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


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Sweet Youth
Blujazz, 2011. New Copy
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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 ... CD
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Confessin' The Blues
Riverside, 1962. Very Good
The title's an apt one, because Billie Poole sings here in a mode that's steeped in styles borrowed strongly from gospel and blues – but delivered more in a jazz-based mode overall! The backing here is one aspect that makes the record especially strong – a quartet with Kenny Burrell on ... LP, Vinyl record album
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From Paris With Love
RCA, 1962. Near Mint-
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Close Up
Capitol, 1960s. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold
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Seeco, Late 50s. Very Good
Smoky nightclub work from vocalist Bette St Claire – an album that's much more laidback and moody than her studio set from the same time – recorded in a style that's very late nite and intimate! Backings are by the Stan Free Quartet – with Free on piano, Mundell Lowe on guitar, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Deja Vu (Italy), Early 70s. Used
Dreamy vocal work with a wonderful feel – one of the most obscure albums by the enigmatic Aldemaro Romero, a composer with a sound that's all to himself! At one level, the album's got Sergio Mendes styled lead vocals – done in a Gimmicks way, with male and female voices in the lead, ... CD
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Sequel (UK), Mid 60s. Used
Singlehandedly stopping the flight to the suburbs during those key postwar years, Petula Clark forever changed the urban landscape when she belted out the great 60s pop hit "Downtown". This groovy set includes all the original "city pop" tracks from the original Downtown album, ... CD
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Capitol, Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. Used
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Modern Singers
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 – ... CD
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Epic (Japan), 1957. New Copy
A really wonderful first album from Anthony Perkins – cut years before he shocked the screen in Psycho, at a time when he was arguably more committed to his role as a singer! Perkins is surprisingly great throughout – with a mellow, masculine approach that's a bit like Matt Dennis at ... CD
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Cherry Red/Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
One of the coolest sets of female vocal jazz we've ever heard – a package that goes way past the overdone torch song cliches or the bluer-toned weepies – and reminds us that at the heart of the matter, all the best singers from the time still had an undeniably sexy appeal! The ... CD
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Shorty
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
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Capitol, 1955. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest vocal albums of all time! Sinatra's never sounded better than on this album – one of the first truly cohesive albums of torch and ballad songs ever recorded – done by Frank at a time when his heart was really breaking, and sung with a depth you'd hardly ever find in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Songs My Mother Loves
Blujazz, 2014. New Copy
An instant classic from Chicago vocalist Dee Alexander – one of the greatest jazz singers working today – and an artist we'd easily rank right up there with old school talents like Shirley Horn or Lorez Alexandria! Dee can sometimes be far-reaching in her style, but here she steps back ... CD
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It Might As Well Be Swing
Reprise, Early 60s. Very Good
One of Sinatra's greatest records ever – pure genius all the way through! Frank's backed here by the orchestra of Count Basie, with some incredible arrangements by Quincy Jones that really have a jazzy, syncopated kick to them. The move seems to be an unintentional way of covering for Frank' ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Portrait Of Carmen
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good+
An excellent album from Carmen McRae – one of her hippest records ever, and a great set of vocal gems that often gets overlooked! Arrangements are by Benny Carter, Shorty Rogers, and Oliver Nelson – and the album's got a swinging groovy style that pushes Carmen past her straighter jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Billy's Best
Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good+
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RCA, 1964. Very Good+
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Warner, 1959. Very Good+
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Talk Of The Town
Columbia, 1975. Very Good+
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Lucky Lucy Ann
Mode/VSOP, 1957. Very Good+ (reissue)
A rare album cut by singer Lucy Ann Polk – a magical Mode session from the label's best year of 1957, featuring backing by a sextet that includes Marty Paich on piano, Bob Hardaway on tenor, and Tony Rizzi on guitar. Paich seems to have done the arrangements for the set, and he gives it an ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Discovery, 1984. Very Good+
Another soulful set of jazz standards that pairs the great Lorez with a group led by Gildo Mahones. Gildo's always been one of the best piano players we've heard accompaning a vocalist, and his work with Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross is the stuff of legends. This group has the added benefit of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Ma Vie – My Life
Scepter, Mid 60s. Very Good+
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Fontana/Philips, Late 60s. Sealed
A weird one – but one of the real standouts in Cleo Laine's 60s catalog! As the title might imply, Cleo sings jazz versions of Shakespeare poems and bits from plays – with musical backing by husband Johnny Dankworth, who gives the set a cool enough groove to really make it work, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Hi Fi, 1959. Near Mint-
Arguably one of the greatest albums ever cut by Jimmy Witherspoon – recorded live at an early Monterey Jazz Festival, and done in a style that shows the strong link between jazz and blues in Jimmy's work! The group on the set includes Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, and Woody ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Atco, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good
Titles include "Early In The Morning", "Plain Jane", "Dream Lover", "Mack The Knife", "Beyond The Sea", "Clementine", and "Artificial Flowers". LP, Vinyl record album
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Nina Simone
Up Front, Late 60s. Near Mint-
A nice little live set from Nina – offered up here with no dates or location notes, but sounding a lot like some of her best 60s live sets for the Coolpix label. Backing is by a small group, and although the sound quality is a bit echoey, the album has a dark quality that brings out the best ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Jazz Singer
Inner City, 1959/1961/1976. Near Mint-
Rare work from Eddie Jefferson – cut between his early years on Prestige, and his revival on Riverside – work done for the Festival Records label, but best known in this hip 70s package put together by Inner City! The work here is a great precursor to Eddie's 60s comeback – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Where Is Love
RCA, Late 60s. Sealed
Great groovy Jack Jones – with arrangements by Pat Williams, and versions of "Valley Of The Dolls", "Where Is Love", "Light My Fire", and "Suzanne". LP, Vinyl record album
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High Flying with L, H & R
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good+
Their best album by far, and unfortunately, too often the toughest one to find! The arrangements here are fantastic, and the material is waaaaaay more hip than the Ellington and Basie stuff that they wasted too much time working with. Annie Ross reprises her famous "Farmer's Market" ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Didn't We
Pzazz, Late 60s. Very Good
Obscure album by Lorez, with a mix of jazz and pop stuff, and arrangements (mostly) by pianist Ronell Bright. Bright plays in the group backing Lorez, as does the great tenor player Teddy Edwards. The legendary Paul Gayten produced, and the track list includes "Play Me The Blues", " ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Decca, Late 30s/1940s. Good+
A collection of older singles by Mildred Bailey – recorded after her years with Paul Whiteman's band, in a laidback bluesy style that was kind of a 30s revival and sweetening of styles used during the big blues boom of the 20s. Mildred's got a heck of a voice, one that's undaunted even by ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Great American Music, 1987. Near Mint-
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Gone For the Day
Capitol, 1957. Very Good
That's "gone" – as in the way June Christy really sends us – vocals that take us to a place that few other 50s singers could ever hope to reach! June's work here is a masterpiece of melancholic understatement – far less overblown than some of her pop contemporaries, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Gisele
RCA, 1958. Very Good+
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Party's Over
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good
Backings by Luther Henderson – and titles include "I'm Thru With Love", "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan", "You'll Never Know", "The Party's Over", and "But Not For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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Divine One
Roulette, 1960. Near Mint-
Sarah Vaughan definitely earns her divine nickname here – singing sublimely here in a warmly jazzy setting from her early years at Roulette Records! The style's a nice extension of Vaughan's best sides at Mercury – and is almost a nice back-to-basics approach, the kind of reminder that ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Time, 1962. Very Good
A wonderful set by Carmen McRae – captured at San Francisco's Sugar Hill in 1962 – backed by a tight trio! Carmen is in sweet form here, very loose and and wise, and the group knows just how to fill out the sound. She scats loosely on the opening "Sunday", nearly hits a weep ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Bessie Smith Songbook
EmArcy, Late 50s. Near Mint-
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God Bless The Child
Columbia, Late 30s/Early 40s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
A classic 2LP collection of Billie's older work for Columbia – early sides produced by John Hammond in the late 30s and early 40s. Titles include "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie", "Am I Blue", "God Bless The Child", "Mandy Is Two", "It's The Same Old ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Setting Standards
Pair, 1988. Near Mint- 2LP
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RCA, 1954. Good+
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Easy
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+
Killer 60s work from Nancy! Despite the "easy" in the title, this record's a perfect batch of pop soul tunes – arranged by Jimmy Jones with a breezy style that works perfectly for Nancy's voice. The record features her big hit "Face it Girl, It's Over", which was ... LP, Vinyl record album
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About The Blues
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good-
Hip early work from Julie London – with full jazz orchestra backing by Russ Garcia, whose soundscapes are perfect for that dreamy style of singing she was using at the time – a blend of the sublime and sad, floating along with almost effortless ease, but hiding a huge wellspring of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Let It All Out
Philips, 1965. Very Good-
Excellent Philips work by Nina – a set of tracks that mostly features spare combo backings from Rudy Stevenson on guitar and flute, Bobby Hamilton on drums, and Lisle Atkinson on bass. One track, "For Myself", features arrangements by Horace Ott – and another, "Images&quo ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Folksy Nina
Colpix, 1964. Very Good+
A fitting title, as Nina's always mixed in a bit of folksy influences with her jazz – increasingly so at this point in her career, as she was opening up her bag a bit to include traditional songs of pride, protest, and despair. The album's a great precursor for her work on Philips a few ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Touch Of Leonard Nimoy
Dot, Late 60s. Very Good
Great stuff from Nimoy – and proof that his committment to being more than just a sci-fi actor was real, if not successful! The record features groovy pop and vocal tracks with arrangements by George Tipton, and a nice mod-ish feel that works well with Nimoy's Scott Walker-ish vocals and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Evenin' Blues
Prestige, 1964. Very Good
A great batch of raw R&B vocals from Jimmy Witherspoon – along with backing by an excellent group that includes the great Clifford Scott on tenor, the always-great T-Bone Walker on guitar, and the little-known Bert Kendrix on organ. Tracks are short, and have a bit more fire than some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Best Is Yet To Come
Pablo, 1982. Near Mint-
With a larger group arranged by Nelson Riddle! LP, Vinyl record album
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Letter From Home
Riverside, 1962. Very Good
The beginning of a whole new chapter of greatness for singer Eddie Jefferson – a record that took his older style of putting words to jazz solos, and updated it nicely for a new generation in the 60s! Eddie's got a rootsy look on the cover, but the sound here is snappingly hip and ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated November 24, 2014


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