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✨✧ Chris ConnorPortrait Of Chris ... CD
Atlantic/Collectors Choice, 1960. Used ... $8.99
A very moody album from Chris Connor – one that features arrangements by Ronnie Ball and Jimmy Jones, on a somber set of songs that makes the album one of Chris' darkest for Atlantic! Most of the tunes are in small group settings – a bit tightly arranged, but in a good way that gives the record a kind of June Christy sort of sound – never to overdone on the vocal tip, with a sense of restraint that only further creates tensions in the tunes! There's a level of sophistication here that's way different than the somewhat cheesy image on the cover – and titles include "Where Flamingos Fly", "Alone Together", "I'm Glad There Is You", "If I Should Lose You", "Here's That Rainy Day", and "Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Blossom DearieMay I Come In? ... CD
Capitol, 1964. Used ... $5.99
A great album from Blossom Dearie – done with a soaring jazzy groove that makes it one of her best! Blossom's working here with Capitol arranger Jack Marshall – and he gives the album a much more upfront approach than some of Blossom's sparer sides for Verve – a groove, a bounce, and a sweeping sort of sound that works wonderfully with Dearie's sweetly-crafted vocals. We love the sound a lot, and wonder why Blossom hardly ever recorded in this mode again – save, perhaps, for her excellent British sides from the end of the 60s. The album includes a wonderful vocal version of Henry Mancini's "Charade", plus other great cuts that include "Love Is A Necessary Evil", "I Wish You Love", "In Love Again", "Quiet Nights", and "May I Come In". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available May I Come In ... LP 4.99

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Four FreshmenFour Freshmen & Five Trombones (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1955. Used ... $9.99
A masterpiece – and possibly the greatest record ever by the Four Freshmen! The album is arranged by Kentonite Pete Rugolo, who gives it a very dark feel – similar to his amazing work on June Christy's Something Cool album (which is a perfect complement to this one) – and he's selected a core group of west coast jazzers to back the Freshmen up, including Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, Frank Rosolino, and Claude Williamson. Don't worry about the "trombone" part, because the horns are used to provide dark deep washes of emotion to the songs – with the boys' vocals way out over the top, in mindblowing harmonies that could also exist perfectly without any backing. Titles include "Speak Low", "Love Is Just Around The Corner", "I Remember You", "Love", and "Guilty". CD
(Out of print.)

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Peggy LeeBlues Cross Country (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1961. Used ... $9.99
One of Peggy Lee's jazziest albums, thanks to some pretty darn smart arrangements by a young Quincy Jones! Quincy takes Peggy's great vocal style and gives it a nice extra umph, in the way that he did on similar vocal sessions from the same time (like Sinatra's famous "Fly Me to the Moon"). And despite the fact that the set also tries to include too many songs with the word "blues" in the title, the whole thing swings nicely, and it does include a lot of lesser-known tracks like "Boston Beans", " The Train Blues", "Los Angeles Blues", and "The Grain Belt Blues". Also includes 2 non-LP bonus cuts – "The Shining Sea" and "Hey! Look Me Over". CD
(Out of print.)

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Nancy Wilson & George ShearingSwingin's Mutual (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, Early 60s. Used ... $3.99
An album of mixed vocal and instrumental cuts, some with Nancy in the lead, backed by Shearing's combo, others with Shearing's group alone. The vocal tracks are quite nice jazz ones – and include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Born To Be Blue", "All Night Long", and "Let's Live Again". Shearing's backing is pretty nice, and gives Nancy's style a really moody feel that's different than her pop work! The CD contains 5 previously unreleased bonus tracks, including "Evansville", "My Gentleman Friend", and "Whisper Not". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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