Key work by one of the most unique voices in 60s mainstream jazz – reedman Charles Lloyd, heard here on a set that's filled with amazing sounds, tones, and timings! The group here features Gabor Szabo on guitar – Lloyd's previous partner from the Chico Hamilton combo – plus Ron ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really beautiful record from vibist Joe Locke – and maybe his most dynamic album in years! The set's got Joe working in a particularly angular mode – carving out these wonderful lines of sound with core rhythms from the trio of Robert Rodriguez on piano, Terreon Gully on drums, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Didier Lockwood —
Apesantar ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most experimental albums we've ever heard from Didier Lockwood – a set that goes far beyond his more familiar jazz violin, to a heady, spacious style that really fits the image on the cover! There's certainly a bit of Didier's main instrument on the record, but he also plays ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark album in 50s vocal jazz – spare, moody, and evocative tunes from Julie London – sung in a stripped-down setting that few other singers would dare at the time! The sound of the set is as sexy as the cover – intimate, personal, and breathily sung in a mode that comes ... (Vocalists) 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
Julie London's shortened her trademark tresses for the cover of this album – but as the title will tell, she's very much in the best sultry territory of her earlier years! This time around, Don Bagley's turned in some near-perfect arrangements that really bring back the London sound of the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Great 60s material from the lovely Julie London – and a set that's a really nice contrast to the style of her studio work on Liberty Records at the time! The performance is a live one – a setting that Julie hardly ever recorded in – with a very cool small combo at the core, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
That's London, Ontario – not London, England – which means that the group have an even more far-flung sound than you might expect! The album's a brilliant and overlooked gem from the Canadian scene of the 70s – really mindblowing music by a group who are equally great at grooving ... (Jazz) 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
A really nice batch of early 80s soul from Loose Ends – one of the best-remembered groups who were making strong soul music in Britain in the period – but who actually recorded this excellent first album at Philadelphia's Alpha Studios! Making the record in Philly was a wise decision ... (Soul) read moreCD
The debut album from Bryan Loren, and quite possibly his best-remembered set – a batch of catchy, upbeat 80s soul numbers – all tracks that definitely point the way towards his later productions for other hit artists! There's nothing too fancy going on here, but Bryan's right on the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really cool record from the late 60s Spanish rock scene – done with a pop-ready simplicity, but accented with some gritty, garage psych touches too! Contrabando features a newer line-up of the group, after Juan Pardo and Antonio "Junior" Morales left the group to for Juan Y ... (Rock) read moreCD
A definite classic from the great Joe Lovano – a set recorded a decade before its release, and a rock-solid live performance that has Lovano in tip-top formation! Tracks are long, and very open – and Joe blows tenor with this exploratory, creative energy that's a lot like his Vanguard ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bold, angular work from an ultra-hip trio – one with reedman Joe Lovano, bassist Anthony Cox, and drummer Ed Blackwell – all working in open, highly rhythmic space that recalls some of Blackwell's best experiments from years past! Lovano's got more than enough edge to make the record ... (Jazz) read moreCD
What can we say? This is one of the greatest albums of all time! The record's got a sound that's completely unique – as crack LA garage punk rock meets Hollywood baroque production, and the result is an amazing bit of loud guitar noise backed by strings and horns, all graced by the godlike ... (Rock) read moreCD
What can we say? This is one of the greatest albums of all time – and it's made even better through the addition of a bunch of previously unissued tracks! The record's got a sound that's completely unique – as crack LA garage punk rock meets Hollywood baroque production, and the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Out There ... CD Blue Thumb/Big Beat (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Lesser-known work by Love – recorded immediately after the group's seminal records on Elektra, with a slightly different sound! The CD brings together tracks from the albums Out Here and False Start – both of which feature the band moving back to basics, working in a harder rocking ... (Rock) read moreCD
Quite an obscure one by Love – a mid 70s record that actually has quite a bit of soul in the mix! The album almost seems to be going for a Sly Stone approach – expanding the group past Arthur Lee and crew with a host of additional players that include Harvey Mandel, Bobby Lyle, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
A wild mix of free jazz and fuzzy rock – played by a groundbreaking Japanese group who mix flute and saxes with heavy Hammond and plenty of guitar! The album begins with the side-long "Question Mark" – a tune that breaches a really metaphysical question at the start, then ... (Rock) read moreCD
A double-length collection of work from Love Unlimited – the lovely trio of ladies whose work was such a big part of the Barry White universe in the 70s! All tracks here feature the girls in the same territory as Barry from the time – with backings from the fuller Love Unlimited ... (Soul) read moreCD
A tremendous little record from Love Peace & Happiness – a great vocal trio from the early 70s, and one who really shine with this overlooked gem for RCA! The trio were part of the New Birth/Nite Liters universe that producer Harvey Fuqua brought to the label at the time – and they' ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the few albums cut as a leader by trumpeter Henry Lowther – a great player on the British scene of the end of the 60s, but one who mostly labored in the service of other groups at the time! Lowther emerges here as an extremely visionary leader – one with a scope of expression ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Essential work from LTG Exchange – a seminal group in the early days of disco, one who blended together elements of funk, Latin, and uptempo soul, into a groove that was one of the hippest on the New York scene of the mid 70s. This album's one of the group's only full length LPs – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
LTJ Experience started out as one of the few great Italian club artists to carry forward the disco sound of the glory years into the final decade of the last century – and since that time, he's just continued to evolve his sound – to a point where he comes across here with a wonderfully ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Sylvain Luc —
Joko ... CD Dreyfus, 2006. Used ...
A very nice set of Japanese fusion tracks cut by guitarist Reggie Lucas, with nice electric backing by Hubert Eaves on keyboard, Michael Henderson on bass, and other acoustic players like Mtume, John Stubblefield, and Clifford Adams. The set was recorded by East Wind in Japan, and the best cuts on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lage Lund —
Idlewild ... CD Criss Cross (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ...
A beautiful showcase for the warm, ringing tones of guitarist Lage Lund – a wonderful player who's only gotten better and better over the years! Lage has this richly chromatic style that's always a treat with a larger group, but it gets an especially strong focus here in an intimate trio ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful record from Carmen Lundy – filled with original compositions, and recorded with a really solid jazz-based backing! The set's a great reminder of why Lundy is one of our favorite jazz singers ever – one of the few who continue to hold true to their original promise over the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Incredible stuff – one of our favorite jazz albums of the past decade, and a real treasure that we always find ourselves going back to! This album was only Curtis Lundy's second as a leader – recorded after a 10 year hiatus, and featuring a real return to the brilliance of his early ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hard to believe that a preppie look could ever be associated with a soul singer, but by the time of this 1983, the preppie craze had spread so much that it actually provided Cheryl Lynn a nice way to update her style! There's nothing preppie about the music, though – and the record's a great ... (Soul) read moreCD
Cheryl Lynn's definitely starting over here – moving over to the Manhattan label after a long successful run on Columbia – but her sound on the record is still pretty strongly in the same mode, a blend of 80s soul with poppier hooks, done with a fair bit of keyboards and drum machine ... (Soul) read moreCD
A very old-school Christmas album from Loretta Lynn – the kind of set that could have been made anytime in the 60s and 70s, which is a perfect setting for the legendary singer! Instrumentation is easygoing and informal on most tracks – and the set's actually part of her Cash Cabin ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
Jimmy Lyons —
Push Pull ... CD Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ...
Alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons had a legendary run of performances on record with Cecil Taylor – but he sounds equally amazing here as a leader – given the space to really stretch out in a 3LP set that brings together a landmark live performance from 1978! Lyons works here with some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really sweet set of bossa vocals from Kay Lyra – her first album as a solo act, and a wonderfully done session that's got a lightly jazzy feel throughout! The instrumentation is mostly acoustic – guitar, percussion, flute, and saxes – used in a light and dreamy way that's a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Lovely vocals from Kay Lyra – the daughter of bossa legend Carlos Lyra, and a singer who's equally at home singing in English and Portuguese! There's definitely some bossa currents here that showcase her family legacy, but the sound is also much more wide-ranging too – especially on ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A funk-steeped trip through the Lyrics Born catalog – and it's not some label-curated hodgepodge/contract fulfilling set either – this one feels as carefully and thoughtfully assembled as could be! Irresistible stuff, be it post 90s Bay Area boom bap or more funky soul-reverent stuff, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Killer set that combines both of Johnny's rare albums cut for the tiny Tuba label in the mid 60s! The records both have a great funky vibes sound, with lots of tight drumming, and soulful bubbling organ grooves. These are very sought after in their original pressings, and both LPs usually fetch ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt Elling —
Afro Blue ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great date from this legendary Chicago musician – an artist who recorded in the early days for Chess Records, then seemed to find his most welcome recording home overseas on albums like this! The material is from a 1973 session in France, but has all the grit and growl of a Chicago ... (Blues) read moreCD
Mabu's Madness —
M Square ... CD Maple/Essential, 1971. New Copy ...
The cover may look like some indie soul set from the 80s, but Mabu's Madness is a rare east coast funk combo from the start of the 70s – one who issued this killer set on the tiny Maple label with a mighty heavy sound! The album's got a vibe that's a bit like some of the best funk albums on ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes —
Night Illusion ... CD SKJ/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
A sweet bit of funky club from Tee Mac – a set that was recorded in Lagos at the end of the 70s, but which has plenty of American disco touches overall! Tee plays some sweet flute solos in the mix, and the record also features some great lead vocals from Majorie Barnes – who tops off ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A much-needed look at the 70s work of Jards Macale – a singer/songwriter who was almost as important to his generation as Caetano Veloso or Tom Ze! First up is the 1972 self-titled album Jards Macale – an album that we'd rank right up there with work by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, or ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A straighter album than some of the early experimental work of Jards Macale – but maybe a greater album as well – and one that really shows the singer coming into his own, and finding a way to nestle his fresh ideas within the best settings of 70s MPB! The shift's a bit like the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Not the fauna and flora you might expect from the title – and instead, a collection that's every bit as heady as some of Egisto Macchi's other sound library work from the time – very offbeat, very unusual, and pretty downright spooky! The sounds here are almost more what you'd expect ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Proof that the Italian sound library scene had way more to offer than just background music – a depth of amazing styles that more than live up to the legendary composers who worked in its service! This album is key illustration of that fact – hardly what you'd expect from a canned ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Maybe one of the most soul-based records ever from percussionist Ralph MacDonald – partly because Ralph does a bit of singing, in addition to playing the heavy congas on the cover! Yet the record's still got the core jazz vibe of his other sets from the late 70s – served up with an all- ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ralph MacDonald —
Path ... CD Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
One of percussionist Ralph MacDonald's best albums of the late 70s – and one of the few on his own, given how many other records he played on! The set's a complicated mix of jazz, soul, and a variety of rootsier elements – and MacDonald shows a lot of sides of his personality here ... (Soul) read moreCD