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Hans KollerMinor Meetings 1958 ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99
Hardly a set of minor meetings at all – given that tenorist Hans Koller works here in the company of a host of great musicians from the late 50s German scene, in a set of tracks that ranks with the best of his long career as a leader! By the time of these sides, Koller was already one of the ... read more CD
Also available Minor Meetings 1958 ... LP 16.99

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New Dadisi KomolafeHassan's Walk ... CD
Nimbus, 1983. New Copy ... $9.99
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read more CD
(Comes in a slim sleeve.)

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New Lee KonitzStereokonitz ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite-ever Lee Konitz albums – a really unique session with a wonderful kind of sound! The record is one that might not please all Konitz purists – as Lee plays a bit of Varitone sax and flute in addition to his usual acoustic alto. However, the set's got an amazing edge ... read more CD

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Peter Kowald/Kent Kessler/Fred Lonberg-HolmFlats Fixed ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1998. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 12.99
The strings have it – in this sweet little set from bassists Peter Kowald and Kent Kessler, and the great Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello! The combination of instruments is wonderful – very free, but often quite tuneful nonetheless – as each player seems to glide between rhythm and ... read more CD

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New Volker KriegelHouse Boat ... CD
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
Cool chromatic sounds from guitarist Volker Kriegel – a set that mixes his own instrumentation with vibes from Wolfgang Schulter and a fair bit of percussion too! Kriegel is always great, no matter what the setting – but here he hits a unique mode, even in comparison to his other ... read more CD

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Peter Kuhn QuartetKill ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1982. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
Modernist clarinet at its best – handled deftly by Peter Kuhn, in a range of modes that moves between hard-swinging jazz and much more spacious, sonic textures! Kuhn plays both standard and bass clarinet – using the latter with an especially great sound that reminds us of some of the ... read more CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Jonas KullhammarFran Och Med Herr Jonas Kullhammar ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2010. New Copy ... $14.99
Brilliant work from a guy who gets our vote as one of the best young saxophone talents working today! Jonas Kullhammar's a hell of a great player – one who can be free one minute, focused the next – always working with a long-range creative vision in his solos – of the sort we ... read more CD

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Jonas KullhammarLat Det Vara ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ... $18.99
An incredible step forward for reedman Jonas Kullhammar – an album that's put together as a summation of his feelings after taking a brief break from the recording business – but which also stands as one of his greatest moments to date! We've always loved Jonas' music, but there's a ... read more CD

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Jonas Kullhammar/Kresten Osgood/Ole Morten VaganAndratx ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2007. New Copy ... $19.99
Genius work from one of the greatest young tenorists in many years – Sweden's Jonas Kullhammar, heard here with his Andratx trio – a group based on tenor, bass, and drums – all with a fluidly creative sound that takes us back to Sonny Rollins at the Village Vanguard in the late ... read more CD

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Jonas Kullhammar/Reine Fiske/Torbjorn ZetterbergSvenska Kaputt ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2012. New Copy ... $12.99
Nothing's kaput here – certainly not the creativity of the players involved – as the album's easily one of the most beautiful, most evocative sets we've ever heard from reedman Jonas Kullhammar! The quartet session is definitely a group effort – as all players work together in ... read more CD

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Jonas Kullhammar/Torbjorn Zetterberg/Espen AalbergBasement Sessions Vol 3 ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
There must have been some really mighty magic in that basement in Ljublana – given that the first two albums from this quartet were already wonderful – and this smoking third set shows no letting up at all! The group's headed by two tremendous reedmen – Jonas Kullhammar on tenor, ... read more CD

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Takuya KurodaRising Son ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A rising sun from the Jose James side of the universe – trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, stepping out here in a wonderful debut for Blue Note! You've heard Kuroda play with Jose James over the years, but he comes up with a rich new groove here on his own – a mostly-instrumental mode that has ... read more CD
Also available Rising Son ... LP 22.99

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Charles KynardYour Mama Don't Dance ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $26.99
Funky organ and plenty of vamping – a really tight little set from the mighty Charles Kynard – who's working here with a really wide-ranging command of the keyboard! As with some of the other Mainstream Records sessions of the time, the backings here are somewhat full – arranged ... read more CD
Also available Your Mama Don't Dance ... LP 9.99

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Frank LacyLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
One of the greatest albums we've ever heard from trombonist Frank Lacy – an artist who hardly ever takes the spotlight as a leader, but who really shines at the helm of this amazing set! The group has a depth of feeling that takes us back to some of Lacy's more spiritual projects of previous ... read more CD

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Steve LacyAvignon & After Vol 2 (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Emanem (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Never-issued material from the great Steve Lacy – a set of tracks that includes some unheard moments from his classic 1972 Avignon performance, plus a host of other wonderful soprano sax numbers as well! The first three cuts are the Avignon recordings – and feature Lacy doing these ... read more CD

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New Scott LaFaroDeep In A Dream (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
SSJ (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $22.99
Bassist Scott LaFaro left a very big mark on jazz – especially given his few short years on this planet – recording seminal sides with players like Bill Evans and Hampton Hawes – both of whom were really transformed by his work on bass! This set brings together some rare material ... read more CD

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Oliver LakeNTU – Point From Which Creation Begins ... CD
Passin' Thru/Universal Sound (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $22.99
Reedman Oliver Lake at his most creative – stepping out here on a sublime set of 70s improvisations – all put together with a really spiritual feel! There's a very open, collaborative feel to the music – and the set was recorded in St Louis, at a time when Lake was a key part of ... read more CD
(Packaged in a nice hardcover case.)
Also available NTU – Point From Which Creation Begins ... CD 14.99

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Adam Lane's Full Throttle OrchestraLive In Lubljana ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
Adam Lane's group is definitely working full throttle here – in a bold, soulful blend of horns that are given lots of direction by Lane's strong work on bass! The music often has this modal sort of vibe – building up a groove at the start, like some hip 70s ensemble on MPS – as ... read more CD

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Prince Lasha EnsembleInsight ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ... $7.99 12.98
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the ... read more CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Yusef LateefDoctor Is In & Out ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
One of Yusef Lateef's funkier albums for Atlantic – and a record that features some great keyboard work from Kenny Barron! The liner notes indicate a current Lateef fascination with rhythm, and it tries to present this fascination in a way that implies a bigger intellectual approach to the ... read more CD

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Yusef LateefYusef Lateef's Detroit – Latitude 42 30 Longitude 83 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Yusef Lateef's Detroit is a mighty funky one – a great summation of all the soulful sounds he'd crafted on previous records, but with a full groove that really points the way towards the 70s! Lateef's reeds are still the main attraction – great solos on tenor and flute – but ... read more CD

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Azar LawrencePeople Moving ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Stellar reed work from Azar Lawrence – a player who's best known for his acoustic revival in recent years, but who could play with some excellent electric backings during the 70s! The set's less an electric funk outing than it is a spiritual jazz set, with keyboards and guitar in the mix ... read more CD

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Azar LawrenceSeeker ... CD
Sunnyside, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Tremendous work from Azar Lawrence – part of a great return to form the reedman has had in recent years – and, if anything, a run of music that's maybe even greater than his legendary sides from the 70s! Lawrence is razor-sharp throughout – spinning out bold, soulful lines on ... read more CD

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New Azar LawrenceSummer Solstice ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A beautiful album of spiritual soul and Brazilian influenced jazz from Azar Lawrence – and a pretty rare one we're thrilled to have! Lawrence is a stellar sax player with a sound that's a bit like Gary Bartz, which means that he fits in perfectly with the Fantasy-era Prestige Records sound ... read more CD
Also available Summer Solstice ... CD 8.99

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Hubert LawsCrying Song ... CD
CTI/Wounded Bird, 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A landmark record – the first album that flutist Hubert Laws cut for CTI, and the beginning of a very important partnership with the label! The record is a sublime exploration of sound and space – very different than Laws' 60s Latin sides for Atlantic, and handled in a baroque mode ... read more CD

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Hubert LawsCrying Song/Afro Classic/Rite Of Spring ... CD
CTI/BGO (UK), 1969/1970/1971. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Hubert Laws on CTI Records – a mighty great thing, as you'll hear on these three vintage albums for the label! First up is Crying Song, a landmark record – the first album that flutist Hubert Laws cut for CTI, and the beginning of a very important partnership with the label! The ... read more CD

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Hubert LawsThen There Was Light Vols 1 & 2 (aka In The Beginning) ... CD
CTI/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Moody work from one of the most groundbreaking flute players of the 70s – and a real standout in the legendary catalot of CTI Records! Hubert Laws was not only richly talented, but he was also capable of a large number of styles – and this double-length set for CTI has him moving past ... read more CD

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Hubert Laws & Earl KlughHow To Beat The High Cost Of Living – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1980. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A totally wonderful little record – not just a funky 70s soundtrack, but an excellent jazz outing as well – thanks to the talents of Hubert Laws on flute and Earl Klugh on guitar! Patrick Williams wrote and arranged the whole set – and he merges his jazzier roots with some of his ... read more CD

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Ronnie LawsFriends & Strangers/Flame ... CD
Blue Note/Jazz FM (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Two stone classics from Ronnie Laws – back to back on a single CD! Friends & Strangers is a stone classic from reedman Ronnie Laws – and an album that really helped set a whole new standard for funky fusion in the 70s! Laws works here with great Wayne Henderson production – ... read more CD

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Babatunde Lea with Dwight TribleUmbo Weti – A Tribute To Leon Thomas ... CD
Motema, 2008. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99 14.98
A beautiful tribute to the greatness of Leon Thomas – put together by one of the few cats who could get it right! Given that Babatunde Lea's other music already takes us back to the days when Thomas sang with Pharoah Sanders – his leadership on a date like this is a natural – as ... read more CD

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Joelle Leandre TentetCan You Hear Me? – Live At The Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon ... CD
Leo (UK), 2011. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
A double set of spare tension and tersely dynamic interplay from double bass player Joelle Leandre – one disc featuring her tentet and the other in a trio setting – captured on successive days at Austria's Ulrichberg Kaleidophon in the spring of 2009! You might guess that the tentet ... read more CD

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Mike LeDonneI Love Music ... CD
Savant, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Hammond hero Mike LeDonne's working here in the very well-named Groover Quartet – a rock-solid lineup that features Eric Alexander on tenor, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Joe Farnsworth on drums! All players have recorded often with each other, and fit together like hand in glove – ... read more CD

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Francois Lemonnier & Raphael LemonnierCome Again ... CD
Marge (France), 2013. New Copy ... $9.99
Piano and trombone duets, played together in a really amazing range of styles! The album features some wonderfully intimate work from Francois Lemonnier on trombone and Raphael Lemonnier on piano – expressed in modes that take inspiration from a diverse range of artists who include Charles ... read more CD

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Jorgen Leth & John Tchicai/Igor CaplinskiJazz Jamboree 1962 – No 4 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polskie Nagrania/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $29.99
One of the best early recordings from this legendary European Jazz Festival – and a set that also features some amazing young work from the great John Tchicai – already making a big name for himself overseas! Side one features Tchicai on alto in a group put together by jazz critic ... read more CD

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Stan LeveyThis Time The Drum's On Me ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
A nice little bit of bop from LA – a tightly-crafted mid 50s date for the Bethlehem label – featuring drummer Stan Levey at the head of a great group of horn players! The album features some standout work from Dexter Gordon on tenor – making a rare appearance here as a sideman ... read more CD

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Ramsey LewisLegacy ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
An overlooked gem from Ramsey's 70s years at Columbia – a record that has him grooving over larger arrangements, sweeping along in a great blend of soul and class that makes for some really great numbers! Side one of the album features Ramsey playing keyboards on the extended "Legacy&quo ... read more CD
Also available Legacy ... LP 2.99

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Ramsey LewisMaiden Voyage ... CD
Cadet (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the key records from the Cadet/Concept scene in late 60s Chicago – a tremendous collaboration between pianist Ramsey Lewis and arranger Charles Stepney – and the kind of record that took soul and jazz to a whole new level! Ramsey on his own is great enough at this point – ... read more CD
Also available Maiden Voyage ... LP 8.99

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Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... CD
Columbia, 1974. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the ... read more CD

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Ramsey LewisSun Goddess – The Best Of Ramsey Lewis ... CD
Jazz FM (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A nicely done compilation of pivotal work from the great Ramsey Lewis – focusing on his work for Columbia/CBS Records from the 70s and early 80s – and very well chosen at that! Of course the title comes from Ramsey's iconic album of the same name, and this 2CD set features a few tracks ... read more CD

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Vic LewisVic Lewis Plays Bossa Nova At Home & Away (paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EMI/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1963. New Copy ... $24.99
A late date for Brit bandleader Vic Lewis – but a great one too, thanks to a strong focus on the bossa nova sounds of the 60s! The mode's a real change for Lewis, who could sometimes be a bit stiff – and the new groove definitely opens things up nicely – as does the album's work ... read more CD

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Dave Liebman QuartetSetting The Standard ... CD
Red (Italy), 1992. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Dave Liebman takes on a host of standards – but all with the very hip sound you'd expect from his previous work – and a tight soulful groove that comes from the strong rhythm trio of Mulgrew Miller on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums! These three really set things ... read more CD

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Dave Liebmann & Steve DalachinskyFallout Of Dreams ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the most unusual records we've heard from reedman Dave Liebman in many years – a surprisingly great duet with poet Steve Dalachinsky – who speaks on all tracks while Dave provides instrumentation on soprano sax, tenor, flutes, and even a bit of piano and percussion! The approach ... read more CD
Also available Fallout Of Dreams ... CD 11.99

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Booker LittleBooker Little & Friend (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the ... read more CD

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New Charles LloydDiscovery!/Nirvana ... CD
Columbia/Superbird (UK), 1964/1968. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
2 Columbia killers from Charles Lloyd – back to back in a single set! Discovery is a wonderful bit of soul jazz – much less trippy than some of Lloyd's later work, and handled with a soulful flair that's a mix of Coltrane spiritualism, with an even larger dose of the sort of post-Trane ... read more CD

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Mariano Loiacono & Paula ShocronWarm Valley ... CD
Rivo (Argentina), 2012. New Copy ... $11.99
The title's a famous tune by Duke Ellington, but given the great flugelhorn work of Mariano Loiacono on the record, we're more tempted to think of Art Farmer – and his wonderful sound in small group settings in years past! Loiacono plays with a sound that's round, but has a nice sort of bite ... read more CD

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Jeff LorberIn The Heat Of The Night ... CD
BMG/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Sweet fusion grooving from Jeff Lorber – going strong here in a tight early 80s mode that combines jazz and R&B with effortless ease! The leadoff title track is a catchy groover, done with lead vocals by Jeff and Maurice Starr – but most of the other tracks on the set are ... read more CD

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Jeff LorberIt's A Fact ... CD
BMG/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Jeff Lorber shows his equal talents for jazz and soul on this one – working in a tight blend of keyboard and guitar electric funk – one that's perfect for the occasional vocal part! The core sound is fusion, but done in a way that works nicely off of the R&B-tinged experiments of ... read more CD

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Jeff LorberPrivate Passion ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet keyboards, R&B grooves, and a great blend of jazz and soul modes – all fused together to make the album one of Jeff Lorber's true classics from the 80s! Lorber's keyboards and programming provide the fusiony foil for the soulful vocals of Karyn White and Michael Jefferies on a ... read more CD
Also available Private Passion ... LP 0.99

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Jeff Lorber FusionGalaxian ... CD
Arista/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The Jeff Lorber group makes a move into R&B with a few tracks on this set – adding in vocals to their core sweet fusion approach, but in a style that totally makes sense! Lorber's always had a great way with a soulful tune – working with both electric and acoustic keys in a style ... read more CD

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Jeff Lorber FusionWizard Island ... CD
Arista/Wounded Bird, 1980. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A real classic from Jeff Lorber – the kind of record that crossed-over immediately, and had a huge influence on so many different scenes! The style is smooth sweet fusion – of a sort that Lorber virtually helped invent, and so many others helped to ruin in later years – but here, ... read more CD

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Johnny LytleSoulful Rebel/People & Love ... CD
Milestone/Dusty Groove, 1971/1972. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
Two lost smokers from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – back to back on a single CD! The Soulful Rebel is lost early 70s set from Lytle – totally funky, but in a way that's very different than his famous 60s work! The album's got a sweet electric groove that comes not only from Johnny's ... read more CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Humphrey LytteltonHumph Plays Standards ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
Humphrey Lyttleton's a British bandleader, but he makes a rare appearance here on Bethelehem Records in the US – on a session that was one of the early ones recorded in Landsdowne Studios! The group's a small one, and features some especially great work from Tony Coe on alto and clarinet ... read more CD

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Harold MabernGreasy Kid Stuff! (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most hard-wailing albums that Harold Mabern ever cut – a bit of a shift from some of his more lyrical modes, and a soul jazz smoker that's almost in a Prestige jazz funk mode! The combo here is great, and a bit of a shift for Harold – with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Hubert Laws ... read more CD

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Harold MabernLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 15.99
One of the best Harold Mabern albums we've heard in years – recorded with a trio of familiar partners, John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – but in a freewheeling live setting that has the group really stretching out over some long, extended tracks! Mabern's sense of ... read more CD

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Harold MabernRight On Time ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2013. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Bold, soulful work from the great Harold Mabern – and a record that really takes us back to his soaring modal groove of the 60s! Mabern's still got some of the lighter lyricism of more recent years here – but he also seems to pack a bit more punch from a rhythmic tip, too – no ... read more CD

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Galt MacDermot/Miguel PineroSun Always Shines For The Cool (voc, inst) ... CD
Kilmarnock, 1976. New Copy ... $8.99
A short EP from Galt MacDermot – featuring a rare funky cut from the 70s! "The Sun Always Shines For The Cool" features lyrics by Miguel Pinero – surprisingly poetic, but laid out over a groove that's almost disco in construction – especially on the instrumental take, ... read more CD

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Made To Break (Ken Vandermark)Cherchez La Femme ... CD
Trost (Austria), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
Sharp improvisations with a decidedly sonic sensibility – music that bridges between free jazz and much more textural moments! The group features Ken Vandermark on reeds – sometimes blowing with forward-moving lines that are plenty bold – sometimes stepping back to merge with the ... read more CD

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Pete Magadini with Don MenzaBones Blues (with bonus track) ... CD
Sackville/Delmark, 1977. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A killer from drummer Pete Magadini – an artist we really don't know from many other records, but who really lets tenorist Don Menza shine on this obscure 70s session! Menza's one of those players who really knows how to make the best of a date like this – taking all the tight sense of ... read more CD

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Joe MagnarelliLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 14.99
Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli's got a hell of a trio on this cooking live date – Mulgrew Miller on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass, and Jason Brown on drums – all of whom craft the tunes with a rhythmic intensity that really seems to set Joe's horn on fire! Magnarelli's always had a great way ... read more CD

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Mike MainieriWanderlust ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
A real killer from vibesman Mike Mainieri – a set that's got a darker edge than some of his previous work, while still hanging onto all the warm touches of his own instrument in the lead! Backings are full, but never uptight – and there's a loosness to the record that really works well ... read more CD

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Junior ManceThat Lovin' Feelin'/Soul Of Hollywood ... CD
Jazzland/Milestone, 1968/1972. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Two very groovy albums by Junior Mance – recorded a decade apart, but both plenty darn great! First up is Soul Of Hollywood – One of the best Junior Mance albums from the early part of the decade – mostly because it's got Melba Liston arranging a larger group to back up Junior on ... read more CD

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New Herbie MannDiscotheque (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
Herbie Mann hits the discos – but given the flute player's roots in jazz, the set's more of an electric funk outing overall! Herbie's working here with his Family of Mann group – that cool combo that features lots of work on keyboards from Pat Rebillot, who also handled the ... read more CD

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Herbie MannFlamingo – Herbie Mann Quartet Volume 2 ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
An early showcase for the cool, compressed flute work of the young Herbie Mann – a style that created a great bridge to jazz for so many later players on the instrument! The Mann heard here isn't the overblown, soul-drenched Herbie of the 60s – but a player who's very careful with his ... read more CD

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Herbie MannLatin Mann – Afro To Bossa To Blues ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent album of Latin material from Herbie Mann – and proof that he's equally great in just about any setting! The album's a rare Columbia Records outing from Herbie – but it's easily one of his greatest of the 60s, thanks to some really smoking arrangements from Oliver Nelson ... read more CD

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Herbie MannLove & The Weather ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1953/1954. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic stuff all around – and an early treasure from Herbie Mann! From the outside, the record appears to be a mellow album of easy listening tunes – but on the inside, it's a darkly tuned session – one that's filled with sorrow and haunting emotions that you'd never find in ... read more CD

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Herbie MannMississippi Gambler ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $7.99
After dipping into the Memphis Underground, Herbie continues his tour of the funky south – recording here at American Studios in Memphis (only 5 miles from Mississippi, we guess!), with a small combo that includes Bobby Emmons on organ, Bobby Wood on electric piano, and Reggie Young on guitar! ... read more CD

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Herbie MannSunbelt ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet electric work from Herbie Mann – a surprisingly nice little record, despite a cheesy title and cover! The set's got a way deeper groove than the resort image might make you think – and Herbie's working here with a hip lineup that includes Roy Ayers on vibes, Richard Tee on ... read more CD

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Herbie MannSuper Mann ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful 70s set from Herbie Mann – and one that features some heavy help from P&P maestro Patrick Adams! The album's more of an Adams-directed affair than the usual Herbie set – as Adams produced and arranged all the tracks, and really takes Mann in the direction of a hip late ... read more CD

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Herbie MannWaterbed ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet electric set from the great Herbie Mann – one of his best of the time! Like a number of his contemporaries recording jazz for Atlantic, Herbie had moved pretty firmly into a funky soul mode by the mid 70s – adding in lots of electric instrumentation and vocals to keep up with ... read more CD

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Sarah ManningHarmonious Creature ... CD
Posi tone, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
The title's a great one for this album by alto saxophonist Sarah Manning – as she's got a very strong sense of harmony on the record, and mixes her reed lines wonderfully with the guitar of Jonathan Goldberger and viola of Eyvind Kang! Both musicians have these tones that come into contact ... read more CD

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Guido ManusardiFree Jazz (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Electrecord/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $24.99
Groundbreaking work from Italian pianist Guido Manusardi – a rare set recorded in Romania, and one of the treasures of the European modern scene of the 60s! Despite the "free" in the title, the music is actually more in sort of a lyrical modernist vein, than completely outside ... read more CD

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Steve Marcus/Sonny Sharrock/Miroslav Vitous/DanielGreen Line (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA/Hayabusa (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $29.99
A really amazing set from this ultra-cool quartet – a group that features lots of soulful reed work from Steve Marcus on tenor and soprano sax, plus smoking guitar lines from a young Sonny Sharrock! Sonny's funkier here than we've ever heard him before – and gets some strong ... read more CD
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Mike Marshall & Turtle Island String QuartetMike Marshall & Turtle Island String Quartet ... CD
Adventure Music, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
A really beautiful setting for the mandolin of Mike Marshall – a set that features his lead instrument alongside the Turtle String Quartet! The group themselves are very open to new ideas, but also bring a very different vibe to the record than some of Marshall's other albums – not ... read more CD
Also available Mike Marshall & Turtle Island String Quartet ... CD 7.99

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Pedrito MartinezPedrito Martinez Group ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Pedrito Martinez has a mighty cooking combo on this set – only a quartet, but a group that's more than strong enough to serve up some plenty powerful Latin jazz rhythms – which are then augmented by help from a host of famous guest stars! Pedrito's percussion is at the core of every ... read more CD

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Harvey MasonChameleon ... CD
Concord, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great step backwards for Harvey Mason – a sweet little record that really takes us back to Harvey's wonderful work in the 70s! The album's a great blend of funky fusion and soul – and although most tracks are instrumental, there's also some key vocal moments too – which help ... read more CD
Also available Chameleon ... CD 9.99

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James MasonRhythm Of Life ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's ... read more CD
Also available Rhythm Of Life (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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James MasonRhythm Of Life (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chiaroscuro/Shout (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's ... read more CD
Also available Rhythm Of Life ... CD 16.99

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New Yoshiyaki MasuoWinds Of Barcelona ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Groovy guitar work from Yoshiaki Masuo – working here in a sweetly chromatic style with hip small combo backing! Yoshiaki's got echoes of 60s work from George Benson or Wes Montgomery – a sound that's clean, but which has great colors billowing out nicely from the edges – a ... read more CD

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Ronnie MathewsSong For Leslie ... CD
Red (Italy), 1980. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A great 80s showcase for the piano of Ronnie Mathews – captured here at a really under-recorded point in his career! The album's got Ronnie leaping into the fray right from the start – with some of those harder edges from his 60s years, mixed with lots more of those lyrical lines that ... read more CD

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Ronnie Mathews, Roland Alexander, Freddie HubbardRonnie Mathews/Roland Alexander (Doin' The Thang/Pleasure Bent) ... CD
Prestige/New Jazz, 1961/1963. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
2 lost sides of soul jazz – both of them rare gems on vinyl, and back-to-back here in one nicely priced CD package! Doin The Thang is an excellent bit of lost soul jazz piano work – featuring the highly underrated Ronnie Mathews, with a quartet that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet ... read more CD

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Jean Louis Matinier/Marco AmbrosiniInventio ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
An instrumental pairing you're not likely to hear every day – the accordion of Jean-Louise Matinier and the nyckelharpa of Marco Ambrosini! We love the use of the former instrument – which Matinier plays with these open, evocative tones that remind us of our favorite work by Daniel ... read more CD

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Nilson MattaNilson Matta's Black Orpheus ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
Maybe the greatest album we've ever heard from bassist Nilson Matta – a set that mixes Brazilian jazz modes with a much more complex approach – all in a style that offers up a really rich reworking of the famous soundtrack to the film Black Orpheus! The original score by Antonio Carlos ... read more CD

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Rob MazurekMother Ode ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Rob Mazurek has always been more of a multi-instrumentalist instead of just a cornet player – but on this amazing solo set, he really pushes the boundaries even further – by taking up a huge host of different elements and different sounds! That soaring, spacious horn is still in the ... read more CD

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Rob Mazurek & Black Cube SPReturn The Tides – Ascension Suite & Holy Ghost ... CD
Cuneiform, 2014. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
Rob Mazurek just keeps stunning us more and more over the years – growing way way past his earlier straight jazz roots, and even his key work in the Chicago underground – to a level where he's easily encompassing many different styles and genres at once – then finding a way to ... read more CD

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Rob Mazurek Exploding Star OrchestraMatter Anti-Matter – Sixty Three Moons Of Jupiter & Electronic Works ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99
A record that not only goes beyond some of the other recent work we've heard from Rob Mazurek – but a set that also offers up two richly different sides of his talents! CD1 features a mindblowing performance from the Exploding Star Orchestra – a special version of the group that ... read more CD
Also available Matter Anti-Matter – Sixty Three Moons Of Jupiter & Electronic Works ... CD 14.99

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Christian McBride & Inside StraightPeople Music ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2013. New Copy ... $16.99 17.98
A great record with a really great little lineup – rock-solid players who come together wonderfully under the vision of the leader! Christian McBride's really found a way to focus his energy in recent years – and this quintet set is great proof of that – a refining of all the ... read more CD

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Les McCannLive At Montreux ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
The 70s genius of Les McCann – opened up here wonderfully in the space of a double-length live performance! Tracks are all nice and long – and Les steps out strongly on Fender Rhodes and clavinet, ringing out with amazing tones that are really wonderful – kind of the electric ... read more CD

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Howard McGheeLife Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite an unusual album for trumpeter Howard McGhee – one that has the famous bop trumpeter working in a sweet "with strings" format – ala similar 50s sessions on Verve! Frank Hunter handles the larger group here – working the strings with some nice touches that go way ... read more CD

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Howard McGheeWest Coast 1945 to 1947 ... CD
Uptown, Mid 40s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Wonderful work from one of the most important early bop trumpeters – the mighty Howard McGhee, heard here in a set of rare material that includes obscure studio sessions and some surprisingly great live performances too! McGhee was one of the first and the best to turn the trumpet towards ... read more CD

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New Jimmy McGriffBlack Pearl ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the most hard-hitting Jimmy McGriff albums of the 70s – a raw live date recorded in Newark – and a set that's a perfect bridge between the sharp soul of his Sue Records sessions and his later funk to come! The whole thing's got a gritty vibe the really recalls the sound of a ... read more CD
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Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyreHumility In The Light Of Creator (plus bonus track) ... CD
Delmark, 1969. New Copy ... $8.99 12.99
One of the most spiritual albums to come from the young AACM movement in Chicago – a session that's somewhat equal in expression to some of the best post-Coltrane work on Impulse Records! Maurice McIntyre plays here with a sound that's already fully formed – an approach to the tenor ... read more CD

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New Jackie McLeanBout Soul (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $19.99
A seminal album from altoist Jackie McLean – and a set that serves as a key bridge between his mid 60s avant work in the "new thing" scene, and the deeper, spiritual sounds he'd play in years to come! There's a sense of balance here that grabs us right from the start – ... read more CD
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Also available Bout Soul ... LP 24.99

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Jackie McLeanJackie McLean & Co – Introducing Ray Draper & Tuba ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $22.99
A really unique little session from Jackie McLean – and one of the few 50s jazz albums to feature the talents of tuba player Ray Draper, a vastly under-rated artist who recorded briefly with McLean and Coltrane at the time! Although the tuba might seem like a heavy instrument to bring into ... read more CD
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Jackie McLeanJackie's Pal – Introducing Bill Hardman ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Jackie McLean's got a great pal here – trumpeter Bill Hardman, who'd work with Jackie in the Jazz Messengers a year later! Here, the pals are cutting sharp lines in a perfect early hardbop mode – a great Prestige session with big bold sound from Rudy Van Gelder, and fresh modern tones ... read more CD
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New Jackie McLeanSwing Swang Swingin' ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Jackie McLean cut some of his best bop sessions for Blue Note – and this is one of them! The record is amazingly precise, and features Jackie as the sole horn soloist in a group with Walter Bishop on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – a crack rhythm combo that ... read more CD
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Jackie McLeanTippin' The Scales (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1962/1984. New Copy ... $19.99
A sweet little quartet from Jackie McLean – a later entry into his bop-level sets for Blue Note, recorded right before his "new thing" years! The album never got a proper release back in the 60s, and only first saw the light of day two decades later – but it's a real cooker ... read more CD
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Joe McPheeSonic Elements – For Trumpet & Alto Saxophone ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
The title really gets things right here – as Joe McPhee is in some of his most sonic territory – really working sometimes at a level that's way beyond music, yet still managing to bring a strong sense of soul to the set too! The album begins with "Episode One", dedicated to ... read more CD

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Joe McPhee/Ernie BosticLive At Vassar 1970 ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1970. New Copy 2CDs ... $16.99
Some of the hippest jazz ever played at Vassar College – and previously-unreleased work from avant legend Joe McPhee, recorded right around the same time as his classic Nation Time record! One CD features a smoking performance by McPhee on tenor – working with a group that also ... read more CD

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Melodic Artet (Brackeen/Abdullah/Parker/Blank/WateMelodic Artet ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1974. New Copy ... $18.99
A genius group from the glory days of the New York avant scene of the 70s – yet one who haven't been nearly as well-documented as some of their contemporaries! The lineup here is legendary – a quintet with Charles Brackeen on tenor, flute, and soprano sax, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, ... read more CD

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Marcus MillerSuddenly ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $13.99
Big ol' bass from Marcus Miller – but also some sweet keyboards and great vocals too – all wrapped up in a set that's really got Miller at the height of his powers! Marcus wonderfully skirts the worlds of soul and fusion for the record – and mostly creates a tight groove on his ... read more CD
 
 



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