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✨✧ Claude ThornhillLive From Glen Island Casino June/Sept 1947 ... CD
Jazz Hour, 1947. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Count BasieAt The Famous Door 1938 ... CD
Jazz Hour, 1938. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Glenn MillerGlenn Miller & His Orchestra – Live In Hi-Fi At Glen Island Casino 1939 ... CD
Jazz Hour, 1939. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Gerald Cleaver & Violet HourLive At Firehouse 12 ... CD
Sunnyside, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Gerald Cleaver's got a great band here – a tight sextet who follow every twist and turn of the drummer's energy – and who also bring their own sense of soaring soul to the session too! The vibe is almost a bit like that of some of the more far-reaching Jazz Messengers that Art Blakey cut in the 70s – a bit more open and free in both the rhythms and solos, but still quite swinging, and always with a spirit that sends the music to the heavens! Players include JD Allen on tenor, Andrew Bishop on bass clarinet and soprano, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Ben Waltzer on piano, Chris Lightcap on bass, and Cleaver on drums – and although the performance was recorded in 2006, it's every bit as vibrant as work that most of the players have been doing in recent years. Titles include "Silly One", "Tales Of Bricks", "Carla's Day", "Detroit", and "Pilgrim's Progress". CD

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Sammy Davis Jr & Count BasieOur Shining Hour ... CD
Verve, Mid 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A brilliant album that follows on the trend that was begun by Sinatra and Tony Bennett – one that takes strong jazz backings from Count Basie to push a singer past the usual pop format! Sammy didn't always get backing this strong – and the album's got Quincy Jones handling the arrangements for Basie in the same mode the he used on the Sinatra/Basie sides for Reprise. Titles include "The Girl From Ipanema", "She's A Woman", "New York City Blues", "Work Song", and "Blues For Mr Charlie" – and the album even features Sammy doing a bit of tap dancing! CD
(Out of print.)

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David Lee/Group Six PlayersAll That Jazz – KPM 1014 ... LP
KPM (UK), 1967. Near Mint- ... $43.99
A straight jazz album recorded for the KPM sound library – but a pretty groovy one at that! All the work here is the product of David Lee and his un-named Group Six Players – a cool combo who feature piano, trumpet, guitar, and a bit of flute – all over some really wonderful rhythms that swing from 60s modal to bossa influences, all with a lean, clean groove that's totally great! Most numbers here are the kind of jazzy tracks we'd die to find on a 60s soundtrack – and the album's chock full of wonderful numbers that include "Beat Time", "Six O'Clock Samba", "Right On Time", "Waltz In Mean Time", "Nine O'Clock & All's Well", "Cocktails At Five", and "Rush Hour". LP, Vinyl record album
(A great copy!)

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✨✧ VariousNew Jazz Festival Balver Hohle – New Jazz 1976 & 1977 (8CD set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1976/1977. New Copy 8CD ... Out Of Stock
A heck of a collection – and one that really gets at the amazing array of free-thinking jazz that was brewing up on the European scene during the 70s! The set brings together over eight hours of music recorded during two years of this legendary festival – and each new disc has some great surprises along the way! There's some possibly more familiar material here – such as long improvisations that include a solo piano performance by Joachim Kuhn, two by a Mal Waldron trio with Jimmy Woode on bass and Allen Blairman on drums, one by a trio headed by pianist Yosuke Yamashita and with Akira Sakata on alto, two more by the duo of Peter Brotzmann on tenor and Han Bennink on drums, and a final two long improvisations by a great Archie Shepp gruop with Richard Greenlee on trombone, Dave Burell on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums! Yet that's only the tip of the iceberg – as there's a full CD of music by a group led by Hugo Heredia on saxes and flute – with Horace Parlan on piano, Dodo Goys on bass, Tullio D'Piscopo on drums, and Mandrake Ivanir Do Nascimento on percussion. And there's another CD that features an hour-long improvisation by a version of the Willem Breuker Kollektief with Leo Cuypers on piano, Maarten Van Norden on tenor, Boy Raaymakers on trumpet, and Bernhard Hunnekink and Willem Van Manen on trombones. There's also a very long track by a cool quartet headed by Polish alto giant Zbigniew Namyslowski – and one more by the French Machi Oul Big Band. There's also tracks by Riot, with Uli Beckerhoff on trumpet; Grumpff with Michael Schlaper on tenor and soprano, and Ekkehard Jost on baritone; Mumps with Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone and John Surman on tenor; and the Eddie Prevost Quartet with Geoff Hawkins on tenor and Gerry Gold on trumpet. And last but not least are two long trcks by the Czech group Celula Jazz Crew – with Laco Deczi on trumpet, Karel Ruzicka on electric piano, and Svatopluc Kosvanec on trombone. Phew – that's a lot of music, and the whole thing comes in a very cool 10" box set, complete with a booklet of notes, too! CD

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Joy BryanJoy Bryan Sings ... LP
Mode, 1957. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A sweet little session of 50s vocal jazz – equally great not just for the singing by Joy Byran, but also for the arrangements by pianist Marty Paich! Paich's captured here at a great early point scoring for singers – and he gives Joy the same fluid jazzy approach that he used on the best Bethlehem albums by Mel Torme – a great thing for the singer, as it really makes the album sparkle a bit more than it might on its own. Joy's a pretty decent singer overall – with a range that's surprisingly deep, and a delivery that's best on the lighter, more sprightly tunes on the session – which are the sort that Paich does his best work with. Players include Bob Enevoldsen, Herb Geller, and Jack Sheldon – and titles include "You're My Everything", "My Shining Hour", "Round Midnight", "My Heart Stood Still", "I Could Write A Book", and "What Is There To Say". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s VSOP pressing.)

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Dave DeRoseAgile Experiments Vol 1 ... LP
Dave De Rose Music (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Really compelling work from the farther reaches of the UK jazz scene – a series of "agile experiments" from drummer Dave DeRose – who works here with other musicians from the scene in a series of unbridled improvisations! The work was created with two guiding principles – the musicians could not discuss or plan their performance together in advance, and they would also play for a full hour, with no breaks at all! The idea grew out of a series of live performances, but then was captured by Dave in the studio – with results that are as varied as the musicians involved. Some selections are very unusual and almost abstract, others have a more familiar free jazz mode – and the ability of DeRose to shift in these spaces is one of the highlights of the set. The first volume includes performances with John Edwards on bass and Dan Nicholls on electronics; Rory Simmons on trumpet and electronics and George Crowley on saxes and effects; Dan Nicholls on electronics and Karl Vanden Bossche on percussion; Tom Challenger on saxes and Colin Somervell on bass; Sam Crowe on Rhodes and effects and Level Nevill Malcolm on bass; and Dario Rossetti Bonell on guitar and effects. LP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing, hand-numbered limited edition of 200 copies!)

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Dave DeRoseAgile Experiments Vol 2 ... LP
Dave De Rose Music (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Really compelling work from the farther reaches of the UK jazz scene – a series of "agile experiments" from drummer Dave DeRose – who works here with other musicians from the scene in a series of unbridled improvisations! The work was created with two guiding principles – the musicians could not discuss or plan their performance together in advance, and they would also play for a full hour, with no breaks at all! The idea grew out of a series of live performances, but then was captured by Dave in the studio – with results that are as varied as the musicians involved. Some selections are very unusual and almost abstract, others have a more familiar free jazz mode – and the ability of DeRose to shift in these spaces is one of the highlights of the set. The second volume features performances with John Edwards on bass and Dan Nicholls on electronics; Rory Simmons on trumpet and electronics and George Crowley on sax and effects; Barnaby Keen on vocals, Nathaniel Keen on guitar, and Colin Somervell on bass; Tom Challenger on saxes and Colin Somervell on bass; Sam Crowe on Rhodes and effects and Level Neville Malcolm on bass; and Ruth Goller on bass and effects, and George Crowley and Josh Arcoleo on saxes. LP, Vinyl record album
(First pressing, hand-numbered limited edition of 300!)

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✨✧ J DillaLost Tapes, Reels & More EP ... LP
Mahogani, Early/Mid 2000s/2013. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Thumpingly playful, spacey and funky beatcraft from the J Dilla archives – a packed couple sides of short, instantaneously addictive material – great stuff that does the Dilla legacy proud! Lost Tapes, Reels & More is Dilla at his most insistent – with one memorable beat heavy blast after another. There's a lot of sampled vocal bits on this one, too, but beyond that, this is Dilla as beatmaker and producer – and in peak form! A very worthy release on Moodymann's Mahagoni label. 20 short(ish) tracks on 2 sides: "I'm Back Nick", "Dilla Beats II", "Token Jazz Hour", ""3 Round The Corner", "Here We Go Again", "Sessions 4", "73 Soundtrack", "Videogame 1", Clap 4 Me", "Aahhh", "Licking", "Still Laffin", "Go Get Em" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dexter StorySeasons ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2012. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A beautiful project from the contemporary underground scene in LA – a record that shares lots of energy and musicians with recordings by Build An Ark and Life Force Trio! Dexter Story's the main force behind the record, but the set's a strongly collaborative effort – and features keyboards from Mark De Clive-Lowe, flute from Derf Reklaw, strings from Mighel Atwood-Ferguson, vocals from Dwight Trible, and key studio work from Carlos Nino! Story's vocals and overall conception are wonderful – soaring and soulful, with some slight cosmic touches that give the record a bit more crackle than related projects – a sound that's still steeped in spiritual jazz elements, yet which also really opens up as the set rolls on. There's a wonderful sense of variety to the tracks – due to the shifting lineup – but the overall feel is still very cohesive, and an amazing demonstration of Story's bold musical vision. Titles include "Seasons", "Into The Hour", "Love Force Trio (part 1)", "Underway", "Water Bearer", "Paddle Boat", "Bloop Drip", "Gyre Song", "As Is", "God Sun", and "Suijin". CD

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✨✧ Rudiger Carl IncKing Alcohol (New Version) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1972. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the greatest moment ever on record from Rudiger Carl – and not just because the album is "dedicated to all drinker friends"! Despite that embrace of alcohol, the record's got a very sobering power – as the group is a free jazz trio, working in the best bracing early FMP way – with Carl on tenor, Gunter Christmann on trombone, and Detlef Shoenenberg on drums – all turning their instruments inside out as they madly, freely, explosively work off the power of one another! Christmann is especially amazing – and this album might well be to his trombone what the late 60s FMP sides were to Brotzmann's tenor – although Detlef's drums are pretty amazing too – very different than any contemporaries or precursors, and worth the price of admission alone. Titles include "Thrombose", "King Alcohol", "AEIOU", and "Rush Hour/Something/Triotrip". Plus, this 2CD reissue adds in an astounding 70 more minutes of unreleased recordings from the same sessions! CD

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✨✧ Gary McFarlandAmerica the Beautiful (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Skye/Muzak (Japan), 1968. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An incredible document of late 60s America – composed and conducted by Gary McFarland, in a style that's much more ambitious than any of his other work! The album's fully titled "America The Beautiful: An Account Of Its Disappearance" – and features "movements" with very telling subtitles that include "On This Site Shall Be Erected", "80 Miles An Hour Through Beer Can Country", "Suburbia: Two Poodles And A Plastic Jesus", and our personal favorite, "Due To A Lack Of Interest, Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled". Gary's really wearing his politics on his sleeve here – picturing a late 60s America that's without hope, without revolution, and clearly in danger of falling prey to its own plasticization. The whole thing's a wonderful antidote to the "revolution is coming" side of the 60s that is more popularly pushed – and Gary was one of the few musicians at the time with an eye that was clear enough to see that in the 60s, you could sing "The Times Are A-Changing" – but in reality, the corporations were a-growing! Musically, the album features a larger group of jazz players working in a full, rich style that has lots of soundtrack touches. There's a real Axelrod-like feel to the set – with string passages one minute, funky rhythms the next – and some breakout jazz soloing that really colors the tunes nicely! Players include Jerome Richardson, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, and Chuck Rainey – and Gary's mostly doing the conducting on the set. CD

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✨✧ Charles BrackeenRhythm X – The Music Of Charles Brackeen (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The only album ever cut as a leader by tenor saxophonist Charles Brackeen during his early years – and a real standout in the catalog of the legendary Strata East label! The set's got an unusual history – in that it's part of the Dolphy Series, recorded before the label started by Clifford Jordan – as a way of giving a strong showcase to so many new ideas that were bursting in jazz during the late 60s! Here, Brackeen's tenor is set up with a trio of musicians most familiarly associated with Ornette Coleman – Don Cherry on trumpet, Charlie Haden on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums – a unit that's completely on fire, and freer than before – yet each graced with such strong individuality, every aspect of the record is a complete delight. Brackeen is amazing (why the hell didn't he record more like this at the time?) – but the bass, trumpet, and drums are all very distinct too – the perfect power of free improvisation when it's done right. Titles include "Rhythm X", "Hour Glass", "CB Blues", and "Charles Concept". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ Mulgrew MillerWingspan ... LP
Landmark, 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful set from Mulgrew Miller – one of his greatest albums as a leader, and exemplary of the kind of underground jazz that was still bubbling strong in the 80s! The set features Miller's quintet with Kenny Garrett on alto and flute, Steve Nelson on vibes, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Tony Reedus on drums – led by Miller in a range of expressive styles carried off with effortless ease. There's some really nice numbers on here with a gentle and soulful groove – mixing vibes, piano, and alto in wonderful shades of colors and tone. Titles include "Sonhos Do Brasil", "Wingspan", "One's Own Room", "The Eleventh Hour", and "Soul Leo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in limited supply!)
 
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Blind Lemon JazzAfter Hours – New Pages In The American Songbook ... CD
Ofer, 2019. Used ... $2.99
... CD

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✨✧ Ray CharlesGenius After Hours (Jazzlore) ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
A later Atlantic Records set from Ray Charles – a record that does a lot more to show off the jazz side of his talents than some of his earlier work! Ray plays piano, and works in a few different small combos – with players who include Joseph Bridgewater and John Hunt on trumpets, David Fathead Newman on alto and tenor, Emmott Dennis on baritone, and Oscar Pettiford on bass. The record features some nice originals – like "Genius After Hours", "Hornful Soul", "Joy Ride", "Dawn Ray", and "Charlesville" – all showing a different side of Ray's talents than you'd know from his singles! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Jazzlore pressing. Cover has a small cutout mark.)

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Ray CharlesGenius After Hours (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A later Atlantic Records set from Ray Charles – a record that does a lot more to show off the jazz side of his talents than some of his earlier work! Ray plays piano, and works in a few different small combos – with players who include Joseph Bridgewater and John Hunt on trumpets, David Fathead Newman on alto and tenor, Emmott Dennis on baritone, and Oscar Pettiford on bass. The record features some nice originals – like "Genius After Hours", "Hornful Soul", "Joy Ride", "Dawn Ray", and "Charlesville" – all showing a different side of Ray's talents than you'd know from his singles! LP, Vinyl record album
(Record Store Crawl Exclusive pressing, limited to brick & mortar stores. Just 500 copies!)

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band – Live At The Olympia, Paris 1960 ... CD
Gambit (Spain), Early 60s. Used 2CDs ... $16.99
2 great Paris live sets from Gerry Mulligan – with his Concert Jazz Band at L'Olympia in 1960 – followed by a 1962 quartet set at the same venue serving as bonus tracks! The 11 titles on the first CD and the first titles on the second CD are culled from the 1960 set – a tight affair with great solo work from a larger group of players – which includes Don Ferrara and Conte Candoli on trumpet, Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Willie Dennis and Alan Raph on trombone, Bob Donovan and Gene Quill on alto, Jim Reider and Zoot Sims on tenor, Buddy Clark on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. A real triumph! Titles include "You Took Advantage Of Me", "Black Nightgown", "Body And Soul", "Barbara's Theme", "Apple Core", "Out Of This World", "Go Home", "I'm Gonna Go Fishing", "Blueport" and more! The second CD is closed out by a 1962 set by the the Gerry Mulligan Quartet – originally released as the LP Gerry Mulligan & His Quartet Live At The Olympia Theatre 1962! The tracks are long, and the setting fluid – as Gerry plays baritone on most tracks, but piano on a couple; and Bob Brookmeyer does the same, taking a break from valve trombone to play piano for one track as well. Rhythm is by the team of Bill Crow on bass and Gus Johnson on drums – and titles include "Spring Is Sprung", "Five Brothers", "Subterranean Blues", "Blue Port", and "Utter Chaos". More than 2 1/2 hours of music on 2CDs! CD
(Out of print.)

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Sun RaJazz In Silhouette ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1958. Used ... $7.99
Sun Ra's really moving forward with this classic set – refining the sound of his Chicago-based Arkestra, and reaching for new territory that moves him way past familiar jazz modes! The cover bills the group as playing "music from tomorrow's world" – and you can definitely hear that on some titles here, including one number that features Ra on some really haunting celeste, and another that features Marshall Allen making weird noises with his mouthpiece! The group is all greats from the old days – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute, Pat Patrick on baritone and flute, James Spaulding on alto and flute, Hobart Dotson on trumpet, Charles Davis on baritone, and Ronnie Boykins on bass – and titles include "Hours After", "Saturn", "Ancient Ethiopia", and "Blues At Midnight". CD

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✨✧ Willis JacksonAfter Hours (Loose/Soul Grabber) ... CD
Prestige, 1963/1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Don't be put off by the title of the set – because it's not some snoozy "after hours" album of ballads! Instead, it's a great pairing of two rare cookers from the great Willis Jackson – both of them hard-wailing sets that cook in a classic 60s organ/tenor mode! Loose is from 1963, and features Willis grooving in some wonderfully uptight soul jazz lines – working in a format that's a bit more gutbuckety than some of his later work – with Carl Wilson playing chunky Hammond grooves, Frank Robinson punching it up on trumpet, and Bill Jones twanging away on guitar. The set includes a very lively reading of "After Hours", plus the tracks "What Will I Tell My Heart" and "Secret Love". Even better is Soul Grabber, from 1967 – one of our favorite album ever by Willis Jackson – and in fact one of our favorite soul jazz sides of the 60s! There's a mad groove here that's quite different than any of Jackson's earlier work – freer, looser, and more experimental – handled with a sound that's almost fuller in the arrangements, but which also gives the soloists more room to groove around. Willis himself plays the amazing gatorhorn on a number of tracks – a long funny-looking variation on the tenor, and a horn that has an almost George Braith or Roland Kirk-like sound. The rest of the group features some great guitar by Wally Richardson and smoking organ by Carl Wilson – plus electric bass at the bottom from Bob Bushnell, a key component to the harder-hitting quality of the grooves. The set features a fantastic version of Baden Powell's "Song of Ossahana", plus great covers of "Sunny", "Girl Talk", and "Ode to Billy Joe" – and the tracks "Soul Grabber", "Alfie", "I Dig Rock & Roll Music", and "Rhode Island Red". For space reasons, the CD omits the track "Y'all" from the album Loose. CD
(Please Note – CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Sarah VaughanAfter Hours (Columbia) ... CD
Columbia/CBS, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The album that really put Sarah Vaughan on the map – a killer set that really showed how sultry jazz vocals could sound in the postwar years – never overtone, nor torchy-cliched – but right on the money, with a sense of grace and poise that few others can match – even after all these decades! Tracks include "Black Coffee", "After Hours", "Street Of Dreams", "My Reverie", "I Cried For You", "Deep Purple", and "Just Friends". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a light stain which is only visible inside and some minor rippling.)

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Acid Jazz 3 ... CD
Acid Jazz (UK), 1996. Used ... Out Of Stock
The legendary Acid Jazz label isn't cooking up tracks with the same frenzy that they were in the early 90s, but they are putting out some great compilations of older stuff – like this tasty set of 16 funky cuts from the label's best years. Titles include "Mambito" by Snowboy, "Can't Get Enough" by Vibraphonic, "Asteroid" by Goldbug, "How Can You Forget" by Dread Flinstone, "Living Life Your Own Way" by Rose Windross, "Try Me" by Gregory Isaacs, "Up To Our Necks In It" by Skunkhour, "Use Me" by Raw Stylus, "Rising To The Top" by Blacknuss Allstars, "Good Thing" by JTQ, and "Lovesick" by The Night Trains. CD
(Out of print, small sticker on booklet cover.)

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✨✧ Nicola ConteJet Sounds (full LP) ... LP
Schema/Fez (Italy), 2000. Near Mint- 2LP ... $19.99
Wonderful wonderful wonderful – and one of the best albums we've ever heard of modern bossa and soundtrack grooves! For years, Nicola Conte has been a seminal force in the new Italian scene – working as a DJ, promoter, producer, and sometimes recording artist under the odd 12" single. This album marks his first full effort – and after years of bubbling under in the Italian scene, Nicola emerges as one of the most perfect-formed artists we've heard in years. The whole album's a breathtaking mix of 60s bossa, soundtrack, and easy themes – put together with never a dull moment, and always a focus on the kind of mid and uptempo grooves that have been pushing the Italian and German scenes for the last 5 years. The record features great mixes from a few of Nicola's 12" singles, plus a wealth of excellent new material that really expands his groove wonderfully – with a totally real, totally honest sound that pushes past the gazillion retro remix throwaway albums that you'll find stuffing the listening stations at the megastores! Tracks include "Fucco Fatuo", "Il Cerchio Rosso", "Dossier Omega", "Trappola Mortale", "Mambo De Los Dandies", "Jazz Pour Dadine", and "The In Samba". We only had this one out of the box for about 3 hours, and we'd already played it twice – that's how great it is! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Jet Sounds (full LP) ... LP 24.99

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Paul Desmond & Jim HallFirst Place Again (with bonus track) ... CD
Warner/Gambit (Spain), 1959. Used ... $13.99
The first big Paul Desmond solo album of the 60s – and a standout set that's very much in the tradition of his best work on RCA! This rare side was cut for Warner Brothers during a time when they were taking a brief dip into jazz – and it's a rarely-heard set that features Jim Hall on guitar, Connie Kay on drums, and Percy Heath on bass, all backing up Paul with a spare "after hours" sound that's a marked change from his tightly woven work with Brubeck. Desmond's alto is full of possibilities here – working wonders with familiar tunes like "Greensleeves", "You Go To My Head", "Time After Time", and "East Of The Sun" – as well as with the John Lewis modern number "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West". CD also features the bonus track "Susie". CD
(Out of print.)

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Nick DrakeFive Leaves Left ... CD
Island, 1969. Used ... $4.99
Godlike work from the legendary Nick Drake – and exactly the kind of record that's made him a continuing legend over the years! The style is completely its own – not really folk or rock, but not really jazz either – yet served up with plenty of jazzy phrasing that's helped keep Drake's music fresher than most as the decades move on – and which makes each song here a really rich discovery – even if, like us, you've heard the album hundreds of times in the past! The production is wonderful – with slight underscorings of strings that help unlock dark corners of the songs – and tracks include the classic "River Man" – easily one of Nick's best songs ever – plus "Fruit Tree", "Day Is Done", "Three Hours", "Saturday Sun", and "Time Has Told Me". A record we'd never part with – ever! CD
Also available Five Leaves Left (deluxe box set – with poster, download, and more) ... LP 53.99

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Nick DrakeFive Leaves Left (deluxe box set – with poster, download, and more) ... LP
Island, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $53.99 59.98
Godlike work from the legendary Nick Drake – and exactly the kind of record that's made him a continuing legend over the years! The style is completely its own – not really folk or rock, but not really jazz either – yet served up with plenty of jazzy phrasing that's helped keep Drake's music fresher than most as the decades move on – and which makes each song here a really rich discovery – even if, like us, you've heard the album hundreds of times in the past! The production is wonderful – with slight underscorings of strings that help unlock dark corners of the songs – and tracks include the classic "River Man" – easily one of Nick's best songs ever – plus "Fruit Tree", "Day Is Done", "Three Hours", "Saturday Sun", and "Time Has Told Me". A record we'd never part with – ever! Incredible box set – limited edition – with an authentic reproduction of the original 1969 pressing of the record on audiophile vinyl, plus Nick's handwritten lyrics to two songs, a replica shop poster, and bonus voucher for downloads in different formats! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Five Leaves Left ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ El ChicanoViva Tirado ... LP
Kapp, 1970. Very Good ... $7.99
Amazing stuff – and the beginning of a strong tradition of west coast funky Latin groups! El Chicano were one of a number of groups to emerge from LA of the 60s – rising forth on a wave of Mexican American pride to come up with a west coast version of the Latin Soul sound that had been emanating from Spanish Harlem a few years earlier. The group had an organ-heavy sound that first scored big on their rendition of Gerald Wilson's "Viva Tirado" – done as a single by the group with a stepping jazz beat that was missing from the earlier version, which worked great with their bubbly organ sound. The album was recorded to follow up the hit – done as a live set after hours at the Kabuki Sukiyaki Restaurant in south LA, and filled with tight jazzy covers 60s groovers like "Cantaloupe Island", "Eleanor Rigby", "Hurt So Bad", and "Coming Home Baby". The record's also got an amazing version of "Quiet Village" – and while it may not be as Latin as some of the group's later work, it's the beginning of a great tradition, and has a sound that was copied endlessly – but rarely matched! LP, Vinyl record album

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Lee MorganI Called Him Morgan (DVD) ... DVD
MVD, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
The legendary Lee Morgan is one of our favorite jazz musicians of all time – a visionary leader, a hell of a trumpeter, and even a great composer too – but one whose life was ended all-too-soon when he was shot by his wife outside of an East Village nightclub in 1972! We can never get back those years that we've lost with Lee's music – although we spend way too many hours imagining where he would have gone in the 70s – but this film is something of a peace offering – a tribute to the man and all of his genius, inflected with the voice of the woman who took him away – which makes for a very moving film. 91 minutes, in color. DVD

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Herlin RileyPerpetual Optimism ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 17.99
Great work from Herlin Riley – a drummer with plenty of New Orleans in his roots, but also a jazzman who never tries to hit you over the head with that legacy either! There's definitely a complexity in the rhythms that reflects Herlin's background – but the modes of expression are more contemporary, and more universal – as the songs feature some great criss-crossing between the trumpet of Bruce Harris and alto of Godwin Louis – the latter of whom might well be reason enough to check out the album! The horn lines are bold and soulful – and Riley gets great support from pianist Emmet Cohen and bassist Russell Hall – on titles that include "Perpetual Optimism", "Rush Hour", "Be There When I Get There", "Twelve's It", "Wings & Roots", and "Borders Without Lines". CD

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RogerMany Facets Of Roger/Saga Continues/Unlimited (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Robinsongs (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A trio of albums from Roger – with bonus tracks too! On the first album, there's Many Facets Of Roger – and they're all pretty darn funky! From this vantage point, all we can think of is that Roger Troutman must have had some sort of crystal ball to see into the hip hop sampling future – either that, or he was busy cooking up west coast gangster funk drones in some secret So Cal laboratory! Whatever the case, though, the record's a classic in the Troutman/Zapp catalog – and features a sparkling west coast take on electro – offered up with lots of popping basslines, snapping electric kickdrums, and a truckfull of vocoder! There's also some pretty nice guitar in the mix – especially on the good jazzy groover "Chunk Of Sugar", which sounds like it's from a completely different record. Other tracks include "Maxx Axe", "Do It Roger", "So Ruff, So Tuff", and "Blue". The Saga Continues finds Roger still rocking his trademark effects laden vocals and vamping guitar work into the middle of the decade – with even tighter syncopated percussion, funky keys, and sharp synth bursts – sailing in a killer groove throughout! Roger produced the record along with Larry Troutman – and they bring in Maceo Parker for a horn solo and Ohio Player Billy Beck for keyboards as well! Tracks include a vocoder funk reading of Wilson Pickett's "Midnight Hour", plus "In The Mix", "Play Your Guitar Brother Roger", "The Break Song", "I Keep Trying", "Bucket Of Blood", "T C Song", and "Girl Cut It Out". Unlimited has Roger going for a sound that's maybe even more electro than some of his earlier solo work, at a level that really seems to be pushing the Zapp sound further for the 80s! The style is funky, but touched with lots of elements that have wended their way from indie hip hop up to mainstream soul – all at a level that later acts might fuse together with a bit more warmth, but which still has the starker feel of electro soul in Troutman's hands. Titles include "Thrill Seekers", "I Want To Be You Man", "I Really Want to Be You Man", "Night & Day", and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". Bonus tracks include "Please Come Home For Christmas", "Bedisguitarist-A-Rown", and 7" mixes of "Heard It Through The Grapevine (part 1)", "Do It Roger", "In The Mix", "I Want To Be Your Man", and "Midnight Hour (part 1)". CD

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Lita RozaMe On A Carousel (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pye/El (UK), 1958. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
A rare early album from Lita Roza – a British singer who recorded some pop in her day, but also had the depth of a much more serious vocalist overall – as you'll hear on the material in this set! The core of the CD features the album Me On A Carousel – a record that has Lita working with arrangements from Bill Shepherd, which mix fuller strings with some jazzier currents – to balance out the blue moods of the sadder tunes, and some of the more swinging sounds on the upbeat tracks. There's a few unusual songs on the set – and titles include "Me On A Carousel", "Love Can Change The Stars", "There's Nothing Rougher Than Love", "The End Of A Love Affair", "I'll Never Say Never Again", "The Other Woman", and "That's The Beginning Of The End". CD also features 6 more tracks from the Ember album Love Songs For Night People – including "In The Wee Small Hours", "They Say", "Paradise", and "Trust In Me" – and the package also features 6 more tracks that include "Hey There", "Jimmy Unknown", "Once In A While", "Allentown Jail", and "Love Is A Beautiful Stranger". CD

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Young Men From MemphisDown Home Reunion ... LP
United Artists, 1959. Near Mint- ... $24.99
It's a little-known fact that Memphis had a huge influence on the sound of late 50s/early 60s soul jazz – probably because most of the city's best players had to leave and go either to Chicago or New York to make their name. This set's a great reminder of that fact, as it brings together an important batch of players, most of them only freshly departed from Memphis at the time of the session – an assemblage that includes Frank Strozier, Phineas Newborn, Booker Little, Louis Smith, George Coleman, and Calvin Newborn. The tracks are long open-ended blowing session tunes – very different than the usual format for just about every player involved, which also makes for quite a striking record. Titles include very long takes on "Blue N Boogie", "Star Eyes", "After Hours", and "Things Ain't What They Used To Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese King pressing. Cover has some light aging, mostly near the top.)

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✨✧ Till BronnerGood Life ... CD
Sony, 2016. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweetly laidback record from Till Bronner – one of his most stripped-down jazz efforts in years – and maybe a set that recalls his earlier tribute to Chet Baker, but at a level that's much more like Chet's original work! Till plays trumpet, flugelhorn, and sings a bit – the latter with that light vocal approach that's surprisingly winning – and the group here is different than some of his European lineups – with Anthony Wilson on guitar, Larry Goldings on piano, John Clayton on bass, and Jeff Hamilton on drums. Titles include "O Que Resta", "Love Is Here To Stay", "Change Partners", "For All We Know", "Her Smile", "I'll Be Seeing You", and "In The Wee Small Hours". CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case.)

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✨✧ Shirley HornTravelin' Light/Horn Of Plenty ... CD
ABC/Universal (Germany), 1963/1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two excellent early albums from Shirley Horn – back to back on a single CD! Travelin Light is one of the greatest jazz vocal albums of the 60s, and probably the greatest album ever by Shirley Horn! The session's got a beautiful lively sound, with extremely interesting arrangements by Johnny Pate, and a flute/piano/guitar sound that works perfectly with Shirley's lovely voice. The material is a great mix of lesser-known songs, sung with a maturity and honesty that will make your heart break. We love this one way better than any of Shirley's recent albums, and we can't recommend it highly enough! Titles include "Sunday In New York", "Yes, I Know When I've Had It", "Someone You've Loved", "I Could Have Told You", "Travelin Light", and "Don't Be On The Outside". Horn Of Plenty is hip stuff from Shirley Horn – very mature and swinging jazz! The set features the sharp early vocals of Shirley Horn nicely set up with some larger backings – hip arrangements handled by Quincy Jones, Thad Jones, and Billy Byers – with all the groovy 60s punch you can imagine from a lineup like that! And although Horn later became well known for some gentler, mellower cuts, we're huge fans of her singing like this – which has a righteous power that really tops some of the vocalists from the previous generation. Titles include "Wee Small Hours", "That Old Black Magic", "The Great City", "On The Street Where You Live", and "Let Me Love You". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Messengers IncorporatedSoulful Proclamation ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ultra-hip funk from Oklahoma's Messengers Incorporated – a group who come across with a sound that's every bit as righteous and heavy as you might guess from the cover! Instrumentation is heavy on bass, guitar, and organ – and topped with some great saxophone work too – all in a sound that's draws plenty of inspiration from righteous jazz of the early 70s, but which focuses the sound into a more funk-based approach overall. Vocalists shift throughout – and include singers Barbara and Charles Burton, later of Burton Inc – who help give the record as much of a soul-based punch alongside the jazzy instrumentation of the combo! The whole thing's a real heavy hitter – the kind of album that could have soared large, had it gotten wider release back in the day – and titles include "Rejoice", "Just Can't Run Away", "Soulful Proclamation", "Frequency Response", "Ain't No Mountain", "Twenty Four Hours A Day", and "If I'Da Club". CD

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✨✧ ArgusArgus ... LP
Sommor (Spain), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Plenty of fuzz, heavy drums, and basslines that certainly make our speakers rumble – all in support of the raw lead vocals that really send the whole thing home! Argus are an obscure UK hard rock quartet from the early 70s – and their near-complete work is presented here, with a searing intensity that should have gotten these guys a big label contract at the time – especially when guitarist Del Watkins really takes off with his solos! The set also features a few tracks by Anaconda – a later incarnation of the group, added here to round out the five Argus tracks – and that later group actually features some jazzy flute, which is a nice touch. Argus titles include "Road Of Life", "Friend Of Mine", "Twenty Four Hours", and "Superstition" – and Anaconda titles include "Funk Song", "Jubilee Shuffle", and "77 St Thomas Road". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Piero Piccioni3 Notti D'Amore (3 Nights Of Love) ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Three nights of love from Piero Piccioni – scored with a sound that's right in between the jazzier styles he used in the first half of the 60s, and the groovier modes from the second half of the decade! Instrumentation matches that of some of Piero's straighter scores from a few years before – but the rhythms are right up front, often with mod or bossa touches – which make the jazzy solos sound even better overall! There's a bit of organ, too – used in a cool other-worldly way – and titles include "Come On Rome", "Sally's Surf", "In The Early Hours", "Just For Fun", "Mistico Amore", and "Nelle Tue Braccia". Also includes some never-released tunes – and Carlo Rustichello composed two of the album's fourteen tracks. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSteppa's Delight – Dubstep Present To Future ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 2008. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
You know, here in Chicago, when we think of a Stepper's Delight, a whole other category of music comes to mind, but then you might say the same thing if you were in Kingston, too! In east and south London of course, the dark throb of dubstep is what delights steppers from the early dusk hours on through the night, and this mighty batch of tracks showcases the scene of skittering snares, sinister synths and punctuating bass for those of us hailing from other shores! 19 tracks in all, including "9 Samurai" by Kode 9, "Evolution" by Benga, "Candy Floss (Loefah mix)" by Search & Destroy, "Intensive Snare" by Plastician feat Skepta, "Poison Dart" by the Bug & Warrior Queen, "Ensonique (bi-polar man mix)" by Seventeen Evergreen, "Blood On My Hands" by Shackleton, "Broken Heart" by TRG, "Gullybrook Lane (inst)" by Joker, "Hardfood" by Quest, "Dam 4" by Silkie, "Reminissin'" by Geiom feat Marita, "Canton" by Shonx, "Shade Darker" by Gatekeeper feat Grizla and "Roll With The Punches" by Peverlist. CD

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✨✧ Jeff ParkerRelatives ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2005. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fine quartet outing from Tortoise's Jeff Parker – a great guitarist who stays busy without ever wearing out his welcome, and in fact leaves us wishing for more straighter jazz-Great early post-millennium outing from Tortoise's Jeff Parker! This set for Thrill Jockey sounds great with the addition of Sam Barsheshet to the group on Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Drummer/percussionist Chad Taylor and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Lopes fill out the group. Parker's style is clean, generous and collaborative, leaving plenty of casual space within the tunes for the players and room on the tracklist for the other players' compositions. The centerpiece of the album is a great version of Marvin Gaye's "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You", which the group turns into more of an after hours sweet spot than a mournful soul lament. Nice, nice work! Other tracks include "Istanbul", "Mannerisms", "Sea Change", "Beanstalk", "Toyboat" and "Rang (For Michael Zerang)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Paul DesmondFirst Place Again (180 gram Japanese pressing) ... LP
Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The first big Paul Desmond solo album of the 60s – and a standout set that's very much in the tradition of his best work on RCA! This rare side was cut for Warner Brothers during a time when they were taking a brief dip into jazz – and it's a rarely-heard set that features Jim Hall on guitar, Connie Kay on drums, and Percy Heath on bass, all backing up Paul with a spare "after hours" sound that's a marked change from his tightly woven work with Brubeck. Desmond's alto is full of possibilities here – working wonders with familiar tunes like "Greensleeves", "You Go To My Head", "Time After Time", and "East Of The Sun" – as well as with the John Lewis modern number "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Jazz Analog Premium Collection!)

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Clarke Boland SextetMusic For The Small Hours ... CD
EMI/Rearward (Italy), 1967. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the hippest albums ever from the team of Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland – a unique small combo session that's even groovier than their famous big band work! The setting is wonderful – Clarke on drums, Boland on piano, and a sextet lineup that includes Sahib Shihab on flute, Fats Sadi on vibes, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Joe Harris on percussion – all players who know each other well, and groove together as one amazing unit on the set! The tunes here are lyrical and lively, modal and moving, and still some of the freshest jazz cut on the European scene of the 60s – music that's having a huge impact these days in the club jazz underground. Shihab's flute work is sublime, especially next to Sadi's vibes – and Harris' added percussion gives a number of the cuts a bit of a Latin kick that's totally great! There's a bit of vocals on the set, and titles include "Ebony Samba", "Tin Tin Deo", "Potter's Crossing", "Wives & Lovers", "Ensadinado", "Lorraine", "Day By Day", "Love Hungry", and "Please Don't Leave". CD

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Manfredo FestAfter Hours ... LP
Daybreak, 1972. Sealed ... $24.99
Sweet keyboard genius from the legendary Manfredo Fest – an early 70s effort that's got a really wonderful groove! The style here is a bit like some of the best CTI recordings during their early years with A&M – kind of an update of 60s bossa that features full, warm, jazzy orchestrations behind Manfredo's piano – giving him support with this rich blend of reeds and trombones, as the acoustic keys soar wonderfully over the top with amazing dexterity! The setting's every bit as great as the early Jobim records for CTI – and the recording quality equally wonderful too, thanks to producer Sonny Burke. Titles include "Bossa Rock Blues #1", "Amanda", "Madalena", "Hello Forever", and "Sleepy Shores". LP, Vinyl record album
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Frank N Dank48 Hours (2CD edition – with instrumentals) ... CD
Digi Pop/Delicious Vinyl, 2003. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
The timeless sounding underground classic debut of Frank-N-Dank – which is a strong first full length statement for the duo – and a significant milestone in the J Dilla production canon! It has more of a straight up, street ready rhyme style than was typical for Dilla productions at the time – with smoky, pulsing production and unpredictable beats. The rhymes are stronger than we gave 'em credit for a decade or so back – and the raw electro funky bounce provided by Dilla really opened us up to how diverse his style could be outside of the jazzy/funky/soul beats he'd laid down in the preceding couple of years! Tracks include "Rite Bites", "Street Life", "Pimp Strut", "Where The Parties At?", "All Seasons", "Take Dem Clothes Off" and more. This 2013 version features a second disc with Dilla's instrumentals. CD

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✨✧ Richard Groove HolmesAfter Hours ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Very Good ... $5.99
An obscure early one from Groove Holmes! Despite the title, this one's actually a nice batch of pretty groovy tracks – played by Groove with two different trios, both of which give him plenty of room to stretch out, and prove that he always worked best in smaller ensembles! Lots of nice originals on the session – including "Groove Bird", "Do It My Way", "Minor Surgery", and "Sweatin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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

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Jimmy SmithGroovin' At Smalls' Paradise Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $16.99
Jimmy Smith live was a killer – especially in the early days, when this one was recorded! Back in the late 50s, when Jimmy was shocking the world with his fantastically creative approach to the organ, Blue Note cut some of the first strong-selling live albums by following Jimmy to the clubs – where he would really let loose with some incredible work on the Hammond B3. The albums recorded that time shine far brighter than Jimmy's studio work – as Smith really opens up on nice long tracks, working with his trio that features Eddie McFadden on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums. Titles on this first volume include "After Hours", "My Funny Valentine", "Slightly Monkish", and "Laura". CD
(Part of the Blue Note 80 – Soul Jazz Works series!)

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SpacearkSpaceark ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
Rare funky soul from Spaceark – a supremely talented group with a uniquely cosmic funk and soul-steeped sound! Originally a self-released private press effort, this is not at all like the amateurish private press records that so often get reissued as oddities, this is really wonderful stuff – a lost should-be classic! Recorded at LA's legendary Sunset Sound studios, reportedly in a whirlwind 12 hour session, it's got a surprisingly rich sound heavy on funk/funk rock rhythms, soaring vocals, and keyboards that range from electric jazzy to spacey washes of sound that totally earn the band its name! Includes "Welcome To My Door", "Our Love Will Last", "I'm Walking", "Do What You Can Do", "This World", "Everybody's Trying", "Understand", "Fever Pitch", "I'm Only Me" and "Jr. Blaster". CD

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✨✧ Frank Sinatra/Phil Spector/Elvis Presley/Bing Crosby/Ella FitzgeraldChristmas Tale – Timeless Classic Albums (Jolly Christmas/Christmas Gift To You/Christmas Album/Merry Christmas/Swinging Christmas) (5CD set) ... CD
Vinylogy (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A great set of Christmas classics – five albums, each represented with LP-styled artwork in a box of 5 CDs! First up is Jolly Christmas by Frank Sinatra – one of the greatest Christmas albums of the 20th century – a rich tapestry of sadness and longing from Ol' Blue Eyes himself! Sure, most folks think that Christmas albums are supposed to be cheery and celebratory – but Frank, coming off of his best Wee Small Hours years at Capitol, rightly chose the sadder side of Christmas – and put together an album full of songs that really get at the bluer side of the holiday. Side one of the set includes some tremendous secular songs – the kind of mid-century tunes that often had a dark undercurrent of separation and unfulfilled desire – masquerading as holiday tunes, but in Frank's hands, coming off more like smokey late night tunes of lost love and wasted life. Side two's got some more spiritual-oriented tunes – but again, done by Frank, with arrangements by Gordon Jenkins, these tunes come off with a lot less celebratory spirit than you'd expect. Titles include "The Christmas Waltz", "Mistletoe & Holly", "The Christmas Song", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear", and "I'll Be Home For Christmas". Next is A Christmas Gift To You – Phil Spector's classic Christmas album – a swirling delight of 60s pop and soul numbers, still one of the greatest full Christmas LPs ever recorded! The whole thing is wonderful – a mix of soul, rock, and pop – all produced with that classic "wall of sound" style that made Phil Spector such an early production genius in the 60s! The music is from those magical times when boundary-busting art and craft were mixed perfectly with pop styles that anyone could instantly fall in love with – and titles include "Frosty The Snowman" by The Ronettes, "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans, "Marshmallow World" by Darlene Love, "Sleigh Ride" by The Ronnettes, "Winter Wonderland" by Darlene Love, "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town" by The Crystals, and "Silent Night" by Phil and other artists on the set! Next is Elvis Christmas Album – an early Holiday gem from Elvis Presley – a set that had RCA Records wisely rushing the young singer into the studio to cut a host of Christmas tunes – which ensured that Elvis would be spinning on the turntable for many seasons to come! Titles include "Here Comes Santa Claus", "Silent Night", "Blue Christmas", "White Christmas", and "Santa Bring My Baby Back". Next is Merry Christmas from Bing Crosby – which may well be THE Christmas album of the 20th century – a 50s issue of 40s singles cut by Der Bingle, packaged in a cover with a classic cover image that's ensured that the record stayed in print for dozens of Decembers in years to come! Given that Bing virtually owned Christmas on TV during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the album's place in popular music is well-earned – and honestly, Bing's "aw shucks, I'm just reg'lar folks" sort of approach to these tunes really helped create a kind of common man secular side to the Holidays that forever transformed America's celebration of the season. Or maybe we're going to far with this one . . . But whatever the case, the album's a standard, and one we were certainly raised on. Titles include "Silver Bells", "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night", "White Christmas", "Adeste Fideles", "Faith Of Our Fathers", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", and "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Last up is Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – a wonderful Holiday album that's stayed fresh for years! Ella's got a perfect style to interpret these numbers – working with Frank DeVol and Russ Garcia in a set of lightly jazzy versions of Christmas favorites like "Sleigh Ride", "Jingle Bells", "Winter Wonderland", "White Christmas", "Frosty The Snowman", and one of the best versions of "What Are You Doing New Years Eve" ever recorded! CD
 
 
 



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