Hard to find double LP pressing of this excellent early album by funky guitarist Ronny Jordan! Back when everyone seemed to have lost their groove, Ronny emerged with a strong single-note style that reminded us a heck of a lot of Grant Green or Melvin Sparks. This record features some great ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A crucial album for the jazz guitar in the 80s – the debut effort of Stanley Jordan, and a set that exploded with a very fresh sound! Jordan has a really unique way of handling his instrument – playing up and down the fret board with both hands – in ways that are often so ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guitarist Henry Kaiser in a great setting – playing acoustic and electric guitar, with Charles K Noyes on drums, percussion, and saw – and Sang Won Park on kayagum, tanso, and vocals! LP, Vinyl record album
Henry Kaiser/Toshinori Kondo/Andrea Centazzo —
Protocol ... LP Metalanguage, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Free improvised work from Kaiser and these two overseas artists – each of whom get a side apiece! Side one features Kaiser's guitars with trumpet and alto horn by Kondo – on a series of 7 shorter improvised tracks. Side two features some slightly longer numbers – with Kaiser on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual little record – a set that's a bit "fake" in its pedigree, but which still comes across with some wonderfully vivid results! Fred Kaz is a Chicago pianist, but he works here on a set of original compositions based on his readings on Near Eastern cultures – dubbed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare early 10" session by Wynton Kelly – who's working here in a trio format with Oscar Pettiford on bass and Lee Abrams on drums! The tracks are intimate and introspective, with Kelly holding back his bop chops a bit to break out in other moods on the keyboard – definitely the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic jazz interpretation of the score to West Side Story – served up in ultra-hip fashion by the Stan Kenton Orchestra! Although the tunes are familiar, the readings are extremely creative – and use Leonard Bernstein's original music as the starting point for a rich tapestry of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some seam splitting.)
Hip 70s work from Stan Kenton – a set recorded live in the UK in 1972, in the best modern style he was using at the time! As with some of Kenton's other excellent 70s sessions, the players on the records are lesser-known than on his classic sets – but all are extremely well-suited to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stan the man, grooving in a sweet Latin mode! The paring of Kenton modernism and Latin rhythms might seem an odd combination – but it works beautifully on this session by adding in rich tones and shades of colors to the lively percussion in the set! Kenton's orchestra is augmented by a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a sticker spot & a small split on the top seam.)
Post-Atlantic work from Robin Kenyatta – but an album that follows in a very similar mode! This date was done for the Wolf subsidiary of TK Records, but it's got a very hip New York groove – one that's almost even more righteous than some of Robin's earlier work, with some excellent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a mark from sticker removal.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Robin Kenyatta —
Until ... LP Vortex, 1968. Very Good+ ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that revolutionized the concept of jazz vocals in the 50s – thanks to famous performances by Annie Ross and King Pleasure! The tracks on the LP include Ross' early interpretations of Wardell Gray's classics "Twisted" and "Farmer's Market", and the King Pleasure ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great 70s album by Roland Kirk – one that features him working on a lot of short tracks, in a pretty crazy style! A number of the tracks feature Kirk's uniquely quirky reed style in full effect – often processed with added studio techniques, in a very nice way. And along side that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful late chapter in the jazz journey of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – and an album of subtle genius that's really opened up to us over the years! The setting here isn't as "hit you over the head" as on some of Kirk's Atlantic Records – because at one level, the tunes are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cool 2LP collection of some of Roland Kirk's best stuff from his Mercury years, including a motherlode of tracks that are very very hard to find on LP! Tracks include "Reed & Deeds", "Rip Rig & Panic", "Where Monk & Mingus Live", "Get Out Of Town" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing work from Roland Kirk – a record that really pushes the boundaries of his music even farther than some of his earlier, and excellent, albums for the Mercury label! Kirk's really stretching out here – finding a space in jazz that's uniquely his own – modern, yet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Roland Kirk's classic early recordings for Mercury, and the kind of stuff that has him mixing his wild reed playing with more traditional hardbop structures. Most of the tracks are quartet sides, with piano, bass, and drums backing Kirk up – but the real focus is on Kirks solos, which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has some wear & aging.)
Fairly funky set of tracks in which Klemmer plays electric and acoustic tenor, and in which he's accompanied by LA studio jazz talents like Harvey Mason, Wilton Felder, and Victor Feldman. Sounds a bit like some of the Eddie Harris Varitone albums from the time, with a rolling funky groove. Cuts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from John Klemmer – hard-edged, exploratory, with a mix of spiritualism and soulfulness, and a few touches of easy soloing. Todd Cochran (Bayete) plays Fender Rhodes, Woody Theus is on drums, and Klemmer's got an echoplex hooked up to his tenor on a few cuts. The tracks were ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label ABC pressing. Cover has a promo sticker.)
John Klemmer —
Waterfalls ... LP Impulse, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful classic from John Klemmer – one of those artists we've under-appreciated for years, but grow to love more and more as time goes by! The set's an incredibly soulful set of explorations played by Klemmer (on tenor, soprano, and Echoplex) with a group that includes Mike Nock on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has moderate wear. Vinyl has a short click on one track.)
Klezmer Conservatory Band —
Klez! ... LP Vanguard, 1984. Near Mint- ...
A real breakout album for Earl Klugh – the kind of record that got him on the a-list of fusion players for the rest of the 70s! The title here is especially well-chosen – as the tunes have a gently colorful feel that's never too slick, despite the tighter setting of the album – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Franz Koglmann with Steve Lacy —
Flaps ... LP Pipe (Austria), 1973. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly creative set from trumpeter Koglmann – and an odd one for Lacy as well! The album features Lacy blowing soprano amidst a variety of styles – some sparer tracks, ala his solo records; some more full-on free numbers; and a few that are even a bit whimsical. The group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a center split on the top seam.)
Eduardo M Kohan/Circo Del Arca —
Dies Irae ... LP Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1981. Near Mint- ...
Toshinori Kondo/Henry Kaiser/John Oswald —
Moose & Salmon ... LP Music Gallery (Canada), 1979. Near Mint- ...
Features Kondon on trumpet and alto horn, John Oswald on alto, and Henry Kaiser on guitar! Seven improvisations – all recorded live! LP, Vinyl record album
Lee Konitz —
Motion ... LP Verve, Early 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A pivotal album in the career of Lee Konitz – and one that shows him really stretching out, past his tightly arranged style of the 50s! Lee's working here in a fairly free trio setting – backed by only Sonny Dallas on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Jones plays loosely and openly on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi! Heavy cover and vinyl – not the American-circulated version.)
A nice little session from Lee Konitz – simple, without many tricks, and a great 70s extension of the sound of his 50s work! The group's a quartet with Sal Mosca on piano – and on a number of tracks, the pair of them play together alone, Lee blowing introspectively, and Sal working in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of THE key records in the Konitz school – a full length Prestige album that brings together important material from sessions originally issued on 10" LPs! The lineup here is virtually the Konitz school – with shifting lineups that include Billy Bauer on guitar, Lenny Tristano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Whether you're a Konitz fanatic or not (we are!), this set's a great one – even though it's made up of an assortment of different recordings from the late 50s and very early 60s. Peter Ind was the bassist in some of Konitz's groups during the late 50s, and he recorded most of this material ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly different album than usual for Lee Konitz in the 50s – 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 on piano and Peter Ind on bass, along with Shadow Wilson on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has moderate wear and wide clear tape over the top seam. Vinyl plays with some clicks and crackles.)
Great 50s material from Lee Konitz – recorded for Atlantic, issued here later in a special Japanese only package – with Peter Ind on bass, Sal Mosca on piano, and Billy Bauer on guitar! Titles include "Don't Explain", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "You're ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 50s black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging.)
Lee Konitz/Miles Davis/Teddy Charles/Jimmy Raney —
Ezz-Thetic ... LP Prestige/New Jazz, 1951/1952. Very Good ...
A great full length album that brings together early 50s work in the "birth of the cool" mode! Side one features Lee Konitz and Miles Davis – in a group with Sal Mosca, Max Roach, and Billy Bauer, on very "birth of the cool" like tracks that include "Odjenar", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary Joe McPhee joins forces with this underground Turkish group – adding in his own tenor and pocket trumpet to their freewheeling blend of moogs, reeds, organ, guitar, bass, and drums! There's a fair bit of electric instrumentation in the mix – but all of it is played at a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent session of vocals cut by the lovely Irene Kral, with backing by Al Cohn, who leads a small group that includes Zoot Sims, Jimmy Raney, Hank Jones, and Charlie Persip. The "Steve" in the title is Steve Allen, who wrote a number of tracks on the session, and who also appears ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert – and autographed by Karin Krog, Kenny Drew, and NHOP!)
One of the most obscure Karin Krog albums of the 70s – featuring a group led by pianist Nils Lindberg, with Allan Botschinsky on trumpet, Bernt Rosengren on reeds, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Ole Molin on drums! Titles include "Blues For A Crushed Soul", "As You ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Bottom cover seam is unglued, and spine has a small split – but this is a very nice copy overall.)
Gene Krupa caught live in his hometown of Chicago – working here with a very hip little small group! The quartet features Eddie Wasserman on a variety of reeds – tenor, clarinet, and flute – alongside Ronnie Ball on piano and Jimmy Gannon on bass – all in a set of playful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Slammin soundtrack to this bio-pic which starred Sal Mineo as Gene Krupa, and which features music by Krupa himself, plus Anita O'Day and Red Nichols. Pretty trad and swing all around – but there's a lot of great drum work by Krupa, particularly the type that often got featured in the live ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Verve Inc pressing, with deep groove.)
A pretty darn great album – with a wonderful mix of JATP swing and strong-handed drumming by the leaders. The material was mostly recorded at a Jazz At The Philharmonic show at Carnegie Hall in 1952, and although the main focus appears to be Krupa and Rich's drum work, there's actually some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album of funky fusion for MPS! Keyboardist Joachim Kuhn heads up the group, but he's got some great rhythm backing from Alphonse Mouzon on drums and John Lee on bass, which makes the record groove way way more than some of his other titles! The keys are nice and spacey, and Philip ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has splitting on the seams & some moderate wear.)
With Kuhn on tenor, alto, and bass clarinet – plus William Parker on tuba, Phillip Wilson on percussion, Bill Horvitz on guitar, Wayne Horvitz on electro-acoustic piano, and Mark Miller on vibes. LP, Vinyl record album
A great lost chapter in the career of German reedman Rolf Kuhn – an artist we mostly know for his jazz recordings, but who also did some really great soundtrack material at the start of the 70s! The package here features tracks from the film Perrak, plus key instrumentals from other Kuhn ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This session was recorded in Paris in 1969 and Kuhn is joined by Steve Swallow on bass and Aldo Romano on drums. There are a total of 7 tracks and they include "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", "Spring Can Really Hang You The Most", "Baubles, Bangles & Beads", " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Kuhn at his funky best! Over the years, you may have seen Steve's name turn up on collections of hip funky tunes from the early 70s – but probably have never been able to find the right record that offers that same sound. Well, search no further, because this is the record – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
Steve Kuhn & Toshiko Akioshi —
Together ... LP Chiaroscuro, 1963. Near Mint- ...
Rare session by the LA organ player Charles Kynard! Kynard's one of our favorite talents on the keys, and the set's made even better by the presence of tenorist Clifford Scott, who's cutting one of his few jazz sessions here away from the Bill Doggett group. The rest of the group features Howard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 their own! Even without Scott's sax in the lead, the sound here is still pretty darn sharp – and the lineup features Robben Ford ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The kind of Lacy we love to hear! This record features Lacy blowing solo in a very well recorded live set – with no other accompaniment other than his imagination and his strong talent for a rich tone on soprano sax. The performance was done in an Italian church – and the sound is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Lacy —
Ballets ... LP Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Near Mint- 2LP ...
One album of solo soprano sax – another with a group that features Bobby Few on piano and Fender Rhodes, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Irene Aebi on cello and violin, Jean Jacques Avenel on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums and percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes postcard, too. Box is in nice shape!)
Steve Lacy —
Moon ... LP BYG/Actuel (France), 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A seminal early work in Lacy's European career! The album was recorded in Rome in 1969 – one of the few BYG albums not to be done in Paris – and it features Lacy in a grup with cello by Irene Aebi (one of her first appearances on record with him!), plus drumming by Jacques Thollot, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from Steve Lacy – a set that was recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until the mid 70s – when it quickly became one of THE key records for understanding Lacy's sound and style! The set's based on the work of Thelonious Monk – and like Lacy's early Prestige ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Lacy —
Way ... LP Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
One of Steve Lacy's great late 70s recordings for Hat Hut – a searing live performance that was one of his boldest efforts from the time! The group here are a quintet of familiar players – Steve Potts on alto and soprano sax, Irene Aebi on cello and voice, Kent Carter on bass, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Lacy & Michael Smith —
Sidelines ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1977. Very Good+ ...
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Steve Lacy Seven —
Prospectus ... LP Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1983. Near Mint- 2LP ...
Early 80's Larger Steve Lacy group, featuring longtime cohorts Jean-Jaques Avenel on bass and Bobby Few on piano, along with George Lewis, Steve Potts, Irene Aebi and Oliver Johnson. As always, Lacy's brilliant melodicism and remarkable songcraft provide a platform for a colletive of impressive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Cover has a cut corner, promo sticker, and light wear.)
Reedman Oliver Lake at his most creative – stepping out here on a sublime set of 70s improvisations – all put together with a really spiritual feel! There's a very open, collaborative feel to the music – and the set was recorded in St Louis, at a time when Lake was a key part of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US Arista pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, some wear, and a mark from sticker removal.)
A rather rare recording of Oliver Lake from the early 70s, recorded in Paris. Almost entirely alto solos, but one number that features accompaniment on synthesizer. We find ourselves returning to these early Lake recordings much more than his later work with the World Saxophone Quartet, as the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key moment in the west coast harbop scene – and one of the greatest early records from saxophonist Harold Land! The group's a really striking one – with the unique Dupree Bolton on trumpet, a great player that we really only know from this set – plus Herbie Lewis on bass, Frank ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an ink stamp and some smudges on back.)
A lost chapter in the legendary Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson relationship – and a record that often gets overlooked. The set is a great moody mellow bit of jazz funk, recorded with Buster Williams on bass, Bill Henderson on electric piano, and Billy Hart on drums. Mtume sits in on congas, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great batch of chamber jazz tracks – masquerading as an album of musical instruction! The record is one of the best on the Music Minus One label – and features tracks played by the John LaPorta octet, a group led by altoist LaPorta, who'd played with Mingus and some other hip ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lovely solo piano work from Ellis Larkins – a player who almost always sounds better on his own than with a trio or group! This rare Storyville Records 10" session is one of Larkins' standout moments of the 50s – a set that's warm and lyrical, but without some of the too flowery ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Activate", "Barricade", "Upright Man", "Work Song", and "Hindsight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)
Yusef Lateef —
1984 ... LP Impulse, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ...
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 the most experimental that Lateef had recorded to date – still filled with the exotic touches of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange & black label pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a gloss bubble along the spine.)
A strange bit of funk from Yusef Lateef! The record was recorded late in the CTI electric years – and it's got Yusef fronting a funky jazz group on 5 tracks that have a decidely R&B-ish fusion twist. Dave Matthews – of James Brown funky fame – arranged the whole album, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soulful late 60s outing for Brother Yusef – one of his first, and one of his best, albums for Atlantic! Despite the misleading title, this isn't really the "complete" Yusef Lateef (it would have to be a 50 LP set for that!) – but the record is a nice slice of Yusef's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)
A moody set of 70s work from Yusef – proof that he was always trying to push his bag, and a good attempt to bridge his earlier exotic work and his later high concept compositions. Some of this material is spare and thoughtful, while other tracks are trying for sort of a 70's electric funk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice 2LP 70s reissue, pulling together the tracks from 2 sessions in 1957, but issued on 3 separate albums for Savoy. Jazz Mood, Jazz For Thinkers and Dreamer feature the great multi-reed player amidst a tight group of Detroit players Curtis Fuller, Hugh Lawson, Ernie Farrow, Louis Hayes and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear, splitting, tape on all seams with some peeling from sticker removal.)