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Nat King ColeBest Of The Nat King Cole Trio (3 CD set) ... CD
Capitol, 1940s. Used 3 CDs ... $19.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Nat King ColeNat King Cole Trio Transcriptions (3CD box set) ... CD
Blue Note, Late 40s. Used 3 CDs ... $13.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Nat King ColeThose Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD

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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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Morgana KingFor You, For Me, For Evermore ... LP
EmArcy, 1956. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Titles include "For You For Me For Evermore", "In The Wee Small Hours", "I'll String Along With You", "Delovely", and "Down In The Depths". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing, with deep groove – nice and clean! Vinyl is great – cover has some small white oxidation spots under the laminate, which is slightly peeled in one corner.)

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Morgana KingLet Me Love You ... LP
United Artists, 1958. Very Good- ... $12.99
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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Peggy KingWish Upon A Star (10 inch LP) ... LP
Columbia, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $6.99
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(Cover has light surface wear.)

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Teddi KingBidin My Time ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Teddi's working here with some jazzy backings from Al Cohn and his orchestra! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has an RCA "meet the girls" sticker.)

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Teddi KingGirl & Her Songs (Japanese pressing) ... CD
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1957. Used ... $11.99
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 KingNow In Vogue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Storyville (Japan), 1955. Used ... $11.99
One of a number of great small group sessions done by singer Teddi King for the Storyville label – nicely relaxed, with backing from a septet that features Billy Taylor on piano, Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Nick Travis on trumpet, and Gene Quill on alto! The Storyville approach really brings out the best in Teddi's vocals – as the easy-going nature of the record has King sounding a bit more grown-up and adult than before – singing lines in a slightly sultry style, yet still with some of the bird-like notes heard on other albums. Taylor's piano adds a nice grounding to the record – and titles include "Old Folks", "Why Do You Suppose", "I'm In The Market For You", "You Hit The Spot", "Something To Live For", and "Like A Ship Without A Sail". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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Teddi KingRound Midnight (plus Miss Teddi King) ... LP
Storyville/Trio (Japan), 1953. Near Mint- ... $33.99
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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Teddi KingTo You From Teddi King ... LP
RCA, 1955. Very Good ... $11.99
Sweet 50s vocals from Teddi King – a set that's arranged with a fuller style than her small combo sessions from the time – but which still shows her to be one of the most distinctive singers of her time! Teddi's got a voice that's much richer than you'd guess from her small frame – a way of putting over a tune that's not really emotive, but much more deeply expressive than some of her contemporaries – yet all without resorting to any easy cliches, or familiar styles pulled from previous generations. The backings from George Siravo follow this approach nicely – never too overdone, but often with some nice little instrumental touches that add a bit of flair to the proceedings. The songs all echo the "To You" in the title – with a strong use of the second person pronoun in an intimate way – on numbers that include "The Way You Look Tonight", "You Go To My Head", "Where Have You Been", "How Come You Do Me Like You Do", "The Touch Of Your Lips", "The Very Thought Of You", and "Mr You've Gone & Got The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Top cover seam has light wear, but this is a nice copy overall – vinyl is nice and clean overall.)

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King PleasureGolden Days ... LP
Hi Fi, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Beautiful beautiful record, and still one of the greatest jazz vocal albums ever made. The great King Pleasure sings in a raspy vocalese style similar to Jon Hendricks or Eddie Jefferson, but with a sense of warmth and delivery that the two of them never seem to reach. The set list here features a stellar batch of tracks with lyrics by Pleasure, including "The New Symphony Sid", "No, Not Much", "Parker's Mood", and "Golden Days". There's some great accompaniment by LA hard bop players like Teddy Edwards, Gerald Wiggins, and Harold Land, and the whole set sparkles with imagination and warmth. Plus, the liner notes include a cool set of notes about Pleasure's crazy philosophy called Planetism. Wild stuff! LP, Vinyl record album
(Life Series pressing.)

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✨✧ King PleasureKing Pleasure (aka Golden Days) ... LP
Hi Fi/Everest, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Beautiful beautiful record, and still one of the greatest jazz vocal albums ever made. The great King Pleasure sings in a raspy vocalese style similar to Jon Hendricks or Eddie Jefferson, but with a sense of warmth and delivery that the two of them never seem to reach. The set list here features a stellar batch of tracks with lyrics by Pleasure, including "The New Symphony Sid", "No, Not Much", "Parker's Mood", and "Golden Days". There's some great accompaniment by LA hard bop players like Teddy Edwards, Gerald Wiggins, and Harold Land, and the whole set sparkles with imagination and warmth. Plus, the liner notes include a cool set of notes about Pleasure's crazy philosophy called Planetism. Wild stuff! LP, Vinyl record album

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Mark MurphyMark Murphy Sings Nat's Choice – The Nat King Cole Songbook Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Muse, 1985. Used ... $19.99
CD
(Out of print, small piece of tape covering a tear on the booklet cover.)

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Freddy ColeHe Was The King ... CD
High Note, New Copy ... On March 18, 2016
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Nat King ColeLove Is The Thing ... LP
Capitol, 1957. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A classic from Nat King Cole – one of his greatest albums of the 50s, and a mature batch of ballads that show he had really developed into a heck of a singer! Arrangements are by Gordon Jenkins, and the set features a rich array of moody material – including "When I Fall In Love", "Stardust", "Stay As Sweet As You Are", "Love Letters", and "Where Can I Go Without You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing, with barcode.)

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✨✧ Nat King ColeFrom The Very Beginning ... LP
MCA, Mid 40s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Nat King ColeJust One Of Those Things ... LP
Capitol, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(180 gram pressing – limited and numbered – from S&P Records.)

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✨✧ Nat King ColeJust One Of Those Things (2LP 180 gram pressing – 45rpm) ... LP
Capitol/Analogue Productions, 1957. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
 
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Jimmy Rushing/Jack DupreeTwo Shades Of Blues ... LP
King/Audio Lab, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Rare King Records material from both singers! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is great, but has a few light surface marks from old paper sleeve. Cover has a small stamp on back.)

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✨✧ Helen MerrillHelen Merrill In Tokyo/Helen Merrill Sings Folk ... CD
King (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 ... Temporarily 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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Lorez AlexandriaEarly in the Morning ... LP
Argo, 1960. Very Good+ ... $14.99
An excellent early album by one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time! The session's a very hip affair – recorded with the Ramsey Lewis Trio backing her up on one side, and a group led by Frank Foster on another – both playing in a tight soul jazz mode that works perfectly for Lorez's great voice, and which takes her way past the straighter style of the King recordings. Includes a version of Louis Jordan's "Early In The Morning", plus "So Long", "Don't Explain", "Baby Don't You Cry", and "Rocks In My Bed". The groove's very deep, like hearing Lorez in a smoky club on the south side of Chicago! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing with obi.)

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Joe CarrollMan With A Happy Sound ... CD
Collectables, Early 60s. Used ... $6.99
Joe Carroll, Dizzy Gillespie's longtime bebop partner, cut this album of vocal tracks in the early 60s, when he was no longer recording with Diz. The record's a good batch of vocalese tracks with a strong bop edge – in the traditon of singers like Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and King Pleasure. The best track is the goofy "Land Of Ooh Bla Dee", but there's lots of other nice ones, like "Wha Wha Blues", "Have You Got A Penny Benny", and "New School Days". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rosemary ClooneyLove (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1961. Used ... $12.99
A really unusual album from Rosemary Clooney – recorded with lush backings from Nelson Riddle, in a style that gets past the lighter mode of earlier years! Clooney really opens up in Riddle's company – and hits a mature, adult mode that almost points the way towards directions Morgana King would take in later years. The tunes are all extremely well-chosen – and even the older numbers seem to have a more contemporary feel here, thanks to Riddle's unified arrangements throughout – an overall approach that avoids the "fast then slow then fast" mode that sometimes kept other Clooney albums from sounding like more serious vocal efforts. Titles include "Invitation", "I Wish It So", "Yours Sincerely", "Find The Way", "If I Forget You", "More Than You Know", and "Why Shouldn't I". CD
(Out of print.)

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Giacomo GatesEverything Is Cool ... CD
Savant, 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
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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Jackie LeeEnd Of A Rainbow – A Pye Anthology ... CD
Pye/Poker (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $3.99
Great work from this lesser-known Brit pop female – a singer who came on the scene a bit later than Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Sandie Shaw – and one who works here with a slightly different feel as well! The orchestrations are somewhat fuller than Brit girl work from a generation before – never sleepy or too dramatic, but with a lightly lilting quality that really goes nicely with Jackie's great vocals – and which emphasizes some of the simpler, more playful qualities of the tunes, especially some of those with appeal to the younger generation. CD features 26 tracks from Jackie's recordings for Pye, plus a good selection of notes – and titles include "Rupert", "Going To The Circus", "One More Mountain", "Love Is A Gamble", "Inigo Pipkin", "Co Co", "Octopus' Garden", "The Pony Man", "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep", and "When You Are A King". CD

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✨✧ Nina SimoneNuff Said ... LP
RCA, 1968. Very Good ... $11.99
A great little album from Nina – mostly recorded live at the Westbury Music Fair, with a hip mix of jazz, soul, and folk that's stretched out in a slightly informal setting that always brings out the best of Nina's vocals. Titles include "The Backlash Blues", "Please Read Me", "Sunday In Savannah", "Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)", and the nice jazzer "In The Morning". Plus, the album also includes one straight soul number – "Do What You Gotta Do", with some great arrangements by Horace Ott. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra – A Voice On Air (4CD set) ... CD
Sony, Late 30s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy 4CD ... $59.99 69.98
The first-ever official collection to ever present the radio performances of Frank Sinatra – and a really crucial addition to his catalog, with a wealth of material that's very different than some of his studio records of the time! The tracks here aren't just live readings of Sinatra hits – and instead include many songs that he didn't ever record in the studio (48 of the songs in the collection!) – as well as some unique duets, song parodies, and even a few comedy bits – all very well-chosen for the collection, which features 90 previously-unreleased selections (out of 100 total tracks), wrapped up with a big book of notes, too. Guests include Nat King Cole, Jimmie Davis, Slim Gaillard, Dorothy Kirsten, Doris Day, and others – and with both Sony and the Sinatra estate delivering the project, it's way better than any of the radio bootlegs floating around over the years. CD

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Dusty SpringfieldFaithful (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... $15.99 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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