An unusual setting for this long-running jazz partnership – a double-length record that has the saxes of Dave Liebman and the piano of Richie Beirach improvising on a number of themes borrowed from classical music – compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, and others – all really ... read moreCD
David Liebman & Richard Beirach —
Chant ... CD CMP (Germany), 1990. Used ...
Two long tracks featuring Liebman on soprano sax and Beirach on piano. CD
(Booklet has a cutout hole and a light crease in one corner.)
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 moreCD
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
(Nice pressing – in a heavy tip-on cover!)
Kirk Lightsey & Rudolph Johnson with The All-Stars —
Habiba ... LP Gallo/Outernational (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Maybe the hippest record ever issued by pianist Kirk Lightsey – in part because the set was issued on a South African label, and also because it features tremendous work from saxophonist Rudolph Johnson – who you'll know for his two classic 70s albums on the Black Jazz imprint! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Abbey Lincoln takes on the legacy of Billie Holiday – in a strong live set recorded with a small group at the end of the 80s! The setting's a bit more relaxed here than on some of Abbey's other albums of the period – a bit looser and sometimes more languid, but only in the best sort of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Arto Lindsay/Joe McPhee/Ken Vandermark/Phil Sudderberg —
Largest Afternoon ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. New Copy ...
A set that's brimming over with improvising jazz talent – but one that's an especially great reminder of the guitar genius of the great Arto Lindsay! Lindsay is amazing here – playing with energy to match the brilliance of Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee – which is really saying a ... read moreCD
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
Very hip work from this large London collective – a jazz-based group, but one with an ear for a wide range of grooves! The feel here is somewhere in a space between the earliest experiments of Chris Bowden and more recent records by groups like Heritage Orchestra or the Matthew Herbert Big ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
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 moreCD
(In a very cool package – a hardcover gatefold, with a booklet and bonus DVD!)
Charles Lloyd —
Call ... CD ECM, 1993. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Quite a bit different than the famous Charles Lloyd work of the 60s – but a nicely introspective session that showcases his quieter sounds of later years! The date was recorded in Oslo, with a relatively laidback feel – by a quartet that features Lloyd on tenor, Bobo Stenson on piano, ... read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Charles Lloyd —
Nirvana ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1968. Used ...
Lovely work from Charles Lloyd – recorded at the point when he was just pushing off from Chico Hamilton's group, and before he got too noodly for his own good! Side one of the record features Lloyd with his own group – jazzing it up in a mix of flute, guitar, and percussion on a number ... read moreCD
A really fantastic live performance from the Charles Lloyd group of the late 60s – a double-length set that's a wonderful complement to their classic albums on Atlantic Records! The group is great – a young Keith Jarrett on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums ... read moreCD
A key album from the later Charles Lloyd years on ECM – from a moment when the saxophonist seemed to be completely reinvigorated, and exploring very different territories than his music of the 60s! Part of the sound has Lloyd hitting a few ECM vibes – hard not to do with a group that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work here from the Lo Greco brothers – sounding even warmer and jazzier here than on their previous work for Schema Records! The duo of Gianno Lo Greco on drums and Enzo Lo Greco on bass have a really easygoing approach to rhythm – soulful, with all the right spaces between ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
With Jeff Lofton on trumpet, Dr James Polk on piano and organ, Ryan Bowen on bass, and trio of drummers taking turns on percussion – plus Carolyn Wonderland and Murali Coyrell who both contribute guitar and vocals. CD
Vocalist Dele Sosimi joins this ultra-hip London group – a combo who are equally skilled in African and Cuban elements, hence the title of the record – and one who can also serve things up with lots of jazz-based energy as well! All tracks are nice and long – and in addition to ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
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
That's Loos/Armstrong, not Louis Armstrong – a late 90s Dutch group who improvise freely on both electric and acoustic elements – with a style that makes the record one of the most offbeat albums ever released on the Okka Disk label! In some ways, the combo almost tie together Dutch ... read moreCD
You might know the bass of Antti Lotjonen from years back – when he was a key member of the groovy Five Corners Quintet – but his sound has changed a lot since those years, and really deepened into a much richer jazzy style! The bass is at the core of all these tunes, but it's used to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lionel Loueke —
HH ... CD Edition (UK), 2020. New Copy ...
Some of the most beautiful music we've ever heard from Lionel Loueke – a set that's mostly just solo guitar, with a bit of vocalization thrown in for good measure – and which has a style that's almost more compelling than some of Lionel's work in a larger format! Loueke doesn't really ... read moreCD
Some of the most beautiful music we've ever heard from Lionel Loueke – a set that's mostly just solo guitar, with a bit of vocalization thrown in for good measure – and which has a style that's almost more compelling than some of Lionel's work in a larger format! Loueke doesn't really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard soulful grooves from an obscure little combo – that of west coast pianist Johnny Louis, working here on a set that's clearly designed to challenge the 60s fame of the Ramsey Louis Trio! The record's got a very similar approach – highly rhythmic, very soulful piano lines that are ... read moreCD
A well-done look at a style that would break big on the European scene of the mid 60s – the mixture of jazz performance and classical melodies – presented here in a slightly different way by some of the genre's true pioneers! Jacques Loussier recorded famous albums of Bach tunes done ... read moreCD
Allen Lowe on ternor saxophone, Julius Hemphill on alto saxophone, Don Byron on clarinet, Jeff Fuller on bass, Ray Kaczynski on drums & Jay Gitlin on accordian. CD
(Out of print, booklet appears to be signed by the artist.)
Frank Lowe —
Flam ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1975. Very Good+ ...
A classic 70s session from Frank Lowe – done with a really raw feel that reminds us of his well-remembered work for the ESP Records label a few years before! The whole thing's pretty freewheeling – classic avant soulful jazz at its best, played by Lowe on tenor, Joseph Bowie on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent Goodfellas reissue. NOTE – Vinyl has a press flaw that clicks during "Sun Voyage" and "Be-Bo-Bo-Be".)
Bobby Lyle joind by Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson Jr, Gerald Albright, Reggie Hamilton, Kenny Garrett, Ray Fuller, Marcus Miller, Danny Jacob, Stanley Clarke, Everette Harp, Sonny Emory, Lenny Castro, Larry Kimpel, Carl Burnette, Peter White, Michael Patches Stewart & Larry Cohn. CD
Incredible sounds from the Swedish scene of the early 60s – a 10" album from trombonist Lars Lystedt, whose combo features work from pianist Berndt Egerbladh, who then takes over as a leader on side two! Side one is a stone cooker – tight grooves that are in the best Scandinavian ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very very very groovy stuff by this masterful jazz vibist, recorded with a sort of late 60s swingin' feel – but still very much in the pocket and warm as a summer breeze! Lytle has a pretty remarkable way of playing the vibes with speed and energy, yet the overall feel still has kind of a ... read moreCD
(Comes in a great, heavy cardboard gatefold-style package!)
Fast Hands is a great date from the revival years of Johnny Lytle – his stretch for Muse Records at the end of the 70s, and a bit of a return to his soul jazz roots of the 60s! The tracks here are a bit longer than before, but they've got a similar sort of energy – a nice rhythmic ... read moreCD
One of the few later Johnny Lytle LPs to maintain his classic vibes/organ/congas sound of his earlier years – in this case recorded with David Braham on organ and Sammy Figueroa on congas. As the title might imply, the LP features a remake of Lytle's classic "Happy Ground". Other ... read moreCD
A killer set of grooves from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – one of the first and one of the few to ever combine vibes with Hammond organ – in this case, the work of Milt Harris on the keys! The group is a very rhythmic trio, thanks to Harris on the bass pedals, and Penny Hinant on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Riverside pressing, RM 470, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, mostly split bottom seam, and some light stains on back.)
One of the rarest early albums by Johnny Lytle – and a very tasty set of tracks that has a slightly different kick than usual. Johnny's regular trio with Milt Harris on organ and Peppy Hinant on drums is joined by Steve Cooper on bass and Ray Barretto on congas – which gives the tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some aging, mostly on the back, with an ink stamp.)
Pianist Harold Mabern works here with a trio of players who really helped him find new focus and energy in later years – the great Eric Alexander on tenor, with John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – a rock-solid lineup who really take off here in a live date from New York's ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling Harold Mabern albums for DIW – and the only one to feature a larger group than a trio! Mabern almost returns to his soul jazz 60s roots on Prestige with this sweet little set – adding in the trumpet of Bill Mobley, tenor of Bill Easley, and guitar of Kevin ... read moreCD
A heartbreakingly beautiful album from pianist Harold Mabern – a set that's already beautiful on its own, but which maybe moves us even more when we realize it's one of the last that Harold has ever given us! The set's recorded at the Smoke nightclub on the upper west side – and ... read moreCD
Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt Elling —
Afro Blue ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm ... read moreCD
A real corker from Machito – a set that's got a lot more bite and earthy fire than some of his other albums of the 50s – as you might be able to guess from the cover and the title! The record definitely lives up to the Afro-Cuban promise on the front – thanks to very hip ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late work from Machito, but great work too – a live set that shows that he's not only still a hell of a Latin bandleader, but also open to some of the more advance modes the music took on in the 60s and 70s! Tracks are long and very jamming – performed live by a band that includes work ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Tight instrumental work from the UK scene – a record that's part funky, part fuzzy, and very electric overall – almost a hybrid of jazz fusion and some of the electro modes that first found space on horror soundtracks of the 70s and 80s! The group's got lots of guitar pyrotechnics from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shai Maestro definitely earns his last name here – working as the guiding force behind incredible sounds that seem to flow from his fingertips with effortless ease – this nonstop cascade of sounds, ideas, and colors that come across equally well on both the album's dynamic tracks and ... read moreCD
A real rising star on Schema Records – composer Alessandro Magnanini, best known for his hit with Mario Biondi – stepping out here in a beautiful album of his own original music! There's a fresh feel here that really opens up a new chapter at Schema – still a bit of their old ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition double colored vinyl pressing with bonus tracks!)
A massive set of fusion from Mahavishnu Orchestra – a group that features some incredible guitar work from John McLaughlin, who sounds even more focused and driven here than on his own records! As with Return To Forever or Weather Report, the combo's a supergroup of sorts – with Billy ... read moreCD
A record with a soaring spirit from the contemporary London scene – a fantastic full-length statement from Maisha, a group we'd heard about over the years – but are only now getting a chance to enjoy! The group's led by drummer Jake Long, but features this really tremendous work on ... read moreCD
A very unusual shift for spiritual jazz in the 80s – a set that combines the acoustic energy of the 70s with some newer electric touches – all in a way that takes off with some soulful elements in the mix! Jeff Majors handles a harp – ala Dorothy Ashby – but the music mixes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The album's got a very poetic title, and a wonderfully poetic sound as well – music that adds up to way more than the 1000 seconds promised on the front, served up in beautiful duets between Jan Maksimowicz on soprano sax and Dimitrij Golovanov on piano! Some tunes are quite short, others ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Malaby —
Adobe ... CD Sunnyside, 2004. Used (reissue)...
A trio date with Drew Gress on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Tracks include "Humpty Dumpty", "Adobe Blues" "Dorotea La Cautiva", "Mia" and "What Is This Thing Called Love". CD
Maybe the strongest record so far from Mammal Hands – a set that really has the group growing in their sense of tone and color, and in the unique timing they bring to their tunes! The group is a trio, but not in a mode that you might be guessing – because next to the piano of Nick ... read moreCD
Junior's the Big Chief on this one – coming down hard and soulfully on the keys, in a style that's sprightly, yet which also matches the more soul-drenched styles of some of his early 60s contemporaries! The backing is surprisingly sensitive at times – with contemplative bass from ... read moreCD
An album that's unlike anything else we've ever heard before – served up by a percussionist who spent the mid 70s touring the Caribbean and South Pacific, and who seems to have absorbed a globe's worth of rhythms in the process! The album's probably closest to a jazz fusion album – as ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from this very unusual player – tracks that feature Gus on tuba, with Red Mitchell on bass, Joe Romano on alto, and Pete Jolly on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Shrinkwrap has a small hole.)
Harvey Mandel —
Baby Batter ... LP Janus/Tiger Bay (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
A classic bit of funky guitar by Harvey Mandel – similar to some of Dennis Coffey's early work in that it's got full on guitar power, very much inspired by heavy rock, filtered through an approach that's also got plenty of funk in it! The killer track here is the classic "Baby ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Harvey Mandel —
Snake ... LP Janus/Tiger Bay (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Messed-up funky guitar from Harvey Mandel – a little bit blues, a little bit rock, but also pretty darn funky overall – and a set that's got all the freewheeling fuzz of his best work from the time! In a way, his records like this are even better than his first few, as he's getting a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Albert Mangelsdorff & Lee Konitz —
Art Of The Duo ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
A fantastic showcase for these two modern jazz giants – sublime trombone sounds from Albert Mangelsdorff, perfectly paired with the alto sax of Lee Konitz – all at a level that makes the album one of the best from both players at the time! The session was actually a late MPS effort, ... read moreCD
A sweet little disco set from Herbie Mann – recorded in collaboration with the Fire Island soul vocal trio! The group's got a sound that's kind of compelling – not as sweet or smooth as some of the other disco trios of the time, and with an approach that almost has the voices moving in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Mann's at the Village Gate – really wailing away in a set of extended numbers that not only set a whole new standard for live recording in jazz, but which also pushed forward the role of the flute in the music as well! There's a heck of a lot of soul in the grooves here – served ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Label has a name in marker. Cover has light wear.)
Different work than usual for Herbie – a series of sides recorded in Sweden in the late 50s, featuring Herbie on both flute and tenor! The feel here is at once more poised and more open than some of Herbie's US sides from the time – as the groups shift from track to track, and Herbie's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear along the opening, waviness and a cutout hole.)
Great early 70s work from Herbie Mann! By this point in his career, Herbie must have had a fleet of cars, a harem of ladies, and a golden flute. You can hear his success in the live material that makes up the album – recorded before very enthusiastic audiences at the New York and Montreux ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann takes strong inspiration from the great Ray Charles here – working in a cool mode that's partly the soulful sound of Mann's other work for Atlantic Records, and partly the fuller style of Charles' 60s music for ABC! Backings are full, but very groovy – thanks to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Mann kicks Johnny Rivers off the stage of the Whisky A Go Go – and serves up some amazing long tracks that really redefine the sound of jamming on the Sunset Strip! The album's quite unusual for the time – in that it features two long tracks, which each run a side apiece – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Mann got a standing ovation for this performance – at least if the title is to be believed – and considering the grooves on the set, it was all for very good reason! The album's one of the few to feature Mann in the company of pianist Chick Corea – who steps out here with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Herbie and Joao are listed together in the artist credits together for the record, they don't really play together on the record – as did Joao and Stan Getz on their album together. Instead, they trade off tracks of bossa nova material, recorded with Jobim in Rio – Joao's by ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, 2011 digipack pressing from Warner Brasil. Back cover has a small, light stain.)
A great little record, and one that might be thought of best as a "Herbie Mann Plus" record – rather than a duet between the artists on the cover! Half the set features the American release of some great Joao Gilberto material from the early years in Brazil, with arrangements from ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the coolest albums ever from Herbie Mann – and a set that's definitely got the vibrant sound you'd expect from its title and cover! The set's a live one, and pretty open at times – and the great Rufus Harley joins Mann's group for one track – in a really mad mix of sounds ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Twin-flute magic from the quintet of Herbie Mann and Sam Most – both of whom play the long, thin instrument here – in intertwining lines of sound that are totally great! There's a style here that's often a bit more frenetic than usual for Herbie – one that's possibly picked up ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2000 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)
Shelly Manne scored big with a jazz version of the Peter Gunn soundtrack in the 50s – and he does it again in this 60s version of Henry Mancini's music for the full-length Gunn movie! The style here is a bit more far-reaching and looser than before – showing not just Manne's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s mono pressing! Shrinkwrap has a smal hole. Cover has a cutout hole.)
A very cool album that has Shelly Manne and Jack Marshall going nuts on a bunch of percussion, drums, and other odd instruments! Marshall mostly plays spare acoustic guitar, with some very nutty changes – and Manne proves that he's a very adept percussionist way past his usual west coast ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)
Vocalion and Bluebird sides cut by trumpeter and bandleader Wingy Manone. Tracks include "Dallas Blues", "West Wind", "Basin Street Blues", "Hesitation Blues", "Panama", "Afterglow", "River Man", and "I Just Made Up With ... read moreCD
Bluebird sides cut by trumpeter and bandleader Wingy Manone. Tracks include "It's The Gypsy In Me", "Cottage By The Moon", "Fancy Meeting With You", "Boo Hoo", "Sweet Lorraine", "Formal Night In Harlem", "In The Groove", and ... read moreCD