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Ellen Andrea WangBlank Out ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99
Compelling vocal work from Ellen Andrea Wang – a singer who also plays acoustic bass alongside her lyrics, which seems to unlock a jazzy current in the music! Wang's a new addition to the Jazzland label – and like some of the imprint's other work, there's a real genre-bending style going on here – songs that are catchy, tuneful, and really appealing at one level – but which also have a richer backdrop in the music – maybe more complexity than you'd get from a more standard singer. A few shades to the left, and Wang would be a jazz singer – but here, she's in a more down to earth mode that fits her image on the cover – working with a small combo that features great piano and Fender Rhodes. Titles include "A Change Of Heart", "Bad Blood", "Electric", "Feelings", "Heaven", "Peace Prize", and "Accord De Paris". (Rock, Vocalists) CD
Also available Blank Out ... LP 19.99

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Ellen Andrea WangBlank Out ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2017. New Copy ... $19.99
Compelling vocal work from Ellen Andrea Wang – a singer who also plays acoustic bass alongside her lyrics, which seems to unlock a jazzy current in the music! Wang's a new addition to the Jazzland label – and like some of the imprint's other work, there's a real genre-bending style going on here – songs that are catchy, tuneful, and really appealing at one level – but which also have a richer backdrop in the music – maybe more complexity than you'd get from a more standard singer. A few shades to the left, and Wang would be a jazz singer – but here, she's in a more down to earth mode that fits her image on the cover – working with a small combo that features great piano and Fender Rhodes. Titles include "A Change Of Heart", "Bad Blood", "Electric", "Feelings", "Heaven", "Peace Prize", and "Accord De Paris". (Rock, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Blank Out ... CD 16.99

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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 ... $1.99
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.)

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Astrud Gilberto & Walter WanderleyCertain Smile, Certain Sadness ... LP
Verve, 1966. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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 ... $1.99
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.)

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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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Count Basie & The Mills BrothersBoard Of Directors ... LP
Dot, 1967. Very Good- ... $1.99
A late 60s swinger from The Mills Brothers – with the aging vocal group get some great assistance from the Count Basie Orchestra! By the time of this sessions, The Mills Brothers had been recording for at least 4 decades – and although their early hits had gained the group a great deal of fame, their career as a whole was fading considerably in the 60s. Enter Basie, whose group was still very much at the top of its form in the decade – thanks to a great ear for transforming older tunes into fresher takes, and newer tunes into more swinging jazz-based vehicles. Working here with arranger Dick Hyman, the Basie group gives the Mills Brothers a soaring, bouncing kind of support – one that takes their vocals, tightens them up, and really sends the tunes home with a nice sort of zing! Old and new numbers come off great in the setting – and titles include "Release Me", "I Want To Be Happy", "Down Down Down", "I Dig Rock & Roll Music", "Let Me Dream", "April In Paris", "I May Be Wrong But I Think You're Wonderful", and "Tiny Bubbles". (Jazz, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & some minor stains.)

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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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Matt DennisDennis Anyone? (Japanese pressing) ... CD
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1955. Used ... $16.99
Matt Dennis is best-known to most as the composer of the classic evergreen "Angel Eyes" – but he's also a pretty great singer and piano player, with an easy and hip style that's a lot like Bobby Troup. This album's one of the few he ever cut in this mode – and is a great small group session with backing from guitar, bass, and drums – done in a gentle groove that has some cocktail touches, but which also shares a fragileness with the vocal work of Chet Baker – quite unusual for a male singer of the time! The set list is filled with great original tunes as well – making for a set that sounds quite fresh, especially when compared to the average RCA vocal jazz session of the time. Titles include "Bless You Little Sleepyhead", "That's How Close I Want To Be To You", "Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World", "Devil Talk", "Old Uncle Fud", "The Land Of Danger", and "Relax". CD
(Out of print 1998 Japanese pressing.)

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Helen HumesSongs I Like To Sing! ... LP
Contemporary, 1964. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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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Barbara Morrison with Houston PersonI Wanna Be Loved ... CD
Savant, 2017. Used ... $9.99
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.)

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Buddy RichBuddy Rich Sings Johnny Mercer ... LP
Verve, 1956. Very Good ... $6.99
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. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Cover has some wear and a small tear in the opening.)

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Nina SimoneFolksy Nina ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. Used ... $5.99
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 Sings Duke Ellington/Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Colpix/Collectables, 1962/1963. Used ... $6.99
A pair of Colpix classics from Nina Simone – back to back on a single CD! First up is Nina Sings Ellington – but as always, she makes whatever she sings all her own! The album's a bit straighter than later efforts – with large backings by Stu Phillips that also feature vocals by the Malcolm Dodds Singers – but Nina also conceived the whole thing herself, as an effort to bring a new level of spiritualism to Ellington's work. The result is a masterpiece – proof that even in her early years, Nina could completely transform anything she laid her hands on – and unlock a soulful depth that even the original recordings might have missed. Titles include "I Got It Bad", "Solitude", "The Gal From Joe's", "It Don't Mean A Thing", and "I Like The Sunrise". Nina At Carnegie Hall is 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. The songs are incredibly spare, with an approach that's intimate and emotional – almost stunningly so, considering the size and scope of the venue that Nina was performing in. Features a 7 minute reading of "The Other Woman" and "Cotton Eyed Joe" – plus "Black Swan", "If You Knew", "Theme From Sayonara", and "Will I Find My Love Today". CD

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Frank SinatraWhere Are You? (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1957. Used ... $4.99
A sad little album that has Frank still in the throes of the emotional loss expressed on The Wee Small Hours album – working here with Gordon Jenkins arrangements that use a fair bit of strings to well up the darkness that lurks in the songs on the set. The album kicks off with the sublime "Where Are You?", one of the greatest songs of loss we could ever recommend – and then moves into some incredible readings of standards like "Where Is The One", "I'm A Fool To Want You", "I Cover the Waterfront", "Laura", and "Lonely Town" – all done in a style that's emotive, yet never overwrought, perfect sad Sinatra all the way! CD also features 4 bonus tracks – "Don't Worry Bout Me", "Rain (Falling From The Skies)", "It Worries Me", and "I Can Read Between The Lines". CD

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Dusty SpringfieldOoooooweeee! (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Premium Cool, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 25.99
That title exclamation's an apt one – as the album's one of the first few from the great Dusty Springfield – whose sense of soul is already a thing of joy! The record bursts out with a punch-packing power that really rises Dusty up from her contemporaries – no tears jerked too long, no overdone humility – and instead this subtle energy that has her completely in control, even when opening up on more emotive lyrics – polished in the right ways, but never in the too-bright styles that UK pop was trapped in a few years before. The whole thing's years before Springfield recorded over on these shores, but you can already hear that direction – on titles that include "Once Upon A Time", "You Don't Own Me", "Now That You're My Baby", "If Wishes Could Be Kisses", "I Wanna Make You Happy", "Your Hurtin Kind Of Love", and "I Want Your Love Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nancy Wilson, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, etcEchoes Of An Era 2 – The Concert (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Elektra/Warner (Japan), 1982. Used ... $1.99
Not only a great follow-up to the first Echoes Of An Era session, but also a standout 80s performance from Nancy Wilson – quite possibly her best of the decade! The setting is nice and laidback – a live date with a core combo that features Joe Henderson on tenor, Chick Corea on piano, Stanley Clarke on acoustic bass, and Lenny White on drums – plus steller vocals from Wilson, who's really at home in the setting – stretching out beautifully on the long tracks, and coming into play with the soloists at a level that's quite different from her more polished studio records. Clarke's bass is a delight, too – a great reminder that his talents didn't always lie in the electric realm during the 80s – and Henderson, as you might guess, provides some soulful undercurrents that reallyg round the whole proceedings. Titles include "500 Miles High", "Round Midnight", "Rhythm A Ning", "My One & Only Love", "Them There Eyes", and "I Want To Be Happy". CD
(Out of print.)

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