A hokey cover but a really classic album from Hector Lavoe – one of his biggest records of the 70s, and a great mix of modes that showcases the full range of his talents! The standout number here is the 10 minute groover "El Cantate" – a driving salsa tune penned by Ruben ... (Latin) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
John Law —
Abacus ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2001. Used Gatefold ...
A pretty hip set of big band arrangements – very much along the lines of early 50s Stan Kenton, with a tight swing, but a nicely modern undercurrent as well! The arrangements, as the title indicates, are all by Gerry Mulligan – and in addition to the piano of Elliot Lawrence, players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
ric rocMaybe the first album we've ever seen from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – and a set that will definitely have us looking out for more! Lawrence composed almost every tune on the set, and works with a sense of color that really lives up to the title – on lines that are sometimes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stone classic from reedman Ronnie Laws – and an album that really helped set a whole new standard for funky fusion in the 70s! Laws works here with great Wayne Henderson production – which gives the album an even sharper sound than other Blue Note sets of this vintage – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Hugh Lawson —
Colour ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1983. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A great trio date – with Calvin Hill on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and Lawson on piano! Many titles are original – and tracks include "The Thinker", "The Beast From Bali Bali", "Creepy Chicken", and "23rd Street Blues". (Jazz) CD
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 amazing debut of those most hyperactive of the Native Tongues, the short-lived, ultra fresh Leaders Of The New School! Busta & Co. splintered apart after just two albums, but this will always be a shiny trophy in the mantle with the all time freshest East Coast hip hop. It sounds great to ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Lovely stuff! This record's a stunning batch of light tracks – most with a jazzy samba or late bossa sound – and the kind of sparkling production that Nara used a lot more later in the decade. Antonio Adolfo plays piano (and very nicely, we might add!) – and the rest of the ... (Brazil) 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
Aigbe Lebarty —
Unity ... CD PMG (Austria), Late 70s. New Copy ...
Aigbe Lebarty plays some mighty cool phased guitar on this sweet set from the 70s – a batch of long funky grooves that have his guitar lines moving back and forth over the rhythms, with a really great range of offbeat spacey sounds! The group also features some keyboards, bass, and lots of ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Nice "best of" set of work by this excellent Latin combo – featuring tracks that are mostly pulled from the years when they were changing their bag from Latin Soul into 70s salsa. The album's got a cool cartoony basketball cover – and tracks include "Son Sabroson", ... (Latin) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Led Zeppelin —
Coda ... CD Swan Song, 1982. Used ...
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
A massive collection of genius from Led Zeppelin – and material that has gone onto become a crucial part of their all-too-small catalog over the years! The work here was all recorded for the BBC in the years 1969 through 1971 – offering up a much wider picture of the group during these ... (Rock) read moreCD
Mike LeDonne & The Groover Quartet —
That Feelin ... CD High Note, 2016. New Copy ...
There's a real sense of collaborative joy in the image on the cover here – and that vibe really comes through in the energy of the Groover Quartet of organist Mike LeDonne – a fantastic combo that brings together the tenor of Eric Alexander, guitar of Peter Bernstein, and drums of Joe ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bunny Lee & Friends —
Tape Rolling ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ...
Rare gems from the vaults of Jamaican production genius Bunny Lee – material cut mostly at his home studio, in the company of some very good friends and musical associates – hence the artist listing on the set! Some of the cuts here are from rare dubplates or acetates, others are ... (Reggae) read moreCD
An eerie album of modern jazz vocals – featuring the haunting voice of Jeanne Lee with the dark piano of Ran Blake. Most tracks feature only the two of them in duet – but a few feature Lee solo, and a few others have George Duvivier backing the pair up on bass. We like this stuff a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Jimi Lee is a hell of a studio talent here – as he handles all the arrangements and production, and also sets up load of sweet guitar lines that riff alongside the vocals of Mona Finnih & The Sensationals! That riffing guitar really gets things moving here – sometimes in a heavier ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
We're not sure whatever happened to Larry Lee – or if he ever managed to crack the big time back in the day – but that obscurity aside, this album's a great bit of AOR that deserves deeper digging – the kind of overlooked killer that reminds us that there's still plenty for us to ... (Rock) read moreCD
Lee may not know his math, but he sure knows how to give us some great music – both back when he was working as the Square Egg, and now when he's out under his own name too! The man's a one man force in underground soul – a very creative songwriter and sharp-edged producer who's always ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A great batch of the classic numbers by the one and only Peggy Lee! Peggy had a way of adding a genuine, earthy vibrancy to most of the numbers she ever cut – an emotive, but grounded, and even at turns bluesy quality that made even the sappiest big band orchestrations a real treat! The CD ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Very groovy work from Peggy – a set of tunes tone with a nice little Latin flair! The tunes themselves are all Broadway hits of the late 50s and early 60s, but they're redone wonderfully here – so that they often bear little resemblance to the originals. Jack Marshall handled the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
zAn incredibly lovely later album from Peggy Lee – her first album for Atlantic, and proof that she was still growing tremendously as an artist, well into the 70s! The record's title track was a tune written for Peggy by Paul McCartney, who also produced the number for the record – and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great illustration of the upbeat, positive vibe that Peggy Lee could serve up when she was at her best – a cool Capitol Records mode that really helped Lee set a whole new tone for singers in the 60s! The great Jack Marshall is at the helm on arrangements – putting things together ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Tippa Lee's a Jamaican talent from the old school, one whose biggest fame was in the 80s – but he steps out here in a great setting that's maybe even more retro than his original work – served up in a roots reggae mode that feels like some lost Kingston classic from the 70s! The lyrics ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Wonderfully playful sounds from composer Raymond Lefevre – penned for two French comedies that starred the legendary Louis De Funes! First up is Jo – a soundtrack that has some very groovy, very swinging action moments – stepping out like the best 60s spy sorts of sounds you ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A Tico Records classic from the legendary Pupi Legarreta – one of the few cats who can really make a violin groove! The set's cut in a lively charanga mode – great instrumentation from the leader over these choppy, percussive rhythms – plus smoking jazzy flute lines that dip, ... (Latin) 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
A masterpiece from trumpeter Josef Leimberg – a set that features guest appearances by Kamasi Washington, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – yet a record that has an amazing sound that's all its own! Washington's working in a blend of spiritual and electric jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Well-recorded solo work from Urs Liemgruber – especially given the range of quieter tones that come across on part of the album! Liemgruber plays both tenor and soprano sax – the latter of which is especially nice, and used in these higher-range notes that flutter along beautifully ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tom Lellis —
Flow ... CD Beamtide, 2016. New Copy ...
An excellent set from Tom Lellis – a jazz vocalist we've been digging since the 70s – as part of an elite group of really special singers that might include Mark Murphy or Kurt Elling – able to work in a jazzy style that's far more than just delivery of a lyric, with a sense of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Classic Chicago Blues from JB Lenoir – tracks originally recorded for the tiny Parrot label, a key Chicago indie in the 50s – but a company that never lasted as long as Chess, Vee Jay, or other classic Chi-town imprints. The set includes liner notes on the material, and a total of 13 ... (Blues) read moreCD
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
A set of music that's as groovy as you'd expect from the look of the cover – a quartet of French female singers, all working with legendary jazz arranger Claude Bolling – on work that's quite an unusual mix of modes! At some level, the quartet format makes for a jaunty approach to ... (French) read moreCD
Not the kind of Vikings you'd find in medieval Scandinavia – and instead a landmark combo from Guadeloupe – one who were key in developing the sound of zouk in the late 70s, and who can also work with a fair bit of spiritual jazz touches in their music! This excellent collection shines ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Beautiful set of moody tracks by this enigmatic Italian composer. Although billed as a compilation of "sound library" stuff, this LP's got a lot more of a mellow moody feel than some of the other sound library LPs we've been stocking, which are usually a lot funkier. This one's got ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Way out sci fi soundscapes from writer, composer and self-taught UFOlogist Desmond Leslie – affectionately issued by Trunk Records – one of our favorite champions of groovy and trippy 60s eccentrics! Music Of The Future is one of strangest, most mysterious and genuinely compelling ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Powerful 60s work from Julius Lester – a unique singer who recorded two rare albums for Vanguard Records – both done in a stunning mix of folk, blues, and soul styles! Although a bit different in style, Julius belongs to the same generation as Terry Callier – and there's a ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
One of the few sessions ever cut as a leader by LA drummer Stan Levey – as tight a set of west coast bop as you'll ever find on the Bethlehem label – recorded with a really cooking sextet that includes Conte Candoli on trumpet, Richie Kamuca on tenor, Frank Rosolino on trombone, Leroy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first album ever from drummer Stan Levey, but a set that already shows his mighty talents as a leader! Stan wisely chose some great songs to work with here – penned by west coast highlights Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bill Holman – and taken into a small combo mode that really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice little bit of bop from LA – a tightly-crafted mid 50s date for the Bethlehem label – featuring drummer Stan Levey at the head of a great group of horn players! The album features some standout work from Dexter Gordon on tenor – making a rare appearance here as a sideman ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Think of this quartet as a string trio, plus vibes – and you'll definitely get the idea of the wonderful sound of this set! The group's led by Daniel Levin on cello, and also features Mat Maneri on viola and Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass – plus great vibes from Matt Moran, who's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Given that a busty babe is leaning into the left side of the piano keyboard on the cover, we'd almost expect Lou Levy to focus mostly on the lighter notes on the right – but instead, he really opens up with some great deep notes on the cover, and takes the album far past anything you might ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lou Levy —
Ya Know ... CD Phonogram/Gitanes (France), 1993. Used ...
A relatively recent set from pianist Lou Levy, but an unusual one as well – since Lou has augmented his usual trio lineup with an extra bassist for the session! Lou's acoustic piano is featured here with drums from Alvin Queen, and bass from both Pierre Michelot and Eric Von Essen, the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Quite an obscure later session from Sonny Stitt – one recorded for the tiny Finite label, which we mostly know from more "out" recordings! The set features Sonny blowing straight and inside – but always with that clean, confident tone that followed nicely in the Roost years ... (Jazz) read moreCD