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Soul Patch: funky soul jazz
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The Cannonball Adderley Quintet: The Happy People; Capitol ST-11121; 1972; deep groove E+/N- S $25 -- free/out/Brasilian; produced by David Axelrod; live (inspired by a trip to Brasil); with Airto, Flora Purim, George Duke, King Errison, David T. Walker, Olga James..; The Happy People, Maria Tres Filhos, Savior, Ela
Cannonball Adderley Presents Soul Zodiac, Written and Narrated by Rick Holmes, The Nat Adderley Sextet; Capitol SVBB-11025; 1972; 2-LP gatefold; red/1st E/N S $75 (or green/2nd E-/E+ S $35, specify) -- soul jazz/occult/spoken; 1st of the 3 awesome, mind-blowing sessions involving Rick Holmes; prod. Adderley and David Axelrod; music ranges from the funky to the very out, including psychedelic rock guitar (not fusion, don't worry); DEEP, DARK, unique (except their similar but inferior LP on Fantasy), and GREAT!!
Cannonball Adderley: Phenix (sic); Fantasy F-79004; 1975; 2-LP gatefold promo E/E+ S $20 -- soul jazz; Soul of the Bible and the Zodiac LPs get all the attention these days, but don't overlook this; it's all hip updates of his Capitol hits, so old favorites have been transformed into funky classics for DJs; Hamba Nami (GREAT--worth it just for this one!), Sack o' Woe, Jive Samba, This Here, Work Song, Country Preacher, Walk Tall, Mercy Mercy Mercy, High Fly..
Jamey Aebersold: [Jazz & Rock] Nothin' But Blues--Volume 2 of A New Approach to Jazz Improvisation; AJA JA-1211; no book N-/N S $25 (or E/N S $20, specify) -- soul-jazz/piano funk/breakbeats; funky drums, modal tunes, changes, breakbeats!; the highlight of the now well-known Indiana instructional series (this is the one everyone should want, whether or not others in the series are of interest); it's a trio recorded with bass and piano in separate channels but drums in both!; has at least two very worthy rare grooves: "Mr. Super Hip" and "Long-Meter" (jazz-rock) -- you need this
Afro Blues Quintet Plus One: Introducing the; Mira LPS-3002; E+/E- S $15 -- soul-jazz vibes; Monkey Time, Liberation, Moses, Jerico..
Afro Blues Quintet featuring Rene Bloch: The Afro Blues Quintet Next Album; Mira MLPS-3016; white-label promo E/E+ S $50 -- mod/soul-jazz vibes; rare one by great group featuring Latin maestro Rene Bloch (see Latin page for his records); Pata Pata, Look of Love, I Say a Little Prayer, Goin' Out of My Head, Some Velvet Morning, Little Tangi, Woe is Me, A New Kind of Blue..
Max Albright: Mood for Max; Motif ML-502; 1956; deep groove E+/E $25 -- modern; West Coast all stars populate this 12-tune, drummer-led obscurity: John Anderson, Dave Wells, Buddy Collette, William Green, Chuch Gentry, Gene Cipriano, Gerald Wiggins, Joe Comfort, Curtis Counce
Allegro Jazz Group dir. by Nikolai Levinovsky: Contrasts; [Russian label] C-60-14003-4; 1980; Soviet import E/E+ S $100 -- Soviet jazz 1st LP by acclaimed all-star group (finally recorded 32 years after its inception as a Coltrane modal-jazz interpreter of Russian folk songs), w/synthesizer and funky percussion; made in USSR by trusty Communist jazzbos (you always knew those right-wing rumors were true); groovy colorful jacket w/helpful demystifying liner notes in English and Russian; great stuff and way hipper relic of the USSR than some nasty chunk of E. German wall!
Johnny Almond [Music Machine]: Hollywood Blues; London/Deram DES-18037; 1970; V+/E- S $25 -- soul jazz; scarce, import-label-only (Deram) release of a West Coast (Hollywood) killer w/all stars Charles Kynard, Curis Amy, Joe Pass, Earl Palmer, Hadley Caliman, Vi Redd, Leonard Feather..; It's the Water, Funkville USA, Agadir Sunset, Blues for Helen, Hot Rod, Slipping Easy, Kwei Ying Fu, Perdido
The Aquarians: Jungle Grass; MCA/Uni 73053; 1969; Unipak gatefold; cutout N-/E S $90 -- soul-jazz vibes/Latin soul (sort of)/Brasilian/rare groove; arr. Vladimir Vassilieff w/Francisco Aguabella, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Pass, Al MacKibbon.. (like "Afro-Latin Soultet: Afro Brazil Oba!" but better); conga, vibes, horns, hippie chicks singing--everything essential!; all terrific (incl. psychedelic jacket--here in top shape); obscure, love-in/hippy "The Aquarians" is the monster rare groove in our book; other close contenders: Bayu-Bayu, Batakum, Mucho Soul, Jungle Grass, Saja, The Head, Excuses Excuses, What Do You Mean-What Do I Mean?, or Adela
Arica: Audition; Arica Institute AI-1001; 1972; 2-LP gatefold V+/N-* S $500 -- private-press masterpiece by the world's best amateur guru band!; mysterious NYC meditation group named after a town in northern Chile created this stone gasser; Tibetan ritual chanting (the most far-out stuff there is), wild jazz, funk, tabla, sitar; rec. mainly at Electric Lady Studios in NYC--very professionally done, although the pressing quality isn't so great (*endemic mild backgound noise not due to wear); jacket sports a great mandala and the liners tell you about "listening with the soles of your feet"; Absorption, Relaxation, Mentations, Passive in the World, Active in the World, Passive in the Cosmos, Active in the Cosmos, The Funnel (in 6 parts), Absorption, Mantram (6-part, all of side 4); as you would expect from the price, it's one of our best and most favorite discoveries--and you can buy it!
Arica: Heaven; Just Sunshine JSS-11; 1973; gatefold cutout E+/E+ S $200 (or cutout V/E- S $100, specify) -- spiritual soul jazz/occult/psyche/sitar; super-rare 3rd LP by the world's best amateur guru band!; mysterious NYC meditation group named after a town in northern Chile from which they originated (here: "Arica Rhythm and Movement Band") released only this wonder (plus several cassettes) following the 2 variants of their private-pressed 2-LP debut bombshell, which offered Tibetan out-there chants, free-form jazz honkfests, funk, and sitar; this one's slicker (gone are the raw honks) but it's still amazing; rec. at Electric Lady Studios in NYC--very professionally done; strap on the love beads and get ready to vibrate...hard!!!; dig these crazy titles: Heaven, Cloud, Lake, Wind, Ocean, Rock, Thorn, River, Candle, Utoh ("vibrates the center of our being")
Dorothy Ashby: The Fantastic Jazz Harp of; Atlantic SD-1447; 1966/1965; E/N- S $75 -- mod/harp; with Willie Bobo, Grady Tate, and other top players; contrary to the conventional ignorance, great Dorothy is not limited to the two or three hip killers on Cadet (nor the classic early Prestige material); this is a hip SWINGER: Flighty, Essence of Sapphire, Why Did You Leave Me, I Will Follow You, What Am I Here For, House of the Rising Sun, Invitation, Nabu Corfa, Feeling Good, Dodi Li
Dorothy Ashby: The Fantastic Jazz Harp of; Atlantic 1447; 1965; N-/E+ shrink $60 -- mod/harp; with Willie Bobo, Grady Tate, and other top players; contrary to the conventional ignorance, great Dorothy is not limited to the two or three hip killers on Cadet (nor the classic early Prestige material); this is a hip SWINGER: Flighty, Essence of Sapphire, Why Did You Leave Me, I Will Follow You, What Am I Here For, House of the Rising Sun, Invitation, Nabu Corfa, Feeling Good, Dodi Li
Dorothy Ashby: The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby; Cadet LPS-841; 1970/1969-70; cutout E+/E- S $200 -- mod/harp; THE greatest Dorothy Ashby, harp, Cadet, and we're nearly tempted to say even soul-jazz LP EVER, bar none (not even her second-best rare groove, the more widely known Afro-Harping LP); this is the way hip wax should be (full of exotic instruments and themes but still funky and "out dere"); w/Fred Katz, Stu Katz, Cliff Davis, Cash McCall, Richard Evans, Lenny Druss, Ed Green; Myself When Young, For Some We Loved, Wax and Wane, Drink, Wine, Dust, Joyful Grass and Grape, Shadow Shapes, Heaven and Hell, The Moving Finger
Barbara Ann Auer's Dance Exercise; Gateway GSLP-7608; 1980; gatefold w/illustrated innerleaves E-/N- S $20 -- soul jazz/piano/spoken instruction; NOTE: it's Ramsey Lewis uncredited!; another rare groove diamond in the "jazzercise" rough; hip soul jazz and instruction w/plenty of inner-leaf instruction/photos; from Gateway, the wonderful people who brought you the belly dance LP Dee-Lite sampled for "Groove is in the Heart" (see also John Devlin below)
Gary Bartz Ntu Troop: Juju Street Songs; Prestige PRST-10057; 1972; E+/N S $50 (or E-/N- S $40, specify) -- sax/spiritual soul jazz/out; one of his best, if not the best; w/Andy Bey, Stafford James, Howard King; I Wanna Be Where You Are, Black Maybe, Bertha Baptist, Africans Unite, Teheran
Sidney Bechet: Jazz Classics Vol. 1 w/Bunk Johnson & Sidney de Paris; Blue Note BLP-1201; NY/blue-white N-/N- $40
Louis Bellson: The Driving Louis Bellson; Norgran MG-N-1020; yellow-label deep groove V/V- $25 -- plays remarkably well despite appearances (looks rough but plays nicely) and is one of the rarest and earliest LPs with Sabu Martinez, who is heard on three cuts (most of Side 2) along w/similar non-drum-kit percussionists; you can work very hard to find perfection at several times the price, but this is an excellent choice for the Sabu fan or casual Bellson/Norgran/jazz collector
Art Blakey: Holiday for Skins Vol. 1; Blue Note BLP-4004; deep groove (47 W. 63rd) E/V+ $60 (or stereo Liberty/Blue Note BST-84004; V/E- S $25, specify)-- African jazz/percussion; great sound tho w/some noise (more so at the start); all-star cast: Sabu Martinez, Ray Barretto, Philly Joe Jones, Art Taylor, Donald Byrd, Ray Bryant..; The Feast, Aghano, Lamento Africano, Mirage
Art Blakey: Holiday for Skins Vol. 2; Blue Note BLP-4005; deep groove (47 W. 63rd) E-/E- $90 -- African jazz/percussion; all-star cast: Sabu Martinez, Ray Barretto, Philly Joe Jones, Art Taylor, Donald Byrd, Ray Bryant..; O'Tinde, Swingin' Kilts, Dinga, Reflection
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers at the Jazz Corner of the World Vol. 1; Blue Note BLP-4015; deep groove N-/E+ $150
Art Blakey & the Afro-Drum Ensemble: The African Beat .... Afro
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers plus Sabu: Cu-Bop; Jubilee JGM-1049; 1957; black; V+/V+ $35 -- wonderful rarity (good titles on Jubilee usually are) of four lengthy tracks: Woodyn' You, Sakeena, Shorty, Dawn on the Desert; terrific modern-art jacket and extensive liners by Nat Hentoff (see via link above) tell the story of this now famous work; Art Blakey and Sabu Martinez fans alike must have!
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Plus Sabu; Springboard/Trip TLP-5019; 1974; E+/N- $30 -- (REISSUES Cu-Bop); Art Blakey and Sabu Martinez; not stereo as indicated on the LP (no such thing for this recording unless it's ES) but you get it clean, cheap, and with a new nudie jacket; Woodyn' You, Sakeena, Shorty, Dawn on the Desert
The Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble: Drum Suite; Columbia CL-1002; 1958; 1st/deep groove/black 6-eye; E/E $20 -- great jacket (African masks), unique (Side 1 w/Sabu Martinez and Candido, Side 2 the Jazz Messengers); great record but sold well enough that even this beautiful original is bargain-priced; The Sacrifice, Cubano Chant, Oscalypso, Nica's Dream, D's Dilemma, Just for Marty
The Brass Company: Colors; Strata-East SES-19752; 1975; gatefold sealed S $30 -- priced low for some moisture/mildew under the shrink but it will clean up fine; Clifford Jordan, Stanley Cowell, Charles Tolliver, Billy Higgins..
Odell Brown & the Organ-Izers: Raising the Roof; Cadet LP-775; 1966; E/N- $40 -- soul-jazz organ; fans of Billy Larkin & the Delegates will love this group, and vice versa; their first LP in top mono (just has "Inez" in marker on the jacket in three places); The Honeydripper, Raising the Roof, A Cool Senorita, Strike Up the Band, Day Tripper, Maiden Voyage, The Thing, Enchilada Joe
Odell Brown & the Organ-izers: Mellow Yellow; Cadet LPS-788; 1967; E/N- S $40 (or mono LP-788 cutout E-/N $25, specify) -- soul-jazz organ (mod); GREAT!!!; the second LP may rely heavily on covers, but what covers they are!; Mellow Yellow (Donovan), Quiet Village (Les Baxter), Tommy's Thing, Que Son Uno (Joe Cuba), Mas Que Nada (Jorge Ben), Baby You Just Don't Know, Ain't That a Groove (James Brown)
Odell Brown & the Organ-Izers: Ducky; Cadet LPS-800; 1967; E/E+ S $40 (or cutout N-/E S $40, specify) -- soul-jazz organ; Odell Brown's group is like many of the great funky soul-jazz organ-led groups: about half a dozen LPs, all of them great/essential (always some things for DJs as well as jazzbos), just enough to give you variety and depth but not so much you need to rent a storage space; No More Water in the Well, The Look of Love, Tough Tip, She's Coming My Way, Mirar Mirar, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Where Am I Going, Get Off My Back, Anna, Ducky
Odell Brown: Free Delivery; Cadet LPS-838; 1969; sealed cutout S $50 -- soul-jazz organ; perfect but for a tiny corner cut on the upper right; w/Phil Upchurch, Cash McCall, Burgess Gardner..; Free Delivery, Free and Easy, Come Together, Look Out Cleveland, Nitty Gritty, That's the Way God Planned It, Sign of the Ram, Country Preacher
Lord Buckley .... beatnik-crime-spy
Donald Byrd: Royal Flush; Liberty/Blue Note BST-84101; cutout sealed S $30 -- w/Pepper Adams, Herbie Hancock, Butch Warren, Billy Higgins; Hush, I'm a Fool to Want You, Jorgie's, Shangri-La, 6 M's, Requiem
Donald Byrd: Free Form; Liberty/Blue Note BST-84118; sealed S $40 -- w/Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Butch Warren, Billy Higgins; Pentecostal Feeling, Night Flower, Nai Nai, French Spice, Free Form
Candido: Thousand Finger Man; Solid State SS-18066; 1969; gatefold V/E+ S $40 -- conga soul-jazz/funk; prod. Duke Pearson and arr. Joe Cain; major hip rarity; priced low just for cosmetic reasons: jacket has significant rub wear and the disc has a dishpan warp (no effect on play)
Doug Carn: Adams Apple; Ovation/Black Jazz BJQD 21; 1974; white-label promo E/E S/Q $30 -- spiritual soul jazz/soul-jazz piano (partly Moog); w/Big Black, Harold Mason, Calvin Keys, the Voices of Revelation..; everything on Black Jazz is exciting, if not also a must-have, almost all of it now rare; fortunately the high-selling Carn LPs still turn up, providing major thrills at bargain rates; timeless, GREAT STUFF!
Central High School Jazz Lab: Nice & Juicy; Baldwin CS-8036; sealed S $40 (or N/N- shrink S $30, specify) -- jazz lab/soul jazz; private-press; local (York, PA) favorite jazz lab hitting it again in 1974 or so, with a stone-funky mod soul-jazz cut or two that DJs can use (and otherwise it's a very good jazz-lab LP, and we mean by the standard of the soul-jazz/jazz funk idiom as a whole); FUNKY DRUMMING and breakbeats; Nice & Juicy, Tribute to the Duke, Battery Charger (drum break!), Wave, Gospel John, What Have They Done
Buck Clarke Quintet: Drum Sum; Argo LP-4007; 1960; 1st/deep groove/white-label promo N-/N- $125 (or 1st/deep groove/green cutout E+/E $90, specify) (or 1st/deep groove/white-label promo E/V+ $50, specify) -- bongo bop; fantastic bongo-vibes quintet rarity in the Audio Odyssey series by 3-LP (all rare and terrific) Washington, DC wonder Buck Clarke; w/Charles Hampton, Clement Wells, Fred Williams, Roscoe Hunter; Woody'n You, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Funk Roots, Darben the Redd Foxx, Bags' Groove, Blues for Us, Georgia, Drum Sum, Buckskins, I Got Rhythm
Arnett Cobb: Sizzlin'; Prestige 7227; 1960; promo (stamped "PREVIEW COPY" on rear) 1st/groove/yellow/Bergenfield N-/E- $40 -- tenor sax w/Red Garland, George Tucker, J.C. Heard; gorgeous jacket and sound; disc great (just spotty little light surface marks), plays near perfectly (on Blue Sermon we heard just the merest of noise); Sweet Georgia Brown, Black Velvet, Blue Sermon, Georgia On My Mind, Sizzlin', The Way You Look Tonight
Ornette Coleman Trio at the Golden Circle, Stockholm, Volume One; Liberty/Blue Note BST-84224; E-/E S $20 -- only some very light marks, plays fine; nice price
King Curtis: Soul Serenade; Capitol ST-2095; N/E+ shrink S $20 -- mod soul twist/sax; Tequila, Night Train, Harlem Nocturne, Honky Tonk, Soul Twist, Watermelon Man, Swingin' Shepherd Blues, Wiggle Wobble..; some light marks but plays as new
Jack Daugherty & the Class of Nineteen Seventy One; A&M SP-3038; 1971; gatefold w/inner leaf; white-label promo cutout E/N S $50 -- soul jazz/funky rock/breakbeats; this is a very, very heavy one with lots of top players including Hal Blaine on drums (breakbeats, horns, guitar); it's like what you always hope for digging through obscure jazz lab records and only rarely get (and this is still better); two outstanding tracks at least for DJ use; Getting Up, Someone to Love, Feel So Good, (I Fell in Love with You) The Day We Met, Brothers and Sisters, Number Nine, The Strip, La Costa Drive, You've Got It, Theme for Susan
John Devlin's Total Exercise System: Dancercise Club--Total Class One; Gateway GSLP-7601; 1974/1973; gatefold w/illustrated innerleaves E+/E+ S $30 (or 1980 Viki Enterprises VI-1173 reissue w/booklet N/E+ shrink S $25, specify) (or 1980 Viki Enterprises VI-1173 reissue w/out booklet N-/E+ S $20, specify) -- soul jazz/spoken instruction; no doubt you've heard there are a few fantastic rare grooves among the many "jazzercise" LPs, most of which are dismissable; this is one of the best--very hip (both the soul jazz and the instruction) and gorgeous jacket art; if all that's enough, the inner leaves or book provides copious pix of '70s gals in various stretching postures; from Gateway, the wonderful people who brought you the belly dance LP that Dee-Lite sampled for "Groove is in the Heart" and many other fine oddballs (see also Barbara Ann Auer above)
Jack Dieval et le Paris Jazz Quartet; Chappell Dance & Mood Music Vol. 12 DDM-312; E/E M-S $60 -- production/free jazz/vibes; rare French production/sound library LP, astoundingly great!; Side 1 4 "free jazz" pieces Campus Nos. 1-3, Jazzomaniac; Side 2 Jack Dieval Quartet plays 6 tunes (led by vibes, not free jazz) Men's Club, Fuguetta, Green Water..
Bill Doggett: Hold It!; Gusto/PowerPak PO-269; 1975 (reissues older King 609 in ES) N/N- shrink ES $20 -- organ; yes, it's only a reissue (scarce in this form, too) but in top shape and one of his better titles (uptempo); famous jacket of policeman halting woman driver; Hold It, Tanya, Lone Star Blues, Hippy Dippy, Rainbow Riot, Blip Blop, Blues for Handy, Boo-Da-Ba, Pimento (sic), Back Door, Birdie
Lou Donaldson: Live--Fried Buzzard; GRT/Cadet LPS-842; rec. 1965; cutout E-/E+ S $20 -- live w/Bill Hardman, Leo Morris, Billy Gardner, Warren Stephens; a latterday ('70s) "from the vaults" release that couldn't possibly outdo his classic studio work of the period, but it does provide fascinating contrast--the live performances were something else!
George Duke: I Love the Blues She Heard My Cry; MPS MC-25671; 1975; E/N S $20 -- soul-jazz/funk/vocal/percussion; the classic for DJs is "Chariot" (VERY hip vocal); then there's Emil Richards' "Mashavu" (great exotic percussion) and a whole lot more that's WEIRD and fun ("Rokkinroll"); helping make it one of the best values on MPS (inexpensive, best-selling, yet good!) are superstars such as Airto (Brasilian percussion), Richards, Wah Wah Watson, Flora Purim..
Joe Dukes: The Soulful Drums of; Prestige 7324; 1964; purple N-/N- S $50 -- soul-jazz drums; way ahead of its day with plenty of clean drum breaks -- an incredible set for DJs!; with Red Holloway, George Benson, Brother Jack McDuff; Soulful Drums, Two Bass Hit, Greasy Drums, Moohah the D.J., Moanin' Bench, My Three Sons
Charles Earland: Living Black!; Prestige PRST-10009; 1971/1970; purple label E+/N- S $25 -- soul-jazz organ; live
Charles Earland: The Dynamite Brothers ST; Prestige P-10082; 1973; cutout E+/N- S $60 -- soundtrack/funk/soul-jazz/synth; one of his best, most creative efforts, as well as one of the best funky STs!; titles include Razor, Snake, Kungfusion, Weedhopper; see scan on the funky soundtracks page at Hyp Records/Soul Patch
Charles Earland: Front Burner; Milestone M-9165; 1988; N/E+ shrink S $15 -- soul-jazz organ; his comeback LP; despite the late date, it's really, really good!
[Tommy Gwaltney w/Steve Jordan &] John Eaton: Plays Great Jazz; Laurel 163011; E-/E- $20 -- jazz; rare, micro-label from Virginia (using Cook Labs process); early John Eaton piano, Jordan guitar, Gwaltney vibes & clarinet; notes by Charlie Byrd; Carioca, Shim-me-sha-Wabble, Heat Wave, The Golden Striker, Air Mail Special, I Go for That, When Sonny Gets Blue..
John Eaton & his Princetonians: Far Out, Near In; Columbia CL-996; black 6-eye deep groove 1st press E+/E $20 -- GA on My Mind, Lover Man, Just Wedging, Summertime, Swat the G-Man..
Duke Ellington's Far East Suite; RCA Victor LSP-3782; 1967; deep groove 2nd press E/N- S $25 -- fantastic!; "Blue Pepper (Far East of the Blues)" is mammoth, an Afro-Cuban monster easily equal to "Manteca" but much less known -- every marching band should play it!!!; Amad (Middle Eastern jazz) and others from the Ellington-Strayhorn-penned "Far East Suite" are great; "Ad Lib on Nippon" is a bonus cut (not part of the suite)
Don Elliott Sextette: A Musical Offering; ABC-Paramount SBC-106; 1956; deep groove E/E+ $25 -- arr. Quincy Jones; w/Herbie Mann, Joe Puma, Osie Johnson..; Miss Wiss-Key, Straits of McClellan, Cry Me a River, Mood Indigo, Jazz Me Blues, Our Love, Soon, Catana, Rough Ridin'..
Booker Ervin: Exultation!; Prestige PRST-7844; 1970/1963; purple E+/N- S $25 -- tenor; "Jazz Classics Series"; reissues all of PRST-7293 and adds 2 alternate short takes released on a 45; original liners plus Ira Gitler's notes from after Ervin's death
The Freedom Sounds Featuring Wayne Henderson: People Get Ready; Atlantic SD-1492; 1967; cutout N-/E+ S $30 -- mod soul-jazz; earlier of 2 LPs led by great trombonist and arranger Henderson, w/Harold Land, Paul Humphrey..; starts w/solid boogaloo, which is great for DJs (sounds like the best Fania and Cotique LPs which featured trombone) but winds up with a pair of longer, heavier, more "out" cookers; Respect, People Get Ready, Cucamonga, Things Go Better, Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa, Brother John Henry, Orbital Velocity, Cathy the Cooker
The Johnny Frigo Sextet: The Electric Jazz of Gus Giordano; Orion LP-117; E-/as is S $15 -- soul-jazz/funk/funky rock; while it's the big one (or one of the top two), the disc is beat/rough (serious wear/noise) so it's priced for the hip jacket and of course rarity--anything else is a bonus; The Getaway, Hawaii 5-0, Dawn, Scorpio, Signed-Sealed-Delivered, Day Tripper, Spill the Wine, Gardens of the Moon, Walk Him Up, Battle Hymn of the Republic
Slim Gaillard, Allen Ginsberg, Babs Gonzales .... beatnik-crime-spy
Grant Green: His Majesty King Funk; Verve V-8627; 1965; gatefold E-/E+ $50 -- soul-jazz guitar; w/Larry Young, Candido Camero, Harold Vick, Ben Dixon; well known as a rare goodie, so we haven't done much to describe it, but it's one to have
Grant Green: The Main Attraction; Kudu KU-29; 1976; cutout E+/N- S $25 -- w/Hubert Laws; A-side a 19-minute funkfest, B-side split b/w 2 long cuts
Al Grey/Jimmy Forrest: O.D. (Out 'Dere); GreyForrest GF-1001; 1980; cutout E+/E+ S $30 -- soul-jazz horns; 2 originals and 6 hip covers in a stellar private press (b/w jacket) by legendary masters (Al Grey--trombone, Jummy Forrest--tenor, Don Patterson--organ, Peter Leitch--guitar, Charlie Rice--drums); reason to pounce?--the smoking super-funky 5-min title track that, despite the year, is of the "Move Your Hand" level of stone funk groove, but much less shopworn!; Out Dere, Willow Weep for Me, Pizza on the Park, Deuces Wild, Aries, Blues for Ginni, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, In My Solitude
Chico Hamilton: El Exigente/The Demanding One; Flying Dutchman FDS-135; 1970; gatefold white-label promo E-/N S $25 -- out/strange/electric/acid; crazy Bob Thiele production, mainly the creation of Arnie Lawrence (electric alto--see his LPs below) w/Bob Mann on guitar, Steve Swallow bass; 9-part suite called Maybe Tomorrow, Never
Chico Hamilton: Peregrinations; UA/Blue Note BN-LA520-G; 1975; sealed cutout S $30 -- soul jazz/percussion/exotic; one of his best and one of the hip Blue Notes every DJ should have; w/Steve Turre, Arnie Lawrence..; the exotic Abdullah and Abraham is just one of several standouts (it's all great, funky, hip); Andy's Walk..
Chico Hamilton: Chico the Master; Stax/Enterprise ENS-7501; 1973; cutout N-/N S $35 -- conga funk; one of the best things ever on Stax and easily his best LP for DJs--all great, funky, heavy!!!; Ghenghis, Stu, Fancy, Conquistadores '74, I Can Hear the Grass Grow, Feels Good..
Lionel Hampton: Hamp in Japan/Live; Glad-Hamp Glad LP-1006; 1964; N/N S $30 -- vibes/jazz/soul; rare and worthy live set with Eddie Pazant, Virgil Jones, Jiro Inagaki..; Yukari Kuroda guest sings on the Ray Charles hit; Opening Theme (Big Slide), Sakura, Midnight Sun, Akirfa, What'd I Say, Vibe Boogie, Happy Monk, Sunny Side of the Street, After You've Gone, Georgia On My Mind, Shojoji
Lionel Hampton & the Inner Circle: Them Changes; Brunswick BL-754182; 1972; E/N S $40 -- vibes/soul/funky; 1st of 5 LPs in this great series, which is always good for interesting breakbeats; only partly vocal; with the great Lee Moses(!!!); Them Changes, You Got a Friend, I Who Have Nothing, California Dreamin', Light My Fire, Ain't No Sunshine, Tired of Being Alone, Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Lionel Hampton & the Inner Circle: There It Is!; Brunswick BL-754198; 1972; sealed cutout S $40 -- vibes/soul/funky; hip, scarce series with breakbeats and other delights (the Inner Circle features funk legend Lee Moses and others); There It Is, Stoned Out of My Mind, Beautiful Day, Happiness (top cut!)..
Lionel Hampton & the Inner Circle: Stop! I Don't Need No Sympathy; Brunswick BL-754203; 1974; sealed cutout S $30 -- vibes/soul/funky; 4th of 5 LPs in this great series (the Inner Circle features funk legend Lee Moses and others), with breakbeats, partly vocal, romantic rare groove in the Barry White/Monk Higgins vein; topped off by a sexy jacket!; Stop! I Don't Need No Sympathy, You Wouldn't Believe, I Wake Up Crying, Where Were You When I Needed You, Turn Back the Hands of Time, Stop Look & Listen, This Must Be the Place for Love, Where the Lillies Grow, It's Time for Peace, I Wish It Was Me
Herbie Hancock/Yardbirds: Blow-Up ST; MGM SE-4447; 1981; gatefold Japanese Polygram UMF-1013 REISSUE N/N S $30 -- even better sound than the original and still a gatefold! (excellent, very faithful repro); "Stroll On" by the Yardbirds is one reason it's desired, but "Bring Down the Birds" (the foundation for Dee-Lite's "Groove is in the Heart") is the main one for groove hounds; respect Japan!
Rufus Harley: Bagpipe Blues; Atlantic 3001 (mono, not shown); 1965; cutout E+/N- $60 -- soul jazz/bagpipe/sax; first LP by the late legend (historically significant for many reasons, from his inspiration in the JKF funeral to the racist death threats it inspired, to the early jacket photo of Harley en regalia); Bagpipe Blues, Kerry Dancers, Who Can I Turn To [When Nobody Needs Me], More, Chim Chim Cheree, Sportin', Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Rufus Harley: Bagpipe Blues; Atlantic SD-3001 (stereo); 1966/1965 cutout N/N- shrink S $50 (or cutout N-/N- S $50, specify) -- soul jazz/bagpipe/sax; first LP by the late legend (historically significant for many reasons, from his inspiration in the JKF funeral to the racist death threats it inspired, to the early jacket photo of Harley en regalia); Bagpipe Blues, Kerry Dancers, Who Can I Turn To [When Nobody Needs Me], More, Chim Chim Cheree, Sportin', Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Rufus Harley: Scotch & Soul; Atlantic 3006 (mono); 1966; white-label promo E-/E- $25 (mono, not shown) -- soul-jazz bagpipe/sax; the Rufus Harley LP that DJs need along with "Re-Creation of the Gods"--it's funky; Feeling Good, Scotch & Soul, & Sufur are the bagpipe cuts (the 1st two are nice long boogaloos--essential!); w/loping conga breaks, this is now classic dance fare: the bagpipe boogaloo; beautiful jacket photo of young Rufus en regalia--guaranteed to mortify Scots!; Feeling Good, If You Could See Me Now, Taurus the 20th, Scotch & Soul, Passing the Cup Around, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Sufur
Rufus Harley: Scotch & Soul; Atlantic SD-3006 (stereo); 1967/1966; red-green cutout E-/N- S $30 -- soul-jazz bagpipe/sax; the Rufus Harley LP that DJs need along with "Re-Creation of the Gods"--it's funky; Feeling Good, Scotch & Soul, & Sufur are the bagpipe cuts (the 1st two are nice long boogaloos--essential!); w/loping conga breaks, this is now classic dance fare: the bagpipe boogaloo; beautiful jacket photo of young Rufus en regalia--guaranteed to mortify Scots!; Feeling Good, If You Could See Me Now, Taurus the 20th, Scotch & Soul, Passing the Cup Around, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Sufur
Rufus Harley: A Tribute to Courage; Atlantic SD-1504; 1968; N-/E+ S $35 -- soul-jazz bagpipes/tenor/flute; Sunny, A Tribute to Courage (JFK), Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Ali, "X", About Trane
Rufus Harley: King/Queens; Atlantic SD-1539; 1970; white-label promo N-/E+ S $40 (or stock cutout N/N S $35, specify) (or stock cutout N-/N- S $30, specify) -- soul-jazz bagpipes/mamalukembia/Madagascar harp; w/Eric Gale, Montego Joe..; Eight Miles High, Moon River, Love is Blue, Windy, King, Queens
Eddie Harris: Excursions; Atlantic SD-2-311; 2-LP gatefold sealed cutout S $40 -- many consider it his best hip/out/funky set for DJs; Drunk Man, Renovated Rhythm, Inapplicable Concord, Listen Here Goes Funky, Turbulence, Of Age, Fragmentary Apparitions, Hey Wado, Aleph the Fool, Recess, I'm Lonely, Oleo
Gene Harris: Astralsignal; UA/Blue Note BN-LA313-G; 1974; blue label N-/N- S $25 -- jazz funk; uncut, top shape, hip legend featuring Harvey Mason, David T. Walker, Chuck Rainey, Ernie Watts, Maxine Waters..; Prelude, Summer, Rebato Summer, I Remember Summer, Don't Call Me Nigger Whitey, Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong, My Roots, Green River, Beginnings, Feeling You Feeling Me Too!, Higga-Boom, Love Talkin'
The Tubby Hayes Sextet: Tubby the Tenor; CBS/Epic Jazz Series LA-16023; E-/E+ $250 -- legendary US recording of UK's greatest tenor; w/Clark Terry, Eddie Costa, Horace Parlan, George Duvivier, Dave Bailey; You For Me, A Pint of Bitter, Airegin, Opus Ocean, Soon, Dixie
Tubby Hayes & the All Stars: Tubby's Back in Town; Mercury/Smash MGS-27026; mono/1st/deep groove E+/E+ $100 -- we consider it the best US record featuring UK's greatest tenor, and it's very tough to get in the more desirable mono; w/Roland Kirk, Jimmy Gloomy, Walter Bishop, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes
[Tubby Hayes &] The Jazz Couriers; Jasmmine JASM-2004 (reissues 1957 LP); UK import E+/N $40 -- jazz; excellent reissue of a classic set (not the same as the live set below); rare opportunity for the American jazz collector to hear England's most reknowned tenor; Oh My!, Plebus, Reunion, A Foggy Day, Through the Night Roared the Overland Express, Royal Ascot, On a Misty Night, Cheek to Cheek
[Tubby Hayes] The Jazz Couriers in Concert with Ronnie Scott & Tubby Hayes; EMI/MFP 1072; 1958; UK import E+/E $90 -- jazz; great live quintet set featuring Englands' 2 top tenors and lots of originals/arrangements by Hayes, who also plays vibes on 2 of the 7 cuts; this appears to be a subsidiary release of a major collectors item (originally on Tempo), and this version is far rarer!
Gugge Hedrenius' Big Blues Band: Blues of Europe; Polar POLS-268; 1976/1975; E-/E- S $25 -- jazz; as an imported Swedish LP (rare in the US!) it's fine enough, but for the Sabu Martinez fan, there are two cuts (about eleven minutes worth) featuring his groovy conga; best of all, the price is minimal (get all your other Sabu LPs here too!)
Joe Henderson Sextet: The Kicker; Milestone MSP-9008; 1967 (rec.) brown/2nd cutout N/N S $25 -- Grachan Moncur, Mike Lawrence, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes; Mamacita, The Kicker, Chelsea Bridge, Nardis, Without a Song, O Amor en Paz, Mo' Joe
Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass: Waitaminute; MPS MB-21 21751; 1973; import cutout E-/E- S $40 -- funky soul jazz; Herb Geller, Art Farmer, and Sabu Martinez are among the top stars in this hot funky group that led the now venerated German label (one of the few MPS acts that sold decently in the US); there's even some electric sitar; Waitaminute, Mr. Clean, The Ballad of the Sad Young Men, Green Witch, Wild Chick, The Meaning of the Blues, Modus Vivendi
Red Hollander: Erotique--The Words, Music, & Rhythms of Love; ALA 1992; 1982; gatefold cutout N-/N- S $20 -- sax mood jazz w/moaning women punctuated by some mildly raunchy phrases (a "squeaky bedsprings" record); if that's not enough, Hollander is a great player and it is several cuts above other records of this type
Richard "Groove" Holmes: Get Up & Get It!; Prestige PRST-7514; 1967; cutout E/N S $30 -- soul-jazz organ; one of his scarcest!; good jazz, sax, and ballads rather than the organ funk of his later LPs; highlights the great Teddy Edwards on tenor, w/Pat Martino guitar, Paul Chambers bass, Billy Higgins drums; Get Up & Get It, Lee-Ann, Body & Soul, Broadway, Groove's Blue Groove, Pennies from Heaven
Groove Holmes: New Groove; Groove Merchant GM-527; 1974; cutout N/N- S $40 -- soul-jazz organ; nothing particularly unusual about the label or players (O'Donel Levy, Bernard Purdie, Leon Cook, Kwasi Jayourba..), but it's his stone funkiest LP (best for DJs) along w/Six Million Dollar Man!; if you have that, you know you need this, and in a top copy no less!; Red Onion, You've Got it Bad, Good Vibrations, How Insensitive, Chu-Chu..
Sonny Hopson: Life & Mad featuring Charles Earland on Organ, "From the Shit House to the White House"; Giant Step GSLP-0001; V+/V+ S $75 -- vocal; rare lounge act rec. live in Philadelphia at Hopson's Celebrity Lounge; Hopson the famous radio jock, "The Mighty Burner" (which later became Earland's nickname too!), here in full swagger w/plenty of narrative rapport; as a phenomenal local rarity, will appeal also to Earland completists, if not most of his fans (he arranged all the music), even if Hopson's crooning leaves a bit to be desired; Unhh-Unhh, Three O'Clock in the Morning (original blues), Stormy Monday, Girl Talk, Bright Lights, Something, Strangers in the Night, Getting to Know You, It Was a Very Good Year; jacket liners feature nice photos and notes by Gus "Silk" Lacy
Freddie Hubbard: The Art of Freddie Hubbard; Atlantic SD-2-314; 1973; 2-LP TEST PRESSING N S $50 -- soul-jazz horn; in the standard stock copy it's a great compilation, but this here's a super-rare --if not unique-- test pressing!; generic solid white label and jackets
Frank Hunter & the Huntsmen: Watermelon Man; Columbia/Epic LN-24052; 1963; 1st press promo E-/N- $40 -- mod soul/mod jazz; terrific little rarity by the man more famous for "White Goddess"; but here it's uptempo mod groovers, complete w/sax and organ solos (very good for the UK--in fact, the inner sleeve has a thumbnail for the Tubby Hayes LP, another great Epic rarity) in loud, exciting, 45-like sound; Watermelon Man, Mama Didn't Lie, Jive Samba, He's So Fine, Meditation, Jelly Bread, I've Got a Woman, Our Day Will Come..
Craig Hundley Trio: Arrival of a Young Giant; Liberty/World Pacific WPS-21880; 1968; N/E+ S $25 -- piano; well-liked and admirable, but don't take our word for it--see YouTube sample and comments; Arrival, Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me), Chopin Prelude/How Insensitive, Here's that Rainy Day, 3 for 5, It Was a Very Good Year, Bach Fugue/Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words), Yesterday: The Midnight World, Now, The Jet Song, Eleanor Rigby, Departure
Solomon Ilori & his Afro-Drum Ensemble: African High Life .... Afro
Ahmad Jamal with Voices: Cry Young; Chess/Cadet LPS-792; 1967; sealed S $30 (or E+/E S $25, specify) -- mod soul/jazz w/vocal chorus/piano; THE hip Jamal LP for DJs (bossa sound like Novi Singers); Nature Boy and Minor Moods are the standouts; very pleased to be able to offer an uncut, never opened, stereo copy at a low price
Khan Jamal: Three; Steeplechase SCS-1201; 1985/1984; N/N- shrink S $30 -- soul-jazz vibes; a full 45 minutes of Philly's own Jamal (w/guitarist Pierre Dorge, bassist Johnny Dyani) in a typically first-rate Swedish digital recording on US vinyl (scarce in the US!); Lilli Goes to Town, Bhala, Blueslife, Tjader, MK Speak of the Nation, A Bomb, Children of the Third World, Three
Jan Johansson: 300.000; Megaton MFLP-S18; 1968/1967-68; Sweden N-/N- S $35 -- percussion/out/free/space-electronica/Latin jazz/flute/vibes; lots of ideas, styles; excellent
Boogaloo Joe Jones: What It Is; Prestige PRST-10035; cutout N/N S $40 -- soul-jazz guitar; w/Bernard Purdie..; one of his best and most desirable LPs; this is the "RE" pressing (a vintage Prestige repress, in other words, with the same green label and everything exactly like the 1st press) in immaculate condition (bottom right corner cut is the only flaw)--so doncha be no fool; Ain't No Sunshine, I Feel the Earth Move, Fadin', What It Is, Let Them Talk, Inside Job
The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine: Remembrance; PAUSA 7052; 1978; E-/N S $20 -- soul-jazz/drums; incredibly beautiful set licensed from MPS
Quincy Jones: Quincy's Got a Brand New Bag; Mercury SR-61063; 1965; deep groove/1st press N/E+ shrink S $25 -- mod soul jazz; w/Ray Charles, Ray Barretto..; besides the title JB cover, also I Got You, Fever, Boss Bird, Baby Cakes, Mohair Sam, Ain't That Peculiar, Hang On Sloppy, Harlem Nocturne..
Clifford Jordan & the Magic Triangle: On Stage Vol. 1; SteepleChase SCS-1071; 1977/1975; N/N S $20 -- Denmark, live; w/Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Billy Higgins
Johnny Keating & All Stars: English Jazz; Bally BAL-12001; 1956; deep groove E-/N- $75 -- jazz; early, very scarce, Chicago release of a swinging English session by a leading light of the UK; has the look and sound of a production LP and features Johnny Hawkesworth and others (Dizzy Reece on bongos, Don Rendell 1 of 5 on sax); Strictly for Kyx, Fair Diana, Quads Talk, Impromptu (Johnny Hawkesworth), Gibraltar Rocks, Good Life, Snowface, Last Resort, Lazy, Eddie Blair's Picnic, Piccadilly Jumps
Stan Kenton Presents; Capitol T-248; 1955; [12" version] turquoise label E+/N- $50 -- jacket and disc terrific, except for a partial top seam split; w/Art Pepper, June Christy, Maynard Ferguson, Shelly Manne, Johnny Richards..
Barney Kessel: On Fire; Emerald EST-2401; E+/V+ S $40 -- guitar; live; distributed by Phil Spector Productions' Philles Records, it's essentially a private-press rarity from LA; it is his first live LP (trio setting) and the sound is quite good, although we fault the pressing for consistent background noise (unless it's just this copy); elsewhere it always goes for considerably more (2x-6x!), so you'll do very well with this if it's your kind of thing
Roland Kirk: Slightly Latin; Philips/Limelight LS-86033/LM-82033; 1966/1965; deep groove E-/V+ S $20 -- exotic/out/bagpipes/mod/Mexicali; w/Montego Joe, Manuel Ramos, Horace Parlan..; to us it's the definitive Kirk LP, a masterpiece from his peak; everything about it is first-rate, from jacket art/liners (by Leonard Feather) to composition and playing; very hard to find, priced for some wear but plays very well
Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Prepare Thyself to Deal with a Miracle; Atlantic SD-1640; 1973; gatefold E-/E S $25 -- one of his best, mainly "out"; Side 2 a 21-min, 3-part Sax Concerto; our fave is "Celestial Bliss" for the bongo and "black mystery pipes"; elswhere background vocals by Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jeanne Lee
Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Other Folks' Music; Atlantic SD-1686; 1975; sealed cutout S $30
Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color; Atlantic SD-1674; 1975; 2-LP gatefold but 3-sided; E/E S $20 -- soul jazz; w/Pat Patrick; his hippest/most essential for DJs for the funky "Freaks for the Festival" (two versions!), which has a great breakbeat intro; and besides, how many 3-sided LPs do you have? None? Get the best!
Moe Koffman: Turned On; Jubilee JGS-8016; N/N- shrink-partial S $25 -- mod soul-jazz flute/funky mod-soul-jazz-rock; nothing beats a scarce Jubilee in top shape, stereo; the swinging shepherd's gotten into a hip, brand new bag with this one (one of three groovy-era LPs that DJs need), as titles indicate: Mrs. Robinson, Up Up & Away, Soul Finger, If I Were a Carpenter, Goin' Out of My Head, Funky Monkey (great original), Do You Know the Way to San Jose, The Mighty Quinn, Windy, Song for My Father (Horace Silver!), Walk Away Renee, James Brown's Bag (an original)
Moe Koffman: Curried Sole (a.k.a. Moe's Curried Soul); Buddah/Kama Sutra KSBS-2018; 1st, cutout N/N shrink S $30 (or 2nd, cutout E/N S $25, specify) -- soul-jazz flute/sitar; his hippest and best, not just for the bongo-break-featuring, funky-sitar original "Curried Soul" (jacket even gives a food recipe!) but also for wonderful covers of Sunshine Superman, Cantelope Island, High Heel Sneakers (seriously funky!), etc., plus such worthy originals as Anteaters Dance; plenty here for DJs, weird-world-hybrid collectors, jacket fetishists, etc...(YOU!)
Volker Kriegel: Spectrum; MPS 21-20874-5; 1971; Dutch pressing cutout N-/N S $60 -- guitar/sitar; you know him as Dave Pike's axeman/sitarist on "Mathar" and others (here joined by Peter Trunk bass, Peter Baumeister drums, John Taylor e-piano, Cees See, percussion); the must-have breakbeat-y sitar-funk classic on this one is "Zoom," but there's great work throughout, be it acoustic or out/free playing led by electric guitar
Billy Larkin & the Delegates; Liberty/World Pacific/Aura AR-3002; 1963; E/V+ $30 (or deep groove V+/V $20, specify) -- soul jazz/organ; Mel Brown (drums), Hank Swarn (guitar), Larkin (organ) on the super-rare debut LP of a tremendous trio; besides the [very hip and advanced for its day] smash hit "Pygmy" (w/bongos, released earlier as a single) you get nine others (The Peeper, Foxy Little Ghoul, Hainty, Ice Water, Grooveyard, Watch Your Motives..); excellent stuff, priced low despite rarity/quality for some wear/noise, but it's better not to hold out forever on such things!
Billy Larkin & the Delegates featuring Clifford Scott: Blue Lights; Liberty/Aura ARS-23003 1st/deep groove N/E shrink S $50 (or mono AR-83003; 1st/deep groove E/N- $40, specify) -- soul jazz/organ; the terrific trio's best work after their initial hit, "Pygmy"; fantastic second LP features the great Clifford Scott, who also played in Googie Rene's Combo, on tenor/alto/flute (for jazz fans this may be the best Billy Larkin LP); Little Jr. Detroit, Charade, Quintessence, Sticky Wicket, Transfusion, The Cooker, Dallas Blues, Blues for Dinner, Killer Joe, Blue Lights
Billy Larkin & the Delegates: Hole in the Wall; Liberty/World Pacific WPS-21837; deep groove N-/V+ shrink S $20 -- soul jazz/organ; 3rd LP by the group and one of their best, particularly for DJs and funkier soul-jazz fans (on World Pacific they do more popular but hip tunes); Soul Beat, Agent Double-O-Soul, Hot Toddy, The In Crowd, Midnight Hour, Little Mama, Taste of Honey..; slight wear/some pops heard but well worth it at the price; uncut jacket
Billy Larkin & the Delegates: Ain't That a Groove!; Liberty/World Pacific WPS-21843; deep groove, blue label E/E- S $25 (or mono WP-1843; black label E/E- $20, specify) -- soul jazz/organ; their 4th LP; Ain't That a Groove, G'won Train, Playboy Theme, Don't Mess with Bill, Tarantula, Soul Sister, Willow Weep for Me..
Billy Larkin & the Delegates w/Ralph Black: Dr. Feelgood; Liberty/World Pacific WPS-21874; E/N S $25 -- soul jazz/organ/vocal; hip, late, and GREAT!; the addition of Ralph Black's very swinging singing (like Babs Gonzalez) really makes it, not that the tunes and playing aren't way up there too, making it easily their best LP since Aura; On Broadway, Dock of the Bay, Baby I Love You, Way Cross Town, Chain of Fools, This is Worth Fighting For, Spooky, Gone Over You, Hear & Now, Ode to Billy Joe, Dr. Feelgood, I Got a Woman
Billy Larkin & the Delegates with Clifford Scott: The Best of; Liberty/World Pacific WPS-21883; N/N- shrink S $25 (or E+/E+ S $20, specify) -- soul jazz/organ; AWESOME & ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY because it's drawn only from the rare first two LPs, both of which feature the great Clifford Scott in some of his best work (not to mention best of the Delegates), and that first LP especially just doesn't turn up (super-rare clean, impossibly rare in the stereo version); Pygmy (we also recommend the Part 2 available only on 45), The Peeper, Hainty, Ice Water, Grooveyard, There is No Greater Love (all from the first LP!); remainder from the second LP: Sticky Wicket, Blues for Dinner, Killer Joe, Blue Lights
Yusef Lateef: Autophysiopsychic; CTI-7082; 1977; sealed gatefold S $20 -- Robot Man, Look on Your Right Side, YL, Communication, Sister Mame
O'Donel Levy: Simba; Groove Merchant GM-526; 1973; E+/E+ S $35 (or cutout E-/E+ S $20, specify) -- soul-jazz guitar; his best LP by far (arr. Manny Albam) and a standout LP on the label, which has plenty of other good titles, too; full of top funky/uptempo/exotic cuts for DJs; Bad Bad Simba (7+ minutes of funky guitar w/horns YOU NEED!!!), Sad Sad Simba, Kilimanjaro Cookout (you may know the version that highlights Buddy Rich's equally terrific Groove Merchant GM-528 LP), Sierra Lonely, Nigerian Nights, Joni, Playhouse
O'Donel Levy: Hands of Fire; Groove Merchant Groove Giants GM-4408; 1974; 2-LP gatefold [reissues "Simba" & "Black Velvet"] cutout E/N- S $20 -- soul-jazz guitar; 2 great GM titles, 2 of Levy's best, great price/condition (a godsend for DJs and all others)
Ramsey Lewis: Them Changes; Cadet LPS-844; 1970; E/N- S $25 -- FUNKY soul-jazz/piano; terrific live set featuring the powerhouse group at its funky best: Phil Upchurch, Mo Jennings, Cleveland Eaton; serious breakbeats!!!; Them Changes (clean drum breaks), Drown in My Own Tears, Oh Happy Day, Do Whatever Sets You Free (clean drum breaks), Something, The Unsilent Minority..
Johnny Lytle: Nice and Easy; Jazzland JLP-67; E+/E+ S $25 -- vibes w/Bobby Timmons, Johnny Griffin, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes
LVC Jazz Band: Unreel; Trutone LP-5205011979; 1979; E/N S $60 -- jazz lab/soul-jazz horns/funk; the Lebanon Valley College Jazz Lab (from NJ-PA) hits big with this local wonder; you can tell from the titles you're in for some great original funk and a breakbeat or two; all eight tracks good with several real standouts for DJs; Hey Babe Whah Yew So Fonky?, Flight, All Good Gifts, Ahunk Ahunk, Nice 'n Juicy, Glass Box, Superbone Meets the Badman!, Firebreak
Johnny Lytle: People & Love; Milestone MSP-9043; 1972; 2nd/red label E-/N- S $35 -- soul-jazz vibes; funky and FANTASTIC! (his last great US LP, comparable to Soulful Rebel); w/Betty Glamann on harp; Where is the Love?, Libra, Family, Tawhid, People Make the World Go 'Round; great shape (clear tape on jacket seams) and as clean as you'll ever hear (the yellow label 1sts never seem to play this purely)
Mahavishnu/John McLaughlin: Inner Worlds; Columbia PC-33908; 1976; E-/N S $25 -- famous for the sampled "Planetary Citizen" (breakbeat/vocal) but just as desirable for the even wilder "Miles Out" (intense, adrenalin-rush-causing space sounds and funky!), exotic "Lotus Feet," and others; if you're going to have just one Mahavishnu or JM LP, definitely make it this one!
Shelley Manne & his Men Play More Music from Peter Gunn (Son of Gunn!!); Contemporary M-3566; 1959; yellow deep groove E+/E- $50 -- jazz/drums/crime/tv; wildly rarer than the scarce volume one and here in impeccable shape (penalized by grade only for the kind of background noise you expect with acoustic recordings--not from wear!); original "label" inner sleeve, extensive liner notes, terrific sound, jazz breakbeats -- this is a find!; Odd Ball, Blue Steel, Spook!, Joanna, Goofin' at the Coffee House, Walkin' Bass, My Manne Shelley, Blues for Mothers, A Quiet Gass, Lightly
Hank Marr: Greasy Spoon; King KSD-1061; 1st press promo E-/E- S $40 (or water-stained jacket/2nd press V-/E S $30, specify) -- organ; a classic, mainly uptempo set by one of the leading lights on King (as with Bill Doggett, his r&b jazz organ soon got into funk and soul jazz); every one of the handful of Hank Marr LPs is tough to find and well worth it!; The Greasy Spoon, I Remember New York, A Mellow Thing, Heavy Travellin', Foggy Night, The Push, Tonk Game, All My Love Belongs to You, Silver Spoon, Easy Talk, Day By Day, Late Freight
Louis "Sabu" Martinez: Safari with Sabu; RCA/Vik LX-1122; 1958/1957; w/Vik inner sleeve E/E $100 (or same but E-/V+ $60, specify) (or same but E-/V $50, specify) -- exotica/Latin jazz; fantastic, legendary, unique (though similar to Sorcery); w/Ray Barretto, Cecil Payne, Ray Romero, Jack Hitchcock, Oscar Pettiford, Steve Berrios, Evelio Quintero, voices; hall-of-fame jacket includes good liners and musician crediting (see via either link above)
Sabu Martinez [ homepage ]: Afro Temple; Pure R-101; 1993/1973; the very first, limited reissue (1000 copies) of Sonet Grammofon AB SPLCD-2885/527-498-2; deep groove w/red insert as in the original N-/N- S $90 -- Afro-funk/conga; the very best LP reissue you can get, still well worth it compared to the price of the original
Hugh Masekela's Latest; MCA/Uni 73010/3010; cutout N/N shrink S $15 -- soul-jazz horns/African pop-jazz; the ones on Uni and Blue Thumb are groovier than his earlier pop, and feature heavier jazz names; w/Emil Richards, Big Black, Wayne Henderson, Red Mitchell, Roy Gaines, Barney Kessel..; ignore most of the cuts where he sings and you still have several fine tunes: "Reza (Laia Ladaia)" which is laid-back, "Groove Me"--an original featuring Big Black's conga, "Mago," and "Mazeze" among others
Cecil McBee Sextet: Compassion; Inner City IC-3033; 1977; E/N S $20 -- live at Sweet Basil in NYC; w/Famoudou Don Moye, Chico Freeman, Joe Gardner, Dennis Moorman, Steve McCall; great set of just 3 long tunes: Pepi's Samba, Undercurrent, Compassion (all of Side 2)
Freddie McCoy: Beans 'n' Greens; Prestige PR-7542; 1967; cutout N-/N S $75 -- soul-jazz vibes; fantastic set (and one of his rarest) w/such powerhouses as Wilbur Bascomb and Wally Richardson; "Tony's Pony" is the boogaloo standout for DJs, but for McCoy and vibes fans there's much more: Beans 'N' Greens, Whiter Shade of Pale, I Was Made to Love Her, You Keep Me Hanging On, Doxy..
Freddie McCoy: Soul Yogi; Prestige PR-7561; 1968; cutout E-/E+ S $35 -- soul-jazz vibes/sitar; scarce--like the Spider Man LP, it didn't sell very well originally, in this case no doubt bc of the sitar (played by Steve Wolfe, w/Wally Richardson on guitar) and rock covers; the jacket is hip & at least 3 or 4 cuts are very respectable, useable boogaloos; Soul Yogi, Salem Soul Song, Sorry 'Bout That, I Am a Walrus, Pet Sounds, What Now My Love, Mysterioso, Ride On, Autumn Leaves
Freddie McCoy: The Best of Freddie McCoy; Prestige PRST-7706; sealed cutout S $40 -- vibes; compilation; unopened, stereo, with the groovy title tracks from all his rare albums!!!: Listen Here, Beans 'n Greens, Soul Yogi, Peas 'n Rice, Harlem Nocturne (the only tune that isn't an LP title), Spider Man (rare!), Lonely Avenue
Brother Jack McDuff: Steppin' Out; Prestige PRST-7666; 1969; V+/N- S $25 -- soul-jazz organ; mainly blues; w/Joe Dukes and a revolving door of guitarists (Grant Green, Pat Martino, George Benson, K.B. Groovington), plus the Harolds Vick and Ousley, Red Holloway, Benny Golson; Shortnin' Bread, Chicken Feet, Our Miss Brooks, Shaky, Godiva Brown, Moody McDuff; jacket has a small tear and water damage on the bottom inch, nothing too serious
Brother Jack McDuff: Moon Rappin'; Liberty/Blue Note BST-84334; 1970/1969; gatefold; stickered promo blue-black E-/E- S $75 -- soul-jazz organ; his masterpiece and a unique entry in the tiny field of space funk (and unlike most space-funk, it's neither "out" nor reliant on electronic effects (but wordless chorus on at least one cut--and that DOES lend a great space-exotica touch!); five, funky, breakbeat-laden, lengthy, ethereal jams; a stone killer throughout; Flat Backin', Oblighetto, Moon Rappin', Made in Sweden, Loose Foot; condition: graded hard for mild jacket wear and 2 light pops but it's about as clean as they come, even when sealed
Brother Jack McDuff: Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring; UA/Blue Note BST-84358; 1971/1970; cutout N-/N S $30 -- soul-jazz organ; his final Blue Note LP; Who's Pimpin' Who, Classic Funke, Wank's Thang, Ya'll Remember Boogie?, Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring, Ya Ya Ya Ya..
Brother Jack McDuff: Check This Out; GRT/Cadet CA-50024; 1972; white-label promo cutout E/N- S $20 -- soul-jazz organ/funk; live, w/Willie Colon; from his great period on Cadet (all of these are good/essential); "Soul Yodel" is the best pick for DJs; mild press bump tick in "Georgia on My Mind"
Jimmy McGriff: Christmas with McGriff; Sue LP-1018; E/E+ $25 -- soul-jazz organ/Xmas; one of the best on Sue (prod. Juggy Murray) and here a wonderful copy (great thick vinyl); Hip Santa, Christmas w/McGriff and standards
Jimmy McGriff Organ & Blues Band Plays The Worm; Solid State SS-18045; 1968; Unipak gatefold E/E+ S $25 -- soul-jazz organ/funk; his first smash-hit LP (& single) in the funk period/style; still a bargain and everyone needs it; clear tape on the spine
Jimmy McGriff: Stump Juice; Groove Merchant GM-3309; 1975; gatefold; E/E+ S $20 -- funk/soul-jazz organ; major funk classic, one of his best super-funky LPs!!!; Purple Onion, The Little One, Stump Juice, Cumayon, TNT, Stretch Me Out, Pisces
Jimmy McGriff: Something to Listen to; Blue Note BST-84364; black-blue E/N- S $20 -- jazz organ; not funk but good jazz (proving himself for the label here); Indiana, Malcolm's Blues, Satin Doll, Deb Sombo, Something to Listen to, Shiny Stockings
Jimmy McGriff: If You're Ready Come Go With Me--The Super Funk Collection; Groove Merchant GM-529; cutout E/E- S $20 -- funk/soul-jazz organ; if you're not going to get all his funky LPs, this comp is the one-stop shop you must have; Ain't it Funky Now, Tiki, Dig it On, Bug Out, Fat Cakes, Super Funk, The Bird, Let's Stay Together..; priced low for some marks but plays fine
Ken McIntyre Sextet featuring Terumasa Hino: Introducing the Vibrations; Inner City IC-2065; 1977/1976; (lic. SteepleChase) cutout E+/N- S $25
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Charles McPherson; Mainstream/Red Lion MRL-329; 1971; Unipak gatefold; promo E/N S $20 -- alto sax; What's Going On, Serenity, My Funny Valentine, Another Kind of Blue, While We're Young, Bird Feathers
Charles Mingus: Oh Yeah; Atlantic 1377; 1962; orange/purple N-/E S $30
Blue Mitchell: A Sure Thing; Riverside RLP-414; E/N- $40
Blue Mitchell: Bantu Village; UA/Blue Note BST-84324; 1969; cutout V+/E S $20 -- soul-jazz trumpet; his best ever, legendary!; as w/Collision in Black, it's arr. by Monk Higgins and loaded w/star power: Wilton Felder, Freddy Robinson, Paul Humphrey, King Errison, Buddy Collette, Plas Johnson..; UA pressing is really a little heftier (and richer sounding) than the original Liberty; HNIC, Flat Backing, Na Ta Ka, Heads Down, Bantu Village, Blue Dashiki (his best tune ever for DJs), Bush Girl
Blue Mitchell; Mainstream/Red Lion MRL-315; 1971; gatefold sealed S $50 (or cutout E/N- S $30, specify) -- soul-jazz trumpet/funk; terrific crossroads of great jazz and the funk to come (the 1st 2 cuts are best for DJs): Soul Village, Mi Hermano, Are You Real, Blues for Thelma, Queen Bey
Blue Mitchell: The Last Tango--Blues; Mainstream/Red Lion MRL-392; 1973; gatefold white-label promo E/N S $35 -- soul-jazz trumpet/funk; a longtime essential for DJs, includes killers "Soul Turn Around" and "The Message" (Cymande!) plus plenty of great others; w/Charles Kynard, Paul Humphrey, Chino Valdes, King Erisson..
Blue Mitchell: Many Shades of Blue; Mainstream/Red Lion MRL-402; 1974; N/N S $35 -- soul-jazz trumpet/funk; w/Bad Bascomb and others; 8 cuts, at least 7 of which are great for DJs, making this his most versatile/useful for club play; Hot Stuff, Harmony of the Underworld, Funky Walk, Golden Feathered Bird, Beans and Taters, Where It's At, Blue Funk, Funny Bone
Hank Mobley: Hi Voltage; Liberty/Blue Note BST-84273; cutout E-/E S $35
James Moody: Last Train from Overbrook (James Moody Volume III); Cadet LPS-637; 1958; cutout E+/N- S $25 -- Johnny Pate had a big hand in this one, and it's a beaut
James Moody: Hey! It's James Moody; Cadet LPS-666; 1959; deep groove (but not 1st press) N-/N- S $25 -- has Eddie Jefferson's vocal on lyricized update of Last Train from Overbrook and scat version of Summertime
Jesse Morrison: The Versatility of Jesse Morrison; Abet 408; 1975; V/E- S $20 -- soul-jazz tenor, funk, moog funk; funky ex-Jimmy McGriff group from NJ recorded in Philly on the elusive Abet label; known for "Shakey Pudding" (four minutes of funk manna for DJs) with an additional Moog-funk version of "Ease on Down the Road" and an original "Tell Me, Can You Feel It" (rest are ballads, better for jazz fans)
Famoudou Don Moye: Sun Percussion Vol. 1; Aeco 001; 1975; N/N S $60 (or E/E S $45, specify) -- wow! Art Ensemble of Chicago drummer featured on this first title for the label started by the group; way-out percussion (strange/exotic/avant); Moye later appears on LPs by Cecil McBee and others; great jacket art and notes; Saba Saba, ATT, Oyekeye, N'Balimake, Olosolo, Scowiefamuja, Pioneer Song
National Youth Jazz Orchestra: Eleven Plus--NYJO Live at LWT; RCA Victor LPL1-5116; 1976/1975 promo/press kit N-/N S $20 -- 1st LP by UK group that had given a start to such luminaries as Tubby Hayes; here, the title cut is by Mike Vickers of KPM fame; "Full House" includes a drum solo; press kit is an RCA "biography" (publicity statement) and 8x10 photo
Ken Nordine .... beatnik-crime-spy
Claus Ogerman .... odd pop
Grassella Oliphant: The Grass is Greener; Atlantic 1494; 1967; cutout E+/E $25 -- funky soul jazz; GREAT, very scarce (an unknown PA drummer with a funny name wasn't easy to market), funky 2nd LP; check out the all-star support: Big John Patton, Grant Green, Harold Ousley, Clark Terry, Major Holley; last but not least, the super hip tunes: Get Out of My Life Woman, Ain't That Peculiar, Soul Woman (by Patton and Green), Peaches are Better Down the Road, The Yodel (Patton's great hit), Cantaloupe Woman, The Latter Days, Rapid Shave
Mike Pacheco (CA bongo bop, ex-Prado) .... beatnik-crime-spy
John Patton: Got a Good Thing Goin'; Blue Note BLP-4229; 1966; mono NY/blue-white E/N $75 -- soul-jazz organ; hip, funky, and wunderfully clean, original-label, mono, one of his very best!; w/Grant Green, Hugh Walker, Richard Landrum; The Yodel, Soul Woman, Ain't That Peculiar, The Shake (a mod-soul boogaloo), Amanda
John Patton: Got a Good Thing Goin'; Blue Note BST-84229; 1966 NY/blue-white E/E S $60 -- soul-jazz organ; hip, funky, and wunderfully clean, original-label, stereo, of his very best!; w/Grant Green, Hugh Walker, Richard Landrum; The Yodel, Soul Woman, Ain't That Peculiar, The Shake (a mod-soul boogaloo), Amanda
Duke Pearson: Now Hear This; Liberty/Blue Note BST-84308; gatefold promo E-/N S $30
Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson & Sam Jones: Double Bass; Inner City 2055; 1976/1975; deep groove N/N shrink S $25 -- bass and more bass, yum
Art Pepper/Shelley Manne: Pepper Manne; Charlie Parker PLP-836; sealed $30 -- jazz/bongo bop; reissued in clean hi-fi (sealed) a prized Art Pepper set AND a classic bongo-bop session starring the great Mike Pacheco (ex-Prado and the leading exponent of jazz bongo) Sextet featuring Shelly Manne, Carlos Vidal (conga), Robert Gil, Frank Guerrero..; Move, Caravan, Pepper Pot, Magitos, Besame Mucho
Houston Person: The Best of Houston Person; Prestige PRST-7779; 1st/blue trident N/N shrink S $25 (or 2nd/green V+/E+ S $20, specify) -- soul-jazz tenor sax; prized compilation!--one top cut from each of his first six, hip LPs for the label (Jamilah, The Pimp, Chocomotive, Blue Odyssey, Here's That Rainy Day, One Mint Julep); even if you have all six LPs, at least one of which is seriously rare and others aren't easy to find, you should get this inexpensive wonder for condition, sound, stereo, and for DJing without worry; and if you don't have all the originals, you need it even more!
Sonny Phillips: Sure 'Nuff!; Prestige PRST-7737; 1969; blue E/N- S $40 -- soul-jazz organ; Houston Person, Boogaloo Joe Jones, Bernard Purdie..
Dave Pike Set: Live at the Philharmonic; MPS 15257; 1970/1969; Unipak gatefold E-/N S $50 -- soul-jazz vibes/Indo-jazz; the quartet live in their prime!; note: we weren't able to get decent exposure on the image, but it's the real thing just as it should be; Hey Duke, Mambo Jack the Scoffer, Riff for Rent, Nobody's Afraid of Howard Monster, The Secret Mystery of Hensh
Dave Pike Set: Riff for Rent; MPS MC-25112; 1972; 2-LP Unipak gatefold cutout N-/N S $50 -- soul-jazz vibes/Indo-jazz; reissues classic MPS LPs Live at the Philharmonic and Four Reasons; with "Greater Kalesh No. 48" (one of their great sitar/Indo-jazz pieces) and other funky standouts; Hey Duke, Mambo Jack the Scoffer, Riff for Rent, Nobody's Afraid of Howard Monster, The Secret Mystery of Hensh, Professor Porno's Romance, A Nose Opener, Greater Kalesh No. 48..
Trudy Pitts: Introducing the Fabulous Trudy Pitts; Prestige PR-7523; 1967; V+/E $50 -- soul-jazz organ/mod; partly vocal; forget Shirley Scott, Trudy is the true pride of Philly (still very active in the local jazz scene), tho her LPs are some of the rarest on the label; this, her 1st of 4, is definitely hip (even Spanish Flea!); Steppin' in A Minor, Spanish Flea, Music to Watch Girls By, Take Five, Night Song, Matchmaker, Fiddlin'..
Bernard Purdie: Shaft; Prestige P-10038; 1972; V/N S $20 -- soul-jazz drums; perfect, later-pressing disc, rare, priced low just for heavy rub wear on the jacket; with Neal Creque, Houston Person..; Shaft, Way Back Home, Attica, Changes, Summer Melody, Butterfingers
Quartette Tres Bien: Boss Trés Bien; Decca DL-74547 N-/N S $40 (or mono DL-4547; pink-label promo; E-/N $25, specify) -- jazz/Latin percussion; Rhodesian Chant and the title track are the highlights
Quartette Tres Bien: Spring Into Spring; Decca DL-74617; cutout N/N shrink S $40 -- jazz/Latin percussion; "Exciting Piano & Rhythm"; "Accidently on Percy" (Percy Jones on bongos and conga) is a highlight but the whole thing is wonderful
Freddie Redd Quartet w/Jackie McLean: Music from "The Connection"; 47 W./Blue Note BLP-4027; deep groove E+/V- $30 (or stereo UA/Blue Note BST-84027 E-/N- S $30, specify) -- the two make a good pair ($50 for both); original is heavily worn, plays with noise but worthwhile
Buddy Rich: The Roar of '74; Groove Merchant GM-528; 1974; E+/N- S $25 -- funk/soul-jazz horns; do NOT make the mistake of dismissing this as just another a Buddy Rich LP! (not that he wasn't a great drummer, so they say); his funk classic is not about big-band drums but rather horns: mod, funky, horns, and it's one of the best Groove Merchant LPs; Nuttville, Kilimanjaro Cookout (you may know from another great Groove Merchant LP, O'Donel Levy's Simba), Big Mac (best of several good cuts for DJs), Backwoods Sideman, Time Check, Prelude to a Kiss, Waltz of the Mushroom Hunters, Senator Sam
Emil Richards: New Time Element; Uni 3003; promo N-/N- $40 (or promo E+/E- $30, specify) -- percussion/mod jazz; as with his other (second) Uni LP Stones, it's both hard to find and a wonderful thrill (as is all his work); with Chino Valdes on Latin percussion; in keeping with the microtonal/new-time-signature theme, "Take Five" perversely is the only tune in 4/4 here; while mostly mod, the Indo-jazz pick is Tom Scott's "Blues for Hari" (for Harihar Rao who helped Richards form the legendary Hindustani Jazz Sextet); Havah Nagilah, Georgy Girl, Girl Talk, Call Me, Hot Fudge Sundae, Sunny, Here, Happy Together, Jimmy, Sand Pebbles theme
Emil Richards: New Time Element; Uni 73003; cutout E/E S $35 -- percussion/mod jazz; as with his other (second) Uni LP Stones, it's both hard to find and a wonderful thrill (as is all his work); with Chino Valdes on Latin percussion; in keeping with the microtonal/new-time-signature theme, "Take Five" perversely is the only tune in 4/4 here; while mostly mod, the Indo-jazz pick is Tom Scott's "Blues for Hari" (for Harihar Rao who helped Richards form the legendary Hindustani Jazz Sextet); Havah Nagilah, Georgy Girl, Girl Talk, Call Me, Hot Fudge Sundae, Sunny, Here, Happy Together, Jimmy, Sand Pebbles theme
Emil Richards & the Microtonal Blues Band: Journey to Bliss; Impulse A-9166; 1968; gatefold; cutout N-/E+ S $40 (or cutout N-/E- S $30, specify) -- percussion/psychedelic-exotic/Indo-jazz/sitar; awesome, "transcendental malletization" masterpiece LP by our favorite iconoclastic percussionist; features the sitar of Tom Tedesco and similar to Bill Plummer's Cosmic Brotherhood LP but lightyears better (Impulse labelmates Plummer and Richards both were members of the legendary Hindustani Jazz Sextet, which never recorded but influenced all psychedelic sitar jazz to come); incredible microtonal timings (forget Brubeck, this is perhaps the ultimate crazy time-signatures album), various percussion (Richards hits everything), some hippie spoken word, some cosmic Indo-jazz; all fantastic but we must single out "Mantra" as the hip DJ's absolute necessity (plinky but it swings bigtime)
Emil Richards & the Microtonal Blues Band: Spirit of '76; Impulse AS-9182; 1969; gatefold; promo E/E S $25 -- jazz vibes/percussion; recorded live at Donte's, it serves as a much-desired sequel to the "transcendental malletization" of Journey to Bliss (you'd do well to get both at once); as Journey to Bliss you get a few more crazy time signatures that are part of what make Emil Richards so great (our favorite jazz percussionist); the longest cuts are Miles Davis' "All Blue" and an original, "10 to 5"; the remaining tunes: Spirit of 1976 (seven years early!), Peek-A-Boo, One Tooth Grin (hip, funky), Like Me, Jordu (Duke Jordan)
Emil Richards: Yazz Per Favore -- see Latin for this great Latin-jazz LP; we play ours at dinner parties, it's a solid winner from start to end
Johnny Richards: Experiments in Sound; Capitol T-981; 1958; E/E $15 -- very unusual jazz for its day, considered a collectors item (very underpriced here); catchy jacket art and liner notes by Nat Hentoff; Omo Ado (Chango cult music), What Is There to Say, Estoy Cansado, Theme from the Concerto to End All Concertos, How Are Things in Glocca Morra, Terpsichore, Je Vous Adore, Neolore, This Time, No Moon at All
Freddie Roach: Down to Earth; NY Blue Note 4113; E-/E+ $150 -- soul-jazz organ; luckily for someone, we actually prefer stereo (even in Blue Note, silly we), which we just bought, so we're able to free up this treasure; yes, we've sure loved having it around all these years, patiently awaiting transfer to another record archive, and sad to see it go--it's that sweet!
Freddie Roach: Mo' Greens Please; Liberty/Blue Note 84128; cutout N-/N- S $50 -- soul-jazz organ; yep, "only" a Liberty but a totally solid issue of a real rarity (and a great record!)
Freddie Roach: The Freddie Roach Soul Book; Prestige PR-7490; 1966; N-/N $50 -- soul-jazz organ; funky mod/boogaloo and more; w/Buddy Terry, King Errison..; Spacious, Avatara, Tenderly, One Track Mind, You've Got Your Troubles, The Bees
Freddie Roach: My People (Soul People); Prestige PRST-7521; 1967; 1st/blue cutout N/N shrink S $75 (or 2nd/green/flexi cutout V+/E- S $25, specify) -- soul-jazz organ; rare and his best for most DJs--hip, funky, great!; Prince Street, Straight Ahead, Mas Que Nada, Drunk, My People--Soul People (with hip narration by Roach!)..
Sonny Rollins; Liberty/Blue Note BST-81542; V+/E- S $20 -- not bad, sure beats paying 100 times as much for a perfect mono 1st
Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus; Prestige 7326; 1964; green/flexi E/N- S $25 -- '70s pressing but same great, loud, live sound, clean and far cheaper
George Russell: New York Big Band; Soul Note SN-1039; 1982/1977-78; N-/N- S $35 -- jazz; rare import highly desirable for a piece featuring Sabu Martinez: "Cubano Be Cubano Bop" rec. live in Sweden, Narch 10, 1977--his last recording--10.5 minutes!
Lalo Schifrin STs .... beatnik-crime-spy
Raymond Scott & the Secret 7: The Unexpected; Top Rank RM-335; 1962; deep groove 1st/only? E-/E $60 -- big-band jazz/odd pop/space; rare, well-produced, and one of his best later works; w/Elvin Jones, Milt Hinton, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Costa, Sam "the Man" Taylor, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Wild Bill Davis, and Toots Thielemans; "And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon" and "And the Cow Jumped Over the Moon" feature sped-up vocals (like Oz's Munchins, Chipmunks, and Renato Carosone) to great effect (singular masterpieces of "space-age pop"), while other tunes lean more on instrumentation and arrangement (it is Ray Scott, after all); Temptation, Waltz of the Diddles, Over the Rainbow, Jill..
The Complete Raymond Scott Volume 1; AJAZ 293; N/N- $25 -- big band/odd pop; latterday release of radio-broadcast/lo-fi-era recordings Feb 20, 1937 - Jun 12, 1939; w/Dave Harris, Russ Case; disc labels are reversed; Minuet in Jazz, Twilight in Turkey, Toy Trumpet, Powerhouse, Reckless Night On Board an Ocean Liner, Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals, War Dance for Wooden Indians, The Penguin, The Happy Farmer, Egyptian Barn Dance, Bumpy Weather Over Newark, Peter Tambourine, Moment Musical, In an 18th Century Drawing Room
The Complete Raymond Scott Volume 2; AJAZ 300; N/N- $20 -- big band/odd pop; latterday release of radio-broadcast/lo-fi-era recordings Jun 12, 1939 - Dec 21, 1939; w/Dave Harris, Russ Case; Boy Scout, Siberian Sleigh Ride, Girl at the Typewriter, New Year's Eve in a Haunted House, Tobacco Auctioneer, Girl with the Light Blue Hair, Carmen, Just a Gigolo, Mexican Jumping Bean, Get Happy, In a Subway far from Ireland, Peanut Vendor
The Complete Raymond Scott Volume 4; AJAZ 314; N/N- $15 -- big band/odd pop; latterday release of radio-broadcast/lo-fi-era recordings Sep 10, 1940 - Apr 7, 1941; some vocals by Gloria Hart and Clyde Burke; Eagle Beak, Happy Birthday to You, All Around the Christmas Tree, When Cootie Left the Duke, Blues My Girl Friend Taught Me, Keep Cool Fool, Key West, On the Jersey Side..
Raymond Scott: Get Happy; Swing Era LP-1013; E/N- shrink $20 -- big band/odd pop; latterday release of radio-broadcast/lo-fi-era recordings; dramatic jacket photo; 16 cuts; Secret Agent, Pan-American Hot Spot, Carrier Pigeon, Kodachrome, Caterpillar Creep, Get Happy, Naked City, Key West, Shadow Dance, Toy Trumpet, The Beard, 37th Secret..
Raymond Scott: One Night Stand with Raymond Scott; Joyce 1095; N/N $20 -- big band/odd pop; latterday release of radio-broadcast/lo-fi-era recordings; Business Man's Bounce, Bambalina, Xmas Night in Harlem, Peanut Vendor, Boy Scout, Toy Trumpet, Tiajuana, Creepy Weepy, Caterpillar Creep, Powerhouse, Huckleberry Duck, Pretty Little Petticoat
Raymond Scott: One Night Stand with the Swingin' Raymond Scott (featuring Dorothy Collins, 1944); Joyce 1123; N/N $20 -- big band/odd pop; latterday release of radio-broadcast/lo-fi-era recordings; Tain't Me, Jumpin' Jack, Toonerville Trolley, Mr. Basie Goes to Washington, Section B, Moccasin Glide, 18th Century Drawing Room, Now I Know, Pretty Pretty..
The Uncollected Raymond Scott & his Orchestra; Hindsight HSR-201; 1984/1940; N/N shrink $20 -- big band/odd pop; latterday release of radio-broadcast/lo-fi-era recordings 1940, live at the Panther Room Hotel Sherman, Chicago; some vocals by Nan Wynn; worth it just for the extensive liners, which include interview w/Scott about the Electronium, a random music-generating device; Huckleberry Duck, Peanut Vendor, Arabian House Party, Birdseed Special, Crosstown, A Million Dreams Ago..
Shirley Scott: Blue Flames; Prestige 7338; 1972/1964; E+/N- S $20 -- organ; w/Stanley Turrentine, quartet; liners dated '64, so it must be a reissue or delayed release; nice, anyway; The Funky Fox, Hip Knees an' Legs, Five Spot After Dark, Grand Street, Flamingo
Shirley Scott: Latin Shadows; Impulse A-93; 1965; gatefold cutout N/N S $30 -- Latin jazz/bossa; arr. Gary McFarland; desirable by DJs chiefly for the vocal rendition of "Soul Sauce"; that and the players and playing make it one of the few Shirley Scott's w/wide appeal (beyond soul-jazz organ)
Shades of Joy; Mercury/Fontana SRF-67592; 1969; cutout N-/E S $100 -- soul jazz/out/funk; first of only two --both fantastic, both rarities-- by obscure group (the other is better known but all-instrumental, whereas this features Millie Foster singin' some very hip soul; so even if you know the other one, that should bathe you in brand new shades of joy); superbly creative, funky ("Crying Bag" is the hottest pick for DJs), sometimes way "out" (everything from sitar to horn honkfest), with breakbeats--TERRIFIC RARE GROOVE; Icarus Revealed, Come and Throw the Rye Bread, Crying Bag, 4th Stride, It's Time, Bye Bye Love, Andy's Dream, Blues for Millie, Tada
The Silhouettes: Conversations with the Silhouettes; Segue SEG-1001; N/N S $200 (or promo N/E- shrink S $150, specify) (or N-/V+ S $100, specify) -- soul jazz (and much more, as follows); rare groove, rare breaks!; not to be confused w/the famous Philly singing group (of "Get a Job" fame), instead this is a legendary Pittsburgh one-off (they also cut a single, hip and rare but not as great as this) featuring 11 great tunes hitting so many high points it's staggering: vibes, mod bossa, funky soul jazz, swinging Mid-East jazz, vocalese/mod/wordless chorus like the Novi Singers, psyche fuzz, homespun space sounds!!!; Young Blood, Time to Fall in Love, Norwegian Wood, Sally's Tomato, Fonky First (seriously out-there breakbeats and space-funk sounds), Hashi Baba (best tune and the ULTIMATE hip Mid-East/soul-jazz vibes feature!!!), Conversations, Sesame, What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life, Lunar Invasion (MORE seriously out-there breakbeats and space-funk sounds); there are first-rate LPs and hopelessly obscure private-press LPs; this is the rare combination of the two
Horace Silver: Silver's Serenade; NY/Blue Note BST-84131; cutout E-/E S $25 -- some moisture has affected label and jacket but it's intact
The Horace Silver Quintet/Sextet: The Jody Grind; Blue Note BST-84250; 1966; gatefold; NY E/E S $25 -- soul-jazz piano; one of the great ones!; The Jody Grind, Grease Piece, Mexican Hip Dance..
The Horace Silver Quintet: You Gotta Take a Little Love; Liberty/Blue Note BST-84309; 1969; gatefold blue-white cutout E+/N- S $25
Horace Silver in Pursuit of the 27th Man; UA/Blue Note BN-LA054-F; 1973; sealed cutout S $20 -- soul-jazz piano; a great Latin-jazz cut and more
Lonnie Smith: Think; Blue Note BST-84290; Inipak gatefold E-/E- S $25 -- soul-jazz organ; one of the funky Blue Note greats and one of Dr. Smith's very best; w/Lee Morgan, David Newman, Melvin Sparks, and 4 percussionists; Think (the Aretha tune), THree Blind Mice, Slouchin', Son of Ice Bag, Call of the Wild
Lonnie Smith: Mama Wailer; CTI/Kudu KU-02; 1971; E/V+ S $15 -- soul-jazz organ; terrific; Mama Wailer, Hola Muneca, I Feel the Earth Move, Stand (all of Side 2); priced low for some wear/noise but it's far better than anyone can expect at this price!
Jimmy Smith: Midnight Special; NY/Blue Note BST-84078; deep groove (1 side) E/E+ S $30
The Soulful Strings: The Magic of Christmas; Chess/Cadet LPS-814; 1968; N/N- shrink S $40 (or cutout N/N shrink S $40, specify) -- gorgeous!; think of it as Dorothy Ashby's Christmas album (w/Cleveland Eaton, Ron Steele, Phil Upchurch, Bobby Christian..), or as the best Soulful Strings LP, or as perhaps the best jazz Xmas LP!; Little Drummer Boy, Snowfall (excellent Dorothy Ashby feature), Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy, Deck the Halls, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Sleigh Ride, Merry Christmas Baby (another great Dorothy Ashby feature), Jingle Bells, The Christmas Song, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
South Carolina State College Presents The Collegiate Chorale & The Jazz Ensemble; Music Memories NR-10640; 1979; E-/N- S? $15 -- jazz lab/stage band; ignore Side 1 (Chorale) but Side 2 has its moments: They Can't Take That Away from Me, The Jeep is Jumpin', Ruby Jubilatic, Ain't No Mountain (female vocal), Shaft (theme from)
Melvin Sparks: Spark Plug!; Prestige PRST-10016; V+/V+ S $25 -- soul-jazz guitar; fantastic rarity; Who's Gonna Take the Weight, Spark Plug (slight scratch at the start), Conjunction Mars (some noise on this cut), Alone Together, Dig Dis; not too shabby a copy at all, especially at the price
Jeremy Steig: This Is; Solid State SS-18059; gatefold N-/N S $25 -- soul-jazz flute; one of his best, very hard to find even used, but this we bought sealed (and opened only because we suspected a rewrap but it's fine); all kinds of great stuff, from the funky to the fuzz-rock (psyche) to avant/out, even bagpipe simulation (Mac D)!; Flute Diddley, Hang on to a Dream, Teresa's Blues, Don't Make Promises, Rational Nonsense, Lenny's Tomb, Insanity, Mac D
Jeremy Steig: Temple of Birth; Columbia KC-33297; 1975; promo V/N S $25 -- soul-jazz flute; rare-groovy LP sports a misleading belly-dance theme (jacket and titles only, not what it sounds like) but instead it's stone funky all the way; w/Alphonse Mouzon and even [a restrained] Johnny Winter!; great disc, jacket has rub wear; King Tut Strut, Gale, Ouanga, Mountain Dew Blues, Goose Bumps, Belly Up, Temple of Birth, Shifte-Telle Mama, Rupunzel
Jeremy Steig & Eddie Gomez: Rain Forest; Gema/CMP 12 ST; 1980; promo E+/N S $25 -- soul-jazz flute; great stuff (much like other work by each separately), very hard to find in the US!; w/Ray Barretto, Mike Nock, Nana Vasconcelos, Steve Gadd, Jack DeJohnette, Karl Ratzer; Dugnafied, Rhomb Line, Sacrifice, Rain Forest, Amazon Express, Rosa, Carnival Sonata
Sonny Stitt: Shangri-La; Prestige PRST-7332; 1964; blue E/V+ S $20 -- tenor sax (and 1 vocal!); w/Don Patterson, Billy James; My New Baby, Misty, Soul Food, Shangri-La, Mama Don't Allow, The Eternal One
Stivin & Co. Jazz System/Vladimi Tomek s prateli; Panton 11-0265; 1971; Czech!V+/E- S $30 -- very interesting shared (two artists) LP from behind the old Iron Curtain; rare opportunity for the jazz fan!
The Studio Group: Quartet of Modern Jazz; De Wolfe DWLP-3107; 1969; E+/E+ $30 -- composed by Reno & Wale, a dozen very nice, usually xylophone or vibes-led pieces; one bass feature (other solos); several outstanding, unique compositions; Raff Riff, Purple Ice, Party Pooper, Ad Lib, Lunar Shades, Imaginary Variations, Chooka Chooka, Tempodium, Earth Glow..
Sun Ra & his Astro Infinity Arkestra: Pathways to Unknown Worlds; ABC/Impulse ASD-9298; 1975/1973 [reissues Saturn 564]; white-label promo quad V+/E+ [Q]S $35
Sun Ra & his Astro Infinity Arkestra: Strange Strings; Saturn/Thoth 502 (limited-edition reissue or boot) N-/E+ $30
Gabor Szabo: The Sorcerer; ABC/Impulse ASD-9146; 1967; gatefold E+/N S $20 -- live; The Beat Goes On, Space, O Barquinho, Mizrab..
Fats Theus: Black Out; CTI 1005; 1970; V/E- S $25 -- soul-jazz horns/saw/guitar; great set featuring Grant Green, Idris Muhammad, Hilton Felton..; if the horns and guitar weren't enough (they are), there's the fantasticly unique soul-jazz saw (yes, that weird-sounding wobbler from the garage in a hip jazz setting) tune --the 6.5-minute "Bed of Nails"-- just waiting to get some action for a lucky DJ (or at least blow his mind); Van Gelder prod.; hip, hip, hip; Black Out, Lights Sings, Bed of Nails, Stone Flower, Moonlight in Vermont, Check it Out
Ed Thigpen: Action re action; GNP/Crescendo GNPS-2098; 1976 (US version of Sonet SNTF-689; 1974); cutout E-/E- S $75 -- jazz/funk/breakbeats/Sabu; hot Swedish jazz featuring Mads Vinding and Sabu Martinez (on all cuts) in one of the best Scandinavian LPs with Sabu!; did we mention the breaks, the funk?; see details for personnel, tracks, etc.
The Leon Thomas Album; RCA/Flying Dutchman FD-10132; 1970; gatefold E-/N S $30 -- soul-jazz vocal; a classic, essential, terrific!
Leon Thomas in Berlin w/Oliver Nelson; RCA/Flying Dutchman FD-10142; 1971; gatefold N-/E+ S $30 -- soul-jazz vocal; classic, essential, terrific!
Leon Thomas: Blues & the Soulful Truth; Flying Dutchman FD-10155; 1972; gatefold cutout E/N- S $40 -- soul-jazz vocal; entirely arr. and cond. by Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, it's easily his best, hippest LP for the jazz-funk DJ; the exotic "Shape Your Mind to Die" is the big one, with "China Doll" and "L-O-V-E" right up there (the rest very strong, too!)
The Three Souls: Soul Sounds; Cadet/Argo LP-4044; 1965; E+/V $15 -- soul-jazz horns/mod jazz; second of a hip pair of rare LPs for the label; features Sonny Cox, whose later LP "The Wailer" is a "rare groove" classic (look for that too); plenty of standout cuts (great for DJs); consistent feel, and one of our top faves on Argo; well worth bothering with even in off-grade shape, and the jacket's great, which may be of use even if you manage to find it again clean (probably not at this price!); You're No Good, I Don't Want to Hear Any More, Dear Old Stockholm, Walk On By, Big Jim, A House is Not a Home, Black Nile (retitled from "Astronaut" on the disc label), Chitlins Con Carne, Armageddon
Bobby Timmons w/Johnny Lytle: Workin' Out!; Prestige PRST-7387; 1965; cutout N-/E+ S $25 -- Lela, Trick Hips, People, Bag's Groove, This Is All I Ask
Cal Tjader Quintet: Mambo with Tjader; Fantasy 9424; 1973/1954; N/N ES $15 -- Latin jazz/vibes; classic 1st LP remastered and clean (the only way to enjoy these old Fantasy records, as the originals are always noisy); 12 tunes (2 vocal)
Cal Tjader: Soul Sauce; Verve V-8614; 1964; N-/N- $20 -- Latin jazz/vibes; a classic/best-seller, easily his best LP, w/all-star cast: Johnny Rae (see Latin for his vibes LP), Armando Pereza, Willie Bobo, Gary McFarland, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Jimmy Heath, Grady Tate..; every cut a winner, all strong Latin jazz, mostly uptempo, and with a gorgeous mid-'60s, high-gain sound quality that sounds as fresh and exciting today as the day it was made; Soul Sauce, Afro-Blue, Pantano, Somewhere in the Night, Maramoor, Tanya, Leyte, Spring is Here, Joao
Cal Tjader: Tjader; Fantasy F-8406; N-/E- S $15 -- soul-jazz vibes; of all the many top Tjader cuts on all labels, "I Showed Them" here is our hands-down, no-brainer choice for #1, funky-vibes masterpiece; essential for DJs/100% HIP; so good it pains us to have to mention lesser-only-by-comparison top cuts Evil Ways, Wear Your Love Like Heaven, Mambero, You Keep Me Hanging On, She's Leaving Home, First There is a Mountain, Fresh Air, What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life; w/all stars Coke Escovedo, Pete Escovedo, Johnny Rae..
Cal Tjader: Bits & Pieces ("Puttin' it Together"); Fantasy F-9463; 1974/1973; live promo E-/N S $25 -- jazz/Latin jazz/vibes; recorded at Concerts by the Sea, it features many of his heaviest hits of the period: The Prophet, A Time for Love, Mambo Inn & Theme, Amazones, Manuel Deeghit (13.5 minutes of heaven for the Latin-jazz DJ); note: this LP is more commonly seen under its reissue title ("Live at the Funky Quarters" or something) but this is the definitive article
Cal Tjader at Grace Cathedral; Fantasy F-9521; 1977/1976 (live); E-/N- S $20 -- replacing the late Vince Guaraldi at a benefit concert, Tjader turns in an amazing 11:32-min version of "I Showed Them" (his best late piece) and nearly equally long versions of Bluesology and Black Orpheus Medley (Carnaval/Samba de Orfeu), also Body & Soul, Theme
Cal Tjader: Guarabe; Fantasy F-9533; 1977; N-/N- S $20 -- his final great LP features Clare Fischer, Pancho Sanchez..; 6 tunes, all mesmerizingly terrific Latin jazz: Guarabe, Where is Love, This Masquerade, Reza, Black Orchid, El Muchacho
Towson State College Jazz Ensemble; [no publ. info.]; 1972; 2-LP gatefold E/N- S $50 -- school jazz lab/stage band/jazz/soul jazz; dir. Hank Levy; early, deluxe LP from the greatest of all jazz labs (liners incl. photos & notes by Levy & his pal Stan Kenton), famous for breaks and veering into funky jazz-rock; Hank's Opener, Indra, Fringe Benefit, Chiapas, Samba Siete, Fun Time, Rock Odyssey, Pavanne, A Step Beyond..
Phil Upchurch: Darkness, Darkness; Blue Thumb BTS-6005; 1972; 2-LP gatefold E/N S $25 -- soul-jazz guitar; 4 sides of classic, funky guitar by a master; w/instrumental help from Donny Hathaway; Cold Sweat, Inner City Blues, Darkness Darkness, You've Got a Friend, Fire & Rain, What We Call the Blues, Sweet Chariot, Sausalito Blues, Love & Peace, Please Send Me Someone to Love
Cornelis Vreeswijk: Tio vackra visor och personliga person/Ten Beautiful Tunes & Personal Person; Metronome MLP-15313; 1968 (1972 reissue) E+/E+ S $60 -- w/Sabu Martinez; the same label and trio as on "Groovin' with Sabu" trio + vocalist
Cedar Walton: Animation; Columbia JC-35572; 1978; white-label promo w/timing strip N-/N S $20 -- soul jazz/electric piano; w/George Butler, Steve Turre, Paulinho da Costa..
Frank Wess: Wess to Memphis; Stax/Enterprise ENS-5001; 1971 gatefold white-lable promo N-/N- S $20 -- soul-jazz flute--funky and great!; definitely get this and Flute of the Loom--two great values in jazz funk; Under Hog, Ooh Child, Signed Sealed Delivered, Cubano Chant(!), Willow Weep for Me, Fool on the Hill, Catchy, Wessward Ho
Frank Wess: Flute of the Loom; Stax/Enterprise ENS-5006; 1973; sealed cutout S $20 -- soul-jazz flute; one of the greats of flute, here getting funky (also w/some electric sitar and bongos) w/Get On Board (The Train is Coming), Wade in the Water, Dock of the Bay...
Clarence Wheeler & the Enforcers: New Chicago Blues; Atlantic SD-1636; 1972; TEST PRESSING S $40 -- soul jazz; super-rare test pressing for the original release!; generic solid white jacket and label; 6 instrumentals (titles unknown to us offhand, sorry)
Ernie Wilkins: Top Brass featuring Five Trumpets; Savoy MG-12044; deep groove E+/E+ $75 -- Donald Byrd, Joe Wilder, Ernie Royal, Ray Copeland, Idrees Sulieman w/Wilkins, Kenny Clarke, Wendell Marshall
The Tony Williams Lifetime: Emergency! (Vol.1); Polydor 24-4017; 1969; E-/E+ S $20 -- soul-jazz; single-disc (per volume) historic proto-fusion set featuring Tony Williams on drums, a then young, new import John McLaughlin on guitar, and the almighty Larry Young on organ; two sides, three dudes, four tracks: Emergency, Beyond Games, Where, Vashkar
Reuben Wilson: Bad Stuff!; Groove Merchant GM-4404; 1975; 2-LP gatefold cutout V+/N- S $20 -- soul-jazz organ; for one low price you get two great funk classics: The Sweet Life (GM-511) and Cisco Kid (GM-523) at the same quality as the original separate LPs (which don't turn up like they used to); not only two of the best titles on Groove Merchant, they're even more useful to the DJ than the rare Reuben Wilson LPs on Blue Note--just look at the titles: Inner City Blues, Creampuff, Sugar, I'll Take You There, The Sweet Life, Never Can Say Goodbye, The Cisco Kid, Last Tango in Paris, Superfly, We've Only Just Begun, Snaps, Groove Grease, The Look of Love
Reuben Wilson: On Broadway; Liberty/Blue Note BST-84295; promo V/V+ S $20 -- soul-jazz organ; hip (mostly uptempo, funky boogaloo), rare (his last 3 LPs for the label are all very tough to find), well worth having at the price/despite flaws (play is a lot better than appearance, which isn't so bad)
Frank Wright Trio; ESP-Disk 1023; 1966; white-label deep groove cutout E+/N- S $50 (or uncut E-/E+ S $35, specify) -- free jazz/out; fans of Ornette Coleman, label-mate Sun Ra, etc. won't want to miss this; GREAT SOUND!; tenor; w/Henry Grimes (bs), Tom Price (dr); Side 1 h, Jerry; Side 2 The Moon
Larry Young: Contrasts; Liberty/Blue Note BST-84266; E/E- S $35 -- soul-jazz organ; you don't do better than Larry Young on a Blue Note original
Uncredited/Various: Jazz/Main Titles; CBS Records EZ Cue "Golden Minutes" CSM-929; generic/N $15 -- production (sound library); great value on a sweet rarity!; Side 2 is a variety of themes useful to the sampler, but Side 1 has 8 cuts of really nice, vintage modern jazz: Surfrider, Blues, City, Moderato 1, Petite Suite..
Various: Between or Beyond the Black Forest; Crippled Dick CDHW-056; 1999; 2-LP gatefold sealed S $20 -- soul jazz; "Dancefloor Jazz Classics from the Legendary MPS Label"; fantastic MPS/Saba recordings from European LPs you'll be hard-pressed to find now, even at high prices (except as found here, above, that is); Euro jazz is totally overrated, but this comp has the good stuff and it's a great deal
Various: Blue Note Rare Grooves; Capitol/Blue Note B1-7243-8-35636-1-6; 1996/1967-71; 2-LP E-/N S $35 -- soul-jazz compilation; incredible stuff, whether as your sole copy or for the working DJ not wanting to risk the originals; Candido's "Serenade to a Savage" is just one of many killers; Andrew Hill's "Soul Special" is previously unreleased; the organists read like a Who's Who of funky organ: Jack McDuff, Groove Holmes, Reuben Wilson, Jimmy McGriff, Larry Young, John Patton; others are Stanley Turrentine ("Boogaloo"), Eddie Gale ("Black Rhythm Happening"), Elvin Jones ("Round Town"), Donald Byrd ("Blackjack")
Various: Hi-Fi Jazz Session; Masterseal MSLP-5013; 1957; deep groove E+/N- $30 -- part jazz/part rock; worthy collectors item (high book value) w/Sarah Vaughan (Mean to Me), Dizzy Gillespie, Red Norvo, Cozy Cole, Charlie Ventura, Coleman Hawkins, Rubber-Legs Williams, H. Carel's Combo (Rose Noire), Hen Gates & his House Rockers (Cravin), Dorothy Donegan (Kilroy Was Here), Sabby Lewis (Edna), Eddie South (Swinging the Blues)..
Various: Mirage--Avant-Garde & Third-Stream Jazz; New World Records NW-216; 1977; gatefold E+/E+ S $60 -- rare anthology in Folkways style w/extensive liner notes; Woody Herman-Summer Sequence, Duke Ellington-The Clothed Woman, Lennie Tristano Quartet-Yesterdays, Stan Kenton-Mirage, Mingus-Eclipse, Kenton-Egdon Heath, George Russell and his Smalltet-Concerto for Billy the Kid, Brandeis Jazz Festival Ensemble-Transformation, John Lewis-Piazza Navona, Jeanne Lee/Ran Blake-Laura
Louis Armstrong: The Night Before Christmas (narrated)/When the Saints Go Marching In Continental CR-1001; 1971; picture sleeve E/N $50 -- commerce/Xmas/jazz; stickered "only 25c with the purchase of a carton of Kent, True, Newport, or Old Gold"--if that isn't Big Tobacco acting in the spirit of Christmas, what is?; charming collectors item by the most important figure in jazz history, so light up this holiday and all others you might make it to with Satchmo!
Harold Betters: Do Anything You Wanna Parts 1 & 2; Gateway 45-747; 1964; red label N- $20 -- mod soul/trombone; Pittsburgh hero on a favorite local label; swinging title track from scarce LP of the same name (but the 45 gives you a little more punch); Part 1 is all you need to DJ and it's along the lines of Googie Rene and early Billy Larkin
Sonny Cox: Chocolate Candy/The Choking Kind; Bell B-790; N- $20 -- Sonny Cox, the Wailer!; hit single from the treasured Three Souls horn legend
[Billy Larkin &] The Delegates: Pygmy Parts 1 & 2; Aura 4504; N- $25 -- soul-jazz organ/bongo/boogaloo; "Pygmy" is their legendary, groovy, driving debut hit, with organ, guitar, bongo solos--sensational and totally hip (tip: get it with the Delegates 1st LP, above); the added value here of course is you get the rest of the tune, "Part 2," which is available nowhere else (not on LP, not even blended with Part 1)--now that's not diminutive!
[Billy Larkin &] The Delegates: Pygmy Part 1/The Peeper; Aura 88120; E- $15 -- soul-jazz organ/bongo/boogaloo; "Pygmy" is their legendary, groovy, driving debut hit, w/organ, guitar, bongo solos--sensational and totally hip (tip: get it w/the Delegates 1st LP, above)
Charlie Earland, Jr. & his Band: Daily Double Parts 1 & 2; Quakertown 1022; V+ $15 -- soul-jazz organ; live, very nicely swinging, and rare!; light marks, not bad
Cleveland Eaton: Chitown Theme (3:06/5:03); Black Jazz BJ-1011; 1975; N S $15 -- funk/disco; the LP is tough and this single in top shape is worth snapping up
Rufus Harley: Bagpipe Blues/Chim Chim Cheree; Atlantic 3001; white-label promo N- $20 (or red-label stock N- $15, specify) -- soul-jazz bagpipe; first hit in high-gain, hi-fidelity by the late Philadelphia legend!
Eddie Harris: Listen Here/Herbie Mann: Memphis Underground; cutout Atlantic Oldies Series OS-13052; N- $10 -- 2 groovy hits that spare you needing the LPs
Monk Higgins: Who-Dun-It?/These Days Are Filled with You; Chess/St. Lawrence 1013; E+ $20 -- funk/soul-jazz horns; funky A-side!; arranged and produced by Burgess Gardner
Jesse Morrison: Loving You/Shakey Pudding; Abet 9462; 1975; E+ S $30 (or E- S $20, specify) -- soul-jazz horns/funk/Moog (B-side with great synth); super funky NJ group recorded in Philly on the elusive Abet label; both sides great, but the B is super deep-funky manna for DJs; lesser copy has clean B (the important side), mostly clean A (if you care)
Sonny Knight Quartette: Let's Get it On Parts 1 & 2; Aura 88122; E $30 -- soul-jazz organ/guitar; stone groover w/hip vocal interjection "Let's get it on" featured more on the A (B-side more instrumental); period and style similar to labelmates Billy Larkin & the Delegates (whose "Pygmy" on Aura is a classic)
Hank Marr: I Remember New York/Easy Talk; Federal 12516; E- $20 -- organ; w/Rusty Bryant; two of the excellent Marr tracks that would not be reissued on LP until Greasy Spoon (King KSD-1061); clean, tho a few light clicks
Brother Jack McDuff: Ain't No Sunshine/The Prophet; GRT/Cadet CA-5693; 1972; E S $20 -- soul-jazz organ/funk; if you don't care to spring for the whole 2-LP set The Heatin' System but DO want the funk monster, DJ-manna track "The Prophet" (in stereo, no less, and credited to Alfred "Peewee" Ellis), this is your baby (in fact it's our own preference over the LP)
Googie Rene: Wiggle Tail Parts 1 & 2; Class 221; N- $15 -- seminal swingin' California R&B; this one's particularly good, with some tasty guitar (Art Wright) on the part 2; gitcha some Class!!!
Googie Rene & his Combo: Flapjacks Parts 1 & 2; Class 305; N $15 -- seminal swingin' California R&B (that turned into mod soul about the time of this release) w/Clifford Scott (tenor with Billy Larkin & the Delegates), guitarist Art Wright
Freddie Roach: Brown Sugar/Next Time You See Me; Blue Note 1914; blue-white N- $40 -- soul-jazz organ/boogaloo; lead cut (uptempo/great for DJs) from a very rare LP that, even if you manage to find it, is almost never this clean/loud/hi-fi/hip
Freddie Roach: One Track Mind/You've Got Your Troubles; Prestige 429; E $15 -- soul-jazz organ; another from the great, underrated, funky organist
Raymond Scott Quintet: In an 18th Century Drawing Room/The Toy Trumpet; Columbia Hall of Fame Series 4-50013; N $15 -- neither of these greatest hits is hard to find, but the trick is getting an early pressing that's clean and plays well, which this is and does
Gene Shaw Sextet: Street Dance Parts 1 & 2; Argo 5495; 1964; cutout N $75 -- written by Richard Evans; Shaw's trumpet-led w/vibes (Charles Stepnay) and piano over driving conga; really, really hot!
Somethin' Cool: Sunny/Tea for Three; Philips/Mercury/Pulsar 2047; white-label promo E $20 -- terrific promo for the coveted, highest-rated "Voices in Latin" LP (Pulsar AR-10601)!; mod soul-jazz vocal chorus in a bossa beat rather than Latin (like Novi Singers or Bossa Rio and other Sergio Mendes); as with the LP, both tracks here are wonderful, but the FANTASTIC B-side (best cut on the LP?) even has a drum break; as one of the best, rare things on the seldom-seen Pulsar sub-label, it's definitely UNDERPRICED!!!
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