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Charles Boyer/Victor YoungLiberte, Egalite, Fraternite ... LP
Decca, Late 50s. Sealed ... $4.99
Charles Boyer reads the works of Victor Hugo, Georges Clemenceau, Francoise Voltaire, and Charles DeGaulle – all set to music by Victor Young! LP, Vinyl record album

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Victor CaviniJapan ... LP
Selected Sound/Be With (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A very unusual sound library album from the German scene – a set that's maybe a lot more ethnographic than the usual stock TV and commercial grooves you'd expect – done by Victor Cavini with a fairly sensitive blend of traditional Japanese instrumentation and a few key modern elements as well! Instrumentation includes koto, wood flute, and lots of percussion – mostly acoustic, and in these little short tunes that do a great job of painting a little scene in sound – served up as a total of 14 "Pictures Of Japan", originally recorded for the Selected Sound library label. LP, Vinyl record album

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Victor FeldmanArtful Dodger ... CD
Concord, 1977. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Victor HaynesOptimistic (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1994. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Made In Brasil with Victor MNumero Um ... LP
Nucleus, 1975. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A totally sweeeeeeeet batch of Brazilian grooves – recorded in San Francisco, with a great 70s Bay Area sound! Victor M leads the group on percussion and vocals – but the real charm of the set is in its electric piano riffing, and soulful electric vibe. Most of the cuts have vocals – kind of in a Sergio Mendes 70s style, or in the mode of some of Marcos Valle's more electric work – and although the tunes are mostly familiar numbers like "Reza", "Agua De Beber", "Zazueira", "Upa Neguinho", and "Crickets Sing For Anamaria", they're done in a mode that's very fresh – kind of a bridge between 60s Brazilian interpretations, and later ones by recent groups! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some splitting on the top seam, which also has a cut corner, and a small rip near the opening edge.)

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Victor OlaiyaVictor Olaiya's All Stars Soul International ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970. Used ... $9.99
Massive work from this funky Nigerian cat – a set that offers up a key mix of James Brown funk and home-grown elements – all in a blend that's totally unique! The 1970 album mixes together equal parts African highlife and American soul – making for a style that's heavy one minute, lighter the next – and always changing things up in a really dynamic way! Percussion plays a big role on the funkier cuts, and guitar is on most numbers too – used with a lyrical, rhythmic style on the highlife numbers – and a much more hard-vamping approach on the funkier ones. Includes killer versions of "Mother Popcorn", "Let Yourself Go", "There Was A Time", "I Feel Alright", and "Cold Sweat" – plus the tracks "Okere Gwonko", "Everybody Needs Love", "Onuro", and "Magic Feet". CD
(Out of print.)

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Victor Silvester & Su Orquesta De CuerdasLatin American Dance Parade (10 inch LP) ... LP
Columbia, 1950. Very Good- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(In a blue cover, with some aging.)

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Fay VictorBarn Songs ... CD
Northern Spy, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Fay Victor has always been an experimental sort of singer – and here, she works in a very experimental setting – a "chamber trio" that just features her voice alongside the cello of Marika Hughes and alto sax of Darius Jones! Fay's voice is wonderful – cresting with the sort of sharp edges that Abbey Lincoln would bring to her more pensive, more avant performances – set up in a way that also echoes some of the classic modes of Jeanne Lee – but with these beautifully poetic lyrics that are very much Victor's own. Titles include "Stealaway", "Last Night's Dinner", "Dream State", "Sometimes", "Talk Talk (part 2)", "Nico", and "There They Are". CD

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✨✧ Victor HaynesMy Time Is Here ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2014. Used ... Out Of Stock
Victor Haynes' time has been here for a few years now – as he's really be serving up some great music over the past few releases – but this album's definitely got a positive, confident feel that really lives up to its title – jazzy, upbeat, and rock-solid all the way through! The record's a great example of underground soul that's tight, but very far from commercial – put together with all the classic elements of an old school record, but done with an indie vibe that's nice and lean – and which is very well suited to Victor's vocals and lyrics. There's a jazzy undercurrent throughout – almost a bit of an Incognito vibe, and we mean that in the best way possible – and titles include "Feel", "Sleep Over", "Serious", "Get Back", "My Time Is Here", "Love Will Conquer All", and "Give Me The Reason". CD

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✨✧ Victor GoinesLove Dance ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Victor Goines on tenor and soprano sax – with Peter Martin on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Greg Hutchinson on drums! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Victor RomeoLove Will Find A Way (radio, club/Acid Rain (rain dance UK)) ... 12-inch
Dance Mania, 1988. Fair ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Victor FeldmanYoung Vic ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Victor Feldman's a musician who rose to later fame (and a fair bit of studio work) on the American scene – but here, he's heard back in his native England – on a set of early recordings that showcase his talents on piano, vibes, and drums! The first five tracks are with John Dankworth – blowing a clarinet in the lead, and with Eddie Thompson on piano, as Vic takes the drums – on the titles "Lady Bird", "Quaternity", "Gone With The Wind", and "Mop Mop". The next two tracks – "Ego" and "Jolly Rogers" – are extremely inventive, as they just feature Feldman overdubbed on piano, vibes, and drums – playing with a really unusual, moody sound! The remaining tracks feature Feldman mostly on vibes, plus a bit of piano – in one group with Stan Watson on guitar and Freddie Manton on percussion – and another with Tony Crombie on drums and Lennie Bush on bass. Titles for these get a bit exotic at times – and include "Harem Scarem", "Kashmir", "Evening In Paris", "Pakistan", "For You Alone", and "Body & Soul". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Sandra St VictorMack Diva Saves The World ... CD
Warner, 1996. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)

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Paul Desmond with Jim HallComplete RCA Victor Recordings (5CD set) ... CD
RCA/Victor, Early/Mid 60s. Used 5 CDs ... $19.99
Genius in one of its purest forms! Paul Desmond's alto sax was honed to perfection by the time of these recordings – worked out through fame in the Dave Brubeck Quartet years of the late 50s and early 60s, but also relaxed in a confidence that makes these sides completely majestic, and utterly fantastic! Desmond's tone and approach are languid – but in a way that's incredibly compelling: notes just floating out of the horn, almost effortlessly, seeming not to come from Desmond himself, but to him, gathered together by his warmth and good wit, honed in further by the spare and gentle guitar work of the great Jim Hall. This package is the finest tribute we could think of to their brilliant work together – a wonderfully-done 5CD set, with a lovely slipcase and book, done in a way that retains the structure of the original albums, yet also adds in bonus tracks. There's a whopping 55 cuts in all – and every single one of them's a gem! CD
(Out of print, case has some light edgewear.)

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Front 242Rhythm Of Time (victor the cleaner, anti-g mix, no voice) ... 12-inch
Red Rhino (Belgium), 1991. Very Good+ ... $16.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label pressing in a stickered sleeve, with a sticker remant)

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Jean GoldketteJean Goldkette & His Orchestra – Victor Recordings 1924 to 1928 ... CD
TransAtlantic Radio, Late 20s. Used ... $11.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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King OliverCall Of The Freaks – Complete Victor Recordings – Vol 1 ... CD
Victor/Frog (UK), 1929. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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King OliverNew Orleans Shout – Complete Victor Recordings – Vol 2 ... CD
Victor/Frog (UK), 1929/1930. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ MozartPiano Concertos Nos 17, 20, 21, 23 & 24 – Arthur Rubinstein/Alfred Wallenstein/Josef Krips/RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra ... CD
RCA, 1958/1961. Used 2CD ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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David WilliamsCome On Down Boogie People (victor rosado mix, orig) ... 12-inch
East End (UK), 1978/2009. Near Mint- ... $14.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousIf Music Presents You Need This – World Jazz Grooves – Compiled By Jean Claude & Victor Kiswell ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
Not a set of world music-inflected jazz – although there is a bit of that – and instead, a wonderful collection of spiritual numbers from around the world – most recorded in the 70s, at a time when barriers were really breaking down in jazz music! All tracks here are nice and long, and most are groovers – but not in the typical funky jazz way – as the album is mostly earthy and organic, and mostly acoustic too – with musicians that work together wonderfully in ensemble format, and often find ways to incorporate non-traditional instruments into a jazz-based perspective! Titles include "Souffle (part 2)" by Armand Lemal, "Ismaa" by The Jazz Committee For Latin American Affairs, "Timbuktu" by Theo Loevendie Consort, "Fonetik A Velo" by Kafe, "Martinica" by Michel Sardaby, "Illustration" by Billy Bang's Survival Ensemble, "Pumu 1" by Masabumi Kikuchi, and "Itwenty Five" by Joe Malinga & The Southern African Force. CD

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✨✧ Louis ArmstrongColumbia & RCA Victor Live Recordings Of Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars (9CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Late 40s-Mid 50s. Used 9CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Loads of unissued material from these key comeback years of Louis Armstrong – plus tracks that appeared on the albums Chicago Concert, Newport Jazz Festival Live, At Town Hall, Satchmo The Great, Ambassador Satch, Louis Armstrong & Eddie Condon at Newport, and The Great Chicago Concert – all with the usual top-shelf Mosaic Records notes! 164 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print – and a nice copy!)

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✨✧ VariousIf Music Presents You Need This – World Jazz Grooves – Compiled By Jean Claude & Victor Kiswell (3LP set) ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not a set of world music-inflected jazz – although there is a bit of that – and instead, a wonderful collection of spiritual numbers from around the world – most recorded in the 70s, at a time when barriers were really breaking down in jazz music! All tracks here are nice and long, and most are groovers – but not in the typical funky jazz way – as the album is mostly earthy and organic, and mostly acoustic too – with musicians that work together wonderfully in ensemble format, and often find ways to incorporate non-traditional instruments into a jazz-based perspective! Titles include "Souffle (part 2)" by Armand Lemal, "Ismaa" by The Jazz Committee For Latin American Affairs, "Timbuktu" by Theo Loevendie Consort, "Fonetik A Velo" by Kafe, "Martinica" by Michel Sardaby, "Illustration" by Billy Bang's Survival Ensemble, "Pumu 1" by Masabumi Kikuchi, and "Itwenty Five" by Joe Malinga & The Southern African Force. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available If Music Presents You Need This – World Jazz Grooves – Compiled By Jean Claude & Victor Kiswell ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Eartha KittRCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt (10 inch LP) ... LP
RCA, Mid 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Titles include "C'Est Si Bon", "Angelitos Negros", "African Lullaby", "Uska Dara", and "Lilac Wine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Liszt/Enesco/Smetana/WagnerHungarian Rhapsody No 2 In C Sharp Minor/Roumanian Rhapsody No 1 In A Op 11/Moldau/Bartered Bride (Overture)/Tristan & Isolde (Prelude To Act III)/Tanhauser (Overture & Venusberg Music) – Stokowski/RCA Victor Symphony ... CD
RCA/Sony, 1960/1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print. Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works in standard CD players! Cover image differs slightly from that shown.)
 
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Jackie ChanViva Jackie Chan ... LP
Victor (Japan), 1982. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A pretty early tribute album to the young Jackie Chan! LP, Vinyl record album
(In a heavy gatefold cover – with obi!)

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Dr FeelgoodBrilleaux (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stiff/Victor (Japan), 1986. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print 2006 K2 HD pressing with 3 bonus tracks.)

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Dr FeelgoodClassic (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stiff/Victor (Japan), 1987. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print, 2006 K2 HD pressing with 2 bonus tracks.)

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Duke EllingtonThree Little Words/Ring Dem Bells ... 78 RPM
Victor, 1930. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Vocals by The Rhythm Boys. 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Ray HaydenSky So Blue (Japanese pressing with bonus track) ... CD
Opaz/Victor (Japan), 1996. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Milt Jackson & Ray BrownThat's The Way It Is ... CD
Impulse/Victor (Japan), 1969. Used ... $11.99
At the end of the 60s, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown cut some very groovy records together – teamed up in a great pairing of styles that pushed both of them way past the more standard sounds of earlier years! This album's one of the best of the bunch – as it features pianist Monty Alexander joining the pair, bringing in some warmly soulful elements on piano – in ways that are a great bridge between his work for MGM and MPS! The set also features great tenor from Teddy Edwards – blowing with a deep tone and a sharp edge – and in addition to vibes by Jackson and bass by Brown, the group also features Dick Berk on drums. The set was recorded live at Shelly's Manne-Hole – and titles include Alexander's "That's The Way It Is", plus "Blues In The Basement", "Wheelin & Dealin", and "Tenderly". CD
(20 bit mastering.)

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JAMSilent Notes (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2017. Used Gatefold ... $4.99
A great little side project from three members of the legendary Soil & Pimp Sessions combo – pianist Josei, bassist Akita, and drummer Midorin – hence the JAM name of the group! These guys may have the structure of a jazz piano trio, but their sound is something quite different – very funky right from the start, as you'd expect from the S&P legacy – but also much more stripped-down than that previous group, with a similar mix of funk and jazz as Japanese groups like Indigo Jam Unit and early work by Quasimode! There's definitely plenty of jazz in the mix, but the core rhythm is equally important – and these guys have a lot more soul and depth than some of the "pretty boy" trios on the Japanese market of light, whose music is maybe a bit more flighty. Titles include "Foundation", "Totally Disorder", "Dancer On The Black Keys", "Alternative War", "Manchester", "Bell", and "Apple's Waltz". CD

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Monday Michiru & Toshiko AkioshiJazz Conversations – The Other Side Of Monday Michiru ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
The other side of Monday Michiru – or, more appropriately, the early side of the great soul singer – given that her roots in jazz go very far back, to the time when she was the child of two very famous jazz musicians! This set has Monday reunited with her mother – the legendary pianist Toshiko Akioshi – who works exclusively on piano, in this wonderfully pointed, introspective style – while Monday both sings in a jazz style, and plays flute as well – an instrument she first used on record when she was about ten years old. The reunion is a wonderful one – and while Toshiko's every bit as great as you'd expect, we find ourselves falling in love with Monday even more than before – as her handling of the mellower material is beautiful, and opens up an even more deeply expressive side of her vocals than before. The record's got a bit of added bass and drums at points – and titles include "Frog", "Long Yellow Road", "First Night", "Love & Life", "New Girl In Town", "Broken Dreams", and "Ain't Gonna Ask No More". CD

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✨✧ Hugo MontenegroGood Vibrations ... LP
RCA/Victor, 1969. Very Good ... $0.99
Pre-moog work from Hugo Montenegro – but a set that's still pretty darn groovy! The Beach Boys reference in the title is very well put, as Hugo's using some cool harmony vocals for the record – a chorus that definitely takes some of its inspiration from Brian Wilson, singing here both with lyrics, and some wordless modes – not on every track, but used enough to give the record a really Sunshine Pop sort of appeal! Other instrumentation is great too – electric bass underneath fuller strings, offbeat woodwinds, fuzzy guitar, and even a bit of whistling – which has a cool sort of electronic feel. The blend of sounds is amazing – very unique, and already showing that Montenegro's one of the hippest talents of the 60s. Titles include "Classical Gas", "Rosemary's Baby", "Night Rider", "Lady in Cement", "A Future Left Behind", "Tony's Theme", and "Good Vibrations". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stero pressing. Cover has wear, and marker along the top seam.)

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Takeru MuraokaRock Joy In Sax ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $19.99
Don't let the "rock" in the title fool you – as this is a jazz album all the way through, but one that has Japanese tenorist Takeru Muraoka taking on some of the hipper rock songs at the start of the 70s! Muraoka has this raspy, almost fuzzy tone at times – mixed with heavy drums, organ, and guitar – all with a fantastically powerful sound that reminds us of some of the grooviest work by Steve Marcus, Tom Scott, or John Klemmer during the same period – slight psychedelic currents, but always with a result that's more soulful than rockish – a very cool blend of elements that could have come from the Chess/Cadet studios at the end of the 60s. Titles include "Kozmic Blues", "Whole Lotta Love", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Try", "Stranger To Himself", "It's Too Late", "Eli's Coming", and "Music For Gong Gong". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Minoru ObataUta Wa Eien Ni – Obata Minoru No Subete ... LP
Victor (Japan), 1981. Very Good+ ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert.)

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Shunzo OhnoFalter Out (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1973. Used ... $34.99
Great work from Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno – a musician who's working here in the open, flowing modes explored by contemporary Terumasa Hino at the time – in a setting that also includes excellent Fender Rhodes from Miko Masuda! The tracks are all nice and long – and really have this urgency at times that seems informed by the electric work of Miles Davis – even though, like Hino, Ohno's got an approach that's very much all his own! The rest of the group features Mitsuaki Furuno on bass and Arihide Kurata on drums – and the players have a wonderful energy that can take off at some moments, then return with more warmth and soulfulness at others – almost a spiritual vibe, although the album isn't entirely a spiritual jazz session. Tracks include "Alfa", "A Mournful Scene", and the fantastic side-long "Falter Out Once Again". CD
(Out of print SHM-CD pressing, includes obi.)

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OpolopoRf Presents Opolopo ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2007. Used ... $12.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Richard PineRichard Pine Live At Ballantine's ... LP
Victor (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- ... $34.99
A live date – one that features Richard Pine on alto and baritone, working with a Japanese group in Tokyo – Kenichi Yoshida on piano, Yukinori Narushige on bass, and Tadao Shimada on drums – plus vocals from Junko Mine on one track. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert, and front cover has an autograph, and back cover appears to be autographed by most of the group members too!)

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Shungo Sawada QuartetFormation ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
Searingly soulful work from the group of guitarist Shungo Sawada – a player we mostly know from his groovy instrumental sides of the 60s, but who sounds plenty darn hip in this setting! The record has a nice sort of soul jazz groove on most numbers – one that takes Shungo's warmer hollow-body guitar sound and wraps it around some sharper lines on alto sax and piano – plus a bit of flute on some numbers – all in ways that extrapolate nicely from mid 60s Blue Note and Prestige modes, and take off in unusual timings and rhythms. Titles and players are all in Japanese, but the music here speaks volumes on its own! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Yasushi SawadaYasushi Sawada In Scotch House 25 ... LP
Victor (Japan), 1978. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Features Yasushi Sawada on piano and vocals – with Jun Sugihara on tenor sax! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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Koji TsurutaAa Gunka ... LP
Victor (Japan), 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Sadao WatanabeSadao 2019 – Live At Blue Note Tokyo ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $32.99
We've loved saxophonist Sadao Watanabe for many years, through many different styles, and he's still sounding wonderful after all his decades in music – playing live in a laidback quartet setting, in a performance that's very heavy on his own compositions too! The backing is top-shelf, but nicely understated – Russell Ferrante on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums – moving with a gentle swing, but really letting Sadao take the lead on alto sax – blowing soulful, well-crafted solos of the sort that you'd maybe be more likely to hear on this sort of session from a tenor. Titles include "Warm Days Ahead", "Butterfly", "Plum Island", "Tembea", "Waiting Song", and "Early Spring". CD

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Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute ... CD
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is wonderful – a bit more upbeat and swinging than some of Yamamoto's other records, as Nobuo Hara leads the larger group with a totally cool sound – which makes the flute lines a sweet exotic touch over straightforward, soul-drenched, big band jazz! We might even link the sound to some of Dorothy Ashby's grooviest albums for Chess/Cadet – although with flute, instead of harp – and titles include "Komoro Mago-Uta", "Soma Bon-Uta", "Kokirio Bushi", "Sado Okesa", "Tairyo Utaikomi", and "Kuroda-Bushi". CD

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Takeo YamashitaBlack Cats/Black Footsteps ... CD
Victor/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960/1961. New Copy ... $24.99
Chilling work from Japanese composer Takeo Yamashita – a record that echoes with the shadows of night, blending sound effects, rough percussion, and some slight jazz instrumentation – into a sound that's a bit noir, a bit avant, and very very striking. The album works like one long sound collage – a brooding portrait of life at its darkest, filled with odd shapes and sounds, disembodied voices, and things that go bump in the night! Titles are all in Japanese, but you don't need any words to understand the record – as it's got a really unique vibe that's pure sonic beauty at its best – and a great testament to the more experimental years of the Japanese recording scene! CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ Jaki ByardBlues For Smoke (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Candid/Victor (Japan), 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Solo Byard including the tracks "Hollis Stomp (Mr Piano Man)", "Flight OF The Fly", "Aluminum Baby", "One Two Five", Dian's Melody", and "Jaki's Blues Next" – 10 tracks all Jaki Byard compositions! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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✨✧ Takuya MiyaharaSings Russian Folksongs ... LP
Victor (Japan), 1972. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MopsPsychedelic Sounds in Japan ... CD
Victor/World Psychedelia (Korea), 1968/1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A buzzing, hard-hitting batch of pychedelic rock from Japan's The Mops – featuring some groovy, echoey tunes penned by the group and sung in their native language – plus a nice choice of passionate covers! The sound is a little bit like Love in their early rawness – and the Mops obviously have a great feel for psychedelia at its fuzziest and most tuneful. Great stuff! Tracks include "Asamade Matenai", "San Francisco Nights", "I Am Just A Mops", "The Letter", "Blind Bird", "Somebody To Love", "White Rabbit", "Light My Fire", "Kienai Omoi" and more – plus 7 bonus tracks from late 60s & early 70s – including "Omae No Subete O", "Atsuki Narenai", "Sleep, Jesus", "No Umbrellas" plus a couple alternate versions. CD

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✨✧ Soil & Pimp SessionsMan Steals The Stars ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The cover image is maybe a bit more cosmic than usual for this hip Japanese jazz group – and the sound within definitely follows suit, and maybe makes the album one of the most compelling we've heard from Soil & Pimp Sessions in years! We've loved these guys right from the start, and have always been wowed by their sense of rhythm and sharpness – this non-stop energy that always has the music bounding out with a tremendous sense of joy and energy, as they really reimagine jazz and groove for the 21st Century! Yet there's also something different and special going on here – a richer sense of soul and spirit from the horns especially, which crest along the basslines and piano in this really majestic way. Titles include "Lyra's Attack", "Lost Memories", "Galaxy Lady", "Tell A Vision", "Reptilian's Dance", "Monad", and "Space Drifter". CD

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✨✧ SurfaceLove Zone ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute ... LP
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is wonderful – a bit more upbeat and swinging than some of Yamamoto's other records, as Nobuo Hara leads the larger group with a totally cool sound – which makes the flute lines a sweet exotic touch over straightforward, soul-drenched, big band jazz! We might even link the sound to some of Dorothy Ashby's grooviest albums for Chess/Cadet – although with flute, instead of harp – and titles include "Komoro Mago-Uta", "Soma Bon-Uta", "Kokirio Bushi", "Sado Okesa", "Tairyo Utaikomi", and "Kuroda-Bushi". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Beautiful Bamboo Flute ... CD 10.99

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✨✧ Yasuko AgawaFree Soul – Yasuko Agawa ... CD
Victor (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet little set – one that brings together some of the grooviest cuts ever recorded by Japanese singer Yasuko Agawa – one of the leading lights of the overseas scene at the end of the 70s! Yasuko's got this really special blend of styles – a bit jazz, a bit soul, often polished a bit in production, but never in a too commercial way – and occasionally set up with some Latin or Brazilian touches in the rhythms, which makes for some mighty nice grooves! Yasuko always able to transcend both the more AOR city pop styles of the time, and some of the more conventional Japanese soul – a very hip singer, as you'll hear on these 19 tracks that include "LA Nights", "New York Afternoon", "Skindo Le Le", "Seabird", "Velas", "Zanzibar", "Pardon My English", "The Universe Is Calling You", "Island Breeze", "Until You Tell Me", "It's My House", "Take A Holiday", and "In The Name Of Love". CD
 
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Chris ByarsHundred Years From Today ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
The album's titled after an old jazz standard by Victor Young, but the whole thing is very much a personal statement from tenorist Chris Byars – who wrote every other track on the record, and who really comes across here with a voice that seems even more distinct than ever! Maybe part of that voice is the album's setting – as Byars blows in a piano-less sextet alongside John Mosca on trombone, Zaid Nasser on alto, and Stefano Doglioni on bass clarinet – a trio whose unified sound often provides a nicely colorful backdrop for Byars' solos, and who also swing in ways that are a bit unusual too. The approach is rooted in older west coast modes, but comes across here in a very fresh way – given a nice snap on rhythm from Ari Roland on bass and Phil Stewart on drums. Titles include "Flight", "Incognito", "Mountain Top", "Intention", "Lovelace", and "All The Things Are Redd". CD

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George CablesI'm All Smiles ... CD
High Note, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really fluid trio set from pianist George Cables – the kind of record that reminds us all over again how great he really is! The group's an excellent one – with superb work on bass from Essiet Essiet and drums from Victor Lewis – both players who have this instant groove, but without hitting you over the head at all – a perfect balance to match the lyricism that's always inherent in George's piano work! But Cables is highly rhythmic here, too – but again in a subtle way – always blocking, shifting, and building his sound in ways that are deeply individual, and which make these mostly-familiar tunes sound mighty fresh. Titles include "Thermo", "I'm All Smiles", "Celebration", "Speak No Evil", "Besame Mucho", and "Three Views Of A Secret". CD

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CochemeaAll My Relations ... CD
Daptone, 2019. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
You might know Cochemea Gastelum from his work in The Dap-Kings over the years – but this time around, the saxophonist is very much his own man – blowing a version of his instruments that often seems electrified, ala classic Varitone from the late 60s – used in these really new and compelling ways! Cochemea has occasional tribal impulses that belie his look on the cover – but all in this very focused way that never sounds too indulgent, and which instead always steps back to the soulful territory we love from Daptone Records! And yet the record's also maybe something new for the label too – looser, never straight funk or soul – as Cochemea heads up this fantastic ensemble that's very heavy on percussion, which drives the sound with a raw, rootsy vibe – while Victor Axelrod plays keyboards, and the man himself blows on alto, flute, and bass clarinet. A real killer – with titles that include "Maso Ye'Eme", "All My Relations", "Sonora", "Los Muertos", "Mescalero", "Song Of Happiness", and "Mitote". CD

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Miles DavisSeven Steps To Heaven (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1963. New Copy ... $4.99 7.99
A key point in the development of the Miles Davis sound of the 60s – his first album to feature work from Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – augmented by some equally nice work on other tracks from Victor Feldman and Frank Butler! The sound here is beautifully spare – a wonderful exploration of ideas that Miles had been putting forth on some other albums for Columbia, but crafted here with a vision that's apparent in the very first note – and which transforms both the tunes and the work of the players into a focused, near-perfect sound all the way through. Titles include "So Near So Far", "Seven Steps To Heaven", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Joshua", and "Basin Street Blues" – which even sounds great in this setting! CD also features bonus tracks "So Near So Far (alternate)" and "Summer Night". CD

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Buddy DeFrancoLive Date ... LP
Verve, 1958. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A very hip session that has Buddy working with some of the fresher modern players on the scene at the time – all in a groove that echoes with some of the sharpest notes we've heard from his clarinet in the 50s! The ensemble has a really dreamy feel – with flute from Herbie Mann, vibes from Victor Feldman, tenor from Bob Hardaway, guitar from Barney Kessel, and piano and organ from Pete Jolly – all backed by rhythm from the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass and Stan Levey on drums. Tracks include "Satin Doll", "Oh Lady Be Good", "Crazy Rhythm", "Blues For Space Travelers", and "My Funny Valentine". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some splitting on the spine and top seam.)

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✨✧ Buddy DeFrancoWholly Cats ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Older tunes, redone beautifully by Buddy DeFranco – in a sweetly open-ended style that makes the album one of his best for Verve! The album was done in 2 different sessions – one with Ray Linn on trumpet, Jimmy Rowles on piano, and Barney Kessel on guitar – the other with George Auld on tenor, Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Victor Feldman on vibes, and Carl Perkins on piano. Buddy's on clarinet throughout, playing with a lean, clean line that's a great link between older uses of the instrument, and some of the modern tones coming from Jimmy Giuffre in the 50s. Tracks are relatively open-ended and easygoing, and titles include "More Than You Know", "Wholly Cats", "Night & Day", "I Surrender Dear", and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Verve Records Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has a split top seam held with clear tape and some light aging.)

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✨✧ Stan GetzSerenity ... CD
Verve, 1987. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of Stan's last truly great albums – a wonderful concert recorded in Copenhagen in 1987, with his late quartet that featured Kenny Barron on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. The soulful searching quality of the players is right in line with Stan's unfettered tone at the time – a honing down of his post-Coltrane wail, into more of lyrical one, with slight modal touches. All tracks are very long – and titles include "Voyage", "I Remember You", "I Love You", and "On Green Dolphin Street". CD
(Emarcy/Polygram pressing.)

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✨✧ Stan GetzVoyage ... LP
Blackhawk, 1986. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A standout session from Stan Getz – one of the real gems of his later years, and a masterpiece of well-blown and confident tones! Getz here has a near-perfect form – a poise and balance that comes from decades of woodshedding on tenor sax, but which is still deeply personal, and one of the most honest sounds we can think of on his instrument. At a time when other players were often bumping into other too-contemporary modes, Stan lays back and blows in a warm acoustic setting – with Kenny Barron on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums – plus some additional percussion from Babatunde Lea, who works here in a relatively gentle manner. As with most of the Getz/Barron work of the later years, the balance here is beautiful – never too far-out or indulgent, despite the length of some of the tracks – and almost in that Sweet Rain style of playing that Stan first opened up into at the end of the 60s. Titles include "I Wanted To Say", "Yesterdays", "Dreams", "Falling In Love", and "Voyage". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Philip GlassNorth Star ... LP
Virgin, 1977. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Features Glass on Hammond organ and Fender Rhodes – with Dickie Landy on soprano and tenor sax, and Joan LaBarbara and Gene Rickard on voices. Titles include "River Run", "Victor's Lament", "Etoile Polaire", "Are Years What", and "Ave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wayne ShorterMusic Of Wayne Shorter ... CD
Blue Engine, 2020. New Copy ... About May 1, 2020 (delayed)
A fantastic tribute to the compositional genius of saxophonist Wayne Shorter – and one that also features some great performances from the man himself! We're don't always immediately gravitate to the work of the Jazz At Lincoln Center group, but this is a really special project – one that has the musicians delivering really inspired large group readings of classics from the Shorter songbook – as Wayne's horn settles in beautifully alongside a lineup that also includes Sherman Irby, Ted Nash, Victor Goines, Walter Blanding, and Paul Nedzela on reeds – plus Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, and Ryan Kisor on trumpets – and Vincent Gardner on trombone, Dan Nimmer on piano, Carlos Henriquez on bass, and Ali Jackson on drums. Titles include "Hammer Head", "Diana", "Lost", "Armageddon", "Mama G", "Three Marias", "Teru", "Yes Or No", and "Contemplation". CD

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Sam JonesChant ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $29.99
Early genius from Sam Jones – the kind of record that showed the world that he was way more than just a bass player – even though he was pretty darn great at that! At the time of the set, Sam was already raising plenty of ears with his work in the Cannonball Adderley group, an outfit that helped Jones find a whole new role for the bass in jazz. But here, he's working with a much larger group – a tentet that's filled with all star players that include Melba Liston, Cannonball Adderley, Blue Mitchell, Jimmy Heath, Victor Feldman, Tate Houston, and Les Spann – soaring through lively arrangements by Heath and Feldman that sit in a space between small combo soul jazz and larger group swing – a bit in the mode of some of Quincy Jones' best early 60s work on Mercury! Despite the large group, Sam's bass gets plenty of room to roam in the album – and titles include "The Chant", "Blues On Down", "In Walked Ray", "Blue Bird", "Four", and "Off Color". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has a split spine, some splitting on the top seam, and some pen on the back.)

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Fred KazEastern Exposure ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1960. Used ... $16.99
An unusual little record – a set that's a bit "fake" in its pedigree, but which still comes across with some wonderfully vivid results! Fred Kaz is a Chicago pianist, but he works here on a set of original compositions based on his readings on Near Eastern cultures – dubbed by Fred as "Turkish experiments" in the liner notes – and a compelling blend of Eastern modes and modern jazz piano – maybe not as all-out as later experiments of the type on MPS/Saba, but still pretty darn great! The group's a trio – with Victor Sproles on bass and Roger Wanderscheid on drums – and titles include "Sand", "Ameer", "Salaam", "Turkish Blues", "Fez", "Muezzin", and "Tassel". CD
(Out of print, 2013 pressing with 24bit mastering – includes obi.)

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Osamu KitajimaEarly Years (Shinchugoku/Benzaiten/Osamu/Masterless Samurai/Dragon King) (180 gram 5LP set) ... LP
Everland (Netherlands), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 5LP ... $129.99 151.99
A special box set that collects all the key early albums from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – including a few rock moments too! First up is Shinchugoku – the earliest album we've ever seen from legendary guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a set that's a bit more pastoral and down to earth, as you might guess from its cover image! The work is a mellow take on folksy psych modes – electric and acoustic guitars mixed together on a set of songs that are hauntingly tuneful, with these evocative lyrics in Japanese that really fit the melodies – and which somehow have an appeal that goes way beyond the boundaries of language, thanks to a style that's expressive, but never overdone. A few tunes are a bit harder rocking, but the record's a pretty laidback affair overall – and titles include "Inchunfa", "Ronshuiko", "Tohoko", "Ketsumazuitemo", "Takai Takai Koanryo", and "Hyakusho Wa Tanoshi". Next is Benzaiten – a really unique project from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a player you might know from his smoother fusion sets at the end of the 70s – but who works here in a very trippy blend of Japanese instrumentation and electric jazz! Kitajima handles a heck of a lot of strings – both acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and even the biwa – a Japanese style of lute, which appears to be electrified on the record. There's also work on hayashi-bue, narimono, and shakuhachi – other Japanese instruments folded into the album's mix of fuzz and keyboards – which are often used sparely, but in ways that bring a nicely psychedelic vibe to the album at times. Osamu vocalizes a bit – but mostly in ways that just go along with the music – and titles include "Benzaiten", "Tengu", "Whoma", and "Taiyo". The Osamu album follows – a set that's still got some of the exotic elements of his other material, but which also brings in a stronger fusion component too – mixing Kitajima's work on guitar and koto with plenty of Fender Rhodes and other great electric touches! The set was recorded in LA, and definitely has some warm Cali fusion elements – but Osamu also still hangs on to some "eastern" flavor with his own instrumentation – which is echoed by a bit of shakuhachi and nohkan by Tatsuya Sano. There's vocals on a few tracks, but they don't get in the way much, and with the cool banks of keyboards and nice drums, you hardly notice them at all! Sweet and breezy – in the best Japanese 70s fusion mode – and with tracks that include "Frost Flowers", "Elemental Spirits", and "Fur, Fin & Feather". Minnie Riperton also sings vocals on the track "Yesterday & Karma"! Masterless Samurai is a record that mixes together LA electric with some folksier elements, in the continuing exploration of cross cultural patterns that drifted across Kitajima's work from this time. The album's got a compelling blend of electric and acoustic instrumentation, and features work by players that include Clare Fischer, Victor Feldman, Stix Hooper, John Klemmer, and Bobby Hutcherson. Titles include "Floating Garden", "Wild Monk", "Golden Mean", and "Whoga". Dragon King is a great record from Osamu Kitajima – one of his most soulful ever! The record features some additional production and arrangements by Richard Evans – who takes Osamu's Japanese fusion style, and gives it a sparkling modern soul groove that's perfect for US audiences. In fact, Osamu's frequent use of eastern instrumentation – koto, biwa, and other instruments – works perfectly with the flair for the exotic that Evans always had during his years at Cadet. Includes the smooth stepper "Say You Will" with vocals by Phil Perry and Rena Scott – plus the tracks "Yamame", "Dragon King", "Willow Pattern", and "Share My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a very cool cloth-covered box!)

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LA ExpressLA Express/Shadow Play ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A pair of jazz funk classics from this group who got their start with reedman Tom Scott! First up is the self-titled LA Express – funky fusion with a bit of a studio feel – played by the LA Express, a combo best known for their work with Tom Scott – stepping out here strongly on their own! Even without Scott's sax in the lead, the sound here is still pretty darn sharp – and the lineup features Robben Ford on guitars, Victor Feldman on keyboards, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums and percussion – plus saxophones from David Luell, who kind of steps in where Scott left off! There's some nice jamming that's on the tighter side of the CTI sound – with lots of choppy sax lines from Luell over sweet electric rhythms – and titles include "The Shrug", "Stairs", "Cry Of The Jungle", "It's Happening Right Now", "Western Horizon", and "Down The Middle". Shadow Play is proof that the group could stand strongly on their own away from former leader Tom Scott! This time around, the sound is a bit more built-up than before – put together with a slight dose of soul in the mix, which really warms things up from the sharper sound of their debut! The album features vocals on 3 numbers – wonderful wordless scatting from Joni Mitchell on the track "Nordic Winds" – which almost comes across like a rare Euro fusion cut from the time – and straighter soulful singing from Paulette McWilliams on the tunes "Double Your Pleasure" and "Dance The Night Away". Players include Victor Feldman on keyboards and percussion, David Luell on saxes, Peter Maunu on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums – and other titles include "Shadow Play", "Chariot Race", "Velvet Lady", "Mad Drums & Englishman", and "Vortex". CD

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✨✧ Oliver LakeHeavy Spirits ... LP
Arista/Freedom, 1975. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Great early work from Lake – playing here in a number of different settings, but always with well-matched collaborators! 3 tracks on the set – "Owshet", "Heavy Spirits", and "While Pushing Down Turn" – featuring Lake with Olu Dara on trumpet, Donald Smith on piano, Victor Lewis on drums, and Stafford James on bass, playing in sort of a freebop mode. Three more tracks – "Movement Equals Creation", "Intensity", and "Altoviolin" – feature Lake on alto, playing with a violin trio that sounds very dark and moody. "Rocket" is a trio piece, with Joseph Bowie and Charles Bobo Shaw – and "Lonely Blacks" is a somber solo sax piece. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, ring & edge wear, a lightly bent corner, and sticker spot.)

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Manhattan Jazz QuintetCome Together ... CD
Video Arts (Japan), 2005. Used ... $13.99
Quite tight work from the Manhattan Jazz Quintet – a great little combo that features Dave Matthews on piano, Lew Soloff on trumpet, Andy Snitzer on tenor, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums – all coming together in a session that's mostly dominated by jazz versions of Beatles tunes! The feel here is quite like some of the best recent work on the Venus label – bright, precise, but still with a strong degree of soul and spontaneity – recorded with impeccable Japanese specifications, but swinging in a lively enough way to keep the core fire burning. Titles include "Come Together", "Big Apple Jam II", "I Was Born To Love You", "All My Loving", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Michelle", and "We Can Work It Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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Les McCann/Mitchell Ruff Trio20 Special Fingers – Much Les/Catbird Seat ... CD
32 Jazz, 1961/1968. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
Two 60s jazz albums from Atlantic Records – back to back in a single set! Les McCann leads off with Much Les – a groovy set of late 60s soul jazz piano tunes – played by Les McCann in a swinging style that pre-dates his 70s funk work – and which also features him playing in a strictly instrumental setting! The core of the material is by Les' trio with Leroy Vinnegar on bass – but most tracks feature an expanded sound, either by adding Willie Bobo and Victor Pantoja on Latin percussion, or by backing the group with off-beat arrangements by the great William Fischer, whose talents had graced some of the best Atlantic jazz albums at the time! Titles include "Burnin Coal", "Doin That Thing", "Roberta", and a groovy version of "Love For Sale". On Catbird Seat, the usual duo of Dwike Mitchell and Willie Ruff is augmented by drummer Charlie Smith – in a mode that makes the set one of their strongest of the 60s! The format is essentially piano trio jazz – but handled with the pyrotechnic touches that the pair were known for – and with Smith's strong and light touch on the kit, the album at times has the feel of some Ahmad Jamal work for Argo. Includes a great version of "Con Alma", plus the tracks "The Catbird Seat", "So In Love", and "I'll Remember April". CD
(Out of print. Includes slipcase.)

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Lee MorganRumproller (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
A great album by Lee Morgan – and one not to pass up! The Rumproller often gets too easily lumped next to The Sidewinder – because of an obvious title and cover similarity to that hit record – but like that one, the album's far more than jazz cliche – and shows Lee Morgan to be one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 60s. The set starts off with the title cut, "The Rumproller" – hard-wailing soul bop, in the manner of Lee's most popular work – but then it easily flows into more sensitive material that has a freer, lyrical feel – like the great original tune "Eclipso" and Wayne Shorter's "Edda" – both of which are superb. Lee is astounding, as always, on trumpet – and the rest of the group includes the great Ronnie Matthews on piano, plus Joe Henderson, Victor Sproles, and Billy Higgins. LP, Vinyl record album

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William ParkerVoices Fall From The Sky (3CD set) ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2018. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 29.98
A really wonderful collection of music from the legendary bassist William Parker – and one that finally brings a light to an under-illuminated side of his talents – his work with different singers over his long and creative career, all collected together here in a great 3CD set! Make no mistake – this isn't a "best of", or anything like that – as a good deal of music appears here for the first time ever, and lots more of the tracks are from albums that have long vanished from the record racks – which makes the whole thing almost like a new album from Parker overall. Players include Parker on bass, Yuko Fujiyama and Eri Yamamoto on piano, Rob Brown on alto, Steve Swell on trombone, and a number of others – including nearly a full disc with music by Parker's Orchestra – and as you'd imagine, the mood and style varies a bit from track to track, but is all wonderfully tied together by Parker's detailed notes inside. Singers include Leena conquest, Ernie Odom, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, Lisa Skolov, Ellen Christi, Mola Sylla, Andrea Wolper, Fay Victor, and Omar Payano – and the set is an incredible testimony to Parker's great talents. CD

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Bill PerkinsQuietly There ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1966. Used ... $13.99
Amazing work from west coast saxophonist Bill Perkins – playing here in a mode that's quite different than his more famous 50s recordings! The style here is almost one you'd hear on late 60s A&M Records – definitely "quietly there", with a blend of Perkins' reeds and light organ, piano, guitar, and percussion. The style is very subtle, and often very spare – mixed differently on each number, and shaded nicely with an equal focus on sound shapes as on jazz. There's a bit of a late 60s Paul Desmond feel here, but even more restrained – and other players include Victor Feldman on piano and organ, John Pisano on guitars, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Emily", "Quietly There", "Time For Love", "Just A Child", and "Shining Sea". The CD reissue includes the bonus track "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD
(Out of print.)

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Houston PersonBroken Windows, Empty Hallways ... LP
Prestige, 1972. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Sweet electric grooving from Houston Person – an album that features his soulful tenor set in larger arrangements than on his earlier small combo Prestige sessions, in a mode that's a bit like some of the larger jazz sets coming out on CTI and Kudu at the time! Like Stanley Turrentine, who also made a similar shift during this period, Houston turns out to be an extremely strong soloist in this sort of setting – hitting new notes on the laidback ballads, and playing with a richly expressive style that somehow seems even more possible than before, since the core rhythms and melodies are handled by the other players in the ensemble, and Houston's main job is just to blow freely on his solos. Billy Ver Planck does the orchestrations, and the group includes Hubert Laws, Victor Paz, and Cedar Walton. Tracks include "Everything's Alright", "Bleeker Street", "Let's Call This", and "Moan Er-uh Lisa". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dom SalvadorDom Salvador Trio (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mocambo/Mr Bongo (Brazil), 1965. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
Wicked jazzy bossa from 60s Brazil – a crackling early classic from pianist Dom Salvador! The group here is super-tight – a tremendous triangle of piano, bass, and drums – all grooving at equal pace, with a great deal of energy – and given a heck of a lot of soul from Dom's bold lines on the piano! There's a slight lyrical vibe at points, too – making for music that's mighty sweet, and very seductive – and the whole thing's right up there with some of the best bossa trio dates of the time. Trio features bass by Edson Lobo and drums by Victor Manga – and titles include "Arrastao", "Promessa", "Pro Batera", "Santarem", and "Tematrio". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Poncho SanchezPoncho ... LP
Discovery, 1979. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A great early album by Poncho Sanchez – cut before he moved onto the smoother style of the Concord label, at a time when he was the hottest young thing on the west coast Latin scene! The sound is tight and jazzy, with lots of strong soloing on the best tunes – and a lineup that includes Gary Foster, Victor Pantoja, Alex Acuna, and Clare Fischer – who plays Fender Rhodes, Yamaha organ, and acoustic piano on the set. The album includes a nice version of Fischer's "Morning", plus the cuts "Pancho's Mambo", "Baila Mi Gente", "Mambo Terrifico", and "Al Pon Pan". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover.)

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Tom ScottDesire ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
An early 80s set from Tom Scott, and proof that he could still make an electric jazz album sound more soulful than most of his mainstream contemporaries! There's a really great sense of balance here – production that's certainly polished, but instrumentation that's never sleepy at all – those always-sharp reeds we love from Tom, especially on alto and soprano sax – plus some great keyboard work from Victor Feldman, who has a similar sense of space and timing ot match Scott's groove! The set's got a feel that's a bit like some of the few really great albums from Dave Grusin – and some cuts have vocals, although mostly of the backup type. Titles include "Desire", "Sure Enough", "The Only One", "Stride", "Chunk O Funk", and "Meet Somebody". CD

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✨✧ Woody ShawSetting Standards ... LP
Muse, 1983. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A lovely record from Woody – one of his excellent and understated sides from the early 80s, recorded with a quartet that includes Cedar Walton on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Victor Jones on drums. The tunes are mostly standards, but they're handled with a soulful depth that really takes them to the next level – and the album's got a great original called "Spiderman Blues", plus versions of "There Is No Greater Love", "All The Way", and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album

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Woody ShawWoody Shaw Live In Basel 1980 ... LP
Elemental, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 21.99
Never-issued work from trumpet genius Woody Shaw – and a set that we'd easily stand next to any of Shaw's classics from this stretch in his career! Part of the strength of the record comes from the man himself, but there's also a really fantastic contribution from the group as a whole – a rock-solid lineup that features Larry Willis on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums – plus some really beautiful work from the great Carter Jefferson on tenor and soprano sax, who really gets plenty of room to showcase his sometimes-overlooked talents on the the tracks in the set. The group have a modal energy that hearkens back to some of Woody's early 70s material – and titles include "Love Dance", "Round Midnight", "Theme For Maxine", and "Teotihuacan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithBluesmith ... LP
Verve, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
One of the hippest Jimmy Smith albums of the early 70s – a lean and mean, down and dirty, back to basics session for Verve – one that's got plenty of grit in the grooves! L:ike the Root Down album, this set is recorded live with a very stretched out feel – tracks that take Jimmy Smith back to the more open-ended styles of his roots, and get past some of the slicker notes of later years. There's not as much heavy funk as on Root Down, but the sound is still equally great – with plenty of sharp edges on the instrumentation, which includes Jimmy's Hammond alongside bass from Leroy Vinnegar, tenor from Teddy Edwards, guitar from Ray Crawford, drums from Donald Dean, and congas from Victor Pantoja. One title – "Blues For 3 + 1" – hits a great little groove that's almost bossa-funky – and other tracks include "Absolutely Funky", "Lolita", "Bluesmith", and "Mournin Wes". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, a spot of adhesive residue, a small split on the top seam, and light wear.)

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✨✧ Mike SternNeesh ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $22.99
An early date as a leader from guitarist Mike Stern – a set that also features production and second guitar from Hiram Bullock – in a mode that really opens up all the tones and colors in the set! The record's got a bit more of an edge, and less of a commercial finish than some of Stern's later recordings – maybe in part because the date was a Japanese-only set at the time of release, the sort of hipper fusion material that always seemed to grace the overseas market. The set also features alto from David Sanborn, bass from Tom Rainey, drums from Victor Lewis, and percussion from Buggsy Moore – on titles that include "Zee Frizz", "Bruze", "Mumbley Peg", "Up Ology", and "Banacos". CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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Cal TjaderSoul Burst ... LP
Verve, 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
Very groovy! This is one of Cal's great Verve sides from the 60's! As with most of Cal's best, the grooves are a mix of jazz vibes and Latin rhythms – and the whole session's arranged by Oliver Nelson with impeccable skill. Players include Chick Corea, Atilla Zoller, Richard Davis – and a host of Latin percussionists like Patato Valdez, Jose Mangual, and Victor Pantoja. Titles include "Descarga Cubana", "Morning", "Oran", "Curacao", and "Chuchy Frito Man". Very nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Bobby Watson & HorizonHorizon Reassembled ... CD
Palmetto, 2004. Used ... $7.99
A wonderful return to form for saxophonist Bobby Watson – one of the best albums we've heard from him in years, and a massive regrouping of his legendary Horizon ensemble! Watson first assembled the group back in the 80s – as a vehicle for the tightly-crafted soul jazz he was writing at the time – a fresh sound that brought a new level of joy to jazz expression, and which created some of our favorite jazz records of the period. On this new recording, Watson's fronting a quintet that features Victor Lewis on drums, Terell Stafford on trumpet and flugelhorn, Edward Simon on piano, and Essiet Essiet on bass – all playing a brilliant array of well-chosen tracks that sing and dance with all the joy that jazz has to offer. Titles include "Dark Days", "Xangongo", "Lemoncello", "The Love We Had Yesterday", "Horizon Reassembled", and "Gingerbread Boy". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gerald WigginsAround The World In 80 Days ... LP
Specialty, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A great little record – way more than just a simple jazz version of a soundtrack! True, the Wiggins trio is working here with material from Victor Young's score to Around The World In 80 Days – but Gerald really opens all the tracks up on the piano, so much so that we can hardly recognize most numbers – thanks to the Wiggins touch on the keys, and to some fiery work on rhythm by drummer Bill Douglass and bassist Eugene Wright. Possibly David Axelrod's production helped in hitting the sound of the set (the session was one of his first!) – but whatever the case, the album's a great one, and features the tunes "La Coquette", "Around The World Beguine", "Aouda", "Passepartout", and "Way Out West". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage Canadian pressing – on the Regency label, with deep groove! Cover has a small bit of tape on the top seam and some light wear.)

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VariousKeep It Light – A Panorama Of British Jazz – The Modernists (3CD set) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $9.99 18.99
Don't take the "keep it light" title too seriously – as the work here is pretty darn heavy overall – a massive look at the way the British jazz scene was rapidly changing with the approach of the 60s – and finally starting to get a voice of its own! The big package takes a look at the best smaller groups and standout soloists of the time – many of whom have clearly been inspired by American modern jazz, from California cool to New York hardbop – but who are also bringing plenty of their own inventive phrasing and arrangements to bear as well – so much so that the London scene was exploding with new surprises at every twist and turn! This 3CD box set features a total of 62 tracks in all – plus a nice booklet of notes – with wonderful work from artists who include Joe Harriott, Dudley Moore, Victor Feldman, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Annie Ross, Don Rendell, British Jazz Trio, London Jazz Quartet, Dizzy Reece, Cleo Laine, Tony Crombie, Ronnie Ross, and others. CD

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✨✧ VariousKings Of The Highlife – The Vibrant Music Of West Africa ... CD
Wrasse (UK), 2003. Used ... $9.99
Music from Sir Victor Awaifo, Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, Dr Victor Olaiya, Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson, Paulson Kalu, Wura Fadaka, Chief Inyang Nta Henshaw, Gentle Man Ejeagha & Celestine Ukwu. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousLuxury Soul 2020 (3CD set) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2020. New Copy 3CD ... Just Sold Out!
Soulful luxury at a mighty nice price – 3CDs and 35 tracks of music from the contemporary underground, plus a few cuts from back in the day – all put together with the top-shelf style of the Expansion Records label! The package is one of the best so far in this annual series – and like the others, it has a great way of turning up unusual numbers we might have missed otherwise – some subtle gems and overlooked sleepers, which makes the package as much of a place for new discovery as it is a musical bargain. As with other volumes, contemporary soul expert Ralph Tee handled all the tracks selection – and titles include "Follow" by Paul Johnson, "In The Mood To Take It Slow" by Najee with Meli'sa Morgan, "Speak Love" by James Day with Glenn Jones, "Slow Down" by Bill Henry Band, "Let Me Do It" by Halo, "Jakarta Dreams" by Incognito, "Never Let Go" by Candace Woodson, "Together" by Rockie Robbins, "Friends" by Rick Clarke featuring Don E, "It's You" by Terri Green Project, "I See Love (Metlife rmx)" by Cornell CC Carter, "Love Up" by Zo with Eric Roberson and Carmen Rodgers, "Lovestruck (2019 rework)" by Frankie Fandango, "Who's Been Kissing You" by Soulutions, "Clouds In My Mirror (Nigel Lowis sholes mix)" by Franciscsa Thomas, "It Should Have Been You" by Lasperanza with Izzy Chase, "Reach Out" by Laura Jackson, "Who Do You Love" by Victor Haynes, "We Won't Stop" by One Way with Al Hudson, "Don't Hold Back" by Alex Puddu with Gene Robinson, Jr, "Your Satisfaction Is Mine" by Ed Motta, and "Better Man" by Glenn Jones. CD

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VariousMarvellous Boy – Calypso From West Africa ... LP
Honest Jons, Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
An incredible collection from Honest Jons – and like some of the rest of their best, music we never would have heard otherwise! The focus here is on calypso music, but recorded in West Africa – not the usual Caribbean setting – a very unusual strain of styles that cropped up in the fading colonial years of the British Empire – as rhythms were routed southward to Africa, via Caribbean migration to the London scene – making for some really fresh sounds in the end! The work is often much heavier on percussion than its more familiar variant – and other instrumentation includes some great horn parts, and bits of guitar – alongside vocals on most numbers. As usual, the notes are historically helpful and very well done – and titles include "Scrubbs Na Marvellous Boy" and "Poor Freetown Boy" by Famous Scrubbs, "Olubunmi" by Roy Chicago, "Ariwo" by Chris Ajilo & His Cubanos, "Taxi Driver" and "Gentlemen Bobby" by Bobby Benson & His Combo, "Mami" by The Rhythm Aces, "Arria Baby" and "Fire Fire Fire" by Ebenezer Calender & His Maringer Band, "Tree & The Monkey" by ET Mensah, and "Yabomisa Sawale" by Victor Olaiya. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousNigeria Special – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Early 70s. Used 2CD ... $14.99
Essential work from the African scene of the 70s – a collection of tracks that goes way beyond the more familiar grooves of Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango! The set may well be the deepest so far we've heard from the always-amazing Soundway Records – a package that digs into a wealth of under-heard music from early 70s Nigeria, all of it beyond simple stylistic definitions and overplayed world music cliches! Many of the grooves here are wonderfully unique – odd fusions of styles that include highlife, jazz, soul, Afrobeat, and other regional influences – sifted and shaken together, and spilled out in the studio with a really fresh sort of feel. Rhythms are at the core of most numbers here, but even those are often unfamiliar – skittish, soulful, and often somewhat playful – and the other instrumentation on the tracks is great too, and often resonates with some of the odd sounds and tunings we love in work on the Ethiopiques series. 2CD set features 26 tracks that include "Okwuke Na Nchekwube" by Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National, "Nekwaha Semi Colon" by The Semi Colon, "Osalobua Rekpama" by Sir Victor Owaifo & His Melody Maestros, "Onwu Ama Dike" by St Augustine & His Rovers Dance Band, "Feso Jaiye" by The Sahara All Stars Of Jos, "To Whom It May Concern" by Tunji Oyelana & The Benders, "Akula Owu Onyeara" by The Funkees, "Koma Mosi" by The Harbours Band, "Belema" by Opotopo, "Asiko Mi Ni" by Nigerian Police Force Band, "Alabeke" by Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band, "Blak Sound" by Leo Fadaka & The Heroes, "Arraino" by Popular Cooper & His All Beats Band, "Ugali" by Tony Benson Sextet, "Akpaisong" by Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Allstars, "Eguae Oba" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7, "Torri Wowo" by Godwin Ezike & The Ambassadors, "Buroda Mase" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats, "I Want A Break Thru" by The Hykkers, and "Eguae Oba" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7. CD
(Out of print, includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ VariousRich Medina Presents Jump N Funk ... CD
BBE (UK), Mid 70s/Late 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $7.99 16.99
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Rich Medina in years – a killer compilation that brings together older Afro Funk tracks from the 70s with a big amount of cuts from more contemporary years – all with a blend that pushes the spirit of the continent way out into the cosmos! Medina's always been one of the most forward-thinking artists in the underground – and you can definitely hear that quality in this set – as Rich effortlessly steps back and forth in space and time, to create a unified sound that bristles with electricity, while still reveling in all the key acoustic elements from the 70s. Titles include "For The People" by Aquil, "Bango Fields" by Kutiman, "For Real (2011 edition Atjazz rmx)" by Atjazz, Olodumare" by Wale Oyejide, "Bushman" by Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, "Stalemate" by Fela & The Afrika 70, "Jungle Beat (Mutaba)" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes, "Soul Makossa" by Original Nairobi Afro Band, "Why Can't We Live Together (Sao Benitez BV dub)" by River Oceaon, and "Na Oil" by Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80. CD

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VariousSpring NYC Soul ... CD
Spring (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A fantastic look at the Spring Records label in New York – a company that had a few big crossover hits in the 70s, but also issued a lot more rare and obscure material over the years – with a long legacy that even hit the early years of the old school scene! One of Spring's great contributions was finding a way for fast funk groups to shift into a disco mode when the earliest years of the clubs got going – but there's also a lot more going on here too – including some great deep soul ballads, warm midtempo steppers, and cuts that point the way towards the modern soul generation on the rise. The package also features six never-issued cuts, alongside some well-chosen and overlooked Spring Records gems – all put together with the usual strong notes and excellent sound we love from Ace/Kent! Titles include "If We Get Caught I Don't Know You" by Prince Philip Mitchell, "Falling In Love" by Victor Tavares, "Save The Best For Me" by The Determinations, "Do You Feel Me" by Act I, "I'm The Other Half Of You" by Maxine Weldon, "If You Could Turn Into Me" by The Fatback Band, "Magic's In The Air" by Ronnie Walker, "Hold On" by Ray Godfrey, "If You Say You Love Me" by Us, "The Storm Is Passing Over" by Jackie Verdell, "Beauty" by The Joneses, "Kill The Monster" by Flower Shoppe, "I Ride Alone" by The Internationals, "Get Right" by Richard Barbary, "Daddy's Coming Home" by Prince Harold, and "Of Your Life" by Vernon Brown. CD

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VariousTransitions – A Futuristic Project With Still Sequence ... CD
Straight No Chaser (Japan), 2000. Used ... $2.99
Includes music from Afroshock, Julie Dexter, Victor Molloy, Spacer, Nexus, Modaji, and the Soul Drummers – compiled by Paul Bradshaw. CD
(Promotional release – digipack cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Lorez AlexandriaAlexandria The Great ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful album from Lorez Alexanderia – one of her two excellent sessions for Impulse! The record was cut after Lorez recorded some great sides for the Argo label – and it works off the strength of those sides, taking her unique vocal approach, forged in R&B, but smoothed by jazz, into a whole new level of expression! The backing is great – small combo, with featured musicians who include Bunk Shank and Paul Horn on reeds, and Victor Feldman and Wynton Kelly on piano – all working with moody, soulful arrangements that are a perfect accompaniment to Lorez' beautiful voice. Includes the cuts "Get Me To The Church On Time", "Satin Doll", "Show Me", "The Best Is Yet to Come", "I'm Through With Love", and 5 more! CD

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✨✧ Bootsy CollinsWorld Wide Funk ... CD
Mascot, 2017. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bootsy Collins has always been a very collaborative artist – from his early work in the James Brown Band, to his famous recordings with George Clinton, to his own albums – which often included most of the leading lights of the P-Funk universe! That collaborative spirit is alive and well here – as Bootsy opens the door to invite a huge host of guests from the worlds of funk, soul, and hip hop – all to augment his groove, and help his classic music find a way to live anew in the contemporary generation! Nearly every track here has at least one guest – most have many more – and the album features contributions from Musique Soulchild, Doug E Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Dru Down, Mc Eiht, Bernie Worrell, Chuck D, Buckheat, and many others – all of whom participate in the general party vibe of the set. Titles include "Pusherman", "Thera-P", "World Wide Funk", "Candy Coated Lover", "A Salute To Bernie", "Hi On Heels", "Snow Bunny", "Worth My Wile", and "Come Back Bootsy". CD
(Packaged in a nice LP style sleeve.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisSeven Steps To Heaven ... LP
Columbia, 1963. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key point in the development of the Miles Davis sound of the 60s – his first album to feature work from Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – augmented by some equally nice work on other tracks from Victor Feldman and Frank Butler! The sound here is beautifully spare – a wonderful exploration of ideas that Miles had been putting forth on some other albums for Columbia, but crafted here with a vision that's apparent in the very first note – and which transforms both the tunes and the work of the players into a focused, near-perfect sound all the way through. Titles include "So Near So Far", "Seven Steps To Heaven", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Joshua", and "Basin Street Blues" – which even sounds great in this setting! LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing with black text. Cover has a lightly bumped corner.)
Also available Seven Steps To Heaven (with bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wayne ShorterMusic Of Wayne Shorter (3LP set) ... LP
Blue Engine, 2020. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic tribute to the compositional genius of saxophonist Wayne Shorter – and one that also features some great performances from the man himself! We're don't always immediately gravitate to the work of the Jazz At Lincoln Center group, but this is a really special project – one that has the musicians delivering really inspired large group readings of classics from the Shorter songbook – as Wayne's horn settles in beautifully alongside a lineup that also includes Sherman Irby, Ted Nash, Victor Goines, Walter Blanding, and Paul Nedzela on reeds – plus Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, and Ryan Kisor on trumpets – and Vincent Gardner on trombone, Dan Nimmer on piano, Carlos Henriquez on bass, and Ali Jackson on drums. Titles include "Hammer Head", "Diana", "Lost", "Armageddon", "Mama G", "Three Marias", "Teru", "Yes Or No", and "Contemplation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy vinyl pressing – very nicely done!)

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✨✧ Henry ManciniBlues & The Beat ... LP
RCA, 1960. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is a pretty jazzy record compared to the usual Mancini soundtrack-type stuff. It's mostly mellow the whole way through and has some very nice moments due to the quality of the playing. His orchestra includes such folks as Pete Condoli on trumpet, Dick Nash on trombone, Johnny Williams on piano, Victor Feldman on vibes & marimba and Larry Bunker on vibes. There is only one Mancini original – "The Beat" – and the others are jazz standards such as "Misty", "After Hours", "Mood Indigo", "Tippin In", "Sing, Sing, Sing", and "Big Noise From Winnetka". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Living Stereo pressing, with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Shelly ManneDaktari – Original TV Soundtrack ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great stuff – a groovy batch of short tunes from the TV show of the same name, performed by a larger ensemble that includes Frank Strozier, Bud Shank, Bob Bain, Victor Feldman, and Emil Richards. The tracks have a bit of a jungle/exotic groove to them – in keeping with the African setting of the show – and titles include "Elephantime", "Daktari", 'Out On A Limb", "Africa", "Galloping Girraffes, and "Rhino Trot". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has light wear, a cutout hole, and some staining along the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington ... LP
Riverside, 1955. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Thelonious Monk plays the music of Duke Ellington – but as you can imagine, the sound here is quite different than usual! At a time when Ellington was working mostly in large group format for the mainstream, Monk's presentation of his standards in trio format is a wonderful way to unlock their nascent modernism – the angular tones, lines, and complex ideas that were still present in the orchestra readings of the tunes, but which would show up even more strongly in Duke's smaller group dates of the 60s. Many numbers bear the familiar Monk imprint – complicated lines on the keys and sharp changes that really reignite the numbers – and rhythm here is from Oscar Pettiford on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include "Mood Indigo", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", and "Caravan". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese Victor pressing, SMJ-6039M, with obi and insert.)

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✨✧ Lee MorganSixth Sense ... LP
Blue Note, 1967. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful late work from Lee Morgan! The last five years of Lee's life saw him really stretching out to do some fantastic writing, playing, and leading – and this record stands today as one of the best examples of that period – a pure act of genius, with a sound that really takes off from Lee's earlier Blue Note albums. The styles are a unique blend of soulful hardbop and the more stretched-out spiritualism that would later emerge in the early 70s soul jazz scene – and players include the lesser-known Frank Mitchell on tenor, plus Jackie McLean on alto, Cedar Walton on piano, Victor Sproles on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – the last of whom provides an amazingly lyrical approach to rhythm, the sort that was key to some of Lee Morgan's best work of the time! Titles include "Afreaka", "Short Count", "The Cry Of My People", "Anti Climax", and "Psychedelic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Bud ShankMagical Mystery ... LP
World Pacific, 1967. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bud Shank's second Beatles-titled album of the 60s – and a set that's even groovier than the first! The record features a wonderful jazz-based approach to "second chapter" Beatles – with arranger Bob Florence providing superb arrangements for post-Rubber Soul tunes, which are mixed in with some other hip 60s pop numbers too! Bud plays alto sax and flute – still in the lead on the solos – but also couched wonderfully in work from players who include Chet Baker and Gary Barone on flugelhorns, Herb Ellis and Dennis Budimir on guitars, and Victor Feldman on percussion. Titles include "I Am The Walrus", "Paper Cup", "Windy", "I Wanna Be Free", "Hello Goodbye", "Flying", and "Blue Jay Way". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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