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AkikoLittle Miss Jazz & Jive Goes Around The World! ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2005. New Copy ... $16.99
A real change for Akiko – a record that drops some of the more modern-styled sounds of recent sets, and goes for a more swing-based style that's pretty darn nice throughout! The groove here is keenly inspired by jazz and R&B of the late 40s and early 50s – and is presented in a lively jumping jive sort of way that comes as a real surprise to our ears! A few of the tunes have some nice modern touches on rhythms, and even though the overall presentation is swing-based, there's some playful instrumental differences that freshen up the older songs. Titles include "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "Mr Sandman", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "The Music Goes Round & Round", "Around The World", "I Want You To Be My Baby", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". Great package too – gatefold, with a cut-out booklet that's kind of a reproduction of some of the grooviest Limelight jazz covers of the 60s! (Neo Soul, Vocalists) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AkikoMood Swings ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... $16.99
A jazzy little groover from Akiko – moving strongly forward with this excellent album, thanks to production from Tatsuo Sunaga! The groove here isn't as kitschy or catchy as on some of Sunaga's more dance-oriented recordings – but has a warm jazzy vibe that's steeped in years of influences, all filtered down into a rich set of soulful backings for Akiko – taking her vocals into a whole new direction, and making for an album that's got a heck of a lot of great tunes to offer! Easily her best so far, with tracks that include "Overstay", "Mood Swings", "The Gift", "Before Dawn", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", and a great vocal version of the funky Johnny Harris tune "Footprints On The Moon". (Neo Soul, Vocalists) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Lorez AlexandriaFor Swingers Only ... LP
Argo, 1963. Good+ ... $11.99
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 ring & edge wear, with splitting held with masking tape, a large name in marker on the front and notions on the back.)

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Nancy AmesLatin Pulse ... LP
Epic, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Nancy sings some sweet Latin groovers in Spanish – backed by groovy 60s arrangements from Joe Sherman! The feel here isn't quite as driving as on her classic "Mas Que Nada" album – but it does have a similar style – sort of blending easy 60s vocals with swinging pop Latin rhythms, all in a style that's pretty darn groovy, especially on the upbeat numbers! Tracks include Spanish versions of "Yesterday", "That Kiss", "A Taste Of Honey", "Call Me", and "Shadow Of Your Smile". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ernestine AndersonLive From Concord To London ... LP
Concord, 1978. Very Good ... $3.99
70s live material from singer Ernestine Anderson – half from the Concord Jazz Festival, half from a London performance at Ronnie Scott's – hence the title! The first half has this swinging jazz festival vibe – Ernestine really reaching out to win over the crowd with her charms, and backing by a core trio with Hank Jones on piano, occasionally expanded into a bigger ensemble. The London tracks are a bit more intimate, and feature a trio with John Horler on piano – and some especially great phrasing from Anderson. Titles include "Stormy Monday", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "I Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Love For Sale", and a long "Ellington Medley". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Paul AnkaClassic Songs My Way ... CD
Decca, 2007. Used ... $4.99
A great little follow up to Paul Anka's mighty Rock Swings album – and like that set, a batch of relatively contemporary tunes, retooled with a jazzy swing! The approach is surprisingly wonderful – truly revelatory, and that's a word that we never thought we'd use when referring to Paul Anka! Mr A really won our heart with his previous effort, and this set only deepens our love of his music – and shows us that he's not just a one trick pony. As before, the genius arranger Pat Williams is on hand to make things great – alongside other arrangers who include John Clayton, Randy Kerber, and Jeremy Lubbock – and instrumentation is almost all acoustic and in a big band mode. The range of tracks used is broadened slightly, but in a good way – and titles include versions of "Against The Wind", "Get Here", "Time After Time", "Ordinary World", "Bad Day", "Heaven", "Mr Brightside", "I Go To Extremes", "Both Sides Now", and "Waiting For A Girl Like You" CD

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✨✧ Burt BacharachLiving Together ... LP
A&M, 1973. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Quite possibly the greatest moment ever for Burt Bacharach – and that's saying a heck of a lot, considering the greatness of all of his work! The record's a slightly-overlooked gem from Burt's 70s years – a record that steps off the compressed sophistication of his best 60s work for A&M, but pushes things slightly into even more adult territory – a space that's beyond simple instrumental pop, and which features complicated rhythms, amazing songwriting, and a batch of tunes so great, you'll be coming back to this one for years to come! The record leads off with the sublime "Something Big", a building vocal number that always sends chills down our spine – then follows with the skittish rhythm of "Monterey Peninsula", almost drum and bass at times! Even the mellower tracks are great – somewhat soulful, and always touched with unusual phrasings, timings, or jazzy changes that are simply mindblowing. Other tracks include "The Balance of Nature", "Lost Horizon", "Walk The Way You Talk", "Reflections", "Long Ago Tomorrow", and "I Might Frighten Her Away". (Now Sound, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Count Basie & The Mills BrothersBoard Of Directors ... CD
Dot (Japan), 1967. Used ... $19.99
A late 60s swinger from The Mills Brothers – with the aging vocal group get some great assistance from the Count Basie Orchestra! By the time of this sessions, The Mills Brothers had been recording for at least 4 decades – and although their early hits had gained the group a great deal of fame, their career as a whole was fading considerably in the 60s. Enter Basie, whose group was still very much at the top of its form in the decade – thanks to a great ear for transforming older tunes into fresher takes, and newer tunes into more swinging jazz-based vehicles. Working here with arranger Dick Hyman, the Basie group gives the Mills Brothers a soaring, bouncing kind of support – one that takes their vocals, tightens them up, and really sends the tunes home with a nice sort of zing! Old and new numbers come off great in the setting – and titles include "Release Me", "I Want To Be Happy", "Down Down Down", "I Dig Rock & Roll Music", "Let Me Dream", "April In Paris", "I May Be Wrong But I Think You're Wonderful", and "Tiny Bubbles". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print. 20bit K2 HQ CD pressing! Includes obi!)

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Jesse BelvinMr Easy ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The last album ever recorded by LA vocalist Jesse Belvin – a stupendous session that showed where he might have headed, if not for the tragic auto accident that took his voice from us far too soon! The album has Jesse moving from the smooth R&B of earlier albums into a more sophisticated style that's a bit like that of Nat King Cole, but which is done here with traces of Sam Cooke as well. Orchestrations are by Marty Paich, who's great at both the swinging and mellow tunes – and titles include "Imagination", "I'll Buy You A Star", "Let There Be Love", "Blues In The Night", "It's All Right With Me", and "The Best Is Yet To Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing.)

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✨✧ Dave Brubeck, Carmen McRae, Lambert Hendricks & RoReal Ambassadors ... CD
Columbia, Early 60s. Used ... $9.99
A great Brubeck side project – featuring music by Dave and lyrics by Iola Brubeck – kind of a reworking of the Gilbert & Sullivan musical, but with a hip 60s swinging jazz vibe – and a story about the importance of American jazz musicians as cultural ambassadors in the postwar years! There's some especially great vocal numbers from Lambert Hendricks & Ross – and Carmen McRae sings a bit in a mode that's similar to her Brubeck albums. And even Louis Armstrong is pretty charming, too! (Jazz, Vocalists) CD

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CariocasIntroducing The Cariocas ... LP
Philips, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
The Cariocas were a swingin jazzy bossa vocal group, with a sound that was similar to the Tamba Trio, but a lot more jazzy. They recorded this rare album in the US during the mid 60s, under the auspices of Quincy Jones, who did all the arrangements for the session. The record's got a few Brazilian standards, plus nice lesser-known material like "Tema Para Quatro", "Insonia Por Sonia", and "A Minha Na Morada". (Brazil, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Perry ComoPerry/Perry In Person At The International Hotel Las Vegas ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1970/1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Obscure 70s work from Perry Como – two RCA albums back to back on a single CD! Perry features heavenly vocals from the great Perry Como – a set that has maybe a slight touch of 70s style in the production, but which still has those great Como vocals firmly intact! Nick Perito handles the charts, and the Ray Charles Singers step in for a bit of backup vocals – but Perry's the main man throughout, adapting nicely to some more contemporary tunes that sound great in the Como setting. Titles include "The Way We Were", "Brian's Song", "Weave Me The Sunshine", "Beyond Tomorrow", "That's You", and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life". In Person is a swinging live set from Perry Como – one that's maybe got a bit more jazz in the mix than some of his other albums, thanks to the bigger band backing him up – often with this vibrant feel that maybe has Perry himself bringing a bit more punch to his presentation too! But if you dig the pillowy-soft Como sound, don't fret – as there's plenty of that in place here – on titles that include "Everybody's Talkin", "I've Got You Under My Skin/Hello Young Lovers", "Love Is Spreading All Over The World", "Father Of Girls", "You'll Never Walk Alone", and "It's A Good Day". CD
(Super Audio CD pressing!)

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Chris ConnorSweet & Swinging ... LP
Progressive, 1978. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Features Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute – and titles that include "Where Flamingos Fly", "Things Are Swinging", "Out Of This World", and "I Feel A Song Coming On". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby DarinBobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good+ ... $2.99
One of Bobby D's albums from his confused period in the mid 60s! Sounds sort of goofy, but it actually works, thanks to some swinging arrangements by Roger Kellaway, and the pep and zip of the score. Plus, the cover's got Bobby leaning on a push me-pull me, with a doctor's bag and a big stovepipe hat. Titles include "At The Crossroads", "I Think I Like You", "Fabulous Places", "Talk To The Animals", "After Today", and "My Friend The Doctor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Bobby DarinIn A Broadway Bag (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Edsel (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
In A Broadway Bag is exactly that – Bobby Darin taking on some of the biggest Broadway tunes of his generation – and doing a pretty darn good job as well! Arrangements are by Shorty Rogers and Perry Botkin, both of whom bring a hip flair to the proceedings – a sound that's usually a fair bit more swinging and jazz-based than you'd hear if you were catching these songs in their original settings. Darin's finger-snapping style is a great one for these tunes – bringing out all their sharper edges in ways that other 60s performers don't always get. Titles include "Night Song", "Try To Remember", "Once Upon A Time", "The Other Half Of Me", "I Believe In You", "It's Today", and "Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong". 50th Anniversary CD has 3 bonus tracks: "Walking In The Shadow Of Love", "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" and "Merci Cherie". CD
(50th Anniversary edition – with bonus tracks.)

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Bobby DarinSings Shadow Of Your Smile/In A Broadway Bag ... CD
Atlantic/Diabolo, 1966. Used ... $11.99
Two mature sides by Bobby Darin – both recorded right before his move over to folk music, and both showing a nicely sophisticated side of his talents! The Shadow Of Your Smile has Bobby working partially in that more adult 60s mode that was influenced strongly by changes in soundtrack styles – especially that 60s trend towards letting some serious younger songwriters pen important tunes for the titles. There's also a few older tracks as well, and these dominate on side two, but these are nicely folded into the contemporary ones in sound and spirit – arranged by Shorty Rogers and Richard Wess with a lightly easygoing approach. Titles include "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "I Will Wait For You", "The Sweetheart Tree", "Cute", "After You've Gone", "Liza", "What's New Pussycat", and the Darin original "Rainin". In A Broadway Bag is exactly that – Bobby Darin taking on some of the biggest Broadway tunes of his generation – and doing a pretty darn good job as well! Arrangements are by Shorty Rogers and Perry Botkin, both of whom bring a hip flair to the proceedings – a sound that's usually a fair bit more swinging and jazz-based than you'd hear if you were catching these songs in their original settings. Darin's finger-snapping style is a great one for these tunes – bringing out all their sharper edges in ways that other 60s performers don't always get. Titles include "Night Song", "Try To Remember", "Once Upon A Time", "The Other Half Of Me", "I Believe In You", "It's Today", and "Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong". CD also features 7 more great bonus tracks – including "We Didn't Ask To Be Brought Here", "Funny What Love Can Do", "The Breaking Point", "Silver Dollar", "Walking In The Shadow Of Love", and "Merci Cherie". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella FitzgeraldRhythm Is My Business ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, Early 60s. Used ... $9.99
They're not lying with the title on this one, as Ella's singing to backings from the great Bill Doggett – who cooks up some of the liveliest rhythms Ella ever received from Verve! The style is still similar to other Verve records of the time – with that magnificent Fitzgerald vocal style transforming familiar tunes and standards – but the groove is much more upbeat, and Ella swings it hard in a style that really takes us back to her earlier years. Titles include "Runnin Wild", "No Moon At All", "Laughin On The Outside", "I Can't Face The Music", and "Rough Ridin". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella FitzgeraldTwelve Nights In Hollywood (4CD set) ... CD
Verve/Hip-O Select, 1961/1962. Used 4 CDs ... $49.99
Massive music from Ella Fitzgerald – 4CDs worth of sublime small group recordings – all of them live, and all of them previously unissued! The set follows the same format of the Verve Ella In Hollywood album – recorded in a small club setting, with combo backing that really lets Fitzgerald open up and swing – inflecting the tunes with the kind of warmth and spontaneity that she brought to her famous live performances of the time – which were almost always more compelling than her studio sides, no matter how great those were too! The first 3CDs feature material from two weeks' worth of recording in May of 1961 – with backing from Jim Hall on guitar, Lou Levy on piano, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums – and CD four features Ella returning to Hollywood for two more nights in 1962, with trio backing from Paul Smith on piano, Middlebrooks on bass, and Stan Levey on drums. There's a massive 77 tracks in all – handsomely package in a hardcover 7" square book – which also features beautiful color pages inside, lots of notes on the music, and design that's every bit as groovy as the old albums on Verve. Titles include "Joe Williams' Blues", "It's De-Lovely", "Lorelei", "I Can't Get Started", "Round Midnight", "Perdido", "Little White Lies", "Lover Come Back To Me", "Across The Alley From The Alamo", "Love For Sale", "Exactly Like You", "Mack The Knife", "Teach Me Tonight", "My Kind Of Boy", "It Had To Be You", "Hard Hearted Hannah", "All Of Me", and "Too Darn Hot/Ella's Twist". And, in case you're wondering, there's almost no repetition in the set at all – all discreet, unique tunes – not just the sort of rehash you might get in other concert box sets of this nature! CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella FitzgeraldWhisper Not (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... $9.99
A groovier batch of tunes than usual for Ella – especially compared to most of her Verve recordings! Ella's getting backed here by Marty Paich and orchestra – in a mid 60s swinging mode that has a nice degree of kick to it, and which shows that Ella's able to groove like some of the other singers of the decade. And sure, the whole thing gets a bit cheesy at times – but in a good way that has Ella breaking from the staidness of her "songbook" sessions. Titles in clude "Old MacDonald", "Matchmaker", "Wives & Lovers", "Lover Man", "I've Got Your Number", and "Whisper Not". CD
(Out of print. Comes in a nice 5" paper sleeve – shaped just like a tiny record cover!)

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldYou'll Have To Swing It ... CD
Jazztime, 1936/1937. Used ... $2.99

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