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Jackie ParisSongs By Jackie Paris ... LP
Wing, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $68.99
One of the first albums ever cut by Jackie Paris – an excellent male singer from the 50s, of the same generation as Mark Murphy and Bobby Troup, but who unfortunately never made a name as big as either of those two. This set has Jackie singing with arrangements by Manny Albam – fairly bright and full, but with some dark and modern touches that set the record apart from most of the male vocal sessions of the 50s we can think of. Jackie's his own man – not one to lapse into romantic cliches or overdone emotion – with a simple jazz-based approach that reminds us of Roy Kral or Joe Derise. Tracks on the set include "Strange", "Whispering Grass", "Heart Of Gold", "I Can't Get Started", "Goodnight My Love", and "Cloudy Morning". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Wing pressing with deep groove. Cover has light discoloration from age and a small bit of peeling around the edges of the laminate – but this might be the nicest copy we've ever seen!)

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✨✧ Sarah VaughanAll Time Favorites ... LP
Mercury/Wing, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing, with deep groove.)
 
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Ellen Christi & MenageLive At Irving Plaza ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1984. Sealed ... $4.99
Features both Ellen Christi and Lisa Sokolov on vocals – with Rahn Burton on piano, William Parker on bass, and Tom Bruno on drums! Tracks are very long, and very creative – hardly familiar vocal jazz – with three long titles that include "Awakening", "Frightened Of Feeling", and "Bird With A Broken Wing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
 
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Lorez AlexandriaFor Swingers Only ... LP
Argo, 1963. Very Good ... $39.99
One of the greatest albums ever from Lorez Alexandria – an ultra-hip singer who recorded for Impulse and King, but who sounds especially wonderful on this rare date for Chess Records! The album's got a groove that definitely lives up to its title – a jazzy, bouncy sort of rhythm that's definitely "for swingers only", and which is a nice contrast to overdone torch or standard jazz vocal modes. Alexandria's singing is completely sublime – quite fluid, yet with a soulful depth that's really amazing – and her backing combo is equally hip – a group led by John Young on piano, and also featuring George Eskirdge on guitar, Jimmy Garrison on bass, Phil Thomas on drums, and Ronald Wilson on flute and tenor – an obscure player whose reed work really makes the album sparkle! The song choices are great too – a mix of some under-recorded gems and a few blue-toned classics – all redone amazingly by Lorez with a sound that's quite unique. Titles include her classic Argo reading of "Baltimore Oriole", which begins with an amazing drum/bass passage that's worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks include "The End Of A Love Affair", "Baltimore Oriole", "All Or Nothing At All", "Mother Earth", "Love Look Away", and "Traveling Down A Lonely Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gray label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a sticker spot & some edge wear.)

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Ann Margret/Marty PaichSongs From The Swinger & Other Swingin Songs/Pleasure Seekers ... CD
RCA/El (UK), 1965/1966. New Copy ... $11.99
Two great Ann Margret soundtracks back to back on a single CD! The Swinger is 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". Pleasure Seekers is a dreamy little soundtrack from Ann-Margret! The record features 4 unique vocal numbers by Ann – including "Madrid/The Pleasure Seekers", "Next Time", Something To Think About", and "Everything Makes Music When You're In Love" – plus instrumental tunes by Lionel Newman. Newman's work is partially snoozy, as it can be when he's scoring a more dramatic film – but there are some nicer groovy bits that really fit the mood of this 60 sex comedy. Nice numbers include the Latinized tracks "Romantic Bossa Nova", "Pleasure Seekers Bossa Nova", and "Zig A Sig A Ding Boom Bah". (Soundtracks, Vocalists) CD

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Count Basie & Joe WilliamsCount Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings (70s pressing) ... LP
Clef/Verve, 1955. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Count Basie plays the piano and Joe Williams sings in his bluesy way and they are backed by a slew of musicians who include Thad Jones on trumpet, Ben Powell on trombone, Frank Foster on tenor saxophone, Sonny Payne on drums and many, many others. Frank Foster did all of the arrangements and the tracks include Williams' "My Baby Upsets Me", "Ev'ry Day", "April In Paris", and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". (Jazz, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album

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Rosemary ClooneyRosemary Clooney Swings Softly ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1960. Used ... $19.99
A rare Verve session from vocalist Rosemary Clooney – and a great one too! The album's got a dynamic quality that really works well with Rosie's vocals – and even the mellower tracks have a fullness that's great – a sense of poise and power that perfectly show Clooney's almost-effortless style of singing. But the upbeat numbers are almost the best – nicely swinging and with a really playful sort of feel – especially on some of the less familiar tunes on the record! Titles include "I Wonder", "Always Be In Love", "For You", "Grieving For You", "With You & Me", "Looking For A Boy", "With The Night", and "Love Eyes". CD

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Rosemary ClooneyRosie Solves The Swingin Riddle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA, 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 features 2 bonus tracks – "Theme From Peyton Place" and "Without Love". CD
(Mark through barcode.)

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Vic DamoneAngela Mia/On The Swingin' Side ... CD
Columbia, 1957/1960. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Swings Brightly With Nelson ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and an ink stamp on the back.)

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Ella FitzgerarldElla Fitzgerald Sings Sweet Songs For Swingers ... CD
Verve/Universal, 1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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David AllenThis Is My Lucky Day ... CD
Everest/Essential, 1964. Used ... $8.99
A really unique singer from a time when male jazz singers were almost fading from view! David Allen has a sense of phrasing that's different than mainstream crooners – an approach to tunes that's a bit more personal, especially on the sadder, mellower tunes, which he really does nicely. It's hard to describe, but it's almost like he's hanging back when singing – tentatively putting forward some lines, in a way that really makes them sound like his own words. Backings are by Bob Florence, and nicely jazzy – and titles include "Where You At", "New In Town", "Lucky Day", "Forgetful", "A Swing For Joey", "Penthouse Serenade", and "Love Is A Serious Thing". CD
(This is an on-demand title printed in limited quantities.)

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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 AndersonHot Cargo ... LP
Mercury, 1956. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
A great early set from singer Ernestine Anderson – material recorded in Sweden with a sound that's even more sweetly swinging than some of her American albums of the time! The backings on most tracks are by Harry Arnold – one of the hippest Swedish leaders of the time, and an arranger who's clearly got an ear for the more soulful side of Anderson's vocals – hardly the sort of icy Scandinavian sort of groove you might expect! And in a way, Ernestine seems to sound even better in this setting than back home – almost a bit more balanced, with a slight sort of poise that comes through nicely on the ballads. Titles include "Experiment", "Day Dream", "Did I Remember", "Ill Wind", and "My Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has light wear & a stain along the bottom seam.)

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Louis ArmstrongHello Dolly! ... CD
MCA, 1964. Used ... $9.99
A key album in the career of Louis Armstrong – one that helped him forge the fourth or fifth great comeback in his career! As you'd guess by the title, the album's built around Louis' hit version of "Hello Dolly" – sung in a mode that at one level stretches back to his roots in trad jazz, but at another kind of peps the whole thing up with a mod 60s/20s retro sort of swing – more syncopated than before, with a choppy little groove that pushed Louis right back onto the charts. Backing is by a small group that includes Billy Kyle on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Joe Darensbourg on clarinet – and the album's filled with other great numbers that include "A Kiss To Build A Dream On", "Moon River", "You Are Woman I Am Man", "Blueberry Hill", and "Be My Life's Companion". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)

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Louis ArmstrongHello Louis! – The Hit Years 1963 to 1969 (Hello Dolly/Mame/What A Wonderful World/bonus tracks) ... CD
Decca/Hip-O Select, 1960s. Used 2CD ... $19.99
Some of the last recordings ever made by Louis Armstrong – and some of the best-known as well! The set brings together three great albums from the 60s, plus bonus tracks as well – all in a really lovely Hip-O Select package! First up is Hello Dolly – a key album in the career of Louis Armstrong – one that helped him forge the fourth or fifth great comeback in his career! As you'd guess by the title, the album's built around Louis' hit version of "Hello Dolly" – sung in a mode that at one level stretches back to his roots in trad jazz, but at another kind of peps the whole thing up with a mod 60s/20s retro sort of swing – more syncopated than before, with a choppy little groove that pushed Louis right back onto the charts. Backing is by a small group that includes Billy Kyle on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Joe Darensbourg on clarinet – and the album's filled with other great numbers that include "A Kiss To Build A Dream On", "Moon River", "You Are Woman I Am Man", "Blueberry Hill", and "Be My Life's Companion". Mame is another great record that kind of updates the Armstrong sound of the 20s for the groovier scene of the 60s – still recorded very much in a trad jazz basis, but with some leaner arrangements overall, and a mix of material that keeps things nice and swinging! Armstrong's at his charming later vocal best – and titles include "Short But Sweet", "Mame", "So Long Dearie", "Tin Roof Blues", "I Like This Kind Of Party", "Cheesecake", "Tyree's Blues", and "Faith". What A Wonderful World is a surprising gem from Louis' later years – most famous for the title hit, but a great album all the way through! Louis is more of a singer than a musician on the set – and he's working with arrangements steeped in warmth and nostalgia – going for an instantly-ancient sound that brings out the best in Armstrong's sentimental tone. Next to the album's wonderful title track "What A Wonderful World", there's also lots of great obscure material – including "The Home Fire", "Hello Brother", "There Must Be A Way", "Fantastic That's You", and "The Sunshine Of Love". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – "Life Of The Party", "The Kinda Love Song", "We Have All The Time IN The World", and "The Three Of Us". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD

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Louis Armstrong & Oscar PetersonLouis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (bonus tracks) ... CD
Essential Jazz, 1957. Used ... $5.99
Gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate the tunes a bit more strongly, and give them that gently swinging rhythm that always works well with Armstrong's style. The real surprise, though, is Louis' voice – which is simple, almost elegant at times – and free from some of the gimmicks of other 50s sessions, or the too-playful style of his better-known duets of the period. We really love his gentle, honest approach to the lyrics here – on tunes that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Moon Song", "What's New", "There's No You", "You Go To My Head", "That Old Feeling", and "Let's Fall In Love". CD also features bonus tracks – including "Let's Do It", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Willow Weep For Me", and "Makin Whoopee". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD

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Burt BacharachBurt Bacharach (1971) ... LP
A&M, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
Insanely wonderful work by Bacharach – in a way that we can hardly begin to describe (but we'll certainly try!) By the time this one was recorded – 1971 – Burt's reputation as a songwriter and arranger were so firmly established that he had an incredible amount of freedom in the studio. Here, working with tunes that were mostly well-worn, plus a new one or two – Burt comes up with an amazingly complex set of arrangements, opening up his tunes like little flowers, focusing on a particular instrumental tendril, and drawing it out into incredible lines of melody and color. Proof of this is the album's extended version of "Wives & Lovers", or its suite for orchestra, entitled "And The People Were With Her". All tracks are great – from Burt's intimate vocal on "Hasbrook Heights", to the jangly instrumentation of "Freefall", to the completely recast versions of hits like "One Less Bell To Answer", "April Fools", and "Mexican Divorce". (Now Sound, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album

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Burt BacharachMake It Easy On Yourself ... LP
A&M, 1969. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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, with A&M inner sleeve.)

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Jane BirkinLolita Go Home (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... About August 9, 2017
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin take Jane's ever-growing trash rock aesthetic into the Euro club world of the 70s – and the result is an insane batch of tracks that are among Birkin's craziest work of the decade! She sings with an incredibly deadpan style – as you'll hear especially on the English-language versions of "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Where Or When" – and the arrangements by J-P Sabar have a spare electric quality that work perfectly with Jane's flat voice. A real oddity, but the kind of oddity that kept Birkin a compelling artist throughout her career – and proof that style goes a lot farther than substance in the world of Euro pop! Tunes are almost all originals written by Serge Gainsbourg – and titles include "French Graffiti", "Just Me & You", "La Fille Aux Claquettes", and "Rien Pour Rien". (French, Vocalists) CD

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Blue Stars Of FranceLullaby Of Birdland ... CD
Mercury/Nippon (Japan), 1954. Used ... $9.99
A key link in the early career of Blossom Dearie – and a fab album of jazzy vocal tracks throughout! Before Blossom recorded some of her 50s sides for Verve in the US, she was living in France and working with The Blue Stars – a cool male/female jazz vocal group that went onto become the prototype for later acts like The Swingle Singers, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, and Les Double Six! This 1954 album by the group was actually a minor hit in the US, where their swinging harmony version of "Lullaby Of Birdland" crept up the charts for a few weeks. The album's even cooler than the hit, though, and has lots of groovy jazz vocal tracks in French, with the sort of vocalese harmony scatting that you probably already know from the more famous groups mentioned above. You can always pick out Blossom's distinctive voice in the group, but the real strength is the groovy group vocals – shining beautifully in one of the first great recordings of vocalese harmony! Tracks include "Gina", "Embrasse Moi Bien", "La Danse Du Baiser", "Toute Ma Joie", and a version of "Mister Sandman" that's been renamed "Mister L'Amour". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterLive At Yoshi's ... CD
Verve, 1998. Used ... $4.99
Warm, wonderful work from Dee Dee Bridgewater – a relatively straight jazz album, and a hell of a swinger, too! The set's a live date, and has a relaxed, easygoing quality we really love – that soulful, personal feel that Dee Dee picked up strongly in her later years – quite a change from the mode she used on her soul recordings of the 70s. There's definitely a nod here towards older modes of jazz singing too – given that Bridgewater scats a bit at points, almost Ella-esque – but even amidst some familiar tunes, there's a decidedly Dee Dee feel to the whole record, that distinct touch that always makes her records stand out. Instrumentation includes piano and organ from Thierry Eliez, bass from Thomas Bramerie, and drums from Ali Jackson – and titles include "Love For Sale", "Undecided", "Stairway To The Stars", "Sex Machine", "Midnight Sun", and "Cherokee". CD
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Betty CarterOut There With Betty Carter ... LP
Peacock, Late 50s. Very Good ... $79.99
A fantastic album by Betty Carter – and certainly her rarest – not nearly as "out there" as you might guess from the title, but still a sparkling set of modern jazz vocals! The album was recorded with arrangements by Gigi Gryce, plus some help from Melba Liston – and a all-hip cast of players that includes Kenny Dorham, Sam Jones, Sahib Shihab, Benny Golson, and Wynton Kelly – all coming together in small group formation and swinging along magically with the Betty Carter groove. Betty's voice is in fantastic form – way more swinging and free than on some of her earlier sides, in a way that points the direction towards some of the groundbreaking work she'd do on her own label two decades later! Titles include "All I've Got", "Make It Last", "Foul Play", "Babe's Blues", and "You're Driving Me Crazy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Peacock pressing! Cover some splitting on the top seam, but is nice overall – and vinyl is nice and clean.)
 
 
 



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