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Esther PhillipsPerformance ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Not a live album – as you might think from the title – but a tight batch of tunes that shows the full funk and soul talents of the legendary Esther Phillips! The album's got a nicely dark undercurrent at times – a sound that's not as smooth as some of Esther's other Kudu albums ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)

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Gregory PorterNat King Cole & Me (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... $21.99 23.98
The great Gregory Porter in a very different setting than usual – working here with larger backings from an entire orchestra, as part of the album's tribute to Nat King Cole during his glory days at Capitol Records! The style here isn't the King Cole Trio vibe of the mid 40s, but instead ... read more CD
Also available Nat King Cole & Me ... LP 31.99

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✨✧ Positive ForcePositive Force With Denise Vallin (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Liston/P-Vine (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great set of mellow soul from the start of the 80s – not the Positive Force of "We Got The Funk" fame, but a different groove that has a nicely smooth groove! The style here is halfway between soul and AOR, but handled with an indie charm that really keeps things compelling ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD
(Part of The excellent Groove Diggers series!)

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Chico RandallRelax'n With Chico Randall ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99
Chico's our kinda singer – a small combo jazz pianist who also vocalizes while playing – in a style that reminds us a bit of Matt Dennis at the time! Chico's got a warm, honest voice – no Sinatra on the pipes, but an easygoing style that we really love – especially as it ... read more CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Lou RawlsSoulin' ... CD
Capitol/Elemental (France), 1966. New Copy Gatefold ... $13.99
One of the best albums that Lou Rawls cut with the team of HB Barnum and David Axelrod – that incredible duo who made some of his 60s Capitol albums so great! The style here is wonderful – upbeat grooves from Barnum – who brings more soul into Lou's music than before – ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD
(Limited edition!)

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Della ReeseAnd That Reminds Me ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
An album of sophisticated ballads from the young Della Reese – of the sort that show why the singer was such a standout right from the start! Della's got phrasing here that's sophisticated, but never in a way that trips up the sense of feeling she brings to the tunes – and, without the ... read more CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Jimmy RicksVibrations ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
A fantastic solo showcase for the voice of Jimmy Ricks – a singer who's perhaps known best for the deep tones he brought to The Ravens vocal group – but who sounds pretty great here on his own! The album's more jazz than soul – with Don Sebesky conducting, and using some nice ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)

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Jamison RossAll For One ... CD
Concord, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Jamison Ross is a drummer at heart, but he's also turning into a hell of a singer who seems ready to help the music of New Orleans find a great new space of its own – as he works here in a sweet small combo set that mixes his voice with grooves that draw together strong currents of classic ... read more CD

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Jimmy ScottI Go Back Home ... CD
Eden River, 2016. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
The last album ever recorded by the legendary Jimmy Scott – the jazz singer who first recorded in the 50s, then spent decades in obscurity – only to be revived to great fame in the last 20 years of his life! This album's a wonderful tribute to Jimmy – as it features the singer's ... read more CD

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Gil Scott-Heron1980 ... CD
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
A great one from Gil Scott-Heron – and another wonderful collaboration with Brian Jackson – who handled all the arrangements on this set, and gave the record that sweet jazzy sound that makes Gil's work from this time some of his best ever! There's loads of excellent electric piano ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD

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Gil Scott-HeronFrom South Africa To South Carolina ... CD
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
A 70s soul classic – and the closest that Gil Scott-Heron ever came to having a hit! The album's best known for its anthemic classic "Johannesburg" – one of the first popular tunes to really push the cause of a free South Africa – but the whole album's a winner, filled ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD
Also available From South Africa To South Carolina ... LP 14.99

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Gil Scott-HeronPieces Of A Man (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
Our favorite-ever album from Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that we'd easily rank as one of our favorite soul records of the 70s! The mix of modes is mindblowing right from the start – as Gil's poetry comes into play with his growing talents as a singer, and his warm sensibility for jazz ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD

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Gil Scott-HeronReal Eyes ... CD
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
One of Gil Scott-Heron's best albums from later years! The record's got some wonderful mellow cuts – the kind that send chills up our spine, and which remind us of Gil's stripped-down jazzy work on the album Winter In America. And in fact, Gil does an excellent remake of the classic track ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD

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✨✧ Gil Scott-HeronRevolution Will Not Be Televised (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A set that wasn't initially conceived as a full album by Gil Scott-Heron – but one that's come to be an essential part of his catalog, thanks to the always-relevant title theme! The album's actually a classic collection of work from the early years of Gil Scott-Heron at the Flying Dutchman ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD
Also available Revolution Will Not Be Televised ... LP 18.99

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Nina SimoneColpix Singles – Mono ... CD
Colpix/Parlophone, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 24.98
A fantastic collection of early work from the legendary Nina Simone – singles that were originally issued by the Colpix label at the start of the 60s – a company who really let Nina find her own space in music! The sounds here really show the important transition Nina took over her ... read more CD

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Nina SimoneMood Indigo – The Complete Bethlehem Singles ... CD
Bethlehem, Late 50s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
An unusual look at the earliest work of singer Nina Simone – as the set presents all her original Bethlehem Records 45s – all in their rare mono mixes! The tracks here were all issued as singles, but almost all of them came from the sessions for the album Jazz As Played In An Exclusive ... read more CD
Also available Mood Indigo – The Complete Bethlehem Singles (with bonus 7 inch single) ... LP 22.99

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Nina SimoneNina Simone Sings Ellington ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $14.99
Nina sings Ellington – but as always, she makes whatever she sings all her own! The album's a bit straighter than later efforts – with large backings by Stu Phillips that also feature vocals by the Malcolm Dodds Singers – but Nina also conceived the whole thing herself, as an ... read more CD
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Nina SimoneNina Simone With Strings ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $14.99
Only Nina could make us love a "strings" setting so much – moving past the sleepiness that usually graces such vocal albums, and using the backings to give her work an added level of majesty and power that we really really love! The feel is a bit like some of Nina's later Philips ... read more CD
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Nina SimoneVery Rare Evening (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
PM/Shout (Japan), 1969/1979. New Copy ... $22.99
A very rare evening indeed – a sweet little live set recorded by Nina Simone during her soulful height at RCA – but issued years after that time, and only briefly on a small indie label! The setting here is wonderful – a small combo in the background with the great Weldon Irvine ... read more CD

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Ranny SinclairAnother Autumn ... CD
Columbia/Modern Harmonic, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A long-overdue full length album from Ranny Sinclair – a very cool 60s singer who recorded for Columbia Records with a very groovy style – including a few obscure tracks done with piano legend Dave Brubeck! The sound here is beautiful – breathy at times, with some bossa currents ... read more CD
Also available Another Autumn (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99
 
 



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