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Patti PageLet's Get Away From It All (Wing) ... LP
Mercury/Wing, 1957. Very Good ... $0.99
A travel-themed set from Patti Page – and a pretty darn great one at that! Patti nicely shakes off some of cliches here – working with full, jazzy backings, and often hitting sounds that are a bit more mature than on her familiar pop numbers – modes that nicely match the global scenes and locales featured in most of the tunes. And while the gimmick is a relatively common one for 50s vocal dates, the mix of worldly tunes really does wonders with Patti – making the set a real standout in her Mercury catalog. Titles include "Mississippi Mud", "South Of The Border", "Aautumn In Rome", "Just A Little Bit South Of North Carolina", "Basin Street Blues", "Let's Get Away From It All", and "Under Paris Skies". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sarah VaughanVaughan & Violins (Wing pressing) ... LP
Mercury/Wing, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really rich album by Sarah Vaughan – recorded in Paris in 1958, with orchestrations by Quincy Jones – and large group backing that includes some great tenor work by Zoot Sims! The session's one of Vaughan's most cohesive albums of the period, and although it's got "violins" in the title, it's not too drippy or sleepy, thanks to Quincy – who keeps the whole thing moving along nicely, with just the right amount of swing and soul to work perfectly with Vaughan's vocals! Titles include "Live For Love", "I'll Close My Eyes", "That's All", "Day By Day", "The Thrill Is Gone", and "Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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Paul AnkaRock Swings ... CD
Verve, 2005. Used ... $3.99
Call us crazy, but this is one of our favorite albums in years! We'll be honest, and say that we've never been big fans of Paul Anka – but take it from us, the Anka on this album's a lot different than the one you may know from the past! Anka's completely reinventing himself here – working in a jazz-based mode with larger arrangements, and serving up a batch of tunes that must be heard to be believed. The tracks are mostly all from 80s pop hits – the kinds of songs that got played to death on the radio 20 years go, so much so that you'd think you'd never want to hear them again. Yet for the record, Anka's completely recasting them in fresh new versions – taking tunes like "Jump", "Eye Of The Tiger", "True", and "It's My Life" – and doing them in jazzy, upbeat styles that completely transform not only the songs, but also Anka's entire career as well. And if you're worried about the album being a gimmick, don't – because there's no sense of irony here, no easy "joke" to the tracks – and instead an honest, personal approach to the lyrics – one that makes us realize new depth in these tunes, often far more than we'd ever have credited the originals. Take it from us, this is pure genius – a leap over all the Starbucks-driven jazz-revival singers who are crooning Dylan and Hendrix for the new generation – and a brilliant recasting of David Lee Roth, Bon Jovi, and Spandau Ballet for the 21st century. The territory's all Anka's own – and we'll be glad to bet we'll be hearing a lot more from him in years to come! Titles include "Hello", "Eyes Without A Face", "Lovecats", "It's A Sin", "Blackhole Sun", "Wonderwall", and even "Smells Like Teen Spirit". CD

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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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Cab CallowaySingin' N Swingin' ... LP
Giants Of Jazz, 1940s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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Cats & The FiddleComplete Recordings Vol 2 – Hep Cats Swing – 1941 to 1946 ... CD
Dee Jay (Germany), 1940s. Used ... $6.99
(Soul, Vocalists) CD

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✨✧ Gloria ColemanSings & Swings Organ ... CD
Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Great work from Gloria Coleman – an overlooked genius on the organ, and part of an elite group of female keyboardists that includes Shirley Scott, Rhoda Scott, and Trudy Pitts! Coleman almost never got the chance to record, but clearly had a sharpness that was honed from years in the clubs – a tight, soulful approach to the instrument that also has her working the bass pedals as strongly as the keys – and an ability to sing at all the right times, in a soul-drenched mode that's even deeper than the vocalizations of Trudy Pitts on her late 60s albums for Prestige. The group's got James Anderson on tenor, Dick Griffin on trombone, Ray Copeland on flugelhorn, and Earl Dunbar on guitar – and titles include the funky "Bugaloo for Ernie" a great version of Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa", Blue Mitchell's "Fungi Mama", and the tracks "Blues For Youse", "Love Nest", and "You Better Go Now". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD

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Bobby DarinLove Swings (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab) ... LP
Atco/Mobile Fidelity, 1961. Near Mint- ... $19.99
One of the greatest Bobby Darin albums ever! Gone are all the gimmicks of some of his teen records, and in their place is a solid, serious approach to jazz vocals that has Darin standing tall with the likes of Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. Honest, this is one of our favorite vocal albums from the time – and Darin glides effortlessly over arrangements by Torrie Zito, sort of in the way that Mel Torme could when he was at his best. Titles include "How About You", "No Greater Love", "Long Ago & Far Away", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", and "In Love In Vain". A real treasure – and one that we've loved for years! LP, Vinyl record album

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Swings Lightly ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good ... $5.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Chick WebbSwingsation – Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb ... CD
GRP, 1930s. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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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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Carleen AndersonCage Street Memorial – The Pilgrimage ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $13.99
The legendary Carleen Anderson goes back to her roots – in a special album dedicated to that time when she was growing up in the household of Vicki Anderson and Bobby Byrd – two of the hippest singers to ever work with James Brown! Carleen's got a great legacy of her own – almost 30 years of recording, both as a solo act and a member of Young Disciples – but this set kind of leapfrogs backward over those years, and touches on some of the spiritual sounds that Vicki was doing in her youth, and the Cage Street setting in Houston in which she grew up. The record is easily Carleen's most ambitious – and was co-created with Orphy Robinson, who plays vibes throughout, and directs the group – on songs that are surprisingly lofty, compared to some of Anderson's earlier records. There's almost a more serious, intense sound to the record at times, mixed with straighter jazz vocal moments at others – and titles include "Your Heart Will Know", "Upwards From The Ground", "Deliverance", "Begin Again", "Be No Puppet", and "Pond Crossing". (Neo Soul, Vocalists) CD

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Ethel AzamaCool Heat ... LP
Liberty, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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
(Stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Count Basie & The Mills BrothersBoard Of Directors ... CD
Dot (Japan), 1967. Used ... $6.99
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 stereo pressing.)

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Carmen BradfordFinally Yours ... CD
Amazing, 1992. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A soulful set of jazz vocal tracks from singer Carmen Bradford – an underground talent that we've loved for years! Carmen's got a style that's in the tradition of some of the classier soul singers of the 70s – a mixture of jazz and touches of modern soul, peppered with a bit of old fashioned swing – similar to some of Marlena Shaw's work during the past 15 years or so. The album features a tight backing group led by Frank Foster on tenor – and tracks include "Destiny", "Rough Ridin", "Right To Love", "I Believe To My Soul", "You Must Believe In Spring", and "Chicago Hello", one we're still trying to get the Mayor to make the official city song! CD
(Original pressing – out of print.)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterBad For Me ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Near Mint- ... $7.99
One of Dee Dee Bridgewater's standout sets as a soul singer in the 70s – a mode that's quite different than the sound of Bridgewater you may know from her mostly-jazz career – but one that gets plenty of sharp help from the great George Duke! Duke produced the set – and really knows how to balance Dee Dee's jazz roots with some of the modern soul impulses of the set – letting her really soar on some mellower moments, while hewing to the groove on the more upbeat cuts – which may well be some of the strongest on the album. Throughout it all, Bridgewater is a model of care and class – very different than most mainstream R&B singers of the time – and titles include "Streetsinger", "For the Girls", "Love Won't Let Me Go", "Back Of Your Mind", and "Is This What The Feeling Gets". (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo sticker.)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterLive At Yoshi's ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, 1998. Used ... $6.99
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
(Booklet has a stamp.)

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✨✧ DeeDee BridgewaterLove & Peace – A Tribute To Horace Silver ... CD
Verve, 1995. Used ... $3.99
A modern classic from Dee Dee Bridgewater – one of her hippest albums of the later years, thanks to a great choice of material, and some really wonderful execution! The album's a beautiful set of straight jazz vocal readings of some of Horace Silver's best compositions, and it also features guest appearances by Silver and Jimmy Smith – both players who still had plenty going on at the time of the sessions. The real strength, though, is Dee Dee – as she proves once and for all that she's one of the best female true jazz singers of this era, capable of rich emotion on ballad tracks, and swinging free vocalese on more uptempo numbers. Titles include "Nica's Dream", "Pretty Eyes", "St. Vitus Dance", "Soulville", "Lonely Woman", and "Tokyo Blues". One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of the past 10 years! CD
(Out of print.)

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Sue ChildsIntroducing Sue Childs (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Studio 4/SSJ (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $24.99
A rare album from a great little singer – a swinging jazz vocal set from the 60s, originally issued on a tiny label in Rock Island, Illinois! Sue Childs has a nicely personal feel here – a bit less polish than some of her mainstream contemporaries, but in ways that make the record stand out – almost like you're catching Sue at some late night set, in a small out of the way club – which is probably the sort of place she regularly worked! Backing is by a tight combo on most numbers – comprised of trombone, tenor, guitar, bass, and drums handled by lesser-known players – but the great tenorist JR Monterose makes a surprise appearance on two tracks too. Titles include "The Girl From Ipanema", "Out Of Nowhere", "All Or Nothing At All", "The Lonesome Road", "Lollipops & Roses", "You Make Me Feel So Young", and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To". CD

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June ChristyJune Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days (Trip) ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Very Good+ ... $0.99
A later Capitol gem by June – where she reprisies a number of classics from her early years with Stan Kenton – new versions of late 40s tunes, done here with Pete Rugolo arrangements that go a good way towards showing how both he and June had grown during the 50s. Titles include "How High The Moon", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Easy Street", "Across The Alley From The Alamo", "She's Funny That Way", and "A Hundred Years From Today". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing on Trip.)

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Buddy Collette with Irene KralBuddy Collette Quintet Featuring Irene Kral ... CD
Studio West, 1962. Used ... $5.99
Wonderful work from both Buddy Collette and Irene Kral – initially recorded for the Navy Swings radio show in the early 60s, and finally presented here to the public on CD! The tracks all feature Buddy's early 60s quintet with Al Viola on guitar and Jack Wilson on piano – and Buddy himself is very strongly the lead soloist in the set, stepping away from some of the more tightly arranged modes of his albums of the 50s, and hitting some wonderfully spontaneous moments on flute, clarinet, tenor, and alto sax. Wilson's piano is as lovely and lyrical as on his best albums as a leader from the time, and provides perfect accompaniment to Kral on the album's vocal tracks – which comprised 6 of the CD's total 14 numbers. Kral tunes include "The Meaning Of The Blues", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Detour Ahead", and "It's A Wonderful World" – and instrumental tunes include "A Taste Of Fresh Air", "Hunt & Peck", "Emaline's Theme", "Road Trip", and "Soft Touch". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD

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