A nice bit of psych folk from the UK – Paul Korda's Passing Stranger record from 1971. It's pretty driving set in moments, and quite delicate in others – voiced impressively by Korda, who's also really strong in the songwriting arena! The songs are really inspired, still carrying ... (Rock) read moreCD
Some of the coolest work we've ever heard from Polish film composer Andrezj Korzynski – material from a little-seen movie from the early 70s, presented here in two different sections of the soundtrack, which were each made for different chapters of the film! The style is wonderfully hard to ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of the most creative bassists of the 80s – heard here on one of the great FMP albums that documented his wonderful run at the time! The album's all solo, and Kowald bridges worlds of improvisation by deftly fingering notes one minute, then boldly inventing new sounds the next – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Kowald/Kent Kessler/Fred Lonberg-Holm —
Flats Fixed ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1998. New Copy Gatefold ...
The strings have it – in this sweet little set from bassists Peter Kowald and Kent Kessler, and the great Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello! The combination of instruments is wonderful – very free, but often quite tuneful nonetheless – as each player seems to glide between rhythm and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best lost MPS albums from the classic years – and a very tasty batch of jazzy Brazilian grooves! Guitarist Ira Kris leads a groovy little combo that includes 2 guitars, flute, bass, and drums – and the group runs through a tight set of bossa groovers with a breezy jazzy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most swinging albums we've heard from vocalist Karin Krog in years – thanks to tight backing from a combo that also includes the great Scott Hamilton on tenor! The album's got the classic, easygoing flow of most of Scott's best work – a simple, no-nonsense style that's ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Martin Kuchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble —
Night In Europe ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy ...
A searing night in Europe – thanks to some tremendous work on tenor, alto, and sopranino sax from Martin Kuchen – who seems to burn harder here at points than we remember! But perhaps that intensity is from his company in the trio – especially drummer Steve Noble, whose power at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tremendous work from the brothers Rolf and Joachim Kuhn – and exactly the kind of record that will have you completely rethinking your opinion about the clarinet in jazz! Rolf's a player with roots in more traditional modes, but by the time of this mid 60s session he was a very committed ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rolf Kuhn —
Stereo ... CD MPS (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Really great work from Rolf Kuhn – the German reedman who began making modern music during that nation's postwar scene – and who's continued to remain on the forefront of innovation as the decades have moved on! This set is a great illustration of Kuhn's commitment to new sounds and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty great little set from drummer Janne Kullhammar – father of tenor genius Jonas Kullhammar, and a heck of a great leader in his own right! The style here is old school soul jazz, with maybe a slight contemporary vibe – played by a combo that features Claes Asekelof on guitar, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
William Kurk's always given us plenty of great music on his own – but this time around, he pays tribute to a host of classic talents in soul music – with performances of tracks by artists who include Harvey Mason, Leon Ware, Donald Fagan, Michael Jackson, Chick Corea, George Duke, ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Kyoto Jazz Sextet (Kyoto Jazz Massive) —
Mission ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
Kyoto Jazz Massive is on a soulful mission this time around – stepping out on Blue Note with a wonderful tribute to the rich legacy of the label! The music is directed by Shuya Okino, and played by a super-sharp quintet who really recall the genius of Blue Note in the 60s – especially ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A contemporary combo, but one who hit the style of classic sound library funk right on the money – with a killer approach that makes the album bristle like a vintage set all the way through! And trust us on this – these guys aren't "retro" or going for some sort of easy 60s ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
La Fantastica —
2001 ... CD Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
The only album we've ever seen by this cool New York combo of the 70s – quite a shame, as they're really cooking on all levels – with the kind of youthful energy that matches some of their best contemporaries during the early Latin years of the Salsoul label! The record's got a tight, ... (Latin) read moreCD
Pachanga? Cha Cha Cha? We'll take it – especially with results this great! The groove here is different than the usual albums of the mode at the time – as most numbers have a brassy finish over the top, which changes the pachanga instrumentation to a bolder vibe with some nice use of ... (Latin) read moreCD
A seminal album from the great Patti Labelle – a set that allowed the singer to mature strongly and find her own voice away from the funky, rockish style of Labelle – this sophisticated style that marked a whole new level of the singer's career! The Philly International label turned ... (Soul) read moreCD
A real classic from the great Patti Labelle – one of the lady's first few albums as a solo act, and a set that definitely marks her step forward into a whole new sort of sophisticated soul! Some of the funkier, grittier touches of the Labelle years are in place – but Patti's also got ... (Soul) read moreCD
Benny Lackner Trio —
Siskiyou ... CD Unit (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ...
Pianist Benny Lackner hits a groove here that's really unique – funky, but not jazz funk at all – and instead kind of a spacious, flowing sound on his keyboard that carves out its own special feel through careful timing and well-defined sense of attack! The drums and bass in the group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Shots ... CD Musica/Hat Art (Switzerland), 1977. New Copy ...
One of the most subtle, soulful Steve Lacy albums of the 70s – an obscure set recorded for the Musica label, with a vibe that's a bit like "solo Lacy – plus"! The approach has Steve crafting these lovely spare soprano sax lines – often somewhat spacious, with a style ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful trio work from Steve Lacy – very obscure sessions from the mid 70s, done in Milan by percussionist Andre Centazzo – who's also in the trio along with bassist Kent Carter! The format is loose and open, but in a way that's arguably more soulful than some of Lacy's other ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really wonderful record from this up-and-coming singer – a set that features Spanish language lyrics throughout, but has this universal appeal right from the very first note! Natalia's got a way of crossing generations and styles with her music – a bit like some of the best creative ... (Latin) read moreCD
A pair of pivotal albums from British singer Cleo Laine – both of which really have her finding her own groove! If We Lived On Top Of A Mountain is a set that's still got a fair bit of jazz in the mix, but which also has Cleo Laine using that wonderfully deep voice of hers to step into some ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Rick Laird with Joe Henderson —
Soft Focus ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
An album led by guitarist Rick Laird, but a set that's probably equally noteworthy for the presence of tenorist Joe Henderson on a few tracks – who really shines here in an overlooked late 70s session! The core group is great enough – as Laird has these round, classic jazz guitar tones ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Quite possibly the only full album ever recorded as a solo act by Dave Lambert, the vocalist that we know and love from the team of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – but who's also a heck of a great singer on his own! As you may know from the group, Dave's got a slightly quirky vocal approach ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Mathias Landaeus —
Into Life ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2014. New Copy ...
Maybe the best album so far from Mathias Landaeus – a wonderful pianist, and one we've dug for years for his excellent albums on the Moserobie label – working here at a level that has so many things going on at once, the end result is far different from the usual piano trio album! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A totally wonderful little record that's every bit as sexy as you might guess from the cover – and which also has some of the groovy French elements you might expect from the title! The set's got this slinky, erotic vibe that's almost in Serge Gainsbourg territory – save for the fact ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Seven albums on four CDs – each of them a sunny sort of groove party from German Maestro James Last! Last had already been turning out lots of instrumental pop for the German scene in the 60s – but he reinvented his sound a bit with these classic Beachparty records from the early 70s ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Very groovy instrumental work from the great James Last – a cool cat who was Germany's answer to Herb Alpert or Al Hirt during the 60s! Like Herb or Al, the style here is rooted in jazz, but takes off in lots more groovy colors – a bouncy, upbeat, very breezy sound that made Last the ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A spacious mid 70s set from Yusef Lateef – with some numbers showing his more soaringly spiritual bent – and others hewing towards a more bluesy or loosely funky vein. Tracked live in San Francisco, some numbers were later augmented with overdubbed strings and vocals – there's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of Impulse Records sessions from the 60s – back to back on a single CD! First up is 1984 – really moody magic from the great Yusef Lateef – an artist who was definitely using his time on the Impulse label to open up some new territory in his music! This set might well be ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the most spiritual work we've heard from Yusef Lateef in years – a set cut with AACM legends Roscoe Mitchell and Douglas Ewart, and done with a sound that takes us back to the legendary sounds of both players in the 70s! Adam Rudolph also joins the quartet, bringing in some great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pure genius from the legendary Latimore – and a record that's a perfect illustration of the way the man could effortlessly mix blues roots, southern soul, and a whole new Miami groove for the 70s! The record is easily one of Latimore's best – and has these vocals that grab us right ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet set of 70s salsa from Latin Dimension – a group who are both at home with traditional Latin modes, and some of the hipper touches of their time! The group's heavy on percussion, but also have lots of jazzy touches too – thanks to use of sax and flute on the record, which gives ... (Latin) read moreCD
Quite possibly the best of Stacy Lattisaw's early work for Cotillion – a great little record that shines equally on groovers and mellower cuts! Stacy's still got a keen ear for pop soul here, but she definitely takes things a bit deeper too – working through a great set of original ... (Soul) read moreCD
A perfect combination of talents – Stacy Lattisaw and the young Johnny Gill, working together here in a set of tracks that offers an 80s update of earlier male/female soul duo modes! The production is definitely 80s, with lots of electric touches on both the rhythms and instrumentation ... (Soul) read moreCD
The title's a great one for this late 80s set – as Paul Laurence was one of the most underexposed soul singers of his generation, even though his work was always pretty darn great! Laurence comes across with plenty of spark and charm right from the start – undeniable star power that's ... (Soul) read moreCD
The music here has lots of great exotic touches – as you might expect from a late 60s Italian film set on the island of Samoa! Angelo Francesco Lavagnino was always one of the best Italian 60s composers when it came to a sense of sound and texture – and here, he works in some very cool ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A legendary soul singer finally gets her due – served up in a beautiful package that contains all of Betty Lavette's lost Atlantic album from 1972, plus additional singles for the label, including 2 previously unissued tracks! The package digs deeper than even the other excellent sets on ... (Soul) read moreCD
A rare set from legendary southern soul diva Betty Lavette – recorded as a one-off for Motown in the early 80s, but done in a deep soul style that has plenty of 70s touches! The feel here is almost in the Malaco mode – southern soul, but with some more sophisticated modern touches ... (Soul) read moreCD
Bettye Lavette —
Worthy ... CD Cherry Red (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Some of best work in years from resurgent soul legend Bettye Lavette – with a wise, gritty edge touched by classic southern soul and rawer, though still quite elegant bluesy influences – and giving a diverse range of material her distinct personal stamp! As wonderful as Bettye's voice ... (Soul) read moreCD
Azar Lawrence —
Seeker ... CD Sunnyside, 2014. New Copy ...
Tremendous work from Azar Lawrence – part of a great return to form the reedman has had in recent years – and, if anything, a run of music that's maybe even greater than his legendary sides from the 70s! Lawrence is razor-sharp throughout – spinning out bold, soulful lines on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nothing too silent here, as the set's filled with the kind of soulful fusion grooves we'd expect from Hubert Laws in the 70s! The album's a real standout in his Columbia catalog – a perfectly balanced set that features plenty of great work from Hubert on flute, amidst arrangements that also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very hip vocal work from singer Janet Lawson – an under-discovered vocalist with a very groovy sound! Janet's got a soaring, breezy feel that's a bit like some of the best Bay Area or European work from a few years before – inflected with some Brazilian influences, but also delivered ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Le Trio Camara —
Le Trio Camara ... CD Saravah/Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1968. New Copy ...
Bossa jazz from the French scene of the 60s – an ultra-hip album issued on the legendary Saravah Records label – and one that's one of the best illustrations of the label's way of blending together jazz and other global styles! The group here is a trio, with Fernando Martins on some ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Pure brilliance from Babatunde Lea – an artist who sounds as deeply soulful in the 21st Century as he did on his first recordings from a few decades back! This time around, Lea's working with the wonderful Frank Lacy on trombone and trumpet – in a set of work that's all arranged by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The most awe-inspired set devoted to Huddie Ledbetter we could ever hope to see – a real treasure from Smithsonian Folkways – with a bunch of never-before released tracks! It's incredibly hard to believe that before this 2015 box, there had never been a comprehensive, full career ... (Blues) read moreCD
Pure genius – a lost Nara Leao album from the late 60s, and a key piece in the puzzle of late 60s Tropicalia – a set we'd place right next to equally important records by Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, and Os Mutantes! Although Leao always gets cited as one of the more revolutionary ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Ultra-hip sounds from the Australian scene of the early 70s – some killer cuts by vibist Alan Lee – a player who was exploring with as many new ideas on his instrument as contemporary American giants like Roy Ayers or Bobby Hutcherson at the time! The work here is a great summation of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from this lesser-known Brit pop female – a singer who came on the scene a bit later than Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Sandie Shaw – and one who works here with a slightly different feel as well! The orchestrations are somewhat fuller than Brit girl work from a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A sweet 70s set from the ultra-hip rhythm duo of bassist John Lee and drummer Gerry Brown – working here in a European setting with loads of great reed work to support the "bamboo" vibe of the title! Flute player Chris Hinze blows both bamboo and regular flute – and the feel ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great look at the Decca years of Peggy Lee – a time when the singer was working away from Capitol Records – where she'd initially begun in the 40s, and would return to great fame in the 60s! Peggy's sides at Decca are often quite unique – rooted in the older style of jazz ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Incredible work by one of our favorite 60s groups of any stripe – and if you ask us, this is among the very best records of the late 60s. . . period! If you don't know The Left Banke, their unique style of "baroque rock" is a wonderful mix of swirling organ, electric harpsichord, ... (Rock) read moreCD
20 tracks in all:"Jingle Jangle", "Krill Ill", "Step To The Stage", "Back In The Days", "New Ni**as", "Bring It", "Zootie Bang", "The Truth", "Rest In Peace", "Who's On It" (Parts 1 & 2), "Le ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Brazilian rhythms meet French pop – all in an incredible album from the lovely Christiane Legrand! Christiane's probably best known for her work in the Swingle Singers – or for being the sister of the famous Michel Legrand, who she helped on a few soundtracks – but she sounds ... (French) read moreCD
Dreamy sounds from the legendary Michel Legrand – working here in a mode that's maybe a bit more lush and romantic than some of his later soundtrack work – yet at a level that's still head and shoulders above most of his 50s instrumental contemporaries! The set's got a melancholy vibe ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible treasure trove of music – the complete film scores that Michel Legrand penned for his films with director Jacques Demy – plus rare bonus tracks, alternate versions, vocal takes, and even a bit of working sessions and studio work as well! We've always been huge fans of ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of our favorite soundtracks ever – a jazzy swinging ode to love found and love lost – all penned by the legendary Michel Legrand! The work was composed in collaboration with director Jacques Demy for his 1966 film of the same name – and, like the previous Demy/Legrand ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
String-heavy early genius from a young Michel Legrand – tracks from some of his best travelogue albums for Columbia from the 50s! The first half of the set is Legrand's original I Love Paris album – a sparkling postwar musical fantasy of Paris, made up of a host of famous themes from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Les Freres Smith —
Free To Go ... CD Les Freres Smith (France), 2015. New Copy ...
This killer combo starts a fire right from the very first note on the set – then continues to burn strongly all the way through – with a vibe that's even sharper and tighter than their first set of Afro Funk a few years back! Les Freres Smith travel in familiar territory, but have a ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The complete work of Les Parisiennes – a lovely female French pop group from the 60s – supervised by pianist Claude Bolling! The 3CD package brings together all the quartet's music for Philips Records in the mid 60s – a surprisingly big batch of recordings, given that most of ... (French) read moreCD
Stunning work from Lesiman – easily one of the coolest, funkiest talents on the Italian sound library scene of the 70s! The groove here is electric, funky, and often slightly trippy – with perfect use of electric bass to get things going in so many different ways, depending on the mood ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Raw vintage soul from Lonnie Lester! Lonnie's smooth, honey sweet voice is such a fantastic foil for the often stripped-down, but driving sounds of these rare singles, it's hard to believe he's not a more celebrated figure. Well, it's never too late the start celebrating him – and this ... (Soul) read moreCD
The Levert bloodline runs mighty strong – with roots in the harmony sound of the O'Jays, reworked here to a beautiful new mode for the 80s – in a style that helped the group really revive vocal soul for the decade! At a time when so many other groups were just letting the beats and ... (Soul) read moreCD
The butt-squeezing cover should be enough to let you know that this is one funky album – but if that doesn't get the message across, the grooves certainly do! O'Donel Levy plays tight and funky guitar, and also sings a bit on the set – working with a tight combo that features Charles ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous little record and maybe THE album from trombonist George Lewis – a groundbreaking solo set that's maybe his equivalent of Anthony Braxton's For Alto – and which does similar things both for his instrument and the further growth of the AACM in jazz! The record features ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really sweet album from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an artist who really grabbed us with his debut, then wins us all over again with this very different second set! The style here is as loose as Lewis' previous record, but in a different way – more rhythmic than outside – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent solo set as a leader from drummer Mel Lewis – one that reminds us that he can still cook very strongly away from his big band with trumpeter Thad Jones! The set has Lewis in different groupings with an excellent set of the friends mentioned in the title – a top-shelf ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cool collection of work from Ramsey Lewis' legendary 70s years on Columbia Records – a sweet little set that's filled with overlooked moments that really show the full spectrum of Ramsey's expanded talents at the label! Some cuts are spare and acoustic, others are electric – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nothing too "chance" about this encounter – as the album's got a very full, carefully put-together approach – completely arranged and produced by Ramsey Lewis himself, but definitely using lessons learned from some of the other top-shelf talents who guided him during his years ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A weird little horror soundtrack from the mid 70s – served up as a mad melange of synth bits, keyboards, and guitar – all very much in the spirit of film work at the time by Goblin – but maybe even less rock-based overall! The tracks really open up nicely on the set – with ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Manny Oquendo's great group Libre were one of the high points in the New York Latin scene of the 70's. The group manage to bring traditional Latin jazz styles into play with some of the changes that were taking place in the city's music scene at the time – and the result is a beautiful blend ... (Latin) read moreCD
A very well-titled set from Libre – as the group were one of the more incredible acts on the New York scene of the 70s – always a bit more underground than the salsa mainstream, and able to easily bridge so many generations with their music! Leader Manny Oquendo has a great ear for ... (Latin) 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 ... (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
Lively west coast G Funk Lil 1/2 Dead! Dead Has Arisen is the first of 1/2 Dead's mid 90s efforts for Priority, repping the LBC at the prime of the G Funk era – with appearances by AMG & Chill. Titles include "Had To Be A Hustler", "Stz'll Got It", "Deadicated" ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Lil 1/2 Dead delivering sold west coast G Funk on his second record for Priority! 1/2 Dead's solo shots didn't breakout like his more famous family and west coast stylistic contemporaries on the early-to-mid 90s west coast scene, but his couple of records on Priority deliver the goods. We worth ... (Hip Hop) 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) read moreCD
A totally groovy little record from Swedish singer Lill Lindfors – an artist who's got an equally great ear for sounds from France, Brazil, and even the American west coast – all of which she serves up here in her own unique style! Lill's music has always gotten attention from folks ... (Vocalists) 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 funky classic from Little Beaver – one of the best albums to come out of the Miami scene of the mid 70s! Little Beaver lays down some righteous guitar and heavy vocals over a cool spare backing groove on this one. It's a party, alright, but it's got the feel of the smoldering, latenight ... (Soul) read moreCD
A heavy helping of Miami soul – all of it composed by Willie "Little Beaver" Hale, and performed by Beaver and some of his best contemporaries at TK Records! Little Beaver is easily one of our favorite artists from the 70s glory years of Miami soul – a hell of a singer, a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Little Milton's in some wonderful company here – recording at the best Malaco level of the 80s, which means an equal dose of deep soul and blues! Milton's voice has only gotten better over the years – and he's honestly a more expressive singer here than during the Chess years, really ... (Blues) read moreCD
One of the funkiest albums ever cut by Little Milton – done at the end of the 60s with some hard Chicago soul arrangements from Gene Barge, and an overall style that mixes electric blues with some of the hard soul coming from the city's west side scene at the time! The album's much more of a ... (Blues) read moreCD
A wonderful selection of work from the great Little Richard – a 64 track package that not only includes loads of gems from his early years on Specialty Records, but also includes a lot of near-forgotten material from his great run on Vee Jay as well! The Specialty tracks are the stuff of ... (Soul) read moreCD
The title's borrowed from a hit by Jan & Dean – but the music here is very much the Lively Ones' own – that cool blend of surf guitar, echo, and other hip elements that make their early 60s Del-Fi records so great! The guitar lines are wonderfully chromatic – very well-tuned, ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very unusual album from The Lively Ones – a set that has the group going south of the border, with all of the guitar/surf styles you might expect – but also getting some help from the lesser-known Surf Mariachis, who play on about half of the album's tracks! The notes offer up little ... (Rock) read moreCD
A night in Jamaica, circa 1965 – but a record that's got more than enough Latin touches to be titled A Night In Havana, too! Pianist Cecil Lloyd steps away from more familiar Jamaican styles of the time, to work with small combo backing that's much more in the mode of the best Latin pianists ... (Reggae) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Charles Lloyd —
Love-In ... CD Atlantic (UK), 1967. New Copy ...
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Charles Lloyd makes a step over to Blue Note Records – and the result is one of his richest, most organic albums in years! The whole thing's a live performance from Poland – done as a suite of longer tracks that feature a core acoustic quartet with Lloyd on tenor, plus added cymbalom ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wonderfully warm electric work from Edu Lobo – a sublime late 70s set that we'd stack right up there with our favorite albums of the time by artists like Joyce, Marcos Valle, or Joao Donato! As with all three of those artists, Edu uses some 70s electric elements to really transform his sound ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The wonderful first solo album from Nils Lofgren – done with this lean, tight sound that's nicely different than his previous work with Grin – and which really lets Nils show off all the best sides of his vocals and guitar! The group is just a core trio with Wornell Jones on bass ... (Rock) read moreCD
A club classic on Salsoul – with a soaring sound that's still grooving dancefloors today! The record was arranged and conducted by Leroy Burgess – who also sang lead vocals and wrote all the material – and it's got a sound that's similar to some of the later uptempo grooves that ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of Julie London's strongest overall albums – a great session that features small group backings with a warm and intimate feel! There's less of the languid sadness of some of Julie's other records, and more of the dreamy floating style of singers like Chris Connor or June Christy on this ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A really cool little record from the little-known Danny Long – a sweet self-released project from the 70s that really gets at the charm of the indie scene at the time! Danny plays lots of Fender Rhodes on the record – in these warm jazzy solos that are a perfect accompaniment for his ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Jeff Lorber Fusion —
Galaxian ... CD Arista/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy ...
The Jeff Lorber group makes a move into R&B with a few tracks on this set – adding in vocals to their core sweet fusion approach, but in a style that totally makes sense! Lorber's always had a great way with a soulful tune – working with both electric and acoustic keys in a style ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some great work that will completely redefine your ideas about calypso music – especially if they're mostly relegated to cliches about Harry Belafonte! The tracks here were all recorded by Rupert "Lord Invader" Grant in New York during the late 40s and early 50s – and done ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD