One of Billie's last recordings, and an incredibly striking batch of songs arranged by Ray Ellis with a sad, fragile ege that's perfect for the style of her later work. Billie's voice is faltering, but in a way that only makes the songs sound more personal and more compelling – and although ... read moreCD
Humes is on vocals – with backing from Arnett Cobb and Buddy Tate on tenor, Eddie Vinson on alto, and Gerald Wiggins on piano! CD
(Out of print.)
I Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni —
Modern Singers ... CD Bella Casa (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
One of the key forces in the Italian soundtrack scene of the 60s – finally given their due in a CD of their own! I Cantori Moderni never really made any records on their own, but they were a key part of soundtrack work by some of the best Italian composers of their generation – ... read moreCD
Could anyone ever utter a sexier line than "Don't go to strangers, come to me?" We think not, and it's material like that that makes the album a real killer from Etta Jones – one of her best from the 60s, cut when she was really developing her skills as a vocalist, but still had ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
Titles include "I Want To Be Evil", "Let's Do It", "C'Est Si Bon", "Just An Old Fashioned Girl", "Lola Lola", "Santa Baby", "Uska Dara", "My Heart Belongs To Daddy", "Lilac Wine", and "Diamonds Are A Girl' ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
Karin Krog & Morten Gunnar Larsen —
In A Rag Bag ... CD Meantime (Norway), 2012. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
Karin Krog with John Surman —
Freestyle ... CD Odin (Norway), 1986. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
Karin Krog with Warne Marsh —
I Remember You ... CD Spotlite/Meantime (Norway), 1981. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
How can we even begin to describe the genius of Lambert Hendricks and Ross? The group was a jazz vocal supergroup that merged three talents that had already made a big name in the bebop vocalese field – Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and the lovely Annie Ross – and the project was an ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
A tremendous album from Jeanne Lee – easily one of her best recordings ever! By the time of this 1992 session, Lee had a reputation for a few decades worth of groundbreaking, often avant garde jazz vocalizations – sometimes good, sometimes a bit too scatter-shot to really hold our ... read moreCD
One of the strangest things about Abbey Lincoln's career is the fact that, despite her hip affiliations with the left end of the jazz spectrum, she's actually been slotted into a fair number of straighter projects, not only in music, but in film as well. This album's a perfect example of that ... read moreCD
French pop meets LA production – and the result is some of the best work ever recorded by A&M Records – a gently groovy, slightly sexy sound that really helped define the label in its early years! Claudine Longet's got a gentle Parisian style of singing that's perfect, simply ... read moreCD
The genius of 60s pop is hardly summed up better by anyone else than Claudine Longet! This dreamy female singer cut a handful of excellent late 60s albums for A&M – and this gem from 1967 is one of her best! The set's arranged by Nick DeCaro, and produced by Tommy LiPuma – all in ... read moreCD
Always-great work from lovely French singer Claudine Longet – a vocalist with a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of! This one's another sublime blend of French 60s pop and sunny A&M production – arranged to perfection by the great Nick DeCaro, with touches that deepen ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Maria Marquez —
Tonada ... CD Adventure Music, 2013. Used ...
A really beautiful set of South American vocal work – a set that draws equal parts inspiration from the styles of Venezuela and Brazil – with a touch of Chilean influence as well – all wrapped up in a style that's warm and slightly jazzy, but with a real edge as well! Maria ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
One of the most obscure 50s vocal sessions on Atlantic Records – a sophisticated set of material set to beautifully shaded arrangements from Thomas Talbert! Patty McGovern's vocals are somewhat fragile and soft – but in a really nice way that mixes beautifully with Talbert's slightly ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
An overlooked gem from Carmen – one of her few albums for Columbia from the 60s, and a wonderfully swinging small group session that's got a much more relaxed feel than some of her earlier sets! The album's ostensibly a tribute to Billie Holiday – but it's taken in a way that's ... read moreCD
A split album that features 8 tracks by Carmen McRae with the Mat Mathews quartet, plus 4 more obscure numbers by Julie London, recording with the quartet of Tony Scott. The McRae material is some of her best jazz work from the time – cut in that perfect small group vocal mode that was one ... read moreCD
(CD sleeve has a spot of sticker remnants with a small rip.)
One of those rare few singers who make us sit up and go "wow" right from the start – as in "wow, there's something really different going on here" – and "wow, there's a heck of a lot of power to her performance!" Norma's a gentle singer, but a really moody ... read moreCD
Sure, it's not totally authentic – but the album's some sweet vocal bossa material by Helen, recorded with the quartet of Sadao Watanabe, one of Japan's best bossa practicioners in the 60s! The record features a very strange version of the theme to "Johnny Guitar", plus 2 Japanese ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Helen Merrill & Piero Umiliani —
Parole E Musica ... CD RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1961. New Copy Gatefold ...
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 moreCD
Chris Montez had an amazing style that was unlike that of any other 60s pop vocalist! He took older songs, plus a few more current pop numbers, and crafted them into these light easy ditties, with a trademark loping sing-song groove that was often underpinned by some very nice vibes work. His ... read moreCD
Fantastically sweet pop from Chris Montez! Chris had a light little voice that was perfect for the A&M Records approach of the 60s – a style that has him singing gently over arrangements that glide and bounce around with ease, sometimes handled by Herb Alpert, in a breezy sunny LA mode ... read moreCD
Jaunty, sprightly grooves from the wonderful Chris Montez – one of his sublime 60s classics for A&M Records, done with beautiful backings from the great Nick DeCaro! The pairing of Montez and DeCaro is totally great – as Nick finds a way to really get the right sort of punch out of ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
Mark Murphy —
Shadows ... CD TCB (Switzerland), 1996. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A lost session from one of our favorite jazz singers ever – recorded in the mid 90s with a very relaxed, laidback group – in a style that takes us back to some of Mark Murphy's best material from the 70s! The songs are mostly mellow, which allows Mark to hit some of his more expressive ... read moreCD
Youn Sun Nah —
Lento ... CD Hub/Act (Germany), 2013. Used ...
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 moreCD
Anita O'Day pays tribute to Downbeat poll winners by singing vocal versions of their big hits in this lively set of jazz tracks from the 50s! Arrangements are by Marty Paich and Russ Garcia, both swinging as nicely as they ever did – and the setting of the album keeps Anita nicely in line, ... read moreCD
Something of an addition to the Verve "songbook" mode of the 50s – but it's also one that's a lot more dynamic than the others, thanks to some very jazzy arrangements from Billy May! The groove here is very upbeat and jazzy – hard-swinging in the manner that May forged with ... read moreCD
A nice little collection of work by Anita O'Day – a great singer who recorded a lot of excellent albums for Verve in the 50s, and whose work really deserves a good listen! The set's got a total of 18 tracks in all – a really good sampling of Anita's Verve work, with a focus on hipper ... read moreCD
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 moreCD