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AkikoHit Parade – A Tribute To London Nite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2009. New Copy ... $16.99
Man, Akiko always knows how to keep things interesting – always moving between different genres and styles, to serve up a fresh new groove with each release! This set's got the singer hitting a host of British rock tunes, mostly from the 80s – doing them with a harder edge than you might expect from her other albums – some of the heavier modes picked up on her R&B tribute, but a lot sharper overall! There's less jazz in the mix than before, replaced by guitars that fit these tunes well – and there's almost a new wave feel to the record at points. Titles include versions of "Breakaway", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", "Sugar Baby Love", "Video Killed The Radio Star", "99 Red Balloons", "Wake Up Boo", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", and "Goody Two Shoes". (Neo Soul, Vocalists) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Les Double SixLes Double Six (Les Double Six/Meet Quincy Jones) (with bonus track) ... CD
RCA (UK), 1960/1962. New Copy ... $8.99
Great early work by this swingin' French vocal group! These guys swung as hard as American jazz vocal groups, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross or The Hi Los – but they stuck to hipper, jazzier material, and had a driving sound that never let up! The group is led by singer Mimi Perrin, who also handed the arrangements – and it also features work by Eddy Louiss, Christiane Legrand, and vocalist Ward Swingle, in the years before he took off to form the Swingle Singers! This wonderfully remastered CD package features 19 tracks from their first two albums, plus one rare additional cut – titles include "Walkin", "Rat Race", "Meet Benny Bailey", "Fascination", "Boo's Blues", "Naima", "Boplicity", "Westwood Walk", and "Early Autumn". CD

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✨✧ Robert MitchumCalypso Is Like So ... CD
Capitol/Scamp, 1958. Used ... $6.99
Robert Mitchum singing calypso? Stranger things have happened, sure – and it's not so surprising when you read that Mitchum was actually a huge devotee of the music, and took his work in the genre very seriously. This great set was first issued by Capitol in the late 50s – and it's got Bob singing over some 50s calypso tunes that recall Harry Belafonte's work for RCA, made all the stranger by Mitchum's deep raspy vocals. Titles include "What Is This Generation Coming To", "From A Logical Point Of View", "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep", "Mama Looka Boo Boo", "They Dance All Night", and "Coconut Water". CD also includes 2 bonus cuts – "Ballad Of Thunder Road", lifted from the great film of the same name, and "My Honey's Lovin Arms". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Samm BennettBig Off ... CD
Factory Outlet, 1993. Used ... $4.99
(Rock, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & booklet.)

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Pat BooneAnd A Very Merry Christmas (7 inch EP) ... 7-inch
Dot, 1960s. Very Good (pic cover)... $1.99
(Holiday Music, Vocalists) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Dee Dee BridgewaterDee Dee Bridgewater In Montreux ... CD
Verve, 1990. Used ... $6.99
A great follow-up to Dee Dee Bridgewater's classic Live In Paris set – and like that one, an incredible session of vocal work that shows that even after many years making soul records, Dee Dee could still cook with an incredible sense of jazz! The longish tracks feature plenty of playful vocal moments – and often have Dee Dee Taking off in scat frenzy, and really improvising along with the tunes. Backing is by a piano trio, and titles include "All Of Me", "How Insensitive", "Strange Fruit", "A Child Is Born", "Night In Tunisia", and a great "Horace Silver Medley"! CD
(Out of print, small piece of tape on booklet.)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterEleanora Fagin – To Billie With Love From Dee Dee ... CD
EmArcy, 2010. Used ... $4.99
A tribute to Billie Holiday, but one that's way different than the usual – as you'd probably guess from the image of Dee Dee Bridgewater on the cover! Yes, the tunes are numbers that Billie sang back in the day, and yes, there's a certain Holiday-like tinge in Bridgewater's vocals – but the arrangements are decidedly fresh and modern, handled by Edsel Gomez, who plays piano in the album's small combo with Christian McBride on bass, Lewis Nash on drums, and James Carter on tenor, soprano sax, and bass clarinet. The whole thing's as hip as can be – easily on a par with some of Dee Dee's best records ever – which is great, as she could have easily rested on her laurels doing a more standard copy of Billie Holiday's style. Gomez brings in lots of great rhythms to groove up some of the tunes – and titles include "All Of Me", "Lover Man", "Strange Fruit", "Mother's Son In Law", "Fine & Mellow", "You've Changed", and "Miss Brown To You". CD
(Name in pen on booklet cover.)

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Lincoln BrineyHomeward Bound – The Seasons Of Simon & Garfunkel ... CD
Muzak (Japan), 2016. New Copy ... $24.99
A beautiful, beautiful record from Lincoln Briney – a jazz singer at heart, but one who's also got a hip underground vibe, too – a style that really takes us back to that unique 70s moment of singers like Kenny Rankin or Michael Franks at their early best! Like both of those artists, Briney's not content to keep his vocals focused on conventional material – and here unlocks the best work of the team of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel – wonderful songs from their late 60s years, served up here by Lincoln in a mode that's almost bossa jazz – with light rhythms, warm keyboards, and lots of guitar providing this instrumental glow that really illuminates the tunes in a new way – while Briney sings the lyrics at a level that's completely different too. The choice of songs is wonderful – not just the hits, but some overlooked album gems too – and titles include "Bookends", "So Long Frank Lloyd Wright", "Old Friends", "Song For The Aking", "Punky's Dilemma", and "April Come She Will". CD

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June ChristySomething Cool (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used ... $1.99
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an incredibly icy tone on the record, filled with sorrow, regret, and loneliness – all of which are amplified even more deeply by Pete Rugolo's eerie, off-kilter arrangements. And, on this CD reissue, you'll also hear the pair in a whopping amount of extra material, pulled from singles and albums issued around the same time, for a total of 24 cuts in all. Titles include "Magazines", "Whee Baby", "I'm Thrilled", "Out Of Somewhere", and "The Night We Called It A Day". Fantastic stuff! CD
(Out of print.)

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Georgie FameWhole World's Shaking – Complete Recordings 1963 to 1966 (Rhythm & Blues At/At Last/Sweet Things/Sound Venture/Rarities/bonus) (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (UK), 1960s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $89.99
Four incredible albums from the young Georgie Fame – plus a bonus CD of rare material, bonus tracks on all CDs, and 18 previously unreleased tracks – all in a box set with a 48 page book, 5 postcards, and a poster too! First up is Rhythm & Blues At The Flamingo – blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of a American small organ combo, especially the early 60s variety that often played equal parts soul jazz and R&B! Georgie's on the Hammond, and also sings with a rough-edged style that's plenty soulful, and incredibly appealing – a mode that oozes charisma, but never sounds fake or forced. Titles include "Do The Dog", "Eso Beso", "Work Song", "Baby Please Don't Go", "Shop Around", "Humpty Dumpty", and "You Can't Sit Down". Fame At Last is a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". Sweet Things is a definite sweet thing from Georgie Fame – a record that has him filling in his sound even more than before, with tremendously soulful results! The backings here are bigger than before – a bit tooled in an American soul mode, but still with that beautifully raspy Georgie Fame touch – lots of jazzy inflections on the vocals, and a way of handling a tune, even a familiar one, and really working it on his own level. Hammond still fills in most of the tunes, but other instrumentation includes some nice African percussion from Speedy Acquaye, saxes from Pete Coe, and some nice bold drums from John Mitchell. These come out to the forefront on the classic funky tune "Music Talk" – and still sound great on other numbers that include "The World Is Round", "Last Night", "Dr Kitch", "My Girl", "Ride Your Pony", and "Sweet Thing". Sound Venture is one of the jazziest early albums from Georgie Fame – a set that has him singing with the big band of Harry South, at a level that's a lot more complicated than some of his other work with The Blue Flames! The style here still has that mod 60s London feel, but it also has some deeper inflections as well – modes borrowed a bit from Jon Hendricks or Mose Allison, yet served up with even greater complexity – at a level that really points towards the tremendous growth Fame would unleash over the next few years. Members of the group include Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, Dick Morrisey, Kenny Wheeler, and many other key Brit jazz figures of the time – and titles include "Three Blind Mice", "Dawn Yawn", "Feed Me", "Lovey Dovey", "Lil Darlin", "Lil Pony", "I Am Missing You", and "Many Happy Returns". CD5 is Bend A Little – a package with 20 unusual titles – demos, rare tracks, and outtakes – including unreleased tracks, IBC recordings, and even two German tracks too! Plus, each individual CD comes with bonus tracks – 40 bonus tracks, in addition to the 20 more titles on the Bend A Little set – a huge amount of material! CD
(Includes a hardcover book, 5 postcards & a poster.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Song Book (4CD set) ... CD
Verve, 1959. Used 4CD ... $24.99
Arrangements by Nelson Riddle. 53 tracks on 4CDs! CD
(Includes original slipcase and book.)

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldGeorge & Ira Gershwin Songbook ... LP
Verve, 1958/1959. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
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(70s pressing.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Duke EllingtonElla Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook (3 CD set) ... CD
Verve, 1956/1957. Used 3 CDs ... $22.99
Ella's performing songs written by or associated with Duke–what could be better? Titles include "Rockin' In Rhythm", "Caravan", "Take The A Train", "Clementine", and "Perdido", all performed with the with the big band. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of ParisDizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of Paris ... CD
Philips, 1963. Used ... $8.99
A rare 60s meeting of groovy talents from both sides of the Atlantic – and a record that matches the trumpet of Dizzy Gillespie with the hiply swinging vocals of The Double Six Of Paris! The group were a wonderfully groovy precursor to the Swingle Singers – and sung in a scatting approach to jazz vocals that was very much in the tradition of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – but also drew inspiration from the earlier work of Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and others. Their sound is great – much more 60s groovy than some other vocal groups – and pairing them with Dizzy gives this record an added punch that some of their other sessions are missing! Backing is small combo throughout – with either Bud Powell or Kenny Barron on piano, Kenny Clarke on drums, and James Moody on tenor – and with the presence of Diz, most of the material here is of bop orientation – taken at a fast and lively clip! Lalo Schifrin arranged the whole session too – and titles include "One Bass Hit", "Blue N Boogie", "Emanon", "Groovin High", "Ow", "The Champ", "Tin Tin Deo", "Hot House", and "Con Alma". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print pressing with a slightly different cover.)

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AkikoCollage ... CD
Verve (Japan), Early 2000s. New Copy ... $16.99
A great little collection of work from Japanese jazz singer Akiko – pulled from her first few Verve albums, and packaged into one really beautiful set! Unlike other contemporaries on the Japanese scene, who tend to be a bit more soul-based, Akiko goes for a style that's often more classically jazz-based – a mode the echoes back to sounds of the 50s and 60s, yet which is also served up with hipper production and instrumental touches from younger collaborators – especially Sunaga T, who had a hand in some of the best numbers here! The package is almost as beautiful as the music – done in an old Limelight Records style with a booklet in the middle that includes photos of all the album covers. Titles include "Funky Monkey Boy (English version)", "Good Morning Heartache", "Skindo Le Le", "You've Changed (funk version)", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Do You Know", "Far Beyond", "So Tired", and a few cool interludes and intros! (Neo Soul, Vocalists) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AkikoLittle Miss Jazz & Jive Goes Around The World! ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2005. New Copy ... $16.99
A real change for Akiko – a record that drops some of the more modern-styled sounds of recent sets, and goes for a more swing-based style that's pretty darn nice throughout! The groove here is keenly inspired by jazz and R&B of the late 40s and early 50s – and is presented in a lively jumping jive sort of way that comes as a real surprise to our ears! A few of the tunes have some nice modern touches on rhythms, and even though the overall presentation is swing-based, there's some playful instrumental differences that freshen up the older songs. Titles include "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "Mr Sandman", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "The Music Goes Round & Round", "Around The World", "I Want You To Be My Baby", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". Great package too – gatefold, with a cut-out booklet that's kind of a reproduction of some of the grooviest Limelight jazz covers of the 60s! (Neo Soul, Vocalists) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Ray CharlesModern Sounds In Country & Western Music Vol 2 ... LP
ABC, 1962. Very Good+ ... $8.99
The second installment of one of Ray's greatest albums – and a landmark in the genre of country soul! As the title implies, Ray's singing a host of tunes best known from the country side of the spectrum – but he's working here with arrangements by LA jazzers Marty Paich and Gerald Wilson, to completely re-cast the tunes into the "modern sounds" mode promised in the title. The result is wonderful – a style that gave Ray's career a whole new boost, and a genre that was a perfect foil for his rich bluesy mode of singing. Titles include "No Letter Today", "Take These Chains From My Heart", "Teardrops In My Heart", "Making Believe", and "Hang Your Head In Shame". (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Chris ConnorChris Connor At The Village Gate ... CD
FM/Roulette, 1963. Used ... $3.99
One of Chris Connor's most obscure albums from the 60s – and one of her nicest too! The record's got a less polished feel than some of Connor's work for Atlantic or ABC – recorded live at the Village Gate, and divided up into "late" and "early" shows that both have a slightly different spirit. Backing is by a small group that includes Mundell Lowe on guitar, Ronnie Ball on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Ed Shaunessy on drums – and the liveness of the recording really comes through, in a way that gets more at the boozy Chris of late nite clubs than you'd hear on most of her studio albums. Titles include "All Or Nothing At All", "Old Devil Moon", "Goodbye", "Only The Lonely", "Black Coffee", "Ten Cents A Dance", and "Only The Lonely". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chris ConnorChris Connor At The Village Gate ... CD
FM/Roulette (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $14.99
One of Chris Connor's most obscure albums from the 60s – and one of her nicest too! The record's got a less polished feel than some of Connor's work for Atlantic or ABC – recorded live at the Village Gate, and divided up into "late" and "early" shows that both have a slightly different spirit. Backing is by a small group that includes Mundell Lowe on guitar, Ronnie Ball on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Ed Shaunessy on drums – and the liveness of the recording really comes through, in a way that gets more at the boozy Chris of late nite clubs than you'd hear on most of her studio albums. Titles include "All Or Nothing At All", "Old Devil Moon", "Goodbye", "Only The Lonely", "Black Coffee", "Ten Cents A Dance", and "Only The Lonely". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Frances FayeFrances Faye Sings & Russell Garcia Conducts (Sings Folk Songs/I'm Wild Again) ... CD
Bethlehem/Lonehill (Spain), 1955/1957. Used ... $14.99
The complete Bethlehem recordings of Francis Faye – a dusky-voiced 50s singer with a style that was a bit different than others of her generation, and had a boozier quality that was more in keeping with vocalists of the 60s and 70s! The first half of the set features Faye singing jazz renditions of older folk songs – one of the first such sessions of its type (the genre would become more popular a few years later), and done with an approach that has the songs all re-tuned for a 50s modern ear by Russ Garcia, who handled arrangements for the set. Howard Roberts plays a nicely raspy guitar at the bottom of some of the backings, giving them a slightly folksy flourish, but Garcia's mostly using a four-trombone frontline to push the jazz component of the tunes. Includes versions of "Frankie & Johnny", "Clementine", "Three Ravens", "Go Way From My Window", "St James Infirmary", "John Henry", and "Greensleeves". The remaining 12 tracks on the CD are from the album I'm Wild Again – another Garcia-led session with some extremly fluid work from a four trombone section that features Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, Herbie Harper, and Pullman Pederson – all gliding nicely alongside the deeper range of Frances' vocals. Other players include Gerald Wiggins, Red Mitchell, and Chico Hamilton – and titles include "Toreador", "Love For Sale", "Embraceable You", "Clear Out Of This World", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and "He's Funny That Way". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldElla In Hollywood ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good ... $2.99
A nice little Verve session that breaks from the usual format – especially the "Songbooks" one – and features Ella in LA with small group backing by Jim Hall, Lou Levy, Wilfred Middlebrooks, and Gus Johnson. The set was recorded live at the Crescendo – in a jazzily swinging mode that's a bit looser than some of Ella's other Verve sessions, but which still demonstrates some nice control on the vocals. Titles include "Mr Paganini", "Stairway To The Stars", "Air Mail Special", "Blue Moon", "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big", and "Just In Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ella FitzgeraldTwelve Nights In Hollywood (4CD set) ... CD
Verve/Hip-O Select, 1961/1962. Used 4 CDs ... $49.99
Massive music from Ella Fitzgerald – 4CDs worth of sublime small group recordings – all of them live, and all of them previously unissued! The set follows the same format of the Verve Ella In Hollywood album – recorded in a small club setting, with combo backing that really lets Fitzgerald open up and swing – inflecting the tunes with the kind of warmth and spontaneity that she brought to her famous live performances of the time – which were almost always more compelling than her studio sides, no matter how great those were too! The first 3CDs feature material from two weeks' worth of recording in May of 1961 – with backing from Jim Hall on guitar, Lou Levy on piano, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums – and CD four features Ella returning to Hollywood for two more nights in 1962, with trio backing from Paul Smith on piano, Middlebrooks on bass, and Stan Levey on drums. There's a massive 77 tracks in all – handsomely package in a hardcover 7" square book – which also features beautiful color pages inside, lots of notes on the music, and design that's every bit as groovy as the old albums on Verve. Titles include "Joe Williams' Blues", "It's De-Lovely", "Lorelei", "I Can't Get Started", "Round Midnight", "Perdido", "Little White Lies", "Lover Come Back To Me", "Across The Alley From The Alamo", "Love For Sale", "Exactly Like You", "Mack The Knife", "Teach Me Tonight", "My Kind Of Boy", "It Had To Be You", "Hard Hearted Hannah", "All Of Me", and "Too Darn Hot/Ella's Twist". And, in case you're wondering, there's almost no repetition in the set at all – all discreet, unique tunes – not just the sort of rehash you might get in other concert box sets of this nature! CD
(Out of print.)

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Slim GaillardSearching For You – The Lost Singles Of McVouty 1958 to 1974 ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Totally great work from the legendary Slim Gaillard – a host of rare singles from a time when the jazz vocal genius wasn't very strongly represented on record! Slim first rose to fame on the LA scene of the 40s – where his hip-talking, jive-scatting approach to music was a key precursor to the world of R&B – a way of mixing deeper roots, jazz-based class, and a strong sense of humor – to create a new sound that few folks could touch, and countless more would copy over the years! Yet after some 50s albums on Verve and Dot, Slim really dropped out of sight – but was still recording very groovy material for a variety of small labels – tracks that are all featured here, for the first time on CD since their original 45s. The set's great – very strong sounds that really continue Slim's great legacy, and also move him into a bit of a 60s soul vibe too. The large book features notes on the tracks, and label scans for every single – and even though we've been lifetime fans of Slim, most of this material was new for us. Titles include "Dr Free", "I Love You", "Frank Rhoads Round", "Baked Beans & A Bottle Of Beer", "Many Things", "Linda Cara", "Searching For You", "Cha Cha Enchilada", "I Don't Know Why", and "Kahlua". CD
 
 
 



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