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New Dee AlexanderSongs My Mother Loves ... CD
Blujazz, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
An instant classic from Chicago vocalist Dee Alexander – one of the greatest jazz singers working today – and an artist we'd easily rank right up there with old school talents like Shirley Horn or Lorez Alexandria! Dee can sometimes be far-reaching in her style, but here she steps back ... read more CD

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Lavern Baker/Chris Connor/Herbie Mann/Bobby ShortNo Strings – An After Theater Version ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
An "after theater" version of the Richard Rogers musical No Strings – done in a cool way that really changes the feel of the music! The "cast" for the set is an assortment of Atlantic Records artists from the early 60s – Herbie Mann, Chris Connor, Lavern Baker, and ... read more CD

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Harry BelafonteCalypso Carnival/Warm Touch ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
Early 70s work from Harry Belafonte – and two records that are surprisingly groovy, and surprisingly ahead of their time! Calypso Carnival mixes Belafonte's older groove with a sunnier, more swinging 70s style – arranged by Ralph MacDonald and Frankie Francis with a surprising degree ... read more CD

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New Andy BeyPages From An Imaginary Life ... CD
High Note, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Andy Bey on piano and vocals, with no other support – still sounding great after all these many years on the planet – and still one of the most unique singers in jazz! The album's based on a set of familiar standards, structured into "pages" – at a level that almost ... read more CD

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Inge BrandenburgDon't Blame Me – Europe's Best Jazz Singer In Concert 1958 to 1962 ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Rare work from the lovely Inge Brandenburg – one of Germany's hippest jazz singers of the postwar years – and an artist who set the tone for later work from a range of European vocalists! Inge sings in English throughout, and has a groove that's almost in the Verve Records mode – ... read more CD
Also available Don't Blame Me – Europe's Best Jazz Singer In Concert 1958 to 1962 ... LP 24.99

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Oscar Brown JrBrother Where Are You ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet 70s funk from the great Oscar Brown – quite a change from his jazz-based work of the 60s, but a great new sitting for all of his wonderful wit and warmth! Brown's still a hell of a songwriter, and one with a very socially-conscious eye – sharper here than before, with lots of ... read more CD

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Oscar Brown Jr.Between Heaven & Hell ... CD
Columbia/T-Bird (UK), 1962. New Copy ... $8.99
Great early work from Oscar Brown Jr – a hip mix of jazz and soul, working in Brown's unique sense of showmanship, and his almost beat-like flair with a lyric! Ralph Burns and Quincy Jones handled the arrangements – and the album's filled with great original tracks. Nice jazzy groove ... read more CD
Also available Between Heaven & Hell ... LP 6.99

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New Oscar Brown Jr.Sin & Soul (And Then Some) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1960. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
Trend-setting vocal work from Oscar Brown Jr – one of the hippest singers of his generation, and a vocalist who really took things to the next level in the 60s! Brown's got a sound that's partially influenced by the vocalese of Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and other singers of the 50s ... read more CD

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Ann BurtonAnn Burton Sings For Lovers & Other Strangers ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest, moodiest albums ever recorded by Dutch singer Ann Burton – a set that features some of the more creative arrangements she ever received on record – put together by guitarist Wim Overgaauw, and featuring organ work from both Rob Madna and Rob Franken! Burton's always ... read more CD

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Cab CallowayCotton Club Revue 1958 ... CD
Gone/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99
A really unusual later album from Cab Calloway – a set recorded for the mostly R&B label Gone, and done in a style that update the Calloway sound from previous years at the Cotton Club! The overall presentation is strongly jazz-based – with arrangements by Eddie Barefield, who also ... read more CD

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Vikki CarrFirst Time Ever I Saw Your Face (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A bit 70s album for Vikki Carr – and one that really shows a newer, sexier style for the singer! The backings are lush, but never sleepy – wrapped up with the kind of ornate sensuality of the cover image – which Vikki matches perfectly with notes that are well-formed, and ... read more CD

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Vikki CarrLove Again – The Lost Columbia Masters ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Never-heard work from Vikki Carr – a singer who first came to fame on Liberty Records in the 60s, but who really matured during a 70s stretch at Columbia! These tracks were all done for the label, but never saw the light of day until now – and they really show the growth that Carr ... read more CD

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Paige ClairePaige Claire (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Mercury/Vivid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $23.99
An obscure bit of LA pop from the early 70s – featuring the breathy Paige Claire, a heavenly vocalist with a sound like a porn star! The album's got arrangements by Al Capps and Harry Betts, and kind of an early 70s easy sound to it that works wonderfully with Paige's voice. She's a better ... read more CD

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Rosemary Clooney & Perez PradoTouch Of Tabasco – Plus! ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), 1959. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
A surprisingly great little Latin set from Rosemary Clooney – one that makes us want to forgive her for all her pop takes on the genre in the early 50s! Backings here are by Perez Prado, who really brings a nice degree of "zing" to the session – kicking things up with that ... read more CD

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New Peggy ConnellyPeggy Connelly ... CD
Bethlehem, 1956. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
One of the greatest vocal jazz albums ever recorded for Bethlehem Records – a set that's got a lot more energy than some of the moodier, mellow vocal sets on the label – thanks to dynamic backings from the great Russ Garcia! Garcia's working here with his hip Wigville band – ... read more CD

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Chris ConnorThis Is Chris ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Beautifully icy vocals from the amazing Chris Connor – the kind of record that set a new standard for vocal jazz back in the 50s! The session's a small group one – with Chris singing intimately alongside backing from Herbie Mann on flute and tenor, Kai Winding and JJ Johnson on ... read more CD

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New Alan Copeland SingersIf Love Comes With It ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Baroquely beautiful work from the Alan Copeland Singers – a super-groovy session of vocal ensemble tracks, all produced and put together with some sunshiney A&M touches! There's a sound here that's complex, but also wonderfully grooving – one that takes a mixture of male and female ... read more CD

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Liz DamonLiz Damon's Orient Express ... CD
Rev-Ola/White Whale (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $3.99
Very sweet, and very groovy work from Liz Damon's Orient Express – a fab Hawaiian combo with a really great sound! The group's music is sort of a mix of lounge jazz, bossa grooving, and the kind of sweet late 60s easy touches that were showing up in Brit sound library music. Liz handles ... read more CD

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Doris DayDoris Day Sings Her Great Movie Hits ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
Doris Day is a lovely presence both on screen and on record – and this sweet little set brings together the best of both! The collection is a very well-done package of tunes that Doris herself sang in films – some-recorded, and all presented with much better fidelity than any of those ... read more CD

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Dida with Roy HargroveDida Plays & Sings ... CD
Red (Italy), 2011. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A sweet little set from Dida – a singer who also plays a mighty nice jazz guitar – a cool combination, especially for a female artist – stepping out wonderfully here in a well-recorded set! Trumpeter Roy Hargrove guests on a few tracks, and Fabio Morgera joins on a few more ... read more CD

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Kellylee EvansI Remember When ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Singer Kellylee Evans works here with the great Eric Legnini – the European keyboardist whose own records are always a delight, and who brings a sharp sense of funky soul to this vocal outing! Kellylee has a style that's rooted in jazz, but expressed in more contemporary soulful modes – ... read more CD
Also available I Remember When ... CD 7.99

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Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesRhythm & Blues At The Flamingo ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
Blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of ... read more CD

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Frances FayeRelaxin With Frances Faye ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1953/1955. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest, sharpest albums ever recorded by Frances Faye – a set that has the singer working with unusual backing from Frank Hunter, who brings a lot more punch to the grooves than you might expect! The horns are full – with work by Herbie Mann on flute and tenor, Allen Eager ... read more CD

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Ella FitzgearldSongs In A Mellow Mood ... CD
Decca (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful lost gem from Ella Fitzgerald – very much in the mellow mood hinted at in the title, with only the piano of Ellis Larkins to back her up! The sound is incredible – and even very different than any of the work she recorded at Verve – with a moody, evocative quality ... read more CD

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New Four King CousinsIntroducing The Four King Cousins ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Very groovy work from the Four King Cousins – a sweet quartet of lovely voices peeled off of the larger King Family ensemble, singing here in a spare and syncopated groove with lots of late 60s Capitol touches! Maestro Lex De Azevedo produced, arranged, and conducted – and the album's ... read more CD

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Happy DollsShow Album No 1 ... CD
Beatball (Korea), 1978. New Copy ... $19.99
A very cool quintet of Korean lovelies from the 70s – five gals who could sing sweetly when they wanted, but also hit some funkier sounds on their instruments as well! The Happy Dolls follow strongly in the tradition of earlier Army base acts from the postwar Korean scene – but they've ... read more CD

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Johnny HartmanAll Of Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Although the world always remembers Johnny Hartman best for his Impulse recordings with Coltrane, we've always dug some of his earlier stuff – like this album – because the sound's a bit rawer, and the style's got more of a kick! The magical Hartman voice is presented in two great ... read more CD

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Lee HazlewoodLHI Years – Singles, Nudes, & Backsides 1968 to 1971 ... CD
LHI/Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
Amazing sounds from Lee Hazlewood – some of his most offbeat, unbridled recordings ever – and that's saying a lot if you've already heard his classics for Mercury, MGM, and Reprise! The package here brings together rare work from Lee's own LHI label – packaged beautifully with a ... read more CD

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Lee Hazlewood & OthersThere's A Dream I've Been Saving – Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 to 1971 (4CDs/DVD) ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4 CDs + DVD ... $73.99 89.99
Incredible work from the legendary Lee Hazlewood – music and images that blow away his previous generation of creation for MGM, Mercury, and Warner Brothers – served up here in a package that really captures all the genius of Hazlewood during these amazing years! The package features ... read more CD

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Joey HeathertonJoey Heatherton Album ... CD
MGM/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
Was there a sexier 70s celebrity than Joey Heatherton? It's hard to think so – and the cover of this one is more than enough proof that she was America's greatest answer to Brigitte Bardot! And while we certainly remember her from countless variety show appearances at the time, it's ... read more CD

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Kimiko KasaiThis Is My Love ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most sad-eyed covers we've ever seen from Japanese singer Kimiko Kasai – but a sweet little record that's one of her most soulful sessions of the 70s! The set's done in collaboration with the great Bobby Scott – who also plays some excellent Fender Rhodes on the record, and ... read more CD

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Kimiko Kasai with Cedar Walton TrioKimiko Is Here ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A great set from Japanese vocalist Kimiko Kasai – recorded live with spare backing by the Cedar Walton trio, in a mode that's quite different than her better-known 70s electric set with Herbie Hancock! If anything, Kimiko's sound here is more dynamic than the Herbie session – as the ... read more CD

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New Karin KrogCloud Line Blue ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Incredible work from Scandinavian singer Karin Krog! Although Krog began her career as a straight jazz vocalist, she cut a number of records in the 70's that had her pushing into a cool territory that was a lot more progressive, and which had some great Euro-fusion touches – like the sorts ... read more CD

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New Karin KrogJazz Moments With Karin Krog (with bonus track) ... CD
Sonet/Meantime (Norway), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
Incredible early work from vocalist Karin Krog – a mid 60s session, but one that already shows that she was thinking farther than most other singers of the time! The timings on the tunes are quite unusual – a bit like those used by Sheila Jordan in the 60s, but often even more ... read more CD

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New Karin KrogJoy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99
A groundbreaking session of European jazz – one of the first true moments of genius from singer Karin Krog! Tracks are long and experimental without getting too far out – and Karin's icy voice flows out magically over compelling tunes that still remain some of the most striking jazz ... read more CD

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New Karin KrogWe Could Be Flying ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Magnificent work from European jazz vocalist Karin Krog – a landmark album that shows why she sings like no other singer! On this 1974 session, Karin moves far beyond the standard jazz of her roots – into territory that's spacey, cosmic, and filled with the best influences bubbling ... read more CD

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New Karin Krog & Dexter GordonSome Other Spring – Blues & Ballads ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
The icy voice of Norwegian singer Karin Krog is a perfect match for Dexter's deep soulful saxophone, and the two of them perform wonderfully together in this rare set of tracks recorded in 1970 with Kenny Drew on piano and Niel Henning Orsted-Peterson on bass. Krog has always been tremendously ... read more CD

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New Karin Krog & John SurmanSongs About This & That ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
A really powerful collaboration between vocalist Karin Krog and reedman John Surman – partners for years, both musical and personal – and a team we can always count on for continually amazing sounds! The record shares some of the atmospherics of earlier Krog/Surman collaborations, but ... read more CD

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New Karin Krog & Morten Gunnar LarsenIn A Rag Bag ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 2012. New Copy ... $16.99
Karin Krog really lives up to the title here – working with pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen in a set of tracks that hearken back to the earliest days of jazz – and which definitely open up some ring new territory for the singer! Krog's a vocalist that we've come to associate with some of ... read more CD

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Karin Krog with John SurmanFreestyle ... CD
Odin (Norway), 1986. New Copy ... $10.99
Vocals, reeds, and some compelling percussion and electronics too – all served up by the groundbreaking team of Karin Krog and John Surman! Both artists alone are well-known for their creative power – Krog for vocal jazz material that has really pushed the boundaries, and Surman for a ... read more CD

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New Karin Krog with Warne MarshI Remember You ... CD
Spotlite/Meantime (Norway), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
Essential work from vocalist Karin Krog – one in a number of sessions cut with some of the best saxophonists of her time (Dexter Gordon, Archie Shepp, John Surman) – a record that features some incredible late tenor from Warne Marsh, set beautifully alongside one of the few vocalists ... read more CD

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Frankie Laine & Buck ClaytonJazz Spectacular (plus bonus track) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest records ever from Frankie Laine – a strongly jazz-based session, and one that really makes incredible use of Laine's powerful voice! The group here is led by trumpeter Buck Clayton – who's also at a bit of a high point in his career, and able to give Laine this warm ... read more CD

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Janet LawsonJanet Lawson Quintet (aka Dreams Can Be) ... CD
Cambria/BBE (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $16.99
Very hip vocal work from singer Janet Lawson – an under-discovered vocalist with a very groovy sound! Janet's got a soaring, breezy feel that's a bit like some of the best Bay Area or European work from a few years before – inflected with some Brazilian influences, but also delivered ... read more CD

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Barbara LeaLea In Love ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $14.99
A really dark little album of vocal jazz from 50s singer Barbara Lea – recorded here with small combo backing, and a strange sound that's a fair bit different than most other efforts of this type from the time! At one level, there's definitely a leaner 50s vocal jazz approach going on – ... read more CD
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New Lennon SistersToday ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
The Lennon Sisters get groovy – as you might guess from the "Today" title, and from the set of cool 60s covers they perform on the set! The sound here is quite far from Lawrence Welk on Sunday night, and the girls sound great with fab 60s arrangements from Al Capps, and some top-she ... read more CD

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Carmen LundyChanges ... CD
Afrasia, 2012. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
A wonderful record from Carmen Lundy – filled with original compositions, and recorded with a really solid jazz-based backing! The set's a great reminder of why Lundy is one of our favorite jazz singers ever – one of the few who continue to hold true to their original promise over the ... read more CD

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Johnny MathisI'm Coming Home (paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia/Beatball (Korea), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
Johnny Mathis gets a great new sound here – thanks to Philly production and arrangements from the great Thom Bell! Thom had quite a hand in the songs, too – as almost all numbers were written by the team of Bell and Linda Creed – really sensitive songwriters who've got an adult, ... read more CD

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Cecile McLorin SalvantWoman Child ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2013. New Copy ... $15.99 17.99
A sublime debut from the up-and-coming Cecile McLorin Salvant – a fresh new jazz singer with really rich roots – and a vocalist who's equally at home with both contemporary styles, and modes from the earliest years of jazz! There's a really complex approach to this record – both ... read more CD

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New Carmen McRaeBook Of Ballads ... CD
Kapp/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99
Carmen McRae's book of ballads is a great set of standards – performed by a core trio that features Don Abney on piano, over larger backings by Frank Hunter! The set's a treasure from Carmen's early years – and is filled with dusky renditions of tunes that are familiar, but which have ... read more CD

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Carmen McRaeCan't Hide Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $8.99
Sweet soul from Carmen McRae – a great 70s album for Blue Note, and one that has the classic singer moving into some very groovy material! The feel here is much more soul than jazz – at least the jazz of the torchy style from Carmen's roots – but as you'd guess from McRae, the ... read more CD

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Carmen McRaeI Am Music ... CD
Blue Note/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
Carmen McRae really opens up on this sweet 70s set for Blue Note – expanding past the traditional jazz of her roots, and even some of the groovier work of her Atlantic years – into a sweeping, contemporary sound that's all adult, all the way! The vibe is great – in the same ... read more CD

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Helen MerrillHelen Merrill/Dream Of You ... CD
EmArcy/Rev-Ola (UK), 1954/1956. New Copy ... $8.99
Sublime early work from Helen Merrill – material that really helped set a whole new standard for vocal jazz in the 50s! First up is Merrill's first album for Emarcy – and a beautiful session of icy vocals arranged by Quincy Jones, and featuring work by Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Jones, and ... read more CD

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Helen Merrill & Piero UmilianiParole E Musica ... CD
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1961. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
A strange and obscure session that has the cool jazz vocals of American singer Helen Merrill backed by a small Italian combo led by soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a wonderful mix that really makes the album an unusual one for Helen! The music was originally recorded for a TV program in ... read more CD
Also available Parole E Musica (180 gram vinyl with bonus CD) ... LP 26.99

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Marilyn MooreMoody Marilyn Moore ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
A rare and exceptional vocal jazz LP – cut by the obscure Marilyn Moore, then the wife of Al Cohn – who's pictured in profile on the cover of the record! Marilyn's got a style that's somewhat raspy – clearly inspired by Billie Holiday at times, and not what you'd expect in ... read more CD

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Barbara Morrison with Houston PersonI Love You, Yes I Do ... CD
Savant, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A great old school vocal jazz set from Barbara Morrison – done with small combo backing from tenorist Houston Person – in a mode that's similar to his classic records with Etta Jones! Morrison's a singer we've always liked, but it often depends on the setting – and this time ... read more CD

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New Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of FriendsRoger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite records of all time – a landmark piece of 60s pop that we'd easily rank with the best work by Brian Wilson, Millennium, Gary Usher, Van Dyke Parks, or any of those other California sunny-eyed hipsters! The style is sweet A&M Records vocal pop – with an emphasis ... read more CD

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New Tish OneySweet Youth ... CD
Blujazz, 2011. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
A vocal jazz album, but one with a nice sort of difference – given that the vocals of Tish Oney are only backed by a bit of acoustic guitar! Yet despite the lack of familiar piano, bass, and drums, Tish has a hell of a swinging sound – one that often leads off a tune without the guitar ... read more CD

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Freda PayneCome Back To Me Love ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
Lovely late work from Freda Payne! Come Back To Me Love is a bit of a throwback to her jazzier 60s years – with a mix of larger scale swing oriented tunes, and more intimate strings and piano backed ballads. It's a welcome move! The album is a win on all fronts. Her voice remains ... read more CD

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New Dave Pell SingersMah-Na-Mah-Na ... CD
Liberty (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A tremendously groovy album from Dave Pell – an arranger best known for his 50s jazz sides, but who's working here with a very hip group of singers! The album's got a cool slinky style that's totally great – slightly funky at the bottom, with traces of Sunshine Pop in the overall ... read more CD
Also available Mah-Na-Mah-Na ... LP 19.99

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Gregory PorterBe Good ... CD
Motema, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Wonderful work from Gregory Porter – easily one of the best new jazz singers to emerge in the past decade or so, and one whose approach is soulful enough to rival the greats of the 70s! There's echoes here of Bill Withers, Gil Scott-Heron, and Al Jarreau – and like all those artists, ... read more CD
Also available Be Good (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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Gregory PorterIssues Of Life – Features & Remixes ... CD
Membran (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $17.99
A great companion to all the full length albums from the mighty Gregory Porter – as this special set brings together his side projects, appearances with other artists, and remixes as well! We love Porter's own records – and honestly feel that he's one of the freshest jazz vocal talents ... read more CD

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Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Gregory Porter arrives on Blue Note Records – and the result is Porter's most fully-formed set so far – just the kind of album that will push him firmly into the limelight – a place that we've felt he's deserved for quite a few years! Porter's a hell of a singer, and a hell of a ... read more CD
Also available Liquid Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... LP 22.99

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Arthur PrysockToo Late Baby – The Old Town Singles 1958 to 1966 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
A great run of music from the mighty Arthur Prysock – an incredibly soulful singer who was at the top of the heap in the early 60s, but who's largely forgotten all these many years later! Prysock had a really unique approach – and one that really paved the way for some of the bigger ... read more CD

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Barbara RaimondiSingin Ornette ... CD
Blue Serge (Italy), 2013. New Copy ... $19.99
A wonderful idea for a jazz vocal album – a set based entirely around the compositions of Ornette Coleman, served up at a level that respects all the complexity of the originals! Given Coleman's highly idiosyncratic approach, it's hard to imagine a singer finding his tunes easy to work with ... read more CD

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Dianne ReevesBeautiful Life ... CD
Concord, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
Dianne Reeves has always stood right on the balance between jazz and soul music – and although some of her more recent efforts have tended towards more of a classic torchy mode, this time around she's right back in the soulful territory we love best! The album's got help from a great array ... read more CD
Also available Beautiful Life ... CD 9.99

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New Rita ReysRita Reys Sings Burt Bacharach ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful recording of Burt Bacharach classics – done by Dutch singer Rita Reys, in a setting that makes the album one of her best from the 70s! Rita's got this airy, open style of vocalizing – a bit like Morgana King, but not as heavily handed – and that style really turns out ... read more CD

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New Rita ReysRita Reys Sings Michel Legrand ... CD
CBS (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Dutch singer Rita Reys takes on the work of French soundtrack maestro Michel Legrand – and the result is one of her greatest albums of the 70s! Rita's take on Legrand's work is a bit different than some of her contemporaries – a bit more fluid, and somewhat emotive – almost more ... read more CD

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Rita Reys with Johnny GriffinThat Old Feeling ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
A really special session from Dutch jazz singer Rita Reys – one that not only features familiar accompaniment from the trio of pianist Pim Jacobs, but which also includes some key tenor work from the great Johnny Griffin! By this point in her career, Rita had recorded quite often with Jacobs ... read more CD

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Annie Ross/Christopher LogueLoguerhythms – Songs From The Establishment (plus Red Bird & bonus tracks) ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful blend of jazz and poetry – sometimes sung, sometimes spoken – and served up in a set of very hip UK albums from the early 60s! First up is Loguerhythms/Songs From The Establishment – a solo set by singer Annie Ross, done after she left the company of Jon Hendricks and ... read more CD

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New SandpipersGift Of Song ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Late work by The Sandpipers – the smooth vocal trio who were one of A&M's greatest pop acts in the 60s! This obscure set is from 1971 – and has the boys singing to a bit more of an electric LA sound, produced to perfection by Bones Howe, and featuring work by LA studio gods Hal ... read more CD

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Jimmy ScottSource ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $9.99
A unique moment from the legendary Jimmy Scott – a one-off album cut for Atlantic Records – recorded after his initial 50s fame, and decades before he'd finally get his due, much later in his life! The album's got a style that's a bit more mature than Scott's initial sides – a ... read more CD

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Ben SidranDon't Let Go ... CD
MCA/Blue Thumb (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Tight funky jazz from vocalist Ben Sidran – still very much in his best early mode, and playing with a really raw sound overall! Ben's vocals are in that down-home Mose Allison mode, but the real charm is the music – which features funky drums by Clyde Stubblefield, the man responsible ... read more CD

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Ben SidranI Lead A Life ... CD
MCA/Blue Thumb (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Wonderful early work from Ben Sidran! The album's got a hip jazzy vocal style – similar to some of the best late 60s work by Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg, but also with New Orleans touches – as in the work of Mose Allison or Dr John! Sidran brings in a smoother, groovier feel than ... read more CD
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Shel SilversteinFreakin At The Freakers Ball ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the trippiest albums ever recorded by creative wordsmith Shel Silverstein – an amazing talent who's known for his famous work with Playboy, his poetry for kids, and even his contributions to country music! This set's got a wild style that definitely lives up to the Freakers Ball ... read more CD

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New Nina SimoneForever Young, Gifted, & Black – Songs Of Freedom & Spirit ... CD
RCA, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
The hippest work of Nina Simone's years on RCA – a collection that brings together tracks that really fit the spirit of the title! Although Simone had always explored righteous themes throughout her career, she really opened up during her late 60s/early 70s run for RCA – using new ... read more CD

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Nina SimoneLittle Girl Blue (aka Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club) (remastered edition) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1957. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A classic set of early jazz recordings by Nina Simone – one of her first albums ever, but already with an approach that's quite different from other singers of the time! Nina's singing a fair bit of standards here, but she brings a deeply personal approach to the material – inflecting ... read more CD

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New Nina SimoneSilk & Soul (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
One of Nina's first for RCA – a mixture of jazz and soul tunes handled with some classy arrangements by Sammy Lowe, most of which feature nice electric bass work at the bottom by Gene Taylor! Taylor's bass gives the tracks a nice "dip" that's not exactly funky, but does provide a ... read more CD
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Silk & Soul ... LP 11.99
Silk & Soul ... LP 9.99

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New Nina SimoneSings The Blues (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
Nina's not just singing the blues here – she's completely reinventing the sound of the format – by drawing on a long tradition of vocal expression, and infusing it with the hipper, more personally exploratory mode she forged in the 60s! The album's got a subtle brilliance that means ... read more CD

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Nina SimoneVery Rare Evening (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
PM/Shout (Japan), 1969/1979. New Copy ... $19.99
A very rare evening indeed – a sweet little live set recorded by Nina Simone during her soulful height at RCA – but issued years after that time, and only briefly on a small indie label! The setting here is wonderful – a small combo in the background with the great Weldon Irvine ... read more CD

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Carol SloaneBut Not For Me (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
SSJ (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $22.99
Unusual later work from the great Carol Sloane – a session that was cut for a major label in Japan, but never issued here in the US – and a date that maybe even surpasses all the class and care of Sloane's indie sides from the 70s! The vocalist has a nicely maturing style, especially ... read more CD

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Carol SloaneLittle Girl Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
SSJ (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $22.99
Beautiful early work from vocalist Carol Sloane – material recorded with a very groovy guitar-based group, in the years before her better-known sides on Columbia Records! The style here is quite intimate – as Sloane's mostly singing in a small combo with guitar from either Chuck Wayne ... read more CD
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Jennie SmithNightly Yours On The Steve Allen Show (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Canadian American/SSJ (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $22.99
Very groovy work from Jennie Smith – a singer known for her work on the Tonight Show, but who sounds even hipper here! Mort Garson handled the backings, and they've got lots of the playful touches that you'd hear on his groovier 60s instrumental work – mixed with some of the watery ... read more CD
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Joanie SommersLet's Talk About Love ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
A very powerful little session from Joanie Sommers – and like most of her work from the time, one that's done in a great blend of jazz and mainstream pop! Orchestrations are by Tommy Oliver, and there's plenty of dynamic horn passages to keep things interesting – even on the mellower ... read more CD

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Dusty SpringfieldWhere Am I Going ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest of all Dusty Springfield albums – a gem of a record that mixes British pop, soul, and some very groovy orchestrations! The whole session has that kind of soaring, soulful bounce that Dusty had on her best records – but which was possibly never done nearly as well as ... read more CD

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Jo StaffordJo & Jazz ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
They certainly got the title right on this one – as Jo's singing a great batch of jazz-based tracks – and getting help from an array of small group players that include Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Conte Candoli, and Ray Nance! Arrangements are by Johnny Mandel, in a warmly chromatic ... read more CD

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Maxine Sullivan With The Scott Hamilton QuintetSomething To Remember You By (aka Uptown) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Concord/Muzak (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from the legendary Maxine Sullivan – and a set that's got a bit more of a contemporary jazz vibe overall! The set's done with the group of tenorist Scott Hamilton – a great player to choose for a session like this, as he's one with a very ... read more CD

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Yma SumacRecital ... CD
ESP, 1961. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
Yma Sumac on ESP Records – a unexpected meeting that's given us a rare concert performance from 1961! The CD features Yma singing live in Romania – working with backings from longtime partner Moises Vivanco, on a set of tracks that mixes older Peruvian roots with some newer, jazzier ... read more CD

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Eric TaggSmilin' Memories ... CD
EMI/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $22.99
A sunny 70s set from Erik Tagg – a record that's halfway between blue-eyed soul and the warmer territory of singers like Kenny Rankin or Michael Franks! Like both of those artists, Erik Tagg's certainly got something of an ear for jazz, and chooses some great elements in the backdrops for ... read more CD

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Leon ThomasBlues & The Soulful Truth ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $11.99
Leon Thomas takes his vocals to new heights – moving past the straight spiritual jazz modes of his work with Pharoah Sanders, to embrace a whole host of new styles too! There's a slight trace of the blues promised in the title, but always inflected through a more soulful approach overall ... read more CD
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Blues & The Soulful Truth ... LP 11.99
Blues & The Soulful Truth ... CD 13.99

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Leon ThomasLeon Thomas Album ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $11.99
Leon Thomas' first album for Flying Dutchman – and one of his best ever! The vibe is very similar to his work with Pharoah Sanders – with long modal tracks that bring out the best side of Thomas' spiritual vocalizations – especially on the 17 minute track "Pharoah's Tune ... read more CD

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Mel TormeMel Torme At The Crescendo ... CD
Bethlehem, 1957. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A great little live set from Mel Torme – and one that features the same jazzy style as his studio albums for the Bethlehem label from the 50s! The combo behind Mel is a smallish one – Marty Paich on piano and arrangements, Larry Bunker on vibes, Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Max Bennett ... read more CD

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Cecile VernyFear & Faith ... CD
Jazz Haus (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
A wonderfully strong set from singer Cecile Verny – thanks to a backing combo who's as proud and bold as her vocals! Often, a singer like this never gets the sort of groove she deserves – sometimes lost amidst some fuller R&B arrangements, or under-whelmed by trippier abstract ... read more CD

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Andy Williams with Hank JonesYoung At Heart (plus bonus track) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
SSJ (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $22.99
Andy Williams like you've never heard him before – singing jazz, and doing a hell of a job of it, too! Sure, Andy was known as a mainstream singer from his TV show of the 60s – but he could also work well in a jazz mode, too – especially with great small combo backing like this! ... read more CD

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Muriel WinstonA Fresh Viewpoint & Muriel Winston (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/Shout (Japan), 1974. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the most unusual albums on the legendary Strata East label – an unusual mix of jazz and soul vocal material, put together by singer Muriel Winston with arrangements from the great Bill Lee! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to the record – one that's upfront and personal on the ... read more CD

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New Jimmy Witherspoon with Ben WebsterRoots ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 more CD

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Cristina Zavalloni with Uri CaineSoul Factor ... CD
Via Veneto (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... $19.99
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 more CD

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Monica ZetterlundAhh! Monica (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $27.99
Early work from Swedish singer Monica Zetterlund – a great batch of jazz standards and originals, recorded with larger backing from the orchestra of Georg Riedels! The album's entirely in Swedish, but Monica swings her vocals with a style that's definitely inspired by the best American jazz ... read more CD
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New Monica ZetterlundOhh! Monica (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $27.99
Really wonderful work from vocalist Monica Zetterlund – recorded at a time when she was really coming into her own! The album really has Monica stepping past her initial influences from American jazz – working in an idiom that's equally well suited to expression in her native Swedish, ... read more CD
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Monica Zetterlund & Bill EvansWaltz For Debby (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $27.99
One of the greatest albums ever cut by Swedish vocalist Monica Zetterlund – a landmark album that has her singing with the Bill Evans Trio! The album was recorded in 1964, with a spare sound that's quite different from most of Monica's other work. As usual, her vocals are wonderfully cool ... read more CD
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New VariousSoho Blondes & Peeping Toms – Saucy Vocals & Piquant Pop From The 50s & 60s ... CD
Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 more CD
 
 



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