A beautiful hard burner from Gene Krupa – a perfect example of the way he could skirt different camps of jazz when working in small group format! Players here are all top shelf – and include Ben Webster, Bill Harris, Teddy Wilson, Ray Brown, and Charlie Shavers – a lineup that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty darn great album – with a wonderful mix of JATP swing and strong-handed drumming by the leaders. The material was mostly recorded at a Jazz At The Philharmonic show at Carnegie Hall in 1952, and although the main focus appears to be Krupa and Rich's drum work, there's actually some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty darn great album – with a wonderful mix of JATP swing and strong-handed drumming by the leaders. The material was recorded at a Jazz At The Philharmonic show at Carnegie Hall in 1952, and although the main focus appears to be Krupa and Rich's drum work, there's actually some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums we've heard from pianist Joachim Kuhn in years – a really thoughtful solo piano take on the music of Ornette Coleman – and one that definitely lives up to the "melodic" promise of the title! Kuhn's never totally straight ahead – and lord knows, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fierce, freewheeling work by this excellent group – a quartet that features mindblowing trombone from Eje Thelin, a player we totally love – plus piano from Joachim Kuhn, who also blows a bit of alto sax – and bass from Adelhard Roidinger and drums from Jacques Thollot. Very free ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Kuhn on tenor, alto, and bass clarinet – plus William Parker on tuba, Phillip Wilson on percussion, Bill Horvitz on guitar, Wayne Horvitz on electro-acoustic piano, and Mark Miller on vibes. LP, Vinyl record album
Peter Kuhn Quartet —
Kill ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1982. Near Mint- ...
Modernist clarinet at its best – handled deftly by Peter Kuhn, in a range of modes that moves between hard-swinging jazz and much more spacious, sonic textures! Kuhn plays both standard and bass clarinet – using the latter with an especially great sound that reminds us of some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most expressive albums ever from German jazzmen Rolf and Joachim Kuhn – an obscure American date cut for Impulse Records in the late 60s! This session pairs the Kuhn brothers – on clarinet and piano, respectively – with John Coltrane's bassist Jimmy Garrison and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the weird and wonderful sessions cut in the brief years of the Dauntless label – a set that's built around country and western tunes, but handled by the twin modern piano talents of Steve Kuhn and Toshiko Akioshi! The approach is very strange, and very magical – as the piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last great recordings of Steve Kuhn's vocal songs – done live at Fat Tuesday's with Sheila Jordan singing with Kuhn's trio! The sound here takes us back to classic 70s sets by Monica Zetterlund and Karin Krog that feature Kuhn's lyrics – wonderfully-crafted words that were ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two sidelong improvisation session with Kuryokhin on organ and Grebenshchikov on electric guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
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
With Lacy on soprano sax, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Bobby Few on piano, Jean Jacques Avenel on bass, Oliver Johnson on drums, and Irene Aebi on vocals and violin. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
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- ...
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 —
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
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
With Bill Douglas on bass and flute, Mark Isham on trumpet and horns, and Kurt Wortman on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Easily one of the biggest selling jazz albums of the 60s – a crowning achievement for Ramsey Lewis and his popular trio with Eldee Young on bass and Redd Holt on drums! The set was recorded live at the Bohemian Caverns in DC, and the trio are perfect in the setting – going at the ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ramsey and the classic trio with Eldee Young and Red Holt – grooving away on a pot luck batch of tunes that includes material from a wide wide variety of sources, all turned into soul jazz magic by the boys! Believe it or not, Ramsey takes tunes like "Andaluza", "Arrividerci ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic pop soul jazz from the inventor of the genre! Ramsey's funky piano is backed by some soulful arrangements handled by Richard Evans – in a really tight style that includes great percussion, electric bass, and an all-out kicking style that makes even the mellowest tunes groove! Evans ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sparkling collection of the soul jazz groovers churned out by Ramsey's famous first trio – the groundbreaking ensemble that featured Eldee Young on bass and Redd Holt on drums. The set does a good job of pushing past obvious hits, and includes some tasty little groovers like "Travel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ramsey Lewis had such great success with his first album of Christmas instrumentals for Chess Records, he soon hopped back in the studio for a second record – but one with a very distinct difference! This time around, the trio's a bit unusual – in that it features regular bassist Eldee ... (Holiday Music, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the earliest albums ever from the great Sven Libaek – an artist who'd be better known for his famous soundtrack work in the 70s! As you might guess from his name – Sven hails from Scandinavia – but he made most of his career and best music in Australia – and this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite records ever from the great Sven Libaek – an artist who's possibly best known for his underwater soundtrack work of the 70s, but who shines equally well here on a late 60s album that has him hitting the top of the waves! The music was written for a surf film in 1968, but ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features a core group with Jimmy Cobb on drums, Larry Willis on piano, and Walter Booker on bass – plus cornet from Steve Satten on two tracks, and vocals from Marilyn Redfield on one more! LP, Vinyl record album
David Liebman —
Pendulum ... LP Artists House, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Players include Dave Liebman on tenor and soprano sax, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Richie Beirach on piano, Frank Tusa on bass, and Al Foster on drums – and titles include "Pendulum", "Picadilly Lilly", and "Footprints". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and is missing the booklet.)
A record that definitely lives up to its title – as it's a lot freer and more spiritual than later work from drummer Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen group! This set perfectly captures the unique vibe that the ensemble brought to the Houston scene at the start of the 70s – really the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most righteous sounds we've ever heard from Houston legends The Lightmen – recorded at a time when the group was at their most spiritual, and very firmly following a cosmic path set down by drummer Bubbha Thomas! The music here owes nothing to the hippest sounds coming from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download for audio & video! 2LP pressing – with both the mono and stereo versions of the record – and a great booklet too.)
Cosmic jazzy genius from Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen – the kind of a record that sounds like it should have come out of Detroit or Chicago in the early 70s – and not the Texas scene from which the group hailed! The Lightmen have a vibe that reminds us a lot of The Pharoahs or some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The set features the long improvisation "We" – recorded live, by a quartet that fatures Lino Liguori on drums, Guido Mazzon on trombone, Mario Schiano on alto, and Gateano Liguori on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
Early work by Abbey – recorded in a mode that's straighter than she'd sound a few years later – less angry, more like other jazz vocalists of the time, but still with that unmistakable Abbey Lincoln quality in the voice! The arrangements on the set are by Benny Golson – using ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Hugh Ragin on trumpet, JD Parran on tenor and clarinet, Eric Watson on piano, Thurman Barker on drums and percussion, Ray Anderson on trombone, Marty Erlich on alto and flute, and Vincent Chancey on French horn. LP, Vinyl record album
A set that's more electronic than some of the other recent albums from Greg Foat, but a record that still fits nicely inside his style – that understated approach to keyboard-driven jazz – heavy on influences from the past, yet never delivered in a way that's too straightforward at all ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool record from saxophonist Robert Mavouzny and trombonist Al Lirvat – the latter of whom also cut some biguine albums on the French scene of the 70s! This set's maybe a bit straighter jazz, but you can definitely hear some unusual touches at play – as the group opens up with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Few players have the scope and depth of Charles Lloyd over the space of so many decades – and here, once again, Lloyd reminds us that his longevity in jazz has everything to do with the continued growth of his music – and not just the fact that he's stuck around for so long! The sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(3-sided vinyl pressing, done beautifully, with 12" booklet of notes – and bonus DVD of the performance!)
Charles Lloyd —
Moon Man ... LP Kapp, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Weird bit of hippy dippy jazz from Charles Lloyd, with vocals on most tracks, and lots of groovy lyrics about "the moonman", "computer man", and "heavy kharma". The vocalist is not credited, but most of the lyrics are written by Lloyd, although we don't really think ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Giancarlo Nino Locatelli —
Situations ... LP We Insist (Italy), 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
Steve Lacy's usually thought of more as a performer than a composer – but reedman Giancarlo Locatelli does a really great job of illustrating the compositional brilliance of Lacy's talents – by reworking his soprano sax themes in deeper modes here on Bb and bass clarinets! Every track ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing record from Chicago musician/artist Damon Locks – maybe the album he's been waiting his entire life to make – and the first to really bring together the mighty sum of his many talents! The material was recorded live in performance at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful vinyl edition – with bonus artwork inserts!)
Quite an unusual record from this hip London combo of the 60s – every bit as compelling as their Beatles album, but in a very different way! As the title implies, most songs are from Elizabethan sources – but they're played with an open, modal sort of groove – the more sensitive, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet later work from guitarist Wilbert Longmire – a warm mixture of soul and funky jazz – and easily one of the better records to come from the Tappan Zee label at the time! Production is by Bob James and Jay Chattaway – with an R&B-inflected vibe that's a bit like some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album