It's hard to find a more all-star modernist session on Verve in the 50s – given that the record not only features Lee Konitz on alto and Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, but also includes Warne Marsh and Ted Brown on tenors, Hal McKusick on alto, and Bill Evans on piano! With a group like that, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Lee Konitz/Martial Solal —
Duplicity ... LP Horo (Italy), 1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
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Lee Konitz/Michel Petrucciani —
Toot Sweet ... LP Owl (France), 1982. Near Mint- ...
A pretty amazing set – recorded live for Finnish radio in the early 70s, and featuring a group that really shows the power of that scene at the time! The lineup features trumpeter Mike Koskinen at the helm – blowing in a much more outside way than some of his later studio albums, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card and notes insert!)
Mike Koskinen —
Sunwebs ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Bold and brilliant work from Finnish trumpeter Mike Koskinen – a record that bristles with new ideas in 70s jazz, but always keeps things inside and focused on Koskinen's clear-headed vision! There's a sound here that clearly echoes Woody Shaw, Don Ellis, and some of the hipper American ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure 60s albums cut by jazz vocalist Irene Kral – and a great little record that shows her to be more of a singer than we expected! Some of the tunes on the set have the straight vocals with band feel of Irene's other albums, but a few more go for a groovier sort of 60s ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
An unusual blend of jazz, fusion, and gwo ka rhythms from Guadelopue – served up here in a classic album from trumpeter Edmony Krater! Krater blows some beautiful solos on the record – a bit like Don Cherry in some of his more globally-oriented projects – but the overall approach ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Gidon Kremer & Naoko Yoshino —
Insomnia ... CD Philips, 1996. Used ...
The funky fusion classic from guitarist Volker Krieger – finally issued in a great CD edition! Easily one of Krieger's best albums, Spectrum was remarkably cut in just two days at MPS Studios in 1971 – with a group that includes Peter Baumeister on drums, Cees See on bongos and ... read moreCD
Musical alchemy from Erkie Krivda – one of the reedman's best sets from the 70s, and a record that's full of open-ended lines! Krivda plays tenor, soprano sax, and flute – often in a freewheeling style that certainly draws influence from the fusion generation, but which has an acoustic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite singers and one of our favorite composers – brought together in a dream of a vocal jazz album! We've always loved the tunes that Michel Legrand penned for films of the 60s and 70s – as they've got a depth, sincerity, and jazziness that goes beyond most of his ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A fantastic album that brings together all of the European winners of the recent Downbeat polls – like Karin Krog, John Surman, Albert Mangelsdorff, Francy Boland, Daniel Humair, and Niels Henning Orsted-Pedersen. The sextet is a lively batch of free-swinging European jazz stylists, with ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty cool record from legendary drummer Gene Krupa – filled with loads of unusual percussion, all played live for the recording – set to arrangements by George Williams that are mighty dynamic! Tunes are sometimes from classical sources, but swung in a completely different way! LP, Vinyl record album
Despite the fact that he was a showy bombastic drummer in his big band days, during the early 50s, Gene Krupa made some fantastic small group sessions – and this is one of them! The record features two different groups – one with the great Willie Smith on alto, the other with Ben ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Clef pressing with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has a split top seam & a strip of clear tape.)
A nice little 50s album that compiles Gene's work from the early 40s – his groundbreaking early swing sides, some featuring singer Anita O'Day, others with the great Roy Eldridge on trumpet! Tunes are tight, lively, and feature some killer drum work (natch!) – and titles include "A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, with an ink stamp and small name in pen on back.)
A beautiful hard burner from Gene Krupa – a perfect example of the way he could skirt different camps of jazz when working in small group format! Krupa's really grown since the early days – and he's working here with a very cool group – a crack sextet that includes Ben Webster on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice clean original pressing – vinyl and cover are excellent!)
Slammin soundtrack to this bio-pic which starred Sal Mineo as Gene Krupa, and which features music by Krupa himself, plus Anita O'Day and Red Nichols. Pretty trad and swing all around – but there's a lot of great drum work by Krupa, particularly the type that often got featured in the live ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the top seam and a name in pen on back.)
A hip group led by reedman Marty Krystall, who also sings a bit – with work by Gene Cipriano on tenor, Jerry Peters on Hammond, Buell Neidlinger on bass, and Peter Erskine on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
Marty Krystall is on tenor, Warren Gale on trumpet, Buell Neidlinger on bass, and Billy Higgins is on drums – and other players include one track with Cecil Taylor on piano and Dennis Charles on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
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
Paris is indeed wonderful – especially when it gives a player like Kuhn the chance to really stretch out and find his voice! We might well say that the album is one of Kuhn's most adventurous – as it's got him working in a really free setting that takes full advantage of the BYG/Actuel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two 70s albums from overlooked reedman Peter Kuhn – back to back here in a single sweet set! First up is Livin Right – a set that was originally broadcast live on New York radio in 1978, and which really captures the openly creative spirit of the loft jazz generation – as Peter ... read moreCD
It seems like it's been many years since we last heard from reedman Peter Kuhn – but the sharpness of this set hardly marks the passage of time, as Kuhn's every bit as vibrant as he was a force on the avant scene of the late 70s and early 80s! As before, Kuhn handles a lot of b-flat and bass ... read moreCD
Nice bit of funky fusion from these 2 German brothers. Rolf plays electric clarinet on this session, and it sounds nice and sharp next to his brother's organ and alto solos. Volker Kreigel's playing guitar, and at this point, he's still playing with a lot of tightness, and less of the rock-like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
10 CD tracks that brings together a tight batch of rare tracks recorded for MPS by the brothers Kuhn – pianist Joachim and clarinetist Rolf. Most of the tracks here (recorded between 1969 and 1980) have a searching European free style, of the sort that was oft-recorded in the post-Coltrane ... read moreCD
Steve Kuhn at his funky best! Over the years, you may have seen Steve's name turn up on collections of hip funky tunes from the early 70s – but probably have never been able to find the right record that offers that same sound. Well, search no further, because this is the record – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some surface wear, a small center split on the top seam, and a name in pen on front & back.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a distro sticker on back.)
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
One of the weird and wonderful sessions cut in the brief years of the Dauntless label – a set that's built around country and western tunes, but handled by the twin modern piano talents of Steve Kuhn and Toshiko Akioshi! The approach is very strange, and very magical – as the piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some stains on the back.)
One of the last great recordings of Steve Kuhn's vocal songs – done live at Fat Tuesday's with Sheila Jordan singing with Kuhn's trio! The sound here takes us back to classic 70s sets by Monica Zetterlund and Karin Krog that feature Kuhn's lyrics – wonderfully-crafted words that were ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)
Brilliantly bold tenor from the mighty Jonas Kullhammar – and some great baritone sax, too – set up here in a great trio with Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass and Espen Aalberg on drums! All players fit together perfectly – they should, given their previous work together – and ... read moreCD
A searing second session from the trio of Jonas Kullhammar on reeds, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, and Espen Aalberg on drums – all working here at a level that's even more mindblowing than the first Basement Sessions album! The music has this tremendous feel of cohesive collaboration – ... read moreCD
Amplified saxophone genius from Kullrusk – a tremendous record that draws on a jazz legacy stretching back to Eddie Harris, John Klemmer, and Gil Melle, but one with a bold voice all its own! Reed leaders Jonas Kullhammar and Per Rusktrask Johansson play amplified alto, tenor, and clarinets ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 take the usual small combo Prestige sound to new heights – twisting and turning the rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy vinyl and a tip-on cover!)
A great album from organist Charles Kynard – one of his best that wasn't issued on Prestige! This is one of the funky jazz LPs on Mainstream that really hits a nice groove, with Bob Shad's crisp production dovetailing with Kynard's jazz funk sensibilities just right – not too slick or ... 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 ... read moreCD
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
Kalle Laar & Takashi Kazamaki —
Moving ... CD Konnex (Germany), 1996. Used ...
(Out of print.)
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 ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Door ... LP Novus, 1989. Near Mint- ...
A major label album, but one that features a classic Steve Lacy lineup – with Steve Potts on alto, Irene Aebi on violin, Bobby Few on piano, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums – plus guest drums from Sam Woodyard on one great track! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert and Novus inner sleeve.)
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 ... 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. CD
Nobody's playing hooky here – as Steve Lacy's very strongly in attendance, and turning out some wonderful solo work throughout! This sparkling 70s performance was captured live in a cathedral in Montreal – a wonderfully echoey space that only seems to open up Lacy's sound even more ... read moreCD
The title might be a bit of a joke – given that the career of Steve Lacy was never enough to warrant a lot of revenue – but the album's a killer with his group of well-honed players from the European scene – one of those great Lacy combo records that never seems to run out of ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Solo ... LP Enanem (UK), 1972. Near Mint- ...
This record is pulled from 2 concerts by Lacy at the "disaffected church" belonging to the Chene Noir Theatre Group in Avignon in 1972. Both shows consisted of Lacy playing solo on his soprano saxophone. Songs named after or dedicated to Charlie Parker, Franz Kafka, Elias Canetti, Gil ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear & a sticker on the back.)
A great straight side from Steve Lacy. Lacy's melodic sensibility plays nicely over Kelly's piano, with Dennis Charles and Buell Naidlinger taking a turn at more swing based rhythm than we've heard them in in other contexts. Overall the set has wonderful tension, with Lacy's occasionally angular ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The only thing "straight" about Steve Lacy's horn is its shape – as the soprano sax here is used in some extremely inventive and modern ways, especially for the date of the session! We don't think we're going out on a limb to say Lacy is one of the foremost melodic improvisors of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Barnaby pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Steve Lacy & Michael Smith —
Sidelines ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1977. Near Mint- ...
Features Lacy on soprano sax and Smith on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
Steve Lacy with Don Cherry —
Evidence ... LP New Jazz/Prestige, 1961. Very Good+ ...
Really wonderful work from a pair we wish we could have heard more often together! Steve Lacy's early records are all pretty darn great, but this album's a really special gem – a rare pairing with trumpeter Don Cherry, and an album with an incredibly haunting sound! There's almost a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing with deep groove, with Van Gelder stamp, in the original textured cover! Cover has a small stain in one corner, but this is a nice copy overall.)
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! CD
Pentti Lahti/Olli Ahvenlahti & Eero Ojanen —
Jazz Liisa 11 ... LP Svart (Finland), 1974. New Copy ...
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 that's heavy on Fender Rhodes and piano from Olli Ahvenlahti, whose way of shaping the tunes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Oliver Lake —
Cloth ... CD Passin' Thru, 2003. Used ...
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 appears to have been signed by the artist.)
Oliver Lake & Jump Up —
Plug It ... LP Gramavision, 1983. Very Good+ ...
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(Includes newspaper clippings. Cover has a bumped corner and appears to have been signed by the artist.)
Tenor, bass, and drums – a wicked combination here that really holds together beautifully over the course of the album's long live tracks! Tenorist Ralph LaLama's hardly sounded better – definitely blowing with the bop influences you might guess from the group's name, but also spinning ... read moreCD
Andrew Lamb/Tom Abbs/Michael Wimberley/Guillermo B —
Rhapsody In Black ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2008. Used ...
Andrew Lamb is billed as "The Black Lamb" here – a nice nickname, given the earthy quality of the set! The group's got two percussionists at its core – Michael Wimberly and Guillermo E Brown – both players with different energies that help expand the roots of the record ... read moreCD
If you're a fan of Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, then you'll dig this set of tracks by the Lambert and Hendricks group with Yolanda Bavan, who replaced Annie Ross in the trio during the early 60's. Bavan swings like the best of them, and this live set's a nice batch of vocalese tracks with all the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner – and this might be a late 60s pressing.)
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, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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, Jazz)read moreCD
Although Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross started out their career singing vocalese versions of Basie tunes, they do a pretty darn great job here with Ellington – in fact, maybe even better, given the sophistication of the tracks. And while the album lacks some of the whimsy of the wonderful ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Special Products pressing. Cover has a sticker spot.)
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 ... read moreCD
A wonderfully lyrical and aptly-titled solo set by Philadelphia reedman Byard Lancaster – one that's definitely a personal testimony to his talents! We typically associate solo sets with AACM members, and Lancaster's free jazz and loft community credentials put him in a similar camp – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... 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 moreCD