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New Jazz OrchestraLe Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe ... LP
Verve/Aartrud (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $44.99
A wonderful wonderful set from the British jazz scene of the late 60s – beautifully inventive large ensemble material, done under the direction of Neil Ardley – and featuring some of the best British jazz musicians of the time! The group's a showcase not only for creative young talent in the UK, but also for the growing sense of composition as well – and the music on the set is penned by Ardley, Michael Garrick, Mike Taylor, and Michael Gibbs – as well as new arrangements of work by Miles Davis and John Coltrane. As in the best material from Ardley, Garrick, and Gibbs, there's a really fresh way of coming together for the instrumentation – quite different than large group material in both the US, and even other areas of the 60s European scene – delivered with wonderful imagination by musicians who include Derek Watkins, Henry Lowther, Harry Beckett, and Ian Carr on trumpets; Michael Gibbs and Derek Wadsworth on trombones; Barbara Thompson on flute and soprano sax; Dick Heckstall Smith on tenor and soprano; Frank Ricotti on vibes; and even Jack Bruce on bass! Titles include "Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe", "Naima", "Angle", "Ballad", "Dusk Fire", "Study", and "Rebirth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Tommy Dorsey/Red Nichols/Jimmy DorseyNew York Jazz In The Roaring Twenties Vol 3 ... CD
Biograph, 1920s. Used ... $7.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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JPJ QuartetNew Communications In Jazz ... LP
Master Jazz, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A very hip group – with Budd Johnson on tenor and Oliver Jackson on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jelly Roll MortonKing Of New Orleans Jazz Vol 2 ... LP
RCA (UK), 1920s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(60s issue.)

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✨✧ Lalo SchifrinBossa Nova – New Brazilian Jazz ... LP
Audio Fidelity, 1962. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Early set of tight bossa grooves, recorded by Lalo Schifrin not too longer after he arrived in the states in the early 60's. The great Leo Wright's on alto and flute here, and his solos are warm and rich, and make the whole thing come together nicely – with lots of jazz, jazz, jazz! Lots of short bossa tracks, including "Boato", "Bossa Em New York", and "Patinho Feio". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing. Cover has some wear on the spine.)

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Vladimir And His OrchestraNew Sound In Latin Jazz ... CD
Alegre, Late 60s. Used ... $9.99
One of the few albums ever recorded by Vladimir Vassilieff – an obscure late 60s piano player who's best known for his groovy album The Aquarians! The record's a really wonderful set that really lives up to its title – a haunting set of Latin jazz numbers played with a hip group that includes Many Duran, Bobby Rodriguez, and the great Bobby Porcelli on alto. The groove is light and free – a blend of 60s Latin, hardbop, bossa, and more – handled with the kind of modern touches that few other Latin leaders were using at the time, save for the great Bobby Vince Paunetto. Leo Morris makes a surprising guest appearance on the groover "Baby Boo Boogaloo", and other cuts include "Suzy's Bossa Nova", "Mambito", "Camelot Cha Cha", "Mambo at the Cave", and "Mombo Moderno". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kitty WhiteNew Voice In Jazz ... LP
EmArcy, 1955. Very Good ... $9.99
Kitty White's first album for Mercury – a sublime set recorded right at the height of Mercury's jazz years – and done in a personal, unfettered style that's really great – right up there with more famous albums for the label by Dinah Washington or Sarah Vaughan from the same time. Backing is by a small combo that includes Gerald Wiggins on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Callender on bass, and Chico Hamilton on drums – plus some especially nice tenor sax work from Georgie Auld, who cuts in nicely next to Kitty's dark-hued vocals. Titles include "Skylark", "So Many Beautiful Men", "If You Were Mine", "Among My Souvenirs", "Softly", "Out Of This World", and "See Saw". LP, Vinyl record album
(Drummer logo pressing with deep groove.)

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VariousBlack Fire New Spirits – Deep & Radical Jazz In The USA 1957 to 1982 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... $34.99 36.99
Deeply spiritual jazz from the American underground of the 20th century – music that sits in a perfect space between straight jazz and more avant garde material – always reaching out in this really soaring, searching sort of way – but never too outside or free! Rhythms are at the core of most of these numbers – often modal elements, with especially strong basslines – or earthy percussion with strong Afrocentric inspirations, recast here in the huge wave of jazz experimentation of the 60s and 70s! Most tracks are from those key decades, but he set also features some overlooked gems from the 80s too – and a good deal of these tracks are from albums we hardly ever see anymore these days. As usual, Soul Jazz has done a stunning job with the notes and package – dovetailing with their book of the same name – and tracks include "Second Line March" by David Lee, "Flashback Of Time" by Creative Arts Ensemble, "Chang Chang Chang" by Yusef Lateef, "Utopia & Visions" by Don Cherry, "It's A Trip" by Last Poets, "Universal Spiritual Revolt" by Tyrone Washington, "In The Moog" by Harold McKinney, "Spaces & Things" by Doug Hammond, "Tzaddi Vau (part 1)" by Pheeran Ak Laff, and "Dealin" by Richard Davis. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousBridge Into The New Age – Funky Afro-Centric Spiritual Sounds From Jazz's Forgotten Decade ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Beautifully spiritual jazz from the post-Coltrane generation – a wealth of righteous grooves from the early 70s – brought together in one mighty collection! If you dig the work of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and other giants on Impulse Records, this is a great way to dig even deeper – and hear the way their late 60s legacy inspired other musicians to new heights in their own music – sounds that hit a new level of freedom in jazz, yet which are still filled with enough swing and soul to avoid some of the more avant modes of the free jazz scene! If that description sounds a bit obtuse, then just plug into the collection, and let the music do its thing – as it's got a very powerful vibe throughout – the kind of inspirational, socially conscious work that flourished best during the 70s – and which is finally getting its due all these many years later. The package is new territory for Ace/BGP, but they've done a great job as usual – picking key tracks from the era, and coming up with detailed notes on each of the long tracks. Titles include "Free Angela" by Bayete, "Bridge Into The New Age" by Azar Lawrence, "Tress Cun De O La" by Joe Henderson, "Ebony Queen" by McCoy Tyner, "Peace" by Idris Muhammad, "Mother Of The Future" by Norman Connors, "Brown Warm & Wintry" by Jack DeJohnette, "I've Known Rivers" by Gary Bartz, and "Fire" by Joe Henderson & Alice Coltrane. CD

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VariousKraut Jazz Futurism – A New Wave Of German Bands Inspired By Krautrock, Afrobeat, Jazz, & Electronica (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Kryptox (Germany), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
A great little collection that's everything it promises in the title – a survey of the current German underground, with a focus on the best bands who've been inspired by the styles of the past! Apart from Karl Hector & The Malcouns, all the other work here is new to our ears – and the set's not just a collection of other releases, but also features a fair bit of debut tracks that show up here for the first time ever – and some others that never had anything other than a brief digital history online! Most of these artists really know how to take off from their inspirations – not just recreate music from the past, but use elements of modes like jazz funk or afro beat in great new settings – really opening up the German scene with the same sort of excitement we felt when we first encountered Compost Records many years back. Titles include "Der Inder" by Karaba, "Magnolia Tree" by Salomea, "Space Station" by David Nesselhauf, "Dick Schaffrath" by CAR, "Acrasian Beat" by Sissi Rada, "The Little Giant" by Stimming x Lambert, "Orange Man" by Karl Hector & The Malcouns, "El Fuego" by Toresch, "Night In Bacalar" by Keope, and "Balanphontanz In Drei Schuben" by Nicklas Wandt. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSeven Wonders – New Movements In Australian Jazz & Soul ... LP
Plug Seven (Australia), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
A great little compilation – and one that really makes us want to hear a lot lot more from all the artists in the lineup! Think of this one as a bit like some of the excellent Brownswood compilations that have hipped us to changes on the London scene during the past few years – as this package showcases an amazing array of music that's been coming out of the Melbourne scene – artists who are heavy on influences from spiritual jazz, cosmic soul, and other mind-expanding modes – really moving past some of the simpler soul and funk we might have heard from the city in the previous decade! The scope of music here is really great, and there's not a dead cut in the bunch – just the kind of tip-of-the-iceberg sounds that makes us hope that Plug Seven will be giving us a lot more of these artists in years to come. Titles include "For Yu Sakamoto" by James Macaulay Quartet, "Waiting" by Jazz Party, "Improvisation #2" by Greg Vinod Perrin, "Dempsey Roll" by Superfeather, "Women's Choir" by Godtet, "Everything I Need" by Daniel Merriwesther, "Sooki The Love Dog" by Laneous, "Sweet Water" by Barney McAll, "True Realm Of The Coin" by The Rookies, and "Work" by Moses McRae with Crooked Letter. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gil EvansComplete Pacific Jazz Sessions (New Bottle Old Wine/Great Jazz Standards) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1958/1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 wonderful late 50s sessions from arranger Gil Evans – both of which we'd rank right up there with his best work with Miles Davis, or the albums under his own name for Impulse in the 60s! The first half of the CD is from the album New Bottle Old Wine – a record of swinging modern backdrops, used to showcase both the solo talents of a young Cannonball Adderley, and the dynamic energy of Evans himself! Cannon's sharp-edged early tone is a really great sound for the record – far more modern than you might expect from later funk and soul sides of the 60s – and perfectly poised next to Gil's larger back drops to reignite a host of older tunes with new energy! And while the titles are familiar, the readings certainly are not – as the Evans pen has really changed things up beautifully – as you'll hear on numbers that include "St Louis Blues", "King Porter Stomp", "Willow Tree", "Struttin' With Some Barbeque", "Lester Leaps In", "Round About Midnight", "Manteca", and "Bird Feathers". Great Jazz Standards is equally great, a fantastic lost set from Evans – and one that features Mingus trumpeter Johnny Coles as the lead soloist in front of Evans-led modern groups that include players like Elvin Jones, Ray Crawford, Steve Lacy, Budd Johnson, Rod Levitt, and Chuck Wayne. Despite the "standards" in the title, most of these numbers are modern tunes from the 50s – like "Joy Spring", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", "Django", "Straight No Chaser", and "Chant Of The Weed" – all given Evans' unique style of arrangement, tweaked up a few notches to give them a really edgey quality. Coles is clearly standing in for Miles here, but the format works well overall! CD features 15 tracks in all, including some newly-improved versions of a few tracks, correcting mistakes in the original records! CD
(Connoisseur pressing.)

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✨✧ Jelly Roll MortonKing Of New Orleans Jazz (UK pressing) ... LP
RCA (UK), 1920s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Peter ThomasNew Sounds For Oldtimers – Jazz Club ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), 1967/1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Weird and wonderful sounds from German maestro Peter Thomas – an artist we already know well from sci-fi and crime soundtracks of the 60s, but who sounds even more unusual here! The music truly is "new sounds for oldtimers" – as most of the tracks have some element of older, traditional jazz – revamped strongly for the swinging 60s with lots of mod instrumental touches, and the penchant for weird sounds that have always made Thomas' film scores so great. Instrumentation includes Hammond organ from Jan Hammer, guitar from Sigi Schwab, and trumpet, trombone, sax, flute, and violin – all arranged with some really odd touches by the master himself. Tracks are pulled from 3 rare Philips and Polydor albums – Sir Peter & His Oldtimers, Sir Peter & His Classics, and PTSO Presents – with tunes that include "Cadenza", "The Flirt", "Trumpet Man On The Moon", "Bonnie & Clyde", "Zizi's Corner", "What's Going On", "Timeless", "Mr Oldtimer", "Sir Peter's Party", and "Love Birds". CD

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✨✧ VariousNew Jazz Poets ... CD
Folkways, 1967. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A seminal set of righteous underground poetry – a key bridge between the earlier work of Langston Hughes and some of the bigger spoken sides of the 70s by artists like Gil Scott-Heron or Wanda Robinson! As the title promises, there's a definite undercurrent of jazz in the work – but mostly in the subject matter of the poems, or in the riffing way the readers approach the material – since there's really no instrumentation at all to accompany the voices. There's a few names on here that you might recognize, but there's a lot more that you won't – and that makes the album a key look at this under-documented 60s scene. Titles include "Elvin Jones Gretch Freak" by David Henderson, "The Jackal Headed Cowboy" by Ishmael Reed, "Poem To Americans" by Gerald Jackson, "Poem To Ernie Henry" by Gloria Tropp, "Listening To Sonny Rollins at the 5 Spot" by Paul Blackburn, "African Memories" by Joel Oppenheimer, and "Autumn 1964" by Peter LaFarge. 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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✨✧ Teo Macero & Bob PrinceWhat's NewNew Jazz From Teo Macero & Bob Prince ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A rare album as a leader from Teo Macero – one of the driving forces behind some of the key Miles Davis albums on Columbia Records – and other great jazz on that label too! Although Teo Macero is probably best known as Columbia's jazz producer during their successful early 60s run with Miles, he's also quite a composer in his own right, as you'll hear on this striking set of sides from the late 50s! Macero splits the album with Bob Prince – and each of these lesser-known modernists get a side apiece, and fairly free reign in coming up with some wild material. The sound has a little bit of that hip east coast chamber sound that you'd hear in Hal McKusick recordings – but there's also a bit more influences from 20th century modernism, as well as some of the larger Kenton-esque experiments of the early 50s. Macero's group includes John LaPorta, Eddie Bert, and George Barrow – and Prince is assisted by Jon Eardley, Phil Woods, and Frank Socolow. A great slice of lost avant playing, and one of the more striking jazz sides in the Columbia catalog! Titles include "Sounds Of May", "Ground Base", "Germination", "24+ 18+", and "Neally". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsWhat's New?/Our Man In Jazz ... LP
RCA (France), 1962/1963. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Nice two-fer that combines 2 great sides from Rollins' RCA years. What's New? is a unique album from Sonny Rollins – one that features him blowing tenor over some Latin-based rhythms that have a tight uptempo feel. The core group on the album features Jim Hall on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – but they're augmented by larger arrangements that mix together bossa nova and calypso rhythms, which forge a surprisingly great background for Rollins' gutsy tenor. Although it's easy to dismiss the record as a throwaway cash-in affair on the Latin boom of the early 60s – Rollins actually handles himself wonderfully, and the longer-than-usual tracks on the album show a whole new side of his talents that were later reprised on Latin sessions during the 70s. Titles include "Bluesongo", "Jungoso", "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", and "Brownskin Girl". Our Man In Jazz is one of Sonny Rollins' best albums ever, and a totally inspired, totally non-stop freewheeling live set, recorded with Don Cherry, Bob Cranshaw, and Billy Higgins. Rollins' hits one of those rare moments of genius where he can turn his solo over and over again, never losing interest, and always opening up new territory. Thankfully, the three tracks on the album are long enough to let him get enough creative action in. Titles include "Oleo", "Dearly Beloved", and "Doxy". LP, Vinyl record album
(French RCA pressing. Front cover seams are unglued, but cover is great overall.)

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✨✧ Wilbur De ParisUproarious Twenties – Wilbur De Paris In Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz/Wilbur De Paris & His New Orleans Jazz Band ... CD
Clarion/Atlantic/Collectables, 1956/1965. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bill EvansNew Jazz Conceptions ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Bill Evans' first album as a leader – and a well-titled set that went onto transform the sound of the piano in jazz! The session isn't as lyrically free as some of Evans' later classics, but already has an undeniably fresh approach to the keys – one that's modern, yet never academic – fluid, but never flowery – pure genius of economy and understatement, while also at the same time opening bold new worlds in sound. The trio features drummer Paul Motian and bassist Teddy Kotick, and titles include the classics "Five" and "Waltz For Debby", the latter of which is performed solo by Evans – plus tracks that include "Displacement", "I Love You", "My Romance", "No Cover, No Minimum", and "Our Delight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing on Gamma. Vinyl is in great shape, but cover has some waviness and light stains.)

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New Orleans Jazz OrchestraSongs – The Music Of Allen Toussaint ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 2019. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
A really nice take on the music of New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – a record that sets things up in new jazz-based arrangements that open up whole new sides of the songs! You'll know most of the numbers here – especially if you've got any of Toussaint's classic albums or productions in your collection – yet the approach is nicely different, with rich horn shadings that make for a very different vibe – but which still get vocal treatment on most numbers, from singers who include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Philip Manuel, and Gerald French. Adonis Rose handles drums with a nice Nola groove, and also directed the whole thing too – and titles include "Working In The Coal Mine", "Southern Nights", "It's Raining", "Zimple Street", "Ruler Of My Heart", "Java", and "Gert Town". CD

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Bugge Wesseltoft (New Conception Of Jazz)Moving ... CD
Jazzland/Universal (UK), 2001. Used ... $11.99
Maybe the best album so far by this groundbreaking Norweigian keyboardist! Bugge plays Fender Rhodes and grand piano on the set – and it's a warm batch of uptempo tracks that push the envelope a lot further than some of his previous work, sort of a mix of jazzy house and ECM-ish soundscapes, wrapped up in an icily clean style of production that really makes the set sparkle with the "new conception" that's promised in the title! Tracks include "Moving", "Yellow Is The Color", "Lone", "Heim", and "Gare Du Nord". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Eddie Condon/Muggsy Spanier/Bud FreemanAt The Jazz Band Ball – Chicago/New York Dixieland ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1929/1939. Used ... $4.99
Features an early Eddie Condon session from 1929 – and Muggsy Spanier sessions from 1939! CD
(Out of print.)

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Old Merry Tale JazzbandFive Original Albums (Old Merry Tale Jazzband/Jazz Party/Off To Buffalo/New Songs Old Friends/Gemischt) (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (Germany), New Copy 5CD ... About October 25, 2019 (delayed)
... CD

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VariousHip Walk – Jazz Undercurrents In 60s New York ... LP
BGP/Ace (UK), 1960s. Very Good+ 2LP ... $14.99
A very groovy selection of tracks from the New York scene of the 60s – mostly tunes pulled from the Prestige and Milestone labels, and a mixture of soul jazz, modal jazz, and early funky jazz! There's a nicely gritty feel to the set – artists trying to really find a new way to express themselves, but always in a soulful style – not avant garde, but pushing forward with fresh rhythms, inventive instrumentation, and some mighty nice soulos throughout! The package features 13 tracks in all – with plenty rare numbers – and titles that include "Cantaloupe Woman" by George Braith, "The Village Caller" by Johnny Lytle, "Ca'Purange (Jungle Soul)" by Gene Ammons, "Love Theme From Spartacus" by Yusef Lateef, "Brother John" by Cannonball Adderley, "Muscle Soul" by Phil Upchurch, "Eastern Blues" by Gary Bartz, and the completely fantastic "Nuther'n Like Thuther'n" by Willis Jackson – worth the price of the album alone! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John GraasFrench Horn Jazz – Opening The Door To A New Sound (10 inch LP) ... LP
Trend, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Quite an obscure session from one of the more unique players on the west coast scene of the 50s – even more obscure than his albums for Decca! The set features reeds from Jimmy Giuffree, Bob Cooper, and Bud Shank – plus trumpet from Shorty Rogers and piano from Russ Freeman. Titles include "Egypt", "Argyles", "Not Exactly", "6/4 Trend", "Frappe", and "Pyramid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label pressing with deep groove. Cover looks great, with just a bit of gloss peel at the bottom right and light surface wear on back.)

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Benny CarterNew York Nights ... CD
Jazz Heritage, 1997. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Miles Davis & John ColtraneMiles Davis & John Coltrane – Live In New York ... CD
Jazz Door, 1958/1959. Used ... $11.99
Rare live material from Miles – featuring his great quintet with John Coltrane, recorded in New York on 2 different dates! The bulk of the record is from a 1958 performance – with the pair backed by a trio that features Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones on tracks that include "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Milestones", "Walkin", "Four", and "It Never Entered My Mind". The remainder of the album features one track – "So What" – done by Miles and Coltrane with the Wynton Kelly Trio, in July of 1959. CD
(Out of print.)

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JC Hopkins Biggish BandNew York Moment ... CD
Twee Jazz, 2020. Used ... $5.99
... CD

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Les McCannLes McCann Ltd In New York (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1961. Used ... $11.99
A killer live set by Les McCann – and one that actually him playing with some horns! The record was cut early in McCann's career, with his Ltd trio that had Herbie Lewis on bass and Ron Jefferson on drums – plus some great guest work by Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, and Frank Haines on tenor. We can't stress how much these players add a groove to Les' group – as we always enjoy his piano playing, but find most of his trio sets a bit sleepy. Instead, this one grooves like a rare Blue Note – and the tracks are long with plenty of great solo interplay. Titles include "Cha Cha Twist", "Chip Monck", and "Maxie's Changes". CD
(Out of print. Back traycard and book have some light aging, but this is a nice copy overall.)

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Potter & TillmanNew York To LA – Coasting ... LP
Po/et/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A fantastic collaboration between Andrew Potter and David Tillman – a duo who only cut a handful of records back in the day, all of them great! Potter & Tillman have a very collaborative spirit here – which opens the door to a host of hip soulful talents – including the great Walter Bishop Jr on piano and keyboards, Justo Almario on tenor, Ryo Kawasaki on guitar, Adam Rudolph on percussion, and a very young Carmen Lundy on vocals! Tillman plays a fair bit of keyboards – and many of the tracks have lots of great keyboard lines interacting with driving rhythms from Potter – a hell of a percussionist, and one who really gives the record a nice earthy core. Most tunes are instrumental, but Carmen Lundy serves up a great early take on her classic "Good Morning Kiss" – alongside other tunes that include "Renaissance Man Chapter One", "Just Passing Thru", "In Your Eyes", "Snake Funk (part 2)", "Fonton From Funky Bunky", and "Now-stalgia". LP, Vinyl record album

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Vanguard Jazz OrchestraLickety Split ... CD
New World, 1997. Used ... $6.99
... CD

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✨✧ VariousBig Apple Rappin' – The Early Days Of Hip Hop Culture In New York City 1979 to 1982 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CDs ... Just Sold Out!
Another absolutely essential collection from Soul Jazz, this time out heading straight for the outer boroughs of the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn and Queens to document the fresh, fly, wild and bold rap tracks that rocked block parties and roller rinks from '79 on! 16 amazing tracks from the dawn of the hip hop age, seminal numbers over bouncing roller disco style grooves that'll have you digging out your Kangol, Cazals and that fat belt buckle with your initials on it. A few of these numbers are quite well known, but nearly impossible to get on vinyl, at least in their original format, but there's also a good dose of tracks culled from small indie 12"s that change hands for crazy money too. Plus the booklet is replete with loads of photos, great notes and interviews, and best of all, tons of reproductions of original flyers for parties and jams we can only wish we had the chance to attend! Includes "Spoonin' Rap" by Spoonie Gee, "Sure Shot" by Xanadu, "How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise" by Brother D, "Catch The Beat" by T Ski Valley, "Funk Box Party" by The Masterdon Committee, "Weekend" by the Cold Crush Brothers, "Big Apple Rappin'" by Spyder D, "Get The Party Jumpin" by Solo Sound, "When You're Standing On The Top" by the Super 3, "Are You Ready?" by TJ Swann, Peewee Mel & Barry B, and "The Ultimate Rap" by the Nice & Nasty 3. CD
(Out of print. Slipcover has light wear but still nice overall.)

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VariousNu Yorica ! – Culture Clash In New York City 1970 to 1977 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. Used 2CDs ... $16.99
Oy! This much-hailed collection of New York Latin crossover stuff from the seventies is worth all the fuss that everyone's making over it! Two discs worth of great stuff from some of the best talents on the NY Latin scene, including Ocho, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan, and Harlem River Drive. Soul Jazz have done their work well here, and put together a great compilation in a great package with excellent notes. Essential Latin listening. CD
(Out of print. In original slipcover, with big booklet too. Slipcover has some light wear)

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✨✧ Brand New HeaviesTBNH ... CD
Acid Jazz (UK), 2019. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent work from The Brand New Heavies – one of those groups that made us first want to get into the record store business many years ago! The passage of time hasn't dimmed their genius at all – and right as at the start, the music here is flowing with classic funk and soul influences, but leaned up into a groove that's very contemporary – and which continues to stand head and shoulders above the generations of artists who've been inspired by their sound! As you might notice by the cover, the core duo of Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy are the key force of the sound – but their longtime partner N'Dea Davenport is on vocals for many tracks on the set – replaced at a few points by guests who include Laville, Angie Stone, Angela Ricci, Beverley Knight, and Siedah Garrett – a nicely shifting lineup that almost give the record the variety of a classic Incognito set. Titles include "Stupid Love", "Just Believe In You", "Get On The Right Side", "Little Dancer", "It's My Destiny", "Getaway", "Beautiful", "Wired Up", "Together", and "Dontchawanna". CD

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✨✧ Eric DolphyOut There (Jazz Classics pressing) ... LP
Prestige/New Jazz, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Eric Dolphy's second album as a leader – and already a bold step forward from the first! The format here changes from the more standard lineup of before – as Dolphy drops out other horn players, loses the piano, and brings the cello of Ron Carter into the frontline! Backing is by the bass of George Duvivier and the drums of Roy Haynes – and the mix of cello and bass creates the freely spirited sound that allows Dolphy to take off on even freer solo flights. The session has a very moody, very dark feel – especially on the tracks where Dolphy is playing B flat and bass clarinet – and titles include "The Baron", "Eclipse", "Sketch Of Melba", "Feathers", and "17 West". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear and initials in marker.)

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✨✧ Jelly Roll MortonJelly Roll Morton Rarities – Recorded In Chicago, New York & St Louis 1923 to 1930 ... CD
Jazz Oracle (Canada), 1920s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ VariousNew Orleans Funk – The Original Sound Of Funk 1960 to 1975 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 3LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best compilations of New Orleans funk we've ever seen! Sure, the reissue market is always filled with stuff from the Crescent City – but so many New Orleans compilations are cheapo knock-offs, designed to cash in on the drunk Jazz & Heritage crowd, or they're simplistic sets with the same 10 tracks over and over again. This wonderful batch of tunes was put together by the folks at Soul Jazz – legendary for their work in putting together serious compilations to please the novice and expert alike – and it's got some of the best overall work we've ever seen in trying to pin down New Orleans funk. Sure, there may be a few cuts on here that you've got on other sets – but there's also a lot that you won't have, and the quality of the production makes even the familiar material sparkle again. Titles include "Hercules" by Aaron Neville, "Big Chief (part 1)" by Professor Longhair, "Tell Me What's On Your Mind" by Cyril Neville, "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further" by Lee Dorsey, "Hand Clapping Song" by The Meters, "Here Come The Girls" by Ernie K Doe, "Sissy Walk" by Sonny Jones, "Free, Single, & Disengaged" by Huey Piano Smith, "Garden Of Four Trees" by The Explosions, "Mama Roux" by Dr John, "Love Lots Of Lovin" by Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris, "I've Got Reasons" by Mary Jane Hooper, "Gatur Bait" by The Gaturs, "Hip Huggin" by Robert Parker, and "Can I Be Your Squeeze" by Chuck Carbo. 24 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousNu Yorica Roots! – The Rise Of Latin Music In New York City In The 1960s ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive! By now, the 2 volumes in Soul Jazz's Nu Yorica series are among some of the most legendary Latin titles we've ever stocked – and this incredible "prequel" to the series is every bit as essential! As the title indicates, the compilation digs back into the early days of the New York crossover Latin scene – taking some of the best examples of mambo, descarga, Latin Soul, and Latin Jazz tracks from the old days! The set list is impeccable, and the compilation's one of the best we can recommend for someone who's looking for a sample of classic Latin grooves. The liner notes are great, and tracks include "Tito On Timbales" by Tito Puente, "Together" by Ray Barretto, "The Word" by Harvey Averne, "El Pito" by Joe Cuba, "Horsin Up" by Orchestra Harlow, "The Oracle" by Sabu Martinez, "Se Formo El Bochinche" by Arsenio Rodriguez, "My Spiritual Indian" by Eddie Palmieri, "Druma Kugi" by Mongo Santamaria, and "Descarga Cachao" by Tito Rodriguez. CD
(Out of print – includes slipcase and a set of cards reproducing original 60's poster art!)

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✨✧ Glen Gray & the Casa Loma OrchestraComplete Sustaining Broadcasts Vol 3 – On The Sentimental Side – From The Paradise Restaurant & Cabaret New York June 1938 ... CD
Jazz Band/Flyright (UK), 1938. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ New York/Paris Reunion Quintet (Joe Magnarelli)Live At The Bird's Eye Club – Basel ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great group of players from both the New York and Paris scenes – coming together here in a live recording that's got a wonderfully classic vibe, right from the start! The best-known player in the group, at least to our ears, is trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, who always sparkles on his solos – but the group's also got some really fantastic alto work from Dmitry Baevsky, a player we know a lot less, but who really blows us away with the depth and texture of his tone – an approach that uses the alto with a hell of a bite, at a level we maybe haven't heard this great since the early bop recordings of Jackie McLean! Pianist Jeb Patton is great, too – very romping some moments, but personally pointed at others – and the group also features rock-solid work from Fabien Marcoz on bass and Bernd Reiter on drums, a duo who are especially nice when hard-swinging. Titles include "Brooklyn", "Mr Kenyatta", "Truth Tellers", "Bittersweet", "Conception", and "Everything I Love". CD

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✨✧ VariousHustle – Reggae Disco – Kingston London New York (expanded 3LP edition – with download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection that looks at the relationship between American soul and reggae in a very unique way – not the early crossovers of soul and rocksteady in the 60s, but a big wave of disco-inspired sounds in the 70s! The set brings together some great Jamaican and British versions of American club tracks from the late 70s and early 80s, plus some soul cuts from earlier years – often done with rhythms that are slower and more bad-stepping, in a true reggae mode – but with songs and lyrics that are lifted right from bit hits by artists like Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and others! The mix of modes is wonderful – and maybe comes across even better than on some of the Afro disco records of the period – thanks to a great track selection, in the usual Soul Jazz standard. Titles include "I'm Every Woman" by Latisha, "In The Rain" by rRnest Ranglin, "Reggae Beat Goes On" by Family Choice, "Ring My Bell" by Blood Sisters, "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" by Derrick Laro & Trinity, "Do It Nice & Easy" by Chariot Riders, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" by Black Harmony, "Upside Down" by Carol Cool, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" by Sharon Forrester, "Rappers Delight" by Xanadu & Sweet Lady, "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" by Risco Connection, "Am I The Same Girl" by Charmaine Burnette, and "Be Thankful For What You Got" by One Blood. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download! New expanded edition – with more material than the previous version!)

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✨✧ Bud Shank with Carmell JonesNew Groove ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1961. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
The New Groove referred to in the title is most likely soul jazz – as Bud's in extremely soulful company, working with a combo that includes Dennis Budimir on guitar, Carmell Jones on trumpet, Gary Peacock on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums. Tracks are a bit longer than usual for Shank, with less of the angular west coast touches, and more of an open-ended groove-based approach. Titles include "The Awakening", "New Groove", "White Lightnin", "Sultry Serenade", and "Liddledabllduya". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label Pacific Jazz stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has age spots along the opening and some splitting on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Wilbur SweatmanWilbur Sweatman – Recorded In New York 1916 to 1935 ... CD
Jazz Oracle (Canada), Late 10s/1920s/Early 30s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Dorsey BrothersDorsey Brothers' Orchestra Vol 3 – Recorded In New York 1930 to 1933 ... CD
Jazz Oracle (Canada), Early 30s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Roger Wolfe KahnRoger Wolfe Kahn Recorded In New York 1925 to 1932 ... CD
Jazz Oracle (Canada), 1920s/Early 30s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ KonkSound Of Konk – Tales Of The New York Underground 1981 to 88 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1980s. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest New York groups of the early 80s – and a key link in the post-disco, post-punk, and no wave scenes of the time! Konk had an incredible sound that featured a stripped down blend of bass, live percussion, and horns – all grooving together in a style that sat somewhere between Kid Creole and ACR – but without the kitsch of the former, or the darkness of the latter! The bass dominated on most tracks – rolling out amidst the drums and congas, and setting a pace that was picked up strongly by the group's tight work on horns. Most tracks are acoustic, save for the bass – and the vocals are kept at a minimum to allow for the strongest focus on the tunes rhythmic progressions! As usual, Soul Jazz have done a tremendous job of recounting the group's history in a wealth of notes, interviews, and photos – and this well-done package is the first ever proper reissue of the group's work! Titles include "Machina Jam", "Baby Dee", "Elephant", "Soka Loka Moki", "Love Attack", "Konk Party", and "Your Life". Plus, the set also features bonus tracks "Konk Party (DJ tools)" and "Baby Dee (live)". CD
(Out of print, includes slipcase.)

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Eric DolphyOutward Bound ... CD
New Jazz/OJC, 1960. Used ... $3.99
Eric Dolphy's first album ever as a leader – recorded almost immediately after his arrival on the New York scene! The sound here is already bolder and stronger than the Dolphy experiments on the west coast – sharp-edged and freely exploratory, in a way that pushes the playful lyricism of the Chico Hamilton years aside, and reaches out into the new territory hinted at by the title! The group is a quintet that features Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Jaki Byard on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – and the overall sound is a beautiful mix of modernist hard bop and some of Dolphy's later freer styles. Dolphy plays his usual mix of alto, flute, and bass clarinet – and the tracks include "245", "Miss Toni", "Les", and "GW". CD

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✨✧ Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, & OthersCats ... CD
Prestige/New Jazz (Japan), 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The Cats here are all quite hip ones – and the album's one of the best Prestige Records blowing sessions from the late 50s – an all-star sextet effort that features Tommy Flanagan on piano, John Coltrane on tenor, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Doug Watkins on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Tracks are long, and open – and although each player is really at their best on their solos, there's still a sense of group unity that makes the record stand out from other efforts of its type – enough so that it's often cited as a key early entry in the Coltrane catalog. Titles include "Eclypso", "Solacium", "Tommy's Tune", and "Minor Mishap". CD
(Out of print SHMCD pressing, includes obi.)

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Benny GolsonGroovin' With Golson (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
New Jazz (Japan), 1958. Used ... $23.99
A wonderful small combo session from tenorist Benny Golson – one of a few key albums like this from the early years! Although Golson is perhaps best known as a lively arranger in the modern idiom, he's also a kick-ass tenor player when he wants to be – and on this classic, he definitely wants to be! Unlike some of Golson's more tightly arranged records of the early years, this date is a deeply gutsy soul jazz session – support from a group that includes Ray Bryant on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Art Blakey on drums, and Curtis Fuller on trombone – all sliding into long tracks that have plenty of room for solos! The whole thing's a bit like the more spontaneous side of the Jazz Messengers groove – and titles include "The Stroller", "Drumboogie", "My Blues House", and a beautiful version of "Yesterdays". CD
(Out of print.)

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Pony PoindexterPony Poindexter Plays The Big Ones ... LP
Prestige/New Jazz, 1963. Near Mint- ... $6.99
An excellent album from the great Pony Poindexter – one of his few dates as a leader, and a real lost killer from early 60s Prestige! Pony's working here on alto and soprano sax – the latter of which sounds especially nice – all sharp-edged and angular, and cast out over some very groovy rhythms from Gildo Mahones on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Jimmie Smith on drums! The "Big Ones" in the title are some of the grooviest pop tunes of the 60s – like "Fly Me To The Moon", "Midnight In Moscow", "Moon River", and "Twistin USA" – and they're given a jaunty soul-jazz approach by Pony, who plays some of the best soprano and alto sax he's ever recorded! LP, Vinyl record album
(Special pressing, done for the Japanese market only.)

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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithTalk That Talk ... CD
Prestige/New Jazz (Japan), 1960. Used ... $29.99
Subtle early magic from Johnny Hammond Smith – the kind of sweet organ jazz set that really set Smith apart from his contemporaries in the 60s! There's a slightly offbeat vibe here that's hard to peg, but which already marks Hammond as one of the more inventive players of his generation – never content to just rehash R&B modes for jazz organ, and instead really exploratory in terms of timings and phrasings – using his instrument to great effect in a hip combo that features George Tucker on bass, Art Taylor on drums, and Ray Barretto on congas – plus some excellent tenor from Oliver Nelson on three tracks! Titles include "Talk That Talk", "Bennie's Diggin", "Portrait Of Jennie", "An Affair To Remember", "The End Of A Love Affair", "Riptide", "Misty", and "Minors Allowed". CD
(Out of print, 2013 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)

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TonusSegment Tones ... CD
New Wave Of Jazz, 2019. Used ... $3.99
... CD

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✨✧ Mal WaldronMal 4 ... CD
New Jazz/Prestige (Japan), 1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The most obscure of the "Mal" series albums for Prestige by Mal Waldron during the late 50s – the 4th in the series, as you'd guess from the title, and a really dark trio session that features Addison Farmer on bass and Kenny Dennis on drums! As with Waldron's other work as a leader from the time, the album's got a voice that reaches far past Mal's work in the larger group sessions for Prestige – a moody, modern style that would blossom fully during his European years, but which almost sounds even more striking here in its nascent mode. Both the songwriting and overall conception is quite advanced – a peek at modern piano in years to come, laid out here with a wonderful sense of freshness. Titles include "Splidium Dow", "By Myself", "Love Span", and "JM's Dream Doll". CD
(Out of print SHMCD pressing. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Gigi GryceRat Race Blues ... CD
New Jazz/OJC, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
A killer set from one of the most-overlooked talents of the 50s – the great Gigi Gryce, a fantastic arranger and player whose talents get more forgotten as every year passes by! This set features Gryce working in a well-fitting quintet with the great Richard Williams on trumpet – and the group plays together in a style that mixes easy blowing soul jazz with some of the modernism that was always inherent in Gryce's writing and playing, and which Williams was certainly getting a name for in his work with Mingus. The record's got a lot more surprises than you'd expect – but most of all, it's got a deeply soulful bottom, free from any of the cliches of the era, and expressed in fresh modern tones that should have been allowed further development over the years. Titles include "Boxer's Blues", "Monday Through Sunday", and "Strange Feelin". CD
(Please note the tray card is missing one spine and has some clear tape on one side.)

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✨✧ Steve Lacy with Don CherryEvidence (70s pressing) ... LP
New Jazz/Prestige, 1961. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Really wonderful work from a pair we wish we could have heard more often together! Steve Lacy's early records are all pretty darn great, but this album's a really special gem – a rare pairing with trumpeter Don Cherry, and an album with an incredibly haunting sound! There's almost a bit more warmth here than some of Lacy's other early records – and more than Cherry's too, for that matter – as the pair move together marvelously through space that might be dubbed modal, but which also has a somewhat airy and open sense of freedom. Lacy brings in some of his usual love of Thelonious Monk, but the rhythmic progressions often move away from standard Monk modes – partly from the absence of piano on the set. Drummer Billy Higgins is especially great – playing with an almost melodic approach to his kit at times – and the quartet's completed by bassist Carl Brown, who's really won our attention with his work on the date. Titles include an incredible reading of Duke Ellington's "The Mystery Song" – plus the tracks "Something To Live For", "Let's Cool One", "Who Knows", "San Francisco Holiday", and "Let's Cool One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Italian pressing.)
 
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Shoji AketagawaNew Step With My Step ... LP
Union (Japan), 1982. Near Mint- ... $38.99
Titles include "Urgency", "Jazz Life", "Poem In Lovely", "Magic Pulsar", "Yoake", "New Step With My Step", and "Scarborough Fair". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi and insert!)

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Albert AylerNew Grass ... LP
Impulse/Third Man, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... About June 26, 2020
One of the last albums that Ayler ever recorded – and one of his most memorable! The record shows Ayler at the crossroads, filled with emotion and meaning, struggling to convey his message to a lager audience. At times, he takes a strange soul/jazz format to do so, and has tracks featuring backing by "the Soul Singers" – at others, he plays solo, with some of the most plaintive tones he ever laid down on wax! The record features an incredibly haunting "Message From Albert", plus the tracks "New Generation", "Sun Watcher", "New Ghosts", and "Free At Last". Completely fascinating, and a record that really makes you wonder what would have happened had he not died a mysterious young death! LP, Vinyl record album

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Gato BarbieriChapter Four – Alive In New York ... CD
Impulse, 1975. Used ... $14.99
Searing live work from Gato Barbieri – a brilliant little album that follows on the spirit of his other Latin America sessions for Impulse! The format here is similar to those studio outings – an organic blend of percussion, keyboards, and sax – all bubbling together in a highly rhythmic mode that easily shifts between electric and acoustic statements, all in a jazz-based pursuit of older Latin American rhythms and expressions! Eddie Martinez plays some great Fender Rhodes on the album – ringing out with warm tones that are strongly offset by Gato's sharp-edge tenor lines – and all tracks are nice and long, and flow with a sense of creative energy that almost surpasses the studio albums in the series! Titles include "Milonga Triste", "La China Leoncia", "Baihia", and "Lluvia Azul". CD
(Out of print.)

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BasiaLondon Warsaw New York (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Pop (UK), 1989. New Copy 2CD ... About February 7, 2020 (delayed)
The huge breakout album from Basia – a set that had the Polish-born singer reaching out to the well-deserved global fame that you might guess from the title! Basia works closely here with Danny White – who gives the record a London-bred blend of pop and soul – one that's a cut above more mainstream hits, with enough care to recognize the jazz currents in Basia's vocals, and her deeper range too. The vibe's a bit like the earliest Swing Out Sister material, but less jazzy overall – and titles include "Best Friends", "Not An Angel", "Copernicus", "Cruising For Bruising", "Ordinary People", "Baby You're Mine", and "Until You Come Back To Me". Massive 2CD edition – features bonus tracks "Come To Heaven" and "Masquerade" – plus "Baby You're Mine (street version)", "Until You Come Back To Me (Phil Harding rmx radio)", "Brave New Hope (brave new mix)", and more – including 4 demo tracks, 11 instrumentals, and 4 more single mixes! CD

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Fontella BassNew Look ... LP
Checker, 1965. Very Good+ ... $28.99
With that whip in her hand, we're not gonna argue with Fontella Bass about her New Look in the photo – and we can definitely say that the whole classic album definitely lives up to her hip, powerful stance on the cover! Fontella's a singer who started in gospel, later sung jazz, but who really comes into her stride here – mixing St Louis roots with Chicago 60s soul in a completely sublime batch of tracks all the way through! To most folks, Fontella's remembered for a few reasons – her Aretha Franklin-styled hit "Rescue Me" (often mistaken for Aretha herself), or the fact that she married Art Ensemble member Lester Bowie. But back at the start, Fontella was a heck of a great little soul singer – capable of a wide variety of modes, all of which are included here! Some tracks are as sophisticated and classy as Marlena Shaw at the time, others are downright rootsy – with more of a deep soul southern mode – and in addition to the seminal hit "Rescue Me", other titles include "Come & Get These Memories", "Soul Of The Man", "Oh No Not My Baby", "How Glad I Am", "Our Day Will Come", and "I'm A Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Checker pressing. Back cover has light aging.)

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George BensonWalking To New Orleans ... CD
Provogue, 2019. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Guitar legend George Benson pays tribute to the music of New Orleans – and also hearkens back to his earliest years in R&B, before he rose to jazz fame in the 60s! George sings as much as he plays guitar here – working in a tight combo that's heavy on soul styles – and most tunes are remakes of Nola classics, mixed with some other Chuck Berry songs, done in a more contemporary mode. The set's a fair bit grittier than most of Benson's recent recordings, and also has a tight horn section too – on titles that include "You Can't Catch Me", "Ain't That A Shame", "Blue Monday", "How You've Changed", "Walking To New Orleans", "I Hear You Knocking", and "Havana Moon". CD
Also available Walking To New Orleans (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP 19.99

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George BensonWalking To New Orleans (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Provogue, 2019. New Copy ... $19.99 21.99
Guitar legend George Benson pays tribute to the music of New Orleans – and also hearkens back to his earliest years in R&B, before he rose to jazz fame in the 60s! George sings as much as he plays guitar here – working in a tight combo that's heavy on soul styles – and most tunes are remakes of Nola classics, mixed with some other Chuck Berry songs, done in a more contemporary mode. The set's a fair bit grittier than most of Benson's recent recordings, and also has a tight horn section too – on titles that include "You Can't Catch Me", "Ain't That A Shame", "Blue Monday", "How You've Changed", "Walking To New Orleans", "I Hear You Knocking", and "Havana Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition heavyweight yellow vinyl pressing – with download!)
Also available Walking To New Orleans ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersBuhaina ... LP
Prestige (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
An amazing album that has Art Blakey completely reinventing himself for the 70s! Blakey shifts from straight hardbop to kind of a modal soul jazz groove, touched with some of the electric playing of the younger jazz generation, but not enough to qualify as fusion or funk. Instead, he's working with some great younger players – like Carter Jefferson, Woody Shaw, and Michael Howell – hitting a groove that reminds us of some of the best underground soul jazz on labels like Muse or Strata East. Includes the amazing long groovers "Mission Eternal" and "Chant For Bu", a famous Tribe Called Quest sample – plus new electric piano versions of "Moanin" and "Along Came Betty", both of which feature vocals by Jon Hendricks. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Blind Boys Of AlabamaDown In New Orleans ... CD
Time Life, 2008. Used ... $4.99
Features a couple of tracks each with Allen Toussaint and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. CD

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Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Herb Geller, et alBest Coast Jazz (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EmArcy (Japan), 1954. Used ... $12.99
Not west coast, but "best coast" jazz – a prime example of the way the Clifford Brown/Max Roach team helped to cook up the intensity of the LA scene of the 50s by infusing it with a bit of New York fire! The album takes off in the extended mode of Clifford's All Stars album – and like that one, features Max Roach on drums alongside a lineup of players that includes Herb Geller and Joe Maini on alto saxes, Walter Benton on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, and Curtis Counce on bass – all jamming together in really extended, side-long tracks that have plenty of space for creative solo work and free-flowing improvisation! The format's a very unusual one for the 50s – and a great side-stream to the better-known Brown/Roach albums – with the 2 long tracks "Coronado" and "You Go To My Head". CD also features a shorter rehearsal take of "Coronado". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Donald Byrd & The BlackbyrdsJazz Funk Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Robinsongs (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $24.99
An amazing tribute to some of the greatest jazz funk of the 70s – the groundbreaking work of trumpeter Donald Byrd, both as a solo act on his own, and as the inspiration for the mighty Blackbyrds group – both of whom are featured on this set! Byrd first broke into new territory in the early 70s with a string of amazing records on Blue Note – all done with help from genius producer Larry Mizell, who helped Byrd's trumpet find a way to groove in an electric space, but at a level that was very different (and a lot more soulful) than any sort of Miles Davis electric modes! This work quickly inspired a young group at Howard University, who chose the name Blackbyrds as a nod to Donald – who quickly became their mentor and producer, and helped them forge a great blend of jazz and funk before they took off on their own. This set features 39 tracks from both artists, illustrating a fantastic partnership and shared musical inspiration – with work from Byrd's Blue Note and Wea albums, and all the great Blackbyrds records for Fantasy in the 70s. Titles include Donald Byrd tracks "Dominoes", "Black Byrd", "Lansana's Priestess", "Wind Parade", "Flying High", "Thank You For Funking Up My Life", "Onward Til Morning", "Dance Band", "Science Funktion", "Dominoes", "Flight Time", "Witch Hunt", "Stepping Into Tomorrow", "Sexy Dancer (12" mix)", "Star Trippin (12" mix)", "Pretty Baby", "Giving It Up", and "Dancing In The Street". Blackbyrds cuts include "Blackbyrd's Theme", "Do It Fluid", "Flying High", "Cornbread", "Time Is Movin", "Happy Music", "Rock Creek Park", "Walkin In Rhythm", "Lookin Ahead", "Street Games", "Gut Level", "Party Land", and "Supernatural Feeling". CD

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Rudiger Carl IncKing Alcohol (New Version) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1972. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... $15.99
Maybe the greatest moment ever on record from Rudiger Carl – and not just because the album is "dedicated to all drinker friends"! Despite that embrace of alcohol, the record's got a very sobering power – as the group is a free jazz trio, working in the best bracing early FMP way – with Carl on tenor, Gunter Christmann on trombone, and Detlef Shoenenberg on drums – all turning their instruments inside out as they madly, freely, explosively work off the power of one another! Christmann is especially amazing – and this album might well be to his trombone what the late 60s FMP sides were to Brotzmann's tenor – although Detlef's drums are pretty amazing too – very different than any contemporaries or precursors, and worth the price of admission alone. Titles include "Thrombose", "King Alcohol", "AEIOU", and "Rush Hour/Something/Triotrip". Plus, this 2CD reissue adds in an astounding 70 more minutes of unreleased recordings from the same sessions! CD

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Graham CollierNew Conditions ... LP
Mosaic (UK), 1976. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A well conceived extended work of modernist jazz – with tonal and mood shifts that remind us a lot of late 50s and 1960s work by composers like Gil Evans, Teo Macero, and possibly even Charles Mingus! Collier's leading a largeish group of fellow Brit free-thinkers – and players include Roger Dean on piano, Harry Beckett and Henry Lowther on trumpets, Alan Wakeman on soprano sax, Ed Speight on guitar, and Malcolm Griffiths on trombone. The piece is divided up into 9 sections, and runs for a total of 42 minutes. LP, Vinyl record album

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John ColtraneJohn Coltrane 1963 – New Directions (3CD set) ... CD
Impulse, 1963. New Copy 3CD ... $25.99 29.99
1964 was the year The Beatles invaded America, but 1963 was the year that John Coltrane revolutionized jazz – thanks to the Impulse Records sessions contained in this set! The package features the entire run of recordings that Coltrane did for Impulse in 1963 – including alternate takes and numbers that were unissued at the time – all to make for a stellar portrait of genius in action! The material all centers around the classic quartet – with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and the package also features recordings at Newport and Birdland, the classic session with Johnny Hartman on vocals, and all of the unreleased material that appeared on the Lost Album – issued in 2018. Titles include "Slow Blues", "Vilia", "Untitled Original 11383", "Impressions", "Untitled Original 11386", "One Up One Down", "Lush Life", "Dear Old Stockholm", "After The Rain", "You Are Too Beautiful", "Your Lady", "Alabama", and long live takes of "My Favorite Things", "Impressions", "The Promise", "Afro Blue", and "I Want To Talk About You". CD

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Cortijo Y Su Combo Con Ismael RiveraCortijo En New York ... CD
Gema/P-Vine (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... About April 22, 2020 (delayed)
Cortijo in New York – making for a classic meeting of Puerto Rican and Nuyorican sounds – with plenty of help from the young Ismael Rivera! Rhythms are tight throughout – very fierce and full, showing the new energy of the younger generation that Cortijo helped get going at the time – and horns still have some echoes of 50s modes, but are looser, and bring in plenty of jazz elements too – showing a lot more soul than a record like this might have had a decade before! Titles include "Cucala", "A Bailar Bambule", "Bella Mujer", "La Critica", "Mi Caballito", "Chambeleque", and "Ton Ton Canelo". CD

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✨✧ Cortijo Y Su ComboCortijo En New York ... CD
Rumba, Early 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Cortijo in New York – making for a classic meeting of Puerto Rican and Nuyorican sounds – with plenty of help from the young Ismael Rivera! Rhythms are tight throughout – very fierce and full, showing the new energy of the younger generation that Cortijo helped get going at the time – and horns still have some echoes of 50s modes, but are looser, and bring in plenty of jazz elements too – showing a lot more soul than a record like this might have had a decade before! Titles include "Cucala", "A Bailar Bambule", "Bella Mujer", "La Critica", "Mi Caballito", "Chambeleque", and "Ton Ton Canelo". CD
(CDr pressing.)

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Miles DavisMiles Smiles (Columbia Jazz Masters pressing) ... CD
Columbia, 1966. Used ... $1.99
Miles Smiles, but his grin is a wry one – given the angular energy of the set! The album's a landmark effort from the mid 60s quintet that includes Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all of whom work without fail to capture Davis' newly emerging approach to jazz – a style that's touched with some of the light lyricism of the late 50s, but which has much sharper edges overall – and really approaches some of the best "new thing" modes that were going down at labels like Blue Note or Impulse! Many tunes have a subtly spare quality, but nonetheless work with a tremendous amount of power – and titles include a classic version of "Freedom Jazz Dance", a haunting take on Shorter's "Footprints", and the titles "Orbits", "Circle", "Dolores", and "Gingerbread Boy". CD
(Out of print, Columbia Jazz Contemporary Masters pressing.)

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John DennisNew Piano Expressions – Debut Rarities Vol 5 ... CD
Debut/OJC, 1955. Used ... $4.99
One of the few albums as a leader cut by pianist John Dennis – noteworthy not only for his own great work on the keys, but also for the presence of Charles Mingus and Max Roach in his trio! Their presence is a bit less surprising when you realize that the album was issued on the pair's Debut label, as part of its strong commitment to finding the best young jazz talent of the 50s – but it's still noteworthy nonetheless, as 1955 is a relatively late date for either player to be working as a sideman, especially in a trio record! That fact should be endorsement enough for Dennis' talents, but if it's not, one listen of the album will certainly win you over – as John plays with a style that's as fluid as some of the mainstream pianists of his generation, but which also has the odd turns of phrase and angular moments you'd here in some of the more inventive modernists. The blend is a great one – a bit subtle at first, but extremely compelling as the set goes on – and titles include "Seven Moons", "Ensenada", "Machajo", "Cherokee", "Odyssey", "Chartreuse", and "Variegations" – as well as a few alternate takes. CD
(Out of print.)

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Paul DesmondPaul Desmond & The Modern Jazz Quartet ... CD
Red Baron, 1971. Used ... $8.99
A rare pairing, and a great one too – as Paul Desmond joins the Modern Jazz Quartet for a unique live set from the early 70s – with a great sound that's even more wonderful than we expected! Desmond is always great no matter what the setting – but he sounds especially nice working here alongside the mix of piano and vibes offered by the MJQ – in a style that's subtle, but never as sleepy as some of their other records from the period, thanks to some sharper edges from Desmond. The alto sax really brings something new to this record – carving out snakey little lines that glow and glimmer with a nicely subdued soul – and in a way, the MJQ really just seem to be holding back in a role where they're Paul's accompanists, and not the main stars of the set. Titles include "Greensleeves", "Blue Dove", "You Go To My Head", "East Of The Sun", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Bag's New Groove", and "Jesus Christ Superstar". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jukka Eskola Soul TrioIntroducing The Soul Trio/Martha's New Moment ... 7-inch
Timmion (Finland), 2017. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A hard-hitting romper from trumpeter Jukka Eskola – a tune that has the trumpeter working with the well-named Soul Trio – in a groove that feels like some lost jukebox jazz single from the 60s, with the trumpet popping nicely alongside a soaring Hammond! "Martha's New Moment" begins with a great drumbreak, the rolls into more great organ – all very 60s overall, and capped with a cool compressed solo from Jukka! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Billy FosterMusic For Jazz Vespers ... CD
Equistar, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
A beautiful project from pianist Billy Foster – part of a long tradition of jazz mass records that have been popping up from the underground from the late 50s onwards – and maybe one of the best we've heard so far! The setting is spare – really just a trio outing by Billy's group, but with vocals by Renee Miles-Foster, whose lovely voice really shapes some of the best tunes here – tracks that are maybe a bit in the gospel tradition in terms of subject matter, but which also have a warmer jazz vocal approach overall. All music and new lyrics are by Billy – and titles include "He's Always Been There", "Today Is A Day", "Music Is", "God & Savior", "Joyful Noise", "His Grace", and "Just Hold My Hand". CD

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George FreemanNew Improved Funk ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's one of the funkiest ever from guitarist George Freeman, and one of the few to really hit that messed-up groove he was working in the clubs before his mid 70s retreat to Chicago! The style here is often all over the map – a mix of soul jazz and funkier numbers, but often served up with less of the direction than you'd get on Prestige, and even less of that on Groove Merchant – more in a raw small combo mode, with Freeman's guitar hitting plenty of raspy notes and weird solo excursions that keep even the mellower tunes exciting! The record features 2 different groups – one with John Young on piano, the other with Bobby Blevins on organ – and brother Von Freeman plays tenor sax on the whole set, although not nearly in the spotlight as George! (Definitely in keeping with something that Von told George many years back – quoted to us by George – "When you've got your own album, make sure that people know that you're the star!") Titles include "New Improved Funk", "Daffy", "Happy Fingers", "Confirmed Truth", "Guitar Lover Man", and "Big Finish". CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)

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Ryo FukuiRyo Fukui In New York ... LP
Sapporo/HMV (Japan), 1999. New Copy (reissue)... $46.99
A smoking trio set from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – recorded in New York with help from Lisle Atkinson on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! The date's a bit later than some of the classics from the golden age of Japanese piano trio recordings, but has a very similar vibe – and in addition to very deft, expressive work from Fukui – a player who's maybe got more bop elements here than in his early days – the group also really sparkles with the work of Atkinson, a player who's sometimes overlooked, but who always brings a subtle depth to his sessions. Titles include "All The Things You Are", "Embraceable You", "Hot House", "Red Carpet", "Bouncing With Bud", and a great remake of Fukui's earlier song "Mellow Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality Project Re:Vinyl series!)

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Earl HagenNew Interns ... LP
Colpix, 1964. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Nice little soundtrack, written as the follow-up to the 1962 film The Interns. Like that one, there's some nice party sequences here – easily jazzy numbers grooving along nicely, in the style of Hagen's best work of the 60s. Strings mix with jazzy rhythms and some strong instrumental solos, and overall, the soundtrack's really a strong cut above the usual one for this type of movie – and filled with some really great jazz-based tracks. Titles include "Goodbye To Nancy", "Needle Stickin Blues", "Split", "Considine & Laura", "A Matter Of Time", and "New Interns Watusi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker remnant and light wear.)

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✨✧ Shannon Harris & UrbanicityNew World Reveal-A-Solution ... CD
Urbanicity, 2004. Used ... $8.99
A bold statement from this ambitious Chicago group – a righteous assemblage of musicians working in a tradition that's partly linked to the spiritual jazz of an earlier AACM era, but which is also keenly conscious of the underground soul of groups like Fertile Ground! At its core, there's a spiritual jazz vibe running through the set – but as the work moves on, a number of other styles come into play – expanding the vision of composer Shannon Harris, and really fleshing out the message-heavy nature of the set. We'd only heard 12" singles from Urbanicity in the past, so we were really impressed by the depth and scope of this set – and there's a few tracks on here that easily rank with the most righteous soul jazz we've heard since the 70s – especially the vocal numbers! Titles include "Keep On Reachin", "Coming Together", "Speak Softy & Walk Tall", "Afro Cosmo", "Cato Conspiracy", and "Mizimu: Ancestral Spirits". CD
(Out of print.)

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Richard Groove HolmesHunk A Funk (Night Glider/New Groove) ... CD
Groove Merchant/Unidisc (Canada), 1975. Used ... $15.99
A double-length set that features 2 Groove Holmes albums for Groove Merchant! First up is Night Glider – an album that has Groove's funky organ riffing nicely over some tight larger arrangements! The style is really great, and a nice departure from the smaller combo Groove Holmes sound of the 60s – more in keeping with his later Blue Note work, in that the organ's in the lead, grooving soulfully, and the rest of the band vamps and comps behind him with a tight style that's almost in the soundtrack mode! Players include Pretty Purdie on drums, Horace Ott on electric piano, and Seldon Powell on tenor – and Horace Ott wrote two nice originals – "Night Glider" and "Flyjack" – and Groove contributed "Pure Cane Sugar". Other tracks include "Go Away Little Girl", "Young & Foolish", and "One Mint Julep". Next up is New Groove – a monumental batch of organ jazz groovers – recorded with some larger backings from Manny Albam, and a super-dope, super-funk sort of 70s feel that's really outta site! The tracks are lean and very rhythmically oriented – all instruments grooving very strictly on the beat, except for Groove's wailing Hammond – which takes off over the top in some fierce musical flights! Bernard Purdie chops up some wicked drums on the set, and titles include "Red Onion", "Meditation", "Good Vibrations", "Chu Chu", and the solid groover "You've Got it Bad". CD
(Out of print.)

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Richard Groove HolmesNew Groove ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Funky funky Groove Holmes – one of his tightest albums ever! The set's a monumental batch of organ jazz groovers – recorded with some larger backings from Manny Albam, and a super-dope, super-funk sort of 70s feel that's really outta site! The tracks are lean and very rhythmically oriented – all instruments grooving very strictly on the beat, except for Groove's wailing Hammond – which takes off over the top in some fierce musical flights! Bernard Purdie chops up some wicked drums on the set, and titles include "Red Onion", "Meditation", "Good Vibrations", "Chu Chu", and the solid groover "You've Got it Bad". CD

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JafrosaxNew Standard Of The Future ... CD
Pantone (UK), 2005. Used ... $1.99
An expanded version of the first Jafrosax album – one that drops the price on their expensive Japanese debut, and brings in a few bonus remix tracks as well! The set has Jafrosax mixing keyboards, beats, and a bit of sax with some great guest vocals from Vikter Duplaix, Yukimi Nagano, Gagle, Sonya Rogers, and others – a style that shifts from instrumental to lyrical modes with a fluid, spacious feel – picking up a lot of London vibes along the way, and exploding with a righteous 21st Century soul feel that's really great! Titles include "In The Morning", "Wait & See", "Hi Tech Jazz", "Free", "Room In Your Heart", "Going To The Sky", "Drawn 2 U", "Rollin", and "Shin Ku Kan" – plus bonus remixes "Drawn 2 U (Studio Apartment rmx)" and "In The Morning (Faze Action Present Orto rmx)". CD

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Jazz Couriers (Ronnie Scott & Tubby Hayes)Jazz Couriers In Concert (MFP) ... LP
MFP (UK), 1958. Near Mint- ... $34.99
Seminal work from one of the hippest British groups of the 50s – the legendary Jazz Couriers, fronted by the twin-tenor sax team of Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes! Both players are great here – blowing with a tone, confidence, and sense of creativity that matches most of their American contemporaries on the scene – a perfect match in sound and spirit, as both musicians work hard to move British jazz into a new dimension for the 60s! Hayes plays a bit of vibes, in addition to tenor sax – and the rest of the group includes Terry Shannon on piano, Phil Bates on bass, and Bill Eyden on drums – on tracks that include "Time Was", "Speak Low", "The Serpent", "Some Of My Best Frineds Are Blues", and "What Is This Thing Called Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK MFP pressing, in flipback cover! A nice copy.)

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Jazz DefendersScheming ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $13.99
The first we've ever heard from the Jazz Defenders – but a record that makes it feel like the group has been together for years – as the songs explode with all sorts of fresh ideas and individual voices – all while the whole thing stays in strongly soulful, swinging territory! The tunes are all originals – and the group's led by keyboardist Greg Cooper, who plays organ, piano, and Wurlitzer – in a lineup that also features Nick Malcolm on trumpet and Nicholas Dover on saxes – players who clearly understand an older legacy of soulful jazz from the Prestige/Blue Note side of the spectrum, but who also don't just go for a slavish recreation of that style! Instead, there's lots of interesting rhythmic interplay at the bottom of the tunes, which seems to set the horns and piano in bright new directions – on titles that include "Late", "Hawkeye Jorge", "Costa Del Lol", "Scheming", "Brown Down", and "Top Down Tourism". CD

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Jazz InvadersFind The Love ... CD
Unique (Germany), 2016. Used ... $2.99
Were the Jazz Invaders ever this soulful before? We don't seem to remember that – as they come on totally strong and wonderful here – with a groove that might even rival the best previous work by big-name combos like Incognito or Brand New Heavies! Like both those groups, the Jazz Invaders are rooted in classic modes – but they've also picked up a lot more funk than before – putting the jazz off to the side a bit, and focusing on the overall groove – a bit like some of the best artists in the mid 70s run of jazz/funk classics from Fantasy Records! Linda Bloenhard adds some great vocals to a number of cuts – furthering the strong soul vibe here – but even the instrumental numbers are great, and sparkle strongly in a sweet blend of Fender Rhodes, and jazzy riffs on alto, tenor, and trumpet. All tunes are originals – and the writing is great – on tracks that include "Higher On Fire", "Get It Work It", "Get Away", "Disco Fever", "Do It", "Phil's Crossroads", "Discover Disco Lover", and "Much Rosie" CD

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Jazz Rock ExperienceLet Yourself Go ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1969/1970. New Copy ... $14.99
Fantastic work from a group who are way more than just the sum of their name! The combo is definitely jazz, only a bit rock, and really provide a funky experience on most of their numbers – in the same sort of wicked blend of acoustic and electric jazz elements that you'd find on MPS Records at the start of the 70s! The musicians here are Swiss, but come from the same mindset as that famous German label – and like some of their contemporaries across the European scene, they were young players who were really open to new ideas – which they let flow from their fingers over the course of these cool long tracks! The lineup shifts a bit over the course of these recordings, and there's some real surprises in the roster of musicians –w ith players who include Bruno Spoerri on electric tenor and sopranino sax, Dave Lee on vibes, Hans Kennel on trumpet, Christy Doran on guitar, Freddy Meier on tenor, Kenny Schmidt on drums, Hans Foletti on bass, and even a young Irene Schweizer on electric piano. Titles include "If It Wasn't For Dicky", "Krivo Sadovsko Choro", "The Starter", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "Cheyenne", "Blues No Blues", and a version of the James Brown tune "Let Yourself Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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KapingbdiBorn In The Night – African Jazz/Funk/Rock From Liberia – The Trikont Years ... LP
Trikont/Sonorama (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $24.99
Fantastic work from Kapingbdi – a group who hail from Liberia, but who recorded all of these tracks for a label in Germany – all at a level that makes for a wonderfully open, criss-crossing sort of sound! These tracks aren't cleaned up or polished world music for the post-colonial market – but instead, they perfectly reflect the new musical crossroads that appeared in that generation – as a group like Kapingbdi were able to effortlessly draw from American soul and jazz, especially the latter – all while making music that was uniquely their own. There's some very strong jazz work in the mix – especially on the saxes and flute of group leader E Kojo Samuels – whose strong lead voice and solo passages really help give these tracks a depth that maybe even recalls some of the best work by Oneness Of Juju. Instrumentation includes plenty of percussion mixed with just the right dose of Fender Rhodes – and although there are vocals on the tracks, the instrumental passages often hold sway. Titlesinclude "Don't Escape", "You Go Go You Go Home", "Wrong Curfew Walk", "Our Heritage (Sengadebon)", "Take The Guitar Out", "Boys Town", "Deadea (edit)", and "Mali Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Born In The Night – African Jazz/Funk/Rock From Liberia – The Trikont Years (with bonus tracks) ... CD 18.99

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KapingbdiBorn In The Night – African Jazz/Funk/Rock From Liberia – The Trikont Years (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Trikont/Sonorama (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.98
Fantastic work from Kapingbdi – a group who hail from Liberia, but who recorded all of these tracks for a label in Germany – all at a level that makes for a wonderfully open, criss-crossing sort of sound! These tracks aren't cleaned up or polished world music for the post-colonial market – but instead, they perfectly reflect the new musical crossroads that appeared in that generation – as a group like Kapingbdi were able to effortlessly draw from American soul and jazz, especially the latter – all while making music that was uniquely their own. There's some very strong jazz work in the mix – especially on the saxes and flute of group leader E Kojo Samuels – whose strong lead voice and solo passages really help give these tracks a depth that maybe even recalls some of the best work by Oneness Of Juju. Instrumentation includes plenty of percussion mixed with just the right dose of Fender Rhodes – and although there are vocals on the tracks, the instrumental passages often hold sway. Titlesinclude "Don't Escape", "You Go Go You Go Home", "Wrong Curfew Walk", "Our Heritage (Sengadebon)", "Take The Guitar Out", "Boys Town", "Deadea (edit)", and "Mali Feeling" – plus the CD bonus tracks "Hey Brother" and"Kapingbdi". CD
Also available Born In The Night – African Jazz/Funk/Rock From Liberia – The Trikont Years ... LP 24.99

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Mieczyslaw KoszMieczyslaw Kosz – Polish Radio Jazz Archives Vol 10 ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), Late 60s. New Copy ... $6.99
Here's a pianist you probably don't know at all – and one you definitely can't pronounce – but we bet you'll really be loving the music of Mieczyslaw Kosz after you've heard this set of solo performances for Polish radio from the late 60s! Kosz has a style that's somewhat conventional, but also hints at some of the new lyricism that was opening in the music of late 60s American players like Steve Kuhn or the young Keith Jarrett – kind of the immediate influence of Bill Evans, but already going somewhere else – especially with the sense of many vectors of music that seem to flow effortlessly from Mieczyslaw's hands. There's a number of original tunes in the set, but even the familiar tunes are very fresh – and the recording quality is excellent throughout. Titles include "Rosemary's Baby", "Les Parapluies De Cherbourg", "Illusion", "Before The Storm", "It's Late", "Question", "Yesterday", "Laura", and "Departure". CD

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✨✧ Azar LawrenceBridge Into The New Age ... LP
Prestige, 1974. Very Good+ ... $34.99
A wicked set from reedman Azar Lawrence – one of the few albums issued under his own name, and a great example of the waves he was making on the 70s west coast scene! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of the other Fantasy Records sessions of the time – a sound that would be right at home on Strata East, or in some of the more righteous Cobblestone sessions – no surprise, given that the ensemble here is filled with key spiritual jazz players, including Woody Shaw on trumpet, Hadley Caliman on flute, Joe Bonner on piano, Billy Hart on drums, Mtume on congas, and even Jean Carn on a bit of guest vocals! Most tracks are longish, and a perfect setting for Azar's exploratory reed work on soprano sax and tenor – and titles include "Warriors Of Peace", "Forces Of Nature", and "The Beautiful & Omnipresent Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Bridge Into The New Age (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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Azar LawrenceBridge Into The New Age (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Prestige, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
A wicked set from reedman Azar Lawrence – one of the few albums issued under his own name, and a great example of the waves he was making on the 70s west coast scene! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of the other Fantasy Records sessions of the time – a sound that would be right at home on Strata East, or in some of the more righteous Cobblestone sessions – no surprise, given that the ensemble here is filled with key spiritual jazz players, including Woody Shaw on trumpet, Hadley Caliman on flute, Joe Bonner on piano, Billy Hart on drums, Mtume on congas, and even Jean Carn on a bit of guest vocals! Most tracks are longish, and a perfect setting for Azar's exploratory reed work on soprano sax and tenor – and titles include "Warriors Of Peace", "Forces Of Nature", and "The Beautiful & Omnipresent Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bridge Into The New Age ... LP 34.99

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Alan LeeAlan Lee – An Australian Jazz Anthology ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Ultra-hip sounds from the Australian scene of the early 70s – some killer cuts by vibist Alan Lee – a player who was exploring with as many new ideas on his instrument as contemporary American giants like Roy Ayers or Bobby Hutcherson at the time! The work here is a great summation of Lee's best moments on record during an incredibly fruitful period – a time when he was really stretching out on hip, soulful styles that included some strong undercurrents of funk and modal jazz – all with this fresh, inventive approach to rhythm that would have made most of these cuts right at home in the hippest side of the MPS universe of the time – but which never saw much exposure at the time, due to the poor circulation of Australian jazz records, which were only pressed up in small amounts and rarely left the continent. The folks at Jazzman have done a really wonderful job here – adding in notes on Lee's career – and picking amazing cuts that include "Love Song", "Bailero", "Sunflower", "Enchanted Lady", "Sketch", "Bachianas Brasileiras No 5", and "Dance Of The Adolescents". CD features four bonus tracks, numbers that are a bit more funk and groove-related – "Flying Saucer", "World Is A Ghetto", "Comin Home Baby", and "Moanin". CD

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Lou LevyLou Levy Plays Baby Grand Jazz ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1958. Used ... $19.99
Given that a busty babe is leaning into the left side of the piano keyboard on the cover, we'd almost expect Lou Levy to focus mostly on the lighter notes on the right – but instead, he really opens up with some great deep notes on the cover, and takes the album far past anything you might expect! Levy's a really subtle player, one who never overstates his obvious ear for modern tones and musical elements – but he's really got a way of bringing them into his music in ways you wouldn't expect – either in the way he shapes a note on the mellower cuts, or comes up with a groove on the more lively ones. There's none of the flowery sounds you might expect from the "baby grand" title – and instead, Lou is in very comfortable territory – working in trio format with the great Max Bennett on bass, and drummer Gus Johnson – on titles that include "Little Girl", "Undecided", "The Gypsy", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "I've Found A New Baby", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". CD
(SHM-CD pressing, includes obi.)

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Herbie MannNew Mann At Newport ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. Used ... $19.99
Herbie Mann returns to the stage at the Newport Jazz Festival – but opens up in ways that are even hipper than some of his other material from that scene! The tracks here are quite long – driven by some great rhythms from Carlos Patao Valdez, and featuring round, rolling basslines from the mighty Reggie Workman. And in addition to Herbie's own smoking work on flute, the set also features great young trumpet from Jimmy Owens – whose bold style here really gives the record a nice sort of depth. The set features four tracks from Newport, plus one more studio number with Attila Zoller on guitar – and titles include "Project S", "Scratch", "She's A Carioca", and "All Blues". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ John MayallJazz Blues Fusion ... LP
Polydor, 1972. Very Good- ... $5.99
The title certainly gets it right – as the album definitely brings a bit of jazz into the mix for the great John Mayall – given that the set features strong work from funky jazz heavyweights Blue Mitchell on trumpet and Freddy Robinson on guitar! Both are musicians that we love for their late 60s records on their own, and they work mighty nicely here with Mayall in a live setting – alongside heavy saxes from Clifford Solomon, and lots of great guitar, harmonica, and piano from John Mayall himself! The style is still more blues than jazz, but definitely shows an expanding style past the more slavish roots of Mayall's early years – especially reflecting his new interaction with the American scene after the breakup of the Blues Breakers. The first side of the album features a live set from Boston – and includes "Country Road", "Mess Around", "Good Time Boogie", and "Change Your Ways" – side two is from New York shows, and features three longish tracks – "Dry Throat", "Exercise In C Major", and "Got To Be This Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring and edge wear.)

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Monday MichiruJazz Brat ... CD
Verve/Kitty (Germany), 1995. Used ... $2.99
The breakthrough LP that brought Monday Michiru out of Japan, and exposed her work to a new worldwide audience! The record (like so many of her others) features performances by a great array of cool guests, including Cleveland Watkiss, DJ Krush, and Simon Richmond of Palm Skin Productions. The production's very tight, and is a stellar example of the way that Monday mixes jazz funk, soul, and abstract influences into a tight modern soul sound. Loads of great tracks, including "Sunshine After the Rain", "Hold On", "Rainy Daze", "Scat Attack", and "Givin' It". And if our raving comments are not enough, whenever we play this one on the radio in Chicago, we get a massive massive response! CD
(Out of print.)

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Monday Michiru & Toshiko AkioshiJazz Conversations – The Other Side Of Monday Michiru ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
The other side of Monday Michiru – or, more appropriately, the early side of the great soul singer – given that her roots in jazz go very far back, to the time when she was the child of two very famous jazz musicians! This set has Monday reunited with her mother – the legendary pianist Toshiko Akioshi – who works exclusively on piano, in this wonderfully pointed, introspective style – while Monday both sings in a jazz style, and plays flute as well – an instrument she first used on record when she was about ten years old. The reunion is a wonderful one – and while Toshiko's every bit as great as you'd expect, we find ourselves falling in love with Monday even more than before – as her handling of the mellower material is beautiful, and opens up an even more deeply expressive side of her vocals than before. The record's got a bit of added bass and drums at points – and titles include "Frog", "Long Yellow Road", "First Night", "Love & Life", "New Girl In Town", "Broken Dreams", and "Ain't Gonna Ask No More". CD

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Modern Jazz SextetModern Jazz Sextet ... LP
Norgran, 1956. Very Good ... $29.99
That's the Modern Jazz Sextet – not the Modern Jazz Quartet – although the group definitely borrows a bit of energy from the MJQ, and some personnel too! The group was only put together for this date – and combines the subtle touches of MJQ members John Lewis on piano and Percy Heath on bass, with some harder-edged, hardbop-driven sounds from Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Sonny Stitt on alto, Skeeter Best on guitar, and Charlie Persip on drums! The set's got an open, easygoing feel – that loose Verve studio mode of the time – which stems from their jam session modes, but is a bit tighter overall – in ways that really help the players find their energy together in the tunes. Titles include 2 standards, in the usual Verve style – "Mean To Me" and a ballad medley of "Old Folks", "What's New" and "How Deep Is The Ocean" – plus 3 originals – "Blues For Bird", "Tour De Force", and "Dizzy Meets Sonny". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Verve pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove! Cover has a small bit of tape on the top seam, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetThree Windows ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Sealed ... $4.99
A set that shows that none of the group's imagination or talent had dimmed over the years – and the core quartet of John Lewis on piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums are joined by The New York Chamber Symphony, who are a small string-based group who slide in and out of the jazz-based grooves with an inventive range of colors and sounds! The album's hardly a "jazz with strings" sort of date – and instead, the strings are nicely integrated with a fluidly creative approach – in the mode of some of the more experimental string quartets that were showing up at the time. Titles include "Kansas City Breaks", "Three Windows", "Encounter In Cagnes", and the "Day In Dubrovnik" suite. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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