One of the most obscure albums ever from the groovy vocal team of Jackie Cain and Roy Kral – and one of the most compelling, too! The duo take on songs from two older musicals for the set – but completely transform them with their playful, inventive approach to arrangements – a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Keefe Jackson/Josh Berman/Jon Rune Strom/Tollef Os —
Southern Sun ... CD Stone Floor (Norway), 2015. New Copy ...
A killer quartet session that matches a pair of the finest, most adventurous players from the post-millennium Chicago jazz scene with equally excellent counterparts from Norway! The players are Keefe Jackson on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Josh Berman on coronet, Jon Rune Strom on double bass and ... read moreCD
Rare American work from reedman Bobby Jaspar – a player best known for his contributions to French jazz in the postwar years, but working here with a set of American players! The album was recorded in New York for French branch of Columbia Records – done in November of 1956, and ... read moreCD
A funky electric jazz jam that's been lost for years – very heavy on the keyboards and filled with choppy sax riffs! The sound here is kind of a combination of the Groove Merchant style of the early 70s and some of the tighter intensity of Stone Alliance – as the group (like Stone ... read moreCD
A really unique little record – a set of jazz reinterpretations of the style of biguine – that highly rhythmic mode from the French West Indies, which itself received a strong influx of jazz in the post-war years! Alain Jean-Marie has roots in Guadeloupe, but plays with the open flow ... read moreCD
JJ Band (El Chicles & Chakachas) —
JJ Band ... CD Polydor/Sonorama (Germany), 1970. New Copy ...
Incredible funk, soul, jazz, post psychedelia and funk rock from the JJ Band – recorded in Brussels and featuring core players who were also integral members of Chakachas & El Chicles! The JJ Band find a hard grooving style steeped in horns, with heavy drums, bass and percussion, fuzzy ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Some of the best work ever from the legendary Buddy Johnson – brought together in the best package we've ever seen to showcase his music! Johnson was a crucial figure in the postwar years – and an artist who helped music make a shift from the bigger bands of the swing years to the ... read moreCD
Nicely sharp sounds from the great JJ Johnson – a set that has the trombonist really honing his edge on a host of tight, short tracks – with a vibe that almost recalls his initial bop recordings on Blue Note and Prestige! The style here is a bit more sophisticated – definitely ... read moreCD
That's quite an image on the cover – and quite a record as well – as the set's one of the best chances you'll get to hear tenor giant Plas Johnson blowing loose and free in the 50s! Plas did countless studio sessions with other artists, and recorded some mellower sides for Capitol ... read moreCD
A pair of soul jazz guitar gems from the legendary Boogaloo Joe Jones – back to back on a single CD! First up is the first-ever album from one of our favorite jazz guitarists ever – the mighty Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones – the man who helped funky guitar find a whole new place in ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from jazz singer Etta Jones – an effort cut around the same time as her better-known records for Prestige, but one that's maybe done with an even hipper sound overall! Etta's nicely laidback, and hits that soulful, singing mood that makes her so great right from the start ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Hank Jones at the height of his powers – working in an unusual trio with the great Isla Eckinger on bass – a well-rounded, soulfully-toned player who really helps make some magic on the set! Hank's talents are well-known, and very much in their best form here – but the slightly ... read moreCD
A great 2-in-1 CD that combines the last two albums that Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones cut for Prestige! Black Whip is amazing stuff from Boogaloo Joe – who 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 ... read moreCD
A really great, oft-overlooked album from the best period of Quincy Jones! This album is quite possibly Quincy's most farthest-reaching – as he works in an array of styles that really shows his growing genius in the studio – not just jazz and soundtrack modes, but more soul-based ones, ... read moreCD
An unreleased live performance from the Quincy Jones all-star group of 1961 – heard here on a famous European tour that also had the individual members really having a great influence on the scene overseas! The lineup here is something of a dream band – as the record features solos ... read moreCD
Quincy Jones may be best remembered for his funky soundtrack work of the 70s – but the man can also hit a deeper, more serious vein when he wants – as he does on this ambitious album-length project inspired by the landmark Roots mini-series! The music isn't a straight soundtrack from ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
An overlooked spiritual jazz gem from the 70s – recorded for the Dutch Timeless label, but done in a mode that sparkles with the energy of Strata East at the time! Guitarist Rodney Jones is in some wonderfully hip company for the set – a lineup that includes Kenny Kirkland on piano, ... read moreCD
A brilliant 70s album from bassist Sam Jones – a player who rose to fame with Cannonball Adderley at the start of the 60s, and worked on his own as a leader too – but who really seemed to take off during the time of this recording! Sam's sense of groove and arranging is very strongly ... read moreCD
Drummer Willie Jones has always given us great music in the past – but this time he seems to go even one better – working here with a killer group that features Eric Reed's piano and Buster Williams' bass in the core trio – which then expands through work from other players who ... read moreCD
A very unusual album from Clifford Jordan – a session of shorter soul jazz numbers cut in the years between his earlier hardbop albums and his later, more righteous sounds of the 70s! The style here is straightforward and to the point – very much in the Atlantic soul jazz style of the ... read moreCD
One of the hippest 70s albums you could hope to find by Sheila Jordan – originally recorded for the East West label in Japan,! The set features Sheila singing with a small group that includes Norman Marnell on tenor, Alan Pasqua on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Amazing bossa jazz from Brazilian tenor saxophonist Juarez – a record that moves and grooves with an even harder edge than any American session of the type from the time – with lots of raw percussion that sounds really great next to the soulful tenor! The album's quite early in the ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A stunner of a record from trumpeter Goran Kajfes – an artist we've loved for years, but who really blows us away even more with this set! The first album with his Subtropic Arkestra was a real revelation – a bold step into funkier, more globally-conscious territory – but this ... read moreCD
Ryo Kawasaki —
Prism ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Excellent early work from guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – a set that's got a leaner, meaner feel than some of his more polished later work – at a level that really lets Kawasaki shine throughout! The vibe is maybe a bit like CTI, but looser and more free – with wonderful colors and ... read moreCD
A hell of a record from Japanese reedman Tetsuro Kawasahima – a player who's got more than a few albums under his belt, but who we've only discovered with this excellent release! The album's got all the classic feel and sense of soul you'd expect from the cover – and features almost ... read moreCD
A great group with a really unique vibe – a sound that's much warmer and more captivating than you'd guess from the "catharsis" in their name – as trombonist Ryan Keberle blends together elements of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music, with some especially haunting wordless ... read moreCD
A sweetly soulful set that proves that Wynton Kelly working for Verve was a heck of a great idea! There's a cohesion and direction to the session that's missing from some of Kelly's other work of the 60s – even though the format is mostly the same, with trio backing that includes Paul ... read moreCD
Early work by singer Beverly Kenny – a great 50s jazz vocalist who never got her due, but who managed to make some pretty fine records at the time! This album's one of them, and features backings from Ralph Burns – not as dark and moody as some of his other work of the 50s, and in a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Gypsy Man ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
Sweet electric funk from Robin Kenyatta – but a set with some slightly complicated moments too! The album's a bit like some of Yusef Lateef's more electric moments on Atlantic, although probably not as cerebral overall – and Robin plays a range of reeds, including alto, flute, and ... read moreCD
A great blend of older jazz styles and the sweet 70s funk of Robin Kenyatta – served up with a hip sort of sparkle overall! There's a few familiar jazz modes in here that definitely live up to the spirit of the title – but most of the record is more open, laidback, and somewhat ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Until ... CD Vortex/Wounded Bird, 1968. New Copy ...
One of the earliest albums as a leader from reedman Robin Kenyatta – and a set that's also one of his most compelling too! There's a definitely freer sound here than on some of Robin's smoother sets from the 70s – a vibe that's somewhere near the space of Impulse Records in the post-Col ... read moreCD
A fantastic addition to the Barney Kessel catalog of the 50s – a never-heard live set that has the guitarist in form that's every bit as strong as his famous albums for Contemporary Records! In fact, the strength of the recording may well capture Kessel at a level that beats those sessions ... read moreCD
A trio of early 80s albums from fusion giant Steve Khan – all lined up in a single collection! First up is Eyewitness – an early 80s effort from guitarist Steve Khan – a set recorded after some big records for Columbia, and one that follows very strongly in their legacy! Khan's ... read moreCD
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 – the same sort of soulful undercurrent you'd get in other Columbia fusion sets of the period – yet Khan's ... 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
Masabumi Kikuchi —
East Wind ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
A brilliant set from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – two long, leaping, loping tracks that almost feel like some of McCoy Tyner's best work! Kikuchi plays acoustic piano, and the group's a quartet with Terumasu Hino on trumpet, Koshuke Mine on tenor, Eric Gravatt on drums, and Juni Booth ... read moreCD
Masabumi Kikuchi —
In Concert ... CD Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
Heavy electric piano from Masabumi Kikuchi – played here on two side-long tracks that really stretch out! The album's a live one, and features Kikuchi working with a sextet – a great lineup that features soprano sax, bass, and drums – plus some added organ and keyboards next to ... read moreCD
Masabumi Kikuchi/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian —
Tethered Moon ... CD King (Japan), 1991. New Copy ...
A great later date from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a player we love for his groundbreaking work in the 70s, and who still sounds equally great here in the company of bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian! Kikuchi's got a sharp tone that really grabs our ears right away – ... read moreCD
A landmark album from Roland Kirk – one of his key 60s sides for Atlantic records, and an amazing blend of soul jazz, hardbop, and freer thinking styles! Roland's playing an insane assortment of horns on the set – often at the same time, if you know his 3-way style of blowing – ... read moreCD
Julie Kjaer/John Edwards/Steve Noble —
Dobbeltgaeenger ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy ...
Quite a powerful trio here – one that rumbles with the brilliant bass of John Edwards and skittish drums of Steve Noble – and which provides a perfect introduction to the striking alto sax talents of Julie Kjaer! Julie might have been on record before, but this set's the first time we'r ... read moreCD
An early 80s set from John Klemmer – an album that's indeed mostly solo saxophone genius – and it's pretty wondeful! The record does have some additional instrumentation and vocalese from Klemmer, and a vocal tune with Clint Holmes, but it's the sparest stuff here that's really the ... 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
Don't be put off by the title, because this is hardly the sort of ballet you might see at the opera house – and instead features some of the best early modern jazz work from the great Krzysztof Komeda. The title track is the ultimate recording of one of the most ambitious works ever composed ... read moreCD
Lee Konitz —
Leewise ... CD Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ...
A beautiful setting for the alto sax of Lee Konitz – the Jazzpar All Star Nonet, a group directed by reedman Jens Sondergaard, who bring a crisp, modern swing to the set! The ensemble are awash in great colors and tone – from Sondergaard's soprano, alto, and baritone sax – as ... read moreCD
The title definitely gets it right – as this is the real sound of Lee Konitz – the kind of extra-special approach to alto sax that made Lee one of the true modern giants of the 50s, with an approach that nobody had ever heard before! The album captures Konitz at the height of his ... read moreCD
Standards live, but swung the Lee Konitz way – which means that the tunes are always filled with nice little twists and turns – and some of those plenty sharp edges we've always loved in Lee's alto! Konitz is really a rare breed – a player who's made amazing music for over 50 ... read moreCD
One of our favorite-ever Lee Konitz albums – a really unique session with a wonderful kind of sound! The record is one that might not please all Konitz purists – as Lee plays a bit of Varitone sax and flute in addition to his usual acoustic alto. However, the set's got an amazing edge ... read moreCD
The title might be a bit misleading, as "humorous" isn't a word that's normally associated with the music of alto sax legend Lee Konitz – given his focus on serious styles and modern moments in his earlier years. Yet the player also developed quite a sense of humanity in his later ... read moreCD
The title's a bit misleading – as the record's hardly the sort of tenor battle you might have heard from Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon back in the day – and instead, the title's a bit of a pun, in that Hakon Kornstad plays both tenor sax, and sings in a tenor voice too! The record ... read moreCD
Tenoris Seamus Blake makes a great appearance on this quartet session from drummer Vladimir Kostandinovic – able to soar with the urgency that Vladimir can bring to his more uptempo numbers, then cool things down with long, drawn-out soulful solos at the mellower moments – creating a ... read moreCD
Bassist Boris Kozlov works here wonderfully alongside the guitar of David Gilmore – in a trio setting that has both of the string players trading lines over deft work on drums from Rudy Royston! Royston's nicely laidback and open – and really lets both musicians handle melody and ... 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
Vocalist Karin Krog and reedman John Surman have been making music together for many years – using her unique phrasing and John's sense of tone and texture in beautiful ways – often mixed with a bit of electronics, too! And despite an already-great legacy of other albums, the duo may ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the most swinging albums we've heard from vocalist Karin Krog in years – thanks to tight backing from a combo that also includes the great Scott Hamilton on tenor! The album's got the classic, easygoing flow of most of Scott's best work – a simple, no-nonsense style that's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
The already-great team of singer Karin Krog and pianist Steve Kuhn gets some extra special help here – thanks to the appearance of Eric Alexander on tenor and Lew Soloff on trumpet – each of whom guest on three different tracks apiece! The core of the record has Krog's dark, moody ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
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
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
Rolf Kuhn —
Stereo ... CD MPS (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Really great work from Rolf Kuhn – the German reedman who began making modern music during that nation's postwar scene – and who's continued to remain on the forefront of innovation as the decades have moved on! This set is a great illustration of Kuhn's commitment to new sounds and ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from jazz piano great Steve Kuhn! This set came to fruition after an extended engagement with his trio at NYC's Birdland, which makes a lot sense – as the interplay is so finely-honed that it feels like it must've been live-tested – in a way that's still urgent and ... read moreCD
A pretty great little set from drummer Janne Kullhammar – father of tenor genius Jonas Kullhammar, and a heck of a great leader in his own right! The style here is old school soul jazz, with maybe a slight contemporary vibe – played by a combo that features Claes Asekelof on guitar, ... read moreCD
A beautiful group, and one with a very unique sound – a style that draws from the early 50s experiments in Brazilian jazz by Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida – but which also moves the approach into even more sophisticated 70s territory! The quartet features Almeida on acoustic guitar ... read moreCD
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
A fantastic performance from the final tour of the late Steve Lacy – one that features the reedman working with some of his best associates, and in a set that's a summation of everything great that he'd been doing in the previous few decades! Steve not only plays soprano sax, but also brings ... 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
Rick Laird with Joe Henderson —
Soft Focus ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
An album led by guitarist Rick Laird, but a set that's probably equally noteworthy for the presence of tenorist Joe Henderson on a few tracks – who really shines here in an overlooked late 70s session! The core group is great enough – as Laird has these round, classic jazz guitar tones ... 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 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
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
A pair of Impulse Records sessions from the 60s – back to back on a single CD! First up is 1984 – really moody magic from the great Yusef Lateef – an artist who was definitely using his time on the Impulse label to open up some new territory in his music! This set might well be ... read moreCD
Some of the most spiritual work we've heard from Yusef Lateef in years – a set cut with AACM legends Roscoe Mitchell and Douglas Ewart, and done with a sound that takes us back to the legendary sounds of both players in the 70s! Adam Rudolph also joins the quartet, bringing in some great ... read moreCD
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
A sweet 70s set from the ultra-hip rhythm duo of bassist John Lee and drummer Gerry Brown – working here in a European setting with loads of great reed work to support the "bamboo" vibe of the title! Flute player Chris Hinze blows both bamboo and regular flute – and the feel ... read moreCD
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
String-heavy early genius from a young Michel Legrand – tracks from some of his best travelogue albums for Columbia from the 50s! The first half of the set is Legrand's original I Love Paris album – a sparkling postwar musical fantasy of Paris, made up of a host of famous themes from ... read moreCD
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
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
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
One of the hipper albums ever cut by singer Monica Lewis – an artist who's maybe as remembered for her cheescake image as she is for her vocals! Yet make no mistake, the lady's definitely got some jazz chops here – working in a nicely stripped-down setting led by pianist Jack Kelly, ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A cool collection of work from Ramsey Lewis' legendary 70s years on Columbia Records – a sweet little set that's filled with overlooked moments that really show the full spectrum of Ramsey's expanded talents at the label! Some cuts are spare and acoustic, others are electric – and ... read moreCD
A live set, but one that's got some wonderfully rich grooves – almost one of the first times that Ramsey's excellent studio approach was attempted on record in a concert setting! The backings are quite full, and produced beautifully here by Tom Tom 84 – who really keeps a classy ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Ramsey Lewis —
Salongo ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A tremendous little record, and one of the funky 70s sets that Ramsey Lewis recorded with Earth Wind & Fire! Well, not Earth Wind & Fire entirely – but the Kalimba Productions team of Maurice White and Charles Stepney that gave the group its sound – plus a nice sprinkling of ... read moreCD
A classic of jazzy modern soul from Webster Lewis! By this point in his career, Lewis had honed his keyboard craft to perfection – and on albums like this one, he laid down some excellent smooth soulful fusion that soared in a righteous way that few other artists of his generation could ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
An incredible record from the great Sven Libaek – a soundtrack for a land-based TV adventure that's every bit as great as his underwater music from the 70s! The style is very jazzy, and heavy on vibes and woodwinds – sounds that really showcase the best sound of the growing Australian ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Dave Liebman sounds wonderful here in a warmer fusion mode – a set that's a great reminder of what a versatile musician he can be, especially in these earlier years of his career! Liebman had plenty of experience on the farther side of the jazz spectrum, but he also still sounds great here ... 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
Unheard sounds from the great Abbey Lincoln – a live performance recorded in 1980, at a time when the singer was really hitting a new sort of life in her music! Abbey's always been way more than just another jazz vocalist – and, like Nina Simone, often works in a territory that's a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A famous album – and for good reason too! The set's something of a landmark in spiritual jazz from the 60s – and it features a classic live performance from Charles Lloyd, recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival – almost as a distillation and popularization of ideas that were ... 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
Didier Lockwood —
Apesantar ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most experimental albums we've ever heard from Didier Lockwood – a set that goes far beyond his more familiar jazz violin, to a heady, spacious style that really fits the image on the cover! There's certainly a bit of Didier's main instrument on the record, but he also plays ... read moreCD
Lok 3 + 1 (Schlippenbach/Lovens/Takase/Illvibe) —
Signals ... CD Trost (Austria), 2016. New Copy ...
A very weird and wonderful combination of sounds – the improvised piano of Aki Takase and Alexander Von Schlippenbach, the drums of Paul Lovens, and the turntables and faderboard of DJ Illvibe! We'll be the first to admit that we're often skittish about the use of turntables in a session of ... read moreCD
That's London, Ontario – not London, England – which means that the group have an even more far-flung sound than you might expect! The album's a brilliant and overlooked gem from the Canadian scene of the 70s – really mindblowing music by a group who are equally great at grooving ... read moreCD
A really cool little record from the little-known Danny Long – a sweet self-released project from the 70s that really gets at the charm of the indie scene at the time! Danny plays lots of Fender Rhodes on the record – in these warm jazzy solos that are a perfect accompaniment for his ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Lionel Loueke —
Gaia ... CD Blue Note, 2015. New Copy ...
Maybe the most dynamic record we've heard from guitarist Lionel Loueke so far – even though it's only a trio set, with less musicians than some of Lionel's other albums! The approach here is pretty fierce – heavy drums at most times from Ferenc Nemeth, and brooding bass from Massimo ... read moreCD
One of the few albums cut as a leader by trumpeter Henry Lowther – a great player on the British scene of the end of the 60s, but one who mostly labored in the service of other groups at the time! Lowther emerges here as an extremely visionary leader – one with a scope of expression ... 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