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Elysian SpringGlass Flowers (with download) ... LP
Despa/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
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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✨✧ Spring Street StompersI Go Hook, Line & Sinker For The Spring Street Stompers ... LP
Jubilee, 1959. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Features Don Coates on piano, Jim Hayne on trombone, Walt Lehmann on clarinet, Bob Witter on cornet, Kenny Redmond on drums, Bill Fisher on banjo and Tom Yankus on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono deep groove pressing.)

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Beat FarmersThe Beat Farmers Live At The Spring Valley Inn, 1983 (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Blixa Sounds, 1983. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Eugen CiceroSpring Song ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... About December 20, 2020
One of our favorite recordings from European pianist Eugen Cicero – still very much in the "jazz meets classical" vein of his 60s and 70s work – but somehow coming across with a deeper sense of soul, and a sound that's awash in color and tone. Part of the strength of the set no doubt comes from the rhythm section – which features Americans John Clayton on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. Titles include "Caprice No 24", "Spinning Song In C Op 67 No 4", "Spring Song In A Op 62 No 6", "Cicero's Paraphrase In G Flat", and "The Moldeu". CD


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Kenny DrewIt Might As Well Be Spring ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1982. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Solo piano recordings by Kenny Drew, with titles including "Yesterdays", "Blues For Nils", "The Quiet Cathedral", "Sun Set", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "The Smile Of Tanya", "Django", and "Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)


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Sue Anne GershenzonYou Must Believe In Spring ... CD
Sue Anne Gershenzon, 2020. Used ... $7.99
... CD

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Grateful DeadSpring 1990 – The Other One (23 CD deluxe box set) ... CD
Rhino, 1990. Used 23 CD's ... $569.99
Includes eight shows: the Capitol Center in Landover, Maryland on 3/14, the Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut 3/18, the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario on 3/21, the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, New York on 3/25, the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on 3/28 and 3/29, and the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia on 4/1 and 4/3. CD
(Out of print deluxe box set, beautifully illustrated by Wes Lang – includes all the extras! Copy #5182/9000.)

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Florian Hoefner TrioFirst Spring ... CD
Alma (Canada), 2019. Used ... $7.99
Florian Hoefner on piano, Andew Downing on bass & Nick Fraser on drums. CD
(Mark through barcode.)

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Hubert LawsRite Of Spring ... CD
CTI, 1971. Used ... $5.99
A groundbreaking record from flautist Hubert Laws – a mixture of classical themes and jazz, handled with an airy CTI approach – and set to arrangements by Don Sebesky that are simply mindblowing! The album's a wonderful example of the way that CTI really pushed the boundaries of instrumental expression in the 70s – taking Laws wonderfully breathy work on flute, and mixing it with some well-crafted backings that also feature electric piano by Bob James, bass by Ron Carter, and percussion by Airto and Jack DeJohnette. The larger group is handled by Sebesky, who really brings some magic to the record – a sense of sound, space, and timing that's still a heck of a lot more mature and sophisticated than most instrumental recordings coming out today! Titles include "Syrinx", "Rite Of Spring", "Brandenburg Concerto No 3", and "Pavane". CD
Also available Rite Of Spring ... CD 6.99

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Hubert LawsRite Of Spring ... CD
CTI, 1971. Used ... $6.99
A groundbreaking record from flautist Hubert Laws – a mixture of classical themes and jazz, handled with an airy CTI approach – and set to arrangements by Don Sebesky that are simply mindblowing! The album's a wonderful example of the way that CTI really pushed the boundaries of instrumental expression in the 70s – taking Laws wonderfully breathy work on flute, and mixing it with some well-crafted backings that also feature electric piano by Bob James, bass by Ron Carter, and percussion by Airto and Jack DeJohnette. The larger group is handled by Sebesky, who really brings some magic to the record – a sense of sound, space, and timing that's still a heck of a lot more mature and sophisticated than most instrumental recordings coming out today! Titles include "Syrinx", "Rite Of Spring", "Brandenburg Concerto No 3", and "Pavane". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Rite Of Spring ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Hubert LawsRite Of Spring ... LP
CTI, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A groundbreaking record from flautist Hubert Laws – a mixture of classical themes and jazz, handled with an airy CTI approach – and set to arrangements by Don Sebesky that are simply mindblowing! The album's a wonderful example of the way that CTI really pushed the boundaries of instrumental expression in the 70s – taking Laws wonderfully breathy work on flute, and mixing it with some well-crafted backings that also feature electric piano by Bob James, bass by Ron Carter, and percussion by Airto and Jack DeJohnette. The larger group is handled by Sebesky, who really brings some magic to the record – a sense of sound, space, and timing that's still a heck of a lot more mature and sophisticated than most instrumental recordings coming out today! Titles include "Syrinx", "Rite Of Spring", "Brandenburg Concerto No 3", and "Pavane". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rockefeller label pressing with Van Gelder stamp in a gatefold cover. Cover has light wear.)
Also available
Rite Of Spring ... CD 6.99
Rite Of Spring ... CD 5.99

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Metronome All StarsEarly Spring/Local 802 Blues ... 78 RPM
Capitol, 1951. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(In an original Capitol Records sleeve!)

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✨✧ MolochsFlowers In The Spring ... LP
Innovative Leisure, 2018. Near Mint- ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve and insert.)

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Alphonse MouzonEarly Spring ... LP
Optimism, Mid 80s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Pretty light stuff from Alphonze Mouzon – without the heavy pounding drums of his Tommy Bolin/fusion years, and with more of the sweet smooth R&B inflected grooves of his later work. Most of the tracks are instrumental, and although there's plenty of strong players on the record – Ronnie Laws, Ernie Watts, Brandon Fields – the overall sound is pretty slicked over. Titles include "I Can Give You More", "We Almost Made It", "Come & Fly With Me", and "Waterfall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)


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Joe PassJoy Spring ... CD
Blue Note/Pacific Jazz, 1964. Used ... $9.99
A gem by Joe Pass – recorded "live" in the studio a few months before his legendary For Django album, but never issued until the 70s! The set's got a freeness that you don't always hear in some of Pass' other more restrained work – and working with a quartet that includes Mike Wofford on piano, Pass crafts some long and beautiful versions of tracks that include "Joy Spring", "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", "Relaxin At Camarillo", and "Some Time Ago". CD
(Out of print.)


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Don SebeskyThree Works For Jazz Soloists & Symphony Orchestra (Birds & Bella In B Flat/Rite Of Spring/Sebastian's Theme) (Original Master Recording) ... LP
Mobile Fidelity/Gryphon, 1979. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
A serious later session from Don Sebesky – one that shows that he's still capable of plenty of darkness in his music, even after scoring some smoother sets in the 70s! The album's definitely got something of a "jazz orchestra" feel – with a full orchestra that initiates the proceedings, and sets the scene with a low-toned, rumbling sort of style – before the album then opens up into some much more jazz solo-based work that has a much more redemptive feel! Players include Alex Foster on tenor, Jon Faddis on trumpet, Gordon Beck on piano, Richard Davis on guitar, and Joe Beck on guitar – all of whom get some nice space to state their cases as the album rolls on – on three long tracks that include "Bird & Bela In B", "Rite Of Spring", and "Sebastian's Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and bumped corners.)

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Ralph SharonAutumn Leaves & Spring Fever ... LP
London (UK), 1952. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some minor splitting on the top seam.)

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Space Busters/Space Patrol/NightmareSpace Busters/Space Patrol/Nightmare Collected Works – Spring to Fall 1952, Summer to Fall 1952 & Summer to Fall 1952 – Issues 10 to 13 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952. New Copy ... $9.99 49.99
A trio of pre-code comics from the Ziff-Davis family of magazines – work that's got the high quality of pulps from the previous generation, and which begins in space opera and ends in early 50s horror! The heavy hardcover volume features two issues of Space Busters and Space Patrol – well-done science fiction comics, but more in the Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon side of the spectrum than some of the weirder work of the Bradbury generation. The title then morphs into Nightmare – which was a big ZD entry into the horror comic territory of EC! The whole volume is full color, with reproductions of covers and ads from the comics too – and art is by Bernie Krigstein, Norman Saunders, Syd Shores, George Tuska, Everett Raymond Kinstler, and Vic Martin. Book

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StravinskyRite Of Spring – Lorin Maazel/Cleveland Orchestra ... LP
Telarc, 1980. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and light scrapes at the bottom.)

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Warsaw Village BandPeople's Spring ... CD
World Village/Jaro (Germany), 2001. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousLofts & Garages – Spring Records & The Birth Of Dance Music ... CD
Spring/BGP (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
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. CD

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✨✧ Bill EvansYou Must Believe In Spring (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful late work by Evans – recorded in 1977, but not issued until after his death in 1980. The session benefits from the bass work of Eddie Gomez – rich, round, and warm – a perfect accompaniment for Evans' sometimes faltering piano work at the time – and a player that Evans was incredibly lucky to be working with during much of his later years. The set includes a wonderful version of Michel Legrand's "You Must Believe In Spring", plus the tracks "Theme From Mash", "The Peacocks", "Sometime Ago", and "Gary's Theme". CD also features 3 previously unissued bonus tracks – "Without A Song", "All Of You", and "Freddie Freeloader". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Lost WorldLost World Collected Works – From The Pages Of Planet Comics – November 1942 to Spring 1950 – Issues 21 to 64 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1940s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge volume that brings together years of stories from one of the best series in Planet Comics – the very well-done Lost World storyline, which is a great blend of the adventure styles of 30s pulps and the more dynamic energy of golden age comics! The book is over 450 pages, and brings together a long run of stories that spans most of the 40s, along with a bit of introduction and history from Roy Thomas – and notations on the artwork, which was uncredited at the time, but handled by future EC Comics greats George Evans and Graham Ingles – as well as golden age giants Rudy Palais, Nick Cardy, and the rare female artist Lily Renee. The cover shot here gives you a good idea of the action – and as the 40s move on, the female protagonist gets less to wear on the covers and contents – in true pre-code comics style. Book

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✨✧ Joni MitchellSpring Songs Live Concert ... LP
No Label, 1960s. Very Good+ 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Primal ScreamHigher Than The Sun (main, single mix, American Spring mix, Orb rmx, A Dub Symphony In Two Parts) (CD single) ... CD
Sire, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some light edgewear.)

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✨✧ VariousLofts & Garages – Spring Records & The Birth Of Dance Music ... LP
Spring/BGP (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily 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
Also available Lofts & Garages – Spring Records & The Birth Of Dance Music ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Wax PoeticsIssue #68 – Winter/Spring 2020 ... Magazine
Wax Poetics, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 Comes Early To The Commune (10-inch) ... LP
China Record Corporation (China), 1974. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Chinese folk instrumental music, featuring traditional folk and western instrument solos. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has bent corners and discoloration from age.)

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✨✧ VariousSpring NYC Soul ... CD
Spring (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Grateful DeadSpring 1990 (18 CD deluxe box set) ... CD
Rhino, 1990. Used 18 CD's ... Out Of Stock
Includes six shows: the Capitol Center in Landover, Maryland on 3/16, the Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut 3/19, the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario on 3/22, the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, New York on 3/26 with bonus tracks from 3/24, the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on 3/30, and the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia on 4/2. CD
(Out of print deluxe box set, beautifully illustrated by Wes Lang – includes all the extras except the backstage passes & laminated tour ID. Copy #1856/9000.)

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✨✧ Ann Young &Yuji Ohno TrioAs Well Be Spring ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A lovely set of 70s jazz vocals – recorded by American singer Ann Young, with backing by a Japanese combo led by pianist Yuji Ohno! The sound is pretty darn soulful – tracks that range from modal groovers to mellow ballads, all sung by Ann with a really rich vocal approach, and backed up with lightly dancing notes that give the album a really classic feel. The whole thing reminds us a lot of some of the best Lorez Alexandria work from the 70s – with a similar talent for hitting strong notes, and working in some great bass next to the vocals. Titles include a jazz dancer version of "Speak Low", plus "Old Devil Moon", "Don't Explain", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "Autumn In New York", and "It Might As Well Be Spring". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
 
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Act One (Act 1)Act One ... LP
Spring, 1974. Sealed ... $16.99
An obscure soul group, but a great one – equally at home with a fragile harmony tune as they were with more uptempo groovers for the dancefloor! This one and only album from Act One is a perfect illustration of the best two sides of the east coast indie soul scene of the early 70s – because some tunes are spare, simple, and heartbreaking – really building off the best qualities of 60s harmony soul, but with a lot more sophistication – while others are bolder, more upbeat, and positive – really using the new studio modes of the time to send a few tunes really over the top! The mix is quite similar to Black Ivory at their best – although the album's more under-discovered treasure – and although it's the only record ever by the group, it's got a solidity that should have made them as big as any of the 70s stars on Atlantic or Philly International! Titles include "Goodbye Love", "Friends Or Lovers", "Tom the Peeper", "Party Hardy People", "I Don't Want To Know What You Do To Me", "Still Waters", "It's The Same Old Story", and "Love's Got Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Garland GreenLet The Good Times Roll/You And I Go Good Together ... 7-inch
Spring, 1974. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Garland Green's great remake of this classic! He sings it with a nice deep Chicago soul style, augmented by some of the slightly modern/southern style production of the Spring label. "You & I Go Good" is even better, though – a sweetly stepping number that follows in the spirit of Garland's Uni classics – crackling vocals sounding wonderful on the top, while an undeniable groove bubbles in the back! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Millie Jackson21 Of The Best – 1971 to 1983 ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic work from Millie Jackson – a singer so great, it's hard to say that even 21 tracks could make up her "best"! Jackson first emerged at the start of the 70s as a really fresh voice in southern soul – one that was partly tied to the heartbreaking style of the decade before, but who also soon found her voice as a bolder, more self-possessed woman – bridging a gap between weepy soul and unabashed desire that makes her work on this collection so powerful! Producer Brad Shapiro was one of Millie's guiding forces in the studio – and together, they really helped reset the female voice in soul music with these recordings for Spring Records in the 70s – a great lineup of cuts that includes "Kiss You All Over", "Do You Wanna Make Love", "Loving Arms", "Bad Risk", "It Hurts So Good", "My Man A Sweet Man", "Ask Me What You Want", "Keep The Home Fire Burning", "I Feel Like Walking In The Rain", "It's Gonna Take Some Time This Time", "Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night", "All The Way Lover", and "If You're Not Back In Love By Monday". CD

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JJ Johnson, Joe Simon, Millie JacksonCleopatra Jones – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Spring/Warner, 1973. Very Good- ... $19.99
One of the best of the blacksploitation scores of the early 70s – a masterpiece of music that we rate every bit as high as Shaft or Superfly – maybe even higher! The music here is incredible – a surprising funky turn for JJ Johnson, who most folks know for his straighter jazz work – and like Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and others who were surprising the world with their ability to score music for a full film during the early 70s, JJ really knocks it out of the park with this one – coming up with a batch of tunes that are a wonderful mix of sophisticated scoring, creative instrumentation, and some damn funky grooves! The title cut features Joe Simon on vocals, and Millie Jackson sings on the cuts "Love Doctor" and "It Hurts So Good". The rest of the set is instrumental, and other cuts include an instrumental take on "Cleopatra Jones", plus "Go Chase Cleo", "Goin To The Chase", "Wrap Up", and "Airport Fight". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a center split spine and a hype sticker.)

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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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✨✧ Fatback BandNYCNYUSA ... LP
Spring, 1977. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic bit of funk from Fatback – and one of those records that still makes us scratch our heads, and say "Man, how can they make music this tight?" The sound is impeccable – bass and drums really right on the money, with a focus that's a huge influence on countless acts to come – and this wonderful way of still being loose and fluid, while being impeccably played – hardly the too-uptight sounds you might get from other stiffer funk acts of the second half of the 70s! There's a really organic, collaborative feel to the whole groove – which also comes across in the way the vocals are laid down – almost as if the whole group's stumbling onto the lyrics at once through their musical inspiration – on killer cuts that include "Spank The Baby", "NYCNYUSA", "Cosmic Woman", "Double Dutch", and "Soul Finger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has marker along the top.)

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✨✧ VariousJohn Work III – Recording Black Culture ... CD
Spring Fed, 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
Tracks are divided up into social songs, work songs, congregational singing, sacred harp, blues, and quartet groups. CD

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✨✧ Millie JacksonIt Hurts So Good ... LP
Spring, 1973. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
An excellent early album from Millie Jackson – recorded in a southern soul style in New York and Muscle Shoals, but a lot hipper than most of the rest of the female soul that was coming out of the south at the time. For one thing, Millie was a bad mamma singer – rapping hard and frankly about the way things is (or were). For another, Millie's not necessarily as great in the sweet department as some of her contemporaries – so she sticks to the harder material, except for a few tear jerking ballads, and adds in a lot of humor and touches of the fierce sarcasm that would soon become her calling card in the soul business. Gary Byrd penned the leadoff cut "I Cry", and the other tracks include "Two Faced World", "Hypocrisy", "Good To The Very Last Drop", "Help Yourself", and "Now That You Got It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)
 
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✨✧ Mose AllisonYour Mind Is On Vacation ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ... $5.99
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
(Cover has some wear.)

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Richie BeirachElegy For Bill Evans ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $22.99
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
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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Richie BeirachElegy For Bill Evans ... LP
Trio (Japan), 1981. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on PAJ. Cover has light wear.)

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BenetBenet ... CD
EMI, 1992. Used ... $6.99
A pretty sweet batch of early 90s R&B from Benet – which is the brother and sister duo of Eric and Lisa Benet – a couple years before Eric would conquer the charts as a solo act! It's a nice little record that's warm and good-natured, and produced with a bright and smooth, but not overly slick vibe. Musicians include Jeff Lorber, Freddie Hubbard, Paul Jackson Jr, Dave Koz and other major players – so you know the sessions are legit – and the family vocal chemistry is pretty sweet. Titles include a modern R&B take on "Rainy Days And Sundays", plus "Only Want To Be With You", "I Remember When", "Never Get Enough", He Said, She Said", "In The Spring", "'Til We Meet Again" and more. Also includes a bonus instrumental version of "Only Want To Be With You". CD
(Out of print.)

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George BensonWeekend In London ... CD
Provogue, 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 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
Also available Weekend In London (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ George BensonWeekend In London (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Provogue, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition heavyweight orange vinyl pressing – with download!)
Also available Weekend In London ... CD 14.99

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Art Blakey & Freddie HubbardFeel The Wind ... CD
Timeless (Holland), 1989. Used ... $11.99
Freddie Hubbard is reunited with drummer Art Blakey – in a sweet little set that recalls the power of the Jazz Messengers during the stretch when Hubbard was with the group! Both players are in fine form – with Hubbard blowing shimmering trumpet lines over Blakey's full-on style of drumming – and the supporting cast is another key element in the success of the session – with either Benny Green or Mulgrew Miller on piano, Lonnie Plaxico or Leon Dorsey on bass, and Javon Jackson on tenor sax. Titles include "Arieties", "Feel The Wind", "Of Minor", "Up Jumped Spring", and "Big Foot". CD
(Out of print.)

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Clea BradfordHer Point Of View ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good ... $19.99
Clea was one of a host of hip female singers that Chess was trying to bring up in the late 60s – and although she was less successful than bigger stars like Fontella Bass or Marlena Shaw, this album's in very much the same mode as some of the best Cadet female soul, with arrangements by Richard Evans that cover the same range of styles as Shaw's best early work. The album kicks off with the funky cut "My Love's A Monster", then rolls into hip jazzy versions of "Summer Time", "What Is This Thing Called Love", and "Spring Is Here" – and also includes two originals, "I Need Love" and "The View From Up Here", both with a strong stepping groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label stereo pressing. Cover has adhesive residue along the spine and some light wear.)

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Dave BrubeckJazz Impressions Of New York ... CD
Columbia, 1964. Used ... $3.99
New York's a mighty big place, but it's got a nicely intimate feel in this 60s set from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – one of the combo's overlooked gems from their years on Columbia! The music is all from the TV show Mr Broadway, but there's hardly a showtune feel to the set – and instead, the groove is almost in a hip Henry Mancini sort of mode, but delivered with a smaller combo feel. Tracks are somewhat shorter than the usual Brubeck outing, and balanced nicely between upbeat tracks and more sensitive ones – the former with some well-cut lines by Paul Desmond on alto sax, the latter often with a bit more piano from Dave. The rest of the group includes Gene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums – and titles include "Mr Broadway", "Broadway Bossa Nova", "Sixth Sense", "Something To Sing About", "Spring In Central Park", "Lonely Mr Broadway", "Winter Ballad", "Upstage Rhumba", and "Summer On The Sound". CD
(Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing.)

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Ralph BurnsFree Forms (10 inch LP) ... LP
Mercury, 1951. Very Good+ ... $34.99
A great modern jazz-meets-strings session that follows from Burns' exploratory "Introspection" title for the Jazz Scene collection! Ralph pens some inventive charts that utilize a 15 piece chamber orchestra as backdrops for his own bold lines on piano, as well as some key solo bits from Lee Konitz on half the tracks. The sound is great throughout – modern, but never too academic to swing – and titles include "Places Please", "Cameo", "Lileth", "Spring Is", and "Someday Somewhere". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mercury pressing with trumpeter logo & deep groove!)

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✨✧ Gary BurtonLofty Fake Anagram/Genuine Tong Funeral ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
Great work from vibist Gary Burton – two RCA albums back to back on a single CD! First up is Lofty Fake Anagram – a standout classic from Burton, and the kind of fresh-voiced and angularly modern session that showed why his sound on the vibes was one of the most revolutionary in jazz at the time! The session features a quartet with Larry Coryell on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Bob Moses on drums – all working in a style that's got touches of modal jazz, and fragments of the Walt Dickerson sound – yet which is also a bit looser, freer, and more spacious – all without going too far "out". Titles include "Lines", "I'm Your Pal", "Fleurette Africaine", "Feelings & Things", "June The 15th, 1967", and "Good Citizen Swallow". Next up is Genuine Tong Funeral – billed as "A Dark Opera Without Words", an extended piece written by Carla Bley, and performed by the Burton quartet with help from a larger group that includes Steve Lacy, Gato Barbieri, Michael Mantler, and Bley herself. As such, the album's probably the most ambitious one that Burton ever recorded during the 60s – never too far out, but with angular tones and strange time changes that mark the record as being quite different from his other sides for RCA. It also makes it one of his best, too – as the record has that wonderfully fresh sound that you get from early work by Bley, never too silly, and with a serious approach to composition that also never loses sight of its roots in jazz. Titles include "The New Funeral March", "Silent Spring", "Mother Of The Dead Man", "Death Rolls", and "The New National Anthem". CD

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✨✧ Charlie ByrdByrd At The Gate ... LP
Riverside, 1963. Very Good ... $3.99
Byrd's trio gets some great help here from Clark Terry on trumpet and Seldon Powell on tenor – in tracks that include "More", "Ela Me Deixou", "Broadway", "Some Other Spring", and "Shiny Stockings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo. Cover has some wear and a center split bottom seam.)

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Maurice ChevalierLerner & Loewe & Chevalier ... LP
MGM, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Arranged by Joe Harnell, with titles including "Camelot", "My Fair Lady", "Gigi", "Paint Your Wagon", "Brigadoon", and "Day Before Spring". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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George ColemanGeorge Coleman Quintet In Baltimore ... CD
Reel To Real, 1971. New Copy ... About December 11, 2020
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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George ColemanGeorge Coleman Quintet In Baltimore (180 gram pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Reel To Real, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition pressing of 1500 – on heavyweight vinyl!)

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Larry Coryell & Philip CatherineSplendid ... LP
Elektra, 1978. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Acoustic duets between Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine – recorded with a style that's much more intimate and personal than some of the previous recordings by either player! Although Coryell first rose to fame at the end of the 60s with his fuzzy approach to jazz fusion, he's clearly mellowed here nicely with age – and has a nice sense of space and color, that's only further augmented by Catherine's always-great range of sounds and styles. Joachim Kuhn plays acoustic piano on one track, but all other information is from both players on 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, plus a bit of work by Catherine on a fretless electric. Titles include "No More Booze", "Deux Xango", "Snowshadows", "One Plus Two Blues", "Father Christmas", "A Quiet Day In Spring", and "The Train & The River". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Buddy DeFranco & Oscar PetersonHark ... LP
Pablo, 1985. Sealed ... $7.99
A great reunion of Buddy DeFranco and Oscar Peterson – two players who recorded together famously for Verve in the 50s, working here on an 80s date under the supervision of old Verve head Norman Granz! The setting here is even more loose and laidback than in the 50s – that mellow Pablo Records mode that seems to bring in a lot more feeling to the players than some of their dates for other labels at the time – and Buddy's lost none of the charm in his tone, playing the clarinet with a soulful swing that's almost more like an alto sax at times! Other players include Joe Pass on guitar, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Martin Drew on drums – and titles include "Summer Me Winter You", "Llovisna", "By Myself", "Joy Spring", "All Too Soon", and "Hark". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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DonovanGift From A Flower To A Garden (Epic) ... LP
Epic, 1967. Very Good- 2LP Box Set ... $9.99
One of the trippiest albums ever from Donovan, as you might guess from the title – a double-length gem that's filled with wonderfully groovy tunes! The set was cut during Donovan's killer years with producer Mickie Most in the late 60s – and it's got an instrumental feel that's even more laidback than some of his others from the time – mostly hip small combo instrumentation that features organ from Mike O'Neil, flute from Harold McNair, and vibes from Mike Carr – all done with some hip jazzy touches underneath Donovan's lead acoustic guitar – a folk-funk blend that's totally great, and which clearly set the scene for countless other imitations to come! Nobody can touch Donovan's charm at this point, though – and the album's a treasure through and through – filled with great tunes that include "Wear Your Love Like Heaven", "Skip A Long Sam", "Sun", "Little Boy In Corduroy", "Oh Gosh", "Under The Greenwood Tree", "Song Of The Naturalist's Wife", "Lay Of The Last Tinker", "The Lullaby Of Spring", "The Magpie", "Epistle To Derroll", "The Land Of Doesn't Have To Be", and "Mad John's Escape". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing, including the booklet. Box has split corners, wear and stains.)

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Bill EvansFinest Hour ... CD
Verve, 1960s. Used ... $5.99
Tracks include "For Heaven's Sake", "Spartacus Love Theme", "Time Remembered", "I Should Care", "Spring Is Here", "I Loves You, Porgy", and "Walkin' Up". CD

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Piotr FigielPiotr (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pronit/GAD (Poland), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
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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Clare FischerJazz Song ... LP
Revelation, 1979. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Features the tracks "Spring Is Here", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Moon Mist", "Autumn Lines", "Love Locked Out", "You've Changed", "Serenidade" & "Just Friends". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ella FitzgeraldRodgers & Hart Song Book ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
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

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Tommy FlanaganBallads & Blues ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
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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✨✧ Rodney FranklinIn The Center/You'll Never Know/Rodney Franklin/Endless Flight (bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Four soulful fusion classics from keyboardist Rodney Franklin – all together in a single set! First up is In The Center – wonderful keyboard work from the amazing Rodney Franklin – a player who sounds equally great on acoustic and electric piano! This album does a wonderful job of mixing them both – showing Rodney's more sensitive side on a few acoustic numbers, but then really taking off in a much more groove-based mode for the electric ones – which have a soaring, spacious style that's in that best blend of fusion and soul that was going down at Columbia in the late 70s – but with some spacier Bob James touches too! Most of the cuts were arranged by Byron Olsen, who's got an equally sensitive ear as Franklin – and although there's a bit of vocals on the record, most of the focus is on instrumental grooves – especially Rodney's work on the keys. Titles include the classics "I Like The Music Make It Hot", "Spanish Flight", and "On The Path" – plus "Yours", "Life Moves On", and the extended "Spring Suite". You'll Never Know is fully-formed genius from the amazing Rodney Franklin – one of the best keyboard stars to emerge from the late 70s scene! Franklin's got a great talent for balancing influences from jazz and soul in ways that are similar to contemporaries George Duke and Bobby Lyle – and like both of those players, he still stands strong in jazz, but makes some key nods to soul music on this set – adding in a bit of vocals where needed, and moving into some R&B-drenched fusion lines that all sound pretty darn hip! As on previous records, Rodney plays both acoustic and electric keys – blending them wonderfully for a very deep sound – and the group behind him features some especially nice work on reeds, which bring sharper edges to some of the best tracks on the set. There's a wonderfully deep feel to the whole thing – way more than you'd expect for a major label release at the time – and titles include "Felix Leo", "The Watcher", "The Groove", "Journey", "You'll Never Know", "Return", and "Parkay Man". Next is the self-titled Rodney Franklin – tremendous work from Rodney Franklin – one of our favorite soulful fusion players from the end of the 70s! The album's a keyboard delight through and through – and Rodney plays both acoustic and electric piano, often on the same track – which creates this nicely expanded sound that works well with the album's tight arrangements! There's a fair bit of soul in the mix too – some rhythms that make a few numbers great groovers, courtesy of Tom Tom arrangements – and some other full moments handled by Patrick Williams. Titles include a wonderful version of "Windy City" – the cut you might know from a classic Carl Davis recording – plus "On The Path", "I Like The Music Make It Hot", "Life Moves On", "Creation", and "In The Center". Endless Flight is a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and fusion – smoothed together nicely, but never in a way that's slick or commercial! Franklin's got a keen ear that lets him sit on both sides of the fence wonderfully – in a way that so many other players tried in later years, but never managed to do without losing their groove or selling out too much. Part of the strength of the album is the way that it mixes together acoustic and electric keys from track to track – deepening the spirit of the album through a good sense of pacing and mood, and also offsetting vocal tracks with some key instrumental numbers. Tom Washington produced and heavily helped in the arrangements – and titles include "Vibrations", "Benetta", "Cancion Para Mi Mama", "Dance Tonight", "Endless Flight", "Return To The Source", "Mensaje De Dios", and a surprisingly great funky take on "Hill Street Blues". Includes one bonus track – "The Groove (single version)". CD

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Fraser & DeboltFraser & Debolt With Ian Guenther ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Very Good ... $9.99
Moody, folksy work from the Canadian duo of Fraser & Debolt – helped here by a bit of extra work on fiddle from Ian Guenther! The sound is often quite spare – acoustic guitars and vocals, with little else more than the guest fiddle – in a style that's nicely rough-edged, especially for Columbia Records at the time – and which makes the record feel more like some obscure indie effort than a release on a bigger label. Most of the tunes are originals, and quite compelling – with a darkly poetic sensibility that's right at home with labelmates Tim Hardin and Leonard Cohen – and titles include "Old Man On The Corner", "Warmth", "Stoney Day", "Pure Spring Water", "All This Paradise", "Gypsy Solitaire", and "Armstrong Tourest Rest Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light surface wear and some aging.)

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Bill FrisellValentine ... CD
Blue Note, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99
Bill Frisell is in a really wonderful trio here – working with Rudy Royston on drums and Thomas Morgan on bass – players who maybe seem to bring out some of Frisell's most inventive sounds in years! Bill plays both acoustic and electric guitar – and the latter instrument often has this nice rasp on the edges, and a quality that shimmers with a sense of darkness that really deepens the vibe of the set – some of the same carefully-chosen notes that Frisell's brought to other recent projects, but more pointed and powerful – really set up nicely by the drums and bass, which are superb! The set includes a number of originals by Bill – including "Hour Glass", "Winter Always Turns To Spring", "Valentine", "Levees", "Where Do We Go", and "Aunt Mary" – plus versions of "We Shall Overcome", "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing", and "Wagon Wheels". CD
Also available Valentine ... LP 24.99

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Bill FrisellValentine ... LP
Blue Note, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99 29.99
Bill Frisell is in a really wonderful trio here – working with Rudy Royston on drums and Thomas Morgan on bass – players who maybe seem to bring out some of Frisell's most inventive sounds in years! Bill plays both acoustic and electric guitar – and the latter instrument often has this nice rasp on the edges, and a quality that shimmers with a sense of darkness that really deepens the vibe of the set – some of the same carefully-chosen notes that Frisell's brought to other recent projects, but more pointed and powerful – really set up nicely by the drums and bass, which are superb! The set includes a number of originals by Bill – including "Hour Glass", "Winter Always Turns To Spring", "Valentine", "Levees", "Where Do We Go", and "Aunt Mary" – plus versions of "We Shall Overcome", "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing", and "Wagon Wheels". LP, Vinyl record album
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Gordon GiltrapGordon Giltrap/Portrait ... CD
Transatlantic/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of early albums from the great Gordon Giltrap – both released by Transatlantic Records when Gordon was a very young fellow! The self-titled Gordon Giltrap is a gem from 1968 – a record that has Gordon stepping out as a hell of a guitarist, and a very dark-tinged songwriter – certainly of the generation that was budding with John Renbourn and Bert Jansch – but with a distinct quality that really set Giltrap apart from the rest, maybe making him as much of an individualist as Davy Graham! Although just 18, Giltrap's acoustic guitar work is fantastic– and his vocals are much more biting than some of his contemporaries – almost mean at times. Titles include "Window Pattern", "Blythe Hill", "Won't You Stay Awhile Suzanne", "Don't You Feel Good", "Birth Of Spring", "Don't You Hear Your Mother's Voice", and "Ives Horizon". Portrait is an amazing record – at one level filled with mastery of the 12 string guitar has has Gordon Giltrap matching the best of the Takoma generation in the US – but also graced with vocals that are very distinct, very pointed, and which make the tunes with lyrics such a contrast to the instrumentals! The whole thing is fantastic – a true testament to the legend that has grown up around Giltrap over the years – with titles that include "Thoughts In The Rain", "Never Ending Solitude", "Young Love", "Lucifer's Cage", "Portrait", "Tuxedo", and "Hands Of Fate". CD

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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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Eydie GormeLove Is A Season ... LP
ABC, 1958. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A season-themed album from Eydie Gorme – a great date from the early years, and one that has her working with jazzy backings from the great Don Costa! Don's got a great ear for both sides of Eydie's talents – the upbeat, swinging style that always sounds cheery – and the straighter, more serious way with a ballad that doesn't always get its due! The tunes all have season-based themes – a format used by other singers over the years, certainly, but a really great foil here for Gorme's many-varied talents – as the shifting months of the year give her good reason to change her tune from track to track. Titles include "Love Is A Season", "Winter Night", "June In January", "On The First Warm Day", "I'll Remember April", "Easter Parade", and "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year". LP, Vinyl record album
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Garland GreenVery Best Of Garland Green – 24 Tracks From Chicago's Master Soul Singer's Illustrious Career ... CD
Kent (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A windy city hero – the amazing Garland Green, a singer who makes us mighty proud we hail from Chicago! Garland's got an incredible style that few others can touch – partly schooled in the 60s iceman modes of Jerry Butler and Walter Jackson, with all the sophistication that might imply – but also often given a raspier twist, with slightly southern echoes that make Garland's music feel even more deeply personal! And while most folks know Green's big hits for the Uni label, this package shows a rich legacy that goes much father than that – work recorded for labels that include Cotillion, Spring, RCA, Ocean Front, and Revue – in addition to some key Uni tracks. This trans-label set really does a wonderful job of showing the full range of Garland's mighty talents – a sublime set of soul cuts that run from the start of the 70s right up to the early 80s modern years – packaged with detailed notes too. Titles include "Since You've Been Gone", "These Arms", "Just Loving You", "Just My Way Of Loving You", "He Didn't Know", "Don't Think That I'm A Violent Guy", "Love's Calling", "Just What The Doctor Ordered", "Sweet Loving Woman", "Ask Me What You Want", "You Played On A Player", "Don't Let Love Walk Out On Us", and "Sending My Best Wishes". CD

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Motohiko Hamase#Notes of Forestry ... CD
Wacoal Art Center/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1988. New Copy ... $15.99
A masterpiece from Japanese minimalist Motohiko Hamase – a record that maybe has a bit more musical variety than some of his other works of the 80s – with four different longer pieces that each have a different flavor, and a wonderfully poetic vibe overall! Two of the pieces are heavier on acoustic piano, and two are a bit more electronic – and together, they paint this amazing tuneful picture in sound – little melodies that kind of spring forth with a natural, organic quality, then unfold like little musical flowers over a longer space in time. Think of the quality as maybe a bit like Penguin Cafe, but set to more extended numbers – the pieces "Nude", "Spiral For Multiple Instruments", "Pascal", and "#Notes Of Forestry". CD
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Motohiko Hamase#Notes of Forestry ... LP
Wacoal Art Center/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A masterpiece from Japanese minimalist Motohiko Hamase – a record that maybe has a bit more musical variety than some of his other works of the 80s – with four different longer pieces that each have a different flavor, and a wonderfully poetic vibe overall! Two of the pieces are heavier on acoustic piano, and two are a bit more electronic – and together, they paint this amazing tuneful picture in sound – little melodies that kind of spring forth with a natural, organic quality, then unfold like little musical flowers over a longer space in time. Think of the quality as maybe a bit like Penguin Cafe, but set to more extended numbers – the pieces "Nude", "Spiral For Multiple Instruments", "Pascal", and "#Notes Of Forestry". LP, Vinyl record album
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Tubby HayesDown In The Village ... CD
Fontana/Redial (UK), 1962/1998. Used ... $9.99
Long overdue reissue of one of the totally rare sessions that Tubby Hayes cut for British Fontana in the early 60s. Hayes was one of the best British jazz talents ever, and his raw tenor sound is right up there with Sonny Rollins and Hank Mobley for sheer power and inventiveness. This laidback session features Hayes at the prime of his power, playing in a very tight live quintet with Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet, Gordon Beck on piano, and Allan Ganley on drums. The group grooves in an extremely tight way, and the tracks are long long long, with beautiful solos that never let up for a minute. Highlights include the originals "Down In the Village" and "In The Night", plus the tracks "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" and "First Eleven". The whole record is great, and its re-release opens a key chapter in the career of one of the greatest jazz players to ever spring up on the east side of the Atlantic! CD
(Out of print.)

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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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IasosCelestial Soul Portrait ... CD
Numero, 1970s. New Copy ... $7.99 18.98
Spacey sounds from the enigmatic Iasos – a legendary figure in the 70s underground – and an artist with a heck of a great ear for organic electronics and unusual recording techniques! This cool collection of Iasos' music was put together by Carlos Nino with the guys at Numero – and as such, it's got a really sensitive feel – a way of bringing together the sounds and stories that really get at the subtle genius of Iasos – packaged in a lavish set that also features lots of vintage photos too. The style is often quite personal, and almost naive – as Iasos works on guitar, keyboards, amplified flute, and other odd tape and studio effects – all flowing out with a style that's often a bit cosmic, and pretty darn compelling. Titles include "Crystal Petals", "Procession On The Horizon", "Cloud Prayer", "Rainbow Canyon", "I Passion You A Leap Of Love Flame", and "Spring Temple Forest". CD
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IasosCelestial Soul Portrait ... LP
Numero, 1970s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... $16.99 26.98
Spacey sounds from the enigmatic Iasos – a legendary figure in the 70s underground – and an artist with a heck of a great ear for organic electronics and unusual recording techniques! This cool collection of Iasos' music was put together by Carlos Nino with the guys at Numero – and as such, it's got a really sensitive feel – a way of bringing together the sounds and stories that really get at the subtle genius of Iasos – packaged in a lavish set that also features lots of vintage photos too. The style is often quite personal, and almost naive – as Iasos works on guitar, keyboards, amplified flute, and other odd tape and studio effects – all flowing out with a style that's often a bit cosmic, and pretty darn compelling. Titles include "Crystal Petals", "Procession On The Horizon", "Cloud Prayer", "Rainbow Canyon", "I Passion You A Leap Of Love Flame", and "Spring Temple Forest". LP, Vinyl record album
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JabberloopJabberloop & Infinite Jazz ... CD
Sony (Japan), 2007. Used ... $14.99
A silly name, but a decidedly deep little combo – one who follow strongly in the Japanese club jazz mode of Sleepwalker and Soil & Pimp Sessions! As with those groups, the instrumentation here is almost all acoustic and played live – saxes, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums – plus just a bit of keyboards, slight programming, and turntable work to round out a dancefloor groove slightly – all wrapped together wonderfully in a host of soaring, upbeat rhythms! The tenor and soprano sax work on the album are especially nice – often warmly melodic, but filled with feeling and a nice sense of edge that keeps things real throughout. Titles include "The Art Of Blakey", "In Groove", "Ugetsu", "Missing My Bird", "Source Of Spring", "Q Track", and "Look To The Sky". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jackie & RoyFree & Easy ... LP
ABC, 1957. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of the grooviest records ever by the wonderful vocal team of Jackie & Roy – a sweetly swinging 50s session, with great LA jazz backings from the orchestra of Bill Holman! There's a breezy vibe to the whole thing that's years ahead of its time – not pop harmony vocals, but an approach that's strongly rooted in jazz, but also loosened up from the strict vocalese of the bop singers too. The cover's got Jackie & Roy playing on a slide at the sea – and that free and easy image certainly sums up the feel of the music – a lightly playful blend of jazz vocalese, ballads, and strong duet numbers, all sung with the usual Jackie & Roy charm. The set includes some great tunes, too – including "Pent Up House", "Free & Easy", "So It's Spring", and "Aren't You Glad You're You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Jackie & RoyHigh Standards ... LP
Concord, 1982. Near Mint- ... $2.99
These guys never miss! For years, we'd always passed up the later work of Jackie & Roy – thinking, in our elitist minds, that only their early work was worth merit. But this session from 1982 proves how wrong we were – as it's a stellar batch of small group tracks – sung in the same sweet mode as their best 50s work! The group's a nice one – with some great vibes by Paul Johnson – and the style has Jackie singing some songs in the lead, others in duet with Roy, and still others in a wonderful wordless mode that we really love. Titles include "Loving You", "I Watch You Sleep", "Too Marvelous For Words", "Am I Blue", "Bidin My Time", "Mine", and "Joy Spring". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small cutout hole.)

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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 JamalSun Set (Ahmad Jamal At The Pershing/Ahmad Jamal At The Blackhawk) ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Sealed 2LP ... $13.99
A 70s 2-fer that collects 2 live sides originally issued by Argo, then subsequently by Chess under the Cadet label. Classic Chicago piano jazz – featuring the very popular pianist Ahmad Jamal, recorded at the legendary Pershing Lounge, down at 63rd and Cottage Grove and at the equally legendary Blackhawk Lounge in San Francisco. For many years we didn't get these earlier sides by Jamal, prefering the later electric stuff, but you can see the blueprint of both those later sounds and the piano style that had such a huge impact on Miles here, in sets that cover lots jazz standards, including 'But Not For Me", "Moonlight In Vermont", "poinciana", "Woody'N You", "All The Things You Are", "Cherokee", "It Might As Well Be Spring" and quite a few more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is a bit shopworn. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Barney KesselSwingin' Party At Contemporary ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $12.99
A tight little set from Barney Kessel – recorded in 1960 at a back room studio at Contemporary with a small live audience! Kessel and his guitar are joined by Marvin Jenkins on piano and flute, Gary Peacock on bass and Ron Lundberg on drums – and the feel is easily swinging, in that mode that had Kessel opening up his playing a lot as the 60s approached. The album contains six songs including Milt Jackson's "Bluesology", Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring", Charlie Parker's "Now's The Time", Ahmad Jamal's "New Rhumba", Marvin Jenkin's "Miss Memphis", as well the standard "Lover Man". CD
(Out of print.)

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Irene KralWhere Is Love? ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Mid 70s magic from vocalist Irene Kral – one of a handful of albums that really had Kral setting herself apart from most other jazz vocal contemporaries! The approach here is very simple – just Irene's voice and piano backing from Alan Broadbent – but a hell of a lot goes on in the spare space, thanks to subtly expressive vocals from Kral – never too overdone, yet filled with a mature sophistication that's wonderful – almost conversational at points, yet always with a soft swing that reminds us that she's a jazz singer at heart. Titles include "Love Came On Stealthy Fingers", "I Like You You're Nice", "When I Look In Your Eyes", "A Time For Love/Small World", "Never Let Me Go", "Lucky To Be Me/Some Other Time", "Don't Look Back", and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most". CD

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Irene KralWhere Is Love? ... LP
Choice, 1975. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Mid 70s magic from vocalist Irene Kral – one of a handful of albums that really had Kral setting herself apart from most other jazz vocal contemporaries! The approach here is very simple – just Irene's voice and piano backing from Alan Broadbent – but a hell of a lot goes on in the spare space, thanks to subtly expressive vocals from Kral – never too overdone, yet filled with a mature sophistication that's wonderful – almost conversational at points, yet always with a soft swing that reminds us that she's a jazz singer at heart. Titles include "Love Came On Stealthy Fingers", "I Like You You're Nice", "When I Look In Your Eyes", "A Time For Love/Small World", "Never Let Me Go", "Lucky To Be Me/Some Other Time", "Don't Look Back", and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most". LP, Vinyl record album
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Karin KrogCloud Line Blue (Japanese pressing) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1978. Used ... $19.99
Incredible work from Scandinavian singer Karin Krog! Although Krog began her career as a straight jazz vocalist, she cut a number of records in the 70's that had her pushing into a cool territory that was a lot more progressive, and which had some great Euro-fusion touches – like the sorts you'd find on classic MPS recordings. This session, recorded under the guidance of John Surman, has Krog's icy Scandinavian voice in moody settings of moog and electric keyboards, plus some spacey soprano work by Surman. The album's filled with excellent spacey soundscapes that have Surman soloing nicely on reeds, and which have Krog singing in a style that will bring to mind the radiator song from Eraserhead. Titles include "New Spring", "Alone Song", "Edge Piece", "Empty Streets", "Eyeless In Movement", and "Cloud Line Blue". CD
(Out of print, 2003 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)

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Michel LegrandParis Jazz Piano ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $16.99
Some of the greatest jazz work ever recorded by Michel Legrand! Although Legrand's always been known for his sweet soundtrack work and his famous easy listening sides – he's also a heck of a jazz pianist, and here in this rare 1959 session, he works in a trio format that puts him right up there with the best of the French piano-technics of his generation, like Maurice Vander or Rene Utreger. The arrangements are wonderfully off-beat – and Legrand dances around the piano with a versatility that we didn't know he had. The group features Guy Pedersen on bass and Gus Wallez on drums – and titles include "Paris In The Spring", "Sous Les Ponts De Paris", "Paris Canaille", "Moulin Rouge", and "La Vie En Rose". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Julie LondonEasy Does It ... LP
Liberty, 1968. Near Mint- ... $29.99
One of the last albums in Julie London's legendary run for Liberty Records – a perfect cap to a phenomenal catalog, and one that still shows London very much at the top of her powers! The backings here are by three different talents – Don Bagley, Kirk Stuart, and Allyn Ferguson – but the sound is nicely unified, and most numbers make strong use of that breathy, up-close style of singing that Julie virtually invented back in the 50s – maybe not as sad and dreamy as back then, given all the mature modes and adult sensuality expressed in London's records of the 60s! Titles include "Bidin My Time", "Soon It's Gonna Rain", "Show Me The Way To Go Home", "This Can't Be Love", "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year", "The Man I Love", and "The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else". LP, Vinyl record album
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Christian McBrideFor Jimmy, Wes, & Oliver ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
Bassist Christian McBride is at the helm of a big band here – paying tribute to the fantastic work done for Verve Records in the 60s by organist Jimmy Smith, guitarist Wes Montgomery, and arranger Oliver Nelson! The set really captures the dynamic energy of records like Bashin or The Dynamic Duo – and Joey DeFrancesco handles the Hammond and Mark Whitfield the guitar – both very much in the soulful spirit of the Nelson-inspired arrangements! The difference here might be that McBride's playing bass, where often Jimmy Smith might handle the basslines with the Hammond – and that presence of Christian's bold, warm sound really helps send things home – especially on the few small combo numbers on the record, which stand in nice contrast to the big band material. Other players include Steve Wilson on soprano and alto sax, Todd Bashore on alto, Ron Blake on tenor, and Michael Dease and Steve Wilson on trombones – on titles that include "Megar Evars Blues", "Up Jumped Spring", "Road Song", "The Very Thought Of You", "Don Is", "Pie Blues", and "Down By The Riverside". CD
Also available For Jimmy, Wes, & Oliver (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 31.99

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✨✧ Christian McBrideFor Jimmy, Wes, & Oliver (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Mack Avenue, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $31.99 34.99
Bassist Christian McBride is at the helm of a big band here – paying tribute to the fantastic work done for Verve Records in the 60s by organist Jimmy Smith, guitarist Wes Montgomery, and arranger Oliver Nelson! The set really captures the dynamic energy of records like Bashin or The Dynamic Duo – and Joey DeFrancesco handles the Hammond and Mark Whitfield the guitar – both very much in the soulful spirit of the Nelson-inspired arrangements! The difference here might be that McBride's playing bass, where often Jimmy Smith might handle the basslines with the Hammond – and that presence of Christian's bold, warm sound really helps send things home – especially on the few small combo numbers on the record, which stand in nice contrast to the big band material. Other players include Steve Wilson on soprano and alto sax, Todd Bashore on alto, Ron Blake on tenor, and Michael Dease and Steve Wilson on trombones – on titles that include "Megar Evars Blues", "Up Jumped Spring", "Road Song", "The Very Thought Of You", "Don Is", "Pie Blues", and "Down By The Riverside". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available For Jimmy, Wes, & Oliver ... CD 16.99

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Les McCannLes McCann Sings ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1961. Very Good+ ... $7.99
An early vocal set from Les McCann – quite unusual, and pretty darn soulful as well! The album's done in a mode that foreshadows Les' move to soul during the 70s, and features him singing to some hip arrangements by Gerald Wilson – in a soulful, jazzy style that was common for LA of the mid 60s – somewhere in a space between Lou Rawls and Arthur Prysock – with all the hip, adult aspects you'd expect from those references! Tunes include a fair bit of standards, but swung in really fresh ways by Wilson – and McCann's got this restrained style of singing that's really great – almost as if he's hiding a broken heart beneath his groove. Tracks include "It's Way Past Suppertime", "Next Spring", "Bye Bye Black Bird", "Deed I Do", "I Cried for You", and "Wonder Why". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing, with deep groove.)

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Helen MerrillBrownie – Homage To Clifford Brown ... CD
Verve, 1994. Used ... $4.99
A later tribute to Clifford Brown from Helen Merrill – the vocalist who worked famously with the late trumpeter in the 50s! The feel here is quite different than the Merrill/Brown pairings for Emarcy, but equally dark throughout – handled in a way that often has Merrill's vocals offset by trumpet work from players who include Lew Soloff, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, and Wallace Roney – each of whom add a slightly different flavor to the set, but are also clearly drawing strong inspiration from Brown. Torrie Zito handled arrangements, with that easygoing, mature quality that you'd expect – and rhythm is from the trio of Kenny Barron on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. Tracks include "Daahoud", "Born To Be Blue", "Your Eyes", "Brownie", "Don't Explain", "Largo", "I Remember Clifford", "Memories Of You", and "Joy Spring". CD
(Out of print.)

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Joni MitchellEarly Joni – 1963 ... LP
Rhino, 1963. New Copy ... $21.99
A rare relic from the early Canadian years of Joni Mitchell – a never-released recording done at a radio station in Saskatoon – back at a time when she was still known as the 19 year old Joni Anderson! The songs are mostly traditional, but handled with guitar work and vocals by Joni that definitely point the path to her genius work to come – a quality that shows that even back in the first part of the 60s, artists who were part of the folk movement were forging so many of the sounds that would spring free in the second half of the decade. Joni did new cover art for these long-lost tapes – and titles include "Tell Old Bill", "Nancy Whiskey", "Anathea", "Copper Kettle", "Fare Thee Well", "Dark As A Dungeon", and "House Of The Rising Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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Robert MitchumThat Man Robert Mitchum, Sings ... LP
Monument, 1967. Sealed ... $11.99
A wealth of tracks by Robert Mitchum! That's right, THE Robert Mitchum – actor who starred in a wealth of classic noir and action films, a consummate hipster who fancied himself to be quite a singer. A set of more obscure numbers from the late 60s, country and western tunes recorded in Nashville, mostly during the spring of 1967. Mitchum's easy-going style actually works quite well on the tunes – drawling along with a boozy finish that's somewhere in the same territory as Dean Martin's country work, but a bit rougher. Bob's not the greatest singer in the world, but overall, his presentation of the material is quite enjoyable – and proof that he's one of the most compelling figures to ever grace the silver screen. Titles include "Sunny", "Ballad of Thunder Road", "In My Place", "That Man Right There", "Walker's Woods", "Little Ole Wine Drinker Me", "You Deserve Each Other", and "Ricardo's Mountain". LP, Vinyl record album

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Takashi MizuhashiWho Cares ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $19.99
Who cares? We care! And it's hard not to – given the strength of this sweet little set from Japanese bassist Takashi Mizuhashi – a hell of a player who really knows how to keep things exciting throughout! The group's got some tremendous talent in the front – both Fumio Karashima on piano and Yoshio Otomo on alto and soprano sax – each players who get plenty of time in the spotlight, driven onto heights by Mizuhashi's bass – but sometimes in a very subtle way, too. Karashima plays Fender Rhodes a bit – which we really love for his spacious handling of the keys – and Takashi sometimes bows the bass in a way that makes for these really magical sound next to the Rhodes. The set's definitely on the more soulful side of the Japanese jazz spectrum from the 70s – and titles include "Blues For Andrew", "Who Cares", "Sometime Ago", "Deep In My Thought", and "In A Little Spring Waltz". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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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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