Kwintet Barowy (Jerzy Milian/Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski) —
Do Widzenia ... LP GAD (Poland), 1959. New Copy (reissue)...
Early work from the Polish jazz scene of the postwar years – by a cool combo that features two key players who'd really explode in decades to come! The group features excellent work on tenor and flute from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, and vibes from Jerzy Milian – both two of our favorite ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title might be a bit of a joke – given that the career of Steve Lacy was never enough to warrant a lot of revenue – but the album's a killer with his group of well-honed players from the European scene – one of those great Lacy combo records that never seems to run out of ... read moreCD
Seminal work from Steve Lacy – a set that was recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until the mid 70s – when it quickly became one of THE key records for understanding Lacy's sound and style! The set's based on the work of Thelonious Monk – and like Lacy's early Prestige ... read moreCD
A stone classic from Steve Lacy – a record that was nearly as important to the soprano sax in jazz as it was to Lacy in his career! In one record, Lacy almost single-handedly takes the soprano sax into the modern age – working before Coltrane and others to push the instrument from its ... read moreCD
A massive double-length set from saxophonist Steve Lacy – and maybe one of the strongest 70s statements from his legendary European quintet! The album features two different live performances – each of which open up in the brilliant freedoms allowed by the European scene since the end ... 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
Excellent late work from one of the most soulful French tenorists of the postwar years – recording here in a quartet with Marc Hemmeler on piano, Jack Sewing on bass, and Philippe Combell on drums – playing songs composed by Charles Trenet, which seems to bring out a wonderfully ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bireli LaGrene —
15 ... LP Island, 1982. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Bireli LaGrene plays with Gaiti La Grene and Tschirglo Loeffler on guitars, Thomas Wind on vibes, Thomas Zahn on drums, Leszek Zadlo on tenor sax, and Jan Jankeje on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
With Bireli Lagrene on solo guitar and bass, Gaiti Lagrenen and Tschirglo Loeffler on rhythm guitar, Jan Jankeje on bass, Jorg Reiter on piano, Wolfgang Lakerschmid on vibes, Bernd Marquart on trumpet, and Schmido Kling on violin. LP, Vinyl record album
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
A sonically sensitive session from Oliver Lake – recorded in the mid 70s, in very relaxed quartet formation! Lake plays a range of reeds here – alto, soprano sax, and flute – and the group features lots of musings on guitar from Michael G Jackson, a player we don't know at all, ... 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
Oliver Lake —
Prophet ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1980. Used ...
With Oliver Lake on alto, Baikida Carrol on trumpet, Donald Smith on piano, Jerry Harris on bass, and Pheeroan Aklaff on drums! CD
(Out of print.)
Oliver Lake —
Shine ... LP Novus, 1979. Near Mint- ...
With Oliver Lake on alto, soprano, and flute – plus Michael Gregory Jackson on guitar, Pheeroan Ak Laff on drums, Anthony Davis on piano, and Abdul Wadud on cello. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)
Oliver Lake & Julius Hemphill —
Buster Bee ... LP Sackville, 1978. Near Mint- ...
A sharp late 70s duo session from Oliver Lake & Julius Hemphill – captured at Toronto's Eastern Sound in March of '78 – great material joint composed by the two and performed with muscular, tension and delicate melody. Hempill and Lake both play alto saxes on the great opening and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear and a cut corner.)
Andrew Lamb/Tom Abbs/Michael Wimberley/Guillermo B —
Rhapsody In Black ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2008. New Copy ...
Andrew Lamb is billed as "The Black Lamb" here – a nice nickname, given the earthy quality of the set! The group's got two percussionists at its core – Michael Wimberly and Guillermo E Brown – both players with different energies that help expand the roots of the record ... read moreCD
Groovy groovy vocalese – featuring the group formed by Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks after they were deserted by Annie Ross. Yolanda Bavan takes over Ross' vocals, and the trio do a lively batch of vocal tracks with some excellent interplay on the vocal lines. The set features backing by ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Although Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross started out their career singing vocalese versions of Basie tunes, they do a pretty darn great job here with Ellington – in fact, maybe even better, given the sophistication of the tracks. And while the album lacks some of the whimsy of the wonderful ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solo piano recordings by Lande, titles include "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "All The Things You Are", "Willow Weep For Me", "Star Eyes", "Angel Eyes", "Bewitched Bothered & Bewildered", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
A standout moment from pianist Art Lande – maybe his best-remembered date for the ECM label – in part because the record features wonderful work from Jan Garbarek on flute, soprano, and bass saxophone! The simple duet mode is a bit different here than on other ECM dates – as ... read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & sticker remnant on booklet cover.)
Adam Lane's bass is superb here – really shaping the sound in a sublime way right from the start – brooding and bold up from the bottom – never too heavy-handed, but a force that directs the recording beautifully, and really gives shape to the alto of Darius Jones and drums of ... read moreCD
Morris Lane —
Tenor Saxman ... LP Official (Denmark), Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Great work from tenorist Morris Lane – a player who first rose to prominence in the Lionel Hampton band of the 40s, then went onto cut some great work on his own! Like most of the best talents in the Hampton group, Lane's got the sharp-edged sound that was necessary to stand out in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Billy Larkin & The Delegates —
Pigmy ... LP Aura, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Killer stuff! This is one of Billy's earliest albums, and it's a monster batch of funky organ tunes with a much harder groove than on later works! The group is Billy's early Delegates trio – with Hank Swarn on guitar and Mel Brown on drums – and bad, bad grooves abound: including the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Labels have a name in pen. Cover has a split bottom seam, some yellowing from age, and notes in pen on back.)
A dark suite of tracks dedicated to New York after hours – played by the wonderful Ellis Larkins, a vastly-overlooked 50s pianist who was always great at moody sessions like these! Most of the tunes are familiar ones – "Manhattan Serenade", "Lullaby Of Birdland", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Prince Lasha Ensemble —
Insight ... CD Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ...
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the ... read moreCD
The birth of new sounds on the New York scene of the 60s – an important early recording that features the team of Prince Lasha on flute and Sonny Simmons on alto – with great contributions from Don Cherry on trumpet and Clifford Jordan on tenor! The work is some of Jordan's most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(140 gram clear vinyl, limited numered edition, still in the shrink.)
Seeds ... CD Dome (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
A tight debut from Lasperanza – aka arranger producer Rico Garofalo, who put together the whole set as a tribute to older jazz, funk, and soul that laid the seeds for his own music in recent years! The record has a vibe that's a bit like that strong UK soul tradition started with Incognito, ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A really amazing all-star project from Bill Lawell – one that hearkens back to that amazing criss-crossing of sounds and styles he created in the 90s – music that was, in part, made with some of Laswell's collaborators on this session! The tracks are all nice and long, and feature work ... read moreCD
A great album of some of Yusef Lateef's fantastic material recorded for the Savoy label, featuring the great multi-reed player amidst a tight quintet of Detroit players like Terry Pollard on piano, Bernard McKinney on euphonium, Bill Austin on bass, and Frank Gant on drums. This LP collects ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet collection and one the label could have called The Diverse Yusef Lateef if that title wasn't already taken. This anthology goes way past Yusef Lateef's Atlantic years and includes material recorded for Savoy, Prestige, and Impulse – it even has track recorded with Grant Green for ... read moreCD
Incredible early work from Yusef Lateef – some of his best! On these early Savoy side, Lateef is drawing from the wealth of influences that were running through the Detroit jazz underground of the 50s that spawned him – and apart from a strongly-conceived bop-influenced sound, you'll ... read moreCD
(Out of print, booklet is wrinkled from some water damage. Promtional stamp on cover.)
One of Yusef Lateef's most fantastic albums, and one that grooves in a way that few of his other albums do! The session is an amazing live set from 1964, recorded at Pep's Nightclub in Philly, and it features some amazing playing by a young Mike Nock on piano and the brilliant Richard Williams on ... read moreCD
A fantastic moment from Yusef Lateef – and a set that's one of the most unique in his mighty long catalog! The album was recorded in Lagos, and has Lateef working with a host of Nigerian musicians – a bit of a follow-up to the Hikima record he did for the Nigerian Cultural Center in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Ingrid Laubrock & Kris Davis —
Blood Moon ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
A beautiful duo, improvising freely – the piano of Kris Davis and very vivid tenor and soprano sax of Ingrid Laubrock – both interwoven in these incredible ways that make the whole thing seem like an effortless act of spontaneous creation – nothing forced, nothing overdone, just ... read moreCD
A wonderful full album from keyboardist Jessica Lauren – a London talent we've loved for years, and have watched mature deeply over the past few decades! Jessica's keyboards have graced a number of key recordings from the past 20 years or so on the British scene – but she's issued ... read moreCD
An incredibly righteous album from the Detroit scene of the early 70s – nothing like anything you'd expect with "Bagdad" in the name – even more obscure than some of the city's spiritual jazz treasures on the Tribe and Strata labels from the time – and done for a very ... read moreCD
Bold work from Elliot Lawrence – one of the groovier big band leaders on the west coast of the 50s – and one of the few who really found a way to mix older modes and some of the modern changes going on at the time! Lawrence's music almost always has a groove – his audience were ... read moreCD
A really wonderful album from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – a very strong-voiced talent who's got a way of being bright and sharp at the same time, and who can always bring lots of his own compositional strengths to bear as well! The core group is a quartet – with Lawrence blowing ... read moreCD
The title definitely sums up the vibe of the record – because although Trevor Lawrence is the drummer at the core, he's also clearly a hell of a warm personality, too – with a very welcoming vibe that makes the album's array of musicians and guest artists feel right at home! The set's ... read moreCD
Hubert Laws hits an 80s groove here – but the shift doesn't seem to dampen his soul at all! At some points, the rhythms are a bit more pronounced than before – bouncy and funky at points, with a slight nod to the clubs – yet other points still have that soft, airy finish that ... read moreCD
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
A totally wonderful little record – not just a funky 70s soundtrack, but an excellent jazz outing as well – thanks to the talents of Hubert Laws on flute and Earl Klugh on guitar! Patrick Williams wrote and arranged the whole set – and he merges his jazzier roots with some of his ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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
A beautiful document of this legendary French Canadian group – a quartet that's maybe best known for a famous album issued by Radio Canada, but who finally get their due here in a fantastic 4CD collection of material from the early 70s! Almost all the work here is live, recorded during what ... read moreCD
A wild and wonderful hippy theatrical approach to jazz! The tracks are kind of theatrical interpretations of jazz work by Charles Mingus, Yusef Lateef, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, and others – performed by a jazz group that includes trumpeter Wallace Roney, flautist Le Scott, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Le Theatre Du Chene Noir —
Aurora ... LP Futura/Souffle Continu (France), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
One of those amazing records from the 70s French scene – the kind of set that makes it unlike anywhere else on the planet at the time – served up in an unusual blend of avant jazz, vocals, and lots of other unusual elements! The work is a theater piece, the story of earth and its ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreCD
Amidst the clutter of pop-oriented Peggy Lee reissues on the market, it's often difficult to find a CD that shows how strong a jazz singer she was back in the day. This set nicely corrects that problem by offering up 15 great little jazzy gems by Peggy – all originally recorded for Capitol's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A very nice small combo album from Peggy Lee – singing here with live backings by the George Shearing Quintet, in a style that's very different from a lot of her other work for Capitol! The set's got a slight Latin feel, thanks to George's mix of percussion, vibes, piano, and guitar – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set from Tony Lee – one of the more soulful pianists on the UK scene, and one of the more overlooked! This set has Tony's trio with a great addition – the guitar of Terry Smith alongside the bass of Tony Archer and drums of Martin Drew – on titles that include "Dat's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A gem of a package from one of our favorite film composers ever – a huge 10CD assortment of music from the earliest years of Michel Legrand – a set that shows just what an amazing career he was already having in Paris before his mid 60s rise on the international scene! The scope of ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Some of the greatest jazz work ever recorded by Michel Legrand! Although Legrand's always been known for his sweet soundtrack work and his famous easy listening sides – he's also a heck of a jazz pianist, and here in this rare 1959 session, he works in a trio format that puts him right up ... read moreCD
Peter Leitch & John Hicks —
Duality ... CD Reservoir, 1994. Used ...
Saxophonist Bukky Leo grew up in Lagos, but has given his talents strongly to the London scene in the past few decades – where he's really made magic in a great criss-crossing of jazz with his Nigerian roots! Part of Bukky's long legacy is an annual tribute to Fela Kuti – and this set ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best soul jazz sides on the Black & Blue label – a great late 60s session from trumpeter Johnny Letman – one of a number of older American ex-patriots in Paris! Although Letman worked with Horace Henderson, Basie, and Cab Calloway, he really didn't make many recordings ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marc Levin is maybe best known for one famous album of avant jazz recorded for the Savoy label in the 60s – but he's equally stunning here in a mid 70s set that got little circulation at the time, but which is a key part of Levin's under-recorded legacy as a leader! The approach is very open ... read moreCD
A great little set – warmly spiritual soul jazz, recorded as one of the few mid 70s releases to grace the Catalyst label. Pianist Mark Levine leads the set – and he's got a gentle west coast touch that fits perfectly with the album's horn work by Tom Harrell, Mike Morris, and Ray Pizzi. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rod Levitt led one of the hippest large groups of the 60's, and although his work was barely recognized at the time, and all but forgotten now, these RCA records of his stand as a constant tribute to his brilliant skills as an arranger and leader. These cuts are short and quirky, with ensemble ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"Dynamic" is right – as Rod's one of the hippest large group arrangers of his time! The album's a really wonderful record that features Rod leading an octet with a distinctly modern touch – almost building off the styles of Kenton groups of the 50s, but with more of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dynamic sounds from this overlooked 60s leader – played in a sharp mix of swing and modern styles – with work from Levitt on trombone, plus Bill Berry on trumpet, Buzz Renn on alto and flute, George Marge on tenor and flute, and Gene Allen on baritone and bass clarinet! LP, Vinyl record album
Tight hard swinging big band set, with really complicated arrangements and some great writing. Not all of the players are names you'll recognize, but Levitt's talent for arrangement and leadership ensure a tight tight band, and the album wails nicely. Tracks include "Stop Those Men!", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Given that a busty babe is leaning into the left side of the piano keyboard on the cover, we'd almost expect Lou Levy to focus mostly on the lighter notes on the right – but instead, he really opens up with some great deep notes on the cover, and takes the album far past anything you might ... read moreCD
Two trombone-heavy compositions – one penned by George Lewis, one by Ozana Omelchuk – both played here by the Studio Dan ensemble in two different formations! "As We May Feel" is a Lewis composition for chamber ensemble – and has this very bold sense of attack and decay ... read moreCD
The first recordings ever from Orchestra USA – the landmark third stream jazz group co-led by John Lewis and Gunther Schuller! The group sprang out of Schuller and Lewis' preoccupations with bringing jazz to a more serious environment – merging traits of 20th century classical with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best early albums cut by John Lewis as a leader – a set that's a fair bit different than John's work with the Modern Jazz Quartet – thanks to strong guest appearances from players who include Paul Gonsalves and Benny Golson on tenor sax, Eric Dolphy on alto, Jim Hall on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mel Lewis performs the music of Thad Jones – with a group that features Earl Dardner on lead trumpet, John Mosca on trombone, Dick Oatts on alto, soprano, and flute – and Jim McNeely on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
The cover of this one might make the album one of the campiest records on Verve – but the session's a surprisingly great one, with a straighter vocal approach than you'd guess! Monica's got a really sweet vocal style – a bit sexy, and certainly adult – arranged here with some ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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