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Nat King ColeAt The Sands ... LP
Capitol, 1959/1960. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
An important album by Nat King Cole – one that presented him in a live format, working in front of a very relaxed crowd at the Sands, expressing himself in a way that's quite different than some of his studio albums. The staid sound of Cole is opened up a bit here in the live set – a bit more relaxed, not necessarily improvised, but with a familiarity that shows Nat as more of an entertainer than you might expect. Titles include "Thou Swell", "Ballerina", "Funny (Not Much)", "I Wish You Love", "You Leave Me Breathless", and "Where Or When". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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Nat King ColeDear Lonely Hearts ... LP
Capitol, 1972. Sealed ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Nat King ColeI Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore ... LP
Capitol, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Shrinkwrap has a reorder tag.)

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Nat King ColeJust One Of Those Things ... LP
Capitol, 1957. Very Good ... $1.99
Titles include "When Your Lover Has Gone", "These Foolish Things", "Just For The Fun Of It", "The Party's Over", and "The Song Is Ended". Billy May arrangements! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some seam splitting and sticker remnants on back.)

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Nat King ColeLive At The Circle Room ... CD
Capitol, 1947. Used ... $9.99
Rare unrelased recordings by the legendary Nat King Cole Trio! Forget all the soppy pop stuff you've heard a million times – this is the real deal, the kind of stuff that got Nat noticed in the first place, and the type of material that he was playing for LA audiences in the immediate postwar years. The trio features the great Oscar Moore on guitar, plus Johnny Miller on bass and Nat on piano and vocals. Tracks include "Everyone Is Saying Hello Again", "I Found A New Baby", "My Sugar Is So Refined", "I'm Through With Love", "Oh, But I Do", and "I You Can't Smile & Say Yes". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout notch.)

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Nat King ColeLooking Back ... LP
Capitol, 1950s. Sealed ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Nat King ColeNat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1961. Used ... $2.99
A nice little session that's one of Nat's last great vocal albums – thanks to some solid jazz backing by George Shearing. Shearing's group here is a super-hip west coast Latin one, with Emil Richards on vibes, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Al McKibbon on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Most tracks have them augmented by some larger backings by Ralph Carmichael – which creates this dreamy jazzy pillow for Nat to sing over. Cole's voice is still super-sweet and super-sexy, and the record is a good mix of ballads and more jazzy material. Titles include "Lost April", "Azure-Te", "September Song", "Don't Go", "There's A Lull In My Life", and "Serenata". Plus, the CD includes 3 bonus tracks not on the original album! CD

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✨✧ Nat King ColeNat King Cole Story ... CD
Capitol, 1940s/1950s. Used 2CD ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Nat King ColeNat King Cole Story Vol 1 ... LP
Capitol, 1950s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing.)

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Nat King ColeNat King Cole Story Vol 3 ... LP
Capitol, 1950s. Sealed ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Nat King ColeNat King Cole Trio – Original Vocal & Instrumental Recordings Of Easy Listenin Favorites ... LP
Capitol, Mid 40s. Sealed ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing.)

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Nat King ColeNat King Cole Trio With Famous Guests ... CD
Giants Of Jazz (Italy), 1940s/1956. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Nat King ColePenthouse Serenade – Nat King Cole At The Piano ... CD
Capitol, Early 50s. Used ... $5.99
Sublime instrumentals from Nat – his tinkling piano lines over lush arrangements – all in a sweet 50s Capitol mode! CD
(Out of print.)

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Nat King ColePiano Style Of Nat King Cole ... CD
Capitol, 1956. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a cutout notch.)

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Nat King ColeRamblin' Rose ... CD
Capitol, Early 60s. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Nat King ColeThose Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer ... LP
Capitol, 1963. Very Good- ... $1.99
A great later record from Nat King Cole – kind of corny, but in a really great way – and in a style that ended up making the whole thing a real standout in Nat's last few years on the planet! The songs are mostly old-timey, but swung by Nat in this weird 60s version of nostalgia that really really works – and makes for this odd fantasy of a youth that Cole probably never had himself, directed at a version of mainstream America that would hardly have given an entertainer like him the time of day back in the 30s! Ralph Carmichael handles the arrangements – and in addition to the hit title track "Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer", other titles include "That's What They Meant", "Don't Forget", "Get Out & Get Under The Moon", and "After The Ball Is Over". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has wear and some splitting.)

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Nat King ColeTo Whom It May Concern ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A great late album from Nat King Cole – one done with some wonderfully rich arrangements by Nelson Riddle, which unlock all the poise and class that Cole had developed during his 50s decade at Capitol Records! There's definitely a slight ear here towards the Johnny Mathis sound that was beginning to grab the ears of the period – but Nat's firmly in place to remind all that he was there first, and can handle material like this in a wonderful way – with vocals that are still as breathtaking as ever, in a setting that's free from any of the gimmicks or missteps of later years. Titles include "Love Wise", "To Whom It May Concern", "My Heart's Treasure", "Unfair", and "This Morning It Was Summer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing.)

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✨✧ Nat King Cole TrioJumpin At Capitol ... CD
Capitol/Rhino, Mid 40s. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Morgana KingI Know How It Feels To Be Lonely ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Morgana KingIt's A Quiet Thing ... LP
Reprise, 1965. Very Good- ... $0.99
A rich effort from Morgana King – the first of her rare Reprise LPs – and a record that shows incredible range and an ability to bring a heavy, textural mood to just about any kind of tune! Torrie Zito's arrangements on It's A Quiet Thing are lush, but, well, quietly so – and Morgana's vocals can build from what's kind of a deep vibrato hush to a really soaring affect! It's nice stuff – with an approach to well known songs of the time that's quite unique! Titles include "It's A Quiet Thing", "Dindi", "Gone With The Wind", "Little Blue Girl", "Mountain High, Valley Low", "How Insensitive", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Deep Song" and "If You Should Leave Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tri color stereo pressing.)
 
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Lorez AlexandriaThis Is Lorez/Lorez Sings Pres ... CD
King/BGP (UK), 1957. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Incredible early work from Lorez Alexandria – the kind of albums that instantly set her apart from other singers of the 50s, reissued here properly for the first time in years! On This Is Lorez, the singer is working with sublime small combo backings from the group of pianist King Fleming – an unusual Chicago ensemble that includes Wilber Wynn on guitar, Ronald Wilson on flute and oboe, Vernel Fournier on drums, and Audrey Jones on bongos – a musical lineup that brings in a different sort of sophistication to the record, shading tunes with moody colors on flute and oboe that perfectly support Alexandria's soulful and sensitive interpretations of the tunes. The whole thing is pure genius, and a key look at the new levels of sophistication that were bubbling everywhere on the Chicago scene during the years of Jamal and Sun Ra. Lorez Sings Pres follows in a very similar mode – with backing by a Chicago group that again includes King Fleming piano, plus Charles Stepney on vibes, Paul Serrano on trumpet, and Vernel Fournier on drums – an extremely hip lineup that makes the record far more than just the Lester Young tribute promised in the title! But despite the instrumentalists, the real star on all sides is Alexandria – who sings with dark tones and deep colors that go far beyond conventional jazz vocals – all carried off with that slightly breathy mode that was one more unique aspect of her work! CD features all tracks from both albums – a total of 22 titles that include "Snowstorm", "I'm Glad There Is You", "The Sky Is Crying", "I'm Making Believe", "Necessity", "Penthouse Serenade", "DB Blues", "This Year's Kisses", "Easy Living", "No Eyes Blues", "Jumping With Symphony Sid", and a key early reading of "Baltimore Oriole". CD

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Patti AustinBody Language ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet blend of jazz and soul from Patti Austin – and a set that's a bit different than some other CTI albums of the 70s – given that it was recorded down south, at deep soul powerhouse Muscle Shoals! The sound is surprisingly rootsy on a few numbers – and warmly jazzy on others – and Patti's still got all the polish she picked up from her years with Quincy Jones, but she's also stepping out a bit more as an artist with a stronger emotional palette. Austin works with some great original material that includes the tracks "(Ooh-Wee) He's Killing Me" and "I Can't Stop" – as well as surprising covers, like Squeeze's "Another Nail From My Heart", Isaac Hayes' "Body Language", and Bob Seeger's "We've Got Tonight". (Soul, Vocalists) CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Patti AustinHavana Candy ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
Havana Candy, indeed – as singer Patti Austin's in her sweetest mode of the 70s – stepping off of years of background vocals for others, and really emerging as a great soul star on her own! Patti got the chance to cut some soul singles back in her early days – but work like this really unlocks her jazzier side, too – that spirit she developed in her work with Quincy Jones, taken to even more expressive heights on her own. Arrangements are by Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin – moody, mellow in a style that's perfect for Patti's voice – and players on the set include Grusin on keyboards, Eric Gale on guitar, Richard Tee on keyboards, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion – all-star CTI players who really keep things rights! Titles include "I Need Somebody", "We're In Love", "Lost In The Stars", "Havana Candy", and "I Just Want To Know". (Soul, Vocalists) CD
(Blu-Spec CD pressing!)

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Jackie & RoyWilder Alias ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99
Jackie & Roy are definitely getting bit wilder here – hitting an electric early 70s CTI mode, and really growing a lot in the process! The session has the vocal pair working with CD players who include Hubert Laws on flute, Joe Farrell on saxes, Roy Pennington on vibes, and Steve Gadd on drums – all working with arrangements from Roy that are every bit as hip as the Don Sebesky treatments they previously got on CTI. The tracks are all longish, with plenty of room for complex vocals and great interaction with the instruments – and the titles are all originals, sounding really great and creative! Titles include "Good & Rich", "The Way We Are", "Waltz For Dana", "Niki's Song", and "A Wilder Alias". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Helen MerrillHelen Merrill In Tokyo/Helen Merrill Sings Folk ... CD
King (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $16.99
2 very obscure sessions from vocalist Helen Merrill – both recorded in Tokyo during the early 60s! The first half of the CD is from the album Helen Merrill In Tokyo – a wonderful small combo set arranged by drummer Takeshi Inomata, played by a combo that includes alto, baritone, and trumpet – all used in a cool and laidback mode that resonates nicely with Merrill's more familiar 50s sides on Mercury. Helen's in great form vocally – often singing in that almost-effortless mode that we love in her classic work – and titles include "It Never Entered My Mind", "Bewitched", "You Do Something To Me", "Teach Me Tonight", "Good Morning Heartache", and "My Favorite Things". Next up are 12 more tracks from Helen Merrill Sings Folk – a rare entry in the "jazz meets folk" style that was popular in the early 60s, and which is done here with a nice degree of subtlety. The tunes are all from folk sources, but get some gentle jazz reworkings by arrangers Norio Maeda and Masao Yogi – hardly folksy at all in their instrumentation, but spare and spacious enough to let Merrill dominate the tunes as if she were working alone. Highlights include 2 great Japanese folk tunes – "Lullaby Of Chugoku-Chiho" and "Lullaby Of Itsuki" – and other tracks include "Donna Donna", "Black Is The Color", "Motherless Child", and "Wayfarin Stranger". CD

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Esther PhillipsFor All We Know ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Smooth and sophisticated grooving from Esther Phillips – a record that really has her shaking off the rag-tag and rootsy modes of earlier years, and gliding sweetly into the mainstream! Phillips' vocals are still as soulful and compelling as ever, but the backings are quite full – penned by Joe Beck, who also plays a fair bit of guitar on the record too – and done with a sound that's in the same mode as David Matthews' backings for other Kudu sides of the time. There's a definite soul-heavy focus going on here – with some clubby touches too – and titles include "Caravan", "Fever", "Pure Natural Love", "Unforgettable", "For All We Know", "Fools Rush In", and "Going Out Of My Head". (Soul, Vocalists) CD
(Blu-Spec CD pressing!)
Also available For All We Know ... LP 2.99

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Esther PhillipsWhat A Diff'rence A Day Makes ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
One of Esther Phillips' biggest comeback albums from the 70s – a classic set that takes her deeply soulful vocal approach, and sets it to some sweet jazz funk backings – served up by guitarist Joe Beck, who almost gets equal credit on the album cover! The rest of the lineup is equally great – with alto from David Sanborn, more horns from The Brecker Brothers, and even a bit of work from Steve Khan – all fusion superstars in their own right, but who never eclipse Esther's lead. Titles include a good version of Grover Washington's "Mr Magic" – with the same funky undercurrent as the original – plus the tracks "One Night Affair", "I Can Stand A Little Rain", "Hurtin House", "Turn Around Look At Me", and a semi-hit version of "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes". (Soul, Vocalists) CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Mel TormeTorme – A New Album ... CD
Gryphon/King (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful mid-career set from Mel Torme – a real sophisticated standout recorded in the years before his later comeback albums on Cocord – with a hip vibe that's relatively unique! The album's one of the late efforts from the Skye Records imprint – recorded in London with full backings from Chris Gunning, who gives Mel some of the same mature charts that Skye brought to the vocals of Grady Tate at the start of the 70s – and like those albums, a balance between larger charts and jazzier moments – punctuated points in the instrumentation that sparkle from contributions by Phil Woods on alto, Barry Miles and Gordon Beck on piano, Vic Juris on guitar, and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet. Mel's wonderful in the setting – a bit free of the cliche of his later years, and wrapped up in a perfect mode that fits his velvet fog sound like a glove – on titles that include some great 70s choices, and even a few Torme originals. Annie Ross provides a bit of guest vocals at one point – and tracks include "It's Too Late", "Never Look Back", "Charade", "Send In The Clowns", "What's This", "Like A Lover", "Ordinary Fool", "New York State Of Mind", and "All In Love Is Fair". CD

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✨✧ Five Keys14 Hits ... LP
King, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Ernestine AllenLet It Roll ... LP
Tru Sound, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Tasty R&B material, recorded on Prestige's short-lived Tru-Sound subsidiary. Ernestine had some earlier fame under the name Anisteen Allen, and this record's got a similar sound to her late 40s work – with lots of smoky vocals, touched by a warm jazz sensibility that gives the material a bit more sophistication than your average R&B shouter. King Curtis leads the group, and titles include "Let It Roll", "Lullaby Of Broadway", "Love For Sale", and "Miss Allen's Blues". (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(OBC pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Jesse BelvinMr Easy ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The last album ever recorded by LA vocalist Jesse Belvin – a stupendous session that showed where he might have headed, if not for the tragic auto accident that took his voice from us far too soon! The album has Jesse moving from the smooth R&B of earlier albums into a more sophisticated style that's a bit like that of Nat King Cole, but which is done here with traces of Sam Cooke as well. Orchestrations are by Marty Paich, who's great at both the swinging and mellow tunes – and titles include "Imagination", "I'll Buy You A Star", "Let There Be Love", "Blues In The Night", "It's All Right With Me", and "The Best Is Yet To Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing.)

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Polly BergenAll Alone By The Telephone ... LP
Columbia, 1958. Very Good ... $3.99
A bittersweet set of vocals from Polly Bergen – recorded with a sound that really fits her sad-eyed look on the cover! Although Bergen's voice is sometimes confident and full, it's nicely restrained here – often somewhat dark-toned and moody – in ways that remind us of Morgana King, especially in the way that Polly holds back at just the right moments – keeping things mature by never getting too overly emotive. There's a nice sense of depth to the record that goes way beyond simple pop singing – and Luther Henderson's arrangements further help color the sound of the set – by giving it a sense of unity that almost reminds us of some of Sinatra's best blue-toned late 50s albums for Capitol. Titles include "By Myself", "When The Wind Was Green", "All Alone", "Glad To Be Unhappy", "Too Late Now", "He Didn't Call", and "Not Like Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape along the top seam.)

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Hadda BrooksFemme Fatale ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 50s. Used ... $2.99
The lovely and soulful Hadda Brooks was one of the great talents on the LA scene of the postwar years – a vocalist and pianist with a style that blended blues and jazz, in a manner that was like some of her male counterparts on the scene at the time, such as Nat King Cole or Charles Brown. Brooks' fame in the city was great, and even led to a few famous film appearances – but the sophistication of her work often kept it from cracking the charts as strongly as other R&B stars at the time. This excellent album is really the only one she ever issued – a strong set of tunes recorded for Crown/Modern in the 50s. Titles include "My Ideal", "Take Me", "The Thrill Is Gone", "How Do You Speak To An Angel", "My Romance", and "Dream". CD
(Out of print, packaged in a slim sleeve which has some writing on the back.)

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Georgie FameName Droppin' – Live At Ronnie Scotts ... CD
Go Jazz/Somethin Cool (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... $19.99
A great singer, in a great setting – the legendary Georgie Fame, working with a very cool small combo – live in action at Ronnie Scott's club in London! Fame plays piano and organ alongside his wonderful vocals – and the other instrumentation is great, too – with Alan Skidmore on tenor, Peter King on alto, and Anthony Kerr on Vibes – all part of a great group who shift and turn with all the sublimely soulful inflections that Georgie brings to his vocals! There's a few currents of the R&B roots that got Fame started here – but the music has more of that sophisticated swing he brought to his style once he got going – on titles that include "Vinyl" – a great song about record shopping – plus "Jimmy McGroove", "Zulu", "Tell Me How Do You Feel", "Cool Cat Blues", and "Mercy Mercy Mercy/Vanlose Stairway". CD

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Georgie FameWalking Wounded – Live At Ronnie Scotts ... CD
Go Jazz/Somethin Cool (Japan), 1998. New Copy ... $19.99
The great Georgie Fame hardly sounds wounded here – as the singer's in the middle of a great return to form in the 90s – a decade that saw him cutting some tremendous albums like this! Fame's in his home turf of London – working with a small combo at Ronnie Scott's, and turning in songs that have a perfect blend of blues and soul roots mixed with Georgie's unique jazzy inflections – at a level that's even more sophisticated than his work in the early days! The group is great too – with Anthony Kerr on vibes, Guy Barker on trumpet, Alan Skidmore on tenor, and Peter King on alto – and Fame sings tracks that include "Cape Cuckoo", "If You Live", "Eros Hotel", "Abide With Me", "The Woodshed", "Zavolo", and "It Happened To Me/My Buddy". CD

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Slim GaillardVout For Voutoreenees ... CD
Audio Book & Music (UK), 1940s. Used ... $4.99
Classic work from Slim Gaillard – a vocalist so great, he created his own language! Slim worked in late 30s and early 40s LA – in the years before the city's big post-war R&B boom – and in a mode that would clearly pave the way for Charles Moore, Nat King Cole, and countless others in years to come. Slim's best known for his "vout" style of singing – a unique mode that often had him making up new words in the recording sessions – getting carried away with the rhythmic quality of his own tunes, and vocally improvising in a style that was years ahead of its time. The backings on these sides range from small group trio and quartet numbers, to a few larger orchestra tracks – and all are carried off with a lively approach to the work, and a good healthy dose of the Gaillard sense of humor! The set's a great introduction to Slim's classic years, and features a total of 18 tracks that include "Opera In Vout", "Dunkin Bagel", "Central Avenue Boogie", "Ya Ha Ha", "Cement Mixer", "Laguna", "Slim's Jam", "Buck Dance Rhythm", "Harlem Hunch", "Boogin At Berg's", "Vout Oreenee", and "Chicken Rhythm". 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 ... $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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✨✧ Esther PhillipsPerformance ... LP
Kudu, 1974. Very Good- ... $1.99
Not a live album – as you might think from the title – but a tight batch of tunes that shows the full funk and soul talents of the legendary Esther Phillips! The album's got a nicely dark undercurrent at times – a sound that's not as smooth as some of Esther's other Kudu albums from the 70s, with bits of R&B bubbling underneath the more contemporary arrangements. Backings are penned by Pee Wee Ellis and Gary King – and players include Bob James and Richard Tee on keyboards, Hubert Laws on flute, and Bernard Purdie and Steve Gadd on drums – the latter of whom provides a sublime beat on the album's standout funky number "Disposable Society" – one of those great little groovers that never did anything for Esther at the time of its release, but which has really gotten rediscovered in recent years! Other tracks include "Doing Our Thing", "Living Alone", "Can't Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby", and "I Feel The Same". (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)

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✨✧ Gil Scott-HeronFree Will ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1972. Very Good- Gatefold ... $55.99
A really tremendous album from the legendary Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that stands as one of his greatest statements from the 70s! The record is a wonderful example of Gil's work in two different styles – sweet mellow jazzy soul, and harder heavier protest poetry – the latter from his roots as a writer in touch with the streets, and the former part of a brilliant new direction that he was taking on the Flying Dutchman label. Side one features classic jazzy tracks recorded with Brian Jackson – like "Free Will", "The Middle Of Your Days", "Speed Kills", and "Did You Hear What They Said?". Side two moves over to a much sparer sound – and has Gil reciting some of his poetry with very heavy percussion, and a very righteous approach. The wisdom and knowledge of those pieces is a perfect example of the kinds of issues that were haunting black America in the early 70s – especially on the tracks "No Knock", "The King Alfred Plan", and "Sex Education: Ghetto Style". (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on "King Alfred Plan".)

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Mel TormeIn The Lounge With Mel Torme ... CD
Sony (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... $12.99
A fantastically groovy treat! This handsomely packaged set does for Mel Torme what another "In The Lounge" set did for Andy Williams – it collects some rare groovy sides that he recorded for Columbia during the late 60s, all a bit mod, a bit kitschy, and with a sound that's been underdiscovered by groovers for years. The feel here is very Austin Powers – as Mel sings to hip swinging 60s arrangements of pop tunes, plus some great undiscovered songs with a very groovy edge. Hipsters already know his versions of "Comin Home Baby" and "Secret Agent Man" – but there's some other fantastic cuts on here, like "All That Jazz", "The King", "Haven't We Met?", "Right Now", "Ciao Baby", and the ever-delightful "Dominique's Discotheque". 20 tracks in all – and very fab! CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe Williams & Lambert, Hendricks & RossSing Along With Basie ... LP
Roulette, 1958. Near Mint- ... $2.99
One of the more obscure albums by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross – a session of Basie tunes, performed with backing by the Count, plus additional lead vocals by Joe Williams, the voice most closely associated with the Basie group at the time! The style is similar to the trio's Sing A Song Of Basie album for ABC, but handled here with a bit more of an edge, and a rougher, more freewheeling groove that's a better fit for the great Basie sound of the late 50s – a great adaptation of the groove by Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert, and Annie Ross! The record's a nice sometimes-overlooked chapter in the excellent Count Basie run on Roulette – and titles include "Every Tub", "Rusty Dusty Blues", "The King", "Shorty George", and "Let Me See". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Emus pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)

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VariousEMI Music Publishing – The 50's (5CD boxset) ... CD
EMI, 1950s. Used 5 CDs ... $14.99
5 CDs of music from Buddy Morrow, Les Paul, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, the Gaylords, Val Anthony, Dean Martin, Pat Boone Doris Day & more. (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
 
 
 



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