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Dodo GreeneMy Hour Of Need ... LP
Blue Note, Early 60s. Very Good .... $18.99
One of the few vocal albums on Blue Note's short lived 89000 series – and one of the only few ever cut by the obscure singer Dodo Greene! Green's got this raspy voice that's just great – somewhat fragile, but not in a wispy way – kind of honest and human, and somewhere in the Billie Holiday tradition, yet very much her own bag too! The backings are quite unique – handled by an excellent group led by tenorist Ike Quebec, who's also working with Grant Green on guitar and Sir Charles Thompson on organ. The band is nice, and Quebec gets in a few solos, but the real highlight is Greene, whose beautifully fragile voice gives haunting renditions of standards like "Let There Be Love", "My Hour Of Need", "Trouble In Mind", and "I Won't Cry Anymore". A fairly mournful album, and with a nice moody late night feel. LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has some light wear.)

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Sheila JordanPortrait Of Sheila (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1962. New Copy (reissue).... $26.99
One of the only two vocal jazz albums that the Blue Note label ever recorded – and a haunting batch of tracks from a young Sheila Jordan! The style here is quite different than that of Jordan's later, more experimental records – and this early session shows her as an extremely talented young vocalist, with a unique approach that adds a sparkling modernist touch to familiar tunes – yet which still keeps things in a relatively more straightforward fashion. There's a great mixing of older and newer visions in the set – not just in Jordan's vocals, but also in the small combo backing by the trio of Barry Galbraith on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Denzil Best on drums. Titles include great versions of "Baltimore Oriole", "Dat Dere", and "Hum Drum Blues" – plus the tunes "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Am I Blue", "Laugh Clown Laugh", and "Who Can I Turn To?". LP, Vinyl record album

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Carmen McRaeCan't Hide Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy .... $9.99
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 vocals still bring plenty of great inflections to play – personalizing even familiar tunes, and really helping to push the level of an already-great record! Arrangements are by Gerald Wilson, Dave Grusin, Johnny Mandel, and Thad Jones – and the set includes Carmen's hip cover of "Can't Hide Love" – plus "I Wish You Well", "Only Women Bleed", "Lost Up In Loving You", "Would You Believe", "A Child Is Born", and "All By Myself". CD

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Carmen McRaeCarmen McCrae At The Great American Music Hall Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $14.99
A great illustration of the genius of Carmen McRae in the 70s – a record that easily shows why Carmen was hipper than most of her contemporaries from two decades before! The set has the vocalist somehow managing to still stick in a straight jazz style, without going for cheaper soul routines – yet also opening up with more of a sense of mature presence that showed the sophistication of the times – a killer blend that really makes the album a gem from these 70s years! The live setting features Carmen working through a mixture of new and old material in some really unique variations – working with a small group that includes Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet and Marshall Otwell on keyboards, carving out some space with a really wonderfully confident feel. Titles include "Star Eyes", "Dindi", "A Beautiful Friendship", "Never Let Me Go", "No More Blues", "The Folks Who Live On The Hill", and "Only Women Bleed". CD

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New Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $22.99 24.98
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 songwriter too – and although his roots are in jazz, he's got a rare ability to step between genres with plenty of soul – a special space that belongs to a very rare few – like Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, or Gil Scott-Heron! Gregory's voice is amazing, his lyrics are both personal and pointed – and he does so much here with so little, the album should be handed out to the hundreds of mis-directed vocalists who think that a few extra tweaks in the studio is all they really need. Most numbers just feature small combo backing, with wonderfully warm piano from Chip Crawford – and the whole thing's got a timeless feel that makes us think this is the beginning of a rich new season for Porter. Titles include "Free", "Water Under Bridges", "Lonesome Lover", "Liquid Spirit", "No Love Dying", "Brown Grass", "When Love Was King", and "Wind Song". LP also features two bonus tracks – "Time Is Ticking" and "Water Under Bridges (robato version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dianne ReevesDianne Reeves ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1987. New Copy .... $22.99
An amazing moment for singer Dianne Reeves – the first in a long line of excellent records for the Blue Note label – and a wonderfully tight blend of jazz and soul, put together at a level that instantly pushed Reeves into the territory of previous giants like Phyllis Hyman and Marlena Shaw! Like both of those singers, Dianne's got roots in jazz, but also pushes towards more of an R&B vibe at times – but never in a way that's commercially aimed at the charts, especially in comparison to some of her contemporaries. There's a really rich feel to the whole album – thanks to help from George Duke, who produced and played keyboards – alongside other musicians like Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Titles include "Chan's Song (Never Said)", "I'm OK", "Sky Islands", "Harvest Time", "Yesterdays", and "Better Days". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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New Cassandra WilsonNew Moon Daughter ... CD
Blue Note, 1995. Used .... Just Sold Out!
A pivotal set from Cassanda Wilson – and a record that firmly established her as one of the freshest new singers in jazz at the time! The album's awash in rootsy, dusky tones – and has an earthiness that's clearly inspired by older blues, but expressed by Cassandra in voicings that are more clearly jazz-based. Titles include an unusual range of covers – used in this way many years before the Starbucks generation of vocalists made it common place – with covers that include "Last Train To Clarksville", "Harvest Moon", "Skylark", and "Love Is Blindness" – alongside originals that include "Until", "A Little Warm Death", "Find Him", "Solomon Song", and "Memphis". CD

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New Dianne ReevesDianne Reeves ... LP
Blue Note, 1987. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing moment for singer Dianne Reeves – the first in a long line of excellent records for the Blue Note label – and a wonderfully tight blend of jazz and soul, put together at a level that instantly pushed Reeves into the territory of previous giants like Phyllis Hyman and Marlena Shaw! Like both of those singers, Dianne's got roots in jazz, but also pushes towards more of an R&B vibe at times – but never in a way that's commercially aimed at the charts, especially in comparison to some of her contemporaries. There's a really rich feel to the whole album – thanks to help from George Duke, who produced and played keyboards – alongside other musicians like Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Titles include "Chan's Song (Never Said)", "I'm OK", "Sky Islands", "Harvest Time", "Yesterdays", and "Better Days". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
Also available Dianne Reeves ... CD 22.99

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New Cassandra WilsonSilver Pony ... CD
Blue Note, 2010. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant set from great Cassandra Wilson – one that blends live performances and studio sessions, and a material that includes sultry small combo jazz, numbers from the classic soul and rock songbooks uniquely adapted by Cassandra and her stellar group! It's got wonderfully informal feel, with lots of breathing room in the arrangements for Cassandra's voice and the players. Includes "Lover Come Back To Me", "A Night In Seville", "Saddle Up My Pony", "Beneath A Silver Moon", "If It's Magic", "Blackbird", "Watch The Sunrise" and more. CD
 
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Andy BeyWorld According To Andy Bey ... CD
High Note, 2013. New Copy .... $14.99 16.98
The world of Andy Bey is a great place to be – a special strain of jazz vocals that are unlike anything any other singer has ever given us – and which continue to be a delight, even in Andy's later years! This beautiful set has a deeply personal feel – just piano and vocals from the elder Bey, delivered with a sensitivity that even goes beyond his famous work with his sisters, or his righteous 70s sides with Horace Silver and Gary Bartz! The approach is gentler here, yet surprisingly powerful – and Andy's really discovered how to to more with less – carefully phrasing the tunes and delivering them with a mature quality that's breathtaking. The tunes are a mix of standards and more obscure numbers – showing Bey's continuing ear for sounds around the edges – and titles include "Dissertation On The State Of Bliss", "There's So Many Ways To Approach The Blues", "The Morning After", "Being Part Of What's Happening Now", "The Demons Are After You", and "Dedicated To Miles". CD

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Betty MadiganAm I Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
MGM/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy .... $24.99
A real charmer from singer Betty Madigan – and a set that's got a bit more flourish than you might expect from the image on the cover! Madigan's a singer who's clearly got a great range to her voice, and a technique that allows for sustained notes that hold on strongly – but the backings here also give some of the best tunes a nice sort of focus – mixing jazzy bits with tight orchestrations, all in the best manner of MGM vocal sides of the time. Betty digs deep at times, and floats lightly at others – and titles include "I Miss The Boy", "Everytime", The Lonesomest Girl In Town", "In Love In Vain", and "I Get Along Without You Very Well". CD

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New Dianne ReevesFor Every Heart ... LP
TBA, 1984. Near Mint- .... $2.99
Early work by Dianne Reeves – recorded before her big days at Blue Note, but every bit as great! The album's got a smooth modern soul feel that's quite strong for the mid 80s – with no-nonsense arrangements that show the best of Dianne's rich vocal and emotional skills, and which polish up the act with only a minimum of larger backing and no overblown electronics. Titles include "Been Broken", "Lovers", "Be My Husband", "Heed The Sign", "sneaky", and "Willow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original insert.)

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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 freedoms at the label to stretch out the length of her tunes, deepen the social currents of her themes, and even move her musical backings away from straight jazz-based lines. Package features liner notes by Alicia Keys, a specially commissioned poem by Nikki Giovanni, and previously unreleased alternate versions of "Turn Turn Turn" and "Ain't Got No" – plus the tracks "Westwind (live)", "Backlash Blues (live)", "Why (The King Of Love Is Dead)(live)", "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free", "Revolution (parts 1 & 2)", and "Mississippi Goddam (live)". CD
 
 
 



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