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SF Jazz CollectiveLive 2005 – 2nd Annual Concert Tour – Original Compositions & Works By John Coltrane ... CD
SF Jazz, 2005. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 35.00
The music of John Coltrane, mixed with originals from the SF Jazz Collective – a perfect combination, considering that the lineup is so hip, it features heavyweights like Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Joshua Redman on tenor, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Miguel Zenon on alto, and Renee Rosnes on piano! Isaac Smith is the trombonist this time around – and rhythm is rock-solid, thanks to the work of Eric Harland on drums and Matt Penman on bass – the last of whom might well be a secret hero of the group! The first half of the set features takes on the Coltrane tunes "Crescent", "Naima", "Africa", "Moment's Notice", "26 2", and "Love/Dear Lord" – followed by originals that include "Psalm For Peggy", "Love Is Enough", "Scrambled Egg", and "Development". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 3000 copies!)

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SF Jazz CollectiveLive At The SF Jazz Center 2015 – The Music Of Michael Jackson & Original Compositions ... CD
SF Jazz, 2015. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 35.00
There's a whole generation of jazz musicians who wouldn't have been caught dead liking the music of Michael Jackson – and then there's a huge batch of artists who grew up with MJ, and find his grooves an undeniable influence on their sound! That's definitely the case here, as this all-star group do a wonderful job of reworking classics from a few different spots in Michael's career – all given fresh arrangements by group members who include pianist Edward Simon, vibist Warren Wolf, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, trumpeter Sean Jones, and tenorist David Sanchez! The group throw in some of their own material too, almost taking a breather between the more familiar tunes, with some sublime songs that change up the vibe nicely. Titles include the Jackson classics "Human Nature", "The Love You Save", "Rock With You", "Smooth Criminal", "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough", and "Blame It On The Boogie" – plus the originals "Why", "Lineage", "Mr Right", "Fall Prelude", and "Grey Skies In Baltimore". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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SF Jazz CollectiveLive At The SF Jazz Center 2017 – Original Compositions & The Music Of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder, & Thelonious Monk (2CD/DVD) ... CD
SF Jazz, 2017. New Copy 2CD & DVD ... $24.99 35.00
A great showcase for the endless talents of the San Francisco Jazz Collective – as the set features some stunning original material, balanced with classics from Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, and Stevie Wonder – all served up here in a beautiful extended performance! As always, the group are really brilliant with color – with this special quality that really sets them apart from so many other all-star groups, and which always seems to give their performances such a strongly unified vibe. Players include David Sanchez on tenor, Miguel Zenon on alto, Warren Wolf on vibes, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Sean Jones on trumpet, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Obed Calvaire on drums – and titles include the originals "Off Kilter", "Perseverance", "Tune For June", "Tidal Flow", "Venezuela Unida", and "Give The Drummer Some" – plus versions of "Creepin", "When Will The Blues Leave", "School Work", "Una Muy Bonita", "Reflections", "Criss Cross", and "Sir Duke". Includes a bonus DVD – four songs from a Music Of Miles Davis performance! CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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SF Jazz CollectiveSF Jazz Collective 10 – 10th Anniversary Best Of Live At The SF Jazz Center 2013 ... CD
SF Jazz, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A great celebration of the first decade of this legendary jazz group – one that showcases compositions from some of its key members, mixed with original arrangements of music by John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, and Stevie Wonder! The octet is rock-solid throughout – a fantastically well-hewn group, with no ego getting in the way at all, even though a group like this could certainly boast plenty – given that the lineup includes David Sanchez on tenor, Miguel Zenon on alto, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Warren Wolf on vibes, and Edward Simon on piano. Titles include "Union", "Visions", "Moment's Notice", "And What If I Don't", "Alcatraz", "More Than Meets The Ear", and "Frosted Evils". CD

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveInaugural Season Live 2004 – Inaugural Concert Tour (3CD set) ... CD
SF Jazz, 2004. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
The start of a fantastic tradition – the first-ever recording of the SF Jazz Collective, a kickoff to a series that would give us amazing records for years to come! This time around, the group work through a series of Ornette Coleman tunes, re-arranged by Gil Goldstein for the octet – which features an all-star lineup that includes Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Joshua Redman on tenor, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Miguel Zenon on alto, Josh Roseman on trombone, Renee Rosnes on piano, Robert Hurst on bass, and Brian Blade on drums – all strong leaders on their own, but doing a remarkable job here of putting aside egos and working together as a whole! Coleman tunes include "Una Muy Bonita", "Lonely Woman", "School Work", "Happy House", and "When Will The Blues Leave" – and originals include "Of This Day's Journey", "Wages", "March Madness", and "Rise & Fall". CD

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive 2006 – 3rd Annual Concert Tour – Original Compositions & Works By Herbie Hancock ... CD
SF Jazz, 2006. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The music of Herbie Hancock, but not like you might be thinking – as the arrangements here are all new, and done by Gil Goldstein – performed by a great lineup of the SF Jazz Collective, along with some of their own music too! The group here features Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Miguel Zenon on alto, Renee Rosnes on piano, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Joshua Redman on tenor and soprano, Matt Penman on bass, Andre Hayward on trombone, and Eric Harland on drums – nearly all of whom contribute a tune, in a lineup that features the Herbie Hancock tunes "Maiden Voyage", "Riot", "Tell Me A Bedtime Story", "Actual Proof", "Little One", and "And What If I Don't". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 3000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive 2007 – 4th Annual Concert Tour – Original Compositions & Works By Thelonious Monk ... CD
SF Jazz, 2007. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Only the fourth year of this amazing all-star group – and they've already got their own sound so strongly in place, they really make some fresh magic with the music of Thelonious Monk! Arrangements of Monk tunes are by different members of the group – pianist Renee Rosnes, trumpeter Dave Douglas, bassist Matt Penman, drummer Eric Harland, tenorist Joshua Redman, and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon – who work here alongside the vibes of Bobby Hutcherson in some stunning remakes of "Oska T", "I Mean You", "Ugly Beauty", "Bye Ya", "Criss Cross", "Brilliant Corners", and "Bright Mississippi" – handled by the octet in a style that reminds us of some of Monk's late 50s larger group work on Riverside. The set also features a full dose of original compositions – the long "San Francisco Suite", plus "Union", "Lion's Gate", "Life At The End Of The Tunnel", and "Haast Pass". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 3000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive 2008 – 5th Annual Concert Tour – Original Compositions & Works By Wayne Shorter (3CD set) ... CD
SF Jazz, 2008. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The music of Wayne Shorter seems to be the perfect companion to this edition of the SF Jazz Collective – that special blend of darkness and light, sadness and joy – handled here by a group that includes Joe Lovano on tenor, Dave Douglas on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Stefon Harris on vibes, Miguel Zenon on alto, and Renee Rosnes on piano! As with other tribute performances like this from the group, the sound is stunning – clearly the product of many months working together for the show, and developing some of their own strong originals while members also provide fresh arrangements of Wayne Shorter tunes too. The set features versions of "Infant Eyes", "Armageddon", "Yes & No", "Go", "El Gaucho", "Footprints", and "Black Nile" – plus the originals "Aurora Borealis", "Breakthrough", "The Year 2008", and "Secrets Of The Code". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive 2009 – 6th Annual Concert Tour – The Works Of McCoy Tyner Plus New Compositions ... CD
SF Jazz, 2009. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The SF Jazz collective is a septet here, not the usual octet formation – and they play with a really strong all-star lineup that maybe makes for some darker corners than usual! The group lead off with the compositions of McCoy Tyner, often given very fresh arrangements, and mix in a range of their own originals too – handled by a lineup that includes Dave Douglas on trumpet, Joe Lovano on tenor, Renee Rosnes on piano, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Matt Penman on bass, and Eric Harland on drums. You can definitely hear the influence of Douglas and Lovano on the sound, especially at this point in their careers – and titles include "Aisha", "Fly With The Wind", "Three Flowers", "Sycamore", "Yes We Can/Victory Dance", "Migrations", "Consensus", and "Four By Five". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive 2010 – 7th Annual Concert Tour – Works Of Horace Silver Plus New Compositions (3CD set) ... CD
SF Jazz, 2010. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The songs of Horace Silver never grow old – they've had a special sort of soulful energy from the early Blue Note years onward – really kept alive here in a set of great performances by this all-star group, who also mix in some excellent originals of their own! The lineup is rock-solid – an octet, but one who swings with the dexterity of a quartet – thanks to the skills of Miguel Zenon on alto, Mark Turner on tenor, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Stefon Harris on vibes, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Eric Harland on drums. The vibes are a great addition to the Horace Silver sound – as the group make their way through versions of "Cape Verdean Blues", "Sister Sadie", "Peace", "Song For My Father", "Senor Blues", "The Lady From Johannesburg", and "Baghdad Blues" - plus originals that include "Triple Threat", "Collective Presence", "More Than Meets The Ear", and "Harlandia". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive At The SF Jazz Center 2013 – Music of Chick Corea & New Compositions ... CD
SF Jazz, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The songs of Chick Corea were a hit with the rest of the jazz world, right from the start – subject to so many great reinterpretations, as is definitely the case here – as the SF Jazz Collective mix Chick's music with some great originals of their own! There's a soaring spirit to the performance that really lives up to the best Corea style of the early 70s – that generation when the keyboardist taught us all how to fly – thanks to tunes played here that include "Matrix", "Spain", "Rumble/City Gate", "Space Circus", "La Fiesta", and "500 Miles". The group also uses the vibes of Stefon Harris to evoke some of the Corea/Gary Burton collaborations – and the rest of the lineup includes Miguel Zenon on alto, David Sanchez on tenor, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Edward Simon on piano, Obed Calvaire on drums, and Matt Penman on bass. Nearly every member of the group contributed an original to the set, and titles include "Gibraltar", "Let's Take A Trip To The Sky", "Home Is", "Grand Opening", and "Incessant Desires". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 2000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive At The SF Jazz Center 2014 – Music Of Joe Henderson & Original Compositions ... CD
SF Jazz, 2015. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The moody genius of Joe Henderson is a perfect match for the highly creative talents of this wonderful group – an all-star octet that features Miguel Zenon on alto, David Sanchez on tenor, Warren Wolf on vibes, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Obed Calvaire – all giants on their own, coming together here in a wonderfully balanced ensemble! This isn't just a group playing head arrangements then taking off into solos – as there's a very cohesive spirit throughout, as the music of Joe Henderson is mixed with originals by the group – given fresh arrangements by Wolf, Zenon, Simon, and others. Titles include "Recorda Me", "A Shade Of Jade", "Afro Centric", "Synthesis Of A Band", "Eternal Wait", "Fire", "Jinrikisha", "Absolvents", and "Black Narcissus". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive At The SF Jazz Center 2018 – The Music Of Antonio Carlos Jobim & Original Compositions ... CD
SF Jazz, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The music of Antonio Carlos Jobim gets some really wonderful treatment here – very far from the bossa roots of most of the tunes, in a free-flowing, highly creative set of arrangements by the members of the group – who then balance out the set with some of their own compositions as well! Jobim's music dominates the first half – arranged by vibist Warren Wolf, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, pianist Edward Simon, tenorist David Sanchez, and trombonist Robin Eubanks – who together really make some special magic with titles that include "Waters Of March", "Garoto", "Inutil Paisagem", "Retrato Em Branco E Preto", and "Chega De Saudade". The second half features wonderful originals – almost a track from each member of the group – with titles that include "Another Side", "Variations", "MZ's World", "Insight", "Sketch", and "Unseen Worlds". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveMiguel Zenon Retrospective – Original Compositions 2004 to 2016 ... CD
SF Jazz, 2000s/2010s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Saxophonist Miguel Zenon was a key part of the SF Jazz Collective for almost 15 years – not just an alto saxophonist who's presence was an essential part of their sound, but also a great composer who brought a range of sublime originals to the group! This 2CD set brings together recordings from a dozen years – put together after Zenon had left the group, but as a way of remembering all the contributions he'd made – which show up here in performances by Stefon Harris on vibes, David Sanchez on tenor, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, and Robin Eubanks on trombone. Many of the tunes were composed with specific group performers in mind – and titles include "Grand Opening", "The Mystery Of Water", "Lingala", "2 & ", "No Filter", "Frontline", "Life At The End Of The Tunnel", "More To Give", and "Collective Overture". CD

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive At The SF Jazz Center 2016 – The Music Of Miles Davis & Original Compositions ... CD
SF Jazz, 2016. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Miles Davis is on the cover, but the record is definitely in the best spirit of the SF Jazz Collective – a group who are very open about their inspirations, but always take the music in very different, personal directions too! The set begins with a range of Miles Davis classics from a few generations, then moves into equally great original material from the group – presented in a way that maybe even acts as a blue print for what they were doing to the music of Miles! As usual, arrangements are all original, by members of the group – which includes work by Warren Wolf on vibes, David Sanchez on tenor, Sean Jones on trumpet, Miguel Zenon on alto, Robin Eubanks on trombone, and Edward Simon on bass – on titles that include "Nardis", "Tutu", "All Blues", "Teo", "Joshua", and "Bitches Brew" – plus "Tribe", "Canto", "Feel The Groove", "Hutcherson Hug", and "Shields Green". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive In New York 2011 – Season 8 – Music Of Stevie Wonder & New Compositions (3CD set) ... CD
SF Jazz, 2011. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The San Francisco Jazz Collective, recording in New York – doing a really wonderful job with a host of tunes from the mighty Stevie Wonder! These aren't soul songs, or easy cover versions – as the tunes are complex and jazz-based right from the start – stretched out in ways that only use the compositions as an initial framework, before adding in all these really creative arrangements, and strong solos from just about every member of the group! This time around the lineup features Stefon Harris on vibes, Mark Turner on tenor, Miguel Zenon on alto, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Edward Simon on piano, Eric Harland on drums, and Matt Penman on bass – an instrument that's really important to the shape of many of these tunes. The group also brings in a few originals – most in the spirit of Stevie – and titles include "Orpheus", "Young & Playful", "Sir Duke", "Creepin", "Race Babbling", "Superstition", "Do I Do", "Blame It On The Sun", "My Cherie Amour", "Visions", and "Life Signs". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive The At SF Jazz Center 2019 – Miles Davis In A Silent Way & Sly & The Family Stone Stand ... CD
SF Jazz, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest albums ever issued from this all-star group – a 50th anniversary tribute to two classic albums from 1969 – In A Silent Way by Miles Davis, and Stand by Sly & The Family Stone! The pairing is a great one – as Miles was listening to a lot of Sly in the late 60s, and the Family Stone were a key part of the SF scene at the time – but the group here makes the whole thing come across as way more than just a recasting of classics – because, like other tributes to their inspirations, the Collective have a really strong way of making things completely their own! Sly tracks alternate with Miles numbers – and vocals are handled by Martin Luther McCoy, who's worked with The Roots – in a group that also includes Warren Wolf on vibes, David Sanchez on tenor, Etienne Charles on trumpet, Adam Rogers on guitar, and Edward Simon on piano. The vocal tracks are nice and long – with a lot more jazz instrumentation than vocals – and titles include "I Want To Take You Higher", "Sex Machine", "In A Silent Way/It's About That Time", "Everyday People", 'You Can Make It If You Try", "Shh/Peaceful", and "Sing A Simple Song". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)
 
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✨✧ Viva BrasilViva Brasil ... CD
Sugarloaf, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer album of breezy Brazilian jazz from San Francisco! The group was an obscure one, but they worked for many years as part of the underground Brazilian scene in SF – home to some bigger known players who often recorded on Fantasy Records, and smaller combos like this one, who could still cook it up nicely! You probably know the track "Skindo-Le-Le" – which has been the group's calling card over the years – but there's a full album's worth of great cuts, all with the cool breezy west coast Brazilian feel that was the group's trademark style. There's bits of electric playing in the group, but the core sound is sort of a floating acoustic one – riding away in jazzy little grooves, often with vocals in the lead. Joe Henderson guest stars on the track "Lemanja", and the LP includes the tracks "O Bode", "Voce Absou", "Ronco Da Cuica", and "Menina Danada". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Transformer 2Just Can't Get Enough (perpetual mix, extended radio mix, pacific jazz mix)/Advance (trance mix) ... 12-inch
Sonic, 1993. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Mose AllisonTransfiguration Of Hiram Brown (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia, Early 60s. Used ... $29.99
One of Mose's most sophisticated album, and one that has him going way past his usual "folksy jazzy" style, into a realm that touches on Monk-like modernism. The whole first side is Allison's extended "Hiram Brown" suite, which mixes vocal and instrumental passages in an extremely haunting way. The flipside features shorter versions of standards – some vocal, some instrumental – but all with more of a moderist sound than his earlier Prestige recordings. Nice stuff, and one that you don't see that often. CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (Savoy) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Savoy (Japan), 1957. Used ... $14.99
During the late 50s – after an initial burst of recordings with Blue Note, and before a later successful run for the label – Art Blakey recorded on a number of labels with a lesser-known version of The Jazz Messengers. This album's from that stretch – and like others from the period it's a darn nice batch of tracks, and while it lacks some of the polished tightness of the later Blue Notes it crackles with the energy that's been the Jazz Messengers trademark from day one. The group features Bill Hardman on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto, and Sam Dockery on piano – and the set's a loose batch of hardbop numbers like "Casino", "Ugh!", "Mirage", "The Biddie Griddies", "Potpourri" and "Reflections Of Buhania". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonHeartaches – Live At Montmartre Jazzhus 1965 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1965. Used ... $12.99
Important early European work by Dexter Gordon – recorded during his successful 60s run at the legendary Cafe Montmartre, where using the new freedoms of that scene, he re-invented himself as a player, and gave a much needed boost to European-American jazz relations! The tracks on the set are all very much in the best spirit of Gordon's Montmartre years – long and open-ended, with a real focus on the tenor solo work, but also some excellent support by a rhythm trio that includes Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Alex Riel. Titles include "So What", "You've Changed", "Heartaches", and "Devilette". CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonJazz At Highschool ... CD
Storyville/Solid (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Dexter Gordon takes it back to high school, but with a nicely mature sort of vibe – that incredible sense of extended solo creation that really marked some of his classic 60s performances like this from the European scene! The material was recorded at that time when Dex was making huge waves on the Copenhagen scene, but not issued until many years later – yet it stands with the best of his classics from those revelatory years – and features a familiar group as well – Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Heath on drums. The transformative power of Gordon's tenor is breathtaking throughout – and titles include "Soy Califa", "Society Red", "For All We Know", "The Blues Up & Down", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Eddie HarrisExodus To Jazz (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vee Jay, Mid 60s. Used ... $12.99
One of the true hit jazz albums of the 60s, and a record that's still pretty darn incredible today! Who'd have thought that a jazz recording of the theme to the film "Exodus" could have been such a hit? It was, and the way Eddie handled it forever transformed the face of jazz. Eddie was nicely poised between the harder soul jazz camps and the freer spiritual jazz underground that was operating in Chicago and Detroit in the 60s – and with his unique combo that had Joe Dorio on guitar, he transformed the song into a great groove that matched the other excellent material that he was laying down at the time. This record's a gem, which is often rare for such a jazz "hit" – and it includes loads of great tracks like "AM Blues", "Velocity", "Alicia", and "ATC". CD
(Out of print original pressing. Tray card has a crease.)

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Ayalew MesfinMot Aykerim ... LP
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
The last album in a crucial cycle of releases that bring together work from one of the most compelling singers on the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – a set whose title translates as "you can't cheat death" – and which has a vibe that's also echoed a bit in the music as well! The songs are maybe a bit less funky and a bit more moody – more long and drawn out, with the mix of jazzy instrumentation and complicated grooves that you'd find in early 70s Ethio recordings from Mulatu – although Ayalew Mesfin's bold, highly-inflected vocals always keep the singer at center stage – alongside unusual keyboard lines, strange horn tunings, and some very cool rhythms. Titles include "Yedilu Shema", "Erikew Sihedu", "Turi Turi Nafa", "Weyolachew", and "Megen Anchi Hoye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with an oversize 16 page booklet of notes!)

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Joao NegraoAsfalto Selvagem ... LP
Paneg/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99
A rare little bossa jazz album from the early 60s Brazilian scene – one that's also a soundtrack too, which gives it a different feel than most other records of its type! The music is a mix of jazz and occasional larger orchestrations – in the best tradition of the late 50s French new wave scores, or some of the jazzier work from the early 60s Italian scene – music that you might hear from the pen of a young Piero Piccioni or Georges Delerue, but given a bossa nova twist too! Many tunes have some samba instrumentation at the core, but more jazz-based instrumentation on the top – and titles include "Assanhadinha", "Asfalto Selvagem", "Suicido", "Engracadinha", "Leticia", "Meu Rio Maravilhoso", and "Um Olhar Assim". LP, Vinyl record album

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Francois TusquesAlors Nosferatu Combina Un Plan Ingenieux ... LP
Cacophonic (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Never-heard music from from French free jazz legend Francois Tusques – sounds that grew out of a 1968 "happening" experiment he was doing on the Parisian scene – but which then took stronger force as the American avant garde descended on the city during the BYG/Actuel generation! The tapes were recorded at a few different events at the end of the 60s – and have this loose structure in which a large ensemble improvise freely along a musical idea, then really take off into flights of their own – in a way, maybe an early example of the improvising orchestra at work. Players include Noel McGhie, Barre Phillips, Aldo Romano, Alan Silva, Claude Delcloo, Earl Freeman, and others – and titles include "Le Fumet Du Jubjub", "La Voute D'Un Caveau Ou D'Un Charnier", and "Tout Le Pouvoir Au Peuple". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ashford & SimpsonSo So Satisfied ... CD
Warner/Black Music, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut above in mainstream soul – getting great help from arrangers William Eaton, Paul Riser, and Al Gorgoni – all of whom know how to hit that perfect Ashford & Simpson balance between tightness, class, and soulful spontaneity! Backings are always filled with lots of jazzy touches, too – the kind of sophisticated soul elements other would cop from the pair in years to come – and titles include "Over & Over", "It's You", "If You're Lying", "Couldn't Get Enough", "Destiny", "So So Satisfied", and "Tried Tested & Found True". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisExodus To Jazz ... LP
Vee Jay, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the true hit jazz albums of the 60s, and a record that's still pretty darn incredible today! Who'd have thought that a jazz recording of the theme to the film "Exodus" could have been such a hit? It was, and the way Eddie handled it forever transformed the face of jazz. Eddie was nicely poised between the harder soul jazz camps and the freer spiritual jazz underground that was operating in Chicago and Detroit in the 60s – and with his unique combo that had Joe Dorio on guitar, he transformed the song into a great groove that matched the other excellent material that he was laying down at the time. This record's a gem, which is often rare for such a jazz "hit" – and it includes loads of great tracks like "AM Blues", "Velocity", "Alicia", and "ATC". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing with deep groove with Bell sound stamp. Cover has some wear and splitting.)
Also available Exodus To Jazz (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Kyoto Jazz Massive & OthersBy KJM – Kyoto Jazz Massive 10th Anniversary ... CD
Quality (Japan), 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The 3rd installment in this great series of albums designed to highlight the 10th anniversary of Kyoto Jazz Massive – and a set that features the group remixing a host of groove-heavy work by other artists! Initial styles range from funky fusion to classic soul, bossa dancefloor, and soulful house – and all tracks are transformed by KJM with a cosmic sound that links them together wonderfully. There's plenty of sweet beats and jazzy keys on the set – and although the vocals have some prominence in the mix, there's almost more of an overall focus on the instrumentation of the tunes! Titles include KJM remixes of "Kudu" by Eddie Henderson, "Agua De Beber" by Sandra Cross, "Time" by Makoto with Cleveland Watkiss, "The In Samba" by Nicola Conte, "Feel My Love" by Susumu Yokota, "Have You Felt This Way Before" by Directions, "Where Love Shines" by Incognito, "Straight Ahead" by Pleasure, and "Fedime's Flight" by Jazzanova. CD
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✨✧ Anthony OrtegaEarth Dance (aka Jazz For Young Moderns) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1956/1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Reissue of the seminal album Jazz For Young Moderns – originally issued on Bethlehem, and incredible early work from Anthony Ortega – darn hard to find in any format! Ortega is one of the great unsung modernists of the 50s – and although this set has an outward appearance that makes it look like other Bethlehem sides of the time, Ortega's icy reed work and sharp talent for arranging transform the set into one of the most interesting albums ever cut for the label! Ortega's alto rings out with a clarity that we'd attribute to a rare few – perhaps Lee Konitz or Charlie Mariano on their best days – and he plays here in two settings, one with horn-heavy octet that includes Jimmy Cleveland, Ray Sterling, Jay Cameron, and John Hafer (plus great piano by Bobby Timmons!); the other in a moodier group with bassoon, bass clarinet, violin, and bass by Ahmed Abul Malik. Neither of the groups fall into the "chamber jazz" cliches you'd expect – and instead, Ortega has the disparate elements gel together with a vision that's similar to that of Mingus in the mid 50s, shifting moods and colors drastically while he solos beautifully over the top! Tracks include "No Fi", "Patting", "Four To Four", "Bat Man's Blues", "Tune For Mona", and "Cinderella's Curfew". Amazing stuff – and one that we never tire of! CD

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✨✧ Bill EvansNew Jazz Conceptions ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
Bill Evans' first album as a leader – and a well-titled set that went onto transform the sound of the piano in jazz! The session isn't as lyrically free as some of Evans' later classics, but already has an undeniably fresh approach to the keys – one that's modern, yet never academic – fluid, but never flowery – pure genius of economy and understatement, while also at the same time opening bold new worlds in sound. The trio features drummer Paul Motian and bassist Teddy Kotick, and titles include the classics "Five" and "Waltz For Debby", the latter of which is performed solo by Evans – plus tracks that include "Displacement", "I Love You", "My Romance", "No Cover, No Minimum", and "Our Delight". CD
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✨✧ Kyriakos SfetsasGreek Fusion Orchestra Vol 2 ... CD
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Totally wonderful sounds from an artist who mixes Greek musical styles with tight 70s jazz modes – not the electric fusion that you'd guess from the title, but instead a really unique criss-crossing of two different cultures! There's plenty to love here if you love soulful 70s jazz – as most tracks have creative rhythms that expand upon modal styles, and there's an excellent saxophonist in the group – unnamed, but a player whose talents really make the whole thing sparkle when he takes a solo! Basslines are usually electric, but in a laidback way – and most of the other instrumentation is more traditionally jazz-based, not Greek in origin. Titles include "40 Steps", "On A Folk Mode", "Alternative Aspect", "From A Foreign Land", "Imprints", and "The Widow". CD

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Lorez AlexandriaSend In The Clowns/Change Partners ... 7-inch
Trio (Japan), 1977. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $18.99
Two of the coolest, grooviest tracks ever recorded by Lorez Alexandria – back to back on a Japanese-only 45! "Send In The Clowns" is taken at this great modal jazz clip – a completely different rhythm than anyone's ever used with the tune, which completely transforms it – as does the great vocals from Lorez! Alexandria's also wonderful on "Change Partners" – another familiar tune, but one grooved up with very unusual timing here – really making the whole thing a great surprise! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)

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Roy AyersIn The Dark (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1984. Used ... $9.99
Roy Ayers in a seductive mid 80s mode – his first for Columbia – and a record with some incredibly nice moments that blow away most of his contemporaries! The synth soul and drum machine era might seem like an odd fit for Roy's jazzy vibes, but it actually works really well here! You could argue that few players with a such profound jazz funk pedigree could pull off an 80s modern sound so succussfully – and we'd argue that Roy Ayers is indeed one of the few! If synths and programmed drums aren't your thing, this record is actually more heavily-weighted with laidback jazzy soul, with plenty of vibes and the usual warm sexy vocals from Roy. Includes the funky classic "Poo Poo La La", which has a great little monologue in it – plus "I Can't Help It", "Compadre", "Sexy, Sexy, Sexy", and "Love Is In The Feel". This 2012 FTG CD includes 3 bonus tracks: "In The Dark (7" Version)", "Poo Poo La La (Edit)" and "Love Is In The Feel (7" Version)". CD

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George BensonOther Side Of Abbey Road ... LP
CTI/ORG, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... About April 9, 2021
A wonderfully wicked album – one that sold so many copies that it's sometimes hard to remember how great it is! George takes on all of Abbey Road – or just about all of it – as he runs through some of the most beautiful tracks The Beatles ever wrote, like "Golden Slumbers", "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", "The End", "Because", and "You Never Give Me Your Money". The whole thing's set to some great baroque jazzy arrangements by Don Sebesky, and George digs the whole thing so much that he even sings a bit – vocalizing in a cool chromatic way that really works well with his guitar playing, and which would soon transform into a very popular style on his records of the 70s. Keyboards are by Bob James and Herbie Hancock – and there's plenty of other great jazz players in the mix! LP, Vinyl record album

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Dave Brubeck QuartetDave Digs Disney ... LP
Columbia/Analog Spark, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
Dave Digs Disney – and hence, so do we! The album's one of the first to ever pay tribute to the great compositions heard in Disney films – and it features the magical sound of the Brubeck Quartet, turned upon a host of familiar numbers, and transforming them into longer vehicles for jazz improvisation. Given Dave's great sense of play with rhythm and timings, the tunes really get changed up in these versions – in a way that takes best advantage of the modal rhythms and jazz waltz styles that many of them share. Paul Desmond's alto work is as impeccably-handled as ever, and Joe Morello's sprightly drums seem perfectly at home with the tunes – as does Dave's warmly lyrical work on piano. Titles include "Alice In Wonderland", "Give A Little Whistle", "One Song", and "Someday My Prince Will Come". LP, Vinyl record album
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Sonny CrissRockin' In Rhythm ... CD
OJC, 1969. Used ... $14.99
One of the best Sonny Criss albums ever – one of our favorites from his late 60s run at Prestige – and that's really saying a lot! The set's a warmly lyrical session that really has Criss opening up, changing up his groove to display the deep growth he'd experienced as a musician in the 60s. The rhythm section is wonderful – pianist Eddie Green, over the rock-solid team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Alan Dawson on drums – who really help Sonny Criss transform the tunes on the record. Even 60s pop tunes like "Misty Roses" and "Eleanor Rigby" come off sounding fresh and wonderful – as do older jazz nuggets "The Masquerade Is Over" and "Rockin In Rhythm" – both tunes that are recorded so often you might expect hoke, but which sparkle anew in the hands of Sonny's soulful vision! CD
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Da Lata & OthersRemixes ... CD
Palm (UK), 2002. Used ... $6.99
A collection of remixes from one of the greatest groups going! Da Lata have one of the strongest sounds going – a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and modern production, steeped in classic jazz influences, and the rich sense of history brought to the group by DJ Patrick Forge. And when they remix a track, they completely transform it – unabashedly bringing their sound into play, in the manner of work by Jazzanova, 4 Hero, or some of the other rare remixers who really open a track up. This set features 14 remixes by the group – mostly pulled from import and out of print singles, brought together to form a full album that's as important a picture of the group as any full album they might record. Titles include "Sound Of The Samba" by Victor Davies, "Life" by Luciano, "Berimbal/Capoeira" by Grupo Batuque, "Pode Ficar" by Arto Lindsay, "Starlight In Daden" by Ekova, "August Day Song" by Bebel Gilberto, "Softcore Surge" by Sly & Robbie, "Male Debale" by Virginia Rodrigues, "Beng Beng Beng" by Femi Kuti, and "Pondeiro Deiro" by Carlinhos Brown – plus "Golden" and "Ponteio" by Da Lata themselves! CD
(Out of print.)

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El CocoRevolucion ... LP
AVI, 1980. Sealed ... $6.99
Latin inflected club grooves by the legendary El Coco – a fantastic group who often worked with the same sort of spacey elements that you'd find in work from the P&P family of labels! The group were probably the most successful to come from the team of Michal Lewis and Laurin Rinder – and although things are maybe not as jazzy or far out as some of the other Rinder & Lewis records, there's still plenty of those elements in the mix! Most tracks are nice and long, with a disco groove, and titles that include "Carry Me", "I'll Take My Chances", "Something Ya Got Makes Me Hot", and "Love Bizness". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Kurt EllingMessenger ... CD
Blue Note, 1997. Used ... $5.99
Early genius from Kurt Elling – one of Blue Note's best vocal signings of the 90s, and a richly talented singer who's still not well understood by many audiences! The set's got Kurt doing a bit of everything he does great – completely transforming old standards like "Nature Boy" and "April In Paris"; coming up with new lyrics for harder jazz numbers, like Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy" or Donald Byrd's "Tanya Jean"; and working through compelling original material that includes "It's Just A Thing", "Endless", and "The Messenger". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Maynard FergusonMaynard Ferguson (1971) ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Maynard Ferguson's looking a bit shaggy on the cover of this one, but his grooves are as tight as ever – and packed with a good degree of funk in the arrangements too! Maynard's returning here to the great territory of the MF Horn album – and using help from British arrangers that include Keith Mansfield, John Cameron, and Kenny Wheeler – all of whom help push the already-blasting MF groove even further into the stratosphere! There's a great mix of American pop, British groovy, and jazzy soloing to the set – and somehow the construction of the tunes is actually a perfect place for the tricks, twists, and turns that Maynard was bringing into his solo work at the time. Titles include "The Serpent", "Move Over", "Aquarius", "Your Song", "Stoney End", "Living In The Past", and "Fire & Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
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Maynard FergusonMF Horn (70s pressing) ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A brilliant album from Maynard Ferguson – one that owes a heck of a lot to Brit easy maestro Keith Mansfield! Mansfield produced the whole thing, and arranged with the help of Kenny Wheeler and Adrian Dover – and the whole record has the tightness of the best expansive Brit easy grooves from the time – setting Ferguson's brassy horn in some impeccable backings that have an amazing blend of jazz, easy, and rhythm – never failing to please our oft-jaded ears! Way more than just funky big band, with a really solid approach all the way through – and solo work by Kenny Wheeler and Pete King, in addition to Ferguson. Titles include the Indian groover "Chala Nata", plus "L-Dopa", "Eli's Comin", "Ballad To Max", and "MacArthur Park". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny GriffinCatharsis ... CD
Storyville/Solid (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $13.99
A later entry in the run of Johnny Griffin albums recorded overseas – and one that's very much in the openly-blown style of his classics from the 60s and 70s! As with some of those, the great Kenny Drew works alongside Griffin on piano – and the pair really step out on familiar tunes taken at very extended stretches – so that the long solo passages almost make for mini-songs themselves within the familiar melodies! The rest of the group features Jens Melgaard on bass and Ole Streenberg on drums – and titles include "Isfahan", "Rhythm A Ning", "Just Friends", "If I Should Lose You", and "Slukefter Blues". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)
Also available Catharsis ... CD 9.99

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Kitsos HarisiadisLament In A Deep Style – 1929 to 1931 ... LP
Third Man, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99 18.00
Clarinet music, but unlike anything else you might have heard before – as Greek musician Kitsos Harisiadis uses the instrument in a style that's quite far from American jazz and swing! Instead, the clarinet here is used on a series of folkloric tunes – music from the northwestern region of Greece, where Kitsos lived in the 20s – preserved here on vintage 78rpm recordings that are filled with rich tone and echo – audio that seems to transform the clarinet even more, as the instrument is set amidst spare percussion or stringed instrument backing – to soar out into space with a very melancholy vibe! Harisiadis is incredibly deft – running up and down the instrument with the speed and creativity of a free jazz musician, but always keeping things melodic, even when emotionally moving. Titles include "Zagorisio", "Dipli Gaida", "Skaros", "Mirologi In Do", "Stroto Pogonisio", "Miarologi Arvanitiko", and "Gaida". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hatfield & The NorthHatfield & The North (US pressing) ... LP
Virgin, 1974. Near Mint- ... $24.99
The seminal debut of Hatfield & The North – a group that maybe came a bit late in the UK prog scene of the early 70s, but who had a huge influence for decades to come! The quartet are a late transformation of the earlier Canterbury sound – leaner, maybe jazzier, and with a great ear for warm tones and organic elements that help hold the complexity of their music to the surface of the planet. Plus, there's this more open, honest quality to some of the work – especially the vocals – that quality, say, that made Matching Mole so different than Soft Machine. The whole lineup is an all-star affair – Richard Sinclair on bass and vocals, Pip Pyle on drums, Phil Miller on guitars, and Dave Stewart on organ, piano, and tone generator – plus some nice guest sax and flute from Geoff Leigh of Henry Cow, and vocals from Robert Wyatt on one track. Titles include "The Stubbs Effect", "Calyx", "Licks For Ladies", "Bossa Nochance", "Big Jobs No 2", "Lobster In A Cleavage Probe", and "Rifferama". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)
Also available Hatfield & The North (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Hatfield & The NorthHatfield & The North (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Virgin/Esoteric (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $14.99
The seminal debut of Hatfield & The North – a group that maybe came a bit late in the UK prog scene of the early 70s, but who had a huge influence for decades to come! The quartet are a late transformation of the earlier Canterbury sound – leaner, maybe jazzier, and with a great ear for warm tones and organic elements that help hold the complexity of their music to the surface of the planet. Plus, there's this more open, honest quality to some of the work – especially the vocals – that quality, say, that made Matching Mole so different than Soft Machine. The whole lineup is an all-star affair – Richard Sinclair on bass and vocals, Pip Pyle on drums, Phil Miller on guitars, and Dave Stewart on organ, piano, and tone generator – plus some nice guest sax and flute from Geoff Leigh of Henry Cow, and vocals from Robert Wyatt on one track. Titles include "The Stubbs Effect", "Calyx", "Licks For Ladies", "Bossa Nochance", "Big Jobs No 2", "Lobster In A Cleavage Probe", and "Rifferama". This CD edition includes the bonus tracks "Let's Eat Real Soon", "Fitter Stoke Has A Bath" and "Your Majesty Is Like A Cream Donut". CD
Also available Hatfield & The North (US pressing) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway Live ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $9.99
Massively beautiful work from the great Donny Hathaway! After two studio albums that had firmly put him on the map as one of the 70s best soul talents, Atco had the genius to have Donny record this live album before very enthusiastic crowds in Hollywood and New York. The result is one of the best soul albums ever – one that shows a totally different side of Donny, and which has him jamming with a smaller, hipper, jazz-oriented group in long versions of some of his best tracks. Features a massive 12 minute version of "The Ghetto", which has loads of excellent instrumental breakdowns, a 13 minute version of "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)", a superior version of the track "Little Ghetto Boy", which was only ever on a soundtrack, and covers of "What's Going On" and "Jealous Guy" that really transform them from the original versions. Very similar to the classic Curtis Mayfield 2LP live set on Curtom – and with a similar "Chicago studio soulster goes jazzy and intimate" feel. CD

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JafrosaxJafrosax 2 ... CD
Universal (Japan), 2005. Used ... $16.99
A second full length set from Jafrosax – one of the few Japanese combos to successfully blend jazzy riffs with more electric dance rhythms! The sound here really isn't club jazz, but more a soulful house with sax solo sort of mode – one that has plenty of tenor blowing over the top of funky beats, keyboards, and other tasty instrumentation. A fair bit of the tracks on the set are instrumental, but some of the best feature vocals – by singers who include Ria, Jurianne, Deeizm, and Miho Sugiura. Titles include "Free No 2", "Easy That Would Be", "Float In Afternoon", "Saxtatic", "Future Freedom", "Sweet Music", and "Sepia Rose". CD
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Juju (Oneness of Juju)Live At 131 Prince Street ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1973. New Copy ... On March 12, 2021
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's much more jazz-based, and often more avant than the group's later work – more in line with work in the tradition of the AACM, or some of the earliest loft jazz talents. No surprise, the set was recorded at Ornette Coleman's space on the lower east side in the early 70s – with the mighty Plunky Nakbinde on saxes and flute, sounding a lot more searing than any of his records from the 80s onward – plus Babatunde on percussion, Lon Moshe on vibes and flute, and Al-Hammel Rasul on keyboards. There's a bit of vocalizations, and lots of percussion from group members too – and the sound is very spiritual, with touches of more percussive Afro-centric playing. Includes a great version of Eddie Palmieri's "Azucar Para Ti", plus "At Least We Have A Horizon Now", and "Live Mozambique". CD

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Juju (Oneness of Juju)Live At 131 Prince Street ... LP
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1973. New Copy ... On March 12, 2021
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's much more jazz-based, and often more avant than the group's later work – more in line with work in the tradition of the AACM, or some of the earliest loft jazz talents. No surprise, the set was recorded at Ornette Coleman's space on the lower east side in the early 70s – with the mighty Plunky Nakbinde on saxes and flute, sounding a lot more searing than any of his records from the 80s onward – plus Babatunde on percussion, Lon Moshe on vibes and flute, and Al-Hammel Rasul on keyboards. There's a bit of vocalizations, and lots of percussion from group members too – and the sound is very spiritual, with touches of more percussive Afro-centric playing. Includes a great version of Eddie Palmieri's "Azucar Para Ti", plus "At Least We Have A Horizon Now", and "Live Mozambique". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fumio KarashimaLandscape (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Why Not/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $24.99
We love the 70s work of Japanese pianist Fumio Karashima – and this album is one of our favorites from the decade! Fumio's got this way of being both bold and lyrical at the same time – long flows on the keyboard that are partly in the school of McCoy Tyner, but used to transform the more personal touches of an older scene like Hank Jones or Tommy Flanagan – really bursting forth here with long tracks that bristle with the new sort of imagination that the Japanese scene was unlocking at the time! The rest of the trio is equally great – with George Mraz on bass and Motohiko Hino on drums – and titles include "Tears", "Revlis", "Landscape", "The Fall", and "In My Usual Wal". CD
(Part of the Nippon Jazz Spirits series!)

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Dave Liebman & Richie BeirachEternal Voices ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 2019. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
An unusual setting for this long-running jazz partnership – a double-length record that has the saxes of Dave Liebman and the piano of Richie Beirach improvising on a number of themes borrowed from classical music – compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, and others – all really transformed by the sensitive genius of the pair! The album's not one of those slavish readings of classical compositions by a jazz musicians – and, if anything, the open, improvised quality of the music really deviates a lot from the scores – using them more for inspiration, and as a way to hit some of the more sensitive qualities of both musicians, especially Liebman. Dave plays soprano, tenor, and c-flute – and the entire second half of the album is based on Bartok string quartets. CD

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✨✧ Oliver LomaxMood Modern – The Story Of Two Of The World's Greatest Recorded Music Libraries – KPM & Bruton Music ... Book
Vocalion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $34.99
Maybe the best book we've ever seen on the secret world of sound library music – those non-commercial recordings that are made away from the public, then lent out for later use in radio, film, and TV! Over the years, crate-diggers have brought a new sort of appreciation to sound library albums – and two of the best labels of the genre are the important KPM and Bruton labels in the UK – both home to fantastic sounds from artists who include Keith Mansfield, Syd Dale, David Lindup, Johnny Pearson, and many others! Records by these artists have achieved great fame in recent years – but because these guys weren't rock stars, or jazz musicians, their stories – and the stories of their studios and labels – have really been overlooked. Writer Oliver Lomax – who's also reissued many sound library gems via the Vocalion label – really does a great job of looking at KPM and Bruton – with a huge amount of historical detail, countless interviews with key figures, and even helpful details on the larger recording scene in the UK. The book features two sections of images – one color, one black and white – but it's very different than sound library album cover books, as the main focus here is on text, which spans 465 pages in great detail. Book

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Mike OldfieldTubular Bells ... CD
Virgin, 1973. Used ... $5.99
Easily one of the most successful albums of the British jazz rock years – but still a longtime favorite of ours as well! Mike Oldfield sets a whole new standard here for concept rock – not only by working on a single album-length composition that spans all of sides one and two, but also by playing all instruments himself – in a one man symphony of sound that's pretty darn great! The main theme of the piece will be recognizable from it's stripped-down use in The Exorcist – but we really love Oldfield's expansion on it here in a range of different overdubbed instruments, which are also sometimes processed – and then introduced by Mike in a spoken part that's one of the highlights of the album. CD
(CRC pressing.)
Also available Tubular Bells ... CD 5.99

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Mike OldfieldTubular Bells ... CD
Virgin (Brazil), 1973. Used ... $5.99
Easily one of the most successful albums of the British jazz rock years – but still a longtime favorite of ours as well! Mike Oldfield sets a whole new standard here for concept rock – not only by working on a single album-length composition that spans all of sides one and two, but also by playing all instruments himself – in a one man symphony of sound that's pretty darn great! The main theme of the piece will be recognizable from it's stripped-down use in The Exorcist – but we really love Oldfield's expansion on it here in a range of different overdubbed instruments, which are also sometimes processed – and then introduced by Mike in a spoken part that's one of the highlights of the album. CD
Also available Tubular Bells ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Esther PhillipsFrom A Whisper To A Scream (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kudu/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1971. New Copy ... About April 2, 2021
One of our favorite-ever albums from Esther Phillips – an album that really helped her transform her sound for the 70s! The approach here is a lot more jazzy than before – served up with a good dose of funk, thanks to arrangements from Pee Wee Ellis – fresh from his work with James Brown, but even more electrically-oriented here! The groove is great – and the album's one of the best Kudu sides from the early 70s – a perfect blend of soul, jazz, and funk – all wrapped up with a new level of sophistication that benefits all parties involved. Other players include Richard Tee on keyboards, Eric Gale on guitar, Bernard Purdie on drums, Airto on percussion, and Hank Crawford on alto sax. Titles include an incredible cover of Gil Scott Heron's "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", plus "From A Whisper To A Scream", "Till My Back Ain't Got No Bone", "Your Love Is So Doggone Good", Scarred Knees", and "Baby, I'm For Real". CD features great bonus tracks – "Brother Brother", "Don't Run To Him", "A Beautiful Friendship", and "How Blue Can You Get". CD

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Enrico PieranunziInfant Eyes – Enrico Pieranunzi Plays The Music Of Wayne Shorter ... CD
Challenge/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2000. New Copy ... $13.99
A really wonderful album from Enrico Pieranunzi, maybe one of our favorite albums from the pianist – but that probably also has a lot to do with the material! The songs are all compositions by the legendary Wayne Shorter – some from his earlier years, some from a time when his sound was darker and more dynamic – all brought together here in a warm flow that really transforms the tunes, and does a great job of linking together two generations of Shorter's music! The record has that gentle mix of boldness and space that Pieranunzi delivers when he's at his best – which is definitely the case here – and support is from Hein Van de Geyn on bass and Hans Van Oosterhout on drums – on titles that include "Capricorn", "ESP", "Infant Eyes", "Nefertiti", "Pinocchio", "Wildflower", and "Sleeping Dancer Sleep On". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Sun RaGod Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
One of the rarest 70s albums in the Sun Ra catalog – and one of the most unique, too – given that the format here is a piano trio, of the style often used by other jazz musicians – but completely transformed here in the hands of Ra! The music is sometimes straight, but always with angles – taking off nicely from the Horo Records mode right before – and delivered by Ra with this new sense of confidence and historical imagination on the keys of the piano – with great support from Richard Williams on bass and Luqman Ali on drums. There's no spacey production or weird instrumentation – but still, as with the Horo and Improvising Artists material, Sun Ra shows us what a tremendous jazz musician he can be in a more familiar setting – a great snap back to all those who ever might have called him a pretender. Titles include "Blythe Spirit Dance", "Tenderness", "Days Of Happiness", and "Magic City Blue". CD

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SeatrainWatch ... LP
Warner, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Maybe one of the most classic albums from Seatrain – and a set that definitely shows their huge progression from roots in The Blues Project, to their transformation into more of a roots rock band on the Marin County scene! In a way, the record's almost a west coast take on territory The Band were hitting at the time – maybe looser and groovier overall, with well-crafted lyrics from Jim Roberts and singer Andy Kulberg – whose raspy style is completely charming. Titles include "Northcoast", "Scratch", "We Are Your Children Too", and "Pack Of Fools" – but we think our favorite might be the excellent instrumental "Flute Thing" – a remake of an Al Kooper tune, performed by the group with a mix of funky flute, organ, and fuzzy guitar – which makes the whole thing a very sweet jazzy groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear with a cut corner.)

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Takeshi ShibuyaDream (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Nadja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
Warm-hearted piano work from Takeshi Shibuya – a set that brings together some older jazz currents with newer modes of expression – a bit in the manner of some of the Three Blind Mice label sessions of the time! As with those records, this one is recorded superbly – so that the sensitive work on the keys by Shibuya comes through wonderfully – transforming older American tunes, and bringing in one great original of his own. The group also features bass from Tatsuhiro Matsumoto – and drums from either Yoshitaka Uematsu or Sumiaki Hamazima – on titles that include "Prelude To A Kiss", "Memories Of You", "Dream/After You've Gone", "Autumn Leaves", "My Funny Valentine", and the original "Blues No 21". CD
(Part of the Nippon Jazz Spirits series!)

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Situation & OthersNang Presents New Masters Series Vol 5 ... CD
Nang (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $6.99
Situation really do a great job of transforming other folks' tunes here – so much so that the results are really a lot more their own than any sort of familiar remix modes – which is the CD is more of a full album by the band, then just a collection of cuts! Contemporary rhythms and production are mixed with a range of sonic sources that go back to the early 80s – and the album has some of the warmer, more soulful elements that warrant its release on the Nang label too. Titles include Situation reworks/remakes of "Fade To Grey" by Visage, "Jankos Drug" by Dark Punk Hippies, "RU Ready For This" by Fabiolous Barker, "I Got You" by George Kelly, "I Ran" by A Flock Of Seagulls, "Strange Kind Of Love" by Love & Money, "Hold On" by Rubber Lips, "Jealous Girl" by Pure Conjecture, "Don't You Worry About A Thing" by JazzyFunk, and "Perfect System" by Julian Sanza and Andre Espeut. CD

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Jens SondergaardJens Sondergaard Quartet Plays The Brubeck/Desmond Songbook ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A really great take on the sound of the Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond quartet of the 50s and 60s – that magical unit that really transformed the sound of jazz at the time, and continues to hold strong over the decades! The approach here, though, is also a nice change from Paul and Dave – in that Jens Sondergaard has maybe a bit more spirit in his alto, and also plays soprano sax too – and is matched by some fantastic piano from Ole Kock Hansen, a player with a much more organic flow than Brubeck – not that we don't like Dave's piano, but Ole's got a warmth that really changes things up – as does the bass work of Lasse Lundstrom, who's upfront and full in the mix, and also brings a lot of humanity to the proceedings! Tunes are all gems from the key years of the original group – and titles include "Why Not", "Bossa Antiqua", "The Duke", "Broadway Bossa Nova", "Embarcadero", "In Your Own Sweet Way", and "Brandenburger Gate". CD

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Su Paka PoohSunny Side Garden ... CD
Flower (Japan), 2001. Used ... $8.99
A completely satisfying album from one of the brightest new stars on the Japanese scene! Su Paka Pooh breaks out here with a swirling batch of warm, soulful grooves – a bit house-oriented in structure, but with plenty of spiritual jazzy touches, and a cosmic finish that keeps the record fresh as each new track begins. Includes a sublime dancefloor remake of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago's famous "Theme De Yo Yo", plus the cuts "Muzika", "Our Consciousness", "Game In The Space", "Milk & Rose", "Aya", "In Her Arms", and "Water Tree". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Dwight Trible with Matthew HalsallWhat The World Needs Now/Tryin Times ... 7-inch
Gondwana (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
A Burt Bacharach tune, given a fantastic reading here – as the soaring, spiritual vocals of Dwight Trible really transform the song – which is set up here in a modal jazz reading with a trumpet solo from Matthew Halsall! The pair reunite on the flip – which is an equally sublime remake of a Donny Hathaway song! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Wendy WaldmanLove Has Got Me/Gypsy Symphony/Wendy Waldman ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), 1973/1974/1975. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99
A trio of overlooked gems from Wendy Waldman – brought together in a single set! First up is Love Has Got Me – a hell of a solo start for singer/songwriter Wendy Waldman – a great album that should have had the lady right up there on the charts with some of her best 70s contemporaries, but which sadly never got the attention it deserved! Wendy wrote most of the material here herself, and sings with the confidence of a Laura Nyro or Carole King – but maybe with some of the jazzier inflections that Maria Muldaur or Joni Mitchell were bringing into their work – yet always with an individual spirit that makes it difficult to directly compare Waldman to anyone! Titles include "Train Song", "Gringo En Mexico", "Old Time Love", "Natural Born Fool", "Horse Dream", "Can't Come In", and "Thinking Of You". On Gypsy Symphony, Wendy Waldman's working at the Muscle Shoals studio – a place that really brings out some of the warmth, soul, and jazzy inflections in her vocals – yet all without reducing her music to another Muscle Shoals cliche! Instead, Wendy seems to transform the familiar lineup of players with a voice that's strong, proud, and one of the great overlooked female singer/songwriter talents of the 70s – on titles that include "You Got To Ride", "Studio Song", "Mad Mad Me", "The Road Song", "My Love is All I Know", and "Northwoods Man". The self-titled Wendy Waldman is one of the leanest albums ever recorded by Wendy Waldman – a set with small group backing that only seems to set Wendy's vocals even more free than before! As with her other great work of the time, there's a jazzy current to some of the singing – a mode that resonates with Joni Mitchell or Maria Muldaur – and as before, the songs are strong and proud, really great material that marks Waldman as one of the better songwriters of her generation, maybe right up there with Laura Nyro in spirit and openness – and like Nyro, very much her own woman. Titles include "Racing Boat", "Explain It", "Sundown", "Constant Companion", "Spring Is Here", "Wild Bird", and "Wings". CD

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Walter WanderleyCheganca ... LP
Verve, 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $7.99
Bossa nova meets organ jazz – a real classic from the great Walter Wanderley, recorded right on the heels of his famous Rain Forest album for Verve! This set's in a very similar format to that one – core trio grooving with organ, bass, and drums – sometimes augmented with added percussion to expand out the bossa and samba rhythms of the tunes, but always done in that lean, clean style that made Wanderley a key figure in transforming the sound of the Hammond back in the 60s – not just in Brazil, but in US jazz circles as well! Tracks are all short, tight, and very groovy – and titles include "Voce E Eu", "Aqua De Beber", "Man & A Woman", "Amanha", and "Da Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousBlue Beat – The Singles Vol 1 – BB1 to BB72 (6CD set) ... CD
Reel To Reel (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 6CD ... $9.99
A huge run of music from the legendary Blue Beat label – a crucial British label that brought the sounds of Kingston to the shores of London – forever helping transform the musical culture in that city! Blue Beat got its start in the 60s, and much of this work is in the earliest Jamaican modes mento turning into jazz, ska, and even a bit of rocksteady – spread out here in a huge 6CD package that includes every track on the first 72 singles for the label – both a-sides and b-sides – which makes for 142 tracks in all! The set is huge, and features important 60s Jamaican recordings by a huge number of artists, plus London work too – work by Lloyd & Cecil, Laurel Aitken, Azzie Lawrence, Alton & Eddy, Clancy Eccles, Hank Marr, Errol Dixon, Eric Morris, Duke Reid's Group, Theo Beckford, The Mello Cats, Charmers, Sir D's Group, Roland Alphonso, Rico Rodriguez, Cecil Byrd, Byron Lee, and many others. CD

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VariousLiving On The Hill – A Danish Underground Trip 1967 to 1974 (3CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99
A heady look at the Danish psych scene at the end of the 60s – music that's not nearly as well known as US or UK material from the time – but every bit as groovy! Most of these groups sing in English, and are sharing some of the same influences that were coming out of the British scene in the late 60s – no surprise, as they were probably receiving most of the same pirate radio broadcasts that were such a key part of transformative modes during the decade – which means that you'll hear a huge strain of elements running through this music – influences from jazz and blues, as well as a shift from beat group styles into much more sophisticated modes – including proggy touches too. Most of this work was only the stuff of obscure psych reissues in the past – but this box set really illuminates the scene, along with a huge booklet of notes and images. 32 tracks in all – work by Hurdy Gurdy, The Old Man & The Sea, Thor's Hammer, Beefeaters, Young Flowers, Day Of Phoenix, Rainbow Band, Burnin Red Ivanhoe, Blast Furnace, Pan, Ache, Savage Rose, Culpeper's Orchard, and many more! CD

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✨✧ BonoboBlack Sands (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ninja Tune, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bonobo returns with a sweet set of evocative, blissful mood grooves after too many years away – a blend of soaring bits of strings, keys & atmospherics that tug a bit at your emotions – floating over some laidback, rhythmic beatcraft! There playing around with a number of dynamics here, making this perhaps their most far reaching album – with some jazzy keys and a world of rhythms, plus some laidback, eclectic club soul grooves on the numbers with vocals by Andreya Tiana. Includes "Prelude", "Kiara", "Kong", "El Toro", "We Could Forever:, "1009", "All In Forms", "The Keeper", "Eyesdown" and "Stay The Same" with Andreya Triana, "Animals" and "Black Sands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 10th Anniversary red vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Karin KrogJoy ... LP
Meantime (Norway), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A groundbreaking session of European jazz – one of the first true moments of genius from singer Karin Krog! Tracks are long and experimental without getting too far out – and Karin's icy voice flows out magically over compelling tunes that still remain some of the most striking jazz vocals ever recorded! The set has Karin singing with a group of young, hip Scandinavian players that include Jan Garbarek on saxes, Arild Andersen on bass, and Terje Bjorklund on piano – all of whom stretch out in long, spare, modally-influenced grooves – of the sort that completely transform the role of the singer in jazz. The whole thing's great – trippy, yet still soulful, rhythmic, and swinging – with titles that include "Mr Joy", "Karin's Mode", "Round Midnight", and "Maiden Voyage/Lazy Afternoon". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Karin KrogJoy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A groundbreaking session of European jazz – one of the first true moments of genius from singer Karin Krog! Tracks are long and experimental without getting too far out – and Karin's icy voice flows out magically over compelling tunes that still remain some of the most striking jazz vocals ever recorded! The set has Karin singing with a group of young, hip Scandinavian players that include Jan Garbarek on saxes, Arild Andersen on bass, and Terje Bjorklund on piano – all of whom stretch out in long, spare, modally-influenced grooves – of the sort that completely transform the role of the singer in jazz. The whole thing's great – trippy, yet still soulful, rhythmic, and swinging – with titles that include "Mr Joy", "Karin's Mode", "Round Midnight", and "Maiden Voyage/Lazy Afternoon". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Blues Eyes" and "Break Of Day In Molde". CD

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✨✧ Henry ManciniPeter Gunn ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic! This is the record that made Mancini's career, and forever transformed the face of crime and jazz. The record's a stunning batch of instrumentals, played by a crack group of west coast players who also performed regularly in the TV show. Titles include the classic "Peter Gunn" theme, plus "Brothers Go To Mothers", "The Floater", "Brief & Breezy", "A Profound Gass", and "Dreamsville". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has partially split seams.)

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✨✧ Les McCann & Eddie HarrisSwiss Movement ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The extremely successful union of two of Atlantic's biggest funky jazz stars, caught live in Switzerland, with the amazing Benny Bailey sitting in on trumpet. The tracks are long and funky, and are virtually a blueprint for pop soul jazz playing of the time – mixing slinky rhythms with some breakout solos that show that all players are still deeply committed to a strong jazz sound. Titles include "Cold Duck Time", "The Generation Gap", "Kathleen's Theme", and their great version of "Compared To What", with the famous vocal by Les that made the track a soul jazz vocal hit! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway pressing.)

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✨✧ Les McCann & Eddie HarrisSwiss Movement – Montreux 30th Anniversary Edition (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The extremely successful union of two of Atlantic's biggest funky jazz stars, caught live in Switzerland, with the amazing Benny Bailey sitting in on trumpet. The tracks are long and funky, and are virtually a blueprint for pop soul jazz playing of the time – mixing slinky rhythms with some breakout solos that show that all players are still deeply committed to a strong jazz sound. Titles include "Cold Duck Time", "The Generation Gap", "Kathleen's Theme", and their great version of "Compared To What", with the famous vocal by Les that made the track a soul jazz vocal hit! CD also features the bonus track "Kaftan". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryDay In The Life ... LP
CTI/A&M, 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mindblowing! This is when Wes Montgomery really starts to get interesting to us – when he's working with a top-line arranger like Don Sebesky, crafting some incredibly compelling chords over lightly jazzy arrangements and soaring strings, in a whole new mode of expression that would go onto transform a generation of guitar players! And sure, this album sold a gazillion copies – but we'll be honest in saying that we think it's loads more complex and mature than some of Wes' straight jazz sides from earlier years – light years away from the small combo dates of the early years, both in conception and sound. Titles include "Day In The Life", "Watch What Happens", "California Nights", "Windy", "Trust In Me", and "The Joker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light staining and a split on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Mari NakamotoMari ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mari Nakamoto is a jazz singer with a wonderful sense of tone – a musicality in her voice that comes through on the first few notes of the record, then continues throughout as she transforms familiar tunes with that special sort of magic that marks a rare breed of jazz vocalist! Nakamoto really understands the tunes, and clearly sees her voice as much as an instrument as just the conveyor of lyrics – very much in a Sarah Vaughan sort of school, although Mari's certainly got her own sense of phrasing too. Instrumentation includes lots of great touches that bring out the best in her voice – including vibes from Kazuhiro Matsushi, and guitar from Shoji Yokouchi – on titles that include "Love For Sale", "On A Clear Day", "Day By Day", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "No Moon At All". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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✨✧ John ScofieldLive (Enja) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The young John Scofield is a player with an amazing command of chromes – this way of putting forth all these new changes in jazz, and really transforming the role of the guitar in the music with important 70s records like this! Scofield's part of a generation who maybe came to jazz while also very aware of the use of the instrument in rock – but he also never plays with any sound that's rock-based at all, unlike some of his electric contemporaries – and instead moves the instrument past some of the clean tonal modes of the early years of jazz guitar, into a fiercer, fuzzier mode – one that can be both sinister at times, and soulful at others. All tracks here are nice and long, and augmented by excellent work from Richie Beirach on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Joe LaBarbera on drums – on the titles "V", "Gray & Visceral", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", and "Leaving". CD also features the tracks "Jeanie" and "Air Pakistan". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ SeatrainWatch ... CD
Warner, 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe one of the most classic albums from Seatrain – and a set that definitely shows their huge progression from roots in The Blues Project, to their transformation into more of a roots rock band on the Marin County scene! In a way, the record's almost a west coast take on territory The Band were hitting at the time – maybe looser and groovier overall, with well-crafted lyrics from Jim Roberts and singer Andy Kulberg – whose raspy style is completely charming. Titles include "Northcoast", "Scratch", "We Are Your Children Too", and "Pack Of Fools" – but we think our favorite might be the excellent instrumental "Flute Thing" – a remake of an Al Kooper tune, performed by the group with a mix of funky flute, organ, and fuzzy guitar – which makes the whole thing a very sweet jazzy groove! CD
Also available Watch ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Archie Shepp5 Original Albums (Four For Trane/On This Night/Fire Music/Mama Too Tight/Way Ahead) (5CD set) ... CD
Impulse/Universal, Late 60s. New Copy 5 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groundbreaking work from Archie Shepp – 5 albums that helped define the Impulse Records sound of the 60s! First up is Four For Trane – an amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done by Archie's sharply crafted musical vision on the set. The style here is that mix of freer lines and tighter conception that Shepp used with the New York Contemporary Five – and players include John Tchicai on alto from that group, plus Roswell Rudd on trombone, Alan Shorter on flugelhorn, Reggie Workman on bass, and Charles Moffett on drums. The lack of piano in the album is striking – and allows for plenty of horn interplay, but in a way that's much more cutting and dark than any of the piano-less horn dates from the 50s. Titles include 4 Coltrane compositions ("Syeeda's Song Flute", "Mr Syms", "Cousin Mary", and "Naima"), as sort of a tribute to Trane – plus Shepp's excellent "Rufus (Swung, his face at last to the wind, then his neck snapped)". On This Night is one of his most successful blends of the disparate influences that comprised his style. The group is a bit smaller than usual – which gives good focus to players like Bobby Hutcherson, Henry Grimes, and Joe Chambers. Shepp contributed some of his most haunting compositions to the set – including "On This Night", "The Mac Man", and "The Pickaninny" – and the whole thing's amazing enough to make you a Shepp convert for life. Whenever we get bogged down in some of his later recordings, we only need put this one on and feel refreshed! Fire Music is fantastic stuff – easily one of Archie Shepp's greatest albums, and certainly one of the pivotal points of 60s avant garde jazz! The album features Shepp leading a crack "new thing" line up that includes Ted Curson on trumpet, Marion Brown on alto, Joe Chambers on drums, Reggie Johnson on bass, and the lesser-known Joseph Orange on trombone – all playing in a beautifully poised manner, never too far out and free, but with all the dynamic energy of the best jazz changes of the 60s! There's a vibe here that's similar to some of the Blue Note "new thing" work by players like Grachan Moncur, Jackie McLean, and Tony Williams from the time – but there's a vision that's also wider and deeper, too, given the size of the group and the way they interact. Titles include "Hambone", "Los Olvidados", "Malcolm Malcolm–Semper Malcolm", and an insane cover of "Girl From Ipanema". You can't go wrong with this one – trust us! Mama Too Tight is growing brilliance from the young Archie Shepp – a record that's not just about Archie's own amazing work on the tenor, but also his keen modern vision as a leader! The combo here is an ensemble that features some of the hippest modernists of the 60s – Roswell Rudd and Grachan Moncur on trombone, Perry Robinson on clarinet, Howard Johnson on tuba, Charlie Haden on bass, and Tommy Turrentine on trumpet – making a rare non-bop appearance here, and further enforcing our already-high estimation of his talents! The style's somewhat in the "new thing" mode of the period, but it's also a bit more tightly arranged too – almost hitting Mingus-like modes for the bigger ensemble – balancing the force of the group together with very free, bold solo impulses from the players. Side one features the extended "Portrait Of Robert Thompson (As A Young Man)" – and side two features "Mama Too Tight", "Theme For Ernie", and "Basheer". Way Ahead Is definitely the way ahead in jazz – back in the 60s, and well into the 21st Century too! Archie Shepp's in prime form here – working with a sextet that's awash in avant freedoms, but which always shows a great sense of restraint – just the right power gained from the new modes of jazz expression, as the players dance together beautifully on a razor's edge of personal creativity and ensemble exploration. Players here include Grachan Moncur on trombone, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Beaver Harris and Roy Haynes on drums – and the album also features the first piano player on most of the Shepp albums on Impulse – Walter Davis Jr, making a rare outside appearance with the group! Titles include the classic track "Frankenstein", plus "Fiesta", "Damn If I Know (The Stroller)", and "Sophisticated Lady" – all nice and long! CD

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithSecond Coming ... LP
Mojo, 1981. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
After a long and successful stint at Verve/MGM, Jimmy retreated to the underground during the mid/late 70s, where he put out a few hard to find releases on smaller labels. This is one of them, issued on his own tiny Mojo label – and it features a relatively straight soul jazz organ set, played with a trio that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar and Grady Tate on drums. Titles include "Yesterday I Heard The Rain", "Well, You Needn't", "Reunion", "Second Coming", and "It's All Right With Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Walter WanderleyRain Forest ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An album that not only broke the bossa big in the US – but a set that also really helped transform the sound of the organ in jazz! Not only is the record a key meeting of bossa rhythms and jazz organ – transplanted hugely to the US after a big initial Wanderley run in 60s Brazil – but the set also features some of the cleanest organ lines to ever hit these shores – a big difference from the heavier flutter that some of the US organists were using a few years before, and a sharp shift towards cleaner keyboard sounds for the rest of the decade. Instrumentation's nice and spare – mostly bass and percussion, plus a bi tof flute and guitar – and titles include the massive hit "Summer Samba", plus "Rain", "Beach Samba", "Song Of The Jet", "Cried, Cried", and "Girl From Ipanema". CD
(Out of print, late 90's digipack pressing. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ VariousBlack Riot – Early Jungle, Rave, & Hardcore (with bonus download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 90s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from a time when the London scene really took off – when it left behind some of its slavish love of American sounds in previous decades, and exploded with blinding dancefloor energy of its own! The music here represents a true UK hybrid – crafted after years of American house hitting the UK shores, transforming into the happier grooves of the early e-driven years, all while Thatcher's Britain kept stepping further into the dark. Enter the sounds of the city – a new wave of electric energy that was instantly urban and cosmic at the same time – beats that were as bold as hip hop, but even faster than house music – balanced by heavy-stepping, bass-bottom cuts that represented a far evolution beyond more familiar dub! The mix of modes set a fire that was heard around the world – leading to rhythmic changes for decades to come – and this great little package samples some of the best from the underground at the time, a scene that was already getting plenty of its own inspiration from the young Soul Jazz label. Titles include "Durban Poison" by Babylon Timewarp, "The Smokers Rhythm" by Rhythm For Reasons, "Snowball Remix" by Trip One, "Time & Age" by The Freaky, "Tings A Go On" by DJ Dubplate, "RK1" by The Terrorist, "Way Of Life" by New Vision, "Chill Out" by Hi Fi Power, "House Sensation" by Nu Jacks, and "Burial" by Leviticus. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download – and initial copies come with a very cool graphic novel!)

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✨✧ VariousSavory Collection 1935 to 1940 (6CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Late 30s. Used 6CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most unique packages we've ever seen from the mighty Mosaic Records – not a set that focuses on a specific artist or record label – but instead a treasure trove of freshly-unearthed material from the archives of Bill Savory – a legendary sound engineer whose work for Columbia Records helped transform our understanding of classic jazz! The sides here aren't Bill's work for that label – but instead feature recordings he made of rare broadcast performances – material that's surprisingly well-recorded, given Savory's skills with the technology of the times – which means that these tracks are way more than the kind of fuzzy radio tapes that used to show up on older jazz bootleg albums. Mosaic did a great job of restoring these materials, and presenting them with wonderful clarity – in a succession of late 30s performances that feature rare work by Count Basie, Albert Ammons, Mildred Bailey, Teddy Wilson, Glenn Miller, John Kirby, Carl Cress, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, and other giants of the swing generation. There's 108 tracks in all – including a few surprisingly long performances – and the whole thing comes with the usual hefty Mosaic Records package of notes and photos! CD
(A nice copy!)

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✨✧ David AxelrodSongs Of Experience (with booklet) ... CD
Capitol/Now Again, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever by studio genius David Axelrod! The album's one of Axelrod's first on his own – cut for Capitol Records at a time when he was working with some of the label's biggest selling soul acts – like Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls – turning their already-successful sounds into super-hit material by adding some nice funky touches, and excellent baroque production. This album lets Axelrod fully explore his talents for larger studio arrangements, and complex yet soulful instrumentation. The record is subtitled "an anthology of awareness after birth, based on the 18th century poems of William Blake" – and it features incredible arrangements conducted by Don Randi, played by a host of excellent LA jazz and studio players. The overall sound is spacey and dark, with nice touches of funk, and plenty of cool instrumental passages that have been sampled over the years by hip hoppers and other producers. Titles include "London", "The Fly", "The Human Abstract", "A Divine Image", and "The Sick Rose". CD

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✨✧ Jorge BenSacundin Ben Samba (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of Jorge Ben's greatest albums – a groundbreaking blend of samba and soul that forever went onto transform the face of Brazilian music! The record works off the groove set down by Jorge's earlier hit "Mas Que Nada" (which appears on another LP), and takes the blend of bossa, samba, and jazz, and infuses it with a sense of folksy soul delivered by Jorge's raspy vocals and acoustic guitar work. The combination of styles works perfectly – and every track on the album sparkles with a sense of excitement and new musical discovery that will probably blow away most of the recent records you've bought for your collection! Titles include "Nena Nana", "Espero Por Voce", "Nao Desanima, Joao", "Carnaval Triste", "Gimbo", "Capoeira", and "Anjo Azul". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sonny CrissRockin' In Rhythm ... LP
Prestige, 1969. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of the best Sonny Criss albums ever – one of our favorites from his late 60s run at Prestige – and that's really saying a lot! The set's a warmly lyrical session that really has Criss opening up, changing up his groove to display the deep growth he'd experienced as a musician in the 60s. The rhythm section is wonderful – pianist Eddie Green, over the rock-solid team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Alan Dawson on drums – who really help Sonny Criss transform the tunes on the record. Even 60s pop tunes like "Misty Roses" and "Eleanor Rigby" come off sounding fresh and wonderful – as do older jazz nuggets "The Masquerade Is Over" and "Rockin In Rhythm" – both tunes that are recorded so often you might expect hoke, but which sparkle anew in the hands of Sonny's soulful vision! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label trident pressing – nice and clean, and cover is nice!)
Also available Rockin' In Rhythm ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Nathan DavisPeace Treaty (180 gram pressing) ... LP
SFP/SAM (France), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the first true moments of genius from saxophonist Nathan Davis – a mid 60s European session cut for the tiny SFP label – and a record that's even rarer than his early classics for MPS! The sound here is similar to the MPS sides – a mixture of soul jazz and modal jazz – served up with a bit more freedoms than Davis might have gotten on the US scene, and featuring a lineup that includes Woody Shaw on trumpet, Jean-Louis Chautemps on baritone sax, Rene Urtreger on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. The tight rhythm of Woode and Clarke is a nice counterpoint to the modernism of Davis and Shaw – Davis works a bit on soprano, which sounds especially great! Titles include "Peace Treaty", "Klook's Theme", "Now Let M' Tell Ya", "Kansas City Special", and "Sconsolato". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – and done with a cool flip-back cover, like the original!)

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✨✧ Charles EarlandBlack Talk! ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A pivotal album in the development of the use of the Hammond organ in jazz – and Charles Earland's first exposure to a large audience! During the 60s, Charles was bumping around the Philly scene quite a bit – and recorded some small group indie sides that first gave a glimpse of his unique sound on the organ. But with this record, Earland really broke out wide – and hit a huge audience that made him one of the most in-demand players of the early 70s! The Earland touch is summed up perfectly here – a really fluid approach to the keys that shakes loose the clunkier styles of older Hammond players, and goes for a tightened-up groove that puts equal emphasis on rhythm and melodic improvisation – in a way that's always made Charles' records some of the best jazz dancers to come out of Prestige. Earland has an amazing way of completely transforming a tune – taking a familiar melody, but riffing on it extensively – slowly expanding it through almost modal progressions – until the tune opens up into a long extended jazzy groove! Proof of this is the album's sublime 11 minute version of "More Today Than Yesterday" – a solid stepper that never gets old – and other tunes include "Black Talk", "The Mighty Burner", "Here Comes Charlie", and "Aquarius". Oh, and players include Virgil Jones, Houston Person, Melvin Sparks, and Idris Muhammed – an all-star lineup, but tightly guided by Charles as if they were his own working group! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ William ParkerI Plan To Stay A Believer – The Inside Songs Of Curtis Mayfield (with bonus download) ... LP
Aum Fidelity, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A really unusual album from bassist William Parker – an artist whose musical world is usually quite far from the 70s soul of Curtis Mayfield – even though both Mayfield and Parker are pretty darn righteous individuals! Yet here, Curtis and William come together in a stunning way – as Parker reworks classic Mayfield songs, and transforms them into fantastic vehicles for spiritual jazz expression! The group has a warmly collaborative vibe, and energy that feels like some lost indie jazz project from the 70s – all held together by Parker's bold acoustic bass and masterful leadership – in a lineup that includes vocals from Leena Conquest, piano from Dave Burrell, saxes and flute from Sabir Mateen, tenor and soprano from Darryl Foster, trumpet from Lewis Barnes, drums from Hamid Drake, and poetry and voice from Amari Baraka. With a lineup like that, you can already guess the vibe – and we can promise that the whole is even better than you might have hoped! Titles include "I Plan To Stay A Believer", "This Is My Country", "People Get Ready/The Inside Song", "Ya He Hey Ya", "New World Order", and a great 17 minute take on "We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500! Includes download with bonus tracks!)

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✨✧ Rufus featuring Chaka KhanCamouflage ... LP
MCA, 1981. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
An under-appreciated gem by Rufus – the group's last album before Chaka left to depart on her successful early 80s solo career – and a nice one nonetheless! There's a trace of 80s groove in the mix – especially on the bass and percussion – but these elements are handled with all the warmth and jazziness that we've come to love from the group's 70s recordings – and Chaka's voice, as always, keeps things strongly soulful no matter what the setting! The album's overflowing with catchy groovers – and titles include "Secret Friend", "Jigsaw", "Better Together", "Music Man", "True Love", "Quandry", "Lilah", "Sharing The Love", and "Losers In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing. Cover has a cutout mark, and shrink is open on the top edge.)

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✨✧ Charles TolliverCharles Tolliver & His All Stars (aka Paper Man) (180 gram pressing – with bonus track) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The first moment of genius from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – a set that wasn't originally issued on the Strata East label, but which really set the tone for all the genius to follow on Tolliver's label! At the time of the record, Charles was part of a whole new generation of hardboppers who were coming up in a world of new ideas – a time when Coltrane, Shepp, and Ayler were transforming the left side of jazz – while other musicians were pushing the boundaries of more familiar modes too. Tolliver worked with Horace Silver, Max Roach, and others at the time – and here, he's a brilliant leader right out of the box – set up with an all-star combo that features Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – perfect partners for exploring the new music that Charles brings to the record. Gary Bartz joins the group on the second half – another young player about to transform a generation – and the whole album's a dream all the way through, with the mix of soul and spirit of some of Woody Shaw's first records, or maybe Bartz's first few albums for Milestone. Titles are all Tolliver originals – and include "Household Of Saud", "Earl's World", "Paper Man", "Lil's Paradise", and "Right Now". Also features a bonus track – "Repetition (take 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ World Sax QuartetComplete World Sax Quartet On Black Saint & Soul Note (Steppin With/WSQ/Revue/Live Zurich/Live Brooklyn Academy/Moving Right Along) (6CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), Early 80s. New Copy 6CD ... Out Of Stock
Genius work from the World Sax Quartet – a really unique ensemble who not only set the tone for a generation of jazz musicians to come, but also gave focus to some richly expressive talents from the 70s underground! The quartet is something of a supergroup right from the start – graced with tremendous reed work by David Murray, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, and Hamiet Bluiett – all key American players who really helped transform the sound of jazz in the 70s – coming together here in a whole new way on seminal sides for the Black Saint/Soul Note label! The format – which inspired many others – is really compelling – as the group's sounds come only from saxes, no other instrumentation at all – with the four wind players handling all rhythm and melody, and making some really amazing music in the process. Horn interplay had never been heard so clearly before – especially as here, the stars put aside their egos, and never try to overblow each other – and instead have this brilliant way of working together to craft a new sort of groove. The box set features the albums Steppin With, WSQ, Revue, Live In Zurich, and Live At The Brooklyn Academy Of Music – all with the classic lineup – plus Moving Right Along, which actually features a quintet with Bluiett, Murray, and Lake – joined by James Spaulding and Eric Person. CD
(All albums come in paper sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)

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✨✧ VariousBlack Riot – Early Jungle, Rave, & Hardcore ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 90s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from a time when the London scene really took off – when it left behind some of its slavish love of American sounds in previous decades, and exploded with blinding dancefloor energy of its own! The music here represents a true UK hybrid – crafted after years of American house hitting the UK shores, transforming into the happier grooves of the early e-driven years, all while Thatcher's Britain kept stepping further into the dark. Enter the sounds of the city – a new wave of electric energy that was instantly urban and cosmic at the same time – beats that were as bold as hip hop, but even faster than house music – balanced by heavy-stepping, bass-bottom cuts that represented a far evolution beyond more familiar dub! The mix of modes set a fire that was heard around the world – leading to rhythmic changes for decades to come – and this great little package samples some of the best from the underground at the time, a scene that was already getting plenty of its own inspiration from the young Soul Jazz label. Titles include "Durban Poison" by Babylon Timewarp, "The Smokers Rhythm" by Rhythm For Reasons, "Snowball Remix" by Trip One, "Time & Age" by The Freaky, "Tings A Go On" by DJ Dubplate, "RK1" by The Terrorist, "Way Of Life" by New Vision, "Chill Out" by Hi Fi Power, "House Sensation" by Nu Jacks, and "Burial" by Leviticus. CD
(Initial copies come with a very cool graphic novel!)

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✨✧ VariousCaribbean In America – 1915 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 10s/1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Caribbean styles hit the American scene – then get transformed into something completely different in this huge collection of recordings that span styles that include jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, and blues! In some cases, the Caribbean element comes through in the song structure – which might be lifted directly, then reworked for an American audience. But at other times, the influence is more in the rhythms or instrumentation – used as inspiration to then create something new – a bit in the way that American soul would provide the inspiration for reggae in the 60s. The package has the usual fantastic Fremeaux presentation – with a big booklet of historical notes, in both French and English, to support 66 titles that include "Jamaica Farewell" by Sam Cooke, "Salty Fish Aki Rice" by Ruth Wallis, "Bajan Girl" by Lionel Belasco, "Sly Mongoose" by Sam Manning, "El Gallero" by Dioris Valladares & Angel Viloria, "El Mambo Diablo" by Tito Puente, "Hey Little Girl" by Professor Longhair, "Un Poco Loco" by Bud Powell, "Chee Koo Baby" by Lloyd Price, "Shrinking Up Fast" by Camille Howard, "Ojai" by Joe Lutcher, "Salee Dame" by Albert Nicholas & Baby Dodds, "Inside" by Hector The Ram, "Run Come See Jerusalem"b y Stan Wilson, "I Learn A Merengue" by Robert Mitchum, "Afro Blue" by Cal Tjader, "La Maricutana" by Damiron & Chapuseaux, "Magical Joe" by Herb Jeffries, "Begin The Beguine" by Charlie Parker, "Make It Do" by Slim Gaillard, "Guitarambo" by Mickey Baker, and "Don't Touch Me Nylon" by The Charmer (aka Louis Farrakhan). CD

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✨✧ VariousKent & Modern Records Blues Into The 60s Vol 2 – If I Have To Wreck LA ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic west coast blues from the 60s, none of issued at the time – collected together here in a set that really shows the continuing evolution of the sound of LA! During the 60s, the city's blues took on some of the transformations that were happing in Chicago – with similar roots in a southern scene that moved into a hipper, more urban environment – where blues phrasing was more electrified, and mixed with influences from soul and jazz – often with some funky hybrids along the way! All the cuts here were recorded by Kent Records – the clear black music powerhouse of the west coast at the time – and half were issued on rare Japanese CDs in the 90s, the other 12 appear here for the first time ever – and as usual with Ace, the presentation, notes, and sound quality are wonderful. Titles include "Mama Said" and "Hey Baby" by Willie Headen, "Address In My Hand" and "Soul Blues" by Willie Garland, "Christine" and "Baby Don't Tear My Clothes" by Model T Slim, "Blues Pain" by Lowell Fulson, "You Told Me A Lie" by Smokey Wilson, "Before Day" by Big Mama Thornton, and "Rocks In My Pillow" and "Let Me Play With Your Poodle" by Long Gone Miles. CD

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✨✧ VariousOnce Upon A Time At King Tubby's ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Woah! Don't get caught in the crossfire! I Roy takes on Prince Jazzbo, and luckily for us, Tubby's not taking sides, cutting mad versions and heavy dubs as the two Dee Jays trade barbs, rhymes and witty rejoinders for a battle on wax that lasted quite a few rounds! This great set by Pressure Sounds not only documents the toasting, boasting and roasting fest that the two heavyweight mic wielders laid to wax across now sought-after 45s, it showcases Striker Lee's production talents and Tubby's well known dub wizardry. For the most part, rhythms are laid down by the Aggrovators, with a couple Jo Jo Hookim produced cuts by the Revolutionaries, but it's all fantastic material, and the set has great notes giving background on the whole battle. 15 tracks in all, including "Do You Love Me?" by Johnny Clarke, "Straight To Jazzbo's Head", "Padlock", "Jazzbo Have Fe Run" and "Straight To Derrick Morgan's Head" by I Roy, "Straight To I Roy's Head" and "Gal Boy I Roy" by Prince Jazzbo, "I Roy The Chiney Commer Around" by Derrick Morgan, and "Straight To I Roy's Big Mouth" and "The Roots Of Dub" by King Tubby & The Aggrovators. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ David AxelrodSongs Of Experience (with booklet) ... LP
Capitol/Now Again, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever by studio genius David Axelrod! The album's one of Axelrod's first on his own – cut for Capitol Records at a time when he was working with some of the label's biggest selling soul acts – like Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls – turning their already-successful sounds into super-hit material by adding some nice funky touches, and excellent baroque production. This album lets Axelrod fully explore his talents for larger studio arrangements and complex yet soulful instrumentation. The record is subtitled "an anthology of awareness after birth, based on the 18th century poems of William Blake" – and it features incredible arrangements conducted by Don Randi, played by a host of excellent LA jazz and studio players. The overall sound is spacey and dark, with nice touches of funk, and plenty of cool instrumental passages that have been sampled over the years by hip hoppers and other producers. Titles include "London", "The Fly", "The Human Abstract", "A Divine Image", and "The Sick Rose". Reissued with the original gatefold cover and everything! LP, Vinyl record album
(Audiophile pressing – with booklet!)

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✨✧ Jorge BenSacundin Ben Samba ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Jorge Ben's greatest albums – a groundbreaking blend of samba and soul that forever went onto transform the face of Brazilian music! The record works off the groove set down by Jorge's earlier hit "Mas Que Nada" (which appears on another LP), and takes the blend of bossa, samba, and jazz, and infuses it with a sense of folksy soul delivered by Jorge's raspy vocals and acoustic guitar work. The combination of styles works perfectly – and every track on the album sparkles with a sense of excitement and new musical discovery that will probably blow away most of the recent records you've bought for your collection! Titles include "Nena Nana", "Espero Por Voce", "Nao Desanima, Joao", "Carnaval Triste", "Gimbo", "Capoeira", and "Anjo Azul". CD

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✨✧ Nathan DavisPeace Treaty (LP paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
SFP/Mo' Record (France), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the first true moments of genius from saxophonist Nathan Davis – a mid 60s European session cut for the tiny SFP label – and a record that's even rarer than his early classics for MPS! The sound here is similar to the MPS sides – a mixture of soul jazz and modal jazz – served up with a bit more freedoms than Davis might have gotten on the US scene, and featuring a lineup that includes Woody Shaw on trumpet, Jean-Louis Chautemps on baritone sax, Rene Urtreger on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. The tight rhythm of Woode and Clarke is a nice counterpoint to the modernism of Davis and Shaw – Davis works a bit on soprano, which sounds especially great! Titles include "Peace Treaty", "Klook's Theme", "Now Let M' Tell Ya", "Kansas City Special", and "Sconsolato". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Sconsolato (quintet)" and "Kansas City Special (quintet)" – both recorded by an smaller group with Jimmy Gourley on guitar, and without the trumpet and baritone sax. CD
 
 
 



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