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✨✧ Lorez AlexandriaThis Is Lorez/Lorez Sings Pres ... CD
King/BGP (UK), 1957. Used ... $9.99
Incredible early work from Lorez Alexandria – the kind of albums that instantly set her apart from other singers of the 50s, reissued here properly for the first time in years! On This Is Lorez, the singer is working with sublime small combo backings from the group of pianist King Fleming – an unusual Chicago ensemble that includes Wilber Wynn on guitar, Ronald Wilson on flute and oboe, Vernel Fournier on drums, and Audrey Jones on bongos – a musical lineup that brings in a different sort of sophistication to the record, shading tunes with moody colors on flute and oboe that perfectly support Alexandria's soulful and sensitive interpretations of the tunes. The whole thing is pure genius, and a key look at the new levels of sophistication that were bubbling everywhere on the Chicago scene during the years of Jamal and Sun Ra. Lorez Sings Pres follows in a very similar mode – with backing by a Chicago group that again includes King Fleming piano, plus Charles Stepney on vibes, Paul Serrano on trumpet, and Vernel Fournier on drums – an extremely hip lineup that makes the record far more than just the Lester Young tribute promised in the title! But despite the instrumentalists, the real star on all sides is Alexandria – who sings with dark tones and deep colors that go far beyond conventional jazz vocals – all carried off with that slightly breathy mode that was one more unique aspect of her work! CD features all tracks from both albums – a total of 22 titles that include "Snowstorm", "I'm Glad There Is You", "The Sky Is Crying", "I'm Making Believe", "Necessity", "Penthouse Serenade", "DB Blues", "This Year's Kisses", "Easy Living", "No Eyes Blues", "Jumping With Symphony Sid", and a key early reading of "Baltimore Oriole". CD
 
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✨✧ Shirley BasseyNobody Does It Like Me/Love Life & Feelings ... CD
United Artists/BGO (UK), 1974/1976. Used 2CD ... $9.99
2 mid 70s albums from Shirley Bassey – back to back as a 2CD set! Nobody Does It Like Me has shirley working in New York with arrangements by Gene Page and Nick Perito – both of whom give Shirley a sound that's smooth, sophisticated, and sometimes soulful – yet still filled with some of the powerful punch of her earlier British recordings. There's almost echoes of mid 70s Marlena Shaw or Nancy Wilson at times – although the overall feel is a bit more pop in the end. Titles include "Leave A Little Room", "When you Smile", "Davy", "All That Love Went To Waste", "I'm Nothing Without You", and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life". Love Life & Feelings is a serious British session arranged and conducted by Arthur Greenslade – done in a mood that's often mellow, and which has more dark corners than we'd expect from Shirley – a sad-tinged sound that often features a bit of organ brewing down in the low range of the sound spectrum. Bassey's vocals are surprisingly well suited to the setting, and there's a restraint here that really helps her take one of her best new steps in years – one that's perhaps a bit too late in her career to really make a difference, but which would have really done wonders at the start of the 70s! Titles include "Alone Again Naturally", "Midnight Blue", "Isn't It A Shame", "What I Did For Love", "Born To Lose", "The Hungry Years", "The Way I Want To Touch You", and "You've Made Me So Very Happy". CD
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✨✧ Dee Dee BridgewaterJ'Ai Deux Amours ... CD
Verve/DBB Recrods, 2005. Used ... $7.99
A beautiful love letter from Dee Dee Bridgewater to her adopted home of Paris – sung in French, and with a feel that's quite different than much of her recent work! The style here wonderfully mixes together bits of jazz and more traditional chanson – in a style that recalls some of the recent work by Claude Nougaro, but which also has traces of some of Dee Dee's more intimate work as well. Marc Berthoumieux plays accordion on a number of tunes on the set, and Ira Coleman contributes some warmly soulful basslines that give the session a nice bottom grounding – especially on the mellower tunes. Titles include "Mon Homme", "Et Maintenant", "La Belle Vie", "Dansez Sur Moi", "Avec Le Temps", "Les Feuilles Mortes", and "Ne Me Quitte Pas". CD

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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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✨✧ Hoagy CarmichaelHoagy Sings Carmichael (plus Stardust Road) ... CD
Phoenix, Early 40s/1956. Used ... $4.99
Beautiful work from the legendary Hoagy Carmichael – and one of the few albums to feature him singing his own work! Hoagy's name is one that you're more likely to see in the songwriting credits than in the artist slot for a record – but he's actually got a wonderful voice, one that's filled with honest, personal charms – and which has a sometimes broken-down quality that's perfect for the gentle words of his tunes. This wonderful set features Carmichael working with sublime small combo backing – players who include Harry Edison, Jimmy Rowles, and Art Pepper – working with arrangements penned by Johnny Mandel. Titles include "Rocking Chair", "Georgia On My Mind", "Skylark", "Two Sleepy People", and "Baltimore Oriole". CD also features the bonus album Stardust Road – issued as a 10" LP, but featuring work from the early 40s – some of Carmichael's first attempts to proffer his own work to the public, sung in a mode that's mostly jazz, but which also has some slightly rootsier touches as well. Instrumentation is sometimes small combo – with Hoagy at the piano, backed by a bit of bass and drums – and at other times, there's some light orchestrations from Glen Gray. Titles include "Hong Kong Blues", "Judy", "Lazy River", "Little Old Lady", "The Old Music Master", "Riverboat Shuffle". CD

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✨✧ Vikki CarrLove Again – The Lost Columbia Masters ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
Never-heard work from Vikki Carr – a singer who first came to fame on Liberty Records in the 60s, but who really matured during a 70s stretch at Columbia! These tracks were all done for the label, but never saw the light of day until now – and they really show the growth that Carr experienced during the first half of the 70s – a move away from younger pop into more modern, mature modes – some with a slight undercurrent of soul, others with just a touch of Nashville – but always in that all-woman style that Vikki helped develop for other vocalists of the period. Titles include "Lovin In My Soul", "Lyin In My Arms", "I Finally Got It Right This Time", "Who In The World", "The Night Life", "Che Sera", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", and "A Thing Called Sadness". CD

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✨✧ Tony ChristieNow's The Time! ... CD
Acid Jazz (UK), 2011. Used ... $9.99
Groovy fun from Tony Christie – brassy, punchy and endearing 60s style pomp from a legendary figure who's back in his comfort zone! In some ways, it sounds like it could have made in '67, but with something of a post millennial glow that doesn't detract one ounce of the old school charm. It's really about the charm, and at 67-years-old, Tony still has that in full glory. Titles include "Now's The Time!", "Money Spider", "7 Hills" feat Roisin Murphy, "Nobody In The World", "Steal The Sun", "Longoing For You Baby", "Get Christie", "Too Much Of The Sun", "Key Of You", "I Thank You", "Something Better". CD

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✨✧ June ChristySomething Cool (Mono & Stereo) ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used ... $4.99
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an incredibly icy tone on the record, filled with sorrow, regret, and loneliness – all of which are amplified even more deeply by Pete Rugolo's eerie, off-kilter arrangements. Titles include "Something Cool", "It Could Happen To You", "Lonely House", "I'm Thrilled", and "The Night We Called It A Day". Plus, this special CD reissue features the mono and stereo recordings of the album – completely different ones, as the album was originally recorded in mono in 1954, and completely re-recorded again with the same arrangements in 1960! CD
Also available Something Cool (Mono & Stereo) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Freddy ColeCole Nobody Knows ... CD
First Shot/Sonorama (Germany), 1976. Used ... $9.99
Freddy Cole is Nat King Cole's brother – hence The Cole That Nobody Knows – but although Freddy may not have hit the heights as Nat, he's had a wonderfully rich career that's lasted for decades – and yielded some real gems like this in the process! The album's one of Freddy's greatest – a swinging, soulful, and yet wonderfully understated little session – one that makes some real magic from just a bit of piano, bass, and drums alongside Freddy's vocals – giving some of these tunes a really great groove that's perfect for Cole's easygoing style! The tunes are quite fresh – hardly the sort you'd find on similar, sleepier albums of this type – and Cole's definitely got an ear out to the hipper side of early 70s jazz vocals, especially on some of the tunes that use electric piano instead of acoustic. Titles include "Moving On/A Place In The Sun", "Brother Where Are You", "Correct Me If I'm Wrong", "Miss Otis Regrets", "Wild Is Love", "He'll Have To Go", and "I Keep Going Back To Joe's/Waiter Ask The Man To Play The Blues". 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 ... $9.99
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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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar PetersonElla & Oscar (with bonus tracks) (OJC Remasters) ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1975. Used ... $7.99
Ella Fitzgerald, recorded in a nice lean setting – with mostly just the piano of Oscar Peterson to back her up, plus a bit of extra bass from Ray Brown on a few of the album's tracks! We love Fitzgerald in this mode – which is quite a change from some of her more familiar 70s work, and really shows the singer in her best light possible – handling things right out front, with an inherent sense of swing that's completely sublime! Peterson is great here too – playing with some of those more ragged edges that you'll get on his spare sessions for Pablo – some nice bluesy undercurrents that really help shape the sound of the record. Titles include "Mean To Me", "April In Paris", "Street Of Dreams", "I Hear Music", "More Than You Know", and "Midnight Sun". CD features 4 bonus alternate takes, too! CD

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Johnny HartmanI Just Dropped By To Say Hello ... CD
Impulse, 1963. Used ... $6.99
A beautiful album of dark-hued vocals – sung by Johnny Hartman with a quality that's as smokey as the image of him with a cigarette on the cover! The album set a whole new standard for male vocal jazz in the 60s – and is a distillation and refinement of earlier ideas in music by Billy Eckstine, taken down to more personal and fluid levels by Hartman – and recorded here with great small group baking that includes Illinois Jacquet on tenor, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. The vibe is very mellow, but never sloppy or sleepy – and titles include "Charade", "In The Wee Small Hours", "Stairway To the Stars", "Kiss & Run", "Our Time", "Don't You Know I Care", "If I'm Lucky", and "Don't Call It Love". 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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✨✧ Billie HolidaySolitude (Folio) ... CD
Verve/Folio (Italy), 1952. Used ... $2.99
Classic Billie Holiday for Verve – sad, blue-tinged, and recorded with great small combo backing – in a mode that really updates the sound of her initial recordings while still keeping the best elements intact! Players include Oscar Peterson, Alvin Stoller, Barney Kessell, and Ray Brown on the core group – plus bits of added solo work from Flip Phillips on tenor and Charlie Shavers on trumpet. Titles include "Solitude", "Moonglow", "Tenderly", "Everything I Have Is Yours", "East Of The Sun", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "Easy To Love". CD

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✨✧ Irene KralJust For Now ... CD
Jazzed Media, 1975. Used ... $7.99
An unreleased gem from Irene Kral – a rare 70s live recording that's every bit as great as some of her better-known recordings from the decade! Kral's relaxed, but never too laidback – and some of the tunes here are surprisingly wonderful groovers – really charming tracks that make us appreciate Irene's talents even more than before, especially as she seems to have a sharper wit here than on some of her other recordings. Backing is by a trio with Mike Wofford on piano – playing with a groove that really helps the album a lot, a heavier rhythm than you sometimes here with Kral, and other great aspect of the recording. Titles are pretty hip, with lots of numbers that might fall into a Bob Dorough or Jackie & Roy sort of camp – and tunes include "Wheelers & Dealers", "Nice Weather For Ducks", "Experiment", "Where Is Love", "Sunday", "I Like You You're Nice", and "It's A Wonderful World". CD

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✨✧ Julie LondonJulie Is Her Name/Julie Is Her Name Vol 2 ... CD
Liberty/EMI, Late 50s. Used ... $9.99
A landmark album in 50s vocal jazz – spare, moody, and evocative tunes from Julie London – sung in a stripped-down setting that few other singers would dare at the time! The sound of the set is as sexy as the cover – intimate, personal, and breathily sung in a mode that comes across with a brashly adult presentation of the material. Backing only features Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass – leaving Julie plenty of room to take over the record with her vocals – a real masterpiece of understatement, given the setting! Titles include her famous version of "Cry Me A River" – virtually THE version of the tune – plus "I Should Care", "Say It Isn't So", "Gone With The Wind", "Laura", and "Can't Help Loving That Man". Volume 2 is a lesser-known follow-up to Julie London's classic Julie Is Her Name album. The approach here is similar to the first set – with Howard Roberts backing up Julie's vocals, in a style that's quite similar to that used by Barney Kessel the first time around. Red Mitchell's bass is really the only other instrumentation – and the spareness of the set is stunning – with a nakedness that gets past even Julie's heavy turtleneck on the cover! Titles include "If I'm Lucky", "Little White Lies", "Hot Toddy", "Blue Moon", "Goody Goody", and "Spring Is Here". CD
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✨✧ LuluTo Sir With Love/It's Lulu (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Wounded Bird, 1966/1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A Lulu double header – 2 mid 60s American albums back to back, presented with bonus tracks too! First up is To Sir With Love – an album named after and starting with Lulu's super huge hit from the film of the same name – the tune that crossed her over big with American audiences in the 60s, and which paved the way for a short burst of fame on the US market! The album's got a surprising depth overall – a nice range of modes that goes way beyond that straighter soul-influenced sound that other Brit girl pop singers were using at the time – with bits of folk, rock, fuzz, and sunshine all getting some nice play as the tunes roll on. Part of the credit goes to arrangers John Paul Jones and Peter Knight, but this sound is probably most likely due to producer Mickie Most, who gives Lulu the same wide ranging styles he was bringing to his work with Donovan at the time. Titles include "To Sir With Love", "Morning Dew", "Rattler", "Love Loves To Love Love", "Day Tripper", "Best Of Both Worlds", "The Boat That I Row", and "You & I". It's Lulu is a hip little record too – one that boasts some stellar Mickie Most production, at a level that makes sure that Lulu's vocals aren't the only thing that stand out on the record! The backings are superb – sweet one minute, groovy the next, and always done with some of the more forward-thinking modes of the British pop scene at the time. Titles include "Gimme Some Lovin", "I Started A Joke", "Where Did You Come From", "A House Is Not A Home", "Show Me", "The Mighty Quinn", and "My Ain Folk". CD features 6 bonus tracks too – single versions of "Dreary Days & Nights", "Me The Peaceful Heart", "Look Out", "Boy", "Sad Memories", and "I'm A Tiger". CD
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