Kyoto Jazz Sextet (Kyoto Jazz Massive) —
Mission ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. Used ...
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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
One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Please note: This is a special edition of the album produced by Time Life in Spain. The music is the same, but the cover art is slightly different, with a blue tint over the original image.)
One of the greatest albums ever by Labelle – known especially for the massive funky title cut, which has been an in-demand groover for years! "Moonshadow" begins with a nice funky piano intro, then rolls into a 10 minute groove that's really tasty – filled with lots of jazzy ... (Soul) read moreCD
A bit one for Patti Labelle in the 80s – a set that crossed over big at the time, but which still has the lady in very soulful territory! Patti seems to sparkle most here on the mellower cuts – the gentle groovers and laidback ballads that helped open her up to a whole new audience, ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Diane Labrosse & Martin Tetreault —
Parasites ... CD Dame (Canada), 2001. Used ...
Steve Lacy —
Bye-Ya ... CD Free Lance (France), 1996. Used ...
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There's a Thelonious Monk reference in the title, but the sound is pure Steve Lacy – although definitely that side of Lacy that owes plenty to his 50s emergence in the generation of Monk! The session's one of his most focused from the later years in Paris – recorded with frequent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Steve Lacy —
Snips ... CD Jazz Magnet, 1976. Used 2CD Gatefold ...
A key point in Lacy's career – his first solo concert ever in the US! Lacy had been well known on these shores for his early Monk-ish work on soprano sax, his later freer work with varying ensembles, and his frequent recorded "letters home" from the Paris scene of the early 70s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A near-perfect exploration of the music of Thelonious Monk – played by Steve Lacy, whose own work was tremendously influenced by Monk back in the 50s! The group here is a bit unusual for Lacy – still with Steve Potts on saxes, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass, and John Betsch on drums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Steve Lacy Five at the height of their 80s powers – really burning here in an extended live set that's arguably a lot more forceful than some of their studio recordings! Steve heads the group on soprano sax – alongside Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Jean Jacques Avenel on bass, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)
Oliver Lake —
Edge-Ing ... CD Soul Note/Black Saint (Italy), 1994. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The cover looks a bit kitschy and electric, but the album's a real back to basics album for Oliver Lake – a standout set from the time, and a wonderfully soulful session throughout! The album has Lake playing alto sax throughout – working with a hip quartet that includes Charles ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross —
Swingers! ... CD World Pacific/EMI/Manhattan, 1958. Used ...
One of the rarest albums ever recorded by the hiply swinging vocal trio of Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert, and Annie Ross – a live session from 1958, with backing by a group that includes Zoot Sims, Russ Freeman, and Jim Hall. The feel here is really wonderful – a lot less hokey than on ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Wonderful work from reedman Byard Lancaster – a set of live recordings that fill in his all-too-spare catalog from the early 70s! The material here was recorded both in Boston and St Paul – and the tunes have a really flowing, open sort of energy – a musical vision first inspired ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the hippest albums ever from the team of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson – and a set that's even more open than some of their other records on Blue Note or Chess! This set's a bit more electric than some of the other records from the pair – with these drawn-out Fender Rhodes ... (Jazz) 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
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
(Label M pressing with a slightly different cover. Out of print.)
Yusef Lateef —
Gentle Giant ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1972. Used ...
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One of the greatest Yusef Lateef albums on Atlantic Records – and that's saying a lot, given the high level of quality he was hitting at the label! The album's a perfect blend of the newly-funky Lateef style with some hipper, more sophisticated touches – a mode that hints at his bigger- ... (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
One of Yusef Lateef's most fantastic albums, and one that grooves in a way that few of his other albums do! The session is an amazing live set from 1964, recorded at Pep's Nightclub in Philly, and it features some amazing playing by a young Mike Nock on piano and the brilliant Richard Williams on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
Finally! Yusef Lateef's live set at Pep's in 1964 is the stuff of legend. Not only is it one of his best-ever recordings, but it also yielded a huge amount of material that was not issued at the time, and which only ever came out on later, badly-annotated issues. Now, the proper "part ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Latimore was one of those singers who never stopped being great – and even here, on a small release that never got him the fame of his 70s albums, he still sounds wonderful! His voice is sublime – easily one of the most distinct in southern soul, with an ability to be raspy and nasty ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stacy Lattisaw's first album for Motown – the nicely grooving Take Me All The Way from 1986 – featuring production from some of the biggest and brightest modern soul producers in the game at the time, and most importantly, lovely vocals from Stacy! There's a cohesive modern vibe all ... (Soul) read moreCD
Album ... CD Quannum/Solesides, 1997. Used ...
A great reissue of the waaaay overlooked Latyrx LP from '97. Lateef & Lyrics Born pretty much laid the groundwork for what was going to be some of the most adventurous underground hip hop to come out of Cali in the mid-to-late 90s – opening the door for Blackalicious, the J5 and others. ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A wonderful full album from keyboardist Jessica Lauren – a London talent we've loved for years, and have watched mature deeply over the past few decades! Jessica's keyboards have graced a number of key recordings from the past 20 years or so on the British scene – but she's issued ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Quite a surprising little soundtrack – one that starts with a burst of machine gun fire, but then comes across with some totally great mellow moments we never would have expected from the wartime setting of the film! There's some great use of organ in the mix – spare, stark, and spooky ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A western soundtrack, but one that's a bit different than usual – thanks to lots of groovy touches from Angelo Lavagnino! Right from the start, the music steps out with a fresh flavor – a cool instrumental theme that has a nicely heavy bottom that grooves things along – followed ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
The Rio Bravo ethos hits the Italian scene – scored wonderfully here by Angelo Lavagnino! There's some nice use of electric bass in the mix – giving the music a stepping sort of feel at many moments – sometimes a slow trot, sometimes moving into a fuller gallop – and mixed ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Titles include "Comedia", "Periodico De Ayer", "El Cantante", "Hacha Y Machete", "Sombras Nada Mas", "Songoro Consongo", and "Rompe Saraguey". Arrangements by Willie Colon, Edwin Rodriguez, Jose Febles, and Luiz Ortiz. (Latin) CD
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
A groundbreaking record from flautist Hubert Laws – a mixture of classical themes and jazz, handled with an airy CTI approach – and set to arrangements by Don Sebesky that are simply mindblowing! The album's a wonderful example of the way that CTI really pushed the boundaries of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Daunik Lazro/Benjamin Duboc/Didier Lasserre —
Sens Radiants ... CD Dark Tree (France), 2014. Used Gatefold ...
Very open, spacious sounds from this trio of French improvisers – Daunik Lazro on baritone, Benjamin Duboc on bass, and Didier Lasserre on snare and cymbals – working together here on an extended performance that's almost an hour in length! The tones of all three instruments often go ... (Jazz) read moreCD