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Braen's MachineQuarta Pagina (plus bonus CD) ... LP
Liuto/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
Stunning sound library material from Braen's Machine – one of the coolest, grooviest, and most obscure acts that were part of this underground Italian scene in the 70s! Quarta Pagina follows into even more trippier territory than the group's famous Underground album – a wild blend of psychedelic elements with hip soundtrack styles – the kinds of aspects that Piero Umiliani and Alessandro Alessandroni brought to the group, but with an even weirder feel. Track are all nice and compact – no overindulgent jams, but there's still a wonderful range of sounds in the short tunes – and most numbers are vocals, filled with guitars, keyboards, and loads of odd elements – but there also seems to be an Edda Dell'Orso-like singer in a few spots too. Titles include "Frode", "Addescamento", "Rimorso", "Il Covo", "La Vittima", and "Nel Penitenziario". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sandro Brugnolini/CarniniBeat Drammatico, Underground, Pop Elettronic ... CD
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy ... $12.99
Exactly the kind of record that makes us love sound library records so much – and definitely the sort that sets the style apart from anything else we can think of! Both Sandro Brugnolini and Giorgio Carnini turn in some great work here – a mindblowing mix of modes over the space of ten short tracks – some tunes a cascading array of instrumentation, in a hip groove that's neither American jazz or soundtrack funk, but a special space of its own! Other tunes use an electronic approach that's years ahead of its time – as groovy as 60s analogue, but a lot darker, too – in ways that the rest of the world might not touch until the German new wave. The balance is almost even between swinging groovers and darker electronic cuts – and titles include "Grinta", "Azione CIA", "Scalo Clandestino", "Alambicco Cibernetico", "Strutture Generative", "Omicido Bianco", and "CIA Massacre". CD

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Cabaret NoirCabaret Noir ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2004. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A sparkling new duo from Schema – with a really moody kind of sound! The group features vibes and programming by Pasquale Bardaro, plus sweet vocals from the lovely Barbara De Dominicis – in a mode that reminds us of classic early 80s work by Weekend, Antena, and other bossa-inspired groups. At times, the sound is very stripped down – almost just vibes and vocals – but at other moments, the groove opens up with some added jazzy instrumentation from a host of guest players – moving from the spare and moody into a sound that's much more in keeping with the regular Schema groove! Titles include "Ballad Du Nuage", "The Ironic Death", "Radio Waves", "On A Sunday Morning", "Ordinary Night In A Provincial Town", "Fading Memory", and "Nameless". CD
(Out of print.)

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Clarke Boland SextetCalypso Blues ... CD
Rearward/Schema (Italy), Mid 60s. Used ... $14.99
Rare tracks by the Clarke-Boland Sextet – a small group offshoot of the funky Big Band that was led by Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland – and which featured some of the key soloists in the group! The lineup here includes Sahib Shihab on flute, Fats Sadi on vibes and bongos, Joe Harris on percussion, and Jimmy Woode on bass – plus Clarke and Boland on drums and piano, respectively – a wonderful group that has an incredible sense of rhythm, and comes up with loads of wonderful modal numbers throughout! The vibe is wonderful – and the collection's a great look at this unusual combo – filled with fire and soul – and proof that in the jazz world, at least, great things can happen when global boundaries are crossed. Titles include "Con Alma", "Invitation", "Sconsolato", "Lilemor", "Just Give Me Time", "Love Hungry", "Ensadinado", and "Man From Potter's Crossing". CD
(Out of print, light edgewear to slipcover.)

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Combo GranadaColpo Su Colpo/Revolver ... 12-inch
Schema (Italy), 2003. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $2.99
Bouncing Latin beats and warm jazzy grooves – another winner in the Schema tradition, and the first record we've heard from these Italian up and comers! "Colpo" has a tight batucada feel – really fast and frenetic, with trumpet flourishes over the top. "Revolver" starts with fierce bongos and a bit of bubbling electronics – then hits things nicely with a full on, exotic-styled groove! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Nicola ConteJet Sounds (full LP) ... LP
Schema/Fez (Italy), 2000. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 29.99
Wonderful wonderful wonderful – and one of the best albums we've ever heard of modern bossa and soundtrack grooves! For years, Nicola Conte has been a seminal force in the new Italian scene – working as a DJ, promoter, producer, and sometimes recording artist under the odd 12" single. This album marks his first full effort – and after years of bubbling under in the Italian scene, Nicola emerges as one of the most perfect-formed artists we've heard in years. The whole album's a breathtaking mix of 60s bossa, soundtrack, and easy themes – put together with never a dull moment, and always a focus on the kind of mid and uptempo grooves that have been pushing the Italian and German scenes for the last 5 years. The record features great mixes from a few of Nicola's 12" singles, plus a wealth of excellent new material that really expands his groove wonderfully – with a totally real, totally honest sound that pushes past the gazillion retro remix throwaway albums that you'll find stuffing the listening stations at the megastores! Tracks include "Il Cerchio Rosso", "Dossier Omega", "Trappola Mortale", "Jazz Pour Dadine", and "Bossa Per Due". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nicola Conte & Gianluca PetrellaFree Your Mind EP ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A great follow-up to the African Spirits single from the team of Nicola Conte and Gianluca Petrella – and like that one, a set that draws heavily on influences from classic Afro Funk! "Free Your Mind" is an instrumental that has these great rising horn passages – soaring nicely over bubbling grooves served up by the duo – while "Imani River" has superb vocals from Bridgette Amofah, who really takes over the tune, and gives the whole thing the righteous vibe of some of the best 70s records by Letta Mbulu! Amofah returns on "Infinity" – a cut that brings together the best qualities of the previous two, with maybe a bit more of the clubby vibe that you'll know from Conte's classic work! LP, Vinyl record album

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Nicola Conte & OthersModern Sound Of Nicola Conte – Versions In Jazz-Dub ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2009. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99 24.99
A long-overdue collection of all the mixes, side-projects, and rare "Nicola Conte version" tracks that have cropped up in the past decade or so – work that's every bit as great as the material Conte includes on his own albums and singles! Nicola Conte's not a remixer – he's a re-imaginer – and when he sets out to serve up his own version of a track, he often starts from scratch – using his own band, his own arrangements, and his own key elements – all of which turn any projects for other artists into grooves that are very Conte-directed – the kind of classic jazz-infused gems that Nicola's been laying down on his own Schema Records label for over a decade! This double-disc set is filled with amazing work that Conte's done for other folks – and it also include a few rare and unreleased tracks under his own name as well – a massive helping of music that's really mindblowing throughout – sure to please any fan of Nicola, as well as anyone who digs the artists included in the package. Nicola Conte tracks include "Castles In The Rain", "Charade", "New Blues", "When I Wish Upon A Star", "Solo", "Black Is The Graceful Veil (acoustic version)", "Groovy Samba", and "All Or Nothing At All", which features vocals by Jose James! Other cuts include Conte mixes and reworks of "Stolen Moments (Midnight Mood rework)" by Mark Murphy, "Yellow Daisies" by Fertile Ground, "So Danco Samba (Nicola Conte rework)" by Til Bronner, "Terra De Ninguem" by Sabrina Malheiros, "Take Off (Campi's Idea version)" by Marco Di Marco, "3 Corners (For Friends & Relatives version)" by Five Corners Quintet, "You Are" by Povo, "Our Love" by Luisito Quintero, "Healing Blue (shape of jazz to come version)" by Sunaga T Experience, "Lotus Sun" by Maki Mannami, "Heaven (west coast vibes rmx)" by Bitter:Sweet, "Quiet Nights (out of the cool version)" by Re:Jazz, "Elevated States" by Thunderball, "Mood Indigo" by Akiko, "Take Five (Nicola Conte rmx)" by Roberto Roena, and "Kerma Elastica (Nicola Conte rmx)" by Bobby Hughes Combination. CD

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Dining RoomsArt Is A Cat ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
Maybe the best album we've ever heard from Dining Rooms – a set that has the group moving way past just makers of seductive grooves, into wider, fuller territory that definitely puts them at the top shelf level we love from the best at Schema Records! The album balances some of their earlier modes with really strong songs that feature a variety of different singers – including Sean Martin, Beatrice Velasco Moreno, and Georgeanne Kalweit – who each give the record a lot more lyrical power than before, and a strong presence on the vocal tracks that makes instrumental moments feel like well-placed interludes. Titles include "When You Died", "Little Girl", "Art Is A Cat", "Carpet Of Green", "Nella Sua Loca Realta", "Ghosts", "Two Thousand Parts", "No Frame", "Teach Me To Dance", and "Astratto". CD
Also available Art Is A Cat ... LP 24.99

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Dining RoomsArt Is A Cat ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
Maybe the best album we've ever heard from Dining Rooms – a set that has the group moving way past just makers of seductive grooves, into wider, fuller territory that definitely puts them at the top shelf level we love from the best at Schema Records! The album balances some of their earlier modes with really strong songs that feature a variety of different singers – including Sean Martin, Beatrice Velasco Moreno, and Georgeanne Kalweit – who each give the record a lot more lyrical power than before, and a strong presence on the vocal tracks that makes instrumental moments feel like well-placed interludes. Titles include "When You Died", "Little Girl", "Art Is A Cat", "Carpet Of Green", "Nella Sua Loca Realta", "Ghosts", "Two Thousand Parts", "No Frame", "Teach Me To Dance", and "Astratto". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Art Is A Cat ... CD 18.99

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Dining RoomsExperiments In Ambient Soul ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2005. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The best album to date from The Dining Rooms! We're not sure what the group mean by "ambient soul" – because it's not really that ambient (although it is pretty darn soulful) – but we do really love the way that the record sounds, and we applaud the group for working here in a tighter, more song-based format than usual! Nearly all the tracks on the set are vocal numbers – and not just tunes where the voice is incidental, and just drifted into the mix – but instead really focused around the lyrics, in a way that makes for some of the strongest statements the group has made on record so far! Instrumentation includes a fair bit of Fender Rhodes, and vocals are by Marta Collica, Clover, Don Freeman, and Sean Martin. Titles include "No Problem", "Diamonds & Comforts", "Driving", "Destination Moon", "Within", "Forever's Not", "Experiments In Ambient Soul", "Thin Ice", and "The World She Made". CD features 4 bonus tracks. CD
(Front cover has a promo sticker.)

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Dining RoomsInk ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2007. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Another great achievement from this groovy Italian group – an album that's head and shoulders above anything they were doing just a few short years ago! The Dining Rooms deep to deepen their sound more and more with each new record – hitting a range of tones and colors that take them far beyond their initially simple rhythms, and into a space that's filled with thoughtful lyrics and sensitively-penned tunes! Most of the tracks here hit a groove that's somewhere between mid and downtempo – about half of which feature vocals by guests who include Toco, Dodo Nkishi, Sean Martin, Renaud Chaure, and George Anne Kalweit. There's a fair bit of Fender Rhodes sliding through the tunes, and some warm acoustic basslines as well – really grounding the music in a classic sort of style, even though the overall execution is fairly contemporary. Titles include "Ceremony", "Free To Grow", "Thank You", "Fatale", "Ink", "Cobra Coral", "On The Beach", "Hear Us Now", "Etage Noir (parts 1 & 2)", and "Appuntamento A Trieste". CD

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Dining RoomsVersioni Particolari 2 ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2006. Used ... $6.99
A full length, CD-only package that brings together material scattered over 4 different 12" singles from The Dining Rooms – remixes that sprung up in the wake of their excellent Experiments In Ambient Soul album, handled by a range of talents who really expand the grooves! Many of the cuts here benefit from additional instrumental or vocal touches that change things up considerably – simple elements that work powerful magic on the cuts – and in some cases make them even better than the original album versions! The package is a way better deal than buying all the singles on their own – and it features 13 tracks that include "Forever's Not (Incognito Traveller rmx)", "Milano Calibro 9 (Madrid De Los Austrias mix)", "Afrolicious (Boozoo Bajou rmx)", "Ocean (orig mix)", "White Riot", "World She Made (Yam Who rework)", "Destination Moon (Parov Stelar rmx)", "No Problem (7 Samurai voc mix)", "Experiments In Ambient Soul (Koom.h rework)", and "Thin Ice (Paolo Fedreghini & Marco Bianchi rmx)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dining Rooms with Sean MartinWhen You Died (original, Massimo Martellotta rmx) ... 7-inch
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)... $6.99
Sean Martin provides some great lead vocals on this slinky groove from The Dining Rooms – a tune that's got riffing guitar nestled right down in the rhythms, and a fuller, funkier feel as things move on! The remix on the flip really changes things up nicely – dropping the guitar for a more 80s-styled bassline that's also peppered with plenty of warm keys – an equally great setting for Martin's vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Gerardo FrisinaAd Lib ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2001. Used ... $6.99
A sublime winner from Schema! Gerardo Frisina is the force behind some of Schema's greatest reissue projects – like the jazz classics on the Rearward label, or compilations like Metti Una Bossa A Cena – but here, he emerges as a strong new artist on his own, serving up a brilliant batch of Latin-tinged jazz tracks that fit the Schema sound perfectly! Like work by Nicola Conte, the owner of Schema, Ad Lib stays very close to a classic style – but also works in a mode of samples, loops, and soundscapes that are completely informed by modern modes of production. The result is an album that's at once immediately fresh, and classic sounding – and which we predict will be on your stereo constantly after you first give it a listen! Titles include "Chirpy", "Captivation", "The Tallest Tree", "Mas Eu Quer Ser", "Slow Burning", "Brascubas", and "Fiera". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gerardo FrisinaHi Note ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2003. New Copy 2LP ... $21.99
Hi Note, indeed! Gerardo Frisina's latest is awe-inspiring – a completely seamless blend of Italian and Latin jazz, bossa rhythms and percussion, and some of the most tasteful and naturally blended electronic elements you could ever expect to hear on an album so steeped in a genuine affinity for live jazz instrumentation! If memory serves, earlier Frisina recordings relied a bit more on the production side of the coin, but this one's so strong on great instrumentation we're rendered pretty close to speechless. Lots of great horn arrangements, rolling bass lines and piano, sublime vibes and driving drums and percussion. Totally sweet throughout – this is way up there with the best dancefloor jazz Schema's ever released! Tracks include "Inviolatin", "Joyas", "Bluesanova", "Beyond The Moon", "Ombroso", "Sophisticated Samba" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gerardo Frisina & TocoGerardo Frisina Meets Toco EP ... 12-inch
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
Two great Schema Records talents come together here in one sweet EP – the bossa-inspired vocals and acoustic guitar of Toco, mixed with the Latin-styled rhythms of Gerardo Frisina! The set begins with the long, lively "Tia Na Hora" – starting first with vocals from Toco, then really stretching out in the kind of long, percussive, clubby vibe that Frisina does so well – especially when extended out into an instrumental mix that has a cool mellow moment in the middle! "Craque" follows on the flipside – again in a different instrumental version than the main one – and both cuts feature piano from Vitor Araujo, and some mighty nice flute from Gilberto Acursio! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Johnny GriffinLady Heavy Bottom's Waltz ... CD
Rearward/Schema (Italy), 1968. New Copy ... $12.99
One of the rarest Johnny Griffin albums ever – a set recorded as a side project when Griff was working with the Clarke Boland Big Band – in a lineup that features some of the best members from that great ensemble! The style's a bit more laidback and soulful than other CBBB projects – more in the mode of Johnny's roots in Chicago during the 50s, but still inflected with some of the sharper touches he picked up during his 60s years in Europe. Other players here are all wonderful – and include Benny Bailey on trumpet, Sahib Shihab on baritone sax, Ake Persson on trombone, Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and both Kenny Clarke and Kenny Clare on drums – seemingly playing together on some tracks, which creates a nicely skittish rhythm in the set! Titles include "The Turk's Bolero", "Deep Eight", "A Handful Of Soul", "Foot Patting", and "Lady Heavy Bottom's Waltz". CD

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Group (Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza)Feed-Back (with bonus CD) ... LP
RCA/Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ... $26.99 32.99
One of the best records ever from the Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – an obscure side project of Ennio Morricone and other Italian composers – working here in a freaky, psychedelic setting! The album mixes sonic experiments with fuzzy guitars, freaky keyboards, and some surprisingly funky rhythms at times – at a level that's even more compelling than some of the group's other projects – especially given that the album's three tracks are all quite long, with lots of room for instrumental experimentation! Yet as in some of the best prog work of the period – such as by Can or Faust – there's a sense of focus and groove that really holds the whole thing together. And given that these guys had already had years of experience in the studio – on both sides of the production booth – they really have a wonderful ear for extremely inventive sounds. Titles include "Kumalo", "The Feed-Back", and "Quasars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the album on CD!)

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Les HommesLes Hommes (Italian version) ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2002. Used ... $9.99
Superb! The first full length album by Les Hommes is well worth waiting for – as the group spent a few years in the trenches, coming up with a uniquely groovy modern bossa sound – laid out over a handful of excellent 12" singles, finally getting the chance to take full shape on this great debut album. The sound here is inspired by Lalo Schifrin, Walter Wanderley, and Quincy Jones in the 60s – vibes, organ, moog, and snare drum – all dancing around with a tremendously catchy appeal – both atmospheric and melodic, with all the classic appeal of a rare bossa tune from a classic 60s soundtrack! Titles include "WeeGee", "Pousada Do Amor", "The Fourth Homme", "Vista Do Mar", "Hommage", "The Way Out", and "Boogaloogalick". CD

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Alessandro MagnaniniSomeway Still I Do (colored vinyl pressing with bonus tracks) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
A real rising star on Schema Records – composer Alessandro Magnanini, best known for his hit with Mario Biondi – stepping out here in a beautiful album of his own original music! There's a fresh feel here that really opens up a new chapter at Schema – still a bit of their old jazz/bossa vibe, but with a more expansive quality too – one that embraces bits of Bacharach, snaps of 60s soundtracks, and gentler jazzier passages too – all put together by a group that features key talents from the contemporary Italian scene – like vocalists Rosalia De Souza and Stefania Rava, trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, and other instrumentalists on vibes, piano, tenor, and trombone. Most instrumentation is live – scored nicely, but not enough so that it loses the spontaneity of jazz – and other vocals are by Jenny B and Liam McKahey. The work is really beautiful – still mostly upbeat, but hardly just the stuff of dancefloor grooving too – key proof that Maganini's a big talent to watch in years to come. Titles include "Livin My Life", "Open Up Your Eyes", "Stay Into My Life", "But Not For You", "Greetings From Here", "Something Fine", "Suddenly", "Blind Date Blues", and "So Long Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition double colored vinyl pressing with bonus tracks!)

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Romano MussoliniLatin Taste (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1997. Used ... $14.99
A great groover from Italian pianist Romano Mussolini – a really cool little session that features some key instrumental elements joining his core trio sound! Romano's at the helm on acoustic piano, with support on bass and drums – but the set also features guest guitar, tenor, and added percussion – all of which expand the sound out nicely! There's bits of bossa and Latin jazz percolating throughout the first side of the record – making for a nice change from the usual Mussolini groove – and side two uses the same elements to move into more boppish territory overall, but still with an upbeat and swinging style. Romano's keyboard work is as fluid as ever – and titles include "Versiliana Samba", "Meditation", "Thomas Blues", "Drop Me Off At Harlem", "Confirmation", and "Perdido". CD also features 2 bonus tracks from a Romano Mussolini Quartet – "Foglie Morte" and "Night In Tunisia". CD

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Marvin ParksMarvin Parks ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2017. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A dream of a record from Marvin Parks – a hell of a jazz singer, and one that we'd place in an elite legacy that runs from Oscar Brown up through Jose James! The work here is wonderful – as Nicola Conte produced the record, and gives it the same sort of jazzy sparkle as his own sublime records of the past decade – a groove that's never too overstated, but is also a reworking of an older 60s soul jazz mode – but refitted with all the right sort of sophistication to match Marvin's wonderful voice! There's no programmed rhythms at all – all the instrumentation is live jazz – and titles include a great new take on the Conte tunes "Sea & Sand" and "Awakening" – plus the original "African Other Blues", and versions of "Charade", "How Insensitive", "The Very Thought Of You", "Brother Where Are You", "Nature Boy", "If I Should Lose You", and "Swingin Shepherd Blues". CD

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Alex PudduDiscotheque ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
A fantastic album of grooves from the mighty Alex Puddu – and a record that's worth it alone for its guest work from Gene Robinson Jr on a few tracks – a singer whose voice was part of the classic sound of Breakwater! Puddu's groove has really shifted into the jazzy funk of Robinson's old group here – a mode that's as clubby as promised in the title, but which also draws on the richness of some of Alex's other records – which have included strong forays into straighter 70s funk and blacksploitation styles! And the record's not straight disco at all – more the kind of hip, sophisticated funk that would play well on a less-mainstream dancefloor – full of all the best modes that were bubbling up in the late 70s/early 80s underground – almost as if Puddu's giving a nod the world of Joey Negro, but with less uptempo rhythms in the mix. Titles include "Don't Hold Back", "Saturday Night", "Back Against The Wall", "Nightflight", "You Are My Fire", "Be My Lover", and "Release The Catch". CD
Also available Discotheque (with bonus CD) ... LP 18.99

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Alex PudduDiscotheque (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
A fantastic album of grooves from the mighty Alex Puddu – and a record that's worth it alone for its guest work from Gene Robinson Jr on a few tracks – a singer whose voice was part of the classic sound of Breakwater! Puddu's groove has really shifted into the jazzy funk of Robinson's old group here – a mode that's as clubby as promised in the title, but which also draws on the richness of some of Alex's other records – which have included strong forays into straighter 70s funk and blacksploitation styles! And the record's not straight disco at all – more the kind of hip, sophisticated funk that would play well on a less-mainstream dancefloor – full of all the best modes that were bubbling up in the late 70s/early 80s underground – almost as if Puddu's giving a nod the world of Joey Negro, but with less uptempo rhythms in the mix. Titles include "Don't Hold Back", "Saturday Night", "Back Against The Wall", "Nightflight", "You Are My Fire", "Be My Lover", and "Release The Catch". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of the LP!)
Also available Discotheque ... CD 18.99

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Alex PudduGolden Age Of Danish Pornography ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2011. New Copy ... $12.99
Classic-styled funk from Alex Puddu – not only the greatest record we've heard from him so far, but a set that's definitely worthy of its "golden age" claim in the title! The music is all new, but it was done for a series of short Danish porno films from the 70s – and Puddu gets a sound that's right on the money for the vintage – loads of great short funky soundtrack modes that are perfect for the time – handled with tight rhythms, great basslines, and some wicked jazzy solos that really send the whole thing home. Puddu plays a range of instruments – including electric sitar – in a group that also features some great Fender Rhodes, organ, sax, and flute – and the tunes are really wonderful throughout – like finding a lost soundtrack from the 70s that never got issued as an album. Titles include "Kinky Hairdresser", "Miss Butterfly", "Madam Delight", "Sex Bar", "Lusty Nurses", "Black Triangle", "Naughty Girls At The Wild Party", "The Dirty Games Of Dr Love", and "Piano For Lovers". CD

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Jay Richford & Gary Stevan (Brugnolini/Torrosi)Feelings (with bonus CD) ... LP
Carosello/Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy LP & CD (reissue)... $26.99 32.99
A legendary sound library set from the 70s Italian scene – exactly the kind of record that got so many folks digging for sound library funk so many years ago! The record's a masterpiece of funky rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, and warmer touches – served up with plenty of Fender Rhodes in the mix, plus sweet flute lines, wah wah guitar, and just the right use of strings to give the whole thing almost a blacksploitation vibe at times! The set was billed to the team of Jay Richford and Gary Stevan – but it's actually the product of better-known sound library maestros Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi, who work here at a level that's at the top of their powers. There's almost a cop/crime vibe to the record at times – and although some instruments solo at points, the real groove lies in the tight vamping of the orchestra – which hits all the right notes to really send the whole thing soaring – often with a nice use of tone and color too! Titles include "Flying High", "Fearing Much", "Going Home", "Running Fast", "Walking In The Dark", and "Feeling Tense". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD.)

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Smuggler BrothersMusicone ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2019. New Copy ... $12.99
Heavy funk from Smuggler Brothers – an Italian group who start out in the vintage cop/crime modes of 70s soundtracks, but then bring in a whole host of different elements to play in the mix! The core grooves are heavy on bass, drums, and lots of nice keyboards – but there lots more going on in the all-instrumental tracks – unusual electronics, offbeat horns, sweet percussion, and even some mandolin that somehow comes into the music at one point! Production is by Massimo Martellotta of Calibro 35 – who gets the sound every bit as right as his own group – on titles that include "Kemonia Flow", "Gran Fango", "Sciarra O'Scaro", "Suddenly", "T'Anno", and "Lost In Val Demone". CD

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SoulstanceTruth, Simplicity & Love ... CD
Shakti/Schema, 2001. Used ... $6.99
The first American release by this super-hip Italian combo – part of the bossa-grooving Schema Records scene that gave us work by Les Hommes, Balanco, Nicola Conte, and others! The album combines tracks from the groups singles and LPs – and provides a perfect introduction to their spacey modern bossa dancefloor groove! Titles include "Blue Grassland", "Kickin Samba", "The Aftermath Of Love", "Circle", "Theme From Abbadesse's Street", "Inspired By Antonio Carlos", and "En Route". CD
(Out of print.)

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Piero UmilianiFischiando In Beat ... CD
Omicron/Schema (Italy), 1968. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
We're not entirely sure what "fischiando" means, but we can definitely testify that the album lives up to the "beat" in its title – those kind of groovy, mod tunes we love so much in Italian 60s soundtracks from the great Piero Umiliani! This set's even more obscure than most of those records, though – done for the tiny Omicron sound library, as part of Piero's Sound Workshop series – with a nice mix of jazzy instrumentation on horns, plus a sweet range of keyboards that include Fender Rhodes, Hammond, and even a bit of spinet! Some tunes have bossa rhythms, others are more 60s mod – and the record also features a few sweet bits of whistling and acoustic guitar as well – although the main focus seems to come from the horns and keyboards. Titles include "Yes OK", "Autostop Per Rio", "Fischiando In Beat", "Tokio Blues", "Go Go Go", "Sono Un NJostalgico", and "Samba Mah Na", a great remake of one of Umiliani's famous themes! CD

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Piero UmilianiIl Corpo – Original Soundtrack (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy LP & CD ... $26.99 32.99
Sweetly funky and very slinky – this is one of the best early 70s scores by the great Italian composer Piero Umiliani! The record has lots of bubbling electric piano, rumbling electric basslines, warm acoustic percussion, and moody wordless vocals. At some level, the album sounds a lot like the contemporaneous work by the great Italian Fender Rhodes combo Crossfire – but it's also filled with a spacey madness that could only come from the pen of Umiliani! One of the best of the recent Easy Tempo reissues – and very nicely put together, with a consistent sound throughout! Titles include "The Body", "Tidal Stream", "Chaser", "White Sand", "In The End", "Free Life", "Stream", and "Dusken". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the album on CD – plus 7 alternate takes – with 21 tracks in all!)
Also available Il Corpo – Original Soundtrack (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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Piero UmilianiIl Corpo – Original Soundtrack (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
Sweetly funky and very slinky – this is one of the best early 70s scores by the great Italian composer Piero Umiliani! The record has lots of bubbling electric piano, rumbling electric basslines, warm acoustic percussion, and moody wordless vocals. At some level, the album sounds a lot like the contemporaneous work by the great Italian Fender Rhodes combo Crossfire – but it's also filled with a spacey madness that could only come from the pen of Umiliani! One of the best of the recent Easy Tempo reissues – and very nicely put together, with a consistent sound throughout! Titles include "The Body", "Tidal Stream", "Chaser", "White Sand", "In The End", "Free Life", "Stream", and "Dusken". Schema CD version includes 7 bonus alternate takes – with 21 tracks in all! CD
Also available Il Corpo – Original Soundtrack (with bonus CD) ... LP 26.99

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Piero UmilianiLa Ragazza Dalla Pelle Di Luna (with bonus CD) ... LP
Omicron/Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy LP & CD (reissue)... $24.99
Amazing work from the legendary Piero Umiliani – a perfect soundtrack to show the warmer sound of his talents, which are sometimes eclipsed by his weirder electronic modes! The soundtrack's from an erotic film starring sex-goddess Zeudi Araya, but despite the kinky origins of the material, the music's actually got a lot more sophistication than you'd expect – and the score feels more like a Morricone cerebral one than a cheesy sexy one – with dreamy wordless vocals floating around in the mix, and these sweet-stepping basslines that are especially wonderful – setting a slow funk current at great moments, in that Euro easy way of blending some hip bass with warmer strings and other instrumental touches. There's some haunting piano at points, too – and Umiliani has a great way of making the music sound emotive, but never sappy at all. Titles include "Pelle Di Luna", "Addio All'Isola Felice", "L'Ultima Spiaggia", "Seyga Seyga", "Nostalgia Dell'Isola", and "Tanto Tempo Fa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of full album!)

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Piero UmilianiPercussioni Ed Effetti Speciali (with bonus CD) ... LP
Liuto/Schema (Italy), 1972. New Copy 2LP Gatefold & CD (reissue)... $29.99
Percussion and special effects – a really wonderful blend, especially in the hands of Italian maestro Piero Umiliani! The album's one of Piero's more experimental and electronic outings – done for the Liuto sound library label, with lots of cool production techniques that make the drums and percussion nice and echoey, and just ripe for layers of keyboards and electronics, too! And although the record is experimental, it's often quite groovy – in the best Umiliani manner, with a few funky passages stepping out of space as well – in a blend of acoustic, electric, and cosmic that reminds us of some of the sci-fi soundtrack work of Peter Thomas. Titles include "Ritmi In swing", "Timbales", "Protesta Giovanile", "Bongos In Suspense", "Dinimica In Beat", "Dinemica In Tensione", "Organo In Suspense", "Fascia Metallica", "Battimenti", and "Esplosioni". LP, Vinyl record album

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Piero UmilianiSweden – Heaven & Hell (Svezia – Inferno E Paradiso) ... LP
Omicron/Schema (Italy), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 28.99
One of the greatest soundtracks ever from the mighty Piero Umiliani – sounds initially written for a film that was an international "sexpose" of daily life in Sweden – but which have grown to even greater fame on their own over the years – thanks to the talent of the maestro! The music here is awash in groovy elements – lots of sweet Hammond organ lines, mod basslines, and some especially cool wordless vocals from the choir of Alessandro Alessandroni – scatting away in a great way alongside the instruments, and bringing an added level of breathy eroticism to the whole thing! This special LP version recreates the original Omicron release of the record – with titles that include the two lyrical tracks "You Tried To Warn Me" and "Sleep Now Little One", sung by Lydia McDonald – plus the tracks "Topless Party", "Eva Svedense", "Essere Donna", "La Signora Cameriera", "FotoModelle", and "Le Ragazze Dell'Archipellago". (Note, does not contain the track "Mah Na Mah Na", which is on other versions of the soundtrack – but it appears on the "partner" reissue of Umiliani's Psichedelica from Schema, under the title "Viva La Sauna Svedese".) LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMetti Una Bossa A Cena Vol 2 ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $12.99
Sublime bossa groovers from Italy! The first volume of this series was one of our favorite compilations that year it was released – and this second volume is equally as great! Schema groover Gerardo Frisina serves up a hand-picked batch of 16 tunes, mostly classic numbers from the late 60s and early 70s, pulled from the ranks of Italian soundtrack, jazz, and easy listening albums – all with a flair for making the bossa even groovier than it already is! Electric keyboards abound – and the rhythms run from dreamy to driving to slightly funky, always at the right pace for the material, and always making the set dance with delight! Titles include "Incontro All'Aereoporto" by Piero Piccioni, "Allora, Il Treno" by Bruno Nicolai & Edda Dell'Orso, "Avances" by Gerardo Frisina, "Wind" by Red Redford Sound System One, "Bossalonga" by Mustang, "Unreality Landscape" by Angel Pocho Gatti, "Susan Theme" by Daniele Patucchi, "Per Lei" by Stefano Torossi, and "Colpa Tua" by Giancarlo Gazzani. CD

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✨✧ Sandro Brugnolini/Stefano TorossiMusica Per Commenti Sonori (with bonus CD) ... LP
Carosello/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An Italian funk double-header – a sweet little set from the end of the 60s, and one that features killer cuts from both Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi! We love either artist on their other own records, but there also seems to be something about putting them together here that makes them even better than before – certainly funkier, as the album's full of the kind of sharp, hard-grooving titles that first made us fall in love with sound library records in the first place! The date of the album's 1969, and both musicians make nice use of psych elements in their instrumentation – adding a bit of fuzz, wah-wah, or trippy guitar in just the right spaces – never going over the top, or getting too indulgent – but just moving in a groove that's tightly jazz funky at the bottom, and maybe a bit freaky at the top. Wonderful work throughout – and titles include "Sweet Beat", "Repetition", "Starter", and "Makkaresh" by Stefano Torossi – and "Wawa", "Motuproprio", "Polyphony", and "Flyer" by Sandro Brugnolini. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD with entire album!)

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✨✧ Gerardo FrisinaRhythmic Conversations ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the rootsiest work we've heard in years from the mighty Gerardo Frisina – a set that still has his rhythm programs in the mix, but combined with loads of acoustic drums, percussion, piano and vibes – all given some sweet touches by occasional Fender Rhodes solos as well! The whole thing's like a stripped-down take not just on Frisina's style, but maybe also the full sound of Schema Records too – as most material is still clubby, but has a strong live jazz component – and a few cuts even feature a bit of trumpet too. Titles include "Arawak", "Katanga", "Camaguey", "Yeha", "Yapatera", and "Camaguey (tumbao)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Intensive Jazz SextetToday's Sound ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Today's sound – by a really classic-styled group! The Intensive Jazz Sextet were one of the first great combos to come out of the Italian scene in the mid 90s – that time when a rare few were taking things back to basics after years of Italian club – and starting to re-explore the rich tradition of Italian jazz, funk, and Brazilian grooves! The IJS work in a tight blend of all three – using great instrumentation that's heavy on Fender Rhodes, flute, and Brazilian rhythms – all wrapped up in a warm blend of bossa and jazz that's way more 70s-sounding than you'd guess from the date of the recording. The set features early vocals from Rosalia De Souza on one cut – and was put together by Nicola Conte! Titles include "Nardis", "Liquid Center", "Ray Of Hope", "Suergiangi Va In Brasile", and "Holiday Clothes". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Alex PudduGolden Age Of Danish Pornography ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2011. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic-styled funk from Alex Puddu – not only the greatest record we've heard from him so far, but a set that's definitely worthy of its "golden age" claim in the title! The music is all new, but it was done for a series of short Danish porno films from the 70s – and Puddu gets a sound that's right on the money for the vintage – loads of great short funky soundtrack modes that are perfect for the time – handled with tight rhythms, great basslines, and some wicked jazzy solos that really send the whole thing home. Puddu plays a range of instruments – including electric sitar – in a group that also features some great Fender Rhodes, organ, sax, and flute – and the tunes are really wonderful throughout – like finding a lost soundtrack from the 70s that never got issued as an album. Titles include "Kinky Hairdresser", "Miss Butterfly", "Madam Delight", "Sex Bar", "Lusty Nurses", "Black Triangle", "Naughty Girls At The Wild Party", "The Dirty Games Of Dr Love", and "Piano For Lovers". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Golden Age Of Danish Pornography ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Alex PudduGolden Age Of Danish Pornography Vol 2 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most of which no longer had any sort of soundtrack. Puddu was called in because of his skills with vintage-styled grooves – and stepped up perfectly with the sweet instrumentals you'll hear in this wet – tracks that are heavy on sweet keyboards, slinky basslines, and funky guitars – often served up with tighter, funkier styles than you'd hear in the original films – even though the overall sound is still very vintage. There's lots of Fender Rhodes on the set – and titles include "Hot Mouth", "Horny At The Office", "Boys & Girls & Danish Hot Dogs", "She Wants It Black", "After Party", and "Bad Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD!)

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✨✧ Smuggler BrothersMusicone (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy funk from Smuggler Brothers – an Italian group who start out in the vintage cop/crime modes of 70s soundtracks, but then bring in a whole host of different elements to play in the mix! The core grooves are heavy on bass, drums, and lots of nice keyboards – but there lots more going on in the all-instrumental tracks – unusual electronics, offbeat horns, sweet percussion, and even some mandolin that somehow comes into the music at one point! Production is by Massimo Martellotta of Calibro 35 – who gets the sound every bit as right as his own group – on titles that include "Kemonia Flow", "Gran Fango", "Sciarra O'Scaro", "Suddenly", "T'Anno", and "Lost In Val Demone". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Musicone ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ TocoInstalacao Do Samba ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The birth of a modern bossa genius – and the first full LP from Toco, one of the leading stars in the Schema Records family! Toco plays acoustic guitar and sings – in a gentle breezy manner that reminds us of classic work by Baden Powell or Joao Gilberto – backed up here by some great backings headed up by Stefano Tirone (aka S-Tone), which start with a core acoustic jazz group, and kick in a few tasty programmed grooves – in the best "old meets new" style of the Schema Sound! The whole thing's great – a beautiful bit of Brazilian for a new generation – without any simple gimmicks or tricks, and a real focus on classic-styled songwriting and performance! Titles include "Instalacao Do Samba", "Take 7", "Estacio De Espirito", "Rio De Janeiro", and "Sambambiente". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiLa Ragazza Dalla Pelle Di Luna (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Omicron/Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing work from the legendary Piero Umiliani – a perfect soundtrack to show the warmer sound of his talents, which are sometimes eclipsed by his weirder electronic modes! The soundtrack's from an erotic film starring sex-goddess Zeudi Araya, but despite the kinky origins of the material, the music's actually got a lot more sophistication than you'd expect – and the score feels more like a Morricone cerebral one than a cheesy sexy one – with dreamy wordless vocals floating around in the mix, and these sweet-stepping basslines that are especially wonderful – setting a slow funk current at great moments, in that Euro easy way of blending some hip bass with warmer strings and other instrumental touches. There's some haunting piano at points, too – and Umiliani has a great way of making the music sound emotive, but never sappy at all. Titles include "Pelle Di Luna", "Addio All'Isola Felice", "L'Ultima Spiaggia", "Seyga Seyga", "Nostalgia Dell'Isola", and "Tanto Tempo Fa". CD features 14 more bonus alternate takes! CD
Also available La Ragazza Dalla Pelle Di Luna (with bonus CD) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiLa Ragazza Fuori Strada (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1975. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest Italian soundtracks we've heard in a long time – a wonderful set of tunes that moves from slinky, to easy, to groovy, and beyond! The tunes start out bubbling very spare and slow – with floating piano, moog, and other nice bits – and as the record progresses, the sound gets heavier, with some nice funky elements thrown into the mix! The whole thing's a brilliant exercise in understatement – not only one of the best soundtracks by Umiliani from the 70s, but also a perfect example of why we dig Italian soundtracks so much! Titles include "Volto Di Donna", "La Rinuncia", "Il Tuo Volto", "Nostalgia", "Le Ore Che Contano", "Cantata Per Maryam" and more. Schema CD also includes 12 alternate takes – with 24 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiTo-Day's Sound ... LP
Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A gem of a record from the great Piero Umiliani – and maybe one of his funkiest, grooviest projects ever! The set is more sound library funk than soundtrack – and features some very strong keyboard work in the lead on most track – including Fender Rhodes, moog, Hammond, and even Lowrey organ! Other instrumentation is nice and spare – lots of tight and slight rhythms – which lets the keyboards carry equal parts of the groove and the melody, in a really wonderful style! Players on the session include Umiliani on moog and Fender Rhodes, Oscar Valdambrini on trumpet, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Franco D'Andrea on piano, Dino Piana on trombone, Antonello Vannucchi on Hammond, and Marcello Boschi on flute. The whole thing's wonderful – a deep deep treasure all the way through – and tracks include "Lady Magnolia", "Open Space", "Goodmorning Sun", "Railroad", "Safari Club", "Free Dimension", "Truck Driver", and "Music On The Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful 2LP pressing!)

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✨✧ Eraldo VolonteJazz (Now) In Italy ... CD
Schema/Rearward (Italy), 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime work from saxophonist Eraldo Volonte – a rare mid 60s session recorded in Italy, and totally hip work all the way through! Volonte's got a tone here that's really tremendous – clearly Coltrane-influenced, especially on the tenor selections – but also stretching out with its own feeling too, especially on some of the album's more outside numbers, which feature Eraldo playing some great lines on soprano sax. There's a very open quality to the record – not exactly free jazz, but almost a "new thing" sense of sonic exploration – one that has Volonte's tenor and soprano sax aligned nicely with trombone from Dino Piana, piano from Franco D'Andrea, bass from Giovanni Tommaso, and drums from Franco Tonani. Titles include "Flamingo", "Mr Arpo", "Eclypso", "Tale", "Explorable", and "Ornette". CD
(Slipcase has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousUp! The Psycho Mellow – A Brief Excursion Into The 70's Sound ... CD
Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stunning compilation of Italian grooves from the early 70's – and one that has a slightly different twist than some of the other one's we've been stocking. The folks at Schema have put this one together, and the set's got a feel that's similar to some of the newer releases they've been working on over the past few years. The grooves are funky, yes, but they also have a light and airy sound, with lots of groovy bossa tinges, cool vocal parts, and the kind of smooth Italian feel that you'd never find on American records from the time. The tracks are played by groups like Expo 80, The Paris Studio Group, The Psycheground Group, The Black Fire, and The Hawksworth Big Band and String. Most of the tracks are breezy and groovy, with a sound that's similar to some of the best stuff on the Sound Gallery compilation – and different than the other funky Italian grooves we've been stocking! Nice one. CD

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✨✧ Braen's MachineUnderground (with bonus CD) ... LP
Liuto/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heavy fuzz with a good deal of funk as well – a very unique set from the Italian sound library scene – and one that comes across with the feel of some lost psych record from the underground! The album was produced by Piero Piccioni – and features soundtrack/sound library maestros Alessandro Alessandroni and Oronzo De Filippi, working as the pseudonymous Braen and Gisteri – in a batch of heavy drums and basslines, topped with lots of fuzzed up guitar – but all with a tightness that's a lot more forward-moving than the usual set of this nature! Things never get to overdone, but still go plenty far out – and titles include "Flying", "Imphormal", "Murder", "Gap", "New Experiences", "Fall Out", "Description", and "Obstinacy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the album on CD!)

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✨✧ Cabildo's ThreeYuxtaposicion ... CD
Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic set of Fender Rhodes from the Italian scene of the 70s – not a record that got the kind of mainstream play as American classics by Bob James and Ramsey Lewis – but a set that definitely shares their spirit! Cabildos Three were a studio group as much as a jazz combo – a trio with Cabildo on Fender Rhodes, working alongside tight bass and percussion – on jazzy tunes that were originally only done as a sound library session, but which have attained legendary status when pulled together in this full length album. The whole thing is every bit as great as the words "Fender Rhodes", "Italy", and "percussion" might suggest – and titles include "Castenada Drive", "Yuxtaposicion", "Collection Samba", "Two Types Of Complexion", "Jesus Maria District", "African Penta Song", and "Akorin". CD

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✨✧ Fragment OrchestraFragment Orchestra ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2002. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sweet! The full length debut from Schema's great modern groove ensemble collects material that has been floating around for a while on separate 12-inch eps, plus previously unreleased gems – and the CD was well worth the wait! The groove here ranges from light, mellow space trip jazz, to driving latin-tinged batucada beaters, to clubbier percussion heavy tunes with lots of tonal atmosphere floating over the top! "De Muse" kicks of the set on the mellow jazzy tip, with a very slow building, soundtracky style. "Sambita" is another slow-builder, but picks up steam with a progressive, Latin beat and some really sweet chimes, synth washes, and rich electronic touches floating over the beat. "Carioca" and "Back Shop" travel at a slightly faster clip and head for the floor with pulsating, thumpy percussion, hotter Latin beats on the former and some nice jazzy snare in the latter. "Funkita (For The Dining Rooms)" has a 70s electric feel, with slappy bass and deep synth tones, but that hot programmed beat and that moody, watery pulse that travels the tune and the whole album is all modern, and all Fragment Orchestra! CD

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✨✧ Alex PudduGolden Age Of Danish Pornography Vol 2 ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most of which no longer had any sort of soundtrack. Puddu was called in because of his skills with vintage-styled grooves – and stepped up perfectly with the sweet instrumentals you'll hear in this wet – tracks that are heavy on sweet keyboards, slinky basslines, and funky guitars – often served up with tighter, funkier styles than you'd hear in the original films – even though the overall sound is still very vintage. There's lots of Fender Rhodes on the set – and titles include "Hot Mouth", "Horny At The Office", "Boys & Girls & Danish Hot Dogs", "She Wants It Black", "After Party", and "Bad Love". CD

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✨✧ Alex PudduGolden Age Of Danish Pornography Vol 3 ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great third chapter in the Danish Pornography series by Alex Puddu – and, like the others, music that was recorded to accompany the re-release of some classic adult films from the 70s! As you'd guess from the title and project, the sound here is very retro overall – wicked funk that works very hard to hit all the right slinky and sleazy notes needed to accompany the images of grown-up fun on the screen – with plenty of electric touches on a range of different keyboards and guitar (and even a bit of electric sitar, too) – in grooves that have a nicely building vibe, but which never try too hard to overtake the visual energy of the moment. In other words (if we can extend this metaphor even further), Alex is great at the foreplay, keeps things going a long time, and really knows how to build to a musical climax – on titles that include "Lesbian Lovers", "The Swinger Generation", "Cowboys Do It Better", "Black Orgasm", "Seductive Star", "Africa Scream", "Exotic Love", "Behind Closed Doors", and "Sex Bar". CD

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiPsichedelica ... CD
Omicron/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Not the sort of psychedelic music you'd expect from an American rock band of the late 60s – and instead, a stunning set of funky genius from Italian soundtrack maestro Piero Umiliani! The record's actually a precursor to Umiliani's famous global score for Sweden Heaven & Hell (Svezia Inferno E Paradiso) – and shares many of the themes that went onto that record, complete with romping funky rhythms, sweet jazzy Hammond lines, and mod fuzzy guitar! Many numbers are upbeat groovers, without any of the longform indulgence you'd expect from psychedelia – and Umiliani draws on his jazz background to allow just the right space for solo instruments to take the lead in the instrumental setting. Titles include "Birra Vermouth E Gin", "Contestazione", "Hippies", "Nel Cosmo", "Stoccolma My Dear", "Notte Di Mezza Estate", and "Viva La Sauna Svedese" – a version of the classic "Mah Na Mah Na". CD

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiPsichedelica (with bonus CD) ... LP
Omicron/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Not the sort of psychedelic music you'd expect from an American rock band of the late 60s – and instead, a stunning set of funky genius from Italian soundtrack maestro Piero Umiliani! The record's actually a precursor to Umiliani's famous global score for Sweden Heaven & Hell (Svezia Inferno E Paradiso) – and shares many of the themes that went onto that record, complete with romping funky rhythms, sweet jazzy Hammond lines, and mod fuzzy guitar! Many numbers are upbeat groovers, without any of the longform indulgence you'd expect from psychedelia – and Umiliani draws on his jazz background to allow just the right space for solo instruments to take the lead in the instrumental setting. Titles include "Birra Vermouth E Gin", "Contestazione", "Hippies", "Nel Cosmo", "Stoccolma My Dear", "Notte Di Mezza Estate", and "Viva La Sauna Svedese" – a version of the classic "Mah Na Mah Na". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of full album!)

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✨✧ Nicola Conte & Gianluca PetrellaSun Song/Nigeria ... 12-inch
Schema (Italy), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Just a 12" single, but one that's got the power of most full LPs – thanks to some tremendous work here by Nicola Conte and Gialuca Petrella! "Sun Song" is a slow-building cut with a clubby rhythm at the core – but one that's open to all these cool moogy keyboards that move up and down the groove – while vocals kind of drift in and out of the mix, but a lot more subdued than the lively percussion in the rhythms! "Nigeria" is even more tribal – still clubby, but forged from acoustic percussion as the building blocks – then set to this massive bassline which then gets lots of live instrumentation – including a very strong trombone solo in the middle! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Fabio FaborB81 – Ballabili Anni 70 (plus bonus CD) ... LP
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from the Italian scene – a set that's got some of the coolest, grooviest tunes we've heard from that country's sound library generation! Unlike some of the spookier, more avant sets from the libraries, this one's awash in beautiful little instrumentals that fit somewhere between funky soundtrack material and the jazzier side of easy listening – served up with a fair bit of bossa-styled rhythms in the mix, and some wonderful use of instrumentation that feels like the sound of 60s A&M Records, but taken into very cool, hip territory! Instruments include flute, electric harpsichord, trumpet, and tenor sax – all used in different ways from track to track – on titles that include "Sexy Tour", "Satanas", "Telegraph Center", "Alexandra", "Matildas", "Paradiso Hippy", "Orsella", and "Skinnj". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ LesimanHere & Now – Vol 2 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stunning work from Lesiman – easily one of the coolest, funkiest talents on the Italian sound library scene of the 70s! The groove here is electric, funky, and often slightly trippy – with perfect use of electric bass to get things going in so many different ways, depending on the mood of the track – as things step slowly underneath cascading piano lines, or move fast under these fuzzier keyboard bits, or act nice and skittish when the drums take on more power in the mix! There's often a nice degree of echo in the recordings – used to abstract familiar instruments, but never steer them of course too much – just create these amazing sounds that still leave us breathless after all these years. Both volumes of the set are amazing – and titles on volume 2 include "Plycar", "Permanenza", "Controcorrente", "Radura", "Stabilita", "Messaggio", "Confronto", "Ripresa", "Ciclo Interrotto", and "Cristalli". LP, Vinyl record album
(LP comes with bonus CD version of the full album.)

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✨✧ Quartetto ModernoEcco! ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1999. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful jazz recordings we've heard in a long time! Italy's Quartetto Moderno is a vibes-led combo with a classic modal feel – similar to Bobby Hutcherson's pre-new thing years on Blue Note, or some of the early Roy Ayers & Jack Wilson recordings from LA. The sound is extremely captivating, and the main frontline of vibes and piano is augmented on a number of tracks by flute and alto. The set's got a great cover of Paul Horn's lost modal groover "Mr. Bond", plus loads of great originals, like "Giovani D'Oggi", "Il Gioco Delle Parti", "Astro Gange", and "Moderns Dilemma". Very nice stuff, and with a sound and feel that's far more sophisticated than some of the other titles on Schema! CD

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✨✧ Rovi (Piero Umiliani)Discomusic (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wild one from Italian soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a set that definitely lives up to the disco promise of the title, but which still has some of the cool playful touches of Umiliani's work in movies too! The record may well be the funkiest that Piero ever cut – and was done for a sound library series, so has a groove that's a bit different than soundtrack material – longer songs with more focus, and instrumental grooves that mix together funky rhythms with larger orchestrations – but always in a style that's slightly offbeat, and quite different from disco material from the US. Titles include "Happy End", "Forcing", "Odeon", "Hobby", "Optimist", "Skypass", "Carousel", and "Discomania". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of entire album!)

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✨✧ Joyce Elaine Yuille with Timo LassyWelcome To My World ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A hell of a singer, working here with some wonderful grooves from Timo Lassy – an artist we've really loved for his own jazzy projects in the past! Joyce Elaine Yuille has this style that's very classic, and very groovy – jazz-based, with a nice rasp in her voice that really brings out some of the more soulful qualities in the music – and able to write her own lyrics, too – which makes for a wonderful record that's full of fresh sounds at every turn! Lassy's music is wonderful too – tightly snapping on the rhythms, but never forced – and with a jazz current that's a nice change from other contemporary soul production, which might have been added to the record with a bigger label. But clearly, the real star of the show is Joyce – a talent that will definitely be huge in years to come – a rock-solid singer and songwriter who may well turn out to be the female equivalent of Gregory Porter. Titles include "Come With Me", "Tryin Times", "Chaos", "It's Madness", "Make Right", "Welcome To My World", "Follow The Sun", and "Late I Rise". CD

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✨✧ VariousFreedom Jazz Dance ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2004. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous collection of modern jazzy groups – featuring unreleased material by Schema Records legends Nicola Conte and Gerardo Frisina, plus some of the best bits from the European underground! The set does a great job of collecting "bubbling under" tracks that have been floating around on expensive singles for the past few years – really going for the best of the bunch, and getting past the weak "fake" jazz tracks that too often get in the way! The whole thing's got a true jazzy groove that's up there with the best we've ever heard from Schema – and it's a mad-riffing modal delight all the way through! Titles include "This Is What You Are" by Was A Bee, "Blueprint" by Five Corners Quintet, "Nefertiti" by Nicola Conte, "Oriental Smile" by Paolo Fedreghini & Marco Bianchi, "Ordinary Night" by Cabaret Noir, "Speak Low" by Big Bang, "Please Don't Leave (essential mix)" by Paolo Fedreghini, "Struck On Jazz" by Doctor Abstract, "Gica's Dance" by Gerardo Frisina, and "New Standards" by Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella. CD

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✨✧ VariousFreedom Jazz Dance – Book 3 ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2006. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The sound of jazz in the 21st Century – a bold new wave of acosutic expression and soulful improvisation – served up here in an amazing assortment that features a few previously unreleased tunes! As with other volumes in this Schema series, the focus here is on the strong return to acoustic jazz on the dancefloor – served up mostly by European combos who are steeped in the traditions of 50s hardbop and 60s soul jazz. A few titles here are of older vintage, but most numbers are recent ones – either pulled from pricey import singles, or from previously unreleased tapes by the artists. Unreleased titles include "Jitterbug" by Gerardo Frisina, "Anisia" by Luis Ferri, "Revealed" by Soulstance, "Shades Of Blue" by Quintetto Lo Greco, and "A Handful Of Soul" by Marco Biondi & High Five Quintet – and other tracks include "African Rumble" by Timo Lassey, "Versilian Samba (Five Corners Quintet version)" by Sunaga T Experience, "Conversation (Nicola Conte new jazz club mix)" by High Five Quintet, "Invitation" by Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Sextet, "Bohemia After Dark" by Sahib Shihab, and "Freedom Jaz Dance" by Fez Combo. CD
 
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Paolo Achenza 4Branches ... CD
A.MA (Italy), 2017. Used ... $6.99
It's been many years since we last heard from Paolo Achenza – the Italian keyboardist who was one of the first to bring the Fender Rhodes back in the early 90s – and an important early force on the Italian label Schema Records! It's been nearly 20 years since Paolo's last for Schema – but in that time, he's clearly grown a lot as an artist – and although still very much in a funky jazz vein, also opens his ears to a wider range of influences – as you'll hear in this really well-crafted set! Achenza's Rhodes is certainly in the lead, but the record also has contributions from many others too – including singers Richard Sinclair and Nicaleo – who each work on a track – as well as Vito Scavo on trombone, Donny Balice on trumpet, Alberto Parmegiani on guitar, and Franceso Walsh on sitar – artists who each add in different shadings to Paolo's core quartet of bass, drums, and percussion. Achenza was one of the first to really take the Italian electric sound of the 70s forward – and all these many years later, he's still one of the best. Titles include "Solar Whip", "Branches", "Achenzology", "In The Name Of What", "Kinky Habits", "One For Little P", and "Settimo Continente". CD

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Mario BiondiMario Biondi Live – I Love You More ... CD
Edel (Italy), 2007. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
A double-length live set from Mario Biondi – a hip Italian jazz singer we first discovered through his work on Schema Records, and one who sounds equally great here in a live big band setting! Biondi's got a really raspy style on his vocals – one that's instantly captivating, and which sounds especially nice on uptempo, modal jazz numbers – of which there are plenty on the set! But there's also some gentler tracks too – some sweet little tunes that get beyond the more standard Schema groove of Biondi's earlier recordings, and which help us appreciate his talents even more. Mario sings both classic soul tunes and older standards with effortless ease – always with just as much charm as his other numbers – and the backings are full, but never in a way that dominates things too much, especially on the ballads. 2CD set features 18 tracks in all – including "Just The Way You Are", "I Can't Keep From Cryin Sometimes", "I Love You More", "Rio De Janeiro Blue", "A Child Runs Free", "No Mercy For Me", "Slow Hot Wind", "Gig", "A Handful Of Soul", "FFF", "On A Clear Day", and "No Trouble On The Mountain". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mario BiondiSun (Italian pressing) ... CD
Sony (Italy), 2013. Used ... $9.99
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old school jazz in the mix that we love from Mario's Schema work – but the album's also got a fuller production style at times, one that really expands the palette of Biondi's colors, and which has him working here with help from key guests who include Omar, Leon Ware, Al Jarreau, Incognito, and Chaka Khan – and even a bit of organ from the James Taylor Quartet! Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick helped co-write a good number of tracks on the set – and titles include "Shine On", "Come To Me", "Woman Woman", "What Have You Done To Me", "Never Stop", "La Voglia La Pazzia L'Idea", "Girl Blue", "Light To The World", and "Catch The Sunrise". CD has a great package – hardcover book-style, with pages inside! CD
(Packaged in a cool hardbound book.)

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Jazz InvadersUp & Out ... CD
Social Beats (UK), 2006. Used ... $9.99
A hokey name, but a great little group – one who blend older jazz solos with interesting influences from Afro Funk and Latin – all in a style that rivals the best of the current club jazz combos! The Jazz Invaders features sax and piano from two members of older Dutch jazz group The Houdinis – Rolf Delfos and Erwin Hooweg, respectively – touched by some of the more modern dancefloor modes of drummer Phil Martin – a player who inflects the rhythms here with long-building lines that echo some of the best 21st century modes of the jazzy dancefloor! Martin also produced the set as well, but he nicely eschews the temptation to make things too electronic – and instead relies strongly on the acoustic talents of the group's sextet lineup of saxes, trumpet, piano, bass, and percussion. A few tracks feature guest vocals, often in a mode that's a bit like some of the Schema singers on similar projects – and titles include "Bonga Bonga Jazz", "Dutch Flies", "Love & Happiness", "Wo Ya", "Licks & Brains", "Up & Out", "Black", and "Movements". CD

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JestofunkLove In A Black Dimension ... CD
Irma (Italy), 1995. Used ... $6.99
A classic bit of funk from the Italian scene of the 90s – and a record that first gave the world a taste of all the great sounds to come! At the time of this release, Italy was mostly known for its club and house tracks – yet some of the hipper musicians on the scene had also been digging the modes going down on the UK scene, and were starting to craft some funk and soul of their own – sounds that would flourish famously on the Schema label a few years later, but which were first put forth by Irma on records like this. There's a strong Brit funk vibe going on here – but also some richer currents that move back towards the 70s US scene, and some unusual jazzy flourishes too – with solos on tenor, flute, and even a bit of guest trombone from Fred Wesley too. Ce Ce Rogers sings on a few tracks – and titles include a great remake of Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto", plus groovy originals like "Theme From JFK", "Fly Love Song", "Fluid", "Say It Again", "Find Your State Of Mind", and "Moai Message". CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some edgewear.)

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Mo' HorizonsRemember Tomorrow ... CD
Stereo Deluxe (Germany), 2001. Used ... $6.99
A mixture of Latin-inflected and bossa-driven club grooves – very much in the spirit of recent work on labels like Compost and Schema, with all the high level of quality that reference might imply! The group do a great job of mixing electric instrumentation (guitar, keyboards, sitar, vibes) with warm production – crafting a hip set of tracks that has the depth of a classic jazz release, but all the sparkle of some of the best newer work of the European underground! Titles include "Soho Vibes", "Do The Boogaloo", "Quase Nada", "Nuday", "Salto Angel", "Dance Naked Under Palmtrees", and "Bosshanover". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sahib ShihabCompanionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 ... LP
Vogue (Germany), Late 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba sounds of the time – all produced to perfection with a really sharp edge, and a cutting approach to jazz that's gone onto inspired countless others in the current scene – including artists on Schema and Ricky-Tick Records, as well as most Japanese club jazz combos! But long before any of those cats started copping his groove, Sahib Shihab had it all totally together – a great ear for his own amazing solos on baritone and flute, and a way of hooking up with players like Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Benny Bailey on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. All players here were Shihab's partners in the Clarke Boland Big Band, and they use these small combo sessions to explore some great new ideas – stripped-down groovers that are heavy on rhythm, and really allow full expression from all the players involved. Titles include "Companionship", "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Bohemia After Dark", "Serenata", "Yah Yah Blues", "Balafon", "Talk Some Yak-ee Dak", "The Turk's Bolero", "CT + CB", "Jay Jay", "Stoned Ghosts", "Just Give Me Time", and "Dijdar". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram Schema/Rearward pressing.)

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Sahib ShihabCompanionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vogue/Rearward (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba sounds of the time – all produced to perfection with a really sharp edge, and a cutting approach to jazz that's gone onto inspired countless others in the current scene – including artists on Schema and Ricky-Tick Records, as well as most Japanese club jazz combos! But long before any of those cats started copping his groove, Sahib Shihab had it all totally together – a great ear for his own amazing solos on baritone and flute, and a way of hooking up with players like Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Benny Bailey on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. All players here were Shihab's partners in the Clarke Boland Big Band, and they use these small combo sessions to explore some great new ideas – stripped-down groovers that are heavy on rhythm, and really allow full expression from all the players involved. Titles include "Companionship", "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Bohemia After Dark", "Serenata", "Yah Yah Blues", "Balafon", "Talk Some Yak-ee Dak", "The Turk's Bolero", "CT + CB", "Jay Jay", "Stoned Ghosts", "Just Give Me Time", and "Dijdar". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aaron Tesser & The New Jazz AffairLookin Ahead ... CD
Irma (Italy), 2008. Used ... $8.99
A really great record, despite the somewhat mundane cover image – a set that might be more at home on Schema Records than Irma, given its warm jazzy feel and tight modal grooves! Instrumentation is mostly acoustic, although there's a bit of beats in the rhythms too – and the album sparkles wonderfully with jazzy vocals that light things up beautifully! Aaron Tesser leads the group on tenor sax, but the real star to our ears is vocalist Fabrizio Rispoli – who sings on nearly all the tracks, often with a style that's a bit like that of Mario Biondi – soulful and scatting, with echoes of some of our favorite male jazz singers of the 60s and 70s. Elisabeth Geel sings on a few more tracks, with a slightly sweeter female approach, but one that's still quite strong – and other instrumentation includes alto sax, trumpet, guitar, and plenty of great percussion. Titles include "My Song", "Oko Bop", "Instant Love", "Stella", "Everlasting Rose", "You Me & Jazz", "Feel", "Full Sail Soulship", and "Faraway". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousJazzflora – Scandinavian Aspects Of Jazz (Japanese edition) ... CD
Dealers Of Nordic Music/Rambling (Japan), 2006. Used ... $10.99
In case you haven't noticed lately, the Scandinavian scene's blowing up large – and for good reason! As this set nicely documents, there's a rich array of great groups up north – groundbreaking combos with one ear towards the jazzy riffs of 70s European jazz – bringing more life and light into their work than previous Scandinavian electronicists – and creating tracks that are especially appealing to our classics-steeped ears! The feel here is tremendous – with a classic/modern counterpoint that rivals the best on Compost or Schema – and which has the added influence of decades of Scandinavian fusion, funk, modal jazz, and vocalese! Titles include "Trading Eights" by Five Corners Quintet, "Noisuf (raw jazz take)" by Stockholm Cyclo, "I Love You My Friends (do right mix)" by Hird, "Kovin Lentaen Kotin Kaipaan" by Kuusumun Profeetta, "Good & Bad" by Povo, "Vu From Upper Story" by Iony, and "Askaai" by Teddy Rok Seven. CD

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✨✧ Magnetic 4Boa Vida – The Spirit Of Nu Bossa Nova Sound ... CD
Cinedelic (Italy), 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet grooves from this hip Italian combo – a group with a name that reminds us of some of our favorite sound library ensembles from years back, and a musical style to match! Magnetic 4 are heavy on 60s bossa and modal styles – jazzy in the instrumentation, but often set to dancefloor rhythms too – a bit in the mode we first came to love during the early years of the Schema Records label – no surprise, really, given that Magnetic 4 also hail from the same Italian scene! The bossa rhythms are especially nice, and really warm things up – and although there's vocals on a few tracks, the main vibe is instrumental – heavy on Fender Rhodes and other keyboards, plus a bit of vibes as well. Titles include "Sushi Run", "Ocean 99", "The King Of Swing", "Boa Vida", "Vertigo Bossa", "Bebogaloo", "Chilly On The Rocks", and "Afro Sex Sound Machine". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Soil & Pimp SessionsPimpin ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A terrible name – but a really great little record, one that soars and skips along with a sweet jazzy groove! The album's got an excellent club jazz feel – very much in the spirit of Sleepwalker, as the group plays mostly acoustic jazz, tuned for the ears of a generation raised on the records of Compost and Schema. The grooves are great – skipping along with trumpet, sax, keyboards, and some riotously heavy percussion – and a few numbers feature vocals in Japanese. Titles include a great cover of Bobby Watson's "Fuller Love", plus "Harbor", "Pimpnosis", "JDF", "16 Blues", "Carnaval", and "First Lady". Also features a great jazz dance version of "Wives & Lovers"! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ VariousCosmic Sounds Remixed Vol 2 ... CD
Cosmic Sounds (UK), 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Eastern European jazz classics – remixed! The sound here is really tremendous – a fresh take on a sound that's still mostly underground – 60s and 70s recordings from former Iron Curtain nations, most of which are groovers based around the modal, fusion, or funky styles that were big at the time in the west! The set brings together 9 older recordings – previously issued on Cosmic Sounds in the originals – with remixers that have a strong appreciation for the grooves, and who open the tracks up without losing any of the charm of the original. The stunning thing is how jazzy the whole set feels – with most of the solos or instrumental tones still very much in the forefront – backed by remixing that sets the work firmly in the mode of the best newer work on labels like Compost or Schema. Titles "Giant Locomotion" by Janko Nilovic, remixed by Block 16, Simbad, and Painkiller Septet; "Minor Flute" by Jerome Richardson remixed by Panoptikum, "Quo Vadis Samba" by Dusko Goykovich remixed by Butti 49, "Zakiv" by Coxless Pair remixed by Electrosacher, "Katorna" by Kryzstof Komeda remixed by MFP Collective, and "Katorna" by Jan Wroblewski remixed by So Hayashi. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Thievery CorporationSaudade ... CD
ESL, 2014. Used ... Out Of Stock
Maybe our favorite record ever from Thievery Corporation – and one that really stays true to the sound of all the styles that have inspired them! For over a decade, the duo have been playing with elements borrowed from bossa nova, old soundtracks, French pop, and lounge – but this is the first time they really take the trouble to respectfully re-present the music of their roots – with all the right modes of instrumentation and production to stand head to toe with previous legends! The feel of the record is a lot more like a Schema session than most other ESL recordings – and even more like a 60s record, too – thanks to warm acoustic instrumentation on guitar, percussion, and strings – mixed with bossa percussion, gentle keyboards, and some really great vocals from a range of different female singers. Titles include "Para Sempre", "Bateau Rouge", "Saudade", "Claridad", "Nos Dois", "Le Coeur", "Firelight", and "Decollage". CD
(Out of print. Still sealed with a cutout mark through the barcode.)

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✨✧ Village Of The Sun with Binker & MosesVillage Of The Sun/TED ... 12-inch
Gearbox (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The team of Moses Boyd and Binker Golding join up here with Simon Ratcliffe as Village Of The Sun – on two long tracks that take their spiritual jazz leanings to a whole new dimension! Boyd plays drums, Golding blows tenor with a deeply soulful sound – and Ratcliffe provides some fuller backings that have a very cosmic vibe on the leadoff track – almost a Carlos Nino sort of spiritual approach! "TED" has more of a groove – still acoustic elements from Binker and Moses, but with a clubby pulse that's in a Schema Records club jazz style – yet with a lot more soul on the tenor! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lo Greco BrosDifferent Standards Vol 2 ... CD
Irma (Italy), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful work here from the Lo Greco brothers – sounding even warmer and jazzier here than on their previous work for Schema Records! The duo of Gianno Lo Greco on drums and Enzo Lo Greco on bass have a really easygoing approach to rhythm – soulful, with all the right spaces between the notes – allowing the music to build slowly with a very organic vibe – as things are expanded by contributions on tenor, trumpet, piano, Fender Rhodes, and some great vocals from singers who include Alice Ricciardi, Doctor Feelix, and Julia St Louis! Almost all tracks have vocals, and the album's got plenty of slow-building modal numbers that really take us back to the greatness of the European jazz scene in the 70s. Titles include "Velvet", "Locked", "So She Does", "Paradise", "Feeling Good", "Moonlight", and "Naima". CD
 
 
 



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