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✨✧ 4-Ever FreshI Got A Good Thang (voc, acapella, dub)/Urban Sound Surgeon (voc, acapella, inst) ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1988. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Late 80s fast rap styles with some classic Meters and James Brown samples. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered Tommy Boy sleeve.)
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Lyle MurphyNew Orbits In Sound/12 Tone Compositions & Arrangements By Lyle Murphy (aka Gone With The Woodwinds) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1955. Used ... $14.99
New Orbits In Sound is an obscure west coast set – featuring some very hard-driving big band arrangements, short but with breakout solos that really keep things moving along at a good pace. Murphy wrote and arranged most of the material – cool little offbeat tunes, many with a space theme to match the cover of the album. Players include Frank Morgan, Milt Bernhart, Chico Hamilton, Buddy Colette, and Bob Gordon – and titles include "Lost In A Fugue", "Frantastic", "Frankly Speaking", "Tone Poem", and "Orbit". Gone With The Woodwinds is a rare bit of mid 50s modernism from composer Lyle Murphy – one of the most angular talents on the west coast scene of the time, but an artist who also manages to swing with a nice little groove! On one hand, Murphy's got some key academic inspiration behind his music – as you might guess from the "12 Tone" title – but on another, he still works with a sense of jazz solo energy, so that he lets the players in his group get enough voice into the tunes to shape them into their own. Members of the group include Buddy Collette, Abe Most, Russ Cheever, Jack Dumon, and Chuck Gentry on reeds – plus rhythm from Andre Previn on piano, Curtis Counce on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Most tunes have complicated reed interplay, supported by more swinging jazz rhythms – and titles include "Poly Doodle", "Perdido", "Triton", "Fourth Dimension", "Seismograph", and "Pemba". CD

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Omer AvitalThink With Your Heart ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2001. Used ... $9.99
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Lena Bloch & FeatheryRose Of Lifta ... CD
Fresh Sound, 2021. Used ... $6.99
Lena Bloch on tenor saxophone, Russ Lossing on piano, Cameron Brown on double bass, and Billy Mintz on drums. CD

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Andrew BoudreauNeon ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2022. Used ... $6.99
Andrew Boudreau on piano, Neta Raanan on tenor saxophone, Simon Willson on bass, and Eviatar Slivnik on drums. CD

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Nicholas BrustFrozen In Town ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2020. Used ... $9.99
Nicholas Brust on alto saxophone, Ben Eunson on guitar, Tuomo Uusitalo on piano, Josh Allen on bass, and Jay Sawyer on drums. CD
(Still sealed.)

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Buddy ColletteBuddy Collette – The Complete 1961 Milano Sessions ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1961. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 29.99
Reedman Buddy Collette is best known for his west coast work of the 50s – his own albums as leader, his work with Chico Hamilton, and a number of other sessions too – yet his performances here in Italian sessions from the early 60s is completely revelatory – and arguably better than most of his music back home in LA! These dates have an ability to combine players and modes of expression – as Collette continues his multi-reed approach, using flute, alto, and even a bit of clarinet – in the company of some tremendous European players who really bring a lot to the sessions – putting Buddy in the sort of company that's very different than he got in the US! The package features material from the rare albums Buddy Colette In Italy, The Polyhedric, and Soft Touch Of Buddy Collette – plus unreleased tracks from the sessions too – and players include Dusko Goykovich on trumpet Renatto Sallani on piano, Dino Piana on trombone, Gianni Basso on tenor, Giorgio Azzolini on bass, Oscar Valdambrini on trumpet, Franco Cerri on guitar, Jacques Pelzer on flute, Amadeo Tommasi on piano, and Jimmy Pratt on drums – on a total of 38 tracks that include "Miss Helen", "Blues For Nicola", "Slavic Mood", "San Carlo", "Pickford Street", "Paddi", "Soft Touch", "Speak Low", "Lonely Flute", "Santa Monica", and "Jake". CD

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Sonny CrissSonny Criss Quartet Featuring Wynton Kelly (aka Sonny Criss At The Crossroads) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1959. Used ... $14.99
A new reissue of this obscure 1959 session recorded by Sonny Criss, one of our favorite alto players of all time! Criss recorded this album in Chicago, as Sonny Criss At The Crossroads, and it's one of the only jazz records ever on the Peacock label, which put out mostly gospel and blues – but it's issued here under a different title and on a different label. The style of the record is more relaxed than his mid 50's bop recordings, which tend to be a bit frenetic sometimes, and Criss solos with a maturity that approaches his classic Prestige recordings of the late 60's. He's joined by Wynton Kelly on piano (originally listed under the fake name of Joe Scott), and the Chicago rhythm section of Bob Cranshaw and Walter Perkins, both fresh from the MJT+3 – and the album's got a great tone, warm solos, and a nice vibe throughout. Tracks include "You Don't Know", "Butts Delight", "Softly", and "Sylvia". CD

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Hank De ManoHank De Mano Quartet In Concert (Flyin Flugelhorn/Hank De Mano Quartet In Concert) ... CD
Freeway/Fresh Sound (Spain), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A pair of rare albums from Hank De Mano – a flugelhorn player from the LA scene of the 60s – one who mostly seemed to work in a live setting! On Flyin Fluegelhorn, Hank De Mano is a great player on the flugelhorn – hardly "flyin" at all, despite the title – and instead a very careful, sensitive soloist who really takes his time with his instrument – and opens things up like a rare few players on that horn! The set's a live one, but has an intimate vibe throughout – nicely long tracks with a quartet that features Irv Rochlin on piano, Joe Richardson on bass, and Jack Lynde on drums – all working with lots of room for DeMano do really stretch out and do his thing! Titles include "Four", "Summertime", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", and "These Foolish Things". Next is the Hank De Mano Quartet Live In Concert – a rare set of live material, recorded in a really stretched-out, open formation that's quite unique for the time! Hank plays flugelhorn throughout the set – blowing in the spacious tones remind us a bit of Art Farmer's handling of the instrument, or of the wonderful work Clark Terry did on the horn when working with Bob Brookmeyer. Like both of those players, Hank's sound here is a wonderful balance of tone and timing – never too rushed, and always taking the time to find the right sort of style and phrasing for each tune. He's working here with a very well-matched group, too – one that features a young Frank Strazzeri on piano, plus Monte Budwig on bass and Nick Martinis on drums. Strazzeri's especially great, and shares a similarly fluid sensibility with De Mano – and titles include long takes on "Summertime", "Delilah", "Long Ago & Far Away", and "Angel Eyes". CD

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Eli DegibriIn The Beginning ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2003. Used ... $9.99
Features Eli Degibri on tenor, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar, Ben Street on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. CD

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Stan GetzGetz In Boston – Live At The Hi-Hat 1953 – Vol 2 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1953. Used ... $9.99
Stan Getz on tenor saxophone, Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Duke Jordan on piano, Bill Crow on bass, and Al Levitt on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Stan Getz QuintetStan Getz At Birdland 1961 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1961. Used ... $9.99
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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Bill GoodwinNo Method ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1990. Used ... $9.99
Bill Goodwin on drums, Hal Galper on piano, and Billy Peterson on bass. CD

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Sonny GreySonny Grey & His Orchestra In Concert (En Directo plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1967. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Trumpeter Sonny Grey has a brash, bold tone on his instrument here – similar to that of Jamaican contemporary Shake Keane – well-recorded out front of a larger ensemble in a Spanish performance – with these breakout solos that create a real sense of electricity throughout! In addition to Grey's trumpet, the group features work from a host of great players from the French scene where Sonny was making his home in the 60s – a lineup that includes Pierre Brissaud and Roger Guerin on trumpets, Bill Tamper and Jean Orieux on trombones, Raymond Leblond on tenor, and Jean Aldegon on alto – working with arrangements by Ivan Jullien and others. The vibe of the record is very similar to some of Jullien's best of the period – and titles include "Blue Jones", "Little Jazz", "Scotch Squatch", "Cry A Blue Tear", "No Sleep", and a version of "Work Song". CD features six more bonus tracks from a 1968 French live date – with Sonny's trumpet in the lead, trumpet from Ivan Jullien, and alto from Dominique Chanson and Philippe Mate – on titles that include "Antony", "Easy To Love", "Scorpion", "Head Under Legs", and "Tenor Madness". CD

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Roger GuerinLe Formidable Roger Guerin – Paris Meetings ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A well-done overview of some of the best recordings by trumpeter Roger Guerin – one of the most important players on his instrument in Paris during the postwar years – and one of the few to regularly interact with important soloists from overseas! This set brings together Guerin in both dates as a leader, and as a key guest with others – pulled from a section of rare 10" and 7" releases, plus a few full album recordings as well – all bundled together here in a package that really lets Roger's trumpet talents shine! There's a huge range of material here – and the set begins with a few tracks from a session with James Moody on alto in 1961, a few more from a date with guitarist Jimmy Raney in 1954 – then moves into a quartet date with Martial Solal in 1956 and one with pianist Christian Chevailier during that same year. The set has four great tracks with a 1958 date co-led with the great Benny Golson on tenor, with Bobby Timmons on piano in the group – then ends with one track with Michel Hausser on vibes and Martial Solal on piano. The book includes detailed notes on all the sessions – and titles include "Bootsie", "Vline", "Chet", "Mythe", "Blues March", "I Remember Clifford", "Not Serious", "Ca Turne", "Night & Day", "Deep Purple", and "Sweet Feeling". CD

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George HandyPensive (aka By George) ... CD
Vik/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1955. Used ... $11.99
Incredible work from composer/arranger George Handy – a brilliant set of inventive tunes that easily place him on a level with better-known 50s arrangers like Ralph Burns, Gil Evans, and George Russell! There's as much modernism here as in the work of any the three above – but also a style that's a bit more swinging, and sometimes playful too – not as filled with tricks as Pete Rugolo, but still very open to a broad flourish from a key soloist. The instrumentation's quite unique too – mixing bits of oboe and violin with saxes and trumpets at odd moments – creating an interplay that's almost other-worldly in sound, but which still swings nicely throughout! Players include Dick Sherman and Gene Orloff on trumpets, Frank Rehack on trombone, Dave Schildkraut on alto, Tommy Mace on tenor, and Tony Aless on piano – and titles include "Heavy Hands", "Pulse", "Tender Touch", "Pensive", "Maretet", "The Flatterer", and "Knobby Knees". CD

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Michel HausserMr Vibes – Michel Hausser Quartet & Octet Sessions 1958 to 1960 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 29.99
Michel Hausser was definitely "Mr Vibes" on the French scene of the 50s and 60s – a wonderful player on the instrument whose work on these tracks helped give the vibes as much of a place in European jazz world as the work of Milt Jackson over here in the US! Hauser's got a nicely sharp tone on the instrument – a good ear for the chromes on the vibes, but a quality that also mixes the sharpness of a percussive approach at times too – ringing out loud and proud on a selection of cuts from rare 10" albums, EP releases, and live material too! The scope of tracks here is fantastic – two sessions recorded with Bobby Jaspar on flute, another with Henri Renaud on piano, and another octet recording with Roger Guerin on trumpet, Bob Garcia on tenor, Rene Urteger on piano, and Dominique Chanson on flute and alto – plus live material with Arvanitas and Renaud, and one jam session track with Donald Byrd and Zoot Sims. 38 tracks in all, detailed notes on the sessions, and titles that include "Cliff Cliff", "Blues A San Pauli", "Made In Switzerland", "HEC Blues", "Rue Dauphone", "Blues Pour Le Chat", "Monsieur De", "Moanin", "4R", "Who You", "Phenil Isorpil Amine", and "Up In Hamburg". CD

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Inez JonesHave You Met Inez Jones?/Featuring Oscar Moore (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 1957. Used ... $11.99
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Guy LafitteGuy Lafitte – Quartet & Sextet Sessions 1956 to 1962 ... CD
Columbia/Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A treasure trove of rare work from the great Guy Lafitte – a rich-voiced tenor talent from the French scene of the postwar years – every bit as important to their world as Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young were to ours! Lafitte's a player who came up in larger groups – and as such, developed a tone that could really stand out of the pack – a deep, soulful approach to jazz that's even more compelling in the small combo material features in this set – all tracks from rare 10" albums and 7" EP releases that are brought together here for the first time – a much-needed look at Lafitte's years before his more-circulated full albums recorded for RCA in the 60s and 70s. The sound is superb throughout – and other players include George Arvanitas and Raymond Fol on piano, Nat Peck on trombone, Roger Guerin on trumpet, and Dominique Chanson on alto and flute. Bop legend Kenny Hagood sings on three tracks – and titles include "Le Conte", "Corail", "Portrait De Camille", "A Song Was Born", "Queenie", "Tranquillment", "Plucky", "The Mill & The River", "Le Chat Qui Dort", and "Lonesome Lover Blues". CD

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Steve LehmanArtificial Light ... CD
Fresh Sound, 2003. Used ... $12.99
Steve Lehman on alto – with Mark Shim on tenor, Chris Dingman on vibes, Drew Gress on bass, and Eric McPherson on drums. CD

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Nando Michelin TrioDouende ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006. Used ... $9.99
Features Nando Michelin on piano, Richie Barshay on drums and percussion, and an early appearance by Esperanza Spalding on bass! CD

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Tete Montoliu TrioBarcelona Meeting ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1988. Used ... $18.99
Tete Montoliu on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Alvin Queen on drums. CD

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Lennie NiehausPatterns ... LP
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1989. Near Mint- ... $24.99
With Bill Perkins on tenor, soprano, baritone sax, and bass clarinet, Frank Strazzeri on piano, Tom Warrington on bass, and Joe La Barbera on drums. LP, Vinyl record album

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Hod O'BrienHave Piano Will Swing! ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 2000. Used ... $12.99
Hod O'Brien on piano, Tom Warrington on bass, and Paul Kreibich on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Nate RadleyBig Eyes ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent, 2011. Used ... $9.99
Featuring Nate Radley on guitar, Loren Stillman on alto sax, Pete Rende on Fender Rhodes, Matt Pavolka on bass, and Ted Poor on drums. CD

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Andrew RathbunSculptures ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2002. Used ... $8.99
Andrew Rathbun on tenor and soprano saxophone, Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, and flugelhorn, Taylor Haskins on trumpet, Frank Carlberg on piano, John Hebert on bass, and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Pete RobbinsDo The Hate Laugh Shimmy ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent, 2007. Used ... $8.99
Features Craig Taborn on Fender Rhodes, Ben Monder on guitar, and others. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jack SheldonJack Sheldon – The Quartet & Quintet (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fresh Sound/Jazz West (Spain), 1954/1955. Used ... $11.99
Key early work from trumpeter Jack Sheldon – a set that captures his talents at their most basic and most stripped-down – very much in the spirit of the best LA jazz coming out on the Pacific Jazz label at the time! If the cover makes the set look a bit like a Chet Baker album, that's because there's a bit of the Baker approach here – one that's simple and focused, with a strongly melodic style that comes through beautifully on Sheldon's shimmering horn. But there's also a bit more of an edge, too – thanks to bold piano work from Walter Norris, and the addition of Zoot Sims on a number of tracks – and unlike Baker (or Sheldon on later records), there's no vocals here at all – just a strong instrumental groove. Titles include "Beach-Wise", "Groovus Mentus", "Dozo", "Jack Departs", and "Palermo Walk" – plus three bonus tracks! CD

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Bobby ShewClass Reunion ... CD
Sutra/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1979. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
An album that bristles with color right from the very first note – thanks not just to work from Bobby Shew on trumpet and flugelhorn, but also Gordon Brisker on tenor and flute, and Bill Mays on both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes! The group is one that cut a few great albums around this time – almost out of time in their approach, as they're neither back to tradition jazz albums, nor inflected with any sort of 70s funk or fusion elements either – just focused, well-done material that features a fair bit of original compositions by group members too! Titles include "Run Away", "Navarro Flats", "Class Reunion", "Kachina", and "She's Gone Again". CD

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Martial SolalSolo Piano – Unreleased 1966 Los Angeles Session Vol 1 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1966. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Never-heard work from the great Martial Solal – a hell of a pianist in a hell of a setting – beautifully-recorded performances done in California during the 60s – right at a time when Solal was really stretching out and forging the sort of sound that would make him a modern jazz legend for decades to come! The recordings have a slightly interesting story – they were part of a project by Ross Russell, who'd owned the legendary Dial Records bop powerhouse in the late 40s – an attempt to get back into the jazz business, something that never happened at the time. Given the care that Russell brought to his famous early recordings of Errol Garner and Dodo Marmarosa, you can guess the quality of these sides too – with Solal working on a wonderfully resonant Steinway piano – completely opening up the tunes and making them his own. The level of imagination and dexterity on the keys is astounding throughout – and titles on this first volume include "Groovin High", "Un Poco Loco", "Billie's Bounce", "Blue Monk", "Lover Man", "Now's The Time", "Yardbird Suite", "Ornithology", "Night In Tunisia", and "I Can't Get Started". CD

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Emilio Solla Y AfinesConversas (Al Lado Del Agua) ... CD
Fresh Sound/World Jazz (Spain), 2007. Used ... $3.99
Emilio Solla on piano and Fender Rhodes, Gorka Benitez on tenor saxphone and flute, Carlos Morera on bandoneon, David Gonzalez on bass, David Xirgu on drums, Aleix Tobias on percussion, and Xavier Casellas on vocals. CD
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Rene ThomasRemembering Rene Thomas ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 29.99
A double-length collection of material from this legendary European guitarist – a player as important to the overseas scene in the 50s as Barney Kessel and Kenny Burrell were over here! Rene Thomas hails from Belgium, but recorded some of his most important work in Paris – and although some of his key albums have been reissued, this set does a great job of filling in the gaps – by providing material from one very rare album, plus a wealth of live material that has mostly never been presented before! The set begins with the Jacques Pelzer Modern Jazz Sextet album from 1955 – a set led by alto saxophonist Pelzer, but which features equally important work from Thomas on guitar – clean, clear, and wonderfully dexterous – very much in the best modern jazz guitar tradition of the 50s! Other players include Jean Fanis on piano and Herman Sandy on trumpet – and titles include "Motion", "Whose Blues", "Lover Man", and "Stella By Starlight". The set then moves through a range of early 60s live recordings in a variety of settings, on 20 additional tracks – with the guitar of Thomas in groups that move from trios through quintets – with players include frequent partner Bobby Jaspar on tenor and flute, plus Jack Dieval, Amadeo Tommasi, and Joel Vandroogenbroeck on piano – and even one performance with Jimmy Smith on Hammond! Titles include "Milestones", "All Mornin Long", "Oleo", "Ballata In Forma Di Blues", "I Remember Sonny", "Blues", "Easy Living", "Our Delight", "Stardust", "Never Morning", and "It Could Happen To You". CD

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Lucky Thompson feat Martial SolalComplete Parisian Small Group Sessions 1956 to 1959 (4CD set) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s. New Copy 4CD ... $44.99 49.99
A really fantastic collection of work from tenor genius Lucky Thompson – even if you think you've already got some of his French recordings of the late 50s! This set is 4CDs – and features lots of obscure singles, EP, and album releases – lots of wonderful material for a variety of labels – beautifully presented with great notes, and images of the records too! Throughout it all, the raspy tenor sound that makes Thompson great is very firmly in place – already finding new strengths in these overseas recordings – the start of a trend that would have Lucky really finding ways to grow every time he left our shores. The package is huge, with so much material we had never heard before (and we have lots of other Lucky Thompson Paris sets!) – and the overall presentation and attention to detail is superb – with a 32 page booklet of notes that's filled with details on these rare recordings. CD

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✨✧ Diego UrcolaLibertango ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1999. Used ... $9.99
Diego Urcola on trumpet and flugelhorn, Chris Cheek on tenor and soprano saxophone, Ed Simon on piano, Raul Jaurena on bandoneon, Avishai Cohen on bass, Adam Cruz on drums, and Abraham Rodriguez on congas and vocals. CD

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Frank WessWess Point – The Commodore Recordings ... CD
Commodore/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954. Used ... $14.99
The first sessions as a leader from reedman Frank Wess – recorded in New York for the Commodore label, and every bit as great as his later sides for Savoy or Prestige! The style here is often nicely up-close and personal – still with traces of Wess' Kansas City roots and his ties to Count Basie – but often with a more intimate quality at times, especially on the gentler numbers and ballads. Frank plays his familiar tenor and flute – and other players include Joe Wilder on trumpet, Henry Coker on trombone, Jimmy Jones on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Titles include "Basie Ain't Here", "Pretty Eyes", "Danny's Delight", "Romance", "Frankosis", "Flute Song", "Mishawaka", "Some Other Spring", and "Wess Point". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Bitty Ditty" and "Elusive" – both recorded with the Thad Jones Quintet in 1954. CD
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✨✧ Freddie Bryant & KaleidoscopeLive At Smoke ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Freddie Bryant on acoustic and electric guitar, Chris Cheek on tenor and soprano saxophone, Steve Wilson on alto saxophone, Diego Urcola on trumpet, Edsel Gomez on piano, Greg Ryan on bass, Willard Dyson on drums, and Gilad on percussion. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Christian ChevallierLe Prince Du Jazz Francais – Christian Chevallier – His Orchestra & Small Groups 1955 to 1961 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection from the postwar French jazz scene, and a comprehensive look at the jazz output of pianist, band leader, and composer Christian Chevalier – including work with Roger Guerin, Pierre Michelot, Martial Solal, American trombone player Nat Peck, and others. CD

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✨✧ Harry Sweets EdisonSwinger – Complete 1958 Sessions With Jimmy Forrest ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1958. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Featuring Buck Clayton on trumpet, Jimmy Forrest on tenor, Jimmy Jones on piano, Freddie Green on guitar, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums. CD

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✨✧ Bobby JasparClarinescapade (Bobby Jaspar Quintet LP & EP) ... CD
Columbia/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare American work from reedman Bobby Jaspar – a player best known for his contributions to French jazz in the postwar years, but working here with a set of American players! The CD features an LP and EP both recorded in New York for French branch of Columbia – done in November of 1956, and pitting Jaspar with some very well-matched musicians! The first date features Jaspar on tenor, flute, and clarinet – with a tightly swinging trio that includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Knobby Totah on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – a slightly modern combo whose work sounds especially great when Jaspar hits some hauntingly lyrical notes on flute. Titles include "Clarinescapade", "Tutti Flutti", "What's New", "Spring Is Here", "Wee Dot", and "I Won't Dance". The remaining tracks on the CD were recorded a week later, with a hip quintet that includes Eddie Costa on piano, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Jaspar plays flute and tenor – and titles include "Barry's Tune", "Minor Drop", "In A Little Provincial Town", and "They Look Alike". CD
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✨✧ Carmell JonesCarmell Jones Quartet – Previously Unreleased Los Angeles Session ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1960. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A never-issued session from trumpeter Carmell Jones – fresh on the LA scene at the time of this recording, and ready to bring the kind of fresh, soulful energy to the city that made his rare few albums as a leader so great! The date was put together by pianist Forrest Westbrook, who recorded the material in his own studio – and the group's a very unusual one, with a young Gary Peacock on bass and Bill Schwemmer on drums – both players who nicely defer to the piano and trumpet, especially the latter – as Jones is clearly the shining star of the date! All tracks are standards, but there's a freshness to Carmell's performance that's great – on tunes that include "Willow Weep For Me", "If I Love Again", "Baubles Bangles & Beads", "Airegin", and "For Every Man There's A Woman". Plus, CD features four more alternate takes from the sessions! CD

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✨✧ Lee KonitzIn Europe 56 – Paris (Unreleased) & Koln Sessions ... CD
Fresh Sound, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great set of European recordings put together by producer Gigi Campi – with Konitz on alto, Lars Gullin on baritone sax, Bobby Jaspar and Hans Koller on tenor, Rene Urtreger on piano, Sascha Distel on guitar, and others. CD

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✨✧ Hank MobleyMonday Nights At Birdland – Complete Recordings ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1958. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare non-Blue Note late 50s session that features Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan – and a stone cooker that feels like some of the best Jazz Messengers dates of the time! There's a chance that the session was possibly cut "under duress", like a number of other jazz albums on Roulette during the period – but that doesn't stop it from being a full-on, open-fire groover – lots of long tracks done in perfect hardbop formation! In addition to Mobley's tenor and Morgan's trumpet, the combo also features Curtis Fuller on trombone, Billy Root on additional tenor, Ray Bryant on piano, Tommy Bryant on bass, and Specs Wright on drums. This set features four long blowing tunes – "Walkin", "All The Things You Are", "Bag's Groove", and "There Will Never Be Another You" – plus the extra tracks "It's You Or No One", "Jamph", "Nutville", and "Wee". CD

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✨✧ Jack SheldonJack's Groove ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1957/1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Notable sidemen include Conte Candoli on trumpet, Harold Land on tenor, Lennie Niehaus and Art Peper on alto, Red Callender on tuba, Pete Jolly on piano, and Mel Lewis on drums. CD
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✨✧ VIP Trio (Cedar Walton/Pat Senatore/Billy Higgins)Standards Vol 2 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet trio date – Cedar Walton on piano, Pat Senatore on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Tracks include "But Beautiful", "Autumn In New York", "Blue Bossa", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "The Song Is You". CD

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✨✧ Paulo Alencar/Joao MirellesJazza Nova/Cool Samba (with bonus track) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare bossa jazz from the start of the 60s – two great albums on a single CD! First up is Jazza Nova by Paulo Alencar – an amazing lost bossa jazz session recorded in Brazil, but issued here in the US by Atlantic! Paulo Alencar's group is supposedly filled with "all stars" – and even though they're not actually named, the record's got this fantastic jazzy vibe throughout – very much like some of the new experiments in bossa and samba jazz from some of the bigger names of the time – including the larger combo recordings by the young, pre-Brasil 66 Sergio Mendes! Fast rhythms and jazzy solo work throughout – on titles that include "West Samba", "It's Really Bossa", "Bossa No 2", "Where Was I", "Hello, America", and "Zirigidoom". Next is the album Cool Samba – a very nice album of bossa instrumentals, released in the US under the obscure name of "Joao & His Bossa Kings". Joao is listed on the label as Joao Meirelles – also known as JT Meirelles on his more famous Brazilian recordings – and we wonder if Battle gave him the name of "Joao" to make folks think he was Joao Gilberto, who was selling a lot of records at the time! Whatever the case, though, this is a great album of tight little bossa jazz tracks – served up with small combo instrumentation that includes alto, flute, piano, trumpet, and percussion. Titles include "Nacao Nago", "Solucao", "So Danco Samba", "Samba Toff", "Samba Sem Nome", and "Essa Nega Sem Sandalia". CD features the bonus track "Moeda Quebrada" by Paulo Alencar. CD

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✨✧ Georges ArvanitasSoul Jazz (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1960/1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most hard-hitting albums ever cut by pianist Georges Arvanitas – an early effort that's all soul jazz all the way through! Although Arvanitas is best known as a committed modernist, especially in later years, this sweet early 60s session is a stone cooker in the best mode of Blue Note dates of the time – tight, swinging, and perfectly poised with just the right space for some excellent solos from Francois Jeanneau on tenor, Bernard Vitet on trumpet, and Arvanitas himself on piano – all grooving in a style that would make the Jazz Messengers proud, but also one that's got some key touches of postwar Parisian jazz too. Bass is by Michel Gaudry and drums are by Daniel Humair – and titles include "Oblivion", "This Here", "Poco Loco", "Bouncin With Bud", "Bohemia After Dark", and "Mister X". CD also features great bonus tracks – two from the soundtrack EP for Bride Sur Le Cou – recorded with mostly the same band – with titles that include "Brigitte Strip Blues" and "La Bride Sur Le Cou" – and the similar group on the broadcast tracks "245", "Suite No 1 En Re Bemol", and "Blues En Re Mineur". CD

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✨✧ Georgie AuldAirmail Special – Quintet & Septet 1951 to 1963 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1950s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Some of the greatest small group jazz recordings by tenorist Georgie Auld – a scattering of sessions from a variety of years – all of them great! The first 10 tracks on the set are from a 1951 session recorded by Auld's quintet that included Frank Rosolino, Lou Levy, and Max Bennett – on some hard-driving titles that include "Airmail Special" and "Sehseh", plus some mellower ballads that come across nicely as well. Next up is a septet session from 1959 – featuring Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Loy Levy on piano, Larry Bunker on vibes, and Howard Roberts on guitar. These tracks have a lighter swinging touch – wonderfully done in a way so that Auld's tenor is out front, and the guitar/piano/vibes combination really moves things along. That set features 10 numbers that include "A Smooth One", "Seven Come Eleven", "Wholly Cats", "Benny's Bugle", and "Rose Room". Next up are two sets of sides from 1963 – 19 tracks in all, recorded by a quintet that includes Frank Rosolino, Lou Levy, and Leroy Vinnegar on one session – with Larry Bunker and Johnny Gray in for Rosolino and Levy on the other. These tracks have a more traditionally swinging style, but opened up a bit, and titles include "Learnin The Blues", "For Losers & Boozers", "Drinking Again", "It's A Good Day", and "You're Faded". 40 tracks in all, on 2CDs! CD
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✨✧ Count BasiePlay The Music Of Benny Carter – Kansas City Suite & The Legend ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great little set – despite our initial fears! We'll admit that we're the first ones to shy away from anything that says "Kansas City" in the title – as we expect a lot of hoke – but this album's a surprisingly great batch of tunes, original numbers written by Benny Carter in honor of the KC of days past, but arranged and performed by the Basie group in a swinging style that's got the best touches of their Roulette years, plus a bit of Ellingtonish ambition in the horn charts. Titles include "Katy Do", "Miss Missouri", "Jackson County Jubilee", "Sunset Glow", "Meetin Time", and "The Wiggle Walk". Benny Carter himself plays on Legend, the second album in this set – and other players include Frank Foster and Budd Johnson on tenors, Sam Herman on guitar, and Eddie Jones on bass – whose instrument lines up wonderfully with the drums of Sonny Payne to make for some very sweet bottom action on the set. Thad Jones and Snooky Young are on trumpets – and titles include "The Trot", "Easy Money", "Goin On", "The Swizzle", "Who's Blue", "The Legend", and "Turnabout". CD

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✨✧ Freddie BryantBoogaloo Brasileiro ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
A very nice release in Fresh Sound's "world jazz" series – and a sparkling new recording featuring jazz guitarist Freddie Bryant. Bryant's got a light acoustic guitar style, similar to Brazilian guitarists of the 70s and 80s – and this recent session was recorded in the US, but with a feel that's similar to mellow Brazilian fusion albums on labels like Lumiar or Som Da Gente. Freddie's guitar is backed by a group that includes alto, tenor, piano, bass, and percussion – and titles include a reading of Horace Silver's "Peace", Miles Davis' "Solar", Jobim's "Por Toda Minha Vida", and the originals "Boogaloo Brasileiro" and "Alone". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Arnett CobbBlues & Ballads (Sizzlin'/Ballads By Cobb) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
Another great Prestige twofer! First up is Sizzlin, a classic stripped-down quartet setting that features Arnett Cobb's bold tenor sax right up front in the mix, cutting deeply on a half dozen well-recorded tracks! The sound here is simple, soulful, and completely effective – very much in the mode of labelmate Gene Ammons, but perhaps a bit earthier overall – not R&B honking, but almost on the verge at times. Backing is by Red Garland on piano, George Tucker on bass, and JC Moses on drums – and titles include "Sizzlin", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Black Velvet", and "Blue Sermon". The second half features a great set of smoky, soulful ballads, played here in an intimate setting with Red Garland leading up a small rhythm trio. The tracks are all standards – like "Blue & Sentimental", "Willow Weep For Me", and "P.S. I Love You" – but they're all played nicely, in the impossible-to-duplicate style of these obscure Moodsville sessions. CD

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✨✧ Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, & Harry EdisonTour De Force – The Trumpets Of Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, & Harry Edison ... CD
Verve/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
A triple-trumpet session with a really wonderful sound – the kind of all-star date that only a label like Verve could have done so well! As you'll guess from the title, the record's a showcase for the three trumpeters in the lead – and the tracks are long, with plenty of space for each player to state their case in a very distinct solo voice. Rhythm is by a familiar quartet that features Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums – and the use of guitar in a set like this creates an especially ringing tone at the bottom, one that often seems echoed by the brighter notes of the trumpet over the top. The album's got a great extended "Ballad Medley", plus long takes on "Tour De Force" and "Steeplechase". CD
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✨✧ Robert Glasper TrioMoods (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2003. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever album from pianist Robert Glasper – the start of a huge legacy in jazz, and an album that has him already finding his own voice as a musician! The sound is fantastic throughout – with a core trio that has Glasper able to carve out all those blocky moments that he does so well – almost like you can really hear him breaking down and rebuilding his own soulful conception of jazz – with help from Bob Hurst on bass and Damion Reid on drums – both well-matched players who really help the album sparkle! There's lots of surprises along the way, too – vocals from Bilal on two cuts, and occasional tenor, either from Marcus Strickland or John Ellis – although the sound of the trio is more than enough. Titles include a stunning reworking of "Maiden Voyage" – and the originals "In Passing", "LNK Blues", "Don't Close Your Eyes", "Lil Tipsy", and "Mood". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ JC HeardJC Heard/Bill Perkins Quintet – Live At The Lighthouse 1964 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A never-heard performance from drummer JC Heard – recorded right after he moved to the LA jazz scene, in the kind of a live date that made 60s performances from the Lighthouse even better than recordings at that club during the 50s! The album's a real revelation for work from co-leader Bill Perkins on tenor and baritone – very sharp-edged, and more longform and imaginative than his tighter 50s performances – a bit like the change that Richie Kamuca made during the 60s too, especially on his live recordings. The rest of the group is great too – and a young Frank Strazzeri is great on piano, alongside Jim Hughart on bass – and some key work from the young Joe Pass on guitar. Titles include "Don't Stand Up", "JC's Tune", "Mambo Bop", "Sometime Ago", "Passion Flower", "Blues In Hoss Flat", and "Bob's Blues". CD

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✨✧ Don MenzaFirst Flight – Complete Recordings ... CD
Catalyst/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1976. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Wicked work from saxophonist Don Menza – really stretching out here in a massively beautiful 70s session for Catalyst Records! Menza was a heck of a player, but one who mostly kept things pretty close to the chest – yet on this album, he blows with a soulful, flowing tone that's simply impeccable – gently gliding along electric rhythms with a really mellow feel! The album unfolds like the petals of some hip 70s flower – gently opening up from tune to tune, peeling back layer upon layer of soulful sound – as Menza blows on tenor, soprano, and flute – with a group that includes Alan Broadbent on piano and electric keys, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Paulinho and Claudio Slon on percussion. All tracks are original, and titles include "Samba De Rollins", "Magnolia Rose", "Ballad Of The Matador", and "Groove Blues". Features a full bonus CD of alternate tracks from the session – plus the unissued titles "Bones Blues", "Intrigue", and "Spanish Boots". CD

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✨✧ Bobby Shew & Bill MaysTelepathy ... CD
Jazz Hounds/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Bobby Shew is one of those players who never fully seems to get his due – a fantastic musician on both the trumpet and the flugelhorn – able to create these really beautiful sounds through thoughtful phrasing and personal conception – all of which comes out perfectly in this early album of duets with pianist Bill Mays! At some level, the record's almost out of time – very different than most trumpet jazz of the 70s – as sensitive as some of the sparer recordings on Pablo, but much more contemporary in its approach – as it's very clear that both Mays and Shew aren't rehashing some older territory on their instruments. Titles include "Telepathy", "Yesterdays", "Poor Butterfly", "The Gentle Rain", "Indian Summer", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "You've Changed". CD

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✨✧ Bobby Shew SextetPlay Song ... CD
Jazz Hounds/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked early gem from Bobby Shew – a set that's equally great for his own work on trumpet and flugelhorn as it is for the Fender Rhodes of pianist Bill Mays, and tenor and flute of Gordon Brisker! The pair are a great combination here – and the set's got these easily flowing original tunes that are wonderful – 70s west coast, but with a bit more of a bite – and recorded in this stripped-down, no-nonsense style that's very different than so many other Los Angeles jazz sessions of the time on bigger labels. The whole thing comes in an unassuming package that's led to it being overlooked for years – but it's a gem through and through, like some of the best on the Catalyst label in the mid 70s. Titles include "Olvera Street", "Play Song", "La Rue", "Surprise Samba", and "No Hurry". CD

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✨✧ Zoot SimsPlays Alto, Tenor, & Baritone (plus Zoot) ... CD
ABC/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Gary BartzJu Ju Man/Love Song ... CD
Catalyst/Fresh Sound (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two overlooked albums from Gary Bartz – back to back on a single CD! First up is Ju Ju Man – a rare treat from saxophonist Gary Bartz – material recorded for a small west coast label after his initial classics on Prestige Records – but in a vibe that's different than the fuller productions of his albums on Capitol Records in the late 70s! The sound here is nicely intimate – almost like a record on the Black Jazz label – as Bartz blows alto and soprano sax in the company of Charles Mims on piano, Curtis Robertson on bass, and Howard King on drums – players with a gently soulful groove who stretch out nicely with Gary on the album's long tracks. Syreeta makes a guest appearance on vocals on a cool version of "My Funny Valentine", and other titles include "Ju Ju Man", "Pisces Daddy Blue", "Straight Street", and "Chelsea Bridge". Love Song is a great little album of sweet soulful jazz tracks from saxophonist Gary Bartz – done with a singing, swinging style that's a great bridge between his work on Prestige and Capitol, and which picks up on the warmer moments of his work with Larry Mizell, but without any of the larger arrangements! The group is a quintet with George Cables on electric piano, and two cuts have additional vocals by Rita Greene – who sings along with Gary's sax in a very soulful way, using those nice changes that were showing up towards the end of his years at Prestige – that unique approach to rhythm that always made his 70s work so wonderful! Greene sings on "Love Song" and "Interlude/Just Suppose" – and other titles include "You", "Lonely Girl", "Don't Stop Now", and "Afterthoughts". CD

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✨✧ Hadley CalimanProjecting & Celebration – The Catalyst Years ... CD
Catalyst/Fresh Sound (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of seminal albums from reedman Hadley Caliman – back to back on a single CD! First up is Projecting – soaring spiritual magic from Hadley Caliman – a 70s soul jazz session that's right up there with our favorite early work by Gary Bartz! Caliman plays tenor throughout – working with a spiritual west coast group that includes Hotep Cecil Bernard on piano, Kenny Jenkins on bass, and Brent Rampone on drums. The groove's a bit modal – in the style of some of the better sides on the Catalyst label at the time – and Caliman's hitting those angular reed notes he laid out so well on so many Fantasy sessions during the 70s, and which shine even more brightly under his own light of leadership! The album's got loads of great original tunes, and titles include "Little One", "Projecting", "Song For My Queen", "The Latin Thing", and "Smearzo". Next is Celebration – incredibly soulful work from 70s west coast player Hadley Caliman – a great talent on both sax and flute, and a player who only cut a very small number of albums under his own name! The album's got a really seductive feel – gently spiritual, with a style that bubbles with restrained energy, but which runs very very deeply through the length of the set. The album's really well put together – stuffed with original tracks, and featuring backing by Hotep Cecil Bernard on piano, David Williams on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Both Caliman's tunes and playing have a lightly magical feel to them – a sadness behind the sun, done at a complicated level that we appreciate more and more over the years. Titles include "Gala", "My Marie", "Presenting Mr. Jones", and "Schyleen". CD

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✨✧ Megumi Yonezawa TrioResult Of The Colors ... CD
Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2016. Used ... Out Of Stock
Megumi Yonezawa on piano, John Hebert on bass, and Eric McPherson on drums. CD
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✨✧ Afro Blues Quintet Plus OneNew Directions In Sound ... CD
Mira/BGP (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Smoking grooves from an incredible group – the amazing Afro Blues Quintet, a combo with a sound like no other! These guys were never one for stardom, but during the mid and late 60s, they burned up the west coast scene with an incredible blend of vibes, piano, and reeds – often kicked up nicely with some hard-rolling rhythm work that gave their tracks a similar mod groove to classics by Johnny Lytle, Ramsey Lewis, or Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers! But the real difference with the ABQ (if we can call them that!) is that they had a really spacious approach to their sound – never putting too much into the mix, and instead using the space between the notes every bit as much as the notes themselves. The grooves are great, and since most of this work has never been reissued, the set's totally fresh to the ears of most listeners! As usual, the folks at BGP have done a great job with the notes – and the set features 22 tracks from the group's Mira, Surrey, and Crestview recordings – titles that include "Monkey Time", "Freaks", "La La La", "Southside Habit", "Mirror Image", "Afro Rock", "Evening Of The Beast", "Spartacus", "Candie Luv", and "Our Mambo". CD

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John ColtraneColtrane's Sound (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic, 1960/1966. Used ... $7.99
One of the more obscure John Coltrane albums for Atlantic – but a beautiful batch of spiritual numbers that really show him pushing towards the sound of A Love Supreme! The date on the album's 1966, but the material was recorded earlier – in that key turning point year of 1960, when Coltrane really started to let loose with his new ideas – ideas so fresh, in fact, that they might have kept this record from getting released at the time! The group here features piano from McCoy Tyner, drums from Elvin Jones, and bass from Steve Davis – an oft-overlooked talent who did some amazing work with Coltrane during this brief time. The tracks are open, flowing, and filled with imagination – and Coltrane works both on tenor and soprano sax, on titles that include "Liberia", "Equinox", "Satellite", "Central Park West", and a classic reading of "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes". CD features an alternate take of "Body & Soul", plus the track "26-2". CD
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Joao DonatoNew Sound of Brazil – The Piano Of Joao Donato ... CD
RCA/BMG (Brazil), 1965. Used ... $14.99
Darkly brilliant – and one of Joao Donato's most fantastic records! The set was recorded during Joao's time in America in the mid 60s – cut in New York with lofty backings by Claus Ogerman, in a pillowy soft mode that fits perfectly with Joao's light bossa piano lines, and which has all the hints of sadness and moodiness that often creep into his playing. The complicated approach of the album far surpasses some of Joao's work from Brazil at the same time – and the album's one of the best of its generation, a sublime mix of all elements that still sounds as fresh today as it did in 1965! Titles include "Amazonas", "Glass Beads", "Sugarcane Breeze", "Vento Do Canavail", "It Didn't End", and "O Barquinho". CD
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✨✧ FreshFresh Out Of Borstal ... LP
RCA, 1970. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A pretty rough and rugged set of rock tracks – performed by a trio who were all prisoners at London's legendary Borstal! The title makes you think this might be some sort of Clash-type record, but the date belies the difference – and the overall approach is kind of in the Rolling Stones/Immediate Records mode of the late 60s – soulful at times, and with some added arrangements that include strings and larger orchestrations behind the core rock sound. Titles include "Long Long While", "Borstal", "See You Later", "You Made Me What I Am", "Life Is What You Make It", and "Take What We Want". LP, Vinyl record album
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Slide HamptonExplosion! – The Sound Of Slide Hampton ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The explosion in the title is definitely well-placed – as trombonist Slide Hampton makes his group groove with a tremendous amount of power here – all horns focused strongly on the rhythms, which themselves are wonderfully soulful! As with some of Hampton's best from the time, there's some really fresh young players on the set – some obscure musicians, mixed with future heavyweights Joe Farrell and Ronnie Cuber on reeds – plus piano from the great Horace Parlan! The tunes have a tight focus that really shows off Hampton's arranging skills – and titles include "Spanish Flyer", "Bye Bye Love", "Slide's Blues", and "Begin The Beguine". LP, Vinyl record album
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Baden PowellFresh Winds ... LP
United Artists, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
Very nice material recorded by Baden Powell in Paris, with backing by Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra. There's a nice organ player in the group, and his solos give the record a cool airy sound, and a nice bottom that's sometimes missing from Baden's other records. Tracks include "Choro Para Metronome", "Deve Ser Amor", "Chanson D'Hiver", "Berimbau", "Bachiana", and "Samba Triste". LP, Vinyl record album
('Audition Copy' stamped inside the gatefold.)

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Baden PowellLove Me With Guitars (aka Fresh Winds) ... LP
Joker (Italy), 1969. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Very nice material recorded by Baden in Paris, with backing by Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra. There's a nice organ player in the group, and his solos give the record a cool airy sound, and a nice bottom that's sometimes missing from Baden's other records. Tracks include "Choro Para Metronome", "Deve Ser Amor", "Chanson D'Hiver", "Berimbau", "Bachiana", and "Samba Triste". LP, Vinyl record album
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Anthony ReedSoundworks – Race, Sound, & Poetry In Production ... Book
Duke University Press, 2021. New Copy ... $9.99 26.95
A masterful call for a fresh look at a key side of black artistic creation – the use of the studio in art creation, especially in the blend of words and music that came out of some of the important jazz/poetry experiments from the late 50s through the late 70s! The book mixes theory and history in a key examination of the period – looking at collaborations between Langston Hughes and Charles Mingus, and Amiri Baraka and the New York Art Quartet – then moving into even more righteous expressions of the mode from Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Jeanne Lee, and Matana Roberts! The tradition has reemerged strongly in recent years – and Reed's book is not only a great way of grounding contemporary practice in a longer history, but a way to understand the true impact of these artistic creations. Softcover, 268 pages. Book

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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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Jack Taylor & The Mark IIITaylor's Sound ... LP
In Records, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $24.99
A really cool set, issued here on a small label from Oakland – a cool combo with Edwin Kelly on organ, John E Lewis on guitar, Ricardo Lewis on drums, and Leo Mallari on flute – plus vibes from leader Jack Taylor, who wrote all original material for the set! The tunes are really lovely – almost in a Verve 60s mode, but with more of an indie vibe overall – and the groove moves between lighter bossa moments and harder soul jazz cuts, all nicely fresh, given the original songs! LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: Vinyl has a pressing flaw on the edge, which can cause a bit of jump at the start of side two – but rest plays fine, and sounds well. Cover has light wear and a bit of tape.)

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✨✧ Muriel WinstonFresh Viewpoint & Muriel Winston (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/Shout (Japan), 1974. Used Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most unusual albums on the legendary Strata East label – an unusual mix of jazz and soul vocal material, put together by singer Muriel Winston with arrangements from the great Bill Lee! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to the record – one that's upfront and personal on the tunes that feature Muriel in the lead on ballads, but gets a bit more righteous on some of the spoken passages, then feels really collaborative on some of the numbers that feature a chorus of younger singers (including Spike Lee's sister, Joy). The material is an unusual mix of styles – some straighter jazz vocals, some more spiritual – and the album's divided into two sides "The Universal Side" and "The Personal Side" – the latter of which features a number of lesser-known Tadd Dameron compositions. Lee handles the music direction and arrangements, and plays bass in a small combo that also features Clifford Jordan on flute, Stanley Cowell on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums. Winston's a vocalist with a slightly spiritual kind of sound, and some of the tracks on the record are nice light little ditties with piano by Stanley Cowell, drums by Billy Higgins, flute by Clifford Jordan, and bass by Lee. Titles include "Love Took the 7:10 Tonight", "I'm Never Happy Anymore", "We'll Remember Those Years", "Children's Trilogy", "A Song To Everyone In The World", "Soul Trane", and "Weekend". CD
(Out of print – and includes obi!)

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VariousJ-Rocc V J-Man – Stone's Throw Turntablist Supreme Creates An Hour Long Journey Into Sound ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2009. New Copy ... $8.99
J-Rocc takes on Jazzman Records – the mighty mixer from Stones Throw, handling a host of rare funk and soul gems from previous Jazzman reissues! The set's very heavily mixed – so that J-Rocc's really going to town with the rare singles included – cutting them up, spinning them out, and really bringing fresh new flavors to the tunes – something you'll appreciate, even if you've got some of the original versions! There's no set list for the collection, but there's plenty of niceness throughout – and the whole thing has a very Stones Throw sort of feel – but with a Jazzman level of classic cuts for grounding. CD

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✨✧ MillenniumOriginal Sound Sessions 1967/1968 ... LP
Munster (Spain), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Millennium were a legendary late 60s group – one who only gave the group one true album during the time of their brief existence, but who left behind lots of rare material in the studio – much of which has been discovered over the years, and added to the too-small recorded legacy of the group! Production here is from leader Curt Boettcher – part of that same sunny Cali generation as Brian Wilson, Gary Husher, and other studio giants – working here with his own group to craft an amazingly fresh sound that's deeper than the usual sunshine pop work of the period, but shares all the best elements with that music – including great harmonies and impeccable production that really make these tunes sparkle, and bring out the best in their original songwriting. The cuts here are from sessions that later yielded the group's album Begin – and while a few are alternates, most didn't appear on that set – a list of 14 tracks that include "Share With Me", "Baby It's Real", "Suspended Animation", "I Just Don't Know How To Say Goodbye", "A Younger Me", "Dying With You", "Once Upon A Time", "Breakdown", "I Need To Be By Your Side", "Can You See", and "How Much I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Marcos ArielBambu ... CD
Marcos Ariel/Whatmusic (UK), 1981. Used ... $9.99
A lost treasure of Brazilian fusion – originally released by keyboardist Marcos Ariel on his own tiny label in 1981! The set sparkles with the best of the larger Brazilian fusion scene of the time – working in a post-Azymuth blend of keyboards, guitar, percussion, and Brazilian instrumentation – and often taking off to the skies in Return To Forever-like jams that really open the set up! Ariel plays a wide range of keys on the set, as well as a bit of flute – and other instrumentation includes soprano sax, guitar, percussion, and tenor from Leo Gandleman. The tunes have a nice way of blending the spacey with the rhythmic, and the set's got a sparkling finish that makes it sound as fresh today as it did over 20 years before! Titles include "Bambu", "A Ponte", "Humaita", "Samba Torto", "Mar", and "Dois Irmaos". CD
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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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✨✧ Chet BakerChet Baker Big Band ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Excellent work – and believe it or not, a great big band album led by Chet Baker! Although Chet's mostly best known for his work in small groups, he's really shining here as the leader of a large ensemble that includes a mix of "cool" west coast players on horns – Bud Shank, Bill Perkins, Conte Candoli, and others – plus more hard bop-oriented players on rhythm – Lawrence Marable, Jimmy Bond, and the great Bobby Timmons – making a surprise appearance on piano! The combination makes for a real monster of an album – crackling with energy all the way through, and featuring some of Baker's hardest solos on wax! Tracks include "A Foggy Day", "Mythe", "Phil's Blues", and "Tenderly". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Spanish Fresh Sound pressing. Cover has light surface wear and some aging.)

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Basso Valdambrini QuintetFonit H602/603 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99 34.98
Wonderful work from one of the greatest Italian jazz groups of the 60s – heard here in two of their rarest recordings! The set brings together material from two sessions that were only issued on the Fonit sound library label – but both are every bit as sharp and soulful as the best Basso-Valdambrini work for bigger labels – including their early 60s gems on RCA! And like those records, there's a wonderful sense of rhythm here – kind of the soul jazz side of Blue Note, but handled with a fresh sound that's nicely free of any copycat cliches – and which instead really has the group finding their own voice through their writing and solos. The H602 album is billed as "pop jazz" – which is more a 60s soul jazz style – and H603 is called "Californiano", with a bit of a west coast vibe, but still very much the best grooves we've come to love from the combo. The lineup on both includes tremendous trumpet from Oscar Valdabrini and tenor from Gianni Basso – with rhythms from Ettore Righello on piano, Giorgio Azzolini on bass, and Lionella Bionda on drums. Titles include "Pick Up", "Glaucus", "Gold Mine", "From Me", "Maglione", "Muy", "Plinius", and "Transistor". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ John Berberian & The Middle Eastern EnsembleMiddle Eastern Rock ... CD
Verve/Modern Harmonic, 1969. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Don't think "rock", think "groove" – because oud player John Berberian takes his instrument into some very groovy territory here – mixing its Mid-East roots with a sweet array of modal rhythms and psychedelic elements – all of which make for an album that's even trippier than you'd guess from its cover! The album's one of the few "jazz meets world" sets that really gets things right – bringing together different global elements to come up with a sound that's wonderfully new and fresh – and which moves the whole thing way past its roots in Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and North African styles! Joe Beck plays some great electric guitar on the record – but the main string focus is on the oud, which Berberian uses with this exotic tinge that rivals the instrument in the hands of Ahmed Abdul-Malik on his own albums like this. The lineup also includes tenor and other reeds from Souren Baronian, plus other percussion, and nice use of electric bass to hold the whole groove together – and titles include "The Oud & The Fuzz", "Tranquility", "Chem-oo-Chem", "Iron Maiden", "Flying Hye", "3/8=5/8=8/8", and "The Magic Ground". CD
Also available Middle Eastern Rock (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ John Berberian & The Middle Eastern EnsembleMiddle Eastern Rock (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Verve/Modern Harmonic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Don't think "rock", think "groove" – because oud player John Berberian takes his instrument into some very groovy territory here – mixing its Mid-East roots with a sweet array of modal rhythms and psychedelic elements – all of which make for an album that's even trippier than you'd guess from its cover! The album's one of the few "jazz meets world" sets that really gets things right – bringing together different global elements to come up with a sound that's wonderfully new and fresh – and which moves the whole thing way past its roots in Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and North African styles! Joe Beck plays some great electric guitar on the record – but the main string focus is on the oud, which Berberian uses with this exotic tinge that rivals the instrument in the hands of Ahmed Abdul-Malik on his own albums like this. The lineup also includes tenor and other reeds from Souren Baronian, plus other percussion, and nice use of electric bass to hold the whole groove together – and titles include "The Oud & The Fuzz", "Tranquility", "Chem-oo-Chem", "Iron Maiden", "Flying Hye", "3/8=5/8=8/8", and "The Magic Ground". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Middle Eastern Rock ... CD 16.99

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BetterdaysHush Your Mouth – The Betterdays Anthology ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A huge collection of work from The Betterdays – way more than you might expect from a group who only issued one important single back in the 60s! Yet on the strength of that one single for Polydor, the group have become something of a legend over the decades – and their full presences finally gets its due here – in a collection that includes never-issued 60s tracks, both live and studio – plus recordings from the re-formed group in later years! The Betterdays have a great way of mixing the fresh mod styles of the time with some of the deeper currents from the blues and R&B inspirations that were inspiring so many of their contemporaries – a sound here that's maybe a bit in the territory of the young High Numbers, early Pretty Things, or maybe a rawer take on Manfred Mann – certainly the vibe carried through on their famous single that starts out the set, with the cuts "Don't Want That" and "Here Tis". The set moves on to include a dozen mid 60s tracks, live and studio – the moves to the 1990 moment when the group re-emerged, with a surprisingly faithful sound – presented here on album tracks and unreleased material too. 48 tracks in all – and very detailed notes on the group! CD

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Johnathan BlakeHomeward Bound ... CD
Blue Note, 2021. Used ... $9.99
Fantastic sounds from drummer Johnathan Blake – exactly the kind of record that's a key part of the forward-thinking sound of the Blue Note label in recent years! Blake's a drummer, but that's just part of his talents here – as the songs have a fresh crackle that links together older modes of jazz, particularly the creative spirit of Johnathan's home scene in Philly, with some of the bolder elements that have come into play with some of his up-and-coming contemporaries – featured here in a great quintet that includes Joel Ross on vibes, Immanuel Wilkins on alto, David Virelles on keyboards, and Dezron Douglas on bass. Titles include "On The Break", "Steppin Out", "Rivers & Parks", "Shakin The Biscuits", "Abiyoyo", and "LLL". CD

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Bobby BlandCome Fly With Me/I Feel Good I Feel Fine/Sweet Vibrations/Try Me I'm Real ... CD
ABC/BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 22.99
Four fantastic albums from Bobby Bland – all brought together in a single package for the first time! First up is Come Fly With Me – great work from Bobby Blue Bland – one of the few artists to rise up at the end of the 50s, and still find a way to chart their own path forward in soul with fresh material like this! Bobby's voice is still incredible here, and he works with production from Al Bell and Monk Higgins, the latter of whom arranged – in this cool style that's a bit like some of the territory that Tyrone Davis was taking on at Columbia Records during the second half of the 70s – fuller arrangements that bring some sophisticated soul touches to the music, but in ways that never lose the core of Bobby's genius! Titles include "Lady Lonely", "Night Games", "You Can Count On Me", "Love To See You Smile", "Come Fly With Me", and "To Be Friends". The next album is I Feel Good I Feel Fine – and Bobby Bland sounds pretty good too – thanks to arrangements from the great Monk Higgins, who does a perfect job of mixing Bland's trademark vocals with some sweet late 70s arrangements! The sound is upbeat, but never in a cliched disco mode – more in the territory that you'd hear Johnnie Taylor using over at Columbia Records – maybe a good comparison, given the Memphis roots that both artists shared – as both also evolved a lot to shift their sound with the changing modes of the time. And as with Johnnie, Bobby never loses the core that makes him great – as you'll hear on titles that include "Tit For Tat", "Soon As The Weather Breaks", "In His Eyes", "Someone To Belong To", "I Feel Good I Feel Fine", and "Little Mama". Sweet Vibrations is a real gem from the start of the 80s – arranged by Monk Higgins, who co-produced the set with Al Bell – a duo who'd already given Bobby some great records before, but who really knock it out of the park with this one. There's an extra-special quality going on here – maybe a slight reintroduction of blues roots, but still with a very contemporary spirit – set up to superb backings throughout. Titles include "Soul With A Flavor", "Hollywood Woman", "You'd Be A Millionaire", "Sweet Vibrator", "Special Kind Of Fool", and "A Real Woman Is What It Takes". Try Me I'm Real is record with a title that certainly fits the bill – as the amazing voice of Bobby Bland is as real here as it ever was, and blended with superbly soulful backings that take the singer's sound forward for a whole new generation! Some of Bobby's contemporaries were content to just stick in a straight blues mode – but Bland really grew and developed a lot as an artist, thanks in part to Monk Higgins and Al Bell – who are both at the production helm of the record, and balance the bluesy roots of Bobby with some richer soul backings that really knock the whole thing out of the park! We love Bobby Blue Bland during his early Duke Records years – but we love him equally as much for music like this, on titles that include "But I Do", "What A Difference A Day Makes", "Givin Up The Streets For Love", "A Song For You My Son", "Just You Just Me", and "Love Is Where It's At". CD

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Aaron Parnell BrownTin Man ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 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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Bobby BrownKing Of Stage ... LP
MCA, 1986. Sealed ... $14.99
Bobby Brown's out to put his New Edition past firmly behind him here – stepping out in a range of pop soul numbers that still have a sound that's as fresh as his late teen look on the cover! The Brown cliches haven't settled into full effect here yet – and there's a boyish charm on some of the best tunes on the set. Titles include "Girlfriend", "Seventeen", "Girl Next Door", "You Ain't Been Loved Right", "Spending Time", "Love Obsession", and "Your Tender Romance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Oscar Brown JrKicks! – The Best Of Oscar Brown Jr ... CD
Sony/BGP (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
Some of the most unique vocal work ever recorded – a stunning collection of Columbia sides by Oscar Brown Jr, a singer who mixed together equal parts jazz, soul, and folk – and came up with a sound that was all his own! Oscar bubbled out of the hip Chicago scene of the early 60s – and had a much more righteous approach than most of his contemporaries – not only writing his own lyrics for most of the tunes, but working in a genre-blending style that crossed over to a variety of difference audiences. Oscar could groove with the best in a southside club, but also appeal to the northside intellectuals – opening doors wherever he went with a fresh approach to jazz vocals! The set features work from all 4 of his Columbia albums – including a number of tracks on CD for the first time – and features arrangements by Quincy Jones, Floyd Morris, and Ralph Burns – on 23 tracks that include "All Blues", "Work Song", "Excuse Me For Living", "The Snake", "Mr Kicks", "Afro Blue", "Signifying Monkey", "Dat Dere", "Hazel's Hips", "Jeannine", "Opportunity Please Knock", "The Tree & Me", "Elegy (Plain Black Boy)", "Tall Like Pine", and "But I Was Cool". CD

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Dave BrubeckMy Favorite Things ... LP
Columbia, 1962. Very Good+ ... $19.99
There's plenty of favorite things going on here – the alto of Paul Desmond, piano of Dave Brubeck, bass of Gene Wright, and drums of Joe Morello – that perfect Dave Brubeck Quartet, captured here at the height of their powers! The set's got no gimmicks, no special settings, but the group manage to make things every bit as impressive as on all their high concept records of the period – really finding a way to open up older songs with completely fresh energy, and really make them their own! Dave has an especially great tone to his piano – maybe a bit more human and personal than on some other records – and titles include "My Favorite Things", "Why Can't I", "Little Girl Blue", "This Can't Be Love", "The Circus On Parade", and "Over & Over Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 360 Sound pressing. Cover has light wear and aging, with some heavy wear at the spine.)

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Ray BryantHere's Ray Bryant ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1976. Used ... $9.99
A simple trio album, but a really great one – the kind that almost re-ignites Ray Bryant's career, which is a hard thing to do, given how many records he's already got under his belt! But somehow, there's really something fresh going on here – an array of sounds and modes that goes far beyond his earlier sides for Columbie, Sue, and even Atlantic – and although Bryant was heard on the latter label only a few short years before this outing, the style here is something different altogether. There's almost a timeless approach here – but not in a hokey way – one that's still firmly grounded in the rhythmic impulses of Ray's soul jazz years, but which also easily traverses a piano jazz territory of many more eras – almost in the way of Jaki Byard, but without as much of a gimmick. Rhythm is by George Duvivier on bass and Grady Tate on drums, and we've never heard Ray sound so great in such a setting. Titles include "Prayer Song", "Lil Darlin", "Girl Talk", "Good Morning Heartache", and "Manteca". CD
(Out of print and still sealed. Small cutout hole through rear case and tray card.)

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BT ExpressEnergy To Burn/1980 ... CD
Roadshow/Edsel (UK), 1976/1980. Used ... $22.99
2 stunners from BT Express – the group's 3rd and 6th albums – back to back on one CD! Energy To Burn is a killer set that's extremely well-titled – as BT Express were one of the hottest ensemble funk acts of their time! The groove here is definitely aimed at a more disco-oriented dancefloor than before – but the overall sound is plenty funky enough for our ears – thanks to some amazing horn passages arranged by Carlos Ward, whose own work on sax and flute really add an edgey quality to the set. Ward's horns are really fantastic – cutting and turning with a sharply-honed tone that keeps things fresh throughout – even when the rhythms are hitting more of a mainstream dancefloor sound. Titles include the group's mellow soul version of "Now That We've Found Love", plus "Herbs", "Time Tunnel", "Energy To Burn", and "Make Your Body Move". And although a late entry in their catalog, 1980 is one of the greatest albums ever from BT Express – tighter, smoother, and classier than the group's early funky disco sessions – and with a cosmic sound that shows them really growing at the time! The sound here steps off from both the group's own horn-heavy disco sides of the 70s, and from the more righteous ensemble funk work of the Earth Wind & Fire generation – and there's also a nice undercurrent of the snapping midtempo rhythms that would show up even later in the early 80s indie club scene. Funk is still very much a part of the BT Express sound – and even when coming together like an all-pro outfit, the group are still hitting hard on the rhythms and well-crafted guitar parts. A wonderful record throughout – the kind of late session that could easily be overlooked, but which represents some of the group's best work! Titles include "Takin' Off", "Does It Feel Good", "Closer", "Better Late Than Never", and "Have Some Fun". CD
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Segun BucknorSegun Bucknor ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
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

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Adriana CalcanhottoO Microbio Do Samba ... CD
Sony (Brazil), 2011. Used ... $9.99
More than just a microbe of samba – given the rich, full sound that Adriana Calcanhotto gets in her music – a beautiful blend of timeless roots and some of the fresher, contemporary sounds coming from Brazil – mostly acoustic overall, but with a fluid sensibility that's planted firmly in the 21st Century! There's no electronic trickery here, yet the record also feels like a changed-up take on samba roots – nicely balanced so that even familiar styles come across sounding very fresh, and deeply personal in Adriana's hands. Titles include "Beijo Sem", "Ja Reparo", "Vai Saber", "Vem Ver", "Tao Chic", "Mais Perfumado", and "Eu Vivo A Sorrir". CD

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Tanika CharlesPapillon De Nuit/The Night Butterfly ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2022. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Tanika Charles soars like a hot butterfly here – using a "papillon" reference that can't help make us think of Chaka Khan – and somehow managing to really rise up to that territory with a record like this! A few years back, we thought of Tanika as just another retro-styled soul singer – but here, she's really opened up and found her own voice and a very particular groove – a more contemporary sound that's still as warm as classic work, but put together differently – often with a crispness on the rhythms that's really wonderful – a quality that urges Charles to really open up her vocals and soar – often with a quality that seems to make every new track on the album feel like a fresh modern soul anthem. Titles include "Frustrated", "Million Ways", "Different Morning", "Love Don't Mean A Thing", "Paintbrush & A Palette", "Honey Baby", "Gin & Wine", "Rent Free", and "Don't Be So Entitled". CD
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Tanika CharlesPapillon De Nuit/The Night Butterfly ... LP
Record Kicks (Italy), 2022. New Copy ... $25.99 26.99
Tanika Charles soars like a hot butterfly here – using a "papillon" reference that can't help make us think of Chaka Khan – and somehow managing to really rise up to that territory with a record like this! A few years back, we thought of Tanika as just another retro-styled soul singer – but here, she's really opened up and found her own voice and a very particular groove – a more contemporary sound that's still as warm as classic work, but put together differently – often with a crispness on the rhythms that's really wonderful – a quality that urges Charles to really open up her vocals and soar – often with a quality that seems to make every new track on the album feel like a fresh modern soul anthem. Titles include "Frustrated", "Million Ways", "Different Morning", "Love Don't Mean A Thing", "Paintbrush & A Palette", "Honey Baby", "Gin & Wine", "Rent Free", and "Don't Be So Entitled". LP, Vinyl record album
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Ornette ColemanGenesis Of Genius – The Contemporary Albums (Something Else/Tomorrow Is The Question) ... CD
Contemporary/Craft, Late 50s. New Copy 2CDs ... $22.99 24.99
A pair of groundbreaking albums from modern saxophone giant Ornette Coleman – served up here with new remastering, and a whole new set of notes! First up is Something Else – pre-Atlantic work from Ornette Coleman – one of his first recorded statements in jazz – and one of his boldest! At some level, the complete Coleman sound isn't entirely in place here – as there's a bit of a trace of hardbop in the mix – not entirely, but just a bit. But at another level, the record's still way darn bolder than just about anything coming out of LA at the time – proof that amidst all the cool jazz ruminations of the 50s, there was a second wave of modernism about to explode! The group here features Don Cherry on trumpet, Walter Norris on piano, Don Payne on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and while the core harmelodic rhythmic approach isn't always in place, it's more than made up for by some surprisingly free energy. Titles include "Invisible", "The Blessing", "Alpha", and "The Sphinx". Next is Tomorrow Is The Question, a modernist masterpiece – and even this many years after its recording, this early set by Ornette Coleman has an energy and presence that cannot be denied! The sound here is kind of a rougher take on the mode that would gel more strongly on Ornette's Atlantic albums – but even so, it's still incredibly fresh, and well worth seeking out – especially as an example of the sharper edges that were bursting forth from the once-cool west coast scene! Coleman's on alto sax and Don Cherry is on trumpet – but they're not joined by their more familiar associates, and are instead working with a more conventional rhythm team that includes either Percy Heath or Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – all clearly trying to make a bit of sense of Ornette's approach here, but in a way that also creates a great sense of tension on the record! Tracks are shortish, with great solos by Ornette and Cherry – and titles include "Tomorrow Is The Question", "Endless", "Rejoicing", "Lorraine", "Turnaround", "Tears Inside", and "Giggin". CD
(New mreastering from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman – and with a 44 page booklet of notes, photos, and more!)

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Buddy ColletteModern Jazz Vol 5 (aka Polyhedric) ... LP
Joker (Italy), 1961. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A rare European date from reedman Buddy Collette – and arguably one of his hippest albums ever! The set was recorded in Milan in 1961, and features a great lineup not only of Italian players, but which also includes the legendary Dusko Goykovich on trumpet – bringing in a nicely harder sound next to Buddy's work on flute and alto sax! Tracks have a well-arranged feel – the tighter structures of the Italian jazz scene of the time, but with sharper edges than Buddy's 50s work in LA – and given that Collette wrote nearly every number on the set, the album's a great discovery of his deep talents as a writer. In addition to Goykovich on trumpet, other musicians include Renato Sellani on piano, Dino Piana on trombone, Jimmy Pratt on drums, Gianni Basso on tenor, and Franco Cerri on guitar – and Armshed Shobey plays a bit of bongos on a few tracks, adding in a nicely exotic feel. Titles include "Skater For Mater", "Blues", "A Taste Of Fresh Air", "Pickford Street", "Paddy", and "Blues For Nicola". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small trace of an old sticker, and a tiny bit of pen on back – but this is a great copy overall.)

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CommodoresIn The Pocket ... LP
Motown, 1981. Very Good ... $2.99
An album that definitely lives up to the title promised by The Commodores – a record that takes all their raw funky energy of the early years, and fuses it into a new groove that would catapult the sextet to superstardom! The sound is commercial, but still has a pretty fresh sort of feel too – that quality the group brought to their work when breaking down so many boundaries in mainstream music – and finding fans in corners that few other funk groups might have touched! There's plenty of upbeat funk tracks in the mix, and even the mellower moments are still balanced nicely enough to avoid any of the cliches that Lionel Richie might have had during his solo years. Titles include "Why You Wanna Try Me", "This Love", "Been Loving You", "Lucy", "Saturday Night", "Lady (You Bring Me Up)", and "Oh No". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, minimal wear.)

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Czarface (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric)Fistful Of Peril ... LP
Silver Age, 2016. New Copy ... $22.99 25.98
Action-packed post millennium hip hop from Czarface – the increasingly impressive team of Wu veteran Inspectah Deck with 7L & Esoteric! Czarface's style is fresh take on some the wilder underground/grindhouse cinema, comic books and otherwise fantastically-inspired hip hop of Wu Tang Clan, MF Doom, Dr. Octagon, etc. – heavy on the distinctive, though classic rap inspired craft of Deck & Esoteric, though – feeling real, raw and of their own strong devices. DJ 7L's production is big sound and raw at the same time, a rock solid foil for the rhymes of the primary MCs and their guests. Includes "Electrical Level 1", "Two In The Chest", "Czar Wars", "Dust" with Psycho Les, "Revenge On Lizard City", "Dare Iz A Darkseid", "Tarantulas" feat Blackastan, "Sabers", "Talk That Talk", "All In Togehter Now", "Level Electric 1" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Dark Matter Halo with Bill LaswellCaravan To The Stars ... CD
MOD Reloaded, 2020. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
Plenty of dark matter here – as we might guess on a record that's mixed by Bill Laswell, and which also features the sonic pioneer on bass – joining the trio of Monte Cimino on sound effects, Chris Sneeringer on analog electronics, and Chris Whitley on violin! The whole album feels like a universe of sound, as hinted at by the cover – some dark galaxy where familiar elements come together in new sonic laws of being – handled superbly by Laswell, but with a fresh approach that makes the whole thing a bit different than some of his other projects too. The album features three long tracks – "Black Aether Transmission", "Caravan To The Stars", and "Waiting In The Void". CD

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Buddy DeFrancoSweet & Lovely ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1954/1955. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet and lovely – but plenty darn soulful too – and one of the excellent early 50s Verve dates that features the piano of Sonny Clark with the clarinet of Buddy DeFranco! The album's got an even more unusual twist in that it features a bit of organ from Clark too – one of his only recordings on the instrument – as well as guitar from Tal Farlow on a number of tracks – another leading light of the fresh Verve sound of the 50s, really working some great music next to Buddy's horn. The stripped down sound is very nice – equal parts bop and swing, in that unique mode that made DeFranco one of the hippest players on his instrument at the time! Titles include "Getting A Balance", "Old Black Magic", "Moe", and "What Can I Say". CD

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Kyle Dixon & Michael SteinStranger Things Vol 1 ... LP
Lakeshore, 2016. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic soundtrack work for the Stranger Things series from Netflix – a narrative set in the early 80s, and scored here with a sound that really gets that era right! This isn't schlocky 80s keyboard work, nor some sort of easy retro motif – and instead, the team of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein go for sort of the coolest moods and styles that were being used in film scores during the time – especially the spare keyboards and careful electronics that were just right for a sci-fi or sophisticated horror story! The keyboards all feel very vintage, but not in an "easy" way – and titles on this first volume include "Lay Z Boy", "Nancy & Barb", "Kids", "Hawkins", "The Upside Down", "Lamps", "Fresh Blood", "Photos In The Woods", and "Hanging Lights". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear/black smoke colored vinyl pressing – with insert! Cover has light wear, but looks great overall.)

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