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Delfeayo Marsalis & Uptown Jazz OrchestraJazz Party ... CD
Troubadour Jass, 2019. Used ... $9.99
A bouyant, large group affair from trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis. Tracks include "7th Ward Boogaloo", "Raid On The Mingus House Party", "Dr. Hardgroove", "Irish Whiskey Blues", and the title tracks, "Jazz Party". CD

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Gloria BarnesUptown (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Maple/P-Vine (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the few rare albums on the Maple label – a 70s imprint that's known for some incredible funk and soul! Despite the title, the set's a record that sounds a lot more down-home than uptown – thanks to hard-wailing vocals from Gloria Barnes herself, and a nicely rough-edged quality to the instrumentation overall – supposedly handled by Lee Moses and The Ohio Players – the latter of whom wrote a few of the songs too! The album's one of the few on Maple – and in a way, it's almost a female soul counterpart to the Lee Moses record on the same label – done in a similar mix of rootsy modes and east coast indie soul – occasionally sweet at points, but mostly deep soul overall. Titles include "Gotta Get Away", "I Found Myself", "Old Before My Time", "I'll Go All The Way", "She Wants A Stand In", and "You Don't Mean It". CD

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✨✧ George BensonIt's Uptown (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1966/1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's hard wailing organ jazz of the same time. George is working with a group that features a young Lonnie Smith on organ, plus Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber on sax, and Charlie Persip on drums – all tightly coming together, and jamming hard on the album's short cooking tracks. Tracks include "Clockwise", "Jaguar", "Hello Birdie", and "Bullfight". Plus, the CD adds five bonus tracks, including "Sideman", "Minor Chant", and the previously unreleased "J.H. Bossa Nova" and "Clockwise (Alternate Take)". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Camp LoGet Down Brothers/On The Way Uptown (bonus LP) ... LP
Vodka & Milk, Early 90s/2018. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99 22.99
A double album set of classic & contemporary Camp Lo – the solid Get Down Brothers on the contemporary tip and the bonus On The Way Uptown LP on the classic tip! Get Down Brothers finds working nicely in modern, but not at all trend hopping effort with straight up hip hop and some clubbier sounds that don't weigh down the veteran rhyme craft. Titles includes "Genie Alert", "Crocket & Tubs" with YahZarah, Love Is Love", "Strings", "Black Connection", "What They Know", "This Is Lo" and more. On The Way Uptown features early 90s era demos from their uberclassic Uptown Saturday Night plus some nice pre-Uptown Saturday Night material! 12 tracks including "Sugar Streets", "Coolie High Is Life", "Short Eyes", "World Heist", "Sparkle (110th St Demo)", "Superfly", "Hollywood At The Disco" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus LP of early 90s Uptown Saturday Night era demos!)

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✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw DavisUptown ... LP
King, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A nice little set that combines some of Eddie's rare work for King from the mid 50s! Eddie's tenor is in wonderful form here, working with a real sense of economy on the album's short tracks – a sense that you don't always get in some of his more stretched-out sets for Prestige. Backing on most tracks is by an organ trio – with either Shirley Scott or Doc Bagby at the keys – and titles include "Mean To Me", "The Happy Whistler", "Smooth Ride", "Yesterdays", and "If I Were A Bell". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label King pressing, with deep groove! Cover is nice too.)

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Rhetta HughesAngel Man (GA) (downtown version, uptown version, midtown inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Aria, 1983. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has a small tear in the spine.)

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MetersUptown Rulers – Live On The Queen Mary ... CD
Rhino, 1975. Used ... $11.99
An unreleased live set – recorded during a party hosted by Paul and Linda McCartney! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jimmy RowlesFiorello Uptown/Mary Sunshine Downtown ... LP
Signature, 1960. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A west coast combo takes on tunes from the New York scene – songs from two successful musicals at the end of the 50s – both given a brand new spin here from the combo of pianist Jimmy Rowles! Rowles didn't get a chance to cut many records during this point in his career – but every time he did, it seemed like he brought something special to the table – as he does here, working with Larry Bunker on both vibes and drums, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Alton Hendrickson on guitar – players who are able to adapt to Jimmy's sense of playful arrangement and effortless shift between swinging groove and deeper emotion. The tunes here aren't nearly as familiar as those from over-recorded Broadway shows of the time – which further helps bring a freshness to the record – and titles include "Merry Party", "Look For A Sky Of Blue", "The Very Next Man", "Gentleman Jimmy", "Little Tin Box", and "Where Do I Go From Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(A nice copy!)

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Dick Wellstood & Cliff JacksonUptown & Lowdown ... CD
Prestige, 1954/1961. Used ... $2.99
A selection of trad numbers from pianists Dick Wellstood and Cliff Jackson – recorded over a few different dates, and presented here in a great CD package! The first few tracks on the set – "Yacht Club Swing", "Brush Lightly", and "Blook's Dues" – feature Wellstood with a 1961 group that includes Herman Autry on trumpet and Gene Sedric on clarinet and tenor. Next are an album's worth of duet performances from 1954 – featuring Wellstood on piano and Tommy Benford on drums – on titles that include "Closed Mouth Blues", "The Shout", "Mule Walk", and "Oh Baby Whatcha Doing To Me". And last are a handful of Cliff Jackson tracks from 1961 – with Ed Allen on trumpet and Rudy Powell on clarinet, on versions of "The Sheik Of Araby", "I Found A New Baby", and "Blues In Englewood Cliffs". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousHello Heartbreaker – Uptown Soul From Scepter, Wand, & Musicor ... CD
Playback, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A deep deep look at the New York soul powerhouse trio of labels Scepter, Wand, & Musicor – maybe best known for their big 60s recordings by Dionne Warwick and Chuck Jackson – but a trilogy of labels with a much deeper commitment to soul overall! This excellent package brings together 28 tracks in all, most of them obscure singles from some of the lesser-known artists to record for the family of labels – but still done with that rich production style that was known as uptown soul – full arrangements, and a strong mix of strings with rhythms – but in a way that still lets the deeper currents of the singers come to the forefront of the mix! The approach is very different than music from Detroit and Chicago at the time, and was really maybe the greatest calling card for New York soul during the time – served up beautifully here, in a collection that features 14 tracks that appear on CD for the first time ever. Titles include "Two Stupid Feet" by The Tabs, "Cry Me A River" by Marie Knight, "Brother Where Are You" by The Demotrons, "Dearly Beloved" by Jack Montgomery, "Accept Me" by The Diplomats, "Turn Back The Time" by Judy Clay, "Hey Child I Love You" by JJ Barnes, "A Thousand Rivers" by Roscoe Robinson, "My Only Prayer" by Lois Lane, "Through A Long & Sleepless Night (alt)" by Jimmy Radcliffe, "In Between Tears" by Lenny Miles, and "She's Gone" by Tony Drake. CD

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VariousPrime Chops – Uptown Jumps & Downhome Shouts From The Vaults Of Blind Pig ... CD
Blind Pig, 1990. Used ... $2.99
Music from Big Daddy Kinsey & sons, Hubert Smith, Joanna Connor, Otis Rush, Pinetop Perkins, Mitch Woods & his Rocket 88s, Henry Gray, Roy Rogers, James Cotton, Snooky Pryor, Yank Rachell, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells & more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Vincent HerringUptown Shuffle ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A strong, soulful set from alto saxophonist Vincent Herring – of the sort he always seemed to get on earlier recordings, but which he hardly ever hits this well these days! The album's got a no-nonsense quality that really brings out the best in Vincent's horn – with a rock-solid rhythm section that features Cyrus Chestnut on piano, with Brandi Disterheft on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – all driving things with a nicely romping sensibility, in ways that push the richest, most soulful elements from Herring's horn – those almost tenor-like bits of phrasing we love so much when he's at his best. Tracks are relatively long – as befits the well-recorded live setting of these Smoke Sessions albums – and titles include "Elation", "Uptown Shuffle", "The Atholete", "Don't Let It Go", "Big Bertha", and "Tenderly". CD

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✨✧ Camp LoUptown Saturday Night ... LP
Profile/Traffic, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A real sleeper from the late 90s scene – a set that maybe didn't grab the charts as much as some of its major label hip hop contemporaries, but which has a lot more lasting power overall! There's a sense of variety to the songs here that's great – different themes, different modes, and a sense of production that's focused and to the point – very well-suited to the different lyrical modes throughout! Production is by Ski, rhymes by Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede, and the set features guest appearances from Trugoy, Ish, Jungle Brown, Bones, and Karachi Raw – on titles that include the classics "Luchini AKA This Is It", "Coolie High", and "Black Nostaljack AKA Come On" – plus "Rockin It AKA Spanish Harlem", "Sparkle", "Swing", "B-Side To Hollywood", and "Negro League". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered 2LP version.)

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✨✧ Camp LoUptown Saturday Night ... LP
Profile, 1997. Very Good+ 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A real sleeper from the late 90s scene – a set that maybe didn't grab the charts as much as some of its major label hip hop contemporaries, but which has a lot more lasting power overall! There's a sense of variety to the songs here that's great – different themes, different modes, and a sense of production that's focused and to the point – very well-suited to the different lyrical modes throughout! Production is by Ski, rhymes by Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede, and the set features guest appearances from Trugoy, Ish, Jungle Brown, Bones, and Karachi Raw – on titles that include the classics "Luchini AKA This Is It", "Coolie High", and "Black Nostaljack AKA Come On" – plus "Rockin It AKA Spanish Harlem", "Sparkle", "Swing", "B-Side To Hollywood", and "Negro League". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – a nice copy!)

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✨✧ Ron CarterUptown Conversation (Label M pressing) ... CD
Embryo/Label M, 1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful album by Ron Carter – and quite rare, too! The record features a group that's got a nice 70s modal soul jazz sound – with players that include Herbie Hancock on acoustic and electric piano, Hubert Laws on flute, Sam Brown on guitar, and both Billy Cobham and Grady Tate on drums – all working in sweet small group mode alongside Carter's excellent work on acoustic and Fender bass. The sound is sometimes spacey, sometimes groovy – and marks a key chapter in Carter's career, one that has him stepping out of the background into a great role as a leader – setting the stage for many more albums to come in the 70s! Titles include the very funky "Uptown Conversation", plus the tracks "Half A Row", "Doom", and "Einbahnstrasse". Very soulful, with a stone mellow moody groove! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Byron Lee & The DragonairesUptown Top Ranking ... CD
VP, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Some of the best work you'll ever hear from the mighty Byron Lee – not the watered-down sound of later records for the tourists, but all the sharp, soulful sounds that made him one of the hippest talents working in the Caribbean scene of the 60s! Byron's got a groove here that's heavy on influences from the American instrumental underground – almost garage guitar roots, turned towards more Caribbean rhythms – sometimes with a Cuban current at the bottom, other times with more of a Kingston or Nassau vibe – always very hip on the rhythmic tip, with loads of electric guitar and keyboards over the top. The tunes are as playful as you'd guess from the titles – and tracks include "Frankenstein", "Last Night", "Jamaican Ska", "Dragon's Paradise", "Goldfinger", "Soul Ska", "Rock Steady", "Slow Run", "Apache", "We Five", "Reggae Makossa", "Dumplin's", and "Who-Dun-It" – plus a dubby funk cover of "Don't Call Me N***er, Whitey", CD
(Cutout mark through the digipack barcode.)

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✨✧ Alvin QueenJammin' Uptown (plus bonus track) ... CD
Nilva/Justin Time, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
A soul jazz gem from drummer Alvin Queen – one of the overlooked treasures on his own Nilva Records label from the 80s! The set's a monster all the way through – a cut above so many other sides like this from the time, and put together with a sock-solid energy that almost recalls earlier brilliance on labels like Blue Note or Prestige! Queen's at the head of the group on drums – pushing the lineup with Blakey-like intensity, yet in a slightly looser, more open feel overall – especially when it comes to the structure of the solos. Players include Manny Boyd on saxes, Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, John Hicks on piano, and Ray Drummond on bass – the last of whom produced the record with a very jazz-sensitive ear! Titles include "Hassan", "Europia", "Jammin Uptown", "After Liberation", and "Mind Wine". CD also features the bonus track "Hear Me Drummin". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
 
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Mary J BligeMy Life (2CD edition – with bonus tracks0 ... CD
Uptown/Universal, 1994. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
The stunning second album from Mary J Blige – a record that showed that both the singer and her new form of soul music were around to stay! Production is from Sean Combs and Chucky Thompson – very heavy on beats borrowed from the underground, but nicely tuned to the mainstream – all with a streetwise vibe that immediately made the lady such a nice contrast to some of the more cloying commercial R&B from a few years before. And if you think the approach is all attitude and hype, guess again – because Blige almost reintroduces deep soul to the charts with the classic "I'm Going Down" – alongside other classics that include "You Bring Me Joy", "Be Happy", "My Life", "Mary's Joint", "Don't Go", "I Love You", "No One Else", "I Never Wanna Live Without You", "I'm The Only Woman", and "Mary Jane". 25th Anniversary edition – with bonus CD that features the extra cuts "Mary Jane (rmx with LL Cool J)", "I'm Goin Down (rmx with Mr Cheeks)", "I Love You (rmx with Smif N Wessun)", "Be Happy (Bad Boy butter rmx)", "Be Happy (Ron G rmx)", and "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman". CD

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieShowtime At The Spotlite ... CD
Uptown, 1946. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
Dizzy Gillespie , Dave Burns, Elmon Wright, Johnny Lynch, and Talib Dawud on trumpet, Milt Jackson on vibraphone, Howard Johnson and John Brown on alto saxophone, Sol Moore on baritone saxophone, Ray Brown on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, Thelonious Monk on piano, James Moody and Ray Abrams on tenor saxophone, and Alton "Slim" Moore and Gordon Thomas on trombone. CD

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GuyGroove Me (ext, radio, dub, bonus beats) ... 12-inch
Uptown/MCA, 1988. Near Mint- ... $4.99
One of Guy's first big hits, and proof that Teddy was setting his crossover sights on the right target! The extended mix shows the way that Riley was determined to get R&B back onto the dancefloor in a big way – and the bonus beats are nice too! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In an MCA sleeve.)

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Barry HarrisFor The Moment ... CD
Uptown, 1984. Used ... $11.99
A trio date – with Rufus Reid on bass and Leroy Williams on drums. CD

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✨✧ JR MonteroseLive In Albany 1979 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Uptown, 1979. Used ... $10.99
A legendary live set from the great tenorist JR Monterose – one cut in a small club in Albany at the end of the 70s, but a record we love every bit as much as JR's famous debut on Blue Note! The tone here is a lot more biting in the earlier years – informed by years of Monterose's experience in the smaller streams of jazz, and expressed with a wonderfully heartfelt quality that leaves us breathless right from the very first note! JR's still got all the sense of modern in his horn, but also has a much deeper sense of feeling too – a quality that makes the album a stunner all the way through, and has us again scratching our heads wondering why Monterose was never a bigger force in jazz. Backing is by a small combo that features the equally excellent Hod O'Brien on piano, plus Teddy Kotick on bass and Eddie Robinson on drums – and titles include "Lu-Ann", "Ruby My Dear", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD features three never-heard bonus tracks from the same set – "Giant Steps", "Green Street Scene", and "I Should Care". CD

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Frank Wess & Johnny ColesTwo At The Top ... LP
Uptown, 1983. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Two older players, cooking together beautifully on this early 80s session – and both hitting a vibe that almost makes the set smoke like some rare 60s gem on Blue Note! Frank Wess plays both tenor and alto sax – both of them extremely deep and soulful – with these open, thoughtful solos that almost show more imagination and maturity than in the early days – and also a swinging vibe that's undeniably great. Trumpeter Johnny Coles turns out to be a perfect partner for the session – and manages to mix his sweeter tones with some of his more modern phrasing too – in ways that make the album a treasure trove of unexpectedly great surprises – loads of illuminated passages that keep us coming back again and again over the years. The rhythm section is a good reason for the strength of the set too – and features Kenny Barron on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – on titles that include "Celia", "Minority", "An Oscar For Oscar", "Ill Wind", "Morning Star", and "Whistle Stop". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsJamestown, NY 1958 ... CD
Uptown, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Coleman Hawkins on tenor saxophone, Ted Donnelly on trombone, Norman Lester on piano, Leon Spann on bass, and Jerry Potter on drums. CD

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✨✧ Heavy D & The BoyzBig Tyme ... LP
Uptown/MCA, 1989. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Production by Marly Marl and Eddie F. 12 tracks, including "We Got Our Own Thang", "More Bounce", "Girlz, They Love Me" & "Here We Go again, Y'All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Heavy D & The BoyzSomebody For Me (LP, 7 inch version, inst, hip hop version, coolin mix) ... 12-inch
Uptown/MCA, 1989. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered Uptown sleeve.)

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerMontreal 1953 ... CD
Uptown, 1953. Used ... Out Of Stock
Small combo work from Charlie Parker working north of the border with a guitarist Dick Garcia and a changing lineup that includes a Paul Bley on three tracks. Other musicians include Brew Moore, Valdo Williams, Billy Graham, and Bobb Rudd. CD

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✨✧ Mary J BligeWhat's The 411? (25th anniversary edition) ... LP
Uptown/MCA, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The landmark debut of Mary J Blige – a record that not only did a great job of blending underground hip hop and mainstream soul sensibilities – but maybe also opened the door for the Neo Soul revolution to come! Mary comes on here with a fresh new vision in female soul – one that's informed by the youth and upfront energy of the hip hop female MCs that preceded her – but with a depth that also makes Blige sort of the new Aretha Franklin for the end of the century – a deep soul singer, but one who's equally at home in the streets and the studio. Important production is by a young Sean Combs – some of his first great work on record – and the set also features guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Little Shawn, Grand Puba, Erick Sermon, and CL Smooth. Titles include "Real Love", "Sweet Thing", "Love No Limit", "You Remind Me", "Reminisce", "What's The 411", "I Don't Want To Do Anything", "Changes I've Been Going Through", "Slow Down", and "My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(25th Anniversary pressing – first time as a 2LP set!)
 
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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyAfrican Waltz ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Pretty darn hip stuff – and with some great soloing by Cannonball! The record features Adderley's alto fronting a large group conducted by Ernie Wilkins, and featuring a host of hip players like Melba Liston, Oliver Nelson, Jerome Richardson, Ray Barretto, Sam Jones, and Wynton Kelly. The title track is a beautiful reading of Galt MacDermott's "African Waltz" – and other tracks include "Blue Brass Groove", "Something Different", "The Uptown", and "Letter From Home". Wilkins outdoes himself on this one, really providing some strong swinging arrangements that work well with the complicated groove of the project – and in a way, the record feels more like Randy Weston or Melba Liston's at the helm. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has some edge wear and a small ink stamp on back.)

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Afro Soul ProphecyHeat In The City ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2021. New Copy ... $18.99
A bright new groove on the Schema Records label – but one that features work from some of the company's real heavyweights in recent years – as the album was conceived and produced by Lucio Cantone (aka Invisible Session), and features tunes written by the funky Alex Puddu – all in a style that's heavy on the 70s funk influences that grace the music of both artists! The lineup's nice and jazzy, too – and features lots of tenor work from Timo Lassy, next to vibes, trumpet, guitar, and warm lines on both Hammond organ and Wurlitzer piano – all with a feel that's part funk, part soundtrack – yet served up in the best Schema way, which means that things go far past just being a retro rehash of the past! Titles include "Fire In Acapulco", "Heat In The City", "Everybody's Going Uptown", "Red Light District", and "The Crowd Pleaser". CD features the bonus tracks "Summer Of 75" and "The Game Of Love". CD
Also available Heat In The City ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Afro Soul ProphecyHeat In The City ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2021. New Copy ... $26.99 32.98
A bright new groove on the Schema Records label – but one that features work from some of the company's real heavyweights in recent years – as the album was conceived and produced by Lucio Cantone (aka Invisible Session), and features tunes written by the funky Alex Puddu – all in a style that's heavy on the 70s funk influences that grace the music of both artists! The lineup's nice and jazzy, too – and features lots of tenor work from Timo Lassy, next to vibes, trumpet, guitar, and warm lines on both Hammond organ and Wurlitzer piano – all with a feel that's part funk, part soundtrack – yet served up in the best Schema way, which means that things go far past just being a retro rehash of the past! Titles include "Fire In Acapulco", "Heat In The City", "Everybody's Going Uptown", "Red Light District", and "The Crowd Pleaser". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Heat In The City ... CD 18.99

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Joe BataanAfrofilipino (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $24.99
An amazing crossover moment of the 70s Latin scene! During the 60s Joe Bataan had been experimenting with the many different mode of Latin Soul – crossing over styles in a way that not only reflected his complicated roots, but which also tried to break Latin music out of the small uptown market it was getting locked into. On the album before this one, Joe coined the term Salsoul, which he used to describe his unique mix of salsa and soul – which on this record also gets a bit of an infusion of disco, which was a brilliant move by Joe, and broke the album out of the ghetto, onto dancefloors around the world. The centerpiece of the record is Joe's funky cover of Gil Scott-Heron's classic "The Bottle" – but just about every track is great, and there's loads of excellent titles like "Chico & The Man", "Women Don't Want To Love Me", "X-Rated Symphony", "When You're Down (Funky Mambo)", and remakes of older Latin Soul tunes "What Good Is A Castle" and "Ordinary Guy". CD features bonus tracks – "What Good Is A Castle (parts 1 & 2)", "Ordinary Guy", and "Women Don't Want To Love Me". CD
(Part of the Salsoul Records Original Master Collecion!)

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Jon BatisteWe Are – Roots & Traditions EP (purple vinyl pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... 12-inch
Verve, 2020. New Copy (pic cover)... $16.99
Unreleased work from Jon Batiste – and a set that pays tribute to the roots and traditions that inspired his music! The set begins with the tunes "Work It Out" and "I Need You" – then moves into the title cut "We Are", which was done with help from the St Augustine marching band, and the Gospel Soul Children – with guest work from Autumn Rowe, Craig Adams, and Braedon and Brennan Gautier! The set ends with "Tell The Truth (uptown rmx)" – with work from Big Chief Romeo Bouegere of the Mardi Gras Indian Show. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Freddy ButlerWith A Dab Of Soul ... CD
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length record cut by Freddy Butler, a heck of a great singer with a really unique voice! Freddy hails from Detroit, and like the best of Detroit singers of the 60s – such as JJ Barnes or Darrell Banks – he's got a style that's got some rootsy touches, especially on the vocals, mixed with production that's tight and focused – which really gives the album a lot of swing! Instrumentation includes some nice use of vibes and piano, and the album also features some great early compositions by Nick Ashford. Titles include "This Thing", "You'd Better Get Hip Girl", "Never Let Love Go", and "I Fell In Love". CD

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Jerry ButlerSoul Artistry ... LP
Mercury, 1967. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Beautiful uptown soul from Jerry – with pre Gamble-Huff arrangements by Jo Renzetti and Jimmy Wisner. The tracks do a great job of maintaining the perfect Iceman sound from Jerry's late Vee Jay years, yet also hint nicely at the direction to come. Titles include "You Walked Into My Life", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", "Some Kind Of Magic", "The Way Of Love", and "Why Did I Lose You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and light wear.)

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✨✧ Johnny ConquetBest Of Everything Latin ... LP
Everest, 1960. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Groovy Latin work from Johnny Conquet – with titles that include "Plena Riff", "Freudian Slip", "Dancer's Guajira", "Ay Bendito", "Uptown Guajira", and "Mambo De Juan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Label on Side 2 has a name in marker, in nice shape otherwise!)

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ExcitersExciters ... LP
Roulette, 1965. Sealed ... $49.99
Although we don't normally dig some of the sweeter 60s girl groups, we love The Exciters! Lead singer Brenda Reid has one of the most amazing voices in soul music – filled with rough sexy tones that always grab our attention, even when the lyrics shouldn't – and this album's one of the group's rare few full-length recordings. The album was the group's first after leaving United Artists – where they had scored bit with their oldies hit "Tell Him" – and although that cut's not on this album, the record's probably an even more compelling batch of soul tunes than anything the group had previously recorded. Reid's lead vocals are sublimely backed by harmonies by two other ladies, and the nicely-placed baritone of Herb Rooney – and the styles run from uptown soul to mellower ballads. Tracks include "That's How Love Starts", "Something To Shout About", "I Knew You Would", "Run, Mascara", "My Father", "I Want You To Be My Boy", and "Are You Satisfied". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Cover has some light wear, and a cutout hole.)

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Walter JacksonIt's All Over ... LP
Okeh, 1964. Very Good+ ... $16.99
60s Chicago soul doesn't get any better than this – a sublime debut from the legendary Walter Jackson – done in a smoothly sophisticated style that set a whole new standard for the genre! The record steps off nicely from some of the earliest work by Jerry Butler and The Impressions – blending Chicago soul with more adult-styled orchestrations from Riley Hampton – at a level that has Jackson sitting beautifully across a number of different modes at once – still appealing to the kids with the uptown groovers on the set, but also reaching to an older crowd with the beautiful ballads and heartbreaking love songs. The sound is incredible – easily one of the most fully realized full-length soul records on the Okeh label – and titles include "What Would You Do", "There Goes That Song Again", "I Don't Want To Suffer", "That's What Mama Say", and "It's All Over". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono purple label pressing. Cover has light wear, some discoloration from age, a few tiny stains near the opening on front, and some peeled strips from tape removal on back.)

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Jimmy James & The VagabondsNew Religion/London Swings/This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds/Open Up Your Soul (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pye/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
Four classic albums from this hip British soul group – issued here in a single set, with bonus tracks too! First up is New Religion – a record that was also released in America by Atlantic Records. Although they were a UK soul act, Jimmy James and The Vagabonds were a perfect match for the Atlantic soul stable of the 60s. The group had a smooth group style that was partly uptown, partly northern soul – as clearly illustrated in this album, which is divided up into a "mood red: you feel like leaping" side, and a "mood blue: you feel like digging deeper" side. The band chose some good material that really helps them maintain a solid socking soul sound – including "The Entertainer" and "Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud" by Tony Clarke, "Ain't No Big Thing" and "I'm Just A Fool For You Girl" by Gerald Sims, and "Little Boy Blue" and "People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield. Also features "Come To Me Softly", a sweet dreamy ballad by Jimmy, and kind of a bit crossover hit for the boys. London Swings is two-sided monster – as the album was originally split with work from the Alan Bown Set too! Here, the CD features just the live material from the soul group – a smoking performance from Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – one that goes way past the sweetness of their hits, and which has a crowd-pleasing, party-hearty approach to soul that's really great! Jimmy and the group serve up versions of "Sock It To Em JB", "That Driving Beat", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "You Don't Know Like I Know", and "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do". This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds is a record that featured some crossover tracks with New Religion – but the set here just features the exclusive cuts – including "I Feel Alright", "I Can't Get Back Home To My Baby", "Never Like This Before", "I Don't Wanna Cry", and "You Showed Me The Way". Open Up Your Soul is a record with a really wonderful sound – the deeply soulful vocals of Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, mixed with rich arrangements handled by Nicky Welsh, and produced to perfection by Brit maestro John Schroeder! The record's got the sophistication of some of the Richard Evans productions over at Chess/Cadet at the same time – and, no surprise, the group lead off with a great cover of The Dells "Wear It On Our Face" – then roll into cuts that include "Cry Like A Baby", "Good Day Sunshine", "Four Walls", "Everybody Loves A Winner", "If You're Gonna Love Me", and "Open Up Your Soul". CD also features 7 more bonus tracks from singles – including "Why", "Bumper To Bumper", "Close The Door", "Give Us A Light", "I Wanna Be your Everything", "Hungry For Love", and "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do". CD

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Snorre Kirk with Stephen RileyTangerine Rhapsody ... LP
Stunt (Denmark), 2019. New Copy ... $24.99 29.98
Drummer Snorre Kirk has a great musical partner here – tenorist Stephen Riley, who blows with this warm, raspy tone that takes us back to classic Ben Webster in the postwar years! The pace of most tunes is nicely laidback, but never in a way that's too sloppy or loose – as Kirk's combo provides these rhythms that are more than interesting enough on their own, and which really expand once Riley's magic comes into the mix! Also, all tunes are originals by Kirk, which makes for an even fresher set than the usual outing with a classic-styled tenorist – and the group features Magnus Hjorth on piano and Anders Fjelsted on bass – plus guest tenor from Jan Harbeck on two tracks too. Tiles include "Tangerine Rhapsody", "Blues Jump", "West Indian Fever", and "Uptown Swing Theme". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alfredo Linares Y Su SonoraYo Traigo Boogaloo (180 gram pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 27.98
A killer Latin set from late 60s Peru – one of those mighty Latin cookers from the Mag Records label – a small imprint that never got much circulation up here in the states, but which was clearly tuned in to the best modes from New York! Alfredo Linares is a real cooker on the piano – as fierce and fast as any of the uptown scene up north – and the album's got a few boogaloo slammers mixed with other great guaguanco grooves – on titles that include "Yo Traigo Boogaloo", "Boogaloo En Ambiente", "Como Yo No Hay Dos", "Peruvian Guaguanco", "Congalanque", "Linares Blues", "Tutu Tata", "Sabor Tropical", and "Probandolo Se Sabe". LP, Vinyl record album

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Van McCoyMy Favorite Fantasy ... LP
MCA, 1978. Sealed ... $5.99
An excellent album of smooth soul tracks, and maybe Van's best record of the 70s! The record shows Van sitting at the piano in an intimate setting – ala Barry White – and it's got a similar Love Unlimited Orchestra approach, with much large backing behind Van's voice, and a very full instrumental sound. Van sings lead vocals, which aren't always that great – but he more than makes up for it with some great piano and keyboard work, and some wonderful soul songwriting and arranging that recall his best uptown moments of the late 60s. The record has a few uptempo hustle-type tracks, but they're all pretty darn great soul songs, and there's loads of great mellow soul moments woven in to make the record a nice album of ballads and groovers. Titles include "Before & After", "Wings Of Love", "My Favorite Fantasy", "That's The Story Of My Life", and "You're So Right For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing! Cover has a small cutout mark.)

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Reuben PhillipsBig Bad Band At The Apollo ... LP
Ascot, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A sweet set from Reuben Phillips – the bandleader at the Apollo Theater, when it was going full swing in the 60s! The group here is a nice mix of soul jazz with R&B currents – served up with work from Phillips on alto, alongside more alto from James Powell, tenor from Robert Ashton, baritone from Pete Clark, trumpets from Harold Johnson and EV Perry, piano from Adriano Acea, and guitar from the great Billy Butler! There's lots of originals on the set – including "Reuben's Tune", "Two By Four", "Uptown", "High Low", "Guitar Speaks", and "The Theme" – plus versions of "What'd I Say", "Can't Sit Down," and "Eric's Flute". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has some light wear – front looks nice.)

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Max Romeo & The UpsettersWar Ina Babylon ... LP
Island/4 Men With Beards, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... About April 16, 2021
Essential stuff, whether you're a fan of roots reggae, Jamaican soul or the otherworldly antics of the Upsetter! Though you might not know it from some of the bitter rebukes Scratch later laid to wax against him, Romeo was clearly his favorite son when it came to vocalists, and got the prodigal treatment when it came to the choice of rhythms to voice. A monumental effort on both their parts, this album continues to amaze us with every spin, Romeo's soulful inflections matched perfectly to the dark, swampy Black Ark grooves. Include "War Ina Babylon", "Chase The Devil", "Stealin'", "One Step Forward", "Smile Out Of Style", "Uptown Babies", "Tan And See", "Smokey Room" and "Norman". LP, Vinyl record album

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Freddie ScottMr Heartache – The Best Of The Columbia Recordings Plus ... CD
Columbia/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Massive soul from Freddie Scott – exactly the kind of set that has us wondering why he wasn't a bigger star back in the 60s! Freddie's style is very mature – never too polished, yet totally put-together – in a way that rivals other 60s male greats like Jerry Butler and Walter Jackson – both of whom are a good comparison for the sophisticated vibe that Scott's going for in his music here! Backings have a strong uptown soul mode – but also allow a lot of space for Freddie's own expressions, so that the strings really lay back, and the orchestrations never get in the way of his bad self – a perfect balance, thanks to the work of arrangers Garry Sherman, Belford Hendricks, and Robert Mersey. CD features material from Freddie's Columbia LP and singles, plus some Shout Records tracks too – a total of 23 numbers that include "Forget Me If You Can", "Just One Love", "I'm Too Far Gone", "My Arms Aren't Strong Enough", "Lonely Man", "Giving You My Heart", "Blow Wind", "One Heartache Too Many", "Let It Be Me", "For Your Love", "Bring It On Home To Me", and "There Goes My Heart". CD

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ShirellesSwing The Most/Hear & Now ... CD
Ace (UK), 1964. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Two albums that were originally put together at a time when The Shirelles were away from the studio – but material that easily stands as some of their best work of the 60s! Swing The Most is beautiful stuff from one of the most soulful 60s pop girl groups – and proof that The Shirelles were always a cut above! The record's a great batch of hard to find songs by the group – including some great Goffin/King numbers – recorded with some surprisingly raw vocals that definitely keep The Shirelles more on the soul side of the spectrum than the pop one – set to some soaring uptown soul arrangements that are totally great! Titles include the classic hit "Oh No, Not My Baby", plus "Get Rid Of Him", "His Lips Get In The Way", "A Girl Is Not A Girl", "Please Go Away", "Lonesome Native Girl", "What Does A Girl Do", and "What A Sweet Thing That Was". Hear & Now is a set that was issued by the Pricewise budget subsidiary of Scepter Records – but one that also features some great lesser-known work by The Shirelles – material that was still unreleased at the time of this LP, mixed here with some bigger hits to round things out nicely! The groove is right up there with other Shirelles work of the time – upbeat, soulful, and definitely setting a new standard for girl group soul. Titles include "Sha La La", "Maybe Tonight", "Tonight You're Gonna Fall In Love With Me", "Not for All The Money", "Lost Love", and "Time Will Tell". CD features some great notes on this unique point in the group's career – with details on their struggle with Scepter Records too. CD

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Grover WashingtonGrover Live (180 gram gold vinyl pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Lightyear, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $34.99
Late live material from Grover Washington – previously unreleased, and proof that the saxophone master was still plenty darn soulful towards the end of his career! The instrumentation reminds us a bit of Grover's early 80s dates for Elektra – a bit more keyboard driven than some of his 70s material, yet still put together with that unmistakable Washington charm – that great ear for space and soul that always made Grover's records stand out from most of his fusion contemporaries. Washington plays his familiar tenor and soprano, plus a bit of alto and baritone as well – and titles include "Take Five", "Mystical Force", "Winelight", "Sassy Stew", "Uptown", "Mr Magic", "Let It Flow", and a cool Medley of hits. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Timi YuroAmazing Timi Yuro ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Amazing is right! Timi's one of the great under-rated Uptown Soul talents of the 60s, and this is one of her best records. The album features stunning production, in the best Mercury pop soul style of the 60s – with Quincy Jones at the controls, and Bobby Scott arranging and conducting. Timi's voice is soulful and fragile, with a sound that's a bit like Dinah Washington on her Mercury recordings, or like other uptown soul singers of the time. Titles include "I Love My Man", "Johnny", "If", "All I Need Is You", "I'm Still Around", and "There Must Be A Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Mexican pressing . Cover has light wear.)

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VariousBert Berns Story Vol 2 – Mr Success 1964 to 1967 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Key years in the Bert Berns story – that magical mid 60s period when Berns was coming up with some killer soul sides, and a few famous rockers too! The sound here is tremendous – kind of a "wall of sound" to New York soul – that marvelous style that's also known as uptown soul, for its careful production and sense of class. Some of the most important Berns moments are collected here, alongside lesser-known gems that really round out the sound – including 8 tracks appearing on CD for the first time, which should be plenty to peak the interest of any 60s soul collectors (as if the great Ace notes and package weren't enough!) Production is wonderful throughout, and the set list features some killer Atlantic/Atco singles – plus other gems from smaller indies of the period – cuts that include "Mojo Mama" by Don Varner, "No One Could Ever Love You" by Freddie Scott, "Show Me Your Monkey" by Kenny Hamber, "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" by Solomon Burke, "It Was Easier To Hurt Her" by Garnett Mimms, "I Went Out With My Baby Tonight" by Moses K & The Prophets, "Run Mascara" by The Exciters, "Cry No More" by Ben E King, "Mr Success" by Bobby Harris, "Gone Gone" by Roy C, "Better Not Believe Him" by Barbara Lewis, "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison, "I Got To Go Back" by Otis Redding, "If I Would Marry You" by Tammy Montgomery, and "Come On Girl" by The Knight Brothers. CD

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✨✧ VariousBig City Soul Vol 3 (The MGM Story) ... CD
Goldmine (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $9.99
27 cuts of MGM's excellent soul sides from the late 60's – most of which were never released on LP, and nearly all of which have their excellent uptown production sound. Tracks include "I'm Gonna Change" by The Velours, "To The Ends of The Earth" by Tony Middleton, "Street Talk" by The Tymes, "Wanting You" by April Stevens, "Watch Out Girl" by The Embers, "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Love" by Lou Roberts, "(Love) You Just Can't Walk Away" by Dean Courtney, plus lots more by The Broadways, Roy Hamilton, Spyder Turner, Kim Weston, Millie Jackson, Lou Roberts & The Marks, and The Solitaires. Rare stuff, and with a great sweet east coast sound. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousDance The Latin – Swingin' Mambos, Soulful Salsa & Funky Rhythms From The Hip Latin Dancefloors Of New York City ... CD
Fania/Jazzman (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99
The vaults of Fania Records, plumbed by the Jazzman crew – all in a double-strength approach to Latin grooves! The wealth of great music on Fania, Tico, and related labels is well-known to Latin groovers worldwide – but the Jazzman crew have managed to bring a nicely fresh perspective to the labels here – going for cuts that show the labels' appeal to the funky 45 underground, thanks to a healthy dose of soul, jazz, and funk in the mix! Most of these numbers represent the cream of the crop of the New York scene of the late 60s and early 70s – not the mainstream one, but the side that was bubbling under uptown – as influences from Spanish Harlem mixed in nicely with older influences from Cuba and Puerto Rico. CD features 18 tracks in all – most of the numbers that were previously on the expensive 7" box sets that were part of the Fania/Jazzman project – and the set also features all the original notes on each tune too. Titles include "Doug's Room" by Mauricio Smith, "Come An Get It" by Eddie Palmieri & Cal Tjader, "Soana" by Noro Morales, "Hit The Bongo" by Tito Puente, "Geronimo" by Bobby Valentin, "Fever" by La Lupe, "Soul Drummers" by Ray Barretto, "Black Brothers" by Tito Puente, "Mambomongo" by Mongo Santamaria, "Camel Walk" by The Latinaires, "Tighten Up" by Al Escobar, "I Got The Feeling" by Chollo, "Use It Before You Lose It" by Bobby Valentin, and "Never Learned To Dance" by Harvey Averne. CD

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VariousDisco (Not Disco) – Left Field Disco Classics From The New York Underground (3LP set) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2000. Near Mint- 3LP ... $29.99
A really wonderful collection – an important re-investigation of the unusual mix of sounds and styles on the New York scene in the years after disco – a time when funk, punk, hip hop, and art were all colliding at once – providing a really fresh antidote to the staid sounds of Studio 54! The "disco" in the title should be taken lightly – as these cuts didn't play at the slick uptown dance spots – but were instead the soundtrack for the cool spots happening downtown, as the previous loft culture morphed into clubs, in this very special blend of the energy of CBGB and the underground soulful dancefloors. The set list is filled with classics from this time – and titles include "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid, "Tell You Today (voc)" by Loose Joints, "Walking On Thin Ice (re-edit)" by Yoko Ono, "Over & Over" by Material, "Spasticus Autisticus (version)" by Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players, "Kiss Me Again (original edit)" by Dinosaur, "Move" by Nicky Siano, "School Bell/Tree House" by Indian Ocean, "I Walk" by Don Cherry, "Voices Inside My Head" by Common Sense, and "Wheel Me Out" by Was Not Was. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent remaster from 2019, still in the shrink.)

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VariousSoul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... CD
Fania/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the hippest sets we've ever seen on Spanish Harlem – a collection that goes way past the Latin Soul hits, to dig deep in the uptown underground at the end of the 60s! The package is compiled with gems from the Fania catalog, but rally moves past the obvious – going for some of the more obscure artists who recorded singles for some of the smaller Fania-held labels – and often focusing on tunes that drew more from late 60s soul and funk than they did from any Latin rhythms of the time. The singers are especially wonderful – and often hit a vibe that's right up there with some of Joe Bataan's best of the period – richly soulful, but often deeply personal too – never as polished as chart soul, and often showing a grittier, more realistic style that's totally great – especially when mixed with instrumentation as tight as this! Titles include "Reflections Of My Life" by 125th Street Candy Store, "On Old Broadway" by 107th Street Stickball Team, "Don't Be Afraid" by Lebron Brothers, "Central Park" by Harvey Averne Dozen, "Heaven" by Tito Ramos, "Your Smile" by Parris, "Some Lonely Heart" by Ronnie Marks, "There's No Girl" by Olivieri, "Maria Maria" by King Nando, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Nitty Boo Boo" by The Nitty Sextette, "Lonely Has Been My Day" by Ralphie & The Latin Lovers, "I'm Gonna Leave You" by Russell Cohen & The New Yorkers, and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Ralfi Pagan. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... LP
Fania/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
One of the hippest sets we've ever seen on Spanish Harlem – a collection that goes way past the Latin Soul hits, to dig deep in the uptown underground at the end of the 60s! The package is compiled with gems from the Fania catalog, but rally moves past the obvious – going for some of the more obscure artists who recorded singles for some of the smaller Fania-held labels – and often focusing on tunes that drew more from late 60s soul and funk than they did from any Latin rhythms of the time. The singers are especially wonderful – and often hit a vibe that's right up there with some of Joe Bataan's best of the period – richly soulful, but often deeply personal too – never as polished as chart soul, and often showing a grittier, more realistic style that's totally great – especially when mixed with instrumentation as tight as this! Titles include "Reflections Of My Life" by 125th Street Candy Store, "On Old Broadway" by 107th Street Stickball Team, "Don't Be Afraid" by Lebron Brothers, "Central Park" by Harvey Averne Dozen, "Heaven" by Tito Ramos, "Your Smile" by Parris, "Some Lonely Heart" by Ronnie Marks, "There's No Girl" by Olivieri, "Maria Maria" by King Nando, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Nitty Boo Boo" by The Nitty Sextette, "Lonely Has Been My Day" by Ralphie & The Latin Lovers, "I'm Gonna Leave You" by Russell Cohen & The New Yorkers, and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Ralfi Pagan. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Soul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Arthur AlexanderStay By Me/Me & Mine ... 7-inch
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Unissued Sound Stage 7 material from the great Arthur Alexander – a cut that shows him deepening his sound nicely after his early work on Dot Records – becoming even more of a key figure in the world of deep soul in the south! There's a nice slow-stepping groove to "Stay By Me" – and "Me & Mine" is a bit more upbeat, and pretty darn catchy – almost some uptown soul production next to Alexander's fantastic voice! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Donald ByrdThank You For FUML (Funkin Up My Life) ... LP
Elektra, 1978. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A post-Blue Note effort, and Donald's changing things up a bit with his 125th Street Orchestra and Uptown Singers – funking along in a way you'd expect from the longwinded title! Byrd loostens up the smoother backgrounds of his recent Larry Mizell helmed work, and in their place are grooves that have more of a heavy slap bass sound, punchier horns and guitars! There are lotes nice moments that are a bit more restrained than the comparably full-on funk approach – and these have a spacey fusiony soul quality that reminds us of similar work that Byrd was doing with The Blackbyrds at the time. One of the best cuts is "Your Life Is My Ecstasy", which has some great bubbling Moog behind it, which creates a sound that you've heard sampled famously by Tribe Called Quest. Other nice ones are "Loving You", which features vocals by Jim Gilstrap, and a remake of Duke Pearson's "Cristo Redentor", a big hit for Don in the 60s, which is redone here in an excellent slow funk mode that feels like Bob James' work on CTI. Others include "Have You Heard The News", "In Love With Love" and "Close Your Eyes And Look Within". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and is lightly bent at the bottom right corner.)

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✨✧ Joe CubaDoin It Right/Hecho Y Derecho ... LP
Tico, 1973. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Joe's slammin post-boogaloo albums from the early 70's – with great production, a very soulful vibe, and a good hard salsa sound throughout! The set's as groundbreaking as Joe's work ever was – with a strong mix of Latin jazz styles, touched by some uptown soul and all the tight small-combo grooving that Joe could always provide. Jimmy Sabater plays timbales, Phil Diaz plays vibes, Willie Garcia sings Spanish lyrics – and the tracks include "Give Us a Chance", "Baby You're Everything", "Ay Milagro", and "La Calle Esta Durisima (Gangbusters)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear, some wrinkles from application in front, and some pen on back.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonComplete Columbia Studio Album Collection 1951 to 1958 (9CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Sony, 1950s. Used 9 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A magnificent decade of music from Duke Ellington – the bulk of his fifties recordings for Columbia Records – all albums that really show the Duke stretching forth and greatly developing his style! The scope of performances here is breathtaking – as Ellington works with key sidemen of the postwar years, and moves into much longer-form recordings that before – tracks that help him deeply express his new ideas, and also make way for a few guest performers too. Each album comes in a tiny LP-styled sleeve, replicating the original record – and the box features the albums Masterpieces By Ellington, Ellington Uptown, A Drum Is A Woman, Such Sweet Thunder, Ellington Indigos, The Cosmic Scene, and At The Bal Masque – plus the Black Brown & Beige suite with Mahalia Jackson, and the Blue Rose album with vocals by Rosemary Clooney! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonGiant Among Giants – The Best LPs 1950 to 1961 (10 CD set) ... CD
Intense (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. Used 10 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes the releases "Great Times!", "Piano Duets", "Ellington Uptown", "The Duke Plays Ellington ", "Duke Ellington His Piano And His Orchestra At The Bal Masque", "Such Sweet Thunder", "Black, Brown And Beige", " Anatomy Of A Murder", " Selections From Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 And Suite Thursday", "Piano In The Background", " Blue Rose", "Recording Together For The First Time", "First Time! The Count Meets The Duke", "Newport 1958", "A Drum Is A Woman", and "Side By Side". CD

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✨✧ Funkmaster FlexMix Tape Volume 2 – 60 Minutes Of Funk ... LP
Loud/RCA, 1997. Very Good 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Featuring freestyles from Notorious BIG, Xzibit, Jay Z, Foxy Brown, Lady Saw, Akinyele, Boot Camp Click, Lost Boyz, DAS EFX, Cormega, all worked into a mix of hits from 1997 and a few old school cuts, includes "How About Some Hardcore", "Hip Hop Hooray", "Uptown Anthem", "Time 4 Sum Aksion" and "Release Yo Delf". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jimmy James & The VagabondsNew Religion/London Swings/This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds/Open Up Your Soul (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pye/BGO (UK), Late 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Four classic albums from this hip British soul group – issued here in a single set, with bonus tracks too! First up is New Religion – a record that was also released in America by Atlantic Records. Although they were a UK soul act, Jimmy James and The Vagabonds were a perfect match for the Atlantic soul stable of the 60s. The group had a smooth group style that was partly uptown, partly northern soul – as clearly illustrated in this album, which is divided up into a "mood red: you feel like leaping" side, and a "mood blue: you feel like digging deeper" side. The band chose some good material that really helps them maintain a solid socking soul sound – including "The Entertainer" and "Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud" by Tony Clarke, "Ain't No Big Thing" and "I'm Just A Fool For You Girl" by Gerald Sims, and "Little Boy Blue" and "People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield. Also features "Come To Me Softly", a sweet dreamy ballad by Jimmy, and kind of a bit crossover hit for the boys. London Swings is two-sided monster – as the album was originally split with work from the Alan Bown Set too! Here, the CD features just the live material from the soul group – a smoking performance from Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – one that goes way past the sweetness of their hits, and which has a crowd-pleasing, party-hearty approach to soul that's really great! Jimmy and the group serve up versions of "Sock It To Em JB", "That Driving Beat", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "You Don't Know Like I Know", and "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do". This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds is a record that featured some crossover tracks with New Religion – but the set here just features the exclusive cuts – including "I Feel Alright", "I Can't Get Back Home To My Baby", "Never Like This Before", "I Don't Wanna Cry", and "You Showed Me The Way". Open Up Your Soul is a record with a really wonderful sound – the deeply soulful vocals of Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, mixed with rich arrangements handled by Nicky Welsh, and produced to perfection by Brit maestro John Schroeder! The record's got the sophistication of some of the Richard Evans productions over at Chess/Cadet at the same time – and, no surprise, the group lead off with a great cover of The Dells "Wear It On Our Face" – then roll into cuts that include "Cry Like A Baby", "Good Day Sunshine", "Four Walls", "Everybody Loves A Winner", "If You're Gonna Love Me", and "Open Up Your Soul". CD also features 7 more bonus tracks from singles – including "Why", "Bumper To Bumper", "Close The Door", "Give Us A Light", "I Wanna Be your Everything", "Hungry For Love", and "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do". CD
Also available New Religion/London Swings/This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds/Open Up Your Soul (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ 107th Street Stickball TeamSaboreando – Pot Full Of Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dorado/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lost grooves from Spanish Harlem – an incredible set of Latin Soul from The 107th Street Stickball Team! With a name like that, the group certainly aren't as well-remembered as contemporaries like Joe Bataan or Willie Colon, but they've got a soulful groove that definitely fits the style of the time – a sweet uptown blend of Harlem soul and Latin rhythms – with the same blend of sweet soul ballads and uptempo groovers you'd find on some of Bataan's classic albums for Fania Records! Bobby Marin put the whole album together, with a tight groove that's very similar to his work for Speed Records – played here by a group that includes Orlando Marin, Louie Ramirez, Ozzie Torrens, and Joey Pastrana – all kings of Latin Soul at the time! Vocalists include Butch Johnson and Danny Agosto – but there's a real group feel to the record, with lots of harmonies behind the lead – the kind of streetcorner soul you might have heard while catching a stickball game on one of the side streets up north of Harlem. Titles include "Toma Guajira", "Look To Me", "You Put A Hurt In My Heart", "Rhythm & Soul", "Mojo Shingaling", "Barbara With The Kooky Eyes", "Tell Her I Love Her", and "Let Me Do My Thing". CD features 3 bonus tracks by The Nitty Sextet, all previously unissued – "Nitty Boo Boo", "Something New", and "Say Listen". CD

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✨✧ Augustus PabloEl Rockers ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Essential! One wonders why when the original King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown album is so heavy, that you'd want another dub version, but one spin of this special reissue package and you'll be convinced. Altogether different dubs and versions of many of the same rhythm cuts as that watershed dub LP only prove that the whole concept of "versioning", and cutting multiple dubs of the same rhythms (usually to service selectors and sound systems who needed unique tracks) was pure genius on the part of Jamaican producers. Add that to the sheer weight of the rhythms used here, and you've got a formula for a potent set! Once again, the producers at Pressure Sounds have dug up some beautiful gems, finding unique versions of H. Swaby's melodica dancing over thundering Rockers' rhythms and taking a dip now and again in a bucket of reverb & echoplex. Insightful liner notes and a beautiful sleeve complete this package of 17 massive instrumental tracks, including "Black Gunn", "New Style", "El Rockers", "Skanking Easy", "Tribalist" and "Cassava Piece". CD

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✨✧ Bettye SwannBettye Swann – The Money Recordings ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from a singer who's hardly ever gotten her due – the great Bettye Swann, an artist who mostly recorded in less-than-hit territory in the 60s and 70s – but who turned out some wonderful work that really stands the test of time! The cuts here are all from Bettye's earliest stretch in the studio – sides cut for LA's Money Records which make strong use of her deep soul inflections, but also have this poise and polish you might not expect – almost uptown soul at times, given the quality that went into the arrangements and production, which wasn't always the case with the Money label. In fact, there's some killer gems on here that might easily rival the best Motown female soul of the time – especially their solo acts – while others would have been right at home in the Atlantic Records stable, too. CD features a few big hits – like "Don't Wait To Long" and "Make Me Yours" – plus lots more rare singles and album tracks, and even some unissued takes too! Other titles include "I Will Not Cry", "What Is My Life Coming To", "Our Love", "Don't Look Back", "The Dance Is Over", "What Can It Be", "Don't Wait Too Long", and "The Heartache Is Gone". CD

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✨✧ VariousSaoco Vol 2 – Bomba, Plena, & The Roots Of Salsa In Puerto Rico 1955 to 1967 ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 50s/1960s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from the Puerto Rican scene of the 60s – a key link between the music of Cuba and New York – and an outlet that became even more important after the fall of Havana! Back in the day, there was steady traffic between San Juan and uptown New York – as styles traded, grooves emerged, and whole worlds of Latin music grew into place in the process – showing a new, youthful style that was especially heavy on percussion – and which often had a much tighter small group approach that was quite a contrast to the bigger orchestras of the previous generation! The Puerto Rican groove was crucial in kicking off the Latin Soul generation, and the salsa one as well – and the music here is from a host of indie labels who really had an ear to the underground in these key years – and came up with plenty of greatness in the process. The double-length package is a great retrospective of these years – and features detailed notes in English and Spanish, lots of great images, and a smoking set of 28 tracks that includes "Que Culpa Tengo Yo" by Chivirico, "La Vieja Voladora" by Chuito El De Bayamon, "Guaracha Y Cha Cha Cha" by Moncho Lena, "Moliendo Cafe" by Cortijo, "Arrabalera" by Tonin Romero, "Muchachita Lozana" by Odilo Gonzalez, "Tras Tres Tragos" by Mario Ortiz, "Dolores" by Joe Cotto, "Candela" by Ramito, "Kijis Konar" by Mon Rivera, and "Que Chevere" by Kito Velez. CD
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✨✧ PP ArnoldAngel Of The Morning ... CD
Atom (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic UK soul from PP Arnold – the American soul singer who first started out as an Ikette, but really made her mark in England – thanks to some key support from The Rolling Stones and other 60s rockers! Despite the British nature of the material – mostly recorded for the rock-based Immediate label – and despite the fact that production is by Mick Jagger, Andrew Loog Oldham, and others – the sound here is almost in the best US soul mode of the 60s, with full arrangements and sweeping strings that remind us of some of the strongest New York uptown soul of the mid 60s! 2CD set features 25 tracks in all – all from 1967 and 1968 – including one number with Rod Stewart and one with The Small Faces. Titles include "Speak To Me", "Am I Still Dreaming", "To Love Somebody", "Angel Of The Morning", "Would You Believe", "Life Is But Nothing", "First Cut Is The Deepest", "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", "Come Home Baby", and "Groovy". CD

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✨✧ Burt Bacharach (composer)Always Something There – A Burt Bacharach Collector's Anthology 1952 to 1969 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare Bacharach galore – an assortment of under-reissued tracks all penned by the mighty Burt – most of which are from the heyday of 60s uptown soul! Despite the 1952 in the date range on the title, almost all the tunes here are from the mid 60s – that time when Bacharach was writing new tunes like a demon, and getting most of them recorded by a range of great talents on the New York scene. Singers are a good mix of soul, pop, rock, and vocal artists – and although the material was done for a variety of different labels, there's a relatively unified feel – thanks to that snapping syncopation that Burt always brought to work like this. CD features 26 titles in all – including "How About" by Della Reese, "Third Window From The Right" by Dean Barlow, "I Wake Up Crying" by Del Shannon, "I Looked For You" by Charlie Gracie, "That's Not The Answer" by Vi Velasco, "More Time To Be With You" by Brook Benton, "Three Friends" by The Turbans, "Move It On The Backbeat" by Burt & The Backbeats, "You're Telling Our Secrets" by Dee Clark, "Thirty Miles Of Railroad Track" by The Hammond Brothers, "The Story Of My Life" by Big Al Downing, "Made In Paris" by Trini Lopez, "Rain From The Skies" by Adam Wade, and "True Love Never Runs Smooth" by Don & Juan. CD

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✨✧ Har-You Percussion GroupHar-You Percussion Group ... CD
ESP/CuBop, 1995. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A legendary bit of Latin from the New York scene of the 60s – recorded by a host of youthful players working under the direction of percussionist Montego Joe! The group's name is a contraction of "Harlem Youth" – a program in which all players participated, as part of an effort to get kids involved in music uptown – spearheaded by Montego Joe, whose guidance in the set is greatly appreciated! There's a strong Latin Soul vibe running through the set – but one that's different than Joe's other work, a bit more rootsy at times, given all the percussion in the lineup – but warmed up nicely with bits of guitar, trumpet, and alto sax. The album's filled with great groovers – including the classic "Welcome To The Party", and the amazing "Oua-Train" jazz cut, which has a slightly spiritual feel. Other tracks include "Feed Me Good", "Barrets Bag", "Tico", "Ngoma", and "Santa Cruz". CD

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✨✧ Gene KrupaGene Krupa & His Orchestra (4 x 78 rpm album) ... 78 RPM
Columbia, Mid 40s. Very Good+ 4 x 78 rpm album ... Out Of Stock
Includes the tracks "Tuxedo Junction", "Drum Boogie", "Drummin Man", "That's What You Think", "Knock Me A Kiss", "Let Me Off Uptown?", "Leave Us Leap", and "Boogie Blues". 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Garnet MimmsCry Baby/Warm & Soulful ... CD
BGO/United Artists (UK), 1963/1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 brilliant albums from Garnet Mimms – one of the greatest soul singers of the 60s, and an artist you can never have enough of! Garnet's albums from the 60s are all great – and unlike his contemporaries, he always recorded full LPs with all great songs, a wealth of original material, and not a bit of filler. This means that the set's got 26 tracks that may well be a "best of" for Garnet – as each track sparkles as much as the next, with Garnet's roughly-hewn vocals stretching out over sweet uptown arrangements by Jerry Ragovoy and Garry Sherman. We couldn't hope for a better batch of 60s soul tunes – and titles include "Don't Change Your Heart", "Looking For You", "It's Just A Matter Of Time", "One Girl", "Baby Don't You Weep", "So Close", "Anytime You Want Me", "There Goes My Baby", "A Little Bit Of Soap", "Quiet Place", "Cry To Me", "Until You Were Gone", "Anytime You Want Me", "Thinkin", and "Prove it To Me". CD

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✨✧ Roy OrbisonAll Time Greatest Hits Of Roy Orbison (Original Master Recording) ... CD
Monument/Mobile Fidelity, 1960s. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Titles include "Candy Man", "Only The Lonely", "Running Scared", "Love Hurts", "Leah", "In Dreams", "Uptown", "Mean Woman Blues", "Pretty Paper", "Oh Pretty Woman", and lots lots more! CD
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✨✧ VariousJuice – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... LP
MCA, 1991. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The sharp Bomb Squad-spearhead soundtrack to Juice – standing the test of time very well over the years, thanks to the genuine dopeness of prime early 90s tracks by Cypress Hill, Brand New Heavies, Eric B & Rakim, EPMD and more! Some of the nicest includes Naughty By Nature's "Uptown Anthem", Eric B & Rakim's "Juice – Know The Ledge", Too Short's "So You Wanna Be A Gangsta", Son Of Bazerk's "What Could Be Better" and Big Daddy Kane delivering his long lost fast rhyme style while riding a very hyped Bomb Squad beat on "Nuff Respect". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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✨✧ Roy BuddStone Killer (2 x 7 inch set) ... 7-inch
Pye/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1973. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)... Out Of Stock
A special double 7" package of one of the darkest Roy Budd scores ever – designed to accompany a brutal police film starring Charles Bronson! The main theme has a nice electronic sound that's kind of like the "Mystery Movie" theme from the 70s – then the score moves into some nicely moody regions that feature spare Fender Rhodes riffs underpinned by dark orchestral scoring! Occasional beats and jazzy rhythms move into the picture from time to time, and this 2 x 7" single set features seven cuts – "Main Title", "On The Trail", "Too Late", "Down Uptown", "Final Capture", "The Old Precinct", and "On The Move". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Jacob MillerWho Say Jah No Dread ... LP
Greensleeves, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Beautiful sounds from the mighty Jacob Miller – material recorded with Augustus Pablo in the years before Miller went onto greater fame in Inner Circle – and with a rootsy vibe that's still extremely powerful all these many years later! Pablo's at the height of his talents here – able to hit just the best righteous modes, but without ever going over the top – at a level that seems completely effortless, and which really empowers the message in Miller's vocals! The set's overflowing with gems – and titles include "Keep On Knocking", "Each One Teach One", "Who Say Jah No Dread", "False Rasta", "Baby I Love You So", and "Girl Named Pat" – plus the dubs "Knocking Version", "Hungry Town Skank", "King Tubby Meet Rockers Uptown", "Jah Dread", "Each One Teach One Version", and "Girl Named Pat Version". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ PassportOceanliner ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The famous fusion combo hits the 80s with a mighty sweet sound – a style that adapts some of their older electric modes of the previous years with a slight shift in instrumentation and groove! All the core elements are still very much in place – especially the work on reeds and keys by the mighty Klaus Doldinger – but there's a bit less rock-jamming, and maybe more of that soundtrack-styled fusion approach that other groups were using at the time – a shift that's partly in place thanks to some rhythm programs alongside standard drums. Titles include "Departure", "Allegory", "Uptown Rendezvous", "Scope", "Seaside", and "Oceanliner". CD

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✨✧ VariousBorn To Be Together – The Songs Of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest songwriting partnerships of the 60s – featured here in a great mix of soul, rock, and vocal numbers from the time – including a fair number of unusual versions of hits from the team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil! Weil's got a style that's sometimes a bit deeper than her contemporaries – and when mixed with Barry's strong sense of punch in a tune, has a way of bringing some surprising sophistication to pop music – little emotive moments that peek out from more hook-heavy numbers – but all without ever sounding lachrymose or overblown. As part of that quality, lots of these tunes have some great New York-styled production – that uptown balance of emotion and class – and as with other titles in Ace's excellent songwriter series, the notes alone are almost worth the price of admission – given all the historical detail, cultural commentary, and cool images. Titles include "New World Coming" by Mama Cass, "Love Is Only Sleeping" by The Monkees, "Angelica" by Scott Walker, "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love" by Gene Pitney, "Love Him" by Doris Day, "Good Good Lovin" by Bobby Hebb, "You Baby" by Len Barry, "Born To Be Together" by The Ronettes, "This Is A Love Song" by Bill Medley, "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" by The Happenings, "Shape Of Things To Come" by Slade, and "Proud" by Johnny Crawford. CD

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✨✧ Donald ByrdThank You For FUML (Funkin Up My Life) ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
A post-Blue Note effort, and Donald's changing things up a bit with his 125th Street Orchestra and Uptown Singers – funking along in a way you'd expect from the longwinded title! Byrd loostens up the smoother backgrounds of his recent Larry Mizell helmed work, and in their place are grooves that have more of a heavy slap bass sound, punchier horns and guitars! There are lotes nice moments that are a bit more restrained than the comparably full-on funk approach – and these have a spacey fusiony soul quality that reminds us of similar work that Byrd was doing with The Blackbyrds at the time. One of the best cuts is "Your Life Is My Ecstasy", which has some great bubbling Moog behind it, which creates a sound that you've heard sampled famously by Tribe Called Quest. Other nice ones are "Loving You", which features vocals by Jim Gilstrap, and a remake of Duke Pearson's "Cristo Redentor", a big hit for Don in the 60s, which is redone here in an excellent slow funk mode that feels like Bob James' work on CTI. Others include "Have You Heard The News", "In Love With Love" and "Close Your Eyes And Look Within". CD
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✨✧ Snorre Kirk with Stephen RileyTangerine Rhapsody ... CD
Stunt (Denmark), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Snorre Kirk has a great musical partner here – tenorist Stephen Riley, who blows with this warm, raspy tone that takes us back to classic Ben Webster in the postwar years! The pace of most tunes is nicely laidback, but never in a way that's too sloppy or loose – as Kirk's combo provides these rhythms that are more than interesting enough on their own, and which really expand once Riley's magic comes into the mix! Also, all tunes are originals by Kirk, which makes for an even fresher set than the usual outing with a classic-styled tenorist – and the group features Magnus Hjorth on piano and Anders Fjelsted on bass – plus guest tenor from Jan Harbeck on two tracks too. Tiles include "Tangerine Rhapsody", "Blues Jump", "West Indian Fever", "Festival Grease", and "Uptown Swing Theme". CD
Also available Tangerine Rhapsody ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Lenny Welch/OC SmithCadences – The Early Recordings 1957 to 1962 ... CD
Cadence/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early work from two different singers – each featured here on rare singles for the Cadence Records label! First up is Lenny Welch – a singer with a voice that's as smooth as butter, and a key link between some of the more pop-oriented vocalists of the 50s, and the new generation of 60s "icemen" like Jerry Butler and Chuck Jackson! Like those two, Lenny's got a great way of putting over a sad tune with just the right balance of emotion – never too overdone, nor self-indulgent – but perfectly poised with a nicely mature quality. And Lenny's also a great singer on a more upbeat number – a surprisingly rocking vocalist when he wants to be, as you'll hear on some of the more groove-oriented titles on this set – tunes that have a classy early soul approach, one that's almost a bit like uptown soul of a few years later. CD features 19 Welch titles – including "Rocket To The Moon", "I'd Like To Know", "Darlin", "You Don't Know Me", "Pony Time", "You Can Have Her", "Mama Don't You Hit That Boy", "Taste Of Honey", "Congratulations Baby", and "The Last Star Of Evening". The bigger surprise here is OC Smith – recording her as Ocie Smith – years before his big country soul hits at the end of the 60s, and in a style that's as cool and classy as Lenny Welch, but maybe a bit more rocking too – with nice use of electric bass at the core of larger arrangements, and a nice sense of rhythm that often brings in a bit of jukebox mambo or popcorn soul. CD features 6 titles by Ocie Smith – including "Lighthouse", "Bad Man Of Missouri", "Forbidden Fruit", "If You Don't Love Me", "Too Many", and "Slow Walk". CD
 
 
 



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