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Lee Konitz/Pony Poindexter/Phil Woods/Leo WrightAlto Summit (MPS) ... LP
MPS, 1969. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A well-conceived session that brings together 4 extremely different styles of altoists – the icy Lee Konitz, the freewheeling Phil Woods, the soulful Pony Poindexter, and the rhythmic Leo Wright – all backed by a hiply swinging modern rhythm section that includes Steve Kuhn on piano, Palle Danielsson on bass, and Jon Christensen on drums. Most tracks feature all four players soloing, and the album includes a great version of Curtis Amy's "Native Land", plus Pony's "Good Booty", Woods' "Perils Of Poda", and Benny Bailey's "Prompt". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on PAUSA. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Monty AlexanderLove & Sunshine (MPS) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1974. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of those wonderful Monty Alexander albums from the 70s – recorded for the MPS label, and with a very different vibe than some of his later albums in the US! There's a warmth, flow, and soul here that comes through instantly – a way of fitting the piano right in with the rhythms, so that the tunes have this gentle glow and inherent warmth that really makes them sparkle! Part of the energy comes from the rhythm section – a trio that features Ernest Ranglin on guitar, Eberhard Weber on bass, and Kenny Clare on drums – and Weber's bass work is especially good, and there's lots of nice round funky moments in some of the best tracks. Titles include "Feel Like Making Love", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", and "SKJ". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label German pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousSnowflakes – Mood Masterpieces From The MPS Archives ... CD
MPS/Motor (Germany), Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest CDs we've heard in ages!!!!! The German MPS label has been known to the world for years as a great source of jazz and funk tracks, but this amazing (and amazingly packaged!) 2 CD set brings to light a hidden side of the label – their stunning Easy and Mood Music output from the early 70s! The tracks have a sound and style that's unlike anything else we can describe – and they feel quite different than the British, Italian, and French Easy titles we've stocked. There's still a lot of jazziness in place here, and the arrangements have a lot of Latin and Brazilian flourishes, mixed with crystal clear German post war Easy sensibilities. The result is one of the most amazing blends of music we've heard over the past few years – and the set's a treasure that we can't even begin to describe! Artists include Erwin Lehn, Heinz Kiessling, Pete Jacques, Horst Jankowski, Francy Boland, Nelson Riddle, Johnny Teupen, Sven Asmussen, The Third Wave, Perry London, Ulla Wiesner, and others – and believe us, you won't have most of this anywhere else! A real treat, and the kind of mindblowing experience that takes it to the next level! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Count BasieBasic Basie (2LP pressing) ... LP
MPS, 1969/1970. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(US red label stereo pressing.)

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Karl BergerWoodstock Workshop Orchestra – Live At The Donaueschingen Music Festival ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1979. Very Good+ ... $34.99
A very cool project from Karl Berger – a set that features two different groups, both hip – one with Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Tom Cora on cello, George Lewis on trombone, and Leroy Jenkins on violin – the other with Oliver Lake and Don Davis on alto and flute, Lee Konitz on alto, Tom Collins on tenor and soprano, Trilok Gurtu on tabla, and Peter Apfelbaum on drums and percussion! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Don Byas/Ben WebsterDon Byas Meets Ben Webster ... LP
Prestige/MPS, 1969. Very Good+ ... $16.99
A rare meeting of these two American giants of the tenor sax – brought together at the end of the 60s in Europe, both recording late in their careers, but with a laidback and open approach that's really wonderful! The format here is quite loose – a bit like some of the late hours, swing-based sides on Prestige at the end of the 50s – with longish tracks that let both players state their solos in clean, well-recorded phrasings – with gentle support from a trio that includes Tete Montoliu on piano, Peter Trunk on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums. There's a few faltering moments at times, but they also add a nice degree of humanity to the record – kind of a dimming genius that might not have been allowed on an American session by either player, but which speaks volumes here for the time and distance both players had travelled! Titles include "Caravan", "Sundae", "Blues For Dottie Mae", and "Perdido". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing from the late 60s. Cover has a cutout hole in one corner.)

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Eugen CiceroCicero's Chopin (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Saba/MPS (Japan), 1965. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $23.99
The pianist's hip take on the music of Chopin – played by his groovy trio with Peter Witte on bass and Charly Antolini on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, in a heavy gatefold cover – with "MPS Jazz & Bossa Nova Series" sticker on the front.)

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Clarke Boland Big BandLatin Kaleidoscope ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $43.99
One of the greatest records ever by this hip jazz ensemble – and one of their most unique! The record has the band grooving hard through two incredible suites of Latin music – Gary McFarland's "Latin Kaleidoscope" and Francy Boland's "Cuban Fever" – each of which takes up a side of the record, both driving the band to new solo heights with a very hip edge! Players include the usual cream of the crop of European jazz residents – like Sahib Shihab, Dusko Goykovich, Jimmy Deuchar, Phil Woods, Tony Coe, and Benny Bailey – and the tracks include "Uno Graso De Areia", "A Rosa Negra", "Olhos Negros", "Cara Bruja", and "Fiebre Cuban". Wonderful all the way through – and always a treasure! One of the shining jewels in the crown of MPS – and a Gilles P classic all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese white label pressing – heavy cover and vinyl!)

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Clarke Boland Big BandLive At Ronnie Scotts 1 – Volcano ... LP
MPS/Rearward (Italy), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99
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 album features the full "first set" at Scotts by the group – with titles that include "Volcano", "Griff's Groove", "Now Hear My Meanin", "Box 703 Washington DC", and "Thence We Issued Out Again to See the Stars". 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 BandLive At Ronnie Scotts 2 – Rue Chapel ... LP
MPS/Rearward (Italy), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99
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 album features the full "second set" at Scotts by the group – with titles that include "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". 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 BandSax No End ... LP
MPS, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $34.99
They got the title right on this one – because with Johnny Griffin, Sahib Shihab, Karl Drewo, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis as main soloists on the record, the sax never ends! The album's easily one of the most hard-burning 60s sessions from the legendary Clarke-Boland Big Band – and has that ensemble really cutting changes incredibly – working with a tremendous amount of power that not only comes from the sax soloists, but also from trumpet work by Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman, and Shake Keane – as well as the group's usual hard-slamming rhythm section of Francy Boland on piano, Kenny Clarke on drums, and Jimmy Woode on bass. The tracks are shortish, but get in plenty of great solo space – and are all originals for the session, with titles that include "Peter's Waltz", "Milkshake", "The Turk", "Sax No End", and "New Box". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage Japanese pressing, with heavy gatefold cover and obi!)

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Anthony Davis & Jay HoggardUnder The Double Moon ... LP
MPS, 1980. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Spare duet work – Anthony Davis on piano and Jay Hoggard on vibes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing on PAUSA. Cover has a cut corner, some edge wear, and a light sticker spot.)

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie Reunion Big Band 20th & 30th Anniversary ... LP
MPS, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
Tremendous live work from Dizzy Gillespie – and one of his few big band sessions from the time! The album has Dizzy recreating his bigger group sound of the 50s – but with a groove that's much more lively, open, and swinging – very much in keeping with the MPS big band style of the late 60s, which is no surprise given that the album was recorded for the label! Players here are all great – and include Jimmy Owens, Dizzy Reece, Tom McIntosh, Curtis Fuller, Chris Woods, and Sahib Shihab – bursting out with strong solos on some very long tracks! Titles include a beautiful 10 minute reading of "Con Alma", plus "The Things Are Here", "Things To Come", and "Frisco", a great one by Mike Longo, who's also with Dizzy's group at this point! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label German pressing. Label has a small bit of pen, but is nice overall.)

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Hi-Lo'sHi Lo's Now! ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1981. Near Mint- ... $2.99
By the time of this early 80s recording, original Hi-Lo's member Gene Puerling had been crafting sly vocal jazz gems for MPS with the Singers Unlimited – mixing together smooth 70s production and slight electric instrumental touches, to get a sublime sound that took the harmony approach of the 50s male quartets to whole new limits! On this set, he's back with his original group, giving them the same treatment – adding in some wonderful west coast backings directed by Clare Fischer, and featuring Fischer on electric piano, Tommy Tedesco on guitar, and Gary Foster on flute. Titles include "Mr Blue", "Quiet Nights", "While We're Young", "Ain't Doin Bad Doin Nothin", and "The Night We Called It A Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pausa pressing. Cover has some wear at the top seam.)

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Karin Krog/John Surman/Albert Mangelsdorff/OthersMaiden Voyage (aka Open Space – Down Beat Poll Winners In Europe) ... LP
MPS (Japan), 1969. Near Mint- ... $38.99
A fantastic album that brings together all of the European winners of the recent Downbeat polls – like Karin Krog, John Surman, Albert Mangelsdorff, Francy Boland, Daniel Humair, and Niels Henning Orsted-Pedersen. The sextet is a lively batch of free-swinging European jazz stylists, with touches of modernism that keep the whole session on edge throughout – in a way that's right up there with the best of the classic MPS sessions! The highlight of the set is Karin Krog's beautiful vocal version of "Maiden Voyage", but there's loads of other nice bits – like "Winter Song", "Ryoan-Ji", "Open Space", and "Hello Thursday". A great one, and darn tough to find! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert. Cover has some light wear.)

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

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

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✨✧ Clare FischerSalsa Picante ... LP
MPS, 1978. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very nice electric Latin jazz session from this legendary LA piano player. Clare plays organ and electric piano, and the group also features Poncho Sanchez on congas. The band has a wonderful warm mellow groove, and the record is one of Fischer's best from the time! Includes a great version of Clare's classic "Morning", plus the cuts "Descarga – Yema Ya", "Guarabe", "Bachi", and "Cosmic Flight". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Discovery, in a textured cover – in great shape, save for a lightly bumped corner.)

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✨✧ Billy HarperTrying To Make Heaven My Home ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1979. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredibly spiritual work from tenorist Billy Harper – a record that really lives up to its title, given the heavens-searching vibe in the music! The album's a rare date that Billy cut for the MPS label at the end of the 70s, and it rivals the genius of his Japanese sessions from the same stretch – very open, with a tremendous sense of freedom that's always directed towards the best sort of exploratory energy – going a bit more outside here than usual, at least compared to other Harper albums of the time. The great Everett Hollins plays trumpet on the set – a player we only know from Harper records, but one who always makes Billy's music sparkle – and other musicians include Armen Donelian on piano, Wayne Dockery on bass, and Malcolm Pinson on drums. Titles include "Trying To Make Heaven My Home", "Insight", and "Love On The Sudan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert.)

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✨✧ Steve KuhnSteve Kuhn In Europe 1968 (aka Watch What Happens) ... LP
Prestige/MPS, 1968. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bold brilliant statement from pianist Steve Kuhn – his next great record after the seminal Three Waves, and a record that pushes the envelope even further! From the title, you might think that Kuhn's playing some familiar 60s standards for MPS – but he's really working strongly in his own agenda here, stepping forward in strong new voice he was bringing to piano at the time, and even going a bit more outside than ever before. The trio includes Palle Danielsson on bass and Jon Christensen on drums – and although familiar, some of the titles have a sense of freedom that really transforms them. Titles include Burt Bacharach's great "Windows On The World", Michel Legrand's "Watch What Happens", Gary McFarland's "Once We Loved", Carla Bley's "Ad Infinitum", and Kuhn's own "Silver". Prestige US reissue of this MPS recording. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Vinyl is nice and clean.)

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✨✧ Albert MangelsdorfTrilogue - Live! ... LP
MPS, 1976. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-remembered MPS sessions from avant trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – a smoking live set, done in bold trio formation! Mangelsdorff gets some famous help on the date from Jaco Pastorius on bass and Alphonse Mouzon on drums – both players who push Albert past his usual sensitive style in spare settings – into a really bold, aggressive style that makes the album a real standout in 70s trombone! Albert's still got a firm grip on the date – and is never overwhelmed by the mighty drums of Mouzon – but he also seems to push his sound even more than before, with beautifully-blown notes that are unlike anything else we've heard on his instrument. Pastorius gets good exposure on the date too – bringing in a darker bottom to the best numbers – and titles include "Trilogue", "Ant Steps On An Elephant's Toe", "Zore's Mores", and "Accidental Meeting". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing. NOTE – Cover is lightly stained and wavy from moisture.)

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✨✧ Dave Pike SetLive At The Philharmonie (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
MPS/Promising (Germany), 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary MPS session from vibist Dave Pike – a set that mixes his funkier styles with some freer modal jazz leanings – all in a way that really makes the album stand out from the rest! The group is the groundbreaking Dave Pike Set lineup – the combo that featured Dave's vibes alongside guitar from Volker Kriegel, bass from JA Rettenbacher, and drums from Peter Baumeister – a truly funky little groove who keep things tight and interesting throughout! And although recorded live, the album's got all the spacious feel and compelling sounds of any of Pike's studio albums for MPS – and is perhaps even more amazing, given that these sounds are all spontaneous emanations from the group. Titles include "Riff For Rent", "Mambo Jack The Scoffer", "Hey Duke", "The Secret Mystery Of Hensch", and "Nobody's Afraid Of Howard Monster". CD

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✨✧ Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, James Moody, & OthersColorado Jazz Party – Recorded Live At Dick Gibson's 1971 Colorado Jazz Party ... LP
MPS, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best live jam sessions on MPS – a really freewheeling performance, filled with an assemblage of all star players! As the title indicates, the set was recorded live in Colorado in the early 70s – and all titles here are quite long, quite lively, and filled with great solo space – taken strong advantage of by some of the best players here, some of whom didn't get to record in this format much at the time. There's a mostly swing-based style going on here, but there's also a bit of bop as well, depending on the players on each track. Players work in various groupings, and artists include Carl Fontana, Kai Windingk, Urbie Green, and Trummy Young on trombone; Zoot Sims, James Moody, and Flip Phillips on tenor; Victor Feldman and Dick Hyman on piano; Budd Johnson on baritone and soprano sax; and Mousie Alexander and Alan Dawson on drums. Titles include "The Hymn", "On The Trail", "Just Squeeze Me", "Oleo", "Emily", "Undecided", and "Lover Come Back To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Attila Zoller/Lee Kontiz/Albert MangelsdorffZo-Ko-Ma ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal bit of 60s modern from MPS – a tremendous session that features equally strong contributions from the three players named in the title – Attila Zoller on guitar, Lee Konitz on alto sax, and Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone! All players are at the height of their modern powers here – never too over-indulgent, but working with lots of sharp angles that seem to take off from the Konitz generation, and revel in the new European freedoms unlocked by Zoller and Mangelsdorff. Players come together in different combinations throughout the record – and some moments have a spareness that reminds us of Jimmy Giuffre trio albums – but others feature bolder rhythms from Barre Phillips on bass and Stu Martin on drums. Titles include "Zores Mores", "At Twilight", "Ach Tavia", "Feeling In & Filling In In Villingen", "Struwwelpeter", and "Alat's Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing on Crystal Jazz. Cover has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ Singers UnlimitedComplete A Capella Sessions (A Capella Vols 1, 2, & 3) ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1971/1974/1979. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Amazing voices, coming together beautifully – with no other instrumentation for accompaniment! The sound of the Singers Unlimited was one of the brightest spots in the 70s catalog of MPS Records – a magical floating of male and female voices, all tied together with inventive arrangements by Gene Puerling (ex-HiLo's), and recorded perfectly in the best MPS mode – but on the three albums in this set, the group went even better – singing alone in the studio with only their own voices for rhythmic and melodic support – hitting notes, tones, and turns of phrases that are simply incredible. There's nothing hokey here, no sort of "retro acapella" mode – as in 70s doo wop revivals – and instead, the Singers carve out a whole new space of their own – a world of sound made only from heavenly voices, but in a way that's hip enough to match the best FM easy styles of their generation. And amidst the heaven, there's also a bit of hell – as the group often have a darker sensibility when presenting their music – a sense of depth that pushes them far away from kitsch! 2CD set features all the tracks from their 3 A Capella albums – a total of 33 tracks that includes "Both Sides Now", "Here There & Everywhere", "Lullaby", "Emily", "Clair", "Yesterday", "My Romance", "Girl Talk", "Sweet Lorraine", "One More Time Chick Corea", "Anything Goes", "Indian Summer", "All The Things You Are", "I Don't Know Where I Stand", "I Wish You Love", and "Lost In The Stars". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Buddy TateUnbroken ... LP
MPS, 1970. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A great example of the strength of the MPS label in the trad jazz side of the spectrum – a well-done session that features Tate's tenor in a small "celebrity club" group that includes Wilbur Bascomb on trumpet, Ben Richardson on clarinet and alto, Nat Pierce on piano, and Eddie Jones on bass. The tracks are short and swinging, but played in a manner that illustrates the rich appreciation of their talents experienced by these American jazzers in Europe. Titles include "Moten Swing", "Ben's Broken Saxophone", "Airmail Special", "Body & Soul", and "One For Johnny". LP, Vinyl record album
(PA USA pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear, a small split in the top seam, and is bent a bit at the bottom right.)

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✨✧ Peter HerbolzheimerSunshine & Bossa Nova (Power Play/My Kind Of Sunshine – plus rare live material) ... CD
MPS/Promising (Germany), Early 70s/2005. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful set put together in memory of the brilliant German jazz trombone player and bandleader – including the incredible 1970 and 1971 sessions of the MPS Rhythm Combination & Brass – plus a number of beautiful bossa steeped material from 2005 that's among Herbolzheimer's final work as a leader! The "Sunshine" portion of the 2CD set features the great and rare Power Play and My Kind Of Sunshine material on CD for the first time ever – the latter originally a 2LP set on MPS that features some of the strongest work ever by Peter Herbolzheimer's legendary funky group for the label! This material is from 2 sessions from the group's early days – with lots of nice solo work by the likes of Dieter Reith, Herb Geller, Art Farmer, and Dusko Goykovich. Tracks are all long – and titles include "Senor Blues", "El Soul Condor", "My Kind Of Sunshine", "Timbales Calientes", "Sunflower Chant", "Twelve In Eight" and more. This rare classic material fills disc 1 and begins disc and disc 2 – and the remaining material is from the 2005 40 Years Of Bossa Nova program by Herbolzheimer and the BuJazzO Orchestra – lovely takes on bossa classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan, Edu Lobo and more –n released here for the first time ever. Titles include "Upa Neguinho", "Con Alma", "A Felicidade", "No More Blues", "No Name Samba", "Fato Consumado" and more – plus bonus tracks "Mixolydian Highlander" and "Wenn Ich Dich Seh". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonTristeza – On Piano ... CD
MPS, 1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful set of laidback tracks from Peterson – featuring a good mix of tunes from Brazilian sources, soundtracks, and a few nice 60s pop numbers! The group here features Sam Jones on bass and Bob Durham on drums – and while the album might have sparkled a bit more with some added arrangements – Peterson's in an expansive mode that makes the spare trio setting still groove with enough of a flair to keep our ears interested. Titles include "Tristeza", "Nightingale", "Triste", "Watch What Happens", "Down Here On The Ground", and "Fly Me To The Moon". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Babatunde & PhenomenaLevels Of Consciousness (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Theresa/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 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!)

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Kenny Clarke & Francy BolandGolden Eight – Encore! ... LP
Rearward (Italy), 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
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 BandOff Limits ... CD
Rearward (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $12.99
Easily the hippest of the Clarke-Boland Big Band Records from the classic years – a set of hard grooving tracks that really pushes the envelope of their style! There's a few elements here that are different than usual – such as the presence of electric piano on a few tracks, which creates a very new sound for the group, the presence of some exotic jazz influences (perhaps borrowed from the MPS Jazz Meets The World series), and the use of some edgier compositions on the set, including work by late 60s European free-thinkers, like Eddie Louiss, Albert Mangelsdorff, and John Surman. The reed work is really incredible in this setting – and is handled by Sahib Shihab, Ronnie Scott, Billy Mitchell, and Derek Humble – all of whom seem to blow with inspiration from Surman – using tones that are far more out there than usual. Titles include "Exorcisme", "Sakara", "Our Kind Of Sabi", "Osaka Calling", "Wintersong", and "Astrorama". CD
(It's hard to tell from the image, but Rearward packaged it all in a really nice case with a glossy silver metalic finish!)

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Billy CobhamFunky Thide Of Sings ... CD
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Billy Cobham's always got something funky going on in his music – and this 70s classic for Atlantic Records has the drummer at the height of his powers – really mixing together jazz, rock, and funk impulses – all without some of the overindulgence of his more jamming records of the time! There's still some great trippy sounds at times – some fierce future jazz passages that have Billy's drums really propelling keyboards and guitar – but overall the tracks are short and focused, with a nice nod back to the kind of energy that Cobham brought to his sessions with other artists. One exception is the great "Moody Modes" – a sweet long electric track that almost feels like George Duke on MPS – alongside other cuts that include "A Funky Kind Of Thing", "Some Skunk Funk", and "Light At The End Of The Tunnel". CD

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Buddy Defranco featuring Gordie FlemingWaterbed ... LP
Choice, 1978. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A really cool 70s album from reedman Buddy DeFranco – and one that resonates strongly with some of his groovy 60s work with Gumina! As with those records, this one features both clarinet and accordion – the former by Buddy, the latter by Gordie Fleming – used here in a match that's surprisingly strong all the way through, with this great blend of sharper tones and warmer colors – augmented by electric bass work from Michel Donato, and work on drums by Peter Magadini! The accordion has all these cool chromatic elements – similar to the way the instrument could be recorded at its best by the MPS label – and titles include "The Dreaded Lergy", "Uncle Horsley Writhes Again", "Waterbed", "Sunnyside Beach", and "Lush Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Carl Drewo & The Clarke Boland Big BandSwing Waltz Swing ... LP
Rearward/Schema (Italy), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest projects ever to come from the Clarke Boland Big Band scene of the 60s – an album done under the leadership of Austrian tenor player Carl Drewo, but one that features all of his bandmates from the better-known big band! The set's wonderfully swinging throughout – done in a jazz waltz style with plenty of modal inflections – hardly the overdone Strauss modes you might expect from Drewo's roots, and more of the groovy 60s European rhythm modes that would show up often in sessions on Saba & MPS! Most tracks dance along beautifully – using instrumentation that includes Benny Bailey and Dusko Goykovich on trumpets, Sal Nistico on tenor, Sahib Shihab on baritone and flute, and Derek Humble on alto – all supported by the CBBB rhythm team of Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – plus the amazing Fats Sadi on percussion, really grooving along nicely at the bottom. Drewo's the lead soloist in most numbers, but he allows plenty of space for his bandmates too – and the session's got a sound we'd rank right up there with some of the best Clarke Boland projects of the 60s. Titles include "Wives & Lovers", "Fruhlingsstimmen", "My Favorite Things", "Claudia", "Schon Ist Die Welt", "Just Give Me Time", and "Keep On Keeping On". LP, Vinyl record album

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George DukeAura Will Prevail (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... About April 30, 2021
The aura here is spreading wide – as George Duke really grows his sound strongly from the early years, and takes hold of a whole host of cosmic influences! The record's one of Duke's biggest for MPS – a beautiful balance between jazzy fusion and spacey soul – served up with help from an array of great singers and players from the west coast scene. Duke's still stretching out plenty on keyboards – but never in a too-jamming, too-indulgent way – always sensitive enough to never mess up the groove, and always with a sense of space and timing that never showed up this well in his later records. Players include Airto on percussion, Alphonso Johnson on bass, Ndugu Chancler on drums, and Duke himself on more keyboards than we could ever hope to list here! Vocals are by Sylvia St James, Gee Janzen, and Kathy Woehrle – as well as Duke himself – and titles include "Foosh", "For Love", "Uncle Remus", "Fools", "The Aura", "Enchinda's Arf", "Floop De Loop", and "Dawn". LP, Vinyl record album

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George DukeFaces In Reflection (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... About April 30, 2021
Killer keyboards from the legendary George Duke – and one of his most righteous albums for the MPS label! The album's a spectacular set that showcases both sides of Duke's genius at the time – his spacey, soulful approach to a laidback tune – and his more jamming styles on the harder cuts! Instrumentation is somewhat spare – just keyboards and piano from George, who also sings a bit – plus Ndugu Chancler on drums and John Heard on bass – both playing with a freely creative energy that's definitely motivated by Duke. There's a beautiful mix of electricity and acoustic warmth on the set – never too forced, and clearly an inspiration for countless players in years to come – maybe even more so than Herbie Hancock's work of the time. Drums are great too – and snap tightly for plenty of nice breaks on the set – which are in turn augmented by mellower keys from Duke, who also sings with a sweetly electric soul style. Titles include "Capricorn", "The Opening", "Psychosomatic Dung", "North Beach", "Faces In Reflection", "Maria Tres Filhos", and "Da Somba". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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Art FarmerArt Farmer In Europe ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Brilliant live work from Farmer – far-reaching, firey, and with a strong approach that differs it from most of his other recordings of the 70s! The set was recorded in Munich at a time when Farmer was working with pianist Fritz Pauer – a free-thinking modernist who cut some great recordings for MPS at the time, including one under Farmer's name – and the album has Farmer and Pauer's trio working through 5 long original tunes all written by Farmer, with a soulful majesty that reminds us a bit of Woody Shaw's work from the time. All titles are nearly 10 minutes long, or longer – and titles include "Concord", "Overnight", "Re-Entry", "Concourse", and "Rainmaker". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Xaver Fischer TrioSongs For You ... CD
Unique (Germany), 2002. Used ... $6.99
A fantastic bit of keyboard grooving – the third and best album by the Xaver Fischer Trio! The format is very simple – just classic-sounding electric keys, played in tandem with bass and drums, plus some occasional extra touches. The approach is great – kind of like a Ramsey Lewis record recorded for MPS – with sweeping keys over lightly dancing rhythms and modal grooves, all wrapped up with excellent production, and a totally solid sound that means that this one won't be off our decks for a long long time! Two cuts have guest vocals by Amy Antin – and tracks include "King Mark", "I Sing This Song Just For You", "Capricho", "Napoleon", "Disko", "Dinosaur", and "Billy's Jeans". CD

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Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal WaldronSwinging Macedonia ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99 About May 12, 2021
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
This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, May 12.

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Friedrich GuldaFrom Vienna With Jazz ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
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 2 eye pressing. Cover has a trace of a price sticker, light wear, and a name in pen.)

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Gitte Haenning/Clarke Boland Big BandGitte Haenning Meets The Clarke-Boland Big Band ... CD
Bureau B (Germany), 1969. Used ... $18.99
One of the rare few vocal jazz sessions cut by the legendary Clarke-Boland Big Band – a highly swinging affair that ranks with the group's best work of the time for MPS! Singer Gitte Haenning was a bit of a pop-styled vocalist at the time – but in the company of the CBBB she really sounds great – coming across with an almost-icy tone that reminds us a bit of the work of Monica Zetterlund, and grooving with a soaring style that swings perfectly alongside the group! As usual, the players in the ensemble are the cream of the crop on both sides of the Atlantic – and include Johnny Griffin, Tony Coe, John Surman, Kenny Clarke, Benny Bailey, and Dusko Goykovich – all master musicians who know how to perfectly come together, yet also break out with a sweet solo when they get the space! The whole thing's got a sound that easily matches the CBBB vocal work with Carmen McRae and Mark Murphy – and titles include "I Love The Life I Live", "November Girl", "My Kinda World", "Sack Full Of Dreams", "Go To Hell", and "Marriage Is For Old Folks". CD
(Out of print.)

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Hampton HawesI'm All Smiles ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1966. Used ... $9.99
Beautiful 60s work from Hampton Hawes – a set from the middle of the decade, a period when he wasn't recorded all that often – but one not issued by Contemporary until his American revival in the 70s! The group's got a wickedly fluid feel – not just Hamp's always-amazing piano, but also great drums from Donald Bailey and some especially great bass from Red Mitchell – really hitting those rounded, warm tones that would flower even more boldly during his time overseas. The sound is great – almost more of a Saba/MPS piano set than the usual Contemporary bag – and titles include "I'm All Smiles", "Searchin", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Spring Is Here", and "Manha De Carnaval". CD
(Out of print.)

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Leif Johansson's OrchestraJo Jo ... LP
Metronome (Denmark), 1979. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A fantastic bit of jazz from Denmark – recorded at the end of the 70s, but much more like some of the hippest MPS/Saba experiments of the late 60s! The group's led by drummer Lief Johansson, and has a way of moving through larger arrangements with the mix of modernism and swing we love from Clark Boland Big Band, or the work of Gustav Brom in his prime. There's a cool wordless vocalist on a few tracks – singer Tove Norholdt, who hits these cool Scandia tones – and other players include Erling Kroner on trombone, Anders Muller on piano, Per Goldschmidt on baritone and tenor, Jesper Nehammer on alto and tenor, and Michael Hove on baritone, soprano, and alto. Includes versions of the Mingus tunes "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "Peggy's Blue Skylight", and "Selfportrait In Three Colors" – plus originals "The Hi-Lief Suite", "Jo Jo", and "I'm Trying I'm Dying". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a textured cover, with light wear and some smudges.)

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Wojciech KarolakEasy! ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. Used ... $11.99
A totally groovy set from mid 70s Poland – and a record that jumps around with the same energy as the best MPS work from the late 60s! The album's a larger group effort from keyboards Wojciech Karolak – one that features work on Hammond and electric piano set against some nicely grooving arrangements from Jan Ptasyn Wroblewski – in styles that are modern, yet also quite funky at times – almost offering a weirdly twisted version of organ-driven records that were coming out on Verve or Blue Note at the end of the 60s. The Novi Singers throw in a bit of wordless vocals on a few tracks in the set, and the record also features nice solos by Tomasz Stanko and Zbigniew Namyslowski – but the main focus is definitely on Karolak's keyboards, which are amazingly versatile throughout the set! Titles include "A Day In The City", "Instant Groove", "Easy", "Why Not Samba", "Seven Shades Of Blue", and "Goodbye". CD
(Out of print, 2005 digipak pressing.)

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Hans Koller Free SoundNome ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Fantastic work from avant saxophonist Hans Koller – rare material that stands with the best Free Sound albums he released for MPS in the 70s! By this point in his career, Koller was really exploding with talent – a sax player who first begun in the postwar years with modes that were more California modern, but expanded and changed throughout the 60s – to the point where Hans was one of the most open-minded, freely-creative musicians on the central European scene! If you've only heard Koller's straighter tenor, you'll really be blown away here – as Hans blows both that horn and soprano sax, in a freewheeling group that also features Wolfgang Dauner on piano, Zbigniew Siefert on alto and violin, Adelhard Rodinger on bass, and Janusz Stefanski on drums. And while the music definitely lives up to the Free Sound name of the group, it's also not entirely free jazz – as there's a sense of structure and larger modern ideals that hearkens back to some of Koller's earlier music, even while the soloists are taking off. Titles include the 40 minute workout on "Nome", the 11 minute "Ulla M Kompanie 22/8", and the surprisingly spiritual "Kunstkopfindianer/Adea". CD

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Karel KrautgartnerKK2 ... LP
Supraphon (Czechoslovakia), 1965. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
A stunning set from 60s Prague – a hard-swinging big band session with plenty of modern touches, and a nice little groove at the bottom! The album's got the non-traditional feel of the best work from the time by Gustav Brom – playfully mixing hard rhythms, soaring ensemble passages, and broken-out solo work – making for a set that's got the freeness of the best MPS/Saba work from the time. Alto saxophonist Karel Krautgartner is at the head of the group, and the tunes have plenty of room for his sharp solos – played in a "filled with fire" mode that almost reminds us of Phil Woods in the way he was really taking off at the time! Other players include Karel Velebny on vibes, Laco Deczi on trumpet, and Rudolf Roki on piano – and tunes are all original, with a sound that's as exciting as their titles – and titles include "Jazz Cult", "31 Degrees Above Zero", "Models", "Out Of A Blue Sky", "In The Traffic", and "Ex". Really great stuff – with a modern conception, and undeniable groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear in two corners, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Volker KriegelJournal ... CD
Inakustik (Germany), 1981. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Journal has a warmly stretched-out feel – still with guitars that echo the trippier tones of Kriegel's famous 70s recordings for MPS, but with a more inside quality overall – a deepening and mellowing of Volker's moods, showing us that he can do a lot more than just freak out and get funky! The album's still quite far to the left of most mainstream fusion of the time – and titles include "Storyboard", "Calcador", "Schwebebahn", "Am Worthsee", and "Naura". CD
(Out of print.)

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Karin KrogCloud Line Blue (Japanese pressing) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1978. Used ... $11.99
Incredible work from Scandinavian singer Karin Krog! Although Krog began her career as a straight jazz vocalist, she cut a number of records in the 70's that had her pushing into a cool territory that was a lot more progressive, and which had some great Euro-fusion touches – like the sorts you'd find on classic MPS recordings. This session, recorded under the guidance of John Surman, has Krog's icy Scandinavian voice in moody settings of moog and electric keyboards, plus some spacey soprano work by Surman. The album's filled with excellent spacey soundscapes that have Surman soloing nicely on reeds, and which have Krog singing in a style that will bring to mind the radiator song from Eraserhead. Titles include "New Spring", "Alone Song", "Edge Piece", "Empty Streets", "Eyeless In Movement", and "Cloud Line Blue". CD
(Out of print, 2003 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)

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Erwin LehnJazz At The Television Tower ... LP
Columbia (Germany), 1959. Very Good+ ... $38.99
An early set from this leader who also gave us the excellent Color In Jazz album on MPS! The set features solos from Bernd Rabe on alto sax, Horst Jankowski on piano, Gerald Weinkopf and Fritz Dautel on tenor, Georg Ernszt on trumpet, and Peter Witte on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear around the edges, and some light ringwear.)

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Monika LingesFloating ... CD
Nabel (Germany), 1982. Used ... $9.99
Great stuff by one of our favorite European vocalists! Monika's got a light breezy style that's a mixture of Brazilian jazz and some of the European modal styles carved during the MPS era – and although this set was recorded in 1982, it's got a feel that's very much in a classic 70s vocal mode, as Monika twists and turns her way around some tracks with a very nice groove! The feel's a lot like tracks on some of the Glucklich compilations from Compost – no surprise, because Monika and her contemporaries were a very big part of those sets! Titles include "Too Fond Of Samba", "Floating", "Running", "La Danse Du Coeur", "Prayer For Newborn", and "Blues Triste". CD
(Out of print. Please note this disc has a few marks but plays fine.)

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

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Jerzy MilianCutting – Jerzy Milian Tapes 09 – 1971 to 1977 – DDR Big Band Grooves Again ... CD
GAD (Poland), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Killer large group work from Polish jazzman Jerzy Milian – tracks recorded in East Berlin during the 70s, all with a style that mixes together the best modes of soundtrack funk with some of the groovier styles of the MPS big band scene! Milian's a vibist, but also has a great ear for larger charts – and these tunes really step out with full, forceful grooves – often a bit of electric bass at the core, to kick things up nicely – while the horns provide all these explosive colors up top! There's plenty of unusual sonic elements too – that great ear that made Milian such an important modern jazz musician in the 60s, still very much able to explore some of the farther reaches, even when keeping things groovy – as you'll hear here on a set of 16 tracks that include "Kung Tanza", "Mentro De Londres", "Carefree Guy", "Hausdrachen", "Tanz Des Schmiedes", "Woila", "Jerzy Und Gunter", and "Lauf Zur Kasse". CD

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Mufuti TwinsCrooning Over Sperrmull Tapes – Featuring Peter Thomas, Gerhard Heinz, Joachim Ewen & More ... CD
All Score Media (Germany), 2008. Used ... $4.99
A contemporary record, but one with a definite 70s groove – very much in the best spirit of vocal gems from the European scene back in the day! There's an upbeat, swinging style to the record that's totally great – somewhere in the territory of MPS easy, or hip Euro soundtracks – no surprise, since the twins get some help here from Peter Thomas and Gerhard Heinz, both great German film composers with an ear for a groove. The tunes supposedly were built up from a pile of old tapes the pair found – so there's definitely some authentic 70s sounds to the music – and the lyrics are all in English, sung in a cool sort of soul-inflected mode that reminds us of the sort of English-language tunes we might hear on an Italian or German soundtrack. Very groovy stuff, with no remix trickology, and a much more sincere sound than you'd expect – titles include "Girl On The Tree", "Love Is Just A Word", "Gat To Be Mine", "Happy", "Beautiful", "You Killed That Beast In Me", and "Cold Goodbye". CD
(Still sealed.)

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Mark MurphySwingin Singin Affair ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Germany), 1964. Used ... $11.99
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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Mark MurphySwingin Singin Affair (blue cover) ... LP
Fontana, 1965. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing with deep groove, in the blue cover. Cover has some light wear.)

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Novi SingersTorpedo ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. Used ... $12.99
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's one of the group's greatest – a set that really has them pushing past their initial American influences, into a fluid style that was quite revolutionary for the time – and which pushed the style of a vocal group like this to a whole new level. Tracks are complicated, but never too much so – and the mix of male and female voices is brought out beautifully, with similar warmth to the Singers Unlimited sides for MPS – but in a mode that's often much more groovy and hip! Most tunes are originals, and they feel like some of the best sound library vocal work from the time – such as the work of Barbara Moore. Titles include "Hurry Hurry", "Torpedo", "Misfit", "Something Special", "Quartus", "Right Now", "All Together", and "Last Day On Bondi Beach". CD
(2006 digipack pressing.)
Also available Torpedo ... LP 16.99

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Novi SingersTorpedo ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's one of the group's greatest – a set that really has them pushing past their initial American influences, into a fluid style that was quite revolutionary for the time – and which pushed the style of a vocal group like this to a whole new level. Tracks are complicated, but never too much so – and the mix of male and female voices is brought out beautifully, with similar warmth to the Singers Unlimited sides for MPS – but in a mode that's often much more groovy and hip! Most tunes are originals, and they feel like some of the best sound library vocal work from the time – such as the work of Barbara Moore. Titles include "Hurry Hurry", "Torpedo", "Misfit", "Something Special", "Quartus", "Right Now", "All Together", and "Last Day On Bondi Beach". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Torpedo ... CD 12.99

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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 ... $26.99
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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✨✧ Jean-Luc PontyCanteloupe Island (King Kong/Jean-Luc Ponty Experience With The George Duke Trio) ... LP
World Pacific/Blue Note, 1969. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
A great double-header – one that features 2 classic Jean-Luc Ponty albums from the 60s! Record one presents the album King Kong – an album that features Ponty, who was working with Frank Zappa at the time, playing a set of electric jazz takes on Zappa tunes – with lots of added help from George Duke, who was also working with Zappa too! The set's almost a "birth of fusion" one – with Zappa arrangements that are clearly in a jazz-rock mode – and lots of electric bass, electric piano, and electric violin in the set. Tracks are long, and riff-heavy – and other players include Ernie Watts, Wilton Felder, Buell Neidlinger, and Ian Underwood. Titles include "America Drinks & Goes Home", "Music For Electric Violin & Low Budget Orchestra", "King Kong", and "Twenty Small Cigars". Record two features The Jean Luc Ponty Experience With The George Duke Trio – a much better album than you'd expect, without any of the noodling of the players' later albums! At the time of this set, Duke and Ponty are breaking out of the hippie weirdness of the Zappa records, and get a bit more serious – working through some long, extended modal grooves that rank with the best MPS work by either player. Duke's on electric piano, ringing out in a weird spacy 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
(Cover has minimal wear.)

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✨✧ Ernest RanglinIn Search Of The Lost Riddim ... CD
Palm (UK), 1998. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the recent comeback albums cut by Ranglin – the famous Jamaican guitarist who worked heavily early reggae sides, on Monty Alexander's 70s releases for MPS, and who's been getting quite a bit of well deserved recognition these days. The album's got a number of different grooves – thanks in part to guest performances by a host of players that include Baba Maal, Mansour Seck, Alioune M'Bay Nder, and Bada Seck – and titles include "Nuh True", "Up On The Downstroke", "Anna", and "Pili Pili". CD
(Out of print, includes slipcase.)

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Ravi ShankarImprovisations ... LP
World Pacific, 1962. Very Good+ ... $9.99
An early American recording by Ravi Shankar – with some brief help from American jazz players! The bulk of the record features Ravi in a trio with tampura and tabla, performing long tunes similar to the ragas on his other albums from the time – but there's also a great track called "Fire Night" that features work by Louis Hayes, Bud Shank, Dennis Budimir, and Gary Peacock, all grooving on a bit of a modal jazz tip, making the track dance like a lively little MPS world jazz number! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Liberty pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cut corner and half split bottom seam.)

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Sahib ShihabCompanionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vogue/Rearward (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 34.98
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba sounds of the time – all produced to perfection with a really sharp edge, and a cutting approach to jazz that's gone onto inspired countless others in the current scene – including artists on Schema and Ricky-Tick Records, as well as most Japanese club jazz combos! But long before any of those cats started copping his groove, Sahib Shihab had it all totally together – a great ear for his own amazing solos on baritone and flute, and a way of hooking up with players like Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Benny Bailey on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. All players here were Shihab's partners in the Clarke Boland Big Band, and they use these small combo sessions to explore some great new ideas – stripped-down groovers that are heavy on rhythm, and really allow full expression from all the players involved. Titles include "Companionship", "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Bohemia After Dark", "Serenata", "Yah Yah Blues", "Balafon", "Talk Some Yak-ee Dak", "The Turk's Bolero", "CT + CB", "Jay Jay", "Stoned Ghosts", "Just Give Me Time", and "Dijdar". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sahib ShihabSahib Shihab & All Those Cats ... LP
Rearward/Schema (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $29.99
Although reed player Sahib Shihab made a few records in the US in the late 50's, it wasn't until he moved to Europe and started hanging out with the likes of the Clarke-Boland Big Band that his talents really started to flower. This cool new LP brings together 15 small-combo recordings made by Shihab and other members of the CBBB (like Fats Sadi, Benny Bailey, Francy Boland, and Jimmy Woode) during the mid 60's. All the material was recorded by CBBB manager/producer Gigi Campi, and none of the stuff's been issued before as far as we can tell. The groove is nice and swinging, with excellent rolling grooves by Sadi on bongos and vibes. Shihab plays both flute and baritone, and the set swings with the same sort of modal groove as the best Saba/MPS recordings from the time. Cuts include "Campi's Idea", "Dijdar", "Companionship (I + II)", "Peter's Waltz", "Om Mani Padme Hum", and "Herr Fixit". As with the other titles in this series, the music's accompanied by a great package, with loads of excellent photos, good notes, and stellar sound quality. This is the kind of stuff we collect jazz for, and it's great to have it in stock at a nice low price! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sahib ShihabSentiments ... CD
Storyville/Solid (Japan), 1965/1971. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track, but which also seems to influence the whole record all the way through – not just in Sahib's amazing phrasing on soprano, baritone, and flute – but also on the album's angular modal rhythms from Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums. The record's one of the hippest that Drew's ever played on – and has a vibrant feel that's much more Saba/MPS than the usual sessions on Storyville. All tracks are original – and titles include "Ma'nee", "The Call", "Rue De La Harpe", "Sentiments", "From Me To You", and "Companionship". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Supersax & LA VoicesSupersax & LA Voices Vol 1 ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A fantastic shift in the sound of the Supersax ensemble – one that has the group's jazzy instrumentation mixed with a vocal chorus – in a way that's a bit similar to some of the best Singers Unlimited albums for MPS in the 70s! The title, cover, and group's name might make you think the whole thing's a bit cheesy – but it's not, and the presentation is wonderful – thanks to strong work on saxes from west coast legends like Med Flory, Lanny Morgan, Jay Miglori, and Jack Nimitz – plus work from other group members who include Conte Candoli on trumpet, Lou Levy on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass – all strong LA jazz musicians with a legacy that goes back to the 50s! The vocal group's a quartet, with the lovely Sue Raney in the lead – a singer that we loved on her 50s and 60s recordings for Capitol, and who here re-emerges with a new sophisticated vibe that's wonderful. Titles include the great original "LA" by Flory – plus takes on "Embraceable You", "Stella By Starlight", "Don't Blame Me", "Old Folks", "Star Eyes", "In The Still Of The Night", and "Dancing In The Dark". LP, Vinyl record album

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United Jazz & Rock EnsembleTeamwork ... CD
Mood (Germany), 1978. Used ... $13.99
A great mix of freewheeling jazz and electric sounds – in a blend of MPS and Brit 70s jazz modes – played by a lineup that includes Charlie Mariano on soprano and alto, Ack Van Rooyen and Ian Carr on trumpets, Wolfgang Dauner on piano and keyboards, Volker Kriegel on guitar, Eberhard Weber on bass, Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, and Barbara Thompson on soprano and tenor! CD
(Out of print.)

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Miroslav VitousMajesty Music ... CD
Arista/Wounded Bird, 1976. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
One of the great ones from bassist Miroslav Vitous – a musician you might know from more atmospheric moments, but artist who could really be funky when he wanted! The album's got this righteous groove that really matches the energy of Miroslav's Magical Shepherd album from the same time – his warm, round acoustic bass tones right out front in the mix, but blended with loads of great electric elements too – including lots of wonderful keyboards, and some great reed lines from Jaroslav Jakubovic, a sharp-edged Eastern European player. The great Rimona Francis – of MPS fame – sings a bit on the record, in a cool style that's a bit like Flora Purim or Urzsula Dudziak – but most of the record is instrumental, and some of the cuts get nice and funky. Titles include "Folks", "New Orleans", "Majesty Music", "Streams & Fields", "X Rated", "Best Friends", and "Mount Shasta (part 2)". CD

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Mal WaldronFree At Last (extended edition – with bonus tracks) ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $31.99 35.99
The title's no mistake, as the album was really one of Mal Waldron's first really outside sessions – a real embrace of the free jazz modes coming out of the European scene of the 60s, but in a way that's slightly different than most! As Waldron states in the liner notes, his vision here is free, but not total chaos – an approach to music that's much more unfettered than before, yet still somewhat rhythmically structured – so that the tunes themselves roll out with a great deal of drive and energy, almost modal at points, but a bit fuller overall. The rhythm section here is a great part of the success of the album – with Clarence Becton on drums and the amazing Isla Eckinger on bass – a player whose pulsating approach is a perfect foil for Waldron's bold work on piano. There's actually a surprising amount of groove-driven numbers here – hardly the free jazz of the FMP scene, and more in the mode of some of the most unfettered expressions going down at MPS at the time. Titles include "Rat Now", "Balladina", "1 3 234", "Rock My Soul", and "Boo". Features a full bonus album – with alternate takes of "Balladina", "Boo", and "1 3 234" – and a long take of "Willow Weep For Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute ... LP
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $20.99 21.98
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is wonderful – a bit more upbeat and swinging than some of Yamamoto's other records, as Nobuo Hara leads the larger group with a totally cool sound – which makes the flute lines a sweet exotic touch over straightforward, soul-drenched, big band jazz! We might even link the sound to some of Dorothy Ashby's grooviest albums for Chess/Cadet – although with flute, instead of harp – and titles include "Komoro Mago-Uta", "Soma Bon-Uta", "Kokirio Bushi", "Sado Okesa", "Tairyo Utaikomi", and "Kuroda-Bushi". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Beautiful Bamboo Flute (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 33.99

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Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Victor/Universal (Japan), 1971. Used Gatefold ... $33.99
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is wonderful – a bit more upbeat and swinging than some of Yamamoto's other records, as Nobuo Hara leads the larger group with a totally cool sound – which makes the flute lines a sweet exotic touch over straightforward, soul-drenched, big band jazz! We might even link the sound to some of Dorothy Ashby's grooviest albums for Chess/Cadet – although with flute, instead of harp – and titles include "Komoro Mago-Uta", "Soma Bon-Uta", "Kokirio Bushi", "Sado Okesa", "Tairyo Utaikomi", and "Kuroda-Bushi". CD
(Out of print SHM CD pressing, with obi!)
Also available Beautiful Bamboo Flute ... LP 20.99

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✨✧ VariousKev Beadle Presents Private Collection 3 – More Independent Jazz Sounds From The 70s & 80s ... CD
BBE (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $8.99 19.98
The title says "jazz", but there's a lot more going on here – a range of groundbreaking sounds and styles from the 70s, with some sweet electric modes, occasional Latin rhythms, currents of soul, and even a bit of Brazilian too! The package really takes us back to the kind of rare tracks we first started digging decades ago – when collectors from London and Tokyo were really helping us appreciate the kinds of records we might have passed by in the racks – the lesser names, the smaller labels, and even the more globally expansive range of releases that could sometimes be missed if you were only digging for American jazz! That range of music is really represented here in a great way – with tunes that soar strongly and bristle with energy throughout – sometimes in modes that might echo a label like MPS or Strata East, but often in very unique styles of their own. Titles include "Maryke" by John Thomas & Lifeforce, "La Em Guayaquil" by Banda Metalurgia, "Samba For A Cold Warrior" by Belair, "Samba De Amor" by Francisco Mora Catlett, "Little Sunflower" by Louis Hayes with Leon Thomas, "The World Is A Ghetto" by Lee Willhite, "No Other Love But You" by Clarice Labbe & Charlie Hampton, "Misturada" by Finn Savery Trio, "Kingdom Within You" by Ira Sullivan, and "Latinetta" by Ronald Snijders. CD

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✨✧ Elsie Bianchi TrioAtlantis Blues ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare early session from the lovely Elsie Bianchi – best known for her classic 60s sides on Saba/MPS, heard here in a very similar format! The set features Elsie working with her combo from the Swiss Atlantis nightclub in the early 60s – and was originally issued as a limited-number 10" LP, used only as a promotional item by the club! As on her classic Sweetest Sound album, Elsie sings on a number of tunes – always in English, and in a laidback and mellow way that sounds wonderfully sweet next to her work on piano. The rest of the group includes a bit of clarinet next to the bass and drums – and on a few tracks, Elsie's even overdubbed with a bit of accordion as well! Titles include the originals "Atlantis Blues" and "Baron Lazar" – plus versions of "I Got It Bad", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "Stormy Weather", "After You've Gone", and "No Moon At All". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eugen CiceroMy Lyrics – Eugen Cicero In Tokyo ... LP
Columbia (Japan), 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really lovely little album from pianist Eugen Cicero – a rare Japanese session from the early 70s, and a record that's a bit different than his sessions for MPS! Cicero's still working in a classically-influenced approach to jazz piano – but he's also a bit more laidback and lyrical on the set too – some softer notes and warmer tones that are really wonderful – and which make for a nice change from his usual virtuoso burst of notes! The trio really fits this spirit, too – some very easygoing bass from JA Rettenbacher and drums from Dai Bowen – the latter of whom is especially welcome, as he doesn't punch things up as much as some of Cicero's other drummers. Titles include "Chorus Of Victory", "Hana", "And If You Find That I Know You'd Call Her Kyoko", "Baracolle", "Beautiful Tokyo", and "Impression Of A Hungarian Landscape". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gatefold pressing!)

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✨✧ Sadik HakimSadik Hakim (London Suite) ... LP
Radio Canada/Return To Analog (Canada), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest moments ever from pianist Sadik Hakim – a player most people know for his contribution to the American bop scene of the late 40s – but an artist who grew even more strongly during his later years in Montreal! This album's a real highlight from that overlooked time in Hakim's career – a set that not only has the musician playing both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano, but which also highlights his tremendous skill as a writer, too – with a richness that easily rivals the best on the European scene of the time – such as some of our favorite London jazz musicians, or the great work on MPS. Side one features the extended "London Suite" – a work that's poetic, but also pretty darn groovy too – and side two features on shorter compositions that include "Liliane", "Grey Cup Caper", and "Moon In Aquarius" – all carried off beautifully by a group that includes Al Khabyyr Sayyd Abdul on alto and flute, Billy Robinson on tenor, and Peter Leitch on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Sadik HakimSadik Hakim (Radio Canada) ... LP
Radio Canada (Canada), 1973. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest moments ever from pianist Sadik Hakim – a player most people know for his contribution to the American bop scene of the late 40s – but an artist who grew even more strongly during his later years in Montreal! This album's a real highlight from that overlooked time in Hakim's career – a set that not only has the musician playing both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano, but which also highlights his tremendous skill as a writer, too – with a richness that easily rivals the best on the European scene of the time – such as some of our favorite London jazz musicians, or the great work on MPS. Side one features the extended "London Suite" – a work that's poetic, but also pretty darn groovy too – and side two features on shorter compositions that include "Liliane", "Grey Cup Caper", and "Moon In Aquarius" – all carried off beautifully by a group that includes Al Khabyyr Sayyd Abdul on alto and flute, Billy Robinson on tenor, and Peter Leitch on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some light wear, but is great overall.)

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✨✧ Milt Jackson & Ray BrownThat's The Way It Is ... LP
Impulse, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has light surface wear and a small split on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Jaan KumanJaan Kuman Instrumental Ensemble ... LP
Jazzaggression (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible funk from the Estonian scene of the 70s – grooves so rare, the Iron Curtain kept them locked away from most of the Western world! This excellent collection finally brings these gems to light – and showcases not only Jaan Kuman's tight talent for lead trumpet solos – on a par with some of the best Freddie Hubbard CTI work of the 70s – but also his wonderful ear for larger arrangements – jazz backdrops that mix acoustic and electric elements beautifully, often with a sense of soul and sentiment that's completely sublime! There's slight echoes of European soundtrack modes in the music – but the overall presentation is definitely jazz, and the tight work of the leader and other players make the tunes plenty damn funky throughout – like a lost MPS gem from the glory days. Titles include "Hey Boys Try Harder", "Contrasts", "Caprice", "Wheels", "Terminus", and "Globus". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dave PikeTimes Out Of Mind ... CD
Muse, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mellower than some of Dave's MPS records – with not as much psychedelic playing, but still some great jazzy grooves, laid out in a nice electric vein! The lineup includes vibes, electric piano, art, tenor, and guitar – and the best tracks have a dancing modal mode that shows that Pike was still growing strongly in the 70s. Titles include "Djalma", "Morning In The Park", "Times Out Of Mind", "I Love My Cigar", and "Dance of the Grebes". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sexedelic (Manfred Huebler & Sigi Schwab)Sexedelic ... LP
Metronome/Wah Wah (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic record that more than lives up to the promise of its title and cover – and a set that's gone onto legendary fame as part of the music used by director Jess Franco for his Vampyros Lesbos films! The music here comes from the German jazz scene of the early 70s – a sound library set that features the talents of guitarist Sigi Schwab, who you'll know from some very groovy records on MPS – and a host of other great projects at the time! Schwab put the music together with keyboardist Manfred Huebler, in a style that's got the same blend of funk, jazz, and psych as some of the MPS jazz albums by artists like Dave Pike or Wolfang Dauner – but which comes across here with maybe even a bit more sense of freedom, as the whole thing works to convey the vibe of some sort of drug-fueled orgy on record! Think of this as a psychedelic take on porno sounds, and you'll only get part of the picture – because the jazz chops are wonderful, as is the sense of arrangement and production. Titles include "People's Playground", in five variations – plus "Kamasutra", "Konkubination", "Shindai Lovers", "The 6 Wisdoms Of Aspasia", "We Don't Care", and "Necronomania". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited editoin of 1000! Includes booklet of notes – and bonus film poster too!)

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✨✧ Sahib ShihabSummer Dawn (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Argo/Rearward (Italy), 1963. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic early record by Sahib Shihab – a motherlode of modal jazz grooves, cut during the early days of the Clarke-Boland Big Band! The record features a core group of players from that ensemble – including Shihab on alto, baritone, and flute, plus Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, Ake Persson on trombone, Francy Boland on piano, Joe Harris on bongos, and Kenny Clarke on drums – all coming together here with a groove that's really groundbreaking – a style that's sweet and soulful, but rhythmically revolutionary too! The tracks are all long and grooving – with the kind of dancing jazz tone that you'd expect from the Saba/MPS label during the mid 60s – a big change from the Argo label that originally issued the record. But that's no surprise, either, as the session was actually recorded in Europe by Gigi Campi – the man behind the CBBB albums on MPS – with a feel that's quite similar to other Shihab classics, like Companionship or Seeds. The whole thing's great – one of Shihab's most wonderful records, and totally worth owning – and titles include "Lillemor", "Please Don't Leave Me", "Waltz For Seth", and "Herr Fixit". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Phil Woods/Jean Luc Ponty/Eddy Louiss/Daniel HumaiLa Sorcellerie A Travers Les Ages/Gravenstein ... LP
Communication (France), 1977. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty wild batch of jazz from France – a split LP, supposedly containing a soundtrack on each side! Side one features a trio of Woods, Ponty, and Daniel Humair – playing together in a stretched out style, hitting a lot of modes, in a soundtrack style that's almost like the work of Komeda. A few cuts are shorter, and one long track gets nice and spacey and trippy – and Ponty's free from his usual over-indulgence, and sounds more like Michal Urbaniak on the album. Side two features one long track, played by Woods, Louiss, and Humair – in a style that reminds us a lot of the work that Louiss and Humair did with John Surman for MPS – long and stretched out, with playing that's exploratory, but not entirely free. Titles include "La Sorcellerie", "L'Interrogatoire", "1925", and "Gravenstein". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, mostly near the edges.)

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✨✧ Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of InventionOne Size Fits All ... CD
Ryko, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Frank Zappa's got some fantastic fusion touches on this sweet little set from the 70s – thanks to keyboards and a bit of vocals from George Duke, heavy drums from Chester Thompson, and even some brief help from Johnny Guitar Watson! The set's still got a very Zappa-esque feel, but it's clear he's also letting Duke stretch his wings a bit too as there's parts of the record that almost echo the style of some of George's more far-out recordings for MPS. The balance is great – and one that makes the album a lot more soulful at points than we're used to hearing from Zappa. Titles include "Florentine Pogen", "Can't Afford No Shoes", "Inca Roads", "Po-Jama People", "Evelyn A Modified Dog", and "San Ber'Dino". CD
(Out of print & still in the original green tinted case.)

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✨✧ VariousImprovisto ... CD
Hitop (France), 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The funky sound of 70s Spain! Although lots of other European funky tracks have been coming out on compilations over the past few years, this is the first set we've seen to focus on the rich tradition of unusual funk coming out of Spain during the period. The set features some wonderful numbers that we would have never known about otherwise – and it's a tight blend of jazzy tracks that range from MPS-like fusion numbers, to Brazilian-influenced jammers, to full on funky numbers that have more of an American soul feel! Titles include "Agua De Beber" by Brasil Aquarius y Luiz Antonio, "Los Diez Hermanos" by Pedro Ruy-Blas, "Laiala, Laiala" by Joan Bibiloni, "Posesion" by Max B, "Asi Hablo Zarathustra" by Manuel Gas, "Veracruz" by Jayme Marquez, "Wild Party" by Tito Duarte, and "Telemark" by Daniele Patucchi. CD
(Out of print. In the original slipcover.)

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✨✧ VariousInternational Holy Hill Jazz Meeting ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary moment in European free jazz – performances all recorded on a single Sunday in 1969 – but which stand as some of the most powerful music of the time! The vibe here is often in the best spirit of early FMP, or maybe the most outside work of MPS – and the recording quality equals the best avant jazz on both labels – with very long performances on each track that represent the pinnacle of all players involved! One side alone is worth the price of admission – a searing track titled "Finally", performed by an octet with Peter Brotzmann at the helm, alongside Evan Parker on tenor and soprano sax, Fred Van Hove on piano, Paul Rutherford on trombone, Peter Kowald on bass, and Pierre Favre on drums. Favre returns on "Let's Talk About The Weather" – played by a trio with Kowad on bass and Irene Schweizer on piano. Other tracks include "Five To Five" and "Gluga Gluga Blues" by the Joki Freund Quintet, "In Memory Of John Coltrane" by Marion Brown, "Vibration" by the group of saxophonist Joe Fiera and trombonist Ed Kroger, and "Circus Live" by a quartet led by Rolf Kuhn on electric clarinet, with Joachim Kuhn on piano and Stu Martin on drums. CD

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✨✧ VariousJazz Am Rhein – 1967 to 1968 (6CD set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1967/1968. New Copy 6CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from two different years of this important German Jazz Festival – material that provides a great live complement to some of the best studio jazz recordings of the late 60s European scene – such as those coming from the MPS label, and some of the record companies in Paris and London! The vibe here is mostly straight, but there are plenty of currents of modern, and maybe just a bit of free – and the set's especially great in illustrating the sort of unique groupings and musical moments that can make the jazz festival scene so rewarding! Material from 1967 includes three long tracks by the group of saxophonist Klaus Doldinger with organist Ingfried Hoffmann; a long performance from a big band led by Kurt Edelhagen, with work from trumpeters Shake Keane and Jimmy Deuchar, tenorists Wilton Gaynair and Karl Drewo, and altoist Derek Humble; four tracks by a quartet led by trumpeter Dusko Goykovich, with Bent Jaedig on tenor; two long improvisations from a group that features Manfred Schoof on trumpet, Gerd Dudek on tenor, Alexander Von Schlippenbach on piano, and Jaki Liebezeit on drums; one track by a quartet with Ted Curson on trumpet and Nick Bridnola on soprano sax; four long cuts by the Clarke Boland Sextet, with Sahib Shihab on flute and baritone, Ake Persson on trombone, and Idrees Sulieman on trumpet; a sweet large group led by organist Ingfried Hoffmann, and a few other hip cuts too. 1968 features work by a sextet led by bassist Peter Trunk, with Shake Keane on flugelhorn, Jiggs Whigham on trombone, and Rob Pronk on piano; four tracks by the Clarke Boland Big Band, with Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott on tenor, and Sahib Shihab on baritone; two cuts by the twin tenor group of Hank Mobley and Johnny Griffin; a vocal performance by Jon Hendricks with a Clarke Boland group with Johnny Griffin in the lead; twin trombones from the Slide Hampton and Ake Persson Quintet; hip work from the trio of pianist George Gruntz, bassist Henri Texier, and drummer Daniel Humair; a number of tight tracks from the Maynard Ferguson big band, with Pete King on tenor; and two shorter trio tracks from Joachim Kuhn. Like other Be Music titles, the presentation is great – a really well-done box, and big booklet of notes and images. CD

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✨✧ Daniel BingertBerit In Space ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous achievement in jazz from Daniel Bingert – the kind of record that would be in everyone's collection, had it been issued back in 1959 – but a set that's every bit as essential all these decades later! Binger's the composer, and has kind of a postwar modern sensibility about his music – that mix of core elements and individual voices that made Mingus so great when he was at his best – except Daniel's also got more of an ear for modal rhythms, of the sort that remind us a bit of the inspirations on the European scene during the Saba/MPS generation, taken forward with some of the fresher, completely visionary ideas that we've always loved from the Moserobie label! The group's a sextet with some key Moserobie members in the line up – Jonas Kullhammar on alto, Karl Olandersson on trumpet, Per Texas Johansson on tenor, Charlie Malmberg on piano, Moussa Fadera on drums, and the mighty Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass – whose energy alone is enough to guide the album. Titles include "City Sirens", "Cinco De Mayo", "Henry & Bernard", "Notredame", "Lost Keys", "Gil Bill", and "Kaya Boca". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann/Hamid Drake/Mahmoud GaniaWels Concert ... CD
Okka Disk, 1997. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unusual Peter Brotzmann records we've ever heard – and we mean that in the best way possible! The live improvisation features Brotzmann on tenor, alto, tarogato, and e-flat clarinet – working with Hamid Drake on drums, tablas, and percussion – but alongside Moroccan gnawa musician Mahmoud Gania (or Guinia), whose music is a really different addition to the Brotzmann sound! Hamid Drake provides a great bridge between both players – still working as a free jazz musician, but also bringing a wider range of sounds to his percussion, which blends perfectly with Gania's creations on the warm-toned strings of the guembri, and his occasional vocalizations too. The whole thing is amazing – and the balance of avant reeds, percussion, and regional sounds rivals some of the best of the MPS jazz-meets-world titles from years back. The improvisation is 70 minutes in length – and breathtaking throughout! CD

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✨✧ Eugen CiceroSpring Song ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Later work from European pianist Eugen Cicero – an artist who first made international waves by mixing classical tunes with jazz for a series of MPS/Saba recordings in the 60s – then went on to create many overlooked albums of lyrical beauty in later decades! This set is definitely one of those gems – still very much in the "jazz meets classical" vein of his 60s hits, as it features improvisations on melodies from Bach, Smetana, Mendelssoh, and other composers – but somehow coming across with a deeper sense of soul, and a sound that's awash in color and tone. Part of the strength of the set no doubt comes from the rhythm section – which features Americans John Clayton on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – and titles include "Caprice No 24", "Spinning Song In C Op 67 No 4", "Spring Song In A Op 62 No 6", "Cicero's Paraphrase In G Flat", and "The Moldeu". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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✨✧ Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal WaldronSwinging Macedonia ... LP
Enja/Be! (Germany), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Helge HurumSpectre – The Unreleased Works 1971 to 1982 ... CD
Plastic Strip Press (Norway), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very hip work from the Norwegian scene of the 70s – complicated, gently grooving numbers that are filled with fantastic tones and unusual moments – often recorded with some of the best Scandinavian players of the period! Helge Hurum's a reedman – mostly flute, plus a bit of alto sax – but he's also a great writer and arranger too, and manages to bring a really fresh vision to his work – one that's aware of some of the modern changes coming down in the Scandia scene after the 60s, but which still manages to focus most of them with the bolder rhythmic sensibilities of some of his contemporaries on MPS! The tunes here are all pulled from the NRK archives – and although unreleased at the time, they represent an amazing jazz artist just waiting to be discovered – a talent with appeal to groove-oriented Dusty Groove customers, as well as to seekers of more sophisticated jazz fare. Artists on these tracks include Karin Krog on vocals, Jan Garbarek on tenor sax, Arild Andersen and Eberhard Weber on bass, Jon Christensen on drums, and Terje Bjorklund on electric piano – and titles include the extended "Spectre" suite, plus "This Time Oslo", "Ongura", "Latin Dynamics", "Vision – A Jazz Symphony", and "Huldredans". CD

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✨✧ Milt Jackson & Ray BrownThat's The Way It Is ... CD
Impulse/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)

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✨✧ Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy OrchestraBack To The Sea ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic work from one of the grooviest Japanese big bands of the 70s – a great combo who mix lots of great keyboard lines with soaring horn passages – all in a style that's as evocative as the title image and cover! There's a very special feel to the record – a mode that's different than the 70s electric big bands from Europe, like some of the MPS groups – as the approach is often very unified, with a bit less sense of solo voice – yet still filled with lots of personality and humanity along the way. Masaru Imada plays electric piano, Masayuki Nakatomi plays Arp and mini moog, and Himiko Kikuchi plays Fender Rhodes and clavinet – and while the horns solo more than the keyboards, those electric elements really help give the record a very cool sound – with kind of a fluid, watery feel at times. Two tracks feature wordless female vocals – and titles include "Back To The Sea", "Swingin On The Horizon", "When Waves Sing", "Natural Flow", and "Merman's Dance". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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✨✧ Jerzy MilianOrkiestra Rozrywkowa Pritv W Katowicach – Znak Wodnika (with bonus tracks) ... CD
GAD (Poland), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the funkiest work we've ever heard from Polish vibist Jerzy Milian – a series of late 70s recordings that have him working with a larger ensemble in a very groovy mode! The approach is sound library or soundtrack funk at some points, but also almost gets a bit disco at others – with Jerzy using his vibes like Vince Montana in Philly! There's wordless vocals on most tracks, and other instrumentation includes keyboards and clavinet, tenor, alto, and flute – mostly with a tight ensemble feel overall. At points, the music is in the spirit of the funky big band work on MPS Records from the early 70s – and titles include "Sobowtor", "W Zaulku", "Spiew Langusty"," Robot Autokrata", "Komu Moge Dac Swoj Czas", "Samum", and "Solaris II". CD features the bonus tracks "Nikt Inny", "Odtrutka Na Funky", "Farnadole", and "Dialog O Polnocy". CD

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✨✧ Charlie Munro QuartetEastern Horizons ... LP
Philips/Be! (Germany), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A totally cool little record – and one that more than lives up to the Eastern promise of its cover! The album's a real stunner from Australian reedman Charlie Munro – a beautiful mix of jazz and exotic elements, at a level that puts it up there with a rare few records that work this well – like the Indo-Jazz experiments of Joe Harriott, the earlier recordings of Ahmed Abdul Malik, and maybe the legendary Jazz Meets World series on MPS! Munro's range of influences is nicely varied here – with some elements of Indian music, others borrowed from Japan, and even some from points that are a bit more Mid-East – mostly delivered on familiar jazz instrumentation, but with very dramatic results. Charlie plays tenor, alto, soprano sax, and bass clarinet – plus a bit of flute and cello too – and the rest of the group includes Mark Bowden on drums and vibes, Neville Whitehead on bass, and Bob McIvor on trombone – an instrument that's often used in these dark, bassy tones with the rhythms. Titles include "Islamic Suite", "Arch's Groove", "Malahari Raga", "David", "Japanese Love Song", "Minimum", "When I Look At You", and "Raised Eyebrows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonWalking The Line/Another Day – Two Originals ... CD
Verve, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
'Walking The Line' is an album with a groove as fluid as you might guess from the title – and from the nicely stretched image of Oscar Peterson on the cover! The album's one of the best-remembered from Oscar's years at MPS – a session that's got almost as much soul jazz at the bottom as it does the fluid Peterson touch on the top – and a record that benefits, no doubt, from exceptional rhythm work from the team of George Mraz on bass and Ray Price on drums, who hit a groove that's a bit more pronounced than usual. Peterson is tremendous throughout on the keys – all over the place, but always in control – really burning up the 88s with a command of his instrument that few players could match! Titles include "Just Friends", "Teach Me Tonight", "I Love You", "Once Upon A Summertime", "The Windmills Of Your Mind", and "All Of You". 'Another Day' is hard-stepping work by Oscar Peterson – a record that's got a bit more of a forceful groove than some of his others from the time, thanks in part to the rhythm section of George Mraz on bass and Ray Price on drums! Peterson's really romping around the keys on some of the tunes – hitting hard with the left hand in a nicely bluesy mode on some numbers, then rolling back to his more lyrically introspective style on others. The whole thing's got a great MPS approach to production that makes the notes ring forth with amazing clarity – and titles include "Blues For Martha", "Greensleeves", "All The Things You Are", "I'm Old Fashioned", "The JAMFs Are Coming", and "Carolina Shout". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ QuasimodeStraight To The Land Of Freedom – Live At Liquidroom (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Geneon (Japan), 2008. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The only thing better than Quasimode on record is Quasimode live – as you'll hear on this sweet little set! The album captures the Japanese jazz combo in all their jazzy brilliance – working live and loud, with a razor-sharp sound throughout! The set's a great way to hear the group's sound at its core – and to appreciate that their deft way of turning a groove comes from no tricks in the studio – no fancy edits or overdubs. Instead, the sound here is pure jazz energy – tightly rhythmic lines that hearken back to 60s modal MPS or Blue Note – just oozing with soul throughout. Carmen Lundy sings on the tracks "Time Is Love", "Object In The Mirror", and "Never Gonna Let You Go" – and saxophonist Masato Nakamura of Sleepwalker lends his solos to two more tracks too! Other titles include "The Man From Nagpur", "For Self Defense", "Ipe Amareic", "Land Of Freedom", and "Over The Horizon". CD
(Out of print, sticker over barcode.)

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✨✧ Sahib ShihabSentiments (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Storyville (Denmark), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track, but which also seems to influence the whole record all the way through – not just in Sahib's amazing phrasing on soprano, baritone, and flute – but also on the album's angular modal rhythms from Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums. The record's one of the hippest that Drew's ever played on – and has a vibrant feel that's much more Saba/MPS than the usual sessions on Storyville. All tracks are original – and titles include "Ma'nee", "The Call", "Rue De La Harpe", "Sentiments", "From Me To You", and "Companionship". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sentiments ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Kaidi TathamIn Search Of Hope ... LP
Freedom School/First Word (UK), 2008. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant album from Kaidi Tatham – deeper by far than anything we've ever heard from him, and way more than you might expect if you only know his singles from the London scene! This set's got a very strong jazz component – monstrous keyboard work from Kaidi that stretches and soars with the kind of sound you might expect from George Duke on MPS – coupled with some leaner, more rhythmic elements that show Tatham's strong ties to the London scene – yet still in ways that really break from its conventions! There's a warmth, depth, and spirituality to the record that's really amazing – the kind of new territory that others have found on the excellent Freedom School label – a place that offers a rare outlet for creative expression in times like these. The whole thing's instrumental, and Kaidi played all instruments himself – mixing acoustic percussion with beats, electric keyboards with piano, and coming across with a sound that's far richer than the sum of its core elements. Titles include "Simiya", "I'm High", "So Amazed", "Swift Inspiration", "In Search Of Hope (part 1)", "Do What You Gotta Do", "On A Vibe", "These Things Will Pass", and "He Laughs She Cries". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mary Lou WilliamsMary Lou Williams (Black Christ Of The Andes) ... CD
Mary, 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album – and one of the best records you'll ever find by Mary Lou Williams! The record's a mixture of jazz and spiritual themes, and it features Mary Lou's piano set in some super-hip jazz arrangements that include players like Grant Green, Budd Johnson, Larry Gales, Melba Liston, Ben Tucker, and Percy Heath. The bass and piano work is amazing, and many tracks have a dark groove that's very subtle, but very compelling. About half the tunes feature hip choral vocalizing – in the mode of some of the Donald Byrd or Max Roach albums from the same time – mostly handled by the group of Howard Roberts. Includes the classic groover "A Grand Nite For Swinging", plus "A Fungus Amongus", "Anima Christi", "Miss DD", "The Devil", "It Ain't Necessarily So", and "My Blue Heaven". Great stuff all around – and even better than we're describing it! This CD issue features the original Mary Records cover art – different than the Saba/MPS or later Smithsonian CD versions. CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)
 
 
 



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