An early set from this leader who also gave us the excellent Color In Jazz album on MPS! The set features solos from Bernd Rabe on alto sax, Horst Jankowski on piano, Gerald Weinkopf and Fritz Dautel on tenor, Georg Ernszt on trumpet, and Peter Witte on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear around the edges, and some light ringwear.)
A masterpiece from trumpeter Josef Leimberg – a set that features guest appearances by Kamasi Washington, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – yet a record that has an amazing sound that's all its own! Washington's working in a blend of spiritual and electric jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered, limited edition of 250 – on colored vinyl!)
Urs Leimgruber, Andreas Willers, Alvin Curran, & Fabrizio Spera —
Rome-Ing ... CD Leo (UK), 2019. Used ...
Urs Leimgruber on soprano and tenor saxophone, Andreas Willers on guitar, Alvin Curran on piano, and Fabrizio Spera on drums. CD
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
An album with a bit of a gimmick – songs about the moon – but one that quickly transcends that mode, thanks to the vocal strengths of Allegra Levy! Levy's definitely a singer who's working in a jazz-based style, but she's also got this very pointed, personal approach to phrasing that ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
O'Donel Levy —
Black Velvet ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
A stone laidback set from O'Donel Levy – one of the greatest soul jazz guitarists of the 70s, and a player who sounds fresher and fresher to us over the years! This album's a bit more laidback than some of Levy's other sets for Groove Merchant – with larger arrangements that feature ... read moreCD
O'Donel Levy —
Simba ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Fantastic sounds throughout – and maybe the best album ever by this legendary 70s guitar player! O'Donel Levy's got this tremendous sound that comes from playing an electric hollow body – in a tone that takes the best bits of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery, and strips them down for a ... read moreCD
Spacious fusion from 80s Poland – a nice little set that's got a vibe that's more laidback and flowing than some of the more jamming electric material of the 70s – which also seems to make things a bit more funky and soulful too! Many of the tracks start out in a nicely spare sort of ... read moreCD
Jazz At Preservation Hall is a great recording from New Orleans' George Lews – caught here after his big return to fame in the late 40s and 50s – but still sounding great! Lewis' clarinet is very firmly in the lead, and gets plenty of room to solo – especially on the album's ... read moreCD
Maybe the strongest creative statement to date from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an album of work inspired by the legacy of George Washington Carver – served up here with a sense of depth that's certain to open even more doors for Lewis in years to come! There's a majesty to the ... read moreCD
A uniquely European Encounter between pianist John Lewis and violinist Svend Asmussen – and one that makes for a different blend of instrumentation than you'd get on some of John Lewis' other albums as a leader! The pair are supported by Jimmy Woode on bass and Sture Kalin on drums – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red & purple label pressing. Cover has light wear, some aging and center splits in the top and bottom seams.)
Luv N Haight has done it again! This totally cool reissue of a very very lost funky LP is a real monster, and another reissue feather in the cap of the great Luv N Haight catalog. The hot and funky Johnny Lewis Quartet recorded this massive slab of jazz in the early 70's, when the group's lineup ... read moreCD
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
(Stereo blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Ramsey Lewis —
Ramsey ... LP Columbia, 1979. Near Mint- ...
A sweet late 70s groover from Ramsey – not as all-out electric as some of his earlier work for Columbia, but done with some nice arrangements that have a full and soulful feel! There's a bit of Kalimba/Earth Wind & Fire soul to the mix – and some tracks have production by James ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Back cover has a gold promo sticker.)
Beautifully soulful work from drummer Victor Lewis – and a record that introduced the world to the tremendous tenor talents of Seamus Blake! The set's got a relaxed, flowing vibe that reminds us a lot of some of Lewis' collaborations with Bobby Watson – although Blake's tenor tone ... read moreCD
Totally great work from the legendary keyboard giant Webster Lewis – very different than the major label records he cut in America during the late 70s, and instead this wonderful blend of jazz, funk, and soul! Webster plays Hammond, and spins out tunes that start slow, then build nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two saxophone giants who emerged in the post-Coltrane generation – both taking on the music of the master himself! The set features Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano going head to head in a wonderful way – playing for a BBC Jazz program, and really stretching out – not just on twin ... read moreCD
Dave Liebman on soprano saxophone, wood flute and piano and John Stowell on guitar. CD
Dave Liebman Group —
Earth ... CD Whaling City Sound, 2020. Used ...
Features Liebman on soprano sax and recorder, Bobby Avey on piano and Vintage Vibe piano, Matt Bashlishan on wind synthesizer, Tony Marino on bass, and Alex Ritz on drums and kanjira. CD
Dave Liebman Group —
Puzzle ... CD Whaling City Sound, 2015. Used ...
Dave Liebman on soprano saxophone and wooden recorder, Bobby Avey on piano and keyboards, Matt Vashlishan on alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, strax, and electronic wind instrument, Tony Marino on acoustic and electric bass, and Alex Ritz on drums and frame drum. CD
A great update of the sax quartet format – a mode that first saw big expression in jazz during the 80s, but which has sadly fallen out of use in more recent years! Here, a trio of younger players bring new energy to the music with longtime saxophone genius Dave Liebman – in a format ... read moreCD
(Mark through barcode.)
Dave Liebman/Marc Copeland Duo —
Bookends ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2003. Used 2 CDs ...
Duets between Dave Liebman on soprano and tenor saxophone and Marc Copland on piano – in the studio and again in a live setting. CD
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
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 moreCD
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
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
An intimate performance by the great Abbey Lincoln – live at San Francisco's Keystone Korner in 1980 – and a rare opportunity to hear a vintage recording of Abbey work her magic at a small club years ago! There's natural realness to the performance that makes it special – not that ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Francois Lindemann & Sebastian Santa Maria —
Piano Duo ... LP Plainisphare (Switzerland), 1982. Near Mint- ...
Duo recordings, done at the Montreux Festival in 1981 – Francois Lindemann on piano, and Sebastian Santa Maria on piano and Fender Rhodes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has one bumped corner, but is nice overall.)
Way more than just batucada jazz – or even just straight bossa jazz too – and a set that bristles with some really creative energy all the way through! Percussion definitely has plenty to do with the record, but the reeds are pretty great too – handled by Lindgren, and apparently ... read moreCD
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 really great change in the music of Swedish guitarist Johan Lindstrom – music that expands the vision of his previous record, and also explores some more song-based territory – while still allowing for lots of musical contributions from other players we love on the Moserobie label! ... 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
(Japanese pressing, with obi – P 4539A.)
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of Charles Lloyd albums for Atlantic – back to back on a single CD! First up is Soundtrack – a killer from the Charles Lloyd group of the late 60s – a set that still stretches out with all the spiritual energy of Lloyd's other Atlantic albums, yet also seems to have a bit ... 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
A really obscure 70s session from Charles Lloyd – cut for A&M at a time when he was really letting his hair down! The set's got some great production from pop wiz Gary Usher – and players include Woody Theus on percussion, Gabor Szabo on guitar, and Roberto Miranda on bass. And ... read moreCD
(Cover has light wear and a large hype sticker in the top right corner.)
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels —
Tone Poem ... CD Blue Note, 2021. New Copy ...
Beautiful work from the Marvels group of Charles Lloyd – a combo that not only features his own great sounds on tenor and flute, but also the very strong presence of Bill Frisell on guitar! Although Lloyd recorded famously with guitar players back in his early years, the sound here is very ... read moreCD
Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble —
Now ... CD International Anthem, 2021. New Copy ...
A brilliant and beautiful album from Damon Locks – even more powerful than his Where Future Unfolds album, and that's saying a heck of a lot! The record proclaims part of its mission in its title – and is maybe the first set we've heard to point the way forward creatively after the ... read moreCD
Saxophonist Hugo Loewenstern is accompanied by arranger Johnny Richards with string orchestra on standards and originals that include "Endantado", "When Sony Gets Blue", "Mary Lou", "A Gentle Breeze", "Hu-Go's There", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, with a bit of pen and glue run-off on back.)
Eric Lohrer on guitar, Eric Surmenian on double bass and sarangi, Patrick Goraguer on drums, Jean-Charles Richard on soprano saxophone and shenai. CD
Lokkhi Terra & Dele Sosimi —
Cubafrobeat ... CD Funkiwala (UK), 2020. New Copy ...
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm pays tribute to the genius of Fred Katz – the cellist who was such a seminal part of the early Chico Hamilton quintet recordings, and a player who left an indelible mark on modern jazz in the 50s. The sides on the set differ greatly from some of Lonberg-Holm' ... read moreCD
Looking like she does on the cover, it's hard to imagine Julie London being a lonely girl – as she's very seductively posed, with that slinky bare shoulders look that no doubt helped many of her early Liberty sides sell so well! But apart from the cheesecake, the record's one of Julie's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has small splits on the corners by the opening, but looks nice overall.)
London Experimental Jazz Quartet —
Invisible Roots ... LP Scratch/Roundtable (Australia), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
That's London, Ontario – not London, England – which means that the group have an even more far-flung sound than you might expect! The album's a brilliant and overlooked gem from the Canadian scene of the 70s – really mindblowing music by a group who are equally great at grooving ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
London Jazz Composers Orchestra —
That Time ... CD Not Two (Poland), 1972/1980. New Copy ...
Very rare work from this legendary improvising orchestra – two different recordings from the first decade or so of the group's existence, at a time when they were hardly making any records at all! The first two long tracks are from a 1972 performances in Germany – and feature an early ... read moreCD
A large group session – led by Leonard Lonergan on soprano sax and Hannibal Peterson on trumpet – with work from Calvin Hayes on alto, Lucas Mason on African wood flute, Grover Page on guitar, Whitney Booth on banya drum, and Willis Carter on trumpet! LP, 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
A killer set from keyboardist Jeff Lorber – an artist who really had a lot to offer back here in his early years! Unlike some of Lorber's later albums, which could always be a bit too smooth, this one's got a sharp-edged groove and a stripped-down quartet lineup – a group that mixes ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Russ Lossing & John Herbert —
Line Up ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2008. Used ...
Features Russ Lossing on piano and John Herbert on bass. CD
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
A groundbreaking album for the Paris jazz scene – a fusion of classical styles with jazz playing, perfect for selling American music to a snooty European audience! Although Loussier's formula was often copied during the 60s, at the time of these recordings, his mix of jazz and classical ... 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
A mighty great album from reedman Joe Lovano – one of his greatest records in years, and proof that he's still got plenty of fire – when given the chance to burn! The group here is wonderful – and half the tracks feature bass work from Esperanza Spaulding, reminding us that she's ... read moreCD
A really great showcase for the budding talents of Joe Lovano – heard here at a crucial point in his rise to glory on Blue Note! Joe had already been blowing greatness on tenor for years before this set, but these Village Vanguard recordings put Lovano in the same heady space as Joe ... read moreCD
With Steve Slagle on alto sax, Gary Smulyan on baritone sax, Dennis Irwin on bass, Charles Russo on clarinet & bass clarinet, Lewis Nash on drums, Michael Parloff & Steve Slagle on flute, James Weidman & John Hicks on piano. CD
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
Joe Lovano is one of those players who only seems to go deeper at a time when he could be taking it easy – really pushing his talents to new territory, and finding ways to evolve the way that he expresses himself! That's definitely the case here, in his second album with the trio of Marilyn ... read moreCD
Joe Lovano is one of those players who only seems to go deeper at a time when he could be taking it easy – really pushing his talents to new territory, and finding ways to evolve the way that he expresses himself! That's definitely the case here, in his second album with the trio of Marilyn ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's a slightly cheesy cover image for saxophonist Joe Lovano – and maybe for the ECM label, too – but the album is anything but, as Joe's working here with a very hip, very unusual trio that includes the great Marilyn Crispell on piano and Carmen Castaldi on drums! If anything, the ... read moreCD
Funky fusion with plenty of Latin touches – a really compelling set from the Nicaraguan scene of the 70s! The album's got the same criss-crossing of influences you'd hear in some of the best Bay Area projects of this type – no surprise since Jose Chepito Areas is a key member of the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Funky fusion with plenty of Latin touches – a really compelling set from the Nicaraguan scene of the 70s! The album's got the same criss-crossing of influences you'd hear in some of the best Bay Area projects of this type – no surprise since Jose Chepito Areas is a key member of the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great record from a great guitarist – one of Mundell Lowe's best small group sessions of the 50s, and a record with a wonderful sound overall! One of the key factors in the record's success is the presence of pianist Dick Hyman – who plays organ as well as piano here (plus celeste on ... read moreCD
Features Brandon cooper on trumpet and flugelhorn, Steve Hiltner and Paul Vornhagen on reeds, Sam Clark on guitar, Keaton Royer on piano, Jeff Dalton on bass, Jon Krosnick on drums, and Olman Piedra and Aron Kaufman on percussion. CD
With Eddie Tompkins, Paul Webster, and Sy Oliver on trumpets; Elmer Crumbley, Russel Bowles, and Trummy Young on trombones; Willie Smith on alto and clarinet; Ted Buckner and Dan Grissom on alto; Joe Thomas on tenor; Earl Carruthers on baritone; Edwin Wilcox on piano; Al Norris on guitar; ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmie Lunceford on flute, Mose Allen on bass, James "The Craw" Crawford on drums and vibraphone, Al Norris on guitar and violin, Edwin Wilcox on piano and celesta, Elmer Grumbley, Russell Bowles, and Trummy Young on trombone, Eugene Young, Gerald Wilson, and Paul Webster on trumpet, Dan ... read moreCD
A beautiful record from pianist Evan Lurie – very different than his work in the Lounge Lizards – as the set features bandoneon from Alfred Pedernera, guitar from Marc Ribot, and violin and viola from Jill Jaffee – in a mode that's almost like the hip modern work of Astor ... read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Bobby Lyle —
Genie ... CD Capitol/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ...
A funky fusion classic – and quite possibly Bobby Lyle's most perfectly realized album! The set was Bobby's first full US outing, and it's filled with soaring, riffing keyboards that stretch out into territory explored a few years before by Johnny Hammond and Lonnie Liston Smith! The real ... read moreCD
Bobby Lyle —
Night Fire ... CD Capitol/Soul Brother (UK), 1979. New Copy ...
A stone classic from Bobby Lyle – and a record that really has him stepping out strongly, both as a keyboardist and a singer! Bobby's strength at this point is undeniable – and he's got a perfect sense of balance that rivals contemporaries like Roy Ayers or Webster Lewis – both ... read moreCD
Jimmy Lyons —
Push Pull ... CD Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ...
Alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons had a legendary run of performances on record with Cecil Taylor – but he sounds equally amazing here as a leader – given the space to really stretch out in a 3LP set that brings together a landmark live performance from 1978! Lyons works here with some ... 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
(Teal label Orpheum pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)
An unusual record for vibist Johnny Lytle – one that has him breaking from his usual trio formation, to work in a super-tight lineup that includes some soul jazz heavyweights! The sound's quite different than Lytle's usual mix of organ and vibes, but still pretty darn great – thanks to ... 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
Bold, soulful work from the great Harold Mabern – and a record that really takes us back to his soaring modal groove of the 60s! Mabern's still got some of the lighter lyricism of more recent years here – but he also seems to pack a bit more punch from a rhythmic tip, too – no ... read moreCD
Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt Elling —
Afro Blue ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
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
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)
Dave Mackay with Vicky Hamilton —
Hands ... LP Discovery, 1968/1982. Near Mint- ...
A split LP that offers some key tracks from the classic Dave Mackay & Vicky Hamilton album on Impulse from 1968, plus later piano trio recordings by Dave from 1982! Dave & Vicky are represented here by the first 4 tracks on the record – "Blues For Hari", "Here", ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a small peel spot from sticker removal.)
Juan Rollan on saxophone, Steve Strawley on trumpet, Lance Reed on trombone, Jonah Pierce on piano, Jarrett Carter on guitar, Mike Perez on bass, Benjamin Shorstein on drums, and Milan Algood on percussion. CD