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BloChapters & Phases – The Complete Albums 1973 to 1975 (Chapter One/Phase II) ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1973/1975. Used ... $6.99
One of the hippest groups of the Nigerian scene of the 70s – presented here in two classic albums, back to back on a single CD! Chapter One is a landmark set of African grooves – very unusual in both conception and execution – with a feel that's unlike anything we can think of! There's definitely a rock influence in the set, but the music isn't rock at all – it's a very dark, almost dubby groove at points – and a bit more straightforwardly funk at others – almost a post-colonial style that clearly comes from a London influence, given to the group by a previous association with Ginger Baker. Rhythms are quite tight, and the bass is as strong as the drums – mixed up nicely with riffing guitar, and moody vocals that color the whole thing nicely. Titles include "Preacherman", "Time To Face The Sun", "We Are Out Together", "Chant To Mother Earth", "Miss Sagitt", "Beware", and "We Gonna Have A Party". Phase II is a critical next step for the group – music that's even deeper than before, but a bit funkier too! There's clearly some touches here of other African funk of the time – especially in the way the guitar parts groove with the rhythms – although those heavy Blo basslines from before are still nicely in place, as are some of the fuzzier production elements too. Titles include "Whole Lot Of Sh*t", "Atide", "Blo", "It's Gonna Be A Good Day", "Native Doctor", and "Don't Take Her Away From Me". CD

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Dana GillespieLondon Social Degree (Foolish Seasons/Box Of Surprises) ... CD
Deram/Rev-Ola (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A pair of late 60s albums from the great Dana Gillespie – back to back on a single CD! First up is Foolish Seasons – a great little album from vocalist Dana Gillespie – one that's done in a style that's much sweeter than some of her later work, and which features superb arrangements by the great Mike Vickers! Vickers really has an ear for a record like this – and mixes bits of folk with more pop/baroque backings that turn the tunes on nice little corners that bring out the sweetest side of Dana's young voice at the time. The style is kind of a mix of mainstream mid 60s female Brit pop with some of the trippier touches of the American post-folk singers of the period – not exactly sunshiney, but definitely in the same camp. Titles include "Foolish Seasons", "Can't You See I'm Dreaming", "No No No", "He Loves Me He Loves Me Not", "You Just Gotta Know My Mind", "Tears In My Eyes", "Life Is Short", and "Souvenirs Of Stefan". Box Of Surprises is a record that's a lot less folksy than her previous set, and filled with rougher, more rocking and bluesy tones overall! There's a nice sense of fullness to the record – thanks to production from Mike Vickers and arrangements by Terry Newman – who really helps fill the instrumental side of the record with compelling twists and turns – fuzzy guitar one minute, oboe the next, and just the sort of romping rhythms and funky folk bits that make the album hold up wonderfully over the years! Dana's vocals are great too – but the arrangements are almost an equal star of the record – on tracks that include "Like I'm A Clown", "If You're Dreaming", "For David The Next Day", "Describing You", "I Would Cry", and "By Chasing Dreams". CD

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SweetwaterSweetwater ... CD
Reprise/Rev-Ola (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $11.99
A pretty great debut from Sweetwater – described on the cover as "Eight high-octane musicians who met and jammed in the great peanut butter octopus that is Los Angeles!" The record's got a really trippy approach that's partially folk rock, partially psychedelic soul, and which also has some great touches of groovy harmony pop and Latinized LA rhythms – alll wrapped up in some totally great production overall! The whole thing skims and sings around like some of our favorite sunshiney pop from the time – almost a meeting of Triste Janeiro and Mamas & The Papas – with some great instrumental touches that include cello and electric harpsichord! Female lead vocals on most tracks, but the album also spins out nicely, so that you get plenty of instrumental passages too! Titles include "Why Oh Why", "Motherless Child", "Here We Go Again", "For Pete's Sake", "What's Wrong", "Come Take A Walk", and "In A Rainbow". CD

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✨✧ Smiley LewisMama Don't Like It! – 1950 to 1956 ... CD
Imperial/Rev-Ola (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the first big stars to rise from the New Orleans scene in the 50s – the mighty Smiley Lewis, an early rocker who was every bit as important as Fats Domino back in the day! Smiley's got a groove-heavy approach to all tunes here, even the mellow ones – which are filled with those trademark New Orleans triplets that soon filled up 50s R&B as Lewis and his contemporaries reached out to a wider audience – an earlier expression of that Crescent City vamp that would flourish even more strongly in 60s soul. This package features a whopping 33 tunes form Lewis' early years on Imperial Records – singles that really helped set the scene for R&B and rock and roll in years to come – with tracks that include "Tee Nah Nah", "Please Listen To Me", "One Night", "Bells Are Ringing", "Blue Monday", "Lying Woman", "Queen Of Hearts", "Bumpity Bump", "Ooh La La", "Jailbird", "No Letter Today", and "Down Yonder We Go Ballin". CD
 
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Eternity's ChildrenSunshine & Flowers – The Lost Sessions ... CD
Tower/Beatball (Korea), Late 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
Great work from Eternity's Children – a really unique soft psych group, one with roots in the south, but a sound that was later polished by LA sunshine! The tracks on the set have a wonderfully dreamy quality to them – a style that takes bits of fuzzy guitar, Hammond organ, and some slight folk and harmony touches – and fuses them together with a tight sense of conception that holds the sound together even through a few personnel shifts over the years. Some of the cuts here were issued as singles – and appeared on the group's Rev-Ola singles set – but a few others appear to be previously unissued as well, and all titles are pretty darn groovy! CD features 17 tracks in all – including "Woman's Blues", "Time & Place", "Cigarette", "Taste Of Honey", "Rumours", "Girl's Song", "Living Is Easy", "Somebody's Watching You", "Didn't We", "Just One Smile", "Laughing Girl", "Hard Hard Year", and "Down The Aisle". CD
 
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Nicola ConteJet Sounds Revisited (US version – with slightly different tracks) ... CD
Schema/ESL, 2002. Used ... $7.99
The genius of Nicola Conte gets the remix treatment – in this wonderful new album that steps off heavily from his massive Jet Sounds set of a few years ago! If you know Nicola, he's the wunderkind behind the Schema label – and, probably more than anyone in the world right now, one of the few producer/musicians who can really handle a retro-sounding groove. Conte's steeped in classic jazz, soundtracks, and bossa nova – all of which come into play in his music – and this set has him working with a host of able talents who help to take his unique creative vision even farther than before! US version features a slightly different track list than the European one – with titles that include "Arabesque (vocal version)" done by Micatone, "Forma 2000" reformed by Les Gammas, "Tema In Hi Fi" by Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella, "Jet Sounds" by Nuspirit Helsinki, "Bossa Per Due" by Thievery Corporation, "Fuoco Fatuo" by Koop, "New Standards" by Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella, "Love Me Till Sunday" by Nicola Conte, "Dossier Omega" redone by Espen Horne, "The In Samba" done by Kyoto Jazz Massive, "Missione A Bombay" by Eddy & Dus, and "Mambo De Los Dandies" by Gerardo Frisina. CD
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Errol Brown & The RevolutionariesDub Expression ... CD
High Note/Dub Store (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
The mighty Errol Brown is at the controls in Treasure Isle – reworking some wicked rhythms played by The Revolutionaries – all with the stripped-down vibe of the best underground dub from Kingston in the 70s! Echo is heavy on the bottom-end of the sound – which makes the grooves ebb and flow in a way that's got a heck of a lot of sonic power – while some of the more isolated instruments over the top step along in a more melodic way – sometimes a bit of organ, guitar, or bubbling bass, depending on the track! The presentation is as stripped-down as the music – but at that mysterious level that only makes the record such a cool little treasure – with tracks that include "Bond Street Rock", "Ranking Marshal", "The Gun Court Dub", "Ital Stew", "Super Tracks", "Dread At The Controls", and "Ghetto Dub". CD

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Rahsaan Roland KirkDog Years In The Fourth Ring (Rare Live Material & Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata) ... CD
32 Jazz, 1960s/1997. Used 3 CDs ... $11.99
One of the greatest contributions made by the 32 Jazz label so far has been the rich amount of classic Roland Kirk material they've released on the market. The best of Kirk's work has been out of print for years, and like the folks at 32 Jazz, we think that's a darn shame – which is why we're extra-excited about a set like this! This nicely (and strangely) packaged 3 CD set features 2 CDs worth of previously unreleased live material – recorded in the years 1964 to 1975, by jazz recordist/archivist George Bonafacio. The material is amazing, and definitely gives proof to the claim that Kirk's live sets were even more amazing than his studio recordings. There's a wealth of great stuff here that really opens up an understanding of Kirk's 60s and early 70s years – and titles include "Rahsaantalk", "Misterioso", "Jammin With A Wolf", "Sister Sadie", "Blues For Alice", and a very groovy "Multi-Horn Medley". And if that's not enough, the 3rd CD of the set features the totally rare Natural Black Inventions album, which Kirk recorded for Atlantic. The record's got an amazing sound: Roland plays solo (mostly), and without the aid of overdubbing, to create these amazing soundscapes of multiple horns and circular breathing. It's filled with these fantastic throbbing pulsating reed lines, with one horn blowing rhythm, and one playing an adventurous solo – and both being blown live a the same time! Tracks include "Black Root", "Raped Voices", "Day Dream", and "Something For Trane That Trane Could Have Said". 3 great CDs of material by one of our favorite-ever reed players – and nicely priced, if we do say so ourselves! CD
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Rahsaan Roland KirkOther Folks' Music ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Rahsaan Roland Kirk takes on "other folks music" – that is, a host of tunes penned by other jazz artists – but as you'd expect, there's a really personal feel to the record overall – one that definitely makes the music Kirk's own by the end of the set! The album's a bit more subdued than some of his previous records, but no less creative – as there's a wonderfully understated quality to the record that really cements its charm – that undeniable Kirk genius at work, amidst an inventive lineup that includes Truty Pitts on electric piano, Hilton Ruiz on acoustic piano, Gloria Agnosti on harp, Richard Williams on trumpet, Roy Haynes on drums – and Roland himself on a great range of reeds – including tenor, flute, manzello, stritchaphone, reed trumpet, and harmonica! Titles include a great reworking of Frank Foster's "Simone", plus versions of Hilton Ruiz' "Arrival" , Trudy Pitts' "Anysha", Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee", and Kirk's own "Water For Robeson & Williams". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ramsey LewisFunky Serenity/Golden Hits/Solar Wind/Sun Goddess ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A quadruple-header from Ramsey Lewis – four albums from his great 70s electric period on Columbia Records! First up is Funky Serenity – sweet electric funk from Ramsey Lewis! The album's one of his best from the 70s – and it's got Ramsey on Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keyboards, grooving away in an open-ended 70s mode that still retains all the heavy soul of his classic work for Chess. Morris Jennings adds in some very nice percussion with his drum work, and Cleveland Eaton's on funky bass, giving the set a strong bottom groove. Features the sublime sample cut "My Love For You", a great version of "Knights In White Satin" that's done with a weird spacey groove, plus the tracks "Kufany Mapenzi (Making Love)", "Serene Funk", "What It Is!", and "Dreams". Golden Hits isn't a "best of", but instead has Ramsey and his funky mid 70s trio with Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton revisiting some of his best loved material from the Cadet years, but with the groovy Rhodes and wah wah sound that we dig so much about his CBS recordings. Unlike some of the other records from this period, the group's nice and stripped down, just the electric piano, bass and drums, so the groove's nice and wide open, Ramsey and company popping along with the sanctified soulful vibe of his 60s work, but updating their sound with some nice electric touches. 9 numbers in all: "Hang On Sloopy", "Blues For The Night Owl", "Hi-Heel Sneakers", "Carmen", "Delilah", "Wade In The Water", "Slippin' Into Darkness", "Somethin' You Got", and "The In Crowd". Solar Wind was cut smack dab in the middle of Ramsey's glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays plenty of Fender Rhodes, in addition to bits of Arp and moog too – in a setting that's mostly trio, with a few guest players stepping into the mix from track to track! There's a nice degree of fuzz at points, thanks to added help from Steve Cropper – and titles include a great funky version of "Summer Breeze", plus "Solar Wind", "Come Down In Time", "Love for A Day", "Hummingbird", "Jamaican Marketplace", and "Sweet & Tender You". Sun Goddess is one of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD

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Novi SingersMy Own Revolution – Novi Singers Rec 1968 to 1971 – Polish Radio Jazz Archives Vol 24 ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
Very cool live work from this ultra-hip Polish vocal group – at a level that both matches their classic records of the time, and also brings in some other groovy surprises too! The setting is live for all these tracks – and the music often features lots of cool organ from the great Krzystof Sadowski, whose Hammond colors things in alongside all the unusual twists, turns, and vocal explosions of the quartet – singers who are clearly inspired by earlier groups like Les Double Six and Lambert Hendricks & Ross – but who also have already moved into these much more unusual realms of tone and phrasing – at a level that even beats the inventive harmonies of Brazilian groups like Quarteto Em Cy or MPB4. Even the familiar tunes here get reworked in great ways – and titles include "Don't Be Late My Baby", "Once I Loved", "A Calm Evening", "My Own Revolution", "Second Sight", "Secret Life", "Like A Dream In The Sky", and "Introduction". CD

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Return To ForeverWhere Have I Known You Before ... LP
Polydor, 1974. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitars. The title may lead you to believe the set is a mellow onecentered on themes of introspection given some of the song titles, but it's actually a fairly walloping set of spacey jazz rock – with heavy drums, funky bass & synths. Titles include "Vulcan Worlds", "Where Have I Loved You Before", "The Shadow Of The Lo", "Where Have I Danced With You Before", "Beyond The Seventh Galaxy", "Earth Juice" and "Song To The Pharoah Kings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a name in pen.)

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StereolabAluminum Tunes (Switched On Vol 3) (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Duophonic, 1998. New Copy 3LP Gatefold (reissue)... $38.99 39.99
It's only been a few years since the previous Switched On set, but Stereolab have already created so much musical magic, they need a double-length record to keep the whole thing intact! The sound here is somehow getting even more dreamy and wonderful – definitely showing their work with the mighty Sean O'Hagan, and also really opening up into all the many musical ideas that Tim Gane was picking up from his never-ending search for unusual records! The 60s swirl through time and space, and make the future sound even better than we could have imagined it – while the Channel is drained, and England and France become one in a genius marriage of pure pop modes. Titles include "The Extension Trip", "How To Play Your Internal Organs Overnight", "Space Moment", "Iron Man", "The Long Hair Of Death", "One Note Samba/Surfboard", "Percolations", "1000 Miles An Hour", "Klang Tone", and a great take on the theme to "Get Carter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition remastered pressing – on clear vinyl and with download!)

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StereolabMars Audiac Quintet (clear vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Elektra/Duophonic, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... On May 3, 2019
Stereolab's second for Elektra, following strongly on their debut for the label – and one of their best ever! Mars Audiac Quintet is a brilliant batch of space age pop tunes, inflected with the genius ear for 60s classics that's always made the band so compelling to us, but done in a fresh and unique way. Stereolab loved and relied upon vintage gear, but you could never really peg them as retro, or revivalists. There was never another pop band exactly like them, yet it's also important to consider just how incredibly unique Stereolab was in the early-to-mid 90s landscape. Mindblowing! Titles include "Three Dee Melodie", "Wow & Flutter", "Ping Pong", "Anamorphose", "Three Longers Later", "Nihilist Assault Group", and "Fiery Yellow", "Outer Acceleration", "New Orthophony" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastering overseen by Tim Gane. Clear vinyl pressing limited to 500 copies.)

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StereolabMars Audiac Quintet (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Duophonic, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... On May 3, 2019
Stereolab's second for Elektra, following strongly on their debut for the label – and one of their best ever! Mars Audiac Quintet is a brilliant batch of space age pop tunes, inflected with the genius ear for 60s classics that's always made the band so compelling to us, but done in a fresh and unique way. Stereolab loved and relied upon vintage gear, but you could never really peg them as retro, or revivalists. There was never another pop band exactly like them, yet it's also important to consider just how incredibly unique Stereolab was in the early-to-mid 90s landscape. Mindblowing! Titles include "Three Dee Melodie", "Wow & Flutter", "Ping Pong", "Anamorphose", "Three Longers Later", "Nihilist Assault Group", and "Fiery Yellow", "Outer Acceleration", "New Orthophony" and more. CD
(Remastering overseen by Tim Gane.)

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Salim WashingtonDogon Revisited ... CD
Passin' Thru, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
The most righteous cover we've ever seen on a record from reedman Salim Washington – and a great indication of how righteous the music inside is as well! Salim has quietly been giving us genius over the past 20 years or so – and this album really continues that legacy – reaching back to 70s modes of spiritual jazz and loft improvisation, but really finding a way for those older modes to resonate strongly in the new millennium – as Washington leads a core trio that balances his work with the drums of Tyshawn Sorey and bass of Hill Greene – both inventive younger players whose sense of rhythm and texture really bring something new to the table, and push the music out of any stale older modes. Melanie Dyer plays viola on two tracks, and also provides a recitation of Amiri Baraka's "New Invasion Of Africa" – and Salim plays tenor, flute, oboe, and mbira. Titles include "Jamila", "Bitter Sweet", "To Know Yaweh", "Uh Oh", "Four In One", "You Can Fly", "Self Love/Revolutionary Ontology", and a version of Julius Hemphill's "Dogon AD". CD

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✨✧ VariousRevolution Pop – 14 Fuzzy & Groovy French Cuts From The 60s ... LP
Les Disques Robespierre (Spain), Late 60s. New Copy ... $28.99
Weird and wonderful music – more than enough so to live up to the cover's image of a communist Antoine Doinel in a film by Jean-Luc Godard! The music here has little to do with cinema, but is part of that same new sense of freedom that was sweeping the French scene in the 60s – with a sound that's straight enough to be the pop promised in the title, but is never afraid to take all sorts of chances with the instrumentation, arrangements, and production! In other words, the songs here are as groovy as French pop tunes from a few years before, but also get nice and trippy too – often in the space of a few short minutes, which makes all the cool touches even more amazing. Titles include "Super Girl" by Les Fleurs De Pavot, "Mao Mao" by Claude Channes, "Le Diable De Pres" by Francoise Deldick, "L'Insatisfait" by Carine, "Je Te Veux" by 5 Gentlemen, "J'Ai Traverse L'Enfer" by Monty, "Pour Les Miss" by Nicky Nicolas, and "Satisfaction" by Gammas. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousRewind! 4 – Original Classics Revisited, Rerecorded & Rewound ... LP
Ubiquity, 2005. Very Good+ 2LP ... $19.99
This great series just keeps on getting better and better – and we've got no problem saying that we really love this latest installment of Rewind! As with previous volumes, the focus here is on older tunes, redone by current artists of the global groove underground – served up in a variety of styles that extrapolate the originals nicely. The difference here, though, is that the overall sound is massively funky – harder hitting than even the excellent previous volumes, and in a mode that goes way past the gimmick of a "covers only" album. Tracks include 5 exclusives to the set, plus a few that have been hard to track down in any form – and titles include "Evil Vibrations" by Rebirth, "Word Up" by Willis, "This Land Is Our Land" by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, "Funky Nassau" by Orgone, "Star Of A Story" by Yam Who, "River Man" by Shawn Lee, "I Love You" by As One, "The Look Of Love" by Platinum Pied Pipers, and "7 Nation Army" by Nostalgia 77. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousRough Guide To Afrobeat Revolution (with bonus Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat CD) ... CD
Rough Guide, 2009. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
A bit more than a Rough Guide, if you ask us – actually a great little set that capable shows the range of Afrobeat and funk in a new generation – featuring tracks by Souljazz Orchestra, Tony Allen, Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat, Afrodizz and more! Compiled by Pablo "DJ Bongohead" Yglesias & Brendon "DJ Andujar" Rule. Titles include "Freedom No Go Die" by Souljazz Orchestra, "Kabioye" (Mark De Clive-Lowe rmx) by "Lekan Babalola, "Dem People Go" by Dennis Ferrer, "Kilode" by Tony Allen feat Yinka Davies, "Get Up" by Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat, "Saro-Wiwa" by Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls and more. Comes with a stunner of a bonus disc, the full Country Of Guns album by Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat – a searing set of Afrobeat that really burns with a lot of energy! There's a complexity here that goes beyond most other contemporary Afro Funk ensembles – one that takes especial joy in the solo parts, which are really well-crafted, and have an almost jazz-like sophistication at times – especially on the reed parts. But the complexity never gets in the way of the rhythms, either – as these are right on the money, and a great balance between African roots and funkier elements. Titles include "Get Up", "Baba Nla Iya", "Shake Your Nyansh", "Fimile", "Country Of Guns" and more. CD

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✨✧ Jackson 5Dancing Machine/Moving Violation (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown, 1974/1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 Jackson 5 classics on one CD! Dancing Machine contains some excellent later work by the Jacksons, featuring a shift from their earlier pop material, into a great style that was a bit more baroque, and which yielded some very nice moments. The album includes the funky pre-disco "Dancing Machine", a perennial favorite – but the real treats are the cuts "The Mirrors Of My Mind" and the haunting "I Am Love", an beautiful symphonic soul track with a sound that still blows us away! On Moving Violation the boys are expanding their sound with the club-oriented grooves of the time – using Holland, Dozier, and Holland on many cuts, trying for a similar strident groove as some of the trio's work on their own Invictus label. The move's actually a great one – as the maturing group has a strong adult harmony sound, the one that they would lean on more heavily during their years as The Jacksons, and which calls for much smoother arrangements than before. The record's got a strident righteous sound – and titles include "Forever Came Today", "Moving Violation", "You Were Made Especially For Me", "Honey Love", "Body Language", "All I Do Is Think Of You", and "Breezy". CD also contains 2 bonus tracks – "Through Thick & Thin" and "Forever Came Today" – for a total of 20 tracks in all! CD
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✨✧ Roland KirkI Talk With The Spirits ... LP
Limelight, 1964/1997. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Roland Kirk's moodiest albums – and a record that really helped him find a big new audience in the 60s! The approach here is a bit different than some of Kirk's more bombastic jazz albums from previous years – gentle, and almost spiritual at times – thanks to heavy use of flute, which Kirk explores with a deeply personal tone – easing out gentle lines that really foreshadow the use of the instrument in the post-Coltrane generation! The record has a dark somber tone at times, and a sweetly redemptive one at others – and the other players include Horace Parlan on piano, Bobby Moses on vibes, Michael Fleming on bass, and Walter Perkins on drums – and the album also features a bit of vocals from Crystal-Joy Albert. Titles include "Ruined Castles", "Trees", "I Talk With The Spirits", and Roland's classic "Serenade To A Cuckoo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Return To ForeverNo Mystery ... LP
Polydor, 1975. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitar. As you'd expect from this crew, this is some of the hardest hitting cosmic fusion that the group ever cut! Titles include "Dayride", "Jungle Waterfall", "Flight Of The Newborn", "Sofistifunk" and "Excerpt From The First Movement Of Heavy Metal". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ StereolabSwitched On Volumes 1, 2, & 3 (4CD box set) ... CD
Duophonic, 1990s. New Copy 4CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic CD collection – one that brings together all three volumes of Stereolab's Switched On classics from the 90s! On the original Switched On record, moog, fuzz, and farfisa have never sounded so great together – and although these guys drank deep of the well of 60s pop magic before making this modern-day classic – they also come off sounding pretty darn original on their own! When this gem of a record first hit the world, it was as if all of us were hearing music from the cosmos for years, but could never find a way to make it part of our everyday lives. Then along come Tim Gane, Laetitia Sadier, and crew – and completely change the world for the better! An album that no home should be without – with titles that include "Contact", "Super-Electric", "Doubt", "Brittle", "Au Grand Jour", "The Way Will Be Opening", and "Changer". Refried Ectoplasm is the second in the holy trinity of "switched on" albums from Stereolab – a set that collects together all the unusual recordings and other side bits the group were doing in the early years of their career – standing strong as a testament to their non-stop efforts to forever push the boundaries of electric fuzzy pop! The vocals Laetitia Sadier are completely sublime – almost a bridge between the darker modes of the previous pop generation and all the new ideas of the world to come – when the rest of rock music would finally catch up to these guys, and realize that the best path to the future is through the past! Titles include "Farfisa", "John Cage Bubblegum", "Tempter", "Exploding Head Movie", "French Disko", "Harmonium", "Revox", "Mountain", and "Sadistic". By the time of Aluminum Tunes (Switched On Vol 3) – it had only been a few years since the previous Switched On set, but Stereolab had already created so much musical magic, they needed a double-length record to keep the whole thing intact! The sound here is somehow getting even more dreamy and wonderful – definitely showing their work with the mighty Sean O'Hagan, and also really opening up into all the many musical ideas that Tim Gane was picking up from his never-ending search for unusual records! The 60s swirl through time and space, and make the future sound even better than we could have imagined it – while the Channel is drained, and England and France become one in a genius marriage of pure pop modes. Titles include "The Extension Trip", "How To Play Your Internal Organs Overnight", "Space Moment", "Iron Man", "The Long Hair Of Death", "One Note Samba/Surfboard", "Percolations", "1000 Miles An Hour", "Klang Tone", and a great take on the theme to "Get Carter".B CD

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✨✧ Return To ForeverNo Mystery ... CD
Polydor, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitar. As you'd expect from this crew, this is some of the hardest hitting cosmic fusion that the group ever cut! Titles include "Dayride", "Jungle Waterfall", "Flight Of The Newborn", "Sofistifunk" and "Excerpt From The First Movement Of Heavy Metal". CD
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✨✧ Chick Corea/Return To Forever5 Original Albums (Light As A Feather/Hymn To The/Where Have I Known/No Mystery/Spanish Heart) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 5 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A quintet of classic albums from keyboardist Chick Corea – all served up in a single package! First up is Light As A Feather – a classic bit of jazzy fusion from Chick Corea and the legendary Return To Forever group that included Flora Purim and Airto! The sound of the album influenced a generation, and although the album was overlooked by groovers for years, partly due to its success, it still sounds surprisingly fresh – skipping along with an amazing mix of fusion, Brazilian rhythms, and free-thinking solos! The album's overflowing with great-grooving goodies – and titles include the great original version of "Captain Marvel", plus "Light As A Feather", "Spain", and "500 Miles High". Next is another album with Return To Forever – Hymn To The Seventh Galaxy – a set that finds Chick Corea, Lenny White, Stanley Clarke and Bill Connors going all out from the get go, though our favorite track, "Space Circus" provides a nice breather, with an excellent electric piano intro, and a syncopated funky-ish groove in the main part of the tune that lives up to its name. Also includes the title track, "After The Cosmic Rain", "Captain Senor Mouse", "Theme To The Mothership" and "The Game Maker". Where Have I Known You Before is hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitars. The title may lead you to believe the set is a mellow one, centered on themes of introspection given some of the song titles, but it's actually a fairly walloping set of spacey jazz rock – with heavy drums, funky bass & synths. Titles include "Vulcan Worlds", "Where Have I Loved You Before", "The Shadow Of The Lo", "Where Have I Danced With You Before", "Beyond The Seventh Galaxy", "Earth Juice" and "Song To The Pharoah Kings". No Mystery is another Return To Forever record – featuring the lineup with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitar. As you'd expect from this crew, this is some of the hardest hitting cosmic fusion that the group ever cut! Titles include "Dayride", "Jungle Waterfall", "Flight Of The Newborn", "Sofistifunk" and "Excerpt From The First Movement Of Heavy Metal". Last is the record My Spanish Heart – cast in some darker, more contemplative tones than more traditional Latin sides – but it borrows a wonderful array of modes from genres past – including bits of strings, percussion, and an overall more ambitious approach that sometimes shows up in Chick's piano work, or in the general construction of the tunes. The double-length set features a wide variety of Spanish-influenced numbers – played by Corea on acoustic piano and a variety of keyboards, with other players who include Don Alias, Jean Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke, and Steve Gadd. Titles inclu de "Love Castle", "The Gardens", "Night Streets", "The Hilltop", "Armando's Rhumba", "Prelude To El Bozo", "Spanish Fantasy", and "My Spanish Heart". CD

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✨✧ Errol BrownDubb Everlasting/Dub Expression ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... $8.99
A pair of dub classics from Errol Brown – back to back on a single CD! Dubb Everlasting is a record that might mis-spell the name of its genre, but it's also a set that strips things right down to the core, then adds a very unique touch! Errol Brown works here in the Treasure Isle studios with massive rhythms from The Revolutionaries – but in a session that also includes a mysterious harmonica player too – who uses the instrument to carve out unusual riffs that are sometimes jazz, sometimes bluesy – almost making it feel like War's Lee Oskar is sitting in for a session down in Kingston! The instrument is quite different here than when melodica is used in dub – and titles include "Eva A Dub", "Marigunna Affair", "Babylon Dubbing", "Escape Affair", "Biblical Dub", and "Easy Locks". On Dub Expression, the mighty Errol Brown is at the controls in Treasure Isle – reworking some wicked rhythms played by The Revolutionaries – all with the stripped-down vibe of the best underground dub from Kingston in the 70s! Echo is heavy on the bottom-end of the sound – which makes the grooves ebb and flow in a way that's got a heck of a lot of sonic power – while some of the more isolated instruments over the top step along in a more melodic way – sometimes a bit of organ, guitar, or bubbling bass, depending on the track! The presentation is as stripped-down as the music – but at that mysterious level that only makes the record such a cool little treasure – with tracks that include "Bond Street Rock", "Ranking Marshal", "The Gun Court Dub", "Ital Stew", "Super Tracks", "Dread At The Controls", and "Ghetto Dub". CD
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Errol BrownDubb Everlasting/Dub Expression ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A pair of dub classics from Errol Brown – back to back on a single CD! Dubb Everlasting is a record that might mis-spell the name of its genre, but it's also a set that strips things right down to the core, then adds a very unique touch! Errol Brown works here in the Treasure Isle studios with massive rhythms from The Revolutionaries – but in a session that also includes a mysterious harmonica player too – who uses the instrument to carve out unusual riffs that are sometimes jazz, sometimes bluesy – almost making it feel like War's Lee Oskar is sitting in for a session down in Kingston! The instrument is quite different here than when melodica is used in dub – and titles include "Eva A Dub", "Marigunna Affair", "Babylon Dubbing", "Escape Affair", "Biblical Dub", and "Easy Locks". On Dub Expression, the mighty Errol Brown is at the controls in Treasure Isle – reworking some wicked rhythms played by The Revolutionaries – all with the stripped-down vibe of the best underground dub from Kingston in the 70s! Echo is heavy on the bottom-end of the sound – which makes the grooves ebb and flow in a way that's got a heck of a lot of sonic power – while some of the more isolated instruments over the top step along in a more melodic way – sometimes a bit of organ, guitar, or bubbling bass, depending on the track! The presentation is as stripped-down as the music – but at that mysterious level that only makes the record such a cool little treasure – with tracks that include "Bond Street Rock", "Ranking Marshal", "The Gun Court Dub", "Ital Stew", "Super Tracks", "Dread At The Controls", and "Ghetto Dub". CD
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Bubble PuppyGathering Of Promises ... LP
International Artists, 1969. Very Good+ ... $99.99
The lone album from the Bubble Puppy – a monumental effort of late 60s hard grooving psychedelia – and one of very best albums to come out of the original Texas psych scene! A couple of the Pup's labelmates at United Artists get a lot of revelry all these years later, and rightfully so – who would argue the importance of The Red Krayola and 13th Floor Elevators – but Bubbly Puppy deserve to be on that top shelf, too. The sound is tight and hard hitting, with trippy lyricism and groovy group harmonies, while the guitars range from cathartic fuzz to some surprisingly pretty melodicism. Not as far out as some of their peers, but the groove is absolutely killer. Titles include the benchmark single "Hot Smoke And Sasafrass", plus "Todd's Tune", "I've Got To Reach You", "Lonely", "Hurry Sundown", "Elizabeth", "It's Safe To Say", "Beginning" and much more. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Suzanne CianiLixiviation – Ciani/Musica Inc 1969 to 1985 ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99
Heavy electro work from Suzanne Ciani – an artist who peaked a bit later than some of her sound library contemporaries – which means she was able to contribute music experimental films, record productions, and video games – and not just the usual mainstream outlets! Ciani's electronics here are a great mix of modes – both analogue and digital – and her sounds often have a darkness that's really compelling, especially when you consider the ways some of them were used in areas that reached some larger audiences – really cool little spooky bits that underscore the more potent ways that electronic sounds were often used in the 70s generation. The music is light years beyond the playfulness of Perry & Kingsley – and has none of the softness of Ciani's later new age sides – a great revelation that will hopefully get her the recognition she deserves. Titles include "Atari Video Games Logo", "Princess With Orange Feet", "Paris 1971", "Live Buchla Concert 1975", "Sound Of Wetness", "Eighth Wave", "Liberator Atari TV Spot", "Pop & Pour Coca Cola Logo", and "Lixiviation". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ted CursonTears For Dolphy (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Freedom/Trio (Japan), 1964. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Fantastic work from the team of Ted Curson and Bill Barron – a rare French session from 1964, one that captures all the brilliance of their American work from the early 60s! The set features the pair playing in an extremely fragmented mode – no doubt inspired by the recent loss of Eric Dolphy, alluded to in the title of the album, but also possibly because the freedom of the session gave them room to explore a bit more than on previous albums. Includes a great version of Curson's "Quicksand", plus the tracks "Kassim", "East 6th Street", "Tears For Dolphy", "7/4 Funny Time", and "Desolation". LP, Vinyl record album
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Guido & Maurizio De AngelisLa Tigre E Ancora Viva – Sandokan Alla Riscossa ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1977. New Copy ... $18.99
A surprisingly groovy soundtrack to a cheesy little Sinbad-esque film – served up with a really thumping electric groove that's mixed with more exotic sounds – almost a disco generation take on the earlier style of Italian adventure soundtracks! The work was done Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – a sequel to the Sandokan film from the previous year – with loads of chiming little and grandly soaring string bits, flute, mandola and sitar sounds– with tight drumming and percussion and even bits of electric keyboard funkiness! Titles include many variations on the main theme, plus "Ritorno A Mompracem" and "La Tigre E Ancora Viva – Sandokan Alla Riscossa", plus "Sweet Lady Blue", Sandokan", and "Mompracem". CD

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Guido e Maurizio De AngelisLa Tigre E Ancora Viva – Sandokan Alla Riscossa (180 gram pressing) ... LP
RCA/Digitmovies (Italy), 1976. New Copy Gatefold ... $29.99
A surprisingly groovy soundtrack to a cheesy little Sinbad-esque film – served up with a really thumping electric groove that's mixed with more exotic sounds – almost a disco generation take on the earlier style of Italian adventure soundtracks! The work was done Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – a sequel to the Sandokan film from the previous year – with loads of chiming little and grandly soaring string bits, flute, mandola and sitar sounds– with tight drumming and percussion and even bits of electric keyboard funkiness! Titles include many variations on the main theme, plus "Ritorno A Mompracem" and "La Tigre E Ancora Viva – Sandokan Alla Riscossa", plus "Sweet Lady Blue", Sandokan", and "Mompracem". LP, Vinyl record album
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DynastySecond Adventure (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Octave (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $22.99
A great second adventure from Dynasty – the kind of set that shows why the group went on to become one of the strongest things going in the second chapter of the Solar Records soul empire from LA! The album begins with a rock-solid punch, then continues strongly throughout – basslines, guitar riffs, and funky drums all right on the money – used in a way that's somehow fresher than most of the larger funk groups of the time – and with a nice balance between mellower moments that still seem to have a gentle kind of groove. The energy is wonderful throughout – and titles include "Give It Up For Love", "Love In The Fast Lane", "Revenge", "Here I Am", "A Man In Love", and "You're My Angel". CD features bonus tracks – the previously unreleased "Mustang Movin On", plus single versions of "Here I Am" and "Love In The Fast Lane". CD
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Bill EvansBill Evans Complete Village Vanguard Recordings 1961 (3 CD box set) ... CD
Riverside, 1961. Used 3 CDs ... $17.99
Magical trio recordings from the classic trio that featured Bill Evans on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – a massive 3CD set of music, and one that brings together the complete June 1961 Village Vanguard recordings! The revolutionary bass work of LaFaro, and free-thinking rhythms of Motian really helped open up Evans' work on piano at the time – and their influence is heard to best effect on this spontaneous live set, spread out over the course of 22 tunes, recorded throughout the afternoon and evening on June 25, 1961. The package features one newly-discovered take, plus a number of alternates, spoken bits from Bill, and even a few final bars of music. Titles include "Solar", "Milestones", "All Of You", "Gloria's Step", "My Man's Gone Now", "Detour Ahead", "My Romance", and "Waltz For Debby". CD
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Graham Central StationMirror ... CD
Warner/Collectables, 1976. Used ... $7.99
Larry Graham and crew are definitely going for a fuller sound on this set – starting off the record with a funky marching band, in Tusk-like fashion – then rolling into some bass-heavy funk that tops even their previous records for tightness! The groove is a key element in the growth of west coast funk in the 70s – bass in the lead, but keyboards percolating in all over the place, in a style that's almost got touches of jazz – and which sets the stage for many of the Zapp-sounding projects of the future! A surprisingly great little record – and one we like almost better than the first few! Titles include "Love", "Mirror", "Entrow", "Do Yah", "Save Me", and "I Got A Reason". CD

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Grateful DeadWake Of The Flood ... LP
Grateful Dead, 1973. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
The first album issued by the Grateful Dead on their own label – a setting that might make you think they'd act with less control than when at Warner Brothers, but which actually seems to have them doing the reverse! The whole thing's a great back-to-basics effort – sharp songs, rootsy instrumentation, and this nicely compact presentation of all the best ideas they'd been percolating for the past five years – maybe expanded a bit on the longer "Weather Report Suite" that ends the record, but tight and sing-songy on most of the rest – titles that include "Row Jimmy", "Stella Blue", "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away", "Eyes Of The World", and "Here Comes Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rocktober 2018 pressing. Brick & mortar store exclusive.)

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Most Unusual Vocalist (Gene Howard)Love Is A Drag – For Adult Listeners Only – Sultry Songs By A Most Unusual Vocalist ... CD
Lace/Modern Harmonic, 1962. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
One of the most unusual records of the 60s – sung by a "most unusual vocalist" who wasn't revealed until 50 years after the album was released! Gene Howard sings here on an album of love songs to men, by a man – a set of older standards, with the gender changed – so that the male vocalist is crooning to a male subject – all with the kind of sensitive small combo backing that you'd hear on a jazz vocal session from a label like Verve! The whole thing is done totally straight – apart from the gender – with no sense of joke or camp at all, which makes the record truly one of the first to ever deal with the idea of same sex affection without any of the jokes or secret codes of other albums of the period. The small combo features Bobby Hammock on piano, Al Viola on guitar, and Heinie Beau on clarinet – and titles include "He's My Guy", "Jim", "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man", "The Man I Love", "Lover Man", and "He's Funny That Way". CD

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Ralph PetersonV ... CD
Somethin Else/Blue Note (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the boldest artists on the revived Blue Note label in the late 80s – drummer Ralph Peterson, working here with a really great group of younger talents too! The fire of the musicians really hints at all the power they'd unleash in the coming decade – and the group features Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Terence Blanchard on trumpet, and Geri Allen on piano – each bursting with new ideas and a very youthful sort of energy – streaming new sounds and thoughts at just about every moment. Wilson's especially great – and titles include "Monief", "Enemy Within", "Bebopskerony", and "Viola's Dance". CD
(A "Somethin'else Since 1988" series SHM-CD pressing!)

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Sun RaCosmic Tones For Mental Therapy/Art Forms Of Dimensions Tomorrow ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, Early 60s. Used ... $11.99
2 rare Sun Ra Saturn albums back to back on one CD! Cosmic Tones is one of the Ra's greatest albums for Saturn – a record that has him playing clavioline and echoey "cosmic side drums" with a great spacey sound that was probably arrived at through some primitive reverb and echo techniques! The overall effect is everything you'd imagined about Sun Ra – a mixture of hardbop, soul jazz, and some spacey musings that are definitely out of this world! Titles include "Moon Dance", "Voice of Space", and "Adventure Equation". Art Forms features material recorded in New York in 1961, and released on Saturn in 1965 – but whatever the date, it's still light years ahead of its time! Ra plays piano, as usual, but he also works with some beautiful instruments of his own creation – including the strangely wonderful Sun Harp, the Dragon Drum, and the Spiral Percussion Gong. The percussion instruments are heard to great effect on the track "Solar Drums" – which has an echoey percussive sound that's really wonderful! The rest of the group includes John Gilmore, Ronnie Boykins, Pat Patrick, Clifford Thornton, Marshall Allen, and Clifford Jarvis – classic Ra players all of them – and other titles include "Lights On A Satellite", "Kosmos In Blue", and "Cluster Of Galaxies". CD

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Nino RotaFellini Soundtracks (Early Movies/La Strada/Notti Di Cabiria/La Dolce Vita/8 1/2) (5CD set) ... CD
DOL (Russia), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $10.99
5CDs, and a set of great soundtracks to early films by director Federico Fellini – music that forever set the standard for a new generation of film composers! First up is La Strada – the brilliant mid 50s filled that starred a young Giulettia Masini as one of the saddest clowns ever to grace the silver screen – an amazing performance supported here by key early work from Nino Rota. Rota's score is a mix of circus-like themes and darker moments – all delivered with a dynamic energy that's really wonderful – almost leaping out of the speakers at some points, then sliding into shimmering, watery depths at others. Titles include "Il Pranzo Di Nozze", "Tema Della Strada", "Gelsomina", "Il Bambino Malato", "Zampano Abbandona Gelsomina", and "Addio Del Matto". Next is Le Notti Di Cabiria – aka Nights Of Cabiria – a film of similar vintage, with an equally wonderful score by Rota! The music's a bit more lush this time around – fuller orchestrations at times, but always with that ear for an isolated melody amidst the larger body – that sense of personality that makes Rota's soundtracks so great. Titles include "Picnic Al Divino Amore", "L'Illusionista", "Il Trasloco", "Aspettando Giorgio", and "Le Notti Di Cabiria". La Dolce Vita is one of the all-time classic Italian film scores – a groundbreaking soundtrack from Nino Rota, and one of the first Italian works of this nature to hit the record racks in the US! The music is a beautiful blend of whimsy and sadness – penned by Rota with a variety of light themes that dance together with a dreamy sort of quality – romantic one minute, dramatic the next – always handled with Nino's inventive sense of musical play! A delight throughout – with titles that include "La Doce Vita", "Cadillac", "Via Veneto", "Titoli Di Testa", and "Valzer". 8 1/2 is beautiful work by Nino Rota – filled with the kind of classic themes that distinguished his best work for Fellini. Carlo Savina conducted, and he does an excellent job with Rota's ideas – crafting them into short little packets of sound, woven tightly into little balls that pass back and forth as the mood of the film changes, in a similar mode to the scoring for La Dolce Vita. Titles include "Cadillac", "Cimitero", "Discesa Ai Fanghi", "La Passerella D'Addio", "Concertino Alle Terme", and "E Poi". Last up is a special soundtrack – featuring works from very early films by Fellini – including Il Bidone, I Vitelloni, Un Agenzia Matrimoniale, Lo Sceicco Bianco, and La Grande Seduzione. CD

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Woody ShawWoody Shaw With The Tone Jansa Quartet ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite Woody Shaw albums from his later years – and an album that's got the same joyous spirit and free soaring feel of his best 70s work! The core group on the album is the Tone Jansa Quartet – led by European reedman Jansa, and working in a space that's quite similar to that of Shaw's backing groups on previous sessions. Jansa wrote all the tunes on the set, and gave them a soaring feel that we really love – just the right mix of introspection and exploration found on classic Shaw sessions like Little Red's Fantasy or Lovedance. Titles include "Midi", "Boland", "Call Mobility", "River", and "May". CD

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✨✧ Jimi Tenor & Kabu KabuMystery Of Aether ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2012. Used ... Just Sold Out!
We've always loved the music of Jimi Tenor – but recently, he seems to get better and better with each new record – hitting a spiritual, soulful depth we never would have expected years ago! This album's one of his best efforts ever – and feels more like some lost 70s Euro/African rarity – as you might expect from the compelling cover! All the jazz elements of previous Tenor projects are in place – but there's also more of a pan-global influence going on – especially in the complicated percussion that graces most tracks, and which provides a wonderful counterpart to instrumentation that includes tenor, flutes, and piano from Jimi – plus trumpet from Julla Eskola and Tero Lindberg, trombone from Jay Kortehisto and Heikki Tuhkanen, and guitar from Kalle Kalima. Tracks are long, and have a feel that's somewhere between Strata East and Parisian Afro jazz experiments of the 70s – and titles include "Universal Love", "Afroeuropean", "Eternal Mystery", "Africa Kingdom", "Dance Of The Planets", "Curtain Of Steel", and "Starstuff". CD

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Third Coast Ensemble (Rob Mazurek)Wrecks ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2018. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible feather in the already-large hat of Rob Mazurek – work that more than lives up to some of his boldest visions on previous recordings, but does so in a completely new direction! The album features a set of larger-form compositions all put together by Rob – in ways that show a remarkable ear for mature colors and concepts – handled by players who are both from the third coast of the Chicago scene, and from Brest in France – where all the music here came together! Even if you already know and love Mazurek's other music, there's something very different and special here – as Rob's cornet and direction shape the sound of a lineup that features incredible performances from Nicole Mitchell on flutes, Christiphe Rocher on clarinets, Jeff Parker on guitar, Lou Malozzi on electronics, Steve Berry on trombone, Christofer Bjurstrom on piano, Philippe Champion on trumpet, Tomeka Reid on cello, Nicolas Peoc'H on alto and soprano sax, Irvin Pierce on tenor, and Avreeayl Ra on drums. There's also some beautiful texts penned by Alexandre Pierrepont and background voice from Yannick Leblay – and while the idea of such trans-Atlantic avant jazz collaboration is nothing new, there's a very special, very unique quality to this set – almost as if the players had been working together for many years to realize Rob's vision. Titles include "Under The Hearts Snow", "The Game Circle", "Wild Gale", "On The Trapeze Of Minds Ferns", "Cobalt Of Chance", "This Is The Atoll", and "Drinkable Gold With Shadows' Liquor". CD

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Various50 Years MPS ... CD
MPS (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $6.99 7.99
A nicely-priced introduction to the very cool MPS record label – easily one of the hippest jazz imprints going in the 60s and 70s – and one of the few that was able to reach around the planet, and unite styles from all over the globe! This set brings together key cuts that made MPS so great – some spiritual jazz, funky electric work, Brazilian cuts, funky jazz, and more – including a small number of tracks from the revived version of the label that's been putting out some new releases in recent years. Titles include "Suspicious Child Growing Up" by Volker Kriegel, "Blues For Liebestraum" by Joe Henderson, "Au Right" by George Duke, "Little Lady" by Elvin Jones, "O Astronauta" by Baden Powell, "Afro Black" by Nicola Conte, "Blues For Duane" by Freddie Hubbard, "Ode To Billy Joe" by Joe Pass, "Sconsolato" by Mark Murphy, "Body & Soul" by Rolf Kuhn, "Brown Skin Girl" by Monty Alexander, "The Devil Made Me Write This Piece" by Don Ellis, "I Love You" by Oscar Peterson, "Running" by China Moses, and "Unfolding" by Malia. CD

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VariousCuba Jazz – Jam Sessions & Descargas 1956 to 1961 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99 29.98
A fantastic look at one of the biggest contributions that Cuba ever made to music in the 20th Century – the rise of the jam session and descarga scene in Havana right before the revolution – a moment that saw an already-great style get even better in the hands of a few key musicians! Afro-Cuban sounds were nothing new to that city, but as the 50s moved on, the players on the scene adopted lots of influences from American jazz – and were really opening up in ways that were as open and expressive as they were fiercely collaborative – moving past the idea of a tighter ensemble with a star leader, and instead bringing together smaller groups with soloists that really got lots of space to do their thing – as did the percussionists, who really drive the music here! Most of the tracks feature some sort of vocals, but also have plenty of standout solos too - and the set features a huge amount of tracks by Cachao in his prime, plus lots more by Julio Gutierrez, Walfredo De Los Reyes, Rolando Aquila, Fajaro, Nino Rivera, and Chico O'Farrill – served up here with a total of 55 tracks on 3CDs. CD

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VariousDeutsche Elektronische Musik 3 – Experimental German Rock & Electronic Music 1971 to 1981 (3LP set – with bonus download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... $29.99 31.99
A totally great look at the explosion of electronic sounds in German music during the 70s – a set that goes way past more familiar Krautrock territory, to bring together elements from the artier side of the spectrum too, and even run up to some of the first great moments of the German new wave! Soul Jazz have been down this path before, but this time they're maybe following the road a little farther – as the track selection is especially great, and has a way of really illuminating the special sound of this generation, even if you already know some of the music! There's a few more meditative moments than on previous volumes, mixed with some tuneful tracks, funky numbers, and even a few subtle rockers – all laid out in a way that really makes the songs sound great together as a whole. Titles include "Dronz" by Novalis, "Wide Open Space Machine" by Klaus Weiss, "Deutscher Wald" by Deutsche Wertarbeit, "I'll Be Your Singer You'll Be My Song" by AR & Machines, "The Brain Of Oskar Panizza" by Michael Bundt, "And The Waters Opened" by Between, "White Overalls" by La Dusseldorf, "Tanz Der Vogel In Den Winden" by Achim Reichel, "Hollywood" by Cluster, "Die Haut Der Frau" by Pyrolator, and "Passage" by Streetmark. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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VariousLosing Touch With My Mind – Psychedelia In Britain 1986 to 1990 (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
Psychedelia first boomed big on the American scene of the late 60s – but the music had a huge second life on the UK scene in the second half of the 80s – where it took many different forms, all of which are contained in this heavy-duty set! The work here isn't slavishly tied to the fuzzy guitars and trippy elements of the first generation – although there's plenty of that at play, too – as the groups here come from different modes and smaller scenes – so that elements of mod, post-punk, club, and even early house music styles come into play from time to time – making for a hugely diverse array of sounds. The backstory might be that after years of clean teen living, there was a strong return of controlled substances in music making – but equally important here is a rediscovery of the best elements of echo, fuzz, and other spacey production elements! The set's a great exploration into this scene – done at the same level as the other great 3CD sets from Cherry Red, right down to a full booklet with lots of notes on the music. 60 tracks in all – with music by The Sneetches, Ultra Vivid Scene, The Seers, Telescopes, Stone Roses, Sun Dial, Robyn Hitchcock, Glass Keys, Legendary Pink Dots, Wolfhounds, Revolving Paint Dream, The Stairs, 14 Iced Bears, Red Chair Fadeaway, Biff Bang Pow, Paul Roland, Gol Gappas, The Sugar Battle, Magic Mushroom Band, Prime Movers, Mood Six, The Times, Dentists, and many more! CD

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✨✧ Grateful DeadWake Of The Flood ... CD
Grateful Dead, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album issued by the Grateful Dead on their own label – a setting that might make you think they'd act with less control than when at Warner Brothers, but which actually seems to have them doing the reverse! The whole thing's a great back-to-basics effort – sharp songs, rootsy instrumentation, and this nicely compact presentation of all the best ideas they'd been percolating for the past five years – maybe expanded a bit on the longer "Weather Report Suite" that ends the record, but tight and sing-songy on most of the rest – titles that include "Row Jimmy", "Stella Blue", "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away", "Eyes Of The World", and "Here Comes Sunshine". CD
(Out of print GDP pressing.)
Also available Wake Of The Flood ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Jackson 5Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5/ABC ... CD
Motown, 1969/1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 of the best records ever by The Jackson 5! Diana Ross Presents is the fantastic first record from the Jacksons – who were totally great, even at this early stage of their career. Proof enough is their big hit, the always-wonderful "I Want You Back", one of those tunes that we've heard a million times, but still love to death. Also included are a number of covers – like "Stand", "My Cherie Amour", and "Standing In The Shadows of Love" – all done in the nice Jacksons style. With ABC, the boys are expanding their sound with the club-oriented grooves of the time – using Holland, Dozier, and Holland on many cuts, trying for a similar strident groove as some of the trio's work on their own Invictus label. The move's actually a great one – as the maturing group has a strong adult harmony sound, the one that they would lean on more heavily during their years as The Jacksons, and which calls for much smoother arrangements than before. The record's got a strident righteous sound – and titles include "Forever Came Today", "Moving Violation", "You Were Made Especially For Me", "Honey Love", "Body Language", "All I Do Is Think Of You", and "Breezy". CD also features the bonus track "Oh I've Been Bless'd". CD
(Out of print. Please note the disc has a few marks but plays fine for us.)

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✨✧ Keith JarrettTribute ... CD
ECM, 1989. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great early trio moment from Keith Jarrett – a set that steps off some of his previous Standards albums for ECM, but which also has more of a personal flavor as well! The group here is that great combo with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both really open, fluid players who make the music really sparkle alongside Jarrett's piano – offering up tunes that are mostly standards, but in really unique variations! The album's a tribute to key musical heroes – Lee Konitz, Jim Hall, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and others – but the overall sound is pure Jarrett all the way through, on titles that include "Lover Man", "Solar", "Sun Prayer", "Little Girl Blue", "U Dance", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", and "All The Things You Are". CD
(Tray cards have each have a light stain along the spine.)

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✨✧ Max RoachWe Insist! – Freedom Now Suite ... LP
Candid, 1960. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most righteous albums that Max Roach ever cut – and a monumental jazz release from the heart of the Civil Rights era! As you can guess from the cover and title, there's a very political bent to the record – served up in righteous lyrics penned by Oscar Brand Jr, and sung by Abbey Lincoln at her most biting – really stepping out here in just a few short years from her previous role as a straight jazz singer, and firmly grabbing up territory no other female vocalists had touched! For this momentous event, Roach gathered together a really special group for the record – players who include regular partners Booker Little on trumpet and Julian Priester on trombone – alongside surprising guests like Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax, Olatunji on percussion, and Ray Mantilla on congas. There's no piano at all on the record, and the tracks are all long ones – stretching out with soaring horn passages next to the vocals, and plenty of percussion at the bottom to get things moving! Titles include "Driva' Man", "Tears for Johannesburg", "Freedom Day", "All Africa", and "Prayer/Protest/Peace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove! Cover is in nice shape too, with just a bit of edge wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Cal TjaderBlackhawk Nights (Night At The Blackhawk/Live & Direct) ... CD
Fantasy, 1958/1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 live cookers from Cal Tajder – back to back on a single CD! The set begins with Night At The Blackhawk – one of Cal's best late 50s dates for Fantasy Records – thanks to some smoking tenor sax from Jose "Chombo" Silva! The album has Cal working in the very comfortable territory of San Francisco's Blackhawk Nightclub – in a combo that also features familiar players Vince Guaraldi on piano, Al McKibbon on bass, Willie Boby on drums, and Mongo Santamaria on congas – all musicians who'd previously helped Tjader hit some of his best Latin grooves! But the addition of Silva on a few tracks here really makes the set crackle – giving it a gutsy, soulful fee that you don't always get on some of Tjader's other records. Tracks are longish – and titles include the nice original "Bill B", plus jazzy versions of "I Love Paris", "Blue & Sentimental", and "Night In Tunisia". Live & Direct is great live work from Cal Tjader – one of a number of sets but at his home turf of the Blackhawk Nightclub in San Francisco! The album's nicely laidback, with tracks that stretch out a bit more than Tjader's studio work for Fantasy Records – often hitting a slight Latin groove at times, but with a bit more of a straight jazz vibes feel overall! The great Lonnie Hewitt's on the group on piano, coloring in the tunes with some very soulful notes – and in addition to Cal's vibes, the rest of the lineup includes Victor Venegas on bass, and Willie Bobo on drums. Mongo Santamaria on congas and Rolando Lozano on flute join in on the track "Mambo Terrifico" – and other titles include "Racoon Straits", "Bad & The Beautiful", and "You Stepped Out Of A Dream". Note that the CD omits the track "The Continental" from Live & Direct – due to space restrictions. CD

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✨✧ VariousHabibi Funk – An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World ... CD
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Get ready to have your mind completely blown – because this compilation is one of those completely rare ear-opening experiences that will let you know that there's a hell of a lot of music in the world that you've never heard before – even if, like us, you've heard plenty of funky music over the years! The grooves here definitely live up to the title – as they're completely funky throughout, and in ways that are plenty appealing to fans of Anglo funk, but which have all the Mideast touches you'd expect in the instrumentation – a mad mix of east and west, sacred and secular, with the kind of completely unique vibe that will grab you like the first time you heard Ethiopian soul or Turkish rock! We'd honestly never heard most of this music before – and even though we've dug previous releases on the Habibi Funk label, this namesake set is the moment when they really knock it out of the park, and let us know that they're on to something completely brilliant. Comes with a great set of note, which help the uninitiated like us – and titles include "Casablanca Shuffle" by Belbao, "Wang Dang" by Bob Destiny, "Bsslama Hbibti" by Fadoul, "Sah" by Al Massrieen, "Soul Brother" by Dalton, "Al Asafir" by Kamal Keila, "Rouhi Ya Hafida" by Mallek Mohamed, "La Coladera" by Freh Khodja, "Tape 19.11" by Ahmed Malek, "Ayonha" by Hamid El Shaeri, and "Games" by Samir & Abboud. CD

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✨✧ Frank DeVol & The Rainbow StringsOld Sweet Songs Of Christmas ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The sweet strings of Frank DeVol take on a host of Christmas favorites – in a lush instrumental album that really takes us back to the sort of old time tunes our folks used to play around the Holidays! Each selection is a medley of two or three tracks – and DeVol uses string-heavy orchestrations to carve out the melodies with a somber, reverent sort of feel – a mode that's mostly secular in orientation, but has an undercurrent of seasonal spirituality. The record's got a strangely blue sort of feel – almost like the kind of record when you want to put on to have a sad Christmas – and we mean that in a good way! Titles include "Ring Christmas Bells/The First Noel/Jolly Old St Nicholas", "Winter Wonderland/Skater's Waltz", "Silver Bells/Jingle Bells", "The Christmas Song/The Twelve Days Of Christmas", and "Here Comes Santa Claus/March Of The Toys". CD

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✨✧ Dusko GoykovichEuropean Jazz Sounds ... CD
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic unreleased work from one of the greatest trumpeters on the European scene from the late 50s onward – and one of the few players who could match the depth and soul of American jazzmen on the instrument! Dusko Goykovich has given us so much great music over the years – in small groups as a leader, in unusual projects as a sideman, and even as a soloist in bigger bands – and here, we capture the trumpet giant at the earliest stage of his career – on some beautiful German radio studio recordings from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – tight, soulful, boppish material with a slight modern edge – recorded on all tracks with Derek Humble on alto, Karl Drevo (Drewo) on tenor, Franciso Coppieters on piano, and Jonny Fischer on bass. Some tracks feature Kenny Clarke on drums, the rest feature Stuff Combe on the kit – and titles include "Mile Dave", "Omricon", "Perhaps", "Quicksilver", "Solar", "Les Copains", "Salud To Birdland", and "On Green Dolphin Street". CD

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✨✧ Rolf KuhnStop Time ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1962. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest, grooviest albums we've ever heard from German reedman Rolf Kuhn – a set that not only features a fair bit of tunes penned by Horace Silver – but one that also includes lots of sweet Hammond from the great Ingfried Hoffmann! You might know Hoffman from his excellent work with Klaus Doldinger – and famous MPS and soundtrack appearances too – and here on this early date, he's already at the top of his game – a fast, fluid player who may well be the European scene's answer to Jack McDuff! Kuhn really opens up in Hoffmann's company – and swings his clarinet a lot harder than usual – with a style that's much more mod 60s than previous records. The rest of the group features Herman Schoonderwalt on bass and Cees See on drums – and titles include "Sister Sadie", "Mayreh", "Blowing The Blues Away", "Stop Time", "Hippy", "Bemsha Swing", and "Solar". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Liminanas(I've Got) Trouble In Mind – 7"s & Rare Stuff 2009 to 2014 ... LP
Trouble In Mind, Late 2000s-Mid 2010s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed collection of all the cool little extra bits from this extra-hip French duo – a group we've loved for their previous records on the Trouble In Mind label, and who really come through with this extra serving of goodies! The sound here is just what we love from the pair – freaky, fuzzy, and with lots of references to the glory days of French pop – but a more sinister, trippier approach overall – one that goes way way past any of the simple Parisian styles borrowed by Stereolab, into some very heady territory that really makes us love the group even more. Some of the tunes are surprising covers, mixed with originals by the group – and titles include "I'm Dead", "An Ugly Death", "Tu Es A Moi", "A Dead Swan", "Migos 2000", "Christmas", and a great cover of The Beach Boys' "I Know There's An Answer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing, including the download card.)

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✨✧ MaytalsMonkey Man/From The Roots (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of classics from The Maytals – with bonus tracks too! First up is Monkey Man – one of the greatest trio albums ever from the Jamaican scene – a classic set that kicked off the sound of reggae for the 70s, while still holding onto the rocksteady sound of the years before! The vocals of the Maytals are tied together tightly, but still have a rough edge that's quite different than American group soul at the time – partly because the energy of Toots Hibbert is hard to contain, as he leaps forward with a great sense of spirit that paves the way for later solo stars to emerge from Jamaican groups. Production is by Leslie Kong – who's got a great ear for the bottom end – and titles include the classics "Monkey Man", "Pressure Drop", and "Peeping Tom" – plus "Revival Reggae", "Give Peace A Chance", "Gold & Silver", "The Preacher", "Bla Bla Bla", "African Doctor", "Sun Moon & Star", "She's My Scorcher", and "I Shall Be Free". From The Roots is stunning early work from one of our favorite reggae groups ever – the mighty Toots & The Maytals, a key link between the soul styles of the Jamaican scene of the 60s, and the righteous years to come! There's a groove to the Maytals music that nobody else seems to get this right – or this tight – a fantastic criss-crossing of rhythms that's often nicely stripped-down, and which seems to set fire to the vocal interplay between Toots and the rest of the group – in a way that's as vocally explosive as the instrumentation at the core! Sure, these guys can harmonize as well as the rest of their contemporaries – but they've also got an even greater talent for trading back and forth, which seems to make every one of their tunes an instant groove. Titles include "Pee Pee Cluck Cluck", "Loving Spirit", "Dr Lester", "Gola Silver", "Koo Koo", "Revival Reggae", "Thy Kingdom Come", "One Eyed Enos", "A Time To Love", "9 O'Clock", "Know Me Good", "Got To Feel", "Feel So Good", and "Give Peace A Chance". Bonus tracks include rare alternate versions of "Monkey Man", "She's My Scorcher", and "African Doctor". CD

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✨✧ Ralph PetersonV ... LP
Blue Note, 1989. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of the boldest artists on the revived Blue Note label in the late 80s – drummer Ralph Peterson, working here with a really great group of younger talents too! The fire of the musicians really hints at all the power they'd unleash in the coming decade – and the group features Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Terence Blanchard on trumpet, and Geri Allen on piano – each bursting with new ideas and a very youthful sort of energy – streaming new sounds and thoughts at just about every moment. Wilson's especially great – and titles include "Monief", "Enemy Within", "Bebopskerony", and "Viola's Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available V ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Gil Scott-HeronSecrets ... CD
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A key crossover set from Gil Scott-Heron – still every bit as political as his earlier work, but with a stronger sense of soul as well! The great Brian Jackson is firmly in tow here – bringing warm keyboards and a nice little groove to most of the tracks – and the previous acoustic moments are replaced with more electric instrumentation overall, but never in a way that seeks to dampen Gil's message, nor push him into easy commercial territory. Instead, the tighter rhythms seem to really hammer home some of the lyrics – most famously in "Angel Dust", which almost touched a wider audience than the drug itself – and equally nicely on cuts that include "Cane", "Angola,Louisiana", "Show Bizness", "Better Days Ahead", and "Madison Avenue". CD

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✨✧ Various50 Years MPS ... CD
MPS (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A nicely-priced introduction to the very cool MPS record label – easily one of the hippest jazz imprints going in the 60s and 70s – and one of the few that was able to reach around the planet, and unite styles from all over the globe! This set brings together key cuts that made MPS so great – some spiritual jazz, funky electric work, Brazilian cuts, funky jazz, and more – including a small number of tracks from the revived version of the label that's been putting out some new releases in recent years. Titles include "Suspicious Child Growing Up" by Volker Kriegel, "Blues For Liebestraum" by Joe Henderson, "Au Right" by George Duke, "Little Lady" by Elvin Jones, "O Astronauta" by Baden Powell, "Afro Black" by Nicola Conte, "Blues For Duane" by Freddie Hubbard, "Ode To Billy Joe" by Joe Pass, "Sconsolato" by Mark Murphy, "Body & Soul" by Rolf Kuhn, "Brown Skin Girl" by Monty Alexander, "The Devil Made Me Write This Piece" by Don Ellis, "I Love You" by Oscar Peterson, "Running" by China Moses, and "Unfolding" by Malia. CD
Also available 50 Years MPS ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ VariousChristmas Songs (red vinyl pressing) (Japanese Record Day release) ... LP
HMV (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Christmas songs from the Japanese scene – served up here in a wonderful set of tracks produced by Goro Ito – who we've loved for his previous bossa-styled projects! There's definitely a Brazilian influence at work on a number of the tracks here – mixed with other playful modes that are often done in a tasteful way that never messes with the tunes too much – right down to the English language lyrics that are mostly intact! One great highlight of the record is the tune "Kabon's Christmas" – done by the great Sean O'Hagen, of High Llamas/Stereolab fame, and worth the price of the record alone – and the set also features work by Naomi & Goro, and Arthur Jeffes, of Penguin Cafe Orchestra fame. All other artists are listed in Japanese – and titles include "Sleigh Ride", "Finland", "Snow", "Listen The Snow Is Falling", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousDeutsche Elektronische Musik 3 – Experimental German Rock & Electronic Music 1971 to 1981 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A totally great look at the explosion of electronic sounds in German music during the 70s – a set that goes way past more familiar Krautrock territory, to bring together elements from the artier side of the spectrum too, and even run up to some of the first great moments of the German new wave! Soul Jazz have been down this path before, but this time they're maybe following the road a little farther – as the track selection is especially great, and has a way of really illuminating the special sound of this generation, even if you already know some of the music! There's a few more meditative moments than on previous volumes, mixed with some tuneful tracks, funky numbers, and even a few subtle rockers – all laid out in a way that really makes the songs sound great together as a whole. Titles include "Dronz" by Novalis, "Wide Open Space Machine" by Klaus Weiss, "Deutscher Wald" by Deutsche Wertarbeit, "I'll Be Your Singer You'll Be My Song" by AR & Machines, "The Brain Of Oskar Panizza" by Michael Bundt, "And The Waters Opened" by Between, "White Overalls" by La Dusseldorf, "Tanz Der Vogel In Den Winden" by Achim Reichel, "Hollywood" by Cluster, "Die Haut Der Frau" by Pyrolator, and "Passage" by Streetmark. CD
Also available Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 – Experimental German Rock & Electronic Music 1971 to 1981 (3LP set – with bonus download) ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ VariousHabibi Funk – An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World ... LP
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Get ready to have your mind completely blown – because this compilation is one of those completely rare ear-opening experiences that will let you know that there's a hell of a lot of music in the world that you've never heard before – even if, like us, you've heard plenty of funky music over the years! The grooves here definitely live up to the title – as they're completely funky throughout, and in ways that are plenty appealing to fans of Anglo funk, but which have all the Mideast touches you'd expect in the instrumentation – a mad mix of east and west, sacred and secular, with the kind of completely unique vibe that will grab you like the first time you heard Ethiopian soul or Turkish rock! We'd honestly never heard most of this music before – and even though we've dug previous releases on the Habibi Funk label, this namesake set is the moment when they really knock it out of the park, and let us know that they're on to something completely brilliant. Comes with a great set of note, which help the uninitiated like us – and titles include "Casablanca Shuffle" by Belbao, "Wang Dang" by Bob Destiny, "Bsslama Hbibti" by Fadoul, "Sah" by Al Massrieen, "Soul Brother" by Dalton, "Al Asafir" by Kamal Keila, "Rouhi Ya Hafida" by Mallek Mohamed, "La Coladera" by Freh Khodja, "Tape 19.11" by Ahmed Malek, "Ayonha" by Hamid El Shaeri, and "Games" by Samir & Abboud. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousHow Is The Air Up There – 80 Mod, Soul, & Freakbeat Nuggets From Down Under (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from the New Zealand scene of the late 60s – music recorded quite far from the streets of London, but which crackles with all the best mod and freakbeat elements of that city's underground at the time! The music here is a stunning revelation – sounds recorded almost in obscurity, given the nation's isolation – but completely on fire in terms of the instrumentation, vocal delivery, and overall conception – and, honestly, maybe even more crackling overall than Australian work of the period, which maybe sometimes tried to hard to copy sounds up north! Instead, these guys are completely original, completely on fire, and working with a quality level that matches the best Brit work of the period – while having its very own spirit. 3CD set features a massive 80 tracks in all – a huge introduction to the period, along with an equally massive book of notes – filled with images of the rare records, and lots of information on the music. Titles include "All Night Worker" by The Newsounds, "Got Love" by Tom Thumb, "I'm Your Witch Doctor" by Chants R&B, "Living It Down" by The Deep Set, "Anything You Like" by Spectres, "Turn To Stone" by Concrete Lamb, "Rescue Me" by The Librettos, "Jump Back" by the La De Da's, "Never Ever" by The Action, "Security" by The Pleazers, "Don't Wanna Be Lonely Anymore" by The Bluestars, "Lost Woman" by The Clevedonaires, "Little Miss Rhythm & Blues" by Judge Wayne, "Baby Doll" by Grim LTD, and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 2 – Europe – Esoteric, Modal, & Deep Jazz From The European Underground 1960 to 1978 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The sound of spiritual jazz from the European underground of the 60s and 70s – a really rich music-making scene that's every bit as impressive as the one going on in the US – as you'll hear from this amazing set of tracks! As with the first volume in the series, the collection is filled with modal jazz and other groovers – mostly long tracks that really stretch out, yet still always have a tight sense of rhythm – one that makes the music completely infectious right from the start! It might be tempting to think of European jazz of this sort as kind of a copy of a US mode – but instead, it really happened simultaneously – as younger players were really pushing past the styles of previous years – and drawing not only on American jazz for inspiration, but also a range of different post-colonial modes particular to the European scene – bits of African, Latin, Brazilian, and other styles that really helped influence their approach. And in a way, it might even be said that the Europeans of the 60s had a much looser approach to rhythm, one that really allowed for experiments like these – and which, in turn, went back to have an influence on the American side as well. Titles include "Temple Dancer" by Michael Garrick, "Communion" by Erich Kleinschuster, "Archangelo" by Raphael, "Africa Freakout" by Barney Wilen, "Corrida" by Nicolai Gromin, "Duke & Trane" by Hiekki Sarmanto, "Nana Imboro" by Wroblewski Jazz Quintet, "Las Morillas De Jaen" by Pedro Iturralde, "Bosnia Calling" by Dusko Goykovich, and "Candy Clouds (part 2)" by Hans Dulfer & Ritmo Natural. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Record CollectorIssue 486 – December 2018 ... Magazine
Record Collector, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This issue looks at the great glam year of 1973 – with bits on Slade, Sweet, Suzi Quatro, 10CC, Barry Blue, Ian Hunter, Queen, Fanny, and others – plus a list of 50 key glam collectables too! There's also a photo essay on REM, a look at the revised White Album reissue by The Beatles – and more on Cocteau Twins, Chocolate Watchband, Hawkwind, XTC, The Cranberries, Alien Sex Fiend, The Residents, and lots of others! Magazine

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✨✧ Complot Of SixComplot Of Six – Spisek Szesciu ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A groundbreaking Polish combo from the 70s – one with a name that makes them sound more like a revolutionary organization than a musical group – quite fitting, given the revolutionary style of their music! These guys use some elements from fusion – including guitar and Fender Rhodes – but they also stretch their sound out more in a way that seems inspired by avant spiritual jazz from the US – almost a post-Coltrane vibe that's different from the modern jazz territory explored by other Polish groups in years before! The leader of the group is Wlodzimierz Winski, who plays tenor and baritone sax – and other musicians include Zbigniew Czwojda on trumpet, Andrzej Pluszcz on guitar, Leszek Paszko on trombone, Adam Bielawski on drums, and Boguslaw Razik on both piano and Fender Rhodes. Titles include the side-long "Wizje" suite – plus "Amorphus", "Epitaphium", and "Pieprezem I Sola". CD

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✨✧ Grateful DeadWake Of The Flood ... CD
Rhino, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
The first album issued by the Grateful Dead on their own label – a setting that might make you think they'd act with less control than when at Warner Brothers, but which actually seems to have them doing the reverse! The whole thing's a great back-to-basics effort – sharp songs, rootsy instrumentation, and this nicely compact presentation of all the best ideas they'd been percolating for the past five years – maybe expanded a bit on the longer "Weather Report Suite" that ends the record, but tight and sing-songy on most of the rest – titles that include "Row Jimmy", "Stella Blue", "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away", "Eyes Of The World", and "Here Comes Sunshine". CD
Also available Wake Of The Flood ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Roscoe MitchellDiscussions ... CD
Wide Hive, 2017. Used ... Out Of Stock
The title's an apt one – as the music here is based on the improvisations from Roscoe Mitchell's earlier Conversations albums – but recast in a whole new way for an improvising orchestra! The group here features Mitchell on sopranino sax – a very strong voice out in the lead – but the larger ensemble really has a lot to add to the sound, in a lineup that includes flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, and oboe – reed elements used by Mitchell as in some of his previous "serious music" experiments – then mixed with violin, viola, electronics, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. The sound is a wonderful bridge between the compositional world of Mitchell and some of his looser small group improvisations – and the album satisfied both sides of that sonic spectrum in a great way. Titles include "Cascade", "Cracked Roses", "Who Dat", "Frenzy House", "Home Screen", and "I'll See You Out There". CD
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✨✧ 3TMForm ... CD
WeJazz (Finland), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic set from drummer Teppo Makynen – an artist whose work you might know from the Five Corners Quintet or The Stance Brothers – but who moves here in a style that opens up whole new territory for the Scandinavian scene! The core sound comes from a trio – with Makynen on drums, Antti Lotjonen on bass, and Jussi Kannaste on tenor – but Teppo also brings in these other sonic elements too – adding subtle samples to the acoustic core – not in a way that feels like a remix or something of that nature – but just some wider tones and colors that work wonderfully with the mix of tenor, bass, and drums! The style is less groove-oriented than some of Teppo's previous groups – sometimes straight jazz, sometimes more abstract – but never too loose or laidback, and always with a straightforward consciousness that shows that he's making all the right choices with these added elements. Titles include "Desolation", "Stars", "Formality", "Winterline", "Five New Ducks", "Flaig", "Empty & Still", "Flaigology", and "Iran". CD

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✨✧ VariousEthereal Magic Vol 3 – Deep Laid Back Soulful Groove – Compiled By DJ Tony Monson ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great volume in this really unique series – a set that delivers the laidback grooves promised in the title, but often from sources that are quite unusual too! Most of the cuts are soul numbers – including a few underground gems that you'll recognize – but there's also work from other areas too, including a few contemporary numbers mixed in with 70s tracks – which creates this wonderful criss-crossing of modes and spirits, and really extends the collection out past previous volumes! As before, there's a very positive vibe throughout – and titles include "Children Of The Night" by Jones Girls, "You Will Rise" by Sweetback, "Moondance" by Bobby McFerrin, "One" by Lesette Wilson, "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" by Judy Collins, "The Picutre" by Ola Onabule, "Let The Music Play" by Collective Peace, "Stay With Me Til Dawn" by Judy Tzuke, "Love Is The Answer" by Englad Dan & John Ford Coley, "Programmed For Love" by Dunn Pearson, "Time Flies" by Kazu Matsui Project with Robben Ford, "Bluz 4 Eyes" by Buford Powers, "Riding High" by Faze-O, "Groove With You" by Isley Brothers, and "Flight Of The Blackbyrd" by Zo with Phonte. CD

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✨✧ VariousOmaggio Al Maestro Ennio Morricone ... LP
Cineploit (Austria), 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A tribute both to the genius of Ennio Morricone – and to the five years of music created by the Cineploit label – served up in a style that's a wonderful combination of both worlds! The sound is more in the small combo mode that Cineploit gives us on its records – not the full strings or orchestrations of Morricone's soundtracks, but more fuzz guitar and keyboards – mixed with other sonic elements and some occasional bits of funk! Aesthetically, the music has more of a post-Goblin or John Carpenter sound than the golden Morricone era of the 60s and 70s – and titles include "Pazuzu" by Zoltan, "The Thing" by Videogram, "Revolver" by Leonard/Wank, "Strana Bambina" by Luigi Porto, "Matto Caldo Girotondo" by Orgasmo Sonore, "Stress Infinito" by Rashomon, "La Lucertola" by Oscillotron, and "Die Ballade Von Prafekt Mori" by Thelema. LP, Vinyl record album

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Nicola Conte & Spiritual GalaxyLet Your Light Shine On ... CD
MPS (Germany), 2018. New Copy ... $29.99 34.99
Nicola Conte is completely at the top of his game here – showing us yet another level of his mighty jazz-based talents – some deeper spiritual currents than ever before, mixed with a good dose of global influences too! The record has Conte working with a hip Spiritual Galaxy ensemble, filled with key talents from labels that include Schema, Brownswood, and modern Blue Note – artists that are helping redefine the deepest currents of contemporary music, and who seem to soar even farther under the leadership of Nicola! There's vocals on most tracks – from singers who include Bridgette Amofah, Zara McFarlane, Carolina Bubbico, and Zoe Modica – but the album's equally heavy on the instrumental tip – as it includes performances from Logan Richardson on alto, Magnus Lindgren on tenor and flute, Theo Croker on trumpet, Pietro Lussu on keyboards, and Gianluca Petrella on trombone and moog. Most titles are originals, written in close collaboration with members of the group – and titles include "Uhuru Na Umoja", "Cosmic Peace", "Mystic Revelation Of The Gods", "Space Dimensions", "Tribes From The Unknown", "Afro Black", and "Essence Of The Sun". CD

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Roland KirkLeft & Right ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Sealed ... $49.99
An undisputed classic – and a key turning point in the career of Roland Kirk! The set has Roland leading a large group of musicians through a haunting batch of complicated tracks that clearly illustrate his much-heralded concept of Black Classical Music – a mixture of jazz, older rhythms, and modern ideas influenced by a history of musical expression. The approach is vaguely similar to work by the AACM, but more straightforward in parts, and always touched with Roland's strong sense of imagination and humor. Players are all quite hip – and titles include "Black Mystery Has Been Revealed", "Hot Cha", "I Waited For You", "Quintessence", "IX Love", and the "Expansions" suite. LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing in a heavy paste-on cover, with a cutout notch and bumped corner. Shrinkwrap is lightly aged.)

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Riz OrtolaniUno Scandolo Perbene (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cinevox (Italy), 1984. New Copy ... $18.99
A wonderfully mellow soundtrack from Riz Ortolani – a bit different than most of his other work, and handled with this spacious style that often has a lead instrumental solo sliding out in front of soft orchestrations! The mood is sometimes somber – maybe not as sexy as you'd guess from the image on the cover – and the style's a bit like some of those soundtracks that Ennio Morricone was doing around the same time, especially as his work took him into more of a global cinematic scale! Some of our favorite tracks have a lead trumpet or woodwind – and titles include "Amnesia", "Uno Scandalo Perbene", "Interrogatorio", "Momenti Felici", "Meditazione", and "Ritrovarsi Ancora". CD also features 11 previously unissued bonus tracks! CD

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StereolabRefried Ectoplasm (Switched On Vol 2) (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Drag City, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 29.99
The second in the holy trinity of "switched on" albums from Stereolab – a set that collects together all the unusual recordings and other side bits the group were doing in the early years of their career – standing strong as a testament to their non-stop efforts to forever push the boundaries of electric fuzzy pop! The vocals Laetitia Sadier are completely sublime – almost a bridge between the darker modes of the previous pop generation and all the new ideas of the world to come – when the rest of rock music would finally catch up to these guys, and realize that the best path to the future is through the past! Titles include "Farfisa", "John Cage Bubblegum", "Tempter", "Exploding Head Movie", "French Disko", "Harmonium", "Revox", "Mountain", and "Sadistic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition remastered pressing – on clear vinyl and with download!)

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✨✧ Nicola Conte & Spiritual GalaxyLet Your Light Shine On ... LP
MPS (Germany), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Nicola Conte is completely at the top of his game here – showing us yet another level of his mighty jazz-based talents – some deeper spiritual currents than ever before, mixed with a good dose of global influences too! The record has Conte working with a hip Spiritual Galaxy ensemble, filled with key talents from labels that include Schema, Brownswood, and modern Blue Note – artists that are helping redefine the deepest currents of contemporary music, and who seem to soar even farther under the leadership of Nicola! There's vocals on most tracks – from singers who include Bridgette Amofah, Zara McFarlane, Carolina Bubbico, and Zoe Modica – but the album's equally heavy on the instrumental tip – as it includes performances from Logan Richardson on alto, Magnus Lindgren on tenor and flute, Theo Croker on trumpet, Pietro Lussu on keyboards, and Gianluca Petrella on trombone and moog. Most titles are originals, written in close collaboration with members of the group – and titles include "Uhuru Na Umoja", "Cosmic Peace", "Mystic Revelation Of The Gods", "Space Dimensions", "Tribes From The Unknown", "Afro Black", and "Essence Of The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Tomasz StankoJazz Message From Poland ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A jazz message from Poland, and one that's served up loud and proud, too – thanks to tremendous work from trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and a very sharp-edged group! The music here has that open flow that some of the more fusion-based players were exploring in Poland at the time – but the instrumentation is all acoustic, and also has a modal sensibility too – echoes of the territory that Stanko explored in the 60s, but taken to much more freewheeling territory on the long tracks on the set. The group features Zbigniew Seifert on violin – who, like other great European players on the instrument in his generation, manages to work with phrasing that's almost sax-like at times – very different than the heritage of jazz violin from previous decades, and surprisingly great. Other musicians include Janusz Muniak on flute and tenor, Bronislaw Suchanek on bass, and Janusz Stefanski on drums and percussion – on the titles "AEIOE", "Heban", and "Piece For Diana". CD

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DeeleStreet Beat/Material Thangz/Eyes Of A Stranger (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Soulmusic.com (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
A trio of albums from Deele – presented in a box with original LP-styled sleeves, and lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Street Beat – a funky nugget from Deele – an 80s group who were never afraid to use plenty of beats and keyboards in their groove! Deele were part of the new sound that the Solar Records label hit in the early 80s – more electro, more street soul, and with a growing level of rhythmic influences from the hip hop underground – all focused into a warm groove that still had plenty of catchy vocals from Dee Bristol! Dee's got a higher style that works well with the keyboards – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Body Talk", "I Surrender", "Sexy Love", "Just My Luck", "Working", "Crazy Bout Cha", and "Video Villain". Material Thangz has a mix of beats and basslines that almost echoes some of the Prince styles of the time, but which also offers up maybe more of a west coast take on the street soul modes of New York! Production is by the young team of LA and Babyface – who bring to Deele what Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis would bring to their own best work of the time – a nice balance between pop and soul, catchy groovers and mellow moments – all with a sound that was trying to sound plenty darn fresh for the time. Titles include "Let's Work Tonight", "Stimulate", "Sweet November", "Material Thangz", "Suspicious", and "You're All I've Ever Known". Eyes Of A Stranger is one of the biggest records ever from Deele – thanks to the presence of LA and Babyface – who were a key part of the group at the time! The heavier funk styles of previous records are left behind – and the group have realized that they really shine best in mellower modes – the kind of ballads and love songs that still had a nice punch at the bottom, thanks to the LA/Babyface style – but which also really made the best use of Dee's sweet vocal approach! The shift tuned out to be a great one for the group – the start of bigger soul trends to come – and titles include "Two Occasions", "Shoot Em Up Movies", "Eyes Of A Stranger", "Can U Dance", "She Wanted", "So Many Thangs", and "Hip Chic". Bonus tracks include "Surrender (remix)", "Just My Luck (single)", "Body Talk (single)", "Let's Work Tonight (rmx)", "Suspicious (rmx)", "Material Thangz (single)", "Sweet Nothings (rmx)", "Can U Dance (club dub)", "Dry Your Eyes", and "Two Occasions (live rmx)". CD

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✨✧ Ben Lamar GayDowntown Castles Can Never Block The Sun ... CD
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the most unusual "best of" collections you'll ever own – given that it features material pulled together from seven different albums by Ben LaMar Gay – none of which were ever released! The package is more of a debut than anything else – and a hell of a musical statement, too – as Ben's music is almost completely without referent – and that's saying a lot, given the already genre-busting nature of other releases on the International Anthem label! We might list the music under jazz – as it does feature some jazz instrumentation – but there's also lots of electronic elements too, often used in these shape-shifting ways that criss cross with other elements – like bass clarinet, flute, viola, and voice – all kind of crashing together in waves of sonic energy that embrace multiple genres at once, but never have the hokey result of other music that might try to do such a thing. Instead, imagine Ben's voice as being this bold cut-up experiment (in the original William S Burroughs mode) – but one that might have been taken across the scope of an entire record collection, sweeping up snatches of jazz, electronica, orchestral music, folk, hip hop, and lots more – all with results that are as revolutionary as Burroughs' writing. Titles include "Muhal", "Music For 18 Hairdressers – Braids & Friends", "7th Stanza", "Gator Teeth", "Swim Swim", "Kunni", "Oh No Not Again", "Jubilee", and "A Seasoning Called Primavera". CD
Also available Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun ... LP 20.99

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Ben Lamar GayDowntown Castles Can Never Block The Sun ... LP
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
One of the most unusual "best of" collections you'll ever own – given that it features material pulled together from seven different albums by Ben LaMar Gay – none of which were ever released! The package is more of a debut than anything else – and a hell of a musical statement, too – as Ben's music is almost completely without referent – and that's saying a lot, given the already genre-busting nature of other releases on the International Anthem label! We might list the music under jazz – as it does feature some jazz instrumentation – but there's also lots of electronic elements too, often used in these shape-shifting ways that criss cross with other elements – like bass clarinet, flute, viola, and voice – all kind of crashing together in waves of sonic energy that embrace multiple genres at once, but never have the hokey result of other music that might try to do such a thing. Instead, imagine Ben's voice as being this bold cut-up experiment (in the original William S Burroughs mode) – but one that might have been taken across the scope of an entire record collection, sweeping up snatches of jazz, electronica, orchestral music, folk, hip hop, and lots more – all with results that are as revolutionary as Burroughs' writing. Titles include "Muhal", "Music For 18 Hairdressers – Braids & Friends", "7th Stanza", "Gator Teeth", "Swim Swim", "Kunni", "Oh No Not Again", "Jubilee", and "A Seasoning Called Primavera". LP, Vinyl record album
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Zbigniew GornySoundtracks ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $16.99
Excellent sounds from Zbigniew Gorny – a Polish composer who worked in the soundtrack field for just over a decade, but made some wonderful music during that time! Gorny's big decade was the 80s, but his sounds here have a depth that's different than most American and European material from the period – as he seems to revel more in some of the cool Italian modes of the previous decade, and also echo some of the more interesting French soundtrack artists too – using styles that are still strongly electric, but which maybe have more warmth than some of the colder, stiffer film work of the generation. As the 90s approach, Gorny seems to embrace keyboards even more – yet still manages to create a depth that might come from a much larger ensemble – as you'll hear in this collection that features a total of 45 tracks, from films that include Okno, Magiczne Ognie, Karate Po Polsku, Prywatne Sledztwo, Zabid Na Koncu, Femia, Sam Posrod Swioch, and Trzy Dni Bez Wyroku. CD

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Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova ConsonanzaNuova Consonanza ... CD
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... $19.99
Some of the most striking work we've ever heard from this legendary Italian group – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the power of their work in the 60s and 70s! The assemblage features important avant garde sounds from Ennio Morricone – and offers up a real look at the roots of the atonal and offbeat musical elements that he'd explore on his famous horror soundtracks – but in a setting that's right out there with the farthest reaches of the experimental scene at the time! As the group's name implies, there's a lot of improvisation going on here – played by musicians who include Morricone on trumpet, Frederic Rzewski on piano, Mario Bertoncini on percussion, John Heineman on trombone, Roland Kayn on Hammond and vibes, Franco Evangelisti on piano and percussion, and Ivan Vandor on tenor sax. Yet the sound is hardly free jazz, either – as there's more of a avant compositional vibe going on – a bit like the sense of chance in the music of John Cage, especially as the instruments and players shift from track to track. Titles include "Quartetto", "Trio Di Fiati", "Improvvisazione Per Cinque", "Improvvisazione Per Otto", "RKBA 1675/1", and the haunting "Cantata", which just features voices processed through filters and reverb! CD

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Thad Jones & Mel Lewis OrchestraMonday Night/Central Park North ... CD
Solid State/BGO (UK), 1969. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Two early albums from this hip late 60s ensemble! Monday Night is genius work from the Jones & Lewis group – easily one of their best albums! If you've ever wondered why these guys got the chance to make so many records, check out this excellent early set and hear them at their finest. The group's a kick-ass one – with a host of all-star players like Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Eddy Daniels, Seldon Powell, Roland Hanna, Richard Davis, and of course Jones and Lewis themselves – and the overall groove is similar to the Clarke-Boland Big Band at their best. Lots of rolling riffing rhythms, and breakout solos that really respect the members of the group – and which light a fuse under nearly every track. Features the funky groover "Mornin Reverend", plus "The Waltz You Swang For Me", "Say It Softly", "The Second Race", and "Kids Are Pretty People". Central Park North is excellent work from the team of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis – arguably one of their best albums from the late 60s, and a set that's got some really great funky big band numbers! There's a nice bouncing groove to the group that they normally don't have – possibly because Richard Davis is playing some Fender bass on the set, which brings in a nice focus on the bottom end – and the best numbers have a sock-soul feel that's in the best late 60s large group soul jazz mode! Titles include "Tow Away Zone", "Jive Samba", "The Groove Merchant", and "Central Park North". CD

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✨✧ Hans Koller, Benny Bailey, Sahib Shihab, & OthersInternational Jazz Workshop ... LP
EmArcy, Mid 60s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A great one – and the kind of European jazz album that kicks like a Clarke/Boland Big Band album! Hans Koller directs a large-scale swinging big band of some of the best European and American expatriot players of the time – like Sahib Shihab, Benny Bailey, Donald Byrd, Johnny Griffin, and Albert Mangelsdorff – and the set screams with intense solos, and a tight groove that pushes past any of the cliches you could imagine for a set like this. One of the things that makes the session great is some groovy organ, played by Infried Hoffman, the German player who was in Klaus Doldinger's early group. Doldinger's also on here, and his sound is way better than on his 70's work. Titles include "Hip Hit", "Revelation", "Conversation", "Knodel-Waltzer", and "Blazy Bones Revisited". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear, and some highlighter on the back.)

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LakesideYour Wish Is My Command/Keep On Moving Straight Ahead/Untouchables (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A trio of classic albums from Lakeside – representing the second slice of their work for the Solar Records label! First up is Your Wish Is My Command – great stuff from the glory days of the LA bass-pedal funk era! The tracks manage to mix an 80s groove and soul without sounding cloying, and the band's vocals are always better than we remember them – with a strong harmony sound in the best moments that keeps things real. Tracks include "Your Wish Is My Command", "The Urban Man", "I'll Be Standing By", "Special", and "Magic Moments". Keep On Moving Straight Ahead is a really well-titled album from the mighty Lakeside – as the record makes you think that the group were going to keep on going for many years – working in their own unique version of earlier funk modes – almost a tightening up of the Funkadelic style of the late 70s! The basslines are very much in charge, but like the George Clinton groups, they also have a great way of really bringing everything together at once – sly vocals, riffing guitar, sweet keyboards, and everything else that comes to groove – all hitting right on the money on titles that include "It's You", "Be My Lady", "All For You", "Anything For You", and "We Want You (On The Floor)". For Untouchables, the gangster image on the cover might be a tipoff to the sound – as Lakeside help forge the roots of g-funk with their classic bass-heavy sound on the album! The record's great – every bit as funky as previous Lakeside work in all the right parts, but also showing a greater development of the group past their funk roots – able to mix mellower moments with groovers, at that sublime level that Fatback hit when the 80s began! There's plenty of greatness here for everyone – and titles include "Real Love", "Untouchable", "So Let's Love", "Turn The Music Up", and "Raid". Bonus tracks include "Keep On Moving Straight Ahead (12" version)", "Raid (7" version)", "We Want You On The Floor (7" version)", "Turn The Music Up (inst dub)", and "Turn The Music Up (7" version)". CD

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Laughing HyenasYou Can't Pray A Lie ... LP
Touch & Go/Third Man, 1989. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
The first proper LP by Laughing Hyenas with a rawer, more raging vibe than later records! This along with the earlier EP that was expanded and re-released as Merry Ground a little later captures the band at their fiercest, capable of the more measured punk blues sound they'd be more celebrated for later on, but done here with such a fiery intensity here it's hard to imagine John Brannon's voice could even survive another decade at this level! Includes "Love's My Only Crime", "Seven Come Eleven", "Black Eyed Susan", "Lullaby And Goodnight", "Desolate Son", "Dedications To The One I Love" and "new Gospel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered by Bob Weston and featuring previously unseen photos, flyer facsimiles and more!)

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Richard Nappy Mayers & OthersNappy Music Man – Soul, Pop, Disco, Funk, Crossover From Trinidad 1975 to 1981 ... CD
Cree (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 27.98
A long-overdue look at the legendary producer/performer Richard Nappy Mayers – the man behind some really wonderful Caribbean grooves at the end of the 70s! Mayers' music here is often a version of American funk, speckled with all the right sort of elements from the islands – elements of percussion that create a more complicated rhythm pattern, or vocal elements that echo more familiar Caribbean sounds, but step into much more of a funk or club sort of style – all laid down with super-tight instrumentation that rivals the best American mainstream acts of the time! The work is way more than just offhand Caribbean funk – and instead has this wicked vibe that's like some of the Caribbean groups who'd moved up north to work on the New York funk scene in the 70s – and, later on, like some of the more criss-crossing styles that were percolating out of Compass Point Studios at the start of the 80s. The set's overflowing with funky club cuts – and contains deep notes on Nappy's life and music too – and tracks include "Wajang Woman", "Soca", "Light The Light", "You're Too Easy", "Nothing Is Impossible", "Easy Breezy", and "I Like To Make Love"by Embryo – plus "Hot For Your Love", "Wanna Believe In Love", and "3 Way Situation" by Nadie La Fond – and "Ebony Girl" by Nappy, "Let Yourself Go" by Nappy Mayers, "Makin Bacchanal" by Caesar, and "Poor Man's Son" by Sound Revolution. CD

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MaytalsFrom The Roots ... CD
Trojan/Blues Interactions (Japan), 1970. Used ... $9.99
Stunning early work from one of our favorite reggae groups ever – the mighty Toots & The Maytals, a key link between the soul styles of the Jamaican scene of the 60s, and the righteous years to come! There's a groove to the Maytals music that nobody else seems to get this right – or this tight – a fantastic criss-crossing of rhythms that's often nicely stripped-down, and which seems to set fire to the vocal interplay between Toots and the rest of the group – in a way that's as vocally explosive as the instrumentation at the core! Sure, these guys can harmonize as well as the rest of their contemporaries – but they've also got an even greater talent for trading back and forth, which seems to make every one of their tunes an instant groove. Titles include "Pee Pee Cluck Cluck", "Loving Spirit", "Dr Lester", "Gola Silver", "Koo Koo", "Revival Reggae", "Thy Kingdom Come", "One Eyed Enos", "A Time To Love", "9 O'Clock", "Know Me Good", "Got To Feel", "Feel So Good", and "Give Peace A Chance". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Midnight StarHeadlines (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Sequel (UK), 1986. Used ... $9.99
Sweet beats and plenty of grooves – an 80s funk classic from Midnight Star, and one that seems to have the group picking up a bit of energy from the hip hop scene as well! The album's still got the electro soul vibe of previous records, but maybe is even beat-heavier overall – almost showcasing a style that would later emerge as new jack in the hands of some younger artists within the next few years – but still perfect for the kind of playful interplay that made the Midnight groove so great! Titles include "Midas Touch", "Stay Here By My Side", "Close To Midnight", "Searching For Love", "Close Encounter", "Dead End", "Get Dressed", "Engine No 9", and "Headlines". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gerry MulliganParis Concert (Pacific Jazz) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Very Good+ ... $19.99
US issue of some of Gerry's classic Vogue recordings, done in Paris in 1954 with a quartet that featured Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Red Mitchell on bass, and Frank Isola on drums. This is Gerry at the height of his powers, and playing classic piano-less material with supberb accompaniment by Brookmeyer. Tracks include a number of originals, including "Utter Chaos", "Five Brothers", and "Walkin' Shoes", plus others like "Bernies Tune", "Come Out Wherever You Are", and "Laura". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing with deep groove.)

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Novi SingersTorpedo ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's one of the group's greatest – a set that really has them pushing past their initial American influences, into a fluid style that was quite revolutionary for the time – and which pushed the style of a vocal group like this to a whole new level. Tracks are complicated, but never too much so – and the mix of male and female voices is brought out beautifully, with similar warmth to the Singers Unlimited sides for MPS – but in a mode that's often much more groovy and hip! Most tunes are originals, and they feel like some of the best sound library vocal work from the time – such as the work of Barbara Moore. Titles include "Hurry Hurry", "Torpedo", "Misfit", "Something Special", "Quartus", "Right Now", "All Together", and "Last Day On Bondi Beach". CD

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Novi SingersTorpedo ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... About February 1, 2019 (delayed)
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's one of the group's greatest – a set that really has them pushing past their initial American influences, into a fluid style that was quite revolutionary for the time – and which pushed the style of a vocal group like this to a whole new level. Tracks are complicated, but never too much so – and the mix of male and female voices is brought out beautifully, with similar warmth to the Singers Unlimited sides for MPS – but in a mode that's often much more groovy and hip! Most tunes are originals, and they feel like some of the best sound library vocal work from the time – such as the work of Barbara Moore. Titles include "Hurry Hurry", "Torpedo", "Misfit", "Something Special", "Quartus", "Right Now", "All Together", and "Last Day On Bondi Beach". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Torpedo ... CD 16.99

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Sanei SyobouCar Jacket Graphic ... Book
Sanei Syobou (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $28.99
Japanese record scholar Sanei Syobou is looking pretty darn thoughtful on the cover – as he must, given the care and consideration that went into this project! As you might guess from the title, the book is a discography that focuses on albums with cars involved in their cover art – many from the glory days of the US record scene of the 50s and 60s, but also featuring lots of other bits from both around the globe, and later years too! The book's overflowing with great hot rod and streetscape images – but there's also plenty of covers that use cars in all sorts of different ways too – posed with models, caught in action, and even just on their own. The style is similar to other Japanese discographies of this nature – with reviews and other text in Japan, but hundreds of other images in full color – along with titles and dates in English, as well as an identification of the car model and year used on each cover. Chapters divide the book into decades – with the 50s, 60s, and 70s taking up most of the volume – and the whole thing is 254 pages, softcover, and full color throughout. Book

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SkymarkVirtual Stars ... LP
Modern Sun (Netherlands), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
Skymark is Marc Friedli – a European keyboardist with a real love of vintage instruments – Arp, Moog, Prophet, Roland, and more – all of which he brings to bear nicely in this very groovy set! As with his previous record, the vibe here is kind of late 70s/early 80s – some warmer keyboard modes, some a bit more electro – as are the vocals on the album, which are slightly more prominent than before, but often highly processed – so that they're maybe a lot more down in the mix than the keyboards, with deeper tones that are more likely to slide into the basslines and rhythms. Yet although understated, the vocals also maybe give the album more of a spiritual core than ever before – on titles that include "Yesterday's Flame", "The First Special Feeling", "Insomnia", "Our Shelter", "The Center Of My Joy", and "The Power Of A Positive Smile". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe ThomasMake Your Move ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
Sweet clubby grooving from Joe Thomas – a set that has the Ebony Godfather smoothing his groove a bit for the disco years of the late 70s, but still keeping things plenty soulful throughout! Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) arranged and conducted the album, and he brings in some added vocals to the session – starting most tunes with a bit of singing before the instrumentalists get to solo in the grooves. The approach still works plenty darn well, though – and there's some great numbers here that slide in a bit of moogy vamping, in a way that's somewhat like some of Thomas' previous Ebony Godfather records. Titles include the funky "Caught You Lying Again", the smooth stepper "Let Me Be The One", and the tracks "Sugar Smack", "Get On Back", "Make Your Move", and "Your Love Is So Good To Me". CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)

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✨✧ Dwight TribleMothership ... CD
Gearbox (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
One of the most amazing jazz vocalists of our generation returns here with an incredible group – a majestic combo to match all the spiritual inclinations in his music – with work from Kamasi Washington on tenor, Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, and both Carlos Nino and Derf Reklaw on percussion! Dwight Trible on his own is already more than enough to get us to run out and buy a record – but here, the combination of his unique voice with these musicians makes for an album that's an instant masterpiece – and one that even has lots of new colors and styles compared to some of Dwight's previous work! Songs include numbers by older west coast spiritual jazz heavyweights – like Horace Tapscott, Linda Hill, Nate Morgan, James Leary, and Jesse Sharps – mixed with some of Trible's own songs, and versions of work by Carmen Lundy, Oscar Brown Jr, and Donny Hathaway. From top to bottom, start to stop, the album's a treasure – with tracks that include "It's All About Love", "Thank You Master", "Song For My Mother", "Brother Where Are You", "Some Other Time", "These Things You Are To Me", "Desert Fairy Princess", and "Mothership". CD

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Dwight TribleMothership (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Gearbox (UK), 2019. New Copy ... About March 29, 2019
One of the most amazing jazz vocalists of our generation returns here with an incredible group – a majestic combo to match all the spiritual inclinations in his music – with work from Kamasi Washington on tenor, Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, and both Carlos Nino and Derf Reklaw on percussion! Dwight Trible on his own is already more than enough to get us to run out and buy a record – but here, the combination of his unique voice with these musicians makes for an album that's an instant masterpiece – and one that even has lots of new colors and styles compared to some of Dwight's previous work! Songs include numbers by older west coast spiritual jazz heavyweights – like Horace Tapscott, Linda Hill, Nate Morgan, James Leary, and Jesse Sharps – mixed with some of Trible's own songs, and versions of work by Carmen Lundy, Oscar Brown Jr, and Donny Hathaway. From top to bottom, start to stop, the album's a treasure – with tracks that include "It's All About Love", "Thank You Master", "Song For My Mother", "Brother Where Are You", "Some Other Time", "These Things You Are To Me", "Desert Fairy Princess", and "Mothership". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited "cosmic" colored vinyl pressing. Indie store exclusive!)
Also available Mothership ... CD 12.99

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Zygmunt WicharyTalizman ... CD
GAD (Poland), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Hard-swinging trad jazz from the Polish scene of the postwar years – in a style that was as revolutionary to the Soviet-controlled culture as its later modern jazz and fusion moments! The group here is led by pianist Zygmunt Wichary, and works with a frenzied spirit that's a lot more intense than most American trad recorded during the same period – maybe this urgency to get the message across, or just the kind of outside presence that graced some of the American jazz world in its early years. The group also features Piotr Kott on cornet, Bruno Buczek on trombone, Bronislaw Gesikowski on guitar, and Miroslaw Wojcik on clarinet – and there's also a female singer on a few tracks too. Titles include "Sing Sing Sing", "There'll Be Some Changes Made", "Somebody Stole My Gal", "Struttin With Some Barbecue", "Miala Baba Koguta", "Diana", "Piano Blues", "Memphis Blues", "Talizman", "Tema Jazzowy", "Parafraza Na Tematy Z Opery Bizeta", "Fokstrot", and "Czarna Kawa". CD
Also available Zygmunt Wichary (10 inch LP) ... LP 22.99
 
 
 



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