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✨✧ Carl Stone/Paul Dresher/Maggi Payne/Paul DeMarinis/Laetitia De Compiegne SonamiAnother Coast 00 New Works From The West ... CD
Music & Arts, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Willie & West/New SoundsWillie & West Meet The New Sounds (Willie & West At Their Best/New Sounds/bonus tracks) ... CD
Stang/Outta Sight (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare soul galore – a pair of totally rare albums, plus bonus tracks too! First up is Willie & West At Their Best – a killer of a soul album from the New Jersey underground! This is the same Willie from Willie & The Mighty Magnificents – working here with singer West, who he supposedly started out with. The pair have a style that's a bit like some of the sock-soul duos of the 60s – but they're also willing to let each other take the lead from time to time, singing in a deep soul style that belies their Augusta, Georgia roots! The album's nice and raw – a rare soul gem with a rough and ready heart that keeps it strong over the years. Titles include "Can You Hear The Voices", "The Will", "Beautiful Party", "Deep Down In Your Soul", "You & Me", "Key To My Happiness", and "Watch Yourself". The next album by The New Sounds is some of the deepest soul ever cut by the All Platinum family of labels – done by a vocal group who were contemporaries of The Moments and Whatnauts, but who sang with an even grittier sound overall! There's definitely some sweet New Jersey touches on the set, but some tracks also bring in a bit of a southern soul element too – a nice sense of raspiness on the vocals that's a completely charming combination with the spare instrumentation and rough-edged production! The album's exactly the kind we keep digging rare soul for – and it's a lost treasure from the early 70s east coast group scene – with cuts that include "Don't Take Your Love From Me", "Two Of A Kind", "Sweet Memories", "Having You Around", "Moving", "Tell Me Your Name", and "Just As I Am". CD also features 2 bonus tracks from Willie & West – "Attica Massacre" and "Nobody's Fault But Mine" – and one more bonus track from Robert Tanner, "Sweet Memories". CD
 
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DJ Houz' MonHouz'Mon Got A Brand New Houz' – Watch Out/U-R/SetMeFree/I Need U/Final Frontier ... 12-inch
Hard West, Mid/Late 90s. Very Good ... $11.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Andrew CombsIdeal Man ... CD
New West, 2019. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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John Hiatt & The GonersBeneath This Gruff Exterior ... CD
New West, 2003. Used ... $3.99
... CD

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Dan Luke & the RaidOut Of The Blue ... CD
New West, 2019. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Corb LundCover Your Tracks ... CD
New West, 2019. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Buddy & Julie MillerWritten In Chalk ... CD
New West, 2009. Used ... $4.99
... CD

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✨✧ ReplacementsSongs For Slim ... 12-inch
New West, 2013. Very Good+ ... $8.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Red vinyl pressing.)

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Steve TyrellSong For You ... CD
East West/New Design, 2018. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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✨✧ Fats DominoLive From Austin TX ... CD
New West, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ PylonCool/Dub (red vinyl pressing) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... 7-inch
DB/New West, 1981. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic work from one of the coolest bands on the Athens scene at the start of the 80s – a combo who've got a great sense of the bassline and a slight current of funk – which makes the whole thing almost feel a lot more like an early Rough Trade single than you might expect! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(40th Anniversary limited edition red vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ JD McPhersonHolly, Carol, Candy & Joy/Red Bows (For A Blue Girl) (colored vinyl pressing) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... 7-inch
New West, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited "Snow Globe" colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ Richard ThompsonCold Blue – Original Motion Picture Score (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP
New West, 2019. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The folk rock legend's original score for the war documentary The Cold Blue. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition "Cold" blue vinyl!)

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✨✧ GlandsI Can See My House From Here (Double Thriller/Glands/Double Coda) ... LP
New West, 1996/2000/2018. Near Mint- 5LP Box Set ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Aaron Lee TasjanKarma For Cheap ... CD
New West, 2018. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Punch through barcode.)
 
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✨✧ Herb GellerFire In The West (aka Herb Geller) ... LP
Jubilee, 1957. Very Good+ ... $22.99
A gem of a record – easily one of Herb Geller's best, and a set that definitely has the "fire" promised in the title! There's a bite to the record we really love – a quality in Geller's tone that really blows us away – and which has had us going back and re-evaluating his career after hearing this set. Part of the strength is the setting – a nicely dark vibe, typical to some of the other Jubilee jazz sessions of the time – played by a lineup that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Harold Land on tenor, Lou Levy on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Lawrence Marable on bass – an ensemble that have a fuller punch than some of Geller's other groups in the 60s. The track's are easily grooving hardbop numbers – nearly all originals, and handled with a style that's much more New York oriented than you'd expect from Geller's west coast roots. Titles include "S'Pacific View", "The Fruit", "Marable Eyes", "Melrose & Sam", and "An Air For The Heir". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small black label stereo pressing – in beautiful shape!)

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John GraasJohn Graas French Horn Jazz – Opening The Door To A New Sound (10 inch LP) ... LP
Trend, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $24.99
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 has some edge wear.)

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Woody HermanWoody Live – East & West ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Woody recorded on 2 coasts – in New York and San Francisco – with smaller than usual groups of hip players that include Dusko Goykovich, Don Rader, Sal Nistico, Steve Marcus, and Bill Watrous. Woody himself plays soprano and alto sax in addition to his usual clarinet – and the set's got some hip numbers like "Cousins", "The Preacher", "Free Again", and "Waltz For A Hung-Up Ballet Mistress". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a tracklist sticker.)

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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

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✨✧ Anthony OrtegaNew Dance (plus Permutations) ... CD
Revelation/Hatology (Switzerland), 1966/1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the clearest moments of brilliance ever from saxophonist Anthony Ortega – an album that should stand as one of THE avant jazz albums of the 60s, but which is sadly often overlooked! Although Ortega first rose to fame quickly in the 50s, his talents were often used in larger backing ensembles and studio work in the 60s – and this rare date for Revelation Records is one of the few times he got to express himself freely in the studio – bursting out with a free sense of expression and energy that lies somewhere in the space between Jimmy Giuffre, Marion Brown, and Anthony Braxton! The setting is free, but Ortega often shows a Giuffre-like sense of rhythm and timing, even at the sparest moments – and the rasp in his tone recalls the gentle soulfulness of Brown at his most expressive – touched by some of the greater complexities of Braxton's early approach to the sound of the alto. Accompaniment is by Bobby West on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums on some numbers – and simply by Chuck Domanico on bass on others. CD features both the New Dance and Permutations LPs for Revelation – with titles that include "New Dance 1 & 2", "Tis Autumn", "My Buddy", "G The Key", "I Love You", "Conversation Piece", "Sentimentalize", and "Shadow Of Your Smile" – played like you've never heard before! CD
(Out of print early pressing.)

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Village PeopleGo West ... CD
Casablanca, 1979. Used ... $3.99
The only "west" these guys have gone is the West Village – the home of their aesthetic, and a post-Stonewall playground that was getting very firmly noticed by the mainstream by this point! The album's their last big one for Casablanca – and features arrangements from Horace Ott, who gives the record a surprisingly soulful core in the grooves – something that's also enforced by the production at the New York branch of Sigma Sound! Titles include the massive hit "In The Navy", plus the tracks "Go West", "Citizens Of The World", "I Wanna Shake Your Hand", "Manhattan Woman", and "Get Away Holiday". CD

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West LinersModern Jazz Screen Mood ... LP
Columbia (Japan), Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $24.99
One of those cool Japanese jazz albums from the 60s – a mini-genre of work that seemed to take off on the French jazz soundtrack modes of the new wave years, and take it in a whole new direction! Titles include "Melodie En Sous Sol", "Le Grisbi", "Des Femmes Disparaissent", "Blues De Memphis", "Man With The Golden Arm", and "Liaisons Dangereuses". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is clean, but has some light surface marks. Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall.)

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VariousAfrica Boogaloo – The Latinization Of West Africa ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
A long-overdue collection of work – one that really gets at the unusual appearance of Latin rhythms on the African scene of the postwar years! Latin sounds from Africa are nothing new, but they're one of those things that's always taken for granted, too – kind of assumed in most discussions of the rhythms from the 60s onward, but never explained as fully as might be needed! Given the already-great grooves going down on the continent for generations, it's surprising that African musicians might pick up styles from Cuba and the Caribbean – yet due to the vagaries of global cultural circulation, that's exactly what happened – and the music has never been the same ever since. This really well-done package offers up a range of tracks from the 50s through the 70s – showing some of the earliest African extrapolations of Latin styles – clearly enforcing the "Afro" in Afro-Cuban rhythms – then moving onto some later grooves that offer up some funkier styles too. The work's a bridge between the ethnographic sets on Honest Jons, and some of the tighter grooves you might find on a Soul Jazz collection – a wonderful blend of music, packaged beautifully too. Titles include "A Moins Que Namikosa" by Orchestra OK Jazz, "Rampa Rampa" by Orchestre Yaya Mas, "Quiero Wapacha" by Charles Lembe, "Ven Y Ven Y Ven" by Orchestre OK Jazz, "Vamos A Bailar" by Rio Band, "Guantanamo" by Laba Sosseh, "On Verra Ca" by Orchestre Baobab, "Mi Guajeo" by Orchestre N'Guewel, "N'Niyo" by Amara Toure, "Il N'Est Jamais Trop Tard" by Pierre Tchana & Orchestre Poly Rhythmo, "Africa Boogaloo" by Le Grande Kalle with Don Gonzalo & Manu Dibango, and "Adigbedoto" by Gnonnas Pedro. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLA's Unsung – Nimbus West Compilation ... CD
Nimbus, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
A very fitting title for a really wonderful compilation – one that features tracks from the catalog of the legendary Nimbus Records label, home to some of the most creative work in the Los Angeles scene at the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s! Nimbus' main star talent was pianist Horace Tapscott – and the label recorded work by many in Tapscott's creative circle at the time, a rich blend of many different jazz talents, many of whom are still sadly "unsung" even years later. The energy here is similar to the Chicago AACM scene, the St Louis style of the early 70s, or some of the New York loft jazz recordings of the mid 70s – but the Nimbus scene is also characterized by a stronger modal sound, one that creates a lot more rhythmic pulsing in the music, giving many of the tunes on the set a pronounced groove that easily helps them span time and location. Titles in clude "UGMAAGER" by Nate Morgan, "Question" by Jesse Sharps, "Prayer Of Happiness" by Billie Harris, "Mrafu" by Nate Morgan, "Calvary" by Dadisi Komolafe, "Same Shame" by Ricky Kelley, and "Raphael" by Roberto Miranda. CD

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✨✧ Bobby BroomUpper West Side Story ... CD
Origin, 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful albums we've heard in years from guitarist Bobby Broom – a wonderfully poetic, picturesque set that really lives up to its title! We've known Bobby for years as a Chicagoan, but he's a New Yorker by birth – and really pays great tribute to his hometown in this well-crafted set of trio tracks – tunes that stretch out with evocative lines that go way past the usual sounds we know from Broom – all original numbers that are filled with lyrical lines, but also have a confident swing that's all New York, all the way! Bobby's tone is wonderful – that raspy style that's always made him one of the best heirs to the Grant Green legacy on guitar – almost even more amazing here in the spare company of Dennis Carroll on bass, and either Kobie Watkins or Makaya McCraven on drums. Titles include "Fambroscious", "Minor Major Mishap", "D's Blues", "After Words", "When The Falling Leaves", "Father", and "Call Me A Cab". CD
(Promo sticker over barcode.)

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✨✧ Harold LandEastward Ho! – Harold Land In New York ... LP
Jazzland, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great record – and easily one of Harold Land's best! The session brings Land in from the west coast, and records him in New York with his regular rhythm combo that included the great Amos Trice on piano, Clarence Jones on bass, and Joe Peters on drums. But, added to that quartet is the wonderful Kenny Dorham on trumpet – blowing with a sweetly soulful sound that really opens up the groove – and which sounds wonderful next to Land's raspy edge on the tenor! The tracks are all quite long, and the overall approach is nice and hard, with some mighty fierce solos by Land and Dorham. Titles include "Okay Blues", "So In Love", "Slowly", and "Triple Trouble". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label Orpheum Productions pressing.)

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✨✧ Bud Shank with Carmell JonesNew Groove ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1961. Very Good+ ... Temporarily 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
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing with deep groove! Cover has some marker on the back.)

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✨✧ Lee WileyWest Of The Moon ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great set of torchy ballads from Lee Wiley – a singer who virtually helped invent the genre on record with her classic sets for Columbia Records! This album's done a few years after those – and features backings by Ralph Burns, who brings a fair bit more sentimental moments to his work here than you might expect from some of his other more modern outings. The proceedings have a nice touch of jazz – thanks to players who include Urbie Green on trombone, Nick Travis on trumpet, and Moe Wechsler on piano – and although Lee's vocals have a slightly aging quality, that only serves to help the fragile emotions of the best numbers in the set. Titles include "You're A Sweetheart", "This Is New", "Who Can I Turn To Now?", "My Ideal", "Limehouse Blues", "I Left My Sugar Standing In The Rain", and "Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ RhymefestBrand New (radio, inst, club, club acapella) ... 12-inch
Allido/J Records, 2005. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
The nice single from Chi alumni Rhymefest – featuring superstar Kanye West. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a J sleeve.)

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Robert AshleyPrivate Parts ... LP
Lovely, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
One of the most important records from composer Robert Ashley – and one that's got a compact approach that helped it circulate a lot more than some of Ashley's larger operas! This piece is very much like those – with Ashley's unique spoken approach – part poetry, part performance art – but the sound is more stripped-down, and in the spirit of the young downtown New York generation of Laurie Anderson and Phillip Glass – served up with great instrumental help from contemporary Blue Gene Tyranny, who plays piano, moog, and clavinet – with some additional tablas for accompaniment! The whole thing was recorded at the important Center For Contemporary Music on the west coast, at Mills College – and is almost a Bay Area answer to some of the more compelling art records from the New York scene. The record is divided into 2 parts – "The Park" and "The Backyard" – both filled with a hypnotic mix of voice, keyboards, and tablas! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sidiku BuariFeelings In Africa/Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters ... CD
Precious/BBE (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
A pair of rare records by Sidiku Buari – issued back to back on a single CD! Feelings is a record that was issued on the tiny Precious label – home to only two Buari albums in its tiny catalog – and the set follows strongly on the work that Sidiku recorded in New York during the 70s, records that were initially issued just under his last name! The groove on some tracks is full of early 80s NYC touches – sweet electro keyboards that provide some great middle-ground shocks to the tunes – while beats crackle crispy at the bottom, and Buari sings these slinky soul vocals that are a lot more American than you'd guess from the Ghanaian recording of the album. But other numbers have more of a West Africa vibe – that updating of older modes that was taking place in Nigeria too. Titles include "Music", "Feelings", "Anowar", and "Yayo Papa". Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters has a groove that definitely lives up to its name – a sweet 80s crackle with lots of tunes that jam in an old school funk style – keyboards, basslines, and rhythms right on the money – in a great Transatlantic bridge between Ghana and New York City! The set begins with the super-funky "Let's Go To Funky Town" – a tune with a break on the intro to rival some of the best funky club work of the time – and the vibe continues strongly through the rest of the set, on titles that include "Sophisticated Jammer", "Power To My People", "Rhythm Of Africa", "Minsumobo", and "Karambani". CD
Also available Feelings In Africa/Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters ... LP 24.99

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Sidiku BuariFeelings In Africa/Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters ... LP
Precious/BBE (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 29.99
A pair of rare records by Sidiku Buari – issued back to back on a single CD! Feelings is a record that was issued on the tiny Precious label – home to only two Buari albums in its tiny catalog – and the set follows strongly on the work that Sidiku recorded in New York during the 70s, records that were initially issued just under his last name! The groove on some tracks is full of early 80s NYC touches – sweet electro keyboards that provide some great middle-ground shocks to the tunes – while beats crackle crispy at the bottom, and Buari sings these slinky soul vocals that are a lot more American than you'd guess from the Ghanaian recording of the album. But other numbers have more of a West Africa vibe – that updating of older modes that was taking place in Nigeria too. Titles include "Music", "Feelings", "Anowar", and "Yayo Papa". Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters has a groove that definitely lives up to its name – a sweet 80s crackle with lots of tunes that jam in an old school funk style – keyboards, basslines, and rhythms right on the money – in a great Transatlantic bridge between Ghana and New York City! The set begins with the super-funky "Let's Go To Funky Town" – a tune with a break on the intro to rival some of the best funky club work of the time – and the vibe continues strongly through the rest of the set, on titles that include "Sophisticated Jammer", "Power To My People", "Rhythm Of Africa", "Minsumobo", and "Karambani". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Feelings In Africa/Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters ... CD 13.99

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Al Cohn, Phil Woods, Kenny Dorham, and othersBirdland Stars On Tour Vol 2 ... LP
RCA, 1956. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A really great little live jazz date from the mid 50s – one that features a unique pairing of east and west coast players, working together as part of a Birdland Stars package tour! The group's an exceptionally balanced one – with players who are all strong enough to work together seamlessly, but who each bring together something different to the date – especially in the blend of west coast cool and east coast hot that comes up during some of the horn passages! Trumpets are by Kenny Dorham and Conte Candoli, tenor by Al Cohn, alto by Phil Woods, piano by Hank Jones, bass by John Simmons, and drums by Kenny Clarke – and with a balance like that, there's probably a bit more "east" than "west" on the set – but that's ok with us! The style is similar to some of the RCA work cut by Cohn or Woods, but a lot more open overall – tracks that are looser and less arranged, with some really great room for solos. Titles include "Hip Boots!", "For Kicks Only", "Ah Funky New Baby", and "Conte's Condolences". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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John ColtraneColtrane's Sound ... LP
Atlantic, 1960/1966. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the more obscure John Coltrane albums for Atlantic – but a beautiful batch of spiritual numbers that really show him pushing towards the sound of A Love Supreme! The date on the album's 1966, but the material was recorded earlier – in that key turning point year of 1960, when Coltrane really started to let loose with his new ideas – ideas so fresh, in fact, that they might have kept this record from getting released at the time! The group here features piano from McCoy Tyner, drums from Elvin Jones, and bass from Steve Davis – an oft-overlooked talent who did some amazing work with Coltrane during this brief time. The tracks are open, flowing, and filled with imagination – and Coltrane works both on tenor and soprano sax, on titles that include "Liberia", "Equinox", "Satellite", "Central Park West", and a classic reading of "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram stereo pressing on Rhino.)

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CymandeCymande ... LP
Janus, 1972. Very Good- Gatefold ... $34.99
The fantastic first album by one of the most unique funk groups of all time! A key part of the crumbling British colonial network that produced some excellent music in the postwar years, Cymande was comprised mostly of West Indians who'd emigrated to England in the 60s, eventually meeting up under a shared musical vision – a completely new blend of funk, dub, jazz, and soul that was unlike anything else that had been recorded before, save for the work of a few other Brit groups of a similar nature. This first album's one of their greatest – and it's a refreshing batch of tunes that mix together heavy basslines, laidback drumming, and a righteous soul vocal style that's got a bit of a stoner touch. The album includes the group's massive cut "The Message", a bit of a minor hit when it was released (and later sampled quite famously) – plus the funky classics "Dove", "Zion I", "Listen", "Bra", and "Rickshaw". Pick this up, and sample one of the 70's most unique funk groups! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Sterling stamp. Cover has a split seam.)

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Eric DolphyOutward Bound ... CD
New Jazz/OJC, 1960. Used ... $4.99
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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En VogueFunky Divas ... CD
Atlantic/East West, 1992. Used ... $2.99
Funky Divas is right – as this classic album by En Vogue is one that had the group really redefining the sound of girl group soul for a whole new generation! The girls do a wonderful job of blending together hip hop beats and warmer mainstream soul – at a level that marked one of the key bridges between R&B and hip hop in the 90s – almost making the group kind of a trans-generational healing force in African American music. After all these years the beats are still pretty great, and the vocals even better – and titles include "My Lovin (You're Never Gonna Get It)", "Free Your Mind", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", "Give It UpTurn It Loose", "Hooked On Your Love", "Love Don't Love You", "This Is Your Life", "Desire", "Hip Hop Lover", and "It Ain't Over Till The Fat Lady Sings". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Tompall GlaserAnother Log On The Fire – Hilbilly Central 2 (Tompall Sings The Songs Of Shel Silverstein/Great Tompall & His Outlaw Band/bonus tracks) ... CD
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Two seminal 70s albums from Tompall Glaser – both recorded during the time he was one of the real outlaws working on the Nashville scene! On Sings The Songs Of Shel Silverstein, Tompall takes a page from the book of Bobby Bare – singing songs penned by the always-witty Shel, who'd made a surprising move to country music with a hit for Johnny Cash, which was followed by a really great run of material that helped both transform the Nashville sound, and also give it a different sort of sense of humor. Unlike Bare and some of Shel's other 70s interpreters, Glaser has this naturally blue-tinged sort of vocal sound – which really brings a different spirit to the music – maybe echoing some of the more melancholy qualities of tunes that include "I Ain't Lookin For Answers Anymore", "Musical Chairs", "Grab A Hold", "Echoes", "Old New Orleans Custom", "If I'm There", and "Put Another Log On The Fire". The Great Tompall is a seminal set from Tompall Glaser – one that has him rising up from the Nashville underground, to hit the same sort of territory that was making Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings huge at the time! Like both of those singers, Glaser had spent years trying to make music work under other folks' directions – and had really broken off and found his own sort of path, with a spirit that really comes through here – on a record that definitely sounds unlike anyone else at the time. Tracks include new versions of some country classics, a few from the pen of Shel Silverstein, and a few more surprises along the way. Titles include "When It's Gone It's Gone Girl", "The Hunger", "West Canturbury Subdivision Blues", "I Can't Remember", "Time Changes Everything", and "If I'd Only Come & Gone". CD also features the bonus tracks from a single – "Loving You Again" and "T For Texas". CD

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Chico Hamilton/Elmer BernsteinSweet Smell Of Success ... CD
Decca/El (UK), 1957. Used ... $9.99
A jazz soundtrack double-header – one that features both the small combo and larger band version of the soundtrack to The Sweet Smell Of Success! The first half of the CD features the Chico Hamilton Quintet's album of music – a wonderful bit of cinematic jazz from the 50s. The combo was a key part of the LA scene at the time, but are oddly featured as a regular club act in the movie's New York setting – but we'll gladly forgive that geographic error, given that the music on the set is so great. The quality's a bit like some of the Hamilton Quintet work on World Pacific – but there's a slightly freer, more urgent feel here too – work that's sometimes somewhat driving, and beautifully blended from the guitar of John Pisano, clarinet of Paul Horn, cello of Fred Katz, piano of Carson Smith, and drums from Chico. Side one features a lot of short incidental cuts – like "Susan", "Cheek To Chico", "Jam", and "Night Beat" – and side 2 is an extended "Concerto Of Jazz Themes From The Soundtrack Of Sweet Smell Of Success". The second half of the CD features the full orchestral version of the Sweet Smell Of Success soundtrack – but done in a style that's almost as jazzy and swinging as the small combo one! Elmer Bernstein's at the helm here – and the music's a wonderful pastiche of modes that's right up there with his sublime score for The Man With The Golden Arm – done in a similar blend of driving jazz, somber moments, and some slightly more raucous touches! As with that album, the players are all great – and soloists on the album include Pete Candoli, Ted Nash, and Shelly Manne – west coast players despite the New York setting of the film, and playing here with a fair bit of grit in their groove. Titles include "The Street", "Hot Dogs & Juice", "Toots Shor's Blues", "Nite Spot Rock", "Love Scene", and "Out Of Darkness". CD
(Out of print.)

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Aleke KanonuAleke (with bonus tracks) ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
A really unique project from the end of the 70s – a set that takes some of the Afro Funk energy that was bubbling in West Africa during the decade, then mixes it with some funky jazz touches arranged by the great William S Fischer! The mix of cultures comes out perfectly – with no forced for fake modes at all – as Aleke Kanonu plays lots of percussion and sings in a variety of languages – alongside a group that features Bad Bascomb on bass, Milt Ward on trumpet, George Davis on guitar, Earl McIntyre on trombone, and Fischer on tenor, organ, and a host of keyboards! Bascomb's basslines are great – and really hold the whole record together at the bottom – with a bad-stepping jazz funk core that allows Aleke plenty of freedom in his performance, on long tracks that stretch out with a hell of a lot of creativity and warmly collaborative energy. Tracks include "N'Gwode", "Keep New York Clean", "Mother's Day", and "Home Sweet Home". CD features bonus tracks "Happiness" and "Nwanne Nwanne Nwanne". CD

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Carrie LucasCarrie Lucas – The Solar & Constellation Albums (Simply Carrie/Street Corner Symphony/In Danceland/Portrait Of Carrie/Still In Love/Horsin Around) (3CD set) ... CD
Solar/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977/1978/1979/1980/1982/1984. New Copy 3 CDs ... $24.99
A huge collection of work from Carrie Lucas – one of the biggest stars of the legendary Solar Records during the late 70s – a really sweet-voiced singer, best known for her catchy dancefloor groovers! At one level, Carrie was a west coast disco diva who rivaled the strengths of New York singers on some of the smaller labels – but at another level, Carrie had a style that was steeped in older traditions of female soul – almost an update of some of the sweeter sounds of the 60s, into a more modern and sophisticated (and danceable) idiom. The work here is a bit New York club and catchy than the LA soul of other Solar artists of the time – and the rhythms are often full and upbeat, touched with strutting, stepping instrumentation to get the groove going right away! But given that the set features six full albums, there's also a lot more depth, too – and the whole thing features the records Simply Carrie, Street Corner Symphony, In Danceland, Portrait Of Carrie, Still In Love, and Horsin Around – all in a box set, with a huge booklet of notes. 47 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Miriam MakebaPata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba ... LP
Reprise, Late 60s. Sealed ... $14.99
A huge breakthrough moment for Miriam Makeba – a South African singer who'd been bringing her music to the American scene for a number of years, but really took off in new soulful directions with this album! Previously, Makeba was maybe more confined to the world of folk – mostly recording with acoustic styles in a stripped-down mode – but this record has her soaring on arrangements from American studio talents Jimmy Wisner and Jerry Ragovoy, the latter of whom produced the record too – and mixes in some very hip New York soul modes, and even some larger charts that really expand the sound. The huge hit on the set is "Pata Pata" – a tune that firmly put Makeba in the memory of American music – but the whole album is great overall, and other titles include "Click Song Number 1", "A Piece Of Ground", "West Wind", "Ha Po Zamani", and "Jol'inkomo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Miriam MakebaPata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD
Reprise/Strut (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A huge breakthrough moment for Miriam Makeba – a South African singer who'd been bringing her music to the American scene for a number of years, but really took off in new soulful directions with this album! Previously, Makeba was maybe more confined to the world of folk – mostly recording with acoustic styles in a stripped-down mode – but this record has her soaring on arrangements from American studio talents Jimmy Wisner and Jerry Ragovoy, the latter of whom produced the record too – and mixes in some very hip New York soul modes, and even some larger charts that really expand the sound. The huge hit on the set is "Pata Pata" – a tune that firmly put Makeba in the memory of American music – but the whole album is great overall, and other titles include "Click Song Number 1", "A Piece Of Ground", "West Wind", "Ha Po Zamani", and "Jol'inkomo". CD
(Double-length package – with both mono and stereo mixes of the album!)
Also available Pata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba (mono & stereo mixes) ... LP 26.99

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Miriam MakebaPata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba (mono & stereo mixes) ... LP
Reprise/Strut (UK), 1967. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $26.99 28.99
A huge breakthrough moment for Miriam Makeba – a South African singer who'd been bringing her music to the American scene for a number of years, but really took off in new soulful directions with this album! Previously, Makeba was maybe more confined to the world of folk – mostly recording with acoustic styles in a stripped-down mode – but this record has her soaring on arrangements from American studio talents Jimmy Wisner and Jerry Ragovoy, the latter of whom produced the record too – and mixes in some very hip New York soul modes, and even some larger charts that really expand the sound. The huge hit on the set is "Pata Pata" – a tune that firmly put Makeba in the memory of American music – but the whole album is great overall, and other titles include "Click Song Number 1", "A Piece Of Ground", "West Wind", "Ha Po Zamani", and "Jol'inkomo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Double-length package – with both mono and stereo mixes of the album!)
Also available Pata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD 13.99

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Shelly ManneNavy Swings! ... CD
Studio West, 1960s. Used ... $6.99
Proof again that Shelly Manne in the 60s was a heck of a great thing – as the sound here is far different, and greatly expanded than any of Manne's more famous work in the cool jazz scene of the 50s! Shelly's working here on a variety of unusual tunes recorded for the Navy Swings radio show at the time – done between 1961 and 1970, with a variety of excellent horn men that include Frank Strozier, Richie Kamuca, John Gross, and Conte Candoli – all of whom, like Shelly, were growing into a new world of rhythms, tones, and colors that showed up in their work in beautiful ways. There's a few tunes here that still capture an older Manne mode, but mostly the styles are shifting towards the more flowing, open, and introspective sounds that appeared on Shelly's later Contemporary albums, or his gems for Atlantic. 23 tracks in all – and titles include "Morris Minor", "Frank's Tune", "March Of The Siamese Children", "A Gem From Tiffany", "Teef", "Steve", "Fan Tan", "The Breeze & I", "The Navy Swings", and "Easy High-Flying Phyllis". CD

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Shelly ManneSwinging Sounds – Shelly Manne & His Men Vol 4 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... $13.99
Charlie Mariano was one of the best things to ever happen to Shelly Manne – as the young altoist's icy talent was a perfect match for Manne's west coast cool, but his Boston soul really added a lot more emotional depth than had ever been previously recorded on some of Manne's sessions. This obscure album, one of a few that Mariano cut with Manne, is a real gem. It's got the group grooving in tight cool boppish format, but Mariano's alto cuts across the lines of playing to take things to a whole new dimension. Titles include "The Dart Game", "A Gem From Tiffany", "Slan", "Doxy", and "Parthenia". CD
(Out of print.)

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Shelly ManneSwinging Sounds – Shelly Manne & His Men Vol 4 ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Charlie Mariano was one of the best things to ever happen to Shelly Manne – as the young altoist's icy talent was a perfect match for Manne's west coast cool, but his Boston soul really added a lot more emotional depth than had ever been previously recorded on some of Manne's sessions. This obscure album, one of a few that Mariano cut with Manne, is a real gem. It's got the group grooving in tight cool boppish format, but Mariano's alto cuts across the lines of playing to take things to a whole new dimension. Titles include "The Dart Game", "A Gem From Tiffany", "Slan", "Doxy", and "Parthenia". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing in a red letter cover.)

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Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 2 ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Near Mint- ... $49.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this second volume include "Step Lightly", "Vamp's Blues", and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove.)

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Warne MarshJazz Of Two Cities ... CD
EMI/Liberty (Japan), 1956. Used ... $14.99
A killer set of 50s modern jazz – a bridge between the east coast small combo style of New York, and the cooler sound of the west in LA – hence the two cities in the title! The album's one of the best early moments from tenorist Warne Marsh – a set that ranks right up there with his best Atlantic material from the same stretch – and which has him blowing alongside additional tenor from Ted Brown – in a manner that's a lot like Ted's classic album on Vanguard! The rhythm section has a nice sense of space and modern charm – with Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Jeff Morton on drums – but the real star is Marsh out front – blowing in a mode that's clear, clean, and simple, but with an edge that was missing from most of his contemporaries! Titles include "Smog Eyes", "Quintessence", "Jazz Of Two Cities", "I Never Knew", and "Lover Man". CD
(Out of print, early 90's pressing.)

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✨✧ Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound ... LP
Delmark, 1966. Very Good+ ... $34.99
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 7 West Grand pressing with Sample stamp. Cover has some wear and aging, with some pen and small stains on back.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetThird Stream Music ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A seminal album that defined the fresh sound of a whole new generation in jazz – that "third stream" movement that was different from the cool jazz of the west coast, and the fire of New York! The style here follows that same mix of jazz and higher-concept elements you'd hear on other Modern Jazz Quartet albums for Atlantic – but the music is expanded here with some great help from outside parties too. The Jimmy Giuffre trio join the quartet on most of side one – adding in Jimmy's snakey clarinet and Jim Hall's fluid guitar lines for a really fresh take on the MJQ groove. The remainder of the album brings in the Beaux Arts String Quartet – who shade in the mix of vibes and piano with these dark strains that are really beautiful – and bring even more drama than usual to the music. Titles include "Da Capo", "Fine", "Exposure", "Sketch", and "Conversation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing.)

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk In Person (At Town Hall/Plus Two At The Blackhawk) ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
A pair of classic live albums! First up is Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall – a unique large group effort from Thelonious Monk – but one that bristles with all the angular energy of his other great work for Riverside! The group here is a tentet – filled with excellent players who include Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Robert Northern, and Charlie Rouse – all supported by rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums, possibly one of the key factors for the success of the record! The album's comprised of Monk classics like "Little Rootie Tootie", "Thelonious", "Friday The 13th", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – all arranged by Hall Overton, a little-remembered modernist from the 50s, but one with a keen dedication towards pushing new sounds from old formats! Overton really keeps the spirit of Monk's music intact here – penning charts that allow for plenty of solo space and the kind of cross-trading lines you'd hear in some of Monk's best multi-horn small group sides for Riverside! Next is Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two At The Blackhawk – a stunning pre-Columbia session from Thelonious Monk – a really great live date that has Monk's familiar quartet augmented by west coast players Joe Gordon on trumpet and Harold Land on tenor! Given that Charlie Rouse is already in the group on tenor, the addition of Land's horn makes for a very soulful set – and Gordon's one of those players we love whenever we get a chance to hear him on record, which isn't that often, given how few sessions he cut! Other players include John Ore on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – and titles include "Four In One", "Let's Call This", and "Worry Later". LP, Vinyl record album
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Wes MontgomeryEchoes Of Indiana Avenue ... CD
Resonance, 1957/1958. Used ... $10.99
A treasure trove of lost work from Wes Montgomery – very early recordings done in his native Indianapolis, and packaged with a great book of vintage photos as well! The set offers a key look at Wes' music before he moved onto greater fame out west – a great slice of sounds that are closest to his small combo work for Riverside, but which have an even homier feel overall thanks to the presence of some live performances mixed in with the studio sessions! Recording quality is great throughout, and tapes have been very lovingly restored – making the package way more than just a relic, and more a whole new listening experience from the early years of Wes – a magnificent way to hear that legendary tone, already full-formed at the start. Players include some real stalwarts from the Indy scene – including Mel Rhyne on both piano and organ, Earl Van Riper on piano, and on one track, brothers Buddy Montgomery on bass and Monk on piano. Titles include "Diablo's Dance", "Take The A Train", "Nica's Dream", "Round Midnight", "After Hours Blues", and "Misty". 22 page book comes with loads of photos and great essays! CD

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Phineas NewbornGreat Jazz Piano Of Phineas Newborn Jr ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1962. Used ... $6.99
Wonderfully romping work from Phineas Newborn – and a great showcase for the harder side of his sound on the piano, something that didn't always show up on his RCA albums of the 50s! The style here has plenty of bluesy overtones – not in a cliched soul jazz way, but in an earthy mode that's natural and spontaneous – thanks, possibly, to some excellent rhythm accompaniment from the team of Sam Jones and Louis Hayes, who work with Phineas on side two of the record. Side one features Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Milt Turner – and titles include the originals "Theme For Basie" and "New Blues" – plus versions of "This Here", "Way Out West", "Four", and Bud Powell's "Celia". CD

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Phineas NewbornGreat Jazz Piano Of Phineas Newborn Jr ... LP
Contemporary, 1962. Very Good ... $12.99
Wonderfully romping work from Phineas Newborn – and a great showcase for the harder side of his sound on the piano, something that didn't always show up on his RCA albums of the 50s! The style here has plenty of bluesy overtones – not in a cliched soul jazz way, but in an earthy mode that's natural and spontaneous – thanks, possibly, to some excellent rhythm accompaniment from the team of Sam Jones and Louis Hayes, who work with Phineas on side two of the record. Side one features Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Milt Turner – and titles include the originals "Theme For Basie" and "New Blues" – plus versions of "This Here", "Way Out West", "Four", and Bud Powell's "Celia". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing.)

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Orchestre PailloteOrchestre Paillote – Sous La Direction De Traore Keletigu Vol 1 ... LP
Editions Syliphone Conakry (Guinea), 1967. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The group's showing off a sweet array of saxes, trumpet, congas, and guitar on the front cover of this classic Syllart set – and the music here sparkles in the best Afro-Cuban assemblage of all those parts! The music here soars with that 60s West African love of styles from Havana – that reworking of older rhythmic modes back to the shores of the continent, after time in Cuba influencing that scene, then acting as a perfect vehicle for expression of the new modernity in independent Africa of the post-colonial world of the 60s. Percussion and guitar interweave on some wonderful rhythms for the set – and the saxophone passages alone are worth the price of admission – providing lots of jazzy currents alongside the vocals! Titles include "Diaraby", "Mone Magnin", "Nadia", "Mariama", "Nankoura", "Orchestre Paillote", and "Bandian". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue on Syllart.)

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Buck OwensComplete Capitol Singles 1971 to 1975 ... CD
Capitol/Omnivore, Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 26.98
The final chapter of Buck Owens' singles run at Capitol Records – and a set that's maybe the most interesting of the bunch! After bursting out as an instant success back in the 60s, Buck was struggling a bit on the charts during the following decade – despite, or maybe because of, some huge success on the TV screen. Yet that shift also prompted Owens to really open up his bag, recording some material that was a great change from the straight, tight songs that graced so many of his earlier Capitol singles – a move that includes a fair bit of bluer-tinged material that not only show a whole new side of Buck's personality, but also reflect some of the issues he was struggling with at the time. These are also mixed with a few surprisingly strong novelty singles, and other material that continues to open the bag in a really great way. The 2CD set features 42 tracks in all – including some great lost singles that aren't nearly as well-known as other material – with titles that include "On The Cover Of The Music City News", "Arms Full Of Empty", "The Good Old Days", "Made In Japan", "Full Time Daddy", "You Ain't Gonna Have Ol Buck To Kick Around No More", "Get Out Of Town Before Sundown", "Weekend Daddy", "41st Street Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Great Expectations", "Stony Mountain West Virginia", "Ain't It Amazing Grace", and "I Love You So Much It Hurts". CD

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Geraldo PinoBoogie Fever ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
Late 70s work from Geraldo Pino – the artist who was credited as being one of the first musicians to bring the styles of James Brown to play in West Africa – still grooving hard here at the other end of the decade! The album's got a clubby vibe in parts – the "boogie" that you'd expect from the title – but like some of the best Nigerian efforts of this time, there's a very freewheeling interpretation of the style – so that things are often plenty offbeat, even when you think they're heading into familiar territory – filled with the criss-crossing of rhythms and cultures we love in Pino's other music, and recorded with a very gritty production style overall! The whole thing's plenty damn funky – in a way that matches the best energy of some of the more underground New York club 12" singles of the period – and titles include "Ganja", "Shake Shake Shake", "African Hustle", "Dance For Love", and "Boogie Fever". CD

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✨✧ Pretty ThingsSF Sorrow ... LP
Rare Earth, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A late 60s masterpiece from The Pretty Things – beautifully baroque west coast psych pop, done in a style that links together the headier LA sound of Love with some of the more concept-driven work of the UK scene at the time! There's an undeniable power in the record – an energy that was years ahead of its time, and which has led to the album's rediscovery by a host of new generations. At some points, the instrumentation is simple guitar-based rock – but at others, it's topped off by just the right use of strings, larger orchestrations, and bits borrowed from Indian music! Vocals are bitingly delivered, but never cliched – and titles include "Old Man Going", "Loneliest Person", "SF Sorrow Is Born", "She Says Good Morning", "Death", and "Baron Saturday". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rain ParadeEmergency Third Rail Power Trip (red & yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Enigma/Real Gone, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
An undisputed treasure from the early 80s west coast scene – a trippy little record that was one of the shining jewels in the new psych underground – quite a shift from the LA hardcore sound of a few years before! Yet unlike some of their contemporaries, Rain Parade were hardly copping any sort of easy retro modes – as their approach here is leaner, maybe a bit colder, and almost influenced by post-punk styles in the same way that some of the better UK bands were at the time – almost as if there was a synchronous explosion of fuzzy energy between the group and the Creation Records generation to come. The whole thing holds up wonderfully over the years – maybe even more so, given the passage of time, and the legions of other groups who never made the music this well. Titles include "Talking In My Sleep", "I Look Around", "This Can't Be Today", "Look At Merri", "Saturday's Asylum", and "Kaleidoscope". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on red & yellow starburst vinyl!)

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RogerMany Facets Of Roger/Saga Continues/Unlimited (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Robinsongs (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A trio of albums from Roger – with bonus tracks too! On the first album, there's Many Facets Of Roger – and they're all pretty darn funky! From this vantage point, all we can think of is that Roger Troutman must have had some sort of crystal ball to see into the hip hop sampling future – either that, or he was busy cooking up west coast gangster funk drones in some secret So Cal laboratory! Whatever the case, though, the record's a classic in the Troutman/Zapp catalog – and features a sparkling west coast take on electro – offered up with lots of popping basslines, snapping electric kickdrums, and a truckfull of vocoder! There's also some pretty nice guitar in the mix – especially on the good jazzy groover "Chunk Of Sugar", which sounds like it's from a completely different record. Other tracks include "Maxx Axe", "Do It Roger", "So Ruff, So Tuff", and "Blue". The Saga Continues finds Roger still rocking his trademark effects laden vocals and vamping guitar work into the middle of the decade – with even tighter syncopated percussion, funky keys, and sharp synth bursts – sailing in a killer groove throughout! Roger produced the record along with Larry Troutman – and they bring in Maceo Parker for a horn solo and Ohio Player Billy Beck for keyboards as well! Tracks include a vocoder funk reading of Wilson Pickett's "Midnight Hour", plus "In The Mix", "Play Your Guitar Brother Roger", "The Break Song", "I Keep Trying", "Bucket Of Blood", "T C Song", and "Girl Cut It Out". Unlimited has Roger going for a sound that's maybe even more electro than some of his earlier solo work, at a level that really seems to be pushing the Zapp sound further for the 80s! The style is funky, but touched with lots of elements that have wended their way from indie hip hop up to mainstream soul – all at a level that later acts might fuse together with a bit more warmth, but which still has the starker feel of electro soul in Troutman's hands. Titles include "Thrill Seekers", "I Want To Be You Man", "I Really Want to Be You Man", "Night & Day", and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". Bonus tracks include "Please Come Home For Christmas", "Bedisguitarist-A-Rown", and 7" mixes of "Heard It Through The Grapevine (part 1)", "Do It Roger", "In The Mix", "I Want To Be Your Man", and "Midnight Hour (part 1)". CD

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Jimetta RoseLight Bearer ... LP
Temporary Whatever, 2016. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
LA underground soul from Jimetta Rose – tripped out and intimately soulful at the same time, really a unique vibe, even coming from a scene as progressive of a jazzy hip hop soul scene as creatively unfettered as independent west coast's this far into the new millennium – and produced by kindred spirit Georgia Anne Muldrow. Something about the way the bass rumbles and the beats thump give a hypnotic vibe, with some nice swirling keys and other touches, but it's Jimetta's voice that carries the vibe. Warm and wonderful stuff. Includes "Rhythm Of Life", "Skyscrapers", "Master Of Disguise", "Stargazing", Catch A Vibe", "Surrounded By Company", "Emerald City" and "Welcome To The World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Finally available on vinyl!)

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George RussellJazz Workshop – Reissued By Request ... LP
RCA, 1957. Very Good ... $11.99
Very hip early work from George Russell – a set that's maybe not as high-concept as some of his later records, but which still has a strikingly modern vibe! Russell's trying out some of his new tonal ideas here – and has a group that's very well-chosen for the project – with Art Farmer on trumpet, Hal McKusick on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Barry Galbraith on guitar – all players with just the right sort of color in their tone, able to illustrate George's ideas but still bring a bit of personality to the mix as well. Titles are mostly originals, written with slight touches of whimsy, but less of the indulgence on that front as you'd hear on west coast material – and tracks include "Witch Hunt", "The Sad Sargeant", "Ballad Of Hix Blewitt", "Knights of The Steamtable", "Jack's Blues", and "Night Sound". LP, Vinyl record album
(US mono black label pressing. Cover has some wear and tape along the top seam.)

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George Russell SmalltetJazz Workshop ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1957. Used ... $8.99
Very hip early work from George Russell – a set that's maybe not as high-concept as some of his later records, but which still has a strikingly modern vibe! Russell's trying out some of his new tonal ideas here – and has a group that's very well-chosen for the project – with Art Farmer on trumpet, Hal McKusick on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Barry Galbraith on guitar – all players with just the right sort of color in their tone, able to illustrate George's ideas but still bring a bit of personality to the mix as well. Titles are mostly originals, written with slight touches of whimsy, but less of the indulgence on that front as you'd hear on west coast material – and tracks include "Witch Hunt", "The Sad Sargeant", "Ballad Of Hix Blewitt", "Knights of The Steamtable", "Jack's Blues", and "Night Sound". CD
(Out of print.)

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Poncho SanchezEl Conguero ... LP
Picante, 1985. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of Poncho's excellent 80s sides for Concord/Picante – some of the finest Latin jazz recorded in the US at the time, taking the torch from the New York scene, and showing that west coast players could really keep the groove strong and true! Poncho leads a group that includes piano, trumpet, tenor, trombone, and timbales – and titles include "Night Walk", "Agua Dulce", "Yumbambe", "Mi Negra", "Siempre Me Va Bien", and "Cuidado". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Star Band De DakarPsicodelia Afro Cubana De Senegal ... LP
Ostinato (UK), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99 28.99
Fantastic sounds from the Star Band Of Dakar – one of the leading lights of the new wave of Latin influence on the West African scene at the end of the 60s – presented here in a killer collection of work! The group have often been linked to the sounds of Cuba – which is clearly an influence on their rhythms and song structure – but there's also a lot of snakey guitar here that reminds us of some Colombian styles, and even a bit of Peruvian chica – as the instrument often gets a bit of effects, including some wah-wah work – in a way that creates psychedelic flourishes over the straighter rhythms! The package is great – with superb song selections, and a bit booklet of notes – and titles that include "Guajira VEn", "Mariama", "Danguele Fasso", "Le Lolaye", "Misterioso", and "Andado". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny StittSonny Stitt Plays Jimmy Giuffre Arrangements ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $9.99
An unusual pairing, but a great Stitt set from Verve – recorded with a west coast group that also includes Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Frank Rosolino on trombone, Jimmy Rowles on piano, and even a bit of Jimmy Giuffre near the end! Titles include "Down Country", "Downtown", "Two For Timbucktu", "New York Blues", and "Giuff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and wide deep groove. Cover has wear, splitting and flaking along the bottom 5 inches.)

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✨✧ Cal TjaderLos Ritmos Calientes (Ritmo Caliente/Mas Ritmo Caliente) ... CD
Fantasy, 1955/1957. Used ... $7.99
A 2-in-1 Latin jazz spectacular from the mighty Cal Tjader! First up is the album Ritmo Caliente – one of Tjader's first Latin-tinged sessions for Fantasy Records – and a really wonderful batch of tracks recorded with a shifting array of very hip players! In addition to Cal's vibes, and expected Latin percussion – handled by Armando Peraza on congas and bongos – the set also features some totally slamming piano work from Eddie Cano, Manuel Duran, and Richard Wyands – each of whom get a chance at the keys on the set, really helping to bring in a range of different colors and tones. An added bonus is Jerome Richardson on flute – who plays on about half of the album's tracks – in that soulfully snaking way he virtually owned back in the 50s. Tracks are short, and filled with plenty of energy – and titles include "Ritmo Caliente", "Mambo Moderno", "Alegres Timbales", "Buhutu (Nanigo 6/8)", "Cubano Chant", "Goza", "Lamento De Hodi", "Mueve La Cintura", and "Afro Corolombo". On Mas Ritmo Caliente, Cal Tjader's working in a smoking Latin vibe throughout – and has managed to get some great extra help in his efforts! The album was mostly recorded in Chicago and New York, and these different locals seem to give the record a slightly different flavor than some of Tjader's other west coast dates from the 50s – a slightly harder Latin groove, thanks to the presence of players like Jose Chombo Silva on tenor sax, Gerald Sanfino on flute and alto, Bobby Rodriguez on bass, Mongo Santamaria on congas, Willie Bobo on timbales, and Luis Kant on percussion. Vince Guaraldi's on piano on all tracks – bringing in a nice dose of warmth next to Cal's vibes – and titles include "Mongorama", "Ritmo Africano", "Ritmo Rumba", "Tumbao", "Perdido", and "Cuco On Timbales". CD

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Cal TjaderLos Ritmos Calientes (Ritmo Caliente/Mas Ritmo Caliente) ... LP
Fantasy, 1955/1957. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
A 2-in-1 Latin jazz spectacular from the mighty Cal Tjader! First up is the album Ritmo Caliente – one of Tjader's first Latin-tinged sessions for Fantasy Records – and a really wonderful batch of tracks recorded with a shifting array of very hip players! In addition to Cal's vibes, and expected Latin percussion – handled by Armando Peraza on congas and bongos – the set also features some totally slamming piano work from Eddie Cano, Manuel Duran, and Richard Wyands – each of whom get a chance at the keys on the set, really helping to bring in a range of different colors and tones. An added bonus is Jerome Richardson on flute – who plays on about half of the album's tracks – in that soulfully snaking way he virtually owned back in the 50s. Tracks are short, and filled with plenty of energy – and titles include "Ritmo Caliente", "Mambo Moderno", "Alegres Timbales", "Buhutu (Nanigo 6/8)", "Cubano Chant", "Goza", "Lamento De Hodi", "Mueve La Cintura", and "Afro Corolombo". On Mas Ritmo Caliente, Cal Tjader's working in a smoking Latin vibe throughout – and has managed to get some great extra help in his efforts! The album was mostly recorded in Chicago and New York, and these different locals seem to give the record a slightly different flavor than some of Tjader's other west coast dates from the 50s – a slightly harder Latin groove, thanks to the presence of players like Jose Chombo Silva on tenor sax, Gerald Sanfino on flute and alto, Bobby Rodriguez on bass, Mongo Santamaria on congas, Willie Bobo on timbales, and Luis Kant on percussion. Vince Guaraldi's on piano on all tracks – bringing in a nice dose of warmth next to Cal's vibes – and titles include "Mongorama", "Ritmo Africano", "Ritmo Rumba", "Tumbao", "Perdido", and "Cuco On Timbales". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, with a small stain and some flaking on the bottom right corner.)

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Dwight TribleMothership ... LP
Gearbox (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 27.99
One of the most amazing jazz vocalists of our generation returns here with an incredible group – a majestic combo to match all the spiritual inclinations in his music – with work from Kamasi Washington on tenor, Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, and both Carlos Nino and Derf Reklaw on percussion! Dwight Trible on his own is already more than enough to get us to run out and buy a record – but here, the combination of his unique voice with these musicians makes for an album that's an instant masterpiece – and one that even has lots of new colors and styles compared to some of Dwight's previous work! Songs include numbers by older west coast spiritual jazz heavyweights – like Horace Tapscott, Linda Hill, Nate Morgan, James Leary, and Jesse Sharps – mixed with some of Trible's own songs, and versions of work by Carmen Lundy, Oscar Brown Jr, and Donny Hathaway. From top to bottom, start to stop, the album's a treasure – with tracks that include "It's All About Love", "Thank You Master", "Song For My Mother", "Brother Where Are You", "Some Other Time", "These Things You Are To Me", "Desert Fairy Princess", and "Mothership". LP, Vinyl record album

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Village PeopleMacho Man ... CD
Casablanca/Universal, 1978. Used ... $4.99
The macho aesthetic gets redefined for a whole new audience – as The Village People play with a pastiche of masculine images from daily life, all recast for the post-Stonewall generation! The group bring camp back firmly for the 70s – and are still one of the best-remembered mainstream disco acts of the time – thanks to catchy, poppy grooves that had most of the country humming their tunes, even if they didn't agree with their sexual politics. Grooves are by the hit team that made most of the VP albums strong – Horace Ott arranging, Gypsy Lane backing, and Jacques Morali at the glorious helm of the whole thing – and titles include "Macho Man", "I Am What I Am", "Key West", and "Sodom & Gomorrah". CD
Also available Macho Man ... CD 9.99

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Village PeopleMacho Man ... CD
Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1978. Used ... $9.99
The macho aesthetic gets redefined for a whole new audience – as The Village People play with a pastiche of masculine images from daily life, all recast for the post-Stonewall generation! The group bring camp back firmly for the 70s – and are still one of the best-remembered mainstream disco acts of the time – thanks to catchy, poppy grooves that had most of the country humming their tunes, even if they didn't agree with their sexual politics. Grooves are by the hit team that made most of the VP albums strong – Horace Ott arranging, Gypsy Lane backing, and Jacques Morali at the glorious helm of the whole thing – and titles include "Macho Man", "I Am What I Am", "Key West", and "Sodom & Gomorrah". CD
(Includes obi.)
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VariousBad Education Vol 1 – Soul Hits Of Timmion Records ... CD
Timmion/Daptone, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Fantastic soul tracks from a label we've been loving right from the start – the long-running Timmion Records – a Finnish imprint with an amazing ear for vintage sounds and funky grooves! We know what you're thinking – Finland is a very unlikely source for great soul music – but the company's also worked with American artists right from the start, and has a deep deep appreciation for the classic modes of the vintage 45 underground – which is why this whole package feels like a stack of rare singles you might have found in the back of a New Jersey record store from the 70s! Most numbers here are mellow or midtempo, and are in a mix of deep and sweet soul modes – all handled with superb instrumentation and production from Cold Diamond & Mink, who ensure that the whole thing has just the right vibe. Titles include "Tell Me That You Love Me" by Jonny Benavidez, "Lost Lost Lost" by Pratt & Moody, "Paint Me In A Corner" by Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, "Until You're Mine" by Wanda Felicia, "I'm Still A Man" by Willie West, "This Is What Love Looks Like" by Carlton Jumel Smith, "Bad Education" by Bardo Martinez, "Don't Believe You Like That" by Emilia Sisco, "This Love (part 1)" by Bobby Oroza, and "The Scorpio Walk" by Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators. CD
Also available Bad Education Vol 1 – Soul Hits Of Timmion Records (white vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP 18.99

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VariousBad Education Vol 1 – Soul Hits Of Timmion Records (white vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Timmion/Daptone, 2019. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Fantastic soul tracks from a label we've been loving right from the start – the long-running Timmion Records – a Finnish imprint with an amazing ear for vintage sounds and funky grooves! We know what you're thinking – Finland is a very unlikely source for great soul music – but the company's also worked with American artists right from the start, and has a deep deep appreciation for the classic modes of the vintage 45 underground – which is why this whole package feels like a stack of rare singles you might have found in the back of a New Jersey record store from the 70s! Most numbers here are mellow or midtempo, and are in a mix of deep and sweet soul modes – all handled with superb instrumentation and production from Cold Diamond & Mink, who ensure that the whole thing has just the right vibe. Titles include "Tell Me That You Love Me" by Jonny Benavidez, "Lost Lost Lost" by Pratt & Moody, "Paint Me In A Corner" by Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, "Until You're Mine" by Wanda Felicia, "I'm Still A Man" by Willie West, "This Is What Love Looks Like" by Carlton Jumel Smith, "Bad Education" by Bardo Martinez, "Don't Believe You Like That" by Emilia Sisco, "This Love (part 1)" by Bobby Oroza, and "The Scorpio Walk" by Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators. LP, Vinyl record album
(Daptone Authorized Dealer exclusive pressing on opaque white vinyl – with download!)
Also available Bad Education Vol 1 – Soul Hits Of Timmion Records ... CD 12.99

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VariousBrasa 4 ... CD
Bemol/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
A cool collection of late 60s rock and pop from Brazil – and a set that stands as a nice contrast to some of the "song festival" albums from the time on Philips and Odeon! Like those sets, this one presents up-and-coming artists working through a variety of material – but rather than showcasing new styles, the modes here are maybe more in the jovem guarda style of the mid 60s – a bit more slavishly tied to American and European styles, although a few of the tunes here are of Brazilian origin too. There's a bit more complexity and sophistication to the music than the chart pop of a few years before – kind of in the way that west coast pop rock acts were letting their hair down a bit by the late 60s – and titles include "Como E Grande O Meu Amor Por Voce" by Os Intrusus, "O Que Ha De Mal Em Mim" by Bitons, "You Only Live Twice" by Os Agitadores, "When Summer Is Gone" by Analfabitles, "Voce Nao Serve Pra Mim" by Amir Francisco, and "Travessia" by Edinho. CD

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✨✧ VariousCiao! Manhattan (colored vinyl) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Cinewax/Light In The Attic, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $13.99
The lovely and late Edie Sedgwick is the cover draw on the record and movie – but the music within is maybe an even more interesting blend of sounds, and very different than what you might expect to come from the famous star of Andy Warhol's Factory scene! Some of the music here is by Gino Piserchio – and is spare, electronic material – of the creepy style that you'd hear in underground films of the time, but sometimes almost given a Brian Eno sort of tunefulness too. Other tracks are vocal numbers, and have a rootsy rock vibe that seems much more west coast than New York – which makes a nice contrast. There's even a few spoken passages that feature Edie's voice from the film – which balances things out in a great way. Titles include "Angel Shock", "Driving Verdeccio", "Revolution Of Youth", and "Night Riders" by Gino Piserchio – plus "I Can't Make It Anymore" by Richie Havens, "Citizen Kane" by Skip Battin & Kim Fowley, "To Give All Your Love Away" by Richie Havens, "Malibu People" by John Phillips, "Justice" by Kim Milford, and "Shouldn't All The World Be Dancing" by Richie Havens. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited "angel shock" colored vinyl. Includes 20-page book with rare archive photos and liner notes Q&A with writer/director David Weisman.)

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VariousKenya Congo Connection – From the Archives Of Audio Productions Nairobi, Kenya ... LP
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99
A treasure trove of rare singles recorded in Nairobi – easily one of the most welcoming scenes in East Africa during the 80s – especially in comparison to more restrictive cultural territory to the west! At the time, Nairobi really opened up its door to new sounds and ideas – which made the city a wonderfully fertile ground not just for music, but for positive spirit as well – with a vibe that flows beautifully through the selection or tracks here by a variety of different artists! All the tracks were recorded at the Audio Productions studio in the city – and although the work was issued on different labels, there's nicely unified vibe going on – again maybe just from the energy and strong spirit that flows through the music. Most tracks are heavy on cascading guitar lines tied to the rhythms – and titles include "Mado Zaina (part 1)" by Bana Likasi, "Solongo (part 1)" by Orchestra Bana Sambo, "Wavinya" by Kalambya Sisters, "Massa (parts 1 & 2)" by Orchestra Shika Shika, "Mkamba's Day (part 1)" by Kilimambogo Brothers, and the tracks "Wafanyi Kazi (part 1)" and "Ninfany Nini (part 1)" by Issa Juma & Super Wanyika. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLondon Is The Place For Me Vol 7 – Calypso, Palm Wine, Mento, Joropo, Steel, & Stringband ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
A fascinating look at musical modes in London during the big years of postwar immigration – a time when former residents of the crumbling British Empire were flooding to London for jobs and a better way of life – often bringing along a huge amount of cultural experience in the process! This set follows wonderfully in the spirit of previous volumes of the series – bringing together a range of different sonic styles that were originally recorded in London as 78rpm singles – where a new wave of Caribbean and West African immigrants were fusing older styles with a newly modern sensibility, and often a fair bit of jazz as well! The set list is wonderful – a great array of well-chosen material – and titles include "Wa Sise" by Willie Payne & The Starlite Tempos, "The Emperor Of Africa" by The Mighty Terror, "Royal Wedding" by The Lion, "Modern Telephone" by Dai Dai Simba, "Sons & Daughters Of Africa" by Lord Beginner, "Caroline" by Trinidad Steel Band, "Ema Foju Ana Woku" by West African Rhythm Brothers, "Kana Kana" by Billy Sholanke, "Boul Ve Se" by Calypso Rhythm Kings, and "My Handy Man" by Marie Bryant. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLondon Is The Place For Me Vol 8 – Lord Kitchener In England 1948 to 1962 ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
A huge collection of work from the great Lord Kitchener – maybe one of the most important singers to move the music of the Caribbean to British shores during the postwar years – a time when he was a strong voice to new waves of immigrants arriving in London, and when he was also making a lot of inroads for criss-crossing post-colonial culture too! The base style is calypso, but Kitchener always handles the music with a spirit that's all his own – modern, witty, and urbane – often with some nice currents of jazz in the instrumentation, and plenty of social commentary that made music like this a great precursor to later righteous moments in jazz, funk, soul, and reggae. Titles include "No More Taxi", "Food From The West Indies", "Come Back In The Morning", "Pirates Of Paria", "Drink A Rum", "If You Brown", "Life Begins At Forty", "Mistress Jacob", "Africa My Home", "Kitch In The Jungle", "Tie Tongue Mopsie", and "London Is The Place For Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousTogo Soul 70 – Edits & Rarities EP ... LP
Hot Casa (France), Late 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
A great companion to the Togo Soul 70 compilation – one that features two more rare tracks from back in the day, and two new remixes that offer up a contemporary take on a pair of other rare cuts! If you missed the core volume, it's definitely well worth checking out – and is a wonderful document of a West African scene that never got much exposure over the years! The set begins with a long remix – "Adome Nyueto (Bosq rework)" by Yta Jourais – a cut that's got warm horns and female vocals, kicked up just a bit with a clubby vibe. Next is "Bercuse Bassari" by Napo De Mi Amor – a cut from 1974 that has these really righteous horns and vocals coming down on the groove, plus another great percussive element too – perhaps a balafon! Another remix starts out the flipside – "Loxo Nye (Pushin Wood rmx)" by Roger Damawuzan – but a cut that sounds very vintage over all, with a cool organ line over romping percussion underneath the vocal. Last up is "Miade Dua" by Sewavi Jacintho from 1977 – a cut that's got this massive echoey percussion, which really sets fire to a twangy guitar line, great horns, and the excellent vocals of the leader – also known as "The Togolese Soul Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousTropical Trips Vol 1 – Life Is Better In The Tropics ... CD
Cree (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $7.99 9.99
Tropical club in many flavors – all pulled from the usually-expensive set of reissues done by the Cree Records label – presented here in a very nicely-priced package! Given that most Cree reissues are on 12" singles that push the $20 mark, the 16 tracks within come at a very big bargain – and the whole thing's a great introduction to the special world that's often documented by the label's tropical reissues – rare cuts from a time when the sounds of the New York dancefloors were filtering down to the West Indies – and when things were also changing a bit up north, due to a new wave of immigration to the US. Titles include "Umbaway" by Lancelot Layne, Lena" by The Andre Tanker Five, "Trinidad" by Papa Music, "Wajang Woman (Frankie Francis sofrito edit)" by Embryo, "Can't Stop Dancing" by Michael Boothman, & Kysofusion Band, "Remember Mama" by Sugar Minott, "Tabu" by Michael Boothman & Family Tree, "South African Reggae" by Cedric Brooks, "Rub A Dub Soka" by Merchant & The Network Riddum Band, and "Party Time" by Cinnamon Suns. CD

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✨✧ VariousTruth Is A Lie – American Soul Music 1955 to 1972 ... LP
Cairo/Mississippi, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99
A beautiful collection of vintage soul music – the latest crowning achievement in the Cairo series from Mississippi Records – and, like the rest, an excellent combination of classics and little known gems from the golden years! The package is as before – 2 LPs in a great cover, complete with a heavy booklet of notes and photos – all to support a selection of cuts that runs strongly towards the deep soul side of the spectrum, with bits of New Orleans soul here and there – and occasional currents of funk! Titles include "Shell Of A Woman" by Doris Allen, "Turning Point" by Jimmy Holiday, "Lonely Room" by Mickey Murray, "I'll Make It Up To You" by Clay Hammond, "Pain Is The Name Of Your Game" by Ural Thomas, "Heart Full Of Love" by The Invincibles, "Thin Line Between Love & Hate" by The Wallace Brothers, "Reapin What I Sow" by Ernie K Doe, "Song To Sing" by Raw Spitt, "The Greatest Love" by Willie West, "Danger" by Marvin L Simms, "He's Down On Me" by Betty Green, "I Feel A Little Lonely" by Earl Connelly, "Anybody But You" by Barbara West, and "Too Late" by Reuben Bell. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ David AxelrodSong Of Innocence ... LP
Capitol/Now Again, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of a handful of amazing albums recorded by David Axelrod towards the end of the 60s – really stunning, genre-breaking music that was years ahead of its time – and which has only finally been getting its due in more recent decades! At the time of the record, Axelrod was a house producer at Capitol Records – where he'd created big hits for Lou Rawls and Cannonball Adderley – and he'd also been experimenting a bit with studio techniques for other rock groups. But here, the Axe brings all his experience into play – then sends things soaring to the skies – with music based on the work of poet William Blake, but delivered in this totally groovy west coast 60s mode. The core of the instrumentation features funky drums from Earl Palmer and bass from Carole Kaye – both of whom really keep things rock-solid amidst the larger mix of strings and instruments directed by the great Don Randi – who himself is pretty darn wonderful too. The music has nice snatches of fuzz and organ throughout – jazzy moments, funky passages, and lots more too – served up on tunes that include much-sampled song "Holy Thursday" – plus "The Smile", "A Dream", "Song Of Innocence", and "The Mental Traveler". William Blake never sounded so funky! LP, Vinyl record album
(Fantastic reissue – new remastering, and a big booklet of notes on the music!)

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✨✧ Chet BakerChet – Ballads By Chet Baker (20 bit mastering – with bonus track) ... CD
Riverside, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of a handful of late 50s albums that Chet Baker recorded for Riverside – all of which are some of his last great 50s work in the studio, before a shift in the 60s to a wider-ranging approach to his music! The style here is definitely in the "classic" Baker mode set down for Pacific Jazz – but a bit more fleshed out by the other players in the set – who seem to push a bit more personality into the tunes, and not just let Chet's trumpet dominate. The sound is soft and gentle – as you'd expect from the title – and other players include Bill Evans, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Connie Kay and Philly Joe Jones – all bringing a bit of a New York undercurrent to the west coast Baker solo style. Titles include "How High the Moon", "It Never Entered My Mind", "If You Could See Me Now", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Time On My Hands", and "You And The Night And Music". CD features 1 bonus track – "Early Morning Mood". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Brother TheodoreFate Conspires With Destiny To Do Me Dirt – 1959 to 1972 ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Completely bizarre work from Brother Theodore – a strange postwar cultural figure who'd arrived in the US from a rescue of the holocaust hellhole of Dachau, then reinvented himself as an offbeat actor and monologist! Theodore's got a very strange voice, one that's partly inflected by his accent, but which mostly comes from the pointed way he presents his word – often with rolling consonants, and this sense of acting, even when speaking – which is what he mostly does on the record, save for some added musical effects and very slight production twists. Theodore briefly worked with Orson Welles, and there's almost a Welles-like sense of creativity and pomposity on these recordings – which were just part of the Brother's calling card, as he spent years doing his act in New York clubs, and also spent some time on the west coast too – a surprisingly strong underground figure. This release brings together the 1959 Coral Records album Theodore In Stereo, plus two tracks recorded for the PIP label in 1972, and one unreleased track – with titles that include "The Willow Landscape", "Quadrupedism", "The Curse Of The Toad", "Lisolatta Bindfel", and "I'm Just Plain Folks". CD

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✨✧ DeeleMaterial Thangz ... LP
Solar, 1985. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
There's lots of fast funky rhythms going on here – a mix of beats and basslines that almost echoes some of the Prince styles of the time, but which also offers up maybe more of a west coast take on the street soul modes of New York! Production is by the young team of LA and Babyface – who bring to Deele what Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis would bring to their own best work of the time – a nice balance between pop and soul, catchy groovers and mellow moments – all with a sound that was trying to sound plenty darn fresh for the time. Titles include "Let's Work Tonight", "Stimulate", "Sweet November", "Material Thangz", "Suspicious", and "You're All I've Ever Known". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Eric DolphyOut There ... CD
New Jazz/OJC, 1960. Used ... 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". CD

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✨✧ Eric DolphyOutward Bound ... LP
New Jazz, 1960. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing – sealed, with obi!)
Also available Outward Bound ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Teddy EdwardsSunset Eyes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1959/1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Teddy Edwards at the height of his powers – packing a tight, soulful punch that made him one of the most popular players on the west coast in the early 60s – and a great link between earlier R&B tenorists and the leaner sound of 60s jazz! Edwards has a nice gutbuckety tone at times – the qualities you might hear from Hank Crawford or David Newman in the way they blended their sounds – but the overall feel is leaner and cleaner, too – not many cliches, and a kind of straightforward sound that really shows the new inroads that the LA soul jazz scene was making at the time. The set features a shifting lineup – piano from Amos Trice, Joe Castro, and Ronnie Ball – bass from Leroy Vinnegar and Ben Tucker – and drums from Al Levitt and Billy Higgins – on titles that include a whopping batch of originals like "Teddy's Tune", "Tempo De Blues", "Vintage '57", "Sunset Eyes", and "Takin Off". Plus, this CD's got some great notes, excellent packaging, and even includes 3 unreleased bonus cuts! CD
(Out of print, sealed West Coast Classics pressing. Booklet has a promo sticker and and barcode has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Leon HaywoodIntimate (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/FTG, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An intimate record from Leon Haywood, but one that's still got his sense of groove nicely in place – at a level that has the singer really warming up to a new sort of modern soul style in the process! There's still some of the elements of Haywood's earlier records in place – but overall, Leon's pushing forward into more mature soul territory – a mode that's getting him out of the west coast underground, and which should have made this set a lasting 70s classic. Leon handled all the arrangements himself, but also gets some badass assistance on strings from Gene Page – whose sense of sophistication really sharpens up the focus of the record – and titles include "Let's Get It On", "Strokin", "Dream Dream", "Let Me Make It Good To You", and a remake of Leon's classic, "It's Got To Be Mellow". CD

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✨✧ Carmell JonesRemarkable Carmell Jones ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1961. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Remarkable Carmell Jones, indeed – and one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by this up-and-coming force on the LA scene at the start of the 60s! Jones was a player who really showcased something new on the west at the time – a move away from cool jazz, and the start of a deeper, headier generation of musicians – the bold power that would come from cats like Lou Blackburn, Horace Tapscott, and Jimmy Woods. This date's an early entry into that legacy – and has a tight approach to hardbop with plenty of modern elements – a bit like the shift that Curtis Amy was making at the time. In addition to Jones on trumpet, the album also features Harold Land on tenor, Frank Strazzeri on piano, Gary Peacock on bass, and Leon Pettis on drums – all working with a careful blend of soul jazz and modern influences, on a wonderful batch of well-written tunes. Titles include "I'm Gonna Go Fishing", "Night Tide", "Sad March", and "Stellisa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & silver label stereo pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "Night Tide", in great shape otherwise.)

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✨✧ Latrell1984 (black & clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Family Groove, 1984. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Never-issued funk from the Hollywood scene of the early 80s – music that definitely echoes some of the bigger-name styles of the time, but which also has a vibe that's much more in an indie spirit overall! At some level, the record's a great illustration of just how different west coast funk of the time was from the east coast modes – especially those coming from New York – and the music here has some of the warmer vocal currents of 70s Cali Soul, mixed with a host of great basslines that really set up the grooves in a nice way – and which get strong support from instrumentation that does a really good job of avoiding some of the tinnier, more electric sounds that were coming into play. We might well guess that Latrell was working on a lower budget, so had to resort to instrumentation from a few years before – which also means that they place a stronger emphasis on the basslines and vocals, which both come across very well. Titles include "Life In The City", "Come On Over", "Visions", "Party Night", "Sign Of The Times", "Get Up & Groove", and "My Little Darlin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on "Smoke" colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ Sven LibaekSolar Flares ... LP
Peer/Votary (Australia), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime sound library work from mid 70s Australia – one of the greatest records ever from soundtrack genius Sven Libaek, done in collaboration with a host of the greatest Aussie jazz players of the time! The groove here is laidback, but funky – almost dreamy at times, in the manner of a sweet Italian soundtrack – but also with a flowing groove that seems to draw both from bossa nova and west coast jazz of previous years, yet turn these influences into a whole new sound entirely. Most of the tunes are small combo, and feature reeds from Don Burrows and Erroll Buddle, guitar from George Golla, and vibes from the amazing John Sangster – all wrapped up by Sven with an approach that's almost effortless at times – never too forced, nor too slick – and a fair bit different than music of this type coming from other hemispheres in the 70s! Titles include "Solar Flares", "Stella Maris", "Lift Off", "Destination Omega 3", "Space Walk", "Meteoric Rain", "Quasars", "No Flowers On Venus", and "In Nebular Orbit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies!)

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✨✧ Miriam MakebaPata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba (with bonus track) ... CD
Reprise, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge breakthrough moment for Miriam Makeba – a South African singer who'd been bringing her music to the American scene for a number of years, but really took off in new soulful directions with this album! Previously, Makeba was maybe more confined to the world of folk – mostly recording with acoustic styles in a stripped-down mode – but this record has her soaring on arrangements from American studio talents Jimmy Wisner and Jerry Ragovoy, the latter of whom produced the record too – and mixes in some very hip New York soul modes, and even some larger charts that really expand the sound. The huge hit on the set is "Pata Pata" – a tune that firmly put Makeba in the memory of American music – but the whole album is great overall, and other titles include "Click Song Number 1", "A Piece Of Ground", "West Wind", "Ha Po Zamani", and "Jol'inkomo". CD
Also available
Pata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD 13.99
Pata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba (mono & stereo mixes) ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Wes Montgomery/Wynton Kelly TrioSmokin' In Seattle – Live at the Penthouse ... CD
Resonance, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare meeting of guitarist Wes Montgomery and the trio of pianist Wynton Kelly – heard here on unissued material that stands strongly next to their classic Smoking At The Half Note album on Verve! About half the tracks here just feature Kelly's trio – but that's A-Ok with us, as the group is wonderful – a luminous unit that features Ron McClure on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums – both players who showcase the maturing style of Wynton's piano work – a great mix of lyricism that stretches out beautifully on the album's longer tracks! Montgomery joins in about a third into the set, and the tunes get even sharper and groovier – as Wes' tones ring out strongly next to the piano, often opening up Kelly with even more chromatic hues. The whole thing is very well-recorded, and beautifully remastered – and titles include "Jingles", "Sir John", "West Coast Blues", "Oleo", "Not A Tear", "What's New", "Blues In F", and "O Morro Nao Tem Vez". CD

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins & The Contemporary Leaders ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Sonny's brilliant west coast sessions for Contemporary – records that shouldn't sparkle as much as they do, but which actually stand with his best work of the 50s! Sonny's blowing in front of a session of "leaders" that includes Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, Shelly Manne, and Victor Feldman, who plays vibes on one track. Sonny's the real leader here, though – as his bold, proud tenor tone really takes front seat, carving lines that never get tired, bringing a sparkle into tunes like "You", "How High The Moon", "I've Found A New Baby", "The Song Is You", and "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star". Heck, even with songs like those, the album should be weak – but there's an undeniable magic that really makes it great! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label pressing.)

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✨✧ Sonny Simmons (aka Huey Simmons)Burning Spirits ... CD
Contemporary, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic bit of avant garde work from the west coast scene of the late 60s – one of a small number of important "out" records from that part of the country at the time, standing in bold contrast to work from the more-vocal New York scene! The set was put together by Huey "Sonny" Simmons – and has a loosely collective feel that's almost spiritual, but which has a lot more edges than the usual soul jazz session of its type. Simmons is clearly inspired by the free work of the ESP crowd, but he also takes that sound in a whole new direction – working with a group that includes his frequent collaborator, trumpeter Barbara Donald, plus Cecil McBee, Lonnie Liston Smith, Clifford Jarvis, and Richard Davis. All titles are long, and tracks include "New Newk", "E=MC2", "Healing Rays", "Burning Spirits", and "Things & Beings". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Cal TjaderAgua Dulce ... LP
Fantasy, 1971. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Cal Tjader albums ever – and one of the first to have his vibes working alongside Fender Rhodes! The record's a surprising little set from the start of the 70s – one that almost has Cal picking up some of the New York sounds of a few years before, then mixing them up with a hipper west coast electric style in the end – a Fantasy Records vibe that meshes together a few different modes, and comes up with a rich new style in the process! There's a bit of vocals on the set – somewhat unusual for Cal Tjader, and often used to augment the soulfully snapping grooves of the best tunes – but even more amazing is the heavy use of Fender Rhodes, played here by the amazing Al Zulaica, who's work on the album really ranks right up there with the best early 70s keyboardists on the coast! Zulaica's piano is amazing next to Cal's warmly chromatic vibes – and other instrumentation includes saxes from Bill Perkins, flute from Mel Martin, trumpet from Luis Gasca, moog from Rita Dowling, and percussion from both Pete and Coke Escovedo. Titles include the killer "Aqua Dulce (Cool-Ade)", a fantastic version of "Gimme Shelter", a sublime of Clare Fischer's "Morning", and the cuts "Ran Kan Kan", "Descarga Cubana", "Curacao", and "Somewhere In The Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and a small peeled spot from sticker removal.)

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✨✧ McCoy TynerIlluminations ... CD
Telarc, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A relatively recent set from pianist McCoy Tyner, but one that shows the same great ear for choosing a horn that we love in his 70s classics! As with those records, a key force on the recording here is altoist Gary Bartz – a player who's always great on his own, but seems to take on a special energy in the company of Tyner – really stretching out with a soulful, spiritual vibe that matches McCoys musical vision wonderfully! Trumpeter Terence Blanchard is also in the group – a bit more let loose than usual – and the combo's completed by Christian McBride on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. Titles include "Angelina", "Illuminations", "New Orleans Stomp", "The Chase", "West Philly Tone Poem", and "Soulstice". CD
(Punch through booklet.)
 
 
 



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