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✨✧ Louis JordanSomebody Up There Digs Me ... LP
Wing/Mercury, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Somebody up there digs Louis Jordan – and we do too – thanks to the searing sound of these Mercury Records sides from the 50s! The approach here is a bit more rocking and R&B-influenced than Jordan's initial material – and Louis goes back to some classics, reworks their groove, and shows everyone that although he's one of the originators, he can still do it better than most! Sax lines and searing guitar parts really infuse the grooves with a lot of soul – and Jordan himself is impeccably charming and pretty darn groovy throughout! Titles include "Run Joe", "Early In The Morning", "Caldonia", "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "Beware Brother Beware", "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town", and "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens". (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has aging, peeling gloss, a sticker remnant & some small splits in the seams.)
 
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Ann Margret/Marty PaichSongs From The Swinger & Other Swingin Songs ... LP
RCA, 1966. Very Good+ ... $28.99
Ann-Margret at her grooviest – singing the super-groovy theme from The Swinger – perhaps her greatest film appearance ever! There's a mod bounce to the album that goes way way beyond any of Ann's other albums of the period – thanks to arrangements from Marty Paich, Quincy Jones, and Johnny Williams – all of whom put a nice sort of lilt in the backings, and manage to capture Ann at her sexiest. The title tune "The Swinger" is worth the price of entry itself – as it's a catchy, guitar-twanging number delivered in an incredibly breathy mode – supported by 2 great instrumentals from the film as well, "Swinger's Holiday" and "Kelly's Dance". But even on more conventional numbers, Ann's got a great sound here – bringing whole new sexy life to tracks that include "I Wanna Be Loved", "By Myself", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "More", and "Cute". (Soundtracks, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Harry BelafonteSwing Dat Hammer ... LP
RCA, 1960. Very Good ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Jean Francois Bonnel & his Swinging Jazz CatsWith Thanks To Benny Carter ... CD
Arbors, 2017. Used ... $6.99
(Jazz, Vocalists) CD

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Rosemary ClooneyRosie Solves The Swingin Riddle ... CD
RCA/Koch, 1960. Used ... $5.99
A rare gem from Rosemary Clooney, and a great set done with arranger Nelson Riddle – grooving nicely in a bigger band mode, but inflected with plenty of great Riddle touches on the instrumentation – in a way that matches the playful quality of Rosie's vocals! The overall sound is quite dynamic – especially on the horns, which often step out in some unusual blasts of sound – and Clooney sounds equally great on both the ballads and the upbeat, highly-swinging numbers. Titles include "Shine On Harvest Moon", "By Myself", "Angry", "I Get Along Without You Very Well", "April In Paris", and "How Am I To Know". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rosemary ClooneySwing Around Rosie ... LP
Coral, 1959. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Rosie's always been a heck of a jazz singer, but she doesn't always get to show her chops on record – which is why this late 50s session is such a treat! Backings are by the Buddy Cole trio (with Buddy on both piano and organ!) – a now-forgotten group that were frequently called upon in the 50s to do mellower small group backing for famous singers. The setting is a nice easy one, and Rosie responds wonderfully with some incredibly well-ranged vocals – on numbers that include "Goody Goody", "You Took Advantage Of Me", "A Touch Of The Blues", "Blue Moon", "Too Close For Comfort", and "I Wish I Were In Love Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Bobby DarinWild, Cool, & Swingin – The Artist Collection Vol 2 ... CD
Capitol/Ultra Lounge, Mid 60s. Used ... $5.99
Although Bobby Darin cut most of his big early hits on Atlantic, his move over to Capitiol in the early 60s yeilded a nice share of groovy tracks that rightly pull on his strength as a jazz-inflected vocalist. This very nicely selected set of 20 tracks will give you some of the most swingin' Darin material you'll ever hear – lots of which is way better than some of the stuff that always seems to turn up again and again on the usual ol' greatest hits comps. It's even got a few nice unreleased tracks, and a lot more than you'll only find on Darin's rare Capitol albums – including the cuts "More", "I Wanna Be Around", "Gyp, The Cat", "Charade", "The Good Life", and "Look At Me". And sure, most of them were big hits for other singers – but Bobby's fantastic here, and his interpretations of the material is always sparkling! CD

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Swings Brightly With Nelson (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1959/1961. Used ... $6.99
A nice pairing of Ella Fitzgerald and Nelson Riddle – done away from the Songbook series, with titles that include "I'm Gonna Go Fishing", "The Gentleman Is A Dope", "Mean To Me", "I Won't Dance", "Love Me Or Leave Me", and "What Am I Here For". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Swings Lightly (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Verve (Japan), Late 50s. Used ... $9.99
Ella gets some great jazzy backings from Marty Paich – on titles that include "Little White Lies", "You Hit The Spot", "Little Jazz", "720 In the Books", "Knock Me A Kiss", and "My Kinda Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella FitzgerarldElla Fitzgerald Sings Sweet Songs For Swingers ... LP
Verve, 1958. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A nice one from Ella – and a good move past the Songbooks mode that sometimes dogged her years on Verve a bit too much! This set has Ella singing to light arrangements by Frank DeVol – nothing fancy, but a good set of tunes that are perfect for the lovely style that Ella was hitting back in the 50s. Tracks are short, uncomplicated, and very nicely swinging – even in the gentler moments – with titles that include "Let's Fall In Love", "Sweet & Lovely", "Moonlight Serenade", "I Remember You", and "East Of The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove.)

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Roy HamiltonWhy Fight The Feeling/Come Out Swingin ... CD
Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... $14.99
(Soul, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)

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Lorez AlexandriaDear To My Heart ... LP
Trend, 1987. Near Mint- ... $11.99
An obscure 80s session from the great Lorez Alexandria – and a record that beautifully shows how alive her style was in these later years! The album was recorded with full group backings from the band of saxophonist Gordon Brisker – in a style that's slightly fuller than some of her mellower trio sides from the decade, and which further emphasizes the range and swinging power of her voice. Lorez sings things sweet and warmly – but never in a way that's too mellow, nor too "stock" – always fitting her phrasings to the changing modes of the tunes, and sliding in perfectly alongside the instrumentation of the group. Titles include "Yellow Days", "Without A Friend", "When The Sun Comes Out", "Zanzibar", "Why Was I Born", "Speak Low", "As Long As I Live", and "Where Have You Been". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lorez AlexandriaHarlem Butterfly – Lorez Alexandria Sings The Songs Of Johnny Mercer Vol 2 ... CD
Discovery, 1984. Used ... $34.99
Another soulful set of jazz standards that pairs the great Lorez with a group led by Gildo Mahones. Gildo's always been one of the best piano players we've heard accompaning a vocalist, and his work with Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross is the stuff of legends. This group has the added benefit of good tenor work by Herman Riley, and the band swings well with Lorez as she soulfully makes her way through tracks like "Mandy Is Two", "Skylark", "Harlem Butterfly", and "P.S. I Love You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mose AllisonI'm Not Talkin – The Song Stylings Of Mose Allison 1957 to 1972 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Mose Allison is one of the coolest, grooviest singers ever to grace the face of jazz – a voice you'll recognize instantly, even if you don't know his name – and an artist who had a huge influence on the sound of the London scene in the 60s! Mose was mod before mod was a thing – and was able to mix his sharp jazz skills on piano with a gutbuckety style of singing that drew heavily from the sound of New Orleans – as did his sense of rhythm – but always with an approach that was more upbeat and jazzy overall, with a hip sophistication that few other artists could hope to touch! And while Mose recorded excellent sounds for decades, this collection focuses in on some of the most important work he ever cut – music done for Prestige, Columbia, and Atlantic Records from the late 50s through the early 70s – served up in the most amazing tribute to Allison we've ever seen. 24 tracks in all – with cuts that include "Foolkiller", "I'm Not Talking", "If You Only Knew", "The Seventh Son", "I'm Smashed", "Wild Man On The Loose", "Back On The Corner", "I Love The Life I Live", "Jus Like Livin", "If You Live", "V8 Ford Blues", "Parchman Farm", "Baby Please Don't Go", "Western Man", "Your Molecular Structure", "Hellow There Universe", and "Swingin Machine". CD

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Ernestine AndersonWhen The Sun Goes Down ... CD
Concord, 1985. Used ... $14.99
A great cooker from the glory days of Ernestine Anderson on Concord Records – a time when the singer was rediscovered, and revamped in a bit of a bluesy mode – reaching a wide new audience at the time! Her vocals really shine at this point in her career, as she lets loose with a bit more personality too – as you'll hear on this swinging set of down home numbers, cut with a combo that includes Red Holloway on tenor, Ray Brown on bass, and Gene Harris on piano! Titles include "Someone Else Is Steppin", "Goin To Chicago Blues", "Alone On My Own", "Mercy Mercy Mercy", and "I Love Being Here With You". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ernestine AndersonWhen The Sun Goes Down ... LP
Concord, 1985. Near Mint- ... $1.99
A great cooker from the glory days of Ernestine Anderson on Concord Records – a time when the singer was rediscovered, and revamped in a bit of a bluesy mode – reaching a wide new audience at the time! Her vocals really shine at this point in her career, as she lets loose with a bit more personality too – as you'll hear on this swinging set of down home numbers, cut with a combo that includes Red Holloway on tenor, Ray Brown on bass, and Gene Harris on piano! Titles include "Someone Else Is Steppin", "Goin To Chicago Blues", "Alone On My Own", "Mercy Mercy Mercy", and "I Love Being Here With You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ann MargretVivacious One (Japanese pressing) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1962. Used ... $9.99
Swingin early work from Ann-Margret, always the vivacious one – and we're not even talking about her voice! The album follows in the style of work that Ann was recording for films at the time – punched-up and feisty, with that growling and almost unbridled sexuality oozing forth from most of the numbers. Arrangements are by Bob Florence and HB Barnum, and the album features a nice version of "Senor Blues", plus the tracks "Begin The Beguine", "Thirteen Men", "I Was Only Kidding", "Tell Me Tell Me", and "Make Love To Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ethel AzamaCool Heat ... LP
Liberty, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
An album of straight jazz vocals from Hawaiian singer Ethel Azama – an artist who's perhaps better known for her more exotic Liberty album with Martin Denny, but who's working here in a much straighter mode with backings from the great Marty Paich! Paich is at the height of his powers here – using that warmly jazzy approach that could make just about any singer great – so when combined with the strength of Ethel's vocals, the record makes for a very nice sound all the way through! The "cool heat" in the title comes from the fact that some of the arrangements here have a nice 50s LA jazz component (complete with a few solos) – yet still swing with enough heat to groove! Titles include a great version of "You Smell So Good", plus "Daybreak", "All I Need Is You", "You're So Bad For Me", "Time After Time", "I'm Glad There Is You", and "Like Someone In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Spanish pressing on Fresh Sounds.)

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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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Brigitte BardotBB 64 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... About March 21, 2018
One of the grooviest Brigitte Bardot albums ever recorded – a stellar set of tracks with some ultra-chic arrangements from the great Alain Gouraguer! The album swings like the best of Paris pop in the 60s – tight and outta site, with loads of jaunty pop tunes that bring out the best in Brigitte's vocals, and show her to be a great singer when she gets the right material! Tracks include "Ca Pourrait Changer", "Une Histoire De Plage", "Ne Me Laisse Pas L'aimer", "Jamais Trois Sans Quatre", "Maria Ninguem", "Moi Je Joue", "Je Danse Donc Je Suis", "Melanie", "Ciel De Lit" and "C'est Un Jour Comme Un Autre". (French, Vocalists) CD

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✨✧ Count Basie & Billy EckstineBasie/Eckstine Incorporated ... CD
Roulette, 1959. Used ... $11.99
Billy Eckstine gets a new lease on life – working here with great backings from the Count Basie band, in a mode that's a bit like some of Billy's own large ensemble recordings of the mid 40s! The sound is a bit more Basie-inflected than before, but that also unlocks some great swinging, soulful currents in Eckstine's vocals – modes that maybe weren't coming through as strongly in some of his pop material of the time, but which are right at home in the company of the Count! The material's great, too – darker, more brooding tunes – of the sort that Joe Williams might sing with the group – and the balance of presentation often gives equal time to vocals and instrumental passages in the spotlight. Titles include "Blues The Mother Of Sin", "Lonesome Lover Blues", "Drifting", "I Want A Little Girl", and "Song Of The Wanderer". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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