One of the few albums ever cut by singer Vi Velasco – and a great vocal follow-up to the Zoot Sims bossa albums on Colpix! Zoot plays tenor on this record too – mixing his solos with Vi's vocals in a style that's like the interplay between Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto – with a ... (Brazil, Vocalists)read moreCD
An incredible album that has Cleanhead moving way past his usual bag! Sure, he's normally known as an R&B vocalist and alto player, but here, in one of those great Riverside "Cannonball Adderley Presents" sessions, Vinson gets into a whole new bag on some cuts. He's playing with ... (Blues, Vocalists)read moreCD
Fantastic funky work from the Japanese scene of the early 70s – rare gems from singer Akiko Wada, who often works with these really mod-styled grooves! The lyrics are all in Japanese, but the presentation of the music has plenty to offer for any fan of groovy styles from the late 60s – ... read moreCD
An album issued after the too-early passing of Dinah Washington – and a set that makes us realize just how great she still was at the end! Washington started in a bluesier mode, but over the course of the 50s – and especially during her early 60s years at Roulette – she was ... read moreCD
Dinah Washington —
In Tribute ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1962/1963. New Copy ...
The tribute here is to Dinah Washington herself – who left the planet all too soon, after passing away at an early age in 1963. The set brings together great late material that Dinah recorded for Roulette Records – tracks unissued at the time of this album, with beautiful arrangements ... read moreCD
Titles include "What A Difference A Day Makes", "Manhattan", "Time After Time", "It's Magic", "I Won't Cry Anymore", and "I Thought About You". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)
Kenny Washington —
Moanin ... CD Storyville (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Not the jazz drummer Kenny Washington, but a singer with the same name – really stretching out nicely here in a live set recorded in Copenhagen! Kenny's got a warm glow to his style, which gets a nice edge on the long performances here – recorded with an overseas trio that features ... read moreCD
A wonderful little record from Frances Wayne – thanks to some great arrangements from Neal Hefti! Hefti's approach here is just perfect – not as over the top as his work with Count Basie, but with the right blend of sophistication and soulfulness to make Wayne sound great – ... read moreCD
A surprising treasure from Margaret Whiting! We'll be the first to admit that we're not the biggest fans of Margaret Whiting's voice – but she actually sounds pretty great here, thanks to some snappy arrangements by Russ Garcia! Garcia brings a nice sort of jazz sensibility to the album ... read moreCD
Few folks have a voice as great as Andy Williams – and it sounds especially nice on these early sides done for the Cadence label! First up is the Andy Williams self-titled LP – a record that mixes Williams warm vocals with some slightly rocking arrangements – bits of Caribbean ... read moreCD
An excellent album of vocals by the great Joe Williams! Joe's always been a fine singer, but with Basie, he really gets the backing he needs to do his work the best. And although this album isn't as authenico as it might be, it still comes from a time when Verve really knew how to handle singers ... read moreCD
A wonderful live set from Joe Williams – recorded at Birdland, as you'd guess from the title – and done with a raw depth that surpasses much of his studio work from the time! Joe's really moving past cliche here – using his voice with a power that hadn't been heard since his ... read moreCD
Joe Williams & Harry Sweets Edison —
Together ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ...
A gem of a record from this pair of Basie-ites – one that allows Joe Williams to hit some different modes than on his fuller records with the Count – set up here in a nicely relaxed groove with trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, but are more laidback than ... read moreCD
A soundtrack for a very silly movie – and one of the oddest albums ever recorded by the great Paul Williams – who both sings and stars in the movie as the phantom in the title! The tunes have a surprisingly heartfelt quality that really comes out when you hear them away from the movie ... read moreCD
One of the greatest Nancy Wilson albums of the 60s – a small combo jazz date, done with a style that's different than some of Wilson's larger sessions of the time! The group has a relaxed, easygoing feel – and Wilson slides in with a style that's a lot more laidback and subtle than on ... read moreCD
Way more than just the "essence" of Nancy – an excellent 4CD set, with a huge amount of rare material! Here's the breakdown: Disc 1 features "Spanning The Decades" – a selection of rare singles and chart hits, most on CD in the US for the first time; Disc 2 is ... read moreCD
Genius work from Nancy Wilson – the kind of Capitol Records gem that was partly jazz, partly soul, and very much in that special territory that made Wilson one of the most mature, sophisticated singers of the 60s! The record's got Nancy working through some material with bluer currents, ... read moreCD
The long-overdue issue of a classic Nancy Wilson album recorded live at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas – one that captures her at the height of her youthful powers! The style here is a great illustration of the genius of Nancy Wilson at the time – an approach that was classy and careful, ... read moreCD
Early proof that Nancy Wilson was definitely on the right track with her career – a tremendous little live date recorded without any of the schmaltz or overdone showmanship of her contemporaries! Although the setting is the Cocoanut Grove, Nancy often makes us feel like she's putting over ... read moreCD
Deeper soul than usual from Nancy Wilson – a collection of tunes that gets at the bluesy roots in her vocals, and which includes some nicely updated versions of older R&B tunes! Nancy remakes familiar numbers with that great blend of soul and jazz she was using in the 60s – taking ... read moreCD
Jerri Winters gets some hip backings here – thanks to help from the Al Belletto Sextet, who almost share the star spotlight on the record as much as Jerri! The combo are perhaps best known for their 50s work on Capitol, but they sound equally great here – stepping out with a tight ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Diane Witherspoon —
Live ... CD Life Force Jazz, 2016. New Copy ...
A very hip singer, and one of the most righteous jazz vocal albums we've heard in while! Diane Witherspoon has family ties to Jimmy Witherspoon, but her style here is completely different – in that mode of jazz singing that's way past torch, way past standards, and in much hipper territory ... read moreCD
A bit of blues, and a bit of jazz – in that sweet style that Jimmy was handling so well on his 60s recordings for Prestige. Backing is by a small combo that includes Gildo Mahones on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Roy Haynes on drums – and titles include "The Time Has ... (Blues, Vocalists)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ilene Woods —
It's Late ... CD Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1956. New Copy ...
Amazing late nite vocals from Ilene Woods – a singer we only know from this classic album on Jubilee! The record's that great sort that hardly ever got made much in later years – one of those dreamy late 50s sessions that floats along with effortless ease – pillowy backdrops from ... read moreCD
Nancy Wright with the Tony Monaco Trio —
Moanin' ... CD Chicken Coup, 2009. Used ...
A huge look at British pop singer Mark Wynter – an artist who's always been remembered for different projects here and there, but who's never fully gotten coverage like this! Wynter's a heck of a talent – one who never broke on these shores, but who gave the UK an early blue-eyed pop ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreCD
Libby York —
Memoir ... CD Libby York Music, 2014. Used ...
American singers respond to the rhythms of Latin America – but not in the way you might expect, as these aren't just conventional Latin numbers – but instead a great combination of jazz, swing, and Afro-Cuban modes! The music might well be seen as the more mainstream take on territory ... read moreCD
A very cool collection of tracks from voices you might know more for their work on the screen – an array of British talents from the postwar years who were mostly known for their comedic performances in film and on TV! The word "thespians" is used here with a bit of wit – as ... read moreCD
A really cool set that looks at the rise of late 50s beatnik culture from a variety of different styles – not just the jazz and poetry that marked that scene's biggest contribution to music – but also the wealth of modes that inspired those years too! The 3CD package features a ... read moreCD
A fantastic package that really gets at the genius of Lionel Bart – the songsmith who really transformed the sound of postwar England, and helped breath new life into both the pop charts and the world of the West End musical! Bart's probably best known on these shores for his musical Oliver ... read moreCD
Includes 24 tracks by Rebecca Lea, Helen Foster, Pearl Woods, Linda Hayes, Sugar & Spice, Dakota Staton, Anita Tucker, Linda Hopkins, Blanche Thomas, Vikki Nelson, and Chubby Newsom. (Soul, Vocalists)CD
That's Rod McKuen on the cover – looking all broken-down and lonely (it's no surprise that Rod wrote the songs for the Charlie Brown musical in the 60s!) – and the image is a illustration of the special vibe of this set, which looks at the special blue-tinged material that McKuen ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
A beautiful update of the music of Charlie Parker – one that takes off from the first vocalese recordings that were inspired by Bird's music in the bebop years – but served up here in a much wider array of styles! As with the early vocalese recordings – lyrical sides based around ... read moreCD
The fab sound of London in the postwar years – a set of cooking cuts from the Soho scene, served up from a time when the city was finally getting back its steam! The music here is a really hip array of modes – a bit of jazz, Latin, rock instrumental, and more – used in tunes that ... read moreCD
A more modern entry in this cool series of Japanese pop singles – one that focuses on a time when the scene was digging disco grooves, 80s electro, and other lively styles – all woven into a fresh sort of tapestry for the Japanese singers in the collection! As with the other volumes, ... (Global Grooves, Vocalists)read moreCD
A very cool collection of vintage pop from Japan – material from a time when Tokyo was finally coming back into its own after the postwar years – and starting to become a source of incredibly groovy music! The tunes here are kind of like the playful pop that you'd hear coming from a ... (Global Grooves, Vocalists)read moreCD
Cool Japanese groovers from the 70s and early 80s – served up here in a range of great styles that run from string-laden pop to some of the more electronic modes that would come into play in later years! Apart from one track by the Yellow Magic Orchestra, all the other artists here are ... (Global Grooves, Vocalists)read moreCD
12 CD collection with music from Gianni Di Palma, Carlo Buti, Lillo Baroni, Emilio Livi, Aldo Dona, Lina Termini, Tonina Torrielli, Tony Dallara, Paolo Conte, Milva, Johnny Dorelli, Iva Zanicchi, Minam Marcella, Pooh, Gianni Bella, Pino Valvi, Toto Cutingo, Gianni Gastaldo, Toquinho, Raf, Giorgio ... (Global Grooves, Vocalists)read moreCD
(Promotional release, please note that the slipcover has some wear but the individual CDs are in great shape.)
An incredible package – over 14 hours of music, a bonus DVD, and a huge hardcover book that's over 500 pages long – a meticulously detailed document of this tragic moment in Jewish history. One of the most historically-important sets from Bear Family – and unlike anything else we' ... (Global Grooves, Vocalists)read moreCD
(One corner of the box cover is split on the seam, but the rest of the set is in wonderful shape!)