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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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Mark Guiliana Jazz QuartetJersey ... CD
Motema, 2017. Used ... $7.99
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
(Penmark through barcode.)
Also available Jersey ... CD 11.99

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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
Also available Jersey ... 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 ... $25.99
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 ... $8.99
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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Babatunde Lea with Dwight TribleUmbo Weti – A Tribute To Leon Thomas ... CD
Motema, 2008. Used 2CDs ... $9.99
A beautiful tribute to the greatness of Leon Thomas – put together by one of the few cats who could get it right! Given that Babatunde Lea's other music already takes us back to the days when Thomas sang with Pharoah Sanders – his leadership on a date like this is a natural – as Lea has a way of hitting just the right sort of righteous vibe to open things up for Leon's message of peace, love, and spiritual fulfillment! The great Dwight Trible handles vocals on the date – a singer you probably already love for his work with Build An Ark – and other players include Ernie Watts on tenor sax, Patrice Rushen on piano, and Gary Brown on bass. The performance is a live one – recorded at Yoshi's in Oakland – and the double-length set features a heck of a lot of music, plus some video content on the second disc! Titles include "Prince Of Peace", "Reaching Up", "Umbo Weti", "Colors", "Sun Song", "African Fantasy", "Song For My Father", "African Tapestry", "Creator Has A Master Plan", "Boom Boom", and "Cousin Mary". CD

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Deva MahalRun Deep ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
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". CD
Also available Run Deep ... LP 18.99

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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
Also available Run Deep ... CD 11.99

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Rene MarieVoice Of My Beautiful Country ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used ... $3.99
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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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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. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
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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✨✧ Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer GroupSigning ... CD
Motema, 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Joe Locke's vibes, and some great work on Fender Rhodes and piano from Geoffrey Keezer – wrapped up beautifully in a mode that makes for one of the best records from either player in a number of years! From the notes, it's clear that the album's definitely a co-led session – with different arrangements and compositions contributed from each player – a nice sense of depth that really allows for some complex tones from the piano and vibes – styles that go way past the obvious! Rhythms are a part of this too – thanks to simple, effective touches from Mike Pop on electric and acoustic bass, and Terreon Gully on drums – and titles include "Hide & Seek", "Naima", "Darth Alexis", "The Lost Lenore", and "Signing". CD

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✨✧ Donny McCaslinBeyond Now ... CD
Motema, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Reedman Donny McCaslin's been making records for many years now – but he also seems to have gotten a new sort of inspiration from his work with David Bowie on his final recording – at a level that really seems to influence his sound here! The record's still very much a jazz session – but it's also got rhythms, flourishes, and other elements that Donny wouldn't have used a few short years ago – not just a bit of keyboards, which seem used to extrapolate the Bowie/Eno themes from Berlin – but also a more angular approach to his solos, which seems to create an inherent set of rhythm in the way he blows his tenor and flute. The album's dedicated to Bowie, but is hardly any sort of Bowie tribute or cover album – although the group does do a wonderful reading of "Warszawa", which comes out great as an instrumental. Other players include Jason Lindner on keyboards, Tim Lefebvre on electric bass, and Mark Guiliana on drums – and Jeff Taylor sings briefly on "A Small Plot Of Land". All other titles are instrumentals – and include "Remain", "Glory", "Faceplant", "Bright Abyss", "Beyond Now", and "Coelacanth 1". CD

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✨✧ Hudson (DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield)Hudson ... CD
Motema, 2017. New Copy ... 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". CD
Also available Hudson (180 gram pressing – with poster & download) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 25.99
 
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Lakecia BenjaminRise Up ... CD
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
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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