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SmootParty All Nite (album, inst, radio, acapella) ... 12-inch
RapRock, 2003. Near Mint- ... $0.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Spragga BenzUncommonly Smooth ... CD
Capitol, 1995. Used ... $0.99
... CD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on CD and sticker on booklet cover.)

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BohannonVery Best Of Bohannon – Funky, Wicked, & Smooth ... CD
Rhino, Mid 70s. Used ... $12.99
Hamilton Bohannon was completely unique in the world of soul and funk. He had a tight uptempo style that was sort of pre-disco and club oriented, yet which also had lots of choppy elements that made the groove a lot different than other artists of his time. Hard to pin down, but this selection of 14 tracks will give you more than enough of a good picture of his work – especially as it includes many rare gems, like "Foot Stompin Music", "South African Man", "Run It On Down Mr DJ", "Bohannon's Beat", and "You're The One". Also features his wonderful smooth steppin classic "Thoughts And Wishes", but we think the mix on here is different from the one on the original album. CD
(Out of print.)

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Isley BrothersSmooth Sailin' ... LP
Warner, 1987. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Classic 80s work from the Isley Brothers – a set that has the duo of Ronald and Rudolph getting some great help in the studio from Angela Winbush! Angela helped produce the record, and she also wrote many of the songs – and she plays keyboards on the set too, giving the tracks the upbeat, bouncy style you might find in her own recordings of the time. As usual for the duo, the vocals are wonderful – every bit as great as that classic Isley sound first forged in the 70s – warm and magical here, even wrapped around some heavier 80s rhythms. Titles include "Somebody I Used To Know", "I Wish", "Smooth Sailin Tonight", "Come My Way", "Everything Is Alright", "Dish It Out", and "Send A Message". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has lightly bent corners and a piece of clear tape at the opening.)

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✨✧ Pete Rock & CL SmoothMecca & The Soul Brother ... CD
Elektra, 1992. Used ... $5.99
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a standard-setting record from the 90s that's still among one of the greatest of the decade! The set bristles with new energy and excitement right from the start – as Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz, and funk production sets the bar to a level that really takes hip hop past some of the tinnier, clunkier modes of a few years before – delivering on the promise of Q-Tip's experiments in the studio, but with a very different vibe. CL Smooth handles the lyrics with effortless ease – again setting a new standard, with a balance between street and sophistication that was, and is, such a refreshing change from so many others. Titles include the classic "They Reminisce Over You (TROY)" – plus "Return Of The Mecca", "Straighten It Out", "Soul Brother #1", "Lots Of Lovin", "Skinz, "The Basement", "Anger In The Nation", "If It Ain't Rough It Ain't Right", "Can't Front On Me", "It's Like That", "On And On", "Wig Out", "Ghettos Of The Mind", and "Act Like You Know". CD
(Out of print.)

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Doc PowellDon't Let The Smooth Jazz Fool Ya ... CD
Discovery, 1997. Used ... $8.99
Features Doc Powell on guitars, Myron McKinley and Bobby Lyle on piano and keys, Sekou Bunch on bass, and Michael White on drums – plus guest trumpet from Roy Hargrove. CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a gold promotional stamp.)

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✨✧ TIMESmooth Ball ... LP
Liberty, 1969. Very Good- Gatefold ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has sticker remnants, wear, and aging.)

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Byron WoodsIn The Land Of Smooth ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2004. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
The Land Of Smooth must be a wonderful place – because Byron's debut is one heck of an album! Byron's a Chicagoan at heart, but after singing in a number of smaller groups over the years, he's also been making a fair bit of waves overseas – which is why this first effort is coming out on an import label. The set's got a warm and seductive feel that grabbed us instantly – and Byron's vocals have a quality that's got just the right blend of sweet and soulful – reminding us of some of our favorite mellow soul vocalists of the 70s. No surprise, Byron does a great job on the Leroy Hutson tune "Can This Be Real" – but also shines nicely on the album's wealth of original tracks, including "I've Been In Love", "Fly Away", "Work Of Art", "Girl I Need A Little Time", and "If It Takes All Night". CD

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✨✧ VariousGroove Street – Smooth Boogie Talk ... CD
BMG/RCA/Arista (Japan), 1970s/1980s. Used ... $18.99
Music from Evelyn King, Angela Bofill, the Tavares, Gary Bartz, Tamiko Jones, the Main Ingrediant, the New Birth, the Delfonics, Phyllis Hyman, Vicki Sue Robinson, Grey & Hanks, and more. CD
(Out of print, includes obi. Small promotional sticker on the traycard artwork.)

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VariousMore Smooth Soul – 20 Classics ... CD
Time Life, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $3.99
Music from Gene McDaniels, the Platters, Nat King Cole, Jackie Wilson, Brook Benton, Jesse Belvin, Joe Hinton, Jerry Butler, Ben E King, Sammy Turner, and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ MaxwellSumthin Sumthin – The Mantra (LP uncut, mantra: uncut, mantra: unsung, LP: unsung, mellosmoothe) ... 12-inch
Columbia, 1996. Very Good- (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The stepper's mid 90's retro-classic that helped establish this "new classic soul" movement, served up here in 5 mixes, including the super-chilled "Mellosmoothe". One of the best tracks off the Urban Hang Suite LP – spare funky soul, with lots of warm classic touches, a funky Barry White-styled riff for the 90! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has heavy edge wear and bent corners.)

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✨✧ Naughty By NatureWritten On Ya Kitten (QDIII edit, Q-Funk edit, inst, Shandi's Smooth edit)/Klickow-Klickow (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1993. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Tommy Boy sleeve.)

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✨✧ Pete Rock & CL SmoothMain Ingredient ... CD
Elektra, 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Essential work from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a set that may well even top their tremendous debut, even if it was a bit slept-on at the time! The sound here is perfect all the way through – Pete's blend of classic samples and contemporary crispness, and CL Smooth's ability to serve up lyrics that appeal to the sophisticated and street-bound hip hop listeners at the same time – a quality that few can do this well, and certainly not at a level that still sounds completely fresh and amazing after all these years! The whole thing's a masterpiece – and titles include "In The House", "Carmel City", "I Get Physical", "Sun Won't Come Out", "I Got A Love", "Escape", "The Main Ingredient", "Worldwide", "All The Places", "Tell Me", "Take You There", "Searching", "Check It Out", "In The Flesh", "It's On You", and "Get On The Mic". CD

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✨✧ Pete Rock & CL SmoothMecca & The Soul Brother ... LP
Elektra (UK), 1992. Very Good 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a standard-setting record from the 90s that's still among one of the greatest of the decade! The set bristles with new energy and excitement right from the start – as Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz, and funk production sets the bar to a level that really takes hip hop past some of the tinnier, clunkier modes of a few years before – delivering on the promise of Q-Tip's experiments in the studio, but with a very different vibe. CL Smooth handles the lyrics with effortless ease – again setting a new standard, with a balance between street and sophistication that was, and is, such a refreshing change from so many others. Titles include the classic "They Reminisce Over You (TROY)" – plus "Return Of The Mecca", "Straighten It Out", "Soul Brother #1", "Lots Of Lovin", "Skinz, "The Basement", "Anger In The Nation", "If It Ain't Rough It Ain't Right", "Can't Front On Me", "It's Like That", "On And On", "Wig Out", "Ghettos Of The Mind", and "Act Like You Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(EU pressing. Cover has some edge wear and lightly bent corners.)
Also available Mecca & The Soul Brother ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Pete Rock & CL SmoothMecca & The Soul Brother (deluxe edition 2CD set with full sized poster) ... CD
Sony/Traffic, 1992. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a standard-setting record from the 90s that's still among one of the greatest of the decade! The set bristles with new energy and excitement right from the start – as Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz, and funk production sets the bar to a level that really takes hip hop past some of the tinnier, clunkier modes of a few years before – delivering on the promise of Q-Tip's experiments in the studio, but with a very different vibe. CL Smooth handles the lyrics with effortless ease – again setting a new standard, with a balance between street and sophistication that was, and is, such a refreshing change from so many others. Titles include the classic "They Reminisce Over You (TROY)" – plus "Return Of The Mecca", "Straighten It Out", "Soul Brother #1", "Lots Of Lovin", "Skinz, "The Basement", "Anger In The Nation", "If It Ain't Rough It Ain't Right", "Can't Front On Me", "It's Like That", "On And On", "Wig Out", "Ghettos Of The Mind", and "Act Like You Know". Disc 2 features a wealth of bonus tracks, including 12" versions, remixes, acapellas, instrumentals and exclusives, including "It's Not A Game (Original 12" Version)", "Lots Of Lovin (Remix)" "They Reminisce Over You (TROY)" (Remix, Vibes Mix, and Instrumental versions), "Straighten It Out (Instrumental Version)". 15 tracks of bonus material! Comes in a heavy duty, beautiful deluxe box with a 20 page book with notes by Brian Coleman, Dante Ross, Pete Rock & CL Smooth and a full sized poster! CD
(A great deluxe box set edition of one of the great, game defining hop hop albums of all time!)
Also available Mecca & The Soul Brother ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Gerald AlbrightSmooth ... CD
Atlantic, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features vocals from Lalah Hathaway and Will Downing. CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Big LMVP (voc, edit, inst, acapella, summer smooth mix, summer smooth edit, summer smooth inst, summer smooth acapella) ... 12-inch
Columbia, 1995. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Single from the Lifestylez Ov Da Poor And Dangerous LP, produced by Lord Finesse. Also features the extra-mellow summer smooth remix by Salah. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing with HFM/cg etch.)

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✨✧ Ray CrawfordSmooth Groove ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the only albums ever cut as a leader by soul jazz guitarist Ray Crawford – a contemporary of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery, but a player who's hardly ever gotten his due! This rare date was originally recorded for the short-lived Candid label back in 1961, but was only issued two decades later as part of the Candid revival – a fact that makes the album even more noteworthy! The set's got a really solid groove that reminds us a fair bit of Grant Green's best early 60s work for Blue Note – as Ray's playing in a tight, single-line format on most numbers – working with a very hip group that includes Johnny Coles on trumpet, Cecil Payne on baritone sax, Junior Mance on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. Tracks are all nice and long – very open, with plenty of solo space – and are all originals by Crawford as well. Titles include "Smooth Groove", "I Knew Prez", "Impossible", "Miss April", and "The Compendium Suite". Shoulda been a 60s classic – but at least we've finally gotten it released! CD

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✨✧ Pete Rock & CL SmoothMecca & The Soul Brother (clear vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Elektra/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a standard-setting record from the 90s that's still among one of the greatest of the decade! The set bristles with new energy and excitement right from the start – as Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz, and funk production sets the bar to a level that really takes hip hop past some of the tinnier, clunkier modes of a few years before – delivering on the promise of Q-Tip's experiments in the studio, but with a very different vibe. CL Smooth handles the lyrics with effortless ease – again setting a new standard, with a balance between street and sophistication that was, and is, such a refreshing change from so many others. Titles include the classic "They Reminisce Over You (TROY)" – plus "Return Of The Mecca", "Straighten It Out", "Soul Brother #1", "Lots Of Lovin", "Skinz, "The Basement", "Anger In The Nation", "If It Ain't Rough It Ain't Right", "Can't Front On Me", "It's Like That", "On And On", "Wig Out", "Ghettos Of The Mind", and "Act Like You Know". Features bonus tracks – "The Creator (rmx)" and "Mecca & The Soul Brother (rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP clear vinyl.)
Also available Mecca & The Soul Brother ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Luis BacalovBacalov In Lounge – Roma Bene/La Percora Nera/Rosamor/Soft & Smooth ... 7-inch
Black Cat (Italy), 1966/1968/1971. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Four very cool groovers from Italian maestro Armando Trovajoli – pressed up here on a limited edition 7" EP, with two tracks that have never been issued before! "Roma Bene" is represented by a rare "shake" version that has some fuzzy guitar that trips out nicely over upbeat grooves – and "La Pecora Nera" gets a cool vocal take from Rocky Roberts, who sings soulfully over the mod rhythms! Side two features a new edit of "Rosamor", sung by Juca Chavez – and the sublime "Soft & Smooth" too. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ SilkSmooth As Raw Silk (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
ABC/Big Pink (South Korea), 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A really cool lost group on late 60s ABC – a bit psych, with maybe a slight UK influence – able to turn out some nicely varied, but nicely focused songs throughout this debut set! The record's one of those great lost sides from the time – a group who've clearly got chops and plenty of ideas of their own – lucky enough to get some time in the studio with a label who gave them the space to try out new things – which they do to great effect here on both the lyrical and instrumental sides of the record! The set's got some larger arrangements by producer Bill Szymczyk – a name we don't know, but who also gives the record a superb sound overall – augmenting the ideas of the group in just the right way, while never burying their identity. Titles include "Custody" – a very strange song about divorce – plus "Not A Whole Lot I Can Do", "Long Haired Boy", "For All Time", "Come On Down Girl", "Walk In My Mind", "Skitzo Blues", and "Hours". CD

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AJFirst Class Love ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2000. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A sweet album of modern soul – recorded as an indie release by the team of Andrea and James Rohlehr, but with a smooth sound that's very professional. The record works extremely well in the tradition of excellent modern soul issued by the Expansion label – with subtle jazzy backing, mostly mellow, and touches of flute, keyboards, and guitar that remind us of some of the best soul on Philly International during the early 80s. Both Andrea and James sing vocals, and tracks include "Rhythm & Grace", "I've Got Everything", "Daddy's Hands", "Give Love Another Try", "Just For You & Me", and "Should Have Been Sweeter". 15 tracks – with a few more that weren't included on the duo's US release. CD

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Luther AllisonLuther's Blues ... LP
Gordy, 1974. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the only blues records you'll ever find on Motown – and a mostly straight blues affair with a hard electric sound to it. The album's mostly in the early Alligator Records camp – but there's a few nice funky cuts, like "Now You Got It" and "Into My Life", which both have strong rhythm backing, and a smoother groove that kind of cuts the blues quotient a bit. That's a good thing for us, in case you couldn't tell! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has two cutout notches, some surface wear, and is lightly stained at the bottom 4 inches.)

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✨✧ Anderson PaakOxnard (with bonus tracks) ... LP
12T/Aftermath, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99 33.99
Cinematic hip hop soul from Anderson.Paak named after a seaside city west of Los Angeles, CA – but it's not Malibu, it's the stunning follow up Oxnard – a little looser, more diverse, and ultimately just as impressive set from this still rising talent! The uber-impressive guest list including Kadhja Bonet, Norelle, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop, Dre, Pusha T, J Cole, Q-Tip and more but this is the sprawling Anderson.Paak show all the way, his distinctive blend of Cali sunshine and nighttime music and mood, his gritty-smooth voice so masterfully going back & forth from singing to rhyming, the production breathtaking from the stripped down beats, bass and vocals focused tracks to grander and more densely layered material. Includes "The Chase" with Kadja Bonet, "Headlow" feat Lowrell, "Tints" feat Kendrick Lamar, "Who R U", "6 Summers", "Saviers Road", "Smile/Petty", "Mansa Musa", "Brothers Keeper" feat Pusha T, "Anywhere" feat Snoop Dogg & Last Artful Dodgr, "Trippy" feat J Cole and "Cheers" feat Q-Tip – plus the bonus tracks "Sweet Chick" feat BJ The Chicago Kid and "Left To Right". LP, Vinyl record album

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Atlantic StarrAlways – The Warner/Reprise Recordings 1987 to 1991 (All In The Name Of Love/We're Movin Up/Love Crazy/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 38.99
Three full albums from Atlantic Starr – with lots of bonus tracks too! All In The Name Of Love has Atlantic Star at the height of their catchy commercial fame – bouncing along with rhythms that crossover nicely to the mainstream, yet still keep a bit of their previous funky edge intact! The groove here is almost in the style that Atlantic Starr inspired in so many other younger groups in the earlier part of the 80s – although it's also a bit more polished too. Most instrumentation is electric, and tunes are mostly written by the team of David and Wayne Lewis – both of whom sing on the record. Barbara Weathers also handles female vocals, and titles include "Once Lover At A Time", "Let The Sun In", "My Mistake", "I'm In Love", "Always", "Don't Take Me For Granted", and a version of Sam Dees' "All In The Name Of Love". We're Moving Up is one of the last in a long run of 80s hits from Atlantic Starr – a group who were already moving up the soul charts before the release of the album! The set continues their move into commercial territory started a few records before, but it also shakes loose of some of the colder sounds of 80s soul – and picks up a somewhat warmer vibe on the keyboards and rhythms. Porscha Martin sings female vocals with the group, and titles include "Under Your Spell", "Love Ain't Fair", "Woman's Touch", "We're Movin Up", "My Sugar", "You Deserve The Best", and "Don't Start The Fire". Love Crazy is a set that's got a nice change in groove from Atlantic Starr – a sound that's still got a lot of their best elements intact, but which also seems to bring on some of the best elements that were being introduced by the British scene too! Rhythms at points are maybe more in the Soul II Soul or Lisa Stansfield modes – which makes for some great tunes that really reinvigorate the group and update them for a new jack generation, while still holding onto the charms of the past. A few moments get more in a mellow quiet storm sound – all with the balance that made earlier Atlantic Starr albums classics – on titles that include "Love Crazy", "Hold On", "Masterpiece", "Girl Your Love's So Fine", "I Can't Wait", "If You Knew What's Good For You", and "Come Lover". 3CD package features all albums in tiny LP-styled jackets – with bonus tracks that include "One Lover At A Time (ext)", "Always (edit)", "Let The Sun Shine IN (ext rmx)", "All In The Name Of Love (single)", "My First Love (ext)", "Bring It Back Home Again (Joe Smooth ext mix)", "My First Love (7" edit)", and "Bring It Back Home Again (Joe Smooth underground mix)". CD

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✨✧ AZAWOL ... CD
Fastlife, 2005. Used ... Just Sold Out!
AZ returns on the Fastlife label – a fitting home for his straight up street style! Tracks include "So Sincere", "Never Change", "New York" feat Raekwon & Ghostface, the nice single "AZ's Chillin", "City Of Gods", "Bedtime Story", "Envious" feat Bounty Killer and more, plus the bonus tracks "Live Wire", "Magic Hour" feat CL Smooth and "The Truth". CD
(Out of print.)

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AzymuthAzimuth (Linha Do Horizonte) (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Som Livre/Far Out (UK), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 30.98
One of the sweetest electric records to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's a bit more abstract as well – using some noisier electronics amidst the smoother ones, to create a style that's somewhere between fusion, electric funk, and some of the more soaring Brazilian rhythms of the post-bossa years! The keyboards of Jose Roberto Bertrami are worth the price of admission alone – and include Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – plus bits of Hammond organ too! There's more than a few great breaks and samples on the set – and titles include "Brazil", "Caca De Conta", "Melo Dos Dois Bicudos", "Manha", "Periscopio", and "Montreal City". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ AzymuthCascades/Rapid Transit ... CD
Milestone, 1982/1983. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Sublimely soulful work from Azymuth – 2 albums back to back on a single CD! Cascades is fantastic fusion from a group who just couldn't miss during these early 80s California years! The sound here is smooth, but never slick – always a little offbeat, and quite different from more mainstream US fusion of the time – thanks to the genius of Jose Roberto Bertrami's keyboards, which glide one moment, dip the next, and often have these slight changes in speed that are totally great. Other members of the core trio include Alex Malheiros on bass and guitar and Ivan Conti on drums and percussion – and the set also features guest work by Mauricio Einhorn on harmonica, Jose Carlos on flute, and Sidney Moreira on percussion. Titles include "Remembering Milton", "Club Morocco", "Through The Window", "Festa Nativa", "Cascade Of The Seven Waterfalls", and "Indian Pepper". Rapid Transit is a set with a really warm groove overall – hardly the too-fast, or too-urban record you might expect from the title! Instead, there's a nicely organic sensibility going on here – a sound that feels fresh and spontaneous, even when it's in the highly electric territory of Jose Roberto Bertami's keyboards. There's a slight bit of added flute and percussion on the set, but most of the sounds here are from the core Azymuth trio – who even vocalize wordlessly on one of the album's best tracks. Titles include "Missing Doto", "Make Mine Guarana", "Gate Of Time", "I'm Just Looking Around", "Somewhere In Brazil", and "Afternoon". CD

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Burt Bacharach (composer)Always Something There – A Burt Bacharach Collector's Anthology 1952 to 1969 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rare Bacharach galore – an assortment of under-reissued tracks all penned by the mighty Burt – most of which are from the heyday of 60s uptown soul! Despite the 1952 in the date range on the title, almost all the tunes here are from the mid 60s – that time when Bacharach was writing new tunes like a demon, and getting most of them recorded by a range of great talents on the New York scene. Singers are a good mix of soul, pop, rock, and vocal artists – and although the material was done for a variety of different labels, there's a relatively unified feel – thanks to that snapping syncopation that Burt always brought to work like this. CD features 26 titles in all – including "How About" by Della Reese, "Third Window From The Right" by Dean Barlow, "I Wake Up Crying" by Del Shannon, "I Looked For You" by Charlie Gracie, "That's Not The Answer" by Vi Velasco, "More Time To Be With You" by Brook Benton, "Three Friends" by The Turbans, "Move It On The Backbeat" by Burt & The Backbeats, "You're Telling Our Secrets" by Dee Clark, "Thirty Miles Of Railroad Track" by The Hammond Brothers, "The Story Of My Life" by Big Al Downing, "Made In Paris" by Trini Lopez, "Rain From The Skies" by Adam Wade, and "True Love Never Runs Smooth" by Don & Juan. CD

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Banks & HamptonPassport To Ecstasy ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Modern soul, but with a bit of a southern twist – a sweet set recorded in Muscle Shoals by the team of Homer Banks and Carl Hampton – and produced by Brad Shapiro with all the great mix of modes he was bringing to records with Millie Jackson and others! The album's got a nice sort of groove – almost with an undercurrent of funk at points, bubbling along nicely with the vocals of Banks and Hampton in a way that's almost similar to some of Tyrone Davis' great work for Columbia – a great update of older southern soul modes, but in ways that still hold onto some of the best roots too. There's a great blend of smooth groovers and mellow midtempo tracks on the set – and titles include "Let's Make Up", "I'm Gonna Have To Tell Her", "Passion & Promises", "Passport to Ecstasy", "Believe", "Loving You", and "We're Movin' On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some peeled spots along the bottom inch on front.)

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Gato BarbieriCaliente ... LP
A&M, 1976. Very Good+ ... $6.99
One of Gato Barbieri's later recordings – but don't hold that against it! The set's a smoother effort than most of Gato's earlier work, but it's also still pretty darn soulful – done in a way that allows plenty of space for his raspy reed work on tenor to flow over the top of larger arrangements that have a nice electric touch. Players include Eric Gale and Joe Beck on guitars, Don Grolnick on keyboards, and Mtume and Ralph MacDonald on percussion – both of whom give the tunes a nice earthy undercurrent when needed. And while we might be put off by the larger, more heavily-arranged sound – Gato himself is still in charge of the charts, and keeps things nicely focused in a soulfully expressive way! Titles include "Firelies", "Fiesta", "Europa", "Don't Cry Rochelle", "Behind The Rain", "Los Desperados", and "I Want You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Keith BarrowPhysical Attraction/Free To Be Me ... 12-inch
Columbia, 1978. Very Good+ ... $4.99
While the jam off the album Physical Attraction is the stepper's groove "You Know You Want To Be Loved", CBS chose to push the dance angle with the uptempo title track instead, with super smooth ballad on the flip. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo in a Columbia sleeve. Sleeve and labels have some marker.)

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Pete BelascoDeeper ... CD
Compendia, 2004. Used ... $1.99
Sweet and smooth blue eyed soul from Pete Belasco – recorded with lots of jazzy undertones, and a really warm full sound that's mighty nice! Pete knows very well that less is more, and unlike other singers of his nature who can sometimes push things too much with a fake soul sound, Pete really knows how to let the groove flow naturally – and does a sublime job throughout on this wonderfully understated set. Titles include "Hurry Hurry", "Deeper", "I'll Come To You", "Nia", "Fool's World", "Wonderful Woman", "Zoe", and "Keep On". CD
(Out of print.)

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George BensonGood King Bad ... CD
CTI/Mosaic, 1975. Used ... $9.99
Sweet 70s funk from George Benson – an album that's a bit smoother than some of his earlier work, but still free from the commercial polish of his later hits! Maestro David Matthews is at the helm for this session – and most numbers have a full backing from players who include some of the best of the CTI/Kudi generation – including Ronnie Foster and Bobby Lyle on keyboards, Joe Farrell on flute, Fred Wesley on trombone, Eric Gale on rhythm guitar, Dave Friedman on vibes, and Steve Gadd on drums – who manages to kick in a nicely funky undercurrent, even on some of the mellower numbers. George's guitar is filled with warmly chromatic hues – gliding away nicely on titles that include the slow funky "Em", plus "Siberian Workout", "Shell Of A Man", "Hold On I'm Coming", "One Rock Don't Make No Boulder", and "Theme From Good King Bad". CD
(Out of print Mosaic Contemporary pressing.)

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Jose Roberto Bertrami & His Modern SoundAventura ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2009. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A different groove than usual for Jose Roberto Bertrami – and a record that definitely lives up to the promise of its title! Bertrami's really broken free from the regular Azymuth groove on this set – much more so than on some of his recent solo albums – playing here with a vibe that's very jazzy at times, with a range of different modes – mod one minute, funky the next, and sweetly straight at other points! Jose Roberto handles his familiar Fender Rhodes on most tracks – but also plays a bit of organ and acoustic piano as well – and other instrumentation includes guitar, bass, and drums – plus added horns on some of the fuller, funkier tracks. A few tunes feature some great wordless vocals from Bertrami – scatting along with his keyboards in a warm and breezy way – and production on the set is great, thanks to the Far Out touch – never too smooth, and quite different from any of Bertrami's albums recorded in the US. Titles include "Laranjeiras", "Choro", "No Tempo Da Bossa", "O Pescador", "Ecstatic 70", "Brilliante", "Eighties Times", "Aventura", and "Maixa". CD

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Black IceBlack Ice (Montage) ... CD
Montage, 1982. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
That's almost a hip hop cover on the front – one that would be years ahead of its time – but the record's a great batch of soul from this overlooked group! There's a tightness here that goes way beyond the previous album from Black Ice – a really top-shelf delivery all the way through – of the sort you'd expect to hear from a much bigger act at the time. The album's divided into two sides – a "lover's side" and a "dancer's side" – the latter of which features the band grooving in kind of an 80s club mode, with lots of bass pedals and a smooth funky sound that's not too bad. The real strength, though, is the lover's side – which is sort of an update of the 70s east coast harmony sound, given a smooth modern soul twist, but still retaining the best part of the vocal style, especially on the midtempo cuts. Titles include "I Just Wanna Hold You", "This Time", "Never Knew Love", "Big Fun", and the ode to designer jeans, "Sergios (I Want To Be With You)". CD

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BlackbyrdsAction ... LP
Fantasy, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ... $24.99
A great little sleeper from the Blackbyrds – a record that never gets as much due as their earlier records that have a hard funky feel, but offer instead a tasty batch of smoother jazz funk numbers that show the group still continuing to grow. Donald Byrd's still at the production helm – and the band's got a nice spacey sound that almost reflects directions that other funk groups, like Kool & The Gang, were taking at the time. The best case of this is the massive cut "Mysterious Vibes", a slow jazzy stepper that was sampled to great fame a few years back – but you can also hear it on the cuts "Supernatural Feeling", "Soft & Easy", and "Dreaming About You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some staining and peeling from moisture along the bottom inch on front and back, a promo stamp and marker on the front, back, inside the gatefold and labels.)

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BlackbyrdsAction/Better Days ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Two of the later Blackbyrds LPs on one CD! Action is a great little sleeper from the Blackbyrds – a record that never gets as much due as their earlier records that have a hard funky feel, but offer instead a tasty batch of smoother jazz funk numbers that show the group still continuing to grow. Donald Byrd's still at the production helm – and the band's got a nice spacey sound that almost reflects directions that other funk groups, like Kool & The Gang, were taking at the time. The best case of this is the massive cut "Mysterious Vibes", a slow jazzy stepper that was sampled to great fame a few years back – but you can also hear it on the cuts "Supernatural Feeling", "Soft & Easy", and "Dreaming About You". Better Days is filled with sweet warm grooves from the mighty Blackbyrds – a set that has George Duke working with the group, giving them some of the electric vibe of his own great work! The sound is less sharply funky than the early days of the group, but still mighty nice – and titles include "Do It Girl", "Love Don't Strike Twice", "What We Have Is Right", and "What's On Your Mind". CD

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BlackbyrdsBlackbyrds/Flying Start ... CD
Fantasy, 1974. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
2 incredible albums from The Blackbyrds – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Blackbyrds record – a funky jazz treasure, and the band's landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother jazz playing, creating a sound that was different from many of their contemporaries, and which pushed funk and soul into a whole new level. Byrd's work with the band was as groundbreaking as Larry Mizell's work on his own Blue Note albums – and coincidentally, Larry Mizzell's Sky High Productions handles the studio chores for the set – but in a way that's much more sharply funky than his albums with Byrd! Titles include the tight choppy funk tracks "Do It, Fluid" and "Funky Junkie", plus other nice groovers like "Summer Love", "Gut Level", and "The Runaway". Flying Start has a beautifully put-together feel – tight enough to crossover somewhat big with a larger audience than the group's previous effort – but still filled with the kind of righteous energy that first got them going, a sublime mix of jazzy rhythms and soulful elements, all held together tightly by production from Donald Byrd. Tracks include the big hit "Walking In Rhythm", which was an oft-spun 45 back in the day – plus some great funk moments, like the tasty "Spaced Out", the choppy "The Baby", and the captivating "Blackbyrds Theme". Other cuts include "Future Children Future Hopes", "I Need You", and "April Showers". CD

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsCity Life/Unfinished Business ... CD
Fantasy, 1975/1976. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
2 classics from The Blackbyrds – back to back on a single CD! City Life is a fantastic album from the legendary jazz funk combo – a bit smoother than their first, but that's the great thing about it! The record has the band getting even tighter than before – coming up with an amazing jazz-inflected funk groove that still leaves us breathless after all these years – and which is the perfect fusion of jazz and soul that was going down with the best groups in the mid 70s. The best example of this sound can be heard on the massive cut "Rock Creek Park" – which begins with a wonderful bass on the intro, a killer moogy keyboard bit, and a super-catchy chorus that goes "doin' it in the park," which you should recognize in about 30 seconds! The rest of the album is great too – and titles include the classic sample track "Love So Fine" – plus "Happy Music", "Hash and Eggs", "Thankful Bout Yourself", and "All I Ask". Unfinished Business has The Blackbyrds are at the top of their game – working in a sweet blend of jazz, funk, and soul – all produced to perfection by their mentor Donald Byrd! The groove is quite similar to some of Byrd's best from the time – a bit fuller than the first few records by The Blackbyrds, thanks to the addition of larger horns – and put together in ways that really has them soaring towards the skies on waves or righteous soul! There's vocals on most tracks, but they really take equal place next to the group's wonderful instrumentation – especially the heady keyboards of the mighty Kevin Toney, still a key member of the combo at this point. Titles include "Party Land", "In Life", "Time Is Movin", "Lady", and "You've Got That Something". CD

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Bobby Blue BlandHis California Album ... LP
ABC, 1973. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A nice little record from Bobby Blue Bland – quite different from his 60s sides for Duke/Peacock, and recorded in California (as you might guess from the title!) with a smoother more soulful approach that comes off surprisingly well! The style works well for Bobby – and kind of gave him a new lease on life during the 70s, as he mixed his rougher bluesy vocals with some hipper arrangements – still quite deep in soul, but with a compressed sound that creates a new mode of expression. Titles include "Goin Down Slow", "Up & Down World", "Help Me Through The Day", "Where My Baby Went", "Friday The 13th Child", "This Time I'm Gone For Good", and "I've Got To Use My Imagination". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover, with a cut corner, light wear, and light staining along the opening.)

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✨✧ BloodstoneWe Go A Long Way Back ... LP
CBS, 1982. Very Good ... $7.99
A killer late set by Bloodstone – one that holds on to all the excellent harmonies they brought to their 70s work, but which pushes their groove forward in a whole new direction! There's a warm modern glow to the set – one that works perfectly with the vocals – and the quintet still have a hell of a way with a ballad – singing in that slow-tripping style that was never too overly emotive, yet could pack a hell of a punch back in the day – especially in the wee hours! The tunes here are longer than before, and inflected by some rich arrangements by both the Isley Brothers and McKinley Jackson – and the set's got an Isleys-like approach by putting all the ballads on one side, and the groovers on another. These groovers really hold onto the harmonies wonderfully – making for a great follow-up to the ballads – and titles include the sublime smooth stepping track "We Go A Long Way Back", plus "Go On & Cry", "How Does It Feel", "Nite Time Fun", "My Love Grows Stronger", and "My Kind Of Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear, a name in pen and a lightly bent corner.)

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Blue FeatherCall Me Up/Let's Funk Tonight (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Mercury/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $24.99
Blue Feather may look a bit hokey on the cover, but they sound really wonderful on the record – a sweet, smooth, funky group who were one of the best on the scene in the early 80s! The vibe here is a lot like the best Brit funk of the period – all these riffing guitars, warm keyboards, and bumping basslines on "Call Me Up" – fitting the catchy lyrics wonderfully, and setting things up for some very cool keyboard sounds too! "Let's Funk Tonight" definitely lives up to the title – a super-groovy tune that runs for almost 10 minutes in length – hook-heavy lyrics upfront, but lots of room for bass solos and all these cool spacey keyboard sounds too – so much so that the tune is more instrumental than vocal! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(40th Anniversary Edition individually numbered limited to 750 – on heavyweight transparent blue vinyl!)

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✨✧ Blue MagicBlue Magic ... LP
Atco, 1974. Very Good- ... $19.99
The start of a tremendous run from Blue Magic – easily one of the greatest harmony groups of the 70s, a quintet we'd place in a rare class with heavy hitters like The Stylistics or The Moments! The album's smooth and sweet, but never slick – perfectly arranged by the great Norman Harris, who makes the vocals sound equally great on mellow tracks and uptempo numbers – setting a new Philly standard with the album, and one that few other groups could match so well! Every piece of the core 70s Philly harmony sound is in place here – from the near-perfect (but wonderfully human) vocals of the group, to the full yet subtle backings by Sigma players who include Vince Montana, Earl Young, Bobby Eli, and Harris himself – and if you've ever needed a record to prove the genius of the east coast harmony sound, this may well be it! Titles include "Look Me Up", "What's Come Over Me", "Tear It Down", "Sideshow", "Stop To Start", "Welcome To The Club", and "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has surface wear.)

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BohannonOn My Way ... LP
Mercury, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
A bit of a different sound than usual for Bohannon – but a great one as well! The album's got a slightly different pitch than some of Bo's more straightforward dancefloor work – and the rhythms are electric, sometimes skittish, and often a bit spooky – almost prefacing changes to come a few years later, but also showing a bit of a German progressive influence too. We might be tempted to say that the sound's a bit smoother than before, but there's actually a lot of rough edges and weird corners to the tracks – in a way that makes the record more unsettling than it is slick! The rhythms, as always, are the main focus – and they're pretty darn great, and often surprisingly complicated. Don't know who could really dance to this, but that's hardly the point – and titles include "Git On Up", "Maybe You Can Dance", "I Found My Love On A Saturday", "You & I", and "On The Weekend". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker, a cutout hole, and light wear. Label has a initials in marker.)

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Peabo BrysonParadise ... CD
Capitol/PTG (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Maybe the greatest record ever from Peabo Bryson – a wonderfully smooth set that features help on production and arrangements from the great Johnny Pate! Pate brings a groove that's got all the warm, sophisticated touches he developed while working on the Chicago scene – a bit of a jazz undercurrent, which really hips things up a lot – and helps give an instrumental setting that's rich enough to match Peabo's really sublime vocals! The blend of everything here is perfect all the way through – at a level that has Bryson really hitting new heights, and steering clear of any later cliches as well. Titles include "Love Has No Shame", "I Love The Way You Love", "Paradise", "Love In Every Eason", "Life Is A Child", "When Will I Learn", and "I Believe In You". CD

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Peabo BrysonPositive ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1988. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
Peabo Bryson in prime pop soul years – a time when he was really crossing over big, thanks to a strong ear for the mainstream market! Bryson's as positive and confident here as you might guess from the title – a master balladeer in the smoother soul mode – still with that incredible range in his voice, but also a bit more concerned with the softer, more intimate side of his vocal powers. Regina Belle duets with Peabo on the track "Without You" – which was penned by Lamont Dozier – and other titles include "Positive", "Come On Over Tonight", "I Want To Know", "Tonight", "When We Need It Bad", "Hurt", and "This Time Around". CD

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Burnier & CartierBurnier & Cartier (1974) ... LP
RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 27.98
One of the few albums ever cut by the team of Octavio Burnier and Claudio Cartier – a mid 70s Brazilian duo with a sweet and soulful finish! Both Burnier and Cartier play guitar – but not in a spare, Baden Powell-like way. Instead, they've got a sound that's very full – touched with much of the Brazilian fusion sound of the 70s, and given a smooth electric finish that makes for some very nice grooves. The guitar work is excellent – jamming away on tracks that also sport keyboards, electric bass, and vocals by a variety of singers – including Roberto Quartin, Alberto Arantes, Sonia Burnier, and Jaime Luiz. Titles include "Marcante", "Europanema", "Lembrando Ed Kleiger", "Lejos De Mi", "Aldeia Global", and "So Tem Lugar Pra Voce". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kenny BurrellGeneration Ago Today ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really sweet little album from guitarist Kenny Burrell – one in which he takes older tunes ("a generation ago"), and updates them with a sweetly compressed Verve 60s groove ("today"!) The record features 2 small groups – one with Ron Carter on bass, Grady Tate on drums, and Phil Woods on some mighty nice alto sax – and another with Carter, Tate, and the great Richard Wyands on piano. The style is light, laidback, and recorded with a warm tone overall – in a mode that's almost a precursor to the CTI sound of the late 60s. Mike Maineri joins on vibes on one track – and titles include "Wholly Cats", "Rose Room", "As Long As I Live", and "A Smooth One" CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the Kenny Burrell 90th Anniversary Collection!)

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Kenny Burrell & Grover Washington Jr.Togethering ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. Used ... $8.99
Grover Washington Jr on Blue Note – but sounding really great here in the company of guitarist Kenny Burrell – very much back to the more basic reed work of his roots, and away from some of the smoother settings of his bigger dates from a few years before! Kenny's well-crafted guitar lines really direct the set – spinning out with energy and soul, and shaping the sound in tones that work especially well with Washington's soprano sax lines. The rest of the group features Ron Carter on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion – and titles include "Togethering", "Daydream", "Sails Of Your Soul", "Soulero", and "What Am I Here For". CD
(Out of print, booklet has some light age spots.)

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Harold Butler & The Four CornersButler Did It ! ... CD
17 North Parade/VP, 1978. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A real sleeper, pure modern soul and disco niceness wrapped up in an unassuming package! Butler's name may be on the lesser known list of Jamaican keyboardists, and even lesser known on the sweet soul scene, but this amazing set from '78 should go a long way towards correcting that! Butler takes the finest session men in Kingston, a batch of great reggae singers and crafts an album that stands right up next to the best of Leroy Hutson or anything you might hear out of Sigma Sound during the same time period, from the more laidback tracks that wouldn't be out of place on a breezy summertime evening to the more uptempo dance floor oriented numbers. There's one or two cuts that lean towards a rootsy island vibe, but overall this is a smoothly stepping modern outing! 13 tracks in all, including "Long Hot Days In The Summer" with Pam Hall, "Beautiful World" with Prilly Hamilton, "Book Of Life" with Pam Hall & Orville Wood, "Let True Love Be" with Ernest Wilson, "Love Forever" with Cynthis Schloss, "One Step Ahead" with Beres Hammond and Butler's own "Yes Music" and "Symphony To A Friend". CD

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Jerry ButlerBest Love ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1979. Sealed ... $14.99
A great album follows up the sound of the Jerry's first for Philly International – a smooth mellow style that grooves in an all-adult mode that's a perfect setting for the aging Iceman's vocals! The Butler voice is always a wonderful treat, but cast amidst the warm and sophisticated arrangements of John Usry, Dennis Williams, and Wade Marcus, Jerry really finds a space to call his own – a way of reclaiming a style of soul he'd virtually invented in his early Vee Jay years, but which had gotten away from him during the growth of the genre during the 70s. Titles include "Don't Be An Island", "The Best Love I Ever Had", "We've Got This Feeling Again", "Reach Out For Me", "Tell Me Girl", and "Would You Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed copy! Cover has a promo stamp. Shrink has a vintage sale sticker.)

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Donald ByrdPlaces & Spaces ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99 About October 20, 2021
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the smooth jazz funk sound that the team were aiming at. Every track is a winner – and the album glides along with a slippery sinewy groove, never pausing for a weak moment or a misplaced note, shimmering with pride in its own genius. Byrd's trumpet soars over the top, banking gracefully over waves of funky drums, spacey keyboards, and extremely well-placed vocals – all brought together perfectly by Mizell, with a tightly fused style that few people have ever been able to match in the studio since! Tracks include "Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)", "Dominoes", "Wind Parade", "Places & Spaces", and "Night Whistler". CD

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Donald ByrdPlaces & Spaces (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 25.99 On November 19, 2021
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the smooth jazz funk sound that the team was aiming at. Every track is a winner – and the album glides along with a slippery sinewy groove, never pausing for a weak moment or a misplaced note, shimmering with pride in its own genius. Byrd's trumpet soars over the top, banking gracefully over waves of funky drums, spacey keyboards, and extremely well-placed vocals – all brought together perfectly by Mizell, with a tightly fused style that few people have ever been able to match in the studio since! Tracks include "Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)", "Dominoes", "Wind Parade", "Places & Spaces", and "Night Whistler". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, November 19.

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CameoCardiac Arrest/We All Know Who We Are ... CD
Chocolate City/Superbird (UK), 1975/1978. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Two great albums from Cameo – back to back in a single get! Cardiac Arrest is early Cameo at their best – tight, funky, and totally out of sight! The groove here is very different than their 80s work – and the group have this amazing way of focusing all their energy down on the rhythm together, and snapping things along with a really unique approach to funk – one that draws heavily from the bass, but which also isn't nearly the same sort of bass-heavy sound that so many other copycat groups would go for in later years! The album's filled with gems – and includes the classic sample cuts "Rigor Mortis" and "Post Mortem" – plus the killers "Funk Funk", "Find My Way", and "Good Times". Easily one of their best-ever records – and for good reason too! We All Know Who We Are is one of our favorite Cameo albums of all time – a record that still has the group sounding plenty funky, but also maybe hitting a more sophisticated one – one that comes through perfectly on the message-oriented title track! There's a sense of compression going on here – everything right on the money, blending together perfectly – like Earth Wind & Fire at their classic mid-70s best – a mode that makes Cameo way more than just another funk ensemble on a major label! We're always completely in love with the smooth stepping title cut – "We All Know Who We Are" – a wonderfully catchy number that's also got a really righteous message, and kind of a "Damn Right I Am Somebody" intro, with the band rapping to each other before the song starts – and other tracks include "It's Serious", "Inflation", "It's Over", "Why Have I Lost You", and "Stand Up". CD

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✨✧ Angel CanalesEl Sentimento Del Latino En Nueva York ... CD
Selanac/Top Ten Hits, Late 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A great lost 70s New York session from Angel and his group! The sound is very tight, with a smoothly produced salsa sound, but still a lot of rootsiness in the playing, and Angel's vocals are nice and soulful. Canales put the whole thing together himself, and issued it on his own Selanac label (Canales spelled backwards!) Includes the nice descarga track "Soy Del Monte", plus "La Humanidad", "Nostalgia", and "Panama Soberama". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jean CarnTrust Me ... CD
Motown/PTG (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
A near-lost chapter in the career of Jean Carn – her one and only album recorded for Motown, cut in the early 80s with production by Norman Connors! Oddly, although Connors was the first producer to give Jean Carn a chance back in the 70s as a smooth soul vocalist – finding her voice a perfect fit for his warm and jazzy arrangements – here, he's going for a style that's a bit more conventionally soul-based, with more guitars and mainstream production than you'd expect. Jean's still pretty great, though, showing why she was one of the best female soul artists of the modern soul era – on tunes that include "My Baby Loves Me", "Don't Let Me Slip Away", "Steady On My Mind", "Completeness", and "Better To Me". CD

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✨✧ Jimmy Castor Bunch Featuring The Everything ManButt Of Course ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good- ... $9.99
A funky funky classic from Jimmy Castor – a set that kicked off a tight run of records for Atlantic – and which firmly established his rep as a master of 70s funk! The sound of the set follows nicely from Jimmy's work on RCA – some of the fuzzy "Troglodyte" guitar work of those years, lots of earthy rhythms on the bottom, and Castor's trademark sense of wit – which was firmly in place even during his Latin Soul years! There's a few smoother, sweeter moments too – but these all come off nicely – and as always, Castor's a one-man soul music machine – able to handle plenty of sounds and styles with effortless ease! Titles include "Bertha Butt Boogie", "E Man Boogie", "Hallucinations", "Let's Party Now", "Potential", and "One Precious World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and red Rockefeller label pressing with PR/AT etch. Cover has some light stains along the bottom.)

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Frank ChacksfieldBeyond The Sea/New Limelight ... CD
Phase 4, 1960s. Used ... $9.99
Phase 4 ventures into nautically themed territory, and then casts the limelight on theater tunes on this two-fer reissue from Frank Chacksfield. The orchestra lays out smooth, string and brass laden arrangements of popular numbers with water themes, then reprises famous show tunes with a similar approach. 33 numbers in all, including "Ebb Tide", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Stranger On The Shore", "Moon River", "Limelight", "In The Still Of The Night", "Smile", "Come Rain Or Come Shine" and "Here I Am". CD
(Out of print.)

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Oliver CheathamSaturday Night (plus bonus track) ... CD
MCA/Vinyl Masterpiece (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
A stone club classic from the early 80s – one of the best mainstream groovers of the post-disco years! Cheatham's a percussionist by trade, but really comes off with something extra here – a smoothly soulful groove that's sublime from start to finish – no filler, no cliches, just the best sort of rhythms the early 80s scene had to offer! Rhythms are a mix of electric and acoustic beats – blended together with a keenly jazzy sensibility, and topped with sweet keyboards that dance wonderfully alongside Oliver's vocals. Titles include the stellar "Get Down Saturday Night", plus "Something About You", "Through It All", "Just To Be With You", "Do Me Right", "Bless the Ladies", and "Make Your Mind Up". CD features the bonus track "Get Down Saturday Night (special extended version)". CD

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Pete Christlieb/Warne MarshApogee ... LP
Warner, 1978. Very Good+ ... $8.99
A brilliant set of post-post-post Konitz jazz – a late 70s Warne Marsh session, produced by Donald Fagan and Walter Becker of Steely Dan! Despite the smooth jazz feeling of Becker & Fagan's own work, the pair are completely respectful to Marsh and his twin-tenor frontman Pete Christlieb – recording them along with Lou Levy on piano, Jim Hughart on bass, and Nick Ceroli on drums, in a setting that's got a warm, acoustic feel. There's no tricks or electricity on the set – just a tight, angular approach to modern jazz – crafted in the twin-sax mode that Marsh recorded in often during the 50s. Titles include "Magnatism", "317 E 32nd", "Rapunzel", and "Tenors Of The Time". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "Lunarcy", "Love Me", and "How About You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy ClevelandComplete Recordings (Introducing/Cleveland Style/Map Of Jimmy Cleveland/Rhythm Crazy) ... CD
Mercury/Lonehill (Spain), 1955/1957/1958/1959. Used 2 CDs ... $18.99
A classic slice of work from one of the greatest trombonists in 50s jazz – the legendary Jimmy Cleveland, a player who worked on countless large group sessions, but rarely got to work as a leader on his own! The 4 Mercury albums on this set are easily some of the greatest material Cleveland ever recorded – sessions done with arrangements by Quincy Jones, Ernie Wilkins, Benny Golson, and Gigi Gryce – all in a warm blend of soul jazz and modernism that sparkles with Jimmy's smooth touch on his instrument. All sides are in septet or octet formation – with players that include Art Farmer, Lucky Thompson, Benny Golson, Cecil Payne, Hank Jones, and Art Taylor – all well suited to match Cleveland's understated groove. Tunes are a good mix of modern jazz numbers, original compositions, and well-chosen standards – including "Little Beaver", "See Minor", "Vixen", "Count Em", "Hear Ye Hear Ye", "Posterity", "Goodbye Ebbets Field", "Tom Kattin", "Tricotism", "Old Reliable", "Crazy Rhythm", "Our Delight", "Jay Bird", "Jimmy's Old Funky Blues", "Jimmy's Tune", and "A Jazz Ballad". CD
(Out of print.)

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ClipseLord Willin' (plus bonus track) ... LP
Star Trak/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $28.99 31.98
The first Clipse album to see release – and a neo-electro/drug rap/crossover hip hop masterpiece produced by the Neptunes – the debut LP on their own Star Trak label. Malice and Pusha T arrive as smooth, confident rhymers with plenty of standout moments, while the Neptunes reach an early production peak. The Neptunes' fingerprints are evident on just about every second of every track, but it doesn't diminish the role of the rappers in the least. This is a true hip hop record from beginning to end, something the 'tunes had shied away from around the same time with the hard rockin' NERD and their more pop-oriented productions. We thought from the first needle drop that this was a record we'd be able to come back to for years and years and years, and that indeed holds true! Tracks include "Young Boy", "Ma, I Don't Love Her" featuring Faith Evans, "Ego", "Comedy Central" featuring Fabulous, "Gangsta Lean", "Let's Talk About It" featuring Jermaine Dupri, and more. Get On Down reissue includes the Selector remix of "Grindin'" feat Sean Paul, Bless, Kardinall Offishall, NORE, Baby & Lil' Wayne. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Natalie ColeUnpredictable ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Very Good ... $2.99
An album that reunites Natalie Cole with the smooth soul team of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancey – the team who did such a great job with Natalie's Capitol debut, and who really continue the groove here too! The album's got a rock-solid approach through and through – a quality that has Natalie really standing out on her own as a positive young artist in soul – without any need to nod towards her father, as in later years. And Jackson and Yancey bring a nice dose of Chicago soul class to the affair – which turns out to be a perfect match for Natalie's vocals! Titles include "Be Mine Tonight", "Party Lights", "This Heart", "I've Got Love On My Mind", and "Still In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear.)

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✨✧ Sam CookeTwistin' The Night Away ... LP
RCA, 1962. Very Good ... $49.99
An album of twisting tunes, designed to cash in on the big craze of the early 60s – but also one of Sam Cooke's best full albums for RCA! True, most of the tracks have "twist" in the title – but that also means that they're nice groovers too – usually with the kind of upbeat, romping rhythms that really show off Sam's vocal powers – that great mix of rough and smooth that made him one of the key singers in the birth of soul music! Includes the hit "Twistin The Night Away" – plus "Twistin In The Kitchen", "The Twist", "Somebody's Gonna Miss Me", "Movin & A Groovin", "Sooth Me", "That's It I Quit I'm Movin On", and "Twistin In The Old Town Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small sticker on one corner, light wear, and light splash stains on the front.)

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✨✧ Chick CoreaAgain & Again ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Near Mint- ... $9.99
An overlooked gem from Chick Corea – recorded in the early 80s, but with a sweet electric groove that takes us back to his best from a decade before! Chick plays Fender Rhodes and other keyboards – and works here with a group that has a nice sort of angular edge – none of the too-smooth moments that were sometimes showing up in Corea's other early 80s work, and instead some of the driving, soulful undercurrents that really sparkled in the Return To Forever years. The Fender Rhodes sounds great – clear and clean, just like back in the old days – and the group features reeds from Steve Kujala, bass from Carlos Benavent, drums from Tom Brechtlein, and hip percussion from Don Alias. Titles include "Twang", "Quintet #3", "Waltze", "Again & Again", and "Diddle Diddle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has minimal wear.)

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Cornelius Brothers & Sister RoseClassic Masters – Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose ... CD
EMI, Early 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose were one of a handful of early 70s groups – like Chairmen Of The Board or 100 Proof Aged In Soul – who had a sound that was incredibly hard to peg. There were bits of southern rawness in the vocals, but the overall approach also had plenty of elements of smoother Northern Soul, and wasn't afraid to use strings or uptown arrangements when they were needed! Titles include "Treat Her Like A Lady", plus "Let Me Down Easy", "Since I Found My Baby", "Big Time Lover", "Got To Testify", "I'm Never Gonna Be Alone Anymore", "Don't Ever Be Lonely", and "Good Lovin Don't Come Easy". 12 tracks in all! CD

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Hank CrawfordCajun Sunrise ... LP
Kudu, 1978. Sealed ... $9.99
Hank Crawford comes across here as much as a soul star as a jazz musician – as he sings on half the album's tracks, and delivers his trademark alto solos throughout! The album's got a similar vibe to some of Crawford's other CTI/Kudu material of the 70s – but the presence of vocals also brings about something new – especially as Hank's singing nice has a vibe that's maybe more raspy and down to earth than the smooth sound of his horn! Arrangements are by David Matthews, and other players include Fred Wesley on trombone, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Hiram Bullock on guitar, and Cliff Carter on keyboards. Titles include the strong instrumental cut "New York's One Soulful City" – plus "Just The Way You Are", "Daytime Friends", "Evergreen", "Cajun Sunrise", "What A Difference You've Made In My Life", and "I Don't Want No Happy Songs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing! Cover has some light wear.)

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Hank CrawfordHank Crawford's Back ... LP
Kudu, 1977. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Hank Crawford turns his back on the cover of this sweet little set from Kudu – but the groove itself is very upfront, strongly in the best mix of funky jazz and club the label had going down into the late 70s! Arrangements are by David Matthews, who keeps things lean and mean, even when the instrumentation is fairly large – and Hank's nicely burning alto is firmly in the lead, blown with a sound that echoes back to older soul jazz modes of the 60s, but which has some smoother touches overall for the 70s. The album's got plenty of keyboards from Richard Tee, plus trombone solos from Fred Wesley, flute from Jeremy Steig, and guitar from Eric Gale – plus backing vocals on some of the cuts. Titles include "Funky Pigeon", "Midnight Over Memphis", "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", "Canadian Sunset", and "I Can't Stop Loving You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has lightly bumped corners and a cutout notch.)
Also available Hank Crawford's Back (Japanese pressing) ... CD 19.99

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Hank CrawfordHank Crawford's Back (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1977. Used ... $19.99
Hank Crawford turns his back on the cover of this sweet little set from Kudu – but the groove itself is very upfront, strongly in the best mix of funky jazz and club the label had going down into the late 70s! Arrangements are by David Matthews, who keeps things lean and mean, even when the instrumentation is fairly large – and Hank's nicely burning alto is firmly in the lead, blown with a sound that echoes back to older soul jazz modes of the 60s, but which has some smoother touches overall for the 70s. The album's got plenty of keyboards from Richard Tee, plus trombone solos from Fred Wesley, flute from Jeremy Steig, and guitar from Eric Gale – plus backing vocals on some of the cuts. Titles include "Funky Pigeon", "Midnight Over Memphis", "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", "Canadian Sunset", and "I Can't Stop Loving You". CD
(Out of print, 2007 pressing – includes obi.)
Also available Hank Crawford's Back ... LP 6.99

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Hank Crawford & Calvin NewbornCenterpiece ... CD
Versatile/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
A nice little collaboration between saxophonist Hank Crawford and guitarist Calvin Newborn – a record that turns out to be one of the best from both players for the time! Crawford's managed to shake off some of the hoke of his earlier records – and although his sound here isn't earth-shattering, it's a lot fresher than it might be – with a laidback use of the alto that's augmented by some especially nice Fender Rhodes, as part of Hank's growing talents on the keyboard. Crawford also arranged and produced, but Newborn still gets in plenty of space too – using some bluesier licks to bring in an earthier tone, while still also staying in the smoother feel of the record. Titles include a remake of "Breezin", plus "Centerpiece", "Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You", "I Can't Stand It", "I Had A Dream", and "Frame For The Blues". CD
(Part of the "Versatile: Find Out Fusion" series!)
Also available Centerpiece ... LP 6.99

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Hank Crawford & Calvin NewbornCenterpiece ... LP
Versatile, 1978. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A nice little collaboration between saxophonist Hank Crawford and guitarist Calvin Newborn – a record that turns out to be one of the best from both players for the time! Crawford's managed to shake off some of the hoke of his earlier records – and although his sound here isn't earth-shattering, it's a lot fresher than it might be – with a laidback use of the alto that's augmented by some especially nice Fender Rhodes, as part of Hank's growing talents on the keyboard. Crawford also arranged and produced, but Newborn still gets in plenty of space too – using some bluesier licks to bring in an earthier tone, while still also staying in the smoother feel of the record. Titles include a remake of "Breezin", plus "Centerpiece", "Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You", "I Can't Stand It", "I Had A Dream", and "Frame For The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Centerpiece ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Randy CrawfordDon't Say It's Over ... CD
Warner, 1993. Used ... $1.99
A great mix of jazz and soul from Randy Crawford – and a 90s set that almost takes us back to the best sounds of her early career in the 70s! The work here is nicely relaxed – not trying for a hit, even when things are smooth or a bit uptempo – especially given the mis-steps that Randy might have made with some of the mainstream genres of the time. A few cuts feature nicely restrained instrumentation – especially Crawford's leadoff duet with pianist Lou Levy on a version of "I'm Glad There Is You". Other tracks include "In My Life", "Why Can't We Take A Chance", "Year After Year", "Mad Over You", "Don't Say It's Over", and "Can We Bring It Back". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode and booklet. Please note that the pages of the booklet are stuck together and is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ CreationSuper Rock In The Highest Voltage ... LP
EMI (Japan), 1978. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
Despite the title of the album, the group's a sharp-edged fusion combo – one that hails from late 70s Japan, and who works here in the best mainstream fusion mode of the time! The tunes are mostly jazz funk with a bit of polish – heavy on guitars from Kazuo Takeda, who also takes off on some pretty nice solos – and also featuring keyboards from Hisao Sakurai and tenor from Mitsuru Kanekuni. The record is never too jamming, nor too smooth – but one number does feature some unfortunate blues vocals from Takeda. Titles include "Spinning Toe Hold No 2", "No Problem", "Wild Cat", "Swamp Boy", and "Fou Fou Gun Gun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has light wear.)

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Crown Heights AffairSure Shot ... LP
De-Lite, 1980. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A smooth later groover from Crown Heights Affair – a lot more 80s sounding than the group's classic work, but in a way that's actually totally great! CHA were never shy of hitting a mainstream sound – and early in the group's career, they traded harder funk for smoother disco – making a move that suited them well in later years. This set's got a brilliant sheen that really works wonderful for the group – tight production from Bert DeCoteaux in a style that's almost an update of earlier Philly modes – mature and sophisticated on the vocals and use of strings, but also with a funkier undercurrent at the bottom to keep with a New York De-Lite kind of sound. Titles include "You Gave Me Love", "Sure Shot", "I Don't Want To Change You", "You've Been Gone", "Use Your Body & Soul", and "Tell Me You Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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CrusadersHollywood ... CD
MoWest, 1972. Used ... $11.99
A great record from The Crusaders – and an album that's really the start of the group's strong run of smooth funky jazz for the 70s – a very vibrant little set, even though the black and white cover makes the whole thing look a bit understated! The album's got the group dropping the "jazz" from their name, but it's still a great bit of LA funky soul jazz – with electric keyboards from Joe Sample that are very much in a late 60s mode, plus guitar from David T Walker and Arthur Adams, and bass from Chuck Rainey, in addition to fine work by regulars like Stix Hooper, Wayne Henderson, and Wilton Felder. Tracks have a tight and uncomplicated funky approach, with a slightly smooth edge – and titles include "Do Yourself A Favor", "Try A Little Harder", "Cold Duck Eddie", "Way Back Home", and the Afro-funky groover "Alekesam"! CD
(Out of print, MoJazz pressing with a punch through the traycard artwork.)

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D InfluenceD-Influence Presents D-Vas ... CD
Dome (UK), 2002. Used ... $6.99
A motherlode of modern female soul – produced by the D-Influence team, and featuring a wealth of singers from the club and NuSoul underground! The production is excellent – smooth, soulful, with enough of a kick to get a good number of tracks onto the dancefloor – and overall, the 15 tracks in the set are far more satisfying than any 15 tunes you'd ever hope to find on urban contemporary radio. The depth of the material recalls the glory days of work on labels like Prelude and West End – and the range of expression on the set make this far more than just a loose collection of dance singles. Titles include "Taste Of Bitter Love" with Romina Johnson, "All I Need" with Belle Montenegro, "Show Me Love" with Sarah Anne Webb, "La Dee Dah" with Dee C Lee, "32 Flavours" with Louise Rose, "I Wanna Know You" with Dyanna Fearon, "Angel" with Belle Montenegro, "Wonderin" with Lily Ray, and "Dreams" with Julie Anne Evans. CD
(Out of print.)

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Victor DaviesRemixes ... CD
Compost (Germany), 2002. Used ... $4.99
New versions of tracks by one of the best NuSoul singers around – the sweet and smooth Victor Davies, whose debut on Compost is one of our favorite albums on the label! The set takes tracks from that self-titled set, and serves them up in new versions from a variety of European producers that include Da Lata, Cotton Club, Nuspirit Helsinki, Mark Rae, and Procreation. The quality of Davies' vocals – light, drifting, smooth, and mellow – make them perfect for reworkings such as these, and the set shifts mood from track to track, but never loses Davies' participation in the effort as its leading talent! Titles include "Runaway Train (Nuspirit Helsinki rmx)", "Blues For You (Mark Rae rmx)", "Spirit (Tommy Svensson's Spiritual afro dub)", "Better Place (Cotton Club rmx)", "Sound Of The Samba (Da Lata rmx)", "Lady Luck (Procreation rmx)", and "Lady Luck (Only Child rmx)". 11 tracks in all! CD

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Tyrone DavisGive It Up (Turn It Loose) – The Very Best Of The Columbia Years ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $5.99 7.99
Tyrone Davis on Columbia Records – an incredible combination that makes for music that's quite different than Davis' earlier years on the Dakar label! At Columbia, Tyrone turned his bluesy groove onto a much more sophisticated sound – a smooth-stepping, mellow mature style that was light years ahead of his earlier work – deeply sensuous, and with a richness that still holds up wonderfully over the years. Davis' vocals are still plenty darn soulful in this setting – but in a different way than his initial Chicago roots – and certainly than the more blues-based albums he'd make after leaving Columbia – a territory that's somewhat like that explored by Johnnie Taylor during his Columbia years, although mellower than Taylor overall. Titles include "Get On Up", "I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight", "This I Swear", "Close To You", "Let's Be Closer Together", "In The Mood", "Heart Failure", "Leave Well Enough Alone", "Ain't Nothing I Can Do", "Can't You Tell It's Me", and "Just My Luck". CD

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Tyrone DavisWithout You In My Life (promo cover) ... LP
Dakar, 1972. Good ... $2.99
Warm and tender work from the mighty Tyrone Davis – really singing here at the height of his early powers, in that wonderful blend of the rough and smooth that made him so unique! Davis has a gritty touch in his singing style, but the backings have that perfect Brunswick Chicago soul approach – a blend that's laid out perfectly in the album's arrangements from Monk Higgins, Willie Henderson, and Tom Tom Washington! Tyrone's a singer who's really a cut above – especially on his early work like this – able to charm and convince us with just about any sort of lyric. Titles include "Wrapped Up In Your Warm & Tender Love", "I'm Just Your Man", "There It Is", "I Had It All the Time", and "True Love Is Hard to Find". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo in the black and white text cover, with some wear and aging. Vinyl has numerous marks and plays with some noise. Label has some pen.)

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Raul De Souza/MazeSweet Lucy/Time Is On My Side ... 12-inch
Capitol, 1977. Near Mint- ... $13.99
An early split single on Capitol – with two smooth modern tracks! "Sweet Lucy" is one of Raul De Souza's biggest tracks ever, a great jazzy number with a sweetly soulful finish. "Time Is On My Side" is an early one from Frankie Beverly & Maze – a nice little midtempo number with a slightly funky groove that's very nice! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Capitol sleeve, with some pen and marker. Label on Side 1 has an X in marker.)

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DeodatoNight Cruiser/Happy Hour (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Robinsongs (UK), 1980/1982. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A pair of early 80s gems from this Brazilian keyboard legend – back to back on a single CD! Night Cruiser is a key record in Deodato's move from funky jazz in the 70s to modern soul in the 80s – and one that showcases the best of his talents in both genres! The approach here is more tightly arranged and produced than that of his earlier CTI sides – but in a mode that's still plenty nice to our ears – as Deodato's uncanny sense of rhythm and timing is still very firmly in place, making the set way way more than just a smooth jazz album – and pushing it strongly into the realm of soulful spacey fusion! There's some really great tracks on the set – like the amazing "Skatin", a sweet keyboard number that's a perfect roller skating jam (in case you couldn't guess from the title) – plus "Love Magic", "Uncle Funk", "East Side Strut", and "Night Cruiser". Happy Hour is a classic from Deodato's soul-based years with a nice little R&B-inspired groove! Happy Hour was done at a time when Deodato was really getting into a lot of modern soul production and arranging work with other groups – and here, he tries his hand wonderfully at the style himself – transforming his 70s jazz funk groove into a tightly snapping 80s soul approach! Most tracks on the set feature vocals – by singers who include Kelly Barretto, Eban Kelly, and Candi Staton – but the instrumentation behind them is still plenty jazzy too, thanks to some nice work by Deodato on Fender Rhodes, mini moog, Arp, and other keyboards. Titles include "I Never Get Enough", "Keep On Movin", "Happy Hour", "Just This One Night", "Tears Of A Clown", "Sweet Magic", and "Keep It In The Family". CD features two bonus tracks – "Uncle Funk (7" mix)" and "Keep On Movin (7" mix)". CD

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Kenny DorhamAfro-Cuban (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1955. Used ... $9.99
A completely unique little session – and a record that's every bit as musically striking as you might guess from its title and cover! The date's a rare Latin-tinged one for trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a record that takes his usually smooth sound and sets it up against octet backings with horns from JJ Johnson on trombone, Cecil Payne on baritone sax, and Hank Mobley on tenor – plus piano from Horace Silver, bass from Oscar Pettiford, and drums from Art Blakey – plus added congas from Patato Valdes! The expanded group plays with a great sense of power – really pushing Kenny's sound tremendously – and although the album also features a few tracks by a smaller group with less percussion, these also have a bit of a Latin/exotic tinge too. Titles include "Basheer's Dream", "Lotus Flower", "KD's Motion", "Venita's Dance", "Minor's Holiday", "La Villa", and "Afrodisia". CD features 2 bonus tracks too – "Echo Of Spring (aka KD's Cab Ride)" and "Minor's Holiday (alt take)". CD

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Dr JohnCity Lights ... CD
Horizon/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A bit of a change for Dr John, but a nice one too – a set that's somewhat more mature than some of his Atco albums, but in a really nice way! The album features fuller backings from Claus Ogerman, but a core groove that's still nice and soulful – jazzy leanings from a combo that includes Dr John and Richard Tee on keyboards, John Tropea on guitar, Will Lee on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums – the latter of whom kicks in a nice groove at the bottom of most numbers, making a subtle undercurrent of older funk amidst the smoothness. Ogerman's backdrops are never too excessive, and help the Dr break out of some of his older modes in a good way – not rehashing the same New Orleans ideas, but taking them instead to cooler California territory – a bit in the way that Allen Toussaint was doing on his best mainstream work of the 70s. Titles include "Dance The Night Away With You", "Rain", "Wild Honey", "Street Side", "Snake Eyes", "Fire Of Love", and "City Lights". CD

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George DukeDon't Let Go (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1978. Used ... $14.99
A sweet bit of modern funk from George Duke – working here in a mode that's definitely tighter and more soul-based than his trippier albums of the early 70s – but also in a groove that's pretty darn sweet! George wonderfully blends together his jazz roots and some of the wider soul styles he'd helped forge on the California scene – keeping things smooth, but never slick – bringing in some nice acoustic percussion alongside the album's overall electric sound. A number of cuts have vocals, and George handled both production and arrangements – on tracks that include the P-Funky "Dukey Stick", an old sample from way back – plus "Movin On", "The Future", "We Give Our Love", and "Percussion Interlude". CD
(Out of print, 2008 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)

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George DukeFeel (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS/BASF, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 29.99
Sweet keyboards and lots of funky grooves – one of the best of George Duke's seminal albums for MPS – and a record that captures him at a key middle point in his growth! The sound here is tighter than the trippier records of before, but also never too smooth or commercial – still with plenty of cosmic influences in the funk, and a wealth of great keyboard work that rivals some of Herbie Hancock's best from the same stretch. George sings a bit himself – in a warmly compressed mode that's simply wonderful, and which further expands the grooves – and although much of the album's instrumentation comes from the keyboards, the record also features guest appearances from Airto on percussion and Ndugu on drums – as well as a bit of guest vocals from Flora Purim. Titles include "The Once Over", "Tzina", "Statement", "Love", "Feel", "Funny Funk", "Rashid", and "Cora Joberge". LP, Vinyl record album

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George DukeLiberated Fantasies (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 23.98
Solid soul from the amazing George Duke – a record with a fair bit more focus than some of his previous efforts for MPS, but still done with a free and righteous vibe overall! The album's one of the last before Duke moved into smoother soul territory for his US albums of the late 70s – and it's still got plenty of the best hallmarks of the MPS years – especially on the keyboards, which are always warm and mellow, used with a great sense of space and inherent rhythm. There's a bit more vocals than before, but they're fused in nicely with the instrumentation – and players in Duke's group include Airto on percussion, Emil Richards on marimba, and Ndugu Chancler on some very heavy drums! Vocals are by Duke, Napoleon Murphy Brock, and Bonnie Bowdon Amaro – and titles include "Back To Where We Never Left", "I C'n Hear That", and "Liberated Fantasies", all of which are nice jazz funk numbers – plus "Don't Be Shy", "Seeing You", "Tzina", and "After The Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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George DukeMaster Of The Game (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A late 70s classic from jazzy funk master George Duke! Master Of The Game is an excellent mix of jazz, smooth soul, and Latin riffing – really a perfect blend of styles that shows not only how far George's sound had progressed throughout the 70s, it also charts the development of the California scene during the late 70s. George has musical help from Ray Obeido, Roland Bautista, and Sheila E – plus vocals by Lynn Davis, Josie James, and Napoleon Brock. The tracks have a smooth sound that works perfectly with Duke's best keyboard approaches – subduing his tenency to "rock out" a bit, but bringing forward his classic ability to hit a stone mellow groove. Titles include "I Want You For Myself", "Every Little Step I Take", "Look What You Find", "I Love You More", "Dog Man", and "Games". This Soulmusic.com edition includes 2 bonus tracks: "I Want You For Myself (US Single Edit) and "Every Little Step I Take (US Single Edit)". CD

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Vikter DuplaixBold & Beautiful ... CD
BBE (UK), 2006. Used ... $11.99
A great title for an equally great little record – one that marks a whole new stage of genius for Philly soul maestro Vikter Duplaix! Vikter's been making our world plenty brighter with his music for a number of years, but with this record he earns our respect even more – by smoothing out some of the rougher edges of earlier sides, and going for a focused, positive sound that's really tremendous! There's a sense of presence here that's undeniable – not just the role of a hip singer who showed up on many singles at the start of the century, but a focused artist committed to changing the world through the power of his music. Duplaix is working here with a number of different producers – most notably James Poyer, but also Michael Angelo Saulsberry, Ron Trent, Sebastian Arocha Morton, and Omar Edwards – but throughout the set, the sound is very unified and very personal, not the sort of scattershot, studio-hopping work that you'll get in most of the R&B mainstream these days. A few tracks here appeared on the earlier Stimulation EP – but the album's the full presentation of the message that started with that one – featuring 12 tracks that include "Make A Baby", "Pure", "Another Great Love Gone By", "A Life Worth Living", "For Life", "Stimulation", "The Way That I Feel", "In The Middle Of You", "I See The Sun", "Nothing Like Your Touch", "Fade It", and "Temple Of Thoughts". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireSpirit ... LP
Columbia, 1976. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
A big hit for the group – and a great album of smooth funky soul! Spirit is a perfect example of the way that Earth Wind & Fire could tighten things up, yet still keep them real – holding onto the deeply spiritual side that first made them great – but also focusing their energy towards a wider audience that showed their influence for years! Of course, with Charles Stepney helping out on production, it's hard to miss – and he's one of the few cats who could handle a blend like this so well. The compression in the band's playing is impeccable – with just the right mix of spacey spiritualism, sophisticated jazzy playing, and a straight ahead love of the soulful hook. Includes the instrumentals "Biyo" and "Departure", plus the vocal tracks "Earth Wind & Fire","Burnin Bush", "Spirit", "Imagination", and "Getaway", all produced to perfection by Maurice White and Charles Stepney! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has staining on the bottom seam and light wear.)

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Easy GoingEasy Going ... LP
Banana/Full Time (Italy), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 29.99
There's nothing easygoing about this sweet little record – as the set comes on full and fierce, with a strong clubby groove right from the start – thanks to some soaring arrangements from maestro Claudio Simonetti! The record's got that great vibe of some of the Euro club work of the time – different than American disco, with maybe more elements that are pulled from prog and some of the electronic underground – smoothed up a bit and given a nice soulful finish for the grooves! Paul Micioni sings lead vocals – and the set features four long tracks – "Do It Again", "Baby I Love You", "Little Fairy", and "Suzi Q" –-the Dale Hawkins tune, done in a strange disco version! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kurt EllingNightmoves ... CD
Concord, 2007. Used ... $6.99
The first non-Blue Note album from Kurt Elling – and a great fresh start for one of the greatest jazz singers working today! Kurt hasn't sounded this fluid or confident in years – and while we expected that Concord Records might have put him in a slicker, smoother setting, the record's actually nicely stripped-down – mostly recorded with small combo acoustic jazz instrumentation, plus some very slight strings on just a few tracks. Elling's got a sense of vocal presence that we'd accord to a rare few – Jon Hendricks, Michael Franks, and Mark Murphy – and like those singers, he's got a wonderful way of putting himself on the line, but without going too far – never hitting emotions or notes that are too easy, and always reminding us that he's a jazz singer first and foremost. Titles include "Nightmoves", "Tight", "Where Are You My Love", "I Like The Sunrise", "A New Body & Soul", "The Waking", and "The Sleepers". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Coke EscovedoComin' At Ya! ... LP
Mercury (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99
Pure brilliance from Coke Escovedo – an artist who really finds a way to make so many different things come together perfectly – with results that are even stronger than his previous work in Azteca and Santana! The set's got a warm blend of Latin roots, modern soul, and jazzy fusion – all produced by the great Pat Gleeson with the same sort of genre-bending care he brought to his own work as a musician! Gleeson makes things smooth and spacey, but never slick – really layering the sound at a level that's somewhere in the Mizell family territory, but with a bit of a different vibe. Coke's percussion is wonderful – and the set features vocals from Errol Knowles, plus backing from The Waters, and guest instrumentation from both Joe Henderson on tenor and Gabor Szabo on guitar. The whole thing's great, and titles include the sublime groover "I Wouldn't Change A Thing", a sweet remake of Willie Bobo's "Fried Neckbones & Some Home Fries", and the tracks "Back Seat", "Runaway", "Hangin On", "Somebody's Callin", and "Diamond Dust/Vida". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)

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Richard EvansRichard Evans ... LP
Horizon, 1978. Very Good ... $5.99
One of the few albums as a leader by Chicago Soul genius Richard Evans – a key late 70s effort that perfectly sums up all his genius on record for countless other artists! The album's got a warm, smooth groove that's totally great – one that builds tremendously from the sophisticated soul advances on the Chicago scene of the 70s – and which features bits of jazz, soul, and even Brazilian influences gliding wonderfully through the mix! There's a sense of pride, power, and confidence here that graces every single number – and in a way, the album's almost like a Quincy Jones effort from the same stretch – with Evans' showcasing a new side of his talents, and his collaborators, on every different number. Linda Williams sings vocals on the groovy "Capricorn Rising", Eddie Harris plays on "Do Re Me For Soul", Billy Durham sings on "Windy City", Tower Of Power guest on "Educated Funk", and the group offers up a remake of Evans' Soulful Strings classic "Burning Spear". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, some wear, and patches of marker.)

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Peven EverettEasy Livin' ... CD
Unified/Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Another bold step forward for Peven Everett – easily one of the real front runners in the 21st Century soul scene! The album's got a tighter, more unified feel than even some of Peven's previous work – a confident, almost majestic approach that has Everett's wonderful vocals coming through with real clarity – finally elevated to the level of major stardom that Peven deserves, in a lineage that includes Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, and Roy Ayers! The rhythms are staggered nicely throughout – and include a few more skittish numbers next to the smoother tunes – creating an unsettling vibe that further expands Everett's emotional palette, and which sometimes brings of funk into the mix. And best of all, this album actually seems to be an all-original conception – and not just a label repackaging of one of Peven's home-made records, as was the case with some of his other recent official releases. Titles include "Easy Livin", "See You Tonight", "Sexy One", "Don't You", "Steady Now", "When You Touch Me", "Got To Get Down", and "Put Your Back In It". CD

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Peven EverettRound 2 ... CD
Studio Confession, 2008. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A gem of a record from the classic years of Peven Everett – songs that seem to flow effortlessly from his fingers on the keyboard and his warmly-crafted vocals – smooth, but always grooving – and a perfect match for the richness of the tunes! The music was created by Peven himself – he's a master of the bedroom studio – but it's got rhythms that tie back to the roots of Chicago house, and soulful expression that goes back even further – and which makes us feel like Peven would have been a huge soul music superstar back in the 70s! Titles include "Easy Life", "Bangin", "Chuchin", "Gotta Do It", "Sexy One", "Give It Up", "Back In It", and "Don't U". CD

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Peven EverettStudio Confessions ... CD
ABB, 2002. Used ... $3.99
The first full and official album from Peven Everett – a professional release that pulls together the strands from his underground, self-released albums of the past few years! After knocking around as a young up and comer on the east coast scene, Peven went underground in Chicago a while back, and only issued titles in handmade format, on CD-R releases with little or no artwork. This album's the first one that he's issued with professional packaging, formatting, and recording quality – and it's the culmination of a number of years of woodshedding in the studio. The set's great – and builds off of tracks that Peven recorded for his previous self-issued Speed Of Light CD, plus new tracks – all produced and presented to perfection, in a setting that's sure to rise Peven's star as much as we've been hoping. The whole thing's wonderful – smooth, soulful, and classic – in a mode that we haven't heard since D'Angelo or Omar first came onto the scene. Titles include "World Love", "Everyday Girl", "They So Cold", "I Can Give It", "Sankofa", "Say It Back", and "I Wanna Make Love". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Studio Confessions ... CD 6.99

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Peven EverettStudio Confessions ... CD
ABB/Studio Confession, 2002. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
The first full and official album from Peven Everett – a professional release that pulls together the strands from his underground, self-released albums of the past few years! After knocking around as a young up and comer on the east coast scene, Peven went underground in Chicago a while back, and only issued titles in handmade format, on CD-R releases with little or no artwork. This album's the first one that he's issued with professional packaging, formatting, and recording quality – and it's the culmination of a number of years of woodshedding in the studio. The set's great – and builds off of tracks that Peven recorded for his previous self-issued Speed Of Light CD, plus new tracks – all produced and presented to perfection, in a setting that's sure to rise Peven's star as much as we've been hoping. The whole thing's wonderful – smooth, soulful, and classic – in a mode that we haven't heard since D'Angelo or Omar first came onto the scene. Titles include "World Love", "Everyday Girl", "They So Cold", "I Can Give It", "Sankofa", "Say It Back", and "I Wanna Make Love". CD
Also available Studio Confessions ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ Tal FarlowArtistry Of Tal Farlow ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Pure and simple genius from Tal Farlow – one of THE greatest jazz guitarists of all time, especially on these important 50s recordings for Veve! Tal's playing here with a simply incredible tone – raspy and earthy, yet with notes that are impeccably placed on his solos – making for a compelling mixture of the rough and the smooth that seems to unlock a huge future potential for the electric guitar in jazz. The group's a quartet, with Gerald Wiggins on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Chico Hamilton on drums – and titles include "Little Girl Blue", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Tal's Blues", "Cherokee", and "Autumn In New York". CD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the "Tal Farlow 100th Anniversary Collection" series!)

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Fauna FlashFusion (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Compost/Sony (Japan), 2001. Used ... $2.99
The new full-length album from Fauna Flash – a great little German combo who's been crafting some great singles over the past few years for the Compost label! The record shows the full range of the group's style – mixing together jazzy numbers with other tunes that have more of a downtempo feel, blending smoother soul elements with harder funky ones, often touched with the group's quirky sense of humor and flair for a bossa-inspired groove. A few tracks have some great Fender Rhodes in the lead, and the whole album sparkles with the kind of fresh jazzy sound you'd expect from Compost groups like Jazzanova or the Rainer Truby Trio! Titles include "Tel Aviv", "Mother Nature", "Percussion", "Alone Again", "Sunday At The Getty", "Question", and "Ten". CD
(Back cover has a small Japanese promo sticker, disc has a sample stamp. Disc has a mark that does not affect play.)
 
 
 



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