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✨✧ VariousLA Originals ... LP
Universal, 1990s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A soundtrack for a documentary, but one that's heavy on hip hop classics from the 90s – and not all of them by west coast groups either! In fact, even if you like the film, you might be better suited to think of this one as a collection of classics from back in the day – hard not to, with cuts that include "Mass Appeal" by Gang Starr, "Hand On The Pump" by Cypress Hill, "Children's Story" by Slick Rick, "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy, "Disco Inferno" by 50 Cent, "Juice" by Eric B & Rakim, "Gin & Juice" by Snoop Dogg, "Bust A Move" by Young MC, "Lean Back" by Terror Squad, "Slam" by Onyx, and "Da Rockwilder" by Method Man & Redman. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ GuruJazzmatazz Vol 1 ... LP
Chrysalis, 1993. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A groundbreaking meeting of musical icons – with veteran jazz greats, a couple of then-young guns, and one of the MCs who helped bring jazz into hip hop in the first place! Jazzmatazz bridges both stylistic and generational boundaries in incredible ways, not only an earnest effort by Guru to pay heartfelt tribute to heroes, but to show his own and subsequent generations its the vitality and longevity jazz music – with a lineup that includes Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, Ronny Jordan, Lonnie Liston Smith, Carleen Anderson, N'Dea Davenport and MC Solaar. 12 tracks in all, including "Slicker Than Most", "No Time To Play", "Loungin", "Sights In The City", "Le Bien, Le Mal", "Transit Ride", "When You're Near", "Down The Backstreets", "Respectful Dedications", "Take A Look At Yourself" and "Trust Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBoombox 2 – Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro, & Disco Rap 1979 to 1983 (3LP set – with bonus download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The real sound of the old school, and the best beats from the streets – the kind of early underground hip hop tracks that still sound wonderful after all these years! These are tracks from the earliest years of the style – when funk was as much a part of the music as lyrics – and tracks were often surprisingly long, and spun out in the best sort of party mode – with an excellent focus on funky drum breaks and basslines, matched by lyrics from youthful crews and MCs that set the standard for countless artists to come! As with the first volume, the track selection here is wonderful – a mix of key classics from the Harlem and South Bronx scenes, plus some overlooked gems that are well-worth discovering – all wrapped up with the usual top-shelf attention to detail we've come to expect from Soul Jazz Records! The package features loads of great notes and photos – and titles include "Maximus Party" by TJ Swann & Pee Wee Mel, "Death Rap" by Margo's Kool Out Crew, "Lookin Good" by Eddie Cheba, "One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind" by MC Rock Lovely, "Let's Rock" by Harlem World Crew, "School Days" by Busy Bee, "Ah That's The Joint" by Kool DJ AJ, "Dancin Party People" by Little Skarsky, "Young Ladies" by Lonnie Love, "Rappin Partee Groove" by Rappers Rapp Group, "The People's Message Take Two" by Terry Lewis & Wild Flower, "Shake Your Body" by Manujothi, "Dr Ice Rap" by Zoot II, and "Rock The Message Rap" by Grand Master Chilly T & Stevie G. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Danny Thompson Trio with John McLaughlinLive In Session 1967 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Hi Hat (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $14.99
A really cool combo with roots in the British mod, jazz, and rock scenes – a lineup that features Danny Thompson on bass, a young John McLaughlin on guitar, and Tony Roberts on tenor, flute, and bass clarinet! The format is great – and an especially strong showcase for Thompson and Roberts – the former of whom often keeps things pulsing and rhythmic, while the latter takes off on these nicely snakey solos that have a nice edge and a surprising current of soul! McLaughlin is often a bit more free in his approach – with tones you'll recognize from his own famous recordings to come, but looser and sometimes more introspective too. Titles include "Stratosfunk", "Mysterianimoso", "Spectrum Plectrum", "Eighty One", "Gotta Go Fishing", and "Mutiny On The Light". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanLet Freedom Ring (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note/Culture Factory, 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A young Jackie McLean at the height of his powers – really stretching out here, but never going too far out – a perfect balance between his modern bop of previous records, and his groundbreaking "new thing" jazz to come! The group is a relatively straight ahead one – with Walter Davis on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – but the tracks are all quite long, and have this really arch sensibility on Jackie's horn – this edge, this cry he didn't have a few years before – easily one of the freshest voices in alto sax at the time, yearning here to break free with new ideas and new modes of expression. The vibe is perfectly balanced – like McLean's classic A Fickle Sonance – and titles include the classic "Melody For Melonae", plus "Rene", "I'll Keep Loving You", and "Omega". CD
(Collectors edition in a LP sleeve – limited to 1000!)

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Free DesignCosmic Peekaboo ... CD
Marina (Germany), 2001. Used ... $6.99
New millennium work from the legendary Free Design! And surprisingly, the album's pretty darn great. It really picks up where the group's last recordings of the early 70s left off – modernizing the sound slightly, giving it a mid 70s LA groove, but still staying very true to the group's original naive harmony style. Original leader Chris Dedrick arranged and produced the album, and it features the original trio of Sandy, Chris, and Bruce Dedrick, plus some additional vocals by newcomer Rebecca Pellett. If anything, the songs are perhaps a bit sadder than some of the group's early work – showing the toll of time and years – but they're no less compelling vocally, and all the harmonies are wonderfully intact. Titles include "Day Breaks", "Peekaboo", "Younger Son", "McCarran Airport", "The Hook", and "Listen". CD

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VariousThink Me A Kiss – Rock & Roll Songs Of Happiness ... CD
Atomicat, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
That's Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker kissing a young Clyde McPhatter – and the image should be a tip that there's as much soul on this set as there is early rock and roll! The package is similar to other gems on the Atomicat label – a genre-stepping collection of really unusual 45s from back in the day – indie 7" singles that come through with plenty of punch, and which move nicely between a nice variety of styles! The set features 30 tracks in all – titles that include "Pretty Baby" by Gary Dale, "I Found My Girl" by The Kents, "Happiest Man Alive" by David Gates, "Oh Yes" by The Charmers, "A Cuddle & A Kiss" by The Sparks, "How Can I Please You" by Little Frankie Brunston, "I Found My Girl" by The Kents, "I Gotta Have You" by Clyde McPhatter & Ruth Brown, "Ooh How I Love You" by Murray Schaff & His Aristocrats, and "Kiss The Pretty Girl Twice" by Sticks & Bricks. CD

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✨✧ Rob PronkBebop Years – Studio Sessions 1950 to 1957 ... CD
Dutch Jazz Archive (Netherlands), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Overlooked genius from the Dutch jazz scene of the postwar years – a set of small combo dates that feature trumpeter Rob Pronk, including two groups led by American players too! Pronk's got a tone that's clear, but never too clean – maybe the focused brightness of the young Howard McGhee, mixed with some of the richer feeling of the young Kenny Dorham – almost always matched here by great tenor work, which makes the tracks an equally strong delight! Players include Harry Verbecke, Toon Van Vilet, and Ruud Brink on tenor sax – plus Herman Schoonderwalt on alto, Rob Madna on piano, Ack Van Rooyen and Jerry Van Rooyen on trumpets, and Ruud Pronk and Cees Slinger on drums – and the set then also features an unusual twist – as Pronk steps over to piano, and works in one group with Ake Persson and Frank Rosolino on trombones, and another with Zoot Sims on tenor. There's a huge amount of music here to discover – and the presentation and recording quality is superb – on titles that include "Latecomer", "Four Roses", "Jack's Wax", "Blue Monk", "Funkerin", "Tune", "Sassy", "Minor", "Corner Pocket", and "Monotones". CD

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✨✧ Dead BoysYoung, Loud, & Snotty (yellow & red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sire/Jackpot, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 24.99
A masterpiece of American punk rock – and arguably the greatest moment ever for the legendary Stiv Bators! The album's got an intensity that blows away most of the UK groups who were making waves in the punk scene at the time – a raw energy that's a closer link to the Stooges and MC5 than anything over on the other side of the pond. Produced by Genya Ravan, and featuring the tracks "Sonic Reducer", "All This & More", "What Love Is", "Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth", "I Need Lunch", and "High Tension Wire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition yellow with red streaks colored vinyl pressing.)

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Jack McDuffDo It Now! ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Tight funky instrumentals from Brother Jack McDuff – an Atlantic groover that's probably closer to his late 60s gems for Cadet Records than it is his earlier work for Prestige! The solos are shorter, but they're packed nicely around the rhythms – played by a combo that features a young Melvin Sparks on some mighty nice guitar – plus Leo Johnson on tenor and Ray Appleton on drums! The groove is tight and choppy, with little bits of funk, and McDuff's usual sense of humor and warmth – and for the record, Jack wrote loads of original tracks, including "Mush Melon", "Snap Back Jack", "Strolling Blues", and "Do It Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label mono promo! Cover has a small cutout hole, but is great overall.)

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John McLaughlinDevotion ... CD
Celluloid/Movie Play, 1970. Used ... $9.99
An intensely jamming album from guitarist John McLaughlin – and a record that set a whole new tone for electric jazz in the 70s! The album was recorded shortly after McLaughlin's work with Miles Davis on Bitches Brew and Tony Williams on the first Emergency album – and in a way, it's a key piece of the jazz-rock fusion puzzle that has those two sets as cornerstones. McLaughlin's working here with keyboardist Larry Young from the Emergency group – playing both his usual organ on the record, plus a bit of electric piano – and the rest of the group includes bassist Billy Rich, plus superdrummer Buddy Miles – really giving a lot of power to the album's sound at the bottom! McLaughlin is getting into a bit of his mystic trip on the record, but is still playing with a lot of electric power here – plenty distorted and fuzzy on most numbers, and really jamming throughout! Titles include "Devotion", "Dragon Song", "Marbles", "Siren", "Don't Let The Dragon Eat Your Mother", and "Purpose Of When". CD

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✨✧ Larry YoungLawrence Of Newark ... LP
Perception, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible stuff from the jazz underground of Newark! This is one of the rarest albums ever recorded by jazz organist Larry Young – cut for the tiny Perception label during the early 70s, and featuring some of the cream of the New Jersey jazz underground. The album's got playing that bridges a number of Young's different styles – from his straighter soul jazz work at Blue Note, to his harder jamming with Santana and John McLaughlin, to his more fusion oriented albums for Arista. James Blood Ulmer's on guitar, but there's also a large ensemble of excellent players, and lots of other percussion and cool instrumentation that really gives the album an "out there" sound! Titles include "Sunshine Fly Away", "Saudia", "Hello Your Quietness", and "Khalid Of Space". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Arto Lindsay/Joe McPhee/Ken Vandermark/Phil SudderbergLargest Afternoon ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that's brimming over with improvising jazz talent – but one that's an especially great reminder of the guitar genius of the great Arto Lindsay! Lindsay is amazing here – playing with energy to match the brilliance of Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee – which is really saying a lot, and which has us almost feeling like a younger version of Arto's self stepped forward straight from the New York no wave scene, in order to create a pan-historical bridge with the improvising strengths of the Corbett Vs Dempsey universe! Drummer Phil Sudderberg is wonderful too – a master of sounds and moments – and the short tracks allow for plenty of sharp changes, and shifts in energy between each selection. McPhee blows alto, tenor, and pocket trumpet – and Vandermark is on tenor, baritone, and clarinet – on titles that include "The Push & Pull Beneath The Surface", "She Must Have Known", "Whether You Were There Or Not", "When I Lose Any Sense Of Perspective", and "The World's Longest Afternoon". CD

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Gene Ammons & Dexter GordonChase! (with extra tracks) ... CD
Prestige, 1970. Used ... $9.99
Gritty live work from twin tenor giants Gene Ammons and Dexter Gordon – recorded in an open-ended style that's a bit like some of Gordon's famous early work on the Central Avenue scene in LA, or Ammons' famous live "battles" with Sonny Stitt! The date was recorded in Chicago at the North Park Hotel – with sound that's a bit more "live" than some of the other Prestige sessions at the time – and an unusual lineup that features local players Jodie Christian and John Young on piano, Cleveland Eaton on bass, and Steve McCall on drums. The lovely Vi Redd makes a vocal appearance on the track "Lonesome Lover Blues" – and other titles include "The Chase", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", and "The Happy Blues" – all nice and long! CD also features 2 extra tracks, both long – "Wee Dot" and an extended "Ballad Medley". CD

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersBest Of The Columbia & RCA/Vik Years 1956 to 1959 ... CD
Sony/Real Gone, Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
A nice collection of overlooked work from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – not the oft-reissued material from the group's years at Blue Note, but instead some slightly more obscure sides recorded for Columbia and RCA! The work here also represents a time when Blakey was experimenting a bit more with the group – a stretch right before he settled into some of the more-recorded groups with Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, and Bobby Timmons – but still had a great ear for important younger talent! Players here include Bill Hardman, Donald Byrd, and Lee Morgan on trumpets; Jackie McLean on alto; Johnny Griffin, Hank Mobley, and Benny Golson on tenor; and Horace Silver and Sam Dockery on piano! The set includes material from the albums Hard Bop, Drum Suite, Jazz Messengers, Night In Tunisia, and some of the French-only live recordings that Blakey did for RCA in the late 50s – and the set features 16 tracks that include "Nica's Dream", "Evidence", "Blues March For Europe No 1", "Along Came Manon", "Lester Left Town", "Night In Tunisia (live)", "Moanin With Hazel", "Night In Tunisia (take 3)", "Ecaroh", "Cubano Chant", "Almost Like Being In Love", "The Sacrifie", and "Couldn't It Be You (take 4)". CD

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Donald ByrdFirst Flight ... CD
Delmark, Mid 50s. Used ... $6.99
Second issue of an album that originally came out on the short-lived Transition label – titled Byrd Jazz, and ostensibly issued under Byrd's name – although also featuring some fantastic work on saxes by the young Yusef Lateef! The album was also issued under Lateef's name by Delmark – but it's more of a hardbop side than some of Lateef's more exotic work from the time – although it's still got touches of the Detroit approach to the mystic, with euphonium work by Bernard McKinney, bass by Alvin Jackson, and drums from Frank Gant. Tracks include "Yusef", "Parisian Thoroughfare", "Blues", "Dancing In The Dark", and "Tortion Level". CD
(Booklet has a cut corner, a small date in pen, and some light stains.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneAfrica/Brass Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1961. Used ... $11.99
Quite a different album than usual for John Coltrane, but a classic one too – and a set that has the great one exploring his ideas in a set of longer tracks recorded with an expanded jazz orchestra! The format's hardly the mainstream big band of the time – as Coltrane's filled the group with very hip players – including Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, Julian Priester, and Eric Dolphy – in addition to usual compatriots who include McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, and Elvin Jones. The tunes have a soaring, modal sort of pulse – one that's filled with color and light from the addition of the other horn players, but which still has plenty of space for extended, exploratory solos. Coltrane plays both tenor and soprano sax – and titles include the legendary 16 minute track "Africa", a classic reading of "Greensleeves", redone here as a modal searching spiritual track, and "Blues Minor". With Vol 2 the tracks feature Trane leading a group young modernists through a set of larger arranged charts, woven tightly together in a soulful spiritual groove that's similar to some of Max Roach's projects like this from the same time. Players include Booker Little, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman, and Julius Watkins – and the album includes an alternate version of "Africa", plus "Greensleeves" and "Song Of The Underground Railroad". CD
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Miles DavisDig ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1951. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
A key early appearance on record by Sonny Rollins – recorded here with Miles Davis and Jackie McLean in the landmark Dig session! The album's the stuff that 50s bop dreams are made of – a session that has up-and-coming modernists working in the new freedom of the long playing record, in a way that allows them to break past the shorter, more urgent sound of the 78rpm single! Rollins is young, but a surprisingly strong voice on the set – and Jackie McLean's alto is incredibly sharp at this point, with strong hints of the genius to come later in the decade. The rest of the lineup includes Walter Bishop on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – and tracks include Miles' classic version of "It's Only A Paper Moon", plus "Denial", "Out Of The Blue", "Dig", and "Bluing". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jimmy HeathReally Big ... CD
Riverside, 1960. Used ... $19.99
Very hip work from a young Jimmy Heath – a relative newcomer to the scene at this point, but breaking out with a firm conception and tone, exercised strongly here in a set of large group arrangements worked out in collaboration with Tom McIntosh. McIntosh's work in this format is well known from albums by Dizzy and James Moody – and as with those records, this one has an edgey quality that really keeps the music fresh, and which provides a good foil for solos by Heath, McIntosh, Pat Patrick, and Cannonball Adderley. Titles include "Big P", "Mona's Mood", "Nails", and "The Picture Of Heath". CD
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Takuya Kuroda, Akihiro Nishiguchi, & OthersBlue Note Voyage ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99
A really fantastic 80th birthday tribute to Blue Note Records – one that has a host of younger Japanese jazz musicians banding together to deliver their own versions of Blue Note classics from back in the day! The lineup is wonderful, and very adept at changing up from track to track – Jun Miyakwawa on Hammond and piano, Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, Akihiro Nishiguchi on tenor, May Inoue on guitar, Ai Kuwabara on piano, Ryuta Tsunoda on bass, and both Tomo Kanno and Shun Ishiwaka on drums – players who not only understand the spirit of the music, but also very much rise with each other in a sense of fresh arrangements that moves the record way past just a sleepy remake of the past! Instead, we hear plenty of currents of the more contemporary Tokyo scene – on titles that include "Maiden Voyage", "Feel Like Makin Love", "Cleopatra's Dream", "Midnight Blue", "Song For My Father", "Sidewinder", and "Night In Tunisia". CD
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Sam LazarOrgan Grooves (Space Flight/Playback/bonus tracks) ... CD
Argo/Jasmine (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A pair of Hammond jazz classics from organist Sam Lazar – back to back on a single CD, with rare bonus tracks too! First up is Space Flight – a tight batch of organ groovers with a raw R&B feel, recorded by the obscure St Louis organist Sam Lazar – with a very young Grant Green on guitar! The album's a bit different than Sam's other records for Argo – in that the tunes are all quite short, with a tight fast sound that's almost more R&B at times than jazz – a very unusual setting especially for Grant Green! The guitar is nice and loud – really racing to keep up with Lazar's fast work on the Hammond – and other members of the group include Willie Dixon on bass and Chauncey Williams on drums. Titles include "Mad Lad", "Space Flight", "Caramu", "Funky Blues", and "Big Willie". Playback is one of a few rare albums from Hammond player Sam Lazar – a lesser-known artist from the same searing generation as Baby Face Willette and Jack McDuff, but a musician who never full got his due! This record was done for the Argo side of Chess Records, and it's got a raw sound that's equal parts soul jazz and R&B – with Sam doing some great work on the keys, and the obscure tenorist Miller Brisker in the group too – a really great musician who works with lots of unique twists – and spurs Lazar onto new heights of playing, with maybe an even farther reach on the keys than his other albums. Lazar wrote most of the set, and the tracks include "Deep", "Fuzz Buzz", "S&S", "Scootin", and "Long Gone". A nice bit of soul jazz, with a deep rootsy sound all the way through! CD also features the bonus two-part 45rpm single of "Space Flight". CD

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✨✧ Charles LloydForest Flower – Charles Lloyd At Monterey ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A famous album – and for good reason too! The set's something of a landmark in spiritual jazz from the 60s – and it features a classic live performance from Charles Lloyd, recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival – almost as a distillation and popularization of ideas that were brewing in the music of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, and others! The group here features a young Keith Jarrett on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – all flowing magnificently with Lloyd's work on tenor and flute – in an open-ended groove that draws on modal rhythms for inspiration, and which features solos that stretch out, but never go "outside"! The classic performances of "Forest Flower" takes up all of side one – with a dreamy drifting quality that has Jarrett at his best – and side two features a version of his "Sorcery", plus McBee's "Song Of Her", and a version of "East Of The Sun". CD
(Out of print SHMCD pressing, includes obi.)

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Charles LloydSwiss Radio Days Vol 46 – Montreux Jazz Festival 1967 ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1967. Used 2CDs ... $16.99
A really fantastic live performance from the Charles Lloyd group of the late 60s – a double-length set that's a wonderful complement to their classic albums on Atlantic Records! The group is great – a young Keith Jarrett on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – fantastic partners for the freewheeling style of Lloyd on both tenor and flute, as the group work here through modes and melodies that feel years ahead of their time – all spun out on these long, extended performances that are mindblowing throughout! Swiss Radio recorded the material in 1967, and we wonder why it's taken so long to come out – as the whole thing is completely essential, and features long takes on "Love Ship", "Days & Nights Waiting", "Lady Gabor", "Forest Flower", "Love Song To A Baby", and "Sweet Georgia Bright". CD
(Includes slipcase.)
Also available Swiss Radio Days Vol 46 – Montreux Jazz Festival 1967 ... CD 19.99

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Charles LloydSwiss Radio Days Vol 46 – Montreux Jazz Festival 1967 ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1967. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
A really fantastic live performance from the Charles Lloyd group of the late 60s – a double-length set that's a wonderful complement to their classic albums on Atlantic Records! The group is great – a young Keith Jarrett on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – fantastic partners for the freewheeling style of Lloyd on both tenor and flute, as the group work here through modes and melodies that feel years ahead of their time – all spun out on these long, extended performances that are mindblowing throughout! Swiss Radio recorded the material in 1967, and we wonder why it's taken so long to come out – as the whole thing is completely essential, and features long takes on "Love Ship", "Days & Nights Waiting", "Lady Gabor", "Forest Flower", "Love Song To A Baby", and "Sweet Georgia Bright". CD
Also available Swiss Radio Days Vol 46 – Montreux Jazz Festival 1967 ... CD 16.99

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Kosuke (Kohsuke) MineFirst ... CD
Philips/BBE (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $26.99 36.99
A tremendous first outing as a leader for Japanese saxophonist Kosuke Mine – one of our favorite players of the 70s, already sounding wonderful here right at the start! The album's got a freewheeling vibe – not entirely avant, and maybe more in the modal territory unlocked by Miles Davis a few years before – although with a very different vibe, given the Mine's in the lead on alto! Yet the group also features some very Miles-like use of electric piano – handled here by Masabumi Kikuchi, a key young contemporary of Mine, and one who'd gotten a bit more of a head start in the world of recording – really adding a lot to the record here, next to the very forward-thinking rhythm duo of American players Larry Ridley on bass and Lenny McBrowne on drums! All tracks are nice and long, and most are originals – the kind of open, long-spun cuts that really herald all the great changes taking place on the Japanese jazz scene at the time. Titles include "Little Abbi", "McPhee", "Love Taken", "Morning Tide", and "Bar L'Len". CD

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Blue MitchellCup Bearers ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
One of the first albums to really show Blue Mitchell's genius as a leader – recorded past the more formulaic bop modes of some of his other Riverside sessions, and handled with a lyrical edge that really gets at the best aspects of his playing. Of course, part of the reason for this is that Blue's in the company of some of his Horace Silver bandmates – including drummer Roy Brooks, tenorist Junior Cook, and bassist Gene Taylor – but even more than that, the presence of a young Cedar Walton on piano really makes the set sparkle, as does the choice of some extremely strong material – such as "The Cup Bearers" and "Capers", both written by that young and glowing jazz compositional lumiary, Tom McIntosh, and the tunes "Turquoise, written by Walton, and "Dingbat Blues", written by Charles Davis. Forgive the long sentence, but the quality of this one's best expressed in a single breath! CD

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WhoLive at Leeds ... LP
Decca, 1970. Very Good+ ... $16.99
A landmark live set from The Who – a record that offers the group with a blistering intensity that blows away all their other studio albums of the time! Although offered during the Who's Tommy-era expansion into broader themes and more complicated instrumentation, the album's a real return to basics – and features a guitar-heavy version of the group performing a number of older rock n roll classics like "Summertime Blues", "Shakin All Over", and "Young Man Blues" – plus really extended jamming takes on their own "My Generation" and "Magic Bus", and a searing 2 minute take on "Substitute" that's probably everything you ever need to know about The Jam! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing on MCA, in a non-gatefold cover, with some wear & aging, light staining along the bottom, initials in pen on the back and a lightly bent corner.)
Also available Live at Leeds ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ VariousBlue Funk (aka So Blue So Funky – Heroes Of The Hammond Part 1) ... CD
Blue Note, 1991. Used ... Just Sold Out!
First great volume in this series that focuses on the brilliant organ players in the Blue Note catalog, with a mix of grooves that ranges from hard funky playing to more complicated Coltrane-esque lines. Tracks include "Plaza De Toros" by Larry Young, "Brown Sugar" by Freddie Roach, "Silver Metre" by John Patton, "Ain't It Funky Now" by Grant Green, "Butter (Fo Yo Popcorn)" by Jack McDuff, "Boop Bop Bing Bash" by George Braith, and "Face To Face" by Babyface Willette. 12 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print. Booklet is a little wavy from moisture – otherwise in great shape.)

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VariousDirections In Music 1969 to 1973 – Miles Davis, His Musicians, & The Birth Of A New Age In Jazz ... LP
Ace/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99 26.99
The reach of Miles Davis is plenty wide – as right from the start, the trumpeter was associating himself with some of the hippest young talent on the scene! Yet the apex of those associations may have come in the late 60s and early 70s, when the newly-electric Miles was experimenting in all sorts of new rhythms and instrumental combinations – and inviting a whole host of soon-to-be-legends to help him with his projects! This set is a great overview of some of those key contemporaries – and the way that they took new directions of their own, when away from Miles – some very much in the spirit of the Bitches Brew generation, others opening up in whole new frontiers of soul and spirit. The set features some really well-chosen tracks – a key who's who to this generation – and titles include "Sweet Pea" by Wayne Shorter, "In A Silent Way" by Joe Zawinul, "Common Mama" by Keith Jarrett, "Song Of The Wind (alt)" by Chick Corea, "In Search Of Truth" by Lonnie Liston Smith, "Arjen's Bag" by John McLaughlin, "Politician Man" by Betty Davis, "Uhuru Sasa" by Gary Bartz, "You'll Know When You Get There" by Herbie Hancock, and "Directions (16 December 1970 – first set)" by Miles Davis himself. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousFor The Good Times – The Songs Of Kris Kristofferson ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Revolutionary music from the young Kris Kristofferson – tunes that really helped set the Nashville scene on fire at the end of the 60s, and which had a surprisingly strong effect on pop and soul as well! Kris was a songwriter long before he was a singer (or an actor!) – and his way with a pen really transformed the spirit of American music – by introducing themes that were more open, honest, and adult – dealing with desire, failure, and folly – often with a slight undercurrent of wit that really sends the tunes home. This package does a great job of illustrating just how far the reach of Kristofferson was at his height – and brings together 23 tracks from a variety of artists, all with detailed notes that show not just the spirit of the songs, but also the varied interpretations within. Titles include "Sugarman" by Sam Baker, "Just The Other Side Of Nowhere" by Dean Martin, "Something They Can't Take Away" by Roy Orbison, "Rock N Roll Time" by Roger McGuinn, "Nobody Wins" by Cynthia Sheeler, "From The Bottle To The Bottom" by Billy Walker, "Loving Her Was Easier" by Lloyd Charmers, "Why Me Lord" by George Jones, "Somebody Nobody Knows" by The Everly Brothers, "For The Good Times" by Isaac Hayes, "If You Don't Like Hank Williams" by Hank Williams Jr, "To Beat The Devil" by Waylon Jennings, "The Junkie & The Juicehead Minus Me" by Johnny Cash, "Got To Have You" by The Walker Brothers, and "Prone To Lean" by Donnie Fritts. CD

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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 37 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Capitol Records ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
A killer batch of cuts from the early days of rock and roll – and a great collection of work from one of the coolest labels of the 50s! Sure, Capitol Records wasn't the same sort of indie powerhouse as labels like Sun or Atlantic – but the company always did a great job with country music, which made it a key force in helping to push the postwar hillbilly sound into much harder hitting modes! Capitol's production and handling of artists was always great – and producer Ken Nelson also had a great ear for young talents who may not have hit the charts at the label, but who really got a great shot at top-shelf material in a really groovy setting. This package is overflowing with gems that testify to Capitol's importance in the rockabilly and hillbilly years – 35 titles that include "Adult Western" by Bobby Louis, "You're Gonna Have To Bawl That's All" by Ray Parks, "Grizzly Bear" by Jack Scott, "Bessie Baby" by Jerry Reed, "My Lovin Baby" by Nick Greene, "You're There" by Skeets McDonald, "Natural Natural Ditty" by The Jodimars, "Move It On Over" by Rose Maddox, "Baby I Love You" by Del Reeves, "Everybody's Talkin" by Bob Luman, "What'll I Do Call The Zoo" by Darrell McCall, "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Sonny James, "Let Me In There Baby" by Billy Strange, "Flea Brain" by Gene Vincent, "Big Fat Sally" by Ronnie & Roy, and "Wild Streak" by Johnny Fallin. CD

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✨✧ Buck ClaytonClassic Swing Of Buck Clayton ... CD
OJC/Riverside, 1946. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Buck Clayton on trumpet, George Johnson on alto saxophone, Dickie Wells and Trummy Young on trombone, Buster Bailey and Scoville Brown on clarinet, on clarinet, Billy Taylor and Jimmy Jones on piano, Bill Fleagle and Tiny Grimes on guitar, Al McKibbon, John Levy, and Sid Weiss on bass, and Cozy Cole and Jimmy Crawford on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneSettin' The Pace ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
4 long tracks with plenty of room to roam around – a perfect setting for a young John Coltrane to demonstrate his distinctly different approach to the tenor sax! The album's one of Trane's key classics for Prestige – a quartet side that features backing by the trio of Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – very open, and uniquely creative – especially in some of the more surprising moments! Titles include a great version of Jackie McLean's "Little Melonae", plus "Rise N Shine", "If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You", and "I See Your Face Before Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisDig ... LP
Prestige, 1951. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key early appearance on record by Sonny Rollins – recorded here with Miles Davis and Jackie McLean in the landmark Dig session! The album's the stuff that 50s bop dreams are made of – a session that has up-and-coming modernists working in the new freedom of the long playing record, in a way that allows them to break past the shorter, more urgent sound of the 78rpm single! Rollins is young, but a surprisingly strong voice on the set – and Jackie McLean's alto is incredibly sharp at this point, with strong hints of the genius to come later in the decade. The rest of the lineup includes Walter Bishop on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – and tracks include Miles' classic version of "It's Only A Paper Moon", plus "Denial", "Out Of The Blue", "Dig", and "Bluing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NYC 50th street pressing, with deep groove, RVG etch, and AB stamp. Cover has a split spine, which has a 4" bit of tape. The rest of the cover has some light wear, but is nice overall.)
Also available Dig ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ Miles DavisDig (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1951. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key early appearance on record by Sonny Rollins – recorded here with Miles Davis and Jackie McLean in the landmark Dig session! The album's the stuff that 50s bop dreams are made of – a session that has up-and-coming modernists working in the new freedom of the long playing record, in a way that allows them to break past the shorter, more urgent sound of the 78rpm single! Rollins is young, but a surprisingly strong voice on the set – and Jackie McLean's alto is incredibly sharp at this point, with strong hints of the genius to come later in the decade. The rest of the lineup includes Walter Bishop on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – and tracks include Miles' classic version of "It's Only A Paper Moon", plus "Denial", "Out Of The Blue", "Dig", and "Bluing". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Conception" and "My Old Flame". CD
Also available Dig ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ Art FarmerOut Of The Past ... CD
GRP/Argo, 1960/1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great CD that combines most of the material on Art's two albums for Argo – Art (1960) and Perception (1961). Art is a beautiful album of understated brilliance – one of Farmer's early shifts into the sublime, an easily blown batch of trumpet tracks played with trio backing by Tommy Flanagan, Tommy Williams, and Albert Heath. The tracks are all in the four to five minute range, with Art crafting lyrically soulful lines over the top. Titles include "Who Cares", "Out Of The Past", "Younger Than Springtime", "That Ole Devil Called Love", and "Goodbye Old Girl". Perception is similar, an amazingly beautiful set of tracks from Art – playing with superb accompaniment from a young Harold Mabern, in a laidback quartet format that really lets Art open up! Art's playing is fresh and creative throughout – never over the top, with that subtle genius that he was bringing to his work in the 60s – and the choice of material includes Tom McIntosh's great composition "The Day After", plus Art's "Punsu" and "Kayin". One track from each album has been omitted to fit the material on one CD (which is BS, by the way, as the CD is only 64 minutes long!) – but if you can stand having the incomplete versions of the albums, this is a great deal for some rare material! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Fleetwood MacPeter Green's Fleetwood Mac ... LP
Blue Horizon/Fat Possum, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Fleetwood Mac – and a set that you'll find quite different than their smooth crossover hits of the mid 70s! This set has the group in raw, bluesy territory throughout – but already not being slavish to their Chicago inspirations – and instead stepping out with the young Peter Green already making a name for himself as one of the most unique new talents on guitar – in a lineup that also features Jeremy Spencer on slide guitar and piano, John McVie on bass, and Mick Fleetwood on drums. Green also blows a bit of harmonica – on titles that include "Long Grey Mare", "Hellhound On My Trail", "Looking For Somebody", "Got To Move", "My Baby's Good To Me", and "No Place To Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ FunkadelicBy Way Of The Drum ... CD
MCA/Hip-O Select, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A previously-unissued album from Funkadelic – originally done for MCA Records at the end of the 80s, but only now finally seeing the light of day! The set's a great continuation of the P-Funk groove that George Clinton set down on his solo albums for Capitol during the earlier part of the decade – and it shows a bit of a transformation of that sound towards some of the (then) contemporary funk modes in the post-Prince generation. Instrumentation is a bit more programmed than before, but there's still a very festive P-Funk approach going on – thanks to vocals from Garry Shider, Donnie Sterling, and Mallia Franklin – and instrumentation from players DeWayne McKnight, Chong Spradley, and a young Amp Fiddler! Titles include "Nose Bleed", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Jugular", "Some Fresh Delic", "Primal Instinct", and "Freaks Bearing Gifts". CD also features 4 mixes of "By Way Of The Drum" – from the 12" release of the music, the only MCA issue of material from these sessions! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsClassic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922 to 1947 (8CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, 1920s/1930s/1940s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing set throughout – not just for the musical growth of Coleman Hawkins, but also for the development of the tenor sax in jazz, too! These sides could very well be said to be THE seminal recordings for tenor – the records that helped transform the instrument from a bit of a trick noisemaker into one of the most dominant voices in jazz during the 20th century – the beginning of a rich legacy that went onto encompass Lester Young, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, and so many others! The package captures Coleman Hawkins right at the start of his career – with vital early 78rpm recordings that move from trad to swing to some of the modern combo sounds that Hawkins would blow in the postwar years. And the range of settings is amazing, too – not a loose collection or mish-mash of material, but a really thoughtful progression that has Hawkins working with Mamie Smith, Fletcher Henderson, Clarence Williams, The Chocolate Dandies, and McKinney's Cotton Pickers in the early years – then moving up to work as a leader on his own – as well as material with Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter, and Count Basie. Most of the later material is for small labels – like Baronet, Cont, Meritt, Neatwork, and others – and the early sides are for Okeh, Columbia, Vocalion, Brunswick, and other smaller imprints. Features 190 tracks in all, and very copious notes, too – an amazing package from Mosaic! CD
(Out of print. Box and book are in nice shape.)

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✨✧ Louis HayesReal Thing ... CD
32 Jazz, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A soaring, soulful session – and one of the best albums ever from drummer Louis Hayes! Hayes still has some of the style he forged with Horace Silver in the 60s – but he's also working here with some very spiritual younger players, who really help open up the sound of the record – a lineup that includes Woody Shaw on trumpet and Rene McLean on soprano, alto, and tenor – plus Ronnie Mathews on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Slide Hampton on trombone too. Titles include "St Peter's Walk", "Jack's Tune", "Loose Suite", and "Nisha". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ John Mayall's Blues BreakersBlues Breakers With Eric Clapton (SACD) ... CD
Decca/Universal (Japan), 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Possibly one of the best-remembered albums by John Mayall's legendary Blues Breakers combo – thanks to vocals and guitar from a young Eric Clapton! Clapton at this point is way fresher than in later years – not prone to cliches, and still coming across with a raw, edgey power that is drenched in American blues tradition. Mayall's great too – wailing on harmonica, organ, and piano – and other members of the core group include John McVie on bass and Hughie Flint on drums – augmented by contributions from UK jazzers John Almond on baritone sax and Alan Skidmore on tenor. Titles include "All Your Love", "Little Girl", "Key To Love", "Parchman Farm", "Have You Heard", "It Ain't Right", and "Steppin Out". CD
(Out of print SACD pressing.)

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✨✧ Kosuke (Kohsuke) MineFirst (45 rpm 2LP pressing) ... LP
Philips/BBE (UK), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous first outing as a leader for Japanese saxophonist Kosuke Mine – one of our favorite players of the 70s, already sounding wonderful here right at the start! The album's got a freewheeling vibe – not entirely avant, and maybe more in the modal territory unlocked by Miles Davis a few years before – although with a very different vibe, given the Mine's in the lead on alto! Yet the group also features some very Miles-like use of electric piano – handled here by Masabumi Kikuchi, a key young contemporary of Mine, and one who'd gotten a bit more of a head start in the world of recording – really adding a lot to the record here, next to the very forward-thinking rhythm duo of American players Larry Ridley on bass and Lenny McBrowne on drums! All tracks are nice and long, and most are originals – the kind of open, long-spun cuts that really herald all the great changes taking place on the Japanese jazz scene at the time. Titles include "Little Abbi", "McPhee", "Love Taken", "Morning Tide", and "Bar L'Len". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited high-end pressing – two LPs, both of which play at 45rpm!)
Also available First ... CD 26.99

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✨✧ VariousDirections In Music 1969 to 1973 – Miles Davis, His Musicians, & The Birth Of A New Age In Jazz ... CD
Ace/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The reach of Miles Davis is plenty wide – as right from the start, the trumpeter was associating himself with some of the hippest young talent on the scene! Yet the apex of those associations may have come in the late 60s and early 70s, when the newly-electric Miles was experimenting in all sorts of new rhythms and instrumental combinations – and inviting a whole host of soon-to-be-legends to help him with his projects! This set is a great overview of some of those key contemporaries – and the way that they took new directions of their own, when away from Miles – some very much in the spirit of the Bitches Brew generation, others opening up in whole new frontiers of soul and spirit. The set features some really well-chosen tracks – a key who's who to this generation – and titles include "Sweet Pea" by Wayne Shorter, "In A Silent Way" by Joe Zawinul, "Common Mama" by Keith Jarrett, "Song Of The Wind (alt)" by Chick Corea, "In Search Of Truth" by Lonnie Liston Smith, "Arjen's Bag" by John McLaughlin, "Politician Man" by Betty Davis, "Uhuru Sasa" by Gary Bartz, "You'll Know When You Get There" by Herbie Hancock, and "Directions (16 December 1970 – first set)" by Miles Davis himself. CD
Also available Directions In Music 1969 to 1973 – Miles Davis, His Musicians, & The Birth Of A New Age In Jazz ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ VariousHillbilly Music – Thank God Vol 1 ... CD
Capitol, 1940s/1950s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer collection – sounds spanning western swing, early bluegrass, and classic Capitol country – with tracks by Rose Maddox, Red Simpson, The Louvin Brothers, Faron Young, The Farmer Boys, Big Bill Lister, The Milo Twins, Gene O'Quin, Jimmy Bryant & Speedy West, Hank Thompson, Merle Travis, Skeets McDonald, and others! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousMainstream Modern Soul – 1969 to 1976 ... CD
Kent/Mainstream (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge array of soul tracks from the Mainstream label – an imprint that was probably best known for its jazz work of the early 70s, and as the launching pad for a few key rock groups – but one who also cut some killer soul tracks in the best New York and Philly styles of the period! Mainstream only ever issued most of its soul material as singles – 45s issued on their own label, and under the IX Chains, Brown Dog, and New Moon imprints too – spread out in an array of under-circulated, poorly-distributed releases that never fully got their due at the time – partly because much of the music was years ahead of its time! There's a groove here that reminds us of the hippest sounds from bigger labels – including Philly International or All-Platinum – with a similar blend of sweetness, honest vocal performances, and some top-shelf studio work that gives the lyrics a hell of an instrumental push, but all without ever sounding slick or commercial. The package is a much-needed look at this scattered legacy – and brings together 24 rare cuts that include "These Memories" by Almeta Lattimore, "I'm The One Who Loves You" by JG Lewis, "Come Back (part 1)" by The Fantastic Puzzles, "I Can't Give You Up" by Linda Perry, "It Ain't Like It Used To Be" by Randolph Brown & Company, "No Rebate On Love" by The Dramatics, "You're A Friend Of Mine" by Words Of Wisdom, "Satisfy My Woman" by Calvin Arnold, "Plain Out Of Luck" by Nia Johnson, "We're Not Too Young To Fall In Love" by Jackey Beavers Show, "Let The People Talk" by The Steptones, "To Whom It May Concern" by Ellerine Harding, "It's So Real" by McArthur, "Stop & Think A Minute" by Charles Beverly, and "That's The Way She Is" by Bobby Earl Williams. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power – Underground Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic look at the righteous current of energy that swept through American music at the end of the 60s – that huge wave of knowledge and political inspiration that still stands as one of our favorite moments in jazz and soul! The Civil Rights generation had gotten some things accomplished, but not everything – and a new wave of action arose in various scenes of the underground – not just pushing the musical formats past anything that had happened before, but also doing so with a strong message of pride and empowerment! This collection surveys some of the best tracks of that moment – and also provides a great batch of historical notes to put the whole thing in context – done in collaboration with the book of the same name, but equally great as a soundtrack and document on its own. The package is overflowing with Dusty Groove classics – and titles include "Sweet Songs" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Surtal Ihklas" by Doug Carn, "Vibes From The Tribe" by Phil Ranelin, "Desert Fairy Princess" by Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, "Sounds From The Bush" by The Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry, "Is It Too Late" by Duke Edwards & The Young Ones, "Strong Men" by David McKnight, "Black Narcissus" by Joe Henderson, "Malcolm X" by Phil Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, "Mother Of The Future" by Carlos Garnett, "Red Black & Green" by Roy Ayers, "African Rhythms" by Oneness Of Juju, and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power – Underground Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap 1968 to 1979 (with bonus download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic look at the righteous current of energy that swept through American music at the end of the 60s – that huge wave of knowledge and political inspiration that still stands as one of our favorite moments in jazz and soul! The Civil Rights generation had gotten some things accomplished, but not everything – and a new wave of action arose in various scenes of the underground – not just pushing the musical formats past anything that had happened before, but also doing so with a strong message of pride and empowerment! This collection surveys some of the best tracks of that moment – and also provides a great batch of historical notes to put the whole thing in context – done in collaboration with the book of the same name, but equally great as a soundtrack and document on its own. The package is overflowing with Dusty Groove classics – and titles include "Sweet Songs" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Surtal Ihklas" by Doug Carn, "Vibes From The Tribe" by Phil Ranelin, "Desert Fairy Princess" by Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, "Sounds From The Bush" by The Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry, "Is It Too Late" by Duke Edwards & The Young Ones, "Strong Men" by David McKnight, "Black Narcissus" by Joe Henderson, "Malcolm X" by Phil Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, "Mother Of The Future" by Carlos Garnett, "Red Black & Green" by Roy Ayers, "African Rhythms" by Oneness Of Juju, and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousTim Peaks – Songs For A Late Nite Diner ... CD
Ace (UK), 1980s/1990s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
That's Tim Peaks, not Twin Peaks – although the cover image might make you think otherwise – and the set's a great entry into the long-running set of imagined "diner" jukeboxes from the team of Tim Burgess and Bob Stanley! Like other Ace compilations from the St Etienne team, this one has a completely unique sort of vibe – not as much the mix of older soul, rock, and vocal gems of the previous entries – and instead this beautifully moody mix of British music from the post-punk years and beyond – tunes that often move slowly, darkly, and with this stripped-down style that really creates a mood that's all its own! This is definitely one of those "must be heard to be appreciated" collections – and, like other Burgess/Stanley efforts, it's a great reminder of the sort of special mix of music that keeps the compilation format so strong in our hearts (and on our turntables!) Titles include "Choci Loni" by Young Marble Giants, "Yanks" by The Gist, "Sky Buriel" by Dean McPhee, "Sheila She Beats In My Heart" by The Fates, "Slow Motion" by Jane Weaver, "Betty's Lament" by Isan, "Hunros" by Gwenno, "House With A Hundred Rooms" by The Chills, "Lips That Would Kiss" by Durutti Column, "I Love You" by Royal Family & The Poor, "Dog" by El Perro Del Mar, "Blue Dress" by Birdie, "Flowers" by Galaxie 500, "Different Now" by Chastity Belt, "Fuel" by Echo & The Bunnymen, and "Fairy Tales (demo)" by Stockholm Monsters. CD

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✨✧ Kenny BarronWhat If? ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Although Kenny Barron's always a heck of a great musician on his own or in a piano trio, we're especially partial to his work in groups with horn players – and this album is a great example of that preference! Kenny first came to fame working with Dizzy Gillespie in the 60s, and since that point, he's always had a tremendous ear for the right tones and shadings from horns needed to augment his own soulful vision on the keys – a way of setting up the other players in the group to build on the well-crafted Barron lines, and take them even further into the stratosphere. This set follows that format, and draws great energy from Wallace Roney on trumpet and John Stubblefield on tenor – both at their younger best, and working alongside Kenny's piano with Cecil McBee on bass and Victor Lewis on drums. The lineup sparkles most on the 4 longer Barron numbers on the album – "Phantoms", "What If", "Voyage", and "Lullabye" – all of which take us back to the brilliance of Kenny's best Muse albums of the 70s. Other tracks feature smaller, more piano-centrist groupings – on tracks that include "Dexterity", "Close To You Alone", and "Trinkle Trinkle". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Ray DraperTuba Sounds ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
Think what you want about the tuba – Ray Draper is an incredible talent, and probably the only individual to make the instrument work in jazz! Draper played with both John Coltrane and Jackie McLean during the late 50s – and this rare album features him leading a group with McLean on alto, Mal Waldron on piano, and Webster Young on trumpet. The sound is quite dark – with the heavy-hanging blue notes that you'll find on the best late 50s Prestige blowing sessions – and in a way, the overall feel is more similar to some of the work that McLean and Waldron did together, than it is to anything else. In other words, you're in for a modernist hardbop treat – with lots of rich surprises, and a deeply emotional approach to playing that makes the music timeless, whatever the instrumentation. Titles include "House Of Davis", "Terry Anne", "Pivot", and "Jackie's Dolly". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Matthew HalsallSending My Love (with bonus track) ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2008. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A really incredible album – a set that's filled with far more soul and feeling than you might guess from the youthful image on the cover! Matthew Halsall's a pretty young player, but his sound here is really amazing – not just on his own trumpet solos, but on the overall feel of the album – which is beautifully composed, and put together with a sense of spirit that takes us back to Strata East at its most sophisticated in the 70s! There's a really beautiful balance here – ambition in the writing that recalls other UK efforts from The Heritage Orchestra or Nostalgia 77 Octet – but an execution that's much leaner overall, deeply personal lines played by a relatively small combo – quintet formation on all numbers, featuring Halsall's trumpet alongside great reedwork on soprano sax, flute, alto, and tenor – supported by soaring rhythms on piano, bass, and drums – all handled with the majesty of an early 70s McCoy Tyner album, or some of the other great modally-inspired work of the American post-Coltrane generation. Tremendous stuff throughout – a record that held us rapt from start to finish – with 5 original compositions that include "On The Other Side Of The World", "Reflections", "Freedom Song", "Sending My Love", and "Sachi". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Andrew HillBlack Fire (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Insanely wonderful music from Andrew Hill – a lean, stripped-down session that has Hill working at his firey best – in a space that's somewhere between the "new thing" recordings of Jackie McLean, and the brooding brilliance of Andrew's later Smokestack session! The group here has some key figures fleshing out the sound – a young Joe Henderson, blowing tenor with a very edgey quality – the very versatile Richard Davis on bass – and the great Roy Haynes on drums, very much at his most fluid interpretation of rhythm! The whole set's pretty darn great – one of the more mindblowing Blue Notes you'll ever hope to buy – and tracks include "Pumpkin", "Subterfuge", "Cantarnos", and "McNeil Island". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet series – pressed at RTI, with heavy vinyl and cover!)

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✨✧ Charles MingusLet My Children Hear Music (plus bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the last great records by Charles Mingus – a set of extremely compelling original compositions, played by a fresh group of younger players, plus a few older masters! The record's got a fire and sense of emotion that's missing from a number of other 70s Mingus sessions – and it's one of the few later albums we'd easily rank right up there with his late 50s and early 60s classics! Orchestrations were partially arranged and conducted with help from Sy Johnson – and soloists include James Moody and Bobby Jones on tenor, Charles McPherson on alto, Snookie Young and Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Roland Hanna on piano. Titles include "The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers", "Adagio Ma Non Troppo", "The Chill of Death", and "The I Of Hurricane Sue". CD features the bonus track "Taurus In The Arena Of Life". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound ... LP
Delmark, 1966. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 7 West Grand pressing in a Lincoln Ave cover. Cover has some wear and aging, with some price sticker remnants on front.)

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✨✧ New Age SteppersStepping Into A New Age 1980 to 2012 (New Age Steppers/Action Battlefield/Foundation Steppers/Love Forever/Avant Gardening) (5CD set) ... CD
On-U Sound (UK), Early 80s/Early 2010s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
Five full records of work from this groundbreaking group – all packaged in a single set! First up is the self-titled New Age Steppers album – the first album on the On-U Sound label, and one of the first true moments of brilliance from producer Adrian Sherwood – the start of a great legacy to come! The group and Sherwood draw inspiration from Jamaican rhythms, but are much more in a post-punk style here than in later years – maybe no surprise, given that the lineup features members of The Slits, Raincoats, and Flying Lizards, plus work from Mark Stewart and Steve Beresford too! There's also help from some UK reggae talents too – Style Scott, Crucial Tony, and George Oban – and Sherwood has a way of making all these many sounds come together with a style that's still completely compelling all these many years later. Titles include "Fade Away", "Crazy Dreams And High Ideals", "Animal Space", "Radial Drill", "Abderhamne's Demise", and "Love Forever". Next is Action Battlefield – a set that does key work in building a bridge between Jamaican roots and the growing UK underground! Sure, there had been plenty of other experiments during the early punk years – but here, Adrian Sherwood's really finding his groove – and making music that has a mostly dub/reggae core, yet which also picks up some of the darker, moodier elements that had been brewing up in groups like Pop Group and Public Image! Ari Up of The Slits handles a lot of the vocals here, and a young Neneh Cherry makes her recording debut as well – on titles that include "Got To Get Away", "Observe Life", "Problems", "Nuclear Zulu", "Guiding Star", and "My Whole World". Foundation Steppers is an even more reggae-styled record than before from The New Age Steppers – a set that has the group recording in Jamaica for the first time, with lots of guest vocals from Bim Sherman – yet still getting those nice moody currents from producer Adrian Sherwood too! The mixture of Bim's vocals and those of ex-Slits Ari Up provide a really nice balance here – and overall, the sound is more Kingston than London – but with more than enough appeal to bridge both scenes at once. Eskimo provides some electric percussion next to the drums of Style Scott – and titles include "Some Love", "Memories", "5 Dog Race", "Misplaced Love", "Dreamers", "Stabilizer", "Stormy Weather", "Vice Of My Enemies", and "Mandarin". Love Forever is later work from New Age Steppers, but a set that's very much got the spirit of the group at the core – given that it's essentially a collaboration between Ari Up and producer Adrian Sherwood – who were the key forces behind the group's sound at the start! In fact, the feel here is still strongly early 80s – maybe mid-80s, given some of the production elements – and in addition to lots of instruments handled by Ari, the set also features guitar and keyboards from the mighty Skip McDonald and tenor from Dave Flash Wright – all with a sound that's nice and spare, and which really keeps the New Age edge intact! Titles include "Musical Terrorist", "The Fury Of Ari", "Wounded Animal", "Last Times", "Death Of Trees", "Revelation", "Worst Of Me", and "Conquer". Last up is Avant Gardening – a fantastic collection of unreleased material from the early years of New Age Steppers – sounds that are even darker and dubbier than the tracks on their first few albums! The studio genius of Adrian Sherwood is in full effect here – as most tunes are full of all the weird and wild production elements he was so good at – inspired by all the Kingston studio pioneers of the 70s, but filtered through the more experimental qualities of the early 80s post-punk years in London – at a level that makes On U Sounds like this every bit as important as the work of Factory Records! The set features a straighter vocal tune – the group's take of "Send For Me", pulled from a Peel Session – plus more moody material that includes "Singing Love", "I Scream (rimshot)", "Some Dub", "World Wide Version", "Unclear", and "Italize". CD

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✨✧ Bobby TimmonsQuartets & Orchestra (Got To Get It/Do You Know The Way) ... CD
Milestone, 1967/1968. Used ... Out Of Stock
Excellent late work by Bobby Timmons – and 2 of the most compelling albums he ever recorded! On Got To Get It he funky piano genius plays in two different settings – one, a tight quartet with some nice guitar by a young Joe Beck; the other, with a groovy larger band, led by Tom McIntosh, and augmented by voices. The McIntosh stuff is great – and the mix of voice, woodwinds, and funky piano is amazing! The arrangements are really off-kilter and fresher than most stuff from this vintage, and the material's a sweet mix of groove and funk that provides a perfect showcase for Timmons' incredible piano talents. Cuts include Bobby's classic "I'm So Tired", the swingin' "Booker's Bossa", McIntosh's "If You Ain't Got It", and lots lots more. Do You Know The Way is Bobby Timmon's last LP – and a very appropriate batch of tracks to grace a title like "Do You Know The Way?" Bobby definitely knows his way around here, and his work on the piano is as amazing as it ever was – but he plays here in a quartet with electric bass and guitar, which gives his funky piano style a new urgency – especially on the album's stormers, like "Come Together" (not the Beatles' track) and "The Spanish Count". The title track – a reworking of "Do You Know The Way To San Jose" – is also a supreme groover, and it's given a great kick by Bobby's heavy funk piano! 17 cuts in all – and a real treat! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousDiggin On Blue – Mixed By DJ Krush & Muro ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Two legendary Japanese DJs take on the Blue Note catalog – and come up with some amazing results in the process! Both DJ Krush and Muro serve up a non-stop mix in this collection – one each per disc – and the music is really transformed by their magical talents on the decks, at a level that takes us back to the sorts of cool projects that Japanese Blue Note was handling at the start of the century – when they were really inviting some younger talents to breathe new life into their catalog! Neither Muro nor Krush are spring chickens, but they definitely give a strong 21st Century vibe to this music – really expanding on a range of tracks that are mostly pulled from the late 60s/early 70s run of Blue Note. Krush mixes tunes that include "Feeling You Feeling Me Too" by Gene Harris, "Before You Leave" by Alphonse Mouzon, "I'm On My Way" by Candido, "Oblighetto" by Jack McDuff, "Move Your Hand" by Lonnie Smith, "Blue Juice" by Jimmy McGriff, "Mestizo Eyes" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Little Green Apples" by Monk Higgins, and "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life" by Lou Donaldson – and Muro mixes up tunes that include "Acid Pot Or Pills" by Horace Silver, "Classic Funke" by Jack McDuff, "New York Times" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Trying Hard To Look Inside" by Waters, "Cristo Redentor (part 2)" by Gene Harris, "Down Here On The Ground" by Grant Green, "Summer Song" by Ronnie Foster, "Alias" by Jeremy Steig, "Pot Belly" by Lou Donaldson, "Time After Time" by Willie Bobo, and "Mercy Mercy Me" by Reuben Wilson. CD

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✨✧ VariousRight Back Where We Started From – Female Pop & Soul In Seventies Britain (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A totally great look at the role of the female singer in mid 70s England – a role that's a bit of an evolution from the UK pop styles of the 60s – soaring forth in a great mix of rock, vocal, and soul-based modes! Some of the singers are names that you'd recognize from the initial female pop wave that broke big from British shores in the 60s, mixed here with younger artists, and even a few Americans who made the scene overseas, then scored some surprising hits – all in a really great range of very groovy styles! Most work is from the years before punk, and as with other of these excellent 3CD sets on RPM, not only is the set list superb, but the whole thing comes with fantastic notes that really illuminate all the many artists in the package – a lineup that features 77 tracks by Samantha Jones, Carol Woods, Milly Scott, Sweetcorn, Flirts, Jo Anne Love, Tommi, Doris Duke, The Big Spenders, Madeline Bell, Margie Miller, Julie Rogers, Carol Hunter, Linda Kendrick, Millicent Martin, Val McKenna, Maxine Nightingale, Linda Rothwell, Honeyend, Ruth Swann, and many others. Heck, the whole thing might be worth it enough for the version of Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" sung by Eartha Kitt! CD

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✨✧ Mickey Baker & OthersMickey Baker In Session – Ain't No Strain 1951 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great overview of the guitar talents of Mickey Baker – an artist who's maybe best remembered during this time for an album on Atlantic, or his duets with the young Sylvia Robinson (as Mickey & Sylvia) – but a player who also worked on countless sessions during the years of R&B and early soul! We always knew Mickey played on some key tracks – his guitar work is as recognizable as a King Curtis saxophone solo – but this 29 track set features material we didn't even know about – most of it by some of the biggest R&B stars of the 50s! Titles include "Women Are The Root Of All Evil" by Paul Williams, "Hit Git & Split" by Young Jessie, "No Good Lover" by Mickey & Sylvia, "Juke Joint" by Sam Price, "I'm Gonna Rock Your Wig" by Sonny Terry, "Bad Hangover" by Square Walton, "I'm Doin All This Time" by Stick McGhee, "Please Louise" by Wynonie Harris, "Straighten Up Baby" by Milt Trenier, "Oh Darlin" by Johnny Frank, "All Around The World" by Titus Turner, and more by Nappy Brown, Larry Dale, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, and others! CD

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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetChicago Tentet At Molde 2007 ... CD
Okka Disk, 2007. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A 10th Anniversary performance by the Chicago Tentet – a wonderful group that's become the fruitful union of saxophonist Peter Brotzmann with a younger generation of players who were working heavily on the Chicago scene at the time! Back when the group first started, it was something of an experiment – but over the following decade, the ensemble won great attention for their playing, and for good reason too – considering the solo contributions of players like Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson on reeds, Joe McPhee on trumpet and tenor, Johannes Bauer on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass, and Paal Nilssen Love on drums – all working under the visionary leadership of Peter Brotzmann! The tracks are all somewhat long and open-ended – almost more spacious than on other Chicago Tentet records, with a freely improvised feel. Titles include "Ten By Ten", "Little By Little", and "Step By Step". CD

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✨✧ Red NorvoRed In New York (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Famous Door/Progressive, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great later album from vibist Red Norvo – one that not only features some great small combo work of his own, but which also boasts some strong tenor from a young Scott Hamilton! But Norvo and Hamilton are only part of the group here – which also includes Dave McKenna on piano, really finding some great space in the lead – plus Richard Davis on bass and Connie Kay on drums, a nicely understated rhythm duo who give the set a looseness that really seems to bring out the best in everyone. Titles include "I Love You", "Hindustan", "All Of Me", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Undecided", and "A Ghost Of A Chance". CD features 3 bonus alternate takes, too! CD

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✨✧ PentanglePentagle – The Albums 1968 to 1972 (Pentangle/Sweet Child/Basket Of Light/Cruel Sister/Reflection/Solomon's Seal – plus bonus tracks) (7CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7CD ... Out Of Stock
An incredible run of music from a really legendary band – a quintet who were as important to the British folk scene as Fairport Convention – and one who worked with an equally hip sort of vibe! Where that group featured key work from a young Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny, this one features mindblowing guitars from John Renbourn and Bert Jansch – a duo who would already be fantastic enough on their own, but who really open up in the sound of the group – way past their own wonderful albums of just a few years before! Part of the strength of Pentangle likes in the vocals of Jaqui McShee – a singer who's clearly got an ear for jazz, and brings in a strong sense of improvisation and extrapolation – as do both guitarists in the music. The bass is also fantastic – handled by Danny Thompson, who also seems to be a jazzman at heart – given the way he bends and shades things, at a level that no folk group ever would do. Percussionist Terry Cox is the remaining member of the group – nicely understated, and working with Thompson in this way that makes for these cool gentle grooves that Renbourn or Jansch never would have hit on their own. Every record here is a gem – and the set not only includes all six albums (one of which is a double) in these tiny LP-styled sleeves, it also features an insane number of bonus tracks too – and a huge book on the group and their music. 115 tracks in all – including 54 bonus tracks, a number of which are previously unreleased! CD

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✨✧ VariousHolding Things Together – The Merle Haggard Songbook ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Merle Haggard isn't just one of the greatest country singers of all time – he's also a hell of a songwriter, too – one who emerged fully-formed into the glory of his Capitol Records years – releasing album after album that were full of amazing original compositions! Merle's own recordings of his songs have gone on to shape the sound of country music for decades – but right from the start, his music was grabbed up and interpreted by singers in a variety of different modes – sometimes as a way to make older artists sound hip, and more importantly as a way for younger acts to give ol' Hag the nod, and fortify their rootsy inclinations with a strong dose of straight country! This set does a great job of mixing up both sides of that coin, and throws in a few surprises along the way – finally giving Merle his due when it comes to the pen, on tracks that include "The Bottle Let Me Down" by Emmylou Harris, "I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known" by International Submarine Band, "Sing Me Back Home" by The Every Brothers, "Life In Prison" by The Byrds, "Kern River" by Dave Alvin, "Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde" by Tammy Wynette, "White Line Fever" by Flying Burrito Brothers, "Okie From Muskogee" by Roy Rogers, "Swinging Doors" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "Today I Started Loving You Again" by Wynn Stewart, "Rainbow Stew" by Country Joe McDonald, "Honky Tonk Night Time Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Just Because You Can't Be Mine" by Bettye Swann, and "Silver Wings" by The Knitters. CD

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✨✧ Matthew HalsallSending My Love (with bonus track) ... CD
Gondwana (UK), 2008. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really incredible album – a set that's filled with far more soul and feeling than you might guess from the youthful image on the cover! Matthew Halsall's a pretty young player, but his sound here is really amazing – not just on his own trumpet solos, but on the overall feel of the album – which is beautifully composed, and put together with a sense of spirit that takes us back to Strata East at its most sophisticated in the 70s! There's a really beautiful balance here – ambition in the writing that recalls other UK efforts from The Heritage Orchestra or Nostalgia 77 Octet – but an execution that's much leaner overall, deeply personal lines played by a relatively small combo – quintet formation on all numbers, featuring Halsall's trumpet alongside great reedwork on soprano sax, flute, alto, and tenor – supported by soaring rhythms on piano, bass, and drums – all handled with the majesty of an early 70s McCoy Tyner album, or some of the other great modally-inspired work of the American post-Coltrane generation. Tremendous stuff throughout – a record that held us rapt from start to finish – with 5 original compositions that include "On The Other Side Of The World", "Reflections", "Freedom Song", "Sending My Love", and "Sachi". CD

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✨✧ Jazz At The PhilharmonicHow High The Moon ... LP
Clef, Late 40s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
One of the first, and most famous, of Norman Granz's landmark JATP sessions – featuring an extended reading of "How High The Moon" that was a bit of jazz history itself! The session was recorded at Syria Mosque Auditorium in Pittsburgh – and featured players that include Buck Clayton, Flip Phillips, Trummy Young, Coleman Hawikins, Kenny Kersey, and Willie Smith. Titles include the extended version of "How High The Moon", and "Bellboy Blues" – as well as 2 titles from another JATP session, "Lady Be Good" and "After You've Gone" – featuring Howard McGhee, Charlie Parker, and Willie Smith. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Verve Inc pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove – nice and clean. Cover has some light wear, and a split top seam and spine.)

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George Benson & Jack McDuffGeorge Benson/Jack McDuff (New Boss Guitar of George Benson & Hot Barbeque) ... CD
Prestige, 1964/1965. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A double-length package of organ/guitar greatness – and a set that features key 60s work by Hammond hero Jack McDuff and guitarist George Benson! First up is The New Boss Guitar Of George Benson – the first album ever cut by Benson as a leader, a cooker of a soul jazz set, recorded back when George was the guitarist in Jack McDuff's classic 60s quartet! The album's almost a McDuff Quartet one – since Jack's on Hammond and Red Holloway is on tenor – but the group's slightly different too, with the surprising additions of Montego Joe on drums, and Ronnie Boykins on bass! Benson's guitar is amazing throughout – sharp-edged and played with a tightness that's quite different than most of his later work – and titles include "Shadow Dancers", "The Sweet Alice Blues", "Just Another Sunday", "Easy Living", and "Rock A Bye". Next up is Hot Barbeque – one of our all-time favorite albums from Brother Jack McDuff! The combo here is great – with a young George Benson hard-wailing on guitar, cutting lines so fast and furious it's hard to believe – especially if you only know his later work. The legendary Joe Dukes is on drums – dancing all over the place under Brother Jack's great groovy solos – and Red Holloway completes the group on tenor sax! The title track's got a rare vocal refrain – with Jack shouting out "Hot Barbeque" over the organ – and other cuts include "Briar Patch", "Hippy Dip", "601 1/2 North Poplar", and "The Three Day Thang". CD

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MC5Back In The USA ... LP
Atlantic, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $33.99
The MC5 move to Atlantic Records after their first album – and find a whole new sort of focus that's pretty great! Their classic debut was a raw live album – designed to capture their intensity on the Detroit scene of the late 60s – but this set has the group stretching out, and really going for something else – working in the studio for the first time, with surprisingly strong production from a young Jon Landau – and a sense of focus in the songs that shows a great degree of maturity, while still keeping all their pre-punk edges! Wayne Kramer and Fred Sonic Smith are plenty darn fierce on guitar – and the titles alone give a good idea of the energy of the record – and include "Tutti Frutti", "Teenage Lust", "High School", "Shakin Street", "The Human Being Lawnmower", and "Back In The USA". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later German pressing, ATL 50 346. Cover has light wear.)

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Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings ... CD
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99 13.99
Maybe the crowning achievement of drummer Makaya McCraven so far – a double-length set that stands as a huge testimony to all the many waves he's been making in jazz for the past few years! The album features four slices of live performance – recorded in New York, Chicago, LA, and London – and as with every one of his different projects, Makaya seems to bring a different voice to each live track here – recording with Brandee Younger on harp and Joel Ross on vibes in New York, Shabaka Hutchings on tenor in Chicago; Nubya Garcia on tenor and Ashley Henry on Rhodes in London; and Josh Johnson on alto, Jeff Parker on guitar, Carlos Nino on percussion, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on violin in LA! The rhythms are as amazing as the contributions from the different soloists – and the sound of the record is maybe something we'd call post-spiritual – moving past that Coltrane-inspired mode that's been revived so well in the 21st Century, while still holding onto its best sense of energy. The whole thing is fantastic – and titles include "The Count Off", "Brighter Days Beginning", "Universal Beings", "Mantra", "Young Genius", "Holy Lands", "Wise Man Wiser Woman", "Prosperity's Fear", "Atlantic Black", "Flipped Out", "Voila", and "Suite Hans". CD

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Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings E & F Sides ... CD
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A really great idea for a record – and one that echoes the same "E & F" mode that Makaya McCraven brought to his previous album! The approach here is as unique as the drummer himself – in that McCraven went back to the sessions for the core album, and pulled out material that's recast into a completely different record altogether – not a remix project, or a batch of alternate takes – but new music from the ground up, as Makaya continues his groundbreaking style of using live jazz performance as the basis for a record that's eventually cut-up and reassembled! Performances were recorded in Chicago, Cali, Brooklyn, and London – with players who include Brandee Younger on harp, Joel Ross on vibes, Dezron Douglas on bass, Ashley Henry on Fender Rhodes, Nubya Garcia on tenor, Jeff Parker on guitar, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on violin, Carlos Nino on percussion, Junius Paul on bass, Tomeka Reid on cello, and Shabaka Hutchings on tenor – an amazing lineup that gets plenty of space to shine in the hands of Makaya. Titles include "Everybody Coo", "Mak Attack", "The Hunt", "Beat Science", "Kings & Queens", "Traveling Space", "Butterss Fly", "Universal Beings Part 2", "Her Name", "Half Steppin", and "The Way Home". CD
Also available Universal Beings E & F Sides ... LP 18.99

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Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings E & F Sides ... LP
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
A really great idea for a record – and one that echoes the same "E & F" mode that Makaya McCraven brought to his previous album! The approach here is as unique as the drummer himself – in that McCraven went back to the sessions for the core album, and pulled out material that's recast into a completely different record altogether – not a remix project, or a batch of alternate takes – but new music from the ground up, as Makaya continues his groundbreaking style of using live jazz performance as the basis for a record that's eventually cut-up and reassembled! Performances were recorded in Chicago, Cali, Brooklyn, and London – with players who include Brandee Younger on harp, Joel Ross on vibes, Dezron Douglas on bass, Ashley Henry on Fender Rhodes, Nubya Garcia on tenor, Jeff Parker on guitar, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on violin, Carlos Nino on percussion, Junius Paul on bass, Tomeka Reid on cello, and Shabaka Hutchings on tenor – an amazing lineup that gets plenty of space to shine in the hands of Makaya. Titles include "Everybody Coo", "Mak Attack", "The Hunt", "Beat Science", "Kings & Queens", "Traveling Space", "Butterss Fly", "Universal Beings Part 2", "Her Name", "Half Steppin", and "The Way Home". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jack McDuffLive!/Live! At The Jazz Workshop ... CD
Prestige, 1963/1965. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Slammin live work from the legendary Brother Jack McDuff – a player who was almost better on the bandstand than he was in the studio! First up is the album Live – a killer, and one of three live sides McDuff cut for Prestige during the 60s – a monster session of stretched-out jazzy grooves, with many fine little dancers, and a raw soulful feel throughout! The group's one of Jack's best – as Red Holloway's tenor blows and hollers over the fingerpoppin' grooves delivered by a young George Benson on his first major guitar gig – and the soulful drums of Joe Dukes scatter across the place, taking the whole band into some incredible rhythms! Titles include cookin' live versions of "Rock Candy", "Sanctified Samba", "Undecided", and "A Real Goodun'". Live At The Jazz Workshop features a group that's one of Jack's best ever – a lineup that includes the twin tenors of Red Holloway and Harold Vick, plus incredibly sharp guitar from a young George Benson, and some of the most unique soul jazz drum work you'll ever hear – courtesy of the amazing Joe Dukes. Despite their individual strengths, which might make this whole thing an ego-fest – all players fit perfectly into place on the album's hard wailing batch of groovers, and groove together with a sympathetic energy that's simply amazing! Titles include a great remake of "Jive Samba", plus "Dink's Blues", "Grease Monkey", "Passing Through", and "Vas Dis". This is the kind of thing live recording equipment was made for! CD

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Charles McPhersonHorizons ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1968. Used ... $11.99
A wonderfully warm, deeply creative session from Charles McPherson – a set that moves way past his boppish roots, into a new zone of lyricism and imagination! Cedar Walton's on piano, and he adds some extremely important touches to the record – those lyrical, almost modal lines that really set Walton apart from others in the 60s, and which seem to unlock a whole new side of McPherson's playing here. Guitarist Pat Martino is also on the date – showing some of the hipper sides of his young talents – and the group also features Walter Booker on bass, Billy Higgins on drums, and the enigmatic Nasir Hafiz on vibes – a player we don't know at all, but whose sound really makes the album sparkle! Titles include "She Loves Me", "I Should Care", "Ain't That Somethin", "Night Eyes", and "Horizons". CD
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Gil Scott-Heron/Makaya McCravenWe're New Again – A Reimagining By Makaya McCraven ... CD
XL/International Anthem, 2010/2020. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A fantastic tribute to a fantastic record – one that takes all the core lyrical creations of Gil Scott Heron from I'm New Here, then adds in a wide array of new music from drummer/genius Makaya McCraven! The approach is similar to some of Makaya's own albums – which are both performed and re-cut – and the core of Gil's lyrics are in place, but with instrumentation that's maybe even more powerful and moving than the original release – and which takes on a slightly different shape, with some rearrangement of the songs – backed by McCraven on drums and keyboards, Joel Ross on vibes, Brandee Younger on harp, Jeff Parker on guitar, Junius Paul on bass, and some other key talents from the International Anthem side of the universe. Titles include "Certain Bad Things", "I'm New Here", "The Patch (Broken Home part 2)", "Lilly Scott (Broken Home part 3)", "People Of The Light", "Running", "Blessed Parents", "New York Is Killing Me", "The Crutch", "I've Been Me", and "Where Did The Night Go". CD

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanIt's Time! ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It certainly was time – time for Jackie McLean to break out of his older bop mode, and hit a whole new level of playing with a tight group of "new thing" compatriots like Herbie Hancock on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Charles Tolliver on trumpet! The record isn't as totally "out there" as some of his other ones from this period, but it's a seminal release in Jackie's modernist period – and it's one of the hardest to find from the era. Filled with warmly wonderful original compositions like "Revillot", "Snuff", "Truth", and "Das Dat" – the record is unpacked and remodeled nicely by the trio of young players, aided by Jackie's moody alto, and given a great spin by Roy Haynes on drums. Striking cover, too – with a huge field of exclamation points! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese EMI pressing, with obi – BN 4179 – in great shape!)

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✨✧ Ultramagnetic MCsCritical Beatdown (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Next Plateau/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An undisputed indie classic from the end of the 80s – as Ultramagnetic MCs burst out of the Bronx with a fresh sound that challenged the new waves of styles emerging from Long Island! The group are super sharp and on point right from the start – with a young Kool Keith already overflowing with that special sort of magic he brought to his lyrics, and production from Ced Gee that really gives the whole thing focus! This is one of those records that only those in the know picked up at the time – but it's become a completely essential document over the years – thanks to titles that include "Watch Me Now", "Ego Trippin", "Ease Back", "Funky", "Kool Keith Housing Things", "Feelin It", "Ced Gee (Delta Force One)", "Traveling At The Speed Of Thought", "One Minute Less", and "Ain't It Good To You". 2LP pressing features bonus tracks "A Chorus Line (12" version)", "Funky (12" version)", "Bait (12" version)", "Traveling At The Speed Of Thought (hip hop house mix)", "Mentally Mad (12" version)", and "Ego Trippin (bonus beats)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition pressing – on heavyweight yellow vinyl!)

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✨✧ Full Experience/Candy McKenzie/AuraLee Scratch Perry Presents The Full Experience (Lee Scratch Perry Presents Candy McKenzie/Full Experience/bonus track) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of unusual Lee Perry projects from the mid 70s – both of which feature a female singer in the lead, and give us a whole new side of Perry's talents! The first half of the set features material from an album issued under the title Lee Scratch Perry Presents Candy McKenzie – a set that features lead vocals from London singer Candy McKenzie, who's got a much deeper soul approach than some of her Jamaican contemporaries – a mode that's sometimes got the sweeter styles that would end up in the lovers rock years, but which also has a wider range that almost has Candy stretching out like a straighter soul singer – on titles that include "Walking In The Sun", "Disco Fits", "Breakfast In Bed", "When The Big Say", "Tell Me A Lie", "Keep Him Strong", and "Jah Knows". Next up is material from the Full Experience sessions – a record that has South African singer Aura working with Lee Scratch Perry, in a style that's got more of the deeper, dubbier elements that Scratch was helping revolutionize at the time! The tunes are rich and righteous, and have all these great little instrumental and production twists – which only makes the lead vocals sound even cooler overall. Titles include "Young Gifted & Broke", "Can't See You", "At Midnite", "Full Experience", and "Nar Soh So It Stay". CD features the bonus track "Disco Devil" – presented in its 12" mix! CD

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✨✧ Imaginary Numbers (Joe McPhee)Imaginary Numbers ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really old school trio setting – one that has a loose, open, freely exploratory vibe that really takes us back to the loft jazz generation – as the musicians work in very creative territory that really shows their individual spirits, yet still also come together strongly as a whole! Joe McPhee is great on tenor and trumpet – and really reminds us of those tremendous textures and tones he started developing in the late 70s – and the rest of the trio features Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Stale Liavik Solberg on drums – both younger musicians, but equally creative in the setting. Titles include "i", "A", and "Zero Supreme Love" – the last of which is dedicated to John Coltrane. CD

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✨✧ Glen CampbellGentle On My Mind/By The Time I Get To Phoenix ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A pair of Capitol Records classics from Glenn Campbell – back to back on a single CD! First up is Gentle On My Mind – an insanely wonderful early album from Glenn Campbell – the kind of music that's not really rock, pop, or country – but instead a unique summation of all, at a level that only Campbell could do this well The album kicks off with the sublime pop hit "Gentle On My Mind" – one of those jangly tunes that we could listen to forever – and then soars into a beautiful blend of tunes from different sources, including covers of Nilsson's "Without Her", Rod McKuen's "The World I Used to Know", Jimmie Rodgers' "It's Over", and Donovan's "Catch The Wind" – as well as the huge hit "Mary In The Morning". Glenn's got a hell of a voice – and it sounds great on all the tracks! By The Time I Get To Phoenix begins with Glenn Campbell's amazing take on the title tune by Jimmy Webb – a pure moment of 60s genius! The pairing of Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb is probably one of the greatest ideas ever in the history of pop music – as you'll hear on the album's title track, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". Glen's original hit version of the song – written by a wee Jimmy at a young age – forever cut the way for his unique blend of pop, country, and easy vocal styles. The tune also kicks off this pretty nice little album of tracks that features great lesser known numbers, including some surprisingly great country covers. Titles include "Back In The Race", "My Baby's Gone", "Tomorrow Never Comes", "Bad Seed", "Love is A Lonesome River", and "I'll Be Lucky Some Day". CD

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Brian CharretteGood Tipper ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Great Hammond work from Brian Charette – served up in a style that's a bit different than most contemporary organ jazz sessions! The tracks here are sometimes short – like the old soul jazz organ singles back in the 60s – and Charette mixes things up nicely with a few great covers of soundtrack and pop moments – a bit like some Jimmy McGriff album on Sue Records! Yet Charette's also got a much wider range of sounds than McGriff ever did – a knowledge of the Hammond that embraces all the changes from Larry Young forward – worked out with a sweet trio that includes either Avi Rothbard or Yotam Silberstein on guitar, and Mark Ferber or Jordan Young on drums. Joe Sucato guests on tenor on the album's one long track – and titles include "The Kicker", "Good Tipper", "Another Quarter", "Standing Still", "You Only Live Twice", "Up Up & Away", and "Time Of The Season". CD

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Czarface & MF DoomSuper What? ... CD
Silver Age, 2021. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
MF Doom left our planet all too soon, and he left behind a great legacy of music, too – including a previous collaboration with the Czarface collective, nicely matched by this posthumous set! The balance here is great, and the set brings the metal man of mystery into great play with his collaborators and guests who include DMC, Kendra Morris, and Del The Funky Homosapien – all coming together on an album that's every bit as fun as the first time around, and maybe even more essential, given that we're not going to hear that much more from the unissued archives of MF Doom. Titles include "This Is Canon Now", "So Strange", "Young World", "Mando Calrissian", "Doom Unto Others", "The King & Eye", and "Czarwyn's Theory Of People Getting Loose". CD
Also available Super What? ... LP 23.99

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Czarface & MF DoomSuper What? ... LP
Silver Age, 2021. New Copy ... $23.99 27.98
MF Doom left our planet all too soon, and he left behind a great legacy of music, too – including a previous collaboration with the Czarface collective, nicely matched by this posthumous set! The balance here is great, and the set brings the metal man of mystery into great play with his collaborators and guests who include DMC, Kendra Morris, and Del The Funky Homosapien – all coming together on an album that's every bit as fun as the first time around, and maybe even more essential, given that we're not going to hear that much more from the unissued archives of MF Doom. Titles include "This Is Canon Now", "So Strange", "Young World", "Mando Calrissian", "Doom Unto Others", "The King & Eye", and "Czarwyn's Theory Of People Getting Loose". LP, Vinyl record album
(Street date was annouced as 5/28. Likely delayed.)
Also available Super What? ... CD 14.99

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DonovanBarabajagal ... LP
Epic, 1968. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Donovan at his jazzy best – really picking up where Mellow Yellow left off, and pushing the jazz influences in his sound to deeper lengths! Mr Leitch is a million miles away from his Dylanesque early roots on the set – and is working in territory that's completely his own – a beautiful blend of folk, psychedelic, and jazz-based modes – handled with simple charm throughout, and performed by a group that includes funky sound library genius Alan Hawkshaw on piano, and the great Harold McNair on flute! The title track "Barabajagal" is one of Donovan's most amazing tunes of all time – a funky little number that dances around with some great heavy drums, and which also features guitar by a young Jeff Beck! Other titles include "The Love Song", "Trudi", "Atlantis", "Superlungs My Supergirl", "I Love My Shirt", and "Pamela Jo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Jo GrinageOde To Kim ... LP
Chiaroscuro, 1976. Near Mint- ... $28.99
A very cool set – a mix of jazz vocals, righteous ideas, and some nicely complex instrumentation – a bit like the hippest territory that Carmen McRae was hitting at the start of the 70s! The great Nadi Qamar directs the group, and handles the arrangements – and players include a young Hilton Ruiz on piano, the great Roland Alexander on tenor and flute, Ahmed Abdul Malik on bass, and Maxine Roach on viola. Titles include "Mother How I Miss Youi", "Rain", "Ode To Kim", "Woman", and "Eleanor Rigby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dakeeta pressing. Cover has some light wear, but vinyl is great.)

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Mary HopkinPost Card ... LP
Apple, 1969. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The sweet, lovely and lush full length debut of Mary Hopkin for Apple Records! Mary's vocals are fragile and sweet, and Paul McCartney's production frames it like a pillow on the softer tunes – with light bits of acoustic guitar – and makes are sound like the queen of all natural on the more grandly orchestrated tracks. 15 tracks on the original album, including "Those Were The Days", "Lord Of thE Reedy River", "Love Is The Sweetest Thing", "The Puppy Song", "Inchworm", "Young Love", "The Game", "Someone To Watch Over Me" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Freddie HubbardReady For Freddie (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $7.99
Moody genius from Freddie Hubbard – one that features a unique group with McCoy Tyner on piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bernard McKinney on euphonium – a tuba-like instrument that gives the album a nicely shadowy sound! McKinney's probably better known for his 70s work with the Tribe scene in Detroit – but here, he's a young player with an innovative sound – one that makes the album one of Freddie's most striking of the period – a soulfully modern set that's set apart from his straighter hardbop work! The album features some great original tunes by Hubbard and Shorter – and titles include "Crisis", "Birdlike", "Arietis", and "Weaver Of Dreams". CD features bonus alternates of "Marie Antoinette" and "Arietis". CD

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Jazz At The PhilharmonicBody & Soul ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1944. Used ... $8.99
Nat King Cole on piano, Les Paul on guitar, Shorty Sherock on trumpet, JJ Johnson on trombone, Illinois Jackson and Jack McVea on tenor saxophone, Johnny Miller and Red Callender on bass, and Lee Young on drums. CD

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✨✧ Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road ... LP
MCA, 1973. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $39.99
The crowning achievement of a young Elton John – and the record that took an already-great run of earlier records, and pushed it even further with a new depth of songwriting and imagination! The double-length set isn't exactly a concept album – at least not one with a unified narrative – but it works beautifully as a set of little pictures of the world seen through the eyes of Elton and Bernie Taupin – both at the height of their powers, and able to balance catchy commercial tunes with some grittier undercurrents. The set's filled with classics – and titles include "Candle In The Wind", "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", "Bennie & The Jets", "Social Disease", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "Harmony", "Jamaica Jerk-Off", and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original trifold pressing. Cover has minimal wear.)

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Elvin Jones/Takehisa TanakaWhen I Was At Aso Mountain ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. Used ... $18.99
Elvin Jones introduces Japanese pianist Takehisa Tanaka to a larger audience – giving him a perfect setting with a quartet format that also includes Cecil McBee on bass Sonny Fortune on flute and tenor sax! Tanaka's style is a bit laidback – spacious, but sometimes a bit wispy, even more so on the tracks that have Jones playing in an unusually subtle manner. But thanks to the strength of Fortune's reed work, and the power of McBee's bass, the longish tracks all fill up with plenty of bright moments – and if anything, we really dig the set as a strong showcase for Fortune's always-great talents! Titles include "Dream Gypsy", "I Was Too Young", "My Dream Come True", "Soultrane", and "When I Was At Aso Mountain". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesAll Things Happen In Time ... CD
MCA/Vinyl Masterpiece (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
A post-Philly International album from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, but one that still keeps their groove very much intact – thanks to instrumental help from Norman Harris, Ron Baker, Vince Montana, Earl Young, and a host of other Sigma Sound talents! Although recorded in the early 80s, the set's actually got a stripped-down quality that really reminds us of the earliest days of Philly International – kind of a back-to-basics approach that really works well for The Blue Notes, at a time when so many other groups might have been tempted to push off into clunkier territory. We might miss Teddy Pendergrass a bit in the lead, but the vocals are still totally top-shelf – very much in the best group soul mode of the time – and titles include "Hang On In There", "Come Go With Me", "Ain't That Love", "Tell Me Why", "I'm In Love With You", and "Have I Told You I Love You Today". CD

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Royce Da 5'9Allegory (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
E One, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... On July 17, 2021
Royce Da 5'9 hitting what we think will go down as a later career creative high point – creeping up on 20 years since his debut solo album and more than 2 decades since the first Bad Meets Evil single! Royce's reputation as one of the stronger MCs of his generation rings true on Allegory for sure, with rhymes that are self-reflective and socially aware at the same time. This one is largely produced by Royce as well – and on the best tracks that production is compelling enough without getting in the way of his voice, the background sounds stretching out and letting the rhymes carry the load. Those rhymes are strongly relevant to the times, but crafted in a way that'll ring true for years to come. Includes "Mr Grace", "Dope Man", "I Don't Age", "Generation Is Broken", "Overcomer", "Thou Shall", "Tricked", "Black People In America", "Black Savage", "Rhino Doo Rag", "Young World", "My People Free", "Hero", "Upside Down" and more. (Note: This item is not for sale online until noon on Saturday, July 17. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Saturday, July 17. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after noon on July 17 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
(Finally on vinyl!)

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Dave StrykerBaker's Circle ... CD
Strikezone, 2021. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really fantastic record from guitarist Dave Stryker – a set that shows just how much he's grown in recent years as a player, and how responsive he is to the talents of other musicians in the group! Here, that group is a tremendous one – with Jared Gold on Hammond, Walter Smith III on tenor, and McClenty Hunter on drums – a combo that's locked up tight, and totally on the money – playing soulfully, but with lots of modern touches too – as Smith and Gold come together with the fluidity of Joe Henderson and Larry Young back in the day! Stryker's solos are strong, but he's also the kind of leader who's nicely focused on the overall sound of the group – which also includes percussion from Mayra Casales on a few cuts. Titles include "Rush Hour", "Baker's Circle", "Tough", "El Camino", "Dreamsong", and a nice take on "Inner City Blues". CD

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WhoLive at Leeds ... CD
MCA, 1970. Used ... $4.99
A landmark live set from The Who – a record that offers the group with a blistering intensity that blows away all their other studio albums of the time! Although offered during the Who's Tommy-era expansion into broader themes and more complicated instrumentation, the album's a real return to basics – and features a guitar-heavy version of the group performing a number of older rock n roll classics like "Summertime Blues", "Shakin All Over", and "Young Man Blues" – plus really extended jamming takes on their own "My Generation" and "Magic Bus", and a searing 2 minute take on "Substitute" that's probably everything you ever need to know about The Jam! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Live at Leeds ... LP 16.99

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Prince Billy Mahdi WrightYou Got Dat Wright ... LP
Raenii/P-Vine (Japan), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $36.99
A wonderful bit of lost spiritual soul jazz from Chicago – recorded in the early 80s, but with a progressive and righteous feel that's very much in the 70s Strata East vein! The group's led by Billy Mahdi on tenor, soprano, and flute – and features Corky McClerkin on piano, Eldee Young on bass, and Dave Baldwin on sax. But the real treat on the set is a trio of female singers that augment some of the best tracks – singing in a slightly off-beat style that is somewhere between Oneness Of Juju and Ramp. And in fact, Oneness of Juju are a good comparison here – as the album's got a lot of tracks that are kind of like that group's tighter jazz dance, less Afro-inspired numbers. Includes the spiritual classics "Tune Weaver" and "Summer Love" – plus "Love Dream", "79th Street Blues", and "Excuse Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)
Also available You Got Dat Wright (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99

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Prince Billy Mahdi WrightYou Got Dat Wright (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Raenii/P-Vine (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $24.99
A wonderful bit of lost spiritual soul jazz from Chicago – recorded in the early 80s, but with a progressive and righteous feel that's very much in the 70s Strata East vein! The group's led by Billy Mahdi on tenor, soprano, and flute – and features Corky McClerkin on piano, Eldee Young on bass, and Dave Baldwin on sax. But the real treat on the set is a trio of female singers that augment some of the best tracks – singing in a slightly off-beat style that is somewhere between Oneness Of Juju and Ramp. And in fact, Oneness of Juju are a good comparison here – as the album's got a lot of tracks that are kind of like that group's tighter jazz dance, less Afro-inspired numbers. Includes the spiritual classics "Tune Weaver" and "Summer Love" – plus "Love Dream", "79th Street Blues", and "Excuse Me". CD
(Prat of the excellent Groove Diggers series!)
Also available You Got Dat Wright ... LP 36.99

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✨✧ Jimi HendrixAre You Experienced? ... CD
MCA/Experience Hendrix, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not experienced? Well, this album will help push you over the top – as it's done for decades of listeners from the heyday of young Jimi Hendrix all the way up to the present! The set's a classic through and through – a blueprint not just for the genius of Hendrix, but for generations of guitar heroes to come – as you might expect with a lineup that includes "Hey Joe", "Manic Depression", "The Wind Cries Mary", "Fire", "Third Stone From The Sun", "Are You Experienced", and "Purple Haze". CD
Also available Are You Experienced? ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisGreatest Hits ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ramsey Lewis on piano, Christopher White, Cleveland Eaton, and Eldee Young on bass, Maurice White and Red Holt on drums, and Eldee Young on cello. CD

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✨✧ Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesAll Things Happen In Time ... CD
MCA/Vinyl Masterpiece (Netherlands), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A post-Philly International album from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, but one that still keeps their groove very much intact – thanks to instrumental help from Norman Harris, Ron Baker, Vince Montana, Earl Young, and a host of other Sigma Sound talents! Although recorded in the early 80s, the set's actually got a stripped-down quality that really reminds us of the earliest days of Philly International – kind of a back-to-basics approach that really works well for The Blue Notes, at a time when so many other groups might have been tempted to push off into clunkier territory. We might miss Teddy Pendergrass a bit in the lead, but the vocals are still totally top-shelf – very much in the best group soul mode of the time – and titles include "Hang On In There", "Come Go With Me", "Ain't That Love", "Tell Me Why", "I'm In Love With You", and "Have I Told You I Love You Today". CD
Also available All Things Happen In Time ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ VariousSomething Wild ... CD
MCA, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from UB40, Fine Young Cannibals, Oingo Boingo, Jimmy Cliff, David y Celia, Steve Jones, Sonny Okossun, Jerry Harrison, New Order, and Sister Carol. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Joe HendersonIn N Out ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A stone killer from the early Blue Note years of tenorist Joe Henderson – a key example of why the label had so much faith in him right from the start, and why Henderson's horn was quite different than so many other players of the 60s! There's a sharp edge here, but there's also a soulful sense of swing – that balance that Joe had more than most of his contemporaries – and which he only continued to develop as the years went on. Echoes of "new thing" modes lie in the background of the record, but upfront things have a sharp 60s Blue Note punch – thanks in part to a great lineup that also includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Henderson's tone is rough and young – but in a great way, one that's perfect for the exploratory nature of his original tunes on the set, and which matches the mood of Dorham's compositions as well. Tracks include "In N Out", "Short Story", "Brown's Town", and "Punjab". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks OrchestraBernstein Reimagined ... CD
MCG Jazz, 2020. Used ... Out Of Stock
Charlie Young on alto saxophone and also conducting. CD
 
 
 



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