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Annie Ross & Pony PoindexterAnnie Ross & Pony Poindexter With The Berlin All Stars ... LP
Saba (Germany), 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $34.99
Although Annie Ross kind of dropped off the radar screen of most Americans after she dropped out of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – she still was cutting great music overseas, although not as often as before. This excellent set features her in the company of some great American ex-patriots – like Pony Poindexter (a longtime cronie of LHR), Leo Wright, and the great Carmell Jones. The group is extremely tight, and Poindexter's soulful alto and soprano solos make the album totally worth having, even if you're not a fan of Ross. She's pretty darn fantastic too, though, and her sweetly swinging vocals are filled with a warmth and maturity that you don't always find on her earlier recordings. The record includes a sublime reading of Miles Davis' "All Blues", with a stunning solo by Poindexter – as well as the tracks "Home Cookin", "Moody's Mood For Love", and "Twisted", done in a nice 7 minute version, much longer than the original. (Jazz, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing, with obi! Cover is non-gatefold, but nice and heavy.)

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Ben SidranFeel Your Groove ... LP
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A rare Capitol Records outing from Ben Sidran – and one of his best from the early years! The album's a quirky batch of tracks that also gets nice and funky at times – and some of the best cuts have a tightly snapping feel with plenty of breaks – so much so that the album's been a beathead classic for years! But even the cuts without the breaks are great – straighter jazz, but with a really nice edge – and really in the frontiers of jazz vocal work – hardly the stuff that might have been recorded a few years before. Most instrumentation is small combo, with a mixture of electric and acoustic instrumentation – and titles include the sublime groover "About Love", plus "Poor Girl", "Leo's My Name", "Spread Your Wings", "My Wife", and "That Fine Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
 
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Eddie JeffersonStill On The Planet ... LP
Muse, 1976. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Great later work from vocalist Eddie Jefferson! Although the title of this one might be read as a haunting premonition of Eddie's untimely early death, the grooves within show nothing of the tragedy that was to overtake him a few years later. Hard swingin' jazz vocal stuff, put together by one of the few true masters of the genre. Eddie vocalizes all over the place on a set of material that runs from bop classics like "Workshop" and "Orinthology", to modern groovers like his great reworking of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon". Richie Cole's on alto and Mickey Tucker's on keyboards, and the set also includes "Zap! Carnivorous" and "Keep Walkin". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some writing in marker.)

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Cleo Laine & John DankworthEvening With Cleo Laine & The John Dankworth Quartet ... LP
Philips (Australia), 1972. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
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(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Cleo Laine & John DankworthEvening With Cleo Laine & The John Dankworth Quartet (DRG pressing) ... LP
DRG, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP ... $4.99
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✨✧ Sound Of FeelingSpleen (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Limelight, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
An incredible record from this enigmatic vocal group! Sound Of Feeling were an ultra hip trio (2 gals, 1 guy) who recorded under the aegis of Leonard Feather at the end of the 60s – and who worked in a mode that combined sweet harmony vocals, sunshine pop, and some surprisingly experimental touches! The tunes on this set are a weird blend of dreamy numbers and other tunes that really push the boundaries of vocal expression – very tripped-out numbers that are a bit like some of the later experimental work by the Swingle II ensemble. Titles include "Mixolydian Mode", "Spleen", "Along Came Sam", "The Time Has Come For Silence", "Up Into Silence", and "Hex". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Leon ThomasBlues & The Soulful Truth ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
Leon Thomas takes his vocals to new heights – moving past the straight spiritual jazz modes of his work with Pharoah Sanders, to embrace a whole host of new styles too! There's a slight trace of the blues promised in the title, but always inflected through a more soulful approach overall – thanks to backings arranged by Pee Wee Ellis – known best for his work with the James Brown band of the late 60s! Pee Wee handles reed solos on the tunes, and the group also features some great work on keyboards from Neal Creque – from Pucho's band – plus some guitar from Cornell Dupree and Larry Coryell. Yet Thomas is clearly the main attraction – sounding beautifully expressive at that level that no other jazz singer could ever hope to touch – that genre-starting style that continues to amaze us after all these years. Titles include the classic "China Doll" – plus "Love Each Other", "Boom Boom Boom", "Gypsy Queen", and "Shape Your Mind To Die". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Sound Of Feeling with Oliver NelsonLeonard Feather Presents The Sound Of Feeling & The Sound Of Oliver Nelson ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Totally totally cool LP that has this groovy group playing with Oliver Nelson – who plays soprano on most tracks. The sound is very groovy, and very Now Sound, with a female vocal duet, and mod swingin' jazzy lyrics. The LP's got a nice version of "My Favorite Things", a cool track called "Waltz Without Words", and an excellent camp groover called "Who Knows What Love Is?". Side two doesn't have the group, and instead has Nelson playing with a larger group, but side one's the side that really swings this whole thing! (Jazz, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Luba RaushiekLuba – Chi Jazz ... LP
Erect, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure bit of Chicago jazz – featuring vocalist Luba Raushiek, kind of a self-styled spiritualist, with an approach that hits both traditional modes, and more far-out soulful ones – running through styles that range from Leon Thomas to Billy Eckstine, as was typical for a small club vocalist like this. The record's not great – but it's a valuable bit of Chicago jazz, as Raushiek did sing in quite a few of the city's clubs in the 70s and 80s, and he's helped here by players like John Young, Ari Brown, and Von Freeman. Titles include "Impressions", "Well You Needn't", "Enterprise", and "Love Makes The World Go Round". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Nucleus with Leon ThomasNucleus with Leon Thomas – Live 1970 (180 gram vinyl – with download) ... LP
Gearbox (UK), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the most striking, most unusual settings for the voice of Leon Thomas we've ever heard – a rare 1970 performance with the Brit group Nucleus – done right at the same time that Thomas was recording his classics with Pharoah Sanders! The initial approach is similar, and the songs are familiar – but the overall execution is quite different given the change in instrumentation – as the Nucleus lineup includes Ian Carr on trumpet, Chris Spedding on guitar, Karl Jenkins on piano and oboe, and Brian Smith on tenor, saxophone, and flute! Tracks are all nice and long, and rhythms begin with a slightly similar mode to Thomas' other records – but the use of Spedding's guitar is especially striking, as is Carr's trumpet – which has a very different quality than any American player that Thomas ever worked with. The sax and oboe lines are especially nice – often exotic, but in more of a European spiritual way than an American one – and throughout it all, Thomas really holds the course with some wonderful vocals – on long tracks that include "One", "Chains Of Love", "The Journey", "Echoes", "Damn Nam", and "The Creator Has A Master Plan". (Jazz, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl – with bonus download too!)
 
 
 



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