Late 80s east coast hip hop fromNew Jersey's Krown Rulers – a tight old school LP that's self produced by the Ruler,s with some help from across the river by Dave from Philly's Tuff Crew. Like the Tuff Crew, this one's on the harder hitting edge of the late 80s sound – the beats kick ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Joachim Kuhn —
Solos ... CD Futura (France), 1971. Used ...
A total of 7 piano solos from Joachim Kuhn. The first side is pretty straight and the second side has some more experimental moments. All in all, it is enjoyable and has very nice moments! (Jazz) CD
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, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fela's funky son is back – sounding more soulful than ever! The album's a great one – an incredibly solid effort that's light years beyond Femi's first two LPs – spanning a globe of grooves with one foot in his father's Afro Funk tradition, and another in the future of soul, hip ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Harri Kuusijarvi Koutus —
Koutus ... CD Siba (Finland), 2014. Used ...
An early classic from LaBelle – wonderful vocals mixed with both heavy funk and laidback spacey soul touches! The group had really hit their stride by this point – as the trio of Nona Hendryx/Sarah Dash/Patti Labelle push way past their girl group roots – and even some of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
By the time of her big hit "Lady Marmalade" in the mid 70s, Patti Labelle – and group-mates Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash – had been knocking around for many years cutting records. Their style was always interesting – especially as Labelle moved from simple girl group ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tracks include the title cut, "No Shorts", "Get With Da Wickedness (Flow Like That) (orig & rmx)", "Rough Rugged & Raw" feat Snoop & Dat N*gga Daz, "Raw Deal", "Big Bad Lady", "Super Supreme", "Sho Shot", and "Bre ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
It may not be the BeAllEndAll that the Matador hype machine is trying to cook up, but Large Professor's waaaay too long in the making first LP (first to be officially released, anyway) is a very solid effort, and a strong, raw head bumper all the way through. Nothing fancy, just tried and true hip ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Bob Lark & his Alumni Big Band —
Reunion ... CD Jazzed Media, 2012. Used ...
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Ellis Larkins & Ruby Braff —
Duets ... CD Vanguard, 1956. Used ...
Steve LaSpina Quartet —
Eclipse ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ...
A mad mix of spaced out jazz funk from Madlib – working here in a style closer to his benchmark Yesterday's New Quintet mode of forward looking band-based grooves – but also taking it even further and into deeper realms! The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
(Comes in a nice heavy gatefold-style cardboard sleeve.)
The first album by the second group to call themselves the Last Poets – comprised of Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, and Omar Ben Hassan, plus the percussionist Nilaja. The album's as fierce a document of their rich talents as you'll ever find – bursting forth with anger and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Quite possibly the best of Stacy Lattisaw's early work for Cotillion – a great little record that shines equally on groovers and mellower cuts! Stacy's still got a keen ear for pop soul here, but she definitely takes things a bit deeper too – working through a great set of original ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stacy Lattisaw's first album for Motown – the nicely grooving Take Me All The Way from 1986 – featuring production from some of the biggest and brightest modern soul producers in the game at the time, and most importantly, lovely vocals from Stacy! There's a cohesive modern vibe all ... (Soul) 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 ... (Jazz) 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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great modern soul album – and the new release from Maysa Leak, the lovely voice behind some of Incognito's best albums! If you know Incognito, you can guess the sound here – but the overall approach is different, with a lot more emphasis on soul sounds and jazzy arrangements, all ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print, small amount of writing in pen inside booklet.)
Hard rock perfected! It's around Led Zeppelin IV you can easily say that the group moved up from being incredibly great to flat-out legendary. On IV, they do a bit of what the did on each of the three preceding albums, but rather than starting to repeat themselves, they get better! Amazing. ... (Rock) read moreCD
Lee Ann Ledgerwood —
Now & Zen ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1998. Used ...
Lee Ann Ledgerwood —
Paradox ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2001. Used ...
The amazing debut of Ledisi – presented here in the original mix and with the original cover! Ledisi's got a heck of a voice – very rich and mellow, in a style that reminds us a bit of classic work by jazzy soul singers like Jean Carn or Dee Dee Bridgewater, but with more of a bite, ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Wonderful work from Ledisi – a singer we've dug for many many years – and who always lives up to our faith in her music! We first dug Ledisi as an underground talent back in the 90s – but with this Verve album she's poised to take on all the best that mainstream soul has to offer ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
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 – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Quite different than the usual bossa session – in that Carlos Lee sings with a lot more depth and emotion! The style of the songs is a mixture of sweet, jazzy, and romantic – stepping into groovers at just the right moment, but also offering a deeper range of styles, in the manner of ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An eerie album of modern jazz vocals – featuring the haunting voice of Jeanne Lee with the dark piano of Ran Blake. Most tracks feature only the two of them in duet – but a few feature Lee solo, and a few others have George Duvivier backing the pair up on bass. We like this stuff a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A standout set from the great Laura Lee – a deep soul singer with power to rival the greatness of Aretha Franklin, but one who's also got a funkier punch to her music too! The album's a great blend of late 60s female southern and tight 70s bad sister funk – a style that's a bit like ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stunning! Great 2 CD set that compiles (finally) all the soulful tracks that Laura Lee cut during the early 70's! Laura was a great southern soul singer – and her rare Hot Wax recordings are some of the best raw female vocal material you can find from her generation. This set features ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rarely has a compilation on an artist ever been done so well! This materful set compiles all of the rare recordings made by The Left Banke for Mercury during the late 60's – and it puts all 26 tracks together with a great set of notes that details the rocky history of the group. If you don't ... (Rock) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Although a lot of Michel Legrand's soundtrack work has been reissued over the years, we haven't always been able to track down his vocal stuff, which is just about as groovy as his film scoring! He's got a warm raspy voice, and although his pipes won't win him any awards at the Opera, he sings ... (French) read moreCD
Lennon's first proper solo LP, after the breakup of the Beatles, recorded largely by himself, with some help from Yoko, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman, and Billy Preston. One of those pieces of the rock canon that it seems hardly anything needs to be said about it at this point, but we'll ... (Rock) read moreCD
Raw vintage soul from Lonnie Lester! Lonnie's smooth, honey sweet voice is such a fantastic foil for the often stripped-down, but driving sounds of these rare singles, it's hard to believe he's not a more celebrated figure. Well, it's never too late the start celebrating him – and this ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some of the best non-Motown soul to ever come out of Detroit, and a brilliant example of the uptown soul sound of the 60's! Barbara Lewis was an amazing singer – and although her work was always pretty darn polished, it was handled in a unique way that still remained very soulful, and which ... (Soul) 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, ... (Jazz) read moreCD