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. Orignally 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.
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 Joe Thomas Feelin's From Within(Cass, Album) Groove Merchant 4GM-3315 US 1976 Sell This Version
1023 Reuben Wilson The Cisco Kid(7", Single) Groove Merchant 1023 US Unknown Sell This Version
2204 Jeremy Steig Fusion(LP, Album) Groove Merchant 2204 US Unknown Sell This Version
3311 Jimmy McGriff The Mean Machine(CD, Album, RE) Groove Merchant 3311 US 2007 Sell This Version
26102 Jimmy McGriff Groove Grease (Album) 26102 US 2006 Sell This Version
2625022 Carmen McRae Miss Jazz(CD, Album) Groove Merchant 2625022 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
2625034 Buddy Rich Groove Merchant(Cass, Comp) Groove Merchant 2625034 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
2625062 Carmen McRae A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling(CD, Album, Comp) Groove Merchant 2625062 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
2625094 Chick Corea Sundance(Cass, DOL) Groove Merchant 2625094 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
CD 2625092 Chick Corea Sundance(CD, Album) Groove Merchant, M.C.R. Productions CD 2625092 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
DISCO 311 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 Joe Thomas Funky Fever / Polarizer(12", Promo) Groove Merchant DISCO 315 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM 501 O'Donel Levy Black Velvet (Album) GM 501 US 1971 Sell This Version
GM 502 Junior Parker* You Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues (Album) GM 502 US 1971 Sell This Version
GM 503 Jimmy McGriff Groove Grease (Album) GM 503 US 1971 Sell This Version
GM 504 Joe Thomas Joy Of Cookin'(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 504 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 505 Groove Holmes* American Pie (Album) GM 505 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 506 Jimmy McGriff Let's Stay Together (Album) GM 506 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 507 O'Donel Levy Breeding Of Mind (Album) GM 507 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 508 Lucky Thompson Goodbye Yesterday!(LP) Groove Merchant GM 508 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 509 Jimmy McGriff Fly Dude (Album) GM 509 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 510 Dakota Staton Madame Foo-Foo(LP) Groove Merchant GM 510 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 511 Reuben Wilson The Sweet Life (Album) GM 511 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 512 Groove Holmes* Night Glider (Album) GM 512 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 513 Junior Parker* Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On (Album) GM 513 US 1971 Sell This Version
GM 514 Larry Willis Inner Crisis (Album) GM 514 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 515 Jimmy McGriff Friday The 13th. Cook County Jail.(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 515 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 516 Ramon Morris Sweet Sister Funk (Album) GM 516 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 517 Lucky Thompson I Offer You (Album) GM 517 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 518 O'Donel Levy Dawn Of A New Day(LP) Groove Merchant GM 518 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 519 George Freeman New Improved Funk (Album) GM 519 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 520 Jimmy McGriff - Groove Holmes* Jimmy McGriff - Groove Holmes* - Giants Of The Organ Come Together (Album) GM 520 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 521 Dakota Staton I Want A Country Man (Album) GM 521 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 522 Carmen McRae It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 522 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 523 Reuben Wilson The Cisco Kid (Album) GM 523 US 1973 Sell This Version
GM 525 Michael Longo Funkia (Album) GM 525 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 526 O'Donel Levy Simba (Album) GM 526 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 527 Groove Holmes* New Groove(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 527 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 528 Buddy Rich The Roar Of '74 (Album) GM 528 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 529 Jimmy McGriff If You're Ready Come Go With Me(LP, Comp) Groove Merchant GM 529 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 530 Chick Corea Sundance (Album) GM 530 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 531 Carmen McRae Ms. Jazz (Album) GM 531 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 532 Dakota Staton Ms. Soul(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 532 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 533 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 Jimmy McGriff The Main Squeeze(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM-534 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 535 O'Donel Levy Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (Album) GM 535 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 1009 O'Donel Levy We've Only Just Begun / It's Too Late(7") Groove Merchant GM 1009 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 1010 Junior Parker* Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On(7", Single) Groove Merchant GM 1010 US Unknown Sell This Version
GM 1024 John Adamo The Sunshine Man(7", Promo) Groove Merchant GM 1024 US Unknown Sell This Version
GM 1027 O'Donel Levy Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky GM 1027 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM-1033 Jimmy McGriff Stump Juice(7") Groove Merchant GM-1033 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-1033 Jimmy McGriff Stump Juice(10", S/Sided, M/Print, Ace) Groove Merchant GM-1033 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-1034 Lonnie Smith Afrodesia(7", Single) Groove Merchant GM-1034 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-1035 Joe Thomas Masada(7", Single) Groove Merchant GM-1035 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-1036 Joe Thomas Poinciana GM-1036 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM-1037 Lonnie Smith Keep On Lovin'(7", Single) Groove Merchant GM-1037 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM 2201 Count Basie Evergreens(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 2201 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 2202 Chick Corea Sundance (Album) GM 2202 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 2203 Jimmy McGriff Black And Blues(2xLP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 2203 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 2204 Jeremy Steig Fusion (Album, Comp) GM 2204 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 2205 Jimmy McGriff & Junior Parker* Jimmy McGriff & Junior Parker* - Good Things Don't Happen Every Day GM 2205 US 1972 Sell This Version
GM 3300 Jimmy McGriff / Groove Holmes* Jimmy McGriff / Groove Holmes* - Giants Of The Organ In Concert(2xLP, Gat) Groove Merchant GM 3300 US Unknown Sell This Version
GM 3301 Buddy Rich Very Live At Buddy's Place (Album) GM 3301 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM3302 Buddy Rich / Lionel Hampton Buddy Rich / Lionel Hampton - Transition (Album) GM3302 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 3303 Buddy Rich The Last Blues Album Volume 1 (Album) GM 3303 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 3304 Michael Longo 900 Shares Of The Blues(LP, Album) Groove Merchant, Groove Merchant GM 3304 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 3305 George Freeman Man And Woman(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 3305 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 3306 Lee Konitz Chicago 'N All That Jazz(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 3306 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM 3307 Buddy Rich Big Band Machine (Album) GM 3307 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-3308 Lonnie Smith Afro-Desia (Album) GM-3308 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-3309 Jimmy McGriff Stump Juice (Album) GM-3309 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-3310 Joe Thomas Masada (Album) GM-3310 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM 3311 Jimmy McGriff The Mean Machine (Album) GM 3311 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM 3312 Lonnie Smith Keep On Lovin' (Album) GM 3312 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM-3313 O'Donel Levy Windows (Album) GM-3313 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM-3314 Jimmy McGriff Red Beans (Album) GM-3314 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM 3315 Joe Thomas Feelin's From Within (Album) GM 3315 US 1976 Sell This Version
GM-4400 Lionel Hampton The Works !(2xLP, Album) Groove Merchant GM-4400 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM 4401 Carmen McRae Velvet Soul(2xLP, Comp) Groove Merchant GM 4401 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM 4402 Richard "Groove" Holmes Hunk-A-Funk(2xLP, Album, Comp) Groove Merchant GM 4402 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM 4402 Richard "Groove" Holmes Hunk-A-Funk(CD) Groove Merchant GM 4402 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
GM-4403 McGriff* Flyin' Time(2xLP, Comp) Groove Merchant GM-4403 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM 4404 Reuben Wilson Bad Stuff!(2xLP, Album, Comp) Groove Merchant GM 4404 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-4405 Various Blues In Concert - Groove Giants(2xLP, Comp) Groove Merchant GM-4405 US 1975 Sell This Version
GM-4406 Corea*, Longo* Corea*, Longo* - Piano Giants(2xLP, Album, Comp) Groove Merchant GM-4406 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM-4407 Buddy Rich Tuff Dude!(2xLP, Comp) Groove Merchant GM-4407 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 4408 O'Donel Levy Hands Of Fire(2xLP, Comp) Groove Merchant GM 4408 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 4409 Richard "Groove" Holmes / Jimmy McGriff Richard "Groove" Holmes / Jimmy McGriff - Supa Cookin'(2xLP, Comp) Groove Merchant GM 4409 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM-4410 Dakota Staton Confessin'(2xLP, Album, RE, Comp) Groove Merchant GM-4410 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM-4411 Lucky Thompson Illuminations(2xLP, Comp) Groove Merchant GM-4411 US 1974 Sell This Version
GM 20019 Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli - Passionate Guitars(CD) Groove Merchant GM 20019 US 2010 Sell This Version
GM 20029 Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson - Play Selections from West Side Story and Other Delights (LP, Comp, RE) Groove Merchant GM 20029 US 2010 Sell This Version
GM 24103 Buddy Rich The Roar Of '74(LP, Album, RE) Groove Merchant GM 24103 US 2011 Sell This Version
GM 26101 Michael Longo 900 Shares Of The Blues(12", Album, RE) Groove Merchant GM 26101 USA & Canada 2008 Sell This Version
GM 26103 Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson - Freddie Hubbard - Benny Golson(LP, Album, RE) Groove Merchant GM 26103 US 2008 Sell This Version
GM 26104 Phil Woods / Tom Harrell Phil Woods / Tom Harrell - The Jazz Masters(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 26104 US 2010 Sell This Version
GM 26105 Sonny Lester & His Orchestra Exotica - The Sensuous Sounds Of The Sony Lester Orchestra (LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 26105 US 2009 Sell This Version
GM 29004 Thad Jones Mel Lewis* Live On Tour Switzerland(LP, 180) Groove Merchant GM 29004 Unknown Sell This Version
GM 30011 Ella Fitzgerald & Sarah Vaughan & Carmen McRae Ella Fitzgerald & Sarah Vaughan & Carmen McRae - Jazz Ladies(LP, Album, Comp) Groove Merchant GM 30011 US 2008 Sell This Version
GM 200191 Bucky Pizzarelli & John Pizzarelli Bucky Pizzarelli & John Pizzarelli - Passionate Guitars(LP, Album, RE, 180) Groove Merchant GM 200191 US 2010 Sell This Version