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Dizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of ParisDizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of Paris ... CD
Philips, 1963. Used ... $5.99
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.)

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Pat LundyOnly Love Spoken Here ... CD
RCA/P&C, 1973. Used ... $4.99
A great little album from Pat Lundy – an enigmatic talent who crops up a number of times over the years – but always on different record labels, and always with a slightly different sound and style! This album's one of Pat's best – and has her working in a sophisticated soul style that's a lot like Marlena Shaw, with but some deep soul undercurrents too – a really great blend that was way ahead of its time when first issued back in 1973 – and a set that's still unlike most other records we can think of! Burt Keyes handles the arrangements, and he gives the whole thing a great sense of class right from the start – but also knows how to hit some funkier moments too, which really let Lundy unlock the bolder side of her vocals. Titles include "Only Love Spoken Here", "What Is Love", "Friend Of Mine", "Love Child", "He's The Father Of My Children", "No More Tears To Cry", and "I've Never Been A Woman Before". (Soul, Vocalists) CD

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Nellie LutcherReal Gone/Our New Nellie ... CD
Capitol/Collectables, Early 50s/Late 50s. Used ... $8.99
A bit jazz, a bit R&B, and swingin all the way through – the great Nellie Lutcher was one of the better singers of her generation, and it's a darn shame that she's not as well remembered as some of her other postwar musical contemporaries. This long-overdue set brings together two different albums of Nellie's – Real Gone, cut for Capitol during the early 50s, and sort of a collection of singles based around her hit "He's A Real Gone Guy"; and Our New Nellie, cut a few years later for Liberty, and which is a more unified album of jazzy material, cut with backings by the great Russ Garcia. Both albums have been out of print for years, and together, they make up a 24-track retrospective of Nellie's career that finally gives her her due. Titles include "Have You Ever Been Lonely", "Hurry On Down", "Come & Get It, Honey", "That's A Plenty", "So Nice To See You", "Do You, Or Don't You Love Me", "Fine Brown Frame", "Rose Colored Glasses", and "You Made Me Love You". CD
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Helen Merrill & Piero UmilianiParole E Musica ... CD
RCA (France), 1961. Used ... $11.99
A strange and obscure session that has the cool jazz vocals of American singer Helen Merrill backed by a small Italian combo led by soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a wonderful mix that really makes the album an unusual one for Helen! The music was originally recorded for a TV program in Italy, and each track is preceded by an Italian voice, reciting Italian versions of the lyrics over spare musical backing – then Merrill's voice comes in with a bigger jazz group, singing each track in English – a very nice level of presentation! And although the whole thing sounds crazy, it actually works well – and gives the album a compelling edge and kind of a sexy late-night quality – with great instrumentation that includes flute from Gino Marinacci and guitar from Enzo Grillini. Tracks include "Solitude", "Everything Happens To Me", "Night & Day", "Why Don't You Do Right", and "Willow Weep For Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lucy Ann PolkLucky Lucy Ann ... CD
Mode/VSOP, 1957. Used ... $8.99
A rare album cut by singer Lucy Ann Polk – a magical Mode session from the label's best year of 1957, featuring backing by a sextet that includes Marty Paich on piano, Bob Hardaway on tenor, and Tony Rizzi on guitar. Paich seems to have done the arrangements for the set, and he gives it an open-ended, relaxed feel that's pretty unusual for the time – really letting Lucy have a lot of space, but still also allowing for some nice instrumental solos as well! Titles include "Memphis In June", "Sitting In The Sun", "When The Sun Comes Out", "I'm Just A Lucky So & So", and "How About You". CD

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Nina SimoneSilk & Soul (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. Used ... $7.99
One of Nina's first for RCA – a mixture of jazz and soul tunes handled with some classy arrangements by Sammy Lowe, most of which feature nice electric bass work at the bottom by Gene Taylor! Taylor's bass gives the tracks a nice "dip" that's not exactly funky, but does provide a strong kick that keeps things moving along nicely – in a way that points towards the direction Nina would take in the 70s, and which makes this album a fair bit hipper than some of her Philips work! Nina's not as over the top as on other records, but still lays it out quite hiply – and tracks include "Consummation", "Go To Hell", "Love O Love", "It Be's That Way Sometime", "Turn Me On", and "Some Say". CD features bonus tracks "Save Me" an d"Why Must Your Love Well Be So Dry". CD

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Sarah VaughanSings The Mancini Songbook ... CD
Mercury/Verve, 1964. Used ... $8.99
Sarah Vaughan and Henry Mancini – a surprising combination, and one that's served up in an equally surprising style! The set was cut at the height of Mancini's 60s popularity, but the overall feel is quite different than his groovy soundtracks – and much more in the mature, boozy style that Vaughan was using at the time. Arrangers are a varied lot – the set includes work by Bob James, Frank Foster, Bill Holman, and Billy Byers – which gives the tunes a nice sense of variety, too – not the usual "in the mode of" record you might get from a set focused on a single composer. There's a few standout groovers – including a great vocal version of "Peter Gunn" – but most things are nice and mellow, and titles include "Dear Heart", "Charade", "Slow Hot Wind", "Mr Lucky", "It Had Better Be Tonight", and "How Soon". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing.)
 
 
 



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