One of the best remixes of Femi Kuti's work! This promo only "Roots Remix" has a sweet jazzy vibe – with nicely punctuated drums underneath, and tight horns with a classic Afro Funk sound. The Roots touches give the cut a nice hip hop feel, and the instrumental's nice and sweet! (Global Grooves) 12-inch, Vinyl record
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
Slick reggae, that has more than a little disco creeping in, from singer Kwame Heshimu. Don Myrick & Rham Lee of EWF make a guest spot on one number. Tracks include "Family Affair", "Zimbabwe", "Mama Say", "Givin Up" & "Chant Away". (Reggae) LP, Vinyl record album
Rare session by the LA organ player Charles Kynard! Kynard's one of our favorite talents on the keys, and the set's made even better by the presence of tenorist Clifford Scott, who's cutting one of his few jazz sessions here away from the Bill Doggett group. The rest of the group features Howard ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing! Cover has some wear.)
Kyoto Jazz Sextet (Kyoto Jazz Massive) —
Mission ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. Used ...
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
A really strong hip hop producer/MC duo project pairing L'Orange and Jeremiah Jae – all the more impressive knowing that Jae is solid producer himself, but puts that aside to focus solely on rhymes here! Organized as 5-part narrative, it's flavored by crackling cinematic soul beatcraft and ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky fusion with a bit of a studio feel – played by the LA Express, a combo best known for their work with Tom Scott – stepping out here strongly on their own! Even without Scott's sax in the lead, the sound here is still pretty darn sharp – and the lineup features Robben Ford ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful group, and one with a very unique sound – a style that draws from the early 50s experiments in Brazilian jazz by Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida – but which also moves the approach into even more sophisticated 70s territory! The quartet features Almeida on acoustic guitar ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
And we dig them plenty, too – thanks to tunes that include "La Malanga", "Hermoza O Felia", "The Magic Tongue", "Pa Bailar", "Ay Que Mtae", "Jamboin", and "Juana Palangana". (Latin) LP, Vinyl record album
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.)
Despite the stupid name (or perhaps because of it), this is one of the great lost sessions of the 60s! Drummer Pete LaRoca originally cut this set for the tiny Douglas label, and the session's an amazing bit of modernist jazz that features a rare non-Sun Ra appearance by tenorist John Gilmore. ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rosario La Tremendita —
A Tiempo ... CD World Village (France), 2010. Used ...
A great update of older cumbia modes – served up here in a style that's extremely fresh, and very fitting for the fierce vocal approach of La Yegros! Yegros spends her time between Buenos Aires and Paris, and that global range definitely shows in the music – as she mixes a host of ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A great update of older cumbia modes – served up here in a style that's extremely fresh, and very fitting for the fierce vocal approach of La Yegros! Yegros spends her time between Buenos Aires and Paris, and that global range definitely shows in the music – as she mixes a host of ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Labelle's first album of rockin soul for Warner, and a great batch of deep soul tracks that take the group far far beyond their 60s girl group recordings! The album's a stunner – complete with ripping vocals by Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash – and done in a hip style that's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A great record from a singer who should have been huge – the overlooked Bill LaBounty, who really knocks it out of the park with this AOR gem from the early 80s! The album's nicely understated – well-produced, but with a lot of care – thanks to great work from Russ Titelman, who ... (Rock) read moreCD
Bill LaBounty appears to be having a hallucination on the cover – but he sounds very down to earth on this late 70s set – a record that's nicely a few steps back from the smoother side of the AOR scene, but still delivered with a great deal of care! Bill wrote most of the songs himself ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Diane Labrosse & Martin Tetreault —
Parasites ... CD Dame (Canada), 2001. Used ...
Lack Of Afro really seems to have tightened up his game – realizing that more can come from less – especially when it's focused on a sound this strong! Gone are some of the tricks and turns you might know from the LOA of years back – especially some of the mixes that circulated ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Benny Lackner Trio —
Siskiyou ... CD Unit (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ...
Pianist Benny Lackner hits a groove here that's really unique – funky, but not jazz funk at all – and instead kind of a spacious, flowing sound on his keyboard that carves out its own special feel through careful timing and well-defined sense of attack! The drums and bass in the group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Ballets ... LP Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Near Mint- 2LP ...
One album of solo soprano sax – another with a group that features Bobby Few on piano and Fender Rhodes, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Irene Aebi on cello and violin, Jean Jacques Avenel on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums and percussion. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes postcard, too. Box is in nice shape!)
Steve Lacy —
Bye-Ya ... CD Free Lance (France), 1996. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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 —
Moon ... LP BYG/Actuel (France), 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A seminal early work in Lacy's European career! The album was recorded in Rome in 1969 – one of the few BYG albums not to be done in Paris – and it features Lacy in a grup with cello by Irene Aebi (one of her first appearances on record with him!), plus drumming by Jacques Thollot, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from Steve Lacy – a set that was recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until the mid 70s – when it quickly became one of THE key records for understanding Lacy's sound and style! The set's based on the work of Thelonious Monk – and like Lacy's early Prestige ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 fantastic performance from the final tour of the late Steve Lacy – one that features the reedman working with some of his best associates, and in a set that's a summation of everything great that he'd been doing in the previous few decades! Steve not only plays soprano sax, but also brings ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Way ... LP Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
One of Steve Lacy's great late 70s recordings for Hat Hut – a searing live performance that was one of his boldest efforts from the time! The group here are a quintet of familiar players – Steve Potts on alto and soprano sax, Irene Aebi on cello and voice, Kent Carter on bass, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Out of print, original pressing.)
Steve Lacy & Michael Smith —
Sidelines ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1977. Very Good+ ...
Steve Lacy Seven —
Prospectus ... LP Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1983. Near Mint- 2LP ...
Early 80's Larger Steve Lacy group, featuring longtime cohorts Jean-Jaques Avenel on bass and Bobby Few on piano, along with George Lewis, Steve Potts, Irene Aebi and Oliver Johnson. As always, Lacy's brilliant melodicism and remarkable songcraft provide a platform for a colletive of impressive ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A great little single on TEC – and a unique record that seems to cross east coast hip hop with GoGo percussion! Lady B's not the greatest MC in the world, but the record's got some excellent backing that features funky guitar over hard-riffing percussion – hitting in that flat, ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A stunning full length debut from Lady Wray – a voice you might know from her previous collaboration in the duo Lady – but one that's even more amazing out front here on her own! The album's got a rock-solid, totally classic vibe – thanks to Leon "El" Michels – ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A stunning full length debut from Lady Wray – a voice you might know from her previous collaboration in the duo Lady – but one that's even more amazing out front here on her own! The album's got a rock-solid, totally classic vibe – thanks to Leon "El" Michels – ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lady Wray will definitely have you smiling by the end of this great number – or maybe even at the start, because the sound of her voice is such a great compliment to the funky drums that kick the whole thing off! The tune's got a mid-tempo stepping vibe and a classic soul sound – and ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Lafayette Afro Rock Band —
Malik ... LP Makossa/As The Record Turns, 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A fantastic bit of Afro funky soul – one of a few albums recorded by the legendary Lafayette Afro Rock Band! The set has an incredible blend of American funk, African rhythms, and European production – recorded in the heady cross-cultural scene of early 70s Paris – with a sound ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition marblized colored vinyl!)
Lafayette Afro Rock Band —
Soul Makossa ... LP As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If we had to pick three men to spend time on a boat with, we'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better trio – the soulful sax of Guy Lafitte, the burning Hammond of Wild Bill Davis, and the jet-propelled drums of Alvin Queen! Davis is working here late in his career, but still sounding ... (Jazz) read moreCD
"Loving Arms" is a nice slow-burner that might have been right at home on the Memphis scene many years back – a soul cut, but one that's informed by a good legacy of blues in the way the rhythms move and the guitar underscores the raspy vocals in the lead! "Money & ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
He's got shaggy long hair on the cover, but we still love him anyway – and honestly, Francis Lai may well be one of our favorite soundtrack composers ever! Sure, the guy hit early fame for his soundtrack to A Man & A Woman, but as this big box set will attest, he had a genius career that ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A classic Francis Lai score for this Claude Lelouch period film that starred Jacques Dutronc and Marlen Jobert – set in pre and post-war Paris, and featuring a variety of historical themes intertwined with the usual Lai touches! There's some nice 70s touches to the production and ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice collection of soundtracks scored by Francis Lai – one of our favorite French composers of the 60s! Mayerling's a bit of a period piece, and as such, is mostly orchestral – but the real gem here is the soundtrack for La Lecon Particuliere – a great little soundtrack that's ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wonderful set of tunes from soundtracks scored by French maestro Francis Lai! Arrangements on the set are by Jean Musy and Christian Gaubert – tunes include "13 Jours En France", "Bilitis", "Ames Perdues", "Mariage", "La Lecon D'Amour D'Emmanuell ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest soundtracks ever – an archetypal album from French composer Francis Lai, and a record that set the tone for countless other imitations to come – yet which is still the best! The groove here is really unique – a spare blend of bossa influences, jazzy organ ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A pair of pivotal albums from British singer Cleo Laine – both of which really have her finding her own groove! If We Lived On Top Of A Mountain is a set that's still got a fair bit of jazz in the mix, but which also has Cleo Laine using that wonderfully deep voice of hers to step into some ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Frankie Laine was one of the 50s' most amazing pop singers – and apart from a few tiny nods for his chart hits, nobody ever gives him the credit he deserves! We love this Hell Bent For Leather set – which features Frankie doing some of the Western-oriented material that became his big ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)
Rick Laird with Joe Henderson —
Soft Focus ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
An album led by guitarist Rick Laird, but a set that's probably equally noteworthy for the presence of tenorist Joe Henderson on a few tracks – who really shines here in an overlooked late 70s session! The core group is great enough – as Laird has these round, classic jazz guitar tones ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Reedman Oliver Lake at his most creative – stepping out here on a sublime set of 70s improvisations – all put together with a really spiritual feel! There's a very open, collaborative feel to the music – and the set was recorded in St Louis, at a time when Lake was a key part of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US Arista pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, some wear, and a mark from sticker removal.)
A rather rare recording of Oliver Lake from the early 70s, recorded in Paris. Almost entirely alto solos, but one number that features accompaniment on synthesizer. We find ourselves returning to these early Lake recordings much more than his later work with the World Saxophone Quartet, as the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from the glory days of the LA bass-pedal funk era! The tracks manage to mix an 80s groove and soul without sounding cloying, and the band's vocals are always better than we remember them – with a strong harmony sound in the best moments that keeps things real. Tracks include ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the darkest sounds we've ever heard from Italy's Flipper sound library – an all-electronic set by the enigmatic Lamartine – one that was recorded in the 70s, but so ahead of its time it wasn't even pressed on record! There's a very stark approach to the music here – some ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the only full album ever recorded as a solo act by Dave Lambert, the vocalist that we know and love from the team of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – but who's also a heck of a great singer on his own! As you may know from the group, Dave's got a slightly quirky vocal approach ... (Vocalists) 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
Excellent vocal group work by The Lamplighters – a less-remembered 50s outfit whose members later went onto greater fame in The Sharps and The Rivingtons! Most of the tracks on the set feature lead vocals by the amazing Thurston Harris – himself an important figure in R&B later in ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sweet harmony pop from late 50s – a real precursor to the girl pop sounds of the 60s and a springboard for the career of one the sisters – a young Mary O'Brien, later to be known as Dusty Springfield! This great CD on RPM features the 1959 and 1960 singles by The Lana Sisters – ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Byard Lancaster takes on John Coltrane – on two tracks with a very different feel! "Blue Train" is an unusual reading of Trane's classic track – one that features Lancaster's sax echoing the original groove, over some slightly funky backings that slink along with a bit of ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
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