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Jazzmeia HornSocial Call ... CD
Prestige, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
The album's titled after a famous song by Betty Carter, and the sound of the set might well match her legacy too – as Jazzmeia Horn is clearly a singer we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Horn's got an incredible range – the first female jazz singer we've heard in years to really open up in the instrument-inspired style of the famous vocalists of years back – but she's also an artist who's not just copping old school jazz modes, as the presentation and choice of material is very strongly her own, and really blows us away! For everyone who's dug the music of top-shelf jazz singers like Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, and Dee Dee Bridgewater – Jazzmeia Horn may well be the next step forward. Players on the album include Victor Gould on piano, Ben Williams on bass, and Jerome Jennings on drums – and the set also features contributions from Josh Evans on trumpet, Frank Lacy on trombone, and Stacy Dillard on tenor. Titles include "Tight", "Up Above My Head", "Social Call", "People Make The World Go Round", "The Peacocks", "I Remember You", and "Afro Blue/Eye See You/Wade In The Water". CD

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✨✧ Mark MurphyHip Parade/Playing The Field ... CD
Capitol/DRG, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real turning point in the career of singer Mark Murphy – 2 great sessions for Capitol from 1960, both with creative arrangements from Bill Holman, and a sound that opens up strongly from Murphy's Decca years! In a way, the records are the first time that Murphy really got to do what he wanted to on record – and working with Holman, he really opens up in the inventive, expressive modes that would mark the Murphy sound of later years – a style that was light years ahead of other male singers in jazz! Some tracks have small combo backings, others have big band, and a few feature support from a larger chorus – but throughout the entire set it's clear that Mark's not just a run of the mill pop singer on Capitol, and can sing here with a level of jazz that few others on the label ever matched! Material is from a range of different modes, but even when the choice of tune seems slightly hokey, Murphy's got a way of turning it into something new and hip. CD features all the tracks from both albums – 24 titles in all that include "Firefly", "Lonesome Town", "Venus", "Send For Me", "Witchcraft", "Catch A Falling Star", "As Long As I Live", "Heart & Soul", "Playing The Field", "Swinging On A Star", "Put The Blame On Mame", and "My Gal's Come Back". CD
(Note: CD oddly has the tracks reversed – so that Playing The Field titles are listed as being from Hip Parade, and vice versa – but the whole thing's still musically great! Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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