A very early date as a leader from drummer Roy Haynes – already showing some very strong ability on the overseas scene – where he works here with some of the cream of the crop of the Paris scene of the 50s! The album's a surprising effort that has Haynes at the helm of some great horn ... read moreCD
Excellent early work by Leon Haywood – recorded way back in the mid 60s, when he was knocking around the LA indie scene with a very soulful groove! Back in those years, Leon wasn't singing as much, just playing piano and organ in a mixture of soul and jazz instrumental modes – all hard- ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Heads Of State (Bartz/Willis/Williams/Foster) —
Four In One ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2017. New Copy ...
Here's a group we'd gladly vote for heads of state – a sharp quartet that features some wonderful alto work from the great Gary Bartz – who gets plenty of space to open us as a soloist in a more traditional setting – following that great path he's taken on the second half of his ... read moreCD
The first compilation to really do justice to jazz funk legend Eddie Henderson – and a great one, too! Henderson's spacey trumpet style graced some of the best Blue Note and Capitol jazz sides to come out during the 70s – and his open-ended snakey way of playing was very different than ... read moreCD
The start of a great run of genius from Joe Henderson – plus a seminal 80s return to form – served up here on five different albums recorded for Blue Note! First up is Our Thing – a classic straight session by Joe Henderson – cut during his early years, when he was breaking ... read moreCD
A killer collection of work from one of the funkiest European talents of the 70s – bandleader Peter Herbholzheimer, working here at the head of his Rhythm & Brass group, and his Certain Lions & Tigers ensemble! Although Herbolzheimer's got a clunky name, his sound is incredibly fluid ... read moreCD
Sweet jazzy instrumentals from Jamaica – mellow, moonlight numbers by vibes player Lennie Hibbert and an amazing group of Carribbean players – coming together beautifully on one of his earliest records as a leader! Coming in the early 60s, there's a wonderful Afro-Carribbean jazzy soul ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreCD
A groundbreaking set of R&B from the LA scene of the early 50s – a stone classic from tenor sax heavyweight Chuck Higgins – and a set that's as musically groovy as the image on the cover! The tunes here are all quite sharp-edged – rough rhythms on the bottom, often with some ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
(Comes in a great little cardboard slipcase – replicating the old LP sleeve!)
Eddie Higgins Trio —
Soulero ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
A great 60s album from pianist Eddie Higgins – one of his few records for Atlantic, and a set that definitely lives up to the seductive power of the title and cover! Eddie's maybe a bit more creative and open here than on some of his other records – more in a Chess Records trio mode ... read moreCD
Wonderfully romping piano from Theo Hill – a musician who's clearly got some earlier soul jazz inspiration in his style, but who also knows how to warm things up with a bit of lyricism too – in a manner that reminds us of the direction that Cedar Walton took from the 60s into the 70s! ... read moreCD
Really unique work from a trio led by drummer Motohiko Hino, and which features Masahiko Satoh on piano and Nobuyoshi Ino on bass – all players who aren't content to just rest in the usual piano trio modes of the time, and who instead really break open the format with their creative work on ... read moreCD
Art Hirahara is a beautifully fluid pianist – one who really won us over with his last album on Posi-tone, and who seems to soar even more here – working in a fantastic trio that includes Linda Oh on bass and Rudy Royston on drums – plus some occasional tenor from Donny McCaslin! ... read moreCD
Two sweet sets from Hiroshima – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled first album from Hiroshima – a group who took the 70s experiments in Japanese fusion right into the American mainstream – with a wonderful blend of jazz and soul, and a production style that ... read moreCD
Major Holley's a hell of a bassist – one who's soulful sound is probably best-remembered behind organist Shirley Scott in the early 60s, and a player who really does a great job of bringing older modes forward with fresh twists in later generations too! This mid 70s session is an overlooked ... read moreCD
Toshiyuka Honda with Akira Wada —
BW4 ... CD Pit Inn (Japan), 2012. New Copy ...
Beautiful live material from Japanese saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda – heard here in a setting that revives some of his electric modes of years back, but in a much more relaxed, organic kind of setting! The performance was captured live, at the famous Pit Inn club in Tokyo – with long ... read moreCD
A killer soundtrack from Kenyon Hopkins – a composer we can almost always trust to turn around a killer jazz score! The work is mostly in a jazz ensemble mode – and moves between swinging segments, and sadder ones – those beautifully blue passages that Hopkins did so well in the ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
The album's titled after a famous song by Betty Carter, and the sound of the set might well match her legacy too – as Jazzmeia Horn is clearly a singer we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Horn's got an incredible range – the first female jazz singer we've heard in years to ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Unissued live work from the great Shirley Horn – recorded in Las Vegas right before her big comeback recordings of the 90s – at a time when Shirley was hardly getting a chance to make an album! That lack of attention hardly matters to Horn, though – as she faces this performance ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A very different set from Gregory Howe – an artist who you might know from jazz recordings as part of the Wide Hive Players, and on other projects for that label as well – stepping out here as a surprisingly compelling singer/songwriter in a whole new mode! Gregory supplied the lyrics ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreCD
A beautiful voyage of self-discovery from drummer Ollie Howell – but a set that also clearly gets its strength his collaboration with the other members of the session too! Ollie adds in a bit of electronics with his drums, but the core energy here mostly comes from the acoustic exchange ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard —
Backlash ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1966. New Copy ...
One of Freddie Hubbard's greatest records – a soaring bit of soulful modernism that's almost a precursor to 70s sounds on record labels like Black Jazz or Strata East! Freddie's at his early best here – stepping aside from some of the more serious Blue Note modes, and definitely ... read moreCD
Baddest Hubbard or goodest Hubbard – whatever you prefer, the set's a great sampling of Freddie's incredible work for the CTI label during the early 70s! The album only features 4 tracks, but for CTI, Freddie was cutting them so long, that's the only way you could go – as his ... read moreCD
A classic European date from Freddie Hubbard – recorded right around the vintage of his Red Clay years, but with a sound that hearkens back more towards his Blue Note sessions of the mid 60s! There's a nicely angular feel to this set – that bold, modern quality that really set Hubbard ... read moreCD
(Great LP sleeve edition – new remastering, new notes, and even a picture of the original master tape!)
Freddie Hubbard at the peak of his 70s powers – and one of his finest albums of the decade! The record follows strongly in the tone that Freddie set at CTI on his mighty Red Clay and Sky Dive sets – long, drawn out tracks – done with lots of electricity in the rhythms, and a very ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard —
Polar AC ... CD CTI/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Warm and wonderful work from Freddie Hubbard – a killer of an album recorded for CTI, and one of his most soulful efforts for the label! The album's got a bit more of a human heart than some of the more cosmic sessions Freddie cut at the time – a bit more contemplative and ... read moreCD
Mighty nice small combo performances from Helen Humes – a jazz vocalist from an older generation, but still very much alive and well here at the Nice Jazz Festival in 1978! The CD brings together performances from the event that feature Humes with four different groups – possibly ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Bobbi Humphrey —
Dig This! ... CD Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy ...
A stone killer from funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey – one of her early albums for Blue Note Records, and a set that's a perfect summation of the best sides of her talents! The album's got a slightly different feel than Bobbi's work with Larry Mizell – yet still sports a similar ... read moreCD
A rare gem on 60s Prestige Records – and one of the earliest records to feature the incredible talents of reedman Sonny Fortune! Sonny burst into fame in the 70s as a spiritual player with a really freewheeling groove – but this late 60s date has Fortune in the company of Hammond ... read moreCD
A trio of incredible records from Bobby Hutcherson – two on CD for the first time ever! Highway One is a wicked post-Blue Note session from Bobby Hutcherson – one that's put together in a different way than his previous work, but still completely sublime throughout! The feel is almost ... read moreCD
A rare later meeting of one of the greatest pairs in soulful jazz – vibist Bobby Hutcherson and reedman Harold Land, who both cut some excellent work for Blue Note at the end of the 60s – coming back together here for a rare live date from 1981! The set was well-recorded, originally ... read moreCD
A beautiful little record, with some of the slight exotic touches you might expect from the title – as the group features Kazumi Watanabe on acoustic and electric guitar, and Yuji Imamura on percussion – both musicians who help open up the sound of the trio core into much warmer ... read moreCD
Japanese pianist Masaru Imada is in his best fusion mode here – working with great help from American players Tom Browne on trumpet, Grover Washington Jr on soprano and tenor sax, Steve Khan on guitar, Anthony Jackson on bass, and Steve Jordan on drums! Imada plays both acoustic and electric ... read moreCD
Masaru Imada gets a bit tropical here, but also picks up some great help on horns – thanks to guest work from the Brecker Brothers, whose performance on a few tracks really help give the set a strong soul fusion vibe! The core sounds come from Imada's quintet – which has the leader ... read moreCD
Not European rock, but funky jazz instead – served up by a very cool Japanese group with a lot of funky undercurrents! The approach here is similar to some of the other Sound Ltd albums from Takeshi Inomata – a reworking of an older big band mode, with more electric and groovy elements ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series, too.)
Akira Ishikawa always gives us very groovy music – either with his Count Buffalos, or without – and this album is a key part of his 70s legacy of mixing up so many different styles at once! The album's definitely got all the elements promised in the title, but all inflected with a ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Another gem in the Deep Jazz Reality series!)
A stunner of a trio set – led by pianist Ethan Iverson, working with one of his heroes and a bonafide legend in bass player Ron Carter, and the always compelling Nasheet Waits on the drums! The group dynamic is solid, but there are some really nice moments with just Iverson's piano, too, ... read moreCD
Keefe Jackson & Jason Adasiewicz —
Rows & Rows ... CD Delmark, 2016. New Copy ...
Mindblowing sounds from two of the most creative musicians on the contemporary Chicago scene – coming together in a setting that really brings out the best of both of them! Keefe Jackson's a reedman who can blow with a strong sense of freedom, but never lose his way – and, like session ... read moreCD
A beautiful setting for the vibes of Milt Jackson – a record that has his sublime chromatic sound stepping out in front of fuller orchestrations from Quincy Jones – never overdone, but with just the right sort of soulful focus to send Milt over the top! The album's an early example of ... read moreCD
Two CTI label gems from vibist Milt Jackson – back to back on a single CD! Sunflower is proof that Milt Jackson was easily the hippest member of the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one of the few who could really open up into different sounds away from that combo! This sweet 70s set for CTI ... read moreCD
Illinois Jacquet is one of those old school tenorists who never let his talents falter, even when he was far from the limelight – as you'll hear here on a great set of performances recorded live in France in the late 70s! The tracks are long, open, and relaxed – and really seem to ... read moreCD
A great little side project from three members of the legendary Soil & Pimp Sessions combo – pianist Josei, bassist Akita, and drummer Midorin – hence the JAM name of the group! These guys may have the structure of a jazz piano trio, but their sound is something quite different ... read moreCD
Keith Jarrett —
Expectations ... CD Columbia/Legacy (France), 1972. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A totally wonderful album from the young Keith Jarrett – and a set that's different than most of the pianist's other well-known modes – not his solo improvisations, not his successful trio material, and not even his more outside quartet modes of the 70s – but instead this ... read moreCD
Improvised brilliance from the legendary Keith Jarrett – a wonderful 4CD set that features unissued material from an Italian tour in the mid 90s – a time when Jarrett wasn't performing nearly as much in this format as he was in the 70s! The approach is similar to those famous early ... read moreCD
A wonderful illustration of the inherent sense of beauty in Keith Jarrett's early work – an approach to piano that was simple, straightforward, and marked by a ringing sense of tone that's evident in the very first note of the set! Jarrett here isn't trying to break any rules in jazz piano, ... read moreCD
Bobby Jaspar was not only one of the best saxophonists on the European scene of the postwar years, he was also a hell of a leader too – as you'll hear in this wonderfully inventive set! Bobby maybe takes a few cues from both the west coast scene in the US, and some of the rising Swedish ... read moreCD
A much-needed addition to the too-small catalog of work by this groundbreaking group from the European scene of the 60s – a quintet of Danish modernists who have a sound that's still wonderfully bright and brilliant after all these years! The album comes from tapes that were recorded in the ... read moreCD
Searing sounds from one of the coolest ensembles working on the Czech scene of the 70s – a group who mix big band modes with sweet electric touches – in a style that's like some of the hipper acts on the MPS label at the time! The approach is very much like a Clark Boland Big Band ... read moreCD
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best ... read moreCD
One of the hippest, hardest albums that trombonist JJ Johnson ever cut for Columbia – a session we'd rank right up there with his amazing JJ Inc record, and like that one a really cooking hardbop record that maybe even rivals the best on Blue Note and Prestige at the time! As with that gem, ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from jazz singer Etta Jones – an effort cut around the same time as her better-known records for Prestige, but one that's maybe done with an even hipper sound overall! Etta's nicely laidback, and hits that soulful, singing mood that makes her so great right from the start ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Sublime trio material from Hank Jones – an overlooked 70s date recorded for the Black & Blue label in France, and a perfect example of his unique phrasing on the piano! There's almost a bell-like quality to the way that Jones' notes ring out on the set – clear, clean, but also very ... read moreCD
You might know trumpeter Jonah Jones best from his crossover jazz hit records of the 50s and 60s – especially his albums for Capitol – but by the time the 70s rolled around, Jones was really going back to his roots, as you'll hear here on a nice set of live tracks recorded in France! ... read moreCD
A much-needed look at an overlooked side of the genius of Quincy Jones – not his jazz work, not his productions for famous soul artists, but instead his huge legacy of soundtrack material – a part of Q's career that really took off in the 60s! By the time he started working in films, ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Quincy Jones with Clifford Brown & Art Farmer —
Scuse These Bloos ... CD Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1953. New Copy ...
Quincy Jones was already making quite a name for himself overseas, even very early in his career – as you'll hear on these two different Swedish sessions recorded in 1953! Both of them feature the young arranger at the height of his early powers – really creating magic between all the ... read moreCD
One of the most spiritual albums we've heard in years from pianist Fumio Karashima – a set that has the Japanese jazz legend working with a host of different guests, including some horn players who really give his music some depth! The choice of material is great – and Karashima ... read moreCD
A fantastic quintet session from this hip Japanese pianist – an artist we love for his work of the 70s, and who really takes off here in the company of two different saxophonists! The set's got a wonderfully open, spontaneous live feeling – as Fumio Karashima lays out these soaring ... read moreCD
Rare Japanese live material from the legendary Kashmere Stage Band – a southern group made up from very young musicians – but one that comes across with a wickedly funky vibe! Despite their roots in Texas, Kashmere got the chance to play a live set in Okinkawa in 1975 – quite an ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever by Johnny Keating! Long before he discovered the moog for his 70s funk albums, Keating was cranking out some fantastic big band work during the 60s – mixing together odd rhythmic patterns in a way that set his work apart from most other Brit leaders, coming up ... read moreCD
A beautiful project from trombonist Ryan Keberle – one that follows his excellent previous work with his Catharsis group, but a set that also uses a vocal group as well – which adds a whole new dimension to the music! The songs have a spiritual power that really lives up to the title ... read moreCD
Post-Atlantic work from Robin Kenyatta – but an album that follows in a very similar mode! This date was done for the Wolf subsidiary of TK Records, but it's got a very hip New York groove – one that's almost even more righteous than some of Robin's earlier work, with some excellent ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Terra Nova ... CD Altantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
A cool bit of funk from reedman Robin Kenyatta – slightly electric, and often with a bit of an angular groove – almost a South African influence at times, although warmed up with a good dose of American soul as well! Most numbers here have some sort of keyboards – either from Pat ... read moreCD
A fantastic addition to the Barney Kessel catalog of the 50s – a never-heard live set that has the guitarist in form that's every bit as strong as his famous albums for Contemporary Records! In fact, the strength of the recording may well capture Kessel at a level that beats those sessions ... read moreCD
Rare and groovy work by Barney Kessel – originally recorded for a strange subsidiary of Phil Spector's record label! The album's quite different than some of Kessel's other albums of the earlier years – recorded live with a gritty feel that's really nice – a bit more edge on the ... read moreCD
A trio of early 80s albums from fusion giant Steve Khan – all lined up in a single collection! First up is Eyewitness – an early 80s effort from guitarist Steve Khan – a set recorded after some big records for Columbia, and one that follows very strongly in their legacy! Khan's ... read moreCD
David Kikoski —
Kayemode ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist David Kikoski has added his talents to many great groups over the years – but the man himself always seems completely on fire when he's out front on his own – as on this wonderful trio set with Joe Martin on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums! Kikoski still has that way of ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a brilliant quintet outing that features some really great work on tenor and soprano sax! Kikuchi's piano is usually enough to grab our attention, but the album's got a great added bonus in the ... read moreCD
Roland Kirk's last album – and a return to traditional forms, as might be hinted at by the title! In a way, some of Kirk's later work is similar to that of Mingus – in that both had been pioneering modernists in their earlier years, then turned heavily towards the traditional forms ... read moreCD
A totally amazing album – and one of the clearest examples of Roland Kirk's genius approach to reeds! The set's essentially solo, and features Kirk playing without any tape tricks or overdubbing – but still at a level that has multiple saxophones layered on top of one another – ... read moreCD
A beautiful late chapter in the jazz journey of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – and an album of subtle genius that's really opened up to us over the years! The setting here isn't as "hit you over the head" as on some of Kirk's Atlantic Records – because at one level, the tunes are ... read moreCD
One of the hippest albums that Rahsaan Roland Kirk ever recorded – a perfect realization of his "black classical music" ethos, and a pan-generational jazz album that's all held together by one unique musical vision! Side one features the extended suite "The Seeker", which ... read moreCD
A stone classic from Roland Kirk – and a record that beautifully balances his modern ideas and playful energy – as you might guess from the title! While posing as the "whistleman", Roland's also pushing the boundaries of jazz a few steps forward too – not just in modern ... read moreCD
Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken —
Satie ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy ...
A beautiful jazz-based take on the music of Erik Satie – one that really lives up to the spare spirit of the original compositions, but also opens the tunes up with a bit more soul as well! Jesse Stacken plays piano – with all the light touch and spacious presentation Satie intended ... read moreCD
Flute man Moe Koffman was one of the strongest jazz talents on his instrument in the late 50s – an artist whose work on records like this may well have paved the ground for the success of Herbie Mann and others to come! The title's a play on Moe's earlier work on the "Swingin ... read moreCD
Tremendous recent work from tenorist Eero Koivistoinen – a player who gave us some very wild records in the 70s, but who's equally wonderful here as a more straight-ahead musician! The group's a quartet, and the tunes have this fantastically poetic feel – richly soulful, with drawn-out ... read moreCD
Eero Koivistoinen & UMO Jazz Orchestra —
Arctic Blues ... CD Svart (Finland), 2017. New Copy 2CD ...
Beautiful work from Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who blew our minds with his experimental records at the start of the 70s, and continued to amaze us as the years go on! This set has Eero at the head of the larger UMO jazz orchestra – directing the group, but ... read moreCD
A really unusual combination of instruments – or, that is, a familiar combination – but used here in really unusual ways! The group features Taiko Saito on vibes and marimba, Niko Meinhold on piano, and Tobias Schirmer on clarinet and bass clarinet – and all instruments are often ... read moreCD
One of those really unique records that trumpeter Toshinori Kondo gave us in the 80s – not really fusion, but not avant either all – yet a very unusual criss-crossing of electric and acoustic impulses, with a vibe that's all its own! Kondo's clearly drawing a bit of inspiration from ... read moreCD
Toshinori Kondo Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band —
Khchyu Fuyuu ... CD Art Union/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
Trumpeter Toshinori Kondo may have cut some avant-oriented material over the years – but this set is a different sort of record – one that's cut with his Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band, in a playful mix of rhythms, tones, and jazz! The approach is maybe post-fusion, inflected with a bit ... read moreCD
A gem by Lee Konitz – one of his near-perfect 50s sessions for Atlantic! Lee's tone here is crisp, clear, and hauntingly fresh – modern, yet never academically so – and played with a dexterity that's incredible, but never too in love with itself to go too far. Key players on the ... read moreCD
A wonderful French session from alto genius Lee Konitz – and a record that we might well rank up there with Lee's best 50s material on Atlantic and Storyville! The session's got the open, tone-centric feel of those gems – with Lee's crisp alto right out front, already finding countless ... read moreCD
That's dedicated to Lars, actually – the great Lars Gullin, who made some tremendous music on the Swedish scene in the 50s and 60s – and was a hell of a great composer, too! The set features all Gullin compositions, save one tribute number – recorded by an octet that has swinging ... read moreCD
We love this Jazz Liisa series from Finland – as it features unreleased work from the 70s, but which matches the quality of some of our favorite German and Japanese jazz records of the time! The first half of the set was recorded for Finnish radio, and features a group that really shows the ... read moreCD
Bassist Boris Kozlov works here wonderfully alongside the guitar of David Gilmore – in a trio setting that has both of the string players trading lines over deft work on drums from Rudy Royston! Royston's nicely laidback and open – and really lets both musicians handle melody and ... read moreCD
The icy voice of Norwegian singer Karin Krog is a perfect match for Dexter's deep soulful saxophone, and the two of them perform wonderfully together in this rare set of tracks recorded in 1970 with Kenny Drew on piano and Niel Henning Orsted-Peterson on bass. Krog has always been tremendously ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Bold music, indeed – a tremendous blend of avant garde jazz and groovier moments from pianist Joachim Kuhn! The style is a great illustration of the two key poles of the MPS label at the end of the 60s – the company's willingness to take a chance on freer jazz artists, but also its ... read moreCD
Two albums by the Paul Kuhn SFB Big Band – back to back on a single CD! First up is Big Hits Of The Big Bands – a set that steps back to pick up classic large ensemble numbers from the 30s and 40s, but deliver them with a reworked 70s approach to a big band – from the way the ... read moreCD
A bold brilliant statement from pianist Steve Kuhn – his next great record after the seminal Three Waves, and a record that pushes the envelope even further! From the title, you might think that Kuhn's playing some familiar 60s standards for MPS – but he's really working strongly in ... read moreCD
We fell in love with the music of Takuya Kuroda on his debut record as a leader for Blue Note – but the trumpeter really blows our mind here on this second set – which really explodes with new musical possibilities from the very first note! Kuroda's crisp, compressed trumpet is very ... read moreCD
Charles Kynard —
Woga ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Sweet organ lines, heavy drums, and a great little groove throughout – a tight batch of groovers from the mighty Charles Kynard! The keyboardist is in fine 70s form here – stepping away from the sparer sound of his albums for Prestige with a fuller style for Mainstream Records – ... read moreCD
Never-issued material from the great Steve Lacy – a set of tracks that includes some unheard moments from his classic 1972 Avignon performance, plus a host of other wonderful soprano sax numbers as well! The first three cuts are the Avignon recordings – and feature Lacy doing these ... read moreCD
Cleo Laine with the John Dankworth Seven —
Lover & His Lass ... CD Esquire/Solid (Japan), Early 50s. New Copy ...
Wonderful early work from Cleo Laine – already one of the hippest singers on the British scene in the postwar years, with a way of phrasing and handling the material that's completely unique! Cleo's got this deep tone that's almost a vocal equivalent of a trombone soloist at times – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
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 ... 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, Jazz)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, Jazz)read moreCD
Azar Lawrence & Al McLean —
Frontiers ... CD Cellar Live, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ...
A great collaboration between spiritual jazz legend Azar Lawrence and overlooked Montreal reedman Al McLean – two very well-matched players who really seem to soar in each other's company! The tracks here are nice and long, and really share some of the strongly soulful currents of Azar's ... read moreCD
ric rocMaybe the first album we've ever seen from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – and a set that will definitely have us looking out for more! Lawrence composed almost every tune on the set, and works with a sense of color that really lives up to the title – on lines that are sometimes ... read moreCD
Mike LeDonne & The Groover Quartet —
That Feelin ... CD High Note, 2016. New Copy ...
There's a real sense of collaborative joy in the image on the cover here – and that vibe really comes through in the energy of the Groover Quartet of organist Mike LeDonne – a fantastic combo that brings together the tenor of Eric Alexander, guitar of Peter Bernstein, and drums of Joe ... read moreCD
A masterpiece from trumpeter Josef Leimberg – a set that features guest appearances by Kamasi Washington, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – yet a record that has an amazing sound that's all its own! Washington's working in a blend of spiritual and electric jazz ... read moreCD
A great singer in a great group – a vocalist who's really coming into her own, and turning out to be a heck of a writer – as you'll hear on this album that features both original music, and lyrics set to tunes by jazz musicians who include Duke Jordan and Dexter Gordon! Allegra Levy's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
John Lewis takes on the music of Gary McFarland – working here in a very cool set of McFarland compositions and arrangements – often with a lot more tone, color, and feeling than usual for a Lewis album! John often punctuates his piano notes, almost as if he's using vibes – and ... read moreCD