Some of Komeda's earliest soundtrack work – and all excellent! In a way, it must have been projects like these that let him get the chance to break into jazz styles that were a bit more modern – and the work on the CD reminds us a lot of the advances in jazz that were being snuck in ... read moreCD
Landmark work by one of the greatest soundtrack composers of all time! Komeda's score to Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby was one of his greatest works – and it brought his name and fame to a Western audience in the few brief years before his early death. The music is amazing – from ... read moreCD
A cool European set from Lee Konitz – quite different than some of his other material recorded overseas at the time, with a swinging, upbeat feel that's totally great! The group's a nonet – a large ensemble that features Lee on alto and soprano sax, with Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Kimmy ... read moreCD
Spare readings of tunes penned by Antonio Carlos Jobim – played by Lee Konitz on alto sax and Peggy Stern on piano and keyboards! The album's got a wonderfully fragile feel – one that makes it one of the most sensitive Konitz sessions from the time, and a really fresh interpretation of ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card has a cutout hole.)
Lee Konitz & Peggy Stern —
Lunasea ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1992. Used ...
A sweet CD of sax titan Lee Konitz's work for the Italian Soul Note label from the early 90s – with pianist Peggy Stern sharing the marquee. CD
(Out of print. Official pressing.)
Lee Konitz, Don Friedman, & Attila Zoller —
Thingin ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1995. Used ...
A sublime meeting of three incredibly well-matched players – all artists who worked together in various formations back in the 60s, but waited another 30 years to record here as a trio! There's an airiness that really uniques all the artists in the trio – a sense of space and grace ... read moreCD
A very cool package – featuring lots of non-LP material, and some rare tracks too! The Gene Krupa sessions are all from the mid 40s for Capitol – and the Harry James are from that great mid 50s time when he was really reinventing his sound! CD
(Out of print. In nice shape – and two of the CDs are still sealed!)
We like this set better than most of Joachim Kuhn's work from the time – mostly because it's got a slow fusion approach that really makes for some nice numbers! The band – which includes Euro fusion stalwarts Philip Catherine, John Lee, and Gerald Brown – really moves very slow, ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy Sextet —
Gleam ... CD Silkheart (Switzerland), 1987. Used ...
Steve Lacy, working with a very comfortable lineup of Parisian players – Bobby Few on piano, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass, Oliver Johnson on bass, and Irene Aebi on vocals and a bit of violin! Lacy plays soprano throughout, and the tunes often have that ... read moreCD
A great large group project from reedman Oliver Lake – and a great reminder of his mighty strengths as a writer and arranger too! Right from the start, Lake's had a great ability to move between smaller, intimate settings and more ensemble-based music – and here, he's at the helm of a ... read moreCD
Ralph LaLama's a surprisingly strong tenorist – one we'd never heard before this album, but who's got a sound that's angular, yet soulful – a bit like Warne Marsh at some of his best post-50s moments! There's a slightly Marsh-ish feel to the set, too – in the way the tunes have ... read moreCD
Yusef's mixing his bag nicely for this mid 60s classic – working through tunes that are a mixture of soulful hardbop and eastern exoticism – a shift that's marked by Lateef's changing reed work on tenor, flute, and oboe! The group's a hip quartet with players from Lateef's Detroit ... read moreCD
An amazing album – and the cornerstone of the CTI sound! The record's an incredibly baroque set of tracks from funky flautist Hubert Laws – featuring arrangements from Don Sebesky that mix complicated lines on flute with electric piano from Bob James, into a swirling mass of sound that' ... read moreCD
Nothing too silent here, as the set's filled with the kind of soulful fusion grooves we'd expect from Hubert Laws in the 70s! The album's a real standout in his Columbia catalog – a perfectly balanced set that features plenty of great work from Hubert on flute, amidst arrangements that also ... read moreCD
Classic bit of 70's fusion, played by Ronnie on tenor and flute, and with a group that includes some excellent keyboard work by Joe Sample. The highlight of the record is the big sample cut "Tidal Wave", but it also includes the great groover "Always There", which was covered a ... read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout mark. Booklet has a promotional sticker.)
Eric LeLann —
New York ... CD Blue Line Production (France), 1989. Used ...
A late 80s fusion effort from trumpeter Eric LeLann – one that has him working in a combo with sharp guitars from Mike Stern and Louis Winsberg! The style here is a bit like some of Stern's best work – rhythmic one minute, but also with a pause for tone and color – and although ... read moreCD
Heady stuff from trombonist George Lewis – hardly the bebop outing you might expect from the title, and instead a set of complicated work that's heavily in the AACM tradition! Side one features "Blues" – an investigation of older blues harmonics, but done in a very freeform, ... read moreCD
Ramsey Lewis —
In Crowd ... CD Entertainers/Sarabandas (Italy), 1992. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Ramsey Lewis —
Salongo ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1976. Used ...
A tremendous little record, and one of the funky 70s sets that Ramsey Lewis recorded with Earth Wind & Fire! Well, not Earth Wind & Fire entirely – but the Kalimba Productions team of Maurice White and Charles Stepney that gave the group its sound – plus a nice sprinkling of ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from saxophonist David Liebman – a set of solo numbers that build slowly, with this haunting, soulful sound that we've almost never heard from Liebman this well before! David uses soprano, tenor sax, and wooden flute on the date – and ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Supremely soulful modern jazz from the great Booker Little – one of his best albums ever as a leader, and a real standout moment amidst so many of the re-titled sessions that came out after his early death! The album's got a tremendous feel from the very first note – a furthering of ... read moreCD
Quite a bit different than the famous Charles Lloyd work of the 60s – but a nicely introspective session that showcases his quieter sounds of later years! The date was recorded in Oslo, with a relatively laidback feel – by a quartet that features Lloyd on tenor, Bobo Stenson on piano, ... read moreCD
Charles Lloyd —
Canto ... CD ECM (Germany), 1997. Used ...
A fantastic return to form for Giuseppi Logan – a contemporary record, but one that grabs us with just as much force as his famous 60s album for ESP! The sound here is equally raw, although slightly more soulful too – kind of a nice aspect of age folded into Logan's solos, which colors ... read moreCD
A killer set from keyboardist Jeff Lorber – an artist who really had a lot to offer back here in his early years! Unlike some of Lorber's later albums, which could always be a bit too smooth, this one's got a sharp-edged groove and a stripped-down quartet lineup – a group that mixes ... read moreCD
A really wonderful collection of early work from Jeff Lorber – indie cuts from his years on the Inner City label, brought together here as a single LP! The material is really classic material from the Jeff Lorber group of the late 70s – a sweet fusion set with lots of soulful edges, ... read moreCD
Paul Lytton/Ken Vandermark/Phil Wachsmann —
CINC ... CD Okka Disk, 2006. Used ...
A live collaboration between the trio of Paul Lytton, Ken Vandermark, and Phillipp Wachsmann – recorded in a spare and sound-focused manner that recalls some of the Lytton/Wachsmann efforts from years back! At times, the record is especially quiet – letting in just a bit of percussion ... read moreCD
(Out of print hand-numbered limited edition of 999.)
A big change of sorts for Mahavishnu Orchestra – a record that has the group actually acting like the larger ensemble promised in their name! Although their first few efforts were smaller combo affairs, this set has the group completely transformed – with only John McLaughlin's guitar ... read moreCD
A great second album from Mahavishnu Orchestra – one that has them still very might in the same tight formation as the first! As before, there's a heck of a lot of power here – monstrous work on drums from Billy Cobham, sharp-edged guitar from John McLaughlin, and a range of great ... read moreCD