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Joe AlbanyPortrait Of An Artist ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A great portrait of an under-recorded artist – Joe Albany's last album ever, recorded for Elektra records during their early 80s run of straight jazz sides! The record's got a spare, personal quality that's similar to Albany's other late work – but it's a bit more professionally put together too – not slick or commercial, but recorded quite thoughtfully, with clearly a lot of care in getting all of Joe's charms through on the record. There's a tentativeness to his keyboard work that's great – a sort of hesitation, then quick move forward with surprising grace – balancing beautifully in ways that warm us to his music even more than before. Other players include Al Gafa on guitar, George Duvivier on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums – but the record really has a main focus on Albany's piano lines. Titles include "Ruby My Dear", "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry", "Autumn In New York", "They Say It's Wonderful", "For The Little Guy", and "Too Late Now". CD

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CarpentersChristmas Portrait ... CD
A&M, 1978. Used ... $3.99
21 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ CarpentersChristmas Portrait ... LP
A&M, 1978. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label pressing.)
Also available Christmas Portrait ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ ChicagoGroup Portrait (4CD box set) ... CD
Columbia, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Used 4 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print and in nice shape!)

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Patsy ClineTribute To Patsy Cline/Portrait Of Patsy Cline ... CD
Decca/BGO (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 19.99
The great Patsy Cline left this planet all too soon – so soon that she never got a chance to record in the full length album mode that would soon be such a big part of country music expression in the 60s – which left it up to the labels to put together albums of her work after she died at a tragically young age! In other words, although these are greatest hits sets, they're also two of Patsy's greatest albums – filled with the kind of heartbreaking material that made her a country music legend right from the start – and an undeniable influence on American music for decades to come! The package features 24 tracks in all – filled with classics that include "Crazy", "Sweet Dreams", "Lovin In Vain", "Who Can I Count On", "Why Can't He Be With You", "Leavin On Your Mind", "I'll Sail My Ship Alone", "Your Kinda Love", "Does Your Heart Beat For Me", "When You Need A Laugh", "Faded Love", "Crazy Arms", "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", and "You Took Him Off My Hands". CD

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Sam CookePortrait Of A Legend 1951 to 1964 ... CD
Abkco, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $6.99
A massive collection of work by the great Sam Cooke – featuring 30 tunes in all, and spanning the range of his full career – from his early roots in gospel music, to the incredibly powerful soul tunes he cut shortly before his untimely death. The set's got most everything you'd ever want to hear if you're looking for an overview of Sam's work – with titles that include "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Another Saturday Night", "Good Times", "Having A Party", "Sugar Dumpling", "Ain't That Good News", "Nothing Can Change This Love", "Little Red Rooster", "I'll Come Running Back To You", "What A Wonderful World", "Cupid", "Chain Gang", "Summertime", and "Only Sixteen". CD
(DSD pressing!)

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Bob DylanAnother Self Portrait 1969 to 1971 – Bootleg Series Vol 10 (2CDs) ... CD
Columbia, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
The 10th in Columbia's essential Bootleg Series of archival unreleased Dylan – and for us, this one gets immediate placement among the best in the series – for finding the diamonds in the rough from the turbulent 1969-1971 period! It features a bunch of previously unreleased versions of songs from Self Portrait and New Morning – along with a handful of live recordings and otherwise unreleased gems. It's fascinating stuff, especially the songs from Self Portrait! That album is such a weird hodgepodge of styles, it was rejected by even the most ardent Dylan worshippers at the time. Here in blueprint versions, the songs have a ragged charm that really comes through in a big way! The set also has a bunch of alternate versions of songs from New Morning, a couple from Nashville Skyline and other odds and ends. It's bookended by incredible demos – opening with an acoustic guitar backed "I Went To See The Gypsy" and closing with a piano version of the eternally great "When I Paint My Masterpiece" – and it's filled with underappreciated Self Portrait songs like "Little Sadie", "All The Tired Horses", "Wigwam" and more in sparer settings, sans the overdubs of the LP version. Also includes alternate versions of New Morning material, including "Time Passes Slowly #1", "Working On A Guru", "If Dogs Run Free" and "New Morning" – some WITH orchestral or horn overdubs, as opposed to the stripped down Self Portrait versions. Other rarities from '69-'71 include a different version of "Country Pie", plus "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" and "Highway 61 Revisited" with The Band at Isle Of Wight. 35 tracks in all – including a thick, beautifully illustrated booklet – with notes by one-time Self Portrait hater Greil Marcus! CD
(Includes slipcover and 54 page booklet.)

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Bob DylanSelf Portrait ... LP
Columbia, 1970. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
The sprawling 1970 Self Portrait from Dylan – a record that caps off the most unpredictable period of his career – a mix of classic level Dylan originals and some really interesting choices of covers. A 2LP set with "Let It Be Me", "Days Of 49", "Alberta #4", "All The Tired Horses", "Copper Kettle", "Take A Message To Mary", "Wigwam", "The Mighty Quinn", "The Boxer", "Gotta Travel On", "Little Sadie", and "Blue Moon". Titles include "Let It Be Me", "Days Of 49", "Alberta #4", "All The Tired Horses", "Copper Kettle", "Take A Message To Mary", "Wigwam", "The Mighty Quinn", "The Boxer", "Gotta Travel On", "Little Sadie", and "Blue Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing in the textured cover, with a small stain & some light wear on the upper corner area.)

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✨✧ Bill EvansPortrait In Jazz ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Very Good+ ... $44.99
A classic set to feature the Bill Evans Trio with the great Scott Lafaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Listening to the set we're reminded of what always brings us back to Evans' playing – a quality that's often described as moody, but which is really is quite spry and lively throughout this set, without ever giving up its lyrical approach. Titles are mostly standards – but really transformed by the touch of the trio – and tunes include "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Autumn Leaves", "Witchcraft", "When I Fall In Love", "Peri's Scope", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Spring Is Here", "Some Day My Prince Will Come", and "Blue In Green". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi – SGD 22. Vinyl has a tiny flaw that clicks for just three spins – but overall is near mint.)

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Dizzy GillespiePortrait Of Jenny ... CD
Perception/Octave (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
Really fantastic work from Dizzy Gillespie – proof that of all the original boppers, he was maybe the one who really continued to experiment over the years – as he comes across here with a great blend of electric funk and jazz! The whole album has a sly sweet funky sound that's part CTI/part Latin-tinged Dizzy – and the real strength is the great Mike Longo, who plays some amazing stretched out piano lines, which work perfectly with the basslines on the record as a foil for Dizzy's sparkling trumpet solos. The instrumentation also features great use of Latin percussion too, and the album's got 4 long cuts – including the excellent "Me N Them", plus "Olinga", "Timet", and "Diddy Wa Diddy". CD

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Gordon GiltrapGordon Giltrap/Portrait ... CD
Transatlantic/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 19.99
A pair of early albums from the great Gordon Giltrap – both released by Transatlantic Records when Gordon was a very young fellow! The self-titled Gordon Giltrap is a gem from 1968 – a record that has Gordon stepping out as a hell of a guitarist, and a very dark-tinged songwriter – certainly of the generation that was budding with John Renbourn and Bert Jansch – but with a distinct quality that really set Giltrap apart from the rest, maybe making him as much of an individualist as Davy Graham! Although just 18, Giltrap's acoustic guitar work is fantastic– and his vocals are much more biting than some of his contemporaries – almost mean at times. Titles include "Window Pattern", "Blythe Hill", "Won't You Stay Awhile Suzanne", "Don't You Feel Good", "Birth Of Spring", "Don't You Hear Your Mother's Voice", and "Ives Horizon". Portrait is an amazing record – at one level filled with mastery of the 12 string guitar has has Gordon Giltrap matching the best of the Takoma generation in the US – but also graced with vocals that are very distinct, very pointed, and which make the tunes with lyrics such a contrast to the instrumentals! The whole thing is fantastic – a true testament to the legend that has grown up around Giltrap over the years – with titles that include "Thoughts In The Rain", "Never Ending Solitude", "Young Love", "Lucifer's Cage", "Portrait", "Tuxedo", and "Hands Of Fate". CD

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Penny GoodwinPortrait Of A Gemini ... LP
Sidney/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $36.99 39.99 About December 2, 2022 (delayed)
A legendary bit of jazzy soul – recorded by an obscure female singer from Milwaukee! Penny's got a warm style that's pretty darn nice on its own – but it's made even better by the great arranger Richard Evans, who helped out a lot on the session. The feel is very much in the Chicago sophisti-soul mode – and at times, the record sounds a lot like Marlena Shaw's best work in the 70s, particularly her sides for Blue Note in the early part of the decade. Includes the great original "Too Soon You're Old" – a jazz dance classic for many years – plus a stellar cover of Gil Scott Heron's "Lady Day & John Coltrane", and the tracks "What's Goin On", "Slow Hot Wind", "He's Come Back", and "Rain Sometimes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gwen GuthriePortrait ... LP
Island, 1983. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Early work from Gwen Guthrie – produced by Sly & Robbie, but with a sweet modern soul sound that's got a lot less of their influence than you'd guess! The sound is much more New York than Jamaica – and that's probably due to some great instrumental backing on keyboards by the likes of Harry Whitaker, Bernie Worrell, and Wally Badarou – all massive talents that bring a nice sweet jazzy sound to the best cuts on the record. There's a definite 80s sing-song groove going on – in that not-yet-top-of-the-charts soul sound that you'd hear on the better small urban stations at the time – moving back and forth nicely, in a strong link between the mainstream and the underground clubs! Tracks include "Hopscotch", "Seventh Heaven", "Oh What A Life", "Younger Than Me", and a nice cover of Sly Stone's "Family Affair". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a promo stamp, and a tracklist sticker.)

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Carmen McRaePortrait Of Carmen ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1968. Used ... $12.99
An excellent album from Carmen McRae – one of her hippest records ever, and a great set of vocal gems that often gets overlooked! Arrangements are by Benny Carter, Shorty Rogers, and Oliver Nelson – and the album's got a swinging groovy style that pushes Carmen past her straighter jazz vocal roots – into some hiply sophisticated territory that really shows her growing as a singer in the 60s. The album kicks off with an amazing reading of Tommy Wolf's "I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco", done by Carmen in a way that makes you know she owns the song – and then it moves through a compelling blend of compositions that includes "My Very Own Person", "Ask Any Woman", "Boy, Do I Have A Surprise For You", and "Elusive Butterfly". CD
(2013 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)

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Wes MontgomeryPortrait Of Wes Montgomery – With The Montgomery Brothers & Gerald Wilson ... LP
World Pacific, Early 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
Quite a weird little record – issued after the untimely death of Wes Montgomery, and featuring a variety of his older recordings – augmented by new string and horn parts by Gerald Wilson! Most of the tunes on the set are from older Pacific Jazz sides by The Montgomery Brothers, plus a session with vocalist Jon Hendricks – but for this album, the original tracks feature layered on orchestrations by Wilson – in a style that was done to match the fuller orchestrations of Wes' later sides for Verve and CTI, cut in the years right before his death. The sound actually works surprisingly well, and serves to soup up some of the sleepier material from the Montgomery Brothers records. Other players include Pony Poindexter, Freddie Hubbard, and Harold Land – and titles include "A Good Get Together", "Fingerpickin", "Bock To Bock", "Old Folks", "Far Wes", "Montgomeryland Funk", "Summertime", and "Leila". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some discoloration from age.)

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Humberto RamirezPortrait Of A Stranger ... CD
Tropi Jazz, 1995. Used ... $4.99
Featuring Ignacio Berroa, Freddie Camacho, Oscar Cartaya, Tito De Gracia, Jose Luis Encarnacion, Russell Ferante, Albert Julian, Osvaldo Lopez, Lunna, Luis Marin, Rafael Ramirez, Mario Rivera, Willie Rosario, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Martin Santiago, Dave Valentine, and Tony Vega. CD
(Out of print.)

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Avery Sharpe 400African American Musical Portrait ... CD
JKNM, 2019. Used ... $12.99
Avery Sharpe on double bass and vocals, Kevin Eubanks on acoustic and electric guitar, Don Braden on tenor and soprano saxophone and flute, Ronnie Burrage on drums and percussion, Tendai Muparutsa on djembe, Duane Eubanks on trumpet and flugelhorn, Zaccai Curtis on piano, Davis Whitfield on piano, Kevin Zhou on violin, Sophia Jeongyoon Han on violin, and Kevin Sharpe, Shaina Paris, Sofia Rivera, Wanda Rivera, Heshima Moja, Robert Rivera on vocals. CD

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Kathy SloaneKeystone Korner – Portrait Of A Jazz Club (with bonus CD) ... Book
Indiana University Press, 2011. New Copy ... $3.99 40.00
A beautiful portrait of one of the most important jazz clubs on the west coast scene of the 70s – the legendary Keystone Korner, a name you might recognize from the dozens of great albums that were recorded at the venue! The book has a very cool approach – in that it lets the many artists, musicians, and other individuals involved with the club provide their recollections – which are then compiled into chapters on specific subjects, and combined with beautiful vintage photos of both the club and its performers. The range of artists is huge – a large amount of important jazz musicians – and it's great to hear their viewpoints combined with others who worked in the club, or were part of its legacy. The photos are great, too – all done by author Kathy Sloane – and the book also comes with a bonus CD, featuring music by Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, and others! 222 pages, softcover, with many black and white images. Book

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Sonny Boy WilliamsonPortrait In Blues ... LP
Storyville, 1963. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Features Sonny Boy Williamson on harmonic and vocals – in a trio with guitar from Matt Murphy and drums from Billie Stepney – plus added piano from Memphis Slim on a few tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s issue. Cover has light ringwear.)

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyPortrait Of Cannonball ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A jazzy portrait of Cannonball Adderley in his early soul jazz prime – oddly one that doesn't feature his regular quintet lineup, but which more than makes up for that lack with a batch of players that includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Bill Evans on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums! Given the personnel, the record's almost kind of a transition from Cannon's brief time with Miles Davis into his tighter more soul-inflected group to come – and Evans' piano provides an especially spacious sensibility here, one that marks the time spent with Miles nicely. Titles include "Nardis", "A Little Taste", "Minority", and "Blue Funk". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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✨✧ Sonny CrissPortrait Of Sonny Criss ... LP
Prestige, 1967. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The great altoist Sonny Criss is one of our favorite-ever reed players, and this beautiful session from his late 60's "comeback" period is a loving portrait of the wide range of his deep deep talents! On the surface, the record is deceptively simple, and only features Criss' work on alto sax, alongside with a piano trio led by Walter Davis. On hearing, though, the album is a rich tapestry of many soulful colors, all wrought by Sonny in a tone that had travelled the world – and which had been beaten down by years of struggle. All tracks are great, and titles include "On A Clear Day", "Blues In The Closet", "Wee", and "A Million Or More Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover is bent at bit on the top left corner, but looks great overall.)

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✨✧ Jerry Van Rooijen & The Dutch Jazz OrchestraPortrait Of A Silk Thread – Newly Discovered Works Of Billy Strayhorn ... CD
Kokopelli, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Albert Beltman and Hans Meijdam on alto saxophone, Nils Van Haften on baritone saxophone, Ab Schaap and Toon Roos on tenor saxophone, Hans-Jorg Vink, Ilja Reijngoud, and Martijn Sohier on trombone, Erik Veldkamp, Mike Booth, Peter van Soest, and Ruud Breuls on trumpet, Ack van Rooijen on flugelhorn, John Ruocco on clarinet, Rob Van Bavel on piano, Frans Van Der Hoeven on bass, and Erik Ineke on drums. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Bill EvansPortrait In Jazz ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic set to feature the Bill Evans Trio with the great Scott Lafaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Listening to the set we're reminded of what always brings us back to Evans' playing – a quality that's often described as moody, but which is really is quite spry and lively throughout this set, without ever giving up its lyrical approach. Titles are mostly standards – but really transformed by the touch of the trio – and tunes include "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Autumn Leaves", "Witchcraft", "When I Fall In Love", "Peri's Scope", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Spring Is Here", "Some Day My Prince Will Come", and "Blue In Green". CD features alternate takes of "Autumn Leaves" and "Blue In Green". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Portrait In Jazz ... LP 44.99

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✨✧ Penny GoodwinPortrait Of A Gemini ... CD
Sidney/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary bit of jazzy soul – recorded by an obscure female singer from Milwaukee! Penny's got a warm style that's pretty darn nice on its own – but it's made even better by the great arranger Richard Evans, who helped out a lot on the session. The feel is very much in the Chicago sophisti-soul mode – and at times, the record sounds a lot like Marlena Shaw's best work in the 70s, particularly her sides for Blue Note in the early part of the decade. Includes the great original "Too Soon You're Old" – a jazz dance classic for many years – plus a stellar cover of Gil Scott Heron's "Lady Day & John Coltrane", and the tracks "What's Goin On", "Slow Hot Wind", "He's Come Back", and "Rain Sometimes". CD

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✨✧ IasosCelestial Soul Portrait ... LP
Numero, 1970s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Spacey sounds from the enigmatic Iasos – a legendary figure in the 70s underground – and an artist with a heck of a great ear for organic electronics and unusual recording techniques! This cool collection of Iasos' music was put together by Carlos Nino with the guys at Numero – and as such, it's got a really sensitive feel – a way of bringing together the sounds and stories that really get at the subtle genius of Iasos – packaged in a lavish set that also features lots of vintage photos too. The style is often quite personal, and almost naive – as Iasos works on guitar, keyboards, amplified flute, and other odd tape and studio effects – all flowing out with a style that's often a bit cosmic, and pretty darn compelling. Titles include "Crystal Petals", "Procession On The Horizon", "Cloud Prayer", "Rainbow Canyon", "I Passion You A Leap Of Love Flame", and "Spring Temple Forest". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sammy NesticoPortrait Of Sammy ... CD
Fenwood, 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes the songs "Dark Orchis", "Freckle Face", "Tangerine", "Veronique", "Swinging On The Orient Express", "Lisette", "Time Stream", "Kathy", "A Cool Breeze", "It's My Tune", "Kiji Takes A Ride", "A Warm Breeze", "Out Of The Night (Dark Orchid)", "Satin 'N Glass", and "88 Basie Street". CD
(On demand CDr pressing, sealed.)

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✨✧ Lou RawlsPortrait Of The Blues ... CD
Manhattan, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Joe Lovano, and Houston Person – plus arrangements by Hank Crawford and Benny Golson. CD
(Cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Pee Wee RussellPortrait Of Pee Wee ... CD
DCC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Bud Freeman on tenor sax and Vic Dickenson on trombone! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sid SelvidgePortrait ... LP
Enterprise, 1969. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare work from this underground hero of the Memphis scene – produced by Don Nix for Stax! Titles include "Miss Eleana", "Tying Days Together", "Amelia Earhart", "Ballad Of Otis B Watson", "Look What The Years Have Done To You", and "Wreck On The Highway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, with a cutout hole. Shrinkwrap has light wear and is torn a bit around the cutout hole.)

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✨✧ George BensonTake Five (portrait cover) ... LP
CTI, 1974. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A great 70s album by George Benson – and kind of a sleeper amidst the bigger hits of his CTI work! The record's a nicely stripped-down affair, with arrangements by Don Sebesky that don't ever really get in the way of Benson's guitar, and instead provid a perfect platform for him to lay down some wonderfully dark and chromatic chord changes. The set kicks off with a Phil Upchurch-conceived funky version of "Take Five", and Phil also contributed the funky number "Full Compass" to the record. The real standout, though, is George's own "My Latin Brother", a great Chicano funk number that's a perfect outing for Benson's dope guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some edge wear, and lightly bent corners.)

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✨✧ Lynda CarterPortrait ... LP
Epic, 1978. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, tracklist sticker, some tape at the spine, and WGN markings on front and back. Label on Side 2 has a bit of pencil and a small sticker spot.)

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✨✧ Johnny ColonPortrait Of Johnny ... CD
Cotique, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
A stunning portrait of one of the best young artists on the New York Latin scene at the end of the 60s! Johnny Colon initially cooked up a groove with a run of some really important Latin Soul albums – and here, as the 70s come on, he's moving into smoking salsa territory with all the youthful energy of his earlier work! There's a really dark edge to the tracks – lots of downturning blue notes on piano and trombone, making for a sound that's tremendously compelling. The album includes 2 great mambo tracks – "New York Mambo" and "Retorno Del Mambo" – plus the groovers "Son Montuno", "Guajira y Tambor", and "Ya Yi Ki". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bill EvansPortrait In Jazz (Keepnews collection – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A classic set to feature the Bill Evans Trio with the great Scott Lafaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Listening to the set we're reminded of what always brings us back to Evans' playing – a quality that's often described as moody, but which is really is quite spry and lively throughout this set, without ever giving up its lyrical approach. Titles are mostly standards – but really transformed by the touch of the trio – and tunes include "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Autumn Leaves", "Witchcraft", "When I Fall In Love", "Peri's Scope", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Spring Is Here", "Some Day My Prince Will Come", and "Blue In Green". CD features 4 bonus track! CD
(Sealed.)
Also available Portrait In Jazz ... LP 44.99

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✨✧ IasosCelestial Soul Portrait ... CD
Numero, 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Spacey sounds from the enigmatic Iasos – a legendary figure in the 70s underground – and an artist with a heck of a great ear for organic electronics and unusual recording techniques! This cool collection of Iasos' music was put together by Carlos Nino with the guys at Numero – and as such, it's got a really sensitive feel – a way of bringing together the sounds and stories that really get at the subtle genius of Iasos – packaged in a lavish set that also features lots of vintage photos too. The style is often quite personal, and almost naive – as Iasos works on guitar, keyboards, amplified flute, and other odd tape and studio effects – all flowing out with a style that's often a bit cosmic, and pretty darn compelling. Titles include "Crystal Petals", "Procession On The Horizon", "Cloud Prayer", "Rainbow Canyon", "I Passion You A Leap Of Love Flame", and "Spring Temple Forest". CD

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✨✧ Sonny CrissPortrait Of Sonny Criss ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
The great altoist Sonny Criss is one of our favorite-ever reed players, and this beautiful session from his late 60's "comeback" period is a loving portrait of the wide range of his deep deep talents! On the surface, the record is deceptively simple, and only features Criss' work on alto sax, alongside with a piano trio led by Walter Davis. On hearing, though, the album is a rich tapestry of many soulful colors, all wrought by Sonny in a tone that had travelled the world – and which had been beaten down by years of struggle. All tracks are great, and titles include "On A Clear Day", "Blues In The Closet", "Wee", and "A Million Or More Times". CD

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✨✧ Hank JonesArigato (portrait cover) ... LP
Progressive, 1976. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A quartet with Richard Davis on bass, Ronnie Bedford on drums, and Ray Rivera on guitar. Titles include "Arigato", "Allen's Alley", "Majorca", and "Gerry's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese pressing – ULS-1668-G – with obi and insert. Obi is lightly bent, with a small tear and cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Steve LawrencePortrait Of My Love ... LP
United Artists, 1961. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
With orchestra conducted by Don Costa. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Arthur PrysockPortrait Of Arthur Prysock (Old Town) ... LP
Old Town, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Genius! It's hard to go wrong with Arthur Prysock in the 60s – and an album like this is key proof of why he was one of the best male singers of his generation – even if nobody seems to remember that now! There's a mix of darkness in with the bold, adult, masculine approach here – a wonderful blend that really keeps things on edge. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting on the top seam and light surface wear.)
 
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Illinois JacquetBanned In Boston (aka Illinois Jacquet) ... LP
Portrait/CBS, 1962. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Excellent later work by Illinois Jacquet – right on a par with his best recordings for Verve, and a great example of the strength of his tenor playing, which didn't always surface as well in large group recordings. The record features Jacquet in the company of a number of smaller groups – featuring players like Matthew Gee, Roy Eldridge, Sir Charles Thompson, Kenny Burrell, and Leo Parker – and the tracks are a good mix of originals and lusty standards, with tunes that include "Pucker Up", "Imagination", "Banned In Boston", "How Now?", and "Stella By Starlight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 80s issue. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Cyndi LauperGirls Just Want To Have Fun (extended)/Fun With V Knutsn (inst)/Xtra Fun ... 12-inch
Portrait, 1983. Very Good+ ... $7.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a plain black sleeve, with light wear.)

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Cyndi LauperShe's So Unusual ... LP
Portrait, 1983. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Rena MasonDo It (long, short) ... 12-inch
Portrait, 1979. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo pressing on clear yellow vinyl.)

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✨✧ Aldo NovaAldo Nova ... LP
Portrait, 1982. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has surface & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Cyndi LauperTrue Colors ... LP
Portrait, 1986. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ McCrarysLoving Is Living ... LP
Portrait, 1978. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first secular album by The McCrarys – the start of a great run for this group who started in gospel, then really blossomed even more strongly in soul music! The record's got an endorsement from Stevie Wonder, who also plays harmonica and does a small bit of vocalizing – but the real strength is in the vocal work of the group, which is always very tight in kind of an LA backing group sort of way – but with a lot more depth too – one that clearly comes from their gospel roots, but which is right at home here on an album of tight, upbeat arrangements. The set's got a really positive vibe throughout – and titles include "Givin It Up", "Loving Is Living", "Here's That Feeling", "You Are The Key", "Looking Ahead", and "Don't Wear Yourself Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a name in pen, light wear, and a promo stamp. Labels have a name in pen.)

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✨✧ Eddy GrantElectric Avenue/Time Warp ... 12-inch
Portrait/Ice, 1982. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Two massive 80s numbers with a futuristic electro sound! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some marker.)
 
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Mike AllemanaVonology ... CD
Ears & Eyes, 2022. New Copy ... $9.99 12.99
A wonderfully surprising effort from guitarist Mike Allemana – a secret hero of ours in the Chicago jazz scene for many years – as a player who first worked with tenor giant Von Freeman, and later with guitarist George Freeman – and who's gone on to be both a supporter of and champion for their rights in jazz history! Here, Mike pays tribute to his first mentor – but with a sophisticated suite of tracks that's unlike anything we might have expected – beautifully rich sounds delivered by Allemana on guitar, Victor Garcia on trumpet, Greg Ward on alto, Geof Bradfield on tenor, Tomeka Reid on cello, Kendall Moore on trombone, Matt Ferguson on bass, and Michael Raynor on drums – the last of whom also played with Von Freeman too! The vibe is very different than the small combo jazz of the south side scene where the Freemans and Allemana regularly played – more painterly in sound, with these vibrant strokes of color and tone that paint a wonderful portrait – on titles that include "The Mediator", "Welcome Enter", "Communion & Renewal", "Libra Channeling", and "The Mentor's Benediction". CD
Also available Vonology (with download) ... LP 20.99

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Mike AllemanaVonology (with download) ... LP
Ears & Eyes, 2022. New Copy ... $20.99 25.00
A wonderfully surprising effort from guitarist Mike Allemana – a secret hero of ours in the Chicago jazz scene for many years – as a player who first worked with tenor giant Von Freeman, and later with guitarist George Freeman – and who's gone on to be both a supporter of and champion for their rights in jazz history! Here, Mike pays tribute to his first mentor – but with a sophisticated suite of tracks that's unlike anything we might have expected – beautifully rich sounds delivered by Allemana on guitar, Victor Garcia on trumpet, Greg Ward on alto, Geof Bradfield on tenor, Tomeka Reid on cello, Kendall Moore on trombone, Matt Ferguson on bass, and Michael Raynor on drums – the last of whom also played with Von Freeman too! The vibe is very different than the small combo jazz of the south side scene where the Freemans and Allemana regularly played – more painterly in sound, with these vibrant strokes of color and tone that paint a wonderful portrait – on titles that include "The Mediator", "Welcome Enter", "Communion & Renewal", "Libra Channeling", and "The Mentor's Benediction". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Vonology ... CD 9.99

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Chet BakerLive In Rosenheim – Chet Baker's Last Recording As Quartet ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
The last-ever Chet Baker recording with a quartet – and a set that shows just how completely magical the legendary trumpeter was even up to the end! Chet at this time is completely different than Chet in the 50s or 60s – as he'd really found a way to make all these amazing new sounds on his horn, partly as a way of getting around some of his physical limitations, but also as a way of opening up some of those mid 60s ideas that he barely explored on record at the time. He's working here with a very important musical partner from the last decade – getting great help on guitar and flute from Nicola Stilo – plus Marc Abrams on bass and Luca Flores on piano – on titles that include "Portrait In Black & White", "Funk In Deep Freeze", "Arborway", "In A Sentimental Way", and "If I Should Lose You". CD

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Dennis BovellDubmaster – The Essential Anthology ... CD
Trojan (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 2CDs ... $18.99 20.98
A massive tribute to the long career of Dennis Bovell – the British artist who first rose up in the late 70s group Matumbi, then went on to share his production talents with a host of other artists in the decades that followed! This double-length set brings together a career-spanning set of tracks that all were handled by Bovell – a first half that features his own recordings under a number of groups, and a second half that features Bovell production and studio work with a range of other artists too – including some rare and unissued material, in a package put together by Dennis himself! Titles include the Bovell cuts "Run Rasta Run" with African Stone, "Come With Me" as Dennis Curtis, "The Grunwick Affair" and "Za Lon" with 4th Street Orchestra, "Blood Ah Go Run/Blood Dem (12" mix)" by Matumbi, and cuts "Brain Damage", "Chief Inspector", "Dub Master", "Silly Dub", "Caught You In A Lie", "After Tonight (acoustic version)", "Raindrops", "Eye Water", and "Pow Wow" – all issued under Bovell's name. The second half features titles that include "African Queen" by Errol Campbell, "Africa Is Our Land" by Joshua Moses, "Take Five" by Young Lions, "Portrait Of You" by Gladwin Wright, "Hooked On You" by Delroy Wilson, "Cry" by Angelique, "A Little Way Different/Differentah (12" mix)" by Errol Dunkley with Julio Finn, "Silly Games" by Janet Kay, "Get Up Stand Up" by I Roy, and "Positive Vibrations" by Pebbles. CD

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Clifford BrownClifford Brown With Strings ... CD
EmArcy, 1955. Used ... $5.99
A classic "with strings" session from Clifford Brown – nearly as well-done and perfect as some of Charlie Parker's sides for Verve, handled here with perhaps a slightly sweeter touch, as Neal Hefti's the man on arrangements. The core group's the Brown/Roach combo, augmented by a smallish string section – and Clifford's right up front blowing warm and glistening solos, with titles that include "Willow Weep For Me", "Yesterdays", "Laura", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", and "Portrait Of Jennie". CD
(Out of print early CD pressing, made in Europe with notes in Japanese and English.)

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Harry ChapinStorybook – The Elektra Albums 1972 to 1978 (6CD set) ... CD
Elektra/Strawberry (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 6CD ... $42.99 59.99
The first-ever collection to deal with the complete Elektra Recordings of Harry Chapin – a key artist in the movement of the singer/songwriter scene into the mainstream of music – but one who's also a very special sort of storyteller too! Chapin has roots in folk, and often uses acoustic guitar in an updated mode of that style – but his lyrics have a mature 70s sort of wisdom, and often display a very keen eye for the subjects – at a level that got Harry instant attention from a wide variety of audiences. The singer tragically passed away in a car accident in the early 80s, and this package represents the biggest stretch of creativity in his career – presented with a big booklet of notes and images, and the full albums Heads & Tales, Sniper & Other Love Songs, Short Stories, Verities & Balderdash, Portrait Gallery, Greatest Stories Live, On The Road To Kingdom Come, Dance Band On The Titanic, and Living Room Suite. CD

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Dee ClarkHold On – It's Dee Clark ... LP
Vee Jay, 1961. Good ... $4.99
A real classic from Chicago soulman Dee Clark – and one of those crazy Vee Jay albums packaged in a cover with an image of young white love! Despite that cloying image, though, the record has a tremendous depth – and is a great illustration of the versatility of Clark at his best, especially on some of the lesser-known numbers. There's a vocal range here that easily matches Jackie Wilson at his best, and which nicely slides between ballads and more upbeat numbers – both done with some nice string-heavy arrangements. Titles include the classic "Raindrops", plus "Hold On", "Whisperin Grass", "Cindy", "Your Friends", "I Want To Love You", "Always Together", and "Portrait Of My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl plays with some surface noise and faint crackle. Cover has some wear and aging, wide center split in the bottom seam, and is stained around the edges in back.)

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Patsy ClineHeartaches ... CD
MCA, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $1.99
A nice little jukebox selection from Miss Patsy – and you don't even need the quarters! 10 of the big ones are here, and if you don't already have them on appropriately crackly vinyl, this is a more than decent enough package to tide you over. By all means, keep hitting the garage sales and flea markets for the 60s LPs if you want a real portrait of this amazingly important artist – the CD world still hasn't quite gotten it right. But if you're itching for "Crazy", "I Fall To Pieces" and the others, you can't beat this greatly priced sampler. Other treasures include "She's Got You", "Walkin' After Midnight", "Sweet Dreams Of you", "You Belong To Me", "Strange", "Anytime", and "The Wayward Wind". CD

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Billy CobhamCrosswinds ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A masterful album from Billy Cobham – and maybe the best 70s record to really demonstrate the unique place he found for himself in 70s fusion! The album soars with a sound that really lives up to its cover image – but it's also not the heavy-jamming affair of some of Billy's more rockish records from the time. Instead, it's got this wonderful blend of deeper elements that really come together wonderfully – and some very strong use of reeds from Michael Brecker, trumpet from Randy Brecker, and trombone from the great Garnett Brown – all players who give the album a very rich, soulful voice. The set includes the famous sample track "Heather", a very dope, very mellow cut with great electric keyboard work by George Duke – and other titles include "Crosswind", "The Pleasant Pheasant", and "Spanish Moss – A Sound Portrait". CD

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John ColtraneJohn Coltrane 1963 – New Directions (3CD set) ... CD
Impulse, 1963. Used 3CDs ... $18.99
1964 was the year The Beatles invaded America, but 1963 was the year that John Coltrane revolutionized jazz – thanks to the Impulse Records sessions contained in this set! The package features the entire run of recordings that Coltrane did for Impulse in 1963 – including alternate takes and numbers that were unissued at the time – all to make for a stellar portrait of genius in action! The material all centers around the classic quartet – with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and the package also features recordings at Newport and Birdland, the classic session with Johnny Hartman on vocals, and all of the unreleased material that appeared on the Lost Album – issued in 2018. Titles include "Slow Blues", "Vilia", "Untitled Original 11383", "Impressions", "Untitled Original 11386", "One Up One Down", "Lush Life", "Dear Old Stockholm", "After The Rain", "You Are Too Beautiful", "Your Lady", "Alabama", and long live takes of "My Favorite Things", "Impressions", "The Promise", "Afro Blue", and "I Want To Talk About You". CD
(Still sealed! Sticker over barcode.)

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DOCNo One Can Do It Better ... LP
Ruthless/Atlantic, 1989. Very Good+ ... $48.99
The classic debut album by the DOC, from the glory days of Ruthless Records – one of the few records on the label to live up to the brilliance of NWA at their height! Dr Dre handles the production here – and there's a razor-sharp edge that really matches DOC's wordcraft – as powerful as the rest of the Ruthless crew, but in a different way too – almost more sophisticated, with the messaged buried a bit more in the lyrics. Titles include "The Formula", "It's Funky Enough", "Mind Blowin", "Lend Me An Ear", "Portrait Of A Master Piece", "Whirlwind Pyramid", "No One Can Do It Better", and "The DOC & The Doctor" – plus "The Grand Finale", which features guest work from Ren and Ice Cube. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with SRC etch. Cover has edge & ring wear, small split on top seam. Name in pen on cover & labels.)

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Durutti ColumnLC (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Factory/Vivid (Japan), 1979. Used ... $19.99
Pure and lovely sounds from the early days of Durutti Column – music from a time when guitarist Vini Reilly's conception was quite fresh, and deeply personal – so much so, his music really stood out amidst the darker sounds of his post-punk generation! As with the first Durutti Column album on Factory Records, this one often features Reilly's electric guitar overdubbed in cool ways – spare, but flowing – almost as if he's a Pat Metheny for the UK underground – but serving up short songs that are never overindulgent. But unlike the first record, Reilly also sings a bit – with this light, haunting style that's surprisingly compelling – one of those rare cases where a thin voice can often carry a lot of power – especially with spare instrumentation like this. Titles include the sublime "Missing Boy" – plus "Sketch For Dawn", "Jacqueline", "Messidor", "The Act Committed", "Detail For Paul", and "Portrait For Frazer". CD features bonus tracks too – including "Belgian Friends", "For Mimi", "Danny", "Enigma", and "One Christmas For Your Thoughts". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $36.99 38.98
A legendary meeting of two classic jazz talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance on trumpet, Johnny Hodges on alto, and Lawrence Brown on trombone – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number on tenor, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano – both of them with those subtle modern elements that showed up wonderfully in their later work. As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Acoustic Sounds series – heavy cover and vinyl!)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (80s pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A legendary meeting of two classic jazz talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance on trumpet, Johnny Hodges on alto, and Lawrence Brown on trombone – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number on tenor, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano – both of them with those subtle modern elements that showed up wonderfully in their later work. As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, light ring wear.)

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✨✧ Julie FelixFirst, Second & Third – The Complete Decca LPs 1964 to 1966 (Julie Felix/ Second Album/Third Album) ... CD
Decca/RPM (UK), 1964/1965/1966. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
The first, second & third albums by Julie Felix – a California born folk singer who made her name in the UK – her complete mid 60s Decca oeuvre in a 2 CD set! Julie's work was the first contemporary folk releases that Decca ever issued – and a fine portrait of the voice and guitar folk pop at the time. The Julie Fenix album doesn't have a track list that's anything out of the ordinary for the time, but Julie's kind of husky, but still sweet vocals and some restrained acoustic guitars carry it over well. Tracks include "Masters Of War", "Hey Nelly Nelly", "Tarry Town", "Buttermilk Hill", "The Riddle Song" and more. The Second Album follows a similar path, but also covers some more obscure material, with "Someday Soon", "Needle Of death", "The Young Ones Move", "The Road Makers", "Judge Jeffries" and more. The Third Album is even more eclectic, covering material by Donovan, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger and more, with tracks including "To Try For The Sun", "John Reilly", "The Fox And The Goose", "The Gallows Pole", the original "I Travelled All Over This World" and more. 41 songs on 2CDs! CD

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Drew FriedmanDrew Friedman's More Heroes Of The Comics (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... $4.99 34.99
Drew Friedman is a hell of a comics artist – one who's always admitted a great legacy to the legends of the past, which really comes through in the classic style of his draftsmanship! Drew's been amazing us with his images for many decades – and with this special project, he goes back to pay tribute to all the many postwar comic artists who inspired his work – in a lavish book that features a full color portrait of an artist on each right-facing page, matched with text from Friedman about that artist, their strengths, and their importance on the left-facing page. The book is even bigger than the first entry in the series, and features 100 different entries in all – on giants who include Dan DeCarlo, Jim Mooney, Gray Morrow, Murphy Anderson, Dick Ayers, Bernard Baily, Jules Feiffer, Victor Fox, HG Peter, John Romita, Julius Schwartz, and even Mickey Spillane – who first got his start in comics. Hardcover, 200 pages, and filled with full color images. Book

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Dee Dee Sharp GambleWhat Color Is Love ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1977. Very Good+ ... $5.99 7.99
Dee Dee's come a long way from "The Mashed Potato Time" here – emerging as a full-blown modern soul artist, with the same sort of sophisticated twist as other Philly girl singers, like Jean Carn or The Jones Girls. The title cut is a great remake of Terry Callier's "What Color Is Love" – and other tracks include "Hang Your Portrait", "I Believe In Love", "Just As Long As I Know You're Mine", and "Tryin To Get The Feeling Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has heavy ring wear, a name in pen, and a split top seam. Labels have a name in pen.)

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Robert GlasperCanvas ... LP
Blue Note, 2005. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $36.99 39.99
One of the crowning moments of genius from pianist Robert Glasper – a set recorded early in his career, and one that set the tone for all the greatness to come! Glasper's already a completely unique musician on his instrument – moving with these flowing waves of sound that turned out to be an inspiration for so many other younger musicians to come, but which here still sound the best in the hands of the originator – rolling forward with this soulful energy that's very different than anything that came before, and which still never fails to blow us away! The core trio features Vincente Archer on bass and Damion Reid on drums – and the set features guest vocals from Bilal on "Chant" and "I Remember" – and guest tenor from Mark Turner on "Riot" and "Rise & Shine". Other tracks include "Enoch's Meditation", "Canvas", "Portrait Of An Angel", "North Portland", and "Jelly's Da Beener". LP, Vinyl record album

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Penny GoodwinPenny Goodwin Live ... LP
P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $36.99 39.99 About December 2, 2022 (delayed)
A rare session from indie soul legend Penny Goodwin – a previously unissued live performance from 1974, featuring small combo backing in a sweet and jazzy mode! Penny's got a voice that's instantly recognizable – a bit raspy, in the mode of Esther Phillips – but cooler and more sophisticated, with a Marlena Shaw-like hipness that really fits the tracks on the set. Most of the numbers are traditional jazz standards, swung by Penny and a small piano trio – in a mode that's a lot more intimate than, but equally soulful to, the fuller backings used on her classic Portrait Of A Gemini album. Titles include "What's Going On", "Inner City Blues", "Midnight Sun", "Little Girl Lost", "On A Clear Day", "Day Dreaming", and "Where Is The Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Grandmaster FlashFlash It To The Beat/Fusion Beats Vol 2 ... 12-inch
Bozo Meko, 1984. Very Good ... $7.99
Early bootleg recording of Flash & the Furious Five, with an old school beat mix on the flip, one that's about as rough as you can get and still be dope, reported by some to actually by Afrika Bambataa and Afrika Islam. It may seem a little primitive by today's standards, but it's an essential portrait from the formative years of hip hop. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Green label pressing. Labels has some stains.)

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Joe HendersonState Of The Tenor – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. Used 2 CDs ... $22.99
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section – this is a unique date for Joe, and he sounds brilliant throughout! Ron Carter and Al Foster provide a crisp but elastic foundation for Henderson's burnished melodies and solos in a very spacious setting. CD features 14 tracks from both volumes of the LP releases – including "The Bead Game", "Soulville", "Portrait", "Beatrice", "Friday The Thirteenth", "Happy Reunion", "Loose Change", "Ask Me Now" and "Isotope". CD
(1994 CD pressing.)

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Earl HinesGrand Reunion ... CD
Limelight, 1965. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
Earl Hines leads a group that includes special guests like Roy Eldridge and Coleman Hawkins – and the material's a relatively traditional batch of tunes, done in Earl's classic piano style. The group performs an extended "Portrait Of Fats Waller", plus shorter tracks like "C Jam Blues", "Rosetta", and "Sunday". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Grand Reunion – Recorded Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 2 ... LP 6.99

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Billie HolidayRecital By Billie Holiday (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Clef/Verve, Early 50s. Used ... $8.99
Not really a recital in the "live" sense, in that the album's a studio session – but a great batch of classic Verve sides by Billie Holiday! The care and quality of the record definitely demonstrate that the Verve years are some of Holiday's best – and for the session, Norman Granz has backed up Billie with a great batch of musicians – including Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Flip Philips on tenor, Barney Kessel on guitar, and Oscar Peterson on piano. Tracks include "Remember", "Yesterdays", "He's Funny That Way", "Stormy Weather", "My Man", and "Lover Come Back To Me" – and the cover has a portrait of Billie by David Stone Martin! CD
(Out of print.)

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HorizonMagic Music – The Story Of Horizon – San Antonio, Texas 1977 to 1984 ... CD
Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $15.99
The full story of this really unique group – a soulful quartet who hail from San Antonio, but who have a rock-solid boogie sound that's like some of the best acts coming out of the east coast at the time! Horizon only issued a few indie label singles back in the day, but they've got a heck of a lot more to offer here – as the package includes ten never-issued cuts alongside their rare singles – all to paint a very vivid portrait of a group you'd never expect to hail from the southern side of Texas! The tracks are mostly upbeat and have a great clubby vibe – really well-crafted instrumentation over well-done arrangements – with vocals often harmonized by the group together with the lead – a soaring spirit that's clearly inspired by Earth Wind & Fire, but served up with a leaner sound overall, and a mode that's very much the group's own. Titles include "Lady Fantasy", "Over & Over", "Saving My Love For You", "Try My Love Again", "Rock It On Down", "Magic Music", "Feel The Funk", "Give It Up", "They Don't Make Em Like You", "Jen", "Let Me Be The One", "Snap To It", and "You Went Away". CD

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✨✧ Freddie HubbardBundle Of Joy/Super Blue/Love Connection ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1977/1978/1979. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
A triple-header from Freddie Hubbard – three late 70s albums together in a single set! Bundle Of Joy is a bundle of soul from Freddie Hubbard – one that has him blowing beautifully over full arrangements from Bert DeCoteux – the 70s super-soul maestro who really brings a new sound to Hubbard's music! The style's a bit smoother than other Freddie albums of the time, but still really great – a wonderful plenty of his well-timed, well-punctuated work on trumpet with warm grooves supplied by Bert – filled with instrumentation that includes David T Walker on guitar, Ernie Watts on sax and flute, Azar Lawrence on tenor, David Garfield on keyboards, and even Dorothy Ashby on flute. Titles include "Portrait Of Jenny", "Rainy Day Song", "Bundle Of Joy", "From Now On", "From Behind", and "Rahsaan". Super Blue is a sweet late 70s set from Freddie Hubbard – a slight move away from some of his highly-electric sides of the CTI years, yet one that still has some of the most soulful qualities of that work! Freddie's trumpet has a nicely spacious quality throughout – one that's flowing, and almost glowing at time – cascading along with qualities you might be more likely to hear from Art Farmer on some of the gentler numbers, yet really bursting out with that old Hubbard dynamism on the rest. Other players include Joe Henderson on tenor, Hubert Laws on flute, Kenny Barron on piano and keyboards, Ron Carter on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – and George Benson also guests on guitar on one number too. A good number of the titles are originals, and tracks include "Super Blue", "To Her Ladyship", "Take It To The Ozone", "The Gospel Truth", and "Theme For Kareem". Love Connection has Freddie Hubbard working with arranger Claus Ogerman on some expansive tracks that go beyond his earlier work in the decade – sometimes blowing mellow notes over larger orchestrations, other times working in a surprisingly lean groove that has some really soulful touches! The approach shifts from track to track, but all titles are long, and the overall effect is really great. Al Jarreau guests on a sweet vocal version of "Little Sunflower", and other players on the set include Joe Farrell and Tom Scott on reeds, and Chick Corea, who plays most of the keys on the set. Titles include "Lazy Afternoon", "This Dream", "Brigitte", and "The Love Connection". CD

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Walter JacksonBest Of Walter Jackson – Welcome Home – The Okeh Years ... CD
Legacy/Epic, Mid 60s. Used ... $5.99
Killer work from the legendary Walter Jackson – one of the most unique soul music voices of the 60s! The set features some of the best moments from Jackson's key years at Okeh Records on the Chicago scene – material cut with great help from Carl Davis and Curtis Mayfield, and easily some of the most mature soul from the Windy City (or any city) at the time! The CD's a great mix of his hits and some of his lesser-known cuts – and all the tracks provide an excellent portrait of Walter's unique "Iceman" style of polished, heartbreaking soul. We can't say enough about these tracks, and we feel that songs like "Funny (Not Much)", "Speak Her Name", "My Ship Is Coming In", and "It's All Over" are some of the finest soul material ever to come out of the 60's! Great stuff, and with a sound that will blow your mind! CD

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✨✧ Ian JohnsonI Know You're Somewhere (hardcover) ... Book
Gingko Press, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful work from artist Ian Johnson – portraits of famous jazz, funk, and soul artists from the 50s through the 70s – served up in a mix of pencil and color, often with a very unique style! The cover image only hints at the pages within – which are often more detailed and iconic – as the portraits often take off from famous album covers or photographs, but then feature additional details added by Johnson – usually color touches around the black and white portrait at the core, which really creates a very vivid picture! Portraits include images of Herbie Hancock, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Eric Dolphy, Phil Cohran, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Andrew Hill, Thelonious Monk, and dozens of others – and book is 94 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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Quincy JonesQuintessence ... LP
Impulse, 1961. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
A very soulful set of big band material from Quincy Jones – recorded during that tight early 60s period when his arrangements just couldn't fail! The album's his only session for Impulse, and it's got a slightly deeper style than his work from the time for Mercury – a bit more sophisticated, with nice modern touches that take the tunes in surprising directions. Part of the greatness of the set lies in the players – as the album features work by Curtis Fuller, Thad Jones, Stu Martin, Freddie Hubbard, Patty Brown, Phil Woods, and Jerome Richardson – and titles include "Robot Portrait", "Hard Sock Dance", "The Twitch", and "For Lena & Lennie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has light surface & edge wear.)

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Quincy JonesQuintessential Charts (This Is How I Feel About Jazz/Quintessence) ... LP
ABC, 1956/1961. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A split 70s LP – with two earlier classics! First up is How I Feel About Jazz – an important early album from Quincy Jones! Q's working here in some of his hippest settings of the 50s – scoring longish versions of jazz tunes for groups that include players like Lucky Thompson on tenor, Herbie Mann on flute, Art Farmer on trumpet, Phil Woods and Gene Quill on alto sax, Hank Jones on piano, and even Charles Mingus on bass! As with most Jones albums of the time, Quincy has a way of making a bigger group sound nice and lean – hitting some especially nice edges along with the rhythms, and really showing the way towards a new soulful sound for a bigger band. Titles include a sublime 10 minute version of "Walkin" that kicks off the album with a great soulful groove – plus original tunes "Evening In Paris", "Stockholm Sweetnin", and "Boo's Blues", as well as a version of Cannonball Adderley's "Sermonette". Next is Quintessence – a very soulful set of big band material from Quincy Jones – recorded during that tight early 60s period when his arrangements just couldn't fail! The album's his only session for Impulse, and it's got a slightly deeper style than his work from the time for Mercury – a bit more sophisticated, with nice modern touches that take the tunes in surprising directions. Part of the greatness of the set lies in the players – as the album features work by Curtis Fuller, Thad Jones, Stu Martin, Freddie Hubbard, Patty Brown, Phil Woods, and Jerome Richardson – and titles include "Robot Portrait", "Hard Sock Dance", "The Twitch", and "For Lena & Lennie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has ringwear, edge wear, and half split seams.)

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Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes MontgomerySmokin' At The Half Note (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1965. Used ... $7.99
One of the greatest 60s recordings from the Wynton Kelly Trio – thanks to some wonderful guest work from guitarist Wes Montgomery! Montgomery's working here in a gusty, rootsy style that recalls his best soul jazz sides from the earlier years – and which have a feel that's quite different than his later, more largely-arranged work for Verve. The Kelly Trio is in perfect form – with Wynton's heavy left hand leading the group on the piano, and superb rhythm backing from the team of Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. Tracks are longish, with some nice solos – and include the 13 minute original "No Blues", plus "If You Could See Me Now", "Unit 7", "Four On Six" and "What's New". CD features 6 bonus tracks too – including "Willow Weep For Me", "Portrait Of Jenny", "Misty", "Impressions", and "Oh You Crazy Moon". The bonus tracks make for an album that's almost twice as long as the original! CD
(2005 Verve master edition wit ha crease through the digipack cover and booklet.)

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Rahsaan Roland KirkCase Of The 3 Sided Dream In Audio Color ... CD
Atlantic, 1975. Used ... $4.99 8.99
A great 70s album by Roland Kirk – one that features him working on a lot of short tracks, in a pretty crazy style! A number of the tracks feature Kirk's uniquely quirky reed style in full effect – often processed with added studio techniques, in a very nice way. And along side that mode, the album's also got a beautiful warm side, with great writing, and a level of sensitivity that's sometimes missing from Kirk's earlier records. Lots of good tracks, including "Freaks For The Festival", "Echoes Of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs", "Dream", "Horses", "Side Four", "Portrait Of Those Beautiful Ladies", and "Conversation". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roland Kirk/Yusef LateefSeparate But Equal – Case Of The 3 Sided Dream/Part Of The Search ... CD
32 Jazz/Atlantic, Mid 70s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
A 2 CD set that features two of the more enigmatic Atlantic Records jazz sides from the 70s! Case Of The 3 Sided Dream is a great 70s album by Roland Kirk – one that features him working on a lot of short tracks, in a pretty crazy style! A number of the tracks feature Kirk's uniquely quirky reed style in full effect – often processed with added studio techniques, in a very nice way. And along side that mode, the album's also got a beautiful warm side, with great writing, and a level of sensitivity that's sometimes missing from Kirk's earlier records. Lots of good tracks, including "Freaks For The Festival", "Echoes Of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs", "Dream", "Horses", "Side Four", "Portrait Of Those Beautiful Ladies", and "Conversation". Part Of The Search is one of Yusef Lateef's more ambitious albums for Atlantic – kind of a "history of jazz" in styles and expressions, performed with a large set of players that runs the gamut of talents available at the time. The set includes lots of tunes in rawer modes than you'd expect for Yusef – including Kansas City jazz, R&B, and even doo wop! Titles include "Soul's Bakery", "Oatsy Doatsey", "Big Bass Drum", "In The Still Of The Night", "Superfine", "Strange Lullaby", and "Rockhouse". CD
(Includes slipcase.)

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Guy LafitteGuy Lafitte – Quartet & Sextet Sessions 1956 to 1962 ... CD
Columbia/Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A treasure trove of rare work from the great Guy Lafitte – a rich-voiced tenor talent from the French scene of the postwar years – every bit as important to their world as Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young were to ours! Lafitte's a player who came up in larger groups – and as such, developed a tone that could really stand out of the pack – a deep, soulful approach to jazz that's even more compelling in the small combo material features in this set – all tracks from rare 10" albums and 7" EP releases that are brought together here for the first time – a much-needed look at Lafitte's years before his more-circulated full albums recorded for RCA in the 60s and 70s. The sound is superb throughout – and other players include George Arvanitas and Raymond Fol on piano, Nat Peck on trombone, Roger Guerin on trumpet, and Dominique Chanson on alto and flute. Bop legend Kenny Hagood sings on three tracks – and titles include "Le Conte", "Corail", "Portrait De Camille", "A Song Was Born", "Queenie", "Tranquillment", "Plucky", "The Mill & The River", "Le Chat Qui Dort", and "Lonesome Lover Blues". CD

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Maria Teresa LucianiSounds Of The City (Suoni Di Una Citta) ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1972. Near Mint- ... $11.99 18.99
An amazing sonic portrait of the modern city – one created on the early 70s Italian scene, but lost to the shifting sands of time, due to its release as a sound library-only album! We've heard Maria Teresa Luciani on a few other records of this nature – but this one may well be her greatest – music that's beyond categorization in the way it presents its subject – not really jazz or soundtrack styles at all, but also not some sort of too-modern compositional idiom either. Instead, the whole thing seems to make some sort of honest, organic sense – as it presents differing aspects of the city, both residential and commercial, public and private – often with a sense of darkness in the immediate approach, but also with a current of hope at times too. Titles include "Public Gardens", "Modern Residential Complex", "Supermarket", "Poor Neighborhoods", "Power Station", "Traffic", and "International Airport". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sounds Of The City (Suoni Di Una Citta) ... LP 20.99

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✨✧ Maria Teresa LucianiSounds Of The City (Suoni Di Una Citta) ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $20.99 26.99
An amazing sonic portrait of the modern city – one created on the early 70s Italian scene, but lost to the shifting sands of time, due to its release as a sound library-only album! We've heard Maria Teresa Luciani on a few other records of this nature – but this one may well be her greatest – music that's beyond categorization in the way it presents its subject – not really jazz or soundtrack styles at all, but also not some sort of too-modern compositional idiom either. Instead, the whole thing seems to make some sort of honest, organic sense – as it presents differing aspects of the city, both residential and commercial, public and private – often with a sense of darkness in the immediate approach, but also with a current of hope at times too. Titles include "Public Gardens", "Modern Residential Complex", "Supermarket", "Poor Neighborhoods", "Power Station", "Traffic", and "International Airport". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sounds Of The City (Suoni Di Una Citta) ... LP 11.99

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Henry ManciniEncore – More Of The Concert Sound Of Henry Mancini ... LP
RCA, 1967. Near Mint- ... $2.99
An unusual concert performance from Henry Mancini – one that features the maestro leading a full orchestra, but with a really groovy feel overall! Each track is relatively long, and based around a set of smaller songs wrapped up in a medley – almost mini-symphonies in pop music, arranged by Mancini with a really lively sound that goes far past the usual pop orchestral styles of the time. Soloists include Mancini on piano, Ted Nash on alto sax, Arthur Gleghorn on flute, and Bud Brisbois on trumpet – and the set features "Portrait Of The Beatles", made up of Beatles' hits; "Foreign Film Festival", made up from 60s film themes; "Music From Hollywood", with US film themes; and "Three By Mancini", a variation on some groovy originals by Hank! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, some aging, and a small cutout hole.)

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Joe McPheeRoute 84 Quarantine Blues – Black Cross Solo Sessions 2 ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Tremendous solo work from the great Joe McPhee – recorded alone at home during 2020, as you might guess from the title – but a set that has Joe being wonderfully expressive, in the very personal way that you'd know if you've ever seen him live in performance! McPhee mostly blows tenor, but he also speaks at points – even quoting some lines from Black Panther – and brings in some field recordings, and even makes sounds on water and a pie tin too – all with this mandate to be as fully expressive as possible, even in a situation of isolation – a beautiful testament to the artistic fire that has kept McPhee going as one of the most important improvisers in jazz over the decades! Titles include "Cuernavaca 79", "Goodbye Porky Pig Hat", "Self Portrait In Three Colors – Red, Black, & Green", "Reflection On Ida Lupino", and "Do You Still Love Me". CD
(Part of the Black Cross Solo Sessions series!)

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Joe McPhee & Andre JaumeNuclear Family ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 15.99
Insanely beautiful work from the great Joe McPhee – an album that was recorded and intended to be issued during his groundbreaking stretch with Hat Art Records – but which never saw the light of day at the time! Why that happened, we're not entirely sure – because the album is tremendous right from the very first note – as McPhee blows alto, tenor, and pocket cornet alongside the work of Andre Jaume on alto, tenor, and bass clarinet – in a set of horn-only performances that are breathtaking from start to finish! Jaume's a great player too – and his work of the time, especially on Hat Art, is a masterpiece of subtlety and soul – and he balances McPhee perfectly here, often with some deeper currents that create a beautifully organic energy between the two. Jaume's got this way of handling his reed that's amazing – and, of course, Joe's phrasing is as incredible as always. Titles include great reworks of modern jazz classics – including "Pithecanthropus Erectus", "Self Portrait In Three Colors", "Evidence", "Chelsea Bridge", and "Lonely Woman" – plus the originals "Nuclear" and "Rue St Jaume". CD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)

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Charles MingusMingus Ah Um (2CD Legacy edition – with Mingus Dynasty album and bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of his career, and working with incredible younger players that interpreted his work with a great deal of fire! The tracks are a bit more tightly arranged than work on some of Mingus' previous work for labels like Atlantic and Bethlehem, but that also gives them a razor-sharp emotional edge that's carried off perfectly by players who include John Handy and Shafi Hadi on alto saxes, Booker Ervin on tenor, Willie Dennis and Jimmy Knepper on trombones, Horace Parlan on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums. The album is filled with key Mingus classics – like "Better Git It In Your Soul", "Boogie Stop Shuffle", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", and "Fables of Faubus" – plus "Self Portrait In Three Colors", "Open Letter To Duke", and "Bird Call". 2CD set also features the full Mingus Dynasty album – plus bonus tracks from both records, and a few alternates from Ah Um! There's a whopping 25 tracks on the whole set – beautifully packaged, with great notes too. CD
(Out of print. Includes plastic slipcase.)
Also available Mingus Ah Um (with bonus tracks) ... CD 3.99

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Charles MingusMingus Ah Um (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $3.99
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of his career, and working with incredible younger players that interpreted his work with a great deal of fire! The tracks are a bit more tightly arranged than work on some of Mingus' previous work for labels like Atlantic and Bethlehem, but that also gives them a razor-sharp emotional edge that's carried off perfectly by players who include John Handy and Shafi Hadi on alto saxes, Booker Ervin on tenor, Willie Dennis and Jimmy Knepper on trombones, Horace Parlan on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums. The album is filled with key Mingus classics – like "Better Git It In Your Soul", "Boogie Stop Shuffle", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", and "Fables of Faubus" – plus "Self Portrait In Three Colors", "Open Letter To Duke", and "Bird Call". CD features 3 rare bonus tracks – "GG Train", "Girl Of My Dreams", and "Pedal Point Blues" – and also features 4 tracks presented here in their full versions, not the edited ones that appeared on the original LP. CD
Also available Mingus Ah Um (2CD Legacy edition – with Mingus Dynasty album and bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Charles MingusMingus Plays Piano – Spontaneous Compositions & Improvisations ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1963. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly enchanting album of piano work from Charles Mingus – one of a few he cut on the instrument, and quite different than his regular work on bass! Unlike the bold, angry role that Mingus would take on as a leader, the approach here is very personal and introspective – long "spontaneous compositions" that are improvised over the course of the solo session, but still with a mix of complexity that shows all his previous talents in place, but in a completely different way. The vibe is even different than Charles' previous piano album on Atlantic – Oh Yeah – and the addition of a few evergreens as vehicles for similar sorts of improvisation also ties the record back to older jazz history as well. Wonderful all the way through, even if very different than any other Mingus album you can own – and with titles that include "Roland Kirk's Message", "She's Just Miss Popular Hybrid", "Meditations For Moses", and "Old Portrait". CD
(Out of print.)

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Charles MingusTown Hall Concert – My Favorite Quintet ... LP
Jazz Workshop/Fantasy, 1964. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Great live work by Mingus – recorded around the same vintage as his Town Hall Concert, or as some of his sublime European recordings from the 1964 tour. The group is late and hip – with Charles McPherson as the "saxophonist of tomorrow", plus Jaki Byard on piano, Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Dannie Richmond on drums. Includes a 20 minute reading of the track "So Long Eric", and a great medley that intertwines older standards with Mingus' "Old Portrait". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Fantasy pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Paul Misraki/Brigitte BardotAnd God Created Woman ... LP
Decca, 1956. Very Good+ ... $28.99 39.99
A great presentation of the soundtrack to Roger Vadim's classic film And God Created Woman (Et Dieu Crea La Femme) – one that features spoken narration from Brigitte Bardot, plus the full instrumental soundtrack by Paul Misraki! The album features Misraki's music with Bardot's narration – working almost as an audio portrait of the film, with Brigitte sounding super sexy when she speaks – and Misraki couching her voice amidst swelling strings and larger orchestrations! The album's got an extremely visual feel – almost like a mini-movie you can put on your turntable. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pink label promo with deep groove! Cover has a split top seam, a small sticker spot, and light surface wear.)

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Wes MontgomeryWillow Weep For Me ... LP
Verve, 1965/1968. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A strange little record, but a great one too – a posthumous album that took older Wes Montgomery sides and souped them up a bit after his death! The core material here is quartet recordings done in 1965 – Montgomery's guitar in a hip group with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – other material recorded at the same time as the Smokin At The Half Note set, discovered later by Verve, and augmented with fuller backings from Claus Ogerman for this record in 1968. In contrast to some of Wes' other albums of this nature, the core combo grooving was done first, which then ends up directing Ogerman's arrangements – and not the other way around – making for a really unique mix of sounds, especially on some of the longer tracks. Titles include "Four On Six", "Oh You Crazy Moon", "Willow Weep For Me", "Misty", "Impressions", and "Portrait Of Jennie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Lee MorganInfinity ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... $24.99
Lee Morgan on the hippest side of his 60s talents – working here in a style that's really stretching out, and in the same territory as similar unreleased gems from the time – like Tom Cat or Sonic Boom! The group here is very inventive – Jackie McLean on alto, Larry Willis on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – players who really represent the left side of Blue Note, but not as out as the "new thing" crowd – with a really creative approach to both the rhythms and the solos, commanded by Morgan's rich imagination at this point in his career. All tunes are great, and titles include "Zip Code", "Infinity", "Miss Nettie B", "Growing Pains", and McLean's fantastic "Portrait of a Doll". CD
(Out of print Connoisseur pressing.)

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Phil OchsPleasure Of The Harbor ... LP
A&M, 1967. Very Good ... $9.99
Was there a more tragic figure in the 60s scene than Phil Ochs? Perhaps, but this is still a wonderful piece of his odd and sad career, a great portrait with his unrelenting political stance still in place, though not as raw as some of his other LPs. More arranged than any of his other LPs, but not without spare moments, the orchestrations still never get in the way of Ochs' occasionally delicate voice or clutter the picture too much. Eight tunes: "Cross My Heart", "Flower Lady", "Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends", "I've Had Her", "Miranda", "The Party", "Pleasures Of The Harbor" and "The Crucifixion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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Oxford AmericanOxford American No 119 – Annual Southern Music Issue Vol 24 – Country Roots (with bonus CD) ... Magazine
University Of Central Arkansas, 2022. New Copy ... $13.99 18.95
A special all-country edition of the Oxford American's annual issue devoted to music of the south – and one that's overflowing with the kind of wonderful writing that's always set the publication apart from the mainstream music press! These aren't simple articles on the histories of big stars or records – and instead, each piece is a much more complicated musical portrait – really getting at the kind of complexity that you'll find in the best sounds of the south! This time around, articles include a look at Rackback Tom by John Jeremiah Sullivan, links between country and hip hop by Imani Perry, the country drumming of Buddy Harman by John Lingan, the rightful place of Tanya Tucker by Jason Kyle Howard, the high lonesome cry examined by Holly Haworth, and the "mostly true" legend of Hank Williams by David Ramsey. There's lots more too – articles on Pasty Cline, Pointer Sisters, Millie Jackson, Solange, Trio, Johnny Paycheck, Ralph Stanley, and plenty more – all as expertly done as the main features. Plus, the issue comes with a full bonus CD of music – work from The Miller Brothers, Lesley Riddle, Trio, Rhiannon Giddens, The Judds, Wanda Jackson, The Deslondes, Brother James Anderson, Margo Price, and others. A heck of a great deal for the price! Magazine

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Padlock (with Gwen Guthrie)Padlock – Special Mixes By Larry Levan (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Mango/Vinyl Masterpiece (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
A mini-LP, but one that packs more punch than most full length sets – thanks to a top-shelf lineup all the way through! The set's a project put together by Sly & Robbie, and recorded at Compass Point Studios – all with a groove that's kind of a dubbier take on the sound of New York dancefloors a the time – nicely bassy, slightly beaty, and topped with some really wonderful vocals from Gwen Guthrie! Larry Levan mixed the whole thing to perfection, giving it a real Paradise groove – and instrumentation is by Wally Badarou on synth, Harry Whitaker on keyboards, Darryl Thompson on guitars, and Jimmy Maelin on percussion. The set's kind of a mini-suite, based around a few key musical themes – and titles include "Padlock", "Hopscotch", "Seventh Heaven", "Peanut Butter" and "Getting Hot". CD also features 6 more bonus tracks – "Hopscotch (Larry Levan rmx inst)", "Getting Hot (original 12" version)", "Padlock (album mix of Portrait)", "Seventh Heaven (album mix of Portrait)", "Hopscotch (album mix of Portrait)", and "Peanut Butter (original 12" version)". CD

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✨✧ Adrian QuesadaJaguar Sound (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
ATO, 2022. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Adrian Quesada's in nicely familiar territory here – that special blend of funk that has him shaking up inspirations from a range of different influences, then casting things out with a voice that's all his own! Over the years, Quesada's become as much of a strong producer as he is an instrumentalist – and the set really bristles with a sense of sonic understanding that makes the simple elements resonate with a surprising amount of depth – maybe a great example of doing more with less, in the best way possible. As with some of Quesada's best music, the strongest grooves are nicely laidback – and titles include "Noble Metals", "Turk's Cap", "DG On The Keys", "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman", "Alberto's Loop", and "Starry Nights". LP, Vinyl record album
(On "Baby Blue" vinyl – includes download!)

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Sun RaSuper-Sonic Jazz ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1956. Used ... $6.99 8.99
The first album on Saturn! Despite the futurism that the title of the set might imply, the material on this LP is actually some of Sun Ra's earliest, and dates back to the years when the Arkestra was first beginning to make itself heard in Chicago. That doesn't stop the material from being amazing, though, as these prime early tracks really show how strong Ra's vision was, even when it was being applied to material that might look more simple on the surface. Titles include "El Is A Sound Of Joy", "Medicine For A Nightmare", "Sunology", "Advice To Medics", and "Portrait Of The Living Sky". CD

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✨✧ George RussellNew York, New York ... CD
Decca/GRP, Late 50s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A wonderful album from George Russell – a refreshing change from his overly-academic modernist work – and a brilliant bit of new ideas with some very down to earth expression! The session's an unusual one – a musical portrait of New York City, performed with an all-star cast who really flesh out the ideas in the music – linked together with these fantastic spoken bits by Jon Hendricks – patter about the city and the scene that really make the whole thing come alive! The lineup is virtually a who's who of modern jazz at the moment – John Coltrane and Benny Golson on tenors, Art Farmer on trumpet, Bill Evans on piano, Hal McKusick and Phil Woods on alto, and Max Roach on drums – coming together under some of the clearest leadership that George Russell has ever provided. The whole thing is great – and titles include "Manhattan", "Big City Blues", "Manhattan-Rico", and "A Helluva Town". CD
(Out of print, digipack case has a penmark through the barcode and a piece of clear tape over an old security sticker.)

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Lalo SchifrinRollercoaster ... LP
MCA, 1977. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Not Lalo's greatest soundtrack of the 70s, but with a few nice moments! The music was written for a strange action film that starred George Segal, Henry Fonda, and Richard Widmark, set in an amusement park – and, not surprisingly, about half the tunes have a carnival or circus type theme to them, with lots of instrumentation that's played in the mode of a calliope. The best cuts, though, have a tight Schifrin action groove to them – done in the manner of some of his slicker late 70s work, with plenty of uptempo rhythms and driving themes. Tracks include "Rollercoaster", "Apple Turnover", "One Track Mind", "Portrait Of Harry", "Magic Carousel", "Children's Ride", and "Another Side Of Harry". LP, Vinyl record album

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David SchnitterLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2013. Used ... $6.99
A brilliant set from tenorist David Schnitter – maybe the best we've heard from him in years – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his work! The album's got that special spark and crackle we love in the Live At Smalls series – a magic way of really letting the leader open up and fly, but also giving him plenty of great group support too – in this case a rock-solid rhythm section of Spile Wilner on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Anthony Pinciotti on drums – able to soar when Schnitter wants to, and hang back with darker notes on some of the more contemplative numbers. Many numbers are great originals from David – including "Squeamish", "Drone Tone", "Freeway", and "Portrait" – and Marti Mabin provides some great guest vocals on versions of "Soul Eyes" and "Peace". CD

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Tony Scott & Jimmy KnepperFree Blown Jazz ... LP
Carlton, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of Tony Scott's best records from the time, and an excellent batch of tracks that really shows the direction he would head in the 60s. Scott's solos are incredibly open-ended – and he's backed by a group of hip players that includes Henry Grimes, Bill Evans, Paul Motian, and Sahib Shihab. Knepper's pretty good, too – but he lacks some of the fire he has in his recordings with Mingus. Titles include "The Chant", "The Explorer", "Body & Soul", and "Portrait Of Ravi", which shows his early interest in Latin music. LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear & aging, partial splitting on seams. Includes Carlton inner sleeve.)
 
 
 



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