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Tone-LocLoc'ed After Dark ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 1989. Used ... $1.99
The crossover rap classic from Tone-Loc! The biggest couple of hits are still ubiquitous decades later – and Loc himself, with that raspy voice and smooth charisma, still stands as one of more unique voices of late 80s hip hop. Loc-ed After Dark is also an early proving ground for the soon-to-be mega-producers The Dust Brothers, with "Cutting Rhythms", "Next Episode", and "Don't Get Close" – plus the hits "Wild Thing", "Funky Cold Medina", and more. CD

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Tone-LocLoc'ed After Dark ... LP
Delicious Vinyl, 1989. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
The crossover rap classic from Tone-Loc! The biggest couple of hits are still ubiquitous decades later – and Loc himself, with that raspy voice and smooth charisma, still stands as one of more unique voices of late 80s hip hop. Loc-ed After Dark is also an early proving ground for the soon-to-be mega-producers The Dust Brothers, with "Cutting Rhythms", "Next Episode", and "Don't Get Close" – plus the hits "Wild Thing", "Funky Cold Medina", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with DMM etch. The back cover has a promo stamp.)
Also available Loc'ed After Dark ... CD 1.99

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✨✧ Tone-LocLoc'ed After Dark ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1989. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The crossover rap classic from Tone-Loc! Temporary pop phenom this is not – the biggest couple of hits are still ubiquitous decades later – and Loc himself, with that raspy voice and smooth charisma, still stands as one of more unique voices of late 80s hip hop. On top of those attributes, Loc-ed After Dark is an early proving ground for the soon-to-be mega-producers The Dust Brothers. 3 cuts produced by the Dust Brothers – "Cutting Rhythms", "Next Episode", and "Don't Get Close" – plus the hits "Wild Thing", "Cheeba Cheeba", and "Funky Cold Medina", the title track, "On Fire (Remix)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Loc'ed After Dark ... CD 1.99
 
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✨✧ VariousHip Hop Collected (180 gram red & white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A double-length collection of hip hop classics from the old school onwards – a package that's maybe a bit short on notes, but which more than makes up for that with an all-classic presentation of the music! There's not a cut here that won't delight – and titles include "Ring The Alarm" by Fu Schnickens, "Can I Kick It" by Tribe Called Quest, "La Raza" by Kid Frost, "It's Tricky" by Run DMC, "Go See The Doctor" by Kool Moe Dee, "Strictly Business" by EPMD, "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J, "Get On The Dance Floor" by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, "Woo Hay Got You All In Check" by Busta Rhymes, "Shook Ones (part 2)" by Das Efx, "NY State Of Mind" by Nas, "I Got 5 On It" by Luniz, "Full Clip" by Gang Starr, "Paid In Full (mini madness Coldcut rmx)" by Eric B & Rakim, "6 In The Mornin" by Ice T, "CREAM" by Wu Tang Clan, "Regulate (jamming mix)" by Warren G & Nate Dogg, "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc, "She's On It" by Beastie Boys, and "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing – on red and white heavyweight vinyl!)
 
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Frank Kimbrough & Joe LockeWillow ... CD
Omni Tone, 2002. Used ... $14.99
Duets between Frank Kimbrough on piano and Joe Locke on vibes and marimba. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Tru TonesPower Struggle (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Not Dead Yet, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A set recorded in both Jamaica and Trinidad, and one that shows a great combination of both locations – with straighter reggae cuts at some points, and some more Caribbean flavored club at others! The music has some of the message that you'd guess from the cover and title, but the overall vibe is lighter and more aimed at the dancefloor – with some especially great cuts that almost lean more towards a jazz/funk sort of vibe than some of the other island disco records of the time! One of these gems is the wicked "Let's Party", which has a massive bassline and some cool keyboard bubbles – and other cuts include "Foreign Journalists", "Burning Eyes & Hungry Bellies", "Dancing", "Music Is Music", "Song Of Love", and "Power Struggle". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chet BakerComplete 1952 Fantasy & Pacific Jazz Sessions ... CD
Definitive (Spain), 1952. Used ... $8.99
Features Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Chico Hamilton on drums, and either Joe Mondragon, Bobby Whitlock, or Carson Smith on bass. CD
(Sealed.)

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✨✧ Will BernardAncient Grains ... CD
Posi tone, 2021. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Guitarist Will Bernard is in a mighty sweet trio here – one that features lots of excellent work on Hammond organ from Sam Yahel, plus tight drums from Donald Edwards! The vibe is great – as Yahel's got a far-reaching sound on the instrument that really pushes things past the obvious – maybe Larry Young as a jumping-off point, but a voice that's all his own – echoed chromatically and matched at a solo level by Bernard's work on guitar! Edwards has a nice crackle to his drums, but he's never locked in tight either – and really matches the energy of the other two, on a set that's filled with original tunes by Will – titles that include "Dry Land Tourist", "Stone Valley", "Five Finger Discount", "Right As Rain", "Temescal", "Wake Up Call", and "Trilobite". CD

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Cozy ColeCozy Cole (aka Cozy Conception Of Carmen) ... LP
Charlie Parker/Everest, 1961. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Bizet never sounded so groovy – and the album's a very unique jazz version of his famous opera Carmen, handled by drummer Cozy Cole with plenty of swinging rhythms! Cozy always had a flair for the exotic in his work, and the music of Carmen turns out to be a perfect choice for his driving style of drums – augmented here by a bit of extra percussion that further enhances the Spanish tinges in the music, and topped off by some well-crafted horn parts by a small group that includes Jerome Richardson on baritone sax, clarinet, piccolo, and bass clarinet! Bob Hammer contributes some piano, organ, and glockenspiel to the record – the last of which further enhances the rhythmic pulse of the tunes – and far from being an operatic snoozer, the whole album's a surprising groove fest we really didn't expect! Titles include "Prelude", "Chorus Of Street Boys", "Habanera", "Seguidilla", "Flower Song", "Sextet", "Entr'acte", and "Castanet Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s issue.)

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

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Ronnie CuberCubism ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1991. Used ... $14.99
Ronnie Cuber on baritone and tenor saxophone, Joe Locke on keyboards and vibraphone, Bobby Broom on guitar, Michael Formanek on bass, Ben Perowsky on drums, and Potato Valdez on conga drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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ElCaminoLet There Be Light (clear blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Near Mint/Get On Down, 2022. New Copy ... $35.99 39.99
There's a great sense of versatility going on here – both in terms of the nature of the tunes, and the production – which is handled by a large lineup that includes Camouflage Monk, Jon Glass, Streetrunner, Ill Tone, Enrique, Toney Boi, Stress Fracture, Elijah Think A Lot, and Imminent! Yet throughout it all, the upfront vocal style of Elcamino holds strong – almost as if you're confronting him in a variety of locations, but he's picking up the conversation from where he left off the last time you met. Titles include "James Brown", "Angels", "Blind Love", "Fashionably Late", "Lauren Would Love This", "Money Felt Better", "Art Dealer", and "Zion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing – hand-numbered, and limited to just 300 copies!)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington & His Orchestra Featuring Paul Gonsalves ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1962. Used ... $6.99
A very cool date from Duke Ellington – one that's based strongly around the talents of tenorist Paul Gonsalves – always a key member of the Ellington ensemble, and quite a leader on his own in the 60s! The lineup is a familiar version of the Ellington orchestra – but the setting's a bit different, in the Gonsalves is really the main soloist here – blowing long and beautifully on tracks that are really designed to showcase his amazing tone on the tenor! Things are nice and raspy from Paul, and plenty creative too – especially since he's got room to get in a lot more licks than usual – and titles include "Paris Blues", "Ready Go", "Happy Go Lucky Local", "Caravan", and "Jam With Sam". CD
(Early 90s OJC pressing.)
Also available Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Featuring Paul Gonsalves ... LP 6.99

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington & His Orchestra Featuring Paul Gonsalves ... LP
Fantasy, 1962. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A very cool date from Duke Ellington – one that's based strongly around the talents of tenorist Paul Gonsalves – always a key member of the Ellington ensemble, and quite a leader on his own in the 60s! The lineup is a familiar version of the Ellington orchestra – but the setting's a bit different, in the Gonsalves is really the main soloist here – blowing long and beautifully on tracks that are really designed to showcase his amazing tone on the tenor! Things are nice and raspy from Paul, and plenty creative too – especially since he's got room to get in a lot more licks than usual – and titles include "Paris Blues", "Ready Go", "Happy Go Lucky Local", "Caravan", and "Jam With Sam". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s issue.)
Also available Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Featuring Paul Gonsalves ... CD 6.99

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Booker ErvinLament For Booker Ervin ... LP
Enja, 1965/1975. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A compelling split album – both a performance by and a tribute to the legendary tenorist Booker Ervin – issued after his death, but also featuring a rare European performance from the 60s as well! The album features one long track by Booker – "Blues For You" – recorded in 1965 at the Berlin Jazz Festival, with a quartet that includes Kenny Drew on piano, NIels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – and the piece spans both sides of the LP, and is much more open-ended than any of Booker's studio recordings from the time – which has him hitting a free intensity of tone that's similar to some of the live sides he clocked with Charles Mingus. The album also features the tune "Lament For Booker", a haunting piano piece played by Horace Parlan, recorded in 1975 – dedicated to Ervin, who's passed at an early age by the time of the recording. LP, Vinyl record album
(US white label pressing. Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and yellowing from age.)

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Gil EvansBud & Bird – Gil Evans & The Monday Night Orchestra Live At Sweet Basil ... CD
Evidence, 1987. Used ... $9.99 12.99
Gil Evans on piano, Chris Hunter on alto and soprano saxophone and flute, Hamiet Bluiett on baritone saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet, Bill Evans on soprano and tenor saxophone and flute, Dave Tucker on bass trombone, Johnny Coles on flugelhorn, John Clark on French horn and hornette, Gil Goldstein and Peter Levin on synthesizer, Dave Bargeron on trombone, Lew Soloff, Miles Evans, and Shunzo O'no on trumpet, Hiram Bullock on guitar, Mark Egan on bass, and Danny Gottlieb on drums. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Gil EvansGil Evans Orchestra – Live At Fabrik Hamburg 1986 ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 1986. New Copy 2CD ... $25.99 29.99
The masterful Gil Evans was very alive and well in the 80s – working in ways that continued to push forward from his famous arranging modes of the 50s and 60s, and furthering some of the experiments with electric instrumentation that he began in the 70s! And somehow, the strength of Evans work really seems to come out best at the time in a live setting – recordings like this, where Gil can lead the group on long tracks that really let them stretch out with all sorts of new ideas – as the individual soloists push nicely on the larger charts that Evans provides! Gil plays piano at the head of an all-star lineup that includes Shunzo Ono and Lew Soloff on trumpets, Chris Hunter on alto, Bill Evans on tenor, Howard Johnson on baritone, Pete Levin on keyboards, Hiram Bullock on guitar, Victor Lewis on drums, and Marilyn Mazur on percussion – stepping out on well-recorded tracks that were originally done for German radio. Most numbers are well past the 10 minute mark – and titles include "Stone Free", "Little Wing", "Up From The Skies", "Subway", "There Comes A Time/Birdland", and "Orgone". CD
Also available Gil Evans Orchestra – Live At Fabrik Hamburg 1986 (3LP 180 gram pressing) ... LP 51.99

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Gil EvansGil Evans Orchestra – Live At Fabrik Hamburg 1986 (3LP 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Jazz Line (Germany), 1986. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $51.99 59.99
The masterful Gil Evans was very alive and well in the 80s – working in ways that continued to push forward from his famous arranging modes of the 50s and 60s, and furthering some of the experiments with electric instrumentation that he began in the 70s! And somehow, the strength of Evans work really seems to come out best at the time in a live setting – recordings like this, where Gil can lead the group on long tracks that really let them stretch out with all sorts of new ideas – as the individual soloists push nicely on the larger charts that Evans provides! Gil plays piano at the head of an all-star lineup that includes Shunzo Ono and Lew Soloff on trumpets, Chris Hunter on alto, Bill Evans on tenor, Howard Johnson on baritone, Pete Levin on keyboards, Hiram Bullock on guitar, Victor Lewis on drums, and Marilyn Mazur on percussion – stepping out on well-recorded tracks that were originally done for German radio. Most numbers are well past the 10 minute mark – and titles include "Stone Free", "Little Wing", "Up From The Skies", "Subway", "There Comes A Time/Birdland", and "Orgone". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Gil Evans Orchestra – Live At Fabrik Hamburg 1986 ... CD 25.99

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✨✧ Hal GalperSpeak With A Single Voice ... LP
Century, 1979. Sealed ... $7.99
A great little album from pianist Hal Galper – a set that's strong not only for his own great work on piano, but also for returning the Brecker Brothers to a straighter jazz world, during a time when they were turning out tight jazz funk records on their own! Both the tenor of Michael Brecker and trumpet of Randy Brecker sound wonderful here – full of inventive tones, and able to open up alongside those beautifully blocky lines by Galper on piano – handled here on the acoustic instrument, but with some of the structures that he learned during his years on the Fender Rhodes. The rest of the group features Wayne Dockery on bass and Bob Moses on drums – and the long tracks really have everyone sounding incredible together – on titles that include "Blue & Green", "Now Hear This", "Speak With A Single Voice", and "Waiting For Chet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed copy!)

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Mikko Innanen & InkvisitioPaa-Da-Pap ... CD
Tum (Finland), 2007. Used ... $6.99
Mikko Innanen on alto, soprano and baritone saxophone, percussion, bird sounds, children's pan flute, and yak wakky, Timo Lassy on tenor and baritone saxophone, flute, percussion, voice and hand claps, Seppo Kantonen on Philicorda electric organ, synthesizer, horn, voce and hand claps, and Joonas Riipa on drums, percussion, horn, and neck glockenspiel. CD
(Sealed.)

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John KlemmerAnd We Were Lovers ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
An amazing record – and one that we passed up for years and years, but which is now one of our all-time favorites! The album's hard to describe accurately – or at least accurately enough to give it the credit it needs – but it was recorded during the classic days of the late Cadet Studios, with production by Richard Evans, and a swirling set of jazzy backgrounds that bring out some of the best solo work that John Klemmer ever did! One side of the record has string backing by Dick LaPalm, but that backing's not sleepy – and instead has a hip swinging soulful sound that reminds us of the best Eddie Harris work in a similar mode. Klemmer's tone is similar to Harris' at the time – a bit soul jazz, with touches of funk at times, but also far-reaching, with an ability to stretch into great modal moments. Side two of the album features a quartet with Harris' bass player Melvin Jackson, plus Jodie Christian on piano and James Slaughter on drums. Titles include "Touch Of The Moment", "Look To The Sky", "Chi Cha", "Dreams", and "Christopher's Clock". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s orange label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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Steve KuhnLove Walked In (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Venus (Japan), 1998. Used ... $18.99
There's plenty of love in the tones of Steve Kuhn's piano here – that deeply expressive sound that we first came to love in his earliest years, matured beautifully in the subtle setting of a straight trio date like this – with help from Buster Williams on bass and Bill Stewart on drums! The title's a standard, but the record's hardly a rehash of too-familiar tunes – and instead, Kuhn unlocks most of the songs with a fresh look at their structures, and some really inventive work on piano during his solos. Titles include "Sunny", "Saharan", "All Alone", "Lines", "You've Changed", "No Problem", and "Land Of The Living Dead". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Noel McGhie & Space SpiesTrapeze ... LP
Disques D'Esperance/Comet (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99 About October 27, 2022
A soulful treasure from 70s France – funky fusion at its best, played by drummer Noel McGhie and his legendary Space Spies combo! The group features some sweet electric piano on all the grooves – really skipping out with a light touch that steps around McGhie's tight drum work nicely – while reeds and trumpet blow with a tone that's open and exploratory – never too "out", but reaching for the skies with a real sense of spirit! The tracks are all quite long, and have a quality that's really hard to describe – easily on a par with the best American indie soul jazz of the time, but with a flavor that's also all their own! Titles include "Trapeze", "Dancer", "Ubet", "Mademoiselle Tulloch", and "Foregone Desillusion". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles MingusLive In Europe – 1975 (CD & DVD) ... CD
Salvo (UK), 1975. New Copy CD & DVD ... $4.99 14.99
An unusual little package – one that's got a DVD of a 1975 European performance, plus a bonus CD of other material from the classic years of Charles Mingus! The DVD live material is the real draw here – a Montreux festival performance that features great guest work in the group from Benny Bailey on trumpet and Gerry Mulligan on baritone – alongside the core group led by Mingus on bass, with Don Pullen on piano, Dannie Richmond on drums, Jack Walrath on trumpet, and George Adams on tenor and flute. Live titles include "Sue's Changes", "Free Cell Block F Tis Nazi USA", "Take The A Train", "Devil Blues", and "Goodbye Porkpie Hat". CD features loads of classic recordings from the late 50s and early 60s – including "Better Get Hit In Your Soul", "Reincarnation Of A Love Bird", "Gunslingin Bird", "I'll Remember April (live)", "Tijuana Gift Shop", and "Haitian Fight Song". CD
(DVD is PAL, Region 0.)

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JR MonteroseJR Monterose ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $9.99
The only Blue Note album ever recorded by JR Monterose – one of the more enigmatic figures of the 50s scene! Montrose was a brilliant player, with a tone and a solo conception that were very unique – but he lapsed in relative obscurity, due to the fact that he had a penchant for retreating to far-off locales, like upstate New York or western Iowa, where he would woodshed and get his bag back together after the stresses of big city life. Fortunately, he left behind a few excellent recordings – including this rare one for Blue Note. The record features Monterose in the company of Horace Silver on piano, Ira Sullivan on trumpet, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – and the tracks are a heavy-hitting showcase that's perfect for his great tenor work. Titles include "Marc V", "Ka-Link", "Wee-Jay", and "Bobbie Pin". CD
(1994 CD pressing.)

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Takeru MuraokaTakeru (SHMCD pressing) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 23.99
A really landmark album from the Japanese scene at the start of the 70s – one of the key records in which musicians like Takeru Muraoka were helping to discover something new and unique – a fantastic hybrid of modal jazz, freer solo moments, and some nice electric touches on keyboards – thanks to bold work from the great Masabumi Kikuchi! Kikuchi plays a Rhodes with a hard tone that's very edgey – nicely blocked out amidst equally bold rhythms from Yoshi Ikeda on bass and George Otsuka on drums – essential part of the fantastic quartet that really lets Muraoka stretch out and soar with very inventive lines on tenor! All tracks are nice and long, and as brilliant today as when they were recorded – with titles that include "Snoopy", "Electric Zoo", "Fish", and "Desperation". CD
(Part of the Japanese Jazz Revisited series – SHM-CD pressing!)

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Nu BandIn Memory Of Mark Whitecage – The Nu Band Live At The Bop Shop ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99 16.99
The great reedman Mark Whitecage is a player who never fully got his due – a really unique talent in terms of phrasing and rhythm, finally given one last chance at the spotlight here on this final recording with The Nu Band, a group in which he played for many years! All four players here are great – Thomas Heberer on quarter tone trumpet, Joe Fonda on bass, and Lou Grassi on drums and percussion – but it also feels as if there's a special sort of focus on the very personal, very expressive sounds that Whitecage can create – as he plays here on alto, flute, and clarinet. There's a mixture of modern structure and free improvisation here – that great legacy of the group, which is there way of bringing forward some of the new thing ideas of the 60s with more personal contemporary improv modes. Titles include "Christophe & Ornette", "Five O'Clock Blues", "The Closer You Are The Further It Gets", "Prayer For The Water Protectors", and "Minor Madness". CD

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✨✧ Sun Ra ArkestraLiving Sky (180 gram deluxe edition – with art prints) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2022. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $48.99 51.99
Really fantastic work from the continuing version of Sun Ra's Arkestra led by Marshall Allen – and an album of rich sophistication that definitely shows the mature version of the group really finding their own sense of voice and spirit! There's a laidback take to the music that partly recalls some of the modes that the Arkestra had in their earlier days, when they were exploring some exotica currents mixed with more avant jazz inclinations – although the expression of the sound here is more focused and majestic, with slight string touches blending in with instrumentation of a more jazz-based mode – handled by Marshall Allen on alto and kora, Knoel Scott on tenor and baritone, Michael Ray and Cecil Brooks on trumpets, Dave Davis on trombone, Farid Barron on piano, Dave Hotep on guitar, and Tara Middleton on some mighty nice flute and violin. There's a richness to the sound that comes from all the other players involved in the proceedings – and titles include "Day Of The Living Sky", "Firefly", "Wish Upon A Star", "Chopin", "Marshall's Groove", and "Somebody Else's Idea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition deluxe edition – with two art prints by Damon Locks!)
Also available
Living Sky (180 gram pressing) ... LP 37.99
Living Sky ... CD 11.99

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Dave Rempis/Elisabeth Harnik/Michael ZerangAstragaloi ... CD
Aerophonic, 2022. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
There's a great sense of "room" in this recording – the echoey space at a festival in Austria where these three great improvisers performed the material in the set – almost as if they were using the setting of the concert as a fourth sort of sonic element in the mix! That's definitely the case with the piano of Elisabeth Harnik, which has this moody tone that draws from the room and folds it back onto the keys – while Dave Rempis explores the further reaches of the space with these brilliant instant creations on both alto and tenor sax – as Michael Zerang again proves why he can be such a sensitive percussionist in the right sort of lineup! The album's definitely another feather in the mighty full cap of Dave Rempis – and titles include "Goat's Thorn", "Locoweed", "Milkvetch", "Macateta", and "Lafo Litupa". CD

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Stan TraceyFor Heaven's Sake ... CD
Cadillac (UK), 1995. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
The first recording from British piano legend Stan Tracey's "New Quartet" – a group that pairs Tracey and son Clark Tracey with younger players Andrew Cleyndert on bass and Gerard Presencer on trumpet. Tracey's piano is as filled with fresh chords and tones as it ever was, but the sound here is thankfully more inside than on some of his freer recordings of the 70s and 80s – a strong straight jazz vision that still has enough sharper edges to appeal to fans of the British modern jazz sound of years past. There's an especially great chromatic side to the record that we really love – blocks of color and sound that shift in mood as the set moves on, and which make for a far richer recording than we would have expected. Titles include "Blah De Blah De Blah", "Light Blue", "All Of You", "For Heaven's Sake", "The Dolphin", and "Only Child". CD

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McCoy TynerGreeting ... LP
Fantasy/Milestone, 1978. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A strong live set from the end of the 70s – one that shows the culmination of McCoy Tyner's work within larger concept settings, a format that he'd been exploring thoroughly since the passing of his old leader, John Coltrane. The ensemble here is quite strong – with George Adams and Joe Ford on flute and saxes, Woody Theus on drums and bells, Guilherme Franco on percussion, and Charles Fambrough on bass – and with Tyner, they work out some majestic tracks that soar with a spirituality supported by strong, blocky, piano chords. The highlight of the set is a 15 minute reading of Tyner's "Fly With The Wind", and other tracks include "Hand In Hand", "The Greeting", "Pictures", and a version of Coltrane's "Naima", done as a solo piano work. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Phil UpchurchDarkness, Darkness ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1972. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Plenty of darkness here from Phil Upchurch – those great tones and notes he worked so well back in the 70s – all with that near-perfect quality that made him one of the most in-demand players of his day! The style here is a bit different than some of Phil's previous work in Chicago – as the set was recorded on the west coast with support from players who include Joe Sample on piano, Arthur Adams on rhythm guitar, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Harvey Mason on drums. But that shift of locale hasn't dampened Phil's sound at all – and he's still getting a bit of hometown help from Donny Hathaway, who arranged a few tracks and also plays a bit of electric piano on the record. Other arrangements are by Nick DeCaro, and titles include "Love & Peace", "Darkness, Darkness", "Cold Sweat", "Fire And Rain", "Please Send Me Someone To Love" and "Inner City Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some surface wear, and is bent at the bottom right corner.)

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✨✧ VariousDream Session – The All-Stars Play Miles Davis Classics ... CD
Milestone, 1995. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Features Eddie Henderson, Roy Hargrove, and Nicholas Payton on trumpets – with Benny Golson and George Coleman on tenor sax, Grover Washington on soprano sax, Joe Locke on vibes, Jaki Byard on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Ed Thigpin on drums. CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole, disc has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Blue MagicThirteen Blue Magic Lane ... LP
Atco, 1975. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime work from Blue Magic – a record that still has them singing in the sweet harmony sound of earlier records, but which also picks up a fuller sound and a bit of a groove – thanks to stone Philly arrangements by Norman Harris and Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey! A number of tracks add in a bit of moog that sound surprisingly great next to the group's harmonies – electrifying them a bit without overwhelming them – and letting Blue Magic step way past their fragile harmony roots into the forefront of Philly group soul at the time! Tracks include the groovers "We're On The Right Track" and "Magic Of The Blue", the ballads "Chasing Rainbows" and "Loneliest House on the Block", plus "What's Come Over Me", which is a duet between the group and Margie Joseph. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ George Coleman & Tete MontoliuMeditation ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning setting for this wonderful tenorist – a record that has the great George Coleman blowing with only the piano of Tete Montoliu for accompaniment – with really wonderful results! George has all that full, deep tone we know from his bigger group recordings – and it really seems to set the record on fire from the start, and bring out these bold rhythmic lines from Montoliu, who plays with a blocky sense of power that reminds us of his sublime late 60s album for MPS! There's still plenty of the lyrical moments you'd expect from Tete, too – but even then, George comes in with these freewheeling passages that are really lovely – and which bloom brilliantly in the presence of the piano. Titles include long takes on "Meditation" and "Sophisticated Lady" – plus "Walsing At Rosa's Place", "Lisa", and "First Time Down". CD

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✨✧ Mike CooperOh Really/Do I Know You/Trout Steel/Places I Know/Machine Gun Co (plus bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Dawn/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing legacy in music from Mike Cooper – a British musician who started out in the world of folk blues, but never ended up moving towards some of the rockish modes of his contemporaries – instead finding his very own sort of special space in the freedom allowed by the Dawn Records label! The set begins with the very spare Oh Really – a set that has Mike Cooper mostly on guitar and vocals, in a style that's part Piedmont, part Delta blues – but also given a more folksy spin, and graced with Cooper's unusual vocals – almost making the whole thing feel like a spare acoustic version of Canned Heat territory – with titles that include "Maggie Campbell", "Saturday Blues", "Electric Chair", "Crow Jane", and "You're Gonna Be Sorry". Do I Know you is a record that follows up with a sound that's maybe a bit fuller than Mike Cooper's debut, but still relatively spare – with Mike on acoustic guitar and slide guitar, Harry Miller on bass (really great bass, by the way!), and Poor Little Anne on a bit of vocals. Miller brings these deep tones to the record that really transform things – and titles include "Do I Know You", "Start Of A Journey", "First Song", "Theme In C", and "The Link". Trout Steel is a beautiful set from the British scene at the start of the 70s – a record that's got a fairly folksy tone, but lots of jazzy currents as well! The set was issued on the seminal Dawn Records label – and really shows that imprint's commitment to the left side of the spectrum – as Mike Cooper's vocals and acoustic guitar come into play with more guitar from Stefan Grossman – plus alto sax from Mike Osborne, tenor and soprano from Alan Skidmore, piano from John Taylor, and bass from the late Harry Miller – all key players on the UK avant jazz scene of the time! The mix of these players with Cooper's core inspiration is not unlike some of the most progressive material coming from Island Records – or, even better, the special jazzy moments on records by Tim Buckley or Tim Hardin – company that Cooper could very easily keep, given the strength of his songwriting. Titles include "Don't Talk Too Fast", "On My Way", "Hope You See", "Weeping Rose", "Trout Steel", "I've Got Mine", "That's How", and "Pharoah's March". Places I Know blends Cooper's acoustic guitar and rootsy vocals with some very compelling arrangements from Mike Gibbs – the British jazz talent who was already known for his larger ensemble creations at the time, but who works here in these really subtle ways – to inflect Cooper's core inspirations with just some slight instrumental colors, tones, and phrases on most numbers – while Cooper brings in the core Machine Gun Co group on a few more. The result is a record that's way more than familiar folk – and arguably a lot hipper than most of the British acid folk of the time, too – on titles that include "Night Journey", "Paper & Smoke", "Country Water", "Time To Time", "Goodbye Blues Goodbye", and "Places I Know". The Machine Gun Co album is a partner record to Places I Know – recorded in the same sessions, but with tracks that are longer, and even more openly expressive – all with backings from the sweet Machine Gun Co quartet, a group with some especially nice electric piano from Alan Cook! Heavy use of that instrument really works against some of the folksier elements in Cooper's music – with these blocks of warm sound and color that really illuminate the tunes, and almost unlock a new level in the vocals. Cooper plays a bit of electric guitar at times – and titles include "So Glad That I Found You", "Lady Anne", "Midnight Words", and "Song For Abigail". CD also features songs from singles – "Your Lovely Ways (parts 1 & 2)", "Time In Hand", and "Schaabisch Hall". CD

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✨✧ Dr AlimantadoBest Dressed Chicken In Town ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Full strength roots from Dr Aminatado! In a perfect world, this album would need no introduction from us – it's classic caliber to say the least! For those yet to visit the doctor, this is the perfect perscription –in which Dr Alimantado and Lee Scratch Perry lead you through a top tier side of funky Black Ark reggae with the heavy murky Perry touch and some mad Dee Jay stylings from the best dressed chicken in town. 10 cuts, including the awesome title track, plus "Just The Other Day", "Gimme Mi Gun", "I Killed The Barber", "Unitone Skank", "Can't Conquer Natty Dreadlocks", "Ride On", "I Shall Fear No Evil". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bernd Konrad/Hans Koller UnitPhonolith ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1980/1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from the twin-reed combo of Bernd Konrad and Hans Koller – a record that really takes off from some of Koller's free music experiments of the 70s! The group is a very cohesive one – with Konrad on soprano and baritone, and Koller on tenor and sopranino – alongside violin by Didier Lockwood, piano by Christoph Spendel, bass by Thomas Stabenow, and drums by Martin Bues – and the overall feel here is strongly fascinated with textures of sound amidst the more angular reed interplay, in a way that's still relatively structured, but often flows into darker corners of more abstract expression. Core titles include "Jeannerette", "Nordlicht", "Phonolith 1", "Traumtanzer", and "Aufwartsregen" – and the CD also features 3 additional tracks recorded by Konrad and Koller in 1994! CD

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✨✧ Steve LacySoprano Sax ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone classic from Steve Lacy – a record that was nearly as important to the soprano sax in jazz as it was to Lacy in his career! In one record, Lacy almost single-handedly takes the soprano sax into the modern age – working before Coltrane and others to push the instrument from its more frequent use in trad jazz, and unlock its beautiful potential as a modernist solo vehicle. The setting here is relatively spare, with piano from Wynton Kelly, bass from Buell Niedlinger, and drums from Dennis Charles – and titles include "Alone Together", "Work", "Easy To Love", "Rockin In Rhythm", and "Day Dream". CD
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✨✧ Gerry Mulligan & Chet BakerBest Of The Gerry Mulligan Quartet With Chet Baker ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1952/1953/1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax and Chet Baker on trumpet joined by Bobby Whitlock, Carson Smith and Henry Grimes on bass, and Chico Hamilton, Larry Bunker, and Dave Bailey on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Oh NoUltimate Breaks & Beats Presents – Oh No ... LP
UBB Enterprises/Stones Throw, 2017. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stones Throw super producer Oh No takes a fresh, funky dive into the definitive history of classic era sample-based hip hop building blocks – the legendary Ultimate Breaks & Beats series! Ulimate Breaks & Beats Presents Oh No is the first of a proposed series in which in contemporary beatmakers and producers will craft an all-new hip hop instrumentals set, using only the sources from the original UBB compilations, and honestly, it's going to pretty hard to top! We don't know if Oh No painstakingly put together his timeless homage to classic, breakbeat funk era hip hop production, or if he's such a sure-handed guru by now that it came easy for him – but it's a total blast either way. Fresh, vital stuff for classic heads and young ones alike! Includes "The Trouble", "Magic Soul", "You Gotta Bring", "Party Bus Tours", "Friendly Fire", "KM2", "Raw Meat", "So!", "Let Me Tell You Something", "Electric Phenoma", "Hard Hands", "Dirty Referees" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has one slightly bumped corner, but is very nice overall.)

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✨✧ SpecialsSpecials (US pressing) ... LP
2 Tone/Chrysalis, 1980. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most important albums on the mighty 2 Tone label – and part of a huge ska revival on the British scene that would send ripples through modern music for years to come! And sure, the words "ska" and "revival" in the same sentence can often make most folks wince – but The Specials here work at a time long before the mode was reduced to cliche – and during a punk rock period when their contributions were especially vital – presented beautifully here on an album that's also produced by a young Elvis Costello! There's no overdone jams, no schlocky frat boy modes, just hard-edged London ska with a strong nod back to Kingston roots – on titles that include "A Message To You Rudy","Do The Dog", "It's Up To You", "Doesn't Make It Alright", "Concrete Jungle", "Monkey Man", "(Dawning Of A) New Era", "Too Much Too Young", and "Gangsters". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing. Cover has some light aging along the opening.)

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✨✧ Cedar WaltonEastern Rebellion 2 ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second trip into the studio for Cedar Walton's mighty Eastern Rebellion ensemble – and every bit as great as the first! This time around, the lineup's a bit different – with Bob Berg in on tenor, and Curtis Fuller expanding the group on trombone – but the groove is still the same – wonderfully in the pocket soul jazz, swinging with a gentle and fluid glide that's really tremendous. The work ranks up there with the best of Walton's recordings ever – and the tunes are all originals with a rich imagination for tone, soul, and color – and plenty of space for strong solo work. Titles include "The Maestro", "Sunday Suite", "Ojos De Rojo", "Fantasy In D", and "Clockwise". CD

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✨✧ Will AshonChamber Music – Wu-Tang & America In 36 Pieces (hardcover) ... Book
Faber & Faber (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unique books we've ever read on the subject of hip hop – a volume that takes the Wu-Tang as its main touchstone, but which moves past any simple history or biography – and instead paints a very complex picture of music and culture in America through 36 different "chambers" – all interlocked essays that deal with urban space, technology, family, film, and other diverse topics that work together surprisingly well! Rather than attempt to take on the monolith that is the Wu-Tang Clan, author Will Ashon instead illuminates their universe – both the one that lead to their musical creations, and their reception – putting that legacy in great perspective with some wonderfully written prose! Hardcover edition is 374 pages, with some black and white images. Book

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✨✧ Ian Carr Double QuintetSolar Sessions (10 inch LP) ... LP
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The group's listed here as the Double Quintet of trumpeter Ian Carr, but the sound is right next to the best work of his Nucleus group for Vertigo Records – a groundbreaking blend of jazz and electric elements, served up in a style that's very different from American work of the time! At one level, Carr and his group mates have this sophisticated style that's awash in complicated colors and very rich tones – but at another, they're able to open up and really let things fly – not really in prog directions, or avant improvisation either – but with a very freewheeling spirit that has Ian and the group exploding with new ideas all the way through! Other players include Harry Beckett on trumpet, Brian Smith on tenor and soprano, Tony Roberts on tenor and bass clarinet, and the electric core of Chris Spedding on guitar, Ron Matthewson on electric bass, and Karl Jenkins on electric piano – on long takes of tracks that include "Element 1", "Bedrock Deadlock", "Torso", "Snakehips Dream", and "Spirit Level". First-ever release – pulled from a well-recorded radio session in 1970! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited-edition pressing – in a cool flipback cover!)

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✨✧ Gwen GuthriePortrait (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Island/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early work from Gwen Guthrie – produced by Sly & Robbie, but with a sweet modern soul sound that's got a lot less of their influence than you'd guess! The sound is much more New York than Jamaica – and that's probably due to some great instrumental backing on keyboards by the likes of Harry Whitaker, Bernie Worrell, and Wally Badarou – all massive talents that bring a nice sweet jazzy sound to the best cuts on the record. There's a definite 80s sing-song groove going on – in that not-yet-top-of-the-charts soul sound that you'd hear on the better small urban stations at the time – moving back and forth nicely, in a strong link between the mainstream and the underground clubs! Tracks include "Hopscotch", "Seventh Heaven", "Oh What A Life", "Younger Than Me", and a nice cover of Sly Stone's "Family Affair". CD features 3 bonus tracks too – "Padlock (Larry Levan special mix)", "Hopscotch (Larry Levan rmx inst)", and "Peanut Butter (Larry Levan special mix)". CD

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✨✧ Ray MantillaConnection ... CD
Savant, 2013. Used ... Out Of Stock
A cracker of a set from Ray Mantilla – served up in that special approach to Latin jazz that's made Mantilla such a great leader for the past few decades! Ray's percussion is firmly at the helm of the set, but the group's definitely a jazz one through and through – graced with excellent work from Willie Williams on tenor and soprano sax, flute and baritone sax from Enrique Fernandez, and bold trumpet lines from Guido Gonzalez on a few tracks too! And while the solos are really rich and strong, the rhythms are definitely the core that drives the whole set strongly – not just Mantilla's percussion, but also bold, blocky piano lines from Edy Martinez, rolling acoustic bass from Chucho Martinez, and some drums from Bill Elder. Both Edy Martinez and Williams helped out with arrangements – and titles include "Andean Fantasy", "Psalm 107", "Sonando Puerto Rico", "Homanaje A San Rafael", "The Simple Life", and "New Moon". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ James Hunter SixWith Love (silver vinyl pressing) ... LP
Daptone, 2022. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nicely mellow album from blue-eyed soul veteran James Hunter – still done with the same deep soul currents as his other Daptone records, but slowed down a peg and with a nice focus on ballads and love songs! There's a moody, late nite vibe going on at some of the best moments – almost in the territory of early 60s uptown soul by singers like Jerry Butler or Clyde McPhatter during his Mercury Records years – but given a different spin with the leaner instrumentation of the group – who get the best sort of Daptone treatment in the studio, with a raw edge that really makes Hunter sound great! All tracks are originals, penned with almost a Sam Cooke sort of vibe – and titles include "I Don't Wanna Be Without You", "Something's Calling", "It Was Gonna Be You", "This Is Where We Came In", "He's Your Could've Been", "Mm Hmm", "Heartbreak", and "Who's Fooling Who". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited Daptone Authorized Dealer pressing – on "silver locket" colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ KieferBetween Days ... LP
Stones Throw, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Kiefer's got a very solitary look on the cover – and there's mostly a solitary look to the record – that mellow, intimate blend of beats and keyboard work that makes his music a great instrumental bridge between hip hop and jazz! The thing we love about Kiefer is that he's always very subtle – he never needs to hit you over the head with his music, and instead keeps things open with a really wonderful sense of flow – sometimes more hewn to the rhythms, sometimes with just the right space for jazzy solo. Two tracks feature trumpet – Sara Sithi Amnuai on "Friends", and Theo Croker on a great remake of "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", which features Kiefer on toy piano! Other titles include "Superhero", "Labored Breathing", "Work & Purpose", "Running Out The Clock", and "His Heart Grew Three Sizes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousHorn Rock & Funky Guitar Grooves 1968 to 1974 ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Funky sounds from a time when jazz and rock music instrumentation collided – and came up with a bastard child that was unfortunately named "jazz rock", and which kept some folks away from some surprisingly groovy records back in the day! Don't let that moniker get you down – as it's way more dated than the music on this set, and hardly gets at the soul-drenched style of the grooves – which often owe more to the horn sections of Memphis and Muscle Shoals records from earlier in the 60s, than they do from any higher attempt to merge the worlds of highbrow jazz and long-haired rock! In truth, most of these groups were probably raised on equal parts soul with all the other styles they were drinking up – and they probably also picked up a few members who got young training in school bands, then found a way to work with their guitar-playing friends – adding plenty of color and tone to the drums and bass that really drive the tunes. The set is a wonderful introduction to the genre – and not only mixes a few key classics with lots of overlooked gems – but also touches on some of the funkier nuggets that have been sampled over the years. Titles include "Toe Hold" by Al Kooper, "Run Back To Mama" by Chase, "Clown (part 1)" by The Flock, "One Fine Morning (LP version)" by Lighthouse, "It's Been A Long Time Coming" by Delaney & Bonnie, "Understanding" by Cold Blood, "Somebody Oughta Turn Your Head Around" by Crystal Mansion, "Tuane" by Hammer, "Roller Coaster" by Blood Sweat & Tears, "Clever Girl" by Tower Of Power, "Aunt Marie" by American Sound Ltd, "Gypsy Boy II" by Tobias Wood Henderson, "Blow Your Mind" by Donnie Brooks, "Boomp Boomp Chomp" by The Sons, and "Shoes" by Black Magic. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonGreat Paris Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1963. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Did Ellington ever record in concert and it not be great? This wonderful double-length set from the 60s is key proof of his genius in an unfettered live setting – recorded in Paris in 1963 with plenty of dark edges! The tracks are short overall, but Duke's really at the head of the group on piano – playing with those angular, modern tones he picked up in the post Money Jungle years – and clearly in charge of the group from the keyboard, not the podium. Horn players include Harry Carney, Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Cootie Williams, Johnny Hodges, and Paul Gonsalves – all bringing in some special tones and unique performances to an extended set list that includes both Ellington standards and a few lesser-known numbers. Titles include "Rockin In Rhythm", "Concerto For Cootie", "Suite Thursday", "Tone Parallel To Harlem", "Bula", "Cop Out", "Happy Go Lucky Local", "Theme From Asphalt Jungle", and "Star-Crossed Lovers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Broadway label stereo pressing in the textured cover. Cover has a mostly split spine, some splitting in the seams, and a small stain at the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Brad GoodeShock Of The New ... CD
Delmark, 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
An indie jazz classic from the Chicago scene of the 80s – the first album from trumpeter Brad Goode, a very fresh-voiced player with a range that goes far beyond his young years! Goode's got a great group here for the album – a combo that includes tenor player Lin Halliday, who's aging, human lines really give the record an edge – especially in contrast to Brad's put-together trumpet tone – and the group also features pianist Jodie Christian, whose soulful undercurrents really tie the two horn players together nicely. Other players include Dennis Carroll on bass and Jeff Stitely on drums – and titles include "The Hermit", "Winter's Song", "Clock Radio", "The New Blues", and "Tribute To Clifford & Sonny". CD

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Eddie Lockjaw Davis/Johnny Griffin QuintetTough Tenors Again N Again (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
MPS/Promising (Germany), 1970. Used Gatefold ... $16.99
A smoking twin-tenor session for MPS – one that reunites the mighty talents of Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis! The album was done as an offshoot of both players' work for the Clarke Boland Big Band at the time – and the set was not only produced by CBBB impresario Gigi Campi, but also features a core rhythm trio from that ensemble – Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! Tracks are nice and long, and have a sound that really shows the evolution of both players since their famous recordings of the early 60s – tones that are even more modern and edgey at points, served up with a fire that hasn't died at all – and set loose on rhythms that move past the usual grooves you might have expected from their American sessions together. Titles include "Tin Tin Deo", "Jim Dawg", "Gigi", "When We Were One", and "Again N Again". CD
(Includes original wrap-around obi!)

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✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw DavisFox & The Hounds (Jazz Line) ... LP
RCA (France), 1967. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the wonderful and overlooked albums that Eddie Lockjaw Davis cut for RCA in the mid 60s – each of which features the tenorist in a slightly different mode than usual, with a great focus on his tone! This one has Eddie as the main soloist in front of arrangements by Bobby Plater, who'd done a lot of work for Lionel Hampton – and the vibe is a bit like some of the Johnny Hodges records over at Verve in a similar mode. Titles include "I Wished On The Moon", "Born To Be Blue", "People Will Say We're In Love", "Call Me", "Day by Day", and "Out of Nowhere". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s issue.)

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✨✧ VariousUnited Dreadlocks Vols 1 & 2 (plus bonus tracks) – Joe Gibbs Roots Reggae 1976/1977 ... CD
Joe Gibbs/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A pair of classic roots reggae albums from the 70s – brought together here on a single set with a huge amount of bonus tracks – many on CD for the first time! The work of Joe Gibbs is massive here, and happens with plenty of help from Errol Thompson as well – at a level that shows that even at a time when reggae was hitting huge international interest on the bigger labels, there was still so much more going on in the Jamaican underground – particularly with more message-oriented work like this! And sure, roots reggae might be watered down a fair bit in the coming decade – but here, there's an undeniable power to the music that's made even better by the raw rhythms and nicely dirty production modes from the pair – on cuts that were initially issued on the related volumes 1 and 2 of the United Dreadlocks albums on Gibbs' own label. Titles include "Set The Children Free" and "Lovelight" by Gregory Isaacs, "Children Of Israel" by Dennis Brown", "Wicked Have Fe Dressback" by Earth & Stone, "Devil's Throne" by Junior Delgado, "Tribulation" by Joy White, "Whip Them Jah" by Dennis Brown, "Judgement Time" and "Rasta Man Say" by Junior Ross & The Spear, and "Marcia" by Freddie McKay, "Cool Mi Black Brother" by Afriques, "Set Up Yourself" by Ferris Thomas, "The Creator" by George Nooks, "Wise Bird" by Cornel Campbell, "Close To Me" and "Memories" by Ruddy Thomas, "Heart & Soul" by Junior Byles, "My Man" by Marcia Aitken, and "Hooligan" and "Vineyard" by Dennis Brown". Plus, in the best Doctor Bird fashion, the set comes with 24 more bonus tracks – work by Prince Far I, Marcia Aitkin, Culture, Trinity, Althea & Donna, Mighty Diamonds, Leo Graham, Bobby Melody, Dennis Walks, Silford Walker, Glen Washington, and others. CD

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Chet BakerChet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman (bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Mid 50s. Used ... $7.99
A great no-nonsense session from Chet – blowing here with Russ Freeman on piano, blocking out backgrounds that work perfectly with the fragile tone of Chet's horn. The rest of the group features Carson Smith on bass and Larry Bunker on drums – and titles include "Bea's Flat", "Moon Love", "Happy Little Sunbeam", "No Ties", and "Band Aid". CD
(1998 West Coast Classics pressing – lots of bonus tracks!)

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Chet Baker & Russ FreemanQuartet – Russ Freeman & Chet Baker ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A great no-nonsense session from Chet – blowing here with Russ Freeman on piano, blocking out backgrounds that work perfectly with the fragile tone of Chet's horn. The rest of the group is completed by Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Shelly Manne on drums – and the tracks are simple and elegant, but with well placed solo work. Titles include "Fan Tan", "Love Nest", "Summer Sketch", and "Say When". CD
(1997 pressing. Mark through barcode, promo stamp on CD, and sticker on booklet cover.)

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Dave Brubeck & Jimmy RushingBrubeck & Rushing ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of the coolest collaborations of Dave Brubeck's years at Columbia Records – and one of the greatest jazz sessions from vocalist Jimmy Rushing too! On paper, the modernist Brubeck and Kansas City roots singer Rushing would seem to be a very unlikely pair – but by this time in his career, Jimmy had gotten extremely inventive and was very open to new ideas – and manages to lend his amazing vocals to some sublime instrumental backdrops from the Brubeck quartet! Dave unlocks a whole host of bluesy tones for the session, and really matches Rushing's energy – and Paul Desmond's alto sounds somewhat unusual in that setting, but with a real appeal too – a very unusual sound for a record like this. Titles include "There'll Be Some Changes Made", "My Melancholy Baby", "Blues In The Dark", "I Never Knew", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Evenin", "All By Myself", "River Stay Way From My Door", "You Can Depend On Me", and "Am I Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 6 eye demonstration pressing with deep groove. Cover has minimal wear & aging. Promo sticker on label and back cover.)

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Al Cohn/Bill Perkins/Richie KamucaBrothers! (Jazz Line) ... LP
RCA (France), 1955. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A classic set of interlocking tenor work from 3 giants who made up the best part of Woody Herman's classic 4 horn lineup – Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, and Richie Kamuca – all coming together here in small group formation! The album's a wonderful example of the way that the hornplay of the larger Herman group had an influence on the smaller combos of the west coast scene – and Perkins and Kamuca are especially great here, working with a strong sense of precision, but also some nice humanity in their tone. Other group members include either Jimmy Raney or Barry Galbraith on guitar, Hank Jones on piano, John Beal on bass, and Chuck Flores on drums – and titles include "Cap Snapper", "Pro Ex", "Hags", "Gay Blade", and "The Walrus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s French Jazz Line series pressing. Cover has some edge wear and is bent a bit around the edges.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneBlue Train (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $36.99 38.99
John Coltrane's classic – and only – recording as a leader for Blue Note! The album's no throwaway date, though – as it stands strongly with both Coltrane's other label work of the time, and with the best of the late 50s Blue Note scene – a time when the label was really cooking at full strength! The groove here is a bit harder, heavier, and hardbop-inflected than some of Trane's late 50s sides with Red Garland – thanks to a lineup that features Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. There's a crisp modern edge to the record that really holds up beautifully – even after years of play – and titles include "Blue Train, "Locomotion", "Moment's Notice", and "Lazy Bird". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Blue Note Tone Poet series – heavy cover and vinyl!)
Also available
Blue Train – The Complete Masters (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 27.99
Blue Train – The Complete Masters (2LP 180 gram stereo pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP 51.99

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John ColtraneBlue Train – The Complete Masters (2LP 180 gram stereo pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $51.99 54.99
John Coltrane's classic – and only – recording as a leader for Blue Note! The album's no throwaway date, though – as it stands strongly with both Coltrane's other label work of the time, and with the best of the late 50s Blue Note scene – a time when the label was really cooking at full strength! The groove here is a bit harder, heavier, and hardbop-inflected than some of Trane's late 50s sides with Red Garland – thanks to a lineup that features Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. There's a crisp modern edge to the record that really holds up beautifully – even after years of play – and titles include "Blue Train, "Locomotion", "Moment's Notice", and "Lazy Bird". This beautiful 2LP version features heavy cover and vinyl – and a full bonus album of material that includes "Lazy Bird (alt take 1)", "Lazy Bird (alt take 2)", "Blue Train (false start)", "Blue Train (alt take 7)", "Moment's Notice (alt take 4)", "Blue Train (alt take 8)", and "Moment's Notice (incomplete alt take 5a)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Blue Note Tone Poet series – heavy cover and vinyl!)
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Blue Train – The Complete Masters (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 27.99
Blue Train (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP 36.99

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Fairport ConventionLiege & Lief ... CD
A&M, 1970. Used ... $5.99
A record that really has Fairport Convention knocking it out of the park – making a bold turn towards British traditional music, but in a way that imbues these relics with a whole new life of their own! The album came at a key turning point – after an accident that took one of their members, and which almost saw the group disband – but instead turn towards the past for even deeper inspiration than some of their contemporaries, whom they'd covered on other records – at a level that seems to set Sandy Denny free into this sublime territory of her own! Denny's vocals are incredible – like a thing unlocked from some ancient vault – and they're given this wonderful focus through the growing complexity of Richard Thompson's guitar work, and the understated brilliance of Ashley Hutchings' bass – both of which bring in these modal inflections that are very 60s, and hardly conceived of as accompaniment with the original tunes. The result is tremendous – tunes that are completely transformed, as a touchstone for generations. Titles include "Matty Groves", "Reynardine", "Come All Ye", "The Deserter", "Tam Lin", and "Crazy Man Michael". CD

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Jimmy Forrest with Shirley ScottHeart Of The Forrest ... LP
PAJ, 1978. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A really classic tenor/organ sort of album – one recorded live in the late 70s, but with the sort of open-ended feel we remember from Shirley Scott's late 50s material with Eddie Lockjaw Davis! Jimmy Forrest is one of those players that always has a nice little bite in his tone – and he sounds especially sharp here, working with Shirley at a small club in Michigan – helping the organist to hit notes she was hardly reaching at the time, and really taking the sound back to the gutbuckety years of early Hammond jazz. Randy Marsh completes the group on drums, and titles include "Love For Sale", "These Foolish Things", "Take The A Train", and "Night Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ringwear, some edge wear, and a promo stamp.)

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Ruben Lopez FurstJazz Argentino/Jazz En La Universidad ... CD
Melopea/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1966/1967. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Two rare albums from this great pianist – back to back on a single CD! First up is Jazz Argentino – key work from Ruben Lopez Furst, a wonderful pianist from the Argentine scene of the 60s – heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! Despite the local placement in the title, the set's got a really universal appeal – a quality that easily puts Baby Lopez Furst in the company of Bill Evans, Hampton Hawes, or a rare few imaginative pianists from up north! Furst's sense of color and timing are wonderful – ringing out fluidly, yet always with a sense of surprise that keeps us hanging on each new note – nothing that's ever hokey or heard-before – handled here with a vibrancy that's simply stunning. Many numbers are trio tracks, but the set also features guest trumpet and tenor on two tracks – and titles include "Israel", "Un Abajea Duriente", "Los Viejos", "Al Este Del Sol", "Sometime Ago", and "Cartas De Amor". Next is Jazz En La Universidad – one of the real highlights of the Argentine jazz scene of the 60s – a seminal album from pianist Ruben "Baby" Lopez – easily one of that country's greatest jazz musicians in the decade! Ruben's got a sound that opens up with the lyrical sense of space and tone first introduced by Bill Evans, but he's also more note-full at other moments – playing with a command of the piano that would have made him huge, had he recorded on the American or European scenes of the time! There's a warm balance between his instrument, the bass of Jorge Gonzalez, and drums of Nestor Astratta – one that goes past conventional piano trio modes, and which really reminds us of our favorite Saba/MPS sessions of the period. Titles include "Un Poco Alegre", "Hombre Amaestrado", "En Tu Dulce Modo", "Hermosoa Amor", and "Necesitare Alguien Mas". CD

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Jon HendricksTell Me The Truth ... LP
Arista, 1975. Near Mint- ... $5.99
One of the greatest records ever by Jon Hendricks – one of our favorite male jazz singers of all time! The album's an obscure 70s session that features Jon opening up from earlier days – moving into a bit of soul, a bit of funk, yet still keeping things really strong on the jazz tip. This added range of expression unlocks the depths of Hendricks' really expressive vocal style – a combination of warmth and pyrotechnics, all held together with a raspy tone that makes us hang on every single word. Includes the massive jazz dance track "I'll Bet You Never Thought I'd Find You", a nice take on "Naima", plus "On the Trail", "No More", and a good version of Gil Evans' "Blues for Pablo". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cut corner, a promo sticker, and light wear.)

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Abdullah IbrahimAfrican Suite ... CD
Enja/Tip Toe, 1997. Used ... $9.99
A larger suite of tracks by Abdullah Ibrahim – performed by a core trio that includes Belden Bullock on bass and George Gray on drums, plus additional orchestral backing arranged by Daniel Schnyder. The feel of the album's quite different than some of Ibrahim's other work – less rhythmically-focused, and more concerned with sound, shape, and tone – in a way that's incredibly captivating, and which makes us love Ibrahim's music even more. Titles include "Mindif", "The Call", "Barakaat", "Aspen", "Tintinyana", "Tsakwe", and "Blanton". CD
(Out of print.)

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Elvin JonesPoly-Currents ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... About November 18, 2022
The title's a great one for this post-Coltrane cooker from Elvin Jones – as the set really has Elvin exploring some really fresh currents in jazz, with a range of complicated rhythms that really pull the whole session along strongly! Rhythm is really set free on the record – as Elvin works to unlock some tremendous new possibilities in jazz, but all at a level that's quite different than his previous work with his famous leader – a rich tapestry of new spiritual expression that's carried off wonderfully by Joe Farrell on flute, tenor, and English horn – plus George Coleman on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, and a bit more flute from Fred Tompkins. There's no piano on the album at all – and Wilbur Little plays some tremendous bass, with some occasional conga work from Candido as well. Titles are all originals by group members – or Mrs Jones – and titles include "Whew", "Agenda", "Agappe Love", "Mr Jones", and "Yes". CD

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Tony Malaby/Angelica Sanchez/Tom RaineyHuapango ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2022. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A fiercely fluid outing from saxophonist Tony Malaby – a player who always seems to work with a very dexterous spirit, but who really unlocks a special sort of magic here in the company of pianist Angelica Sanchez and drummer Tom Rainey! Tony himself plays tenor and soprano, and Angelica adds in some occasional Wurlitzer electric piano as well – and the group have this way of coming across with different feelings and flavors on every different track – very different than some improvising combos, who might deliver slight variations on the same idea throughout a single album. Instead, it's as if these guys are recasting the mold with each new track – both from a sonic and ideological perspective – on titles that include "Lava Painting", "Lift Off The Sun", "Pie In The Face", "Bird People", "Huapango", "Jump Cliff", and "Water Flowing Flying Stones". CD

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1955. Used ... $6.99
Thelonious Monk plays the music of Duke Ellington – but as you can imagine, the sound here is quite different than usual! At a time when Ellington was working mostly in large group format for the mainstream, Monk's presentation of his standards in trio format is a wonderful way to unlock their nascent modernism – the angular tones, lines, and complex ideas that were still present in the orchestra readings of the tunes, but which would show up even more strongly in Duke's smaller group dates of the 60s. Many numbers bear the familiar Monk imprint – complicated lines on the keys and sharp changes that really reignite the numbers – and rhythm here is from Oscar Pettiford on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include "Mood Indigo", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", and "Caravan". CD
(Out of print.)

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington (Keepnews collection) ... CD
Riverside, 1955. Used ... $6.99
Thelonious Monk plays the music of Duke Ellington – but as you can imagine, the sound here is quite different than usual! At a time when Ellington was working mostly in large group format for the mainstream, Monk's presentation of his standards in trio format is a wonderful way to unlock their nascent modernism – the angular tones, lines, and complex ideas that were still present in the orchestra readings of the tunes, but which would show up even more strongly in Duke's smaller group dates of the 60s. Many numbers bear the familiar Monk imprint – complicated lines on the keys and sharp changes that really reignite the numbers – and rhythm here is from Oscar Pettiford on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include "Mood Indigo", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", and "Caravan". CD
(Original 2007 Keepnews pressing.)

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Mark MurphyRah ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... $14.99 18.99
Great early work by Mark Murphy – a set that's different than the cool breeziness of his 70s work, and done with an approach that's a lot hipper than most of his 60s contemporaries! Ernie Wilkins handles the arrangements, and there's a rollicking soul jazz groove here that's a bit unusual for Murphy – but which makes for a nice change from his earlier work for Decca or Capitol. As with most of Mark's records, the tunes are very well-chosen, and go way past the obvious – a set list that includes Fran Landesman's great "Stoppin The Clock", Jon Hendricks' lyrics to Horace Silver's "Doodlin", Annie Ross' famous vocalese version of "Twisted", and hip takes on jazz standards "Green Dolphin Street", "Milestones", and "Out Of This World". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK Interdisc S.A. pressing. White variant cover has yellowed clear tape on all sides, some surface wear and aging, but the vinyl is great!)

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Alan Skidmore/Mike Osborne/John SurmanSOS ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
One of our favorite sides of the British avant scene in the 70s – a body of work that's out, but never too out – soaring on spiritual wings one moment, and working in playful blocks of sound the next! All three artists play saxes on the album – tenor for Akan Skidmore, alto for Mike Osborne, and baritone and soprano saxes for John Surman – while Skidmore also throws in a bit of drums and percussion, and Surman a bit of electronics – making for a multi-horn approach that's got some of the same compelling elements as the Lol Coxhill albums on Virgin, but performed here with a freer sort of soul as well! There's maybe a lot more warmth here than some of Surman's colder electronics/reeds records for other labels – and titles include "Goliath", "Ist", "Calypso", "Cycle Motion", "Chordary", and "Wherever I Am". CD

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✨✧ Ira SullivanBird Lives! ... CD
Vee Jay/Koch, 1962. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
Way more than just a bop-heavy set – a landmark record that shows a side of the Chicago scene that hardly ever made it on record! In the years after Charlie Parker passed away, tributes to his greatness were a very common thing in local jazz scenes across the US. This is a prime example of that tradition, but way more than that, it's also a killer Chicago jazz session from the old days – featuring trumpeter Ira Sullivan at his best, along with some great local players that include tenorist Nicky Hill, pianist Jodie Christian, and bassist (Raphael) Don Garrett. The music is what you'd expect – loving renditions of Bird standards like "Klacktoveedesesteene" and "Love Letters" – but there's also a lot more going on underneath, and the album's as much a Charlie Parker tribute as it is a batch of bop and soul jazz numbers with a good underground feel. Titles include "Si Si", "Inchworm", "Milestones", "Sketches", "Fly Me To The Moon", and "Shaw Nuff" – and this 2CD reissue adds a heck of a lot more material to the original album – for a total of 15 tracks in all! CD
(Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Irma ThomasIn Between Tears (turquoise vinyl pressing) ... LP
Reel/Fungus, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 27.99 On March 3, 2023
An overlooked gem from Irma Thomas – and one of her deepest soul albums ever! The set was recorded with Swamp Dogg at the production helm, and he gives Irma this wonderfully rootsy feel throughout the record – the kind of vibe she definitely never got in the 60s, and a sound that seems to unlock even richer tones from her wonderful vocals! And although Swamp's in charge, the record's definitely Irma's own, too – as there's none of the usual Dogg-heavy cliches that might get in the way of the vocals, and instead Swamp is supremely respectful of everything Irma has to offer – and really helps her focus on her best strengths. The set was recorded at Capricorn Studios in Macon, with Duane Allman guitar on a few cuts – and titles include "She'll Never Be Your Wife", "What's So Wrong With You Loving Me", "Coming From Behind", "Turn My World Around", "These Four Walls", and "You're The Dog". LP features four bonus tracks – "Save A Little Bit For Me", "We Won't Be In Your Way Anymore", "That's How I Feel About You", and "I'd Do It All Over You". LP, Vinyl record album
(RSD Essentials pressing – on turquoise colored vinyl. Quantities limited!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, March 3.

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Mal WaldronWhat It Is ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1981. Used ... $16.99
A great one from pianist Mal Waldron – a set that marks that renewed sense of energy he found as the 80s approached – a move back to some tighter forms in terms of the inside/outside edge of the improvisational spectrum – but still with some of the freer spirit he'd unlocked in the 70s! The tracks are all nice and long, and are forged by a quartet that features Clifford Jordan on tenor, Cecil McBee on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums – a group who definitely have some of the spirit of Jordan in this setting, but with all the deeper tones that Waldron can bring to a date. Jordan is tremendous, and the album features three long tracks – "Charlie Parker's Last Supper", "Hymn From The Inferno", and "What It Is". CD
(Out of print 1994 Enja pressing.)

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Chuck WayneMorning Mist ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Very Good ... $14.99
Classic work from Chuck Wayne – one of the most overlooked jazz guitarists of his day! The album's a very laidback trio set – just guitar, bass, and drums – and Chuck plays in these blocks of color and tone – very much like Wes Montgomery, but a bit more fast paced and with some weird touches that make the album more interesting than you'd expect. Titles include "See Saw", "Shalimar", "Alone At Last", "The Song Is You", "Lovely", "I'll Get Along", and "Lil Darlin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a split in one corner, which has also cause a bit of laminate flaking, and a small trace of an old sticker.)

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Mike WestbrookCelebration ... LP
Deram (UK), 1967. Sealed ... $14.99
The first album by British bandleader Mike Westbrook – and a searing session that crackles with energy that's missing from much of his later work! The album features Westbrook unlocking a whole new chapter in British jazz – bringing together a host of top-shelf London players that include John Surman on baritone and soprano saxes, Mike Osborne on alto, and Harry Miller on bass – all working in an array of rich colors, tones, and musical shapes – swinging all the time, but also managing to explore some pretty heady space! The whole thing's amazing – never bogged down in its own sense of self – and simply a fresh, bold statement by a young talent ready to set the world on fire! Tracks include "Pastoral", "Awakening", "Image", "Dirge", and "Portrait". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram reissue on Audio Clarity.)

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✨✧ Chet BakerChet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman (10 inch LP) (PJLP 6) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Mid 50s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great no-nonsense session from Chet Baker – blowing here with Russ Freeman on piano, blocking out backgrounds that work perfectly with the fragile tone of Chet's horn. The rest of the group features Carson Smith on bass and Larry Bunker on drums – and titles include "Bea's Flat", "Moon Love", "Happy Little Sunbeam", "No Ties", and "Band Aid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Record is nice and clean – and cover has some very light wear, but no splits.)

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✨✧ Bill EvansBill Evans Trio – Live 80 ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), 1980. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Late live work from the legendary Bill Evans – and a wonderful demonstration of the way he kept on growing over the years, even in this final stretch of his time on the planet! Evans plays here in a very well-recorded setting – a double-lengthy concert recorded by Norwegian Broadcasting – with a trio that features Mark Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums – both wonderfully subtle players who really let Bill take the lead! Evans works here with these angular blocks of color and tone – almost a nod back to all the folks who'd been influenced by him and emerged in the 70s – as a display that Evans can still see these shapes clearer than anyone else, and put them together in a sublime tapestry of sound with effortless ease! Things are plenty tuneful throughout – but served up with this core approach that's breathtaking – and which makes even the final years of Evans such a revelation. Titles include "Tiffany", "MASH", "Up With The Lark", "But Beautiful", "Knit For Mary F", "Nardis", and "Your Story". CD
(2016 Japanese pressing with obi.)

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✨✧ Mary HalvorsonAmaryllis/Belladonna ... LP
Nonesuch, 2022. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A double-length set from guitarist Mary Halvorson – with two different albums in the package! First up is Amaryllis – a record that has the fantastic guitar of Mary Halvorson amidst so many other sounds and shapes – delivered by a lineup that features Patricia Brennan on vibes, Jacob Garchik on trombone, and Adam O'Farrill on trumpets – all players who already shape the sound in these fantastically colorful way, then get some extra help from the Mivos string quartet! The rhythm duo at the core do a lot too – keeping things moving in these blocks of sound that often fit Mary's approach to guitar – with work from Nick Dunston on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums, both players who seem to find the right balance with the overall sound of the group, yet really make the contribution known. Titles include "Side Effect", "Amaryllis", "Hoodwink", "Night Shift", and "892 Teeth". On Belladona, Mary Halvorson has a very unique guest – the Mivos Quartet, who bring a sublime blend of violin, viola, and cello into play with the fantastic tones from Mary's guitar! The set's not like when you add a string group to conventional jazz – as the sound here is much more about the interplay between the acoustic strings – partly the rasp of Halvorson's tones next to the warmer currents of the other instruments – partly the mix of plucked, strummed, and bowed passages that create a multiplicity of sounds and feelings! Halvorson has always given us something amazing with each new record – yet still, this one's a real standout – with titles that include "Haunted Head", "Belladonna", "Flying Song", "Moonburn", and "Nodding Yellow". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Max Roach & Archie SheppLong March Part 2 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant little record – and a key step in the explosion of growth that Max Roach experienced in the 70s! Shepp and Roach are no strangers to the modern frontiers of jazz – but in a series of duets like this in the 70s, Roach really pushes his own work on drums past any boundaries of previous, structured recordings – and manages to light a new fire under Archie Shepp as well – unlocking some of the energies that had been dormant during his return to straighter playing in the late 70s. Shepp's tone is wonderful – rich and soulful, and nicely structured at points – but the real stunner here is Roach, showing a huge range of expressive styles on the drums – encompassing a wealth of 70s mode of playing, almost in a way that says "hey you younger guys, I invented all of this – and look what I can do here!" CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Shirley ScottHip Soul ... LP
Prestige, 1961. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early Shirley Scott at her best – working with husband Stanley Turrentine (listed in the notes as "Stan Turner") to craft a great set of soul jazz tracks! The mood is laidback and easygoing, and honestly, it's Turrentine's deeply soulful solos that really make the set crackle – bringing an edge to the record that Shirley didn't always have, even on her earlier recordings with Eddie Lockjaw Davis. Stan's tone is superb – with a subtle rasp that really breaks open the sound – and his playing is extremely well-handled – always keeping us on the edge of our seat, blowing as he goes with incredible confidence and creativity! The rest of the group features Herb Lewis on bass and Roy Brooks on drums – and titles include "Trane's Blues", "Hip Soul", "411 West", "By Myself", and "Stanley's Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label NJ pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a bit of wear in two corners, but vinyl is great and the rest is very nice.)

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✨✧ Michael WhitePneuma ... LP
Impulse, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing work from violinist Michael White – one of a few that he cut for the Impulse label in the early 70s, all of which helped to completely redefine the use of his instrument in jazz! Throw away any sleepy connotations you may have about the violin, because in White's hands it's an instrument of soul and spirit – one used to unlock cosmic tones that glide effortlessly next to the session's earthy blend of piano, bass, and percussion! White shapes his sounds beautifully for the session – breaking the violin free of any staid European-bound traditions – and using the instrument as a key part of the new tradition of African American expression explored by Leroy Jenkins, Billy Bang, and others. Side one features the extended "Pneuma" suite – a long, exploratory track that sounds a bit like some of Leroy Jenkins work at the time – and side two tightens things up with some shorter, groovier numbers that often also feature vocals! Our favorite is the anthemic vocal number "Journey Of The Black Star" – a skipping, joyful ode that's really great – and other tunes include soulful tracks "The Blessing Song" and "Ebony Plaza", both of which have that warm post-Shepp Impulse glow to them! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has some light wear, but this is a nice copy.)

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✨✧ VariousLux & Ivy Say Flip Your Top – Sinners & Penguins Doing The San Francisco Twist ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest collections to ever bear the name of Lux and Ivy in the title – a really great genre-busting collection of odd, offbeat, and unusual tracks from the vintage 45 underground – very much served up in the mix of modes the duo explored in The Cramps! There's a real love of the 7" single that informs the collection – that special sense of surprise and anticipation when dropping the needle on a vintage 45 – delivered nicely here as the package steps through a whopping 50 tracks over the course of 2CDs! Titles include "Kiss Me Goodnight" by Tony Castle, "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" by Pat Hare, "The Chinese Rock N Roll" by The Flock Rocker, Annie Miss Fanny" by Mel Dorsey, "Story Of Susie" by Billy Woods with Kim Fowley, "Frustration" by The Zanies, "Too Big For Her Bikini" by Gerry Granahan, "Fallout Filly" by Chris Cerf & The Harvard Lampoon Tabernacle Choir, "No More" by The Uptones, "Tarzan" by Artie Wilson, "Zimba Lulu" by The Rays, "You Tarzan Me Jane" by Glenn Willings, "Choo Choo Train" by Ritchie Hart, "Little Lil" by Mel Dorsey & the Heartbeats, "Fallout" by Aston Martin & The Moon Discs, "Kalani Honey" by John Paul Jones, "The Switch" by Slim Marbles, "Miss Froggie" by Warren Smith, and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ VariousThat Summer! ... LP
Arista, 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An essential collection of punk and new wave singles – features "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric, "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" by Ian Dury & The Blockheads, "Another Girl Another Planet " by Only Ones, "Because The Night" by Patti Smith Group, "Rockaway Beach" by Ramones, "Teenage Kicks" by Undertones, "I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass" by Nick Lowe, "Blank Generation" by Richard Hell & The Voidoids, and many more! LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on black vinyl. Cover has a hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Derek Bailey & Jamie MuirDart Drug ... LP
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most obscure Derek Bailey albums from his initial early run on Incus Records – a set of duets with percussionist Jamie Muir – and a session that almost seems to unlock more percussive possibilities than usual in Bailey's style on the guitar! If the image on the cover is anything to go by, Muir must be quite dynamic in performance – although he's also one of those percussionists who's nicely on the more sensitive side of his instruments – which means that things are never too bombastic, but almost have that explosive sense of tone that Bailey can sometimes bring to his guitar. Titles include the side-long title improvisation – "Dart Drug" – plus "Carminative", "Ja Ja", and "I Soon Learned To Know This Flower Better". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ James Clay & David Fathead NewmanSound Of The Wide Open Spaces ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Texas tenors locked in hard formation! The set's a wonderfully stripped-down set that has James Clay and David Fathead Newman playing head-to-head in a rootsy Texas tenor style jazz session – one that's a bit more open-ended and earthy than some of the faker tones on Newman's early work for Atlantic! The setting is nicely relaxed – New York blowing session, taken down south – and rhythm is from a trio that includes Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, with lots of focus on the solos – and the set includes two hip compositions by Babs Gonzales – "Wide Open Spaces" and "Figger-ation" – plus the titles "Some Kinda Mean", "What's New", and "They Can't Take That Away From Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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✨✧ Muhal Richard Abrams featuring Malachi FavorsSightsong ... LP
Black Saint, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic record – and one of the warmest, most soulful sets we've ever heard from Muhal Richard Abrams! The album features Muhal's piano alongside the bass of Malachi Favors – a really unique duo outing that unlocks a whole new side of both players, especially Favors, who really seems to have a presence here that's different than usual – a bubbling, effervescent sense of soul that really buoys up the whole record, and helps Abrams hit these beautifully lyrical tones on the piano. We can't recommend this one highly enough, and the tracks include "W.W. (Dedicated to Wilbur Ware)", "JG", "Way Way Way Down Yonder", "Unity", and "Two Over One". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gil Evans & Jaco PastoriusLive Under The Sky – Tokyo 1984 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1984. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A mighty pairing of giants – coming together here in a mighty live set that has both musicians at the height of their powers! At some level, the vibe here is that of Evans during his electric ensemble years – especially given some of the players in the group – but the presence of bassist Jaco Pastorius in the lead really sharpens the edges, and almost creates some of the bolder, more powerful sounds you'd expect from Weather Report, or maybe even the Miles Davis electric groups of the 70s! Gil plays keyboards throughout – and other musicians include Hiram Bullock on guitar, George Adams and Chris Hunter on saxes, Lew Soloff and Hannibal Marvin Peterson on trumpets, Pete Levin on electronics, and a surprising appearance by the avant giant George Lewis on trombone. Titles include "Up From The Skies", "Stone Free", "Variations On THe Misery", "Dania", "Jaco Solo/Goodbye Porkpie Hat", and "Here Comes De Honey Man/Eleven". CD

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✨✧ Lee KonitzLee Konitz At Storyville/At Harvard Square/Konitz (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1954. New Copy 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
Three early 10" albums from alto genius Lee Konitz – packaged together here in one great 2CD set! First up is Lee Konitz At Storyville – tight early work from Lee Konitz – recorded on location at the very hospitable Storyville nightclub in Boston – a sweet setting for his angular tones on the alto! The style here is great – cutting lines that are incredibly precise, yet crafted with enough soul to keep them from just being exercises in sound – delivered with a bit more warmth than some of Lee's other recordings of the time. The group's a quartet with Ronnie Ball on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Al Levitt on drums – and titles include "Sound Lee", "Subconscious Lee", "Hi Beck", and "These Foolish Things". Next is Lee Konitz At Harvard Square – clear, clean early work from Lee Konitz – recorded with that crispy edge that he brought to all of his best early work! The album's a treasure all the way through – really amazing stuff, with a sharpness that's quite noticeable, but also a sense of humanity that Lee didn't always have in his later work. The group's nicely relaxed, but still driven by modern ideals – and other players include Ronnie Ball on piano, Jeff Morton on drums, and Peter Ind on bass. Tracks are short, but pack a punch, and titles include "No Splice", "Foolin Myself", "Ronnie's Tune", "Froggy Day", and "My Old Flame". Last is the great Konitz album – some of the greatest work ever recorded by Lee Konitz – crisp, cool, and with that perfect icy tone that was his unique trademark during the mid 50s! The style here is a bit less angular and academic than some of Lee's earliest work – and there's a subtle warmth, almost an intimacy to the way the whole thing's recorded – but also a Tristano-styled approach to the tunes that still makes everything feel a bit off-kilter, even when relaxed. The group's a quartet – with Lee on alto, Ronnie Ball on piano, Jeff Morton on drums, and the great Tristano-ite Peter Ind on bass. Titles include "317 East 32nd", "Bop Goes The Leesel", "Nursery Rhyme", and a great version of "Skylark". 31 tracks in all – with some bonus alternates too! CD

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✨✧ Elvin JonesPoly-Currents ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
The title's a great one for this post-Coltrane cooker from Elvin Jones – as the set really has Elvin exploring some really fresh currents in jazz, with a range of complicated rhythms that really pull the whole session along strongly! Rhythm is really set free on the record – as Elvin works to unlock some tremendous new possibilities in jazz, but all at a level that's quite different than his previous work with his famous leader – a rich tapestry of new spiritual expression that's carried off wonderfully by Joe Farrell on flute, tenor, and English horn – plus George Coleman on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, and a bit more flute from Fred Tompkins. There's no piano on the album at all – and Wilbur Little plays some tremendous bass, with some occasional conga work from Candido as well. Titles are all originals by group members – or Mrs Jones – and titles include "Whew", "Agenda", "Agappe Love", "Mr Jones", and "Yes". CD
(Out of print, 1988 Blue Note pressing.)

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✨✧ Music BoxSongs Of Sunshine (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Big Pink (South Korea), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Music Box have a nicely different vibe here – a style that some might peg as folk rock, given the acoustic instrumentation – but served up at a level that's very different than similar styles from some of their own UK contemporaries! The group are a trio, without any drums in the lineup – just guitars, a bit of percussion, and small use of recorder, organ, and glockenspiel – yet there's an unusual edge in the instrumentation, both in the guitar notes and the vocals from Rob and Colin Armstrong, both singers who are very different in tone than some of the warmer Brit folk singers of the period. The group also seem to have a bit of influence from the bluesier side of the spectrum – although the music is not blues rock at all, nor is in the more ancient style of folk from early 70s UK groups – all very original, with titles that include "Songs Of Sunshine", "Caillavie", "Harmonium Joe", "Calico Shoeshine Boy", and "The Happy King". CD

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✨✧ Eyal VilnerIntroducing The Eyal Vilner Big Band ... CD
Gut String, 2010. Used ... Out Of Stock
Eyal Vilner and Andrew Gould on alto saxophone and clarinet, Pablo Castano on alto saxophone and flute, Montana Agte-Studier on flute, Dan Block on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Jonah Parzen-Johnson on bass clarinet and baritone saxophone, Net Gold on tenor saxophone, John Mosca and Kevin Cerovich on trombone, Cameron Johnson on trumpet, Brandon Lee on trumpet and flugelhorn, Yonatan Riklis on piano, Alexi David on bass, and Yonatan Rosen on drums. CD
(Small index sticker on spine.)
 
 
 



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