One of his best for Muse, with a beautiful set of jazzy vocal grooves that includes his reading of "Stolen Moments" (later made famous by United Future Organization), plus "D.C. Farewell" and an excellent version of "Waters of March". Warm and breezy, with that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Given what a freewheeling, open-minded, and lyrical jazz singer Mark Murphy is, it's hard to imagine him really loving "the blues" – and fortunately, most of that love is extended in the title, because the album itself is less of the blues effort that you might think. True, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sexy little set from singer Meg Myles – recorded live before a very adult nightclub crowd – with a great set of tunes to match! The record's got a lot more energy than Meg's previous material from the 50s – and Myles really has a way of swinging things with a sensual sort of ... read moreCD
A very cool setting for Japanese vocalist Mari Nakamoto – a unique trio outing that features guitar from Kazumi Watanabe and bass from Isao Suzuki – both really creative players who push the album way past the usual! The mix of guitar and bass is wonderful – gentle, but still ... read moreCD
Continuing proof that Meshell Ndegeocello is one of the most compelling soul singers of the past few decades – as she steps forth here in a tribute to Nina Simone, all with a rich criss-crossing of styles that's unlike any of her previous work! Meshell's vocals are right on the money – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don Nelson —
Wind ... LP Mode, 1957. Very Good+ ....
Pretty obscure stuff from Don Nelson – a hip swinging jazz vocalist who we only know from this one album on Mode! Like some of the best obscure titles on Mode, this one takes a under-documented player from the LA scene of the 50s pairs him with a nice backing combo, and cuts a few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of albums from Anthony Newley – both recorded at the height of his 60s fame as a singer and composer! Newley Recorded has Anthony working in an American setting – with some cool RCA backings from arrangers HB Barnum, Billy Strange, and David Gates – each of whom try to ... read moreCD
A cool double-length Christmas set from the mighty Wayne Newton – recorded here right at the cusp of his later young years at Capitol Records! The core Newton groove from the Bobby Darin-supervised years is still nicely in place – that undeniable charm that Wayne had right from the ... read moreCD
Incredible work from the songwriting team of Roger Nichols & Paul Williams – sublime greatness from the end of the 60s era at A&M! At the time of these recordings, Nichols had just finished cutting his landmark Small Circle of Friends album for A&M – and Paul Williams was ... read moreCD
Novi Singers & Aleksander Mazur Quartet —
Bacharach ... LP Muza (Poland), 1976. Near Mint- ....
A dream come true – our favorite vocal group performing work by our favorite composer! The Novi Singers, in case you don't know them, were a totally hip Polish vocal quartet – with a sound that was part scatting vocalese and part groovy 60s, very different than that of many of their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Novo – a Japanese harmony group from the 70s, but one who definitely take a bit inspiration from Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66! The style here has the same warm, laidback blend of bossa and sunny Cali pop that you'd find in the classic Brasil 66 albums on A&M – ... read moreCD
Sweetly trilling vocals from the lovely Pat O'Day – one of the few records issued on the small Golden Crest label, and a rare jazz gem throughout! Pat's style is somewhat sweet, but never as much so as a pop singer – and backings are by Jack Zimmerman, and often feature some nice horn ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album of jazzy vocal tracks with a definite bossa feel, recorded by the group O Quarteto – a harmony group whose style is very reminiscent of earlier Brazilian ones – like Os Cariocas and The Tamba Trio! The record's a sparkling batch of bossa tracks, produced with an ... read moreCD
Very cool work from Anita O'Day – a session cut with Jimmy Giuffre arrangements, in a style that's a bit different than some of her other 50s work for Verve! Jimmy brings a nice touch of modernism to the record – casting the horns in ways that show his own love of creative colors and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This groovy pair didn't last long on the pop charts, but they did score relatively big with the swnging "Cinderella Rockefella" – a mad late 60s pop tune that's included here on this US album. The cut's a great one – pretty silly, but always enjoyable, and the kind of stunner ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Esther & Abi Ofarim —
Sing! ... LP Philips, 1968. Very Good+ ....
Patti Page brings a special sort of warmth to these Holiday tunes – an approach that almost feels more postwar than the mid 60s date of the record – thanks to a seasonal sound that's pretty timeless overall! Patti's singing style is a bit different than on her non-Christmas work for ... read moreCD
Patti Page brings a special sort of warmth to these Holiday tunes – an approach that almost feels more postwar than the mid 60s date of the record – thanks to a seasonal sound that's pretty timeless overall! Patti's singing style is a bit different than on her non-Christmas work for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first great Holiday album from Patti Page – a mid 50s Mercury album that brought together a host of seasonal recordings made by the singer – most of which show a side of Patti that's a bit different than her hits! Page's vocals here have a straight, expressive feel – ... read moreCD
Cool 60s work from singer Patti Page – a rich range of singles from the second chapter of her career – her years at Columbia Records, a place where Patti was able to try on a whole host of new flavors! Some of the tracks here echo the country twang of earlier years, but others have a ... read moreCD
24 previously-unissued tracks from Patti Page – a really great addition to her overlooked years at Columbia Records! The music here is pretty darn great all the way through – the kind of cuts that make us wonder why Columbia never issued them at the time – as they definitely ... read moreCD
A warmly jazzy tribute to the music of Bruno Martino – the Italian songwriter who's best known for the famous "Estate" – but who also gave the world a host of other wonderful tunes over the years! The set's done in a sparkling Irma Records style – with backings from ... read moreCD
Beat jazz galore – a wonderful CD that features two of the best late 50s efforts in the genre! The first half of the set features work from poet Kenneth Patchen – very well set up with small combo backings from The Chamber Jazz Sextet – a combo that includes piano, bass, and ... read moreCD
Kellee Patterson —
Maiden Voyage ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ....
The most righteous album ever from Kellee Patterson – her first record, and a set that's way different from her more soul-based sides of later years! The album's got Patterson working in a wonderfully soulful approach to jazz – a style that's not unlike the earliest work by Dee Dee ... read moreCD
The most righteous album ever from Kellee Patterson – her first record, and a set that's way different from her more soul-based sides of later years! The album's got Patterson working in a wonderfully soulful approach to jazz – a style that's not unlike the earliest work by Dee Dee ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heck of a cool group – with a really wonderful sound! The Peddlers were a late 60s British trio, with a sound that's part soul, part jazz, part supper-club vocals – all done with a clean, clear, hard-grooving approach – and strong instrumentation that often includes a heavy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked side of the Oscar Peterson genius of the 50s – an album of laidback vocal tracks that are a great change from his better-known instrumental work! Peterson's not the sort of singer to belt out a tune at the top of his lungs – nor cast it in shimmering gossamer like some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the deepest soul sets from Esther Phillips' 70s years on Kudu Records – a set with some nicely gritty grooves and a surprisingly earthy feel at times – especially when compared to some of her other albums of the time! Backings are by James Brown's old reedman, Pee Wee Ellis ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album – not only for Esther Phillips, who's emerging here as a gifted young lady, very different from her R&B years, but also for the genre of country soul, which was emerging to be one of the most important strands in the new music during the 60s. Esther's not fooling around ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Esther Phillips —
Esther ... LP Atlantic, 1966. Very Good ....
Given her start as a rough-hewn child junkie R&B singer, it's hard to believe that Esther's the one singing these beautiful ballads and soul tracks! The album's fantastic, though – and it shows Esther maturing into one of the more fantastic vocalists of her generation. Oliver Nelson, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gregory Porter —
Be Good ... CD Motema, 2012. New Copy ....
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet harmony set from Pozo Seco – working here partly as the duo of Don Williams and Susan Taylor, and partly in the trio format known from their previous records as the Pozo Seco Singers! The duo tracks are especially nice, and really showcase Taylor's amazing vocals – and the ... read moreCD
Genius! It's hard to go wrong with Arthur Prysock in the 60s – and an album like this is key proof of why he was one of the best male singers of his generation – even if nobody seems to remember that now! There's a mix of darkness in with the bold, adult, masculine approach here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic batch of Bay Area Brazilian grooves – recorded in the sweet breezy electric style of the Fantasy studios, and featuring the vocals of the lovely Flora Purim in the lead! The session's got a great mix of Brazilian and American fusion players – including Airto (of course!), Ron ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really great vocals from Nina Ramsby – sung in Swedish, but in a cool way that really works wonderfully with the music! The trio of pianist Ludvig Berghe has always been a favorite of ours – and here, working with a singer, they find a sharp new space – soaring, soulful, and even ... read moreCD
Chico's our kinda singer – a small combo jazz pianist who also vocalizes while playing – in a style that reminds us a bit of Matt Dennis at the time! Chico's got a warm, honest voice – no Sinatra on the pipes, but an easygoing style that we really love – especially as it ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lively little album from 60s singer Frankie Randall – a Sinatra-styled crooner plucked from the nightclub scene at Jilly's, but one who could also sing with the depth of Jack Jones or Vic Damone! This mid 60 RCA session has a nice sense of punch – thanks to arrangements from Billy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit of a groovy switch for this great and under-recognized singer – a set that updates his sound with some 60s swingers that include "I Can See For Miles", "Mr Dream Merchant", "Hard To Believe", "Lelainia", "Woman Woman", and "Let's Go ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last Capitol album from vocalist Sue Raney – and easily the most compelling of the bunch! Sue's in really great form here – shaking off some of the cooler west coast modes of earlier records, and going for a more lively, more fluid style that's sometimes touched with the R&B ... read moreCD
A breezy set of west coast vocal work – recorded by a jazz harmony group that features three gal singers plus a guy – all coming together in a style that's similar to some of the work coming out of the San Francisco scene at the time. The style of the album's got some 80s touches ... read moreCD
A pair of post Philly International gems from Lou Rawls on Epic – Now Is The Time from '82 and Close Company from '84 – in a single set! Now Is The Time is a solid soul effort from Lou, still working wonders here in the early 80s on a record that stands the test of time surprisingly ... read moreCD
Great work from Lou Rawls on Capitol – one of his fine fine albums produced by David Axelrod, with that snapping tight groove that works amazingly well with his vocals! The arrangements are super-tight – jazzy backings that have Lou shifting between that monologue style that he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lou Rawls with Les McCann Ltd —
Stormy Monday ... LP Capitol, 1962. Near Mint- ....
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One of Lou's most jazz-oriented albums – featuring backing by Les McCann's famous trio with Leroy Vinnegar and Ron Jefferson, perfectly suited to Lou's soulful renditions of the tunes on the album. Most of the numbers are bluesy ones, but as usual, Lou manages to give them his own hip twist ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vanessa Redgrave —
Red & Blue ... LP United Artists (UK), 1967. Near Mint- ....
Songs written by Cyrus Bassiak and Julian More. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Striking modern work from jazz singer Lucy Reed – no surprise, though, given that arrangements here are by the likes of Gil Evans, George Russell, and Eddie Higgins! Reed's got a beautiful sense of tone – a clarity that comes through right away, but which is never miscast in these ... read moreCD
An unusual set from Della Reese – an indie side from the late 70s, but also one of her hippest albums of the decade! The set's produced by Terry Gibbs, who really allows a relaxed feeling for the record – a laidback live approach that hits the same soulful vibe as Della's live work for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lovely vocal work from Irene Reid – deeply soulful, yet also quite classy – thanks to some well-done arrangements by Frank Foster and Mort Garson, both of whom bring a fuller, jazzier feel to the set. There's almost a Nancy Wilson sort of approach to the album, although the sound is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The important first album by singer Judy Roberts – an excellent jazz talent with a sound that's up there with the best jazz fusion vocalists of the 70s! Judy comes at the end of a decade that scored big recordings for singers like Flora Purim and Urzula Dudziak – and she's easily as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The important first album by singer Judy Roberts – an excellent jazz talent with a sound that's up there with the best jazz fusion vocalists of the 70s! Judy comes at the end of a decade that scored big recordings for singers like Flora Purim and Urzula Dudziak – and she's easily as ... read moreCD
A sweet set of vocal tracks from Judy Roberts – a mix of original tunes and a few covers, all done with a warm fusiony style, and plenty of Brazilian touches! Judy's at the height of her powers here – partly jazzy, partly in a songstress mode that's inspired by the advances that female ... read moreCD
A bit jazz, a bit soul, and a great little set from Lyn Roman – a lesser-known vocalist from the 60s, but one who could have easily cracked the mainstream! The set's in a space that's somewhere between Etta James and Nina Simone, produced with a bit of a country soul feel by Clyde Otis ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure 70s gem from Aldemaro Romero and his Onda Nueva – very much in the mode of his best 60s work, but with a warmer, smoother 70s sort of feel! The album features Aldemaro on electric piano and organ – and the grooves all have a lightly skipping feel that's a bit bossa, a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums that singer Annie Ross cut on her own away from the Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross group while she was still living in the US – and a great little set recorded with a group led by Gerry Mulligan! The sound is west coast cool all the way through – with players who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic from Jimmy Rushing – recorded at a time when he was really finding a new audience for his vocals! In a style that Columbia was using on a number of sides in the late 50s and early 60s, Jimmy and Buck do a bit of educatin' – and trace a progression of jazz styles from New ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sammy sings soul – not Sammy Davis Jr, but this ultra-hip Japanese singer from the early 70s – a female vocalist who works here with great backings from the Freedom Unity ensemble! The tunes are all numbers from American and British sources of the 50s and 60s – tunes you'd know ... read moreCD
Funky grooves from Jiro Inagaki and his Soul Media combo – and some cool vocals from 70s Japanese singer Sammy – a pretty enigmatic talent who really makes her mark with this record! The album's less island-styled than you might guess from the title or cover – and instead, it ... read moreCD
A nicely old school set of vocal work from Jonathan Schwartz – quite traditional, especially given the time of the recording – done in a way that makes you feel like you're catching Schwartz working the backroom at some New York club in the wee small hours of the morning! Piano ... read moreCD
Jimmy Scott —
Source ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1970. New Copy ....
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 moreCD