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Monk HigginsCeatrix Did It/What Fah ... 7-inch
St Lawrence, Late 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
Wonderful stuff from this mad soul genius! "Ceatrix Did It" is a hip slinky sax-driven instrumental – with organ bubbling in the background, while the tenor blows the melody in a mellow soundtrack-y way. "What Fah" is even better, a cool instrumental – with organ vamping underneath, and hard tenor soloing over the top – and it's put together in this cool "mod" groove that's completely infectious. Works well as a slower funk cut or a late night dancefloor stormer – and with Monk at the helm, the whole thing's as perfectly put together as can be! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some wear.)

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Monk HigginsWho Dun It/These Days Are Filled With You ... 7-inch
St Lawrence, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $4.99
A wicked bit of soulful funk from Monk! "Who Dun It" is a really sly number – vamping all the way through with a stepping bass and snapping snare – as Monk blows it clean, lean, and soulfully over the top! "These Days" is a ballad – with much more of a late nite feel. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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IdealsGet A Wig/Cathy's Clown ... 7-inch
St Lawrence, 1965. Very Good ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Note: the single is pressed off-center, but not too badly.)

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VontasticsI Need You/Keep On Rolling ... 7-inch
St Lawrence, Late 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some light wear.)
 
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VariousIn-Kraut – Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1966 to 1974 ... CD
Marina (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $13.99
One of the coolest compilations we've heard in a long long time – filled with fresh and unusual tunes from the 60s and 70s, all pulled from a range of rare German recordings! The vibe here is playful and groovy – part mod 60s, part American-inspired funk – and all sparkling with very cool instrumental, vocal, and production touches that make most of these tunes stand out from anything else we've heard before. There's a slight similarity to some of the Peter Thomas soundtrack sides from the time, or some of the MPS non-jazz material from these years – but the overall approach is quite different, and often runs into psychedelic or soul-based territory we weren't expecting. The set was put together by the folks at Marina Records, who also had a hand in some of the Get Easy collections – and our hats are off to them for their discerning ear and love of a left-of-center tune! Each new track is a real delight to our ears – and the set's the kind that re-inspires us to go looking for old records with the knowledge that there's still a heck of a lot of great grooves out there that we know nothing about! Each track is annotated nicely – further unlocking the mystery of the music – and titles include "Gemini" by Gunter Noris, "Beat It" by Fredy Brock, "Berlin" by Heidi Bruhl, "Das Stundenhotel Von St Pauli"by Erwin Halletz, "Pussy Baby" by Bill Lawrence, "Moving Out" by Orchester Helmuth Brandenburg, "Wie A Glockn" by Marianne Mendt, "Sundy Love Affair" by Orchester Frank Pleyer, "An Unknown Quantity" by Bill Ramsey & the Jay Five, "From Here On It Got Rough" by Hildegard Knef, "Marihuana Mantra" by Kuno & The Marihuana Brass, and "Naturally Stoned" by Helmut Zacharias. CD

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✨✧ VariousLand Of 1000 Dances – All Twistin Edition ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Plenty of twisting here – and a surprisingly hip little collection that takes a look at the many incarnations of the famous dance craze in the early 60s! If you think you've already got the twist sussed out, then think again – because there's way more to the style than just big hits by Hank Ballard and Chubby Checker – as many other twist-based numbers have a raunchy, R&B-soaked sort of groove – a gritty, nitty sound that makes this package way more of a soul-styled collection than you might expect, with a few bluesy moments thrown in as well! As usual with Ace, the notes do a great job of illuminating this special moment in music – and most tracks in the package are from the years 1961 and 1962 – with titles that include "Twisting On Bandstand" by The Sprouts, "Mama's Doin The Twist" by Linda Hopkins, "Ya Ya Twist" by Petula Clark, "Twistin With Linda" by The Isley Brothers, "No Twistin On Sunday" by The Zircons, "Twist Around The Clock" by Clay Cole, "Twist & Freeze" by Billy Huhn & The Casuals, "Twist A St Tropez" by Les Chats Sauvages, "The Lone Twister" by The Lone Twister, "The Twist To End All Twists" by Robby Lawrence, "Do The President Twist" by Lula Reed & Freddy King, and "The Monster Twist" by Tyrone A'Saurus & The Cro-Magnons. CD
 
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Steve LawrenceOn A Clear Day Steve Lawrence Sings Up A Storm ... LP
RCA, 1970. Sealed ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch. Shrinkwrap is open on the top right corner.)

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Steve LawrenceSteve Lawrence Show – Millions Of Roses ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Sealed ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Shrinkwrap has sticker remnants.)

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Steve Lawrence & Eydie GormeGolden Rainbow ... LP
Calendar, 1968. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Steve Lawrence & Eydie GormeMy Funny Valentine ... LP
Pickwick, 1970. Sealed ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Steve Lawrence & Eydie GormeSomething's Gotta Give ... LP
Harmony, 1970s. Sealed ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small hole.)

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Steve Lawrence & Eydie GormeThis Could Be The Start Of Something Big ... LP
Pickwick, 1970. Sealed ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Steve Lawrence & Eydie GormeThis Is Steve & Eydie ... LP
RCA, 1971. Sealed 2 LP Gatefold ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Steve Lawrence & Eydie GormeTwo On the Aisle ... LP
United Artists, Mid 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
One of Steve & Eydie's greatest albums – a set of tunes from films of the 50s and early 60s, set to swinging arrangements by Don Costa! The album features a great original tune – "Two On The Aisle" – one of those magical tunes that was penned for the album, and lost in the shifting sea of time, but which keeps us digging for Steve & Eydie, and the way they handle a cheesy duet unlike anyone else. Other tracks aren't originals, but are equally nice – and titles include "Make Someone Happy", "Namely You", "A Lot Of Livin", and "Language Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Steve Lawrence & Eydie GormeWorld Of Steve & Eydie ... LP
MGM, 1972. Sealed ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a sticker remnant.)

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Jerry GoldsmithLast Run – Original Soundtrack ... LP
MGM, 1971. Near Mint- ... $4.99
An excellent soundtrack to this early 70s thriller that starred George C Scott! Jerry Goldsmith has come up with some strong action themes that are very much in a Lalo Schifrin mode – mixing guitar, electric harpsichord, and strings with a harder-edged groove so that there's a lot of space in the overall blend of elements – allowing each one to step out nicely, identified on its own! Even the mellower tracks are great – with an airy feel that recalls some of Michel Legrand's best action scores at the end of the 60s – with colors that flow out and really give the record a sense of soul! Steve Lawrence sings "The Last Run" in a mode that recalls Matt Munro's performances on other thriller soundtracks – and other titles include "Claudie's Stockings", "The Trap", "Border Crossing", "Rickard Escapes", and "Double Cross". LP, Vinyl record album

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Frank Ricotti & Mike De AlbuquerqueFirst Wind ... LP
Alternative Fox (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A gem of a record from the key years when the British scene was effortlessly mixing up jazz and rock – and coming up with music that was a lot more sophisticated, cool, and groovy than you'd ever guess from the term "jazz rock"! The group's a core effort from vibist Frank Ricotti and vocalist Michael Albuquerque – a singer with a raspy style that's got a nice dose of soul at the core – which makes a very different setting for the sharply chromatic vibes of Ricotti – an artist we love from other records of this period, and who really stretches out in mighty nice ways – adding in a bit of alto sax and percussion too. The album's also got superb electric piano from John Taylor – another key British player of the time – plus Christ Lawrence on bass and Trevor Thompkins on drums. Taylor, Ricotti, and Robin Sylvester did the arrangements – and titles include "Ratsa", "Bobo's Party", "New York Windy Day", "Go Out & Get It", "The Wind Has No Love", and a great take on the tune "Give A Damn". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLove Saves the Day – A History Of American Dance Music Culture 1970 to 1979 ... CD
Reappearing (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... About June 25, 2020 (delayed)
A great little collection of unusual grooves – put together by author/dancefloor historian Tim Lawrence, and very much in the same spirit as his groundbreaking book of the same title! As with some of Lawrence's best work, the collection goes way past the obvious, and starts the clock at a time long before the disco years – really showing the variety of unusual rhythmic contributions that were bubbling under before breaking into the mainstream. CD
Also available Love Saves the Day Part 1 – A History Of American Dance Music Culture 1970 to 1979 ... LP 28.99

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VariousLove Saves the Day Part 1 – A History Of American Dance Music Culture 1970 to 1979 ... LP
Reappearing (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
A great little collection of unusual grooves – put together by author/dancefloor historian Tim Lawrence, and very much in the same spirit as his groundbreaking book of the same title! As with some of Lawrence's best work, the collection goes way past the obvious, and starts the clock at a time long before the disco years – really showing the variety of unusual rhythmic contributions that were bubbling under before breaking into the mainstream – with a surprising mix of tracks that include "Hum Along & Dance (uncut version)" by Jackson 5, "Land Of Make Believe" by Chuck Mangione, "Dibwe Diambula Kabanda" by Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin, "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose" by James Brown, "It's Time To Go Now" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "We All Need Love (12" version)" by Domenic Troiano, and "Don't Knock My Love (parts 1 & 2)" by Wilson Pickett. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLove Saves the Day Part 2 – A History Of American Dance Music Culture 1970 to 1979 ... LP
Reappearing (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... About June 25, 2020 (delayed)
A great little collection of unusual grooves – put together by author/dancefloor historian Tim Lawrence, and very much in the same spirit as his groundbreaking book of the same title! As with some of Lawrence's best work, the collection goes way past the obvious, and starts the clock at a time long before the disco years – really showing the variety of unusual rhythmic contributions that were bubbling under before breaking into the mainstream. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ McCoy TynerEnlightenment ... LP
Milestone, 1973. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A pretty great little live set – recorded at the Montreux Jazz fest in 1973, and featuring one of the better McCoy Tyner groups of the time! The album's a key set in McCoy's stretching out after the passing of Coltrane – a record that draws strongly from his 60s spiritual heritage, but pushes nicely into the next generation – free, but never too free, and really filled with soul and spirit throughout! A key sound of the set comes from saxophonist Azar Lawrence – who plays both soprano and tenor on the date – and rhythm in the group is from Joony Booth on drums and Alphonse Mouzon on drums, both of whom really kick things into gar. Tracks are all pretty long, and titles include Tyner's 3 part "Enlightenment Suite", plus "Presence", "Nebula" and "Walk Spirit Talk Spirit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear.)

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✨✧ Reuben WilsonOn Broadway ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hammond hero Reuben Wilson's on Broadway – and he hits a massively soulful groove that's light years from the cliched sounds of the great white way! The set's one of the tightest cookers from Wilson's early years on Blue Note – and has a vibe that's a bit different than the rest, thanks to some compelling rhythmic elements that push things past a Lou Donaldson groove, and more into that chunky approach to organ jazz that Wilson would explore later on the Groove Merchant label. Most numbers have this back/forth groove that's really wonderful – almost a rocking energy that has Wilson laying in the pocket one minute, then bursting forth the next with some really tremendous work on the keys. Other group members are great too – and the quartet features tenorist Trevor Lawrence, guitarist Malcolm Riddick, and drummer Tommy Derrick – on tracks that include "Poincinana", "On Broadway", "Ronnie's Bonnie", "Ain't That Peculiar", and "Baby I Love You". CD
(Out of print, SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)

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Elliot Lawrence/John Neel/Elmer BernsteinLord Of The Flies – Plus Great Themes ... LP
AVA, Early 60s. Sealed ... $5.99
A strange little record – one that features a few tracks by Lawrence from Lord Of The Flies, The Great Chase, and David & Lisa – mixed with others from films that include To Kill A Mockingbird, Rat Race, Mutiny On The Bounty, and other films. Most of the material is pretty orchestral – and titles include "Lord Of The Flies", "Way Down East", and "Theme From David & Lisa" by Elliot Lawrence; "Rat Race", "A Girl Named Tamiko", "Two Weeks In Another Town", and "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Bernstein; "Cleopatra's Barge" by John Neel; and "Love Theme From Period Of Adjustment", "Our Language Of Love", and "Love Song From Mutiny On the Bounty" by Harry Betts. LP, Vinyl record album



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✨✧ Azar LawrenceSummer Solstice (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Prestige/Craft, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A beautiful album of spiritual soul and Brazilian influenced jazz from Azar Lawrence – and a pretty rare one we're thrilled to have! Lawrence is a stellar sax player with a sound that's a bit like Gary Bartz, which means that he fits in perfectly with the Fantasy-era Prestige Records sound – but the sounds on this set are uncommonly rich and globally influenced. The set's predominantly acoustic, with lots of modal grooves in kind of a Strata East vein – and angular post-Coltrane playing that's very similar to Bartz's work on the Libra album from his early days. Players include Raul De Souza on trombone, Ron Carter on bass, Billy Hart on drums, Dom Salvador, who is really allowed to shine on piano on a few tracks, and drummer & percussionist Guilherme Franco, who brings a world of wonderful percussion on a couple of numbers. Titles include "Highway", "From The Point of Love", "Novo Ano", and "From The Point Of Light". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing.)

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Azar LawrenceBridge Into The New Age (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Prestige, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 24.99
A wicked set from reedman Azar Lawrence – one of the few albums issued under his own name, and a great example of the waves he was making on the 70s west coast scene! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of the other Fantasy Records sessions of the time – a sound that would be right at home on Strata East, or in some of the more righteous Cobblestone sessions – no surprise, given that the ensemble here is filled with key spiritual jazz players, including Woody Shaw on trumpet, Hadley Caliman on flute, Joe Bonner on piano, Billy Hart on drums, Mtume on congas, and even Jean Carn on a bit of guest vocals! Most tracks are longish, and a perfect setting for Azar's exploratory reed work on soprano sax and tenor – and titles include "Warriors Of Peace", "Forces Of Nature", and "The Beautiful & Omnipresent Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Elliot LawrenceElliot Lawrence Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1955. Used ... $4.99
A pretty hip set of big band arrangements – very much along the lines of early 50s Stan Kenton, with a tight swing, but a nicely modern undercurrent as well! The arrangements, as the title indicates, are all by Gerry Mulligan – and in addition to the piano of Elliot Lawrence, players include Al Cohn and Hal McKusick on saxes, Nick Travis on trumpet, Eddie Bert and Paul Sheldon on trombones, Buddy Saunders on bass, and Don Lamond on drums – all players with a great ear for mixing up tightness on the heads, and a more laidback groove during the solo moments. Tracks are short and angularly arranged – and titles include "But Not For Me", "Happy Hooligan", "My Silent Love", "Mullenium", and "Bweebida Bwobbida". CD

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✨✧ Loren Schoenberg & His Jazz OrchestraTime Waits For No One ... CD
Musical Heritage Society, 1987. Used ... $5.99
With Jack Stuckey on alto & soprano saxes & clarinet, Chuck Wilson on alto Saxophone, flute & clarinet, Danny Bank on barritone sax & bass clarinet, Phil Flanigan on bass, Mel Lewis on drums, Chris Flory on guitar, Dick Katz on piano, Doug Lawrence on tenor saxophone, Ken Peplowski on tenor saxophone & clarinet, Loren Schoenberg on tenor saxophone, Eddie Bert, Matt Finders & Bobby Pring on trombone & Burt Collins, John Eckert, Laurie Frink & Dick Sudhalter on trumpet. CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe TurnerComplete Boss Of The Blues Sings Kansas City Jazz – The Complete Mono & Stereo Recordings ... CD
Atlantic/Bear Family (Germany), 1956. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 22.99
A real classic from blues giant Joe Turner – a singer who burst back to the mainstream on 50s Atlantic Records, thanks to a host of R&B singles that burned up the charts – but who here returns to his roots, and lays down a great set of jazzy tunes that get back to his roots in the Kansas City scene of the 30s! The shift is a bit like that Ray Charles made at the end of the 50s on Atlantic – R&B to more of a jazz-based groove – and Joe works here with great help from Pete Brown on alto, Pete Johnson on piano, Joe Newman on trumpet, and Lawrence Brown on trombone. After the raw hard R&B of Joe's bigger hit sides for Atlantic, the album's a compelling change – a reminder that Turner had roots that went much deeper than his rock and roll fame – and a depth of delivery that would keep his career strong, long after some of his 50s R&B contemporaries faded! The mix of modes – R&B and jazz – is a bit like some of the later Ray Charles albums on Atlantic – and tracks include "Low Down Dog", "Roll Em Pete", "Cherry Red", "How Long Blues", and "Morning Glories". 2CD version features the full albums in both mono and stereo, plus some bonus alternate takes – and the usual great set of notes and presentation from Bear Family! CD

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TwilightStill Loving You ... CD
Luv N' Haight, 1981. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
A lost bit of Cali soul from the 80s – the first album from Twilight, not really a group, but more of a solo studio project from Lawrence Ross! Ross was a shift worker at General Mills, but had some free time to conceive his dream soul album during the twilight hours of the day – hence the name of the "group" –and after slaving away on his off hours to put the whole thing together, he recorded most of this set within the space of a week playing most of the instruments himself! A few other guest artists came in to round out the sound, but there's definitely a personal quality to the record that belies Ross' close association with the whole thing – carefully written tunes that could have challenged the mainstream, had they gotten bigger production, but which have a great deal of charm since they're done here in a more stripped-down, indie-styled way. Twilight has all the best aspects of soul acts of the time – some tight groovers that mix up boogie rhythms with some warmer Cali soul – and a few mellower cuts that benefit from some cool spacey keyboards. Titles include "Play My Game", "Scorpittiarus", "We'll Be Special", "Love's High", "You Know It's Me", "Love's The Way", "Straight To My Heart", and "Just A Kiss Away". CD

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✨✧ World's Experience OrchestraBeginning Of A New Birth/As Time Flows On ... CD
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost legacy in spiritual jazz – two albums recorded by a Boston group who worked far from the limelight in New York – in a very underground scene where they recorded these two very special albums in the 70s! Their sound is very collaborative and freewheeling – an approach that reminds us a lot of music by Phil Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble. The first album in the set is The Beginning Of A New Birth – a record that really lives up to its title, given the joyous energy it brings into being – a very collaborative vibe that has the entire ensemble working together on two side-long tracks – mixing rootsy percussion, avant solos, and unified voices that really give the music a special touch! The mix of ensemble vocals and reed elements is a bit like some of the Max Roach or Billy Harper projects of the time – but the approach is looser, less structured, and very organic. Players include Michael Cosmic on alto, Raquib Ishma'll Hassan on tenor, Phil Musra on soprano sax, Shaddu Jones on piano, and Robert Fuff on bass – and titles include "The Beginning Of A New Birth" and "The Prayer". As Time Flows on is the second record – and has a style that's maybe slightly more compact – still every bit as spiritual as before, but with some shorter tracks that bring the group's ideas into even deeper focus! The group is smaller, but still uses voice along with their instrumentation – which comes from the work of Earl Grant Lawrence on flute, Jamyll Jones on bass, Shaddu Jones on piano, and Larry Roland, Roy Hall, and Chauncy Hutcherson on percussion. Some vocals are more solo, and even hit a bit of a hip protest vibe – and titles include "Nine Degrees & Cold", "Black Woman", "To Do Nothing", "The Mind", and "Rain". Comes with a great booklet – which tells the group's unique story! CD

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✨✧ Josh LawrenceTriptych ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful album from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – a very strong-voiced talent who's got a way of being bright and sharp at the same time, and who can always bring lots of his own compositional strengths to bear as well! The core group is a quartet – with Lawrence blowing beautifully over piano from Zaccai Curtis, bass from Luques Curtis, and drums from Anwar Marshall – and the set also features some great alto from Caleb Curtis on two tracks, balancing out the sound of Josh in this strongly soulful spirit! Brian Charette brings some organ to the album's final track – a great remake of the Earth Wind & Fire tune "That's The Way Of The World" – and all other titles are Lawrence originals, with tunes that include "We're Happiest Together", "Composition #2", "Wind", "Earth", "Sugar Hill Stroll", and "Sunset In Santa Barbara". CD

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✨✧ FeltPoem Of The River (CD/7 inch single box set – with poster, buttons, and gig flyers) ... CD
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), 1987. New Copy CD & 7 Inch ... Out Of Stock
A gem of a record from Felt – one that has them complicating the sound they first brought to the Creation Records label – stretching out some of the songs a bit, and working with art rock legend Mayo Thompson of the Red Krayola in the production booth! The use of organ continues to be wonderfully strong – really giving the group a punctuation to their songs that their earlier material never had – but there's also still that great sense of overall sound that always made them so unique, and which works perfectly for the creative songwriting talents of Lawrence. Tracks include "Declaration" "Silver Plane", "She Lives By The Castle", "Stained Glass Windows In The Sky", "Riding On The Equator", "Dark Red Birds". CD comes in a gatefold sleeve, packaged in a 7" box – which includes a picture sleeve version of the "Ballad Of The Band" 7 inch single, 2 reproductions of gig flyers, a 2-sided wall poster, and 4 buttons – all with a sticker on the box that's signed by Lawrence! CD
(Flyers, buttons, and posters for each different CD/7" set are different too!)

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✨✧ TwilightStill Loving You ... LP
Luv N' Haight, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A lost bit of Cali soul from the 80s – the first album from Twilight, not really a group, but more of a solo studio project from Lawrence Ross! Ross was a shift worker at General Mills, but had some free time to conceive his dream soul album during the twilight hours of the day – hence the name of the "group" –and after slaving away on his off hours to put the whole thing together, he recorded most of this set within the space of a week playing most of the instruments himself! A few other guest artists came in to round out the sound, but there's definitely a personal quality to the record that belies Ross' close association with the whole thing – carefully written tunes that could have challenged the mainstream, had they gotten bigger production, but which have a great deal of charm since they're done here in a more stripped-down, indie-styled way. Twilight has all the best aspects of soul acts of the time – some tight groovers that mix up boogie rhythms with some warmer Cali soul – and a few mellower cuts that benefit from some cool spacey keyboards. Titles include "Play My Game", "Scorpittiarus", "We'll Be Special", "Love's High", "You Know It's Me", "Love's The Way", "Straight To My Heart", and "Just A Kiss Away". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Still Loving You ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Rex StewartRex Stewart Memorial – Original 1934 to 1939 Recordings ... LP
CBS (UK), Late 30s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Vocals and cornet from Rex Stewart – with work by Duke Ellington and Ram Ramirez on piano, Johnny Hodges on alto, Harry Carney on baritone, and Lawrence Brown on trombone. LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny CrissGo Man! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Imperial/EMI (Japan), 1956. Used ... $19.99
A great little album that's as hip as its cover image – one of 3 seminal mid 50s recordings for Imperial by LA altoist Sonny Criss! At this point in his career, Criss had a sharp-edged sound that could easily rival the best work by Sonny Stitt or Charlie Parker on the alto sax – but he also had a groove that was a bit more spacious, and a tone that was slightly more raspy – a wonderful quality that we can only describe as Criss-esque, recorded perfectly in the Imperial studios! The group here is a tight quartet – with Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Lawrence Marable on drums – and Criss' solos are brilliant throughout! Titles include "Wailin With Joe", "The Man I Love", "Blues For Rose", "Blue Prelude", and "Summertime". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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Dinosaur L (Arthur Russell)24 24 Music – The Definitive Arthur Russell Sleeping Bag Recordings ... CD
Sleeping Bag/Get On Down, 1981. New Copy 2 CDs ... $9.99 19.99
An incredible album from Dinosaur L – the legendary New York dancefloor project of Arthur Russell! – fleshed out and expanded more than ever before by Sleeping Bag and Get On Down Records! The group's core sound is a punky, funky, chunky amalgam of bass thumping, guitar riffing, keyboard filling, and sax honking – all very much in the spirit of Russell's best quirky club work of the time, but with the added sound here of a more expanded approach – one that takes the tunes in a whole new territory than the more famous 12" singles! The tracks on the original set were simply numbered – "1", "2", "3", and so on – and come across almost as free-jamming instrumentals – but this reissue appends the songs with their 12" titles, so "#1" gets parenthetically entitled "You're Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean" and "#5" as "Go Bang!", plus this disc adds several 12" versions that were not on the original LP release, like Francois K's mix of 'Go Bang!" and Larry Levan's mix of "In The Corn Belt". Totally great stuff – as experimental as it is funky! This 2CD box set edition is amazing – coming in a heavy-duty box with each disc in an oversized gatefold style sleeve – and it includes more Arthur Russell collaborative and/or pseudonymous material for Sleeping Bag with or as Bonzo Goes To Washington, Felix, Sounds Of JHS Brooklyn and Indian Ocean. Other tracks include "School Bell/Treehouse" (Indian Ocean), "You Can't Hold Me Down (Extended Version)" (Felix), "5 Minutes (R-r-r Radio Mix)" (Bonzo Goes To Washington) and more. Also includes a nice booklet of photos, artwork and artist testimonials – plus notes by Russell biographer Tim Lawrence. CD
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Henry FranklinHome Cooking ... CD
Skipper Productions, 2009. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic album from the team of Henry Franklin and Azar Lawrence – proof that the two players' recent pairing has helped them both reach the heights of their recordings from the 70s! The album's got a deeply spiritual vibe that goes way past the slightly gimmicky cover image – a rock-solid sound that really recalls the best spiritual jazz styles of the 70s – given perhaps a bit of a soul jazz focus by Franklin and the group, but still pretty open and expressive overall! Lawrence plays both soprano and tenor sax, and the group also features piano from Theo Sanders, drums from Ramon Banda, and cornet work from Nolan Shaheed on a few of the album's tracks. Barbara Morrison sings on the cut "Philanthropy" – a boppish sort of tune – and other titles include "Under Tanzanian Skies", "Soko", "Yama", "Miles A Round", "Peresina", "Blues For Lunch", and "Harlem Nocturne". CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonDaddy Plays The Horn ... CD
Bethlehem/Shout Factory, 1955. Used ... $5.99
One of Dexter Gordon's proudest moments of the 50s – a rock-solid session for Bethlehem – easily one of the best-remembered hardbop sides from the label's California years! The album's got a relaxed, free-blown sound that's quite nice – with Dex in the lead on tenor, supported by the trio of Kenny Drew on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Lawrence Marable on drums. Gordon's perhaps not as fully imaginative as he would become in the 60s, but his sound and control is still great throughout – and the rhythm section really helps knock this one out of the park. Titles include versions of "Darn That Dream", "Autumn In New York", "You Can Depend On Me", and "Confirmation", plus two originals "Number Four" and "Daddy Plays The Horn". CD
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Dexter GordonResurgence (aka Resugrence Of Dexter Gordon) ... LP
Jazzland/Prestige, 1960. Sealed ... $14.99
An excellent album by Dexter Gordon – his first after a number of years spent without recording in the late 50s, and one that marked a real return to serious growth as a player during the 60s! The album takes the same approach as Dexter's soon to be recorded Blue Note classics – putting the tenorman in the company of some excellent sidemen – but the group's a bit larger too, with added horns from Richard Boon on trombone and Martin Banks on trumpet – in addition to rhythm from the trio of Dolo Coker on piano, Charles Green on bass, and Lawrence Marable on drums. There's some nice head arrangements that open up to some well-crafted tenor lines from Dex – and the set's got an extra-special feature in that it was produced by Cannonball Adderly as part of his "overlooked talents" series for Jazzland. Hard to believe that Gordon would qualify for that distinction at the time – especially given his rise a few years later! Titles include "Affair In Havana", "Field Day", "Jodi", "Home Run", and "Dolo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s pressing. Shrinkwrap has a Priced Right sticker.)

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Roy HaynesRoy Haynes Hip Ensemble ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Drummer Roy Haynes works here with an ensemble that's definitely as hip as the title promises – a really righteous group that makes the album one of Roy's most spiritual records ever! Haynes was always a drummer who was really a cut above, even back at the start – but here, he really steps out strongly with a new musical vision for the 70s – working with a lineup that includes George Adams on tenor and flute and Marvin Hannibal Peterson on trumpet – but players who give the music a really bold feel, right from the start! The rest of the lineup is wonderful, too – as Carl Schroeder plays Fender Rhodes with this flowing vibe that's plenty soulful – alongside bass from Terud Nakamura and Mervin Bronson, conga from Lawrence Kilian, bongo from Elwood Johnson, and more drums from Haynes himself. Titles include a sublime reading of Stanley Cowell's "Equipoise" – plus "Tangiers", "You Name It", and "Satan's Mysterious Feeling". CD

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✨✧ Joe HendersonForesight ... LP
Milestone, 1969. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
A nice Milestone two-fer collecting some our favorite Henderson material. The first album of this set pulls together tracks from The Kicker and Tetragon, two sets that are links between Henderson's earlier years at Blue Note and his later, freer work for Milestone – recorded in a style that's got plenty of Blue Note hardbop touches, yet also done with a sense of freedom that you'd never expect from that label! Joe's grooving in a straight, yet angular mode – working either in a sextet that include Mike Lawrence, Grachan Moncur III, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, and Louis Hayes or a quartet with Don Friedman, Ron Carter, and Jack DeJohnette – all in a mix of soulful, exotic, and slight Latin styles – a sound that's clearly influenced by the work of Horace Silver at times, but carried off beautifully by Joe in a bold, young tenor voice. The second LP, Power To The People is one of Joe Henderson's greatest albums ever – a real treasure from his electric years at Milestone Records, and a set that showed he really had a lot more to offer for the scene of the 70s! The sound here is an extension of what youhear on the first album – a style that's sometimes soaring, sometimes mellow – but always moving forward with a tremendously fluid approach to the tenor. Joe's sense of phrasing and timing is impeccable – quite subtle at times, with these dark notes that hang beautifully in air on the ballads – and some sharper-edged qualities that really burst out strongly on the more upbeat tunes. The group's a great one too – and features Herbie Hancock on both acoustic and electric piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – plus additional trumpet by Mike Lawrence on a couple tracks. 16 tracks in all, with ttles that include "Mamacita", "The Kicker", "Nardis", "Waltz For Zweetie", "The Bead Game", "Black Narcissus", "Isotope", "Afro-Centric", "Forsight & Afterthought", and "Power to The People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and splitting.)

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Phyllis HymanSomewhere In My Lifetime (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Reel Music, 1978. Used ... $11.99
Warm and wonderful work from Phyllis Hyman – a set that's a lot more mainstream soul than her music of a few years before, but she delivers it with a strong commitment to the more complicated styles of her roots! The sound here is full and proud – a nice extension of the work that Hyman did with Norman Connors, and not nearly as much in a disco mode as it might be, given the time of the release. And although many of the tracks are somewhat upbeat, they've got a bit more complication in the rhythms than conventional club – thanks to the presence of jazz players who include Herbie Hancock, Monty Alexander, Azar Lawrence, and others. The best production on the record is by T Life, and the team of Skip Scarborough and Larry Alexander – and titles include "Kiss You All Over", "Living Inside Your Love", "Soon Come Again", "Here's That Rainy Day", "So Strange", "Lookin For A Lovin", and "Be Careful (How You Treat My Love)". This edition on the irreplaceable Reel Music label is newly remastered and includes bonus 12" promo mixes of "Kiss You All Over" and "So Strange". CD
(Out of print – and still sealed!)

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✨✧ Elvin JonesNew Agenda ... CD
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1975. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The mighty drummer Elvin Jones is working here with a very hip group – in a mode that's maybe a nice extension of his Blue Note material at the start of the 70s, in a style that shows that he definitely still has all of his groove! As with those records, there's a key reedman in place here – the young Steve Grossman, whose sharp lines are balanced with round basswork from David Williams, and excellent guitar from Roland Prince – who almost sets these chromatic fires along the way! There's also plenty of strong guest help – reeds from Frank Foster, Joe Farrell, and Azar Lawrence, piano from Kenny Barron, and percussion from the great Candido. Titles include "Haresah", "Someone's Rocking My Jazzboat", "Agenda", "Anti Calypso", and "My Lover". CD

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Ryo KawasakiLittle Tree ... LP
Studio Mule (Germany), 1980. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the few rare albums cut by Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki and his groundbreaking Golden Dragon group during the early 80s – a record that mixes some of the groove-oriented currents of his previous work with elements that are maybe more far-reaching and fusion-styled too! There's plenty of great guitar on the record – as you'd expect from Ryo – and the set also has reedman Azar Lawrence and percussionist Nana Vasconcelos – each of whom add their talents to some of the album's best cuts! Highlights include the soulful vocal track "Looking Around You", the spacey jammer "Quasar Infection", and the straight ahead "Maximillian" – plus other tracks that include "Little Tree", "Jamiko", and "Midnight Fire Engine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Robin KenyattaUntil ... CD
Vortex/Wounded Bird, 1968. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
One of the earliest albums as a leader from reedman Robin Kenyatta – and a set that's also one of his most compelling too! There's a definitely freer sound here than on some of Robin's smoother sets from the 70s – a vibe that's somewhere near the space of Impulse Records in the post-Coltrane years, and which is right at home on Atlantic's Vortex label subsidiary. A few tracks get surprisingly out, but always with a nice sense of focus, especially in the rhythms – and in addition to Kenyatta's own bold work on alto sax, the album features performances by Roswell Rudd on trombone, Mike Lawrence on trumpet, Walter Booker on bass, Fred Simmons on piano, and Horace Arnold on drums. The tunes have lots of sharp edges – almost Ayler-like at times, but more inside – and titles include "You Know How We Do", "Little Blue Devil", "This Year", and "Until". CD

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✨✧ Doug KershawSwamp Grass/Douglas James Kershaw ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1972/1973. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
Warner Brothers magic from Doug Kershaw – two early 70s albums that really show him opening up his groove! Swamp Grass is a very groovy record from the mighty Doug Kershaw – maybe his entry into the swamp rock genre that so many other southern artists were trying in the early 70s – a mode that might not have been possible without Doug's earlier experiments with his brother Randy! Kershaw's definitely got some of his cajun roots in the mix here – but his vocals and fiddle are also set up alongside some trippier guitar and keyboards, as you might guess from the slightly psychedelic image on the cover – all handled with nicely understated production from Buddy Killen, who helps keep the whole thing moving along, and focused on the best sides of Doug's charms. Titles include a very unusual remake of "Louisiana Man" – plus "Swamp Grass", "Can't Wait Till Tomorrow", "Cajun Funk", "Till I Hit The Ground", "Can't Wait Till Tomorrow", "Isn't That About The Same", and "From A Little Flirt Comes A Big Hurt". Douglas James Kershaw is a strong little record that has Doug Kershaw nicely stretching past the sound of his cajun roots – maybe in an attempt to grab some of the southern rock glory that his earlier work helped encourage! Doug's a great singer, with a nicely deep range – and he gets great production here from Chips Moman and Buddy Killen, two southern studio giants who sweeten the sound with just the right touch of larger arrangements from time to time – but mostly let Kershaw revel in the strong instrumental help he gets from giants like Bobby Emmons, Reggie Young, and Moman himself. Titles include "Willie's Shades", "The Best Years Of My Life", "Louisiana Love Song", "I Had A Good Woman But She Married Lawrence", "Tricks", and "You're Gonna Be Impressed". CD

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✨✧ Douglas KershawDouglas James Kershaw ... LP
Warner, 1973. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A strong little record that has Doug Kershaw nicely stretching past the sound of his cajun roots – maybe in an attempt to grab some of the southern rock glory that his earlier work helped encourage! Doug's a great singer, with a nicely deep range – and he gets great production here from Chips Moman and Buddy Killen, two southern studio giants who sweeten the sound with just the right touch of larger arrangements from time to time – but mostly let Kershaw revel in the strong instrumental help he gets from giants like Bobby Emmons, Reggie Young, and Moman himself. Titles include "Willie's Shades", "The Best Years Of My Life", "Louisiana Love Song", "I Had A Good Woman But She Married Lawrence", "Tricks", and "You're Gonna Be Impressed". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)

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Bob MintzerArt Of The Big Band ... CD
DMP, 1991. Used ... $6.99
With Michael Formanek on acoustic bass, David Taylor on bass trombone, Roger Rosenberg & Scott Robinson on trombones, Frankie Malabe on congas, John Riley & Peter Erskine on drums, Lincoln Goines on electric flute, Lawrence Feldman & Peter Yellin on flutes, Chuck Loeb on guitar, Phil Markowitz on piano, Bob Mintzer, Lawrence Feldman, Peter Yellin, Roger Rosenberg & Scott Robinson on saxophone, Dave Bargeron, Keith O'Quinn, Matt Finders & Mike Davis on trombone & Laurie Frink, Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker & Bob Millikan on trumpet & flugelhorn. CD
(Out of print.)

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Carl PerkinsIntroducing Carl Perkins ... CD
Dootone/Boplicity (UK), Mid 50s. Used ... $7.99
One of the few albums as a leader cut by legendary LA pianist Carl Perkins – an amazing talent on his instrument, and one who had an unusual "sideways" approach to the keys! Perkins kind of leaned alongside the piano – so that his body was parallel to the instrument, and his fingers reached out, moving back and forth on the ivories – with a sound that was almost as if he was strumming the whole thing! The style really stands out, and makes for some especially deft moments here in this classic trio set for Dootoo – a fluid and grooving session that also features Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Lawrence Marable on drums. Tracks include "Marble Head", "Way Cross Town", "Carl's Blues", and "Lilacs In The Rain". CD

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TwilightPains Of Love ... CD
Luv N' Haight, 1986. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
The rare second album from Twilight – recorded five years after the first, and with a sound that's every bit as great! Twilight morphed a bit in the time since their debut – moving from a solo act into more of a duo, yet still very strongly under the guidance of mainman Lawrence Ross – a singer, musician, and self-produced artist with a great ear for pushing contemporary soul modes into some hip new directions! The overall feel of the set is more early 80s than you'd expect from the date – no too-tinny keyboards, and lots of warmth in the production – killer indie soul that really brings out the best aspects of Ross' original tunes, with lots of great keyboard work that falls more in a jazzy style than the usual soul modes of the time. There's plenty of groovers, but more in a funky soul style for the 80s than the more familiar boogie or dancefloor modes – and as before, there's some great ballads that show a good degree of depth in Twilight's sound. Titles include "Pains Of Love", "Love From You", "You're In Love", "I Wonder Who", "Dance With Me", "Find Someone Else", and "You Look So Good". CD

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VariousBridge Into The New Age – Funky Afro-Centric Spiritual Sounds From Jazz's Forgotten Decade ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Beautifully spiritual jazz from the post-Coltrane generation – a wealth of righteous grooves from the early 70s – brought together in one mighty collection! If you dig the work of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and other giants on Impulse Records, this is a great way to dig even deeper – and hear the way their late 60s legacy inspired other musicians to new heights in their own music – sounds that hit a new level of freedom in jazz, yet which are still filled with enough swing and soul to avoid some of the more avant modes of the free jazz scene! If that description sounds a bit obtuse, then just plug into the collection, and let the music do its thing – as it's got a very powerful vibe throughout – the kind of inspirational, socially conscious work that flourished best during the 70s – and which is finally getting its due all these many years later. The package is new territory for Ace/BGP, but they've done a great job as usual – picking key tracks from the era, and coming up with detailed notes on each of the long tracks. Titles include "Free Angela" by Bayete, "Bridge Into The New Age" by Azar Lawrence, "Tress Cun De O La" by Joe Henderson, "Ebony Queen" by McCoy Tyner, "Peace" by Idris Muhammad, "Mother Of The Future" by Norman Connors, "Brown Warm & Wintry" by Jack DeJohnette, "I've Known Rivers" by Gary Bartz, and "Fire" by Joe Henderson & Alice Coltrane. CD

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VariousLux & Ivy Dig The Beatniks – A Collection Of Finger Lickin Grooves, Deep Thinking Diatribes, & Exploitation 45s ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A crazy collection of singles from the pre-hippie years of the beatnik – that cool cat who loved jazz, read poetry, and dug the scene with plenty of attitude! That attitude is the main focus of most of the cuts here – obscure tracks from the late 50s and early 60s that poke fun at the heady thoughts and easy intellectualism of the beat scene – presented in a range of different styles that really run the gamut – from jazz, to rock, to many other genres in between – including a fair bit of offbeat spoken word and instrumental records too! The vibe here follows nicely in the other Lux & Ivy collections on the Righteous label – full of weird and wild records we never would have discovered otherwise – with cuts that include "Dog" by Bob Dorough, "Laffin Beatnik" by Johnny Beeman, "Reaching Into In" by Ken Nordine, "No Pictures Please" by Rod McKuen, "Manhattan Fable" by Babs Gonzales, "Pimples & Braces" by Spike Jones & The City Slickers, "Teenage Beatnik" by Louis Nye, "A Beatnik Story" by The Expressos, "Meet The Bongo Man" by Johnny O, and "William Butler Yeats On The Third Avenue El" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. CD

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VariousSoul Heaven Presents Blaze ... CD
Defected (UK), 2005. Used 3 CDs ... $14.99
3 discs worth of great soulful house, mixed to perfection by Blaze! Includes tracks by Dajae, Blaze, Louie Vega, Abicah Soul Project, Truby Trio, Ian riday, Stephane Cook, Nicky Lawrence, Kerri Chandler, Tortured Soul, Jeremiah Santiago, Kings Of Tomorrow, Mood II Swing, Funky People and Black Rascals. CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some edgewear.)

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VariousUnderground London – The Art Music & Free Jazz That Inspired A Cultural Revolution (3CD set) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
A really great collection of work that sets the scene for the London Underground of the 60s – that heady cultural scene that was about to burst forth and shower the world with a huge range of new music that would influence listeners for decades to come! This package isn't that music – in that most of the artists here are American, mixed with contributions from a few key Brit talents too – and the whole thing works together to showcase the sorts of sounds that were a bit inspiration on the generation that would then inspire many others to come – a mad mix of modern jazz, electronic music, avant classical, groovy vocal, and even some compelling beat/poetry recordings too – all packaged together in an overstuffed 3CD set that makes for a hell of a journey in music! Artists include Ornette Coleman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Mingus, Daphne Oram, Modern Jazz Quartet, Aldous Huxley, Cecil Taylor, John Cage, Eric Dolphy, Annie Ross, Sun Ra, Gyorgy Ligeti, Allen Ginsberg, Jimmy Smith, Luciano Berio, John Coltrane, Chico Hamilton, Alexis Korner, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Albert Ayler, Joe Harriott, and many others. CD

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✨✧ Butterfield Blues BandButterfield Blues Band Live ... LP
Elektra, 1970. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A smoking live set from the Butterfield Blues Band – and like all the group's work, as much of a jazz and soul album as a blues one! Butterfield drew his inspiration from the Chicago bluesmen, it's true – but his style also has plenty of echoes of New Orleans soul, Memphis R&B, and other strands of American work – in a mode that's quite similar to some of the changes that were going on in the British beat group scene at the end of the 60s. The lineup here features some really nice touches on sax from Trevor Lawrence and Gene Dinwiddie – and the live setting only seems to loosen all the players up even more than usual, and let them hit a few nice funky moments. Titles include "Get Together Again", "Love Disease", "The Boxer", "No Amount Of Loving", "Driftin & Driftin", "Number Nine", and "Born Under A Bad Sign". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Miles DavisDark Magus (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia/4 Men With Beards, 1974. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of Miles noisiest, freest playing from the 70s – recorded live at Carnegie Hall in 1974, and originally issued only in Japan – most likely because the album was so darn noisy, Columbia was scared to release it to the American market! As with other Davis gems from this time, the group is as adventurous as Miles himself – a really great lineup with Dave Liebman and Azar Lawrence on reeds, plus rhythm from Michael Henderson on bass, Al Foster on drums, and Mtume on percussion – all matched by three searing electric guitarists – Reggie Lucas, Pete Cosey, and Dominique Gaumont – who duel back and forth in monster solos that run all over the place during the set! Titles include "Moja", "Wili", "Tatu", and "Nine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown, and Aaron Bell – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano! As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". CD
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✨✧ Johnny HodgesPerdido ... LP
Norgran, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone cooker from Johnny Hodges – just the right kind of small group session to perfectly showcase his amazing sound on the alto sax! The group's a slightly unusual one – and features Arthur Clark on tenor, Harold Baker on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Leroy Lovett on piano, and Louis Bellson on drums – all working with Hodges in a set of longer, more open tracks than some other Verve sides – with a really strong emphasis on solo space, in a way that makes Hodges tone sound even more delightful! Titles include "Blues For Basie", "Rose Room", "Perdido", "Mood Indigo", and "Squatty Roo" – plus a version of "This Love Of Mine", done with a vocal by Al Hibbler! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Pharoah SandersWisdom Through Music ... LP
Impulse, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soaring spirits and joyous jazz-based expression – an overlooked treasure from Pharoah Sanders – and proof that his work on Impulse Records just kept on getting better and better! The style here is a bit tighter than some of the previous Impulse albums – no side-long tracks here – but the overall feel is also almost a bit more organic too – with lots of rootsy percussion and earthy sounds in the mix, all emanating from instruments in ways that are quite unique! The core group features Pharoah on tenor, soprano sax, and flute – alongside James Brance on flute, Joe Bonner on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Norman Connors on drums – plus percussion from the trio of Badal Roy, James Mtume, and Lawrence Killian. Percussion bits and vocalizations drift in and out of most tracks – giving them a rich sense of color and tone, even when the grooves are a bit more direct! Titles include a shorter take on "Love is Everywhere", plus "The Golden Lamp", "Selflessness", "Wisdom Through Music", and "High Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has light surface wear.)

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✨✧ VariousIf You're Not Part Of The Solution – Soul, Politics, & Spirituality In Jazz 1967 to 1975 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Righteous jazz, but with a bit of a funky twist too – a great selection of classics from the years when 60s soul jazz was reaching out with a new sense of pride and power, and finding a way embrace all of the musical changes that were coming its way! The music here is often by artists who might have been playing straighter standards, or bluesy organ numbers a few years before – but who here are set fire by the changes of the 60s – both at a musical level, and a political one – the latter in ways that resonate strongly even in the instrumental passages on the set! The title is a reference to a famous quote by Eldridge Cleaver, used often by The Black Panthers – and the set begins with Joe Henderson's number of the same name, "If You're Not Part Of The Solution You're Part Of The Problem" – and follows with "Let's Make Peace & Stop The War" by Funk Inc, "Bitches Brew" by Eddie Jefferson, "HNIC" by Harold Vick, "Tawhid" by Johnny Lytle, "John Coltrane" by Clifford Jordan, "Celestial Bodies" by Catalyst, "Warriors Of Peace" by Azar Lawrence, "Africans Unite" by Gary Bartz NTU Troop, and "Black Feeling" by Johnny Hammond Smith. All tracks are nice and long – and the set has a great mix of spiritual ideals with a few funky currents. CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins/Duke Ellington & John Coltrane ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 great albums from '62 by Duke Ellington in a single package! Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins is, you guessed it, the meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown, and Aaron Bell – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano! As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". Duke Ellington And John Coletrane is the seminal meeting of the old and new generations of jazz in the 60s – put together in perfect Impulse fashion! At some level, this is actually an early 60s John Coltrane Quartet album – with Duke Ellington sitting in for McCoy Tyner on piano, as that's the lineup on about half of the album – tracks that feature Coltrane on tenor, Elvin Jones on drums, and Jimmy Garrison on bass, all working with Ellington on the keys. On other titles, though, the album features Coltrane playing with a Duke-ish trio that has Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums – slightly less modern, but with a nice sense of depth throughout! Overall, the the record does a great job of balancing between the best talents of both players – and titles include "Big Nick", "The Feeling Of Jazz", "Take The Coltrane", and "My Little Brown Book". CD

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✨✧ VariousFunkaphonix Vol 5 – Raw & Uncut Funk 1968 to 1975 ... CD
Electrostatic (Australia), Late 60s-Mid 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Funky madness – and another great entry in this series that never stops putting out wonderful bits! Like the others, this one's got 20 tracks of all-solid, all-heavy, super-deep funk – more than enough to please even the most finicky funky ears! Titles include "The Broadway Walk" by The Midnight Rebels, "Harlem Cultural Festival" by Tony Lawrence, "Chitlin Pot" by The Highlighters, "Foxy Funk" by Band Ocean Liners, "Laugh" by The Jacksonians, "Loosen Up" by ET Wiley, "Can You Dig It" by Ural Thomas, and "King Hustler" by The Moods. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chico HamiltonEl Exigente ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from a fantastic period of drummer Chico Hamilton – a time when he'd moved way past the chamber jazz of his 50s years, and even some of his more freewheeling 60s modes on Impulse Records! Here, Chico seems really obsessed with rhythm – to a level where he's not afraid to complicate things, even in search of a groove – working with odd timings and changes that are still pretty groundbreaking, even all these many years later! As with previous records, Hamilton shows a great ear for picking unusual and inventive players – as the set includes Arnie Lawrence doing some incredible work on electric alto sax, and Bob Mann adding in trippy guitar fills that give the tracks a wild stoner feel. Chico's drums are freer than ever – and the album's a real lost gem in the Flying Dutchman mode – with titles that include "Volvos", "Up Front What Counts", "Swingin On A Sitar", "How 'Bout Bobby", "As I Open My Eyes", and "Gonna Get Some Right Now". CD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)

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✨✧ FeltPictorial Jackson Review ... LP
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), 1988. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Pure genius from a group who kept on growing strongly over the relatively short span of their career – maybe under-sung heroes at the time of their release, at least on this side of the Atlantic – but one of the few truly classic groups we can think of from the decade, at least with a recorded legacy this strong! The songs are as creatively distinct as anything every put forth by Morrissey and The Smiths – but in a very unique sort of way, with the guidance of mainman Lawrence firmly guiding the sound with his vocals amidst the wonderful songswirl of Hammond organ and guitar. Titles include "Apple Boutique", "Ivory Past", "Until The Fools Get Wise", "Bitter End", "How Spook Got Her Man", "Christopher Street", "Under A Pale Light", and "Don't Die On My Doorstep". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VirgoGo Wild Rhythm Trax ... LP
Virgo, 1980s. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
8 bubbling first generation Chicago house tracks from Vince Lawrence, stripped down to the bare essentials, just some percolating drum machine, with loads of 909 hand claps and some synth effects to keep things fresh. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing with red text.)


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Lawrence DillonAppendage & Other Stories – Entrance/Still Point/Appendage/Exit ... CD
Albany, 2010. Used ... $4.99
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Hampshire & FoatSaint Lawrence ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $9.99
The duo of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat keep on getting more and more interesting as the years go on – to a point where they seem to be carving out a really special place in music that might well be a genre of their own! The music here represents a wonderful evolution of their skills together – sounds that are still steeped in older elements of jazz, funk, and other modes – but which have also taken on a new sort of complexity, yet all without ever losing the organic, immediate approach that makes them so compelling! There's a blend here that's as if an Italian soundtrack of the 70s used spiritual jazz for its instrumentation – long flowing tracks that unfold with a gentle sort of beauty – with Hampshire on guitars and percussion, Foat on organ, guitar, piano, and kalimba – and other instrumentation on bells, gongs, flute, and percussion. Titles include "The Solitude Of Certitudes", "Woody Bay", "Out On The Side", "The Undercliff", "The Snake & The Weasel", and "The Clock Tower". CD

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Carol LawrenceTonight At 8:30 ... LP
Chancellor, 1960. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Carol's got a sound that's as full and classy as you might guess from her look on the cover and the title of the record – a style that's clearly trained on the stage, but which lets loose here with a slightly more jazz-based approach overall! Backings are by Peter Matz – who uses the gentle blend of strings and jazz that you might expect from his more famous work later in the 60s – and Carol's vocals are never too flowery, nor too emotive – but definitely show some of the expressive qualities gained from her experience in the theater. Nothing kitsch or campy, and the record's got a great balance overall – with tracks that include "Something's Coming", "Isn't It A Pity", "Warm All Over", "Do It Again", "It Never Was You", "Lazy Afternoon", and "Sleepin Bee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing.)

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Trevor Lawrence JrRelationships ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. Used ... $5.99
The title definitely sums up the vibe of the record – because although Trevor Lawrence is the drummer at the core, he's also clearly a hell of a warm personality, too – with a very welcoming vibe that makes the album's array of musicians and guest artists feel right at home! The set's jazz at the core, but with a strong dose of contemporary soul – maybe a bit in the territory of the Robert Glasper Black Radio projects, but with a vibe that's definitely all Trevor's own! The rhythms are rock-solid, and instrumentation often features some mighty sweet keyboards from Kenneth Crouch, Wow Jones, Tabor Gable, and others – alongside other musicians who include Kamasai Washington on tenor, Maurice Mo Betta Brown and Nico Segal on trumpet, Chelsea Baratz and Terrace Martin on saxes, Teodross Avery on tenor, and Nicholas Payton on trumpet. There's just a bit of vocals on the set – sung by Preston Harris, Jimi James, Donna Missal, and oddly LeAnn Rimes – but the instrumental core is what drives the set – on titles that include "Car Vibe", "B Side", "Bring The Party", "The Guts", "11 & 8", "Lovestoned", "Huh", "Alicia's Song", and "Relationships". CD

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Larry YoungLawrence Of Newark ... LP
Perception, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Incredible stuff from the jazz underground of Newark! This is one of the rarest albums ever recorded by jazz organist Larry Young – cut for the tiny Perception label during the early 70s, and featuring some of the cream of the New Jersey jazz underground. The album's got playing that bridges a number of Young's different styles – from his straighter soul jazz work at Blue Note, to his harder jamming with Santana and John McLaughlin, to his more fusion oriented albums for Arista. James Blood Ulmer's on guitar, but there's also a large ensemble of excellent players, and lots of other percussion and cool instrumentation that really gives the album an "out there" sound! Titles include "Sunshine Fly Away", "Saudia", "Hello Your Quietness", and "Khalid Of Space". LP, Vinyl record album

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Earl HinesOnce Upon A Time ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $22.99
One of our favorite records by Earl Hines – a hip little comeback set, recorded in the mid 60s with an Ellingtonish lineup that includes Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Jimmy Hamilton, and Johnny Hodges. Hines' piano is certainly a strong force in the record, but even more delightful is the solid feel of the players overall – working with that complete coherence found in the best 60s sides by Duke, but touched here with some of Hines' sprightly approach to the melody. Titles include "Once Upon A Time", "Black & Tan Fantasy", "You Can Depend On Me", "Hash Brown", and "Fantastic That's You". CD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)

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VariousVans Warped Tour – 2004 Tour Compilation ... CD
Side One Dummy, 2004. Used 2CD ... $2.99
Featuring NOFX, Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag, Thursday, Atmosphere, Lawrence Arms, Bad Religion, Good Charlotte, Alkaline Trio, Simple Plan, Death By Stereo, and more. CD

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✨✧ Johnny HodgesIn A Tender Mood ... LP
Norgran, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Johnny certainly is in a tender mood here – playing soulful ballads and mellow tunes with a small combo that includes Flip Phillips on tenor, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Leroy Lovett on piano, and Ray Brown on bass. The sound is laidback and easily swinging – with a real focus on Johnny's warm and fluid alto work – and the set features some nice original tunes that include "Who's Excited", "Sweepin The Blues Away", "Standing Room Only", "Below The Azores", and "Duke's Blues" – plus "Tenderly" and "Nothin Yet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label Norgran pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Bob Mintzer Big BandOnly In New York ... CD
DMP, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
With Jay Anderson on bass, John Riley on drums, Phil Markowitz on piano, Bob Malach, Bob Mintzer, Lawrence Feldman, Peter Yellin & Roger Rosenberg on saxophones, Dave Panichi, David Taylor, Keith O'Quinn & Michael Davis on trombones & Laurie Frink, Marvin Stamm, Robert Millikan, Ron Tooley & Tim Hagens on trumpets & fuglehorn. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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