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VariousNot Two – But Twenty (5CD set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), New Copy 5CD ... $59.99 79.99
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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Rodrigo AmadoNorthern Liberties ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Tenorist Rodrigo Amado is at the head of a really great group here – a quartet that can come on fierce when needed, but also really work together to build up their sound slowly – improvising in ways that are open, yet feel structured too – especially on the moments that let the sound resonate between the players, find some ground of its own, then provide a perfect platform upon which individual members can build! In addition to Amado on tenor, the group also features Thomas Johansson on trumpet, Jon Rune Strom on bass, and Gard Nilssen on drums – on titles that include "Spark", "Ignition", "Activity", and "Response". CD

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Blood Trio (Sabir Mateen/Michael Bisio/Whit Dickey)Understory ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2013. Used Gatefold ... $11.99
Sabir Mateen on alto saxophone and clarinet, Michael Bisio on bass, and Whit Dickey on drums. CD
(Packaged in a nice LP style sleeve.)

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Chicago Plan (Swell/Ullmann/Lonberg-Holm/Zerang)For New Zealand ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2022. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Chicago plan do a great job here of mixing together darker passages and more sensitive moments – at a level that really lets the group open up with the kind of instrumental dexterity you'd expect from the individual players – a lineup that features Steve Swell on trombone, Gebhard Ullmann on tenor and bass clarinet, Fred Lonberg Holm on cello and electronics, and Michael Zerang on drums! The music has freer, more outside passages, but also seems to often hold on to some sort of structure – the "plan" in the group's name, which seems to be some of the light suggestions of formation that Lonberg Holm might have used in his famous game pieces from decades back – but taken to a more intimate setting here. Titles include "Yoyo", "Sketch 6", "Composite 13 For New Zealand", "Variations On A Master Plan (part 1)", and "Welcome To The Red Island". CD

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Agusti Fernandez & Rafal MazurCorrespondence With No Words ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2022. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A really unique take on the form of free improvisation – one done at a distance, during the global pandemic in 2020 – but at a level that's very different than anything else we've ever seen on record! The "correspondence" in the title is a reference to the process of the album – as each artist would first record a solo, then send it to the other, who would then respond with a solo of their own. This means that the record is all solo performances, not duets – but done at a level that's still very resonant with the work of the other artist – although at a remove, which maybe allows for even deeper concentration on a musical response! Rafal Mazur plays acoustic bass guitar and Agusti Fernandez plays piano – but the sounds of the instrument are very different than usual – filled with all these textures and really striking sonic possibilities. CD

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Krakow Improvisers OrchestraKIO At Cricoteka ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2018. Used ... $9.99
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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Martin Kuchen/Agusti Fernandez/Zlatko KaucicSteps That Resonate ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2022. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
The "resonate" in the title here is very well-put – as there's an overall sense of sound that comes not just from the core instruments handled by all three players in the trio – but also by the many "objects" that are part of the improvisation too! The album features one long improvised track, stretching out nearly 40 minutes in length – with work from Agusti Fernandez on piano, Zlatko Kaucic on drums, and Martin Kuchen on both soprano and sopranino saxes – blowing with these sharp, angular edges that really give the record a lot of bite! But it's also those extra sounds – those "objects" – that seem to create all these special moments along the course of the proceedings – almost in the spirit of some FMP record from the glory days of the European free jazz scene. CD

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Michael MarcusStone Jump ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A set that's maybe a bit more inside than usual for the mostly-improvised Not Two label – but one that's also got a nice sort of an edge, too – a different take on familiar territory, all graced with the great work of Michael Marcus on soprano sax, tenor, octavin, and tarogato! Marcus has a great ear for unusual phrasing – maybe a bit like George Braith, but on a single horn – and he works here alongside some wonderfully warm work from supporting players who include John Austria on Fender Rhodes, Denton Darien on piano, Tyler Mitchell on bass, and Warren Smith on drums and percussion – spinning out on a set of original tunes by Marcus, many of which have a really great modal sort of vibe! Michael is a wonderfully unique player – definitely a distinct soul of his own – and the set's got a wonderful feel throughout, on titles that include "The World Street", "Dawn At Qumran", "Stone Jump", "Flowering Optics", "Involution", and "The T Man". CD

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Nu BandIn Memory Of Mark Whitecage – The Nu Band Live At The Bop Shop ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99 16.99
The great reedman Mark Whitecage is a player who never fully got his due – a really unique talent in terms of phrasing and rhythm, finally given one last chance at the spotlight here on this final recording with The Nu Band, a group in which he played for many years! All four players here are great – Thomas Heberer on quarter tone trumpet, Joe Fonda on bass, and Lou Grassi on drums and percussion – but it also feels as if there's a special sort of focus on the very personal, very expressive sounds that Whitecage can create – as he plays here on alto, flute, and clarinet. There's a mixture of modern structure and free improvisation here – that great legacy of the group, which is there way of bringing forward some of the new thing ideas of the 60s with more personal contemporary improv modes. Titles include "Christophe & Ornette", "Five O'Clock Blues", "The Closer You Are The Further It Gets", "Prayer For The Water Protectors", and "Minor Madness". CD

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Step In (Joe Fonda/Carlo Morena/Felix Lecaros Herrera)Voila La Tendresse ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2020. Used ... $11.99
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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Tim Trevor Briscoe/Szilard Mezei/Nicola GuazzalocaBefore Then (4CD set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2022. New Copy 4CD ... $44.99 49.99
Wonderfully careful, precise improvisation from a trio that we're not sure we've ever heard before – but who are already overflowing with so many new ideas, they certainly warrant all the extra space given to them on this 4CD set! The package brings together live material from four different performances – each of them a unique combination of musical elements from Tim Trevor Briscoe on clarinet and alto, Szilard Mezei on viola, and Nicola Guazzaloca on piano – balanced with unusual qualities throughout, but always tied together in a really special way! Given the use of clarinet, there's maybe a slight inspiration here from the best experiments of Jimmy Giuffre – but the overall sound is completely different, even between individual concert recordings. Tracks are all quite long, and titles include "Circle", "Exhalation", "By The River", "Without", "Mooring", "Guests", "Black Blinds", "So Close", and "Faith". 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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Vandermark 5Four Sides To The Story (limited 2LP box set) ... LP
Not Two (Poland), 2007. New Copy 2LP ... $44.99 54.99
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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Wandering The Sound Quintet (Satoko Fujii/Guillermo Gregorio)What Is ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Wandering The Sound is a great name for this quintet – as their improvisations seem to go on a journey during the course of the record – one that's not lost in the sense that "wandering" sometimes implies, but which is taking things easy, really exploring the time and space of the record, and allowing for all sorts of wonderful side trips along the way! Players include Satoko Fujii on piano, Guillermo Gregorio on clarinet, Natsuki Tamura on trumpet, Rafal Mazur on acoustic bass guitar, and Ramon Lopez on drums – and the set features three improvisations of varying lengths, but similar spirits – all recorded at Alchemia in Krakow. Titles include "Sound", "Wind", and "Mind". CD

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✨✧ Ballister (Dave Rempis/Fred Lonberg Holm/Paal Nilssen Love)Chrysopoeia ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2022. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two searing long, live improvisations that really sum up the intensity of the Ballister trio at its best – the kind of special sonic resonance that occurs between the saxes of Dave Rempis, drums of Paal Nilssen Love, and cello and electronics of Fred Lonberg-Holm! All three players are musicians who can be more speculative and tentative in moments of spontaneous creation – but here, they clearly know each other so well, and can gauge the responses of their bandmates, there's sort of a freewheeling frenzy of musical imagination that seems boundless! The album features two long tracks, both recorded in Krakow – "Strapling" and "Muffit". CD

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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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Joe McPhee/John Edwards/Klaus KugelExistential Moments ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2022. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The legendary Joe McPhee leads off this session with a tremendous burst of power – work on the trumpet that's a bold signifier of the energy to come – as he mixes up tenor and a bit of voice with long-form spontaneous creation in a trio with John Edwards on bass and Klaus Kugel on drums! Both Edwards and Kugel clearly have plenty of chops of their own – but they also seem to defer to McPhee as the sharpest point in the musical triangle – maybe in part because of that more emboldened presence that Joe seems to have in a live setting in recent years! Titles include the burning "Existential Moments" – which runs for over 40 minutes – plus the shorter "Light Beam" and "Images In Mind". 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Theo Jorgensmann/Christopher Dell/Christian Ramond/Klaus KugelAt The Field's Edge ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Theo Jorgensmann always has a wonderful sound on clarinet – part of a legacy of modern improvisational modes that goes back to territory first opened up by Jimmy Giuffre – but here, he maybe sounds even better than usual, as the album features some wonderful work on vibes from Christopher Dell – a player who really seems to match Theo's energy in a really great way – almost as if they're in lockstep with a sense of timing and space, even though they're working on two very different instruments! The rest of the group features Christian Ramond on bass and Klaus Kugel on drums – both players who seem to step back and give the vibes and clarinet center space in the spotlight, yet know how to add just the right amount when needed. Titles include "Chances Need To Be Taken", "Blue Not", and "Slow No Wake". 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii, & Ramon LopezMantle ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Yuma Uesaka/Marilyn CrispellStreams ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy Gatefold ... 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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✨✧ 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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Jaco PastoriusNot Fusion But True Jazz ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1970s. Used ... $9.99
The title's a bit misleading, as the music here is still pretty much on the fusion side – but that's OK with us, as bassist Jaco Pastorius was one of the folks who helped invent the style back at the start of the 70s! This set's a compelling collection of work that Pastorius recorded in a number of different settings during that decade – a collection of jazz dates issued under his own name, and those of some of his collaborators – plus Pastorius performances on two rock tracks too! All tunes are a great illustration of that completely new vibe he brought to the electric bass – solos that make them his tunes, even if his name isn't on the front – and tracks include "4AM and "Good Question" by Herbie Hancock, "Cannon Ball" and "Dara Factor Two" by Weather Report, "All American Alien Boy" and "Apathy 83" by Ian Hunter, "Lost Inside The Love Of You" by Tom Scott, "Brown Eyes" by Jimmy Cliff, and "Come On Come Over" and "Portrait Of Tracy" by Jaco Pastorius. CD
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Pearl JamLive On Two Legs (clear vinyl pressing) (2022 Record Store Day Drop) ... LP
Legacy, 1998. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... On June 18, 2022
(Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Sunday, June 19. 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 of Saturday, June 18. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after 7:00am on June 19 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bruce SpringsteenTunnel Of Love/Two For The Road ... 7-inch
Columbia, 1987. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $6.99
The b-side "Two For the Road" is not on the album. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Swamp DoggI'm Not Selling Out I'm Buying In ... LP
Takoma, 1981. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A well-circulated early 80s effort by Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams – a set that has him making a joke on commerciality in music with the title, and which still stays pretty true to his roots overall! The album's not out to break any new ground in Dogg's career, but it does maintain a relatively strong sense of personality and politics – served up in a mode that's quite down home in style, but produced a bit more professionally than on some of his earlier records. Titles include "Sexy Sexy Sexy #3", "Total Destruction To Your Mind Once Again", "Swamping Solutions", "Wine Women & Rock N Roll", "Low Friends In High Places", and "The Love We Got Ain't Worth Two Dead Flies", sung as a duet with Esther Phillips! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring and edge wear, a promo stamp, and a small piece of masking tape in front.)

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Cecil TaylorMusic From Two Continents – Live At Jazz Jamboree 84 ... CD
Listen Foundation (Poland), 1984. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
One of the most ambitious Cecil Taylor projects of the 80s – a special project performed by a large ensemble at a jazz festival in Poland – an incredible group who really expand the vision in Cecil's music! Make no mistake, Taylor is definitely the leader here – his piano and vocalizations really direct the entire set – but the music brims over with contributions from giants who include Tomasz Stanko and Enrico Rava on trumpets, Conrad Bauer on trombone, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Frank Wright and John Tchicai on tenors, Gunter Hampel on bass clarinet and vibes, and William Parker on bass. The performance features one long piece, but graced with all these really beautiful themes amidst the freer improvisations – coming across with a global vision in jazz that's maybe not unlike some of Charlie Haden's Liberation Music projects, but freer and bolder overall! CD

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Dinah Washington & Brook BentonTwo Of Us ... CD
Mercury/Verve, Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
The set features only 4 duets between Brook & Dinah – "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)", "I Do", "I Believe", and "A Rockin Good Way (To mess Around & Fall In Love)", which is probably the best track on the LP. Other titles are by Dinah alone – "There Goes My Heart", "Love Walked In", "This I Promise You" – or Brook by himself – "Because Of Everything", "Call me", and "Not One Step Behind". CD reissue includes 7 bonus tracks – 19 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dinah Washington & Brook BentonTwo Of Us ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
The set features only 4 duets between Brook & Dinah – "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)", "I Do", "I Believe", and "A Rockin Good Way (To mess Around & Fall In Love)", which is probably the best track on the LP. Other titles are by Dinah alone – "There Goes My Heart", "Love Walked In", "This I Promise You" – or Brook by himself – "Because Of Everything", "Call me", and "Not One Step Behind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear, a cutout hole and a small split in the top seam.)
Also available Two Of Us ... CD 8.99

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Johnny WilliamsNot With My Wife You Don't ... LP
Warner, 1966. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Groovy groovy work from Johnny Williams – one of his best 60s soundtracks, with lots of nice touches! The film's a goofy sex romp, as you might expect from the title, and Williams' tunes really keep the spirit of the movie up nicely – running through a variety of upbeat styles, from jazzy Hammond, to groovy vocals, and even a few surprisingly nice chorus vocal type tunes! Includes the great song "Big Beautiful Ball", presented in instrumental and vocal versions, the latter of which is sung by Johnny Mercer. Other titles include "Not With My Wife You Don't", "Two Of Everything", "Trumpet Discotheque", "Hungarian Jungle Music", and "My Inamorata". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing. Cover has partial split seams with tape repair, light surface wear & aging, name in marker on the back.)

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VariousAfrica Funk Roots – Chapter Two ... LP
Cosmic Disco Machine (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $32.99
Maybe not the complete roots of African funk, but a set that does a great job of bringing together a range of different cuts that show the new sounds and styles that were really hitting the scene as the 70s moved in – work from a wide variety of sources, but which all seems to share a sound and spirit with some of the newly independent African nations! There's a few African funk cuts in the mix, but the more interesting ones are almost those from the Anglo world that show a similar sense of groove, but with a slightly different vibe – coming across here on cuts that include "Waterbed (inst)" by LTD Exchange, "African Queen" by Allez Allez, "Them Changes" by Lionel Hampton, "Sangandongo" by Niagara, "Wassahoumba" by Africa Djole, "Do The Choo Choo" by Jack Ashford, "Africa Gone Funky" by Screaming Jay Hawkins, "Super Kumba" by Manu Dibango, "Tite Rope" by Harold Alexander, "Fat City Strut" by Mandrill, and "Corey Died On The Battlefield" by Wild Magnolias. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBluesin By The Bayou – I'm Not Jiving ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 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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✨✧ CultureTwo Sevens Clash (3LPs – 40th anniversary edition) ... LP
Joe Gibbs/17 North Parade, 1978. New Copy 3LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album from Culture, and still their most classic – a set that takes its title from a prediction by Marcus Garvey – who said that there would be trouble in the world when "two sevens clash" on July 7, 1977! Fortunately, we made it all through that date in one piece – and good thing too, as the record's gone on to even more legendary status as the years have gone on – with a righteous sort of energy that just seems to get more important over the decades. Joe Gibbs produced, and arranged with Errol Thompson – and the slow-stepping rhythms of the set, heavy on bottom-end sounds, are a perfect backdrop for the message-oriented lyrics in the music. Every cut's a classic – and titles include "I'm Alone In The Wilderness", "Pirate Days", "Two Sevens Clash", "Calling 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". Very special edition – with 11 bonus tracks that include ""Natty Dread Taking Over/Invasion" by Culture & Roy, "Natty Gone Clear" by Joe Gibbs & The Professionals, "Fulfillment" by The Mighty Two, "I'm Not Ashamed/Under Tight Wraps" by Culture & I Roy, "See Them A Come/Mask Mi Mask" by Culture & Prince Weedy, "Informer" by Culture, "Natty Pass His GCE" by Shorty The President, "State Of Emergency" by Joe Gibbs & The Professionals, and "Informer Version" by The Mighty Two. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CultureTwo Sevens Clash (clear with blue & yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Joe Gibbs/17 North Parade, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album from Culture, and still their most classic – a set that takes its title from a prediction by Marcus Garvey – who said that there would be trouble in the world when "two sevens clash" on July 7, 1977! Fortunately, we made it all through that date in one piece – and good thing too, as the record's gone on to even more legendary status as the years have gone on – with a righteous sort of energy that just seems to get more important over the decades. Joe Gibbs produced, and arranged with Errol Thompson – and the slow-stepping rhythms of the set, heavy on bottom-end sounds, are a perfect backdrop for the message-oriented lyrics in the music. Every cut's a classic – and titles include "I'm Alone In The Wilderness", "Pirate Days", "Two Sevens Clash", "Calling 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(RSD Essentials pressing. Quantities pressed on demand and strictly limited!)

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✨✧ WireNot About To Die – Studio Demos 1977/1978 (2022 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Pink Flag, Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare studio demos from Wire – recorded at a time when the group were at their early, legendary best – and featuring alternate takes of tracks that formed the building blocks for two key albums on EMI/Harvest! Reportedly, the group took back a bootleg of the material for the release – liberating these gems that show their imagination running wild in the studio – on titles that include "On Returning", "Former Airline", "Culture Vulture, "It's The Motive", "Love Ain't Polite", "French Film", "Underwater Experiences", "Stalemate", "Options 4", "Indirect Enquiries", "Oh No Not So", "The Other Window", "Ignorance No Plea", and "Being Sucked In Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Reuben Bell & The CasanovasIt's Not That Easy/Hummin A Sad Song ... 7-inch
Murco/BGP (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic bit of deep soul from Reuben Bell – a singer with a voice that's a register or two higher than most of his contemporaries, but which also gives this tune a really special sort of vibe! Bell's got a heartbreaking quality on the classic "It's Not That Easy" – really reaching up, but falling back too – almost as if he's trapped in the slow-stepping groove of the tune! The flipside is more uptempo – a surprising upbeat southern soul groover that almost doesn't fit the "sad song" promised in the title! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Colonel AbramsColonel Abrams (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Mid 80s soul from Detroit's Colonel Abrams – One of the first artists to take the then burgeoning house sound into the mainstream – paired up with nicely grooving modern soul vibe! Includes the his "Trapped" and "I'm Not Gonna Let", with those bright and bumping synth melodies and relentless house influenced beats underneath vocals and songwriting that helped get it over with the chart ready contemporary soul scene – plus the solid ballad "Never Change", "Over & Over", "Speculation", "The Truth", "Table For Two" and more. This CD version includes 4 bonus tracks: 12" mixes of "Trapped", "I'm Not Gonna Let You", "The Truth" and "Over And Over" – plus the non album track "Music Is The Answer". CD

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Cannonball Adderley with Nancy Wilson & Lou RawlsIn Person ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Almost everything soulful at Capitol Records in the mid 60s – packed together in one sweet little place! The set's a winner in a great line of Cannonball Adderley live dates from the time – produced by David Axelrod, and done with that great mix of angular, slightly electric groove the combo was virtually pioneering – thanks to help from Joe Zawinul on electric piano, and Nat Adderley on cornet! Cannon also plays some great soprano sax – an instrument that he was taking off beautifully with at the time – and sets fire to a few great tunes with the instrument. But as if that's not enough, Lou Rawls joins in on vocals on a few cuts, and Nancy Wilson comes in on a few more – and the album alternates singing with instrumentals in a really great way. Titles include two very nice extended tracks by Joe Zawinul – "Rumplestiltskin" and "The Scavenger", both of which are over 10 minutes long, and which have the group stretching out in a nice live vein – and other cuts include "The Scene", "Somewhere", "Sweet Emma", and "Zorba". CD

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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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Leny AndradeBossas Novas ... CD
Albatroz (Brazil), 1998. Used ... $9.99
Warm, jazzy, and with plenty of the bossa nova promised in the title – a record that's not to be confused with Leny's singular Bossa Nova album from a few years before, because this is a pluralized set from the late 90s! Roberto Menescal's on board to direct the music – and gives the whole album that warm blend of bossa roots and keyboard jazz you'll find on many of his own albums of the past decade or two – an approach that works perfectly for the aging vocals of Andrade, still one of the most distinct singers in Brazilian music! Titles include "I'll See You In Rio", "E Nada Mais", "Dois Coracoes", "Ao Amigo Tom", "Pode Ir", and "Canto Livre". CD
(Out of print.)

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Leny AndradeLeny Andrade (1985) ... LP
Pointer (Brazil), 1985. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of two albums that Leny recorded for the Pointer label in the mid 80s – both with a similar lineup, similar style, and covers that are almost exactly the same – not that that's a bad thing, because the music is equally great on both, even if it's hard to tell them apart from the covers and titles! This album, like the other, has mellow modern bossa sound – rare for the time, and carried off with the subtle touches that you'd expect from more recent work – but which was all too hard to find back in the 80s. Leny's vocals are warm and jazzy, and the album's got lots of nice jazzy riffing behind the lyrics – on titles that include "Clichet", "Samba De Rei", "Chico Hipoconcria", "Nao Da", "Dindi", "Uau", "Vai Passar", and "Sessao Passatempo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has a light stain on the bottom, lightly browned for the bottom few inches.)

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ArrivalFriends – The Complete Recordings 1966 to 1973 (3CD set) ... CD
Strawberry (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 30.99
A pair of records from UK vocal group Arrival – plus rare BBC material too! First up is the record Arrival from 1970 – a really wonderful record from this very cool UK group – a mix of gals and guys who harmonize together in a really great way – very different than a lineup like this might have sounded in the 60s, spun with a touch of the Hair generation, and almost like a blue-eyed version of The Fifth Dimension, working with a great blend of rock, pop, and soul! The tunes are sometimes familiar numbers, but redone in some really great ways – and mixed with some originals by the group's Frank Collins, set to arrangements by Nick Harrison and Paul Buckmaster. Titles include "Live", "Light My Fire", "Sit Down & Float", "Take Me", "Don't Turn His Love Away", "See The Lord", "Prove It", and "Hard Road". Next is the second album, also titled Arrival – released two years later, and really showing a different sort of vibe for the group – more righteous and overflowing with new material – like a shift between the musical styles of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar – more guitars and more solo vocal moments too! Titles include "Not Gonna Worry", "Glory Be", "Part Of My Dream", "Have A Drink On Your Father", "Weary Sad Weary Down", and "So It Is Written". CD3 features BBC sessions from 1969 and 1970 – 11 more tracks in all – and the set also features 10 more bonus tracks that are all non-LP singles! CD

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Alice Babs & Duke EllingtonSerenade To Sweden ... LP
Telestar (Sweden), 1963. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A beautiful and rare recording – both for singer Alice Babs, and Ellington himself! The session was cut in Paris in 1963 – and it's a moody, intimate album that features Duke backing up Alice with arrangements that are quieter and more subtle than those used with most other Ellington-related singers. Alice is extremely great on the set – and often sings in weird wordless vocals – not really scatting, but more of a horn based-style that's very icy and cool. The whole thing's great – much greater even than the sum of its two famous parts – and titles include "Serenade To Sweden", "Stoona", "La De Doody Doo", "Strange Visitor", "Come Sunday", "Babsie", and "Untitled Lullaby". LP, Vinyl record album
(German Reprise pressing – a nice copy!)

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Count BasieBand Of Distinction ... LP
Clef, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $6.99
It certainly was the band of distinction – especially at this point, when the group featured players like Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Ernie Wilkins, Marshall Royal, Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Bennie Powell, and Freddie Green. And hey, let's not forget Basie himself! Titles include "Two Franks", "Ska Di Didle Dee Bee Doo", "Rails", "Blues Backstage", and "Perdido" – and there's a very strong focus on the best soloists in the group! LP, Vinyl record album
(Clef pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has some surface and edge wear, a mostly split bottom seam, tape down the spine and top seams, some aging and a name in pen on the back.)

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Count BasieDance Sessions ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1952/1953/1954. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
Includes the songs "Straight Life", "Basie Goes Wess", "Softly With Feeling", "Peace Pipe", "Blues Go Away", "Cherry Point", "Bubbles", "Right On", "The Blues Done Come Back", "Plymouth Rock", "Stereophonic", "Mambo Mist", "Sixteen Men Swinging", "She's Just My Size", "You're Not The Kind", "I Feel Like A New Man", "You For Me", "Soft Drink", "Two For The Blues", "Slow But Sure", "Be My Guest", "Blues For The Count And Oscar", "Goin' To Chicago", "Sent For You Yesterday", "Bread", "There's A Small Hotel", "Tipping On The QT", "Blee Blop Blues", "Extended Blues", "I Want A Little Girl", "Oh, Lady Be Good", "Song Of The Islands", "The New Basie Blues", "Sure Thing", "Why Not", "Fawncy Meeting You", "Bootsie", "Tom Whaley", "Paradise Squat", "Basie Talks", "Hob Nail Boogie", "Jack And Jill", "Bunny", and "Cash Box". CD

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Count BasieEn Concert – Palais De Chaillot, 29 Mars, 1960/Oympia, 5 Mai 1962 ... CD
Europe 1/RTE, 1960/1962. Used 2CD ... $8.99
Two great Eurpoean performances – with a lineup that includes Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell, Frank Wess, Snooky Young, Freddie Green, and others. Tracks include "Why Not", "Easy Money", "A Little Tempo Please", "Jumpin' At The Woodside", "Blee Blop Blues", and "Stella By Starlight". 30 tracks total. CD
(Out of print.)

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Beach BoysFeel Flows – The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969 to 1971 ... CD
Capitol, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 21.99
A fantastic collection of work from The Beach Boys – a set that features two of our favorite albums from the group, plus lots of unreleased rare material! Sure, we love Pet Sounds and Smile – but year after year, we keep on finding new musical magic in the records Sunflower and Surf's Up – both done at a time when the group were grappling with the realities of adult life, changing cultural modes, and their own sense of mortality, both as human beings and pop stars. There's a wonderfully collaborative feel to the music here – all the other group members bringing a lot to the table, not just Brian – and that sensibility is so different than the earlier years of the group, and even different than the Brian-led moments of the mid 60s. If you've not heard these records, you'll be stunned – and if you love them as much as us, you'll love to hear all the bonus material included within! 2CD set features newly remastered versions of the albums Sunflower and Surf's Up – plus 23 bonus tracks that include "Loop De Loop (1969 mix)", "Susie Cincinnati (2019 mix)", "Two Can Play (2019 mix)", "I Just Got My Pay (2019 mix)", "Where Is She (2019 mix)", "This Whole World (alt ending)", "When Girls Get Together (2019 mix)", "Back Home (alt version)", "Add Some Music To Your Day (alt version)", "Good Time (2019 mix)", "It's A New Day", "Disney Girls (live 1982)", "Surf's Up (live 1973)", "Disney Girls (backing vocals excerpt)", "You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone (track & backing vocals)", "All Of My Love/Ecology", "Sweet & Bitter", "My Solution", "Awake", "Behold The Night", "Live Again (extended 2019", "4th Of July (2019 mix)", and "Lady (1970 stereo mix)". CD

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Mario BiondiDare ... LP
Sony (Italy), 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brenda & HerbIn Heat Again ... CD
Drive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. Used ... $24.99
That's Brenda & Herb, not Peaches & Herb – Herb Rooney and Brenda Reid of the excellent 60s group The Exciters – grooving together here in a really full-on vocal approach that's clearly inspired by the best aspects of Ashford & Simpson! Tracks have a lush, full feel – arranged by Lou Hemsey in a mode that works equally well on the dancefloor tracks and on the mellower numbers – and there's an ambitious approach that could fall flat on its fact, but hangs together well – thanks to the overall execution of the set! The group may not be one of the best-remembered pair from the disco years – but they do a great job here of matching the best work of their contemporaries. Titles include "I Think I'm Gonna Like This", "Lie Down", "I Wanna Make You My Sweetheart", "Two Of Us", "Look What They've Done To Our City", and "What Goes Around". CD
(Out of print, 2016 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)

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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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Rob Brown/Juan Pablo CarlettiFertile Garden ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2022. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Alto saxophonist Rob Brown really shines in a setting like this – a record with a very open-ended vibe, as Brown improvises freely in tandem with Juan Pablo Carletti on the drums – spinning things out over two very long tracks that are full of delightful surprises at every twist and turn! Brown has a really great way of handling his horn – blowing freely, but almost with an inherent sense of structure – not playing changes, or hitting a rhythm, but creating these patterns that really hold the whole thing together – still the farther side of tuneful, but almost there at times. Titles include "6BC" and "Children's Magical Garden" – both nice and long! CD

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✨✧ Tom BrowneLove Approach ... LP
GRP/Arista, 1980. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
An early gem from trumpeter Tom Browne – a set that not only firmly established Browne as one of the best young players of his generation, but which also paved the way for a whole new direction for jazz funk in the 80s! The record is a perfect example of how great the mix of R&B rhythms and jazz fusion instrumentation could be – groovy enough to capture a whole new audience from the soul market, but still more than respectful of the solo talents of the leader – but all without any attempt at smooth jazz commercialism at all! There's some great hard funk moments on the set – and Browne approaches the music in a way that's nicely different than Donald Byrd or Freddie Hubbard, two older players who first helped forge this sound in the 70s – and whose path Tom's clearly taking, but with new directions of his own. There's almost more of a street-worthy vibe to the set – quite a surprise if you only know later records on the GRP label – and the arrangements are by Tom, Weldon Irvine, Lesette Wilson, and Dave Grusin. Titles include the funky classic "Funkin' For Jamaica", plus "Her Silent Smile", "Moon Rise", "Nocturne", "Forever More", and "Weak In The Knees". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the gatefold cover, with light wear and some aging.)

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Dave BrubeckTime Outtakes – Previously Unreleased Takes From The Original 1959 Session ... CD
Brubeck Editions, 1959. New Copy ... $8.99 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
Also available Time Outtakes – Previously Unreleased Takes From The Original 1959 Session ... CD 9.99

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Dave BrubeckTime Outtakes – Previously Unreleased Takes From The Original 1959 Session ... CD
Brubeck Editions, 1959. Used ... $9.99
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
(Still sealed.)
Also available Time Outtakes – Previously Unreleased Takes From The Original 1959 Session ... CD 8.99

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Kenny BurrellAsphalt Canyon Suite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99
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 – part of the Kenny Burrell 90th Anniversary Collection!)

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Kenny BurrellOde To 52nd Street ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $18.99
A really wonderful Chess/Cadet session from the 60s – not the bop-styled record you might expect from the 52nd Street reference in the title! Instead, the whole thing's more of a cool Chicago take on soul jazz – with these great large arrangements from Richard Evans, backing strong solos in the lead from guitarist Kenny Burrell – sounding wonderful here, almost in a Verve Records 60s mode – floating over the top of a variety of material, both mellow and upbeat, all very groovy! Side one features the extended "Suite For Guitar & Orchestra" – and side two features "I Want My Baby Back", "Soulero", "Con Alma", and "Blues Fuse". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the Kenny Burrell 90th Anniversary Collection!)

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Donald ByrdHouse Of Byrd ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Two nice Prestige blowing sessions from the 50s – featuring Donald Byrd right up front. The first LP of the set was issued as Two Trumpets with Art Farmer joining Byrd, set in a sextet with Jackie McLean, Doug Watkins, Barry Harris, and Art Taylor. The harder sound of Byrd is a nice mix with the lyricism of Farmer, and the open-ended nature of the set lets them get a bit more open in their solos than usual. 5 numbers are included: "Contour", "Round Midnight", "The Third", "When Your Lover Has Gone" and "Dig". The second set was issued as The Young Bloods, with Byrd accompanied by sidemen he's not often heard with, Phil Woods, Al Haig, Teddy Kotick and Charlie Persip. Like the first side, it's a rousing set of bop, played with a great deal of fire. 6 numbers make up that set, including "Dewey Square", "Dupeltook", "Once Moore", "House Of Chain", "In Walked George" and "Lover Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring and edge wear.)

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✨✧ Captain SkyWonder Worm/Saturday Night Move-Ease ... 7-inch
AVI, 1978. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
It may not be "Super Sporm", but these two tracks still jam along nicely in the disco breaks style that makes the Adventures Of Captain Sky a late 70s block party and roller rink classic! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sky label pressing.)

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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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CitiRoller Disco ... LP
De-Lite, 1979. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Were there ever two words that improved the qualities of each other than "roller" and "disco"? We think not – and this album's more than proof of that! Most of this set is more straight disco than the "roller" version implied by the title – but a few of the best cuts have that slower-than-disco groove that we love from the roller skating years, a slightly funky approach that's always quite infectious – and which has just the right amount of boogie to make us bounce! The group's a trio – with Lee Genesis on lead vocals, and two supporting female singers – and titles include the straight soul number "Good Enough For You", plus the cuts "Power Play", "Disco Strut", and "Can You Do It On Skates". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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Rob Clearfield & Quin KirchnerConcentric Orbits (green marbled vinyl pressing) ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2022. New Copy ... $15.99 20.00
There's definitely a sense of concentric orbits taking place here – these long-spun lines that have a nicely cyclical quality – not always as straight in terms of rhythms, but with a pulsating energy that really has both players in constellation with each other! Rob Clearfield plays piano and Quin Kirchner plays percussion – and although the music goes a bit outside at points, the tracks still have this nicely structured sensibility – blocks of sound from both players, pushing past conventional rhythmic modes, yet still finding a way to groove! The album features two side-long tracks – "Orbit 1" and "Orbit 2". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jimmy Cliff & OthersHarder They Come ... CD
Island, 1972. Used ... $6.99
A record that's not only a landmark in Jamaican music – but also a set that was to reggae what Curtis Mayfield's Superfly was to 70s soul! In other words, the set not only raised the bar for all the competition, it also ended up in a lot more record collections than most of them too – maybe in part because it was a soundtrack, as was Superfly – but also because it has this global power that makes it a defining album of the genre! Jimmy Cliff is obviously the mainman here, but there's help from other key players in the growing reggae scene – and titles include Jimmy's classic "You Can Get It If You Really Want", in two versions – plus two takes on "The Harder They Come", "Many Rivers To Cross", and "Sitting In Limbo" – plus "Sweet & Dandy" and "Pressure Drop" by The Maytals, "007" by Desmond Dekker, "Johnny Too Bad" by The Slicers, "Draw Your Brakes" by Scotty, and "Rivers Of Babylon" by The Melodians. CD
(Mango pressing.)
Also available Harder They Come ... LP 49.99

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Jimmy Cliff & OthersHarder They Come ... LP
Island, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $49.99
A record that's not only a landmark in Jamaican music – but also a set that was to reggae what Curtis Mayfield's Superfly was to 70s soul! In other words, the set not only raised the bar for all the competition, it also ended up in a lot more record collections than most of them too – maybe in part because it was a soundtrack, as was Superfly – but also because it has this global power that makes it a defining album of the genre! Jimmy Cliff is obviously the mainman here, but there's help from other key players in the growing reggae scene – and titles include Jimmy's classic "You Can Get It If You Really Want", in two versions – plus two takes on "The Harder They Come", "Many Rivers To Cross", and "Sitting In Limbo" – plus "Sweet & Dandy" and "Pressure Drop" by The Maytals, "007" by Desmond Dekker, "Johnny Too Bad" by The Slicers, "Draw Your Brakes" by Scotty, and "Rivers Of Babylon" by The Melodians. LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram EU pressing from 2008.)
Also available Harder They Come ... CD 6.99

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John ColtraneOle ... LP
Atlantic, 1961. Very Good ... $49.99
A magnificent record from John Coltrane – one of his earliest expressions of unbridled spirituality, and a session that we've treasured for years! As you might guess from the title, there's a slight Latin focus to the record – but not one that has congas and bongos creating choppy rhythms – most just a bold, driving, modal sort of inspiration – of the sort that allows the tracks to open up and flow with some of the genius that Coltrane would show more fully later on Impulse! But honestly, we'd rate this one right up there with the best modal sides on Impulse – as the record's got a sense of flow and energy that's simply breathtaking – with lots of long tracks that let Coltrane open up on tenor and soprano sax, and which also feature work from Eric Dolphy (under the "nom du date" George Lane) on alto, plus Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums, and Art Davis and Reggie Workman on twin basses! The title track "Ole" runs for a whopping 18 minutes, and takes up all of side one – and side two features the great numbers "Dahomey Dance" and "Aisha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 60s Broadway label stereo pressing with RI suffix. Cover has some wear and aging, with heavy wear and splitting in the spine.)

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John Coltrane/Archie SheppNew Thing At Newport ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Very Good Gatefold ... $49.99
An essential piece of 60's avant garde jazz that often gets overlooked because the album is split between two different leaders – but with John Coltrane and Archie Shepp at the helm, what leaders they be! Shepp leads a quartet that includes Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Barre Phillips on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and the music is some of his best from the 60's. Hutcherson is haunting, and Shepp plays in a beautifully restrained style that brings out all of his best elements, without any of the indulgence that sometimes mars his playing. The group plays all original tracks, including "Rufus", "Le Matin Des Noire", and "Scag". Coltrane's quartet with Tyner, Garrison, and Jones adds one additional long track to the album, the lively "One Down One Up". A great set, and one not to pass up! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange and black label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a small cutout hole, but is very nice overall.)

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Jerome CooperUnpredictability Of Predictability ... LP
About Time, 1979. New Copy ... $9.99 11.99
A great solo performance from Jerome Cooper – not just drums and percussion, but work on flute, balaphone, and other instruments too! Cooper really brings all of his most thoughtful elements into play here – working slowly, and covering space with ideas that really take some time to stretch out and find themselves – then confidently move forward to open up new chapters in the performance – a bit like some of the best early moments of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, but presented here as a solo act! Side one features "The Unpredictability Of Predictability", in four movements – and side two features "Bert The Cat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Please Note – these are in the original shrink wrap which has aged, split and come off, but are still unplayed.)

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✨✧ Bill Cosby (aka Badfoot Brown)Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown & The Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band ... CD
Uni/Dusty Groove, 1971. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A funky masterpiece from Bill Cosby – hardly the sort of record you might expect from all of his years on mainstream TV! This set was cut back when Bill was a much hipper cat on the LA scene – and it was the start of a brief all-instrumental run with his Badfoot Brown ensemble – a group who's not named in the notes on the record, but who offer up some seriously funky grooves! Bill supposedly plays keyboards himself – some really mad electric piano that's often repetitive, cyclical, and really hypnotic – a tripped-out style that's more funk than jazz, and which is easily one of the best parts of the record. But the rhythms are great too – equally hypnotic, and build up from bass, organ, guitar, and this whomping sort of drum part – echoing strongly in the background and really bringing a spooky feel to the set. Side one includes the amazing "Martin's Funeral" – sampled famously by Tribe Called Quest, and a 15 minute jam that's inspired by the funeral of Martin Luther King. Side two features "Hybish Shybish", an even longer track that's sort of an improvised jazz game – and which features tripped-out instrumental trading that's simply amazing. The whole record is really mindblowing – a messed-up jam session that's well worth the legend that's been built up around it over the years – and we're hard-pressed to think of another album like it! And as a special bonus, the package features these really long notes written by Bill Cosby himself – words that are as unusual as the music, and a side of him that's hardly been shown again. CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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Miles DavisBags Groove ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1954. Used ... $5.99
Classic Miles Davis from that pivotal year of 1954 – featuring work from 2 different sessions, both of them great! The title track on the album is a key reading of "Bag's Groove", presented here in two versions, both recorded by a quintet that includes Milt "Bags" Jackson on vibes, Thelonious Monk on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – carving out the tune in a nicely modern idiom. The rest of the set features work by Miles in a quintet with Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver – again with support from Heath and Clarke – on tunes that include 2 versions of "But Not For Me", plus early recordings of Sonny Rollins' standards "Oleo", "Airegin", and "Doxy". CD
(Out of print.)

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Miles DavisMiles Davis & Horns ... CD
OJC, Early 50s. Used ... $9.99
Don't let the "horns" in the title put you off – because the record's not a hokey "with horns" record by Miles, but a batch of all-star sessions that has him playing with some really tremendous contemporaries! The set compiles early Miles Davis sides from two different Prestige sessions of the early 50s – material originally issued as 10 inch LPs, but brought together here in a very cool full length package with a cover image by Mad Magazine's Don Martin! Side one features Miles with a sextet that includes Sonny Rollins, Bennie Green, John Lewis, Percy Heath, and Roy Haynes – on the tracks "Morpheus", "Down", "Blue Room", and "Whispering" – all taken in a boppish mode, but with slight modern touches. Side two features the compositions of Al Cohn – "Tasty Pudding", "Floppy", "Willie The Wailer", and "For Adults Only" – played by a septet that features Cohn, Zoot Sims, John Lewis, Kenny Clarke, Leonard Gaskin, and Sonny Truitt – a very nice match to the sound of side one, and a surprisingly unified record overall! CD features 1 bonus track! CD
(Out of print. Rear case has two small stickers with the recording dates.)

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Jimmy Dawkins & Big Voice OdomJimmy Dawkins/Big Voice Odom (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99 About June 15, 2022
A killer set – one that not only features vocals from Jimmy Dawkins on one half, and vocals from Big Voice Odom on the other – but which also includes some great guitar from the mighty Otis Rush! Rush is fantastic, twisting around Jimmy's own guitar, which is pretty darn great too – and the set also has some smoking Hammond from Jerome Van Jones – a player we don't know at all, but whose instrument really brings out some of the funkier currents in the guitars! Titles include "Mean Atlantic Ocean", "Life Is A Mean Mistreater", "No More Troubles", "Tell Me Woman", "Sweet Laura", "Come To Me", "Marcelle Jacques Et Luc", and "It Serves You Right To Suffer". CD features two bonus alternate takes! CD

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Francois De RoubaixFrancois De Roubaix – Compositeur Et Aventurier (5LP set) ... LP
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5LP set ... $96.99 129.99
An insanely fantastic overview of the soundtrack work of the legendary Francois DeRoubaix – the French film composer who often experimented with electronics, and also worked in a wider range of groovy styles too! Most of the music of Francois was never circulated on our side of the Atlantic, but to our ears he's every bit the genius of talents like Michel Colombier or Jean-Claude Vannier – and like them, had a special late 60s French approach to scoring and sound – often using bits of psych, funk, or electronics alongside more familiar instrumentation – sometimes subtle, but always with results that are completely sublime! Most of DeRoubaix's music was not issued on full length LPs back in the day – and this package recreates an initial three volume set that Barclay issued after his death, to bring attention to his music – along with two more albums of rare material too! One record features a whole host of very cool vocal numbers – with lyrics by Brigitte Bardot, Annie Giaradot, Nicoletta, Alain Delon, and DeRoubaix himself – and the 5LP set features a massive 58 tracks in all, plus a big booklet of notes! LP, Vinyl record album

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Dave DeRoseAgile Experiments Vol 1 ... LP
Dave De Rose Music (UK), 2018. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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
(Hand numbered edition of 300.)

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Willie DixonWillie Dixon – Chess Box (2CD box set) ... CD
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
36 tracks on 2CDs – a rich collection of work from this legendary Chicago bluesman! CD
(Please note that the outer box is not included – CD's are packaged in two individual jewel cases and priced accordingly.)

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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
(Out of print.)

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Hamid Drake & Ingrid SchmolinerAwon Ona ... CD
Klanggalerie (Germany), 2021. New Copy 2CDs ... $14.99 24.99
Really great improvisations between drummer Hamid Drake and pianist Ingrid Schmoliner – a player we're not sure we've ever heard with Drake before, but who really brings out some wonderful qualities in his music! If you know Hamid from his countless other recordings, you'll know that he's got this very fluid, adaptive approach to the kit – often really opening up the drums with all sorts of sonic possibilities that are amazing, and go way beyond time keeping and standard jazz – modes that are never too bombastic or noise-based, and which instead use the drums with these amazing styles that always leave us stunned at his understanding of their possibilities. Schmoliner's got a similar approach to piano here – almost in the territory of the freer, more "overall instrument" possibilities that Misha Mengelberg can sometimes unlock – but more tuneful, and as spacious as Drake's work on the kit – which makes for a stunning match here, as the pair perform together on two different live performances recorded overseas. CD

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Hans Dulfer/Herbert Noord 4tetExpress Delayed (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Limetree/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A fantastic setting for the tenor sax of Dutch jazz legend Hans Dulfer – a set that's every bit as soul-drenched as some of his early records, but in a very different way! Hans blows here in a quartet with guitar, organ, and drums – handled by Joop Scholten, Herbert Noord, and John Engels respectively – all with a style that's never slavish to American modes of the previous decade, and which instead moves the game forward in a mighty nice way! Part of the difference is the phrasing – more on the guitar and organ than on the tenor – as Dulfer comes across with some warm, round tones that would be right at home in the hands of Hank Crawford or David Newman – on titles that include "Carbow", "Meeting The Six", "A Home Is Not A House", and "The Troubleshooter". CD features two bonus alternate takes! CD

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Bob DylanRainy Day Women #12 & 35/Like A Rolling Stone (mini-CD pressing) ... CD
CBS, Late 60s. Used ... $6.99
Two Dylan classics you probably already have – but not in this format! CD
(Unusual mini-CD single on a 3" disc in a matching pic sleeve – pretty cool!)

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Earth & FireSong Of The Marching Children ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99 About July 1, 2022
That's Earth & Fire – not Earth Wind & Fire – a very cool Dutch group from the early 70s prog years – stepping out here in a sound that's filled with all sorts of very cool touches! The group's got a female lead singer, who soars above the blend of organ, vibes, mellotron, flute, and electronics – in addition to more familiar guitar, bass, and drums – and while some of the lyrics get heady, the set's never bogged down by them – especially on side two, which has a very cool side-long suite based around the title of the album! Titles include "Carnival Of The Animals". "Ebb Tide", "Storm And Thunder", "In The Mountains", and the side-long epic "Song Of The Marching Children". Bonus tracks on the CD include "Storm And Thunder", "Lost Forever", "Memories" and "From The End 'Til The Beginning". CD

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8th Wonders Of The World8th Wonders Of The World (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sundazed/Beat Rocket, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
These guys may not exactly be the 8th Wonder Of The World – but they're a pretty darn great 60s group nonetheless, and one who are finally getting their due with this well-done full length collection! The quartet emerged on the New York scene at a time when new musical modes were really opening up – echoes of The Beatles coming into play with some of the rawer garage elements cooked up on the west coast – touched maybe with a bit of nascent psych, all at a level that never saw full fruition at the time, given that the Vietnam war got in the way of the group's ability to work together! The set only features two records that were issued at the time – one on the Uptite label, the other on Coed – alongside some even more wonderful unissued material that really shows the group moving into very trippy territory of their own. Titles include "Summer Dreamin", "Must Have Your Love", "Give Me A Try", "Say Whaddaya Say", "Who Cares", "Must Have Your Love", "You You Yeah", "Susie Got The Word", and "Every Time I See You Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available 8th Wonders Of The World (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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8th Wonders Of The World8th Wonders Of The World (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sundazed/Beat Rocket, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
These guys may not exactly be the 8th Wonder Of The World – but they're a pretty darn great 60s group nonetheless, and one who are finally getting their due with this well-done full length collection! The quartet emerged on the New York scene at a time when new musical modes were really opening up – echoes of The Beatles coming into play with some of the rawer garage elements cooked up on the west coast – touched maybe with a bit of nascent psych, all at a level that never saw full fruition at the time, given that the Vietnam war got in the way of the group's ability to work together! The set only features two records that were issued at the time – one on the Uptite label, the other on Coed – alongside some even more wonderful unissued material that really shows the group moving into very trippy territory of their own. Titles include "Summer Dreamin", "Must Have Your Love", "Give Me A Try", "Say Whaddaya Say", "Who Cares", "Must Have Your Love", "You You Yeah", "Susie Got The Word", and "Every Time I See You Baby". CD features two unissued Alderson Studio versions of "Every Time I See You Baby" and 'If You Knew What I Had". CD
Also available 8th Wonders Of The World (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ El Gran ComboEl Gran Combo 5 ... LP
EGC, 1973. Very Good+ ... $26.99
Not the 5th album from El Gran Combo – they'd actually released way more records than than by this time – but a great 70s cooker from this famous Latin group! Tracks have a nice sense of power throughout – bright horns on the top, and bold rhythms that show the combo were digging the same sort of new Latin vibe as the acts over at Fania and Tico – new Latin pride for the 70s, which really comes through in the energy of the grooves. Instrumentation includes two trumpets, two saxes, and a trombone – over lots of great percussion, and topped by vocals from Andy Montanez and Carlos Aponte. Titles include "Villaran Cuenca", "Los Zapatos De Manacho", "Mi Plena", "Eliminacion De Feos", and "Con Guiro Y Pandereta". LP, Vinyl record album
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Electric PrunesThen Came The Dawn – The Complete Recordings 1966 to 1969 (Electric Prunes/Underground/Mass In F Minor/Release Of An Oath/Good Old Rock & Roll/Shadows/Stockholm 67/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Reprise/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 6CD ... $54.99 74.99
A huge collection of work from one of the most enigmatic groups of the 60s – all of their classic albums for Reprise, plus rare material too! First up is the self-titled Electric Prunes set, in stereo and mono - an early moment of genius from The Electric Prunes – and exactly the kind of record that shows why they were a cut above their contemporaries, and why Warner really backed them strongly right from the start! There's a depth here that rivals some of the group's Sunset Strip contemporaries – and although David Axelrod's not working with them on the record, there's still lots of dark corners and sharp edges – really thoughtful sounds that are spun out wonderfully on fuzzy guitars and organ, with some nicely subtle drums in the rear. Tracks include "I Has Too Much To Dream (Last Night)", "Try Me On For Size", "Get Me To the World On Time", "About A Quarter To Nine", and "Luvin". Next are mono and stereo presentations of Underground – a record that has the Electric Prunes are arranging themselves, and have production from Dave Hassinger. The tracks are shorter than on some of their Axelrod albums, but they're also showing a sophistication that makes the material really compelling – mixing together psyche and garage roots into a sophisticated document that points at the tremendous growth that was going on around them in the rock world. Tracks include "The Great Banana Hoax", "Wind Up Toys", "Dr. Do-Good", "Hideaway", and "Capt. Glory". Next are stereo and mono versions of Mass In F Minor – a beautifully baroque batch of tracks, written and arranged for the Electric Prunes by the great David Axelrod – a really groundbreaking mix of modes that had quite an impact back in the late 60s! The record shows Axelrod's perpetual fascination with the spiritual – mixed with that great modern style of funk that he was forging at Capitol during the late 60s. The record's not really preachy, nor is it proggy. It's more of a complex blueprint of rock, jazz, funk, and touches of soul – all hung together on the same sort of "mass" structure that Axelrod would later use with Cannonball and on his own. Titles include "Kyrie Eleison", "Gloria", "Benedictus", and "Sanctus". Release Of An Oath is the second album done by David Axelrod for The Electric Prunes – and arguably the best! The album's a bit unusual, in that none of the original Prunes were actually working on the session – and instead, Axlerod's almost fully at the helm – putting together the set in a way that's quite similar to his own solo albums over at Capitol! As with those, there's a bold, spacious sort of instrumentation here – richly orchestral, but also quite funky at times – punctuated by great drums from Earl Palmer, bass from Carol Kaye, keyboards from Don Randi, and guitar from Howard Roberts – who's really tripping out nicely here! The work uses the Jewish Kol Nidre mass as its conceptual locus – but really takes off with plenty of tripped-out Axelrod flourishes that make the whole thing a fair bit more psychedelic than anything you'd ever hear in temple. Titles include "Holy Are You", "The Adoration", "Our Father, Our King", "Kol Nidre", and "General Confessional". On Just Good Old Rock & Roll, The Electric Prunes get back to basics – as you might guess from the title – shaking off some of the larger, more ambitious modes of their albums with David Axelrod, yet still retaining a nicely trippy sound overall! The lineup of the group has shifted a bit – hence their billing as "the new improved" Electric Prunes – but although things are stripped-down and simple, there's still some amazing music on the record – a blend of guitar, flute, organ, and vocals that flows along wonderfully with some unusual sounds that we wouldn't expect! And while there's certainly a bit of "good old rock and roll" going on here on a few more straightforward songs, it's not like the album's Let It Be or anything like that – because the group are really more just getting back to the garagey psych of their roots, but doing it a bit better than before! Titles include "Sell", "14 Year Old Funk", "Love Grows", "Giant Sunhorse", "Silver Passion Mine", "Sing To Me", "Tracks", and "Finders Keepers Losers Weepers". CD then features two more CDs – CD5 is shadows, with 19 rare tracks, including singles and even a radio spot – and CD6 features their famous live set from 1967, recorded in Stockholm – plus four demo recordings by Jim & The Lords. CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonThis One's For Blanton ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1972. Used ... $9.99
A great tribute to the late bassist Jimmy Blanton – served up by his old boss Duke Ellington, working here on piano alongside the bass of Ray Brown! This spare piano/bass session is a rarity in Duke's catalog – and it's a real later gem that captures the warmth and imagination of the Ellington piano sound in a near-solo setting. Brown's tones are round and nicely soulful – always a treat, even if not entirely in Blanton's spirit – and titles include "Pitter Panther Patter", "Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me", "Sophisticated Lady", "See See Rider", and "Fragmented Suite For Piano & Bass" – a great extended piece that takes up all of side two! CD
(Out of print.)

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Booker ErvinSetting The Pace (plus The Trance) ... CD
Prestige, 1965. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A CD of very long tracks from Booker Ervin – only 4 tunes in all, but each over 15 minutes long! First up is the album Setting The Pace – an album that's one of the most open-ended and jamming sets that Booker Ervin recorded for Prestige in the 60s! The album's a live date from Germany – featuring Dexter Gordon joining Ervin on the stage for some very long, extended solo work – the sort that Dex was starting to do heavily overseas at the time, and which is relatively new territory for Ervin – at least on record. Other players include Jaki Byard on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – but the clear starts of the set are Booker and Dexter – blowing in a range of modern and soulful modes throughout their extended solos. Album features 2 side-long tracks – "Setting The Pace" and "Dexters Deck". Next up is The Trance – an amazing record from the legendary Booker Ervin – and a set that really does a great job of bridging his modernist tendencies and soul jazz roots! The title track – "The Trance" – is an amazing 20 minute number that takes up all of side one of the record – and features Ervin soloing in an incredibly imaginative way – not as boppish as on his set with Dexter Gordon, but more in the powerful-voiced style that he developed with Mingus. The rest of the group features Jaki Byard on piano (always a treat!), Reggie Workman on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – and side two features a very moody take on "Speak Low". Note that the CD omits the track "Groovin At The Jamboree" from The Trance – due to space restrictions. CD

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✨✧ Bill EvansConversations With Myself (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1963. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Bill Evans meets Bill Evans – in a uniquely-styled session that features overdubbed solo lines from Bill, creating a multi-piano sound that's really great! The approach sounds gimmicky, but it's not – and Evans carries all the sensitivity you might expect from the title and image on the cover – a personal, up-close style that's nicely free from piano solo cliches, given the extra work of the overdubs. There's a nicely rhythmic feel to most numbers, and the piano lines often work in chromatic counterpoint to create a warmly sparkling quality to the set. Titles include "Round About Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Theme From Spartacus", "Stella By Starlight", and "NYC's No Lark" – plus two non-LP bonus tracks. CD
(Earlier jewel case pressing.)
Also available Conversations With Myself ... CD 4.99

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Bill EvansSesjun Radio Shows Vol 1 – Dutch Radio Sessions ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
Sublime live work from the great Bill Evans – two different radio performances from the 70s, both of them great! The first half might be the most notable – as the set just features the bass of Eddie Gomez alongside Bill's piano – a pairing we love so much, and which sounds so incredible, we don't even miss the drums at all – because Eddie's got such an inherent sense of rhythm that he fits perfectly with Evans' stunning approach to the piano – on titles that include "Two Lonely People", "Some Other Time", "Up With The Lark", and "TTT". Drummer Elliot Zigmund joins the duo on the second half of the set – but as with his other great work with the trio during the decade, he's a master of understatement – and still really lets Gomez and Evans control the flow – especially Bill, who often begins tunes in a way that feels as if he's not even going to wait for the others to join in! Titles include "Sareen Jurer", "Blue Serge", "Sugar Plum", and "Morning Glory". CD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)

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Ron EverettGlitter Of The City (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vagabond King/Jazzman (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
One of the rarest and most unusual albums to come out of the Philly scene in the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given the unique and obscure quality of so many indie sides on small Philadelphia labels! Ron Everett's a singer, with roots that go back to the doo wop scene of the 50s – but he's also a pianist and a trumpeter, and works here in an unusual 70s variant of earlier soul jazz modes – not spiritual, but instead more grooving overall, with vocals on a number of tracks – and strongly focus instrumentation on the others – all with the sort of gritty vibe you'd be more likely to hear at a small club in the city than you would coming from the record labels at the time. Musicians shift from track to track – and other players include Charles King on piano, Earl Womack on bass, Lex Humphries on drums, Jimmy Savage on alto, and Robert Shabazz on tenor – most of whom are as obscure as Everett. There's plenty of surprises throughout the set – and titles include "Let Your Spirit Be Free", "Pretty Little Girl", "Royal Walk", "Mood Two Latin For You", "Glitter Of The City", "New Rock Joy", and "Tipsey Lady". CD features three unreleased bonus tracks – "Fanfare For Coltrane", and two untitled cuts! CD

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Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now (Folio) ... CD
Mercury/Verve/Folio (Italy), Early 60s. Used ... $7.99
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". CD

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Art Farmer/Jim HallBig Blues ... LP
CTI, 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is lightly bent at the corners, with some light stains at the bottom left.)

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✨✧ Fatback BandRaising Hell ... CD
Event/Southbound (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
Raising Hell indeed – as Fatback were really burning up the dancefloor by the time of this set, well earning the demonic sexy image on the cover! All the sharp funk elements of the group's roots are still in place, but they're also given more focus for the rising club scene of the east coast underground of the mid 70s – not in a slick disco way, but with a style that shows just how much the tight instrumentation of these earlier funk groups had an impact on the direction of soul in the late 70s! The set's brimming over with great funky disco numbers – and includes the group's two classics "Do The Bus Stop" and "Spanish Hustle" – plus the excellent numbers "Party Time", and "Groovy Kind Of Day". CD

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Free Music QuintetFree Music 1 & 2 ... LP
ESP, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
An unusual album for the ESP label – work by a Dutch group, not the label's usual New York avant scene – and a combo who really play with the free music promised in their name! The album features two side-long improvised tracks – really building up with raw energy, and almost beating the BYG/Actuel scene at their game, a year before their famous 1969 run of improvised music from France! The lineup features Ferdy Rikkers on bass, Pierre Courbois on drums, Erwin Somer on vibes, Boy Raaymakers on trumpet, and Peter Van Der Locht on saxes – and all players get pretty free and frenetic, and really open up new sounds on their instruments – on the long tracks "Free Music 1" and "Free Music 2". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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