A classic set from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – and a record that's filled with long, open-ended tracks that rank with his best work of the time! Hino's got all the boldness of his best early years here – none of the smoother sounds that marked some of his albums in the US, and a ... read moreCD
A searing live performance from this brilliant Japanese trumpeter – working here at the height of his stretched-out, open-ended powers – but with a style that's a bit more inside than some of his work from the start of the 70s! Hino really shows himself to be a great leader here – ... read moreCD
Incredible postwar bop recordings by one of the hippest groups in Germany! During the 50s, pianist Jutta Hipp cut a number of straighter sides for Blue Note that were recorded in the US – but this CD features earlier German recordings, some later issued by Blue Note – all done with a ... read moreCD
The "libations" in the title here is very well-placed – as pianist Art Hirahara has a wonderfully warm, welcoming quality right from the very first note – not a sound that's cliched or commercial, but an oddly festive feel in the way he approaches the piano – a sound ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from one of our favorite Japanese jazz artists of the 70s – and a warmly soulful batch of acoustic tunes from pianist Takehiro Honda! The sound here is much more far-reaching and exploratory than most of Honda's other work – a bit in a McCoy Tyner, post-Coltrane mode ... read moreCD
Sweet Japanese fusion from saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda – grooving with a tight, smooth, and soulful feel that matches the best of the genre from the time – a style that really makes the record a classic from this golden era of Japanese fusion! The album's got large R&B-inspired ... read moreCD
A great bit of jazzy fusion from late 70s Japan – a set that features saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda in a sweet set of Brazilian-tinged rhythms! The group features guitar, percussion, and cavaquinho by Oscar Castro-Neves – but the real stars are Honda, and the keyboardists Mikio Masuda ... read moreCD
No tears here – as the record's a joyous, sunny affair – a set that follows strongly in the best late 70s fusion from reedman Toshiyuki Honda! As the title might imply, there's a slight Latin undercurrent here – not much, but used nicely to spice up the fusion vibe of the record ... read moreCD
Toshiyuki Honda & Burning Waves —
Boomerang ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda here in his best fusion years – working with his Burning Waves group – a combo who definitely live up to their name! The style here is tighter, and maybe a bit more forward-driving than other Japanese fusion of the period – a sharp-edged groove that ... read moreCD
A rare funk treat from tenor sax jazz legend Joe Houston – working in a far funkier mode than usual for the obscure Big Town label! The lineup and production is heavy with 50s LA R&B names in it – including Ted Butler, Bo Rhambo and Larry Johnson – and sure enough, there's ... read moreCD
A triple-header from Freddie Hubbard – three late 70s albums together in a single set! Bundle Of Joy is a bundle of soul from Freddie Hubbard – one that has him blowing beautifully over full arrangements from Bert DeCoteux – the 70s super-soul maestro who really brings a new ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard —
Goin' Up ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ...
A real burner from Freddie Hubbard's early years at Blue Note – filled with rich hues, colors, and tones! The group's a quintet – supported by lyrical rhythms from the trio of McCoy Tyner on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – working alongside Freddie's ... read moreCD
Searing work by Freddie Hubbard – an instant classic that has him playing with a heck of a lot more fire than on his later recordings! The album's got a really sharp modern edge – one that's extremely bracing, especially considering the mellow soul of later Freddie – done in a ... read moreCD
Seminal work from Freddie Hubbard – an early hardbop session that features some great work by Tina Brooks on tenor, piano by McCoy Tyner, and rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass Clifford Jarvis on drums! And although Freddie's great at this early point in his career – playing ... read moreCD
A monster – and one of our jazz funk favorites of all-time! This is the best record ever cut by the great flute player Bobbi Humphrey – and the record features some stellar production work by the great Larry Mizell, very much in the same vein as that which he used on classic sessions ... 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 debut solo set from reedman Chris Hunter – a fairly sharp-edged player on the alto saxophone, and one who gives this album a bit more bite than the usual mainstream fusion set from the time! Chris gets lots of strong solos out front – often evoking an older soul-styled mode with his ... 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
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Bobby Hutcherson/David Sanborn/Joey DeFrancesco —
Enjoy The View ... CD Blue Note, 2014. New Copy ...
Bobby Hutcherson returns to Blue Note – on a set that's got a surprisingly fresh sound! The format's different both from Bobby's previous work for the label, and from his more recent albums on other imprints – in that it mixes his masterful vibes with Hammond from Joey DeFrancesco ... read moreCD
There's a very earthy, organic finish to the alto saxophone shown in the hands of Kang Tae Hwan on the cover – and that appearance is a great illustration of the sound on the record, too – one that builds very slowly, with almost a meditative quality – as the tones are created ... read moreCD
Sublime solo piano from Abdullah Ibrahim – and a set that also features a bit of solo saxophone as well! The performance was recorded in an Italian concert hall with a wonderfully resonant sound – and the material is half compositions by Ibrahim, and half improvisations that have a ... read moreCD
It could well be argued that in the 70s, the Japanese jazz scene was possibly the greatest place to be a bassist – as players like Yoshi Ikeda really had a chance to stretch out their sound, and try something new with records like this! The album's a really inventive little set – warm, ... read moreCD
Vocalist Yasuhsi Sawada joins Jiro Inagaki & His Soul Media group this time around – but in a way that seems to create a whole new sound from both artists! The album's got a deeper, more sophisticated style than some of Inagaki's other records – not just funky soul, but a richer ... read moreCD
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... read moreCD
An international group, but one recorded in Chicago on two different occasions – both excellent live performances that show the strengths of this all-star quartet! The excellent Mikolaj Trzaska is in the lead on saxes and bass clarinet – an incredible reedman who's rising to the ... read moreCD
A killer funky group from early 70s Japan – a slightly large ensemble, but one with some really heavy drums at the bottom – plus some great use of organ and electric guitar! There's a tight brace of horns at the top – flute, tenor, trumpets, and trombone – but the rhythms ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from saxophonist Max Ionata – one of our favorite musicians on the Italian scene in recent years – and a player who does a wonderful job of mixing the contemporary with the classic! The album's steeped in older hardbop modes – especially when Max is on tenor – ... read moreCD
Bubble ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ...
A brilliant bubble of sounds from IPA – much more searing than you'd guess from the album's title – served up here in a sharp brace of trumpet, tenor, and vibes! The group's overflowing with that modernist Moserobie label energy we love so much – tight in construction, but still ... read moreCD
A rare live set from Weldon Irvine – recorded during his last few years on the planet, when the keyboardist was experimenting with a whole range of new ideas! Irvine had been off the scene for a number of years, but returned in the 90s with renewed energy, thanks to the appreciation of a big ... read moreCD
Pedro Iturralde with Paco DeLucia —
Flamenco Jazz ... CD MPS/Edel (Germany), 1967. New Copy ...
Really wonderful stuff – and a record that may well be even better than the previous flamenco jazz albums cut by Paco DeLucia and Petro Iturralde in Spain! This set is part of a key late 60s moment when the MPS label was experimenting with a blend of jazz and sounds from around the globe ... read moreCD
A sweet larger group session from vibist Milt Jackson – proof that he was really trying to stretch his wings, and get into new things during the 60s! The set's got Milt working with some great help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements – nicely swinging ... read moreCD
This may not be Milt Jackson's purest album – but oh how we love it! Milt's working here more in a Verve pop jazz mode than a highbrow third stream one – with bossa backings on about half the album, and good small combo work on the rest. The first half features Jimmy Heath on tenor, ... read moreCD
A great little trio session from Keith Jarrett – still in the mode of some of his other ECM work, but almost a bit more back to basics as well! The group here features Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both working beautifully with Keith in a flurry of colors, tones, ... read moreCD
Keith Jarrett —
Creation ... CD ECM (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Keith Jarrett in his best old school mode – peforming solo piano improvisations, at a level that takes us back to his groundbreaking Koln Concert album of the 70s! The material here is from a recent Jarrett tour – one of the first in many years in the improvisational mode (and maybe ... read moreCD
A sweet little tribute to the legendary CTI Records – done here by drummer Akira Jimbo, with a trio style that's even leaner than the label's classic albums from the 70s! The tracks are all older gems you'll know from the rich legacy of CTI jazz, funk, and soul – and Jimbo works with ... read moreCD
Rudolph Johnson —
Spring Rain ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right ... read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
A very unusual album from reedman Darius Jones – a special project dedicated to the legendary French vocalist Brigitte Fontaine, with vocals that definitely recall the singer at some of her most adventurous moments! Fontaine's no stranger to the racks at Dusty Groove – as we've loved ... read moreCD
A stunning early set as a leader from Elvin Jones – both a tremendous demonstration of the free energy he let loose after the passing of John Coltrane, and a set that's also still got some key Coltrane-esque elements! As with other Jones albums to follow, Elvin's got some key reedmen on hand ... read moreCD
Plenty of young blood here – a trio of powerful horn players who really make the set stand out nicely! Elvin Jones proves once again that his ear for a horn is almost as great as his work on the drums – and having chosen the trumpet of Nicholas Payton, and tenors of Javon Jackson and ... read moreCD
Heavy Sounds, indeed – a beautiful little set of dark-edged soul jazz from the mid 60s – co-led by bassist Richard Davis and drummer Elvin Jones! The sound here is a bit different than any work ever released by either player as a leader – and is almost more in the vein of Blue ... read moreCD
An amazingly unique little group – one that kind of stepped in the Impulse Records back door from the Coltrane galaxy, but which features some very unique aspects overall! As the cover states, the ensemble's led by bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – and also features ... read moreCD
Elvin Jones introduces Japanese pianist Takehisa Tanaka to a larger audience – giving him a perfect setting with a quartet format that also includes Cecil McBee on bass Sonny Fortune on flute and tenor sax! Tanaka's style is a bit laidback – spacious, but sometimes a bit wispy, even ... read moreCD
A great 2-in-1 CD that combines the last two albums that Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones cut for Prestige! Unlike some of the other players on Prestige during the early 70s – who often got a bit weaker as the decade moved on, thanks to the departure of some of the better forces arranging and ... read moreCD
A real classic from the legendary drummer Joe Jones – heard here in sextet formation with Harry Edison on trumpet, Bennie Green on trombone, Jimmy Forrest on tenor, and Tommy Flanagan on piano. There's a lively swinging feel to the set – one that's somewhere between the Verve sound of ... read moreCD
Always-groovy big band work from Quincy – and even in a live setting at the mainstream Newport festival, he still sounds hipper than most of the cats of his generation! The lineup is great – with a group that includes Curtis Fuller and Melba Liston on trombones, and both Pat Patrick ... read moreCD
A hip little collection of funky work from Quincy Jones – nearly all of it from his key 70s years on A&M Records! The vibe here is totally great – possibly the best-remembered sound of the Q, recorded at a time when he was also gracing the world with a fair bit of funky soundtracks ... read moreCD
That's kind of a creepy cover on the front – and it hardly does justice to an album with so much lyrical beauty as this – a great meeting between piano giant Tommy Flanagan and younger guitarist Rodney Jones! The record's got a feel that's a bit like a Flanagan trio session with added ... read moreCD
Thad Jones & Mel Lewis —
New Life ... CD Horizon/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A wonderful start to the second decade of this ultra-hip group – an ensemble who started to reinvent the sound of the big band in the late 60s, then only picked up more and more energy once time went on! Thad Jones and Mel Lewis are a hell of a pair – not only great leaders for a ... read moreCD
A real classic from Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – a sweet batch of Japanese fusion tracks, with lots of nice work on guitar, keyboards, and reeds! Like a lot of Ryo's other albums from the time, the record blends together jazzy riffing with some smoother R&B touches – but still ... read moreCD
A fantastic fusion classic from guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – and a set that shows his perfect balance between American and Japanese jazz modes in the 70s! The album's got a bit more of a soulful focus than some of Kawasaki's previous work, but loses none of the depth of his feeling – as ... 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 classics from Steve Khan – all brought together in a single package! First up is Tightrope – beautiful fusion from guitarist Steve Khan – one of those great 70s players who could play things tight, yet still keep an edge! The album's got a well-produced groove – ... read moreCD
A brilliant pairing of piano talents – and a record that also features some incredible horn work from Billy Harper and Hannibal Marvin Peterson too! Masabumi Kikuchi plays electric piano throughout – working with a large Evans-led ensemble that also includes Harper on tenor and flute, ... read moreCD
One of the hippest albums that John Klemmer ever cut – a tremendous little set that's quite worthy of inclusion in the early 70s Impulse Records generation – and which is far different than any of his smoother sessions from later years! Klemmer's picking up bits of Coltrane here, but ... read moreCD
Nothing too mad from reedman John Klemmer – but a set that nicely continues that spacey sound that Klemmer first created at Impulse Records, then moved into some warmer, more soulful territory on records like this! Klemmer's still got an incredibly strong sound on tenor – rich and full ... read moreCD
A wonderful classic from John Klemmer – one of those artists we've under-appreciated for years, but grow to love more and more as time goes by! The set's an incredibly soulful set of explorations played by Klemmer (on tenor, soprano, and Echoplex) with a group that includes Mike Nock on ... read moreCD
Three albums from the late 80s – all of which show Earl Klugh still going strong, and very much at the top of his game! Soda Fountain Shuffle is a set that's got plenty of electric elements in the rhythms, mixed with lots of acoustic interplay from Earl over the top! Klugh's touch on the ... read moreCD
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read moreCD
(Comes in a slim sleeve.)
Peter Kowald/Kent Kessler/Fred Lonberg-Holm —
Flats Fixed ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1998. New Copy Gatefold ...
The strings have it – in this sweet little set from bassists Peter Kowald and Kent Kessler, and the great Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello! The combination of instruments is wonderful – very free, but often quite tuneful nonetheless – as each player seems to glide between rhythm and ... read moreCD
One of the best lost MPS albums from the classic years – and a very tasty batch of jazzy Brazilian grooves! Guitarist Ira Kris leads a groovy little combo that includes 2 guitars, flute, bass, and drums – and the group runs through a tight set of bossa groovers with a breezy jazzy ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from the brothers Rolf and Joachim Kuhn – and exactly the kind of record that will have you completely rethinking your opinion about the clarinet in jazz! Rolf's a player with roots in more traditional modes, but by the time of this mid 60s session he was a very committed ... read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums we've ever heard from German reedman Rolf Kuhn – a set that not only features a fair bit of tunes penned by Horace Silver – but one that also includes lots of sweet Hammond from the great Ingfried Hoffmann! You might know Hoffman from his excellent ... read moreCD
2 early 70s gems from pianist Steve Kuhn – back to back on one CD! First up is his amazing self-titled set for Buddah from 1971 – an incredibly inventive album that takes his earlier modern style, and fuses it with a warmer sort mode for the 70s! The approach is quite unique – ... read moreCD
Steve Kuhn —
Trance ... CD ECM (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Trance. The title's a great one, as Kuhn spins out some long-spiralling tracks that really have a compellingly rhythmic groove. The main focus here is on his keyboards – both electric and acoustic piano – and he's working with well matched players that include Steve Swallow on ... read moreCD
A rising sun from the Jose James side of the universe – trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, stepping out here in a wonderful debut for Blue Note! You've heard Kuroda play with Jose James over the years, but he comes up with a rich new groove here on his own – a mostly-instrumental mode that has ... read moreCD
Pete La Roca —
Basra ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of 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 ... read moreCD
A stunning reinvention of the music of Charles Mingus – still very much with all the fire and spirit of the great one's original intent – but taken to new territory here in the hands of Frank Lacy! Lacy is every bit the same sort of visionary leader as Mingus – and although he ... read moreCD
Seminal work from Steve Lacy – a set that was recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until the mid 70s – when it quickly became one of THE key records for understanding Lacy's sound and style! The set's based on the work of Thelonious Monk – and like Lacy's early Prestige ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy works here with one of his best partners of the 70s – altoist Steve Potts – whose tone and phrasing always turns out to be a perfect match for Lacy's ideas! And the duet also get some great accompaniment from vocalist Irene Aebi – who's almost has more presence here ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
Beautiful trio work from Steve Lacy – very obscure sessions from the mid 70s, done in Milan by percussionist Andre Centazzo – who's also in the trio along with bassist Kent Carter! The format is loose and open, but in a way that's arguably more soulful than some of Lacy's other ... read moreCD
Beautiful trio work from Steve Lacy – very obscure sessions from the mid 70s, done in Milan by percussionist Andre Centazzo – who's also in the trio along with bassist Kent Carter! The format is loose and open, but in a way that's arguably more soulful than some of Lacy's other ... read moreCD
Oliver Lake & William Parker —
To Roy ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2015. New Copy ...
Beautiful duets between Oliver Lake and William Parker – dedicated to the late Roy Campbell, and a wonderful tribute to his genius! This may well be one of the best performances we've heard from Lake in years – a clear, clean, unfettered way to really return to his strengths on alto ... read moreCD
Mathias Landaeus —
Into Life ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2014. New Copy ...
Maybe the best album so far from Mathias Landaeus – a wonderful pianist, and one we've dug for years for his excellent albums on the Moserobie label – working here at a level that has so many things going on at once, the end result is far different from the usual piano trio album! ... read moreCD
A spacious mid 70s set from Yusef Lateef – with some numbers showing his more soaringly spiritual bent – and others hewing towards a more bluesy or loosely funky vein. Tracked live in San Francisco, some numbers were later augmented with overdubbed strings and vocals – there's ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever from Yusef Lateef – even if it's sometimes overlooked! The album was issued in the 70s, but it features material from the famous Live At Pep's concert in 1964 – but which didn't appear on that initial record. In fact, it's arguably a lot hipper than ... read moreCD
Azar Lawrence —
Seeker ... CD Sunnyside, 2014. New Copy ...
Tremendous work from Azar Lawrence – part of a great return to form the reedman has had in recent years – and, if anything, a run of music that's maybe even greater than his legendary sides from the 70s! Lawrence is razor-sharp throughout – spinning out bold, soulful lines on ... read moreCD
Sweet soulful flute from the great Hubert Laws – gliding high here in a great session from his post-CTI years! The album's a bit more soul-based than some of Hubert's earlier dates – but that change is a great one, and really helps Laws find some rich new energy – a focus in the ... read moreCD
Nothing too silent here, as the set's filled with the kind of soulful fusion grooves we'd expect from Hubert Laws in the 70s! The album's a real standout in his Columbia catalog – a perfectly balanced set that features plenty of great work from Hubert on flute, amidst arrangements that also ... read moreCD
One of the best early recordings from this legendary European Jazz Festival – and a set that also features some amazing young work from the great John Tchicai – already making a big name for himself overseas! Side one features Tchicai on alto in a group put together by jazz critic ... read moreCD
A really sweet album from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an artist who really grabbed us with his debut, then wins us all over again with this very different second set! The style here is as loose as Lewis' previous record, but in a different way – more rhythmic than outside – ... read moreCD
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
An excellent solo set as a leader from drummer Mel Lewis – one that reminds us that he can still cook very strongly away from his big band with trumpeter Thad Jones! The set has Lewis in different groupings with an excellent set of the friends mentioned in the title – a top-shelf ... read moreCD
An excellent set from reedman Dave Liebman – easily one of his most soulful from the 70s, thanks to some key currents in the group! John Scofield is on the session – playing guitar, but sometimes with this phrasing that almost feels more like a keyboard – especially in the way it ... read moreCD
There's a lot of great chromatic elements going on here – thanks to the work of John Scofield on guitar, who's at that key point where he could effortlessly balance melody and tone with these edges that are sharp, but also very spacious – kind of a wide style that really reaches out and ... read moreCD
Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth —
Epicenter ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
A totally wonderful group, and one with a really unique sound – not just from the music of bassist Chris Lightcap, but also from the tenors of Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, and the wonderful keyboards of Craig Taborn! Taborn plays Wurlitzer electric on about half the album – used in ... read moreCD
Overseas excursions from the Charles Lloyd Quartet – a group who were already breaking down plenty of boundaries at home in the US! The lineup is a bit different than some of the other Lloyd sessions of the time, in that Cecil McBee is in the group on bass – adding in some wonderfully ... read moreCD
A wonderful bit of soul jazz – much less trippy than some of Charles Lloyd's later work, and handled with a soulful flair that's a mix of Coltrane spiritualism, with an even larger dose of the sort of post-Trane experiments in jazz that would crop up during the early 70s on smaller ... read moreCD
A great 60s moment not just for reedman Charles Lloyd, but also for pianist Keith Jarrett – who was a key part of Charles' group for a few years at the time – and who really opens up on this classic set! Tracks are long and very open – reaching in a spiritual sort of way with ... read moreCD
Charles Lloyd makes a step over to Blue Note Records – and the result is one of his richest, most organic albums in years! The whole thing's a live performance from Poland – done as a suite of longer tracks that feature a core acoustic quartet with Lloyd on tenor, plus added cymbalom ... read moreCD
A really beautiful record from vibist Joe Locke – and maybe his most dynamic album in years! The set's got Joe working in a particularly angular mode – carving out these wonderful lines of sound with core rhythms from the trio of Robert Rodriguez on piano, Terreon Gully on drums, and ... read moreCD
A standout set from guitarist Wilbert Longmire – one of a few classics cut in the 70s for Bob James' Tappan Zee label, done with some great help from James on production and arrangements too! The vibe is very much in the best spirit of the Kudu Records label at the time – plenty of ... 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
A really wonderful pairing of trumpeter Dave Douglas and tenorist Joe Lovano – working together here on some of the most adventurous material that either player has cut in years! The music is balanced evenly between a sense of rhythm and sense of freedom – with a vibe that's similar ... read moreCD
One of the few dates ever as a leader from pinaist Lee Lovett – an artist who mostly worked as an arranger, with credits that include stints with the groups of Erskine Hawkins, Cat Anderson, Tab Smith, and Lucky Millinder! Lee's music here has a much more modern feel than some of those ... read moreCD
A very nice set of Japanese fusion tracks cut by guitarist Reggie Lucas, with nice electric backing by Hubert Eaves on keyboard, Michael Henderson on bass, and other acoustic players like Mtume, John Stubblefield, and Clifford Adams. The set was recorded by East Wind in Japan, and the best cuts on ... read moreCD
Lage Lund —
Idlewild ... CD Criss Cross (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ...
A beautiful showcase for the warm, ringing tones of guitarist Lage Lund – a wonderful player who's only gotten better and better over the years! Lage has this richly chromatic style that's always a treat with a larger group, but it gets an especially strong focus here in an intimate trio ... read moreCD
Bobby Lyle was one of the few 70s fusion artists who managed to move into the smooth jazz era without ever losing his cool – finding just the right way to shift his sound slightly over the years, but always have that strong ear for a keyboard solo and compelling hook in his grooves! The ... read moreCD
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