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Diplomats Of Solid SoundDestination . . . Get Down! ... CD
Estrus, 2005. Used ... $9.99
Sweet Hammond grooves from The Diplomats Of Solid Sound – a mod little combo from Iowa, but one with a sound that's smoking 60s all the way through! The Diplomats have actually seemed to pick up a bit more jazz than before – stepping out with a more open, more fluid tone on the organ – yet still keeping things nicely in the short, tight, and rhythmic approach that gives them a nice link to the sounds of Booker T, Billy Larkin, and some of the more soul-based organ combos of the 60s. Titles include "Smash Up", "Knock A Piece Off", "Dealer Cheater", "Loaf & Jug", "Sizzler", "Mohair Momma", and "Growin In It". CD
(Out of print.)

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Diplomats Of Solid SoundDiplomats Of Solid Sound Featuring The Diplomettes ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2008. Used ... $8.99
The Diplomats Of Solid Sound have really grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years – starting as more of a garage/mod instrumental combo, but now emerging fully formed as a razor-sharp funk act! They've still got plenty of roots in the 60s, and there's a definite soulful vibe to their music – but the drums are even harder than before, and they've really turned some of their energy towards more 70s-styled grooves. This set features the core combo with really great organ and electric piano lines from Nate Count Basinger – plus tenor, baritone sax, guitar, and drums – and some tracks also feature vocals from the The Diplomettes female trio, a group with a sharper edge than you might expect! Titles include "Lights Out", "Smokey Places", "Soul Connection", "Trouble Me", "Budget Fro", "Plenty Nasty", "Come In My Kitchen", and "If You're Wrong". CD

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Roy Milton & His Solid SendersBig Fat Mama ... LP
Jukebox Lil (Sweden), Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Early R&B from one of the true greats of the genre! LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy Milton & His Solid SendersGrandfather Of R&B ... CD
Jukebox Lil (Sweden), Late 40s. Used ... $6.99
Killer tracks from one of the first great postwar stars in R&B – with titles that include "Burma Road Blues (parts 1 & 2)", "Hop Skip & Jump", "Junior Jives", "Sympathetic Blues", "Short Sweet & Snappy", "I've Had My Moments", "Red Light", "Everything I Do Is Wrong", and "Cryin & Singin The Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roy Milton & His Solid SendersI've Had My Moments/Train Blues ... 78 RPM
Specialty, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $9.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Label has a small sticker on one side.)

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Cookie CarrPlays Cool Organ With A Solid Beat Vol 2 ... LP
Grand Award, 1959. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has an old shop stamp on back.)

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Nick Cave/PeachesCosmic Dancer/Solid Gold Easy Action (2020 Black Friday Release) ... 7-inch
BMG, 2020. New Copy (pic cover)... On November 27, 2020
Nick Cave & Peaches cover T. Rex! (Note: This item is not for sale online until noon on Friday, November 27. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day Drops rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Friday, November 27. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after noon on November 27 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Idle HandsSolid Moments ... CD
Posi tone, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
There's nothing idle about these hands – as the group have a tightness that makes you think they've been together for years – which is maybe partly the case, as many of the artists are part of the great and ever-growing legacy of the Posi-Tone label! And while the company has given us great albums with single artists in the lead over the years, they've maybe been hitting even more strongly of late with groups of this nature – almost an all-leader effort, but in which all players come together with great sympathy for each other – in a lineup that features Will Bernard on guitar, Behn Gillece on vibes, Sam Dillon on tenor sax, Art Hirahara on piano, Boris Kozlov on bass, and Donald Edwards drums. The album's overflowing with fresh, original material – and titles include "Barreling Through", "Silver Bullet", "Maxwell Street", "Ashes", "Sock's House", "Motion", and "Event Horizon " – plus nice takes of Stevie Wonder's "You And I" and Freddie Hubbard's "Theme For Kareem". CD

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Rod LevittSolid Ground ... LP
RCA, 1966. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Rod Levitt led one of the hippest large groups of the 60's, and although his work was barely recognized at the time, and all but forgotten now, these RCA records of his stand as a constant tribute to his brilliant skills as an arranger and leader. These cuts are short and quirky, with ensemble playing of great skill, and solos that come burning out in little twists and turns, then jump off to make way for the next player in the group. Rolf Ericson's about the only player in the group you may know, but also notable are alto player Buzz Renn and tenorist George Marge – two great talents that we only know from Levitt's recordings. LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Dynagroove pressing with deep groove.)

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John MartynSolid Air ... LP
Island, 1973. Very Good+ ... $49.99
A really beautiful little record from John Martyn – a set in which he's really perfected his talents, and found a way to stand out from just about anyone else in the pack – including the best of his British folk rock contemporaries! Martyn plays acoustic guitar, but the record's hardly folk at this point – because his vocals have all these jazzy changes, maybe a bit like Joni Mitchell was hitting at the same point in her career – more sophisticated, but very organic and never forced – with this quality that makes just about every word that comes from Martyn's voice resonate with a really fantastic quality. His guitar playing is as wonderful as ever – and again, filled with jazzy phrasing without ever being jazz at all – and the whole thing is maybe a record to proudly put Martyn in the company of Nick Drake on his few classics for Island. Titles include "Solid Air", "Over The Hill", "I'd Rather Be The Devil", "The Easy Blues", "The Man In The Station", "Dreams By The Sea", and "Don't Want To Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pink rim Island pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Charles MingusTown Hall Concert (Solid State) ... LP
Solid State, 1962. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
A legendary work – featuring Charles Mingus' great and chaotic Town Hall concert, one of those special events that achieved legendary status before it even started – not just because of the range of great musicians involved, but because the whole set was barely off the ground by the time it began! The set features a brilliant set of arrangements that Mingus barely copied and handed around before the show started – but that hardly stopped the music from being great, because everyone plays magnificently, especially Jerome Richardson and Charles McPherson, who was hitting a really great period here with Mingus. Tracks include "Epitaph", "Clark in the Dark", "Freedom", and "My Search". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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PhicusSolid ... CD
Astral Project, 2020. New Copy ... On November 13, 2020
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Vi ReddBird Call (Solid State) ... LP
Solid State, 1963/1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
An excellent bit of early 60s soulbop – and one of two rare albums ever cut by the obscure female alto player Vi Redd, one of the few women sax players of her generation to get recorded! The album's got an easygoing groove that's mighty nice – a touch of R&B at times, but not nearly as much as you'd hear on Redd's other record for Atlantic – thanks to a sensitive jazz-based presentation by a group that also features a young Roy Ayers on vibes, making his first-ever appearance on record! Other players include Herb Ellis on guitar and Russ Freeman on piano – plus Kansas Lawrence on trumpet, who's clearly a bigger-name player working under another name. Vi sings on the record, in addition to playing alto sax – in this laidback way that's a bit like Trudy Pitts – and although the record's billed as a tribute to Charlie Parker, it's got a lot more going on than that! Tracks include "Summertime", "Old Folks", "Just Friends", "Now's The Time", "Anthropology", and "Cool Blues Perhaps". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a peeled spot on front from sticker removal, and an Audition Copy stamp inside the gatefold.)

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Jackie WilsonSolid Gold ... LP
Brunswick, 1960s. Very Good+ 2LP ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear.)

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✨✧ John MartynSolid Air ... CD
Island, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really beautiful little record from John Martyn – a set in which he's really perfected his talents, and found a way to stand out from just about anyone else in the pack – including the best of his British folk rock contemporaries! Martyn plays acoustic guitar, but the record's hardly folk at this point – because his vocals have all these jazzy changes, maybe a bit like Joni Mitchell was hitting at the same point in her career – more sophisticated, but very organic and never forced – with this quality that makes just about every word that comes from Martyn's voice resonate with a really fantastic quality. His guitar playing is as wonderful as ever – and again, filled with jazzy phrasing without ever being jazz at all – and the whole thing is maybe a record to proudly put Martyn in the company of Nick Drake on his few classics for Island. Titles include "Solid Air", "Over The Hill", "I'd Rather Be The Devil", "The Easy Blues", "The Man In The Station", "Dreams By The Sea", and "Don't Want To Know". CD
Also available Solid Air ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ Woody ShawSolid ... LP
Muse, 1986. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Woody's last albums – a back to basics set, recorded with a group that include Kenny Garret on alto sax, Kenny Barron on piano, and guest guitar work on one track by Peter Leitch. The approach is straight modal hardbop – in the spirit of Woody's first recordings for Muse – and although his genius seems to have faltered a bit, his work here is still incredibly solid, much more so than most other trumpeters of his generation, and still expressed in a preference for easily grooving longer tracks. Titles include "Speak Low", "Solid", "There Will Never Be Another You", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "The Woody Woodpecker Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Grant GreenSolid ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
An excellent set by Grant Green – recorded in 1964, but not issued until close to 1980, when Blue Note first pulled it out of the vaults, and dropped it on the world! The session's a great one – with an unusual lineup that features Green's guitar in a sextet, with McCoy Tyner on piano, James Spaulding on alto, Joe Henderson on tenor, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – a really wonderful group who help bring something different to the proceedings – helping showcase the great change in Green's second chapter for Blue Note. The album's got a mix of modal grooving and piano-driven hardbop – with a harder groove than some of Green's other non-organ sides for Blue Note. Titles include "Solid", "Minor League", "Ezz Thetic", "Grant's Tune" and "The Kicker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 1979 pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ John MartynSolid Air (with bonus track) ... CD
Island (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful little record from John Martyn – a set in which he's really perfected his talents, and found a way to stand out from just about anyone else in the pack – including the best of his British folk rock contemporaries! Martyn plays acoustic guitar, but the record's hardly folk at this point – because his vocals have all these jazzy changes, maybe a bit like Joni Mitchell was hitting at the same point in her career – more sophisticated, but very organic and never forced – with this quality that makes just about every word that comes from Martyn's voice resonate with a really fantastic quality. His guitar playing is as wonderful as ever – and again, filled with jazzy phrasing without ever being jazz at all – and the whole thing is maybe a record to proudly put Martyn in the company of Nick Drake on his few classics for Island. Titles include "Solid Air", "Over The Hill", "I'd Rather Be The Devil", "The Easy Blues", "The Man In The Station", "Dreams By The Sea", and "Don't Want To Know". Includes the bonus track "I'd Rather Be The Devil (live)". CD
Also available Solid Air ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ Willie MitchellSolid Soul ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
They definitely got the title right on this one – as the set's a solid batch of soulful instrumentals all the way through – one of our favorites from the great Willie Mitchell! Willie's got a lot more bite here than on some of his famous warmer productions in the 70s – a gritty Memphis soul instrumental style that's pretty close to the best of its kind over at Stax Records – complete with tight, punchy drums on the bottom – and a sweet mix of organ, tenor, guitar, and trumpet in the lead! Nothing's ever too forced, and there's a groove that's laidback, but right on the money – on titles that include "San Ho Zay", "Monkey Jump", "Strawberry Solo", "Hideaway", "Up Hard", "The Horse", and "Grazing In The Grass". CD
 
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Manny AlbamBrass On Fire ... LP
Solid State, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $5.99
Older standards, souped up nicely by Manny Albam – played by a group with Bob Brookmeyer and Eddie Bert on trombones, Ernie Royal and Joe Newman on trumpets, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Ted Sommer on bongos! LP, Vinyl record album

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Gary BartzEpisode One – Children Of Harlem ... CD
Challenge/Solid (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $15.99
Masterful later work from saxophonist Gary Bartz – proof that he kept on growing and maturing his style after his initial explosive years in the 70s! This album is a bit more subtle than those righteous classics, but still carries a lot of message in the music – a suite of tracks composed by Gary Bartz and pianist Larry Willis – whose sharp-yet-round tones are a perfect accompaniment to Gary in the quartet alongside the bass of Buster Williams and the drums of Ben Riley! And yes, there's no vocals, nor funky bits – but the maturing power of Gary's message really comes through loud and clear – on titles that include "Children Of Harlem", "Tico Tico", "Amos & Andy Theme", "Heavy Blue", and "Tap Dancer". CD

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Alan Branscombe & FriendsSwingin' On The Sound Stage Vol 2 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1967. Used ... $18.99
With Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Blair, Duncan Lamont, Bob Efford, Chris Karan & Joe Munddell. CD
(Includes obi.)

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Leon BryantMighty Body (Hotsy Totsy)/Finders Keepers (with bonus track) ... CD
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), 1981/1984. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of great records from Leon Bryant – both from the late De-Lite Records years, and offered up here back to back! First up is Mighty Body – a set also known as the self-titled Leon Bryant album – overlooked genius from Leon – a singer with a hell of a voice, and a range that can go from very low to super-soaring at the drop of a hat! And fortunately, that style works great here for the later De-Lite Records approach – funky club at its best, with grooves that are already great before Bryant steps into the mix – then find a special sort of magic, thanks to Leon's voice! There's also a good mix of balance, here – as the upbeat groovers are blended with some nice midtempo cuts, and one great stepper too. Titles include "Something More", "Come & Get It", "Just The Way You Like It", and "You Can Depend On Me". Next up is Finders Keepers, a record that would have been huge, had it gotten the kind of mainstream placement it deserved – which would have let the world hear what a great singer Leon Bryant could be! The set's got some top-shelf arrangements from Jimmy Mack and Sonny Sanders – both of whom are sliding perfectly into an 80s soul groove here, but still with all the hipper indie touches of the early years – which means that the whole thing perfectly avoids cliche or commercialism, while also giving Bryant the right sort of sophisticated vibe that works well with the depth of his voice. The range is almost one that we'd rank right up there with DJ Rogers – although with less of the spiritual vibe – and titles include "Are You Ready", "Honey", "Finders Keepers", "Your Kind Of Lovin", and "I Can See Me Loving You". CD also features the bonus track "Mighty Body (original 12" version)". CD

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Jimmy DeucharThou Swell ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1954/1955. Used ... $24.99
Some of the earliest recordings we've heard from British trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar – a hell of a bandleader, and one of the leading lights of the London scene in the postwar years! The tracks are mostly quartet ones – featuring either Victor Feldman, Alan Clare, or Terry Shannon on piano – and Deuchar blows in modes as sweet as those of Clifford Brown, or as striking as those used on some of his better-known larger group work. The set's got a total of 12 tracks pulled from earlier Esquire 10" singles – and titles include "Dance Lady Dance", "Dance Of The Infidels", "Close As Pages In A Book", "Thou Swell", and "Dancing In The Dark". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Kenny DorhamJazz Contemporary (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
Great work from one of the hippest jazz contemporaries of the late 60s – trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a player who was really coming into his own by the time of this album! The record has Kenny with a nice sort of edge – not as boldly experimental as his 60s work for Blue Note, but definitely pushing things forward from the 50s – shaking off the sweet for a bit more bite, and working with a great lineup that includes Steve Kuhn on piano, Charles Davis on baritone sax, and either Jimmy Garrison or Butch Warren on bass. Kuhn and Davis really bring some interesting elements to the record – and titles include "Tonica", "Monk's Mood", "In Your Own Sweet Way", and "Horn Salute". Plus, the CD features some extra bonus tracks – alternate takes from the sessions! CD

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Kenny DorhamShowboat ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
Not the Broadway record that you might guess from the title, but a great showboat for the hipper talents of trumpeter Kenny Dorham! The album is made up of tunes from the famous show, but the presentation here is quite strongly hardbop – blown by Kenny with the same mix of sweet and modern you might hear on his Blue Note records, but a bit looser too – almost with the rougher edges of a Prestige date. Other players include Jimmy Heath on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, Jimmy Garrison on piano, and Art Taylor on drums – one hell of a great group – and although the titles are familiar – "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man", "Ol Man River", "Why Do I Love You", and "Nobody Else But Me" – they're recast by Kenny as thoughtful little showpieces, rich with imagination, and played as if they were his own compositions. CD

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Don FriedmanProgressive ... CD
Progressive/Solid (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Excellent work from pianist Don Friedman – a set that's definitely progressive, but which also has a heck of a lot of warmth too – that fantastic balance of new ideas and lyricism that made Friedman one of the freshest pianists to emerge in the 60s, and which continued strongly through the course of later records like this! The trio features Frank Luther on bass and Billy Hart on drums – both players who can move openly with Friedman, yet keep things swinging too – a balance that's maybe not instantly heard on record – in ways that are better than we could ever hope to put in words. Titles include "Billie's Bounce", "Stella By Starlight", "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life", "Moment's Notice", "I Remember You", and "All The Things You Are". CD

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✨✧ Herb GellerHerb Geller Quartet ... CD
Mode/VSOP/Solid (Japan), 1993. Used ... $16.99
Key proof that older jazz greats just keep on growing greater in their later years – and a great reminder of the genius that is Herb Geller! The set's got a cover and a date that might make you a bit suspicious – but Geller's in amazing form throughout, and drawing from a breadth of playing that includes his 50s years on the LA scene, and some really important eye-opening experiences as part of the European scene of the 70s. Herb's playing both alto and soprano sax on the set – in a style that's as lightly dancing as it is freshly modern – perfectly blown with a crisp tone that instantly captivates, yet which is never domineering. There's a languid, flowing quality to Geller's playing that shows tremendous growth since the 50s – and which makes for a beautiful little album that delights with each new track, and which displays a depth that's far greater than you might expect from the cover! Titles include "Midnight Memories", "Stand Up Comic", "The Peacocks", "Stars In My Eyes", "Chromatic Cry", and "Isfahan". CD
(2017 Japanese pressing on Solid/Ultra-Vybe – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Herbie HarperHerbie Harper ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. Used ... $18.99
One of the most inventive albums we've ever heard from trombonist Herbie Harper – and that's saying a lot, given some of his other records! The group's an unusual one – with some key members that are likely – Jimmy Giuffre on tenor and baritone, Charlie Mariano on alto, and Jimmy Rowles on piano – mixed with other more compelling choices, such as Corky Hale on harp and Paul Sarmento on tuba – both instruments that really expand the sonic range of the session, in ways you might not expect to work this well! Harper was one of the more inventive leaders of the west coast scene at the time, and really does a great job of putting the whole thing together – managing both the unique group, and to find plenty of space for his own well-crafted solos too. Titles include "Topsy", "Angus", "Now You Know", "I'll Take Romance", and "Anything Goes". Nice goofy cover, with a picture of a dog, and the words "Please, no more shaggy dog stories! I'd rather listen to Herbie Harper!" CD
(Out of print, 2014 pressing – includes obi.)

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Eddie HigginsEddie Higgins In Chicago ... CD
Solo Art/Solid (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Overlooked 70s work from pianist Eddie Higgins – a longtime Chicago jazz legend, but actually recording here at a studio up in Lake Geneva! Still, the set's got all the subtle magic that Eddie was bringing to Windy City clubs back in the day – piano lines that were a lot more complex than his earlier work on bigger labels, almost effortless at most time as they tipple off his fingers with gentle care – mellow, but able to evoke generations of jazz in a single tune, while also covering a fair bit of the keyboard too. Tracks include "Greensleeves", "Valsa De Porto Das Caixas", "Air For G String", "Duke Ellington Medley", "Lela", and "How Long Has This Been Going On". CD

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Motohiko HinoToko Flash ... CD
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
Really unique work from a trio led by drummer Motohiko Hino, and which features Masahiko Satoh on piano and Nobuyoshi Ino on bass – all players who aren't content to just rest in the usual piano trio modes of the time, and who instead really break open the format with their creative work on the album! Satoh has a way of playing lyrically at the start, then really opening up – and Ino's bass rolls and dips with its own sense of melody that's quite beautiful – as Hino works far far away from straight rhythm, and often peppers the songs with personal exclamations of his own. Yet none of the numbers are ever too far out, either – just loosely structured, but respectful of the melodies, while never enslaved to them. Titles include "My Favorite Things", "Norwegian Wood", "Flash", "Overhang Blues", and "Once Upon A Summertime". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Takehiro HondaTakehiro Honda Trio ... CD
Solid (Japan), 1970. Used ... $19.99
Some of the earliest work we've ever seen from Japanese keyboard legend Takehiro Honda – a great batch of trio tracks, recorded with an open spirit and freely soaring vibe! Honda's playing acoustic piano throughout – working in a trio with Yoshio Suzuki and Fumio Watanabe – and his style here is often heavier on the left hand than in later work – clearly influenced by American soul jazz players of the 60s, and carried off with the skill to match! There's some great bluesy undercurrents on the best numbers – but still played with some of the greater freedoms of the Japanese trio style – and titles include "Emergency", "CMT & T", "This Guy's In Love With You", and "Hakai To Jojyo". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Also available Takehiro Honda Trio ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Masaru ImadaBlue Marine ... CD
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $24.99
Japanese pianist Masaru Imada is in his best fusion mode here – working with great help from American players Tom Browne on trumpet, Grover Washington Jr on soprano and tenor sax, Steve Khan on guitar, Anthony Jackson on bass, and Steve Jordan on drums! Imada plays both acoustic and electric piano, and the set has that perfect mix that happened with the best albums of this type – when a brilliant Japanese jazz musician came into contact with the cream of the crop of the American electric jazz scene – on a record that's got a strong sense of soul throughout! Things are tight, but never too slick or commercial – again that special balance that makes so many Japanese fusion projects so different than the smoother American work of the period. Titles include "Tropical Butterfly", "Jumpin Dolphin", "Seacret Sounds", "Blue Marine", "Angelfish", and "Smile For You". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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David LiebmanPicture Show ... CD
Solid (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $9.99
A really unusual solo album from Dave Liebman – one that doesn't just feature saxophones, but also a variety of other instruments as well – including piano, percussion, and even a bit of electronics! Each track has a different approach, and Dave is overdubbed on some – mixing flute and keyboards, piano and saxophone, and so on – with results that are very different than some of his other recordings – and which make the whole thing an overlooked standout from this point in his career. Titles include "Snake Charmer", "Legacy", "The Vanguard", "Spirit", "Blues N Dues", "Dissonant Discourse", and the three party "Ethnic Suite". CD
(Part of the Modern Jazz Connection series!)

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Little BeaverBeaver Fever ... CD
Cat/Solid (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
It's easy to get Beaver Fever when things sound this great – a wonderful modern soul take on the sound of Little Beaver from the 70s – serve up with plenty of warm tones, and a nicely matured version of Beaver's styles! All the bluesy bits from the start are gone, and some of the funkier edges have been smoothed down – but in their place are some great grooves that move along with a cool jazzy vibe that often makes great use of Beaver's guitar – a style that's almost like some of the more mature modern soul from up north, instead of the usual 70s Miami groove. A few tunes echo the earlier years – like the great remakes of "Party Times" and "Katie Pearl" – and other tracks include "Thank You For My Life", "Don't Get Tired Of Me", "I Feel Like Crying", and the groovy "Groove-On". CD

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Little BeaverBlack Rhapsody ... CD
Cat/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Incredible funky guitar – an all-instrumental gem from the legendary Little Beaver – quite different than his other vocal albums of the 70s, and a fair bit funkier too! The sound here is amazing – lots of snakey compressed guitar parts, nice wah wah moments, and a dope laidback groove that's similar to Shuggie Otis on his Inspiration Information album, but a little funkier too! Especially sweet are the sudden changes within the tunes – which find a killer groove, take a left turn or two, and then fall back into the groove nicely. Beaver wrote most of the cuts, and the track list includes "Hit Me With Funky Music", "Loosen Up", and "Tribute To Wes". But some of his best playing comes out on the covers, which have a nice laidback feel, in the best dope Little Beaver style – like "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Let's Stay Together", and "Summertime". Total perfection! CD

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Little BeaverParty Down ... CD
Cat/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $22.99
A funky classic from Little Beaver – one of the best albums to come out of the Miami scene of the mid 70s! Little Beaver lays down some righteous guitar and heavy vocals over a cool spare backing groove on this one. It's a party, alright, but it's got the feel of the smoldering, latenight hours of it – after everyone's feeling real good for a long while! The sound is sort of a mix between slow cooking raw soul and heavier stripped down funk outings. One of Little Beaver's best – and one of our all time favorites! Titles include "I Can Dig It Baby", "Money Vibrations", "Let The Good Times Roll", and "Party Down (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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George McCraeWe Did It ... CD
TK/Solid (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Maybe the most obscure 70s album from George McCrae – but a tight little set that still has the singer at the top of his Miami Soul game! The album features lots of production help from KC – of Sunshine Band fame – and the rhythms are in that skittish Miami mode that worked so well for the scene – quicker in a different way than disco up north, and then given those bold, bright flourishes that were the trademark TK bubbling-over style of club music! George's vocals also get produced with a bit of that flanged-out KC mode – spread into the mix, but in a way that still leaves plenty of his own personality – on funky groovers that include "You Don't Know", "I Love You", "We Did It", "Love Life & Soul", "My Love My Life My Soul", and "Are You Looking For Love". CD

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Gwen McCraeMelody Of Life ... CD
Cat/Solid (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
An underground gem from Gwen McCrae – and the record that first set the tone for her dancefloor classics for Atlantic in the 80s! The album has Gwen shaking off some of the southern soul of her roots – stretching the genre out to hit notes that are much more in tune with modern soul of the time – a warmly sophisticated approach that uses Gwen's vocals to best effect on a variety of adult themes, but which also kicks in some great midtempo and mellow grooves on the set. A perfect example of this is the album's sublime stepper "All This Love I'm Givin" – a track that works perfectly on the dancefloor, yet which also has a heck of a lot of deep soul too – and the rest of the album follows in a similarly sublime sort of groove. Other titles include "I Can Only Think Of You", "I Found A Love", "Maybe I'll Find Somebody New", "The Melody Of Life", and "The Joy". CD

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Hal McKusickHal McKusick Quartet – East Coast Jazz 8 ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. Used ... $13.99
A key recording in the 50s career of modernist Hal McKusick – a spare and breezy session that really lets him display his unique approach to the alto sax! Hal's playing here in a very spare quartet – with only the guitar of Barry Galbraith, bass of Osie Johnson, and drums of Milt Hinton to back him up – so spare, in fact, that at times, it almost sounds like McKusick is blowing solo – working in that crisp, fresh tone of his on a few familiar numbers, plus some great Manny Albam compositions that have a playfully modern feel. Titles include "Minor Matters", "Give Em Hal", "By-Iam", "Blue-Who", and "Taylor Made". CD
(Out of print, 2013 pressing – includes obi.)

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Steve ParksMovin' In The Right Direction ... LP
Solid Smoke/Luv N' Haight, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 25.98
A completely unique little set from singer Steve Parks – a set cut in the Bay Area scene of the early 80s – but done with a righteous 70s vibe that mixes jazz, soul, and bits of Latin influences as well! The overall approach is definitely soul, but there's plenty of jazz inflections in the vocals and instrumentation – a vibe that's not unlike the best sound of Jon Lucien on RCA, but which is carried here by Parks with a bit more force – and these undeniably fluid vocals sounds that really blow us away! Instrumentation is right on the money – warm, jazzy, and never hokey at all – with lots of great acoustic percussion at the core. Titles include the massive sample track "Movin In The Right Direction" – plus "All In A Day", "Everything's Gonna Be OK", "Don't Stop Now", "The Golden Key", and "Sadness In My Samba". LP, Vinyl record album

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Reid IncReid Inc ... CD
TK/Solid (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
An obscure female soul project from 70s-era TK Records – one that features production by Clarence Reid, hence the group's name! The groove here is very much in the best Miami club mode of the time – upbeat, but still nicely gritty overall – more fast funk in the instrumentation, with slight touches of strings – and vocals from the quartet that slide nicely into the rhythms, which themselves bear plenty of TK touches! The whole thing's got a feel that's a lot better than you might guess from the cover – kind of a rougher take on the Gwen McCrae vibe of the time, almost set loose to do things with a more relaxed approach overall. And the vocals are surprisingly strong at points too – with one singer coming to the forefront with a deeper soul mode than you might expect. Titles include "I'll Be Damned If It's Me", "What Am I Gonna Do", "Push Me Back In The Corner", "More Of A Woman", "That's How It Is When You Are In Love", "New York City", and "This Time Tomorrow". CD

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Pharoah SandersWelcome To Love ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... $15.99
Laidback, soulful work from Pharoah Sanders – a record that showcases a very different side of his talents than you might know from his classic albums on Impulse Records – but a side that's an equally great revelation overall! The album features mostly older jazz standards, blown by Pharoah in a mellow, late nite sort of mode – working with help from William Henderson on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Ecclesion Wainwright on drums. The format is surprisingly captivating, largely because Pharoah's tone is always such a treat – and he sparkles with a majesty on the set that captures our ear a lot more than we expected! The whole thing's almost got the feel of some of Coltrane's earlier ballad work – and titles include "The Nearness Of You", "Nancy", "I Want To Talk About You", "Say It Over And Over Again", "Polkadots & Moonbeams", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". CD

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Ronnie Scott with Kenny Graham's Afro-CubistsBattle Royale – Studio Recordings Volume 2 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1951/1952. Used ... $18.99
Sublime early work from the legendary Ronnie Scott – small group numbers that show him starting out the 50s as a hell of a bopper, and a handful of tracks with a Latin vibe – cut with Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists! Those cuts begin the set, and they're wonderful – material that often has Scott out front, soloing on tenor alongside Graham – with Latin jazz backings, in a way that's similar to the best cubop material that Verve was doing at the time! The remaining part of the record features Scott leading two different small groups – with players who include Dill Jones on piano, Harry Klein on baritone, and Tony Crombie on drums. Titles include "Not So Fast", "Fast", "Twin Beds", "Avalon", "Scott's Expedition", "Nemo", "Troubled Air", "Eureka", and "Seven Eleven". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Sound InvestmentSound Investment ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Tight funky soul from this really great 70s combo – a group with a sound that's much more like the funky 45 underground of the early part of the decade than you might guess from the date of the record! The style is a mix of deep soul with funky undercurrents – and some vocals are by an excellent female singer who manages to soar strongly, yet still have this raspy edge that's really personal. A male singer comes into the lead on other tracks – and creates this multi-voiced quality that really matches the diversity of the grooves – especially when he tries out some slightly witty bits. Every cut's an original, and there's some really well-penned tracks on the set – not throwaway club tracks, nor filler for a full record – but well-conceived numbers that really show that Sound Investment's the real deal, all the way through. Titles include "Woe Is Me", "Funky Skunk", "Spare Ribs & Fried Chicken", "I'm Sorry", "Our First Child", and "Dirty Man". CD

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Timeless All StarsTimeless Heart ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Masterful work from one of the greatest all-star groups in jazz – a short lived sextet that featured some of the best players working for Timeless Records – and a group that recalls the brilliance of the early recordings of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson! Both Hutcherson and Land are part of the group – as are Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller, Buster Williams, and Billy Higgins – and the amazing thing about the set is the way that such top-shelf players can come together, yet manage to work in a mode that's far greater than the sum of its equally great parts! The sound here is nothing like you'd expect from an "all star" session – as the tunes are complicated, intricate, and have an approach that's far different than the "head arrangement with battling solos" that first marked all star jazz recordings in years back. These six players come together with a wonderfully fluid groove – sliding soulfully in the realms explored by Hutcherson, Land, Walton, and Higgins on their own records from the time – and working through magical readings of original tunes that include "Hindsight", "Tayamisha", "Hand In Glove", "Fiesta Espagnol", "World Peace", and "Christina". CD

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Mel TormeSongs For Any Taste ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1957. Used ... $16.99
One of Mel's best for Bethlehem – and an album that's finally getting reissued in a proper format! The record features Mel working with a small group led by Marty Paich, a genius arranger who's still (in our humble opinion) the best person to ever accompany Torme's velvety smooth vocals on record. The west coast vibe of the album is perfect for Mel's singing – never in the way, but also with enough of a swing to really keep things going. The songs are old favorites – "It's Delovely", "Manhattan", "Taking A Chance On Love", and "Home By The Sea" – but the genius is in the way that Torme phrases them! CD
(Out of print, 2012 pressing – includes obi.)

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Bobby TroupDistinctive Style Of Bobby Troup ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. Used ... $14.99
One of the straighter sessions ever recorded by vocalist Bobby Troup – an intimate quartet side, with backing by Howard Roberts on guitar, Bob Enevoldsen on bass, and Don Heath on drums. Bobby sings and plays piano – in that warm, laidback LA style that's made him one of our favorite male vocalists of the time – and he's less tongue-in-cheek here than on some of his other recordings, bringing a simple but honest presentation to material that includes "Have You Met Miss Jones", "It Still Suits Me", "Little Girl Blue", "You Are Too Beautiful", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and "The Boy Next Door". CD
(Out of print, 2013 pressing – includes obi.)

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Tommy WhittleMore Waxing With Whittle – Tommy Whittle Studio Recordings Vol 2 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1954/1955. Used ... $16.99
A great saxophonist from the British scene of the 50s – one that most Americans don't know as well as Ronnie Scott or Tubby Hayes, but who cut some equally important work at the time! The tunes here are pulled from three mid-50's quintet sessions and feature Whittle on tenor, Harry Klein on bariotne sax, Dill Jones on piano, Joe Muddell or Dave Willis on bass, and Eddie Taylor on drums. CD
(Out of print 2016 pressing, includes obi.)

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Tommy WhittleWaxing With Whittle – Tommy Whittle Studio Recordings Vol 1 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1953/1954. Used ... $16.99
A great saxophonist from the British scene of the 50s – one that most Americans don't know as well as Ronnie Scott or Tubby Hayes, but who cut some equally important work at the time! The tunes here are all small group numbers – all with Dill Jones on piano, most with Tony Kinsey on drums, and a few with Harry Klein on baritone – and throughout the album, Whittle demonstrates a wonderfully rich, raspy tone on the tenor – one maybe influenced by Lester Young, but with the deftness of the bop generation – served up here on 14 beautifully swinging tunes. Titles include "Martini", "Zythum", "Debut", "Yesterdays", "Zoot Suit", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "Symphony", and "Waxing With Whittle". CD
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Claude WilliamsonHallucinations ... CD
VSOP/Solid (Japan), 1995. Used ... $16.99
With Claude Williamson on piano, Dave Carpenter on bass, and Paul Kreibich on drums. CD
(Out of print, 2017 pressing from Solid/Ultra-Vybe – includes obi!)

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VariousBest Of Brunswick – Disco & Boogie ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $18.99
Killer clubby grooves from the last years of the Brunswick label – a great sampling of the disco, funk, and boogie the imprint released after its initial run of hits! This side of Brunswick isn't nearly as well known as classics by Jackie Wilson or The Chi-Lites, but it's an equally great aspect of the label – and shows that even in the waning years, they still had their ears towards some of the hipper corners of the American soul underground – the sharpest talents who packed the most powerful punch! Tracks include "I Wanna Boogie With You" by Charlie Singleton & Stargasm, "Disco Boogie" by Total Eclipse, "Disco Stomp" by Bohannon, "Love Hangover" by Touch, "Time Moves On" by Strutt, "Roller Skate" by Vaughan Mason, "Gotta Get It" by Tony Valor, "Strut Your Stuff" by Young & Company, "Ali Shuffle" by Alvin Cash, "Happiness" by Lionel Hampton, and "Stay Away From My Lover" by Satin Dream. CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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VariousDetroit Gold Vol 2 ... LP
Solid Smoke, Mid 60s/1984. Sealed ... $24.99
Nice sampler of 60s Detroit soul produced by the fantastic Ollie McLaughlin. Includes "Jan Jan" by the Fabulous Counts and the unbelievable "Almost" by Jimmy Delphs, one of our favorite soul tracks from the period, and a real heartbreaker with an uptempo groove. Lots more great stuff here too, including both well known and hard to get cuts, 15 tracks in all, including by "Cool Jerk" and 'We Got A Thing That's In The Groove" by the Capitols, "Ain't Gonna Give You Up" by the Volumes, "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" by the Counts, "You Better Move" by the Gambrells, "Sing a Sad Song" by Percy & Them, and "Am I Losing You", "Don't Sign The Papers" and "I've Been Fooled Before" by Jimmy Delphs. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, but this is a great copy overall!)

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VariousReadymade Digs Brunswick ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $13.99
The Readymade crew turn their talents to a host of tracks from the legendary Brunswick Records – serving up a really joyous mix of Chicago soul that definitely lives up to the best side of their sound! Brunswick soul is usually a lot more upbeat and positive than that of some of their contemporaries – filled with pride and power that really comes through in the grooves chosen for this excellent set – a mix of vocal and instrumental cuts that really remind us why we love Windy City soul from this time so much! Titles include "Where Would I Go" by Ginji James, "California Montage" by Young Holt Unlimited, "Stop Look & Listen To Your Heart" by Barbara Acklin, "Whispers" by Erma Franklin, "Sunny" by Young Holt Trio, "Love The One You're With" by Herman, "Girl I Need You" by The Artistics, "I Had It All The Time" by Tyrone Davis, "This Love Is Real" by Jackie Wilson, "Uptight" by Count Basie & Jackie Wilson, and "Sugar Sugar" by Willie Henderson. CD

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✨✧ Arnett CobbFunky Butt ... CD
Progressive/Solid (Japan), 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Strong later work by tenor sax legend Arnett Cobb – in a quartet session cut in New York in January of 1980 – sounding fresh and revitalized one of his final studio dates! Funky Butt actually isn't a left turn into a funk sound Cobb, but it is a pretty darn great showcase for his rich, full sounding and playful tenor approach – not too out of character from his work in the late 50s on Prestige. He's backed by a great group that includes Ray Drummond on bass, Derek Smith on piano and Ronnie Bedford on drums. It's got a few fairly stomping numbers, particularly the opener "Jumpin' At The Woodside" and their energetic take on "I Got Rhythm" – and the whole set is terrific – with the bluesy Cobb-composed title track, plus "September In The Rain", "Isfahan", "Georgia On My Mind" and "Satin Doll". CD
(Out of print, 2016 pressing – includes obi.)

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✨✧ Kenny Graham's Afro CubistsAfro Kadabra Caribbean Suite – Kenny Graham's Afro Cubists Vol 2 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from Kenny Graham – maybe the only musician on the London scene of the postwar years who could take on Latin music, and make it sound as sharp as work from the other side of the Atlantic! Graham's working here with his amazing Afro-Cubists group – an ensemble filled with the best modern players British jazz had to offer at the time – with tenor work from Graham, Derek Humble, and Peter King – plus Phil Seamen on drums, Joe Hunter on trumpet, and Roy Plummer on guitar! The arrangements are wonderful – heavy on percussion, but equally weighted to the vivid work on horns – and titles include "Jump For Joe", "Afro Kadabra", "Bongo Chant", "Saga Boy", "Dance Of The Zombies", "Wha Huppin Sah", "Tempo Medio Lento", and "Hatian Ritual". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Kenny Graham's Afro CubistsMango Walk – Kenny Graham's Afro Cubists Vol 1 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from one of the hippest British groups of the postwar years – an ensemble who definitely live up to their name – by presenting both modern sounds of bop, and some hard-driving rhythms rooted in Afro-Cuban modes! The approach is very similar to the best Verve-related projects of this nature from the time – such as records by Machito or Chico O'Farrill, or some of the Charlie Parker Latin sides – with a similar sense of larger arrangements and individual solo strengths – very much at the cutting edge of jazz, and with a sharpness that still sounds tremendous all these many years later. Graham leads the group on tenor sax, and other musicians include Derek Humble on tenor, Joe Hunter on trumpet, and Ralph Dollimore on piano – as well as a fair bit of percussion, too – including early work from Ginger Johnson and Phil Seaman. Titles include "Mike Fright", "Skylon", "Chloe", "Mango Walk", "All The King's Horses", "Barbados", and "Cuban Canon". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Billy HarperBilly Harper Quintet In Europe ... CD
Soul Note/Solid (Japan), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal work from Billy Harper – one of his few albums to get wider exposure in the 70s, and searing set of righteous power all the way through! By this point in his career, Billy's really got a handle on his sound – and reaches forth here on tenor with a sense of majesty we'd rank right up there with John Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders at their best – working with beautifully matched players who include Everett Hollins on trumpet, Fred Hersch on piano, Louie Spears on bass, and Horacee Arnold on drums – a player we don't always see in this context, and who really helps drive the energy of the set. The album features a stellar reading of Harper's classic "Preistess", a 22 minute take on "Illumination", and the shorter, but equally beautiful "Calvary". CD
(Out of print 2016 pressing, part of the "Italian Jazz Classics" series – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Monk HigginsExtra Soul Perception ... CD
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Monk Higgins – a genius musician/arranger who first got his start on the Chicago scene of the 60s, then moved out to the west coast at the end of the decade – where he also helped inject some funky new sounds into the Blue Note label! This set's got a vibe that echoes some of that work – particularly Monk's albums with trumpeter Blue Mitchell – but there's also maybe a loftier vibe that reflects Higgins' ties to the Chess/Cadet label, where he cut some fantastic funk singles, both under his name and with other artists too. The approach here takes a core funky jazz group and adds in just the right touches of strings – with a sound that reminds us a lot of some of the Richard Evans' genius work for Cadet, but with maybe a bit of a Cali vibe too. Monk blows tenor and plays Hammond – in a group that also features the mighty Jim Horn on flute, Alan Estes on vibes, and both Freddy Robinson and Arthur Adams on guitar. Most tunes are original, and the feel of the record is every bit as groovy as its cover – with titles that include "Sitting Duck", "Collision In Black", "Just Around The Corner", "Watermelon Man", "Straight Ahead", "Poker Chips", "Doing it To Deff", "The Look Of Slim", and "A Good Thing". CD

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✨✧ Kokee BandExotica 1970 ... LP
Solid State, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is a massively overlooked album! Not only is it a great late-sixties take on Exotica, but it's also got some funky grooves and nice jazzy soloing, ala Sound Gallery or Sound Spectrum material. It's almost like the Chicharrones album, by the Latin Gents, if you know that one – and tracks include "Moon Of Manakoora", "Baia", "Misirlou", and "Tico Tico". Very nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Johnny LytleBe Proud ... LP
Solid State, 1968. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice little sleeper of an album that has Johnny playing with a larger set of arrangements than you typically hear him in, and with a vocal group on a number of tracks. The set still has a good soul jazz groove, which you'd expect from Lytle at the very least, and spans a range of styles that stretches from funky to modal to Latin. Tracks include the spiritual title track, plus "Rosen Forrest", "Daahoud", "Killiano", and "Sit Tight". A tough one to find, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Jimmy McGriffStump Juice/Worm Turns ... 7-inch
Solid State, 1975. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent mid 70s funk from Jimmy! "Stump Juice" has a bassy keyboard bit on the beat in the beginning – giving the cut a nice swampy funk approach – then rolls into horns before hitting a nice electric piano and organ solo! "Worm Turns" is rougher McGriff funky jazz from years back – hard-rolling and nice and raw! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Antonio SanchezLive In New York At Jazz Standard ... CD
CAM/Solid (Japan), 2010. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Miguel Zenon on alto sax, Scott Colley on bass, David Sanchez on tenor sax & Antonio Sanchez on drums. CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Antonio SanchezMigration ... CD
CAM/Solid (Japan), 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Antonio Sanchez on drums, Chris Potter on tenor & soprano sax, David Sanchez on tenor sax, Scott Colley on bass featuring Pat Metheny on guitar & Chick Corea on piano. CD
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✨✧ Antonio SanchezNew Life ... CD
CAM/Solid (Japan), 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Antonio Sanchez on drums, Dave Binney on alto sax, Donny McCaslin on tenor sax, John Escreet on piano, Matt Brewer on bass & Thana Alexa on vocals. CD
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✨✧ Antonio SanchezThree Times Three ... CD
CAM/Solid (Japan), 2015. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With John Patitucci & Matt Brewer on acoustic bass, Antonio Sanchez on drums, Christian McBride on electric bass, John Scofield on guitar, Brad Mehldau on piano & Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone. CD
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✨✧ Antonio Sanchez & MigrationMeridian Suite ... CD
CAM/Solid (Japan), 2015. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Antonio Sanchez on drums and keys, Seamus Blake on tenor sax and Electric Wind Interface, John Escreet on piano and Fender Rhodes, and Matt Brewer on bass – plus special guests Thana Alexa on vocals and Adam Rogers on guitar. CD
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✨✧ Bobby ScottCompositions Of Bobby Scott ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really wonderful work from pianist Bobby Scott – a perfect showcase not just for his young talents as a composer and arranger, but also for a host of key solo performers as well! This full album brings together two previous 10" LP sessions – both of them brilliant, and graced by some of the most modern talents Bethlehem Records had to offer – which makes for extremely fresh sounds from Scott's wonderful music – jazz that's at a level that's really hard to peg – neither west coast cool, nor east coast arranged – but a really special space of its own! Even when tunes are short, they're full of feeling – and really make tremendous use of the individual players – who include Hal McKusick on alto, Eddie Bert on trombone, and Ronnie Woellmer on the first session – and the amazing Charlie Mariano on alto for the second, sounding incredible here – alongside Conte Candoli on trumpet, Bill Holman on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Frank Rosolino on trombone. Titles include "Moon Tan", "Kwan Youen", "Wigwam", "The Creed", "A Parable", "The Wig", "Count Bill", and "Cerebellum". CD
(Out of print 2014 pressing, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Dana ValeryNot The Flower But The Root (with bonus track) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous bit of Chicago soul – from a very unlikely source! Dana Valery's an Italian singer by birth, and spent some time on the London scene in the 60s – but she soars out here in the best sort of Windy City groove we've come to love from the Brunswick label – a sound and style to rival that of labelmates like Barbara Acklin or Jackie, but with a different sort of twist as well! Given Dana's pedigree, the set's almost her own Chicago-styled version of Dusty Springfield's Memphis recordings – as Valery works with killer Brunswick backings put together by Tom Tom Washington and Sonny Sanders – set to that sublime production that only Carl Davis and Willie Henderson could provide – a studio team who really help pull out the best grooves and deepest soul of all the cuts in the set. Added to the mix is the fact that a host of tracks were penned by Eugene Record – making for a mighty sweet set with titles that include "Lady Lady Lady", "I'm Gonna Pay You Back", "Have You Seen Him", "Oh Boy", "The Fountain", and "This Love Is Real". CD
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✨✧ Attila ZollerCommon Cause ... CD
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A spare trio outing from guitarist Attilla Zoller, done with support from Ron Carter on bass and Joe Chambers on drums – and in a groove that nicely slips from mellow straight material one moment to more adventurous tunes the next! The straighter work is oddly some of the most appealing here – and is a refreshing change to some of Zoller's more experimental (but still great) work from the period – a great illustration of his strong tone on a simple line, in a way that we don't often get to hear on record. Straight numbers include "Lady Love" and "Kaybee" – juxtaposed with the more "out" "Tshitar", and the soaring number "Meet". CD
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✨✧ Manny AlbamSoul Of The City ... LP
Solid State, Mid 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful little session from Manny Albam – one that continues the strong tradition of larger group jazz arranging he began in the 60s, but which takes it to an even deeper level! Manny composed the entire set as kind of a "city suite" in jazz – one that paints the picture of many different shades of city life through jazzy solos and a range of deeper tones and colors from the larger ensemble. Players include Frank Wess, Phil Woods, JJ Johnson, Jerome Richardson, and Mike Manieri – all extremely well-suited to an outing like this – and titles include "The Game Of The Year", "Born On Arrival", "The View From The Inside", "El Barrio Latino", "Ground Floor Rear", and "Riverview". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Atlantic StarrLegacy ... CD
Street Solid, 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
The legendary Atlantic Starr return in this suprisingly great set of modern R&B tracks, filled with loads of excellent production, and a very sweet mellow soul groove! There's more than enough material in here that might interest the steppers, and a lot of great soul tracks that show Atlantic Starr moving way past their 80s groove roots. Titles include "I've Fallen In Love", "When Was The Last Time", "The Mirror", "On the Other Side", "My Love Is Real", and "Stay". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chi-LitesLonely Man (with bonus track) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the biggest records ever from The Chi-Lites – thanks to the "Oh Girl" title hit that's referenced on the cover! But apart from that ballad classic, the record's actually got a heck of a lot more to offer – some incredible harmony soul tracks that show that even during their hit years, The Chi-Lites were one of those groups who could still stay true to their roots – and still come up with amazing tunes again and again! Mainman Eugene Record is at the helm producing and writing most of the tunes on the set – and some of the best numbers have that little gentle groove that was the best Chi-soul contribution to the sound of the 70s – that lilt or bounce from the 60s, turned towards slightly more sophisticated modes for the new generation. Titles include "Being In Love", "Love Is", "Coldest Days Of My Life", "Living In the Footsteps Of Another Man", "Ain't Too Much Of Nothing", and "A Lonely Man" – and a cover of "Inner City Blues". CD also features the bonus track "The Coldest Days Of My Life (part 1)". CD
Also available Lonely Man ... LP 4.99

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✨✧ CitiRoller Disco (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Were there ever two words that improved the qualities of each other than "roller" and "disco"? We think not – and this album's more than proof of that! Most of this set is more straight disco than the "roller" version implied by the title – but a few of the best cuts have that slower-than-disco groove that we love from the roller skating years, a slightly funky approach that's always quite infectious – and which has just the right amount of boogie to make us bounce! The group's a trio – with Lee Genesis on lead vocals, and two supporting female singers – and titles include the straight soul number "Good Enough For You", plus the cuts "Power Play", "Disco Strut", and "Can You Do It On Skates". CD features two bonus tracks – original single versions of "Roller Disco" and "Heart Attack". CD

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✨✧ Elvin Jones with Jan Hammer & Gene PerlaElvin Jones Is On The Mountain ... CD
PM/Solid (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from Elvin Jones' mid 70s years – and a sweet fusion jammer that has the best kick of the classics on the PM label! The group's a trio, with Jones on drums, Gene Perla on bass, and Jan Hammer on drums – and Elvin may be the leader of the set, but the real strength of the album belongs to the record's tight bass work by the great Perla – strong-voiced and soulful, and doing a good job here of keeping both Jones and Hammer focused on the groove of the tunes – as Hammer's keyboards spin out with lots of sweet cosmic touches! Titles include "Namuh", "On The Mountain", "Smoke In The Sun", "Destiny", and "London Air". CD
(Part of the Modern Jazz Connection series!)

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✨✧ Clifford JordanRepetition (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Soul Note/Solid (Japan), 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
With Clifford Jordan on tenor, Barry Harris on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Vernel Fournier on drums. Titles include "House Call", "Quit N Time", "Third Avenue", "Fun", and "Nostalgia/Casbah". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Howard McGheeReturn Of Howard McGhee ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
Easily one of the best albums ever cut by this oft-overlooked bop trumpeter – and a clean, clear, no-nonsense session played with some great modern touches! The session really steps off from McGhee's earlier work nicely – and is noteworthy not only for Howard's great trumpet work, but also for the presence of baritonist Sahib Shihab in the group, making a great small group appearance here and really dominating the session with his strong sound. Other players include Duke Jordan on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – and titles include a good number of originals by McGhee. Tracks include "Tweedles", "Tahitian Lullaby", "Rifftide", "Oo Wee But I Do", "Transpicious", and "Don't Blame Me". CD
(2017 UHQ-CD pressing, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Anita O'DaySkylark ... CD
Solid (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Anita O'Day in Tokyo – singing at the club Sometime, circa 1978 – and really sounding wonderful! O'Day's got this completely charming way of handling things here – beautiful on the ballads, which seem to drip with all the learned lessons and fragile emotions experienced over the years – but also hitting a few more groovy moments that can remind us that her scatting is pretty nice too! Titles include "Lover Come Back To Me", "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", "Like Someone In Love", "Skylark", "On A Clear Day", "Four Brothers", and "Night And Day". CD

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✨✧ Bobby TroupBobby Troup Sings Johnny Mercer ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
Hip vocalist Bobby Troup pays tribute to another fairly hip LA songwriter – the great Johnny Mercer, the man who helped to build Capitol Records in the late 40s! Mercer's tunes really helped pave the way for some of Troup's own writing – and Bobby's cool, laidback style makes the numbers sparkle even more than in any of Johnny's originals – a bit less hoke, and a lot more jazz. Part of that aspect also comes from the presentation – which has Troup working with west coast players who include Howard Roberts on guitar and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone – a lineup that gives the album a warm jazzy swing throughout. The set includes a nice version of "I'm With You", which Troup wrote with Mercer – plus classics like "Midnight Sun", "Cuckoo In the Clock", "Skylark", and "One For My Baby". CD
(Out of print, 2013 pressing – includes obi.)

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✨✧ U2Some Fires Can Never Be Put Out ... LP
Rock Solid, 1987. Near Mint- 2LP ... Out Of Stock
U2, recorded live in Chicago in 1987 – spinning out a double length concert performance of early classics! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BohannonStop & Go (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer bit of early funk from the great Hamilton Bohannon – and quite possibly his greatest album ever – a really unique approach to funky rhythms, with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The album's got a slower funk sound than Bohannon's later disco groove a few years later – and the wonderful rhythms mix together scattershot drums with funky wah wah guitar, organ, and hard-plugging basslines – all in a blend that's pretty mindblowing not just for its instrumental dexterity, but also for the way it brings complex patterns together in a really hypnotic way! All cuts are instrumentals, save for a few chorus vocals – and players on the album include Wah Wah Watson, Ray Parker, Travis Biggs, and Mose Davis. Bohannon's on drums and percussion – and titles include "The Pimp Walk", "Stop & Go", "Getting to the Other Side", "It's Time For Peace", "Save Their Souls", and "Singing a Song for My Mother". CD features two bonus tracks – "Run It On Down Mr DJ (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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✨✧ Chi-LitesToby ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet soul killer from The Chi-Lites – and record that really shows them as one of the greatest harmony groups to ever come from Chicago! The vibe here is a bit more mellow than on previous records – and the trio step into some sublime ballads and love songs that really blow us away – set up with a style that's very different than most of the east coast groups of the period, and produced with this rich style that has the Brunswick records charts from Eugene Record and Tom Tom Washington soar wonderfully along with the vocals. As with other Brunswick albums, there's a few nuggets here that might show up elsewhere, but the album's got plenty of greatness to love on its own, too – with tracks that include "Toby", "There Will Never Be Any Peace", "I Like To Live The Love", "You Got To Be The One", "The Sound Of Lonely", "I Lied", "That's How Long", and "Gettin On Outta Town". CD

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✨✧ Arnett CobbFunky Butt ... CD
Progressive/Solid (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Strong later work by tenor sax legend Arnett Cobb – in a quartet session cut in New York in January of 1980 – sounding fresh and revitalized one of his final studio dates! Funky Butt actually isn't a left turn into a funk sound Cobb, but it is a pretty darn great showcase for his rich, full sounding and playful tenor approach – not too out of character from his work in the late 50s on Prestige. He's backed by a great group that includes Ray Drummond on bass, Derek Smith on piano and Ronnie Bedford on drums. It's got a few fairly stomping numbers, particularly the opener "Jumpin' At The Woodside" and their energetic take on "I Got Rhythm" – and the whole set is terrific – with the bluesy Cobb-composed title track, plus "September In The Rain", "Isfahan", "Georgia On My Mind" and "Satin Doll". CD

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✨✧ Anita O'DayLive In Tokyo 1975 ... CD
Emily/Solid (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An obscure live date from Anita O'Day, but done at that great 70s point when she was getting a nice groovy edge in her style! There's still some of the O'Day brightness of her 50s recordings – but there's also a nice 70s element too – one that changes things up with some of the more mature, more adult modes that other jazz singers were picking up – maybe drinking up, too – but in ways that overall make the record sound a lot cooler than Anita back in the early days! The trio features Merril Hoover on piano, George Morrow on bass, and John Poole on drums – and titles include "Anita's Blues", "Wave", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "A Song For You", and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To". CD

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✨✧ Bernie Senesky/Gene Perla/Doug RileyInvitation ... CD
PM/Solid (Japan), 2009. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little record from Bernie Senesky – a Canadian pianist who doesn't always get the recognition he deserves on this side of the border, but who can always blow us away! Bernie's got a fantastic command of the piano – this bold, wide range at times – but also with more lyrically sensitive moments too – a balance of energy that always keeps things exciting, and which comes across with a sense of warmth that's really wonderful. The trio features the mighty Gene Perla on bass and Ben Riley on drums – really matching Bernie's groove – and titles include "Bill's Waltz", "Old Folks", "Invitation", "Come To Me", "Blues For EJ", "Bud Lines", and "Young & Foolish". CD
(Part of the Modern Jazz Connection series!)

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✨✧ VariousDe-Lite 45s – DJ's Choice 1969 to 1976 – Selected By Daisuke Kuroda ... CD
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of funky 45s from the De-Lite family of labels – most of which were never issued on any sort of full-length album! In addition to singles issued by De-Lite – best known as the key home of Kool & The Gang – the set also features tracks from the related Vigor and Red Coach labels – two excellent east coast imprints that were filled with funky combos who were just bursting with talent – very much tuned to the fast-funk styles that exploded in the years before disco! Titles include "Chick A Boom" by Pazant Brothers, "How Do You Feel" by The New Cymbals, "RRAWJ" by Reggie Sadler Revue, "Stand Up (part 2)" by Maskman & The Agents, "Funky Generation" by Everyday People, "Spread The Word" by Yvonne Daniels, "Hard To Handle" by Dennis Robinson, "I Smell Trouble" by Johnny De'Vigne, "Lady" by Shalong, "Far Out" by Crown Heights Affair, "Jackie" by Mebeus, "Party Music" by Pat Lundi, "Be Real" by Tomorrow's Edition, "I Wanna Give You Tomorrow" by Benny Troy, "It Really Hurts Me Girl" by The Carstairs, "LC Funk" by The New Cymbals, "Mboga Chakula" by Pazant Brothers, and "My Baby's Coming Home To Stay" by Janice Saddler. CD

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✨✧ VariousMessage From TK – It's A Miami Modern Soul World ... CD
TK/Solid (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A soulful message from the 70s – served up here on a collection that focuses on a mighty nice side of the TK Records label from back in the day! TK hit big fame with its Miami spin on disco in the mid 70s, but the label also had a great ear for other sorts of soul music too – and here, the focus is on the warmer, more sophisticated modern soul tracks that marked their output away from the chart hits – work created in the south, but with a hip vibe that resonates strongly with the best work in New York, Philly, or other northern cities. The tracks are all hand-picked by DJ Ryuhei The Man – who also does his own edits of a few tracks – and the set also features some rare singles from artists who never recorded a full album for TK. Titles include "All This Love That I'm Givin" by Gwen McCrae, "I Like My Birdie" by Leno Phillips, "Keep Her Happy" by Phillip Wright, "Never Had A Love So Good" by Charles Johnson, "Bessie" by JBs Wedge, "It's Your Sweet Love" by Jimmy Bo Horne, "The Way We Life" by Raw Soul Express, "Where Is The Love" by Betty Wright, "Listen To My Heartbeat" by Little Beaver, "Human (Ryuhei The Man express 45 edit)" by Brief Encounter, "What Am I Gonna Do (Ryuhei The Man Miami 45 edit)" by Reid Inc, and "Be With Me (Ryuhei The Man Miami 45 edit)" by Milton Wright. CD

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✨✧ Maryann Farra & Satin SoulNever Gonna Leave You (with bonus track) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A 70s indie club classic – and the only album we've ever seen from Maryann Farra & Satin Soul! The group have a sound that's equal parts Brunswick Chicago soul and New York early disco groove – a combination that's brought out even more by the production talents of disco maestro Tony Valor and Chi-soul genius Eugene Record! The tunes groove along in a really rich style of arrangement – often using sweeping strings over tighter rhythms – sometimes hitting the loping midtempo groove you'd expect from Brunswick records at the time, yet also going for some of the faster, freer rhythms that were cropping up on the east coast indies of the time. Some tracks have a tight dancefloor feel – like "Never Gonna Leave You", "Do Those Little Things", and "Just A Little Timing" – while others have a beautiful soul groove – like "You Got To Be The One" and "Living In The Footsteps of Another Girl" – which both have a sound that feels like it was lifted from a lost Barbara Acklin or Chi-Lites album! The set also includes a female soul remake of "Stoned Out Of My Mind" that's almost worth the price of the record alone! CD also features a bonus cut – the single version of "Never Gonna Leave You". CD

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✨✧ Masaru ImadaCarnival (with bonus track) ... CD
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Masaru Imada gets a bit tropical here, but also picks up some great help on horns – thanks to guest work from the Brecker Brothers, whose performance on a few tracks really help give the set a strong soul fusion vibe! The core sounds come from Imada's quintet – which has the leader playing both acoustic and Fender Rhodes, with guitar, bass, drums, and percussion – and on those tracks that feature the Breckers, the whole thing really comes together – with that richness of sound and surprising current of soul that we love on the best Japanese fusion albums of the time. Even the non-Brecker tracks are pretty great – and titles include "Ripples In Recife", "Surf Dance", "Sunset Walk", "Gentle Breeze", and "Carnival". CD features a bonus radio edit of "Carnival". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ Toshinori KondoTaihen (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Solid (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of those really unique records that trumpeter Toshinori Kondo gave us in the 80s – not really fusion, but not avant either all – yet a very unusual criss-crossing of electric and acoustic impulses, with a vibe that's all its own! Kondo's clearly drawing a bit of inspiration from the younger, artier crowd that was transforming other areas of music – and if he were in the US, we might say the whole thing had a downtown New York vibe – partly because Bill Laswell's working on the record, and adds in some tapes – alongside Kondo's work on trumpet, voice, toys, and "little instruments" – with Rodney Drummer on bass, Cecil Monroe on drums, and Yoshinori Teramae and Tiazo Sakai on guitars. Titles include "Taihen", "The Day After", "Takao Blue", "A Song For Buddha", and "Oiwake". CD also features two bonus Bill Laswell special mixes – of "Taihen" and "Shosuke San". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ Toshinori Kondo & Tibetan Blue Air Liquid BandKhuchyu Fuyhu ... CD
Polydor/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Toshinori Kondo may have cut some avant-oriented material over the years – but this set is a different sort of record – one that's cut with his Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band, in a playful mix of rhythms, tones, and jazz! The approach is maybe post-fusion, inflected with a bit of art rock inspiration – still with plenty of jazz-based solos, but also a very unconventional approach to the rhythms, which are sometimes sunny and bright, sometimes a bit more edgey. Titles include "Raku Raku Raku", "Light Footwork Song", "7 Time", "A Crack In The Sky", and "Setouchi Blue". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ Tete MontoliuLive At The Keystone Corner ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1989. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Raw Soul ExpressRaw Soul Express (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cat/Solid (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A monster of a rare funk album – recorded by a tight little combo who should have been huge! Raw Soul Express have a touch of jazz in their playing – coming off here with a sound that reminds us of Wood Brass & Steel, and a rare few other funk acts of the time who knew how to do more than just hit a heavy drum and pluck a noisy bass – really going beyond the usual to come up with a groove that's wonderfully crafted throughout – and way way more than just the sum of its parts! Not that the band is slick or too polished, though – because they definitely earn the "raw" in their name with some sharp edges on the instrumentation – a sharp sense of power that really helps the whole thing cook. Titles include "RSE", "Burn The Candle", "Music Meditation", "Right On", and "Emergency". CD features two bonus tracks – "The Way We Live" and "This Thing Called Music". CD

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✨✧ Leon WareInside Is Love ... CD
TK/Solid (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great moment in the career of the mighty Leon Ware – a set recorded after his famous 70s work for Motown, and before his return to fame at Elektra – but still with a super-tight quality that shows that Leon was always great, no matter what the setting! Leon's warm, mellow, and totally right on the money here – serving up some wicked midtempo grooves that sparkle way more than most of his contemporaries – and which even rise above most of the other work on TK records at the time! Ware wrote and produced the whole set himself – with that masterful studio approach that first rose to prominence on Marvin Gaye's album I Want You – and like that classic set, the whole thing here is great – never a clunker or a bit of filler at all. Titles include the great "What's Your Name" – an extremely catchy two-step number, with a hook that will ring in your head long after the track is over – and other cuts include "Inside Is Love", "Try It Out", "Club Sashay", "Inside Your Love", and "Love Is A Simple Thing". CD
 
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Peter AbdulGet Down With Me ... LP
EMI/Dig This Way (Italy), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
The cover looks a bit cheesy – like some sort of Star Search graphic – but the album's a rock-solid gem from the second decade of Nigerian funk – recorded in Lagos with a great boogie vibe, and a groove that's as heavy on keyboards as it is on riffing guitar and percussion! Peter Abdul's got this falsetto style of singing that's quite unusual for the Nigerian scene – one that echoes American sweet soul of the 70s, but set to a groovier style – and backing vocalists often help push over the top to new heights – as he stretches his range over the top of the longer grooves in the set! Titles include "Just Start To Understand You", "Don't You Know", "Baby I Love You", "Get Down With Me", "Let's Do It", and "Sisi". LP, Vinyl record album

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Cannonball Adderley QuintetCannonbal Adderley Quintet Plus ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than you might get from some of Cannon's other albums – slightly lyrical at points, in a really great way. Rhythm is from the rock-solid team of Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums – and of course Nat Adderley's also in the group on cornet, and Victor Feldman rounds out the ensemble on vibes, but also plays piano on the tracks that don't feature Kelly. There's a strong undercurrent of Adderley's Riverside soul jazz vibe on the set – and titles include "Arriving Soon", "New Delhi", "Winetone", "Well You Needn't", "Star Eyes", and "Lisa". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has an index label with clear tape on the spine.)
Also available Cannonball Adderley Quintet Plus ... CD 9.99

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Cannonball Adderley QuintetCannonball Adderley Quintet Plus ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $9.99
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than you might get from some of Cannon's other albums – slightly lyrical at points, in a really great way. Rhythm is from the rock-solid team of Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums – and of course Nat Adderley's also in the group on cornet, and Victor Feldman rounds out the ensemble on vibes, but also plays piano on the tracks that don't feature Kelly. There's a strong undercurrent of Adderley's Riverside soul jazz vibe on the set – and titles include "Arriving Soon", "New Delhi", "Winetone", "Well You Needn't", "Star Eyes", and "Lisa". CD
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Ruby AndrewsBlack Ruby ... CD
Zodiac/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
A hell of a great record from Ruby Andrews – a Chicago soul singer who started out sweet, but comes on hard and heavy on this righteous classic from the start of the 70s! The record's got a badass vibe you never would have expected from Andrews a few years before – with tremendous vocals, and these arrangements that are right on the money – and which pack a solid funky punch into nearly every tune! Brothers Of Soul provide the great backings – but Ruby's the clear star of the show, and works here in a deep soul style that blows us away every time we hear the record – and we've been listening to this one for more than a few decades. Wonderful all the way through – and with titles that include the funky classic "You Made A Believer Out Of Me", plus "Good N Plenty", "My Love Is Comin Down", "You Ole Boo Boo You", and "Overdose Of Love". CD

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David AxelrodSong Of Innocence ... LP
Capitol/Now Again, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 27.98
One of a handful of amazing albums recorded by David Axelrod towards the end of the 60s – really stunning, genre-breaking music that was years ahead of its time – and which has only finally been getting its due in more recent decades! At the time of the record, Axelrod was a house producer at Capitol Records – where he'd created big hits for Lou Rawls and Cannonball Adderley – and he'd also been experimenting a bit with studio techniques for other rock groups. But here, the Axe brings all his experience into play – then sends things soaring to the skies – with music based on the work of poet William Blake, but delivered in this totally groovy west coast 60s mode. The core of the instrumentation features funky drums from Earl Palmer and bass from Carole Kaye – both of whom really keep things rock-solid amidst the larger mix of strings and instruments directed by the great Don Randi – who himself is pretty darn wonderful too. The music has nice snatches of fuzz and organ throughout – jazzy moments, funky passages, and lots more too – served up on tunes that include much-sampled song "Holy Thursday" – plus "The Smile", "A Dream", "Song Of Innocence", and "The Mental Traveler". William Blake never sounded so funky! LP, Vinyl record album
(Fantastic reissue – new remastering, and a big booklet of notes on the music!)

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Roy AyersHe's Coming (2 x 7 inch set) ... 7-inch
Polydor/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1971. New Copy 2 x 7 inch Gatefold (pic cover, reissue)... $21.99 23.98
A special four track, double 7" version of work from He's Coming – one of the rarest and greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – really the beginning of the funk years from Roy Ayers Ubiquity! This one's a totally solid mix of soulful jazz, jazzy soul and righteous funk – and it's straight up wonderful all the way through – with a groove that's hugely influential to say the least! Includes the amazing track "We Live In Brooklyn Baby", which has a slow sample bassline in the intro that's just incredible – plus groovy cuts like the spiritual funk classic "He's a Superstar", "Ain't Got Time", and "Fire Weaver". 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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