Steve Lacy & Steve Potts —
Tips ... LP Hat Hut, 1981. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bireli Lagrene & Sylvain Luc —
Duet ... CD Dreyfus, 1999. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Cleo Laine with the John Dankworth Seven —
Lover & His Lass ... CD Esquire/Solid (Japan), Early 50s. New Copy ...
Wonderful early work from Cleo Laine – already one of the hippest singers on the British scene in the postwar years, with a way of phrasing and handling the material that's completely unique! Cleo's got this deep tone that's almost a vocal equivalent of a trombone soloist at times – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
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
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.)
One of the first albums ever by this legendary jazz vocal group! LHR do the incredible – and create a set of vocal renditions of standards by the Basie band, putting jazzy lyrics in to replace the instrumental solos, but keeping the same vibe as the original tracks. The sound and approach ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a light stain on the top right corner.)
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross —
Swingers! ... LP World Pacific, 1958. Very Good+ ...
One of the rarest albums ever recorded by the hiply swinging vocal trio of Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert, and Annie Ross – a live session from 1958, with backing by a group that includes Zoot Sims, Russ Freeman, and Jim Hall. The feel here is really wonderful – a lot less hokey than on ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove – in nice shape! Cover has some light wear.)
Recordings made in 1979, finding free Philadelphia altoist Lancaster in a variety of settings on the east coast! The tracks range from larger groups like the 10 piece Broadway Local Dance Band, to much smaller settings with Lancaster in duets or solo – and there's even a few numbers with ... read moreCD
A fantastically beautiful record that stands as the first meeting between Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land – an album that's possibly even better than the more famous Blue Note work by the pair! This is one of those "once in a lifetime" jazz sessions – filled with magical ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some clear tape on the seams, and call letters in pen & marker on both sides.)
Harold Land, Bobby Hutcherson, & Others —
Jazz ... LP Mainstream, 1974. Near Mint- ...
A great little collection of hip 70s soul jazz tunes – recorded for the Mainstream level by a few different groups, but all united with a spirit of freedom and soulful exploration. Titles include "Dark Mood" by a group with Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Mtume, and Buster Williams; ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
An excellent early album by organ player Billy Larkin, and his first version of the Delegates, which included drummer Mel Brown. As an added bonus, the great tenor player Clifford Scott joins them on most of the tracks here, and the recording is one of his best sessions away from Bill Dogget. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.! Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)
A totally groovy album of sax-based 60s instrumentals! The record features the alto work fo Herb Larson, but the real treat is the off-beat arrangements by Bill Ramal, which are filled with weird production and very groovy instrumentation – like electric sitar, electric bass, bongos, and ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Prince Lasha Ensemble —
Insight ... CD Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ...
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the ... read moreCD
A sweetly soulful set from trumpeter Philip Lassiter – a jazz musician at heart, but one who's blowing here with a strong range of contemporary R&B elements! Phil's trumpet is often processed a bit – with a cool, compressed sound that fits right in with the well-produced mellow ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
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
Haunting set of stripped down tracks by the brilliant Yusef Lateef, who not only plays his usual assortment of reeds here – tenor, alto, flute, and oboe – but also lays down a bit of theremin! He's accompanied by Hugh Lawson on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label mono pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
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
One of Yusef Lateef's most fantastic albums, and one that grooves in a way that few of his other albums do! The session is an amazing live set from 1964, recorded at Pep's Nightclub in Philly, and it features some amazing playing by a young Mike Nock on piano and the brilliant Richard Williams on ... read moreCD
A beautiful live set from Yusef Lateef – recorded in the UK on a rare New Year's Eve show in 1966, at a time when Lateef was at the height of his early powers! The session features Yusef as the soloist fronting a British rhythm trio made up of Stan Tracey on piano, Rick Laird on bass, and ... read moreCD
A wonderful album that's as swinging as it is exotic! The record really picks up the groove from Lateef's earlier sides for Savoy – and features a mixture of hardbop and more "Eastern" themed musical images, all extremely compelling, and a wonderful look at a jazz underground that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing with RVG stamp. Cover has some wear and seam splits.)
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Chant ... LP Prestige/Tru Sound, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best albums ever recorded by this groundbreaking Latin jazz combo – and a magnificent blend of jazz instrumentation and deeper Latin roots! Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet was a new sound in Latin jazz – one that took the piano/bass/conga rhythms of smaller groups of the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Latin Soul ... LP Prestige/New Jazz, 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
A wonderful batch of Latin Jazz grooves – played by a group who more than deserved the right to call themselves the Latin Jazz Quintet! The core sound features vibes and piano jamming away nicely, really hitting some great modal rhythms – but this album's also got an added bonus in the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Stellar reed work from Azar Lawrence – a player who's best known for his acoustic revival in recent years, but who could play with some excellent electric backings during the 70s! The set's less an electric funk outing than it is a spiritual jazz set, with keyboards and guitar in the mix ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Azar Lawrence & Al McLean —
Frontiers ... CD Cellar Live, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ...
A great collaboration between spiritual jazz legend Azar Lawrence and overlooked Montreal reedman Al McLean – two very well-matched players who really seem to soar in each other's company! The tracks here are nice and long, and really share some of the strongly soulful currents of Azar's ... read moreCD
A pretty hip set of big band arrangements – very much along the lines of early 50s Stan Kenton, with a tight swing, but a nicely modern undercurrent as well! The arrangements, as the title indicates, are all by Gerry Mulligan – and in addition to the piano of Elliot Lawrence, players ... read moreCD
ric rocMaybe the first album we've ever seen from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – and a set that will definitely have us looking out for more! Lawrence composed almost every tune on the set, and works with a sense of color that really lives up to the title – on lines that are sometimes ... read moreCD
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
(White label promo. Cover has gloss bubbles on the corners.)
Forget the snoozy title – because this set's a nice bit of funky flute jazz from Hubert Laws, with a strong CTI-ish feel! The set was produced by Bob James, and has lots of strong James touches – from the sweet work on Fender Rhodes and clavinet that works nicely with the flute on most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has unglued seams.)
An unusual CTI side project – a set of recordings that have a slightly spiritual bent, although still done with a vibe that's strongly CTI! Nina Simone sings "Balm In Gilead" and "If You Pray Right", Stanley Turrentine does "I Told Jesus", and Hubert Laws plays ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly bent corner.)
Ronnie Laws —
Flame ... LP United Artists, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Ronnie Laws at the top of his early game – working in a tight mix of jazz and soul put together with some great help from Wayne Henderson's At Home Productions – very much in the hit style that team was putting out at the time! The work's surprisingly open and hip compared to efforts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ronnie Laws really makes a big move into the soul field with this one – quite a big record for him back in the day, and a set that helped Laws reach an even wider audience at the time! Ronnie sings as much as playing sax on the set – and he also handles a fair bit of keyboards too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic bit of 70's fusion, played by Ronnie on tenor and flute, and with a group that includes some excellent keyboard work by Joe Sample. The highlight of the record is the big sample cut "Tidal Wave", but it also includes the great groover "Always There", which was covered a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight batch of organ groovers with a raw R&B feel, recorded by the obscure St Louis organist Sam Lazar – with a very young Grant Green on guitar! The album's a bit different than Sam's other records for Argo – in that the tunes are all quite short, with a tight fast sound that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing with deep groove – nice and clean!)
Mike LeDonne & The Groover Quartet —
That Feelin ... CD High Note, 2016. New Copy ...
There's a real sense of collaborative joy in the image on the cover here – and that vibe really comes through in the energy of the Groover Quartet of organist Mike LeDonne – a fantastic combo that brings together the tenor of Eric Alexander, guitar of Peter Bernstein, and drums of Joe ... read moreCD
An eerie album of modern jazz vocals – featuring the haunting voice of Jeanne Lee with the dark piano of Ran Blake. Most tracks feature only the two of them in duet – but a few feature Lee solo, and a few others have George Duvivier backing the pair up on bass. We like this stuff a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A sparkling postwar musical fantasy of Paris – one made up of a host of famous themes from French pop music of the 20th century, all set to lush string arrangements by a young Michel Legrand! The album's not as upbeat or jazzy as some of Legrand's later soundtrack work, but it's got a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece from trumpeter Josef Leimberg – a set that features guest appearances by Kamasi Washington, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – yet a record that has an amazing sound that's all its own! Washington's working in a blend of spiritual and electric jazz ... read moreCD
A 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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
One of the few sessions ever cut as a leader by LA drummer Stan Levey – as tight a set of west coast bop as you'll ever find on the Bethlehem label – recorded with a really cooking sextet that includes Conte Candoli on trumpet, Richie Kamuca on tenor, Frank Rosolino on trombone, Leroy ... read moreCD
A split UK album – with two rare 10" sessions from 50s Bethlehem Records! Side one features 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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Think of this quartet as a string trio, plus vibes – and you'll definitely get the idea of the wonderful sound of this set! The group's led by Daniel Levin on cello, and also features Mat Maneri on viola and Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass – plus great vibes from Matt Moran, who's ... read moreCD
Reedman Elliot Levin joins the Seesaw Ensemble – playing saxes, flute, and double-reed horn – with a group that also includes Preston Smirnoff on piano and Fender Rhodes, David Hurley on drums and percussion, Zuri Waters on alto, and Manny Vega on bass. The music is free at points, but ... read moreCD
A great singer in a great group – a vocalist who's really coming into her own, and turning out to be a heck of a writer – as you'll hear on this album that features both original music, and lyrics set to tunes by jazz musicians who include Duke Jordan and Dexter Gordon! Allegra Levy's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Lou Levy —
Ya Know ... CD Phonogram/Gitanes (France), 1993. Used ...
A relatively recent set from pianist Lou Levy, but an unusual one as well – since Lou has augmented his usual trio lineup with an extra bassist for the session! Lou's acoustic piano is featured here with drums from Alvin Queen, and bass from both Pierre Michelot and Eric Von Essen, the ... read moreCD
Getting up there in years, and Groove Merchant has given way to Sonny Lester's LC label – but O'Donel is still a dope guitar player, and this LP has some tasty cuts like "Butta", which may be the first time the dairy product was used on a record to signify dopeness! The groove is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic meeting of east and west coast artists of the third stream jazz sphere of the late 50s – one that features the team of John Lewis and Percy Heath of the Modern Jazz Quartet working alongside the west coast tenor of Bill Perkins, plus the guitar of Jim Hall and drums of Chico ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit of an obscure session, but the first of John Lewis' works for a larger jazz orchestra – recorded with a lineup that includes larger strings and woodwinds next to rhythm backing by Percy Heath and Connie Kay of the MJQ! The tracks are all longer originals arranged by Lewis – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cut corner.)