A classic meeting of east and west coast artists of the third stream jazz sphere of the late 50s – one that features the team of John Lewis and Percy Heath of the Modern Jazz Quartet working alongside the west coast tenor of Bill Perkins, plus the guitar of Jim Hall and drums of Chico ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Luv N Haight has done it again! This totally cool reissue of a very very lost funky LP is a real monster, and another reissue feather in the cap of the great Luv N Haight catalog. The hot and funky Johnny Lewis Quartet recorded this massive slab of jazz in the early 70's, when the group's lineup ... read moreCD
A classic late 50s side from the Mode label – and one of those great LA sessions that was almost more noteworthy for the sidemen than the leader! Drummer Mel Lewis heads up the group, sure, but the real strength of the set is in its three piece frontline – which features Charlie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet, funky, and outtasite – one of Ramsey Lewis' greatest albums of the 60s – cut under the supervision of Chicago soul maestro Charles Stepney! The album's an amazing mix of jazz, funk, and the more baroque and spacey elements – that were running through the Chicago soul and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing too "chance" about this encounter – as the album's got a very full, carefully put-together approach – completely arranged and produced by Ramsey Lewis himself, but definitely using lessons learned from some of the other top-shelf talents who guided him during his years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No blues, and only a little bit of country – mostly in the song choice for the set, and in the way the whole thing is put together! The core stylings here are still the Ramsey Lewis Trio at their early 60s best – but the record does feature a slight country-meets-soul sort of style in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late 60s groover from the second Ramsey Lewis trio – the one that features Cleveland Eaton on bass and Maurice White on drums, both doing a pretty great job of filling the spot vacated by Eldee Young and Red Holt! The album's a live one, cut in the successful mode of Ramsey's records with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive keyboard work from the great Ramsey Lewis – easily one of his best records ever, thanks to some spaciously funky production by Charles Stepney! Stepney plays keyboards here along with Ramsey, and the twin-keys approach makes for a sound that's extra-special – one that sums up ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two electric killers from Ramsey Lewis – back to back in a single package! Funky Serenity is sweet electric funk from Ramsey – one of his best from the 70s, and a set with Lewis on Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keyboards, grooving away in an open-ended 70s mode that ... read moreCD
Goin Latin, and goin groovy too – thanks to some wonderful arrangements from Chicago soul legend Richard Evans – who really helps Ramsey Lewis open up his sound on the set! The format's less straight Latin than you might expect from the title – and Evans brings in a bouncing, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We know you've seen this record a million times, just like us, and probably passed it up because it appears to be a greatest hits compilation, just like we did! But it's actually Ramsey and his funky mid 70s trio with Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton revisiting some of his best loved material ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ramsey Lewis —
Groover ... LP Cadet, Mid 60s/1972. Near Mint- ....
A set of classic Ramsey Lewis recordings with his trio of Eldee Young and Redd Holt, all of which were recorded during the 60s for Argo/Chess, but not released until this set in 1972. The tracks all came from the same live set that spawned the group's hit single version of "Hang On ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of Ramsey Lewis' most successful records – featuring the hit soul jazz style that he forged with the Young/Holt rhythm combo, honed to perfection before a live crowd at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The record's a key part of Ramsey's live recorded output – showing the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of the biggest selling jazz albums of the 60s – a crowning achievement for Ramsey Lewis and his popular trio with Eldee Young on bass and Redd Holt on drums! The set was recorded live at the Bohemian Caverns in DC, and the trio are perfect in the setting – going at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ramsey Lewis —
Legacy ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ....
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 moreCD
In case you think the folks at Chess were putting too fine a point on the earthy origins of Ramsey's jazz, the title's actually one that follows from an earlier album Ramsey cut for Mercury – and features a similar cover of a shovel digging in the dirt! The tracks are a great blend of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazzy and classy – and one of the first of Ramsey's albums to feature him working with larger arrangements instead of the usual trio. In this case, the whole thing was arranged and conducted by Richard Evans – with a spacey hip sound that's not too far from some of Ramsey's later work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Simple genius from the classic Ramsey Lewis Trio – Ramsey on piano, Eldee Young on bass, and Red Holt on drums! The tunes are a strong mix of originals, standards, and some nice bits from odd sources – all arranged by Ramsey and crew to make strong use of their well-styled blend of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Ramsey Lewis' best albums of the 60s – a killer Cadet record that stands right up there with classics like Maiden Voyage and Mother Nature's Son! As on those records, arrangements here are mostly by Charles Stepney, who comes up with that righteous blend of soul, strings, and jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ramsey and the classic trio with Eldee Young and Red Holt – grooving away on a pot luck batch of tunes that includes material from a wide wide variety of sources, all turned into soul jazz magic by the boys! Believe it or not, Ramsey takes tunes like "Andaluza", "Arrividerci ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare little session by Ramsey Lewis – recorded in Japan at the end of the 60s, but never issued here in the US! The album features Lewis working with his second trio – that of soon-to-be soul superstars Maurice White on drums and Cleveland Eaton on bass – in a mode that's ... read moreCD
Pretty tasty early stuff from Ramsey Lewis – recorded during the height of his early local fame, working with the first trio that included Eldee Young and Redd Holt, recorded live at the Blue Note niteclub downtown in the Windy City. The titles – a mash of standards, pop, and blues ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of late Columbia gems from Ramsey Lewis – back to back on a single CD! Routes features Ramsey Lewis in two modes – both of them great! The set's got Ramsey working with two different producers, each on a different side of the record – and both of them bring a nice ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Classic pop soul jazz from the inventor of the genre! Ramsey's funky piano is backed by some soulful arrangements handled by Richard Evans – in a really tight style that includes great percussion, electric bass, and an all-out kicking style that makes even the mellowest tunes groove! Evans ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson —
Two Of Us ... LP Columbia, 1984. Very Good+ ....
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Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson – two key soulful talents from the 60s, working together beautifully here in a mid 80s set! The album's almost more Randy's than it is Nancy's given that Lewis takes a few tunes instrumentally, working in a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unique albums from Ramsey Lewis' early years at Chess Records – a spare set of bossa groovers that has the Lewis trio with Eldee Young and Redd Holt augmented by added Brazilian percussion and guitar! The sound is spare, sharp, and soulful – and the record's one of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sparkling collection of the soul jazz groovers churned out by Ramsey's famous first trio – the groundbreaking ensemble that featured Eldee Young on bass and Redd Holt on drums. The set does a good job of pushing past obvious hits, and includes some tasty little groovers like "Travel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
From their inception in late 1956, Ramsey Lewis and his famous Young/Holt-era trio were destined for great jazz fame. This 1958 session on Mercury (then based in the group's native Chicago) catches the trio right at the beginning – when they were taking tunes that were pretty well known, and ... read moreCD
One of the first ever albums by the Ramsey Lewis Trio – featuring an assortment of lively tracks with a touch of jazz-based humor, the kind that were winning them huge audiences in Chicago at the time! With Eldee Young and Redd Holt to back him up, Ramsey's got plenty of pyrotechnics in tow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cosmic jazzy genius from Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen – the kind of a record that sounds like it should have come out of Detroit or Chicago in the early 70s – and not the Texas scene from which the group hailed! The Lightmen have a vibe that reminds us a lot of The Pharoahs or some ... read moreCD
A really beautiful album – with a core trio that features Lightsey on piano, Santi DeBriano on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums – plus trumpet and congas from Jerry Gonzales! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the cool early LPs made by this moody European flute player, and a beautiful set of stripped down spare flute tracks with a slow slow groove that edges along in tiny little droplets. Lindh's flute is processed in a cool spacey way, and many of the tracks also have electric piano. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Charles Lloyd in the Soviet Union – blowing beautifully on an open-ended set that must have really loosened things up in Red Square! The album features Lloyd at his freewheeling 60s best – working in his group with Keith Jarrett on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charles Lloyd —
Geeta ... LP A&M, 1973. Very Good ....
Very spiritual stuff, as Lloyd continues his trippy progression into the 70s – stepping off of styles and themes initially expressed on his 60s albums, and working them into a sound that's even more compelling to the FM underground crowd! The work here borrows heavily from Indian and eastern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great return to the limelight for reedman Charles Lloyd – heard here in one of his most open, expressive settings in years – with all the best exotic touches of his famous early years still very much intact! Lloyd plays tenor and flute, plus a bit of Chinese oboe as well – an ... read moreCD
Francisco Lo Vuolo —
Segment ... CD Rivo (Argentina), 2012. New Copy ....
We first fell in love with the piano of Francisco Lo Vuolo on his albums with reedman Carlos Lastra – especially his chunky yet flowing sensibility – one that's inherently modal, even before any contributions from the bass and drums! The bass here is especially great – handled by ... read moreCD
Joe Locke —
Wire Walker ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1992. Used ....
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A great setting for the vibes of Joe Locke – set amidst the larger sounds of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra – whose soft flourishes prove to be a perfect backdrop for Joe's rich colors and tones! The format is wonderful – an approach that's hardly done this well with other vibist ... read moreCD
A much-needed second slice of work from reedman Giuseppi Logan from the 60s – especially since his talents were hardly ever recorded apart from two albums for ESP! This set may well be the most compelling of the pair – as side one features tracks from a landmark Town Hall concert in ... read moreCD
Mariano Loiacono & Paula Shocron —
Warm Valley ... CD Rivo (Argentina), 2012. New Copy ....
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 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
Luis Lopes isn't lying with the title of this great little set – as the album uses guitar noise as much as it does musical sound – but in a way that's quite revelatory overall! Lopes plays live here in a solo performance – and often uses feedback tones in this spare and striking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreCD
Jeff Lorber —
Lift Off ... CD Arista/Wounded Bird, 1985. New Copy ....
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
Jeff Lorber Fusion —
Galaxian ... CD Arista/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy ....
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 moreCD
Jeff Lorber Fusion —
Water Sign ... CD Arista/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ....
A landmark set of fusion from Jeff Lorber – the major label debut of his group, and the virtual blueprint for a sound that many would try to copy over the years, but never quite match! The style's almost a summation of the CTI/Kudu approaches of the mid 70s – with Lorber setting down a ... read moreCD
Complex grooves from guitarist Lionel Loueke – and a set that may well be his best so far, thanks to key help from Robert Glasper! Glasper co-produced the set, and also plays piano and Fender Rhodes as well – often with those great blocky rhythms we love so much in his own music – ... read moreCD
An amazing organist – probably the best in Europe! Eddy Louiss is a genius – a massive player who should have been huge, but who's barely been recognized over on this side of the Atlantic, save for a bit of recording with Stan Getz. This 1972 session is a gem – one of his best ... read moreCD
Eddy Louiss —
Orgue ... CD America/Universal (France), 1972. New Copy ....
One of the few older albums cut by this great French organist – a player who's perhaps best known to the world from his sessions with Stan Getz, which were released over here by Verve – but who cut a great number of excellent work that was only issued on the French market – such ... read moreCD
The first – and still the best – album by this legendary NY downtown jazz combo that featured actor John Lurie, brother Evan, Arto Lindsay, and Anto Fier! The record was a real standout at the time of release – a strange return to the sounds of 50s crime and modern jazz, yet done ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite records ever from ESP – a set that's got even more soul and spirit than we usually hear from the label! The album's one of the first (and few) from saxophonist Frank Lowe as a leader – and it's a unique date that also features alto and soprano sax from Joseph Jarman ... read moreCD
Frank Lowe —
Fresh ... LP Arista Freedom, 1975. Very Good+ ....
One of the better recordings created for the Arista/Freedom series, rather than licensed from tapes Alan Bates had already produced for Black Lion – and a nice set of loft jazz played by Lowe with help from Lester and Joseph Bowie, Abdul Wadud, Steve Reid, and Charles Bobo Shaw. The group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums cut as a leader by trumpeter Henry Lowther – a great player on the British scene of the end of the 60s, but one who mostly labored in the service of other groups at the time! Lowther emerges here as an extremely visionary leader – one with a scope of expression ... read moreCD
Gene Ludwig & Pat Martino —
Young Guns ... CD High Note, 1968/1969. New Copy ....
Previously-unreleased material from the 60s – some searing live sets that feature a trio with Pat Martino on guitar and Gene Ludwig on Hammond! Martino was already a well-known player at the time of these dates – with key work from the east coast club scene in organ combos, and a great ... read moreCD
Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord —
Liverevil ... CD Hot Cup, 2013. Used 2 CDs ....
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Bobby Lyle —
Genie ... CD Capitol/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ....
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
A stone classic from Bobby Lyle – and a record that really has him stepping out strongly, both as a keyboardist and a singer! Bobby's strength at this point is undeniable – and he's got a perfect sense of balance that rivals contemporaries like Roy Ayers or Webster Lewis – both ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Legendary work from Jimmy Lyons! Jimmy's recordings for BYG/Actuel are among some of the best for the label, and this one from 1969 is a stellar session that features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Alan Silva on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums. All players are excellent, and they play together in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strange title – but a great record! We can't figure out why they titled this one the way they did, especially because it's a very jazzy record, and one that features Johnny's trademark organ/vibes soul jazz style – which is always close enough to jazz for us! A few cuts have vocals by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very very very groovy stuff by this masterful jazz vibist, recorded with a sort of late 60s swingin' feel – but still very much in the pocket and warm as a summer breeze! Lytle has a pretty remarkable way of playing the vibes with speed and energy, yet the overall feel still has kind of a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Johnny Lytle's monster vibes 'n organ LPs from the early 60's. Released on the Jazzland subsidiary of Riverside, and a tough one to find! The album comes complete with the great original track "Lela", a jazz dance classic if there ever was one, and other nice tracks like "Hap ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer set that combines both of Johnny's rare albums cut for the tiny Tuba label in the mid 60s! The records both have a great funky vibes sound, with lots of tight drumming, and soulful bubbling organ grooves. These are very sought after in their original pressings, and both LPs usually fetch ... read moreCD
A lost early 70s set from vibesman Johnny 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 vibes, but also from the sweet Hammond and Fender Rhodes of Billy Nunn, and the smoking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight groovy organ/vibes cuts by Johnny, caught live in a slightly Latin-ish vein, at the Village Gate during the height of it's 60's Latin scene, with the addition of conga player Patato Valdes! The crowd is extremely lively, and the band grooves hard and heavy on cuts like "Gonna Get That ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brian Jackson re-ignites the righteous magic he forged back in the 70s with Gil Scott-Heron on a set of legendary albums that we'll treasure forever – but he does so here in a richly collaborative spirit that takes the message and the music even farther than ever! Jackson's keyboards and ... read moreCD
Tracks include "Look On The Bright Side", "Save The Best For Last", "Full House", "B&B", "Mercury Retro", "Yes Or No", and "Alone Together", "It's A Lonesome Old Town", "Moment's Notice", and "Au ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Nice nice reissue of one of the greatest records to come out of Galt MacDermot's legendary Kilmarnock label! The album's a weird off-kilter batch of jazzy instrumentals, with Galt playing acoustic and electric piano – and with backing by a tight little combo that includes Pretty Purdie on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 killers from the legendary Galt MacDermot – composer, jazz musician, and hero to beatheads and samplers everywhere! First up is Shapes Of Rhythm – a weird off-kilter batch of jazzy instrumentals, with Galt playing acoustic and electric piano – and with backing by a tight little ... read moreCD
The best funky album you could ever find by Galt MacDermot! Unlike some of Galt's other records, which have a few funky tracks and some other ones that aren't as great, this hand-picked collection is funky all the way through – and every cut's a monster! All the work still has that great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reissue pressing of this great Galt MacDermot soundtrack, featuring the totally cool sample for Busta Rhymes' big single last year, laid out in the track "Space". Lots of other cool spare funky ones, and a great record all the way through. Tight grooves, spare electric keyboards with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent little small combo record, cut by this obscure funky jazz group for 20th Century – and probably the only thing they ever did! The album's got a number of tight short cuts, played by organ, vibes, and guitar – and titles include "Soul Samba", "Mad Hatters ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Colette Magny —
Repression ... LP Le Chant Du Monde (France), Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ....
A striking set of tracks that features poetry by French protest poetess Colette Magny, over avant jazz backings! Side one features work by Francois Tusques – playing piano in a group that features trumpet, alto, bass, and drums, jamming in a mode that recalls the spirit of '69 on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing lost work from the Mahvishnu Orchestra – a previously-unreleased studio session from 1973, one that features John McLaughlin and the group working in some beautifully tripped-out territory! The lineup features McLaughlin on a variety of guitars – plus Jerry Goodman on electric ... read moreCD
A very electric set from guitarist John McLaughlin – a date that has the leader playing a host of modern variations on the instrument, plus a synclavier as well – but always with the sense of creative imagination he brought to Mahavishnu work in years past! There's some slight ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
An excellent obscure album of young, undiscovered and lesser-known Chicago jazz players from the early 70s – like Charles Williamson, Sonny Seals, Tyrone Taylor, and Jodie Christian – all of whom play very nicely, and lay down some hard funky big band stuff. There's 4 nice extended ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Raphe Malik's got some great companions on this set – a quartet that features Glenn Spearman on tenor sax, William Parker on bass, and Paul Murphy on drums – all musicians who can really step out and soar along with Malik's bold improvisations! The performance hits that ... read moreCD
Junior's the Big Chief on this one – coming down hard and soulfully on the keys, in a style that's sprightly, yet which also matches the more soul-drenched styles of some of his early 60s contemporaries! The backing is surprisingly sensitive at times – with contemplative bass from ... read moreCD
Massive release of three of the best albums ever recorded by the great German avant trombonist. The Wide Point has Mangelsdorff playing in a trio with Elvin Jones and Palle Danielsson, on some nice out originals, like "The Up & Down Man", "Oh Horn!", and "For ... read moreCD
Another triple-header of rare albums by Albert Mangelsdorff, originally recorded for MPS, and reissued in this sharp double CD set with notes in German and English! This set differs from the other one in that it's got Mangelsdorff breaking away (mostly) from the trio format that characterized the ... read moreCD
Three Chuck Mangione albums from the 80s – all packed here together in a single set! Love Notes is full of cool compressed flugelhorn from Mangione – and a set that also features the leader on some Fender Rhodes as well! Chuck's working here in a small combo setting that keeps up the ... read moreCD