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Harry Belafonte & Miriam MakebaEvening With Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba ... LP
RCA, 1965. Sealed ... $13.99
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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Dee Dee Bridgewater with Irwin MayfieldDee Dee's Feathers ... CD
Okeh, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
A really beautiful project from the great Dee Dee Bridgewater – a set that has the singer paying tribute to the city and culture of New Orleans, but in a way that's free of the hoke you'd find in other projects of this nature! Dee Dee approaches the music – as with all of her albums – from a rock-solid, jazz vocal approach – focusing first on her tremendous skills as a singer – her fantastic ability to interpret material and really make it her own – then finding space for other flourishes that color the compositions, with great help from Irvin Mayfield, who's at the instrumental helm of the project. And the tunes aren't just some post-Katrina soppy numbers trying to recreate the past – but a wonderful array of different selections that both echo the still-thriving, still-essential jazz culture in the city, and the range of 20th century expressions of its music. Way better than you might guess – and one of Bridgewater's best in years! Titles include "Treme Song/Do Whatcha Wanna", "Dee Dee's Feathers", "Big Chief", "One Fine Thing", "Whoopin Blues", "Congo Square", and "C'Est Ici Que Je T'Aime". CD
Also available Dee Dee's Feathers (180 gram pressing) ... LP 29.99

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Dee Dee Bridgewater with Irwin MayfieldDee Dee's Feathers (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Okeh, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
A really beautiful project from the great Dee Dee Bridgewater – a set that has the singer paying tribute to the city and culture of New Orleans, but in a way that's free of the hoke you'd find in other projects of this nature! Dee Dee approaches the music – as with all of her albums – from a rock-solid, jazz vocal approach – focusing first on her tremendous skills as a singer – her fantastic ability to interpret material and really make it her own – then finding space for other flourishes that color the compositions, with great help from Irvin Mayfield, who's at the instrumental helm of the project. And the tunes aren't just some post-Katrina soppy numbers trying to recreate the past – but a wonderful array of different selections that both echo the still-thriving, still-essential jazz culture in the city, and the range of 20th century expressions of its music. Way better than you might guess – and one of Bridgewater's best in years! Titles include "Treme Song/Do Whatcha Wanna", "Dee Dee's Feathers", "Big Chief", "One Fine Thing", "Whoopin Blues", "Congo Square", and "C'Est Ici Que Je T'Aime". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dee Dee's Feathers ... CD 11.99

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Betty CarterBetty Carter Album ... LP
Bet Car, Early 80s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
The genius of Betty Carter knows no bounds – and this album's a perfect illustration of that fact! The record is one of the few that Betty released on her own label – working in near obscurity at a time when she really wanted to break from the BS of the bigger companies, and the staid approach they were using towards vocal jazz. This set is one of Betty's most freewheeling – performed with trio lineups that include players like Onaje Alan Gumbs, Buster Williams, and Louis Hayes – really stretching things out past the simple "piano trio meets standards with singer" that you might hear on other records. The best illustration of the style is the amazing track "Sounds" – a 7 minute workout that has the trio and Betty cutting loose, taking jazz vocals a million miles past Ella or Billie or any other singer. Most other tracks are originals – and beautiful ones too – and titles include "What Is It", "I Can't Help It", "We Tried", "Happy", and "Tight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Blossom DearieBlossom Dearie Sings Rootin' Songs (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Think (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $22.99 29.99
One of Blossom Dearie's hippest albums – done in that lightly grooving style that makes her 60s work some of our favorite! The style is groovier than Dearie's already-great work on Verve – a bit in the mode of her Capitol Recordings, and some of her British 60s gems from overseas – and the album's got Blossom on vocals and piano, working with a small combo led by pianist Joe Harnell, whose arrangements are really wonderful, and show a bit of his love of bossa. The quintet also features Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, adding in some really nice touches – soulful horn inflections that really give the album a richer sound than some of Dearie's previous records. The set list is great, too – with some very nice 60s pop tunes that have Blossom working in territory that brings out her dreamy best! Titles include "What Kind Of Fool Am I", "I've Got Your Number", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "I Wanna Be Around", "The Sweetest Sounds", "Desafinado", and "Fly My To The Moon". CD

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Sings Broadway (Verve Master Edition) ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, 1962. Used ... $6.99
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 ... CD
Pablo, 1973. Used ... $7.99
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

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Ella Fitzgerald & Joe PassTake Love Easy (2LP 180gram pressing – 45rpm) ... LP
Pablo/Analogue Productions, 1973. Sealed 2LP ... $49.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered pressing. Out of print.)

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Lee HazlewoodTrouble Is A Lonesome Town (mono version – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Mercury/Light In The Attic, 1963. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
An amazing record from the young Lee Hazlewood – recorded in the years before working with Nancy Sinatra, and done with a very hip edge that stretches way past its date of origin – to a time ten years later, when the LA scene would be in the midst of a fascination with country and roots music! Hazlewood is the lost link in that tradition, and this album is key proof of that fact – served up with a mixture of warmth, cynicism, and just plain wit that was extremely unusual for the early 60s. Lee uses the fictional town of Trouble as the setting for the 10 little story tracks in the album – which are great little songs about love, life, not loving, and not living. The music is deceptively simple, and Hazlewood weaves the songs together with narration that brings the whole thing alive nicely – really showcasing the warmth and wit that makes his music so special. Titles include "We All Make The Flowers Grow", "Six Feet Of Chain", "Trouble Is A Lonesome Town", "The Railroad", "Run Boy Run", "Son Of A Gun", and "Look At That Woman". Rare mono mix, beautifully presented with great sound and loads of notes – and also features a huge amount of bonus tracks too! Bonus tracks include "It's An Actuality", "Forth Worth", "I Guess It's Love", and the incredible promo-only "Lee Hazlewood Autobiography" – which features Hazlewood telling his life story set to his own acoustic guitar playing, with even more wit than on the album – plus two vocal tunes with Duane Eddy – "The Girl On Death Row" and "Words Mean Nothing" – and four more recorded under the name of Mark Robinson – "Pretty Jane", "Want Me", "Can't Let Her See Me Cry", and "I've Made Enough Mistakes Today". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet.)

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✨✧ Al HibblerAfter The Lights Go Down Low ... LP
Atlantic, 1950/1951/1956. Good+ ... $0.99
One of the greatest albums ever from the mighty Al Hibbler – a record that's filled with subtle power and deeper soul – and which really has Al working at the height of his vocal talents! Although Hibbler recorded often before this in the 50s, this session seems to have a specially magic feel – the kind of album in which all elements gel together perfectly – almost to Al's career what Two Steps From The Blues was to Bobby Bland. And like that other classic, there's a mix here of jazz and blues that's really unique – instantly timeless, and still quite powerful today. Titles include "Tell Me", "Travelin Light", "Dedicated To You", "You Will Be Mine", "Song Of The Wanderer", "If I Knew You Were There", and "The Blues Came Falling Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing.)

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✨✧ Billie HolidayLady In Satin ... LP
Columbia, 1958. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of Billie's last recordings, and an incredibly striking batch of songs arranged by Ray Ellis with a sad, fragile ege that's perfect for the style of her later work. Billie's voice is faltering, but in a way that only makes the songs sound more personal and more compelling – and although most of the tunes on the set are standards, Billie's presentation of them completely transforms the numbers, and we can bet you'll never heard these songs the same way again after hearing this album! Titles include "Violets For Your Furs", "You've Changed", "But Beautiful", "Glad To Be Unhappy", "I'll Be Around", and "I'm A Fool To Want You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice 180 gram reissue pressing!)

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Lena Horne & Gabor SzaboLena & Gabor ... LP
Skye, 1970. Very Good- ... $0.99
Think what you want about Lena Horne – but this is a plenty darn groovy album! Sure, Lena's style is usually a bit classy and uptown – almost so much so that we don't really dig most of her records. But here, she's working in a very groovy style – paired with the great guitarist Gabor Szabo, in a set of sweetly swinging tunes that share many touches with Gabor's grooviest sides for Impulse and Skey in the 60s! Gabor produced and arranged with Gary McFarland – and the pair really transform the sound of Lena's voice, taking her normally-poised vocals and loosening them up with a subtly funky undercurrent. Richard Tee plays some great organ on the set, in a small combo that also includes Grady Tate and Chuck Rainey – and titles include a lot of Beatles covers – like "Rocky Raccoon", "Fool On The Hill", and "In My Life" – plus the cuts "Nightwind", "Watch What Happens", and "My Mood Is You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold Skye pressing. Cover has a hype sticker and some marker on back.)

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Sheila JordanPortrait Of Sheila ... LP
Blue Note, 1962. Very Good ... $14.99
One of the only two vocal jazz albums that the Blue Note label ever recorded – and a haunting batch of tracks from a young Sheila Jordan! The style here is quite different than that of Jordan's later, more experimental records – and this early session shows her as an extremely talented young vocalist, with a unique approach that adds a sparkling modernist touch to familiar tunes – yet which still keeps things in a relatively more straightforward fashion. There's a great mixing of older and newer visions in the set – not just in Jordan's vocals, but also in the small combo backing by the trio of Barry Galbraith on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Denzil Best on drums. Titles include great versions of "Baltimore Oriole", "Dat Dere", and "Hum Drum Blues" – plus the tunes "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Am I Blue", "Laugh Clown Laugh", and "Who Can I Turn To?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert. Cover has a partially split top seam.)

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Karin KrogDon't Just Sing – An Anthology 1963 to 1999 ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.98
Wonderful work from one of our favorite singers of all time – an artist with roots in jazz, but one who quickly stepped out into something else entirely – as you'll hear on this beautiful selection of tunes! Karin Krog's been a key figure in the Norwegian jazz scene since the start of the 60s, but she's hardly ever gotten any global exposure (although we've always tried to stock her music whenever we can) – and she's got a sound that's really mindbending, and far-reaching – every bit as powerful and soulful as some of the new generation of jazz singers who worked in the US scene of the 70s – like Dee Dee Bridgewater, Flora Purim, or Ursula Dudziak – but with a sound that's maybe even more revolutionary than all three put together! Karin uses her voice like an instrument, but still pays very careful attention to the words as well – which is crucial, since her lyrics are often her own, or penned by hip collaborators like Steve Kuhn and John Surman. The result is something that's hardly jazz at all – but instead this really cosmic, forward-thinking approach that may well be the 70s equivalent in vocals to Herbie Hancock's work on the keys. No surprise, Karin turns in a wonderful version of "Maiden Voyage" here – and shines on other tunes that include "A Love Supreme", "Just holding On", "Don't Just Sing", "Glissando", "Break Of Day In Molde", "We Could Be Flying", "Raindrops Raindrops", "Lazy Afternoon", and "All I Want". CD also features two never-issued songs – "Images In Glass" and "Tystnaden" – and musicians include John Surman and Dexter Gordon too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Lena MartellSomeone New Someone Blue/Decca Singles ... CD
Decca/Vocalion (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $11.99
Early work from British vocalist Lena Martell – a full Decca album, plus a batch of rare singles as well! The Someone New set is amazing – recorded with jazzy backings from Johnny Keating, in ways that are quite different than other British girl singers of the time – much more adult, and sophisticated – with a blend of jazz and strings that's completely sublime, and presented here with a really sparkling sort of sound! Lena's especially great at the mellow ballads that dominate the set – tunes served up with shimmering arrangements from Keating, and a style that's kind of a 60s update on 50s modern large group work from the US. Titles include "Comes Love", "Where Is Love", "You're Free", "Something Simple", "Too Soon", "There'll Never Be Another You", "Lost In The Stars", and "I'm A Fool To Want You". The set also features 9 singles – recorded in the years 1964 through 1971 – the latter of which are especially nice, and show Lena really shining in some full, adult pop modes. These tunes include "For The Love Of Him", "I Would Marry Spring", "I'm Going Home", "The World Of A Child", "Now", "It's Another World", and "All Cried Out". CD

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Johnny MathisI'm Coming Home ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Johnny Mathis gets a great new sound here – thanks to Philly production and arrangements from the great Thom Bell! Thom had quite a hand in the songs, too – as almost all numbers were written by the team of Bell and Linda Creed – really sensitive songwriters who've got an adult, mature approach to the music – one that still respects Mathis' roots in other vocal territory, but which also gives him a bit more soulful depth, too. The setting is wonderful, and the record's a real standout in Johnny's 70s career – one that helped reignite interest in the singer at a time when so many folks had left him behind. Titles include "I'm Coming Home", "Foolish", "I'm Stone In Love With You", "A Baby's Born", "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "I Just Wanted To Be Me", and a classic version of "Stop Look & Listen To Your Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Johnny MathisLife Is A Song Worth Singing – The Complete Thom Bell Sessions (I'm Coming Home/Mathis Is/bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.98
Some great 70s moments from Johnny Mathis – his foray into Philly soul with producer Thom Bell – served up here on two full albums, plus bonus tracks too! First up is I'm Coming Home – a record on which Johnny Mathis gets a great new sound – thanks to Philly production and arrangements from the great Thom Bell! Thom had quite a hand in the songs, too – as almost all numbers were written by the team of Bell and Linda Creed – really sensitive songwriters who've got an adult, mature approach to the music – one that still respects Mathis' roots in other vocal territory, but which also gives him a bit more soulful depth, too. The setting is wonderful, and the record's a real standout in Johnny's 70s career – one that helped reignite interest in the singer at a time when so many folks had left him behind. Titles include "I'm Coming Home", "Foolish", "I'm Stone In Love With You", "A Baby's Born", "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "I Just Wanted To Be Me", and a classic version of "Stop Look & Listen To Your Heart". Next up is Mathis Is – a second 70s set that has Johnny Mathis working with arrangements and production from Thom Bell – which makes for a much more soul-based record than usual! Titles include "Hung Up In The Middle Of Love", "I Don't Want To Say No", "Sweet Love Of Mine", "I'll Make You Happy", and "As Long As We're Together". CD also features bonus tracks from singles – "Betcha By Golly Wow", "Break Up To Make Up", "You're As Right As Rain", "You Brought Me Love", and "You Make Me Feel Brand New" – plus 5 more additional tracks, versions of album numbers, a few unreleased. CD

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Helen MerrillHelen Merrill/Dream Of You ... CD
EmArcy/Rev-Ola (UK), 1954/1956. New Copy ... $3.99
Sublime early work from Helen Merrill – material that really helped set a whole new standard for vocal jazz in the 50s! First up is Merrill's first album for Emarcy – and a beautiful session of icy vocals arranged by Quincy Jones, and featuring work by Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Jones, and Clifford Brown. The set's got a relaxed jazzy style that you don't hear on some of Merrill's more full-blown albums – and the coldness and sadness of Helen's tone is really right up front in the arrangements – with a starkness that's extremely moving, and a power that she often never matched on record again! Titles include "Don't Explain", "What's New", "Yesterdays", and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To". Next up is the album Dream Of You – one of Helen's best from the 50s, thanks to some great arrangements from Gil Evans! Evans' young and modern talents are a perfect fit for Helen's sadly icy vocals on the set – taking her to new places never reached on some other sessions that were trying for a warmer, sweeter sound. The tunes are all well chosen, too – and the record features a great reading of "Where Flamingos Fly", plus "I'm A Fool To Want You", "I've Never Seen", "He Was Too Good To Me", "By Myself", and "Troubled Waters". CD

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✨✧ Joe MooneyGreatness Of Joe Mooney ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A solid mid 60s album from the Joe Mooney – who by then had segued from a moderately successful jazz organist into a surprisingly solid nightclub crooner! Mooney endearingly tackles standards and lesser-known numbers with a smooth confidence, and a nice, heavy tone on the organ, but a crisp, stripped down approach to the overall sound, in spite of the large-ish group. He's accompanied by Gary Burton, Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, George Duvuvier, Ed Shaughnessy and others. Titles include "Cute", "When I Fall In Love", "You Irritate Me So", "She's Not For You", "I Wanna Be Around", "When Sunny Gets Blue" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye mono pressing.)

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Sue RaneySongs For A Raney Day ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A fantastic album by this obscure vocalist – one of the first in a great run of work recorded by Sue Raney on the west coast scene! This session has Sue sounding a fair bit like Chris Connor or June Christy – often a bit icy, and sometimes sweet – but without some of the fuller modes on her later records. The album's got surprisingly understated arrangements by Billy May that have a nice jazzy edge – and Raney's vocals have all the wistful qualities you might guess from the title and cover! Titles include "A Blossom Fell", "Impossible", "I Get The Blues When It Rains", "My Prayer", "Wanna Laugh?", "Rain On The Roof", and "Blue Tears". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
 
 
 



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