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✨✧ VariousNot Two – But Twenty (5CD set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), New Copy 5CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic tribute to the ongoing contributions of the Not Two label – an important Polish imprint that's done plenty for improvised music over the past 20 years – with a wealth of studio releases, and live events such as the festival recordings presented in this beautiful set! The box itself is wonderful – a beautiful handmade wood box, which contains five CDs' worth of material fromt his event – all work that appears here for the first time ever! The range of improvising musicians is great – as international as the reach of the label – and they work together in a number of different combinations. Groupings include Joelle Leandre, Steve Swell, and Agusti Fernandez; Peter Brotzmann, Bary Guy, and Zlatko Kaucic; Joelle Leandre and Barry Guy; Maya Homburger and Barry Guy; Mats Gustafsson, Rafal Mazur, and Paal Nilssen-Love; Peter Brotzmann, Mikolaz Trzaska, Per-Ake Holmlander, and Agusti Fernandez; Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark; and Peter Brotzmann and Paal Nilssen-Love. CD
 
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Daniel Carter & Matthew ShippDark Matrix ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
Dark sonic interplay between a really wonderful duo – Matthew Shipp on piano and Daniel Carter on a range of horns – alto, tenor, and soprano saxes – plus clarinet and trumpet too! The shifting mix of Carter's instrumentation is matched by a never-ending flow of imagination from the fingers of Shipp – often moving fast, with that sense of freedom that marked his earlier work – but circling back to some of the more sense-making moments that have graced his more mature recordings in recent years! Both players have a great ear for the other – it's very hard to say who's leading or who's responding – and titles include "Element", "Landing Takeoff", "Dark Matrix", and "The Will To The Form". CD

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Conference Call (Ullman/Stevens/Fonda/Ulrich)Prism ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2016. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
Bold work from a group of improvisers who really know each others' strengths – maybe no surprise, as most of them have been playing together in this lineup for years – Joe Fonda on bass, Gebhard Ullman on tenor and bass clarinet, and Michael Jefry Stevens on piano – joined by relative newcomer Dieter Ulrich on drums! Ulrich fits right into the sound perfectly – bursting boldly when the others do, hanging back with more tentative sonic energy at other points – always balanced with the same sort of understanding that makes the group work so well together, as they explode out from song ideas by each of the individual members. Titles include "The Bee", "Zeit Lupe", "Sal's Song", "Listen To Dr Cornel West", "Prism", and "Variations On A Master Plan (part 2)". CD
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Conference Call (Ullman/Stevens/Fonda/Ulrich)Prism ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $13.99
Bold work from a group of improvisers who really know each others' strengths – maybe no surprise, as most of them have been playing together in this lineup for years – Joe Fonda on bass, Gebhard Ullman on tenor and bass clarinet, and Michael Jefry Stevens on piano – joined by relative newcomer Dieter Ulrich on drums! Ulrich fits right into the sound perfectly – bursting boldly when the others do, hanging back with more tentative sonic energy at other points – always balanced with the same sort of understanding that makes the group work so well together, as they explode out from song ideas by each of the individual members. Titles include "The Bee", "Zeit Lupe", "Sal's Song", "Listen To Dr Cornel West", "Prism", and "Variations On A Master Plan (part 2)". CD
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Barry Guy & Ken VandermarkOccasional Poems ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2014. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99
A fantastic pairing of players – two musicians who really bring out the best in each other in this set of improvisations recorded during the Krakow Jazz Festival – really bold basswork from the legendary Barry Guy, and the kind of ever-changing sounds, shapes, and tones that we always love from the reedwork of Ken Vandermark! Guy seems more on fire here than many other recordings from the time – and there's a photo inside the cover that really reflects the kind of warm intimacy and understanding he has with Vandermark – this really sport of special improvising magic that flows effortlessly throughout. Vandermark plays clarinet and a variety of saxes – and titles include "Black White Red Blue", "Riding The Air", "Curving Of The Wave", "I Will Sing You Of The Moments", "Shadow Cuts Light", and "Nature Is A Wolf". CD

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Krakow Improvisers OrchestraKIO At Cricoteka ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
A large group with a really strong command of their sound – so much so that at points the full frenzy of all members seems to pack this really enormous punch, before getting balanced from more personal, individual moments in music! The idea of an improvisers orchestra is nothing new, but these guys definitely have a sound that's all their own – a really fresh variation on the concept, which comes in part from the mix of instrumentation in the lineup. Players include Liliana Zieniawa on vibes, Patryk Zakrocki on viola, Marcin Bozek on French horn, Tomek Choloniewski on percussion, Marta Dramowicz on electronics, Mawina Kolodziejczyk on tenor, Paulina Owczarek on alto, Sebastian Mac on guitar, and both Ernest Ogorek and Adam Stodolski on bass. Owczarek conducts, Adam Nyk provides a bit of voice, and the long performance runs for over 40 minutes, divided into three sections. CD

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Joe McPhee/John Edwards/Klaus KugelNight In Alchemia ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the amazing things about an improviser like Joe McPhee is the way that he can change so much and adapt to a different setting – which is definitely the case here, in a lineup that seems to produce sounds we're not sure we've ever heard from Joe before – even though we've been digging his records for decades! There's a very spacious approach to improvisation – one that often seems initiated by the drums of Klaus Kugel, who has a way of moving across the top of the toms with a resonance that's picked up by bassist John Edwards – then embellished beautifully by McPhee on trumpet and saxes! The titles of the improvisations come from the poem Burden Of Proof, by Laura Winter – and include "Burden Of Proof", "Just To Wait", "At The Waters Edge", and "To Watch A Mist Rise". CD

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Step In (Joe Fonda/Carlo Morena/Felix Lecaros Herrera)Voila La Tendresse ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
Bassist Joe Fonda may well be the best known player in the group – but the real star of the show is pianist Carlo Morena – as he wrote all the selections on the album (save one), and spins out these tremendous long lines on piano – filled with life and soul, color and flow! Morena's got a balance between louder resonance and more careful notes that might be somewhere in the territory of the younger Steve Kuhn – but he's also very much his own man, and get superb depth from the basswork of Fonda – and the carefully spaced out drums of Felix Lacaros Herrera – a player we don't know at all, but who's a key part of the sound of the trio. Titles include "Voila La Tendresse", "Often", "Japan", "Chorale", "Dog With No Name", and "Moglichkeiten". CD

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Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii, & Ramon LopezMantle ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
A record that explodes right out of the gate with a sound that's all its own – a fantastic collaboration between drummer Ramon Lopez and the long-running Japanese duo of Natsuki Tamura on trumpet and Satoko Fujii on piano – two players who are able to effortlessly burst out in this driving wall of sonic power, then immediately stop on a dime! There's a bold beauty to the record that's undeniable – a performance that's really a cut above, even in the company of other excellent records on the Not Two label – and we're not sure if we've ever heard the combination of trumpet, piano, and drums come off this well before – sonic surprises throughout, but always rich in organic integrity. Titles include "Metaphors", "Your Shadow", "From Spring To Summer", "Came Left", "The Temple Bell", "Encounter", and "Straw Coat". CD

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Ken VandermarkMark In The Water ... CD
Not Two, 2011. Used Gatefold ... $11.99
Ken Vandermark on clarinet, bass clarinet, and tenor saxophone. CD

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Ken VandermarkUnexpected Alchemy (7CD set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2019. New Copy 7CD ... $74.99
The title definitely gets it right – as the set's documents unexpected alchemy between reedman Ken Vandermark and a wonderful blend of improvisers – all recorded over the space of a few days in the Polish city of Krakow! The set's something of a follow-up to Vandermark's massive Alchemia box from 2005 – which also documented a long residency in that city – but the format here is a bit different, and also demonstrates just how much Ken and the other musicians have grown over the years! Each CD features a different concert performance, or performances – with different groupings of musicians, some that don't even include Vandermark. Lineups include Ken Vandermark dueting with Nate Wooley, Steve Noble playing solo, the duo of Ikue Mori and Mette Rasmussen, the duo of John Butcher and Nate Wooley, a solo performance by Joe McPhee, the duo of John Butcher and Ken Vandermark, a quartet with Nate Wooly and Kent Kessler, a duet between Kessler and McPhee, another duet between John Butcher and John Tilbury, and a trio with Hamid Drake, Eddie Prevost, and Vandermark. CD7 is something of a bonus – material recorded the following year in Munich – with a trio of Vandermark, Prevost, and Tilbury. CD
(In a beautiful fold-out package with individual paper sleeves.)

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Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Dag Magnus NarvesenLiminal Field ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
Exactly the kind of record that first made us fall in love with the piano of Alexander Von Schlippenbach – a set that has a jagged but freewheeling sort of vibe – improvised, but with that inherent musicality that can make Schlippenbach's piano come across in tuneful ways, even in such a setting! Drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen duets with Alexander here – almost following his initial energy – letting the piano lineup and cascade in these long lines that are often as rhythmic as they are tuneful – then peppered in by the drums as the two pulse together beautifully. Titles include "Relay Extempore", "Reveries In Monochrome", "Brass Tacks", and "Morphing Monk" – the last of which features very cool improvisations on themes from Thelonious Monk! CD

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✨✧ Wall/London Band (Greg Wall & Frank London)Birth & Rebirth ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Greg Wall on tenor, Frank London on trumpet, Ethan Iverson on piano, Josh Roseman on trombone, Kenny Davis on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums! CD

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✨✧ Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor with Jon Irabagon & Joe FondaLong Tall Sunshine ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great trio set from drummer Barry Altschul – a record that easily swings between freer moments and straighter swing – thanks to the help of bassist Joe Fonda, and saxophonist Jon Irabagon – who blows tenor, soprillo sax, and alto clarinet! Fonda's bass may well be the rock of the set – a he's always a bit understated, but finds a way to bridge the space between Altschul's loose work on the kit, and the more soulfully cohesive lines of Irabagon's reeds. The tunes all have a loose structure, but are easily broken open by improvisation – and titles include "Be Out S'Cool", "Irina", "The 3Dom Factor", "Long Tall Sunshine", and "Martin's Stew". CD

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✨✧ DKV & Joe McPheeFire Each Time (6CD set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2017. New Copy 6CD ... Out Of Stock
The title here is very apt – as this fantastic quartet seem to set a different kind of fire on every one of the CDs in the set – six different performances, recorded over the space of two months – in Paris, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Poland! The group should be well-known to lovers of improvised music from earlier Okka Disk recordings in the 90s – and the passage of two decades has only made them sharper and more intense – especially when the tenor and pocket trumpet of Joe McPhee joins the lineup of Ken Vandermark on reeds, Kent Kessler on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums. The set of recordings is dedicated to James Baldwin – which you might have guessed from the title – and the whole thing is a fitting tribute to the transformation of ideas about freedom and identity over the passage of time. CD
(Fantastic package – a great box set with a magnetic flap lid!)

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✨✧ Barry Guy Blue Shroud BandOdes & Meditations For Cecil Taylor (5CD set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2016. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful large format recording from bassist Barry Guy – working here at the head of the Blue Shroud Band, an improvising ensemble that echoes some of his earlier work with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra! The extended work is an expansion of an earlier piece that Guy recorded with pianist Marilyn Crispell – her Three Poems For Cecil Taylor – stretched out here with a more embellished sense of imagination, but still using some of the core texts created by Crispell for the original work! The piece spans five long CDs – with sections broken down and notated to reflect the work of the many great improvisers in the set – a lineup that includes Michel Godard on serpent and tuba, Agusti Fernandez on piano, Torben Snekkestad on soprano and tenor, Jurg Wickihalder on soprano and alto, Percy Pursglove on trumpet, Julius Gabriel on baritone and soprano, Maya Homburger on violin, Fanny Paccoud on viola, Ben Dwyer on guitar, and both Ramon Lopez and Lucas Niggli on percussion. Savina Yannatou provides voice on the poetic passages, Guy plays bass and leads – and the whole thing is beautifully packaged! CD

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✨✧ Elisabeth Harnik/Michael ZerangDream Disobedience ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An extended album-length improvisation – featuring Elisabeth Harnik on piano and Michael Zerang on some of the most inventive drum work we've heard from him in years! Both players have a way of handling their instruments far beyond conventional modes – which also includes using parts that aren't normally involved directly in making music – so that the drum kit and piano are turned inside out at moments, with sounds coming together in ways that really get past any sort of familiar expections you might have from the words piano and drums! Recorded live in concert in Lubljana in 2019. CD

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✨✧ Jubileum Quartet (Leandre/Parker/Fernandez/Kaucic)A Uis ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Bassist Joelle Leandre always seems to bring out something special in a session – and that's definitely the case here, as her warm spirit of creative creation seems to really shape the contributions of Agusti Fernandez on piano and Evan Parker on tenor sax! Make no mistake, Parker also brings out a lot in players too – and his ability to adapt, especially in mature years, continues to blow us away – especially on a record like this, as his tenor wraps around the bass in all sorts of wonderful ways, sprinkled with notes from Fernandez, and dotted by the drums and objects used by Zlatko Kaucic – who we may be hearing here for the first time. The set features one long performance – recorded at the Cerkno festival in 2018, dedicated to Kaucic's 40 years as a musician! CD

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✨✧ London Jazz Composers OrchestraThat Time ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 1972/1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very rare work from this legendary improvising orchestra – two different recordings from the first decade or so of the group's existence, at a time when they were hardly making any records at all! The first two long tracks are from a 1972 performances in Germany – and feature an early version of the group conducted by Buxton Orr, but with leader Barry Guy in strong formation – in a very large lineup that includes saxes from Evan Parker, Mike Osborne, Trevor Watts, and Alan Wakeman; trumpets from Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett, Mark Charig, and Dave Holdsworth; trombones from Paul Rutherford, Mike Gibbs, and Paul Nieman; guitar from Derek Bailey; piano from Howard Riley; percussion and drums from Paul Lytton and Tony Oxley; and more bass from Jeff Clyne and Chris Laurence. The players' ability to move in ways that are both cohesive and individual is breathtaking – on the long selections "Watts Parker Beckett To Me Mr Riley" and "Statements III". Next are two more tracks recorded in London in 1980 – one live, one studio – with some of the same players, but also the addition of Peter Brotzmann and Tony Coe on saxes, Philipp Wachsmann on violin, and John Stevens on percussion – on the tracks "Quasimode III" and "Appolysian". CD

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✨✧ Ivo Perelman/Gordon Drdina/Hamin HopariPurity Of Desire ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The tenor of Ivo Perelman often sounds best in a more unusual setting – and that's definitely the case here, as he works in a trio with Gordon Grdina on oud and Hamin Honarai on tombak, daf, and percussion! The set definitely has some of the Mid East currents you'd expect from the instruments – but this is less of a "jazz meets world" setting, than it is a record that has Honari and Grdina improvising in free jazz modes on instruments with much different roots! If anything, the angular notes of Perelman might well be some of the most conventional sounds on the record – and if you know Ivo, you know that he's hardly anything but conventional. Titles include "Bridge To The Soul", "Purity Of Desire", "Music Of A Distant Drum", "Love Is A Stranger", and "Light Upon Light". CD

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✨✧ Dave Rempis/Elizabeth Harnik/Michael ZerangTriple Tube ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A trio of improvised performances by a very hip trio – Dave Rempis on alto, Elisabeth Harnik on piano, and Michael Zerang on drums – all musicians who are working here together at a club in Austria, where the set was recorded! Rempis is, as always, a master of magical moments on his instrument – able to constantly create in really fresh and imaginative ways – all these sounds, tones, and flurries of notes – answered by Harnick with really deft work on piano, and very solidly grounded by Zerang – with that almost bursting sensibility he can bring to the drum kit. Titles include "Triple Tube 1", "Triple Tube 2", and "Triple Tube 3". CD

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✨✧ Matthew Shipp/Mark Helias/Gordon GrdinaSkin & Bones ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The guitar of Gordon Gridna provides a really fresh balance for the piano of Matthew Shipp here – an instrument that seems to unlock more color than usual in Shipp's work on the keys – really illuminating, although still with some of his usual dark corners, which is what makes the shift so wonderful! Mark Helias hangs right in the middle on bass – providing real grounding at some points, and a bridge at others – as all three musicians work with the kind of resonance that makes a record like this such a sonic standout! Titles include "The Distance", "Stick & Move", "Bob & Weave", "The Onslaught", and "Feather Weight". CD

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✨✧ Steve Swell & Andrew CyrilleCenter Will Hold ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The center may hold, but it's getting jostled plenty by the efforts of this very hip sextet – a free improvising combo who have as much interest in the overall sonic possibilities of their music as they do in the more acoustic jazz-based elements! Steve Swell leads the group on trombone, and also composed the frameworks for the performances – and the great Andrew Cyrille is on drums and percussion – yet the group is also very equally balanced between all the many aspects of the four other players – Robert Boston on piano and organ, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, Ariel Bart on harmonica, and Jason Kao Hwang on viola, violin, and electronics! There's a spirit here that's a bit like some of Lonberg-Holm's recordings, but in ways that are maybe more song-based from time to time – and titles include "The Center Will Hold", "Celestial Navigation", "Robo Call", "Laugh So You Don't Cry", and "Spontaneous Protocols". CD

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✨✧ Yuma Uesaka/Marilyn CrispellStreams ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This might be the first time we're hearing the work of reedman Yuma Uesaka – who turns out to be a fantastic partner for the always-tremendous piano talents of Marilyn Crispell! Uesaka is as much of a composer as an improviser – and the work here is all composed at the core, but with structures that allow for plenty of individual contributions – inspired by the poetry of Rushi Vyas, whose words are included with the CD – even though Yuma is just expressing himself on saxes and clarinets. The pair are joined by Chatori Shimizu on sho on one track – but the core energy just comes from reeds and piano, with Crispell reminding us once again that she can be a hell of a musical partner in just about any setting. Titles include "Torrent", "Ma/Space", "Meditation", "Interations 1", and "Streams". CD

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✨✧ Ken VandermarkResonance (10CD box set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2009. New Copy 10 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Amazing music from reedman Ken Vandermark – 10 CDs' worth of music, recorded over a week's visit to Poland and The Ukraine in 2007! The package is surprisingly rich – not just sounds recorded for the sake of copious content, but a really diverse batch of music that has us more impressed than ever at Vandermark's ability to really play over a range of different styles of expression. Plus, the set demonstrates that his ability to lead larger groups of players is sharper than ever – as Vandermark interacts here with a shifting set of musicians that include some hometown favorites from Chicago, plus overseas talents as well – a lineup that includes Steve Swell on trombone, Dave Rempis on tenor and alto, Yuriy Yaremchuk on tenor and soprano, Mikolaj Trzaska on alto sax and bass clarinet, Magnus Broo on trumpet, Mark Tokar on bass, and both Tim Daisy and Michael Zerang on drums and percussion. The set captures the performances in their entirety – and the groupings shift throughout – a variety of small combos, plus some larger ensemble work as well. Brilliant stuff – and more proof that Vandermark's one of the most important jazzmen of our generation! CD

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✨✧ Vandermark 5Four Sides To The Story (limited 2LP box set) ... LP
Not Two (Poland), 2007. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful, heavy duty double vinyl box set that chronicles reeds genius Ken Vandermark and his Vandermark 5's live work from a late November '05 date at the Alchemia club in Krakow – with the latest 5 lineup from the superb Discontinuous Line album – powerful stuff that you already know is amazing if you've ever had the occasion to the the crew work live! Always one to wear his influences proudly on his sleeve, with a fiery approach that's all his own, Vandermark is in top form here – and surrounded by incredible, intuitive players – including Fred-Lomberg Holm on cello, Tim Daisy drums, Kent Kessler on bass and Dave Remis on sax. Titles include "Vehicle (For Magnus Broo)", "Camera (For Edward Weston)", "Suitcase (For Ray Charles, Elvin Jones, And Steve Lacy)", "Convertible (For Charles Eames)", "Burn Nostalgia (For Art Pepper)", "Some Not All (For Phillip Wilson)" and "Reciprocal (For Santiago Calatrava)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mars Williams & Vasco TrillaSpiracle ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Chicago reedman Mars Williams is in great company here – working on these long improvised duets with Spanish percussionist Vasco Trilla – a player who really seems to bring out new qualities in the music of Mars! Trilla plays drums, but also has the deeper sonic explorations of a percussionist – and his work often resonates in these really great ways with the reedwork of Williams, who occasionally brings in some toy instruments – but never in a way that's gimmicky at all. And in case you might think that Mars is just a trickster in this setting, he also blows some surprisingly strong, soulful saxophone lines to really balance things out – reminding us what a strong player he can be in that mode, almost as in some of his Ayler Xmas experiments. Titles include "Atlas Moth", "Stigma", "Boog Lung", "Valve", and "Haemolymph". CD
 
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✨✧ Fela & Africa 70Stalemate/Fear Not For Men ... CD
Barclay, 1977. Used ... $9.99
Killer stuff from Fela – and 2 albums we never see in the original! The Stalemate album has two hard groovers, both with vocals, and both very nicely driving all the way through. Fear Not For Man is an incredible record from Fela – a set that's maybe even darker and more moody than some of his other records from the time – but still pretty darn funky overall! Side one features the tremendous title cut "Fear Not For Man" – a strong message, especially given Fela's struggles at the time – set to these wicked drums from Tony Allen, which have strong breakbeat quality, but this darker current too – that oddly offbeat vibe that Allen would explore later on his own. There's also an excellent keyboard solo – snakey and spooky – over a brooding bassline that introduces all the other great elements on horns, played with a raw, raspy sensibility that reminds us that although so many others may copy this mode in recent years – there's still nothing like a classic Fela album! "Palm Wine Sound" is on the flipside – a cool instrumental that begins with a moody guitar passage, but then blasts open brilliantly with an amazing sax solo! CD
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Gus Giordano StudiosTwo In A Jazz Mood – Giordano Technique ... LP
Orion, Early 80s. Very Good+ ... $36.99
Later work from the Gus Giordano dance studios – a session that's not as funky as some of their earlier work, but still mostly original material played by a group of local Chicago studio musicians! The feel here is mostly an early 80s approach to jazz funk – smooth at times, with a fair bit of electric touches – and many numbers have an uptempo sort of soundtrack feel from the time. Titles include "Nuance", "Brigado", "Con Amigos", "Sicilienne", "Arms A Kimbo", "Blue Funk", and "Jazz Network". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Charlie Hunter & Scott AmendolaNot Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead ... CD
Charlie Hunter Music, 2012. Used ... $7.99
A great setting for the 7 string guitar of Charlie Hunter – served up here in a spare set of duets with drummer Scott Amendola! The sound is nice and wide – way fuller than you might expect from two instruments, thanks to some lush phrasing from Charlie, as he moves nicely along with the grooves from Amendola's drums – sometimes a bit funky, other times nice and offbeat – making for the kind of fresh set we've always come to expect from Hunter! Titles include "Ghost Mall", "Blind Arthur", "Rust Belt", "There Used To Be A Nightclub There", "The Wizard Pounds The Pavement", and "Economy With Dignity". CD
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Incredible Bongo Band/Ollie Nightingale/SylversThing With Two Heads ... LP
Pride, 1972. Near Mint- ... $18.99
We're not sure how much of this music was actually used in the crazy movie about a man with two heads from two races (white and black, natch – and starring Rosie Grier and Ray Miland), but it was produced by Michael Viner (then head of the hip Pride/MGM soul imprint), and includes two great tracks from his Incredible Bongo Band ("Bongolia" and "Bongo Rock"), plus two Ollie Nightingale cuts ("Here I Am Again" and "May The Best Man Win") and two Sylver's cuts (including the break classic "Fools Paradise".) Sammy Davis Jr. and Jerry Butler contribute two other great tracks (Butler does "A Prayer", one of his best 70's tracks), and the whole thing's a groovy comp of stuff on the MGM/Pride label! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut out hole in one corner, but this is a nice copy overall.)

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PilotPilot – The Albums (From The Album Of The Same Name/Second Flight/Morin Heights/Two's A Crowd/bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
EMI/7T's (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $29.99
Sharp hooks, huge melodies, and 70s guitar pop greatness from Pilot – a genius pop group who only gave the world a handful of records, all of them pretty darn great! From The Album Of The Same Name includes their signature tune, "Magic" – and it's one of those songs everyone knows, whether or not they no who made it – but Pilot soars all around on these tunes. The guitars have punch, but the falsetto vocals are the main cabin of this vessel – and it's grand 70s soft rock of the first order! Other tracks include "Just A Smile", Lucky For Some", "Girl Next Door", "Sooner Or Later", "Never Give Up", "Sky Blue", "Never Give Up", and "Over The Moon". Second Flight is the excellent second album from Pilot, really perfecting the guitars, keyboards and vocals and hooks formula that shot them into the pop consciousness a year or so earlier – probably their best album ever! The opener "You're My No 1" is so catchy, we can hardly believe it's not a throwback pop radio staple, and the record has a few of tracks nearly as grand. The vocals & harmonies are better arranged, and the guitars and keyboards are in that great comfort zone between the glam pop of the previous couple years and the new wave pop to come. Somewhat silly bubble gum lyricism, sure, but it's tasty stuff! Other tracks include "January", "Love Is", "Call Me Round", "To You Alone", "Passion Piece", "Dear Artist" and more, plus the bonus demos "You're Devotion", "Love Is", "January" and "Lady Luck". Morin Heights is later work from 70s soft rock tunesmiths Pilot – a couple years on from their biggest hit, but still making gloriously catchy tunes! The hallmarks of their earlier stuff is here, with some twists & turns. The lyrics are the kind of lovestruck or lovelorn naivete that's cloying to some, and hopelessly endearing to others – relying more this time out and an overall catchiness than huge choruses and hummable singles. We'd fly with these guys anytime! Titles include "Hold On", "Canada", "First After Me", "Steps", "The Mover", "Penny In My Pocket", and "Maniac". Two's A Crowd is the last full 70s album from Pilot – just a duo by this point, but working with all the punch and panache of their early records! As before, their ability for hook-heavy tunes is amazing – as there's so many numbers here that could have been huge AM radio hits, but which also have some surprisingly thoughtful lyrical touches, and arrangements that are simple, but which really pack a hell of a punch. Titles include "Monday Tuesday", "Big Screen Kill", "Creeping Round At Midnight", "Library Door", and "Mr Do Or Die". CD features lots of related bonus tracks – including "Pamela", "Ra Ta Ta", "Just Let Me Be", "Maniac", "Us", "Lady Luck", "No Ties No Strings", "Are You In Love", "Just A Smile", and "Stop & Let Go". CD

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Steely DanTwo Against Nature (180 gram pressing) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Giant, 2000. New Copy (reissue)... On June 12, 2021
Titles include "Gaslighting Abbie", "Janie Runaway", "Almost Gothic", "Negative Girl", "West Of Hollywood", and "Jack Of Speed". (Note: This item is not for sale online until noon on Saturday, June 12. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning Saturday, June 12. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after noon on June 12 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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Cecil Taylor & Tony OxleyBeing Astral & All Registers – Power Of Two ... CD
Discus, 2002. New Copy ... $13.99
Tremendous live work from avant piano legend Cecil Taylor and always-creative drummer Tony Oxley – a duo who recorded most famously for FMP at the end of the 80s, but who also turned in some great live performances over the following decades! This set is definitely one of those – captured at a time when Taylor was not making many forays into the studio, but still very much at the top of his game in the sort of long form improvisational setting that defined his 70s material – especially when in the company of a player as great as Oxley! There's a balance here between percussive attacks and gentler flows on both instruments – spontaneous creativity in action from both musicians, on the very long titles "Power Of Two" and "Being Astral & All Registers". CD

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Porter Wagoner & Dolly PartonOnce More/Two Of A Kind/The Right Combination Burning The Midnight Oil/Together Always ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Four classic RCA albums from the team of Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton – all brought together in a single set! Once More is a pivotal moment in the duo career of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – both solo singers who'd worked together on earlier records, but really seemed to hit their stride around the time of this set! Both Porter and Dolly gel together perfectly – often singing together, not trading back and forth as much – in ways that only make the lyrics of the songs resonate more strongly. Titles include "I Know You're Married But I Love You Still", "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man", "A Good Understanding", "Let's Live For Tonight", "Once More", "Fight & Scratch", and the tear-jerker "Ragged Angel". Two Of A Kind is a great pairing of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – one an aging country singer, yet still in his prime – the other a soon-to-be superstar, getting her youth balanced out a bit more by the presence of Porter! The tunes here are the perfect sort of music for the pair to work together – some songs that have separate parts that give each singer a distinct character – others harmonized together in a mighty nice way. Dolly wrote a fair bit of material for the set, and Porter had a hand in a few too – and titles include "Oh The Pain Of Loving You", "Possum Holler", "The Flame", "The Fighting Kind", "Two Of A Kind", "There'll Be Love", "Is It Real", and "Curse Of The Wild Weed Flower". On the next album, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton are definitely the Right Combination – singing here with a chemistry that not only reflects Dolly's years on stage with Porter, but which also echoes some of the tension of their relationship backstage! The tunes are a mix of originals – some by Wagoner, some by Parton – plus a few other well-chosen numbers – all of which expand their duo style nicely, marking it as way more than just some record company attempt to cash in by bringing two stars together! Titles include "More Than Words Can Tell", "The Right Combination", "Her & The Car & The Mobile Home", "Burning The Midnight Oil", "On & On", and "The Fog Has Lifted". The title of Together Always is maybe a bit un-prophetic – given that a few years later, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton would hardly be together – but the record's a great one from that wonderful stretch when the pair could really make magic singing together on record! The tunes are all original numbers – some by Dolly, some by Porter – new material that makes the album every bit as strong as solo efforts by either singer, and which show that these RCA duo sessions weren't just filler material in the catalog! Titles include "Love's All Over", "Take Away", "Lost Forever In Your Kiss", "Looking Down", "Poor Folks Town", "Ten Four Over & Out", and "You & Me Her & Him". CD

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Was Not WasTell Me That I'm Dreaming (traditional remixed version, souped-up version)/Out Come the Freaks (dub) ... 12-inch
Ze/Island, 1982. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $8.99
Before Don Was went on to become a huge hit making producer, he cut a number of tasty post disco tracks, like these two excellent Danceteria style numbers, all three versions with an irresistable Lower East Side 80s groove! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a trace of a price sticker and light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousBluesin By The Bayou – I'm Not Jiving ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A very cool volume of this excellent series of Louisiana sounds – one that mixes rare and unreleased tracks from the late 50s from equally great 70s sounds – all with a unified bluesy groove that really makes the whole thing come together nicely! The 70s tracks have a style that's much more old school than some of the blues recordings from other scenes at the time! Most of this music could be of late 50s or early 60s vintage, given the approach – which often electrifies the guitar, sometimes throws in a harmonica solo, and usually keeps the rhythms as raw as the production – holding onto an edge that was often missing from more commercial blues productions of the period! There's also a number of cuts by artists you might also know from zydeco work, but who are definitely working here as blues musicians – really showing the link between the two styles. Some of the older music is from the Flyright label – those great JD Miller recordings from the farther reaches of the scene – and also includes some unreleased tracks, too. Package features 28 tracks in all – with titles that include "I'm Not Jiving" by Juke Boy Bonner, "I'm A Lucky Lucky Man" by Henry Gray, "She's Gone" by Schoolboy Cleve, "Wild About My Baby" by Slim Harpo, "No Use To Worry" by Lonesome Sundown, "Oh Yeah She's Gone" by Boozoo Chavis, "I Told My Little Woman" by Lazy Lester, "Late Hour Blues" by Henry Clement, "Night & Day My Love" by Clifton Chenier, "Frankie & Johnny" by Jimmy Anderson, and "Sitting Here Alone" by Johnny Sonnier. CD

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VariousLost Hip Hop Instrumentals Volume Two ... LP
Lost Hip Hop Instrumentals, 1997. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Collection of instrumental loops from 10 classic hip hop tracks from around 1988-1993. And they're dj friendly enough to list the BPM for each track. Includes instrumental loops from Beatnuts "No Equal", Jeru "Static", BDP "Black Cop", Public Enemy "Louder Than A Bomb", Tribe Called Quest "Push It Along", Kool G Rap "Road to the Riches", Ultramagnetic MC's "Funky", Double XX Posse "Not Gonna Be Able To Do It?", Jungle Brothers "J Beez Comin Through", ? "Makin Moves". Note: These are instrumental loops without vocals, each about 3-4 minutes long. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) ... CD
Motown, 2010. Used ... Out Of Stock
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most dizzyingly creative in Badu's career! We're reluctant to call Return Of The The Ankh a lighter listen than its predecessor, but, it's a less dense and outwardly experimental batch in the sonic realm – the emotionalism and the head nodding warmth is at the forefront, yet she's as uncompromising and real as ever. The sound is still innovative, unique and her own on all fronts, but the songs chosen for Part Two are ones you want to approach and embrace from the opening seconds – there's not as much of a tripped out overall vibe and you don't need to acclimate from a distance – these songs pull you right in! Includes collaborations with James Poyser, Shafiq Husayn, Ta'Raach, Karriem Riggins, Madlib and Georgia Anne Muldrow. Includes "20 Feet Tall", "Window Seat", "Agitation", "Turn Me Away (Get Munny)", "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long", "Love", "Out My Mind, Just In Time" and more. CD
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✨✧ Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) ... LP
Motown, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most dizzyingly creative in Badu's career! We're reluctant to call Return Of The The Ankh a lighter listen than its predecessor, but, it's a less dense and outwardly experimental batch in the sonic realm – the emotionalism and the head nodding warmth is at the forefront, yet she's as uncompromising and real as ever. The sound is still innovative, unique and her own on all fronts, but the songs chosen for Part Two are ones you want to approach and embrace from the opening seconds – there's not as much of a tripped out overall vibe and you don't need to acclimate from a distance – these songs pull you right in! Includes collaborations with James Poyser, Shafiq Husayn, Ta'Raach, Karriem Riggins, Madlib and Georgia Anne Muldrow. Includes "20 Feet Tall", "Window Seat", "Agitation", "Turn Me Away (Get Munny)", "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long", "Love", "Out My Mind, Just In Time" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CultureTwo Sevens Clash ... CD
Shanachie, 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
Essential! The mighty debut album from African disciples Culture pairing up with the Mighty Two, Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson is one of the landmark sets of roots reggae, a defining moment of the genre dropped during the year when two sevens clashed. And though the apocalypse didn't rain down from the skies in '77, this album was certainly a world-changing event, one of the finest moments in Kingston's rich musical history! Gibbs provides the trio with a set of uplifting rhythms over which to harmonize, and Culture comes correct on every track, combining a tightly harmonized approach with a rawer, rootsier sound. 10 tracks in all, including "I'm Alone In The Wilderness", "Pirate Days", "Two Sevens Clash", "Caling Rastafari", "I'm Not Ashamed", 'Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion", "Black Starliner Must Come", "Jah Pretty Face", 'See Them A Come" and "Natty Dread Taking Over". CD
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✨✧ Maurice Williams/Walter WilsonLook My Way/Not Now But Later ... 7-inch
Ace/Deep Soul (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two rare tracks from the Scepter Records vaults! "Look My Way" has a groove that's different than some of the work that Maurice Williams cut with The Zodiacs – still his fantastic cresting lead, which brings plenty of feeling to the tune – but also a bit more romp in the rhythms, a sweet 60s soul sort of swing! Walter Wilson is great on "Not Now But Later" – a tune that has an iceman soul style that's very much in the Walter Jackson/Jerry Butler side of the spectrum – and top-shelf arrangements to match! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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AmnestyFree Your Mind – The 700 West Sessions ... CD
Now Again/Stones Throw, 1973. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
Rare funk from the Indy scene of the early 70s – the long-overdue release of material recorded by a really hard-jamming, horn-heavy combo! Amnesty have a sound that's awash in the best large group influences of the time – a bit of Earth Wind & Fire, a bit of Parliament/Funkadelic, but also a grittier, more guitar-based groove at times too – one that rumbles heavily at the bottom of the rhythms, with a sound that's like Norman Whitfield-era Motown, taken to much greater extremes! There's actually a lot more Detroit going on in the work than Indy – but the horns also have a jazzier, more open-ended quality too – not just parts penned for simple funky rhythms, but ones that show some influence from the more righteous side of the jazz spectrum. The material was all recorded on two dates in 1973 – but only issued here for the first time – and together, the tracks are a great example of a hip group from the underground, really letting loose with a great sense of freedom. There's some vocals on the record, but almost more of a focus on the instrumentation overall – and titles include "Can I Help You", "Love Fades", "Trouble Will Remain", "We've Come A Long Way", "Liberty", "Mister President", "Free Your Mind", "We Have Love", and "Lord Help Me". CD

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Bento AraujoLindo Sonho Delirante Vol 3 – 100 Fearless Records From Brazil 1986 to 2000 ... Book
Poeira Zine (Brazil), 2021. New Copy ... $34.99 39.00
Author Bento Araujo has given us previous examinations of crucial Brazilian records in the 60s and 70s – and this important third volume shows just how strongly the spirit of experimentation continued well into the 21st Century – as the CD era opened up new frontiers for sonic exploration, and Brazilian artists moved far past the familiar styles of the past! Given that much of this music has not been reissued over the years, the volume is maybe even more important than the previous two – and like those, it presents page-by-page listing of records – with a full page reproduction of the cover art, listings of tracks and titles, other details, and a page of notes on each record in both English and Portuguese. There's plenty of titles here that we're betting you don't have in your record collection – and the book is a great guide to digging much deeper into the wealth of amazing sounds from Brazil. 229 pages, softcover, full color throughout. Book

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoArt Ensemble Of Soweto ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1990. Used ... $28.99
One of the more interesting later sessions from the Art Ensemble – one in which the group push their African influence strongly, by teaming up with the Amabutho Male Chorus for a real Soweto soul sound! Oddly, the Art Ensemble are the ones in African garb on the cover – while the chorus is going more for a late 80s American male fashion look – but in the grooves of the record, the two units come together nicely – and make for a set of tunes that have the AACM sound heading way way past Graceland (that's a Paul Simon/Ladysmith Black Mambazo reference, not an Elvis one!) – really coming up with some compelling cross-cultural sounds in the process. Titles include "African Woman", "Coming Soon", "Black Man", "Fresh Start", and "The Bottom Line". CD
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Teodross AveryHarlem Stories – The Music Of Thelonious Monk ... CD
WJ3, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
It's not unusual for a saxophonist to serve up a record of music by Thelonious Monk – but the approach here from Teodross Avery is nicely different, in part because his natural sense of warmth really transforms the music and makes it his own! Avery blows both tenor and soprano sax – and while some tunes evoke an older reed relationship to Monk, most of the tracks have these fresh arrangements that are very much in the spirit of Teodross' own compositions – nicely fluid, with maybe some of Monk's angles dampened a bit and delivered by two different groups – one with Anthony Wonsey on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums – the other with DD Jackson on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass, and Marvin Bugalu Smith on drums. Titles include "In Walked Bud"," Trinkle Trinkle", "Boo Boo's Birthday", "Evidence", "Teo", "Monk's Dream", and "Ugly Beauty". CD

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Benny Bailey, Ake Persson, & OthersMusic Of Quincy Jones ... LP
Argo, 1960. Very Good+ ... $29.99
An excellent album that's a perfect document of the strong impact that Quincy Jones had in the transatlantic jazz scene of the late 50s and early 60s. The set was recorded in 1960, and features two players that Quincy would leave behind in Europe to have a huge influence on the scene. Trumpeter Benny Bailey is the greatest of these – and his impact on jazz in Germany and Sweden during the 60s and 70s cannot be discounted. The other is drummer Joe Harris, who does excellent work here in a group that includes Arne Domnerus on sax, Ake Persson on trombone, and Gunnar Svensson on piano – all Swedes that Quincy picked up after touring the country heavily during the late 50s. The set grooves with the best of Jones' work on Mercury from the time – and although Quincy's not listed in the credits, it's probably only because of contractual reasons. Titles are all Jones originals – including "Meet Benny Bailey", "Plenty, Plenty Soul", "Fallen Feathers", and "The Midnight Sun Never Sets". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono white label Review Copy pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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BamboosHard Up ... CD
BMG, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Lance Ferguson and The Bamboos have been around for many years – giving us albums for almost the space of two decades – and during that time, they've evolved from their roots as a lean funk combo to a much fuller ensemble, and one with an ear for the kind of tunes that have really helped them cross over big! We're not saying the group are going to become chart superstars anytime soon – but they've definitely got a style here that's full of catchy hooks, soulful lyrics, and a nicely focused sound – all while still holding onto the best elements of their funky roots! Mainman Lance is still in the lead, standing loud and strong – and the set features guest work from Durand Jones, Joey Dosik, and Ev Jones – on titles that include "While You Sleep", "Hard Up", "Power Without Greed", "The Thing About You", "If Not Now Then When", "I Just Heard You Leaving", "Ride On Time", "It's All Gonna Be OK", and "Nothing I Wanna Know About". CD

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BamboosHard Up ... LP
BMG, 2021. New Copy 2LP ... $27.99 28.98 On May 21, 2021
Lance Ferguson and The Bamboos have been around for many years – giving us albums for almost the space of two decades – and during that time, they've evolved from their roots as a lean funk combo to a much fuller ensemble, and one with an ear for the kind of tunes that have really helped them cross over big! We're not saying the group are going to become chart superstars anytime soon – but they've definitely got a style here that's full of catchy hooks, soulful lyrics, and a nicely focused sound – all while still holding onto the best elements of their funky roots! Mainman Lance is still in the lead, standing loud and strong – and the set features guest work from Durand Jones, Joey Dosik, and Ev Jones – on titles that include "While You Sleep", "Hard Up", "Power Without Greed", "The Thing About You", "If Not Now Then When", "I Just Heard You Leaving", "Ride On Time", "It's All Gonna Be OK", and "Nothing I Wanna Know About". LP, Vinyl record album
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BeanfieldSeek ... CD
Compost/Quality (Japan), 2004. Used ... $4.99
Another masterful set from Beanfield – an even better album than their great Human Patterns, if you can believe that – and one with much more of an adventurous soul feel than we've heard from the boys before! The fractured electronics and broken beats feel that the group made sound so melodious in their previous work is still here, but Beanfield takes a huge step here as far as cohesive songwriting goes! Four of the album's 11 tracks feature vocals by Ernesto – the opener "Chosen", "Someone Like You", "Close To You" and "Kiss" and it's those cuts that give the album it's smooth and soulful overall feel. It's not that beats don't bump – they still skip and pulse along on the soul-based tunes, but it's all laid down with an amazing tunefulness that really kind of caught us off guard! Two of the other tracks feature vocals by Bajka, and those have a stronger club groove, but still go down very sweetly. Another great one on Compost! Other tracks include "Mr. Park", "Vertigowheel", "Welcome" featuring vocals by Marzenka (one of the more pounding club tunes in the set), "Cargo" and more. CD
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Philippe BesombesPhilippe Besombes Anthology 1975 to 1979 (Libra/Esombeso/Hydravion/Stratos Airlines/bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
Purple Pyramid, Late 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $18.99 19.98
A great package – one that features some wildly experimental work from French electronics whiz Philippe Besombes! First up is the album Libra – tripped out electronics meet progressive rock jamming – all in a weird and wonderful film score from the early 70s! The record's one of the best by French experimentalist Philippe Besombes from the time – and it's got a style that sort of starts in the territory of Francois De Roubaix similar electronic work for film – but gets a lot darker and noisier right away! There's a textural depth here that's really great – almost a pre-industrial music exploration of sounds – but the work's also not that over-indulgent, either – and Besombes always has a great way of getting back to a tune, especially on the shorter tracks. Titles include "La Plage", "Rugby", "Ceremonie", "Hache 06", "La Ville", "Les Cosmonautes", "Tis A Song", "Boogimmick", and "PJF 261". Next is the record Esombeso – also release as Ceci Est Cela – a strange mix of sound library electronics and much more experimental work from Philippe Besombes – a set that carries echoes of some of the best Italian soundtrack electronics of the 70s, but which also features much darker, more turgid moments as well! The album collects some of Besombes' performances for ballet and other settings – and stands as an even starker document of his talents than some of the other albums issued under his name in the 70s. Titles include "Pawa"," Geant", "Seul", and "Ceci Est Cela". Next are two more albums done under the name Hydravion – both of which show Besombes turning his electronics into tighter, more song-based territory – although not without some noise from time to time – shorter tracks that sometimes get a bit tuneful, but which are still light years from mainstream music of the period. CD set also features bonus tracks for the first two albums – 8 more numbers that include "L'Or Des Fous", "Traversee", "Trio", "Piano Prepare", "Orgue Hache", and "Chocolate Cream". CD

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✨✧ Mario BiondiDare ... CD
Sony (Italy), 2021. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Mario Biondi looks a bit angelic on the cover, but his vocals are still nicely down to earth – that wonderfully raspy charm that made us love his music right from the start, and which makes Mario one of the key folks to carry forward the legacy of older jazz singers like Mark Murphy or Mose Allison! Part of that legacy is heard here in remakes of classic Blue Note tunes – but there's also plenty of Biondi's own touches as well – partly in the original songs he brings to the date, but also in the work with Italian groups like the High Five Quintet and Fabrizio Bosso Spiritual Jazz Trio – not to mention his own group, led by keyboardist Massimo Greco – and work on two tracks by Incognito too! With all that instrumental talent on board, the album's a jazzy delight throughout – and titles include "Jeannine", "Paradise", "No Show", "Cantaloupe Island", "Someday We'll All Be Free", "Give Our Love Another Chance", "Dream For Two", "Sunny Days", and "Simili". CD

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Black IceBlack Ice (Montage) ... CD
Montage, 1982. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
That's almost a hip hop cover on the front – one that would be years ahead of its time – but the record's a great batch of soul from this overlooked group! There's a tightness here that goes way beyond the previous album from Black Ice – a really top-shelf delivery all the way through – of the sort you'd expect to hear from a much bigger act at the time. The album's divided into two sides – a "lover's side" and a "dancer's side" – the latter of which features the band grooving in kind of an 80s club mode, with lots of bass pedals and a smooth funky sound that's not too bad. The real strength, though, is the lover's side – which is sort of an update of the 70s east coast harmony sound, given a smooth modern soul twist, but still retaining the best part of the vocal style, especially on the midtempo cuts. Titles include "I Just Wanna Hold You", "This Time", "Never Knew Love", "Big Fun", and the ode to designer jeans, "Sergios (I Want To Be With You)". CD

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Marion BrownCapricorn Moon To Juba Lee (Marion Brown Quartet/Juba-Lee) ... CD
Ezz-Thetics/Hat Hut (Switzerland), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
A CD that brings together some important early work from altoist Marion Brown – two long tracks from the sessions for his Quartet album on ESP – and a later album issued only overseas! The set begins with the long tracks "Capricorn Moon" and "Mephistopheles" from Marion Brown Quartet – one of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – a rhythmic, soulful, early session by Marion Brown – recorded before his own albums on Impulse, but with a similar feel to the best new thing sessions of that label at the time! The group is superb – with Benny Maupin on sax, Alan Shorter on trumpet, Rashied Ali on drums, and Ronnie Boykins on bass, often playing in tandem with Reggie Johnson – for a unique double-pulsing feel that makes for a nice rhythmic thrust. Next are the tracks "Juba Lee" and "Iditus", from the album Juba Lee – brilliant work from Marion Brown – one of his first albums, and a great set of tracks that have a fragile New York avant style – almost ESP, but not as raw, and with the kind of soulful emotion that's always made Brown's work stand out from the rest of his crowd. The group on the album is a septet, with Beaver Harris on drums, Dave Burrell on piano, Bennie Maupin on tenor, Alan Shorter on trumpet, and Grachan Moncour III on trombone. CD

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Dave BrubeckTime Outtakes – Previously Unreleased Takes From The Original 1959 Session ... CD
Brubeck Editions, 1959. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Rare material from the sessions for one of the greatest jazz albums ever – the legendary 1959 Time Out album by the Dave Brubeck quartet – expanded here with unreleased outtakes from the recording date, which include two tracks that were not even on the original record! The sound of the group is legendary – the crisp alto of Paul Desmond next to the ever-shifting, always-rhythmic piano of Brubeck – the man who brought modern jazz to the masses – aided with the fantastic bass of Eugene Wright and razor-sharp drum work of Joe Morello – every bit as great here as on the album that was released! The first five tracks are pretty close to the originals, with slight variations – a testament to the well-rehearsed nature of the group – but the added tunes really show the record in formation, as does the extra banter between the band that's included at the end. New titles include "Watusi Jam" and "I'm In A Dancing Mood" – alongside alternate takes of "Blue Rondo A La Turk", "Take Five", "Cathy's Waltz", "Three To Get Ready", and "Strange Meadowlark". CD

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Dave BrubeckTime Outtakes – Previously Unreleased Takes From The Original 1959 Session ... LP
Brubeck Editions, 1959. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Rare material from the sessions for one of the greatest jazz albums ever – the legendary 1959 Time Out album by the Dave Brubeck quartet – expanded here with unreleased outtakes from the recording date, which include two tracks that were not even on the original record! The sound of the group is legendary – the crisp alto of Paul Desmond next to the ever-shifting, always-rhythmic piano of Brubeck – the man who brought modern jazz to the masses – aided with the fantastic bass of Eugene Wright and razor-sharp drum work of Joe Morello – every bit as great here as on the album that was released! The first five tracks are pretty close to the originals, with slight variations – a testament to the well-rehearsed nature of the group – but the added tunes really show the record in formation, as does the extra banter between the band that's included at the end. New titles include "Watusi Jam" and "I'm In A Dancing Mood" – alongside alternate takes of "Blue Rondo A La Turk", "Take Five", "Cathy's Waltz", "Three To Get Ready", and "Strange Meadowlark". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tim BuckleyLook At The Fool ... LP
DiscReet, 1973. Near Mint- ... $6.99
The last album that Tim Buckley ever gave the world – and a great leaping-off point for speculation about what he might have done, had he not left the planet too soon! Tim's actually beginning to explore a bit of funk in his music here – still using that amazing voice with all of its range from the early Elektra years – but often set to backings that feature heavy drums from Earl Palmer, tight bass from Chuck Rainey, and keyboards from Mike Melvoin – all cats who can be tight, but never slick – and whose groove is more than loose enough to let Buckley direct the whole proceedings. Given that Tim has an occasional raw rasp, and a very offbeat way with his lyrics, the mix of elements is actually not that far from the funk of Betty Davis on her first two albums – with a similar shrug towards any easy genre categorizations. Titles include "Freeway Blues", "Look At The Fool", "Tijuana Moon", "Mexicali Voodoo", "Down In The Street", "Wanda Lou", and "Bring It On Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear, surface wear, and some waviness on the opening.)

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Kenny BurrellAsphalt Canyon Suite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99 About June 16, 2021
A stunner from Kenny Burrell – one of his most sophisticated and soulful sessions of the 60s! Kenny's working here with the ultra-cool arranger Johnny Pate – best known for his work with Curtis Mayfield, and his 70s soundtrack fame – but a heck of a creative talent when it comes to a jazz session like this! For the record, Pate's created these spare little backdrops – not nearly as full as those penned by Don Sebesky or Claus Ogerman – and with a gentle sort of grooving quality that really pushes Kenny along nicely. Burrell's guitar is very strongly upfront in the mix – working chromatic magic at a level hardly ever matched again on record! Side one features the extended "Asphalt Canyon Suite" – a magnificent tune that's simply sublime – and side two features 5 shorter tracks, "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", "Put A Little Love In Your Heart", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "Going To Jim & Andy's", and "Sugar Hill". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!) This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, June 16.

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Don Byas/Ben WebsterDon Byas Meets Ben Webster ... LP
Prestige/MPS, 1969. Very Good+ ... $13.99
A rare meeting of these two American giants of the tenor sax – brought together at the end of the 60s in Europe, both recording late in their careers, but with a laidback and open approach that's really wonderful! The format here is quite loose – a bit like some of the late hours, swing-based sides on Prestige at the end of the 50s – with longish tracks that let both players state their solos in clean, well-recorded phrasings – with gentle support from a trio that includes Tete Montoliu on piano, Peter Trunk on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums. There's a few faltering moments at times, but they also add a nice degree of humanity to the record – kind of a dimming genius that might not have been allowed on an American session by either player, but which speaks volumes here for the time and distance both players had travelled! Titles include "Caravan", "Sundae", "Blues For Dottie Mae", and "Perdido". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing from the late 60s. Cover has a cutout hole in one corner.)

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✨✧ Bobby ByrdBobby Byrd Got Soul – The Best Of Bobby Byrd ... CD
Polygram, Early 70s. Used ... $14.99
Essential material by this funky soul legend – even if you've got his one and only album! This is an excellent compilation of the very hard to find work of this James Brown partner and singer, with a track list of 22 cuts that includes lots of cool rare funky 45 tracks, and a number of previously unreleased tracks! Bobby is excellent throughout, and the set's filled with loads of rare James Brown-produced grooves that includes "I'm Just A Nobody", "Keep On Doin What You're Doin", "We're In Love", "No One Like My Baby", I'm Not To Blame", "I Know You Got Soul", "Funky Soul (parts 1 & 2)", "Baby Baby Baby", "I Need Help", "Never Get Enough", "Hang Ups We Don't Need", "Sayin It And Doin' It Are Two Different Things" – and lots lots more, including a rare PSA urging the listener to "Fight Drug Abuse". CD
(Out of print.)

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Donald ByrdCity Called Heaven ... CD
Landmark, 1991. Used ... $12.99
Sure it's not the Blue Note years, but this is an excellent late set by Byrd that shows he was still one hell of a leader! Byrd's at the head of a strong group that includes Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Joe Henderson on tenor, Donald Brown on piano, and Rufus Reid on bass – and the tracks are a blend of modal and soul jazz styles, awash with color and warmth, really stretching past earlier work by Byrd. Lorice Stevens sings soprano vocals on two tracks – "A City Called Heaven" and "Remember Me" – and the other tracks include "Del Valle", "King Arthur", "Not Necessarily The Blues", and "Buck Down In Lu Easy Anna". CD
(Out of print, small promotional sticker on booket cover & some light age spots inside.)

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Jimmy CastorButt Of Course/Supersound/E-Man Groovin (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic/Robinsongs (UK), 1974/1975/1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99 20.99
A trio of albums from Jimmy Castor – complete with bonus tracks too! First up is Butt Of Course – a funky funky classic from Jimmy Castor – a set that kicked off a tight run of records for Atlantic – and which firmly established his rep as a master of 70s funk! The sound of the set follows nicely from Jimmy's work on RCA – some of the fuzzy "Troglodyte" guitar work of those years, lots of earthy rhythms on the bottom, and Castor's trademark sense of wit – which was firmly in place even during his Latin Soul years! There's a few smoother, sweeter moments too – but these all come off nicely – and as always, Castor's a one-man soul music machine – able to handle plenty of sounds and styles with effortless ease! Titles include "Bertha Butt Boogie", "E Man Boogie", "Hallucinations", "Let's Party Now", "Potential", and "One Precious World". On Supersound, Jimmy Castor bursts forward with a groove that's different than his fuzzier work for RCA Records, but still equally funky throughout! Castor's still quite the multi-instrumentalist on the record – as in addition to singing lead, he plays plenty of soprano sax and timbales – the latter of which have this great skittish energy that really pushes the grooves forward strongly! And although the timbales are quite different than in Jimmy's earlier Latin work from the late 60s, there's a definite Latin-izing element in the way they're used – kind of an "it's not heavy enough – let's add more percussion" approach to the core 70s funk styles of the combo! Tunes are nicely quirky, and have a sense of humor in keeping with the cover – and titles include "Magic In The Music", "Supersound", "Bom Bom", "King Kong", and "A Groove Will Make You Move". E Man Groovin is a great extension of the funky style that Castor first started forging at RCA – touches with plenty of Jimmy's multi-instrumental touches on tenor, alto, and timbales – and given that great monster-inspired approach to lyrics – which ensures that the whole thing stays plenty vivid throughout! Vocals are nice and rough, and the instrumentation is heavy on basslines and clavinet – on titles that include the two part "Dracula", plus "Super Love", "I Love A Mellow Groove", "E Man Groovin", "I Don't Want To Lose You", and "Space Age". 2CD set features bonus tracks – "Space Age (12" disco version)", "King Kong (part 1)", "Supersound (7" version)", "The Christmas Song", "Merry Christmas", and "Bertha Butt Boogie (7" version)". CD

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CelofunkCelofunk ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2005. Used ... $7.99
A smoking debut from Spain's Celofunk – a back-to-basics combo with a solidly soulful feel! The sound here reminds us a lot of the best of the early Acid Jazz scene in the UK – particularly those on the Brand New Heavies side of the fence, with a similarly bright production style to match. The group's got lead female vocals, and a tightly rhythmic pulse that's often topped by choppy guitar and heavy horns. Lyrics are all in English, and some of the best tracks have the two female singers in the group grooving around each others vocals. Not as gritty as the Daptone crew, but still pretty nice. Titles include "Dr Freedom Rhythm", "This Situation", "Mambo Bone", "Say It Loud", "Give It To Me", "Let The Monkey Out", and "Turn The Lights On". CD

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Charlatans UKBetween 10th & 11th (2CD set – with bonus live show) ... CD
Situation Two/Beggars Banquet (UK), 1992. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.99
A much-loved album by The Charlatans – or Charlatans UK, if you live in the US like us – a set that's filled with the sorts of well-crafted, catchy tunes they do so well – kicked up with occasional beats, ala the UK scene at the time! These guys handled the blend better than most, and the album ages better than most of the time – kind of a post-4AD, post-Factory vibe finding its way into the mainstream – on titles that include "Weirdo", "Can't Even Be Bothered", "Tremelo Song", "Page One", "Ignition", "I Don't Want To See The Lights", "Not Even The Rain", and "Subtitle". Expanded package features a bonus live show, recorded in Chicago in 1991 – with titles that include "Imperial 109", "Opportunity", "10th & 11th", "White Shirt", "Indian Rope", "Flower", and "Happen To Die". CD

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Stanley ClarkeModern Man/I Wanna Play For You ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 19.99
Stanley Clarke at the height of his powers – two 70s classics back to back on CD! Modern Man is a bit more high concept than before for Stanley Clarke – almost a suite of sorts, but one that still has some great standout tunes in the mix! Although Clarke used to bring his higher concepts to bear in the space of a single song, this one's more of a full exploration of the character in the title – served up at the best moments with more soul than on previous albums from Stanley, some nicely tuneful tracks that almost get a bit funky at points. There's a bit of vocals on the record – courtesy of Dee Dee Bridgewater and others – and guests include Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Harvey Mason, Tom Scott, and Airto. Titles include "More Hot Fun", "Slow Dance", "He Lives On", "Dayride", "Got To Find My Own Place", "Closing Statement", and "A Serious Occasion". I Wanna Play For You is a wickedly funky album from Stanley Clarke – perhaps his most fully-formed album of the Columbia years, and a set that really brings together his jazz and soul styles! There's a definite R&B vibe going on, but it's also one that's still quite heavy on bass work from Stanley – a groove that's not far from Bootsy Collins at times, but perhaps with a bit more jazz inflections. Jamming is kept to a minimum, which is fine by us – and the album's filled with really tuneful tunes that have an almost George Duke-like appeal. Guests include Tom Scott and Stan Getz on saxes, George Duke on piano, Harvey Mason and Steve Gadd on drums, and Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals. Titles include "I Wanna Play For You", "Just A Feeling", "Strange Weather", "My Greatest Hits", "School Days", and "Blues For Mingus". CD

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Jessi Colter with Waylon JenningsCountry Star Is Born/Leather & Lace ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1970/1981. New Copy ... $13.99
The first-ever album from Jessi Colter – paired here with a famous duet set with husband Waylon Jennings! First up is A Country Star Is Born – the fantastic debut of Jessi Colter – done at a time when the lady had already hitched up with Waylon Jennings at a personal level, and was also sharing some of his nascent outlaw qualities in her music! In fact, we might make an argument that this album predates some of Jennings' bigger outlaw moments – and also has a similar sort of quality in the early years – with qualities in Colter's voice that are very different than the Nashville mainstream, almost as if she's equally aware of phrasing from female folk singers – set to a very hip batch of tunes from Colter herself (as Miriam Eddy), Harlan Howard, Willie Nelson, and Mickey Newbury. The set includes a duet with Waylon Jennings on "I Ain't The One" – and other titles include "It's Not Easy", "He Called Me Baby", "Too Many Rivers", "Cry Softly", and "If She's Where You Like Livin". Leather & Lace is the first full album of duets between Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings – two romantic partners who'd been crossing paths on records a few times during the 70s, and finally got the chance to step out in an album of their own! The approach is a bit like some of the other RCA pairings of stars during the 70s, in that sometimes Waylon is mostly in the lead, sometimes Jessi – but you can definitely hear the sympathy that both feel for each other, and the album's most special moments really come when they share the lead together. Titles include "Pastels & Harmony", "You Never Can Tell", "Rainy Seasons", "I'll Be Alright", "You're Not My Same Sweet Baby", "Storms Never Last", and "What's Happened To Blue Eyes". CD

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John ColtraneBlue World (Le Chat Dans Le Sac) ... CD
Impulse, 1964. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A lost treasure from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – material recorded as the soundtrack for the Canadian film Le Chat Danse Le Sac – which features new recordings of material that Coltrane had done in previous years, but really updated by the fresh version of this group! Although the music was used in the film, which was an art house hit at best, it's never been issued on record before – and in fact, its existence was something of a mystery until not that long ago – quite a surprise, given that the sessions were done at Rudy Van Gelder's studio, and have a quality level that really matches the Impulse Records best by these musicians! The tunes are almost like this amazing bridge between the mid 60s Impulse years and the Coltrane sound at the start of the decade on Atlantic – as the grooves are modal, and most music is more inside than the group was hitting by 1965 – yet still burning with that searching spirit that made them so great. The lineup, of course, features John Coltrane on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and the whole thing is an instant key addition to the catalog of this tremendous quartet. Titles include two takes on "Naima", three takes on "Village Blues", and the tracks "Like Sonny", "Traneing In", and "Blue World". CD
Also available Blue World (Le Chat Dans Le Sac) ... LP 22.99

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John ColtraneBlue World (Le Chat Dans Le Sac) ... LP
Impulse, 1964. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
A lost treasure from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – material recorded as the soundtrack for the Canadian film Le Chat Danse Le Sac – which features new recordings of material that Coltrane had done in previous years, but really updated by the fresh version of this group! Although the music was used in the film, which was an art house hit at best, it's never been issued on record before – and in fact, its existence was something of a mystery until not that long ago – quite a surprise, given that the sessions were done at Rudy Van Gelder's studio, and have a quality level that really matches the Impulse Records best by these musicians! The tunes are almost like this amazing bridge between the mid 60s Impulse years and the Coltrane sound at the start of the decade on Atlantic – as the grooves are modal, and most music is more inside than the group was hitting by 1965 – yet still burning with that searching spirit that made them so great. The lineup, of course, features John Coltrane on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and the whole thing is an instant key addition to the catalog of this tremendous quartet. Titles include two takes on "Naima", three takes on "Village Blues", and the tracks "Like Sonny", "Traneing In", and "Blue World". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Blue World (Le Chat Dans Le Sac) ... CD 13.99

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Gloria CovingtonMovin' On ... LP
Casablanca, 1980. Near Mint- ... $7.99
80s groove material cut by Gloria Covington with kind of a sweet up-tempo modern soul style. 10 beats faster and this stuff might be disco, but most of the tunes are done more in a two-step style that lets Gloria's vocals come up to the front of the mix. We're not exactly sure that this is a good thing, though – as her singing style kind of leaves us cold. Titles include "How Can You", "Mountain Top", "All I Need", "Moving On", and "Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, minimal wear, and is lightly bent at the bottom right corner.)

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Lol Coxhill & Fred FrithFrench Gigs (with bonus tracks) ... CD
AAA/Klanggalerie (Germany), 1978/1981. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
Two of the most inventive British improvising musicians of the 70s – matched here in a series of French recordings that not only demonstrate their incredible versatility on their instruments, but also the way that both are such a great pair together! Fred Frith plays electric guitar, Lol Coxhill blows soprano sax – and the range of sounds and shapes from both instruments is amazing – Frith often in that territory that was far beyond familiar notes and tones, and Coxhill swinging between more offbeat sounds and those surprisingly soulful moments that always made him such a great inside/outside player – often at the same time! Titles include the 26 minute "Reims" – recorded in the city of the same name – plus "Limogenes 1", "Limogenes 2", and "Poitiers". CD features the bonus tracks "Aubervilliers" and "Munchen/London". CD

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CradleHistory (colored vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $35.99
Overlooked genius from this all-female group at the end of the 60s – a combo that features Quatro Sisters Patti, Suzi, and Nancy – serving up an unusual brew of offbeat numbers and some more hard-rocking tracks that point the way towards their greater fame! There's a really freewheeling vibe to the record – not girl rockers trying to beat the boys, but instead an open-minded approach that's brimming over with new ideas and a freshness of sound that echoes with some occasional artier inspirations we never would have expected – maybe a dose of that special Detroit energy that was so mind-expanding at the time! Titles include "Heat", "See The Two", "Peter Porno", "Funny Man", "Last Laugh", "Dream", "Man Is A Man", and "Living Machine". LP, Vinyl record album
(45rpm colored vinyl pressing!)

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Theon Cross/PokusCandace Of Meroe/Pokus One – Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known & Unknown ... 12-inch
Soul Jazz (UK), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)... $19.99
Two great contemporary tracks – pulled from the Kaleidoscope project from Soul Jazz – a well-done overview of the hippest sides of the global scene! Theon Cross rockets out with "Candace Of Meroe" – a tune that bristles with quick-moving drum parts and these really deep-toned brass parts – intercut with riffing guitar, in a mode that's almost like some of the more upbeat work from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble! On the flipside, Pokus turns in "Pokus One" – a tune with equally vibrant rhythms – not entirely funky, but very dynamic – as keyboard bits and guitar parts shine and sparkle through the groove – all with an echoey, almost spooky sort of vibe! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Tony DavisGolden Year ... CD
Posi tone, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Tony Davis is a jazz guitarist with a difference – an artist who's not out to revolutionize his instrument in jazz, but who still finds a way to play with a very distinct approach! Tony's quality isn't easy to put in words – he's not working the fret in a weird way, or using any sort of effects or gimmicks – but he does get a very specific sound out of the instrument, one that's full of shimmering colors and light – often quite chromatic, but usually with a dexterity that might match more sharper-toned musicians! Davis' sound springs into life from the very first note on the set – given nice direction from David Bryant on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Eric McPherson on drums – and the record also features work from Steve Wilson on flute and alto on two tracks, and Steve Davis on trombone on two as well. Alina Engibaryan sings on two of the album's tracks – "Lake Sebago" and "Orange Feathers", both originals by Davis – and other tunes include "Night Ride", "Braeburn", "El Gran Birane", "Hypnagogia", and a nice version of "Con Alma". CD

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Francois De RoubaixDaughters Of Darkness (Les Levres Rouges) (180 gram blue vinyl pressing – with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... About May 14, 2021 (delayed)
One of the spookiest soundtracks ever crafted by one of our favorite film composers of all time! Francois DeRoubaix always had this amazing style to his music – unlike anyone else, especially in the way he could blend together spare acoustic elements and unusual sonic and electronic touches! There's a very intimate feel to the record – almost as if Francois is performing most of the sounds in the studio himself – balancing a guitar line with a keyboard fill, a bowed bass bit with drums, soaring strings with trumpet, and so on – occasionally hitting some funky touches that really keep things interesting – and which makes some of DeRoubaix best work on a par with the genius of Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier! Titles include "The Countess Kiss", "Phantom Organ & Piano", "Pursuit On The Dunes Of Ostend", "Accident & Cymbalum", "Love On The Rails", "Red Lips", "Ballad In Bruges", and "The Dunes Of Ostend Flagellation". Also features two bonus tracks not used in the film – "Dracula 68 Woodstock" and "The Bruges Band". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Daughters Of Darkness (Les Levres Rouges) (with bonus tracks) ... CD 18.99

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Francois De RoubaixDaughters Of Darkness (Les Levres Rouges) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Butler (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 19.98
One of the spookiest soundtracks ever crafted by one of our favorite film composers of all time! Francois DeRoubaix always had this amazing style to his music – unlike anyone else, especially in the way he could blend together spare acoustic elements and unusual sonic and electronic touches! There's a very intimate feel to the record – almost as if Francois is performing most of the sounds in the studio himself – balancing a guitar line with a keyboard fill, a bowed bass bit with drums, soaring strings with trumpet, and so on – occasionally hitting some funky touches that really keep things interesting – and which makes some of DeRoubaix best work on a par with the genius of Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier! Titles include "The Countess Kiss", "Phantom Organ & Piano", "Pursuit On The Dunes Of Ostend", "Accident & Cymbalum", "Love On The Rails", "Red Lips", "Ballad In Bruges", and "The Dunes Of Ostend Flagellation". Also features two bonus tracks not used in the film – "Dracula 68 Woodstock" and "The Bruges Band". CD also features three bonus remixes – of "Ilona's Jazz", "Le Rap Des Levres Rouges", and "La Nuit Souls La Mer" – plus the bonus song "Vampire". CD

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Dave DeRoseAgile Experiments Vol 1 ... LP
Dave De Rose Music (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Really compelling work from the farther reaches of the UK jazz scene – a series of "agile experiments" from drummer Dave DeRose – who works here with other musicians from the scene in a series of unbridled improvisations! The work was created with two guiding principles – the musicians could not discuss or plan their performance together in advance, and they would also play for a full hour, with no breaks at all! The idea grew out of a series of live performances, but then was captured by Dave in the studio – with results that are as varied as the musicians involved. Some selections are very unusual and almost abstract, others have a more familiar free jazz mode – and the ability of DeRose to shift in these spaces is one of the highlights of the set. The first volume includes performances with John Edwards on bass and Dan Nicholls on electronics; Rory Simmons on trumpet and electronics and George Crowley on saxes and effects; Dan Nicholls on electronics and Karl Vanden Bossche on percussion; Tom Challenger on saxes and Colin Somervell on bass; Sam Crowe on Rhodes and effects and Level Nevill Malcolm on bass; and Dario Rossetti Bonell on guitar and effects. LP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing, hand-numbered limited edition of 200 copies!)

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Dave DeRoseAgile Experiments Vol 2 ... LP
Dave De Rose Music (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Really compelling work from the farther reaches of the UK jazz scene – a series of "agile experiments" from drummer Dave DeRose – who works here with other musicians from the scene in a series of unbridled improvisations! The work was created with two guiding principles – the musicians could not discuss or plan their performance together in advance, and they would also play for a full hour, with no breaks at all! The idea grew out of a series of live performances, but then was captured by Dave in the studio – with results that are as varied as the musicians involved. Some selections are very unusual and almost abstract, others have a more familiar free jazz mode – and the ability of DeRose to shift in these spaces is one of the highlights of the set. The second volume features performances with John Edwards on bass and Dan Nicholls on electronics; Rory Simmons on trumpet and electronics and George Crowley on sax and effects; Barnaby Keen on vocals, Nathaniel Keen on guitar, and Colin Somervell on bass; Tom Challenger on saxes and Colin Somervell on bass; Sam Crowe on Rhodes and effects and Level Neville Malcolm on bass; and Ruth Goller on bass and effects, and George Crowley and Josh Arcoleo on saxes. LP, Vinyl record album
(First pressing, hand-numbered limited edition of 300!)

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Eric DolphyLast Date ... CD
Fontana, 1964. Used ... $8.99
A fitting title for a great album – Eric Dolphy's last live recording, performed on June 2, 1964, with a trio of youngsters that included two of the greatest names in European avant garde jazz – Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink! The sound is jagged and a bit free – showing the way towards even greater innovations that might have marked Dolphy's 60s years, had he not been taken from us so quickly! The album's filled with beautiful Dolphy playing in his late mode – on alto, flute, and bass clarinet – and tracks include "The Madrig Speaks, The Panther Walks", "Miss Ann", and "Hypochristmutreefuz". CD
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✨✧ Dezron Douglas & Brandee YoungerForce Majeure ... LP
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... $20.99 22.99
Dezron Douglas and Brandee Younger are two of our favorite jazz musicians to emerge in the past decade – and this set of duets may well be some of the greatest work that either artist has done on record to date! The setting is unique – material pulled from live stream broadcasts that bassist Douglas and harpist Younger did from their Harlem apartment during the lockdown in Spring of 2020 – and if that makes you think that the material's going to be low-fi or cheap, it's not – as there's a sense of majesty here that's really surprising, given that the album features just two musicians! Dezron's bass has never sounded better – and blended with the harp of Younger, the sound is amazing – as Brandee evokes both Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby on the instrument – but also brings in a spirit that's very much her own. The set features remakes of tracks from both Coltranes, and Pharoah Sanders – plus lots of other surprises and original material too – on titles that include "Gospel Trane", "Force Majeure", "This Woman's Work", "Nothing Stupid", "Sing", "The Creator Has A Master Plan", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "We'll Be Right Back", "You Make Me Feel Brand New", and "Equinox". LP, Vinyl record album

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ExcitersExciters ... LP
Roulette, 1965. Sealed ... $49.99
Although we don't normally dig some of the sweeter 60s girl groups, we love The Exciters! Lead singer Brenda Reid has one of the most amazing voices in soul music – filled with rough sexy tones that always grab our attention, even when the lyrics shouldn't – and this album's one of the group's rare few full-length recordings. The album was the group's first after leaving United Artists – where they had scored bit with their oldies hit "Tell Him" – and although that cut's not on this album, the record's probably an even more compelling batch of soul tunes than anything the group had previously recorded. Reid's lead vocals are sublimely backed by harmonies by two other ladies, and the nicely-placed baritone of Herb Rooney – and the styles run from uptown soul to mellower ballads. Tracks include "That's How Love Starts", "Something To Shout About", "I Knew You Would", "Run, Mascara", "My Father", "I Want You To Be My Boy", and "Are You Satisfied". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Cover has some light wear, and a cutout hole.)

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Far Out Monster Disco OrchestraBlack Sun ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
Fantastic sounds from the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – a group with family ties to Azymuth and Incognito, and who work here in the best blend of Brazilian and soulful elements that might imply! The ensemble is a crowning achievement for the Far Out label – a summation of all the great work they've done from the London scene, including their reintroduction of key Brazilian musicians of the 70s – all soaring to the skies here, with a richly collaborative energy! The group features lots of keyboards from Jose Roberto Bertrami, guitars from Alex Malheiros, and keyboards and rhythms from Daniel Maunick – plus great contributions from many others, including some help from the legendary Arthur Verocai. Most tunes groove in a mighty nice way – not vintage disco, but a soaring, righteous 21st Century version of club – on tunes that include "Step Into My Life", "Flying High", "Black Sun", "The Two Of Us", "Walking Bass", "Give It To Me", and "Where Do We Go From Here". CD also features bonus instrumentals of most songs on the album! CD

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Art Farmer/Jim HallBig Blues ... CD
CTI/CBS, 1979. Used ... $9.99
Sweet and subtle genius from two of the most understated players in jazz – a really great little record that makes the best of the CTI sound without tricking up the players too much! Art Farmer and Jim Hall play 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". CD
(Out of print.)

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5th Dimension5th Dimension Live! ... LP
Bell, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
A groovy little live album from The 5th Dimension – not nearly as smoothly polished as their studio albums, in a way that really makes the set stand out nicely! The vocals are still completely top-shelf – a heavenly sound that's hard to believe comes from five mere mortals – but the musical backings are a bit more rough-edged and soul-based – a harder groove than the group gets on their full albums, in a way that provides a great contrast to the harmonies on the lyrics! There's also a great sense of "liveness" to the set – patter from the group before the tunes, and some upbeat medleys of some of their bigger hits – strung together in ways that are a lot nicer than just simple live remakes of familiar songs. Titles include "I Just Want To Be Your Friend", "Eli's Coming", "Never My Love", "Shake Your Tambourine", "Ode To Billie Joe", "I Want To Take You Higher", and two longer medleys of hits! LP, Vinyl record album
(Die-cut cover pressing. Cover has a cutout mark in one corner.)

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Rodney FranklinLearning To Love ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Rodney Franklin's learning to love – and he's learning to groove, too – by adding in just a bit more vocals to his music than before, but still holding onto all the best keyboard strengths of the past! Franklin was really one of the leading lights of the Columbia Records jazz scene of the time – an exceptionally strong artist, and very much his own spirit – yet sadly not as remembered these days as contemporaries like Lonnie Liston Smith or Herbie Hancock. Yet Rodney's got all the range of both of those artists – the same ability to mix jazz, funk, fusion, and soul – the last of which he does here wonderfully, with help from singers Jim Gilstrap, Howard Smith, and Darryl Phinnessee. Yet at the heart of all the tracks are Rodney's nice soulful keyboards – which have the same smooth feel as Bobby Lyle's from the same time – and the same ability to blend wonderfully with lyrics and other instrumentation. The record was produced by Stanley Clarke – and titles include the great "Enuff Is Enuff" – the theme from the early 80s blacksploitation flick One Down Two To Go – plus "Sonshine", "Learning To Love", "Don't Wanna Let You Go", "Sailing", and "That's The Way I Feel Bout Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gang Of FourGang Of Four 77 to 81 (Entertainment/Solid Gold/Singles/Live At The American Indian Center 1980) (4CD set – with bonus download) ... CD
Matador, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $74.99 79.99 On August 13, 2021
A hell of a package – two key albums from Gang Of Four, plus lots of other rare material from these crucial years! At the core of the package is the classic album Entertainment – one of the greatest debut albums of all time – a record that hit the world like a comet when it was released, and which will continue to burn brightly for many decades to come! There's few groups who get things so right as Gang Of Four on this set – balancing the sharp edges of UK punk with a deeper political sense – but one that puts its message across in these short, sharp, shocks that are often given an extra punch by some surprisingly strong basslines! The mix of rawness, message, and surprising groove really sets this one apart from the pack – and that includes the work by legions of groups who've tried to imitate it over the years. Tracks include "Ether", "Natural's Not In It", "Not Great Men", "Damaged Goods", "Return The Gift", "Guns Before Butter", "Glass", and "Contract". Solid Gold is a stunning second set from the mighty Gang Of Four – and a record that's got all the power and politics of their famous Entertainment debut! The set's got some wonderfully heavy basslines amidst the scratchy guitar that makes the group so great – but nothing's too polished, certainly not as in their crossover club modes to come – and the call/response vocal style of Andy Gill and Jon King is tremendous – a very fresh way to deliver the message, and one that's still never been matched all these many years later. Titles include "Paralyzed", "What We All Want", "Why Theory", "If I Could Keep It For Myself", "Cheeseburger", "The Republic", "Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time", "In The Ditch", "A Hole In The Wallet", and "He'd Send In The Army". Next, you get an exclusive Singles album – the first-ever LP collection of all the early singles and b-sides – including tracks from the EP releases Yellow, Damaged Goods, and Another Day Another Dollar. Next is an another exclusive vinyl release – the 2LP set recorded Live At The American Indian Center 1980. There's also an exclusive C90 cassette – with unreleased outtakes, rarities, and studio demos from Entertainment and Solid Gold. Plus, the box features a 100 page full-color, hardcover book – with rare photos, contributions from group members, original artwork, and rare posters – plus essays from Greil Marcus, Michael Stipe, Jon Langford, and others. Plus, you get two badges as well! CD
This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, August 13.

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Red GarlandRed Garland At the Prelude Vol 1/Live! ... CD
Prestige, 1959. Used ... $8.99
One of the harder to find Red Garland sessions on Prestige – two records' worth of material that was issued on 4 different albums! The set is noteworthy not only for an excellent stretched out trio performance by Garland – working here with Specs Wright on drums and Jimmy Rowser on bass – but also because it was the first-ever live recording done by Prestige, recorded on location at the Prelude nightclub in Harlem. Red's a little bit less mannered than usual, and he opens up nicely in a way you don't hear on his studio albums! CD
(Out of print.)

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Marvin GayeMoods Of/In the Groove ... CD
Motown (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $24.99
Two lesser known albums by Marvin – but both great ones, not reissued on CD before and ones that we've always treasured on vinyl! There's a total of 24 cuts in all, and Marvin's really pushing the envelope of his 60s style here – on cuts that include "You", "Tear It On Down", "Chained", "You're What's Happening In The World Today", "One For My Baby", "Night Life", "I'll Be Doggone", "Take This Heart Of Mine", "Ain't That Peculiar", and "Hey Diddle Diddle". CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan GetzWhat The World Needs Now – Stan Getz Plays Bacharach & David ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Stan Getz meets Burt Bacharach – a heavenly combination that brings together two of our most favorite musical talents of the 60s! And while we're at it, we'd also like to mention a third – Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans, who handles all the backdrops for this set – bringing in a groove that you might not expect for tunes by Burt Bacharach – not exactly Charles Stepney at Cadet, but not far, either – a perfect setting for the sparkling, lyrical tone that Getz was hitting at this point in his career. The tunes are familiar, but the blend of talents really keeps things fresh – and with extra contributions from Herbie Hancock on piano and Jim Hall on guitar, you can bet there's plenty going on here. Titles include "Wives & Lovers", "Windows Of The World", "House Is Not A Home", "Walk On By", and "Trains & Boats & Planes". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ghostface KillahLost Tapes ... LP
Daupe (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $23.99 34.98
Ghostface in his comfort zone of dusty cinematic soul beats, strings samples and distinctively dexterous wordplay on The Lost Tapes! Contrary to the title, this an all new effort as opposed to a dive into the vaults – with the production credited to Big Ghost LTD and guest appearances by Snoop, Planet Asia, Raekwon, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Reignwolf, E-40, Big Daddy Kane and more. There's a weighty gravity to Ghost's rhymes on this one, not really reaching for the breathless, fast heart rate narratives of the Supreme Clientele era, because he has nothing left to prove. Ghost still owns it! Includes "Buckingham Palace", "Majestic Accolades", "Cold Crush", "Saigon Velour", "Reflections Of CREAM (Interlude Two)","Put The Ghostface On Em", "Done It Again", "Watch 'Em Holla", "I Think I Saw A Ghost" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 2700 copies.)

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Bebel GilbertoMomento ... CD
Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2007. Used ... $2.99
Bebel Gilberto's certainly one to keep her public waiting in the space between each new record – but she always makes the wait worthwhile by coming up with something new! The sound here is again something different than her previous two albums – somewhat electric, but also fairly acoustic as well – even more mature than before, and not as easily given to simple tricks or flourishes – which is a very good thing in our book! One track was done in collaboration with Kassin, with backings by Orquestra Imperial – and other titles feature contributions from Sabina Sciubba, Didi Gutman, Masa Shimizu, and Guy Sigsworth. Titles include "Tranquilo", "Night & Day", "Um Segundo", "Cade Voce", "Words", "Azul", and "Os Novos Yorkinos". CD
(Out of print. Mark through barcode.)

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie & The Mitchell Ruff Duo ... CD
Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. Used ... $9.99
Wild – but pretty darn wonderful stuff! Dizzy's recording here in one of his sparest settings ever – blowing trumpet with accompaniment from the duo of Willie Ruff, bass and French horn, and Dwike Mitchell, piano – working in a mode that's really cool, really stripped down, and which has an amazingly understated tone! Given that the album has two horns, bass, and piano – and none of those all at the same time, with no other drums or instrumentation – the format is really amazing. Add to that the fact that the tracks are often quite long, and you get a sweet and introspective side of Diz (and the Mitchell Ruff Duo) that you might not have otherwise heard! Titles include "Con Alma", "Blues People", "Bella Bella", and "Dartmouth Duet". CD
(2017 pressing – includes obi.)

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Mats Gustafsson & Jason AdasiewiczTimeless ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
Two of our favorite living improvisers – vibist Jason Adasiewicz and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson – each completely tremendous on their own, and even more amazing here together! We're not sure the musicians have ever recorded together before – and the sound of this album is way more than we might even have expected – a beautiful collaboration that brings out very sensitive sides of both artists, but at a level that's also true to greatest depths of their creative powers! Mats works these fantastic textures on alto, tenor, and baritone sax – alongside mostly vibes from Jason, who adds in a bit of balafon too – on selections that are often quite tuneful, and maybe even evoke a more soulful side of both musicians. Things are never too intense, but still push the boundaries too – and titles include "See Them Cold But See Them Last", "Time Is Less", "Valerie", "Memory Is A Voice", "A Fall They Call It", and "Dagger". CD

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Arlo GuthrieAlice's Restaurant (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 44.99
Arlo Guthrie may not be one of the best-remembered folkies of the 60s, but he sure made waves with this classic debut and the side-long title song! Arlo is the son of Woody Guthrie, and probably owes as much to Bob Dylan as Dylan does to Woody – but he was definitely on to something when he expanded the shorter protest song into the space of the 18 minute "Alice's Restaurant Massacre", which makes surprisingly strong use of its many grooves on the record – while Arlo delivers a biting commentary on the life of a young man in the era of Vietnam and the uptight Establishment. Side two brings in shorter tracks, but with a similar energy – selections that include "Chilling Of The Evening", "The Motorcycle Song", "I'm Going Home", "Highway In The Wind", and "Now & Then". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny HartmanToday/I've Been There ... CD
Collectables, 1972/1973. Used ... $8.99
Although not as classic as his "classic" recordings, these two albums recorded for Perception in the early 70s prove that Johnny was capable of stretching his bag, and not just a play-it-safe interpreter of syrupy ballads. Like a lot of the jazz recordings on Perception at the time (by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Shirley Horn), this set's got an edge you wouldn't expect – with some very hip arrangements overall that really sound great – performed on the first album by a quartet that includes George Coleman on tenor and Herman Foster on piano, and on the second album by a group with Ken Ascher on keyboards and Jimmy Heath on tenor and flute. The set features interpretations of material that range from brilliant, to daring but off-track – and titles include "Sunday Sun", "Feelin' Groovy", "I've Got To Be Me", "Didn't We", "Summer Wind", and "Betcha By Golly Wow". CD
(Out of print.)

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Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway Live (180 gram pressing) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Atco, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... On June 12, 2021
Massively beautiful work from the great Donny Hathaway! After two studio albums that had firmly put him on the map as one of the 70s best soul talents, Atco had the genius to have Donny record this live album before very enthusiastic crowds in Hollywood and New York. The result is one of the best soul albums ever – one that shows a totally different side of Donny, and which has him jamming with a smaller, hipper, jazz-oriented group in long versions of some of his best tracks. Features a massive 12 minute version of "The Ghetto", which has loads of excellent instrumental breakdowns, a 13 minute version of "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)", a superior version of the track "Little Ghetto Boy", which was only ever on a soundtrack, and covers of "What's Going On" and "Jealous Guy" that really transform them from the original versions. Very similar to the classic Curtis Mayfield 2LP live set on Curtom – and with a similar "Chicago studio soulster goes jazzy and intimate" feel. (Note: This item is not for sale online until noon on Saturday, June 12. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning Saturday, June 12. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after noon on June 12 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Donny Hathaway Live ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Luiz Henrique & Walter WanderleyPopcorn ... LP
Verve, 1969. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
An excellent collaboration between two of Verve's best Brazilian artists of the late 60s – the groovy organist Walter Wanderley, and the breezy breathy vocalist Luiz Henrique! The set is a perfect example of the way that Verve took bossa playing and gave it a groovy production twist – turning it into something that was just a little bit different, in a mode that became America's best contribution to the bossa era! The legendary Sivuca puts in a great guest appearance on a few tracks – further enhancing the sound with his "singing" style of accordion work – and the whole thing bounces along in a magical groove that's hardly been duplicated again! Titles include a very unusual funk-based take on "Happy Birthday" – one that has a bit of a break to it – plus "Kee Ka Roo", "Popcorn" (not the Perry-Kingsley hit), "Florianopolis", "In My Automobile", "Dusty Road", and "Blue Island". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Terumasa HinoLove Nature (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Love/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $35.99
An amazing moment from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – an early 70s session recorded in America – with fantastic work from Gary Bartz on alto and Reggie Workman on bass! The album's not like Hino's later American dates – which were often more fusion based – as the style here is sublimely spiritual, with long tracks stretching out in just the same energy as some of the first few albums by Bartz! Also like Bartz, the tunes really stretch out, but never go too far outside – less avant than searingly expressive, with fantastic work from both horn players throughout. The group also features a guitarist, who colors the sound nicely – and the album features two long tracks – "Sister Mayumi" and "Each Other Love Nature". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record Store Day Japan 2020 release.)

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Terumasa HinoLove Nature (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Love/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
An amazing moment from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – an early 70s session recorded in America – with fantastic work from Gary Bartz on alto and Reggie Workman on bass! The album's not like Hino's later American dates – which were often more fusion based – as the style here is sublimely spiritual, with long tracks stretching out in just the same energy as some of the first few albums by Bartz! Also like Bartz, the tunes really stretch out, but never go too far outside – less avant than searingly expressive, with fantastic work from both horn players throughout. The group also features a guitarist, who colors the sound nicely – and the album features two long tracks – "Sister Mayumi" and "Each Other Love Nature". CD
(Part of the Nippon Jazz Spirits series!)
Also available Love Nature (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 35.99

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Jackie & RoyJackie & Roy (plus Sing Baby Sing) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1955. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
Two rare Storyville albums from the tremendous vocal team of Jackie & Roy – back to back in a single set! First up is the self titled Jackie & Roy – one of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a relaxed, open-ended approach to jazz vocals that already carries all the hallmarks of the Jackie & Roy style – wordless scatting on some tunes, playful lyrical interplay on others, and a focus on Jackie's ballad talents on some of the gentler numbers – all wrapped up in small combo backing that's sensitive, creative, and modern – yet never in a way that overwhelms the vocals. It's hard to match the poise, class, and cleverness of this one – and the album easily set a new standard for vocal jazz in the 50s! Titles include a few great early tunes by Tommy Wolf – the songwriter who would become so important for the pair – and backing is by Roy on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Titles include "Let's Take A Walk Around The Block", "You Smell So Good", "Listen Little Girl", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Bill's Bit", "Dahuud", "I Wish I Were In Love Again", and "Lover". Sing Baby Sing is sublime work from the duo of Jackie & Roy – a guy/gal vocal team, but one with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! Both Jackie Cain and Roy Kral sing – and Roy also plays a mean piano, and writes a fair bit of the tunes too – really lively numbers that show off the bop-styled techniques they developed while working with Charlie Ventura – but with hipper, groovier lyrics – of the sort that are a key precursor to folks like Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg! Instrumentation on the set is great, too – a small combo with guitar from either Joe Rumero or Barry Galbraith – served up in a really great mix of tunes that includes "Season In The Sun", "Slowly", "Cheerful Little Earful", "Why Not Admit It", "You Are The One", and "Hook Line And Snare". CD

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Chuck JacksonBest Of The Wand Years ... LP
Wand/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A fantastic collection of work from one of the coolest, classiest soul singers of the 60s – one that we'd rank right up there with Jerry Butler or Walter Jackson for the way that he pushed the genre forward strongly with his music! Chuck Jackson had a few hits back in the day, but underneath those classics is an even more amazing body of work – soul music taken to new levels of adult expression, openly emotive but never in a cliched way – already reaching way beyond roots in gospel and blues for a whole new way of expressing soul and identity! Chuck's had more than a few hits collections issued over the years, but this might be the first set to really get at his genius – fully offering up the wonderful range of tracks he handled for the Wand label back in his early years. Titles include "I Can't Stand To See You Cry", "Hand It Over", "Good Things Come To Those Who Wait", "Tell Him I'm Not Home", "These Chains of Love", "Two Stupid Feet", "I'd Be A Millionaire", "What's With This Loneliness", "I Don't Want To Cry", "I Need You", "Beg Me", "Any Day Now", and "Since I Don't Have You". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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