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Marcos Valle & Stacey KentLive At Birdland (CD/2DVDs) ... CD
Sony (Brazil), 2016. New Copy CD & 2 DVD ... $42.99
A great live performance from this surprising duo – one who already gave us another concert setting on their previous album, but who step out here in the more intimate setting of New York's Birdland nightclub! The setting's a great one, given the jazz legacy that Stacey Kent has already given us in her years of recording – and Valle's completely at home, working alongside Kent with the kind of warmth and interplay he brought to his vocal duets of the 60s and 70s – but with a sound that's maybe even more complex overall. The band features a number of Brazilian musicians – Jesse Sadoc on trumpet, Marcelo Martins on tenor and flute, and Luiz Brasil on acoustic guitar – and Jim Tomlinson joins the group on tenor for part of the show. Tracks include great reworkings of some Marcos Valle classics – and titles include "Drift Away", "My Nightingale", "Crickets Sing For Anamaria", "She Told Me She Told Me", "The Answer", "The White Puma", "The Face I Love", "So Nice", and "Look Who's Mine". Package includes the performance on CD with a bonus studio track "Amando Demais" – and on DVD – with three more titles, and the bonus track "Viola Enluarda". Also includes a bonus DVD with a documentary – featuring performances both at the Blue Note in Tokyo, and in New York. (Brazil, Vocalists) CD
(DVD is All Region.)

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✨✧ Nina SimoneNina Simone Live At Berkeley ... LP
Stroud, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer work from Nina Simone's excellent Stroud Productions run – a set that wasn't issued by RCA in the early 70s, but which really matches the fire of her classics for the label! The setting's a live one, as you'd guess from the title – and most tunes are longish, with those key improvisational moments that really started to set Simone apart from other jazz singers in the 60s – those richly creative moments in which Nina's taking the tunes and turning them on their heads – not just in her own vocal presentation of the lyrics, but also in her conception of the groove! Titles include "No Opportunity Necessary/No Experience Needed", "Assignment Song", "Four Women", "Ain't Got No/I Got Life", "Backlash Blues", and "To Be Young Gifted & Black". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nina SimoneAmazing Nina Simone/Nina Simone At Town Hall ... CD
Collectables, Early 60s. Used ... $9.99
23 classic tracks from Nina's prime early years – laid out on one studio LP, and one great live set, recorded at Town Hall in New York! Titles include classics like "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair", "Fine & Mellow", and "I Don't Want Him" – plus "Middle of The Night", "Summertime", "Return Home", "Chilly Winds Don't Blow", and "That's Him Over There". Lots of nice stuff, and it's some of her best material for the Colpix label! CD
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Lorez AlexandriaFor Swingers Only ... LP
Argo, 1963. Very Good ... $33.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gray label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a sticker spot & some edge wear.)

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Oscar Brown Jr.Sin & Soul ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Very Good ... $3.99
Trend-setting vocal work from Oscar Brown Jr – one of the hippest singers of his generation, and a vocalist who really took things to the next level in the 60s! Brown's got a sound that's partially influenced by the vocalese of Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and other singers of the 50s – but his groove here is also a bit more fluid and lyrical too – thanks to some great lyrics penned by Oscar, some of which went on to become classics over the years. Like his predecessors, many of the tunes chosen by Brown got their start as jazz instrumentals, but sparkle anew here with fresh lyrics that really liven them up a lot – tales of sin and soul and a lot more, often delivered with a good sense of wit. Titles include great vocal versions of "Dat Dere", "Work Song", and "Afro-Blue", plus some of his great original compositions, like "Brown Baby", "But I Was Cool", and "Rags and Old Iron". The arrangements are great, with a nice jazzy sound – and the group includes the excellent Floyd Morris on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye stereo pressing. Cover has some wear & splitting.)

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Jackie & RoyBits & Pieces ... LP
ABC, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Incredible early work from Jackie & Roy – one of their sublime 50s classics on ABC, done in a style that's even groovier than their sessions for Storyville! The whole thing's upbeat, lively, and extremely cheery – a perfect showcase for the pair's vocalese talents – which are heard wonderfully here on both lyrical and scatted numbers! Arrangements are by Bill Holman, Ralph Burns, and Ernie Wilkins – all of whom get the right playful feel for the pair – and a few tunes feature Jackie in the solo spotlight, singing as one of the 50s' most expressive jazz vocalists. Titles include loads of great numbers – including "Say Cheese", "Aura", "Look Around", "Honey Did", and "Stopping The Clock". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some discoloration from age and light stains on back.)

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✨✧ Nancy WilsonJust For Now/Lush Life (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Caroline (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of classics from Nancy Wilson – with bonus tracks too! On the album Just For Now, Nancy Wilson sings just for now – but in that way that could make any of her late 60s Capitol sessions a timeless classic – a record that has a lot more staying power than you'd guess from the title! Wilson's a genius at this point in her career – trained in jazz, with phrasing that's impeccable and at a level that brings a whole new sophistication to the music – but also able to open up with a groove, too, even on the gentler numbers – as open to soulful 60s currents in her music as Lou Rawls was with his – which is why both artists' Capitol sides are so incomparable! Arrangements are great – well-suited to Nancy's voice, and handled by Billy May, Oliver Nelson, and Sid Feller with a strong current of jazz – on titles that include "If He Walked Into My Life", "Rain Sometimes", "What Now My Love", "That's Life", "Born Free", "I'll Make A Man Of The Man", and "Just For Now". Lush Life is genius work from Nancy Wilson – the kind of Capitol Records gem that was partly jazz, partly soul, and very much in that special territory that made Wilson one of the most mature, sophisticated singers of the 60s! The record's got Nancy working through some material with bluer currents, sometimes in a mode that's late night in the instrumentation – but never in the older style of torch tunes. Instead, arrangers Billy May, Olver Nelson, and Sid Feller really keep things groovy – matching the newer spirit that Wilson brings to her music – which results in superb readings of songs throughout. Titles include some nice lesser-known material – like "River Shallow", "Free Again", "Only The Young", "The Right To Love", and "Over The Weekend" – plus versions of "Lush Life", "Midnight Sun", and "Sunny". CD features four bonus tracks – "I Concentrate On You", "Don't Look Over Your Shoulder", "Do You Know Why", and "But Only Sometimes" – and records are presented in their original mono mixes! CD

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