Quite a rare thing for a jazz album of the time – nearly 60 minutes of music on one disc, something that was almost unheard-of in the days of 30 minute sessions! As the notes explain, the whole thing sounded so good that the engineer let the tape run more than he might in a usual set – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing. Cover has some wear and a split bottom seam. Vinyl plays with clicks and crackles.)
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 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A huge hit for Ramsey, with his grreat soul jazz trio featuring Eldee Young and Redd Holt! (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have a sticker and some pen.)
Ramsey Lewis —
Legacy ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An overlooked gem from Ramsey's 70s years at Columbia – a record that has him grooving over larger arrangements, sweeping along in a great blend of soul and class that makes for some really great numbers! Side one of the album features Ramsey playing keyboards on the extended "Legacy&quo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great one from Ramsey! "My Cherie Amour" is done in a slow, slightly funky groove – with the drums skipping under Ramsey's soulful piano lines, while a Charles Stepney-led chorus of voices gives some slight "oohs" in the background! "Mary's Boy Child" is ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Ramsey and the classic trio with Eldee Young and Red Holt – grooving away on a pot luck batch of tunes that includes material from a wide wide variety of sources, all turned into soul jazz magic by the boys! Believe it or not, Ramsey takes tunes like "Andaluza", "Arrividerci ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer live set from Ramsey Lewis and his classic early 60s trio – a record that's not nearly as well known as The In Crowd, but every bit as great! Drummer Red Holt and bassist Eldee Young really get in some great elements here – working with Ramsey's piano in a groove that's far ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet 70s grooves from Ramsey Lewis – a set cut smack dab in the middle of his glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Ramsey Lewis Trio gets some additional orchestral backings – and with great results! The set features Ramsey, Eldee Young, and Red Holt – all playing their usual pyrotechnic blend of soul jazz and swing – supported by larger arrangements handled by Riley Hampton, done in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a sticker on the back and a small split in the top seam.)
The title does a good enough job of summing up the range of styles that Ramsey and his trio would use to please the crowds during their countless engagements in the early 60s – taking tunes from a variety of settings, including classical, and infusing them with a soul jazz style dripping in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
From their inception in late 1956, Ramsey Lewis and his famous Young/Holt-era trio were destined for great jazz fame. This 1958 session on Mercury (then based in the group's native Chicago) catches the trio right at the beginning – when they were taking tunes that were pretty well known, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first ever albums by the Ramsey Lewis Trio – featuring an assortment of lively tracks with a touch of jazz-based humor, the kind that were winning them huge audiences in Chicago at the time! With Eldee Young and Redd Holt to back him up, Ramsey's got plenty of pyrotechnics in tow ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label Cadet pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rare funk from the same Minneapolis scene that gave the world Prince – a legendary indie set from the end of the 70s, put together by Lewis brothers Pierre and Andre! Despite their French names, the duo have a mighty American groove on the set – a wicked approach to funk that's very ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unlikely, but huge, influence on the Chicago and Detroit house scenes of the 80s! Liaisons Dangereuses were a German combo with a sound that was part post-punk, part post-prog – electronic-based music that was somewhere in the neighborhood of Cabaret Voltaire and DAF. And like those two ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sven Libaek —
Set ... CD Philips/Votary (Australia), 1970. New Copy ...
An Australian sexploitation soundtrack, but one with all the best European elements of the time – thanks to genius work from the continent-hopping Sven Libaek! Sven's got styles here that recall Italian mod, Brit sound library, and dreamy French film scores – including jazzy vocals, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
An Australian sexploitation soundtrack, but one with all the best European elements of the time – thanks to genius work from the continent-hopping Sven Libaek! Sven's got styles here that recall Italian mod, Brit sound library, and dreamy French film scores – including jazzy vocals, ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Will Oldham discusses his craft with Alan Licht – and his way staying true to his distinctive recordings as Bonny Prince Billy and other names over the years – and the conversations are nearly as enigmatic as songs! Will went from the arty fringes of acting work to indie rock, and ... (Books) read moreBook
Dave Liebman takes on a host of standards – but all with the very hip sound you'd expect from his previous work – and a tight soulful groove that comes from the strong rhythm trio of Mulgrew Miller on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums! These three really set things ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A never-issued record from Jah Life – and one that stands with the best dub efforts from the time! The set features wicked rhythms from the Roots Radics band, recorded at Channel One – then mixed into sublime echoey territory by Scientist, with a style that's every bit as his own great ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Life ... LP EMI/Golden Pavilion (Portugal), Early 70s. Near Mint- (reissue)...
Way more than just the usual European prog set of the early 70s – as the group Life not only work with a style that's more personal and poetic than most of their contemporaries, but also oddly manage to sing really well in both English and Swedish – which led to the release of the album ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Limited repressing of an early DJ Shadow remix of "Real Deal". Supposedly the Lifers Group material was recorded in prison, by MC's who were serving 25+ year sentences, one of a couple of concept projects Funkenklein brought to Hollywood Basic. "Lesson 4" is the now classic 8- ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A great title for this one – given that the album's got a full, spacious sound – one that definitely lives up to the "suite feeling" you'd expect! The style here is even more sophisticated than on the group's debut – still a mix of jazzy horns and rockish rhythms, but ... (Rock) 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 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lijadu Sisters —
Danger ... CD Knitting Factory, 1976. Used ...
Amazing work from the 70s Nigerian scene – and one of the few female funk records to come out of Africa back in the days! The Lijadu Sisters have a groove that's unlike anything else we've ever heard before – partly Afro Funk, but often changed up a lot in really weird ways – ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers —
Fresh ... CD Rounder, 1995. Used ...
A classic bit of Chicago house goes mainstream – and a suprisingly big hit from the late 80s. The main reason most folks bought this album was for Louis' "French Kiss", a sex-sound infused house cut with a "fast-then-slow-then-fast" groove that was endlessly dropped into ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly trippy album of late 60s pop – a bit folksy, but also quite open ended – and with dreamy touches that are as evocative as the cover. We know little about Lily & Maria themselves, but the record does feature arrangements and production by pop maestro Garry Sherman ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully soulful set from Brazilian singer Paula Lima – one that's even tighter and more focused than her previous efforts, but not in a way that's too commercial or slick! There's a gentle blend of samba, soul, and funk going on in most tracks – with instrumentation that's warm, ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Rodrigo Lima —
Saga ... CD JSR (Brazil), New Copy 2 CDs ...
A great debut from Rodrigo Lima – a double-length set that has the guitarist working in modes that range from Brazilian roots to samba jazz, with lots of stops in between! Lima plays acoustic throughout, and with a deftness that rivals some of his Brazilian predecessors – and that ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A lost Latin cooker from Alfredito Linares – recorded in Peru during the early 70s, but with a vibe that's right up there with the best New York albums from the Latin Soul scene of the late 60s! Like other South American sets from the time, this one holds onto a groove that American Latin ... (Latin) read moreCD
One of the strangest things about Abbey Lincoln's career is the fact that, despite her hip affiliations with the left end of the jazz spectrum, she's actually been slotted into a fair number of straighter projects, not only in music, but in film as well. This album's a perfect example of that ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Abbey at her recent best – working in a style that's mostly traditional, but which also has some of the darker edges of her earlier years. The album features a core group led by Kenny Barron, and featuring James Spaulding and Julien Lourau on saxes – and a number of tracks on the album ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the most compelling records we've ever heard from 60s folkie Bob Lind – a set that's got a hipper, more introspective feel than some of his poppier records of earlier years – and an under-discovered gem that's sure to get him new recognition! The style here is much more ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful later work from Swedish jazz musician Nils Lindberg – a pianist by trade, but working here with a group that's heavy on the saxes – arranged here in a flurry of wonderful tones and sounds! Lindberg's probably best known here for his early modern recordings of the 50s and 60s, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Arto Lindsay & the Ambitious Lovers —
Envy ... LP EG (UK), 1996. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Orchestral works from composer Liza Lim – but all pieces that draw heavily on sounds from a wide global spectrum – which makes the results extremely compelling, and far less standard than you might expect! The set begins with "The Compass" – a 21 minute piece that uses ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Two 70s classics by Ivan Lins – back to back on one CD! Somos Todos is very much in Lins' classic style of the 70s, and performed with some great accompaniment by keyboardist Gilson Peranzzetta! The record's got a warm intimate feel that works great with Lins' heartfelt compositions – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Full steam ahead from Linx – a duo who could easily come up with some of the catchiest soul of their generation! The set's got a sparkling feel that follows strongly from the previous Intuition album – bouncy grooves that take a clubby groove, and trim it down nicely – making for ... (Soul) read moreCD
A mixture of fusion and soul – with some hard-jamming tracks that sometimes brings more of a focus on the groove than on the vocals – and other cuts that steer it into a solid pop soul approach! There's a warmth and depth to the production and the songwriting that's a pretty big step ... (Soul) read moreCD