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Monday MichiruNaked Breath 2 ... CD
Sonic Image, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
Beautiful work from Monday Michiru – an artist we've loved for over 20 years, and who just keeps on rewarding our faith in her work with records like this! Years back, Monday was a soul singer, then she grew into a very talented jazz singer too – and here, she's in a very special space of her own – beautifully set up with just the guitar of Yoshihisa Suzuki for accompaniment, plus a bit of her own work on flute – but mostly in a mode that just features her singing alongside the guitar! Monday's always had an expressive voice, but she really knocks it out of the park here – working so many different inflections, twists, and turns into her lyrics – so much so, we don't even miss the other instrumentation at all. Few folks could make an album this vivid with so little – but then again, Monday's always been a rare breed! Titles include the originals "One Thing's For Sure", "Seize The Day", "Brasilified", "Hidden Elements", "Disillusioned", and "Lone Wolf" – plus versions of "One Note Samba", and the Prince classic "Wanna Be Your Lover". (Neo Soul, Vocalists) CD

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Tony BennettI Wanna Be Around (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1963. Used ... $5.99
Warm backings from Marty Manning – and a set that really has Tony Bennett coming into his own for the 60s! Titles include the classics "I Wanna Be Around" and 'The Good Life" – plus "Once Upon A Summertime", "If You Were Mine", "Someone To Love", and "Quiet Nights". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Burt BacharachMake It Easy On Yourself ... LP
A&M, 1969. Very Good ... $4.99
Fantastic work by maestro Burt Bacharach – subtle genius, and an album that offers more to us every time we listen to it! Burt's work has been recorded by many – but few ever gave it the kind of treatment that he did – as you'll hear in this brilliant array of sweeping strings, sly syncopation, and well-placed instrumental solos! The sound is breathtaking throughout – a new level of maturity and majesty for 60s instrumental pop – and the record's an enduring classic that deserves a place in every sensitive record collection. Includes the amazing cut "Pacific Coast Highway", plus great versions of other classics, like "Wanting Things", "She's Gone Away", "Knowing When To Leave", and "This Guy's In Love With You". (Now Sound, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label pressing, with A&M inner sleeve.)

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Sheldon AllmanFolk Songs For The 21st Century (radioactive green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Hi Fi/Modern Harmonic, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Not only a wonderfully weird vocal record – but a set that's also one of the first albums produced by the legendary David Axelrod! David's hardly the star here, though – as the whole thing's really the brainchild of singer Sheldon Allman – more of a nightclub singer than the folk artist you'd guess from the title – working here in a cool jazzy setting that really fits the spirit of his very groovy space-themed tunes! The instrumentation sometimes goes for a faux-rock approach, with lots of twanging guitar – but other tunes are straightly jazzy – and as a whole, the instrumentation really keeps pace with the witty lyrics that Allman delivers on the tunes. Titles include "Univac & The Humanoid", "Space Opera", "Girl In The 4th Dimension", "Crawl Out Through The Fallout", "Free Fall", "Walking On The Ground", and "Radioactive Mama". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)

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Pearl BaileySings For Adults Only ... LP
Roulette, 1957. Very Good ... $1.99
Not as "adult" as you might think – at least given the way the word is used today – but pretty great work by Pearl nonetheless! The tunes themselves are a bit "blue" in terms of subject matter – tales of girls with hot pants, loose love, and the kind of backroom hijinks that weren't always talked about so freely in the torch singer era. But given the time, and the setting, the tunes are still pretty soft on the subjects – and get the themes across through clever turns of phrase, slight innuendo, and just the right intonation at the right time – a style that makes Pearl Bailey perfect for the work! Titles include "I Want A Man", "She Had To Go & Lose It At The Astor", "The Physician", "Josephine", "Zip", "Flings", "You Can Be Replaced" and "Legalize My Name". LP, Vinyl record album
(Color bar pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam.)

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June ChristyBest Of June Christy – The Jazz Sessions ... CD
Capitol, 1950s. Used ... $2.99
A well-chosen batch of tunes from June Christy's legendary years at Capitol Records – material that really helped transform the sound of the voice in jazz during the 50s! The title says "jazz sessions", but given June's approach, that encompasses most of her sides for Capitol – and the CD features material from a decade's worth of albums – mostly arranged by Pete Rugolo or Bob Cooper. There's a tremendous amount of darkness in many of these tunes – a mix of cold and sweet that's simply breathtaking, and which is still a style that June does better than anyone else. 18 tracks in all – including "Remind Me", "I Want You To Be Happy", "My Ship", "Looking For A Boy", "Baby All The Time", "Day Dream", "Midnight Sun", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Make Someone Happy", "How High The Moon", and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Sings Broadway (Verve Master Edition) ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, 1962. Used ... $4.99
Ella Fitzgerald sings Broadway – but in a way that makes the tunes completely her own! Marty Paich turns in some great jazzy arrangements for the set – and the tunes are far more swinging than the usual showtunes you might expect – stripped of all their stage-bound drama, and retooled by Paich as these tight little vehicles for Ella's amazing vocals! The album's arguably more expressive than even some of Fitzgerald's previous songbook sessions – even though most work comes from the same American stage mode – titles that include "Hernando's Hideaway", "I Could Have Danced All Night", "Whatever Lola Wants", "Guys and Dolls", "If I Were A Bell", "No Other Love", and "Steam Heat". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Joe PassTake Love Easy (XRCD pressing) ... CD
Pablo/JVC (Japan), 1973. Used ... $19.99
One of the great Pablo Records efforts to revisit the jazz sound of the 50s – but in fresh new ways allowed by the freer recording modes of the 70s! The album features Ella Fitgerald and Joe Pass, plus nobody else – just voice and guitar coming together in quiet, introspective ways that are completely sublime, and a very nice change from some of Ella's fuller band recordings of the few years before this album. And far from being sleepy, the intimacy of the record almost seems to set a new kind of fire – one that comes from the gentle persona of Ella, which is a far cry from the glass-breaking singer that she'd come to be known as in the mainstream! Titles include "Take Love Easy", "Once I Loved", "Lush Life", "You're Blase", "A Foggy Day", "I Want To Talk About You", and "You Go To My Head". CD
(Out of print. Extended Resolution pressing.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongPorgy & Bess (2LP version) ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the hippest takes ever on the Porgy & Bess score – done in duet format by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, in a fuller spirit than their other albums for Verve! Like many late 50s albums of Gershwin's score, this one was issued in advance of the film with Sidney Poitier – but unlike most, this is less of a cash-in affair, and really takes Gershwin's music on its own – serving it up with that newly serious style that Verve was hitting with some artists, especially Ella, in the latter half of the 50s. Most tracks have relatively full backings – strings and jazz orchestrations – and the double-length set features 15 tracks that include "Buzzard Song", "I Got Plenty O Nuttin", "My Man's Gone Now", "I Wants To Stay Here", "Summertime", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "What You Want Wid Bess", "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin Soon For New York", "Oh Lawd I'm On My Way", and "A Woman Is A Sometime Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove, including the booklet. Cover light edge wear and small seam splits.)

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Abbe Lane with Tito PuenteBe Mine Tonight (Japanese pressing) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1959. Used ... $14.99
Classic 50s work from vocalist Abbe Lane – and a record that's made all the better by some great arrangements from Tito Puente! Abbe's getting past the sexy tricks of other records here – and singing in a dusky tone that works perfect with Tito's tight, choppy, and highly percussive arrangements. The set's got a wonderful blend of Latin and torch – with tracks that include "Take It Easy", "Green Eyes", "The River Seine", "Babalu", "Pan, Amore & Cha Cha Cha", "Noche De Ronda", and "Whatever Lola Wants". CD
(Out of print.)

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Barbara Morrison with Houston PersonI Wanna Be Loved ... CD
Savant, 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A great pairing of the voice of Barbara Morrison and tenor of Houston Person – brought together here in a way that's similar to many of the excellent sessions that Person cut with Etta Jones over the years! Morrison's a different sort of singer, though – which makes for a nice sort of change – a vocalist who can hit a deeper range, but also balance that with a sense of class that we totally love – almost as if she's a more soul jazz version of Nancy Wilson, which makes her a great match for Houston's tenor. The rest of the group features Stuart Elster on piano, Richard Simon on bass, and Lee Spath on drums – and titles include "Shiny Stockings", "Perdido", "I'll Close My Eyes", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "September In The Rain", "I Wanna Be Loved", "Work Song", and "Make Me A Present Of You". CD

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Kathryn MosesMusic In My Heart ... LP
PM, 1979. Near Mint- ... $6.99
The second album from Kathryn Moses – a sweet mix of warm vocals, funky flute, and even a bit of sax! Kathyrn's as great a singer as she is an instrumentalist – and the album offers equal parts of her talents – stepping out with a style that's often a bit funky at the bottom, with an electric mixture of flute, guitars, percussion, and bass. Gene Perla produced the record, and it's got a fair bit of choppy grooves that are right up there in the best PM Records mode – more proof that the Canadian scene could groove nicely when it wanted. Titles include the jazz dancer "Lucky Duck", plus the cuts "Should Be Ancient History", "Katrina", "More Than Ever", "Music In My Heart", and "Love To See You Smile". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing, on Celeste – heavy cover and great vinyl!)

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Buddy RichBuddy Rich Sings Johnny Mercer ... LP
Verve, 1956. Very Good ... $28.99
One of the few rare vocal sessions recorded by Buddy Rich – and a surprisingly swinging album that makes us wonder why he didn't record more like this! Arrangements are by Buddy Bregman, who was always the great man at Verve for backing less-confident singers – and unlike other Buddy Rich vocal records, which have a mostly gentle, almost Chet Baker-like quality, this one's got a lot more punch and some of the dynamism you'd expect from Rich's fame in jazz! Overall, there's a bit of a short dynamic range to Buddy's singing – but he more than makes up for that with a slightly earthy quality that we really like – a mode that clearly has him wanting to sing, pushing his voice, and bringing a sense of earnestness to these tunes that we really like. Titles include "Day In Day Out", "Goody Goody", "Out Of This World", "One For My Baby", "Fools Rush In", "Dream", and "Travlin Light". (Jazz, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve, Inc pressing with a black label & deep groove. Spine & seams are lined with tape.)

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AkikoHit Parade – A Tribute To London Nite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2009. Used ... $9.99
Man, Akiko always knows how to keep things interesting – always moving between different genres and styles, to serve up a fresh new groove with each release! This set's got the singer hitting a host of British rock tunes, mostly from the 80s – doing them with a harder edge than you might expect from her other albums – some of the heavier modes picked up on her R&B tribute, but a lot sharper overall! There's less jazz in the mix than before, replaced by guitars that fit these tunes well – and there's almost a new wave feel to the record at points. Titles include versions of "Breakaway", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", "Sugar Baby Love", "Video Killed The Radio Star", "99 Red Balloons", "Wake Up Boo", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", and "Goody Two Shoes". (Neo Soul, Vocalists) CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Includes obi.)

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Ernie AndrewsTravelin Light ... LP
GNP, Mid 50s/1975. Very Good ... $3.99
Some of the earliest work we've ever seen from LA singer Ernie Andrews – much better known for his 60s sides, but sounding great here overall! Side one of the album's from a 1958 date arranged by Gerald Wiggins and featuring Eric Dolphy on alto sax – tunes done in a slightly bluesy mode that brings out the deepest side of Andrews vocals. Side two's from a few years before – 1956 – and features some slightly tighter arrangements from Benny Carter, but still a nice jazz base overall – and as with the first date, the group is filled with top-shelf players from the LA scene. Titles include "Song Of The Wanderer", "Bernie's Tune", "Slide Mr Trombone", "Travelin Light", "Lover Come Back To Me", and a unique vocal version of Teddy Edwards' "Sunset Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing. Cover has some wear & and a name in marker.)

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Ann MargretOn The Way Up ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1961. Used ... $6.99
One of the most respectable of Ann-Margret's 60s sides for RCA – an early effort that features some tunes recorded in Nashville with Chet Atkins, who gives the lady a nicely countrified bounce! Side one is the "rock side", and has Ann doing some especially nice numbers in this mode – never too over the top and with electric bass setting a nice tone for the tunes. Dick Pierce also handles some arrangements on the set too – a bit more in the usual Ann-Margret mode, but still never too over the top. Titles include "Oh Lonesome Me", "Slowly", "What Do You Want From Me", "I Just Don't Understand", "His Ring", and "Could It Be". CD
(Out of print.)

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Patti AustinHavana Candy ... CD
CTI (UK), 1977. Used ... $8.99
Havana Candy, indeed – as singer Patti Austin's in her sweetest mode of the 70s – stepping off of years of background vocals for others, and really emerging as a great soul star on her own! Patti got the chance to cut some soul singles back in her early days – but work like this really unlocks her jazzier side, too – that spirit she developed in her work with Quincy Jones, taken to even more expressive heights on her own. Arrangements are by Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin – moody, mellow in a style that's perfect for Patti's voice – and players on the set include Grusin on keyboards, Eric Gale on guitar, Richard Tee on keyboards, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion – all-star CTI players who really keep things rights! Titles include "I Need Somebody", "We're In Love", "Lost In The Stars", "Havana Candy", and "I Just Want To Know". (Soul, Vocalists) CD

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Sue BarkerSue Barker (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crest/Playback (Australia), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A hip Australian jazz singer from the 70s – and one who isn't afraid of picking up a bit of soul, too – as she mixes songs from Stax Records, Motown, and Atlantic alongside more familiar standards in the set! Sue clearly got the chance to record in a scene that was less concerned with labels than might have been the case up here in the US – and she gets hip small combo backing that match all the right inflections in her vocals – jazzy when needed, more southern soul at other points – often with more of a 60s acoustic mode than the sorts of more-electric instrumentation other singers of the time were using. Arrangements are by Grahame Conlon, the guitarist in the group – and titles include "What's Going On", "Lover Man", "Think", "6345789", "How Sweet It Is", "Love To The People", "You Stepped Out Of A Dream", and "Groovin". CD adds in three bonus tracks – "Zimbabwe", "Half Moon", and "You Can't Always Get What You Want". CD
Also available Sue Barker (180 gram pressing) ... LP 24.99

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Tony BennettComplete Improv Recordings (4CD set) ... CD
Improv/Concord, Mid 70s. Used 4 CDs ... $19.99
The complete recordings of a really lost time in the career of Tony Bennett – mid 70s sides cut for the tiny Improv label – an indie home to Bennett at a time of waning fame, and a place where he recorded some surprisingly exceptional work! The approach here often echoes that of the Columbia years of the 60s – possibly a bit outdated at the time, but even more timeless from our perspective of many years later – as Tony holds on to a really classic style of singing – matured even more than his earlier sides, yet still waiting for many more years to be rediscovered by a younger generation. The package features material originally issued on the albums Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs, Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart, Live Is Beautiful, Tony Bennett & Bill Evans Together Again, and Tony Bennett/The McPartlands & Friends Make Beautiful Music – sessions originally recorded with help from Torrie Zito, Ruby Braff, Marian McPartland, Bill Evans, and others. 76 tracks in all – including alternates and unreleased numbers – with a detailed booklet of notes! CD
(Marker through barcode.)

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Sallie BlairHello Tiger! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
MGM/Universal (Japan), 1959. Used ... $29.99
Sultry vocals from Sallie Blair – one of the hipper singers of her generation, and an artist with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! Blair's a bit bluesy, a bit soulful, but ultimately a jazz singer at heart – and her already-cool style gets some sweet extra help on this session from Neal Hefti, who brings a great sense of punch to his arrangements – almost a Basie bounce at points, but with some Henry Mancini touches too – especially in the album's great use of electric guitar and Latin percussion. Most numbers have a slinky, sexy sort of groove – and titles include "That Old Black Magic", "Witchcraft", "Whatever Lola Wants", "Doncha Go Way Mad", "Everything I Have Is Yours", "Early Winter", and "I'm Through With Love". CD
(Includes obi.)
 
 
 



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