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so summer has finally arrived around here (i know, it’s august, but man it’s been an awesome spring-like summer thus far, so i declare that august 1 is officially summertime… uh huh) and with it comes a beach tote full of summer records… check em out: an amazing cd collection of rare blind blake material (the bahaman calypso singer, not the american bluesman); two (!) new sofrito specials 12s (plus restocks); chrissy zebby tembo lp reissued; a bunch of blue note lp reissues (with more blue note and other jazz vinyl expected in the coming weeks) and two new amazing cds on the soul jazz sub-label world audio foundation. good stuff, don’t miss out! also, there are no weekly updates planned for the month of august, but that’s not to imply that there will be no new arrivals, because there will. check the tequila sunrise records facebook page and/or twitter feed for up-to-the-minute new arrivals and restocks.
as always, many of these titles are in very limited quantity, so if you're interested in anything listed below and can’t make it to the shop you can make a purchase via paypal or over the phone with a credit card and pick them up later or have them shipped (see more information below). i will no longer hold records. sorry.
prices are subject to change without notice.
prices do not include shipping and handling. for those of you shipping within the continental united states I offer a 5.00usd flat shipping rate for any amount of records and/or compact discs. shipping cost for international orders are calculated on an order by order basis. payments for orders can be made via paypal or with a credit card by telephone between 12-6pm/est.
i also offer bike messanger service via timecycle couriers. for the low cost of 10.00usd i can deliver any amount of records and/or cds you wish to purchase to your center city philadelphia location (this includes some parts of south, west and north philadelphia) within two hours (and for those of you who need your records even faster, we also offer ‘rush’ service for the low flat rate of 20.00usd for any amount of records/cds delivered to you within one hour). of course, we are still more than happy to ship records via the usps within philadelphia. orders placed before 5pm/est will ship out that evening and should reach their destination by the following day.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
BLIND BLAKE- BAHAMIAN SONGS CD (megaphone uk, uk)
*Summer starts here with this absolute gem of a release from Megaphone. Blind Blake's first ever cd including tracks that later went on to be covered by everyone from The Beach Boys to Johnny Cash!. As label owner Stephane Bismuth explains: 'I was introduced to Blind Blake's music by Joe Loop, the man who for almost five decades hung onto Karen Dalton's earliest known recordings (1962 private recordings now known as The Loop Tapes). Joe had a cassette made from his heavy vinyl Blind Blake LP that had broken in two halves. This broken LP is now bound by Scotch tape and gets played whenever Joe needs a new cassette. I am glad I can now offer Joe the first cd ever made out of Blind Blake's LPs, recorded in the 50s for the tiny ART label.' Blind Blake was from the 30s to the 60s the singer and leader of the house band at the Royal Victoria Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas. His music was a strange mix of old island classics, more recent calypso compositions and American ballads. His musicians combined jazz guitar licks with vocal harmonies and West Indian rhythms, with the result that his recordings have an easy humor and swing that few musicians from any continent can match. This cd is drawn from a series of recordings made in the early 1950s. His band The Royal Victoria Hotel Calypsos featured Dudley Butter (guitar, maracas), Chatfield Ward (guitar), Freddie Lewis (lead guitar), George Wilson (bass fiddle), and at times Lou Adams on trumpet. Its popularity with tourists led to them being widely heard in the US, and they became an inspiration to many folk revival musicians. Josh White and Johnny Cash covered 'Delia,' Pete Seeger 'Foolish Frog,' Dave Van Ronk 'Yas, Yas, Yas,' and 'Run, Come See Jerusalem' was done by dozens of groups, not to mention Blake's influence on Harry Belafonte.
V/A- TROPICAL DISCOTHEQUE EP VOL. 2 12” (sofrito specials, uk)
*The first of two summer scorchers from the Sofrito crew covering the hottest tropical dancefloor sounds from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean! After the success of Tropical Discotheque Volume 1 (rated as one of the re-edits of 2008 by Gilles Peterson), the second volume unleashes some heavy afro funk, deranged highlife disco, bumping Latin and hot Caribbean boogie -- all on one 12! Housed in heavy manila sleeves with stickers and on 180 gram vinyl.
FRANKIE FRANCIS AND SIMBAD- FIESTA ANGOLA 12” (sofrito specials, uk)
*The second summer scorcher from the Sofrito crew covering the hottest tropical dancefloor sounds from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean! Fiesta Angola sees Sofrito's resident studio wizard Frankie Francis go head to head with Simbad (Raw Fusion) to sprinkle a little magic on some classic '70s Angolan sounds -- inimitable Semba and merengue rhythms with a little twist. Housed in heavy manila sleeves with stickers and on 180 gram vinyl.
ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
CHRISSY ZEBBY TEMBO & NGOZI FAMILY- MY ANCESTORS LP (hummingbird, spain)
*shop favorite in stock on vinyl for the first time… Killer Afro-psychedelic rock made in Zambia, early 1970s! Chrissy 'Zebby' Tembo and his group Ngozi Family deliver a brutal set of fuzzed to the max psychedelic rock, with a slight African feel and English vocals. Much improved sound quality and pressing than the previous, long gone reissue of this amazing album.
ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS- AFRICAINE LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, featuring Art Blakey (drums), Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Walter Davis (piano) and Jymie Merritt (bass)… "The sessions for Africaine -- recorded in 1959 but not released until 1979 -- saw innovative young tenorist Shorter linked with the equally forward-looking trumpet of Lee Morgan for the first time on record, set against the efforts of producer Alfred Lion to shape another commercial hit to match Blakey's breakthrough with Moanin'. What he got instead was a showcase for two hot young horn players and composers burning ideas and talent over the uniquely wide-screen Blakey percussion style, all anchored by Walter Davis' s low-key, self-effacing and supportive blues piano." -- All About Jazz
DONALD BYRD- SLOW DRAG LP (blue note, usa)
*Gatefold exact repro reissue, originally released in 1967. Featuring Sonny Red, Cedar Walton, Walter Booker and Billy Higgins… "Slow Drag was one of trumpeter Donald Byrd's final hard bop dates. Teamed with altoist Sonny Red, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Billy Higgins (who takes a surprise vocal on the title cut), this quintet outing features originals by Byrd, Walton and Red along with the standards 'Secret Love' and 'My Ideal.' The music in general finds Byrd looking both backwards toward the blues and forwards toward modal music and hints of the avant-garde. A fine effort." --All Music
DONALD BYRD- ELECTRIC BYRD LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, originally released on Blue Note in 1970… "Donald Byrd's transitional sessions from 1969-1971 are actually some of the trumpeter's most intriguing work, balancing accessible, funky, Davis-style fusion with legitimate jazz improvisation. Electric Byrd, from 1970, is the best of the bunch, as Byrd absorbs the innovations of Bitches Brew and comes up with one of his most consistent fusion sets of any flavor. Byrd leads his largest fusion group yet (ten to 11 pieces), featuring many of his cohorts of the time (including Jerry Dodgion, Lew Tabackin, and Frank Foster on various woodwinds). Most important are electric pianist Duke Pearson, who once again dominates the arrangements, and percussionist Airto Moreira, who in places lends a strong Brazilian feel that predates Return to Forever. Moreira also contributes one of the four compositions, 'Xibaba,' which starts out as an airy Brazilian tune but morphs into a free-form effects extravaganza; the rest are Byrd originals that prove equally imaginative and diverse." -- All Music Guide
DONALD BYRD- ETHIOPIAN KNIGHTS LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, originally released on Blue Note in 1971… "Right from the stop-start bass groove that opens 'The Emperor,' it's immediately clear that Ethiopian Knights is more indebted to funk -- not just funky jazz, but the straight-up James Brown/Sly Stone variety -- than any previous Donald Byrd project. And, like a true funk band, Byrd and his group work the same driving, polyrhythmic grooves over and over, making rhythm the focal point of the music." -- All Music Guide
SONNY CLARK- DIAL "S" FOR SONNY LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue of Sonny's 1957 album… "Dial "S" for Sonny, Sonny Clark's first session for Blue Note Records and his first session as a leader, is a terrific set of laidback bop, highlighted by Clark's liquid, swinging solos. Clark leads a first-rate group -- Art Farmer (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Wilbur Ware (bass), Louis Hayes (drums) -- through four originals and two standards, balancing the selections between swinging bop and reflective ballads. There are traces of Bud Powell in Clark's style, but he's beginning to come into his own, developing a style that's alternately edgy and charmingly relaxed. Mobley, Farmer and Fuller have their moments, but Clark steals the show in this set of fine, straight-ahead bop." -- All Music Guide
ORNETTE COLEMAN- LOVE CALL LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1968. Featuring Ornette Coleman (alto sax & trumpet), Dewey Redman (tenor sax), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums)… "'Love Call,' with Coleman on trumpet, maintains a blistering intensity as the two horns are not merely supported but engulfed in the rhythmic pressure furnished by Garrison and Jones. Note particularly the passage, beginning about two thirds of the way through the track, when the two horns engage in a rapier-like exchange, each seemingly feeding on the other's insatiable energy."
LOU DONALDSON- SAY IT LOUD! LP (blue note, usa)
*Gatefold exact repro reissue, originally released in 1968. Featuring Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Lou Donaldson (alto sax), Jimmy Ponder (guitar), Charles Earland (organ) and Leo Morris (drums). Includes the James Brown cover "Say It Loud I'm Black And I'm Proud."
HANK MOBLEY- WORKOUT LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, originally issued on Blue Note in 1961. Featuring Grant Green (guitar), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums) and Hank Mobley (tenor sax). "Mobley in some of his best company: guitarist Grant Green, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. Each of these men made dozens of recordings like this one, and in their day they were little noted except as a payday for the musicians and a momentary showcase for their fans to enjoy. But from the standpoint of forty years in the future we can see the high level of mastery these musicians had achieved. Mobley is his mellow-toned self, and he finds a perfect partner in Green, whose electrically-charged lines take Mobley's quiet fire and run with it. Green glows particularly brightly on 'Workout,' while on the jaunty 'Uh Huh' Mobley takes chorus after chorus with a subtle buildup of intensity that reveals him to be a past master of architectonics. And the rhythm section! Philly Joe hasn't lost a step here, and indeed commands more attention than on his dates with Miles. This one was all in a day's work, but what a day! A tour de force. A masterpiece." -- All About Jazz
LEE MORGAN- THE SIXTH SENSE LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, Recorded 1967… "For this lesser-known Lee Morgan LP, the trumpeter was starting to stretch beyond hard bop into more modal areas while retaining his easily recognizable sound. None of Morgan's originals (which are performed along with pianist Cedar Walton's 'Afreaka' and Cal Massey's 'The Cry of My People') caught on, but the music is creatively performed by the trumpeter, altoist Jackie McLean (who was always a perfect musical partner), the obscure tenor Frank Mitchell, Walton, bassist Victor Sproles, and drummer Billy Higgins." --All Music Guide
LEE MORGAN- TARU LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, Recorded 1968. "Trumpeter Lee Morgan performs two funky boogaloos, a ballad and three complex group originals on this album whose music was first released in 1980. This is a transitional date with the hard bop stylist leaning in the direction of modal music and even anticipating aspects of fusion. His sextet (which includes Bennie Maupin on tenor, guitarist George Benson, pianist John Hicks, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Billy Higgins) is quite advanced for the period and inspires Morgan to some fiery and explorative playing." --All Music Guide
BIG JOHN PATTON- OH BABY! LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, originally released on Blue Note in 1965. Featuring Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Harold Vick (tenor sax), Grant Green (guitar), John Patton (organ) and Ben Dixon (drums)… "This is 'Big' John's fourth album for Blue Note Records. In his appraisal of the album, he said, 'I feel this album moves me closer to interpreting music my way.' And he added, 'I want to go on studying. A musician cannot stand still. The mechanical power of the organ can easily delude you into projecting strength as opposed to blending it with other instruments. Control is very important and so is direction.'"
DUKE PEARSON- SWEET HONEY BEE LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, originally issued on Blue Note in 1966… "Fortunately for music, as for all other manifestations of life, it has so far been impossible to homogenize temperament. Even, for example, in a time of unusual tension, such as the present, there are those who somehow sustain an open, lyrical, non-competitive approach to being alive. Although Duke's music has always been airy and spring-like, perhaps a particular reason for the sense of well-being in this album is the attractive young lady on the cover who, by the time you hear the music, will have become Mrs. Betty Pearson. There was something of her in Duke's thoughts when he wrote Sweet Honey Bee. Its sunny melody and resiliently infectious beat do communicate, as Duke puts it, 'a bit of happiness.' Considerably more than a bit. There is a dance-like buoyancy in Duke's own piano solo, and James Spaulding's flute also emphasizes the light-hearted mood of expectancy that makes Sweet Honey Bee a spirit-energizer." -- Nat Hentoff
REUBEN WILSON- BLUE MODE LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, originally issued on Blue Note in 1969… "If Love Bug skirted the edges of free jazz and black power, Blue Mode embraces soul-jazz and Memphis funk in no uncertain terms. Opening with the cinematic, stuttering 'Bambu' and running through a set of relaxed, funky grooves -- including covers of Eddie Floyd's 'Knock On Wood' and Edwin Starr's 'Twenty-Five Miles' -- Blue Mode isn't strictly a jazz album, but its gritty, jazzy vamps and urban soul-blues make it highly enjoyable. Reuben Wilson has a laid-back, friendly style and his supporting band -- tenor saxophonist John Manning, guitarist Melvin Sparks, and drummer Tommy Derrick -- demonstrate a similarly warm sense of tone. While none of them break through with any improvisations that would satiate hardcore jazz purists, they know how to work a groove, and that's what makes Blue Mode a winner."
LARRY YOUNG- CONTRASTS LP (blue note, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1967… "For this interesting set, organist Larry Young (the first musician on his instrument to really move beyond Jimmy Smith's soul-jazz into the avant-garde) mostly utilized lesser-known musicians from the Newark, NJ, area: Tyrone Washington and Herbert Morgan on tenors, flugelhornist Hank White, guitarist Eddie Wright, drummer Eddie Gladden, and Stacey Edwards on congas. 'Major Affair' is an organ-drums duet and Larry's wife Althea Young does a haunting version of 'Wild Is the Wind,' while the other four selections use all of the horns. The adventurous music is sometimes quite intense but also grooves in its own eccentric way, offering listeners a very fresh sound on organ." -- All Music Guide
CONGA DE LOS HOYOS- CARNIVAL MUSIC OF EASTERN CUBA CD (world audio foundation, uk)
*World Audio Foundation is the new label from Soul Jazz Records releasing creative, roots-based music from the four corners of the world. The first release on this new label features the music of Conga de Los Hoyos -- an amazing Afro-Cuban musical institution from the Los Hoyos district of Santiago, in Eastern Cuba. The music here features a riotous mix of over 50 drummers, singers and the distinctive Chinese cornet (a bit like a Cuban bagpipe!), all brought together to make a noise that Sun Ra would be proud of. The drummers play everything from car brakes and hubcaps to frying pans! This is the music of the yearly Carnival in the eastern part of Cuba performed by competing groups featuring hundreds of musicians parading through the streets through 100-degree plus heat and crowds of up to 100,000 people -- Afro-Centric rhythms, majestic songs. Recorded in Santiago at EGREM studios, the legendary Cuban state studios, this is a unique record of a fascinating part of Afro-Cuban heritage. The CD comes with accompanying text, booklet and exclusive photography in a distinctive WAF CD casing. Wild -- play loud!
THE ANCHISKATI CHOIR- POLYPHONIC VOICES OF GEORGIA CD (world audio foundation, uk)
*The second release on World Audio Foundation features the deep sacred and spiritual vocal music from the Georgian Republic in Eastern Europe -- at the border between Europe and Asia. Dating back to pre-Christian times, Georgian polyphonic chants are uniquely complex polyphonic melodies and comprise music sung for the Georgian Orthodox liturgical services. In 2001, Georgian polyphonic singing was proclaimed by Unesco as one of the Oral and Intangible Masterpieces of Humanity. The aim of this proclamation is to help sustain cultural diversity and human creativity in the face of the perceived effects of globalization. The Anchiskati Choir is the world's leading exponent of Georgian polyphonic music. Recorded in Tbilisi, the members of the choir are both celebrated musicians and ethno-musicologists performing the task of documenting the history of this unique music. The CD comes with accompanying text, postcards and poster as well as coming in a distinctive WAF CD casing!
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