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Universal Togetherness BandUniversal Togetherness Band ... CD
Numero, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $7.99 15.98
A Chicago group who never hit the big time during their short run at the start of the 80s – but one who definitely know how to groove! There's a vibe here that really lives up to the "togetherness" in the group's name – a way of coming together with a tight, sharp sound throughout – but one that's never too slick, just surprisingly strong for such an underground funk group from the Windy City! And although the music is upbeat, the style is less disco than it is the kind of faster funk that percolated strongly in the underground scene in the pre-house years – almost more akin to some of the best indie club work coming out of the east coast, but with a very unique vibe too. As usual with Numero, the set does way more than just bring this lost music to light – it also tells the tale of the Universal Togetherness Band, and their never-flagging sense of energy and inspiration during their short but important run. Titles include "Ain't Gonna Cry", "Try Try Try", "My Sentiment", "Real Thrill", "Once In A Lifetime", "Call For Love", "I Want You", and "Taken By Love". CD

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✨✧ Ju-Par Universal OrchestraMoods & Grooves (headphone cover) ... LP
Ju-Par, 1976. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of THE indie soul treasures of the 70s – a wickedly funky record that blends together jazz, soul, and club – and which stands out with a sound that's all its own! You may well know the tag "moods and grooves" – as the record's had an influence on countless scenes, and has been referenced by many artists over the years. But nothing beats this original set, a sublime batch of electric grooves performed by a core combo of electric keys, bass, and congas – augmented by sweetened strings and some occasional chorus vocals – bad-stepping around the grooves in a mostly-instrumental mode that rivals (if not betters) some of the best funky soundtrack work of the decade! Titles include "Time", "Chicago Calypso", "Funky Music", "Flute Salad", and "Gotta Get-A-Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover ahs a cut corner and light ringwear.)

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Don Cherry/Carlos Ward/Dollar BrandUniversal Silence ... CD
Lepo Glasbo (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A beautiful live performance from the same trio that delivered the Third World Underground album for Trio Records in 1972 – a set done with a similar mix of earthy, global elements as that gem – delivered by Carlos Ward on alto and flute, Dollar Brand on piano and flute, and Don Cherry on flute, trumpet, and percussion! There's a style here that's almost an extension of the energy of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – especially in the way the musicians mix up instruments – combined with some of the more globally-sensitive elements of Don Cherry's work in Sweden, which clearly brings out qualities in Brand and Ward that are different than their already-great work together on other albums. Titles include "African Session", "Air", "Berimbau", "Waya Wa Egoli", "Cherry", and "Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro". CD

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Clarke Boland Big BandJazz Is Universal ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good+ ... $13.99
Great early genius from the Clarke Boland Big Band – proof that Kenny and Francy were onto something great, right from the start! The album really has the group hitting the heights of their MPS years – stretching out way past earlier big band modes, into the hip mix of rhythms and soulful solos that made the ensemble unlike any other group in the 60s – a really groundbreaking approach to their music, delivered by a range of top-shelf players! Arrangements are by Boland, who also plays piano – and other group members include Benny Bailey and Jimmy Deuchar on trumpets, Derek Humble on alto sax, Carl Drewo and Zoot Sims on tenor, Sahib Shihab on baritone sax and flute, and Ake Persson on trombone – plus rhythm from the rock-solid duo of Jimmy Woode on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include the Latin-tinged "Los Bravos", and more great originals by Boland – including "Volutes", "The Styx", "Charon's Ferry", and "Box 703 Washington DC" – plus versions of "Gloria" and "Last Train From Overbrook". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono white label pressing with AT etch. Cover has light wear and aging, with some tears at the bottom of the back paste-on.)

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Heritage OPUniversal Healing ... CD
Heritage OP, 1999. Used 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
... CD

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PreachermanUniversal Philosophy – Preacherman Plays TJ Hustler's Greatest Hits ... LP
Luaka Bop, 2018. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Wild work from one of the more compelling artists of the Cali soul scene – an Oakland singer/keyboardist who issued a rare album under the name of TJ Hustler in 1979, then kept on making his own sounds away from the mainstream! The vibe here is very very 80s underground – lots of Casio-styled keyboards, used with spare drum programs – and topped with lyrics that are quite far from any mainstream understanding of soul – clearly marking Preacherman as his own sort of singer right from the start. The collection is a perfect fit for the Luaka Bop style of finding truly unique artists and giving them the spotlight they deserve – and titles include "Feel It", "Out Of This World", "Tell Me Why", "That's Good", "Age Of Individualism", and the 18 minute long "Up & Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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Miroslav VitousUniversal Syncopations ... CD
ECM, 2003. Used ... $9.99
Features Vitous on bass, Jan Garbarek on tenor and soprano sax, Chick Corea on piano, John McLaughlin on guitar, and Jack DeJohnette on drums. CD

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsUniversal Language ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet sweet set of electric 70s funk – recorded by Booker T during a brief, but well-needed reunion with the MGs! The sound here is quite different than Stax-era MGs – as Booker plays a range of keyboards, not just organ – and the grooves have these great jazz funk touches at the bottom – almost a CTI vibe at times, but packed with the tighter energy you'd expect from the group! Steve Cropper's guitar is great – super-fine, and razor-sharp – really helping cut a nice edge on the cuts – over bass from Donald Duck Dunn and drums from Willie Hall, who's the only new member of the group. In a way, the album feels like mid 70s efforts from Johnny Hammond or Jimmy Smith – sweetly soaring on a let-loose 70s vibe. Titles include the funky break track "Grab Bag", plus "Sticky Stuff", "Moto Cross", "Tie Stick", and "Space Nuts". CD

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✨✧ JazztronikUniversal Language ... LP
Toyoka (Japan), 2022. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jazztronik are sounding really wonderful here – maybe even with more jazz than in the early days, thanks to the increasing piano and keyboard skills of leader Ryota Nozaki! In fact, even the structure of the record is more jazz-based than before – really just a trio lineup, with bass and drums next to Nozaki's keys – at a level that's like some of the more dynamic Japanese trios of the younger generation, but with all the depth that Ryota's been bringing to his music since the 90s – a quality that really sets this one apart from more facile records of the same nature. And if you still dig the groove side of Jazztronik, you'll find plenty to love here – just delivered with more live instrumentation and less samples and programs – on cuts that include "1976", "Don't Miss That Rain", "The Hare & The Tortoise", "Move", "In The Forest", and "Evening Shower". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings ... LP
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the crowning achievement of drummer Makaya McCraven so far – a double-length set that stands as a huge testimony to all the many waves he's been making in jazz for the past few years! The album features four slices of live performance – recorded in New York, Chicago, LA, and London – and as with every one of his different projects, Makaya seems to bring a different voice to each live track here – recording with Brandee Younger on harp and Joel Ross on vibes in New York, Shabaka Hutchings on tenor in Chicago; Nubya Garcia on tenor and Ashley Henry on Rhodes in London; and Josh Johnson on alto, Jeff Parker on guitar, Carlos Nino on percussion, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on violin in LA! The rhythms are as amazing as the contributions from the different soloists – and the sound of the record is maybe something we'd call post-spiritual – moving past that Coltrane-inspired mode that's been revived so well in the 21st Century, while still holding onto its best sense of energy. The whole thing is fantastic – and titles include "The Count Off", "Brighter Days Beginning", "Universal Beings", "Mantra", "Young Genius", "Holy Lands", "Wise Man Wiser Woman", "Prosperity's Fear", "Atlantic Black", "Flipped Out", "Voila", and "Suite Hans". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings E & F Sides ... LP
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great idea for a record – and one that echoes the same "E & F" mode that Makaya McCraven brought to his previous album! The approach here is as unique as the drummer himself – in that McCraven went back to the sessions for the core album, and pulled out material that's recast into a completely different record altogether – not a remix project, or a batch of alternate takes – but new music from the ground up, as Makaya continues his groundbreaking style of using live jazz performance as the basis for a record that's eventually cut-up and reassembled! Performances were recorded in Chicago, Cali, Brooklyn, and London – with players who include Brandee Younger on harp, Joel Ross on vibes, Dezron Douglas on bass, Ashley Henry on Fender Rhodes, Nubya Garcia on tenor, Jeff Parker on guitar, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on violin, Carlos Nino on percussion, Junius Paul on bass, Tomeka Reid on cello, and Shabaka Hutchings on tenor – an amazing lineup that gets plenty of space to shine in the hands of Makaya. Titles include "Everybody Coo", "Mak Attack", "The Hunt", "Beat Science", "Kings & Queens", "Traveling Space", "Butterss Fly", "Universal Beings Part 2", "Her Name", "Half Steppin", and "The Way Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Alice ColtraneUniversal Consciousness ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Alice Coltrane's most adventurous albums – a beautiful blend of organ, harp, percussion, and strings – much of which are transcribed for the album by Ornette Coleman! The most haunting aspect of the album is Alice's work on organ – spare, jagged, with a nascent soulful quality that's quite different from her piano work on other Impulse albums. The strings provide a sheet of sound – a shimmering backdrop to support Alice's work on the keys – moving forward tentatively, but growing in energy as the album progresses through a host of Eastern spiritual influences. Alice is way past jazz at this point – moving towards the new level of consciousness hinted at in the title, growing majestically on tracks that include "Oh Allah", "Sita Ram", "Hare Krishna", "Universal Consciousness", and "The Ankh of Amen-Ra". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
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Cannonball Adderley74 Miles Away/Walk Tall ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A stone classic from Cannonball Adderley – and a pivotal set that has him continuing the live recording setting of some of his best 60s albums, while also stretching forward to some of the more inventive ideas of the latter part of the decade! David Axelrod produced, and the album's definitely got his ear firmly in place – a great way of bringing together the album's hip instrumentation – Cannon's alto, Nat Adderley's cornet, and the wicked electric piano of Joe Zawinul – played here in a style that would go onto have a huge influence on countless other musicians on the instrument. Rhythm is by Victor Gaskin on bass and Roy McCurdy on drums – and as with other Axelrod live albums, there's some great spoken bits left in the mix – Cannon's charming conversation with the audience, which really opens up the tunes. Titles include the 2 title hits – "Walk Tall" and "74 Miles Away" – plus "I Remember Bird", "Oh Babe", and "Do Do Do". CD

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Cannonball AdderleyAccent On Africa ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Wickedly hip work from Cannonball Adderley – and one of his real standout sessions for Capitol Records in the 60s! The set lives up to its "Africa" promise right from the very first note – and features a set of loud, proud tunes that really bring out the righteous sounds of this generation of new liberation – tunes that sparkle with lead alto and soprano sax from Cannon, but which really draw even more energy from the whole collective of musicians on the record – a hip lineup led by HB Barnum, who also did all the arrangements for the set! The result is a record that's unlike any of Adderley's other albums – from some of the evocative snakey lines on the top, to the hip mix of 60s Cali soul and African percussion on the bottom. And oh yeah, David Axelrod produced the whole thing too! Titles include "Gumba Gumba", "Up & At It", "Hamba Nami", "Ndolima", and "Lehadima". CD

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Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley Live! ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Cannonball Adderley with David Axelrod production – a combination that couldn't miss back in the 60s! In keeping with the success of the Mercy Mercy Mercy album done with Axelrod, Capitol did everything they could to catch Cannonball in a live setting – a great move, given the open, soulful energy his group had in the format – crowd-pleasing, but always plenty darn creative too! Added to the mix here is some nice production by David Axelrod, capturing all the right moments in all the right ways – especially when Joe Zawinul steps up to take some sweet solos on the keys – and the great Charles Lloyd serves up some mighty nice work on flute and tenor sax. Other players include Nat Adderley on cornet, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – and titles include "The Song My Lady Sings", "Little Boy With The Sad Eyes", "Work Song", and "Sweet Georgia Bright". CD

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Cannonball AdderleyCannonball In Europe ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Rare concert work by Cannonball Adderley – recorded live in Europe in the early 60s, only ever issued there until a much later release in the US, but every bit as essential as any of the Adderley live combo albums from the early 60s – including their classics at the Lighthouse and in San Francisco! The group here is every bit as wonderful as the combos on those sets – a young Yusef Lateef on reeds, really hitting his stride in the mix of soulful and exotic grooves in the set – working with Nat Adderley on cornet, Joe Zawinul on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. The tunes are a good mix of modal numbers and more straightforward hardbop – and titles include "P Bouk", "Gemini", "Work Song", "Trouble In Mind", and "Dizzy's Business". CD

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Cannonball Adderley with Nancy Wilson & Lou RawlsIn Person ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Almost everything soulful at Capitol Records in the mid 60s – packed together in one sweet little place! The set's a winner in a great line of Cannonball Adderley live dates from the time – produced by David Axelrod, and done with that great mix of angular, slightly electric groove the combo was virtually pioneering – thanks to help from Joe Zawinul on electric piano, and Nat Adderley on cornet! Cannon also plays some great soprano sax – an instrument that he was taking off beautifully with at the time – and sets fire to a few great tunes with the instrument. But as if that's not enough, Lou Rawls joins in on vocals on a few cuts, and Nancy Wilson comes in on a few more – and the album alternates singing with instrumentals in a really great way. Titles include two very nice extended tracks by Joe Zawinul – "Rumplestiltskin" and "The Scavenger", both of which are over 10 minutes long, and which have the group stretching out in a nice live vein – and other cuts include "The Scene", "Somewhere", "Sweet Emma", and "Zorba". CD

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Charlotte Adigery & Boris PupulTopical Dancer ... CD
Universal (France), 2022. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A record that's as striking as its cover – a set from a Belgian duo, but one who take on important issues on the global scene – delivered mostly in English, which gives the record a really universal sense of appeal! Their style is quite unique – almost an older mix of beats, electronics, and production touches – but used playfully, almost as if they're sprinkled in to offset some of the deeper currents of the lyrics – almost as a sly trick to bring you in to their political agenda. Titles include "Making Sense Stop", "It Hit Me", "Ceci N'Est Pas Un Cliche", "Mantra", "Haha", "Thank You", "Hey", and "Esperanto". CD

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✨✧ Allman BrothersBest Of The Allman Brothers – 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection ... CD
Polydor/Universal, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $2.99
... CD

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Aphrodite's Child666 (SHMCD pressing) ... CD
Vertigo/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 34.99
One of the coolest rock concept albums ever – and arguably the crowning moment for Aphrodite's Child – an incredibly hip Greek group from the early 70s – featuring a young Demis Roussos on vocals, and Vangelis Papathanassiou on organ, piano, vibes, flute, and a lot of other instrumentation! Vangelis composed the whole set – as an extended piece based on the Apocalypse of St John – and the album was recorded in Paris, away from their native Greece – in a time of political unrest and cultural upheaval that's clearly referenced in the music! There's a really wide array of textures and moods on the set – from sinister to soft, freaky to peaceful, all laid out beautifully with a sense of poetry and power that few other groups could match! Irene Pappas performs a recitation, and also gives some sexy sounds on the classic "Infinity" – and other tunes include "The System", "Babylon", "Loud Loud Loud", "The Four Horsemen", "The Seventh Seal", "Aegian Sea", "The Marching Beast", "Capture Of The Beast", "Altamont", "Seven Trumpets", and "Hic Et Nunc". CD
(SHM CD pressing!)

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Maki AsakawaKoboreru Ougon No Suna/What It Be Like ... LP
East World/Universal (Japan), 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99 54.99
An unusual mid 80s set from Maki Asakawa – one that follows some of the moody styles that she was really digging into at the time, but which also brings in a touch of American soul – thanks in part to work from bassist Bobby Watson, and drummer Cecil Moore – who also seems to do a bit of singing on the set as well! As before, most lyrics are in Japanese, but there's a few English moments that we think are coming from Moore – although these are sometimes also set off by some darker guitar lines that almost feel like they're from the Bill Laswell side of the spectrum. As usual, Maki's music is tough to describe in words, but every bit as compelling as the years go on – on titles that include "Music Love", "Dreamtime", "Zero Hour", and "Here To Stay". LP, Vinyl record album

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Maki AsakawaMaborosi No Onnatachi ... LP
East World/Universal (Japan), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99 54.99
A beautifully moody record fron Maki Asakawa, and a set that may well be one of her most striking ever – thanks to a stripped-down approach to recording that often mixes her vocals with just a bit of piano and saxophone – handled by Toshiyuki Honda throughout! The vibe here is very different than some of Asakawa's previous records – almost timeless in approach, although every bit as dark as most of her other 80s sessions – yet given a very different quality, due to the relatively spare sound of the cuts. Tristan Honsinger plays cello on a few tracks too – and titles include "Rapsodie De La Russie", "La Valse", and "Shanghai". LP, Vinyl record album

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Maki AsakawaSome Years Past ... LP
Universal (Japan), 1985. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99 54.99
Maki Asakawa looks as dark and moody as ever on the cover, but there's actually a few moments here that seem to have a spark of positivity – although maybe one that's just in the instrumentation and production, which seem to borrow a bit from some of the darker side of the UK spectrum at the time! In some ways, Maki might be said to be one of the original goths in music – but with her longer legacy, and varied roots, that sort of a tag would only be reductive –as you'll hear on this set. The record features work by Tetsu Yamauchi and Toshiyuki Honda – and titles include "Leave The Flow", "King Of Losing Time", "Some Years Past", "Said News Said Old", "Dancer", and "Melancholy On The Other Side". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Maki AsakawaWho's Knocking At My Door ... LP
Universal (Japan), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 54.99
A really richly layered album from Maki Asakawa – part of that move she made into more textured material in the 80s, although still with all the deeply moody qualities that made her 70s vocals so great! This time around, there's help from a few key jazz players – Shigeru Mukai on trombone and Toshiyuki Honda on saxes – all set up with these great arrangements from bassist Tsugutoshi Goto! The whole thing is a great illustration of how collaborative Maki can be with her music – that special sort of partnership that gives each album a slightly different vibe. As usual, song titles and lyrics are all in Japanese – or else we'd tell you more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Erykah BaduLive ... CD
Universal, 1997. Used ... $4.99
A surprising second album from Erykah Badu – a live recording, coming right on the heels of her first studio set – and showing that the girl's equally great without any added production work! The feel is warm, earth, and wonderful – intimate, and richly spiritual – as Erykah reprises a few tracks from the Baduizm set, and runs through a few newer numbers as well! Titles include "Rimshot", "Otherside Of The Game", "Boogie Nights", "Stay", "Tyrone", and "Searchin". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Bonnie Baker With George Albright & His OrchestraI'm Goin To Be A Bad Girl/I've Been Waitin For Your Phone Call For Eighteen Years ... 78 RPM
Universal, Late 40s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Labels have small stickers.)

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✨✧ Kenny Barron with Trio Da PazCanta Brasil ... CD
Universal/Sunnyside, 2002. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Features warm Brazilian rhythms from Trio Da Paz! CD

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BeatlesLet It Be (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Apple/Universal (Japan), 1970. Used ... $34.99
A bittersweet farewell from The Beatles – a record that definitely shows the fracturing unity of the group, with lots of near-solo moments – but a set that also makes us really wonder what they'd have done with all this genius, had they managed to hold it together! There's great hints here of the solo work to come – especially from George Harrison and John Lennon – and the Phil Spector production really helps open up a new sound for the group. Includes the genius cuts "I Dig A Pony", "Two Of Us", "Across The Universe", "I Me Mine", "One After 909", "For You Blue", and "Let It Be". CD
(2014 SHM-CD pressing – includes extra booklet, wraparound obi, and original stickered outer sleeve!)
Also available Let It Be (Special Edition) ... CD 11.99

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BeethovenString Quartet Op 59 Nos 1-3 (Razumovsky)/String Quartet In E Flat Major Op 74 (Harp) – Takacs Quartet ... CD
Decca/Universal, 2002. Used 2CD ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jorge BenAfrica Brasil ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1976. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A landmark recording that is one of Jorge Ben's best albums ever! The album is a perfect realization of the way that Jorge mixes Brazilian rhythms with choppy Afro grooves – and the result is a masterpiece that yeilded some of his biggest tracks ever. Included here is the great choppy funk track "Ponta De Lanca", plus loads of other goodies like "O Filosofo", "Xica Da Silva", "A Historia De Jorge", and a great remake of "Taj Mahal" – probably his greatest cut ever. Great all the way through – and is a perfect introduction to Jorge Ben if you don't know his work, and an essential addition to your collection if you do! CD
(Out of print Brazilian pressing. Still sealed.)
Also available Africa Brasil (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 34.99

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Jorge BenPuro Suingue ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1960s/Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
One of the greatest compilations of Jorge Ben's work that we've ever heard! The set features 14 tracks from the Philips/Universal years – recorded at a time when Jorge was forging together bossa, funk, jazz, and soul, into a unique blend that's marked him as one of Brazil's most adventurous artists of the 60s and 70s. If you've got some of Jorge's big albums from the time, you may already have some of these tracks – but the set's a treasure anyway. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jorge BenSacundin Ben Samba ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1964. Used ... $12.99
One of Jorge Ben's greatest albums – a groundbreaking blend of samba and soul that forever went onto transform the face of Brazilian music! The record works off the groove set down by Jorge's earlier hit "Mas Que Nada" (which appears on another LP), and takes the blend of bossa, samba, and jazz, and infuses it with a sense of folksy soul delivered by Jorge's raspy vocals and acoustic guitar work. The combination of styles works perfectly – and every track on the album sparkles with a sense of excitement and new musical discovery that will probably blow away most of the recent records you've bought for your collection! Titles include "Nena Nana", "Espero Por Voce", "Nao Desanima, Joao", "Carnaval Triste", "Gimbo", "Capoeira", and "Anjo Azul". CD
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Jorge BenJorAcustico MTV Vol 1 – Admiral Jorge V ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2002. Used ... $6.99
A really wicked live set from Jorge Ben – recorded for MTV Brasil's equivalent of Unplugged, and featuring a small combo that really gets nice and funky on the best numbers! The drums are great, nice and cracking – and the tunes are played with a soulful groove that makes the record sound a lot like Jorge's best work of the 70s. Tracks include "Balanca Pema", "Zazueira", "O Circo Chegou", "Comanche", "Jorge De Capadocia", "Take It Easy My Brother Charles", "Ive Brussel", and "Minha Teimosia Uma Arma Pra Te Conquistar". CD
(Out of print.)

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Maria Bethania25 Anos ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... $9.99
A beautiful tribute to 25 years in Brazilian music by Maria Bethania – and a record that's easily one of her greatest efforts from later years! The album's something of an all-star effort – with guest vocals from Nina Simone, Joao Gilberto, Gal Costa, and others – and tremendous instrumentation from Wagner Tiso, Hermeto Pascoal, Jaime Alem, Sivuca, and Jose Roberto Bertrami – all of whom help to give the record a sense of majesty that matches Bethania's tremendous vocals. There's none of the overwrought "tour de force" quality going on here – and instead, the guests all make relatively restrained contributions – always letting Maria keep center stage, in a way that shows their support simply, and subtly. Titles include "Quase", "Maria/Linda Flor", "Tomara", "Flor De Lr Embora", "Awo/Inhansa", "Palavra/Apesar De Voce", "Tocando Em Frendte", and "Logrador". CD

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Maria BethaniaA Interprete ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1988. Used ... $3.99
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Maria BethaniaMemoria De Pele ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $6.99
One of Maria Bethania's great collaborations with arranger Jaime Alem – an artist we loved as part of the team of Jaime & Nair back in the 70s, and who's really helping Bethania find some deeper space here in the middle years of her career! At a time when Maria had moved into some of the warmer, more electric modes of her contemporaries, Alem helped her regain the sense of power heard in her classic 70s work – but at a level that was quite different than on those records, with a more restrained sensibility overall – making some especially great use of the aging qualities of her voice. Titles include "Junho", "Confesso", "Tenha Calma", "Reconvexo", "Memoria Da Pele", "Salve As Folhas", "Guerra No Mar", and "Vinganca". CD

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Andy Bey/Harold Nicholas/June RichmondJazz In Paris – Harold Nicholas/June Richmond/Andy & The Bey Sisters ... CD
Universal (France), 1957/1959. Used ... $14.99
3 lost vocal gems from 50s Paris! The set pulls together some rare eps on the Barclay and Fontana labels – all the picture of Left Bank hip! The first 8 tracks are by Harold Nicholas – singing in French and English with a swinging combo on tunes that include "Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amours?", "That Old Black Magic", "Teach Me Tonight", and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" – in a style that's similar to early work by Claude Nougaro, but perhaps a bit more mellow. The next 4 tracks feature June Richmond singing with a hip group arranged by Quincy Jones – and featuring work by Billy Byers, Roger Guerin, Kenny Clarke, and Henri Renaud. Tracks on that set include "Sleep", "Everybody's Doing It", and "I've Gotta Right To Sing The Blues". The last two tracks are rare gems by Andy Bey and his sisters Salome and Geraldine – performing in the style of their classic Andy & The Bey Sisters albums in the US, and recorded in 1959, quite early in their career! Their two tracks are wonderful – and feature the trio grooving soulfully on the tunes "Smooth Sailin" and "Scoubidou". CD
(Out of print.)

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Big CountryNo Place Like Home (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Mercury/Universal (UK), 1991. Used 2 CDs ... $43.99
The original album remastered plus 2 non album singles, 12 b sides and 9 demos including 3 previously unreleased songs. CD

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Big CountrySteeltown (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Mercury/Universal (UK), 1984. Used 2 CDs ... $43.99
Digitally remastered and expanded 2 CD set featuring A-sides, B-sides and 7 previously unreleased demos and studio out-takes. CD
(Out of print.)

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Benjamin BiolayPalermo Hollywood ... CD
Universal (France), 2016. New Copy ... $4.99 14.99
One of the coolest artists working on the French music scene in recent years – and one of the few who can really take us back to the days of older giants like Serge Gainsbourg or Jean-Claude Vannier! Biolay's got a reputation that's every bit as strong as both of them – two decades of work as both an artist and a producer – with a bit of acting on the side – and a manner of putting together his music that's completely sublime – drawing on the best sense of French arranging styles from the late 60s and early 70s, but fusing the music with unusual instrumental inflections and other nice touches – a bit like some of the hipper Brazilian producers of the past decade or so. Biolay then sings in a way that's sometimes partly spoken – or maybe just raspy enough to feel like a personal conversation – as he delivers his pointed lyrics in a wonderful style that ties him to a legacy that includes the best French singers from years back. Titles include "Palermo Hollywood", "Miss Miss", "Borges Futbol", "La Debandade", "Palermo Spleen", "Yokoonomatapoea", "Ballade Francaise", and "Pas D'Ici". CD

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Jane BirkinMes Images Privees De Serge (2CD & DVD) ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs & DVD ... $26.99
A moving tribute to the late, great Serge Gainsbourg – served up in a mix of film and songs from his famous partner Jane Birkin! The set features a DVD directed by Jane – a 40 minute documentary filled with private images of Serge, laid out in a very loving tribute – and it's packaged with 2CDs' worth of music recorded with Serge in duet, or with lots of Gainsbourg help as both a writer or producer. Includes a rare alternate take of "Jane B" from 1968, plus "Rocking Chair", "Nicotine", "Exercice En Forme De Z", "Yesterday Yes A Day", "Ex Fan Des Sixties", "Di Doo Dah", "La Decadanse", "Baby Lou", "Quoi", "Et Quand Bien Meme", "Raccrochez C'Est Une Horreur", and lots more – including live versions of "Un Chose Entre Autres" and "Ces Petitis Riens" – and the song "La Gadoue" done with Les Negresses Vertes. CD
(DVD is NTSC coded, All Region.)

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Art BlakeyThree Blind Mice (with bonus tracks) ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A really unusual live set from the great Art Blakey – his only album for the United Artists label, but one that continues the tradition of the expanded group style he was starting to use at Blue Note! The lineup here is a sextet, one that's got even more power than the Jazz Messengers as a quintet – a group that bridges generations with older Messengers Wayne Shorter on tenor and Jymie Merritt on bass – alongside rising talents Curtis Fuller on trombone, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Cedar Walton on piano – the last of whom leaves a key mark on the group's sound, through his mix of soulful groove and lyrical inflections! There's maybe even more searing energy here than on the previous live Blue Note albums from Blakey – and titles include "Plexis", "Up Jumped Spring", "That Old Feeling", and "Three Blind Mice". Japanese CD replicates the original United Artists album, but with some bonus tracks – for a total of 8 titles in all. CD

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Richard BonaTiki ... CD
Decca/Universal, 2006. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Luiz BonfaLuiz Bonfa – Composer Of Black Orpheus Plays & Sings Bossa Nova (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1962. Used Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the earliest of the classic Verve bossa nova sessions of the 60s – and a wonderful showcase for the talents of guitarist Luiz Bonfa! Most of Bonfa's previous recordings were done in a very spare or solo mode – and this set makes a nice change by adding in some larger orchestrations – yet still handled with great bossa sensitivity by Oscar Castro Neves and Lalo Schifrin – themselves very big up-and-coming talents at the time! The sound is bright and breezy, as you'd expect from Verve at this time – and Bonfa's a lot livelier than usual, and even sings on a number of cuts – with a charming quality that's a bit like Joao Gilberto. Titles include "Bossa Nova Cha Cha", "Sambalamento", "Vem So", "Samba De Duas Notas", "Domingo A Noite", "Quebra Mar", and "Adeus". CD
(Out of print SHMCD pressing. Packaged in a limited edition 5" gatefold cardboard sleeve!)

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Michael BreckerNow You See It . . . (Now You Don't) (Japanese pressing) ... CD
GRP/Universal (Japan), 1990. Used ... $11.99
Features Michael Brecker on saxophones, electronic wind instruments, and keys – with Joey Calderazzo on piano, Jim Beard on synths, Victor Bailey on bass, Adam Nussbaum on drums, and Don Alias and Milton Cardona on percussion. CD
(Out of print, 2007 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)

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Ray BryantSlow Freight ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
A killer album by soul jazz pianist Ray Bryant! The title track, "Slow Freight", is an amazing 10 minute groover that moves at a very slow pace (just like a freight train), and which features some very cool ad-lib talking by Paul Serrano – a pretty groovy touch that really adds a lot to the track! Ray's piano is in the lead, with a sinister soulful groove – and he's backed by his patented two-trumpet rhythm sound, played here by Art Farmer and Snookie Young – blasting away with a tightly vamping approach that's really in the groove. The rest of the record's great too – and other tracks include "The Fox Stalker" and "Return Of The Prodigal Son". One of Ray's best ever! CD

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Chico Buarque50 Anos (5 CD set) ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1970s/Early 80s. Used 5CD ... $84.99
... CD
(Out of print. CDs are still sealed.)

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Chico Buarque & Ennio MorriconeSonho De Um Carnaval (aka Per Un Pugno Di Samba) ... CD
Rym Musique/Universal (France), 1970. Used ... $19.99
An amazing record – one that stands as one of Chico Buarque's greatest from the 70s! The set was recorded in Italy in 1970 – and features Chico singing lead vocals over backings handled by Ennio Morricone – all in a style that's a perfect blend of MPB with the best elements of the Italian scene of the time! The songs are all originals written by Chico – and have a light and dreamy samba/bossa feel, one that's inflected by the off-beat orchestral style of Morricone, and supported by vocals from I Cantori Moderni. The feel is halfway between Chico's work on RGE and some of the dreamier Morricone soundtracks of the time – and it's a wonderful thing to have a strong male lead vocal over backings from Morricone – a really rare thing for the time, with results that are tremendous. Titles include "Roda Viva", "Samba E Amor", "Nicanor", "Funeral De Um Lavrador", "Quem Te Viu Quem Te Ve", and "Oumas E Outras". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny BurrellOde To 52nd Street ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $18.99
A really wonderful Chess/Cadet session from the 60s – not the bop-styled record you might expect from the 52nd Street reference in the title! Instead, the whole thing's more of a cool Chicago take on soul jazz – with these great large arrangements from Richard Evans, backing strong solos in the lead from guitarist Kenny Burrell – sounding wonderful here, almost in a Verve Records 60s mode – floating over the top of a variety of material, both mellow and upbeat, all very groovy! Side one features the extended "Suite For Guitar & Orchestra" – and side two features "I Want My Baby Back", "Soulero", "Con Alma", and "Blues Fuse". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the Kenny Burrell 90th Anniversary Collection!)

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JJ CaleNaturally (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Shelter/Universal (Japan), 1971. Used ... $39.99
... CD
(Out of print, 2013 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)

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Oscar Castro NevesBossa Nova Mesmo (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1960. Used ... $44.99
A rare bossa treasure from the early years of the genre – a wicked session that features instrumentation by Oscar Castro Neves, and vocals by a host of different singers! The set's half vocal, half instrumental – and the latter feature some great sounds from Oscar's combo – a group that plays with a sound that's airy, yet well-arranged – similar to some of the 60s work by Eumir Deodato or Os Gatos, but with less instrumentation overall – which makes for an even cooler sound! There's some great flute in the group, which sounds great next to the acoustic guitar – and the instrumentation for the vocal tracks is equally nice, and still really revolutionary for the time. The album's a beautiful balance between complexity and understatement – truly showing the bossa ethos at its best – and titles include "Patinho Feio" and "Com Voce" by Lais, "Pela Luz Dos Olhos Teus" by Vinicius De Moraes, "Obrigada Meu Bem" by Sylvia Telles, "Tem Do De Mim" by Carlos Lyra, and "Menina Feia" by Lucio Alves – plus "Meditacao", "So Em Teus Bracos", "Bim Bom", and "Chora Tua Tristeza" by Castro Neves and his combo. CD
(Out of print SHMCD pressing – with obi!)

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Danilo CaymmiCanta Tom Jobim ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2016. Used ... $14.99
... CD

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Nana CaymmiDesejo ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2001. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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Nana CaymmiNana (1967) – Serie Estreia ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1967. Used ... $19.99
The first ever album by Nana Caymmi – the deep-voiced daughter of Dorival Caymmi, recorded here in some sublimely baroque arrangements by Oscar Castro Neves. The album's done in the wonderful style of the Elenco label – haunting, slightly echoey, and with a style that surpasses the sophistication of the bossa era with even grander musical aspirations. Neves keeps things simple and beautiful – never pushing Nana too much, and letting her vocal expressions open like a youthful budding flower. Titles include "Acalanto", "Nao Tem Solucao", "Nunca Mais", "Das Rosas", "Razao De Viver", and "Morrer De Amor". CD
(Out of print.)

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Serge ChaloffBlue Serge ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A real classic in the canon of American postwar jazz – one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by Boston baritone player Serge Chaloff – one of a handful of musicians who really helped move the instrument forward in jazz, and help it take a rightful place next to the expressiveness of the tenor and alto sax! Even though he hardly got a chance to record, Serge was a hell of a player, and one who has both the rich tone of the instrument completely in hand, while also able to move with the fluidity of a much leaner horn – a quality that's augmented here by the fantastic rhythm work from Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The set's a treasure through and through – from the cool cover image, to the great music within – served up on tunes that include "How About You", "Handful Of Stars", "The Goof & I", "Susie's Blues", and "All The Things You Are". CD
Also available Blue Serge ... CD 8.99

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Serge ChaloffBoston Blow-Up! ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the few key recordings issued by baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff before his untimely early death – a tremendous little record that really helped redefine the place of his instrument in jazz! The album is one of a number produced by Stan Kenton for Capitol at the time, but it's far from the cooler jazz outings of other "Kenton Presents" sessions – a real Boston Blow up that has Serge standing starkly out front on the baritone, hitting some tremendous notes that show a command and dexterity on his instrument that few other players could match! Also noteworthy is the presence of the great Boots Mussulli on alto sax – a sharp-edge player with a lot of Charlie Mariano touches, and an artist who's rarely heard in a setting so stripped-down as this. Other artists include Herb Pomeroy on trumpet, Ray Santisi on piano, and Jimmy Zitano on drums – and titles include the original numbers "Kip", "Unison", "Bob The Robin", and "Sergical" – plus versions of "What's New", "Yesterday's Gardenias", and Jaki Byard's "Diane's Melody". CD
Also available Boston Blow-Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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Eric ClaptonBlues ... CD
Universal, 1970s. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(CRC pressing.)

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Chick CoreaSecret Agent ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $18.99
A sweet little set from Chick Corea – one that's got a bit of a Return To Forever vibe at times, but maybe taken down into tighter territory overall – which makes for pure jazz funk greatness throughout! Some tunes have a nice sense of groove – the choppy fusion of RTF, but more focused, and providing a great bump at the bottom for Chick to solo over the top – on Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and piano – with help from Joe Farrell on a variety of reeds, Bunny Brunel on bass, and Airto on percussion! There's a small bit of vocals on the set, but Chick's keys are the main star – and titles include "Slinky", "Drifting", "Glebe St Blues", "Fickle Funk", "Bagatelle 4", and "Hot News Blues". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the "Forever Chick Corea" collection!)

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Gal CostaGal Tropical ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Light and lively work from the great Gal Costa – a set that's light years away from her Tropicalia experiments of a decade before, but which is equally beautiful in its own sort of way! First off, Gal's vocals are amazing – more expressive and dynamic than in the early days – with a range of different emotions that comes off wonderfully, and without some of the heaviness of some of her contemporaries – such as Maria Bethania. The arrangements, while not entirely tropical, mix together jazz choro modes with more contemporary touches – providing a surprisingly strong, sparkling backdrop for the lyrics! The album features a nice remake of "India", plus the tracks "Forca Estranha", "Olha", "Meu Nome E Gal", "Balance", and "Samba Rasgado". CD

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Gal CostaRecanto Gal Ao Vivo ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2013. Used 2CD ... $19.99
Amazing sounds from Gal Costa – a brilliant live album that follows strongly in the mode of her Recanto studio album! Like that set, this one features Gal in the most experimental style she's used in years – bits of electronics and contemporary underground modes layered in with her sublime vocals – all in ways that reopen that leftfield side of Costa's talents that have been buried for so many years! Some tracks are quite intimate and personal, others are very powerful – and the performance was put together by both Caetano and Moreno Veloso, with backing by a trio that also features percussion from Domenico too. Titles include "Tudo Gil", "Da Maior Importancia", "Mansidao", "Forca Estranha", "Meu Bem Mel Mal", "O Amor", "Baby", "Deus E O Amor", "Segunda", "Barato Total", and "Autotune Autoerotico". CD
(Still sealed!)

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Mariene De CastroSanto De Casa – Ao Vivo ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2010. Used ... $11.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Francois De RoubaixFrancois De Roubaix – Compositeur Et Aventurier (5LP set) ... LP
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5LP set ... $96.99 129.99
An insanely fantastic overview of the soundtrack work of the legendary Francois DeRoubaix – the French film composer who often experimented with electronics, and also worked in a wider range of groovy styles too! Most of the music of Francois was never circulated on our side of the Atlantic, but to our ears he's every bit the genius of talents like Michel Colombier or Jean-Claude Vannier – and like them, had a special late 60s French approach to scoring and sound – often using bits of psych, funk, or electronics alongside more familiar instrumentation – sometimes subtle, but always with results that are completely sublime! Most of DeRoubaix's music was not issued on full length LPs back in the day – and this package recreates an initial three volume set that Barclay issued after his death, to bring attention to his music – along with two more albums of rare material too! One record features a whole host of very cool vocal numbers – with lyrics by Brigitte Bardot, Annie Giaradot, Nicoletta, Alain Delon, and DeRoubaix himself – and the 5LP set features a massive 58 tracks in all, plus a big booklet of notes! LP, Vinyl record album

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Alice DeejayBetter Off Alone (vocal club, jam & dumonde remix, mark van dale with enrico mix, original edit) ... 12-inch
Universal, 2000. Near Mint- ... $34.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve with light wear.)

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Joao DonatoBossa Muito Moderna ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1963. Used ... $24.99
A perfect summation of the dearly Joao Donato at his best – a record that's awash in amazing tones, colors, and phrasing – and one that really demonstrates the subtle genius that Donato brought to his work! The album's only a trio outing – with Milton Banana on drums – but there's an approach to the piano that's as complex as some larger arrangements – especially in the way that Joao effortlessly shuffles sonic elements with the sophistication you'd guess from the "modern" in the title – yet still manages to groove as you'd expect from the "bossa" as well! The approach is quite jazzy, but something else as well – and titles include "Rio", "Silk Stop", "Outra Vez", "Noa..Noa", "Sambolero", "O Morro Nao Tem Vez", "Sambongo", and "Indo Perdido". CD
(Out of print.)

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Joao DonatoSambolero ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2009. Used ... $11.99
Beautifully mature work from Brazilian piano legend Joao Donato – an album that draws on his rich legacy of musical expression from the bossa years onward, presented here with a few surprising twists and turns! The core format is piano trio – Joao on the acoustic keys, with Luiz Alves on bass and Robertinho Silva on drums – yet the sound is quite changed from the early days when Donato recorded heavily in this way, inflected with some really complicated rhythms at points, and turned towards these soulful undercurrents we especially love. Instrumentation includes a bit of guest strings on one track – plus vocals from Zeca Pagodinho, flute from Ricardo Pontes, and cavaquinho from Paulinho Soares – artists who each appear on a track in the set. Titles include "Sambolero", "E Menina", "A Ra", "Jodel", "Sambou Sambou", "Amazonas", "Quem Diz Que Sabe", "Surpresa", and "Brisa Do Mar". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamUna Mas (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note/Universal (Japan), 1963. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An excellent groover from Kenny Dorham – possibly one of his best ever albums for Blue Note – a record that shows how much he was pushing past his bop roots in his later years! The tracks are extremely long, and done with a complexity in rhythms that mixes Latin elements with hardbop modes – all set up in a style that really stretches out, and drives Dorham's trumpet with a fire he'd hardly had before. The rest of the group is super-sharp – key young players who really help keep an edge the the whole thing – with Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Henderson on tenor, Butch Warren on bass and Tony Williams drums. Tracks are all long, incredible Dorham originals – "Una Mas" fills up side one, and "Straight Ahead" and "Sao Paulo" cover the flip. CD
(Out of print, 2015 Japanese pressing.)

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Luiz EcaPiano E Cordas ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
Soaring strings and bossa piano – a tremendous combination in the hands of Luiz Eca – working here at a time when the arranger was first making his name with the Tamba Trio! The set's one of Eca's gems from the 60s under his own name – and it's got a style that echoes the mix of darkness and sweet he forged with the trio, but which also shows a deeper, more sophisticated approach to the music – fuller orchestrations, yet handled with a sense of space and timing that's really amazing – at a level that almost beats Jobim at his own game at the time! Eca's piano is recorded beautifully – tinkling over the top of the backings, and always getting plenty of its own space – and titles include "Amando", "Quase Um Adeus", "Saudade", "Cheganca", "Velho Pescador", "Cancao Da Terra", and "A Morte De Um Deus De Sal". CD

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Eightball & MJGDon't Flex (street, clean, tv inst, inst, street acapella, acapella) ... 12-inch
Suave House/Universal, 1998. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Art FarmerBrass Shout ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
A great little album by this wonderful trumpeter – and one that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title! If you're a Farmer fan, though, don't worry about this being some sort of snoozy "bold n brassy" session – because it's a much more subtle record, and features some excellent lead solos by Farmer, set amidst a larger group arranged wonderfully by Benny Golson! Golson brings a great sense of balance to the album – mixing some larger horn passages with soulfully snapping rhythms, all at a level that still allows plenty of space for Farmer to solo sweetly on trumpet. Other players on the record include Lee Morgan on trumpet and Curtis Fuller on trombone, Percy Heath on bass, and either Philly Joe Jones or Elvin Jones on drums – and titles include "Minor Vamp", "Nica's Dream", "Stella By Starlight", "Moanin", "April In Paris", and "Five Spot After Dark". CD

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Nino FerrerNino Ferrer ... CD
Barclay/Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $4.99 14.99
A strong span of work from the very groovy Nino Ferrer – a French singer who started out in very soulful modes in the 60s, then really kept on growing and changing in the 70s – at a level that made him one of the most compelling French vocalists of his generation! The set focuses most strongly on late 60s/early 70s material by Nino, then includes a few later tracks from mature years – and the whole thing is a wonderful introduction to the many talents of Ferrer – a singer you'll love for his mod 60s tracks, then appreciate even more as he tries out all sorts of more complicated, sophisticated styles in later years too! 21 tracks in all – with titles that include "Je Vends Des Robes", "Les Hommes A Tout Faire", "Le Telefon", "Oh He Hein Bon", "Les Cornichons", "La Maison Pres De La Fontaine", "C'Est Irreparable", "L'Innocence", "Les Morceaux De Fer", and "Chanson Pour Nathalie". CD

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Ella FitzgeraldFive Original Albums Vol 2 – Ella Swings Live (Opera House/In Rome/In Hollywood/At Juan Les Pins/In Hamburg) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve/Universal (Germany), 1957/1958/1961/1964/1965. Used 5 CDs ... $14.99
... CD

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Ella FitzgeraldGold ... CD
Verve/Universal (UK), 1950s. Used 2 CDs ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Flasket BrinnerFlasket ... CD
Universal (Sweden), 1972. Used ... $6.99
Bengt Dahlen on guitar, violin, and vocals, Gunnar Bergsten on saxophone, Sten Burgman on organ and flute, Per Bruun on bass, and Erik Dahlback on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Flied EggGood Bye Flied Egg (180 gram pressing) (2020 Japan Record Day Release) ... LP
Vertigo/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $38.99
Hard to say goodbye to a group this good – one of the heaviest combos working the Japanese scene in the early 70s – graded with guitar work from Shigeru Narumo that we'd put right up next to any of the best British or American players of the time! Shigeru clearly gets his inspiration from blues, but turns his music into hard rock overall – especially when the vocals come into the mix, and the whole thing is driven by the intense drums of Hiro Tsunoda and heavy bass of Masayoshi Takanaka! The album packs as heavy a punch as any English work issued on Vertigo at the same time – and titles include "Out To The Sea", "Goodbye To My Friends", "521 Seconds Schizophrenic Symphony", "Before You Descend", "Five More Pennies", and "Rolling Down The Broadway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stunning pressing – textured cover, heavy vinyl, and obi!)

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Celso FonsecaVoz & Violao ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2009. Used ... $14.99
Really lovely work from Celso Fonseca – a live recording, but one that's arguably even more personal and intimate than some of his previous studio albums! Celso's sound here is fragile, yet extremely present as well – in ways that remind us of some of Joao Gilberto's best solo vocal/guitar material, or some of the stripped down live material that Caetano Veloso recorded at rare points in his career. Titles include "Quando Te Vi", "Beleza Rara", "Casa Serio", "Tempo Rei", "Conquista", "Ela E Carioca", "Adeus Batucada", "Febre", and "Slow Motion Bossa Nova". CD
(Out of print.)

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France GallBest Of France Gall ... LP
Universal (France), 1960s. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the greatest French female singers of the 60s – presented here in a classic collection of work! If you've gotta dig one gal vocalist of the Parisian scene of the time, Gall is definitely your girl – as her brash, bold style of singing really sums up the hippest, grooviest French styles of the time! Many tracks here were penned by some of the best French arrangers and composers of the period – including a fair bit by Serge Gainsbourg, who really helped Gall find her groove, and moved her from being just another girl singer to one of the more powerful 60s voices in French pop! There's even a few funky numbers in the mix, and the rest mostly have a modly snapping 60s groove – of the sort that's being heavily revived these days – and titles include "Pense A Moi", "Laisse Tomber Les Filles", "Attends Ou Va T'En", "Nous Ne Sommes Pas Des Anges", "Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son", "N'Ecoute Pas Les Idoles", "Baby Pop", "Les Sucettes", "Cet Air-La", "Bebe Requin", and "24/36". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rory GallagherLive In San Diego '74 (180 gram vinyl pressing) (2022 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Universal, 1974. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $35.99
Previously unreleased! LP, Vinyl record album

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Gilberto GilGilberto Gil (1968) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
A bold leap forward from Gilberto Gil – his first album recorded during the Tropicalia years, and an amazing collaboration with arranger Rogerio Duprat! The album's got a sound that really bridges scenes in Brazil – elements of older folkloric musics, folded with samba rhythms, folded again with psychedelic touches from Os Mutantes – who also help out on the set – all wrapped together with a sound so revolutionary, it still crackles with energy all these many years later! The sound and style are impossible to describe accurately, which is part of the charm of the record – and it's key placement as one of the prime musical texts of the Tropicalia years. Titles include "Marginalia II", "Luzia Luluza", "Pega A Voga, Cabeludo", "Frevo Rasgado", "Domingou", and "Domingo No Parque". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – "Barca Grande", "A Coisa Mais Linda Que Existe", "Questao De Ordem", and "A Luta Contra A Lata Ou A Falencia Do Cafe". CD

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Joao Gilberto/Caetano Veloso/Gilberto Gil/Maria BBrasil ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The best of Brazil, old and new – as Joao Gilberto meets up with a younger generation of Brazilian vocalists – Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Maria Bethania – all for a wonderful session of stripped-down bossa! The work is very much in Joao's best style of the early 70s – a back to basics return, handled with even more intimacy than before – with production by Gilberto, and some beautifully understated arrangements from Johnny Mandel! Tracks are all nice and long, and allow for lots of vocal interplay between the four singers on the set. Titles include "Cordeiro De Nana", "Aquarela Do Brasil", "Milagre", and "Bahia Com H". CD
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Brasil ... LP 39.99
Brasil (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99

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Joao Gilberto/Caetano Veloso/Gilberto Gil/Maria BethaniaBrasil (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1981. Used Gatefold ... $24.99
The best of Brazil, old and new – as Joao Gilberto meets up with a younger generation of Brazilian vocalists – Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Maria Bethania – all for a wonderful session of stripped-down bossa! The work is very much in Joao's best style of the early 70s – a back to basics return, handled with even more intimacy than before – with production by Gilberto, and some beautifully understated arrangements from Johnny Mandel! Tracks are all nice and long, and allow for lots of vocal interplay between the four singers on the set. Titles include "Cordeiro De Nana", "Aquarela Do Brasil", "Milagre", and "Bahia Com H". CD
(Out of print SHMCD pressing – with obi!)
Also available Brasil ... LP 39.99

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Annie GirardotVivre Pour Vivre ... LP
Polydor/Universal (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 44.99
A very groovy record from the lovely Annie Girardot – done at a time when she was appearing onscreen in the Claude Lelouch film that's named in the title, but steps out here in an even wider range of modes than we might expect! The arrangements are great – handled by Maurice Vander and Roland Vincent – with a vibe that mixes 60s French pop with some more sophisticated soundtrack modes – sometimes with Girardot speaking in addition to singing – and, as with Jeanne Moreau on her Polydor album from the same time, coming across at a level that's a real revelation if you only know her from films. The set features a fair bit of original songs – many penned by Francoise Dorin with Jean Loup Chauby – and titles include "Bons Baisers", "Oui Non", "Mon Prince", "IBM", "Dans Une Glace", "A N'En Plus Finir", "La Chanson Empoisonnee", "Isalaide", and a nice take on "Vivre Pour Vivre". LP, Vinyl record album

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Elliot Goldenthal & othersFrida – Music From The Motion Picture ... CD
DG/Universal, 2002. Used ... $1.99
... CD

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Benny GolsonGroovin' With Golson ... CD
New Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A wonderful small combo session from tenorist Benny Golson – one of a few key albums like this from the early years! Although Golson is perhaps best known as a lively arranger in the modern idiom, he's also a kick-ass tenor player when he wants to be – and on this classic, he definitely wants to be! Unlike some of Golson's more tightly arranged records of the early years, this date is a deeply gutsy soul jazz session – support from a group that includes Ray Bryant on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Art Blakey on drums, and Curtis Fuller on trombone – all sliding into long tracks that have plenty of room for solos! The whole thing's a bit like the more spontaneous side of the Jazz Messengers groove – and titles include "The Stroller", "Drumboogie", "My Blues House", and a beautiful version of "Yesterdays". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Eddie GomezDown Stretch (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio/Universal (Japan), 1972. Used ... $22.99
Bassist Eddie Gomez hardly ever has a down stretch – especially given all the creative combinations he's worked in over the years – and this rare 70s album from Japan is more of a high point than anything "down" at all! The record's a trio date, with killer work on Fender Rhodes and piano from Takehiro Honda – who's easily one of our favorite Japanese pianists of the time, and a musician who really brings a different sort of energy to the record than some of Gomez's other sessions with piano players, especially Bill Evans. Drummer Elliot Zigmund is also nicely creative, too – really working the kit in unusual ways, and often staying back a bit so that Eddie can get some wonderful space in the lead, especially at the start of some of the songs. The whole thing's great – an overlooked moment of genius from Gomez – and titles include "Caprice", "Half Life", "Blues E", "Dream Passage", and "Down Stretch". CD
(Out of print SHMCD pressing, with obi!)

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Johnny GriffinJG ... CD
Argo/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Excellent early work by Johnny Griffin – a set that's a bit more obscure than some of his Blue Note classics to come, and which was recorded on the Chicago hometown scene from which he first sprang! The group here is a quartet – with Junior Mance on piano and Wilbur Ware on bass – the same lineup that graced the legendary Chicago Sound album under Ware's own name, which was issued on Riverside – a record that shares a lot with this one in its mix of soul and modernism, new ideas just brimming over from all of the young players involved. The album's overflowing with great tenor work from Griffin – angular, imaginative, and really breaking out of tenor modes of the early 50s. Original titles include "Lollypop", "Satin Wrap", "Riff Raff", and "Bee-Ees" – and the group does some nice work on a few mellower ballads as well! CD

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Al HaigChelsea Bridge ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Bop legend Al Haig gets a wonderful setting here – a beautifully-recorded trio date done for the Japanese market – with sensitive backing that really shows the development in Haig's sound and style over the years! Bassist Jamil Nasser is a wonderful choice for the group – playing with these round, well-shaped lines that seem to unlock a whole new lyrical side in Al's music – and drummer Billy Higgins fits in perfectly, able to work this subtle magic behind Haig, similar to his stellar sessions with Cedar Walton. The set list is great – material that also shows a side of Al that you might not expect – and titles include Antonio Carlos Jobim's "How Insensitive", Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance", and Wayne Shorter's "Maoco" – plus "Sweet and Lovely", "Chelsea Bridge", "Love Will Find A Way", "Lush Life", and "We'll Be Together". CD

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Tim HardinTim Hardin 1 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
The fantastic first Verve album from Tim Hardin – a record that's almost a genre unto itself, given the very unique approach that Tim brings to his music! The set might be one of the first times that the world of folk was able to reach out and really find a home in so many other styles too – as there's a blend of jazz-inflected instrumentation and vocals that helped lift Hardin and these songs way past the pop folk moment of the mid 60s – so much so, there's arguably an influence here that just keeps going on over the decades! Gary Burton provides some great vibes, John Sebastian blows a bit of harmonica, and Artie Butler creates these gentle arrangements that are perfect – still making you feel like you're meeting Tim Hardin on his own, but with secret subtle support. Nearly every song's a classic – and titles include "Don't Make Promises", "It'll Never Happen Again", "Reason To Believe", "How Can We Hang On To A Dream", and "Misty Roses". CD features five bonus tracks! CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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Paul HaslingerThree Musketeers – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Universal/Milan, 2011. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Isaac HayesChocolate Chip (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
HBS/Universal (Japan), 1975. Used Gatefold ... $29.99
Slightly later than some of Isaac Hayes' biggest Stax albums – but a great little record that's filled with some excellent smooth soul material! The record shows Hayes really trying to push his style to new levels, and it's got a sophistication that you don't hear on earlier albums – a sound that hints at the Polydor years, but without as much of a disco influence. Ike's also dropped his thing of doing a lot of soul covers of pop tracks – which means that the record's got a lot more original material, served up with a new sort of focus on songwriting! Titles include "Chocolate Chip", a perennial fave on the dancefloor, in both vocal and instrumental versions – plus "I Can't Turn Around", "Come Live With Me", and "Body Language". CD
(Out of print, 2008 SHM-CD pressing in a heavy gatefold sleeve, just like the original – includes obi!)

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Joe HisaishiKids Return ... LP
Universal (Japan), 1996. New Copy ... $28.99
Beautiful work from Joe Hisaishi, a film composer who's best known work was done for a series of animated features by director Hayao Miyazaki – but who serves up some equally wonderful music for this film directed by Takeshi Kitano, aka Beat Takeshi! The story has a gently sentimental vibe that's perfect for Joe's style – lots of shorter melodic numbers that often have piano or keyboards in the lead, and sometimes shift to guitar, and occasionally let the larger orchestrations take center stage – although those are usually in the background. Titles include "Alone", "Meet Again", "Graduation", "I Don't Care", "High Spirits", "Kids Return", "Day After", and "No Way Out". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe HisaishiKikujiro No Natsu (2021 Japan Record Day Release) ... LP
Universal (Japan), 1999. New Copy ... $52.99
Beautiful soundtrack work from Joe Hisaishi – done for a 1999 Takeshi Kitano film, and served up in a mix of some of the warmer sentiment he brought to his work for Miyazaki, and some more interesting modes that provide a nice juxtaposition – and which clearly seem right for the madder mind of Kitano! The initial theme is a long, lovely, melodic number with a warm piano line – but it's then followed by shorter songs that initially have some darker percussive modes, which then give way to more sentimental passages as the album and narrative moves on. Titles include "River Side", "Angel Bell", "Real Eyes", "Summer", "Going Out", "Night Mare", and "The Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl pressing – with obi!)

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Billie HolidaySongs For Distingue Lovers (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1957. Used ... $24.99
Classic Verve work by Billie Holiday – and an album that probably brought the word "distingue" into the vocabulary of more people than any other use! (And in fact, probably also caused a lot more trouble with mispronunciation than any other Billie Holiday album title!) The tracks are slightly longer than usual – really opened up with some nice jazz inflections that make the whole thing feel like Billie is really part of the proceedings, and not just the singer in the front. Titles include familiar songs like "Day In Day Out", "Stars Fell On Alabama", "A Foggy Day", and "Just One Of Those Things" – all given the amazing Holiday take, in a way that opens them up with more emotion than you might have thought possible! CD
(Out of print, 2016 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Homi & JarvisFriend Of A Friend ... CD
GRP/Universal (Japan), 1983. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Produced by Dave Grusin – with a band that features David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour, Steve Kahn, Marcus Miller, and Joe Beck. CD
(Out of print, 2014 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)

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Toninho HortaMoonstone ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $8.99
A lovely blend of fusion and Brazilian roots – and one of Toninho Horta's standout sets from his US years at Verve! The album's got a warm, organic feel that's quite different from other American fusion of the time – still filled with some of the influences that drove that music in the US, but carried off in a way that's much deeper and more personal overall – thanks to Toninho's always-great approach! Horta sings wordlessly and plays guitars – and the instrumentation shifts a bit from track to track, creating different moods with the addition of players who include Pat Metheny on guitar, Onaje Allen Gumbs on synth, Billy Drewes on soprano sax, and Nana Vasconcelos on percussion. Titles include "Spirit Land", "Francisca", "Sun Song", "Bicycle Ride", "Eternal Youth", and "Gershwin". CD

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James Newton HowardWaterworld – Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... CD
Universal/La La Land, 1995. Used 2 CDs ... $34.99
... CD
(Out of print, limited to 3000 copies.)

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Dona Ivone LaraCanto De Rainha ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2009. Used ... $13.99
Amazing live work from this Brazilian samba legend – and a set that features killer guest work from Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Beth Carvalho, Zeca Pagodinho, and others! Although Dona Ivone Lara's been recording for many years, the passage of time has only seemed to deepen her sense of soul and feeling – and even though it's been many years since we heard her last, we find this recent set to be one of her most captivating records ever! Backings are mostly in a traditional samba mode – tight percussion and guitars – and titles include "Sorriso Negro", "Alvorecer", "Samba De Roda Pra Salvador", "Forca Da Imaginacao", "Tendencia", "Sonho Meu", "Dizer Nao Pro Adeus", "Canto De Rainha", and "Nas Escritas Da Vida". CD
(Out of print.)

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Michael Jackson/Jackon 5Hiroshi Fujiwara & KUDO Present Michael Jackson/Jackson 5 Remixes ... LP
Motown/Universal (Japan), Early 70s/2010. New Copy ... $59.99
A great entry in the world of Jackson 5 remix material – a hip set of Japanese work put together by Hiroshi Fujiwara & KUDO – with a nicely different vibe than previous efforts of this nature! The remixes have a slightly dubby quality, but are mostly focused around the familiar structure of the original tunes – nicely using mellow basslines and laidback Jamaican rhythms to add some really fresh flavors to the work of the Jacksons – in ways that are quite different than some of the other, more energetic remixes out there at the moment. Includes remixes of "We've Got A Good Thing Going", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Happy", "Love Song", "I Want You Back", "With A Child's Heart", "I'll Be There", and "All I Do Is Think Of You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Michael Jackson/Jackon 5Hiroshi Fujiwara & KUDO Present Michael Jackson/Jackson 5 Remixes – In Dub ... LP
Motown/Universal (Japan), Early 70s/2010. New Copy ... $46.99 49.99
A great reworking of this already-reworked package – one that takes the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson remixes from the Japanese collection, and offers them up in even more wildly remixed takes! As you'd guess from the title, there's plenty of dubby production used on the set – not in a way that pushes the Jacksons material into Jamaican territory – but which instead flavors the warmth of Motown with occasional bass, drum, and guitar parts that feel as if they've been lifted from classic Kingston recordings. HF and KUDO handle all the mixes here – and titles include fresh dub mixes of "Love Song", "I'll Be There", "I Want You Back", "With A Child's Heart", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "We've Got A Good Thing Going", "All I Do Is Think Of You", "La La Means I Love You", "It's Great To Be Here", "Happy", and "Never Can Say Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackson 5Dancing Machine ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1974. Used ... $18.99
Magnificent material from the Jackson 5 – a set that really has them moving into a whole new mature style in their music – taking on bigger themes and wider grooves, and really finding a fresh new voice in the process! There's a bit of funk in the mix, a bit of early club, and some cool baroque production modes that really move past straight Motown hit styles – heard to greatest effect on the album's wonderful opener – "I Am Love". The set also features the classic pre-disco "Dancing Machine", a perennial favorite – and the cuts "The Mirrors Of My Mind", "Whatever You Got I Want", "She's A Rhythm Child", "If I Don't Love You This Way", and "What You Don't Know". CD
(SMHCD pressing, includes obi.)

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Al JarreauAll I Got ... CD
Universal, 2002. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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