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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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✨✧ Dakota StatonConfessin' (I Want A Country Man/Madame Foo Foo) ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
A double-length set from Dakota Staton – featuring 2 of her albums for the Groove Merchant label! First up is I Want A Country Man – very hip work from Dakota, and one of her great early 70s albums for the Groove Merchant label! Backings here are by the band of Manny Albam – in a mode that's jazzy, but inflected with plenty of soul – and which has the same sort of rhythmic pulse that you'd find in Lou Rawls' best later work for Capitol. The style's a great one for Dakota – one that brings a bit more focus and energy to her music, and which almost sets her up more as a soul singer than a jazz one. Titles include "Girl Talk", "Country Man", "Heartbreak", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "How Did He Look", and a really great version of "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know". Madame Foo Foo is rougher and rawer than we're used to hearing Dakota Staton – and a tasty little session done with Groove Holmes on organ! The tunes are mostly standards, taken at a slower bluesier pace than on some of Dakota's earlier sides – and Groove gets in plenty of licks on Hammond, sneaking behind Dakota's vocals, and working with a group that includes Bernard Purdie, Cornell Dupree, and Horace Ott. Titles include "Blues For Tasty", "A House Is Not A Home", "Candy", "Deep In A Dream", and "A Losing Battle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & some light wear.)

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Astrud Gilberto & Walter WanderleyCertain Smile, Certain Sadness ... LP
Verve, 1966. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Kind of a dream combination in one little album – especially if you dig breezy bossa from the 60s! Back in 1966, Verve Records got the great idea of teaming up its (then) biggest Brazilian imports – vocalist Astrud Gilberto and organist Walter Wanderley – both of whom were selling plenty at the time! Astrud's lovely vocals are matched beautifully with the lean, rhythmic bossa grooves of Wanderley's trio – and the result is a record that's near-perfect in execution. Most of the tracks are quite short, as is the record itself – but it's a perfectly concentrated dose of the Verve bossa sound at its best, with tracks that include "Portuguese Washerwoman", "Tu Meu Delirio", "A Certain Smile", "Call Me", "Here's That Rainy Day", "A Certain Sadness", "It's A Lovely Day Today", and a vocal version of Wanderley's big hit "Summer Samba", redone here as "So Nice"! (Brazil, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album

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Burt BacharachMake It Easy On Yourself ... LP
A&M, 1969. Very Good ... $2.99
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.)
Also available Make It Easy On Yourself (Japanese pressing) ... CD 8.99

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Astrud Gilberto5 Original Albums (Astrud Gilberto Album/Look To The Rainbow/Certain Smile Certain Sadness/Windy/I Haven't Got Anything Better) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $19.99
A quintet of wonderful records from the legendary Astrud Gilberto! First up is the Astrud Gilberto Album – pne of Astrud Gilberto's greatest albums of the 60s – a classic session produced for Verve by Creed Taylor, and featuring sweet gentle arrangements from Marty Paich, co-arranged with Antonio Carlos Jobim, who also plays guitar on the session next to the piano of Joao Donato! That's a mouthful of heavy-hitters, we know – but the result is a totally great session that has Astrud's light and gentle vocals drifting over some of the most magical bossa backings you'll ever hear. The whole thing's great, stuffed with bossa classics done in English – and titles include "Once I Loved", "Aqua De Beber", "O Morro", "Dindi", "Dreamer", and "Photograph". Look To The Rainbow is one of the moodiest Verve albums from Astrud Gilberto – a set that has some surprising arrangements by Gil Evans – working here on one of his few 60s dates with a singer! Astrud's blue-tinged vocals work perfectly with Evans' backdrops – and Al Cohn also takes over the helm on two of the album's tracks, but still does a very good job of keeping the groove. There's a nice mix of sadness and lightness in the set – and titles include a wonderful version of "Berimbau" that actually features berimbau playing by Dom Um Romao, a great take on "El Preciso Aprender A Ser So" with English lyrics, and the titles "Bim Bom", "Lugar Bonito", "Frevo", and "Once Upon A Summertime". For Certain Smile Certain Sadness, Verve Records got the great idea of teaming up its (then) biggest Brazilian imports – vocalist Astrud Gilberto and organist Walter Wanderley – both of whom were selling plenty at the time! Astrud's lovely vocals are matched beautifully with the lean, rhythmic bossa grooves of Wanderley's trio – and the result is a record that's near-perfect in execution. Most of the tracks are quite short, as is the record itself – but it's a perfectly concentrated dose of the Verve bossa sound at its best, with tracks that include "Portuguese Washerwoman", "Tu Meu Delirio", "A Certain Smile", "Call Me", "Here's That Rainy Day", "A Certain Sadness", "It's A Lovely Day Today", and a vocal version of Wanderley's big hit "Summer Samba", redone here as "So Nice"! Windy is one of the hardest to find Astrud Gilberto records on Verve – and one of the best! Deodato, Don Sebesky, and Pat Williams did the arrangements – and the sound here is a bit different than some of the straighter Gilberto sets of the time – still very bossa-inspired, but also in a style that mixes in some great Sunshine Pop and 60s easy influences too – particularly on the tracks arranged by Williams! Tracks are all quite short, but get a heck of a lot of magic into a tiny space – and the album features some really wonderful songs that break Gilberto's pattern a bit – including versions of the Marcos Valle tracks "Crickets Sing For Anamaria" and "Chup Chup, I Got Away" – plus takes on "Windy", "Sing Me A Rainbow", "Never My Love", and "Where Are They Now?" I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do is one of the darkest albums ever recorded by Astrud Gilberto – her 60s last session for Verve Records, and a batch of beautifully moody tunes throughout! Arrangements are by Albert Gorgoni, who'd handled Gilberto's previous September 69 album – but the style here is a bit mellower, a bit sadder – touched with more adult themes of love, life, and loss – and very much in keeping with Astrud's tear-stained image on the cover! There's a sound here that almost mixes Gilberto's earlier bossa with the more baroque modes of Scott Walker at the end of the 60s – and as with Scott Walker's classic solo sets, the album shows a side of Astrud's talents that we never would have expected a few years earlier! Titles include "Wailing Of The Willow", "Where's The Love", "Wee Small Hours", "If", "Without Him", "Trains & Boats & Planes", "The Sea Is My Soil", and "Didn't We?". (Brazil, Vocalists) CD

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Eydie GormeEydie Gorme Vamps The Roaring 20s ... CD
GL, 1958. Used ... $6.99
A surprisingly great album from Eydie Gorme – quite different than you might expect from the cover! Normally, we'd cringe at the idea of a "roaring 20s" set of tunes – but Eydie really does a great job with the material – taking tunes from a few decades before, and reworking them with a more modern, jazz-based approach – done with plenty of help on backings from Don Costa! Gorme's young vocals are great with the material – and the set features some surprisingly nice versions of "I Wanna Be Loved By You", "When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Chicago", and "Singin In The Rain" – plus "Let's Do It", "My Buddy", and "My Man". CD
(Out of print.)

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Nina SimoneBlack Swan ... CD
Atom/Pazzazz (Germany), Late 50s/1960s. Used 2 CDs ... $5.99
... CD

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Dusty SpringfieldStay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With You (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Premium Cool, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 25.99
Fantastic early soul from Dusty Springfield – material recorded in England, but done with a style that's every bit as warmly wonderful as her later American sessions in the south! Even before hitting Memphis or Muscle Shoals, Springfield brings a sense of soul to her music that most of her other 60s Brit pop contemporaries never seemed to reach – and in a style that's not copycat, either – which is a big thing, given how many others in London were just re-recording American soul at the time. Dusty soars at the right moments, dips at others – and the production and presentation of her voice is perfect – on tunes that include the originals "I Only Want To Be With You" and "Stay Awhile" – plus great reworkings of "Mama Said", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Thru His Eyes", "Anyone Who Had A Heart", and "Everyday I Have To Cry". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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✨✧ Blossom DearieThat's Just The Way I Want To Be ... LP
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
An amazing record – one that we'd never part with! The session is one of Blossom Dearie's greatest records ever – a sublime set of tunes recorded in London, at the end of the 60s, with larger arrangements than usual, and a feel that's almost psychedelic. Backings were arranged and conducted by Brian Gascoigne – with a host of Brit underground jazz players that include Harold McNair, Ian Carr, Kenny Wheeler, and Ray Warleigh. More incredibly than that, though, is the set of tunes that Blossom wrote and chose for the record – tunes that have really dark edges, playful turns, and which go past the simplicity of some of her other work. The whole thing's truly amazing – really – and is a record that we've been coming back to again and again and again over the years! Titles include "I Know The Moon", "Long Daddy Green", "Hey John", "That's Just The Way I Want To Be", "Dusty Springfield", "Will There Really Be A Morning", and "I Like London In The Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)

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Helen HumesSongs I Like To Sing! ... LP
Contemporary, 1964. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Arranged by Marty Paich – with cuts that include "I Want A Roof Over My Head", "If I Could Be With You", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "My Old Flame", and "Imagination". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label pressing, still in the shrink with hype sticker.)

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Abbe Lane with Tito PuenteBe Mine Tonight (Japanese pressing) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1959. Used ... $9.99
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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Helen MerrillHelen Merrill Sings The Beatles (XRCD24) ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1970. Used ... $24.99
A very groovy album – way better than you'd imagine! Helen Merrill's best known as a jazz singer – and believe us, there's more than a bit of jazz vocalizing in the set – but she's also working here with the group of Japanese pianist Masahiko Sato to craft some very cool, very mod readings of tunes by Lennon & McCartney! This is way more than a jazz meets the Beatles project – because the arrangements are sublime, and really open up the tracks in ways that we've never heard in other versions – and most of the tracks are hipper ones by the group, so Helen really has a lot to work with here. Titles include "Mother Nature's Son", "Golden Slumbers", "The Word", "Because", "Let It Be", "Here, There, & Everywhere", and "I Want You". CD
(Out of print 24 bit super analog pressing.)

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Barbara Morrison with Houston PersonI Wanna Be Loved ... CD
Savant, 2017. Used ... $11.99
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
(Punch through barcode.)
Also available I Wanna Be Loved ... CD 15.99

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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
Also available I Wanna Be Loved ... CD 11.99

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Mark Murphy/Clarke Boland Big BandMidnight Mood (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A fantastic set from vocalist Mark Murphy – easily one of his greatest albums ever! The session was recorded for the MPS label in Germany during the late 60s – at a time when Murphy was recording some excellent work overseas – and the album features backings by a small combo peeled off of the legendary Clark-Boland Big Band, who were also working for MPS at the time! Murphy's vocals get some tremendous backing on the set from a combo that includes Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet, Sahib Shihab on baritone and flute, Derek Humble on alto, and Ronnie Scott on tenor – and the grooves are a mix of modal numbers and straight jazz tunes – almost always dancing together in a lovely way that unlocks a side of Murphy's talents that hadn't been recorded this way before. And in fact, the album's gone onto have a huge influence on the current sound of club jazz – and is a key inspiration for the work of Nicola Conte, Koop, Five Corners Quintet, and others! The vocals are perfect, too – with nary a hint of overindulgence, and always a sweet measured groove that works perfectly with the material – and titles include "My Ship", "I Don't Want Nothin", "Hopeless", "Sconsolato", "Why & How", and "Just Give Me Time". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Midnight Mood ... LP 14.99

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Buddy RichBuddy Rich Sings Johnny Mercer ... LP
Verve, 1956. Very Good ... $19.99
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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Nina SimoneBest Of Nina Simone (RCA) ... LP
RCA, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A great little collection of Nina's work for RCA during the late 60s – a mixture of mellower jazzy grooves, folksy soul, and some fuller-arranged styles handled by Sammy Lowe and Horace Ott. Nina's in fine form throughout – singing with a tone that matches the mood on any number – and the overall sound of the work is among some of the hippest she ever recorded, hitting that late 60s period when she was really beginning to break down some boundaries in her music. Titles include "Go To Hell", "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free", "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl", "In The Morning", "Day & Night", "It Be's That Way Sometime", "My Man's Gone Now", "Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)", and "Do What You Gotta Do". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nina SimoneFolksy Nina ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. Used ... $7.99
Nina's folsky, but she's also jazzy too – and the album's from a key time in which she was finding a very special way to bring the two modes together! Simone could have been a straight jazz singer if she wanted – but as records like this always remind us, she was always striving for something different – a bolder, more righteous way of expressing herself – opening up with a new sort of power that was perfect for the coming change in the 60s! The album's a live one – a setting that always seems to have Nina hitting her stride – and even the familiar tunes take on new energy in the context – a sense of pride and spirituality that's already as great as her work to come for Philips Records. Titles include "Erets Zavat Chalav", "Silver City Sound", "The Young Knight", "The Twelfth Of Never", "Vanetihu", "Lass Of The Low Country", and "When I Was A Young Girl". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Includes obi.)

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Nina SimoneNina Simone At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $14.99
A hip set of live tracks from Nina Simone – very dark and moody, with backing by only a small combo that includes two guitars, bass, and drums by Montego Joe! Nina handles all the arrangements herself – with a quality that really shows her stepping forward from straight jazz, and finding that special, unique sound that really set her apart from all other singers of the 60s! The songs are incredibly spare, with an approach that's intimate and emotional – almost stunningly so, considering the size and scope of the venue – and titles include a 7 minute reading of "The Other Woman/Cotton Eyed Joe" – plus "Black Swan", "If You Knew", "Theme From Sayonara", and "Will I Find My Love Today". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
 
 
 



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