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Manny AlbamManny Albam & His Jazz Greats Play Music From The Broadway Musical West Side Story (Coral) ... LP
Coral, 1958. Good ... $0.99
One of the many releases in the surprisingly successful semi-genre of "jazz meets West Side Story" albums that came out in the late 50s and early 60s. Albam actually does a pretty great job of opening up the jazzy changes in Bernstein's score, and it helps that he's got great ensemble players like Al Cohn, Gene Quill, Nick Travis, Bob Brookmeyer, and Frank Socolow. Titles include "Jet Song", "Cool", "Maria", and "Something's Coming". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono maroon label pressing with deep groove.)

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Manny AlbamManny Albam & His Jazz Greats Play Music From West Side Story ... LP
Decca, 1958. Very Good+ ... $6.99
One of the many releases in the surprisingly successful semi-genre of "jazz meets West Side Story" albums that came out in the late 50s and early 60s. Albam actually does a pretty great job of opening up the jazzy changes in Bernstein's score, and it helps that he's got great ensemble players like Al Cohn, Gene Quill, Nick Travis, Bob Brookmeyer, and Frank Socolow. Titles include "Jet Song", "Cool", "Maria", and "Something's Coming". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing.)

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Bernstein/RussoSymphonic Dances From West Side Story/Three Pieces For Blues Band & Orchestra – Siegel Schwall Band/Ozawa/San Francisco Symphony ... LP
Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 1972. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Features work from Corky Siegel on harmonica and electric piano. LP, Vinyl record album

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Magic SamWest Side Soul ... CD
Delmark, 1967. Used ... $6.99
A classic bit of indie blues from the Chicago scene – featuring some great players from the second generation after Chess Records stopped picking up the younger local talents! Magic Sam leads the group on vocals and guitar, and he's working here with Mighty Joe Young on guitar, Odie Payne on drums, and Mack Thompson on bass – all to craft a set of rough and ready blues tunes that would have played well on both sides of the tracks at the time. Titles include "That's All I Need", "All Of Your Love", "I Don't Want No Woman", "Mama Mama Talk To Your Daughter", and "Lookin Good", a nice instrumental! CD
Also available West Side Soul ... CD 6.99

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Magic SamWest Side Soul ... CD
Delmark, 1967. Used ... $6.99
A classic bit of indie blues from the Chicago scene – featuring some great players from the second generation after Chess Records stopped picking up the younger local talents! Magic Sam leads the group on vocals and guitar, and he's working here with Mighty Joe Young on guitar, Odie Payne on drums, and Mack Thompson on bass – all to craft a set of rough and ready blues tunes that would have played well on both sides of the tracks at the time. Titles include "That's All I Need", "All Of Your Love", "I Don't Want No Woman", "Mama Mama Talk To Your Daughter", and "Lookin Good", a nice instrumental! CD
Also available West Side Soul ... CD 6.99

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Patti PageWest Side ... LP
Mercury, 1950s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and splitting.)

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Lonnie PlaxicoWest Side Stories ... CD
Plaxmusic, 2006. Used ... $9.99
Easily one of the most compelling albums so far from bassist Lonnie Plaxico – a record that draws inspiration from Lonnie's roots on Chicago's west side, and which also features some great guest appearances from Cassandra Wilson, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, and others! Tracks are often done in an angular mode that has plenty of modern edges, but never gets too bassy – at least not in the funkier way of some of Plaxico's earlier work – and the rhythms have some really nicely creative changes that make the mood of the tunes shift back and forth with a restless sense of energy that's explored nicely by the soloists. Titles include "Robin's Dance", "West Side Stories", "I Want It To Be", "Speaking In Tongues", "Your Love Speaks To Me", "I Want To Know What Love Is", and "Duke It Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Floyd McDanielWest Side Baby ... CD
Delmark, 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonWest Side Story ... CD
Verve, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The West Side Story score – but handled here by the great Oscar Peterson Trio – in ways that really push the tunes past their Broadway roots! The approach is tight, soulful, and filled with strong lines from Peterson on piano – plus bass by Ray Brown and drums from Ed Thigpen – that classic trio from the early 60s that came together in different ways than Oscar's group of the 50s. The set features an especially nice long take on "Jet Song" – plus versions of "Something's Coming", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Maria", and "I Feel Pretty". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckDave Brubeck Quartet Plays Music From West Side Story And . . . (Columbia Jazz Masterpieces) ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A collection of classic work by Dave's group with Paul Desmond – featuring 5 tunes from West Side Story, inlcuding "Tonight", "Somewhere", "Maria", and "I Feel Pretty", plus others from shows and standards. The group, as usual, really opens up the tunes – and Desmond's icily skating alto really makes the best of the material. Other titles include "What Is This Thing Called Love", "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World", and "Night & Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing. Cover has a promo stamp.)
 
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✨✧ Snow, Junior Reid & NinjamanSi We. . .(Charged For Murder) (album version – double a-side promo) ... 12-inch
East West, 1994. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Produced by Junior Reid. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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Gene ChandlerGet Down With The Get Down – Best Of The Chi Sound Years 1978-1983 ... CD
Chi Sound/West Side (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $12.99
Gene Chandler's one of those artists who never fails to surprise us. First known for his big early hits for Vee Jay – including "Duke Of Earl" – Gene stayed strong over many many years, shifting labels from time to time, continuing to grow as a singer and move through a range of different styles all handled quite well. This set offers an oft-lost side of Gene's career – his later recordings for Carl Davis' Chi-Sound label, home to a number of older Chicago soul artists who worked with Davis earlier at other labels. As with other singers on the label – such as Walter Jackson – Gene here moves into a smooth modern soul vein, mixing uptempo and midtempo tunes with ease, showing a sophisticated vocal style that you'd hardly ever expect from his earlier work! There's some real gems on this set – which features some of the best moments from Gene's years at Chi-Sound, including a few unissued cuts and at least one 12" track. 15 cuts in all, including "I'll Be There", in a previously unissued duet with Barbara Acklin, plus "Skate (aka Miss Crazy Legs)", "Does She Have A Friend", "I Keep Coming Back", "Time Is A Thief", "All About The Paper", "I'll Make The Living If You Make The Loving Worthwhile", "When You're #1", "Do What Comes Natural", "Love Is The Answer", and "Get Down", in both 12" and demo versions. CD
(Out of print.)

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Moskwa TVTekno Talk/Digitalk ... 12-inch
West Side (Germany), 1985. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $7.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has light wear, and a trace of a price sticker on one corner. Labels have initials in marker.)

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✨✧ Perez PradoGuantanamera ... CD
West Side Latino, Mid 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Excellent later work by Perez Prado – not traditional Latin, but a nicely messed-up batch of styles that includes Latin Soul, 60s easy, late lounge, and groovy mambos. The CD collects tracks from Perez's LPs on UA Latino – and it's got a wild mix of tunes, from "James Bond" and "Goldfinger" themes, to Deodato's "Cabo Frio", to Luiz Bonfa's "O Ganso" and "Lluvia", and lots more great stuff! CD
(Out of print.)

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Tito RodriguezTito Rodriguez Canta En La Oscuridad ... CD
United Artists/West Side Latino, 1968. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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SheppardsBunky's Picks – The Best Of The Sheppards ... CD
West Side (UK), 1960s. Used ... $14.99
Huge in Chicago, but not nearly as well-known elsewhere, The Sheppards were one of the windy city's best-ever vocal groups, and they had a rich deep style that spanned the gap between R&B and Soul, in a similar manner to The Impressions. This long-overdue set brings together 25 cuts by the group, and it spans the years 1959 to 1969, giving you a complete look at the group by including raw early R&B material, plus later smoother harmony soul singles from the late 60s. We love the later stuff especially, but all the stuff on here's pretty darn nice – and all cuts feature production by the legendary Bill "Bunky" Sheppard, the Chi-soul genius from whom the group took their name. Titles include "Your Love (Has Got A Hole In It)", "Loving You", "Glitter In Your Eyes", "Tragic", "So In Need For Love", "Never Let Me Go", and "I'm Not Wanted". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roy ShirleyYour Musical Priest – Rocksteady & Raggae 1966 to 72 ... CD
West Side (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Two Of ChinaTelk Mee (wild version, strange version) ... 12-inch
West Side (Germany), 1984. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $6.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Moskwa TVDynamics & Discipline ... LP
West Side (Germany), 1985. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousWe're A Lover – Brunswick/Dakar's Brothers Of Soul ... CD
Brunswick/West Side (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
During the late 60s and early 70s, the Brunswick label was one of the greatest soul outfits working in Chicago. And of all the great contributions made by the label, perhaps the best was their great run of male soul singers – culled from Chicago's rich scene at the time, and featuring a mix of the city's harder and classier soul styles. This excellent 24 track set brings together some wonderful singles from that rich legacy of music – including many tracks by artists who recorded for Brunswick, but who never issued any full LPs! Titles include "We're Not Happy" by Wales Wallace, "Can I Change My Mind" by Mighty Doug Haynes, "Another Time, Another Place" by The Persuaders, "A Woman Needs To Be Loved" by Cicero Blake, "The Sweetest Thing" by Channel 3, "I Never Had It So Good" by Walter Jackson, "Saving My Love For You" by Mister T, "Where The Lillies Grow" by Sidney Joe Qualls, and "Contract On Your Love" by Chuck Bernard. Like finding a rare stash of singles – a dream! CD

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✨✧ Jones GirlsGet As Much Love As You Can/Keep It Comin ... CD
Philadelphia International/West Side (UK), 1981/1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 of the harder to find albums by the Jones Girls, put back to back on one CD. The first LP is another one of their classics for Philly International, with great Gamble & Huff production, and excellent cuts like the title track and their classic "Nights Over Egypt". Other cuts include "I Found That Man Of Mine", "Let's Be Friends First", and "You're Breakin' My Heart". Keep It Comin' has more of an 80's groove, and a bunch of nice modern soul dancefloor cuts with a really sweet sound! Kenny Burke wrote and produced the title cut, "Keep It Comin", with a feel that's similar to his own work from the time. He also handled a few other tracks on the album, like "You Can't Have My Love" and "Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah" – and other tracks were done by McKinley Jackson and Leon Huff. 16 cuts in all, and a very nice deal! CD
(Out of print West Side pressing.)

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✨✧ Tito RodriguezMi Razon: Amarte ... CD
United Artists/Polydor/West Side, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic 60s romanticos by Tito – recorded with lush backing by a larger group than on his earlier work. Titles include "Razon", "Mejor", "Eres", "El Sitio Abandonado", "Otra Noche", and "Dejame Ir". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ AmnestyFree Your Mind – The 700 West Sessions ... LP
Now Again/Stones Throw, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Rare funk from the Indy scene of the early 70s – the long-overdue release of material recorded by a really hard-jamming, horn-heavy combo! Amnesty have a sound that's awash in the best large group influences of the time – a bit of Earth Wind & Fire, a bit of Parliament/Funkadelic, but also a grittier, more guitar-based groove at times too – one that rumbles heavily at the bottom of the rhythms, with a sound that's like Norman Whitfield-era Motown, taken to much greater extremes! There's actually a lot more Detroit going on in the work than Indy – but the horns also have a jazzier, more open-ended quality too – not just parts penned for simple funky rhythms, but ones that show some influence from the more righteous side of the jazz spectrum. The material was all recorded on two dates in 1973 – but only issued here for the first time – and together, the tracks are a great example of a hip group from the underground, really letting loose with a great sense of freedom. There's some vocals on the record, but almost more of a focus on the instrumentation overall – and titles include "Can I Help You", "Love Fades", "Trouble Will Remain", "We've Come A Long Way", "Liberty", "Mister President", "Free Your Mind", "We Have Love", and "Lord Help Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Available again after a a few years out of print!)

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Cashman Pistilli & WestBound To Happen ... LP
ABC, 1968. Very Good ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ring and edge wear. Vinyl plays with a click on side 2, tracks 3 & 4.)

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Hampton Hawes/Freddie ReddPiano East West ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1952/1955. Used ... $14.99
A classic split album of bop piano from both coasts – kind of a double-header in jazz, and one that really packs a punch! Hamp Hawes represents the west coast – and unlike his cool jazz contemporaries, he's grooving hard in a quartet that includes Larry Bunker on vibes, Larry Marable on drums, and Clarence Jones on bass. Hawes' playing on the record is some of his best of the 50s – and titles include "Terrible T", "Move", "Fanfare", "Hamp's Paws", and "Buzzy". The east coast side of the set is laid down by Freddie Redd – grooving hard in a rare early set, with a trio that includes John Ore on bass and Ron Jefferson on drums. Redd's titles include "Reddy Freddie", "Lady J Blues", and "Debut". CD
(SHMCD pressing, includes obi.)

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Duke Jordan/Sadik HakimEast & West Of Jazz ... LP
Charlie Parker, 1962. Sealed ... $11.99
An overlooked bit of piano genius from the 60s – a split LP with great work from both artists! Sadik kicks things off with the "east" side of the record – tunes that have a supposedly exotic feel, but which are mostly soul jazz piano groovers – performed by a quartet with Eddie Wright on guitar, Kalil Madi on drums, and Lloyd Buchanon on bass. Titles are all originals by Hakim, and include "Impulse", "Buch's Blues", "Goodies For The Goodies", and "Little Lou". The "west" side of the album features Duke Jordan leading a quintet with Cecil Payne on baritone sax and Johnny Coles on trumpet – in a mode that's got a similar earthy feel to Payne's own album on the Charlie Parker label. Tunes include "I'm Gonna Learn Your Style", "Tall Grass", "Like Church", and "Yes He's Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Andre Tanker FiveAfro Blossom West (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cree (Germany), 1969. Sealed Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A jazzy combo from the Caribbean – led by a singer who also plays some really wonderful vibes! The rhythms are strong, with a definite dose of calypso in the mix – but the overall sound is much more in the jazz side of the spectrum, thanks to fluidly melodic sounds from Andre Tanker on vibes! Tanker also sings a bit too – but he's open to Latin modes and soul jazz styles, which makes him sound a lot different than anything you might expect from a late 60s album recorded in Trinidad! In fact, a few of these tunes even hit a boogaloo groove – which is perfect for the vibes – and others maybe echo some of the groovier Verve records modes of the time. Titles include "Party In The City", "Lena", "Swahili", "Ho Ba La La", "Homburg", "Do Me So La So So", and "Old Lady Walk A Mile". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ AmnestyFree Your Mind – The 700 West Sessions ... CD
Now Again/Stones Throw, 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare funk from the Indy scene of the early 70s – the long-overdue release of material recorded by a really hard-jamming, horn-heavy combo! Amnesty have a sound that's awash in the best large group influences of the time – a bit of Earth Wind & Fire, a bit of Parliament/Funkadelic, but also a grittier, more guitar-based groove at times too – one that rumbles heavily at the bottom of the rhythms, with a sound that's like Norman Whitfield-era Motown, taken to much greater extremes! There's actually a lot more Detroit going on in the work than Indy – but the horns also have a jazzier, more open-ended quality too – not just parts penned for simple funky rhythms, but ones that show some influence from the more righteous side of the jazz spectrum. The material was all recorded on two dates in 1973 – but only issued here for the first time – and together, the tracks are a great example of a hip group from the underground, really letting loose with a great sense of freedom. There's some vocals on the record, but almost more of a focus on the instrumentation overall – and titles include "Can I Help You", "Love Fades", "Trouble Will Remain", "We've Come A Long Way", "Liberty", "Mister President", "Free Your Mind", "We Have Love", and "Lord Help Me". CD

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BilalLove Surreal ... CD
Purpose/BBE (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Tremendous work from Bilal – and further proof that his life on the indie side of the soul spectrum has been a very good thing! There's a crispness to the record that crackles right from the start – slight cosmic touches in the beats, but never too over the top – just enough to electrify the vocals and push Bilal past any sort of mainstream soul – and help him deliver the rich promise we first heard in his music so many years ago – but never found this fully formed during his major label stretch! There's some nice electric bits that percolate forth – moogy keys or sparkling samples – yet the vocals still have all the core warmth that's kept us coming back. Titles include "Astray", "Lost For Now", "West Side Girl", "Back To Love", "Longing & Waiting", and "Butterfly", which features a guest appearance from Robert Glasper! CD

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Rupa BiswasDisco Jazz ... CD
Numero, 1982. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on the instrumental tip, and which allow for plenty of room in the tracks to let the players stretch out and solo – in a blend of keyboards and guitar with more traditional sarod and tablas! Rhythms are mostly upbeat, but in ways that are more interesting than the "disco" title implies – especially in 1982 – and the whole thing's maybe first a funky fusion record, which then borrows a bit from Indian percussion, then adds in Rupa's vocals in the lead. Titles include "Aaj Shanibar", "Moja Bhari Moja", "East West Shuffle", and the side-long jam "Ayee Morshume/Be Reham Duniya". CD
Also available Disco Jazz ... LP 18.99

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Rupa BiswasDisco Jazz ... LP
Numero, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on the instrumental tip, and which allow for plenty of room in the tracks to let the players stretch out and solo – in a blend of keyboards and guitar with more traditional sarod and tablas! Rhythms are mostly upbeat, but in ways that are more interesting than the "disco" title implies – especially in 1982 – and the whole thing's maybe first a funky fusion record, which then borrows a bit from Indian percussion, then adds in Rupa's vocals in the lead. Titles include "Aaj Shanibar", "Moja Bhari Moja", "East West Shuffle", and the side-long jam "Ayee Morshume/Be Reham Duniya". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Disco Jazz ... CD 9.99

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Art Blakey/Elmo HopeArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers/Elmo Hope Quintet featuring Harold Land ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Late 50s/1961. Near Mint- ... $34.99
An excellent collection of obscure west coast hardbop material – featuring a side apiece by the artists named in the title! Side one features material by Blakey's Jazz Messengers recorded for Pacific Jazz – most likely for the sessions for the album Ritual (but not issued on that record, right?) The group includes Bill Hardman on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto, and Sam Dockery on piano – and the tracks are 2 long jammers that are a perfect example of 1957 Blakey at its best – "Lil T" and "Exhibit A". Side two is even more interesting – as it features a unique group led by Elmo Hope, with Harold Land on tenor, Stu Williamson on trumpet, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass. The combo do a great job with 3 Land originals – "Vaun Ex", "St Elmo's Fire", and "So Nice"! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese King pressing, with obi and insert.)

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Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Herb Geller, et alBest Coast Jazz (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EmArcy (Japan), 1954. Used ... $6.99
Not west coast, but "best coast" jazz – a prime example of the way the Clifford Brown/Max Roach team helped to cook up the intensity of the LA scene of the 50s by infusing it with a bit of New York fire! The album takes off in the extended mode of Clifford's All Stars album – and like that one, features Max Roach on drums alongside a lineup of players that includes Herb Geller and Joe Maini on alto saxes, Walter Benton on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, and Curtis Counce on bass – all jamming together in really extended, side-long tracks that have plenty of space for creative solo work and free-flowing improvisation! The format's a very unusual one for the 50s – and a great side-stream to the better-known Brown/Roach albums – with the 2 long tracks "Coronado" and "You Go To My Head". CD also features a shorter rehearsal take of "Coronado". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Marion BrownThree For Shepp ... LP
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $20.99 24.98
An unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful playing that goes out, but never too far – like Shepp in his best sixties moments – and Brown's working with a great lineup of players that includes Grachan Moncur on trombone, Beaver Harris on drums, and Stanley Cowell on piano! The tunes include three Marion Brown originals on side one, plus three tracks by Shepp on side two. "Spooks" alone will leave you loving this album for years to come – and other tracks include "West India", "Delicado", "New Blue", and "Fortunato". A brilliant blend of 60s "new thing" playing and 70s underground jazz! LP, Vinyl record album
(First-ever vinyl reissue – in a heavy gatefold cover, like the original!)
Also available Three For Shepp ... LP 38.99

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Marion BrownThree For Shepp ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Very Good Gatefold ... $38.99
An unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful playing that goes out, but never too far – like Shepp in his best sixties moments – and Brown's working with a great lineup of players that includes Grachan Moncur on trombone, Beaver Harris on drums, and Stanley Cowell on piano! The tunes include three Marion Brown originals on side one, plus three tracks by Shepp on side two. "Spooks" alone will leave you loving this album for years to come – and other tracks include "West India", "Delicado", "New Blue", and "Fortunato". A brilliant blend of 60s "new thing" playing and 70s underground jazz! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Also available Three For Shepp ... LP 20.99

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Sidiku BuariRevolution – Live Disco Show In New York City (180 gram pressing – 2 x 45rpm) ... LP
BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 28.99
One of the coolest records ever issued by Sidiku Buari – the Ghanian musician who also recorded just as Buari – stepping out here in a very unusual performance recorded live at a club in New York at the end of the 70s! Side one begins with this great crowd frenzy and very cool energy as Buari's group take off running – mixing West African modes with more American boogie and funk elements – in a blend that has lots of riffing guitar and some especially groovy keyboard parts! Side two features studio material, but still pretty darn great – and maybe touched with a slight inspiration from Jamaica in some of the dubbier rhythms. There's some nicely weird sounds that are a bit hard to identify, and which cut against some of the sweeter vocal moments – on titles that include "Together We Can Rebuild It", "Revolution", "Keep The Rhythm Going", "Ofey Karambani", "This Is Music", and "Disco Soccer". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dave BurrellHigh Won – High Two ... LP
Arista Freedom, 1968. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A pretty great and very strange album by avant pianist Dave Burrell! Side one features an extended tune called "West Side Story", which is basically a medley of tunes from the musical, played with a nice dark edge by Burrell and a trio, plus additional tambourine work by Pharoah Sanders! Side three features "East Side Colors", a great track in the ESP avant mode – and one that features killer drum work by Sonny Murray, and some fierce piano by Burrell. The set closes with the jaunty "Margy Pargy", a short straight tune with almost an old-timey feel to it. Weird, but one of Burrell's more compelling albums. Other tracks include "Theme Stream", "Bittersweet Reminiscence", and "Dave Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Curtis ClarkReach Believe It & Play ... CD
Nimbus, Late 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
Solo piano work from Curtis Clark – an unsung talent from the west coast, and one who's mostly recorded for the Nimbus label in the same open-ended format as Horace Tapscott! The album offers up a more sensitive side of Clark's work than we remember – long tracks that are beautifully personal, and filled with as many gentle moments as they are sharp-edged ones – in ways that almost take us back to some of Thelonious Monk's best solo expressions of the 50s and 60s. Titles are all originals, and tunes include "Reach", "Everlasting Love", "Monk Me", "Renuphee", and "Boogie Stomp". CD

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Nicola Conte & OthersModern Sound Of Nicola Conte – Versions In Jazz-Dub ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2009. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99 24.99
A long-overdue collection of all the mixes, side-projects, and rare "Nicola Conte version" tracks that have cropped up in the past decade or so – work that's every bit as great as the material Conte includes on his own albums and singles! Nicola Conte's not a remixer – he's a re-imaginer – and when he sets out to serve up his own version of a track, he often starts from scratch – using his own band, his own arrangements, and his own key elements – all of which turn any projects for other artists into grooves that are very Conte-directed – the kind of classic jazz-infused gems that Nicola's been laying down on his own Schema Records label for over a decade! This double-disc set is filled with amazing work that Conte's done for other folks – and it also include a few rare and unreleased tracks under his own name as well – a massive helping of music that's really mindblowing throughout – sure to please any fan of Nicola, as well as anyone who digs the artists included in the package. Nicola Conte tracks include "Castles In The Rain", "Charade", "New Blues", "When I Wish Upon A Star", "Solo", "Black Is The Graceful Veil (acoustic version)", "Groovy Samba", and "All Or Nothing At All", which features vocals by Jose James! Other cuts include Conte mixes and reworks of "Stolen Moments (Midnight Mood rework)" by Mark Murphy, "Yellow Daisies" by Fertile Ground, "So Danco Samba (Nicola Conte rework)" by Til Bronner, "Terra De Ninguem" by Sabrina Malheiros, "Take Off (Campi's Idea version)" by Marco Di Marco, "3 Corners (For Friends & Relatives version)" by Five Corners Quintet, "You Are" by Povo, "Our Love" by Luisito Quintero, "Healing Blue (shape of jazz to come version)" by Sunaga T Experience, "Lotus Sun" by Maki Mannami, "Heaven (west coast vibes rmx)" by Bitter:Sweet, "Quiet Nights (out of the cool version)" by Re:Jazz, "Elevated States" by Thunderball, "Mood Indigo" by Akiko, "Take Five (Nicola Conte rmx)" by Roberto Roena, and "Kerma Elastica (Nicola Conte rmx)" by Bobby Hughes Combination. CD

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Alabaster DePlumeTo Cy & Lee – Instrumentals Vol 1 ... CD
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99
Beautifully meditative music from Alabaster DePlume – a set that brings together work from a variety of recorded projects from the past decade or so – finally getting full exposure in this Transatlantic collaboration between Chicago's International Anthem label and London's Total Refreshment Centre! The sound is a great illustration of the genre-crossing modes that have been going on in both scenes – as Alabaster's music is definitely beyond easy description or definition, and comes across in a way that's as personal as it is collaborative – since DePlume works with a whole host of different musicians on the recordings, mixing flute, percussion, strings, keyboards, and other elements together in a way that follows a spiritual legacy from the more spacey side of Alice Coltrane, to the west coast experiments of Carlos Nino and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, to the changes taking place on the planet at present. Alabaster plays tenor and guitar, and vocalizes slightly – but never really sings – and titles include "Why Buzzardman Why", "Not My Ask", "Whisky Story Time", "If You're Sure You Want To", "What's Missing", and "Song Of The Foundling". CD
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Alabaster DePlumeTo Cy & Lee – Instrumentals Vol 1 ... LP
International Anthem, 2020. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Beautifully meditative music from Alabaster DePlume – a set that brings together work from a variety of recorded projects from the past decade or so – finally getting full exposure in this Transatlantic collaboration between Chicago's International Anthem label and London's Total Refreshment Centre! The sound is a great illustration of the genre-crossing modes that have been going on in both scenes – as Alabaster's music is definitely beyond easy description or definition, and comes across in a way that's as personal as it is collaborative – since DePlume works with a whole host of different musicians on the recordings, mixing flute, percussion, strings, keyboards, and other elements together in a way that follows a spiritual legacy from the more spacey side of Alice Coltrane, to the west coast experiments of Carlos Nino and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, to the changes taking place on the planet at present. Alabaster plays tenor and guitar, and vocalizes slightly – but never really sings – and titles include "Why Buzzardman Why", "Not My Ask", "Whisky Story Time", "If You're Sure You Want To", "What's Missing", and "Song Of The Foundling". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
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Alabaster DePlumeTo Cy & Lee – Instrumentals Vol 1 ... LP
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... $19.99 20.99
Beautifully meditative music from Alabaster DePlume – a set that brings together work from a variety of recorded projects from the past decade or so – finally getting full exposure in this Transatlantic collaboration between Chicago's International Anthem label and London's Total Refreshment Centre! The sound is a great illustration of the genre-crossing modes that have been going on in both scenes – as Alabaster's music is definitely beyond easy description or definition, and comes across in a way that's as personal as it is collaborative – since DePlume works with a whole host of different musicians on the recordings, mixing flute, percussion, strings, keyboards, and other elements together in a way that follows a spiritual legacy from the more spacey side of Alice Coltrane, to the west coast experiments of Carlos Nino and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, to the changes taking place on the planet at present. Alabaster plays tenor and guitar, and vocalizes slightly – but never really sings – and titles include "Why Buzzardman Why", "Not My Ask", "Whisky Story Time", "If You're Sure You Want To", "What's Missing", and "Song Of The Foundling". LP, Vinyl record album
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Final SolutionBrotherman ... LP
Numero, 1975. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 18.98
A never-heard soundtrack for a never-seen film – and a record that's every bit as funky as better-known sets from the blacksploitation era! Final Solution were a small time group from Chicago's west side in the 70s, but on this wicked little soundtrack they sparkle just as brightly as Isaac Hayes, Willie Hutch, Curtis Mayfield, or any of our favorite soundtrack soul artists from the time – working in a really righteous approach to soul with lots of heavy rhythms on the bottom and rumbling bass in the mix – so that even when the tunes are mellow, there's still a bold, brash sort of power to the set! The vocals are mostly delivered in harmony style, again with a nice edge – a bit like The Impressions work on Three The Hard Way, but with more of an indie soul feel overall, given the production circumstances. Once again, our hats are off to Numero for unearthing this gem. Titles include "Brotherman", "Never Coming Back Again", "I Don't Care", "Girl In My Life", "Gotta Get Through To You", "One Day", "I'm Ready For Love", and "We Can Work It Out". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alain Jean-MarieComplete Biguine Reflections – 1992 to 2013 (4CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 4CD ... $19.99 29.99
A wonderful package – one that brings together five excellent albums from pianist Alan Jean-Marie – an important player on the French scene, but one who never full gets his due on this side of the Atlantic! The set begins with Jean-Marie's first album of Biguine Reflections – a set of jazz reinterpretations of the style of biguine – that highly rhythmic mode from the French West Indies, which itself received a strong influx of jazz in the post-war years! Alain Jean-Marie has roots in Guadeloupe, but plays with the open flow of some of our favorite French pianists, too – and the album's treasure that we've loved for years – one with rhythmic impulses that are unlike any other jazz trio record we can think of! Alain first played in other biguine groups in his youth, so is very familiar with the style – but really opens it up here with the help of Eric Vinceno on bass and Serge Marne on drums. The set continues with Volumes 2, 3, 4, and 5 of Biguine Reflections – a combination of modern jazz and Caribbean moods, but in ways that are completely sublime – and without any of the cliches you might expect! The core sound is acoustic piano jazz – with Jean-Marie on piano, Eric Viinceno on bass, and Jean-Claude Montredon on drums – and together, the players come across with this really fluid vibe, often taking on the sorts of rhythms you might not always find on a standard trio session, and leaping along with a great sense of joy in their music. All albums are wonderful – and the 4CD set is a hell of a discovery in jazz if you've not heard the music of Alain before. CD

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonIs It Because I'm Black (limited edition) ... CD
Twinight, Late 60s. New Copy ... $6.99
An incredible new version of Syl Johnson's classic album Is It Because I'm Black – packaged here with a huge number of bonus cuts in a collection designed by Syl himself! The core album is one of the best ever soul albums to come out of Chicago – and it may well be one of the best soul albums to ever come out of the 60s! Syl Johnson mixes west side bluesy soul with some great Chicago soul arrangements by Jimmy Jones & The Pieces Of Peace – and the result is one of the heaviest soul albums you'll ever hear – hard-hitting and funky one minute, sweeter and more groovy the next – a wonderful portrait of the depth of Chicago soul at the time. Added to the original album are some tracks from later years – including a 2006 remake of "Is It Because I'm Black", some more conventional southern soul numbers from the early 70s, and Johnson's seminal 80s groover "Ms Fine Brown Frame". 20 tracks in all – with titles that include "Right On Sister", "Is It Because I'm Black", "Kiss By Kiss", "One Way Ticket", "Get Ready", "Black Balloons", "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "Concrete Reservation", "Talk Bout Freedom", "New Day", "Your Love Is Good For Me", "That Is Why", "Together Forever", and "Tell The Truth". CD

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✨✧ Low ProfileWe're In This Together ... LP
Profile, 1989. Very Good ... $33.99
WC and DJ Aladdin working together as the producer/DJ duo Low Profile – definitely paving the way for more famous west coast rap to come – on a still strong, long under-appreciated album on Profile! WC would go on to make a bigger name for himself with Madd Circle, West Side Connection and solo endeavors, but man, this early LP with the underrated Aladdin not only feels live a pivotal bridge from the mid-to-late 80s gritty west coast rap sound to the G Funk to come, it's simply a strong record that stands firmly on it's own. Includes the standouts "Funky Song" and "Pay Ya Dues", plus "Easy Money", "Keep Em' Flowin", "Aladdin's On A Rampage", "How Ya Livin" and "Make Room For The Dub B U". LP, Vinyl record album
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Ted LucasTed Lucas ... LP
Yoga Records, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
The lasting legacy of the enigmatic Ted Lucas – a somewhat mysterious figure who moved between Detroit and Los Angeles in the late 60s – but who works here with a sound that's completely his own! Part of the record was created as demo tracks for Warner Brothers – who'd issued some of Ted's earlier singles with other bands – but the material never got released on the bigger label, but has the kind of completely individual vibe that really captures the spirit of the best underground work Warner was handling at the time. Lucas sings shorter tracks on side one – but often with this weird sort of overlapping production style – creating his own vocal harmonies that resonate with slightly jagged guitar lines – flowing out in modes that partly illustrate his experience studying sitar with Ravi Shankar on the west coast, partly just show a love of unusual tunings that would have made Lucas great even as a solo instrumentalist. Side two definitely moves more into those modes – territory that resonates nicely with Sandy Bull or Robbie Basho – and titles include "Plain & Sane & Simple Melody", "Now That I Know", "Baby Where You Are", Robins Ride", "Sonny Boy Blues", and "Love & Peace Raga". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great reissue – heavy vinyl, and a nice insert of notes!)

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Harold MabernMabern Plays Mabern ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
A heartbreakingly beautiful album from pianist Harold Mabern – a set that's already beautiful on its own, but which maybe moves us even more when we realize it's one of the last that Harold has ever given us! The set's recorded at the Smoke nightclub on the upper west side – and features fantastic energy from some familiar players who've worked with Mabern often, and who maybe even rise up in great spirits together – in a set that's an unintentional memorial to the wonderful music that all of them made together during the final decades of Harold's life! In addition to Mabern on piano, the group also features Eric Alexander on tenor, Vincent Herring on alto, Steve Davis on trombone, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – and as you'd guess by the title, there's a fair bit of original Mabern compositions in the set – including "Mr Johnson", "Rakin & Scrapin", "The Beehive", "Edward Lee", and "The Lyrical Cole-Man". CD

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Magic SamBlack Magic ... CD
Delmark, 1968. Used ... $8.99
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that has roots in the same scene as Syl Johnson, whose modes definitely creep into the groove at times! Sam's combo here is mighty nice – with Eddie Shaw on tenor, Lafayette Leake on piano, and Mighty Joe Young on guitar – and titles include "Stop You're Hurting Me", "Easy Baby", "What Have I Done Wrong", "It's All Your Fault", "You Belong To Me", "You Don't Love Me Baby", and "San Jose". CD
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Magic SamBlack Magic ... LP
Delmark, Late 60s. Very Good ... $43.99
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that has roots in the same scene as Syl Johnson, whose modes definitely creep into the groove at times! Sam's combo here is mighty nice – with Eddie Shaw on tenor, Lafayette Leake on piano, and Mighty Joe Young on guitar – and titles include "Stop You're Hurting Me", "Easy Baby", "What Have I Done Wrong", "It's All Your Fault", "You Belong To Me", "You Don't Love Me Baby", and "San Jose". LP, Vinyl record album
(7 West Grand pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "I Have The Same Old Blues". Cover has some surface wear, edge wear, a light stain on one corner, and name in marker on back.)
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Morwell UnlimitedA1 Dub (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 29.99
Blacka Morwell serves up some massive dub here – working at Channel 1, for an obscure album on Trojan Records – but maybe coming across with some of the richness of the Island Records generation! There's a fullness to the sound that's wonderful – top-to-bottom completely solid, and often highly focused on the rhythms, but also always using one key instrumental element on each cut – a bit of organ here, a weeping guitar there, or even an odd sonic element – always given center stage in the spotlight, and set apart from the rest of the mix in a really great way. Titles include "Downtown Rebel", "Well Crucial", "Different Style", "West Side Ranking", "Pressure Rock", "Blackboard Jungle", and "Waterpump Skank". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 750 – on 180 gram orange vinyl!)

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✨✧ Morwell Unlimited/Prince Far I & The ArabsA1 Dub/Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter IV (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Doctor Bird/Trojan (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A pair of rare dub albums – back to back in a single set, with bonus tracks too! On A1 Dub, Blacka Morwell serves up some massive dub – working at Channel 1, for an obscure album on Trojan Records – but maybe coming across with some of the richness of the Island Records generation! There's a fullness to the sound that's wonderful – top-to-bottom completely solid, and often highly focused on the rhythms, but also always using one key instrumental element on each cut – a bit of organ here, a weeping guitar there, or even an odd sonic element – always given center stage in the spotlight, and set apart from the rest of the mix in a really great way. Titles include "Downtown Rebel", "Well Crucial", "Different Style", "West Side Ranking", "Pressure Rock", "Blackboard Jungle", and "Waterpump Skank". Next is Cry Tuff Dub Encounter 4 – from Prince Far I & The Arabs – an almost seamless set of dub instrumentals, recorded at Channel One in 1981 – the underground Jamaican groove, but maybe given a slightly better sound quality overall – that good mix of indie and professional that was the Trojan Records calling card as the 70s moved on! A crisp upfront production style separates this one from some of its dub predecessors – but the record has a great analog dub sound, with many effects and instruments echoing in and out of the mix. Titles include "Lion Stone", "Foundation Stepper", "Sound Gesture", "Destruction Sound Battle", and "Stone African Ground". And if that's not enough, the whole thing features a whole CD of bonus material – rare tracks taken from the 12" Attack series by Trojan Records – with cuts that include "Jammin For Survival" by Jammy's At The Controls, "Bali Hi Special" by The Sowell Radics, "Fuss & Fight Dub" by Eddie Fitzroy, "Ball Of Fire" by Bim Sherman, "Stand & Look Dub" by Fat Man All Stars, "Caring For My Sister" by Scientist & Roots Radics, "Won't You Come On (dub)" by Witty's All STars, "Babylon Wrong Dub" by Ashanti Waugh, and "Cool Pon Your Corner Version" by Barry Brown. CD

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Gerry MulliganMulligan Plays Mulligan ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1951. Used ... $19.99
Incredible work from Gerry Mulligan – material that predates his better-known west coast sides of the mid 50s! These 1951 recordings are a seminal document of the team of Gerry Mulligan and Allan Eager – offering some of Mulligan's first big impact on the east coast scene before moving to the west – and featuring some nicely crispy tenor from Eager! The group's a largeish one – with players that include Nick Travis on trumpet, George Wallington on piano, and Walt Bolden on drums – but the groove is clean and fluid, yet in a good way that's also bit more raspy than later Mulligan work. Titles include "Ide's Side", "Bweebida Bobbida", "Roundhouse", "Kaper", and "Funhouse" – plus the track "Mulligan's Too", which features a smaller group with George Wallington on piano. CD
(Out of print, 2013 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi.)

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Amina Claudine MyersAmina ... CD
Novus/BMG, 1988. Used ... $5.99
A pretty interesting change for this lovely lady of the AACM – as Amina Claudine Myers makes a shift towards more R&B-inflected jazz, working in equal parts vocals and piano with more electric instrumentation than you'd hear on some of her earlier albums. Although the move was kind of panned by some of Myers' more stalwart fans in the avant garde, years later the record actually sounds pretty great to our ears – kind of an 80s version of the sound that Patrice Rushen was trying for in hear earlier years at Prestige – soulful jazz mixed with a bit of vocals, and handled with touches that might make the work reach a wider audience. Some of the tracks sound a bit weak due to bad 80s keyboard work, but others sparkle with a warmth and soulfulness we hadn't noticed before. Titles include "BI", "Song From The West", "Happiness", "Keep On Loving", "Nolan", and "Nisamehe". CD
(Out of print. Disc has a security strip on the top side, tray card is missing one spine.)

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✨✧ Jimmy RuffinUltimate Motown Collection ... CD
Motown (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $9.99
An incredible compilation that finally fills in all the holes in Jimmy's years at Motown – offering up tracks from his 3 US albums for the label, plus material from 2 UK-only albums – and a full bonus disc of rare an unreleased material! The scope of the work is incredible – far more than we ever expected from Jimmy, given the rarity of his few US albums for Motown – hard enough to find as they are! Added to those 3 – Jimmy Ruffin Sings Top 10, Ruff N Ready, and The Groove Governor – the CD features material from British albums Jimmy Ruffin Forever and I've Passed This Way Before – making for 26 tracks on disc 1, and really filling in the full picture of Jimmy's work on LP. Then, on disc 2, the CD brings to light another 22 tracks – 10 of which are rare singles and non-LP tracks, the other 12 of which have never been issued before! The whole thing's amazing – an important rediscovery of work by one of Motown's greatest vocalists ever! 48 tracks in all – with titles that include "Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got", "You Gave Me Love", "Farewell Is A Lonely Sound", "Kickin Stones", "Don't Take Away My Rose Colored Glasses", "Change Your Mind", "East Side West Side", "Shake Hands With A Dreamer", "Don't Feel Sorry For Me", "Baby I've Got It (stereo mix)", "He Who Picks A Rose", and "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (alternate – with spoken intro)". CD

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Ted TaylorTaylor Made ... CD
Ronn, Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
An obscure one from Ted Taylor – a lot blusier than some of his earlier soul work from the 60s, but with some great funky touches that really make the record great! As with most of these Ronn/Jewel albums, there's no real credits, so we have trouble figuring out who helped Ted get his groove so strongly – but we can tell you that the album feels like a combination of Stax soul (ala Johnny Taylor) and west side Chicago soul (ala Tyrone Davis.) Includes the great cut "It's A Funky Situation", plus "Houston Town", "Who's Doing It To Who", "Papa's Gonna Make Love", "I Feel A Chill", and "This Is A Troubled World". CD
(Out of print.)
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Ted TaylorTaylor Made ... LP
Ronn, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $16.99
An obscure one from Ted Taylor – a lot blusier than some of his earlier soul work from the 60s, but with some great funky touches that really make the record great! As with most of these Ronn/Jewel albums, there's no real credits, so we have trouble figuring out who helped Ted get his groove so strongly – but we can tell you that the album feels like a combination of Stax soul (ala Johnny Taylor) and west side Chicago soul (ala Tyrone Davis.) Includes the great cut "It's A Funky Situation", plus "Houston Town", "Who's Doing It To Who", "Papa's Gonna Make Love", "I Feel A Chill", and "This Is A Troubled World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing.)
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Ralph ThomasEastern Standard Time ... CD
Zebra/BBE (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $8.99 19.98
No standards here, as the tracks are all originals – written by reedman Ralph Thomas and the rest of his group – to create the sort of unique little record that really keeps us digging for rare jazz over the years! Thomas grew up in Chicago, where he soaked up the soulful sounds of both the west side and the AACM – but the set was recorded after he'd moved to Los Angeles, at the suggestion of some of his contemporaries – where he was able to bring together some equally inventive players, while also working as part of the same hip scene that included Horace Tapscott and Nate Morgan! Some of the rhythms here recall some of Morgan's music on the Nimbus label, but there's maybe a bit more of a soul current too – with Thomas on alto, tenor, soprano, and flute – amidst guitar, keyboards, drums, flute, and some especially nice percussion – all to craft rhythms that move between spiritual, modal, and more conventionally soulful styles – a vibe that's maybe a bit like some of the 70s Detroit work on the Strata label. Titles include "Spellbound", "Cafe Phillipp", "Big Spliff", "Venice", "EST", "Deloreso", and "Muscavado". CD

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Jack WilsonTwo Sides Of Jack Wilson (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic/East West (Japan), 1964. Used ... $16.99
Pianist Jack Wilson is one of our favorite underdiscovered talents of the 60's – and we treasure all of the albums we can find by him. His lyrical writing and playing are extremely refreshing, and he manages to spin out long free lines on the piano, while also still keeping a very soulful groove. This mid 60's recording for Atlantic features Wilson in a trio with Philly Joe Jones and Leroy Vinnegar, and the record is divided up into "2 sides" – one fast, and one slow. The fast side has Wilson playing a bit more boppishly than usual – on tracks like his own "Kinta" and "Good Time Joe", and Bud Powell's "Glass Enclosure". The slow side is more of our favorite, and features some very nice reditions of material like "The Good Life" and "Once Upon A Summertime". CD
(Out of print.)
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Lumingu Puati ZorroMoese ... CD
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
Beautifully gliding sounds from Lumingu "Zorro" Puati – a guitarist who glides along here on rhythms inspired by the Caribbean side of the Colombian music spectrum – but who gives the record a definite West African twist! All the album's four tracks are nice and long, and feature lead vocals from Tina Maya Eric – a singer who seems able to change his tone somewhat from track to track, making a nice sort of variety that's echoed by the rhythms – and which is always topped by these warmly ringing guitar lines from Zorro! Titles include "Mosese", "Dadavi Pitie", "Tshina Dekula", and "Meaculpa Mawewe". CD

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VariousDisques Debs International Vol 1 – An Island Story – Biguine, Afro Latin & Musique Antillaise – 1960 to 1972 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A fantastic look at the groundbreaking sounds of the Disques Debs label – one of the most important companies producing music in the French Caribbean – and an imprint whose impact was strongly felt on the other side of the Atlantic as well! The core of these grooves is that compelling biguine rhythm that flowed from Guadeloupe – almost a mix of Latin and jazz, but with a different sort of vibe of its own – which was then interwoven with elements from Cuban, European, and African styles amidst the initial decade or so of recordings on this set! Debs had strong ties with Paris, and a bit with the West African scene – and their recorded legacy almost follows old colonial paths, but in reverse – creating this wonderful criss-crossing of cultures amidst their grooves. The package is wonderful – loads of vintage photos and great notes in the best Strut Records way – and titles include "Douce Kombass" by Henri Debs Quintet, "Mr Morin" by Joseph Lacides, "Lan Mise" by Geno Exilie, "Feeling Happy" by Cyril Dias Et Son Orchestre, "Ces P'Tits Je T'Aime" by Daniel Forestal Et Sa Guitare, "Assez Fait Cancan" by Guy Conquette, "Stanislas" by Eric Virgal, "Meringue Mondey" by Remy Mondey, "Si I Bon Di I Bon" by Le Ry-Co Jazz, "Salvana" by Dolor Et Les Diables Du Rhythme, and "Van Van" by Henri Guedon Et Les Contesta. CD

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VariousFunky Blues 1960s to 1970s – Modern/Kent Blues Treasures ... CD
Modern/Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
The title gets it right – and the grooves do too – nothing but funky blues from the 60s and 70s, the kind of gritty, hard-edged tunes that are way better than the sort of blues you might be used to hearing at frat boy bars! All of the work here was originally issued on west coast indie powerhouse Kent/Modern – and the package does a good job of pulling out some under-recognized gems from the funkier side of their output at the time – tracks that often have some very tight drums, rumbling basslines, and scratchy guitar alongside the more soul-oriented vocals. Titles include "Let Your Hair Down" and "You Make Me Cry" by Arthur K Adams; "Kidney Stew" and "Two Ton Mama" by Newman Family; "Funky Way" by Jimmy Bee; "Women's Liberation" by TV Mama Jean; "What You See Is What You're Gonna Get" by Brenda George; "The Turning Point" by Rudy Ray Moore; "Night Time" and "Go To Train" by Smokey Wilson; "Tramp" by Foxfire; and "Mellow Together", "Funky Broadway", "The Thing", and "Hobo Meeting" by Lowell Fulsom. CD

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VariousGiants Of Ghanian Danceband Highlife ... LP
Naked Lunch (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99
Classic tracks from the early years of highlife in Ghana – a time when the guitar-based styles and lively rhythms of the genre were first coming into play, and mixed with some of the more jazz-based styles of years before! The mix here is almost a West African equivalent to the rise of western swing in the US at the end of the 30s – a way of mixing older instrumental ensemble styles with some more contemporary, more regional elements – sounding wonderful her in some key examples of the style! The package features a full side of work from Ramblers International – titles that include "Odansanyi", "Ahomka Won", "Woman Wanko", "Akokonini Abankwa", and "Wgya Saman" – plus other tracks that include "School Girl" and "You Call Me Roko" by ET Mensah & The Tempos, "Son Of Africa" by Kwamalah Quaey Sextetto Africana, "Obaa Amponsa Pandogo" by The Black Star Band, and "Fancy Baby" by John Santos Martins. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLeve Leve – Sao Tome & Principe Sounds 70s/80s ... CD
Bongo Joe (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $19.99
Lively grooves from the islands of Sao Tome and Principe – two nations located in the gulf of Guinea – at a unique crossroads that makes for a really wonderful criss-crossing of styles and sounds! The nations are part of the older Portuguese colonial network, and share some sounds with the scene in Cameroon – but also bring in West African styles and some tropical elements from the other side of the Atlantic too – all wrapped together in the puxa style of the islands! The tunes are mostly lively, upbeat, and have strong basslines peppered with deft work on guitar – a mixture of merengue, Afro-Cuban, and highlife modes – but given a really unique spin as well, with qualities that are filled with joy and life on nearly every number. Titles include "Mado" and "Meu Di Ploco" by Conjunto Equador, "Mino Bo Be Quacueda" and "Aninha" by Africa Negra, "Corticao" and "Sun Male" by Sangazua, "Nga Ba Compensadora" by Pedro Lima, "Piquina Piquina" by Os Untues, "Tola Muandgi" by Sum Alvarinho, and "Taji Ocedo" by Conjunto Mindelo. CD

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VariousNo Funk No Chop Vol 1 – Underground African Funk & Disco Hits 1977 to 1982 ... LP
African Road Trip (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
Very underground work from the late 70s and early 80s – a selection of tracks that are mostly new to our ear, and which definitely move along the clubbier side of the West African spectrum! A number of these tunes have core elements that resonate with American disco of the time – but with vocals, instrumentation, and rhythms that also echo the tightening up of Afro Funk in Lagos and other scenes as the 70s came to a close. There's not a huge amount in the way of notes, but the set's a great batch of Afro Disco goodies – with tracks that include "Feeling" by K3 Band, "Esimo Esimo" by Peter Mukoko, "Sexy Man" by Tany Welck, "Africa Land Of Soul" by G Lawani, "Hoo Dou Hoo Mine" by Django Strong, "Give It Everything You Got", by Jide Obi, and "Africa" by Fotso. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousPacific Breeze – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1976 to 1986 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Warm, soulful sounds from a crucial time in the Japanese music scene – a 70s moment when the nation was finding a special groove of its own – but one that also drew heavily from American soul and jazz as well! It's no secret that the Japanese have always had a great love of American sounds – but by the mid 70s, that longtime love had also turned into some great homegrown sounds of their own – as Japan developed a number of its own strong soul singers, who were often backed by the ever-growing array of great jazz musicians, particularly those of the fusion side of the spectrum. Plus, there also seemed to be a lot more criss-crossing between Tokyo and US studios at the time – particularly those on the west coast – which resulted in a special blend of sounds that had all the class and cool of the Japanese urban scene, but also some of the sunniness of the west coast too. That special mix of music is perfectly summed up here – in a collection that offers up plenty of cuts that were never issued outside of Japan back in the day – with vocals both in English and Japanese, and plenty of grooves that are perfect for any fan of fusion-styled R&B. Titles include the classic "LA Nights" by Yasuko Agawa – plus "Say Goodbye" by Hiroshi Sato, "I Say Who" by Tomoko Soryo, "Sports Men" by Haruomi Hosoni, "Midnight Driver" by Minako Yoshida, "Machibouke" by Tazumi Toyoshima, "Exotic Yokogao" by Hitomi Tohyama, "Lady Pink Panther" by Shigeru Suzuki, "Drip Dry Eyes" by Yukihiro Takahashi, and "Bamboo Vendor" by Masayoshi Takanaka. CD

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✨✧ VariousSaved & Sanctified – The Songs Of The Jade Label (with bonus download) ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 19.99
Killer gospel work from a small Chicago label – most of it pretty darn funky and soulful as well! The label sticker on the album's cover states a link too musical roots in the deep south – but the overall sound here is more in that wonderful hybrid of spiritual and secular that happened in the Chicago scene in the 70s – as hipper, more sophisticated modes came into play with the message – and resulted in grooves that are equally appealing to soul music fans as well! All the cuts were put together in a tiny studio on the city's west side – and as with most Numero projects, the package provides an essential look at a musical scene we might have missed otherwise – even though Dusty Groove is just a few miles down the street from the original studio. Titles include "Satisfied Mind" by Reverend Jennings, "Got To Make A Hundred" by Harmony Four, "Soul Couldn't Be Contented" by The Inspirational Souls, "Saved & Sanctified" by Brother Hayes & The Farmer Singers, "My Shoes" by Flying Eagle Gospel Singers, "Never Alone" by The Gospel Clouds, and "Why Is The Blood Running Warm" by The Mighty Messiahs. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download too!)

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✨✧ Final SolutionBrotherman ... CD
Numero, 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A never-heard soundtrack for a never-seen film – and a record that's every bit as funky as better-known sets from the blacksploitation era! Final Solution were a small time group from Chicago's west side in the 70s, but on this wicked little soundtrack they sparkle just as brightly as Isaac Hayes, Willie Hutch, Curtis Mayfield, or any of our favorite soundtrack soul artists from the time – working in a really righteous approach to soul with lots of heavy rhythms on the bottom and rumbling bass in the mix – so that even when the tunes are mellow, there's still a bold, brash sort of power to the set! The vocals are mostly delivered in harmony style, again with a nice edge – a bit like The Impressions work on Three The Hard Way, but with more of an indie soul feel overall, given the production circumstances. Once again, our hats are off to Numero for unearthing this gem – and as usual, the full tale of the group, the movie, and the music is told at length in the accompanying 16 page booklet! Titles include "Brotherman", "Never Coming Back Again", "I Don't Care", "Girl In My Life", "Gotta Get Through To You", "One Day", "I'm Ready For Love", "Theme From Brotherman", "No Place To Run", and "We Can Work It Out". CD
(Includes a bonus Numero Trading card too!)
Also available Brotherman ... LP 12.99

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✨✧ Jack MontroseBlues & Vanilla ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A standout session from Jack Montrose – one of the most overlooked players on the west coast scene of the 50s! Montrose's tenor work is always a treat, but here, he's playing in an unusual setting that includes Red Norvo on vibes, Joe Maini on alto sax, and Jim Hall on guitar – all working with Jack on a set of tunes that have the tight arrangements of his work on Atlantic and Pacific Jazz – yet which also open up with some interesting instrumental twists that break the mold a bit! Side one of the set features the 18 minute tune "Concertino Do Camera" – a nicely extended track that offers plenty of room for solo work – and the other shorter tracks still offer up strong solos too – on titles that include "Bernie's Tune", "A Dandy Line", "Bockhanal", and "For The Fairest". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has edgewear and a center split in the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Lennie NiehausLennie Niehaus Vol 2 – The Octet (10-inch) ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty incredible work from Lennie Niehaus – one of his seminal albums for Contemporary – nearly all of which were as poorly titled as this one, but equally worth checking out! This side has Lennie grooving on alto – blowing in a tighter, harder style than most west coasters – more in the realm of Herb Geller or Art Pepper than some of his other contemporaries on the instrument – really shining in a larger group that includes Jack Montrose, Lou Levy, Stu Williamson, Bob Enevoldsen and Shelley Manne. Arrangements are beautiful, and there's a lot more soul on the set than you might first expect! Titles include "How About You", "Figure 8", "Patti Cake", "The Way You Look Tonight", 'Have You Met Miss Jones?", "Night Life", "The Night We Called It A Day" and "Seaside". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has general wear, aging, and a bit of flaking at the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Lennie NiehausZounds – The Lennie Niehaus Octet ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1954/1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty incredible work from Lennie Niehaus – one of his seminal albums for Contemporary – nearly all of which were as poorly titled as this one, but equally worth checking out! This side has Lennie grooving on alto – blowing in a tighter, harder style than most west coasters – more in the realm of Herb Geller or Art Pepper than some of his other contemporaries on the instrument – really shining in a larger group that includes Jack Montrose, Lou Levy, Stu Williamson, Bob Enevoldsen and Shelley Manne. Arrangements are beautiful, and there's a lot more soul on the set than you might first expect! Titles include "How About You", "Figure 8", "Patti Cake", "The Way You Look Tonight", 'Have You Met Miss Jones?", "Night Life", "The Night We Called It A Day" and "Seaside". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lennie NiehausZounds – The Lennie Niehaus Octet ... LP
Contemporary, 1954/1956. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty incredible work from Lennie Niehaus – one of his seminal albums for Contemporary – nearly all of which were as poorly titled as this one, but equally worth checking out! This side has Lennie grooving on alto – blowing in a tighter, harder style than most west coasters – more in the realm of Herb Geller or Art Pepper than some of his other contemporaries on the instrument – really shining in a larger group that includes Jack Montrose, Lou Levy, Stu Williamson, Bob Enevoldsen and Shelley Manne. Arrangements are beautiful, and there's a lot more soul on the set than you might first expect! Titles include "How About You", "Figure 8", "Patti Cake", "The Way You Look Tonight", 'Have You Met Miss Jones?", "Night Life", "The Night We Called It A Day" and "Seaside". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has deep marks that affect the first four songs on Side 2. Cover has general wear and aging.)

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✨✧ VariousHappy Disco 2 – Solar Night – Mixed By DJ Osshy ... CD
Solar/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
West coast soul galore – as the mighty Solar Records catalog comes alive in the hands of DJ Osshy – who delivers a non-stop mix that brings together almost 30 tracks from the legendary LA powerhouse of soul! As you'd guess from the title, the tracks here are on the clubbier side of the spectrum – but that also includes lots of upbeat 80s funk, in addition to some of the 70s disco cut by Solar in their earliest years – which makes for a great sense of groovy variety throughout! Titles include "Take That To The Bank (12" mix)" by Shalamar, "Fantastic Voyage" by Lakeside, "Emergency" by The Whispers, "Come Back Lover Come Back" by The Sylvers, "Call Me" by Bill Wolfer, "Do You Like Our Music" by Collage, "I Surrender" by The Deele, "No Parking On The Dance Floor" by Midnight Star, "I Just Can't Without Your Love" by Carrie Lucas, "Groove Control" by Dynasty, "Slow Jam" by Midnight Star, "I Can Make It Better" by The Whispers, "Take It To The Top" by The Sylvers, and "It's All The Way Live" by Lakeside. CD

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✨✧ Chuck EddyTerminated For Reasons Of Taste – Other Ways To Hear Essential & Inessential Music ... Book
Duke University Press, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A collection of essays on a great range of musical topics from Chuck Eddy – a writer whose work you might know from Creem or The Village Voice – and who covered a surprising amount of music in his decades in publication! The book brings together columns from a four decade stretch that begins in the late 70s – as Eddy pens tight, short pieces on subjects that include the Beastie Boys, Aerosmith, TLC, Public Enemy, country Music, The Urinals, Kanye West, Mayer Hawthorne, Pet Shop Boys, John Hiatt, Motorhead, The Cure, Voivod, and many others – plus side trips on various formats, styles, and subcultures too. 326 pages, softcover, and with dozens of entries! Book

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✨✧ VariousGroove Of ESSR – Funk, Disco, & Jazz From Soviet Estonia ... CD
Funk Embassy (Estonia), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really ear-opening compilation – one that brings together an insane range of music from Estonia – one of the smaller of the Soviet-era Eastern Bloc nations – and a surprising hotbed of groovy activity! The tunes here are definitely in the funk, disco, and jazz modes promised by the title – but they all often have very unusual approaches to the genres, too – weird ways of coming up with instrumentation, or arranging the rhythms, or laying down the vocals next to some wonderfully jazzy solos – but never in a way that sacrifices the soulful side of the spectrum, as these tunes have plenty of appeal to fans of more familiar West European funk from the time. Vocals are mostly in Estonian – which further makes the tunes sound unique – and titles include "Malestuste Teel" by Eesti Raadio Estraadiorkester, "Rasked Veosed" by Valter Ojakaar, "Keskoo" by Els Himma, "Naed Vaid Oma Silmi" by Tiiu Varik, "Uksi Kuid Vabana" by Marju Kuut, "Mets Neidude Vahel" by Collage, "Marss Eksprompt" by Uno Naissoo, "Leidmine" by Gunnar Graps & Magnetic Band, and "Keskoosamba" by Eesti TV & Raadio Estraadiorkester. Comes with English liner notes too! CD

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✨✧ VariousPacific Breeze – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1976 to 1986 ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Warm, soulful sounds from a crucial time in the Japanese music scene – a 70s moment when the nation was finding a special groove of its own – but one that also drew heavily from American soul and jazz as well! It's no secret that the Japanese have always had a great love of American sounds – but by the mid 70s, that longtime love had also turned into some great homegrown sounds of their own – as Japan developed a number of its own strong soul singers, who were often backed by the ever-growing array of great jazz musicians, particularly those of the fusion side of the spectrum. Plus, there also seemed to be a lot more criss-crossing between Tokyo and US studios at the time – particularly those on the west coast – which resulted in a special blend of sounds that had all the class and cool of the Japanese urban scene, but also some of the sunniness of the west coast too. That special mix of music is perfectly summed up here – in a collection that offers up plenty of cuts that were never issued outside of Japan back in the day – with vocals both in English and Japanese, and plenty of grooves that are perfect for any fan of fusion-styled R&B. Titles include the classic "LA Nights" by Yasuko Agawa – plus "Say Goodbye" by Hiroshi Sato, "I Say Who" by Tomoko Soryo, "Sports Men" by Haruomi Hosoni, "Midnight Driver" by Minako Yoshida, "Machibouke" by Tazumi Toyoshima, "Exotic Yokogao" by Hitomi Tohyama, "Lady Pink Panther" by Shigeru Suzuki, "Drip Dry Eyes" by Yukihiro Takahashi, and "Bamboo Vendor" by Masayoshi Takanaka. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Pacific Breeze – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1976 to 1986 ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Ben MolatziNo Way To Go ... CD
Cree (Germany), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The rough-cut image on the front cover is a perfect accompaniment to the music on the disc – the first-ever issue of recordings made by Namibian guitarist/singer Ben Molatzi – tracks recorded both in the studio and out in the field, with a wonderfully stripped-down sound overall! Molatzi's got a quality that's really timeless, and very different than most other music coming out of the southern side of Africa during the early 80s – acoustic guitar as the only instrumentation, but neither folksy, nor old school West African at all – instead maybe used as this way of inflecting Ben's really beautiful, spiritual vocal approach – a mode of vocalizing that sometimes takes wordless directions, or which is echoed by whistling and other vocal effects too. The music is impossible to describe in easy words, but is instantly powerful and captivating – on titles that include "Aesa Khaure", "Tae E Ta Go Di", "Danisa Sam", "Sida Lhu", "Gamrona Om", "Ausi Nama", "Dama Hao", "DRMD", and "Ben's Fluit Iiedjie". CD

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✨✧ Chief Stephen Osita OsadebeOsondi Owendi (with bonus download) ... LP
Polydor/Hive Mind (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A Nigerian album issued in the 80s, but one with a spare, solid sound that's instantly timeless – thanks to long tunes that build strongly from basslines and percussion, then layer great guitar and lyrics over the top – but all with this organic flowing vibe that's totally great! The music is much rootsier than many of the contemporaries of Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe – and the guitar has this rasp that's a nice change from some of the too-clean production that was being used a lot more often in West Africa during the 80s. Side two features the extended "Nigeria Kanyi Jikota", and side one features "Osondi Owendi" and "Ndida Kanma". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Clifford ScottLavender Sax ... LP
World Pacific, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of the few albums as a leader by saxophonist Clifford Scott – best known for his tenor work on Bill Doggett's classic small combo records for King, but stepping out here in a completely different mode! The album has Scott working with a cool west coast group – Charles Kynard on organ, Emil Richards on vibes, and Carol Kaye on guitar – blowing in the mellow, late nite mode you'd expect from "lavender" in the title – recorded with a heck of a lot of echo, which makes the album sound extra-sad, and extra-blue. The whole thing's great – really moody and soulful, and a whole new side of Scott's sound that makes us love him even more! Titles include "Lavender Sax", "Laura", "Ebb Tide", "Moonlight On Ebony", "Day Dream", and "My Biggest Cry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousLeve Leve – Sao Tome & Principe Sounds 70s/80s (with bonus download) ... LP
Bongo Joe (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Lively grooves from the islands of Sao Tome and Principe – two nations located in the gulf of Guinea – at a unique crossroads that makes for a really wonderful criss-crossing of styles and sounds! The nations are part of the older Portuguese colonial network, and share some sounds with the scene in Cameroon – but also bring in West African styles and some tropical elements from the other side of the Atlantic too – all wrapped together in the puxa style of the islands! The tunes are mostly lively, upbeat, and have strong basslines peppered with deft work on guitar – a mixture of merengue, Afro-Cuban, and highlife modes – but given a really unique spin as well, with qualities that are filled with joy and life on nearly every number. Titles include "Mado" and "Meu Di Ploco" by Conjunto Equador, "Mino Bo Be Quacueda" and "Aninha" by Africa Negra, "Corticao" and "Sun Male" by Sangazua, "Nga Ba Compensadora" by Pedro Lima, "Piquina Piquina" by Os Untues, "Tola Muandgi" by Sum Alvarinho, and "Taji Ocedo" by Conjunto Mindelo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Leve Leve – Sao Tome & Principe Sounds 70s/80s ... CD 19.99
 
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✨✧ Kazu Matsui featuring Carlos RiosDirection-West ... LP
Lakeside, 1982. Near Mint- ... $7.99
With Carlos Rios and Paul Jackson Jr on guitar, Russell Ferrante on piano and Rhodes, Abraham Laboriel on bass. Guest artists include Paulinho Dacosta, Subramaniam, and the Earth Wind & Fire horns. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Brenda HollowayEarly Years – Rare Recordings 1962/1963 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1962/1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pre-Motown work from Brenda Holloway – a host of rare west coast sides recorded for indie labels like Class, Donna, and Era! The package offers up an amazing look at this early point in Holloway's career – and shows a sound that's surprisingly right in line with her better-known Motown recordings – already very well-developed vocal lines that show a great degree of class, while still swinging out with a hell of a lot of soul! The styles are a bit more varied than in later years, but in a good way – showing Brenda to be quite a versatile singer, yet really holding onto her sense of self, no matter what the groove. There's great notes, photos, and label scans in the booklet – and the set includes material recorded under Holloway's own name, plus projects with other groups too. Titles include "I'll Give My Life", "Constant Love", "Suddenly", "Hey Fool", "Echo", "The Nursery", "Every Little Bit Hurts", "You're My Only Love", "I Never Knew You Looked So Good", "I Ain't Gonna Take You Back", and "Gonna Make You Mine". CD

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Miles DavisBlack Beauty – Miles Davis At Fillmore West (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sony/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $38.99 39.99
Four sides of noisy, funky, stretched-out playing from Miles Davis – recorded at the Fillmore West, but with an intensity that matches some of Miles' crazy electric recordings from Japan during the early 70s! The music is a powerful blast of music that stretches out over the double-length set of the package – with a style that moves from heavy-duty avant playing, then back to more mellow grooving, then kicks it out nice and hard again – a heavy dose of rock mixed in with the fusion, but still plenty jazzy throughout. In all, the record is probably one of the most heavy-duty that the Miles electric group recorded in the 70s – and the lineup on the set features Steve Grossman on saxes, Chick Corea on electric piano, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Airto on percussion. Tracks include "Spanish Key", "Directions", "Masqualero", "It's About That Time", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Bitches Brew", "Willie Nelson", and "Sanctuary". LP, Vinyl record album

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Catfish HodgeDifferent Strokes – The Complete Eastbound & Westbound Recordings (Boogie Man Gonna Get Ya/Dinosaurs & Alleycats/Soap Operas) ... CD
Westbound/Ace (UK), Early 70s. Used 2CDs ... $12.99
Three full albums from heavy rocker Bob "Catfish" Hodge – a great underground talent on the Detroit scene of the late 60s and early 70s – and one who recorded for the same Westbound label as Funkadelic! Hodge shares a lot with some of the best Detroit talents of the time – namely a real genre-crossing sound that's very color blind – one that mixes in equal parts blues, rock, and soul – and which sometimes hits some funkier edges too – no surprise, given the Westbound recording style at the time. The guitar is great – often fuzzy, but never too freaky – and nicely focused on the rhythms on most tunes, until it takes off in some sweetly expressive solos. Hodge's vocals have a nice degree of grit, and a quality that's a bit like Dr John – in which he's referencing older modes and styles, but manages to come off without any hoke at all. The 2CD set features all three albums recorded for the Westbound/Eastbound label – Soap Operas, Dinosaurs & Alleycats, and Boogie Man Gonna Get Ya – plus b-sides and a few unreleased tracks too. Titles include "Train To Detroit", "Boogie Man", "Different Strokes", "Ghetto", "Hungry Love", "Big Boss Man", "Oscar Teo", "For Free", "Des Woman", "Sweet Cocaine", and "We Got Love In Our House". CD

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LakesideRough Riders ... CD
Solar/Right Stuff, 1979. Used ... $4.99
Nothing rough about these riders – as the album's a sweet second effort from Lakeside – Ohio funk given a sweet LA glow, thanks to the Solar Records power duo of Leon Sylvers and Dick Griffey! The Midwest/Cali bridge is perfect here – as there's lots of raw roots given a tight focus on the record – that move that not only made groups like Lakeside a key force in the evolution of funky soul at the end of the 70s, but also helped pave the way for a decade of music to come – and lots of later influence on hip hop as well! Titles include the super-funky "If You Like Our Music" – plus "Pull My Strings", "I Can't Get You Out Of My Head", "From 9:00 Until", "I'll Never Leave You", and "All In My Mind". CD
(Out of print Right Stuff pressing.)

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Denise LaSalleMaking A Good Thing Better – The Complete Westbound Singles 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Some of the deepest soul to ever come from a Detroit label – a great run of singles cut by Denise LaSalle for the Westbound label – all of them pretty darn wonderful! Denise has roots that start in Mississippi, and she spent plenty of time in Chicago – so by the time she hit Westbound, she had a great interstate approach that really pulled some great styles together! In a way, these sides were crucial in helping push southern soul forward in the 70s – not just in the production, which was tight, but never too smooth – and which helped give her bluesy inflections a hip, modern sort of mode – one that was often well-suited to the subtle gender politics of the tracks too. Ace did a great job with this smoking set – and not only includes all the key singles, both a-sides and b-sides – but even throws in some great notes, and a few rare radio spots too! Titles include "Do Me Right", "Man Sized Job", "Trapped By A Thing Called Love", "Keep It Coming", "Here I Am Again", "My Brand On You", "What Am I Doing Wrong", "Don't Nobody Live Here", and "Your Man & Your Best Friend". CD

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QwestlifeProphecy ... LP
Glitterbox, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
That's a retro-styled logo on the cover, and it really gets at the spirit of the sound that Qwestlife is laying down – a mode that hearkens back to 70s club, but which also understands the warmer side of house music too – served up in a blend that reminds us of the early years of Incognito, and maybe some of the best from Joey Negro and the Sunburst Band! One track has more of an old school hip hop vibe – but that's OK with us, as it features guest work from Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Melle Mel, and Scorpio – and most of the rest are slamming club bangers, done with a very soulful groove – on titles that include "Don't Break My Heart", "Can't Stop (boogie mix)", "Hit It Off (disco soul version)", "Cut You Loose", "Give Me A Minute", "Shooting Star", "Universal Soldier", and "What You Like". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charlie RichSings Country & Western ... LP
Hi Records, Late 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
An overlooked gem by the great Charlie Rich – an album recorded for Hi Records in the years before he broke big on Columbia in the late 60s – but at a level that certainly points the way towards his country fame to come! And yet, as with most of the best music by Rich – like his stunning Smash Records sides – there's a quality here that's quite far from both the mainstream, and conventional modes of expression – as Charlie almost seems to be drawing as much on soul music for inspiration as he is the sounds of Nashville – which might almost put this album in the territory of classic country soul material by singers like Ray Charles or Brook Benton. The whole thing's a perfect setting for that unique combination of talents that makes Rich so wonderful – and most tracks are Hank Williams hits, but redone completely. Titles include "I Can't Help It", "My Heart Would Know", "Take These Chains From My Heart", "Your Cheatin Heart", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Cold Cold Heart", and "Nobody's Lonesome For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear with wide black tape along the spine and top seam.)

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Mike WestbrookRelease ... LP
Deram/Audio Clarity (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
A rarity from 1968 – Mike Westbrook's 2nd album, and a seminal work in the development of his messed-up large group style. On the outside, this is a big band recording, featuring a lineup of great Brit players that includes John Surman, Mike Osborne, Paul Rutherford, and others. Yet although Westbrook has clearly been influenced by modern large group arrangers like Gil Evans and Mingus, he's also throwing in a lot of New York avant ideas here, mixed with some of the brilliant cultural crossover styles that were brewing in London at the time. The record's tough to describe, but it's got an amazing mix of styles that rumbles through a range of material that includes originals like "The Few", "We Salute You", and "Take Me Back" – plus odd covers like "Sugar", "Girl From Ipanema", and "Lover Man". An amazing extended journey that never lets up for a second! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Randy WestonGet Happy With The Randy Weston Trio ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1955. Used ... $9.99
An early full length album by Randy Weston – one that mostly features tunes by other composers, all given a slightly modern twist at the piano! The style here isn't as arch-modern or African-inspired as some of Weston's other 50s work – but it's still plenty darn great, and very much in the free-thinking approach to the piano that made him as important a 50s keyboardist as Herbie Nichols or Thelonious Monk! The trio here is tight and comfortable with each other – Sam Gill on bass and Wilbert Hogan on drums – all providing rhythmic accompaniment in subtly changing ways to match Weston's lead on the keys. Titles include "Fire Down There", "Where Are You", "Bass Knows", "Dark Eyes", "A Ballad", "Summertime", and "Under Blunder". CD
(Out of print.)

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Randy WestonGet Happy With The Randy Weston Trio ... LP
Riverside, 1955. Very Good ... $19.99
An early full length album by Randy Weston – one that mostly features tunes by other composers, all given a slightly modern twist at the piano! The style here isn't as arch-modern or African-inspired as some of Weston's other 50s work – but it's still plenty darn great, and very much in the free-thinking approach to the piano that made him as important a 50s keyboardist as Herbie Nichols or Thelonious Monk! The trio here is tight and comfortable with each other – Sam Gill on bass and Wilbert Hogan on drums – all providing rhythmic accompaniment in subtly changing ways to match Weston's lead on the keys. Titles include "Fire Down There", "Where Are You", "Bass Knows", "Dark Eyes", "A Ballad", "Summertime", and "Under Blunder". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label/silver text pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear, a bit of seam splitting, and some tape on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Randy WestonJazz A La Bohemia ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1956. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Key early work from the great Randy Weston – a live performance from Cafe Bohemia, featuring an unusual group that includes Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass and Cecil Payne on baritone sax! The presence of Payne makes the record more than just an angular piano trio outing, and allows Weston to begin to display some of his talents for unusual horn passages – in a way that features Payne's baritone alongside some rhythmic piano lines, showcasing a mode that would come out even more strongly in larger group sessions a few years later. But at another level, the choice of the tunes also showcase the changing role of the pianist in jazz – as the set almost allows you to hear Weston changing from a barroom tinkler of the ivories to a more prominent artist in the spotlight. 2 tracks feature Payne stepping aside for more intimate explorations by the Weston trio – and titles include "Solemn Meditation", "Just A Riff", "Once In Awhile", "Hold Em Joe", and "Chessman's Delight". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Randy WestonSolo, Duo, & Trio – Trio & Solo/Randy Weston Plays Cole Porter In A Modern Mood ... CD
Milestone/Prestige, Mid 50s-Early 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Two of Randy's Weston's earliest albums – both recorded in the mid 50s, and briefly (and rarely) issued on the Riverside label. The album's feature Weston playing in a very spare setting – as only 5 of the tracks feature a trio (with Art Blakey on drums and Sam Gill on bass), and another 8 feature Weston and Gill musing intimately on some Cole Porter compositions. The remaining 5 tracks feature Weston solo, on standards and original tunes – and the titles on the set include "Zulu", "Pam's Waltz", "Solemn Meditation", "Again", "Lover", "I Love You", "Night & Day", "Get Out Of Town", and "Softness". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Randy Weston with Cecil PayneWith These Hands ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1956. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite Randy Weston albums from the early years – a set that moves past his simple trio and solo format, to offer some key experimentation with horns – in this case the creative work of Cecil Payne on baritone sax! Payne plays on most of the record – save for two mellower trio titles – and Weston's nicely balanced between his early modern trio impulses, and some of the even more creative elements he'd bring to his music just a few years later. In that respect, most tunes are standards, but given a fresh reading by the pair – as well as Ahmed Abdul Malik on bass and Wilbert Hogan on drums – but the record also includes some key early compositions too – including one of the first versions of "Little Niles" and the Payne/Weston tune "Lifetime", which is a real gem. Other titles include "These Foolish Things", "I Can't Get Started", "The Man I Love", and "Serenade In Blue". CD
(Out of print. Spine has a small cutout hole.)

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VariousGI Disco – The History Of The Cold War's Hottest 80's Club Music In West Germany ... CD
BBE (UK), 1980s. New Copy ... $8.99 19.99
Dancefloor soul, club funk and thumping grooves from the post disco 80s – selected by Karsten Grossmann, aka Kalle Kuts, and Daniel W Best as GI Disco – benchmark US grooves that made waves in West Germany in the cold war 80s! The post disco, boogie, and cosmic groovers of stateside soul scenes was brought in to the clubs for GIs stationed in West Berlin and other parts of Western Germany, as well as being played on the Armed Forces Network radio, enough to mightily influence the club scenes of West Berlin, Munich and other cities. This great compilation for BBE provides a solid snapshot of time and place, but more than that, it's great little set of club friendly jams from the electronic embellished 80s soul scene – with tracks by Timex Social Club, Barbara Mason, Fonda Rae, BB & Q Band and more. 12 tracks on the CD version: "Rumours" by Timex Social Club, "IOU" by Freez, "Another Man" by Barbara Mason, "Spend The Night" by The Cool Notes, "Touch Me" by Wish feat Fonda Rae, "Money's Too Tight To Mention" by Valentine Brothers, "100%" by Caprice and "Riccochet" by BB & Q Band, "Put Our Heads Together" by The O' Jays, "Falling In Love" by Surface and more. CD

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VariousGunsmoke Vols 3 & 4 – Dark Tales Of Western Noir From A Ghost Town Jukebox (10 inch vinyl) ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
A cool collection of really oddball numbers – unusual country, offbeat pop numbers, and a fair bit of cuts that have a popcorn groove somewhere down there at the bottom! These aren't the usual sorts of cuts you might expect – and instead, the collection's definitely on the hipper side of the spectrum from the things we hear from the Stag O Lee label – maybe the farther reaches past Bear Family and Ace records – into the real hinterland of the obscure 45. CD brings together material from the 10" LP sets vols 3 and 4 – and tracks include "Fire Of Love" by Jody Reynolds, "Lonely Moon" by Johnny Wells, "On The Horizon" by Ben E King, "Squaw Girl" by Fatima, "Hellbound Train" by Marie Robertson, "Tennessee Hillbilly Ghost" by Eddy Arnold, "Hard Working Man" by Dorsey Burnette, "Lumber City" by Big Buddy K, "Wild Streak" by Johnny Fallin, "Ghost Town" by Eddie Miller, "Down Bound Train" by Frank Gay & The Gayblades, "Bury Me Deep" by Bill Shaw, "The Living Dead" by Jim Burgett, "Mistery's Child" by Richard Hayes, "Workin On The Santa Fe" by Randy Starr, "Cell Walls" by Craig Brown, and "Rebel Heart" by Larry Hall. CD

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VariousMarvellous Boy – Calypso From West Africa ... CD
Honest Jons, Late 40s/1950s. Used Gatefold ... $11.99
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. CD
Also available Marvellous Boy – Calypso From West Africa ... LP 18.99

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VariousMarvellous Boy – Calypso From West Africa ... LP
Honest Jons, Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99
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
Also available Marvellous Boy – Calypso From West Africa ... CD 11.99

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VariousMidwest Funk – Funk 45s From Tornado Alley (UK pressing) ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $11.99
Quite possibly one of the greatest funk compilations ever – and we're not just saying that because we're from the Midwest! The genius compilers at Jazzman spent years scouring the smaller cities of the American hinterlands – tracking down obscure musicians, long-lost labels, and nearly-gone master tapes – all to bring together 23 bits of rare funk that bristle with the same energy and excitement as the day they were first recorded! The package is incredible – not only filled with incredible tunes that somehow manage to push the boundaries and redefine our understanding of classic funk from the time, but also doing so in a package that's filled with liner notes that offer more information on the artists than probably their own mothers know! Plus, the set's also got some previously unissued numbers as well – making it a must-have for any funk fan, even if you've somehow managed to track down original copies of some of these choice bits! Titles include "Whip It" by The New Establishment In Soul, "Let's Do It Today (full version)" by The Us, "Pushin To The Top" by Markus Kelly & The Impassions, "Sissy Walk" by Billy Ball & The Upsetters, "Tell Her" by Fred Williams & The Jewels Band, "The Hatch" by The TMGs, "Boots Groove" by The Soul Tornados, "Po Boy's Dream" by Illinois Connection, "It's Not You For Me (live)" by Billy Joe Holloman, "Funky In Here" by Dayton Sidewinders, "Master Groove" by Henry Peters & The Imperials, and "A Day In The Life" by Chocolate Snow. CD
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✨✧ Aretha FranklinLive At Fillmore West ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A completely cooking little live set from Aretha Franklin – and a crowning moment not just in her career, but for Atlantic Records soul in general! Aretha's working here before a very enthusiastic crossover crowd at the Fillmore West in San Francisco – getting tight backing from the combo of King Curtis (Memphis Horns, Billy Preston, and Pretty Purdie in tow!) – and hitting a groove that's often rawer, grittier, and more deep-soul tuned than some of her studio sides from the time! The recording quality is totally great – and goes out of its way to preserve the presence of the audience, and showcase Aretha's own interaction and strong sense of personality. Ray Charles makes a surprising guest appearance on one track, but the whole show is really Franklin's own – a majestic little live date that features the tunes "Spirit In The Dark", "Respect", "Make It With You", "Don't Play That Song", "Dr Feelgood", and "Love The One You're With". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later German Das Black Music Archive pressing. NOTE – Front cover has large peeled patches from tape removal.)
 
 
 



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