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✨✧ Victor BradyBrown Rain ... LP
Polydor, Early 70s. Good+ ... $8.99
A very weird little funk record – performed by Victor Brady, a Carribean steel drum player, backed here by a rock-oriented group with a heavy guitar sound. The overall style is very messed up – with elements of rock, funk, and soul all coming together – but the band's got a hard drummer, and in the best moments, the cuts get nice and funky in kind of a rock-break mode that's made even weirder with the steel drum sound. Includes "Brown Rain", a nice long track with a good funky passage, plus "It's A Good World Outside", "Soul Fungi", and "Once Upon A Candle". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Missing the insert. NOTE: Vinyl has some heat damage that causes clicks on side 1, tracks 3 & 4, as well as side 2, track 2.)

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Victor CaviniJapan ... LP
Be With (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... About February 28, 2020
... 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 FeldmanRio Nights (aka In My Pocket) ... CD
Hindsight, 1978. Used ... $4.99
An excellent bit of 70s funk from Victor Feldman – smooth, electric, and very different from much of his other work. The set was recorded with direct to disc mastering – and has a feel that's a lot like CTI or Kudu work from the mid 70s, no surprise as the set features work by funky fusion stalwarts like Hubert Laws, Harvey Mason, and Chuck Domanico. Feldman plays acoustic piano and some sweet Fender Rhodes – and titles include "Rio", "Skippin", "I Am Happy", "In My Pocket", and "Welcome To The Party". CD
(Out of print.)

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Victor FeldmanYoung Vic ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $18.99
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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Victor Silvester & Su Orquesta De CuerdasLatin American Dance Parade (10 inch LP) ... LP
Columbia, 1950. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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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 FeldmanSuite Sixteen – The Music Of Victor Feldman ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Victor ManuelleVictor Manuelle ... CD
Rovette (Mexico), 2013. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Victor BockrisTransformer – The Complete Lou Reed Story ... Book
Harper (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Lou Reed gave us some mighty fascinating music over his many years of recording – and the man himself also led an equally fascinating life – one that's covered here in very great detail, in a hefty biography that begins with Reed's troubled life as a child, to his early years moving between inspirations in literature and music, to his rise in fame with the Velvet Underground and role as one of the key underground New York figures for decades to come! The author gets at the way that Reed's always managed to challenge expectations while still remaining loyal to both himself and his friends and associates – a humanistic legacy that's almost as great as Lou's music itself. 500 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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✨✧ Victor HaynesTake It To The Top (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great work from Victor Haynes – the soul singer who's been giving us some great albums for Expansion Records over the years – real gems that have slowly been creating an instant-classic collection of music that keeps on going strong! Haynes has this positive, upbeat vibe that takes us back to that initial explosion of UK soul at the start of the 90s – a way of drawing on the spirit of the classics, but really looking forward – using sophisticated phrasing on his vocals, but never in a way that calls too much attention to itself – just continues to deliver this really well-crafted approach to contemporary soul! Production, arrangements, and everything else about the album is rock-solid – and titles include "Take It To The Top", "Do I Qualify", "Hopping Skipping So In Love", "My Sweetest Temptation", "Jazz Street", "Spend Some Time", "Who Do You Love", "Help Me Feel The Sun", and "Strong Love (Groovemay mix)". CD

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✨✧ Victor ManuelleVictor Manuelle 1970 to 1974 ... CD
Rama Lama (Spain), Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Victor RomeoLove Will Find A Way (radio, club/Acid Rain (rain dance UK)) ... 12-inch
Dance Mania, 1988. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Dance Mania sleeve. Label has a small BPM sticker.)

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Paul Desmond with Jim HallComplete RCA Victor Recordings (5CD set) ... CD
RCA/Victor, Early/Mid 60s. Used 5 CDs ... $42.99
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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Dizzy GillespieComplete RCA Victor Recordings ... CD
Bluebird/RCA, Late 30s/1940s. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Grieg/RachmaninoffConcerto In A Minor Op 16/Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini Op 43 – Artur Rubinstein/Alfred Wallenstein/RCA Victor Symphony/Fritz Reiner/Chicago Symphony Orchestra ... LP
RCA, 1957. Very Good ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Shaded Dog, Mono pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam.)

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Eartha KittRCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt (10 inch LP) ... LP
RCA, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Titles include "C'Est Si Bon", "Angelitos Negros", "African Lullaby", "Uska Dara", and "Lilac Wine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sons Of The PioneersTumbling Tumbleweeds – The RCA Victor Years Vol 1 ... CD
RCA, Mid 40s. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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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 ... $24.99 31.99
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. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMemphis Stomp – The Victor Recordings In Memphis 1927 to 1930 ... CD
Frog (UK), Late 20s. Used ... $13.99
Includes tracks by the Memphis Stompers, Arah Baby Moore, Sadie McKinney, Williamson's Beale Street Frolic Orchestra, and Jimmy Lunceford & His Chickasaw Syncopators. CD

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✨✧ Benny GoodmanComplete RCA Victor Small Group Recordings (3CD set) ... CD
RCA/BMG, Mid/Late 30s. Used 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousRCA Victor Blues & Rhythm Revue ... LP
RCA, 1940s/1950s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection of work from the blues and R&B years of RCA and related labels, including Bluebird – with work from Jesse Stone, Lucky Millinder, The Heartbreakers, The Robins, Du Droppers, Isley Brothers, King Curtis, Cab Calloway, Rene Hall, Mr Sad Head, Blowtop Lynn, Milt Trenier & His Sound Six, Illinois Jacquet, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, stuck gatefold, and a peeled strip at the bottom.)

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✨✧ Eddy ArnoldComplete RCA Victor Christmas Recordings ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Warm sounds for the Holiday season – a double-length set of Christmas tunes, sung by the great Eddy Arnold! Eddy recorded most of these numbers at a time when he was at the height of his countrypolitan talents – able to croon a tune with a smooth, mellow approach that almost made him the Perry Como of the country world – although set up with more of a Nasvhille vibe, thanks to producer Chet Atkins! The match of Atkins and Arnold is one of the all-time greats in mid-century pop – and the duo seem to push themselves even more strongly on this seasonal material. The CD features the full 1961 Christmas album recorded by Eddie, plus loads more Holiday singles – most of which have never been collected before. 26 titles in all – with tracks that include "Christmas Can't Be Far Away", "White Christmas", "Up On The Housetop", "Will Santa Come To Shanty Town", "Jingle Bell Rock", "Christmas", "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day", "Silent Night", "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas", "Winter Wonderland", "The Angel & The Stranger", and "New Year's Greeting". CD
 
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Yasuko AgawaFree Soul – Yasuko Agawa ... CD
Victor (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99
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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✨✧ Sidney BechetI Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O This Jellyroll/When It's Sleepy Time Down South ... 78 RPM
Victor, 1941. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Labels have a few small stickers.)

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Jackie ChanViva Jackie Chan ... LP
Victor (Japan), 1982. Near Mint- ... $39.99
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 ... $14.99
... 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 ... $12.99
... 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- ... $9.99
Vocals by The Rhythm Boys. 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Bill EvansInterplay ... CD
Riverside/Victor (Japan), 1962. Used ... $6.99
A real standout in the Bill Evans catalog for Riverside – and that's saying a lot, given how important all of his Riverside albums are! The session's a rare quintet outing for Evans – one that breaks the mode of the usual trio format by adding in Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Jim Hall on guitar – alongside rhythm players Percy Heath on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – already a unique enough match for Evans' talents. In a way, the record's one of those sessions that Riverside would sometimes do – pairing a key new voice as a leader with others in an all-star group – but in another way, it's also a return to the sound that first brought Evans' to a wider audience in the 1957 and 1958 years – when he was working in non-trio groups with more famous players – adding his unique piano stylings to their (then) better-known solo modes. The pairing of Evans and Hall has been beautifully documented on other records – and sounds equally great here – but the real treat is Freddie Hubbard's horn, which often lays back on most of the tracks, then bursts in with a brashness that really ignites some of the tunes! He's playing a bit muted here, trying to go for that Miles/Evans combination from the late 50s – but that's plenty ok with us, as we love those records a lot. Titles include "When You Wish Upon A Star", "You & The Night & The Music", "I'll Never Smile again", "You Go To My Head" and the Evans original, "Interplay". CD also features a bonus alternate of "I'll Never Smile Again". CD
(Out of print, former owner's stamp on booklet cover.)
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Interplay ... LP 24.99
Interplay ... CD 6.99

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Loleatta HollowayLoleatta (1976) (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Victor (Japan), 1976. Used ... $14.99
A real turning point for the great Loleatta Holloway – and a record that really finds a great way to unleash her vocals for the dancefloor! Loleatta got her start as more of a traditional deep soul diva – but here, she really takes off with a sweet Philly groove – thanks to production from Norman Harris, who creates these incredible rhythms that really push Holloway forward strongly! Gone are the sad tears of earlier weepies, and in their place is a strong sense of joy and power – Loleatta's very positive, very progressive, and very dedicated to standing her own ground! Includes the big single "Hit & Run", plus "Dreamin", "We're Getting Stronger", "Ripped Off", and versions of "That's How Heartaches Are Made" and Curtis Mayfield's "What Now". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Hit & Run (orig Walter Gibbons 12" mix)", "Dreamin (orig Norman Harris 7" mix)", and "We're Getting Stronger (orig Walter Gibbons 12" mix)". CD
(Out of print, 2008 pressing with 3 bonus tracks – still in shrink, which is open at one end, includes obi!)

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Milt Jackson & Ray BrownThat's The Way It Is ... CD
Impulse/Victor (Japan), 1969. Used ... $19.99
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 ... $11.99
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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Eartha KittDown To Eartha ... LP
RCA/Victor, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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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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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Riverside/Victor (Japan), 1960. Used ... $9.99
They're not kidding with the title of this one – because although the record was only Wes Montgomery's second album as a leader, he was already making plenty of waves with the sound of his guitar! The session lines Wes up with the very tight rhythm team of Tommy Flanagan on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all of whom lay back and mostly let Wes take center stage – sparkling on a number of original tunes that include "West Coast Blues", "Mister Walker", and "D Natural Blues". Other tracks include a great fast take on Sonny Rollins' "Airegin", plus "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". CD
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Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD 6.99
Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (20 bit remaster) ... CD 6.99

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MopsPsychedelic Sounds in Japan ... CD
Victor/World Psychedelia (Korea), 1968/1973. New Copy ... $4.99
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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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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SadisticsSadistics – The Best ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1980. Used ... $11.99
Forget the name of the group, because these guys are way too warm and smooth to be sadistic at all – and instead come across with all the best soulful qualities of the Japanese fusion scene at the end of the 70s! Most tracks have vocals, but there's also plenty of great work on guitar with a nicely jazzy vibe – over rhythms that keep things in a jazz funk vibe on most of the best numbers. Lyrics are often in English, but the set does have some Japanese tunes too – and titles include "On The Seashore", "The Tokyo Taste", "Far Away", "Type 1", and "Ready To Fly". CD
(Includes obi.)

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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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Artie ShawPersonal Best ... CD
Bluebird/Victor, Late 30s-Mid 40s. Used ... $4.99
... CD

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Soil & Pimp SessionsMan Steals The Stars ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2019. New Copy ... $34.99
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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Space ProjectDisco From Another Galaxy ... LP
RCA/Victor, 1978. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Spacey Frenchy disco stuff, recorded in French Canada, where they do that sort of thing pretty well. 4 long tracks with a space theme to them, including "Conquest Of The Stars", "Beyond Orion", and "Mission To Lyra". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited gold vinyl pressing. Cover has some surface wear, splitting in the top seam, hype sticker, and promo stamp.)

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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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Takeo YamashitaBlack Cats/Black Footsteps ... CD
Victor/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960/1961. New Copy ... $22.99
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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✨✧ Raymond LefevreRaymond Lefevre Et Son Grand Orchestra No 13 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet set of easy instrumentals from the great French maestro! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsCutting Edge ... CD
Milestone/Victor (Japan), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An underrated 70s effort from Sonny Rollins, featuring him fronting a dynamite group with Stanley Cowell and Mtume at the height of their Afro-centric electric jazz period. Longtime sideman Bob Cranshaw plus David Lee round out the rhythm section, and this is one of Rollins' LPs featuring the excellent Japanese guitarist Masuo, plus Rufus Harley guests on one number, so you can guess this is one righteous affair. Rollins sounds awesome, laying extended solos over some tremendous funky vamps by the group on numbers like "The Cutting Edge" and "First Moves", and working in a more contemplative vein on "To A Wild Rose" and "A House Is Not A Home". Also includes a lengthy take on "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute ... CD
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily 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". CD

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✨✧ Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute ... LP
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily 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

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✨✧ Derek Trucks BandAlready Free ... CD
Victor/Sony, 2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Charles McPhersonHorizons (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Prestige/Victor (Japan), 1968. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A wonderfully warm, deeply creative session from Charles McPherson – a set that moves way past his boppish roots, into a new zone of lyricism and imagination! Cedar Walton's on piano, and he adds some extremely important touches to the record – those lyrical, almost modal lines that really set Walton apart from others in the 60s, and which seem to unlock a whole new side of McPherson's playing here. Guitarist Pat Martino is also on the date – showing some of the hipper sides of his young talents – and the group also features Walter Booker on bass, Billy Higgins on drums, and the enigmatic Nasir Hafiz on vibes – a player we don't know at all, but whose sound really makes the album sparkle! Titles include "She Loves Me", "I Should Care", "Ain't That Somethin", "Night Eyes", and "Horizons". LP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual Japanese pressing – with a very cool cover image!)

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✨✧ Charles MingusMingus At Monterey ... CD
Jazz Workshop/Victor (Japan), Mid 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A landmark recording from Mingus – and one of his best of the mid 60s! The album was recorded live at the Montery Jazz fest – and it features great work by Jaki Byard, Charles McPherson, John Handy, and Lou Blackburn. Mingus explores his increasing fascination with the work of Ellington on the extended Ellington Medley, which takes up most of the first record – and then he moves into two long fantastic originals, "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk" and "Meditations On Integrations. Both works represent some of his most sophisticated compositions – and the performances here are legendary. CD
(Out of print. Tray card spine has a small cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Masabumi Kikuchi SextetMatrix (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1977. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the best albums ever from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a set that continues his development as a wonderfully expressive player on his instrument, but one that also opens up with a bit more bite at times, too – thanks to the presence of some sharp-edged contemporaries! The group's a sextet – with contributions from Hideyuki Kikuchi on alto, Akio Nishimura on tenor, and Tetuso Fushimi on trumpet – all musicians who can lay back in a soulbop groove if needed, but also come on with a bit more fire, too – almost working in a spiritual fusion mode on a few tracks, then balancing things out nicely at other times. Masabumi plays some very cool electric harpsichord on the Sadao Watanabe tune "If I Said The Sky Was Falling" – and other titles include "Matrix", "Green Dolphin Street", "In Fourth Way", and "Little Aby". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series!)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsComplete Sonny Rollins In Japan ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1973. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
One of Sonny Rollins' best albums of the 70s – a Japanese-only live date that features some excellent work on both tenor and soprano sax! The group has a really great feel – thanks to congas by Mtume and guitar from Yoshiaki Masuo – both of whom bring some new elements to Rollins' groove, alongside electric bass from Bob Cranshaw and drums from David Lee. Sonny's solos are all well-blown and quite extended – put together with a strong sense of fire, and a bit less of the hoke that could sometimes show up on other US domestic albums. Tracks are all long, and titles include "Powaii", "Moritat", "Alfie", and "St Thomas". This 2CD version features a full bonus disc of previously unreleased work from the concert – 3 titles that include "Hold Em Joe", "Sais", and "God Bless The Child". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Takuya FujiokaTakuya Fujioka Presents Let's Swing Now Vol 4 ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great album from the Japanese scene of the 70s – hardly swing at all, despite the title – and a record that makes fantastic use of the young Katsumi Watanabe on guitar! The groove is a bit soul jazz, but also has echoes of the 70s fusion world too – but in this really gentle way that's a nice bridge between the two styles – and Watanabe is a lot more restrained than usual, and as rhythmic as he is melodic – wrapped up beautifully alongside superb work on organ from Yuri Tashiro, and given some excellent tenor from Seiichi Nakamura. The group also features Sadayasu Fuji on piano, Noboyoshi Ino on bass, Hiroshi Murkami on drums, and Koji Moriyama on congas – a mighty tight rhythm unit – and in case you're wondering, Takuya Fujioka is the producer, not the leader – but somehow managed to get his name on the record. Titles include "What's New", "Like Someone In Love", "I Should Care", "A Woman's Work Is Never Done", and "It's All Right With Me". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Takuya FujiokaTakuya Fujioka Presents Let's Swing Now Vol 5 ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great entry in this cool Japanese series from the 70s – one that focused on straighter swing sounds, in contrast to some of the more modern styles on the Japanese scene – but in a way that's still wonderfully fresh, and beautifully recorded! The album's credited to Takuya Fujioka – who's actually the producer and impresario, not a performer – and instead, the group features excellent work from Kazuo Yashiro on piano, Masanaga Harada on bass, Toru Konishi on guitar, and Donald Bailey on drums! Bailey's drums are great – romping in a really soulful way, which gives the record a great sort of edge – and the guitar of Konishi is excellent too, and rings out with less of the smoother modes than you might expect. Someone plays harmonica on "Sweet Bailey" – Donald Bailey, we're guessing – and other tunes include "We Four Samba", "Fall Of Love", "All The Things You Are", and "Don't Touch My Moustache". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Shungo SawadaFool On The Hill ... CD
RCA/Victor (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Groovy instrumental work from late 60s Japan – a set that features guitar from Shungo Sawada, and a feel that's a bit like some of Wes Montgomery's best large group sets for A&M or Verve! The core combo features Sawada on guitar, plus piano and organ from Maeda Norio – brought together with some fuller horns that often have an upbeat, soulful sort of quality – a bit like some of Don Sebesky's best backings for Montgomery in the early CTI years. Shungo's guitar has a warm, chromatic feel – and his use of a hollow-body guitar further emphasizes the colors in his music – really shining out nicely with a clear, clean sound on top of the larger backings. Titles include "Israel", "Fool On The Hill", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Up Up & Away", "The Look Of Love", and "You & The Night & The Music". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Kiyoshi SugimotoRock Joy In Guitar ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little record from Japanese guitarist Kiyoshi Sugimoto – a musician you might know from dreamier bossa-styled records in the 60s – but who here comes across with a sharper edge and a richer sound overall! Sugimoto plays both acoustic and electric on the record, in a way that's not rock at all – definitely jazz, with maybe some bluesy aspects in the phrasing – but which also features a set of tunes from the rock scene of the time – all taken here in instrumental readings that are pretty darn groovy overall! Instrumentation shifts a bit throughout – so that some tunes are gentle and open, others are full and fuzzy – and titles include "The Wizard", "Heart Of The Country", "Samba Pa Ti", "Deja Vu", "You've Got A Friend", and a cool "Beatles Suite". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
 
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Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley & The Poll Winners ... CD
Riverside/Capitol, 1960. Used ... $4.99
Cannon's left his usual soul jazz combo for this album – and he's recording on the west coast with an all-star group that includes Wes Montgomery on guitar, Victor Feldman on vibes and piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. The sound's a bit different than usual – with a strong focus on the solos of the big stars, and less on the tight grooving of the group – but that doesn't stop it from being a great set, and Cannon blows in a way that reminds us of his classic Mercury sides. Titles include "The Chant", "Azule Serape", "Never Will I Marry", and "Au Prive". CD
(Out of print.)

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Cannonball AdderleySwingin' In Seattle – Live At The Penthouse 1966 to 1967 ... CD
Reel To Real, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Great live work from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – recorded during a time when the group's star was really rising on Capitol Records, but at a level that's got the more open-ended, freely-blown style of their classic concert dates for Riverside! The material here was all recorded for radio in Seattle, and the fidelity is excellent – sounds that are sharp as any of the group's key live albums of the period – with some very hip announcements between a few of the tracks! And unlike some radio live issues on the market, this one is nice and long – with eight long tracks that really open up – full of magical moments from Cannonball on alto, Nat Adderley on cornet, Joe Zawinul on piano, Victor Gaskin on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Titles include "Sticks", "Big P", "The Girl Next Door", "Back Home Blues", "Hippodelphia", "74 Miles Away", "Morning Of The Carnival", and Somewhere". CD
(Excellent package – with great mastering, and a 28 page booklet of notes!)

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Cannonball Adderley QuintetCannonbal Adderley Quintet Plus ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good+ ... $16.99
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than you might get from some of Cannon's other albums – slightly lyrical at points, in a really great way. Rhythm is from the rock-solid team of Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums – and of course Nat Adderley's also in the group on cornet, and Victor Feldman rounds out the ensemble on vibes, but also plays piano on the tracks that don't feature Kelly. There's a strong undercurrent of Adderley's Riverside soul jazz vibe on the set – and titles include "Arriving Soon", "New Delhi", "Winetone", "Well You Needn't", "Star Eyes", and "Lisa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo. Cover has a split spine and some light wear.)

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Nat AdderleyLittle New York Midtown Music ... CD
Galaxy/OJC, 1979. Used ... $8.99
An overlooked later gem from the great Nat Adderley – one of the first records cut after the passing of his brother Cannonball, and a set that shows that Nat was definitely ready to carry on the groove! Familiar bandmate Victor Feldman's in the combo alongside Nat's cornet – and Vic plays a bit of Fender Rhodes, which brings up the funk on a few key numbers – balanced out with some more intimate passages that include acoustic piano. The great Johnny Griffin brings a lot to the session, with some well-blown tenor solos that stretch out on a few of the album's long tracks – and the rest of the group includes Ron Carter on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Titles include "Yeehaw Junction", "Whipitup", "Saguaro", and "Sunshine Sammy". CD

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Monty AlexanderAlexander The Great ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
Monty Alexander's first album – "presented by" Les McCann, and one that features McCann's core rhythm team of Victor Gaskin on bass and Paul Humphrey on drums. The tracks are short and uncomplicated, played in a soul jazz mode that's quite similar to McCann's albums from the same time. Recorded at an "after hours concert" – and including the tracks "Comin Home Baby", "The Grabber", "Autumn Leaves", and "John Brown's Body". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing.)

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Azambuja & CiaAzambuja & Cia (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Far Out (Brazil), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A record with an unusual source, but a sound that puts it right up there with some of the most heavenly rare Brazilian albums of the 70s – served up here in a folksy, jazzy mix of acoustic and electric elements – all with help from heavyweights who include Victor Assis Brasil, Mauricio Einhorn, Durval Ferreira, and the Azymuth trio! The songs are based around creations by a Brazilian comedy duo, but they hardly sound anything like that at all – as they're easy-going, mellow-grooving, and have these vocals that flow beautifully amidst percussion, guitar, and keyboards! There are two monologue tracks in Portuguese – both with audience laughter – but all other tracks are sung, and delivered with some wonderful arrangements by Jose Roberto Bertrami and Jose Menezes. Titles include "Negra Brecho", "Ao Billilico", "Tema Do Azambuja", "A Turma", "Verde", "Maristela", and "O Poste Da Rua Jorge De Lima". LP, Vinyl record album

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Amiri Baraka, Jayne Cortez, & OthersBefore Columbus Foundation ... CD
Folkways, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A hip batch of underground poetry tracks – collected together by the Before Columbus Foundation, a group dedicated to promoting the works of African-American and Native American artists! Despite the 1980 date, the collection has a feel that's similar to earlier righteous poetry albums on the Folkways label – proof that the flames were still burning strong in the underground, even though artists such as these weren't getting as much mainstream attention at the end of the 70s! Most readings are recorded live, with a relatively spare, stark sound – and performances include "Dope" by Amiri Baraka, "St Louis Woman" by Ishmael Reed, "For The Poets" by Jayne Cortez, "Bark Is What Us Dogs Do" by David Meltzer, "Flipochinos, Being Your Woman, & Pacific Lover" by Cyn Zarco, and "Artist/Art This" by Victor Hernandez Cruz. CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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Art BlakeyHoliday For Skins Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $14.99
The rarest of all of Art Blakey's percussion group projects – and quite possibly the best, too! The session features Blakey at the head of a strong mix of jazz and percussion players – with Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on the regular drum kit, Donald Byrd on trumpet and Ray Bryant on piano, and a host of assorted percussion work by the likes of Ray Barretto, Sabu Martinez, Victor Gonzalez, Julio Martinez, and others. The resultant sound is incredible – very full, rich, and earthy – and done in a way that interweaves African and Latin percussion styles with straighter American jazz! A few cuts have chanting by Blakey and Sabu – and titles on this first volume include "The Feast", "Mirage", "Lamento Africano", and "Aghano". CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)

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Art BlakeyHoliday For Skins Vol 2 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. Used ... $11.99
The rarest of all of Art Blakey's percussion group projects – and quite possibly the best, too! The session features Blakey at the head of a strong mix of jazz and percussion players – with Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on the regular drum kit, Donald Byrd on trumpet and Ray Bryant on piano, and a host of assorted percussion work by the likes of Ray Barretto, Sabu Martinez, Victor Gonzalez, Julio Martinez, and others. The resultant sound is incredible – very full, rich, and earthy – and done in a way that interweaves African and Latin percussion styles with straighter American jazz! A few cuts have chanting by Blakey and Sabu – and titles on this second volume include "Otinde", "Swingin Kilts", "Dinga", and "Reflection". CD
(Out of print, 1993 pressing.)

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Art BlakeyHoliday For Skins Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The rarest of all of Art Blakey's percussion group projects – and quite possibly the best, too! The session features Blakey at the head of a strong mix of jazz and percussion players – with Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on the regular drum kit, Donald Byrd on trumpet and Ray Bryant on piano, and a host of assorted percussion work by the likes of Ray Barretto, Sabu Martinez, Victor Gonzalez, Julio Martinez, and others. The resultant sound is incredible – very full, rich, and earthy – and done in a way that interweaves African and Latin percussion styles with straighter American jazz! A few cuts have chanting by Blakey and Sabu – and titles include "The Feast", "Mirage", "Lamento Africano", "O'Tinde", "Swingin Kilts", "Dinga", "Reflection", and "Aghano". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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Doctor Clayton & His BuddyPearl Harbour Blues ... LP
Bluebird/RCA (France), Mid 40s. Very Good ... $5.99
A nice French collection – featuring a number of Bluebird and Victor Records 78s by Doctor Clayton with Blind John Davis on piano – plus his "buddy" Albert Luandrew also singing with Davis on piano and Big Bill Broonzy on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is great overall, but has a mark that clicks on two tracks.)

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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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Conjunto CremaLa Masacre Musical ... LP
SAR, 1982. Very Good+ ... $14.99
An early 80s session, but one with a strong 70s salsa vibe – particularly a groove indebted to Willie Colon's crime-era sides for Fania – as you might guess from the image on the cover! The group sports twin trumpets, sparking over lots of lively percussion – and instrumentation that also includes tres from Victor Trias, piano from Alexis Velez, and bass from group leader Marcos Quintanilla! Vocals are handled by the trio of Robgerto Mier, Louie Velez, and Diana Rodriguez – who mostly slides in on the choruses – and arrangement are the best part, thanks to help from Louie Ramirez, Alfredo Valdes, and Willie Rodriguez. Titles include "Bandolera", "Noviecita", "Sibanicu", "Esa China", and "Pescadores De Camarones". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bob CooperCoop – The Music of Bob Cooper ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A tremendous early album from this west coast tenorist – really breaking out here in a smaller group setting than usual! Coop plays tenor, in a group with Victor Feldman on vibes, Loy Levy on piano, Frank Rosolino on tormbone, and Mel Lewis on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Miles DavisSeven Steps To Heaven ... LP
Columbia, 1963. Sealed ... $19.99
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! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing, PC 8851, still sealed with Nice Price sticker.)
Also available Seven Steps To Heaven (with bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99

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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
Also available Seven Steps To Heaven ... LP 19.99

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Stan GetzBossas & Ballads – The Lost Sessions ... CD
Verve, 1989. Used ... $4.99
A lost late session by Stan Getz – and one of his greatest recordings of the 80s! The album's got the simple elegance of some of his best Verve work – with a group that features Stan on tenor, Kenny Barron on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. The combination of Barron and Getz is magical – with a laidback soulfulness that takes us back to the days of Sweet Rain, Voices, and some of our favorite Getz sessions from the 60s. Tracks are all quite long – most well over 7 minutes – with a simple, unfettered approach that offers Stan in all his lyrical beauty. Recorded in 1989 – but oddly never issued until now – and a real treasure all the way through! Titles include "Beatrice", "Spiral", "Sunshow", "Joanne Julia", "Soul Eyes", and "El Sueno". CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan GetzSerenity ... CD
Verve, 1987. Used ... $1.99
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, barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Jazz At The PhilharmonicJazz At The Philharmonic In Europe (tan cover) ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
One volume of a four volume set, though Verve didn't number them. Recorded in concert one night in Denmark, this set is a Norm Granz production that transplants the JATP crew to Europe. While some of the other volumes feature larger groups blowin' and riffing on standards, this one has a small more intimate group, featuring Stan Getz & JJ Johnson in front of a nice tight rhythm section of Victor Feldman, Sam Jones & Louis Hayes. The set's still made up of standards, but there's a few nice takes here, including "I Waited For You", "Yesterdays" and a nice version of "Bop N Boogie" featuring Dizzy Gillespie. LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Jazz CrusadersJazz Crusaders At The Lighthouse ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Very Good ... $9.99
The landmark first album to feature the Jazz Crusaders playing live at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach – the start of a great run of albums that would go onto help redefine the sound of soul jazz in the 60s! Although the group was already plenty darn great on their studio sides, working at the Lighthouse seemed to allow them to open up even more – work in a slightly longer, more spacious setting than in the studio – with more room for creative solos and a sound that was often more deeply soulful overall! In fact, the Jazz Crusaders association with the club helped turn the sound of the Lighthouse away from the "cool" reputation it got from Lighthouse All-Stars albums of the 50s – and open the place up as the more righteous venue for jazz expression to come from players like Lee Morgan, Grant Green, and Elvin Jones on Blue Note! The lineup here is classic Crusaders – with plenty of searing tenor work from Wilton Felder, slidingly soulful trombone from Wayne Henderson, storming piano by Joe Sample, and tight tight rhythm from Victor Gaskin on bass and Stix Hooper on drums. Tracks include some great originals, like "Congolese Sermon", "Cathy's Dilemma", and "Scandalizing", plus a great version of Jackie McLean's "Appointment in Ghana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing.)

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Barney KesselKessel/Jazz – Contemporary Latin Rhythms ... LP
Reprise, 1961. Very Good ... $11.99
A wonderful wonderful set from Barney Kessel – bossa-inflected jazz, and a wonderful setting for Barney to hit some very groovy lines on electric guitar! The group on the date is part of the strength of the record – with Conte Candoli on trumpet, Emil Richards on vibes, Paul Horn on flute, and Victor Feldman on piano – with loads of great percussion and guitar interplay on the set, plus some excellent use of flute and vibes – all of which makes for the sort of session that really translates the Brazilian groove into the best sort of sound the LA scene was cutting at the time! Nice, light, and dancing rhythms – and titles that include "Love", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Latin Dance #1", "Lady Byrd", and "One Note Samba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the seams.)

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Barney KesselLet's Cook! ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Very Good ... $6.99
Well, if you've ever heard Barney play guitar, you know that he doesn't always cook – or at least not as hotly as other players – but this album is a nice batch of tracks that goes way beyond Kessel's usual uptight sound. Most of the cuts are very long, and they feature open-ended jam session playing by 2 groups – one with Victor Feldman, Hamp Hawes, and Leroy Vinnegar; the other with Ben Webster, Frank Rosolino, and Jimmie Rowles. Titles include "Jersey Bounce", "Let's Cook", and "Just In Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label pressing. Cover has some wear, a wrinkled corner, and some pen on front & back.)

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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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Latin Jazz QuintetChant ... LP
Prestige/Tru Sound, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
One of the best albums ever recorded by this groundbreaking Latin jazz combo – and a magnificent blend of jazz instrumentation and deeper Latin roots! Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet was a new sound in Latin jazz – one that took the piano/bass/conga rhythms of smaller groups of the 50s, who were usually a bit more "cool" – and blended it with larger instrumentation that really opened up the groove – but in ways that were freer and more personal than some of the larger Latin orchestras! The blend is completely sublime – one of the best realizations of the concept of Latin jazz at the time – thanks to excellent work from Bobby Capers on alto and tenor sax, Willie Gardner on piano, Victor Allende on flute, and Willie Bivens on some especially nice vibes. Manny Ramos adds in some killer timbales, too – and titles include "GT's Theme", "Invitation", "The Chant", "Star Eyes", "Dorian", and "Jackie's Mambo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mad Man JagaWakabout ... LP
Dig This Way (Italy), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A great little set from Mad Man Jaga – one of the few 70s albums by the Nigerian singer – despite a long legacy in other groups, including that of Sir Victor Uwaifo – who produced the entire set! The music is a blend of the skittish styles of Uwaifo's own music, with maybe a touch of Kingston in the mix – especially on the basslines, with dip and bubble in nice way, and almost get a bit dubby – while earthy percussion criss-crosses on the more upbeat tracks, and horn touches add a nice edge to the whole proceedings. Titles include "Wakabout", "Hankuri", "Aondo Ter", "Mama Warm", "Tell Me Why You Cry", and "You Don't Love Me No More". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet.)

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Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 1 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $5.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this first volume include "Summertime", "Our Delight", "Poinciana", "Blue Daniel", and "Theme From A Gem From Tiffany". CD

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Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 3 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $3.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this third volume include "I Am In Love", "Whisper Not", and "Black Hawk Blues". CD
Also available Shelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 3 ... LP 11.99

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Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 3 ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this third volume include "I Am In Love", "Whisper Not", and "Black Hawk Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing – pre-OJC.)
Also available Shelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 3 ... CD 3.99

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Hugh MasekelaLive In Lesotho ... LP
Matsuli (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $38.99
It's a strange thing to see Hugh Masekela sitting on a horse, out in a field – and the cover hardly gets at the energy that's going on inside – since the album features a full, funky live performance from the famous trumpeter – at a time when his group included piano and keyboards from the great Don Blackman! The style's a blend of funk with some of Hugh's older South African styles – served up on very long tracks that have Masekela singing a fair bit too, but with ample solo space for solos from great musicians who include Rene McLean on alto and tenor, and Victor Bailey on bass. Blackman did all the arrangements with Hugh, and you can really hear his sophisticated touch – on titles that include "Sister Fania", "Healing Song", "Stimela", "Part Of A Whole", "Ashiko", and "Ha Le Se Le Li Khanna". LP, Vinyl record album

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Carmen McRaeLive & Wailing ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $1.99
Wailing live material from the great Carme McRae – material recorded at the same sessions that yielded the Village Gate album from the same time – and equally great! There's a loose, soulful swing here – different from both the poise of Carmen's earliest records, and the fuller arrangements to come in the late 60s – and at the Gate, the lady's in perfect form – really working in this hip-stepping style with effortless ease – backed by the trio of Norman Simmons on piano, Victor Sproles on bass, and Stu Martin on drums. Titles include "You Better Go Now", "Love For Sale", "Traveling Light", "Midnight Sun", "Miss Brown To You", "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight", and "Perdido". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Claudio MedeirosRotation (original pressing) ... LP
Nucleus, 1975. Sealed ... $29.99
A fantastic batch of jazzy grooves – featuring Claudio Medeiros and Victor M of the group Made In Brasil, plus other associates from the Bay Area fusion scene of the 70s! The record's got a strong mix of mellow tunes and funkier ones – with touches of Brazilian jazz and CTI fusion swirled together in a San Francisco sunny mode. The set includes the incredible groover "Soar", which has nice moog bubbling through a jazzy midtempo groove – and features many other great tunes like "Cachaca", "Generous", "Green Olives", "Grape Woman", and "Rotation". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lee MorganRumproller (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... On April 10, 2020
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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Marty Paich Big BandI Get A Boot Out Of You (Discovery pressing) ... LP
Discovery, 1959/1981. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Sparkling work from arranger Marty Paich – one of our favorite large group talents of the 50s! The album definitely gets a boot out of us for its great approach to the music, penned here by Paich in ways that really let some of the key players step out and do their thing! The group is large, but always swinging – and players include Art Pepper and Bill Perkins on saxes, Conte Candoli and Jack Sheldon on trumpets, Bob Enevoldsen on trombone, and Victor Feldman on vibes – and tracks include "No More", "Moanin", "Warm Valley", "What Am I Here For", "Violets For Your Furs", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear and notes in blue marker on back.)

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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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Sun RaSound of Joy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Transition/Delmark, 1957. Used ... $8.99
Something of a "lost" album from Sun Ra – material initially intended as his second album for Transition records in the 50s, but not issued until a decade later when Delmark Records was first putting the Chicago underground on the map! The sound here steps out nicely from the first Transition session – and Ra is already a bit bolder, not just in his structure of the songs, but in the way he handles his piano – with some darker notes and tones, more exotic phrasing, and even some very early use of electric piano – already with the haunting qualities that would show up more strongly in the Saturn years. Every member of the group is wonderful too – each with their own voice, spoken strongly and freely – in a lineup that includes Art Hoyle and Dave Young on trumpets, Julian Priester on trombone, Pat Patrick on alto and baritone sax, John Gilmore on tenor, Charles Davis on baritone, Victor Sproles on bass, William Cochran on drums, and Jim Herndon on tympani and timbali. Titles include "El Is A Sound Of Joy", "Overtones Of China", "Ankh", "Two Tones", "Saturn", "Reflections In Blue", and "Planet Earth". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "As You Once Were" and "Dreams Come True" – with vocals by Clyde Williams. CD

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David SanbornSanborn ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1976. Used ... $4.99
A damn great early moment from David Sanborn – a record that really shows the reedman at his best – working some tight solos over soulful backings in the same 70s manner as Tom Scott or Wilton Felder! Like both of those players, David's got the chops to step out in front of the backings strongly – blowing some of his best notes with surprisingly little flourish, and crafting a soulful lead that's supported by work from Hiram Bullock on guitar, Rosalinda De Leon on keyboards, and Victor Lewis on drums. There's a bit of vocals on the album – courtesy of Patti Austin, Lain Groves, Phoebe Snow, and Paul Simon – and titles include "Indio", "Smile", "Concrete Boogie", "Mamacita", and "7th Ave". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Mongo Santamaria & Justo BetancourtUbane ... CD
Vaya, 1976. Used ... $24.99
A classic collaboration between singer Justo Betancourt and percussionist Mongo Santamaria – who gives Justo some of his strongest backings of the 70s! Marty Sheller produced, conducted, and arranged most of the tracks – and gives the record the same sort of rock-solid sound he'd brought to Mongo's music from the 60s onwards – and the players are a stellar list of Latin talents, with Barry Rogers on trombone, Justo Almario on tenor and flute, Victor Paz on trumpet, Andy Gonzales on bass, Steve Berrios on timbales, and Mongo himself on congas and bongos! Most tunes are originals by Mongo, and Justo's vocals soar mightily over the grooves – on titles that include "Manana", "Cantandole Al Amor", "Cumbia Tipica", "Ubane (Canto Abacua)", "Miedo", "Kindimbia", "No Me Importa", and "Serpentina". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lalo SchifrinGone With The Wave – Modern Sounds Go Surfing ... LP
Colpix, 1965. Very Good ... $19.99
Not a surf record – but a wonderful batch of groovy groovy jazz! Lalo penned this score for a Bruce Brown-like surfing documentary in the mid 60s – but instead of the usual guitar riffing and bongo drumming on such a score, he used a lot of jagged jazzy lines – working in a bit of light bossa, some heavier Latin rhythms, and plenty of cool instrumentation! The players alone make the set worth having – especially the percussion from Milt Holland, Francisco Aguabella, and Shelly Manne – as well as the light guitar touches from Howard Roberts, Bob Bain, and Laurindo Almeida. Paul Horn plays some great alto sax and flute on the set, Victor Feldman's on piano, and Frank Rosolino's on trombone – and Lalo changes up the instrumentation from track to track to really keep the overall feel of the set incredibly fresh! Titles include "Breaks", "Gone With The Wave", "Taco Taquito", "Halieva Blues", "A Taste Of Bamboo", "Aqua Blues", "Surf Waltz", and "Breaks Bossa Nova". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. NOTE – Cover is wrinkled on the bottom half, with an unglued bottom seam, and some marker on back.)

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Ronnie ScottGreat Scott – Studio Recordings Volume 1 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $11.99
Some of the earliest work as a leader from British saxophone legend Ronnie Scott – the first player on the scene in the postwar years who could rival the talents of American musicians on the horn! Scott sounds wonderful here – in material that's all small group combos, different than the larger groups in which he was sometimes lost – and Ronnie really makes the most of his solos, often blowing with a Sonny Stitt-like sense of economy that packs a hell of a lot into a little bit of space – often with a relatively subtle approach. The set features tracks from four different sessions – all issued originally as singles – and features Scott with players who include Ronnie Ball, Victor Feldman, or Ralph Sharon on piano – plus Spike Robinson on alto, Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet, Pete Chilver on guitar, and Tony Crombie on drums. Titles include "Boppin At Esquire", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "All of Me", "El Sino", "Crazy Rhythm", and "Little Willie Leaps". CD
(Includes obi.)
 
 
 



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