Steve Lacy —
Solo ... LP Enanem (UK), 1972. Near Mint- ...
This record is pulled from 2 concerts by Lacy at the "disaffected church" belonging to the Chene Noir Theatre Group in Avignon in 1972. Both shows consisted of Lacy playing solo on his soprano saxophone. Songs named after or dedicated to Charlie Parker, Franz Kafka, Elias Canetti, Gil ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in great shape!)
Steve Lacy —
Straws ... LP Cramps (Italy), 1977. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A beautiful Steve Lacy album recorded during his fruitful time in Europe during the 70s – and one that's been darn tough to find over the years! The record is a mix of settings, and includes 2 solo tracks, 2 tracks with celeste accompaniment, and 2 more that are collages of Lacy solos and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, with printed inner sleeve! Cover has some light wear.)
Steve Lacy —
Troubles ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1979. Near Mint- ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing!)
Steve Lacy & Maarten Van Regteren Altena —
High, Low & Order ... LP Claxon (Netherlands), 1978. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Lacy plays soprano sax, and Marten Altena plays bass and cello – in this nice album of moody duet tracks. Most of the cuts are short – with titles like "High", "Post", "Low", "Hop", and "Breeze" – and the whole thing was recorded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Steve Lacy & Michael Smith —
Sidelines ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1977. Very Good+ ...
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Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd —
Trickles ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1976. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A great reunion between Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd – a pair of players who always seem to sound even more amazing in the company of each other! Lacy's on soprano, and Rudd's blowing trombone – often with that earthy tone he really hit in the 70s, one that brought an even greater sense ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(With the original inner sleeve, too!)
Steve Lacy & Steve Potts —
Tips ... LP Hat Hut, 1981. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Steve Lacy works here with one of his best partners of the 70s – altoist Steve Potts – whose tone and phrasing always turns out to be a perfect match for Lacy's ideas! And the duet also get some great accompaniment from vocalist Irene Aebi – who's almost has more presence here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes original inner sleeve.)
Steve Lacy/Michel Waisivisz/Han Bennink/Maarten Al —
Lumps ... LP ICP (Netherlands), 1974. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Classic Steve Lacy on the Dutch scene – quartet performances of his own compositions, with Michel Waisvisz on electronics, Maarten Van Regteren Altena on bass, and Han Bennink on drums, vibrapan, wailophone, and "homemade junk"! LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Great work by a player we've always loved – but who rarely gets his due! John LaPorta had one of the sharpest altos of the 50's, but for some reason, his talents were not nearly as recognized as those of similar players like Lee Konitz and Charlie Mariano. His earlier work with Mingus has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monster groovers! This late 60s compilation brings together some of the best early work by organist Billy Larkin, and his amazing Delegates trio! Plus, some of the tracks feature some excellent sax work by the legendary Clifford Scott – best known to the world for his 50s work with Bill ... 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
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has some wear and a half split top seam. Label has some marker.)
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
An ambitious larger group album from Yusef Lateef – and one that's carried off with all the genius of his smaller group sessions from the time! Yusef himself is working with a variety of reed instruments – including tenor sax, oboe, flute, and argol – amongst a larger horn ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has a split top seam with a dent inthe center, and some edge wear.)
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 & light wear.)
One of the greatest Yusef Lateef albums on Atlantic Records – and that's saying a lot, given the high level of quality he was hitting at the label! The album's a perfect blend of the newly-funky Lateef style with some hipper, more sophisticated touches – a mode that hints at his bigger- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Yusef Lateef explores a number of different world music rhythms on a mix of woodwind instruments that includes tenor, basoon, flute, oboe, and shanas. He's joined here by the great Richard Williams on trumpet, whose playing with Lateef is always excellent. The rest of the group's made up of some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Hubert Laws' funkiest records for CTI – recorded with a full group funky style that's plenty darn great, and a lot harder-hitting than some of Hubert's more laidback sessions for the label! Arrangements are by Bob James and Laws – working here with a large batch of players who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most sublime Hubert Laws albums for CTI – a set that features his incredibly soulful flute work floating over these beautiful large arrangements by Don Sebesky – all ticked by some sweet electric piano from Bob James! The sound is perfect – that balance of soul and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic bit of 70's fusion, played by Ronnie on tenor and flute, and with a group that includes some excellent keyboard work by Joe Sample. The highlight of the record is the big sample cut "Tidal Wave", but it also includes the great groover "Always There", which was covered a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A perfect record to illustrate the differences between Joelle Leandre and just about any bassist of her generation – and a set that's also recorded during one of Leandre's most creative periods! The album features a set of collaborations with key improvisers on the European scene at the time ... 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
Excellent reissue of this amazing album by the legendary French vocal group Les Double Six. The group included a core of the early Swingle Singers, and featured members Ward Swingle and Christine Legrand, two of France's best jazz vocalists at the time. On this LP, the group runs through a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible session of other-worldly jazz from France! The album features the compositions of Claude Leveillee, arranged by Andre Gagnon, and played by a strange group of players that includes vibes, drums, sax, accordion, and vocal effects! The overall sound is incredibly hard to describe, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album ever from drummer Stan Levey, but a set that already shows his mighty talents as a leader! Stan wisely chose some great songs to work with here – penned by west coast highlights Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bill Holman – and taken into a small combo mode that really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You try playing a hollow-body with hands of fire, my friend – and you'll have even greater appreciation of the genius of O'Donel Levy! Jokes aside, though, the album's a great one – and brings together 2 of Levy's best albums for the Groove Merchant label! Simba may be the best album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, some wear, and a small stain on one corner.)
George Lewis & His New Orleans Stompers —
Concert! ... LP Blue Note, 1954. Near Mint- ...
One of the few Blue Note LPs devoted to trad material, and a not-bad set that features Lewis on clarinet, along with a group that includes Jim Robinson on trombone and Kid Howard on trumpet. Howard and Joe Watkins sing on a few tracks, and titles include "Ice Cream", "Burgundy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Ramsey's excellent late 60s funky piano records for Cadet – featuring his second trio with Cleveland Eaton on bass and Morris Jennings on drums, and a sound that's nicely expanded from the mid 60s hit years. Charles Stepney plays a bit of organ on the album, and Henry Gibson gives the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label 70s pressing. Cover has a small rip in the die-cut.)
One of the key records from the Cadet/Concept scene in late 60s Chicago – a tremendous collaboration between pianist Ramsey Lewis and arranger Charles Stepney – and the kind of record that took soul and jazz to a whole new level! Ramsey on his own is great enough at this point – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Label has some marker. Cover has some wear.)
Ramsey Lewis —
Salongo ... LP Columbia, 1976. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light wear, tracklist sticker, and a Best Entertainment Value sticker.)
Sublime electric work from Ramsey Lewis! Ramsey's working here with his hip 70s group that included Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton, and he's playing some fantastic electric piano – a blend of funky grooves and soulful spiritualism, stripped down into a sound that's one of his leanest ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing solo piano from Kirk Lightsey – with vocals on "You Are So Beautiful" by Roslyn Burrough! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is slightly wavy from moisture.)
Kirk Lightsey with Marcus Belgrave —
Kirk N Marcus ... LP Criss Cross (Netherlands), 1986. Very Good ...
Righteous jazz from these two Detroit legends – Lightsey on piano and Belgrave on trumpet – with Jean Toussaint on tenor, Santi DeBriano on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums. Titles include "Marcus' Mates", "Windmill", "Lower Bridge Level", and "Golden ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the cool early LPs made by this moody European flute player, and a beautiful set of stripped down spare flute tracks with a slow slow groove that edges along in tiny little droplets. Lindh's flute is processed in a cool spacey way, and many of the tracks also have electric piano. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice work by this Swedish flautist – recorded in a real CTI mode, with backing by electric piano, fender bass, and odd percussion instruments. The sound varies between cuts, as some of the band drops out, then comes back in to fill up the sound, but the whole thing is a great electric "s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Swedish pressing. Cover has a bubble in the gloss along the spine.)
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by arranger Melba Liston – a fantastic talent known for her work with Randy Weston and others, but an equally great player here at the head of an all star group! As you'd guess from the "bones" in the title, the album focuses on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting on the seams & some light wear.)
A rare Western recording from Locomotiv GT – the Hungarian funky rock combo who were one of the hippest things going in the Eastern Bloc in the mid 70s! The set was recorded in London, and all lyrics are in English – recorded in a cool style that's a bit glammy at times, but with some ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole, surface wear, and some splitting on the top seam.)
Freely improvised work from a very unusual group – one that features multi-instrumentalist Giuseppi Logan on a host of reeds, Milford Graves on drums and tabla, Don Pullen on piano, and Eddie Gomez on bass – stepping out here in a rare avant session! The album's a real standout in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original stereo pressing – with paste-on cover!)
Wilbert Longmire —
Revolution ... LP World Pacific, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
An excellent album from funky guitarist Wilbert Longmire – probably his best, in our opinion! The album was recorded in LA with some very hip arrangements from Joe Sample – at the head of a largeish soul jazz group that includes usual suspects from the LA scene, like Paul Humphrey, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and tape along the seams.)
The Jeff Lorber group makes a move into R&B with a few tracks on this set – adding in vocals to their core sweet fusion approach, but in a style that totally makes sense! Lorber's always had a great way with a soulful tune – working with both electric and acoustic keys in a style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky party all the way through – and the one and only album we've ever seen from Johnny Otis main tenor player in the 60s! The set's got a vibe that's much funkier than some of Johnny's own records of previous years – and really shows that looser, more open style he was bringing to ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green vinyl pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)
(Red & gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)
Jimmy Lyons Quintet —
Give It Up ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1985. Near Mint- ...
Jimmy Lyons is wonderful here, but equally great is trumpeter Enrico Rava – whose bold tones on the record easily match those of Lyons in terms of energy and inventiveness! The format is relatively free – although some tunes have a bit of an inside swing, at least more so than Lyons' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few later Johnny Lytle LPs to maintain his classic vibes/organ/congas sound of his earlier years – in this case recorded with David Braham on organ and Sammy Figueroa on congas. As the title might imply, the LP features a remake of Lytle's classic "Happy Ground". Other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Johnny Lytle's monster vibes 'n organ LPs from the early 60's. Released on the Jazzland subsidiary of Riverside, and a tough one to find! The album comes complete with the great original track "Lela", a jazz dance classic if there ever was one, and other nice tracks like "Hap ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has a name in pen & marker on back.)
One of Johnny Lytle's great recordings for the Tuba label, and probably one of the albums that shows his funky jazz vibes style at its best! The whole thing is very nicely stripped down - and the focus of the album is on down-and-dirty groovers, perfect for the jazzy stepper set that still digs ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing, with deep groove. Cove rhas some wear. Label has some marker.)
There's nothing liminal about the sound of the Joe Baer Magnant Group – as these guys have found a very special space of their own – which they occupy beautifully in a haunting blend of guitar and Fender Rhodes! The two instruments are used spatially, and chromatically – in ways ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent lost album of funky vibes! Mike Mainieri's not always the greatest player in the world, but he really shines on this set – a solid electric groover that feels like some of the work that Dave Pike cut for MPS. Mainieri's vibes are at the core of the group, but there's also some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful duets between trombonist Radu Malfatti and bassist Harry Miller – done in that style that really gets at the tone and texture of Malfatti's handling of the instrument. Back in the 70s, Malfatti was one of the key players to take the sound of the trombone far past conventional jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice heavy original pressing – in a glossy cover!)
Guitars playing plenty of games here – easy to do when in the godlike hands of Harvey Mandel – a guitarist rooted in blues, but also with lots of psychedelic inclinations as well! This album's one of Harvey's best as a solo act – and gets some sweet fuzzy production by the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit slicker than some of Harvey's earlier albums – but in a good way! The set's got some weirdly compressed guitar funk – sounding like it's been pressed through a play-do machine, shaped and twisted in weirdly stretched ways that make the sound of the strings sound all weird and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sprightly early work from the great Herbie Mann – key proof that Herb was always a hell of a talent on his chosen instrument! Mann blows both conventional flute and alto flute on the record – with a deftness of notes that may be the most fluid recorded at that date in jazz – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label deep groove pressing. Cover has light surface wear and a name stamp on back.)
Very groovy stuff – and one of Herbie Mann's best records from the 60s! In a way, this album's very similar to some of the best Verve "groovy experimental" albums from the same period – like some of Cal Tjader's Eastern/Latin work – and it features Herbie playing with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Different work than usual for Herbie – a series of sides recorded in Sweden in the late 50s, featuring Herbie on both flute and tenor! The feel here is at once more poised and more open than some of Herbie's US sides from the time – as the groups shift from track to track, and Herbie's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp, in a green tinted cover.)
Herbie Mann got a standing ovation for this performance – at least if the title is to be believed – and considering the grooves on the set, it was all for very good reason! The album's one of the few to feature Mann in the company of pianist Chick Corea – who steps out here with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has some wear.)
An excellent little album from the team of Herbie Mann & Buddy Collette – one that has both players using a wide range of reed instruments, and not just flute! Herbie and Buddy are wonderfully paired here – in a way that expands past the usual flute jazz mode by adding in bits of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums ever from Herbie Mann – and a set that's definitely got the vibrant sound you'd expect from its title and cover! The set's a live one, and pretty open at times – and the great Rufus Harley joins Mann's group for one track – in a really mad mix of sounds ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shelly picks up on a very successful format for his trio of the late 50s – begun with the My Fair Lady album, and followed through with this one – a batch of jazz-based readings of tracks from the hit Broadway musical based on the comic strip Lil Abner. Apart from that bit of history, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has heavy wear on the spine and some yellowed tape remnants on the seams.)
Mid 70s magic from the team of Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz – playing together here with an even sharper edge than their recordings of two decades before! The recordings are all live – done at the Club Montmartre in December of 1975 – but they've got a clarity that's almost studio-w ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Genius, pure genius – and one of the few key sides by Warne Marsh as a leader! The album follows on Marsh's appearance with Lee Konitz on an earlier Atlantic album, but it really breaks free from the Konitz mode – and has an open, laidback sound that is instantly captivating – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great pairing of reedman Warne Marsh and pianist Sal Mosca – two players who really found a lot of sympathy in each others sound in their later years! The bulk of the set – four out of six tracks – features just Warne's tenor and Sal's piano – hung out beautifully in open ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovy guitar work from Yoshiaki Masuo – working here in a sweetly chromatic style with hip small combo backing! Yoshiaki's got echoes of 60s work from George Benson or Wes Montgomery – a sound that's clean, but which has great colors billowing out nicely from the edges – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing! Vinyl has some light marks from the old inner sleeve – but this is a nice copy overall.)
Fender Rhodes and tight arrangements from the great David Matthews – a solo set that works in the same sort of vibe as his bigger backings for 70s artists on the CTI/Kudu label! The group's largeish, but still has a nice open vibe – as Matthews works a lot of care into his charts to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most earthy, organic offerings of the Herbie Hancock scene of the 70s – a session that's led by Headhunter reedman Bennie Maupin, and which also features Herbie on acoustic and electric piano – all in a sound that's quite different from his own work of the time! The tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rare few albums from vocalist Mary Ann McCall – a hell of a great singer, and one with a really moody, dark style! Mary Ann's got all the sad tones and blue hues we love in June Christy's best work – and she arguably works with even hipper backings, too – some ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has mostly split seams.)
A pretty great set from Les McCann – and quite a bit different than some of his other work of the time! This one's sub-billed as "the ballad style of Les McCann" – but it features Les playing these laidback, mellow numbers that are way different than most jazz ballads of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear on one corner and a name in pen on the back.)
More of a soul album than a jazz album – and a stripped-down mellow set that has Les singing and playing keyboards with a quartet that includes Miroslaw Kudykowski on guitar. Cuts include "Everywhere I Go, People Ask Me a Question", "Woman, Come Home", "I've Been ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
One of the best of Les McCann's 70s Atlantic recordings, and one that captures him with a lot of fire and funkiness – and none of the looser modes of other recordings from the time! Les sings on about half the cuts – but the focus is still quite strongly on his funky jazz, which makes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album