Ella Fitzgerald, recorded in a nice lean setting – with mostly just the piano of Oscar Peterson to back her up, plus a bit of extra bass from Ray Brown on a few of the album's tracks! We love Fitzgerald in this mode – which is quite a change from some of her more familiar 70s work, and ... read moreCD
Very groovy work from the Four King Cousins – a sweet quartet of lovely voices peeled off of the larger King Family ensemble, singing here in a spare and syncopated groove with lots of late 60s Capitol touches! Maestro Lex De Azevedo produced, arranged, and conducted – and the album's ... read moreCD
Giacomo Gates affectionately and effectively steers the work of the toughest and most sharply unique songwriters of our time and into straight-forward jazz vocal territory – and it's works really well! The backing is done by a stripped down combo who lay down guitar, bass, drums and piano ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever by the consummate jazz hipster – Babs Gonzales! Babs was part singer, part poet, and part philosophy – working in a jive-heavy style that was filled with inside jokes on the New York jazz scene of the postwar years – and peopled with odd characters ... read moreCD
Babs Gonzales —
Voila ... CD Fresh Sound (Spain), 1958. Used ...
Ooh pop. . .Voila! Babs scats and sings his way through a set bouncing bop numbers laying down his own cool vocalese and just plain grooving through a set of half originals and a couple of nice standards too. With Babs on the mic you know the vibe is tight and right – or loose and juiced ... read moreCD
A very cool quintet of Korean lovelies from the 70s – five gals who could sing sweetly when they wanted, but also hit some funkier sounds on their instruments as well! The Happy Dolls follow strongly in the tradition of earlier Army base acts from the postwar Korean scene – but they've ... read moreCD
A beautiful album of dark-hued vocals – sung by Johnny Hartman with a quality that's as smokey as the image of him with a cigarette on the cover! The album set a whole new standard for male vocal jazz in the 60s – and is a distillation and refinement of earlier ideas in music by Billy ... read moreCD
A rare set from vocalist Jane Harvey – a singer who managed to cut a handful of wonderful sides over the course of a few decades – none of them hits, but all of them great! This mid 60s session was cut in England with some mature backings from Ray Ellis – arrangements that are ... read moreCD
Very cool readings of tunes penned by Steven Sondheim – a set that takes the compositions way past their Broadway roots! Jane Harvey does a great job of handling the songs with a jazz-based intimacy – working with spare instrumentation that includes piano and keyboards from Mike Renzi, ... read moreCD
Jane Harvey's a singer who didn't record much in the late 50s (according to the notes, she spent most of her time playing house with Bob Thiele!) – but she's a hell of a great singer, and one we wish had issued more sessions like this! She's got a voice trained in the big bands, one with ... read moreCD
A smoker of a set from Nicole Henry – and a great new setting for the vocalist, too! Nicole's always been one hell of a soulful jazz singer – and this time around, she shows that even more strongly by working in a mode that's rich in sounds from 70s soul music – not just the mix ... read moreCD
Nicole Henry's a hell of a great singer – a vocalist with talents equally well-tuned to jazz and soul styles, both of which are balanced nicely in this set! The album's got a hip small combo sort of feel – mostly piano trio instrumentation, with a bit of guitar or keyboards at times ... read moreCD
Magos Herrera & Javier Limon —
Dawn ... CD Okeh, 2014. Used ...
Vocalist Al Hibbler gets some of the coolest backings of his career – some great arrangements from the young Gerald Wilson, who makes the music swing in ways that Al never got back in the 50s! The tune's got a sharp, soulful sparkle that really comes from Wilson's great charts – ... read moreCD
Japanese singer Mieko Hirota works here with a great American group – Richard Davis on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, Stanley Cowell on piano and Fender Rhodes, and Joe Farrell on tenor and soprano sax – all players who hit this warm, laidback vibe to match Hirota's approach to vocals! ... read moreCD
Classic Billie Holiday for Verve – sad, blue-tinged, and recorded with great small combo backing – in a mode that really updates the sound of her initial recordings while still keeping the best elements intact! Players include Oscar Peterson, Alvin Stoller, Barney Kessell, and Ray ... read moreCD
Nice album recorded during a time when Shirley Horn's talents were lesser-known to the world than in her current revival. The set's got Shirley playing piano and singing in a very sweet trio with Buster Williams and Billy Hart. The material's mostly standards, but as usual, Shirley manages to get ... read moreCD
Shirley Horn caught right at the height of her great revival years in the 90s – a time when she was arguably even more expressive and deeply soulful than before! Like most of Horn's best recordings of the time, this live date features a trio – with Shirley herself on piano, Charles ... read moreCD
An excellent 2-fer of lost jazz albums on the legendary Perception label. The Dizzy Gillespie album is one of his good funky LPs, with lots of tight grooves, and good tenor by James Moody. Where Are You Going is a beautiful lost album by Shirley Horn, and unlike anything else she's ever done. ... read moreCD
Lena Horne —
Soul ... CD EMI/United Artists, 1966. Used ...
Groovy Lena Horne from the 60s – an album that's a heck of a lot hipper and more swinging than most of her sets from a decade before! That unmistakable Horne style of singing is still very much in place here – but the backings are often tightly punctuated, with a gently soulful groove ... read moreCD
Hudson Riv (Johansson, Carl & Williamson) —
Hudson Riv ... CD Grob (Germany), 2003. Used ...
Sven Ake Johansson, Rudiger Carl & Joe Williamson. CD
We love Jackie & Roy! This hip swinging husband/wife team are one of the high spots in the history of jazz vocals, and until now, most of their ABC recordings from the 50's have been damn hard to find. Now, this cool 16 track set brings together some of their best moments on ABC. The tracks ... read moreCD
One of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a relaxed, open-ended approach to jazz vocals that already carries all the hallmarks of the Jackie & Roy style – wordless scatting on some tunes, playful lyrical ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
Etta Jones is definitely nice and warm here – working with some great backings from Oliver Nelson, who mixes in a bit of strings with the usual jazzy punch he was delivering at the time! Jones' vocals are at the height of her early powers here – working with poise, class, and a heck of ... read moreCD
One of the hippest 70s albums you could hope to find by Sheila Jordan – originally recorded for the East West label in Japan,! The set features Sheila singing with a small group that includes Norman Marnell on tenor, Alan Pasqua on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums ... read moreCD
Dreamy late night vocals from Kitty Kallen – singing here in a style that's much more sophisticated than her pop country stuff (like "My Coloring Book"), with arrangements by Jack Pleis that are in a very sweet and lonely mood. The tracks are a strange mix, but Kitty's lonesome ... read moreCD
A great set from Japanese vocalist Kimiko Kasai – recorded live with spare backing by the Cedar Walton trio, in a mode that's quite different than her better-known 70s electric set with Herbie Hancock! If anything, Kimiko's sound here is more dynamic than the Herbie session – as the ... read moreCD
A great setting for Stacey Kent – one of the most lovely vocalists to emerge in recent years – heard here in a live performance that's almost got more charm than her previous studio albums for Blue Note! The space is large, but the group is nice and small – an intimate lineup ... read moreCD
A very laidback little album from Teddi King – a set that mostly features Teddi singing with only piano accompaniment from Dave McKenna, and which also features a few solo tracks by Dave as well! Teddi's voice has changed a bit since the 50s – but in a good way, with a bit more human ... read moreCD
Sparkling work from singer Irene Kral – and possibly the best album she ever cut! The backings here are by the Herb Pomeroy group – a slightly modern ensemble that still knows how to swing with a good dose of Boston soul – and the overall feel of the album's a lot more forceful ... read moreCD
Gentle Rain, and a very gentle sound from Irene Kral – a wonderfully intimate album that has the vocalist working with only the piano of Alan Broadbent for accompaniment! Kral's always a pretty expressive singer, but she sounds especially so here – really getting a lot of space to ... read moreCD
Incredible early work from vocalist Karin Krog – a mid 60s session, but one that already shows that she was thinking farther than most other singers of the time! The timings on the tunes are quite unusual – a bit like those used by Sheila Jordan in the 60s, but often even more ... read moreCD
Magnificent work from European jazz vocalist Karin Krog – a landmark album that shows why she sings like no other singer! On this 1974 session, Karin moves far beyond the standard jazz of her roots – into territory that's spacey, cosmic, and filled with the best influences bubbling ... read moreCD
The icy voice of Norwegian singer Karin Krog is a perfect match for Dexter's deep soulful saxophone, and the two of them perform wonderfully together in this rare set of tracks recorded in 1970 with Kenny Drew on piano and Niel Henning Orsted-Peterson on bass. Krog has always been tremendously ... read moreCD
A really powerful collaboration between vocalist Karin Krog and reedman John Surman – partners for years, both musical and personal – and a team we can always count on for continually amazing sounds! The record shares some of the atmospherics of earlier Krog/Surman collaborations, but ... read moreCD
Karin Krog & Morten Gunnar Larsen —
In A Rag Bag ... CD Meantime (Norway), 2012. New Copy ...
Karin Krog really lives up to the title here – working with pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen in a set of tracks that hearken back to the earliest days of jazz – and which definitely open up some ring new territory for the singer! Krog's a vocalist that we've come to associate with some of ... read moreCD
Karin Krog with John Surman —
Freestyle ... CD Odin (Norway), 1986. New Copy ...
Vocals, reeds, and some compelling percussion and electronics too – all served up by the groundbreaking team of Karin Krog and John Surman! Both artists alone are well-known for their creative power – Krog for vocal jazz material that has really pushed the boundaries, and Surman for a ... read moreCD