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Vocalists — LPs

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Herb Geller with Mark MurphyRhyme & Reason (Atlantic pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good ... $6.99
One of the most amazing albums ever cut by reedman Herb Geller – a really unique overseas session from the 70s, and quite different than his initial recordings of the 50s! Herb's working here in a cool mix of electric and acoustic modes, with a vibe that's very much in the best funky MPS style – and the set also features some excellent vocals from Mark Murphy, who sings in this spacey, stretched-out way that's some of his hippest work on record – very much at the best level of his early 70s recordings for Muse! Tracks are quite long, and very hip – with long instrumental passages which are then augmented wonderfully by the vocals. Herb himself plays tenor, alto, soprano sax, and a number of flutes – and other players include Rob Franken on Fender Rhodes and Arp, Philip Catherine on guitar, Wolfgang Schluter on vibes, Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet, and Gottfried Bottger on moog and organ! Titles include the wonderfully spacey "Space A La Mode", a nice slow electric builder – and the classic "Power Of A Smile" – plus "Sudden Senility" and "Rhyme & Reason Time" – the last of which features vocals by Earl Jordan, not Murphy. (Jazz, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker, light wear, a center split on the top seam, and some notes on back.)

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Mark LindsaySilverbird ... LP
Columbia, 1970. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Proof that Mark Lindsay did a mighty good thing by stepping out on his own – as the album's a true pop treasure beyond compare – arranged to perfection by the mighty Artie Butler! Butler has a great way of mixing up strings and full orchestrations with some slightly groovier rhythms at the bottom – all in a way that makes the record way more than the easy listening affair you might expect from a male singer at the time – and which instead pushes it into some very hip, mature territory that's totally great. Many songs are covers, but done here in really fresh versions – and Lindsay really brings his a-game to the record in a wonderful attempt to reinvent his sound. Titles include "Bookends", "Silver Bird", "We've Only Just Begun", "Come Saturday Morning", "Feel The Warm", and "Windy Wakefield". (Rock, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mark MurphyKerouac, Then & Now ... LP
Muse, 1986. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Mark Murphy's second album of jazz tracks by, about, and dedicated to Jack Kerouac. This one's got Mark reading from Big Sur and On The Road, plus doing a bit of a Lord Buckley monologue – all of which have musical accompaniment. He also sings a version of Billy Strayhorn's "Blood Count", lays down a few standards, and pays a nice tribute to Eddie Jefferson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the spine.)

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Mark MurphyMark II ... LP
Muse, 1973. Very Good ... $4.99
Great work from Mark Murphy – hip, electric, and with a spacious sound that's a mix of Murphy's uniquely interpretive style, and some soulful arrangements from David Matthews! The album's way more than just a bunch of standards or mellow tunes – and features a collection of well-chosen and unusual songs, done in a laidback mode that recalls the early work of Ben Sidran, and which has kind of a Free Soul sound overall. Titles include "They", "Chicken Road", "Lemme Blues", "Sleeping", "Triad", "Barangrill", and "Truckin". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mark MurphyStolen Moments ... LP
Muse, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of his best for Muse, with a beautiful set of jazzy vocal grooves that includes his reading of "Stolen Moments" (later made famous by United Future Organization), plus "D.C. Farewell" and an excellent version of "Waters of March". Warm and breezy, with that perfect style that Murphy had for a brief while in the 70s – and which has continued to be such a huge influence on groovers today! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the spine.)
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Pedro Biker with Kenny Drew & Sahib ShihabSong Is You ... LP
Fontana (Denmark), 1966. Near Mint- ... $48.99
An amazing vocal album from the European scene of the 60s – sung by Pedro Biker with a sound that's a fair bit like Mark Murphy at the time – and which is supported by amazing arrangements from pianist Kenny Drew! The sound here is really bold and strong – often modal and soulfully soaring – with a quality that matches some of the best MPS/Saba vocal sessions of the time, particularly Mark Murphy's classic Midnight Mood. And like that album, there's almost an equal weight here to the soloists in the group – so that Sahib Shihab gets in some great work on alto sax, alongside Allan Botschinsky on flugelhorn and Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet. Drew's arrangements are the real revelation, though – filled with dynamic energy that he wasn't even bringing to his own work this well – and really blending a soulful focus with a freewheeling sense of energy – at a level that reminds us a fair bit of the Clarke Boland Big Band! Titles include "The Song Is You", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Wives & Lovers", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Day In Day Out", "Satin Doll", and "Let's Face The Music & Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Joanne GrauerJoanne Grauer – Introducing Lorraine Feather ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1978. Near Mint- ... $18.99
A great lost MPS album from the 70s! This one features keyboard player Joanne Grauer and vocalist Lorraine Feather. The set was recorded in LA in 1977, and has a cool breezy west coast sound, similar to other California jazz vocal recordings from the time – like stuff by Mark Murphy or City Life. Although Joanne Grauer's keyboards have some nice moody moments, most of our favorite tracks are the ones with Feather on vocals – and these include "See You Later", "Can't Sleep", "Longing", and "The Voice". However, the exception to this is the stunning groover "Frog Child", a 9 minute workout that begins with a rolling heavy bassline, and some great keyboard workouts by Joanne. (Jazz, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – long out of print!)

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Roy HamiltonYou'll Never Walk Alone ... LP
Epic, 1954. Very Good ... $0.99
(Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam and a small mark from sticker removal.)

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Rare SilkNew Weave ... LP
Polydor, 1983. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A way hipper record than you'd guess from a group with a name like "Rare Silk" – and some of the best group jazz vocalese recorded in the 80s! The group is a quartet of voices – 3 female, 1 male – and they come together in a style that's far less hokey than most of the other practictioners of this mode at the time – a timeless sort of hipster approach that's really got a lot of the same sort of energy as Mark Murphy on Muse! Backing is small combo jazz on all numbers, with some really sweet keyboards on a few of the best tracks – and titles include versions of Flip Nunez's "Happying", Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay", Richie Cole's "New York Afternoon", Chick Corea's "Spain", Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar", and Eddie Harris' "You Know It's Wrong". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dakota StatonMore Than The Most ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good ... $2.99
Titles include "Good Bye", "Love Walked In", "Walkin By The River", "East Of The Sun", "High On A Windy Hill", and "It's You Or No One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has half split seams and a mark from sticker removal.)

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Sylvia SymsFabulous Sylvia Syms ... LP
20th Century, 1964. Very Good ... $2.99
An unusual set from singer Sylvia Syms – with small combo backing by the group of pianist Bernie Leighton – with performances by Kenny Burrell on guitar, Joe Newman on trumpet, and even a bit of tenor from Ben Webster! LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Vinyl has a mark that clicks for juts a bit in one spot, and back cover has a few very light notes in pen.)

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Nino Tempo & April StevensSing The Great Songs ... LP
Atco, 1964. Very Good ... $4.99
(Rock, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan & blue label pressing. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)

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Cal Tjader & Carmen McRaeHeat Wave ... LP
Concord, 1982. Very Good+ ... $8.99
In our opinion, Carmen always sounds best when she's singing with a small jazz combo backing her up – which is why we dig this tasty set from the early 80s, recorded with a great group led by Cal! The album's got some nice Latin touches – thanks to piano by Mark Levin, and conga work by Poncho Sanchez – and tunes on the record are a mix of standards and a few more interesting numbers, all delivered with a nice light groove. Titles include "Besame Mucho", "Heat Wave", "All In Love Is Fair", "Evil Ways", "Love", "The Visit", and "Speak Low". (Jazz, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album

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Dinah WashingtonBessie Smith Songbook ... LP
EmArcy, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)

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Dinah WashingtonDinah '62 ... LP
Roulette, 1962. Very Good ... $1.99
Fantastic work from Dinah Washington – a singer who's really hitting her stride here during her years for Roulette Records – with a vibe that's maybe her most mature, most sophisticated to date! Washington still has currents of her bluesy roots in her approach, but she's also moving into this boozy mode that's almost more human and heartfelt overall – a contrast to the brassy style of her earlier vocals, almost as if the world's challenges have brought her so much more learning, she's able to bring that experience to bear in her songs. The prime example of this is the excellent "Drinking Again" – one of Dinah's standards of the 60s, and a tune that's performed perfectly here – thanks to help from Fred Morman's orchestrations. But the whole album's equally great – and other tracks include "Miss You", "A Handful of Stars", "Destination Moon", "You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You", and "Where Are You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & pink label pressing. Cover has split seams, a light stain on the bottom 3 inches, and a mark from sticker removal.)
Also available Dinah '62 ... CD 5.99

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