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HannaI Needed/Intercession On Behalf ... 12-inch
Melodies International, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99 12.98
A sweet little groover from Hanna – a singer with a name that's short and sweet, which kind of matches her vocal approach too! "I Needed" is a tune with a wickedly compelling groove – sweet keyboard flows over fast bassy beats – and Hanna's lyrics pepper the tune more with this spare sense of urging and want, which really helps infect the rhythm a lot more than complicated lyrics! "Intercession" has a groove that's a bit more broken, but which also follows with Hanna in a similar mode – kind of flavoring the rhythms in a really cool way – very present, but never too overdone either! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ La'Verne WashingtonPromise/I Found What I've Been Searching For ... 7-inch
Melodies International, 1984. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Two great tracks from La'Verne Washington – a west coast 80s soul singer we've never heard of, but who really shines here! "Promise" has a great bassline – courtesy of the legendary Carol Kaye – and the tune bumps along with keyboards that are balanced by the richer, deeper suol vocals of Washington – who works here with a really great range! "I Found" on the flipside is a mellower number, but great too – and La'Verne has this flow that's matched by supporting female vocals – almost a mix of secular link and spiritual energy! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ SynchrojackDaylight/900th Lifetime ... 12-inch
Melodies International, Mid 90s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... Out Of Stock
Two mid 90s grooves from this underground British duo – one who were maybe more inspired by the early sounds of Detroit techno than Chicago house – but who also work here with a wonderful way of fusing the best of both! "Daylight" has a warm glow and lean groove – almost a Mr Fingers track, but a bit more direct – and "900th Lifetime" has harder beats, and this very cool moody keyboard part that's completely wonderful – holding the groove while the bassline gets all wikky and wacky! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Comes with a bonus zine – like other Melodies International releases!)
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Joanne BrackeenPrism (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Joanne Brackeen's at the top of her game here – working in a unique set of duets with bassist Eddie Gomez – at a level that matches the fire and fury of any of her work with a larger group! Brackeen's got this tremendous command of the keyboard right from the start – a wide sweep that has the notes cascading wonderfully – in rich melodies with a very deep sound, but still lots of sharp edges, and this sense of freedom that makes you think she's always just about to go outside – before pulling it back a bit. Gomez is sublime, as always – and his bass work adapts perfectly to each individual moment – stating itself strongly, but never in a way that's gimmicky at all – and always balanced between a sense of melody and timekeeping too. Titles include "Lost Or Found", "International Festival", "Evanescent", "If You Dare", and "Prism". CD features three bonus tracks – alternate takes of "International Festival" and "Habitat". CD

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✨✧ Ran BlakeFilm Noir ... CD
Novus/International Phonograph, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most evocative albums we've ever heard from pianist Ran Blake – a set that's got all the sharp edges of some of his most adventurous solo work, but one that also has Ran working in a few different settings, often with a very poetic feel! The set's not a hokey retro-crime record – as you might fear from the title (and countless later jazz albums that evoke that aesthetic) – and although Blake's working through melodies from older films, plus a few original numbers in the same spirit, his presentation is completely unique – and explosively personal throughout! His own piano is tremendous – blocks of sound and runs of notes that are extremely imaginative, and which flow forward from the same dark spirit we love on Blake's other recordings. And they're often balanced with shifting contributions from other musicians – players who include John Heiss on flute, Paul Meyers on bass, Ted Curson on trumpet, and Daryl Lowrey on alto and soprano sax – all of whom make some great additions to the set. Titles include a nice take on "The Pawnbroker" – plus other film titles that include "Eve", "Touch Of Evil", "Le Boucher", "Pinky", and "Doktor Mabuse" – as well as Blake originals "Spiral Staircase" and "Garden Of Delight". CD
(Great gatefold LP-styled sleeve!)

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✨✧ Eugen CiceroSpring Song ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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