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✨✧ Dr StrutDr Strut ... LP
Motown, 1979. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is lightly bent near the opening.)

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Bob CrosbySugar Foot Strut/Savoy Blues ... 78 RPM
Decca, 1939. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Cow Cow DavenportAlabama Strut ... LP
Magpie (UK), Late 20s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – This copy no longer has the cover, and comes in a plain sleeve.)

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Bernie HayesCool Strut Part 1 (2 sided promo) ... 7-inch
Volt, 1970. Very Good ... $6.99
One of those great funk singles on Stax/Volt from this period, by an artist who never recorded a full album for the label. The track's got a good hard funk groove, with a rolling bassline, and nice shouted funky vocals. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some staining.)

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Ernie KrivdaGlory Strut ... LP
Inner City, 1980. Near Mint- ... $11.99
With Dan Maier on piano, Mitchell Cutlip on bas, Ron Godale on drums, and Skip Hadden on percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and appears to have been signed by the artist on back.)

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Tony ParentiStrut Yo Stuff – Recorded In New Orleans & New York 1925 to 1929 ... CD
Frog (UK), Late 20s. Used ... $4.99
Collects work from three different groups – Anthony Parenti and his Famous Melody Boys, Parenti's Liberty Syncopators, and Tony Parenti's New Orleanians. CD

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Bobby PattersonMy Thing Is Your Thing – Jetstar Strut From Bobby Patterson (white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Jet Star/Modern Harmonic, Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
Funky Texas soul from the mighty Bobby Patterson – a singer who also recorded for the Jewel/Paula label in the early 70s, but who's heard here on earlier work for Jetstar Records, plus a few never-issued tracks! Bobby's voice has this great raw style – one that crackles even more as the grooves move faster – really hitting with sock-soul energy on just about every track in this set – clearly inspired by the music of James Brown, but very much off into his own bag – a special funky legacy that's very much Patterson's own! Titles include "My Thing Is Your Thing", "Busy Busy Bee", "Mama's Got A New Bag Too", "TCB Or TYA", "Soul Is Our Music", "I'm Leroy I'll take Her", "I'm A Slave To You", "What A Wonderful Night For Love", "Broadway Ain't Funky No More", "My Baby's Coming Back To Me", and "The Knock Out Power Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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StruttStrut Your Stuff/Strut Overture ... 12-inch
First String, 1984. Near Mint- ... $14.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo.)

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Grover Washington JrAll My Tomorrows/Soulful Strut/Breath Of Heaven ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1994/1996/1997. New Copy 3CDs ... $8.99
A trio of 90s albums from Grover Washington! 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". Breath Of Heaven is a holiday record from Grover Washington – but one that's got a fair bit more to offer than just the usual Christmas tunes! The set mixes older favorites and lesser-known numbers – all done in that soulful fusion style that Washington brought to his records from other seasons of the years – set up here with the leader on alto, tenor, and soprano sax – amidst arrangements from vibist Joe Lock, and keyboardist Donald Robinson, and guitarist Hiram Bullock – all of whom play on the record. Lisa Fischer sings on one number, but most of the record is instrumental – and titles include "Breath Of Heaven", "The Magi's Song/A Child Is Born", "I Wonder As I Wonder", "Christmas Time Is Here", "The Love In His Infant Eyes", and "Christmas Day Chant". CD

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✨✧ VariousStrut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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

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✨✧ Wilbur Harden with John ColtraneTanganyika Strut ... CD
Savoy, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A super-hip sextet with Wilbur Harden on trumpet, and Coltrane on tenor – done in a way so that the tracks open up nice and long, in strong modal grooves that point the way towards Trane's later work in the 60s. The set features 4 long tracks – "Anedac", "BJ", "Once In A While", and "Tanganyika Strut". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mike MarshallGator Strut ... LP
Rounder, 2004. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Darol Anger, Dave Balakrishnam, Bela Fleck, Rob Wasserman, Jerry Douglas, Barbara Higbie, and David Grisman. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Hilton RuizStrut ... LP
Novus, 1989. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Lew Soloff, Dick Griffin, Sam Rivers, Rodney Jones, Francisco Centeno, Robby Ameen, Steve Berrios, and Mongo Santamaria. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ RojaiStrut Down ... LP
Austin Boogie Crew, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsShaman ... CD
Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A tremendous return to form for reedman Idris Ackamoor and his Pyramids group – and a record that we love every bit as much as his classic material from the 70s! There's a power, righteousness, and urgency to this album that we haven't heard from Ackamoor in years – very much the kind of material that's both a message and a medicine for the planet – of the sort that first inspired Ackamoor's generation in the 70s – and which is rarely carried off in a contemporary context this well! Idris plays tenor, but also delivers some surprisingly wonderful vocals and a few very powerful spoken parts too – and the rest of the lineup features Margaux Simmons on flute, Bobby Cobb on guitar, Ruben Ramos Medina on bass, Jack Yglesies on percussion, Sandra Poindexter on viola and violin, and Giole Pagliaccia on drums. The vibe here is like the vintage Black Fire Records label at its best – and titles include "Salvation", "Theme For Cecil", "When Will I See You Again", "Shaman", "Tango Of Love", "Dogon Mysteries", and "The Last Slave Ship". CD

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BreakestraDusk Til Dawn ... CD
Strut, 2009. Used ... $6.99
Killer work from leading lights of the neo classic funk scene – the mighty Breakestra – their debut for Strut Records and some of the best work they've ever done! Music Man Miles & the crew knock us out each time, and the 4 years between the stellar Hit The Floor LP and this one was worth the wait. The funky undercurrent is the common connective tissue, with deep soul sounds in the mix, too, with multi instrumentalist Miles on lead vocals on a number of tunes, Mix Master Wolf doing his thing on others, plus guests Afrodyte, Chali 2na and the late DJ Dusk – and some tight instrumentals. They run the gamut from stripped down JBs style feverishness, to gritty jazz funk, Latin percussion, and beyond. Breakestra helped kick start the underground funk scene back in the late 90s, and they're as strong as ever a decade later! Titles include "Need A Little Love", "Dark Clouds Rain Soul", "Come On Over" feat Afrodyete, "Back At The Boathouse", "Get It Right", "Show You The Way", "Me & Michelle". "Posed To Be" feat Chali 2na, Mixmaster Wolf & DJ Dusk, "Joyful Noise", "Lowdown Stank", "Set The Sun" and more. CD

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Nubiyan TwistJungle Run ... CD
Strut (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
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". CD

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Oneness Of JujuAfrican Rhythms – Oneness Of Juju 1970 to 1982 ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CDs ... $16.99 17.99
An incredible collection of work by one of the greatest Afro Funk groups of the 70s! From their inception as the AACM-styled jazz group Juju in the early 70s, to their key days in the DC Black Fire scene of the mid 70s, to their early 80s fame as club groovers, Oneness of Juju were one of the most revolutionary acts of their generation, with an influence that spanned far more than just the few albums the group released under their own name. This wonderfully-compiled set is the first-ever to really document the full scope of the group's activities – and apart from tracks that were included on their classic albums, it's got a wealth of other material that you probably don't have in your record collection! The notes are great, the music is amazing, and there's more tunes on here than we could have ever hoped to hear! Titles include "No Name #3/Love Is/My N*gger & Me" by Roach Om, "West Wind (previously unissued)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Every Way But Loose" by Plunky & Oneness Of Juju, "African Rhythms (LP version)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Asante Sana" by Okyerema Asante, "Nairobi/Chants" by Juju, "Sabi (Black Fire mix)" by Okyerema Asante, "Got To Be Right On It (45 version)" by Juju & The Space Rangers, "Bootsie's Lament (unreleased version)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Plastic (45 version)" by Juju & The Space Rangers, "Be About The Future" by Oneness Of Juju, and "The End Of The Butterfly King" by Juju. CD has 24 tracks on 2CDs! CD

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Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De CotonouCotonou Club ... CD
Strut (UK), 2011. Used ... $4.99
The first record in years from these Afro Funk giants – but don't hold it against them, as the whole thing's pretty darn wonderful! There's a rich, vibrant sound here that really lives up to the group's legacy from years back – and production is right on the money to keep things right – recorded in Paris with a relatively stripped-down quality – just right for bringing all the tight rhythms of the set right to the foreground, without any overdone mass market cliches to hold things back! Even the appearances of a few famous guest stars can't get in the way of the energy of the Orchestre – and this new album should be more than proof that the originators are still alive and well. Titles include "Pardon", "Von Vo Nono", "Oce", "Koumi Dede", "Tegbe", "Lion Is Burning", "Ne Te Fache Pas", and "Gbeti Madjro". CD

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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 RushenPosh ... CD
Elektra/Strut (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $11.99
Nothing posh about this one – as the album's an all-out, all-access affair – a great way for anyone to get into the grooves of the mighty Patrice Rushen! Patrice is at the height of her powers here – equally magic on keyboards and vocals, and coming up with groove after groove in a sublime blend of 70s jazz funk and Minnie Riperton-esque soul! The whole album's a winner – real magic that never gets old, and the kind of LP that makes you understand why you'll find Patrice's records in just about any soul collection from the time! Tracks include "I Need Your Love", "Time Will Tell", "The Dream", "Never Gonna Give You Up", and "Don't Blame Me". CD
(Remastered from the original tapes!)
Also available Posh ... LP 20.99

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Patrice RushenPosh ... LP
Elektra/Strut (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 21.99
Nothing posh about this one – as the album's an all-out, all-access affair – a great way for anyone to get into the grooves of the mighty Patrice Rushen! Patrice is at the height of her powers here – equally magic on keyboards and vocals, and coming up with groove after groove in a sublime blend of 70s jazz funk and Minnie Riperton-esque soul! The whole album's a winner – real magic that never gets old, and the kind of LP that makes you understand why you'll find Patrice's records in just about any soul collection from the time! Tracks include "I Need Your Love", "Time Will Tell", "The Dream", "Never Gonna Give You Up", and "Don't Blame Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered from the original tapes!)
Also available Posh ... CD 11.99

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Souljazz OrchestraChaos Theories ... CD
Strut, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
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". CD

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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area BandObiaa ... CD
Strut (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $8.99 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 19.99

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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area BandObiaa ... LP
Strut (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 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 8.99

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TribeHometown Detroit Sessions 1990 to 2014 ... LP
Strut (UK), 1990/1995/2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
A return to greatness for the legendary Tribe Records scene in Detroit – an underground movement that gave us some spiritual jazz classics in the 70s – then kept on making wonderful music at an even more underground level as the years went on! This set is a collection of work from three rare recordings issued during that time – all on CD only, and representing a maybe even more obscure side of this legacy than the Tribe albums of the 70s! First up is trombonist Phil Ranelin – heading up a group that includes Wendell Harrison on tenor and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet – two key Tribe partners from the early years – really stretching out on the titles "He The One We All Knew" and "Freddie's Groove", both recorded in 1990. Next is material from a 1995 performance led by pianist Harold McKinney – a set that's got an incredible depth of imagination and soul, almost as much as Harold McKinney's work of years back! The group is a wonderfully hip one – with former Tribe artists Wendell Harrison on tenor and clarinet and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet – plus additional players who include Kiane Zawadi on trombone, Reggie Workman on bass, Francisco Mora on percussion, and Jimmy Owens on trumpet. There's a bit of vocals, but never that much – and most tracks are long and open – freely exploratory, but never too far out or avant-styled – just soulful and spiritual, in the true Tribe Records tradition! Titles include "Wide & Blue", "The Slave Ship Enterprise", "Juba", "Libra Ahora", and "Conjure Man". Last is a set of tracks recorded in 2014 by keyboardist Pamela Wise – a record that really carries forward the Tribe Records spirit from the 70s! The overall approach is a bit more contemporary, but the set's still got all the best feel of a classic indie album from the underground – played and penned by Wise in close collaboration with reedman Wendell Harrison, a frequent partner of Pamela's on a variety of projects, and one of the driving forces of Tribe back in the day! Wise plays both acoustic and electric keyboards, and sometimes sings just slightly – although most of the album is instrumental – and in addition to Harrison's work on tenor and bass clarinet, the album features trumpet, guitar, and lots of percussion. Titles include "Ode To Black Mothers", "Hometown", and "Marcus Garvey". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... $19.99 29.99
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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✨✧ VariousDisques Debs International Vol 1 – An Island Story – Biguine, Afro Latin & Musique Antillaise – 1960 to 1972 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic look at the groundbreaking sounds of the Disques Debs label – one of the most important companies producing music in the French Caribbean – and an imprint whose impact was strongly felt on the other side of the Atlantic as well! The core of these grooves is that compelling biguine rhythm that flowed from Guadeloupe – almost a mix of Latin and jazz, but with a different sort of vibe of its own – which was then interwoven with elements from Cuban, European, and African styles amidst the initial decade or so of recordings on this set! Debs had strong ties with Paris, and a bit with the West African scene – and their recorded legacy almost follows old colonial paths, but in reverse – creating this wonderful criss-crossing of cultures amidst their grooves. The package is wonderful – loads of vintage photos and great notes in the best Strut Records way – and titles include "Douce Kombass" by Henri Debs Quintet, "Mr Morin" by Joseph Lacides, "Lan Mise" by Geno Exilie, "Feeling Happy" by Cyril Dias Et Son Orchestre, "Ces P'Tits Je T'Aime" by Daniel Forestal Et Sa Guitare, "Assez Fait Cancan" by Guy Conquette, "Stanislas" by Eric Virgal, "Meringue Mondey" by Remy Mondey, "Si I Bon Di I Bon" by Le Ry-Co Jazz, "Salvana" by Dolor Et Les Diables Du Rhythme, and "Van Van" by Henri Guedon Et Les Contesta. CD

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✨✧ VariousDisques Debs International Vol 2 – Cadence Revolution 1973 to 1981 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Stunning sounds from the Disques Debs label in the 70s – a powerhouse imprint in the French Caribbean scene, and a company who were really coming into their own during the decade! The "cadence revolution" in the title is a reference both to the revolution in new musical sounds that Debs was helping encourage, and the rise of the cadence style in Guadeloupe and Martinique – a mode that borrows the faster rhythms of Haitian music, then folds together some elements of Afro-Cuban styles, and maybe just a touch of West African influence – part of that back/forth activity across the Atlantic that seemed to happen so effortlessly during the 60s and 70s. A good number of the tracks here are nice and long – pulled from Debs LPs, not just 45s – and as with the first volume, the package does a great job of providing plenty of historical context, information on the music, and some great vintage images too. Titles include "Ambiance" by Les Vikings, "Lina Femm Foll" by Smoke, "Lage Yo" by Koumbit, "Disco Funk" by Galaxy, "Ping Pong" by Guy Conquette & Son Groupe, "Experience" by Tabou No 2, "Moin Domi Derho" by Super Combo, "Good Trip" by HWT Band, "Stranger" by Midnight Groovers, and "Moin Ce Roi Roi" by Guadafrica Combo. CD
Also available Disques Debs International Vol 2 – Cadence Revolution 1973 to 1981 ... LP 28.99

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VariousDisques Debs International Vol 2 – Cadence Revolution 1973 to 1981 ... LP
Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
Stunning sounds from the Disques Debs label in the 70s – a powerhouse imprint in the French Caribbean scene, and a company who were really coming into their own during the decade! The "cadence revolution" in the title is a reference both to the revolution in new musical sounds that Debs was helping encourage, and the rise of the cadence style in Guadeloupe and Martinique – a mode that borrows the faster rhythms of Haitian music, then folds together some elements of Afro-Cuban styles, and maybe just a touch of West African influence – part of that back/forth activity across the Atlantic that seemed to happen so effortlessly during the 60s and 70s. A good number of the tracks here are nice and long – pulled from Debs LPs, not just 45s – and as with the first volume, the package does a great job of providing plenty of historical context, information on the music, and some great vintage images too. Titles include "Ambiance" by Les Vikings, "Lina Femm Foll" by Smoke, "Lage Yo" by Koumbit, "Disco Funk" by Galaxy, "Ping Pong" by Guy Conquette & Son Groupe, "Experience" by Tabou No 2, "Moin Domi Derho" by Super Combo, "Good Trip" by HWT Band, "Stranger" by Midnight Groovers, and "Moin Ce Roi Roi" by Guadafrica Combo. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousMetal Dance 2 – Industrial, New Wave, EBM Classics & Rarities 1979 to 1988 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1980s. Used 2CD ... $12.99
Sublime sounds from the 80s underground – electronic gems that paved the way for pop work of the future, but which still stay pretty darn dark overall! The cuts here start with the early European electric modes of the post-punk years, and spin out through the growing wave of cool synthy cuts that would come to be known as "imports" on this side of the Atlantic – the kind of music that went onto influence generations of house and techno producers to come! Yet here, things are still pretty darn spare, and still very basic – those great early moments when folks found a way to compress all the experiments of the previous decade into some tighter little tunes – often with a bombastic quality that made them work on the dancefloor – even though the kind of dancefloor that usually worked best was filled with lots of dark curtains and black lights! Pre-electro before it got cliched, pre-goth before that term even came into being, and tremendous stuff that still holds up wonderfully over the years – a set of tracks that includes "Unit" by Logic System, "Der Amboss (inst)" by Visage, "Body 2 Body" by Front 242, "Riot Squad" by Vice Versa, "Walking Backwards" by Mile High Club, "Over The Shoulder (12" version)" by Ministry, "Platonic" by Harumi Hosono, "Necrosis En La Poya" by Esplendor Geometrico, "Twilight Zone (Trevor Jackon edit)" by Rusty Egan, and "Dead Lines (400 Blows rmx)" by Skinny Puppy. CD
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VariousSoul Love Now – The Black Fire Records Story 1975 to 1993 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A great look at one of our favorite record labels of all time – a company that was one of the first we ever worked together with, back when we started Dusty Groove – and whose music has been a huge inspiration to us for decades! Black Fire is a really special record label from the DC area – not just a jazz imprint, but more of an artistic collective – maybe similar to what Tribe Records was to the Detroit scene of the 70s, but also more open to more soulful sounds too – which is what really makes so many of these tracks so great – as they have a perfect balance between jazz, funk, and soul – kind of that through-line that the Chicago scene had as things moved from Sun Ra, to Phil Cohran, on to the Pharoahs and Earth Wind & Fire! That trajectory is key here – as many of the players were rooted in more avant jazz styles, but were also eager to communicate their message in ways that were more universal – which is why the music here has such lasting appeal over the years – as it's filled with messages of love and peace, life and pride – with an intensity that maybe makes these tracks every bit as important now as when they were first recorded. The best-known group on the set is Oneness Of Juju, but there's work from the whole spectrum of Black Fire artists – tracks that include "Look At The People" by Wayne Davis, "Doin The Carvin For Thabo" by Lon Moshe, "African Rhythms (live 1975)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Children Of Tomorrow's Dreams" by Theatre West, "People" by Experience Unlimited, "Follow Me" by Okyerema Asante, "Third House" by Southern Energy Ensemble, and "Drummers From Ibadan" by Byard Lancaster. CD
Also available Soul Love Now – The Black Fire Records Story 1975 to 1993 ... LP 28.99

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VariousSoul Love Now – The Black Fire Records Story 1975 to 1993 ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99 29.99
A great look at one of our favorite record labels of all time – a company that was one of the first we ever worked together with, back when we started Dusty Groove – and whose music has been a huge inspiration to us for decades! Black Fire is a really special record label from the DC area – not just a jazz imprint, but more of an artistic collective – maybe similar to what Tribe Records was to the Detroit scene of the 70s, but also more open to more soulful sounds too – which is what really makes so many of these tracks so great – as they have a perfect balance between jazz, funk, and soul – kind of that through-line that the Chicago scene had as things moved from Sun Ra, to Phil Cohran, on to the Pharoahs and Earth Wind & Fire! That trajectory is key here – as many of the players were rooted in more avant jazz styles, but were also eager to communicate their message in ways that were more universal – which is why the music here has such lasting appeal over the years – as it's filled with messages of love and peace, life and pride – with an intensity that maybe makes these tracks every bit as important now as when they were first recorded. The best-known group on the set is Oneness Of Juju, but there's work from the whole spectrum of Black Fire artists – tracks that include "Look At The People" by Wayne Davis, "Doin The Carvin For Thabo" by Lon Moshe, "African Rhythms (live 1975)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Children Of Tomorrow's Dreams" by Theatre West, "People" by Experience Unlimited, "Third House" by Southern Energy Ensemble, and "Drummers From Ibadan" by Byard Lancaster. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Soul Love Now – The Black Fire Records Story 1975 to 1993 ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Greg FoatSymphonie Pacifique ... CD
Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most ambitious albums to date from the mighty Greg Foat – a set that's different than some of his more intimate affairs, in that it features key contributions from British jazz giants both young and old – all working with Greg's piano, Fender Rhodes, and vibes in a style that's deeply spiritual, and filled with power! The album's hardly the pacific affair you might guess from the title – nothing too placid, as the energy really builds between members of a lineup that includes Moses Boyd and Clark Tracey on drums, Heather Wrighton on harp, Art Themen on tenor and soprano, Eric Young on percussion, and Warren Hampshire on guitars – all at a level that makes the record the deepest jazz album that Foat has ever given us! Titles include "Pointe Venus", "Mother's Love", "After The Storm", "Island Life", "Man Vs Machine", "Nikinakinu", "Anticipation", and "Symphonie Pacifique". CD

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✨✧ Greg FoatSymphonie Pacifique (with bonus download) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most ambitious albums to date from the mighty Greg Foat – a set that's different than some of his more intimate affairs, in that it features key contributions from British jazz giants both young and old – all working with Greg's piano, Fender Rhodes, and vibes in a style that's deeply spiritual, and filled with power! The album's hardly the pacific affair you might guess from the title – nothing too placid, as the energy really builds between members of a lineup that includes Moses Boyd and Clark Tracey on drums, Heather Wrighton on harp, Art Themen on tenor and soprano, Eric Young on percussion, and Warren Hampshire on guitars – all at a level that makes the record the deepest jazz album that Foat has ever given us! Titles include "Pointe Venus", "Mother's Love", "After The Storm", "Island Life", "Man Vs Machine", "Nikinakinu", "Anticipation", and "Symphonie Pacifique". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Oneness Of JujuAfrican Rhythms – Oneness Of Juju 1970 to 1982 (3LP set) ... LP
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
An incredible collection of work by one of the greatest Afro Funk groups of the 70s! From their inception as the AACM-styled jazz group Juju in the early 70s, to their key days in the DC Black Fire scene of the mid 70s, to their early 80s fame as club groovers, Oneness of Juju were one of the most revolutionary acts of their generation, with an influence that spanned far more than just the few albums the group released under their own name. This wonderfully-compiled set is the first-ever to really document the full scope of the group's activities – and apart from tracks that were included on their classic albums, it's got a wealth of other material that you probably don't have in your record collection! The notes are great, the music is amazing, and there's more tunes on here than we could have ever hoped to hear! Titles include "No Name #3/Love Is/My N*gger & Me" by Roach Om, "West Wind (previously unissued)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Every Way But Loose" by Plunky & Oneness Of Juju, "African Rhythms (LP version)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Asante Sana" by Okyerema Asante, "Nairobi/Chants" by Juju, "Got To Be Right On It (45 version)" by Juju & The Space Rangers, "Bootsie's Lament (unreleased version)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Plastic (45 version)" by Juju & The Space Rangers, "Be About The Future" by Oneness Of Juju, and "The End Of The Butterfly King" by Juju. 16 tracks on 3LPs! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available African Rhythms – Oneness Of Juju 1970 to 1982 ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ VariousMutazione – Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980 to 1988 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1980s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Think Italian electro only means disco and club? Think again, because this excellent set shows that there was a much darker side to electronic music in Italy during the post-punk years – one that easily rivals the most compelling work from the UK and German scenes at the time! The electronics here are often noisy and dark, but wrapped around a nice sense of groove, too – kind of the spirit you'd find in the best early work by artists like Cabaret Voltaire or Human League – when they could still be really spooky and creepy, but were also stepping up their beats and basslines way more than before. The whole thing's an amazing discovery – a huge batch of work that sounds like stuff we already love, but have never heard before – all compiled with the usual great Strut Records sense of history that holds the whole thing together. Titles include "Informations Of Death" by Neon, "I Am Strange Now" by Plath, "Senza Tregua" by LA 1919, "Please" by Rats, "Deep Skanner" by La Bambola Del Dr Caligari, "Romero's Living Dead" by Spirocheta Pergoli, "Norton Apple Software" by Doris Norton, "Edges" by Kirlian Camera, and "Against The Odds" by Atrox. 2CD set features a whopping 26 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsShaman ... LP
Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous return to form for reedman Idris Ackamoor and his Pyramids group – and a record that we love every bit as much as his classic material from the 70s! There's a power, righteousness, and urgency to this album that we haven't heard from Ackamoor in years – very much the kind of material that's both a message and a medicine for the planet – of the sort that first inspired Ackamoor's generation in the 70s – and which is rarely carried off in a contemporary context this well! Idris plays tenor, but also delivers some surprisingly wonderful vocals and a few very powerful spoken parts too – and the rest of the lineup features Margaux Simmons on flute, Bobby Cobb on guitar, Ruben Ramos Medina on bass, Jack Yglesies on percussion, Sandra Poindexter on viola and violin, and Giole Pagliaccia on drums. The vibe here is like the vintage Black Fire Records label at its best – and titles include "Salvation", "Theme For Cecil", "When Will I See You Again", "Shaman", "Tango Of Love", "Dogon Mysteries", and "The Last Slave Ship". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Shaman ... CD 12.99

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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)... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ OnipaWe No Be Machine ... CD
Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That image on the cover is a fantastic visual representation of the sound of Onipa – a group who draw on older cultures with roots in Ghana, but who are clearly poised to shoot out into the cosmos with lots of future energy in their music! Percussion is a mix of acoustic and electric, and the tunes are very dense – peppered with keyboards, guitar bits, and a range of other sonic elements that are layered into the hard-burning blend of grooves – growing with energy as the set moves on, and opening the door for even more guest talent towards the end! Very much the best side of global cross-cultural fertilization – with titles that include "Fire", "Hey No I Say", "Yenimo", "We No Be Machine", "Free Up", "Onipa", "Kukuru", "Kon Kon", "Sohaa GB3K3", and "Gamashie Choice". CD

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✨✧ OnipaWe No Be Machine ... LP
Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
That image on the cover is a fantastic visual representation of the sound of Onipa – a group who draw on older cultures with roots in Ghana, but who are clearly poised to shoot out into the cosmos with lots of future energy in their music! Percussion is a mix of acoustic and electric, and the tunes are very dense – peppered with keyboards, guitar bits, and a range of other sonic elements that are layered into the hard-burning blend of grooves – growing with energy as the set moves on, and opening the door for even more guest talent towards the end! Very much the best side of global cross-cultural fertilization – with titles that include "Fire", "Hey No I Say", "Yenimo", "We No Be Machine", "Free Up", "Onipa", "Kukuru", "Kon Kon", "Sohaa GB3K3", and "Gamashie Choice". 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 ... 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
Also available Alefa Madagascar – Salegy, Soukous, & Soul From The Red Island 1974 to 1984 ... LP 19.99
 
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AirOpen Air Suit ... LP
Arista/Novus, 1978. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Classic AACM material from Chicago, strangely issued on Arista, but produced by Michael Cuscuna with all the care of a small-label session. The classic lineup of Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall is firmly in place – and they band interacts with a sense of humor and imagination that rivals the Art Ensemble of Chicago for sheer genius. Titles include "Cosmic Ass", "Open Air Strut", and "Strait White Royal Flush". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Arthur BlytheElaborations/Light Blue/Put Sunshine In It ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 16.99
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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Earl BosticMusical Pearls By Bostic ... LP
King, 1960. Very Good ... $6.99
Titles include "Don't Blame Me", "Dark Eyes", "Tut Strut", "Anitra's Dance", "Song Of India", "La Cucaracha" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Big Bill BroonzyYoung Big Bill Broonzy 1928 to 1936 ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. Very Good+ ... $33.99
Wonderful work from the young Bill Broonzy – exactly the sort of sides that made him a legend right from the start – full of personality and a sort of special spark that few of his contemporaries could match! Bill's got a very confident approach here – a "bigness" that moves past any sort of broken down cliches, and which pushes the lyrics with a charm that really comes through, even past the simpler recording techniques. Most numbers feature deft guitar work from Broonzy alongside the vocals – and titles include "Brownskin Shuffle", "Banker's Blues", "Stove Pipe Stomp", "Hokum Stomp", "Hip Shakin Strut", "I Can't Be Satisfied", and "Saturday Night Rub". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing in an alternate cover with a purple background.)

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✨✧ DeodatoDeodato 2 ... LP
CTI, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album
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Exile OneExile One (Barclay) ... LP
Barclay (France), 1976. Very Good+ ... $34.99
The cover and name of the band alone should say enough about this one – and about the crumbling French colonial network that fed the world music scene in 70s Paris! On the front, the band is jumping up gleefully in front of the Eiffel Tower – perhaps happy at the opportunities they've got playing in front of Paris audiences. The notes don't say anything about where the group's been exiled from, but judging from the rhythms on the record, it was probably somewhere in the Caribbean. Most of the tunes have a fairly island-sounding approach – but the real standout cut is "Dominca Strut", which is a great little Afro Funk number, short and heavy, with a cool mix of horns and organ on the beat! Other tracks include "Misery", "Rosita", "Cadence Lypso", and "Reflexion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record has a short click in one spot, but is very nice overall.)

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Billy FosterReflections ... CD
Equistar, 1989. New Copy ... $6.99
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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Wilbur Harden & John ColtraneComplete Savoy Sessions ... CD
Savoy, Late 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $18.99
Fantastic work from a lost chapter of Coltrane's career! Sure, you may know his early work with Miles Davis, or his groundbreaking later recordings on Atlantic and Impulse – but in the late 50s, 'Trane recorded some fantastic sides with trumpeter Wilbur Harden for Savoy Records, and the material is unlike anything he ever did for other labels. In a way, the Harden tunes are similar to Yusef Lateef's work for the label – hardbop at the core, but with touches of exoticism and spiritualism that brings out whole new modes of playing from the musicians. Most tracks are long and modal, a perfect platform for Coltrane's new ideas of soloing that were beginning to take shape at the time. Harden's a much different horn player than Miles Davis ever was – with a fiercer approach to rhythm that kind of drives Coltrane along in a more souful groove than ever before. This CD features 19 tracks from the Savoy Sessions – lovingly packaged in a way that really helps you navigate the confusing structure of the LP releases. Titles include "Gold Coast", "Dial Africa", "BJ", "Once In A While", "Tanganyika Strut", "West 42nd Street", and "Rhodamagnetics" – and the CD includes alternate versions of some tracks. CD
(Out of print.)

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JJ Johnson/Martha ReevesWillie Dynamite – Original Soundtrack ... LP
MCA/Geffen, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 24.99
One of the greatest soundtracks of the blacksploitation era – served up with some incredible grooves from maestro JJ Johnson! The album's got a non-stop, hard-hitting groove that ranks it with the best of its time – and which is arguably even better, because most of the record isn't nearly as well known as Shaft, Superfly, or other classics. Martha Reeves sings some of the deepest vocals of her career on the great title track "Willie D" – an old sample cut that you're sure to recognize – and the instrumental tunes are even better, filled with great percussion and jazzy flourishes from JJ – in a style that really keeps things interesting! There's plenty of "chase" riffing on the album – and titles include "Willie Chase", "Parade Strut", "Make It Right", "Gospel Family", "Keep On Movin", and "Willie Escapes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ed Kelly & Pharoah SandersEd Kelly & Pharoah Sanders (aka Ed Kelly & Friend) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Theresa/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... About November 15, 2020
A great little record – not so much for Kelly's keyboards, but for some killer sax work by Pharoah Sanders, who's the "friend" listed in the title! A few cuts are going for a smoother funky sound, but the record has a great version of "Got To Have Freedom" that's done at a different pace than the one on Pharoah's Journey To The One album – loping and modal, warm and soulful, and very spiritual. Other tunes are pretty nice too – and titles include "Newborn", "Rainbow Song", and "Pippin". Plus, the CD features 2 bonus cuts – recorded by Kelly and tenorist Robert Stewart – "Song For The Street People" and "West Oakland Strut" – plus 3 more that are just solo piano tracks by Kelly! LP, Vinyl record album

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Killer MetersTribute To The Meters ... CD
Fastlife, 2005. Used ... $3.99
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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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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Les McCannLayers ... LP
Atlantic/Get On Down, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 20.98
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackie McLeanNew Soil (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note, 1959. Used ... $11.99
If you ever needed a record to re-remind you of the genius of Jackie McLean, this Blue Note classic may well be it! At first glance, the session appears to be the usual sort of date – a quintet outing, with help from Donald Byrd on trumpet, Walter Davis on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums – yet as with all of McLean's best moments on records, the album explodes with freshly creative energy from the start – getting way past any easy expectation in the way it sets up the groove and delivers the sound! Jackie's tone is amazing – very modern at times, yet with all the soul of hardbop – and although the rhythms are relatively straight, there's always a slight setting-free at points – that pre-new thing groove that McLean further explored on records like Capuchin Swing or Fickle Sonance. The sound is amazing throughout – and titles are all originals by McLean and Davis – great gems that include "Davis Cup", "Sweet Cakes", "Hip Strut", "Minor Apprehension", and "Greasy". Plus, this CD reissue has one extra bonus track – the unreleased "Formidable", written by Walter Davis. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Blind Willie McTellBlind Willie McTell 1927 to 1935 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 24.98
Pivotal work from one of the first bluesmen to ever use "blind" in his name – sides recorded by the legendary Willie McTell when he was at the height of his powers! Most tracks here feature well-recorded vocals from Willie – especially for the time – a haunting accompaniment to his deft work on acoustic guitar, which makes up the bulk of the instrumentation for most of the tracks. Ruth Day joins Willie on a few numbers – and titles include "Razor Ball", "My Baby's Gone", "Atlanta Strut", "God Don't Like It", "Scary Day Blues", "Experience Blues", "Kind Mama", and "Cold Winter Day". LP, Vinyl record album

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MetersStruttin' ... LP
Josie, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
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
(Recent reissue on clear yellow vinyl.)
Also available Struttin' (plus extra tracks) ... CD 6.99

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MetersStruttin' (plus extra tracks) ... CD
Josie/Sundazed, 1970. Used ... $6.99
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! CD features 2 previously unissued cuts – "Funky Meters' Soul" and "Meter Strut"! CD
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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan 63 – The Concert Jazz Band ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good+ ... $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". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Back cover has light aging.)

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New BirthVery Best of New Birth ... CD
RCA, Early 70s. Used ... $16.99
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.)

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Farnell NewtonRippin & Runnin ... CD
Posi tone, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
A tremendous trumpeter, set up here in his best format to date – a really heavy duty quartet that features tenor from Brandon Wright, drums from Rudy Royston, and Hammond from Brian Charette – who blows us away even more than usual with his skills on both the keys and the pedals at the bottom! Royston's drums are always great – and here, he's got this snapping, crackling energy that seems to light a fuse right from the very first note – which Charette fans into full flames of sound, topped by these bold lines and soaring solos from Newton and Wright – two horns that have a really rich power together, before breaking off into really wonderful solos. The whole thing's great – a cut above for even the always-great Posi-Tone label – and titles include "Holding Still", "The Roots", "Another Day Another Jones", "Gas Station Hot Dog", and "The Five AM Strut". CD

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Pretz (Neil Cowley)Soundcastles ... CD
I Label (UK), 2006. Used ... $4.99
Wonderful keyboard work from Neil Cowley of Fragile State and Zero 7 – working here in a totally different groove, and one with lots of 70s touches! The album's a mostly instrumental affair with keyboards that soar out beautifully in a CTI-inspired vibe – one that sometimes has the keys working just with a bit of rhythm in the background, but at other points brings in some fuller backings that swell up nicely along with the tones of the tunes. A few tracks get a bit more introspective, but the album's mostly in a midtempo sort of mode – one that steps along soulfully in a style that reminds us of work from the past few years by Jaffa or Xaver Fischer Trio! Titles include "Rain Strut", "Camel", "Buzz Charge", "Goodbye Ferrers", "Chapel Stile", "Zazie Skips The Pond", "Fooby Scoo", "Don't Blink", and "Red Light For Go". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sun RaSun Embassy ... LP
Roaratorio, 1968/1969. New Copy ... $21.99
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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Kermit RuffinsSwing This! ... CD
Basin Street, 1999. Used ... $4.99
Ruffins is working with this group the Barbecue Swingers. Tracks include "Bogalusa Strut", "Things Are Getting Better", "This Little Light", "Hide The Reefer", and "Treme Second Line (Blow Da Whistle)". CD

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✨✧ SantanaSantana III ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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 light surface wear and a cutout hole.)

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Tom ScottTom Scott & The LA Express/Tom Cat/New York Connection ... CD
BGO (UK), 1973/1974/1975. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
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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Tommy Stewart & OthersMake Happy Music ... CD
FTG, Late 70s. Used ... $4.99
Killer grooves from the legendary Tommy Stewart – one of the funkiest producers on the Atlanta scene of the 70s – as you'll hear in this batch of wonderful tracks! Tommy's well-known for work under his own name – but this set also features some of his best productions for other artists too – a really unified batch of groovers that moves from mellow steppers through some tighter, more funky-based cuts too. The whole package is a delight – a look into a musical world that never got as much exposure as some of the scenes up in New York or Philly, but which certainly rivaled both of them for top-quality grooves. There's some great notes with the CD – telling the tale of Stewart's career, and that of partner Marlin McNicholls – and the package features cuts that include "Pay The Price" by Stevo, "Messin Around" by The Spirit Of Atlanta, "Que Pasa" by The Final Approach, "Big Fat Juicy Fun" by Hambone, "Let's Boogie At The Disco" by 3rd World Band, "Cream De Coco" by Disco Strut, "Fulton County Line" by Tommy Stewart, "Cosmic Funk" by Mad Dog Fire Department, "Party Night" by Stevo, "Dancing Down The Avenue" by Sherman Hunter, and the classic club cuts "Make Happy Music" and "Bump & Hustle Music" by Tommy Stewart. CD

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Sun PalaceRude Movements ... CD
BBE (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $8.99 19.98
The first-ever full length collection of work from Sun Palace – the enigmatic duo who cut some great underground club work on the early 80s New York scene! The set's broken into two halves – titled "Raw Movements" and "Rude Movements", after the famous instrumental singles – which are both featured here, along with lots of other incredible 80s material that really fleshes out the groove! Most tracks feature some kind of wickedly weird guitar line from Mike Collins, and lots of cool keyboards from Keith O'Connell – all in modes that are as spare as some of the earliest house music, but with rhythms that are much more in an NYC electro mode! There's a lot of unreleased tracks here from those days – including a few that were just finished up for this set – and titles include "Raw Movements", "Love Train II", "Palace Strut", "Coral Reef", "Street Beat", "What's The Time", "Rude Movements (remaster)", "Movement 1 (winning)", "Movement 2 (reconstruction)", and "Movement 3 (completion)". CD

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SweetbottomAngels Of The Deep (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
A tight set of fusion from Sweetbottom – an American combo who definitely seem to draw a lot from the rock-inspired Euro fusion sound of a few years before! There's also a bit of the PM Records vibe – from the Steve Grossman/Gene Perla camp – lots of sharp, fast changes in the rhythms – and some heavy guitars at points, linking the group to Brand X a bit – and also some vocals on a few cuts, sure to please the rockish audiences who might be straying over to the fusion realm of the spectrum. The set's pretty sweet overall – tight, but without sounding slick – and the drums really drive some of the best numbers. Titles include "Veena Deva", "Monique", "Electro Strut", "Amazon Ritual", "Her", and "Shrapnel In My Ankle". CD also features 5 bonus tracks – "Slave Trader", and original indie versions of "Veena Deva", "Amazon Ritual", "Angels Of The Deep", and "Shrapnel In My Ankle". CD

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Stanley TurrentineDon't Mess With Mister T (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CTI (UK), 1973. Used ... $7.99
Stanley Turrentine meets Bob James – on a record that's one of the 70s classics on CTI! Bob James handles the arrangements – with that laidback, mellowfunky approach to jazz that he helped pioneer at the time – lots of modal chords in the rhythms, and these wonderfully soulful solos by the great Stan himself! James plays keyboards on the set – and Harold Mabern adds some piano too – and the lineup also includes the mighty Eric Gale on guitar, and Idris Muhammad on drums. Titles include the great title cut – a remake of Marvin Gaye's "Don't Mess With Mister T", plus "Too Blue", "Two For T", and "I Could Never Repay Your Love". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Harlem Dawn", "Mississippi City Strut", and "Don't Mess With Mister T" in an alternate take. CD
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Whitefield BrothersEarthology ... LP
Now Again, 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99 24.98
The long-awaited return of the Whitefield Brothers – melding global funk and tripped out psychedelia as masterfully as on their massive In The Raw album – and tripping it out and funking it up even more this time! The psychedelic sounds get more pronounced play this time out, but it's still well within the funk realm – gritty drums and percussion under fuzzed out rhythms, keys that range from a jazzy funk groove to thick layers of fuzz and bubbling atmospherics, exotic string accents, heady bass grooves and more. Their reach is global, too, with influences from the east and the west – and a heck of an impressive guest roster – with leftfield MCs on a couple gems – Edan & Mr Lif on "The Gift" and Percee P & MED on "Reverse" – plus Bajka, Brooklyn funk revival masters the El Michels Affair, and fellow psych funk traveller Quantic. Titles include "Joyful Exaltation", "Safari Strut", "Taisho", "Sad Nile", "Ntu", "Pamukkale", "Alin", "Breakin Through" feat El Michels Affair, "Sem Yelesh", "Lullaby For Lagos" feat Quantic, "Chich" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Earthology (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 7.99

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Whitefield BrothersEarthology (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Now Again, 2010. New Copy Gatefold ... $7.99 17.98
The long-awaited return of the Whitefield Brothers – melding global funk and tripped out psychedelia as masterfully as on their massive In The Raw album – and tripping it out and funking it up even more this time! The psychedelic sounds get more pronounced play this time out, but it's still well within the funk realm – gritty drums and percussion under fuzzed out rhythms, keys that range from a jazzy funk groove to thick layers of fuzz and bubbling atmospherics, exotic string accents, heady bass grooves and more. Their reach is global, too, with influences from the east and the west – and a heck of an impressive guest roster – with leftfield MCs on a couple gems – Edan & Mr Lif on "The Gift" and Percee P & MED on "Reverse" – plus Bajka, Brooklyn funk revival masters the El Michels Affair, and fellow psych funk traveller Quantic. Titles include "Joyful Exaltation", "Safari Strut", "Taisho", "Sad Nile", "Ntu", "Pamukkale", "Alin", "Breakin Through" feat El Michels Affair, "Sem Yelesh", "Lullaby For Lagos" feat Quantic, "Chich" and more. CD
(Comes in a nice gatefold booklike cover.)
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VariousBest Of Brunswick – Disco & Boogie ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $18.99
Killer clubby grooves from the last years of the Brunswick label – a great sampling of the disco, funk, and boogie the imprint released after its initial run of hits! This side of Brunswick isn't nearly as well known as classics by Jackie Wilson or The Chi-Lites, but it's an equally great aspect of the label – and shows that even in the waning years, they still had their ears towards some of the hipper corners of the American soul underground – the sharpest talents who packed the most powerful punch! Tracks include "I Wanna Boogie With You" by Charlie Singleton & Stargasm, "Disco Boogie" by Total Eclipse, "Disco Stomp" by Bohannon, "Love Hangover" by Touch, "Time Moves On" by Strutt, "Roller Skate" by Vaughan Mason, "Gotta Get It" by Tony Valor, "Strut Your Stuff" by Young & Company, "Ali Shuffle" by Alvin Cash, "Happiness" by Lionel Hampton, and "Stay Away From My Lover" by Satin Dream. CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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VariousGreat Soul Hits Of Jackie Wilson/Gene Chandler/Big Maybelle/Barbara Acklin/The Artistics/Young Holt Unlimited ... LP
Brunswick, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
An excellent compilation that features wonderful material from the second genesis of the Brunswick empire – tunes from the time when they were hitting hard on the Chicago scene, working with Carl Davis to craft some of the best soul to ever come out of the Windy City! With "Love Makes A Woman" and "Just Ain't No Love" by Barbara Acklin, "Wack Wack" and "Soulful Strut" by Young Holt Unlimited, "The Girl Don't Care" and "There Goes The Lover" by Gene Chandler, "I'm Gonna Miss You" and "Girl I Need You" by The Artistics, "Lonely Teardrops" and "Doggin' Around" by Jackie Wilson and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" and "Candy" by Big Maybelle. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousJazz Dispensary – Soul Diesel Vol 2 (180 gram colored vinyl) ... LP
Fantasy/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $24.99
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
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VariousJazzistico – Hitop Is Different ... CD
Hitop/Rambling (Japan), 2005. Used ... $13.99
A great little Japanese-only collection of grooves from the Hitop label – one of the most exciting new European imprints of the past few years – and a label that's showing us that Spain has a heck of a lot to offer in the groove department! The Hitop sound is one that often bridges different eras of sound – fresh and new at one moment, yet steeped in older influences from jazz and Latin that come through wonderfully in the instrumentation of the tunes. The 12 tracks here really showcase the best sides of the label – and are brought together in a very handsome Rambling-designed package. Titles include "Cabezo De Barro" by Axel Kreiger, "Kasparov Deep Blues" by Javi P3Z Orchestra, "Ciclos" by Mai Mako, "El Chalao" by Nava, "The Way I Am" by Casbay 73, "Never Mind The Bolos" by Javi P3Z Orchestra, "Konga Kool" by Don Matias, "Cabo Verde Strut" by Casbah 73, "Palumbo" by Watch TV, and "Penso Ascoltando" by Mondomo. CD
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✨✧ VariousPraise Poems 3 – A Journey Into Deep Soulful Jazz & Funk From The 1970s ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 1970s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Maybe the best volume so far in this ultra-hip series – a collection that already focuses on lost righteous tunes from the 70s – but which really seems to hit a special space this time around! The music on the set often isn't exactly jazz, soul, or funk – yet it shares many of the best elements with those styles, and moves them space that seems to encompass some of the hipper singer/songwriter modes of the time – with almost a folk-funk vibe at times, and a warm cosmic glow at others! The track selection is superb – the notes claim that none of these titles have been reissued before – and the whole thing's the best discovery so far in this series that's gotten us digging even deeper than usual. Titles include "Be Real" by Feather, "Loving Side Of Me" by Lexington, "The Lonely Hunter" by Lewell Williams, "Chalito" by The Three Js, "O Sing To Me" by Cal Andrews Trio, "Listen Baby" by Abraham Battat, "Nature Boy" by Jennie Misty, "Happy Sunday" by Wanda Stafford, "The Guru" by Toby Cooper, and "West 15th Street Strut" by The Rosewood Trio. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousRepublicafrobeat Vol 3 ... CD
Canamo (Germany), 2009. Used ... $6.99
The Republic Of Afro Beat keeps on pushing further into the global scene – breaking down borders in a rich new revival of older African modes – showcased here in a range of great grooves from around the world! The package follows on the other two entries in the series – and like those gems, shows a strong evolution of older Afro Funk styles in the past decade or so – worked into music by a range of different artists, often in ways you might not expect! Titles include "JJD" by Rhythm Roods All Stars, "Look" by Sandra Izsadore, "Global Party" by Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu, "La Vida Buena" by Vanguardia Sonora, "Wouldn't That Be Fun (Sr Lobo & Watch TV mix)" by Sofi Hellborg with Tony Allen, "Platypus Strut (ext strut)" by Ohmega Watts, "One Eyed Captain" by Deela, "Music Is The Weapon (DJ Floro & Ale Acosta mix)" by Afro Soul Toasting All Stars, "Parasite" by The Souljazz Orchestra, "Music Is The World" by Sofrito Specials, and "Crache La Doleur" by Fanga with Tony Allen. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousStax Of Funk Vol 2 – More Funky Truth ... CD
Stax/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A mountain of funk from one of the greatest soul labels of all time! Stax is known round the world over for their soulful work – by singers like Otis Redding or Carla Thomas, and instrumental tunes by Booker T & The MGs – but the label was also quite a funky powerhouse – especially as the 60s drew to a close, and the management of the company got a lot hipper, and a heck of a lot more musically open-minded! This killer batch of tracks features 21 numbers from those days – including many obscure and funky tunes that only ever came out on singles, or which were recorded by artists that never made it as big as Stax stars from earlier years. The result of all that obscurity is an extremely fresh selection of tracks – plenty of down-n-dirty funky 45 numbers, played by hip Memphis combos, and featuring some really deep soul vocals. Titles include "Dark Skin Woman" by Sir Mack Rice, "Ain't No Sin" by John Kasandra, "Bump & Boogie" by The Wrecking Crew, "Shame On The Family Name" by Calvin Scott, "Cool Strut" by Bernie Hayes, "Bump Mean" by Sir Mack Rice, "Soul Machine" by Reggie Milner, "How Can You Mistreat The One You Love" by Katie Love, "Cold Blooded" by The Bar Kays, "Do The Side Saddle" by Rufus Thomas, "Stay Away From That Monkey" by Jimmy McCracklin, "Them Hot Pants" by Lee Sain, "Devil In A Man" by Stu Gardner, "Circuits Overloaded" by Inez Foxx, "From Toys To Boys" by The Emotions, "Got It Together (parts 1 & 2)" by Rudy Robinson & The Hungry Five, and "Crosscut Saw" by Albert King. CD

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✨✧ VariousTexas Funk – Hard Texas Funk 1968 to 1975 (US version) ... CD
Jazzman/Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
This is the kind of funk they've been hiding from you all these years – the real deal, the heavy stuff, the type of work that's made driving around the country looking for rare 45s so worthwhile! This material's the kind that makes a trip like that happen – super-rare funk from Texas, dug up by the Jazzman posse, and given the stamp of approval by DJ Shadow! The package is a perfect introduction to the lost heritage of Texas funky work – as it not only includes 21 searing tracks of funk (some of the best we've heard compiled in a long time!), but it also features a breakdown of the different scenes in the state, and a full set of notes on each tune, complete with an image of the original 45! The whole thing's unbelievable – as well researched as it is hard and funky, and a delight to the ears throughout. Titles include "Give Everybody Some" by Mickey & The Soul Generation, "Sissy Strut" by Joe Bravo, "Soul Pot" by The Soul Ones, "Every Man For Himself" by The Road Runners, "Super Funk" by Vern Blair Debate, "Soul Pride" by Little Joe & The Latinaires, "I Turn You On" by Latin Breed, "Funky Stuff" by Little Jr Jesse & His Teardrops & The Tears, "Funky Chick" by The Majestics, and "Do Your Thing (parts 1 & 2)" by Zapata. CD

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VariousWheedle's Groove – Seattle's Finest In Funk & Soul 1965-75 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $8.99
Funk from Seattle? Hardly seems likely – but prepare to be amazed! The funky reissuers at Light In The Attic, in collaboration with Mr Supreme, have unearthed a treasure trove of rare singles and groovers for the set – all obscure local recordings from the Emerald City scene, most of which never made it past the Pacific Northwest to the national charts. Back in the day, Seattle was a real cross-cultural hotbed – filled with folks who'd picked up and moved out from points east, settling in the Central District, working for Boeing, and reveling in the freedom of the new city to find their own groove. This set does a great job of documenting the flowering of eastern-styled funk in Seattle's growing scene of the late 60s – and features a range of tracks that run from deep funk to hard soul, sock-boogaloo, and even a bit of hard-handed piano jazz! The package features a great set of notes on the music, and a long set list that includes "Louie Louie" by The Topics, "Brighter Tomorrow" by Soul Swingers, "This Is Me" by Cookin Bag, "Bold Soul Sister Bold Soul Brother" by Black On White Affair, "Cissy Strut" by Johnny Lewis Trio, "Stop Losing Your Chances" by Cold Bold & Together, "I Just Want To Be" by Robbie Hill, "Wheedle's Groove" by Annakonda, "Hey Jude" by Overton Berry Trio, and "A Little Love Affair" by Patrinell Staten. CD

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✨✧ George BensonLivin Inside Your Love ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes "Hey Girl", "Nassau Day", "Livin Inside Your Love", "Welcome Into My World", "Before You Go", "Unchained Melody", "Love Ballad", "Prelude To Fall", and "Soulful Strut". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Cloud OneSpaced Out – The Best Of Cloud One ... CD
P&P, Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Tyler CollinsGirls Nite Out ... CD
BMG, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "I Only Watched", "Second Chance", "Strut", "Girls Nite Out", and "Love Talk". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wilson Das Neves E ConjuntoSom Quente E O Das Neves ... LP
Polydor/Audio Clarity (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky killer from this hip Brazilian drummer – with his always great percussive vibe touched nicely by Cali soul and funk influences! There's a really great mix of modes on this one. The percussion is prominent, of course, often with a funk steeped bass groove, killer horns, nice guitar grooves and some soaring strings with the moment calls for it. A couple of standouts are the funkiest numbers – a great take on "Soulful Strut", which closes the set, plus a breezy cover of "California Soul" – but the whole thing is great! Other titles include "Wilsamba", "Sambaloo", "Se Voce Pensa", "Zazueira", and a fantastic instrumental version of Caetano Veloso's "Irene"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Plays at 45 rpm!)

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✨✧ Benny GolsonOther Side Of Benny Golson ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A smokin' hard bop side from a sort of amalgamation of players who played in and out of the Jazz Messengers around this time, but Philly Joe's sittin' in the drummers seat, so though the rhythms cook hard, that not quite as bombastic as Bu's. We've always loved Benny Golson, and though his playing was at it's most sublime in the Jazztet, he got to stretch out just a bit more and played with just a touch more fire in other contexts, like this session. Barry Harris is on piano, with Jymie Merritt and Philly Joe rounding out the rhythm section and Curtis Fuller joins Golson in the front line for a spry quintet setting. Six tracks: "Strut time", "Jubilation", "Symptoms", "Are You Real?", "Cry A Blue Tear" and "This Night". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ MetersMeters (plus extra tracks) ... CD
Josie/Warner (UK), 1969. Used ... Temporarily 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". Plus, the CD features 2 previously unissued tracks – "Soul Machine" and a nice cover of "The Look Of Love"! CD

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✨✧ MetersStruttin' ... LP
Josie, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
Also available
Struttin' ... LP 19.99
Struttin' (plus extra tracks) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ James MoodyJames Moody's Moods ... LP
Prestige, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
James Moody really blows us away with this mid 50s set – already stepping past the straighter bop of early years, and finding a way to extend his sounds and moods through some tremendous solos and mighty fresh arrangements! The album's exactly the kind that makes Moody unlike anyone else – a deeply personal voice on both the alto and tenor, and a player who's got a way of constructing these dark lines with the rest of the group – sounds that undeniably pave the way for the younger generation to come. James gets great help from a lineup that includes Dave Burns on trumpet, William Shepherd on trombone, and Pee Wee Moore on baritone – and rhythm is from the trio of Jimmy Boyd on piano, John Latham on bass, and Clarence Johnston on drums. Eddie Jefferson sings on the classic "I Got The Blues" – and other tracks include "Faster James", "Blue Walk", "The Strut", and "Jammin With James". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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✨✧ David MurrayShakill's Warrior ... CD
DIW/Columbia, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A surprisingly nice album of straight ahead tenor tracks from David Murray – playing here in a quartet with guitarist Stanley Franks, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and the great Don Pullen, who plays organ on the session! The album's not exactly in the classic soul jazz organ/tenor mode – but it is one of the few that Murray ever recorded, and it's quite interesting to hear him in this sort of a format. Plus, it was also one of the few recorded during that magic year of 1991 – when DIW really seemed to be getting things right, turning out some of the few truly genius albums in the history of the label. Titles include "Milano Strut", "Black February", "At The Cafe Central", "In The Spirit", and "High Priest". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson Trio Plays ... LP
Verve, 1964. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Oscar Peterson Trio plays – and pretty nicely too! The album's got a simple, unassuming cover and title – but it delivers some rock-solid grooves that are very much in the spirit of Peterson's famous sound in the 60s – that classic combination of piano, bass, and drums delivered with the help of Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen – both players who helped Oscar set a whole new standard in piano jazz! Titles include the great groover "The Strut" – plus "Little Darlin", "Fly Me To The Moon", "This Nearly Was Mine", "Let's Fall In Love", and "Little Right Foot". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Quiet BoysDazzle ... CD
2 Kool (UK), 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great follow up the the first Quiet Boys LP on Acid Jazz, Bosh! Chris Bangs and crew keep the same vibe here, referencing smooth 70s soul and jazz, but in a way that kept it fresh for the mid 90s acid jazz scene. A dozen numbers in all, including "Guiding Light", "Dazzle", their remake of "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "A Chance For Peace", "Always Be The One", "Watuzi Strut" and "Future Cliche". CD

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✨✧ VariousDocument – DJ Andy Smith ... CD
Phase 4, 1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Separated tracks from the classic mix by Portishead member Andy Smith, featuring hip hop classics along with original breakbeat tracks. With Jungle Brothers "How You Want It", Jeru "Come Clean",the Meters "Cissy Strut", Grandmaster Flash "The Adventures of ...", Marvin Gaye "T Plays It Cool", Peggy Lee "Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay" (with a surprisingly funky break intro.), Tom Jones "Looking Out My Window", James Gang "Funk #49", Barry White/Love Unlimited "Can't Seem To Find Him", Spencer Davis Group "I'm The Man" plus the Jeep Beat Collective and SL Troopers. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on booklet cover.)

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✨✧ VariousSounds Of The Times – From The KPM & Conroy Music Libraries 1970 to 1977 ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousWorld Needs Changing – Street Funk & Jazz Grooves 1967 to 1976 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The world needs changing – and plenty of these tunes may well do it – thanks to infectious grooves and some very righteous message-oriented lyrics! The set's a great document of the positive, progressive energy going down in soul music during the heady days of the late 60s and early 70s – a time when the country was changing heavily, and the music was as well – moving into new styles, themes, and ideas – expressed here by a hip batch of cats who were working on some of the best indie labels of the underground! This set offers up a great mix of cool cuts from a variety of sources – a few gems from the Flying Dutchman label, some other obscure 45s, and even a few southern soul numbers that fit surprisingly well with the northern vibe of most of these numbers. Titles include "Walk Tall" by Esther Marrow, "Get Ready/Uptight" by Little Eva Harris, "All Power To The People (part 1)" by Joe Savage & The Soul People, "Soul Patrol" by The Original Soul Patrol, "Do It (inst)" by Johnny Griffith, "The World Needs Changin" by Hank Jacobs & Don Malone, "Sea Saw Affair" by Cesar 830, "Love Tones" by Melvin Sparks, "That's The Way It Goes" by Elaine Armstrong, "This Is The Me Me" by Brenda Jones with Groove Holmes, "Sissy Strut N American Woman" by The Willard Posey Reunion, and "Rudypoot" by Huck & The Soul Patrol. CD

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✨✧ BamboosStep It Up ... CD
Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity, 2006. Used ... Out Of Stock
Deep funk from down under – and the stunning full length debut by The Bamboos! To date, the group's really only had 2 45s to their name – but those records alone got The Bamboos plenty of attention – making this record one of the most eagerly-anticipated sets we've stocked in years! The groove is tight small combo funk at its best – done in the stripped-down, all-classic mode of artists on Daptone or Soul Fire – and certainly in the best style of supportive labelmates Quantic Soul Orchestra. The combo's a sextet, with Hammond, guitar, tenor, and trumpet all taking heavy lines through the mostly-instrumental session – hitting a sound that's a slightly jazzier take on styles The Meters or James Brown Band might have cut at the end of the 60s. Alice Russell sings on the cuts "Step It Up" and "Transcend Me" – but the rest of the album is short, tight, instrumental funk – with titles that include "Black Foot", "Golden Rough", "In The Bamboo Grove", "Tighten Up", "Eel Oil", "Tobago Strut", "Crooked Cop", and "Another Day In The Life Of Mr Jones". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Cloud OneSpaced Out – The Best Of Cloud One ... LP
P&P, Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Sheena EastonPrivate Heaven ... LP
EMI, 1984. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Titles include "Back In The City", "Swear", "Hard To Say It's Over", "Hungry Eyes", "All By Myself", "Love & Affection", "Strut", and "Sugar Walls". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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✨✧ Frank N Dank48 Hours (2CD edition – with instrumentals) ... CD
Digi Pop/Delicious Vinyl, 2003. New Copy 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
The timeless sounding underground classic debut of Frank-N-Dank – which is a strong first full length statement for the duo – and a significant milestone in the J Dilla production canon! It has more of a straight up, street ready rhyme style than was typical for Dilla productions at the time – with smoky, pulsing production and unpredictable beats. The rhymes are stronger than we gave 'em credit for a decade or so back – and the raw electro funky bounce provided by Dilla really opened us up to how diverse his style could be outside of the jazzy/funky/soul beats he'd laid down in the preceding couple of years! Tracks include "Rite Bites", "Street Life", "Pimp Strut", "Where The Parties At?", "All Seasons", "Take Dem Clothes Off" and more. This 2013 version features a second disc with Dilla's instrumentals. CD
 
 
 



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