One of those really unique records that trumpeter Toshinori Kondo gave us in the 80s – not really fusion, but not avant either all – yet a very unusual criss-crossing of electric and acoustic impulses, with a vibe that's all its own! Kondo's clearly drawing a bit of inspiration from ... read moreCD
Toshinori Kondo Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band —
Khchyu Fuyuu ... CD Art Union/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
Trumpeter Toshinori Kondo may have cut some avant-oriented material over the years – but this set is a different sort of record – one that's cut with his Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band, in a playful mix of rhythms, tones, and jazz! The approach is maybe post-fusion, inflected with a bit ... 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
Tight early work from Lee Konitz – recorded on location at the very hospitable Storyville nightclub in Boston – a sweet setting for his angular tones on the alto! The style here is great – cutting lines that are incredibly precise, yet crafted with enough soul to keep them from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 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 moreCD
The title definitely gets it right – as this is the real sound of Lee Konitz – the kind of extra-special approach to alto sax that made Lee one of the true modern giants of the 50s, with an approach that nobody had ever heard before! The album captures Konitz at the height of his ... read moreCD
The title definitely gets it right – as this is the real sound of Lee Konitz – the kind of extra-special approach to alto sax that made Lee one of the true modern giants of the 50s, with an approach that nobody had ever heard before! The album captures Konitz at the height of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
These tracks were originally recorded at The Haig in Los Angeles in 1953 and reissued here as part of Liberty's Jazz Milestones Series. Konitz plays alto, Mulligan is on baritone, Chet Baker plays trumpet, Larry Bunker is on drums and Carson Smith and Joe Mondragon play bass. Tracks include " ... read moreCD
Pretty modern work from Konitz – recorded in Rome in 1968, with a French rhythm section of Martial Solal on piano, Henry Texier on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. The presence of Solal especially gives the session an edge – as Kontiz drifts into Solal's moody, introspective mode of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, on Fontana – with the insert – in great shape!)
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
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
Tenoris Seamus Blake makes a great appearance on this quartet session from drummer Vladimir Kostandinovic – able to soar with the urgency that Vladimir can bring to his more uptempo numbers, then cool things down with long, drawn-out soulful solos at the mellower moments – creating a ... read moreCD
Bassist Boris Kozlov works here wonderfully alongside the guitar of David Gilmore – in a trio setting that has both of the string players trading lines over deft work on drums from Rudy Royston! Royston's nicely laidback and open – and really lets both musicians handle melody and ... read moreCD
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
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
Drew Krause —
DING ... CD Capstone, 2007. Used ...
One of the best lost MPS albums from the classic years – and a very tasty batch of jazzy Brazilian grooves! Guitarist Ira Kris leads a groovy little combo that includes 2 guitars, flute, bass, and drums – and the group runs through a tight set of bossa groovers with a breezy jazzy ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ernie Krivda —
Sarah's Theme ... CD Cadence/Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1995. Used ...
The music may be Gershwin, but Karin Krog gives it a twist that's all her own – working here with wonderful small combo backing, and putting the tunes over in a style that's spare and personal – yet never sleepy or cloying! The approach is really fresh, yet never also overly modern or ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite singers and one of our favorite composers – brought together in a dream of a vocal jazz album! We've always loved the tunes that Michel Legrand penned for films of the 60s and 70s – as they've got a depth, sincerity, and jazziness that goes beyond most of his ... (Vocalists, Jazz)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 moreCD
Vocalist Karin Krog and reedman John Surman have been making music together for many years – using her unique phrasing and John's sense of tone and texture in beautiful ways – often mixed with a bit of electronics, too! And despite an already-great legacy of other albums, the duo may ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the most swinging albums we've heard from vocalist Karin Krog in years – thanks to tight backing from a combo that also includes the great Scott Hamilton on tenor! The album's got the classic, easygoing flow of most of Scott's best work – a simple, no-nonsense style that's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Gene Krupa and Gerry Mulligan – hardly a pairing that we would have thought of – but one that works surprisingly well here, and which showcases Mulligan's increasing fascination for larger group settings! The album features Gene on drums with a set of players that include Kai Winding, ... read moreCD
Reedman Martin Kuchen is a player who's been grabbing our ears more and more in recent years – a very creative, deeply soulful musician who really gets his chance to do his thing on this album-length performance! Kuchen blows tenor, alto, and some especially nice flute – in the very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mixture of funky big band tunes and hard-hitting groovers – played by a large group directed by Paul Kuhn, and featuring a mix of electric rhythms and acoustic solos! There's a very groovy sound here that's along the lines of some of the tighter MPS big band albums from the late 60s – ... read moreCD
Two albums by the Paul Kuhn SFB Big Band – back to back on a single CD! First up is Big Hits Of The Big Bands – a set that steps back to pick up classic large ensemble numbers from the 30s and 40s, but deliver them with a reworked 70s approach to a big band – from the way the ... read moreCD
Steve Kuhn —
Steve Kuhn ... LP Buddah/Ascensionale (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
An incredibly inventive album from pianist Steve Kuhn – one that takes his earlier modern style, and fuses it with a warmer sort mode for the 70s! The approach is quite unique – in that Kuhn's core trio style is augmented both by additional percussion from Airto, plus occasional string ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
The title's a bit of a joke, but it's only Jonas Kullhamar's way of letting us know that he's working here with three very new and exciting players on the Swedish scene! The set has Kullhammar blowing both tenor and the Braithophone of George Braith – with a trio that has boundless energy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Ola Kvernberg works here in a nicely layered way – often mixing lines on violin and viola in the same track, then adding in cello, autoharp, Hammond, and other instrumentation as well! The approach is somewhat in the jazz violin tradition of the European scene, but the record also has larger ... read moreCD
Pretty amazing work from one of the greatest under-rated talents of 50s modern jazz! John LaPorta was a brilliant multi-instrumentalist who's probably best known for his work with Mingus in the mid 50s Jazz Workshop years, and for his earlier sides with Woody Herman – but it's on records ... read moreCD
Despite the stupid name (or perhaps because of it), this is one of the great lost sessions of the 60s! Drummer Pete LaRoca originally cut this set for the tiny Douglas label, and the session's an amazing bit of modernist jazz that features a rare non-Sun Ra appearance by tenorist John Gilmore. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Benny Lackner Trio —
Siskiyou ... CD Unit (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ...
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
Sublime solo work from Steve Lacy – a perfect demonstration of the great leap forward he took on the soprano sax in the early 70s – documented beautifully on overseas recordings like this! The core of the set features material recorded in Avignon in 1972 – with Lacy using his ... read moreCD
Never-issued material from the great Steve Lacy – a set of tracks that includes some unheard moments from his classic 1972 Avignon performance, plus a host of other wonderful soprano sax numbers as well! The first three cuts are the Avignon recordings – and feature Lacy doing these ... read moreCD
A very unique chapter of the career of Steve Lacy – and a key bridge between his early work in trad jazz groups, and his more famous late 50s modern sides! Both of the albums on the set were recorded for ABC in 1956 – under the leadership of bassist Whitey Mitchell and tenor horn ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Door ... LP Novus, 1989. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A major label album, but one that features a classic Steve Lacy lineup – with Steve Potts on alto, Irene Aebi on violin, Bobby Few on piano, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums – plus guest drums from Sam Woodyard on one great track! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert and Novus inner sleeve. Cover has a small cutout mark.)
Steve Lacy —
Rent ... CD Cavity Search, 1997. Used 2 CDs ...
(Out of print.)
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
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
Steve Lacy —
Sun ... CD Emanem (UK), 1967/1968/1973. New Copy ...
A huge amount of music – in a set that features a wealth of vintage work from Steve Lacy – some of it issued here for the first time ever! Lacy plays soprano sax on all tracks in the set – and the package has him working with some key European players – including an early ... read moreCD
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 & 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
Bireli Lagrene & Sylvain Luc —
Duet ... CD Dreyfus, 1999. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Cleo Laine with the John Dankworth Seven —
Lover & His Lass ... CD Esquire/Solid (Japan), Early 50s. New Copy ...
Wonderful early work from Cleo Laine – already one of the hippest singers on the British scene in the postwar years, with a way of phrasing and handling the material that's completely unique! Cleo's got this deep tone that's almost a vocal equivalent of a trombone soloist at times – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)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. CD case has a cutout hole.)
Oliver Lake —
Cloth ... CD Passin' Thru, 2003. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A Dolphy record in sound and spirit – and one of the best Oliver Lake albums we've heard from this time! The tunes are either Eric Dolphy classics, or Lake originals with a very Eric-like approach – and they get great handling by a quintet that knows how to still swing heavily, even ... read moreCD
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
If you're a fan of Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, then you'll dig this set of tracks by the Lambert and Hendricks group with Yolanda Bavan, who replaced Annie Ross in the trio during the early 60's. Bavan swings like the best of them, and this live set's a nice batch of vocalese tracks with all the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a split spine & seams.)
Recordings made in 1979, finding free Philadelphia altoist Lancaster in a variety of settings on the east coast! The tracks range from larger groups like the 10 piece Broadway Local Dance Band, to much smaller settings with Lancaster in duets or solo – and there's even a few numbers with ... read moreCD
A fantastically beautiful record that stands as the first meeting between Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land – an album that's possibly even better than the more famous Blue Note work by the pair! This is one of those "once in a lifetime" jazz sessions – filled with magical ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo promo. Cover has some wear & minor staining.)
Harold Land, Bobby Hutcherson, & Others —
Jazz ... LP Mainstream, 1974. Near Mint- ...
A great little collection of hip 70s soul jazz tunes – recorded for the Mainstream level by a few different groups, but all united with a spirit of freedom and soulful exploration. Titles include "Dark Mood" by a group with Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Mtume, and Buster Williams; ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album