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Stanley CowellBlues For The Viet Cong ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $22.99
Incredible work from the young Stanley Cowell – one of his first albums ever, but already a step ahead of most of his contemporaries! The set's a trio date, unlike some of Cowell's later albums for Strata East – and it's got a wonderful blend of soaring piano lines and more complicated rhythms – already showing some of the spiritual elements that Cowell would later craft into longer lines with Charles Tolliver – but possibly even more striking here in the looser space of a trio! Rhythms are sometimes quite fluid and free – almost in the vein of some of Steve Kuhn's most inventive late 60s work – but sometimes things echo previous generations as well, almost with a Jaki Byard vibe. In addition to Cowell's great work on acoustic and electric piano, the trio features wonderful drums from Jimmy Hopps and bass from Steve Novosel – both players who are at the top of their game here, and really help set fire to Cowell's music. Titles include an early take on "Travelin Man" – quite different from the later version on Strata East, but equally wonderful – plus "Blues For The Viet Cong", "Wedding March", "Photon In A Paper World", "Departure", "Sweet Song", and "The Shuttle". CD

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Stanley CowellBrilliant Circles ... CD
Black Lion (UK), 1969. Used ... $26.99
A record that's definitely as brilliant as promised in the title – a set that has the young pianist Stanley Cowell bridging the late 60s Blue Note modal sound and his greatness to come on the Strata East label – all with a style that would set the tone for so many other players and groups in the 70s! The mix of musicians here is a dream – not just Cowell on piano, but also Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Tyrone Washington on tenor and flute, Reggie Workman on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – all players with maybe a bit more under their belt, but who also instantly lock into Cowell's visionary new sound – spun out in a mix of modal moments and freer solos, on tunes penned by members of the group. Every track is nice and long, and has a spiritual jazz vibe that owes a lot more to the worlds of Cowell, Hutcherson, and Shaw than it does John Coltrane – as you'll hear on titles that include "Brilliant Circles", "Earthly Heavens", "Boo Ann's Grand", and "Bobby's Tune". CD reissue has two bonus cuts: "Musical Prayers" and "Brilliant Circles"! CD
(Out of print, original Black Lion pressing.)

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Stanley CowellBrilliant Circles (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $24.99
A record that's definitely as brilliant as promised in the title – a set that has the young pianist Stanley Cowell bridging the late 60s Blue Note modal sound and his greatness to come on the Strata East label – all with a style that would set the tone for so many other players and groups in the 70s! The mix of musicians here is a dream – not just Cowell on piano, but also Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Tyrone Washington on tenor and flute, Reggie Workman on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – all players with maybe a bit more under their belt, but who also instantly lock into Cowell's visionary new sound – spun out in a mix of modal moments and freer solos, on tunes penned by members of the group. Every track is nice and long, and has a spiritual jazz vibe that owes a lot more to the worlds of Cowell, Hutcherson, and Shaw than it does John Coltrane – as you'll hear on titles that include "Brilliant Circles", "Earthly Heavens", "Boo Ann's Grand", and "Bobby's Tune". CD features two bonus tracks – "Musical Players" and an alternate take of "Brilliant Circles". CD

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Stanley CowellMusa (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $39.99 44.99
A solo piano set from Strata East mainman Stanley Cowell – but a record that's got enough soul and spirituality to rival a full group recording! Although working alone here, Cowell's touch on the keys is astounding – often flowing and highly rhythmic, with a pulsating sense of energy that makes even the mellower tracks sparkle with soulful imagination. A number of tracks are intimate explorations of themes heard more famously on albums done with Charles Tolliver – but which come alive in a whole new way here in Stanley's solo setting! Most work here is on acoustic piano, but Cowell also picks up the electric keys for the tune "Travelin Man" – done here as an overdubbed "duet", and one of the hippest tunes on the entire record! Other titles include "Abscretions", "Equipoise", "Prayer For Peace", "Departure No 2", "Sweet Song", and "Emil Danenberg". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Stanley CowellRegeneration (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $39.99 44.99
One of the greatest records ever recorded by pianist Stanley Cowell – a leading light on the legendary Strata East label! The album's one of Cowell's most searching, spiritual sets ever – and one of his few to feature a larger ensemble, working with all the righteous currents of the best Strata East years! The group shifts a bit from track to track, giving things a nice sense of variety – and players include Marion Brown on wooden flute, Jimmy Heath on alto and flute, Nadi Quamar on percussion, and Bill Lee on bass – and the set also features some vocals from Charles Fowlkes and Glenda Barnes. Cowell plays some mbira on the classic "Travelin' Man", a beautifully mellow number done with thumb piano and vocals, almost in a Heath Brothers Strata mode – and other tracks include "Lullabye", "Thank You My People", "Trying To Find A Way", and "The Gehmbhre". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Billy Harper/Stanley Cowell/Sonny Fortune/Reggie Workman/Billy HrtGreat Friends (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Black & Blue/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1986. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $54.99 59.99
A spiritual soul jazz supergroup – featuring some of our favorite players of the Strata East 70s scene! This obscure recording was made in the mid 80s, but it's got the feel of the best 70s work by Harper, Fortune, and Cowell – a richly expressive session built around original compositions, and long modal playing in a Love Supreme tradition! The group's a quintet featuring Sonny Fortune on alto, Billy Harper on tenor, Stanley Cowell on piano, Billy Hart on drums, and Reggie Workman on bass – most of whom, minus Fortune, played together on a similar session (called Such Great Friends – not to be confused with this one!) a few years earlier. The feel of the album's like some of Harper's best from the 70s – very open, but never too free, with lots of stretching, yearning passages from the rhythm section – making for a perfect platform for the solos of Harper and Fortune. Titles include "Equipoise", "East Harlem Nostalgia", "Insight", "Awakening", and "Is It Not True Simply Because You Cannot Believe It". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl – limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ Stanley CowellBlues For The Viet Cong ... LP
Arista/Freedom, 1969. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from the young Stanley Cowell – one of his first albums ever, but already a step ahead of most of his contemporaries! The set's a trio date, unlike some of Cowell's later albums for Strata East – and it's got a wonderful blend of soaring piano lines and more complicated rhythms – already showing some of the spiritual elements that Cowell would later craft into longer lines with Charles Tolliver – but possibly even more striking here in the looser space of a trio! Rhythms are sometimes quite fluid and free – almost in the vein of some of Steve Kuhn's most inventive late 60s work – but sometimes things echo previous generations as well, almost with a Jaki Byard vibe. In addition to Cowell's great work on acoustic and electric piano, the trio features wonderful drums from Jimmy Hopps and bass from Steve Novosel – both players who are at the top of their game here, and really help set fire to Cowell's music. Titles include an early take on "Travelin Man" – quite different from the later version on Strata East, but equally wonderful – plus "Blues For The Viet Cong", "Wedding March", "Photon In A Paper World", "Departure", "Sweet Song", and "The Shuttle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Stanley CowellBrilliant Circles ... LP
Freedom/Polydor (UK), 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A record that's definitely as brilliant as promised in the title – a set that has the young pianist Stanley Cowell bridging the late 60s Blue Note modal sound and his greatness to come on the Strata East label – all with a style that would set the tone for so many other players and groups in the 70s! The mix of musicians here is a dream – not just Cowell on piano, but also Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Tyrone Washington on tenor and flute, Reggie Workman on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – all players with maybe a bit more under their belt, but who also instantly lock into Cowell's visionary new sound – spun out in a mix of modal moments and freer solos, on tunes penned by members of the group. Every track is nice and long, and has a spiritual jazz vibe that owes a lot more to the worlds of Cowell, Hutcherson, and Shaw than it does John Coltrane – as you'll hear on titles that include "Brilliant Circles", "Earthly Heavens", "Boo Ann's Grand", and "Bobby's Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original UK pressing, in fantastic shape!)
Also available Brilliant Circles (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 24.99
 
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Gary BartzLibra/Another Earth ... CD
Milestone, 1967/1968. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Early soul jazz brilliance from a young Gary Bartz – music that pre-dates his Ntu Troup, and his work with Larry Mizell! Libra is fantastic early work from Gary – and probably his rarest record ever! The album was cut at a time when the young Bartz was first coming to prominence in the hip late 60s soul jazz group of Max Roach – and Bartz's playing at the time is a perfect model of mid-Coltrane searching with some of the tighter sides of soul jazz that were being forged at labels like Blue Note by players like Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan. The record's a masterpiece of youthful soulful energy – and the group includes Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Richard Davis on bass, Albert Dailey on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums, all players who are perfectly matched to fit Bartz's stridently creative vision. His solos on alto are impeccable – some of the most meaningful we've ever heard on the instrument from the time – and the album's a great one all the way through! Titles include "Air & Fire", "Eastern Blues", "Libra", "Freedom Of The Day", and "Cabin In The Sky". Another Earth is amazing too – one of the first that Gary Bartz ever cut – done during a time when he'd been working with Max Roach and a super-hip group of younger soul jazz players who would go onto shape the sound of the 70s. Bartz leads a group that includes Stanley Cowell, Freddy Waits, Charles Tolliver, Pharoah Sanders, and Reggie Workman – and the music sounds like it was lifted from one of the best albums on Strata East from the 70s. There's no funk, no vocals, no weird rhythms – just pure spiritual jazz, played to perfection, and filled with a creative vitality that most of the players had lost a few years later. Tracks include the album-side "Another Earth", plus "Dark Nebula", "UFO", and "Perihelion & Aphelion". Note: CD omits the track "Disjunction" from Libra – due to space restrictions. CD

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✨✧ Marion BrownThree For Shepp ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1966. Used ... $11.99
An unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful playing that goes out, but never too far – like Shepp in his best sixties moments – and Brown's working with a great lineup of players that includes Grachan Moncur on trombone, Beaver Harris on drums, and Stanley Cowell on piano! The tunes include three Marion Brown originals on side one, plus three tracks by Shepp on side two. "Spooks" alone will leave you loving this album for years to come – and other tracks include "West India", "Delicado", "New Blue", and "Fortunato". A brilliant blend of 60s "new thing" playing and 70s underground jazz! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has some marker and the digipack has a promotional sticker.)

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Heath BrothersBrothers & Others ... LP
Antilles, 1983. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Warm and wonderful work from the Heath Brothers – and a great little effort from the 80s that still has the group working with plenty of sharp edges! In a way, the record's almost a back to basics effort after the group's work on Columbia – and the set's got an especially strong focus on the work of Jimmy Heath, in a way that makes it sound like some of his best soul jazz sides from the 70s. The core trio of Jimmy Heath on reeds, Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums is joined by Stanley Cowell on acoustic and electric piano, and on two numbers in the set, Slide Hampton also plays a bit of trombone. Titles include "Nice People", "Hi Fly", "Islandized", "Longravity", "Sleeves", and "Keep Love Alive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a Gift Of Music sticker in back.)

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Bobby HutchersonMedina ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969/1980. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A lost set of work from the team of Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land – recorded right around the same time as their famous San Francisco album! The album's overflowing with the soulful, righteous tones the pair could create together – sublime vibes from Hutcherson, both tenor and flute from Land – and a top-shelf supporting cast that includes Stanley Cowell on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums! Like others of this nature, Blue Note never issued the material at the time – but wisely released it as an album at the start of the 80s – a great contribution to Hutcherson's catalog for the label – of which we can never get enough! Titles include "Ungano", "Avis", "Comes Spring", and "Orientale". CD

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Bobby HutchersonPatterns (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
A really heady set of tracks from vibist Bobby Hutcherson – a record that has him stepping away from the harder sounds of his early modern years – and moving into the sublime mix of soulful and modal styles that would really grow strongly by the end of the 60s! The album's a treasure through and through – warm, subtle interpretations of the music by a group that features Hutcherson on vibes, James Spaulding on alto and flute, Stanley Cowell on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – all working together in modes that are quite like Hutcherson's music with Harold Land – but slightly looser and freer at points too. The album includes a fantastic version of Cowell's "Effi", which was later recorded by Charles Tolliver a few times, plus other beautiful compositions by Joe Chambers – including "Patterns", "Ankana", "Irina", and "Nocturnal". Also features a bonus alternate of the title track! CD

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JJ JohnsonLet's Hang Out ... CD
Verve, 1993. Used ... $2.99
One of the key efforts from JJ Johnson's comeback years of the early 90s – a session recorded with some excellent tenor work from Ralph Moore and Jimmy Heath – both of whom cut a groove nicely next to JJ's trombone! The style here is almost an extension of the best Johnson work as a leader from the 60s – with some tunes that crackle in a soul jazz energy, next to others that are a bit more introspective and deeply arranged. Other players include Rene Rosnes and Stanley Cowell on piano, Victor Lewis and Lewis Nash on drums, and Terence Blanchard on trumpet – and titles include the originals "Hasten Jason", "Syntax", "May I Have Dis Dance", "Friendship Suite", "Stir Fry", and "Kenya". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Clifford JordanGlass Bead Games (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $54.99 59.99
An essential bit of 70s soul jazz – a real standout in both the catalogs of tenorist Clifford Jordan, and the Stata East label! This is one of those few records where every element is perfect, and all players rise together to a new level of expression – and we'd easily rank this one right up there with John Coltrane's Love Supreme or Pharoah Sanders' Kharma for sheer magnitude of sound and message! Clifford Jordan is at the height of his tenor powers – cutting sharp lines, stretching out his notes, and hitting all these dark edges that had never appeared in his work – and the rest of the group is great too – with Stanley Cowell on piano, Bill Lee on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Higgins is amazing, and gives the set a sort of lyrical freeplay that makes Jordan's hard solos come alive in a magical way – and Cedar Walton also plays piano on a few numbers, pushing things forward with the sense of warmth and imagination that always made him a treat in the 70s! Every cut's a winner, and the set list includes "John Coltrane", "Alias Buster Henry", "Glass Bead Games", "Biskit", and "Bridgework". Great stuff, and a huge amount of music! LP, Vinyl record album
(Strata East 50th Anniversary pressing – limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Nate MorganRetribution, Reparation (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 44.99
A legendary album from the LA jazz underground of the 80s – one of a rare few sets recorded as a leader by the great pianist Nate Morgan! Morgan's something of a lost talent, but was a key part of the scene that was forming around Nimbus Records at the time – a great musician who has the same spiritual drive as giants like McCoy Tyner and Stanley Cowell, but working here in a spirit that's very much his own! On this set, Nate leads a quintet with Jesse Sharps on reeds and Danny Cortez on trumpet – and the record's filled with spiraling modal grooves that glisten with the best of the 70s underground spiritual vibes! The set's a great batch of original compositions by Morgan, including "UGMAAGER", "Impulse", and "Mass Madness" – and also includes versions of Herbie Hancock's "One Finger Snap" and Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Oliver NelsonSwiss Suite ... CD
Flying Dutchman/RCA (France), 1971. Used ... $9.99
A killer set of searing soulful spiritual material from Oliver Nelson – and one of his best albums of the 70s! There's hardly anything "Swiss" in the music – save for the fact that it was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Fest – as the large ensemble recording has Nelson at the helm of a very hip group of musicians – really stretching out into territory that's more Strata East than any of his other work, especially on the title track! In addition to the tenor from Gato Barberi and alto from Eddie Vinson – both featured on the title – the set also features Charles Tolliver and Harry Beckett on trumpets, Bosko Petrovic on vibes, Na Na on barimbau, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Stanley Cowell on piano. Side one features the soaring "Swiss Suite" – an extended number done for the set – and side two has a bit more Nelson touches coming into play with the progressive lineup – on titles that include "Stolen Moments", "Black Brown & Beautiful", and "Blues & The Abstract Truth". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art PepperToday ... CD
Galaxy/OJC, 1979. Used ... $6.99
A soaring later date from Art Pepper – recorded with excellent rhythm from the trio of Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – plus a bit of percussion from Kenneth Nash too! CD

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Art PepperWinter Moon ... CD
Galaxy/OJC, 1980. Used ... $6.99
A beautiful late "with strings" session from Art Pepper – with some piano by Stanley Cowell! CD
(Early 90s OJC pressing.)

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Art PepperWinter Moon – Art Pepper With Strings (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Galaxy (Japan), 1980. Very Good+ ... $23.99
A beautiful late "with strings" session from Art Pepper – with some piano by Stanley Cowell! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi. Cover has some light aging on two edges.)

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Piano ChoirHandscapes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $54.99 58.99
A fantastic record on Strata East – and a concept that shouldn't work as well as it does, but which comes off perfectly – thanks to the strength of the players! As you might guess from the title, the group's an all-piano ensemble – one that features hip talents that include Harold Mabern, Sonelius Smith, Stanley Cowell, Nat Jones, Hugh Lawson, and Webster Lewis – coming together in ways that have the pianos handling every part of the music – rhythm, melody, and all these great little bits around the edges – all on these long, stretched-out tracks that have lots of room for solo contributions too! The vibe is very Strata East, just all-piano – and titles include "Effi", "Killers", "Precious Lord", "The Almoravids", and "Man Extensions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Max RoachMembers Don't Git Weary ... LP
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
Fantastic stuff, and a record that was virtually the blueprint for spiritual soul jazz in the 70s! Although Max Roach first rose to fame during the bop years, by the time of this set he'd really stretched out a lot – moving past initial righteous projects in the Civil Rights era, to even more progressive work with a group like this! The players are all youthful geniuses who would go onto shape the sound of 70s jazz tremendously – working here at a point that already shows their brilliance – Gary Bartz on alto, Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, and even Andy Bey, who sings vocals on the title track. The overall style is very similar to Bartz's early albums on Milestone, or to some of the Music Inc records on Strata East, which feature Cowell and Tolliver. It's no surprise that Cowell contributed 3 tracks to the set – "Effi", "Equipoise", and "Abstrutions" – and the group also performs a great version of Bartz's "Libra"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny RollinsCutting Edge ... LP
Milestone, 1974. Near Mint- ... $24.99
An underrated 70s effort from Sonny Rollins, featuring him fronting a dynamite group with Stanley Cowell and Mtume at the height of their Afro-centric electric jazz period. Longtime sideman Bob Cranshaw plus David Lee round out the rhythm section, and this is one of Rollins' LPs featuring the excellent Japanese guitarist Masuo, plus Rufus Harley guests on one number, so you can guess this is one righteous affair. Rollins sounds awesome, laying extended solos over some tremendous funky vamps by the group on numbers like "The Cutting Edge" and "First Moves", and working in a more contemplative vein on "To A Wild Rose" and "A House Is Not A Home". Also includes a lengthy take on "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Charles TolliverRinger ... LP
Arista Freedom, 1969. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The start of a legend – a record that may well be called the birthplace of the Strata East record label – as the let features both trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell, working together in an early version of the Music Inc group that would be one of the key acts on Strata East during the 70s! The set came at a time when both Tolliver and Cowell had been working in Max Roach's groundbreaking group of the late 60s – getting plenty of training from Max, but also, along with Gary Bartz, opening up with all these new spiritual ideas and fresh compositions – to a point where there's already a very mature, focused vibe on this early set! The rest of the group features Steve Novosel on bass and Jimmy Hopps on drums – and together, the musicians soar beautifully on a set of all original tunes by Tolliver – some of which you'll recognize from later readings, but which are already in a perfect modal, spiritual groove here. Tracks include "Spur", "The Ringer", "Mother Wit", "Plight", and "On The Nile". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s US pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Charles Tolliver & Music IncLive at Slugs Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $39.99 44.99
A classic performance by one of the most groundbreaking soul jazz groups of the 70s! Tolliver's leading his Music Inc ensemble here – an important quartet that featured him on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums. During their time recording for the Tolliver/Cowell owned label Strata East, the group forged a strident spiritual approach to jazz – one that took all of the experiments of Coltrane, and fused them with a soulful sound that was packed with all of the righteousness of the time. The group's at their finest here – working before a very friendly crowd at the legendary Slugs nightclub in the East Village – and tracks on this second volume include "Spanning", "Wilpan's", and "Our Second Father", all done in nice long readings!h LP, Vinyl record album
(Strata East 50th Anniversary pressing – limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ VariousBGP Presents Jazz Funk ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A heavy dose of funky jazz – and one that goes way past the obvious too – to include some real gems from the 70s that even we'd passed up! The package is filled with stellar jazz from the Fantasy Records family – Prestige, Pablo, Galaxy and Fantasy proper – choice numbers by The Blackbyrds, Stanley Cowell, Charles Earland, Patrice Rushen and others – funky jazz, soul, boogie and Brazil-flavored numbers from the top shelf of the diverse period! It's a tight, well chosen compilation with numbers you simply could not overlook in putting a set like this together – productions by the Mizells, Donald Byrd, Earland and others – but there's a few of leftfield choices, too. Simply a great little snapshot of the funky jazz and soul period and the family of labels that generated so much of the most creative music to come from it! 14 tracks and nearly 80 minutes of grooves: Includes "Happy Music" by Blackbyrds, "Close To You" by Marlon McClain, "Let Me Love You (Let Me Be Me)" by Stanley Cowell, "Taj Mahal" by Paulinho Da Costa, "Nov Ano" by Azar Lawrence, "Moon Dreams" by Flora Purim, "Montevideo" by Opa, "Glide" by Pleasure, "Shout It Out" by Patrice Rushen, "If Only I Could Prove To You" by The 3 Pieces and more. CD

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✨✧ VariousNew Thing! – Deep Jazz From The USA ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. Used 2CDs ... $18.99
Righteous jazz from the American underground – mostly work recorded in the 70s by a variety of some of the most cutting-edge players in the US! The sound here is beautifully spiritual and extremely soulful – a post-Coltrane exploration of the deeper sides of jazz expression, free to explore new dimensions in sound and space! Soul Jazz have gone back to the territory of their classic Tribe, Strata East, and Universal Sounds Of America collections – but have spread their reach even wider, to encompass work from a variety of labels and local scenes. The scope here is really tremendous – and the set is an extremely thorough look at the period, one that manages to keep things remarkably fresh throughout. 2CD set features a total of 16 tracks in all – including "Street Rap" by Maulawi, "Funky AECO" by Art Ensemble Of Chicago, "Pentatonia" by Paris Smith, "Home Rule" by Llyod McNeil, "Lalune Blanche" by Steve Davis, "El Space-O" by Stanley Cowell, "Androids" by Robert Rockwell III, "Little Sunflower" by East New York Ensemble, "Duo Exchange" by Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe, and "Tibetan Serenity" by Travis Biggs. CD
(Out of print, includes the original slipcover.)

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✨✧ Marion BrownWhy Not? ... LP
ESP, 1968. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant early work by Marion Brown – both soulful and adventurous, less "out" than some of the other ESP albums from the time – and more in the post-Coltrane spirit of work by Pharoah Sanders and some of the Strata East crowd. The group on the album is a quartet – with Norris Jones on bass, Stanley Cowell on piano, and Rashied Ali on drums – and Brown's alto sax glides over the top in a tone that's infused with all the freedoms of the late 60s, yet also steeped in a soulful tradition of expressiveness. The album features 4 long tracks – "La Sorrella", "Fortunato", "Why Not", "Homecoming". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with full color labels and DBH etch, in the cover with large title in back with opening on the left.)

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonSpiral ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Moody material from Bobby Hutcherson – and one of the first records to feature his vibes in the company of tenorist Harold Land – a player who would help Hutcherson make some mighty fine music over the years! The set's got a super-hip group – with Stanley Cowell on piano, giving the record a warm, spiritual undercurrent – one that works perfectly with the lyrical soul of Land's horn. Other players include Reggie Johnson on bass and Joe Chambers on drums – and titles include "Spiral", "Ruth", "Poor People's March", and "Visions". The album also includes one more track – "Jasper" – which was recorded in a 1965 session without Land and Cowell – but with Sam Rivers on tenor and bass clarinet, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Andrew Hill on piano! Recorded in the 60s, but only initially issued on vinyl in 1979! CD

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✨✧ Clifford JordanGlass Bead Games ... CD
Strata East/Charly (UK), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An essential bit of 70s soul jazz – a real standout in both the catalogs of tenorist Clifford Jordan, and the Stata East label! This is one of those few records where every element is perfect, and all players rise together to a new level of expression – and we'd easily rank this one right up there with John Coltrane's Love Supreme or Pharoah Sanders' Kharma for sheer magnitude of sound and message! Clifford Jordan is at the height of his tenor powers – cutting sharp lines, stretching out his notes, and hitting all these dark edges that had never appeared in his work – and the rest of the group is great too – with Stanley Cowell on piano, Bill Lee on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Higgins is amazing, and gives the set a sort of lyrical freeplay that makes Jordan's hard solos come alive in a magical way – and Cedar Walton also plays piano on a few numbers, pushing things forward with the sense of warmth and imagination that always made him a treat in the 70s! Every cut's a winner, and the set list includes "John Coltrane", "Alias Buster Henry", "Glass Bead Games", "Biskit", and "Bridgework". Great stuff, and a huge amount of music! CD
(CONDITION NOTE: front and back artwork are both wavy and booklet pages are stuck together, disc has a tiny bit of paper stuck to the label – priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Clifford Jordan QuartetGlass Bead Games 2 ... CD
Strata East (Germany), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An essential bit of 70s soul jazz! Clifford Jordan is at the height of his tenor powers, and he's joined by Stanley Cowell on piano, Bill Lee on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Higgins is amazing, and gives the set a sort of lyrical freeplay that makes Jordan's hard solos come alive in a magical way. Cedar Walton adds his piano to some of the tracks, and plays with a warmth and imagination that surpass most of his recordings from this point. This CD features the second half of the album – with tracks that include "Shoulders", "Bridgework", "Maimoun", "Alias Buster Henry", and "One For Amos". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Nate MorganRetribution, Reparation ... CD
Nimbus, Early 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary album from the LA jazz underground of the 80s – one of a rare few sets recorded as a leader by the great pianist Nate Morgan! Morgan's something of a lost talent, but was a key part of the scene that was forming around Nimbus Records at the time – a great musician who has the same spiritual drive as giants like McCoy Tyner and Stanley Cowell, but working here in a spirit that's very much his own! On this set, Nate leads a quintet with Jesse Sharps on reeds and Danny Cortez on trumpet – and the record's filled with spiraling modal grooves that glisten with the best of the 70s underground spiritual vibes! The set's a great batch of original compositions by Morgan, including "UGMAAGER", "Impulse", and "Mass Madness" – and also includes versions of Herbie Hancock's "One Finger Snap" and Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday". CD
Also available Retribution, Reparation (180 gram pressing) ... LP 39.99

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✨✧ Art Pepper, John Klemmer, Johnny Griffin, Joe Farrrell, Joe Henderson & Harold LandBirds & Monks ... CD
Galaxy, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Art Pepper, on alto saxophone, Harold Land, Joe Farrell, Joe Henderson, John Klemmer, and Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee and John Heard on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Art Pepper/John Klemmer/Johnny Griffin/Joe FarrellBallads By Five ... CD
Galaxy, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Art Pepper on alto saxophone, Joe Farrell, Joe Henderson, John Klemmer, and Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee and John Heard on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Piano ChoirHandscapes 2 ... LP
Strata East, 1975. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great follow-up to the first Piano Choir album – and like that set, a sublime record that brings together some of the hippest piano players of the early 70s – Stanley Cowell, Webster Lewis, Sonelius Smith, Harold Mabern, Ron Burton, Hugh Lawson, and Nat Jones! The group uses pianos to make almost all the sounds – including the rhythms – although there is some percussion from Mtume, John Lewis, and Jimmy Hopps. All original titles – including "Ballad For The Beast From Bali-Bali", "In What Direction Are You Headed", "Barbara Ann", and "Prayer For Peace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of light wear. A nice copy!)

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✨✧ Heiner Stadler & OthersTribute To Monk & Bird ... LP
Tomato, 1978. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Thad Jones on cornet and flugelhorn, George Adams on tenor and flute, George Lewis on trombone, Stanley Cowell on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Lenny White on drums; and special guests Warren Smith on tympani and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Charles TolliverGrand Max ... CD
DA Music (Germany), 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tight quartet side recorded live at the Loosedrecht Jazz Festival in 1972, with John Hicks on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Alvin Queen on drums. The tracks are very long, and Tolliver and Hicks weave these beautiful spiralling solos, then drop out to let Reggie Workman get in some nice bass licks. The work is similar to Tolliver's sides for Strata East at the same time – but the presence of John Hicks is a nice contrast to the more common presence of Stanley Cowell, and it makes for a bit more tightness in the set. 5 tracks in all, including "Truth", "Our Second Father", "Grand Max", "Repetition" and "Prayer For Peace". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Charles TolliverRinger ... CD
Black Lion (UK), 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The start of a legend – a record that may well be called the birthplace of the Strata East record label – as the let features both trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell, working together in an early version of the Music Inc group that would be one of the key acts on Strata East during the 70s! The set came at a time when both Tolliver and Cowell had been working in Max Roach's groundbreaking group of the late 60s – getting plenty of training from Max, but also, along with Gary Bartz, opening up with all these new spiritual ideas and fresh compositions – to a point where there's already a very mature, focused vibe on this early set! The rest of the group features Steve Novosel on bass and Jimmy Hopps on drums – and together, the musicians soar beautifully on a set of all original tunes by Tolliver – some of which you'll recognize from later readings, but which are already in a perfect modal, spiritual groove here. Tracks include "Spur", "The Ringer", "Mother Wit", "Plight", and "On The Nile". CD
(1992 Black Lion pressing.)

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✨✧ Charles TolliverRinger (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The start of a legend – a record that may well be called the birthplace of the Strata East record label – as the let features both trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell, working together in an early version of the Music Inc group that would be one of the key acts on Strata East during the 70s! The set came at a time when both Tolliver and Cowell had been working in Max Roach's groundbreaking group of the late 60s – getting plenty of training from Max, but also, along with Gary Bartz, opening up with all these new spiritual ideas and fresh compositions – to a point where there's already a very mature, focused vibe on this early set! The rest of the group features Steve Novosel on bass and Jimmy Hopps on drums – and together, the musicians soar beautifully on a set of all original tunes by Tolliver – some of which you'll recognize from later readings, but which are already in a perfect modal, spiritual groove here. Tracks include "Spur", "The Ringer", "Mother Wit", "Plight", and "On The Nile". CD

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✨✧ VariousJoe Claussell – Music, A Reason To Celebrate ... CD
BBE/Urban Theory (UK), 1970s/2002. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Joe Clausell is a reason to celebrate – as his magic ear and wonderful talents as a producer/remixer have returned a new soulfulness to dance music, infusing the once-cold New York scene with a warmth brought on through a lifetime of musical influences! Joe shares those influences beautifully in this 2CD set – a great package of 24 tracks that runs the gamut from jazz to Latin to soul and beyond, all selected by Joe himself! The tracks are presented unmixed, back to back, in a way that really gets at the full depth of Joe's work. Most tracks are of 70s vintage, and there's some newer material interspersed nicely along the way. Titles include "Sweet Talk" by Robin Beck, "Sunny" by Yambu, "Fantasy" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Changes (Larry Levan mix)" by Imagination, "Synopsis Two: Mother's Day" by 24 Carat Black, "The Essence (Bonita mix)" by Herbie Hancock, "17.1" by Eddie Palmieri, "New Math" by Dave Samuels, "Let's Get Together" by Pam Todd, "Gay Cavalier" by Richie Havens, "Celebration" by Bheki Mseleku, "Fanga Alafia (Joe's edit)" by Drum Dance, "Pagliacci" by Maynard Ferguson, "AIEA Mwana" by Black Blood, "The Message" by King Sunny Ade, "Mysteries Of Life" by Monday Michiru, "El Cantante" by Hector Lavoe, "Oba La Vem Ela" by Jorge Ben, "Trying To Find A Way" by Stanley Cowell, and "To Know You Is To Love You" by Syreeta. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Charles TolliverImpact (Strata East) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of a few large group sessions recorded by Charles Tolliver during his years on Strata East – and an amazingly spiritual effort that really brings together the best strands of sounds running through the underground at the time! The format's a bit similar to Tolliver's previous Music Inc big band album for Strata, released 5 years before – with lots of strong lead action from Charles on trumpet, and Stanley Cowell on piano. But this time around, the larger group seems to be more fully integrated into the tunes – there not just to support the soloists, but to rise up with a full, proud sense of majesty that's really amazing. Other players include Cecil McBee and Reggie Workman on basses, Billy Parker and Warren Smith on percussion, Jon Faddis and Jimmy Owens on trumpets, John Gordon and Garnet Brown on trombones, and Charles McPherson, George Coleman, Harold Vick, and Charles Davis on saxes! Titles include great versions of the Tolliver classics "Plight" and "Impact" – plus "Mother Wit", "Lynnsome", and "Grand Max". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ Charles TolliverLive In Tokyo (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the standouts in a great 70s run of albums from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – standard-setting records for the spiritual jazz scene of the time – and maybe one of his most far-reaching records for the Strata East label! Toilliver's in very strong company – as the group on the set features Stanley Cowell on piano, Clint Houston on bass, and Clifford Barbaro on drums – and although Tolliver's trumpet solos are always a treat, the interplay between Houston's bass and Cowell's piano is enough reason to buy the record! The highlight of the album is a great take of Cowell's modal groover "Effi", but the set also contains some masterful compositions by Tolliver – long versions of "Truth", "Stretch", and "Drought". Complicated, spiritual work – even more so than some of Tolliver's studio sessions – with very long live performances that really step out! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ Charles Tolliver & Music IncLive at Slugs Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A classic performance by one of the most groundbreaking soul jazz groups of the 70s! Tolliver's leading his Music Inc ensemble here – an important quartet that featured him on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums. During their time recording for the Tolliver/Cowell owned label Strata East, the group forged a strident spiritual approach to jazz – one that took all of the experiments of Coltrane, and fused them with a soulful sound that was packed with all of the righteousness of the time. The group's at their finest here – working before a very friendly crowd at the legendary Slugs nightclub in the East Village – and tracks on this first volume include "Drought", "Felicite", and "Orientale", all done in nice long readings! LP, Vinyl record album
(Strata East 50th Anniversary pressing – limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ Heath BrothersLive At The Public Theater ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A great little live set – recorded during the height of the group's popularity, kind of a mix of the modal spiritualism of their Strata East years, with some of the smoother electric playing of Columbia Records' jazz stable at the time. Stanley Cowell is on keyboards and kalimba, Alex Acuna plays percussion, and Mtume sings guest vocals on the track "For The Public". Titles include "A Sassy Samba", "Warm Valley", "Cloak & Dagger", and "Watergate Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a short click on "A Sassy Samba".)
 
 
 



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