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Freddy ColeHe Was The King ... CD
High Note, 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Freddy Cole serves up a tribute to his famous brother Nat – in a small combo set that also features some nice tenor work from Houston Person and Harry Allen too! Cole's a singer who's ultimately had a lot more of a career than Nat – and we're not entirely sure why he's so often lumped together in settings like this – but the record's a real testament to Freddy's talents in the way he doesn't slavishly repeat Nat's phrasing, and instead makes these classic Cole tunes very much his own. The more jazz-based presentation helps a lot with that – and in addition to the tenor solos, the record also features work from Joe Magnarelli on trumpet, Josh Brown on trombone, Randy Napoleon on guitar, and John DiMartino on piano. Titles include "Love Is The Thing", "Jet", "Exactly Like You", "That's My Girl", "The Best Man", and "Maybe It's Because I Love You Too Much". CD

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Nat King ColeAround The World (7 inch EP) ... 7-inch
Capitol, Mid 50s. Very Good (pic cover)... $2.99
Includes the tracks "Fascination", "Around The World", "There's A Gold Mine In The Sky", and "an Affair To Remember". (Funky 45's, Vocalists) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has a name in marker on back.)

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Nat King ColeAt The Sands ... CD
Capitol, 1959/1960. Used ... $6.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Nat King ColeStardust – The Rare Television Performances ... CD
Real Gone, 1957/1963. New Copy 2 CDs ... $23.99 26.98
Excellent work from Nat King Cole – a set of rare television performances that offer up a much greater side of his charms than some of his studio records for Capitol! The fidelity on most tracks is pretty great – and many numbers feature Nat talking a bit as he introduces the songs, with that easygoing approach that made him as charming a talent on the screen as he was on the radio. The bulk of the tracks are from Nat's short-lived show that ran in 1957 – and the rest are from the 1963 Australian Mobil Limb TV Show – an unusual special. Nelson Riddle handles most of the arrangements – and the 2CD set features 35 titles that include "April Love", "Passing By", "C'Est Si Bon", "Sweet Lorraine", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Love Is Sweeping The Country", "It's All In the Game", "My Personal Possession", "I Love A Piano", "When I Fall In Love", and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Wright Myself A Letter". CD

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Nat King ColeTrio Recordings 1936 to 1948 (5CD box set) ... CD
Laser Light, Late 30s/1940s. Used 5 CDs ... $18.99
(Out of print.)

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Nat King Cole & Quincy JonesSwiss Radio Days Vol 33 – Nat King Cole & Quincy Jones ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A beautiful set by Nat King Cole joined by conductor/bandleader Quincy Jones and his Big Band – performing live in Zurich on May 1, 1960 – and what an impeccable performance it is! Quincy was touring with a pretty amazing line-up in his Big Band at this point – with Benny Bailey, Jimmy Cleveland, Melba Liston, Phil Woods, Sahib Shihab, Joe Harris and more – and they kick off the set with a couple gentler numbers before swinging more heavily on a couple, then introduce Nat – who's voice is in perfect form here. He sings his hits with the big band, some additional strings and a pared down trio format for a few – so we really get a broad representation of what these consummate performers can do in a number of settings, all in one concert, to boot. Wonderful stuff – released for the first time ever! Titles include "Moanin'", The Midnight Sun Will Never Set", "Airmail Special", "Unforgettable", "Sweet Lorraine", "Tea For Two", "Madrid", "The Phantom Blues", "Route 66", "Joe Turner's Blues", "The Midnight Sun Will Never Set" and more. Also includes a 5 minute interview with Nat. CD

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Dora HallSecret Agent/King Of The Road ... 7-inch
Premore, Early 70s. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $4.99
(Funky 45's, Vocalists) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Morgana KingLet Me Love You ... LP
United Artists, 1958. Very Good- ... $4.99
A very early session from Morgana King – but one that already has her amazing vocal approach firmly in place! Instrumentation is very light – just a small combo with Jimmy Jones on piano, Chuck Wayne on guitar, Sam Most on flute, Chauncey Welsch on trombone, and Johnny Cresci on drums – and Morgana dominates most of the tracks with a fluid, reaching approach to the tunes that's really great. Arrangements are by Willis Schafer, and titles include "The End Of A Love Affair", "All Or Nothing At All", "That Ole Devil Called Love", "Mad About Him Sad Without Him How Can I Be Glad Without Him Blues", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "I'll Remember April" – plus 2 versions of "I've Found A New Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Teddi KingGirl & Her Songs (Japanese pressing) ... CD
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1957. Used ... $6.99
One of the few RCA albums cut by singer Teddi King – a great vocalist who came out of a small jazz group setting, but who works equally well here with larger arrangements from George Siravo! The mood of the album is nice and light, with a few smaller instrumental groups on about half the tracks, and larger string-backed orchestrations on the others. Teddi's voice is sweet, but never cloying – and lightly dances over numbers that include "My Future Just Passed", "After All It's Spring", "A Sailboat In The Moonlight", "Chicken Today & Feathers Tomorrow", and "Laughing At Life". CD
(Out of print.)

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Teddi KingRound Midnight (plus Miss Teddi King) ... LP
Storyville/Trio (Japan), 1953. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A very cool Japanese-only record – one that brings together both of the 10" LP sessions from singer Teddi King! Round Midnight features vocals as dark as they are lovely – a sublime early set from singer Teddi King, served up in a style that's nicely perched between two decades of jazz! There's a moody, intimate feel here that really takes us back to an earlier era – a bit in the way that Lee Wiley often does at the same period, with a sound that's almost timeless, yet never outdated. The only backings here are piano from Beryl Booker – and in a way, the record's almost a duet outing between Teddi and Beryl, with a wonderfully intimate feel overall. Tracks include "Round Midnight", "What's New", "I Concentrate On You", "Little Girl Blue", and "It Never Entered My Mind". Next is Miss Teddi King – a set that's got a lot more dark corners and moody moments than some of her later work! The group here is nice and small – a quartet that features Ruby Braff on trumpet, Jimmy Jones on piano, Jo Jones on drums, and Milt Hinton on bass – all of whom accompany Teddi with a nicely sensitive sound – often augmenting her trilling vocals with some nicely blue tones of their own. The tracks are all familiar ones, but they're done in a mellow late nite feel that really gives them a new life of their own. Titles include "I Saw Stars", "New Orleans", "Love Is A Now & Then Thing", "It's The Talk of the Town", "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan", and "It's All In The Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, from Trio – with insert!)

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Lula ReedI'll Drown In My Tears – The King Anthology 1952 to 1955 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... About June 1, 2016
A collection of work from singer Lula Reed – one of the classiest ladies in R&B during the early 50s! Lula had a style that was less bluesy than some of her predecessors – picking up bits of jazz, and working in a sophisticated style that has traces of Esther Phillips' early work, as well as that of some of the Atlantic divas, like LaVern Baker or Ruth Brown. The set's the first to really bring together Lula's classic sides for King – and features 24 tracks issued under Lula's name, or that of the Sonny Thompson group. Titles include "I'm Gone Yes I'm Gone", "I'll Upset You Baby", "I'll Drown In My Tears", "Last Night", "Jealous Love", "Bump On A Log", and "Don't Make Me Love You". (Soul, Vocalists) CD

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✨✧ King Pleasure/Annie RossKing Pleasure Sings/Annie Ross Sings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A record that revolutionized the concept of jazz vocals in the 50s – thanks to famous performances by Annie Ross and King Pleasure! The tracks on the LP include Ross' early interpretations of Wardell Gray's classics "Twisted" and "Farmer's Market", and the King Pleasure set includes classics like "Red Top", "This Is Always", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and his great duet with Jon Hendricks, "Don't Get Scared". A landmark LP of jazz vocal sides, and one that no fan of vocalese should be without. CD

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✨✧ Nat King ColeSt Louis Blues ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Arrangements by Nelson Riddle, on a host of older WC Handy tunes – nicely updated by Cole! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Sammy Davis JrNat King Cole Songbook ... LP
Reprise, 1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
A fitting set, in some way – as Sammy's rise in the 60s was equivalent to Nat's at the end of the 40s – but you've gotta admit, Sammy's vocals are quite quite different from those of Cole! Don't think of this one as a "tribute", so much as it's a collection of classic time-tested songs – all delivered by Sam with that Wham that he was bringing to his best Reprise work of the time. Arrangers include Billy May, Marty Paich, Claus Ogerman, and Johnny Keating – all of whom are working in that wonderful 60s easy style that fit Sammy's voice so well – a surprisingly spacious sound, and one that always seems to have a hint of rhythm, even on the mellowest tracks! Great stuff all around, and with tracks that include "Pretend", "Unforgettable", "Straighten Up & Fly Right", "Sweet Lorraine", "Send For Me", and "Walkin My Baby Back Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Diane Schuur & BB KingHeart To Heart ... CD
GRP, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ Nat King ColeThose Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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". CD

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✨✧ Teddi KingAll The King's Songs ... LP
Coral, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
The title tells the story of the album's concept – as Teddi King pays tribute to a dozen male "kings" of music – including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dick Haymes, and Billy Eckstine! The tunes are all signature numbers by each of the male stars – redone by Teddi here with a female twist, and set to backings by Lew Douglas and Johnny Richards – both of whom give Teddi some of the best support of her 50s career. Richards' backings are especially great – nicely dynamic, in a way that breaks past some of Teddi's sleepier qualities – and even on the mellower numbers, the King vocals are in full force, sung with even more promise than on previous albums for RCA. Titles include "Flamingo", "Unforgettable", "April Showers", "A Cottage For Sale", "This Love Of Mine", "Keeping Out Of Mischief Now", and "Temptation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)
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Lorez AlexandriaThis Is Lorez/Lorez Sings Pres ... CD
King/BGP (UK), 1957. New Copy ... $11.99 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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✨✧ Chiemi EriChiemi Eri ... LP
King/Akuphone (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful music from Chiemi Eri – a Japanese singer who is possibly best known in our world for her jazz recordings of the 60s – but who also cut some more traditional styles as well! This collection focuses on those sides of Eri's career – compelling music that mixes older songs with newer, jazzier instrumentation – in a mode that really shows the criss-crossing of new and old, and east and west that was taking place in the Tokyo scene of the postwar years – a scene in which Chiemi figured strongly! The package features material that was originally issued by the King Records label – brought together here in a wonderful introduction to Eri's music for western ears – on the titles "Shinonome Bushi", "Okosa Bushi", "Yakko San", "Kiso Bushi", "Fukagawa Kuzushi", "Sano Sa", "Kuroda Bushi", "Sado Okesa", "Tisuki No Komoriuta", and "Tabaru Zaka". (Global Grooves, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus booklet of notes!)

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✨✧ Helen MerrillHelen Merrill In Tokyo/Helen Merrill Sings Folk ... CD
King (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Mel TormeTorme – A New Album ... CD
Gryphon/King (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Freddy ColeLike A Quiet Storm ... LP
Dinky, 1983. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A great LP of smooth jazzy soul from Freddy cole – recorded for a small (should we say "dinky"?) indie label, but with a warm mellow sound that's all pro! There's some great keyboards behind Freddy's vocals – nice and mellow on the best tracks – and titles include "Dancing Eyes", "Like A Quiet Storm", "I Need Your Love So Much", "All We Need is A Place", "You & I", and "He Was The King". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sylvia DeSaylesBest Is Yet To Come ... LP
Regina, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $13.99
Sylvia DeSayles is quite an unusual singer – one with a deeper voice than most of her contemporaries, and a way of putting over a tune from the toes upward! The style's a bit like Morgana King, but never as mellow – as Sylvia really seems to put a bit of force on some tracks. But the record's also a pretty strong one, thanks to backings from Peter Matz and Sy Oliver – both of whom set DeSayles up with styles that fall nicely in the reworked vocal territory of the early 60s – that legacy of Cy Coleman and other contemporaries that made things a bit groovier than before. Titles include "The Best Is Yet To Come", "Wild Is Love", "Strange", "It Amazes Me", "Warm Winter", "Don't Explain", "Maried I Can Always Get", and "I'll See You Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Bryony JamesFeeling Good ... CD
Mercury/Zeitgeist (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
A really groovy little vocal jazz record – cut by an American singer on the London scene of the late 60s – working here with tight backing from the Laurie Holloway Quartet! Bryony James has this way of going deep with her range that's a bit like Morgana King, but she's also a bit less heavy, too – and swings easily without getting lost in her trills – bringing a lightness to the record that's a great match for the cool arrangements provided by Holloway – whose group also includes a nice percussionist. Many tunes are familiar, but they're given very groovy treatments here – and tracks include "Our Day Will Come", "Feeling Good", "Summertime", "Goin Out Of My Head", "How Insensitive", "Come Back To Me", and "Look Of Love". CD

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Barbara LongSoul ... LP
Savoy, 1961. Near Mint- ... $49.99
A very hip album of vocal jazz – recorded by the underground singer Barbara Long, a righteous east coast talent who cut a very small amount of work during the 60s. This set's got Long backed by a small group that includes Booker Ervin, Billy Howell, and Nat Phipps – and Ervin's tenor solos, some of the few he ever played with a singer, are very much in his classic style. The set list features some great obscure numbers – and titles include "Where Is Lonesome", "Largo To Oscar", "Gee Baby", "Swan Lake", "Serenade", and "It's Heaven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese King pressing, from 1990 – great vinyl and cover!)

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Gil Scott-HeronFree Will (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
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

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Nina SimoneForever Young, Gifted, & Black – Songs Of Freedom & Spirit ... CD
RCA, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
The hippest work of Nina Simone's years on RCA – a collection that brings together tracks that really fit the spirit of the title! Although Simone had always explored righteous themes throughout her career, she really opened up during her late 60s/early 70s run for RCA – using new freedoms at the label to stretch out the length of her tunes, deepen the social currents of her themes, and even move her musical backings away from straight jazz-based lines. Package features liner notes by Alicia Keys, a specially commissioned poem by Nikki Giovanni, and previously unreleased alternate versions of "Turn Turn Turn" and "Ain't Got No" – plus the tracks "Westwind (live)", "Backlash Blues (live)", "Why (The King Of Love Is Dead)(live)", "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free", "Revolution (parts 1 & 2)", and "Mississippi Goddam (live)". CD
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Dusty SpringfieldFaithful (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... $11.99 16.98
A never-heard third Dusty Springfield album for Atlantic Records – issued here for the first time ever, and very much in the same soulful spirit as her other records for the label! Springfield tackled Memphis and Philly soul on her previous two albums for Atlantic – and here, she hits a New York groove with producer Jeff Barry – who is equally well-suited to carry that special balance that Dusty brings to her music – that mix of British pop roots with a real understanding of the American scene – a quality that Springfield never had as strongly after these early years. Titles are a varied lot, but all come together with a really unified feel, thanks to Dusty's strengths as a performer – and tunes include "Haunted", "Someone Who Cares", "Natchez Trace", "You've Got A Friend", "All The King's Horses", and "I'll Be Faithful". CD

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Chiemi EriChiemi Eri ... CD
King/Akuphone (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... About April 1, 2016 (delayed)
Beautiful music from Chiemi Eri – a Japanese singer who is possibly best known in our world for her jazz recordings of the 60s – but who also cut some more traditional styles as well! This collection focuses on those sides of Eri's career – compelling music that mixes older songs with newer, jazzier instrumentation – in a mode that really shows the criss-crossing of new and old, and east and west that was taking place in the Tokyo scene of the postwar years – a scene in which Chiemi figured strongly! The package features material that was originally issued by the King Records label – brought together here in a wonderful introduction to Eri's music for western ears – on the titles "Shinonome Bushi", "Okosa Bushi", "Yakko San", "Kiso Bushi", "Fukagawa Kuzushi", "Sano Sa", "Kuroda Bushi", "Sado Okesa", "Tisuki No Komoriuta", and "Tabaru Zaka". (Global Grooves, Vocalists) CD

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✨✧ Lorez AlexandriaFor Swingers Only ... CD
Argo/Dusty Groove, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from Lorez Alexandria – an ultra-hip singer who recorded for Impulse and King, but who sounds especially wonderful on this rare date for Chess Records! The album's got a groove that definitely lives up to its title – a jazzy, bouncy sort of rhythm that's definitely "for swingers only", and which is a nice contrast to overdone torch or standard jazz vocal modes. Alexandria's singing is completely sublime – quite fluid, yet with a soulful depth that's really amazing – and her backing combo is equally hip – a group led by John Young on piano, and also featuring George Eskirdge on guitar, Jimmy Garrison on bass, Phil Thomas on drums, and Ronald Wilson on flute and tenor – an obscure player whose reed work really makes the album sparkle! The song choices are great too – a mix of some under-recorded gems and a few blue-toned classics – all redone amazingly by Lorez with a sound that's quite unique. Titles include her classic Argo reading of "Baltimore Oriole", which begins with an amazing drum/bass passage that's worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks include "The End Of A Love Affair", "Baltimore Oriole", "All Or Nothing At All", "Mother Earth", "Love Look Away", and "Traveling Down A Lonely Road". CD
(Out of print Dusty Groove pressing.)

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✨✧ Giacomo GatesEverything Is Cool ... CD
Savant, 2015. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Things are plenty cool when Giacomo Gates is around – as the singer's a real old school vocalist, with a hip sound that takes us back to the best modes of the postwar years! Gates has never fully gotten his due, but he's a contemporary singer that we'd place in a legacy that includes Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and Jon Hendricks – and, like all of those, is a vocalist who brings a hell of a lot of personality to his presentation of the material – rightly knowing that a jazz singer doesn't just swing, but finds a way to use his voice with the presence of an instrumental giant on the trumpet or tenor! Speaking of tenor, Grant Stewart blows in the small combo that backs up Giacomo – which also includes John DiMartino on piano and Tony Lombardozzi on guitar. Titles include "Everything Is Cool", "When Lovers They Lose", "Social Call", "Hazel's Hips", "Take Five", "Almost Blue", "Please Don't Bug Me", and "Who Threw The Glue". CD
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✨✧ Dizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of ParisDizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of Paris ... CD
Philips, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 with a slightly different cover.)

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✨✧ VariousUltimate Suburbia Suite – Future Antiques ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from the 60s and beyond – brought together in a way you'd never expect! This massive 2CD collection runs through so many different styles at once – from jazz to bossa, Latin, vocal tracks, fusion, and more – but all in a way that totally makes sense, thanks to unified sunny spirit, and a strong sense of joy throughout! The collection is titled after a very hip Japanese discography from a decade go – a guide to groovy music from the 60s, but with bits from the 70s and early 80s too – and compiler Toru Hashimoto brings together 52 gems that really fit the bill – all in the sort of collection you'll be playing for years, and which is bound to turn you onto sounds you never would have heard otherwise. The spirit is similar to some of Hashimoto's work in the Cafe Apres Midi series – and titles include "This Love Of Mine" by Shirley Scott, "Miss Universo" by Tita, "Sa Marina" by Som Tres, "Now" by Dave Mackay & Vicky Hamilton, "Like A Seed" by Morgana King, "Whatcha Gonna Do" by Rune Ofwerman, "River" by Carita Holmstrom, "I'm Too Shy" by Paige Clare, "Roda" by The Gimmicks, "Silk Stop" by Bossa Tres, "Chorou Chorou" by Joao Donato, "Aquarius" by Cal Tjader, "It's Over" by Pete York, "Sirie" by Sapoty De Mangueira, "Maos Libertas" by Leci Brandao, "Moon River" by Eva, "Jazz A Gogo" by France Gall, "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face" by Dusty Springfield, and "The Girl From Ipanema" by Boulou. (Funky Compilations, Vocalists) CD

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