The lovely and soulful Hadda Brooks was one of the great talents on the LA scene of the postwar years – a vocalist and pianist with a style that blended blues and jazz, in a manner that was like some of her male counterparts on the scene at the time, such as Nat King Cole or Charles Brown. ... read moreCD
(Out of print, packaged in a slim sleeve which has some writing on the back.)
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an ... read moreCD
Fantastic stuff, and proof that Rosemary Clooney was always one heck of a great singer – with strengths in jazz that you didn't always hear in her pop work! As you'd guess from the cover, Duke Ellington's leading the group on the album – and most of the tracks here are older Ellington ... read moreCD
A great set of tracks that represents some of Chris Connor's first recordings as a solo act – culled from earlier ep and 10" releases, and issued here on a full LP with a total of 15 tracks. Backing is by three groups – the Ellis Larkin Trio, Vinnie Burke's Quartet, and Sy Oliver's ... read moreCD
A lesser-known set from vocalist Matt Dennis – not as well-remembered as his 50s dates for RCA and Kapp, but still pretty darn great nonetheless! Matt's working here with full backings from Sy Oliver – in a set that showcases his talents more as a singer than a songwriter – but ... read moreCD
A real standout in the Stan Getz catalog of the 70s – a session of mostly spare duets with pianist Jimmy Rowles, done in a way that really breaks from the format of Stan's other work of the time! Rowles here has a raspy warmth that brings out new voicings in Getz's tenor – an ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
A rare 60s meeting of groovy talents from both sides of the Atlantic – and a record that matches the trumpet of Dizzy Gillespie with the hiply swinging vocals of The Double Six Of Paris! The group were a wonderfully groovy precursor to the Swingle Singers – and sung in a scatting ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Groovy bossa from Sweden! The Gimmicks may not look that hip, but this is a great album of jazzed-up bossa grooves – done in a harmony style that recalls Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, The Carnival, or some of the other great late 60s groups that were bringing a new vocal sound to the bossa. ... read moreCD
Genius, pure genius! (Have we said that about Lee too many times before?) The work of Lee Hazlewood is beyond description – a bit of vocals, a bit of country, a bit of lounge, and a bit of rock – all wrapped up with a sinister edge that has you believing that this was the man who used ... read moreCD
A rare early session as a solo act by vocalist Jon Hendricks – recorded at the time when he was first making waves with Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross – but proof that Jon always sounded a lot hipper on his own! The style here is quite different from the vocalese of LHR, and Hendricks is ... read moreCD
Cool ... CD Far Out (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Plenty cool sounds from Joyce – a lady who's always been the definition of the world used in the title – thanks to her totally unique, totally wonderful style! The album's one of a number of recent gems that have Joyce really going back to basics – hitting that soaring blend of ... (Brazil, Vocalists)read moreCD
One of the greatest records ever from Frankie Laine – a strongly jazz-based session, and one that really makes incredible use of Laine's powerful voice! The group here is led by trumpeter Buck Clayton – who's also at a bit of a high point in his career, and able to give Laine this warm ... read moreCD
The Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross tradition lives on – in a smoking live set that features Indian singer Yolanda Bavan joining the group in place of recently-departed Ross! Bavan's ability to groove and improvise is every bit as great as that of Annie Ross – and she fits in nicely ... read moreCD
Very groovy work from Peggy – a set of tunes tone with a nice little Latin flair! The tunes themselves are all Broadway hits of the late 50s and early 60s, but they're redone wonderfully here – so that they often bear little resemblance to the originals. Jack Marshall handled the ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Michael Levy, Madeline Renard & Charley Krachey —
Soup ... CD New Artists, 1994. Used ...
A sly swinger from Frankie Randall – an album that's done with a bit more of a subtle feel than some of his previous albums for RCA – a shift that's almost like the change made at the time by other RCA singers like Jack Jones or Vic Damone! Randall was always great as a belter, but he's ... read moreCD
A wonderful little album by Mel Torme – easily one of his best albums of the 50s, despite the tighter focus implied in the title! Although the set's a tribute to Fred Astaire. the album's got a very similar feel to Mel's classic album with Marty Paich's Dek-Tette for Bethlehem – ... read moreCD
One of Mel's best for Bethlehem – and an album that's finally getting reissued in a proper format! The record features Mel working with a small group led by Marty Paich, a genius arranger who's still (in our humble opinion) the best person to ever accompany Torme's velvety smooth vocals on ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest Verve albums of all time – a rare American session from Brazilian legend Marcos Valle – and his only US album to feature vocals! The album's even dreamier than Valle's early bossa sides from Brazil – and the setting has some nice Verve-like touches from ... (Brazil, Vocalists)read moreCD
A lost Brazilian groover – very much in the style of some of the best bossa vocal groups of the 60s! Like Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66, Vox Populi have an approach that mixes male and female vocals into a sweet harmony lead – laid out over a sweet set of jazzy grooves, in a way that ... (Brazil, Vocalists)read moreCD
A great little small group session for Dinah Washington – more jazz-based than some of her earlier or later work, sung with a small combo that includes Wynton Kelly on piano, Georgie Auld on tenor, and Herb Geller on alto. Tracks include "Look To The Rainbow", "Goodbye", ... read moreCD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Lee Wiley & Ellis Larkins —
Duologue ... CD Storyville/Black Lion (Japan), 1954. Used ...
A beautiful little concept for a beautiful little album – a "duologue" in which Lee Wiley sings one track, then Ellis Larkins plays the next, and so on – making for a split LP, but one with a lot of variety along the way! Wiley sings on about two thirds of the tracks on the ... read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
A wonderful live set from Joe Williams – recorded at Birdland, as you'd guess from the title – and done with a raw depth that surpasses much of his studio work from the time! Joe's really moving past cliche here – using his voice with a power that hadn't been heard since his ... read moreCD
Joe Williams & Harry Sweets Edison —
Together ... CD Roulette/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1961. Used ...
A gem of a record from this pair of Basie-ites – one that allows Joe Williams to hit some different modes than on his fuller records with the Count – set up here in a nicely relaxed groove with trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, but are more laidback than ... read moreCD