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Elysian SpringGlass Flowers (with download) ... LP
Despa/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 33.99
A very cool record – and one with a sound that's as dreamy as the group's name – a laidback mix of vibes, saxes, piano, and percussion – all used in ways that are airy and open, and very different than most other underground jazz of the time! The group hail from New England, and there's maybe some of the inventiveness of Stark Reality in their style – even if the overall sound is much more acoustic, but still has a slightly fuzzy feel via the production! Instrumentation shifts from track to track – and these guys can definitely swing when they want, too – which they do so more as the album moves on – creating these rough-edged groovers that are unlike anything else we can think of. A truly special record – very different than anything else you might own – with titles that include "Drinktink", "Umbrellas In The Sun", "2 & 2", "Glass Flowers", "Blue Sands", "Lotus", and "7th Sea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Holdsworth/Warleigh/Mathewson/SpringWarleigh Manor – The Ron Mathewson Tapes Vol 1 ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99 20.99
Really unique work from legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth – a return to much more adventurous jazz music after years of famous material in a rock-fusion mode – working here alongside reedman Ray Warleigh – who is also at his most expressive as well! The tapes were recorded sometime in 1979, and show that in the most important corners of the British jazz scene, the adventurous spirit of the late 60s was alive and well – as Holdsworth shifts between guitar and some amazing sounds on violin, Warleigh plays saxes and flute, Bryan Spring handles drums, and bass is from Ron Mathewson – who managed to get the whole thing down on tape! The title track "Warleigh Manor" runs for almost 40 minutes in length, and features the musicians stretching out, but never in a way that's totally free – maybe held together by some especially soulful currents from Warleigh on flute. That instrument gets a bit more strong showcase on the added 8 minutes of "Outtakes & Studio Chatter" – which really shows some of the creative spirit that went into the main recording. CD

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✨✧ Spring Heel JackSweetness Of The Water ... CD
Thirsty Ear, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Rites Of SpringRites Of Spring ... LP
Dischord, 1985. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Classic DC punk from Rites Of Spring – the iconic pre-Fugazi group of Guy Picciotto & Brendan Canty – some of the best underground rock of the era, and definitely a set the survives the ages as well as any punk or hardcore record of the mid 80s. Includes "Spring", "For Want Of", "Drink Deep", "By Design", "Remainder", "Nudes", "Persistant Vision", "End On End" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some shelf wear, but looks great overall.)

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Harald Bergersen & Atle HammerJoy Spring ... LP
Gemini (Norway), 1985. Near Mint- ... $11.99
With Bergersen on soprano and tenor, Hammer on trumpet and flugelhorn, Eivin Sannes on piano, Terje Venaas on bass, and Egil Johansen on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a DMM sticker on front and a distro sticker on back.)

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Clifford BrownJoy Spring (4CD set) ... CD
Proper (UK), Early 50s. Used 4 CDs ... $8.99
66 tracks over 4 CDs. CD
(Out of print, please note that the one of the slipcover's corners has a tear.)

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Otis ClayTrying To Live My Life Without You (spring green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Hi Records, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 20.00
Quite possibly the most successful record Otis Clay ever cut – and a wonderful little set that recasts his bluesy Chicago vocals with a sweeter Memphis soul approach! Willie Mitchell is very firmly in the house for the record – and the approach he uses here with Otis is similar to that he used with Al Green on his biggest hits – slow-burning, slinkily soulful – in a way that infuses older modes of singing with a new level of sophistication and adult appeal! Backing is by the Memphis Horns – shimmering nicely in a trademark Hi sort of way – and titles include the classic "Trying To Live My Life Without You", plus "I Love You, I Need You", "Holding Onto A Dying Love", "I Die A Little Each Day", and "That's How It Is". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited spring green vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Thomas DolbyGolden Age Of Wireless – Spring Issue ... LP
Capitol, 1983. Very Good+ ... $7.99
With the smash hit "She Blinded Me With Science" – plus "Europa & The Pirate Twins", "Flying North", "Weightless", "Leipzig", "Windpower", "Commercial Breakup", "Urges", "Airwaves", "Radio Silence" and "Cloudburst At Shingle Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Benny GoodmanSwing Into Spring ... LP
Columbia, 1940s/1950s. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a name in marker.)

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Ras IleySpring Garden On Fire ... LP
Pond Side (Barbados), 1986. Sealed ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jazz Brothers (Mangione Brothers)Spring Fever ... CD
Riverside, 1961. Used ... $24.99
These guys are the Mangione Brothers – but don't hold that against them! This album's a great one – with a young Gap and Chuck, joined by Sal Nistico on tenor – all of them playing in an edgey, almost modern mode that's very different than any of their later work. The set opens with a great modal groover called "First Waltz" that's worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks include "Brooks' Brothers", "Not Too Serious", and "Spring Fever". Really great stuff – the kind of record you put on, then run back to the turntable a few minutes later, saying "What is THIS?" CD
(Out of print.)

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MellowAnother Mellow Spring ... CD
Cyber Octave, 2001. Used ... $1.99
... CD

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Niles Township High School Band1961 Spring Concert ... LP
Galewood, 1961. Very Good ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on translucent red vinyl. Cover has light wear. Vinyl has a short click at the beginning of each side.)

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North Texas State University Lab BandsAnnual Spring Concert Of The Lab Bands – April 14, 1970 ... LP
NTSU, 1970. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A great entry in this excellent series from the always-great NTSU Lab Band – an ensemble that was definitely a cut above other school bands of the time! The set's noteworthy in that it features work from a young Steve Turre on bass – and other players include John Eplen on vibes, Jim Sharples on tenor, Jim Riggs on soprano sax, Jim Hodges and Dick Durham on piano, Tex Allen on trumpet, and Kenny Renfro on guitar – all players heard in a variety of small combos throughout the set, often on original material too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and back has a small piece of tape.)

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Quartette Tres BienSpring Into Spring ... LP
Decca, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $24.99
An obscure one from the Quartette Tres Bien – one of their first new albums for the Decca label, and a lyrically beautiful set of piano and percussion tracks with a heck of a lot of soul! The approach is similar to that used on many of the group's other ones from the time – piano trio soul jazz, augmented with additional percussion on bongos and congas. There's a good ear for the tunes on the set – and apart from the album's two great original numbers ("Accidentaly On Percy" and "We Remember Jamie"), the rest of the set's got some well-chosen numbers that let the band open up in complicated rhythms. Titles include "Lover Man", "The Night Is Young & You're So Beautiful", "Joey Joey Joey", and "It Might As Well Be Spring". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original stereo pressing! Shrink is open slightly along the opening edge, but tight overall.)

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Ibrahim Khalil Shihab QuintetSpring ... LP
Atlantic City/Matsuli (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A fantastic treasure from the South African jazz scene of the 60s – a record that's full of soul and spirit, and which draws enough from the piano of leader Chris Schilder as it does from the tenor of Winston Mankuku Ngozi! Nogzi's a player who's very much in the John Coltrane camp, but with a spirit that's all his own – a rich tone that reaches back to late 50s hardbop styles, but which gets a more fluid, modal expression here – alongside well-crafted lines from Schilder on piano, in a quintet with guitar from Garry Kriel, bass from Phillip Schilder, and drums from Gilbert Matthews. There's certainly a South African spirit in some of the rhythms, but the music itself is more in the righteous territory of late 60s Blue Note – like the most creative work from Lee Morgan or Hank Mobley – on titles that include "The Birds", "Look Up", "Before The Rain & After", "Spring", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". LP, Vinyl record album

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Per Henrik Wallin/Torbjorn Hultcrantz/Leif WennerstromWhere Is Spring ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1989. Used ... $9.99
With Wallin on piano, Hultcrantz on bass, and Wennerstrom on drums. CD

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✨✧ Wax PoeticsIssue #68 – Winter/Spring 2020 ... Magazine
Wax Poetics, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
A beautiful issue of Wax Poetics, and one that reminds us just what made the magazine so great in the first place – the wonderful way it combines writing and image, past and present – so that all the music we've always loved resonates even more strongly within its pages, and gets the kind of careful treatment that even the mainstream music press never gave it back in the day! This issue begins with a great assortment of record covers, laid out as a diagram to showcase the roots of the Digable Planets album Reachin – before moving into other, equally well-illustrated articles on The System, Raymond Scott, James Mason, Novos Baianos, Cerrone, Rap A Lot Records, Susaye Greene, and Frank White – all presented in the lavish, thoughtful Wax Poetics mode. A heavy, hefty issue – over 130 pages, with very few ads, on heavy paper, and full color! Magazine

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VariousSpring Fever – 28 Easter Nuggets For Your Spring Season ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A whole host of tunes that will help you say goodbye to winter and hello to spring – a light and lively mix of postwar cuts in a variety of styles – from early rockers, to instrumentals, radio pop gems, and even a bit of R&B – all put together with a very playful vibe! The set's similar to the other "season" titles from Bear Family – showing how similar themes move through American music in different ways – almost like you're tuning into some old AM station in the month of May, discovering a whole host of tunes you might never have heard otherwise! Oddly, there's also a theme of chickens and eggs running through the set – which features 28 titles that include "Chicken Rock" by Fat Daddy Holmes, "Spring Fever" by Vilas Craig & The Kollege Kings, "One Fried Egg" by The Charioteers, "Rock Chicken Rock" by Ray Coleman & His Skyrockets, "Jungle Bunny" by The Fabulous Pearls, "The Rooster" by Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm, "Chicken Reel" by les Paul, "Easter Day" by The Dixon Brothers, "April Love" by Shirley Jones & Pat Boone, "Egghead" by Al Allen, "Spring Fever" by The Velvets, "End Of Spring" by Les Baxter, and "It Might As Well Be Spring" by Jerry Duane with the Monarchs. CD

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VariousSpring NYC Soul ... CD
Spring (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A fantastic look at the Spring Records label in New York – a company that had a few big crossover hits in the 70s, but also issued a lot more rare and obscure material over the years – with a long legacy that even hit the early years of the old school scene! One of Spring's great contributions was finding a way for fast funk groups to shift into a disco mode when the earliest years of the clubs got going – but there's also a lot more going on here too – including some great deep soul ballads, warm midtempo steppers, and cuts that point the way towards the modern soul generation on the rise. The package also features six never-issued cuts, alongside some well-chosen and overlooked Spring Records gems – all put together with the usual strong notes and excellent sound we love from Ace/Kent! Titles include "If We Get Caught I Don't Know You" by Prince Philip Mitchell, "Falling In Love" by Victor Tavares, "Save The Best For Me" by The Determinations, "Do You Feel Me" by Act I, "I'm The Other Half Of You" by Maxine Weldon, "If You Could Turn Into Me" by The Fatback Band, "Magic's In The Air" by Ronnie Walker, "Hold On" by Ray Godfrey, "If You Say You Love Me" by Us, "The Storm Is Passing Over" by Jackie Verdell, "Beauty" by The Joneses, "Kill The Monster" by Flower Shoppe, "I Ride Alone" by The Internationals, "Get Right" by Richard Barbary, "Daddy's Coming Home" by Prince Harold, and "Of Your Life" by Vernon Brown. CD

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✨✧ BridgeOrchestral Works Vol 1 – Isabella/Enter Spring/Mid Of The Night/Two Poems For Orchestra – Hickox/BBC National Orchestra Of Wales ... CD
Chandos (UK), 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kenny Dorham with Cannonball AdderleyBlue Spring ... CD
Riverside, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty warm and lyrical set by Kenny – accompanied here by a larger group that includes Cecil Payne, David Amram, and Cannonball Adderley on horns, plus a young Cedar Walton on piano. Dorham wrote 4 of the album's tracks, and they provide a perfect showcase for his polished trumpet style. Titles include "Spring Cannon", "Blue Spring", "Poetic", and "Passion Spring". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Stan GetzSpring Is Here (SACD pressing) ... CD
Concord/Groove Note, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stan Getz on tenor saxophone, Lou Levy on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. CD
(SACD hybrid version – plays on regular players too.)

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✨✧ Rudolph JohnsonSpring Rain ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right parts – in ways that make this album one of the real standouts on the legendary Black Jazz label! The groove is nice and hard, and plenty dark – with lots of sharp edges around the offbeat rhythms, and a "bite" that makes the album one of the heaviest titles on the label. Other players include John Barnes on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Ray Pounds on drums – and titles include the great "Diswa", which has sort of of a tight jazzy hip hop sample feel to it, plus "Mr TJ", "Little Daphne", and "Spring Rain". CD

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✨✧ Rita CoolidgeFall Into Spring ... LP
A&M, 1974. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Harold DankoSpring Garden ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An album with an evocative title, but one that really fits the music – as the piano work of Harold Danko is very open and organic – seeded in space in a really nice way, and then blossoming beautifully as the tunes move on! The group has the rhythm duo of Jay Anderson on bass and Jeff Hirshfield at the core – both players who match the open, almost speculative energy of Danko's piano at points – but the group also features the tenor of Rich Perry, which provides a more firm grounding at all the right moments – a sonic element that really lets things grow. Titles include the Danko originals "Spring Winds", "Envisage", "Address Unknown", "The Chosen", "Mysterious Ancestors", and "Nevele". CD

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✨✧ VariousLofts & Garages – Spring Records & The Birth Of Dance Music ... LP
Spring/BGP (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A great slice of work from the New York underground of the post-disco years – served up by a family of labels that had been making things happen through most of the 70s! The set focuses strongly on the singles issued by the Posse and Spring Records labels – the former a new offshoot of the latter, especially geared towards 12" singles that were strongly focused on both the new sounds of the clubs and the streets – including lots of electro, bass-heavy funk, hip hop-inspired grooves, and mabye even some elements that would soon point the way towards house music to come! This side of the Spring Records label has never been covered in detail like this before – and the choice of cuts is as great as the notes on the music – which finally gives the Posse singles their due in the scene from back in the day. Titles include "We Come To Jam" by Blaze, "Sing A Song" by Lonnie Youngblood, "Have Your Cake" by Body, "Wired For Games (long version)" by C Brand, "Workin Out" by Ritz, "Live It Up (short vocal)" by Fonda Rae, "Get Up An Dance" by Mynk, "Spread Love" by Fatback, "Let's Get Nice (7" vocal)" by Glory, and "Got To Have Your Lovin (short vocal)" by Feel. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Karin KrogYou Must Believe In Spring – Songs By Michel Legrand ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite singers and one of our favorite composers – brought together in a dream of a vocal jazz album! We've always loved the tunes that Michel Legrand penned for films of the 60s and 70s – as they've got a depth, sincerity, and jazziness that goes beyond most of his contemporaries – but they've also never sounded better than in the hands of vocalist Karin Krog and arranger Palle Mikkelborg, who both really deliver a unique twist on the Legrand sound! Mikkelborg's arrangements for the set are extremely beautiful – sometimes using funky backings, sometimes softer strings – but always getting the right balance between emotion and grooviness that Legrand brought to his original recordings of the work. And guitarist Philip Catherine plays some nicely complicated lines that electrify the tunes with a weird, moody feel – often "singing" alongside Karin's deeply icy vocals in a really wonderful way. The tracks are all taken at slightly longer readings than you might expect, which makes for even more room for creative invention – and titles include "Watch What Happens", "Ask Yourself Why", "I Will Wait For You", "Once Upon A Summertime", and "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life". CD

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✨✧ Ugly ThingsIssue 56 – Spring 2021 ... Book
Ugly Things, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
It's no secret that Jonathan Richman was a bit of a groupie for the Velvet Underground – a young fanboy who followed their music obsessively, and who tells a lot of secrets of their guitar and gear in this issue of Ugly Things! And speaking of guitars, there's also a great interview with psychedelic jazz legend Gabor Szabo – plus a look at the Ready Steady Go TV show, an interview with Bun E Carlos of Cheap Trick, and more on Komintern, The Shaynes, Woody's Truck Stop, Yellow Hand, and others! As always, the focus is on sounds from the past – and the issue is super-thick, with so much to read, you'll probably just finish in time for the next issue to arrive. Book
 
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✨✧ Fatback BandBy Popular Demand – Fatback's Greatest Hits ... LP
Spring, 1970s/1985. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
10 nice ones from the Fatback Band, starting more or less in their middle period, but still with some great funky numbers: 'Wicky Wacky", "Yum Yum (Gimme Some)", "Bus Stop",, "Spanish Hustle", "The Booty", "I Like Girls", "Backstrokin", "Is This The Future", "The Girl Is Fine (So Fine)" and "I Found Lovin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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JonesesLove Contest (double a-side single) ... 7-inch
Spring, 1979. Very Good+ ... $49.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo, in a Spring sleeve.)

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Joe SimonDrowning In the Sea Of Love ... LP
Spring, 1972. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A big one for Joe – and a marked shift after his southern soul recordings of earlier years. For this one, Joe got on the Philly train early, and hired Gamble & Huff to put the whole thing together with a tight smooth soul groove. The group's got greats like Norman Harris, Vince Montana, Lenny Pakula, and Ronnie Baker in the band – and tracks include "Drowning In the Sea Of Love", "Glad To Be Your Lover", "The Mirror Don't Lie", "Night Owl", "You Are Everything", and "Let Me Be The One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ FatbackHot Box ... LP
Spring, 1980. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Man, it must have been something to hear this record blasting out of a boombox back in the old days – especially if it was the magenta-hued one on the cover! The groove here is strong and loud – plenty of bass and beats at the bottom, and even a few surprising early electro touches that really stand out and make the album something special. And as with other records from this time, Fatback also show their ballad skills on one number – "Come & Get the Love" – but it's the more jamming tracks we really love, and they include "Street Band", "Hot Box", "Love Spell", "Gotta Get My Hands On Some Money", and the fat 80s jam "Backstrokin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ FatbackIs This The Future? ... LP
Spring, 1983. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The sound of the future, circa 1983 – a time when Fatback were continuing their great run of grooves from the 70s – but also picking up a fresh element from the old school scene of the time! Case in point is the great title cut here – which has almost an early hip hop sort of beat, and a cool recitation over the top – musing over the question posed by the title, before sliding into some other great grooves! The rest of the cuts follow suit in a wonderful way – proving once again that although there might have been other large funk groups on the market, few folks could cut a groove as well as Fatback. Titles include "Funky Aerobics", "Is This The Future", "Double Love Affair", "Spread Love", "Finger Lickin Good", "Sunshine Lady", and "The Girl Is Fine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a trace of a price sticker.)

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✨✧ Millie JacksonI Got To Try It One Time ... LP
Spring, 1974. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of Millie's great early Spring LPs, with a deep hard soul sound that she never matched on later releases. Despite claim of the big hit on here "I Got To Try It One Time", Millie sounds like she's tried it a lot more than that, and you can hear the proof on tracks like "My Love Is So Fly", "I Gotta Do Something About Myself", "One Night Stand", and "How Do You Feel The Morning After". Brad Shapiro arranged and produced the album, with the great sound he gave Millie on her best work for Spring! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Jack Wright/Marv FrankFree Life, Singing ... LP
Spring Garden, 1982. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
With Jack Wright on alto sax and piano and Marv Frank on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Mose AllisonYour Mind Is On Vacation ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Sealed ... $11.99
Ol' Mose manages to keep his cool, even in the 70s – laying down some great small combo work with Joe Farrell and Al Cohn each playing a bit of tenor! That Allison vocal approach is right on the money – and titles include "Your Molecular Structure", "If You Only Knew", "What Do You Do After You Ruin Your Life", "I Feel So Good", "Fires Of Spring", and "No Matter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing!)

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Richie BeirachElegy For Bill Evans ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 7, 2021
Superb work from pianist Richie Beirach – a set that's dedicated to Bill Evans, and which certainly embraces some of the key numbers in his songbook – but which also has that even more spacious sound that Beirach was bringing to his trio dates in the 70s! Richie's sense of timing and tone are fantastic – doing so much with so little, that Evans would have been pleased – although again, Beirach is hardly borrowing straight from Bill's style. Also fantastic is bassist George Mraz, whose way of inflecting notes and measuring color and mood almost rival the role of Eddie Gomez when playing with Evans – all balanced nicely by the work of Al Foster on drums, who's at his most subtle here. Titles include "Blue In Green", "Nardis", "Peace Pipe", "Spring Is Here", "Solar", and "In Your Own Sweet Way". CD
This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, July 7.

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George BensonWeekend In London ... CD
Provogue, 2020. New Copy ... $8.99 15.98
George Benson is no spring chicken – but damn, he sounds plenty darn youthful here – working at the Ronnie Scotts club in London with some tight jazz funk backing! Benson sings as much as solos on guitar – and the whole thing is a great throwback to the sound of his 70s records – both in terms of the choice of tunes, and the overall spirit – that undeniable charisma that pushed George from the soul jazz underground to superstardom – a quality that's never let up over the years. Titles include "The Ghetto", "Give Me The Night", "Love X Love", "Turn Your Love Around", "In Your Eyes", "Feel Like Makin Love", "Cruise Control", "Affirmation", "Moody's Mood", and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight". CD

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Clifford BrownJazz Immortal (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note/Pacific Jazz, 1954. Used ... $7.99
Seminal west coast recordings by Clifford Brown – recorded in LA in 1954, with a mixture of hard bop and lyricism, in that sparkling mode that Brownie left as his indelible imprint on the west coast scene of the 50s! Players include Bob Gordon on baritone, Stu Williamson on trombone, Zoot Sims on tenor, and Russ Freeman on piano – and Jack Montrose arranged the set. Titles include "Tiny Capers", "Bones For Jones", "Joy Spring", "Finders Keepers", and "Daahoud". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gary BurtonRing ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1974. Used ... $11.99
One of Gary Burton's more free-flowing albums of the 70s – a bit more fusion than some of his other work of the time, with key guitar contributions from Mick Goodrick and a young Pat Metheney! The album's still filled with plenty of Burton's great work on vibes, but the guitars also soar out strongly too – bringing in a sense of pulse that's matched by the basses of Steve Swallow and Eberhard Weber, and percussion by Bob Moses. The groove's still a bit softer-edged than traditional fusion sides of the time – thanks to a mellower ECM approach – but there's also a bit more dynamic energy on some of the tracks than you might be used to hearing from the label. Titles include "Silent Spring", "The Colours Of Chloe", "Intrude", "Unfinished Symphony", "Tunnel Of Love", and "Mevlevia". CD
(Out of print.)

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Don CherryLive At Cafe Montmartre 1966 Vol 2 ... CD
ESP, 1966. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Incredible work from Don Cherry – a previously unreleased live date from the 60s, but every bit as great as any of his better-known records from the decade! The sound here is really amazing – a hip blend of Cherry's trumpet with tenor from Gato Barbieri and vibes from Karl Berger – working here in a piano-less setting that has all three players snaking together beautifully as the tunes unfold – freed up a bit to explore some really bold new territory, yet always held together with the same sense of inherent rhythm you'd find on Cherry's Blue Note albums from the late 60s. Rhythm is by Bo Stief on bass and Aldo Romano on drums – both players who really help the tunes take on some great structures – especially during the group's extended take on "Orfeu Negro", a number taken in very similar ways to Archie Shepp's Fire Music version of "Girl From Ipanema"! Other numbers are great too – and include "Remembrance", "Spring Is Here", "Suite For Albert Ayler", and "Complete Communion", done in a 22 minute take. CD

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✨✧ Todd CochranThen & Again – Here & Now ... CD
Sunnyside, 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A set of standards from pianist Todd Cochran, but handled at a very personal level that really makes them something special – especially considering that Todd's group here is his TC3 trio, with John Leftwich on bass and the great Michael Carvin on drums! Carvin is nicely understated at times – really different than on his early recordings, as is Cochran – playing with a sensitivity here that's beautiful, and which transforms these tunes in really beautiful ways. There's a few originals mixed in with the others – and the set features an especially haunting version of "Little B's Poem", alongside "Then Again & Now", "Invitation", "You Must Believe In Spring", "Verselet For The Duke", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Fantasie", and "Between Spaces". CD

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George ColemanGeorge Coleman Quintet In Baltimore ... CD
Reel To Real, 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Tremendous work from tenorist George Coleman – featured here in the sort of setting that really reminds us of his genius when allowed to really open up and blow! The tracks are long, and the material was recorded by the Left Bank Jazz Society – that Baltimore-based organization that's managed to capture important (and excellent) sessions over the years, including classics from Lee Morgan and Wynton Kelly. Coleman was on one of the Kelly dates, but is even better here as a leader – and works with an unusual group that includes Danny Moore on trumpet, Albert Dailey on piano, Larry Ridley on bass, and Harold White on drums – with nice use of trumpet that keeps the record from being very different than just a live date from a tenorist with rhythm section. Titles include long takes of "Joy Spring", "Afternoon In Paris", "Sandu", and "Body & Soul". CD

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✨✧ Miles DavisMiles Davis & The Modern Jazz Giants (20 bit remastering) ... CD
Prestige, 1954/1956. Used ... $7.99
A strange mix of material – but some great work overall! Most of the record features Miles Davis recording with a quintet that includes Thelonious Monk on piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – on longer versions of "The Man I Love" (in 2 takes), "Swing Spring", and "Bemsha Swing". These sides have a great bop/modern approach that's a nice extension of the styles that Jackson and Davis were playing on Blue Note in earlier years. Also added to the set is one number from 1956 – a version of "Round Midnight" recorded in early sessions with John Coltrane on tenor, and the Red Garland Trio on rhythm – different than the rest of the tracks, but still quite nice! CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe DeriseJoe Derise Sings (10 inch LP) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good ... $29.99
Joe Derise was great male vocalist from the 50s – one who only recorded a few sides under his own name, but really left his mark on music! Joe's got an easily swinging style that's a bit in the mode of other 50s male singers, like Bobby Troup or Jackie Paris – but he's also a bit more fragile, in that intimate style used more by female singers like Chris Connor or June Christy – not nearly as icy, but with a sense of care that really comes through strongly in this rare Bethlehem release. This album features Joe working with a trio that includes Osie Johnson on drums and Milt Hinton on bass – and Joe accompanies himself on piano, gently coaxing warm feeling out of tunes that include "Maybe", "Comes Love", "My Romance", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "How High The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has oxidation on side two, and plays with a bit of surface noise. Cover is nice, save for some light peeling of the laminate in one spot.)

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Dezron Douglas & Brandee YoungerForce Majeure ... CD
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Dezron Douglas and Brandee Younger are two of our favorite jazz musicians to emerge in the past decade – and this set of duets may well be some of the greatest work that either artist has done on record to date! The setting is unique – material pulled from live stream broadcasts that bassist Douglas and harpist Younger did from their Harlem apartment during the lockdown in Spring of 2020 – and if that makes you think that the material's going to be low-fi or cheap, it's not – as there's a sense of majesty here that's really surprising, given that the album features just two musicians! Dezron's bass has never sounded better – and blended with the harp of Younger, the sound is amazing – as Brandee evokes both Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby on the instrument – but also brings in a spirit that's very much her own. The set features remakes of tracks from both Coltranes, and Pharoah Sanders – plus lots of other surprises and original material too – on titles that include "Gospel Trane", "Force Majeure", "This Woman's Work", "Nothing Stupid", "Sing", "The Creator Has A Master Plan", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "We'll Be Right Back", "You Make Me Feel Brand New", and "Equinox". CD
Also available Force Majeure ... LP 20.99

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Dezron Douglas & Brandee YoungerForce Majeure ... LP
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... $20.99 22.99
Dezron Douglas and Brandee Younger are two of our favorite jazz musicians to emerge in the past decade – and this set of duets may well be some of the greatest work that either artist has done on record to date! The setting is unique – material pulled from live stream broadcasts that bassist Douglas and harpist Younger did from their Harlem apartment during the lockdown in Spring of 2020 – and if that makes you think that the material's going to be low-fi or cheap, it's not – as there's a sense of majesty here that's really surprising, given that the album features just two musicians! Dezron's bass has never sounded better – and blended with the harp of Younger, the sound is amazing – as Brandee evokes both Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby on the instrument – but also brings in a spirit that's very much her own. The set features remakes of tracks from both Coltranes, and Pharoah Sanders – plus lots of other surprises and original material too – on titles that include "Gospel Trane", "Force Majeure", "This Woman's Work", "Nothing Stupid", "Sing", "The Creator Has A Master Plan", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "We'll Be Right Back", "You Make Me Feel Brand New", and "Equinox". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Force Majeure ... CD 12.99

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Jon EardleyFrom Hollywood To New York (In Hollywood/Hey There Jon Eardley) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1954/1955. Used ... $9.99
Great early work from trumpeter Jon Eardley – captured here at a point when he was a budding young modernist in the 50s! The album features 2 early 10" LPs – Jon Eardley in Hollywood and Hey There Jon Eardley – both recorded for Prestige within a few months in the mid 50s. The first date features Eardley's trumpet right out front in the mix – hard, spare, and a bit angular – with backing from the piano of Pete Jolly, as well as Red Mitchell on bass and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Late Leader", "Indian Spring", "Black", and "Gloss". The second session is even more interesting, as it features Eardley's horn in tandem with tenor saxophonist JR Monterose, brimming with new ideas at this point in his career, and adding a real edge to the tracks. The remaining players include George Syran on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – and titles include "Hey There", "Sid's Delight", "Demanton", and "If You Could See Me Now". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Bill Evans TrioBill Evans At Town Hall Volume One (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Verve, 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... On October 22, 2021
An open-ended live date from Bill Evans – recorded at the auspicious venue of Town Hall, but recorded with a warmth that matches Evans' smaller club sessions of the 60s! The sound here is possibly a bit more focused and direct than some of the moodier, mellower Evans live records – well pointed at the start, but then moving into some gentler chromatic modes as the set moves on – all with gentle accompaniment from Chuck Israels on bass and Arnold Wise on drums. Titles include trio versions of "I Should Care", "Spring Is Here", "Who Can I Turn To" and "Make Someone Happy" – then Evans takes a 13 minute solo turn, dedicating a suite to the memory of his father! LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Acoustic Sounds series!)

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Piotr FigielPiotr (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pronit/GAD (Poland), 1971. New Copy ... $9.99
Killer Hammond from Polish player Piotr Figiel – a player with a really wonderful sort of groove! The album's got a vibe that's halfway between the Hammond antics of Alan Hawkshaw and the freer lines of American jazzmen like Jimmy Smith or Charles Earland – augmented by other cool production touches at points, which gives the record a very groovy late 60s sort of Euro feel! The vocal group Bemibek sing these cool wordless vocals on the tune "Bit Of Spring Bit Of Summer" – and guitarist Dariusz Kozakiewicz adds a nice degree of fuzz to a few other tunes too – tripping out nicely with Piotr's very fluid lines on the Hammond! There's a bit of strings on a few numbers, bringing in a nice cinematic feel – and titles include "Prelude In E Minor", based on the same Chopin changes as Serge Gainsbourg's "Jane B" – plus "Never On Tuesday", "Breakfast At Midnight", "Away I'll Go", "Absence", and "Piece Of Space". CD features bonus tracks – long versions of "Skrawek Przestrzeni" and "Nieobecnosc". CD

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers & Hart Song Book ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
A classic vocal set from Ella – filled with standards from the Rodgers & Hart songbook – including "Isn't It Romantic", "My Romance", "Spring Is Here", "Thou Swell", "Bewitched", "Blue Moon", "A Ship Without A Sail", "I Could Write A Book", and "Where Or When". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Verve Records Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and yellowing from age on the back. Vinyl has a small mark that clicks through tracks 6-8 on side 2, but plays fine otherwise.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Count BasiePerfect Match – Ella & Basie ... CD
Pablo, 1979. Used ... $6.99
We're not sure if the match is perfect, but it's still pretty darn nice – a live performance that has Ella Fitzgerald singing in front of the Count Basie Band – all recorded before a very enthusiastic audience at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1979! The set's a nice capper to one of Ella's biggest decades as a star – and she steps out here with a well-earned confidence that allows her to match the energy of the Basie group and take new inspiration from their fire. Titles include "Make Me Rainbows", "Round Midnight", "Basella", "You've Changed", "Fine & Mellow", "Some Other Spring", and "After You've Gone". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Perfect Match – Ella & Basie ... LP 5.99

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Ella Fitzgerald & Count BasiePerfect Match – Ella & Basie ... LP
Pablo, 1979. Near Mint- ... $5.99
We're not sure if the match is perfect, but it's still pretty darn nice – a live performance that has Ella Fitzgerald singing in front of the Count Basie Band – all recorded before a very enthusiastic audience at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1979! The set's a nice capper to one of Ella's biggest decades as a star – and she steps out here with a well-earned confidence that allows her to match the energy of the Basie group and take new inspiration from their fire. Titles include "Make Me Rainbows", "Round Midnight", "Basella", "You've Changed", "Fine & Mellow", "Some Other Spring", and "After You've Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing.)
Also available Perfect Match – Ella & Basie ... CD 6.99

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Tommy FlanaganBallads & Blues ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
A key 70s session from Tommy Flanagan – a record that showed that he was still one of the most fluid and soulful players of his generation! The album has Flanagan working only with the bass of George Mraz – in a drum-less format with even less structure than usual, a perfect setting for Tommy to stretch out, open up, and do his thing on the keys of the piano. There's still always a gentle swing and good focus to most tracks here – and Flanagan never gets too indulgent with the setting, even on the longer numbers. Titles include "Blue Twenty", "With Malice Towards None", "Blues For Sarka", "Star Eyes", and "They Say It's Spring". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Stan Getz & Astrud GilbertoGetz Au Go Go ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1964. Used ... $5.99
A beautiful dreamy album that's quite different from the classic Getz/Gilberto collaboration – but which also shares much of that set's lyrical beauty! This album was recorded live, in 1964, when Stan Getz was playing with his quartet that included Gary Burton on vibes – an incredible lineup that made for some wonderfully moody sounds! The vibes/tenor approach was a high point in Getz's career – especially as the young Burton could create these beautiful washes of sound that were a perfect counterpoint to Getz's breathy playing. And although Astrud Gilberto is thrown into the mix here to give the album a bit of bossa appeal – vocals on 6 titles that include "Corovado", "Eu E Voce", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "One Note Samba", "Only Trust Your Heart", and "The Telephone Song" – there's also 4 more tracks that are all instrumental, and which show the Getz/Burton union in all of its glory! These tracks include "6 Nix Pix Flix", "The Singing Song", "Here's That Rainy Day", and "Summertime". And for reference, the rest of the group includes Gene Cherico on bass and Joe Hunt on drums – but on 3 tracks, Chuck Israels plays bass instead of Cherico, and on a few others, Helcio Milito plays drums instead of Hunt, and Kenny Burrell joins in on guitar. CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter GordonDexter Gordon At The Subway Club 1973 ... CD
Elemental, 1973. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99 19.99
Dexter Gordon recorded live in Germany – in a mode that's a bit of a change from some of his more familiar Copenhagen sides from the time! The format is similar – long live tracks, with Dex opening up on these fantastically creative solos – with every note seeming to flow with effortless ease, all with an inherent logic that always has Gordon able to keep on going straight ahead, while never ceasing to explore the many possibilities of his instrument! This time around, the great Irv Rochlin is on piano – a different accompanist for Dex, and one whose soulful currents really make the whole thing stand out strongly – with additional work from Henk Haverhoek on bass and Tony Inzalaco on drums. All material is previously unreleased – and titles include "Wave", "Secret Love", "Didn't We", "On The Trail", and "It's You Or No One". CD also features added material – versions of "Fried Bananas" and "Some Other Spring" recorded with Cees Slinger on piano – and takes on "Round Midnight" and "Lady Bird" with George Gruntz on piano. CD
(Limited edition!)

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Billie HolidayBillie's Best ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/1950s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A great collection from the Verve years – 16 titles that include "East Of The Sun", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "He's Funny That Way", "Some Other Spring", "Everything I Have Is Yours", "Comes Love", and "Stormy Blues". CD

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Freddie HubbardArt Of Freddie Hubbard – The Atlantic Years ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 18.98
Killer work from Freddie Hubbard – some key transitional sides for Atlantic Records, and easily some of his most soulful work ever! Freddie started out as a bopper on Blue Note, but then made a great shift at Atlantic – exploring space and sound in a really wonderful way, and opening up towards some of the killer modes you'd know from his classics on CTI. There's just a bit of electricity in the mix here, as most cuts are acoustic – but they already stretch out in some hip, spiritual styles that are really great. Titles include "For BP", "Lonely Soul", "High Blues Pressure", "Midnite Soul", "Black Soldier", Interlude I", "Echoes Of Blue", "Threnody For Sharon Tate Comment", "Spacetrack", "Leap Frog", "Up Jumped Spring", "Latina", and "On The Quee Tee". CD

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Klaus IgnatzekDon't Stop It ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $13.99
An overlooked 80s cooker from pianist Klaus Ignatzek – a set that's full of imagination, right from the very first note – thanks to a string of all original material that matches the strong performances on the set! Trumpeter Claudio Roditi is a key part of the quartet – and maybe gets a showcase here that's as strong as some of his better-known albums from the decade – really finding his groove with the material that Ignatzek brings to the record, in ways that are also nicely distinct, and show just how much Claudio can add to a session. Other players include Paulo Cardoso on bass and Mario Gonzi on drums – and the record's a gem through and through, with titles that include "Summer & Spring", "Move It", "Ballad For Ulli", "Whisper Yes", "That's It", and "Blue Energy". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Jackie & RoyJackie & Roy (plus Sing Baby Sing) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1955. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
Two rare Storyville albums from the tremendous vocal team of Jackie & Roy – back to back in a single set! First up is the self titled Jackie & Roy – one of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a relaxed, open-ended approach to jazz vocals that already carries all the hallmarks of the Jackie & Roy style – wordless scatting on some tunes, playful lyrical interplay on others, and a focus on Jackie's ballad talents on some of the gentler numbers – all wrapped up in small combo backing that's sensitive, creative, and modern – yet never in a way that overwhelms the vocals. It's hard to match the poise, class, and cleverness of this one – and the album easily set a new standard for vocal jazz in the 50s! Titles include a few great early tunes by Tommy Wolf – the songwriter who would become so important for the pair – and backing is by Roy on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Titles include "Let's Take A Walk Around The Block", "You Smell So Good", "Listen Little Girl", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Bill's Bit", "Dahuud", "I Wish I Were In Love Again", and "Lover". Sing Baby Sing is sublime work from the duo of Jackie & Roy – a guy/gal vocal team, but one with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! Both Jackie Cain and Roy Kral sing – and Roy also plays a mean piano, and writes a fair bit of the tunes too – really lively numbers that show off the bop-styled techniques they developed while working with Charlie Ventura – but with hipper, groovier lyrics – of the sort that are a key precursor to folks like Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg! Instrumentation on the set is great, too – a small combo with guitar from either Joe Rumero or Barry Galbraith – served up in a really great mix of tunes that includes "Season In The Sun", "Slowly", "Cheerful Little Earful", "Why Not Admit It", "You Are The One", and "Hook Line And Snare". CD

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✨✧ Ahmad JamalChamber Music Of The New Jazz ... CD
Verve/Argo, 1955. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful work from Jamal's early Chicago years – and a perfectly titled set that really gets at the differences he made in modern jazz! The tunes are wonderfully fluid, soulful, and swinging – but not in the gutbuckety style of other trios of the time, more in a lightly modern style that features almost equal interplay between Jamal's piano, the bass of Israel Crosby, and the guitar of the wonderful Ray Crawford – who really ads an amazing touch to the record. Tracks include the great original "New Rhumba", plus cool versions of "Jeff", "Darn That Dream", "Spring Is Here", and "All Of You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ahmad JamalComplete Live At The Pershing Lounge 1958 (But Not For Me/Jamal At The Pershing Vol 2) ... CD
Argo/Gambit (Spain), 1958. Used ... $9.99
Groundbreaking work from the legendary Ahmad Jamal – not just in his own career, but in live jazz in general! The album's a classic recording of Jamal's trio with Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – captured at the Pershing Lounge on the south side of Chicago, where Jamal was clearly wowing the crowd with his amazing talents on the piano. The groove here is sublimely fluid and soulful – clearly the next wave of expression on the piano in the 50s, and as important to the Chicago scene as Bill Evans was to that of New York at the time. The recording quality is wonderful – clear enough to capture the subtleties of Crosby's amazing bass, and the lightly tippling sound of Fournier's drums – and the CD features both volumes of this historic set, a total of 20 tracks in all. Titles include a classic extended reading of "Poinciana", plus "What's New", "But Not For Me", "Billy Boy", "All The Things You Are", "Woody N You", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "It's You Or No One", and "No Greater Love". Also features the bonus single version of "Poinciana". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy ... LP
Reprise, 1985. Near Mint- ... $99.99
A huge record in its day – a set that took all the underground Brit indie psych revival modes, and found a way to spring them on the mainstream on both sides of the Atlantic! Not a huge hit in its day, but hugely influential – and a record that points the way towards sounds so many would soon follow. Titles include "In A Hole", "The Hardest Walk", "Taste The Floor", "Just Like Honey", "Never Understand", and "You Trip Me Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing with SRC stamp. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light surface wear and some scraped spots at the top seam.)

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Eero KoivistoinenLabyrinth (2CDs – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Love/Svart (Finland), 1977. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 22.99
No sonic labyrinth here – just a great set of hard-blown grooves from saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen! The session's a well-focused effort that has Eero working in quartet formation with acoustic piano, bass, and drums – blowing beautiful tones and colors with a slightly angular approach – but always keeping things straight ahead, and working in a deeply expressive mode that mixes some of the slight freedoms of the post-Coltrane generation with sharper lines of players like John Klemmer or Eric Kloss. At times, Eero's work on soprano and sopranino remind us of the recordings by Earl & Carl Grubbs on Muse during the 70s – especially on tracks that pick up a bit of a modal pulse, and stretch out with soaring grace. Titles include "Stress", "Honky Tonky", "Arabeski", "Spring Song", and "Labyrinth". 2CD set features lots of bonus tracks – the bassy breaking "Meat & Potatoes", in two versions, plus eight more alternate takes from the sessions! CD

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Steve NelsonSound Effect ... CD
High Note, 2007. Used ... $9.99
A warmly flowing set of tunes from vibist Steve Nelson – working here with an excellent rhythm section that includes Mulgrew Miller on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums! The style isn't as archly modern as some of Nelson's previous records – and with Miller's piano to propel him along, many of the longer tunes spin out nicely with a very open-handed approach – but one that still has those great darker tones and colors that we love so much in Nelson's vibes, and which are one of the reasons why we'd call him one of the players of his generation on the instrumen. Titles include "Airoso", "Sound Essence", "Song For Tina", "Night Mist Blues", "You & The Night & The Music", and "Up Jumped Spring". CD

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OsirisO-Zone ... CD
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
Lost soulful sounds from Osiris – one of the many high-concept funk ensembles to spring up in the wake of Earth Wind & Fire – and one of the better ones too! The combo's got some mighty tight grounding in the bass work of Tyrone Brunson – stepping out here in an early role to really help forge the group's groove from the bottom up – basslines with percussion, then jazzier elements on the top – including some wicked work by Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns! Those added horns really pack a lot of punch on the record – working perfectly with the group vocals that step out on most of the numbers – maybe not in ways that are as righteous as you'd guess from the title or the cover, but plenty darn groovy overall. Titles include "You & I", "Love In Your Heart", "I'll Never Let You Go", "Fantality", "Say You Will", and the jazzy stepper "Travelin Salesman". CD
(Part of the Miami Sound – Original Soul/Funk/Disco Collection series!)

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PassportSecond Passport ... LP
Atlantic (Germany), 1972. Near Mint- ... $14.99
The second album from Klaus Doldinger's Passport – and already the rock-heavy grooves are showing up a bit more than before! Gone is organist Jimmy Jackson, and in his place is keyboardist John Mealing – a really great player who's got a bit of a soaring Brian Auger sort of groove here – one that pushes the whole group right into the stratosphere – propelled by some extra-heavy drum work from Bryan Spring! Doldinger's great as usual on reeds – often inflecting them with a bit of electricity to match the others – and he also shows his strength on the keys by using a bit of moog and electric piano as well. Titles include "Nexus", "The Cat From Katmandu", "Registration O", "Horizon Beyond", and "Mandragota". LP, Vinyl record album
(German stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Gilles PetersonLockdown FM – Broadcasting In A Pandemic (hardcover) ... Book
Brownswood (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $79.99
A truly remarkable book, and unlike anything else we've ever seen – part discography, part photography, part travelogue – and together, an amazing testament to both the human spirit, and the power of music to see us all through! Gilles Peterson put the book together as something of a visual diary of the year 2020 – one that begins with global travels in the pre-pandemic months (including a great visit to Chicago!), and which then shows how his physical world was shrinking in the Spring, while he was still able to use his broadcasting, internet, and other outlets as a way to continue to bring the world together in music! There's no ego here – that's us foregrounding Gilles more than he does – as the scope of the book is very wide, and includes key musical moments of 2020, obituaries, record releases, and so much more – spun out in almost 600 pages, with full color photographs throughout. The book also has lots of record cover images – and at times, also feels like a discography in parts – with set lists, notations of cool albums, and lots lots more. And if you can believe it, this massive volume only covers the first six months of the year – which has us waiting for volume two! Book

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Oscar PetersonRomance – The Vocal Styling Of Oscar Peterson ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1952. Used ... $14.99
An overlooked side of the Oscar Peterson genius of the 50s – an album of laidback vocal tracks that are a great change from his better-known instrumental work! Peterson's not the sort of singer to belt out a tune at the top of his lungs – nor cast it in shimmering gossamer like some of his more composed contemporaries. And instead, he's got this nicely earthy, very human way of putting over a tune – a bit less polished than his near-perfect piano work, which also graces the backdrops of all the tunes in the set. Most of the cuts here are mellow, and have a great wee hours, saloon-styled sort of feel – almost as if Oscar was working overtime for Verve, way past midnight, and started to croon to himself while playing the songs. Titles include "But Not For Me", "I'm Glad There Is You", "One For My Baby", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", "Spring Is Here", "These Foolish Things", and "From This Moment On". CD
(Out of print, 2010 Japanese pressing.)

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Allan PraskinEncounter ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... About July 21, 2021
One of the most unusual albums in the Three Blind Mice jazz catalog of the 70s – a set recorded by overlooked American reedman Allan Praskin, who really opens up in the Japanese setting of the record! Praskin is a player who worked strongly on the European scene for decades – mostly in a modern jazz mode, and with an angular, sharp sound on this set – of the sort that should have made him huge! There's a soulfulness to Praskin's alto that really gives the set a bit more depth than some of the other TBM dates – and he works in a cool piano-less quartet that features Kiyoshi Sugimoto on guitar, Yoshio Ikeda on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums! All three players really hit some wonderful rhythmic formations – giving the record as much fresh energy as Praskin's horn – and titles include the funky "Height Of Spring", plus "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Reflectors", "Encounters", and "Blues Connotation". CD

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✨✧ John RenbournLive In Kyoto 1978 ... LP
Drag City, 1978. New Copy ... $19.99
A long lost live recording of the great English folk guitarist and singer – recorded at a coffee house in Kyoto, Japan on May 30, 1978 – and such a lovely, soul-stirring set it is! John is in impeccable form on acoustic guitar, voice and even the good-natured banter between songs – you really feel like you're sitting in the intimate crowd for this one, and it's engrossing as can be. A lovely mix of material too, from traditional, to folk takes on blues and more. Includes "Candyman", "Anji", "I Know My Babe", "So Early In The Spring", "Kokomo Blues", "Peacock Rag", "The Earle Of Salisbury", 'Transfusion", "Lamentation For Owen Roe O'Neill/The Orphan/The English Dance" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Marlena ShawMarlena ... LP
Blue Note, 1973. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A great lost treasure, and one of Marlena Shaw's most obscure albums – a really compelling batch of sophisticated vocal tracks with arrangements by Wade Marcus! The instrumentation is wonderful – with lots of soulful guitar and organ licks amidst the larger orchestrations, giving the set a down-home feeling in the right places, usually underneath some of Marlena's more intimate vocals – and the style is a great bridge from her Cadet sound of the 60s into the more sophisticated years of the 70s. Marlena sings a lot of soundtrack and easy material – including "Somewhere", "What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life", "You Must Believe In Spring", and "So Far Away" – but she mixes these cuts with good doses of soul material – like "Save the Children", "Wipe Away the Evil", and "Runnin Out of Fools" – into a killer batch of tracks that stands with the best of some of Marlena's Cadet work! LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing. Cover has some wear and aging, with a stain and center split in the spine.)

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✨✧ Woody ShawSolid ... CD
Muse/Savoy, 1986. Used ... $9.99
One of Woody's last albums – a back to basics set, recorded with a group that include Kenny Garret on alto sax, Kenny Barron on piano, and guest guitar work on one track by Peter Leitch. The approach is straight modal hardbop – in the spirit of Woody's first recordings for Muse – and although his genius seems to have faltered a bit, his work here is still incredibly solid, much more so than most other trumpeters of his generation, and still expressed in a preference for easily grooving longer tracks. Titles include "Speak Low", "Solid", "There Will Never Be Another You", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "The Woody Woodpecker Song". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Frank SinatraOnly The Lonely (60th Anniversary stereo & mono mixes plus bonus tracks – 2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Capitol, 1958. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99 29.98
One of Frank Sinatra's last great ballad albums for Capitol – a sad and dreamy batch of tunes that kicks off with the incredible "Only The Lonely" – one of those Sinatra torch songs that's so great, so sad, nobody else has ever been able to record a better version, nor have they really tried! The rest of the album's great, too – with arrangements by Nelson Riddle that are very much in the Wee Small Hours mode – expressive, but subtle and sophisticated – at that level that set Sinatra so far apart from most other male singers of the 50s. Despite the creepy cover, there's a mature, adult approach to the whole thing – a new level of emotion that most other singers wouldn't find for a decade. Titles include "Only The Lonely", "Angel Eyes", "What's New", "Ebb Tide", "Spring Is Here", "Goodbye", and the sublime "One For My Baby". Features the original mono mix, a 2018 new stereo mix from the original masters – and four bonus tracks – "Lush Life (session takes)", "One For My Baby (test track)", "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (alt take)", and "Angel Eyes (alt session take)". CD

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Frank SinatraSinatra & Strings ... LP
Reprise, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Arrangements by Don Costa – on titles that include "Night & Day", "Misty", "Stardust", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Prisoner Of Love", and "That's All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and tan label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Johnny Hammond SmithOpus De Funk (Stimulation/Opus De Funk) ... CD
Prestige, 1961. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Vibes and organ galore – 2 albums on 1 CD from the team of Johnny Hammond Smith and Freddie McCoy! First up is Stimulation – a great lost groover on Prestige, and an album that puts the soulful organ of Johnny Hammond Smith into contact with the groovy vibes of Freddie McCoy – one of the label's best under-reissued players! The tracks have a nice raw soul jazz sound – and the combination of vibes and organ is quite unique here – somewhat different than the same approach used by Johnny Lytle during the same time – with a wider, more open-ended sensibility overall! Other players on the set include Eddie McFadden on guitar, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Leo Stevens on drums – and the whole album's got a relaxed, easygoing feel that still manages to get plenty of grit in the grooves. Titles include some good originals like "Ribs N Chips", "Sticks an' Stones", and "Que Pasa?" – plus versions of "Cry Me A River", "Invitation", and "Spring Is Here". Opus De Funk is not funk, as the title might imply – but a set that's still plenty darn soulful overall – thanks to great Hammond from Johnny Smith, and some wicked vibes from the legendary Freddie McCoy! The set's one of the first Prestige sessions for McCoy – an artist who's never fully gotten his due – and his vibes work here is nicely hard, almost strikingly harsh at times – with a chromatic, metallic sound that's almost more present than the organ at points. Other players include Eddie McFadden on guitar, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Leo Stevens on drums – and titles include "Sad Eyes", "Opus De Funk", "Shirley's Theme", and "If Someone Had Told Me". CD

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Joseph SpenceGood Morning Mr Walker – Bahaman Guitarist ... CD
Arhoolie, 1971. Used ... $14.99
A passionate, fairly wild off the cuff recording from Bahaman folk guitarist and spirited singer/howler/grunter/one-of-a-kind performer Joseph Spence! Good Morning Mr Walker was recorded one Spring day in 1971, except for the last three tunes, which are concert recordings from later that evening. Spence emotes over his plaintive acoustic picking and playful strumming, but his vocals are really something else – and wholly loveable. Titles include "Out On The Rolling Sea", "I See Mary And Joseph", "I See Mary And Joseph", "Lay Down My Brother", "Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer", "Don't Let Nobody Burn Down Burma Road", "Be A Friend To Jesus" and "Mary Ann". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dakota StatonDynamic! ... LP
Capitol, 1958. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The title certainly gets it right – as Dakota Staton is definitely dynamic on this one, but not in a way that's hokey or forced at all! Instead, the record nicely lifts Staton from some of the more laidback and bluesy modes of her other 50s records – into a fuller range of styles that are inflected with plenty of jazz – scored nicely by arranger Sid Feller, and played by a group that includes some great vibes, flute, and piano. The sound is sometimes dark and moody, sometimes lively and swinging – and titles include "I Wonder", "Say It Isn't So Joe", "Let Me Off Uptown", "Night Mist", "When Sunny Gets Blue", "Some Other Spring", and "It Could Happen To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Sonny StittDumpy Mama ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
A pretty wild album from legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt – one that's quite different from the bop of his roots, but equally groovy in its own sort of way! The album is a handful that Sonny cut in the 70s with an electric vibe – similar to his work for Chess and Prestige records ad the time, and a great new outlet for his maturing reed style – thanks to the handling of the Flying Dutchman label! The cover and title might make you assume the set's an all-out funk affair – but instead, it's a reworking of older Stitt modes, into a hip 70s style – with keyboards and piano from Mike Wofford, and some additional work on saxes from Pee Wee Ellis and Frank Strozier – both players who provide nice backing to Sonny's solos. Highlights include the mighty ten minute title track, "Dumpy Mama" – and the cut "Jason", which has a slight Latin vibe, thanks to percussion from Ray Barretto. Other titles are nice, too – reworked standards with a 70s vibe – including "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Just Friends", and "Danny Boy For Ben". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Donna SummerLive & More ... LP
Casablanca, 1978. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
An overstuffed double-length set from Donna Summer – one that features some of the live material promised in the title, plus some even better studio work as well! The first 3 sides of the album feature Donna recorded live – putting over tunes with a bit more personality and almost a sense of spontaneity that we wouldn't expect – on titles that include "Fairy Tale High", "Only One Man", "I Remember Yesterday", "I Love You", "Spring Affair", "Mimi's Song", "I Feel Love", and "Last Dance". But even better is the 4th side of the record – which features the extended "MacArthur Park Suite" – Donna's masterful reworking of the Jimmy Webb classic, stretched out to even greater length than the original! LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut gatefold cover, including the printed inner sleeves. Cover has some edge wear.)

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Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii, & Ramon LopezMantle ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
A record that explodes right out of the gate with a sound that's all its own – a fantastic collaboration between drummer Ramon Lopez and the long-running Japanese duo of Natsuki Tamura on trumpet and Satoko Fujii on piano – two players who are able to effortlessly burst out in this driving wall of sonic power, then immediately stop on a dime! There's a bold beauty to the record that's undeniable – a performance that's really a cut above, even in the company of other excellent records on the Not Two label – and we're not sure if we've ever heard the combination of trumpet, piano, and drums come off this well before – sonic surprises throughout, but always rich in organic integrity. Titles include "Metaphors", "Your Shadow", "From Spring To Summer", "Came Left", "The Temple Bell", "Encounter", and "Straw Coat". CD

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Third RootPassion Of The Poets ... LP
Third Root Music, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99
Knowledge-heavy hip hop from the Texas trio of Easy Lee, MexStep, and DJ Chicken George – working here with some heavy help from a lineup of guests that includes Black Pumas and Grupo Fantasma! Producer Adrian Quesada, the powerhouse between those two acts, is on hand as producer for a fair bit of the record – bringing in his special blend of funk and soul roots, with that genre-stepping quality he's known for – perfect here for the conscious rhymes of Third Root. The whole thing hearkens back to an early 90s level of edutainment – and features additional production from El Dusty, and guest work from Madine and Kam Franklin too. Titles include "Born To Rhyme", "Spring Groove", "The Next Kendrick", "BBG", "MexStep 4 President", "Summer Groove", "Fantasma Horns", and "The Last Triumvirate". LP, Vinyl record album

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Art Van Damme & The Singers UnlimitedInvitation ... LP
MPS, 1974. Near Mint- ... $7.99
One of the coolest albums ever cut by the Singers Unlimited – thanks to great instrumentation from the mighty Art Van Damme! Art plays accordion – in a way that works perfectly with the banks of sound and sweetness we love from the group – an instrument whose own breathy tones turns out to be a perfect accompaniment for their harmonies, especially in the way it sets a very melancholy mood! Other instrumentation is great too – relatively spare use of the guitar of Sigi Schwab, plus vibes from Heribert Thusek, bass from Eberhard Weber, and drums from Charly Antolini – and titles include a really sublime version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave", plus "Violets For Your Furs", "Cherry", "Spring Is Here", "Ecstasy", "We Could Be Flying", and "Invitation". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and is bent a bit at the top left corner.)

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VariousBowie Heard Them Here First ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The genius of Ziggy Stardust didn't just spring out of the blue – as David Bowie spent years listening to other music by a range of different artists – engaging them, supporting them, and absorbing them in the process – all to weave into the rich tapestry that became his own musical legacy! Bowie famously covered 60s tunes on his Pin Ups album, and did others' tracks on some other studio sides as well – and his live performances were famous over the years for surprising remakes that offered unabashed homage to those who influenced him – a few of whom would become musical partners as well. This loving package features 24 tracks that were all later performed by Bowie, but delivered here in their original versions – all with detailed notes that trace the lines between the initial takes and the remakes – with the kind of flourish we've come to love from Ace Records. Titles include "Fill Your Heart" by Biff Rose, "It Ain't Easy" by Ron Davies, "Sorry" by The Merseys, "Rosalyn" by The Pretty Things, "Dancing In The Street" by Martha & The Vandellas, "Nite Flights" by The Walker Brothers, "Alabama Song" by Lotte Lenya & The Three Admirals, "Kingdom Come" by Tom Verlaine, "Where Have All The Good Times Gone" by The Kinks, "White Light White Heat" by The Velvet Underground, "Louie Go Home" by Paul Revere & The Raiders, "If There Is Something" by Roxy Music, "Criminal World" by Metro, "Amsterdam" by Jacques Brel, "Wild Is The Wind" by Johnny Mathis, "I Took A Trip On A Gemini Space Ship" by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, and "Pablo Picasso" by The Modern Lovers. CD

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✨✧ VariousHappy Disco 3 – Salsoul Nights – Mixed By DJ Osshy ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021
That's a picture of Tokyo on the cover, but all the tracks here are from the glory days of New York club/disco powerhouse Salsoul Records – served up by DJ Osshy in a non-stop mix that includes 24 tracks in all! The sharp, funky grooves of Salsoul cuts really lend themselves to this sort of mixing – and Osshy does a great job of laying them together back to back – maybe never messing them up at all or mixing things too much – but also never letting the energy stop for a minute! Titles include "Let Love Shine" by Skyy", "Rap O Clap O" by Joe Bataan & The Mestizo Band, "Flakes Rap (Jimmy Simpson 12" mix)" by Flakes, "Spring Rain" by Silvetti, "Everyman (Danny Krivit re-edit)" by Double Exposure, "I Got My Mind Made Up (Larry Levan 12")" by Instant Funk, "Falling In Love (Shep Pettibone 12")" by Surface, "The Beat Goes On & On (Jim Burgess 12")" by Ripple, "Helplessly (Tom Moulton 12" mix)" by Moment Of Truth, "Let No Man Put Asunder (Shep Pettibone 12")" by First Choice, and "All That's Good To Me (Francois K 12") by Rafael Cameron. CD
This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, July 21.

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VariousLet's A Go Go! – Singapore & Southeast Asian Pop 1964 to 1969 ... CD
Silver Tortoise, Mid 60s. Used ... $24.99
Weird and wonderful work from the Southeast Asian scene of the 60s – very cool grooves that show a heavy influence from American rockers of the time! The lyrics here are often sung in English, and the music is filled with the same sort of jangly guitars, driving drums, and mod-styled rhythms you'd find in US rock and roll from the mid 60s – but the overall sound is quite unusual, too – given the Asian origin of all these cuts! It's almost like hearing the 60s through some sort of odd prism that distorts the familiar – which makes for a fascinating set of tracks you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere! Titles include "One To Nine Walkin" by Patrina, "Sudi Sudi Kah Dikau" by Ismail Haron & The Guys, "Swim Swim Swim" by The Spacemen, "Lonely Heart" by Rita Chao, "Flamingo" by The Bees, "Mr Twister" by The Crescendos, "The Second Spring" by Hai Fei, and "Just Because" by The Dee Tee's. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tony Bennett & Bill EvansTogether Again ... CD
Rhino, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great second pairing of this hip team – further proof that Tony Bennett was a hell of a jazz singer when he wanted to be! Titles include "You're Nearer", "Lonely Girl", "You Must Believe In Spring", "Two Lonely People", and "The Bad & The Beautiful". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Biz MarkieBiz Never Sleeps ... CD
Cold Chillin, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Biz's second LP from 1989 – what can we tell you about the Biz that you don't already know? As far as we're concerned there's a lot of MC's that could learn a lesson or two from the Biz, and producers too. Good time middle school hip hop, with nice sample based production and a great sense of humor, that makes us nostalgic for the late 80s early 90s glory days of hip hop. 13 tracks in all, with the cuts "Spring Again", "Just A Friend", "A Thing Named Kim", "Me Versus Me", "Things Get A Little Easier", "I Hear Music", "Biz In Harmony", "check It Out" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonSeven Standards 1985 – Vol 1 ... LP
Magenta/A&M, 1985. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you've never heard Anthony Braxton play straight jazz, you owe it to yourself to check out this performance – it's a delight, like some of his few straight sets! With Hank Jones on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. Titles include "Joy Spring", "You Go To My Head", "Old Folks", and "Background Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert.)

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✨✧ Larry CoryellEquipoise ... CD
Muse, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Plenty of poise here – a lot more restraint than before for guitarist Larry Coryell, but still plenty of soul as well! The rhythm section is a key element of the set – as it features Stanley Cowell on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – all working in different modes than the 70s, but still with enough spirit to really deepen the album underneath Coryell's slightly thinner work on guitar. The highlight of the set is the title track "Equipoise" – a beautifully sensitive re-reading of Cowell's classic composition – and other titles include "Joy Spring", "Christina", "First Things First", and "Tender Tears" – plus "Unemployed Floyd", which also features a bit of flute work from Pamela Sklar. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisMiles Davis & The Modern Jazz Giants ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1954/1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A strange mix of material – but some great work overall! Most of the record features Miles Davis recording with a quintet that includes Thelonious Monk on piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – on longer versions of "The Man I Love" (in 2 takes), "Swing Spring", and "Bemsha Swing". These sides have a great bop/modern approach that's a nice extension of the styles that Jackson and Davis were playing on Blue Note in earlier years. Also added to the set is one number from 1956 – a version of "Round Midnight" recorded in early sessions with John Coltrane on tenor, and the Red Garland Trio on rhythm – different than the rest of the tracks, but still quite nice! CD
Also available Miles Davis & The Modern Jazz Giants (20 bit remastering) ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Blossom DearieBlossom Dearie ... CD
Verve, 1956/Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing early work from Blossom Dearie – quite possibly her best album for Verve, recorded in the mid 50s right after her return from work on the Paris scene! The style here is sprightly and whimsical, yet also fragile and human – a blend that few other singers can pull off as well as Dearie – a trademark sound right from the get-go, and this album's probably the best place to start with Blossom's solo career! Backing is by a small combo that features Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Jo Jones on drums – and Blossom herself plays piano. Titles include "Deed I Do", "You For Me", "Tout Doucement", "Everything I've Got", "Wait Till You See Her", and "A Fine Spring Morning". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamQuiet Kenny ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kenny may be quiet, but he's never muted – and the record is far from the sleepy session you might guess from the title! The album's a real standout in the Dorham catalog – a set that let's Kenny's trumpet sparkle beautifully in a quartet that includes piano from Tommy Flanagan, bass from Paul Chambers, and drums from Art Taylor – all bringing their own spirit to the record, but really hanging back in the space to let Dorham's sound dominate the record. Kenny's notes are beautifully shaped throughout – in a mode that has echoes of Clifford Brown's sweetness, but which also speaks with a raspier, earthier tone overall! Titles include 2 key Dorham classics – "Lotus Blossom" and "Blue Spring Shuffle" – plus "Mack The Knife", "My Ideal", "Blue Friday", and "Old Folks". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bill EvansPortrait In Jazz ... LP
Riverside/OJC, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic set to feature the Bill Evans Trio with the great Scott Lafaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Listening to the set we're reminded of what always brings us back to Evans' playing – a quality that's often described as moody, but which is really is quite spry and lively throughout this set, without ever giving up it's lyrical approach. Titles are mostly standards – but really transformed by the touch of the trio – and tunes include "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Autumn Leaves", "Witchcraft", "When I Fall In Love", "Peri's Scope", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Spring Is Here", "Some Day My Prince Will Come", and "Blue In Green". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dexter GordonVillage Vanguard – New York, February 1983 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1983. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from a key comeback moment from Dexter Gordon – that time when he'd returned to the American scene, was gigging actively, and about to spring to greater fame for his work in film! This set's a nice counterpart to some of the Dexter Gordon material for Columbia in the late 70s – as it features the tenorist really stretching out wonderfully, on solos that have some of the same kind of free space as his European recordings, but scored with maybe more of the soulful personality as his return to the US. The group features the great Kirk Lightsey on piano – plus Eddie Gladden on drums and David Eubanks on bass – and the recording also features a bit of spoken introduction from Gordon, in that amazing voice of his. Titles include "Soy Califa", "As Time Goes By", "The Jumpin Blues", "Hi Fly", "Body & Soul", "Secret Love", and an "Improvsation". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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✨✧ HauschkaRoom To Expand (with bonus tracks) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
130701 (UK), 2007. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The cover's a nice representation of the music – as things here are artful and minimal, although maybe a bit warmer than you might guess from some of these pictures! Hauschka works here in a series of slow-building melodic elements – often using just a few key instruments wrapped around the others, at a level that puts the record very much in our favorite 80s territory of artists like Wim Mertens or Penguin Cafe Orchestra! There's an organic energy that's a lot like the latter, with maybe some of the more studied moments of the former – on titles that include "La Dilettante", "One Wish", "Chicago Morning", "Sweet Spring Come", "Belgrade", "Paddington", and "Kleine Dinge". First time on vinyl – with six unreleased bonus tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Julie LondonSophisticated Lady/For The Night People ... CD
EMI (UK), 1962/1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
On Sophisticated Lady, Julie London's got her hair up, and is wearing a classy gown – so you can bet that the feel of the record definitely follows through with the "sophisticated" promise of the title! Things are as mellow as on London's early classics for Liberty, but there's a bit more of an orchestrated feel too – fuller backings that couch her lovely vocals in a near-perfect array of strings – usually quite gentle, and often breaking away to give Julie that personal, solitary space that usually has her singing at her best. Titles include "Make It Another Old Fashioned Please", "Sophisticated Lady", "Remind Me", "You're Blase", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", and "Absent Minded Me". For The Night People is mature, mellow, and totally wonderful – clear proof that Julie London was still making great music well into the 60s! The album's got a simple, unassuming charm – very much in the late nite mode you'd guess from the title, with spare backings from Don Bagley that often have a key guitar line in the mix – working along with London's vocals in the same style as the mid 50s – but with a different feel overall – a bit more mature and world-wise, which makes for a perfect fit for tunes that include "I Got It Bad", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Am I Blue", "I'll Never Smile Again", "Can't Get Out Of This Mood", and "When The Sun Comes Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Helen MerrillHelen Merrill/Dick Katz Sessions (Feeling Is Mutual/Shade Of Difference) ... CD
EmArcy/Mosaic, 1965/1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two rare slices of work from Helen Merrill – overlooked 60s sessions recorded with pianist/arranger Dick Katz! First up is the album The Feeling Is Mutual – wonderfully moody session from Merrill – and an obscure one too! The album was recorded in New York in 1965 – with pianist Katz leading an off-beat group that featured Thad Jones on cornet, Jim Hall on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums – a combo that has equal talents for modern moments and more sensitive moods. The groove is much more fragmented than on some of Helen's earlier records for Mercury – with a jagged edge that works perfectly with her strangely detached style of presenting a lyric – a way of looking at familiar tunes almost from the outside, in ways that really come up with something new. Titles include "Baltimore Oriole", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Day Dream", "The Winter Of My Discontent", "What Is This Thing Called Love", and "Deep In A Dream". Shade Of Difference is almost even more amazing – recorded in 1968 with a unique group of players that includes Gary Bartz on alto, Elvin Jones on drums, Thad Jones on cornet, Hubert Laws on flute, and Jim Hall on guitar. The approach is incredible – strangely off-key at many times, with a sad approach that shows Helen as a far greater singer than she ever was in the 50s. The session's laid under-discovered for years – quite possibly because of its overly-dark quality – but it's actually one of the greatest records that Merrill ever cut, one that pushes her up to, and almost past, the level of June Christy and Chris Connor. Titles include "Where Do You Go", "Lonely Woman", "While We're Young", "A Lady Must Live", "I Want A Little Boy", and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Claudio RoditiSimpatico ... CD
Resonance, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great follow-up to Claudio Roditi's Braziliance record – and like that set, a record that's filled with a similarly warm and breezy groove! There's a range of bossa and post-bossa elements at work in the mix, plus some slight Latin jazz touches too – and Roditi's horn sounds wonderful in the setting, really stretching out with these well-blown lines over work from a group that includes Romero Lubambo on guitar, Michael Dease on trombone, Helio Alves on piano, John Lee on bass, and Duduka Da Fonseca on drums. All songs are originals by Roditi – and titles include "Slow Fire", "Piccolo Blues", "A Dream For Kristen", "Blues For Ronni", "Vida Nova", "Winter Dreams", and "Spring Samba". CD
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