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"Joan La Barbara is a long recognized pioneer of extended vocal techniques and champion of new music. She emerged from the New York Downtown scene to perform in the ensembles of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, including the premiere of Glass' "Einstein on the Beach." Composer/Vocalist Joan La Barbara has created a rich body of experimental works, many initially produced on analog tape. This collection includes a first release of the award- winning CYCLONE plus two LP reissues offered here remixed to her...

"Featuring the velvety vocals of Jennifer Charles and the imaginative arrangements of Oren Bloedow, this is an original blend of pop, funk and rock. Their first Tzadik CD, La Mar Enfortuna is a sensuous and lyrical interpretation of traditional Sephardic

This is pretty damn great (but subtlely and quietly so, so don't expect it to shout its greatness at you!), very far-sighted jazz from 1957-58 that combines cool and even shadings of Jimmy Guiffre style 'quiet' with rigorous composition informed by modern classical (what would shortly later be called 'Third Stream'). Conditionally hugely recommended!

"He was not as well-known as Phil Woods or Tony Scott, but the Philadelphia-born alto saxophonist-clarinetist and educator John La Porta was one of...

French jazz/rock performed on guitar, keyboards, Warr guitar, bass, drums and vocals, who have ties to Moving Gelatine Plates.

"Laborator is a trio of multi-instrumentalists from the latest incarnation of Moving Gelatine Plates, one of the...

"Labradford gradually developed their ambient rock excursions throughout the ’90s, growing from a duo to a trio and bringing more instrumentation to the mix. This is, to a certain extent, what all bands and artists must do to maintain relevance...

"Eight pieces like eight flashbacks to a bygone daily sonic life. A nostalgia-prone stroll down obsolescence lane. Eight pieces like eight memories and stories, true or fictional, happy or sad, in Technicolor or smell-o-rama. The pieces include:...

Includes Joane Hetu, M.F. Cote, Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay, Martin Ttrault & others.

''The fortunate encounter of three soundmakers - who are making music from collages, sound spaces & raw noises; interferences, pops, & frying sounds. It is based on extreme usuage of minimal sound material.''

Purely improvised music from keyboardist Labrosse & turntablist Tetreault. "Labrosse has given up referencial phrases and works only with abstract elements, while Tetreault has abandoned the use of lps & turned to the turntables intrinsic sound potenti...

A record based on improvisation, interactive listening & exploration. Using a hybrid set of elec. & acoustic percussion controlling a DAT deck, Cte is both rhythmical & melodic. Labrosse responds on sampling keyboard, creating melodies, only to break &...

"'Porcupine Tree meets Pholas Dactylus?' Well, that's how their label Lizard Records describes them! Labirinto di Specchi (Labyrinth of Mirrors) is a band from Siena who've been around since about 2005. "Hanblecheya" is their proper full-length debut...

This is the first-ever collection of music by renowned British sculptor, filmmaker, composer, performer and cult icon, Bruce Lacey, who, among other things, appeared in The Beatles' Help! (1965) and had a song written about him by Fairport Convention....

Performers include: Steve Lacy, Peter Herbert, Wolfgang Reisinger, Marcus Weiss, Philippe Racine, Paulo Alvares, Bernhard Lang, Christof Kurzmann, Philip Jeck.

"This look at the tensed balance between composition, improvisation, and performance..

All previously unreleased duets recorded between 1982-94, & featuring the soprano sax master with Derek Bailey, Bobby Few, George Lewis, Steve Potts, Roswell Rudd, Masahiko Togashi, Mal Waldron & others.

"The first in a series of recordings from Steve Lacy's cassette archive- authorized by Irene Aebi. When Steve Lacy passed away in June, 2004, he left behind an archive of more than 300 private recordings – mostly cassette tapes of concerts dating from...

Steve Lacy soprano sax / Steve Potts alto sax / Irene Aebi cello, transistor radio, harmonica / Kent Carter bass / Noel McGhie drums, percussions.

"This is a very special work for all Portuguese jazz fans, not only because of historical reasons...

Steve Lacy: Soprano Saxophone.

"The people who heard Steve Lacy’s final solo performance in 2003 at the “Unerhört” Festival in Zurich will not have forgotten the experience. This rollercoaster of emotions. It didn’t just go under the skin...

Solo soprano sax works. ''Recorded at his home in Paris from February to April 1998, Sands is Steve Lacy's most personal and remarkable solo document, and explores a wide variety of musical and dramatic subjects. Portraits of close friends Barney Wilen...


Steve Lacy, soprano saxophone and Japanese bird whistle Steve Potts, alto and soprano saxophone Irene Aebi, cello, violin, voice, bells Kent Carter, bass Oliver Johnson, drums Originally released in 1979 as a double-LP on Hat Hut, Stamps was Steve Lacy’s first for the legendary Swiss label, and it remains one of the strongest statements of what he termed the “scratchy seventies.”
With the classic lineup of Lacy’s soprano saxophone, Steve Potts on soprano and alto sax, Irene Aebi on cello...

This has a number of good titles by the great man that have been hard to find for a number of years. Lacy is someone I came late to, and for whom his huge discography is utterly overwhelming. But I've got a bunch now that I really treasure. So, if only...

Special price on this classic ESP release, recorded in concert October 8, 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina with a good band, all of whom would go on to some renown and all getting their first international recognition here: Enrico Rava-trumpet, Johnny...

A classic ESP release, recorded in concert October 8, 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina with a good band, all of whom would go on to some renown and all getting their first international recognition here: Enrico Rava-trumpet, Johnny Dyani-bass and Louis...

This has Steve's run of amazing recordings on Black Saint/Soul Note of quartets and larger bands and features great players like Roswell Rudd, Beaver Harris, JJ Avenel, Mish Mengelberg, Han Bennink, George Lewis and many, many others...

"One of the great soprano saxists of all time." – All Music Guide

"...a trombonist of such sweeping power and majesty that he transcends all styles." – New York Times

"It’s tempting to riff on Early and Late’s historical significance, or wax sentimental about how much Lacy is missed; permit me to get concrete and say that this is a really great album, one of the best jazz releases I’ve heard this year." – Bill Meyer/Dusted
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Steve Lacy, soprano saxophone
Steve Potts, alto saxophone
Irene Aebi, voice
"Soprano saxophonist Lacy wrote the suite of tunes for Tips to feature the aphorisms of painter Georges Braque, as sung by Irene Aebi. Together with his right-hand-man, alto saxophonist Potts, he and Aebi recorded these 14 anthemic tracks in Paris in 1979, and the young hat Hut label issued them on a now-rare LP. The music allowed Lacy to extend and deepen his longstanding interest in setting text to music, and at the

"Yves Laferrière’s eponymous solo album, originally released on Le Tamanoir in 1978) is quite unknown and underrated. Laferrière was bassist for most of the stuff reviewed in the article to this point. On guitar is René Lussier (Conventum, Quatre Guita...

"On Modern Lore, Julian Lage's second studio recording with his trio, the composer and guitarist focuses on the groove, building his melodies and solos around the work of the prodigious rhythm section of double bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Modern Lore finds Lage playfully flipping the script he followed on his acclaimed 2016 Mack Avenue debut, Arclight.
"Last time it was specifically a combination of the electric guitar being a lead voice interacting with those pre-bebop songs...

"Commissioned by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2007, “Espaço” is more than a wonderful jazz piano trio record. Architecture is the motive sustaining this geometric but organic music: the idea of regular and irregular structures, continuous and...

''Venosta & Mariani have long been concerned with manipulating & reconfiguring found musical objects, often using ethnic musics as source material. Rather than find music in the field, they have employed brilliant Flamenco guitarist Lagos. Eleven guita...

"This is an exciting display of 6 string prowess that really isn't classical, yet will inevitably become a classic. It is an amazing tour de force worthy of the California Guitar Trio. The efforst here focus on composers and players who are heroes to...

Very specially priced double album of non-laptop electronic music. "Lainhart's music rings true to the spirit of possibility that once defined electronic music. It brings with it a sense of past, present and future that transcends time, technology and ...

Rachel Anne Warren - vocals, keys
Jonathan Badger - acoustic and electric guitars, oud, mellotron, piano, vocals, balalaika, concussions
Really great, edgy, electro-pop duo project from the under-recognized Jonathan Badger (who I knew, of course) and Rachel (a really fine singer from Baltimore who I didn't know before this project)

"Lake Mallory is the musical hybrid born of the wildly diverse sensibilities of Jonathan Badger (Cuneiform, MT6, High Horse) and Rachel Anne Warren...

Greg Lake - The Voice of a Generation. From his initial days in the explosive London music scene of the late 1960s, through his time as founding member and voice of rock innovators King Crimson, and legendary British rock band, Emerson, Lake and Palmer...

"Recorded in sound demonstration quality this is the documentary of Greg Lake’s last tour, recorded on November 28, 2012 in a sold out Teatro Municipale in Piacenza. It was a very special, magical evening, as Greg remembered in his outstanding autobiography, Lucky Man. The concert was a triumph and eventually on January 9, 2016 the trustees of Conservatorio Nicolini of Piacenza gave Greg Lake the first honorary degree ever given by a Conservatorio.
This is a wonderful record, bringing the “Songs...

Oliver Lake: Saxophone
William Parker: Bass
"The album 'To Roy' dedicated to trumpeter Roy Campbell, who died in 2014, is the first collaboration between saxophonist Oliver Lake and double bass player William Parker – two important pioneers...

Oliver Lake Alto Saxophone / Christian Weber Bass / Dieter Ulrich Drums.

"The recordings presented here by Lake, Weber and Ulrich, are convincing for different reasons. They show the three musicians in an intensive exchange, jumping across...

''Bun-Ching Lam's extended composition '...Like Water' is an evocative and imaginative work, as sensuous as its title. A native of Macau, now living in NYC, Lam has studied composition with Roger Reynolds, Pauline Oliveros, and Robert Erickson, and has...

''For her second Tzadik CD, Lam has assembled some of the greatest traditional music performers of China and matched them with some of NY's most creative instrumentalists in creating a beautiful and lyrical meeting of western art music and Chinese trou...

Susana Santos Silva, trumpet, electronics / Gonçalo Almeida, double bass, effects and loops / Greg Smith, drums.

"The particularly dynamic and inventive Portuguese jazz scene has a new front with the trio Lama. Curiously enough, the project was..

Chris Speed, tenor saxophone and clarinet / Susana Santos Silva, trumpet and flugelhorn / Gonçalo Almeida, double bass, effects and loops / Greg Smith drums and electronics.

"The exquisite, chamber-like, electro-acoustic jazz played by the...

Joachim Badenhorst clarinet and bass clarinet
Susana Santos Silva trumpet
Gonçalo Almeida double bass, keys, effects and loops
Greg Smith drums and electronics

"No other title could be more certain to describe the music played by this transnational band lead by the Portuguese double bassist and composer Gonçalo Almeida and having Joachim Badenhorst (once again, like on the previous “The Elephant’s Journey”) as special guest. In fact, everything is in permanent inner mutation alo

Joachim Badenhorst clarinet and bass clarinet / Susana Santos Silva trumpet and flugelhorn / Gonçalo Almeida double bass, effects and loops / Greg Smith drums and electronics.

"Maybe the most composition oriented of all the projects lead by...

"Remixed and remastered for the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Andrew Lamb’s New Orleans Suite is a testament to the continued power and relevance of jazz, pouring out a wide range of emotions for listeners: shock, anger, sadness, and hope...

"Lambert Hendricks & Ross are still regarded as the finest jazz vocal group of all time: Their fame comes from their pioneering of vocalese; wordless vocals imitating instruments and they achieved this in an astonishing style that has never been surpassed. The EL edition is full of rarities, restored and reissued on compact disc for the first time including numerous superb pre-LHR recordings involving Dave Lambert Singers and Annie Ross and three LHR live tracks from a 1958 radio broadcast; including a...

"The New Yorker critic Whitney Balliett once said her tiny wisp of a voice "would scarcely reach the second storey of a doll's house", while jazz critic Leonard Feather described it as "a voice in a million". Blossom Dearie pursued a singular career...

"This recording is a collection of 11 spontaneously improvised pieces using Lambert drawings as graphic scores, each seeking to combine visual and musical expression into a single, cohesive language. Named after the trips to Los Angeles and Pernes...

"Alex Lameira is a guitar player from São Paulo, Brasil, and this is his first record, recorded with his quartet (guitar, piano, bass, drums). This is the result of Alex and drummer André Souto taking part in some work-shops conducted by Itiberê Zwarg (Hermeto Pascoal’s bass player & leader of Itibere Orquestra Familia), where Hermeto's "Musica Universal" concept is taught and exposed among younger generations of musicians.

Besides the core quartet, Itiberê joins in playing several instruments...

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø trombone
Kjetil Jerve piano
Andreas Wildhagen drums and percussion
Sofia Jernberg voice

"With the instrumentation drums, piano and trombone, Lana trio is unique in Norwegian measures and rare everywhere else. The trio plays intuitive and uncompromising improvisations, resulting in music ranging from everything to almost nothing. Since their reformation in 2012, Lana Trio have played extensively throughout Europe and further afield, including two tours of...

"These rare recordings made between 1970-1973 are now available on CD for the first time. Transferred from the original master tapes this recording finds saxophonist and free-jazz legend Byard Lancaster playing his trademark sound in a live setting. At times the music is very wild and free, at other points it is quiet and melancholy. Musicians include: J.R. Mitchell - percussion, Calvin Hill - bass, Paul Morrison - electric bass, Lester Lumley - conga, Sid Simmons - piano and Joe Hunter - bass."