One of the most beautifully tuneful albums we've ever heard on the Moserobie label – a wonderfully lyrical session from pianist Matthias Landaeus, who also plays a variety of different instruments on the set! There's an inherently rhythmic quality to most of the numbers here – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
One of our favorite Atlantic albums by the great Yusef Lateef – an incredible session that has him dipping back into his earlier exotic roots with those great reed styles of the early 60s – yet also hitting a mix of soul and funk like some of his other albums from the time! The sound ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever from Yusef Lateef – even if it's sometimes overlooked! The album was issued in the 70s, but it features material from the famous Live At Pep's concert in 1964 – but which didn't appear on that initial record. In fact, it's arguably a lot hipper than ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful work from Brother Yusef, cut during his early days with Savoy, when he was hitting a perfect mix of soul jazz, hardbop, and more exotic instrumentation. This set features his great quintet with Curtis Fuller, Hugh Lawson, and Louis Hayes – and Yusef plays a number of other strange ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nicely done reissue of Yusef Lateef's one and only album for the Charlie Parker label – cut during a period when he's been making real waves in the jazz scene with work on Prestige and Savoy! The set's a bit more straight ahead than some of Lateef's more exotic sides of the time – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stellar reed work from Azar Lawrence – a player who's best known for his acoustic revival in recent years, but who could play with some excellent electric backings during the 70s! The set's less an electric funk outing than it is a spiritual jazz set, with keyboards and guitar in the mix ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 the few 50s albums ever cut from singer Barbara Lea – a great vocalist who seemed to get a bit more of a chance in the studio much later in her life! This session's got a slightly unusual feel – in that it's not really torchy, but also not as outrightly swinging either – ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The title's an apt one – given that the record was the end of the tremendous run of records from Led Zeppelin – issued after the death of legendary drummer John Bomham – but the set's also way more than just an endpoint, as many of the tracks return to the group's beginning – ... (Rock) read moreCD
Peggy's sweet as sugar, but working here with a heck of a lot of spice – thanks to arranger Benny Carter, who brings in a wonderfully jazzy feel to the set! The album's one of Peggy's best from her comeback years at Capitol – and a prime example of the syncopated, slinking mode of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the first records that has Rita emerging to become one of the big female rock singers of Brazil – done in a style that's pretty straight, with some elements of older rock, and a tightly produced LA-style sound. The songs have some pretty good hooks, and Rita's overall style is a bit ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Some of the most whimsical music ever penned by Michel Legrand – music for two animated films from the late 70s! First up is Legrand's excellent score for a Baron Munchausen film – handled with these surprisingly deep tones at times, yet still mixed with a sense of fable-like wonder, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Great work from one of Brazil's best artists of the past 10 years! Lenine has a groundbreaking style that mixes acoustic guitar, soulful vocals, hard percussion, electronics, and modern rock into a pomo blend that sounds a heck of a lot better than our cliche-littered description. The record's ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Les Amazones De Guinee —
Wamato ... CD Sterns (UK), 2008. Used ...
Les Amazones De Guinee are something of an institution in African music – a decades-old group who've spanned the continent with their progressively political message – yet this album's only the combo's second, and should give them much-needed exposure to a larger audience! The rhythms ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A very fresh-voiced set from the Brooklyn scene – almost an early expression of the rich sounds we've come to expect lately from all the players involved! In addition to Daniel Levin's bass, the set also features Nate Wooley on trumpet, Matt Moran on vibes, and Joe Morris on double bass ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Daniel Levin Quartet —
Bacalhau ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2010. Used ...
Abstract and liberating quartet jazz led by cellist Daniel Levin – with a group that's worked together for the better part of a decade – at this point communicating in tense, challenging ways! It's a live set, recorded at Solao Brazil in June of 2009 and succeeds in a number of ways. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic lost album from one of the 60's most under-rated female singers – done in a style that's far hipper than Barbara's work for Atlantic! The set's got a vibe that's totally great – proud and righteous – stepping out in a mode that shakes off the sweetness of Barbara's ... (Soul) 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
Way more than just "abstractions" – as the set's a very focused batch of some of the larger ideas that John Lewis had about jazz – explored beautifully here away from the Modern Jazz Quartet! The album has Lewis working with frequent partner – and fellow third stream ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic meeting of east and west coast artists of the third stream jazz sphere of the late 50s – one that features the team of John Lewis and Percy Heath of the Modern Jazz Quartet working alongside the west coast tenor of Bill Perkins, plus the guitar of Jim Hall and drums of Chico ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson – two key soulful talents from the 60s, working together beautifully here in a mid 80s set! The album's almost more Randy's than it is Nancy's given that Lewis takes a few tunes instrumentally, working in a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's almost a bit of a mystery here – as the music is so right on the money, so sense-making, that we can hardly hear a non-sequitur in the set – just these well-hewn, thoughtfully-played lines of sound coming from the twin tenors of David Liebman and Ellery Eskelin! The record's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
David Liebman/Ellery Eskelin —
Renewal ... CD Hatology (Switzerland), 2008. Used ...
John Lindberg & Hugh Ragin —
Team Work ... CD Cecma (Italy), 1980. Used ...
Both John Lindberg and Hugh Ragin are players who really seem to thrive best in an open, unstructured setting – which makes this album of spare duets a perfect outing for both of them! The tunes are always nicely thought out – open-ended, yet never just free for free's sake – ... (Jazz) read moreCD