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An album of straight jazz vocals from Hawaiian singer Ethel Azama – an artist who's perhaps better known for her more exotic Liberty album with Martin Denny, but who's working here in a much straighter mode with backings from the great Marty Paich! Paich is at the height of his powers here ... LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful groover from Chicago singer Oscar Lindsay – a deep-voiced vocalist who's clearly inspired by Billy Eckstine, but who also opens up here in a hipper small combo mode! Oscar's vocals are great – rich, but never sleepy – and with enough range to rate the "sophisticat ... LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great record from singer Jennie Smith – not just for her own vocals, but for the unusual batch of tunes on the set! Jennie sang regularly on the Steve Allen show – and Steve penned every tune on the set – giving Smith a batch of music that goes way past overdone ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Gold indeed – as the album's a real classic from Nina, one of the excellent sets she cut with the Stroud Productions imprint during the early 70s! The style here is even hipper than her late 60s work on Philips – with a mixture of open-ended jazz and soul that's best summed up in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bad Bascomb here is Willie Bascomb – the studio bassist who's here leading a black bluegrass group – hence the "black grass" name of the album! The record's a strange one, but quite unique – and it's forever been the stuff of groove hounds for the track "Black ... LP, Vinyl record album
A stone killer from Gwen McCrae – a set that's light years past the deep soul of Gwen's Miami roots – and which is given a tight, modern spin by the great Webster Lewis! Lewis produced, and plays plenty of keyboards here – and his fusion-inspired groove really helps unlock a ... LP, Vinyl record album