The first recordings ever from Orchestra USA – the landmark third stream jazz group co-led by John Lewis and Gunther Schuller! The group sprang out of Schuller and Lewis' preoccupations with bringing jazz to a more serious environment – merging traits of 20th century classical with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We would gladly trade every other John Lewis album for a copy of this album – because the album's a treasure all the way through – and a really unique set, with a really unique feel! The session features Lewis' piano in the company of a hip French group that includes Sasha Distel on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A uniquely European Encounter between pianist John Lewis and violinist Svend Asmussen – and one that makes for a different blend of instrumentation than you'd get on some of John Lewis' other albums as a leader! The pair are supported by Jimmy Woode on bass and Sture Kalin on drums – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 lost piano jazz classics from Atlantic! The John Lewis Piano album features Lewis in small group settings, with a sound that's even more intimate than that of the MJQ. Some tracks feature Lewis' piano in duets with either Barry Galbraith or Jim Hall on guitar – and titles include "Two ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two albums of modernist piano jazz from Atlantic! Improvised Meditations features MJQ founder John Lewis in a set of third stream piano renditions of jazz standards like "Now's The Time", "Yesterdays", and "September Song", plus original compositions "Love ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A late date for Brit bandleader Vic Lewis – but a great one too, thanks to a strong focus on the bossa nova sounds of the 60s! The mode's a real change for Lewis, who could sometimes be a bit stiff – and the new groove definitely opens things up nicely – as does the album's work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A funky blaxploitation modeled set from Lifesavas – with lots of funky soul sounds and influences – but still very much a Quaanum hip hop album! Their most adventurous album yet – with appearances by Dead Prez, George Clinton, Camp Lo and more! Titles include "Double ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Gritty blues from the great Lightnin Slim – a set of tracks that has a romping, almost rocking groove right from the start – the kind of back/forth energy we might expect to hear more from Jimmy Reed at the time! The overall proceedings are definitely in a more rootsy mode, though ... (Blues) read moreCD
Lijadu Sisters —
Danger ... CD Knitting Factory, 1976. Used ...
Amazing work from the 70s Nigerian scene – and one of the few female funk records to come out of Africa back in the days! The Lijadu Sisters have a groove that's unlike anything else we've ever heard before – partly Afro Funk, but often changed up a lot in really weird ways – ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
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Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers —
Fresh ... CD Rounder, 1995. Used ...
Beautiful later work from Swedish jazz musician Nils Lindberg – a pianist by trade, but working here with a group that's heavy on the saxes – arranged here in a flurry of wonderful tones and sounds! Lindberg's probably best known here for his early modern recordings of the 50s and 60s, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sharp-edged grooves from keyboardist Jason Lindner – funky at times, offbeat at others – all produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, with a feel that's not unlike some of her own work too! The tunes are often really angular – rhythms that rock in from the get-go, setting the scene for ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Singer Sarah Linhare's has Messages From The Future – delivered via this sweet little set of spacey future soul! Sarah's voice pulls you in pretty quickly, with genuine soul. The production is by Kenlo Craqnuques and a couple of guests, who all manage to blend soft, airy atmoshere with some ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Two 70s classics by Ivan Lins – back to back on one CD! Somos Todos is very much in Lins' classic style of the 70s, and performed with some great accompaniment by keyboardist Gilson Peranzzetta! The record's got a warm intimate feel that works great with Lins' heartfelt compositions – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Full steam ahead from Linx – a duo who could easily come up with some of the catchiest soul of their generation! The set's got a sparkling feel that follows strongly from the previous Intuition album – bouncy grooves that take a clubby groove, and trim it down nicely – making for ... (Soul) read moreCD
A mixture of fusion and soul – with some hard-jamming tracks that sometimes brings more of a focus on the groove than on the vocals – and other cuts that steer it into a solid pop soul approach! There's a warmth and depth to the production and the songwriting that's a pretty big step ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A funky classic from Little Beaver – one of the best albums to come out of the Miami scene of the mid 70s! Little Beaver lays down some righteous guitar and heavy vocals over a cool spare backing groove on this one. It's a party, alright, but it's got the feel of the smoldering, latenight ... (Soul) read moreCD
A tasty helping of material from Justus League flagship Little Brother – who lit the underground ablaze a couple years ago with their debut on ABB – and hope to do the same in '05 when the Minstrel Show drops on Atlantic! Chitlin Circuit features unreleased tracks, remixes and b-sides ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The classic late 70s double live album from Little Feat! Their reputation as one of the great live acts of that decade or any other is realized beautifully here – the band playing off of each other masterfully, and they're just as sharp vocally – but what's most impressive is how they ... (Rock) read moreCD
Funky flute, in a sweet dancefloor mode – as the work of Han Litz is remixed here by a variety of European producers! Litz has a groove that's already great on its own – a style that hearkens back to 60s and 70s jazz flute players, especially the funkier currents of the latter – ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Living Legends are a hip hop supergroup featuring Luckyiam, Sunspot Jonz, Murs, Grouch, Aesop and others. Having slowly built from founding members BFAP and PSC (as Mystik Journeymen) selling tapes out of the trunk, eventually building a rep Hiero style, and gaining the above mentioned hi profile ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Titles include "Going Back To Cali", "Jack The Ripper", "Jingling Baby", "Big Ole Butt", "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "Rock The Bells", "I'm Bad", "I Need Love", "I Need A Beat", "Around the Way ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Francisco Lo Vuolo —
Segment ... CD Rivo (Argentina), 2012. Used ...
We first fell in love with the piano of Francisco Lo Vuolo on his albums with reedman Carlos Lastra – especially his chunky yet flowing sensibility – one that's inherently modal, even before any contributions from the bass and drums! The bass here is especially great – handled by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Vintage blues from Robert Lockwood Jr – material cut in Chicago, early in his career – at a time when it seemed like Lockwood was set to become one of the breakout talents on the Windy City scene! And although Lockwood left the city in the 60s, and spent most of his 50s Chicago years ... (Blues) read moreCD
(Booklet and tray card have some light stains and rippling from water.)
LoFi (Marc Lohr/Anders Filipsen) feat Jeppe Hojgaa —
Sounds & Songs ... CD Ilk (Denmark), 2011. Used ...
(Digipack has a sticker.)
Mariano Loiacono & Paula Shocron —
Warm Valley ... CD Rivo (Argentina), 2012. Used ...
The title's a famous tune by Duke Ellington, but given the great flugelhorn work of Mariano Loiacono on the record, we're more tempted to think of Art Farmer – and his wonderful sound in small group settings in years past! Loiacono plays with a sound that's round, but has a nice sort of bite ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful work from the more sublime side of the Chicago underground scene. Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm leads a quartet that includes Josh Abrams (bass) and Ben Vida (guitar) from Town & Country – plus trombone and additional guitar from Jeb Bishop. Terria Gartelos sings vocals on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An oft-overlooked gem from Julie London – a dreamy album of Cole Porter tunes, and one that has her singing with small group backing, very much in the mode of some of her best early work for the Liberty label! The group on the album's the Bud Shank Quintet – with Shank on alto and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Around Midnight's just about the best time to listen to Julie London – especially given her sultry late nite style of singing! This album's one that definitely follows in that mode – setting Julie's vocals to backings by Dick Reynolds – a bit fuller than some of her earliest ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Sublime work from Julie London – spare, moody, evocative – and with a languid style that virtually set the tone for countless other girl singers to come! The backing features Barney Kessel on guitar – very high in the mix – in that moody sound that worked so well with her ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Luis Lopes Berlin Trio —
Line ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. Used ...
Heady guitar work from Luis Lopes – playing here at a level that seems to be mostly improvised, but which also features heavy fuzz at times – with a searing vibe that reminds us a bit of Sonny Sharrock in the more forceful moments, and some of his more textural European contemporaries ... (Jazz) read moreCD