Nancy grooves nicely in this set of 12 tracks with arrangements by Billy May – and the kind of swinging mix of soul and jazz that graced her best Capitol work of the late 60s. Titles include "Watch What Happens", "Smack Dab In The Middle", "I Wish I Didn't Love You ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not only a great follow-up to the first Echoes Of An Era session, but also a standout 80s performance from Nancy Wilson – quite possibly her best of the decade! The setting is nice and laidback – a live date with a core combo that features Joe Henderson on tenor, Chick Corea on piano, ... read moreCD
Norma Winstone's always been a singer we've dug for years – especially her groundbreaking way of using her voice more as an instrument than a conveyer of words – something that Winstone inspired in whole generations of singers to come! Yet here, Norma also balances things nicely by ... read moreCD
Mature work from Norma Winstone – a tremendous evolution in style from her earlier recordings in the UK jazz/rock scene – much more subtle, and delivered with a compelling degree of sensitivity! Winstone is on vocals throughout, and the only instrumental backing is from the piano of ... read moreCD
A groovy set of early 60s vocals – with arrangements by Mundell Lowe, who plays guitar in groups that also include Hal McKusick on alto and flute, Eddie Costa on piano and vibes, and Phil Bodner and Romeo Penque on additional reeds! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear and a few stains, with a spot of sticker residue and bit of pen on the back.)
An obscure little set – one of the few full albums issued by Chicago 60s soul powerhouse Constellation Records, and a nice batch of bluesy tunes from Jimmy Witherspoon, recorded with a group that features Groove Holmes on organ and Teddy Edwards on tenor. Titles include "Out Blues" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arguably one of the greatest albums ever cut by Jimmy Witherspoon – recorded live at an early Monterey Jazz Festival, and done in a style that shows the strong link between jazz and blues in Jimmy's work! The group on the set includes Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, and Woody ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing.)
Jimmy Witherspoon with Ben Webster —
Roots ... CD Reprise (Japan), 1962. New Copy ...
Jimmy Witherspoon pays tributes to his roots in rhythm and blues – but he does so in a wonderful way, by bringing a more jazz-focused approach to the material here – thanks to some nice tenor work from Ben Webster! Back in the 60s, Witherspoon always sat easily on the fence between ... read moreCD
Jimmy Witherspoon with Jack McDuff —
Blues Is Now ... LP Verve, 1967. Very Good- Gatefold ...
A much groovier set than usual from vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon – thanks to some great backing from the combo of organist Jack McDuff, which also includes guitar from a young Melvin Sparks! The sound here is definitely in keeping with the "blues" in the title – but McDuff's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Side 1 has a mark that clicks a bit on track four. Cover has light wear, some seam splitting, some sticker residue in one corner, and stains and pencil inside the gatefold. Labels have some sticker residue and marker.)
(In the die-cut cover, with heavy inner sleeve. Cover has wrinkles in the gloss and a small sticker on back.)
Cristina Zavalloni with Uri Caine —
Soul Factor ... CD Via Veneto (Italy), 2014. New Copy ...
A great collaboration between Italian vocalist Cristina Zavalloni and mighty keyboardist Uri Caine – a set that's surprisingly soulful overall, and one of Uri's funkiest records to date! The style is more soul than jazz – and Zavalloni works well as an old school styled singer, with ... read moreCD
Features famous performances by Fred Astaire, Dick Powell, Bill Bojangles Robinson, Cliff Ukulele Edwards, Eddie Cantor, Walter Huston, Gene Raymond, Burns & Allen, and Eddie Rochester Anderson. LP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest sets of female vocal jazz we've ever heard – a package that goes way past the overdone torch song cliches or the bluer-toned weepies – and reminds us that at the heart of the matter, all the best singers from the time still had an undeniably sexy appeal! The ... read moreCD
The sexy sound of Soho at the start of the 60s – served up here in a host of mostly British singles that have been lost for years! The selection is one of the grooviest in this line of cool compilations from St Etienne – filled with obscure vocal and instrumental tunes that mix ... read moreCD
A very groovy set of tracks – and one that comes packaged with its own roulette wheel in the cover! The package goes for an all-Vegas style of vocal tracks – swinging and upbeat numbers that make you feel like you're in the set of the original Oceans Eleven, or following Fredo around ... read moreCD