A rare treasure from Yusef Lateef – one of his hardest to find albums, recorded right around the same time as his magical work for Savoy! The record has Lateef playing in his local Detroit area – working with Terry Pollard on piano, William Austin on bass, and Frank Gant on a host of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear & a small cutout hole.)
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Chant ... LP Prestige/Tru Sound, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best albums ever recorded by this groundbreaking Latin jazz combo – and a magnificent blend of jazz instrumentation and deeper Latin roots! Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet was a new sound in Latin jazz – one that took the piano/bass/conga rhythms of smaller groups of the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Hot Sauce ... LP Prestige, 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A lost treasure – one of the few albums ever cut by this fantastic Latin Jazz ensemble, an ultra-hip group led by congolero Juan Amalbert, with a modal vibes/piano groove that's simply wonderful! The combo were one of the hippest early 60s Latin acts – and took equal part inspiration ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weird spacey freeform jazz – recorded with a group that includes Dick Hyman, Richard Davis, and Arnie Lawrence – plus two of their kids! The whole thing is less "out" than it is kind of free flowing and electronic – and the record is in keeping with the overall hippy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, in the die-cut cover with a promo sticker.)
Stellar reed work from Azar Lawrence – a player who's best known for his acoustic revival in recent years, but who could play with some excellent electric backings during the 70s! The set's less an electric funk outing than it is a spiritual jazz set, with keyboards and guitar in the mix ... read moreCD
A rare gem from arranger Elliot Lawrence – and a set that features some great work from Zoot Sims and Hal McKusick – only recorded for the Sesac sound library series! Don't let the "mood music" in the title put you off – because this is more "night owls" work ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Sweet soulful flute from the great Hubert Laws – gliding high here in a great session from his post-CTI years! The album's a bit more soul-based than some of Hubert's earlier dates – but that change is a great one, and really helps Laws find some rich new energy – a focus in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groundbreaking record from flautist Hubert Laws – a mixture of classical themes and jazz, handled with an airy CTI approach – and set to arrangements by Don Sebesky that are simply mindblowing! The album's a wonderful example of the way that CTI really pushed the boundaries of ... read moreCD
One of the 3 albums that organist Sam Lazar made for Argo, and the one that's probably his best! The obscure tenor player Miller Brisker is on the session, and he has a really unique approach to playing, with lots of unique twists, that spurs Lazar onto new heights of playing. Lazar wrote most of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Teal label Argo pressing with the deep groove. Cover has wide masking tape along the top seam.)
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
Daunik Lazro —
Sweet Zee ... LP Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1985. Near Mint- 2LP ...
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(Includes original postcard and insert.)
Daunik Lazro/Benjamin Duboc/Didier Lasserre —
Sens Radiants ... CD Dark Tree (France), 2014. Used Gatefold ...
Very open, spacious sounds from this trio of French improvisers – Daunik Lazro on baritone, Benjamin Duboc on bass, and Didier Lasserre on snare and cymbals – working together here on an extended performance that's almost an hour in length! The tones of all three instruments often go ... read moreCD
Le Trio Camara —
Le Trio Camara ... CD Saravah/Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1968. New Copy ...
Bossa jazz from the French scene of the 60s – an ultra-hip album issued on the legendary Saravah Records label – and one that's one of the best illustrations of the label's way of blending together jazz and other global styles! The group here is a trio, with Fernando Martins on some ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the strongest albums from the Leaders sextet – an ensemble that features 6 of America's best left-of-center players of the time – all of them leaders of their own groups, putting aside ego to come together beautifully here! The set features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Blythe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic lean low funky fusion – and a lost Blue Note 70s gem – a set that's way different than any other work from the team of bassist John Lee and drummer Gerry Brown! The set's nice and spare – almost CTI in style at times, but with some excellent production work from Skip ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy sounds from the legendary Michel Legrand – working here in a mode that's maybe a bit more lush and romantic than some of his later soundtrack work – yet at a level that's still head and shoulders above most of his 50s instrumental contemporaries! The set's got a melancholy vibe ... read moreCD
A spare set of solo piano tracks by the great soundtrack composer Michel Legrand – recently recorded, and featuring some wonderful variations on some of his more famous tunes from the 60s and 70s. Legrand's style here is free and flowing – moving across the keys of the piano in loose ... read moreCD
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
Tom Lellis —
Flow ... CD Beamtide, 2016. New Copy ...
An excellent set from Tom Lellis – a jazz vocalist we've been digging since the 70s – as part of an elite group of really special singers that might include Mark Murphy or Kurt Elling – able to work in a jazzy style that's far more than just delivery of a lyric, with a sense of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Here's a trio who step way past the conventional expectations of their instrument – especially bassist Ken Filiano and pianist Marilyn Lerner – who each seem bent on finding new ways of creating both music and sound! Some passages have Lerner falling into more conventional formation ... 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
Great work by one of the most unusual jazz combos of the 50s! Les Jazz Modes was a group with a really unusual sound – one that matched the rounder French Horn tones of Julius Watkins with the sharper-edge tenor of Charlie Rouse – heard here in the years between his Blue Note ... read moreCD
Not the kind of Vikings you'd find in medieval Scandinavia – and instead a landmark combo from Guadeloupe – one who were key in developing the sound of zouk in the late 70s, and who can also work with a fair bit of spiritual jazz touches in their music! This excellent collection shines ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Not the kind of Vikings you'd find in medieval Scandinavia – and instead a landmark combo from Guadeloupe – one who were key in developing the sound of zouk in the late 70s, and who can also work with a fair bit of spiritual jazz touches in their music! This excellent collection shines ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great mix of jazzy and exotic themes from the legendary Sonny Lester – an album that's recorded around the same time as his classic strip and belly dance sessions, but which we like a heck of a lot better than those albums! The groove here is very tight and focused – a big band, but ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little bit of bop from LA – a tightly-crafted mid 50s date for the Bethlehem label – featuring drummer Stan Levey at the head of a great group of horn players! The album features some standout work from Dexter Gordon on tenor – making a rare appearance here as a sideman ... read moreCD
A nice little bit of bop from LA – a tightly-crafted mid 50s date for the Bethlehem label – featuring drummer Stan Levey at the head of a great group of horn players! The album features some standout work from Dexter Gordon on tenor – making a rare appearance here as a sideman ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has moisture staining and a tear in the spine.)
Daniel Levin Trio —
Fuhuffah ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2008. Used Gatefold ...
Cello, bass, and drums – a really unique sound, played by an equally unique group that features Daniel Levin, Ingebrigt Haken Flaten, and Gerald Cleaver! The strings are hardly soft here at all – and instead come on with an intensity that takes us back to the way the instruments were ... read moreCD
One of the best records we've ever heard from pianist Lou Levy – a record that steps past the simple format of earlier records, into a style that's slightly modern, and very cool – thanks to the addition of vibes to his usual trio format. Larry Bunker plays vibes on the record, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strong mid 50s trio outing from west coast pianist Lou Levy – recorded under the supervision of Shorty Rogers during his time working with RCA! The set's got a harder-swinging edge than you might expect – and grooves in the manner of some of Levy's other fine mid 50s work – ... read moreCD
A killer lost organ groover! Dave Lewis was a little-known organ player who mostly worked out of the Seattle area, but he was discovered by Herb Albert, and recorded a few rare sides for Albert's A&M/Jerden label. The groove is surprisingly soulful for the label, and the records groove with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet and loungey set of tunes – played by Don on the Hammond X-77, as he might have before a weekend crowd at Denver's Passport Ltd! Most of the cuts on the album are covers of late 60s pop hits – like "Aquarius", "Look Of Love", "Watermelon Man", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"Chicago Slow Dance" is an extended piece taking up the entirety of the record. Lewis plays alto and tenor trombone as well as electronics. He is accompanied by Douglas Ewart on bassoon, saxophone, clarinet and flute, J.D. Parran on saxophone and piccolo, and Richard Titelbaum on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A really sweet album from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an artist who really grabbed us with his debut, then wins us all over again with this very different second set! The style here is as loose as Lewis' previous record, but in a different way – more rhythmic than outside – ... read moreCD
One of the strongest sessions recorded by pianist John Lewis in the 50s – a date that shows depths of his talents that run even greater than his work with the Modern Jazz Quartet, quite possibly because is work on piano is at the forefront of the record throughout! There's a sense of ... read moreCD
A classic meeting of east and west coast artists of the third stream jazz sphere of the late 50s – one that features the team of John Lewis and Percy Heath of the Modern Jazz Quartet working alongside the west coast tenor of Bill Perkins, plus the guitar of Jim Hall and drums of Chico ... read moreCD
A later date from drummer Mel Lewis – and a great reminder that he could still make some wonderful music when away from his big band with Thad Jones! The set's a quintet outing, with a surprisingly fluid feel for rhythm – one that almost has Mel coming across like some of the hip young ... read moreCD
One of the hipper albums ever cut by singer Monica Lewis – an artist who's maybe as remembered for her cheescake image as she is for her vocals! Yet make no mistake, the lady's definitely got some jazz chops here – working in a nicely stripped-down setting led by pianist Jack Kelly, ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Sweet, funky, and outtasite – one of Ramsey Lewis' greatest albums of the 60s – cut under the supervision of Chicago soul maestro Charles Stepney! The album's an amazing mix of jazz, funk, and the more baroque and spacey elements – that were running through the Chicago soul and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing too "chance" about this encounter – as the album's got a very full, carefully put-together approach – completely arranged and produced by Ramsey Lewis himself, but definitely using lessons learned from some of the other top-shelf talents who guided him during his years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We know you've seen this record a million times, just like us, and probably passed it up because it appears to be a greatest hits compilation, just like we did! But it's actually Ramsey and his funky mid 70s trio with Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton revisiting some of his best loved material ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of Ramsey Lewis' most successful records – featuring the hit soul jazz style that he forged with the Young/Holt rhythm combo, honed to perfection before a live crowd at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The record's a key part of Ramsey's live recorded output – showing the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Fantastic sounds from Ramsey Lewis – killer work from a time when the legendary pianist was electrifying his sound – and transforming the worlds of jazz, funk, and soul in the process! By the time of these sides, Ramsey already had more than a decade of incredible Chess Records ... read moreCD
A live set, but one that's got some wonderfully rich grooves – almost one of the first times that Ramsey's excellent studio approach was attempted on record in a concert setting! The backings are quite full, and produced beautifully here by Tom Tom 84 – who really keeps a classy ... read moreCD
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
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums of all time – an incredible reworking of tunes by The Beatles, done in collaboration with Cadet Records studio maestro Charles Stepney – who brings in some amazing arrangements and production styles to the record! The tunes are familiar, but the ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums of all time – an incredible reworking of tunes by The Beatles, done in collaboration with Cadet Records studio maestro Charles Stepney – who brings in some amazing arrangements and production styles to the record! The tunes are familiar, but the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Ramsey Lewis' best albums of the 60s – a killer Cadet record that stands right up there with classics like Maiden Voyage and Mother Nature's Son! As on those records, arrangements here are mostly by Charles Stepney, who comes up with that righteous blend of soul, strings, and jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ramsey takes a new look at one his bona fide classics – the Sun Goddess album, and more for Taking Another Look – his debut for Hidden Beach! Ramsey Lewis is one of those great talents in jazz that's as stylistically diverse as just about anyone, and he really does approach his 70s ... read moreCD
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
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 moreCD
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 bit of marker on front, a center split on the top seam, and mostly split bottom seam.)
Genius jazzy soul from Webster Lewis – one of his amazing late 70s sets for Epic Records! By this point in his career, Lewis had honed his keyboard craft to perfection – and on albums like this one, he laid down some excellent smooth soulful fusion that soared in a righteous way that ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic of jazzy modern soul from Webster Lewis! By this point in his career, Lewis had honed his keyboard craft to perfection – and on albums like this one, he laid down some excellent smooth soulful fusion that soared in a righteous way that few other artists of his generation could ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
One of our favorite records of all time – an incredible soundtrack from the legendary Sven Libaek, served up in a swirling blend of vibes, flute, guitar, and organ – all with a bubbly, watery feel that's totally amazing! The album's easily one of the greatest from the Australian scene ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record from the great Sven Libaek – a soundtrack for a land-based TV adventure that's every bit as great as his underwater music from the 70s! The style is very jazzy, and heavy on vibes and woodwinds – sounds that really showcase the best sound of the growing Australian ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
An incredible record from the great Sven Libaek – a soundtrack for a land-based TV adventure that's every bit as great as his underwater music from the 70s! The style is very jazzy, and heavy on vibes and woodwinds – sounds that really showcase the best sound of the growing Australian ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Liebman sounds wonderful here in a warmer fusion mode – a set that's a great reminder of what a versatile musician he can be, especially in these earlier years of his career! Liebman had plenty of experience on the farther side of the jazz spectrum, but he also still sounds great here ... read moreCD
Bassist Make Lievonen played on a huge number of important jazz and fusion sessions on the Finnish scene of the 70s – but this album's his one and only date as a leader – a set that has all of his contemporaries giving back strongly, as they bring their tremendous talents to play on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group name's a combination of the two long performances on the album – titled "Life" and "Other Transient Storms" – but that hardly gives you a full picture of their sound – which comes from the work of Susana Santos Silva on trumpet and flugelhorn, Lotte ... read moreCD
Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth —
Epicenter ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
A totally wonderful group, and one with a really unique sound – not just from the music of bassist Chris Lightcap, but also from the tenors of Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, and the wonderful keyboards of Craig Taborn! Taborn plays Wurlitzer electric on about half the album – used in ... read moreCD
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. Near Mint- ...
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
Unheard sounds from the great Abbey Lincoln – a live performance recorded in 1980, at a time when the singer was really hitting a new sort of life in her music! Abbey's always been way more than just another jazz vocalist – and, like Nina Simone, often works in a territory that's a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
John Lindberg & Marty Erlich —
Unison ... LP Cecma (Italy), 1982. Near Mint- ...
Wonderfully interwoven sounds from John Lindberg and Marty Erlich – two players who'd worked together on the east coast scene, especially in the company of Anthony Braxton – but who really hit a new level of creativity here! Marty's reeds have a crisp, youthful sense of exploration ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bassist John Lindberg is the leader here – but the record starts with a beautiful solo clarinet piece by reedman Wendell Harrison – who we've loved ever since his Tribe Records work of the 70s! Harrison has played in many formats over the years – some more straight or polished ... read moreCD