A subtle 70s gem from the great Lee Konitz – a record that almost returns to the spare, simple, sublime sound of his best 50s recordings – but with a few more modern edges too! Lee's alto is superb throughout – every bit as sharp as when we love it the best – and the tenor ... read moreCD
A gem by Lee Konitz – one of his near-perfect 50s sessions for Atlantic! Lee's tone here is crisp, clear, and hauntingly fresh – modern, yet never academically so – and played with a dexterity that's incredible, but never too in love with itself to go too far. Key players on the ... read moreCD
A wonderful French session from alto genius Lee Konitz – and a record that we might well rank up there with Lee's best 50s material on Atlantic and Storyville! The session's got the open, tone-centric feel of those gems – with Lee's crisp alto right out front, already finding countless ... read moreCD
A cool European set from Lee Konitz – quite different than some of his other material recorded overseas at the time, with a swinging, upbeat feel that's totally great! The group's a nonet – a large ensemble that features Lee on alto and soprano sax, with Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Kimmy ... read moreCD
(Out of print, official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)
2 Verve gems from Lee Konitz – back to back on one CD! Very Cool is a slightly different album than usual for Konitz – one that's got a bit harder edge, and which has Lee working in a group with a trumpet! The set's performed by a quintet that includes Konitz usual suspects Sal Mosca ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lee Konitz —
Zounds ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1991. Used ...
A classic session of cool jazz from the 50s – a majestic meeting of the alto of Lee Konitz and the tenor sax of Warne Marsh! The album's a perfect example of icy modernism at its best – swinging nicely, never too uptight, but with a well-composed approach that really shows the magic of ... read moreCD
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
We love this Jazz Liisa series from Finland – as it features unreleased work from the 70s, but which matches the quality of some of our favorite German and Japanese jazz records of the time! The first half of the set was recorded for Finnish radio, and features a group that really shows the ... read moreCD
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 —
Condor ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1986. Used ...
A great one from Lacy – with Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Bobby Few on piano, Irene Aebi on violin, Jean Jacques Avenal on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums! CD
(Out of print.)
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
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
Classic work from the Steve Lacy Quintet – the formative group that featured Lacy on soprano sax, alongside Steve Potts on alto, Irene Aebi on violin and cello, Kent Carter on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums! The record's got a very artful feel – and really has Lacy moving past some ... read moreCD
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
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
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
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
Steve Langone —
Breathe ... CD Whaling City Sound, 2017. Used ...
Langston Hughes Project (Eric Mingus/David Amram/L —
Dream Keeper ... CD Avant/Mode, 2017. New Copy ...
A beautiful reworking of modes that were explored by Charles Mingus and Langston Hughes in the late 50s – the combination of Hughes urban poetic genius and the bold music of Charles Mingus! This time around, the Mingus is Eric Mingus – who brings wonderful life to the words of Langston ... read moreCD
Don Lanphere/Bud Shank/Denney Goodhew —
Lopin' ... CD Hep Jazz, 1992. Used ...
Brett Larner & Seth Misterka —
Koto ... CD Newsonic, 1999. Used ...
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 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
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
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