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Kenny RankinBottom Line Encore Collection ... CD
Bottom Line/BMG, 1990. Used ... $2.99
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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Billy EckstineLegendary Big Band (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Savoy, Mid 40s. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
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! 2CDs, great notes, and a whopping 41 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print, digipack has some edgewear.)

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Babs Gonzales, Eddie Jefferson, & OthersCool Whalin ... CD
Spotlite (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s/Late 60s. Used ... $10.99
One of the greatest collections of bebop jazz vocal work we've ever seen – and a batch of rare material that wonderfully complements some of the more standard work in the genre! The sound here really focuses on the playful vocalese style invented during the bop years – the mode that has a singer emulating the tone and changes of a more famous jazz solo, while bringing their own lyrics into the tune in a fiercely inventive way that matches the instrumental improvisation of the original. The source of a few of these recordings is a bit mysterious, but that's also what makes the collection so great – as it really moves past the few obvious relics from the generation, issued and reissued heavily on labels like Prestige or Savoy. Titles include "I Don't Want Love" and "Gamblers Blues" by Joe Carroll, "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "Let There Be Love" by Kenny Hagood, "Sugar Ray" and "Cool Whalin" by Babs Gonzales, "Bless My Soul" and "Beautiful Memories" by Eddie Jefferson, "Especially To You" and "Nobody Knows" by Frankie Passion, and "Searching Blues" and "Nightingale" by Earl Coleman. CD
(Out of print.)

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Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae In London ... CD
Ember/TKO Magnum (UK), 1961. Used ... $13.99
An obscure London live date from Carmen McRae – captured here quite early in her career, and working in the same small combo mode as some of her best recordings from the 50s with Ray Bryant! The group here's a British one – with Don Abney on piano, Kenny Napper on bass, and the great Phil Seaman on drums – and the recording quality has Carmen's vocals pretty strongly in the lead, but still allows some space for sensitive instrumental impressions from the trio. The tracks are mostly standards, but they're sung with that early sense of sophistication that really set McRae apart from her contemporaries – and titles include "Day In Day Out", "Stardust", "Loverman", "I Could Write A Book", "Thou Swell", "Body & Soul", "Don't Ever Leave Me", and "Moonlight In Vermont". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chris ConnorIn Person/Sings George Gershwin ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 classic Atlantic sides from Chris! Chris Connor In Person is a nice little live set – recorded at the Village Vanguard with a group that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, Eddie De Haas on bass, Bill Rubenstein on piano, and Lex Humphries on drums. The setting of the album is similar to some of Chris' work at Bethlehem – save for the fact that there's a bit more "room" in the recording than on the very close-miked Bethlehem sets. Titles include "Round Midnight", "All About Ronnie", "Fine & Dandy", "Misty", "Senor Blues", and "Angel Eyes". Sings George Gershwin is pretty much what it says – versions of Gershwin tunes, done in a more arranged style than the live set – but still pretty nice. Titles include "Love Walked In", "I Loves You Porgy", "Love Is Here To Stay", "A Foggy Day", and "Summertime". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Abbey LincolnThat's Him! ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Abbey Lincoln's earliest albums – an all star session recorded with backing by Kenny Dorham, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Max Roach! Abbey's still pretty straight at this point – singing a variety of wispy love songs and emotional tunes – but she's also bringing a bit more feeling to the material than most singers of her generation – hinting at the sharper tones that would come just a few years later in her work! And given the strength of the sidemen alone, the album's already a cut above most jazz vocal records from the time – but really takes on a strong voice when Abbey opens up on some of the best numbers on the set. Titles include "Strong Man", "My Man", "That's Him", "Don't Explain", "I Must Have That Man", and "When A Woman Loves A Man". CD
Also available That's Him! ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Curtis LundyJust Be Yourself ... CD
Evidence, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Chris ConnorChris In Person (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A nice little live set from Chris – recorded at the Village Vanguard with a group that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, Eddie De Haas on bass, Bill Rubenstein on piano, and Lex Humphries on drums. The setting of the album is similar to some of Chris' work at Bethlehem – very small combo and jazzy, save for the fact that there's a bit more "room" in the recording than on the very close-miked Bethlehem sessions. The approach is a great one to open up another new side of Connor's talents – and the album has a bit tighter feel than Chris' other live album from the same period. Titles include "Round Midnight", "All About Ronnie", "Fine & Dandy", "Misty", "Senor Blues", and "Angel Eyes". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kevin MahoganyDouble Rainbow ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
With Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Ralph Moore, and Lewis Nash. CD
 
 
 



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