Groove Merchant

Groove Merchant

Profile:
1970s label founded by A&R man/producer Sonny Lester after leaving United Artists Records (after he had created the Solid State Records (2) jazz label for UA in 1966; it was eventually folded into Blue Note by 1970) that was known mostly for releasing mostly funky jazz recordings. Originally pressed and distributed by the notorious budget label Pickwick between 1971 and 1976, its catalog is a sampling goldmine.

It was succeeded by the T.K. Records-distributed LRC (Lester Radio Corporation), which was active for two years. Lester created the CBS Records-distributed 51 West label in 1979 to reissue Groove Merchant material.

Lester was largely inactive until the CD age when, after several poor-quality CD reissues via Denon and LaserLight, he reactivated the label as LRC Ltd. - Groove Merchant reissuing material from the combined Groove Merchant/LRC catalog and new recordings.
Sublabel
Contact Info:
Original Pickwick-distributed label:
Groove Merchant Records
515 Madison Ave.,
New York, N.Y. 10022
U.S.A.

Current incarnation:
LRC Ltd.-Groove Merchant Records
5515 Virginia Crossing
Univerity Park, FL
34201
Sites:
[l19965]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
4GM-3315 Feelin's From Within  album cover Joe Thomas Feelin's From Within(Cass, Album) Groove Merchant 4GM-3315 US 1976 Sell This Version
8GM-3314 Red Beans  album cover Jimmy McGriff Red Beans(8-Trk, Album) Groove Merchant 8GM-3314 US 1976 Sell This Version
3311 The Mean Machine  album cover Jimmy McGriff The Mean Machine(CD, Album, RE) Groove Merchant 3311 US 2007 Sell This Version
26102 Groove Grease  album cover Jimmy McGriff Groove Grease(CD, Album, RE) Lester Recording Catalog, Groove Merchant 26102 US 2006 Sell This Version
2625022 Miss Jazz  album cover Carmen McRae Miss Jazz(CD, Album) Groove Merchant 2625022 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
2625034 Groove Merchant  album cover Buddy Rich Groove Merchant(Cass) Groove Merchant 2625034 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
2625062 A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling  album cover Carmen McRae A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling(CD, Album, Comp) Groove Merchant 2625062 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
2625074 The Roar Of '74  album cover Buddy Rich The Roar Of '74(Cass, Album) Groove Merchant 2625074 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
2625094 Chick Corea Sundance(Cass, DOL) Groove Merchant 2625094 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
CD 2625012 Transition  album cover Buddy Rich Transition(CD, Album) Groove Merchant CD 2625012 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
CD 2625062 A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling  album cover Carmen McRae A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling(CD, Album) Groove Merchant CD 2625062 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
CD 2625092 Sundance  album cover Chick Corea Sundance(CD, Album) Groove Merchant CD 2625092 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45901 Nirvana  album cover Zoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli Special Guest Buddy Rich Zoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli Special Guest Buddy Rich - Nirvana(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45901 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45902 Goodbye Yesterday!  album cover Lucky Thompson Goodbye Yesterday!(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45902 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45903 Transition  album cover Buddy Rich Transition(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45903 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45904 Let's Stay Together  album cover Jimmy McGriff Let's Stay Together(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45904 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45905 Main Squeeze  album cover Jimmy McGriff Main Squeeze(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45905 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45906 Tailgunner  album cover Jimmy McGriff Tailgunner(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45906 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45907 Black Velvet  album cover O'Donel Levy Black Velvet(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45907 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45908 Breeding Of Mind  album cover O'Donel Levy Breeding Of Mind(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45908 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45909 Joy Of Cookin'  album cover Joe Thomas Joy Of Cookin'(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45909 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45910 New Groove  album cover Richard "Groove" Holmes New Groove(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45910 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45911 Madame Foo-Foo  album cover Dakota Staton Madame Foo-Foo(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45911 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45912 Afro-Desia  album cover Lonnie Smith Afro-Desia(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45912 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45913 Man And Woman  album cover George Freeman Man And Woman(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45913 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45914 Sweet Sister Funk  album cover Ramon Morris Sweet Sister Funk(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45914 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45915 Funkia  album cover Michael Longo Funkia(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45915 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45916 Blue Bossa  album cover McCoy Tyner Blue Bossa(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45916 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45917 Embraceable You  album cover Sarah Vaughan Feat. Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Mobley, Bob James Sarah Vaughan Feat. Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Mobley, Bob James - Embraceable You(CD, Comp) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45917 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45918 Up, Jumped, Spring  album cover Benny Golson Up, Jumped, Spring(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45918 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45919 Longing For The Continent  album cover Modern Jazz Quartet* Longing For The Continent(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45919 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45920 Moanin'  album cover Art Blakey Moanin'(CD, Album, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45920 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45921 The Roar Of '74  album cover Buddy Rich The Roar Of '74(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45921 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45922 Big Band Machine  album cover Buddy Rich Big Band Machine(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45922 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45923 I Offer You  album cover Lucky Thompson I Offer You(CD, Album, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45923 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45924 Chicago'N' All That Jazz  album cover Lee Konitz Chicago'N' All That Jazz(CD, Album, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45924 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45925 I Want A Country Man  album cover Dakota Staton I Want A Country Man(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45925 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45926 Dawn Of A New Day  album cover O'Donel Levy Dawn Of A New Day(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45926 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45927 Simba  album cover O'Donel Levy Simba(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45927 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45928 Groove Grease  album cover Jimmy McGriff Groove Grease(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45928 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45929 Black And Blues  album cover Jimmy McGriff Black And Blues(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45929 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45930 Stump Juice  album cover Jimmy McGriff Stump Juice(CD, Album, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45930 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45931 American Pie  album cover Groove Holmes* American Pie(CD, Album, RE) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45931 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45932 Giants Of The Organ Come Together  album cover Jimmy McGriff - Groove Holmes* Jimmy McGriff - Groove Holmes* - Giants Of The Organ Come Together(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45932 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45933 Keep On Lovin'  album cover Lonnie Smith Keep On Lovin'(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45933 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45934 You Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues  album cover Junior Parker* You Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45934 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45935 Masada  album cover Joe Thomas Masada(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45935 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45936 Get In The Wind  album cover Joe Thomas Get In The Wind(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45936 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45937 World War II Love Songs  album cover The John Bunch Trio World War II Love Songs(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45937 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45938 The Song Is You  album cover Stan Getz The Song Is You(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45938 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45939 Cabaret  album cover Ella Fitzgerald With Tommy Flanagan Trio Ella Fitzgerald With Tommy Flanagan Trio - Cabaret(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45939 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45940 Live On Tour Switzerland  album cover Thad Jones Mel Lewis* Live On Tour Switzerland(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Solid Records (6), Groove Merchant CDSOL-45940 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
DISCO 311 It Feels So Nice (Do It Again) / The Mean Machine  album cover Jimmy McGriff It Feels So Nice (Do It Again) / The Mean Machine(12", Promo) Groove Merchant DISCO 311 US 1976 Sell This Version
DISCO 315 Funky Fever / Polarizer  album cover Joe Thomas Funky Fever / Polarizer(12", Promo) Groove Merchant DISCO 315 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM 501 Black Velvet  album cover O'Donel Levy Black Velvet (Album) GM 501 US 1971 Sell This Version
GM 502 You Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues  album cover Junior Parker* You Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues (Album) GM 502 US 1971 Sell This Version
GM 503 Groove Grease  album cover Jimmy McGriff Groove Grease (Album) GM 503 US 1971 Sell This Version
GM 504 Joy Of Cookin'  album cover Joe Thomas Joy Of Cookin'(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 504 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 505 American Pie  album cover Groove Holmes* American Pie (Album) GM 505 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 506 Let's Stay Together  album cover Jimmy McGriff Let's Stay Together (Album) GM 506 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 507 Breeding Of Mind  album cover O'Donel Levy Breeding Of Mind (Album) GM 507 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 508 Goodbye Yesterday!  album cover Lucky Thompson Goodbye Yesterday!(LP) Groove Merchant GM 508 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 509 Fly Dude  album cover Jimmy McGriff Fly Dude (Album) GM 509 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 510 Madame Foo-Foo  album cover Dakota Staton Madame Foo-Foo(LP) Groove Merchant GM 510 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 511 The Sweet Life  album cover Reuben Wilson The Sweet Life (Album) GM 511 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 512 Night Glider  album cover Groove Holmes* Night Glider (Album) GM 512 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 513 Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On  album cover Junior Parker* Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On (Album) GM 513 US 1971 Sell This Version
GM 514 Inner Crisis  album cover Larry Willis Inner Crisis (Album) GM 514 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 515 Friday The 13th. Cook County Jail.  album cover Jimmy McGriff Friday The 13th. Cook County Jail. (Album) GM 515 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 516 Sweet Sister Funk  album cover Ramon Morris Sweet Sister Funk (Album) GM 516 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 517 I Offer You  album cover Lucky Thompson I Offer You (Album) GM 517 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 518 Dawn Of A New Day  album cover O'Donel Levy Dawn Of A New Day GM 518 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 519 New Improved Funk  album cover George Freeman New Improved Funk (Album) GM 519 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 520 Giants Of The Organ Come Together  album cover Jimmy McGriff - Groove Holmes* Jimmy McGriff - Groove Holmes* - Giants Of The Organ Come Together (Album) GM 520 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 521 I Want A Country Man  album cover Dakota Staton I Want A Country Man (Album) GM 521 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 522 It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling  album cover Carmen McRae It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling (Album) GM 522 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 523 The Cisco Kid  album cover Reuben Wilson The Cisco Kid (Album) GM 523 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 525 Funkia  album cover Michael Longo Funkia (Album) GM 525 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 526 Simba  album cover O'Donel Levy Simba (Album) GM 526 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 527 New Groove  album cover Groove Holmes* New Groove(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 527 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 528 The Roar Of '74  album cover Buddy Rich The Roar Of '74 (Album) GM 528 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 529 If You're Ready Come Go With Me  album cover Jimmy McGriff If You're Ready Come Go With Me (Comp, Album) GM 529 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 530 Sundance  album cover Chick Corea Sundance (Album) GM 530 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 531 Ms. Jazz  album cover Carmen McRae Ms. Jazz (Album) GM 531 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 532 Ms. Soul  album cover Dakota Staton Ms. Soul(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 532 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 533 Nirvana  album cover Zoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli Special Guest Buddy Rich Zoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli Special Guest Buddy Rich - Nirvana(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 533 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM-534 The Main Squeeze  album cover Jimmy McGriff The Main Squeeze(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM-534 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 535 Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky  album cover O'Donel Levy Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (Album) GM 535 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 1009 We've Only Just Begun / It's Too Late  album cover O'Donel Levy We've Only Just Begun / It's Too Late(7") Groove Merchant GM 1009 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 1010 Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On  album cover Junior Parker* Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On(7", Single) Groove Merchant GM 1010 US Unknown Sell This Version
GM 1024 The Sunshine Man  album cover John Adamo The Sunshine Man(7", Promo) Groove Merchant GM 1024 US Unknown Sell This Version
GM 1027 Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky  album cover O'Donel Levy Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (Single) GM 1027 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM-1033 Stump Juice  album cover Jimmy McGriff Stump Juice GM-1033 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-1034 Afrodesia  album cover Lonnie Smith Afrodesia(7", Single) Groove Merchant GM-1034 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-1035 Masada  album cover Joe Thomas Masada(7", Single) Groove Merchant GM-1035 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-1036 Poinciana  album cover Joe Thomas Poinciana GM-1036 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM-1037 Keep On Lovin'  album cover Lonnie Smith Keep On Lovin'(7", Single) Groove Merchant GM-1037 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM 2201 Evergreens  album cover Count Basie* Evergreens (Album) GM 2201 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 2202 Sundance  album cover Chick Corea Sundance (Album) GM 2202 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 2203 Black And Blues  album cover Jimmy McGriff Black And Blues (Album) GM 2203 US 1972 Sell This Version