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Level 42Complete Polydor Years Vol 1 – 1980 to 1984 (Level 42/Pursuit Of Accidents/Standing In The Light/True Colors/bonus tracks) (10CD set) ... CD
Polydor/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 10CD ... $69.99 87.99
An insanely big collection of work from Level 42 – a British group from the 80s who were equal parts soul and pop, but also had a strongly jazzy current as well! These guys leapt onto the international scene from the British one in the mid 80s – thanks to a soulful core that not only made them a nice change from some of the lighter English pop of the period, but which also made the group play surprisingly well with American soul audiences too – thanks in part to the currents of jazz and richer elements that they brought to their music. Level 42 clearly have a love of fusion, but find a way to fit it into a tighter groove that's topped with bright blue-eyed soul vocals – all of which really comes through strongly here on this huge first chapter of the group's career. They were clearly working like mad during the early 80s – as the set features the full albums Level 42, The Pursuit Of Accidents, Standing In The Light, and True Colors, plus lots more 12" singles, remixes, 7" singles, b sides, live recordings, and even some early tapes from 1980 too. The package features 94 tracks in all, plus great notes too! CD

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Level 42Lessons In Love (12" remix, 7" version, dub mix)/Freedom Someday ... LP
Polydor, 1987. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $14.99
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✨✧ Level 42Complete Polydor Years Vol 2 – 1985 to 1995 (Physical Presence/World Machine/Running In The Family/Staring At The Sun/bonus tracks) (10CD set) ... CD
Polydor/Robinsongs (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 10CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge package of work from this seminal UK group of the 80s – a combo who managed to bring together an earlier fusion influence with all these strands of soul and pop at the time – in a way that made them a surprisingly big hit on the global scene with work like this! The set features a number of full albums – including the double-live record Physical Presence – which has the group getting nice and jazzy in front of a large concert audience; the crossover classic World Machine, which is filled with catchy classics in a Britpop mode; the equally great Running In The Family, part of the group's big late 80s run; and Staring At The Sun, a record that balances equally catchy tunes with some nods back to their roots. Plus, the group issued many singles and remixes during this time – so the last five CDs in the set are filled with all these many strands of their music, including some b-sides and rare live tracks too. 97 tracks in all – in a well-done box set! CD
 
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✨✧ VariousJohn Morales – The M&M Mixes Vol 4 Part A – The Ultimate Collection – NYC Classic Underground Anthems & Previously Unreleased Remixes ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
John Morales has a wonderful talent for taking a funky track and making it sound even funkier – which he does beautifully here in this killer collection of old school tunes! Many of the numbers are vintage clubby soul from the late 70s and early 80s – and Morales has this great way of crystalizing all the best elements in the songs, and pulling them to the forefront – but all without ever ruining the integrity of the tracks that sounded so great in the first place! In other words, the work here isn't the imprint of some young DJ trying to overstate his presence – but a true music maestro who really knows what makes a club track great – a vibe that takes us back to the brilliant edits of the early NYC scene. All titles here are previously unreleased – and this 2LP set features four titles that include Morales mixes of "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby" by Barry White, "You Got Me Running" by Lenny Williams, "Mind On You" by Level 42, and "Vertigo/Relight My Fire" by Dan Hartman. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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TriumphKing Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Triumph – At The Public Hall Cleveland Ohio October 12 1981 ... CD
King Biscuit, 1981. Used ... $12.99
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Satoshi AshikawaStill Way (Wave Notation 2) ... LP
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1982. New Copy ... $26.99
A beautiful example of the really special sort of instrumental record that was coming out of Japan in the early 80s – music that's spare and minimal, but quite different than any sort of similar projects from other parts of the globe! Satoshi Ashikawa creates sounds in ways that resonate both with the ancient and contemporary, organic and urban, at a level that's very slow-building and striking in its careful use of sound and space – served up here on instrumentation that includes vibes from Midori Takada, piano from Tomoko Sono, and harp from Yuko Utsumi – always tuneful, but in ways that are more like a natural progression of sound than conventional music. Titles include "Prelude", "Still Park", "Still Sky", "Wrinkle", and "Image Under The Tree". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jerry BergonziSpotlight On Standards ... CD
Savant, 2016. Used ... $11.99
The tunes may be standards, by tenorist Jerry Bergonzi makes them into something else entirely with his performance here – taking these really open-ended runs on the familiar numbers, in these beautiful waves of soul and sound with Hammond organist Renato Chicco! The two work together at a sublime level – as Bergonzi's horn has those raspy tones that we love so much, and almost a Joe Henderson-like balance between modernist impulses and a soulful core. Chicco's amazing – almost Don Patterson-like in his fluidity – handling both the keys and the basslines, and getting some spacious rhythms from drummer Andrea Michelutti. The whole thing's great – maybe one of Jerry's most compelling records in years – and titles include "Bi Solar", "Witchcraft", "First Lady", "Dancing In The Dark", "Out Of Nowhere", "Stella By Starlight", and "Blue Cube". CD
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Maria BethaniaMemoria De Pele ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $13.99
One of Maria Bethania's great collaborations with arranger Jaime Alem – an artist we loved as part of the team of Jaime & Nair back in the 70s, and who's really helping Bethania find some deeper space here in the middle years of her career! At a time when Maria had moved into some of the warmer, more electric modes of her contemporaries, Alem helped her regain the sense of power heard in her classic 70s work – but at a level that was quite different than on those records, with a more restrained sensibility overall – making some especially great use of the aging qualities of her voice. Titles include "Junho", "Confesso", "Tenha Calma", "Reconvexo", "Memoria Da Pele", "Salve As Folhas", "Guerra No Mar", and "Vinganca". CD

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Black Rock & RonStop The World ... CD
RCA/Get On Down, 1989. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
The rare, late 80s gem from Black Rock & Ron – dedicated to and featuring production by the late, great Paul C McKasty – along with some production by Jazzy Jay and Skeff Anselm. You can hear Paul C's influence in the edits, the tightness of the beats and the layering and chopping of the samples, which definitely pushes this set to higher level. The rhymes are impressive, too – especially in the heavier, rawer and harder hitting tracks. Solid duo rap and tight production from the Hollis, Queens crew. Titles include 'You Can't Do Me None", "Black Is The Word", "That's How I'm Livin'", "Getting Large", "I'm Tired", "3 Brothers And Yvonne", "Rap Life", "Act Like You Know" and "Black, Rock & Ron (video mix)". 15 tracks in all. CD

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Jean CarneJean Carne Sings Philadelphia ... CD
Society Hill, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
A fantastic tribute to Philly soul – put together by a lady whose classic work helped make the city sound so great! Jean Carne really rose to fame with her Philadelphia International recordings of the late 70s – and helped the label usher in a new level of hip, sophisticated soul that set a whole new standard at the time. And here, Jean looks back not only at those years, but also some other slices of Philly music too – aided and abetted by the great Butch Ingram, whose classic style of production and arranging give the whole record a vibe that's not too different than some of Jean's best work in the 80s. Along the way, Carne gets a bit of help from Don Juan, Glenn Leonard, and Johnny Ingram – on titles that include "What's Come Over Me", "Infant Eyes", "Give It Up", "Bye Bye Baby", "Spirit Of Love", "One Million Miles From The Ground". "Do You Get Enough Love", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love", and "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon". CD

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Don CherryMu Second Part (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
BYG/Sunspots (Italy), 1969. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and wooden flute – plus a bit of percussion too – alongside drummer Ed Blackwell, who's equally unbridled – showing a huge evolution since the time both he and Don spent in the group of Ornette Coleman! There's a few echoes of the global elements that Cherry would later embrace more strongly in the 70s – but the core energy here is mostly improvised jazz, handled at a level that really makes a lot better use of the freedom than some of Don's contemporaries. Titles on this second part include "Bamboo Night", "The Mysticism Of My Sound", "Psycho Drama", "Smiling Faces Going Places", "Teo Teo Can", and "Dollar Brand/Spontaneous Composing/Exert Man On The Moon". CD
(Out of print. Limited to 1500 copies.)

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Chicago Reed Quartet (Rempis/Vandermark)Western Automatic ... CD
Aerophonic, 2015. Used ... $9.99
A very different group than the sort of saxophone quartet you might remember from the 80s – one that's filled with fire, and really shows the evolution of the reed ensemble over the past few decades! All players here are very skilled improvisers on their own – Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, and Nick Mazzarella – and they come together at a level that still holds onto some of the restructured approach of the sax quartet, but which also feels free to open up, too – so that some passages have this very improvised vibe, yet never in a way that has the players getting in each others' way or getting too far off course – always with this amazing sense of cohesion that shows how great all the musicians can work together. Instrumentation includes alto, tenor, soprano, sopranino, and baritone saxes – plus clarinet and bass clarinet as well. Titles include "Detroit Fields", "The Rush", "Broken Record Fugue", "Burn Unit", and "Remnant". CD

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ClusterCluster II ... CD
Brain/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Heady work from Cluster – a record that really helped set the tone for a whole generation of German experimentation! The sound here is incredibly dense – guitar and keyboard parts that are processed heavily, looped back on themselves, and sometimes supported by a bit of electronics – all at a level that's still quite fresh and free – never too jamming, nor too experimental for experiment's sake! There's an intrinsically rhythmic feel to the whole record – a cosmic pulse that ebbs and flows beautifully – and the whole thing still has a lot more of an edge than most of the later work from the team of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. The album was co-produced with Conny Plank – and titles include "Plas", "Im Suden", "Fur Dir Katz", "Georgel", "Live In Der Fabrik", and "Nabitte". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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Chick Corea & Herbie HancockEvening With Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $18.99
Sublime duets between Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock – both 70s masters of the keyboard, but working here in an acoustic setting that's a great reminder of the talents both musicians had at the start! The tracks are very long, and balance structure with a lot of improvised intensity – often at a level that recalls some of the longform acoustic trio work that Herbie recorded for the Japanese market in the 70s, mixed with some of the sharper edges that Corea brought to his avant styles from the decade before! The presentation is wonderful – a very ear-opening record for fans of both artists – and titles include "Homecoming", "Bouquet", "The Hook", "Ostinato", "La Fiesta", and "Maiden Voyage". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the "Forever Chick Corea" collection!)

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Miles DavisSketches Of Spain (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1960. Used ... $3.99
A beautiful collaboration between Miles Davis and the great Gil Evans – and perhaps the most perfectly realized of all their projects! The album's got a wonderfully unified feel – as it begins with long compositions that have a distinct Spanish-tinge (and not a Latin-tinge, which is an important distinction to the way the album progresses.) Evans' arrangements have a majesty that takes the songs to the next level – working them as lush, lively backings for Davis' equally majestic trumpet solos, some of the finest he ever recorded with large group backing. Wonderful all the way through – and with the tracks "Concierto De Aranjuez", "Saeta", "The Pan Piper", and "Solea". CD
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Barbara DennerleinThat's Me ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $13.99
Barbara Dennerlein looks like she's in some fashion ad on the cover, but the organist is very much a top-shelf musician throughout – working here in all these new modes for the Hammond, at a level that made her a key force in helping to raise the instrument back to prominence in the 90s! All tracks are originals, and the sound has echoes of older soul jazz modes, but also all these new ideas from jazz of the 80s – served up with some especially nice touches from Ray Anderson on trombone, in a quintet that also includes Bob Berg on tenor, Mitch Watkins on guitar, and Dennis Chambers on drums. Titles include "Three Hearts", "That's Me", "Grandfather's Funk", "Dancing Shoes", "One For Miss D", and "Downtown NY". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Peven EverettEasy Livin' ... CD
Unified/Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Another bold step forward for Peven Everett – easily one of the real front runners in the 21st Century soul scene! The album's got a tighter, more unified feel than even some of Peven's previous work – a confident, almost majestic approach that has Everett's wonderful vocals coming through with real clarity – finally elevated to the level of major stardom that Peven deserves, in a lineage that includes Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, and Roy Ayers! The rhythms are staggered nicely throughout – and include a few more skittish numbers next to the smoother tunes – creating an unsettling vibe that further expands Everett's emotional palette, and which sometimes brings of funk into the mix. And best of all, this album actually seems to be an all-original conception – and not just a label repackaging of one of Peven's home-made records, as was the case with some of his other recent official releases. Titles include "Easy Livin", "See You Tonight", "Sexy One", "Don't You", "Steady Now", "When You Touch Me", "Got To Get Down", and "Put Your Back In It". CD

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Ella FitzgeraldSings The Jerome Kern Songbook ... CD
Verve, 1963. Used ... $3.99
A later entry in Ella's Songbook series for Verve – but a great one too, thanks to some strong arrangements from Nelson Riddle! Riddle's working here at a level that he brought to his earlier sessions with Frank Sinatra – one that colors in the tunes with just the right amount of shadings needed for each different composition, but which also still leaves plenty of space for the vocalist to dominate the recordings. Ella's in fine form throughout – swinging easily on the more upbeat numbers, but also balancing things out with some thoughtful ballad work that stands as some of her best of the 60s. Titles include "Let's Begin", "Remind Me", "Yesterdays", "Why Was I Born", "She Didn't Say Yes", and "You Couldn't Be Cuter". CD
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✨✧ Foreign ExchangeLeave It All Behind ... LP
HBD, 2008. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99 29.98
The second album from Foreign Exchange – the formerly bi-continental project of North Carolina MC and soul singer Phonte of Little Brother, and transplanted Dutch producer Nicolay – who take an even deeper turn into spacey soul on Leave It All Behind! Given that Phonte is singing rather than rapping, you'd be tempted to say that Foreign Exchange has left hip hop behind, but hip hop is in the heart and soul – and the group was born of the idea of hip hop as an evolving art form – so rhymes or not, it's still hip hop in a way. The spacey, jazzy melodic groove here finds producer Nicolay in peak form – a nice balance between thumping bass, beats and mellow atmospherics, and the mood is impeccable. We're pretty much stunned at how well Phonte is developing as a vocalist, with laidback lead and overdubbed backing vocals that go back the heart & soul comment above. A left turn for a duo that was adventurous to begin, with an excellent move to the next level! Titles include "Daykeeper", "Take Off The Blues", "All Or Nothing/Coming Home For You", "I Wanna Know", "House Of Cards", "Sweeter Than You", "Valediction", "If She Breaks Your Heart", "If This Is Love", "Something To Behold" and "Leave It All Behind". LP includes 2 bonus tracks; "If This Is Love" (Nicky Buckingham's Fleetwood mix) & "Sweeter Than You" (Muhsinah's mix). LP, Vinyl record album

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GraciousGracious ... CD
Vertigo (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
A really fantastic little record – one that's got plenty of sinister touches in all the right ways – but never at a level that's too overblown or in love with itself! Gracious have this sense of majesty that really comes through in their music – nice use of mellotron, in almost a Genesis way – but with less of the soaring solos, and more concentration on the instrument as a key contributor of color. Other elements are used in great ways too – keyboardist Martin Kitcat makes equally compelling use of electric harpsichord and electric piano – next to the more full-on vocals of Paul Davis, who's one of the great almost-rans of his generation. Titles include "Heaven", "Hell", "Fugue In D Minor", "The Dream", and the very catchy "Introduction". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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PE Hewitt Jazz EnsembleWinter Winds – The Complete Works 1968 to 1970 (3CD set) ... CD
Now Again, 1968/1969/1970. New Copy 3CD ... $13.99 29.98
Brilliantly soulful jazz from the PE Hewitt Jazz Ensemble – a group with a style that mixes the sunny and the spiritual – a box set featuring the originally self-released trilogy of releases Jawbones (1968), Since Washington (1969), and Winter Winds (1970) in one great package from Now Again! Of the trilogy, each is rare enough that we hadn't seen an original LP as of the time of release of this set, and a Japanese CD release of Winter Winds was our only intro to the soulful ingenuity of jazz composer/arranger/vibraphonist/pianist Hewitt. The LPs were actually only pressed in runs of 100 pieces per (!!!) – so this set compiling them is quite revelatory! His group works at a level that's definitely in line with some of our favorite indie jazz at the time – really pushing the boundaries with a great sense of spirit – stretching out towards new ideas, yet never getting too free or too outside to lose their sense of swing. But at another level, there's a slightly groovy undercurrent, too – one that comes from the wordless vocals on Winter Winds, a style that reminds us a bit of the singing on the Sound Of Feeling record with Oliver Nelson – particularly given the modal grooves on the best numbers, but the strength of the groove overall holds true on all three albums. Rhythms are really in the lead at the strongest points – driven by Phil Hewitt's work on piano and vibes, and topped with alto sax and flugelhorn, too. Players include Dick Zemlin on trumpet & piano, Charley Forsberg on alto, Richard Zemlin on flugelhorn, Rick Hearns & Marty Keller on drums. Jawbones includes "Free", "Don't Judge Your Brother", "Ihadmyheadoverthechickensouppot" and more. Since Washington includes "Alone And Watching", "Sad Sunday", " 3AM" and more. Winter Wind includes "I'm Wondering Why", "Oma Rakas", "The Winter Wind", "Tuija", "Baon Que Bash", "Ill Love Song", and "It's Got Two & That's Alright". The box includes reproductions of the original album art plus liner notes, and a 2009 interview by Eothen Alapatt. CD

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Jutta HippJutta Hipp – The German Recordings 1952 to 1955 – Lost Tapes ... CD
Jazz Haus/SWR (Germany), Early 50s. Used ... $14.99
Rare work from female pianist Jutta Hipp – an artist who's probably known to most for her Blue Note sessions of the 50s, but who's heard here on some German recordings from younger years! Most of the material is live, but well-recorded – and even at this point, Hipp's touch on the piano is sublime – very fluid, yet focused and hard-swinging too – at a level that made her one of the best hardbop pianists on the European scene of the postwar years. Other players on these tracks include Hans Koller on tenor on four tracks, Joki Freund on tenor on two more – plus a bit of guitar from Atilla Zoller and some trombone from Albert Mangelsdorff. Titles include "Serpentinen", "You Go To My Head", "Sound Koller", "Daily Double", "Gone With The Wind", "Erroll's Bounce", "Blues After Hours", and "What Is This Thing Called Love". CD
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Dick HymanAge Of Electronicus ... LP
Command/Pleasure For Music, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $20.99
One of the all-time great moog albums of the 60s – served up by pianist Dick Hyman, who'd cut a fair bit of more standard material in the years before – but who also turned out to be a wizard with the new electric instrument, helping it to find a very fresh sound! Unlike some of the more offbeat moogy records of the time, Hyman's approach focuses right in on the groove – using lots of influences from both soul and pop, but also exploding the electronics at a level that take the moog way past some of the more simple moog cover records of the period. Titles include the very funky club cut "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose" – plus "Both Sides Now", "Kolumbo", "Time Is Tight", and "Green Onions". LP, Vinyl record album

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ImpossiblesHot Pepper ... CD
Philips/Get On Down, 1975. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
Funky funky Thailand – just about the only 70s funk group we've ever seen from that part of the globe, and a great one at that! The Impossibles work in a tightly-crafted ensemble funk style that's clearly influenced by Kool & The Gang – but which also has the group hitting some well-polished notes on a few of the album's vocal numbers – in a totally cool groove that's got plenty of hard funky riffs at the bottom, sweet horns in the middle, and some great compressed pop vocals on the top! The album's a real lost treasure – one that we've never seen on this side of the Atlantic – and was oddly recorded and issued in Sweden in the mid 70s! But this album is way more than just a musical oddity – as it's super-funky all the way through, with a level of quality that will have it at the top of your crates for a long, long time! Titles include "Hotpepper", "Give It Up", "California", "C'mon Baby", "Easy To Be Hard", "Pretty Thing", "Love Will Keep Us Together", and "Love The Life You Live". CD

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Bert JanschSanta Barbara Honeymoon (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/Virgin (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $11.99
A real shift in modes for the legendary Bert Jansch – as you might guess from the sunny Santa Barbara on the cover – which is a long way from the rainy roots of Bert's music in the UK! Jansch steps out here as maybe more of a singer than before, but still gets in plenty of his amazing work on guitar – on tunes that show a more confident approach, but one that's never too slick, nor commercial. This is hardly folk-into-AOR – and instead just uses the right sort of Cali touches to augment the genius of Jansch, without getting in his way at all – at a level that also has Bert really sounding wonderful on vocals. Titles include "Love Anew", "Mary And Joseph", "Be My Friend", "You Are My Sunshine", "Lost And Gone", "When The Teardrop Fell", "Build Another Band", "Dynamite", and "Buckrabbit" and more. CD includes 6 bonus tracks – an alternate version of "Build Another Band", plus 5 tracks live from Montreux in 1975. CD

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JunieSuzie Super Groupie ... LP
Westbound/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A funky tribute to all the "Super Groupies" who were helping out the 70s music scene – maybe the closest thing that Junie Morrison every came to a tribute album – and a set that's got all the same wonderful complexity of his other solo albums on Westbound! As with those records, there's a pre-Prince approach to funk that draws heavily from Ohio Players and P-Funk elements – but which really gets a sharper, more sinister focus with Junie in the lead – at a level of soulful stardom that could have made him another Bootsy Collins, if folks were ever smart enough to figure out what he was doing at the time! Titles include the funky classic "Suzie Thundertussy" – plus "Super Groupie", "Surrender", "Junie III", "What Am I Gonna Do", "Stone Face Joe", "Suzie", and "If You Love Him". LP, Vinyl record album

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Krzysztof KomedaLive & Radio Recordings 1957 to 1962 ... LP
Naked Lunch, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99
Early work from the legendary Krzystof Komeda – recorded years before he was setting the Polish scene on fire with his inventive soundtracks and modern jazz – but at a level that's still pretty revolutionary overall! The album begins with material from a few different sessions recorded by Polish radio – all of them pretty great, and with superb sound – including one date from the late 50s that features a group with Jan Wroblewski on clarinet and alto, and Jerzy Milian on vibes; and one early 60s set that features great tenor from Bernt Rosengren. The set also features some live material from the 1961 and 1962 Jazz Jamboree festivals in Poland – the first of which has Rosengren again with the Komeda trio, the other of which features a Komeda trio with Rune Carlson on drums and Roman Dylag on bass. Titles include "First Etude From Jazz Ballet", "Ballad For Bernt", "Crazy Girl", "Cherry", "Temat Bez Tytulu", "That Second", and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album

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Irene KralBetter Than Anything ... CD
AVA/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1963. Used ... $11.99
Great work by a great singer – the far under-recorded Irene Kral, a lovely lady who really bridges a number of different camps in the vocal jazz world! At one level, Irene's got the coolness of a Christy or Connor, but at another, she's got a more open, swinging, and soulful style – one that comes off with none of the hoke of Anita O'Day, and which is a perfect balance between class, cool, and easy going honesty. The trio of Junior Mance provides the backings, and titles include "Better Than Anything", "The Meaning Of The Blues", "Passing By", "No More", "Nobody Else But Me", "This Is Always", and "It's A Wonderful World". CD
(Out of print.)
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✨✧ Mike LeDonneIt's All Your Fault ... CD
Savant, 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
One of the coolest, grooviest settings for the Hammond of Mike LeDonne that we've heard in years – a set that mostly features him working with a larger ensemble, at a level that brings back some of the great 60s sessions from Jimmy Smith and Oliver Nelson! Yet given Mike's touch on the keys, and the more contemporary mode of the groove, there's a nicely different vibe here – not just retro jazz organ with big band, but a new chapter in the book – balanced here with work from LeDonne's Groover Quartet – which features work from Eric Alexander on tenor, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Joe Farnsworth on drums. All three of those players are also in the larger group – and if you're keeping track, the set features five big band numbers, and three quartet tunes. Titles include "Matador", "It's All Your Fault", "Bags & Brown", "Blues For Jed", "Rock With You", and "Party Time". CD

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John LennonPlastic Ono Band (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Apple/Capitol, 1970. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 24.99
The first true proper solo album by John Lennon – recorded after a few non-Beatles records with Yoko Ono, and at the same time as Yoko's much wilder album with a similar title! This one, though, is John at his best – very personal and exposed, in similar territory to Paul McCartney on his first solo record – and the whole thing is a fantastic testament to the humanity that Lennon always brought to his music, even at a time when some might have accused him of going off the deep end with some of his more experimental music. The record's got a relatively stripped-down vibe, although isn't entirely just voice and guitar – as other elements are brought in at just the right level to expand the sound without losing the Lennon at the core. Titles include "Mother", "Hold On", "I Found Out", "Working Class Hero", "Isolation", "Remember", "Love", "Well Well Well", "Look At Me", "God", and "My Mummy's Dead". Great 2CD version – features the ultimate mix of the album, plus three tracks from singles – "Give Peace A Chance", "Instant Karma", and "Cold Turkey" – and a bonus CD with 14 more outtakes from the original recordings! CD

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisRamsey Lewis Trio In Person Vol 1 – 1960 to 1967 ... CD
Chess, 1960s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
A fantastic collection of live recordings from Ramsey Lewis, including key work with Eldee Young and Red Holt – plus a few later cuts with Cleveland Eaton and Maurice White! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Ramsey Lewis Trio In Person – 1960 to 1967 ... CD 13.99

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Bob Marley & The WailersBabylon By Bus ... CD
Island/Tuff Gong, 1978. Used ... $4.99
A classic double live album from Bob Marley & The Wailers – presented and packaged at a level that's really a cut above the usual set of that nature from the time! The group's in excellent form in a concert setting – and there's more than enough magic here to warrant the extended length of the set – as Marley and the group really open up on some classics, as well as some other gems that maybe even sparkle more on this album. Titles include "Exodus", "Stir It Up", "Rat Race", "Concrete Jungle", "Lively Up Yourself", "Is This Love", "Punky Reggae Party", "Heathen", "Jamming", and "Kinky Reggae". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Babylon By Bus (half speed master) ... LP 43.99

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Bob Marley & The WailersConfrontation ... CD
Island, 1983. Used ... $3.99
A posthumous album from the great Bob Marley – but one that's every bit as important as all the classics that were released during his too-short lifetime! The record really continues that righteous power of the later Bob Marley years on Island – that global scope in both the music's power, and Bob's vision for change in the world – sometimes issued at a more personal level, but always with a spirit that's strong enough to inspire the generations who've grabbed onto this album as a favorite. Titles include "Chant Down Babylon", "Buffalo Soldier", "Mix Up Mix Up", "Blackman Redemption", "Jump Nyabinghi", "Stiff Necked Fools", "I Know", and "Trench Town". CD

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Charles MingusClown ... CD
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... $5.99
Stunning stuff – and one of the greatest Charles Mingus albums of all time – a true treasure recorded in that magical year of 1957, when Mingus was finally finding his strongest voice in modern music! The album's near-perfect from start to finish – as bold a statement in jazz as anyone might be allowed to make in the late 50s, yet still always focused, driven, and wrapped up with a tremendous sense of energy. The tracks are all quite long – perfect vehicles for Mingus to reach his full level of expression – played by a group that includes Curtis Porter on tenor and alto sax, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Wade Legge on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums – making an early appearance in his alliance with Mingus that would last for many many years. Titles include classic versions of "Haitian Fight Song", "Blue Cee", and "Reincarnation Of A Lovebird" – plus "The Clown", which features a long improvised monologue by Jean Shephard! CD
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Vinicius De Moraes & Odette LaraVinicius & Odette Lara ... CD
Elenco/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
A dream of a bossa session – the kind of cool, yet sophisticated session that made the 60s Elenco label so great! The album features vocals by the completely lovely Odette Lara – a blue-tinged singer who really gets at the melancholy in the music – which is superbly underscored by the lyrics of the great Vinicus De Moraes, who wrote the tunes in conjunction with guitarist Baden Powell – at a level that's as great as their other 60s work together! Backings are by the sublime Moacir Santos – who knows how to balance modern impulses, jazz, and a bossa groove – on titles that include "Astronauta", "Berimbau", "Seja Feliz", "Samba Preludio", "Deve Ser Amor", "E Hoje So", "Diexa", and "Alem Do Amor". CD

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MuzartMuzart ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A tremendous little record from Muzart – upbeat, positive, and wonderfully grooving right from the start – served up in a beautiful blend of club rhythms and righteous soul, all with a sense of precision that we haven't heard this well in years! The vibe here is a bit contemporary, but there's a classic care to the record right from the start – an approach that instantly has the group at the level of major groovers like Incognito or The Rurals – but with a fresh, youthful feel that really befits their look on the cover and their origin! Everything's got a sense of energy and surprise that goes way beyond the usual – a commitment to really make things interesting from the ground up – and not just phone in some soulful message over half-baked grooves. Acoustic elements dance along nicely with electric ones – and titles include "Jukebox", "Oh Yeah", "Long Long Time", "The Great I Am", "Moemedi", "Not In Tha Mood", and "The Party After". CD

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NirvanaAll Of Us (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Island/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Not Kurt Cobain's Nirvana, but a totally great effort from the late 60s Brit group of the same name – true pop psych geniuses, and able to work here with a sound that's nice and trippy, but never self-indulgent! These guys manage to get nice and spacey with some of the arrangements and production, yet still deliver one hell of a tune – really catchy tracks that make each new number on the album a 60s pop delight, but work that also has the richer depth of some of the more heady material of the time! The balance here is wonderful – at a level that few other groups might match – with echoes of some of our favorite other late 60s moments – like the Left Banke, or Chad & Jeremy's Cabbages & Kings, with great use of strings – but still very much Nirvana's own sound too. Titles include "Rainbow Chaser", "Tiny Goddess", "You Can Try It", "St John's Wood Affair", "Everybody Loves The Clown", "The Touchables", and "Trapeze". CD features bonus tracks "Oh What A Performance", "Flashbulb", "Darling Darlene", and "C Side Of Ocho Rios". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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Kassa OverallI Think I'm Good ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
We really loved Kassa Overall's debut, but we're completely blown away with this full length set – as the record's got a visionary sound that's completely his own – a really new mix of jazz, soul, and funk that's bound to make Kassa one of the most important talents in years to come! Overall sings and plays drums – the latter of which are used in very open, creative ways – amidst a keyboard-heavy set of instrumentation that also includes work from Sullivan Fortner on piano, Brandee Younger on harp, Aaron Parks on keyboards, Vijay Iyer on Fender Rhodes, Joel Ross on vibes, and Theo Croker on flugelhorn! Kassa finds a way to bring in these guests, and others – but always at a level that never changes the core style too much – so that it's always clear we're always in very personal territory, with a style that's poetic one minute, funky the next, and always extremely beautiful. Titles include "Please Don't Kill Me", "Visible Walls", "Was She Happy", "Sleeping On The Train", "Landline", "Darkness In Mind", and "The Best Of Life". CD

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Hermeto Pascoal E GrupoFesta Dos Deuses ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $13.99
A later album by Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal – but a set that crackles with all the fire and imagination of his classic recordings! The mood here takes us back to Slaves Mass or A Musica Livre – a mad mix of catchy rhythms, tight jazzy solos, and an insane approach to arrangement – that fast-moving genius that we've never heard from anyone this well, but which Hermeto has used to touch countless later generations of musicians! The grooves are wonderful – very freewheeling, but focused – and there's some soaring reed solos that really give the album a great sense of personality – as angular rhythms burst into the frenzy, and move the music to the heavens. There's a bit of vocalizing on the record – but always at a level that's on par with the instrumentation – and titles include "Tres Coisas", "Fazenda Nova", "O Galo Do Airan", "Pensamento Positivo", and "Chapeu De Baeta". CD

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Pete Rock & CL SmoothMecca & The Soul Brother (clear vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Elektra/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $26.99 30.98
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a standard-setting record from the 90s that's still among one of the greatest of the decade! The set bristles with new energy and excitement right from the start – as Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz, and funk production sets the bar to a level that really takes hip hop past some of the tinnier, clunkier modes of a few years before – delivering on the promise of Q-Tip's experiments in the studio, but with a very different vibe. CL Smooth handles the lyrics with effortless ease – again setting a new standard, with a balance between street and sophistication that was, and is, such a refreshing change from so many others. Titles include the classic "They Reminisce Over You (TROY)" – plus "Return Of The Mecca", "Straighten It Out", "Soul Brother #1", "Lots Of Lovin", "Skinz, "The Basement", "Anger In The Nation", "If It Ain't Rough It Ain't Right", "Can't Front On Me", "It's Like That", "On And On", "Wig Out", "Ghettos Of The Mind", and "Act Like You Know". Features bonus tracks – "The Creator (rmx)" and "Mecca & The Soul Brother (rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP clear vinyl.)

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✨✧ Barre PhillipsEnd To End ... CD
ECM, 2018. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Barre Phillips in one of our favorite modes – working here on solo bass, at a level that takes us back to that revolutionary genius that first made him so great! At a time when everyone on his scene was working quite free, Barre could still shape sound at a level that was unbridled, but also warm and thoughtful too – almost using the new freedoms in jazz at a poetic level, which he definitely does here – with these tones and textures that not only live up to his rich legacy, but also that of the ECM label as well. The set features three multi-part suites – all solo – "Quest", "Inner Door", and "Outer Window" – all very good titles for the mood of the set! CD
(Includes slipcase.)

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Quarteto Em CyQuarteto Em Cy Interpreta – Gonzaguinha, Caetano, Ivan, Milton ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A really wonderful album from Quarteto Em Cy – the Brazilian vocal quartet who first rose to prominence during the bossa nova years, but soon moved into even more sophisticated material during the 70s! The approach of this set is telegraphed in the title – as the group take on songs penned by Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins, and Gonzaguinha – the new MPB generation of the 70s, whose music turns out to be perfect for the growing talents of the girls – topped off with some beautiful arrangements from Octavio Burnier, whose work really rises to the level of the vocals! The whole thing's great – a magnificent journey in sound – and titles include "Idolatrada", "Barco Fantasma", "Antes De Seja Tarde", "O Ultimo Trem", "Um Dia", "Ponta De Areia", "Gira Girou", "Ciranda Menina", and "Abandonado". CD

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Sun RaPathways To Unknown Worlds (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1975. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than some of the group's other Impulse albums, at a level that's also quite far from some of their more spiritual modes of the early 70s too! Percussion figures strongly, but in a loose way – with less of the rhythmic pulse or exotic modes of the group's roots – and the real strength of the set lies in the reeds at many moments – handled by Eloe Omoe, Danny Ray Thompson, Marshal Allen, and John Gilmore – all given this strong focus by the incredible bass of Ronnie Boykins. Ra himself creates these fantastic sounds on an other-worldly keyboard – most likely some offbeat 70s electric organ with effects – and titles include "Pathways to Unknown Worlds", "Extension Out", and "Cosmo-Media". This version features the original "Extension Out" – with five minutes that were not on the original release! CD also features bonus tracks from the same sessions – "View From A Mountain Top", "Intrinsic Energies", and "Of Mythic Worlds" – the last two of which appeared on the late 70s Philly Jazz album Of Mythic Worlds – but which are from these sessions. CD
Also available Pathways To Unknown Worlds ... LP 23.99

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Lou ReedTransformer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA, 1972. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Lou Reed's fantastic early solo LP – melding the aloof, plaintive vocal performance style he perfected with the Velvets and unbelievable sharp songwriting with the vamped up, fuzzed out guitars of Mick Ronson, some symphonic touches, and the guiding spirit of Ziggy Stardust era Bowie. This is a record that could have failed on any number of levels, but it worked perfectly, making Lou an unlikely rock star and setting the bar pretty, pretty high, even if the makeup was a bit much for Lou! Titles include the iconic "Take A Walk On The Wild Side", "Vicious", "Andy's Chest", "Perfect Day", "Hangin Round", "Make Up", the Ziggy like "Satellite Of Love""Wagon Wheel", "I'm So Free" and more. This CD edition includes the previously unreleased bonus acoustic demo versions of "Hangin Round" and "Perfect Day". CD

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Elis ReginaSamba Eu Canto Assim ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the first albums ever by this legendary bossa singer! Even at this young age, Elis Regina diplays a talent for interpretation and an emotional power that few other Brazilian vocalists could match – a way of putting over a tune that brought a whole new level of sophistication to Brazilian music in the 60s! On the set, Elis manages to give the songs a great deal of life, without smothering them in the heavier over-emotional style used by other Brazilian singers at the time – and works with light, lively, jazzy backings that are totally great. The result is a crackling batch of samba and bossa tracks that shines with warmth and imagination. The set includes a lot of tracks by Edu Lobo, and titles include "Sou Sem Paz", "Reza", "Por Um Amor Maior", "Joao Valentao", "Aleluia", "Ultimo Canto", and "Preciso Aprender A Ser So". CD

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Arthur RussellAnother Thought ... CD
Point/Be With (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $18.99 About November 5, 2021
Beautiful music from Arthur Russell – some of his most tunefully compelling work ever, but still done with all the offbeat edges we love from his more experimental sounds too! The music often features Russell singing along with processed lines on cello – in this haunting style that at one level evokes the more personal side of the post-punk scene, but which also links Arthur back to older singer-songwriters like Tim Buckley or Kenny Rankin at their best. The use of processing on the vocals recalls a bit of the vibe of the early Ben Watt solo recordings, and his work with Robert Wyatt – but there's also a sound and spirit here that's definitely Russell's own – that incredible outburst of creativity that was taken from us all too soon. Titles include "Hollow Tree", "My Tiger My Timing", "Losing My Taste For The Night Life", "Me For Real", "Lucky Cloud", "Another Thought", and "A Little Lost". CD

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Arthur RussellAnother Thought ... LP
Point/Be With (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $46.99 About November 5, 2021
Beautiful music from Arthur Russell – some of his most tunefully compelling work ever, but still done with all the offbeat edges we love from his more experimental sounds too! The music often features Russell singing along with processed lines on cello – in this haunting style that at one level evokes the more personal side of the post-punk scene, but which also links Arthur back to older singer-songwriters like Tim Buckley or Kenny Rankin at their best. The use of processing on the vocals recalls a bit of the vibe of the early Ben Watt solo recordings, and his work with Robert Wyatt – but there's also a sound and spirit here that's definitely Russell's own – that incredible outburst of creativity that was taken from us all too soon. Titles include "Hollow Tree", "My Tiger My Timing", "Losing My Taste For The Night Life", "Me For Real", "Lucky Cloud", "Another Thought", and "A Little Lost". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Myles SankoMemories Of Love ... CD
Legere (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A really joyous album from Myles Sanko – an artist we've always loved, but who really seems to hit a new sort of pride and power with this release! There's an uplifting spirit to the sound right from the start – an anthemic approach that has the jazzy instrumentation soaring to the skies, and matching Myles' vocals wonderfully – at a level that should undeniably make him one of the rising stars of soul music in the next few years! The whole thing has a spirit and vibe that's perfect for all of us who've survived 2020 – and titles include "Rainbow In Your Cloud", "Where Do We Stand", "Never My Friend", "In The Morning", "Whatever You Are", "Freedom Is You", "Broken", and "Streams Of Time". CD
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Myles SankoMemories Of Love ... LP
Legere (UK), 2021. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99 26.99
A really joyous album from Myles Sanko – an artist we've always loved, but who really seems to hit a new sort of pride and power with this release! There's an uplifting spirit to the sound right from the start – an anthemic approach that has the jazzy instrumentation soaring to the skies, and matching Myles' vocals wonderfully – at a level that should undeniably make him one of the rising stars of soul music in the next few years! The whole thing has a spirit and vibe that's perfect for all of us who've survived 2020 – and titles include "Rainbow In Your Cloud", "Where Do We Stand", "Never My Friend", "In The Morning", "Whatever You Are", "Freedom Is You", "Broken", and "Streams Of Time". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Memories Of Love ... CD 13.99

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Gil Scott-HeronPieces Of A Man (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
Our favorite-ever album from Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that we'd easily rank as one of our favorite soul records of the 70s! The mix of modes is mindblowing right from the start – as Gil's poetry comes into play with his growing talents as a singer, and his warm sensibility for jazz – all at a level that's light years ahead of anything any singer would have attempted a few years before – and which went onto have a huge influence for years to come. If you only know Gil from his protest work, there's a lot more here to discover – the bittersweet blend of pain and power that's always made him so fantastic. And yes, the record does include the groundbreaking "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" – but what we treasure even more is all the more personal numbers – including "Lady Day & John Coltrane", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", "The Needle's Eye", "I Think I'll Call It Morning", "Save The Children", and "Pieces Of A Man". Brilliant all the way through! CD features three bonus tracks by Gil's group Black & Blues – "Chains", "Peace", and "A Toast To The People". CD

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Zoot SimsPlays Alto, Tenor, & Baritone (plus Zoot) ... CD
ABC/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1956. Used ... $11.99
Two albums on one CD – both of them great! The title set is one of the grooviest 50s albums ever from the legendary Zoot Sims – a session that uses overdubbing to let Zoot create a one man horn section – blowing on record at the same time on alto, tenor, and baritone sax! The approach is far from the gimmicky sound that you might expect – and the results are really wonderful – an all Zoot-voiced sax section that has some of the smoother qualities of other 50s sextet dates (including Zoot's for RCA), but which has that great Sims' bite on all the solos! Other players include John Williams on piano, Knobby Totah on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums – and titles include a great vocal version of "Where You At", plus "Zonkin", "Pegasus", "Noshin", and "Minor Minor". The second album on the set is a bit more straight – the 1959 session on Argo simply titled Zoot – and features Zoot playing mostly tenor. The group's a quartet – with Johnny Williams on piano, Gus Johnson on drums, and Knobby Totah on bass – and Zoot's blowing in an unfettered setting that reminds us a bit of Sonny Stitt in similar settings at the same time! Tracks are shortish, but there's still plenty of room for Zoot to work in a style that's up there with his best bop recordings of the 50s – and at some level, the record's got the same sharp edge as Sims' best early sides for Prestige – but perhaps goes them one better with an added sense of tightness and maturity. The titles are pretty fresh too – and include "Poinciana", "55th & State", "920 Special", "Gus' Blues", and "Bohemia After Dark". CD

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SprigunsRevel, Weird & Wild ... CD
Deram/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99 About September 24, 2021
A beautiful batch of folk rock tunes from the mid 70s – almost an oddity for the time, with a sound that's much more of a throwback to albums of the late 60s. Spriguns has a wonderful asset in lead vocalist Mandy Morton – a singer with a sound that's personal, yet timeless – at one level coming across with a folksy sense, but at another sharing a sense of majesty that's matched by the group's instrumentation. Titles include "Trysting Tree", "Piscie Song", "Sir Colvin", "Nothing Else To Do", "Lord Lovell", and "Laily Worm". CD

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SprigunsTime Will Pass ... CD
Deram/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 About September 24, 2021
One of the most enigmatic groups of the British scene of the 70s – a folksy outfit with a sound that often has a real late 60s approach, but which is also produced here with some nice compressed studio touches that we really love! The style is a bit hard to peg, but there's bits of Celtic music in the mix – alongside a more straightforward level of rhythm and instrumentation – far more so than the group's previous record for Decca. Vocalist Mandy Morton has a sound that's strong enough to carry the record on its own, but the support from the group is great – and a few tracks even feature some nice use of strings to sweeten up the tunes. Titles include "For You", "All Before", "Time Will Pass", "White Witch", "Dead Man's Eyes", "You're Not There", and "Blackwaterside". CD

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Peter Tevis/Ennio MorriconePastures Of Plenty/Notte Infinita ... 7-inch
Trunk (UK), 1962. New Copy ... $14.99
A record with a very unusual history – a version of a Woody Guthrie tune sung by American folk singer Peter Tevis – but arranged in Rome in 1962 by a young Ennio Morricone – who fills the tune with all these strange sounds and weird elements, all of which really preface his later soundtrack creations for Sergio Leone! At some level, there's almost two things going on here – Tevis singing the vocals in a very earnest way – while Morricone takes off in a direction that's very much his own, and a key early flowering of his genius. "Notte Infinita" follows in a very similar style – with lyrics in Italian. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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TitaL'Incomparable Tita ... CD
Barclay/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Beautiful bossa from late 60s France – a really lovely session that mixes the vocals of Tita with jazzy backings from Trio Camara – who we know from their own legendary album on the Saravah label! The sound here is a bit different than bossa from Brazil – somewhat darker at points, carried off in that cool continental mode that would sometimes show up when sounds from Rio were filtered through 60s Paris – kind of an extra level of hipness that really makes for some special music here. There's a bit of additional strings next to the trio's backing, which underscores some elements of sadness and also makes for a bit of a soundtrack feel at points – and other instrumentation includes acoustic guitar and some occasional flute. Titles include "Anjo", "Trapezista", "Zefa", "Um Motivo De Ser", "Beatriz", "Nao Faz Mal", "Quebra Mar", and "Vejo A Tarde Cair". CD

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Caetano VelosoLivro ... CD
Polygram/Universal (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... $13.99
A great 90s album by Caetano Veloso – a beautiful re-awakening of his genius in the later years of his career! The sound here is as fresh, creative, and personal as on some of Veloso's best post-Tropicalia albums of the 70s – served up in a blend of spare percussion, edgey guitars, and inventive production techniques that are as simple and powerful as Veloso's wonderful vocals on the set. The songs are wonderful too – penned at a level that we haven't heard this strong since Cinema Transcendental, and with a heavenly quality that transcends language and conventional pop expectations. Titles include "Livros", "How Beautiful Could A Being Be", "Pra Ninguem", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", and "Manhata". CD

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Scott Walker/Jacques BrelScott Walker Meets Jacques Brel ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 19.99
A really great collection of work – one that shows the strong influence of Belgian songwriting genius on the music of Scott Walker! Scott emerged from the poppy Walker Brothers with a series of albums in the late 60s – records that are now well-respected classics that showed a much deeper side of the singer – one built partly from his own great compositions, but also from some musical contributions from Brel! This package begins with nine Scot Walker interpretations of Brel tunes – pulled from the albums Scott, Scott 2, and Scott 3 – with translations in the Mort Schuman mid 60s mode – a bit clunky, but perfect for Scott's baroque presentation of the material – especially as the tunes chosen are some of the spookier ones in Brel's collection of work. Scott Walker titles include "My Death", "Sons Of", "Funeral Tango", "Next", "The Girls & The Dogs", "If You Go Away", "Mathilde", "Amsterdam", and "Jackie". Then, the CD follows with Brel's own versions of the tunes, in French – which makes for a really wonderful comparison of modes – at a level that's followed up even more strongly in the notes within. Jacques Brel titles include "Tango Funebre", "Le Chanson De Jacky", "Au Suivant", "Les Filles Et Les Chiens", "Seul", "Ne Me Quitte Pas", "Mathilda", "La Mort", "Amsterdam", and "Fils De". CD

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Walker BrothersTake It Easy With The Walker Brothers (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
Great early work by the Walker Brothers! The record's one of their best, and is way better a look at the group's talents than any of the hit-oriented American ones from the 60s! Scott Walker is right up front on most of the tracks – working at a level that really foreshadows his own solo brilliance in years to come. The arrangements are great – directed by Ivor Raymonde with a style that's really beginning to move beyond simple pop – and the album's got loads of great tunes, including "The Girl I Lost In The Rain", "First Love Never Dies", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore", and "Here Comes The Night". Plus, this version is a greatly-expanded one – with 8 bonus tracks! CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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✨✧ David S WareShakti ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2008. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Just the right sort of setting to unlock all the majestic power of David S Ware at his best – that tremendously soulful tone on tenor, and one that rivals Billy Harper when operating at a level of this nature! The performance is a live one, and features Ware in the company of guitarist Joe Morris, drummer Warren Smith, and bassist William Parker – the last of whom provides that trademark pulse that always seems to set Ware on fire – an inspiring sort of rhythm that really pushes his horn to searing, searching new heights! Tracks are all quite long, with a spiritual feel – and Ware also plays a bit of kalimba on the record, which is always a nice touch. Titles include "Nataraj", "Reflection", "Namah", "Crossing Samsara", "Shakti", and "Antidromic". CD

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✨✧ David S WareTheatre Garonne 2008 ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2008. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic live set from the great David S Ware – recorded at a key point in his career, when he was moving away from his longtime work with Matthew Shipp on piano, and embracing a new group with Joe Morris on guitar! Morris is wonderful here – really at his best, and driven on by the presence of Ware, bassist William Parker, and drummer Warren Smith – to levels that make his music completely essential, and every bit as intense as Ware on the tenor saxophone! The pairing is completely sublime – even more powerful on record than you can imagine – and the never-issued concert performance features the long tracks "Durga", "Reflection", "Crossing Samsara", and "Namah". CD

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VariousElectric Muse Revisited – Story Of Folk Into Rock & Beyond (4CD set) ... CD
Good Deeds (UK), 1970s/1980s/2021. New Copy 4CD ... $36.99 38.99
A collection that's way more than just the usual overview of British folk at the start of the 70s – as this package not only shows the huge wave of music that exploded at the time, but then also follows that strand into later years too – to include a number of previously unreleased tracks and rare demo versions as well! The collection is huge, and done in collaboration with a book of the same name – and while it begins with some familiar territory that includes tracks by Shirley Collins, Fairport Convention, Richard & Linda Thompson, Sandy Denny, and Steeleye Span – it soon moves into more obscure early acoustic/electric acts from the UK scene, then follows their evolution as the years go on, and the sound only gets even more underground. The 4CD set features 61 tracks in all – with work from Lizabett Russo, Sharon Shannon, Peter Knight's Gigspanner Band, Jim Moray, Albion Dance Band, Andrew Cronshaw, Battlefield Band, June Tabor, Eliza Carthy, The Levellers, Home Service, Oysterband, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, The Rails, Olivia Chaneey, Offa Rex, Imagined Village, and even Billy Bragg! CD

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VariousLast Shall Be First – The JCR Records Story Vol 2 ... CD
JCR/Bible & Tire, Early 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Rare gospel gems that go way past the usual – tracks recorded for the small JCR label in Memphis during the 70s, but done with a stripped-down vibe that's much more like postwar gospel overall! Most of the acts here are pretty darn obscure – groups that were inspired by the spirit and burning with a message – driven to take their amazing vocal skills to the JCR/D-Vine studios, where they got a chance to immortalize their music on wax – even if bigger national sales didn't necessarily follow! The rootsiness of this music is wonderful – usually just vocals, a lead and harmony associations, backed by an instrument or two – but also handled with much more modern soul-based phrasing than work of this sort might have had a few decades before. As with the first volume, the quality level is amazing – the kind of killer gems that make digging for more obscure gospel music so rewarding – served up in a set list of 17 tracks that include "Man On The Moon" by The Breckenridge Singers, "I Thank You Lord" by The Stars Of Faith, "Be So Glad" by The Chosen Wonders, "Until My Days Are Done" by The Masonic Travelers, "Leaning On The Lord" by The Canton Spirituals, "Save Me Jesus" by The Sons Of Harmony, "Stand By Me" by The Dixie Wonders, "Little Wooden Church" by The Silver Trumpets, and "Never Grow Old" by The Bible Tones. CD
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VariousLast Shall Be First – The JCR Records Story Vol 2 ... LP
JCR/Bible & Tire, Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 20.99
Rare gospel gems that go way past the usual – tracks recorded for the small JCR label in Memphis during the 70s, but done with a stripped-down vibe that's much more like postwar gospel overall! Most of the acts here are pretty darn obscure – groups that were inspired by the spirit and burning with a message – driven to take their amazing vocal skills to the JCR/D-Vine studios, where they got a chance to immortalize their music on wax – even if bigger national sales didn't necessarily follow! The rootsiness of this music is wonderful – usually just vocals, a lead and harmony associations, backed by an instrument or two – but also handled with much more modern soul-based phrasing than work of this sort might have had a few decades before. As with the first volume, the quality level is amazing – the kind of killer gems that make digging for more obscure gospel music so rewarding – served up in a set list of 17 tracks that include "Man On The Moon" by The Breckenridge Singers, "I Thank You Lord" by The Stars Of Faith, "Be So Glad" by The Chosen Wonders, "Until My Days Are Done" by The Masonic Travelers, "Leaning On The Lord" by The Canton Spirituals, "Save Me Jesus" by The Sons Of Harmony, "Stand By Me" by The Dixie Wonders, "Little Wooden Church" by The Silver Trumpets, and "Never Grow Old" by The Bible Tones. LP, Vinyl record album
(A very cool package – in a die-cut cover, with booklet!)

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

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VariousSweet Inspiration – The Songs Of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A treasure trove of wonderful tunes – all written by the legendary southern soul team of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham! The pair rarely entered the spotlight themselves, but contributed countless compositions that helped forge the sound of southern soul in the 60s – classic tunes that made the music of Memphis and Muscle Shoals even more mighty than anyone might have expected – thanks to a depth of feeling, sensitivity of emotion, and a trademark undercurrent of sadness that really helped the music set a new level at the time! This collection is the first to really do justice to the full range of the Penn/Oldham catalog – a beautiful batch of soul singles from a variety of different 60s labels – laid out back to back, in a breathtaking tapestry of soulful music. Titles include "Feed The Flame" by Ted Taylor, "Take Me" by Solomon Burke, "I'm Your Puppet" by Dionne Warwick, "Out Of Left Field" by Percy Sledge, "Cry Like A Baby" by Arthur Alexander, "It Tears Me Up" by Jeanne Newman, "I Met Her In Church" by Tony Borders, "I Need Someone" by The Wallace Brothers, "In The Same Old Way" by Arthur Conley, "Let It Happen" by James Carr, "Are You Never Coming Home" by Sandy Posey, and "I Worship The Ground You Walk On" by Etta James. CD

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsBlackbyrds ... LP
Fantasy, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky jazz treasure – and the band's landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother jazz playing, creating a sound that was different from many of their contemporaries, and which pushed funk and soul into a whole new level. Byrd's work with the band was as groundbreaking as Larry Mizell's work on his own Blue Note albums – and coincidentally, Larry Mizzell's Sky High Productions handles the studio chores for the set – but in a way that's much more sharply funky than his albums with Byrd! Titles include the tight choppy funk tracks "Do It, Fluid" and "Funky Junkie", plus other nice groovers like "Summer Love", "Gut Level", and "The Runaway". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsBlackbyrds/Flying Start ... CD
Fantasy, 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 incredible albums from The Blackbyrds – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Blackbyrds record – a funky jazz treasure, and the band's landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother jazz playing, creating a sound that was different from many of their contemporaries, and which pushed funk and soul into a whole new level. Byrd's work with the band was as groundbreaking as Larry Mizell's work on his own Blue Note albums – and coincidentally, Larry Mizzell's Sky High Productions handles the studio chores for the set – but in a way that's much more sharply funky than his albums with Byrd! Titles include the tight choppy funk tracks "Do It, Fluid" and "Funky Junkie", plus other nice groovers like "Summer Love", "Gut Level", and "The Runaway". Flying Start has a beautifully put-together feel – tight enough to crossover somewhat big with a larger audience than the group's previous effort – but still filled with the kind of righteous energy that first got them going, a sublime mix of jazzy rhythms and soulful elements, all held together tightly by production from Donald Byrd. Tracks include the big hit "Walking In Rhythm", which was an oft-spun 45 back in the day – plus some great funk moments, like the tasty "Spaced Out", the choppy "The Baby", and the captivating "Blackbyrds Theme". Other cuts include "Future Children Future Hopes", "I Need You", and "April Showers". CD

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✨✧ DynastyAdventures In The Land Of Music ... CD
Solar/Unidisc (Canada), 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lots of musical adventures here – most of them in that tightly-romping style that made Dynasty so great back in the day – almost a fusion of older sweet group soul with some of the more bottom-driven modes forged by the Solar label! The keyboards are upfront, the basslines strong, and the group is completely tight on the money – at a level that made them one of the strongest 80s proponents of the Solar Records groove. The title cut here is our favorite – a sweet stepper that bursts out with this blast of sound that's totally great – completely captivating, and filled with cascading sounds that really grab us. Other tracks include "Ice Breaker", "Something To Remember", "Day & Night", "Do Me Right", and "I've Just Begun To Love You". CD

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✨✧ Luiz EcaPiano E Cordas ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soaring strings and bossa piano – a tremendous combination in the hands of Luiz Eca – working here at a time when the arranger was first making his name with the Tamba Trio! The set's one of Eca's gems from the 60s under his own name – and it's got a style that echoes the mix of darkness and sweet he forged with the trio, but which also shows a deeper, more sophisticated approach to the music – fuller orchestrations, yet handled with a sense of space and timing that's really amazing – at a level that almost beats Jobim at his own game at the time! Eca's piano is recorded beautifully – tinkling over the top of the backings, and always getting plenty of its own space – and titles include "Amando", "Quase Um Adeus", "Saudade", "Cheganca", "Velho Pescador", "Cancao Da Terra", and "A Morte De Um Deus De Sal". CD

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✨✧ John FaheyOf Rivers & Religion/After The Ball ... CD
Reprise/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of wonderful albums from the great John Fahey – back to back on a single CD! First up is Rivers & Religion – a really unique album by John Fahey – issued during a short stretch of initial mainstream approval, and a brief time of recording for Warner Brothers! Some of the album's quite different than the spare, solo Fahey you might know – and mixes his legendary guitar work with more elaborate elements than usual – additional instrumentation that includes bass, banjo, clarinet, piano, trombone, and fiddle – but all used at a level that really supports John's presence, not occludes it. Other tracks return to spare acoustic steel string guitar – creating an evocative balance that's mighty nice. Titles include "Funeral Song For Mississippi John Hurt", "Texas & Pacific Blues", "Dixie Pig Bar B Q Blues", "Lord Have Mercy Song", and "Deep River". After The Ball is a set with a disco ball on the cover, but a record that fits right in with the best early 20th century aesthetic in the work of John Fahey – particularly his way of reiimagining older musical traditions! There's a bit of added instrumentation on the record – two tracks that have some slight trad jazz flourishes – but overall, the album's mostly a solo effort with loads of wonderful guitar work from John – still as creative and as complicated as in his best recordings for Takoma! Other added instrumentation sometimes expands the sound with mandolin or banjo, but again in very sensitive ways – and titles include "Bucktown Stomp", "Om Shanthi Norris", "Beverly", and "Horses". CD

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✨✧ Bobbi HumphreyBlacks & Blues ... CD
Blue Note, 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The greatest moment ever from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a funky, soulful flute player who had more than her share of great moments over the years! This set may well be the summation of all the genius that Humphrey had to offer – a collaboration with genius producer Larry Mizell, at a level that matches is Blue Note classics with Donald Byrd, or the Music Is My Sanctuary album with Gary Bartz – a groundbreaking blend of jazz instrumentation and studio technique! The sound is never smooth, nor commercial – and instead, Bobbie's flute and vocals soar out majestically on these long tracks with building keyboard lines, subtle chorus parts, and touches of bass that really transform the rhythms past conventional soul fusion of the period. Every track is a winner – purely fantastic stuff – and classics include "Chicago Damn", "Jasper Country Man", and the genius "Harlem River Drive". CD

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✨✧ Keith JarrettKoln Concert ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A genre-defining moment from pianist Keith Jarrett – a record that really set the world on fire, and which continues to charm all these many decades later! Although Jarrett had already made some amazing music in a trio setting during the 60s, and in his more freewheeling groups with Dewey Redman in the early 70s, it's this sort of format that forever put him on the map – long, extended improvised passages on solo piano – played at a level that's still extremely lyrical, tuneful, and thoughtful – quite different than the free jazz waves that were building at the time! And while so many other people copied the style over the years, nobody does it better than Jarrett – especially on this landmark outing for the style. The work is amazing – extremely compelling as little melodies drift in and out of the waves of piano improvisation – without any of the sloppiness of some of Jarrett's imitators, and a surprising sense of soul and direction throughout! CD
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✨✧ Ramsey LewisMaiden Voyage (And More) ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the key records from the Cadet/Concept scene in late 60s Chicago – a tremendous collaboration between pianist Ramsey Lewis and arranger Charles Stepney – and the kind of record that took soul and jazz to a whole new level! Ramsey on his own is great enough at this point – but add in Stepney's touch, and the record becomes something really brilliant – a blend of soaring strings, groovy rhythms, and spaciously stepping piano lines – all held together with a tremendous amount of creative imagination! The group here features a young Maurice White on drums and Cleveland Eaton on bass – both hitting a groove that's quite different than the Ramsey Lewis Trio sound of years back, with a lot more space, a lot hipper rhythms, and just the right sort of groove to match Stepney's sophisticated touches. The piano gets a bit electric at times, but is mostly acoustic overall – and titles include a great version of Minnie Riperton's "Les Fleur", a funky version of "Mighty Quinn", and the cuts "Afro Boogaloo Twist", "Maiden Voyage", "Ode", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Only When I'm Dreaming", and "Eternal Journey". CD also includes 4 great tracks from Ramsey's similar Mother Nature's Son LP – including his great sample version of "Julia", and a nice take on "Dear Prudence". CD
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✨✧ May Blitz2nd Of May ... CD
Vertigo/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second album in a too-short run from May Blitz – and a set that has the trio stepping out with even more power than on their debut! It's almost like they've learned to play their instruments with even more ferocity in the space between records – or maybe they're more confident as one of the flag bearers of the power trio format of the time – really wailing with guitar, bass, and drums – at a level that should have made May Blitz as important as some of the bigger contemporaries on the scene! There's a few nice moments that get a bit trippy – maybe a bit of lingering psych, used in a really great way – and titles include "In Part", "Snakes & Ladders", "The 25th Of December 1969", "8 Mad Grim Nits", and "High Beech". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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✨✧ NicoChelsea Girl ... CD
Verve, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest records of the 60s – and a sublime debut from Nico, sounding fresher and less dreary here than on many of her later sides – although still pretty chilling overall! The record features larger orchestral backings on most tracks – never too heavy, but with light strings that really help Nico depart from the sound of her work with The Velvet Underground. This style adds a new level of sophistication to her vocals, and really helps in her interpretation of the unusual material culled for the set – tunes that include a few key numbers by old partners in The Velvets, as well as some especially great tracks by a young Jackson Browne – a romantic interest of Nico at the time! The whole thing's incredible – on a par with the best from Scott Walker during the same stretch, although very different overall – and a key entry in the darker side of the non-hippie end of the 60s spectrum. Titles include "These Days", "It Was A Pleasure Then", "Eulogy To Lenny Bruce", and the incredible title cut, "Chelsea Girls". Fantastic! CD

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✨✧ Hermeto PascoalMusica Livre De Hermeto Pascoal ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the clearest moment of genius ever from the legendary Hermeto Pascoal – a tremendous album that helped reshape instrumental Brazilian music for many years to come! At one level, the record shares a sound with some of the fuller, richer orchestrations going on in the post-bossa years – especially the work of Edu Lobo and Marcos Valle – but at another, it's filled with the kind of inventive instrumental interplay that's always made Hermeto so great, but which has never come off so perfectly as it does here! As you might expect from Pascoal, there's some especially great reed passages – crafted in a flurry of colors and tones – but there's also a warmer, more flowing quality to the whole album – less of the dark notes and pointy edges that show up often in Hermeto's work from later years. Bits of strings help the whole thing glide tremendously – and the record's a genre-busting blend of jazz, Brazilian roots, and complicated arrangements – unlike anything else we've ever heard, and still one of our favorite albums of all time! Titles include "Bebe", "Asa Branca", "Carinhoso", "Plin", "Gaio Da Roseira", and "Sereiarei". CD

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✨✧ Thunderclap NewmanHollywood Dream ... CD
Polydor, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Catchy dawn of the 70s rock that's rooted in hooks and grooves, but taken to the next level with some killer piano and keys, and production touches! The group's best known for the sublime track that kicks this record off, "Something In The Air", which was covered pretty faithfully by the Flaming Lips – but Thunderclap Newman's original is more timelessly wonderful. The vocals remind us of Pete Townsend at his best, and the whole thing's pretty wonderful. Titles include "Hollywood", (#s 1 & 2) "The Reason", "Open The Door, Homer", "Acidents", "Wild Country", and "The Old Cornmill". This CD version includes 6 bonus tracks of singles. CD

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✨✧ VariousPeru Bravo – Soul & Funk From Peru's Radical Decade ... CD
Tiger's Milk/Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The coolest collection of Peruvian grooves we've ever seen – one that gets past some of the straighter psych and Latin moments to focus on the funkier grooves of the Lima scene! Most work here is late 60s/early 70s vintage – and although many of the groups are rooted in rock, they're definitely reaching out for new modes here – bringing jazz, funky bass lines, soulful vocals, and more – almost like some of the unique Latin and funk hybrids happening in the LA and Bay Area scenes of the time! Yet lots of these cuts also have a really unique feel too – instrumentation that's tuned differently, produced with a special flair, and often mixed at a level that sounds very different than anything you'd hear in the US – all of which makes for stunning sound throughout. Titles include "Outasite" by Thee Image, "Cissy Strut" by Los Holys, "Hey Joe" by Jeriko, "Cacique" by Cacique, "La Camita" by Traffic Sound, "Bahia" by Laghonia, "Pancio Caliente" by Los Nuevos Shains, and "Aouh Aouh" by The Mads. CD
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✨✧ Captain & TennilleLove Will Keep Us Together ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Think what you want about Captain & Tennille – the set's a monumental bit of 70s pop, and one that found a way to push the 60s hipness of A&M Records to the next level! The set's got a mainstream polish, but it's the summation of all sorts of cool elements that had been bubbling under on the LA scene – not the least of which is the career of The Captain, aka Daryl Dragon – a guy with great experience in the studio, and a strong ear for a keyboard line too! The group tip their hat strongly to the Beach Boys – with a great reading of "Disney Girls", and a take of "God Only Knows" that's pretty darn nice too – next to the global hit "Love Will Keep Us Together", and other tunes that include "I Write The Songs", "Gentle Stranger", "Honey Come Love Me", and "The Good Songs". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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✨✧ Tal FarlowSwinging Guitar Of Tal Farlow ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most compelling Verve albums from guitar genius Tal Farlow – a drummer-less trio session, recorded with Eddie Costa on piano and Vinnie Burke on bass – really opening up at a level that lets you hear just how revolutionary Farlow's approach was at the time. Tal's tone is as great as always – edgily carving out some rhythms with the trio, swinging more gently than the title might imply, in a mode that might later be taken up by Jim Hall, but which here is all Tal's own – a fantastic modernist change from the way the guitar had been just in jazz just a few short years before. Titles include "Meteor", "Taking A Chance On Love", "Yardbird Suite", "Like Someone In Love", and "I Love You". CD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the "Tal Farlow 100th Anniversary Collection" series!)

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongElla & Louis Again ... CD
Verve, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A set that's maybe even nicer than the Ella & Louis work together on Porgy & Bess – given that backing is by the trio of Oscar Peterson, which gives the whole thing a nicely understated charm – at a level that really lets the charms of the duo shine through! CD

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✨✧ Manuel GottschingInventions For Electric Guitar ... LP
OMM/MG Art (Germany), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wonderful electronic classic from Ash Ra Tempel founder Manuel Goettsching – a record that features nothing but his own guitar experiments, filtered through a variety of effects – but at a level that feels a lot more like a keyboard or analogue electronics workout overall! In fact, the record's maybe a wonderful distillation of the role that guitar played in so many of these great electronic sets from the German scene of the 70s – use of the instrument in ways that are completely different from American or British guitar, and with a great ear towards the more sensitive, longform aspects of the instrument – especially when combined with additional processing – yet all with a style that's a lot more subtle than Frippertronics. "Echo Waves" is a 17+ minute, uber-hypnotic piece that's another case of material living up to the title, one that reminds us a bit of some of Tangerine Dream's soundtrack work of a decade later. "Quasarsphere" is atmospheric and spacey, a shorter piece. "Pluralis" is the 20+ minute epic closer, very much akin to "Echo Waves". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee Konitz & Peter Ind60 Year Reunion – How Cool Is That? ... CD
Wave (UK), 2010. Used ... Out Of Stock
A legendary jazz team from the 50s – reunited here, and sounding great! Bassist Peter Ind was a key factor of greatness on some of the best Lee Konitz recordings of the 50s – but after that time, he left to go back to the UK – where he continued to work on behalf of jazz music in a variety of ways, but often out of the limelight. Lee, as is well known, grew tremendously as a musician over the decades – although at some level, we've always cherished his 50s recordings most – particularly those that have the deep, sensitive tones of Ind on hand. This set really recreates that magic – mixing the bass and alto together beautifully, with a bit of light drumming from Rod Youngs – often subtle enough to let the two stars step out and dominate the longer tracks. Titles include "Kary's Trance", "Foolin Myself", "Blues For Anna", "Homage To Johnny Green", "All Of Us", "Just Squeeze Me", and "317 E 42nd Street". CD

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✨✧ Madlib/Kieran HebdenSound Ancestors ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A hell of a collaboration – core sounds by Madlib, which are then re-arranged by Kieran Hebden – at a level that seems to open up new dimensions in both artists! The sound is definitely Madlib's, but there's also a sense of majesty that seems to flow through the whole thing – almost as if David Axelrod was helping the beatmaker to find a new vision in the studio. And while some of Hebden's work can be a bit cold or too obtuse, there's none of that here at all – as the Madlib elements really keep things rooted to the ground, and in strongly funky territory too – all instrumental, but with voices drifting in and out of the mix as needed. Titles include "Theme De Crabtree", "Road Of The Lonely Ones", "Riddim Chant", "Hopprock", "Loose Goose", "One For Quartabe/Right Now", "Latino Negro", and "The New Normal". CD

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✨✧ Pete Rock & CL SmoothMain Ingredient (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Elektra/Get On Down, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Essential work from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a set that may well even top their tremendous debut, even if it was a bit slept-on at the time! The sound here is perfect all the way through – Pete's blend of classic samples and contemporary crispness, and CL Smooth's ability to serve up lyrics that appeal to the sophisticated and street-bound hip hop listeners at the same time – a quality that few can do this well, and certainly not at a level that still sounds completely fresh and amazing after all these years! The whole thing's a masterpiece – and titles include "In The House", "Carmel City", "I Get Physical", "Sun Won't Come Out", "I Got A Love", "Escape", "The Main Ingredient", "Worldwide", "All The Places", "Tell Me", "Take You There", "Searching", "Check It Out", "In The Flesh", "It's On You", and "Get On The Mic". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Jay Richford & Gary Stevan (Brugnolini/Torossi)Feelings ... LP
Carosello/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A legendary sound library set from the 70s Italian scene – exactly the kind of record that got so many folks digging for sound library funk so many years ago! The record's a masterpiece of funky rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, and warmer touches – served up with plenty of Fender Rhodes in the mix, plus sweet flute lines, wah wah guitar, and just the right use of strings to give the whole thing almost a blacksploitation vibe at times! The set was billed to the team of Jay Richford and Gary Stevan – but it's actually the product of better-known sound library maestros Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi, who work here at a level that's at the top of their powers. There's almost a cop/crime vibe to the record at times – and although some instruments solo at points, the real groove lies in the tight vamping of the orchestra – which hits all the right notes to really send the whole thing soaring – often with a nice use of tone and color too! Titles include "Flying High", "Fearing Much", "Going Home", "Running Fast", "Walking In The Dark", and "Feeling Tense". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Patricia BrennanMaquishti ... CD
Valley Of Search, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Patricia Brennan is a vibist with experience in some farther reaches of avant expression – but here, she stakes her voice in a very beautiful way – with sounds that build slowly, take gentle shapes, and use both vibes and marimba at a level that has the songs opening up like patient musical flowers, awaiting the sun of the Patricia's inspiration! There's some of the spaciousness you might hear with 70s Gary Burton on ECM – but Brennan's music is even more open and thoughtful – never forcing the moment too much, and clearly working with a strong knowledge of her instruments, but not in a way that has to do anything to prove itself. Titles include "I Like For You To Be Still", "Blame It", "Sonnet", "Episodes", "Magic Square", "Away From Us", "Derrumbe De Turquesas", and three "Improvisation" tracks. CD
Also available Maquishti ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ Jim Messina & His JestersDragsters (with bonus tracks) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Audio Fidelity/Sundazed, 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This isn't Jim Messina during his Loggins & Messina soft rock years – and it's not even Jim Messina during his Buffalo Springfield time! Instead, it's a very young incarnation of the guitarist – already wailing away at top speed, working here on a whole host of hot rod instrumentals! The album's a pretty rare relic, and very much at the highest level of the surf/hot rod instrumental moment – tunes that are mostly originals from Jim, recorded with a great little combo, and plenty of raw, raunchy energy on the strings of the guitar – all captured with just the right amount of echo to send the whole thing over the top. Titles include "No Name Dragster", "High Voltage", "The Jester", "A Rab", "Drag Bike Boogie", "Yang Bu", "The Thing", and "Strange Man". CD version features five bonus tracks! CD

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✨✧ Iggy PopIdiot ... LP
RCA/Capitol, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Iggy's second solo LP proper, and a strange morass of junkie desperation and gutteral white punk funk – a conscious decision to move away from the guitar roar of the Stooges era and closer to the sounds his longtime champion David Bowie was experimenting with at the time, with a little bit of Lou Reed for good measure – but make no mistakes, this is Iggy's show. It's as fascinating as it is impressive on a more visceral level, heavy bass rhythms and keys intergral to the sound, and weary latenight storytelling that trips you out on contact. All tunes co-written by Bowie, who would go on to make a lot of money off "China Girl" a few years into the 80s when the world was more ready for it, plus the classic "Nightclubbing", "Sister Midnight", "Baby", "Dum, Dum Boys", "Tiny Girls" and "Mass Production". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Idiot (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Markus RutzBlueprints Figure Two – New Designs ... CD
Origin, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Well-crafted work from trumpeter Markus Rutz – a player who knows how to move a group with a strong sense of color and swing, but also keep things sharp at an individual level – almost as if he's taken the energy of a larger ensemble, and found a way to express things with a smaller combo! In addition to Rutz on trumpet, the Chicago group also features Brice Winston on saxes, Adrian Ruiz on piano, Matt Gold on guitar, Marcos Varela on bass, Heitor Garcia on percussion, and either Marcus Evans or Xavier Breaker on drums – a group that moves well under the direction of Markus – tight, but never with a sense of flow that's inorganic. Titles include the originals "East To West", "Shipmates", "A Cidade Do Vento", "The Musicianer", and "Keppard's Kerchief". CD

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✨✧ Somei SatohEmerald Tablet/Echoes ... LP
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1978/1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two stunning works from Japanese experimentalist Somei Satoh – both very different, but very minimal too! "Emerald Tablet" moves between the farther reaches of sound into moments of sustained resonance on tubular bells, which then shifts to noisier moments too – all delivered through the addition of cymbals and brass percussion instruments with a feel at times like one of Harry Bertoia's Sonambiant sound sculptures was caught in a tornado! "Echoes" has different core elements – an echo machine and a number of tape recorders – used in shifting levels to create a moody sonic space – which itself was originally used for an art installation at a hot spring! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jerry Lee LewisBallads Of Jerry Lee Lewis ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great set of work from Jerry Lee Lewis – material that really shows off the many-faceted levels of his genius, in a way that's different than some of the bigger hits of his early days! Sure, Jerry could be a rocker who could burn up the piano when he wanted – but he was also a skilled singer at mellower material, particularly with a country sort of tinge – really opening up some of the bluer, more melancholy modes that would really come to prominence during his great second career chapter on Mercury and Smash! These cuts, though, are from the early Sun Records sessions – material that wasn't always given strong favor by the label at the time, in deference to more chartbound rockers – collected together here in a great 27 track package that really opens up our understanding of the Jerry Lee Lewis sound. Titles include "Born To Lose", "Crazy Arms", "Invitation To Your Party", "I'm The Guilty One", "Fools Like Me", "Love On Broadway", "The Ballad Of Billy Joe", "I Know What It Means", "You Win Again", "Cold Cold Heart", "Seasons Of My Heart", and a nice duet with Charlie Rich on "Sail Away". CD

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✨✧ VariousHotwax Presents Kayokyoku Bangaichi – Actress Collection Of Toho Records Vol 1 – Furyosyonen Sasurai (Punk Boy) ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Haunting Japanese pop from the early 70s – sung by actress Furyosyonen Sasurai, in a beautifully-presented package of her work for Toho Records! Lyrics are all in Japanese, but there's an appeal to this music that goes way beyond the boundaries of language – thanks to some great arrangements that echo the slinkier female pop styles of the European scene of the period – and an overall level of presentation that has Sasurai's voice sneaking in with all the sexiness you might guess from the cover. As with other Hotwax CD reissues, the presentation here is wonderful – lots of lovely images, and enough visual eye candy to offset the all-Japanese song titles and liner notes. CD

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AmanazAfrica ... CD
Now Again, 1975. New Copy 2 CDs ... $7.99 17.98
Wonderfully fuzzy work from Amanaz – one of the trippiest, headiest groups of the Zamrock scene of the 70s! The guitars here are very full and present – not at a hit you over the head jamming label, but with this rich sonic element that has lots of bassy undercurrents – at a level that makes the album a head-nodding gem all the way through – poised perfectly between some of the more psyche styles of the African scene of the time, and some of the more thoughtful singer-songwriter material. The group have a quality that's surprisingly deep – very soulful, and with a subtle power that comes through strongly – thanks to a mostly-English batch of lyrics (although a few tunes here are in their native Bemba.) No cuts are all-out funky, but all have this great slow-funk sort of charm – and titles include "I Am Very Far", "Sunday Morning", "Khala My Friend", "Green Apple", "Africa", "Making The Scene", "Easy Street", "Big Enough" and "Kale". 2CD package features a full bonus "reverb mix" of the album – even trippier! CD
Also available Africa (with bonus download) ... LP 22.99

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Dick FarneyPenumbra Romance ... CD
EMI/Odeon (Brazil), 1971. Used ... $18.99
A wonderful album from this legendary Brazilian singer – and probably one of his best-ever! Farney began his career as a warm romantic vocalist in earlier pop years, but on this great set, he's emerging as a talented jazz singer, on a level with Leny Andrade or Elis Regina. The instrumentation's only a piano trio, and Farney's work on the keys fits perfectly with his moody vocals on tracks like "Este Seu Olhar", "Marina", "Ponto Final", "Uma Loira", and "Perdido De Amor". CD
(Out of print. CD is copy controlled.)

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Fritz HauserSolodrumming ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1985. Used ... $12.99
A really wonderful record by one of the greatest percussionists ever! In a world of bombastic free jazz drummers on the left end of the spectrum, Fritz Hauser has incredible care – and an approach that can work at so many different levels – and move easily between melodic and rhythmic function. This brilliant double-length set features Fritz at his finest – working on instrumentation that includes drums, xylophone, temple blocks, and maracas – to craft some of the most inventive solo percussion tracks we've heard since Andrew Cyrille's early recordings! Titles include "Skizzen Gedanken Gesten", "Labyrinth", "Echo", "Traumbilder", "Tic Tac", and "Vogel". CD

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Maggot BrainMaggot Brain – Issue #2 (Mar/Apr/May 2020) ... Magazine
Maggot Brain/Third Man, 2020. New Copy ... $8.99 12.00
The mighty Moondog is on the cover this time around – in a fantastic second issue of Maggot Brain that really lives up to the spirit of the debut! The cultural currents here are nice and wide, and all pretty darn hip – and in addition to a nice feature on legendary outsider composer Moondog, there's lots more on Rebecca Morgan, Denis Johnson, Don Letts, Robert Frank, Astra Taylor, Skeeter Davis, Mayo Thompson, Shana Cleveland, Toody Cole, and other creative talents that go way past the obvious! There's even a very cool feature on Detroit Gospel Flyers – and as usual, the whole thing is as filled with compelling images as it is well-written prose! Magazine

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Hailu MergiaYene Mircha ... LP
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
A great new recording from Hailu Mergia – the Ethiopian keyboardist who's given us some great records over the years! This set has Hailu working on both of his strengths – using keyboards in the lead on some tracks, accordion on others – plus a bit of melodica, and just a slight amount of vocalizations – all at a level that's a really wonderful update of older Ethio-jazz styles, but with a vibe that's much more laidback and relaxed! Some of the younger artists in this scene are maybe a bit more tied to the styles of the golden years – but Hailu instead just uses bass and drums for support, and expands with a warmly jazzy current that still echoes plenty of the best elements of his older albums. Titles include "Semen Ena Debub", "Yene Mircha", "Bayine Lay Yihedal", "Shemedefer", "Yene Abeba", and "Abichu Nega Nega". LP, Vinyl record album

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Seke Molenga & Kalo KawongoloSeke Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo ... LP
Trojan/Antarctica Starts Here, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 24.98
One of the most unusual albums to ever come from the legendary Black Ark studios of Lee Scratch Perry – a set by a duo of Congolese singers, Seke Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo – who are also not to be confused with The Congos, another group that Perry was producing at the time! The album definitely has some reggae elements, but also echoes with a sound that's much more African than most of Lee's other music of the time – a great mixing of the vocals, guitars, and percussion of Molenga and Kawongolo with some of the trippier, dubbier styles of Scratch's production – at a level that seems bent on building a musical bridge across the Atlantic! Titles include "Moto Ya Motema", "Bad Food", "African Roots", "Mengieb", and "Guipimbu Gienu". LP, Vinyl record album

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New MastersoundsPlug & Play (UK pressing) ... CD
One Note (UK), 2008. Used ... $6.99
No plug and play here – at least in the "easy as easy can be" way – as The New Mastersounds do everything from the ground up, all with a gritty groove that's been forged over years of hard funky work! This album has the UK combo at the top of their game – working with even harder drums than we remember from previous efforts, and getting some nicely rough production in the studio – almost more on the American deep funk tip than the Mastersounds have had in the past – at a level that really brings out the most soulful elements of their sound. Speaking of soul, vocalist Dionne Charles sings on 4 of the album's tracks – adding a great edge to the tunes with her hard-stepping lyrics on top of the core combo's Hammond, guitar, bass, and drums. Troy Howe sings on one track too – and titles include "Thermal Bad", "I Mean It So", "Hole In The Bag", "Kuna Matata", "Idris", "Crysalis", "King Comforter", and "Beyond The Bleak Horizons". CD
 
 
 



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