A fantastic set as a leader from drummer Victor Lewis – and one that really takes off with some of that energy he'd explored while working with Bobby Watson a few years before! There's a vibe here that's great – positive, upbeat energy – that new sense of optimism that seemed to ... read moreCD
Genius jazzy soul from Webster Lewis – one of his amazing late 70s sets for Epic Records! By this point in his career, Lewis had honed his keyboard craft to perfection – and on albums like this one, he laid down some excellent smooth soulful fusion that soared in a righteous way that ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jazzy soul masterpiece from Webster Lewis – light years away from the rougher funk he cut at the start of the 70s! The album's beautifully put together – almost perfect at all points, at a level that we'd rank right up there with the best work by Leroy Hutson, Roy Ayers, or other ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A completely cooking little combo – a contemporary group, but one who've clearly drunk deep from the soul jazz 60s brew of groups like the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Young Holt Unlimited, or even Les McCann LTD! As with all three of those groups (two of which were very tightly related), there's an ... read moreCD
An excellent set from reedman Dave Liebman – easily one of his most soulful from the 70s, thanks to some key currents in the group! John Scofield is on the session – playing guitar, but sometimes with this phrasing that almost feels more like a keyboard – especially in the way it ... read moreCD
There's a lot of great chromatic elements going on here – thanks to the work of John Scofield on guitar, who's at that key point where he could effortlessly balance melody and tone with these edges that are sharp, but also very spacious – kind of a wide style that really reaches out and ... read moreCD
David Liebman/Adam Rudolph/Hamid Drake —
Chi ... CD Rare Noise (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
One of the most spiritual albums in years from saxophonist Dave Liebman – but maybe that comes as no surprise, given that he's working here with percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake! The tracks are often grounded in percussion – used by both musicians at a less rhythmic level ... read moreCD
David Liebman/Adam Rudolph/Hamid Drake —
Chi ... LP Rare Noise (UK), 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
One of the most spiritual albums in years from saxophonist Dave Liebman – but maybe that comes as no surprise, given that he's working here with percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake! The tracks are often grounded in percussion – used by both musicians at a less rhythmic level ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 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 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
Link Quartet —
Evolution ... CD Hammond Beat, Late 90s/Early 2000s. Used ...
A groovy little document of the Hammond-driven Italian Link Quartet – one that brings together an array of rare tracks from now-deleted 45s recorded over the past decade or so! The group have been one of the key links between the funk and mod scenes around the globe – and they work ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Italian Hammond heroes The Link Quartet are back in action and sounding better than ever – serving up a blistering array of organ, guitar, and heavy percussion – all grooving with a sweet mix of 60s mod and 70s funk! The group's sound is expanded here a bit more through the used of ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
An all-female jazz combo – hence the name – but one who've got a sound that's strong enough to quickly make you fit any gimmick behind their creation! The group's got a compelling blend of instrumentation – sounds that move from the depth of a baritone to the lightness of a ... read moreCD
Garrett List —
Your Own Self ... LP Opus One/Black Sweat (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
An amazing criss-crossing of modes – a record that's not quite avant classical or jazz, but which involves elements of both, as well as artists from both – and which may well stand as the crowning achievement of Garrett List! List plays trombone on the record, but the album's more of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer from trumpeter Booker Little – one of the last few records that Book cut before his early death, and one of his only ones as a leader! The album features an excellent soulbop quintet with Wynton Kelly and Tommy Flanagan on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – ... read moreCD
Supremely soulful modern jazz from the great Booker Little – one of his best albums ever as a leader, and a real standout moment amidst so many of the re-titled sessions that came out after his early death! The album's got a tremendous feel from the very first note – a furthering of ... read moreCD
Supremely soulful modern jazz from the great Booker Little – one of his best albums ever as a leader, and a real standout moment amidst so many of the re-titled sessions that came out after his early death! The album's got a tremendous feel from the very first note – a furthering of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Barnaby pressing. Cover has light wear and a crease in the front paste-on at the top.)
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic batch of modal grooves from Charles Lloyd – recorded during the height of his mind-expanding years, with his famous quartet that included Keith Jarrett on piano and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The tracks are long and magical, done with that spiritual spiraling sound that Lloyd was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams —
Vanished Gardens ... CD Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ...
One of the most unusual criss-crossings of styles that we've ever heard from saxophonist Charles Lloyd – and that's saying a lot, given all of his unusual projects over the years! This set follows from Lloyd's previous album with his Marvels group – a richly American blending of jazz ... read moreCD
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams —
Vanished Gardens ... LP Blue Note, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
One of the most unusual criss-crossings of styles that we've ever heard from saxophonist Charles Lloyd – and that's saying a lot, given all of his unusual projects over the years! This set follows from Lloyd's previous album with his Marvels group – a richly American blending of jazz ... 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
Two rare albums from Dutch reedman Theo Loevendie – both amazing little records that sound beautiful here on a single CD! Mandela features complicated lines from a hip Netherlands combo of the late 60s – one headed up by Theo Loevendie on alto sax, but which acts a lot more like a ... read moreCD
Freely improvised work from a very unusual group – one that features multi-instrumentalist Giuseppi Logan on a host of reeds, Milford Graves on drums and tabla, Don Pullen on piano, and Eddie Gomez on bass – stepping out here in a rare avant session! The album's a real standout in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with Bell Sound stamp, in the textured paste-on cover with Riverside address. Missing the insert. Cover has a small center split in the top seam.)
A killer electric piano jam from the great Mike Longo – stone funky, and one of his best albums ever! The whole thing's done in a really laidback style that's simply amazing – a lot like the best CTI work of the time, but somehow rougher, and with a darker edge. Longo riffs out on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, a bit of pen inside the gatefold, and some light aging.)
Michael Longo —
Funkia ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Quite possibly the greatest record ever by Mike Longo – a wicked batch of electric funky piano tunes, recorded with a sublime 70s feel! The set's got a really stripped down group – with Ron Carter on bass, Mickey Roker on drums, and Patato Valdez on percussion – all grooving ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant, Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Michael Longo —
Funkia ... LP Groove Merchant, Early 70s. Very Good+ ...
Quite possibly the greatest record ever by Mike Longo – a wicked batch of electric funky piano tunes, recorded with a sublime 70s feel! The set's got a really stripped down group – with Ron Carter on bass, Mickey Roker on drums, and Patato Valdez on percussion – all grooving ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Bottom seam has a small split.)
An unusual solo album from this enigmatic pianist – with titles that include "Dolphin Dance", "Willow Weep For Me", "Round Midnight", "Morning Of The Carnival", and "Yesterdays". LP, Vinyl record album
Mesmerizing work from bassist Brandon Lopez – a solo set, but one that's far different than the usual avant jazz outing of its type! At some level, the work here is an answer to the "sense" of Bach's famous cello suites – in which Lopez creates a space that's completely his ... read moreCD
A landmark set of fusion from Jeff Lorber – the major label debut of his group, and the virtual blueprint for a sound that many would try to copy over the years, but never quite match! The style's almost a summation of the CTI/Kudu approaches of the mid 70s – with Lorber setting down a ... read moreCD
(Out of print Japanese pressing.)
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
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Preston Love —
Strictly Cash ... LP Saxophonograph (Sweden), Early 50s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Great work from Preston Love – the tenor player who'd later be known for his work with Shuggie and Johnny Otis – heard here on rare singles from the 50s! (Soul, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
Frank Lowe/Billy Bang Quartet —
One For Jazz ... CD No More Records, 2001. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A really great pairing of musical elements – the bold, raspy tenor of Frank Lowe – and the completely amazing violin work of Billy Bang – which is always almost impossible to describe in words! We love Bang here at a level that matches his work on Soul Note/Black Saint in the ... read moreCD
A wonderful set of pulpy groovers from Mundell Lowe – leading an incredible combo of players on well known action themes from the late 50s! The set has a really great lineup, with Donald Byrd on trumpet, Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, Eddie Costa on piano, and Tony Scott on clarinet and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small seam splits and some surface wear.)
Great guitar from Lage Lund – a player who's definitely got his own sense of phrasing and voice – and who's definitely one of the key jazz guitarists to emerge in the 21st Century! Lage has this way of spinning out notes and tones with effortless ease – often in this cascade of ... read moreCD
Matthew Lux's Communication Arts Quartet —
Contra/Fact ... LP Astral Spirits, 2018. New Copy ...
The fantastic first album as a leader from Chicago bassist Matthew Lux – long overdue after over two decades of wonderful work on the city's scene with a variety of other combos! Matt's fantastic here as a leader – completely inventive to the point where he can evoke Charles Mingus on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 cutout notch, cut corner, hype stickers, and promo stamp.)
Bobby Lyle was one of the few 70s fusion artists who managed to move into the smooth jazz era without ever losing his cool – finding just the right way to shift his sound slightly over the years, but always have that strong ear for a keyboard solo and compelling hook in his grooves! The ... read moreCD
A double CD with a straight-shooting title – one set featuring the great jazz pianist/keyboard player Bobby Lyle in a straight setting – and one CD in which he lays it with slinky smoothness! The Straight set has Bobby's acoustic piano out front of a tight trio with Mark Simmons on ... read moreCD
Jimmy Lyons' recordings for BYG/Actuel are among some of the best for the label, and this one from 1969 is a stellar session that features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Alan Silva on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums. All players are excellent, and they play together in a set of free tracks in which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jimmy Lyons' nicest records from the 80s – and the kind of work that makes you love the Black Saint label for giving players like him a chance to still express themselves this way! Lyons is in wonderful form throughout – blowing with all the sharp tones that you'd know from his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
While working in Cecil Taylor's group, Cyrille and Lyons developed a wonderful interplay and dynamic, which can be felt in full effect on this wonderful duo recording, where they approach mostly original material, but also take on Strayhorn's "Take The A train". Also includes the title ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of vibes and organ from Johnny Lytle – just a trio session, but one that packs the punch of a full group! As with other early gems from Johnny, the players include Peppy Hinant on drums and Milt Harris on organ, and they're also augmented by some guest work by Milt Hinton. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum pressing. Cover has some wear, small split in the bottom seam, and some pen on back.)
One of Johnny Lytle's monster vibes 'n organ LPs from the early 60's. Released on the Jazzland subsidiary of Riverside, and a tough one to find! The album comes complete with the great original track "Lela", a jazz dance classic if there ever was one, and other nice tracks like "Hap ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine and mostly split bottom seam.)
Johnny Lytle —
Loop ... LP Tuba, 1966. Very Good- ...
The cover bills this one as "the in sound of vibes and organ" – and it's totally right, because you can't get more "in" than the grooves Johnny lays down on the set! The tunes are short, tight, and very soulful – a wonderful blend of vibes, Hammond organ, and conga ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight groovy organ/vibes cuts by Johnny, caught live in a slightly Latin-ish vein, at the Village Gate during the height of it's 60's Latin scene, with the addition of conga player Patato Valdes! The crowd is extremely lively, and the band grooves hard and heavy on cuts like "Gonna Get That ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky vibes classic – and a landmark set from Detroit vibist Johnny Lytle! The set's one of the purest examples of Johnny's great early groove – a tightly stepping version of soul jazz that played big in the clubs at the time, and which has forever made Lytle one of the favorites of ... read moreCD
One of Harold Mabern's great soul jazz albums for Prestige, with loads of funky piano, and lots of deep soul in both the writing and the solos. The lineup on this one includes George Coleman on tenor, Bill Lee on bass, and Walter Perkins on drums – the latter two of whom were Harold's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Feels like a blue label pressing, but might be green. Cover has a cutout hole in the corner.)
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
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
Composer Galt MacDermot is best known to the world for his famous work on stage and in films – but the pianist was also a jazz musician at his start, and has continued performing for decades – as you'll hear on this relatively recent set! The group here is a well-oiled unit that Galt ... read moreCD
A crucial album from percussionist Ralph MacDonald – a set that not only catapulted him into the limelight, after strong work on countless records for other artists – but a record that also gave Ralph some long-standing fame, thanks to some key groovers on the set! The album's got a ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some waviness on the bottom corners.)
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
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 moreCD
The second album by Made In Brasil – a great San Francisco combo from the 70s, with a flair for jazzy Brazilian tunes that's every bit as great as groups from Rio or Sao Paulo at the time! The group at this point features keyboardist Claudio Medeiros – who really adds a lot to their ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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!)
There's a pretty big space between Nothingness & Eternity – but Mahavishnu Orchestra manage to fill most of it up with their hard-jamming approach! The style here is a bit different than the group's initial albums – as the record's a live one, and features some very long tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing lost work from the Mahvishnu Orchestra – a previously-unreleased studio session from 1973, one that features John McLaughlin and the group working in some beautifully tripped-out territory! The lineup features McLaughlin on a variety of guitars – plus Jerry Goodman on electric ... read moreCD
A very electric set from guitarist John McLaughlin – a date that has the leader playing a host of modern variations on the instrument, plus a synclavier as well – but always with the sense of creative imagination he brought to Mahavishnu work in years past! There's some slight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very spacey work from Mahavishnu Orchestra – a set that continues the change in sound explored by the second incarnation of the group – one that's much more spacious than the first! The group here is somewhat large, but often comes off with a good sense of leanness at times – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe one of the best 70s albums from these two great musicians – a spare set of duos performances recorded live at Montreux – away from any of the studio trappings that both players often found themselves involved with! There's almost an ECM vibe to the record – as the vibes of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner and promo sticker.)
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