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Ralph BowenRalph Bowen ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. Used ... $6.99
The title and cover here are super-simple, but the sound is anything but – a continuing evolution of the talents of tenorist Ralph Bowen, who just seems to grab us more and more with each new album! The core of the record is the long "Phylogeny Suite", which has some of the most complex writing we've ever heard from Bowen – almost like he's hitting a second chapter of his career, while still finding a way to soulfully swing with the quality that first made us love him a number of years ago. There's almost a Monk-like sense of angularity at points – accented by the piano work of Jim Ridl, who plays in the quartet alongside Kenny Davis on bass and Cliff Almond on drums. Titles include "A Cast Of Crabs", "A Leap Of Leopards", "Cache Cache", "A Rookery Of Ravens", and a version of McCoy Tyner's "Search For Peace". CD

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Ralph BowenStandard Deviation ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Tenorist Ralph Bowen blows some strong magic here – the kind of tone and timing that really transforms the more familiar numbers chosen for the set – so that older standards are turned inside out and opened up as new vehicles for expression – yet all while still managing to swing! The rhythm trio is tight, but fluid – and features Bill O'Connell on piano, Kenny Davis on bass, and Donald Edwards on drums – yet to our ears, Bowen's the main star on the record – and we've never heard him sounding so powerfully creative! Most tracks have a strong focus from start to finish, but cover a surprising amount of ground – and titles include "Yesterdays", "No Moon At All", "Isn't It Romantic", "Dream Dancing", "By Myself", and "You Stepped Out Of A Dream". CD

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Peter BrendlerOutside The Line ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
Bassist Peter Brendler is at the helm of the set, but we're especially enamored of the trumpet work here – played by Peter Evans on both standard and piccolo trumpet – the latter of which has this wonderfully personal sound! Almost all tunes are originals from Brendler, who turns out to be a pretty great writer – and sets up these strong showcases for Evans' trumpet lines, which seem to leap right out front even before his solos – when he's still sharing the lead with tenorist Rich Perry. Perry's pretty great, too – but there's a freshness to Evans' phrasing that's really great – bold at some minutes, with lots of offbeat twists and turns – and more fragile and honest on the piccolo trumpet tunes. Drummer Vinnie Sperrazza completes the group – and titles include "Blackout Reunion", "Drop The Mittens", "The Darkness", "Blanket Statement", "Lawn Darts", and a surprisingly nice cover of "Walk On The Wild Side". CD

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Roxy CossChasing The Unicorn ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. Used ... $6.99
The title of the album might sound a bit whimsical, but the music of saxophonist Roxy Coss is hardly that at all – and instead a rock-solid approach to rhythm and tone that's very well-crafted throughout! The set features Roxy on saxes and bass clarinet – some shifting sonic elements that are matched nicely with the guitar of Alex Wintz, piano of Glenn Zaleski, bass of Rick Rosato, and drums of Jimmy MacBride – a lineup that deftly turns and shifts to follow the spirit of the leader. Roxy contributed a few of her own tunes to the record – "Free To Be", "You're There", "Never Enough", "Endless Cycle", "Unwavering Optimism", and the title tune – and the set also features versions of Wayne Shorter's "Virgo" and Joe Henderson's "A Shade Of Jade". CD

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Roxy CossFuture Is Female ... CD
Posi tone, 2018. Used ... $6.99
Roxy Coss's second album as a leader for the Posi-Tone label – and it's her strongest to date, both by design and in performance! Where her Chasing The Unicorn album set up a whimsical sensibility, this one obliviously sets up a tone of strength and determination – undercurrents of all her work we've heard thus far, but are front-and-center thematically here. The titles are strident and topical, while the sound is timeless, with some thematic touches – like the almost foreboding intro to "Mr. President" that leads into marching drums, or the slyly easygoing swing that starts "Feminist AF" leading to some of the most energetic soloing by Roxy on the whole set – but she never casts off the neo-classic jazz she's always had such a strong voice for. Recorded in a single day with her excellent band including Alex Wintz, Miki Yamanaka, Rick Rosato and Jimmy Macbride, titles include "Nevertheless, She Persisted", "Little Did She Know", "She Needed A Hero, So That's What She Became", "Females Are Strong As Hell", "#MeToo","Nasty Women Grab Back" and "Ode To A Generation". CD

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Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big BandMother's Touch ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
We've really grown to love pianist Orrin Evans in a trio setting, but he's a surprisingly strong talent at the helm of this large group too – an ensemble with a rich sound and a sense of feeling that really matches Evans' own piano! There's a boldness to the music that really brings out a whole new side of Evans – this sense of majesty that's always lurking in the way he approaches the keyboard in a smaller group, but which takes off here with work from a larger group of saxophones, trumpets, and trombones. Evans gets in many great solos – and other key moments come from Marcus Strickland on tenor or soprano sax, Stacy Dillard on tenor, Todd Bashore on alto, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Tatum Greenblatt on trumpet, and Ralph Peterson on drums. Titles include the originals "In My Soul", "Explain It To Me", "Dita", "Prayer For Columbine", and "Mother's Touch (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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Ken FowserStanding Tall ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. Used ... $7.99
We last heard tenorist Ken Fowser in the company of vibist Behn Gillece – on a pair of excellent recent albums for the Posi-Tone label – but here he works as the sole leader, and maybe knocks it out of the park even more! All the tunes here are originals by Ken – who continues to be a hell of a writer, and comes up with songs that are bright and bold, yet also filled with deeper lines of feeling too – almost like some of Wayne Shorter's excellent early compositions in the first half of the 60s. Like Shorter in those days, Fowser has a way of working in a deeply soulful mode, but with strong lyrical currents too – echoed nicely here by the trumpet lines of Josh Bruneau, in a quintet that also include Rick Germanson on piano, Paul Gill on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. The album's the kind of subtle gem that we've really come to love from Posi-Tone – and titles include "Off The Path", "Mode For Red", "Brick's Tune", "Hanging On", "Head Start", "Filling In The Blanks", and "Timeless". CD

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Theo HillPromethean ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Wonderfully romping piano from Theo Hill – a musician who's clearly got some earlier soul jazz inspiration in his style, but who also knows how to warm things up with a bit of lyricism too – in a manner that reminds us of the direction that Cedar Walton took from the 60s into the 70s! Theo has a way of making complex ideas come across with a very natural pulse – and he gets great help here from trio members Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Mark Whitfield on drums – both players who share the same rolling spirit that Theo brings to his piano. Titles include the original track "The Phoenix", plus great takes on "Hey It's Me Your Talking To", "Finger Painting", "Blasphemy", "This Here", "Litha", and "Is That So". CD

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Art HiraharaCentral Line ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Art Hirahara is a beautifully fluid pianist – one who really won us over with his last album on Posi-tone, and who seems to soar even more here – working in a fantastic trio that includes Linda Oh on bass and Rudy Royston on drums – plus some occasional tenor from Donny McCaslin! Oh and Royston have this round presence that really resonates strongly with Art's piano – creating this wave of soulful energy from the ground up, even on the mellower moments – with a tonal depth that's sophisticated, yet never forced at all. When McCaslin comes into the mix, his sound is a bit more separate from the three – yet in a way that only underscores their cohesion and beautiful sensitivity together. Titles include "Little Giant", "Sensitive Animal", "Central Line", "Kuroda Bushi", "Astray", and a version of the Chico Buarque tune "As Minhas Meninas". CD

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Josh LawrenceColor Theory ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. Used ... $8.99
Maybe the first album we've ever seen from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – and a set that will definitely have us looking out for more! Lawrence composed almost every tune on the set, and works with a sense of color that really lives up to the title – on lines that are sometimes nicely compressed and subtle, and blown on flugelhorn – sometimes bold and vibrant, soaring out in the company of an excellent group that includes Caleb Curtis on some especially nice alto and flute! The keyboards shift throughout – as Orrin Evans plays acoustic piano on five titles, and Adam Faulk handles Fender Rhodes on seven more – creating a nice shift in color that furthers the spirit of the tunes, driven by rhythm work from Madison Rast on bass and Anwar Marshall on drums. Titles include "Black", "An Uptown Romance", "Yellow", "Presence", "The Conceptualizer", and "Green". CD

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Josh LawrenceContrast ... CD
Posi tone, 2018. Used ... $8.99
Trumpeter Josh Lawrence works here with his Color Theory group – a great name for the combo, given how vivid they can be with their many hues! The music is soulful and swinging, yet also quite lyrical too – maybe in modes that recall some of the late 60s Blue Note work of McCoy Tyner or Horace Silver, but much more horn-heavy overall – as Lawrence blows alongside Caleb Curtis on alto and David Gibson on trombone – both players who are very well-suited to the mission of the group. Zaccai Curtis plays piano – and Fender Rhodes on one track – and Orrin Evans guests on the acoustic keys on two tunes. The group's completed by Luques Curtis on bass and Anwar Marshall on drums – and most tunes are originals by Josh, with titles that include "Accompanied Contrast", "Circles On Black", "Dominant Curve", "Blues On The Bridge", and "In The Black Square". CD

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Josh LawrenceTriptych ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
A really wonderful album from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – a very strong-voiced talent who's got a way of being bright and sharp at the same time, and who can always bring lots of his own compositional strengths to bear as well! The core group is a quartet – with Lawrence blowing beautifully over piano from Zaccai Curtis, bass from Luques Curtis, and drums from Anwar Marshall – and the set also features some great alto from Caleb Curtis on two tracks, balancing out the sound of Josh in this strongly soulful spirit! Brian Charette brings some organ to the album's final track – a great remake of the Earth Wind & Fire tune "That's The Way Of The World" – and all other titles are Lawrence originals, with tunes that include "We're Happiest Together", "Composition #2", "Wind", "Earth", "Sugar Hill Stroll", and "Sunset In Santa Barbara". CD

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LionessPride & Joy ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
An all-female jazz combo – hence the name – but one who've got a sound that's strong enough to quickly make you fit any gimmick behind their creation! The group's got a compelling blend of instrumentation – sounds that move from the depth of a baritone to the lightness of a Hammond – often given some very fresh rhythmic modes through the original compositions by the members of the combo. We've heard a few of these musicians in the past, but they sound especially great here together – in a sextet lineup that features Alexa Tarantino on alto, Jenny Hill on tenor, Lauren Sevian on baritone, Amanda Monaco on guitar, Akiko Tsuruga on organ, and Allison Miller on drums. Most tunes are relatively tight, with a strong soul jazz vibe – and titles include "Jelly", "Mad Time", "Funky Girl", "Mocha Spice", "Hurry Up & Wait", "Down For The Count", "Identiy", and nice takes on "Ida Lupino" and "Think". CD

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Farnell NewtonBack To Earth ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
This might be the first date as a leader we've ever seen from trumpeter Farnell Newton – but it's already one that will have us looking out for more! Newton's got a tight, soulful sound on his horn – deft at times, but often more concerned with a longer, wider flow – which is balanced sonically by the trombone of Kyle Molitor – and given a nicely lyrical twist from the piano of Greg Goebel, a musician who may well be the second star of the set! We love Goebel's presence – which maybe reminds us of early Cedar Walton at times – and his warmly ringing tones are supported by work from Dylan Sundstrom on bass and Christopher Brown on drums. As with many of the best Posi-Tone label releases, much of the work here is original, and written by the leader – with titles that include "The Roots", "Transcendentals", "Crossing The Tracks", "Sons Of The Sun", "Gazillionaire", and "Road To The South". CD

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Out To Dinner (Michael Dease, Behn Gillece, & Others)Different Flavors ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A fantastic all-star group of players who've recorded separately for the Posi-Tone label – coming together here with a very fresh sound! You'll definitely recognize a few names in the quintet – which features Michael Dease on trombone, Behn Gillece on vibes, Tim Green on alto, Boris Kozlov on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums – and the mix of vibes and trombone in the frontline is really fantastic – maybe no surprise, though, as we've always been huge fans of Gillece – who wrote a good number of tracks on the set – although Kozlov, Royston, and Dease also contribute some numbers. There's a very fresh sense of rhythm on the record too – thanks in part to the work of Kozlov and Royston, and the lack of a piano – and titles include "Day Zero", "Blue Sojourn", "Night Glow", "Rio", "Spun Around", "Grave Concerns", "Two Down", and "Pay The Piper". CD

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Lauren SevianBliss ... CD
Posi tone, 2018. Used ... $6.99
Mighty strong work from Lauren Sevian – maybe one of the few female baritone saxophonists we can think of, and a hell of a bold talent – from her work on the reeds to her range of strong material composed for the album! The whole thing comes on with a force that we really weren't expecting – especially for a record with a flower on the cover – this rich, soulful sound that doesn't just come from Sevina's baritone, but also from the united power of the quintet that includes Alexa Tarantino on alto, Robert Rodriguez on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and EJ Strickland on drums! The rhythm core is especially strong, and really helps to give the album a strong sense of focus – but then again, with compositions as great as these, they could hardly do anything but – as you'll hear on titles that include "Goldie's Chance", "Bluesishness", Square One", "Triple Water", "Bliss", "In The Loop", and "Lamb & Bunny". CD

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Doug WebbBack East ... CD
Posi tone, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Tenorist Doug Webb jumps into the fray right from the very first note on this excellent set – a further continuation of his recent development as both a soloist and writer! Webb's got a style that's deeply classic, yet very personal too – not just a rehash of older tenor modes, but a way of drawing on their depth, and refocusing it into these surprisingly nimble lines – beautifully rhythmic passages that have the tonal colors really lighting up along the way – as Doug's horn resonates strongly with the piano lines from Peter Zak, over the more than able rhythms from Ben Wolfe on bass and Rudy Royston on drums! The whole record's got a simple, understated power that comes across very well on first listen – and only seems to delight more and more upon repeated spins – and titles include the Webb originals "Back East", "Sally's Song", "RDW Esq", "Stanley", "Mr Green", and "Snicker's Lament". CD

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✨✧ Brian CharretteGood Tipper ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great Hammond work from Brian Charette – served up in a style that's a bit different than most contemporary organ jazz sessions! The tracks here are sometimes short – like the old soul jazz organ singles back in the 60s – and Charette mixes things up nicely with a few great covers of soundtrack and pop moments – a bit like some Jimmy McGriff album on Sue Records! Yet Charette's also got a much wider range of sounds than McGriff ever did – a knowledge of the Hammond that embraces all the changes from Larry Young forward – worked out with a sweet trio that includes either Avi Rothbard or Yotam Silberstein on guitar, and Mark Ferber or Jordan Young on drums. Joe Sucato guests on tenor on the album's one long track – and titles include "The Kicker", "Good Tipper", "Another Quarter", "Standing Still", "You Only Live Twice", "Up Up & Away", and "Time Of The Season". CD

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✨✧ Ed CherrySoul Tree ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer guitar and Hammond session with a really sublime sort of sound – a groove that's wonderfully free of cliche – and which has an open, spacious quality that few artists can match! Given the instrumentation, the album's steeped in tradition, but never tries to just rehash an older Prestige Records vibe – and instead guitarist Ed Cherry and organist Kyle Koehler find a way of soaring out in their own spirits – opening up strongly in a bass-less trio that only features the drums of Anwar Marshall to keep things snapping along. The pairing is perfect – on the level of Grant Green with Larry Young, or Pat Martino with Don Patterson – yet very much with its own spirit, too. Cherry's arrangements are great, too – providing very fresh takes on familiar tunes, alongside his own compositions. Titles include "Central Park West", "A New Blue", "Rachel's Step", "Ode To Angela", "Little Sunflower", "Little Girl Big Girl", and "Peace". CD

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✨✧ Diego RiveraConnections ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A corker of a set from tenorist Diego Rivera – a player who's been around for a bit, but who really seems to find his groove in this Posi-Tone setting! The album's got Diego working with some great labelmates – including trombonist Michael Dease on all cuts, a name that's worth us checking out the album alone – plus work on various tracks by Joe Magnarelli on trumpet, Markus Howell on alto, and Behn Gillece on vibes! The core quintet also includes Luther Allison on piano, Andea Owens on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums – all playing nice and tight, so Rivera and Dease can really soar on their solos – taking off on tunes that include the Rivera originals "Connections", "Ties That Bind", "Nueva York", "O Moderno", and "Mother's Nature" – plus Dease's "Seiko Time", and a nice bold-voiced version of "Naima" – done very differently than usual! CD

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✨✧ Alexa TarantinoWinds Of Change ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first we've heard as a leader from saxophonist Alexa Tarantino – a great talent who's really been bubbling under on other ensemble records for the Posi-Tone label, and who's very much at the start of a great career of her own! Alexa plays some mighty nice soprano sax on the album – plus tenor and flute – all with this nice sense of edge in her tone, mixed with a more forward-moving flow – this subtle quality that really keeps things interesting, and which has us held surprisingly rapt whenever one of her horns stretches out in a solo. Most tunes are originals, with this fresh sense of timing that really works with her tone – and the rest of the group features Christian Sands on piano, Joe Martin on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums – and a few tracks also feature trombone from Nick Finzer. Titles include "Wisp After Wisp", "Breeze", "Face Value", "Seesaw", "Without", "Ready Or Not", "Zingaro", and "Square One". CD

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✨✧ Patrick CorneliusThis Should Be Fun ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Patrick Cornelius steps out here both as a strong leader, and as a great songwriter too – on a set that's filled with almost all original material from the pen of the alto saxophonist – tunes that have a strong sense of color and verve, which makes the record one of the most illuminating to date from Cornelius! The group's also got a real strength in the piano of John Escreet – who has some sharper edges that really enrich the vibe of the record – and Patrick's alto lines are also balanced with a nice sense of depth from trombonist Nick Vayenas, a player we don't know at all – but who seems to be finding his own with the set. The rest of the group features Ben Allison on bass and Mark Ferber on drums – and titles include "Precious Souls", "Telescope", "Big Pictures", "This Should Be Fun", "For Morgan", and "Restless Willow". CD

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✨✧ Michael DeaseNever More Here ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Michael Dease is as great a writer as he is a trombonist – which is to say a heck of a lot – but this time around, he opens the door to a wider range of jazz history – by offering up his own arrangements of tunes by Jimmy Heath, Jackie McClean, JJ Johnson, Eric Alexander, and others who've gone down the path before him! Dease always has a fantastic ear for color and rhythm – and that really comes through here, as he works with a fantastic lineup that features Steve Wilson on reeds, Renee Rosnes on piano, Gerald Cannon on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums – all players that have an equal mastery of color, which really comes through as the album moves on! The Dease approach to phrasing is fantastic – maybe in a space between JJ Johnson and Curtis Fuller during their classic years – and as you might imagine, Rosnes and Wilson are a delight, too. Titles include "Shortcake", "Frenzy", "Lament", "Milestones", "A Harmonic Future", "I Wish I Knew", and "For Hofsa". CD

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✨✧ Sam DillonForce Field ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A smoking little set from tenorist Sam Dillon – a musician who's really coming into his own as a leader, after a number of years working in the ensembles of others! Sam's got this nice bite on his reed – which makes for a sharp tone on the numbers here that feature just a quartet, and creates even more fire when Sam adds in a few other horns to the mix – which he does on tracks here that feature extra work from Michael Dease on trombone, Max Darche on trumpet, and Andrew Gould on alto. There's a cascading sense of colors on the numbers with added horns that we really love – but Dillon also balances things out with his own rich voice on the quartet numbers – which feature work from Theo Hill on piano and Fender Rhodes, David Wong on bass, and Anwar Marshall on drums. Titles include "Shift", "Two Part Problem", "Flight Of Mind", "Force Field", "Go For The Jugular", and "Straight Up & Down". CD

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✨✧ Ken FowserRight On Time ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This might be the first time we've ever heard tenorist Ken Fower with a Hammond organ in the mix – and it makes for a great change that really opens up the colors in his horn! Ken's always had a strong sense of tone, and we love his acoustic records – but this time around, Brian Charette handles the Hammond with a very groovy vibe – one that takes Ken back into 60s soul jazz territory, yet without any copycat cliche modes at all – kind of a sweet blend of Fowser's strong sense of writing and rhythm, just given a nice kick by the organ, which also handles the basslines too. The rest of the group is great as well – with Joe Magnarelli on trumpet, Steve Davis on trombone, Ed Cherry on guitar, and Willie Jones III on some nicely snapping drums. Titles include "No Filter", "On My Way", "Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors", "Samba For Joe Bim", "Knights Of The Round", "Fowser Time", and "Don't Let Life Pass You By". CD

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✨✧ Markus HowellGet Right! ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A striking debut from Markus Howell – a hell of a talent on both alto sax and flute, and one that we're sure we'll be hearing more from in years to come! Markus has a bold, brash style on alto – one that mixes his edge with the trumpet of Joe Magnarelli and trombone of Michael Dease – both wonderful leaders in their own right, providing a great balance of tone that gives the record a richness right from the start! The rest of the group is equally great, too – with Art Hirahara on piano, Rodney Whitaker on bass, and Luther Allison on drums – and Howell provides loads of his own great compositions on the record, marking him as a fresh musical voice in more ways than one. Titles include "Get Right", "One For Craig", "Blues For WJ", "Bruh Slim", "Dear Sir", and "Warfare". CD

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✨✧ Diego RiveraConnections ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A corker of a set from tenorist Diego Rivera – a player who's been around for a bit, but who really seems to find his groove in this Posi-Tone setting! The album's got Diego working with some great labelmates – including trombonist Michael Dease on all cuts, a name that's worth us checking out the album alone – plus work on various tracks by Joe Magnarelli on trumpet, Markus Howell on alto, and Behn Gillece on vibes! The core quintet also includes Luther Allison on piano, Andea Owens on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums – all playing nice and tight, so Rivera and Dease can really soar on their solos – taking off on tunes that include the Rivera originals "Connections", "Ties That Bind", "Nueva York", "O Moderno", and "Mother's Nature" – plus Dease's "Seiko Time", and a nice bold-voiced version of "Naima" – done very differently than usual! CD

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✨✧ Something BlueMaximum Enjoyment ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A record that definitely lives up to its promised title – as the whole thing brims over with excellent work from players you might know from other albums on the Posi-Tone label! The group name doesn't get at the heart of the sound, though – as there's a sharp, soulful focus to the music throughout – kind of a classic hardbop approach, but with maybe a more contemporary sense of freshness, especially on the solo voices – which is no surprise, given that the sextet features Nick Finzer on trombone, Alexa Tarantino on alto, Sam Dillon on tenor, Art Hirahara on piano, Boris Kozlov on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums! The album's also brimming over with original material – tunes composed by group members or their labelmates – with tracks that include "Coppertone", "Slick", "New Directions", "Why Aren't You Excited", "Breeze", "Vast", and "Overcooked". CD

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✨✧ LionessPride & Joy ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. Used ... Out Of Stock
An all-female jazz combo – hence the name – but one who've got a sound that's strong enough to quickly make you fit any gimmick behind their creation! The group's got a compelling blend of instrumentation – sounds that move from the depth of a baritone to the lightness of a Hammond – often given some very fresh rhythmic modes through the original compositions by the members of the combo. We've heard a few of these musicians in the past, but they sound especially great here together – in a sextet lineup that features Alexa Tarantino on alto, Jenny Hill on tenor, Lauren Sevian on baritone, Amanda Monaco on guitar, Akiko Tsuruga on organ, and Allison Miller on drums. Most tunes are relatively tight, with a strong soul jazz vibe – and titles include "Jelly", "Mad Time", "Funky Girl", "Mocha Spice", "Hurry Up & Wait", "Down For The Count", "Identiy", and nice takes on "Ida Lupino" and "Think". CD
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✨✧ Lauren SevianBliss ... CD
Posi tone, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Mighty strong work from Lauren Sevian – maybe one of the few female baritone saxophonists we can think of, and a hell of a bold talent – from her work on the reeds to her range of strong material composed for the album! The whole thing comes on with a force that we really weren't expecting – especially for a record with a flower on the cover – this rich, soulful sound that doesn't just come from Sevina's baritone, but also from the united power of the quintet that includes Alexa Tarantino on alto, Robert Rodriguez on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and EJ Strickland on drums! The rhythm core is especially strong, and really helps to give the album a strong sense of focus – but then again, with compositions as great as these, they could hardly do anything but – as you'll hear on titles that include "Goldie's Chance", "Bluesishness", Square One", "Triple Water", "Bliss", "In The Loop", and "Lamb & Bunny". CD
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Freddy Briggs (aka Coldwater Stone)Lost Soul Of Freddie Briggs – Defrost Me (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
GSF/Outta Sight (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $9.99
Wow, we knew almost nothing about this record! Freddy Briggs is the main force behind Coldwater Stone – as he wrote and produced all the tracks, and sings lead vocals throughout the record. His style's sort of a mix of funk and soul, and he works in the heavier style that was used by some of the other bands on the legendary GSF imprint – but also has a nice southern soul style in the best moments! Not as grittily funky as the Skullsnaps, but a fitting labelmate – and with a smoldering, geniune soulfulness that's positively killer – a record that's as rare as any other on the label, if not more so! Titles include "End Of the World", "Jefferson Park", "Outside Love Affair", "You're the One", "Biggest Mistake In The World", and "Without The One You Love". This excellent CD version from Outta Site UK packages the remastered Coldwater Stone's Defrost Me album with 2 bonus tracks: "Sound Off" and "I'm So Sorry", with credit and top billing to Freddy Briggs – with notes that provide some insight in the man that we simply didn't have before and we appreciate it! CD

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Globe UnityCompositions ... LP
Japo (Germany), 1979. Near Mint- ... $29.99
One of the most sensitive, almost fragile albums we've heard from the legendary Globe Unity Orchestra – a set that makes beautiful use of brass patterns from players that include Enrico Rava, Gunther Christmann, Paul Rutherford, Manfred Schoof, Kenny Wheeler, and Albert Mangelsdorff! The tones and colors of the set are wonderful – out there at times, but often a bit more restrained than you'd expect from these players – almost in the mode of some of Mangelsdorff's best work in a more subtle time from the decade. Other players include Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Gerd Dudek, Paul Lovens, and leader Alexander Von Schlippenbach – and titles include "The Forge", "Nodagoo", "Trom-bone-it", "Flat Feet", and "Boa". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Antonio Carlos JobimStone Flower ... LP
CTI, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
One of Antonio Carlos Jobim's greatest records – and a perfect blend of his subtle bossa genius with the moody electric sound of CTI! Jobim plays electric and acoustic piano, guitar, and sings a bit – and Deodato handled the arrangements with a breezy brilliance that matches all the magic of Jobim's wonderful compositions, but gives them a slightly more fluid feel too – in a way that's somewhat more sophisticated than the sound of Jobim's previous CTI outings – Tide and Wave. Other players on the album include Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Hubert Laws on flute, and Airto on percussion – and there's a great mix of Brazilian and American styles on the set – electric, sinister, breezy, and always wonderful! Includes the titles "Sabia", "God & The Devil In The Land Of The Sun", "Children's Games", "Stone Flower", "Brazil", "Tereza My Love", and "Choro". LP, Vinyl record album

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Antonio Carlos JobimTide/Stone Flower ... CD
CTI/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A pair of CTI records gems from Antonio Carlos Jobim – back to back on a single CD! First up is Tide – an incredible record from the first off-key note to the last! The album's filled with some wonderfully moody LA studio sounds, arranged by Deodato, and a has a great swirling mix of sound that weaves around Jobim's lofty guitar and piano beautifully – complex, but still with the airy sense of space that Antonio Carlos first brought to his music in the 60s. From the very first note, you can feel the strange magic of Jobim and Deodato at work – as the album appears to be smooth and mellow, yet has a strangely unsettling undertone that keeps us coming back after all these years! Tracks include "Tema Jazz", "Carinhoso", "Rockanalia", and a nice remake of "Girl From Ipanema". Stone Flower is one of Antonio Carlos Jobim's greatest records – and a perfect blend of his subtle bossa genius with the moody electric sound of CTI! Jobim plays electric and acoustic piano, guitar, and sings a bit – and Deodato handled the arrangements with a breezy brilliance that matches all the magic of Jobim's wonderful compositions, but gives them a slightly more fluid feel too – in a way that's somewhat more sophisticated than the sound of Jobim's previous CTI outings – Tide and Wave. Other players on the album include Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Hubert Laws on flute, and Airto on percussion – and there's a great mix of Brazilian and American styles on the set – electric, sinister, breezy, and always wonderful! Includes the titles "Sabia", "God & The Devil In The Land Of The Sun", "Children's Games", "Stone Flower", "Brazil", "Tereza My Love", and "Choro". CD

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Bobby ScottCompositions Of Bobby Scott ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good ... $14.99
Really wonderful work from pianist Bobby Scott – a perfect showcase not just for his young talents as a composer and arranger, but also for a host of key solo performers as well! This full album brings together two previous 10" LP sessions – both of them brilliant, and graced by some of the most modern talents Bethlehem Records had to offer – which makes for extremely fresh sounds from Scott's wonderful music – jazz that's at a level that's really hard to peg – neither west coast cool, nor east coast arranged – but a really special space of its own! Even when tunes are short, they're full of feeling – and really make tremendous use of the individual players – who include Hal McKusick on alto, Eddie Bert on trombone, and Ronnie Woellmer on the first session – and the amazing Charlie Mariano on alto for the second, sounding incredible here – alongside Conte Candoli on trumpet, Bill Holman on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Frank Rosolino on trombone. Titles include "Moon Tan", "Kwan Youen", "Wigwam", "The Creed", "A Parable", "The Wig", "Count Bill", and "Cerebellum". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Label has a peeled spot and some remnants from sticker removal. Cover has some wear and aging, with some seam splitting held with white tape at the top, and clear tape at the bottom.)

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Fred TompkinsCompositions Of Fred Tompkins ... LP
FKT, 1977. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Features Tompkins on flute – with Joe Farrell on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Ron Carter on bass, Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, and Elvin Jones on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Bar-KaysAs One/Nightcruising/Propositions/Dangerous ... CD
Mercury/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A quadruple pack of albums from The Bar-Kays – four records on two CDs! First up is As One, a record that definitely has the Bar-Kays definitely grooving as one – with amazing choppy guitar, bumping basslines, and brassy horns – all wrapped up with some wonderfully warm production! The group have come a long way from their fuzzier funk roots by this time, but they're still sounding great – thanks to a matured outlook on their music, one that has them fitting nicely alongside some of their Mercury ensemble funk contemporaries – but in ways that still make them stand out from the pack! Titles include "Body Fever", "As One", "Say It Through Love", "Open Your Heart", "Deliver Us", and "Take The Time To Love Somebody". Nightcruising is a tight little set! There's a key ear for a bassline and beat that keeps The Bar-Kays standing stronger than most of their contemporaries – a sense of rhythm schooled in years of indie funk that comes through even on the mellower cuts here – which themselves show an even better side of the group in this generation, one that comes across great here on a few slower numbers that have a sweetly stepping groove. Titles include "Nightcruising", "Freaky Behavior", "Feels Like I'm Falling In Love", "Touch Tone", "Hit & Run", "Unforgettable Dream", "Traffic Jammer", and "Backseat Driver". Propositions is a set that's light years away from the sound of their Memphis roots, but still plenty darn funky overall! The album's got a tight bass-heavy approach to the music – the well-forged ensemble sound that graced the later years of the Bar-Kays' career, with nary a note out of place, and a sweet blend of keyboards over the bass, giving the tunes a strong electric feel – gliding wonderfully over romping rhythms on the upbeat tracks, and stepping sweetly on the album's few mellow gems. Titles include "Tripping Out", "Propositions", "Anticipation", "Do It (Let Me See You Shake)", "She Talks To Me With Her Body", and "You Made A Change In My Life". Dangerous has a tighter sound than before for The Bar-Kays – that lean approach to funky grooves that some of their contemporaries were hitting as the 80s moved on – yet still served up here by the full ensemble with a relatively fresh feel overall. Amidst the beats and keyboards, there's still lots of nice funky inflections on bass and guitar – often handled in a skittish mode that energizes things nicely, especially alongside the more electro-styled vocals. The vibe of the record is definitely in keeping with the cover – but in the best way possible – and titles include "Dangerous", "Dirty Dancer", "Make Believe Lover", "Freakshow On The Dance Floor", and "Sexomatic". CD

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✨✧ Grupo MagneticoPositivo ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An album recorded in Scotland, but done with all the strong fire as some of our favorite Latin classics from the New York scene! These guys are fantastic, right from the start – tight percussion, mighty sharp horns, and this great use of Fender Rhodes that recalls those late 70s moments when Mongo Santamaria was employing the keyboard to such great effect – further enriching the jazzy currents in the music, while the rest of the combo comes down hard with plenty of soul! There's a few Spanish Harlem touches in the lyrics – but most of the set is percussively salsa, and super-strong throughout. Titles include "Vulcano V El Gato", "Hermanos Latinos", "Bailalo Y Muevelo", "Somos Latinos", "Enciendelo", "The Sun From Above", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", and "Vampiras". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nat BirchallAkhenaten ... CD
Gondwana/Nat Birchall (UK), 2008/2009. New Copy ... $14.99
Mindblowing work from a tenorist we only just discovered with this amazing debut album – a deeply spiritual player who comes off beautifully on this set of original compositions! Nat Birchall blows with a range of feeling that takes us back to the 70s best of Pharoah Sanders, Billy Harper, and Clifford Jordan – and he puts his tunes together with a similar feel too – letting them build organically, often with the group just finding the rhythm at the start – then hitting a groove that lets Birchall's horn blossom wonderfully in sound – reaching forth with rich tones that are simply wonderful – over piano, bass, drums – and some guest trumpet by Matthew Halsall on one track (by the way, check out Halsall's album on the same label – it's another gem!) Titles include "Akhenaten", "Many Blessings", "Nica's Dance", and "A Prayer For". CD

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Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet + 2Broken English ... CD
Okka Disk, 2002. New Copy ... $9.99
There's nothing broken about this set – as the album's one of the strongest, most spiritual sessions we've ever heard from the Chicago Tentet of Peter Brotzmann – a really great group who gave us some amazing albums on the Okka Disk label! The set features two great guests – trumpeter Roy Campell and bassist William Parker – and at some level, the rest of the lineup seem to be opening up into modes that welcome the territory of both jazz giants – especially on the long first track, which is a very different reworking of a composition the group explored on another album! As usual, reedman Peter Brotzmann is at the helm – on tenor, alto clarinet, and tarogato – with Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, and Mats Gustafsson on other reeds – plus Joe McPhee on trumpet and valve trombone, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and violin, Kent Kessler on bass, Michael Zerang on drums, and Hamid Drake on drums and frame drum, plus some great vocalizations. Titles include "Stonewater" and "Broken English". CD

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Clarke Boland Big BandOff Limits ... CD
Rearward (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $11.99
Easily the hippest of the Clarke-Boland Big Band Records from the classic years – a set of hard grooving tracks that really pushes the envelope of their style! There's a few elements here that are different than usual – such as the presence of electric piano on a few tracks, which creates a very new sound for the group, the presence of some exotic jazz influences (perhaps borrowed from the MPS Jazz Meets The World series), and the use of some edgier compositions on the set, including work by late 60s European free-thinkers, like Eddie Louiss, Albert Mangelsdorff, and John Surman. The reed work is really incredible in this setting – and is handled by Sahib Shihab, Ronnie Scott, Billy Mitchell, and Derek Humble – all of whom seem to blow with inspiration from Surman – using tones that are far more out there than usual. Titles include "Exorcisme", "Sakara", "Our Kind Of Sabi", "Osaka Calling", "Wintersong", and "Astrorama". CD
(It's hard to tell from the image, but Rearward packaged it all in a really nice case with a glossy silver metalic finish!)
Also available Off Limits ... LP 22.99

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Clarke Boland Big BandOff Limits ... LP
Rearward (Italy), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Easily the hippest of the Clarke-Boland Big Band Records from the classic years – a set of hard grooving tracks that really pushes the envelope of their style! There's a few elements here that are different than usual – such as the presence of electric piano on a few tracks, which creates a very new sound for the group, the presence of some exotic jazz influences (perhaps borrowed from the MPS Jazz Meets The World series), and the use of some edgier compositions on the set, including work by late 60s European free-thinkers, like Eddie Louiss, Albert Mangelsdorff, and John Surman. The reed work is really incredible in this setting – and is handled by Sahib Shihab, Ronnie Scott, Billy Mitchell, and Derek Humble – all of whom seem to blow with inspiration from Surman – using tones that are far more out there than usual. Titles include "Exorcisme", "Sakara", "Our Kind Of Sabi", "Osaka Calling", "Wintersong", and "Astrorama". LP, Vinyl record album
(It's hard to tell from the image, but Rearward packaged it all in a really nice sleeve with a glossy silver metalic finish!)
Also available Off Limits ... CD 11.99

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Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson)Arrival ... CD
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
A different sound than usual from the Fire Orchestra of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin – a set that still features the large spontaneous composition style of the group, but which also has them working with singer Mariam Wallentin – whose vocals really add a lot to the whole process! Wallentin's a singer with a very powerful presence – and a style that's more innately tuneful than usual for the Fire ensemble – which makes for a very unusual, very creative mix with instrumentation that includes Mats Gustafsson on baritone sax, Per Texas Johansson on bass clarinet and oboe, Isak Hedtjarn on b sharp clarinet and alto, Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Johan Berthling on bass, and Andreas Werliin on drums. The set also features keyboards from Tomas Hallonsten, which changes things up a bit too – as does the slight use of violin and viola – all of which makes for a record that has the group going way beyond jazz, and opening up a new audience for their sound. Titles include "At Last I Am Free", "I Am A Horizon", "Weekends The Soil Is Calling", "Blue Crystal Fire", "Silver Trees", and "Dressed In Smoke Blown Away". CD
Also available Arrival (with bonus CD) ... LP 29.99

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Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson)Arrival (with bonus CD) ... LP
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
A different sound than usual from the Fire Orchestra of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin – a set that still features the large spontaneous composition style of the group, but which also has them working with singer Mariam Wallentin – whose vocals really add a lot to the whole process! Wallentin's a singer with a very powerful presence – and a style that's more innately tuneful than usual for the Fire ensemble – which makes for a very unusual, very creative mix with instrumentation that includes Mats Gustafsson on baritone sax, Per Texas Johansson on bass clarinet and oboe, Isak Hedtjarn on b sharp clarinet and alto, Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Johan Berthling on bass, and Andreas Werliin on drums. The set also features keyboards from Tomas Hallonsten, which changes things up a bit too – as does the slight use of violin and viola – all of which makes for a record that has the group going way beyond jazz, and opening up a new audience for their sound. Titles include "At Last I Am Free", "I Am A Horizon", "Weekends The Soil Is Calling", "Blue Crystal Fire", "Silver Trees", and "Dressed In Smoke Blown Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of the full album.)
Also available Arrival ... CD 14.99

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Jared HallHallways ... CD
Hollistic Music Works, 2017. Used ... $2.99
The debut as a leader from trumpeter Jared Hall – and a set that very firmly announces his talents! Hall's had a recent legacy of work that includes both small group performances and large ensemble activity – and he really manages to bring that all into play here, as the set has this compositional vision that swings nicely between tight groovers and larger ideas – held strong by a quintet that includes Troy Roberts on tenor, Josh Allen on bass, Kyle Swan on drums, and either Martin Bejerano or Tal Cohen on piano. The cover, title, and everything else about the outside appearance of the record is somewhat understated – but musically, the whole thing bursts out nicely and really stays strong all the way through – on titles that include "Wanderer", "Visions & Dreams", "Brother Spiro", "Apehlion", "Tones For Jones", and "Allure". CD

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Millie JacksonStill Caught Up ... LP
Spring, 1975. Very Good ... $5.99
A great follow up to Mille Jackson's classic Caught Up album – but one that's also a key turning point too! The theme here is the same as the album before – with tunes that have a woman "caught up" in love and all of its tangles – but the sound is also bolder, more positive, and somehow more righteous than before – with Millie stepping from the weepy shadows very firmly into the mainstream – making a bold move forward for women in general in the process! Production is still by southern soul whiz Brad Shapiro – but he's also brightened things a bit too, in keeping with Millie's bolder spirit – shaking off some of the earthier tones of the music, and hipping things up slightly with some more modern instrumentation. Millie's vocals are completely wonderful throughout – rasping with that badass style that would later explode even more strongly – and there's lots of spoken bits that make the tunes sound even more personal – as if you're listening at the door, or tapping the phone while Millie's talking to her man! Titles include "Loving Arms", "Do What Makes You Satisfied", "Making The Best Of A Bad Situation", "The Memory Of A Wife", "Leftovers", and "Tell Her It's Over". LP, Vinyl record album
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Keith JarrettChanges ... CD
ECM (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $19.99
A great little trio session from Keith Jarrett – still in the mode of some of his other ECM work, but almost a bit more back to basics as well! The group here features Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both working beautifully with Keith in a flurry of colors, tones, and pulsating rhythms – the latter of which really drive along the two-part composition "Flying", which takes up most of the set. The shorter "Prism" completes the record – a number that's a bit more contemplative overall, and which features some of those beautifully rounded tones that were virtually Peacock's trademark at the time. CD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the ECM 50 series!)

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✨✧ JJ Johnson & Al CohnJJ Johnson & Al Cohn ... LP
Inner City, 1954. Sealed ... $6.99
A wonderful pairing of these two modern boppers from the 50s – heard here on a set of rare Parisian recordings originally issued under the leadership of Henri Renaud! There's a really wonderful feel to the record – the sharp edges of Cohn and Renaud's original compositions, played with a great degree of soul by the soloists. Renaud plays piano on all tracks – and the first batch feature both Johnson's trombone and Cohn's tenor, alongside Gigi Gryce on baritone and Jerry Hurwitz on trumpet – on titles that include "Wallington Special", "Lisa", "Boo Wah", and "Something For Lili". Two more tracks – "Once In A While" and "The Things We Did Last Summer" – feature Cohn in a quartet with Renaud. And one more title – "If I Had You" – is presented in a ten minute long take, played by a group that features Johnson and Cohn with Renaud, plus Milt Jackson on vibes and Percy Heath on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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William KurkWillionaire ... CD
William Kurk Productions, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99
A great little record from William Kurk – an artist who's been giving us excellent music for years, and who deserves to be way more than just a secret force in the contemporary soul underground! William's got a great way with a tune – a vibe that's upbeat and positive, and a sound that's catchy, but never commercial – and maybe a lot more rich in tone than you might guess from the look of the cover – as he draws leanly from classic roots, but finds a way to make music that's very much his own! The whole thing's great – the kind of overlooked soul music gem that we don't hear enough of these days – and which continues to bring us real joy in what we do around here at Dusty Groove. Titles include "Perfect Mutations", "Good", "Stride", "Highway To Humanity", "Let Go", "In Your Loving Arms", "Resurrection Funk", and "Willionaire". CD

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John La PortaTheme & Variations (Conceptions plus previously unreleased material) ... CD
Fantasy, Late 50s. Used ... $0.99
Pretty amazing work from one of the greatest under-rated talents of 50s modern jazz! John LaPorta was a brilliant multi-instrumentalist who's probably best known for his work with Mingus in the mid 50s Jazz Workshop years, and for his earlier sides with Woody Herman – but it's on records under his own name that LaPorta really begins to shine. This great set features 14 tracks that were recorded in the 50s, but never issued before – and 9 more that were from the album Conceptions, issued briefly in the 50s by Fantasy Records. The first 14 tracks form a long suite of jazz-based compositions, handled with a modernist chamber-type approach – and based around some really great solo work on trumpet, baritone, tenor, and bass. The feel is almost like a 50s jazz soundtrack – with lots of moody moments paired with others that break out in a stronger swinging groove. The remaining tracks are equally nice – in a similar style, and showing LaPorta as a composer who could have handled just about any ambitious jazz project of the time. Titles include "Forward Motion", "Jazz Canon", "Images", "Lucidity", "Little Fantasy", "Ferme LaPorta", "En Rapport", and "Triplets You Say". CD
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✨✧ Harold MabernLookin On The Bright Side ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1993. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A bright, positive set from pianist Harold Mabern – one that's overflowing with soul and spirit – and a perfect example of his strengths during the 90s stretch when his career really took off again! The trio's got a well-balanced approach to rhythm – bold basslines from Christian McBride, whose youthful tones seem to warm up Mabern's music more than ever – and tight drums from Jack DeJohnette, who knows nicely that less is more – and never tries to overwhelm the interplay between Harold and Christian! Titles include "Big Time Cooper", "Moment's Notice", "Look On The Bright Side", "Our Waltz", and "Too Late Fall Back Baby" – a number you might remember from Mabern's Strata East years, sounding mighty nice here, too! CD

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Joe McPheeLoneliest Woman ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1981. New Copy ... $7.99
A previously-unissued performance from Joe McPhee – recorded in the early 80s, and a searing ensemble take on Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman"! The arrangements are beautiful – as the track retains some of the haunting melody of the original composition, yet has a loose, creative approach that also allows for lots of improvisation in the middle – stunning performances from Joe McPhee on pocket cornet, Andre Jaume on tenor, Daniel Bourquin on baritone, Michael Overhage on cello, Radu Malfatti on trombone, Raymond Boni on guitar, Irene Schweizer on piano, Francois Mechali on bass, and Pierre Favre on percussion – plus a bit of vocals from Tamia at one spot. The track only runs for 13 minutes, making this a mini-album of sorts – but it's a true treasure, finally unearthed! CD

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Blue MitchellBoss Horn (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... $11.99
A wonderful album by Blue Mitchell – one that features some larger arrangements by Duke Pearson, and Blue's soulful trumpet soloing over the top! The use of Pearson is a great addition to the set – as it really sets Mitchell free to concentrate on the best shades, colors, and tones in his solos – allowing him to work in a sweeter, lyrical vein that we really like a lot! The format works surprisingly well for Blue, who could always be a great player, but sometimes faltered as a leader – which is why Pearson's guidance really seems to give the session new life. Titles include greatl versions of Chick Corea's wonderful compositions "Straight Up & Down" and "Tones For Joan's Bones", both with piano by Chick, plus a reading of trumpeter Dave Burns' seminal groover "Rigor Mortez"! CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)

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Mark MurphyBop For Miles ... CD
High Note, 1990. Used ... $6.99
A nice live set by vocalese maestro Mark Murphy – a tribute to Miles Davis captured live in Vienna, in 1990! Mark's finely honed, compelling vocal improvisations are given a wonderful backdrop by Miles' compositions – laid down by a group that includes Allan Praskin on sax, Peter Mihelich on piano, Achim Tang on bass and Vito Lesczak on drums. Tracks include "All Blues", "Summertime", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Parker's Mood", "Milestones", "Farmer's Market", "My Ship" and more! CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy OwensMonk Project ... CD
IPO Recordings, 2011. Used ... $6.99
Trumpeter Jimmy Owens always has something wonderful going on – a hell of a great player, and one who's grabbed our ears right from the start of his career with a string of memorable recordings! Yet somehow, in these later years, he seems even more inventive than ever – willing to try new things and start new projects, at a time when so many other older players might just be content to settle into more easygoing modes. After some recent work on the music of Thad Jones and Tom McIntosh, Owens turns his talents to this hip Monk Project – a recasting of Thelonious Monk compositions in new arrangements by Jimmy – put together in ways that really sparkle with soul, and take the tunes in some great new directions – still respecting their roots, but bringing in a warmth that we really love – all a great reminder that Monk intended these tunes not as strict compositions, but as a framework for new exploration. Of course, the group players are a big part of the sound here – and include Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Marcus Strickland on tenor, Howard Johnson on baritone, Kenny Barron on piano, Kenny Davis on bass, and Winard Harper on drums – on titles that include "Blue Monk", "Stuffy Turkey", "Let's Cool One", "Reflections", "Brilliant Corners", and "Espistrophy". CD
(Out of print.)

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PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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Sun RaJanus ... LP
ORG, Late 60s. New Copy ... $22.99 24.98
An unusual Sun Ra album – one that was never fully released in this way at the time, although supposedly conceived by RA as a complete package! Side one features material that originally appeared on the rare Invisible Shield album on Saturn –the tracks "Island In The Sun", "Invisible Shield", and "Janus" – which seem to have been recorded around 1970. "Island In The Sun" has a slow bass-heavy groove that's really compelling, and very spare. "Janus" has some great production, and lots of weird echoey bits! Other material includes the track "Velvet", an earlier composition done here in a rougher-edged way, with some great baritone by Pat Patrick – and "Joy", which is relatively improvised, with Ra playing plenty of bold piano, and Danny Davis blowing an alto solo, before Ra swings in on clavioline! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sam RiversFuchsia Swing Song (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest modern moments on Blue Note – ever! From the cover, to the compositions, to the playing on the set – the whole album crackles with an unbelievable fire that was hardly ever matched again. A young Sam Rivers leads a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Anthony Williams on drums – coming together in a sound that's got lots of sharp edges, yet which also beats with an undeniably swinging heart. Rivers blows incredibly on the session – held in check by the rhythm section, and never getting too free (or sloppy, as on some later sides) – and instead hitting these hard tones that really push the envelope of 60s jazz without rewriting the rules entirely. Brilliant all the way through, with tracks that include "Beatrice", "Ellipsis", "Cyclic Episode", and "Downstairs Blues Upstairs". Plus, the original album is expanded by 4 bonus tracks – alternate takes of "Downstairs Blues Upstairs" and "Luminous Monolith". CD
(Out of print Connoisseur pressing.)

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Red Rodney & Ira SullivanSpirit Within ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Really beautiful work from the team of Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – hardly the sort of stuff we might have heard from the players a decade or two before – and a sophisticated batch of tunes that has them stretching out in rich musical directions! There's little of the boppish roots of either player here – and instead, the album mostly features inspiring jazz compositions from Garry Dial – the pianist in the group, and a real genius with color, tone, and timing. Dial's tunes dominate most of the record, and they really set the group on a great footing – horn trading between Rodney's trumpet and Sullivan's soprano, flute, and flugelhorn – supported with complicated changes from the core rhythm trio. Titles include "Spirit Within", "King Of France", "Sophisticated Yenta", "Crescent City", and "Monday's Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing.)

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Sami SwoiLocust ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1980. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Sami Swoi is a group, not a guy – a hip Polish ensemble that's led by trumpeter Julian Kurzawa, but which features a strong sound from a trio of reed players too! The album's a live one, and really has the whole group opening up on the first track – a 19 minute "Blues Medley" that includes snippets of compositions by Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter, Nat Adderley, and Eddie Harris – all spun out into this great ensemble piece that has each member soaring out with a solo! Other players include Jan Mlynarczyk on trombone, Waldemar Kowalski on alto and soprano sax, Jerzy Lukaszczyk on tenor and baritone, Andrezj Muzky on tenor and clarinet, Janusz Szprot on piano and electric piano, Jerzy Sorski on guitar, Jan Gonciarczyk on electric bass, and Krzysztof Przybylowicz on drums. The second half of hte album has some shorter tracks, but still worked magically by the group – with this mixture of ensemble energy and solo voice that's a bit like some of the MPS large group sessions from a decade before – especially given the electric energy in the rhythms. Titles include "Cannonbird", "Maids Of Cadiz", "The Locust", "Round Midnight", and "Blues Medley". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)

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Archie SheppTray Of Silver ... LP
Denon (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of Shepp's excellent straight sides from the late 70s – and like the rest of the best, recorded as a Japanese-only session for Denon. The "silver" in the title is Horace Silver – as 3 of the album's 4 long tracks are Silver compositions – played by Shepp with a quintet that includes Silver drummer Roy Brooks, as well as Mickey Tucker on piano, Takashi Mizuhashi on bass, and some baritone sax from Howard Johnson. Tracks are long, and open-ended – almost in a blowing session mode, except Shepp's the only tenor. Titles include "Nica's Dream", "Cookin At The Continental", and "No Smokin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert. Cover has light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Sonny StittRearin Back ... LP
Argo, 1962. Very Good ... $3.99
A great little groover from Sonny Stitt – blowing here with a very soulful group that features piano by soul jazz giant Ronnie Matthews! Matthews is at his prime here, and his heavy left-handed approach lays out some wonderful grooves for Stitt – crackling little tunes that are extra-great because they include a good number of original compositions by Sonny! The group's a quartet, with Sonny and Ronnie alongside Art Harper on bass and Lex Humphries on drums – and the session's got the great tone and inventive solo work of Stitt's best work on Roost, but also a more pronounced role from the rhythm section, who really help drive the record! Titles include "Rearin Back", "Cut Plug", "Queen", "Carpsie's Groove", and "Bunny R". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Cadet pressing in a black & white cover, with some ringwear, heavy edge wear, and notes in pen on back.)

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Kaidi TathamIt's A World Before You ... CD
First Word (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $12.99
Kaidi Tatham hasn't given us many albums under his own name over the years – but each one is a great cause for celebration – as his musical vision is so fresh and bold, we're even more in love with Tatham in a full length setting, compared to his many 12" singles! The scope of sound here is wonderful – very jazzy, but with lots of the soaring, cosmic styles that have made Kaidi such a key part of the London scene for 20 years or so – not just in his work with Bugz In The Attic, but also his continuing legacy of collaboration and boundless creative energy! That energy is firmly in place here – as the record explodes from the very first note – crackles of beats, waves of keyboards, and an amazingly positive sound – done with a bit of help from Dego, Children of Zeus, and Eric Lau. Titles include "Cold", "Your Dreams Don't Mean A Thing", "Cupid", "It's A World Before You", "Soon Come", "Outta Audah", "It's About Who You Know", "2Tone", "Joyous", and "Sweet Kinch". CD

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✨✧ Buddy DeFrancoBuddy DeFranco Plays Nelson Riddle's Cross Country Suite (Hamilton) ... LP
Dot/Hamilton, 1958. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful music throughout – and an album that's as beautifully written as it is played! The work represents one of the few long-form concept compositions from Nelson Riddle – an extended "Cross Country Suite" of trcks that take the listener on a tour of the US – performed here with full orchestrations that are very much in Nelson's best mode of the time, topped with some especially great solos from Buddy DeFranco! Buddy's sound here is tremendous – way more than straight clarinet jazz, and instead a really evocative approach to his instrument that brings forth an amazing array of sounds, tones, and feelings. The music is as seductive as the best late 50s jazz soundtracks – very expressive, but never over the top – and with a mature approach to its themes and sounds that really makes us wish they still made records like this! Titles include "Down East", "Gulf Coast", "The Rockies", "The Great Lakes", "Tall Timber", "Smoky Mountain Country", "El Camino Real", "Metropolis", and "Longhorn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ John FaheyJohn Fahey Volume 1 – Blind Joe Death (70s pressing) ... LP
Takoma, 1967. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The seminal debut of the great John Fahey – posing here as Blind Joe Death – an acoustic guitarist whose bluesy undercurrents showcase Fahey's love of early recorded music! The style is pure Fahey throughout – those magical tones that cascade effortlessly off the heavily-plucked strings of his guitar – echoing older blues and folk modes, but never in a way that's stereotypical – and which is already woven through with the kind of sonorities that continued to make Fahey such an important artist over the years. Think of the set as a skewed version of American history – filtered through one mind and one set of hands – and you'll be well on the way to understanding the power of this music. The set features songs penned by Fahey, and redone versions of older numbers – and tracks include "West Coast Blues", "St. Louis Blues", "I'm A Poor Boy Far Away From Home", "John Hardy", "Transcendental Waterfall", "Desperate Man Blues", "Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door", and "On Doing An Evil Deed Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s black and gold label pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear and a small dent in the opening.)

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✨✧ Chico Hamilton with Eric DolphyOriginal Ellington Suite ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Forget the Ellington in the title, because this is more a moody album of west coast chamber jazz, in the best tradition of the Chico Hamilton group! Chico was one of the first folks in the jazz business to notice the genius of a young Eric Dolphy, and the record was cut in 1958, when Dolphy was still working with Hamilton, and bringing a lot of imagination to Hamilton's groundbreaking quintet format, which had begun to lose some of its luster by the late 50s. Dolphy plays alto, flute, and clarinet on the session, adding in beautiful touches of color that work perfectly with the set of Ellington compositions – and the CD presents the full recording of the album, which has only ever appeared in edited fragments. Titles include "Azure", "In A Mellotone", "Day Dream", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", and "I'm Just A Lucky So & So". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sun Ra & His Solar ArkestraI Roam The Cosmos (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Art Yard/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic material from Sun Ra – a never-heard 1972 performance at Slugs, and one that captures the group at their most spiritual point! The core of the set is the track "I Roam The Cosmos" – one of the more obscure Ra compositions, and a title that appears here for the first time on any record – folded together with bits of "Astro Black" and "Discipline 27 II" – in a wonderfully extended single musical performance – stretching for 51 minutes long, and filled with righteous vocal moments alongside some great solos too! The groove is great – kind of a slow dipping and turning rhythm – showcasing recitations by June Tyson and Sun Ra – with lots of room for soulful work from Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Davis on alto, John Gilmore on tenor, Kwame Hadi and Akh Tal Ebah on trumpets, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone – plus lots of drums and percussion. Really beautiful stuff – as deeply spiritual as the best of the Impulse Records artists, circa 1972 – and appearing here for the first time ever! CD

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✨✧ Sam RiversFuchsia Swing Song ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest modern moments on Blue Note – ever! From the cover, to the compositions, to the playing on the set – the whole album crackles with an unbelievable fire that was hardly ever matched again. A young Sam Rivers leads a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Anthony Williams on drums – coming together in a sound that's got lots of sharp edges, yet which also beats with an undeniably swinging heart. Rivers blows incredibly on the session – held in check by the rhythm section, and never getting too free (or sloppy, as on some later sides) – and instead hitting these hard tones that really push the envelope of 60s jazz without rewriting the rules entirely. Brilliant all the way through, with tracks that include "Beatrice", "Ellipsis", "Cyclic Episode", and "Downstairs Blues Upstairs". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s black b label pressing.)

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

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✨✧ Territory Band (Ken Vandermark)Territory Band 4 – Company Switch ... CD
Okka Disk, 2005. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the deepest work we've heard from Ken Vandermark in awhile – and that's saying a lot, given the overall greatness of most of his recordings! The set's the 4th from Vandermark's Territory Band ensemble – a larger group that allows Ken to explore grander concepts of composition and arrangement – working here in a mode that draws from the energy of his smaller group sessions, yet in a way that has a much sharper focus on the roles of the individual players. Ken's ideas are expressed beautifully in the album's 6 long original compositions – each shaded with different themes, tones, and colors, executed wonderfully by an international lineup that includes Vandermark, Fredrik Ljungkvist, and Dave Rempis on saxes; Paul Lytton and Paal Nilssen-Love on percussion; Jeb Bishop on trombone, Axel Dorner on trumpets, Kent Kessler on bass, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Jim Baker on piano, and Lasse Marhaug on electronics. Titles include "Local Works", "Vertical 8", "Reverse Two", "Killing Floor", and "Franja". CD

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✨✧ Hank WilliamsLonesome Sound Of Hank Williams ... LP
MGM, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary full length album from Hank Williams – one that was noteworthy not just because it was issued after his early death, but also because the set contained a fair bit of material not written by Hank himself! Williams' compositions became some of the cornerstones of the country music catalog of the 50s – but here, he takes on tunes by Ernest Tubb, Hank Thompson, and others – in recordings that were originally done as demos, but easily have all the charm of Hank's classic singles for MGM. There's a nice lean style here, but the tracks aren't rough at all – and titles include "Tennessee Border", "Swing Wide Your Gate Of Love", "No One To Welcome Me Home", "It Just Don't Matter Now", "First Year Blues", "Cool Water", "I'm Free At Last", and "Rockin Chair Money". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Torbjorn Zetterberg & The Great QuestionTorbjorn Zetterberg & The Great Question – Live ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An insanely wonderful album from bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg – a player we've loved for many years, but who seems to be hitting a new level of genius with this record! As with other key bassist-driven ensembles over the years – like the work of Charles Mingus, or more appropriately, the Liberation Music Orchestra of Charlie Haden – Zetterberg has this way of driving the group from the bass position with a vivid, fluid sort of energy – never overstating his own role, and getting this wonderfully dynamic performances out of the other members – so that although the group's just a sextet, it feels as if it's got a lot more parts in motion. The lineup is as tremendous as Torbjorn's leadership – Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Mats Aleklint on trombone, Jonas Kullhammar on tenor and flute, Alberto Pinton on baritone and flute, and Jon Falt on drums – working beautifully through long Zetterberg originals. titles include "Cherry Tree Carol/Weekday Miracles", "The Oracle In Finnaker", "Tiny Slippers", and "Song From The End Of The World". CD

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✨✧ Dollar BrandAfrican Sketchbook ... LP
Enja, 1974. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Spare, solo, and incredibly haunting work from Dollar Brand – recorded in Switzerland in the early 70s, and featuring Brand on both flute and piano, playing a set of 14 original compositions designed to provide small sketches of his African homeland. The mood of the work is less sprightly than some of his compositions for larger groups, and carries with it the tone of exile, an extra layer of sadness that gives a real emotional depth to the music. Titles include "Salaam – Peace – Hamba Khale", "Slave Bell", "The Stride", "Tokai", "The Dream", and "The Aloe & The Wildrose". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, with a index sticker and a mostly split top seam.)

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✨✧ Roswell Rudd, Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg, et alRegeneration ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1983. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A very hip little set – not just because of the players, but also because of the choice of material! Half the tracks are Monk compositions, and the other half by Herbie Nichols – so the record's filled with angular, modern tones that echo back to some key jazz moments of the postwar years, but which are also handled here with some of the newly creative elements that came in during this period's rediscovery of Monk's music. The front line of the group features Roswell Rudd on trombone and Steve Lacy on soprano – but almost best of all here is Misha Mengelberg, who's sharp tones on piano more than live up to the legacy of the two famous inspirations for the album – and also have a bit more warmth than on some of his usual dates. Other group members include Kent Carter on bass and Han Bennink on drums – and titles include "Twelve Bars", "Blue Chopsticks", "2300 Skidoo", "Monk's Mood", and "Epistrophy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has bumped corners.)

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✨✧ VariousLos Angeles Modern/Kent Northern Soul ... LP
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of rare soul tracks from the west coast scene of the 60s – one that has the Ace/Kent label returning to the territory of some of their earliest compilations, but with lots of fresh and unreleased material in the mix! The Kent and Modern labels trace their roots back to the initial outpouring of postwar R&B on the Los Angeles scene – and by the time of the 60s, the companies were in a great position to pick the hippest, coolest cats from their city's soul underground – often recording so much music, only a portion of it was ever released back in the day! That's definitely the case here – as 8 of the 14 tracks on the collection never saw release in the 60s – making the collection a fantastic mix of rare and released Northern Soul from the city of angels. Titles include "Wanting You (alt)" by Jimmy Bee, "Lay This Burden Down" by Arthur Wright & His Orchestra, "Love Is Gonna Get You" by Peggy Woods, "Can It Be Me" by Mel Williams, "Baby Without You" by Gene & Gary, "Nobody But Me" by The Other Brothers, "Make Me Yours" by ZZ Hill, "Hey Stoney Face" by Mary Love, "No Puppy Love" by Johnny Copeland, "This Man Wants You" by Wally Cox, and "Get To Steppin" by Jackie Day. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousMonsters Of Rap ... CD
Razor & Tie, Mid 80s-Early 90s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Music from Sir Mix A Lot, Run DMC, MC Hammer, Young MC, Positive K, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, A Tribe Called Quest, 3rd Bass, Onyx & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Calvin Cool & The Surf KnobsSurfer's Beat ... CD
Acid Symposium (Greece), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Obscure and pulpy surf rock instrumentals with some surprisingly searing guitar sound from Calvin Cool & The Surf Knobs – with a bigger sound than the typical period exploitation quickie! Surfer's Beat is heavy with bleating sax, piano, organ and hard hitting drums underneath the guitars. What really makes this weird little record a joy is that guitar tone – a razor sharp, loud one that's clearly modeled after Link Wray's scary works of genius – but the chops on display all around are pretty meaty. Who knows what secret crew of session wizards are really behind the curtain? Titles include run of staples and some lesser known nuggets alike – "Surf City", "Hang Ten", "Fog Horn", "Cannon Ball Wipeout", "Surfer's Beat", "The South Bay", "Surf Bunnies", "El Tecolate", Way To Do It", "Beach Bash" and more. CD

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✨✧ Kaidi TathamIt's A World Before You ... LP
First Word (UK), 2018. New Copy 2 LPs ... Out Of Stock
Kaidi Tatham hasn't given us many albums under his own name over the years – but each one is a great cause for celebration – as his musical vision is so fresh and bold, we're even more in love with Tatham in a full length setting, compared to his many 12" singles! The scope of sound here is wonderful – very jazzy, but with lots of the soaring, cosmic styles that have made Kaidi such a key part of the London scene for 20 years or so – not just in his work with Bugz In The Attic, but also his continuing legacy of collaboration and boundless creative energy! That energy is firmly in place here – as the record explodes from the very first note – crackles of beats, waves of keyboards, and an amazingly positive sound – done with a bit of help from Dego, Children of Zeus, and Eric Lau. Titles include "Cold", "Your Dreams Don't Mean A Thing", "Cupid", "It's A World Before You", "Soon Come", "Outta Audah", "It's About Who You Know", "2Tone", "Joyous", and "Sweet Kinch". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available It's A World Before You ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Bill DixonIn Italy – Volume 1 ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
Groundbreaking material from Bill Dixon – some of his best-remembered recordings of the later years, and a seminal set that showed that his talents were every bit as sharp as they were when he first emerged on the scene in the 60s! The work here has a very compositional feel – one that's still never too serious, and which allows more than enough space for jazz-based expression – especially on the trumpet and piano lines that step out with a singular feel amidst some of the darker tones of the ensemble. Players include Dixon on trumpet and piano, Arthur Brooks and Stephen Haynes on trumpet, Stephen Horenstein on tenor and baritone sax, Alan Silva on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums. Titles include "Summer Song/One/Morning", "Summer Song/Two/Evening", "Firenze" and the lengthy "For Cecil Taylor – Almost Anacrusis/Conversation/New Slow Dance". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ MonkeesMonkees Greatest Hits (orange colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Rhino, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The Monkees had so many fantastic records during their short span of recording, nearly all of them might well be "greatest hits" – but this set does a nice job of slimming the selection down to focus on some of the most long-lasting tracks from the group! There's a few killer Boyce & Hart compositions, produced by the duo too – and the set also features contributions from other 60s pop heavyweights, like Chip Douglas, Neil Diamond, Jeff Barry, and the duo of Carole King & Gerry Goffin – all of whim give the foursome some great material, on tunes that include "Theme From The Monkees", "Last Train To Clarksville", "She", "Listen To The Band", "A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You", "Daydream Believer", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "Steppin Stone", "I'm A Believer", and "I Wanna Be Free". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition Rhino Start Your Ear Off Right 2019 exclusive – on orange colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ Joe PassPortraits Of Duke Ellington ... LP
Pablo, 1974. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A nicely sensitive set from guitarist Joe Pass – hardly the usual bag of Ellington-alike material, and instead a small group outing that unlocks a newly introspective side of Duke's compositions! Joe's working here with Ray Brown on bass and Bobby Durham on drums – and the feel overall is mostly gentle, almost in a late nite mode – with plenty of space to let Pass step around the strings with care and quietude, as he works his way through titles that include "Caravan", "Solitude", "In A Mellowtone", "I Got It Bad", "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart", and "Satin Doll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Sami SwoiLocust ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sami Swoi is a group, not a guy – a hip Polish ensemble that's led by trumpeter Julian Kurzawa, but which features a strong sound from a trio of reed players too! The album's a live one, and really has the whole group opening up on the first track – a 19 minute "Blues Medley" that includes snippets of compositions by Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter, Nat Adderley, and Eddie Harris – all spun out into this great ensemble piece that has each member soaring out with a solo! Other players include Jan Mlynarczyk on trombone, Waldemar Kowalski on alto and soprano sax, Jerzy Lukaszczyk on tenor and baritone, Andrezj Muzky on tenor and clarinet, Janusz Szprot on piano and electric piano, Jerzy Sorski on guitar, Jan Gonciarczyk on electric bass, and Krzysztof Przybylowicz on drums. The second half of hte album has some shorter tracks, but still worked magically by the group – with this mixture of ensemble energy and solo voice that's a bit like some of the MPS large group sessions from a decade before – especially given the electric energy in the rhythms. Titles include "Cannonbird", "Maids Of Cadiz", "The Locust", "Round Midnight", and "Blues Medley". CD
Also available Locust ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ John StubblefieldCountin' On The Blues ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1987. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Reedman John Stubblefield made some of his best records as a leader for Enja – and this is definitely one of them! The set has Stubblefield coming across with maturity and focus that you might not have found a few years before – that kind of ebullient, soulful style that some of his best contemporaries were hitting in the late 80s – new modes of expression that were maybe less righteous than previous years, but a lot more powerful in their positive energy and subtle sense of care! John plays both tenor and soprano sax with this easygoing, soulful vibe – and the group also includes Hamiet Bluiett on baritone, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums – a well-matched lineup, as all players are at similar points in their musical conceptions. Stubblefield plays a bit of keyboards on one last track, but even that comes across well – with almost a Lonnie Liston Smith vibe – and titles include "Remembrance", "For Those Who Didn't Know", "Montauk", "The Wanderer", and "Going Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dimitrije VasiljevicAccidental Nomad ... CD
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This set's the first we've heard from pianist Dimitrije Vasiljevic, and we're guessing he won't be a nomad for long – given the strength of both his writing and work as a leader on the album! The cover's a bit unassuming, but the album comes on with a bold sort of power right from the start – explosively rolling along through a set of original material that's really great, and very fresh – strongly balanced between a sense of composition and the solo expressions of the members of the quintet – which includes some especially nice tenor work from Robert Brooks! Vasiljevic's piano rings out with tones that often build in these great blocky chords – and the rest of the group features Jose Guzman on guitar, Andrey Goncalves on bass, and Andy Wheelock on drums. Titles include "Just Fly", "King Of Queens", "Balkana Urbana", "Ficir Bajir", "Duplipensar", and "Hidden Virtues". CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonIn A Mellotone ... LP
RCA, Early 40s/1956. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A 50s LP that showcases Duke's early 40s sides for the Bluebird/Victor label – including early versions of formative compositions, featuring players like Rex Stewart, Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, and Ray Nance. Titles include "Take The A Train", "Portrait Of Bert Williams", "Rumpus In Richmond", "Rocks In My Bed", "Sepia Panorama", "Flaming Sword", "Perdido", and "Blue Serge". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ LifesavasSpirit In Stone ... CD
Quannum, 2002. Used ... Out Of Stock
Solid full length of classic hip hop proportions from Jumbo, Vursatyl, and Rev Shine hailing from Portland, Oregon. The songs are steeped in soulful positivity, both in the percussion drunk drum heavy production, to the playful and intelligent lyric interplay, dippin into reggae stained samples, and smooth catchy choruses tight enough to just about cross over. The whole thing is excellent and handled almost entirely by the trio except for a few guest spots by Gift Of Gab, Lateef, Lyrics Born, DJ Shadow and J-Live. Tracks include "Fever", "What If It's True", "Hellohihey", "Fa Show", "Resist", "Emerge", "Skeletons", "Head Exercise", and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Ruby BraffYou're Getting To Be A Habit With Me ... LP
Stereocraft, 1961. Very Good+ ... $11.99
We're not normally the biggest fans of Ruby Braff – but this is a great little album, thanks to some strong instrumentation! The group on the set's a sextet – with Ruby leading on trumpet, plus Mundell Lowe on guitar, Don Elliott on vibes, Milt Hinton on bass, Don Lamond on drums, and either Hank Jones or Nat Pierce on piano. The use of vibes and guitar creates a sound that gets past the hoke of other Braff sessions – shading in the tunes with moody colors and tones that provide a good contrast to the sweetness of Braff's horn, creating a juxtaposition that gives the set more edge than you might expect. Titles include "Cabin In The Pines", "Lazy", "Someday Sweetheart", "If Dreams Come True", and "Let's Do It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Bell pressing, with deep groove.)

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Anthony BraxtonQuartet (Dortmund) 1976 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1976. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A brilliant performance from one of Anthony Braxton's coolest groups – a very striking quartet that features George Lewis on trombone, Dave Holland on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums and percussion! There's a special sort of energy that really seems to flow from the players – maybe it's the combination of the trombone of Lewis and the bass of Holland, whose deeper tones bring out a bottom you don't always get in Braxton albums – which then lets the leader really take off in amazing patterns on a variety of reeds that include alto, sopranino, contrabass sax, bass clarinet, and E flat clarinet – used in modes that are explosively imaginative throughout! Altschul's got just the right vibe, too – almost a stop/start approach that seems like he's setting little fires one minute, then swinging straight at other times. Titles include "Composition 40 F", "Composition 40 B", "Composition 6 C", "Composition 23 J", and "Composition 40 (O)". CD

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Gary BurtonGenuine Tong Funeral ... LP
RCA, 1968. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of the most ambitious projects ever from vibist Gary Burton – an extended piece written by Carla Bley – and billed as "A Dark Opera Without Words"! The work has a feel that's much more fluid than opera, though – and is a great instrumental outing that not only features Gary's vibes at their youthful best, with support from his quartet – but which also includes extra work from Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Gato Barbieri on tenor, and Carla Bley herself on piano. The music is never too far out, but with angular tones and strange time changes that mark the record as being quite different from Gary's other sides for RCA. It also makes the record one of his best, too – as the set has that wonderfully fresh sound that you get from early work by Bley – never too silly, and with a serious approach to composition that also never loses sight of its roots in jazz. Titles include "The New Funeral March", "Silent Spring", "Mother Of The Dead Man", "Death Rolls", and "The New National Anthem". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Genuine Tong Funeral/Selections From Lofty Fake Anagram ... CD 4.99

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Gary BurtonGenuine Tong Funeral/Selections From Lofty Fake Anagram ... CD
RCA (Germany), 1968. Used ... $4.99
Billed as "A Dark Opera Without Words", A Genuine Tong Funeral is an extended piece written by Carla Bley, and performed by the Burton quartet with help from a larger group that includes Steve Lacy, Gato Barbieri, Michael Mantler, and Bley herself. As such, the album's probably the most ambitious one that Burton ever recorded during the 60s – never too far out, but with angular tones and strange time changes that mark the record as being quite different from his other sides for RCA. It also makes it one of his best, too – as the record has that wonderfully fresh sound that you get from early work by Bley, never too silly, and with a serious approach to composition that also never loses sight of its roots in jazz. Titles include "The New Funeral March", "Silent Spring", "Mother Of The Dead Man", "Death Rolls", and "The New National Anthem". Also includes five tracks from "Lofty Fake Anagram". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Genuine Tong Funeral ... LP 11.99

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✨✧ Don CherryMu Second Part ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and wooden flute – plus a bit of percussion too – alongside drummer Ed Blackwell, who's equally unbridled – showing a huge evolution since the time both he and Don spent in the group of Ornette Coleman! There's a few echoes of the global elements that Cherry would later embrace more strongly in the 70s – but the core energy here is mostly improvised jazz, handled at a level that really makes a lot better use of the freedom than some of Don's contemporaries. Titles on this second part include "Bamboo Night", "The Mysticism Of My Sound", "Psycho Drama", "Smiling Faces Going Places", "Teo Teo Can", and "Dollar Brand/Spontaneous Composing/Exert Man On The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mu Second Part (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 11.99

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Don CherryMu Second Part (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
BYG/Sunspots (Italy), 1969. Used Gatefold ... $11.99
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and wooden flute – plus a bit of percussion too – alongside drummer Ed Blackwell, who's equally unbridled – showing a huge evolution since the time both he and Don spent in the group of Ornette Coleman! There's a few echoes of the global elements that Cherry would later embrace more strongly in the 70s – but the core energy here is mostly improvised jazz, handled at a level that really makes a lot better use of the freedom than some of Don's contemporaries. Titles on this second part include "Bamboo Night", "The Mysticism Of My Sound", "Psycho Drama", "Smiling Faces Going Places", "Teo Teo Can", and "Dollar Brand/Spontaneous Composing/Exert Man On The Moon". CD
(Out of print. Still sealed, and limited to 1500 copies.)
Also available Mu Second Part ... LP 11.99

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Tadd Dameron with John ColtraneMating Call ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956. Used ... $8.99
A sublime early set from John Coltrane – and one of Tadd Dameron's greatest moments on record ever! The session's a laidback quartet one – with John Simmons on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums, completing the group with Dameron on piano and Trane on tenor – all coming together in a style that's loose, but still quite sharp overall – especially given Coltrane's tremendous tone, which really helps take the record to the next level from the very first moment it comes into the mix! Dameron's piano is strong, but subtle – and his compositions are what really make the record great – tunes that include "Soultrane", "Mating Call", "Romas", "Super Jet", and "On A Misty Night". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny DorhamJazz Contemporary/Showboat ... CD
Jazz Plot, 1960. Used ... $4.99
Great work from one of the hippest jazz contemporaries of the late 60s – trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a player who was really coming into his own by the time of these albums! The first record has Kenny with a nice sort of edge – not as boldly experimental as his 60s work for Blue Note, but definitely pushing things forward from the 50s – shaking off the sweet for a bit more bite, and working with a great lineup that includes Steve Kuhn on piano, Charles Davis on baritone sax, and either Jimmy Garrison or Butch Warren on bass. Kuhn and Davis really bring some interesting elements to the record – and titles include "Tonica", "Monk's Mood", "In Your Own Sweet Way", and "Horn Salute". The second album is not the Broadway record that you might guess from the title, but a great showboat for the hipper talents of trumpeter Kenny Dorham! The album is made up of tunes from the famous show, but the presentation here is quite strongly hardbop – blown by Kenny with the same mix of sweet and modern you might hear on his Blue Note records, but a bit looser too – almost with the rougher edges of a Prestige date. Other players include Jimmy Heath on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, Jimmy Garrison on piano, and Art Taylor on drums – one hell of a great group – and although the titles are familiar – "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man", "Ol Man River", "Why Do I Love You", and "Nobody Else But Me" – they're recast by Kenny as thoughtful little showpieces, rich with imagination, and played as if they were his own compositions. CD

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✨✧ Bob DylanBob Dylan's Greatest Hits ... LP
Columbia, 1960s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Loads of classics – including "Blowin In The Wind", "It Ain't Me Babe", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Rainy Day Women #12 & #35", "Positively 4th Street", "Just Like A Woman", "Mr Tambourine Man", and "I Want You". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing, including the poster! Cover has light wear.)

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Booker ErvinBook Cooks ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest albums on the Bethlehem label – and one of the first albums as a leader by the legendary Booker Ervin! At the time of the set, Ervin had come off a great stint with the Charles Mingus group – one that inflected his rootsy Texas tenor tones with a sharper modern edge – heard to perfection on this great little session, which is equal parts hard swinging soul jazz and dark-tinged early 60s modern! Zoot Sims joins Booker in the front line, and the two of them trade tenor solos throughout on the album's long compositions – grooving with a great sextet that includes Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Mingus' drummer Dannie Richmond on the kit! Cuts include "Largo", "The Book Cooks", "The Blue Book", and "Git It". CD
(Hal McKusick Quartet – East Coast Jazz 8)

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Narada Burton GreeneSolo Orchestra In Real Time ... CD
Nimbus, 1989. New Copy ... $9.99
Surprisingly striking work from Burton Greene – an album of solo work, but one that's filled with all the tones and sounds that justify the "orchestra" in the title! Greene plays piano and keyboards, working in an evocative style that overflows with the kind of exploratory energy that characterized his recordings of the late 60s and early 70s – a bit trippy at times, but very direct at others, and awash in shades of juxtaposing sound. Includes 3 long tracks – "Toy-mita Orchestra Variations" by Charles Ives, "Night Music For A Summer Afternoon" by Bela Bartok, and "The Horny Orchestra Suite" by Bob Graettinger. CD

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Herbie HancockHarlem Nights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1989. New Copy ... $24.99
A really wonderful jazz soundtrack by Herbie Hancock – recorded at the end of the 80s, a decade when Herbie was spending a lot of time on keyboards – but with a rock-solid older jazz vibe that really fits the vintage Harlem setting of the film! The music mixes larger arrangements with tighter piano tracks – the latter of which echo some of the hipper 30s styles of jazz from uptown, mixed with a few later elements of shading and tone – balanced out by larger charts at times conducted by Garnett Brown, who opens up Herbie's compositions in a really nice way. There's no players listed in the notes, but we assume that Hancock is on piano – and titles include "Dominique Seduces", "Snaggletooth Gambles", "Young Quick With Cigs", "Quick To Bed Quick To Rise", "Making A Deposit", and "Exploding Pitty Pat's". CD also features some bonus straight jazz tunes, mostly Duke Ellington numbers – including "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", and "The Gal From Joe's". CD

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Joe HendersonStandard Joe ... CD
Red (Italy), 1991. Used ... $7.99
There's nothing standard about this set – as Joe Henderson always brings something special to a recording session – especially at this point in his career! The album has a wonderful format – Joe's unique tenor tone set up beautifully alongside the bass of Rufus Reid and drums of Al Foster – no piano or other horns at all, just an open, swinging combo with a really great sense of energy! Joe's bold lead really sets the tone for most numbers – and a few tracks are compositions that Henderson recorded famously early in his career, recast here with a whole new sound and heightened sense of maturity. Titles include "Blues In F (aka In N Out)", "Blue Bossa", "Inner Urge", "Body & Soul", and "Take The A Train". Also features a bonus alternate of "Body & Soul". CD
(Please note the tray card is rippled from moisture – booklet is clean and unaffected.)

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Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings8 Days Of Hanukkah/What Does Hanukkah Mean To You ... 7-inch
Daptone, 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 7.99
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings celebrate that other big holiday in December – with two very groovy tracks that rival some of the best Christmas soul classics from years back! "8 Days Of Hanukkah" is wonderfully upbeat and swinging – with a vibe that's totally great and positive, and which has Sharon vocally making her way through the eight different days of the holiday! The flipside is more of a "part 2" to the cut – which is more than groovy enough to be worth flipping over the record! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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