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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 Bobby Short – all brought together to perform the tunes, which are recast nicely in arrangements by Mann, Al Cohn, and Bobby Scott. Chris Connor sings "The Sweetest Sounds", "No Strings", "Look No Further", and "Nobody Told Me"; Bobby Short sings "Be My Host", "An Orthodox Fool", and "The Man Who Has Everything"; Lavern Baker sings "Eager Beaver" and "Loads Of Love"; and Herbie Mann plays a cool Latinized version of "La La La". CD

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Chris ConnorChris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
A great set of tracks that represents some of Chris Connor's first recordings as a solo act – culled from earlier ep and 10" releases, and issued here on a full LP with a total of 14 tracks. Backing is by three groups – the Ellis Larkin Trio, Vinnie Burke's Quartet, and Sy Oliver's Orchestra – and Chris is in fine fine form, vocalizing with that icy tone we love so much, a bit sad, and a bit mellow, but always heartfelt, without the forced emotion of other singers of her generation. Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "Goodbye", "Spring Is Here", "Ask Me", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "He's Coming Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – deep groove and heavy vinyl, with the more relaxed facial expression in the photo. Cover has a split bottom seam, a half-split top seam, and light wear, with some staining and marker on the back.)

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Chris ConnorClassic ... LP
Contemporary, 1986. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Chris ConnorChris Connor At The Village Gate (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
FM/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Around September 17, 2014 (delayed)
One of Chris Connor's most obscure albums from the 60s – and one of her nicest too! The record's got a less polished feel than some of Connor's work for Atlantic or ABC – recorded live at the Village Gate, and divided up into "late" and "early" shows that both have a slightly different spirit. Backing is by a small group that includes Mundell Lowe on guitar, Ronnie Ball on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Ed Shaunessy on drums – and the liveness of the recording really comes through, in a way that gets more at the boozy Chris of late nite clubs than you'd hear on most of her studio albums. Titles include "All Or Nothing At All", "Old Devil Moon", "Goodbye", "Only The Lonely", "Black Coffee", "Ten Cents A Dance", and "Only The Lonely". CD

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Chris ConnorThis Is Chris ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy ... Around September 30, 2014 (delayed)
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 trombones, Joe Puma on guitar, and Ralph Sharon on piano – all lightly arranged to allow Connor's vocals prime placement in the record, while shading in the spaces with some nicely modern colors. Titles are mostly familiar, but wonderfully transformed into Connor's own personal statements – and tracks include "Ridin High", "It's All Right With Me", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart", "All This & Heaven Too", "Trouble Is a Man", "Blame It On My Youth", and "The Thrill Is Gone". CD

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New Chris ConnorChris Connor ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album in a legendary run of vocal jazz classics on Atlantic Records – and a set that really helped Chris Connor move to a new level of expression in her music! The sound here is much richer than Connor's previous recordings for Bethlehem – and the small combo jazz backings have been replaced by fuller orchestrations by Ralph Burns – done in a cool, edgey sort of way that really pushes Chris into newly sophisticated territory! The sound's on a par with the best June Christy/Pete Rugolo collaborations on Capitol – and the group's filled with some great jazz players, including Zoot Sims, John Lewis, Milt Hinton, and Oscar Pettiford. Titles include "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "My April Heart", "He Was Good to Me", "Where Are You", and "Get Out Of Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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New Chris ConnorWitchcraft ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and purple pinwheel label pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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New Chris Connor & Maynard FergusonTwo's Company ... CD
Roulette, 1960/1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
Despite any prejudice you might have against Maynard Ferguson, he actually does a damn good job backing up Chris Connor's lovely voice on this record – probably because his band is super-hip, and includes players like Jaki Byard, Joe Farrell, and Rufus Jones. Connor is in fine icy form, as usual – and it's nice to hear her get a bit more jazzy backing than some of the more somber arrangements you'll hear on her Atlantic sessions. Titles include "The Wind", "Send For Me", "Where Do You Go?", and "Deep Song". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Chris ConnorChris In Person ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A nice little live set from Chris – recorded at the Village Vanguard with a group that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, Eddie De Haas on bass, Bill Rubenstein on piano, and Lex Humphries on drums. The setting of the album is similar to some of Chris' work at Bethlehem – very small combo and jazzy, save for the fact that there's a bit more "room" in the recording than on the very close-miked Bethlehem sessions. The approach is a great one to open up another new side of Connor's talents – and the album has a bit tighter feel than Chris' other live album from the same period. Titles include "Round Midnight", "All About Ronnie", "Fine & Dandy", "Misty", "Senor Blues", and "Angel Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Long Playing Unbreakable pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light wear – mostly on the back.)

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New Chris ConnorWitchcraft ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
 
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New Jane Fielding with The Kenny Drew QuintetEmbers Glow ... LP
Jazz West, 1956. Very Good- ... $149.99
Quite a rare vocal jazz session – recorded for the short lived Jazz West label, which was one of the hippest LA imprints of the 50s! Jane Fielding's a pretty decent singer – with kind of a Chris Connor-ish style about her – but the real charm is from Kenny Drew's work as a pianist and arranger, both of which push the session past the usual sleepiness of a Bethlehem or Mode vocal jazz album from the time. Kenny's group features Joe Maini on alto, Ted Efantis on tenor, Lawrence Marable on drums, and either Leroy Vinnegar or Paul Chambers on bass. Titles include "Embers Glow", "Our Waltz", "Right Boy For Me", "Key Largo", "Make The Man Love Me", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Vinyl is nice overall – but there is groove damage for a few spins on one track, making crackles – but rest of record is nice, really more of a VG. Cover has just the start of some seam splitting, but is nice overall too.)

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Julie LondonJulie London at Home ... LP
Liberty, 1960. Very Good+ ... $29.99
One of Julie London's strongest overall albums – a great session that features small group backings with a warm and intimate feel! There's less of the languid sadness of some of Julie's other records, and more of the dreamy floating style of singers like Chris Connor or June Christy on this one. The feeling of the album's great, and it shows that Julie was much more than a pop singer with sexy looks and a smoky finish – although we're happy to hear that on here too! Titles include "Let There Be Love", "Goodbye", "You've Changed", "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To", "Lonesome Road", "They Didn't Believe Me", and "The Thrill Is Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has small seam splits.)

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Sue RaneySongs For A Raney Day ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Very Good- ... $24.99
A fantastic album by this obscure vocalist – one of the first in a great run of work recorded by Sue Raney on the west coast scene! This session has Sue sounding a fair bit like Chris Connor or June Christy – often a bit icy, and sometimes sweet – but without some of the fuller modes on her later records. The album's got surprisingly understated arrangements by Billy May that have a nice jazzy edge – and Raney's vocals have all the wistful qualities you might guess from the title and cover! Titles include "A Blossom Fell", "Impossible", "I Get The Blues When It Rains", "My Prayer", "Wanna Laugh?", "Rain On The Roof", and "Blue Tears". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing. Cover has some wear, masking tape on the top and bottom seams, some splitting on the spine, a peeled mark and sticker remnants on the front, and some stains on the back.)

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New Paula CastleLost Love ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... Around November 18, 2014
One of the few albums ever cut by 50s singer Paula Castle – a really great vocalist with a sound that matches the best Bethlehem records work of her labelmate, Chris Connor! Castle's got a nicely-composed approach to singing – never too flowery or overdone, yet also never too cool, either – a perfect balance that comes through beautifully with the set's stripped-down backings – just a quartet with Ronnie Selbey on piano, and flute by Sam Most. Most's flute really shades in the tunes nicely – underscoring things with some subtle blue tones that are really great – and titles include "I'm Shooting High", "Yesterday's Gardenias", "Here I Am In Love Again", and "Lost Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sue RaneySongs For A Raney Day ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Around December 3, 2014
A fantastic album by this obscure vocalist – one of the first in a great run of work recorded by Sue Raney on the west coast scene! This session has Sue sounding a fair bit like Chris Connor or June Christy – often a bit icy, and sometimes sweet – but without some of the fuller modes on her later records. The album's got surprisingly understated arrangements by Billy May that have a nice jazzy edge – and Raney's vocals have all the wistful qualities you might guess from the title and cover! Titles include "A Blossom Fell", "Impossible", "I Get The Blues When It Rains", "My Prayer", "Wanna Laugh?", "Rain On The Roof", and "Blue Tears". CD
Also available Songs For A Raney Day ... LP 24.99

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New Helen CarrDown In The Depths On The 90th Floor ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the darkest vocal jazz albums of the 50s – packaged with a great title and cover image that features a lone lit window in a New York skyscraper! Helen's got some incredible backing on the record – a small combo that includes Charlie Mariano on alto sax, Don Fagerquist on trumpet, and Donn Trenner on piano – all gently sliding in behind Carr's blue vocals in a way that's similar to some of the Chris Connor work on Bethlehem from the same time. Titles include a near-perfect reading of "Down In The Depths On The 90th Floor", plus "Not Mine", "Tulip Or Turnip", "Moments Like This", "I'm Glad There Is You", and "Memory Of The Rain". CD

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New Helen CarrDown In The Depths On The 90th Floor (10 inch LP) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the darkest vocal jazz albums of the 50s – packaged with a great title and cover image that features a lone lit window in a New York skyscraper! Helen's got some incredible backing on the record – a small combo that includes Charlie Mariano on alto sax, Don Fagerquist on trumpet, and Donn Trenner on piano – all gently sliding in behind Carr's blue vocals in a way that's similar to some of the Chris Connor work on Bethlehem from the same time. Titles include a near-perfect reading of "Down In The Depths On The 90th Floor", plus "Not Mine", "Tulip Or Turnip", "Moments Like This", "I'm Glad There Is You", and "Memory Of The Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sweet 10" vinyl reissue – just like the original!)

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New Helen CarrWhy Do I Love You ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A real gem from the glory days of the Bethlehem Records jazz scene! Although the Bethlehem label had some great success with some of its vocal stars – like Chris Connor or Mel Torme – they also had a strong commitment to jazz vocals that stretched way past the big names, to include many excellent under-recognized singers, like Helen Carr. This rare album from the mid 50s is a perfect example of the label's commitment at work – as it features Carr in a beautifully no-nonsense setting, with spare instrumental backing by just a trio – Howard Roberts on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Cappy Lewis on trumpet – a really unusual mix that helps make the album something special. The tracks are very well-selected – and move past the usual nuggets found on lackluster vocal jazz sessions, to include nice little tunes like "Symphony", "Lonely Street", "My Kind Of Trouble Is You", "Do I Worry", and "Then You've Never Been Blue". A nice lost vocal jazz treasure! CD
 
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New Norman ConnorsStar Power ... CD
Shanachie, 2009. Used ... $8.99
Norman Connors has plenty of star power helping him out on this set – but as always, the real leading light comes from his own marvelous talents! Norman's one of those guys who never seems to lose his cool – never veers too far into too-smooth or too-commercial territory – and always manages to stick in that sublime blend of soul, jazz, and righteous elements we first came to love in his music back in the 70s. The approach here is surprisingly close to the vibe that Connors gave us back during his legendary years at Buddah Records – woven together wonderfully out of soulful rhythms, warm keyboards, jazzy instrumentation, and a tapestry of great vocals from a host of guest singers. The album features contributions from vocalists and instrumentalists who include Howard Hewett, Bobby Lyle, Christopher Williams, Antoinette, Ray Parker Jr, Peabo Bryson, Marion Meadows, Kirk Wilson, Norman Brown, and Michael Henderson – and titles include "Rock With You", "Used To Be", "Where Do We Go From Here", "Star Power", "Reach For The Sky", "Adore", "Thinkin", "You Are My Starship", "You Take My Breath Away", and "The Sweetest Taboo". CD
 
 
 



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