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Frank Cunimondo TrioFrank Cunimondo Trio Introducing Lynn Marino ... CD
Mondo/Under One Sun (UK), 1971. Used ... $6.99
A beautiful set of hipster jazz vocals! This legendary album by Pittsburgh pianist Frank Cunimondo has always been a favorite for the jazz-dance groover "Feelin Good" – a cut which has an incredible drum and bass riff, and which has been sampled more than a few times over the past few years. But even above that track, the whole album's pretty darn great – and it features an excellent set of vocals by the lovely Lynn Marino, a very unique vocalist with a sweet style that's sort of like Blossom Dearie. The whole album's got a lovely light groove, with some heavy rolling piano lines from Frank, tight rhythm backing by the trio, and a great sweet sound from Lynn. A real treasure, and impossible to find on the original vinyl. Titles include "Beyond The Clouds", "Pretty Pretty", "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life", "Love So Fine", "A House Is Not A Home", and the incredible "Feelin Good"! (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print UK pressing.)

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Jeanne Lee & Ran BlakeNewest Sound Around ... CD
RCA (France), 1961. Used ... $9.99
An eerie album of modern jazz vocals – featuring the haunting voice of Jeanne Lee with the dark piano of Ran Blake. Most tracks feature only the two of them in duet – but a few feature Lee solo, and a few others have George Duvivier backing the pair up on bass. We like this stuff a lot better than much of Lee's later work – as it's still very much in a traditional jazz vocal realm, just pushed off-kilter a few notches or two, and painted with more abstract colors than usual. Lee's voice is nicely restrained, and has a dark Abbey Lincoln quality to it at the best moments. Titles include "Church On Russel Street", "Laura", "Love Isn't Everything", "Lover Man", "Season In The Sun", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". Plus, this CD reissue features 4 bonus cuts – including "Straight Ahead", "Vanguard", and "Left Alone". CD
(Out of print.)

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Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae In London ... CD
Ember/TKO Magnum (UK), 1961. Used ... $13.99
An obscure London live date from Carmen McRae – captured here quite early in her career, and working in the same small combo mode as some of her best recordings from the 50s with Ray Bryant! The group here's a British one – with Don Abney on piano, Kenny Napper on bass, and the great Phil Seaman on drums – and the recording quality has Carmen's vocals pretty strongly in the lead, but still allows some space for sensitive instrumental impressions from the trio. The tracks are mostly standards, but they're sung with that early sense of sophistication that really set McRae apart from her contemporaries – and titles include "Day In Day Out", "Stardust", "Loverman", "I Could Write A Book", "Thou Swell", "Body & Soul", "Don't Ever Leave Me", and "Moonlight In Vermont". CD
(Out of print.)

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Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae Live At Sugar Hill – San Francisco ... CD
Time (Spain), 1962. Used ... $12.99
A wonderful set by Carmen McRae – captured at San Francisco's Sugar Hill in 1962 – backed by a tight trio! Carmen is in sweet form here, very loose and and wise, and the group knows just how to fill out the sound. She scats loosely on the opening "Sunday", nearly hits a weep on "What Kind Of Fool I Am", and actually manages to breathe some life into "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" – no mean feat! The players include Norman Simmons on piano, Victor Sproles on bass, and Stu Martin on the kit. Other tracks include a playful "A Foggy Day", "Let There Be Love", "This Is All I Ask", "Thou Swell", "It Never Entered My My Mind" and "Make Someone Happy". CD

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Four FreshmenFour Freshmen & Five Saxes/Four Freshman & Five Guitars ... CD
EMI/Capitol, Late 50s. Used ... $9.99
Magical work by one of the greatest harmony groups ever! Four Freshmen & Five Saxes is one of our favorite sides by this excellent 50s vocal group – a tightly swinging batch of tracks with a really moody, modern edge! Half the set is arranged by the great Pete Rugolo, in the manner of the group's famous "trombones" session, done earlier with Pete – and the other half of the set is arranged by group member Dick Reynolds, following closely in Rugolo's style. The whole thing's great – with a nice brace of west coast saxes backing up the vocals – and titles include "For All We Know", "I May Be Wrong", "East Of The Sun", "Liza", and "This Can't Be Love". Four Freshmen & Five Guitars is actually even better – a truly magical album that has the group's voices supported on a brace of electric guitars, which makes for a really cool sound! The Freshmen harmonies are as perfect as ever – gliding along the electric strings on tunes that include "The More I See You", "Rain", "Invitation", "Nancy", "It All Depends On You", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", and "This October". CD
(Out of print.)

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Billie HolidayGreatest Hits ... CD
Columbia, Late 30s/Early 40s. Used ... $1.99
13 tracks including "Miss Brown To You", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "Billie's Blues", "I Can't Get Started", "When A Man Loves A Woman", "Solitude", "Gloomy Sunday", and "Body & Soul". CD

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Jackie & RoyHigh Standards ... CD
Concord, 1982. Used ... $4.99
These guys never miss! For years, we'd always passed up the later work of Jackie & Roy – thinking, in our elitist minds, that only their early work was worth merit. But this session from 1982 proves how wrong we were – as it's a stellar batch of small group tracks – sung in the same sweet mode as their best 50s work! The group's a nice one – with some great vibes by Paul Johnson – and the style has Jackie singing some songs in the lead, others in duet with Roy, and still others in a wonderful wordless mode that we really love. Titles include "Loving You", "I Watch You Sleep", "Too Marvelous For Words", "Am I Blue", "Bidin My Time", "Mine", and "Joy Spring". CD

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Gladys KnightBefore Me ... CD
Verve, 2006. Used ... $6.99
Gladys Knight pays tribute to a range of singers who came before her – Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and others – all the while earning our respect for her new inflections of these classics! The style here is less "torch revival" than you'd expect – and in a surprising turn, Knight doesn't simply revisit the older modes of singing, but works here in a more progressive, more positive approach that's got a really bold sort of sound. Arrangements are by Billy Childs and John Clayton – and instrumentation is a mix of small combo backing and other numbers that feature the fuller Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra. Titles include "This Bitter Earth", "The Man I Love", "Come Sunday", "Stormy Weather", "I'll Be Seeing You", "But Not For Me", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me", and "God Bless The Child". (Soul, Vocalists) CD
(Enchaced CD.)
 
 
 



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