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Dee Dee BridgewaterMidnight Sun ... CD
EmArcy, 1990s/2000s. Used ... $8.99
A very well done compilation of love songs by Dee Dee Bridgewater – beautiful stuff that appeared on some of her most timeless albums – which is only solidified here! Dee Dee puts her unique flair songs popularized by Ella Fitzgerald, Kurt Weill compositions, French ballads, Horace Silver and more – really wonderful stuff from more recent years by one of the great jazz vocalists of the past several decades! Includes "Midnight Sun", "Angel Eyes", "My Ship", "Speak Low", "Hear I'll Stay", "Good Morning Heartache", "I'm A Fool To Want You/I Fall In Love Too Easily" and more. CD

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Alan Copeland ConspiracyBubble Called You – All Things Considered, I'd Rather Be Here Than In Philadelphia ... CD
ABC (Japan), 1967. Used ... $14.99
Man, we gotta ask – why don't they make records like this anymore? Alan Copeland was the vocal arranger for the Modernaires during some of the group's classic years – and when the group up and left the Red Skelton Show, where they'd been working during the 60s, Copeland created his own vocal ensemble – a largeish mixed male/female group, and one with a very groovy 60s sound! There's certainly a 60s TV-ish kind of sound here – but honestly, we love that kind of sound – and Copeland's bringing in some interesting tunes to the set, so that the candyfloss versions heard here have this dark undercurrent that makes the album a great little example of "establishment hip" – and a record with some wonderful sunshiney touches that we really appreciate! Titles include the original "A Bubble Called You" – plus "Don't You Care", "The Warmth Of The Sun", "Ode To Billy Joe", "Windy", "Only IN The Movies", and "Bowling Green". CD

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Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, & The TrinityStreetnoise (UK pressing) ... CD
Atlantic/Castle (UK), 1969. Used ... $11.99
Some great funky grooves by this legendary British ensemble – featuring excellent keyboard work by Brian Auger, recorded during the period when he was really beginning to stretch out a bit, and hit a much more open-ended kind of sound. Julie Driscoll is still on vocals, singing in her raw sound, but Brian's Trinity group gets a fair number of nice instrumental moments on the set – which are greatly appreciated! The CD brings together all the tracks from the original double LP – and titles include "Light My Fire", "Czechoslovakia", "Finally Found You Out", "In Search Of The Sun", "Ellis Island", "I've Got Life", and "Save The Country". CD
(Out of print.)

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Laika FatienMisery – A Tribute To Billie Holiday ... CD
Nocturne (France), 2008. Used ... $9.99
A really great little album – and light years from the straight torch tribute you might expect! Laika Fatien's working here with bold piano help from Robert Glasper – a player whose soulful, flowing tones have made his Blue Note albums some real recent treasures in our collections – and whose music here is a perfect match for Laika's righteous style of singing! Although the tunes are familiar numbers from the Billie Holiday songbook, the execution is quite different than the originals – often not as fragile, with a brooding sense of power that's totally great – especially on the tunes that bring in some added work from saxophonist David El Malek. If you dug Laika's previous album, you'll like this one equally well – and hopefully the Holiday connection will hip some new listeners to her sound too, and bring this excellent singer a wide new audience. Titles include "Lady's Back In Town", "You Can't Lose A Broken Heart", "All Of You", "Misery", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Strange Fruit", "Gloomy Sunday", and "Left Alone". CD

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Jane HarveyTravelin Light (Leave It To Jane – plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Dot/Little Jazz Bird, 1959. Used ... $8.99
Jane Harvey's a singer who didn't record much in the late 50s (according to the notes, she spent most of her time playing house with Bob Thiele!) – but she's a hell of a great singer, and one we wish had issued more sessions like this! She's got a voice trained in the big bands, one with more than enough punch to swing out in front of a large group on the stage – but she's also recording here in a hipper 50s jazz setting, one that brings a nice "close up" feel to her dynamic energy – letting it open up strongly on some swingers, and sparkle in more subtle ways on some of the gentler backings. The arrangements are by Jack Kane, and they're pretty fresh, and free from hoke – and titles include "Telephonez Moi", "Witchcraft", "Blue Again", "A Lover In The House", "Impossible", "Misty", and "Can't Get Out Of This Mood". CD features 8 bonus tracks – including "Foggy River", "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night", "A Sunday Kind Of Love", "Always True To You In My Fashion", and "Close As Pages In A Book". CD

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Al HibblerMonday Every Day – Al Hibbler Sings The Blues ... CD
Reprise/Collectables, 1961. Used ... $8.99
Vocalist Al Hibbler gets some of the coolest backings of his career – some great arrangements from the young Gerald Wilson, who makes the music swing in ways that Al never got back in the 50s! The tune's got a sharp, soulful sparkle that really comes from Wilson's great charts – inventive use of instrumentation and timings that work perfectly with that amazing Hibbler voice – easily one of the most impressive male jazz modes of the postwar years, but not always given a setting this great! Hibbler's sense of personality and phrasing comes through wonderfully – and there's a mature sophistication to the record that's really marvelous – a vibe that's more late 60s than you'd expect from the date. Titles include "Don't Take Your Love From Me", "When The Sun Comes Out", "You Of All People", "Dinner For One Please James", and "Laughing On The Outside". CD

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Diana KrallGlad Rag Doll ... CD
Verve, 2012. Used ... $4.99
A bit of a leftfield project for Diana Krall – one that has kind of a 20s Vaudeville-styled theme – done with a stripped down, sting-buzzing sound, produced by T Bone Burnett! We dig this one a lot – and while it's sung, played and performed in a way that's reminiscent of the era, it's got a fresh and contemporary feel. The always great guitarist Marc Ribot's angular take on the spirit of the songs is an integral part of the sound, as is T Bone's skewed view of Americana – but it's Diana's show, and she's wonderful! It takes a special voice to come across as subtle and understated as she does here, though still carrying the tunes in an elegant way. More stylistic detours like this, please! Includes "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye", "There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth The Salt Of My Tears", "Just Like A Butterfly That's Caught In The Rain", "Glad Rag Doll", "Let It Rain", "Lonely Avenue", "Wide River To Cross", "When The Curtain Comes Down" and more. CD

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New Julie LondonLove Letters/Feeling Good ... CD
Liberty/EMI (UK), 1962/1965. Used ... $11.99
Near-lost work from Julie London – 2 later albums for Liberty, both of them great, and both of them the kind of records that would have been classics – had she not recorded so much at the time that they got buried in the rush of all her releases! Love Letters has Julie still working in the breathy and mellow style of her late 50s classics – with very spare backings that really let Julie's vocals take center stage, and often a nice guitar line in the front of the mix, picking its way through the tunes right behind Julie's voice. Feeling Good has a more upbeat and swinging style – with some great big band arrangements from west coast maestro Gerald Wilson – who really brings new life into Julie's style with the set! The tunes are mostly familiar 60s numbers on the set, but Wilson's lively backings are plenty playful, and show us a side of Julie that we'd never heard before. The CD features 22 tracks in all – and titles include "And That Reminds Me", "Love Letters", "Broken Hearted Melody", "Fascination", "Never On Sunday", "Hey There", "I Miss You So", "She's Just A Quiet Girl", "Summertime", "Watermelon Man", "Girl Talk", "I Bruise Easily", and "Won't Someone Please Belong To Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Julie LondonSophisticated Lady/For The Night People ... CD
EMI (UK), 1962/1966. Used ... $5.99
On Sophisticated Lady, Julie London's got her hair up, and is wearing a classy gown – so you can bet that the feel of the record definitely follows through with the "sophisticated" promise of the title! Things are as mellow as on London's early classics for Liberty, but there's a bit more of an orchestrated feel too – fuller backings that couch her lovely vocals in a near-perfect array of strings – usually quite gentle, and often breaking away to give Julie that personal, solitary space that usually has her singing at her best. Titles include "Make It Another Old Fashioned Please", "Sophisticated Lady", "Remind Me", "You're Blase", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", and "Absent Minded Me". For The Night People is mature, mellow, and totally wonderful – clear proof that Julie London was still making great music well into the 60s! The album's got a simple, unassuming charm – very much in the late nite mode you'd guess from the title, with spare backings from Don Bagley that often have a key guitar line in the mix – working along with London's vocals in the same style as the mid 50s – but with a different feel overall – a bit more mature and world-wise, which makes for a perfect fit for tunes that include "I Got It Bad", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Am I Blue", "I'll Never Smile Again", "Can't Get Out Of This Mood", and "When The Sun Comes Out". CD

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Birgit LystagerReady To Meet You (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1966. Used Gatefold ... $24.99
A mid 60s set from Birgit Lystager – the Danish beauty and groovy sunshine pop singer – on a set of tunes here that are nearly as alluring as the album cover! There's a touch of the grand, yet artfully sweeping arrangements of here later work, but there's something of a more intimate approach on some numbers. Beautiful stuff, and 60s sounds that should have been better known around the world! Titles include "I'm Waiting For A Bus", "Fingertips", "You Call This A Merry-Go-Round", "Ready To Meet You", "Choosing Words", "I'm Nothing But A Girl" and more. CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Carmen McRaeVelvet Soul (It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling/Ms Jazz) ... CD
Groove Merchant/LRC, 1973/1974. Used ... $4.99
A great little CD – not only for the very nice price, but for the fact that the double-length set brings together two albums' worth of work that Carmen McRae recorded for the Groove Merchant label in the early 70s! The style here is strongly jazzy, but with a firm dose of soul too – all in a mode that follows nicely from Carmen's late 60s sessions for Atlantic Records, but with a sound that's almost even more focused and in the pocket. The band is largeish, but the rhythms are tight – and even the mellower tunes seem to have a nice sort of lilt at the bottom, one that goes great with the way that Carmen spaces out her vocals on the set. Players include Joe Pass on guitar, Larry Bunker on vibes, Zoot Sims on tenor, and Dick Shreve on piano – and the CD features 19 tracks that include "Hey John", "Inside A Silent Tear", "The Right To Love", "You & I", "Sunshine Of My Life", "The Good Life", "It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling", "Livin", "Masquerade", "You're Mine You", and "There Will Come A Time". CD

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New Julie LondonEnd Of The World/The Wonderful World Of Julie London ... CD
Liberty/EMI (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Two well-matched Julie London albums on a single CD – both from those maturing years when she was working with arranger Ernie Freeman! The End Of The World follows nicely from Julie's interpretation of the big pop hit of the same name – in territory that's sad and dreamy, but in a different way than her earlier albums on Liberty. There's a nicely boozy quality here to some of the tunes – a more mature mode that's emphasized by Ernie Freeman's backings – which are full, but gentle, and prop up Julie's singing in just the right places. Titles include "The Days Of Wine & Roses", "Our Day Will Come", "Call Me", "I Remember You", "My Coloring Book", "The End Of The World", "Chances Are", and "Desafinado". The Wonderful World Of Julie London is a great mix of 60s pop modes and some of the breathier styles of Julie's earlier years – often served up with backings from Ernie Freeman that have a bit of electric bass at the bottom, which helps to step the tunes along with a subtle syncopation that makes for a slightly new direction in London's style. Most tunes are still quite soft and gentle, sung breathily by Julie – and titles include "Can't Get Used To Losing You", "Soft Summer Breeze", "Taste Of Honey", "I'm Coming Back To You", "When Snowflakes Fall In Summer", "I Love You", and "Guilty Heart". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kevin Mahogany with Charles McPherson & Jimmy KnepPussy Cat Dues – The Music Of Charles Mingus ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1995. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A really unusual vocal tribute to the music of Charles Mingus – sung by the enigmatic Kevin Mahogany, and performed with the WDR Big Band with solos by ex-Mingusites Charles McPherson and Jimmy Knepper! Mingus isn't necessarily known for his vocal compositions, but the few songs he left behind in the format are incredibly compelling – tracks that express the deeper emotions and sentiments that bubble under the instrumental passages of his work. Mahogany sings Mingus' words on "Eclipse" and "Portrait", scats a bit on "Pussy Cat Dues", throws in Roland Kirk's lyrics to "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" to a larger "Mingus Medley", and sits things out for instrumental readings of "Reincarnation Of A Lovebird" and "Tonight At Noon". CD
 
 
 



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