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Riz Ortolani/New Vaudeville Band/The SpectrumBliss Of Mrs Blossom ... LP
RCA, 1968. Near Mint- ... $2.99
The film's a very strange comedy starring Shirley MacLaine, and the soundtrack's pretty wild too! Most tracks are groovy 60s tunes with a mix of easy styles, and the album's also got a few nice vocal numbers that space things out nicely – and overall, the soundtrack's a real mix of styles that really keeps things entertaining! Jack Jones sings "The Way That I Live", The Spectrum sing "Let's Live For Love", Shirley sings the main title theme, and The New Vaudeville Band perform "I Think I'm Beginning To Fall In Love". Instrumental tunes include the Hammond-heavy "Rock Bottom", plus "I'd Rather Lead A Band", "Mr Blossom Goes Bust", "The Way That I Live", and "Mexican Merengue". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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SpectrumForever Alien (180 gram colored vinyl) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Space Age Recordings (UK), 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... On September 26, 2020
(Note: This item is not for sale online until noon on Saturday, September 26. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day Drops rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Saturday, September 26. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after noon on September 26 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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Spectrum Live50 Grand (remix clean, remix inst, original, inst)/Stay True (clean, inst) ... 12-inch
White Label, 1997. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Billy CobhamSpectrum – 40 Live ... CD
Creative Multimedia Concepts, 2015. Used 2 CDs ... $26.99
With Dean Brown on guitar, Gary Husband on keys, and Ric Fierbracci on bass. CD
(Out of print.)

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Les DeMerleSpectrum (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
United Artists/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
One of the few albums ever cut by Les DeMerle, one of the hippest drummers of his time – made legendary thanks to legions of samplers and beatheads in the 90s! This is certainly one of Les' best ever efforts – a tight batch of funky big band tracks, with lots of nice grooves, and a very hip lineup that includes Frank Foster, Joe Beck, Chris Woods, Arnie Lawrence, and Charles Sullivan – all coming together in some great tunes that have very unusual rhythms, and a great format that puts the drums in line with the hip playing in the reed section! The album includes Les' famous version of "A Day in the Life", which begins with a monster funky intro – plus the cuts "Fusion – Pro & Con", "Underground", "Deflections 1, 2, 3, & 4", and "Aquarius". This great 2011 edition from Get On Down has 2 bonus tracks: "The Raven" and his version of "I Am The Walrus"! CD

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LazarofSpectrum/Concerto For Flute ... LP
CRI, 1977. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Fredric Myrow/Roger Reynolds/Contemporary ChamberSpectrum – New American Music Vol 1 – Song From The Japanese/Quick Are The Mouths Of Earth ... LP
Nonesuch, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Tony WilliamsSpectrum – The Anthology ... CD
Polygram, Late 60s/1970s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print, sticker over slipcover barcode.)

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VariousSoul Spectrum Vol 1 – Dancefloor Soul, Rare Boogie, & Soulful Disco ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $8.99
An excellent collection of tight modern soul and funky uptempo numbers – cuts that aren't really disco, but which are smoother than the usual funk you'd hear on the Jazzman label – a really unique hybrid that's hand-picked by the mighty Fryer! Lots of the grooves here have a cool indie feel – a bit like Fantasy Records funky soul of the late 70s, and a bit like some of the more soulful club of the east coast scene at the time – and given the tightness of the instrumentation, there's often some nice jazzy touches in the mix – making some of the solos as appealing as the vocals! Most tracks here are of late 70s vintage, although there's a few bits from other years too – and titles include "People" by Elipsis", "Simple Song" by Zebra, "Life Goes On" by Freak, "Rollercoaster" by George Smallwood, "Mellow Feeling" by Barbara Lynn, "Funktown" by Nate Calhoun, "I've Got It" by Tolbert, "Party & Get On Down" by Big Apple Band, "Give Me One More Chance" by Target, "You're The One" by Kings Go Forth, "You're The Best" by Larom Baker, "What About The Child" by Gold, and "Keep Her Happy" by Phillip Wright. CD

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✨✧ Les DeMerleSpectrum (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
United Artists/Get On Down, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever cut by Les DeMerle, one of the hippest drummers of his time – made legendary thanks to legions of samplers and beatheads in the 90s! This is certainly one of Les' best ever efforts – a tight batch of funky big band tracks, with lots of nice grooves, and a very hip lineup that includes Frank Foster, Joe Beck, Chris Woods, Arnie Lawrence, and Charles Sullivan – all coming together in some great tunes that have very unusual rhythms, and a great format that puts the drums in line with the hip playing in the reed section! The album includes Les' famous version of "A Day in the Life", which begins with a monster funky intro – plus the cuts "Fusion – Pro & Con", "Underground", "Deflections 1, 2, 3, & 4", and "Aquarius". This great 2011 edition from Get On Down has 2 bonus tracks: "The Raven" and his version of "I Am The Walrus"! CD
Also available Spectrum (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Volker KriegelSpectrum ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The funky fusion classic from guitarist Volker Krieger – finally issued in a great CD edition! Easily one of Krieger's best albums, Spectrum was remarkably cut in just two days at MPS Studios in 1971 – with a group that includes Peter Baumeister on drums, Cees See on bongos and percussion, Peter Trunk on bass and cello, and John Taylor on Hohner electric piano. It kicks of with the amazing track "Zoom", a seriously funky maelstrom of groovy funky guitar and percussion that mixes in washes of sitar and Eastern effects here and there for a really trippy effect! The album doesn't try to duplicate the frenzy whipped up by the opener right away, and finds a much more relaxed groove in tracks like "So Long, For Now", "More About D", "Ach Kina", and "Instant Judgement" before flailing away in the exciting closer "Strings Revisited". One of the great ones from MPS – and a hugely influential one to the progression of 70s jazz funk. A really groovy record! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousECM Spectrum Vol 1 ... CD
ECM, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An early CD sampler from ECM – includes 13 tracks by Oregon, Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Terje Rypdal, Egberto Gismonti, Keith Jarett, John Abercrombie, and Don Cherry. CD
(Out of print, booklet cover has a small tear.)

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✨✧ Billy CobhamSpectrum ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
A very full-on hard heavy fusion album! Drummer Billy Cobham lays down some massive hard beats, while Tommy Bolin wails away on guitar, Jan Hammer pounds on electric piano, and Lee Sklar noodles on electric bass. 2 cuts feature a different lineup with Joe Farrell and Jimmy Owens – but the rock-heavy one dominates the album, with a very hard sound. The best cut is the slow mellow funk number "Red Baron", which has great breaks and nice electric piano. Other titles include "Stratus", "Taurian Matador", "To The Women In My Life", and "Quadrant 4". CD
(Includes obi.)
 
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ShakatakDown On The Street ... CD
Spectrum (Netherlands), 1980s. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Spinners (Detroit Spinners)Spinners – The Essential Collection ... CD
Motown/Spectrum (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $6.99
Wonderful work from the early version of The Spinners – recording here for Motown, in the years before they moved to Philly, and cut their super hits of the 70s for Atlantic. These sides are very different – with a rougher sound, but a strident group harmony approach that really makes the tracks sparkle. Of course, you probably know that if you've heard the classic "It's A Shame" (which is included here) – and you'll get plenty more confirmation of that fact on tunes like "That's What Girls Are Made For", "We'll Have It Made", "Where Is That Girl", "Pay Them No Mind", "Cross My Heart", "In My Diary", "Sweet Thing", "I Just Can't Help But Feel The Pain", and "Like A Good Man Should". 18 tracks in all – and probably the best collection of their Motown work we've ever seen! CD

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✨✧ Edwin StarrEdwin Starr – The Essential Collection ... CD
Motown/Spectrum (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $5.99
17 tracks from one of Motown's biggest acts at the end of the 60s – featuring tunes for that label, as well as a few others from later years. The set goes past the obvious hits, and features some nice ones that often get overlooked – or which you'd normally have to find only on rare vinyl! Titles include "Ooh Baby Baby", "War", "Contact", "Ain't It Hell Up In Harlem", "Time", "Back Street", "Easin In", "Happy Radio", "Stop The War Now", "Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On", "I Want My Baby Back", "Who Is The Leader Of The People", and "24 Hours". CD

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✨✧ Bunny WailerSings The Wailers ... CD
Mango/Spectrum (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $8.99
A later effort from perhaps the least prolific of the solo Wailers, but stil a wonderful slice of roots. Bunny does nice later interpretations of Wailers classics, with a generous helping hand from Sly & Robbie, and adds a nice rendition of Curtis Mayfield's "Keep On Moving" – another Wailers mainstay – to the set. One of our favorite albums from the twilight of the original roots era, with 10 tracks in all, including "Dancing Shoes", "Mellow Mood", "Rule This Land", "Burial", "Dreamland", "Hypocrite", "I Stand Predominate", "Walk The Land" and "I'm The Toughest". CD

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✨✧ John Gregory OrchestraSix Million Dollar TV Themes ... CD
Spectrum/Universal (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A flurry of great soundtrack thrillers – not presented here in their original versions, but in different recordings done by Brit Easy maestro John Gregory! The CD brings together titles from a number of different Gregory albums on London from the mid 70s – nearly all of which mix electric funky rhythms with tight big band backing – in a style that suits the spirit of the originals nicely, but which also often brings in some even groovier sounds to the mix! Tunes themselves are a nice mix of familiar and lesser-known crime and copy show themes – a total of 28 numbers that include "Columbo", "Kojak", "The Sweeney", "Johnny Staccato", "Banacek", "McCloud", "I Spy", "Six Million Dollar Man", "Hawaii 5-0", "SWAT", "M Squad", "Griff", "Mannix", and "McMillan & Wife". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Soul II Soul5 Classic Albums (Club Classics Vol 1/New Dacade Vol 2/Volume 3 – Just Right/Volume 4 – Believe/Time For Change) (5CD set) ... CD
Spectrum/Universal (UK), 1990s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A massive legacy in soul music – served up here in one great little set – with the first five albums by Soul II Soul, all presented in tiny little LP-styled sleeves! It's hard to deny the power of the group at the time – and even all these many years later, we're amazed at how well these albums hold up – as the first two here had such a huge influence on American soul music, you might expect the sound to be old hat by now! Yet Jazzie B was still one of the first guys to successfully mix hip hop rhythms and modern soul production – at a level that was far less forced than American experiments of the mid 80s – and which found a way to carry all the hip underground love of soul and jazz from the British scene over to the American mainstream. Even the later albums here are still head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries – and beyond the classics, the whole package here is ripe for rediscovery! CD
 
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Shoji AketagawaFly Me To The Moon ... CD
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
An indie piano jazz treasure from the Japanese scene of the 70s – originally issued on the Aketa's Disk record, and with a sound that's a bit different than some of the bigger-label piano trio albums of the time! There's a real edge here – a harder sound on Aketagawa's keys than some of his contemporaries, even though things are relatively straight and swinging – as if Shoji knows the farther reaches of the avant spectrum, and manages to fold them into long, open groovers with the help of a trio that features Koichi Yamazaki on bass and Takashi Miyasaka on drums! Shoji also vocalizes a bit behind his piano – not singing, but kind of the energetic sounds that you'd hear from better-known pianists, like Erroll Garner or Keith Jarrett – in a similar tradition of enthusiasm along with their work on the keys. Titles include "Aketa's Blues", "Fly Me To The Moon", "There Is No Greater Love", and "Obachama Ote O Douzo". CD

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Luis BacalovDjango (limited edition colored vinyl) ... LP
GDM/AMS (Italy), 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $16.99 35.98
A dark little western soundtrack from Luis Bacalov – one that's quite brooding overall, despite a rather catchy vocal tune on the title! There's some very odd instrumentation here – watery piano lines, floating bits of guitar, off-tuned strings – all used at different intervals, and in different ways – without as strongly of a unified feel as other albums of this nature. But it's those shifting sounds that make the record great – always creating an unsettling sort of mood, and one that's almost always in the darker, starker side of the spectrum. Bruno Nicolai handled orchestrations, and titles include "Blue Dark Waltz", "Django (Waiting)", "Django (Love Moment", "La Corsa (2nd Version)", "Vamonos Muchachos", "Duello Nel Fango", "Town Of Silence", "Epera Y Ataque", "Fruscii Notturni", "Django (Rage)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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BalladsConfessing The Feeling ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1970s. New Copy ... About September 15, 2020 (delayed)
Sweet harmonies and soaring vocals – a sublime collection of 70s work by The Ballads! The group here are a bit more polished than on their earlier singles – but still sounding wonderful overall, and miles from some of the more commercial soul of the time! The rhythms have picked up a bit more than before, but most of the grooves are still on the gentler side of the spectrum – and feature the kind of well-crafted vocals that first got the group noticed in the decade before. A number of cuts show an obvious 70s Philly influence – not unexpected, yet handled in a way that still sounds great for the group. Titles include "Wait", "Baby I'm For Real", "Three Times", "Confessing The Feeling", "Loving You Isn't Enough", "Dizzy World", "What Will Be Will Be", "Will You Be Here", "Sure Feel Like Love", and "Butterfly". CD

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Hank Ballard & The MidnightersUnwind Yourself – The King Recordings 1964 to 1967 ... CD
King/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Some of our favorite work ever from the legendary Hank Ballard – a key figure in early R&B, and a singer who cut some big hits with his group The Midnighters – but one who also continued to do some wonderful work for King Records long after his hits – most of which is included in this wonderful set! The package focuses on years that might be deemed "lost" for Hank – a time when he was past the dance hits of the early part of the 60s, and yet to rise as part of the James Brown universe at the end of the decade – although still, in some way, already strongly in the JB side of the spectrum with cuts like these – deep soul gems, funky numbers, and the kind of rough romping tunes that draw from R&B, but have more of a 60s vibe here. CD features 26 cuts in all – including "Poppin The Whip", "Here Comes The Hurt", "Funky Soul Train", "Do it Zulu Style", "Dance Till It Hurtcha", "Let's Get The Show On The Road", "Annie", "Unwind Yourself", "Which Way Should I Turn", "I'm Just A Fool", "Get That Hump In Your Back", "Just You Just You", "A Winner Never Quits", "Somebody's Got To Help Me", and "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show". CD

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Josh Berman/Paul Lytton/Jason RoebkeTrio Discrepancies (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Fantastic interplay between a very free trio – Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Roebke on bass, and Paul Lytton on percussion – really opening up on two side-long improvisations! Berman can work in more arranged settings, but he's very free here – and expressing himself with this amazingly bold sense of phrasing on the cornet – with energy that just builds and builds as the music goes on! Lytton's a joy, as always – with percussive elements that have a crackle that almost reminds us of some of his electronics, too – clearly a sonic sensibility inspired by that side of the spectrum – rounded out by deeper, more soulful sounds from the bass of Roebke. The set features two improvisations – "Padova" and "Trondheim" – one recorded in Italy, the other in Norway. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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BilalLove Surreal ... CD
Purpose/BBE (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Tremendous work from Bilal – and further proof that his life on the indie side of the soul spectrum has been a very good thing! There's a crispness to the record that crackles right from the start – slight cosmic touches in the beats, but never too over the top – just enough to electrify the vocals and push Bilal past any sort of mainstream soul – and help him deliver the rich promise we first heard in his music so many years ago – but never found this fully formed during his major label stretch! There's some nice electric bits that percolate forth – moogy keys or sparkling samples – yet the vocals still have all the core warmth that's kept us coming back. Titles include "Astray", "Lost For Now", "West Side Girl", "Back To Love", "Longing & Waiting", and "Butterfly", which features a guest appearance from Robert Glasper! CD

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Walter Bishop Jr.Soul Village ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – and like those gems, this set features Bishop working on Fender Rhodes – hitting a groove we never would have expected in the old days, and really going for a style that's at the hippest end of the soul jazz spectrum of the 70s! Tunes are a mix of funky fusion and modal, spiritual styles – and other players include Randy Brecker on trumpet, Gerry Niewood on tenor and flute, and George Young on soprano and alto sax – and the horns are all arranged tightly by Mitch Farber, in a way that adds an extra edge to the record, but still leaves plenty of space for Bishop's solo flights on the keys. Titles include great versions of "Soul Village", "Coral Keys", and "Soul Turnaround" – plus the cuts "Philadelphia Bright", "Sweet Rosa", and "Valerie". CD

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Black Children Sledge Funk BandBlack Children Sledge Funk Band Vol 3 – Aviation Grand Father ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
Their name may be a mouthful, but the Black Children Sledge Funk Band have a groove that's nice and lean – a wicked blend of basslines, percussion, and lots of riffing guitar – plus these very cool keyboards that wander over the grooves and give the whole thing a sweetly spacey vibe! These guys are definitely on the sharper side of the Afro funk spectrum – and occasionally have some trippy elements in their music – especially when the vocals come together from the group members, which creates a heady quality that lives up to the album's great cover image. Titles include "In Search Of Yesterday", "The Eye That Can See", "Grandfather", "Working Together", and "Boogie Saturday". CD

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BlundettoSlow Dance ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
The title's a great one for this album by Blundetto – given that the groove is beautifully deep, and the music moves at a pace that would make it hard to do anything but dance slow! Yet the set's not a sleepy one – as it's got all the richness and complexity of previous Blundetto efforts, and show the continuing evolution to dubbier corners of the musical spectrum explored on the past few records – a revision of Jamaican roots, but with a sound that's never standard reggae at all – despite guest appearances from Ken Boothe, Cornell Campbell, and others. Titles include "Good Ol Days", "My Weed My Queen", "Passed The Worst", "Have A Little Faith", "Story Never Told", "Colombette", "Chamber Dub", "History Dance", and "Satta". CD

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Joanne BrackeenTring-A-Ling (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
Pretty strong work from Joanne Brackeen – a great 70s trio set, with either Cecil McBee or Clint Houston on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – plus some guest tenor work by Michael Brecker, who's definitely at the sharper side of his spectrum! Brecker's tone here is raw and adventurous – much more so than on any of his own albums of the time – a perfect fit for Brackeen's strong work on the piano, which is very open and free flowing throughout. Titles include "New True Illusions", "Haiti B", "Echoes", "Fi Fi's Rock", and "Shadowbrook Aire". CD also features three bonus tracks – alternate takes of "Fi Fi's Rock", "Echoes", and "New True Illusions". CD

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Anthony BraxtonFor Alto ... CD
Delmark, 1969. Used ... $8.99
One of the first solo saxophone recordings of the 60s – recorded as one of the first few sessions by a young Anthony Braxton! As the title implies, the whole album features alto sax – played freely by Braxton with a depth of creativity and sense of humanity to rival any of the previous greatness of his generation from bigger names on labels like Impulse or ESP. There's a great sense of restraint here too – not one that has Braxton on the inside of the jazz spectrum, but which keeps him focused, and never to overly-indulgent in this new sort of setting. The sounds from his alto are clearly revolutionary – even from the perspective of many decades later – and we honestly think this record still beats most of the albums of this type that have come out in the years since it was first recorded! Tunes are all dedicated to Braxton's friends and heroes, in sort of a who's-who of the avant garde – and ttles include "To Composer John Cage", "To Leroy Jenkins", "To Murray De Pillars", and "To Pianist Cecil Taylor". CD

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Tim BuckleyLorca ... LP
Elektra, 1970. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Far-thinking genius from Tim Buckley – and one of his most experimental albums ever! Lorca really takes off from the sound of earlier albums – pushing the jazz side of the spectrum even more, and stretching out on longer tracks that have his vocals riffing a lot more than usual. Backing is relatively spare – with some nice use of pipe organ and electric piano – and Tim himself is playing 12-string guitar on the sessions. Tunes are all long, and feature some really haunting, echoey vocals. Titles include "Lorca", "I Had A Talk With My Woman", "Anonymous Proposition", and "Driftin". A bizarre but brilliant effort! LP, Vinyl record album
(Butterfly label pressing with Sterling stamp.)

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CollocutorInstead (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
On The Corner (UK), 2014. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 31.98
A gem of a record that came out at a time when the UK scene was just beginning to explode with a whole new wave of jazz energy – and a set that's ripe for rediscovery even a few years later! Collocutor are a smallish group – just a septet – but they play with a righteous majesty that recalls the work of older spiritual jazz ensembles – this sense of power and vision that comes through right away in their music, and which continues throughout the entire record – making the whole thing one hell of a rich musical statement! Things are mostly in the spiritual jazz spectrum, but go outside a bit from time to time – and there seems to be some echo and other production elements used to expand the sound slightly, but never in a gimmicky way. The group play with plenty of percussion at the core, plus tenor from Josephine Davies, trumpet from Simon Finch, guitar from Marco Piccioni, and flute, baritone, and soprano sax from Tamar Osborn. Titles include "Gozo", "Elephant Room", "Instead", "Agama", and "Archaic Morning". LP, Vinyl record album

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John ColtraneJohn Coltrane Live In Paris – 17 Novembre 1962 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1962. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Wonderful live work from the John Coltrane Quartet – tracks recorded in Paris during a famous 1962 European tour – and material that we're not sure we've seen anywhere else! The group here is, of course, that masterful lineup of Coltrane on tenor and soprano saxophone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – really stretching out on long tracks that are full of modal energy, emphasized very strongly by Tyner and Garrison – and which have these beautiful solos from John that are very exploratory in both tone and phrasing, but which still hang more on the inside edge of the spectrum than his live work from a few years later. The set features a spoken introduction from Norman Granz – then moves into a 22 minute take on "Impressions", a 23 minute version of "My Favorite Things", and a 15 minut reading of "Mr PC" – plus a shorter, soulful ballad reading of "Everytime We Say Goodbye". CD

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Arthur ConleyI'm Living Good – The Soul Of Arthur Conley 1964 to 1974 ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A deep deep deep collection of work from Arthur Conley – one that really shows the true spectrum of his mighty soul talents – and which goes way past his few overplayed hits of the 60s! The focus here is on slow-burners and mellow groovers – tunes that really bring out the depth of Conley's southern soul vocals – a richness that's right up there with his one-time mentor Otis Redding, recorded brilliantly at the legendary Fame studios! The label-spanning collection brings together material for the Atlantic, Fame, Jotis, Ru-Jac, and Capricorn labels – and has the usual top-shelf Ace Records presentation of detailed notes with vintage photos and label scans as well. Titles include "Let's Go Steady", "God Bless", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "There's A Place For Us", "Take Me", "Where You Lead Me", "Stop Knocking", "I Want Your Love", "Otis Sleep On", "Put Our Love Together", "Let Nothing Separate", and "Walking On Eggs". CD

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Francesco De MasiLa Macchina Della Violenza (aka The Big Game) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Beat/Spettro (Italy), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
An excellent 70s Italian film score – penned for a political thriller, but handled with a fair bit of sweet and lovely themes! The album's one of the best we've ever heard from Francesco De Masi, and it nicely mixes his usual strong talents for action with a bit more warmth that befits the sexier side of the Italian cinematic spectrum. Sweet strings glide in alongside tighter electric basslines on some tracks – and others feature evocative woodwind bits, haunting piano, and a few more dramatic orchestrations – all wrapped up with really lovely sound throughout, and reissued here in a wonderful new package that really fits the music! There's a few vocal tracks – "Tomorrow Is A Foreign Land" and "Time On My Hands" – sung in English by Melody – and other titles include "The Story Of A Dream", "Running Against The Time", "Cape Town Harbour", "Soldiers Aboard", "Red Clouds", "Ending A Dream", "Suspect & Love", and "You'll Kill Her". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500 – includes poster!)

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DissentDissent ... CD
Wide Hive, 2001. Used ... $4.99
A pretty sweet set of funky grooves and programmed beats – played by a group that contains both old and new players, armed with a variety of skills! The older end of funk is represented by guitarist Calvin Keys, of Black Jazz Records fame, and drummer Ron E Beck, who's recorded with Tower Of Power – and the newer end of the funk spectrum is filled by the keyboardist, sax player, vocalist, and bassist in the group. The tracks have a good mixture of 70s soundtrack funk with touches of 90s sample/beat culture – and there's plenty of warm soulful moments, and strong jazzy playing, both of which make for a real album of grooves that goes way beyond a simple postmodern pastiche of tricks. Titles include "Apollo", "Thoughts On Freedom", "So Damn Phisticated", "Sound Is God", "Corporate Voodoo", and "Bringing It On". Think Poets of Rhythm without the pot smoke, and you'll get a decent idea of the sound. CD

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Lou DonaldsonMr Shing-A-Ling (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
A massive little record, and a real turning point for alto genius Lou Donaldson – as he uses the set to move from the tight bop of earlier years into a whole new spectrum of funky grooves! Key to this project is drummer Idris Muhammad – who's on the kit, already kicking it up in the way that would make him a jazz funk legend as the 70s began – but so young here, he's working under his original name of Leo Morris! The rest of the group is equally great – with the up-and-coming Lonnie Smith on Hammond and Jimmy Ponder on guitar – plus tight trumpet from Blue Mitchell, who's really hitting his most soulful sound of the 60s. Titles include Donaldson's fantastic funky reworking of "Ode To Billie Joe" – a very famous sample cut over the years – plus the soulful groovers "The Humpback", "Peepin", "The Kid", and a nice take on "The Shadow Of Your Smile". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet series – pressed at RTI!)

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Dr RubberfunkMy Life At 45 ... CD
Jalapeno (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $12.99
Dr Rubberfunk's an artist who just seems to get funkier and funkier as the years go on – and this collection of recent singles and recordings is much heavier on the deep funk side of the spectrum than we might have expected! There's still some of the programming and samples of his early work, but there's also a lot more live elements too – mixed up with occasional vocal contributions from guests who include John Turrell, Izo FitzRoy, Stephanie Whitelock, and Ben Castle – who balance the album out alongside a set of instrumental numbers too. Titles include "How Beautiful", "Boom", "Matter Of Time", "Laid Bare", "Longshore Drift", "A Little Blahzay", "Slim's Mood", "With Love", and "Steppin In". CD

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Remigo DucrosAmerica Giovane (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Leo/BTF (Italy), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99
A groovy set of sound library tunes from Remigio Ducros – a set dedicated to the liberated young Americans of the early 70s, who get a mighty nice soundtrack from the man himself! The tunes are a mix of full-on funk and laidback numbers – the latter of which still have a current of funk in the rhythms, but mixed with a bit more rock at times – sometimes acoustic, sometimes fuzzy and Hendrixy, a few points even with some harmonica – all with a more dynamic range than you might guess from a faceless sound library set! Ducros really spans the spectrum in his styles – as you might guess from titles that include "Campus Sit In", "Village Blues", "Black Congregation", "Country Feeling", "Sunday In Central Park", "Weekend Down Town", "Ride ON", "Hendrix Memento", "Black Not Coloured", and "The State Of Harlem". LP, Vinyl record album

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Herb Ellis & Stuff SmithTogether ... LP
Epic, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99
Strings are king in this rare set from guitarist Herb Ellis and jazz violinist Stuff Smith – a date that's possibly more on Stuff's side of the spectrum, but which comes during a short by great run of Ellis work for Epic in the early 60s! Tracks are longer than you might expect – especially for a Smith session – with an open feel that's got an almost Verve-like energy. Ellis gets some great open solos on the date, and Stuff vocalizes on two tracks in this cool raspy way – and titles include "Skip It", "Blues For Janet", "Get Acquainted Blues", and "Hillcrest". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Together ... LP 19.99

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Herb Ellis & Stuff SmithTogether ... LP
Epic, 1963. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Strings are king in this rare set from guitarist Herb Ellis and jazz violinist Stuff Smith – a date that's possibly more on Stuff's side of the spectrum, but which comes during a short by great run of Ellis work for Epic in the early 60s! Tracks are longer than you might expect – especially for a Smith session – with an open feel that's got an almost Verve-like energy. Ellis gets some great open solos on the date, and Stuff vocalizes on two tracks in this cool raspy way – and titles include "Skip It", "Blues For Janet", "Get Acquainted Blues", and "Hillcrest". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono white label promo. Cover has a light stain at the top left corner.)
Also available Together ... LP 5.99

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✨✧ Peven EverettMedicine Man ... CD
Studio Confession, 2011. New Copy ... About September 25, 2020
Soulful medicine served up by the mighty Peven Everett – one of the most spiritual talents in the underground today, and an artist who can definitely live up to the title of this set! The grooves are warm and flowing – often on the more upbeat side of the Peven spectrum, which means a bit of a house influence at the bottom, but a solid soulful delivery all the way through! There's plenty of sweet keyboards, and Peven's vocals are still right on the money – a mix of spoken and beautifully sung verses, the latter of which have that sweet crackle that always makes him sound so great. Titles include "Paradise Kiss", "Drop The Attitude", "Help Me", "A Player's Work Is Never Done", "Your Lovin Eases My Mind", and "Decisions". CD

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Freedom PowerFreedom Power ... LP
CMT/Sonor (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... About September 10, 2020 (delayed)
Mad funky work from the Italian studio scene of the 70s – the only album we've ever seen from Freedom Power – a combo who play with the energy of an American blacksploitation soundtrack from back in the day! There's loads of heavy drums, fast-riffing guitar, and sweet keyboards on the set – and although the record's got a few trippy moments that feature slightly psychedelic production, the overall vibe is way more in the soulful side of the spectrum – which really gives the album a universal appeal. There's some great tenor on a few cuts, and we wish we could tell you more about the players – but we're guessing they're some top-shelf jazz musicians, working under an assumed name. Titles include "Happy Fire", "Sigla RP", "Reaction", "Vortice", "Psycho", "Trip Free", "Freedom Power", "Privacy", and "Dopping 2000". LP, Vinyl record album

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Grant GreenGrant's First Stand ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Grant's First Stand – and a mighty one at that! The set was recorded when Green was a guitarist fresh on the scene – showing up in New York from St Louis, where he'd been discovered by Lou Donaldson and brought to Blue Note with great acclaim! For this first date, Green's heard in really stripped-down company – just Hammond from Baby Face Willette and drums from Ben Dixon – a spare trio setting that makes for a madly cooking little record, and one without some of the smoother edges of Greens' later years! The set's as raw and soulful as Willette's own Blue Note classics – and is very much in the side of the spectrum that Donaldson was bringing to the label at a time – a much-needed dose of new energy from the Prestige Records side of the tracks. Every track's a winner – and titles include "Blues For Willarene", "Baby's Minor Lope", "Miss Ann's Tempo", and "A Wee Bit O Green". LP, Vinyl record album

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Steven HalpernChristening Is Listening – A Soundtrack For Every Body ... LP
Aartrud (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99
Some of the earliest work we've ever seen from Steven Halpern, and some of the best – a mid 70s set that predates some of his better-known new age records of later years – and which has a sound that's maybe a bit more compressed and focused overall! Steven's still playing plenty of Fender Rhodes throughout – using the keys in those enigmatic ways that always make his records so great – mixed with light touches on bass, trumpet, electric flute, and guitar – but only at a few points, so that most of the record is just Halpern opening up with these beautiful lines on the Rhodes! Side one features the long "Sound Spectrum Suite" – and side two features "Be Muse Ment", "Trans Pan Dance", and "Subtle Body Suite" – the last of which is actually a funky Rhodes tune! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with varied front artwork!)

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Matthew HalsallOneness ... CD
Gondwana (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
Never-issued work from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – most of it recorded during the year of 2008, a time when Halsall was first really starting to make a name for himself – and also working with the great tenorist Nat Birchall! Birchall is on most of these tracks, and together the pair move into territory that's along the more meditative side of the spectrum than their first few albums – spiritual jazz, but of a slow-building style that often frequently features work on harp from either Stan Ambrose or Rachael Gladwin – in a mode that's clearly inspired by the Impulse Records material of Alice Coltrane, but which also has a very personal vibe – given the strong solo work of both Halsall and Birchall. The set also features two Indian-styled tunes, recorded with sitar and tabla – and titles include "Life", "Oneness", "Distant Land", "Stories From India", "Loving Kindness", "Stan's Harp", and "The Traveller". CD
Also available Oneness (3LP set) ... LP 32.99

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✨✧ Matthew HalsallOneness (3LP set) ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2019. New Copy 3LP ... $32.99
Never-issued work from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – most of it recorded during the year of 2008, a time when Halsall was first really starting to make a name for himself – and also working with the great tenorist Nat Birchall! Birchall is on most of these tracks, and together the pair move into territory that's along the more meditative side of the spectrum than their first few albums – spiritual jazz, but of a slow-building style that often frequently features work on harp from either Stan Ambrose or Rachael Gladwin – in a mode that's clearly inspired by the Impulse Records material of Alice Coltrane, but which also has a very personal vibe – given the strong solo work of both Halsall and Birchall. The set also features two Indian-styled tunes, recorded with sitar and tabla – and titles include "Life", "Oneness", "Distant Land", "Stories From India", "Loving Kindness", "Stan's Harp", and "The Traveller". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Oneness ... CD 14.99

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Hersh HamelHersh Hamel's Song Book – Featuring Art Pepper ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1975. Used ... $9.99
A rare funky jazz outing for saxophonist Art Pepper – recorded in the mid 70s under the leadership of bassist Hersh Hamel! Although Hamel had been working in a variety of jazz styles since the 50s, for this outing he chose to work in a mode that was part soul, part jazz, and very groovy overall! There's a righteous, progressive feel to the record – one that's never too over the top, but which explores some of the hipper sides of the jazz spectrum at the time – and which makes great use of a few female soul vocalists to really send home the message of the tunes. The core group features Hamel on electric bass, Pepper on alto, Pete Robinson on keyboards, and Steve Strazzeri on drums – augmented by singers Linda McCrary, Judy Brown, and Brenda Burns – who sing the words to Hamel's great compositions on the album. The whole thing's wonderful – with a feel that's up there with some of the hippest soul jazz of the time on Muse or Catalyst, but even better, given the vocals. Titles include the slow break tune "Come To Me", plus "Dance Now", "Mr Yes", "Image Before You", and "Feels Good". CD

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✨✧ Andy HarlowSorpresa La Flauta ... CD
Vaya, 1972. Used ... $18.99
A classic early album from Larry Harlow's flute-playing brother – a set that grooves along with the trademark family groove, but which also has a fair bit of sensitive moments as well! There's a jazzier style here than on some of the classic Orchestra Harlow albums – one that comes not only from Andy's lively work on flute, but also from the overall phrasing and timing of tunes – done mostly in a mode that shifts towards the hipper Nuyorican side of the salsa spectrum. Titles include "Sorpresa La Flauta", which has a slow funky groove in kind of a west coast Latin type style – and other tracks feature vocals by Johnny Vasquez, with titles that include "Ay Que Bueno", "Superstar", "La Loteria", and "Amor Perdido". CD
(Out of print, original white back Vaya pressing.)

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Donny Hathaway/Quincy JonesCome Back Charleston Blue (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atco/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
An unusual album in the Atlantic career of Donny Hathaway – and a unique collaboration with the legendary Quincy Jones! The music here is Hathaway's sole entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack genre of the 70s – penned for film version of a Chester Himes novel, and scored in a mix of funky 70s modes and other more standard jazz styles. Quincy's on board as the "musical supervisor" – and clearly helps Donny focus his energies towards the hipper side of the soundtrack spectrum, especially on the more contemporary styled tracks. And although most of the work here is instrumental, Hathaway also sings a bit too – most famously on the classic "Little Ghetto Boy" – which is easily one of Donny's greatest tracks ever! Other titles include "Come Back Charleston Blue", with vocals by Margie Joseph, plus "Bossa Nova", "Tim's High", "Hearse To Graveyard", "Harlem Dawn", "String Segue", "Furniture Truck", and "Liberation". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddie HendersonShuffle & Deal ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
A crackling sharp album from trumpeter Eddie Henderson – a set that's got Eddie blowing in some of the more swinging, soulful sides of his spectrum – with support from an excellent group who really keep things moving! There's a tight rhythm trio at the core – Kenny Barron on piano, Gerald Cannon on bass, and Mike Clark on drums – and Barron's ability to roll out rich lines full of feeling really helps set the tone for the set – while alto player Donald Harrison joins Eddie up top, really dealing out some great moments next to the chromatic quality of Henderson's horn. Titles include "Cook's Bay", "By Any Means", "Flight Path", "Shuffle & Deal", "Burnin", "Boom", and "God Bless The Child". CD

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Hercules7 Ways (voc, club, inst) ... 12-inch
Dance Mania, Mid 80s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A classic bit of house from Chicago – written and produced by Marshall Jefferson, mixed by Lil Louis, and with a sexy thumping groove that's much more towards the warmer end of the spectrum than other Chicago work of the time! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow label pressing with Trutone stamp.)

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Phyllis HymanI Refuse To Be Lonely ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1995. Used ... $4.99
Phyllis Hyman's last full album in the studio – and really more of a collection of unreleased material put together after her untimely early death, but a set that still stands nicely alongside most of Hyman's best work in the later years. The feel on the record is mature and powerful – almost regal at times, as if Hyman had realized her role in the soul spectrum, and had begun to record as such. Titles include "This Too Shall Pass", "I'm Truly Yours", "I'm Calling You", "I Refuse To Be Lonely", "Why Not Me", and "Give Me One Good Reason To Stay". CD
(Out of print, tray card has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ IncognitoBees & Things & Flowers ... CD
Dome/Narada, 2006. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Another amazing set from Bluey and Incognito – one of the few groups who seem to get better and better as the years go by! The title of this album is a line from Roy Ayers' classic "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" – and the group begin the record with an excellent cover version of that tune – really setting the scene for the warmly jazzy grooves to come! Somehow, the sound here seems more "instant classic" than ever before – perfectly recorded, deeply soulful, and filled with just the right balance of 70s styles and contemporary touches to keep things fresh throughout. Vocalists include Jocelyn Brown, Carleen Anderson, and Maysa Leak – and Bluey makes no attempt to hide his love of older music – covering tracks from both the pop and soul side of the spectrum, including "That's The Way Of The World", "Summer In The City", "Tin Man", and "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" – as well as "Always There", which is remade here in a new Incognito version, as is "Still A Friend Of Mine". Other tracks include "Everyday", "Raise", "Crave", and "Deep Waters". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Bees & Things & Flowers (UK pressing) ... CD 4.99

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IncognitoBees & Things & Flowers (UK pressing) ... CD
Dome (UK), 2006. Used ... $4.99
Another amazing set from Bluey and Incognito – one of the few groups who seem to get better and better as the years go by! The title of this album is a line from Roy Ayers' classic "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" – and the group begin the record with an excellent cover version of that tune – really setting the scene for the warmly jazzy grooves to come! Somehow, the sound here seems more "instant classic" than ever before – perfectly recorded, deeply soulful, and filled with just the right balance of 70s styles and contemporary touches to keep things fresh throughout. Vocalists include Jocelyn Brown, Carleen Anderson, and Maysa Leak – and Bluey makes no attempt to hide his love of older music – covering tracks from both the pop and soul side of the spectrum, including "That's The Way Of The World", "Summer In The City", "Tin Man", and "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" – as well as "Always There", which is remade here in a new Incognito version, as is "Still A Friend Of Mine". Other tracks include "Everyday", "Raise", "Crave", and "Deep Waters". CD

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Stonewall JacksonThat's Why I'm Walkin – Singles A's & B's 1957 to 1962 ... CD
Columbia/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
Stonewall Jackson may not be one of the best-remembered singers of his generation, but during the time covered in this set he really delivered a fantastic string of singles for Columbia Records – the kind of classic country gems that are often equally great on both sides of the record! Jackson's got this raw twang on his vocals on most of these tracks – a warbling charm that's somewhere in the Lefty Frizell side of the spectrum – and even as he moves into some folksier material during the second stretch of this set, his vocal charms hold things very strong – especially as he moves back to straighter country towards the end. 32 tracks in all – with titles that include "Hungry For Love", "Leona", "That's Why I'm Walkin", "Waterloo", "Don't Be Angry", "A Broken Heart A Wedding Band", "I Need You Real Bad", "A Wound Time Can't Erase", "Can't Hang Up The Phone", "Slowly", "Thirty Links Of Chain", "Run", "Grieving In My Heart", and "Gettin Older". CD

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Jazz DefendersScheming ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $9.99
The first we've ever heard from the Jazz Defenders – but a record that makes it feel like the group has been together for years – as the songs explode with all sorts of fresh ideas and individual voices – all while the whole thing stays in strongly soulful, swinging territory! The tunes are all originals – and the group's led by keyboardist Greg Cooper, who plays organ, piano, and Wurlitzer – in a lineup that also features Nick Malcolm on trumpet and Nicholas Dover on saxes – players who clearly understand an older legacy of soulful jazz from the Prestige/Blue Note side of the spectrum, but who also don't just go for a slavish recreation of that style! Instead, there's lots of interesting rhythmic interplay at the bottom of the tunes, which seems to set the horns and piano in bright new directions – on titles that include "Late", "Hawkeye Jorge", "Costa Del Lol", "Scheming", "Brown Down", and "Top Down Tourism". CD
Also available Scheming ... LP 22.99

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Jazz DefendersScheming ... LP
Haggis (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
The first we've ever heard from the Jazz Defenders – but a record that makes it feel like the group has been together for years – as the songs explode with all sorts of fresh ideas and individual voices – all while the whole thing stays in strongly soulful, swinging territory! The tunes are all originals – and the group's led by keyboardist Greg Cooper, who plays organ, piano, and Wurlitzer – in a lineup that also features Nick Malcolm on trumpet and Nicholas Dover on saxes – players who clearly understand an older legacy of soulful jazz from the Prestige/Blue Note side of the spectrum, but who also don't just go for a slavish recreation of that style! Instead, there's lots of interesting rhythmic interplay at the bottom of the tunes, which seems to set the horns and piano in bright new directions – on titles that include "Late", "Hawkeye Jorge", "Costa Del Lol", "Scheming", "Brown Down", and "Top Down Tourism". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Scheming ... CD 9.99

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JazztronikSamurai ... CD
Pantone (UK), 2005. Used ... $9.99
A great introduction to the work of Jazztronik – one of the greatest groups from Japan in recent years! The package pulls together tunes from the expensive import Set Free, plus other singles and assorted bits – into one tasty 12 track set that offers up the Japanese Jazztronik groove at a price that's a lot more affordable for those of us on the lower end of the economic spectrum! Keyboardist Ryo Nozaki is at the helm of all tracks – working beautifully in both acoustic and electric shades of tone – and some tracks feature full arrangements with lots of jazzy instrumentation, while others kick back into a more atmospheric groove. Titles include "Muddy Muddy", "Samurai", "The Piano", "Dance With Me (dub)", "Colour Of Days", "Livin High", "Arabesque", "Nana", "Things We Like", "Phoenix", and "Froro". CD

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George JonesStill The Same Old Me/First Time Live/One Woman Man/Friends In High Places ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Four later albums from the great George Jones – packed together in a 2CD set! First up is Still The Same Ole Me – and on the set, George Jones is still definitely the same old me – even if his voice has aged and changed over the years! The album's got some great songs that really hit the more heartbreaking side of the Jones spectrum – which was always his best in later years – and titles include "Couldn't Love Have Picked A Better Time To Die", "Daddy Come Home", "Good Ones & Bad Ones", "You Can't Get The Hell Out Of Texas", "Same Ole Me", and "Together Alone". First Time Live is maybe one of the best George Jones albums of the 80s – a live set, and one that's got this easygoing charm that really holds the whole thing together! Backings are by The Jones Boys, who work perfectly with George – giving him support that feels relaxed and more spontaneous than some of his studio work of the time. Titles include "Tennessee Whiskey", "Fox On The Run", "I'm Not Ready Yet", "Who's Gonna Chop My Baby's Kindling", and "He Stopped Loving Her Today". One Woman Man is an overlooked gem from the end of the 80s – a set that has George hitting some of the vocal moments of his 70s classics, in a mix of tunes that really open up his charms. Titles include "I'm A One Woman Man", "Don't You Ever Get Tired", "Burning Bridges", "Pretty Little Lady From Beaumont Texas", "A Place In The Country", and "Just Out Of Reach". Friends In High Places is a set of duets with some of George's contemporaries, and a whole host of younger talents he inspired – a lineup of guests that includes Shelby Lynne, Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Vern Gosdin, Tim Mensy, Ricky Scaggs, and others – on titles that include "A Few Ole Country Boys", "Love's Gonna Live Here", "If I Could Bottle This Up", "I've Been There", "It Hurts As Much In Texas", and "You Can't Do Wrong & Get By". CD

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✨✧ Kimiko Kasai with Herbie HancockButterfly ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1979. Used ... $16.99
A legendary pairing of talents – as Japanese jazz singer Kimiko Kasai works alongside Herbie Hancock – in a setting that's very much on the soul side of the spectrum! Both Herbie and Kimiko started out with a straighter jazz sound in their early years – but by the end of the 70s, they'd both picked up plenty of influences from R&B – although Kasai's work was largely unknown to American audiences. This set is one of those rare Japanese-only sessions by Herbie at the time – a few of which have gotten released overseas as the decades have gone on – and Hancock is in his best keyboard groove, and also gets additional help on the keys from Webster Lewis – who no doubt brings a strong soul current to the music too. Other musicians include Bennie Maupin on soprano and tenor sax, Paul Jackson on bass, Ray Obeido on guitar, Alphonse Mouzon on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion – in a groove that's like a tighter take on the sound of The Headhunters. Kimiko sings in English – and titles include some great versions of Herbie Hancock tunes – including "Maiden Voyage", "Sunlight", "Butterfly", "Tell Me A Bedtime Story", and "Harvest Time" – plus a great take on Stevie Wonder's "As", the cut "Head In The Clouds", and the funk-steeped opener "I Thought It Was You". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Kokee BandExotica 1970 ... LP
Solid State, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
This is a massively overlooked album! Not only is it a great late-sixties take on Exotica, but it's also got some funky grooves and nice jazzy soloing, ala Sound Gallery or Sound Spectrum material. It's almost like the Chicharrones album, by the Latin Gents, if you know that one – and tracks include "Moon Of Manakoora", "Baia", "Misirlou", and "Tico Tico". Very nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and aging.)

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Lee KonitzAn Image – Lee Konitz With Strings ... LP
Verve, 1958. Very Good- ... $13.99
A rare "with strings" session for altoist Lee Konitz – recorded back in his great years with Verve, set to wonderful arrangements from a young Bill Russo! The style here is a bit darker and more spare than some of the other albums of this type from the time – and Russo brings plenty of somber tones to the record – not in a bad way, but in a style that lets Lee's horn be the most strongly redeeming feature of the session – often stepping forth in relatively unfettered mode, with many of the strings at the lower end of the sound spectrum. Titles include the extended "An Image Of Man", plus "What's New", "Blues For Our Children", "The Daffodil's Sake", and "Music For Alto Saxophone & Strings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereophonic pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging, a split top seam held with pieces of clear tape, some splitting in the spine, and a 4 inch split in the bottom seam.)

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Prince Lasha EnsembleInsight ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ... $6.99 12.98
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the instrumentation, played by David Snell in a style that's right up there with Dorothy Ashby's best jazz work. Pianist Stan Tracey is also on board – playing beautiful notes that have a sharp modern edge, while still falling on the inside of the spectrum – and Lasha himself is especially great – blowing plastic alto sax and wooden flute, both of which have a slightly offbeat sound – but one that's surprisingly warm, which makes the album one of his most sensitive and soulful sessions ever! The tunes are a mix of standards and originals – and there's a wonderful sense of balance here – sounds that are sometimes more inside than other records from Lasha, but which have a really Dolphy-like sense of expression – right at home amidst a wider history of jazz, yet also reaching for new ideas at the same time. Pure genius throughout, and a record that was never made available to audiences in the US. Titles include "Nuttin Out Jones", "Impressions Of Eric Dolphy", "Out Of Nowhere", "Just Friends", "Body & Soul", and "Everything Happens To Me". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Leo's SunshippWe Need Each Other (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Lyons/Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A really great underground groover from the 70s – an album that hardly got any circulation at the time, but which has gone onto become the stuff of legend over the years! The album's a bit unusual, in that it almost feels like an expanded package of 12" singles – as the a-side features four vocal tracks that are all great club numbers – then the b-side has all the same songs, but presented as instrumentals! There's a nicely sophisticated feel to most numbers – almost in the Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson side of the spectrum – more midtempo mellow club than any sort of disco – and the set includes the classic cut "Give Me the Sunshine", and the original recording of "I'm Back for More", which was the big hit for Al Johnson a few years later. The other two tracks are "Madam Butterfly" and "Get Down People" – and all four of these are also done as instrumentals. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – on heavyweight yellow vinyl!)

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✨✧ Abbey LincolnAbbey Lincoln's Affair – A Story Of A Girl In Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Liberty/Capitol, 1956. Used ... $3.99
One of the strangest things about Abbey Lincoln's career is the fact that, despite her hip affiliations with the left end of the jazz spectrum, she's actually been slotted into a fair number of straighter projects, not only in music, but in film as well. This album's a perfect example of that – and may well be the reason for Abbey's later leanings towards the left – as here, in her debut LP, she comes off as a dreamy girl singer, recorded by Liberty almost in a mode that's similar to Julie London or some of their other gal stars – with complicated backings from Benny Carter and Marty Paich. The record is lacking the stark captivating quality of Abbey's later records, but it does have a certain kind of charm – especially as the love themes in the set are all-adult, at a mature level that you'd really only hear from a rare few other singers, like Shirley Horn or Lorez Alexandria. Titles include "Two Cigarettes In The Dark", "Take Me In Your Arms", "No More", "Affair", "This Can't Be Love", "I Wake Up Smiling", and "Love Walked In". CD
(Out of print. Spine has a thin cutout notch.)

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Antonino Riccardo LucianiAgonia Della Civilta ... LP
Flower/Intervallo (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
A sound library record, but one from the much darker side of the 70s spectrum – that special small sub-genre of sound library material that's not groovy, but very experimental – almost as if the composer AR Luciani were able to work with even more freedom than some of the artists who were creating avant classical or electronic records of the time! The tunes are full of stark sounds that often move into atonal areas – sometimes electronic, sometimes acoustic but with a cold electronic spirit – and seemingly repeated using tape tricks or other effects, so that a number of tunes loop back on themselves in a really cool way. Titles include "Folla Senza Volto", "Morte Progressiva", "Esodo Di Popolazioni", "Inabitabilita", "Dramma Dell'Evoluzione", and "Metropoli In Agonia". LP, Vinyl record album

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McDonald & GilesMcDonald & Giles ... LP
Cotillion, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $49.99
A stunning spinoff from the first incarnation of King Crimson – a brilliant record from the team of Ian MacDonald and Michael Giles – both of whom move into territory that's quite different than their work with the more famous Fripp-led group! There's definitely elements here of the music the pair brought to King Crimson – but the songs are looser, more personal, and often have more jazz-rock elements in the mix – which can even result in some cool funky passages at times that are a quite soulful surprise! The album also features strong lyrical contributions from Peter Sinfield, who also sounds a bit hipper here – and work from Steve Winwood, who may well be one of the forces for the more soulful side of the spectrum. Lots of nice flute lines – almost Harold McNair-ish at times – and titles include "Suite In C", "Flight Of The Ibis", "Is She Waiting", "Tomorrow's People The Children Of Today", and "Birdman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the Atlantic inner sleeve.)

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John McLaughlinExtrapolation ... LP
Polydor, 1968. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Most likely our favorite album by John McLaughlin – and one that features him in a wonderfully spare setting – alongside John Surman on saxes, Brian Odges on bass, and Tony Oxley on drums. The playing has a free and loose quality that McLaughlin would later lose on some his more fusion-y outings, and the group runs through some excellent post bop originals and modal excursion – all done with a wide open sound and a great sense of dynamics. Titles include "Extrapolation", "It's Funny", "Argen's Bag", "Pete The Poet", "This Is For Us To Share", "Spectrum", "Binky's Beam", "Really You Know", "Two For Two", and "Peace Piece". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Menahan Street BandMake The Road By Walking ... CD
Dunham/Daptone, 2008. Used ... $8.99
A bold slice of work from the Daptone musical universe – a hip project that features work from members of The Dap Kings, El Michels Affair, Budos Band, and Antibalas – all put together with a range of sounds that really show the full spectrum of their styles! The groove's quite unique – even for the ultra-cool Daptone scene – as Menahan Street Band bring in bits of dub, funk, Latin, and Afro-styled sounds to their music – often working with a sense of spareness that seems influenced by 70s Ethiopia, but which comes off with a heavier Wu-inspired sound! There's no vocals at all – just really raw, stark instrumental bits – played on vibes, organ, tenor, flute, piano, trumpet, and some kickass percussion – produced with just the right sort of grit to make all tunes sound great. Titles include "Tired Of Fighting", "Home Again", "Montego Sunset", "The Traitor", "The Contendor", "Birds", "Esma", and "Going The Distance". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Charles MingusThree Or Four Shades Of Blues ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1977. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The three or four shades of the blues here are all pretty darn deep – as Charles Mingus is returning to the soulful gospel-influenced mode he swung big in the early 60s! The record's something of a later predecessor of the classics Blues & Roots for Atlantic and Mingus (x5) for Impulse – and the style is slightly less dramatic, but still quite steeped in soulful explorations that feature plenty of notes from the bluer side of the spectrum! Players include George Coleman and Ricky Ford on tenor, Jack Walrath on trumpet, and Larry Coryell on guitar – and titles include new takes on "Better Git Hit In Your Soul" and "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" – plus"Nobody Knows", "Noddin Ya Head Blues", and "Three Or Four Shades Of Blues". CD
(Recent Japanese SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)

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Roscoe MitchellDiscussions ... CD
Wide Hive, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
The title's an apt one – as the music here is based on the improvisations from Roscoe Mitchell's earlier Conversations albums – but recast in a whole new way for an improvising orchestra! The group here features Mitchell on sopranino sax – a very strong voice out in the lead – but the larger ensemble really has a lot to add to the sound, in a lineup that includes flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, and oboe – reed elements used by Mitchell as in some of his previous "serious music" experiments – then mixed with violin, viola, electronics, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. The sound is a wonderful bridge between the compositional world of Mitchell and some of his looser small group improvisations – and the album satisfied both sides of that sonic spectrum in a great way. Titles include "Cascade", "Cracked Roses", "Who Dat", "Frenzy House", "Home Screen", and "I'll See You Out There". CD

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Noro MoralesNoro Morales En Su Ambiente ... CD
Mar Vel/Disco Hit, Late 50s. Used ... $19.99
Beautiful spare sounds from Noro Morales – and an album that really lets you hear his amazing work on the piano! Most of the album simply features Noro's playing, backed by bass and percussion, and no other orchestration – a really stripped-down setting that's even more spare than the usual Latin album of this nature! The album's very mellow – but has a good late night Latin groove throughout – thanks to this pronounced bassline that really grabs up the bottom end of the sound spectrum – leaving Noro to work on the keys up top. Titles include "Flores Negras", "Tres Palabras", "Tiempos Viejos", "Silencio", "Perfume De Gardenias", and "Palmeras". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ted Moses QuintetSidereal Time ... LP
Radio Canada/Return To Analog (Canada), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A gem of a record from the Canadian scene of the 70s – issued by the house label of Radio Canada, with a very unassuming cover – but a sound that flows out with a heck of a lot more vibrancy than you might expect! Ted Moses plays both acoustic and electric piano, and also blows some really fantastic tenor too – with a style that's soulful and modal, a bit spiritual – maybe a bit like the hippest 70s albums in the US on Catalyst or Muse, but a lot more obscure – given that the record was only aimed at a small local audience. The songwriting is great – all original tunes by Ted – and the rest of the quintet includes trumpet from Mike Malone, bass from Richard Homme, drums and percussion from Terry Clarke, and lots of great work on flutes from Kathryn Moses, who made some great records of her own during the 70s. Titles include "The Last Sadness", "Spectrum", "Hidden Strength", "Eclipse", "Dreamship", and "Sidereal Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 500!)

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Sequoyah MurrayPenalties Of Love EP ... 12-inch
Thrill Jockey, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)... $5.99
A really amazing debut from Sequoyah Murray – a young soul singer we have a feeling we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Sequoyah's got a style that's very much his own – one born out of frequent collaboration and improvisation – with elements that are maybe as jazz-based at times as soul – often set to spare instrumentation with percussion, keyboards, and other subtle sonic elements – frequently very much in the low range of the sonic spectrum, but not in a way that leans heavily on basslines or beats. Instead, there's all these moody sub-spectrum elements that shimmer beneath the vocals – and which create a platform that makes the whole thing unlike anything else we've ever heard. Titles include "True Fun", "Second Born", "Haven", and "Penalties Of Love". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Mario NascimbenePsycorama ... LP
Minstrel/Roundtable (Australia), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 31.98
Some of the moodiest, most unusual music we've ever heard from Mario Nascimbene – an artist who's maybe best known for working in the more romantic side of the spectrum, but who here is using a "mixerama" keyboard – which works a bit like the mellotron to sample elements, then put them into a specific scale! The tunes are often stark and spare, and build slowly in these waves of sonic energy – almost with a quality that feels more like the industrial underground of Zoviet France or Hafler Trio than anything we might have expected from Nascimbene, especially in the 60s. The album features a selection of songs used in short documentary films directed by Roberto Rossellini – and titles include "Angoscia", "Totalia Viole-Celli", "Attesa Antica", "Situazione Orientale", "Riberbo Di Tam Tam", "Percussione Di Timpani", "Tragedia Greca", and "Lunare". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bruno NicolaiEspressioni (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Gemelli/Loneos Editions (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $31.99
Some of the darkest work we've ever heard from Bruno Nicolai – an Italian soundtrack composer who's usually in the more groovy side of the spectrum – but who here proves that he can be as moody and offbeat as his frequent musical partner, Ennio Morricone! The tunes have some occasional swinging moments, but often move into more offbeat, atonal modes – such as those explored by Morricone in his tenser horror soundtracks, or in his music with Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – the latter of whom would be a great comparison to the sound of this set. We've always loved Nicolai's music, and we're even more impressed that he can come up with work of this nature too – especially when he still finds a way to make things feel slightly cinematic. Titles include "Simbolica", "Risolutiva", "Metodica", "Vocale", "Immaginativa", and "Integrante". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 400!)

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Red NorvoHi-Five ... LP
RCA, 1957. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A relatively mellow album of work from Red Norvo – but one that expands his trio sound of the 50s into a quintet, as you might guess from the title! Red's working here with a group that includes the great Jimmy Wyble on guitar, plus Robert Drasnin on flute, clarinet, and alto, Bob Carter on bass, and Bill Douglass on drums – all keeping at the lower end of the sound spectrum, mellowly working with Red's chromatic vibes. There's as much focus here on sound as there is jazz – and titles include "First Things First", "Live & Let Live", "Soft Winds", "Punkin Head", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Easy Does It", and "Copy Cat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth OrchestraSolar-Myth Approach Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
BYG/Fuel 2000, 1970/1971. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
Really unique material from Sun Ra – a pair of recordings that were initially circulated much more strongly than some of his Saturn Records material, thanks to the power of the BYG/Actuel label in the early 70s – but tracks that actually come from a variety of different sessions that Ra himself did with the Arkestra in the late 60s! Tracks are shortish, but very inventive – a well-chosen snapshot of all the new ideas that the group were cooking up during the end of the 60s in New York, with an increased mission to explore the outer reaches of space, and use more electronics than ever before! Ra plays some killer keyboards – moog, spacemaster, and acoustic piano – often with these really eerie tones – and other players include Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Akh Tal Ebah on space dimension mellophone, Ali Hassan on trombone, Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor, and Pat Patrick on baritone – and the whole group vocalizes at points, joined by other singers who include June Tyson and Art Jenkins. There's also some great use of "strange strings" on the sessions, not to mention a bit of reverb – and tracks titles include "Spectrum", "The Satellites Are Spinning", "Seen III Took 4", "Adventures Of Bugs Hunter", "Legend", "The Realm Of Lightning", "The Utter Nots", "Outer Spaceways Inc", "Scene 1 Take 1", "Strange Worlds", "Ancient Ethiopia", "Pyramids", and "Interpretation". CD
(Out of print. Still sealed, small cutout hole through rear case and artwork.)

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Charles Rumback/Jim Baker/John TateJune Holiday ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2020. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
A sublime trio set from drummer Charles Rumback – a record that has us really appreciating the special touch the leader can bring to a date, as this album may also be one of the best that we've heard from pianist Jim Baker in years! Baker has this great way of sounding soulful and lyrical, yet also moving towards the freer side of his spectrum too – working with the subtle drums of Rumback and the careful bass of John Tate, all with energy that almost takes us back to the groundbreaking Three Waves album by Steve Kuhn – one of our favorite piano dates of all time, which is a hell of a compliment to Baker! The album has an open feel, but one that's also very careful too – not the spaciousness of an ECM record, and instead more intense, but in a very understated way. Brilliant throughout – with titles that include "Here & Now", "Hard Goodbye", "Foglights", "Burning Daylight", "Huh", and "Portrait Of Lorena". CD
Also available June Holiday (180 gram pressing) ... LP 15.99

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Charles Rumback/Jim Baker/John TateJune Holiday (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2020. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A sublime trio set from drummer Charles Rumback – a record that has us really appreciating the special touch the leader can bring to a date, as this album may also be one of the best that we've heard from pianist Jim Baker in years! Baker has this great way of sounding soulful and lyrical, yet also moving towards the freer side of his spectrum too – working with the subtle drums of Rumback and the careful bass of John Tate, all with energy that almost takes us back to the groundbreaking Three Waves album by Steve Kuhn – one of our favorite piano dates of all time, which is a hell of a compliment to Baker! The album has an open feel, but one that's also very careful too – not the spaciousness of an ECM record, and instead more intense, but in a very understated way. Brilliant throughout – with titles that include "Here & Now", "Hard Goodbye", "Foglights", "Burning Daylight", "Huh", and "Portrait Of Lorena". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available June Holiday ... CD 8.99

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SBBJerzyk ... LP
GAD (Poland), 1977. New Copy ... $26.99
Seminal funky rock from 70s Poland – recorded by a hard-jamming group who also had plenty of fusion in the mix! The guitars are clearly in the lead here – strutting out next to some tight and frenetic work on drums – but the album's also got a fair bit of keyboards too, including Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and minimoog – all dancing next to the guitars on the album's best tracks. There's a bit of vocalizing from time to time, but the album's really mostly an instrumental affair – one that's more on the rock side of the spectrum, but which has plenty to offer if you're a fan of harder-jamming European fusion from the time! Titles include "Oddech", "Taniec Bulibara", "Palamakia", "Janek", "Wladkowa Kolysanka", and "Garbusek". LP, Vinyl record album

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Conrad SchnitzlerCon ... CD
Paragon/Bureau B (Germany), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Beautiful early solo work from Conrad Schnitzler – a set that's kind of a distillation of the ideas he brought to Tangerine Dream at the start, but distilled down into much more personal territory, with a very different vibe than the sound of that group at the time! The music is every bit as electronic as you'd expect, but it's often quite poetic too – occasionally with some of the spareness of the Sky Records side of the spectrum – but with maybe more of the darkness and more experimental qualities you'd expect from Schnitzler –almost echoes of the Bowie/Eno instrumental experiments of the period. Titles include "Zug", "Metall I", "Black Nails", "Ballet Statique", and "Electric Garden". CD
Also available Con ... LP 22.99

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Conrad SchnitzlerCon ... LP
Paragon/Bureau B (Germany), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Beautiful early solo work from Conrad Schnitzler – a set that's kind of a distillation of the ideas he brought to Tangerine Dream at the start, but distilled down into much more personal territory, with a very different vibe than the sound of that group at the time! The music is every bit as electronic as you'd expect, but it's often quite poetic too – occasionally with some of the spareness of the Sky Records side of the spectrum – but with maybe more of the darkness and more experimental qualities you'd expect from Schnitzler –almost echoes of the Bowie/Eno instrumental experiments of the period. Titles include "Zug", "Metall I", "Black Nails", "Ballet Statique", and "Electric Garden". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Con ... CD 16.99

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Matthew Shipp & Rob BrownThen & Now ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Great work from two players who really seem to find each other very quickly here – improvising freely in a way that creates strong resonance between the piano of Matthew Shipp and the alto of Rob Brown – as both musicians have notes cascading forward in this effortless way, often hitting the sharper sides of their sonic spectrum, yet never in a way that's needlessly flashy or overly aggressive! Instead, there's a simple, basic understanding of the space of free play – and both Brown and Ship step into it with confidence, but mixed with generosity – creating some fantastic sounds together on the eight improvisations on the set. CD

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ShirellesShirelles Swing The Most ... LP
Pricewise, 1964. Very Good ... $6.99
Beautiful stuff from one of the most soulful 60s pop girl groups – and proof that The Shirelles were always a cut above! The record's a great batch of hard to find songs by the group – including some great Goffin/King numbers – recorded with some surprisingly raw vocals that definitely keep The Shirelles more on the soul side of the spectrum than the pop one – set to some soaring uptown soul arrangements that are totally great! Titles include the classic hit "Oh No, Not My Baby", plus "Get Rid Of Him", "His Lips Get In The Way", "A Girl Is Not A Girl", "Please Go Away", "Lonesome Native Girl", "What Does A Girl Do", and "What A Sweet Thing That Was". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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ShirellesSwing The Most/Hear & Now ... CD
Ace (UK), 1964. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Two albums that were originally put together at a time when The Shirelles were away from the studio – but material that easily stands as some of their best work of the 60s! Swing The Most is beautiful stuff from one of the most soulful 60s pop girl groups – and proof that The Shirelles were always a cut above! The record's a great batch of hard to find songs by the group – including some great Goffin/King numbers – recorded with some surprisingly raw vocals that definitely keep The Shirelles more on the soul side of the spectrum than the pop one – set to some soaring uptown soul arrangements that are totally great! Titles include the classic hit "Oh No, Not My Baby", plus "Get Rid Of Him", "His Lips Get In The Way", "A Girl Is Not A Girl", "Please Go Away", "Lonesome Native Girl", "What Does A Girl Do", and "What A Sweet Thing That Was". Hear & Now is a set that was issued by the Pricewise budget subsidiary of Scepter Records – but one that also features some great lesser-known work by The Shirelles – material that was still unreleased at the time of this LP, mixed here with some bigger hits to round things out nicely! The groove is right up there with other Shirelles work of the time – upbeat, soulful, and definitely setting a new standard for girl group soul. Titles include "Sha La La", "Maybe Tonight", "Tonight You're Gonna Fall In Love With Me", "Not for All The Money", "Lost Love", and "Time Will Tell". CD features some great notes on this unique point in the group's career – with details on their struggle with Scepter Records too. CD

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Nina SimoneHere Comes The Sun ... LP
RCA, 1971. Very Good+ ... $49.99
Classic RCA work from the great Nina Simone – and an album that definitely shows Nina hitting more of the soul spectrum than some of her folk and jazz work of the 60s! The set's got these wonderful arrangements from Harold Wheeler – a bit electric, and done in a way that takes familiar tongs and completely recasts them for Nina's own vibe – a way of shifting the sense of spirit to unlock a special Simone-like quality you never would have expected in the tunes from anyone else! Titles include a great version of "Ooh Child", plus "Just Like A Woman", "Here Comes The Sun", "New World Coming", and "My Way". And the set also features Weldon Irvine's own composition, "How Long Must I Wander?" LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Sly5thAveWhat It Is ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $12.99
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together in a great tapestry that showcases the hippest sides of the contemporary soul spectrum – as Sly gets guest help from Denitia, Marlon Craft, Thalma De Freitas, Sene, Melissa McMillan, and others – really bringing a lot of different flavors to the mix, while the maestro keeps it all together with a very unified vibe! In a world of quickie songdrops and long-distance internet productions, a record like this restores our faith in the way forward – thanks to tracks that include "The Night", "Expatria", "C-Side", "What It Is", "Daddy Warbucks", "Boulevards", "With You", "More Or Less", and "Right Here". CD
Also available What It Is (purple vinyl pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 20.99

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Sly5thAveWhat It Is (purple vinyl pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99 21.99
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together in a great tapestry that showcases the hippest sides of the contemporary soul spectrum – as Sly gets guest help from Denitia, Marlon Craft, Thalma De Freitas, Sene, Melissa McMillan, and others – really bringing a lot of different flavors to the mix, while the maestro keeps it all together with a very unified vibe! In a world of quickie songdrops and long-distance internet productions, a record like this restores our faith in the way forward – thanks to tracks that include "The Night", "Expatria", "C-Side", "What It Is", "Daddy Warbucks", "Boulevards", "With You", "More Or Less", and "Right Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on purple vinyl with download.)
Also available What It Is ... CD 12.99

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Carlton Jumel Smith1634 Lexington Avenue ... LP
Timmion, 2019. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
The long-overdue debut of Carlton Jumel Smith – a soul singer with roots at the Harlem address listed in the title, and who's slowly been working his way around the globe in recent years! Those global travels are key to the success of this set – as Smith works very tightly in Finland's Timmion studios with Cold Diamond & Mink – who bring to his music what the Dap-Tones or El Michels have brought to other singers in the deep funk spectrum! Yet the sound here is definitely different than those efforts, too – as Smith is a soul stylist with a nicely open range – able to hit some late 60s sweet soul moments at times, then going for deeper, more righteous sounds at others – all of which really fit the instrumental range of CD&M, who get a bit of help on horn arrangements from Jukka Eskola, in addition to their usual tight sound at the core. Titles include "Love Our Love Affair", "I'd Better", "You Gonna Need Me", "Help Me", "Woman You Made Me", "We're All We Got", and "I Can't Love You Anymore". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithWho's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? ... LP
Verve, 1964. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
A real treasure, and a record that may well be our favorite Jimmy Smith album for Verve – a masterful meeting of his smoking Hammond work with some swingingly sophisticated arrangements by Oliver Nelson and Claus Ogerman! Both Nelson and Ogerman bring a fuller spectrum of horn work to the album than heard on other Smith sides of the time – using an almost orchestral approach to the backings, one that pushes Jimmy even further into the stratosphere as he solos madly on the organ! But don't think that the larger backings are clunky at all – because they're not – and there's a surprisingly deep soul to all the proceedings on the album, making it one of the tightest, grooviest, and deeply soulful records that Jimmy cut after leaving Blue Note! The LP includes two very long cuts – killer versions of "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf" and "Slaughter On 10th Avenue" – plus shorter takes on "Bluesette", "Women Of The World", and "Wives & Lovers" that are all plenty amazing too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label mono promo. Cover has light wear and some tape down half the spine.)

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Soul Source ProductionStandard ... CD
Universal (Japan), 2007. Used ... $16.99
The standard here is pretty darn high – a wonderful batch of club tracks from Soul Source Production, aka Kenichi Yanai – done with help from Monday Michiru, Dimitri From Paris, Epo, and others! As with other Soul Source work, the spirit here is highly collaborative – a mood that shifts nicely from track to track, depending on the guest star, and their particular strengths. Rhythms are mostly in the soulful house side of the spectrum, but the instrumentation often has some warmer touches too – and there's also a few tracks here by other artists, redone in Soul Source versions. Titles include the Soul Source tracks "Down Town", "Shooting Star", "The Real Thing (Soul Source Production natural mix)", "What You Want", "Busy (Yannah rmx)", and "Place" – plus "Work To Do (Soul Source mix)" by Average White Band, "Eastern Soul (Soul Source mix)" by Nu Tropic, "Feelin Blue (Quiet Lakeside mix)" by Earth Wind & Fire with Soul Source Production, and "Saturday In The Park" by Sofa King. CD
(Out of print. Includes obi and slipcover.)

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SPKZamia Lehmanni – Songs Of Byzantine Flowers (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Cold Spring (UK), 1986. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
A real turning point for Graeme Revell and SPK – a set that moves past the easy industrial and metal dance of the group's earlier records, and comes up with the more complicated soundscapes that would serve Revell well for years to come – both in his famous soundtrack music, and his more underground projects! The vibe here is definitely more in the latter mode – kind of the farther, darker reaches of the 4AD spectrum at its best – a matured version of some earlier industrial modes, with a greater sense of the sonic possibilities of the globe – and a trans-historical sensibility that really keeps things interesting – as Revell blends together acoustic and electric sources from a variety of instruments, and samples sounds from live locations too – all in this painterly style that illuminates tunes that include "In Flagrente Delicto", "In The Dying Moments", "Palms Crossed In Sorrow", "Invocation", "Necropolis", and "The Garden Of Earthly Delights". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Jo StaffordJo + Jazz ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Very Good- ... $4.99
They certainly got the title right on this one – as Jo's singing a great batch of jazz-based tracks – and getting help from an array of small group players that include Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Conte Candoli, and Ray Nance! Arrangements are by Johnny Mandel, in a warmly chromatic mode that really helps take Jo's vocals away from the pop end of the spectrum – and into a lush and almost torchy mode that's a real surprise. Mandel does an especially nice job of working the horns into the mix – allowing for some slight but well-placed solo and introduction bits that really help shape the overall sound of the album. Titles include "For You", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Midnight Sun", "The Folks Who Live On The Hill", "I Didn't Know About You", "Imagination", "Dream Of You", "Day Dream", and "I've Got The World On A String". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting in the top seam and a small name in marker on back.)

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StylisticsSpecial Style ... CD
Streetwise/Octave (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
A whole new sound for The Stylistics – one that has the group working here with Maurice Starr in a sweet 80s street soul style! The approach is a surprisingly good one – and given that Starr's backings are always on the lighter side of the spectrum, the group's trademark harmonies are never dominated too much by the beats and the basslines! In a way, hearing Starr work with The Stylistics here, we can almost hear the link he made between older group soul modes and some of the younger acts he pushed to fame in the 80s – but that's not to say that this set is a pop record at all – because The Stylistics keep things real throughout with a great old school approach to their vocals. Titles include "Love Is Serious", "Special", "Let's Go Rockin", "O Sha Ma", "Sad Girl", and "Only From The Heart". CD

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SurpriseBelieve Me ... LP
Beau Monde (France), 1983. New Copy ... $29.99
A wicked bit of 80s electro soul – one that's heavy on Yamaha keyboards and beats, but which was also recorded in Gabon – which gives the whole record a very different sound than New York material of the time! The rhythms are definitely in the funky soul side of the spectrum, but have different inflections and directions than big city beats from the street – maybe more complexity at points, but also a willingness to step back and allow some spots of bluesier inflections in the other instrumentation, which is mostly guitar – an instrument that has less of a rhythmic role here than on the usual soul album. Titles include "Butter Fly", "Ogoue", "We Gonna Have Some Fun", "Believe Me", "Back To LBV", and "Will Be The Only One". LP, Vinyl record album

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SweetbottomAngels Of The Deep (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
A tight set of fusion from Sweetbottom – an American combo who definitely seem to draw a lot from the rock-inspired Euro fusion sound of a few years before! There's also a bit of the PM Records vibe – from the Steve Grossman/Gene Perla camp – lots of sharp, fast changes in the rhythms – and some heavy guitars at points, linking the group to Brand X a bit – and also some vocals on a few cuts, sure to please the rockish audiences who might be straying over to the fusion realm of the spectrum. The set's pretty sweet overall – tight, but without sounding slick – and the drums really drive some of the best numbers. Titles include "Veena Deva", "Monique", "Electro Strut", "Amazon Ritual", "Her", and "Shrapnel In My Ankle". CD also features 5 bonus tracks – "Slave Trader", and original indie versions of "Veena Deva", "Amazon Ritual", "Angels Of The Deep", and "Shrapnel In My Ankle". CD

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Aki Takase & David MurrayBlue Monk ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1991. Used ... $12.99
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from pianist Aki Takase – in large part because of some great work from David Murray on tenor sax – and some especially nice bass clarinet! The album's from a moment when it seemed as if duo modes were some of the best for Murray – a way of maybe reaching back into deeper jazz roots, while also bringing forth some of the fresher ideas he'd unlocked exploring the farther side of the jazz spectrum – but also demonstrating his amazing ability to be sensitive to a wide variety of musical partners, in ways that are even more compelling than his work in a larger group! As you'd guess from the title, the set's got a fair bit of numbers from the songbook of Thelonious Monk – and Takase's take on them is great, maybe blocky and spacious than Monk's own – which is offset by the warmly soulful blowing of Murray. Titles include "Ba Lu Bolivar Ba Lues", "Ellingtonia", "Blue Monk", "Ask Me Now", "Presto VH", "Mr Jelly Lord", and "Ballad For The Blackman". CD
(Out of print.)
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Aki Takase & David MurrayBlue Monk ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from pianist Aki Takase – in large part because of some great work from David Murray on tenor sax – and some especially nice bass clarinet! The album's from a moment when it seemed as if duo modes were some of the best for Murray – a way of maybe reaching back into deeper jazz roots, while also bringing forth some of the fresher ideas he'd unlocked exploring the farther side of the jazz spectrum – but also demonstrating his amazing ability to be sensitive to a wide variety of musical partners, in ways that are even more compelling than his work in a larger group! As you'd guess from the title, the set's got a fair bit of numbers from the songbook of Thelonious Monk – and Takase's take on them is great, maybe blocky and spacious than Monk's own – which is offset by the warmly soulful blowing of Murray. Titles include "Ba Lu Bolivar Ba Lues", "Ellingtonia", "Blue Monk", "Ask Me Now", "Presto VH", "Mr Jelly Lord", and "Ballad For The Blackman". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Also available Blue Monk ... CD 12.99
 
 
 



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