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✨✧ Peter KuhnNo Coming No Going – The Music Of Peter Kuhn 1978/1979 (Livin Right/Peter Kuhn & Denis Charles) ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Two 70s albums from overlooked reedman Peter Kuhn – back to back here in a single sweet set! First up is Livin Right – a set that was originally broadcast live on New York radio in 1978, and which really captures the openly creative spirit of the loft jazz generation – as Peter Kuhn plays b-flat and bass clarinet alongside a wonderful group that features two trumpeters – Arthur Williams and Toshinori Kondo, each coming out of a different speaker – plus the great William Parker on bass and Denis Charles on drums! The bass and drums really set the tone here – as they rumble and bristle beautifully, almost like they're setting these little fires – which are then fanned brightly by the clarinet and trumpets – on titles that include "Chi", "Red Tape", and "Manteca Long Gone Axistential". The second CD features a live performance from 1979 – with very freewheeling work by Peter Kuhn on b-flat and bass clarinet, plus some tenor too – really opening up alongside some excellent drums from Dennis Charles. Charles' contributions are great – and very thoughtful – and all tracks are long, with titles that include "Headed Home", "Drum Dharma", "Stigmata", and "Axistential". CD

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Kaoru Abe & Sabu ToyozumiMannyoka ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
Fiercely improvised work from the duo of Kaoru Abe on soprano and sopranino saxophone – and Sabu Toyozumi on drums and percussion! On "Song For Mithue Totozumi", the pair jump right into the fray – with Abe spinning out these incredible lines with effortless ease – taking his horn into the kind of territory we're used to hearing from European saxophonists, with superb support from Toyozumi! Toyozumi is wonderful on "Song For Sakamoto Kikuyo", in three parts – a piece that builds up with this organic, almost abstract energy from the percussion – very spacious in parts, but woven together beautifully by these snaking, yet angular lines from Abe's reeds – which gain intensity as the performance moves on, building to a real sense of ferocity by the end! CD

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Rodrigo Amado with Peter EvansFreedom Principle ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... $8.99
The title definitely lives up to the sound of the record – a really loose, free session from a quartet that includes strong work from both trumpeter Peter Evans and tenorist Rodrigo Amado – the latter of whom leads the group! All tracks are long, and build with a nice degree of energy – one that gets back to the "freedom principle" generation between the ESP and loft jazz years – when spontaneous creativity like this was really in action. All four members contribute equally to shape the sound of the performance – and the group also features Miguel Mira on cello and Garbirel Ferrandini on drums. Titles include "Pepper Packed", "Shadows", and "The Freedom Principle". CD

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Choi Sun Bae/Junji Hirose/Motoharu Yoshizawa/Kim Dae HwanArirang Fantasy ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1995. New Copy ... $9.99
A fantastic set of improvised material from the Japanese scene of the mid 90s – a performance that features visiting trumpeter Choi Sun Bae working with Junji Hirose on tenor and soprano, Motoharu Yoshizawa on electric five string bass, and Kim Dae Hwan on percussion! These three players may not be as well known to American audiences, but they sound wonderful next to Bae's incredible sounds on the trumpet – notes that have a range of shaping and inflection that matches the energy of Wadada Leo Smith at his best, but which also have a very individual character too. Hirose matches Choi for moodiness, but also keeps a bit more down to earth – creating a nice balance – and titles include "Korea Fantasy", "Remember Bird", "Blue Sky", "The Stream Of Time", and "Airang Fantasy". CD

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Albert Beger QuartetGate ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
A beautiful performance by a group led by saxophonist Albert Berger – one who play with spiritual, almost cyclical energy that creates a great setting for the solos of Berger on tenor and shakuhachi! There's an organic flow to most numbers – as the other three musicians hit modes that aren't exactly straight, but which have a nice sense of internal logic – pulsating out on most numbers, getting just a bit free on others – with work from Milton Michaeli on piano, Shay Hazan on bass, and Ofer Bymel on drums. The set was recorded in Israel, and titles include "The Gate", "Zen", "Shakuhachi Impro", "Silence", and "Birds & Trees". LP, Vinyl record album

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Martin Blume/Tobias Delius/Achim Kaufmann/Dieter ManderscheidFrames & Terrains ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
A long improvisation with lots of angles and dark corners – served up in a way that really builds up tension, while also providing lots of compelling stops along the journey! The music is never too full-on, but always has a sense of complexity – strong interplay between the group right from the start, with Martin Blume on drums and percussion, Tobias Delius on tenor and clarinet, Achim Kaufmann on piano, and Dieter Manderscheid on bass. Things get a bit more tentative in the last third of the record – before the tension builds up again right at the end! LP, Vinyl record album
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Bones (Ziv Taubenfeld/Shay Hazan/Nir Sabag)Reptiles ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
There's lots of wonderfully low tones on this set – not just the bass clarinet of Ziv Taubenfeld, but also the moody drums of Nir Sabag, and the deep-toned basswork of Sha Hazan – a trio of players we've never heard together before, but who really find their own special place in sound! There's a brooding intensity to the whole set – one that never gets too overblown, maybe because of the limitations of the bass clarinet – but which also holds on in this really great way throughout, even as the styles of expression shift slightly from track to track. Titles include "Moondoctor", "Book", "Reptiles A", "Drops", "Reptiles B", and "Water". LP, Vinyl record album
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Dave Burrell/Steve SwellTurning Point ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... $8.99
One of the greatest recordings we've heard from pianist Dave Burrell in recent years – a series of stunning duets with trombonist Steve Swell! Like some of Burrell's wonderful work from decades back, the style is loose and somewhat free, but also has a sense of rhythm and forward-moving action – some vague modal impulse that has Dave spinning out these waves of pianistic sound that are instantly compelling – while Swell blows over the top in styles that range from tuneful and melodic, to much more free and bracing. All titles are Burrell originals, and tracks include "Fancy Trade Nightmare", "Battle At Vicksburg", "Battle At Gettysburg", "Church Picnic Celebration", and "One Nation". CD

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Anthony ColemanCatenary Oath ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
Solo piano work from Anthony Coleman – a really wonderful side of his talents, given full exposure here on a variety of shortish tracks! The music seems to echo that way of cascading and combining tones that Coleman does so well on reeds – but mixes up occasional bursts of frenzied freedom with some more contemplative, spacious passages too – and a few straighter moments on the album's reworking of tunes by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. A really bright star in the longer catalog of Coleman's music – with titles that include "For Roscoe Mitchell", "Something To Live For", "Funeral Xylophone Music", "Catenary Oath", "For Mark Andre", and "Her Cerotic Dip". LP, Vinyl record album
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Convergence Quartet (Bynum/Hawkins/Lash/EisenstadtSlow & Steady ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ... $8.99
The sounds are definitely convergent here – very individual strands from all the musicians, but each finding space to come together in a really beautiful way! The album's got a great balance between improvised moments and more compositional impulses – a balance that's not unlike that moment when modern jazz was reaching for new freedoms in the 60s, yet still able to come back to the idea of unified group energy – perhaps a bit like Ornette Coleman in his post-Atlantic years, or the work of the west coast underground. The players really have a great feel for each other – and the quartet features Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, Alexander Hawkins on piano, Dominic Lash on bass, and Harris Eisenstadt on drums – on titles that include "Assemble/Melancholy", "Remember Raoul", "The Taff End", "Slow & Steady", and "Oat Roe + Three By Three". CD

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Whit Dickey/Kirk KnuffkeDrone Dream ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
Kirk Knuffke is a trumpeter who always seems to sound best in a spare setting – which is definitely the case here, as he blows alongside drummer Whit Dickey – freely improvising these lines that sparkle with a surprising amount of lyrical beauty! The set's not the usual free jazz outing – as Knuffke makes most of these tracks sound like songs, with a really tuneful approach on most numbers – balanced out by slightly freer, looser drums from Dickey – but in a way that never overwhelms the more sensitive aspects of Kirk's playing. Titles include "Oblique Blessing", "Weave 2", "Soaring", and "Legba Sequence Dream 1". LP, Vinyl record album

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Free Jazz Group WeisbadenFrictions/Frictions Now ... CD
LST/No Business (Lithuania), 1969/1971. New Copy ... $8.99
A pair of albums from this lesser-known German improv group from the start of the 70s – two rare albums that are as free as their name, and which were both initially pressed in small runs of just a few hundred copies! The quartet have a surprisingly lyrical approach to their music at times – thanks especially to the reed work of Deiter Scherf, whose work on flute is sublime, and sometimes matched by that of Gerhard Konig, who plays both guitar and flute in the group. Scherf also handles alto, oboe, piano, shenai, and prepared trumpet – the last of which has a great sound – and the rest of the quartet includes Michael Sell on trumpet and Wolfgang Schlick on drums and metal bracket – an array of instruments that is changed up often during the long performances on the record! Titles include "Frictions" – a continuous piece that took up the whole first LP – and "Frictions Now", in two parts. CD

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Shay HazanGood Morning Universe (10 inch LP) ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
Beautiful music put together with a really strong sense of doubling – tenor sax from Albert Beger and Eyal Netzer, drums from Haim E Peskoff and Ofer Bymel, and both bass from leader Shay Hazan and a unique 5-string cello from Nadav Masel! The players come together in a way that seems to echo some of the tension between arrangement and freedom that the Chicago scene was exploring so strongly in the previous decade – echoing generations of modernism at once, but with results that are completely contemporary – and extremely powerful in their intensity! Titles include "Densho", "Compassion", "Courtesy", and "Hope". LP, Vinyl record album

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Max Johnson/Ingrid Laubrock/Mat Maneri/Tomas FujiwPrisoner ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... $8.99
Bassist Max Johnson is the leader on this set – but the energy comes equally from all members of the group – including Ingrid Laubrock on tenor, Mat Manieri on viola, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums! At some points, all the other players seem to really get themselves in the same sonic range as Max – especially Laubrock, who gently shapes these careful notes that resonate strongly with deep tones from Manieri – at a level that's really breathtaking, and which has our ears jumping to keep track of what elements are coming from which instrument! Other points might step out a bit more boldly, but overall the album's got this sonic texture that's very discreet and really compelling – on titles that include "No 6 Arrival/No58 Orange Alert", "No 12 Schitzoid Man", "No 48 Living In Harmony", "The New Number 2", and "No 24 Hammer Into Anvil". CD

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Jones Jones (Larry Ochs/Mark Dresser/Vladimir Tarasov)Jones In Time Saves Nine ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
There's no keeping up with these Joneses – as the well-matched trio is alive with energy throughout – really moving past any expectations we might have based on the individual players, as they make all these fantastic choices throughout – and find ways to really reach forward as a single unit, in a range of really wonderful sounds! Bassist Mark Dresser may well be our favorite part of the triangle here – as he's got this sonorous power that's completely compelling – often echoing the work of Larry Ochs on tenor and soprano saxes, but also very much standing apart – while Vladimir Tarasov moves between punctuated passages and more textural aspects of his work on drums and percussion. Titles include "A Fistful Of Jones", "Twelve Angry Jones", "Three Jones Outside Ebbing Missouri", and "The Jones Who Knew Too Much". LP, Vinyl record album
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Peter KuhnOther Shore ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ... $8.99
It seems like it's been many years since we last heard from reedman Peter Kuhn – but the sharpness of this set hardly marks the passage of time, as Kuhn's every bit as vibrant as he was a force on the avant scene of the late 70s and early 80s! As before, Kuhn handles a lot of b-flat and bass clarinet – but he also blows a bit of tenor and alto too – shaping sounds in very open territory, in a trio with Kyle Motl on bass and Nathan Hubbard on drums, in a mix of freedom and spirituality that almost recalls the New York loft jazz mode of decades back. Titles include "Not Two", "Unstrung Heroes", "Is Love Enough", "Beginning Anew", and "No Coming No Going". CD

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Andrew Lamb/Tom Abbs/Michael Wimberley/Guillermo BRhapsody In Black ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2008. New Copy ... $8.99
Andrew Lamb is billed as "The Black Lamb" here – a nice nickname, given the earthy quality of the set! The group's got two percussionists at its core – Michael Wimberly and Guillermo E Brown – both players with different energies that help expand the roots of the record – while Tom Abbs builds up its trunk with his organic lines on bass, plus a bit of tuba and didjeridoo too. Lamb unfolds these evocative lines on saxes and flute – and even a bit of conch shell too, handled with a wonderfully exotic tone that's not gimmicky at all. Tracks are quite long, and build with a rich feel that makes the album one of the most soulful we've ever heard on the No Business label – and titles include "Initiation", "Song Of The Miracle Lives", "To Love In The Rain", and "Rhapsody In Black". CD

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Jan Maksimowicz/Dmitrij GolovanovThousand Seconds Of Our Life ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
The album's got a very poetic title, and a wonderfully poetic sound as well – music that adds up to way more than the 1000 seconds promised on the front, served up in beautiful duets between Jan Maksimowicz on soprano sax and Dimitrij Golovanov on piano! Some tunes are quite short, others run for a few minutes – and there's a great sense of variety throughout – sometimes quite free, sometimes more lyrical – often with a nice sense of space around the edges, and a balance of modernism and sentiment, a bit like ECM at its best. Titles include "210 Seconds", "302 Seconds", "170 seconds", "72 Seconds", and "228 Seconds". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sunny Murray/Bob Dickey/Robert AndreanoHomework ... CD
Super Secret Sound/No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy ... $14.99
Drummer Sunny Murray really hit some wonderfully subtle, sensitive moments in the later years of his career – as you'll definitely hear here, working in a trio with Robert Andreano on guitar and Bob Dickie on bass! Both of the string players use their instruments in ways that are often textural – with Andreano creating slower waves of sound on his electrified instrument, and Dickie moving with careful energy alongside – which has Murray often using the drum kit in more open, spacious ways that resonate well with the other two musicians. A few tracks get freer jazz force, and remind us of Sunny's bold, righteous power in such a setting – and titles include "Good Things", "Swell", "Homework", "Memorial Day", and "Why You Need A Lawyer When Your Pants Are On Fire". CD
Also available Homework ... LP 22.99

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Sunny Murray/Bob Dickey/Robert AndreanoHomework ... LP
Super Secret Sound/No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Drummer Sunny Murray really hit some wonderfully subtle, sensitive moments in the later years of his career – as you'll definitely hear here, working in a trio with Robert Andreano on guitar and Bob Dickie on bass! Both of the string players use their instruments in ways that are often textural – with Andreano creating slower waves of sound on his electrified instrument, and Dickie moving with careful energy alongside – which has Murray often using the drum kit in more open, spacious ways that resonate well with the other two musicians. A few tracks get freer jazz force, and remind us of Sunny's bold, righteous power in such a setting – and titles include "Good Things", "Swell", "Homework", "Memorial Day", and "Why You Need A Lawyer When Your Pants Are On Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
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Simon Nabatov/Barry Guy/Gerry HemmingwayLuminous ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $9.99
Bold sounds from a wonderfully deft trio – a group who somehow manage to pack in as much creative improvisation into the space of a few minutes that most other groups would get over the side of a full LP! Simon Nabatov is especially strong here – and his fiery work on piano really seems to spur the bass of Barry Guy on to vibrancy we haven't heard in years – while Gerry Hemmingway really keeps up the pace on his drums, and occasionally adds in some especially wonderful sounds on marimba! Titles include "Great Disparity", "Scroll Back", "Basket Glide", "Slip Away", "Vacant Prophecy", "Unfrozen Sorrow", and "Scattered Together". CD

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Bobby Naughton/Leo Smith/Perry RobinsonHaunt (with bonus track) ... CD
Otic/No Business (Lithuania), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the few albums cut as a leader by vibes genius Bobby Naughton – a player who's part of a very elite group of improvisers on the instrument – right up there with Walt Dickerson or Jason Adasiewicz for sheer imagination and individual sound! Bobby's talents are perfectly balanced here with key collaborator Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and the great Perry Robinson on clarinet – a very angular trio that really makes the most of its individual components, and which provides a perfect showcase both for Bobby's vibes, and his strong sense of composition. Titles include "The Haunt", "Slant", "Places", "Rose Island", and "Ordette". CD features a bonus alternate of "Slant". CD

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Howard RileyLive In The USA ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
Mindblowing work from British pianist Howard Riley – recorded during a winter in the 70s that found him living in the US – where he must have been giving Cecil Taylor a good run for his money! Riley's always amazing – but by this point in his career, he'd found a way to completely let loose on the piano – working here on long, improvised passages that often feature unusual tonal aspects of his instrument that seem to go beyond just work on the keys – almost as if Riley were finding a way to make the larger shape of the piano resonate with all this extra sonic energy – to a point where we'd swear there was more than one person on the recording, even though all the material here is solo. The material is fantastic – every bit on a par with Riley's best records of the 70s – and titles include "Tolerance", "Flower Street", "Blocks", and "Big City". CD

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Masahiko Satoh/Sabu ToyozumiAiki ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1997. New Copy ... $14.99
The great pianist Masahiko Satoh works here alongside the drums of Sabu Toyozumi – on two long tracks that really show both players at their sonic best! Satoh plays in a way that swings between structure and freedom – and his movements seem to be echoed by Toyozumi on the kit – sometimes progressing rhythmically with this slight sort of swing – other times as frenzied as Satoh on the keys, but always with this sensitive ear for just the right tone. Titles include "The Move For The Quiet" and "The Quiet For The Move". CD
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Masahiko Satoh/Sabu ToyozumiAiki ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 1997. New Copy ... $22.99
The great pianist Masahiko Satoh works here alongside the drums of Sabu Toyozumi – on two long tracks that really show both players at their sonic best! Satoh plays in a way that swings between structure and freedom – and his movements seem to be echoed by Toyozumi on the kit – sometimes progressing rhythmically with this slight sort of swing – other times as frenzied as Satoh on the keys, but always with this sensitive ear for just the right tone. Titles include "The Move For The Quiet" and "The Quiet For The Move". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Wadada Leo Smith & Sabu ToyozumiBurning Meditation ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1994. Used ... $11.99
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in his best sort of setting – working in an openly creative space for improvisation, one that has Smith not only shaping things majestically with his lines on trumpet – but also making some nice shifts to other instrumentation too! Drummer Sabu Toyozumi is a fantastic partner on the set – a sometimes-strong instrumentalist, but one who's also nicely focused too – so that he really finds a way to match all the many shifts and steps that Wadada makes over the course of the album's long, live, improvised performance. Smith also handles a bit of koto, bamboo flute, and percussion – and titles include "Don Cherry – A Silver Flute Song", "Lines", "Burning Meditation/Uprising", "There Are Human Rights Blues", and "Creative Music 1 – Red Mountain Garden Wild Arises & Glacier". CD
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Wadada Leo Smith & Sabu ToyozumiBurning Meditation ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy ... $22.99
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in his best sort of setting – working in an openly creative space for improvisation, one that has Smith not only shaping things majestically with his lines on trumpet – but also making some nice shifts to other instrumentation too! Drummer Sabu Toyozumi is a fantastic partner on the set – a sometimes-strong instrumentalist, but one who's also nicely focused too – so that he really finds a way to match all the many shifts and steps that Wadada makes over the course of the album's long, live, improvised performance. Smith also handles a bit of koto, bamboo flute, and percussion – and titles include "Don Cherry – A Silver Flute Song", "Lines", "Burning Meditation/Uprising", "There Are Human Rights Blues", and "Creative Music 1 – Red Mountain Garden Wild Arises & Glacier". LP, Vinyl record album
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Steve Swell/Robert Boston/Michael VatcherBrain In A Dish ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
We sometimes forget the power of Steve Swell on trombone – then along comes a record like this, which helps us remember all over again! Swell bursts out of the gate with this fantastically dirty tone – a way of rasping up his notes while still stating them with great focus – driven on by the powerful drums of Michael Vatcher, and peppered with shots on both piano and organ from Robert Boston – a trio that can come on with great power at some points, then hold open a more spacious gate to sound at others. Swell's tone is bracing and original throughout – and titles include "Psychopath In A Church Pew", "New Use For Old Neurons", "Brain In A Dish", "Just Another Alogism", "Tastier Than Oranges", and "Fried Or Roasted". CD

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Juan FG Vinuesa/Josh Berman/Jason Roebke/Mikel Patrick AveryBlue Shots From Chicago ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
The kind of record that makes us very proud to say we're from Chicago – as leader Juan FG Vinuesa comes up with a way to keep the city's avant scene moving forward – using some of the mix of structure and freedom from the Mike Reed generation, but also adding in both older elements, and some occasional moments of improvised freedom! A few passages swing here with a vibe that recalls older "city jazz" projects – but those are balanced by bolder statements from all members of the quartet – a superb lineup that includes Vinuesa on tenor, Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Roebke on bass, and Mikel Patrick Avery on drums and percussion. Berman sounds wonderful here – with occasional exclamatory moments that really grab us – and all tunes and arrangements are by Juan, with titles that include "Red Line Ballad", "The Alibi", "Ghost Town Studio", "La Lola", "Afro Asiatic Beat Poem", and "Luther's Mood". CD

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Alexander Von Schlippenbach & Aki TakaseLive At Cafe Amores ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1995. New Copy ... $14.99
This might be the sexiest-looking cover we've ever seen on a record from avant piano genius Alexander Von Schlippenbach – who we're used to seeing presented in a more abstract manner – but the sound of the record is no less wonderful than some of his classics over the years, and represents a fantastic live performance with pianist Aki Takase! The recording quality is wonderful – there's this strong sense of room that really lets you separate the presence of both players, even when things really heat up – a quality that only gets better when the notes cascade and collide together! Titles include "Jackhammer", "The Morlocks", "You Are What You Is", "Misterioso/Evidence", "Lulu's Back In Town", "Mingus Mix - Duke's Choice/Boogie Stop Shuffle", and "Nan Na Na Ist Das Der Weg". CD

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✨✧ Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul LyttonConcert In Vilnius ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This longstanding trio of musical partners really sounds wonderful here – attuned to the strengths and subtleties of each member – and able to open up with a beautiful sense of flow on the extended live improvisation on the set! All three musicians have always had as much of an ear for sound as they have for music – and that really comes through here with a stunning array of soundshapes and textures – which are also balanced by some surprisingly tuneful moments too. Evan Parker blows soprano and tenor, Barry Guy is on bass, and Paul Lytton is on drums – and the set features a full improvised performance, divided up into sections. CD

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✨✧ Sam Rivers/Cecil McBee/Norman ConnorsEmanation – Sam Rivers Archive Project Vol 1 ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous lost performance from the great Sam Rivers – working here with an ultra-hip trio that features Cecil McBee on bass and Norman Connors on drums! The style is in that free, longform improvisation mode that Rivers hit as the 70s began – often quite spiritual in nature, even when fierce – with the leader handling some really great tenor, plus soprano sax, flute, and even a bit of piano! Norman Connors will come as quite a surprise to those who only know him from his soul-based work later on in the 70s – as he plays with a hell of a lot of power, and really drives Rivers on with his boundless energy on the drum kit. McBee is fantastic, as always – often more understated than most might be in his position, but always hitting the right spirit for the moment. If you're a Sam Rivers fan, there's plenty to love here – and the set's a completely essential additional to his catalog. The set features one long improvisation, recorded at the Jazz Workshop in Boston in 1971. CD

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✨✧ Attic (Rodrigo Amado/Goncalo Almeida/Onno Govaert)Summer Bummer ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Tenorist Rodrigo Amado gets plenty of open space to really show off his creative tones and textures here – improvising freely in a trio that also features Goncalo Almeida on bass and Onno Govaert on drums! We've heard Amado before, but somehow he really grabs us here – partly because he's got this way of hitting soulful currents before going farther out – grounding his freer, looser moments in some more organic energy – which really keeps things interesting on the three longer tracks on the set. Titles include "Walking Metamorphosis", "Free For All", and "Aimless At The Beach". CD

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✨✧ Billy Bang & William ParkerMedicine Buddha ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, in 2009 – with Bang on violin and thumb piano, and William Parker on bass, plus a bit of shakuhashi and dousn gouni as well. Both players handle strings at a level that's far different than most of their contemporaries or influences – and have this sublimely spiritual style that's often a bit exotic too – but never in the sort of easier ways of Bang's Vietnam-related projects. Instead there's a very freely creative spirit as both players come together – finding a unique voice that's extremely moving, and never too heavy-handed – a huge reminder of why we love them both so much. Titles include "Bronx Aborigines", "Eternal Planet", "Buddha's Joy", "Medicine Buddha", and "Sky Song". CD

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✨✧ Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad/Kent Carter/John StevensBlue Cat ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 1991. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We never cease to be amazed at the sonic sensibilities of the cornet of Bobby Bradford – a musician who always seems to turn out stunning work, no matter what the decade! Here, Bradford is heard in an unissued live performance that features one long improvisation – but a piece that has that usual mix of preconceived structure and individual freedom that Bobby seems to do better than most – a vibe that comes through especially well when the group are hitting some surprising moments of swing! The pairing of Kent Carter's bass and John Stevens' drums is superb – and the alto of Frode Gjerstad stands out again as one of the best pairings with Bradford since the reedwork of John Carter. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Marion Brown & Dave BurrellLive At Black Musician's Conference 1981 ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic testament to the slow-burning spiritual genius of Marion Brown – a player who sometimes got eclipsed in an era of bigger avant personalities, but who really gets to showcase his talents in a spare setting like this! The live performance pairs Brown's alto with the piano of Dave Burrell – another player who's sometimes understated, but in the best way possible – and together the pair sound completely sublime – gently exploring the farther reaches of tonal space with their improvisations, and almost always keeping things in relatively soulful formation! The set features beautiful readings of two Billy Strayhorn tunes – "My Little Brown Book" and "Lush Life" – balanced with original material that includes "Gossip/Fortunado", "La Placita", "Crucificado", "Puna Mae Ole", and "Punaluu Peter". CD

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✨✧ Dave Burrell & Bob StewartCrave Play The Music Of Jelly Roll Morton & Dave Burrell ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unusual, completely wonderful album from pianist Dave Burrell – a live performance done around the same time as a studio session of the music of Jelly Roll Morton – but with a very different vibe! The difference here is Bob Stewart – who plays tuba with a deftness that's breathtaking – sometimes using the instrument in the same bass rhythm mode that it had in early days of jazz, before the string bass came into play – other times working out a bolder solo voice that's completely mesmerizing – even more so than some of Stewart's important avant jazz recordings in the 80s. The pair are wonderful on the three Jelly Roll Morton titles on the set – "New Orleans Blues", "The Crave", and "Spanish Swat" – all nice and long – then hit a greater sense of variety of the Burrell compositions "Popolo Paniolo", "Pua Mae Ole", and "I Am His Brother". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ John Carter TrioEchoes From Rudolph's (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ibedon/No Business (Lithuania), 1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A real lost chapter of 70s genius from reedman John Carter – a set done after his better-known recordings with Bobby Bradford, in a style that's much more spacious overall! The material features a trio – with Carter on both soprano sax and clarinet, both instruments he plays with an incredible dexterity and sensitivity in sound – much looser and more open to sudden shifts of inspiration than his music with Bradford – with accompaniment from Stanley Carter on bass and William Jeffrey on drums and percussion! The style is free, but never indulgently so – and Carter finds this way to always reach for melodic moments even at his most intense – creating the kind of magic that few other musicians might with his instruments. Titles include "Echoes From Rudolph's", "To A Fallen Poppy", "The Last Sunday", "Armin", and "Angles". 2CD set adds in a whole disc of extra material from the trio – with a 19 minute "Echoes From Rudolphs/To A Fallen Poppy", and a very long stretch of different improvised passages! CD

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✨✧ Detail (Johnny Dyani/Frode Gjerstad/John Stevens)Day Two ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic long improvisation by the best version of the Detail trio – the one that features Johnny Dyani on bass, Frode Gjerstad on tenor and soprano sax, and John Stevens on drums! That lineup didn't leave behind many recordings – which makes this one completely essential, as it really shows the thoughtful interplay between these three very well-matched musicians – especially Stevens and Dyani, who are often off in very separate territory that somehow ends up being completely complementary! Gjerstad's sharper lines definitely give the music some focus and voice – and the set features two parts of a long improvised performance, recorded in a studio in Norway in 1982. CD

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✨✧ Werner Hasler/Karl Berger/Gilbert PaeffgenHasler Paeffgen Berger ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest sessions in years from vibist Karl Berger – a set that has him in a nicely spacious trio mode – with Gilbert Paeffgen on drums, and Werner Hasler on both trumpet and electronics! The mix of trumpet and vibes is especially great – almost reminding us a bit of Don Cherry's work with Berger – save for the fact that Hasler's maybe a bit more open in his phrasing, which seems to pull out the sound even more and really hold the notes in space! The electronics are pretty cool too – a bit "dirtier" in tone, which also creates some nice elements – and titles include "Metro Dim Dim", "Lomallet", "Holtondimi", "Spiralthing", "Notes", and "CAbH". CD

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✨✧ William Hooker & Thomas ChapinCrossing Points ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dark-edged, long-form improvisations from the duo of William Hooker on bass and Thomas Chapin on tenor – recorded in the early 90s in New York, but done with a freewheeling sound that really carries on a loft jazz legacy! Chapin's definitely got an ear for some of the rawer, more exploratory sounds that the European free scene helped to forge – but he also has an earthier, more soulful approach too – knowing when to bring in a bit of swing when needed, and not just fall into textures and tones. Titles include "The Subway", "Addiction To Sound", and "The Underground Dead". CD

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✨✧ William Hooker QuintetChannels Of Consciousness ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant showcase for the drums of William Hooker – ringing out loudly and proudly here in the company of younger players who really help support his energy! Hooker's got this sharp punch that comes through right away – that mixture of freewheeling rhythms and more expressive musical vision that's made so much of his recent work so great – given a slightly different spin here in the company of Dave Ross on guitar, Chris Di Meglio on trumpet, Adam Lane on bass, and Sanga on percussion. The passages that have interplay between Sanga and Hooker are especially great – and titles include "Character", "The Unfolding", "Thought & Intention", "Compelling Influences", "Three Hexagons", and "Connected". CD

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✨✧ Adam Lane/Darius Jones/Vijay AndersonAbsolute Horizon ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Adam Lane's bass is superb here – really shaping the sound in a sublime way right from the start – brooding and bold up from the bottom – never too heavy-handed, but a force that directs the recording beautifully, and really gives shape to the alto of Darius Jones and drums of Vijay Anderson! The approach is quite different from the usual free trio date – as there's these subtle song structures on most tracks – sometimes more sonic than tune-based, but always full of feeling at a level that's extremely evocative, and which makes the album a superb achievement for all players involved. Titles include "Run To Infinity", "Bioluminescence", "Absolute Horizon", and "The Great Glass Elevator". CD features three more tracks than the LP. CD

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✨✧ Joe McPhee & Michael ZerangCreole Gardens – A New Orleans Suite ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2009. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really compelling collaboration between Joe McPhee and Michael Zerang – both players who've worked together often in the past, but who seem to find a fresh new voice on this album! Things are very loose and free – and the pair perform live, improvising some amazing sounds between McPhee's alto and pocket trumpet, and Zerang's always-creative work on the regular drum kit – used here with a wide pastiche of sounds that perfectly matches Joe's post-musical tones on his instruments. The pocket trumpet is especially compelling – and titles include "Congo Square Dance/Saints & Sinners", "Rise/After The Flood", "Crescent City Lullaby", and "And Now Miss Annie The Black Queen". CD

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✨✧ Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul LyttonConcert In Vilnius ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This longstanding trio of musical partners really sounds wonderful here – attuned to the strengths and subtleties of each member – and able to open up with a beautiful sense of flow on the extended live improvisation on the set! All three musicians have always had as much of an ear for sound as they have for music – and that really comes through here with a stunning array of soundshapes and textures – which are also balanced by some surprisingly tuneful moments too. Evan Parker blows soprano and tenor, Barry Guy is on bass, and Paul Lytton is on drums – and the set features a full improvised performance, divided up into sections. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Quat Quartet (Van Hove/Lovens/Blume/Vandewyer)Live At Hasselt ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very resonant sounds from this unique quartet – a lineup that features piano and accordion from Fred Van Hove, vibes from Els Vandeweyer, and percussion from both Paul Lovens and Martin Blume! The mix of vibes and piano is already great enough – quite free, and ringing out with spacious notes on both ends – and the addition of the pair of percussionists really opens up the sound, especially as both players are far from any rhythmic needs – and instead interact more with the percussive notes of the other instruments. The set features four different numbers, all improvised – "H1", "H2", "H3", and "H4". CD

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✨✧ Sam RiversZenith ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic lost slice of work from reedman Sam Rivers – recorded at a point when he was really able to let loose and go for a long stretch of a time – and with a mode that's a bit similar to his better-known late 70s recordings for the Circle label! Some of the elements here are the same – such as the presence of the enigmatic Joe Daley on tuba and euphonium – both instruments he blows with stunning dexterity, to create a lower end of tone next to Sam's biting work on tenor, soprano sax, and flute! The group also features the mighty Dave Holland on bass and cello – and double drums from Barry Altschul and Charlie Persip, the latter of whom was really discovering a freer side of his talents at the time. Rivers also plays a bit of piano – and the set features one very long improvisation, titled "Universal Message". CD

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✨✧ Sam Rivers/Cecil McBee/Norman ConnorsEmanation – Sam Rivers Archive Project Vol 1 ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous lost performance from the great Sam Rivers – working here with an ultra-hip trio that features Cecil McBee on bass and Norman Connors on drums! The style is in that free, longform improvisation mode that Rivers hit as the 70s began – often quite spiritual in nature, even when fierce – with the leader handling some really great tenor, plus soprano sax, flute, and even a bit of piano! Norman Connors will come as quite a surprise to those who only know him from his soul-based work later on in the 70s – as he plays with a hell of a lot of power, and really drives Rivers on with his boundless energy on the drum kit. McBee is fantastic, as always – often more understated than most might be in his position, but always hitting the right spirit for the moment. If you're a Sam Rivers fan, there's plenty to love here – and the set's a completely essential additional to his catalog. The set features one long improvisation, recorded at the Jazz Workshop in Boston in 1971. CD

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✨✧ Jason RoebkeCinema Spiral ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great large group recording from bassist Jason Roebke – and maybe one of his best records so far! Roebke's working here with a crack assortment of Chicago musicians – all players who have been rising in the same wave of creativity that's also held Jason up in recent years, and who seem to hit even greater heights here working under his leadership! The album's got that mix of composition and freedom that's really marked Chicago for the past decade or so – but there's also some richer ideas bubbling up, and a sense of tone and color that makes each musician resonate individually in a very strong way, while continuing to contribute a lot to the sound of the group. Players include Greg Ward on alto, Keefe Jackson on tenor and sopranino, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Josh Berman on trumpet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Mike Reed on drums, and Jason Adasiewicz on vibes – and titles include "Looking Directly Into The Camera", "L'Acme", "Waiting", "People Laughing", "Getting High", and "For A Moment". CD

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✨✧ Midori Takada/Kang Tae HwanEternal Moment ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1995. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the freer, looser moments you'll ever hear from percussionist Midori Takada – especially if you only know her more conventional recordings from the decade before! Takada was always a percussionist with a bit of whimsy – but here, she's in a starker free improvisational mode – playing alongside alto saxophonist Kang Tae Hwan, who really gets some amazing sounds out of his instrument! At times, Hwan's got a textural approach to his alto – which fits well with the sense of sound that Takada has brought to most of her career – and her own performances on the record are often strongly rhythmic, which makes a great balance to the freer alto lines. Titles include "Syun Soku" and "Dan-Shi". CD also features "Solo" – a solo alto performance by Hwan! CD

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✨✧ Midori Takada/Kang Tae HwanEternal Moment ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 1995. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the freer, looser moments you'll ever hear from percussionist Midori Takada – especially if you only know her more conventional recordings from the decade before! Takada was always a percussionist with a bit of whimsy – but here, she's in a starker free improvisational mode – playing alongside alto saxophonist Kang Tae Hwan, who really gets some amazing sounds out of his instrument! At times, Hwan's got a textural approach to his alto – which fits well with the sense of sound that Takada has brought to most of her career – and her own performances on the record are often strongly rhythmic, which makes a great balance to the freer alto lines. Titles include "Syun Soku" and "Dan-Shi". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Choi Sun Bae/Junji Hirose/Motoharu Yoshizawa/Kim Dae HwanArirang Fantasy ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 1995. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic set of improvised material from the Japanese scene of the mid 90s – a performance that features visiting trumpeter Choi Sun Bae working with Junji Hirose on tenor and soprano, Motoharu Yoshizawa on electric five string bass, and Kim Dae Hwan on percussion! These three players may not be as well known to American audiences, but they sound wonderful next to Bae's incredible sounds on the trumpet – notes that have a range of shaping and inflection that matches the energy of Wadada Leo Smith at his best, but which also have a very individual character too. Hirose matches Choi for moodiness, but also keeps a bit more down to earth – creating a nice balance – and titles include "Korea Fantasy", "Remember Bird", and "Airang Fantasy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300!)
Also available Arirang Fantasy ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Martin Kuchen & Raful MazarBaza ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Saxophonist Martin Kuchen has a very explosive style here – one that often has these sharply punctuated notes leaping out of more subtle sonic passages – all given a strong push by the acoustic bass guitar of Rafal Mazur! Mazur often moves up and down the fretboard with a style that's more like that of a guitarist – and from what we can see on the cover, the instrument seems to be somewhat unique – which results in sounds that match its creation. Kuchen blows alto and sopranino – and titles include "Baza 1", "Baza 2", and "Baza 3". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300!)
 
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Sonny RollinsTaking Care Of Business ... LP
Prestige/Milestone, 1955. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Early bop work by Sonny Rollins – from his Prestige years! Like other Milestone two-fers that were issued in the 70s, this set goes back and collects work recorded within the same time frame, and comprises material that was otherwise issued on Work Time, Tenor Madness, Sonny Boy and Tour De Force, some of his finest hard bop sides from the mid 50s. Sonny's playing alongside Ray Bryant, George Morrow, Max Roach, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones and Kenny Drew, with about half of the numbers quartet sides. 13 tracks in all: "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Raincheck", "There Are Such Things", "It's All Right With Me", "My Reverie", "Paul's Pal", "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World", "Tenor Madness", "When Your Lover Has Gone", "Ee-ah", "Sonny Boy", "B Swift" and "B Quick". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry/More Chuck Berry ... CD
Chess/BGO (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A double-helping of Chuck Berry brilliance from his early years on Chess Records – music that always has way way more to offer than you might think! Sure, some of Chuck's hits are very familiar – and sure, the man could later be a bit of a parody of himself – but there's no denying the power of this early material, and the revolutionary way Chuck had of playing guitar – rooted in blues, paving the way to rock, and also opening the door to lots more funky soul in years to come! The guitar work alone is worth the price of admission, but the songs and vocals are wonderful too – and the CD features 26 titles that include "Down The Road A Piece", "Mad Lad", "Sweet Little Rock & Roller", "Anthony Boy", "Little Queenie", "Oh Baby Doll", "Confessin The Blues", "Almost Grown", "Jo Jo Gunne", "Wee Wee Hours", "Too Much Monkey Business", and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man". CD

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James BrownIt's A New Day – Let A Man Come In (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
King (Japan), 1970. Used ... $24.99
Further genius from James Brown at the start of the 70s – a record that's starting to show some of the more open-ended grooves he'd explore with the JBs on their own albums – longer, stretched-out tracks that are way more than simple funk and soul! There's a sense of freewheeling energy here that's totally great – dynamic, powerful calls from James at the top of most tunes – and incredibly sharp work on horns and rhythm from the band – cutting grooves and turning lines like no other combo in the business, all with a great mix of deep soul and hard funk! The album features the 7 minute killer version of "Let a Man Come In & Do The Popcorn", plus "World (parts 1 & 2)", "It's A New Day (parts 1 & 2)", "Give It Up or Turn It Loose", "If I Ruled The World", "The Man In The Glass (part 1)", and "I'm Not Demanding (part 1)". A treasure trove of funk and soul! CD
(Out of print, 2007 pressing – includes obi!)

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Dr JohnMojo Of Dr John ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
A great little collection that definitely gets at the mojo of Dr John – the legendary New Orleans soul singer who really sprang forth in the mainstream at the end of the 60s! Much of this set captures the doctor before that time – early tracks from both New Orleans and LA, all of which echo the vibe of his later productions, but with a style that's maybe more stripped-down and a bit less psychedelic – although there's still a few great trippy touches along the way! CD1 features material recorded both as Dr John, and under his real name of Mac Rebenack – and CD2 features more early rarities, plus some live material too. 31 tracks in all – with titles that include "Feedbag", "Sahara", "Good Times", "The Ear Is On Strike", "Go Ahead On", "Doghouse Blues", "Got Lonesome-itis", "You Said It", "Make Your Own", "Somebody Tryin To Hoodoo Me", "I Pulled The Cover Off You Two Lovers", "Don't Want No Monkey In My Business", and "Bring Your Own Along". CD
Also available Mojo Of Dr John ... CD 19.99

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Dr JohnMojo Of Dr John ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 20.99
A great little collection that definitely gets at the mojo of Dr John – the legendary New Orleans soul singer who really sprang forth in the mainstream at the end of the 60s! Much of this set captures the doctor before that time – early tracks from both New Orleans and LA, all of which echo the vibe of his later productions, but with a style that's maybe more stripped-down and a bit less psychedelic – although there's still a few great trippy touches along the way! CD1 features material recorded both as Dr John, and under his real name of Mac Rebenack – and CD2 features more early rarities, plus some live material too. 31 tracks in all – with titles that include "Feedbag", "Sahara", "Good Times", "The Ear Is On Strike", "Go Ahead On", "Doghouse Blues", "Got Lonesome-itis", "You Said It", "Make Your Own", "Somebody Tryin To Hoodoo Me", "I Pulled The Cover Off You Two Lovers", "Don't Want No Monkey In My Business", and "Bring Your Own Along". CD
Also available Mojo Of Dr John ... CD 9.99

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Kim FowleyLord Of Garbage (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2012. New Copy ... $10.99 13.95
Kim Fowley, an author? Stranger things have happened – and given Fowley's penchant for putting his finger in just about every pie that came within reach, the whole thing's no surprise at all! The book is a stunning account of Fowley's important years in the music business – working in the sometimes lowest reaches of the LA scene, yet sometimes hitting the highest heights too – all told in really interesting detail, with a pacing that's completely unique! At lots of points, it kind of feels like Kim's telling you the story of his life over a few dozen drinks at the bar – with all the tangents you might expect – but at other times, there's this lucidity that's right in line with the Fowley genius in the studio – that way of being and going crazy while still holding all your cool – summed up perfectly in these few lines near the end of the book: "Well this is my version of what happened to me. I don't know if it really happened or not, but I think it did. I'm holding back a lot of stuff because it's too overwhelming in its darkness and it would be a sad read." Book

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Little BrotherAnd Justus For All ... CD
Hall Of Justus, 2008. Used ... $2.99
Little Brother returns with another head nodding batch of true school for the oughties – deep rhymes, smooth flows and 100% grade A beats whipped up from dusty crates of the best in the business! As always, it's refreshing to hear Phonte and Big Pooh deliver a gimmick free set from start to finish, reminding us it's not necessary to dig way down into the underground for to wash the taste out of that greasy kids stuff out of your ears. Khrysis is the anchor beat scientist on this album, with appearances by 9th Wonder, Nottz, DJ Babu, DJ Spinna, Kickdrums, RJD2 and others, and guest rhymes by Oh No, Kardinal Offishal, Rhymefest, Skillz and more! 16 tracks in all, keeing the Justus brand viable in today's crowded market, including "Can't Stop Us", "Delusional", "Life Of The Party (rmx)", "Best Kept Secret", "Do It To Death", "Too Late For Us", "Never Leave", "The Pressure", "Stylin", "Cross That Line (rmx)", "Back At It (rmx)" and "Time Of Your Life". CD

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Smoove & TurrellCrown Posada ... CD
Jalapeno (UK), 2016. Used ... $2.99
Smoove & Turrell might have kind of a hokey look on the cover, but they get right down to business on this funky little record – hitting a tight groove that's heavy on influence from both soul and AOR styles from the 70s and early 80s! The music's mostly upbeat and filled with riffing guitar lines and percussion bits – produced with a tightness to match the groove, but a sound that's never too overdone, either – and with plenty of individual elements that show that these guys aren't just slavishly copying their influences, but instead building something great and new of their own. Titles include "50 Days Of Winter", "Crown Posada", "Glass", "Slave To The Blues", "New Jerusalem", "Fight On", "Glue Bag Flags", "No Point In Trying", and "You Could Have Been A Lady". CD

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✨✧ James BrownIt's A New Day – Let A Man Come In ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Further genius from James Brown at the start of the 70s – a record that's starting to show some of the more open-ended grooves he'd explore with the JBs on their own albums – longer, stretched-out tracks that are way more than simple funk and soul! There's a sense of freewheeling energy here that's totally great – dynamic, powerful calls from James at the top of most tunes – and incredibly sharp work on horns and rhythm from the band – cutting grooves and turning lines like no other combo in the business, all with a great mix of deep soul and hard funk! The album features the 7 minute killer version of "Let a Man Come In & Do The Popcorn", plus "World (parts 1 & 2)", "It's A New Day (parts 1 & 2)", "Give It Up or Turn It Loose", "If I Ruled The World", "The Man In The Glass (part 1)", and "I'm Not Demanding (part 1)". A treasure trove of funk and soul! CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)
Also available It's A New Day – Let A Man Come In (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99

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✨✧ Evans PyramidEvans Pyramid ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare grooves from Evans Pyramid – a sweet set of cosmic disco from the end of the 70s – recorded with a lean, almost spiritual vibe – quite similar to some of the great tracks reissued in the Soul Cal series! There's a definite ear for the dancefloor here – lots of upbeat rhythms, touched with sweet keyboards riffs, and layered with vocals that are almost an afterthought – yet have their own sort of message at the right moment. The group's the brainchild of Andre Evans, an artist whose huge legacy of music business work includes stints with Dyke & The Blazers, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and Tribe – as well as a host of key album sessions as well – but the sound is unlike any of those references, and has this great stripped-down late 70s club vibe throughout. The rare album is offered here with unreleased bonus tracks – and titles include "Rubber Band", "Never Gonna Leave You", "Dip Drop", "No I Won't", "Soul Petrol", and "Dance A Thon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 1000!)

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✨✧ Evans PyramidEvans Pyramid (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare grooves from Evans Pyramid – a sweet set of cosmic disco from the end of the 70s – recorded with a lean, almost spiritual vibe – quite similar to some of the great tracks reissued in the Soul Cal series! There's a definite ear for the dancefloor here – lots of upbeat rhythms, touched with sweet keyboards riffs, and layered with vocals that are almost an afterthought – yet have their own sort of message at the right moment. The group's the brainchild of Andre Evans, an artist whose huge legacy of music business work includes stints with Dyke & The Blazers, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and Tribe – as well as a host of key album sessions as well – but the sound is unlike any of those references, and has this great stripped-down late 70s club vibe throughout. The rare album is offered here with unreleased bonus tracks – and titles include "Rubber Band", "Never Gonna Leave You", "Dip Drop", "No I Won't", "Soul Petrol", "I Got A Rush For You", "Dance A Thon", and "Sugar Stop". CD

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✨✧ Mississippi John Hurt1928 Sessions (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Yazoo, 1928. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Vintage work from Mississippi John Hurt, but somehow amazingly clear and crisp in this classic LP presentation! The tunes are wonderfully earthy – just vocals and guitar from Hurt, in a style that's definitely blues, but which has some surprisingly jazzy inflections at times – at least from the perspective of older-style jazz. Titles include "Candy Man Blues", "Spike Driver Blues", "Big Leg Blues", "Ain't No Tellin", "Frankie", "Nobody's Dirty Business", and "Louis Collins". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe Gibbs & OthersJoe Gibbs Productions – Roots, Culture, DJs & Dub – Classic Joe Gibbs Productions 1975 to 1982 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
At last! After featuring a number of burning Joe Gibbs productions on their Dynamite! series of reggae compilations, Soul Jazz gets down to business with this excellent set dedicated to some of his finest output. All flavors get represented here: Dee Jay numbers, mellow harmony cuts, earth shaking dub versions, and all with the classic Mighty Two production touch courtesy Gibbs and Errol Thompson, with many instantly recognizable rhythms! 19 tracks in all including Trinity "Kingston Two Rock" and "Starsky & Hutch", Junior Murvin "Cool Out Son", Joe Gibbs & The Professionals "Chapter 3" and "Massive Fire", Joe Tex & U Black "Standardization" and "Rub-A-Dub Evening", Althea "Down Town Thing", Culture "Two Sevens Clash", the Mighty Two "Hully Gully Rock", Shorty The President "No Peace" and Snuffy & Wally "Dreader Mafia". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ John Cameron/Alan ParkerAfro Rock – KPM 1030 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog – one of the most sought-after records ever issued by the label – and like the rest, never really made for public sale back at the time! Despite that humble origin, though, the grooves here are right up there with the funkiest work coming out from that side of the Atlantic at the time – a brilliant post-colonial blend of acoustic percussion, electric keyboards, and a fair bit of fuzzy guitar – all presented with a stripped-down, no-nonsense approach to the rhythms that's often funkier than work by some of the bigger names in the genre. Titles include "Heavy Water", "Ice Breaker", "Solid Satin", "Punch Bowl", "Frozen Steam", and "Black Light" by Alan Parker – and "Swamp Fever", "Range Rover", "Survival", "Afro Waltz", "Heat Haze", "Rocking Rhino", and "Afro Metropolis" by John Cameron. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dan PennNobody's Fool ... LP
Bell/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic set from the legendary Dan Penn – an artist who's maybe known more as a songwriter, but who's finally been given his due as a singer over the years! Back in the day, Dan recorded this gem, but it quickly fell between the cracks of the too-wide music business – yet since that time, the album's been wonderfully re-discovered – and hailed as one of the best illustrations of Penn's unique place in southern music – that special space between soul and country that made his contributions extremely important! The set was recorded in Memphis and Nashville, with a very inventive vibe – less straight soul than Penn's material of the 60s, but also not really rock or country, either – thanks partly to the blend of arrangements – which include help from both Bergen White and The Memphis Horns. Almost all titles are originals by Dan – and tracks include "Tearjoint", "Nobody's Fool", "Prayer For Peace", "Skin", "If Love Was Money", "I Hate You", "Ain't No Love", and "Raining In Memphis". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Henson CargillWelcome To My World (aka None Of My Business) ... LP
Harmony (Canada), 1969. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 70s pressing.)

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BlinkyHeart Full Of Soul – The Motown Anthology ... CD
Motown/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99 31.99
A fantastic collection of work from Sondra "Blinky" Williams – a hell of a soul singer who recorded a fair bit for Motown Records at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – but an artist whose music ended up mostly spending the next few decades in the label's vaults! Yet Blinky never let the lack of success stop her from giving her best – as she's a fantastic vocalist, and one with an expressive range that easily matches some of the Motown greats of her generation – a list that would include Martha Reeves or Gladys Knight – but who also has these deeper, more righteous currents that make her a perfect singer for a Motown move into the 70s! Blinky only saw one full album issued at the time – a duo with Edwin Starr titled Just The Two Of Us – but this package features a fully conceived, yet never-released album – plus other singles, unissued tracks, live material, and lots more – a wealth of fully-cooked, powerfully-produced singles that finally give the singer her due. The whole thing is an amazing Motown discovery – 46 tracks in all, 28 of which appear here for the first time ever – with titles that include "Don't Leave Your Baby", "Heart Full Of Soul", "How Can I Go On", "Inside", "I'll Make It Up To You", "One Half Of Love", "Shine On Me", "For Once In My Life", "I Wouldn't Change The Man He Is", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "People Make The World Go Round", "T'Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do", "I've Gotta Get You Back", "Mr Soul Brother", "You're The Loser Now", "One Half Of Love", and lots lots more. CD

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MJT+3Walter Perkins' MJT+3 ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass. Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to Chi-town with buddy Harold Mabern), and the smoking trumpet of Willie Thomas, and you've got one of the tightest combos to never make it in the big time. Who cares, though, because this album is a gem, and it grooves along mightily from top to bottom. Strozier and Mabern are fantastic, and they bring a unique soul jazz approach from their native Memphis into play with the firey Chicago rhythm of Cranshaw and Perkins. Five tracks: "Sleepy", "Brother Spike", "Whiffenpoof Song", "Rochelle" and "Big Hands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with Bell Sound stamp. Cover has a Stereo sticker and a half split top seam.)

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✨✧ MJT+3Make Everybody Happy ... LP
Vee Jay, 1960. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Windy City classic – from Vee Jay Records! The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass! Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to Chi-town with buddy Harold Mabern), and the smoking trumpet of Willie Thomas, and you've got one of the tightest combos to never make it in the big time – a killer little group that was almost a Chicago secret back in the day, but one that's well worth discovering if you've got any sort of a love for hardbop or soul jazz! This oft-overlooked gem is one of the best hardbop albums to ever come out of Chicago, and it's got some great originals by Mabern – like "Richie's Dilemma" and "Make Everybody Happy" – plus a nice version of Booker Little's "Sweet Silver". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, pen on back, and small splits on the bottom seam.)

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MorrisseyWorld Peace Is None Of Your Business ... LP
Harvest, 2014. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Nothin SiriusMonkey Business ... LP
Baby Grand, 1977. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Features Pat Ingram on sax and flute, Marcus Duke on keyboards, and Lindsay Gillis on guitar! Titles include "The Visitor", "D'Nalor's Dream", "Bolshoi Blues Waltz", and "Fly Souffle". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Junior ParkerLove Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On (aka Outside Man) ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest albums ever from Junior Parker – a great little set that shows he had a lot more to offer than just the average bluesman! The album's got a nice little soul sound in the backings – tight rhythms from Horace Ott, who nicely avoids a lot of the cliches that the blues business was hitting at the time – in order to keep Junior in hip territory that's filled with breaking drums and heavy basslines! There's a few key crossover tracks here, plus some surprisingly sweeter numbers – and the album's a gem through and through – well-appreciated by new generations over the years, thanks to its diversity of tracks! Titles include a great break version of "Taxman" – plus two more Beatles numbers, "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Lady Madonna" – and the tracks "Outside Man", "Darling Depend On Me", "You Know I Love You", "River's Invitation", and "Just To Hold My Hand". CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo Groovy Collection!)

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Justin GreavesDevil's Business (180 gram yellow vinyl with poster) ... LP
Death Waltz (UK), 2011. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the first contemporary soundtracks on the mostly-vintage Death Waltz label – and a great record that really lives up to the same style as horror scores of yore! The music is mostly spare, but plenty dark – a definite death waltz of subtle sounds brewed together carefully – so that the initial approach is somewhat subtle, but the whole thing comes across with a really eerie edge once it gets going! Justin Greaves is best known for his work in a variety of contemporary bands – but here, he's completely different – and a master of the subtle, simple statement – on tracks that include "The Hit", "The Telling", "The Whistler", "Business Is Good", "Losing (spooky version)", and "My Enemies I Fear Not But Protect Me From My Friends". LP, Vinyl record album
(This limited edition, on yellow vinyl, comes with an exclusive 12 x 12 lithograph & a poster of the cover art.)

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✨✧ Jinx & Mr C (James O'Connor & Damen Corrado)Compliments Of Chicagohoodz – Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture ... Book
Feral House, 2019. New Copy ... $16.99 22.95
A really amazing look at the secret art and language of gang culture in Chicago – the most detailed book we've ever seen to examine the words on the street during the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Chicago had a very special sort of language to communicate gang activity and culture during the heyday of the city's big gangs – graffiti that was filled with codes and symbols, and which really predated major street art in New York – plus a network of patches, business cards, and other objects that conveyed a special sort of numerology and message – sometimes harmless words about parties and events, sometimes essential details about the criminal underworld. This book is fascinating on so many different levels – not just a prurient true crime story, but instead a very detailed examination of gang culture in terms of linguistics, visual media, and representation. Yet all that detail doesn't make things too dry, either – as the book is overflowing with photos and images – examples of street graffiti, countless business cards, patches, portraits, and more – even some maps at the back. The whole thing is a massive 375 pages, full color throughout, and very beautifully done! Book

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✨✧ Sue RaneyNew & Now! ... LP
Imperial, Late 60s. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
A beautiful little session from vocalist Sue Raney – and a bit of a departure from her earlier work for Capitol! The style here is a bit more groovy than before – lightly dancing around with some larger backings from Billy Byers – jazz-styled, but handled with a few nice mod touches from time to time, especially in the selection of the tunes. Sue's a bit more mature here as well – not as fragile as before, but still with a sound that's as sweetly sexy as it is swinging. Even more importantly, the production seems to have the vocals slightly echoed out – almost overdubbed – in a mode that creates a Brasil 66 swirl to the best numbers on the session, which is really great! Titles include "Open For Business As Usual", "I Stayed Too Long At The Fair", "Groovin", "Once Was A Time I Thought", "Holiday For Strings", and "Where's The Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousFashion Records – Style & Fashion – A-Class Top Notch Hi Fi Sounds In Fine Style ... CD
Fashion/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980s/1990s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overdue look at London's Fashion Records label – an important reggae imprint that was to the British scene of the late 20th Century what Trojan was in the 70s! But Fashion also had a quality that did them one better – they recorded and issued work that originated in the UK – documenting a reggae scene that had grown to be as important as Kingston by that time – thanks to trans-Atlantic flows of vinyl, and a fair bit of immigration from the West Indies too! The music here is strongly in the styles that really exploded in London during the stretch – and early digital dancehall material is offset by sharp-edged jungle rhythms, and warmed up by some lover's rock too – but always with a quality that's earthy, and very close to the streets. The label was run out of the basement of the Dub Vendor record store, which gave them a great ear for changes in sound and styles – and they've got a fascinating story that's fully documented here in the notes, in best Soul Jazz fashion. Titles include "Let's Dub It Up" by Dee Sharp, "Dance Pon De Corner" by Papa Face featuring Red Man, "Shot Fe Bust (Marvellous Cain rmx)" by Poison Chang, "Wikkeda" by General Levy & Hard N Pure, "Played By This Ya Sound" by Bunny General, "You're Nicked" by Laurel & Hardy, "Rising To The Top" by Dee Sharp, "To The Bump" by Papa Face & Bionic Rhona, "As You See It" by Cutty Ranks, "Bubble With I" by Asher Senator, "Ruffest Gun Ark (DJ rap mix)" by Top Cat, "DJ Business" by Papa San, "You'll Never Need Somebody" by Janice Walker, "DJ Jamboree" by Papa Face with Keith Douglas, "Heat" by General Levy, and "Sweet Soul Rocking" by Carlton Lewis. CD

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Extra BallGo Ahead ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
A strange name but an excellent group – one headed up by guitarist Jaroslaw Smietana, playing here with a free-flowing vibe we really like! The album's got kind of a modal approach to fusion overall – one that's never overly jamming, and more concerned with the rhythmic progression of the tracks – making it a super-appealing album to our groove-tuned ears. Instrumentation includes a fair bit of electric keys alongside the guitar lines, plus trumpet, trombone, and some nicely soaring reed work on tenor, soprano, and flute. There's a great structure to the album too, one that really keeps things fresh – as longer tracks are juxtaposed with shorter numbers that set the mood from tune to tune, making for a well-rounded album that has a tremendous amount of depth. Titles include "Krakowski Festiwal Jazzowy", "Go Ahead", "Naima", "Airport", "Sepia", "Gwiazdka Dla Ewy", "Current Business", and "A Tightrope Performance". CD

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Hartmut Geerken & Chris TrentSun Ra Omniverse (hardcover) ... Book
Art Yard (Germany), 1994/2015. New Copy ... $71.99 72.00
An incredible book on Sun Ra & The Arkestra – one that's got all the beauty and heft of one of his rare albums on the Saturn Records label! This is the second edition of Omniverse (the first went out of print almost 20 years ago, and now goes for fabulous sums) – and it's even bigger than the first, with a stunning amount of words, notes, photos, artwork, and images of vintage records – all pulled together to represent the "omniverse" promised in the title! The book begins with a long history on Ra and his music, along with all the complicated business practices that accompanied it – then goes on to include pages and pages of wonderful photos, by Val Wilmer and author Hartmut Geerken – alongside other writings on Ra's music by Chris Cutler, Salah Ragab, Robert Campbell, Amiri Baraka, and others – before then diving into a huge discography on Ra-related recordings – with images on pre-Saturn singles and 78s, releases on Saturn and other labels, and lots more session information too – then ending with a huge amount of images of vintage record covers and other Ra releases, plus rare handbills as well. The whole thing is as big as the biggest coffee table books you'll find – but a lot more interesting overall – and the presentation is top-shelf all the way through! Expensive, but totally worth it even if you've only got a minor interest in Sun Ra – over 300 pages, full color, and lavishly printed. Book

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Gene HarrisNexus ... LP
Blue Note, 1976. Very Good ... $3.99
A great little solo set from Gene Harris – and a perfect example of that magical time after he'd left the Three Sounds, but hadn't yet hit the more standard styles of later years – a period when Harris was really experimenting with a wide range of keyboards and sounds! The set has arranger Jerry Peters weighing in – bringing some of his own quirky touches into play with Gene's wonderful work on keyboards – which includes plenty of Fender Rhodes and moog, as well as other keys of the time too. Funky titles include "Koko & Lee Rose", "Funky Business", "Rushin Roulette", "HRD (Boogie)", and "Gettin Down Country" – and the set's got a great mellow moody soul track called "Prayer 76", with a bit of a Roy Ayers feel. LP, Vinyl record album

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Mississippi John HurtWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1964. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Rare recordings of delta blues legend Mississippi John Hurt – captured solo and beautifully well on 3 dates in late 1964, recorded by Gene Rosenthal – with Hurt's distinctive way of a somehow gentle melodic acoustic blues guitar sound, coming from hard-strummed and plucked strings as unvarnished and amazing as can be – and a way with vocals that's just as unique and wonderful! It's got the intimacy of the best field recordings, but the sound quality and John's voice and guitar are in such fine form here, it feels "big" despite being as raw and real as can be. Includes "Slidin' Delta", "Louis Collins", "Staggerlee", "Monday Mornin' Blues", "Comin' Home", "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor", "You Can't Come In", "Joe Turner", "Lonesome Am I", "Trouble Blues", "Nobody's Dirty Business", "Lovin' Spoonful", "Worried Blues" and "Avalon Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Millie JacksonIt Hurts So Good ... LP
Spring, 1973. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
An excellent early album from Millie Jackson – recorded in a southern soul style in New York and Muscle Shoals, but a lot hipper than most of the rest of the female soul that was coming out of the south at the time. For one thing, Millie was a bad mamma singer – rapping hard and frankly about the way things is (or were). For another, Millie's not necessarily as great in the sweet department as some of her contemporaries – so she sticks to the harder material, except for a few tear jerking ballads, and adds in a lot of humor and touches of the fierce sarcasm that would soon become her calling card in the soul business. Gary Byrd penned the leadoff cut "I Cry", and the other tracks include "Two Faced World", "Hypocrisy", "Good To The Very Last Drop", "Help Yourself", and "Now That You Got It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – cover is great!)

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✨✧ James MasonRhythm Of Life ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion/Chiaroscuro, 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's never been done this perfectly again! James Mason's a player who's know for a bit of keyboard work with other artists – but here, he's really working as a collective power – bringing together a brilliant ensemble that work as one to hit some sublime sounds – much in the way that Roy Ayers could work some key magic with his groups at the same time, but with a vibe that's very different too. Players include Ayers associates Justo Almario on saxes and Philip Woo on piano – and a young Narada Michael Walden adds some excellent drums to the record – a lot more powerful and funky than on most of his own albums! Lead vocals are by Clarice Taylor – who's got this unique voice that really makes the record – proud, but sensitive at the same time too – and Mason plays lots of Fender Rhodes, polymoog, Arp, and a bit of guitar. Titles include the breakbeat classic "Funny Girl", the monster groover "Sweet Power Your Embrace", the funky "Slick City", and the massive "Free" – but every cut's a winner, and others include "Mbewe", "Rhythm Of Life", and "Dreams". This is the kind of album that makes us proud to be in business! CD

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Mos DefNew Danger ... CD
Geffen, 2004. Used ... $2.99
Mos Def brings a veering diversity to New Danger – his first album in five years – a record that hits on tried-and-true Rawkus flavored beats and rhyme schemes, slow-rolling, smoked out soul & blues, and Quickness era Bad Brains-esque arena rock! Of course our favorite cuts are the straight up hip hop tracks, produced by Minnesota with a percolating, synth-layered sound that works really well – giving the backdrop kind of a pulpy, cinematic sweep. Other tracks feature Mos and his soul/rock/blues outfit Black Jack Johnson. Mos clearly refuses to be roped in by anyone's expectations at this point – a quality that reminds us of Common's Electric Circus – in spirit, if not in the actual sound. Tracks include "Boogie Man Song", "Ghetto Rock", "Zimzallabim", "The Rape Over", "Blue Black Jack" featuring some straight electric blues guitar work by the one-and-only Shuggie Otis, "Bedstuy Parade & Funeral March", "Sex, Love & Money", "Sunshine", "Grown Man Business", "Modern Marvel", "Life Is Real", "War" (produced by Beatnut Psycho Les) and more. CD
(Tray card has a cutout hole.)

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Tower Of PowerYou Ought To Be Havin Fun – The Columbia/Epic Anthology ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Mid 90s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
Two slices of work from Tower Of Power – both recorded for Sony/CBS, but with over a decade between them! First up, the set presents 19 killer cuts from the Columbia Records years of Tower Of Power – a time when the group moved away from Warner Brothers, where they were maybe losing a little steam – and forged this fantastic sense of soul that was missing from some of their earlier records! At the start, TOP were a rock-solid funk act – but here, they also bring a stronger soul approach to their vocals and songwriting – in a way that mixes their always-sharp instrumentation with a deeper, more developed vibe – super-strong material that sometimes doesn't always get its due. The set brings together Columbia tracks from albums, singles, and even some b-sides – with tracks that include "You Ought To Be Havin Fun", "Am I A Fool", "Lovin You Is Gonna See Me Thru", "Ain't Nothin Stoppin Us Now", "Because I Think The World Of You", "We Came To Play", "Love Bug", "While We Went To The Moon", "Somewhere Down The Road", "Deal With It", "By Your Side", and "Heaven Must Have Made You". The second half of the package features tunes the group recorded for Epic Records during the mid 90s – material that was only issued on CD at the time, and which shows TOP to continue the strengths of their earlier years! Some of the cuts go for a retro funk approach, others have a more contemporary soul vibe – and the set features 16 Epic tracks that include "A Little Knowledge", "Recapture The Magic", "Soul With A Capital S", "Please Come Back To Stay", "You", "Rhythm & Business", "Come To A Decision", "Undercurrent", "Diggin On James Brown", and "How Could This Happen To Me". CD

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Jackie WilsonHigher & Higher ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful little album from Jackie Wilson – one that helped him redefine his sound and save his career! Jackie's earlier work for Brunswick was a mish-mash of styles that ranged from raw R&B to smooth supper-club jazz to silly novelty numbers, all of which had gotten pretty stale by the mid 60s. Elsewhere at Brunswick, though, things were really popping during the time – as Carl Davis was turning the label's Chicago offices into a hotbed of soul, forged in the newer hipper styles of the Chisoul scene. Davis got Wilson into the Chicago scene for this album – had him working with arranger Sonny Sanders and director Gerald Sims – to create a wonderful batch of strident soul tunes that perfectly embody the loping Chisoul groove that was Davis' real legacy in soul music during the 60s. The prime example of this is the title cut "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher" – which became a runaway hit that put Wilson back on the map I the soul business. The rest of the album's just as great, though, and includes loads of solid numbers like "Soulville", "I've Lost You", "Those Heartaches", and "I'm The One To Do It". CD
Also available Higher & Higher (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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Jackie WilsonHigher & Higher (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A wonderful little album from Jackie Wilson – one that helped him redefine his sound and save his career! Jackie's earlier work for Brunswick was a mish-mash of styles that ranged from raw R&B to smooth supper-club jazz to silly novelty numbers, all of which had gotten pretty stale by the mid 60s. Elsewhere at Brunswick, though, things were really popping during the time – as Carl Davis was turning the label's Chicago offices into a hotbed of soul, forged in the newer hipper styles of the Chisoul scene. Davis got Wilson into the Chicago scene for this album – had him working with arranger Sonny Sanders and director Gerald Sims – to create a wonderful batch of strident soul tunes that perfectly embody the loping Chisoul groove that was Davis' real legacy in soul music during the 60s. The prime example of this is the title cut "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher" – which became a runaway hit that put Wilson back on the map I the soul business. The rest of the album's just as great, though, and includes loads of solid numbers like "Soulville", "I've Lost You", "Those Heartaches", and "I'm The One To Do It". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Higher & Higher ... CD 13.99

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VariousB-Boy Hip Hop – South Bronx Hip Hop (180 gram pressing) ... LP
B-Boy/Demon (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $29.99
A hefty collection of work from the legendary B Boy Records – maybe not the first indie in the world of hip hop labels, but a key imprint for heralding in a new generation of the music! B Boy is best known as the initial home of Boogie Down Productions – but in their short history, they also cut some other excellent work – a good deal of which is on this double-length set. Titles include "Strong Island" by JVC Force, "Can't Get Enough" by Soul Dimension, "Call It What You Wanna" by Tall Dark & Handsome, "Let's Jam" by DJ Mate & The Latin MCs, "Who Am I" by K Bee & Ceil B, "Get Up" by KD Nice, "Stars Are Shinin" by Money Earnin Crew, "Serious Business" by Positive Image, "Scott Made Me Funky" by Scott La Rock & D Nice, "Sex Sex & More Sex" by Spice Ham, "Throwdown" by Sparky D, "That's The Flavor" by Busy Boys, "991 Volts Of Noise" by 991 Volts, and "South Bronx (truth version)" and "The Bridge Is Over" by Boogie Down Productions. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousR&B Hipshakers Vol 1 – Teach Me To Monkey ... CD
Gusto, Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A treasure box of early 60s R&B 45s – a top shelf collection of singles cut for the King & Federal labels from 1960 to 1964 – amazing numbers from Hank Ballard, Freddy King, The Drivers, Little Bobby Moore, Willie Dixon & The Big Wheels, Johnny Guitar Watson, Carol Ford, Little Willie John and more. Early 60s soul and rollicking R&B sides to rival the best and most exciting sounds of the era – compiled by DJ Mr Fine Wine, most of which have never been reissued before now! Includes "Gibble Gobble" by Willie Wright & His Sparklers, "Broadway" by Hank Ballard, "What Makes You So Cold" by Lulu Reed, "My Nerves" by Little Willie John, "The Slummer The Slum" by The 5 Royales, "I Don't Know About You" by Lloyd Nolan, "Where You At Jack" by Little Mummy,, "That's It Man" by The Valentines, "Mind Your Own Business" by Eugene Church, "Regardless" by Charles Brown,, "Texas Oil" by Freddie King", "One Zippy Zam" by Roy Mildton & His Orchestra, "Mom, Won't You Teach Me To Monkey" by Little Emmett Suttoon, "Hog Killin Time" by Eddie Kirk and more. CD

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VariousState Of The Union – The American Dream 1967 to 1973 – Presented By Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
A great look at the changing tone on the American scene at the end of the 60s – that moment when Vietnam, social unrest, and many other problems weighed heavily on the country's consciousness – and made their presence manifest in all sorts of pop music as well! We're not talking about the familiar sounds of the Woodstock generation – but instead more mainstream artists who had never touched on politics or social issues before – but suddenly found themselves singing alongside the underground about the bigger problems of the day. This package is a superb look at that moment – put together by the team who've given us the great English Weather and Paris In The Spring collections for Ace – with the same care for choice of tracks, and a wealth of wonderful notes that really get at the nature of these unusual tunes. Titles include "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard" by Elvis Presley, "Wine In The Wind" by Anita Kerr Singers, "Paint Me Black Angels" by Eartha Kitt, "This Crazy World" by Paul Anka, "Questions" by Bobby Darin, "Do You Believe This Town" by Dean Martin, "Cardboard California" by Buddy Greco, "Cherrystones" by Eugene McDaniels, "Save The Children" by Teresa Brewer, "Welfare Hero" by Johnny Tillotson, "What Do We Do With The World" by Bing Crosby, "4th Of July" by The Beach Boys, "Mr Businessman" by Ray Stevens, "Paint America Love" by Lou Christie, "Hitchhiker" by The Four Preps, "Brand New Day" by Della Reese, "Saturday's Father" by The 4 Seasons, and "Southbound Jericho Parkway" by Roy Orbison. CD

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✨✧ EdenEden ... LP
Return To Analog (Canada), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If Adam's Eden was this groovy, he might not have gotten into trouble with Eve, the apple, and all of that other business! This Eden's a French Canadian group from the 70s – and one that's got a wonderfully proggy sound – super-strong drums, long-spinning keyboards, and criss-crossing guitar lines that get occasional vocal support – but which are more than comfortable enough here working on long instrumental passages, of the type that put this record tight next to some of the best Italian prog classics of the 70s. Vocals are by Jean-Bernard Borja, but only feature on a few of the songs – leaving plenty of room for instrumental magic on cuts that include "Intuition", "La Foret", "Allias", "La Ballerine Musclee", "Transe", and a nice take on Faure's "Pavane". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Eddie HillHot Guitar – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Country music talent Eddie Hill is maybe best known to the world as the guy who gave the Louvin Brothers their first work, or as a big force on the Grand Old Opry – but he's also a hell of a guitarist who cut some fantastic sides during the postwar years – records that ring out with all sorts of great guitar modes that easily puts Hill right up there with some of the greats of his time! The package is the first to ever do justice to the strengths of Eddie's talents – and features singles recorded for Decca, Mercury, RCA, and Columbia, plus some rare Apollo Records work too – all brought together in a collection that has Hill stepping easily through a variety of hillbilly talents, always with plenty of vocal charm to match his instrumental strengths too. Titles include his classic "The Hot Guitar" – a commentary on all the rising hillbilly styles in 1951 – plus "The Gottalotta Song", "Black Denim Trousers & Motorcycle Boots", "High Wide & Handsome", "Lovin Spree", "Who Wrote The Letter To Old John", "My Sugar Booger", "Bless Your Little Thumpin Gizzard", "Melting Steel", "Mind Your Own Business", "Fire Ball Eight", "Buckshot", "Wild Cat", and "Hard Road To Travel". CD

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✨✧ Blue MitchellAfrican Violet/Summer Soft ... CD
Impulse, 1977/1978. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Overlooked greatness from trumpeter Blue Mitchell – two 70s albums back to back! African Violet is sweet electric funk from Blue – recorded in a warm, largely arranged style that's reminiscent of the best Freddie Hubbard fusion work from the 70s – but which has an even tighter sound overall! The groove is great – kind of a Kudu Records vibe, and Blue's actually quite good in this format – stepping off with a bit more confidence than on his electric sides from Mainstream, and getting the benefit of some great tenor sax work from Harold Land on a few numbers! Mitchell's always one of those players who actually seems to stretch out more in a set where he's not the leader of a small combo – and his solos here are surprisingly strong, and filled with soul – as are those of Land and tenorist Herman Riley. Titles include "Sand Castles", "Ojos De Rojo", "Mississippi Jump", "As", "Square Business", and "Forget". Summer Soft is a later set from Blue Mitchell – but a great one too, and done in a fully-arranged soul fusion style that seems to bring out the best in his playing! The album's got a smoother sound than some of Blue's work for Blue Note or Mainstream – but the groove comes out surprisingly well, without any cliches or cheesiness – and Blue himself turns in some wonderful solo work for the record, blowing in an open-ended mode that's similar to Donald Byrd's style of the time. Other players include Bobby Lyle on keyboards, Cedar Walton on piano, Eddie Harris and Harold Land on tenor, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion – and arrangements for the set were handled by Phil Wright and Cedar Walton, the latter of whom brings in some of the tight funky feel of his own late 70s fusion sets for Columbia. Titles include "A Day At The Mint", "Summer Soft", "Try Not To Forget", "Love Has Made Me A Dreamer", "Evergreen", and "Funkthesizer". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Stanley TurrentineNever Let Me Go ... LP
Blue Note, Mid 60s. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet and soulful early work from Stanley Turrentine – one of the few albums he recorded in the early 60s with wife Shirley Scott – then one of the greatest female organ players in the business! The album's got a easy going soul jazz feel that's a lot like the work the pair cut for Prestige – with great organ rhythms from Scott, and some additional conga from Ray Barretto – cooking up the rhythm section a bit more than usual! Titles include "Never Let Me Go", "Sara's Dance", "Trouble", and "Major's Minor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed – 70s pressing, or earlier – definitely not later. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ James MasonRhythm Of Life ... LP
Chiaroscuro, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's never been done this perfectly again! James Mason's a player who's know for a bit of keyboard work with other artists – but here, he's really working as a collective power – bringing together a brilliant ensemble that work as one to hit some sublime sounds – much in the way that Roy Ayers could work some key magic with his groups at the same time, but with a vibe that's very different too. Players include Ayers associates Justo Almario on saxes and Philip Woo on piano – and a young Narada Michael Walden adds some excellent drums to the record – a lot more powerful and funky than on most of his own albums! Lead vocals are by Clarice Taylor – who's got this unique voice that really makes the record – proud, but sensitive at the same time too – and Mason plays lots of Fender Rhodes, polymoog, Arp, and a bit of guitar. Titles include the breakbeat classic "Funny Girl", the monster groover "Sweet Power Your Embrace", the funky "Slick City", and the massive "Free" – but every cut's a winner, and others include "Mbewe", "Rhythm Of Life", and "Dreams". This is the kind of album that makes us proud to be in business! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Rhythm Of Life ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Dave PikeIt's Time For Dave Pike ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Early work by Dave Pike – one of his first albums ever, recorded with an all-star lineup that includes Barry Harris on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Pike's got less of the groovy and fuzzed-out sound of his later work – but even at this young age, he's a heck of a vibes player, and working here with such a great group, he can't help but sparkle. Tracks include "Cheryl", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Forward", "Tendin To Business", "Solar", and "Hot House". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, RLP 9360, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has some wear with a partially split bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Jim HallConcierto/Big Blues/Studio Trieste ... CD
BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
3 great CTI records from Jim Hall – including work with Art Farmer, Chet Baker & Hubert Laws – in a great 2CD set! Concierto is one Hall's most compelling albums from the 70s – a mix of lightly swinging tunes and more complicated numbers, recorded with some of his best partners from earlier years! Chet Baker is on trumpet, Paul Desmond is on alto sax – and the rest of the group includes Ron Carter bass, Roland Hanna piano, and Steve Gadd on drums. The centerpiece of the album is the 19 minute long "Concierto De Aranjuez", and other tracks include "The Answer Is Yes", "Two's Blues" and 5 bonus tracks including "Rock Skippin'", "Unfinished Business" plus a few alternate takes of album tracks. Big Blues is sweet and subtle genius from Art Farmer and Jim Hall – in a quintet with vibes by Mike Mainieri – in a style that eschews the electric funk of other CTI records, but has a similar sense of space, sound, and rhythm overall – proof that the label's groundbreaking approach didn't always have to be electrified! Tracks are quite long, and the two leaders effortlessly craft notes that magically hang in space with an airily soulful feel. Titles include wonderfully reworked versions of "Whisper Not", "A Child Is Born", and "Pavane For A Dead Princess". Studio Trieste is great later date with Chet Baker & Hubert Laws! The session's a larger group effort headed up by Don Sebesky, and featuring key solos by Chet Baker, Jim Hall, and Hubert Laws – all of whom get plenty of room to do their thing on the album's longer tracks! Other players include Kenny Barron, Jack Wilkins, Jorge Dalto, George Mraz, and Steve Gadd – plus bit of added percussion – and although the group is large, the overall sound is relatively lean – spacious and airy, in keeping with Baker's best moments on records like these, and always sensitive enough to let Hall's gentle work on the strings of his guitar shine through nicely! Titles include "Malaguena", "Django", "Swan Lake", and "All Blues". CD

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✨✧ Hil St. SoulSoul Organic (20th anniversary edition – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Dome (UK), 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A flagship record from the wonderful Dome label – one of the hippest homes to contemporary soul on the other side of the Atlantic – and a company that's given us great music for over two decades! This set is one of their key early releases – a brilliant set from Hil St Soul – a singer who just grew and grew in popularity after this release. Hil's got a sweetly jazzy style – a bit like some of the underground NuSoul singers in the US in at the same time, but maybe with some of the crispness of the London scene too – and she sings here with some nicely restrained arrangements that have a good focus on beats and lots of warm instrumentation over the top, never too hype, just right for her personal style. Titles include "Strictly A Vibe Thing", "Just A Matter Of Time", "Nostalgia", "Concrete Jungle", "Free Spirit", "There For Me", "Until You Come Back To Me", "For Your Love", and "Props". 20th anniversary edition features bonus tracks – "Until You Come Back To Me (acoustic)", "Just A Matter Of Time (VRS rmx)", and "Down To Business". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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