Great double album live set with Roland leading a tight group through a long and varied set of material, all of which showcases the odd goofy sound of his music, and his offbeat approach to more familiar tracks. He talks a bit, makes the odd joke about being blind, and never ceases to amaze with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ringwear and partially split seams. Vinyl plays with a short click on side four, track 1.)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk takes on "other folks music" – that is, a host of tunes penned by other jazz artists – but as you'd expect, there's a really personal feel to the record overall – one that definitely makes the music Kirk's own by the end of the set! The album's a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's last truly fantastic albums – a set that still has all the amazingly messed-up qualities of his best late 60s work – delivered with the honest heart and sense of soul that always make us love his music! The set was recorded for Atlantic in the early 70s, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & a mark from sticker removal.)
Excellent early work from Roland Kirk – not as groundbreaking as later sessions, but still filled with fire and imagination, and proof that the famous blind player was a genius even at an early age! Kirk plays alto, tenor, and soprano – and on all tracks, he plays them in his unique ... 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
Our favorite album ever from Roland Kirk – and a beautiful mix of two different sides of his genius! Side one's got Roland doing these crazy takes on late 60's pop cuts like "My Cherie Amour" and "Say a Little Prayer", plus his own "songs", done with soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Beautiful early work from John Klemmer – one of the most under-rated talents of his generation, and a great player who frequently gets overlooked because of his later, smoother work. This album is Klemmer's first – recorded with a soulful Chicago tenor sound, touched with some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Totally great work from a young Eric Kloss – grits, gravy, and a whole lot more! About half the record has Kloss blowing with a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – going for a style that's more towards the soulful end of Byard's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has moistre stains and flaking in the top left corner.)
Earl Klugh's guitar gets plenty of rich colors to work with here – some deeper backdrops from arrangers Don Sebesky and Dave Matthews – each of whom bring a different mood to the set! Sebesky's got those lush, full charts that we love so much from his classic orchestral charts of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ko-Thi Dance Company —
Drum Talk ... LP Ko-Thi Dance, 1980. Very Good+ ...
Although ostensibly issued as a record by a dance troup, and possibly for instruction, this album's actually a killer set of African percussion tracks, put together with a very spare, very soulful, very rhythmic vibe! The Milwaukee based Ko-Thi Dance Company handles a large variety of instruments ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the booklet with notes and pictures of instruments.)
Eduardo M Kohan/Circo Del Arca —
Dies Irae ... LP Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1981. Sealed ...
Brilliant work from Austrian saxophonist Hans Koller – one of his most striking sessions of the 60s, and an incredibly rare one too! The material here was originally recorded for a sound library session, but is 60s modern jazz at its best – with Koller on tenor, working in a quartet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing document of the depth of the Eastern European jazz scene in the postwar years – a place where some of the most revolutionary jazz in Europe was being produced, but which hardly got a chance to export it, given the political situation at the time! The collection was done under the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(A very clean copy, save for some surface noise on side two, track 4. Cover has light edge wear and a small sticker.)
Nothing too academic here – despite the Harvard setting – just clear, clean early work from Lee Konitz – recorded with that crispy edge that he brought to all of his best early work! The album's a treasure all the way through – really amazing stuff, with a sharpness that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lee Konitz leads a nine piece in this late 70s recording of standards with a few nice modern pieces thrown in. Featuring Jimmy Knepper, Rufus Reid and Billy Hart alongside Konitz,as well as a few less well known, but still very capable sidemen, like Burt Collins and Kenny Berger. 7 tracks in all: ... read moreLP, 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
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
(Great 70s Japanese pressing – excellent vinyl!)
Lee Konitz/Michel Petrucciani —
Toot Sweet ... LP Owl (France), 1982. Near Mint- ...
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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
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.)
Kind of a reprise of earlier days – one that reunites Krupa with Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge, as the group runs through some material from earlier years. Arrangements are by Quincy Jones, Billy Byers, and Nat Pierce – and the set actually swings more cleanly than some of Krupa's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, edge wear, and a sticker on back.)
A beautiful hard burner from Gene Krupa – a perfect example of the way he could skirt different camps of jazz when working in small group format! Krupa's really grown since the early days – and he's working here with a very cool group – a crack sextet that includes Ben Webster on ... 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. Cover has a taped top seam.)
Nice bit of funky fusion from these 2 German brothers. Rolf plays electric clarinet on this session, and it sounds nice and sharp next to his brother's organ and alto solos. Volker Kreigel's playing guitar, and at this point, he's still playing with a lot of tightness, and less of the rock-like ... read moreLP, 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
Rolf Kuhn Group featuring Phil Woods —
Day After ... LP MPS (Germany), 1972. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the best Rolf Kuhn sessions we can think of – and a classic MPS album that mixes spiritual avant garde jazz with unusual rhythmic progressions and world percussion. Rolf's group here features Phil Woods guesting on alto, a great companion for Rolf's fluid clarinet lines, which sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese gatefold pressing – with obi!)
Steve Kuhn & Toshiko Akioshi —
Together ... LP Chiaroscuro, 1963. Near Mint- ...
If you've only ever thought of Gary McFarland as the composer of groovy bossa nova-oriented work, you owe it to yourself to check this one out – as McFarland wrote and arranged the whole thing, with a modernist approach that's very sympathetic with the piano of a young Steve Kuhn. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing. Cover has wear, marker, taped & splitting seams Label has marker.)
Very cool stuff by one of the 50s most underrated modernists! La Porta normally played alto (as on his famous recordings with Mingus) – but on this set, he's featured on clarinet, and displays a modern talent for the instrument that's almost on a par with Jimmy Giuffre. Half the album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep red vinyl pressing. Cover and vinyl are nice!)
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
Steve Lacy —
Raps ... LP Adelphi, 1977. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Nicely straightforward stuff from Lacy, recorded with a group that includes Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Ron Miller on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums – all players who worked with Lacy in Paris, but who are recording here on a rare return to the states in the mid 70s. Titles include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is stained on the bottom half, with peeling and stuck-on paper.)
Great small group work – with Lake on tenor, alto, soprano sax, and flute – with Geri Allen on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Pheeroan Aklaff on drums – plus some guest trumpet from Rasul Siddik. LP, 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
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 hole.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Labels have an ink stamp.)
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 small split on the top seam.)
Harold Land —
Fox ... LP Contemporary, 1960. Very Good+ ...
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
A near-lost session from west coast tenorist Harold Land – recorded in the 60s, not issued at the time, and easily one of his greatest albums ever! The set is one of the few from the period that really has Harold biting hard on the tenor – grooving with a soulful edge that shows the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and some light stains on front.)
One of our favorite albums ever from Harold Land, and a great set that has a hard soul jazz feel – despite the "west coast" in the title. Harold's playing with a great group that includes Barry Harris, Joe Gordon, and Sam Jones – as well as guitarist Wes Montgomery, who's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has a center split on the spine.)
A great late set from Harold Land – a reunion with his old partner Bobby Hutcherson, in a hip soul jazz session with work from other great west coast talents like Oscar Brashear, George Cables, and Billy Higgins. The tracks aren't as leapingly modal as the pair's earlier work for Blue Note ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Billy Larkin & the Delegates —
Don't Stop ... LP World Pacific/Liberty, Mid 60s. Very Good- ...
Tight funky organ work from Billy Larkin and his hard-swingin Delegates combo! This stuff was the west coast equivalent of New Jersey organ combos – and you can bet your bippy that Billy & Co were blasting loud out of every jukebox on Central Ave during the 60s. This album's still got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Billy Larkin plays soul jazz instrumentals with The Delgates, and the group's joined by singer Ralph Black on a number of cuts. Black's style is ok, but the group's strong point is still their funky jazzy material. This LP sports a few originals – like "Way Cross Town" and "He ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Billy Larkin's early tight little records, with his excellent organ combo The Delegates, and their trademark hard guitar and keyboard sound. Lots of nice groovers, including "Hot Sauce", "Hot Toddy", "Soul Beat", "Little Mama", and their version of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Activate", "Barricade", "Upright Man", "Work Song", and "Hindsight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has 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
(Orange & black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp.)
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
Wonderful late 50s work by Yusef Lateef – played in that "jazz exotic" style he was using to perfect form at the time, a mixture of the lyrical hard bop of the Horace Silver group, with some of the more spare and eastern styles used by groups like the early Sun Ra Arkestra. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing with deep groove. Cover looks great.)
Not just a flute session from Yusef Lateef – as the set's a record with plenty of saxophone as well as the instrument named in the title! Yusef's mixing his bag nicely for this mid 60s classic – working through tunes that are a mixture of soulful hardbop and eastern exoticism – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Yusef Lateef's one and only album for the Charlie Parker label – cut during a period when he's been making real waves in the jazz scene with work on Prestige and Savoy! The set's a bit more straight ahead than some of Lateef's more exotic sides of the time – focusing on his work on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unusual album for Yusef Lateef – and that's saying quite a lot, given how quirky most of his work can be! The session has Lateef exploring both rootsy and modern modes – working in a unique quartet that features George Arvanitas on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and legendary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label pressing, with Van Gelder stamp.)
A beautifully haunting set by Yusef that marked his move to Prestige, and a sophistication of the Eastern-tinged jazz style that he developed during his years with Savoy. The tracks on here feature Yusef playing tenor, flute, and argol – with backing by a group of Detroit musicians that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing with RVG stamp. Back cover has a minor stain.)
A groundbreaking set from Yusef Lateef – one that mixes together a number of different soul jazz styles! In a way, Atlantic records tried to handle Yusef Lateef in the same way they did Roland Kirk – by creating recordings that either let him express himself strongly as an arch-modernis ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing.)
Tony Lavorgna & His Redeye Quartet —
Easy Living ... LP Antelope Records, 1982. Near Mint- ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing album – and the cornerstone of the CTI sound! The record's an incredibly baroque set of tracks from funky flautist Hubert Laws – featuring arrangements from Don Sebesky that mix complicated lines on flute with electric piano from Bob James, into a swirling mass of sound that' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moody work from one of the most groundbreaking flute players of the 70s – and a real standout in the legendary catalot of CTI Records! Hubert Laws was not only richly talented, but he was also capable of a large number of styles – and this double-length set for CTI has him moving past ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cutout hole and some pen.)
Ronnie Laws —
Fever ... LP Blue Note, 1976. Very Good- ...
An album that's smoother than some of Ronnie's earlier work, and perhaps without the same dark edge – but still a nice batch of soulful fusion tunes, with production by Wayne Henderson, in his classic 70s At-Home Productions mode! By that, we mean that a number of the tracks have a good ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the three hard to get Argo sides from St Louis organist Sam Lazar, somewhat of an obscure player best known for giving Grant Green one of his first jobs, though Green's not featured here. He's recorded here with a tight little combo running down a good set of mostly originals with a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams, a stain on the bottom 3 inches with some wrinkles and flaking, and some writing on back.)
One of the most successful albums from the 80s jazz supergroup The Leaders – an outfit named as such because each of its players headed up their own combos. The sextet features Kirk Lightsey on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, Don Moye on drums, Chico Freeman on saxes, Arthur Blythe on alto, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Adventurous work from this avant jazz "supergroup" – one that's made up of players who are normally leaders on their own, but who work together here with the great spirit of a group! The lineup features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Blythe on alto, Chico Freeman on tenor and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful session of straight jazz work by Michel Legrand – a larger group outing that's one of the few albums he ever cut in this style! The set has all the warmth and imagination of Legrand's best jazzy soundtrack work – strong themes, bold statements, and a sense of personal ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 tremendous little record and maybe THE album from trombonist George Lewis – a groundbreaking solo set that's maybe his equivalent of Anthony Braxton's For Alto – and which does similar things both for his instrument and the further growth of the AACM in jazz! The record features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One side features a group led by George Lewis on clarinet – with Joe Robichaux on piano and Jack Willis on trumpet – the other features a group led by trombonist Turk Murphy, with Bill Dapier on clarinet and Larry Conger on trumpet. ... LP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple & red label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Serious compositional material by John Lewis – a series of work based upon the Italian tradition of commedia dell'arte, written for a larger group of brass instruments – and given a real "classics meets jazz" sort of vibe – but also handled with a gentle swing, too! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Way more than just "abstractions" – as the set's a very focused batch of some of the larger ideas that John Lewis had about jazz – explored beautifully here away from the Modern Jazz Quartet! The album has Lewis working with frequent partner – and fellow third stream ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent solo set as a leader from drummer Mel Lewis – one that reminds us that he can still cook very strongly away from his big band with trumpeter Thad Jones! The set has Lewis in different groupings with an excellent set of the friends mentioned in the title – a top-shelf ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Ramsey Lewis —
Legacy ... LP Columbia, 1978. Very Good+ ...
An overlooked gem from Ramsey's 70s years at Columbia – a record that has him grooving over larger arrangements, sweeping along in a great blend of soul and class that makes for some really great numbers! Side one of the album features Ramsey playing keyboards on the extended "Legacy&quo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet 70s grooves from Ramsey Lewis – a set cut smack dab in the middle of his glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear and an ink stamp on back.)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio gets some additional orchestral backings – and with great results! The set features Ramsey, Eldee Young, and Red Holt – all playing their usual pyrotechnic blend of soul jazz and swing – supported by larger arrangements handled by Riley Hampton, done in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some seam splitting, with a sticker and some pencil on back.)
The Ramsey Lewis trio (with Young and Holt) backs up this sweet Chicago jazz singer in a nice set of soulful tracks recorded for Chess in the mid 60's. Nice laid back lounge jazz type of groove, with a good assortment of lesser-known tracks, and very sensitive accompaniment. Cuts include "Goo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing. Cover has taped seams, a card pocket on front, and extensive notes on back.)
A great example of the sound of ECM in the early 70s, with Liebman playing in his post-Miles band angular modernist style with warm electric and acoustic accompaniment from Richard Beirach, Frank Tusa and Jeff Williams rounding out the quartet . The set is made up of three long, spiralling numbers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Library copy, with wear, splitting, taped seams and marker.)
With Lindberg on piano, Erik Nilsson on baritone sax, Markku Johansson on trumpet, and Bernt Rosengren on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
Bjorn Jayson Lindh —
Sissel ... LP CTI/Metronome, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of the best albums of funky flute you could ever hope to find! Swedish flute player Jayson Lindh is working here with an excellent small combo – one with very hard drums, tight guitar and keyboards, and even a bit of vibes. The groove is very much in the best mode of the funky flute ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album