We would gladly trade every other John Lewis album for a copy of this album – because the album's a treasure all the way through – and a really unique set, with a really unique feel! The session features Lewis' piano in the company of a hip French group that includes Sasha Distel on ... read moreCD
Quite an obscure later session from Sonny Stitt – one recorded for the tiny Finite label, which we mostly know from more "out" recordings! The set features Sonny blowing straight and inside – but always with that clean, confident tone that followed nicely in the Roost years ... read moreCD
Mel Lewis —
Gotcha ... CD Fresh Sound (Spain), 1956. Used ...
West coast roots from drummer Mel Lewis – a tight and well-crafted session played by a septet that includes Richie Kamuca and Jerry Coker on tenor, Ed Leddy on trumpet, and Pepper Adams on baritone. The horn formation has that perfect cool jazz sound of 50s LA – space enough for solos, ... 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
One of the strongest early albums by the Ramsey Lewis Trio – especially because it features some great original material! The group – with the usual Redd Holt and Eldee Young lineup – is augmented by Chris White on a few tracks, who plays bass while Young switches to cello, an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No blues, and only a little bit of country – mostly in the song choice for the set, and in the way the whole thing is put together! The core stylings here are still the Ramsey Lewis Trio at their early 60s best – but the record does feature a slight country-meets-soul sort of style in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing. Cover has some staining.)
Massive keyboard work from the great Ramsey Lewis – easily one of his best records ever, thanks to some spaciously funky production by Charles Stepney! Stepney plays keyboards here along with Ramsey, and the twin-keys approach makes for a sound that's extra-special – one that sums up ... read moreCD
Sweet electric funk from Ramsey Lewis! The album's one of his best from the 70s – and it's got Ramsey on Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keyboards, grooving away in an open-ended 70s mode that still retains all the heavy soul of his classic work for Chess. Morris Jennings ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 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
A pair of great mid 60s sets from Ramsey Lewis in a single package! Movie Album is jazzy and classy – and one of the first of Ramsey's albums to feature him working with larger arrangements instead of the usual trio. In this case, the whole thing was arranged and conducted by Richard Evans ... read moreCD
Ramsey and the trio are on the front in tuxedoes, top hats, and tails – but the overall sound of the record is much more in keeping with their soul jazz grooves of the late 50s – not necessarily gentlemanly, but with a worldly appreciation for a variety of styles of music, and perhaps a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Argo pressing with deep groove.)
Ramsey Lewis —
Salongo ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
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
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, ink stamp, and tracklist sticker.)
Stellar grooves from the great Ramsey Lewis – a set that has the pianist teaming up with Chicago soul arranger Tom Tom 84, in a wonderful fusion of jazz solos and R&B rhythms! The style's never too smooth, and never that commercial – always served up with that level of class and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, some ink stamps on front, and a name in pen on back.)
Although Ramsey first scored big with his spare trio recordings during the late 50s, by this point in his career, Cadet were wisely playing with his sound a lot, adding in new elements to keep things fresh and soulful. Such is the case with this album, which has Ramsey's second trio (with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover and label have a small drillhole through the center.)
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 moreCD
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
An Australian sexploitation soundtrack, but one with all the best European elements of the time – thanks to genius work from the continent-hopping Sven Libaek! Sven's got styles here that recall Italian mod, Brit sound library, and dreamy French film scores – including jazzy vocals, ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
One of the most hard-edged albums we've ever heard from pianist Kirk Lightsey – thanks to the presence of Jerry Gonzalez on congas, which really adds a nice extra bite to the record! The whole lineup is great – and includes Santi Debriano on bass and Eddie Gladden on drums – but ... read moreCD
A free jazz orchestra – on a par with some of the most ambitious recordings of this type from the US and UK scenes – but featuring some lesser-known players from the Italian scene of the time! The first half of the set features "Collective Suite" – a huge rising of ... 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
One of the funkiest records ever cut by this Swedish flute player. Some of Lindh's other records are a bit sleepy, but this one's got a nice percussive groove, and a good choppy reed sound on the flute solos. Nice stuff, and with the tracks "Stephan's Cake Walk", "Jayson's Boogie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jukka Linkola —
Banana ... LP Hi Hat/Svart (Finland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the sweetest sets of jazz we've heard from the Finnish scene of the 70s – a record from keyboardist Jukka Linkola that seems to have a lot of Brazilian elements in the mix! There's a rhythmic complexity to the record that really grabs us from the start – very much in the vein of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You might imagine that a set titled "Finnish Design" might be all cold and modern – but the sound here is anything but – and instead comes across in a really warm blend of creative percussion, unusual rhythms, and some especially great work on horns! The set was put together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the ... read moreCD
Overseas excursions from the Charles Lloyd Quartet – a group who were already breaking down plenty of boundaries at home in the US! The lineup is a bit different than some of the other Lloyd sessions of the time, in that Cecil McBee is in the group on bass – adding in some wonderfully ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful bit of soul jazz – much less trippy than some of Charles Lloyd's later work, and handled with a soulful flair that's a mix of Coltrane spiritualism, with an even larger dose of the sort of post-Trane experiments in jazz that would crop up during the early 70s on smaller ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic set from reedman Charles Lloyd – a set that really pushes forward all the experiments he'd begun in the Chico Hamilton group – and shows a bold move forward for rhythms in 60s jazz! The tracks are long, and spiral out wonderfully – but in ways that are different than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great title for this one – as the set really features reedman Charles Lloyd flowering strongly – blooming into a richer expression of his talents than any one might have expected a few short years before! The album features Lloyd working with his groundbreaking quartet of Keith ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A famous album – but for good reason! The set's something of a landmark in spiritual jazz from the 60s – and it features a classic live performance from Charles Lloyd, recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival – almost as a distillation and popularization of ideas that were brewing ... read moreCD
Charles Lloyd —
Mirror ... CD ECM (Germany), 2010. Used ...
Beautiful work from Charles Lloyd – a set of compelling originals mixed with standards, both old and new, performed in a laidback style that really makes the most of his wonderful tone! Lloyd was a player who was great from the start – but in recent years, he seems to have even ... read moreCD
A Blue Note debut from legendary reedman Charles Lloyd – who definitely wants to bring something new to his work on the label! The set features his Marvels combo – a quintet that features very prominent work from guitarist Bill Frisell, whose edgey tones here make for a very different ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great new spin on the sound of the Lo Greco brothers – a duo you may know from albums a decade back on Schema Records – stepping out here with an approach that's even more mature and soulful than before! Even before, the Lo Greco quintet and quartet albums were some of the straighter ... read moreCD
Joe Locke's on sticks – the mallets of his vibes – and the strings here are handled by Jonathon Kreisberg, who plays both electric and acoustic guitar on the set! The pair get rhythm support from Jay Anderson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums – both musicians who match the ... read moreCD
Pete Lockett's Network Of Sparks with Bill Bruford —
One ... CD Summerfold (UK), 2000. Used ...
(Out of print, artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)
Didier Lockwood —
Apesantar ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most experimental albums we've ever heard from Didier Lockwood – a set that goes far beyond his more familiar jazz violin, to a heady, spacious style that really fits the image on the cover! There's certainly a bit of Didier's main instrument on the record, but he also plays ... read moreCD
Didier Lockwood & Raghunath Manet —
Omkara ... CD Dreyfus, 2001. Used ...
Classic mellow Latin groovers from Joe, and one of the nicer sides he ever cut for Fantasy. The record's got Joe working with his quintet on a mixture of Latin standards – like "Frenesi", "Sin Ti", "Perfida", and "Amor, Amor, Amor" – and the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red vinyl pressing. Cover has some light wear and a tiny bit of seam splitting.)
2 of Joe Loco's best albums (Pachanga With Joe Loco and Going Loco) compiled together on one double-length CD by Fantasy! The Pachanga album has (as you might expect) a good set of Pachanga grooves with Joe on piano, Mongo Santamaria on conga, and Willie Bobo on timbales. Going Loco is a bit more ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
London Jazz Composer's Orchestra/Barry Guy —
Stringer ... LP FMP (Germany), 1983. Very Good+ ...
An early album from Barry Guy's famous group of improvisers – with work from Kenny Wheeler and Harry Beckett on trumpets, Paul Rutherford and Alan Tomlinson on trombones, Tony Oxley and John Stevens on percussion, Barry Guy and Peter Kowald on bass, Howard Riley on piano, and Trevor Watts, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Mike Longo —
Matrix ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
A killer set from pianist Mike Longo – one of those albums that always make us think that the 70s may well be Longo's best decade on record! Mike plays all acoustic piano here, but with a style that also shows a strong knowledge of Fender Rhodes – an instrument he used a lot at the ... read moreCD
Sweet keyboards, R&B grooves, and a great blend of jazz and soul modes – all fused together to make the album one of Jeff Lorber's true classics from the 80s! Lorber's keyboards and programming provide the fusiony foil for the soulful vocals of Karyn White and Michael Jefferies on a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark set of fusion from Jeff Lorber – the major label debut of his group, and the virtual blueprint for a sound that many would try to copy over the years, but never quite match! The style's almost a summation of the CTI/Kudu approaches of the mid 70s – with Lorber setting down a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & light staining on the bottom.)
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet —
LAGQ ... CD Sony, 1998. Used ...
Russ Lossing/Ed Schuller/Paul Motian —
As It Grows ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2002. Used Gatefold ...
Freewheeling, open-ended work from this vibrantly creative trio – working here in a style that's not unlike some of the more offbeat work on ECM in the early days! And by that, we don't mean the atmospheric sounds – but the rare avant sessions that would show up at the label – ... read moreCD
A strong outing from the Joe Lovano nonet – recorded live at the Village Vanguard, with the feel of other classic work recorded in the legendary club! The album's stepped in traditions of large group work of the 50s and 60s – albums by artists like Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, and ... read moreCD
A really wonderful pairing of trumpeter Dave Douglas and tenorist Joe Lovano – working together here on some of the most adventurous material that either player has cut in years! The music is balanced evenly between a sense of rhythm and sense of freedom – with a vibe that's similar ... read moreCD
Great music from jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe – a set that was originally written as the soundtrack for an early 60s sexploitation film, Satin In High Heels – but which works equally well as a jazz album on its own! Lowe's in a slightly different setting than on some of his earlier ... read moreCD
Great music from jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe – a set that was originally written as the soundtrack for an early 60s sexploitation film, Satin In High Heels – but which works equally well as a jazz album on its own! Lowe's in a slightly different setting than on some of his earlier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's a great one for the set, as Mundell Lowe was one of the moodiest players of his generation – a great guitarist with a really unique tone – recorded in a perfect setting for the album! The group's a bit unusual, as it features Lowe's guitar next to small combo arrangements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with a microphone logo, deep groove, and heavy vinyl. Cover has some wear and a split top seam.)