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✨✧ Jeannie ReynoldsCherries, Bananas & Other Fine Things (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Casablanca/Reel Music, 1976. Used ... $11.99
A great little album from Jeannie Reynolds – and her lasting contribution to underground soul! Jeannie's vocals are nice and deep – with hints of southern diva phrasing, filtered through some of the tighter soul styles coming out of Chicago and other points north at the time! Detroit talents LJ Reynolds, Tony Hester, and Don Davis produce – save for one song by Michael Henderson – and the big highlight is the slow groover "The Fruit Song", a sly seductive stepper of a track, with rolling congas, sweeping strings, and a very catchy hook from Jeannie. That number runs for about 7 minutes long – and the album also includes a number of nice shorter cuts, like "I've Still Got My Pride", "The Feelin' Ain't There", and "You Want To Get Your Hands On A Woman" – all wonderful numbers that will have you loving Jeannie as one of your favorite new discoveries in 70s soul! CD also features 4 non-LP bonus cuts – "Phone's Been Jumping All Day", "Unwanted Company", "Lay Some Lovin On Me", and "Love Don't Come Easy For Me". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Bill WithersJustments ... CD
Sussex/Reel Music, 1974. Used ... $19.99
The fourth album from Bill Withers and an overlooked gem recorded for Sussex – and a great bit of funky soulful stuff in the best Withers tradition – a record that's sadly kind of withered in relative obscurity for far too many years! The soul in Withers voice is in as fine of form as ever on this set, and for us, this has earned its steadily growing reputation as his lost masterpiece. The material has a conversational, wise and world weary tone that's brilliantly effective and more intimate than Bill's bigger hits of the day – and the arrangements are more centered around soulful and lightly funky keys than the more acoustic guitar driven rhythms that got him more radio play on earlier hits. There's also some subtly innovative parts to the production that are really moving, from the harp accented piano on "Stories" and the funky percussion flavored rambler of a closing number "Railroad Man". Other tracks include You", "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh", "Heartbreak Road", "Green Grass", "Ruby Lee", "Can We Pretend", "Liza" and "Make A Smile For Me". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Justments ... LP 11.99

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✨✧ Gwen McCraeLay It On Me – The Columbia Years ... CD
Columbia/Reel Music/P&C, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing rare soul from Gwen McCrae – little-known material recorded for Columbia records in the years before her later 70s fame at TK! The style here is nice and rootsy – very southern soul in its approach, even more so than Gwen's earliest work at TK – thanks, perhaps, to less of a club or pop crossover need in the production. Yet there's also a key link with the TK years, too – production by Steve Alaimo, who's really finding his way here in a great way – borrowing bits from other southern soul modes, moving them down to Miami, and helping forge a whole new chapter in southern soul for the 70s. Gwen's vocals are incredible – arguably even deeper and more hard-hitting than on some of her bigger hits – and the freshness of the material further makes the set great. Plus, since Columbia never issued a full album of this work in the US (although there was one rare record of the singles in Europe in the 70s), this package makes the first-ever full length Columbia album from Gwen – put together with stunning sound, very detailed notes, and some great vintage images. Titles include "Leave The Driving To Us", "Ain't Nothing You Can Do", "Lay It On Me", "Lead Me On", "Lovin In The Lay A Way", "I'm Losing The Feeling", and "Been So Long". CD

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✨✧ Jeannie ReynoldsCherries, Bananas & Other Fine Things (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Casablanca/Reel Music, 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little album from Jeannie Reynolds – and her lasting contribution to underground soul! Jeannie's vocals are nice and deep – with hints of southern diva phrasing, filtered through some of the tighter soul styles coming out of Chicago and other points north at the time! Detroit talents LJ Reynolds, Tony Hester, and Don Davis produce – save for one song by Michael Henderson – and the big highlight is the slow groover "The Fruit Song", a sly seductive stepper of a track, with rolling congas, sweeping strings, and a very catchy hook from Jeannie. That number runs for about 7 minutes long – and the album also includes a number of nice shorter cuts, like "I've Still Got My Pride", "The Feelin' Ain't There", and "You Want To Get Your Hands On A Woman" – all wonderful numbers that will have you loving Jeannie as one of your favorite new discoveries in 70s soul! CD also features 4 non-LP bonus cuts – "Phone's Been Jumping All Day", "Unwanted Company", "Lay Some Lovin On Me", and "Love Don't Come Easy For Me". CD
Also available Cherries, Bananas & Other Fine Things (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99
 
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Reel PeopleRetroflection ... LP
Reel People (UK), 2018. New Copy ... About November 9, 2018
A fantastic album from Reel People – and warmly collaborative, too – thanks to contributions from Mica Paris, Angie Stone, Navasha Daya, Omar, Tony Momrelle, and a host of others! Reel People have always given us fantastic grooves – classic club-styled cuts, but with a lean modern vibe – and the presence of these super-strong singers really pushes things over the top – maybe even making the record the best we've ever heard from the peeps! There's plenty of warmth in the instrumentation – jazzy touches, sweet gliding rhythms, and a vibe that easily has Reel People filling a space on the London scene that's been a bit empty over the past few years – right up there with the best territory once traversed by Incognito or Brand New Heavies. Titles include "Don't Stop The Music", "I Want To Thank You", "Thinking About Your Love", "Keep It Up", "I'm In Love", "Buttercup", "Always There", and "Can We Pretend". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Reel PeopleRetroflection ... CD
Reel People (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from Reel People – and warmly collaborative, too – thanks to contributions from Mica Paris, Angie Stone, Navasha Daya, Omar, Tony Momrelle, and a host of others! Reel People have always given us fantastic grooves – classic club-styled cuts, but with a lean modern vibe – and the presence of these super-strong singers really pushes things over the top – maybe even making the record the best we've ever heard from the peeps! There's plenty of warmth in the instrumentation – jazzy touches, sweet gliding rhythms, and a vibe that easily has Reel People filling a space on the London scene that's been a bit empty over the past few years – right up there with the best territory once traversed by Incognito or Brand New Heavies. Titles include "Don't Stop The Music", "I Want To Thank You", "Thinking About Your Love", "Keep It Up", "I'm In Love", "Buttercup", "Always There", and "Can We Pretend". CD
 
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Jack To The Lost Chicago ReelsCassette A – Edward Get Down Crosby Hot Mix 5, One Hour Hot Mix Tape, Deep House/Hot Mix Tape (8-16-91) Regular Mix + Mini Mix ... Cassette
Still Music, 1991. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic selection of vintage house music tracks – as mixed live by some of Chicago's most legendary DJs from the early days! The series brings together work from a selection of lost tapes that were uncovered in the collection of a club DJ whose work was important to the growth of house music back in the 80s – and some of the mixes were done for Chicago radio, and others were done for local parties on the scene! Each tape is like taking a time machine back into the past – to a time when us Chicagoans could flip on the radio every night, and hear music history in the making. Sure, New York had DJ Red Alert and some great hip hop radio – but this is what we were enjoying at the time! Cassette

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Jack To The Lost Chicago ReelsCassette A – Steve Silk Hurley Minimix (Friday, July 15th)/Unknown (Supermix Dance Party 8/11/88) ... Cassette
Still Music, 1988. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic selection of vintage house music tracks – as mixed live by some of Chicago's most legendary DJs from the early days! The series brings together work from a selection of lost tapes that were uncovered in the collection of a club DJ whose work was important to the growth of house music back in the 80s – and some of the mixes were done for Chicago radio, and others were done for local parties on the scene! Each tape is like taking a time machine back into the past – to a time when us Chicagoans could flip on the radio every night, and hear music history in the making. Sure, New York had DJ Red Alert and some great hip hop radio – but this is what we were enjoying at the time! Cassette

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Jack To The Lost Chicago ReelsCassette C – Edward Get Down Crosby Hot Mix 5 Mini Mix/Joe Magic ... Cassette
Still Music, 1988. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic selection of vintage house music tracks – as mixed live by some of Chicago's most legendary DJs from the early days! The series brings together work from a selection of lost tapes that were uncovered in the collection of a club DJ whose work was important to the growth of house music back in the 80s – and some of the mixes were done for Chicago radio, and others were done for local parties on the scene! Each tape is like taking a time machine back into the past – to a time when us Chicagoans could flip on the radio every night, and hear music history in the making. Sure, New York had DJ Red Alert and some great hip hop radio – but this is what we were enjoying at the time! Cassette

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Jack To The Lost Chicago ReelsCassette J – Frankie Knuckles WBMX Saturday Night Hot Mix (10-11-86)/Edward Get Down Crosby Hot Mix 5 Regular Mix + Mini Mix ... Cassette
Still Music, 1986. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic selection of vintage house music tracks – as mixed live by some of Chicago's most legendary DJs from the early days! The series brings together work from a selection of lost tapes that were uncovered in the collection of a club DJ whose work was important to the growth of house music back in the 80s – and some of the mixes were done for Chicago radio, and others were done for local parties on the scene! Each tape is like taking a time machine back into the past – to a time when us Chicagoans could flip on the radio every night, and hear music history in the making. Sure, New York had DJ Red Alert and some great hip hop radio – but this is what we were enjoying at the time! Cassette

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Jack To The Lost Chicago ReelsCassette K – Edward Get Down Crosby Hot Mix 5 Regular Mix (9-6-91)/Regular Mix + Mini Mix (3-3-89) ... Cassette
Still Music, 1989/1991. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic selection of vintage house music tracks – as mixed live by some of Chicago's most legendary DJs from the early days! The series brings together work from a selection of lost tapes that were uncovered in the collection of a club DJ whose work was important to the growth of house music back in the 80s – and some of the mixes were done for Chicago radio, and others were done for local parties on the scene! Each tape is like taking a time machine back into the past – to a time when us Chicagoans could flip on the radio every night, and hear music history in the making. Sure, New York had DJ Red Alert and some great hip hop radio – but this is what we were enjoying at the time! Cassette

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Archie SheppLife At The Donaueschingen Music Festival ... LP
MPS, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
Some of Archie Shepp's most freewheeling material of the 60s – a long, extended, single-song album recorded at the Donaueschingen festival a few years before his classic work for BYG/Actuel – and very much in the same bold spirit as his recordings for that label! The single tune – "One For The Trane" – is opened up, stretched out, and run freely by Shepp on tenor, Roswell Rudd and Grachan Moncur on trombones, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums – a very unique lineup that benefits not just from the presence of two trombones, which gives the record a very deep, rich sound – but also from the creative rhythms of Garrison and Harris, a really great team for a session like this! Shepp is wonderful – still with this inherent sense of soul that also ties the performance to some of his brightest moments for Impulse Records – this structure, even when blowing free, that creates an amazing sense of swing somewhere back in the music. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Miles DavisKind Of Blue (2CD legacy edition) ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
The ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, and all those playings, the record manages to still sound fantastic – a truly inspirational piece of music that's long deserved all the attention it gets! The legendary group on the album includes John Coltrane on tenor, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass – working with Miles in a relatively modal style, with brilliant rhythm changes and a wonderful sense of space. The whole thing's sublime – and titles include "Blue In Green", "All Blues", "So What", and "Freddie Freeloader". This Legacy edition features 2CDs worth of music, with 21 tracks in all – a few short studio bits, plus alternate takes on "Flamenco Sketches" and "Fran Dance", a 17 minute version of "So What", and the key 1958 cuts "On Green Dolphin Street", "Fran Dance", "Stella By Starlight", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Includes slipcase.)
Also available
Kind Of Blue ... LP 59.99
Kind Of Blue (with bonus track) ... CD 2.99

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Jimmy GreeneFlowers – Beautiful Life Vol 2 ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 18.98
A huge step forward in music for saxophonist Jimmy Greene – an artist who's still reeling from the loss of his daughter, who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 – but who's turning his grief and sorrow into some of the richest music he's ever recorded! The feel here is even deeper than the first volume dedicated to Green's daughter – original songs that burst out with so much life and energy, we're held rapt right from the very first note – almost never mired in the sort of melancholy you might expect from such an experience, and instead ready to set a new fire to light the way ahead! Greene plays tenor, soprano, alto, and baritone – and other musicians include Kevin Hayes on Rhodes and piano, Mike Moreno on guitar, Renee Rosnes on piano, Ben Williams and John Patitucci on bass, and Jeff Tain Watts and Otis Brown III on drums. Titles include "Fun Circuits", "Second Breakfast", "Flowers", "Stanky Leg", "Big Guy", "Amantes", and "Thirty Two". CD

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Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova ConsonanzaGruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza (1973) ... LP
Cinevox/Superior Viaduct, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
A rare one from Italian experimental pioneers Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – led by Franco Evangelisti and featuring the great Ennio Morricone on trumpet, who might feel a little bit liberated from the conventions of film soundtrack compositions in this setting, and is making some of the most freely creative music of his career! The sound is improv-based and always compelling, ranging from tense interplay between noisy percussion and Morricone's playful trumpet, to sparer, eerie atmospheric bits, to freeform exploration that clearly influenced many of the avant garde musicians to come. Other players include Walter Branchi, Mario Bertoncini, John Heinemann and Egisto Macchi – and the titles include "Collage 5", "Percussione per Tutti", "Mirage" and "Macroforma". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gerrit Hatcher/Peter Maunu/Julian KirshnerRaven & The Dove ... CD
Julian Kirshner, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
The cover's a bit disorienting, and the music is too – sounds from a trio that can change things up quickly, and move their instruments in ways that sometimes have us trying to figure out who's doing what! The trio features Gerrit Hatcher on tenor, Julian Kirshner on drums and percussion, and Peter Maunu on guitar, violin, and mandolin – all instruments that are used way past their conventional limits on this set of freely-improvised music! Titles include "Plaice", "Nature Near", "Cold Seeps", and "Honey Is Flowing In All Directions". CD

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✨✧ Imaginary Numbers (Joe McPhee)Imaginary Numbers ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
A really old school trio setting – one that has a loose, open, freely exploratory vibe that really takes us back to the loft jazz generation – as the musicians work in very creative territory that really shows their individual spirits, yet still also come together strongly as a whole! Joe McPhee is great on tenor and trumpet – and really reminds us of those tremendous textures and tones he started developing in the late 70s – and the rest of the trio features Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Stale Liavik Solberg on drums – both younger musicians, but equally creative in the setting. Titles include "i", "A", and "Zero Supreme Love" – the last of which is dedicated to John Coltrane. CD

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Jonas Kullhammar/Torbjorn Zetterberg/Espen AalbergBasement Sessions Vol 4 – The Bali Tapes ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
Scandinavian jazz, recorded in Bali – in a great shift from previous volumes in this series – as all musicians play a bit of gamelan as well! Make no mistake, the format is definitely freely improvised music with a strong jazz current – with the mighty Jonas Kullhammar on tenor and flute, Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, and Espen Aalberg on drums and percussion – working together as a fantastically cohesive unit, with a bold sense of confidence that really shows the players' understanding of each other. Yet there's also a special vibe here – really marking the album as a special outing from the musicians – even if the gamelan is used sparingly alongside the more familiar instrumentation. Titles include "Irama Berat", "Dewas Dance", "Slow Ostinato", "Suling", and "Ilir Ilir". CD

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Charles MingusCumbia & Jazz Fusion ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the most enigmatic albums that Charles Mingus ever recorded – especially in his later years! The set features two very long tracks done by Mingus for use in a film about cocaine traffic between New York and Columbia – but considering the nature of the music, and the freely exploratory style, both numbers here stand very well on their own! Although touched with some of the Latin influences you might expect from the title, the sounds are often darker and more brooding than, say, the Mingus style on the classic Tijuana Moods set. And instead, there's a very serious soundtrack-like vibe going on through most of the set – larger jazz orchestrations used to beautifully underscore subtle themes, and breakout solo moments from players who include Mauricio Smith on flute, Paul Jeffrey on tenor sax, Jack Walrath on trumpet, and Jimmy Knepper on trombone. The album also features a fair bit of added percussion – and features two long tracks, "Cumbia & Jazz Fusion" and "Music For Todo Modo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound (Stu Black analog mix – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Delmark, 1966. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! CD features bonus alternate takes on "Sound" and "Ornette" – over 30 minutes more music. This CD features the Stu Black analog mix – on CD for the first time. CD

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MulatuAfro Latin Soul Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
A pair of rare albums from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – back to back on a single CD! First up is Afro Latin Soul Vol 1 – pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more Afro-styled grooves Mulatu explored more freely on his Ethiopian recordings – served up in a jazzy style that has plenty of vibes in the mix, and lots of percussion at the bottom! The record is a treasure throughout – other-worldly, yet still very hip and swinging – a mysterious bridge between Latin America and Africa, suspended on waves of wonderful sound! Titles include "Shagu", "Mascaram Setaba", "Almaz", "Mulatu's Hideaway", "Askum", "Playboy Cha Cha", and "One For Buzayhew". Afro Latin Soul is rare early work from Mulatu Astatke – material recorded in America, in the years before Mulatu returned to his Ethiopian homeland, and really set the scene on fire! The style here is a mix of Latin jazz with some more exotic elements – played by a combo that features Mulatu on vibes, alongside bass, congas, and timbales – plus a bit of trumpet and piano! The main groove, though, is heavy on vibes – handled with a very sharp tone, in a way that makes the music groove like some of the best 60s Latin Jazz albums by artists like Louie Ramirez or Pete Terrace. Titles include "The Panther", "Girl From Addis Ababa", "Raina", "Love Mood For Two", "Soul Power", "Konjit", and "Karayu". CD
Also available Afro Latin Soul ... LP 12.99

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✨✧ Chris Pitsiokos/Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn ZetteChild Of Illusion ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
Freely improvised sounds from a trio that features bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg and trumpeter Susana Santos Silva – both musicians we've loved together in the past – joined here by alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos, who seems to give them a much freer sound overall! The tracks are very open in shape and structure – with especially strong interplay between the trumpet and alto – who sometimes dance around each other, sometimes spar – while Zetterberg really pushes himself, too – and seems to move past his more inherent sense of melody, into territory that we may well never have heard before (and we've listened to – and loved – dozens of his many recordings!) Titles include "Now Then", "I Find Nothing", "What Now", and "Yeah Well". CD

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VariousInternational New Jazz Meeting – Burg Altena 1972 to 1973 (8CD set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1972/1973. New Copy 8CD ... $129.99 153.99
A double-whammy of a package – one that's like attending a totally hip festival of avant jazz, and finding a time machine to take you there in the process! This overstuffed box brings together recordings from two years' worth of the Burg Altena International New Jazz Meeting in Germany – 4CDs from 1972, and 4 from 1973 – packaged in a very cool box that features loads of photos, and reprints of pages from the programs to both festivals too! But the music here is what really matters – as the performances are all long, often freely improvised, and usually much more way-out than the material you'd hear from any of these players on record. Plus, the choice of musicians is quite unique – some familiar faces from the European underground, but also some real surprises, too – at a level that makes this collection a bit different than others of its nature. The 1972 discs features full sets by Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath, a quintet led by keyboardist Wolfgang Dauner with guitarist Attila Zoller, reedman Phil Woods European Rhythm Machine with Gordon Beck on electric piano, a duet between Jan Frederyk Dobrowolski on piano and Jacec Bednarek on bass, a quintet led by reedman/violinist Michal Urbaniak with Urszula Dudziak on voice and Adam Makowicz on electric piano, a quartet led by vibist/pianist Karl Berger with Ingrid Berger on voice and Peter Kowald on bass, and the Scandinavia New Jazz Group – with Bobo Stenson on electric piano, Lennart Aberg on tenor, Kjell Westling on soprano sax, Palle Danielsson on bass, and Bengt Berger on drums. 1973 is equally exciting – a performance of the fantastic Anima trio with Paul Fuchs on reeds, Limpe Fuchs on drums and voice, and Friedrich Gulda on acoustic and electric piano; a quintet led by trumpeter Terumasa Hino with Mikio Masuda on piano and Motohiko Hino on drums; the Theo Loevendie Consort, with Theo on alto and soprano, Hans Dulfer on tenor and flute, Martin Altena on bass, and Leo Cuypers on piano; Tune For Bassclarinets with the named instrument played by the quartet of Gunter Hampel, Willem Breuker, Michel Pilz, and Jef Sicard; and the Reform Art Unit, which includes Franz Kogelmann on trumpet, Fritz Novotny on reeds, Sepp Mitterbauer on pocket and regular trumpet, and Giselherr Smekal on organ and piano. Hours of music – and a wonderful package overall! CD

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✨✧ Gilbert HolmstromKonfrontation – Unreleased 1968 (180 gram gold vinyl) ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Never-issued work by 60s Swedish modern jazz legend Gilbert Holmstrom – one of the most freely improvising musicians on his scene at the time! The set brings together two long selections recorded in 1968 – even more far-reaching material than Gilbert's famous Quintet album a few years before – and Gilbert blows tenor and flute in a large group that has this way of swinging effortlessly between cohesion and individual explosions of sound – a bit like some of Clifford Thornton's work at times, with a starkly revolutionary sound that's quite impressive, even given the long legacy of Swedish modern jazz in the years before. Other players include Enar Jonsson and Lars Lofstedt on trumpets, Pider Avall and Stig Ekelof on trombones, Jan Forslund on baritone, Clas Fehling on piano, Claes Wallin on bass, and Anders Soderling on drums – and both selections appear here in bold, brilliant mono. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies – on heavyweight gold vinyl – plays at 45rpm for great fidelity!)

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✨✧ Burt GlinnBeat Scene – Unseen Images Of The Beats – Photographs By Burt Glinn (hardcover) ... Book
Reel Art, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great book – one that's noteworthy not only for the unusual photographs promised in the title, but also because a good deal of them are in color – which stands as a nice contrast to the black and white representation we usually see of the postwar underground of the beats! The book covers both coasts – and features amazing photographs from both San Francisco and New York – most of them more candid shots, or environmental snaps – really capturing the creative life of writers, musicians, and artists – in a way that's a very cool change from more rigid portraiture. Make no mistake, there's still plenty of famous figures in the photos – Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and a fair amount of jazz musicians and painters too – but the representation is nicely non-iconic, even in the black and white photographs that are mixed in with the color. The book is a heavy 160 pages, hardcover, with photographs throughout – about half in color, half black and white. Book

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Juhani AaltonenEtiquette ... LP
Love/Svart (Finland), 1974. Sealed (reissue)... $19.99
Freely creative work from Finnish saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen – easily one of the most "out" sessions we've heard on the Love label, but also a record that has some of the strongly soulful undercurrents as other Love sessions. Juhani's working here with a shifting array of musicians on each track – sometimes playing in a spare or solo mode, other times stepping out with a fuller group. Drummer Edward Vesala turns in excellent work on nearly every track on the set – playing forcefully, yet spaciously alongside Aaltonen's bold lines on tenor sax and flute – and other instrumentation includes guitar, viola, and moog. The set's mostly acoustic, with a few electric touches from time to time – and tracks include "Fountain", "But Not For Me", "Summer", "Bhanki", "Perhaps", and "Ettiquette". LP, Vinyl record album

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Yoko Kanno & The SeatbeltsCowboy Bebop Remixes – Music For Freelance ... CD
Ever Anime International (Taiwan), 1999. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Remixes by 4 Hero, Luke Vibert, DMX Krew, Fila Brazillia, Mr Scruff and others. CD
(Out of print, includes Taiwanese obi.)

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Cecil Payne, Phil Woods, & OthersBirds Night – A Celebration Of The Music Of Charlie Parker ... LP
Savoy, 1957. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
A really well done memorial to the (then) recently-departed Charlie Parker – cut with an unusual lineup that features Cecil Payne on baritone sax, Phil Woods on alto, and Frank Socolow on tenor – all working through long, laidback takes of 4 of Bird's best known compositions! There's a really relaxed feel to the record that's totally great – and the players aren't so much aping the sound of Charlie Parker's work, as they are working in the newer freedoms allows by it – stretching out in freely creative lines that never fail to please, and working here with a rhythm section that includes Duke Jordan on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The album was recorded live at the Five Spot – and titles include "Parker's Mood", "Steeplechase", "Buzzy", and "Scrapple From The Apple". Great 80s pressing – done on 2LPs – with lots of unissued material! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some edge wear, and some corroded spots on the spine.)

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✨✧ Spontaneous Music OrchestraSME + = SMO ... LP
A Records (UK), 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
The Spontaneous Music Ensemble is expanded to the Spontaneous Music Orchestra – in this mid 70s session that features Ian Brighton on guitar, Roger Smith on acoustic guitar, Lindsay Cooper on cello, Evan Parker and Trevor Watts on soprano saxes, and John Stevens on percussion and cornet. The album features 2 long tracks – "+" and "=" – both of which have an open, angular, and freely improvised feel. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a "review copy" sticker on the front.)

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Albert AylerBells/Prophecy ... CD
ESP, 1964/1965. Used ... $9.99
A double-length set that brings together 2 key early live sets by Albert Ayler – both recorded on the New York scene of the mid 60s! Bells was an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that hardly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a group that includes Donald Ayler on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto sax, Lewis Worrell on bass, and Sunny Murray on percussion – all coming together in a raw, real sense of freedom – beautifully explored here without ever getting too overindulgent. The tune may well be one of the greatest illustrations of the ESP format at its best – as Ayler and company never stray too far, but carve out some incredibly imaginative space through their starkly-blown horn solos! Prophecy is longer – a full album that was recorded live in 1964 at the Cellar Cafe in New York, but not issued by ESP until years later, after Ayler's untimely early death. The performance is a trio outing – with Ayler's tenor alongside the bass of Gary Peacock and drums of Sunny Murray – all freely skirting around each other's space on the date, in a way that allows Ayler to take the bold lead with his sharp-toned solos, but which also allows for free interplay between the bass and percussion. Ayler's tone and wide swaths of sound are simply amazing – and titles include two variations on "Ghosts", plus "Spirits", "Prophecy", and "Wizard". CD
(Out of print. Small drill hole through barcode.)

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David Boykin ExpanseLive At The Velvet Lounge ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2005. New Copy ... $6.99
"Expanse" is a mighty big name for the group that David Boykin uses on this record – especially given that the combo's only a quintet – but that's ok with us, because the sound here is more than large enough to warrant the name! Boykin's working with a great batch of players from the Chicago scene here – including frequent musical partner Nicole Mitchell on flute, sliding wonderfully alongside David's saxophones – plus Jim Baker on piano, Josh Abrams on bass, and Mike Reed on drums. The album features two longish tracks, both composed by Boykin with a vision that's freely expressive, yet never too free – a perfect balance that reigns things in wonderfully, and which shows him to be one of the key current heirs to a Chicago tradition that runs back to the early AACM and Sun Ra! Titles include "Nuance" and "47th Street Ghost". CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneAscension (Edition II) ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Very Good Gatefold ... $59.99
One of the freest, most exploratory albums ever recorded by John Coltrane – and a unique session done with an expanded group of some of the most important avant jazz players of his generation! The format here is similar to Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz album – in that the music is freely improvised, and spans the entire LP as a non-stop performance – one that has Coltrane in the lead, but which also features alto from Marion Brown and John Tchicai, tenor from Archie Shepp and Pharaoh Sanders, trumpet from Freddie Hubbard and Dewey Johnson – and core rhythms from McCoy Tyner on piano, drums from Elvin Jones, and double basses from Art Davis and Jimmy Garrison. The record set the format for larger improvisatory groups in years to come – but is still one of the best examples of the form! LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp and LW etch. Cover has light wear, bumped corners, a spot of heavy wear at the middle of the spine, and a small name in marker inside the gatefold.)

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DadawahPeace & Love ... LP
Dug Out (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Hypnotic, spiritually resonant music from Rastafarian singer & hand drummer Ras Michael's Dadawah – with these organic, echoey, atmospheric drums, bass and trippy bits of keyboards – providing a strong, spacious backdrop for the freedom-seeking lyricism! It's very unique stuff, grounded in the spiritual vibes and earthy instrumentation, and feeling akin to some of the freely ambitious soul jazz of the time in spirit, with the roomiest of reggae rhythms. Titles include "Run Come Rally", "Seventy-Two Nations", "Zion Land" and "Know How You Stand", all on the longer side, and ultra mesmerizing. LP, Vinyl record album

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Miles DavisKind Of Blue ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $1.99
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, and all those playings, the record manages to still sound fantastic – a truly inspirational piece of music that's long deserved all the attention it gets! The legendary group on the album includes John Coltrane on tenor, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass – working with Miles in a relatively modal style, with brilliant rhythm changes and a wonderful sense of space. The whole thing's sublime – and titles include "Blue In Green", "All Blues", "So What", and "Freddie Freeloader". CD
(Columbia Jazz Masterpiece pressing.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisKind Of Blue ... LP
Columbia, 1959. Very Good ... $59.99
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, and all those playings, the record manages to still sound fantastic – a truly inspirational piece of music that's long deserved all the attention it gets! The legendary group on the album includes John Coltrane on tenor, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass – working with Miles in a relatively modal style, with brilliant rhythm changes and a wonderful sense of space. The whole thing's sublime – and titles include "Blue In Green", "All Blues", "So What", and "Freddie Freeloader". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 360 Sound pressing.)
Also available
Kind Of Blue (with bonus track) ... CD 2.99
Kind Of Blue (2CD legacy edition) ... CD 6.99

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Miles DavisKind Of Blue (Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1959. Used ... Just Sold Out!
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, and all those playings, the record manages to still sound fantastic – a truly inspirational piece of music that's long deserved all the attention it gets! The legendary group on the album includes John Coltrane on tenor, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass – working with Miles in a relatively modal style, with brilliant rhythm changes and a wonderful sense of space. The whole thing's sublime – and titles include "Blue In Green", "All Blues", "So What", and "Freddie Freeloader". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light mark from sticker removal.)

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Miles DavisKind Of Blue (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $2.99
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, and all those playings, the record manages to still sound fantastic – a truly inspirational piece of music that's long deserved all the attention it gets! The legendary group on the album includes John Coltrane on tenor, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass – working with Miles in a relatively modal style, with brilliant rhythm changes and a wonderful sense of space. The whole thing's sublime – and titles include "Blue In Green", "All Blues", "So What", and "Freddie Freeloader". CD
Also available
Kind Of Blue ... LP 59.99
Kind Of Blue (2CD legacy edition) ... CD 6.99

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Dizzy GillespieKusch ... CD
Groove Merchant/LRC, 1955/1976. Used ... $1.99
Not much on notes, but some plenty great tunes – music so good we can forgive the CD for it's lack of clear details and cheap-looking cover! The best tracks here are long, drawn out, and have that modern Latin-inflected groove that Dizzy first started heavily on his 60s recordings for Philips, Limelight, and Impulse – tunes that roll out with an open-ended feeling based upon strongly pulsating rhythms, which are then topped by freely exploratory solos by Diz! The dates on the package list the material as being recorded in 1955 and 1976 – but the mid 70s numbers dominate, and are really the reason to seek out the album. Players on these numbers include Rodney Jones on guitar, Benjamin Brown on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – on tracks that include "Kusch", "Be Bop", "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac", and "Brother K". The other 1955 numbers are more traditionally bop oriented – and include "Emanon", "Two Bass Hit", "Minor Walk", and "Things To Come". CD

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Hearts & Minds (Jason Stein/Paul Giallorenzo/ChadElectroradiance ... CD
Astral Spirits/Monofonus, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99
A beautifully bold setting for the bass clarinet of Jason Stein – a heady trio that features Paul Giallorenzo on keyboards and electronics, and the great Chad Taylor on drums – a musician who can't help but bring a sense of swing to this very far-reaching session! Taylor's always been one of our favorites – a musician who sometimes has the elliptical swing of a Billy Higgins or Hugh Walker, but can also be totally free as well – and here, he somehow manages to balance both sides of his music – while Stein blows bass clarinet the way most folks might handle a tenor – and Giallorenzo manages to color all the empty spots with nicely subtle work from his electric forces. Titles include "Slowly Drifting Outward", "Slippery Slope", "Treeline"," Back & Forth", "Future Told", "Frencher Frosty's Book", and "Electroradiance". CD

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✨✧ Roscoe Mitchell TrioNo Side Effects ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2006. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
Really evocative work from Roscoe Mitchell – playing here in a spare trio setting that's totally great! Mitchell handles a wealth of reeds – soprano sax, alto, tenor, flute, and piccolo – plus a bit of percussion – and other players include Harrison Bankhead on bass and cello, and Vincent Davis on drums and more percussion – very well-suited musicians here to match Mitchell's extremely poetic approach to sound! Some numbers have a dark, deep-down sort of feel – really ruminating at the bottom of the reed tones – while others burst out freely with much stronger energy, showing that Mitchell can still let loose when he wants to, even this late in his career. The balance recalls all the genius of the AACM scene in the 70s – and the double-length set gives the players plenty of room to express themselves. Titles include "Ruddy", "Vermillion", "When The Wind Blows", "Poem", "Flash", "From Red To Rusk", "Parched Plain", "They Danced", "Ride", "Yellow Night", "Sway", and "Here We Go". CD

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Jeff ParkerNew Breed ... CD
International Anthem, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
The record we've been waiting years for Jeff Parker to make – a fantastic funky set that shows off a whole new side of his talents! Parker's guitar has been on plenty of great albums over the past decade or two, but this set may well be one of his greatest moments so far – a really unusual, really personal set that takes his music to a whole new level – partly schooled by vintage funk, as you might guess from the cover – but also partly set up in a spirited new direction that propels Jeff farther forward than any other record! Parker plays guitar and a range of keyboards – and the album almost has a laidback Shuggie Otis vibe at points, but is a lot more complex overall – thanks to excellent rhythm work from Paul Bryan on bass and Jamire Williams on drums – who ground the sound, but can take off freely with Parker, too – as does Josh Johnson on alto, flute, and some other keyboards too. The whole thing almost puts Jeff into Robert Glasper territory – in its unique blend of jazz, funk, and soulful currents – but very unique, a genre unto his own, really well-deserved after all these years. The album's brilliant from start to finish, with cuts that include "Executive Life", "Para Ha Tay", "Here Comes Ezra", "Jrifted", "Visions", "How Fun Is It To Year Whip", and "Get Dressed". CD

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Paris SmithParis Smith – Kenneth Hill Quartets (with bonus download) ... LP
Oracle/Jazzaggression (Finland), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
An incredible album from the Chicago jazz underground of the 70s – one of a handful of rare albums cut by Paris Smith – a very under-discovered talent of his generation! Paris plays vibes, and has this incredible ear for unusual colors and tones – and for very fresh rhythmic changes in the music, which starts in more familiar territory of modal and spiritual jazz – then takes off into something else entirely! The group features equally amazing reed work from Kenneth Hill – a player who can be freely expressive, but without ever getting stuck too far outside – and the quartet also features drums from Usama, and bass from either Michael Smith or Donnell Lambert. This album's one of the few that Smith ever issued, on his own Oracle label – and all tracks are originals, with a beautiful sound – and titles that include "Mood For John", "53rd Street Ghost", "Bring Out The Skeleton", and "The Last One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500! Includes download!)

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Yan TreggerPop World Orchestra ... LP
Count Melody (France), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $26.99
A fantastic funky overview of the music of Yan Tregger – an overlooked sound library genius, and one that we'd rank right up there with Bernard Estardy, Janko Nilovic, or some of the other great continental talents of the time! As with some of those others, Tregger's got a great way of focusing everything on the groove – not just making songs that happen to be funky, but which have that agenda from beginning to end – as the rhythm section snaps everything else into place right at the start – horns, keyboards, guitar, and all other elements – often with a frenzy that seems to exceed even the usual sound library funk of the period. Some of these tracks are so tight, we kept having to make sure we didn't accidentally knock the pitch control on our turntable up a few notches – as you'll discover on "Black & Blue", "Henny", "Sun Adoration", "Freely Stories", "Mineral", "Slow Zoom", "The Girl In Gold", "Prophetic Soul", and the previously unissued tracks "At The Feet" and "Huff". LP, Vinyl record album

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Cedar WaltonCedar Walton At Pit Inn ... CD
East Wind (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... About December 5, 2018
A wonderful album from the great Cedar Walton trio that featured Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – a really beautiful group of musicians who completely transformed the sound of the piano trio in the 70s! The group played together often in the 70s, and they've never sounded better than on an album like this – freely soulful and dancing, with Walton in firm command of his talents – sometimes coming on with the strength of his early 60s material, but always opening up with a more exploratory vibe too. Walton worked often in this mode for the decades that followed this set – but this Japanese album is almost the start of that great legacy, and still one of the best from this group! Titles include "Con Alma", "Suite Sunday", "Suntory Blues", and "Fantasy In D". CD

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✨✧ Eric DolphyBerlin Concerts ... LP
Inner City, 1961. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful work by Dolphy – as essential to his catalog as any of his albums on Prestige from the same time! Although Dolphy broke plenty of musical barriers in the studio, to our ears, it was always in a live setting that he sounded best – freely exploring the kind of space his playing opened up, hitting notes that were more soulful and spiritual than many that he ever recorded on his studio sides. This set is a perfect example of that trend – as Dolphy's working here with a strong straight jazz combo, one that includes the great Benny Bailey on trumpet, in a set that features familiar tunes, turned into haunting explorations of Dolphy's new jazz idiom. One of the highlights is an incredible 15 minute version of Randy Weston's "Hi Fly", with Dolphy doing great work on flute – and other tunes include "Hot House", "Geewee", "When Lights Are Low", "I'll Remember April", and "The Meeting". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bill Perkins & Richie KamucaTenors Head On ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer date from two of the hippest tenors of the west coast scene in the 50s – Bill Perkins and Richie Kamuca – both musicians who worked in the cool school, but could also come across with plenty of soul! The album's got both tenors working head on – hitting counterpoint modes at times, but also opening up more freely at others – showing the balance between composition, arrangement, and improvisation that made the scene so great at the time – yet executed with a bit more depth of feeling, as we'd expect from Perkins and Kaumca. Rhythm is from the trio of Pete Jolly on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Stan Levey on drums – and titles include "Spain", "Pick A Dilly", "Oh Look At Me Now", "Don't Be That Way", and "Blues For Two". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Andrew WhiteSeven Giant Steps For Coltrane – Here We Is Again Vol 7 ... LP
Andrew's Music, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing album – not just for its tribute to the tune "Giant Steps" – but for the great playing of saxophonist Andrew White! In a move that almost makes him like the Pop-O-Pies of the jazz world, White serves up 7 versions of the same tune – an idea might be a bit odd, when the tune is Coltrane's legendary "Giant Steps", and when White improvises freely to take each version in a whole new direction, the album's quite a treat! Most tracks feature only White soloing , but the last number also features a piano trio grooving hard in the background – with Donald Waters on piano and Steve Novosel on bass. Pulled from performances from the years 1974 to 1976, and issued on White's own label! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Miles DavisKind Of Blue (mono) ... LP
Columbia, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, and all those playings, the record manages to still sound fantastic – a truly inspirational piece of music that's long deserved all the attention it gets! The legendary group on the album includes John Coltrane on tenor, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass – working with Miles in a relatively modal style, with brilliant rhythm changes and a wonderful sense of space. The whole thing's sublime – and titles include "Blue In Green", "All Blues", "So What", and "Freddie Freeloader". LP, Vinyl record album
(On 180 gram vinyl as well!)
Also available
Kind Of Blue ... LP 59.99
Kind Of Blue (with bonus track) ... CD 2.99
Kind Of Blue (2CD legacy edition) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Hearts & Minds (Jason Stein/Paul Giallorenzo/ChadElectroradiance ... Cassette
Astral Spirits/Monofonus, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautifully bold setting for the bass clarinet of Jason Stein – a heady trio that features Paul Giallorenzo on keyboards and electronics, and the great Chad Taylor on drums – a musician who can't help but bring a sense of swing to this very far-reaching session! Taylor's always been one of our favorites – a musician who sometimes has the elliptical swing of a Billy Higgins or Hugh Walker, but can also be totally free as well – and here, he somehow manages to balance both sides of his music – while Stein blows bass clarinet the way most folks might handle a tenor – and Giallorenzo manages to color all the empty spots with nicely subtle work from his electric forces. Titles include "Slowly Drifting Outward", "Slippery Slope", "Treeline"," Back & Forth", "Future Told", "Frencher Frosty's Book", and "Electroradiance". Cassette
Also available Electroradiance ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Second DirectionFour Corners (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A funky fusion classic! Second Direction are certainly not a household name – and the record has even more obscure origins than most, given that it was originally done as a small sound library project. Yet the quality of the set has given it a surprisingly wide reach with collectors and groove hounds over the years – thanks to the sharp rhythms and sweet blend of electric elements in the music! The combo mixes Latin rhythms with modal electric playing – very much in the mode of some of the best MPS work of the time, or the hipper corners of the Euro fusion scene – never too rockish and jamming, and with a great blend of the sax and flute of leader Fritz Munzer – plus the keyboards of Karl Heinz Merkel – both working with tight rhythms that often include lots of great congas. Titles include "Steamer", "Flying Carpet Ride", "Blue Dilemma", "Peace", "Storm Flute", and "Freeland". This great version also includes bonus tracks from the group's unreleased second album – Steps Ahead – seven more titles that include "Keep Going", "Tony's Choice", "Last Minute", "Steps Ahead", "Feeling Free", and "Moving Fantasy". CD

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✨✧ Second DirectionFour Corners (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1976. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A funky fusion classic! Second Direction are certainly not a household name – and the record has even more obscure origins than most, given that it was originally done as a small sound library project. Yet the quality of the set has given it a surprisingly wide reach with collectors and groove hounds over the years – thanks to the sharp rhythms and sweet blend of electric elements in the music! The combo mixes Latin rhythms with modal electric playing – very much in the mode of some of the best MPS work of the time, or the hipper corners of the Euro fusion scene – never too rockish and jamming, and with a great blend of the sax and flute of leader Fritz Munzer – plus the keyboards of Karl Heinz Merkel – both working with tight rhythms that often include lots of great congas. Titles include "Steamer", "Flying Carpet Ride", "Blue Dilemma", "Peace", "Storm Flute", and "Freeland". This great version also includes bonus tracks from the group's unreleased second album – Steps Ahead – seven more titles that include "Keep Going", "Tony's Choice", "Last Minute", "Steps Ahead", "Feeling Free", and "Moving Fantasy". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorAir ... CD
Candid (Germany), 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp – two key modern figures of the 60s, working here together in a seminal session recorded at the start of the decade! The album's approach is definitely dictated by Taylor – as the tunes have a piano-driven quality that's quite different than most music Shepp would later record – although Archie still manages to get in plenty of great moments on tenor! You can really hear Cecil breaking out of his earlier sound on the record – stretching forth in some of the more freely expressive ways that would dominate later, yet never too free – almost with a hint of modern swing at some points. Other players include Buell Niedlinger on bass and either Sunny Murray or Dennis Charles on drums – and titles include "Air", "Number One", and "Port Of Call". CD features 3 takes of "Air" and 2 of "Number One". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousBeat From Badsville Vol 4 – Even More Trash Classics From Lux & Ivy's Vinyl Mountain ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool little package – filled with two dozen totally hip tracks from the late 50s and early 60s! The music here follows strongly in the great tradition of this excellent series – and like the rest, digs deep in the hinterland of the vintage vinyl single – to uncover some rare gems that run the gamut from early soul, to rock instrumentals, R&B, and lots of other recorded oddities! As you might guess from the Cramps-like title, there's a pretty upbeat, festive feel to the record – as raw sounds collide and provide a mighty great listen all the way through – from titles that include "Call My Name" by The Saints, "Begging" by Bo Toliver & His Timers, "Summertime" by Jamie Coe, "Midnight Express" by The Dawnbeats, "Tarantula" by The Storms, "Charge" by The Renegades, "Fling" by The Phaetons, "Stop The Clock Rock" by The Creel Sisters, "Shake Baby Shake" by Celestine, "I'm Scared Of The Horrors Of The Black Museum" by Nightmares Jimmie Maddin Orchestra, "Here Lies My Love" by Mr Undertaker, and "The Whipmaster" by Don Johnston. CD

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✨✧ Free Jazz WorkshopInter Frequences (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Bisou/Souffle Continu (France), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked moment on the French free jazz scene at the start of the 70s – and a completely homegrown effort throughout! Unlike the famous albums in the initial wave of BYG and America label releases, which often featured American musicians joining overseas players – this set is a completely French outing, and shows a remarkable sense of energy and spontaneous creativity – a fresh fire that matches the FMP scene in Germany for imagination and power, but cast out in different ways that show the changed sense of style and relationships that were brewing in France. Imagine some of the Saravah Records material, played more freely – and you'll get part of the vibe here – but there's also a very special, very unique quality throughout. Players include Jean Bolcato on bass, Jean Mereu on trumpet, Maurice Merle on soprano and alto sax, Patrick Vollat on piano and prepared piano, and Christian Rollet on drums. Titles include "Sirene", "Ode A Lon Chaney", "Inter Frequences", "Air Perdue", and "Sphinx". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a big booklet of notes, too!)

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✨✧ Cecil McBeeMutima ... LP
Strata East/Everland (Austria), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A great bit of spiritual soul jazz – and one of the few albums as a leader recorded by the legendary bassist Cecil McBee! Cecil's joined here by a large group of players that includes Billy Hart on drums, George Adams on tenor, Onaje Allen Gumbs on piano, Jimmy Hopps on percussion, Art Webb on flute, and Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals – adding in just a touch of soulful color to the record, as she did on a few other 70s sides like this! The music's got that essential Strata East sound, with a rich and spiritual vibe on all tracks, and slight bits of funk hiding somewhere in the mix! Tracks are long and freely expressive – but never too outside, either – and titles include "Tulsa Black", "Feeling", "Life Waves", and "From Within". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jeff ParkerNew Breed (deluxe edition) ... LP
International Anthem, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The record we've been waiting years for Jeff Parker to make – a fantastic funky set that shows off a whole new side of his talents! Parker's guitar has been on plenty of great albums over the past decade or two, but this set may well be one of his greatest moments so far – a really unusual, really personal set that takes his music to a whole new level – partly schooled by vintage funk, as you might guess from the cover – but also partly set up in a spirited new direction that propels Jeff farther forward than any other record! Parker plays guitar and a range of keyboards – and the album almost has a laidback Shuggie Otis vibe at points, but is a lot more complex overall – thanks to excellent rhythm work from Paul Bryan on bass and Jamire Williams on drums – who ground the sound, but can take off freely with Parker, too – as does Josh Johnson on alto, flute, and some other keyboards too. The whole thing almost puts Jeff into Robert Glasper territory – in its unique blend of jazz, funk, and soulful currents – but very unique, a genre unto his own, really well-deserved after all these years. The album's brilliant from start to finish, with cuts that include "Executive Life", "Para Ha Tay", "Here Comes Ezra", "Jrifted", "Visions", "How Fun Is It To Year Whip", and "Get Dressed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe edition – limited edition of 222 – with a hand printed Sonnenzimmer screenprinted cover and inner sleeve – plus download!)

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✨✧ Yosuke YamashitaDancing Kojiki ... CD
Maro/Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the earliest albums ever from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – and a set that already has him completely on fire, and well into the legacy of music that would continue for years to come! Yamashita is incredible here – almost a Japanese answer to the freedoms of Cecil Taylor, but born of more Monkish origins – as Yosuke throws out these blistering waves of angular lines on the piano – improvising freely, but never losing his sense of direction – and pausing a bit at the start of the second half of the record to allow slight introspection, before then opening up again in freedom! The group features equally on-fire drum work from Takeo Moriyama, plus soprano sax from Seiichi Nakamura – on two long improvised tracks. CD

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✨✧ Maria JoaoPoesia De Aldir Blanc ... CD
SESCSP (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sensitive tribute to the music of Aldir Blanc – the sublime Brazilian songwriter whose 70s collaborations with Joao Bosco helped elevate the music to a whole new level – and whose words really take on new sort of beauty here, thanks to very unusual handling by Maria Joao! Joao's always been one of the more interesting Brazilian female singers – equally skilled in jazz, and also open to more freely creative modes – which she really embraces here, as most tunes just feature one other instrument for accompaniment, leaving Maria's voice to handle a lot of the other elements of the songs. This doesn't mean that Joao just sings gently alongside a guitar or piano – instead, it means that Maria's expressiveness is pushed even further, to embrace the full scope of the songs, and make them come alive with her voice – as she does here on songs that include Aldir Blanc collaborations with Joao Bosco, Carlos Paredes, and Guinga. Titles include "O Coco Do Coco", "Sede E Morte", "O Bebado E A Equilibrista", "Linha De Passe", "Lendas Brasileiras", and "O Sonho". CD
 
 
 



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