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✨✧ Archie SheppComplete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint/Soul Note (Sea Of Faces/Down Home New York/Little Red Moon/California Meeting) (4CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1975/1984/1985. New Copy 4CD ... Just Sold Out!
A relatively small slice of the long and storied career of tenorist Archie Shepp – but a great one too, and a set of records that marks some of Shepp's more spiritual modes at the time! The package might well be worth it alone for the classic Sea Of Faces – a great little set from Archie Shepp – one of his strongest of the 70s, and a real return to the kind of spiritual jamming he was doing at the end of his time with Impulse Records! The album's well-known for it's great track "Song For Mozambique" – a spare and righteous number that features Bunny Fox singing in a sweet spiritual mode, while Charles Greenlee and Shepp recite chants over the jamming grooves of the band. Fox also sings on the mellow and soulful "I Know Bout The Life", and the Shepp group picks up a straight but hard mode on Cal Massey's great track "Lookin For Someone To Love". The extended jammer "Hipnosis" takes up all of side one – and it's a great little groover that builds nicely with a comping rhythm, yet which gives the band some nice room to solo in an exploratory fashion. Down Home New York is an overlooked killer from Archie Shepp – a set that almost recalls some of the spiritual moments of his later Impulse work, and which definitely has him moving past some of the straighter sounds of this period in his career! Things are never too outside or free, but there's a balance with straightness that's really great – so that when the rhythms are gentle, Archie might really take off in an edgey solo – or when the grooves have more force, he might hang inside with a soulful core energy, holding the whole group together. There's some great use of electric bass on the date – played by Saheb Sarbib – and other players include Charles McGhee on trumpet, Ken Warner on piano, and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums. Players vocalize a bit at times – in an older Shepp way – and titles include "Down Home New York", "May 16th", "Down Home New York", "Straight Street", and "The 4th World". Little Red Moon features some nicely spiritual currents too – with a group that includes Enrico Rava on trumpet – on titles that include "Naima", "Impromptu", "Whisper Not", and "Little Red Moon". California Meeting is a live set from the west coast – featuring some very long tracks with George Cables on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Eddie Marshall on drums – plus bluesman Royal Blue on one track too. All four albums come in a box, in tiny recor-style sleeves! CD

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✨✧ VariousYou Need This – An Introduction To Black Saint & Soul Note Records 1975 to 1985 (3LP set) ... LP
Black Saint/BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous look at one of the coolest jazz labels of all time – and one that has an especially strong focus on the more spiritual side of its music! The paired Black Saint and Soul Note labels came along from the Italian scene right at a time when so many other American companies were shutting their doors – former spiritual jazz powerhouses like Strata East, Impulse, and Black Jazz were moving beyond the music, or disappearing entirely – which made the role of Black Saint/Soul Note such a crucial one! The company came into the game at a time of boundless creativity in American jazz – and really captured a post-Coltrane generation that was brimming over with fire and new ideas, but just needed a place to find expression – which it did at the label, who recorded dozens of albums in the space of less than a decade, nearly all of which have gone onto become classics over the years. And while there's a side of the label that's much more free jazz and avant garde, the cuts here reflect a Black Saint/Soul Note that's just slightly inside – tunes that are still freewheeling, but also have a rhythmic core – and the kinds of open, soaring solos that were first inspired in the 60s generation of Coltrane and Shepp. The choice of cuts is great – similar to the others in the If Music series – and titles include "Mr Seven" by M'Booom, "Joycie Girl" by Don Pullen with Sam Rivers, "Il Giro Del Giorno In 80 Mondi" by Enrico Rava, "Oasis" by Hamiet Bluiett, "Confessin" by John Stubblefield, "Joobubie" by George Adams & Dannie Richmond, "Verde Que Eu Te Quero Ver" by Rava String Band, "Down Home In New York" by Archie Shepp, "BK" by Air, and "The Nagual Julian" by Billy Bang Sextet. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Paul BleyComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings Of Paul Bley (Sonor/Tango Palace/Hot/Notes/Mindset/At Sweet Basil/Memoirs/Conversations)(9CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980s/Early 90s. Used 9 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A wealth of great music from pianist Paul Bley – all of it recorded for the Soul Note label, where Bley really got a chance to explore some ideas that might not have appeared in other venues! Some of the work here follows on the seminal Bley sides for ECM in the 70s – either solo material, or work that has Paul paired up with a key contemporary – such as drummer Paul Motian or bassist Gary Peacock. Both other work features bigger groups – one a quartet with guitarist John Scofield, the other a combo with John Abercrombie on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums. One real treasure is a trio date with the great Jimmy Giuffre on clarinet and Steve Swallow on bass – and another trio outing features Tony Oxley on drums and Furio Di Castri on bass. There's plenty more surprises within – and the package features 9 full albums, all with original artwork – records that include Sonor, Tango Palace, Hot, Notes, Mindset, Live At Sweet Basil, Memoirs, Conversations With A Goose, and Chaos. CD
(All albums come in cardboard sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)

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✨✧ David MurrayComplete David Murray Octet On Black Saint & Soul Note (Ming/Home/Murray's Steps/New Life/Hope Scope) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980/1981/1982/1985/1987. Used 5 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Tenor sax and bass clarinet player's excellent series of Octet efforts for Black Saint in the 80s – a run of brilliant albums with lineups featuring Henry Threadgill, Olu Dara, Butch Morris, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Bobby Bradford, Hugh Ragin, James Spaulding and other great players – 5 albums in a CD box set in the Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note series! It includes the Ming album from 1980, Home from '82, Murray's Steps (released in '83), New Life from '87 and Hope Scope from '91 – each in a cardboard sleeve with the original album art and each remastered. CD
(Still sealed.)
 
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Lou DonaldsonSassy Soul Strut ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Plenty of sass, and plenty of soul – a great mix of modes from the mighty Lou Donaldson – who's still pretty darn funky here, but in a way that's different than his small combo records from a few years before! The set has Lou expanding his sound a bit from the harder funk of Blue Note dates from a few years before – working with arranger George Butler, who gives the record a cool electric vibe – almost like some hip early 70s soundtrack, but with Lou Donaldson alto solos over the top! Great proof of that is Donaldson's classic take on the "Sanford & Son Theme" – done here in a way that stretches out a lot more than the original – and other nice funky tracks include "Inner Space", "City Country City", "Pillow Talk", and "Sassy Soul Strut". CD

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Lou DonaldsonSwing & Soul ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
Pure genius from Lou Donaldson – proof that his voice on the alto sax was one of the freshest in the post-Charlie Parker years! Lou's blowing here with a lively intensity that's clearly inspired by Parker, but which diverges from it quite a bit – taking a similar blend of inspiration and rediscovery that Jackie McLean was using on his Blue Note sessions of the time, but going in a much more soul-based direction than Jackie ever did. The group on the set's great too – with Donaldson's frequent accompanist Herman Foster on piano, always a treat on any set – plus Peck Morrison on bass, Dave Bailey on drums, and Ray Barretto kicking up a nice little groove on conga! Titles include "Herman's Mambo", "Peck Time", "Groove Junction", and "Grits & Gravy". CD

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✨✧ Hank MobleySoul Station (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
One of the key classics from the hardbop years of Blue Note – the kind of album that really set the label apart from the rest at the time! Soul Station is a deceptively simple album that has tenor giant Hank Mobley playing standards and originals in a quartet with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums– a spare and simple group, but one with a direct energy that's really amazing – in a way that makes for some of Mobley's best solos on record! The tracks here are all relatively basic in construction, but this territory allows all players to really relax and open up – especially Mobley, who really dominates the proceedings with some well-blown lines on tenor. Blakey's work is great too – nicely restrained, and the date marks one of his last sessions ever as a sideman. Titles include "Soul Station", "Split Feelin's", "Dig Dis", and "This I Dig Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Features new remastering from Kevin Gray!)
Also available Soul Station (non RVG edition) ... CD 4.99

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Hank MobleySoul Station (non RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $4.99
One of the key classics from the hardbop years of Blue Note – the kind of album that really set the label apart from the rest at the time! Soul Station is a deceptively simple album that has tenor giant Hank Mobley playing standards and originals in a quartet with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums– a spare and simple group, but one with a direct energy that's really amazing – in a way that makes for some of Mobley's best solos on record! The tracks here are all relatively basic in construction, but this territory allows all players to really relax and open up – especially Mobley, who really dominates the proceedings with some well-blown lines on tenor. Blakey's work is great too – nicely restrained, and the date marks one of his last sessions ever as a sideman. Titles include "Soul Station", "Split Feelin's", "Dig Dis", and "This I Dig Of You". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousSoul Kitchen 11154 – Mixed By Muro ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970s. Used ... $26.99
DJ Muro's got plenty cooking in his sweet Soul Kitchen – a killer batch of rare grooves from the vaults of Blue Note and Capitol Records – all mixed together in one massive, all-official collection! The set's a perfect example of why we trust Muro with grooves more than just about anyone else – because even in familiar territory, he finds a way of unlocking more in the tracks than we might have expected – and given the scope of this set, he's also stepping out into plenty of unfamiliar territory too! The mix is very soul-based – and there's loads of warm, jazzy, modern soul numbers that beautifully revive a Capitol Rare spirit – mixed carefully by Muro in ways that don't break down the tunes that much, but really manage to get to their essence quickly. Titles include "Inside Your Love" by Leon Ware, "Sunshine" by Nancy Wilson, "Koko & Lee Roe" by Gene Harris, "Can't Hide Love" by Carmen McRae, "I've Got You On My Mind" by Jorge Dalto, "Feel Like Makin Love" by Shirley Bassey, "Stop Running Away From Love" by Bobby Lyle, "Loving You Gets Better With Time" by Lea Roberts, "Let Me Love You Where It Hurts" by Future Flight, "Reaching For The Sky" by Peabo Bryson, "With You" by Perry & Sanlin, and "Lover To Lover" by Maxi. CD
(Out of print, sample sticker on traycard artwork.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdEarly Byrd – The Best Of The Jazz Soul Years ... CD
Blue Note, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks include "Slow Drag", "Mustang", "Jellyroll", "Books Bossa", "West Of Pecos", "The Weasil", "The Dude", and "Blackjack" – 9 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ike QuebecSoul Samba ... LP
Blue Note, 1962. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few Blue Note albums with a bossa groove – and a great one too! The record features soulful tenor star Ike Quebec blowing in front of Brazilian-styled rhythms laid out by a combo that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, and a duo of Latin percussionists! Willie Bobo plays drums on the session, and the cuts have a short groovy feel, with a sax-heavy lead, in a similar style to Stan Getz's bossa work on Verve – but much more soulful overall, and with a nicely rougher feel on the rhythms. Really great stuff, and with titles that include "Loie", "Goin Home", "Favela", "Blue Samba", and "Shu Shu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese EMI pressing, with insert – BN 4114. Cover has a tiny corner bump, but is great overall.)

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✨✧ Duke PearsonMerry Ole Soul (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the strangest albums ever recorded for Blue Note – and one of the coolest, too! Duke Pearson recorded this set in 1969 – during the middle of his last productive period of activity, at a time when he was doing some tremendous genre-crossing jazz that really broke from his earlier styles. The set's got Duke on acoustic piano and celeste – backed by a rhythm section that includes Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums, plus Airto on percussion! The sound's more open, more free than you'd expect for a Christmas album – extremely soulful overall, in a mode that makes for some great readings of "Sleigh Ride", "Wassail Song", "Go Tell It On The Mountain", "Jingle Bells", and "Little Drummer Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series – on 180 gram vinyl!)

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✨✧ Duke PearsonMerry Ole Soul (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the strangest albums ever recorded for Blue Note – and one of the coolest, too! Duke Pearson recorded this set in 1969 – during the middle of his last productive period of activity, at a time when he was doing some tremendous genre-crossing jazz that really broke from his earlier styles. The set's got Duke on acoustic piano and celeste – backed by a rhythm section that includes Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums, plus Airto on percussion! The sound's more open, more free than you'd expect for a Christmas album – extremely soulful overall, in a mode that makes for some great readings of "Sleigh Ride", "Wassail Song", "Go Tell It On The Mountain", "Jingle Bells", and "Little Drummer Boy". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Hank MobleySoul Station (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the key classics from the hardbop years of Blue Note – the kind of album that really set the label apart from the rest at the time! Soul Station is a deceptively simple album that has tenor giant Hank Mobley playing standards and originals in a quartet with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums– a spare and simple group, but one with a direct energy that's really amazing – in a way that makes for some of Mobley's best solos on record! The tracks here are all relatively basic in construction, but this territory allows all players to really relax and open up – especially Mobley, who really dominates the proceedings with some well-blown lines on tenor. Blakey's work is great too – nicely restrained, and the date marks one of his last sessions ever as a sideman. Titles include "Soul Station", "Split Feelin's", "Dig Dis", and "This I Dig Of You". CD
Also available Soul Station (non RVG edition) ... CD 4.99

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Borah Bergman & Oliver LakeNew Organization ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1997. Used ... $9.99
A live recording with Borah Bergman on piano and Oliver Lake on alto and soprano sax. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Paul Bley & Gary PeacockMindset ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1997. Used ... $19.99
Paul Bley on piano and Gary Peacock on bass. CD
(Out of print official CD pressing. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Bill DixonBill Dixon In Italy – Volume 1 ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99
Groundbreaking material from Bill Dixon – some of his best-remembered recordings of the later years, and a seminal set that showed that his talents were every bit as sharp as they were when he first emerged on the scene in the 60s! The work here has a very compositional feel – one that's still never too serious, and which allows more than enough space for jazz-based expression – especially on the trumpet and piano lines that step out with a singular feel amidst some of the darker tones of the ensemble. Players include Dixon on trumpet and piano, Arthur Brooks and Stephen Haynes on trumpet, Stephen Horenstein on tenor and baritone sax, Alan Silva on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums. Titles include "Summer Song/One/Morning", "Summer Song/Two/Evening", "Firenze" and the lengthy "For Cecil Taylor – Almost Anacrusis/Conversation/New Slow Dance". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Alphonse MouzonMan Incognito ... CD
Blue Note/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A monstrous bit of jazz funk from drummer Alphonse Mouzon – spacey tracks in a choppy style that reminds us a bit of some of the best European fusion albums from the period, but with a harder groove overall! Mini Moog and ARP trip out the sound throughout, but the underlying rhythms are nice and heavy. Lee Ritenour's on guitar, and he gets a lot of play on the record – but the main groove is Alphonse's heavy funky snakefoot! Al's drums and percussion are furiously frenetic, and he also plays a lot of keyboards – and other players include Tom Scott on tenor, Dave Grusin on clavinet, Victor Feldman on bongos and congas, and Charles Meeks on bass. A few tracks have vocals – by Marty McCall, Jackie Ward, and Caroline Willis – as well as Alphonse himself and the album's also got two very nice break-oriented tracks – "Snake Walk" and "New York City" – both with nice hard drums! Titles include a number of other good fusion groovers, like "Without A Reason", "Just Like the Sun", "Before You Leave", "Just Like The Sun", and "Mouzon Moves On". CD

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Jerry Steinhilber TrioChicago Trio – New York Tenor ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 2001. Used ... $4.99
Jerry Steinhilber on drums and cymbals, Larry Kohut on bass, Jim Trompeter on piano, and George Garzone on tenor and soprano saxophone. CD
(Out of print.)

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Nana Vasconcelos/Antonello SalisLester ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1988. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Features percussion from Nana Vasconcelos and piano and accordion from Antonello Salis! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Glenn HoriuchiOxnard Beet ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1992. Used ... Out Of Stock
Glenn Horiuchi on piano, Francis Wong on flute and tenor saxophone, Taiji Miyagawa on bass, and Leon Alexander on vibraphone and drums. CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case and artwork.)

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✨✧ Kenny WheelerAll The More ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
A dark quartet side that features the great John Taylor on piano – alongside Furio DiCastri on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums! Taylor really brings out some moody moments alongside Kenny Wheeler's trumpet – and titles include "Phrase One", "Summer Night", "All The More", and "Kind Of Bill". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Paul BleyTango Palace ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
Paul Bley on solo piano. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Clifford BrownMemorial Album (Blue Note) ... CD
Blue Note, 1953. Used ... $2.99
Clifford Brown only recorded a handful of sides for Blue Note – but all of the best ones are included in this excellent album – a full length set that culls together Brown's material from the 10" years, issued as a memorial to his early death in 1956! Side one features Brown with the modernist Gigi Gryce on flute and alto sax – plus Charlie Rouse on tenor, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – a lineup that has a strong sense of soul, balanced with a dose of modernism – on titles that include the classic "Hymn to the Orient" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Easy Living", "Cherokee", "Wail Bait", and "Minor Mood". Side two features an equally sharp group – with Lou Donaldson on some excellent alto, and the great Elmo Hope on piano – on titles that include "Brownie Speaks", "De Dah", "Cookin", "You Go To My Head", and "Carving The Rock". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sam CookeMan Who Invented Soul ... LP
RCA, 1968. Very Good+ ... $12.99
A posthumous collection of material that Sam recorded for RCA before his untimely death – not really a greatest hits collection, but a lot better than the usual "house cleaning" type of record that gets issued in this sort of situation. 11 tracks in all, including "Blowin' In The Wind", "(Somebody) Ease My Troublin' Mind", "Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out", "Danny Boy", "The Great Pretender", "Send Me Some Lovin'", "I Ain't Gonna Cheat On You No More", "Falling In Love", "Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do", "Willow Weep For Me" and "Try A Little Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Jamaican pressing. NOTE – bottom portion of cover has staining and peeling from moisture, some surface wear, and a taped spine. Labels and cover have tiny bit of marker.)

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Reverend Sam DixonMy Soul Says Yes ... CD
Samdy/Asherah, Late 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A gospel record, but one that lets you know that there's something different going on from the very first note – which seems to be the kind of sound you'd expect more from a blacksploitation soundtrack than any kind of album cooked up in a church! That difference hangs on throughout the entire set – which might well rank up there with some of the most soulful gospel albums of all time – a distinction that's even more amazing when you flip over the cover, and realize that some of the members of the group were kids! Yet the album has a much deeper sound than any children's chorus records of the time – and maybe could be seen as a gospel equivalent to the famous Latin album by the Harlem Youth Percussion Ensemble – a set that's equally rare in the original, and equally deep in terms of quality. Titles include "Anyway", "Will You Be Ready", "My Soul Says Yes", "Love Is The Answer", "I'm Prayin", "Don't Let Your Heart Be Troubled", and "Standing Looking Over Jordan". CD
Also available My Soul Says Yes ... LP 18.99

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Reverend Sam DixonMy Soul Says Yes ... LP
Samdy/Asherah, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A gospel record, but one that lets you know that there's something different going on from the very first note – which seems to be the kind of sound you'd expect more from a blacksploitation soundtrack than any kind of album cooked up in a church! That difference hangs on throughout the entire set – which might well rank up there with some of the most soulful gospel albums of all time – a distinction that's even more amazing when you flip over the cover, and realize that some of the members of the group were kids! Yet the album has a much deeper sound than any children's chorus records of the time – and maybe could be seen as a gospel equivalent to the famous Latin album by the Harlem Youth Percussion Ensemble – a set that's equally rare in the original, and equally deep in terms of quality. Titles include "Anyway", "Will You Be Ready", "My Soul Says Yes", "Love Is The Answer", "I'm Prayin", "Don't Let Your Heart Be Troubled", and "Standing Looking Over Jordan". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available My Soul Says Yes ... CD 12.99

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Frank FosterManhattan Fever (Blue Note) ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. Very Good- ... $19.99
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse – with a quality that's even darker, even deeper, even more advanced from his earlier years with Basie. There's a rolling, joyous groove to many numbers – that late 60s take on soul jazz that made for so many great tracks on albums by Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan near the end of the decade. Foster keeps things tight, but he's also got an expansive vision too – an edge in the horns that points the way towards some of the chances he'd take in the 70s, but which is still wrapped around a leanly leaping soul jazz groove! Foster wrote 5 of the 6 tracks on the album, and he's working here with a sextet that includes Garnett Brown on trombone, Marvin Stamm on trumpet, and Richard Wyands on piano, who brings in some offbeat notes and colors throughout. Rhythm is by the excellent team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – and titles include "Seventh Avenue Bill", "Stammpede", "Little Miss No Nose", "Manhattan Fever", and "Loneliness". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Side two has a mark that clicks for half the side – but overall, the rest of the record is nice – and cover is great.)

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Idris MuhammadPower Of Soul ... CD
Kudu/CTI, 1974. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
An incredible record from funky drummer Idris Muhammad! Idris is probably known for his funky break work on Blue Note and Prestige records sessions of the late 60s and early 70s – but by the time of this 1974 album, he was really expanding his style, hitting a laidback groove that went way beyond the simple drum break, into a world of complicated fills and riffs that forever changed the face of funk. The best example of this is the album's standout groove – the massive cut "Loran's Dance", which has a mellow jazzy vibe that you'll recognize from its popular use as a sample cut over the years (by the Beastie Boys, DJ Shadow, and others.) All cuts are long and mellow, and other titles include "Power Of Soul", "Saddest Thing" and "Piece of Mind". CD

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John PattonSoul Connection ... LP
Nilva/Jazz Room (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 29.99 About January 28, 2022
An obscure session by John Patton, and a great one too! The set was recorded sometime between the end of Patton's successful run at Blue Note, and before he was rediscovered, and brought back out into the light by John Zorn and other younger players who appreciated his skill. The style of the album's great – in a mode that really recalls the farther-reaching organ work of Pattons' later Blue Note years, not exactly as modern as players like Larry Young, but clearly inspired by a freedom that was coming into use of the organ at the time. The group's an all-star one, too – with Grachan Moncur making a rare organ jazz appearance, Melvin Sparks on guitar, Grant Reed on tenor, and drummer Alvin Queen (who's label the set was recorded for), laying down some dexterous rhythms that remind us a bit of Hugh Walker's work on some of Patton's best Blue Notes. Includes a great reading of Dusko Goykovich's "Soul Connection", plus versions of Moncur's "Space Station" and "The Coaster". And oddly, this one turns up less than most of Pattons' albums from the 60s! LP, Vinyl record album

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Cees Slinger's Buddies In SoulHappy Times ... CD
Blue Jack Jazz/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2002. New Copy ... $16.99
An excellent group that really lives up to their name – a very soulful quintet, with a groove that's right up there with the best hardbop of the late 50s and early 60s! The ensemble's led by Dutch pianist Cees Slinger, but it features some especially strong work from the hornmen – tenorist Simon Rigter and trumpeter Ruud Bruels, who've got a great way of coming together on the start of the tunes – stating their case with a nice degree of power, then breaking out with really searching, soulful solos – beautifully blown material that we'd rank right up there with any of our favorite older classics. The set list is great too – filled with well-chosen tunes that give the album the solidity of a Blue Note date from the 60s – titles that include "Barbara", "Happy Times", "When We Were One", "The Last Score", "Friday Night At The Cadillac Club", "Song For The Early Worm", and "Silent Majority". CD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)

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Randy TaylorSoul Machine/Theatre Of Broken Hearts ... 7-inch
Uptown, 1965. Very Good ... $11.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(NOTE – Labels are lightly stained and faded with some flaking.)

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✨✧ Grant GreenComplete Blue Note Recordings Of Grant Green With Sonny Clark (DISC THREE ONLY) ... CD
Blue Note/Mosaic, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although Grant Green has been getting a lot of attention lately for his heavy-duty funk work of the late 60s, it's the subtly beautiful work of the early 60's that first caught our attention years ago. From the start of his young career, Green was an amazing player who had developed a unique single-note approach to soloing that was positively riveting. And while his appearances on other Blue Note albums were filled with a heavy soul jazz sound that had Green playing next to organ and tenor, material like this gives you a perfect chance to hear how well he could swing a group on his own, with little other accompaniment than a tight rhythm section, and some soulful piano from Sonny Clark. None of this material was issued at the time. Includes material that appeared on the later albums Gooden's Corner, Oleo, Born To Be Blue, and Nigeria – plus tracks from The World Of Jazz Guitar, and Blue & Sentimental by Ike Quebec. CD
(DISC THREE ONLY.)

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✨✧ Herbie HancockBest Of Herbie Hancock (Blue Note) ... LP
Blue Note, 1960s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very nice 2LP set that collects some of Herbie's best 60s work for Blue Note – and which moves past the hits to feature some nice gems from hard to find albums. This work is a beautiful mix of tight soul jazz and freer modal playing – and nearly every track's a perfect example of why Herbie was such a genius in his early years. Titles include "Succotash", "King Cobra", "Goodbye To Childhood", "Riot", "Maiden Voyage", "Watermelon Man", "I Have A Dream", "He Who Lives In Fear", and "Blind Man, Blind Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has some ring and light edge wear.)

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithPortuguese Soul ... LP
Verve, 1973. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An oft-overlooked 70s gem from Hammond legend Jimmy Smith – very different than some of his 60s work for Verve! The album's got a smooth complicated sound – with very long tracks that open up, stretch out, and groove in a much more sophisticated way than some of Jimmy's 60s work for Verve. The approach is almost similar to Jack McDuff's complicated Blue Note albums, especially Moon Rapping, as Jimmy's working here with Thad Jones on long tracks that have lots of time changes, rhythm shifts, and mood twists that really give them a dark dark edge. Titles include "Blap", "And I Love You So", and the extended "Portuguese Soul" suite, which is really tremendous! LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM stereo Hollywood address labels. Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousMainstream Funk – Funk, Soul, & Spiritual Jazz 1971 to 1975 ... CD
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky jazz and a touch of soul – all pulled from the short-lived but legendary Mainstream Records – home to a whole host of hip artists in the early half of the 70s! Mainstream picked things up from Impulse, Prestige, and other soulful labels of the 60s – allowing jazz musicians to stretch out with a new sense of expression, but often in ways that hit a mighty nice groove – kind of a 70s update of the soul jazz modes of the generation before, but with a few spiritual jazz touches too! You'll know a few names here from older Blue Note recordings, and they've got an updated 70s vibe, and are matched with some hip younger talents too – all in a great array of grooves that's superbly selected throughout. Titles include "Inner City Blues" by Sarah Vaughan, "M'Bassa" by Lamont Johnson, "Last Tango In Paris" by Blue Mitchell, "Betcha Can't Guess My Sign" by Prophecy, "Family Affair" by Dave Burrell, "Right Off" by John White, "Betty's Bossa" by Johnny Coles, "Little Heart Of Pieces" by Barry Miles, "Quiet Afternoon" by Buddy Terry, "Matrix" by Mike Longo, and "It's The Right Thing" by Pete Yellin. CD

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✨✧ VariousMainstream Funk – Funk, Soul, & Spiritual Jazz 1971 to 1975 ... LP
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky jazz and a touch of soul – all pulled from the short-lived but legendary Mainstream Records – home to a whole host of hip artists in the early half of the 70s! Mainstream picked things up from Impulse, Prestige, and other soulful labels of the 60s – allowing jazz musicians to stretch out with a new sense of expression, but often in ways that hit a mighty nice groove – kind of a 70s update of the soul jazz modes of the generation before, but with a few spiritual jazz touches too! You'll know a few names here from older Blue Note recordings, and they've got an updated 70s vibe, and are matched with some hip younger talents too – all in a great array of grooves that's superbly selected throughout. Titles include "Inner City Blues" by Sarah Vaughan, "M'Bassa" by Lamont Johnson, "Last Tango In Paris" by Blue Mitchell, "Betcha Can't Guess My Sign" by Prophecy, "Family Affair" by Dave Burrell, "Right Off" by John White, "Betty's Bossa" by Johnny Coles, "Little Heart Of Pieces" by Barry Miles, "Quiet Afternoon" by Buddy Terry, "Matrix" by Mike Longo, and "It's The Right Thing" by Pete Yellin. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You/Sound Of Sexy Soul (plus bonus track) ... CD
Philly Groove/Kent (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing work by The Delfonics – their first 2 albums, back to back on a single CD! La La Means I Love You is a landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and heartbreaking, but never too sweet to be cloying or poppy – definitely just the right groove to keep things hip while also cracking the charts! The album's their first full collaboration with legendary producer Thom Bell – and it's got a sound that's summed up perfectly in the quintessential cut "La La Means I Love You" – and which is followed through beautifully on a batch of tracks that includes "Losing You", "Can You Remember", "You're Gone", "I'm Sorry", and "Break Your Promise". Sound Of Sexy Soul is an equally groundbreaking album of vocal group soul – right from the first note! The record kicks off with the sublime "Ready Or Not, Here I Come" – which starts with fierce stepping strings that are actually funky, then soars into some of the best harmonies the group ever put to record, superbly arranged by the great Thom Bell, who also wrote the track. As the album progresses, the sound expands further to encompass many elements that would become the blueprint for vocal groups over the next few years – like twangy electric sitar, cascading orchestrations, and pinched lead vocals that take a lot more chances than most group singers had been taking for years! There's still a bit of a 60s soul sound to some of the cuts, but the album's a watershed – not only for Thom Bell and the group, but for harmony soul as well! Titles include "Ready Or Not Here I Come", "My New Love", "Loving Him", "With These Hands", "Somebody Loves You", and "Everytime I See My Baby". CD also features the bonus track "You Got Yours & I'll Get Mine". CD

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✨✧ Curtis FullerBoss Of The Soul-Stream Trombone ... LP
Warwick, 1960. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
We're not sure what "soul-stream" is as a genre – but given the strength of this record, we'd be more than willing to grant it onto Curtis Fuller all by himself! The record's a gem that's even more obscure than Fuller's already-rare dates for Blue Note at the end of the 50s – a crack set done for the Warwick label, and one that features an all-star group who've got a great blend of modern edges and soulful rhythms. Alongside Fuller's trombone, other players include Yusef Lateef on tenor and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Walter Bishop on piano, Buddy Catlett on bass, and Stu Martin on drums – making a rare early appearance here. Titles include "If I Were A Bell", "Do I Love You", "Chantized", "Flutie", "The Court", and "Mr L". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing! Cover has light wear, but is nice overall – and vinyl is nice and clean.)

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✨✧ Milt Jackson & The Monty Alexander TrioSoul Fusion ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Very Good- Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Milt Jackson joins the Monty Alexander Trio – bringing a new level of sound to the group that had already been winning our hearts with their 70s work on MPS! The style here is easygoing and soulful – that flowing Alexander groove that reached its zenith in the 70s – and Milt seems to be very much at home in the setting, lightly kicking in some slightly sharper edges to the tracks. The record's a wonderfully well-rounded set – with a sound that's great even in the mellower moments – and titles include "Soul Fusion", "Bossa Nova Do Marilla", "3000 Miles Ago", "Yano", "Once I Loved", and "Isn't She Lovely". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Vinyl has some heat damage at the first half of Side 2. Cover has some ring and edge wear.)

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✨✧ Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsSoul Of A Woman (with download) ... LP
Daptone, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate setting for Sharon's incredible voice – as it features both her longtime core combo, the Dap-Kings – as well as additional backings from the Bushwick Philharmonic – a small ensemble of strings who really help elevate the music to classic status! If you're worried that the strings might soften the sound, the very first note of the record will put your mind at rest – as will the heavy drums that mark just about every track, and keep things hard and funky throughout. If anyone ever doubted that the Daptone label was our modern equivalent of Stax Records or Atlantic, this will certainly be the set to change their mind – and will also stand forever as a bittersweet reminder of all the greatness that Sharon Jones gave us over the years. Titles include "Searching For A New Day", "Rumors", "Matter Of Time", "Sail On", "Just Give Me Your Time", "Come & Be A Winner", "Call On God", and "These Tears". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hank MobleyEight Classic Albums (Hank Mobley Quartet/Tenor Conclave/Hank Mobley & His All Stars/Hank/Hank Mobley Quintet/Hank Mobley Sextet/Soul Station/Roll Call) (4CD set) ... CD
Real Gone Jazz (UK), 1955/1956/1957/1960. Used 4CD ... Out Of Stock
An incredible run of albums for Prestige and Blue Note – all in one nice package! CD

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✨✧ VariousHome Cookin' – Infectious Grooves Steamed By Blue Note (3LP set) ... LP
Blue Note (France), 1960s/1970s. Near Mint- 3LPs ... Out Of Stock
Hard, heavy, and funky jazz – a wealth of great numbers pulled from the Blue Note catalog, plus a few tasty soul tunes thrown into the mix to liven things up! Many of these tunes will be standard fare to the average crate-digger – but that doesn't stop the set from being an excellent package of grooves overall, featuring some late 60s/early 70s jazz gems that are quickly dropping out of the reissue catalogs! Titles include "Groovin For Mr G" by Groove Holmes, "The Beat Goes On" by Buddy Rich, "Walking In My Sleep" by Monk Higgins, "Zulu" by Gene Harris, "It's Your Thing" by The Jazz Crusaders, "Wack Wack" by Buddy Rich, "Trouble" by Stanley Turrentine, "Walk Tall" by Howard Roberts, "Listen Here" by Gene Harris, "Ummh (edit)" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Windy C" by 100% Pure Poison, "Move Your Hand" by Lonnie Smith, and "Back In Stride" by Maze. 16 tracks on 3 LPs – with the LP bonus cut "The Emperor" by Donald Byrd! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Monk HigginsExtra Soul Perception ... CD
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ VariousHigh Note Mento Collection ... CD
High Note/Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
An unusual collection of mento material from Jamaica – a later document of sounds that were initially the first on the path towards rocksteady and reggae! Back in the late 50s, Bermuda had calypso and Jamaica had mento – a style that was similar, but which had a slightly different rhythmic pattern – one that was fused with influences from American soul as the decade moved on, as the blueprint for ska, rocksteady, and later styles too! These recordings are all from the 70s – handled by producer Sonia Pottinger for her High Note label – and show that even in the era of dub and roots, mento was still going strong in Jamaica – although definitely with more contemporary touches that show the growing influence of reggae back on the older form of music. The set's a great look at this moment in the style – done with the usual huge booklet of notes we love from Doctor Bird, filled with rare images and label scans too – and the 2CD set features 46 tracks in all – full albums by King Vupp, The Jolly Boys, and The Prince Brothers – plus more by Sugar Belly, Count Lasher, Baba Brooks, The Dingle Brothers, Marva Moore, and others. CD

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Lorez AlexandriaBand Swings Lorez Sings ... LP
King, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.98
Early greatness from Lorez Alexandria – and proof that she was a singer who could handle a tune like nobody else! At one level, the set appears to be a simple batch of standards, given a slight jazz twist – but as usual for the great one, Lorez manages to inflect each and every note with her own approach – stretching things, turning them, and pushing the whole album into a space that's far and away quite different than the usual staid vocal set it might appear to be. There's a heck of a lot of soul here – not just on the vocals, but also in the swinging jazzy backdrops – which are, unfortunately, uncredited. Titles include "Don't Blame Me", "You're My Thrill", "Love Is Just Around The Corner", "Just You Just Me", "Thrill Is Gone", and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jaime Delgado AparicioEl Embajador Y Yo (plus Jaime Delgado Aparicio Y Su Trio) ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1964/1966. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
An amazing little soundtrack – written in mid 60s Peru by jazz pianist Jaime Delgado Aparicio, but easily on a par with some of the best American or Italian scores from the time! The music's got a really wonderful feel throughout – jazz at the core, but with touches of spy soundtrack scoring and some of the lighter, more comedic modes of the Italian scene. Delgado uses a core combo with heavy piano, percussion, and some great trumpet and tenor – almost with the tightness of the Basso-Valdambrini group – but he also expands the sound with bits of strings and some fuller orchestrations, used to shade in some amazing colors that roll, dip, and turn with the beautiful grooves penned for the set. The whole thing's tremendous, with equally great production that creates some odd twists and turns that further keep things interesting as the album rolls on. Titles include "Elm Embajador Y Yo", "Sexy Surf", "Llegando A La Capital", "Isometria", "Todo El Mundo Me Persigue", "Lucha En El Mar", and "La Arana". Added to the soundtrack is Jamie's 1964 album – Jaime Delgado Aparicio Y Su Trio – a crackling bit of piano jazz from the Peruvian scene of the 60s – and a record that's somewhere between the best of Horace Silver on Blue Note, and some of the Brazilian bossa trios of the time! There's a strong sense of rhythm throughout – round, rolling basslines punctuated by great work on the drum kit – all topped by beautifully lyrical lines from Delgado Aparicio on piano – filled with color, light, and life throughout – and soloing with a depth that's rare for such a young player! Titles include a great version of Horace Silver's "Sayonara Blues", plus "The Climate", "Autumn Leaves", "Walkin", and "Blue Daniel". CD

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LaVern BakerLaVern Baker/LaVern ... CD
Collectables/Atlantic, Late 50s. Used ... $6.99
Classic Atlantic work by Lavern Baker – forged in the pre-soul years, but with plenty of gutsy vocalizing, and a killer sound that transcends the age of the recordings! The CD features a total of 26 tracks – the entirety of the albums LaVern and LaVern Baker, both of which are super-rare Atlantic albums from the 50s. Titles include "Lots & Lots Of Love", "Of Course I Do", "Mine All Mine", "Fool That I Am", "Jim Dandy", "Tra La La", "You Set My Soul On Fire", "My Happiness Forever", "Bop Ting A Ling", "Tweedle Dee", "Get Up Get Up", and "Romance In The Dark". CD
(Out of print. Please note the tray card is missing both spines.)

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Laurent Bardianne & Tigre D'Eau DouceLove Is Everywhere ... LP
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99 36.99
A fresh set of contemporary soul jazz from French tenorist Laurent Bardianne – a jazz musician, but one with a tie to other stylistic communities – which you can hear in the record from the very first note! The quintet has a familiar lineup that includes Hammond B3, bass, drums, and percussion – the last from Roger Raspail – but the sound is often very different than the standard grooves you'd expect from such a setting, partly because the presence of Raspail does a nice job of complicating things in the rhythm department, as does the presence of a bassist next to any basslines that might be produced by the organ! Bardianne gets plenty of space to solo out front – often in a way that really matches the changed-up rhythms – and titles include "Kinshasa", "Cabane", "Song Dong Hee", "Apaches", "Insolente", "Everlasting Child", and "Love Is Everywhere" – plus the track "Star 5", which features a guest vocal appearance from Anthony Joseph. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gary BartzLibra/Another Earth ... CD
Milestone, 1967/1968. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Early soul jazz brilliance from a young Gary Bartz – music that pre-dates his Ntu Troup, and his work with Larry Mizell! Libra is fantastic early work from Gary – and probably his rarest record ever! The album was cut at a time when the young Bartz was first coming to prominence in the hip late 60s soul jazz group of Max Roach – and Bartz's playing at the time is a perfect model of mid-Coltrane searching with some of the tighter sides of soul jazz that were being forged at labels like Blue Note by players like Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan. The record's a masterpiece of youthful soulful energy – and the group includes Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Richard Davis on bass, Albert Dailey on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums, all players who are perfectly matched to fit Bartz's stridently creative vision. His solos on alto are impeccable – some of the most meaningful we've ever heard on the instrument from the time – and the album's a great one all the way through! Titles include "Air & Fire", "Eastern Blues", "Libra", "Freedom Of The Day", and "Cabin In The Sky". Another Earth is amazing too – one of the first that Gary Bartz ever cut – done during a time when he'd been working with Max Roach and a super-hip group of younger soul jazz players who would go onto shape the sound of the 70s. Bartz leads a group that includes Stanley Cowell, Freddy Waits, Charles Tolliver, Pharoah Sanders, and Reggie Workman – and the music sounds like it was lifted from one of the best albums on Strata East from the 70s. There's no funk, no vocals, no weird rhythms – just pure spiritual jazz, played to perfection, and filled with a creative vitality that most of the players had lost a few years later. Tracks include the album-side "Another Earth", plus "Dark Nebula", "UFO", and "Perihelion & Aphelion". Note: CD omits the track "Disjunction" from Libra – due to space restrictions. CD

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsBlackbyrds ... LP
Fantasy, 1974. Very Good- Gatefold ... $16.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear, a center split in the bottom seam, and is lightly stained inside the gatefold. Labels have a name in marker.)

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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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Art BlakeyHold On, I'm Coming ... LP
Limelight, 1967. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A soulful little record from Art Blakey – and very different than his Blue Note sessions! The album's got a tight soul jazz groove – shorter numbers, fuller backings, and an overall sound that's almost more like Cadet Records at the time. Backings are handled by Melba Liston or Tom McIntosh, and tracks are shorter than usual – but still filled with firey work by from the players – who include Freddie Hubbard and Chuck Mangione on trumpet, Tom McIntosh and Garnett Brown on trombone, Gary Bartz on alto, Frank Mitchell on tenor, Grant Green on guitar, John Hicks on piano, and Malcolm Bass on organ. A number of tracks have a conga drum groove – very unusual for the average Blakey album – and the tracks are a mix of soul jazz originals and pop covers, like "Secret Agent Man", "Sakeena", "Slowly But Surely", "Monday, Monday", and "Hold On, I'm Coming". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 60s pressing. Cover has a name stamp and a small name in marker in one corner – but this is a very nice copy overall.)

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Art Blakey/John HandyMessages – Echoes Of An Era (Cubop/Jazz – John Handy III) ... LP
Roulette, 1957. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A pair of great albums from Art Blakey and John Handy! First up is Cubop – a rare Jubilee Records album from Art Blakey – one of his non-Blue Note sets from the late 50s, cut during the year of 1957 – a time when the Jazz Messengers were hopping around a lot of different labels! This version of the group is searing and soulful – and features Johnny Griffin on tenor, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Sam Dockery on piano, and Spanky DeBrest on bass – plus the unusual addition of Sabu Martinez on conga, rocking and rollicking alongside Blakey's drums in an amazing way! The set's quite different than some of Art's "with percussion" dates for Blue Note – as Sabu's congas kind of just set an extra fire to the hardbop groove – giving it a slight Latin flavor, but more than anything, just getting in a wicked edge that really cooks up the session. Griffin is great, as always, and the album features four long tracks "Woddyn You", "Sakeena", "Shorty", and "Dawn On The Desert". Next is Jazz John Handy III one of the few beautiful early albums cut by John Handy for Roulette – and an obscure session that has him playing alto with a quartet that includes a young Walter Bishop Jr. on piano. Handy here is fresh from his work with Mingus – and his alto is filled with fire and emotion, yet also touched by a great deal of warm soufulness. His work with Bishop on the album hearkens towards later directions in 70s soul jazz – but it's also firmly rooted in a modernist hardbop vein. Titles include "Strugglin", "No Smiles Please", "Blues For MF", and "Afternoon Outing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small sticker at the top right corner and a name in pen on front and back. Labels on LP 1 have notes in pencil.)

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Terence BlanchardBreathless ... CD
Blue Note, 2015. Used ... $6.99
Terence Blanchard in all his many moods – some funky, some somber, and some quite serious! The album begins with a remake of "Compared To What" – done with vocals from PJ Morton, and fueled by rhythm samples from the original Les McCann and Eddie Harris version – but the music then shifts into work that recalls the sophistication of Blanchard's soundtrack material – some great mellower cuts that have Terence's trumpet gliding out spaciously over guitar from Charles Altra and piano and keyboards from Fabian Almazan. Morton makes a few more returns on the record – bringing things up to more soul-based territory at points – and Dr Cornel West appears on one track too, as a way of furthering the righteous quality of the record. Titles include "Everglades", "See Me As I Am", "Talk To Me", "Tom & Jerry", "I Ain't Got Nothin But Time", "Cosmic Warrior", "Soldiers", "Compared To What", and "Shutting Down". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, case has a clear promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Willie BoboTomorrow Is Here ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A really unique chapter in the career of percussionist Willie Bobo – a rare one-off album for Blue Note – done with a sweet Cali vibe all the way through! Bobo plays his usual percussion, but also sings a bit too – in this charming style that's never too overdone – a deeply personal approach that sounds great next to the album's electric arrangements – all in a vibe that mixes Latin with 70s funk and fusion – all with that beautiful 70s Blue Note balance between polish and poise, groove and soul! The range of sounds is mighty nice – and titles include "Suitcase Full Of Dreams", "Wacky Tobacky", "Dreamin", "Keep On Walkin", "Funk De Mambo", and the "Kojak Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has cut corner, sticker remnant & peel, seam splits, ring and edge wear. Includes printed inner sleeve!)

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Aaron Parnell BrownTin Man ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Aaron Parnell Brown's no tin man here – as the record has a rock-solid sound from the very first note, and a fresh approach that really sets Brown apart from so many male soul singers in the contemporary underground! Aaron's got this laidback vibe in his music – a deeply soulful approach that flows at its own pace, and doesn't need to step out sharply, and knock you over the head – instead kind of sliding into each track with gentle care, then letting things build up as the warm vocals glow nicely over the course of the record. That doesn't mean that things are sloppy or sleepy at all – just carefully confident to never burn the fire too brightly at one point – and instead go for this slow burn that really keeps the album strong throughout. Titles include "Bleed Me Dry", "Can't Stop", "Just Leave", "Somewhere Around", "Changes", "Everlasting Light", "I Believe In You", and "We All Fall In Love Sometimes". CD

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✨✧ Kenny BurrellMidnight Blue ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
One of the more legendary albums on Blue Note from the label's classic run – and for many folks, the quintessential album from guitarist Kenny Burrell! Burrell had been playing for a number of years, and had been already recorded by Blue Note on some other excellent records – yet here, there's really something different going on – a bit more of a groove, and a harder edge from Kenny's guitar – augmented with superb work from a group that features Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Major Holly on bass, Bill English on drums, and the great Ray Barretto on congas! The vibe is fantastic, and Turrentine's horn has a raspy edge that's beautiful – while the whole record moves with a very rhythmic groove – thanks to Ray's extra percussion contribution on the bottom! Titles include the classic groover "Chittlins Con Carne", an early jazz dance classic – plus "Soul Lament", "Wavy Gravy", and "Mule". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp! Vinyl is nice and clean, with some light surface marks. Cover has light wear, a bit of splitting on the top corner, and a small bit of marker on back.)

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Donald ByrdUp With Donald Byrd (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Verve (Japan), 1964. Very Good ... $29.99
A great album, and unlike anything else Donald Byrd ever recorded – almost mad hodgepodge of the styles Byrd used at Blue Note, as the session brings together funky soul jazz with vocal backings – linking the groove of At The Races with the choral stylings of A New Perspective! The session's the brainchild of arranger Claus Ogerman – who scored "The Donald Byrd" singers to back up a core group that features Blue Note stalwarts Herbie Hancock, Kenny Burrell, and Stanley Turrentine – plus some great soul jazz tenor work from Jimmy Heath. Verve scored something of a hit on the album – thanks to a tasty single version of Herbie's tunes "Blind Man, Blind Man" and "Cantelope Island" – but the whole thing's great overall, and other tracks include "My Babe", "Bossa", "You've Been Talkin Bout Me Baby", and "Boom Boom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage Japanese pressing, in a flipback cover. Back cover has a stain in one corner, but front is nice.)

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Donald Byrd & 125th Street, NYCLove Byrd ... LP
Elektra, 1981. Very Good- ... $11.99
A sweet funky 80s set from trumpeter Donald Byrd – a record done after his 70s run at Blue Note with producer Larry Mizell, but in a groove that's equally great in its own sort of way! Isaac Hayes is the producer on the set, and also plays a lot of Fender Rhodes, plus piano, vibes, and percussion – in a sharp combo that has a mighty nice groove, and more keyboards from Chip Crawford too! There's some vocals on the record at times – thanks to the 125th Street group – and the whole thing has that same blend of soul, jazz, and funk as Donald's 70s records – but in an updated 80s mode. Tracks include the great mellow "I Love Your Love", plus "I Feel Like Loving You Today", "Butterfly", "Love Has Come Around", "Falling", and "I'll Always Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover, with some surface wear, lightly bent corner, and a smudge at the bottom left.)

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Donald Byrd & 125th StreetLove Has Come Around – The Elektra Anthology 1978 to 1982 ... CD
Elektra/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A great chapter in the career of trumpeter Donald Byrd – his post-Blue Note work with the group 125th Street NYC – which is kind of a second chapter to the jazzy fusion style he developed at the start of the 70s! This time around, there's an equal emphasis on soul and jazz – often with some strong vocals in the lead, but also plenty of room for Donald to stretch out and serve up the kind of perfect solos he worked out with the Mizell Brothers in the years before – modes that are continued here with some great guest help from singers and musicians who include Syreeta, Isaac Hayes, Jim Gilstrap, Wah Wah Watson, and Greg Phillinganes! If you like Donald Byrd albums like Places & Spaces or Stepping Into Tomorrow, you'll find that the sound here is a continuation of that mode – taken into the leaner funk territory that would come to play in the 80s. 2CD set features almost all the best tracks from those years, including some single mixes too – and titles include "Thank You For Funking Up My Life (12" disco version)", "Marilyn", "Butterfly", "Gold The Moon White The Sun", "Sexy Dancer", "Love Has Come Around", "Loving You", "Love For Sale", "Star Trippin", "I Love You", "Midnight", "Your Love Is My Ecstasy", "Have You Heard The News", "People Suppose To Be Free", "Morning", "I'm Coming Home", "Sunning In Your Love Shine", "Everyday", "Falling", "So Much In Love", and "Forbidden Love". CD

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Children Of ZeusBalance ... CD
First Word (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A beautiful soul set from UK duo Children Of Zeus – a pair who work here in a mode that goes way past the usual – kind of an old school mellow mode from the 90s, blended with a touch of hip hop production – but all with the righteousness of the best indie soul from more recent years! We really liked the last record from these guys, and this one is even better – music that makes its mark right from the very first note, able to shift between the underground and the mainstream with effortless ease! Titles include "No Love Song", "Nice & Sweet", "Sunrise", "Balance", "Cali Dreams", "The Most Humblest Of All Time Ever", "Love Again", and "What I'm Seeing". CD

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Stanley ClarkeSchool Days ... CD
Columbia, 1976. Used ... $4.99
A massive hit for Stanley Clarke – a record that has him reigning in some of his wilder elements a bit, and going for a groove that's right in the pocket! There's a definite soul fusion influence going on here – Clarke trying to hit the same groove as some of his contemporaries, and doing a pretty good job of it in the process. Still, the album's never as polished as efforts like this on Blue Note or Elektra – just a bit more focused than before, but in a really good way. David Sancious and Chick Corea both play keyboards on the set – and tracks include "School Days", "Hot Fun", "Desert Song", "The Dancer", and "Quiet Afternoon". CD

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✨✧ Kenny CoxIntroducing Kenny Cox & the Contemporary Jazz Quartet (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
An overlooked late 60s treasure on Blue Note – one of the few new groups to work on the label at the time, and an up-and-coming modern combo from Detroit! The album's quite unique for a number of reasons – not just because the group was a little-known new signing to the label, but also because the work is quite far-reaching at times – some of the most free-thinking jazz recorded for Blue Note during the time, with a sense of boldness that almost stretches back to Jackie McLean's first few records of the new thing years, or a sense of lyrical invention that's a bit like Wayne Shorter when he made a shift towards the outside. Some numbers are awash in fast colors and changes, while others are a bit more in the pocket, with echoes of soul jazz – but the whole thing's incredibly fresh and free, a wonderful little record that only gets better and better over the years! The group features pianist Kenny Cox as the leader, plus Charles Moore on trumpet, Leon Henderson on tenor, Ron Brooks on bass, and Danny Spencer on drums. Titles include "Mystique", "You", "Trance Dance", "Eclipse", and "Number Four". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series!)

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DiazporaPing Pong Powerplay ... LP
Legere (France), 2020. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
No time for table games here – as Diazpora jump right in the groove from the very first note – working with a sweet 70s funk approach to their music, which means lots of riffing guitar, funky basslines, and horns punctuating the keys – all while lead singer Axel Maximilian Fiege sings in this very strong way – able to go deep one minute, inflect a falsetto the next – all with these twists and turns that make him way more than just another soul singer working with a funk band! Axel's strong presence in the lead really gives the whole thing a heck of a lot of power and shape – and titles include "Hit Me", "The Bachelor", "Hangin On", "Ready To Go", "Play The Ball", "The Olympians", and "You Shot Me Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lou DonaldsonAlligator Bogaloo ... CD
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... $18.99
Excellent funky work from Lou Donaldson – and a groundbreaking record that was the first to feature him playing on Blue Note with drummer Idris Muhammad – who is listed on the session under his birth name, Leo Morris! Muhammad gives the album that crackling funky bottom sound that instantly defined Lou's later years at Blue Note – a hard and heavy approach to soul jazz that's had incredible repercussions in the world of hip hop, as well as soul and funk. The rest of the group features soul jazz burners Lonnie Smith on organ, Melvin Lastie on trumpet, and George Benson on guitar – and the album includes the highly successful "Alligator Boogaloo", plus hard groovers "The Thang", "Aw Shucks!", and "One Cylinder". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lou DonaldsonLight-Foot ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99
Lou's never been a light foot at any point in his career – and even on this earlier, pre-funk session he blows with a heck of a lot of soul! The album's a killer from Lou Donaldson's mid period stint at Blue Note – a set that's informed by bop ideals, but which also explores ideas in a more relaxed, early soul jazz mode – one that uses extra percussion from Ray Barretto to kick up the grooves with a nice little swing, and which also features some sublime piano lines from the great Herman Foster, making one of his few key Donaldson appearances here! Lou's alto work is sparkling throughout – crackling with life, but never too full of itself – and other players include Peck Morrison on bass and Jimmy Wormworth on drums. Titles include a few originals like "Hog Maw" and "Light Foot", plus standards like "Stella By Starlight" and "Green Eyes". CD

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Lou DonaldsonQuartet/Quintet/Sextet ... CD
Blue Note, 1952/1954. Used ... $9.99
Great early material from Lou Donaldson – with a hard-hitting bop sound missing from his later work! The tracks are short, raw, and lively – and filled with the kind of pre-hardbop soul that Donaldson was infusing into jazz, along with other players on the material – like Horace Silver on piano, Art Blakey on drums, and Blue Mitchell on trumpet – all of whom make key early appearances here. The material is from rare 10" LPs – originally recorded in the early 50s, but packaged in a full album by Blue Note for the legendary 1500 series! Titles include "Moe's Bluff", "Roccus", "Sweet Juice", "Down Home", and "The Stroller". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Quartet/Quintet/Sextet ... CD 13.99

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Lou DonaldsonQuartet/Quintet/Sextet ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1952/1954. New Copy ... $13.99
Great early material from Lou Donaldson – with a hard-hitting bop sound missing from his later work! The tracks are short, raw, and lively – and filled with the kind of pre-hardbop soul that Donaldson was infusing into jazz, along with other players on the material – like Horace Silver on piano, Art Blakey on drums, and Blue Mitchell on trumpet – all of whom make key early appearances here. The material is from rare 10" LPs – originally recorded in the early 50s, but packaged in a full album by Blue Note for the legendary 1500 series! Titles include "Moe's Bluff", "Roccus", "Sweet Juice", "Down Home", and "The Stroller". CD
Also available Quartet/Quintet/Sextet ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Lou DonaldsonSweet Lou ... LP
Blue Note, 1974. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Sweet Lou, but funky Lou too – a perfect blend of modes that makes for one of Donaldson's last great albums for Blue Note! The set's got some fuller arrangements from Horace Ott – but given Ott's work in the indie soul world during the 60s, there's still a nice edge to the record too – a mode that blends Lou's alto sax with some electric grooves in the CTI/Kudu mode – yet still with plenty of respect for the soloist at the helm! There's a bit of female chorus vocals on the record – used in a hip way to underscore the chorus bits on some of the more soulful tunes – and Donaldson almost does a Stanley Turrentine bit on the ballads, by blowing these soulful lines that sound surprisingly great in the modern setting. Rhythm features Pretty Purdie on drums, Cornell Dupree on guitar, and Horace Ott on keyboards – and titles include the funky classic "Peepin", a remake of the earlier "Herman's Mambo", and a sweet take on Bobby Womack's "You're Welcome Stop On By" – as well as the cuts "Hip Trip", "Lost Love", and "if You Can't Handle It Give It To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a partial top seam split & light ring wear & aging.)

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Lauren ElyiseThis Is Personal ... LP
Soul Step, 2022. New Copy ... $21.99 23.99
A deeply soulful record from Lauren Elysie – an artist who seems to instantly bridge classic and contemporary soul styles with her music – working with all the richness of a female soul artist of the 60s or 70s, but also coming across with some of the urgency of the neo soul movement too! Subject matter is often very down to earth, but handled with a sense of majesty that really elevates every day life – in the best tradition of classic soul. The blend is fantastic, and Lauren knocks it out of the park from the very first note – on titles that include "Joyriding", "Cry", "Overdose", "Wolves", "Devour Me", "Bad Choices", and "Peaks & Valleys". LP, Vinyl record album

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Booker ErvinSetting The Pace (plus The Trance) ... CD
Prestige, 1965. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A CD of very long tracks from Booker Ervin – only 4 tunes in all, but each over 15 minutes long! First up is the album Setting The Pace – an album that's one of the most open-ended and jamming sets that Booker Ervin recorded for Prestige in the 60s! The album's a live date from Germany – featuring Dexter Gordon joining Ervin on the stage for some very long, extended solo work – the sort that Dex was starting to do heavily overseas at the time, and which is relatively new territory for Ervin – at least on record. Other players include Jaki Byard on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – but the clear starts of the set are Booker and Dexter – blowing in a range of modern and soulful modes throughout their extended solos. Album features 2 side-long tracks – "Setting The Pace" and "Dexters Deck". Next up is The Trance – an amazing record from the legendary Booker Ervin – and a set that really does a great job of bridging his modernist tendencies and soul jazz roots! The title track – "The Trance" – is an amazing 20 minute number that takes up all of side one of the record – and features Ervin soloing in an incredibly imaginative way – not as boppish as on his set with Dexter Gordon, but more in the powerful-voiced style that he developed with Mingus. The rest of the group features Jaki Byard on piano (always a treat!), Reggie Workman on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – and side two features a very moody take on "Speak Low". Note that the CD omits the track "Groovin At The Jamboree" from The Trance – due to space restrictions. CD

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Peven EverettReflections Of Misconception ... CD
Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
One of the boldest, fullest, and most soulful albums we've ever heard from Peven Everett – a set that's overflowing with enough classic influences to rival the genius of Stevie Wonder in the 70s! The groove here is really tremendous – not just house rhythms or beats and keys, but a fuller approach to soul that fills in even the smallest spaces – one that flows out majestically, and which is matched by some of Peven's best vocals ever – and that's saying a lot, given his genius in the past! There's some real instant classics here, and the album's got a new sense of confidence that comes through in the very first note. Titles include "The Superstar", "Another Tender Moment", "I Don't Want To Love Nobody Else", "I'm Missing You", "I Can't Keep From Loving You", "Kickin Up Dust", and "Party Of The Year". CD

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Ronnie FosterCheshire Cat ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Wicked keyboards from Ronnie Foster – and a set that really steps forward from his previous two Blue Note albums! The record really has Ronnie moving into a more rounded soul space – singing along with his keyboards, in ways that may well be aimed at making Foster the next Stevie Wonder – although still with some of the hipper, quirkier touches that make his music so great! The lineup of players is very top shelf – almost more of a CTI/Kudu session, with George Benson and Joe Beck on guitar, Mtume on congas, and lots of heavy bass from William Allen and Gary King. Foster wrote all the cuts – save for a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Tuesday Heartbreak" – and titles include "Funky Motion", which was covered by Roy Ayers – plus "Cheshire Cat", "Fly Away", "Heartless", and "Like a Child". CD

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✨✧ Neal FrancisIn Plain Sight ... CD
ATO, 2021. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A pretty amazing step forward for Neal Francis – a singer whose debut felt as if it were steeped in all the best influences from the southern soul and rock scene of the early 70s – and who now finds a way of pulling all those elements into a mode that bristles with stardom from the very first note! If Francis' first record felt as if it might have been recorded at Muscle Shoals – this second set feels like a British rock giant coming to record something really special at that famous southern studio – with the sort of genre-defining quality that sold plenty of classic records back in the day. Titles include "Sentimental Garbage", "Asleep", "Say Your Prayer", "Alameda Apartments", "Can't Stop The Rain", "Prometheus", and "D'Artagnan". CD

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinLaughing On The Outside ... LP
Columbia, 1963. Very Good ... $4.99
Hey, we love this record! It's jazzy, and not at all like Aretha's soul sides for Atlantic – but Aretha's vocals sound wonderful on the record, in a completely different way than on later albums. Arrangements are by Robert Mersey, and they've got a feel that's similar to some of the classic Ray Charles large group recordings for ABC – with slightly churchy backings behind the lead vocals, which are right out front in the set, and almost warmer than on other albums. Aretha sings mellow versions of standards like "Skylark", "For All We Know", "Until The Real Thing Comes Along", and "Where Are You?" – plus the obscure "Mr Ugly". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. NOTE: Cover has heavy staining and some peeling from moisture along the right half, and mostly split top and bottom seams.)

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Caesar FrazierHail Caesar!/'75 ... CD
Eastbound/Ace (UK), 1972/1975. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
2 killers from organist Caesar Frazier – back to back on one CD! Hail Ceasar is a monster bit of funky jazz – filled with long tracks that all jam mightily, all at a level that matches or tops the best work coming out of Prestige or Blue Note Records at the time! The set is one of the rare few on the Eastbound jazz subsidiary of Detroit soul powerhouse Westbound Records – and it's the first to feature organist Ceasar Frazier as a leader – really grooving hard here with a Prestige-styled combo that includes Idris Muhammad on funky drums, Melvin Sparks on heavy guitar, and Houston Person on soulful sax – all produced with a gritty gritty edge by the legendary Bob Porter! The whole album's great – filled with incredible cuts that include a version of "Hicky-Burr", the first Bill Cosby theme – plus the tracks "Make It With You", "Running Away", "Hail Ceasar!", and "See-F". Ceasar Frazier 75 is a tightly grooving set that expands his sound a bit from the first! All the best elements are still in place here – including funky organ from Ceasar, production from jazz funk maestro Bob Porter, and a hip range of players that includes Horace Ott, Wilbur Bascomb, and Bernard Purdie. But the overall sound is somewhat shifted too – brought more into the tightly jamming jazz funk mode of the mid 70s – a bit richer and fuller overall, yet never in a way that's slick or sloppy – just more like some of the best later sides on Prestige or Fantasy from the same stretch. The record features a crazy version of the "Mighty Mouse Theme", a mellow take on the Isley's "Summer Breeze", Stevie Wonder's great "Living For The City", and the original "Funk It Down". CD

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Curtis FullerBone & Bari ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the "bottomest" albums you'll ever hear – as trombonist Curtis Fuller meets baritone saxophonist Tate Houston – for a real session of "bone" and "bari" grooving that's one of the most striking Blue Notes of the time! The album features the pair working hard to push their instruments past conventional expectations – gliding with a fluid ease that you really wouldn't expect, yet still working out all the gutbuckety soul propensities that the instruments possess. Part of the strength of the session is the rhythm section – which features Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but another strong aspect is the choice of material, which includes some nice originals like "Again", "Pickup", "Nita's Waltz", and "Algonquin". CD

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✨✧ Ruben Lopez FurstJazz Argentino/Jazz En La Universidad ... CD
Melopea/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1966/1967. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Two rare albums from this great pianist – back to back on a single CD! First up is Jazz Argentino – key work from Ruben Lopez Furst, a wonderful pianist from the Argentine scene of the 60s – heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! Despite the local placement in the title, the set's got a really universal appeal – a quality that easily puts Baby Lopez Furst in the company of Bill Evans, Hampton Hawes, or a rare few imaginative pianists from up north! Furst's sense of color and timing are wonderful – ringing out fluidly, yet always with a sense of surprise that keeps us hanging on each new note – nothing that's ever hokey or heard-before – handled here with a vibrancy that's simply stunning. Many numbers are trio tracks, but the set also features guest trumpet and tenor on two tracks – and titles include "Israel", "Un Abajea Duriente", "Los Viejos", "Al Este Del Sol", "Sometime Ago", and "Cartas De Amor". Next is Jazz En La Universidad – one of the real highlights of the Argentine jazz scene of the 60s – a seminal album from pianist Ruben "Baby" Lopez – easily one of that country's greatest jazz musicians in the decade! Ruben's got a sound that opens up with the lyrical sense of space and tone first introduced by Bill Evans, but he's also more note-full at other moments – playing with a command of the piano that would have made him huge, had he recorded on the American or European scenes of the time! There's a warm balance between his instrument, the bass of Jorge Gonzalez, and drums of Nestor Astratta – one that goes past conventional piano trio modes, and which really reminds us of our favorite Saba/MPS sessions of the period. Titles include "Un Poco Alegre", "Hombre Amaestrado", "En Tu Dulce Modo", "Hermosoa Amor", and "Necesitare Alguien Mas". CD

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie & His Quintet En Concert – Olympia 24 Novembre 1965 ... CD
Europe 1/RTE, 1965. Used ... $6.99
Outstanding Dizzy Gillespie material – from one of his most overlooked periods! The time is the mid 60s, and after a few years of working with Lalo Schifrin in his group, Dizzy's changed his Latin bag from hard-edged Cubop to mellower more complicated Bossa and modal jazz. The result is some of the most sophisticated playing in Dizzy's career – hitched to a groove that's still filled with soul and fire, and which rolls on in a compelling way that always hooks us hard! The group features Kenny Barron on piano, and reed work by James Moody, one of the other great secrets of the mid 60s! Tracks are all long – and titles include "One Note Samba", "Con Alma", "Umh, Umh", and "Chega De Saudade". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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Dusko GoykovichIt's About Blues Time ... CD
Ensayo/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99 About January 26, 2022
One of the legendary albums cut by hip European trumpeter Dusko Goykovich! The album was recorded in 1971 in Barcelona, and it's a very soulful quintet session that features fantastic performances from two of our favorite European players – trumpet player Dusko Goykovich and tenor player Ferdinand Povel, along with Spanish pianist Tete Montouliu, and his regular rhythm backing of Joe Nay and Robert Langereis. Goykovich and Povel groove hard in the frontline, bringing a hard edge to the session that you don't always hear on some of Montouliu's sessions from the time. The set grooves like a classic Blue Note, or some of the best straight ahead jazz on MPS – with lines that have their roots in soul jazz, but also show a real preference for modal grooving and lyrical soloing. Goykovich's tone is wonderful, and is a real mix of jazz and non-jazz European influences. Tracks include "Bosnia Calling", "Nameless Tune", and "The End Of Love". CD

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✨✧ Bennie GreenMinor Revelation ... LP
Blue Note, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $19.99
Hard to get 45 sides from Bennie Green, on an equally hard to get Japanese-only vinyl LP! We've always dug Bennie's soulful approach to the trombone, an instrument that didn't really seem to make the rounds much in hard bop and soul jazz circles, though Green goes a long way towards proving that didn't need to be the case. He's working here with Sonny Clark, Paul Chambers and the less well known Eddy Williams on tenor and Jerry Segal on drums, and the set bounces with great energy and a soulful spark that'll leave you wondering why this material was unavailable for so long. As an added bonus Babs Gonzales busts loose in the inimitable Babs style on the track "Encore" and other numbers include "Minor Revelation", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Why Do I Love You", "Ain't Nothin' But The Blues", "Can't We Be Friends", "On The Street Where You Live" and "It's Groovy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese pressing, GXK 8165. Cover has ring and edge wear, split top seam, tape remnants at the seams, and notes in pen in back.)

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✨✧ Grant GreenFeelin' The Spirit ... LP
Blue Note, 1962. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Soulful, spiritual work from guitarist Grant Green – an exploration of older tunes with a hip Blue Note 60s soul jazz approach! The album features Grant working in a quartet with Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, and Butch Warren – plus some added tambourine on a number of tracks – and the overall approach is extremely laidback and open, with Green soloing in a personal style that's a bit less frenetic than some of his other work of the period. Tracks include "Go Down Moses", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some very light wear, but this is a nice copy.)

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Grant GreenFirst Session (previously unreleased) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... $13.99
Grant Green's first-ever session as a leader – recorded by Blue Note in 1960, and not issued until decades later! The set features Green's guitar playing in a piano quartet, with rhythm by Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – about as fine a backing trio as Green could hope to find. We're not sure why Blue Note didn't issue this material at the time – perhaps because they were trying to break Green as R&B-inflected soul jazz player, and this set had more of a straight jazz quality (like his Sunday Morning album) – but whatever the case, it's all here now, along with 2 other tracks from a 1961 session with Sonny Clark on piano. Titles include "Seepin", "Sonnymoon For Two", "Just Friends", "Woody N You", and an early recording of "Grant's First Stand". CD
(Out of print Connoisseur pressing.)

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Grant GreenMatador (Jazz Heritage pressing) ... CD
Blue Note/Jazz Heritage, 1965. Used ... $6.99
A fantastic mid 60s album from Grant Green – but one that never got its due originally, because it was unreleased at the time – and didn't come out until a Japanese version in the late 70s! Despite that oddly long gap, Matador is truly one Grant's best ever records – a really inventive session that goes way past his standard soul jazz roots – and which really shows the guitarist stretching out towards future styles of jazz! The session's a spare quartet date – with Green's guitar playing modal grooves over rhythm by by his incredible combo – with Bob Cranshaw on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and the incomparable McCoy Tyner on piano – blocking out bold changes that really drive the record strongly. Cuts are long, and there's a freewheeling quality to the material that's only ever matched by some of the Grant Green/Larry Young sessions from the same time – especially the Street Of Dreams Record. Titles include "Matador", "Bedouin", Green Jeans", and a killer version of "My Favorite Things", done in a very Coltrane-esque style. CD
(Out of print, Jazz Heritage pressing with full color booklet. Please note the tray card has some clear tape and is missing one spine.)

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Al Grey & Jimmy ForrestNight Train Revisited (aka Live At Rick's) ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1978. Used ... $4.99
Al Grey and Jimmy Forrest found some really great company working together in the 70s – a way to extend the soulful sounds that either player had first started crafting at the beginning of the 60s – Grey on his excellent soul jazz trombone albums for Chess, and Forrest on some killer tenor dates for Prestige – both great moments that the players return to here in a spirited live performance from Chicago! The setting's a small group one – a quintet with Shirley Scott on piano, instead of her usual Hammond – and the tracks burst out with some boldly-blown solos from both Grey and Forrest, who are determined to make their unique voices known – on titles that include "CB & Me", "Salty Papa", "I Can't Get Started", and "Truly Wonderful". CD
(Out of print. CONDITION NOTE: this copy is missing the tray card.)

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Johnny GriffinJG ... CD
Argo/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Excellent early work by Johnny Griffin – a set that's a bit more obscure than some of his Blue Note classics to come, and which was recorded on the Chicago hometown scene from which he first sprang! The group here is a quartet – with Junior Mance on piano and Wilbur Ware on bass – the same lineup that graced the legendary Chicago Sound album under Ware's own name, which was issued on Riverside – a record that shares a lot with this one in its mix of soul and modernism, new ideas just brimming over from all of the young players involved. The album's overflowing with great tenor work from Griffin – angular, imaginative, and really breaking out of tenor modes of the early 50s. Original titles include "Lollypop", "Satin Wrap", "Riff Raff", and "Bee-Ees" – and the group does some nice work on a few mellower ballads as well! CD

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Johnny GriffithGeneva Connection ... LP
Geneva/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $31.99
A very very cool record – an unusual take on the music to The Connection – that hip early 60s play that featured a more famous version of the soundtrack on Blue Note Records! This version's much more obscure – part of a "localization" that occurred when the play would travel from town to town – and it features a Detroit-based recording, headed by keyboardist Johnny Griffith – who also recorded famously for Motown and RCA! Griffith's playing electric piano here, which really changes the vibe of the music – and the players are supposedly a host of Motown studio musicians – playing jazz here, but with a nice funky soul undercurrent. The group has two guitars, which really kicks in nicely with the rhythms under the horns – and titles include "Wiggling", "Music Forever", "Time To Smile", "O.D. (Over Dose)", "Jim Dunn's Dilemma", and "Who Killed Cock Robin?". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marcia GriffithsNaturally/Steppin ... CD
Sky Note/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of albums from Marcia Griffiths – the well-titled queen of reggae at the end of the 70s! First up is Naturally, a fantastic album from Marcia Griffiths – very much the kind of material that made her one of the best female singers on the Jamaican scene in the 70s! The set's got a soulful sparkle that's undeniable – music that could have, should have (if things were right) gotten Marcia much bigger fame in the US crossover market of the time – as these songs work equally well as laidback soul numbers, even with strong reggae rhythms – thanks to the warmth and class of the vocals! A number of tracks are originals, and titles include "Dreamland", "Tell Me Now", "Melody Life", "Survival Is The Game", "Feel Like Jumping", "Mark My Word", and "Truly". Steppin features Marcia Griffiths at the height of her powers – singing wonderfully and soulfully, in a style that almost transcends her Jamaican roots! While other reggae singers of the period were maybe polishing things up a bit, to reach larger commercial fame, Griffiths seems to be stepping back more into soul, while still working with familiar Kingston rhythms – crafting this mode that's completely compelling, and which has as much personal feeling as some of the more powerful social themes of the roots era. Errol Brown recorded the tracks at Treasure Isle, and titles include "It's Impossible", "Steppin Out Of Babylon", "Where Were Why", "Why There Is No Love", "Give & You Get", and "I'm Hurting Inside". CD

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✨✧ Vince Guaraldi & Bola SeteLive At El Matador ... LP
Fantasy, 1966. Near Mint- ... $39.99
A hip little live date from the team of Vince Guaraldi and Bola Sete – one that's a bit heavier on Vince's piano than Bola's guitar – but in a way that's a-OK with us! There's a sweetly gliding sensibility to the whole set – that warm lyricism and subtle soul that Guaraldi always brought to his own 60s gems for Fantasy Records – a style made most famous by his work on the Peanuts cartoons at the time, but which comes off with an even deeper vibe here. There's a bit of rhythm backing behind the players – although that's also somewhat gentle too – and titles include long versions of "Favela" and "More", plus the "Black Orpheus Suite" – and the tracks "El Matador", "I'm A Loser", and "People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Vinyl has a small edge chip well out of the play area. Cover has bumped corners and a small indent at the opening.)

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Herbie HancockMaiden Voyage ... LP
Blue Note, 1965. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A brilliant album – and real turning point for Herbie Hancock! After first coming onto the scene as the soul jazz hero between Blue Note funky classics like "Watermelon Man" or "Blind Man, Blind Man" – Herbie emerges here as a concerned modernist with a strand of spirituality that runs deeper than previously expressed. The key track in this vision is his brilliant modal number "Maiden Voyage" – one of those tunes that sounded totally fresh immediately, and which was picked up by many others as a jazz anthem during the 60s. The rest of the album's equally great – and features George Coleman on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – all making for a very hip lineup that really lets Herbie open up stylistically! Other titles include "Dolphin Dance", "Little One", and an original version of "Survival Of The Fittest". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing. NOTE – Vinyl has a press flaw that skips near the beginning of the title track, in nice shape otherwise. Cover has some fading at the edges.)

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✨✧ Herbie HancockSpeak Like A Child ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $69.99
A very sweet, and oft-overlooked session that has Herbie mixing a nice dose of lyricism into his usual soul jazz approach from the 60s! The sound's a bit farther-reaching than on some of Herbie's smaller group sessions – and the record features a sextet that includes Ron Carter, Mickey Roker, Jerry Dodgion, Thad Jones, and Peter Phillips – all soaring with the warmth and introspection that was showing up in some of the best Blue Notes from the time. The harder-hitting soul jazz riffs and hooks are nicely replaced by more thoughtful lines that get a bit deeper, soufully – and nearly all tracks on the set are originals by Hancock! The album's filled with great moments – and tracks include "The Sorcerer", "Riot", and "Goodbye To Childhood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing! Cover has some light wear near the edges, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Herbie HancockTakin' Off (non RVG edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $4.99
Herbie Hancock is certainly Takin Off at this point in his career – stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one went on to become a standard within a few short years in 60s jazz, it still sounds great here in the original – a very fresh take on the sound of soul jazz in the 60s – offered up here in a 7 minute version that has more sharp soloing than most other takes on the tune! The group here is great too – with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks are all also originals by a young Herbie – including "Watermelon Man", "The Maze", "Driftin", "Three Bags Full", "Alone & I", and "Empty Pockets". Plus, this CD reissue features bonus alternate takes of 3 tracks on the album! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gene HarrisIn A Special Way ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Funky, soulful, and completely sublime work from keyboardist Gene Harris – working here with some great help from Jerry Peters on arrangement and production – in a style that makes the album one of Harris' most compelling sets of the 70s! The backings are full, but tight too – and in addition to Gene's own sweet work on keyboards, the set's also got some massive drums from Harvey Mason and James Gadson – both of whom really help things crackle at the bottom! Other instrumental highlights include more keyboards from Jerry Peters, tenor from Azar Lawrence, and trombone from George Bohannon – plus guitar from Lee Ritenour too. There's a bit of vocals on the set – mostly a soul chorus sort of mode that works perfect with Peters' groovy arrangements – and titles include "Love For Sale", "Theme For Relana", "Rebop", "Zulu", and "Soft Cycles". CD

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✨✧ Gene HarrisIn A Special Way ... LP
Blue Note, 1976. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Funky, soulful, and completely sublime work from keyboardist Gene Harris – working here with some great help from Jerry Peters on arrangement and production – in a style that makes the album one of Harris' most compelling sets of the 70s! The backings are full, but tight too – and in addition to Gene's own sweet work on keyboards, the set's also got some massive drums from Harvey Mason and James Gadson – both of whom really help things crackle at the bottom! Other instrumental highlights include more keyboards from Jerry Peters, tenor from Azar Lawrence, and trombone from George Bohannon – plus guitar from Lee Ritenour too. There's a bit of vocals on the set – mostly a soul chorus sort of mode that works perfect with Peters' groovy arrangements – and titles include "Love For Sale", "Theme For Relana", "Rebop", "Zulu", and "Soft Cycles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black b label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available In A Special Way ... CD 13.99

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Gene HarrisTone Tantrum ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet sweet keyboards from the amazing Gene Harris – one of his seminal electric sides for Blue Note in the 70s – recorded between his earliest fame in the Three Sounds, and his later return to acoustic styles in the 80s! The sound here is equal parts jazz and soul – as Gene's working with vocalist/arranger Jerry Peters, who brings in a good deal of his own groove to the tracks – giving them a strong focus that's sometimes missing from other solo Harris sets. Both Peters and Harris play Fender Rhodes and other keyboards on the album – alongside a variety of players that include Donald Byrd on trumpet, Harvey Mason on drums, and Chuck Rainey on bass. Tracks include the Peters tunes "If You Can't Find Love" and "A Minor", a two-part remake of Duke Pearson's "Christo Redentor", the sweet stepper "Peace Of Mind", and a strong vocal take on Stevie Wonder's "As". CD

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✨✧ Gene Harris & The Three SoundsLive At The It Club Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... $14.99
Although Gene Harris and the Three Sounds sometimes were big sleepers on studio sessions, the trio could always groove nicely in a live setting – as you'll hear on this great part 2 to their Live At The It Club set! Recorded in LA in 1970, the set captures Harris at his funky best – primed with a nice hard style after a few years of working with funk maestro Monk Higgins. Higgins produced this live set, and also contributed a number of excellent funky cuts – like "Black Fox", "Down Home", "Apollo 21", and "Put On Train". Plus, the CD also features 3 great soul jazz Beatles tunes – "Come Together", "Get Back", and "Eleanor Rigby". And if that's not enough, this material was never issued until now – making the CD reissue even more essential! CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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Andrew HillDance With Death (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful session by Andrew Hill – recorded in 1968, but issued only briefly in 1981 – and out of print for years! The session is a key one in understanding Hill's work – as it's a bridge between the arch modernism of his early Blue Note sides, and the more soul-oriented playing of the Grass Roots album. The group features Joe Farrell and Charles Tolliver on horns – both of whom open up the sound at the same time they're giving it a nice bottom – and the rest of the combo includes Victor Sproles on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. The album's an enchanting one – lighter than earlier years, but still with a compelling vision that's all Hill's own. Titles include "Dance With Death", "Love Nocturne", "Black Sabbath", "Partitions", and "Fish N Rice". CD features a bonus alternate take of the title cut. CD

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Bobbi HumphreyBlacks & Blues ... CD
Blue Note, 1974. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
The greatest moment ever from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a funky, soulful flute player who had more than her share of great moments over the years! This set may well be the summation of all the genius that Humphrey had to offer – a collaboration with genius producer Larry Mizell, at a level that matches is Blue Note classics with Donald Byrd, or the Music Is My Sanctuary album with Gary Bartz – a groundbreaking blend of jazz instrumentation and studio technique! The sound is never smooth, nor commercial – and instead, Bobbie's flute and vocals soar out majestically on these long tracks with building keyboard lines, subtle chorus parts, and touches of bass that really transform the rhythms past conventional soul fusion of the period. Every track is a winner – purely fantastic stuff – and classics include "Chicago Damn", "Jasper Country Man", and the genius "Harlem River Drive". CD

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Bobbi HumphreyCity Beat ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. Used ... $13.99
An under-discovered batch of jazzy soul from Bobbi Humphrey – an artist we love for her 70s work on Blue Note and Epic, still sounding pretty great here in the late 80s! The overall style of the album's a bit different than Bobbi's 70s work – more in a Patrice Rushen blend of 80s groove R&B styles and jazzy flourishes – and the whole set was done in collaboration with arranger Tommy James, who also plays a lot of keyboards on the set. Bobbi's flute work is as sweet as ever – especially on the mellower, more laidback tracks – and even her occasional vocals still sound pretty nice too! Titles include "Tropical Voyage", "Loop 12", "Come Get To This", "Days Of You & Me", "What The Heart Needs", and "City Beat". CD
(Still sealed, includes obi.)
 
 
 



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