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
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
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
Charles Kynard —
Woga ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Sweet organ lines, heavy drums, and a great little groove throughout – a tight batch of groovers from the mighty Charles Kynard! The keyboardist is in fine 70s form here – stepping away from the sparer sound of his albums for Prestige with a fuller style for Mainstream Records – ... read moreCD
Kyoto Jazz Sextet —
Unity ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2017. New Copy ...
The Kyoto Jazz sound just keeps on getting better and better – from the time 20 years back, when it was a visionary club movement spearheaded by Shuya Okino – to the point now where it's focused into a core jazz combo that brings beautiful new life to Okino's music! The group are a ... read moreCD
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
An incredible package – one that brings together two very important albums from reedman Steve Lacy – plus unreleased material from the same time too! First up is the record Disposability – presented here with the first-ever correction to the cymbal sound – a key session in ... 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
Steve Lacy —
Rent ... CD Cavity Search, 1997. Used 2 CDs ...
A wonderful blend of free jazz & atmospheric electronic experimentation led by soprano mainstay Steve Lacy – a truly inviting blend of open-ended sounds that manages to all come together in a very natural way! Sadly, this set captured here at the NEWJazz meeting of 2002 at Baden-Baden, ... read moreCD
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 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 work from tenorist Ralph Lalama – a set that follows strongly from his previous gem of an album for the Mighty Quinn label! As on that set, Lalama plays here with an edge that takes us back to a time when tenorists would gladly skirt the space between modern and mainstream – ... read moreCD
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
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
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
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
The title says it all – as Yusef Lateef works here in that wonderful mixture of hardbop, soul jazz, and Eastern stylings that he brought to all of his best early sessions as a leader! Lateef himself is playing tenor, flute, and oboe – which he uses to craft these eerie snakecharmer ... read moreCD
A real classic from Yusef Lateef – and like the rest of his best albums from the time, an incredible blend of hardbop, soul jazz, and some really wonderful exotic touches! Lateef plays a bit of oboe on the album – sounding really weird and snakey over laidback orientalist rhythms on ... read moreCD
Incredible early work from Yusef Lateef – some of his best! On these early Savoy side, Lateef is drawing from the wealth of influences that were running through the Detroit jazz underground of the 50s that spawned him – and apart from a strongly-conceived bop-influenced sound, you'll ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes slipcase. Booklet has a promo stamp.)
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
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
Andy LaVerne —
Pianissmo ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2002. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A wicked set from reedman Azar Lawrence – one of the few albums issued under his own name, and a great example of the waves he was making on the 70s west coast scene! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of the other Fantasy Records sessions of the time – a sound that would be ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
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
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
Pure brilliance from Babatunde Lea – an artist who sounds as deeply soulful in the 21st Century as he did on his first recordings from a few decades back! This time around, Lea's working with the wonderful Frank Lacy on trombone and trumpet – in a set of work that's all arranged by ... read moreCD
It's easy to forget to breathe with music this intense – a full-on frenzy from a quartet that features Paal Nilssen-Love on drums, Ken Vandermark on saxes, and both Terrie Ex and Andy Moore on guitars! The guitars are spaced out – one in each channel – which only makes the sonic ... read moreCD
Mike LeDonne with Eric Alexander —
Groover ... CD Savant, 2010. Used ...
Mike LeDonne's the groover, but the whole group makes the record swing – thanks to a quartet lineup that features Eric Alexander on tenor, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Joe Farnsworth on drums! The set cooks with that classic New Jersey soul jazz vibe that Savant's strongly carried forward ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole. CD has a white promo label.)
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
2 jazzy gems from Michel Legrand – back to back on a single CD! Michel Legrand Big Band Plays Richard Rodgers is a pretty wonderful album by Legrand – way better than you'd guess from the title! Sure, the tunes are mostly numbers by Richard Rodgers, but Legrand handles them here with ... read moreCD
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
Urs Leimgruber, Gunter Muller & ARTE Quartet —
e_a.sonata.02 ... CD For 4 Ears (Switzerland), 2003. Used ...
An excellent soul jazz cooker from the early 60s – one of the most obscure albums on the Argo label, but not for reason of quality! Bill Leslie plays both tenor sax and saxella on the set – working in a swinging groove that's got a bit of the Lou Donaldson early 60s sound, but which ... 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
Heady stuff from trombonist George Lewis – hardly the bebop outing you might expect from the title, and instead a set of complicated work that's heavily in the AACM tradition! Side one features "Blues" – an investigation of older blues harmonics, but done in a very freeform, ... read moreCD
A great early Black Saint album from trombonist George Lewis – a key example of the way the AACM spirit thrived overseas, thanks to the efforts of labels like this! The work is quite serious and experimental – almost compositional in nature, and definitely heading towards the AACM ... read moreCD
John Lewis takes on the music of Gary McFarland – working here in a very cool set of McFarland compositions and arrangements – often with a lot more tone, color, and feeling than usual for a Lewis album! John often punctuates his piano notes, almost as if he's using vibes – and ... read moreCD