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Mark MurphyRah ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $14.99
Great early work by Mark Murphy – a set that's different than the cool breeziness of his 70s work, and done with an approach that's a lot hipper than most of his 60s contemporaries! Ernie Wilkins handles the arrangements, and there's a rollicking soul jazz groove here that's a bit unusual for Murphy – but which makes for a nice change from his earlier work for Decca or Capitol. As with most of Mark's records, the tunes are very well-chosen, and go way past the obvious – a set list that includes Fran Landesman's great "Stoppin The Clock", Jon Hendricks' lyrics to Horace Silver's "Doodlin", Annie Ross' famous vocalese version of "Twisted", and hip takes on jazz standards "Green Dolphin Street", "Milestones", and "Out Of This World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has a mostly split spine.)

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✨✧ Mark MurphyThat's How I Love The Blues ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Given what a freewheeling, open-minded, and lyrical jazz singer Mark Murphy is, it's hard to imagine him really loving "the blues" – and fortunately, most of that love is extended in the title, because the album itself is less of the blues effort that you might think. True, the tracks are numbers that often have "blues" in the title – but the arrangements are by Al Cohn, and have a swinging approach that's in keeping with Murphy's other early 50s work. Titles include "Blues You're The Mother Of Sin", "Blues In My Heart", "Fiesta In Blue", "That's How I Love The Blues", "Blues In The Night", and a reading of "Senor Blues" that's worth the price of the record alone! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove and microphone logo. Cover has some wear with a splitting spine and bottom seam.)
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Cab CallowayBlues Make Me Happy ... LP
Coral, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $6.99
Later work by Cab – but proof that he was always one heck of a singer, even at this later date. Arrangements are by Dick Jacobs, and the orchestra is directed by Henry Jerome – and the tone of the tracks is more sombre and straight ahead than some of Cab's earlier, madder work. Tracks are all bluesy standards – and titles include "Blues In The Night", "One For My Baby", "Cry Me A River", "Blue Prelude", "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me", and "Learnin The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, some surface wear, and a mark from sticker removal.)

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Matt DennisMatt Dennis Plays & Sings (Trend pressing) ... LP
Trend, 1953. Good ... $19.99
One of the few albums ever recorded by Matt Dennis – a cool-voice vocalist who was equally known as a songwriter! Matt's style here is nicely laidback – supper-club jazz, but with a nice hip twist – the kind of singer who could be playing a room with a gently swinging ease, but also scanning the crowd for the easy mark, the offhand glance, or the kind of sign that would make him change the nature of his set. Two tracks on the set have him joined by sweet-voiced Virginia Maxey – and titles include "Angel Eyes", "Compared To You", "Let's Get Away From It All", and "When You Love A Fella". LP, Vinyl record album

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FeatherZanzibar ... LP
Discovery, 1983. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Breezy scatting vocals – and a really wonderful west coast set! There must have been something in the water in California during the late 70s and early 80s – because the state was awash with great jazz vocal talent – a rich array of inventive singers, all working in territory similar to that of Mark Murphy and Jackie & Roy! Feather were one of the best of these groups – led by the team of Weaver Copeland and Mahmu Pearl – both of whom trade off on vocals on the tunes, singing to a warm set of instrumentation that includes Fender Rhodes, flute, alto, and guitar. The album's got nice vocal takes on "Joy Spring" and "Nica's Dream" – and includes the original tracks "Zanzibar", "High Butterfly", and "Alicia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the textured cover.)

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Jackie & RoyJackie Cain & Roy Kral ... LP
Brunswick, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $6.99
Wonderful early work from Jackie & Roy – a rare album that captures them between their early fame with Charlie Ventura, and their key classics on Storyville and ABC! The pair are great throughout – singing duo jazz vocals with a sense of whimsy and swing that nobody else can match – and backings from both Neal Hefti and Ventura ensure that there's a strong jazz sensibility to all tracks, with just the right kind of back and forth motion to bring out all the best charms of the pair. Titles include "Banana Split", "I Hear Music", "The Continental", "The Honey Jump", "Love Nest", "Glasses N Ashes N Bottles N Cans", and "Just You Just Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and a small mark from an old sticker. Vinyl is nice and clean.)

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Steve LawrenceHere's Steve Lawrence ... LP
Coral, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $1.99
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(Maroon label pressing with deep groove, in the textured cover, with a mark from sticker removal.)

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Joe WilliamsPresenting Joe Williams And Thad Jones Mel Lewis ... LP
Solid State, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A funky big band album, recorded by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, with the great Joe Williams on vocals! The record is one of the most sought-after by the team – probably because it includes the hard breakbeat version of "Get Out of My Life Woman" that's been sampled often over the years. (Actually, hasn't every version of it been sampled by someone?) The other tracks are pretty funky, too, with nice soul groovers like "Night Time Is The Right Time", "Woman's Got Soul", and "How Sweet It Is". Players include Pepper Adams, Joe Farrell, Jerome Richardson, and Roland Hanna – and the Jones/Lewis group is at the height of its hipness here! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain inside the gatefold, a light mark from sticker removal on front, and a bit of tape residue on back.)

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