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Lynne ArrialeArise ... CD
Motema, 2002. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Rear tray card has a cutout hole.)

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Lynne Arriale TrioCome Together – Tenth Anniversary ... CD
Motema, 2004. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Roman DiazL'O Da Fun Bata ... CD
Motema, 2015. Used ... $5.99
A very rootsy set of Cuban bata – and a record that almost feels like a vintage session for Folkways than some of the more contemporary music on the Motema label! The album's got a strong Yoruba bend – and features spoken passages between most of the percussive tracks – introducing different deities, who are then supported through highly spiritual performance that mixes chanted vocals with percussion by Roman and his group – with no other instrumentation at all! The notes put both the music and the references in the right sort of cultural perspective – and titles include "Agayu", "Oggun", "Elegua", "Oshun", "Shango", and "Obatala". 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 ... $11.99 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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Rene MarieBlack Lace Freudian Slip ... CD
Motema, 2011. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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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

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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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Playing For ChangeListen To The Music ... CD
Motema, 2018. Used ... $3.99
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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Ben WendelSeasons ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
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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✨✧ Joey AlexanderEclipse ... CD
Motema, 2018. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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✨✧ Joey AlexanderJoey – Monk – Live ... CD
Motema, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Stefon Harris & BlackoutSonic Creed ... CD
Motema, 2018. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
Also available Sonic Creed ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Charnett MoffettMusic From Our Soul ... CD
Motema, 2017. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Penmark through barcode.)
Also available Music From Our Soul ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Mark Guiliana Jazz QuartetJersey ... CD
Motema, 2017. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Shai Maestro TrioUntold Stories ... CD
Motema, 2015. Used ... Out Of Stock
Shai Maestro definitely earns his last name here – working as the guiding force behind incredible sounds that seem to flow from his fingertips with effortless ease – this nonstop cascade of sounds, ideas, and colors that come across equally well on both the album's dynamic tracks and its more introspective moments! Maestro has this way of playing with dark, moody elements at times – but always in this tuneful, soulful mode that shows both an ear for the modern and an embrace of some of the more lyrical elements of older years. The set was recorded both live and in Brooklyn and Paris studios – and the trio features Shai on piano, with Jorge Roeder on bass and Ziv Ravitz on drums – on titles that include "Maya's Song", "Painting", "Treelogy", "Elusive", and "Endless Winter". CD

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✨✧ Donny McCaslinBlow (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ David Murray with Saul WillamsBlues For Memo ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Mark Guiliana Jazz QuartetJersey ... CD
Motema, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ OK JazzDJ Qbico Plays Franco & The OK Jazz Vol 1 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Qbico (Italy), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... $29.99
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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✨✧ JazzwiseIssue 235– November 2018 (with bonus CD) ... Magazine
Jazzwise (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Archie Shepp has kept his fire burning strongly for decades – and really shines here in a nice cover feature – in an issue that also looks at Stanley Clarke, Phronesis, Avishai Cohen, Kandace Springs, and the duo of Ethan Iverson and Mark Turner. There's also plenty more – and a bonus CD, with tracks from the Motema Records label! Magazine
 
 
 



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