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Tom LellisSouthern Exposure ... CD
Adventure Music, 2003. Used ... $3.99
A lovely little vocal set from Tom Lellis – a singer that we only know from his 70s record on Inner City – and who sounds even better on this album! Lellis works in a style that's very much in the manner of Mark Murphy – jazz-based, but in a warm and breezy mode that borrows heavily from Brazilian jazz – and which has the singer really opening up alongside the instrumentation, not just sitting back with a simple delivery of lyrics. Lellis plays a bit of keyboards on the set as well – and he's working in a small group setting with help from some great talents that include Toninho Horta, Jeremy Steig, Kenny Werner, Romero Lumbambo, and Dave Kikoski. The whole set's got a wonderful feel – like some of our favorite indie vocal albums from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and the track list is an imaginative batch of tunes with a strong Brazilian influence, titles that include "Beyond The Sea", "Being Cool", "From Tom To Tom", "Luisa", "Be My Love", "Bridges", "Free Bossa", and "Falando De Amor". CD
 
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✨✧ EnjiMongolian Song ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful vocal jazz project – and one with a sound that's even more compelling than its source – which is saying a lot, given the unique nature of the music! The songs here are all from Mongolian roots, but turned into these soulful jazz numbers by the vocals of Enkhjargal Erkhembayar – who almost does the same thing to her own culture's music as some of the hip European singers of the 60s did when mixing together jazz and folk roots! Yet the approach is a bit different, too – and very fresh – partly because the songs and language are so unfamiliar, but also partly because there's a completely un-selfconscious approach to the whole thing – a swing and warmth that would us make us like the record, even if we didn't know what it was about. Backing is by a small combo that features Billy Hart on drums, Paul Kirby on piano, Johannes Enders on tenor, and Martin Zenker on bass – on titles that include "Song Of Woods", "To My Mother", "Green Hills", "Blissful Heart", and "Beautiful Wide Land". CD
 
 
 



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