Early work from Jimmy Witherspoon – but the kind of sides that show that Jim had something different to offer, even from the start! The music's partly in the hip R&B mode of LA in the postwar years, but there's also a deeper sort of sound too – a bit of jazz swinging amidst the ... (Blues, Vocalists)read moreCD
Classic jazzy blues from one of the best in the business – and an album that doesn't show up as often as it used to. Titles include "Good Jumpin", "Fickle Woman", "No Rollin Blues", "Big Fine Girl", and "Failing By Degrees". LP, Vinyl record album
Groovy work from the 60s – with Ben Webster backing up the vocals of Jimmy Witherspoon! (Jazz, Vocalists)LP, Vinyl record album
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Jimmy Witherspoon with Jack McDuff —
Blues Is Now ... LP Verve, 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A much groovier set than usual from vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon – thanks to some great backing from the combo of organist Jack McDuff, which also includes guitar from a young Melvin Sparks! The sound here is definitely in keeping with the "blues" in the title – but McDuff's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lizz Wright —
Grace ... CD Concord, 2017. New Copy ...
Lizz Wright teams up with producer Joe Henry on a tribute to the grace of the American south – on a record that may well be her strongest to date! The set's got a warm core that really suits Wright's vocals – and the strength of her presentation here is so rich, she hardly needs any ... (Neo Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
Very unusual work from Polish jazz singer Marianna Wroblewska – who works here in two nicely different modes! Marianna sings in English throughout – and side one mostly has her working through American standards, but which come across in a very unusual way, given her accent – ... read moreCD
Emily Yancy —
Yancy ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
A great set from a cool, classy jazz singer who should have had much more success – at least given the strength of this rare album from the 60s! Emily Yancy works in a mixture of uptown poise and downtown swing – stepping out front of arrangements by Don Sebesky, who's very much up for ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
A hell of a singer, working here with some wonderful grooves from Timo Lassy – an artist we've really loved for his own jazzy projects in the past! Joyce Elaine Yuille has this style that's very classic, and very groovy – jazz-based, with a nice rasp in her voice that really brings out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Harry Nilsson may be best-remembered for a hit that he sang penned by Fred Neill – but the man himself was a hell of a songwriter in the 60s – with an incredible approach to a tune that was unlike any of his contemporaries! Nilsson could be both sweet and nostalgic and slightly wry at ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreCD
A groundbreaking collection – still nothing else like it – of unique pre-doo wop, pre-soul material in a unique space between vocal jazz, jive, and blues! Includes work by Five Jinks, Three Keys, Five Jones Boys, Lewis Bronzeville Five, Four Blackbirds, Five Breezes, Three Peppers, and ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice 50s set that aims to recreate the raw sound of Kansas City in the 30s – right down to a cover image featuring nearly-nude waitresses waiting on tables! Features work by Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends, Jay McShann, Bus Moten, and Walter Brown with Ben Webster. (Jazz, Vocalists)LP, Vinyl record album
The heavier sound of UK girl pop in the 60s – not the sunnier, more string-laden sounds that were crossing the Atlantic at the time – but female singers who gravitated towards a deeper, fuzzier side of the spectrum – and were often years ahead of their time with their approach! ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raw, raunchy sounds – all pulled together from a time before soul and rock even existed! Most of the work here is from the classic catalog of King Records – a killer imprint in the postwar R&B market, and a company who wasn't afraid to do what it took to make a knockout record! In ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
The sexy sound of Soho at the start of the 60s – served up here in a host of mostly British singles that have been lost for years! The selection is one of the grooviest in this line of cool compilations from St Etienne – filled with obscure vocal and instrumental tunes that mix ... 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