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✨✧ Albert Ayler1964 Prophecy Revisited ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
An expanded, remastered version of the album Prophecy – early work by Albert Ayler, recorded live in 1964 at the Cellar Cafe in New York, but not issued by ESP until years later, after his untimely early death. The performance is a trio outing – with Ayler's tenor alongside the bass of Gary Peacock and drums of Sunny Murray – all freely skirting around each other's space on the date, in a way that allows Ayler to take the bold lead with his sharp-toned solos, but which also allows for free interplay between the bass and percussion. Ayler's tone and wide swaths of sound are simply amazing – and titles include two variations on "Ghosts", plus "Spirits", "Prophecy", and "Wizard". Newly remastered version of the full concert – with 10 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Albert AylerSpirits To Ghosts (Spirits/Ghosts) ... CD
Ezz-Thetics/Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of classic Albert Ayler albums from 1964 – back to back on a single CD! First up is Spirits – only the second album ever recorded by Albert Ayler, but a tremendous statement of music that clearly marks the tenorist as one of the most important jazz talents of the 60s! The set was recorded in New York, and only ever got initial exposure overseas – but has grown to become one of the best-remember Ayler albums over the years – thanks in part to a rock-solid lineup of equal visionaries in the group, a lineup that include Sunny Murray on drums, Norman Howard on trumpet, and both Henry Grimes and Earl Henderson on bass – playing together on the title track, which gives the whole thing a really tremendous power. Ayler's clearly the spotlight, though – shining his light with brilliance both in his phrasing of the tenor, and his sense of timing and inherent rhythm – which opens the door to whole new pathways in jazz. Titles include "Spirits", "Prophecy", "Holy Holy", and "Witches & Devils". Next is Ghosts – a seminal early moment from the legendary Albert Ayler – an important session recorded overseas in Copenhagen – where enthusiasm for Ayler's music caught fire more strongly than in the US! The group's got an edge that's maybe even sharper than some of Ayler's ESP material, but no less powerful – with Don Cherry on cornet, Gary Peacock on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums – working through tremendous readings of six Ayler classics that include "Ghosts", "Children", "Holy Spirit", "Vibrations" and "Mothers". A wonderful precursor to the ESP years – and equally great! CD

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

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Anthony BraxtonQuartet (Dortmund) 1976 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1976. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A brilliant performance from one of Anthony Braxton's coolest groups – a very striking quartet that features George Lewis on trombone, Dave Holland on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums and percussion! There's a special sort of energy that really seems to flow from the players – maybe it's the combination of the trombone of Lewis and the bass of Holland, whose deeper tones bring out a bottom you don't always get in Braxton albums – which then lets the leader really take off in amazing patterns on a variety of reeds that include alto, sopranino, contrabass sax, bass clarinet, and E flat clarinet – used in modes that are explosively imaginative throughout! Altschul's got just the right vibe, too – almost a stop/start approach that seems like he's setting little fires one minute, then swinging straight at other times. Titles include "Composition 40 F", "Composition 40 B", "Composition 6 C", "Composition 23 J", and "Composition 40 (O)". CD

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Anthony Braxton & George Lewis DuoDonaueschingen (Duo) 1976 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1994. Used ... $24.99
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(NOTE: disc has some marks that do not affect play.)

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✨✧ Jimmy GiuffreGraz Live 1961 ... CD
Ezz-Thetics/Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1961. New Copy ... $16.99
A fantastic live performance from legendary reedman Jimmy Giuffre – captured here at the time when he was really stepping out with his sound, as heard more famously on the albums Fusion and Free Fall! As with those records, the group here is Jimmy's amazing trio with Paul Bley on piano and Steve Swallow on bass – both very young modernists who'd go on to make their own mark on jazz over the decades, but already perfect accompanists for Giuffre's very open, freewheeling work on clarinet – quite different than his sound of a decade before, and even than his piano-less trios of the late 50s. Titles include "The Gamut", "Brief Hesitation", "Cry Want", "Trance", "Carla", "Scootin About", "That's True That's True", "Whirrr", and "Temporarily". CD

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Kimming/Studer/Zimmerlin with George LewisKimming/Studer/Zimmerlin & George Lewis ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2019. New Copy ... $9.99 19.99
The legendary George Lewis plays both trombone and electronics here – both of which are a fantastic addition to the core trio efforts of Harald Kimming on violin, Daniel Studer on bass, and Alfred Zimmerlin on cello! These guys are unlike any string trio you might know from the world of serious music – as they play freely and openly, with as many sharp edges on their own instruments as Lewis brings to his – this cascading confluence of strings and tones, with lots of elements that remind us of the deeper sonic leanings of Lewis at his most experimental! Titles include "Tactus & Tatum", "Night Walk", "Very Nice", "Seven Colors & Number Ten", and "Natura Morta". CD

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Franz Koglmann SeptetFruits Of Solitude ... CD
Ezz-Thetics/Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99
Complex horn magic from the great Franz Koglmann – always a great musician on his own, but even better when he gets a chance to share his concepts with a larger group! In this case, the septet features five horn players and two string musicians – Franz on trumpet and flugelhorn, John Clark on French horn, Mario Arcari on oboe and English horn, Daniele D'Agaro on tenor and bass clarinet, and Milan Turkovic on bassoon – working with gentle accompaniment from Peter Herbert on bass and Attila Pasztor on cello, but always in ways that let the overall shape and structure of the album come from the horns. The vibe of the set is almost like one of those great late 50s modern jazz experiments where rhythm drops out of most of the action – and titles include "For Max", "Martians Don't Go Home Anymore", "Fruits Of Solitude II", "Yellow Tango", "Leopard Lady", and "Finger Snapper". CD

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George Lewis/Ozana OmelchukBreaking News – Studio Dan ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ... $12.99
Two trombone-heavy compositions – one penned by George Lewis, one by Ozana Omelchuk – both played here by the Studio Dan ensemble in two different formations! "As We May Feel" is a Lewis composition for chamber ensemble – and has this very bold sense of attack and decay – trombone work from Daniel Riegler, mixed with alto from Clemens Salesny, trumpet from Dominik Fuss, and piano from Michael Tiefenbacher – plus cello, violin, and bass, which created very moody sounds next to the bolder work on drums. "Wow & Flutter" is a composition by Omelchuk for two trombones and ensemble – with really strong trombone solos from Matthias Muche and Daniel Riegler, amidst other horns, bass, violin, cello, piano, and even a bit of sampler too! CD

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Jimmy LyonsPush Pull ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... $15.99
Alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons had a legendary run of performances on record with Cecil Taylor – but he sounds equally amazing here as a leader – given the space to really stretch out in a 3LP set that brings together a landmark live performance from 1978! Lyons works here with some lesser-known names – a quintet that includes Karen Borca on bassoon, Hayes Burnett on bass, Munner Bernard Fennell on cello, and Roger Blank on drums – but all players really catch the fire from his horn, and open up in a way that starts with loft jazz inspiration, then really soars to the stratosphere! The live setting of the album – recorded in a cinema – brings a really great quality of "space" to the overall production – and you can really feel Lyons and the group working together as their sounds and performance echo throughout the theater. Titles include the 32 minute "Mary Mary" – plus "Tortuga", "Breakout", "After You Left", and "Push Pull". CD

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Joe McPheeGlasses ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Extraordinary work from one of the true giants of the American scene – a mindblowing set of mostly solo sounds from reedman Joe McPhee – also working here on flugelhorn and a bit of percussion as well! The set begins with the incredible "Glasses" – a piece that appears to have McPhee actually playing a glass in performance, and alternating with some searingly soulful sounds on tenor sax – blown with a texture that matches the glass wonderfully – already showing his amazing ear for sound shapes. Side two reminds us that McPhee's got a deeply spiritual side – as he takes on Coltrane's "Naima" in a haunting solo reading that's almost worth the price of the album alone – full of feeling, but graced with these textures that really open up the song. The set's completed by "New Potatoes" – a much more driving number with added help from percussionist Reto Weber – plus the promised flugelhorn from Joe! CD

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Joe McPhee & Andre JaumeNuclear Family ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
Insanely beautiful work from the great Joe McPhee – an album that was recorded and intended to be issued during his groundbreaking stretch with Hat Art Records – but which never saw the light of day at the time! Why that happened, we're not entirely sure – because the album is tremendous right from the very first note – as McPhee blows alto, tenor, and pocket cornet alongside the work of Andre Jaume on alto, tenor, and bass clarinet – in a set of horn-only performances that are breathtaking from start to finish! Jaume's a great player too – and his work of the time, especially on Hat Art, is a masterpiece of subtlety and soul – and he balances McPhee perfectly here, often with some deeper currents that create a beautifully organic energy between the two. Jaume's got this way of handling his reed that's amazing – and, of course, Joe's phrasing is as incredible as always. Titles include great reworks of modern jazz classics – including "Pithecanthropus Erectus", "Self Portrait In Three Colors", "Evidence", "Chelsea Bridge", and "Lonely Woman" – plus the originals "Nuclear" and "Rue St Jaume". CD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)

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Matthew ShippInvisible Light – Live Sao Paolo ... CD
Ezz-Thetics/Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99
A record with a title that's as beautiful as its sound – one that draws key focus on that magnificent light that's been shining forth in the music of Matthew Shipp in recent years – a fantastic stretch that has the pianist really coming back into action, and maybe sounding even more amazing than before! The set is solo – recorded live in Sao Paulo in 2016 – and is a great illustration of the new focus and expanded vision that Shipp has been bringing to his music – yet in a way that's maybe slightly understated, even though that's kind of an odd thing to be saying about such a player – maybe we just mean that Matthew's not trying too hard to state himself, and that makes the music even more magical in the process. Tunes include some fantastic reworkings of standards – "Yesterdays", "Angel Eyes", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "There Will Be Another You" – as transformed in Shipp's hands as when a player like Anthony Braxton approaches them – alongside original titles that include "Gamma Ray", "Patmos", "Blue In Orion", "Symbol Systems", and "Invisible Light". CD

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorIt Is In The Brewing Luminous ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1981. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The larger Cecil Taylor Unit with multiple strings players (Ramsey Ameen on violin and Alan Silva on bass and cello), two drummers: Jerome Cooper and Sunny Murray and longtime reedman Jimmy Lyons. Recorded live in New York in 1980, capturing Taylor's unique conception of group improvisation in full flight. The album features one long work, spread out over 4 sides of the record. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Albert Ayler1964 Prophecy Revisited ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An expanded, remastered version of the album Prophecy – early work by Albert Ayler, recorded live in 1964 at the Cellar Cafe in New York, but not issued by ESP until years later, after his untimely early death. The performance is a trio outing – with Ayler's tenor alongside the bass of Gary Peacock and drums of Sunny Murray – all freely skirting around each other's space on the date, in a way that allows Ayler to take the bold lead with his sharp-toned solos, but which also allows for free interplay between the bass and percussion. Ayler's tone and wide swaths of sound are simply amazing – and titles include two variations on "Ghosts", plus "Spirits", "Prophecy", and "Wizard". Newly remastered version of the full concert – with 10 tracks in all! CD
Also available 1964 Prophecy Revisited ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ John ColtraneMy Favorite Things – Graz 1962 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1962. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic material from an important early tour of Europe by the John Coltrane Quartet – tracks recorded in Graz, Austria – and a perfect example of the group as they were really beginning to stretch out and explore! At some level, the vibe here is like the famous first run of Village Vanguard sessions by Coltrane – but the sound shows just how much the players had opened up since the previous year – really tremendous work from the leader on both soprano sax and tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums! Coltrane's solos are long and freewheeling, with a beautifully exploratory, yet soulful vibe – and titles include "Mr PC", "Every Time We Say Goodbye", "Bye Bye Blackbird", and a great 24 minute take of "My Favorite Things". CD

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✨✧ Jimmy Giuffre/Paul Bley/Steve SwallowBremen/Stuttgart (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hat Hut/Emanem (UK), 1961. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful live counterpart to Jimmy Giuffre's crucial Verve recordings Fusion and Thesis – performed here with a similar trio that includes Paul Bley on piano and Steve Swallow on bass – really expanding upon ideas of jazz expression that Giuffre first put forth in his late 50s trio! Giuffre's at the height of his power, and playing with these two young modernists, his trio manages to build these incredible sound shapes out of fragile clarinet, piano, and bass lines – simple elements, but used here in ways that are really revolutionary – and very strongly a precursor to work to come from Bley and Swallow. The music is even more far-reaching than Jimmy's late 50s trio sides for Atlantic and Verve – and this live performance is wonderfully recorded, and really opens up a big chapter of this less-recorded side of his career. This huge package features material that was originally issued on two different Hat Art CDs, plus unreleased tracks from the Bremen session, and even two rare Verve titles that were not issued by ECM on their release of Fusion and Thesis. 26 tracks in all – including "Flight", "Venture", "Whirrrr", "Jesus Maria", "That's True That's True", "Cry Want", "Suite For Germany", "Sonic", "Trudgin", and "Compassion For PB". CD
(Cover has a small, half inch tear inside the gatefold but otherwise is in great shape.)

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

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✨✧ David S WareBirth Of A Being (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hat Hut/Aum Fidelity, 1979. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early brilliance from tenor genius David S Ware – one of the first records issued under his own name as a leader, and maybe still one of the greatest too! The album has Ware working with the Apogee trio of Cooper Moore on piano and Marc Edwards on drums – in these long-blown lines that are an immediate inheritance of the late legacy of John Coltrane – played in that searing, searching style of Coltrane's final years – but maybe given even more depth and directly here by David! Ware's approach is wonderful throughout – always soulful and meaningful, even in the most abstract moments – very fully-formed, and still completely tremendous after all these years. Titles include "Prayer", "Thematic Womb", and "Primary Piece #1". First-ever reissue – with lots of bonus tracks that include "Solo", "Prayer", "Cry", "Stop Time", and "Ashimba". CD

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✨✧ Earle Brown/John Cage/Morton Feldman/Christian WolNew York School 3 – Eberhard Blum/Art Lange/Jan Williams ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Marion BrownCapricorn Moon To Juba Lee (Marion Brown Quartet/Juba-Lee) ... CD
Ezz-Thetics/Hat Hut (Switzerland), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A CD that brings together some important early work from altoist Marion Brown – two long tracks from the sessions for his Quartet album on ESP – and a later album issued only overseas! The set begins with the long tracks "Capricorn Moon" and "Mephistopheles" from Marion Brown Quartet – one of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – a rhythmic, soulful, early session by Marion Brown – recorded before his own albums on Impulse, but with a similar feel to the best new thing sessions of that label at the time! The group is superb – with Benny Maupin on sax, Alan Shorter on trumpet, Rashied Ali on drums, and Ronnie Boykins on bass, often playing in tandem with Reggie Johnson – for a unique double-pulsing feel that makes for a nice rhythmic thrust. Next are the tracks "Juba Lee" and "Iditus", from the album Juba Lee – brilliant work from Marion Brown – one of his first albums, and a great set of tracks that have a fragile New York avant style – almost ESP, but not as raw, and with the kind of soulful emotion that's always made Brown's work stand out from the rest of his crowd. The group on the album is a septet, with Beaver Harris on drums, Dave Burrell on piano, Bennie Maupin on tenor, Alan Shorter on trumpet, and Grachan Moncour III on trombone. CD

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✨✧ Alex Hendriksen & Fabian GislerSong Is You ... CD
Ezz-Thetics/Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2019. Used ... Out Of Stock
Duets between Alex Hendriksen on tenor saxophone and Fabian Gisler on double bass. CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneImpressions – Graz 1962 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic material from an important early tour of Europe by the John Coltrane Quartet – tracks recorded in Graz, Austria – and a perfect example of the group as they were really beginning to stretch out and explore! At some level, the vibe here is like the famous first run of Village Vanguard sessions by Coltrane – but the sound shows just how much the players had opened up since the previous year – really tremendous work from the leader on both soprano sax and tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums! Coltrane's solos are long and freewheeling, with a beautifully exploratory, yet soulful vibe – and titles include "Inch Worm", "I Want To Talk About You", "Autumn Leaves", and "Impressions". CD
 
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Franz Koglmann with Bill DixonOpium For Franz ... CD
Black Monk (Austria), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Incredible work from trumpeter Franz Koglmann – a musician who doesn't always get the same sort of credit as his avant jazz contemporaries – but who certainly warrants strong recognition for the depth of this set! The record is bristling with brilliance – and has this mixture of free expressions balanced with a sense of structure – in a way that's almost a link between the loft jazz world of the 70s New York scene, and some of the Hat Hut or Soul Note productions to come! Side one has Franz working with a quintet that also features Bill Dixon on trumpet, plus Steve Horenstein on tenor, Alan Silva on bass, and Muhammad Malli on cymbals – a group that sparkles with these fantastic organic rhythm progressions next to standout solos from the horns. Side two features two tracks with a quintet that also includes Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Joseph Traindi on trombone, Cesarius Alvim Botelho on bass, and Aldo Romano on drums – and one more with a trio that includes Toni Michlmayr on bass and Gerd Geier on electronics. The Lacy tracks are tremendous – and it's a very fresh setting for Steve to be blowing alongside Koglmann's flugelhorn – and the electronics tracks have a sound that's very unusual too, not like any other jazz approach we've heard in the format. Titles include "For Franz", "Der Vogel Opium", "Carmilla", and "Karl Und Das Lochspapier". CD

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Vienna Art OrchestraSuite For The Green Eighties ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Very Good+ 2LP Box Set ... $19.99
One of the great double-length sets this group issued on Hat Hut in the 80s! Players include Harry Sokal on soprano sax, Christian Radovan on trombone, Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, Wofgang Puschnig on piccolo, Ingo Morgana on tenor, and Uli Scherer on piano and melodica – and Lauren Newton does a bit of vocalizing on a few tracks. The "Suite For Green Eighties" is divided into 5 parts, and takes up all of record two. Record one contains "Haluk", "Pladoyer For Sir Major Moll", "Blue For Two", and "Nanan N'z Gang". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the postcard! Box has light wear.)

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorLove For Sale ... LP
United Artists, 1959. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A stunner of an album from Cecil Taylor's early days – for many reasons, but also for the wild cover, which has a couple meeting in a dark alley in a cheesy photo shoot! (Just imagine if Hat Hut or Leo tried that today!) This long-out-of-print session features 3 early trio tracks – which let you hear Cecil developing his freer approach on strange takes on Cole Porter's "Get Out of Town", "I Love Paris", and "Love For Sale". The other 3 tracks are originals by Taylor, and expand the group to a quintet with the amaaaaazing frontline talents of Ted Curson on trumpet and Bill Barron on tenor, always one of our favorite pair of modernists, and players that add richness to any session they grace. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s Japanese King pressing, LAX 3117, includig the insert.)
 
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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonStick-Up! ... LP
Blue Note, 1966. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The sticks are up, and Bobby Hutcherson is at the top of his game – hitting a whole new groove here in this sublime session of modal numbers for Blue Note – a slightly warmer set than his more modern albums of the "new thing" years, and a great indication of the directions he'd take in the 70s! Bobby's vibes are set up wonderfully here in a quintet that includes Joe Henderson on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all players who bring key elements to the groove. Tyner's got an obvious ear for the modal rhythms that Hutcherson's heading for; Higgins' drum work is freely lyrical in all the best ways; and Henderson's horn sharpens the edges of the tunes a bit, bringing in some nice darker sounds. The kickoff track is an amazing modal reading of Ornette's "Una Muy Bonita", and the rest tracks are all Hutcherson originals, including "Summer Nights", "8/4 Beat", "Black Circle", "Verse", and "Blues Mind Matter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light wear, and a bit of seam splitting on the top and bottom, but this is a nice copy overall.)

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✨✧ Leroy HutsonMan! ... LP
Curtom, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer early album by the great Leroy Hutson – the first set that has him stepping out as a true soul genius for the 70s! Hutson had originally been a later member of The Impressions – replacing Curtis Mayfield briefly after he'd gone solo – but he also had spent a fair bit of time working around the Chicago soul studio scene of the late 60s and early 70s, lending his talents to other singers – and this album is kind of a "bustin' out of the studio" album in it's presentation of Hutson's material. The record features a number of great sweet soul cuts – like "Ella Weez" and "Can't Say Enough About Mom" – mixed with nice funky tracks, like "The Ghetto '74", which is a remake of "The Ghetto", a tune that Hutson wrote with Donny Hathaway. The record's a prime example of the genius of Chicago soul in the 70s – with great arrangements that have a lot of space for Leroy's singing, yet still come down hard and nasty in parts, like some of the funkier stuff on Curtom. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee Scratch PerryReturn Of Pipecock Jackxon ... LP
Black Star Liner/Honest Jons (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the ultimate moments from the legendary Lee Scratch Perry – the set of recordings that shut down the Black Ark studios – and which helped build a bridge to the European scene that would help keep Perry's music alive for the next few decades! The sound of the album is even more far-reaching than some of Lee's earlier recordings – opened up in a new freedom that's much more aimed at album-oriented styles – heard best on the album's long opening number "Bed Jammin", and spun out over some great numbers that really showcase Perry's incredible talents in the studio! Titles include "Untitled Rhythm", "Give Thanx To Jah", "Easy Knocking", "Who Killed The Chicken", "Babylon Cookie Jar A Crumble", and "Some Have Fe Halla". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonOblique ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Bobby Hutcherson's greatest records ever – and a session that never got released at the time! The album's an excellent quartet session, one that's very much in the best spirit of Bobby's great Happenings album on Blue Note – and it features a similar group that includes Hutcherson on vibes, Herbie Hancock on piano, Albert Stinson on bass, and Joe Chambers, one of Hutcherson's best accompanists from the 60s, on drums. The format's a bit more modal than Happenings – and the set features 6 wonderful little tracks that mix together the "new thing" sound of earlier Hutcherson Blue Notes, with some of the nascent soulfulness that started creeping into his work at the end of the 60s. The album was recorded in 1967, but only first issued in Japan in at the end of the 70s – and then later in the US, and even then only briefly – but we'd still rank the set as one of Bobby's best for Blue Note! Titles include "Til Then", "Mr Joy", "Subtle Neptune", and "Theme From Blow Up". CD
(Out of print, includes obi. SHMCD pressing.)

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✨✧ Bill Evans, Karin Krog, Archie Shepp, Bobby HutcheLive At The Festival ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1970/1972/1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
A very interesting batch of tracks – one tune apiece by each of the artists named in the title, recorded between the years 1970 and 1973 at the Festival Ljublijana, in Yugoslavia. Bill Evans performs a long, and straight reading of Miles Davis' "Nardis" with a trio that includes Eddie Gomez on bass and Tony Oxley on drums; Karin Krog sings a spare version of "Round Midnight", with only the bass of Arild Andersen for accompaniment; and Archie Shepp blows freely on a version of Grachan Moncur III's "Sonny's Back", in a group with Dave Burrell, Don Garrett, and Muhammad Ali. Perhaps the most striking track, though, is "The Creators" by Bobby Hutcherson – played with his group that included Harold Land and Hal Galper, and performed in an 18 minute reading that builds beautifully, into the dancing soul jazz sound that was Hutcherson's best contribution to jazz at the time! CD
(Out of print.)

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Jemal RamirezAfrican Skies (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Joyful Beat, 2018. Near Mint- 2LP ... $14.99
A killer record from Cali drummer Jemal Ramirez – maybe his greatest set so far as a leader, and a record that features a top-shelf lineup that really captures his vision! We'll be honest in saying that it was vibist Warren Wolf who first caught our attention here – as we love anything that Warren does, and especially value his contribution as a sideman – where he seems to bring the same sort of soulful flow to a group that Bobby Hutcherson could back in the 70s! That's definitely the case here, as Wolf's bold colors work perfectly with the rich lines on piano and Fender Rhodes from Matthew Clark – and are given a soaring spirit when reed work from Howard Riley kicks in – as the player handles alto, tenor, and soprano sax on the set. Mike Olmos plays trumpet on half the album, John Shifflett handles bass throughout, and it's definitely the case that Ramirez's rock-solid drumming and leadership are what really keep the album moving. Titles include Jemal's originals "On The Move", "A Long Way Home", "Where Are They", "No Time Left", and "Stasia" – and other titles include "African Skies", "It Always Is", "A Good Time", "Sister Cheryl", and "Episode From A Village Dance". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Timeless All StarsIt's Timeless ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
A brilliant assemblage of players – working here under the Timeless All Stars tag, because they'd all recorded for the label – but held together much more deeply through a rich tradition of west coast soul jazz! The team of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson are wonderfully united for the session – working with Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all to carve out longer tracks that sparkle with the best open feeling of the sound that Land and Hutcherson first put down together at the end of the 60s. There's a sense of warmth and good spirit to the recording – but not of the type that dampens the energies of the players – as the best tracks on the record have a searing, searching feel that's pretty darn surprising for such an all-star session! Titles include "Clockwise", "Highway One", "Arabia", "Stella By Starlight", and "My Foolish Heart". CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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✨✧ McCoy TynerLa Leyenda De La Hora (The Legend Of The Hour) ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An ultra-hip record from pianist McCoy Tyner – recorded for a major label at the start of the 80s, but with qualities that easily rival some of Tyner's best music from the immediate post-Coltrane years! McCoy's got some great musical partners here – Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Hubert Laws on flute, Chico Freeman on tenor, and Paquito D'Rivera on alto and soprano sax – all musicians who are united in a strong sense of color and spirit, as Tyner creates these beautiful ensemble passages that draw strongly from each player, then give them special points to shine in the music! William Fischer adds in some hip arrangements at points – with a vibe that's angular and colorful, in ways that rival Hutcherson's best on Columbia, and which have some of the cool rhythmic complexity of Horace Silver's best 70s material. Titles include "La Vida Feliz", "Walk Spirit Talk Spirit", "La Busca", and "La Habana Sol". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ McCoy Tyner & Bobby HutchersonManhattan Moods ... CD
Blue Note, 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked later Blue Note gem – sweet duets between the vibes of Bobby Hutcherson and piano of McCoy Tyner! CD
(Out of print, mark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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Willie Bobo & the Bo-GentsDo What You Want To Do ... LP
Sussex, Early 70s. Very Good- ... $29.99
Incredible work by Willie Bobo – a slamming record of hard funky instrumentals, one that sounds different than any of his other albums! The record's a killer all the way through – a mixture of Latin and deep 70s funk, one of the few perfect fusions of the styles, held up beautifully all the way through the set. We've always liked Willie a lot, but honestly, we don't know how he managed to make a record this funky – but we're also not arguing, just enjoying the grooves with tremendous delight and surprise. Great all the way through, and includes the break cuts "Do What You Want to Do", "Broasted or Fried", and "Soul Foo Young" – plus a version of "Dindi", which, for some reason, Willie seemed to record every chance he got! Other titles include "Shut Up & Pay Attention", "Come Together", and "Never You Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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✨✧ Eugene Chadbourne, Duck Baker, & Randy HuttonGuitar Trio In Calgary ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A pretty amazing performance from two revolutionary 70s guitarists – Duck Baker and Eugene Chadbourne – joined here by the more obscure Randy Hutton, in a series of acoustic improvisations that are completely mindblowing! The set was done at a time when Chadbourne was still living in Calgary, but he's already got all the amazing sounds and complex lines of his important late 70s recordings in New York – and Baker seems even more driven here in the company, and Hutton is a great musician as well! At times, the strings come on full and frenzied – at other points, they are slower and more sonically careful – with Baker on a nylon-stringed acoustic, and both Hutton and Chadbourne playing steel strings. All titles here, save one, are previously unissued – and titles include "KJ Is A DS", "Mary Mahoney", "Cards", "Ornette Mashup", and "So Long John" – plus two versions of "Two Peafowl", one from the main concert, one issued on an early album on the Parachute label. CD

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Fairport ConventionWhat We Did On Our Holidays ... CD
Water, 1969. New Copy ... $7.99 17.99
A pivotal album from Fairport Convention – hardly the "holiday" you might expect from the title, and instead a set that has the group really reaching out for some new ideas and styles in their music! Sandy Denny is firmly in place here – taking the lead on most numbers – but Ian Matthews is also still in the group, bringing in that bit of west coast style that we loved from the first record – and which keeps the overall feel here more 60s than ancient, especially given the upped electrics on a few numbers. Ashley Hutchings' bass is brilliant – almost more this subtle, sonic force at the bottom than an instrument on its own – yet also still away from the more modal elements to come on the next few records. And although there's less traditional tunes on here than later, the group themselves are already becoming timeless – and unlike anything that had ever come before. Titles include "Fotheringay", "Mr Lacey", "Book Song", "I'll Keep It With Mine", "End Of A Holiday", "She Moves Through The Fair", and "Eastern Rain". CD

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Gerrit Hatcher & Jakob WarmenbolSublime Again ... CD
No Index, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99
Wonderfully jagged duets between tenorist Gerrit Hatcher and drummer Jakob Warmenbol – the latter of whom occasionally plays some instruments in ways that really go past the usual! Warmenbol's drums are usually rhythmically structured, but still very offbeat – which lets the tenor of Hatcher to wander more freely in open space, often hitting these really reedy, raspy notes that have a nice undercurrent of power. Titles include "Tempest Hutch", "Discomforting Comfort", "Contraband", "Birthday Man", and "Adult Frequencies". CD

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Bobby HutchersonNatural Illusions ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1972. Used ... $12.99
Vibes and orchestrations – a combination that makes for one of the coolest Bobby Hutcherson albums of the 70s – a really magical set that expands the sound of Bobby's work in ways we wouldn't have expected! The style is similar to that used with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson at the time on Blue Note – a style that's clearly trying for the more sophisticated sounds of CTI, and which beautifully balances the modes of presentation – so that there's still plenty of soulful moments and slyly funky bits alongside the strings and woodwinds in the orchestrations – proof that a record like this can be really brilliant if scored properly! Some moments get a bit modern and dark – almost in a William S Fischer kind of way – and titles include the great track "Rain Every Thursday", which begins with an excellent break – plus "The Folks Who Live On The Hill", "Sophisticated Ladies", "When You're Near", "Shirl", and "Lush Life". CD
(From the recent "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonComponents ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An essential Blue Note album by the great vibist Bobby Hutcherson, and a record that's split into 2 different sides, each of which display different aspects of Hutcherson's talents. The first four tracks are mellow and lyrical, with the kind of lovely melodic writing that is best illustrated by the cut "Little B's Poem" – included here, and still one of Hutcherson's most enduring works. The next four tracks show Hutcherson more as the accomplished modernist, working with edgey talents like James Spaulding on alto and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and the great Joe Chambers on drums – who also wrote all 4 of the tracks in this segment. The work is a key example of Hutcherson's devotion to the Blue Note "new thing" sound, and titles include "Air", "Juba Dance", and "Pastoral". CD
(Out of print Connoisseur series pressing.)

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonDialogue ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Bobby Hutcherson's most important albums ever – and an essential piece of "new thing" jazz that ranks up there with such key Blue note sessions of the genre as Tony Williams' album Life Time, Dolphy's Out To Lunch, and Jackie McLean's One Step Beyond! Hutcherson's sound on the vibes is amazing – metallic, yet melodic – in a sublime blend of the modern and the soulful, all wrapped up in tones and colors that few other players have ever managed to get from the instrument! All the other players on the session really rise to the occasion too – and the album features tremendous work from Sam Rivers, Freddie Hubbard, Andrew Hill, and Joe Chambers. Titles include "Ghetto Lights", "Catta", and "Idle While" – and the CD features a bonus track! CD
(Out of print, includes obi. SHMCD pressing.)

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonHappenings (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Bobby Hutcherson albums for Blue Note – a classic session recorded in quartet form, with a style that seems to set a whole new standard for the vibes in modern jazz! The group here is sublime – Herbie Hancock on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – all working with Bobby in cool, blocky chords, with a sound that lies somewhere on the road to "out", but has more of a swing than Hutcherson's "new thing" recordings! The balance is a perfect one – exciting and fresh, but still always soulfully grooving – and titles include a sublime version of Herbie's "Maiden Voyage" – plus originals by Hutcherson that include "The Omen", "Aquarian Moon", "Rojo", and "Head Start". CD
(Out of print, pages of booklet are stuck together from waters damaged & is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Ian S PortBirth Of Loud – Leo Fender, Les Paul,& The Guitar Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock N Roll (hardcover) ... Book
Scribner, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fender Guitars and Les Paul are two key names in the rise of electric strings during the postwar years – but we never knew how much the two were at each others' throats during these key years of the guitar – a commercial rivalry that built to great intensity, and which arguably helped both ends create the kind of superior guitars that helped launch a whole musical revolution! Fender championed solid-body guitars, Les Paul sported a classy hollow-body – and neither was shut out from the attentions of musicians in the worlds of jazz, blues, and rock and roll – as you'll see in this fascinating history of the growth, development, and constant change in the guitar industry during midcentury. Harcover book is 340 pages, with some black and white images. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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✨✧ Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson & Bobby HutchersonKeystone Bop Vol 1 – Sunday Night ... CD
Prestige, 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
Keystone bop indeed – a smoking little set from Freddie Hubbard, recorded during his great back-to-basics years of the early 80s! The tracks here are all quite long, and informed by a strong sense of hardbop – but they also open up with some sharper, more modern moments at times – of the sort that keenly reflect Freddie's best roots during his early years at Blue Note. The other players here are all quite strong – especially well-matched for the energy of such a record – with Bobby Hutcherson on vibes and Joe Henderson on tenor, plus rhythm from Billy Childs on piano, Larry Klein on bass, and Steve Houghton on drums. The CD presents all tracks in long, unedited takes – and this Sunday Night volume features 5 tracks that include "Birdlike", "The Littlest One Of All", "The Intrepid Fox", "Sky Dive", and "Body & Soul". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonHappenings ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Bobby Hutcherson albums for Blue Note – a classic session recorded in quartet form, with a style that seems to set a whole new standard for the vibes in modern jazz! The group here is sublime – Herbie Hancock on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – all working with Bobby in cool, blocky chords, with a sound that lies somewhere on the road to "out", but has more of a swing than Hutcherson's "new thing" recordings! The balance is a perfect one – exciting and fresh, but still always soulfully grooving – and titles include a sublime version of Herbie's "Maiden Voyage" – plus originals by Hutcherson that include "The Omen", "Aquarian Moon", "Rojo", and "Head Start". CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – The 80 Works" series! Ultimate HQ CD pressing.)

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonLive At Montreux ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most wonderful 70s albums from Bobby Hutcherson – and one of the most deeply spiritual, too! As with others in Blue Note's Montreux series, the tracks are long and very open – with a different flavor than the artists' studio work. Hutcherson works with a hip small group that includes excellent trumpet from Woody Shaw, piano from Hotep Cecil Bernard, bass from Ray Drummond, and drums from Larry Hancock – all snaking out beautifully on these long, spiritual tunes – very much shaped by Woody's presence. Titles include a great take on Shaw's classic track "The Moontrane", as well as "Song Of Songs". Hutcherson's own "Anton's Bail" rounds up the set, and the whole thing's a beautiful batch of soaring modal grooves, caught live before a very enthusiastic audience! CD
(Part of the Blue Note LA Revivals series!)

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✨✧ Leroy HutsonUnforgettable ... LP
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little set from Leroy Hutson – proof that he was still going strong through all his years at Curtom! The vibe here is a bit different than his first few records, and you might be suspicious with Leroy wearing a disco shirt on the front – but the sound is wonderful, and only shows Hutson blossoming into a more sophisticated singer, songwriter, and producer – one with a great ear for the careful balance needed for the modern soul generation! The shift is a bit like Roy Ayers on his late 70s work for Polydor – and Hutson is definitely on a par with Ayers in our book – we'd always put the two side by side for the strength of their work in the 70s. Seminal tracks include "So Nice" and "Right or Wrong" – both of which are amongst some of his best work ever – and other tracks include "Unforgettable", "Funk In My Life", and "Lonely Without You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mitch RyderSocking It To You – The Complete Dynovoice/New Voice Recordings (Take A Ride/Breakout/Sock It To Me/Sings The Hits/What Now My Love/45s) (3CD set) ... CD
New Voice/RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Five full albums of work from the mighty Mitch Ryder – plus a fair bit of rare singles as well – all brought together in a package that features the first full look at his years at the New Voice label! First up is Take A Ride – a classic set from the mighty Mitch Ryder and his smoking Detroit Wheels combo! These guys might have been a garage band in another side of the universe – and you can definitely hear that style on some of the guitars and keyboards in the set – but they also drunk deep of the Motown sound of their hometown, and listened to plenty of soul from Chicago and Memphis too – which they draw on to great extent for the grooves in this classic set! Years before so many other groups would cop 60s soul style and hit it big on the charts, Mitch and the boys made their move – much closer to the ground at the time, and with a lot more grit in their grooves too – so much so that we've always been unsure as to whether to file this record in the rock section or in soul. The whole thing's great – and titles titles that include "Jenny Take A Ride", "Shake A Tail Feather", "Come See About Me", and "I Hope" – plus three James Brown songs – "I'll Go Crazy", "Please Please Please", and "I Got You". Next is Breakout – a record that's steeped in styles borrowed from Memphis and Muscle Shoals, and given a bit of a color-blind twist on the Detroit scene of the late 60s! Mitch clearly loves the motor city sound of the 60s, but also takes things to farther points south, too – using elements that would be right at home on Stax or Atlantic Records, and coming up with a crossover sound that had his recorded almost ending up in more soul collections over the years than rock ones! Production is by pop maestro Bob Crewe, but it's surprisingly unadorned compared to some of Crewe's other work of the time – and the album bristles with sock-soul instrumentation from the Detroit Wheels, and loud, proud vocals from Mitch. There's a bit of garaey guitars in the mix, too – making for a mighty nice hybrid of styles – and titles include "Shakin With Linda", "You Get Your Kicks", "Any Day Now", "I Need Help", "Little Latin Lupe Lu", "Walkin The Dog", "I Had It Made", and the classic "Breakout". Sock It To Me is a smoking third set has the group breaking out with a fierce and funky sort of style! Most songs are by producer Bob Crewe – but Mitch and the group deliver the goods with a strong dose of Detroit soul influence – mixing Motown inspirations with lots of rougher garagey touches on the instrument – all with nonstop energy that makes the record a cooker all the way through! Titles include "I Can't Hide It", "Sock It To Me", "Shakedown", "I Never Had It Better", "Slow Fizz", "A Face In The Crowd", and "Wild Child". Sings The Hits is a record that has Mitch Ryder singing the hits of other big soul and rock artists of his generation – but with that crackling Detroit Wheels blend of fuzzy rock and funky soul! Arrangements are by Hutch Davie, and Bob Crewe produces the group to perfection – but it's really Mitch and the group that make the real magic – with titles that include "Come See About Me", "Walk The Dog", "Sticks & Stones", "I Got You", "Let Your Lovelight Shine/Turn On Your Lovelight", "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow", and "Please Please Please". On What Now My Love, Mitch Ryder takes a bit of a turn from the garagey funk and Detroit soul of previous records – and works in territory that's maybe a bit more familiar for longtime producer Bob Crewe – Mitch in the lead, ala solo Frankie Vallie – working through tunes made popular by other artists, but with all these unusual inflections in both the arrangements and vocals! The vibe isn't the same rollicking party as early records by Ryder, but the album has all these sublime elements that make the whole thing stand up there with some of the best on Dyno Voice – a list that would also include the Barbarella soundtrack – almost like Mitch is trying to go into solo Scott Walker territory. Titles include "Born To Lose", "If You Go Away", "Let It Be Me", "Sally Go Round The Roses", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "I Need Lovin You", and "That's It I Quit I'm Moving On". CD also features loads of rare tracks from 45s – including "Joy", "Ring Your Bell", "One Grain Of Sand", "Personality/Chantilly Lace", "Lights Of Night", "Blessing In Disguise", and a special "Radio Promo". CD

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Marek Alaszewski/Klanlaszewski/KlanChmura Nad Miastem – 1972 to 1994 Lost & Found Recordings ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A string of obscure work from Polish singer/songwriter Marek Alaszewski – best known for his contributions to the legendary hard rock group Klan – but heard here in a variety of different settings! Some of the music here feels like Klan, but other tracks are maybe more personal too – still with some hard rock elements in the mix, but maybe more towards the ballad style – although with styles that change a bit over the scope of the many years in the set – and as with other titles on the Gad label, there's notes in both English and Polish – which really helps you get a handle on the interesting and obscure music. Titles include "Chmura Nad Miastem", "Tryptk", "Should Be", "Shut Up", "Ostatnie Przeswity Pamiecei", and "Kawiarz". CD

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Curtis AmyCurtis Amy – Mosaic Select (Blues Message/Meetin Here/Groovin Blue/Way Down/Tippin On Through/Katanga!) ... CD
Mosaic/Blue Note, Early 60s. Used 3CD ... $64.99
An amazing transformation in jazz – the first 6 albums by Texas tenor giant Curtis Amy, packaged together in one box set! Amy had a deep gutsy sound that was similar to other Texas tenors coming out of the state during the postwar years – and initially, his first recordings in LA were done in a spirited soul jazz mode – often teaming with organist Paul Bryant, in loose and free albums that had the feel of some of the east coast sides cut for Prestige at the time. As the early 60s wore on, though, Amy really opened up – and started working with some of the hipper younger players of the LA scene, to shift his groove from straight soul jazz into more of a modally-inspired sound. The 6 albums on this set document this incredible transformation – already tremendous at the start, but even more revolutionary as Amy moved onto work with players that included Carmell Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Strazzeri, Jimmy Bond, Jack Wilson, and Roy Ayers. Amy's never gotten his due on the reissue market before, and although one of these albums has seen the light of day on CD, most of the other material is showing up here for the first time on reissue – making the limited numbered set even more important than most of the other Mosaic sets! Tremendous work all the way through – and a release that's bound to finally get Amy the attention he deserves. 36 tracks in all – with a great set of notes! CD
(Out of print, limited to 5,000 numbered copies – in great shape!)

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JR BaileyJust Me & You ... LP
MAM/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... About September 18, 2020
A really sublime rare groover from JR Bailey – vocalist in the Cadillacs back in their doo wop years, but a heck of a great 70s mellow soul artist in this obscure little set! JR wrote and co-produced all the tunes on the set – in a mode that steps along beautifully with a subtle groove at the bottom, but takes off with complicated touches in the backings, and some vocals from Bailey that really stand out from most of his contemporaries. There's echoes here of other 70s great like Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, or Al Johnson – and like all those artists, JR's drawing a fair bit of jazz into his work – making for complicated changes and warmer overtones that really help take the record way past conventional soul. Arrangements are by Bailey with Bert De Coteaux, Ken Williams, Paull Griffin, and Horace Ott – and titles include "Love Love Love", "Cute As A Button", "After Hours", "Heaven On Earth", "She Called Me", "Everything I Want I See In You", and "Not Too Long Ago". LP, Vinyl record album

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BalladsGift Of Love ... CD
Venture/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... About September 15, 2020
West coast harmony soul genius – a full early album of work by The Ballads – a sweet soul group who really live up to their name! The tracks here are all mellow soul with a near-perfect quality – vocals that step and slide together in a gentle, heartfelt sort of way – never too slick, and always with a heartbreaking sound that rivals some of the better-known east coast examples of the genre. Production is by Willie Hutch, Leon Ware, and Clarence Paul – and the album's a super-rare effort from the mostly-singles Venture label – with tracks that include "Good Bless Our Love", "You're The One", "I Love You Yeah", "The Gift Of Love", "Weakspot", "Hey Diddle Diddle", and "Goodnight My Love". CD also features 9 more bonus tracks – including "Right Track (parts 1 & 2)", "I Can't See Your Love", "Do It Now", "I Love You Yeah", and "I Hope I Never Fall In Love". CD

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John BarryKing Rat ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $2.99
A fairly straight orchestral score by John Barry – written for this early 60s film that starred George Segal, Tom Courneay, and Denholm Elliott. The film's a war one, and the themes are pretty typical for that sort of thing – but they do have some nice instrumental touches that push them past the usual bag, and which show that Barry's younger writing was always a treat, no matter what the setting. Titles include "There Is A Radio In This Hut", "Just As You Were", "Grey's Day", "The Recovery Of Marlowe", "Touch & Go", and "King Rat March". LP, Vinyl record album

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David BowieSpying Through A Keyhole – Demos & Unreleased Songs (4 x 7 inch box set) ... 7-inch
Parlophone, Late 60s. New Copy 4 x 7 inch set ... $18.99 34.98
A fantastic treasure for David Bowie fans – the first-ever vinyl appearance of some really wonderful material recorded right at a time when he was really finding his voice! A few cuts here are demos that offer very different versions of the better-known tracks, and other tunes are completely new discoveries all together – and, as with just about any other "bonus" Bowie rarities, the quality level is amazing – material that shows just how much genius he always brought to the game, as these are cuts that would have been classics from just about any other artist. Titles include "Mother Grey (demo)", "In The Heat Of The Morning (demo)", "Goodbye 3D Joe (demo)", "Love All Around (demo)", "London Bye Ta Ta (demo)", "Angel Angel Grubby Face (demo 1)", "Angel Angel Grubby Face (demo 2)", "Space Oddity (demo excerpt)", and "Space Oddity (demo w/Hutch)". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Johnny BristolBristol's Creme (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $22.99
An excellent smooth soul groover from Johnny Bristol! The album has Johnny stepping into a more sophisticated groove than he used on his early 70s albums for MGM – mixing together styles that sound a lot like those used by artists like Leroy Hutson or Leon Ware at the time, a mix of well-produced backings with just the right touch of strings, keyboards, and tight rhythms. Johnny's voice has a bit rootsier quality than you might be used to for this sort of album – which makes for an even more unique sound, especially on the mellower cuts. Tracks include "Do It To My Mind", "Have Yourself A Good Time Thinkin' Bout The Good Times", "You Turned Me On To Love", "I Sho Like Groovin' With Ya", and "She Came Into My Life". Nice one! CD

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✨✧ Johnny BristolFeeling The Magic ... LP
MGM, 1975. Very Good ... $4.99
Great stuff from one of the unsung heroes of 70s soul! The record's a bit rawer than some of Johnny's earlier work – and it's got a sexy cover that puts him more in the camp of Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson, at least from a visual perspective! The whole album was written and produced by Johnny – and it's one of his strongest steps away from Motown. Features the breakbeat cut "Lusty Lady", which starts with a hard drum and a cool buzzsaw sound, plus a lot of other great ones with a solid seventies soul feel to them – like "Love Takes Tears", "Girl You Got Your Act Together", "I Wouldn't Change A Thing", and "Go On & Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear and an index sticker.)

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George CablesCables' Vision ... LP
Contemporary, 1979. Near Mint- ... $11.99
We'd sure like to have Cables' Vision – because by the end of the 70s, he was one of the hippest cats on the California scene! This wonderfully easygoing album from 1979 features Cables on both acoustic and electric – soaring to the sky on some numbers, kicking back on the keys on others – and working with a lineup that includes Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Ernie Watts, and Tony Dumas. Includes the great smooth groover "Inner Glow", plus the tracks "The Stroll", "Voodoo Lady", "Morning Song", "I Told You So", and "Byrdlike". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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GC CameronLove Songs & Other Tragedies (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A tremendous solo act from GC Cameron – a singer who first rose to fame in The Spinners, but who really sounds wonderful on his own! GC's moved away from The Spinners here – into a wide range of styles that show him ready to take on most of the rest of the competition! He's working here with the best of the best of Motown – production from Stevie Wonder and Willie Hutch – and arrangements by both, plus Paul Riser, Gene Page, James Carmichael, and Frank Wilson – all of whom really give their best to the record, and show that Motown was putting plenty of effort into making GC one of the next big stars of the 70s. We're not sure why things never took off as strongly for Cameron, but whatever the case, the album's a great step for the solo artist – on cuts that include "If You Don't Love Me", "Tippin", "All In Love Is Fair", "If You're Ever Gonna Love Me", "Come Get This Thang", "I'm Gonna Give You Respect", and "Let Me Down Easy". CD features an insane amount of bonus tracks – 13 more tracks that include "Act Like A Shotgun", "Girl I Really Love You", "I'm Gonna Get You (parts 1 & 2)", "Don't Wanna Play Pajama Games", "You Are That Special One", "Have I Lost You", "Time", "Topics", and "No Matter Where". CD

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Linda CliffordLinda ... LP
Curtom, 1977. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Linda's first effort for Curtom, and a record that's got a bit more soul than some of her later more disco-oriented albums. Unfortunately, it's also got a bit more schmaltz – but if you stay away from the sillier cuts, you'll get some tasty mellow soul that's a good bridge between Linda's earlier singles and her later hits. Leroy Hutson produced the sophisticated stepper "Only Fooling Myself", and the rest of the material was handled by Gil Askey, including a good cover of Al Green's "Still In Love With You", Bunny Sigler's "From Now On", and the track "You Can Do It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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✨✧ John Coltrane/Archie SheppNew Thing At Newport ... CD
Impulse, 1965. Used ... $5.99
An essential piece of 60s avant garde jazz that often gets overlooked because the album is split between two different leaders – but with John Coltrane and Archie Shepp at the helm, what leaders they be! Shepp leads a quartet that includes Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Barre Phillips on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and the music is some of his best from the 60's. Hutcherson is haunting, and Shepp plays in a beautifully restrained style that brings out all of his best elements, without any of the indulgence that sometimes mars his playing. The group plays all original tracks, including "Rufus", "Le Matin Des Noire", and "Scag". Coltrane's quartet with Tyner, Garrison, and Jones adds one additional long track to the album, the lively "One Down One Up". A great set, and one not to pass up! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Lou CourtneyI'm In Need Of Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney's masterpiece – and it's a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements – and the record's got a wonderfully full soul sound – with a mix of moody keyboard-driven groovers and ballads – all topped by excellent vocals from Lou, miles ahead of any work he did in the early days! The best thing, though, is the songwriting, as these tracks rank right up there with the best underground mellow soul we can think of – sophisticated yet not soppy, filled with soulful lyrics about love and losing it, never giving into cliches of other soul from the time. A real dream of an album – and filled with great tracks like "I Will If You Will", "I'm In Need Of Love", "Just To Let Him Break Your Heart", "Somebody New Is Loving On You", and "The Common Broken Heart" – plus with the bonus cuts "Beware" and "Why". CD

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✨✧ Betty DavisThis Is It! – The Betty Davis Anthology (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $31.99
Some of the heaviest funk you'll ever find in one tiny package – all courtesy of the mighty Betty Davis! Betty's work of the 70s is beyond compare – fuzzed-out, tripped-up, drum-heavy funk that's been the stuff of legend for years, and which is the kind of music you could play for just about anyone, and have them say "DANG, what the hell is that!?!" This tasty little set brings together tracks from Betty's 3 albums of the mid 70s – Betty Davis, Nasty Gal, and They Say I'm Different – done with a focus on the hardest-hitting tracks from each set, and put together with a real ear for the kind of tunes that still burn mightily after all these years. Titles include "Steppin In Her I Miller Shoes", "If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up", "Don't Call Her No Tramp", "Shut Off The Light", "Nasty Gal", "FUNK", "You & I", "70s Blues", "They Say I'm Different", and "Git In There". 16 tracks on 2LPs! LP, Vinyl record album

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DevonnsDevonns ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
A nice little soul group from Chicago – and one who work in the sort of legacy that makes us mighty proud to be a part of the Windy City! Most of the tracks here are original, but the group also do a nice version of one of our favorite tunes by Leroy Hutson – and it's clear that there's a nice Hutson/Curtom inspiration in the music, but one that's stripped-down a bit more than in the commercial studios of the 70s – more homegrown, and set to the very down to earth vocals of Mathew Aijarapu. Titles include a remake of Hutson's "So In Love With You" – plus "Blood Red Blues", "Ain't That A Man For You", "Long Goodbye", "Think I'm Falling In Love", "Green Light", and "Come Back". CD
Also available Devonns ... LP 19.99

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DevonnsDevonns ... LP
Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $19.99
A nice little soul group from Chicago – and one who work in the sort of legacy that makes us mighty proud to be a part of the Windy City! Most of the tracks here are original, but the group also do a nice version of one of our favorite tunes by Leroy Hutson – and it's clear that there's a nice Hutson/Curtom inspiration in the music, but one that's stripped-down a bit more than in the commercial studios of the 70s – more homegrown, and set to the very down to earth vocals of Mathew Aijarapu. Titles include a remake of Hutson's "So In Love With You" – plus "Blood Red Blues", "Ain't That A Man For You", "Long Goodbye", "Think I'm Falling In Love", "Green Light", and "Come Back". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Devonns ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Eric DolphyIron Man ... CD
Douglas/Jazz World, 1962. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A seminal set from Eric Dolphy – one of his most perfectly realized moments at the head of a larger ensemble – and a record that definitely set the tone for countless spiritual jazz sessions of the 70s! Dolphy recorded this session for Alan Douglas in 1962, and it features a larger array of players than you'll find on most of his records for other labels – the cream of the "new thing" players that were around New York at the time, including Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Prince Lasha on flute, Sonny Simmons on alto, and even Clifford Jordan on soprano sax – making a rare appearance on record on that instrument! Together, the players create a set of soundscapes that lies somewhere between Dolphy's Out To Lunch album, and some of the more modernist work by Mingus – a stunning batch of tracks that go out, but never too far. Titles include "Ode to CP", "Burning Spear", "Iron Man", and "Mandrake". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eric DolphyIron Man ... CD
Douglas/Restless, 1962. Used ... $9.99
A seminal set from Eric Dolphy – one of his most perfectly realized moments at the head of a larger ensemble – and a record that definitely set the tone for countless spiritual jazz sessions of the 70s! Dolphy recorded this session for Alan Douglas in 1962, and it features a larger array of players than you'll find on most of his records for other labels – the cream of the "new thing" players that were around New York at the time, including Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Prince Lasha on flute, Sonny Simmons on alto, and even Clifford Jordan on soprano sax – making a rare appearance on record on that instrument! Together, the players create a set of soundscapes that lies somewhere between Dolphy's Out To Lunch album, and some of the more modernist work by Mingus – a stunning batch of tracks that go out, but never too far. Titles include "Ode to CP", "Burning Spear", "Iron Man", and "Mandrake". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a spot of sticker residue.)

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✨✧ Eric DolphyMusical Prophet – The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Iron Man/Conversations/unissued tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Resonance, Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99 29.99
A fantastic package that finally gives these recordings their proper due – one that takes the cuts that were issued on the albums Iron Man and Conversations (plus a million cheapo packages over the years) – and restores them to their original mono, right from the tapes – then adds in 85 more minutes of never issued material! The tracks here are a perfect balance of Dolphy in his final year – with some spiritual jazz currents, but still a strong sense of swing – with a fantastic lineup that includes Prince Lasha on flute, Sonny Simmons on alto, Clifford Jordan on soprano, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Richard Davis on bass, and both JC Moses and Charles Moffett on drums – almost a who's-who of people who would go onto shape the face of jazz in years to come. Titles include "A Personal Statement", "Ode To Charlie Parker", "Iron Man", "Come Sunday", "Burning Spear", "Muses For Richard Davis", "Alone Together", "Love Me", and "Jitterbug Waltz" – plus a number of other different versions of tunes. 3CD set comes with a 100 page booklet – featuring photos, essays, and interviews with Sonny Simmons, Sonny Rollins, Nicole Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, and David Murray. CD

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✨✧ Eric DolphyOut To Lunch ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... $4.99
One of Eric Dolphy's lasting classics – and possibly the ultimate album of "new thing" jazz from the mid 60s! The record's got an even sharper edge than previous Dolphy recordings for Prestige – a really unique combination of instrumentation that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Richard Davis on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – plus Dolphy on alto sax, flute, and bass clarinet. Although Dolphy's reed playing is as amazing as you'd expect, the real surprise here is Hutcherson, whose vibes ring out with this cold harsh tone that give a perfect edge to the set – bold and metallic, quite different than any work on vibes from previous players. Despite a large number of later recordings, Hutcherson almost never hit this sound again – except perhaps on a few Jackie McLean recordings – and it's his playing that gives the set such a unique sound. Titles include "Straight Up & Down", "Gazzelloni", "Hat & Bread", "Out To Lunch" and "Something Sweet Something Tender". CD
Also available Out To Lunch (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 5.99

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Eric DolphyOut To Lunch (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... $5.99
One of Eric Dolphy's lasting classics – and possibly the ultimate album of "new thing" jazz from the mid 60s! The record's got an even sharper edge than previous Dolphy recordings for Prestige – a really unique combination of instrumentation that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Richard Davis on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – plus Dolphy on alto sax, flute, and bass clarinet. Although Dolphy's reed playing is as amazing as you'd expect, the real surprise here is Hutcherson, whose vibes ring out with this cold harsh tone that give a perfect edge to the set – bold and metallic, quite different than any work on vibes from previous players. Despite a large number of later recordings, Hutcherson almost never hit this sound again – except perhaps on a few Jackie McLean recordings – and it's his playing that gives the set such a unique sound. Titles include "Straight Up & Down", "Gazzelloni", "Hat & Bread", "Out To Lunch" and "Something Sweet Something Tender". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Out To Lunch ... CD 4.99

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El RegoEl Rego ... CD
Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his native Benin, essentially credited as the godfather of Benin funk – but to date, he hasn't been celebrated around the world nearly as famously as the superstars of African music hailing from Nigeria and Ghana. That's something that can change really quickly if enough people pick up this truly great compilation of pioneering recordings. Singer El Rego and his excellent, diversely capable band – sax and flute by Baboni Oudou, sax by Michel Diogo, guitar by Oscar De Souza, trumpet by Emmanuel Ganssounou, guitar by Roger Coffi, tumba by Marcelin Kpohonon, additional vocals by Christian Agueh, and bass by band leader Paul Hounnou – take a tighter approach to funky soul. Just a couple tracks on this set roll past the 4 minute mark – which gives it a tighter soul sound, along with some Benin blues and some riveting JB-indebted vocal affections. We owe Voodoo Funk and Daptone big for putting this together! The CD comes with a great booklet featuring notes by Gossner and personal reflections by El Rego. Includes "Feeling You Got", "Zon Dede", "E Nan Mian Duku", "Dkobime", "Dis-Moi Oui", "Djobime", "Hessa" (the centerpiece of the album, 3 minutes of Afro Soul perfection. . .the whole set is great, but this track is unforgettable), "Kpon Fi La", "Do Do Baya", "Vive Le Renouveau", "Achuta", "Cholera" and "Ke Amon-Gbetchea". CD

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Georgie FameTwo Faces Of Fame – The Complete 1967 Recordings (stereo/mono – with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/RPM (UK), 1967. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 16.99
The two faces of Fame are live and studio – as each side of the original album was recorded in each mode – and this great CD version goes a lot further, with stereo and mono mixes and a huge number of bonus tracks! The live numbers feature the Brit jazz vocalist swinging in a set recorded in early 1967 – done with lots of Hammond organ in the lineup, and an overall style that picks up a lot from Ray Charles and Mose Allison, but filters it through the groovier beat group styles of 60s London. The studio numbers are even better, and feature Georgie singing in more of a jazz-based mode – with lineups that feature some striking players that include Tony Oxley, Peter King, Gordon Beck, and Tubby Hayes. Tracks include a wonderful take on Mongo Santamaria's "El Pussycat", plus the tunes "Do It The Hard Way", "It Could Happen To You", "C'Est La Vie", "River's Invitation", "Greenback Dollar Bill", and "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut". Disc 1 also features 13 bonus tracks from singles and EPs released in 1967 – and disc 2 is completed by 11 MORE bonus tracks – 6 released for the first time ever, including "Jumpin The Gun", "Respoken", "Fool's Paradise" and "Conquistador". CD

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Georgie FameTwo Faces Of Fame/Third Face Of Fame ... CD
CBS/BGO (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
2 classic albums from British vocalist Georgie Fame – back to back on one CD! First up are Two Faces Of Fame – live and studio – as each side of the album was recorded in each mode! Side one features the Brit jazz vocalist swinging in a live set recorded in early 1967 – done with lots of Hammond organ in the lineup, and an overall style that picks up a lot from Ray Charles and Mose Allison, but filters it through the groovier beat group styles of 60s London. Side two is even better, and features Georgie singing in more of a jazz-based mode – with lineups that feature some striking players that include Tony Oxley, Peter King, Gordon Beck, and Tubby Hayes. Tracks include a wonderful take on Mongo Santamaria's "El Pussycat", plus the tunes "Do It The Hard Way", "It Could Happen To You", "C'Est La Vie", "River's Invitation", "Greenback Dollar Bill", and "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut". Third Face Of Fame is an even better album – one that has Fame moving past the swinging Mose Allison-inspired jazz vocal mode of earlier records, into a groovier style that picks up a range of different sounds! Georgie kicks off the album with his version of the ever-popular late 60s "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde" – and seems to use that tune as an excuse to explore a nice range of older jazz vocal approaches, including one tune that even has him reciting the lyrics in a Beatles-sounding monologue! Arrangements are by Harry South, with players that include Gordon Beck, John McLaughlin, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, and Ian Hammer – and titles include "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde", "Ask Me Nice", "When I'm Sixty Four", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Blue Prelude", "Bullets Laverne", "This Is Always", "Mellow Yellow", and "Side By Side". CD

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Final SolutionBrotherman ... CD
Numero, 1975. New Copy ... $7.99 16.98
A never-heard soundtrack for a never-seen film – and a record that's every bit as funky as better-known sets from the blacksploitation era! Final Solution were a small time group from Chicago's west side in the 70s, but on this wicked little soundtrack they sparkle just as brightly as Isaac Hayes, Willie Hutch, Curtis Mayfield, or any of our favorite soundtrack soul artists from the time – working in a really righteous approach to soul with lots of heavy rhythms on the bottom and rumbling bass in the mix – so that even when the tunes are mellow, there's still a bold, brash sort of power to the set! The vocals are mostly delivered in harmony style, again with a nice edge – a bit like The Impressions work on Three The Hard Way, but with more of an indie soul feel overall, given the production circumstances. Once again, our hats are off to Numero for unearthing this gem – and as usual, the full tale of the group, the movie, and the music is told at length in the accompanying 16 page booklet! Titles include "Brotherman", "Never Coming Back Again", "I Don't Care", "Girl In My Life", "Gotta Get Through To You", "One Day", "I'm Ready For Love", "Theme From Brotherman", "No Place To Run", and "We Can Work It Out". CD
(Includes a bonus Numero Trading card too!)
Also available Brotherman ... LP 12.99

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Final SolutionBrotherman ... LP
Numero, 1975. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 18.98
A never-heard soundtrack for a never-seen film – and a record that's every bit as funky as better-known sets from the blacksploitation era! Final Solution were a small time group from Chicago's west side in the 70s, but on this wicked little soundtrack they sparkle just as brightly as Isaac Hayes, Willie Hutch, Curtis Mayfield, or any of our favorite soundtrack soul artists from the time – working in a really righteous approach to soul with lots of heavy rhythms on the bottom and rumbling bass in the mix – so that even when the tunes are mellow, there's still a bold, brash sort of power to the set! The vocals are mostly delivered in harmony style, again with a nice edge – a bit like The Impressions work on Three The Hard Way, but with more of an indie soul feel overall, given the production circumstances. Once again, our hats are off to Numero for unearthing this gem. Titles include "Brotherman", "Never Coming Back Again", "I Don't Care", "Girl In My Life", "Gotta Get Through To You", "One Day", "I'm Ready For Love", and "We Can Work It Out". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Brotherman ... CD 7.99

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Darrow FletcherLove Is My Secret Weapon/It's No Mistake ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $9.99
One of our favorite tracks ever from the great Darrow Fletcher – a tune that builds up with this midtempo groove that's warm and wonderful, and which really seems to bring out the same quality in Darrow's vocals too – all with a vibe that almost feels like Leroy Hutson at his best! "It's No Mistake" is excellent as well – warmer strings gliding up alongside the gentle groove, while Darrow's vocals crest gently with the care of a young Donny Hathaway! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Grant GreenIdle Moments (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A warmly melodic session from Blue Note's greatest guitarist! The sound of the set's as evocative as the title – an idle moment of space between the notes, explored by Green's tight single-note work on guitar – and wonderfully supported by a lineup that includes Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Duke Pearson. Hutcherson and Pearson are always a treat together – bringing out the best exotic side of each other, and crafting a set of spiritually soulful grooves that are really great! The album's got 4 long tracks – exploratory and open, in the best manner of Green's mid 60s work – and titles include "Nomad", "Idle Moments", and "Jean De Fleur". Also includes bonus tracks that are alternate takes of some of the cuts on the album! CD

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✨✧ Groupe RTDDancing Devils Of Djibouti ... CD
Ostinato (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99
A really great combo from the small nation of Djibouti – stepping out here in one of the first international record releases from that company in decades – a shuttered legacy to the rest of the world, given the tight control of music by the state! Yet despite that situation, the Groupe Radio Television Djibouti have a really joyous sound – one that often echoes other East African styles, particularly some of the reed work and vocal inflections of Ethiopian music – but which also features a criss-crossing of influences from Indian and Jamaican music, and American jazz! There's also some nice keyboards on the set, warmed up by the acoustic elements – and titles include "Will Wille", "Suuban", "Liso Daymo", "Uurkan Kaadonaya", "Buuraha U Dheer", "Alto's Interlude", and "Raani". CD
Also available Dancing Devils Of Djibouti (with bonus download) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Groupe RTDDancing Devils Of Djibouti (with bonus download) ... LP
Ostinato (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
A really great combo from the small nation of Djibouti – stepping out here in one of the first international record releases from that company in decades – a shuttered legacy to the rest of the world, given the tight control of music by the state! Yet despite that situation, the Groupe Radio Television Djibouti have a really joyous sound – one that often echoes other East African styles, particularly some of the reed work and vocal inflections of Ethiopian music – but which also features a criss-crossing of influences from Indian and Jamaican music, and American jazz! There's also some nice keyboards on the set, warmed up by the acoustic elements – and titles include "Will Wille", "Suuban", "Liso Daymo", "Uurkan Kaadonaya", "Buuraha U Dheer", "Alto's Interlude", and "Raani". LP, Vinyl record album
(A 45 rpm double vinyl pressing – with download!)
Also available Dancing Devils Of Djibouti ... CD 16.99

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Stefon Harris & BlackoutEvolution ... CD
Blue Note, 2004. Used ... $4.99
Another wonderful set from vibist Stefon Harris for Blue Note – with his group Blackout – a seriously tight unit with Harris's vibes and marimba atmosphere enveloping some great work on Fender Rhodes by Marc Cary, drums by Terreon Gully, alto sax by Casey Benjamin and acoustic bass by Darryl Hall. The opener "Nothing Personal" busts the set out of the gate really tight and excitingly, with some mellower, groovier tunes on the follow up tracks that touch on the 70s soulful vibe just enough, while keeping things very propulsively jazzy. Other tracks include "For Him, For Her", "Until","Red-Bone Netti-Bone", "Summertime", "Blackout", "King-Tut's Strut" and a nice turn on Bobby Hutcherson's "Montara". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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Joe HendersonMode For Joe (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... $5.99
Classic early work by Joe Henderson – very well titled with the use of "mode", given the new sound and new direction Henderson was taking his tenor in the 60s! The album's got Joe working at the head of an all-great lineup that includes Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, and Bobby Hutcherson – the last of whom really brings in some tremendous moments to the record, using vibes to create a slightly off-kilter feel that pushes the set from straight hardbop into the modern realm with traces of "new thing" tones and colors. Joe's solos are incredible – searing, searching, yet still pulsing with an undeniably soulful rhythm – and titles include the essential track "Black", plus "Caribbean Fire Dance", "Free Wheelin", and "Shade Of Jade". CD features a bonus alternate take of "Black". CD
(First CD pressing.)

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Ron Henderson & Choice Of ColorsSoul Junction (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice Cut/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $29.99
A stone classic from Ron Henderson and his excellent Choice Of Colors group – maybe one of the hippest soul acts in North Carolina during the 70s – and one who are certainly different than the groups of that scene who were trying more for a groove that would please vacationers on the coast! Instead, Henderson's a mellow soul genius – with elements in his music that maybe rivals some of the better-known work of artists like Bobby Wilson or Leroy Hutson – but which also has some Jersey/Philly elements at times, too – especially when the rest of the group harmonizes along with Ron's lead! The set features two Allen Toussaint remakes, and the rest is original material by Henderson – titles that include "I'll Be Around", "The Real Thing", "Love Is Gone", "Real Men Can't Be Wrong", "What About Love", "Mary Green", and "Problem Child". CD features bonus tracks too – "Gemini Lady", "Goodbye My Love", and "Bad Sign", in both vocal and instrumental versions. CD
(Part of the excellent Groove-Diggers series!)

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Leo's SunshippWe Need Each Other (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Lyons/Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A really great underground groover from the 70s – an album that hardly got any circulation at the time, but which has gone onto become the stuff of legend over the years! The album's a bit unusual, in that it almost feels like an expanded package of 12" singles – as the a-side features four vocal tracks that are all great club numbers – then the b-side has all the same songs, but presented as instrumentals! There's a nicely sophisticated feel to most numbers – almost in the Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson side of the spectrum – more midtempo mellow club than any sort of disco – and the set includes the classic cut "Give Me the Sunshine", and the original recording of "I'm Back for More", which was the big hit for Al Johnson a few years later. The other two tracks are "Madam Butterfly" and "Get Down People" – and all four of these are also done as instrumentals. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – on heavyweight yellow vinyl!)

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Albert Mangelsdorff & Lee KonitzArt Of The Duo ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $16.99
A fantastic showcase for these two modern jazz giants – sublime trombone sounds from Albert Mangelsdorff, perfectly paired with the alto sax of Lee Konitz – all at a level that makes the album one of the best from both players at the time! The session was actually a late MPS effort, but issued on Enja – and it vaguely recalls some of the Mangelsdorff MPS duos from a decade before – but maybe more rhythmic and swinging overall – never totally free jazz, and clearly improvised – but with an inherent rhythmic core that's also very much appreciated, especially as both players throw out some very creative sounds. Titles include "Hot Hut", "Inclination", "A Minor Blues In F", "En Passant", "Bloas", and "Matti's Matter". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Dean MartinEverybody Loves Somebody ... LP
Reprise, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of Dean's biggest hits – "Everybody Loves Somebody" – on an album with other great ones that include "Shutters & Boards", "Siesta Fiesta", "My Heart Cries For You", "From Lover To Lover", and "Just Close Your Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color label mono pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldNever Say You Can't Survive ... LP
Curtom, 1977. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A great album of mellow soul tracks from Curtis Mayfield – laidback, slinky, and almost to his earlier work what Let's Get It On was to the early 70s career of Marvin Gaye! The album's got a warm, soulful vibe that's totally great – not as all-out funky or politically righteous as before, and instead more deeply personal, and almost intimate at times – in a way that really lets Curtis open up with those fragile and heartbreaking vocals that made his 60s work so great. The restraint here is totally great – another mid 70s masterpiece from arranger Rich Tufo – and at times, Mayfield hits a similar mode to some of Leroy Hutson's best Curtom work from the time! Titles include "Just Want To Be With You", "All Night Long", "When We're Alone", "I'm Gonna Win Your Love", "Sparkle", "Never Say You Can't Survive", and "Show Me Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some heavy wear on the bottom seam, with some pen on back, and a small stain at the bottom of the spine.)

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✨✧ MC LyteEyes On This ... CD
First Priority/Traffic, 1989. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
MC Lyte's second full length record – a bit overlooked in the grand scheme, if only because the preceding Lyte As A Rock was a tough act to follow – so now's a great time to catch up with it! To our ears, Eyes On This is every bit as nice as the debut, and it that last of Lyte's no nonsense late 80s east coast rap efforts – before she started inching more towards a commercial style in the early 90s. An underappreciated classic! Includes "Cappucino", "Stop, Look, Listen" featuring Audio Two, "Survival of the Fittest (rmx)", "I Am the Lyte", "Cha Cha Cha", "Not Wit' A Dealer" and another song dedicated to Shante, "Shut The Eff Up! (Hoe)". Also includes "Throwin Words At U", "Please Understand", "Rhyme Hangover", "Funky Song" and "Slave 2 The Rhythm". CD

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Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings ... CD
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99 13.99
Maybe the crowning achievement of drummer Makaya McCraven so far – a double-length set that stands as a huge testimony to all the many waves he's been making in jazz for the past few years! The album features four slices of live performance – recorded in New York, Chicago, LA, and London – and as with every one of his different projects, Makaya seems to bring a different voice to each live track here – recording with Brandee Younger on harp and Joel Ross on vibes in New York, Shabaka Hutchings on tenor in Chicago; Nubya Garcia on tenor and Ashley Henry on Rhodes in London; and Josh Johnson on alto, Jeff Parker on guitar, Carlos Nino on percussion, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on violin in LA! The rhythms are as amazing as the contributions from the different soloists – and the sound of the record is maybe something we'd call post-spiritual – moving past that Coltrane-inspired mode that's been revived so well in the 21st Century, while still holding onto its best sense of energy. The whole thing is fantastic – and titles include "The Count Off", "Brighter Days Beginning", "Universal Beings", "Mantra", "Young Genius", "Holy Lands", "Wise Man Wiser Woman", "Prosperity's Fear", "Atlantic Black", "Flipped Out", "Voila", and "Suite Hans". CD

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Grassella Oliphant QuartetteGrass Roots ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Very Good ... $9.99
One of the few albums ever cut by drummer Grassella Oliphant – a soulful smoker that really shows the hip approach to jazz on Atlantic Records in the 60s! The album's got a tight groove that comes from superb efforts from a great quartet – Oliphant's drums in the lead, plus tenor from Harold Ousley, vibes from Bobby Hutcherson, and bass from Ray McKinney! Both Hutcherson and Ousley shine on the album – bringing in a sense of soul and spirit that go beyond even Grasella's other album for Atlantic – and the tunes are a mixture of Ousley originals that are totally great, plus some fresh versions of older favorites. The group's approach is very youthful and filled with warm imagination – and titles include "Haitian Lady", "Mrs. O", "The Descendant", "Step Lightly", "Grandfather's Waltz", and "One For The Masses". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono white label promo. Cover has a promo ink stamp on back.)

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John PattonLet 'Em Roll ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... $12.99
A wonderfully wicked meeting of the minds – and a legendary bit of soul jazz from organist Big John Patton! The core of the record features the usual Patton groove – with John on Hammond, Grant Green on guitar, and Otis Finch on drums – but added to that mix is Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, making a rare appearance on an organ jazz session, with some wonderful results! The combination of vibes and organ is especially haunting – jangling a groove with a really modal feel, and creating a sound that instantly made this one stand out from the pack! The whole thing's great, and tracks include "The Turnaround", "Let Em Roll", "Latona", and "One Step Ahead". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sidney Joe QuallsI Enjoy Loving You (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Dakar/Demon (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
Classic work from this massively overlooked 70s soul singer! The set's one of a rare few albums cut by Sidney Joe Qualls – a fantastic talent who's probably better known for his work behind the scenes, and as a songwriter, than he is as a voice on his own. The session is produced with a style that kind of mixes Brunswick Chicago soul with rootsier southern elements – stepping proud in the 70s territory of Johnnie Taylor or Tyrone Davis, but sounding way way better here, and with a much more independent vibe. Plus, the album boasts some incredible material – original tunes written by the likes of Sam Dees, Clifford Davis, George Davis, and others. Titles include "Shut Your Mouth", "Run To Me", "I Enjoy Loving You", "Please Help Me", "Can't Get Enough of Your Love", and "The Next Time I Fall in Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet ... CD
Abkco, 1968. Used ... $6.99
One of the greatest albums ever from The Rolling Stones – a set that still draws on all the bluesy roots of their best 60s material, yet which also shows a sharper, nastier edge as well! The album shows the tremendous sense of focus and power the Stones had in this crucial late 60s stretch – a bold step forward that would give them some of their most memorable moments ever, launched by this sublime set of tracks that includes "Sympathy For The Devil", "Street Fighting Man", "Dear Doctor", "Parachute Woman", "Prodigal Son", "Factory Girl", and "Stray Cat Blues". CD
Also available Beggars Banquet (SACD pressing) ... CD 11.99

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Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet (SACD pressing) ... CD
London/Abkco, 1968. Used ... $11.99
One of the greatest albums ever from The Rolling Stones – a set that still draws on all the bluesy roots of their best 60s material, yet which also shows a sharper, nastier edge as well! The album shows the tremendous sense of focus and power the Stones had in this crucial late 60s stretch – a bold step forward that would give them some of their most memorable moments ever, launched by this sublime set of tracks that includes "Sympathy For The Devil", "Street Fighting Man", "Dear Doctor", "Parachute Woman", "Prodigal Son", "Factory Girl", and "Stray Cat Blues". CD
(Hybrid SACD pressing.)
Also available Beggars Banquet ... CD 6.99

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Gil Scott-Heron & Brian JacksonGil Scott-Heron Anthology – Messages ... LP
Soul Brother (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99
Some of the best tracks ever from the pair of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – some of most righteous, authoritative and thematically heavy soul music ever created – compiled in one incredible set! Messianic, emotive vocals from Gil and stunningly restrained, magical soul jazz arrangements from Brian – words can't express how dynamic these tunes are! Great stuff from classic LPs such as Winter In America, It's Your World, First Minute Of A New Day, Secrets and more! 15 tracks in all: "The Bottle", "It's Your World", "Johannesburg", "Winter In America", "The Liberation (Red, Black & Green)", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is (Live)", "We Almost Lost Detroit", "Angel Dust", "Show Bizness", "Madison Avenue", "Shut 'Em Down", "Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shabaka & The AncestorsWe Are Sent Here By History ... CD
Impulse, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
An amazing album from this soon-to-be-famous group – a set that's even more incredible than their previous record – and that one really knocked us out of the park! Tenorist Shabaka Hutchings is in tremendous territory here – recording for Impulse Records, and completely reinventing the spiritual legacy of that famous label – by taking his roots in South African jazz and fusing them through the boundless imagination of the contemporary London scene – a place where Hutchings has gotten great attention in recent years, and has risen to become one of the most important talents to emerge in recent years. The group features alto, bass, drums, and plenty of percussion – plus vocal moments from Siyabonga Mthembu – all delivered with a righteous current of energy that really lives up to the promise of the title, and which may well make Shabaka an even more important messenger in jazz than Kamasi Washington. Titles include "You've Been Called", "They Who Must Die", "Beast Too Spoke Of Suffering", "Behold The Deceiver", "Til The Freedom Comes Home", "Finally The Man Cried", and "Teach Me How To Be Vulnerable". CD

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✨✧ Nancy SinatraNancy In London ... LP
Reprise, 1966. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Nancy Sinatra recording in London, but still getting some heavy help from Lee Hazlewood – who wrote about half the tracks on the record, and also guest stars on one number too! The backings are fuller than some of Nancy's other Reprise albums – clearly going for some of the jaunty modes of UK girl pop of the time – but most numbers still have that undeniable Nancy charm, sung in breathy vocals that still seem to have their own space away from the larger orchestrations. Titles include "Friday's Child", "Hutchinson Jail", "Shades", "This Littler Bird", "I Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree", "The End", and "Step Aside" – plus "Summer Wine", which features Lee. LP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner, some wear, and call letters in pen on back.)

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Sisters LoveWith Love ... CD
MoWest/Reel Music/P&C, Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
The incredible lost album from the group Sisters Love – material slated for release in the early 70s, but never saw the light of day, save for a handful of singles – a mix of rootsier southern soul and impeccable west coast funk styles, finally brought to light and with bonus tracks, to boot! Sisters Love came to Motown/MoWest at a transitional time for the label(s), who sent the group on tour, released a rare few singles in the US & UK, but didn't get the group over into the public consciousness the way it deserved. Soul Jazz UK released a stellar compilation of great Sisters Love recordings, but the complete album that they recorded for MoWest that never saw an official release remained in the dark – until now! Reel Music/P&C Records dove into Motown's vaults and came out with the 10 tracks intended for the With Love album in the early 70s – and pulls together 5 more. 8 of the 15 tracks have never been released officially before this essential release – and each one is a straight up stunner! Great songs that were written, produced & arranged by the cream of the crop of soulful talents – Willie Hutch, Hal Davis, Gene Page, Gloria Jones & Pamela Sawyer – but this is the Sisters Love show, and they shine brilliantly! Titles include the amazing "Fast Mack" (purportedly submitted for the soundtrack to The Mack – and it's funky enough!), "Communication", "Mr Fix-It Man", "I'm Learning To Trust My Man", "Giving Up", "I Ain't That Easy To Lose", ""Do What You Gotta Do", "Sweet Inspiration", "Give Me Your Love" and more. CD
(Out of print & still sealed. Punch through barcode.)

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Mark SoskinEverything Old Is New Again ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A beautiful set of mostly original music from pianist Mark Soskin, and a set that draws equal strengths from the soprano sax and bass clarinet of Billy Drewes – who plays with a great style that mixes lyrical modes with more of an edge – a mode that's a really wonderful complement to Soskin's piano! There's a slow-building sense of growth to most tunes – tracks that have a nice way of building up, finding their sound, then really flowering once the time is right – as the Soskin/Drewes pairing is given just the right sort of rhythmic pulse from Jay Anderson on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. Titles include the originals "Chutes & Ladders", "Tribute", "Once More", "Elvin's Tune", "Stretching", and "Hymn For Her" – plus versions of "Pretending To Care", "Happy House", and "Guinnevere". CD

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Mavis Staples/Curtis MayfieldPiece Of The Action ... LP
Curtom, 1977. Sealed ... $14.99
One of the last great 70s soundtracks on Curtom Records – a smoking little set that pairs the music of Curtis Mayfield with the vocals of Mavis Staples! Curtis is very much in charge of the record from the start, and works in a hard-stepping and righteous mode that recalls his earlier work on the Staples' soundtrack for Let's Do It Again – no surprise, given that Piece Of The Action was the next installment in the successful series of films that starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier! The sound here is nicely full, hitting that rich mid 70s Curtom mode that sounded so great on Leroy Hutson and Natural Four albums of the time – a slightly more sophisticated approach that mixed in a bit of strings with the heavier funk at the bottom. Titles include "Chocolate City", written by Curtis with Keni Burke and Henry Gibson, plus "Getting Deeper", "A Piece Of The Action", "Orientation", and "Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Sonny StittJust In Case You Forgot How Bad He Really Was ... CD
Savoy/Jazz Heritage, 1981. Used ... $1.99
A smoking little bop set from Sonny Stitt – recorded live at the Keystone in 1981, as sort of a "summit meeting" of horns – one that features Richie Cole and John Handy in the frontline with Sonny! The rhythm section alone is enough to cook this one up nicely – with Cedar Walton on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the sextet is expanded by Bobby Hutcherson, whose vibes seem to bring an even deeper level of soul to the set. But the main focus here is on the horns – and it's a focus that's well-kept, especially on the longer tunes, which really sparkle in the range of tone and mood expressed. Highlights include an extended "Ballad Medley" and versions of "Wee", "Lover Man", and "Star Eyes". (And by the way, that's "bad", as in "good" – in case you couldn't guess from the title!) CD
(Please note this is a CDr pressing from the Jazz Heritage Society. Tray card is missing one spine.)
 
 
 



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