Really wonderful work from Hubert Laws – maybe one of his greatest albums for CTI! The record has a laidback feel that's similar to most of Laws' other work for the label, but somehow the live setting also brings out a bit more edge – and gives the record a gently funky groove that's ... 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
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A classic slice of the jazz scene in 50s Paris – as Andre Hodier, the famous French jazz critic, leads a group of some of Paris' best 50's boppers through a set of his own compositions, plus newly arranged bop classics. The band includes standout European players like Pierre Michelot, Fats ... read moreCD
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
(Out of print.)
Lee Ann Ledgerwood —
Now & Zen ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1998. Used ...
Lee Ann Ledgerwood —
Paradox ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2001. Used ...
A classic album – one that pairs the arranging talents of the great French composer Michel Legrand, with a host of American jazz players – including Miles Davis, Ben Webster, Milt Hinton, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, and John Coltrane. The tracks are a beautiful blend of Legrand's best ... read moreCD
John Lewis & Albert Mangelsdorff/Zagreb Jazz Quart —
Animal Dance ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1962. Used ...
One of the hippest albums that John Lewis ever recorded – and a set that's noteworthy for the presence of two European modernists! Most of the record features Lewis in a wonderful group with trobmonist Albert Mangelsdorff – who gets plenty of space here to play in his stepping, ... read moreCD
Ramsey Lewis —
In Crowd ... CD Entertainers/Sarabandas (Italy), 1992. Used ...
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
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 moreCD
Joe Locke's on sticks – the mallets of his vibes – and the strings here are handled by Jonathon Kreisberg, who plays both electric and acoustic guitar on the set! The pair get rhythm support from Jay Anderson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums – both musicians who match the ... read moreCD
A great little vocal album – recorded under the leadership of vibist Joe Locke, but also featuring singer Kenny Washington on most tracks too! The album's somewhat mellow overall, and plenty darn soulful too – a beautiful showcase for Washington's raspy vocals, which hang nicely in a ... read moreCD
Fred Lonberg-Holm at his collaborative best – working with a great group of Chicago citizens, each of whom shape the others' sound in the set! Parts of the record have Lonberg-Holm's older style of arch avant energy – an almost academic mode that comes across with thoughtfully ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Bobby Lyle —
Genie ... CD Capitol/EMI (UK), 1977. Used ...
A funky fusion classic – and quite possibly Bobby Lyle's most perfectly realized album! The set was Bobby's first full US outing, and it's filled with soaring, riffing keyboards that stretch out into territory explored a few years before by Johnny Hammond and Lonnie Liston Smith! The real ... read moreCD
Mad funk from the great Galt MacDermot – a wonderful selection of obscure tunes from some of his best funky soundtracks! Galt's work on Hair has been sampled heavily by a variety of hip hop producers over the years – but even better is his work for less famous soundtracks, a good ... read moreCD
Rob Madna Trio/The Dutch Jazz Orchestra —
Update ... CD Radio Netherlands (Netherlands), 1996. Used 2 CDs ...
Peter Magadini (with George Duke) —
Polyrhythm ... CD Briko/Ibis, 1975. Used ...
A great little fusion set – issued under the name of the leader, the obscure drummer Pete Magadini, but featuring some stellar work by George Duke on keyboards, and by Don Menza, who plays a variety of reeds with a warm and free style. Duke sounds as great here as he did in his early years ... read moreCD
A very nice little trio set from jazz guitarist Russell Malone – a go-to player for a range of jazz players, but his own records are way too good to overlook – as is this one for the Maxjazz label! Malone produced and arranged the set, which features David Wong on bass and Montez ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann's at the Village Gate – really wailing away in a set of extended numbers that not only set a whole new standard for live recording in jazz, but which also pushed forward the role of the flute in the music as well! There's a heck of a lot of soul in the grooves here – served ... read moreCD
2 groovy 60s sides by Herbie – back to back on one CD! A Mann & A Woman is a surprisingly groovy groovy batch of tracks that has Herbie joined by soul singer Tamiko Jones, for a nice set of tracks that have flute and female vocals in the lead. The groove is somewhat pop-bossa, and the ... read moreCD
A wonderful version of the famous Henry Mancini score – arguably better than the original soundtrack for the TV show! Shelly Manne leads a small group of west coasters that includes Victor Feldman on vibes, Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Russ Freeman on piano – plus Herb Geller on alto, ... read moreCD
A pretty darn great record – the first full length LP cut by Shelly, issued by Contemporary in the mid 50s, and pulling together side from sessions in 1953, some of which were issued previously, others of which appear for the first time here. The tracks are short and playful – very ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD