Groove Merchant

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Groove Merchant was an American jazz and R&B record label during the 1970s. It was run by producer Sonny Lester and distributed by Pickwick Records. Notable artists included Chick Corea, O'Donel Levy, Buddy Rich, Jimmy McGriff, and Lionel Hampton. Lester would later close Groove Merchant and restructure it as Lester Radio Corporation, or LRC, and have it distributed for a time by TK Records. Lester still retains the rights to the Groove Merchant/LRC back catalog and independently distributes them on compact disc.


500 Series

The Groove Merchant 500 Series consisted of 34 albums released between 1972 and 1974.[1]

Catalog Artist Album Notes
GM 501 Levy, O'DonelO'Donel Levy Black Velvet
GM 502 Parker, JuniorJunior Parker Blue Shadows Falling
GM 503 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff Groove Grease
GM 504 Thomas, JoeJoe Thomas Joy of Cookin'
GM 505 Holmes, GrooveGroove Holmes American Pie
GM 506 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff Let's Stay Together
GM 507 Levy, O'DonelO'Donel Levy Breeding of Mind
GM 508 Thompson, LuckyLucky Thompson Goodbye Yesterday
GM 509 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff Fly Dude
GM 510 Staton, DakotaDakota Staton Madame Foo-Foo
GM 511 Wilson, ReubenReuben Wilson The Sweet Life
GM 512 Holmes, GrooveGroove Holmes Night Glider
GM 513 Parker, JuniorJunior Parker Love Ain't Nothin' But a Business Goin' On
GM 514 Willis, LarryLarry Willis Inner Crisis
GM 515 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff/Lucky Thompson/George Freeman/O'Donel Levy Concert: Friday the 13th - Cook County Jail Live split album
GM 516 Morris, RamonRamon Morris Sweet Sister Funk
GM 517 Thompson, LuckyLucky Thompson I Offer You
GM 518 Levy, O'DonelO'Donel Levy Dawn of a New Day
GM 519 Freeman, GeorgeGeorge Freeman New Improved Funk
GM 520 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff and Groove Holmes Giants of the Organ Come Together
GM 521 Staton, DakotaDakota Staton I Want a Country Man
GM 522 McRae, CarmenCarmen McRae It Takes a Whole Lot of Human Feeling
GM 523 Wilson, ReubenReuben Wilson The Cisco Kid
GM 524 No release issued
GM 525 Longo, MikeMike Longo Funkia
GM 526 Levy, O'DonelO'Donel Levy Simba
GM 527 Holmes, GrooveGroove Holmes New Groove
GM 528 Rich, BuddyBuddy Rich The Roar of '74
GM 529 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff If You're Ready Come Go with Me Compilation featuring tracks from Soul Sugar, Groove Grease, Let's Stay Together and Fly Dude
GM 530 Corea, ChickChick Corea Sundance Reissue of GM 2202
GM 531 McRae, CarmenCarmen McRae Ms. Jazz
GM 532 Staton, DakotaDakota Staton Ms. Soul
GM 533 Sims, ZootZoot Sims and Bucky Pizzarelli Nirvana
GM 534 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff The Main Squeeze
GM 535 Levy, O'DonelO'Donel Levy Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky

2200 Series

The 2200 Series, released in 1972, consisted of five albums which feature previously released and/or unissued material produced by Sonny Lester for various other labels.[2]

Catalog Artist Album Notes
GM 2201 Basie, CountCount Basie Evergreens originally released as Basic Basie on MPS
GM 2202 Corea, ChickChick Corea Sundance previously unreleased tracks from Is recording sessions for Solid State
GM 2203 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff Black and Blues double LP of previously unreleased tracks recorded around 1963
GM 2204 Steig, JeremyJeremy Steig Fusion double LP featuring tracks originally released as Energy on Capitol along with previously unreleased material
GM 2205 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff and Junior Parker Good Things Don't Happen Every Day originally released as The Dudes Doin' Business on Capitol

3300 Series

The 3300 Series consisted of sixteen albums released between 1973 and 1977.[3]

Catalog Artist Album Notes
GM 3300 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff and Groove Holmes Giants of the Organ in Concert
GM 3301 Rich, BuddyBuddy Rich Very Live at Buddy's Place
GM 3302 Rich, BuddyBuddy Rich and Lionel Hampton Transition
GM 3303 Rich, BuddyBuddy Rich The Last Blues Album Volume 1
GM 3304 Longo, MikeMike Longo 900 Shares of the Blues
GM 3305 Freeman, GeorgeGeorge Freeman Man & Woman
GM 3306 Konitz, LeeLee Konitz Chicago 'n All That Jazz
GM 3307 Rich, BuddyBuddy Rich Big Band Machine
GM 3308 Smith, LonnieLonnie Smith Afro–desia
GM 3309 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff Stump Juice
GM 3310 Thomas, JoeJoe Thomas Masada
GM 3311 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff The Mean Machine
GM 3312 Smith, LonnieLonnie Smith Keep on Lovin'
GM 3313 Levy, O'DonelO'Donel Levy Windows
GM 3314 McGriff, JimmyJimmy McGriff Red Beans
GM 3315 Thomas, JoeJoe Thomas Feelin's from Within

4000 Series

The 4000 Series consisted of twelve double LP compilations of previously issued material.[4]

  • GM 4400 Lionel Hampton – The Works - compiles Hamp's Blues and Flyin' Home
  • GM 4401 Carmen McRae – Velvet Soul - compiles It Takes a Whole Lot of Human Feeling and Ms. Jazz
  • GM 4402 Groove Holmes – Hunk a Funk - compiles Night Glider and New Groove
  • GM 4403 Jimmy McGriff – Flyin' Time - compiles Fly Dude and Let's Stay Together
  • GM 4404 Reuben Wilson – Bad Stuff - compiles The Sweet Life and The Cisco Kid
  • GM 4405 Various Artists – Live Blues in Concert -
  • GM 4406 Chick Corea/Mike Longo – Piano Giants - compiles Sundance and Funkia
  • GM 4407 Buddy Rich – Tuff Dude - compiles The Roar of '74 and Very Live at Buddy's Place
  • GM 4408 O'Donel Levy – Hands of Fire - compiles Black Velvet and Simba
  • GM 4409 Jimmy McGriff and Groove Holmes – Supa Cookin' - compiles Giants of the Organ Come Together and selections from Giants of the Organ in Concert
  • GM 4410 Dakota Staton – Confessin' - compiles Madame Foo Foo and I Want a Country Man
  • GM 4411 Lucky Thompson – Illuminations - compiles Goodbye Yesterday and I Offer You


  1. ^ Jazzlists: Groove Merchant Records 500 Series, accessed March 26, 2018
  2. ^ Jazzlists: Groove Merchant Records 2200 Series, accessed March 26, 2018
  3. ^ Jazzlists: Groove Merchant Records 3300 Series, accessed March 26, 2018
  4. ^ Jazzlists: Groove Merchant Records 4000 Series, accessed March 26, 2018

External links

  • Official website for LRC-Groove Merchant Records
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