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Anita O'DayPick Yourself Up With Anita O'Day ... CD
Verve, 1956. Used ... $3.99
Buddy Bregman's doing the arrangements on this one – and he brings a great jazzy flair to the backings, helping Anita O'Day open up in her most dynamic mode! The whole set swings nicely, but without any sort of hoke – and Bregman manages to highlight specific instruments in the arrangements in different ways on each tune – creating a nice sense of variety that really keeps things fresh. Titles are mostly familiar numbers, but the match of Bregman and O'Day is more than enough to make them come alive anew – and tunes include "Man With A Horn", "Let's Begin", "I Never Had A Chance", "Stars Fell On Alabama", "Don't Be That Way", and "I Won't Dance". The CD's been hugely expanded from the original album – to include a total of 21 tracks in all, some with a smaller sextet, including a few previously unissued tracks! Titles include "Rock N Roll Waltz", "We Laughed At Love", "Your Picture's Hanging Crooked On The Wall", "I'm Not Lonely", and "The Getaway & The Chase". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Pick Yourself Up With Anita O'Day (Japanese pressing) ... CD 9.99
 
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Mose AllisonI Don't Worry About A Thing/Moses Alive ... CD
Collectables/Atlantic, 1962/1966. Used ... $8.99
2 Atlantic sessions from Mose – back to back on one CD! I Don't Worry is one of Mose's first albums for Atlantic – a great set of soulful jazz vocals, done in a rootsy style that has some slight New Orleans touches – and a nice sort of beat undercurrent! The sound of the set follows nicely from Mose's earlier work for Prestige and Columbia – with Mose on piano, plus Addison Farmer on bass and Osie Johnson on drums. The set features 10 tracks in all – including "I Don't Worry About A Thing", "It Didn't Turn Out That Way", "Your Mind Is On Vacation", "Stand By", "Meet Me At No Special Place" and "The Song Is Ended". As you'd guess by the title, Mose Alive is recorded live, with a bit more of a hip flair than some of his earlier work for Prestige and Columbia, but still with those great vocals that went onto influence a generation of beatnik jazz singers. Mose has more than a bit of New Orleans in his tone – but he's also got some northern distance from his material, bringing a nice bit of wit into the recordings. There's a total of 11 tracks including "Parchman Farm", "Smashed", "Seventh Son", "Fool's Paradise", "Baby Please Don't Go", and "The Chaser". CD

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✨✧ Billy GaultWhen Destiny Calls ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1974. Used ... $11.99
Great stuff – and a beautiful album of spiritual jazz recorded by this obscure piano player who worked briefly with Jackie McLean in the seventies. Billy Gault had an amazingly soulful way of putting together his work, but never got bogged down in too much sentiment. There's some beautiful stuff on here, including the awesome "Mode for Trane", and "The Time of this World is at Hand", a great track that features vocals by Joe Lee Wilson (some of his best) and Ellen Deleston. Wilson and Deleston also sing on a few others too – in a moody, soulful and spiritual way that's almost a post-Coltrane take on the sound of Andy & The Bey Sisters. Other titles include "Aisha", "When Destiny Calls", "Portrait Of A Joaner", and "Nothing But A Man". This truly is an incredible record – one of our all time favorites of this generation! (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
Also available When Destiny Calls ... CD 15.99

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Jack SheldonLive At Don Mupo's Gold Nugget ... CD
VSOP, 1965. Used ... $9.99
A very unusual session by Jack Sheldon – but one that also really captures the Sheldon that was well known to the mainstream in the 60s, but hardly ever caught this way on record! Sheldon first came to fame as a straight jazz trumpeter on the LA scene of the mid 50s – but as the 60s wore on, Jack really started grooming himself as an overall entertainer – not just one who played trumpet, but who also sang and did a bit of comedy patter along with the tunes – a great choice, given that Sheldon had a nutty sense of humor that was one of his strongest calling cards in the jazz community. And while Sheldon was a frequent guest on TV shows of the 60s and 70s, where he'd work in this kind of mode, most of his albums never really captured that side of his talents. This excellent live set from 1965 really changes that fact – as it shows Sheldon working in all 3 modes wonderfully. The group is a quintet with Howard Roberts on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Stan Levey on drums – and Jack Marshall joins in on vocals on a few of the more complicated numbers with Jack – doing some great comedy schtick on parodies of "Girl From Ipanema", "What Kind Of Fool Am I", and "Goldfinger". Other tracks include the original vocal tunes "Jack's Blues", "Bodega Bay", and "Wait & See" – plus versions of "She's A Woman", "You Fascinate Me So", and "Steeplechase". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Stanley Cowell with Karen FrancisMandara Blossoms ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An unusual 90s session from Stanley Cowell – but a great one too! The record features the talents of vocalist Karen Francis on most numbers – one of the first times we remember Stanley working with a singer, in a set of tunes that includes vocal readings of some great compositions from the Cowell songbook! Francis' tone is somewhat brighter than you might expect – spiritual at points, straighter at others – and the rest of the group features Bill Pierce on tenor, Jeff Halsey on bass, and Ralph Peterson on drums. Includes a wonderful reading of "Equipoise", plus "Daydream", "I Think It's Time To Say Goodbye Again", "This Life", "Mandara Blossoms", "Winter Reflections", and "Rivers Of Our Fathers". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD

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✨✧ Shirley HornLazy Afternoon ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 a whole new level of emotion and feeling out of them! Titles include "Lazy Afternoon", "Gentle Rain", "New York's My Home", and "Why Did I Choose You". CD
 
 
 



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