SINGLE SERVINGS: JOHN LEWIS, STRIPPED

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John Lewis: I Can’t Get Started
From 7″ (Pacific Jazz, 1950s). Also on Essential Jazz Masters

I don’t buy much jazz these days but I couldn’t pass this 7″ up when I came across it at the Groove Merchant. There are few things in the world I love better than a jazz ballad standard, stripped down to a couple of players. “I Can’t Get Started” is already a hauntingly gorgeous tune to begin with and Lewis – musical director for the MJQ – does a simply lovely job here on piano.

GET SOME, LEAVE SOME

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Billy (Sugar Billy) Gardner: I Got Some
I Got Some (alt. mix)
From 7″ (New Day, 1960s)

On my recent trip up to the Bay for 45 Sessions I stopped by the Groove Merchant first (as I often do). Cool Chris had something special waiting for me: this Gardner 7″. It was to complete a trade we started last fall but it meant a lot more than getting a bad ass record.

As I wrote about before, the first time I ever laid eyes on this 7″ was when […]

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SINGLE SERVINGS: GIANT(S) FEVER: CATCH IT!

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This one came gratis The Groove Merchant this past weekend. Seemed apropos since I arrived in S.F. during the 1st game of the divisional series, in S.F. (which, alas, the Giants lost).

Back in 1978, no doubt riding the disco wave, The Paid Attendance put out this single celebrating that season’s team.

The Paid Attendance: Be a Believer In Giant Fever
From 7″ (Solid Smoke, 1978)

In case you want to read the lyrics, here you go.

Not exactly the best disco […]

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SINGLE SERVINGS: BUDAPEST BOOGIE

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One of the more interesting things I picked up at the Groove Merchant last month was this 7″ on Hungary’s Qualiton imprint.1 I only have a handful of Hungarian records, all of it prog-rock, but it’s always been an intriguing sound: strong rhythms, big horn sections, and usually a drummer playing their ass off.

Here’s the single I got at the GM:

Atlasz: Töröld le a könnyeidet
From 7″ (Quality, 1970). Also on Töröld Le a Könnyeidet!

Before Cool Chris even played it for me, he […]

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PRIVATE PILE: SHIRLEY NANETTE’S STYLES UPON STYLES

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Shirley Nanette: Give and Take
Sometimes
Heaven on Earth
From Never Coming Back (Satara, 1973)

Nanette is a jazz vocalist, originally from Portland, OR, and though her own bio says she got her start in 1981, this album would seem to suggest otherwise. It is a most extraordinary LP, one that’s recently been getting heavier mention in select circles after a cache of sealed copies turned up and were quickly sold off (I received mine probably 3rd hand, via my last trip to the Groove Merchant). I’ll just say: […]

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RAYMOND WINNFIELD: WHEN LOVE GOES SOUTH

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Raymond Winnfield: Things Could Be Better
From 7″ (Fordom, 196?). Also on Funky Funky New Orleans 5.

I picked this up on my last trip to the Groove Merchant, in November. The track itself would have been enough to draw my attention…like Funky16Corners described it: “downtempo Crescent City funk.” Indeed, the instrumental version of this appears as the flipside to Ernie and the Top Notes’ funk classic, “Dap Walk” but to me, Winnfield’s vocal version is considerably superior (maybe I just have a bias against the overuse of sax-as-vocal-replacement). […]

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THE SOUNDS OF YOUNG LOS ANGELES

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Cold Duck: Cold Duck (On Ice)
Folk: A Helping Hand
L&M Jazz Quartet: Serenade to a Chicken Wing
The Profits: Fantasy of Love
All from Like People: The Sounds of Young Los Angeles (SOYLA, 197?)

I had been after this LP for a few years now, ever since first seeing at the Groove Merchant, back in the day. It was the cover art; there was something so enticing about how everyone was standing at the top of that canyon, combined with a flip on the old Motown slogan, […]

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PEREZ PRADO: TIPSY OFF TEQUILA

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Perez Prado: San Luis Blues
Tequila
From El Unico (Dimsa, 197?)

Despite the presumed ubiquity of data in a digital era, there’s a surprising amount of information gaps out there when it comes to even the most famous and prolific of artists. Perez Prado, one of Latin music’s most heralded figures, put out a striking number of funk-influenced albums in the 1970s but trying to keep an accounting of them is harder than you might imagine. The various discographies out there are incomplete and mismatched and that’s not even because […]

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A SNACK OF 7″S

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Freddie North: Love to Hate
From 7″ (Mankind, 1975)

The Profiles: If I Didn’t Love You
From 7″ (Duo, 196?)

South Street Soul Guitars: Poppin Popcorn
From 7″ (Silver Fox, 1969)

Al Green: Get Back Baby
From 7″ (Hi, 1969)

Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers: Funky Hump
From 7″ (Soultown, 1974)

Frank Lucas: Good Thing Man
From 7″ (ICA, 1977)

The Devastating Affair: I Want To Be Humble
From 7″ (Mowest, 1970)

Genie Brooks: Helping Hand
From 7″ (Minaret, 196?)

Pharaoh: You’re […]

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PUT UP YOUR PATTY DUKES

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File under: I slept.

I’ve seen the soundtrack to Patty for years but somehow, completely missed out on listening to it despite a rather solid lineup that includes tracks from the stable of New Jersey’s Stang.1 It wasn’t until I was hanging out in the Groove Merchant the other month and Cool Chris threw this on the house system, I realized, “damn, how’d this pass me by?”

Some of the songs on here were pre-existing, such as the Moments’ slinky bit of seduction soul:

The Moments: Sexy Mama
From Patty OST […]

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