Sonny Sharrock - Monkey-Pockie-Boo (1970) {Sunspots SPOT 504 rel 2002}

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Sonny Sharrock - Monkey-Pockie-Boo (1970) {Sunspots SPOT 504 rel 2002}

Sonny Sharrock - Monkey-Pockie-Boo (1970) {Sunspots SPOT 504 rel 2002}
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© 1970, 2002 Sunspots / BYG Records | SPOT 504
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Guitar

Wow! This is one of Sonny Sharrock's rare early recordings, recorded in France shortly after he had been playing with Herbie Mann. The groove's kind of crazy, and it's amazing that Sonny jumped out so soon after leaving the sort of pop-jazz environs he was in with Herbie – but hey, lots of players got to France in the 60s, and completely let their bag open up – so why not Sonny? Wife Linda's on vocals on the session, and they're backed up by Beb Guerin on bass and Jacques Thollot on drums. Titles include "27th Day", "Soon", and "Monkey Pockie Boo".

Roy Orbison - The Sun Years 1956-1958 (1989) {Bear Family Records BCD 15461}

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Roy Orbison - The Sun Years 1956-1958 (1989) {Bear Family Records BCD 15461}

Roy Orbison - The Sun Years 1956-1958 (1989) {Bear Family Records BCD 15461}
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© 1956-58, 1989 Bear Family Records | BCD 15461
Rock / Rock & Roll / Rockabilly

Roy Orbison wasn't among the great rockabilly cats, as his voice was a little too rich and his performances a little too mannered to truly rock with abandon. Nevertheless, he did cut a pair of terrific rockabilly singles for Sun with "Ooby Dooby" and "Domino." He never quite reached those heights again while on Sun, as Bear Family's single-disc collection The Sun Years 1956-58 illustrates. Containing every track he recorded for the label, including alternate takes and undubbed mixes, the collection suffers from too much similar-sounding material.

Lennie Niehaus - Vol. 1: The Quintets (1956) {Contemporary OJCCD-1933-2 rel 2000}

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Lennie Niehaus - Vol. 1: The Quintets (1956) {Contemporary OJCCD-1933-2 rel 2000}

Lennie Niehaus - Vol. 1: The Quintets (1956) {Contemporary OJCCD-1933-2 rel 2000}
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© 1954-56, 2000 Contemporary Records / Fantasy | OJCCD-1933-2
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Saxophone

Alto saxophonist Lennie Niehaus is better known as the arranger for Clint Eastwood's films, but he has long been familiar to jazz fans as a respected bandleader, composer, arranger, and soloist. This limited-edition audiophile reissue of his first solo recordings (following stints with Stan Kenton and Shorty Rogers) is a stunner. Included is the first 10" LP he recorded with a three-saxophone front line – in this case, with Jack Montrose (tenor), and Bob Gordon (baritone) – and other quintet sessions with musicians including pianist Hampton Hawes, and fellow Kentonite Shelly Manne (who was responsible for Niehaus' record deal with Contemporary's Lester Koenig in the first place).

Sun Ra - Haverford College, Jan. 25, 1980 - Solo Rhodes Piano (2019) {Enterplanetary Koncepts}

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Sun Ra - Haverford College, Jan. 25, 1980 - Solo Rhodes Piano (2019) {Enterplanetary Koncepts}

Sun Ra - Haverford College, Jan. 25, 1980 - Solo Rhodes Piano (2019) {Enterplanetary Koncepts}
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© 2019 Enterplanetary Koncepts / Sun Ra LLC
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Cosmic Jazz / Progressive Jazz

There’s an offhanded charm to the set that gradually draws you in, almost as though you’re listening to one of the 20th century’s greatest musical minds play stream-of-consciousness cocktail piano, casually joining up beloved standards with heady, extraterrestrially inspired originals.

Terry Callier - Occasional Rain (1972) {Verve Originals B0011107-02 rel 2008}

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Terry Callier - Occasional Rain (1972) {Verve Originals B0011107-02 rel 2008}

Terry Callier - Occasional Rain (1972) {Verve Originals B0011107-02 rel 2008}
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© 1972, 2008 Cadet / Verve / Universal | B0011107-02
R&B / Baroque Folk / Chicago Soul / Folk Jazz

'Lost Masterpiece', 'Forgotten Classic', 'An Album You Must Hear Before You Die' - take your pick… Because 1971's "Occasional Rain" by TERRY CALLIER genuinely fits them all - it really does. A mesmerizing masterpiece of poetic baroque folk from this unclassifiable Chicagoan. Producer Charles Stepney's organ and harpsichord and a choir featuring Minnie Riperton lend a shimmering beauty to this 1972 recording.

Michael Vetter - Overtones In Old European Cathedrals: Thoronet (1987) {Wergo SM 1080-50 rel 1989}

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Michael Vetter - Overtones In Old European Cathedrals: Thoronet (1987) {Wergo SM 1080-50 rel 1989}

Michael Vetter - Overtones In Old European Cathedrals: Thoronet (1987) {Wergo SM 1080-50 rel 1989}
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© 1989 Wergo | SM 1080-50
Classical / Experimental / Meditative / World Music / Overtone Singing / Tambura

The Cistercian Abbey Thoronet, the dark sister of Senanque, is sought out only by bats and other experts in echoes. Michael Vetter was inspired here to create two Songs of the Night: freely improvised liturgies, accompanied by tamboura, with expressive melodic development and several overtone passages to which the bats, crickets, etc., respond.

Terumasa Hino - Hogiuta (1976) {East Wind Japan Paper Sleeve UCCJ-9047 rel 2002}

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Terumasa Hino - Hogiuta (1976) {East Wind Japan Paper Sleeve UCCJ-9047 rel 2002}

Terumasa Hino - Hogiuta (1976) {East Wind Japan Paper Sleeve UCCJ-9047 rel 2002}
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© 1976, 2002 East Wind / Universal Japan | UCCJ-9047 | DSD
Jazz / Post Bop / Spiritual Soul Jazz / Trumpet / Percussion

One of the most striking mid 70s sessions from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – an extended suite of tracks performed by a very hip group that includes Mtume on congas and percussion, Cecil McBee on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums! The approach here is almost in a mid 70s spiritual soul jazz mode – with lots of spare percussion and bass work at the beginning, building in mood and meaning as the set goes on and things heat up. Hino plays trumpet and percussion, and all players vocalize at parts of the performance – chanting along with the tunes in a way that really adds a soulful undercurrent to the record.

Richard "Groove" Holmes - Super Soul (1967) {Prestige PRCD-24292-2 rel 2004}

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Richard "Groove" Holmes - Super Soul (1967) {Prestige PRCD-24292-2 rel 2004}

Richard "Groove" Holmes - Super Soul (1967) {Prestige PRCD-24292-2 rel 2004}
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© 1967, 2004 Prestige / Fantasy | PRCD-24292-2
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Organ

Super Soul was a little funkier than much soul-jazz that had passed before 1967, and its horn parts sometimes slanted more toward pop and soundtrack territory. That was particularly evident on one of the strongest cuts, the opening "Why Don't You Do Right?," where the rhythm (particularly with the aid of a conga drum) goes into grooves that are at least as much soul as jazz, and the horns have a TV adventure theme-like flavor. The album's a little on the innocuous side, even for a genre (Prestige 1960s soul-jazz) that can be pretty homogeneous. It's easygoing background party music, though Holmes summons an interesting light, prickly, almost vibes-like organ sound at times, as on the solo for the cover of Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar."

Colin Towns + NDR Big Band - Frank Zappa's Hot Licks (And Funny Smells) (2005) {Rent A Dog}

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Colin Towns + NDR Big Band - Frank Zappa's Hot Licks (And Funny Smells) (2005) {Rent A Dog}

Colin Towns + NDR Big Band - Frank Zappa's Hot Licks (And Funny Smells) (2005) {Rent A Dog}
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© 2005 Rent A Dog / Provocateur Records / NDR | rad 2007-2
Jazz / Jazz Rock / Experimental Big Band

If this scorching live set is anything to go by, the November tour by Germany's NDR Big Band playing Colin Towns' arrangements of Frank Zappa classics will be unmissable. One-time rock keyboardist Towns (who worked for Deep Purple star Ian Gillan) became a film and TV composer, then a jazz bandleader, and the founder and funder of creative indie label Provocateur Records. His writing for big jazz ensembles mixes rock, improv, postbop and a slashing Stravinskyesque melodic wildness - but the result often comes at you with a visceral energy of such heat that it melts the edges.

Savina Yannatou - Songs Of An Other (2008) {ECM 2057}

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Savina Yannatou - Songs Of An Other (2008) {ECM 2057}

Savina Yannatou - Songs Of An Other (2008) {ECM 2057}
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© 2008 ECM Records | ECM 2057
World Music / Folk / Greek / Mediterranean Traditions

Third ECM album by resourceful Greek singer Savina Yannatou and the exciting band Primavera en Salonico, recorded in Athens in 2007. The collective sails through traditional songs from Armenia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Southern Italy as well as Greece, and adds a 16th century hymn from the Yiddish tradition. Arrangements, primarily by Kostas Vomvolos, find the points that unite the traditions, while Savina locates areas where experimental vocal technique can overlap with the idiosyncrasies of folk singing. A magical recording, with achingly beautiful melodies, and spirited improvising erupting out of the arrangements.

Michael Vetter - Overtones (Voice & Tambura) (1982) {Wergo SM 1038-50 rel 1984}

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Michael Vetter - Overtones (Voice & Tambura) (1982) {Wergo SM 1038-50 rel 1984}

Michael Vetter - Overtones (Voice & Tambura) (1982) {Wergo SM 1038-50 rel 1984}
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© 1984 Wergo | SM 1038-50
Folk / Classical / World Music / Overtone Singing

Michael Vetter, avantgarde composer who collaborated with Stockhausen in the sixties, Zen buddhist, meditation teacher and musician was a master of various musical instruments, including his voice. He was outstanding in singing with overtones which, however, for him were only one step on the "Way of the Voice", a way of meditation.

Sam Most - From The Attic Of My Mind (1978) {Elemental Music--Xanadu Master Edition rel 2015}

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Sam Most - From The Attic Of My Mind (1978) {Elemental Music--Xanadu Master Edition rel 2015}

Sam Most - From The Attic Of My Mind (1978) {Elemental Music–Xanadu Master Edition rel 2015}
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© 1978, 2015 Xanadu / Elemental Music | 906074
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Flute

A tremendous album from flute man Sam Most – a record that really shines strongly amidst the rest of his catalog – and one that has us completely reevaluating our understanding of his sound! By the time of this set, Sam had been blowing for a few decades – most famously on Bethlehem Records sessions of the 50s, but also on a number of other records over the years – yet this album has the musician emerging as a stunningly strong voice on his instrument – playing the flute with all of these low, deep tones that are quite a change from more mainstream jazz flute of the decade – especially in fusion or crossover soul. There's a wonderfully moody vibe to the album – laidback, but never sleepy – and cast out perfectly with a group that includes Kenny Barron on piano, George Mraz on bass, Walt Bolden on drums, and Warren Smith on percussion.

Paul Lansky - Things She Carried (1997) {Bridge Records 9076}

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Paul Lansky - Things She Carried (1997) {Bridge Records 9076}

Paul Lansky - Things She Carried (1997) {Bridge Records 9076}
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© 1997 Bridge Records | BRIDGE 9076
Classical / Modern Classical / Electronic / Experimental / Spoken Word

You're standing in front of Vermeer's painting, The Love Letter. Looking through a doorway, you see a woman holding a lute. She has just been handed a letter by another woman. Viewing the scene this way gives you the feeling of eavesdropping as you wrap your mind around the planet, building a story in which you contemplate the contents of the letter. Taking a similar position, Paul Lansky's Things She Carried is a musical portrait of a woman, drawn in a series of eight movements. We learn a lot about her: what she carried in her purse, what she notices, remembered, read, knew, felt and liked. A large number of facts and ideas are provided with which to thread together an image of this woman, but little is explicitly stated.

Hamiet Bluiett - The Clarinet Family (1984) {Black Saint 120 097-2 rel 1987}

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Hamiet Bluiett - The Clarinet Family (1984) {Black Saint 120 097-2 rel 1987}

Hamiet Bluiett - The Clarinet Family (1984) {Black Saint 120 097-2 rel 1987}
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© 1984, 1987 Black Saint | 120 097-2
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Clarinet

Recorded live in November, 1984 - an acoustical concert with no amplification except for a bass amplifier on For Macho - during the "Berliner Festspiele", at Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin. The clarinet was once one of the leading voices of jazz. During the Swing era clarinet players like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw were Kings, but more recently the instrument has been all but forgotten in jazz circles. We should therefore thank World Saxophone Quartet member Hamiet Bluiett for his personal attempt at a revival with "The Clarinet Family." Recorded for the Black Saint label during a live performance in Berlin in November 1984, Bluiett trades in his trademark baritone sax for the alto clarinet, and joins forces with fellow clarinetists Don Byron, Dwight Andrews, Gene Ghee, John Purcell, J.D. Parran, Sir Kidd Jordan and even the great Buddy Collette on this eclectic tribute to the instrument.

Hank Mobley - Poppin' (1957) {Blue Note Spain TOCJ-1620 rel 1998}

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Hank Mobley - Poppin' (1957) {Blue Note Spain TOCJ-1620 rel 1998}

Hank Mobley - Poppin' (1957) {Blue Note Spain TOCJ-1620 rel 1998}
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© 1957, 1998 Blue Note / Capitol Spain | TOCJ-1620 | The Blue Note Collection Series
Jazz / Hard Bop / Saxophone

Poppin' was one of many sessions tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley recorded in the late '50s and early '60s but remained unreleased until the late '70s and '80s. It's hard to say why this session - which was recorded in 1957 – sat on the shelves, since it as good as the other records he cut at the time. Leading a sextet featuring trumpeter Art Farmer, baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, Mobley plays a selection of five originals and contemporary jazz songs with passion and vigor. All of the musicians turn in fine performances (Clark in particular stands out with his lithe solos and tasteful accompaniment), and the result is a winning collection of straight-ahead hard bop that ranks as another solid addition to Mobley's strong catalog.