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Ernestine AndersonWhen The Sun Goes Down (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Concord (Japan), 1985. Used ... $11.99
A great cooker from the glory days of Ernestine Anderson on Concord Records – a time when the singer was rediscovered, and revamped in a bit of a bluesy mode – reaching a wide new audience at the time! Her vocals really shine at this point in her career, as she lets loose with a bit more personality too – as you'll hear on this swinging set of down home numbers, cut with a combo that includes Red Holloway on tenor, Ray Brown on bass, and Gene Harris on piano! Titles include "Someone Else Is Steppin", "Goin To Chicago Blues", "Alone On My Own", "Mercy Mercy Mercy", and "I Love Being Here With You". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a cut corner, and the CD has a promotional sticker.)

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New Dee Dee BridgewaterAfro Blue (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Trio/TDK (Japan), 1974. Used ... $32.99
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's quite different than her later R&B-inflected sides from the late 70s – very soaring and spiritual work, delivered in a way that set a whole new standard for jazz at the time! Backing is by a small combo with brothers Ron and Cecil Bridgweater, plus Roland Hanna on acoustic and electric piano, George Mraz on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums and percussion – but the star of the set is always Dee Dee, who sparkles beautifully on the album's classic versions of "Afro Blue" and "Little B's Poem" – both of which have been redone by many other singers over the years. Other great cuts include "People Make The World Go Round", "Love From The Sun", and "Love Vibrations". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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New Betty CarterLook What I Got ... CD
Verve, 1988. Used ... $7.99
Mellow magic from Betty – one of her first "comeback" albums for Verve, and an excellent set of tunes that still keeps the same feel as her 80s work on her own label. The group on most tunes is a trio – with Benny Green on piano, Michael Bowie on bass, and Winard Harper on drums – but some tracks feature additional tenor from Don Braden, blowing soulfully next to Betty's incredible voice. Tunes skip around with imagination and a sense of soul in places where you'd never expect it – and titles include "Look What I Got", "The Man I Love", "That Sunday That Summer", "All I Got", and "Just Like The Movies". CD
(Out of print.)

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June ChristySomething Cool (with bonus tracks!) ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used ... $6.99
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an incredibly icy tone on the record, filled with sorrow, regret, and loneliness – all of which are amplified even more deeply by Pete Rugolo's eerie, off-kilter arrangements. And, on this CD reissue, you'll also hear the pair in a whopping amount of extra material, pulled from singles and albums issued around the same time, for a total of 24 cuts in all. Titles include "Magazines", "Whee Baby", "I'm Thrilled", "Out Of Somewhere", and "The Night We Called It A Day". Fantastic stuff! CD
(Out of print version – with long-deleted bonus tracks! Small cutout notch through spine.)

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Chris ConnorWitchcraft ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1959. Used ... $9.99
A lovely side by Chris Connor for Atlantic, recorded not too long after her stint at Bethlehem – where she'd perfected an icy cool style of singing that's still to be matched to this day! The album features larger arrangements by Richard Wess – but still has a light jazzy feel, intimate in approach, despite the larger musical backings. Chris' voice is at once personal and removed – a razor's edge of emotion, repressing some impulses, and opening up surprisingly at other moments. Titles include "Skyscraper Blues", "The Lady Sings The Blues", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "When Sunny Gets Blue", "Just In Time", "Baltimore Oriole", and "How Little We Know". CD
(Includes obi.)
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Witchcraft ... LP 6.99
Witchcraft ... CD 13.99

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Jamie CullumCatching Tales ... CD
Verve, 2005. Used ... $2.99
Jamie Cullum's second album for Verve, and quite possibly an even stronger pop effort than the first! Cullum's still got plenty of his jazz roots intact, but he's also going here for a tighter groove than before – one that has his catchy original tunes nicely focused on the hooks, yet still presented in a relatively stripped-down mode that has Jamie's piano work driving most of the groove. There's a few mis-steps here – like Dan The Automator's help on "Get Your Way" – but overall, most of the record retains the gentle charm that first got Cullum going, yet also manages to improve on it a bit too. And with a few more steps, Jamie will be quite far from jazz – but that seems to be a very good thing for his career overall! Titles include "Catch The Sun", "7 Days To Change Your Life", "Nothing I Do", "London Skies", "Get Your Way", "Mind Trick", "21st Century Kid", and "Oh God". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole. CD case has a promotional sticker.)

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Chiemi Eri & Carl JonesCrazy Rhythm ... CD
King (Japan), 1962. Used ... $6.99
Plenty of crazy rhythms here – as singers Chiemi Eri and Carl Jones are joined by Japanese jazzmen who include Nobuo Hara & His Sharps & Flats, saxophonists Sadao Watanabe and Sleepy Matsumoto, guitarist Shungo Sawada, and the Hideo Shiraki Quintet! The backings on all tracks are superb – and elevate the already-great team of Eri and Jones to a wonderful new level – one that easily matches some of the hippest vocal jazz sessions cut in the US during the same period, especially some of the more inventive albums on the soul jazz side of the spectrum. Titles include "The Big Twister", "My Funny Valentine", "Just Squeeze Me", "Love Is Here To Stay", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", and "Midnight Sun Will Never Set". CD
(SHMCD pressing, includes obi.)

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New Shirley HornLight Out Of Darkness – A Tribute To Ray Charles ... CD
Verve, 1993. Used ... $4.99
With guest work by Gary Bartz on alto sax! Titles include "Just A Little Lovin", "Drown In My Own Tears", "The Sun Died", "Bye Bye Love", "Green", "I Got A Man", and "Light Out Of Darkness". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Kimiko Kasai with Herbie HancockButterfly ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1979. Used ... $18.99
A great album of soulful jazzy tracks from Japanese singer Kimiko Kasai – with keyboards from Herbie Hancock and Webster Lewis – incredible and unjustly overlooked! Kimiko sings in English, and the record's got a nice smooth fusion groove with funky moments, post Headhunters. It's almost in the mode of Herbie's work for the US in the late 70s, but truth be told, we like this better! It features some great versions of Herbie Hancock tunes – including "Maiden Voyage", "Sunlight", "Butterfly", "Tell Me A Bedtime Story", and "Harvest Time" – and it's also got a nice version of Stevie Wonder's "As", plus "Head In The Clouds" and the funk steeped opener "I Thought It Was You". CD

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New Jeanne Lee & Ran BlakeNewest Sound Around ... CD
RCA (France), 1961. Used ... $26.99
An eerie album of modern jazz vocals – featuring the haunting voice of Jeanne Lee with the dark piano of Ran Blake. Most tracks feature only the two of them in duet – but a few feature Lee solo, and a few others have George Duvivier backing the pair up on bass. We like this stuff a lot better than much of Lee's later work – as it's still very much in a traditional jazz vocal realm, just pushed off-kilter a few notches or two, and painted with more abstract colors than usual. Lee's voice is nicely restrained, and has a dark Abbey Lincoln quality to it at the best moments. Titles include "Church On Russel Street", "Laura", "Love Isn't Everything", "Lover Man", "Season In The Sun", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". Plus, this CD reissue features 4 bonus cuts – including "Straight Ahead", "Vanguard", and "Left Alone". CD
(Out of print.)

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LexiaLexia (aka Jean Leccia Interpolation) ... CD
MGM/Think (Japan), 1972. Used ... $14.99
A fantastic album – with a really groovy approach! The record is the only one we've ever seen from arranger Jean Leccia – and it's got a two-vocal lead approach that's pretty darn great. Soul singer Pat Henderson joins up with male vocalist Ed Whiting – in a style that's part harmony, but which also has a focus on the solo leads from time to time. Leccia's arrangements are a mix of bouncy jazz and dreamy pop – sweet and slow at times, but with some majestically groovy moments at others – baroquely skipping alone in a style that reminds us of some of the best European vocal groovers of the time, mixed with a healthy dose of California sunshine pop! Titles include the killer "Lady Rain", plus "Lovelight", "Drop", "Love Is", "Carnival", "Lovely Bird", "Only A Dream", "Mother Of Us All", and "Good Morning To You". CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available Lexia (aka Jean Leccia Interpolation) ... CD 29.99

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Abbey LincolnTalking To The Sun ... CD
Enja/Rhino, 1983. Used ... $9.99
Something of a comeback set for Abbey Lincoln – an extremely powerful set from the early 80s, and one that helped set the tone for some great albums to come! Abbey's working here in a bold style that includes a fair bit of original material – done in collaboration with alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, whose edgey tone really adds a lot to the record! There's a sense of voice here that takes us back to Abbey's bold experiments with Max Roach in the early 60s – a righteous tone that effortlessly mixes politics and art, yet which never forgets its key mission of music. The set includes original compositions "The River", "Talking To The Sun", "People On The Street", and "Prelude/A Wedding Song" – plus a nice take on the Mercer/Mancini number "Whistling Away The Dark". CD

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New Betty CarterAudience With Betty Carter ... CD
Verve, 1980. Used 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A brilliant live set by Betty Carter – originally issued on her own Bet-Car label in 1980, and a perfect summation of the underground soul that was bubbling through her work in the 70s! The Betty you hear here is way different than the Betty of earlier years – freer, more soulful, working in an unfettered setting that lets her take off on piano and vocals, working in a mode that's got a modal vibrant quality unmatched by most other singers! The album includes a great version of "Open The Door", a 25 minute reading of the landmark tune "Sounds", and the tracks "Tight", "Fake", "So", "My Favorite Things", "Caribbean Sun", and "I Think I Got It Now". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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