New Arrivals, Restocks, & Reduced - early 2017

This fiery, previously unreleased duo performance from Cleve Pozar (drums & sirens) & Gene Y. Ashton (later Cooper-Moore, piano) was recorded c. late 1973 / early 1974 at a free Sunday night concert produced by WBAI & held at a former church (now gone) on E. 62nd Street in NYC. Cleve fondly recalls the audience response to his sirens: looking around & thinking the show was going to get busted by the cops.

Some historical context: Their first solos / duos performance took place at the Cyclorama Building of the Boston Center of the Arts in January 1973. At the time of this WBAI gig, GYA / C-M had established the 501 Canal performance / living space but had not yet made his recorded debut on Alan Braufman’s Valley of Search LP, c.1975. Pozar would soon issue his Cleve Solo Percussion LP in September 1974.

Deep thanks to Cooper-Moore & Cleve for their permission to post this wonderful performance. See this interview with Pozar for much more about Cleve Solo Percussion; final copies from Cleve's stash are available here. The extensive interview with Cooper-Moore that was published in 50 Miles of Elbow Room no. 1 is newly available online, right over here.

Note also that Cooper-Moore will receive the Lifetime of Achievement award at the 2017 Vision Festival at Judson Memorial Church in NYC on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day).




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Rich Amerson
Selected Songs and Stories
Alabama Folklife Association
CD
$9

"When life is big, music is big." - Richard Amerson

Many monikers suit Richard Amerson - singer, inventor, storyteller, lay preacher, drifter, jester. Tales of Amerson's artistry and creativity are legion and to this day one can still find people in and around Livingston, Alabama, who vividly recall him. No wonder, since he was relatively nomadic, slept on the ground or in a dugout if he felt like it, let his hair grow long, preached the gospel, invented unusual transportation vehicles, blew the harmonica, and sang beautifully.

Born in 1893 near Sumterville, Alabama, Amerson spun improvised tales in both song and speech. Amerson's singing style was a significant influence on Vera Hall, and folklorist John Lomax considered him to be his greatest discovery. Indeed, Amerson's recordings reveal him to be exceptionally talented and charismatic. Though he turns up on several compilations of Lomax-recorded material, most of his discography is out-of-print and very deserving of the deluxe reissue treatment, particularly his recordings for Harold Courlander. (See also Courlander's The Big Old World of Richard Creeks, which presents a fictionalized account of some aspects of Amerson's life.)

What we have here is an informal recording session featuring just what the CD title promises. Amerson sings mostly spirituals here, usually accompanied by his wife Little Bit, who really cuts loose with singing so passionate that at times she makes Rich sounds a bit reserved in comparison. Amerson also delivers some tall tales in a rapid-fire fashion, with plot twists and puns flying by, in a deep southern accent that could also function as a test of your listening comprehension before your next trip to the backroads. It is also a treat to hear his "Black Woman," which is considered by many to be among the greatest blues love songs.

Hear some of Black Woman, Didn't You Hear My Lord Call, and I Feel the Love of Jesus.
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Kostas Bezos and the White Birds
s/t
Mississippi
LP & CD
$15

"The first-ever compilation of Xabagies ('havagies'), the nearly forgotten Hawaiian-influenced music of 1930s Greece, focuses on the compositions of Kostas Bezos and his ensemble The White Birds. A world-class slide guitarist, political cartoonist, & sleepless Bohemian, Kostas Bezos created some of the most unique music of any era: surrealist guitar portraits blending Athens & Honolulu, haunting tropical serenades, wild acoustic orchestras, & heartbreaking steel guitar duets. Included are a 28-page booklet with extensive notes by Tony Klein & Dimitri Kourtis, unpublished photographs, lyrics, obituaries, & a bonus CD containing 18 additional tracks. Mastered from original 78s, this release is limited to 1000 copies." - Mississippi. Hear White Bird in the Mountains

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Bobby Bradford, Hafez Modirzadeh, Mark Dresser, Alex Cline
Live at the Open Gate
NoBusiness Records
LP
$22

Always a treat to hear more music from living legend Bobby Bradford (check his recordings with John Carter if you haven’t already. In particular, their Self-Determination Music LP has gotten lots of play in my home over the years). This album was recorded live at the Center for the Arts in Los Angeles on March 3, 2013. LP only edition of 500. Hear a bit of Bradford's Song for the Unsung, one of my favorite tunes, & Modirzadeh's Facet 5.

Bobby Bradford: cornet
Hafez Modirzadeh: alto saxophone
Mark Dresser
: bass
Alex Cline: drums

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RL Burnside
Mississippi Hill Country Blues
Fat Possum
LP
$14

"It's a pleasure to hear RL Burnside's early acoustic blues played the way he learned them in the hill country of Northern Mississippi. Three of these tracks date from 1967 and were recorded in Coldwater, MS, by folklorist George Mitchell, while the remaining were recorded in the early '80s by Swingmaster operator Leo Bruin in Groningen, Netherlands. This is Burnside playing solo (and mainly) acoustic country blues with the only addition to his guitar & voice being the harmonica of Red Ramsey on 'Rolling and Tumbling.' While you can't go wrong with the purchase of any Burnside recording, these Swingmaster sessions portray a natural relaxed unaccompanied Burnside." - Fat Possum / Al Campbell, All Music. Download included. Hear Miss Maybelle.

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Elizabeth Cotten
Shake Sugaree
Folkways
LP
$18

“Elizabeth Cotten's second & most varied LP features some of her greatest performances: blues, ballads, breakdowns, & folk songs as only Elizabeth could play them. This is a limited edition with a 'tip on' cover & 180 gram vinyl.” - Folkways. Hear Ruben & Washington Blues.

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Darby and Tarlton
s/t
Mississippi
LP
$15

"Some of the more blues inflected country performances of the late 1920's - early 1930's were made by Darby and Tarlton. This LP is a collection of some of their finest tunes. Very popular in their time, the pair recorded tons of blues, country ballads, & standards. Jimmy Tarlton's voice soars in the higher registers while Tom Darby holds it down with his almost droney low registered voice. Both play some fancy slide guitar work that veers towards the Hawaiian sound to accompany these severe emotional duets. Limited one time pressing of 500 copies, housed in a beautiful silk screened cover." - Mississippi. Hear their Slow Wicked Blues.

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Dezurik Sisters
Sing and Yodel their Greatest Hits
Mississippi
LP
$10

"The Dezurik Sisters (also known as the Cackle Sisters) were Carolyn and Mary Jane Dezurik - two absolutely amazing identical twin sisters with soaring voices that you need to hear to believe. Here we have the first ever LP of tracks by these two incredible entertainers. The ladies sing, yodel and cackle some of the most impressively acrobatic vocal performances you will likely ever hear in your life. Beautiful and novel country tunes to warm your heart and make you feel alright. This LP contains the only three 78s released by the Dezurik's as well as selections from their radio broadcasts as the Cackle Sisters. A great unsung but important chapter in the history of country music. Old school 'tip on' cover and liner notes with archival photos and interviews." - Mississippi. Nice price, covers show slight rubbing. Hear their marvelous Arizona Yodeler.

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Arthur Doyle & His New Quiet Screamers
First House
Amish Records
LP
$20

"First House (AMI 048) is the final recordings from free jazz legend and Birmingham, Alabama native, Arthur Doyle. The LP was recorded live at the Stone July 11, 2012 and these six pieces are backed by His New Quiet Screamers, a Brooklyn-based ensemble adding muscle and movement to Doyle’s always already free, non-linear saxophone, flute, and vocal lines.

"Born in Birmingham in 1944, Doyle studied Music Education at Tennessee State University in Nashville. In his early years, Doyle worked with a wide array of musicians and in a broad range of musical styles, from R&B to Soul to traditional jazz, collaborating with everyone from future Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Walter Miller to Funk-Soul-Disco diva Gladys Knight. Doyle officially emerged on the international jazz scene, however, playing on Noah Howard’s iconic Black Ark (Polydor, 1968), and later on Milford Graves’ 1976 IPS LP BaBi. In 1978 Doyle debuted as a band leader and soloist with Alabama Feeling, released on Charles Tyler’s Ak-Ba label. Alabama Feeling features Charles Stephens (of the Sun Ra Arkestra) on trombone, drummers Rashied Sinan & Bruce Moore, and bassist Richard Williams. After the release of Alabama Feeling, Doyle continued to ignore boundaries and generic conventions, playing with Rudolph Grey as part of The Blue Humans, which introduced his music to NYC’s Downtown and NoWave scenes, including the likes of Lee Ranaldo, Kim Gordon, & Thurston Moore. In the early 1990s, Doyle’s work was re-introduced to another generation, through releases for labels like Ecstatic Peace & Audible Hiss. Since the late ‘90s, Doyle continued a fevered pace in terms of his collaborations, most notably with Sunny Murray, Hamid Drake, Takahesi Mizutani (of Les Rallizes Denudes), & Sabu Toyozumi, among many others.

"His New Quiet Screamers consists of an acclaimed ensemble of musicians with a wide array of history and associations. Members have played with and/or include: Sunwatchers, Dark Meat, First's Western Ennisphere, & Matana Roberts, among others. This gatefold LP includes a commissioned essay from noted jazz historian Clifford Allen who describes His New Quiet Screamers as 'vault[ing] and envelop[ing] Doyle’s bursts' of sound to the point where Doyle 'sounds positively invigorated.' Doyle’s final recordings offer what Allen characterizes as a kind of 'unfurling' of the free jazz lexicon, offering insights on 'the spidery architecture of an obliquely-referenced standard' that defined this enigmatic artist’s entire career. Standard and experimental improvisation alike, First House offers a window on Doyle’s last performances, an artist very much at the top of his playing and artistic form. The LP is an edition of 300 copies and includes an exclusive digital download (ONLY AVAILABLE WITH LP PURCHASE) of Doyle performing with His New Quiet Screamers at Issue Project Room September 22, 2011." -Amish Records. Hear a bit: https://soundcloud.com/amishrecords/arthur-doyle-with-his-new-quiet-screamers-call-out

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Nancy Dupree
Ghetto Reality
Mississippi
LP
$9

"Nancy Dupree initially found her elementary school music students in Rochester, NY, resistant to participation in class. Once she dropped the standard literature (which asked 'Mr. Bear' to 'come and play') and began composing music that bore relevancy to contemporary society and to their very tuned-in and grownup interests, she found they immediately took to performing. Her songs addressed the contributions icons James Brown and Jelly Roll Morton made to society, the intangible assets each child naturally possessed ('What do I have? Guts...heart...and soul'), and fighting for civil rights ('I want my freedom; I want it now'). Not only did singing about meaningful issues in real musical styles reveal the immense talents the students had, but it gave all a critical lesson in empowerment." - Smithsonian/Folkways. Hear James Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzWAylk7G5Y

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Harmonica Frank Floyd
s/t
Mississippi
LP
$15

"One of the more curious country / blues / early rock n' roll performers - here we have a collection of all of the recordings of Harmonica Frank made between 1951 & 1954. Frank plays many types of folk music and is a mimic, effortlessly switching from humorous hillbilly ballads to deep country blues.  With his self-taught harmonica technique, he was a one-man band, able to play the instrument without his hands or the need for a neck brace. While also playing guitar, he perfected a technique of manipulating the harmonica with his mouth while he sang out of the other side. He could also play harmonica with his nose and thus play two harmonicas at once. On this LP we find early proto rock and roll, country blues, weird humorous recitations (with generous "eephing" solos), and some country music. This record might be difficult for some to listen to...Limited one time pressing of 500 copies, housed in a beautiful silkscreened sleeve." - Mississippi. Hear Howlin' Tomcat.

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Blind Uncle Gaspard & Delma Lachney
On the Water's Edge
Mississippi
LP
$11

Restocked & a reduced price on this wonderful collection. "Twelve great songs recorded by two of Cajun musics finest and most unusual artists: Blind Uncle Gaspard & Delma Lachney. All songs originally released on 78 in the late 1920's. Fragile and dignified performances with French vocals accompanied by guitar or fiddle or sometimes both. Impeccable ballads and breakdowns. Old school 'tip on' cover." - Mississippi. Truly sublime music. Hear Blind Uncle Gaspard's Natchitoches (French Town) & Delma Lachney's Le Bebe Et Le Gambleur (The Baby And The Gambler).

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Michael Hurley
Hi-Fi Snock Uptown
Mississippi
LP
$14

“Reissue of Hurley's 3rd LP. Originally recorded in 1972, this record finds Hurley exploring the full range of his stylistic canon and features some of his most loved songs such as Water Train, The Twilight Zone, Eyes Eyes, and Blue Driver. Remastered from the original tapes.” - Mississippi. Hear Blue Driver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvIW2mnVWmE

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Monroe "Guy" Jackson
Got the Boogie Woogie Blues / Lonesome Home Blues
Rustron Records
45 rpm 7"
$15

Monroe "Guy" Jackson was a blues musician who lived in the Holly Springs area of north Mississippi, and I have been told that he played mostly in & around that vicinity, though curiously he apparently made a trip to NYC to play at Lincoln Center in 1985. In a preview for the NY Times, Robert Palmer noted that Jackson was 77 years old at the time and “grew up in the northern Mississippi hill country, which nurtured a blues culture much different from that of the better-known Mississippi Delta. Living on small farms, the hill country blacks developed a lilting, strangely archaic sounding brand of music, and Mr. Jackson is a worthy representative of it.”

That's also the year when he cut this highly enjoyable record for the local Rustron label (who also released the James Son Thomas Gateway to the Delta LP that flew out of here recently) that appears to be his only release. The songs heard here have an open-ended feel that suggests a relaxed informality with his music, and he deals in a couple of the eternal themes: 1) returning to his home after a long absence, and 2) being forbidden to take part in the boogie woogie. (maybe why he left in the first place) The A-side is a droney & danceable northern Mississippi blues, while the flip has some nice bottleneck work. Great stuff, and a pretty obscure release that I'm particularly pleased to be able to offer here. Hear some of Got the Boogie Woogie Blues & Lonesome Home Blues.

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Rev. Charlie Jackson
Wrapped Up Tangled Up in Jesus / Morning Train
Booker Records
45 rpm 7"
$9

Officially licensed reissue of Rev. Charlie Jackson’s first 45. All his original singles are in high demand, this one especially so: 2 hot, classic sides. Edition of 500. Hear clips of Wrapped Up Tangled Up in Jesus & Morning Train.

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Junior Kimbrough
Meet Me in the City
Fat Possum
LP
$10

"Fat Possum's original stars and some of its greatest discoveries will be available as part of its 25th-anniversary series. Junior Kimbrough will be represented by a vinyl reissue of Meet Me in the City, released a year after the trance-blues master's 1998 death. The majority of these recordings pre-date Junior's 1992 Fat Possum release All Night Long. Though the production quality many not quite be up to the standards of Junior's 'studio' albums, the intensity of the performances more than make up for it. Every effort was made to preserve the integrity of the original home stereo recordings.

"David 'Junior' Kimbrough, quite possibly the most important blues guitarist of the second half of the 20th century, redefined blues. His approach to music is so hugely different from anything that came before him that he ranks among the three greatest bluesmen of all: Son House, Bukka White, and Fred McDowell. An originator, Junior did more than build on a certain tradition or perfect a certain style, he re-imagined the blues and developed a sound all his own." - Fat Possum. Hear the massive, ominous Baby Please Don't Leave Me.

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Christian Schwindt Quintet
For Friends and Relatives
Frederiksberg Records
2LP
$35

"Finnish Holy Grail Jazz! Expanded from a single disk to a double 140g vinyl album in old school deluxe gatefold with new liner notes insert telling the story of the group and the Finnish jazz scene in the '60s, includes unpublished photos, remastered from the original tapes, limited to 500 copies." - Frederiksberg Records. Hear Helsinki at Noon.

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Sonny Simmons
Global Jungle
no label / private release
cassette
$15

Original cassette issue of this somewhat elusive Sonny Simmons session, recorded in 1982 & first released on this format in 1985. Notable also for an appearance of Earl Freeman on side A. Hear some of Global Jungle.

“Sonny Simmons is a revered and unrelenting pioneer, one of the remaining few. His dozen or so recordings from 1961-1970 established him as one of the most exciting new horn players of that era. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, Simmons stayed true to his art form, writing some of his major compositions, working with local musicians, and ‘dealing with it.’ Unfortunately, this time period produced little recorded material.

Global Jungle is one of the rare recordings that captures Simmons’ prolific work of the 1980s. Listening to these compositions, one hears searing white hot saxophone, the long winded legato, and multiple tonguing techniques for which Simmons is noted. The fluidity of this recording is further enhanced by the spontaneous and direct response from the rhythm section. Global Jungle is raw and real. It is life drama.” - notes from the CD issue, which is also in stock

Sonny Simmons: alto saxophone & vocals
Kirk Charles Heydt: cello
Dylan Morgan
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Earl Freeman: electric fretless bass (side A)
Perry Thorsell: acoustic bass (side A)
Freddie "Bon Ganni" Williams: acoustic bass (side B)
Jeffrey Donald: vocals (side B)

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John E. Tinsley
Country Blues Roots Revived
Manufactured Recordings / Steady Sounds
LP & 7"
$18

"Manufactured Recordings is pleased to announce they’re co-releasing a very special reissue of John E. Tinsley’s Country Blues Roots Revived with Steady Sounds. This recording has not been available since the 70’s and is a rarity treasured by lovers of the piedmont blues style.

"John E. Tinsley was born in 1920 in Chestnut Mountain, Virginia and later moved to Henry County in an area just outside of Martinsville. According to the liner notes of Virginia Traditions: West Piedmont Blues, Tinsley began playing guitar at the age of 15 at the behest of his neighbor and was influenced by other Piedmont & East Coast bluesmen such as Blind Boy Fuller, Josh White, & Buddy Moss.

"Tinsley and friend, Fred Holland, first recorded 'Truble Blues' and 'Keep Your Hands Off Her' as a 78 for Bassett, Virginia's Mutual Records in 1952. Following the poor sales of the 78, Tinsley briefly left the world of secular music behind, playing religious music exclusively in the mid-1950s. However, in 1978, he recorded this session on Country Blues Roots Revived for the primarily bluegrass label Outlet Recordings, accompanied on most cuts by his son William on piano & J.P. Young on harmonica. [This reissue] also includes his lone 78rpm release as a bonus 7"." - Manufactured.

Though I've been a fan for a while, I was pleasantly surprised this record was reissued. Tinsley was a fairly obscure artist, no big backstory, and his appeal & approach are generally low-key: it's "just" enjoyable, easygoing music. Hear Rattlesnake Daddy: https://soundcloud.com/manufacturedrecordings-1/john-e-tinsley-rattlesnake-daddy

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John E. Tinsley
Country Blues Roots Revived
Manufactured Recordings / Steady Sounds
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$12

CD version, full description above.

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Various Artists
Drop on Down in Florida
Dust-to-Digital
2CD & hardcover book
$30

“Based on four years of fieldwork throughout the state, the Florida Folklife Program released the two-album, 27-track 2LP Drop on Down in Florida in 1981. The album was intended to highlight African American music traditions for a statewide public audience, blues and sacred traditions in particular. In recent years, the Folklife Program sought the opportunity to produce an expanded reissue of the album that would include previously unissued fieldwork recordings and photos. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork materials now housed in the State Archives of Florida, the expanded reissue includes nearly 80 previously-unreleased minutes of music on 28 new tracks, plus numerous photos documenting the musicians and communities that perpetuated these traditions.

“Notable among the previously unreleased tracks are additional musical selections and personal narratives from one-string musician Moses Williams, four-shape-note Sacred Harp singing from an African American community in the Florida Panhandle, and recordings from the Richard Williams family in the blues and gospel-blues traditions. The reissue also includes new track notes from respected music scholars David Evans and Doris J. Dyen; reflective essays from past and present folklorists with the Florida Folklife Program, including Peggy A. Bulger, Dwight DeVane, Doris J. Dyen, and Blaine Waide; and an extensive essay on African American one-string instrument traditions by David Evans.

“The 2012 edition of Drop on Down in Florida: Field Recordings of African American Traditional Music 1977–1980 highlights the significance of the previously unreleased material. In addition, it calls attention to the importance of the original LP and makes its contents available once again, this time to a larger audience.” - Dust-to-Digital. Truly one of the great compilations. Hear some clips from Robert Denis, Emmett Murray, Moses Williams, Richard Williams, & Ella Mae Wilson.

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Various Artists
Ghost Memories
Mississippi
LP
$13

"The long awaited sequel to our Six Feet Under compilation! Absolute killer country and rock and roll songs from the late 1950's - early 1960's. Minor chords abound in both rocking tunes and straight up weepers. The real stuff - no goofy novelties or commercial palp. Honest people's music. All incredibly hard to find tunes from small label 45s." - Mississippi. Hear Willie Hays' Walkin' the Streets After Dark & Harold L & the Offbeats' Three Years.

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Various Artists
Running from the Law
Mississippi
LP
$13

"The third volume of the Six Feet Under series! Absolute killer country and rock and roll songs from the late 1950's - early 1960's. Minor chords abound in both rocking tunes and straight up weepers. The real stuff - no goofy novelties or commercial palp. Honest people's music. All incredibly hard to find tunes from small label 45s." - Mississippi. Hear Gene Nitz's Running from the Law & Cecil Moore's Diamond Back.

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Arthur Williams
Forgiveness Suite
NoBusiness Records
LP
$22

Trumpeter Arthur Williams was active on the NYC loft jazz scene in the 1970s. He played with Jemeel Moondoc’s Muntu, William Parker, Frank Lowe, Milford Graves, Cecil Taylor, & Peter Kuhn, among others. Very fondly remembered by his compatriots, he didn’t record often, one reason why this LP, the first document of a group under his leadership, is so welcome. Its open, searching, & free-flowing spirit brings later groups such as Other Dimensions in Music to mind. Recorded at WKCR in New York City on December 19, 1979. LP only edition of 400. Hear a bit of Forgiveness Suite.

Arthur Williams: trumpet
Toshinori Kondo: trumpet
Peter Kuhn
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William Parker
: bass
Denis Charles: drums