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Joey AlexanderJoey – Monk – Live ... CD
Motema, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
The best sort of Thelonious Monk set in our opinion – the kind of record that draws heavily from the legacy of the master, but also delivers something completely new and fresh! Let's face it, Monk would wince at the idea of folks just copying his style and ideas – and Joey Alexander hardly does that at all here, by really transforming familiar Monk numbers with this modern approach that's both fluid and chunky at the same time! Alexander's hands on the keys are amazing – and almost feel like he's grabbing chunks of sound out of the air, to sculpt these sonic shapes based on the ideas of the tunes. The structure of the tunes is subtly but greatly enhanced by the work of Scott Colley on bass and Willie Jones III on drums – and titles include "Ugly Beauty", "Rhythm A Ning", "Straight No Chaser", "Pannonica", and "Evidence". CD

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Lynne ArrialeArise ... CD
Motema, 2002. Used ... $4.99
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Antonio Ciacca with Steve GrossmanLagos Blues ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used ... $2.99
There's a really great combination going on here – the lively, soaring piano lines of Antonio Ciacca, and the harder-blown tenor tones of the legendary Steve Grossman! We've not heard much from Ciacca before, but we really like his groove – especially on the title track, which is a captivatingly soulful number that does a great job of kicking off a set of material that's got just the right sense of space and rich undercurrents to remind us of Grossman's best from years back. Steve's not on every track – a few others feature Stacy Dillard on tenor – and other players include Kengo Nakamura on bass and Ulysses Owns on drums. Titles include "Lagos Blues", "Take The D Train", "Nicoletta", "Whims Of Chambers", "Nico's Song", and "Reflections In D/In A Sentimental Mood". CD

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Mark Guiliana Jazz QuartetJersey ... CD
Motema, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
That's the state of New Jersey on the cover – represented with an image that's as beautiful as the music on the set – a nicely bold statement from drummer Mark Guiliana, who works here with a mighty strong quartet! The group features some especially great tenor from Jason Rigby – a player who can soar forward on waves of sound one minute, then bring things back to carefully creative sonic territory – all in a way that's beautifully illustrative, with almost a painterly quality to his performance – but never in a way that feels forced or overly intellectual – given the organic quality of his horn. Pianist Fabian Almazan's great too – able to burst out these beautiful tones that really set the whole picture on fire – and bassist Chris Morrissey gets some great time in the spotlight, sometimes even to set the tunes up from the start – which he does wonderfully, then rolls them along as strongly as Guiliana's drums. Titles include "Our Lady", "Where Are We Now", "Big Rig Jones", "BP", "Rate", and "September". CD

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Stefon Harris & BlackoutSonic Creed ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
We've been loving the vibes of Stefon Harris for years – and each new record with his Blackout group seems to have the musician pushing his envelope more and more! The vibes are still very strongly in place, but there's also some soulful elements that really shine through in the overall arrangements – linking Harris' more modern inclinations with a style that might help him grab all those ears he's deserved over the years, but who've not yet found his music! The set's not commercial at all – but has some qualities that put Stefon's righteous musical mission a bit more upfront – as he takes on songs by Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Bobby Timmons, and even the team of Bobby Hutcherson and Eugene McDaniels – whose "Now" is one of the best cuts on the record, delivered here with vocals from Jean Baylor and violin from Regina Carter. Other tracks include "Song Of Sampson", "Chasin Kendall", "Let's Take A Trip To The Sky", "Dat Dere", "Go", "Gone Too Soon", and "Throw It Away". CD

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Gilad HekselmanAsk For Chaos ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Guitarist Gilad Hekselman plays here in two different groups – his gHex Trio, with Rick Rosato on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums – and Zuperoctave, with Aaron Parks on keyboards, piano, and Fender Rhodes – and Kush Abadey on drums! We love the music of Parks, so we're especially fond of the second group – which has these nice chunky keys that bubble in blocks next to Gilad's chromatic work on the guitar – a quality that's used in the other trio, but often in ways that are slightly less dynamic. The mix of modes makes for one of Hekselman's most interesting records to date – and certainly lets Gilad show off the guitar styles that really set him apart from most. Titles include "Clap Clap", "Stumble", "Milton", "Vblues", "It Will Get Better", and "Tokyo Cookie". CD

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Deva MahalRun Deep ... LP
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
The first full album from Deva Mahal – a relatively young singer, but one who comes across with a power that makes us think that she's been recording for years! Deva's definitely got a contemporary soul approach, but works with a rasp in her vocals that's a bit blues-influenced too – balanced out with some occasional smoother, more fluid moments at a level that really keeps things interesting. A few tunes here are so catchy, you might think that you've already heard them – and we mean that as a compliment, given that Mahal's just getting her start. The album features guest appearances from Binky Griptite, Allen Stone, and Coco Peila – and titles include "Snakes", "Fire", "Shards", "Run deep", "Take A Giant Step", "Optimist", "Can't Call It Love", and "Turnt Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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Donny McCaslinBlow ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin opens up a whole new side of his music here – by letting in a host of guests vocalists, whose presence links the record to some of the work that Donny did with David Bowie near the end of his life! We're not saying this is a Bowie record, and with the presence of McCaslin on so many solos, it's also not entirely a rock record either – but there are some strong rhythms and plenty of guitars – and about half the tracks have vocals, from singers who include Ryan Dahle, Jeff Taylor, Sun Kil Moon, and Gail Ann Dorsey. Dahle kicks off the record, and maybe sets the tone for a bit – but things change up nicely, as McCaslin hits some more familiar moments too – on tenor, flute, alto flute, and clarinet. Titles include "Club Kidd", "What About The Body", "Break The Bond", "New Kindness", "Eye Of The Beholder", "Tempest", "Beast", "Great Destroyer", and "Tiny Kingdom". CD
Also available Blow (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP 20.99

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Donny McCaslinBlow (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... $20.99 26.99
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin opens up a whole new side of his music here – by letting in a host of guests vocalists, whose presence links the record to some of the work that Donny did with David Bowie near the end of his life! We're not saying this is a Bowie record, and with the presence of McCaslin on so many solos, it's also not entirely a rock record either – but there are some strong rhythms and plenty of guitars – and about half the tracks have vocals, from singers who include Ryan Dahle, Jeff Taylor, Sun Kil Moon, and Gail Ann Dorsey. Dahle kicks off the record, and maybe sets the tone for a bit – but things change up nicely, as McCaslin hits some more familiar moments too – on tenor, flute, alto flute, and clarinet. Titles include "Club Kidd", "What About The Body", "Break The Bond", "New Kindness", "Eye Of The Beholder", "Tempest", "Beast", "Great Destroyer", and "Tiny Kingdom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition clear vinyl pressing – with art print lyric poster!)
Also available Blow ... CD 11.99

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Charnett MoffettBridge – Solo Bass Works ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... $6.99
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Charnett MoffettMusic From Our Soul ... CD
Motema, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
Round, warm sounds from bassist Charnett Moffett – working here on both acoustic and electric bass, always with that laidback sense of flow that always made his older work so great! Moffett seems to shape each tune in a different way – and he's joined in this pursuit by guitarist Stanley Jordan, who reminds us of his wonderful sense of tone throughout – and by pianist Cyrus Chestnut, who's on most of the tracks on the set – save for a few that feature Jordan on piano. Jeff Tain Watts handles most of the drums – and tenor legend Pharoah Sanders makes a surprising appearance on three of the album's best tracks. Titles include "Music From Our Soul", "Freedom", "We Are Here To Play", "Love In The Galaxies", "Freedom Swing", "Sound World Suite", and "Celestial Dimensions". CD

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Charnett MoffettTreasure ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used ... $4.99
Bold, beautiful work from Charnett Moffett – a bass-heavy album, and one that grows its soul up from the bottom! There's a focus and majesty here we haven't heard in Charnett in a long time – and at points, the album almost carries itself like some lost soul jazz session – with lots of modal elements in the rhythms, and a soaring sensibility in the instrumentation – wrapping up Moffett's great lines on acoustic and electric bass with additional bass, guitar, and even a bit of sitar! Other instrumentation includes tenor, trumpet, tamboura, and tablas – the last two of which add in some great exotic flavors – and titles include "Swing Street", "The Celebration", "Beam Me Up", "Say La", "The Thing Of Swing", "Country Blues", and "Praise". CD

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David Murray with Saul WillamsBlues For Memo ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
David Murray finds a fantastic new outlet for his many talents here – working with the younger songwriter Saul Williams – who delivers some fantastic lyrics throughout! Saul's as much a spoken word artist as he is a singer – and his passages on the album have this righteous power that takes us back to the hippest sort of music like this from the 70s – but also filtered through some of the lyrical possibilities of the better side of the hip hop generations, especially in the way the power of his messages come across! Murray is fantastic, too – really soulful and swinging, both on tenor and clarinet – and the songs often have Williams or Murray soloing first, then the other taking over. The rest of the group is pretty great as well – with Orrin Evans on piano, Craig Harris on trombone, Jaribu Shahid on bass, Nasheet Waits on drums, and a bit of Fender Rhodes from Jason Moran. Almost all tracks are originals – with titles that include "A Mirror Of Youth", "Kush", "Forever Brothers", "Music Of The Mind", "Deep In Me", "Positive Messages", "Obe", and "Citizens" – and the album also features a version of the Sun Ra tune "Enlightenment". CD

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✨✧ Playing For ChangeListen To The Music ... CD
Motema, 2018. Used ... $7.99
A title like that can only remind us of the Doobie Brothers – and no surprise, the Doobies are actually on the record – as part of a massive lineup of over 200 artists from around the globe – with contributions from Dr John, Cyril Neville, Jack Johnson, Bombino, Buddy Guy, Mamadou Diabate, TP OK Jazz, Lee Oskar, Vasti Jackson, David Crosby, and even Jimmy Buffett! As you might imagine with a mix like that, the sound is pretty varied – a bit bluesy sometimes, a bit acoustic rock at others, and laced with global elements throughout – and the whole thing was put together by the Playing For Change project to support music education around the world. Titles include "Skin Deep", "All Along The Watchtower", "Listen To The Music", "Chan Chan", "Natural Mystic/Just A Little Bit", "Bring It On Home To Me", and "Congo To The Mississippi". CD
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✨✧ Babatunde LeaSoul Pools (with bonus CD) ... CD
Motema, 2002. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pure brilliance from Babatunde Lea – an artist who sounds as deeply soulful in the 21st Century as he did on his first recordings from a few decades back! This time around, Lea's working with the wonderful Frank Lacy on trombone and trumpet – in a set of work that's all arranged by Lacy, with bold piano lines from Hilton Ruiz – whose playing here really takes us back to those early moments when we first discovered his genius – that unique blend of Latin and spiritual jazz roots that's perfect for a record like this. Things are plenty righteous, but very warm too – and the record stretches out magnificently without trying to hit anyone over the head – that beautiful balance you'd find in a rare Strata East record, maybe even more amazing here, given the contemporary date of the recording! Mario Rivera plays tenor, soprano sax, and flute – and titles include "Soul Pools", "Carolyn's Dance", "1055", "Round The World", "Ejercito Moreno", "Yerba Buena", and "Jackie & The Beanstalk". Also comes with a full bonus CD – Live At Rasselas – a quartet performance with Ernie Watts on tenor, Hilton Ruiz on piano, and Geoff Brennan on bass – on a 25 minute version of "Footprints". CD

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✨✧ Ben WendelSeasons ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ben Wendel's got a nicely edgey sound to his music here – blowing both tenor and bassoon with these raspy elements that are powerful, even when subtle – set up in a set of 12 tracks that follows the calendar month by month! In truth, we at first didn't even notice this gimmick – just marveled at the nicely poetic way that Wendel delivers the music – maybe somewhere in an ECM mode, but with a bit more bite – in a quintet with Aaron Parks on piano, Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Matt Brewer on bass, and Eric Harland on drums. Park and Hekselman definitely add a lot to the sound – their contributions here are as strong as on their own records – and titles include "January", "February", "March", "April", and so on. CD

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✨✧ Deva MahalRun Deep ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first full album from Deva Mahal – a relatively young singer, but one who comes across with a power that makes us think that she's been recording for years! Deva's definitely got a contemporary soul approach, but works with a rasp in her vocals that's a bit blues-influenced too – balanced out with some occasional smoother, more fluid moments at a level that really keeps things interesting. A few tunes here are so catchy, you might think that you've already heard them – and we mean that as a compliment, given that Mahal's just getting her start. The album features guest appearances from Binky Griptite, Allen Stone, and Coco Peila – and titles include "Snakes", "Fire", "Shards", "Run deep", "Take A Giant Step", "Optimist", "Can't Call It Love", and "Turnt Up". CD
Also available Run Deep ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Playing For ChangeListen To The Music ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A title like that can only remind us of the Doobie Brothers – and no surprise, the Doobies are actually on the record – as part of a massive lineup of over 200 artists from around the globe – with contributions from Dr John, Cyril Neville, Jack Johnson, Bombino, Buddy Guy, Mamadou Diabate, TP OK Jazz, Lee Oskar, Vasti Jackson, David Crosby, and even Jimmy Buffett! As you might imagine with a mix like that, the sound is pretty varied – a bit bluesy sometimes, a bit acoustic rock at others, and laced with global elements throughout – and the whole thing was put together by the Playing For Change project to support music education around the world. Titles include "Skin Deep", "All Along The Watchtower", "Listen To The Music", "Chan Chan", "Natural Mystic/Just A Little Bit", "Bring It On Home To Me", and "Congo To The Mississippi". CD
Also available Listen To The Music ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Hudson (DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield)Hudson (180 gram pressing – with poster & download) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Motema, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A group who take their name from the Hudson River Valley – beautifully pictured here on the front cover – and a quartet who work in an equally expansive array of sounds – all sharp elements of tone and timing from a lineup that features Jack DeJohnette on drums, John Scofield on guitar, Larry Grenadier on bass, and John Medeski on piano, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond! The Hudson influence doesn't just stop at the name, though – because all these upstate New York musicians often pay tribute to other artists who left the city for points north – Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and The Band – each of whom gets a tribute track on the album. About half the set is originals by members of the group – and if we had to pick one instrument that seems to have the strongest voice in the group, it might be the guitar of Scofield – maybe in part because he can skirt the two different worlds so well. Titles include "Tony Then Jack", "Dirty Ground", "El Swing", "Hudson", "Lay Lady Lay", "Woodstock", "Wait Until Tomorrow", and "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the bonus track "Castles Made Of Sand"!)

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✨✧ Babatunde LeaLevel Of Intent ... CD
Diaspora/Motema, 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
The great second session from drummer Babatunde Lea as a leader – recorded 15 years after his first famous album, Levels Of Consciousness! The vibe here is a bit straighter than that spiritual jazz classic – but the soul's equally deep – a tight, visionary batch of music that's right at the forefront of what the soul jazz indie world had to offer at the time – music that carries on the tradition of 70s post-Coltrane energy, but also does a good job of updating the groove too. Players vary a bit from track to track, and the record features an all-star lineup that includes Jon Faddis on trumpet, John Purcell on tenor and soprano sax, Frank Lacy on trombone, Marvin Horn on guitar, Charnett Moffett and Santi Debriano on bass, Hilton Ruiz and Kenny Barron on piano, and Frank Colon on percussion. Titles include "I'm Back", "Ask Me Now", "Little Girls", "Fools & Babies", "Level Of Intent", and "Offering". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ OK JazzDJ Qbico Plays Franco & The OK Jazz Vol 1 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Qbico (Italy), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
DJ Qbico spins tracks from his collection of rare work by OK Jazz – that important West African combo of the 60s and 70s, whose music helped transform a generation! There's elements in the rhythms that feel as if they floated over from Havana – and the instrumentation is heavy on guitar in the grooves, but also features wonderful saxophone lines over the top – not entirely the jazz you might expect from their name, but still mighty nice! Titles include "Motema Na MJ", "Merengue", "Ku Kisantu Kikusenda Ko", "Ba OK Batele Wo", and "Asili Abebi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 70 hand-numbered copies!)

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✨✧ Lakecia BenjaminRise Up ... CD
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is even more smoking here than on her previous album for Motema – much more from the streets, as you might guess from the album! Benjamin handles all the sax solos, and composed the music as well – but the set's a very collaborative effort, and is filled with strands of soul and hip hop as well – a nicely gritty blend of the elements that avoids any of the hoke you'd find on a major label project of this nature, cooked up in the studio in North Jersey! The album cover oddly doesn't list song titles – but we can tell you that there's a total of 13 tracks in all – which makes for a very solid record. CD
 
 
 



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