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✨✧ Amanda AmbroseAmanda Ambrose Recorded Live ... LP
RCA, 1963. Very Good- ... $1.99
Amazing early work from Amanda Ambrose – recorded in a style that's easily as hip as the best live sides from Nina Simone or Roberta Flack – but years before either singer sounded this great! The style is an ultra-hip version of jazz inflected with plenty of soul – reaching back into folk and gospel roots, but fusing the sound into a leaner, cleaner groove that often has a fair bit of rhythm – kind of in the manner of Oscar Brown Jr at his best from this time. Amanda plays piano, and the rest of her group features guitar, bass, drums, and some especially great percussion that drives the best numbers along nicely! Titles include "This Can't Be Love", "Besame Mucho", "A Foggy Day", "Lullaby For Toys", "Someone To Love", and "This Little Light Of Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has moderate wear.)

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Harry BelafonteCalypso ... CD
RCA, 1956. Used ... $1.99
(Out of print.)

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Harry BelafonteMidnight Special ... LP
RCA, Early 60s. Very Good ... $2.99
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Harry Belafonte & Miriam MakebaEvening With Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba ... LP
RCA, 1965. Sealed ... $9.99
Hipper than you might expect – thanks to arrangements by South African jazzman Jonas Gwangwa! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram reissue pressing.)

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Eliane EliasKissed By Nature ... CD
Bluebird/RCA, 2002. Used ... $1.99
(Out of print. CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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Ethel EnnisOnce Again Ethel Ennis ... LP
RCA, 1964. Very Good ... $4.99
Groovy backings from Sid Bass – and titles that include "Thrill Me", "Show Me A Man", "Wild Is Love", "Like Love", "Mr Wonderful", "For Every Man There's A Woman", and "Since I've Been To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Helen GraycoAfter Midnight ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1956. Used ... $9.99
One of the only albums we've ever seen from Helen Grayco – a singer who was supposedly discovered at a party at the house of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh – at least according to Tony's words in the liner notes on the back! Helen's got a nicely sophisticated approach to a tune – a style that's a bit dark and dusky, but never too emotively torchy – just sung with some of the spare, simple late nite modes that you might hear from bigger name vocalists on the Bethlehem label at the time. The style of the set's a bit Bethlehem-like too – slightly jazzy backings by Judd Conlon, used sparingly and occasionally underscored with strings – all with a nicely moody feel to match Helen's vocals. Titles include "Every Time We Say Goodbye", "Take Me In Your Arms", "Mood Indigo", "You're My Thrill", "Good Morning Heartache", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "We'll Be Together Again", and "Black Coffee". CD

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Helen Humes with Red Norvo & His OrchestraMidsummer Night's Songs ... LP
RCA (France), 1974. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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(Cover has an unglued top seam and a few light creases.)

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Teddi KingGirl & Her Songs (Japanese pressing) ... CD
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1957. Used ... $6.99
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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✨✧ Karin Krog/Nils LindbergAs You Are – The Malmo Sessions ... LP
RCA (Sweden), 1977. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the most obscure Karin Krog albums of the 70s – featuring a group led by pianist Nils Lindberg, with Allan Botschinsky on trumpet, Bernt Rosengren on reeds, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Ole Molin on drums! Titles include "Blues For A Crushed Soul", "As You Are", "Once I Loved", "I'm Shadowing You", and "On Green Dolphin Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Bottom cover seam is unglued, and spine has a small split – but this is a very nice copy overall.)

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Carmen McRaeSarah – Dedicated To You ... CD
BMG/RCA, 1990. Used ... $1.99
(Out of print first pressing.)

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Helen Merrill & Piero UmilianiParole E Musica ... CD
RCA (UK), 1961. New Copy ... $8.99
A strange and obscure session that has the cool jazz vocals of American singer Helen Merrill backed by a small Italian combo led by soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a wonderful mix that really makes the album an unusual one for Helen! The music was originally recorded for a TV program in Italy, and each track is preceded by an Italian voice, reciting Italian versions of the lyrics over spare musical backing – then Merrill's voice comes in with a bigger jazz group, singing each track in English – a very nice level of presentation! And although the whole thing sounds crazy, it actually works well – and gives the album a compelling edge and kind of a sexy late-night quality – with great instrumentation that includes flute from Gino Marinacci and guitar from Enzo Grillini. Tracks include "Solitude", "Everything Happens To Me", "Night & Day", "Why Don't You Do Right", and "Willow Weep For Me". CD

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Jimmy RushingYou And Me That Used To Be ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1971. Used ... $11.99
Eleven tracks, featuring Ray Nance, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, BuddJohnson, and Milt Hinton. Including "Fine And Mellow", "I Surrender Dear", "Linger Awhile", "My Last Affair", "More Than You Know", "Home", and "The You And Me That Used To Be". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gil Scott-HeronRevolution Will Not Be Televised ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Early 70s. New Copy ... $7.99
An 80s collection, but one that's filled with gems from Gil Scott-Heron's legendary early years at Flying Dutchman – a time when he was recording some of his most impressively righteous material ever! The music's a hip mix of protest poetry and sweet jazzy numbers – played with great keyboard accompaniment from frequent partner Brian Jackson on nearly every track – plus help from Hubert Laws on flute and sax, and Bernard Purdie on drums. CD features 17 tracks in all – much more than the album – and titles include "Pieces of a Man", "Lady Day & John Coltrane", "Whitey on the Moon", "The Needle's Eye", "Home is Where the Hatred Is", "Did You Hear What They Said?", "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", "No Knock", "Sex Education Ghetto Style", "A Sign Of The Ages", "The Prisoner", and "When You Are Who You Think You Are". (Soul, Vocalists) CD

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Dinah ShoreSings The Blues Volume 1 (7-inch EP) ... 7-inch
RCA, 1954. Very Good ... $2.99
(Funky 45's, Vocalists) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has a stain on back.)

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✨✧ Nina SimoneEmergency Ward! (180 gram pressing) ... LP
RCA, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A great little album cut by Nina Simone during the time she was working with Weldon Irvine – a live album that really has the lady stretching out, and showing off all the cool, complicated grooves she brought to a concert setting! Weldon did the arrangements, and they've got a very righteous feel overall – which really seems to inspire Simone in her interpretations of the tunes, as she improvises a lot and really takes off with the lyrics! The album includes a really haunting version of "My Sweet Lord", the classic "Poppies", and a great poem/song called "Today Is A Killer" that goes on for over 15 minutes! LP, Vinyl record album

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Nina SimoneForever Young, Gifted, & Black – Songs Of Freedom & Spirit ... CD
RCA, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
The hippest work of Nina Simone's years on RCA – a collection that brings together tracks that really fit the spirit of the title! Although Simone had always explored righteous themes throughout her career, she really opened up during her late 60s/early 70s run for RCA – using new freedoms at the label to stretch out the length of her tunes, deepen the social currents of her themes, and even move her musical backings away from straight jazz-based lines. Package features liner notes by Alicia Keys, a specially commissioned poem by Nikki Giovanni, and previously unreleased alternate versions of "Turn Turn Turn" and "Ain't Got No" – plus the tracks "Westwind (live)", "Backlash Blues (live)", "Why (The King Of Love Is Dead)(live)", "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free", "Revolution (parts 1 & 2)", and "Mississippi Goddam (live)". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Nina SimoneHere Comes The Sun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Classic RCA work from the great Nina Simone – and an album that definitely shows Nina hitting more of the soul spectrum than some of her folk and jazz work of the 60s! The set's got these wonderful arrangements from Harold Wheeler – a bit electric, and done in a way that takes familiar tongs and completely recasts them for Nina's own vibe – a way of shifting the sense of spirit to unlock a special Simone-like quality you never would have expected in the tunes from anyone else! Titles include a great version of "Ooh Child", plus "Just Like A Woman", "Here Comes The Sun", "New World Coming", and "My Way". And the set also features Weldon Irvine's own composition, "How Long Must I Wander?" CD

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✨✧ Nina SimoneSilk & Soul ... LP
RCA, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
One of Nina's first for RCA – a mixture of jazz and soul tunes handled with some classy arrangements by Sammy Lowe, most of which feature nice electric bass work at the bottom by Gene Taylor! Taylor's bass gives the tracks a nice "dip" that's not exactly funky, but does provide a strong kick that keeps things moving along nicely – in a way that points towards the direction Nina would take in the 70s, and which makes this album a fair bit hipper than some of her Philips work! Nina's not as over the top as on other records, but still lays it out quite hiply – and tracks include "Consummation", "Go To Hell", "Love O Love", "It Be's That Way Sometime", "Turn Me On", and "Some Say". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nina SimoneSings The Blues (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. Used ... $6.99
Nina's not just singing the blues here – she's completely reinventing the sound of the format – by drawing on a long tradition of vocal expression, and infusing it with the hipper, more personally exploratory mode she forged in the 60s! The album's got a subtle brilliance that means that it's sometimes overlooked next to her more forceful work of the time – but it's every bit essential Simone as some of her other key sides of the decade. The group is a small combo featuring Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Lucas, and Ernest Hayes – and titles include "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl", "Do I Move You?", "In The Dark", "Real Real", and "Backlash Blues". CD features bonus tracks "Whatever I Am (You Made Me)" and "Do I Move You (second version)". CD
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Jon LucienPremonition (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $8.99
A beautiful album from Jon Lucien – one that's been far too neglected over the years! This was Lucien's second album for Columbia – and it's a wonderfully strong effort that fuses together jazz, soul, and Brazilian styles, in a manner that recalls some of his best work for RCA – but also moves the music into a slightly more modern soul vibe, too! The sound's a bit tighter than in earlier years – but the best cuts really benefit from this approach, and have sort of a Bill Withers-esque mix of smooth instrumentation and real soul vocals. Titles include the classic "Hello Like Before", plus "Child Of Love", "Mi Vida", "Spring's Arrival", "Gaku", and "If I Could". CD features a bonus early version of "Child Of Love". (Soul, Vocalists) CD

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