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Dr StrutStruttin' ... LP
Motown, 1980. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)

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RojaiStrut Down ... LP
Austin Boogie Crew, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 20.00
There's a photo of 70s vintage Johnny Guitar Watson nestled somewhere in the collage on the cover – and that's a really great soul music reference for the slinky, well-inflected sound of Rojai! The singer hails from San Francisco, and has a great way of stepping up to the needs of a tune – upbeat and punchy on the funky numbers, and more laidback and snakey on the midtempo ones – all with a vibe that effortlessly shifts between classic modes, but never in a way that makes you feel like Rojai is reaching for easy references or imitating someone else! The grooves are nice and lean – similar to other records we've dug on the Austin Boogie Crew label – and titles include "Strut Down", "Do Me", "Something About You", "Soul Step", "Now That I Know", "Finest Girl", "Strangers Eyes", and "Just A Lil Bit". LP, Vinyl record album

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Grover WashingtonSacred Kind Of Love – The Columbia Recordings (Strawberry Moon/Then & Now/Time Out Of Mind/No Exit/All My Tomorrows/Soulful Strut/bonus tracks) (5CD set) ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), New Copy 5 CDs ... $29.99
All of Grover Washington Jr's albums for Columbia – brought together in a special box set! Strawberry Moon has a number of laidback groovers, with some solid Washington originals such as the title track and some sweet covers. BB King plays and sings on "Caught A Touch Of Your Love", with Jean Carne guesting on "The Look Of Love". Grover's sax is soulful and sweet throughout, and the titles include "Strawberry Moon", "Summer Nights", "Keep In Touch", and "Maddie's Blues". Then & Now is a nice one that has Grover working in a straighter jazz mode for the most part, taking a break from the soul and R&B groover –- the most timeless of the 3 albums compiled here! Players include Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Grady Tate and Darryl Washington. Titles include "Just Enough", "French Connections", "Stolen Moments", "Stella By Starlight" and more. Time Out Of Mind's title track is a cover of the Steely Dan classic, circa Gaucho – and this album finds Grover embracing the 80s a lot more than his previous album for Columbia. A mix of moods, with some electric funky flourishes and fusiony keys and synths. Titles include "Jamaica", "Sacred Kind Of Love", "Fly Away", the title track and more. Next Exit is great 90s work from Grover Washington Jr – a set from a time when the reedman was still one of the kings of mainstream soulful fusion! There's a bit of vocals from time to time, and some strong R&B production – but also plenty of room for Grover's well-crafted lines on soprano sax, which are still as soulful and slinky as ever! Titles include "Your Love", "Only For You", "Next Exit", "Greene Street", "Summer Chill", "Get On Up", and "Till You Return To Me". All My Tomorrows is an overlooked gem from reedman Grover – recorded in his later years, but a set that's actually got more of an acoustic style overall – one that goes back to the roots farther than any of Grover's fusion records! Washington's a great straight player in this setting – filled with soul on tenor and soprano sax – and working with top-shelf small group players like Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Bobby Watson on alto, and Robin Eubanks on trombone. Guitarist Romero Lumbambo arranged one great Brazilian-tinged number – and other arrangements are by Grover, Larry Willis, Slide Hampton, and Freddy Cole – who sings on two tracks too. Titles include "E Preciso Perdoar", "Happenstance", "All My Tomorrows", "Nature Boy", "Flamingo", and "Estate". Soulful Strut is bouncy soul from Grover Washington – a set that returns to his earlier roots in a space between soulful fusion and R&B! The slinky Washington soprano sax gets plenty of space in this set – blown with those seductive notes that always made Grover one of the most distinctive players on the instrument – and the backings often have this gentle R&B groove that's even stronger on the few cuts here with vocals. Titles include "Soulful Strut", "Bordertown", "Village Groove", "I Can Count The Times", "Headman's Hunt", and "Can You Stop The Rain". CD set also features bonus tracks – "Protect The Dream", "Heat Index", "Every Day A Little Death", and "The Night Fantastic". CD

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Young-Holt UnlimitedSoulful Strut ... LP
Brunswick, Late 60s. Very Good ... $5.99
A funky soul instrumental classic – all the way through! The team of Eldee Young and Redd Holt first came to prominence with Ramsey Lewis' first Chicago trio, then branched out on their own as a jazz act – but by the time of this set, they'd picked up a hipper, funkier late 60s sort of soul groove – and were working with larger backings and a nice deal of extra bass! The pianist in the group is the super-dope Ken Chaney – a player who uses space as much as he uses notes – providing a cool counterpoint to the funky and jazzy riffing of the Young/Holt bass/drum combo. The album includes the landmark track "Soulful Strut" – with tinkling piano over funky backings mixed with sweetened strings – and other tracks include "Funky Is As Funky Does", "Baby Your Light Is Out", "Who's Making Love", "Ain't There Something Money Can't Buy?", "Be By My Side", and "Please Sunrise". A high point in the Chicago soul scene – with backings by Willie Henderson! LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)

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VariousStrut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99 34.99
Fantastic sounds from deep deep in the country music underground of the postwar years – not the hits of the big artists helping to define the sound in the era of full length LPs – but the lesser-known singers who were lucky enough to be able to record a single 45! Yet although these artists are obscure, they're all pretty darn great – and are from a time when the music was really just still coming together – finding a very strong voice in a growing field of interest, but with a vibe that's very different than the more old-time sounds of just a few years before! "Hillbilly" is probably the operative world here – as the singles lean heavily on modes that were more popular before the bigger productions and presentations that ushered in mainstream country changes in the 60s – which means that there's plenty of twang on the guitar, lots of tight small combo instrumentation, and production styles that are more than raw enough for the mood of the tunes. We're huge fans of work from this period, but the collection was still filled with music we've never heard before – artists who don't even show up in the Bear Family or Hillbillies In Hell side of the spectrum – 32 rare gems from Ray Anderson, Tex Cherry, Leon Tassin, Cliff Shepherd, Bill White, Weldon Rogers, Slim Redman, Bobby Rutledge, Freddie Frank, Riley Crabtree, Penny West, Aubrey Bradford, Lou Millet, and many more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Coko & Misha Panfilov Sound ComboSoul Strut/Electrifying Woman ... 7-inch
Funk Night, 2018. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The mighty Coko joins the Misha Panlov combo – for a single that might well be one of the group's heaviest to date! Coko really blasts out of the gate – almost calling out the action of the combo more than just singing soul – while Misha provides plenty of fuzz and funk, in that usual moody style of his – heavy-hitting, but super spaced-out too! "Electrifying Woman" is spare and slow – almost a recitation at times, with these slow funk beats that ground the whole thing while Coko acts like a female funk version of Screamin Jay Hawkins! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(With Funk Night stickers.)

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✨✧ Dixie StompersStock Yards Strut ... CD
Delmark, 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Young-Holt UnlimitedSoulful Strut/Country Slicker Joe ... 7-inch
Brunswick, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive work from Young Holt Unlimited! "Soulful Strut" is still one of the group's best grooves – a fierce little tune that jogs, jumps, and has some wickedly funky piano – all that, and sampled by the Beasties, too! "Country Slicker Joe" is an LP cut, and has a nice goofy sound to it – but still pretty darn soulful, and in the group's best spirit! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Gold label pressing in a Brunswick sleeve.)

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✨✧ VariousStrut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from deep deep in the country music underground of the postwar years – not the hits of the big artists helping to define the sound in the era of full length LPs – but the lesser-known singers who were lucky enough to be able to record a single 45! Yet although these artists are obscure, they're all pretty darn great – and are from a time when the music was really just still coming together – finding a very strong voice in a growing field of interest, but with a vibe that's very different than the more old-time sounds of just a few years before! "Hillbilly" is probably the operative world here – as the singles lean heavily on modes that were more popular before the bigger productions and presentations that ushered in mainstream country changes in the 60s – which means that there's plenty of twang on the guitar, lots of tight small combo instrumentation, and production styles that are more than raw enough for the mood of the tunes. We're huge fans of work from this period, but the collection was still filled with music we've never heard before – artists who don't even show up in the Bear Family or Hillbillies In Hell side of the spectrum – 32 rare gems from Ray Anderson, Tex Cherry, Leon Tassin, Cliff Shepherd, Bill White, Weldon Rogers, Slim Redman, Bobby Rutledge, Freddie Frank, Riley Crabtree, Penny West, Aubrey Bradford, Lou Millet, and many more. CD
Also available Strut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers (green vinyl pressing) ... LP 32.99
 
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Beginning Of The EndFunky Nassau ... LP
Alston/Strut (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
A monster bit of funk that's unlike anything else we can think of! Beginning Of The End hailed from The Bahamas, but don't hold that against them – because instead of being a Caribbean cliche, they took the best part of the island rhythms, and used them to forge an incredible approach to funk! They've got a choppy sound that's the result of some incredibly dexterous guitar, bass, and drums – and which you'll recognize instantly from their one-time hit "Funky Nassau", a killer funk track that never gets old, no matter how many bands cover it over the years! That gem kicks off the album, which then rolls into the monster funky "part 2", which is even better! Other titles are equally wonderful – and include "Come Down", "Surrey Ride", "Monkey Tamarind", and "In The Deep". Essential – and one that you'll be spinning for years! LP, Vinyl record album
(New vinyl edition – remastered from the original master tapes!)

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Feeling KreyolLas Pale ... LP
Asterie/Strut (UK), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 23.99
Electrified zouk from the Guadeloupe scene – just the kind of unusual musical hybrid that's always made the Antilles so great! The work here has some echoes of the more familiar modes of zouk, but also has a leaner, more soul-based mode too – almost like a New York take on the genre, as if the cuts were being recorded somewhere out in Brooklyn, by a sweet trio of younger singers who sound wonderful in French – phrasing the lyrics in ways that make the pacing of the music very different than if the work were in English. The rhythms are nice and lean, too – cascading forward nicely on tracks that that include "Gade", "Pou Lanmou", "Mwen Ke Rive", "Las Pale", "Mwen Pe Ke Pe", and "La Guadeloupe". LP, Vinyl record album

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Miriam MakebaPata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD
Reprise/Strut (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A huge breakthrough moment for Miriam Makeba – a South African singer who'd been bringing her music to the American scene for a number of years, but really took off in new soulful directions with this album! Previously, Makeba was maybe more confined to the world of folk – mostly recording with acoustic styles in a stripped-down mode – but this record has her soaring on arrangements from American studio talents Jimmy Wisner and Jerry Ragovoy, the latter of whom produced the record too – and mixes in some very hip New York soul modes, and even some larger charts that really expand the sound. The huge hit on the set is "Pata Pata" – a tune that firmly put Makeba in the memory of American music – but the whole album is great overall, and other titles include "Click Song Number 1", "A Piece Of Ground", "West Wind", "Ha Po Zamani", and "Jol'inkomo". CD
(Double-length package – with both mono and stereo mixes of the album!)

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✨✧ Miriam MakebaPata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba (mono & stereo mixes) ... LP
Reprise/Strut (UK), 1967. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A huge breakthrough moment for Miriam Makeba – a South African singer who'd been bringing her music to the American scene for a number of years, but really took off in new soulful directions with this album! Previously, Makeba was maybe more confined to the world of folk – mostly recording with acoustic styles in a stripped-down mode – but this record has her soaring on arrangements from American studio talents Jimmy Wisner and Jerry Ragovoy, the latter of whom produced the record too – and mixes in some very hip New York soul modes, and even some larger charts that really expand the sound. The huge hit on the set is "Pata Pata" – a tune that firmly put Makeba in the memory of American music – but the whole album is great overall, and other titles include "Click Song Number 1", "A Piece Of Ground", "West Wind", "Ha Po Zamani", and "Jol'inkomo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Double-length package – with both mono and stereo mixes of the album!)
Also available Pata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD 13.99

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Oneness Of JujuAfrican Rhythms (UK pressing – expanded) ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with spiritual and political aspirations that stretched far beyond the average funky combo. This first album is a masterful blend of percussion, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – alternating vocal tracks with harder-hitting jazz instrumentals, all held together under the leadership of sax player Plunky Nakabinde. The album's one of the greatest independent soul jazz albums of the 70s – and it's filled with great tracks, such as the breakbeat classic "African Rhythms" and "Liberation Dues". Other titles include "Kazi", "Funky Wood", "Don't Give Up", "Poo Too", and "Incognito". Expanded UK version also includes 2 bonus tracks – "African Rhythms (45 mix – parts 1 & 2)" and the previously-unreleased "Aforbeat". CD

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Sir Shina PetersSewele ... LP
Top Star/Strut (UK), 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 22.99
There's a really fantastic sense of sound going on here – not the usual Afro Funk, even though the record is plenty darn funky – and instead this really unique interplay between the bass and drums of the rhythms, and the overall sense of production! The record clearly has some mixing going on in the grooves – nothing in style like Jamaican dub, but often with a similar sense of freeplay with the core elements – which are then used as the building blocks for the straighter vocals on the top, and the riffing from the two guitarists in the group! You can almost hear the bottom of the record stretching out in space at times – while the other elements hold close to the core – on long titles that include "Sewele", "Yabis", "Agbe'Ere De", and "Late Aboderin". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaOf Abstract Dreams ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
A fantastic album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – one that we'd rank right up there with our favorites on the Saturn Records label! The work here has never been issued, and it's extremely beautiful, too – pulled from a few just-discovered studio sessions done after the group was parting ways with Impulse Records, and mostly recording in a live environment! There's an intimacy to these studio tracks that's a nice difference from some of the more freewheeling live work of the period – moments that almost hearken back to the exotic jazz of the earliest Saturn years of the group, mixed with some other currents that seem to point the way towards the excellent Horo Records material to come – especially in the way Ra is phrasing things on his piano. Most groups are relatively small, and titles include the lovely "Island In The Sun" with Marshall Allen on some great flute; a studio take on "Unmask The Batman", better known from live sets, and a playful tune that hints at the group's work on the Dan & Dale Batman album in the 60s; a spiritual stormer "I'll Wait For You", with great piano from Ra and an excellent tenor solo from John Gilmore; and a take on "New Dawn" with work by Marshall Allen on alto, Elo Umoe on bass clarinet, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone. CD

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Patrice RushenRemind Me – The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978 to 1984 (3LP set) ... LP
Elektra/Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... $29.99 30.99
Stunning work from the great second chapter of Patrice Rushen – the time when the lady moved over to Elektra Records and really opened up her groove! Rushen had already been making great music for most of the 70s – playing fantastic keyboards as a real up-and-coming star on the funky fusion scene of the west coast – but at Elektra, she also turned into a surprisingly strong singer – and mixed her voice with her keyboards in a really wonderful sound! This is mainstream soul of the hippest level – as the core of the cuts are almost always rooted in jazzy fusion, which also means that the vocals give way to sweet keyboard solos too – beautifully balanced in a way that show off all of the sweetest charms of the great Patrice Rushen – these qualities that really set her apart from most of her generation. This package is filled with really well-chosen cuts, and also includes some great single mixes and other versions too – titles that include "When I Found You", "Forget Me Nots (12" mix)", "Music Of The Earth", "Haven't You Heard (12" mix)", "Let's Sing A Song Of Love", "Feels So Real (12" mix)", "Settle For My Love", "Remind Me", "All We Need", "Never Gonna Give You Up (long version)", "Look up (long version)", "Number One (12" version)", "Where There Is Love", and "To Each His Own". LP, Vinyl record album

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Souljazz OrchestraChaos Theories ... LP
Strut, 2019. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
Souljazz Orchestra have been giving us great music for well over a decade, but they also seem to be really refining their sound with this wonderful album – going for more instrumental complexity, and opening up in so many different sonic spectrums – while still holding onto the Afro Funk-inspired rhythms that gave them their start! This set isn't the usual sort of slavish 70s material – as there's lots of different twists and turns going on – a good number of them from the cool keyboards of Pierre Chretien, who wrote all the songs on the record, and co-produced the set – which maybe ensures that all his electric piano, clavinet, and other keyboard lines get just the right sort of space in the spotlight. But the rhythms and horns do plenty too – as you'll hear on tunes that include "Charlie Foxtrot", "War Games", "Sky High", "Slumlord", "Well Runs Dry", "Police The Police", and "House Of Cards". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pat ThomasComing Home – Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967 to 1981 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s Afro Funk – but Thomas was also always a forward-thinking artist, and some of the final sounds here almost preface changes to come for African artists on the global scene – modes that showcase Pat's work on the European scene after the late 70s coup in Ghana. The vocals are great – as deeply expressive as the rhythms are powerful – and the package features collaborations with Ebo Taylor, work with the famous group Maritata, solo projects, and tracks by the Sweet Beans, Broadway Dance Band, and Ogyatanaa Show Band. Titles include "Super Yaa Amponsah", "Merebre", "Eye Colo", "Yamona", "I Need More", "Who's Free", "Mpaebo", "Revolution", "We Are Coming Home", "Set Me Free", "No Money No Love", "Sack The Devils", "Ma Huno", and "Gyae Su". CD

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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area BandObiaa ... CD
Strut (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $12.99
Pat Thomas is one of the few Afro Funk legends of the 70s who's still going strong – and on this wonderful set, he gives us sounds and styles that show that his genius is fresher than ever! Pat's working with a younger group, but in a style that's free from any attempt to sound too contemporary – as the instrumentation is very classic-styled, yet also stays away from any too-retro traps as well – maybe an update of an older highlife style, but with more emphasis on rhythms at the core – in a way that really kicks things up perfectly for the wonderful vocals that Thomas provides in the lead! The sound is spare, but never understated – and titles include "Atesem", "Obinim", "Obi Nfreno", "Okomfe Bone", "Odo Ankasa", and "Onfa Nkosi Hwee". CD
Also available Obiaa ... LP 27.99

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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area BandObiaa ... LP
Strut (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP ... $27.99 29.99
Pat Thomas is one of the few Afro Funk legends of the 70s who's still going strong – and on this wonderful set, he gives us sounds and styles that show that his genius is fresher than ever! Pat's working with a younger group, but in a style that's free from any attempt to sound too contemporary – as the instrumentation is very classic-styled, yet also stays away from any too-retro traps as well – maybe an update of an older highlife style, but with more emphasis on rhythms at the core – in a way that really kicks things up perfectly for the wonderful vocals that Thomas provides in the lead! The sound is spare, but never understated – and titles include "Atesem", "Obinim", "Obi Nfreno", "Okomfe Bone", "Odo Ankasa", and "Onfa Nkosi Hwee". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Obiaa ... CD 12.99

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VariousDisco (Not Disco) – Left Field Disco Classics From The New York Underground ... CD
Strut (UK), 2000. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A really wonderful collection – an important re-investigation of the unusual mix of sounds and styles on the New York scene in the years after disco – a time when funk, punk, hip hop, and art were all colliding at once – providing a really fresh antidote to the staid sounds of Studio 54! The "disco" in the title should be taken lightly – as these cuts didn't play at the slick uptown dance spots – but were instead the soundtrack for the cool spots happening downtown, as the previous loft culture morphed into clubs, in this very special blend of the energy of CBGB and the underground soulful dancefloors. The set list is filled with classics from this time – and titles include "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid, "Tell You Today (voc)" by Loose Joints, "Walking On Thin Ice (re-edit)" by Yoko Ono, "Over & Over" by Material, "Spasticus Autisticus (version)" by Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players, "Kiss Me Again (original edit)" by Dinosaur, "Move" by Nicky Siano, "School Bell/Tree House" by Indian Ocean, "I Walk" by Don Cherry, "Voices Inside My Head" by Common Sense, and "Wheel Me Out" by Was Not Was. CD
Also available Disco (Not Disco) – Left Field Disco Classics From The New York Underground (3LP set) ... LP 28.99

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VariousDisco (Not Disco) – Left Field Disco Classics From The New York Underground (3LP set) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2000. New Copy 3LP (reissue)... $28.99 29.99
A really wonderful collection – an important re-investigation of the unusual mix of sounds and styles on the New York scene in the years after disco – a time when funk, punk, hip hop, and art were all colliding at once – providing a really fresh antidote to the staid sounds of Studio 54! The "disco" in the title should be taken lightly – as these cuts didn't play at the slick uptown dance spots – but were instead the soundtrack for the cool spots happening downtown, as the previous loft culture morphed into clubs, in this very special blend of the energy of CBGB and the underground soulful dancefloors. The set list is filled with classics from this time – and titles include "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid, "Tell You Today (voc)" by Loose Joints, "Walking On Thin Ice (re-edit)" by Yoko Ono, "Over & Over" by Material, "Spasticus Autisticus (version)" by Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players, "Kiss Me Again (original edit)" by Dinosaur, "Move" by Nicky Siano, "School Bell/Tree House" by Indian Ocean, "I Walk" by Don Cherry, "Voices Inside My Head" by Common Sense, and "Wheel Me Out" by Was Not Was. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Disco (Not Disco) – Left Field Disco Classics From The New York Underground ... CD 13.99

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VariousKreaturen Der Nacht – Deutsche Post Punk Subkultur 1980 to 1985 ... CD
Strut (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A totally great collection of work from the German scene of the early 80s – a time that's often referred to as the German New Wave – although the music was usually a fair bit darker than any new wave sounds in the Anglo world! Instead, maybe think of this work as a cool compression of ideas that were floating around during the Krautrock generation – a shortening of prog rhythms, electronics, and production – infused with a bit of punk energy, but never too much – so that there's a sharper, more focused sound overall – but one that's still full of all these great sonic experiments! The language enough is something that really sets these songs apart – and at some level, you could almost argue that it's styles like these that the German pop language was waiting for after all these years – perfect for the mood, even if you can't understand the meaning – on titles that include "Your Turn To Run" by Malaria, "Der Karibische Western" by Die Haut, "Track 4" by Mania D, "Fred Vom Jupiter" by Andreas Dorau & Die Marinas, "Voyager One" by Stefan Bloser, "Amanita" by Leben Und Arbeiten, "Fakten" by ExKurs, "Pingelig" by Aus Lauter Liebe, "Scharfer Schnitt (no 1)" by Populare Mechanik, and "Offnen Sie Mal Ihre Tasche" by Franz Erlmeier & Fritz Kostler. CD

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✨✧ VariousNigeria 70 Vol 4 – No Wahala – Highlife, Afro Funk, & Juju 1973 to 1987 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The musical wealth of Nigeria seems to know no bounds – especially when it comes to the worlds of funk and soul-styled records – and you can take it from us that when we're digging for vintage African gems, more than most seem to come from Nigeria in the 70s and 80s! That's why, even into the 4th volume of this excellent series, the whole thing still explodes like a completely fresh discovery of music – filled with songs that we'd not discovered before, many of which have never been reissued either – all pulled together in a beautiful package that offers up enough thoughtful comments on the music to show that the guys at Strut always know where they're going when they reissue rare gems like this! Titles include "Sickness" by Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz, "Africa" by Sina Bakare, "Oni Suru" by Odeyemi, "Onuma Dimnobi" by International Brothers Band, "Kinuye" by Don Bruce & The Angels, "Let Them Say" by Rogana Ottah & His Black Heroes, "Psychedelic Shoes" by Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes, "Iziegbe" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titbitis, "Mundiya Loju" by MA Jaiyesimi & His Crescent Bros Band, "Obonogbozu" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7, "Black Precious Colour" by Felixson Ngasia & The Survivals, and "Special Secret Of Baby" by Saxon Lee & The Shadows International. CD
Also available Nigeria 70 Vol 4 – No Wahala – Highlife, Afro Funk, & Juju 1973 to 1987 ... LP 28.99

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VariousNigeria 70 Vol 4 – No Wahala – Highlife, Afro Funk, & Juju 1973 to 1987 ... LP
Strut (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
The musical wealth of Nigeria seems to know no bounds – especially when it comes to the worlds of funk and soul-styled records – and you can take it from us that when we're digging for vintage African gems, more than most seem to come from Nigeria in the 70s and 80s! That's why, even into the 4th volume of this excellent series, the whole thing still explodes like a completely fresh discovery of music – filled with songs that we'd not discovered before, many of which have never been reissued either – all pulled together in a beautiful package that offers up enough thoughtful comments on the music to show that the guys at Strut always know where they're going when they reissue rare gems like this! Titles include "Sickness" by Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz, "Africa" by Sina Bakare, "Oni Suru" by Odeyemi, "Onuma Dimnobi" by International Brothers Band, "Kinuye" by Don Bruce & The Angels, "Let Them Say" by Rogana Ottah & His Black Heroes, "Psychedelic Shoes" by Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes, "Iziegbe" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titbitis, "Mundiya Loju" by MA Jaiyesimi & His Crescent Bros Band, "Obonogbozu" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7, "Black Precious Colour" by Felixson Ngasia & The Survivals, and "Special Secret Of Baby" by Saxon Lee & The Shadows International. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousAlefa Madagascar – Salegy, Soukous, & Soul From The Red Island 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really riveting collection of music from a scene that we've hardly heard much from before – upbeat grooves from the island nation of Madagascar, all recorded at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – but with a vibe that sounds much older overall! The one thing that really stands out in a number of these tracks is the strong use of organ and keyboards – often in this full, swirling sort of style – infusing the grooves next to the more familiar percussion and guitar lines you might hear in other African music from the generation – although even those elements are used in ways that are pretty darn unique! The tracks often have this raw intensity that comes from both the instrumentation and the way things are put together – and the whole package is a really refreshing change from other oft-tread musical territory on the continent. Titles include "Mama" by Roger Georges, "Andosy Mora" by Jean Kelly Et Bastn, "Ngoma Hoe" by Papa James, "Izahay Mpamita" by Mahaleo, "Faraina" by Feon'Ala, "Soaliza" by Terak Anosy Group, "Oa Niny E" by Nino Rafah, "Razana Tsy Ho Meloko" by Michael, "Jazz Sega" by Jeannot Rabeson Et Son Orchestre, "Tokatoka" by Kaiamba Orchestra, "Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko" by Atrefy Andriana, and "Andeha Hanarato" by Los Matadores. CD

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✨✧ Nubiyan TwistJungle Run ... LP
Strut (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Great work from a group who really know how to open up their sound – a larger ensemble who might have sounded like an Afro Funk combo at one time, but who've really done a lot to find their own special groove! The mix of sharp instrumentation, percussion, and horns could have just gotten a slavish Fela-styled treatment – as with so many other groups of the past decade – but instead, these guys really expand the sound, change the rhythms, and open the door to plenty of contemporary soul and jazz influences too! The result is this warmly glowing sound that shines a special light on these London luminaries – a really collaborative album that also features work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke, and vocals from a few different singers who each get time in the spotlight. Titles include "Border", "Tell It To Me Slowly", "Jungle Run", "Ghosts", "They Talk", "Sugar Cane", "Addis To London", "Permission", and "Brother". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Patrice RushenRemind Me – The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978 to 1984 ... CD
Elektra/Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stunning work from the great second chapter of Patrice Rushen – the time when the lady moved over to Elektra Records and really opened up her groove! Rushen had already been making great music for most of the 70s – playing fantastic keyboards as a real up-and-coming star on the funky fusion scene of the west coast – but at Elektra, she also turned into a surprisingly strong singer – and mixed her voice with her keyboards in a really wonderful sound! This is mainstream soul of the hippest level – as the core of the cuts are almost always rooted in jazzy fusion, which also means that the vocals give way to sweet keyboard solos too – beautifully balanced in a way that show off all of the sweetest charms of the great Patrice Rushen – these qualities that really set her apart from most of her generation. This package is filled with really well-chosen cuts, and also includes some great single mixes and other versions too – titles that include "When I Found You", "Forget Me Nots (12" mix)", "Music Of The Earth", "Haven't You Heard (12" mix)", "Let's Sing A Song Of Love", "Feels So Real (12" mix)", "Settle For My Love", "Remind Me", "All We Need", "Never Gonna Give You Up (long version)", "Look up (long version)", "Number One (12" version)", "Where There Is Love", and "To Each His Own". CD
Also available Remind Me – The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978 to 1984 (3LP set) ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Souljazz OrchestraChaos Theories ... CD
Strut, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Souljazz Orchestra have been giving us great music for well over a decade, but they also seem to be really refining their sound with this wonderful album – going for more instrumental complexity, and opening up in so many different sonic spectrums – while still holding onto the Afro Funk-inspired rhythms that gave them their start! This set isn't the usual sort of slavish 70s material – as there's lots of different twists and turns going on – a good number of them from the cool keyboards of Pierre Chretien, who wrote all the songs on the record, and co-produced the set – which maybe ensures that all his electric piano, clavinet, and other keyboard lines get just the right sort of space in the spotlight. But the rhythms and horns do plenty too – as you'll hear on tunes that include "Charlie Foxtrot", "War Games", "Sky High", "Slumlord", "Well Runs Dry", "Police The Police", and "House Of Cards". CD
Also available Chaos Theories ... LP 20.99

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✨✧ Jimi Tenor & Tony AllenInspiration Information Vol 4 ... CD
Strut (UK), 2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant work from two of the most dynamic artists of the past few decades – coming together here in a really boundary-pushing set of music! Tony Allen got his start with Fela, but has moved on to do some mindblowing work on his own in recent years – music that really moves far beyond the strict roots of Afro Funk – and Jimi Tenor was once known for colder dance-styled work, but has moved strongly into soul, funk, and spiritual jazz – a rich sound that deepens the feel of this session! The rhythms have some of the quality of Allen's recent work, but they're also pushed out a lot more by Tenor's complicated jazz leanings – really mixed up beautifully, and mixed with some righteous vocals from Allonymous, Mariamu Morris, and Jimi himself. Instrumentation is live, and features great drums from Tony – plus killer keyboards, guitar, trumpet, and percussion – on titles that include "Against The Wall", "Selfish Gene", "Path To Wisdom", "Mama England", "Cella's Walk", "Three Continents", "Got My Egusi", and "Darker Side Of Night". CD

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✨✧ VariousAlefa Madagascar – Salegy, Soukous, & Soul From The Red Island 1974 to 1984 ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A really riveting collection of music from a scene that we've hardly heard much from before – upbeat grooves from the island nation of Madagascar, all recorded at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – but with a vibe that sounds much older overall! The one thing that really stands out in a number of these tracks is the strong use of organ and keyboards – often in this full, swirling sort of style – infusing the grooves next to the more familiar percussion and guitar lines you might hear in other African music from the generation – although even those elements are used in ways that are pretty darn unique! The tracks often have this raw intensity that comes from both the instrumentation and the way things are put together – and the whole package is a really refreshing change from other oft-tread musical territory on the continent. Titles include "Mama" by Roger Georges, "Andosy Mora" by Jean Kelly Et Bastn, "Ngoma Hoe" by Papa James, "Izahay Mpamita" by Mahaleo, "Faraina" by Feon'Ala, "Soaliza" by Terak Anosy Group, "Oa Niny E" by Nino Rafah, "Razana Tsy Ho Meloko" by Michael, "Jazz Sega" by Jeannot Rabeson Et Son Orchestre, "Tokatoka" by Kaiamba Orchestra, "Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko" by Atrefy Andriana, and "Andeha Hanarato" by Los Matadores. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kondi BandSalone ... LP
Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Very cool sounds from a wonderful pairing of sources – the ancient African thumb piano and contemporary funky production – at a level that's almost a 21st Century update of the American 70s kalimba experiments by Phil Cohran and Earth Wind & Fire! There's moments here that definitely seem to evoke the latter's mix of kalimba and clubby grooves – but in a much more stripped-down way that puts the instrument strongly upfront, to carry most of the tune – while very tasteful beats and basslines set up a groove! The mode might sound hokey – and in the wrong hands it could be – but the approach is wonderful here, and very much in the best legacy of the older Afro Funk reissues we've loved from the Strut label. Titles include "Yeanoh", "Thank You Mama", "Belle Wahalla", "Titi Dem Too Service", "Don Don Mi Money", "Kondi Instrumental", "You Wan Married", "Thogolobea (LV rmx)", "Y'Alimamy (Chief Boima rmx)", and "Without Money No Family (Chief Boima rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Seun Kuti & Egypt 80Black Times ... CD
Strut (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the most righteous and furiously funky Afro Soul since Fela Kuti's prime – and it's beyond appropriate for such a committed, perfect personification of a classic sound via a modern player come from Fela's own son Seun! As strident as Seun's approach is, much like his father at his best, the call for revolution is as personal and soulful as it is political – this is a universal that's as riveting as you'd hope. Joined by veterans of the Egypt 80 band that Fela helped form back in the day, and featuring guests as legendary as Carlos Santana – who sounds SO good in a supporting roll on an Afro Soul tune – and modern soul jazz heavy Robert Glasper, this is among the finest new albums on the Strut label in years. Includes "Last Revolutionary", "Black Times" feat Carlos Santana, "Corporate Public Control Department (CPCD)", "Kuku Kee Me", "Bad Man Lighter (BML)", "African Dreams", "Struggle Sounds" and "Theory Of Goat And Yam". CD

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✨✧ Orchestre Les MangelepaLast Band Standing ... CD
Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A legendary East African band – finally given their due on the international scene! The set's got all the sharp edges and rich charms of older work by Orchestre Les Mangelepa – but there's also a focused clarity, and maybe even a maturity of presentation that's really nice too – never too polished or commercial, but perhaps a new sense of energy from the group as they spread their music out to a global audience. The lineup mixes original members with some younger musicians – and there's an especially strong sense of vocal interplay on some of the songs – lyrics traded back and forth over the tight percussion, horns, and guitar lines. Titles include "Maindusa", "Nyako Konya", "Ma Lilly", "Mimba", "Suzanna", "Mbungu", and "Malawi Zikomo". CD

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✨✧ Sun Ra & OthersSingles – The Definitive 45s Collection Vol 1 – 1952 to 1961 (3LP set – with download) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more desperate times, the 7" single turned out to be a very affordable format to try out new ideas – including some great projects with other artists! The array of work presented here is stunning – as the set includes some very up-close and personal moments with Ra on record, plus some tight jazzy tracks from the Arkestra, surprising vocal group material designed to crack the R&B market, and some especially cool projects with other singers too. The package is put together with very detailed notes on all the singles – and while the bulk of this material comes from the key Arkestra years of the late 50s through the early 80s, there's also a few tracks from other dates too – including a handful of songs that were only issued as 45s in later years. Vinyl Part 1 is a 3LP set that focuses on the earliest years – with a total of 35 tracks in all – and titles include "Chicago USA" by The Nu Sounds, "I'm Coming Home" by Billie Hawkins, "Softalk" by Sun Ra, "Demon's Lullaby" by Le Sun Ra, "It's Christmas Time" by The Qualities, "M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)" by Yochanan, "Bye Bye" by The Cosmic Rays, "October" by Sun Ra, "Adventur In Space" by Sun Ra, "Back In Your Own Backyard" by Hattie Randolph, "The Sun One" by Yochanan, "Dreaming" by The Cosmic Rays, "The Sun Man Speaks" by Yochanan, "Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie" by The Cosmic Rays, "Last Call For Love" by Billie Hawkins, and "Super Blonde" by Sun Ra. LP, Vinyl record album
(Special vinyl mastering – includes rare artwork, notes, and information on all the titles!)
 
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✨✧ Baker BrothersTime To Testify ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2011. Used ... $9.99
The seventh album from prolific modern funky soul gurus The Baker Brothers – a tight, thunderous mix of vocals and instrumentals that range from rawly raucous numbers to sly little groovers! The group really is a well oiled engine at this point – after a good decade or so of activity. Time To Testify is up there with their best material – a record with a nice, live feel and excellent instrumentation for the group! Chris Pedley on bass and piano, Paul Young on sax and flute, Geoff Lai on guitar and lead vox, Rich Baker on drums & percussion, Ted Carrasco on drums and percussion, and Sott Baylis on trumpet, Rhodes, Hammond, clavinet and Moog. Includes "Make Your Move", "Painting Pictures", "Once I Had A Friend", "Patience", "Feeding Freddie", "Pieces Of The Puzzle", "Hang Loose", "The Bottom Rung", "The Young Patter", "Snap Back", "Head South", "Genki Strut" and more. 16 tracks on the CD version. CD

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✨✧ Joe BataanSalsoul ... LP
Mericana, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe called "Salsoul", because of it's mixture of salsa and soul! The blend is fantastic, a real milestone in the NuYorican scene – and handled perfectly by Joe on every cut! There's some massive Latin funk on here, including the tracks "Latin Strut" and "Aftershower Funk", plus some straighter Latin jazz, like "Sunny Gets Blue Mambo", and a great Latin Soul cut with English vocals called "Johnny". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe BataanSalsoul (with bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... About October 23, 2019
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe called "Salsoul", because of it's mixture of salsa and soul! The blend is fantastic, a real milestone in the NuYorican scene – and handled perfectly by Joe on every cut! There's some massive Latin funk on here, including the tracks "Latin Strut" and "Aftershower Funk", plus some straighter Latin jazz, like "Sunny Gets Blue Mambo", and a great Latin Soul cut with English vocals called "Johnny". CD
Also available Salsoul ... LP 11.99

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Arthur BlytheElaborations/Light Blue/Put Sunshine In It ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A trio of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – brought together in a 2CD set! First up is Elaborations – a beautiful moment in which the loft jazz generation really got a chance to shine in the mainstream – and mostly without any sense of overdone attempts at commercialization! The album's a great summation of all the ideas that reedman Arthur Blythe was cooking up in the 70s underground – performed here with a hip group that includes Blythe on alto, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Abdul Wadud on cello, Bobby Battle on drums, Bob Stewart on tuba, Wilbur Morris on bass, and Mohammad Abdullah on congas – some of them players who you might never have expected to be recording for Columbia Records! And yet the setting of the record doesn't interfere with their creativity at all – and instead, really seems to give Blythe and the group the sort of focus that only makes their ideas even better – on titles that include "Elaborations", "Metamorphosis", "Sister Daisy", "Shadows", and "The Lower Nile". Light Blue is a wonderful record from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – a set that features his group working through a number of tunes by Thelonious Monk – but with very different arrangements and instrumentation that change things up completely! The set came at a time when Monk was receiving a lot of new attention in the world of jazz, and at a time when Arthur's star had risen too – and the meeting of forces is wonderful – as Blythe brings all sorts of new rhythms and tonal combinations to play with familiar tunes that really transform in the process. The group is a familiar one for Blythe – and features Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Bobby Battle on drums! And while you might scratch your head at the tuba, the instrument is often used in ways that might follow older bassline styles – but with a quality that bridges the alto and cello in a great way. Titles include "Nutty", "Coming On The Hudson", "Light Blue", "Epistrophy", and "We See". Put Sunshine In It is a record that really seems to live up to its title – as the sound here is maybe a little bit sunnier than on some of Arthur Blythe's previous albums! The record features heavy contributions from Todd Cochran – aka Bayete – who plays keyboards on most numbers, and introduces more of an electric vibe to the album than previous Blythe outings. The style isn't entirely fusion, but it's definitely warm and sunny – and Arthur responds as such with his solo work – a tight tighter and less edgey, but still nicely soulful. The album features a nice remake of the tune "Sentimental Walk" – from the movie Diva – plus the tracks "Uptown Strut", "Silhouette", "Put Sunshine In It", and "Tumalalumah". CD

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BrotherhoodBrotherhood (1969) ... LP
RCA, 1969. Very Good+ ... $2.99
An even tighter set than the first album from The Brotherhood – and one that has the group really finding a way to tap into their older garagey roots, while still keeping plenty of fuzz and psych intact! The drums are great – that powerful punch that Mike Smitty Smith always brought to his earlier pop work – but the themes are moodier, and the guitar nicely trippy, while still staying tight – sometimes with a bit more strut than we ever would have expected from these guys. The album features a few surprising covers – like "California Dreamin" and "Rose Garden" – plus nice original tracks "Deep Blue Sea", "Love Sketch", "Destination Unknown", and "Don't Let Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light surface wear, and some small age spots.)

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Cloud OneSpaced Out – The Best Of Cloud One ... CD
P&P, Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 15.98
Classic work from the legendary P&P Records label – created by one of the "P" talents who gave them their name – studio genius Patrick Adams, who mostly works here on his own under the name of Cloud One! Adams already had great success working with east coast soul groups in the first half of the 70s – and as Cloud One, he really finds his way around the more cutting-edge styles of the time – mixing bits of funk with bits of disco, and often adding in these cool electronic elements that really helped define the P&P sound! Many cuts have cool moogy keyboards, and some spacey elements along the edges – done with a lot more soul than some of the Euro space disco recordings of the same time – with much more of a tie to the New York underground that was Adams' main milieu. Titles include the classics "Spaced Out" and "Atmosphere Strut" – plus "Jump Jump Jump", "Stomp Your Feet & Dance", "Disco Juice", "Don't Let My Rainbow Pass Me By", "Patty Duke", "Happy Music", "Doin It All Night", and "Flyin High". CD
Also available Spaced Out – The Best Of Cloud One ... LP 25.99

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Cloud OneSpaced Out – The Best Of Cloud One ... LP
P&P, Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99 28.99
Classic work from the legendary P&P Records label – created by one of the "P" talents who gave them their name – studio genius Patrick Adams, who mostly works here on his own under the name of Cloud One! Adams already had great success working with east coast soul groups in the first half of the 70s – and as Cloud One, he really finds his way around the more cutting-edge styles of the time – mixing bits of funk with bits of disco, and often adding in these cool electronic elements that really helped define the P&P sound! Many cuts have cool moogy keyboards, and some spacey elements along the edges – done with a lot more soul than some of the Euro space disco recordings of the same time – with much more of a tie to the New York underground that was Adams' main milieu. Titles include the classics "Spaced Out" and "Atmosphere Strut" – plus "Jump Jump Jump", "Stomp Your Feet & Dance", "Disco Juice", "Don't Let My Rainbow Pass Me By", "Patty Duke", "Happy Music", "Doin It All Night", and "Flyin High". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Spaced Out – The Best Of Cloud One ... CD 14.99

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Cloud One & OthersFlying High – Patrick Adams P&P Masters ... CD
P&P/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99
Tremendous grooves from one of the coolest club labels of all time – the legendary P&P family of labels, home to some of the weirdest, wildest, most experimental tracks to ever hit the dancefloor – yet all tracks that are pretty darn funky too! This 2CD collection is heavy on cuts from Cloud One – one of the most well-known P&P acts, often working with weird moogy electronics over funky club rhythms – a combination that still sounds as fantastic now as when Patrick Adams got the group going way back when – especially in the company of some of the other cool cuts that are on the collection too. Cloud One tracks include "Music Funk", "Funky Track", "Disco Juice", "Dust To Dust", "Spaced Out", "Charleston Hopscotch", "Atmosphere Strut (parts 1 & 2)", "Doin It All Night Long", "Jump Jump Jump", "Flying High (part 1)", "Patty Duke", "Don't Let My Rainbow Pass Me By", "Atmosphere Strut (1979 rmx – part 2)", and "Happy Music" – and other tracks include "God's Greatest Gift To Man Is A Woman" by Marie Lomax, "My Baby's Got ESP (orig 7" mix)" by Four Below Zero, "The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us" by Golden Flamingo Orchestra, "Dance Dance Dance (disco version)" by Maria Acuna, "God Save & Protect Children" by Margo Williams, "Ain't Gonna Be A Next Time (short version)" by Magnetic Touch, and "It's Rough (dub)" by The Imperial Three. CD
(Part of the "Ultimate 80s NYC Street Sounds" series!)

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DeodatoWhirlwinds/Artistry ... CD
MCA/BGO (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Two post-CTI gems from Deodato – back to back on a single CD! Whirlwinds is sweet keyboard soul from Deodato – a set that steps off nicely from the strengths of his big hits on CTI, hitting a similarly flowing groove that's really great! The instrumentation here is a bit more expanded than before, but never in a way that buries the keyboards – and Deodato's right out front on a range of electric keys that get some great support from John Tropea's finely-honed work on guitar! Titles include "Havana Strut", "Whirlwinds", "West 42nd Street", and a nice cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again". And heck, even the album's version of Glen Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" manages to come off like a funk tune! Artistry is a live set from Deodato – but one that's very much in the mode of his best CTI studio sessions – with soaring, over the top keyboard work that's totally great – backed by some tightly compressed guitar, bass, and drums, with just enough funk in the mix to keep things interesting! As with other Deodato records from the time, there's a mix of moods here that comes together nicely – a range that goes past his easy hits, and shows Deodato to be one of the hippest, most soulful keyboard talents of his generation. Titles include a great version of "Super Strut" that grooves for over 8 minutes, and which has some firey guitar that really competes with Deodato's work on the keys – and other tracks include "Farewell To A Friend", "Pavane For A Dead Princess", "Rio Sangre", and "Jivin". CD

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✨✧ Fania All-StarsLive At The Red Garter Vol 2 ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A Latin soul party – beyond compare! The album's a completely wonderful live set that really captures the energy, excitement, and warm sociability of the hip New York scene at the end of the 60s. The music is stunning – a freewheeling blend of jazz, soul, and Latin themes – played with effortless ease by a lineup that includes Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Bobby Quesada, Louie Ramirez, Ralph Robles, and some of the other heavy-hitters of the Latin soul years. (Just imagine trying to get so many jazz or rock talents together on one stage – it would never happen!) The album's incredible – and even the spoken introductions and crowd noise really help set the feel of the era's mighty magic power! Titles on this second volume include "Kikapoo Joy Juice", "If This World Were Mine", "Richie's Bag", "Red Garter Strut", and "Son Cuero Y Boogaloo". Firey stuff, and one of their best records! LP, Vinyl record album

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Billy FosterReflections ... CD
Equistar, 1989. New Copy ... $11.99
Overlooked genius from pianist Billy Foster – a player who only issued a handful of records on his own label – which was run out of the city of Gary, Indiana! This date's far more obscure than similar efforts on labels like Muse, Strata East, or Black Jazz – and has a similar vibe that runs through the best currents of the jazz underground at the time – never avant, but always soulful – with Foster on acoustic piano throughout, in a lineup that features core contributions from a great trio on all numbers – plus trumpet from Odies Williams on one track, and vocals by Glenda Eskew and Sharmaine Congress on a track apiece. The titles are all originals – marking Foster as a hell of a writer – and there's a very hip feel to the album overall. Titles include "Steps", "Dreams", "A Swing Thing", "Prism 2", "Dedication", "Prism", "Straight Strut", and "Sunrise". CD

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Jerry GoldsmithComa ... LP
MGM, 1977. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A creepy Michael Crichton-directed soundtrack from the 70s! Jerry Goldsmith's excellent score for Coma is done with a moody mix of orchestrations that really underlies the eerie medical themes of the film! The instrumentation is mostly acoustic, but resonates with some nice dreamy 70s touches that come off great – a few sexy slinky moments matches with many more darker ones – sometimes conducted with a weird "watery" sort of quality to the woodwinds that's particularly great! Titles include "Study In Anatomy", "Disco Strut", "Free Ride", "The Long View", "Lucky Patient", "Chance Encounter", "OR 8", and "Love Theme From Coma", in both mellow and disco versions! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Chico HamiltonNomad ... LP
Elektra, 1980. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Electric funky Chico Hamilton! This one's an oft-overlooked gem from the end of the 70s – a batch of sweet electric fusion tunes that sounds unlike anything else we can think of by Chico – with a cool and spacey sound that feels more like work coming out of Fantasy Records at the time, or CTI years before, than mainstream jazz on a major label! The album was produced by Wayne Henderson, and has a sweetly soulful quality that's really great – adding in some backing vocals on a few tracks for a mellow, Henderson-esque soul approach – and going for some more full-on jazz grooving on other numbers. The set features lots of great guitar and keyboard work – still in the exotic rhythm progressions that you'd recognize from Chico's earlier years, but given a great 70s electric twist! Tracks include "Mysterious Maiden", "Alekasam", "Nomad", "Strut", and "Magic Fingers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Woody HermanWoody Herman 1964 ... LP
Philips, 1964. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Titles include "The Strut", "My Wish", "Taste Of Honey", "Jazz Hoot", "Hallelujah Time", and "After You've Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover is lightly aged.)

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Erik JekabsonErik Jekabson Quintet ... CD
Wide Hive, 2017. Used ... $6.99
Sharp trumpet from leader Erik Jekabson – but a set that seems to draw equally as much energy from guitarist Dave MacNab – whose curving, colorful lines really shape the sound of the record! The rhythm core is also pretty great too – bassist John Wiitala and drummer Hamir Atwal, the latter of whom has a nice snap in his approach, which makes even some of the mellower moments bristle nicely – which Jekabson matches strongly with his well-phrased notes, as does saxophonist Dave Ellis, who plays both tenor and soprano sax here. Ellis seems maybe a bit more in the background at times, but only because some of the other players are so bold – and the set features all original tunes by Erik, including "Maintain", "Zig Zag", "Little Z's Strut", "Emily Jane", "Nasty Woman", "Detective Work", "A Piece Of The Action", and "The Rising Tide".' CD
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Lady Nelson & The Lords (Portia Nelson)Picadilly Pickle ... LP
Dunhill/ABC, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A very weird, and very groovy record from Portia Nelson – who most folks know just as a singer and actress! This set has Nelson playing the Vox organ – using its weird sounds on a mix of cool pop instrumentals – including "Soho Strut", "Call Me", "March Of The Fuzzie Wuzzies", "Thread Needle Street", "Sunny", and "Tingle Tangle Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a small bit of splitting on a top seam.)

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John Lee & Gerry BrownStill Can't Say Enough ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1976. Used ... $11.99
Great work from John Lee and Gerry Brown – a pair of fusion stalwarts who added key help to a number of classic 70s sessions for other artists – and got to make a rare few albums like this on their own! Lee's on bass and Brown's on drums, and the pair are in perfect time throughout – working with Skip Drinkwater production, which helps them find even more focus than before, and shake off some of the more jamming aspects of their rock-fusion performances with others – a move that helps them come up with a wonderfully soulful sound in the process – very much in the best Drinkwater soul jazz style of the time! Some cuts have vocals that get nice and soulful – from Donald Smith, CP Alexander, and Tawatha Agee – and titles include the brilliant "Love The Way You Make Me Feel" – plus "Freeze It Up", "Breakin", "Rise On", "Funky Now", "Strut N Get Up", and "Down The Way". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Ramsey LewisFunky Serenity/Golden Hits/Solar Wind/Sun Goddess ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A quadruple-header from Ramsey Lewis – four albums from his great 70s electric period on Columbia Records! First up is Funky Serenity – sweet electric funk from Ramsey Lewis! The album's one of his best from the 70s – and it's got Ramsey on Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keyboards, grooving away in an open-ended 70s mode that still retains all the heavy soul of his classic work for Chess. Morris Jennings adds in some very nice percussion with his drum work, and Cleveland Eaton's on funky bass, giving the set a strong bottom groove. Features the sublime sample cut "My Love For You", a great version of "Knights In White Satin" that's done with a weird spacey groove, plus the tracks "Kufany Mapenzi (Making Love)", "Serene Funk", "What It Is!", and "Dreams". Golden Hits isn't a "best of", but instead has Ramsey and his funky mid 70s trio with Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton revisiting some of his best loved material from the Cadet years, but with the groovy Rhodes and wah wah sound that we dig so much about his CBS recordings. Unlike some of the other records from this period, the group's nice and stripped down, just the electric piano, bass and drums, so the groove's nice and wide open, Ramsey and company popping along with the sanctified soulful vibe of his 60s work, but updating their sound with some nice electric touches. 9 numbers in all: "Hang On Sloopy", "Blues For The Night Owl", "Hi-Heel Sneakers", "Carmen", "Delilah", "Wade In The Water", "Slippin' Into Darkness", "Somethin' You Got", and "The In Crowd". Solar Wind was cut smack dab in the middle of Ramsey's glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays plenty of Fender Rhodes, in addition to bits of Arp and moog too – in a setting that's mostly trio, with a few guest players stepping into the mix from track to track! There's a nice degree of fuzz at points, thanks to added help from Steve Cropper – and titles include a great funky version of "Summer Breeze", plus "Solar Wind", "Come Down In Time", "Love for A Day", "Hummingbird", "Jamaican Marketplace", and "Sweet & Tender You". Sun Goddess is one of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD

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Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Very Good+ ... $14.99
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a strip of clear tape on the spine, a name in pen, and some aging on the back.)

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Les McCannLes McCann's Music Box ... LP
Jam, 1984. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Features Bobby Bryant Jr on saxes – and titles include "Elephant Strut", "Bat Yam", "All Strung Out On You", and "Memories Of Compared To What". LP, Vinyl record album

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MetersMeters ... LP
Josie, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
One of the greatest albums ever in the history of funk – the first album by The Meters, and virtually the blueprint for countless funk records to come! The album's bubbling over with classics – all hard-hitting instrumentals played by the group in an effortlessly tight style, produced to perfection by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn in their classic 60s New Orleans style. A blinding masterpiece of bass, drums, and scratchy guitar – with tracks that include "Cardova", "Cissy Strut", "Sophisticated Cissy", "Here Comes The Meter Man", "Ease Back", "Ann", "6V6 La", and "Live Wire". LP, Vinyl record album

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MetersStruttin' ... LP
Josie, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
The Meters are struttin plenty here – stepping out with those hard, tight New Orleans grooves that practically changed the way funk sounded in the 60s! The album's one of their classic trio for Josie Records – all of which are sublime – and like the others, it's got this massive blend of whomping rhythms, bubbling Hammond, and scratchy guitar lines that make all the tunes plenty darn infectious. All tracks are great groovers – and titles include "Same Old Thing", "Joog", "Chicken Strut", "Liver Splash", "Hand Clapping Song", "Hey Last Minute", "Tippi-Toes", and "Ride Your Pony". A bucket of breaks in every track! LP, Vinyl record album

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan 63 – The Concert Jazz Band ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $9.99
The sound of Gerry Mulligan in the early 60s – and one of the best records by his larger than usual Concert Jazz Band! Given Gerry's piano-less experiments of the 50s, it's surprising to actually have him as the pianist on this session – hitting the keys with a nice light touch, so that the larger horn section can take over most of the tunes – a beautifully-arranged ensemble who have a feel that's lighter than some of the groups of the 50s – such as the Kenton ensemble – yet one that's equally modern at times! The lineup is wonderful – with Clark Terry and Nick Travis on trumpets, Willie Dennis and Bob Brookmeyer on trombones, and Gene Quill, Gene Allen, and Eddie Caine on saxes – plus guitar from Jim Hall, bass from Bill Crow, and drums from Gus Johnson. Titles include "Big City Life", "Bridgehampton South", "My Kind Of Love", "Pretty Gypsy", "Bridgehampton Strut", and "Big City Blues". CD

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Sun RaSun Embassy ... LP
Roaratorio, 1968/1969. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Rare late 60s material from the Sun Ra Arkestra – all recorded at their home turf in Philly at the time – in the very comfortable setting of the Sun Studios! The music here is really beautiful – different than some of the more freewheeling live performances of the period, and maybe even sometimes hinting at deeper spiritual currents that would emerge in the 70s – but on shorter tracks that each have their own sort of flavor, amidst a fair bit of swinging, soulful moments! Most groups here are relatively small – the biggest appears to be a septet – and key players include John Gilmore on tenor and clarinet, Danny Davis on alto, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Walter Miller on trumpet, Ronnie Boykins on bass, and Nimrod Hunt, Danny Ray Thompson, and Lex Humphries on percussion. Ra himself plays a nicely wide range of electric keyboards – Yamaha organ, clavinet, and Spacemaster – as well as percussion – and titles include "The Stranger", "Dance Of Fire", "Cosmic Strut", "Sun Embassy", "Walk Around Saturn", "Why Go To The Moon", "Sunology", "My Reality Is Real", and "Ancient Aethiopia". LP, Vinyl record album

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Buddy RichStick It ... LP
RCA, 1972. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Buddy takes on the grooves of the younger generation – and serves up one of his funkiest records of the time! Buddy's working here with arranger John LaBarbera – a youthful talent with a wonderful ability for bringing together horns in a freshly creative way – one that completely revitalizes the Buddy Rich sound for the 70s, and which gives some especially great solo space to John's brother Pat LaBarbera, whose work on reeds really makes the album great! There's a beautiful groove to the whole set – a sense of soul and lyrical imagination that goes way past the bombastic sound you might normally expect from Buddy. More proof that the RCA years are filled with under-discovered Rich gems – and featuring the tracks "Space Shuttle", "Best Coast", "Wave", "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", and "Sassy Strut". LP, Vinyl record album

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Raphael SaadiqRaphael Saadiq As Ray Ray ... CD
Pookie, 2004. Used ... $6.99
Raphael Saadiq gets his pimp strut on as Ray Ray – his nom de plume for this stellar set of sophisticated, yet trippy soul! Raphael ditched the major label for this second official solo album, and he's better off without it – if ever an artist needed the freedom to chase his own ideas, without the interference of corporate overhead, Raphael is the one – even if he is a proven hitmaker. He comes out swinging – not in the confrontational sense, but in the tight, funky soul arrangements. The groove is a bit tighter than on the more sprawling Instant Vintage album – with much more of an overall party vibe. Earth, Wind and Fire are an obvious influence here, in the way the sound is clean, sophisticated and funky-as-hell at the same time. Raphael committed the majority of the sounds here to the mix his damn self, with some additional work on keys, drums and programming – but his one man army approach to the studio is as impressive as ever. Tracks include "Ray Ray Theme", "I Know Shuggie Otis", "This One", "Chick Like You", "Spanish", "Detroit Girl", "Rifle Love" featuring a reunited Tony Toni Tone, "I Want You", "Grown Folks", "Save Us" and more. CD

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✨✧ SantanaSantana III ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
One of the most searing, soaring albums ever from Santana – a set that takes all the power of the previous two records, and packs it into one tight little set! There's plenty of Latin influences going on – mixed with heavy fuzz from Carlos, and lots of jazz and funky touches too – way more happening on the rhythm tip than most of Santana's contemporaries – which is why the record continues to find such a wonderfully wide audience over the years. Drop cuts like "Batuka","Toussaint L'Overture", "Jungle Strut", or "Para Los Rumberos" next to tracks by War, Mandrill or Tower Of Power and you'll see what we mean – and titles also include "No One To Depend On","Taboo", "Guajira" and "Everything's Coming Our Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Tom ScottTom Scott & The LA Express ... LP
Ode, 1974. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A real breakout moment for reedman Tom Scott – the first truly big album for the saxophonist who'd been blowing some great records on his own, and lending his horn to a host of classic jazz and soul sessions too! The groove is a lot sharper and tighter than earlier Scott albums, but never too slick – and definitely has that great ear for a funky undercurrent that seems to bring out the most soulful notes in Tom's horns – underscored here by wicked rhythms from the LA Express combo that features Joe Sample on keyboards, Larry Carlton on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums. Titles include the sublime break track "Sneaking In the Back" – plus "Dahomey Dance", "King Cobra", "Easy Life", "Spindrift", "Vertigo", "LA Expression", and "Strut Your Stuff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the embossed cover.)

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Arthur SmithGuitar Boogie – The Hits Of Arthur Smith & His Crackerjacks ... CD
Nashville/Starday, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $2.99 9.98
Chugging country guitar from Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith – one of the hottest country instrumentalists of the 50s! Smith's heard here in a nicely understated setting – a Starday session from the 60s, with a great back to basics vibe that really focuses on his tight work on the strings – set up on tunes that have a nicely rompin rhythm, but which always feature Smith breaking out in a mighty sharp solo! Titles include his classic "Guitar Boogie" – plus "11 String Strut", "Flat Top Hari Kari", "Guitar Hop", "Maggie Blues On Guitar", "Troubled Mind Blues", and "Philadelphia Guitar". CD

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Jimmy SmithJimmy Smith Plays Red Hot Blues – Jazz Club ... CD
Verve/Jazzclub (Germany), 1960s/2000. Used ... $2.99
Jimmy Smith from two different generations – tracks from his classic 60s years at Verve Records, mixed with work from Dot Com Blues – his year 2000 revival set for the label! Despite a few production difference, there's a really unified feel to the set – mostly because Jimmy's playing in the gutbuckety way promised by the title – blues-drenched Hammond lines, swung slow and soulfully over backing that usually includes a bit of hip guitar, played by Kenny Burrell on some of the older numbers. There's a few vocals at points – sung by BB King on one track, Dr John on another, and Taj Mahal on a third – and titles include "I Just Wanna Make Love To You", "Fever", "Strut", "Blues For 3 + 1", "Blues For J", "Tuition Blues", "Three O'Clock Blues", "The Sermon", "Hobo Flats", and "Blues In The Night". CD

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TopazZone ... CD
Velour, 2001. Used ... $1.99
New work by Topaz – the New York funky sax player who just keep getting better and better! This is Topaz's third full length set – and it's an excellent batch of smooth funky instrumentals, extremely well played, with a production tip that recalls mainstream jazz funk classics of the mid 70s, and a sound that's got elements of modern jazz funk laid down by acts like the JTQ or Jamiroquai. The group's got a very sharp horn approach – with tenor from Topaz and trombone from Squantch, grooving around in the frontline, over tight bass, guitar, and Wurlitzer electric piano. These guys come from the same scene as some of the Desco acts of recent years – but they've got a farther-reaching vision, one that takes them into soulful funky territory that should make them huge over the next few years. Titles include "Naked", "The Zone", "Walkabout", "I Can See it In You", "Minha Mente", and a remake of "Fat City Strut". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Earl Van DykeEarl Of Funk ... CD
SOUL (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
Fierce funky instrumentals from Motown keyboardist Earl Van Dyke – a set that's overflowing with great original tracks, plus some sweet funky covers too! The style here is quite different than Earl's previous work – and quite different from most of Motown too – with a hard-edged approach to the grooves that's much more like the work going on in the funky 45 underground on other labels – especially on the drums, which often snap nicely and give the album a great breaking sort of sound! The set was recorded live at the Hi Chapparal club in Detroit, with audience noise dubbed in later – and titles include "The Flick", "Cissy Strut", "Thank You Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again", "Fuschia Moods", "The Stingray", "The Whip a Rang", "Someday We'll Be Together", and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye". CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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Young & CompanyI Like What You're Doing To Me! ... LP
Brunswick, 1980. Very Good ... $9.99
The only full length album we've ever seen from this youthful combo – and a killer set that's gotten plenty of play over the years! Young & Company were an obscure New Jersey group who struck big momentarily with the single "I Like What You're Doing To Me", and got a brief chance to cut this one and only album for Brunswick as a follow-up. The album's an interesting one, because it came at a time when the last-gasping Brunswick was showing a real talent for cutting underground cuts – mostly issued on 12" singles, and rarely drawn out to a full LP like this – but at a level that really makes this album a lost gem! There's kind of a strong roller skating groove on the best cuts – moving along at a good midtempo pace with compressed instrumentation on guitar and keyboards, never too over the top, and definitely not disco. You can hear that to best effect on the big hit "I Like What You're Doing To Me", but the album's got plenty of other nice cuts, like "Strut Your Stuff", "Checking You Out", "Love Me All Night", and "Mellow Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light staining on the opening.)

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Young Holt TrioWack Wack – The Best Of Young Holt ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $16.99
Fantastic work from one of the funkiest rhythm sections ever – the team of bassist Eldee Young and drummer Isaac Redd Holt! Young and Holt first came to fame working with Ramsey Lewis on a string of classic Chicago soul jazz outings for Chess – but by the mid 60s, the duo took off on their own, and moved over to Brunswick Records to cut a fantastic run of soul instrumental albums that rivaled Ramsey's own work at the time! Working with a variety of different piano players, as well as larger soul-based orchestrations, the pair cut a great sound for themselves – a groove that mixed up jazz and soul, and which was surprisingly popular with the record buyers at the time. Think of this as an instrumental take on the same sound that Brunswick was cooking up with The Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin, and others – but also imagine that groove expanded out with just a touch of jazz as well. CD features 21 tracks in all – and is easily the greatest "best of" we've seen of the Young Holt years on Brunswick. Titles include "Dig Her Walk", "Orient", "The Look Of Love", "Strangers In The Night", "California Montage", "Young & Holtful", "Soulful Strut", "Yon Gimme Thum", "Light My Fire", "Just Ain't No Love", and "Baby Your Light Is Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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Young-Holt UnlimitedJust A Melody ... LP
Brunswick, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
One of a great run of grooves from the legendary team of bassist Eldee Young and drummer Redd Holt – a smoking batch of instrumentals done in the best Chicago soul style of the time! Young and Holt got their start in the early trio of Ramsey Lewis – but here, they've fully expanded to their "Unlimited" mode with larger backings from Sonny Sanders and Willie Henderson – which often feature a tippling soulful piano out front of some larger Chicago soul charts with a mighty nice groove. The album follows their hit Soulful Strut set, and has a very similar feel – with a mix of instrumental readings of soul hits, and a few sweet originals too. Titles include the standout cut "Young and Holtful", a great cover of "Light My Fire", which has been sampled more than once over the years – and the tracks "When I'm Not Around", "I Wish You Love", "Just A Melody", "Gotta Find Me A Lover", and "Give It Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAin't It Funky Now! – Flat Out Funk From The Jazz Brotherhood ... CD
BGP (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Jazzy 45s galore – and a huge dip into the vaults of Prestige Records! This tasty set brings together 18 classics recorded in the heyday of the jazz funk years at Prestige – the late 60s and early 70s, a time when the soul jazz sounds of previous years were being forged into a leaner, meaner, harder-hitting groove. And although the LP was the growing format during these days, there was actually a heck of a lot of great work issued on 45s – still spinning strong with the jukebox crowds in the clubs and tap rooms, and still getting major play on radio stations, where the single was still king. The set features many 45 mixes of funky classics that you might know from LPs – and intersperses them with some other more obscure numbers pulled from full albums – making for an all-solid, all-funky set of tracks from one of the hippest jazz labels ever! Titles include "Fire Eater" by Rusty Bryant, "Don't Knock My Love" by Idris Muhammad, "Jungle Strut" by Gene Ammons, "Express Yourself" by Idris Muhammad, "Right On" by Boogaloo Joe Jones, "Who's Gonna Take The Weight" by Melvin Sparks, "Sing A Simple Song" by Charles Earland, "Son Of Man" by Houston Person, "Listen Here (part 1)" by Freddie McCoy, "Black Talk (part 1)" by Charles Earland, "Message From The Meters" by Leon Spencer, "Reelin With The Feeling" by Charles Kynard, "I Want You Back" by Harold Mabern, and "Thank You (part 1)" by Melvin Sparks. CD

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VariousSounds Of The Times – From The KPM & Conroy Music Libraries 1970 to 1977 ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $18.99
A treasure trove of Brit sound library work – most of it from the legendary KPM 1000 Series, plus assorted bits from the Conroy label as well! The work here leans heavily towards funky jazz – those fuzzy, hard-driving tunes that always made KPM sides a key choice for action films and cop shows – and which have made digging through sound library records such a delight all these many decades later! The compilers did a really wonderful job with this set – creating a feel that's a bit different than the usual sound library collection – because although funky overall, the package also features some jazzy moments too – key cuts that are interspersed with the action moments to create a really fleshed-out sense of mood and feeling. Plus, the set list is huge – 25 tracks in all, running for well over 70 minutes – truly the treasure trove we promised at the start of this review, with titles that include "Soul For Sale" and "Tycoon" by Keith Mansfield, "Block Buster" and "Head In The Clouds" by Johnny Pearson, "Loco Motion" and "Soul Foot Strut" by Dave Gold, "Traffic" and "Challenger" by Alan Hawkshaw, "Short Cut" by James Clarke, "Heavy Traffic" by James Cameron, "Speculation" by David Lindup, "Vegas To LA" by Dick Doerschuk, "Tough Assignment" by Chris Gunning, "Speedway" by Nick Ingman, "String Boogie" by Brian Bennett, and "The Double Take" by Steve Gray. CD

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✨✧ Barbara AcklinAm I The Same Girl/Be By My Side ... 7-inch
Brunswick, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Chicago soul! "Am I The Same Girl" is great great track with a totally catchy hook, and great lyrics by Barbara. And oddly enough, the exact track was stripped of its vocals, given a piano solo, and re-released by Brunswick as "Soulful Strut" by Young-Holt Unlimited! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Black label pressing in a Brunswick sleeve)

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✨✧ Gene AmmonsBrother Jug! ... LP
Prestige, 1970. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Jug's funkier albums from his time back out of the pen, and a tasty electric session with Billy Butler on guitar and Sonny Phillips on organ. Pretty Purdie plays drums, and he kicks it nice and lean on the great groover "Jungle Strut". The album also features a nice version of "Son of A Preacher Man", plus "Ger-ru", which features Junior Mance on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a spot of sticker residue and some splitting on the top seam.)

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✨✧ DeodatoDo It Again – The Fantastic Jazz Funk Of Eumir Deodato – Jazz Club ... CD
MCA/Jazzclub (Germany), Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great look at an under-acknowledged period of the career of Eumir Deodato – his mid 70s sides for MCA, recorded right after his better-known records for CTI! The vibe here is quite similar to the jazzy funk that Deodato laid down in the earlier part of the decade – a bit fuller at times, thanks to some added instrumentation, but still filled with amazing work on Fender Rhodes throughout – sweetly soaring keys that come off better than most of Deodato's contemporaries on the fusion scene. The set list here is totally great – and features most of the best tracks from Deodato's four albums for MCA – all distilled down into one great 14 track collection that's filled with wonderful keyboard grooves. Titles include "Amani", "Do It Again", "Moonlight Serenade", "Havana Strut", "Whirlwinds", "Juanita", "Funk Yourself", "Adam's Hotel", "Black Widow", and "Super Strut". CD

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✨✧ Killer MetersTribute To The Meters ... CD
Fastlife, 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer tribute to the Meters by the Killer Meters – a shadowy quartet that somehow manages to live up to their ambition of recreating the heat of the one-and-only Funky Meters! The group faithfully brings those great Meters tunes to life, thanks in no small part to the furious strength of the original material, and a loose, live sounding production aesthetic that really lets that funky drum sound crack! The Killer Meters consist of Nick Hearsch on guitar, Henry Broadbent on the organ, Kevin Gunes on bass, and Virgil Howe killing it on those drums! They work through a number of the greatest Meters tunes, including "Sophisticated Cissy", "Cissy Strut", "Just Kissed My Baby", "Handclapping Song", "9 To 5", "Cardova", "Ease Back", "Same Old Thing", "Tippie Toes", "Rigormortis" and more! CD

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✨✧ Les McCannLayers ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This might well be the best album that Les McCann ever cut during the 70s! It's got some killer electric piano riffs, of the sort that are being sampled heavily today by the kids, and which are getting his music to a whole new af generation. The tracks have a tight spacey funk sound, and they don't have any of the vocals that (we feel) can often get in the way of some of Les' later works! Loads of great tracks, including "The Harlem Buck Dance Strut" and "Dunbar High School Marching Band", both of which are nice and sexy and funky, and with a cool dope sound to them! Other tracks include "Before I Rest", "Soaring (At Sunset)", and "Sometimes I Cry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Rockefeller pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ MetersSophisticated Cissy/Sehorns Farms ... 7-inch
Josie, Late 60s. Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic funky soul from The Meters! "Sophisticated Cissy" was a follow-up to "Cissy Strut", and it's got the same tight grooves as that one – and some great Meters guitar! "Sehorns Farms" is another Meters classic – and the single's the kind of double-header that keeps you buying funky 45s! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Plays with some noise and crackles. Labels have some marker.)

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✨✧ New BirthVery Best of New Birth ... CD
RCA, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A surprisingly well-thought out set of tracks that is perhaps the only ever time someone at RCA did a good job with a soul reissue! The filled-to-the brim compilation features 16 tracks from the legendary New Birth Inc. collective that also included the funky combo The Nite Liters and the vocal group Love, Peace, & Happiness – all of whom recorded together under the aegis of ex-Moonglow Harvey Fuqua during his production stint at RCA in the early 70s. The combination of different groups and styles makes for a very lively batch of 70's soul and funk tracks – and the set features both classics and overlooked obscure material, all nicely remastered, and packaged with a great set of notes. Titles include "Got To Get A Knutt", "K Jee", "Comin From All Ends", "Afro Strut", "Wild Flower", "Keep On Doin It", and "I Can Understand It". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Don Rendell/Ian Carr QuintetShades Of Blue (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia/Jazzman (UK), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The debut of a legendary British jazz group – one who not only gave that nation's scene a fresh voice in music, but who also really set the tone for many other acts to come! After a stretch when the London scene was doing a great job of matching American efforts in bop and swing, players like Don Rendell and Ian Carr found a way to really carve out some bold space of their own – here, by matching their own strong sense of writing and arranging, always filled with beautiful tone and color, with some of the more modern phrasing and styles that were just creeping up around town. The set's not nearly as experimental as the work of Joe Harriott, but has all the hallmarks of that generation's openness to new ways of expression – often given a surprisingly soulful swing, and captured perfectly as one of the early entries in the famous Lansdowne Series recordings. The rest of the group is equally great – and in addition to Rendell on tenor and soprano sax, and Carr on trumpet and flugelhorn – the combo includes Colin Purbrook on piano, Dave Green on bass, and Trevor Tompkin on drums. Titles include "Garrison 64", "Blue Mosque", "Just Blue", "Latin Blue", "Sailin", and "Big City Strut". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tom ScottTom Scott & The LA Express/Tom Cat/New York Connection ... CD
BGO (UK), 1973/1974/1975. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of classics from the mighty Tom Scott! First up is the landmark Tom Scott & The LA Express – a real breakout moment for reedman Scott – the first truly big album for the saxophonist who'd been blowing some great records on his own, and lending his horn to a host of classic jazz and soul sessions too! The groove is a lot sharper and tighter than earlier Scott albums, but never too slick – and definitely has that great ear for a funky undercurrent that seems to bring out the most soulful notes in Tom's horns – underscored here by wicked rhythms from the LA Express combo that features Joe Sample on keyboards, Larry Carlton on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums. Titles include the sublime break track "Sneaking In the Back" – plus "Dahomey Dance", "King Cobra", "Easy Life", "Spindrift", "Vertigo", "LA Expression", and "Strut Your Stuff". Tom Cat was a runaway hit for reedman Tom Scott – and the record that helped to elevate him to the ranks of studio and fusion superstardom in the 70s! By the time of the record, Scott had already done some key work under his own name, and was contributing heavily to countless other sessions in the jazz, pop, soul, and soundtrack worlds. But this album's the one that really helped Tom get his groove out there – a particular approach to smooth fusion that still kept things plenty funky overall! Part of the credit for the set really goes to bassist Max Bennett and drummer John Guerin – who bring in a tightly snapping bottom that lets Scott get a bit smoother on the top with his saxes, in a style that's augmented by plenty of great keyboard work from Larry Nash. Titles include "Keep On Doin It", "Tom Cat", "Rock Island Rocket", "Mondo", "Refried", "Backfence Cattin", and "Love Poem". On New York Connection, Tom Scott leaves his LA group behind – and works with lots of great funk-based backings from a combo that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bob James on Fender Rhodes, and Eric Gale on guitar! The grooves are every bit as tight as on Tom's previous albums – and like those gems, they've got a balance that's never too slick or commercial – really in the best Kudu Records mode, with a strong ear for a hook, but lots of room for Scott to solo freely on tenor and soprano sax, plus a bit of flute and moog as well. Titles include "Uptown & Country", "New York Connection", "Time & Love", "Midtown Rush", "Looking Out For Number 7", "You're Gonna Need Me", and "Dirty Old Man". CD

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✨✧ Sherri Taylor & Singin Sammy WardThat's Why I Love You So Much/Lover ... 7-inch
Motown, Early 60s. Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible early Motown! We've never heard of Sherri and Sammy before – but they're a heck of a duo, both of them singing with voices that are a lot rawer than you'd expect for the label. "That's Why" is an incredible deep soul number – done at a slow loping pace, with Sammy dominating a bit, but Sheri coming up in the back with a heck of a lot of pow! "Lover" is taken with a rocking guitar and a bit more of a strut – almost stepping in a "Money" mode, with a great little groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Vinyl looks pretty rough but plays much better than it appears.)

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✨✧ DeodatoPrelude/Deodato 2 ... CD
CTI/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of classics from Deodato – back to back on a single high-quality CD! First up is Prelude – a legendary album from the 70s funk scene – and one of the crowning achievements of keyboard maestro Eumir Deodato! Deodato got his start during the bossa years of the 60s – where his sophisticated charts were already enough to make his career a landmark – but in the following decade he picked up the Fender Rhodes, and really took off in a great new direction with classic records like this! The set's a wonderful blend of larger charts and jazzy soloing – with sublime Rhodes lines from the leader, plus a mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation in the best CTI mode – underscored by percussion from both Ray Barretto and Airto. The features Deodato's remake of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" into the funky "2001" – soaring with Fender Rhodes lines that set a new standard for the instrument, with a funky undercurrent that few would have expected for the tune. Other tracks are nice too – and include a great bossa-y version of "Baubles Bangles & Beads", plus "Spirit Of Summer", "September 13", and "Carly & Carole". Deodato 2 is filled with funky keyboards galore – and one of the greatest records ever from this legendary Brazilian jazz talent! The album follows nicely off Deodato's Prelude classic for CTI – and like that one, this set's built on long-flowing tunes that rise and fall with a wonderful sense of rhythm – a sublime electric piano groove that's quite different than anything Deodato recorded before – and possibly never realized this perfectly again after his CTI years. Other players include Stanley Clarke on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, and Hubert Laws on flute – and titles include the massive Latin funk track "Super Strut", plus the tunes "Pavane For A Dead Princess", "Skyscrapers", and a great version of "Nights In White Satin". Plus, this CD reissue features 3 bonus tracks – "Venus", "Do It Again", and "Latin Flute"! CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ Les McCannLayers (32 Jazz pressing) ... CD
Atlantic/32 Jazz, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
This might well be the best album that Les McCann ever cut during the 70s! It's got some killer electric piano riffs, of the sort that are being sampled heavily today by the kids, and which are getting his music to a whole new generation. The tracks have a tight spacey funk sound, and they don't have any of the vocals that (we feel) can often get in the way of some of Les' later works! Loads of great tracks, including "The Harlem Buck Dance Strut" and "Dunbar High School Marching Band", both of which are nice and sexy and funky, and with a cool dope sound to them! Other tracks include "Before I Rest", "Soaring (At Sunset)", and "Sometimes I Cry". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ MetersMeters ... LP
Josie, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever in the history of funk – the first album by The Meters, and virtually the blueprint for countless funk records to come! The album's bubbling over with classics – all hard-hitting instrumentals played by the group in an effortlessly tight style, produced to perfection by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn in their classic 60s New Orleans style. A blinding masterpiece of bass, drums, and scratchy guitar – with tracks that include "Cardova", "Cissy Strut", "Sophisticated Cissy", "Here Comes The Meter Man", "Ease Back", "Ann", "6V6 La", and "Live Wire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)
Also available Meters ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Nite-LitersInstrumental Directions ... LP
RCA, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Cold, hard, and funky! This might be the greatest album ever by this legendary 70s funk band – and it's got a killer sound that has the tightness of the JBs, the rawness of the early Meters, and the frenzy of a rare funky 45! Includes the incredible "Afro Strut" – worth the price of the record alone, as it's got this screaming sax riff that's completely insane! Other nice ones include covers of "Shaft" and "Them Changes", plus "Brand X", "Baker's Instant", and "Respect To The Other Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ted Sirota's Heavyweight DubScientist Meets Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub ... CD
Liberated Zone, 2013. Used ... Out Of Stock
A bouncing batch of contemporary dub from drummer Ted Sirota and his heavyweight combo – mixed and mastered by dub legend Scientist! Sirota is one of the most talented and most creatively boundless players to come out of the Chicago jazz scene of the past decade or so, and this reggae inspired project isn't only respectful of the classic Caribbean inspiration, it's entirely credible – a genuine credit to the genre, as opposed to a mere tribute. Good stuff! Players include bassist Matt Ferguson, Andrew Trim and Dave Miller on guitars, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Matthew Davis on trombone, Chaka B and Diverse on vocals, Tom Vaitsas on keys and Cameron Pfiffner on tenor sax. Titles include ""Scientific Strut", "House On The Rock", "This Is A Takeover", "Saro-Wiwa", "Give A Little Love", "The Struggle", "Geronimo's Free", "Baltimore", "Give A Little Love", "Tubby" and more. CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some edgewear.)

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✨✧ VariousKeep On Struttin – Imitations, Interpolations, & The Inspiration Of The Meters ... CD
Le Smoke Disque, Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A massive tribute to The Meters – one that features rare versions of some of their best funky classics! If you dig The Meters, you'll no doubt recognize most of the tunes – but you've probably never heard them in these versions before – as most of them are pulled from the farthest reaches of the 60s and 70s funky underground! Most numbers change things up a bit in terms of instrumentation – using a guitar where you might normally hear an organ, tipping the rhythm a bit more towards one speed or another – but all of them continue strongly that chunky, gritty approach to instrumental funk the New Orleans combo first forged in the late 60s – a legacy that still lives on in lots of current work, but which sounds even fresher in these rare gems from years back. There's also a few original compositions by some of these artists, but they're all tunes that fall strongly within a classic Meters groove – and titles include "Cissy Strut" by Rod Piazza, "Flight Of The Phoenix" by Dennis The Fox, "Slot Machine" by Duke Of Burlington, "Cissy Strut" by King Herbert & The Knights, "Cardova" by Syd Jones & The Gay Troubadours, "The Cissy's Thang" by The Soul Seven, "Look Ka Py Py" by The Invaders, "Chicken Strut" by King Herbert & The Knights, "Madrox" by Big Band Katouuice, "Cissy Strut" by Sacramento Senior High School, "Big Splash" by Band It, and "Soul Heart Transplant" by Ebony Rhythm Band. CD

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✨✧ Sun RaSun Embassy ... LP
Roaratorio, 1968/1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare late 60s material from the Sun Ra Arkestra – all recorded at their home turf in Philly at the time – in the very comfortable setting of the Sun Studios! The music here is really beautiful – different than some of the more freewheeling live performances of the period, and maybe even sometimes hinting at deeper spiritual currents that would emerge in the 70s – but on shorter tracks that each have their own sort of flavor, amidst a fair bit of swinging, soulful moments! Most groups here are relatively small – the biggest appears to be a septet – and key players include John Gilmore on tenor and clarinet, Danny Davis on alto, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Walter Miller on trumpet, Ronnie Boykins on bass, and Nimrod Hunt, Danny Ray Thompson, and Lex Humphries on percussion. Ra himself plays a nicely wide range of electric keyboards – Yamaha organ, clavinet, and Spacemaster – as well as percussion – and titles include "The Stranger", "Dance Of Fire", "Cosmic Strut", "Sun Embassy", "Walk Around Saturn", "Why Go To The Moon", "Sunology", "My Reality Is Real", and "Ancient Aethiopia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Sun Embassy ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Chip WickhamShamal Wind ... CD
Lovemonk (Spain), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful sounds from Chip Wickham – a spiritual reedman who can be light on the flute at some points, then go deep on baritone sax at others – really showing this strong range of expression that's as powerful as the modal rhythms in his music! We totally loved Chip's first album, and like this one even more – and we'd easily rank up right up there with the best of the younger spiritual jazz generation – which would include trumpeter Matthew Halsall and saxophonist Nat Birchall – and Halsall actually makes a guest appearance on one track too. Yet the album's very clearly Wickham's own – with beautifully snaking lines on both conventional flute and alto flute, plus baritone sax – in a combo that features vibes, piano, bass, drums, and percussion. Titles include "Soho Strut", "Barrio 71", "Snake Eyes", "Shamal Wind", "The Mirage", and "Rebel No 23". CD

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✨✧ VariousJazz Dispensary – Soul Diesel Vol 2 (180 gram colored vinyl) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Fantasy/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky jazz from the mighty large Fantasy Records catalog – home to all those great Prestige jazz funk classics at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s! The Jazz Dispensary series has been giving us some well-chosen cuts from this generation, all taken straight from the original master tapes – which makes the tunes crackle a lot more than previous Prestige reissues – and titles on this volume include "The Twang Thing" by Billy Butler, "Who's Gonna Take The Weight (single version)" by Melvin Sparks, "Wander" by Idris Muhammad, "Mamblues" by Cal Tjader, "Cootie Boogaloo" by Rusty Bryant, "Soul Groovin (single version)" by Merl Saunders Quartet, and "Jungle Strut" by Gene Ammons. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – on opaque orange swirl vinyl!)

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✨✧ Gene AmmonsGene Ammons Greatest Hits ... LP
Prestige, 1960s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
While it's tough to think of a jazz player having "hits" – given the low sales of jazz albums, even in the 60s – it's still the case that Ammons' sound was so strong, and so soulful, he had plenty of fans in the crossover market for some of his bigger recordings. The album does a good job of bringing some of those soul jazz gems together – mostly tracks from his early 60s, pre-incarceration years at Prestige, but a few later cuts that get a bit funky. Titles include "Jungle Strut", "Seed Shack", "Exactly Like You", "Didn't We", "Angel Eyes", "Ca'Purange", and "Canadian Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Dennis Dreith BandReunion ... LP
Everland (Austria), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A contemporary album, but one that's got the feel of a funky big band session from years back – no surprise, as Dennis Dreith and many of these players brought plenty of that magic to the LA scene back in the day! The style here hearkens towards some of the MPS or US albums of the style from the 70s – with mostly acoustic elements from the horns, held together by rhythms from electric bass, drums, and keyboards – all to forge sharp ensemble passages that step aside for a bit when the soloist comes in – yet all still while nicely holding onto the groove. The charts are great – full of color and light – and soloists include Andy Macintosh on alto, Ron King and Dan Fornero on trumpet, Gary Herbig on tenor, and John Goux on guitar. Titles include "Karuna", "Holdin On", "Second Wind", "Orient Express", "Tai Che Strut", "Qvaznak", and "Eighty Six Ninety Five Sincerely". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ FrantiqueFrantique ... CD
Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the more unusual albums to come from Philly International in the 70s – a set of Euro disco tracks by a French group, and not the usual homegrown talent who usually recorded for the label! The vibe here is maybe a bit more like some of the Prelude Records material of the time – with tight, core rhythms by a studio combo who definitely hit the warmer side of the Euro disco groove – and female vocals over the top that are catchy, but in a different style than the usual Philly International singers of the time. The set sports one classic cut – the dancefloor groover "Strut Your Funky Stuff" – and other tracks include "Night People These Days", "Getting Serious", and "Disco Dancer". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisDancing By A Rainbow ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
A lovely later set from Eddie Harris – proof that his groove was still going strong years after his bigger fame on the scene! The set here features all original work by Eddie – some titles we know from classic albums, but a few others we don't easily recognize – all of which work together to make for a really fresh batch of material, and hardly the sort of overplayed standards that some jazz players resort to in their older years. The group's a relatively youthful one – with Nolan Smith on trumpet, Ronald Muldrow on guitar, Jeff Chambers on bass, and Gaylord Birch on drums – and Eddie himself plays piano in addition to his usual tenor sax. Titles include "An April To Be Remembered", "Dancing By A Rainbow", "Set Us Free", "The Grand Strut", "Mean Greens", "You Are Not The Right One For Me", and "It's Just Fun & Games". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lewis ExpressLewis Express ... CD
ATA (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A completely cooking little combo – a contemporary group, but one who've clearly drunk deep from the soul jazz 60s brew of groups like the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Young Holt Unlimited, or even Les McCann LTD! As with all three of those groups (two of which were very tightly related), there's an open sense of rhythm going on here – so that while pianist George Cooper gets in some great gutbuckety licks, the other members of the trip are carving out some really creative grooves – opening things up with rhythms inspired by soul, funk, and hip hop – while still keeping the whole thing in a piano-heavy jazz approach! Some cuts add in a bit of horns, which only furthers the Chess Records vibe here – and titles include "Hawkshaw Philly", "Love Can Turn A Man", "Brother Move On", "Last Man In The Chain Gang", "Theme From The Watcher", "Straight Seven Strut", and "Cancao De Momento" – all original tunes! CD

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✨✧ MandrillJust Outside Of Town ... CD
Polydor/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really tremendous work from Mandrill – an instant funky classic, and a set that has the group furthering the sublime sound they crafted on their seminal Composite Truth! The record has all these wonderful twists and turns – not just the usual 70s funky styles, but inflections from a globe's worth of influences – all filtered down and used here in fresh new ways to really keep the sound interesting – with a tightness that's never slick, and which instead has this really visionary approach that may well top some of Mandrill's higher-charting contemporaries! Instrumentation has plenty of jazz inflections, which really keeps things interesting – and the percussion has so many different styles going on, it's hard to keep track! Titles include the massive sample cut "Fat City Strut" – plus "Never Die", "Two Sisters Of Mystery", "She Ain't Lookin Too Tough", "Interlude", "Mango Meat", "Afrikus Retrospectus", and "Aspiration Flame". CD

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✨✧ Chip WickhamShamal Wind ... LP
Lovemonk (Spain), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful sounds from Chip Wickham – a spiritual reedman who can be light on the flute at some points, then go deep on baritone sax at others – really showing this strong range of expression that's as powerful as the modal rhythms in his music! We totally loved Chip's first album, and like this one even more – and we'd easily rank up right up there with the best of the younger spiritual jazz generation – which would include trumpeter Matthew Halsall and saxophonist Nat Birchall – and Halsall actually makes a guest appearance on one track too. Yet the album's very clearly Wickham's own – with beautifully snaking lines on both conventional flute and alto flute, plus baritone sax – in a combo that features vibes, piano, bass, drums, and percussion. Titles include "Soho Strut", "Barrio 71", "Snake Eyes", "Shamal Wind", "The Mirage", and "Rebel No 23". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousAin't It Funky Now! – Flat Out Funk From The Jazz Brotherhood ... LP
BGP (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Jazzy 45s galore – and a huge dip into the vaults of Prestige Records! This tasty set brings together 18 classics recorded in the heyday of the jazz funk years at Prestige – the late 60s and early 70s, a time when the soul jazz sounds of previous years were being forged into a leaner, meaner, harder-hitting groove. And although the LP was the growing format during these days, there was actually a heck of a lot of great work issued on 45s – still spinning strong with the jukebox crowds in the clubs and tap rooms, and still getting major play on radio stations, where the single was still king. The set features many 45 mixes of funky classics that you might know from LPs – and intersperses them with some other more obscure numbers pulled from full albums – making for an all-solid, all-funky set of tracks from one of the hippest jazz labels ever! Titles include "Fire Eater" by Rusty Bryant, "Don't Knock My Love" by Idris Muhammad, "Jungle Strut" by Gene Ammons, "Express Yourself" by Idris Muhammad, "Right On" by Boogaloo Joe Jones, "Who's Gonna Take The Weight" by Melvin Sparks, "Sing A Simple Song" by Charles Earland, "Son Of Man" by Houston Person, "Listen Here (part 1)" by Freddie McCoy, "Black Talk (part 1)" by Charles Earland, "Message From The Meters" by Leon Spencer, "Reelin With The Feeling" by Charles Kynard, "I Want You Back" by Harold Mabern, and "Thank You (part 1)" by Melvin Sparks. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Ain't It Funky Now! – Flat Out Funk From The Jazz Brotherhood ... CD 11.99
 
 
 



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