A wonderful showcase for the tenor talents of James Brandon Lewis – a player who's just starting out on what will most likely be a rich career – but who's already able here to match his energy with the great William Parker on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums! The album's got this loose ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet electric Ramsey Lewis – an overlooked gem from the Columbia Records years, filled with loads of great grooves, and some pretty mighty keyboards! Part of the record has Ramsey working with Larry Dunn of Kalimba Productions – getting plenty of the Earth Wind & Fire groove that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An easy going set of tunes from Ramsey – still going quite strong after all these years, and getting some vocal help from Nancy Wilson on a number of tunes! The format is surprisingly lean, clean, and simple – with most tracks played by a small combo that features Ramsey on acoustic ... (Jazz) 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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tita Lima —
11:11 ... CD Kajmere/Belu Music, 2006. Used ...
Brazilian beats and a bit of bossa – all topped by vocals from the lovely Tita Lima! The set's got a sound that's quite different from other recent Brazilian-flavored work – in that Tita's often singing with a slightly spacey production style – one that takes the already airy ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Early work by Abbey – recorded in a mode that's straighter than she'd sound a few years later – less angry, more like other jazz vocalists of the time, but still with that unmistakable Abbey Lincoln quality in the voice! The arrangements on the set are by Benny Golson – using ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis —
Love Supreme ... CD Palmetto, 2004. Used ...
A record with a cheesy title and cover, but with a sound that's completely sublime – that transcendent vocal approach and incredible songwriting that makes just about any record by Ivan Lins a real treasure! The set's not as experimental as his earliest work, but it's got a rock-solid sound ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that there is some clear tape covering a few tears on the booklet.)
Ivan Lins —
Millennium ... CD Mercury/Polygram (Brazil), 1980s/Early 90s. Used ...
Ivan Lins —
Serie Bis ... CD EMI (Brazil), 1970s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ...
Ivan Lins did some of his best work for EMI/Odeon during the late 70s, and although most of his individual albums from that era are long out of print, this nice 28 track set brings together a lot of great moments from that time, with 2CDs worth of material to choose from! Titles include "Dinor ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Pretty nice work from one of the hipper groups to groove around Chicago in the past decade – the almost-famous Liquid Soul, a tight little combo that was playing out years before there was any funk or jamband scene to speak of! The format of the group is similar to some of the best West ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The legendary trumpeter Booker Little – paired here with drummer Max Roach, who was frequently Book's leader at the time! The set's got a sharp-edged and modern mix of hardbop and fresh ideas – very similar to the best Roach albums of the time – and with a similar sort of group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Although Little Anthony first cracked into the world with his early doo wop and R&B recordings for the End label, we've always been partial to his beautifully produced albums for Veep from the mid 60s. This nice 2-in-1 CD brings together Anthony's 2 best albums from the time, for a total of 27 ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great example of why Little Milton was always one of the few Chicago blues artists who could also break strongly in the soul camp at the time – and a beautifully balanced set that perfectly shows both sides of the Chicago scene of the time! Production is by old Vee Jay maestro Calvin ... (Blues) read moreCD
A landmark album of hard-rocking soul – and a record that broke open both genres for a generations to come! The set's about as classic as you can get for Little Richard – filled with killer numbers that jump around boldly in some heavy New Orleans piano-led grooves – all topped ... (Soul) read moreCD
A comprehensive look at some great recordings from Little Walter – sides recorded for Chess Records from 1953 to 1963 – offering up a decade's worth of evolution in his style! But even at the start, Walter was better than most of his generation – a heck of a great harmonica ... (Blues) read moreCD
Charles Lloyd —
Mirror ... CD ECM (Germany), 2010. Used ...
Beautiful work from Charles Lloyd – a set of compelling originals mixed with standards, both old and new, performed in a laidback style that really makes the most of his wonderful tone! Lloyd was a player who was great from the start – but in recent years, he seems to have even ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful duets between this richly creative pair – a stripped-down set that really showcases the warmth and intimacy of Charles Lloyd's reed styles in recent years – and one that also has Jason Moran warming up a bit more than usual too! Lloyd plays tenor and alto, both with a very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A Blue Note debut from legendary reedman Charles Lloyd – who definitely wants to bring something new to his work on the label! The set features his Marvels combo – a quintet that features very prominent work from guitarist Bill Frisell, whose edgey tones here make for a very different ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Edu Lobo's one of those Brazilian artists we never miss a chance to hear – because as albums like this will attest, his talents have never dimmed over the years! The record's got a really great sound – one that links together the majestic quality of his earlier work, and some of the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Beautiful work from the mutually-admiring team of Joe Locke and David Hazletine – two players who always make great records on their own, but who sound especially nice here together! The album's only the second effort from this pair in a decade, but it's well worth the wait – a soaring ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An oft-overlooked gem from Julie London – a dreamy album of Cole Porter tunes, and one that has her singing with small group backing, very much in the mode of some of her best early work for the Liberty label! The group on the album's the Bud Shank Quintet – with Shank on alto and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
On Sophisticated Lady, Julie London's got her hair up, and is wearing a classy gown – so you can bet that the feel of the record definitely follows through with the "sophisticated" promise of the title! Things are as mellow as on London's early classics for Liberty, but there's a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Mike Longo —
Matrix ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. Used ...
A killer set from pianist Mike Longo – one of those albums that always make us think that the 70s may well be Longo's best decade on record! Mike plays all acoustic piano here, but with a style that also shows a strong knowledge of Fender Rhodes – an instrument he used a lot at the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We know we spend a lot of space on these pages propping up early 90s hip hop, but you have to admit it was the salad days of the east coast. Finesse's second LP's no exception, with tight lyrics and beats – keeping it real before it became a cliche – a DITC classic that we never grow ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Furious, battle-tested early 90s mastery from Lord Finesse – with pitch perfect production by DJ Premier, Diamond D, Showbiz and Mike Smooth – an east coast golden age classic! Funky Technician is mysteriously slept on in too many discussions of the best hip hop of the era, but it's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Complex grooves from guitarist Lionel Loueke – and a set that may well be his best so far, thanks to key help from Robert Glasper! Glasper co-produced the set, and also plays piano and Fender Rhodes as well – often with those great blocky rhythms we love so much in his own music – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)