A great example of the sound of ECM in the early 70s, with Liebman playing in his post-Miles band angular modernist style with warm electric and acoustic accompaniment from Richard Beirach, Frank Tusa and Jeff Williams rounding out the quartet . The set is made up of three long, spiralling numbers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner, unglued bottom seam, and a lightly bent corner at the bottom right.)
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
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
An unusual Australian session from reedman Dave Liebman – one that features some wonderful contributions from the great Mike Nock on piano! Nock's bold, rich sense of sound is a great pairing with Liebman's work on tenor and soprano sax – and a number of the cuts have a vibe that's ... read moreCD
A really unusual solo album from Dave Liebman – one that doesn't just feature saxophones, but also a variety of other instruments as well – including piano, percussion, and even a bit of electronics! Each track has a different approach, and Dave is overdubbed on some – mixing ... read moreCD
An unusual Lighthouse All Stars album – in that it features 3 different sets of artists in the spotlight – but a unified record nonetheless, as all the work was recorded on the same evening! The core Lighthouse group dominates on most numbers – and features bassist Howard Rumsey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Lighthouse/Contemporary pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging, with a small piece of stuck-on paper at the spine.)
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 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
Kirk Lightsey with Freddie Hubbard —
Temptation ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ...
A very hip group, and a wonderful meeting between trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and pianist Kirk Lightsey! We always like Kirk, but love him even more when he's working with a horn player – as his sound seems to catch fire, and move with even bolder notes than usual – which is definitely ... read moreCD
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
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
There's nothing Straight Ahead about this record – as the album's one of the first bold statements of modernism from Abbey Lincoln – and the kind of set that builds nicely from the vocal experiments she was doing with Max Roach at the time! The group here is almost one of those ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Abbey Lincoln's earliest albums – an all star session recorded with backing by Kenny Dorham, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Max Roach! Abbey's still pretty straight at this point – singing a variety of wispy love songs and emotional tunes – but she's also ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has an index label with clear tape on the spine.)
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
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 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
A gem of a record from Finnish guitarist Sami Linna – just a 45, but one that feels like it's got the depth of a full album! "Mode For Tomorrow" is this beautifully building tune with a mix of modal and spiritual energy – infused with organ by Mikko Heleva, and given this ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
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
(Cover has some light wear, and one bumped corner.)
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 in the Soviet Union – blowing beautifully on an open-ended set that must have really loosened things up in Red Square! The album features Lloyd at his freewheeling 60s best – working in his group with Keith Jarrett on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A famous album – and for good reason too! The set's something of a landmark in spiritual jazz from the 60s – and it features a classic live performance from Charles Lloyd, recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival – almost as a distillation and popularization of ideas that were ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label stereo pressing. Vinyl has a number of light marks, but cover is still in nice shape.)
Two great sets from reedman Charles Lloyd! Dream Weaver 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 those ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes slipcase.)
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
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
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 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 moreCD
(Slipcase is not included, rear tray card has a crease.)
With Brad Mehldau on piano, John Abercrombie on guitar, Larry Grenadier on double bass & Billy Higgins on drums. CD
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!)
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
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
A rare session of violin-led jazz – recorded for Atlantic Records in 1960! Harry Lookofsky may not be a famous name as a leader in jazz, but he scored strings for many pop and instrumental outings during the 60s – and he also has the distinction of being the father of one of the ... read moreCD
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
Mid 80s keyboard fusion grooves from Jeff Lorber – his lean, synth jazzy soul groove in it's most crossover ready mode – taken to the next level by soulful lead vocalists on a number of tunes! The hit opener "Step By Step" is a standout, and a pretty tight example of how well ... read moreCD
(Ouf of print mid 80s pressing. Barcode has a cutout hole, booklet has a small set of initials in pen.)
Russ Lossing —
Mood Suite ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ...
We hope that pianist Russ Lossing doesn't get run down, standing in the street like that – partly because we don't like to see folks get hit by cars, but also because we're really gaining a new appreciation of his music with the complex original material on this album! The set features one ... 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 —
Journey ... CD Aparte (France), 2018. New Copy ...
Lionel Loueke, standing nicely on the borders of his styles – playing jazzily, to be sure – but also opening up with plenty of global elements too – in a lineup that includes the musician on a bit of percussion, alongside other percussion from Cyro Baptista and Christi Joza Orisha ... read moreCD
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
With John Lurie and Roy Nathanson on saxes, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, Marc Ribot on guitar and trumpet, Evan Lurie on piano, Erik Sanko on bass, EJ Rodriguez on percussion, and Douglass Bowne on drums. CD
A funky party all the way through – and the one and only album we've ever seen from Johnny Otis main tenor player in the 60s! The set's got a vibe that's much funkier than some of Johnny's own records of previous years – and really shows that looser, more open style he was bringing to ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Allen Lowe on tenor saxophone, Roswell Rudd on trombone, Randy Sanke on trumpet, Ben Goldberg on clarinet & bass clarinet, Andy Shapiro on piano & synthesizer, Jeff Fuller on bass & Ray Kaczynski on drums. CD
A solidly soulful set from tenorist Frank Lowe – and a record that may well stand as one of his best from this period! The group work together well – in a way that's often quite swinging, even though the solos get slightly free – almost as if they're testing the boundaries ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
To our ears, there's nothing like a record from Carmen Lundy – one of the few jazz singers who can hold us completely rapt over the years, and who keeps on coming up with wonderful albums like this one! Carmen's voice has always been fantastic, but in recent years she's got an even more ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Incredible stuff – one of our favorite jazz albums of the past decade, and a real treasure that we always find ourselves going back to! This album was only Curtis Lundy's second as a leader – recorded after a 10 year hiatus, and featuring a real return to the brilliance of his early ... read moreCD
It's a bit too far into the 80s for Bobby to sound as great as he did on his earlier Capitol albums – with keyboards that are a bit stiff, and not enough acoustic playing next to the electric, in order to give the album a bit of heart. There's some decent enough numbers in a smooth jazz mode ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, cutout notch, hype and Play It Say It stickers, and light wear.)
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
An incredible LP from the St Louis underground of the early 70s – featuring poet K Curtis Lyle, backed up by sax and flute work from Julius Hemphill! The poem is dedicated to Blind Lemon Jefferson, but the style of the album is hardly blues – more freewheeling jazz-meets-poetry, with ... (Spoken Word, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
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
Jimmy Lyons Quintet —
Give It Up ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1985. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Jimmy Lyons is wonderful here, but equally great is trumpeter Enrico Rava – whose bold tones on the record easily match those of Lyons in terms of energy and inventiveness! The format is relatively free – although some tunes have a bit of an inside swing, at least more so than Lyons' ... read moreCD
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
A later Muse date with legend John Patton on organ, Miles' drummer Al Foster diggin' in with the legendary George Duvivier on bass, and harp and synthesizer thrown in for added layers of sound. Johnny's signature songs the "Village Caller" and the mellow burner "Lela" are cast ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 a small cutout hole, some surface wear, splitting in the top seam, and a name in pen on back.)
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 bright, positive set from pianist Harold Mabern – one that's overflowing with soul and spirit – and a perfect example of his strengths during the 90s stretch when his career really took off again! The trio's got a well-balanced approach to rhythm – bold basslines from Christian ... 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
An amazing chapter in the pre-Hair career of Galt MacDermot – a set of rare organ recordings made in the mid 60s, all of which feature Bernard Purdie on drums! The groove here is really unique – never straight ahead, and always in that choppy, African-inspired MacDermot approach to ... 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 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
Machito & His Afro Cuban Orchestra —
Tambo ... CD Intermusic (Portugal), Late 40s. Used ...
One of the grooviest albums of the late 60s – a lost vocal treasure from the team of Dave MacKay & Vicky Hamilton! The pair were sort of like a hip version of Jackie & Roy – usually singing together on their tracks, with a mixed male/female vocal approach that sounds totally ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Features Mary Anne Driscoll (Mad) on vocals and piano – with Paul Murphy on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
Haki R Madhubuti/Afrikan Liberation Arts Ensemble —
Rise Vision Comin ... CD Rise/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A legendary album of spoken word and spiritual jazz – put together by The Institute of Positive Education in Chicago, and featuring wisdom and knowledge from the legendary Haki R Madhubuti! The album alternates shorter vocal/musical tracks with longer ones that are pure post-Coltrane 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
(2LPs – plays at 45rpm!)
Madness Of Crowds —
Tulips ... LP Hippo Machine, 2019. Near Mint- ...
Personell includes Joe Adamik on drums and electronics, Jim Baker on keys, Nat LePine on sax and flute, Matt Lux on bass, and Brian Sandstrom on upright bass and guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
Unusual later work from Norio Maeda – the Japanese jazz arranger who did some very groovy work in the 60s, then went on to handle a whole different array of sounds in the Japanese scene – a good deal of which are collected in this set! The double-length package features Maeda music ... read moreCD
The album's got a sexy little cover – but that's no surprise, considering that the record's a late 60s "Playboy Manual" from Japan! The format is quite weird – as each track begins with some Japanese spoken bits from Norio Maeda, possibly on the art of seduction – 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!)
Joe Magnarelli —
Mr Mags ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 2001. Used ...
With Jim Snidero on alto saxophone & flute, John Webber on bass, Tony Reedus on drums & David Hazeltine on piano. CD