A pivotal album in the career of Lee Konitz – and one that shows him really stretching out, past his tightly arranged style of the 50s! Lee's working here in a fairly free trio setting – backed by only Sonny Dallas on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Jones plays loosely and openly on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark recording – but never issued properly until this reissue! This rare live set was recorded in New York in 1959, and it features the unusual pairing of Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh with the Bill Evans trio of the time – Bill on piano (natch), Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Paul ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very spare work from Lee Konitz – and the kind of live recording that almost takes us back to the icy brilliance we first heard in his alto sax in the 50s! The album features Lee's alto with only support from Alan Broadbent on piano – a stripped-down setting that really lets Konitz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Later work from Kraftwerk – and very much in the mode of their older work! The beats are perhaps a bit heavier than before, but we chalk that up mostly to the remixers – and we remember how we were a bit suspicious of the "Musique Non Stop" comeback single from the 80s, but ... (Rock) read moreCD
An incredibly lovely record from Kraftwerk – fashioned along the same suite-like style as Radio Activity, and served up with some haunting and charming tunes throughout! The electronics are quite spare, yet very thoughtful – never a note out of place, as the quartet build their careful ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums we've ever heard from German reedman Rolf Kuhn – a set that not only features a fair bit of tunes penned by Horace Silver – but one that also includes lots of sweet Hammond from the great Ingfried Hoffmann! You might know Hoffman from his excellent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautifully bracing title from this hip Scandinavian trio – one of the best recent releases on the mighty Jazzland label – very much up to the high standards of the imprint! The group here is a slightly unusual one – a trio with violin from Ola Kvernberg, plus bass and drums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
La Dusseldorf —
Viva ... CD Teldec/Water, 1978. Used ...
A bit of a shift for La Dusseldorf, but a good one too – and a record that has the group reaching even more towards some of the punkish directions initially inspired by their music! The sound's less stretched-out than before – shorter tunes, often with a bit more force, especially on ... (Rock) 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.)
Rosario La Tremendita —
A Tiempo ... CD World Village (France), 2010. Used ...
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 ...
A very unique chapter of the career of Steve Lacy – and a key bridge between his early work in trad jazz groups, and his more famous late 50s modern sides! Both of the albums on the set were recorded for ABC in 1956 – under the leadership of bassist Whitey Mitchell and tenor horn ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A 2CD set that's a comprehensive collection of the earliest work recorded by Steve Lacy! Disc 1 brings together material from two different albums that Lacy cut with the Dick Sutton Sextet for the Jaguar label – 1954 sessions recorded in New York, featuring lacy on clarinet and soprano sax, ... (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
Great early work from Lake – playing here in a number of different settings, but always with well-matched collaborators! 3 tracks on the set – "Owshet", "Heavy Spirits", and "While Pushing Down Turn" – featuring Lake with Olu Dara on trumpet, Donald ... (Jazz) 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
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
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
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
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
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