sold Out!
Old school big beat Lynn drum tracks, with Fresh Gordon. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Vinyl plays with crackles.)

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June ChristyTampico ... CD
Collectors Choice, Mid 40s. Used ... $6.99
Rare early recordings from the great June Christy – mostly from radio sources, at a time when she was backed by the Stan Kenton orchestra! Even at this early point, the Christy/Kenton combination is amazing – fresh and modern, and light years ahead of the style of other swing-era singers – way full of feeling, but also inflected with these unusual tones and unusual timings that get way past the hoke. Titles include "Ride On", "Tampico", "Are You Livin Old Man", "Got A Penny Jenny", "I Never Thought I'd Sing The Blues", "It's Been A Long Long Time", and "That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch". CD
(Out of print.)

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Suzanne CianiMusic For Denali ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99 26.99
One of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from electronic pioneer Suzanne Ciani – and one of the earliest too! The tracks here were composed for a documentary in 1973 – one dealing with skiing in Alaska – and Ciani uses a sublime mix of acoustic piano and Buchla synthesizer for the score – laid out on long tracks that have a really organic, tuneful energy – shifting between mood throughout the course of the record – and highlighting a warmth of piano talent that we never knew about from Suzanne! The blend of electric and acoustic is fantastic – a bit like some of the Brian Eno piano/electronics experiments over the years, and some of the mid 70s work issued on his Obscure Music imprint – although here, done by Ciani a few years before, the whole thing is even more revolutionary. Titles include "Windy Corner", "Fresh Snow", "Denali", "Downhill At Last", "Getting To The Top", "Snow Climbing", and "The Last Rest". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny ClarkMy Conception (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1959. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
An album that was recorded right in the middle of the fantastic run of Blue Note albums by pianist Sonny Clark – but a set that wasn't issued until many years later, even though it's one of the best of the bunch! The vibe here is prime late 50s Blue Note – not just thanks to Sonny's great work on piano, and the fresh tunes that he brought to the set – but also because the rest of the group is a really all-star lineup too – Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums! The set's got Clark at his most lyrical – playing with a lot of hardbop fire, but also some touches of Horace Silver soulfulness, a perfect match for session-mates Donald Byrd and Hank Mobley. Mobley's in particularly fine form at this point, and the whole set's a real winner! Titles include "Junka", "Blues Blue", "Minor Meeting", and "Royal Flush". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet series – heavy vinyl and cover!)

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Sonny ClarkSonny's Crib ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... About October 20, 2021 (delayed)
Pure genius from the great Sonny Clark – one of the key Blue Note albums recorded in his all-too-short career – and a set that offers up his perfect blend of modern jazz ideas and hardbop energy! The group here is an all-star one – with a young John Coltrane making one of his few Blue Note appearances – alongside Donald Byrd on trumpet and Curtis Fuller on trombone – a frontline that's brimming over with young enthusiasm and fresh concepts – as Clark moves things along with Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums! Titles include two of Sonny's landmark compositions – "News for Lulu" and "Sonny's Crib" – plus smoking renditions of "Speak Low" and "With a Song in My Heart". CD

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Sonny ClarkSonny's Crib ... LP
Blue Note/LMLR, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... About December 1, 2021
Pure genius from the great Sonny Clark – one of the key Blue Note albums recorded in his all-too-short career – and a set that offers up his perfect blend of modern jazz ideas and hardbop energy! The group here is an all-star one – with a young John Coltrane making one of his few Blue Note appearances – alongside Donald Byrd on trumpet and Curtis Fuller on trombone – a frontline that's brimming over with young enthusiasm and fresh concepts – as Clark moves things along with Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums! Titles include two of Sonny's landmark compositions – "News for Lulu" and "Sonny's Crib" – plus smoking renditions of "Speak Low" and "With a Song in My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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