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Dexter Gordon & Slide HamptonDay In Copenhagen (MPS) ... LP
MPS, 1970. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A tremendous European meeting of tenorist Dexter Gordon and trombonist Slide Hampton – brought together in this impeccable sextet session for MPS – a real standout in the label's straight jazz catalog over the years! By the time of the set, Gordon had been working heavily in Europe, especially Copenhagen – a locale where he was given ample freedom to stretch out and really explore his tone and phrasing. Hampton had also kicked around the continent a fair bit too, but in a tighter format, doing arrangements for others and working in bigger groups – and it's actually his careful touch that really helps shape the sound of the set – by bringing Gordon's groove into a focus more strongly than before, and reminding us that Dex was a great group player when he wanted to be! The frontline features Gordon's tenor, Hampton's trombone, and the trumpet of Dizzy Reece – often stating the heads in a fluidly soulful way, then breaking out nicely with individual voices – very much in the best Blue Note mode. Rhythm is by the trio of Kenny Drew on piano, Art Taylor on drums, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and titles include 3 excellent originals by Hampton – "A New Thing", "My Blues", and "A Day In Vienna" – plus a wicked almost-Lee Morgan-esque take on "What's New", and versions of "Shadow Of Your Smile" and "You Don't Know What Love Is". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s PAUSA pressing in a non-gatefold cover.)
 
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Count BasieBasic Basie ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Nothing basic about this album by Count Basie – as the album has the legend working for the MPS label – whose own big band scene he really helped inspire! The band here is really dynamic – working with great arrangements from Chico O'Farrill, who's inherent sense of groove really gets things going from the start – which creates plenty of energy for the horn work by players who include Bobby Plater and Marshall Royal on alto, Eric Dixon on flute and tenor, Eddie Lockjaw Davis on additional tenor, Grover Mitchell on trombone, and Oscar Brashear and Sonny Cohn on trumpets. Basie himself plays piano – with that legendary punctuated style that's still quite strong at this point – and titles include "M Squad", "Blues In My Heart", "Sweet Lorraine", "Red Roses For A Blue Lady", "As Long As I Live", and "I've Got The World On A String". CD

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Clarke Boland Big BandAll Smiles ... LP
MPS, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
A hard slammer from the Clarke-Boland Big Band – recorded when the band was burning up the road in Europe, taking great players and audiences in one fell swoop, coming up with some of the strongest straight jazz of their generation! The album features stunning solos all around by an all-star mix of American and European players that includes Benny Bailey, Johnny Griffin, Tony Coe, Dave Pike, Sahib Shihab, and Ronnie Scott – all coming together with incredibly fluidity, yet also breaking out for some massive solos on their own! Arrangements are by Boland – tight, right, and outta site – and titles include "Let's Face The Music & Dance", "High School Cadets", "By Strauss", "Gloria", "Sweet & Lovely", "Get Out Of Town", and "I'm All Smiles". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Unipak cover has clear tape on seams, radio station sticker, edge wear, notes in pen inside, and ink stamps on labels.)

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Clarke Boland Big BandComplete Live Recordings At Ronnie Scott's – Volcano/Rue Chaptal ... CD
MPS/Rearward (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99 24.98
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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Wolfgang Dauner & Et CeteraKnirsch ... CD
MPS/Promising (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
Mad MPS material from Wolfgang Dauner – right up there with some of the wildest records on the label during the 70s! The album's easily one of Dauner's most striking sessions – a set that has him handling a whole host of electric keyboards, and working with a group that also includes fuzzy guitar from Larry Coryell, bass from Gunter Lenz, and some really heavy drums from Jon Hiseman and Fred Braceful! Some moments are tight and funky, while others offer up a sweet spacey vibe – and overall, the album's got a perfect blend of MPS groove and some of the freakier, more far-reaching elements of the German scene at the time. The group take on a killer version of Coryell's classic "The Really Great Escape" – then roll into Dauner gems that include "Yin", "Sun", "Tuning Spread", and "Yan" – which features some guest voice and sound effects from Richard Ketterer. CD

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Wolfgang Dauner QuintetOimels ... CD
MPS/Long Hair (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... $19.99 26.99
A madly tripped out session from keyboardist Wolfgang Dauner – quite possibly one of THE most archetypal albums on MPS! The record's got a really mad groove that mixes together funky jazz, Indian music, and some of the weirder sounds floating around the European scene at the end of the 60s – handled here by Dauner on both piano and organ, plus guitar and sitar from Sigi Schwab, bass and cello from Eberhard Weber, and some especially heavy drum work from Roland Wittich! The record is famously known for the sitar funk number "Take Off Your Clothes To Feel The Setting Sun" – a track that also features vocals from Wolfgang – and other numbers have a very similar feel – throwing in a bit of vocals where you might not expect, and blowing part even familiar tunes with a madly tripped out version of psychedelic jazz! Titles include "Take Off Your Clothes", "Greensleeves", "Come On In On In", "Day In The Life", "Uwii", and "Dig My Girl". CD

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George DukeInner Source (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
A fantastic set that features the best recordings ever done by George Duke for MPS! The set's a 2LP package that compiles the sessions Solus and The Inner Source – both of which feature Duke in his purest form, at the height of his spacey keyboard powers, in settings that are neither too funky, too goofy, or too over the top. There's a lively mixture of jazzy playing, Latin riffing, and pure MPS modal grooving – and the record contains the material by Duke that always shows up on MPS comps, but which you can never actually find. Duke doesn't sing, and instead concentrates on leading the group and hitting some wonderful solos on the keys. Players include Armando Peraza on percussion, Luis Gasca on trumpet, and Jerome Richardson on reeds – and the vibe is warm, wonderful, and extremely soulful. If you've ever wondered why people consider George so great, this is the stuff to check out – as it's amazingly put together, with a sound that blows away most of his other albums. Titles include "Au-Right", "My Soul", "Manya", "Sweet Bite", "Always Constant", "Solus", "Nigerian Numberuma", "Feels So Good", and "Some Time Ago". Great stuff, and extremely difficult to find! LP, Vinyl record album

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Stephane Grappelli & The Diz Disley TrioViolinspiration ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
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". CD

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George GruntzSt Peter Power ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1968. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
Wild stuff! George Gruntz plays this big ol' church organ in Switzerland, and he runs through a tight set of jazz standards, like "Lonely Woman", "I'll Remember Clifford", "Django", "Summertime", and "God Bless The Child". Eberhard Weber and Daniel Humair back him up, but not in the usual rhythm section way, since the organ overpowers most of their subtle efforts. They mostly add punctuation, and lots of nice fills between the washes of sound that Gruntz gets from the organ. The album's another unique one for MPS, and with a sound that should be hokey, but which is actually stunningly wonderful. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red MPS label, too. Top cover seam is unglued.)

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Jim HallIt's Nice To Be With You – Jim Hall In Berlin ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $27.99 28.99
A wonderful album from guitarist Jim Hall – different than some of his other work, and with a slightly harder edge! The unique session has him playing in an MPS 60s mode – more straight-on than some of his more airy moments – with a sound and tone that still recalls his work with Paul Desmond or Art Farmer, but a more direct approach, and an occasional groove as well! The trio's as unique as the record – the great Jimmy Woode on bass and drums from Daniel Humair – and titles include "Blue Joe", "Romaine", "Young One For Debra", "Body & Soul", and a great version of "Up Up & Away", which soars to the sky in a way you'd never expect from Jim! LP, Vinyl record album

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Lionel Hampton with Milt Buckner & The All StarsAlive & Jumping ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A great revival moment for some older jazz giants – all players who really catch fire here in the MPS scene of the 70s! The record features the vibes of Lionel Hampton in the lead (and, if the cover is to be believed, also a bit of drums) – and also includes excellent work from Milt Buckner on Hammond (one of his last sessions ever) – plus especially strong work from Cat Anderson on trumpet and Eddie Chamblee on tenor – both players who really get to step out here a bit at times, and remind us what they can do when they really get a chance to wail! Other players in the small group include Billy Mackel on guitar and Paul Moen on alto – and titles include "Midnight Sun", "Avalon", "Funky Mama", and "I'm Confessin" – plus the obligatory jam on "Flying Home". CD

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Freddie HubbardHub Of Hubbard (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99 23.99
A classic European date from Freddie Hubbard – recorded right around the vintage of his Red Clay years, but with a sound that hearkens back more towards his Blue Note sessions of the mid 60s! There's a nicely angular feel to this set – that bold, modern quality that really set Hubbard apart from other players of his generation – and while some of the songs show Freddie's growing love of longer, more openly rhythmic tunes – there's also still a sharper focus on the bold talents of the soloists. Freddie's on trumpet throughout, and other players include Eddie Daniels on tenor – still really sounding great at this point, with a surprisingly hard edge – plus Roland Hanna on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Titles include "Blues For Duane", "The Things We Did Last Summer", and "Without A Song" – and all tracks are long. LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe PassIntercontinental ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
One of the grooviest records we've ever heard from guitarist Joe Pass – a sweet European session for MPS, and one with a very different feel than some of his US recordings! The setting's a trio, with a feel that's more open than some of Joe's pop-jazz sets from the 60s – and the rhythms are warmly fluid, in ways that allow Pass to play some great open-handed solos that spin out wonderfully – hanging softly in air, almost with Jim Hall-like qualities, although a bit more inside overall. The rest of the group features Eberhard Weber on bass and Kenny Clare on drums – and titles include a great version of "Ode To Billy Joe", plus "Chloe", "I Love You", "Joe's Blues", "Watch What Happens", and "El Gento". CD

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Oscar PetersonExclusively For My Friends (4CD set) ... CD
MPS/Verve, Early 70s. Used 4 CDs ... $19.99
Oscar Peterson on piano with Ray Brown and Sam Jones on bass, and Bobby Durham, Ed Thigpen, and Louis Hayes on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Oscar PetersonMotions & Emotions ... LP
MPS, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Pure genius from Oscar Peterson – one of his finest moments ever! The record is very different than most of Oscar's over-recorded trio format ones – and features Claus Ogerman crafting some impeccable backings of lofty strings and compressed horns, creating a pillow of air that takes Oscar's piano to the sky and beyond, floating into realms never dreamed of on other LPs! The set sparkles with a strident MPS easy groove – completely sublime, with a perfectness that we'd ascribe to a rare few albums, such as the similar-grooving Jobim album Wave, also helped out tremendously by Ogerman. Titles include "Dreamsville", "Sally's Tomato", "Sunny", "Wave", "Wandering", and "Ode To Billy Joe". LP, Vinyl record album
(A gorgeous vintage Japanese pressing – heavy gatefold cover, with obi! XS 98 MP)

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Oscar Peterson & Milt JacksonReunion Blues ... LP
MPS, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
The piano of Oscar Peterson meets the vibes of Milt Jackson – and the result is a wonderfully groovy set! We can't remember when the 2 players had worked together before in order to have such "reunion" – but they work together beautifully on this session, with Jackson's vibes bringing in a whole new range of colors, tones, and sounds to the usual Peterson set! As with the other MPS recordings in Oscar's career, the sound here is impeccable – very well done, and in a way that has the ringing tones of both players floating in air beautifully next to each other. Ray Brown's bass and the drums of Louis Hayes complete the group – and titles include "Satisfaction", "Dream Of You", "When I Fall In Love", "Red Top", "Reunion Blues", and "Some Day My Prince Will Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Dutch pressing in a gatefold cover.)

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Oscar Peterson with Singers UnlimitedIn Tune ... LP
MPS, 1971. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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
(US pressing. Cover has some wear, staining and a lightly bent corner.)

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✨✧ Dave Pike SetNoisy Silence – Gentle Noise (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Noisy Silence-Gentle Noise (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 34.99

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Dave Pike SetNoisy Silence-Gentle Noise (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
MPS (Japan), 1969. Used Gatefold ... $34.99
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
(Out of print – and includes obi!)

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Jean Luc PontySunday Walk (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99
A really beautiful early album from the legendary Jean-Luc Ponty – a set that's maybe more straight jazz than some of his later work, and which also represents a pivotal shift in the use of the violin in jazz! Ponty's phrasing here is very different than previous players who handled the instrument in such a setting – almost more informed by a saxophone than earlier instrumentalists – often with notes that are not nearly as sweet as others, and heard to perfection in the company of this quartet! The whole group is great – Wolfgang Dauner on acoustic piano, also straighter than in later years – plus Niels Henning Orsted Pederson on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. Titles include "Sunday Walk", "Cat Coach", "Suite For Claudia", and "Carole's Garden". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – remastered from the original tapes!)

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Jean Luc Ponty & Wolfgang DaunerLive At The Bern Jazz Festival 2011 ... CD
MPS (Germany), 2011. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Two older greats from the MPS label scene of the 70s – coming together here in a later set that shows a wonderful maturation of their talents! Both Jean-Luc Ponty and Wolfgang Dauner had an early talent to stun the ears with great use of electronics – but both musicians are all-acoustic here, and really sounding wonderful in a set of extended duets recorded at the Bern Jazz Festival! Dauner's got a stunning ear for the full range of tones and colors in the piano – almost as if he inherited a new sonic spectrum from his early electronic experiments, then turned them back to straighter jazz – in modes that also have Ponty following suit with these long-flowing lines that remind us how great he can be in just the right mode. Each player gets one solo track, but the record is mostly duet material – and titles include "Suite For Claudia", "Once Upon A Dream", "Pamukkale", "Sketch Up & Downer", "Hong Kong Fu", and "Two Thousand One Years Ago". CD
Also available Live At The Bern Jazz Festival 2011 ... LP 28.99

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Jean Luc Ponty & Wolfgang DaunerLive At The Bern Jazz Festival 2011 ... LP
MPS (Germany), 2011. New Copy ... $28.99
Two older greats from the MPS label scene of the 70s – coming together here in a later set that shows a wonderful maturation of their talents! Both Jean-Luc Ponty and Wolfgang Dauner had an early talent to stun the ears with great use of electronics – but both musicians are all-acoustic here, and really sounding wonderful in a set of extended duets recorded at the Bern Jazz Festival! Dauner's got a stunning ear for the full range of tones and colors in the piano – almost as if he inherited a new sonic spectrum from his early electronic experiments, then turned them back to straighter jazz – in modes that also have Ponty following suit with these long-flowing lines that remind us how great he can be in just the right mode. Each player gets one solo track, but the record is mostly duet material – and titles include "Suite For Claudia", "Once Upon A Dream", "Pamukkale", "Sketch Up & Downer", "Hong Kong Fu", and "Two Thousand One Years Ago". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Live At The Bern Jazz Festival 2011 ... CD 14.99

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Baden PowellEstudos ... CD
MPS, 1974. Used ... $16.99
One of Baden Powell's most intimate records – recorded in Hawaii in 1971, and featuring solo guitar work, very much in keeping with the Estudos title of the record. The tracks are all originals by Baden, and although there's some rhythmic moments, the real emphasis is on complicated guitar work. Titles include "Pai", "Pra Valer", "Crepusculo", "E Isso Ai", and "Ultimo Porto". CD
(Out of print.)

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George RussellAt Beethoven Hall ... LP
Saba/MPS (Germany), 1969. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A classic live set that has Don Cherry joining George Russell's group that included Ray Pitts on tenor, Bertil Loevgren on trumpet, and Brian Trentham on trombone. The record is one of Russell's strongest, and manages to escape from some of the overly academic scoring that his albums are sometimes subject to. Titles include "Freein Up", "Lydia & Her Friends", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s US pressing. Cover has some light wear, but vinyl is great.)

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Eddie Sauter/Andre Hodeir/Modern Jazz QuartetHistoric Donaueschingen Jazz Concert 1957 ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1957. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Titles include "Dodo" and "Kinetic Energy" by Eddie Sauter, "Jordu" and "Paradoxe II" by Andre Hodier, and "Three Windows" and "JB Blues" by The Modern Jazz Quartet. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on PAUSA. Cover has minimal wear and a small dent at the opening.)

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George ShearingWay We Are ... LP
MPS, 1974. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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
(Nice Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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George ShearingWay We Are (US pressing) ... LP
MPS, 1974. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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
(Cover has a lightly bent corner, but is nice overall.)

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George Shearing Trio500 Miles High ... LP
MPS, 1977. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A groovy overseas date from George Shearing – one of those special 70s sessions on MPS, which always seem to sparkle than his work on other labels! The group includes Louis Stewart on guitar and Niels Henning Orsted Pederson on bass – on titles that include "Old Folks", "Jordu", "Cheryl", "500 Miles High", and "Invitation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert – KUX 137 P.)

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Singers UnlimitedEventide ... LP
MPS, 1977. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Sweetly dreamy vocal group numbers from the great Singers Unlimited – working here with orchestral backings by Robert Farnon, arranged by Gene Puerling of the group. The album has a wonderfully mellow feel, as you'd expect by the title of the set – and tracks drift along in a heavenly harmony mode that's not nearly as hokey as some of the group's other work. Titles include "Eventide", "Marlies", "Yours Truly Rosa", "I Loved You", and a great reading of Satie's "Gymnopedies". LP, Vinyl record album
(PAUSA pressing.)

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Billy TaylorBilly Taylor Today (aka A Sleeping Bee) ... LP
Prestige/MPS, 1969. Very Good ... $7.99
Great sounds from Billy Taylor – a player who was definitely big in the mainstream at the time of this late 60s date, but who really finds a way to return strongly to his roots! Taylor's playing here with that nicely punctuated style that made him one of the biggest groovers in the early 50s – and the group has this really great MPS/Saba sort of vibe – never too over the top, but always with an undercurrent of soul – as you might expect with rhythm work from Ben Tucker on bass and Grady Tate on drums! Taylor turns in a few lyrical moments, which are alternated with more left-hand swinging numbers – and titles include "La Petite Mambo", "Theodora", "Paraphrase", "Bye Y'All", and "Don't Go Down South". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue circle logo label stereo pressing. Cover has some ringwear, heavy edge wear, an index label and a piece of black tape at the spine, and a Preview stamp and name in red marker in back.)

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Clark TerryClark After Dark – The Ballad Artistry Of Clark Terry ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1977. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great 70s session from Clark Terry – playing flugelhorn here with backings from Peter Herbholzheimer, and sounding wonderfully sweet throughout! There's a spacious, patient quality to Terry's horn that reminds us a bit of his gentler moments in the 60s with Bob Brookmeyer – and even though Herbholzheimer's normally in a fuller funky mode, his backings here are nicely restrained and quite mature – modern enough to have a 70s feel, but never slick or cloying. There's almost an Art Farmer feel to the record at times – and titles include the great original "Clark After Dark", plus versions of "Emily", "Yesterdays", "Nature Boy", "Girl Talk", and "November Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice 180 gram pressing. Includes insert.)

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Eddie ThompsonOut Of Sight (aka Piano Mood) ... LP
MPS (UK), 1970. Very Good ... $11.99
A wicked little set from British pianist Eddie Thompson – a player who always wasn't as well noticed on this side of the Atlantic, but who will forever be remembered for this classic date for MPS! The set's got a great criss-crossing of styles – a punctuated way of playing the keys with roots that go back to jazz piano of the pre-war years – yet a flowing, open approach to the groove that's also pure MPS too – kind of a timeless match that's really compelling, and which makes the record unlike anything else we can think of from the time. The trio features Tony Archer on bass and Terry Jenkins on drums – and titles include "Jitterbug Waltz", "I Wish I Was In Love Again", "Tea For Two", "Spring Is Here", and "My Romance", plus the nicely grooving original, "One Mohr Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole in one corner, and back has two small stickers.)

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Barrie Webb & Ty UnwinBig Steel Drum ... CD
MPS (UK), 2000. Used ... $6.99
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Ben Webster & Don ByasBen Webster Meets Don Byas (US pressing) ... LP
MPS, 1969. Sealed ... $16.99
Late work by Webster and Byas – playing here with backing by a European rhythm section that includes Tete Montoliu on piano and Peter Trunk on bass, plus American Albert Heath on drums. The tracks are mostly long and open – with the main focus on letting the two tenor giants solo as much as possible. Tracks include "Caravan", "Sundae", "Blues For Dottie Mae", and "Perdido". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s US pressing – still sealed, but shrinkwrap is open a bit on the spine.)

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✨✧ VariousGilles Peterson – Magic Peterson Sunshine ... LP
MPS (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 26.99
The magic sunshine here is all from the legendary catalog of MPS Records – unusually groovy jazz tracks from the 60s and 70s, all hand-picked by the equally legendary DJ Gilles Peterson! Peterson first turned many ears onto MPS back a few decades ago – with his excellent Talkin Jazz series – and this set follows strongly in that legacy, but also really shows both the deeper knowledge of the label's catalog we've acquired over the years, and the further development of Gilles' incredible ear for finding an unusual tune! The music here isn't just funky jazz, it's a huge range of sounds at once – some modal and spiritual elements, some global jazz experiments, a few vocal tracks, and even some very cool space-age styles – served up in a package that seems to make each new track burst forward with fresh feeling in the company of the others – that rare quality that can make a compilation like this so great. Titles include "Lillemor" by Francy Boland, "Out Of The Sorcellery" by Eddie Louiss, "Big P" by Modern Jazz Group Freiburg, "Stone Ground Seven" by Singers Unlimited, "Harp Revolution" by Johnny Teupen, "Service" by Orchester Roland Kovac, "Love Train" by Third Wave, "Dew" by Don Ellis, "Our Chant" by Gunter Hampel, "Denn Liebe Ist Stark Wie Der Tod" by Wolfgang Lauth, "Why & How" by Mark Murphy, and "Cancion Del Fuego Fatuo" by Pedro Iturralde with Paco DeLucia. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Don CherryEternal Rhythm ... LP
MPS, 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Japanese non-gatefold pressing, with insert – a great copy! ULS 1711 P)

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✨✧ George GruntzFrom Sticksland With Love – Drums & Folklore ... LP
Saba/MPS (Germany), 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A genius meeting of talents on late 60s MPS – as George Gruntz leads a group of drummers and percussionists that includes Charly Antolini, Daniel Humair, Pierre Favre, Mani Neumeier, and Alfred Sacher – alongside tenor and soprano from the great Nathan Davis, plus trumpet from Franco Ambrosetti and bass from Jimmy Woode! The set also features some musicians from Basel – as the set was part of the "jazz meets world" series on Saba. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Saba pressing – beautiful!)

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✨✧ Jim HallIt's Nice To Be With You – Jim Hall In Berlin ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful album from guitarist Jim Hall – different than some of his other work, and with a slightly harder edge! The unique session has him playing in an MPS 60s mode – more straight-on than some of his more airy moments – with a sound and tone that still recalls his work with Paul Desmond or Art Farmer, but a more direct approach, and an occasional groove as well! The trio's as unique as the record – the great Jimmy Woode on bass and drums from Daniel Humair – and titles include "Blue Joe", "Romaine", "Young One For Debra", "Body & Soul", and a great version of "Up Up & Away", which soars to the sky in a way you'd never expect from Jim! CD
Also available It's Nice To Be With You – Jim Hall In Berlin ... LP 27.99

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✨✧ Hannibal Marvin PetersonHannibal In Berlin ... CD
MPS/Polygram (Japan), 1976/1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The heavy soulful trumpeter hits the Belin Jazz Festival in this classic MPS recording from 1976. He's backed by a sextet that includes George Adams on tenor, Diedre Murray on cello, and Michael Cochrane on piano – and the set is a lot straighter than usual, but still with the good spiritual sound that comes through on his more "out" recordings. Tracks include Coltrane's "Bessies Blues", plus "The 23rd Psalm", "My Favorite Things", and "Willow Weep For Me". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Jean Luc PontySunday Walk ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1967. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really beautiful early album from the legendary Jean-Luc Ponty – a set that's maybe more straight jazz than some of his later work, and which also represents a pivotal shift in the use of the violin in jazz! Ponty's phrasing here is very different than previous players who handled the instrument in such a setting – almost more informed by a saxophone than earlier instrumentalists – often with notes that are not nearly as sweet as others, and heard to perfection in the company of this quartet! The whole group is great – Wolfgang Dauner on acoustic piano, also straighter than in later years – plus Niels Henning Orsted Pederson on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. Titles include "Sunday Walk", "Cat Coach", "Suite For Claudia", and "Carole's Garden". CD
Also available Sunday Walk (180 gram pressing) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Jimmy RaneyMomentum ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1974. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An unusual Jimmy Raney album from the 70s – recorded for MPS, with some very hip rhythm backing from Richard Davis on bass and Alan Dawson on drums! The date was produced by Don Schlitten, and has a nice extension of that hip Dawson/Davis groove that was going down at Prestige in the 60s – on titles that include "Momentum", "Autumn Leaves", "We'll Be Together", and "Just Friends". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing in PA USA. Cover has a small sticker spot.)

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✨✧ George ShearingMy Ship – Piano Solo ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
George Shearing on solo piano. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ SupersaxChasin The Bird ... LP
MPS, 1977. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bop modes, updated strongly for the 70s – and played by a hip group of older players who really know how to cook! Supersax is led by Med Flory on alto, who also did the arrangements – and works here with great reed help from Warne Marsh and Jay Migliori on tenor, Joe Lopes on alto, and Jack Nimitz on baritone – plus soaring sounds from Conte Candoli and Blue Mitchell on trumpets, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Lou Levy on piano – all of whom really help the reed players find their groove! Charts are large, as is the ensemble, but there's a nice sense of individual personalities too – even when all the saxophonists are taking a solo together at once. Titles include "Shaw Nuff", "Drifting On A Reed", "Oop Bop Sh'Bam", "Now's The Time", and "The Song Is You". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ Joe HendersonMirror Mirror ... CD
MPS, 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great lost session from tenorist Joe Henderson – recorded in 1980 for MPS Records, in a mellower, more easy-going style than some of his electric sides of the 70s! Joe's blowing in a really fluid style – almost like Stan Getz at times, but with a darker, edgier approach – and he's working here with a Getz-like group that includes Chick Corea on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. The set features some great originals by Corea and Carter, and in a way, we're tempted to make a comparison to Getz's Sweet Rain album – which shares a similar mellifluous modern quality to this one. Titles include "Joe's Bolero", "Candlelight", "Mirror Mirror", and "Keystone". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Elvin JonesRemembrance ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Elvin Jones towers above his bandmates on the cover of this 70s classic – and really leads them onward to some great sounds within! The record has a bit more focus and soul than some of Jones' other albums of the period – still quite powerful and dynamic, but with a good adherence to melody, and plenty of room for the group members to open up and make some beautiful sounds – including Pat LaBarbera and Michael Stuart on soprano and tenor sax, and Roland Prince on guitar! The twin reed players are wonderful – and work together in ways that are different than some of Elvin's records at the start of the 70s – and titles include "Kalima", "Section 8", "Giraffe", and "Familiar Ground". CD

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✨✧ Alphonse MouzonBy All Means ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer bit of soulful fusion – recorded by the legendary drummer Alponse Mouzon after his harder-jamming 70s years, in a mode that brings in some nice currents of jazz funk and soul! The group's an all-star lineup – Herbie Hancock on Fender Rhodes and piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Lee Ritenour on guitar, and Paul Jackson on bass – working together strongly under the guidance of Mouzon, who's really finding a new side of his talents here. The tunes groove wonderfully – never too over the top, and always in the smooth soulful mode that was the best part of major label fusion in the late 70s. Mouzon plays a fair bit of keyboards next to Herbie's acoustic and electric piano, and tracks are long, with some really nicely jazzy grooves. Titles include "The Jogger", "Do I Have To", "Space Invaders", and "The Next Time We Love". CD

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✨✧ Alphonse MouzonBy All Means (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer bit of soulful fusion – recorded by the legendary drummer Alponse Mouzon after his harder-jamming 70s years, in a mode that brings in some nice currents of jazz funk and soul! The group's an all-star lineup – Herbie Hancock on Fender Rhodes and piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Lee Ritenour on guitar, and Paul Jackson on bass – working together strongly under the guidance of Mouzon, who's really finding a new side of his talents here. The tunes groove wonderfully – never too over the top, and always in the smooth soulful mode that was the best part of major label fusion in the late 70s. Mouzon plays a fair bit of keyboards next to Herbie's acoustic and electric piano, and tracks are long, with some really nicely jazzy grooves. Titles include "The Jogger", "Do I Have To", "Space Invaders", and "The Next Time We Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Baden PowellEstudos ... LP
MPS, 1974. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of Baden Powell's most intimate records – recorded in Hawaii in 1971, and featuring solo guitar work, very much in keeping with the Estudos title of the record. The tracks are all originals by Baden, and although there's some rhythmic moments, the real emphasis is on complicated guitar work. Titles include "Pai", "Pra Valer", "Crepusculo", "E Isso Ai", and "Ultimo Porto". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear, but vinyl is great!)
Also available Estudos ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Baden PowellThree Originals – Tristeza On Guitar/Poema On Guitar/Apaixonado ... CD
MPS/Motor (Germany), 1968/1975/1993. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Excellent 2 CD set that brings together 3 of Baden Powell's excellent albums for MPS – Tristeza On Guitar, Poema On Guitar, and Apaixonado. All 3 records feature Baden in an intimate setting with a small group, which lets his beautiful voice and guitar playing come to the forefront amidst fragile arrangements and sensitive accompaniment on drums, bass, flute, and other percussion instruments. Tracks include "Canto De Osshana", "As Flores", "Samba Triste", "Brisa Do Mar", "O Astronauto", "Round Midnight", and "Sarava". Great stuff, and darn tough to find any other way! Now available at a much lower price! CD
(Out of print. Still sealed with the original hype sticker!)

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✨✧ Sun RaIt's After The End Of The World ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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)". CD

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✨✧ Wolfgang Dauner & Et CeteraKnirsch ... LP
MPS/Long Hair (Germany), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Mad MPS material from Wolfgang Dauner – right up there with some of the wildest records on the label during the 70s! The album's easily one of Dauner's most striking sessions – a set that has him handling a whole host of electric keyboards, and working with a group that also includes fuzzy guitar from Larry Coryell, bass from Gunter Lenz, and some really heavy drums from Jon Hiseman and Fred Braceful! Some moments are tight and funky, while others offer up a sweet spacey vibe – and overall, the album's got a perfect blend of MPS groove and some of the freakier, more far-reaching elements of the German scene at the time. The group take on a killer version of Coryell's classic "The Really Great Escape" – then roll into Dauner gems that include "Yin", "Sun", "Tuning Spread", and "Yan" – which features some guest voice and sound effects from Richard Ketterer. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Knirsch ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Eugen CiceroRokoko-Jazz (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest jazz-meets-classical albums from pianist Eugen Cicero – thanks to a good amount of Rokoko in the grooves! The more flowery, flourishing style of the Rokoko era proves to be a perfect foil for Cicero's incredible approach to the keys – one that lets him bring even more complicated touches to the piano, while still working with tightly jazzy rhythms from the team of Peter Witte on bass and Charlie Antolini on drums! Witte and Antolini are great throughout – keeping things tight and focused, and making the record way more than a virtuostic exploration of classical themes. As much a jazz record as the best Swingle Singers sides from the 60s – with titles that include a great original called "Bach's Softly Sunrise", plus Bach's "Solfeggio C Moll", Couperin's "L'Adoslecente", and Scarlatti's "Sonate C-Dur". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hi-Lo'sBack Again ... LP
MPS, 1979. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A groovy late 70s outing from the Hi Los – done at the same time that group member Gene Puerling was having a great run for MPS with his group The Singers Unlimited! The style here's a bit like the Hi Los of old, but it's also got some of the smoother, sweeter tones that Puerling developed with the Singers Unlimited – that near-perfect approach to sound, with the vocals wrapped up nicely in pure harmonic bliss! Backings are directed by Rob McConnell, and vocal arrangements are by Puerling – on titles that include "Misty", "Everything Must Change", "I Remember You", "Seems Like Old Times", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Pausa records. A nice copy!)

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✨✧ Art Van DammeMany Moods Of Art ... LP
MPS, 1960s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An excellent 2LP set – one that brings together 2 of Art Van Damme's albums for MPS during the 60s! Both of the records are great, and feature an updating of Art's sweet accordion jazz style – one that has him working with vibes, guitar, bass, and drums – in an "old is new again" style that was one of the better sides of the MPS label at the time. The production is amazing, and the mixture of vibes and organ makes for some really great grooves – on titles that include "Laura", "Love Walked In", "Ecstasy", "Love For Sale", "After You've Gone", and "Summer Wind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring and edge wear.)
 
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✨✧ Jason AdasiewiczFrom The Region ... CD
Delmark, 2014. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Amazing work from one of the greatest jazz musicians working today – vibist Jason Adasiewicz, a player with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! It's been years since we've been this excited about anyone on the vibes – and Adasiewicz not only returns the instrument to the prominence in avant jazz that it had during Bobby Hutcherson's "new thing" years, but also pushes the instrument forward in this incredible flurry of tones, sounds, and timings! And while these qualities have always been showcased in all of his albums as a leader – and his great dates with other players too – they really come to the forefront in this sublime trio session – a date that only features Jason on vibes, Mike Reed on drums, and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass. The trio are incredible throughout – and the record's a modern jazz treasure that you could easily stack next to your most forward-thinking classics on ESP, MPS, or even Blue Note in the mid 60s. Titles include "Two Comes One", "Mae Flowers", "Classic Route", "Leeza", "I Forgot The Words", and "Cubane". CD

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Babatunde & PhenomenaLevels Of Consciousness (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Theresa/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 44.99
A wonderfully soulful session from percussionist Babatunde Lea – and a shining example of the warm spirits and cross-cultural experimentation going on in the Bay Area scene of the 70s! The record mixes 70s soul jazz with bits of funk, Latin jazz, and breezy west coast touches – making for an album that's got some of the earthy charm of work on labels like Strata East or Black Jazz, mixed with the tighter soulful production of some of George Duke's early 70s sides for MPS. The vibe is incredible – a beautiful mix of warm vocals, tight soloing, and message-oriented grooves – and the whole thing's great all the way through! Titles include "Thailand Stick", "Use Your Hands", "Merely A Suggestion", "Levels Of Consciousness", "Thang", and "Plea From The Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Benny BaileyBig Brass ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
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

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Ruud BosNaakt Over De Schutting/Naked Over The Fence (180 gram white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. New Copy ... $28.99 30.99
The title translates as "naked over the fence" – and that's definitely where these guys are going, thanks to a funky 70s soundtrack from Dutch jazzman Ruud Bos! The music is prime Euro soundtrack funk at its best – lots of sweet keyboards, jazzy guitar riffs, and all these larger orchestrations that give some of the best tracks an MPS-like vibe – which also includes a few spots of wordless vocals, which sound really great next to the grooves! Sylvia Kristel sings the one vocal track, "Hey A Letter Came Today" – and other tracks include "Model Session", "Rick", "Naked Plus", "Penny & Rick", "The Kidnapping", "On The Roof", "Get It Now", and "Happy End". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 500 – on heavyweight white vinyl!)

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Boy Edgar (Boy's Big Band)Boy Edgar's Sound – Live In Shaffy ... LP
White Elephant (Netherlands), 1973. Very Good+ ... $18.99
One of the most obscure albums from this ultra-hip Dutch leader – a musician who always brought something special to a large ensemble date like this – very much the mix of modernism and swing in the best MPS/Saba sessions of this type! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a small bit of splitting on the bottom seam.)

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Kenny Clarke & Francy BolandGolden Eight – Encore! ... LP
Rearward (Italy), 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 32.99
Way more than an "encore" of the legendary Clarke Boland album Golden Eight – and instead a whole different set of recordings, done way back in 1961, but unissued until now! The album's a killer through and through – every bit the same sort of gem you'd get with the early Clarke Boland albums of the pre-MPS years – extremely tight large ensemble jazz, driven with plenty of soul in the rhythm section, and swinging with some incredible solos that further deepen the sound! Right from the start, the pair were totally on the money – and work here with a lineup that's filled with key European soloists, including Dusko Goykovich on trumpet, Derek Humble on alto sax, Karl Drewo on tenor, and Fats Sadi on percussion – not to mention the core crack rhythm trio of Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include the great Boland originals "A Ball For Othello", "La Campimania", "You Dig It", "Pape Satan Aleppe", and "Free Wheel" – plus a great version of "Invitation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful reissue – very heavy, almost Japanese-style – with a bonus booklet about Gigi Campi!)

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Clarke Boland Big BandJazz Is Universal ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good+ ... $13.99
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 white label pressing with AT etch. Cover has light wear and aging, with some tears at the bottom of the back paste-on.)

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Danser's Inferno (John Danser)Creation One ... CD
Lirs/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
That's "Danser", not "dancer" – as in John Danser, who's also best known for a groovy jazz album under his own name! This sweet little set from the early 70s may well be John's best album ever – a wonderful blend of funky grooves and these wonderful raspy vocals – completely charming, and with a quality that's hard to describe, but really really great! There's a wickedly offbeat feel to the record that keeps us coming back – at some level the funky big band grooves of the MPS 70s generation, but mixed with a more sensitive independent American vibe too – especially given that some of the lyrics remind us a bit of Matthew Larkin Cassell. Danser plays tenor, and leads the group – the vocal cuts (about half the album's tracks) feature Randy Maddison singing. Titles include the classic "Sombre Guitar", plus "Inferno", "And Once My Love", "Badinage", "Time Is Laughing", "Sunday Morning", and "Turning The Corner". CD

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Wolfgang DaunerRischkas Soul ... CD
Brain/Long Hair (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $19.99 26.99
A fantastic album from German keyboard giant Wolfgang Dauner – and maybe one of the few to perfectly balance both his soul jazz roots and his later trippier style! The music here is very groovy – much more in the mode of MPS Records electric jazz sets of the time than you'd guess from the album's placement on Brain Records – and the lineup features incredible work from Sigi Schwab on guitar – who can be open and spacious at some points, but then really jam with a groove at others! Likewise, the bassist Eberhard Weber can provide a lot of propulsion when needed, but also lay back and bow his cello in a more ECM-like way – and the album's two drummers, Fred Braceful and Roland Wittich, both show an equally deft ability to change up the groove! The real superstar, though, is the mighty Dauner – who plays piano, organ, and keyboards, plus a sweet bit of flute too – on tracks that include "Reading Machine", "Kamasutram", "Blues Far Out", "Flute Woman", and a freaky fuzzy take on Cannonball Adderley's "Jive Samba". CD

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Nathan DavisNathan Davis With Georges Arvanitas Trio – Live in Paris – The ORTF Recordings 1966/67 (180 gram 3LP pressing) ... LP
Sam Records (France), Mid 60s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $54.99 59.99
Amazing music by one of our favorite saxophone players of all time – captured here at the height of his 60s genius on the European scene! The tracks here have never been issued at all – but stand as a perfect complement to the killer MPS/Saba albums by Nathan Davis – and are served up with a similar blend of soulful hardbop and modernist edges – qualities that are already present in the fantastic phrasing of Davis on tenor and flute, pushed even further by the equally great work of French piano legend Georges Arvanitas! Although Arvanitas could be out when he wanted, he could also swing like the best of them – and his pairing with Davis here is perfect, and really brings out both the soul and edge in both players – especially in the company of George's fantastic rhythm duo of Charles Saudrais on drums and Jacky Samson on bass. The set's full of other surprises, too – including a bit of organ from Arvanitas, and an appearance by Jack Dieval – and the whole thing is beautifully recorded by French Radio. Tracks are all long – and include "Mid Evil Dance", "Blues For Southeast Asia", "The Hip Walk", "Rules Of Freedom", "A5", "The Thing", "Love Ye The Neighbor", "Nathalie's Dance", and "Yesterdays" in both flute and tenor versions. LP, Vinyl record album

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Nathan DavisPeace Treaty (LP paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
SFP/Mo' Record (France), 1965. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
One of the first true moments of genius from saxophonist Nathan Davis – a mid 60s European session cut for the tiny SFP label – and a record that's even rarer than his early classics for MPS! The sound here is similar to the MPS sides – a mixture of soul jazz and modal jazz – served up with a bit more freedoms than Davis might have gotten on the US scene, and featuring a lineup that includes Woody Shaw on trumpet, Jean-Louis Chautemps on baritone sax, Rene Urtreger on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. The tight rhythm of Woode and Clarke is a nice counterpoint to the modernism of Davis and Shaw – Davis works a bit on soprano, which sounds especially great! Titles include "Peace Treaty", "Klook's Theme", "Now Let M' Tell Ya", "Kansas City Special", and "Sconsolato". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Sconsolato (quintet)" and "Kansas City Special (quintet)" – both recorded by an smaller group with Jimmy Gourley on guitar, and without the trumpet and baritone sax. CD

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Frans Elsen Septet with Piet NoordijkNorway ... CD
Nederlands Jazz Archief (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99 29.99
That's a Fender Rhodes on the cover, and there's lots of it on the record too – played by Frans Elsen with a wonderful sound, in a range of different settings – all heard here on rare tracks from the 70s that were never commercially issued at the time! Frans has a fantastic sound on the keys – an approach that's more in the European use of the Rhodes than some of the American recordings of the time – maybe the style you'd hear from Michael Naura, or some of the players on MPS – with a great focus on tone, a nicely spacious quality, and a strong ear for the other sidemen on the dates! The lineup here shifts throughout – there's initially four tracks with a septet that includes Piet Noordijk on alto, Eddie Engels on trumpet, and Wim Overgaauw on guitar – then more with Ferdinand Povel joining the group on tenor and flute, and a few others that switch bassist Victor Kaihatu for Rob Langereis, who's on the first four numbers. These tracks were mostly done for radio, and sound fantastic – with titles that include "Otta", "Skabu", "Ringebu", "Harpefoss", "Ah Mooh", "Mordor", and "Whirligig". CD

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Frans Elsen Septet with Piet NoordijkNorway ... LP
Nederlands Jazz Archief (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy ... $36.99 About April 25, 2022 (delayed)
That's a Fender Rhodes on the cover, and there's lots of it on the record too – played by Frans Elsen with a wonderful sound, in a range of different settings – all heard here on rare tracks from the 70s that were never commercially issued at the time! Frans has a fantastic sound on the keys – an approach that's more in the European use of the Rhodes than some of the American recordings of the time – maybe the style you'd hear from Michael Naura, or some of the players on MPS – with a great focus on tone, a nicely spacious quality, and a strong ear for the other sidemen on the dates! The lineup here shifts throughout – there's initially four tracks with a septet that includes Piet Noordijk on alto, Eddie Engels on trumpet, and Wim Overgaauw on guitar – then more with Ferdinand Povel joining the group on tenor and flute, and a few others that switch bassist Victor Kaihatu for Rob Langereis, who's on the first four numbers. These tracks were mostly done for radio, and sound fantastic – with titles that include "Otta", "Skabu", "Ringebu", "Harpefoss", "Ah Mooh", "Mordor", and "Whirligig". LP, Vinyl record album
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Bill EvansSome Other Time – The Lost Session From The Black Forest ... CD
Resonance, 1968. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
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". CD

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Maynard Ferguson & Gustav BromMaynard Ferguson & Gustav Brom ... LP
Amiga (Germany), 1977. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Think what you want about trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, he can really knock it out of the park when he wants – and that's definitely the case here, on a killer rare overseas session from the 70s! Part of the album's strength is the leadership of the ultra-hip Gustav Brom – who you might know from work for Saba/MPS – and the group also features some killer solos from players who include Zdenek Novak on tenor, Josef Audes on baritone, and Jaromir Hnilicka – all of whom shine as much as the star! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldElla ... LP
Reprise, 1969. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Groovy Ella from the end of the 60s – the kind of record that marked a really nice change from her staid work for Verve in years past! The setting here is bouncy and mod – a great mixture of jazz, soul, and bits of late 60s Brit Easy – no surprise, given that the sessions were recorded in London, with arrangements from maestros John Cameron and Mike Vickers! And while a few Ella purists might complain about the record, we totally dig it – and find it to be very similar to her excellent MPS album from the same stretch – a whole new sound for a singer with the range to take on anything! Titles include "Get Ready", "Yellow Man", "I Wonder Why", "Savoy Truffle", "Open Your Window", "Knock On Wood", "Got To Get You Into My Life", and "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ruben Lopez FurstJazz Argentino/Jazz En La Universidad ... CD
Melopea/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1966/1967. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Two rare albums from this great pianist – back to back on a single CD! First up is Jazz Argentino – key work from Ruben Lopez Furst, a wonderful pianist from the Argentine scene of the 60s – heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! Despite the local placement in the title, the set's got a really universal appeal – a quality that easily puts Baby Lopez Furst in the company of Bill Evans, Hampton Hawes, or a rare few imaginative pianists from up north! Furst's sense of color and timing are wonderful – ringing out fluidly, yet always with a sense of surprise that keeps us hanging on each new note – nothing that's ever hokey or heard-before – handled here with a vibrancy that's simply stunning. Many numbers are trio tracks, but the set also features guest trumpet and tenor on two tracks – and titles include "Israel", "Un Abajea Duriente", "Los Viejos", "Al Este Del Sol", "Sometime Ago", and "Cartas De Amor". Next is Jazz En La Universidad – one of the real highlights of the Argentine jazz scene of the 60s – a seminal album from pianist Ruben "Baby" Lopez – easily one of that country's greatest jazz musicians in the decade! Ruben's got a sound that opens up with the lyrical sense of space and tone first introduced by Bill Evans, but he's also more note-full at other moments – playing with a command of the piano that would have made him huge, had he recorded on the American or European scenes of the time! There's a warm balance between his instrument, the bass of Jorge Gonzalez, and drums of Nestor Astratta – one that goes past conventional piano trio modes, and which really reminds us of our favorite Saba/MPS sessions of the period. Titles include "Un Poco Alegre", "Hombre Amaestrado", "En Tu Dulce Modo", "Hermosoa Amor", and "Necesitare Alguien Mas". CD

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Dave GoldHeaven On Their Minds (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
My Only Desire (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 24.99
Unreleased work from the BBC Archives of the 70s – a stunning large group session with a very groovy vibe! Dave Gold isn't as much of a giant as some of the other British leaders of the time – but he's got a wonderful way with the group here, and makes the music move with some of the funky currents that he brought to his work for the KPM Sound Library – where you might know Dave from some key albums! Gold was also working as the leader of the jazzy group on a production of Jesus Christ Superstar – and he has the lineup here take off on a soaring funky version of that show's "Heaven On Their Minds" – a great cut that's worth the price of admission alone, served up with a mix of tenor and flute from Brian Ashe, baritone from Ronnie Ross, electric piano from Cliff Hall, and guitar from John Girvan – amidst a larger group of trumpets, trombones, and alto saxes. Other cuts include the gold originals "O'Connell Street" and "Nostalgia" – both groovy tracks with an MPS big band vibe – plus a version of the Jimmy Webb tune "Pocketful Of Keys". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Dusko GoykovichIt's About Blues Time ... CD
Ensayo/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the legendary albums cut by hip European trumpeter Dusko Goykovich! The album was recorded in 1971 in Barcelona, and it's a very soulful quintet session that features fantastic performances from two of our favorite European players – trumpet player Dusko Goykovich and tenor player Ferdinand Povel, along with Spanish pianist Tete Montouliu, and his regular rhythm backing of Joe Nay and Robert Langereis. Goykovich and Povel groove hard in the frontline, bringing a hard edge to the session that you don't always hear on some of Montouliu's sessions from the time. The set grooves like a classic Blue Note, or some of the best straight ahead jazz on MPS – with lines that have their roots in soul jazz, but also show a real preference for modal grooving and lyrical soloing. Goykovich's tone is wonderful, and is a real mix of jazz and non-jazz European influences. Tracks include "Bosnia Calling", "Nameless Tune", and "The End Of Love". CD

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Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal WaldronSwinging Macedonia ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A legendary German session from the 60s – and a record that really showcases the unusual criss-crossing of modes that was going on in the European scene at the time! There's a very strong MPS vibe here – as trumpeter Dusko Goykovich leads a swinging sextet that includes Nathan Davis on flute, soprano, and tenor – blowing some tremendously soulful reed lines – plus incredible rhythms from Mal Waldron on piano, Peter Trunk on bass, and Cees See on drums. The record's an attempt to bring traditional Macedonian rhythms into a jazz perspective – but with players like these, it swings in a way any Macedonian album never could – damn soulful, and with a great exotic vibe. Davis is especially great, and plays in a soaring modal vein that's similar to his work on his classic MPS sides, and on the records he cut in America in the early 70s. The album's a beautiful session that often get's overlooked because it blends it with the Enja catalog – but it's really more of a record that belongs in an MPS reissue series, and is a great lost groover that's waiting to be rediscovered by the Dusty Groove crowd. Titles include "Macedonia", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", "Jumbo Uganda", "Bem Basha", "Saga Se Karame", and "The Nights Of Skopje". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Friedrich GuldaFrom Vienna With Jazz (blue cover) ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A wonderful session, with a strong MPS/Saba vibe! Players include Benny Bailey on trumpet, Erich Kleinschuster on trombone, Sahib Shihab on baritone and alto, and Jimmy Woode on bass! Titles include the 3-part "Music For Piano & Band", plus "The Veiled Old Land". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono white label 2 Eye promo in the blue cover. Cover has light wear and aging, with some splitting in the top seam.)

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Mladen Bobby GuteshaUnd ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1972. Used ... $4.99
A really unique little album – a righteous blend of funky jazz, vocal chorus, and soulful leads – recorded in the German scene of the early 70s! The group features a number of key players from the MPS side of the funky jazz spectrum – and the record feels like some of the best high-concept projects from that legendary label – particularly those with a strong message in the music! Mladen Bobby Gutesha arranges and conducts – and the group features Leo Wright on alto and flute, Sigi Schwab on guitar, Ingfried Hoffmann on organ, Jiggs Whigham on trombone, and Milo Pavlovic on trumpet – creating these great core grooves, which are then topped by a vocal chorus singing messages in freedom in a number of different languages! Jimmy Woode sings lead vocals on a few tracks – and titles include "Angelitos Negros", "Soldat", "Masters Of War", "I Have A Dream", and "Schtil Di Nacht Is Ojssgeschternt". CD
Also available Und ... CD 7.99

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Mladen Bobby GuteshaUnd ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $7.99 18.99
A really unique little album – a righteous blend of funky jazz, vocal chorus, and soulful leads – recorded in the German scene of the early 70s! The group features a number of key players from the MPS side of the funky jazz spectrum – and the record feels like some of the best high-concept projects from that legendary label – particularly those with a strong message in the music! Mladen Bobby Gutesha arranges and conducts – and the group features Leo Wright on alto and flute, Sigi Schwab on guitar, Ingfried Hoffmann on organ, Jiggs Whigham on trombone, and Milo Pavlovic on trumpet – creating these great core grooves, which are then topped by a vocal chorus singing messages in freedom in a number of different languages! Jimmy Woode sings lead vocals on a few tracks – and titles include "Angelitos Negros", "Soldat", "Masters Of War", "I Have A Dream", and "Schtil Di Nacht Is Ojssgeschternt". CD
Also available Und ... CD 4.99

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Peter Herbolzheimer/Gustav BromJazz Jamboree 75 – Vol 1 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Rare non-MPS work from this groovy leader – a sweet Polish live date, with versions of "Spanish", "Sunflower Chant", and "Blues In My Shoes"! Gustav Brom is great too – on titles that include "Who Can I Turn To", "Prilezitestne Blues", and "Misty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear around the edges, but is nice overall.)

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High PulpMutual Attraction Vol 2 EP ... LP
King Underground (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 22.99
High Pulp take on tunes penned by three great influences – Arthur Verocai, Cassiopea, and Cortex – each of whom get the group's jazzy funk treatment in the process! High Pulp have a lot more jazz in the mix than most contemporary funk groups – a blend of tenor, trumpet, alto, trombone, and plenty of keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums – almost like some of those European funky ensemble records from the early 70s, particularly those on the MPS label – nicely compact, and a great blend of electric and acoustic elements in the groove. Titles include "Swallow", "Tropeau Bleu", and "Presente Grego". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Freddie HubbardWithout A Song – Live In Europe 1969 ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $11.99
Previously-unheard material from Freddie Hubbard – great live sides recorded in Europe during 1969, all with a stretched-out sound that really points the way to some of Freddie's growth in the 70s! The feel here is a bit like Hubbard's excellent Hub Of Hubbard album recorded for MPS around the same time – tracks that have a very spacious sound, much more so than some of his late 60s studio work – but which also are free of the electric modes that Freddie would begin to use at CTI. The balance is almost a bit like that of Hubbard's excellent post-electric sides of the early 80s, but with even more bite at times – played by a killer quartet that features Roland Hanna on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Titles include "Space Track", "Without A Song", "Hub Tones", "The Things We Did Last Summer", "Body & Soul", and "Blues By Five". CD
(Out of print.)

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Milt Jackson & Ray BrownThat's The Way It Is ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1969. Used ... $11.99
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
(Out of print. Barcode has a small cutout hole.)

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Joy UnlimitedJoy Unlimited ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Funky fuzzy work from Joy Unlimited – a groovy German combo from the start of the 70s, getting some great help here on arrangements from MPS maestro Dieter Reith! The group features female lead vocals from Joy Fleming – over a chunky, bottom-heavy sound that sparkles nicely with lots of bass, guitar, and keyboard bits – almost a rock take on the MPS groove of the time, with plenty of jazzier moments in the mix as well. Vocals dominate the songs, but the funky bits on the bottom are often so heavy you can almost tune them out – although they're plenty groovy enough, so you'd hardly want to! Titles include "All Together Now", "Groove With What You've Got", "Feelin", "I Hold No Grudge", "Helpless Child", "Mr Slater", and "I Just Made Up My Mind". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "Oh Darlin", "Daytime Nighttime", and "Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label stereo pressing. NOTE – Cover is lightly stained and wrinkled at the bottom 5 inches, with some splitting in the seam, and separation in back.)

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Hans KollerBig Sound Koller ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1961. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
They're not kidding about the big sound here – as tenorist Hans Koller was easily one of the deepest, most soulful talents on his instrument in the European scene of the start of the 60s – as you'll instantly hear on this fantastic live performance! In later years, Koller got a bit avant with his styles – but here, he's got a rock-solid, soul-drenched sound – one that almost seems influenced by the baritone sax, which Hans could also play – but which is delivered here with the deftness of a tenor. The group here is Koller's core quartet with an expanded horn section – a group that features Karlhanns Berger on piano, Ack Van Rooyen and Kurt Sauter on trumpets, and additional deeper sounds on bass trumpets, baritone, and trombone. Although unissued before, the music here stands right up there with Koller's best of this period – including his classic albums for the MPS/Saba label – and titles include "Homer's Concert", "Nippon Kazooki", "Hard Bop For Hartung", "Lonely", "Monkey", "Black Cats", and "Warming The Worm". CD

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Volker KriegelMainz Studio Recordings 1963 to 1969 ... CD
Jazz Haus (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 24.99
Incredible early work from German guitarist Volker Kriegel – rare recordings that easily stand strong alongside his classic work for the MPS label – including his trippy sides with the Dave Pike set! A number of tracks here preface his work with Pike – and feature vibes from German players Fritz Hartschuh and Claudio Szenkar – showing that Volker's guitar had already found a great place alongside the chromes and tones of the electric instrument – a perfect match for the young guitarist's freewheeling style and strong sense of rhythm! Some of the best cuts here hint at the trippier styles Volker would later hit at MPS – and a good number of them also show his strong ear for songwriting too – that love of a playful groove that really makes Kriegel very different than any other jazz guitarist we can think of. Titles include "Na Na Imboro", "Morandi", "Nyleve", "Tea & Rum", "Vian De", "Traffic Jam", "Little Pear", "Five By Four", "Soul Eggs", "Somewhat Somewhere Somehow", "Slums On Wheels", "Sitting On My Knees", and "Pluns". CD

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Rolf KuhnTotal Space ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... About June 1, 2022
One of the trippiest records ever led by a clarinetist – a hip funky fusion outing that's right up there with better-known MPS dates of the time! Rolf Kuhn's in the lead on clarinet, but it's the rest of the group who really get things going here – a powerful Euro fusion lineup that includes Gerd Dudek on tenor and soprano sax, Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, Joachim Kuhn on electric piano, and Philip Catherine on guitar – all driven on strongly by drums from Kasper Winding and Daniel Humair, and bass from Bo Steif! A larger horn group joins in at points, pushing the record into funky fusion big band territory at points – and the groove is in the headiest, most full-on MPS fusion groove of the time – as you might guess from the already-electric cover image. Titles include "Total Space", "Miss Maggie", "Uncle Archibald", and "Buzz". LP, Vinyl record album

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Le Trio CamaraLe Trio Camara ... CD
Saravah/Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Bossa jazz from the French scene of the 60s – an ultra-hip album issued on the legendary Saravah Records label – and one that's one of the best illustrations of the label's way of blending together jazz and other global styles! The group here is a trio, with Fernando Martins on some wonderfully bold piano – working with bassist Edson Lobo and drummer Nelson Serra – in a groove that's rooted in older Rio bossa jazz modes, but also has a slightly more powerful quality, too – that special sort of late 60s flowering that Brazilian music had when it hit the very receptive European scene. The trio have a nice rolling sound that might be compared to some of the MPS jazz/Brazilian crossover sessions – and titles include "Upa Neguinho", "Nascente", "Bia", "Noa Noa", "Samba Novo", "Berimbau", "Nao Tem Solucao", and "Muito A Vontade". CD

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Eddy Louiss & Ivan JullienJazz In Paris – Porgy & Bess ... CD
Universal (France), 1971. Used ... $13.99
A lost funky version of Porgy & Bess! Forget all the cliches you've ever heard in jazz versions of Gershwin's over-recorded musical – because this totally hip session from 1971 features big band arrangements by Ivan Jullien, a great bandleader who works in a style that's somewhere between Verve sides with Oliver Nelson and the MPS recordings by the Clarke-Boland Big Band. Even more important, though, is the fact that the whole album's dominated by the soulful organ of Eddy Louiss – a vastly overlooked player who's sort of the Larry Young of the European scene of the 60s. Louiss' tone on the record is great – and the whole thing's so masterfully put together that you barely recognize the original material at all, which is why the whole thing sounds so darn fresh! Titles include "My Man's Gone Now", done as if it's been lifted from some blacksploitation soundtrack – plus "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin", "Street Cries", and "Gone Gone Gone". CD
(Out of print.)

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MahagonMahagon (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Supraphon/GAD (Poland), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
A killer set of funky fusion from the Czech scene of the 70s – a place where secret albums like this were issued at the time, but never got the circulation as work from the German scene – such as electric funk albums on MPS! Yet the feel here is very similar to the best on that label – plenty of electric piano over the top of the funky bass and drums, and choppy reed solos peppering the groove on the best tracks too! Most of the set is instrumental, but there's one number with really great scatting jazz vocals in a Kitty Winter mode – the hard-grooving "Divka S Jablky" – plus the titles "Pulnocni", "Obrazarna", "Sen O Zemi", "Piscene Peresypy", and "More Klidu". CD features five bonus tracks – including "Obratnik Raka", "Vevere U Pepika", "Rimsky Karneval", and "Jeste Neni Pozde". CD

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MammutMammut (limited colored vinyl) ... LP
Mouse/Long Hair (France), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 38.99
The only album ever issued by Mammut – a fantastic German group who worked in the same Black Forest setting as the MPS Records label – which maybe is why there's so many wonderful jazz elements in the mix here! The record's got equal parts jazz and psych going on – maybe almost like some of the Wolfgang Dauner work of the period, but with more vocals too – used sparingly next to the group's really strong work on organ, guitar, bass, drums, and a bit of flute! Given the sound, it's clear that these guys started out with beat group inspirations in the 60s, plenty of all the right soul, jazz, and R&B influences – but really tripped things out by the time of this record, both on instrumentation and the way they use production techniques to further freak things out! Titles include "Bird Mammut", "Mammut Opera", "Shizoyd Mammut", "Short Mammut", "Nahgarn Mammut", and "Mammut Ecstasy". Features a bonus track – "Da Du Da" by the related group, Rope Sect. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 – on colored vinyl!)

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Albert MangelsdorffLegends Live – Audimax Freiburg June 22, 1964 ... CD
Jazz Haus (Germany), 1964. Used ... $11.99
Brilliant sounds from trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – a rare live set that captures the modern jazz giant at the height of his powers! The set was recorded around the same time as Albert's famous Now Jazz Rammwong record – and it's got a very similar feel, with lots of elements from Eastern and Indian music styles – touches of the exotic intertwined with modal rhythms, soulful solos, and some occasional freer jazz moments! The blend of sounds is completely captivating, and the recording quality is excellent – sharp enough to make the whole thing feel like some lost Saba/MPS gem from these incredibly creative years in German jazz. In addition to Mangelsdorff's trombone, the set also features tenor and soprano sax from Heinz Sauer, alto from Gunter Kronberg, bass from Gunter Lenz, and drums from Ralf Hubner – on titles that include "Sakura Waltz", "Raknahs", "Now Jazz Ramwong", "Oakaka", "Theme From Pather Panchali", "Burungkaka", and "Far Out Far East". CD

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✨✧ Mark MurphySwingin Singin Affair ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Germany), 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A rare British session from vocalist Mark Murphy – and one of his grooviest albums of the 60s! Mark's working here with great backings from the orchestras of Tubby Hayes, John Dankworth, and Les Reed – all of whom give Murphy some of his hippest grooves to date, very much in the mode of some of his work on the Midnight Mood album cut for MPS during the same overseas 60s stretch. And as with that one, there's a nice selection of tunes that goes way past the usual – and which shows off the widest range of Murphy's groovy vocal talents – titles that include "Ballyhoo", "Iceberg", "Stablemates", "She Loves You", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", "From Time To Time", and "The Best Is Yet To Come". CD
(Out of print.)

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NiagaraNiagara (Niagara/SUB/Afire) (3LP colored vinyl set) ... LP
Everland (Austria), Early 70s. New Copy 3LPs ... $99.99 About May 25, 2022
A trio of early 70s LPs from Klaus Weiss & Niagara – in a 3CD set! First up is the 1971 self-titled debut – a pretty astonishing set of heavy, hypnotic drums and percussion. It features just 2 long jams, "Sangandongo" and "Malanga" and it's pretty much an all percussion affair! Sub is a legendary bit of heavy funk. The lineup here includes fuzzy guitar, electric piano, and of course, lots of heavy percussion – all served up in a way that's jamming, but a lot more straightforwardly funky than some of the group's contemporaries on the European scene! Ack Van Rooyen plays trumpet, Ferdinand Povel plays tenor and flute, and the production is often very tripped-out – abstracting the jazz roots a bit with some really cool touches. A great bridge between the MPS scene and the more progressive German groups – with titles that include "SUB", "Bones", "Niagara", "Terra Incognita", "Gibili", and "Kikiriti". Afire is another seminal percussion effort – and an album with a very strong focus on the rhythms – but the groove is still somewhat melodic too, thanks to inventive use of some of the smaller, more tuned percussion instruments by other members of the group. There's almost a funky batucada groove going on here – a rich, round sound that comes from a very tight small combo! Titles include "City Walk", "What For", "Terpischore", "Carnival", "Rhythm Go", "Dance In Seven", "Rolling", "Malanga Two", and "The Third One". LP, Vinyl record album

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NiagaraSUB ... LP
United Artists/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 About May 25, 2022
A legendary bit of heavy funk from Germany – served up by a cool combo led by drummer Klaus Weiss! The lineup here includes fuzzy guitar, electric piano, and lots of heavy percussion – all served up in a way that's jamming, but a lot more straightforwardly funky than some of the group's contemporaries on the European scene! Ack Van Rooyen plays trumpet, Ferdinand Povel plays tenor and flute, and the production is often very tripped-out – abstracting the jazz roots a bit with some really cool touches. A great bridge between the MPS scene and the more progressive German groups – with titles that include "SUB", "Bones", "Niagara", "Terra Incognita", "Gibili", and "Kikiriti". LP, Vinyl record album

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Okumenische BeatmesseOkumenische Beatmesse – Liebe Ist Nicht Nur Ein Wort ... LP
Schwann (Germany), 1972. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A really cool project from early 70s Germany – a set that brings together two vocalists, flute, guitar, and organ – all with a romping vibe that's almost in an MPS Records mode! LP, Vinyl record album

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Placebo/Sadi Quartet/Rene ThomasLive In Bruxelles – Jazz In Belgium – Three Days In April (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $18.99
Rare work from the legendary funky group Placebo – recorded live here in a set that also features contributions from two other great Belgian acts too! Placebo dominate the first half of the record – and turn in a hard-driving performance that's heavy on Fender Rhodes from the legendary Marc Moulin – who has this way of playing that makes his keyboard lines all nice and chunky, and a perfect fit for the funky drums and tight horns on the tunes! The group's a septet, with two trumpets, two saxes, bass, and drums – all kicking out a great groove for the Rhodes, on tunes that include "Showbiz Suite", "Only Nineteen", and "Planes". Next up is strongly soulful work from vibist Fats Sadi – a player you might know from his 60s work on MPS and in the Clarke Boland Big Band – sounding great here in a quartet mode, with piano, bass and drums – ringing out out strongly on tunes that include "Burgos", "Gigi's Pad", and "Gospel Time". Last up is guitarist Rene Thomas – a player whose best-known work is from the 50s Parisian scene. Rene still sounds great here – and actually plays with a harder tone and more freewheeling vibe – in a trio with bass and drums, on the titles "Blue Tempo", "My Wife Maria", and "Chega Da Saudade". CD

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Pony PoindexterPony's Express ... LP
Epic, 1963. Near Mint- ... $38.99
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the mighty Pony Poindexter – a great reedman who made great waves on both sides of the Atlantic in the 50s and 60s! Pony first rose to fame in the band of Count Basie, but he's also got a pedigree that includes work in both New Orleans and San Francisco, and key later sides in Europe for MPS and other labels. This rare Epic set has Pony working as the lead soloist in a screaming hard sax section that includes Eric Dolphy, Gene Quill, Clifford Jordan, Sonny Red, Phil Woods, and Dexter Gordon – all top-shelf players willing to take second seat to Pony, and let him stretch out in the lead! The group's a largish one, but Pony breaks out with some beautiful soulful solos on alto and soprano sax – supported by a tight rhythm section that includes Gildo Mahones on piano. Titles include "Lanyop", "Pony's Express", "Cattin Latin", "Blue", and "B Frequency". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi – ECPU 10 – still in shrink! Cover has some very light aging in a few spots, but this is a great copy overall.)

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Jean-Luc Ponty with George DukeJean-Luc Ponty Experience With The George Duke Trio ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A better album than you'd expect – without any of the too-familiar modes of either players' later albums! At the time of this set, George Duke and Jean-Luc Ponty were both playing with Frank Zappa – but they're breaking out of the hippie weirdness here to get a bit more serious – working through some long, extended modal grooves that rank with the best MPS work by either player – especially their early recordings! Duke's on electric piano, ringing out in a weird spacey sound, and Ponty's violin is mostly restrained, used to cast waves of sound over the top of the tracks, in a way that works well with Duke's soulful resonant approach. Titles include "Foosh", "Cantaloupe Island", and "Starlight Starbright". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing on PAUSA. Cover has light wear and small splits on the seams.)

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Baden PowellE De Lei (aka Images On Guitar) ... LP
Philips (Brazil), 1972. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of Baden Powell's grooviest albums ever – a brilliant blend of his bossa roots with the freer 70s grooves of MPS! The album follows the mode of some of his other European recordings, but is still a bit different – in that the overall sound is a bit freer than before, with tracks that really open up beautifully – including one or two that hit a nicely heavy groove! The lovely Janine De Walyene sings these wonderful wordless vocals on some of the album's best tracks – scatting heavily on the famous jazz dance number "Blues A Volante" – and drifting moodily behind the guitar on other numbers. Other instrumentation includes bass, drums, and a bit of Brazilian percussion – and titles include the classic "Blues A Volante", plus "Violao Vagabundo", "Canto", "Ate Eu", and "Conversacao Comigo Mesmo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Argentine pressing, in gatefold cover with inside booklet. Cover ha ssome light wear, and a bit more wear on the spine, which is missing text.)

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Baden PowellLa Genie De Baden Powell Vol 3 ... LP
Imagem (Brazil), Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $11.99
One of those great sets that Baden Powell cut over in Europe, when he was really opening up his sound – a bit like his work for the MPS label, with the bass of Guy Pedersen, percussion from Joaquim Paes Henriques and Luis Agudo, and vocals from the lovely Janine De Waleyne! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear and a bit of splitting, and vinyl has a click on two tracks.)

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Baden PowellO Grande Show – Gravado Ao Vivo ... LP
WEA (Brazil), 1979. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99
Beautiful later work from Baden Powell – a spare live session recorded in 1979, with solo guitar on a few tracks, and small combo rhythm backing on the rest of the set! The tracks are long and introspective – a nice extension from Baden's work for MPS in the earlier part of the decade, extrapolated into territory that seems even headier, and more complex than before – really stretching out in this deeply personal way, and making the record really stand out from some of his earlier sets. Titles include "Tributo A Juazeiro", "Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Voce", "Tempo Feliz", "Canto De Ossanha", "Petit Valsa", and "Valsa Numero Um". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has very light wear, and a partially unglued seam – but this is a great copy overall!)
 
 
 



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