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Beverly KennyBeverly Kenny Sings For Johnny Smith ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1955. Used ... $10.99
Sweet and mellow vocal work from Bev Kenny – a sophisticated jazz singer who only cut a few albums back in the 50s and 60s! The set's a strong one – and has Bev singing easily with the Johnny Smith group – nothing fancy, but quite nice, and with a warm and intimate feel that has made the set a favorite of jazz vocal collectors for years – thanks especially to Johnny Smith's great guitar work too! Titles include "Looking For A Boy", "Destination Moon", "Tis Autumn", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Snuggled On Your Shoulder", and "Moe's Blues". CD

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Kenny RankinBottom Line Encore Collection ... CD
Bottom Line/BMG, 1990. Used ... $12.99
Beautiful later work from Kenny Rankin – a spare solo set recorded at The Bottom Line in 1990, but a record that sparkles with all the brilliance of his best 70s sessions! Kenny's working totally alone here – accompanying his own vocals with acoustic guitar – and the format really demonstrates his amazing power and presence – a sweetly swinging sound that always has a fluid groove, even when there's no other rhythm to back it up! Rankin's tone is tremendous throughout – with those bell-like notes that made him a standout singer from the very first – and the tunes themselves are a great array of the sort of material he sang the best in the late 60s and early 70s. Titles include "She's A Lady", "Berimbau", "Haven't We Met", "Inside", "Peaceful", "Time & Love", "Always", "I've Just Seen A Face", "Doralice/Sunshine Of My Life", and "In The Name Of Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny RankinInside Kenny Rankin ... CD
Little David/Atlantic, 1975. Used ... $6.99
Pure 70s genius from Kenny Rankin – and an album that's filled with beautifully compressed tunes that squeeze together jazz and soul into a unique sound that's Kenny's own! There's a gentleness to the set that's extremely refreshing – a floating quality to the vocals that's a bit like that of Tim Buckley, but never as overdone as in Buckley's work – and which Kenny takes to a whole new level here with a breezy scatting sort of approach. Gary Burton plays some great vibes on some of the album's best tracks, and titles include "Inside", "Lost Up In Lovin You", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "Up From The Skies", "The Feeling", "Marie", "You", and a great cover of "Creepin". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kenny BurrellWeaver Of Dreams ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the rarest Kenny Burrell albums – and one of the most unusual, too! Unlike other records, on which Kenny just plays guitar – this set has the jazzman also doing a bit of singing, sweetly crooning alongside his instrument with a surprising amount of charm! Burrell's got the feel of some backroom singer in the bebop years – deep-toned and mellow, but still pretty swinging – and the album's a great illustration of this overlooked side of his talents. The group features Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Bobby Jaspar plays a bit of tenor sax at times – on titles that include "Hootchie Koo", "A Fine Romance", "The Blues Is Awful Mean", "The More I See You", "I'll Buy You A Star", "Afternoon In Paris", and "Weaver Of Dreams". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Claudia Villela & Kenny WernerDreamtales ... CD
Adventure Music, 2004. Used ... Out Of Stock
Very spare vocal work from Claudia Villela – recorded with only piano backing by Kenny Werner, in a mode that hearkens back to some of the experimental European vocal sessions of the 70s, or similar work on ECM. The production's got a very spacious feel – a sense of looming urgency that resonates before Claudia's voice and Kenny's piano even makes an entrance on the scene – and which links together all the space between the musical moments, creating a feel that's both personal, yet eerie. Titles include "Tom's Waters", "Deep Sea Angle Blues", "Cappucino", "The Girl From Ponta Negra", and "Room 13". CD

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✨✧ Kenny WashingtonMoanin ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 2017. Used ... Out Of Stock
Not the jazz drummer Kenny Washington, but a singer with the same name – really stretching out nicely here in a live set recorded in Copenhagen! Kenny's got a warm glow to his style, which gets a nice edge on the long performances here – recorded with an overseas trio that features piano by Jacob Christoffersen – a group with a strong swing that really seems to inspire Washington's vocals, especially when he takes off with a bit of improvisation. Titles include "Moanin", "Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay", "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good", "What Is This Thing Called Love", and "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans". CD
Also available Moanin ... CD 13.99
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Billie HolidayLady Sings the Blues ... CD
Verve, 1956. Used ... $4.99
Possibly one of the most essential Billie Holiday albums for Verve – a set that carries the same title as her famous autobiography, and which also features many key numbers from her songbook at the time! The feel here is quite easygoing and relaxed – with small group backing behind Billie's vocals, which themselves are recorded cleanly and clearly throughout. One side features backing by a combo that includes Wynton Kelly on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Charlie Shavers on trumpet, and Paul Quinichette on tenor – and the other features a group that includes Bobby Tucker on piano, Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Barney Kessel on guitar, and the great Willie Smith on alto sax. Titles include plenty of classics – including "God Bless The Child", "Strange Fruit", "Lady Sings The Blues", "No Good Man", "Good Morning Heartache", "I Must Have That Man", and "Trav'lin' Light". CD
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Tom LellisSouthern Exposure ... CD
Adventure Music, 2003. Used ... $3.99
A lovely little vocal set from Tom Lellis – a singer that we only know from his 70s record on Inner City – and who sounds even better on this album! Lellis works in a style that's very much in the manner of Mark Murphy – jazz-based, but in a warm and breezy mode that borrows heavily from Brazilian jazz – and which has the singer really opening up alongside the instrumentation, not just sitting back with a simple delivery of lyrics. Lellis plays a bit of keyboards on the set as well – and he's working in a small group setting with help from some great talents that include Toninho Horta, Jeremy Steig, Kenny Werner, Romero Lumbambo, and Dave Kikoski. The whole set's got a wonderful feel – like some of our favorite indie vocal albums from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and the track list is an imaginative batch of tunes with a strong Brazilian influence, titles that include "Beyond The Sea", "Being Cool", "From Tom To Tom", "Luisa", "Be My Love", "Bridges", "Free Bossa", and "Falando De Amor". CD

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Danny LongShe's Here At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hark/Vivid (Japan), Early 70s. Used ... $14.99
A really cool little record from the little-known Danny Long – a sweet self-released project from the 70s that really gets at the charm of the indie scene at the time! Danny plays lots of Fender Rhodes on the record – in these warm jazzy solos that are a perfect accompaniment for his thoughtful lyrics, and easygoing vocals – all served up in a space between jazz and singer/songwriter material, with a similar vibe to the best late 60s material from guys like Bob Dorough, Kenny Rankin, or David Frishberg! As with both, there's a mixture of wit and sensitivity in the lyrics – a quality that's underscored strongly by the Fender Rhodes – and given some nice bouncy, almost funky grooves at points – thanks to a nice electric bassist in the combo. Titles include a great take on Kenny Rankin's "Peaceful", a funky version of "What Have They Done To The Moon", and a haunting reading of "Love Theme From Spartacus" – plus "Guess I'll Have To Go Away", "She's Here At Last", "Our Happiness In Love", and "Come To The Country". CD features two bonus tracks – "One Note Samba", and a different version of "She's Here At Last". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Curtis LundyJust Be Yourself ... CD
Evidence, 1987. Used ... $6.99
A beautiful album, and one of the lost jazz gems of the 80's! The whole session's got a beautiful mix of soulfulness, tight jazz playing, and rich warm composition that's rare for the time the record was recorded – and it's one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by bassist Curtis Lundy, one of our favorite jazz talents ever! Lundy's sister Carmen sings vocals on the fantastic soaring groover "Never Gonna Let You Go" – which is something of a jazz dance classic – and Curtis' crack ensemble wails all the way through on other tracks like "Jabbo's Revenge", "Bolando", and "Crossroads". Bobby Watson's on alto, Kenny Washington's on drums, and Steve Nelson's on vibes. Don't pass this one up, because it's a much-overlooked treat! (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
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Kevin MahoganyDouble Rainbow ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1993. Used ... $4.99
With Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Ralph Moore, and Lewis Nash. CD

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Jimmy ScottI Go Back Home ... CD
Eden River, 2016. Used ... $11.99
The last album ever recorded by the legendary Jimmy Scott – the jazz singer who first recorded in the 50s, then spent decades in obscurity – only to be revived to great fame in the last 20 years of his life! This album's a wonderful tribute to Jimmy – as it features the singer's unique voice in the company of an all-star lineup – both singers and instrumentalists who help make the album one of his most special in later years! Backings often feature some light strings, underscoring the darker tones in the music – and players include Joey DeFrancesco on Hammond and trumpet, Kenny Barron on piano, Til Bronner on trumpet, and James Moody and Bob Mintzer on tenor. Guest singers include Oscar Castro Neves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Renee Olstead, and even Joe Pesci – on titles that include "Love Letters", "If I Ever Lost You", "Motherless Child", "The Nearness Of You", "Poor Butterfly", "The Folks Who Live On The Hill", and "Everybody Is Somebody's Fool". CD
Also available I Go Back Home ... CD 17.99

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Jimmy WitherspoonBlue Spoon/Spoon In London ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1964. Used ... $15.99
A bit of blues, and a bit of jazz – in that sweet style that Jimmy was handling so well on his 60s recordings for Prestige. Backing is by a small combo that includes Gildo Mahones on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Roy Haynes on drums – and titles include "The Time Has Come", "I'll Never Be Free", "I Wonder", "It's All In The Game", and "Blues In The Morning". (Blues, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Blossom DearieMy Gentleman Friend ... CD
Verve/Universal, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A magical exercise in understatement – and one of Blossom's best albums for Verve! The late 50s session features Blossom back in the US and working with a small combo that includes Bobby Jaspar on flute, Ray Brown on bass, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Ed Thigpen on drums – all grooving with Blossom's vocals and piano in a spare, yet swinging approach to jazz! The tracks are touched with those wonderful little touches and sweetly-voiced moments that always make Blossom's records better than the rest – and titles include "Little Jazz Bird", "Gentleman Friend", "Boum", "L'Etang", and "Chez Moi". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Babs GonzalesTales Of Manhattan – The Cool Philosophy Of Babs Gonzales ... CD
Jaro/Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever by the consummate jazz hipster – Babs Gonzales! Babs was part singer, part poet, and part philosophy – working in a jive-heavy style that was filled with inside jokes on the New York jazz scene of the postwar years – and peopled with odd characters from that scene, including musicians, hustlers, hookers, and small-time crooks. Babs speaks and sings on the set, backed by arrangements from Melba Liston, played by a small combo that includes Kenny Burrell, Peck Morrison, and Roy Haynes. The whole thing's great – one of the best blends of hipster jive and jazz ever – and titles include "Dem Resolution Liars", "The Hat Box Chicks", "Dem Jive New Yorkers", "The Squares", and "The Cool Cat's Philosophy". CD
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✨✧ Dee Dee BridgewaterDear Ella ... CD
Verve, 1997. Used ... Out Of Stock
A surprising sort of set, one in which Dee Dee Bridgewater pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald – a link we might never have expected in her style! Dee Dee's not totally copping Ella here, though – although she does sing a good number of tunes from the Fitzgerald songbook – and as usual for Bridgewater, there's a pretty unique flavor to most of the material, something that comes through strongly with help from arrangers Lou Levy, Slide Hampton, and Cecil Bridgewater! The band's upbeat and groovy on most numbers – and titles include the Kenny Burrell-penned "Dear Ella", done as a duet, plus "How High The Moon", "Mack The Knife", "A Tisket A Tasket", "Midnight Sun", "Undecided", "Oh Lady Be Good", and "If You Can't Sing It You'll Have To Swing It (aka Mr Paganini)". CD

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