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Kenny RankinInside Kenny Rankin ... CD
Little David/Atlantic, 1975. Used ... $8.99
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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Claudia Villela & Kenny WernerDreamtales ... CD
Adventure Music, 2004. Used ... $3.99
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 ... $8.99
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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✨✧ Joyce & Kenny WernerPoesia ... CD
Pirouet (Germany), 2015. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the mellowest, moodiest albums we've ever heard from the lovely Joyce – a spare set of duets with pianist Kenny Werner, done in a style that definitely reflects the poetry promised in the title! The album's almost more of a jazz vocal setting than Joyce's usual bossa and more breezy material – no acoustic guitar or any sort of percussion – and instead just these majestic inflections of her vocals that seem even more carefully sophisticated than ever – clearly inspired by the subtle touches of Werner's piano. A few tracks feature lyrics in English, and the rest are in Portuguese – and titles include "Olha Maria", "Estate", "Some Other Time", "Novelo", "The Water Is Wide", "Mad About The Boy", "Second Love Song", and "Throw It Away". (Brazil, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)
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Dizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of ParisDizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of Paris ... CD
Philips, 1963. Used ... $3.99
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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Danny LongShe's Here At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hark/Vivid (Japan), Early 70s. Used ... $19.99
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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Jimmy ScottI Go Back Home ... CD
Eden River, 2016. Used ... $13.99
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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✨✧ Chet BakerIt Could Happen To You – Chet Baker Sings ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic album from Chet – and one that's got a perfect mix of vocal and instrumental moments, of the sort you don't find easily on other albums! Chet plays trumpet and sings, and is backed by Kenny Drew, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones – a different style of group from his west coast years, but one that helps give the record a fresher sound too! Tracks are still shortish, with those breathy Baker vocals we love so much – and titles include "It Could Happen To You", "Do It The Hard Way", "Old Devil Moon", "Dancing On The Ceiling", and "The More I See You". Nice cover, too – with Chet sitting on the moon! CD features 2 bonus tracks! (Jazz, Vocalists) CD

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✨✧ Pat BowieOut Of Sight/Feelin Good ... CD
Prestige/Jazz Beat (Spain), 1964/1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 gems from overlooked singer Pat Bowie – both of them great! First up is Out Of Sight – proof that Pat's got a heck of a great sound – one that's lean, groovy, and very well suited for the 60s-styled title of the album! Pat's a jazz singer on one side, but also has an edge to her tone – at a level that's a bit like Lorez Alexandria during some of her jazz outings of the same time – a very groovy mode that's quite different than most other standard vocals, with a depth of feeling that's totally great! Backings are by a small combo with Seldon Powell on tenor and flute, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Ray Bryant on piano – and the album's got some groovy tracks like "Joey Joey Joey", "Get Out Of Town", "Don Cha Go Away Mad", "Moon & Sand", "The Music That Makes Me Dance", and "The Sounds Of The Night". Feelin Good is fantastic work from singer Pat Bowie – and a session that also features some key solos from Charles McPherson as well! McPherson's alto isn't always heard on albums with vocals, but it does a great job here with Pat – sliding in nicely at just the right point, and giving the tunes a nice sort of edge underneath the lyrics. The rest of the group is great too – with Tommy Flanagan on piano, All Hall on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums – all accompanying Bowie with a relaxed, easygoing feel that's very much like catching the set in a hip small club. Titles include "Wonder Why", "Summertime", "Feeling Good", "Since I Fell For You", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "Summertime", "Lonesome Road", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". CD

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✨✧ Dee Dee BridgewaterDear Ella ... CD
Verve, 1997. Used ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Billie HolidayLady Sings the Blues ... CD
Verve, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mary StallingsFeelin' Good ... CD
High Note, 2015. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Singer Mary Stallings has a great partner this time around – pianist Bruce Barth, who leads and arranges a sweet little combo for the record – with a relaxed, easygoing groove that might well make this the best Stallings album in years! Mary's got a wonderful voice – trained in years of work on the west coast, only given greater exposure in recent decades – and here she's got this mature sort of swing – groovy, yet never over the top – but also way different than the kind of vocalist who's trying to go for a too-classic sound, but never gets it right. Barth's music brings this great soul jazz vibe to the record – with excellent work from Steve Nelson on vibes, Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, and the great team of Peter and Kenny Washington on bass and drums. Mary's style takes us back to 60s material by Shirley Horn or Marlena Shaw, but also has a very fresh, personal vibe too – maybe partly because of the arrangements. Titles include "Feeling Good", "Reflections", "Girl Talk", "Lil Darling", "Night In Tunisia", "Monk's Dream", and a version of "Afro Blue", with new lyrics by Stalling! CD

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✨✧ Billy EckstineMister B & The Band ... CD
Savoy, 1945/1946. Used ... Out Of Stock
Amazing work from the early, legendary years of Billy Eckstine – that time when he was fronting one of the hippest backing groups a vocalist could hope to have! Eckstine's voice was already becoming the stuff of legend by the time of these recordings – but thanks to contributions from a host of famous boppers, his band was getting equal fame, too – a really legendary lineup that includes such greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie,Kenny Dorham, and Fats Navarro on trumpets; Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon, and Gene Ammons on tenor; Leo Parker on baritone; Art Blakey on drums; and many other huge names too! The band was virtually a school for a whole generation of jazzmen to come – allowing them to play together, get to know each other, and spin off in important small groups – much in the way the Kenton group a few years later allowed so much development on the west coast. And amidst all this great music, Billy's vocals have never sounded better – much bolder and hard-swinging than in later years! CD
(Out of print.)

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