A special CD dedicated to previous vinyl – as the disc features both vinyl-only albums by saxophonist Martin Kuchen – issued in very limited amounts for Record Store Day events! First up is Four Lamentations & One Wicked Dream Of Innocence – beautifully blue-tinged work from ... read moreCD
Live recordings done at Poland's famous Jazz Jamboree festival in 1965 – but which also feature some great music by German artists too! Pianist Joachim Kuhn leads off the set with a trio – and he's already moving into some of the more modern, avant modes that would characterize his ... read moreCD
A set that was originally broadcast live on New York radio in 1978, and which really captures the openly creative spirit of the loft jazz generation – as Peter Kuhn plays b-flat and bass clarinet alongside a wonderful group that features two trumpeters – Arthur Williams and Toshinori ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This session was recorded in Paris in 1969 and Kuhn is joined by Steve Swallow on bass and Aldo Romano on drums. There are a total of 7 tracks and they include "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", "Spring Can Really Hang You The Most", "Baubles, Bangles & Beads", " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's always a delight to hear the music of pianist Steve Kuhn, but it's especially wonderful when he's working in the right sort of trio – which is definitely the case on this fantastic set with Steve Swallow on bass and Joey Baron on drums! The tracks are long, open, and very beautiful ... read moreCD
If you've only ever thought of Gary McFarland as the composer of groovy bossa nova-oriented work, you owe it to yourself to check this one out – as McFarland wrote and arranged the whole thing, with a modernist approach that's very sympathetic with the piano of a young Steve Kuhn. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some gloss peeling at the opening on back.)
Scandinavian jazz, recorded in Bali – in a great shift from previous volumes in this series – as all musicians play a bit of gamelan as well! Make no mistake, the format is definitely freely improvised music with a strong jazz current – with the mighty Jonas Kullhammar on tenor ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Andrzej Kurylewicz is known best for small combo modern jazz recordings – but here, he leads a hip large ensemble in a series of recordings done for Polish Radio in 1964 – a lineup that mixes hard swing with some modern elements – and which includes performances from ... read moreCD
Andrzej Kurylewicz Quintet —
Go Right ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1963. New Copy (reissue)...
A beautiful bit of jazz from early 60s Poland – by one of the country's freshest modern jazz groups at the time! The record has a bold sound that's right in keeping with its title – strongly stepping off with a style that blends the soulful and the modern – in a mode that's a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Things really took off at Poland's Jazz Jamboree in 1962 – as the festival began its fantastic 60s run of bringing together some of the hippest modernists on the planet! Forget any hoke you might think from the "jamboree" name – because instead, the event was a legendary ... read moreCD
The rarest of all Charles Kynard albums – and a real standout groover from the classic funk days of Prestige! The album's a really creative outing – with arrangements by Richard Fritz that take the usual small combo Prestige sound to new heights – twisting and turning the rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy vinyl and a tip-on cover!)
A fantastic take on the Pharoah Sanders classic – done here by a Japanese group who really get things right! The track may well be one of the few groovers that Pharoah ever penned – and in the right hands, it really takes off without losing any of its righteous power! The modal number ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A pair of jazz funk classics from this group who got their start with reedman Tom Scott! First up is the self-titled LA Express – funky fusion with a bit of a studio feel – played by the LA Express, a combo best known for their work with Tom Scott – stepping out here strongly on ... read moreCD
Pretty amazing work from one of the greatest under-rated talents of 50s modern jazz! John LaPorta was a brilliant multi-instrumentalist who's probably best known for his work with Mingus in the mid 50s Jazz Workshop years, and for his earlier sides with Woody Herman – but it's on records ... read moreCD
Despite the stupid name (or perhaps because of it), this is one of the great lost sessions of the 60s! Drummer Pete LaRoca originally cut this set for the tiny Douglas label, and the session's an amazing bit of modernist jazz that features a rare non-Sun Ra appearance by tenorist John Gilmore. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quasimoto ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
70s Polish fusion at its finest, served up by the always-tight Laboratorium – a group who know when to jam at the right points, but who can also lay back into a spacier groove as well! This album does a good job of mixing in plenty of keyboards – Fender Rhodes and Arp, juxtaposed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No clinkers here, as the record's a beautiful bit of solo saxophone by Steve Lacy – recorded in unfettered glory, but with a sense of precision and timing that few other players could match! Lacy always used these sorts of sessions in different ways than some of his other contemporaries ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Lacy's legendary Argentinean recording – one of his boldest moments of the early years, and the start of a long history of superb work away from the American scene! The group here is quite unusual – as players include Enrico Rava on trumpet, Johnny Dyani on bass, and Louis Moholo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A beautiful mix of jazz improvisation and spoken word passages – done at a level that almost takes us back to the most righteous experiments of the 70s! The album's got a unique lineup – spoken passages from Mankwe MN Ndosi, improvised poetry from Mike Ladd, drums and cymbals from Dana ... read moreCD
Eden Ladin —
Yequm ... CD Eden Ladin, 2018. New Copy ...
Beautiful sounds from pianist Eden Ladin – a record with a cartoony cover, but a much more serious vibe overall – although still with a sound that's equally bursting with color! Ladin wrote all the material here, and balances acoustic piano with a bit of keyboards – alongside ... read moreCD
Cleo Laine & Annie Ross —
Facade ... LP Fontana (UK), 1967. Near Mint- ...
An unusual vocal project – based on the writings of Edith Sitwell, with music composed by William Walton – but performed with a jazzy style by a small combo that includes John Dankworth on alto, Bernard Izen on trumpet, and Ray Swinfield on flute! (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
A great combo, in a really great setting – the trio of organist Delvon Lamarr, captured in a sweet live radio performance! The tunes are long and open – very much in the group's killer blend of soul jazz and deep funk – with plenty of room for Delvon to soar out on the keys of ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
A great combo, in a really great setting – the trio of organist Delvon Lamarr, captured in a sweet live radio performance! The tunes are long and open – very much in the group's killer blend of soul jazz and deep funk – with plenty of room for Delvon to soar out on the keys of ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jazzy little bossa set from the UK scene – headed by tenorist Duncan Lamont, who also did some great sound library work – with help from Ike Isaacs on guitar, Roger Webb on piano, and Barry Morgan on percussion! LP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant – and another out of the park winner from the Ricky Tick label! There's a solid, soaring jazz feel here all the way through – an approach that takes the larger ensemble mode of the late 40s "birth of the cool" generation, then forges it onto the leaner, modal-styled ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Harold Land —
Fox ... CD Contemporary/OJC, 1959. Used ...
A key moment in the west coast harbop scene – and one of the greatest early records from saxophonist Harold Land! The group's a really striking one – with the unique Dupree Bolton on trumpet, a great player that we really only know from this set – plus Herbie Lewis on bass, Frank ... read moreCD
An overlooked chapter in the Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson partnership that recorded more famously for Blue Note – a date that's issued here under the tenorist's own name, but which also features equal contributions from Hutcherson on vibes! Tracks have that long, modal quality that has the ... read moreCD
Landham Brothers —
At Last ... CD Straight Street, 1997. Used ...
A great little record with a very soulful swing! CD
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
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Timo Lassy —
Moves ... LP MustHaveJazz/Membran (Finland), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
We loved Timo Lassy at the start, but he honestly seems to get better and better as the years move on – with a shift that's a bit like that of the sound of Nicola Conte as his records progressed – much more towards the sorts of sophisticated jazz grooves that first inspired his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange bit of funk from Yusef Lateef – a bit of a change from his other 70s records, but pretty nice too! The record was recorded late in the CTI electric years – and it's got Yusef fronting a funky jazz group on five long tracks that have a decidedly R&B-ish current – ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
One of the greatest albums ever from Yusef Lateef – even if it's sometimes overlooked! The album was issued in the 70s, but it features material from the famous Live At Pep's concert in 1964 – but which didn't appear on that initial record. In fact, it's arguably a lot hipper than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Yusef Lateef explores a number of different world music rhythms on a mix of woodwind instruments that includes tenor, basoon, flute, oboe, and shanas. He's joined here by the great Richard Williams on trumpet, whose playing with Lateef is always excellent. The rest of the group's made up of some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing with Van Gelder/Stereo stamps. Vinyl has an off-center label on Side 2, play is not affected. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
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
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Hot Sauce ... LP Prestige, 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
A lost treasure – one of the few albums ever cut by this fantastic Latin Jazz ensemble, an ultra-hip group led by congolero Juan Amalbert, with a modal vibes/piano groove that's simply wonderful! The combo were one of the hippest early 60s Latin acts – and took equal part inspiration ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Latin Soul ... LP Prestige/New Jazz, 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
A wonderful batch of Latin Jazz grooves – played by a group who more than deserved the right to call themselves the Latin Jazz Quintet! The core sound features vibes and piano jamming away nicely, really hitting some great modal rhythms – but this album's also got an added bonus in the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An insanely great record – filled with lots of odd twists and turns, and done in a really unusual way! The session is an obscure one that features Pharoah Sanders joining the tight combo, who are working here with a very different sound than usual! Earlier Latin Jazz Quintet albums have the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: This reissue seems to have a bit of distortion on a track or two – not noisy, but something rumbling in the background. Most of the record sounds great, though!)
Latin Jazz Quintet + Eric Dolphy —
Caribe ... CD Prestige/OJC, 1960. Used ...
A masterful meeting of Eric Dolpy and The Latin Jazz Quintet – a record that shows a rare Latin side of Dolphy's talents, but one that's totally great! The core group here are the ensemble led by conga player Juan Amalbert with vibes, piano, bass, and percussion – a group who helped ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jessica Lauren —
Almeria ... CD Freestyle (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
When Jessica Lauren first grabbed our ears 20 years ago, she was a keyboardist on the London contemporary scene – but with a much deeper jazz vision than most – an artist whose appearances on record always made any sort of song come across with a spiritual sound that was unique for the ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wicked set from reedman Azar Lawrence – one of the few albums issued under his own name, and a great example of the waves he was making on the 70s west coast scene! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of the other Fantasy Records sessions of the time – a sound that would be ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Saxophonist Azar Lawrence has been having a hell of a renaissance in recent years – and a record like this only helps move that process forward – providing a mighty large feather in Azar's ever-growing cap! The album's a great one from start to finish – a evolution of the ... read moreCD
A pretty hip set of big band arrangements – very much along the lines of early 50s Stan Kenton, with a tight swing, but a nicely modern undercurrent as well! The arrangements, as the title indicates, are all by Gerry Mulligan – and in addition to the piano of Elliot Lawrence, players ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has old tape on all seams, wear, and aging.)
One of the hipper albums from Elliot Lawrence – thanks to compositions and arrangements by Al Cohn – who also plays tenor in a group tha tincludes Hal McKusick on alto, Nick Travis on trumpet, and Eddie Bert on trombone! LP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the first album we've ever seen from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – and a set that will definitely have us looking out for more! Lawrence composed almost every tune on the set, and works with a sense of color that really lives up to the title – on lines that are sometimes nicely ... read moreCD
Josh Lawrence —
Contrast ... CD Posi tone, 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Trumpeter Josh Lawrence works here with his Color Theory group – a great name for the combo, given how vivid they can be with their many hues! The music is soulful and swinging, yet also quite lyrical too – maybe in modes that recall some of the late 60s Blue Note work of McCoy Tyner ... read moreCD
An amazing album – and the cornerstone of the CTI sound! The record's an incredibly baroque set of tracks from funky flautist Hubert Laws – featuring arrangements from Don Sebesky that mix complicated lines on flute with electric piano from Bob James, into a swirling mass of sound that' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe some of the coolest music ever recorded at Carnegie Hall – a wonderful venue that's perfect for the blend of soul and space of the CTI Records years of Hubert Laws! Laws' lead lines on flute really stretch out beautifully in the setting – given ample room to roam amidst a lineup ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Hubert Laws' funkiest records for CTI – recorded with a full group funky style that's plenty darn great, and a lot harder-hitting than some of Hubert's more laidback sessions for the label! Arrangements are by Bob James and Laws – working here with a large batch of players who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Hubert Laws' funkiest records for CTI – recorded with a full group funky style that's plenty darn great, and a lot harder-hitting than some of Hubert's more laidback sessions for the label! Arrangements are by Bob James and Laws – working here with a large batch of players who ... read moreCD
A great little set of Latin jazz – and one of the strongest albums ever from flute man Hubert Laws! At the time of this recording, Laws was playing with Mongo Santamaria's group – and for this second solo outing, he borrows a lot of grooves from Mongo's bag – and also hits a few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Shrinkwrap has some holes. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Flute, strings, and soul – a wonderful counterpart to some of Hubert Laws' funkier albums of the time – and a record cut with some tremendous backings! The core group features Hubert on assorted flutes, Gary Burton on vibes, Chick Corea on piano, and Bernard Purdie on drums – all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ronnie Laws —
Flame ... LP United Artists, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Ronnie Laws at the top of his early game – working in a tight mix of jazz and soul put together with some great help from Wayne Henderson's At Home Productions – very much in the hit style that team was putting out at the time! The work's surprisingly open and hip compared to efforts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)
A stone classic from reedman Ronnie Laws – and an album that really helped set a whole new standard for funky fusion in the 70s! Laws works here with great Wayne Henderson production – which gives the album an even sharper sound than other Blue Note sets of this vintage – and ... read moreCD
Hugh Lawson —
Prime Time ... CD Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A killer date as a leader for this Detroit pianist we first came to love through his recordings with Yusef Lateef – an artist who possibly never got his due as strongly as so many others to come up in the late 50s/early 60s scene – but who sparkles here with a maturity that really comes ... read moreCD
One of the three hard to get Argo sides from St Louis organist Sam Lazar, somewhat of an obscure player best known for giving Grant Green one of his first jobs, though Green's not featured here. He's recorded here with a tight little combo running down a good set of mostly originals with a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)
James Leary —
James ... LP Vital, 1991. Near Mint- 2LP ...
A really great audiophile album from bassist James Leary – one that features a creative assemblage of other bass players, alongside Todd Cochran on piano and Clayton Cameron on drums – plus one track with Eddie Harris on tenor and Billy Childs on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet reeds from Mike Lebrun – a musician who's way more than just another funky saxophone player! Mike's got a great ear for the overall sound of his music – so that he often layers together his instruments, in ways that make us feel like two horns are following the same path at once ... read moreCD
A split 10" album featuring two different British piano trios from the late 50s! Side one features Dave Lee working with a group that includes bop heavyweights Lennie Bush on bass and Allan Ganley on drums – on a set of tracks that includes the originals "Excuse For The Blues" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic lean low funky fusion – and a lost Blue Note 70s gem – a set that's way different than any other work from the team of bassist John Lee and drummer Gerry Brown! The set's nice and spare – almost CTI in style at times, but with some excellent production work from Skip ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from John Lee and Gerry Brown – a pair of fusion stalwarts who added key help to a number of classic 70s sessions for other artists – and got to make a rare few albums like this on their own! Lee's on bass and Brown's on drums, and the pair are in perfect time throughout ... 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 moreCD
(Out of print, some light staining on traycard artwork.)
A really wonderful album from Michel Legrand – one of his few jazz efforts to really capture the same dynamic charm of his soundtracks! The album was recorded live – with a mixed group of electric and acoustic players that includes Joe Beck, Randy Brecker, Ron Carter, Phil Woods, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great tribute to Fela Kuti from saxophonist Bukky Leo – a player with Nigerian roots, but who's been working on the London scene for decades – with music that goes back to some key early records for the Acid Jazz label, and some great releases in more recent years! Here, Leo takes on ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guitarist Jacques Lesure has a nice round tone – a strong single-note line that reminds us a bit of Bobby Broom at times, but which is also set up here with superb accompaniment from Eric Reed on piano, Tony Dumas on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums! Lesure's no-nonsense right from the ... read moreCD
Jonah Levine is a trombonist, but he's also turning out to be a heck of a great composer, too – as you'll hear in this album that's filled with fresh, original material! The tunes all have a strong sense of color – directed by Levine's trombone, which solos often – in a lineup ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best records we've ever heard from pianist Lou Levy – a record that steps past the simple format of earlier records, into a style that's slightly modern, and very cool – thanks to the addition of vibes to his usual trio format. Larry Bunker plays vibes on the record, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting in the top seam and notes in ink on back.)