Ola Kvernberg works here in a nicely layered way – often mixing lines on violin and viola in the same track, then adding in cello, autoharp, Hammond, and other instrumentation as well! The approach is somewhat in the jazz violin tradition of the European scene, but the record also has larger ... read moreCD
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 their own! Even without Scott's sax in the lead, the sound here is still pretty darn sharp – and the lineup features Robben Ford ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Despite the stupid name (or perhaps because of it), this is one of the great lost sessions of the 60s! Drummer Pete LaRoca originally cut this set for the tiny Douglas label, and the session's an amazing bit of modernist jazz that features a rare non-Sun Ra appearance by tenorist John Gilmore. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Benny Lackner Trio —
Siskiyou ... CD Unit (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ...
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 ... 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
Sublime solo work from Steve Lacy – a perfect demonstration of the great leap forward he took on the soprano sax in the early 70s – documented beautifully on overseas recordings like this! The core of the set features material recorded in Avignon in 1972 – with Lacy using his ... 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
Steve Lacy —
Hocus Pocus ... LP Disques Du Crepuscule (Belgium), 1986. Near Mint- ...
One of the more obscure Steve Lacy albums of the 80s – a great solo set done for the Disque Du Crepuscule label! LP, Vinyl record album
Steve Lacy in one of his greatest modes – working here in a style influenced heavily by Thelonious Monk – one that not only made Lacy one of the first interpreters of Monk's music on saxophone, but also gave his modernist impulses a great sense of focus over the years! The album's an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing with obi.)
Steve Lacy —
Snips ... CD Jazz Magnet, 1976. Used 2CD Gatefold ...
A key point in Lacy's career – his first solo concert ever in the US! Lacy had been well known on these shores for his early Monk-ish work on soprano sax, his later freer work with varying ensembles, and his frequent recorded "letters home" from the Paris scene of the early 70s ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Sun ... CD Emanem (UK), 1967/1968/1973. New Copy ...
A huge amount of music – in a set that features a wealth of vintage work from Steve Lacy – some of it issued here for the first time ever! Lacy plays soprano sax on all tracks in the set – and the package has him working with some key European players – including an early ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Way ... LP Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
One of Steve Lacy's great late 70s recordings for Hat Hut – a searing live performance that was one of his boldest efforts from the time! The group here are a quintet of familiar players – Steve Potts on alto and soprano sax, Irene Aebi on cello and voice, Kent Carter on bass, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Lacy —
Window ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1987. Used ...
Titles include "The Window", "Flakes", "The Gleam", "Retreat", and "A Complicate Scene" – played by Lacy on soprano sax, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums. CD
(Out of print.)
Steve Lacy & Michael Smith —
Sidelines ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1977. Very Good+ ...
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Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd —
Early & Late ... CD Cuneiform, 1962/1999/2002. Used 2 CDs ...
The title's an apt one – as this great collection features previously unreleased material from Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd – some of it recorded early in their career, and some of it late! The "late" should probably be the first part of the title, though – as about ... read moreCD
If we had to pick three men to spend time on a boat with, we'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better trio – the soulful sax of Guy Lafitte, the burning Hammond of Wild Bill Davis, and the jet-propelled drums of Alvin Queen! Davis is working here late in his career, but still sounding ... read moreCD
Oliver Lake works here with guitarist Kevin Eubanks – a player who's mainstream moments might not seem like a match for Lake's more avant leanings – but a surprisingly great combination in the space of this mid 80s set for the Black Saint label! Eubanks has a way of matching Lake's ... read moreCD
Great early work from Lake – playing here in a number of different settings, but always with well-matched collaborators! 3 tracks on the set – "Owshet", "Heavy Spirits", and "While Pushing Down Turn" – featuring Lake with Olu Dara on trumpet, Donald ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, promo sticker, and light wear.)
Reedman Oliver Lake at his most creative – stepping out here on a sublime set of 70s improvisations – all put together with a really spiritual feel! There's a very open, collaborative feel to the music – and the set was recorded in St Louis, at a time when Lake was a key part of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US Arista pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, some wear, and a mark from sticker removal.)
A rather rare recording of Oliver Lake from the early 70s, recorded in Paris. Almost entirely alto solos, but one number that features accompaniment on synthesizer. We find ourselves returning to these early Lake recordings much more than his later work with the World Saxophone Quartet, as the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest albums ever from the team of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson – and a set that's even more open than some of their other records on Blue Note or Chess! This set's a bit more electric than some of the other records from the pair – with these drawn-out Fender Rhodes ... read moreCD
One of the hippest albums ever from the team of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson – and a set that's even more open than some of their other records on Blue Note or Chess! This set's a bit more electric than some of the other records from the pair – with these drawn-out Fender Rhodes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key moment in the west coast harbop scene – and one of the greatest early records from saxophonist Harold Land! The group's a really striking one – with the unique Dupree Bolton on trumpet, a great player that we really only know from this set – plus Herbie Lewis on bass, Frank ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an ink stamp and some smudges on back.)
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 ... 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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Great work by a player we've always loved – but who rarely gets his due! John LaPorta had one of the sharpest altos of the 50's, but for some reason, his talents were not nearly as recognized as those of similar players like Lee Konitz and Charlie Mariano. His earlier work with Mingus has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great batch of chamber jazz tracks – masquerading as an album of musical instruction! The record is one of the best on the Music Minus One label – and features tracks played by the John LaPorta octet, a group led by altoist LaPorta, who'd played with Mingus and some other hip ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from Neil Larsen – a keyboardist who doesn't always get his due in the hipper sides of the jazz spectrum, but who sounds mighty nice on this solo album for A&M! The set's got Neil's keyboards very firmly in the lead, and also features lots of fuzzy guitar from Buzz Feiten ... read moreCD
A standout set from keyboardist Neil Larsen – a record that crossed over big back in the 70s, and which still sounds pretty darn great in the 21st Century! Larsen's keys here are kind of a more mainstream take on territory Bob James was exploring a few years before – arguably hipper at ... 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
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure one for Yusef Lateef – and proof that the reedman was always open to new ideas at every single point in his career! Lateef had already recorded for the CTI label on a few great previous albums – but this album is quite late in his run for the label, and has a slightly ... read moreCD
Yusef Lateef explores a number of different world music rhythms on a mix of woodwind instruments that includes tenor, basoon, flute, oboe, and shanas. He's joined here by the great Richard Williams on trumpet, whose playing with Lateef is always excellent. The rest of the group's made up of some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic lost slice of work from reedman Yusef Lateef – a performance recorded at the legendary Ronnie Scott's club in London, with backing from a trio that features the wonderful Stan Tracey! Tracey was a committed modernist who really helped shape the sound of the UK scene at the time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unusual album for Yusef Lateef – and that's saying quite a lot, given how quirky most of his work can be! The session has Lateef exploring both rootsy and modern modes – working in a unique quartet that features George Arvanitas on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and legendary ... read moreCD
A very unusual album for Yusef Lateef – and that's saying quite a lot, given how quirky most of his work can be! The session has Lateef exploring both rootsy and modern modes – working in a unique quartet that features George Arvanitas on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and legendary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An insanely great record – filled with lots of odd twists and turns, and done in a really unusual way! The session is an obscure one that features Pharoah Sanders joining the tight combo, who are working here with a very different sound than usual! Earlier Latin Jazz Quintet albums have the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: This reissue seems to have a bit of distortion on a track or two – not noisy, but something rumbling in the background. Most of the record sounds great, though!)
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
Weird spacey freeform jazz – recorded with a group that includes Dick Hyman, Richard Davis, and Arnie Lawrence – plus two of their kids! The whole thing is less "out" than it is kind of free flowing and electronic – and the record is in keeping with the overall hippy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, in the die-cut cover with a promo sticker.)
One of Hubert Laws' funkiest records for CTI – recorded with a full group funky style that's plenty darn great, and a lot harder-hitting than some of Hubert's more laidback sessions for the label! Arrangements are by Bob James and Laws – working here with a large batch of players who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Le Trio Camara —
Le Trio Camara ... CD Saravah/Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1968. New Copy ...
Bossa jazz from the French scene of the 60s – an ultra-hip album issued on the legendary Saravah Records label – and one that's one of the best illustrations of the label's way of blending together jazz and other global styles! The group here is a trio, with Fernando Martins on some ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Adventurous work from this avant jazz "supergroup" – one that's made up of players who are normally leaders on their own, but who work together here with the great spirit of a group! The lineup features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Blythe on alto, Chico Freeman on tenor and ... read moreCD
One of the strongest albums from the Leaders sextet – an ensemble that features 6 of America's best left-of-center players of the time – all of them leaders of their own groups, putting aside ego to come together beautifully here! The set features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Blythe ... read moreCD
One of the strongest albums from the Leaders sextet – an ensemble that features 6 of America's best left-of-center players of the time – all of them leaders of their own groups, putting aside ego to come together beautifully here! The set features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Blythe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy sounds from the legendary Michel Legrand – working here in a mode that's maybe a bit more lush and romantic than some of his later soundtrack work – yet at a level that's still head and shoulders above most of his 50s instrumental contemporaries! The set's got a melancholy vibe ... read moreCD
A spare set of solo piano tracks by the great soundtrack composer Michel Legrand – recently recorded, and featuring some wonderful variations on some of his more famous tunes from the 60s and 70s. Legrand's style here is free and flowing – moving across the keys of the piano in loose ... read moreCD
An obscure jazz set on the Cameo label – featuring a mighty weird cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is in great shape!)
Tom Lellis —
Flow ... CD Beamtide, 2016. New Copy ...
An excellent set from Tom Lellis – a jazz vocalist we've been digging since the 70s – as part of an elite group of really special singers that might include Mark Murphy or Kurt Elling – able to work in a jazzy style that's far more than just delivery of a lyric, with a sense of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A really wonderful album from the hard-burning contemporary Chicago scene – a set that may not get the global attention as some other records on bigger labels, but one that's equally well-deserving of recognition! Tenorist Nate Lepine is at the head of the group, but the whole quartet is a ... read moreCD
Here's a trio who step way past the conventional expectations of their instrument – especially bassist Ken Filiano and pianist Marilyn Lerner – who each seem bent on finding new ways of creating both music and sound! Some passages have Lerner falling into more conventional formation ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent reissue of this amazing album by the legendary French vocal group Les Double Six. The group included a core of the early Swingle Singers, and featured members Ward Swingle and Christine Legrand, two of France's best jazz vocalists at the time. On this LP, the group runs through a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work by one of the most unusual jazz combos of the 50s! Les Jazz Modes was a group with a really unusual sound – one that matched the rounder French Horn tones of Julius Watkins with the sharper-edge tenor of Charlie Rouse – heard here in the years between his Blue Note ... read moreCD
Not the kind of Vikings you'd find in medieval Scandinavia – and instead a landmark combo from Guadeloupe – one who were key in developing the sound of zouk in the late 70s, and who can also work with a fair bit of spiritual jazz touches in their music! This excellent collection shines ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Not the kind of Vikings you'd find in medieval Scandinavia – and instead a landmark combo from Guadeloupe – one who were key in developing the sound of zouk in the late 70s, and who can also work with a fair bit of spiritual jazz touches in their music! This excellent collection shines ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best soul jazz sides on the Black & Blue label – a great late 60s session from trumpeter Johnny Letman – one of a number of older American expatriates in Paris! Although Letman worked with Horace Henderson, Count Basie, and Cab Calloway, he really didn't make many ... read moreCD
An incredible session of other-worldly jazz from France! The album features the compositions of Claude Leveillee, arranged by Andre Gagnon, and played by a strange group of players that includes vibes, drums, sax, accordion, and vocal effects! The overall sound is incredibly hard to describe, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album ever from drummer Stan Levey, but a set that already shows his mighty talents as a leader! Stan wisely chose some great songs to work with here – penned by west coast highlights Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bill Holman – and taken into a small combo mode that really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Daniel Levin Trio —
Fuhuffah ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2008. Used Gatefold ...
Cello, bass, and drums – a really unique sound, played by an equally unique group that features Daniel Levin, Ingebrigt Haken Flaten, and Gerald Cleaver! The strings are hardly soft here at all – and instead come on with an intensity that takes us back to the way the instruments were ... read moreCD
Given that a busty babe is leaning into the left side of the piano keyboard on the cover, we'd almost expect Lou Levy to focus mostly on the lighter notes on the right – but instead, he really opens up with some great deep notes on the cover, and takes the album far past anything you might ... read moreCD
A stone laidback set from O'Donel Levy – one of the greatest soul jazz guitarists of the 70s, and a player who sounds fresher and fresher to us over the years! This album's a bit more laidback than some of Levy's other sets for Groove Merchant – with larger arrangements that feature ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer lost organ groover! Dave Lewis was a little-known organ player who mostly worked out of the Seattle area, but he was discovered by Herb Albert, and recorded a few rare sides for Albert's A&M/Jerden label. The groove is surprisingly soulful for the label, and the records groove with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"Chicago Slow Dance" is an extended piece taking up the entirety of the record. Lewis plays alto and tenor trombone as well as electronics. He is accompanied by Douglas Ewart on bassoon, saxophone, clarinet and flute, J.D. Parran on saxophone and piccolo, and Richard Titelbaum on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Lewis & His New Orleans Stompers —
Concert! ... LP Blue Note, 1954. Near Mint- ...
One of the few Blue Note LPs devoted to trad material, and a not-bad set that features Lewis on clarinet, along with a group that includes Jim Robinson on trombone and Kid Howard on trumpet. Howard and Joe Watkins sing on a few tracks, and titles include "Ice Cream", "Burgundy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
One of the strongest sessions recorded by pianist John Lewis in the 50s – a date that shows depths of his talents that run even greater than his work with the Modern Jazz Quartet, quite possibly because is work on piano is at the forefront of the record throughout! There's a sense of ... read moreCD