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Singers we love -- from vintage torch to vocalese to some key talents of the contemporary scene!

What Is There To Say
Jubilee, Late 50s. Good+
A great lost album of vocals by Betty St Claire – done in a style that's similar to some of Ella Fitzgerald's work on Verve from the 50s, but recorded with a small group and a rawer sound that keeps the soulfulness of the album pretty high. Titles include "Skylark", "That Old ... LP, Vinyl record album
Your Songs
Columbia, 2009. Sealed 2LP
LP, Vinyl record album
Sensitive Billie Holiday
Storyville (Germany), Late 30s/1940s. Used
Capitol, 1950s. Used
Gershwin Live!
CBS, 1982. Used
A later project done with music by Michael Tilson Thomas – featuring some great larger orchestral readings of George Gershwin numbers, sung with beautiful phrasing by Sarah Vaughan! ... CD
Unchained Melodies
DRG, 1991. Used
Kapp (Japan), 1955. Used
Ruth's a great little singer with a voice we really love – kind of in the range of late 50s Chris Connor or June Christy, with a sad and boozy tone – quite different than what you'd expect from the somewhat cherry look of the cover! This album's one of the few she ever recorded – ... CD
Fresh Fruit/Mig (Germany), 1969. New Copy
Some great funky grooves by this legendary British ensemble – featuring excellent keyboard work by Brian Auger, recorded during the period when he was really beginning to stretch out a bit, and hit a much more open-ended kind of sound. Julie Driscoll is still on vocals, singing in her raw ... CD
Bethlehem, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A classic set of early jazz recordings by Nina Simone – one of her first albums ever, but already with an approach that's quite different from other singers of the time! Nina's singing a fair bit of standards here, but she brings a deeply personal approach to the material – inflecting ... LP, Vinyl record album
No Strings – An After Theater Version
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. New Copy
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 ... CD
Slim & Slam – The Groove Juice Special
Columbia, Late 30s/Early 40s. Used
During the late 30s and early 40s, the team of Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart cut some of the grooviest little records ever pressed on shellac! Slim had a crazy vocal style that was augmented by his tight guitar work – and Slam kept the whole thing rolling with a big warm bass, and with ... CD
Unique, Late 50s. Near Mint-
LP, Vinyl record album
Sings For Two In Love
Capitol, Mid 50s. Very Good
Wonderful stuff by Nat – truly one of his greatest Capitol vocal albums, and set to great arrangements by Nelson Riddle, very much in a classic mode. Tracks include heartbreakers like "Dinner For One, James", "There Will Never Be Another You", and "There Goes My ... LP, Vinyl record album
I Only Have Eyes For You
Columbia, 1976. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album
For Every Heart
TBA, 1984. Near Mint-
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 1956. Near Mint-
One of the strongest of Anita's mid 50s outings for Verve – a tightly-crafted set that benefits from some good arrangements from Buddy Bregman! The format is perfect for Anita – giving her little space to have to make decisions, and letting her concentrate on the tone and charm that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Poor
Looking for classic Chet Baker vocal tracks? This is the stuff! 8 tracks of haunting vocals by a young Chet, sung with a small group from the LA scene with Russ Freeman, Bob Neel and Carson Smith, and featuring trumpet solos next to his vocals: 'But Not For Me", 'Time After Time", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Jamboree 75 – Vol 2
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. Near Mint-
A rare session by singer Karin Krog – one that also features great work by Polish alto player Zbigniew Namyslowski! The album was recorded at Poland's Jazz Jamboree in 1975 – and side one features Krog singing with backing from Namyslowski's quartet, which includes some great work on ... LP, Vinyl record album
This Love Of Mine
RCA, Early 40s/1972. Near Mint- Gatefold
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Capitol, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used
Denon/Jazz Heritage, 1986. Used
A warm later set from Carmen McRae – recorded with great small combo jazz backing that features tenor sax work from Clifford Jordan! The album's a real back-to-basics one for McRae – and gets away from crossover modes used in the 60s and 70s, taking Carmen back to the more jazz-based ... CD
Mercury/Verve, Late 40s/Late 50s. Used
Nice early stuff from Dinah! This album brings together a tasty batch of her earlier R&B sides for Mercury – older singles that have a much rawer R&B sound than any of her later sophisticated stuff. Dinah was a great R&B singer in her own right – and the material on this ... CD
Vee Jay/Koch, Early 60s. Used
18 tracks in all! ... CD
Universal (France), 1958. Used
A really rich album by Sarah Vaughan – recorded in Paris in 1958, with orchestrations by Quincy Jones – and large group backing that includes some great tenor work by Zoot Sims! The session's one of Vaughan's most cohesive albums of the period, and although it's got "violins" ... CD
Pablo, 1989. Used
Late work from Ella Fitzgerald – but still pretty darn nice, and very much in the sweet small group mode she used often for Pablo Records! Norman Granz produced, so the set's still got echoes of Ella's Verve years – and players include Harry Edison on trumpet, Benny Carter on alto, ... CD
Send In The Clowns – Sarah Vaughan & The Count Basie Orchestra
Pablo, 1981. Used
Sarah Vaughan is working here with the Count Basie orchestra – but in a way that's still relatively relaxed, and very much in keeping with her best modes of the Pablo years! There's less of the Basie bombast than you might expect on the record – and the group, arranged and conducted by ... CD
Reprise, 1974. Used
Pablo/Musical Heritage Society, 1979. Used
A great studio set from 1979 – with arrangements by Benny Carter! ... CD
Decca, 1940/1941. Used
Live In Paris
Verve, 2001. Used
Verve, 1950s. Used 2CD
34 tracks in all – classic recordings of material by George Gerswhin, Irvin Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and others! ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/1950s. Used
Love Songs
Columbia/Legacy, Late 30s/Early 40s. Used
Verve, Late 30s/1940s/1950s. Used 2CD & DVD
Way way more than a greatest hits collection from Billie Holiday – an overstuffed package that features lots and lots of extra bits too! The first 2 CDs in the set feature 42 tracks pulled from Billie's complete recording career – not just bits from Decca and Verve, but also Columbia, ... CD
Let's Talk About Love
Warner (Japan), 1962. New Copy
A very powerful little session from Joanie Sommers – and like most of her work from the time, one that's done in a great blend of jazz and mainstream pop! Orchestrations are by Tommy Oliver, and there's plenty of dynamic horn passages to keep things interesting – even on the mellower ... CD
Our Favorite Songs
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1973. New Copy
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by Dutch vocalist Rita Reys – done as a set of duets with longtime accompanist and life partner Pim Jacobs on piano! The setting is even more spare than some of Reys' trio dates – just voice and piano, the latter handled by Jacobs with ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy
An unusual set from the legendary vocalist Chris Connor – a record that's graced with a boozy later image of Chris on the front, but which features a host of rare gems from her late 50s years at Atlantic Records! There's some really wonderful work on the record that easily matches, if not ... CD
CBS/Rev-Ola (UK), 1970. New Copy
An excellent little album from British vocalist Georgie Fame – one that has him moving way past the simple beat group sound of his roots, into a sophisticated style that mixes jazz vocalizing, hard grooving, and lots of rock/R&B influences! Georgie's still got his Mose Allison-inspired ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1961. New Copy
Maybe the grooviest album cut by singer Mavis Rivers – thanks to some wonderful backings from west coast jazzman Marty Paich! Paich brings a cool compressed swing to the set – a groove that's very similar to his sublime late 50s work with Mel Torme, which is a great choice for Mavis ... CD
Brother Where Are You
Atlantic (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Sweet 70s funk from the great Oscar Brown – quite a change from his jazz-based work of the 60s, but a great new sitting for all of his wonderful wit and warmth! Brown's still a hell of a songwriter, and one with a very socially-conscious eye – sharper here than before, with lots of ... CD
Mercury/Vivid (Japan), 1971. New Copy
An obscure bit of LA pop from the early 70s – featuring the breathy Paige Claire, a heavenly vocalist with a sound like a porn star! The album's got arrangements by Al Capps and Harry Betts, and kind of an early 70s easy sound to it that works wonderfully with Paige's voice. She's a better ... CD
Swing Along With Mavis
Reprise (Japan), 1961. New Copy
An overlooked early 60s gem from singer Mavis Rivers – recorded for the young Reprise label, and with a nice little bounce that really works well with her vocals! Mavis definitely sings jazz, but often has an undercurrent of R&B – particularly in her range, which is often pushing ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1962. New Copy
Jimmy Witherspoon pays tributes to his roots in rhythm and blues – but he does so in a wonderful way, by bringing a more jazz-focused approach to the material here – thanks to some nice tenor work from Ben Webster! Back in the 60s, Witherspoon always sat easily on the fence between ... CD
Live At Irving Plaza
Soul Note (Italy), 1984. Sealed
LP, Vinyl record album
Dinah '62
Roulette, 1962. Very Good
Fantastic work from Dinah – who's hitting her stride here in a whole new style, a booze-drenched, sad-eyed mode that's a distinct change from the bossy blues of earlier years. The prime example of this is the excellent "Drinking Again" – one of her standards of the 60s – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1978. Sealed
LP, Vinyl record album
Etta Jones '75
Westbound, 1975. Very Good+
Surprisingly nice album that Etta Jones cut with a larger backing group for Westbound, and a record that has her mixing in soul sounds with her usual jazz-based vocals. The set's got a great version of Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands", and a Marlena Shaw-esque cover of "Go Away ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reprise, 1965. Very Good
What can we say? We're unabashed Dean Martin fans – and this album is a perfect example of why! The record comes from that magic year of 1965 – a time when Dean's solo career was reaching untold new heights, as his TV show was beginning its very successful run, and Dean's frequent ... LP, Vinyl record album
New Moon Daughter
Blue Note, 1995. Used
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 ... CD
Updated April 17, 2014