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Charly AntoliniDrum Beat ... LP
Saba/MPS (Germany), 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $59.99
One of the more fantastic jazz sides on MPS from the 60s! Drummer Charly Antolini was one of Germany's mainstays – a great drummer with a tight sense of rhythm that really helped bring the country's jazz scene into line with the rest of Europe. This album's one of his best – and it features Antolini working with a smoking octet that grooves away hard on 6 electric cuts. Organist Dieter Reith arranged the whole set, and also contributed 3 tracks to the lineup – but it's his work on the keys that really makes the album shine, as Reith's own firey style is a perfect match for Antolini's fast and frenetic work on the drums. There's a 5-part horn section that features some nice tenor work by a young Joki Freund – and the album includes some great groovers, like "Attention", "Drum-Organ", and "Drum-Pat". Great all the way through, though – and a sure sign that MPS was on the right tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Saba pressing, in a heavy gatefold cover, which has an MPS logo in the corner.)

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Charly AntoliniSpecial Delivery ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1980. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A later record by drummer Charly Antolini, and still a very tasty bit of MPS jazz – with a mix of styles that recalls his classic albums for the label, and a list of players that includes Dieter Reith on keyboards, Heinz Von Hermann on saxes, and Lee Harper on trumpet! There's a great Latin-y groover called "Senor Hoche", a nice fusion cut called "Like A Swimming Pool", and the drums-only "Drums A Capella". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Association PCErna Morena ... LP
MPS, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $24.99
A choppy bit of Euro funky fusion from the 70s – recorded for MPS by this progressive group that features Jasper Van't Hof on electric piano and organ, Toto Blanke on electric guitar, Siggi Busch on bass, and Pierre Courbois on drums. Karl Wiberny joins the group for some lively sax work – and the whole album features the extended title suite, which contains the passages "Space Erna", "Erna In India", and "Only Grass In My Stomach". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has heavy ring and edge wear, a cutout hole, and a sticker spot.)

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Band (G Gruntz, F Ambrosetti, D Humair)Alpine Power Plant – Recorded In Switzerland ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $49.99
An excellent MPS big-band session, in a mode that's sort of a mix between the firey hardbop of the Clarke-Boland ensemble, and the more modernist work of George Gruntz. The band is directed by Gruntz – and is co-led by Gruntz, Franco Ambrosetti, Flavio Ambrosetti, and Daniel Humair. The players are a mix of top-notch Americans and Europeans – also in the Clarke-Boland mode – and include Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, Dusko Goykovich, Benny Bailey, Virgil Jones, Ake Persson, Herb Geller, and Sahib Shihab. Tracks are all long originals, with a hard driving style that's a mix of modal jazz and hardbop – with slight touches of funkiness, thanks to some Fender Rhodes work by Gruntz. Titles include "Our Suite Dig", "Witch Stich", "Gravenstein", "Saint Charity", and "The Age Of Prominence". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Japanese pressing!)

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Francy BolandOut Of The Background ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1967. Very Good+ ... $69.99
Wow! We've always gone on record as liking Mr. Boland as part of his big band with Kenny Clarke, but here on this Saba original, they wail together in a tight trio, with Jimmy Woode on bass, and Fats Sadi on bongos. Lots of quick little groovers, with a tight modal jazzy sound – as you'd expect from MPS in the classic years. Great cuts include "Dark Eyes", "Dia-Bleu", "Wolf-Gang", and "Father Klook", but the whole album's great. LP, Vinyl record album
(French MPS pressing.)

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Don CherryEternal Rhythm ... LP
MPS, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $12.99
One of Don Cherry's most hypnotic albums ever – a full album-length performance that features one of his first experiments with mixing jazz and global elements! The set was captured at the 1968 Berlin Jazz Festival – and mixes Cherry's amazing work on cornet, flute, and a myriad of world instruments with key contributions from European improvisers who include Eje Thelin on trombone, Bernt Rosengren on tenor and oboe, Karl Berger on vibes, Joachim Kuhn on piano and prepared piano, and Albert Mangelsdorf on trombone! There's even a bit of gamelon elements in some of the music, and Sonny Sharrock plays guitar too – and although free at times, the music comes together with an amazing sense of cohesion by the end – a vision that would inspire others to move into new territory in the decade to come. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Eternal Rhythm ... LP 49.99

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Don CherryEternal Rhythm ... LP
MPS, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $49.99
One of Don Cherry's most hypnotic albums ever – a full album-length performance that features one of his first experiments with mixing jazz and global elements! The set was captured at the 1968 Berlin Jazz Festival – and mixes Cherry's amazing work on cornet, flute, and a myriad of world instruments with key contributions from European improvisers who include Eje Thelin on trombone, Bernt Rosengren on tenor and oboe, Karl Berger on vibes, Joachim Kuhn on piano and prepared piano, and Albert Mangelsdorf on trombone! There's even a bit of gamelon elements in some of the music, and Sonny Sharrock plays guitar too – and although free at times, the music comes together with an amazing sense of cohesion by the end – a vision that would inspire others to move into new territory in the decade to come. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has an unglued top seam and some marker on the front.)
Also available Eternal Rhythm ... LP 12.99

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Michael ClarkeRefractions ... CD
MPS (UK), 1995. Used ... $4.99
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Clarke Boland Big BandAll Blues ... LP
MPS, 1969. Near Mint- ... $29.99
An excellent Clarke Boland Big Band LP – very much in the spirit of the group's best work of the era – one that uses the blues of the title merely as springboard for their ebullient big band groove! The album featuring a stellar array of soloists, including Tony Coe on clarinet, Sahib Shihab on flute, Ake Persson on trombone, Benny Bailey on trumpet, and others – on top of stellar work from the leaders! The tunes are wonderful throughout – tightly jazzy, played in a full on big band mode, but with plenty of breakout solos that really showcase the excellent talents in the group! Cuts include "At Ronnie's", "The Wildman", and Francy Boland's "All Blues" suite. LP, Vinyl record album
(Great UK MPS pressing – red label and glossy cover!)

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George DukeFaces In Reflection ... LP
MPS, 1974. Sealed ... $34.99
Killer keyboards from the legendary George Duke – and one of his most righteous albums for the MPS label! The album's a spectacular set that showcases both sides of Duke's genius at the time – his spacey, soulful approach to a laidback tune – and his more jamming styles on the harder cuts! Instrumentation is somewhat spare – just keyboards and piano from George, who also sings a bit – plus Ndugu Chancler on drums and John Heard on bass – both playing with a freely creative energy that's definitely motivated by Duke. There's a beautiful mix of electricity and acoustic warmth on the set – never too forced, and clearly an inspiration for countless players in years to come – maybe even more so than Herbie Hancock's work of the time. Drums are great too – and snap tightly for plenty of nice breaks on the set – which are in turn augmented by mellower keys from Duke, who also sings with a sweetly electric soul style. Titles include "Capricorn", "The Opening", "Psychosomatic Dung", "North Beach", "Faces In Reflection", "Maria Tres Filhos", and "Da Somba". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Sealed!)

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George DukeI Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry ... LP
MPS, 1975. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
One of George Duke's best albums for the MPS label – and a set that has a sound that's a little bit more soul than before! The album uses a fair bit of vocals alongside Duke's funky keyboards – but in a way that's not nearly as smooth as some of his albums for Epic, and which still retains all the best spacey and cosmic bits of his roots! The record's got a strong west coast soul feel – with elements of some of the jazzy funk of the Fantasy Records/Bay Area scene, and elements of the electric funk that was starting to come out of LA at the time – and there's a huge host of guest stars on the record, including Johnny Guitar Watson (who sings on one track), Emil Richards (who plays marimba), and Flora Purim (who does her usual thing!) Titles include "Chariot", "Someday", "That's What She Said", "Sister Serene", "Prepare Yourself", "Rokkinrowl", and "Look Into Her Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram remastered pressing.)

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Don EllisSoaring ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1973. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
A well-titled album from trumpeter Don Ellis – as the set soars to the skies from the very first note! The album's got a dynamic energy that almost beats Don's American work of the time – lots of funky rhythms, and a cool MPS groove that shows the label's strong 70s legacy of larger group jazz recordings! Like other MPS dates of the time, there's a nice mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation in the lineup – bass and guitar that kick the rhythms up strongly, plus keyboards and electrified strings that bring in their own unique sounds. Milcho Leviev handles the keys on the session – and titles are a fresh batch of numbers that include "Sidonie", "Image Of Maria", "Sladka Pitka", "Go Back Home", "Whiplash", "The Devil Made Me Write This Piece", and "Invincible". CD

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Clare FischerSalsa Picante ... LP
MPS, 1978. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Very nice electric Latin jazz session from this legendary LA piano player. Clare plays organ and electric piano, and the group also features Poncho Sanchez on congas. The band has a wonderful warm mellow groove, and the record is one of Fischer's best from the time! Includes a great version of Clare's classic "Morning", plus the cuts "Descarga – Yema Ya", "Guarabe", "Bachi", and "Cosmic Flight". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Discovery. Cover has light wear.)

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Stephane Grappelli & The Diz Disley TrioViolinspiration ... LP
MPS, 1975. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Sweet sounds from Stephane Grappelli – working here in a very cool combo that features twin guitars from Ike Issacs and Diz Disley, plus bass from the great Isla Eckinger too! The guitars are acoustic and electric, but often used together in kind of a gypsy swing sort of mode – recalling Grappelli's classic work with Django, but updated nicely too – thanks both to the recording style, and the slightly more open-ended format of the tunes. Amazingly, Grappelli plays a bit of Fender Rhodes on the record too – and titles include "Hot Lips", "Joy", "Shine", "Lover Come Back To Me", and "Solitude". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Friedrich GuldaIt's All One ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
Amazing stuff – and one of the hippest records ever cut by pianist Friedrich Gulda! Unlike some of his other more modernist efforts, this one's got a really free swing to it – and it features a spare stripped-down approach that has Gulda's work on piano and "electra piano" backed only by the drums of Klaus Weiss. If you know Weiss' playing, you'll know that he's a heck of a player – one of the hardest swinging players in Germany during the 70s, with a rich range of styles that included funk, soul jazz, and hard bop playing. The best numbers on the album feature Gulda playing these amazing lines on "electra piano", with Weiss grooving underneath – either hitting a modal groove, a bossa one, or in some cases a freer beat to match Gulda's solos. The record kicks off with the four-part "Suite For Piano, Electra Piano, & Drums" – which has two great groovers, the "bossa nova" and "finale" section". Side two features the more avant "Meditation III", plus the excellent "Blues Fantasy", which starts out free, then rolls into a great modal funky part with great electric keyboard lines! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing in a gatefold cover.)

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Sugarcane HarrisCup Full Of Dreams ... LP
MPS, 1973. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of our favorite albums by Don Sugarcane Harris – largely because it's got more of a jazz component than some of the others! Harris is still playing violin on the set, but the real charm seems to come from the tightness of the group – which features some lesser-known LA players on electric piano, guitar, and percussion – all working in a laidback yet rhythmically-driven sort of groove – one that fits in very nicely with the overall MPS aesthetic of the time! Plus, Harvey Mandel plays guitar on the record – initially billed as a "mystery guest" on the original release. Tracks are longish, and titles include "Runnin Away", "Hattie's Bathtub", "Bad Feet", "Cup Full Of Dreams", and "Generation Of Vipers". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes In Europe 1967 (aka Hamp's Piano) ... LP
MPS/Prestige, 1967. Very Good- ... $9.99
A Prestige pressing of this rare German MPS session by Hampton Hawes – recorded in trio format with backing by two of Europe's best rhythm players, bassist Eberhard Weber and drummer Klaus Weiss – and in a groove that's really wonderful! There's a great tone to the record that's evident from the very first note – a warmth, and almost bell-like quality that we don't always remember from other Hawes albums, and which makes this one really special. The rhythm section is heard here in rapt reverence to Hampton's work on the keys, but still with enough of a force to color in the record with their presence, especially in the case of Weber's bass. Titles include some tasty originals – like "Villingen Blues", "Rhythm", "Sonora", and "Black Forest Blues" – plus versions of "Autumn Leaves" and "I'm All Smiles", "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "My Foolish Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Vinyl plays with a light click through the first 3 tracks.)

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Freddie HubbardRollin ... LP
MPS, 1981. Sealed ... $13.99
Freddie Hubbard's definitely rolling on this great little set – rolling right back into acoustic jazz territory after a run of smoother soul sessions for bigger labels at the end of the 70s! The album's a live one, and it's a perfect example of the development of Hubbard's solo skills at the point – amazingly well-crafted, especially in a spontaneous setting like this, where Freddie can really stretch out over a long tune with really soulfully imaginative expressions. The group features the great David Schnitter on tenor and soprano sax – a great colleague for the date – plus Billy Childs on acoustic and electric piano, Larry Klein on bass, and Carl Burnett on drums. Titles include "Breaking Point", "Brigitte", "Cascais", "One Of Another Kind", and "Byrdlike". LP, Vinyl record album
(PAUSA pressing – sealed!)

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Roland KovacTrip To The Mars ... LP
Saba/MPS (Germany), 1966. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Don't blame us for the typo in the title – just thank us for carrying such groovy record! The album's a hi-fi space jazz spectacular – featuring some of Eruope's hippest players of the 60s, all coming together under the leadership of Roland Kovac, who composed and arranged this 17-part suite about an imaginary trip to the Red Planet! Instrumentation includes vibes, tenor, alto, percussion, piano, and trombone – and players include Jimmy Deuchar, Derek Humble, Jimmy Pratt, Charles Drewo, and Stuff Combe. The music is a mixture of Clarke-Boland jamming and American bachelor-pad oddities – and the "trip to Mars" has more the feel of a swinging crime show than it does a rocket ride, but we can forgive them for that because it sounds so great! Titles include "Sound Barrier", "Service 1", "The Green Star", "Munich On The Mars", "Power Start", "Blue Dance", and "Mooncrater". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – out of print!)

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Volker KriegelOctember Variations ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1977. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Funky fusion from guitarist Volker Kriegel – working here on a mid 70s session for MPS – not as totally far out as his earlier sessions for the label, but in a way that makes up for the difference with plenty of funk! Kriegel's sound is wonderful – clean, but never smooth – a well-played mix of acoustic and electric, with even a bit of sitar at times too – in a combo that also features Ack Van Rooyen on trumpet, Alan Skidmore on tenor, and Thomas Bettermann and Wolfgang Dauner on keyboards – instruments that really help shape the electric vibe of the set! Things are never too trippy, nor too jamming – and there's a warmth here that's usually missing from other MPS records of this nature. Titles include "Spiral Crackers", "Funk You Very Much", "Und Schon Ist Die Fahrt", and "Dora B". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has very light wear, but is nice overall.)

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Joachim KuhnBold Music ... CD
MPS (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $22.99
Bold music, indeed – a tremendous blend of avant garde jazz and groovier moments from pianist Joachim Kuhn! The style is a great illustration of the two key poles of the MPS label at the end of the 60s – the company's willingness to take a chance on freer jazz artists, but also its ability to sometimes focus those artists in a bit more, and get them to record tunes with a strong rhythmic pulse and nice sense of groove. Kuhn's working here not only on acoustic piano, but also alto sax, gong, antelope horn, and more – and other members of the group include JF Jenny-Clarke on bass and cello, Jacques Thollot on percussion, and Stu Martin on drums and bells! Titles include the groover "Depression & Illusion", plus "Third World War", "Message From Upstairs", "The Child Out There Somewhere", "Vampires Castle", and "My Friend The Yogi". CD

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Rolf Kuhn Group featuring Phil WoodsDay After (US pressing) ... LP
MPS, 1972. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of the best Rolf Kuhn sessions we can think of – and a classic MPS album that mixes spiritual avant garde jazz with unusual rhythmic progressions and world percussion. Rolf's group here features Phil Woods guesting on alto, a great companion for Rolf's fluid clarinet lines, which sound here more like soprano sax, blown in a spiritual post-Dolphy kind of way. Nana Vasconcelos is on percussion and berimbau, and Joachim Kuhn plays piano. Tracks include "The Day After", "Turning Out", "Everything In the Garden", and "CA 1-9-5-2". LP, Vinyl record album

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Anita O' DayAnita O' Day In Berlin ... LP
MPS, 1970. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A really great later album from Anita – one recorded live in Berlin, with some backing by the George Arvanitas trio – at the time when they had the kick-ass rhythm section of Jacky Samson on bass and Charles Saudrais on drums. Anita's in a much more swinging groove than usual – opening up in an MPS-like setting that's quite different from her Verve albums. The highlight of the record is a nice funky version of "Sunny", which starts with a great drum bit at the beginning – and other tracks include "Soon It's Gonna Rain", "Your Wings", "On A Clear Day", and a medley of "Yesterday" and "Yesterdays". LP, Vinyl record album
(1981 PA USA pressing.)

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Oscar PetersonWalking The Line (Japanese pressing) ... CD
MPS (Japan), 1971. Used ... $13.99
An album with a groove as fluid as you might guess from the title – and from the nicely stretched image of Oscar Peterson on the cover! The album's one of the best-remembered from Oscar's years at MPS – a session that's got almost as much soul jazz at the bottom as it does the fluid Peterson touch on the top – and a record that benefits, no doubt, from exceptional rhythm work from the team of George Mraz on bass and Ray Price on drums, who hit a groove that's a bit more pronounced than usual. Peterson is tremendous throughout on the keys – all over the place, but always in control – really burning up the 88s with a command of his instrument that few players could match! Titles include "Just Friends", "Teach Me Tonight", "I Love You", "Once Upon A Summertime", "The Windmills Of Your Mind", and "All Of You". CD
(Out of print 2016 pressing, with K2 HD Pro mastering – includes obi!)

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Oscar Peterson with Singers UnlimitedIn Tune ... LP
MPS, 1971. Sealed ... $14.99
One of the first albums cut by the fab Singers Unlimited – and the set that has them backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! The Singers always mixed well with guest jazz talents – and the style of this albums gives their sweet harmonies a nice jazz-based groove and not too much cheese on the top – one of the leanest instrumental settings from their MPS era, and a nicely gliding groove that supports their voices wonderfully! The record includes great versions of "The Gentle Rain", "Once Upon A Summertime", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", and Thad Jones' great "A Child Is Born" – as well as a pretty crazy rendition of "Sesame Street"! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram German pressing.)

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Dave Pike SetNoisy Silence – Gentle Noise ... CD
MPS (Japan), 1969. Used ... $19.99
Funky vibes, electric sitar, and a madly tripped-out album – one of the best of the MPS psychedelic jazz sessions from the end of the 60s! Back in the US, Dave Pike was always a pretty straight vibist – but he's working here with his European combo that included the legendary Volker Kriegel – who plays both electric guitar and sitar on the record, giving it a really groovy "Eastern" sort of vibe! Drummer Peter Baumeister kicks the bottom of the set mightily – rolling in a modal groove one minute, picking up a heavier funk approach the next – and always inspiring the rest of the group to stretch out in the grooviest way possible. Tracks are shortish, but filled with great sonic touches – and titles include the legendary "Mathar", a well known bit of sitar funk – plus the tracks "Mother People", "I'm On My Way", "Regards From Freddie Horowitz", and "Walkin' Down The Highway In A Red Raw Egg". CD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering pressing, includes obi.)

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Jean Luc PontySunday Walk ... LP
MPS, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
One of Ponty's best albums – a more straight-ahead late 60s session for MPS, without the fusion noodling of later years! The group's a hip quartet – with Ponty on violin, Wolfgang Dauner on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pederson on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums – and Ponty's violin has less of that "bumblebee in a jar" sound of later years, as he uses the instrument more to embellish the record with broad waves of sound. Titles include "Sunday Walk", "Cat Coach", "Suite For Claudia", and "Carole's Garden". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Baden PowellTristeza On Guitar ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1966. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
Sadness on guitar – a perfect title for Baden Powell's work on his chosen instrument, especially the way he could bring a simple but emotive style to his music! Powell's work on guitar here is often quite spare, but beautifully handled – set up with rhythms by a small combo that includes Milton Banana on drums alongside added percussion, as well as some especially great flute from Copinha – and recorded with an echoey style that makes each new note resonate with tremendous strength. The overall groove is a bit more upbeat than some of Powell's other "on guitar" sessions for MPS – with a number of tracks that hit the livelier groove of his earlier Brazilian recordings. Titles include a great spare version of "Round About Midnight", plus "O Astronauta", "Sarava", "Canto De Xango", "Canto De Ossanha", and "Som Do Carnaval". CD

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Sun RaIt's After The End Of The World ... LP
MPS/BASF, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $39.99
One of the key non-Saturn Sun Ra albums of the 70s – and like his records for Blue Thumb and Impulse, a set that really helped awaken the world to his talents! This album may well be one of the most bracing of the bunch – as it features live material recorded by Ra and the Arkestra at two different German jazz festivals in 1970 – performances that really have the group at the height of their righteous power, stretching out with a sound that's even more avant than just a few years before! The reed solos are all quite strong – and include work by Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, Danny Davis, Danny Thompson, and Marshall Allen – plus some other oboe, bass clarinet, and bassoon players too – and the lovely June Tyson provides some righteous words in a few spots, while Ra plays a range of keyboards – from clavinet, to farfisa, Hohner electra, mini-moog, Spacemaster, and rocksichord! Titles include "Black Forest Myth", "Strange Dreams – Strange World – Black Myth", and "Myth Versus Reality (The Myth Science Approach)". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Nelson RiddleCommunication ... LP
MPS, 1971. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Incredible grooves! This album's one of two that Nelson Riddle recorded for the MPS label in Germany – and it's a swirling blend jazz, funk, Latin, and easy – unlike any other Riddle record we can think of! The album's a masterpiece of careful arrangement – and starts with tight rhythms and lots of electric bass at the bottom, then uses warm washes of horns, harp, vibes, and other instruments over the top – to create these broad shades of sexy sound that are totally great! The record has a lot of slyly funky cuts that groove in the best MPS tradition – and titles include "Volcano's Daughter", "Rachel", "Greenwich Village", "Romantic Places", "Born Happy", "Uptown Dance", and "Time & Space". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Frank Rosolino & Conte CandoliJust Friends ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1975. Near Mint- ... $19.99
This album's a "partner" to the duo's other MPS album, Conversation, which (like this one) was also recorded during a one-week engagement at the Domicile nightclub in Munich. The group features great rhythm work from bassist Isla Eckinger, pianist Rob Pronk, and drummer Todd Canedy. Both Rosolino and Candoli are freer, and possibly sloppier, in their tone – but that's what makes the album so refreshing, as it's got a lot more of a gutbuckety approach than you'd ever hear from the players in the old days. Titles include "Quiet Nights", "Well You Needn't", "Just Friends", and "Stella By Starlight". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)

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George RussellAt Beethoven Hall – Complete Recordings ... CD
MPS/Motor (Germany), 1965. Used ... $19.99
A rare moment in time – documented in this legendary meeting of two American modernists on the European scene of the 60s! The session features a 1965 performance by the George Russell Sextet, but is especially noteworthy for the presence of Don Cherry – making a key guest appearance on the record during immediate post-Ornette modes, and really stretching out into a very different sound with Russell! Russell's still very much in the grip of his "lydian mode" writing of the 50s – which is great, because Russell's modalism was a strong influence on the sound of other MPS/Saba artists of the 60s. The group features Bertil Loevgren on trumpet alongside Cherry, plus Brian Trentham on trombone, Ray Pitts on tenor, Cam Brown on bass, and Albert Heath on drums. Titles include a great extrapolation on "You Are My Sunshine" – plus "Lydia and Her Friends", "Lydia In Bag's Groove", "Lydia Round Midnight", "Lydia's Confirmation", "Oh Jazz Po Jazz", "Volupte", and "Freein' Up". CD
(Out of print.)

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George Russell SextetGeorge Russell Sextet At Beethoven Hall – Guest Artist Don Cherry (2LP) ... LP
MPS/BASF, 1965. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
A rare moment in time – documented in this legendary meeting of two American modernists on the European scene of the 60s! The session features a 1965 performance by the George Russell Sextet, but is especially noteworthy for the presence of Don Cherry – making a key guest appearance on the record during immediate post-Ornette modes, and really stretching out into a very different sound with Russell! Russell's still very much in the grip of his "lydian mode" writing of the 50s – which is great, because Russell's modalism was a strong influence on the sound of other MPS/Saba artists of the 60s. The group features Bertil Loevgren on trumpet alongside Cherry, plus Brian Trentham on trombone, Ray Pitts on tenor, Cam Brown on bass, and Albert Heath on drums. Titles include a great extrapolation on "You Are My Sunshine" – plus "Lydia and Her Friends", "Lydia In Bag's Groove", "Lydia Round Midnight", "Lydia's Confirmation", "Oh Jazz Po Jazz", "Volupte", and "Freein' Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with a click on side 3, track 2.)

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George ShearingWay We Are (US pressing) ... LP
MPS, 1974. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Funky and Latiny! Although we don't normally dig records by George Shearing, this cool 1974 session for MPS is a nice groover with a good 70's sound that adds a lot of tight rhythm to Shearing's often-sleepy playing – coming up with a whole new sound that has some really wonderful moments! The group's got Sigi Schwab on guitar, Heribert Tusek on vibes, and some additional congas and percussion by "The Amigos". These guys really drive the group – giving the record a great little kick that sounds funky, but in a subtle way that creates these really nice grooves with laidback piano and vibes over the top. Includes George's great funky cover of "Aquarius", plus "The World Is A Ghetto", "Alone Again (Naturally)", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", and "Superstar". LP, Vinyl record album

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Singers UnlimitedFour Of Us ... LP
MPS, 1974. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Incredibly sweet vocal work from the Singers Unlimited – impeccably arranged by harmony stalwart Gene Puerling, and recorded with sublime perfection by the MPS crew! Backings are by Les Hooper, and titles include "We've Only Just Begun", "Look Around", "Snowfall", "If", "My Ship", "Where Is Love", and "Jennifer's Rabbit". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Singers UnlimitedFriends ... LP
MPS, 1977. Very Good+ ... $2.99
One of the grooviest albums cut by this legendary MPS vocal group – a set that has some very hip friends from the American scene – who blend perfectly with the soaring vocals that the quartet forged in Germany for the MPS label! The music features vocal arrangements from group leader Gene Puerling – very much in the best mode of their other harmonic gems – but it also gets some superb help on instrumentation from the wonderful Pat Williams – whose sense of lightness and sparkle is perfect for the voices! Pat's group here is loaded with great musicians – both Clare Fischer and Dave Grusin on keyboards, plus Tom Scott on reeds – each adding subtle but important energy to the backings – on tunes that include "Just Friends", "I'm Gonna Go Fishin", "When The Sun Comes Out", and "Eleanor Rigby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pausa pressing.)

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Singers UnlimitedSingers Unlimited With Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass ... LP
MPS, 1978. Sealed ... $0.99
One of the greatest albums ever recorded by this hip vocal ensemble – set to arrangements by leader Gene Puerling, and some very swinging instrumental backings by Rob McConnell! The album's got a freer, more grooving feel than some of the group's other work – with some beautiful songs that have incredible harmonies floating and drifting about. Titles include "Dindi", "A Beautiful Friendship", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Chelsea Morning", "Pieces Of Dreams", "Tangerine", and "Laura". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Pausa.)

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VariousOssiach Live (3LP set) ... LP
MPS/BASF (Germany), 1971. Very Good+ 3LPs ... $49.99
A really fantastic album, and one that's a mad combination of jazz, progressive rock, and world music elements – handled in the best MPS tradition! The set was all recorded live in the studio, and features loads of cool exclusive performances – including "Mother People" by Dave Pike Set, "Oszillator Planet Concert" by Tangerine Dream, "Ossiach 71" by the Anima duo of Paul & Limpe Fuchs, "Eurydice" by Weather Report, "Off Dear" by the Trio with John Surman on baritone and Barre Phillips on bass, "Mahgreb Suite" by a jazz/world group led by pianist George Gruntz, and more by Hummel Spielt Hummel, Otto M Zykan, Madrigalchor Bukarest, Le Group Liturgique De Tunis, and Arabischer Liturgischer Gesang, and a long raga by Arvind Parikh on sitar and Shashi Bellare on tabla. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandEbulient Roaring Screaming Big Band Sound ... LP
MPS, 1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
U.S. double LP reissue of two great sides of hard swinging, hard grooving jazz by the great Clark-Boland Big Band. This is some of the best European jazz to be recorded in the late 60's, and one of the best ways to hear "lost" geniuses like Benny Bailey, Sahib Shihab, Jimmy Woode, Shake Keane, and Jimmy Deuchar – not to mention more famous players like Ronnie Scott, Eddie Davis, and Johnny Griffin. Great all the way through, with loads of tight short cuts like "The Turk", "Milkshake", "November Girl", "Peter's Waltz", and "New Box". Big on the international club scene, and big on the south side of Chicago. How can you go wrong? LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, and some light wear on the spine.)

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandThree Latin Adventures (Latin Kaleidoscope/Cuban Fever/Fellini 712) ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent CD that brings together 2 different albums by the incredible Clarke Boland Big Band – Fellini 712 and Latin Kaleidoscope. The Latin Kaleidoscope LP is one of our greatest sellers on vinyl (when we can find it!), and it's an insane batch of Latin-tinged tracks divided up into two suites – one written by Gary McFarland and one written by Francy Boland. The band wails hard and fast, and in hot Afro-Cuban grooves, with plenty of room for solos by Benny Bailey, Tony Coe, Johnny Griffin, Sahib Shihab, and Derek Humble. The tracks are some of the best stuff the band ever did, and along with the extended suite that comprises Fellini 712, the CD is a masterpiece of hard large band tracks, and a brilliant introduction to the work of the CBBB (and heck, even if you do know them, the material's still pretty tough to find anyway!) 14 tracks in all – including "Olhos Negros", "Ramo De Flores", "Feibre Cubana", "Extrano Sueno", "Cara Bruja", and "Un Grao De Ariea". CD
(Original CD pressing – out of print!)

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✨✧ George DukeFaces In Reflection (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer keyboards from the legendary George Duke – and one of his most righteous albums for the MPS label! The album's a spectacular set that showcases both sides of Duke's genius at the time – his spacey, soulful approach to a laidback tune – and his more jamming styles on the harder cuts! Instrumentation is somewhat spare – just keyboards and piano from George, who also sings a bit – plus Ndugu Chancler on drums and John Heard on bass – both playing with a freely creative energy that's definitely motivated by Duke. There's a beautiful mix of electricity and acoustic warmth on the set – never too forced, and clearly an inspiration for countless players in years to come – maybe even more so than Herbie Hancock's work of the time. Drums are great too – and snap tightly for plenty of nice breaks on the set – which are in turn augmented by mellower keys from Duke, who also sings with a sweetly electric soul style. Titles include "Capricorn", "The Opening", "Psychosomatic Dung", "North Beach", "Faces In Reflection", "Maria Tres Filhos", and "Da Somba". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Faces In Reflection ... LP 34.99

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✨✧ Friedrich GuldaMusic For 4 Soloists & Band No 1 ... LP
Saba/MPS (Germany), 1965. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful albums Friedrich Gulda ever recorded for MPS – a wonderful session that features key solo work from players who include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, JJ Johnson on trombone, and Sahib Shihab on flute and baritone sax! The work has a somewhat serious feel, but isn't nearly as much so as some of Gulda's other work – and the presence of the soloists really keeps things soulful throughout – with a fluid sense of tone and color that's really wonderful. Gulda plays piano with a larger ensemble, but they really drop back nicely to give the soloists plenty of space! Titles include the 3 part title track – "Music For 4 Soloists & Band No 1" – plus "Minuet" and "Prelude & Fugue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very nice 80s Japanese pressing!)

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✨✧ Baden PowellBaden Powell & The Men From Brazil ... LP
MPS (Japan), Early 70s. Very Good+ 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice Japanese collection of Baden Powell material on MPS! The notes are in Japanese, but it appears as if there might be some other material too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Inside of gatefold has some light aging.)

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✨✧ Baden PowellTristeza On Guitar ... LP
MPS, 1966. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sadness on guitar – a perfect title for Baden Powell's work on his chosen instrument, especially the way he could bring a simple but emotive style to his music! Powell's work on guitar here is often quite spare, but beautifully handled – set up with rhythms by a small combo that includes Milton Banana on drums alongside added percussion, as well as some especially great flute from Copinha – and recorded with an echoey style that makes each new note resonate with tremendous strength. The overall groove is a bit more upbeat than some of Powell's other "on guitar" sessions for MPS – with a number of tracks that hit the livelier groove of his earlier Brazilian recordings. Titles include a great spare version of "Round Midnight", plus "O Astronauta", "Sarava", "Canto De Xango", "Canto De Ossanha", and "Som Do Carnival". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Mexican pressing in the non-gatefold jacket.)
Also available Tristeza On Guitar ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ John TchicaiAfrodisiaca (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
MPS/Promising (Germany), 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most righteous albums ever from saxophonist John Tchicai – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the depth of his other work! This rare late 60s date for MPS is a tremendous extension from Tchicai's earlier work, even his other European sessions – as it features John recording with a very large ensemble on side one – a full jazz orchestra with a really groundbreaking approach to its music – an ambitious, fully expressive ensemble led by trumpeter Hugh Steinmetz, who also solos strongly on the record as well. Steinmetz also contributed the title composition "Afrodisiaca", which is a 22 minute long piece played by the orchestra – and Tchicai wrote most of the tracks on side two, which are played by a smaller group, but with a similarly expressive feel! These tracks include "This Is Heaven", "Lakshimi", "Heavenly Love On A Planet", and "Fodringsmontage" – and all feature amazing solo lines from John on alto and soprano sax. CD
(Amazing LP sleeve edition – with full notes in English and German, new mastering, and even a paper wrap-around jacket over the gatefold sleeve! Includes obi, and still sealed!)

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✨✧ Monty AlexanderMontreux Alexander – Live! At The Montreux Festival ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1976. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A stone classic from pianist Monty Alexander – a live date recorded for MPS in the mid 70s, and a set with even more fire than his studio sides for the label! The sound here is quite freewheeling at times – not funky, but in a very romping, gutbuckety mode that marks Alexander as a clear heir to Oscar Peterson in such a setting – but one who's also possibly bringing a bit more groove to the table! Rhythm is from John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums – who are perfect accompanists for Monty's nicely rolling style on the keys! Titles include "Drown In My Own Tears", "Feelings", "Work Song", "Nite Mist Blues", and "Satin Doll". CD
(Great LP sleeve edition – new remastering, new notes, and even a picture of the original master tape!)

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandComplete Live Recordings At Ronnie Scott's – Volcano/Rue Chaptal ... CD
MPS/Rearward (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A large group in a small club – the legendary Clarke Boland Big Band, playing at the home turf of one of their key members – tenorist Ronnie Scott! The set features a very legendary performance by the ensemble – a crack lineup that's easily one of the best ever sported by the CBBB – perfectly mixing American rhythms, and a trans-Atlantic lineup of soloists – all tied together with just the sort of rich arrangements that make the group so great! Things groove right from the get-go – thanks to a rhythm lineup that features Kenny Clarke on drums, and Francy Boland on piano – plus bassist Ron Matthewson, sitting in for the usual Jimmy Woode. The horn players really send things off, though – tight trumpets from Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman, and Dusko Goykovich; bold trombones from Ake Persson and Nat Peck; and some searing reed lines from Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott on tenor, Derek Humble on alto, Sahib Shihab on baritone, and Tony Coe on both tenor and clarinet. This CD features both the first and second sets at Scotts by the group – albums titled Volcano and Rue Chaptal – with titles that include "Volcano", "Griff's Groove", "Now Hear My Meanin", "Box 703 Washington DC", "Thence We Issued Out Again to See the Stars", "Rue Chaptal", "I Don't Want Nothin From Nobody & I Ain't Giving Nothin Away", "Sax No End", "Minor Blues", and "The Girl & The Turk". CD

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✨✧ Embryo featuring Charlie MarianoWe Keep On ... LP
MPS, 1972. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Billed as "progressive ethnic rock", this early album by Embryo is more of a great bit of spacey fusion – featuring some cool ethnic percussion, soaring Fender Rhodes keyboard lines, and nice choppy reed work by Charlie Mariano! The record was originally issued on MPS, and it's got that great mix of styles the label was pioneering in the early 70s. Titles include "No Place To Go", "Flute & Saz", "Abdul Malek", and "Ehna, Ehna, Abu Lele". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Volker KriegelSpectrum ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1971. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The funky fusion classic from guitarist Volker Krieger – finally issued in a great CD edition! Easily one of Krieger's best albums, Spectrum was remarkably cut in just two days at MPS Studios in 1971 – with a group that includes Peter Baumeister on drums, Cees See on bongos and percussion, Peter Trunk on bass and cello, and John Taylor on Hohner electric piano. It kicks of with the amazing track "Zoom", a seriously funky maelstrom of groovy funky guitar and percussion that mixes in washes of sitar and Eastern effects here and there for a really trippy effect! The album doesn't try to duplicate the frenzy whipped up by the opener right away, and finds a much more relaxed groove in tracks like "So Long, For Now", "More About D", "Ach Kina", and "Instant Judgement" before flailing away in the exciting closer "Strings Revisited". One of the great ones from MPS – and a hugely influential one to the progression of 70s jazz funk. A really groovy record! CD

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✨✧ Rolf KuhnBest Is Yet To Come (Total Space/Symphonic Swampfire/Cucu Ear/Stereo/Spotlights/Yellow & Blue/Berlin 66/Newport 67) (9LP set) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1970s/2019. New Copy 9LP ... Out Of Stock
An amazing document of the talents of German reedman Rolf Kuhn – one of the most unique talents of his generation, and a player who's risen to great fame in recent years too – presented in a special box that features three of his 70s records for the MPS label, three more recent records, and a never-issued pair of 60s concerts with his brother, pianist Joachim Kuhn! Rolf started out on clarinet, in more traditional modes – but by the time of the three 70s MPS albums in the collection (Total Space, Symphonic Swampfire, Cucu Ear), he was exploding with new ideas that were partly taken from European avant jazz, and partly from the mish-moshing of modes that the MPS generation did so well. On the three recent albums (Stereo, Spotlights, Yellow & Blue), Rolf has an edge that's every bit as striking as the moments in the 60s when he was first really stepping outside – a legacy that's continued here on never-issued live material with his brother Joachim on piano – recorded in Berlin in 1966, and at Newport in 1967. The box set features seven full albums, all with original artwork – packaged in a handsome, limited slipcover edition. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Nicola Conte & Spiritual GalaxyLet Your Light Shine On ... CD
MPS (Germany), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Nicola Conte is completely at the top of his game here – showing us yet another level of his mighty jazz-based talents – some deeper spiritual currents than ever before, mixed with a good dose of global influences too! The record has Conte working with a hip Spiritual Galaxy ensemble, filled with key talents from labels that include Schema, Brownswood, and modern Blue Note – artists that are helping redefine the deepest currents of contemporary music, and who seem to soar even farther under the leadership of Nicola! There's vocals on most tracks – from singers who include Bridgette Amofah, Zara McFarlane, Carolina Bubbico, and Zoe Modica – but the album's equally heavy on the instrumental tip – as it includes performances from Logan Richardson on alto, Magnus Lindgren on tenor and flute, Theo Croker on trumpet, Pietro Lussu on keyboards, and Gianluca Petrella on trombone and moog. Most titles are originals, written in close collaboration with members of the group – and titles include "Uhuru Na Umoja", "Cosmic Peace", "Mystic Revelation Of The Gods", "Space Dimensions", "Tribes From The Unknown", "Afro Black", and "Essence Of The Sun". CD

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✨✧ Volker KriegelHouse Boat ... CD
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
Cool chromatic sounds from guitarist Volker Kriegel – a set that mixes his own instrumentation with vibes from Wolfgang Schulter and a fair bit of percussion too! Kriegel is always great, no matter what the setting – but here he hits a unique mode, even in comparison to his other excellent sessions for the MPS label in the 70s – almost with more of a sense of color, ala John Abercrombie – but still the kind of punch we know from his powerful talents on the guitar. Schulter's a lesser-known player, but a great one – an artist we love on the electric album by Michael Naura, The Call – and working here in equally warm company next to Kriegel. Titles include "House Boat", "Are You Really Living Next To Me", "In Your Way", "Your Face Your Voice", and "Chateau Sentimental". CD

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonExclusively For My Friends Vol 1 – Action (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
MPS (Japan), 1968. Used ... Out Of Stock
The first of a series of great "private" recordings that Oscar Peterson did for the MPS label in the late 60s – sessions done at the home of label owner Hans Georg Brunner Schwer, in a laidback and easygoing style that's different than some of his American work of the time! The group on the set features Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums, and the tunes open up nicely on some of the album's longer takes. Titles include "Easy Walker", "Tin Tin Daeo", "Like Someone In Love", and "Foggy Day". CD
(Out of print, includes obi!)

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✨✧ Singers UnlimitedSpecial Blend ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1975. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing.)
 
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Monty Alexander 7Jamento ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1978. Used ... $9.99
Nice mellow fusion from Monty, recorded in LA with a group that includes Ernest Ranglin on guitar, plus Andy Simpkins on bass, and added drums and percussion from 4 other players. There's a bit of steel drums on the record, in the style that Alexander was using on other MPS sides from the time – and the tracks have a nice mellow funky feel to them. Titles include 'Mango Rengue", "Jamento", "Sugarloaf At Twilight", "Slippery", and "Accompong". CD
(Out of print.)

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Cossi AnatzCossi Anatz – Jazz Afro-Occitan ... LP
Vendemiaire/Digger's Digest (France), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Really fantastic work from Cossi Anatz – a 70s French group who play something they term as "jazz Afro-Occitan" – a wonderful hybrid of modes that's even more compelling than you might think! At some level, the record follows from some of the experiments of Jef Gilson along these lines, and maybe a bit like some of the famous MPS jazz-meets-world recordings – but the style is also more freewheeling and open, done with more of an influence from Free jazz at times – and with rhythms that almost point the way more towards 80s experiments of this nature, particularly some from the Don Cherry side of the spectrum. The group features Michel Marre on trumpet in the lead – clearly the lead creative force, as he also wrote all the songs – and the lineup also features Jean-Marc Padovani on soprano sax and tenor, plus electric and acoustic piano, drums, and two more percussionists. Titles include "Al Coltrane", "Sarhaoui", "Bourree Du Ceor", and "Hortus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Benny BaileyBig Brass ... CD
Candid (Germany), 1960. Used ... $6.99
One of the few early albums as a leader cut by trumpeter Benny Bailey – a tremendous talent, finally getting his due! Bailey is one of the great unsung talents of jazz, and he's always made top-shelf work – from his early days with Quincy Jones, to his later years as an American expatriot, recording for European labels like Ego and MPS. This rare early session is one of the few recorded for the super-hip Candid label – and it features Bailey's trumpet at the head of a tight combo that includes Phil Woods on alto sax and bass clarinet, Julius Watkins on French Horn, Les Spann on flute and guitar, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and rhythm from Buddy Catlett on bass and Art Taylor on drums. Despite the "big brass" title, there's no horn section here – and instead, most of the numbers have that sharp-edged modern sound we associate with Candid – with Watkins horn being the only other brass instrument, alongside the lighter lines of Woods and Spann. Titles include "Hard Sock Dance", "Tipsy", "Please Say Yes", and "Maud's Mood". CD
(Out of print, please note that there is two pieces of clear tape over a few small tears on the booklet cover.)

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Big Band KatowiceMusic For My Friends ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
Funky big band from Poland – a very groovy set that's right up there with the best large group 70s sessions on MPS! The group here is very heavy on the horns – lots of trumpets and saxes – underscored by some hipper rhythms that include a bit of guitar, electric bass, and keyboards – never too much to make the record an electric one, but enough to push an older jazz mode into some groovier territory for the 70s! There's a tight stepping feel to the best numbers, and a soaring, spacious sensibility to the rest – almost a soundtrack sort of approach, given the deep colors and tones in the set. The album features a great funky remake of "Madrox", with a nice cop show break at the start, plus the funky numbers "Hey Man", "Sorcery", and "Music For My Friends". CD
Also available Music For My Friends ... LP 19.99

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Big Band KatowiceMusic For My Friends ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Funky big band from Poland – a very groovy set that's right up there with the best large group 70s sessions on MPS! The group here is very heavy on the horns – lots of trumpets and saxes – underscored by some hipper rhythms that include a bit of guitar, electric bass, and keyboards – never too much to make the record an electric one, but enough to push an older jazz mode into some groovier territory for the 70s! There's a tight stepping feel to the best numbers, and a soaring, spacious sensibility to the rest – almost a soundtrack sort of approach, given the deep colors and tones in the set. The album features a great funky remake of "Madrox", with a nice cop show break at the start, plus the funky numbers "Hey Man", "Sorcery", and "Music For My Friends". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Music For My Friends ... CD 16.99

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Gustav Brom/Polish Radio Big Band/Warsaw Stompers/Rita Reys & Pim JacobsJazz Jamboree 64 Vol 2 – Polish Radio Jazz Archives ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), 1964. New Copy ... $7.99
A set of swinging large group sounds mixed with vocal jazz numbers – all recorded at Poland's Jazz Jamboree festival in 1964! The real highlight here for us is the music of the Gustav Brom Orchestra – that cool Czech ensemble that later recorded some gems for MPS/Saba, but who here are already moving into some of their more modern conceptions – that strong sense of both color and swing that made Brom such an inventive leader. The group perform the tunes "Sonor", "Get Out Of Town", "African Nights", "Romance Of The Sea", and "Deep Water". The set also features some swinging vocal jazz numbers from the great Rita Reys from the Netherlands – working here with the Pim Jacobs Trio, who always provided her with the best sort of sounds – on titles that include "Bluesette", "Willow Weep For Me", "Moonglow", "Speak Low", and "I Get A Kick Out Of You". Andrzej Kurylewicz leads the Polish Radio Jazz Orchestra on titles that include "Cute", "Guma", and "Ballad For Anna" – and the set also features a few trad numbers from the Warsaw Stompers – including "Bat", "Panama", and "March Of The Charcoal Grays". CD

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Eugen CiceroOne & Only Eugen Cicero Trio ... LP
Columbia (Germany), Late 60s. Very Good ... $26.99
A rare non-MPS, non-classical themed album from pianist Eugen Cicero – with tracks that include Beatles tunes "Hey Jude", "Yesterday", and "Michelle" – plus "Es War Einmal Eine Liebe", "Sommerwind", "Gisela", "Yellow Days", and "Melodie In D Moll". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Eugen CiceroSwinging Tschaikowsky ... LP
Saba (Germany), 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
The early work of Austrian pianist Eugene Cicero must have been incredibly successful for the MPS/Saba label – as they cut more than a few albums that had him in this format, playing jazzy changes based on classical material by a specific composer! This set, like the others, features Cicero in the company of bassist Peter Witte and drummer Charlie Antolini, whose funky sound would show up on later MPS sessions under his own name – but who here is matching Eugene's own virtuostic energy throughout the set – controlling the strength of his rhythms one minute, then driving them hard the next! The album has a nice lively lyrical groove, and Cicero's approach to the piano is fairly compelling, with more soul than you'd expect from his highly technical approach. Titles include "Ouverture Minature", "Andante & Thema", and "Introduktion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage Japanese MPS pressing, in a heavy gatefold cover!)

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Clarke Boland Big BandHandle With Care ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good+ ... $12.99
Great work by this legendary hard swinging band – an early 60s American album issued on Atlantic Records, in the years before the Clark Boland Band's legendary run on MPS! Despite the early date, the album's got all the core elements of the band's sound in place – soaring rhythms, sharp-edged frontlines, and some great solo work by players who include Benny Bailey, Derek Humble, Jimmy Woode, Shahib Shihab, Idrees Sulieman, and Fats Sadi – coming together in a brilliant trans-Atlantic meeting of jazz talents! Tracks include "Long Note Blues", "Speedy Reeds", "Sonor", and "Om Mani Padme Hum". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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Clarke Boland Big BandJazz Is Universal ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good ... $7.99
Great early genius from the Clarke Boland Big Band – proof that Kenny and Francy were onto something great, right from the start! The album really has the group hitting the heights of their MPS years – stretching out way past earlier big band modes, into the hip mix of rhythms and soulful solos that made the ensemble unlike any other group in the 60s – a really groundbreaking approach to their music, delivered by a range of top-shelf players! Arrangements are by Boland, who also plays piano – and other group members include Benny Bailey and Jimmy Deuchar on trumpets, Derek Humble on alto sax, Carl Drewo and Zoot Sims on tenor, Sahib Shihab on baritone sax and flute, and Ake Persson on trombone – plus rhythm from the rock-solid duo of Jimmy Woode on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include the Latin-tinged "Los Bravos", and more great originals by Boland – including "Volutes", "The Styx", "Charon's Ferry", and "Box 703 Washington DC" – plus versions of "Gloria" and "Last Train From Overbrook". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red & purple label pressing with AT etch.)

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Clarke Boland Big BandOff Limits ... CD
Rearward (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $11.99
Easily the hippest of the Clarke-Boland Big Band Records from the classic years – a set of hard grooving tracks that really pushes the envelope of their style! There's a few elements here that are different than usual – such as the presence of electric piano on a few tracks, which creates a very new sound for the group, the presence of some exotic jazz influences (perhaps borrowed from the MPS Jazz Meets The World series), and the use of some edgier compositions on the set, including work by late 60s European free-thinkers, like Eddie Louiss, Albert Mangelsdorff, and John Surman. The reed work is really incredible in this setting – and is handled by Sahib Shihab, Ronnie Scott, Billy Mitchell, and Derek Humble – all of whom seem to blow with inspiration from Surman – using tones that are far more out there than usual. Titles include "Exorcisme", "Sakara", "Our Kind Of Sabi", "Osaka Calling", "Wintersong", and "Astrorama". CD
(It's hard to tell from the image, but Rearward packaged it all in a really nice case with a glossy silver metalic finish!)
Also available Off Limits ... LP 22.99

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Clarke Boland Big BandOff Limits ... LP
Rearward (Italy), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Easily the hippest of the Clarke-Boland Big Band Records from the classic years – a set of hard grooving tracks that really pushes the envelope of their style! There's a few elements here that are different than usual – such as the presence of electric piano on a few tracks, which creates a very new sound for the group, the presence of some exotic jazz influences (perhaps borrowed from the MPS Jazz Meets The World series), and the use of some edgier compositions on the set, including work by late 60s European free-thinkers, like Eddie Louiss, Albert Mangelsdorff, and John Surman. The reed work is really incredible in this setting – and is handled by Sahib Shihab, Ronnie Scott, Billy Mitchell, and Derek Humble – all of whom seem to blow with inspiration from Surman – using tones that are far more out there than usual. Titles include "Exorcisme", "Sakara", "Our Kind Of Sabi", "Osaka Calling", "Wintersong", and "Astrorama". LP, Vinyl record album
(It's hard to tell from the image, but Rearward packaged it all in a really nice sleeve with a glossy silver metalic finish!)
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Billy CobhamFunky Thide Of Sings ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Billy Cobham's always got something funky going on in his music – and this 70s classic for Atlantic Records has the drummer at the height of his powers – really mixing together jazz, rock, and funk impulses – all without some of the overindulgence of his more jamming records of the time! There's still some great trippy sounds at times – some fierce future jazz passages that have Billy's drums really propelling keyboards and guitar – but overall the tracks are short and focused, with a nice nod back to the kind of energy that Cobham brought to his sessions with other artists. One exception is the great "Moody Modes" – a sweet long electric track that almost feels like George Duke on MPS – alongside other cuts that include "A Funky Kind Of Thing", "Some Skunk Funk", and "Light At The End Of The Tunnel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has flaking on the spine and some light surface wear.)

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Francis CoppietersPiano Viberations – Small Group Jazz Featuring Piano & Jazz With Rhythm – KPM 1166 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A straight jazz set from KPM, but a great one too – a record that's a great mix of piano and vibes, handled in an almost MPS-ish sort of way! There's a few funky numbers here, and some great rhythms too – very dynamic grooves that are heavy on modal influences, and which really sparkle like some of the best European studio jazz we know from the time. The tracks are all long and well-written too – played with plenty of solo space, and a nice break from the usual sound library mode! It's a shame that the players aren't listed, but given the grooves we can hardly complain – and titles include "The Open Highway", "Funky Chimes", "Cross Talk", "Waltz On The Off Beat", "Sales Talk", "Piano In Transit", "Samba De Negra", and "Blues In The Bassment". LP, Vinyl record album

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CrashKakadu – Lost Tapes 1977 to 1978 ... LP
Sound By Sound, Late 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
That's a pretty grey living space pictured on the front cover – an image from the Soviet-controlled years in Poland, when this material was recorded – but the group Crash really have a way of coloring things up with some very groovy elements in their music! The sextet is a fusion combo, in a style that's similar to some of the best German and East European funky jazz of the time – and although they have occasional moments of jamming, they also really know how to lay back and keep things spacious overall – which makes for more soulful currents in their music than some of the other rock-inspired fusion groups of the decade! The leader of the group is trumpeter Zbigniew Czwojda, who gets in plenty of great solos – and the combo also features lots of great Fender Rhodes and moog, plus alto and sopranos sax, bass, guitar, and drums. The music here was unissued at the time, but stands with the best fusion releases of the period on Polskie Nagrania and Supraphon (and maybe even MPS) – with titles that include "Trzy Po Cztery", "Mazurek", "Michalek", "Koncowka Banderoli", and "Kakadu". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dennis Dreith BandReunion ... LP
Everland (Austria), 2018. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $5.99
A contemporary album, but one that's got the feel of a funky big band session from years back – no surprise, as Dennis Dreith and many of these players brought plenty of that magic to the LA scene back in the day! The style here hearkens towards some of the MPS or US albums of the style from the 70s – with mostly acoustic elements from the horns, held together by rhythms from electric bass, drums, and keyboards – all to forge sharp ensemble passages that step aside for a bit when the soloist comes in – yet all still while nicely holding onto the groove. The charts are great – full of color and light – and soloists include Andy Macintosh on alto, Ron King and Dan Fornero on trumpet, Gary Herbig on tenor, and John Goux on guitar. Titles include "Karuna", "Holdin On", "Second Wind", "Orient Express", "Tai Che Strut", "Qvaznak", and "Eighty Six Ninety Five Sincerely". LP, Vinyl record album

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George DukeSave The Country ... LP
Liberty/United Artists, 1970. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A really great early album from George Duke – quite different than his work for MPS to follow – and more in a groovy late 60s California mode! There's a vibe here that resonates nicely with some other late 60s sessions on Liberty Records – kind of an expansion of a Cali soul jazz mode, similar to the style the Crusaders were starting to go for – but colored in with some of Duke's obviously hip inclinations as well! George plays some great electric piano on the record – and other players include Ernie Watts on tenor and flute, and Jay Graydon on guitar – on titles that include "Soul Watcher", "Since You Asked", "Shades Of Joy", "Alcatraz", and "A Little Bit Of Seven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pickwick pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Europe Jazz All Stars (Surman/Humair/Mangelsdorff/Louiss/Pedersen)Room 1220 ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
An overlooked performance by a quintet of avant jazz masters from the European scene at the start of the 70s – one that was recorded and issued only over in Japan, but which bristles with the energy of some of the best French and German avant albums of the time! The tracks are long, and relatively free – and feature this incredible lineup of John Surman on baritone, Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, Eddie Louiss on piano and organ, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums – players who come together here with the kind of boundless surprises you'd imagine from their European recordings of the time – save maybe for Pedersen, who is surprisingly at home in this improvised setting! The cover makes the record feel like some lost gem on MPS – and the vibe is very much like the cream of that label's free jazz records of the time – with titles that include "Room 1220", "Triplet Circle", and "My Kind Of Beauty". CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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Bill EvansSome Other Time – The Lost Session From The Black Forest (2 X 180 gram pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
MPS/Resonance, 1968. New Copy ... On June 20, 2020
Never-heard studio work from the great Bill Evans – not another one of those many (and great) live performances from overseas – but a well-conceived, beautifully recorded set of tracks that were done for MPS Records in their famous studios in the Black Forest! The group here is Evans sublime trio with the great Eddie Gomez on bass and a young Jack DeJohnette on drums – perfect players for completely reworking the sound of the jazz piano trio, with all the new ideas that Bill had bursting forth at the time – and this material is the only studio session by the group, recorded right after their famous live appearance at Montreux in 1968 (documented on a well-known album on Verve.) The set's a double-length outing – recorded with the kind of crisp, clear sound that MPS brought to its other classic piano albums of the time by artists like Hampton Hawes or Tete Montoliu. The whole thing's wonderful – and Gomez has a wonderful presence in the mix – as the trio really shines on titles that include "Wonder Why", "Green Dolphin Street", "These Foolish Things", "Walkin Up", "Turn Out The Stars", "Very Early", "You Go To My Head", "Lover Man", and "Baubles Bangles & Beads". (Note: This item is not for sale online until after the opening of business on Sunday, June 21. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on Record Store Day. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, the day after Record Store Day we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bill Evans with George RussellLiving Time ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ ... $8.99
One of the most compelling Bill Evans albums of the 70s – a set that has him teaming up with arranger George Russell in a unique 8 part "Living Time" suite – on which Evans plays both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes! The sound is complex, with distinct modern tones – more in the spirit of his Symbiosis album for MPS, which would be a very good partner to this one – although Russell's vision is even more farther-reaching, and the set list here includes work by Richard Williams on trumpet, Webster Lewis on additional keyboards, and Jimmy Giuffre, Sam Rivers, and Joe Henderson on reeds! Russell composed and conducted the whole session – and this unique paring makes for a very memorable record, and one that sounds unlike any of Bill's other work. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a split spine.)

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Rob Franken ElectrificationDon't Stop ... LP
678 Records (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
Fender Rhodes and vibes – a combination that always sounds fantastic, but which maybe sounds especially great here in a rare 70s session from Dutch keyboard legend Rob Franken! Rob's usually fantastic, no matter what the setting – but here, he's working on a set of spacious grooves that get plenty of great tones and colors from the vibes of Wolfgang Schulter – who works alongside Rob in a groove that's right up there with some of the best MPS funky electric jazz from the early 70s! About half the tracks on the set were written by German pianist Michael Naura – who himself was also doing some great Fender Rhodes work in the 70s – and titles include "Call", "Samba For Sander", "Song For Josef", "Barracuda", "Brown Out", "Concensus", and "Serenade For Myself". LP, Vinyl record album

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Free CooperationFree Cooperation – Polish Radio Jazz Archives Vol 18 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), 1985. New Copy ... $9.99
Soaring work from a Polish ensemble of the 80s – a group who definitely have some of the free cooperation promised by their name – but also resonate with a range of other elements too! At some level, these guys remind us of the more inventive bigger bands that broke on the European scene at the end of the 60s – especially those famously recorded by MPS – but they also sparkle here with touches from both the Polish free jazz and fusion worlds of the 70s – as they can be tight one minute, use electric elements the next, yet still let some of their soloists step out in very striking ways. We don't recognize the players from other groups or records – and we know a fair bit of other Polish jazz – but we can say that the ensemble features three trumpets, alto sax, other reeds, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. Titles are compositions by Wojciech Konikiewicz and Wojciech Czajkowski – and titles include "56", "Promotion", "Swingu Dangu", "Bartek 23 In Short", and "Klaus Patera". CD

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Erroll GarnerGemini ... CD
London/Mack Avenue, 1971. New Copy ... On April 24, 2020
Erroll Garner gets a great added boost here – thanks to Jose Mangual Jr, who plays congas on this great date from 1971! The presence of Mangual's congas make the album sound a bit like some of the George Shearing Amigos albums on MPS – a sound that still echoes the older modes of the players, but which has a slightly more contemporary groove – one that's almost slightly funky at points. Titles include "Eldorado", "Something", "Gemini", "How High The Moon", "It Could Happen To You", and "These Foolish Things". CD

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✨✧ Herb Geller with Mark MurphyRhyme & Reason (Discovery pressing) ... LP
Discovery, 1975. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of the most amazing albums ever cut by reedman Herb Geller – a really unique overseas session from the 70s, and quite different than his initial recordings of the 50s! Herb's working here in a cool mix of electric and acoustic modes, with a vibe that's very much in the best funky MPS style – and the set also features some excellent vocals from Mark Murphy, who sings in this spacey, stretched-out way that's some of his hippest work on record – very much at the best level of his early 70s recordings for Muse! Tracks are quite long, and very hip – with long instrumental passages which are then augmented wonderfully by the vocals. Herb himself plays tenor, alto, soprano sax, and a number of flutes – and other players include Rob Franken on Fender Rhodes and Arp, Philip Catherine on guitar, Wolfgang Schluter on vibes, Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet, and Gottfried Bottger on moog and organ! Titles include the wonderfully spacey "Space A La Mode", a nice slow electric builder – and the classic "Power Of A Smile" – plus "Sudden Senility" and "Rhyme & Reason Time" – the last of which features vocals by Earl Jordan, not Murphy. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small piece of clear tape on the top seam and hint of seam splitting on the bottom – but is nice overall.)

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Dusko GoykovichSlavic Mood ... CD
RCA/Elemental (Spain), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the greatest albums ever from trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – a session that follows strongly in his Swinging Macedonia session from a decade before – and which, like that one, mixes up jazz with a range of Eastern European influences! The tracks are all originals by Goykovich, played by a quintet that's heavy on modal rhythms and warmly rolling grooves – a style that would be right at home on the MPS label, but which has gotten very little exposure over the years, thanks to the rarity of this Italian-only release! Dusko plays trumpet, and other instrumentation includes tenor and soprano sax by Ben Thompson, piano by Vince Benedetti, bass by Joe Nay, and drums by Andy Scherrer. The whole thing's a work of incredible depth and beauty, and is definitely one of the records to seek out if you've heard Goykovich's name over the years, but haven't yet latched onto his genius! Titles include "Kosmet", "East Of Montenegro", "Flying Rome", "Got No Money", and "Slavic Mood". CD

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Joanne GrauerJoanne Grauer Trio ... LP
Mode, 1957. Very Good- ... $24.99
The earliest record we've ever seen from Joanne Grauer – a pianist we know best from her electric 70s session on MPS, but who steps out here 20 years before in a warm acoustic set! The format is spare and straightforward, but Joanne's got a bluesy touch on the keys that's really surprising – one that's almost gutbuckety at times, and which leaps along more forcefully than we might expect from the arty cover image on the front. The rhythm team on the session features Buddy Clark on bass and Mel Lewis on drums – but Joanne's playful work on the keys is the key feature of the album, especially on the tunes "Happy Is The Sheepherder", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Invitation", "I'll Remember April", "Dancing Nitely", and the sweet original "Mood For Mode". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove. Cover has some gloss peel along the opening and Complimentary ink stamps on back.)

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Scott Hamilton/Gianni Basso/Eje ThelinJazz Jamboree '79 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A collection of tunes recorded at Poland's legendary Jazz Jamboree festival in 1979! The best of these is the jazz groover "Carneval" – an upbeat, uptempo dancer handled by the Eje Thelin group with a tight and percussive edge. The track feels like a tasty MPS number from the early 70s – and is really the cut that we'd really recommend as the one to get the record for! Scott Hamilton's group plays two trad-ish tracks – "The Man I Love" and "Struttin With Some Barbeque" – and "Pec A Sec" is a Hank Mobley tune, done straight and soulfully by a quartet led by tenor player Gianni Basso, and featuring drums by Tullio De Piscopo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small sticker.)

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Gene HarrisAstral Signal ... LP
Blue Note, 1974. Very Good- ... $18.99
A masterpiece from Gene Harris – an album that's probably been his biggest influence on the sound of soul in the 21st Century, and for good reason too! The set moves way beyond both Harris' acoustic piano roots in the Three Sounds, and his other electric sides of the 70s – into sublime spacey territory that's wrapped up in soul – as much a pinnacle of his musical vision as early 70s records were for Herbie Hancock or George Duke! The vibe here is a bit between the looser styles of Duke's MPS recordings, and the tighter grooves of the Mizell generation – and arrangements are by Harris, Harvey Mason, and Jerry Peters, the latter of whom really adds some great elements to the record. Harvey's drums make for a great funky undercurrent – and the album features the funky break track "Higga-Boom", the great groover "Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong", and the cuts "Rebato Summer", "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey", "Love Talkin", "I Remember Summer", "Green River", and "My Roots". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split top and bottom seams.)

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Hampton HawesI'm All Smiles ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1966. Used ... $8.99
Beautiful 60s work from Hampton Hawes – a set from the middle of the decade, a period when he wasn't recorded all that often – but one not issued by Contemporary until his American revival in the 70s! The group's got a wickedly fluid feel – not just Hamp's always-amazing piano, but also great drums from Donald Bailey and some especially great bass from Red Mitchell – really hitting those rounded, warm tones that would flower even more boldly during his time overseas. The sound is great – almost more of a Saba/MPS piano set than the usual Contemporary bag – and titles include "I'm All Smiles", "Searchin", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Spring Is Here", and "Manha De Carnaval". CD
(Out of print.)

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Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & BrassTouchdown ... LP
Polydor (Germany), 1977. Very Good+ ... $48.99
One of Peter Herbolzheimer's classic post-MPS funk albums from Germany, and a nice set of grooves with that classic Rhythm Combination large group groove! The group features performances by some excellent MPS/Saba type players, including Rob Franken on Fender Rhodes, and Ferdinand Povel on tenor and soprano sax – and there's also some vocals on a few tracks by Don Adams – the soul singer working overseas. Good tracks include "Timeline", "Spain", "Madcap", and "Inka's Return". LP, Vinyl record album

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Milt Jackson & Ray BrownThat's The Way It Is ... CD
Impulse/Victor (Japan), 1969. Used ... $19.99
At the end of the 60s, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown cut some very groovy records together – teamed up in a great pairing of styles that pushed both of them way past the more standard sounds of earlier years! This album's one of the best of the bunch – as it features pianist Monty Alexander joining the pair, bringing in some warmly soulful elements on piano – in ways that are a great bridge between his work for MGM and MPS! The set also features great tenor from Teddy Edwards – blowing with a deep tone and a sharp edge – and in addition to vibes by Jackson and bass by Brown, the group also features Dick Berk on drums. The set was recorded live at Shelly's Manne-Hole – and titles include Alexander's "That's The Way It Is", plus "Blues In The Basement", "Wheelin & Dealin", and "Tenderly". CD
(20 bit mastering.)

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Milt Jackson & The Monty Alexander TrioSoul Fusion ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1977. Used ... $7.99
Milt Jackson joins the Monty Alexander Trio – bringing a new level of sound to the group that had already been winning our hearts with their 70s work on MPS! The style here is easygoing and soulful – that flowing Alexander groove that reached its zenith in the 70s – and Milt seems to be very much at home in the setting, lightly kicking in some slightly sharper edges to the tracks. The record's a wonderfully well-rounded set – with a sound that's great even in the mellower moments – and titles include "Soul Fusion", "Bossa Nova Do Marilla", "3000 Miles Ago", "Yano", "Once I Loved", and "Isn't She Lovely". CD

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Milt Jackson & The Monty Alexander TrioSoul Fusion ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
Milt Jackson joins the Monty Alexander Trio – bringing a new level of sound to the group that had already been winning our hearts with their 70s work on MPS! The style here is easygoing and soulful – that flowing Alexander groove that reached its zenith in the 70s – and Milt seems to be very much at home in the setting, lightly kicking in some slightly sharper edges to the tracks. The record's a wonderfully well-rounded set – with a sound that's great even in the mellower moments – and titles include "Soul Fusion", "Bossa Nova Do Marilla", "3000 Miles Ago", "Yano", "Once I Loved", and "Isn't She Lovely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Horst JankowskiStill More Genius of Jankowski ... LP
Mercury, 1966. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Fantastic piano work from the very groovy Horst Jankowski – an artist who's really stepping into his own with this sweet mid 60s album! The set still follows the balance of electric bass and hard piano sounds from Horst – but it also fleshes out the music in a really great way, by adding in these lovely larger backings from the Erwinh Lehn orchestra – every bit as full of color as on their classic album for MPS! The Lehn touch is a great one – and makes the whole thing really sound wonderful – with that balance of tonal complexity and straightforward groove that made some of the MPS/Saba productions so great. Titles include "Violets In March", "Elmer's Tune", "Black Forest Holiday", "Shadow of Your Smile", "Danke Danke", "Sir Scotch Whiskey", and "Let's Live a Little". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Jazz Rock ExperienceLet Yourself Go ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1969/1970. New Copy ... $14.99
Fantastic work from a group who are way more than just the sum of their name! The combo is definitely jazz, only a bit rock, and really provide a funky experience on most of their numbers – in the same sort of wicked blend of acoustic and electric jazz elements that you'd find on MPS Records at the start of the 70s! The musicians here are Swiss, but come from the same mindset as that famous German label – and like some of their contemporaries across the European scene, they were young players who were really open to new ideas – which they let flow from their fingers over the course of these cool long tracks! The lineup shifts a bit over the course of these recordings, and there's some real surprises in the roster of musicians –w ith players who include Bruno Spoerri on electric tenor and sopranino sax, Dave Lee on vibes, Hans Kennel on trumpet, Christy Doran on guitar, Freddy Meier on tenor, Kenny Schmidt on drums, Hans Foletti on bass, and even a young Irene Schweizer on electric piano. Titles include "If It Wasn't For Dicky", "Krivo Sadovsko Choro", "The Starter", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "Cheyenne", "Blues No Blues", and a version of the James Brown tune "Let Yourself Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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Leif Johansson's OrchestraJo Jo ... LP
Metronome (Denmark), 1979. Very Good+ ... $28.99
A fantastic bit of jazz from Denmark – recorded at the end of the 70s, but much more like some of the hippest MPS/Saba experiments of the late 60s! The group's led by drummer Lief Johansson, and has a way of moving through larger arrangements with the mix of modernism and swing we love from Clark Boland Big Band, or the work of Gustav Brom in his prime. There's a cool wordless vocalist on a few tracks – singer Tove Norholdt, who hits these cool Scandia tones – and other players include Erling Kroner on trombone, Anders Muller on piano, Per Goldschmidt on baritone and tenor, Jesper Nehammer on alto and tenor, and Michael Hove on baritone, soprano, and alto. Includes versions of the Mingus tunes "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "Peggy's Blue Skylight", and "Selfportrait In Three Colors" – plus originals "The Hi-Lief Suite", "Jo Jo", and "I'm Trying I'm Dying". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but this is a nice copy overall.)

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Wojciech KarolakEasy! ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A totally groovy set from mid 70s Poland – and a record that jumps around with the same energy as the best MPS work from the late 60s! The album's a larger group effort from keyboards Wojciech Karolak – one that features work on Hammond and electric piano set against some nicely grooving arrangements from Jan Ptasyn Wroblewski – in styles that are modern, yet also quite funky at times – almost offering a weirdly twisted version of organ-driven records that were coming out on Verve or Blue Note at the end of the 60s. The Novi Singers throw in a bit of wordless vocals on a few tracks in the set, and the record also features nice solos by Tomasz Stanko and Zbigniew Namyslowski – but the main focus is definitely on Karolak's keyboards, which are amazingly versatile throughout the set! Titles include "A Day In The City", "Instant Groove", "Easy", "Why Not Samba", "Seven Shades Of Blue", and "Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bernd KonradTraumtanzer ... LP
Hat Hut, 1980. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The kind of session you might be more likely to find on the MPS label than the Hat Hut one – with kind of an arch-modernist sound, instead of a totally free one! Bernd Konrad plays soprano and baritone – with Hans Koller on tenor and sopranino and Christoph Spendel on piano – and tracks include "Jeannerette", "Nordlicht", and "Phonolith". LP, Vinyl record album

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KoopWaltz For Koop – Alternative Takes ... CD
Compost/Quango, 2003. Used ... $4.99
One of our favorite albums of the early 00's – remixed! Waltz For Koop was an amazing debut for Koop – a set of tunes that drew heavily from real jazz of the 60s and 70s, and which fit perfectly in a tradition of modal jazz grooves that stretched back to the glory days of the European MPS scene! The tracks were all instant classics that helped restore our faith in modern music – and here, they're getting some really loving treatment from a host of remixers that include some of the best of the current European club jazz underground. Titles include "Baby (O Malicious rmx)", "Tonight (Nicola Conte new jazz version)", "Summer (Markus Enochson rmx)", "Bright Nights (Rima techno chimp dub)", "Summer Sun (Carlito rmx)", "Waltz For Koop (DJ Patife rmx)", "Relaxin At Club F***n (Dorfmeister vs Madrid De Los Austrias rmx)", and "Modal Mile (2 Banks Of 4 rmx)". CD

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Mike MainieriJourney Thru An Electric Tube ... LP
Solid State, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
An excellent lost album of funky vibes! Mike Mainieri's not always the greatest player in the world, but he really shines on this set – a solid electric groover that feels like some of the work that Dave Pike cut for MPS. Mainieri's vibes are at the core of the group, but there's also some great funky flute by Jeremy Steig, bass by Chuck Rainey, and guitar by Joe Beck. The drummer really kicks it nicely, too – and the best cuts have a driving beat underneath that works well with the modal playing of the vibes and flute. There's also vocals on three cuts, but they're really pretty spare, and they give the record a nice groovy touch. Includes the cuts "The Bush", "It's All Becoming Clear Now", "The Wind", and "Allow Your Mind To Wander". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and some wear.)

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Werner MullerFeuilleton In Jazz (10 inch LP) ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Great ensemble jazz from the German scene of the postwar years – music that's got lots of hip twists and turns, a bit like some of the later music from the great Raymond Scott and his orchestra! Werner Muller made a fair bit of instrumental albums on the German scene of the 60s – but most of them were lounge or mood music albums – which makes these jazzier sessions come as a nice surprise – as the tunes are almost a precursor of some of the more inventive European big band work that would show up on labels like MPS, or some of the sounds from the Eastern European scene. The group here is large – billed as an "orchestra", but probably about 20 members in all – and Muller uses them in a way that's nicely inventive, running through tunes from a variety of sources that all benefit a lot from inventive arrangements and strong ensemble talents of the musicians! All tracks are unreleased – and two tracks feature vocals by Caterina Valente, "Pavane" and "Sakura Sakura" – alongside instrumental titles "Blues In Studio 7", "Overture In Jazz", "Caravan/C Jam Blues", and "Feuilleton In Jazz". LP, Vinyl record album

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Werner MullerJazz Mutations ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1961. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Great ensemble jazz from the German scene of the postwar years – music that's got lots of hip twists and turns, a bit like some of the later music from the great Raymond Scott and his orchestra! Werner Muller made a fair bit of instrumental albums on the German scene of the 60s – but most of them were lounge or mood music albums – which makes these jazzier sessions come as a nice surprise – as the tunes are almost a precursor of some of the more inventive European big band work that would show up on labels like MPS, or some of the sounds from the Eastern European scene. The group here is large – billed as an "orchestra", but probably about 20 members in all – and Muller uses them in a way that's nicely inventive, running through tunes from a variety of sources that all benefit a lot from inventive arrangements and strong ensemble talents of the musicians! All tracks are unreleased – and titles on this volume include "Jazz Mutations", "Blues Variationen", "Jazz Suite", "Jazzific 59/16", and a version of Francy Boland's "Total Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Minoru Muraoka & New Dimension GroupBamboo ... LP
King/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99 28.98
60s jazz meets Japanese bamboo flute – all in a session with a great mix of groovy and exotic touches! The record's a unique meeting of jazz and folkloric elements – done in a style that's a bit like some of the late 60s sessions of this nature on MPS, but a fair bit groovier overall – as the tracks are shorter and more focused, and often have a nice sort of bounce at the bottom. Flute is by Minoru Muraoka, and arrangements are by Takashi Ikeda and Kozaburo Yamaki, conducting their New Dimension and New Emotion groups respectively. Bits of sitar bring in an even groovier sound to the record – and the flute itself has some oddly off-kilter notes that further trip out the tunes. Titles include "Soul Bamboo", "Take Five", "The Positive & The Negative", "Call Me", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", and "Scarborough Fair". LP, Vinyl record album

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Novi SingersTorpedo ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's one of the group's greatest – a set that really has them pushing past their initial American influences, into a fluid style that was quite revolutionary for the time – and which pushed the style of a vocal group like this to a whole new level. Tracks are complicated, but never too much so – and the mix of male and female voices is brought out beautifully, with similar warmth to the Singers Unlimited sides for MPS – but in a mode that's often much more groovy and hip! Most tunes are originals, and they feel like some of the best sound library vocal work from the time – such as the work of Barbara Moore. Titles include "Hurry Hurry", "Torpedo", "Misfit", "Something Special", "Quartus", "Right Now", "All Together", and "Last Day On Bondi Beach". LP, Vinyl record album

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Olivier Peters Quartet featuring Joan JohnsonWings Of Spring ... LP
Village (Germany), 1980. Very Good ... $6.99
A sweet little album of breezy jazz – with vocals by Joan Johnson on a number of tracks, and that modally grooving post-MPS sound that still resonated strongly on a few German labels at the end of the 70s! The real star here is Peters, whose work on saxes is great – kind of pinched in tone, in a snaking way that bubbles soulfully out of the album's best tracks. Johnson's vocals are nice, too – but they come to their strongest point when really challenged by Peters reed work, and by the driving piano of Walter Norris, who's also in the group. Titles include "Kekay", "Mr Steve", "Wings Of Steve", "Morning Mist", and "Happy Endings". LP, Vinyl record album
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Oscar PettifordWe Get The Message ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1958. New Copy ... $18.99
Never-heard work from the legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded at a time when he was making some very big waves on the European scene! During the 50s, Pettiford not only helped revolutionize the role of the bass in jazz, but also helped bring that instrument to new possibilities in the role of a leader – working in groups that were usually as great as this one – a smoking lineup that features Hans Koller on tenor and alto, Attila Zoller on guitar, and Kenny Clarke on drums – all playing with energy that's about as tight, sharp, and soulful as you could hope for the German scene of the postwar years! Like Clarke, Pettiford's presence on the scene really helped lay the groundwork for a big explosion of talent in the MPS/Saba years – and the sound of that later label is definitely heard here in gestation – especially on some of the tunes that add in additional players who include Gerd Dudek on tenor and Willia Sanner on baritone. Titles include "Cohn's Lament", "Stalag 414", "Willi Der Bar", "Dark Glow", and "Gertberg Walk". CD
 
 
 



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