One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums of all time – an incredible reworking of tunes by The Beatles, done in collaboration with Cadet Records studio maestro Charles Stepney – who brings in some amazing arrangements and production styles to the record! The tunes are familiar, but the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has a small mark from sticker removal.)
Sweet 70s grooves from Ramsey Lewis – a set cut smack dab in the middle of his glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty sweet set from the legendary Ramsey Lewis – possibly his best in years – all original material performed with his impeccable trio! If title Songs From The Heart has you expecting smooth, commercial fluff, you'll be pleasantly surprised. It's exceptional trio jazz all the way. ... read moreCD
Not much stretching going on here, as most tracks are three minutes or under – but Ramsey's in fine fine form, working with the classic Young/Holt trio lineup, crafting very groovy little numbers that have a lot more going on underneath than you'd expect from the surface! Includes the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sparkling collection of the soul jazz groovers churned out by Ramsey's famous first trio – the groundbreaking ensemble that featured Eldee Young on bass and Redd Holt on drums. The set does a good job of pushing past obvious hits, and includes some tasty little groovers like "Travel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Sublime electric work from Ramsey Lewis! Ramsey's working here with his hip 70s group that included Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton, and he's playing some fantastic electric piano – a blend of funky grooves and soulful spiritualism, stripped down into a sound that's one of his leanest ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tracklist sticker and some ringwear.)
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great example of the sound of ECM in the early 70s, with Liebman playing in his post-Miles band angular modernist style with warm electric and acoustic accompaniment from Richard Beirach, Frank Tusa and Jeff Williams rounding out the quartet . The set is made up of three long, spiralling numbers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Library copy, with wear, splitting, taped seams and marker.)
David Liebman —
Pendulum ... LP Artists House, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Players include Dave Liebman on tenor and soprano sax, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Richie Beirach on piano, Frank Tusa on bass, and Al Foster on drums – and titles include "Pendulum", "Picadilly Lilly", and "Footprints". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet. Cover has yellowed tape remnants on the seams.)
The title's almost a bit of a mystery here – as the music is so right on the money, so sense-making, that we can hardly hear a non-sequitur in the set – just these well-hewn, thoughtfully-played lines of sound coming from the twin tenors of David Liebman and Ellery Eskelin! The record's ... read moreCD
David Liebman/Ellery Eskelin —
Renewal ... CD Hatology (Switzerland), 2008. Used ...
An unusual Lighthouse All Stars album – in that it features 3 different sets of artists in the spotlight – but a unified record nonetheless, as all the work was recorded on the same evening! The core Lighthouse group dominates on most numbers – and features bassist Howard Rumsey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lila ... CD Unit (Switzerland), 2007. Used ...
John Lindberg & Hugh Ragin —
Team Work ... CD Cecma (Italy), 1980. Used ...
Both John Lindberg and Hugh Ragin are players who really seem to thrive best in an open, unstructured setting – which makes this album of spare duets a perfect outing for both of them! The tunes are always nicely thought out – open-ended, yet never just free for free's sake – ... read moreCD
A killer from trumpeter Booker Little – one of the last few records that Book cut before his early death, and one of his only ones as a leader! The album features an excellent soulbop quintet with Wynton Kelly and Tommy Flanagan on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – ... read moreCD
A killer from trumpeter Booker Little – one of the last few records that Book cut before his early death, and one of his only ones as a leader! The album features an excellent soulbop quintet with Wynton Kelly and Tommy Flanagan on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Supremely soulful modern jazz from the great Booker Little – one of his best albums ever as a leader, and a real standout moment amidst so many of the re-titled sessions that came out after his early death! The album's got a tremendous feel from the very first note – a furthering of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great 70s Japanese pressing – on Sony! Heavy cover and vinyl.)
Supremely soulful modern jazz from the great Booker Little – one of his best albums ever as a leader, and a real standout moment amidst so many of the re-titled sessions that came out after his early death! The album's got a tremendous feel from the very first note – a furthering of ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Comes in the original slipcover, with added cardboard backing!)
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charles Lloyd in the Soviet Union – blowing beautifully on an open-ended set that must have really loosened things up in Red Square! The album features Lloyd at his freewheeling 60s best – working in his group with Keith Jarrett on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on ... read moreCD
Charles Lloyd in the Soviet Union – blowing beautifully on an open-ended set that must have really loosened things up in Red Square! The album features Lloyd at his freewheeling 60s best – working in his group with Keith Jarrett on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 Columbia killers from Charles Lloyd – back to back in a single set! Discovery is a wonderful bit of soul jazz – much less trippy than some of 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 ... read moreCD
A great title for this one – as the set really features reedman Charles Lloyd flowering strongly – blooming into a richer expression of his talents than any one might have expected a few short years before! The album features Lloyd working with his groundbreaking quartet of Keith ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charles Lloyd —
Love-In ... CD Atlantic (UK), 1967. New Copy ...
A classic batch of modal grooves from Charles Lloyd – recorded during the height of his mind-expanding years, with his famous quartet that included Keith Jarrett on piano and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The tracks are long and magical, done with that spiritual spiraling sound that Lloyd was ... read moreCD
Never-heard music from the great Charles Lloyd – two well-recorded live sets from the 60s, both with a very unusual group! The lineup has Lloyd on tenor, soprano, and flute, working with frequent partner Gabor Szabo on guitar – but the rest of the quartet also features Ron Carter on ... read moreCD
Charles Lloyd —
Nirvana ... LP Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ...
Lovely work from Charles Lloyd – recorded at the point when he was just pushing off from Chico Hamilton's group, and before he got too noodly for his own good! Side one of the record features Lloyd with his own group – jazzing it up in a mix of flute, guitar, and percussion on a number ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Key work by one of the most unique voices in 60s mainstream jazz – reedman Charles Lloyd, heard here on a set that's filled with amazing sounds, tones, and timings! The group here features Gabor Szabo on guitar – Lloyd's previous partner from the Chico Hamilton combo – plus Ron ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Library copy, with wear, splitting seams, tape and marker.)
A pair of Charles Lloyd albums for Atlantic – back to back on a single CD! First up is Soundtrack – a killer from the Charles Lloyd group of the late 60s – a set that still stretches out with all the spiritual energy of Lloyd's other Atlantic albums, yet also seems to have a bit ... 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
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Piotr Melech —
Coarse Day ... CD Multikulti Project (Poland), 2009. Used ...
Wilbert Longmire —
Revolution ... LP World Pacific, Late 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ...
An excellent album from funky guitarist Wilbert Longmire – probably his best, in our opinion! The album was recorded in LA with some very hip arrangements from Joe Sample – at the head of a largeish soul jazz group that includes usual suspects from the LA scene, like Paul Humphrey, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer electric piano jam from the great Mike Longo – stone funky, and one of his best albums ever! The whole thing's done in a really laidback style that's simply amazing – a lot like the best CTI work of the time, but somehow rougher, and with a darker edge. Longo riffs out on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dizzy Gillespie always had the hippest piano players. In the 60s, it was Lalo Schifrin and Kenny Barron – and in the 70s, it was the great Mike Longo, who gave Diz's best records a slow loping slightly funky groove that was perfect for Dizzy's trumpet style! This killer album by Longo was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Library copy with wear, taped seams, a sticker and marker.)
Supper club jazz from near Erie, Pennsylvania. LP, Vinyl record album
Luis Lopes Berlin Trio —
Line ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. Used ...
Heady guitar work from Luis Lopes – playing here at a level that seems to be mostly improvised, but which also features heavy fuzz at times – with a searing vibe that reminds us a bit of Sonny Sharrock in the more forceful moments, and some of his more textural European contemporaries ... 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
Beautifully-blown work from saxophonist Joe Lovano – working here with his Us Five group, a quintet that features the great Esperanza Spalding on bass! The sound is somewhat straighter, and almost more soulful than some of Lovano's recent work – yet there's still a touch of the modern ... 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
Bill Lowe & Philippe Crettien Quintet —
Sunday Train ... CD Konnex (Germany), 1993. Used ...
One of our favorite records ever from ESP – a set that's got even more soul and spirit than we usually hear from the label! The album's one of the first (and few) from saxophonist Frank Lowe as a leader – and it's a unique date that also features alto and soprano sax from Joseph Jarman ... read moreCD
Guitarist Mundell Lowe Leads a good quintet with Gene Quill on alto and Billy Taylor on piano. If you know Lowe's records from the time, you know that he can play guitar with a nice hard groove that gets a really resonant sound out of the strings. We're not saying that he's a Tiny Grimes or a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with deep groove – nice and clean overall.)
Bobby Lyle —
Genie ... LP Capitol, 1977. Very Good+ ...
A funky fusion classic – and quite possibly Bobby Lyle's most perfectly realized album! The set was Bobby's first full US outing, and it's filled with soaring, riffing keyboards that stretch out into territory explored a few years before by Johnny Hammond and Lonnie Liston Smith! The real ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole, library sticker, and a bit of pen.)
Beautifully modern work from the Swedish scene of the 60s – and proof that Scandinavian jazz was some of the freshest in Europe at the time! The album features incredibly evocative work from the sextet of trombonist Lars Lystedt – a player who's clearly picked up a sense of shape and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of vibes and organ from Johnny Lytle – just a trio session, but one that packs the punch of a full group! As with other early gems from Johnny, the players include Peppy Hinant on drums and Milt Harris on organ, and they're also augmented by some guest work by Milt Hinton. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum pressing. Cover has some small notes in pen.)
One of Johnny Lytle's monster vibes 'n organ LPs from the early 60's. Released on the Jazzland subsidiary of Riverside, and a tough one to find! The album comes complete with the great original track "Lela", a jazz dance classic if there ever was one, and other nice tracks like "Hap ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Two lost smokers from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – back to back on a single CD! The Soulful Rebel is lost early 70s set from Lytle – totally funky, but in a way that's very different than his famous 60s work! The album's got a sweet electric groove that comes not only from Johnny's ... read moreCD
A great overview of the M-Base movement on the New York scene of the late 80s – a group of musicians who worked together to unlock many boundaries in jazz – and really set the music free in a variety of different styles! The sounds here range from more familiar jazz to vocal work, ... read moreCD
Ibrahim Maalouf —
Wind ... CD Mi'ster/Harmonia Mundi, 2012. Used ...
Tracks include "Look On The Bright Side", "Save The Best For Last", "Full House", "B&B", "Mercury Retro", "Yes Or No", and "Alone Together", "It's A Lonesome Old Town", "Moment's Notice", and "Au ... read moreCD
One of the best Harold Mabern albums we've heard in years – recorded with a trio of familiar partners, John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – but in a freewheeling live setting that has the group really stretching out over some long, extended tracks! Mabern's sense of ... read moreCD
A straight street, but a great street – as Harold Mabern returns to full force in this lovely set of trio tracks! The set's one of the best of any of Mabern's early 90s sessions for DIW Records – a very strong outing with Ron Carter on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums – served up ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt Elling —
Afro Blue ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm ... read moreCD
Really compelling work from reedman Ken Vandermark – and a set that shows that his music is just as vibrant as ever when he's in a setting like this! Tunes are all composed by Vandermark, who plays a range of saxes on the set – but there's plenty of freewheeling improvisation all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer from drummer Pete Magadini – an artist we really don't know from many other records, but who really lets tenorist Don Menza shine on this obscure 70s session! Menza's one of those players who really knows how to make the best of a date like this – taking all the tight sense of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer from trumpeter Joe Magnarelli – an artist we've already begun to appreciate a lot for his recent work on the Posi-tone label – but a player who really wins us over with this sweet little set! The record sparkles right from the start with contributions from key labelmates ... read moreCD