We're not sure we hear any failings at all here – as the music is completely compelling, right from the start – and one of the most sonically-intense records we've heard from reedman Mats Gustafsson in years! The album's a bit of an electro-acoustic outing – in that Mats plays ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Kodjovi Kush & Afrospot All Stars —
Love In Africa ... CD Chop Time (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ...
A contemporary Afro Funk record, but one with a vibe that makes us feel like we've discovered some lost strand of sound from the 70s! The Afrospot All Stars are wonderfully jazzy – a group who swing their horns more than blast them at times, warmed up by some great Fender Rhodes and very ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Hip work all around – 2 incredible albums from the mighty Charles Kynard! Afro-Disiac is the rarest of all Charles Kynard albums – and a real standout groover from the classic funk days of Prestige! The album's a really creative outing – with arrangements by Richard Fritz that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Cutout mark through spine.)
Kyoto Jazz Sextet —
Unity ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2017. Used ...
The Kyoto Jazz sound just keeps on getting better and better – from the time 20 years back, when it was a visionary club movement spearheaded by Shuya Okino – to the point now where it's focused into a core jazz combo that brings beautiful new life to Okino's music! The group are a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic debut from the James L'Estraunge Orchestra – a studio combo, but one who come together with this amazing mix of groove and sophisticated arrangements! The project is the brainchild of Ricky Reid – who you might know in his work with The Soul Renegades – and there's a ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A contemporary record, but one that's got a very vintage vibe – served up by a young Italian combo whose style hearkens back to the grooviest styles of the 60s! Most of the tunes are romping, jerking, and jumping – that mod 60s blend of soul, rock, and jazz elements that flourished ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A pair of jazz funk classics from this group who got their start with reedman Tom Scott! First up is the self-titled LA Express – funky fusion with a bit of a studio feel – played by the LA Express, a combo best known for their work with Tom Scott – stepping out here strongly on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very early work by Patti LaBelle – working here with the young Bluebelles group, but in a setting that still points the way towards the Labelle sound of the 70s – given that the quartet also features vocals from Cindy Birdsong, Sarah Dash, and Nona Hendryx! The style is a great mix of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Bill LaBounty's got an odd sort of look on the cover – but then again, Bill LaBounty's always been one of the odder figures in AOR! The man's a great sort of songwriter, and can come across with a soulful slink that's maybe not what you'd expect from his image on the front – a quality ... (Rock) read moreCD
Benny Lackner Trio —
Siskiyou ... CD Unit (Switzerland), 2016. Used ...
Pianist Benny Lackner hits a groove here that's really unique – funky, but not jazz funk at all – and instead kind of a spacious, flowing sound on his keyboard that carves out its own special feel through careful timing and well-defined sense of attack! The drums and bass in the group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Flame ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1982. Used ...
A really sharp little album from Steve Lacy – recorded with a trio that features Bobby Few on piano and Dennis Charles on drums! There's a sense of force to the record that grabs you right away – a punch from Charles' drums and Few's piano, which is peppered strongly by Lacy's soprano ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible package – one that brings together two very important albums from reedman Steve Lacy – plus unreleased material from the same time too! First up is the record Disposability – presented here with the first-ever correction to the cymbal sound – a key session in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A compelling large format project from Steve Lacy – based around the poetry of Robert Creeley, and featuring George Lewis on trombone, Jef Gardner on piano, Oliver Johnson on drums and percussion, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, and Irene Aebi on voice. (Jazz) CD
A great set of trio material, with none of the nonesense of some of the other Lacy recordings from the time – and a very sympathetic lineup that includes Ronnie Boykins and Dennis Charles. The material was recorded live in New York, and titles include "Quirks", "Bud's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A previously unreleased live date from Steve Lacy – pulled from his huge archive of private recordings, and featuring his famous Paris quintet of the 70s! As on other albums of this time, the group here features Lacy on soprano sax, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Irene Aebi on cello and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Steve Lacy/Andrea Centazzo/Kent Carter —
Trio Live ... CD Ictus/New Tone (Italy), 1976. Used ...
Features Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Kent Carter on bass, and Andrea Centazzo on drums and percussion! (Jazz) CD
A stunning full length debut from Lady Wray – a voice you might know from her previous collaboration in the duo Lady – but one that's even more amazing out front here on her own! The album's got a rock-solid, totally classic vibe – thanks to Leon "El" Michels – ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A huge amount of unreleased tracks from the Finnish scene of the 70s! Jazz Liisa 11 features some of the deepest work so far on this excellent series of Finnish jazz from the 70s – a set that begins with some strong work from saxophonist Pentti Lahti – who works here with a cool combo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost soundtrack from Francis Lai – one that's not even as well-known as some of his more obscure French scores from the 70s! Like most of Lai's best, this one was penned for director Claude Lelouch – for a western-themed film that starred James Caan – but scored by Lai with a ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
He's got shaggy long hair on the cover, but we still love him anyway – and honestly, Francis Lai may well be one of our favorite soundtrack composers ever! Sure, the guy hit early fame for his soundtrack to A Man & A Woman, but as this big box set will attest, he had a genius career that ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of the greatest pairings of a soundtrack composer and film director we could ever think of – the beautiful sounds of Francis Lai, matched with the brilliant images of Claude Lelouch! Most folks know the pair best for their famous collaboration on the film Un Homme Et Une Femme (A Man ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
An incredible collection – and the first to ever really dig deeply into the rich body of work from soundtrack composer Francis Lai! Lai's known best to the non-French world for a handful of movie hits – music for A Man & A Woman, Love Story, and a few other films – but over ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Two unusual western scores from French maestro Francis Lai – an artist who's usually better known for his romantic soundtracks of the 60s and 70s! Les Petroleuses has a nice variety of sounds – some of the slinky, sexy, Euro-styled numbers you'd expect from Lai in the early 70s, and ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wonderful soundtrack to this overlooked Claude Lelouch film from the mid 70s – a sweet and sentimental comedy that's supported by a tremendous score from the great Francis Lai! Lai's working here in an evocative style that's almost a blend of his work on Vivre Pour Vivre and Passager De La ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of the greatest records ever from Frankie Laine – a strongly jazz-based session, and one that really makes incredible use of Laine's powerful voice! The group here is led by trumpeter Buck Clayton – who's also at a bit of a high point in his career, and able to give Laine this warm ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
How can we even begin to describe the genius of Lambert Hendricks and Ross? The group was a jazz vocal supergroup that merged three talents that had already made a big name in the bebop vocalese field – Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and the lovely Annie Ross – and the project was an ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An expanded version of this rare album from Philly reedman Byard Lancaster – one that features bonus tracks from recent years! The "Then" part of the album is the album Personal Testimony from 1979 – a wonderfully lyrical and aptly-titled solo set by Lancaster! We typically ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Major Lance was one of Chicago's first big soul stars – crossing over big on the charts with huge hits for the Okeh label during the early and mid 60s. That work is very fairly represented here on this 40 track set – with great notes, and a rich selection of songs that even includes a ... (Soul) read moreCD
An overlooked chapter in the Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson partnership that recorded more famously for Blue Note – a date that's issued here under the tenorist's own name, but which also features equal contributions from Hutcherson on vibes! Tracks have that long, modal quality that has the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title and cover really get to the heart of the matter here – as the album's definitely from the piano, but not just the keys – as pianist Mathias Landeaus has a way of playing that can really open up the whole instrument! Some numbers are beautifully lyrical and poetic, but others ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful session from 1958 – one that pairs the sexy vocals of Abbe Lane with the mad orchestrations of Sid Ramin! Lane's a singer with a strong ear for jazz, and an equally charming talent for cheesecake – both of which come into play nicely in this set of man-themed tunes! The ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Classic 50s work from vocalist Abbe Lane – and a record that's made all the better by some great arrangements from Tito Puente! Abbe's getting past the sexy tricks of other records here – and singing in a dusky tone that works perfect with Tito's tight, choppy, and highly percussive ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Langston Hughes Project (Eric Mingus/David Amram/L —
Dream Keeper ... CD Avant/Mode, 2017. New Copy ...
A beautiful reworking of modes that were explored by Charles Mingus and Langston Hughes in the late 50s – the combination of Hughes urban poetic genius and the bold music of Charles Mingus! This time around, the Mingus is Eric Mingus – who brings wonderful life to the words of Langston ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Don Lanphere/Bud Shank/Denney Goodhew —
Lopin' ... CD Hep Jazz, 1992. Used ...
The earliest days of a legendary jazz label – some of the first 78rpm material recorded by Prestige Records, all of it pretty darn great! The first half of the set features work by the group of tenorist Don Lanphere – a great player we don't really know at all, but one who's got Fats ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A double-length set of work from Laraaji – all contemporary tracks, done with producer Carlos Nino – but with a vibe that really takes us back to his mindblowing explorations in the early years! Bring On The Sun represents the first half of the album – and features Laraaji ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A beautifully trippy set of tracks from Edward Larry Gordon – an artist who's probably better known for his later Laraaji album recorded with Brian Eno, but one who sounds even better here on this debut set! The sound is very spiritual and meditative – long, drawn-out, side-long tracks ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Brett Larner & Seth Misterka —
Koto ... CD Newsonic, 1999. Used ...
Prince Lasha Ensemble —
Insight ... CD Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ...
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweetly soulful set from trumpeter Philip Lassiter – a jazz musician at heart, but one who's blowing here with a strong range of contemporary R&B elements! Phil's trumpet is often processed a bit – with a cool, compressed sound that fits right in with the well-produced mellow ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A rare Verve outing by Yusef Lateef – recorded during a stretch that was arguably his most creative point! The album's got an approach that's a bit more in the Prestige mode of Lateef's career – in that it features a fair bit of tenor sax work, blown with a straighter soul bop approach ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Elite Edition, digipack has some surface and edge wear.)
One of Yusef Lateef's most fantastic albums, and one that grooves in a way that few of his other albums do! The session is an amazing live set from 1964, recorded at Pep's Nightclub in Philly, and it features some amazing playing by a young Mike Nock on piano and the brilliant Richard Williams on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pure genius from the legendary Latimore – and a record that's a perfect illustration of the way the man could effortlessly mix blues roots, southern soul, and a whole new Miami groove for the 70s! The record is easily one of Latimore's best – and has these vocals that grab us right ... (Soul) read moreCD
Latin Playboys —
Dose ... CD Atlantic, 1999. Used ...
All the best early years of Stacy Lattisaw – served up in one nice little set! And when we say "early", we mean early – given that Stacy was just in her teens when she sang a good number of the tunes on this collection! But although young, Lattisaw already had a depth that ... (Soul) read moreCD
You might know Bill Laurance as the keyboardist with Snarky Puppy – but here, he's something else entirely – a hell of a jazz musician with a mighty rich vision – one that's got just the right sort of heavenly vibe to be recorded in a church! There's nothing churchy about the ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Andy Laverne —
Faith ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist Andy Laverne is really showing us all sides of his talents here – not just his wonderful skills on the keys of the piano, but also his strong ear for fresh compositions as well! All the tracks here are originals by Andy, and they're beautiful tracks that sparkle nicely with dark ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A legendary soul singer finally gets her due – served up in a beautiful package that contains all of Betty Lavette's lost Atlantic album from 1972, plus additional singles for the label, including 2 previously unissued tracks! The package digs deeper than even the other excellent sets on ... (Soul) read moreCD