A wealth of tracks by Robert Mitchum! That's right, THE Robert Mitchum – actor who starred in a wealth of classic noir and action films, a consummate hipster who fancied himself to be quite a singer. A set of more obscure numbers from the late 60s, country and western tunes recorded in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Emiko Mizoguchi starts things out straight – delivering a few familiar tunes in standard jazz vocal modes – but as the album moves on, more original material comes into the mix – and really shows off the fantastic range of this young Japanese singer! Backing is just by a familiar ... read moreCD
Swinging early vocals from Jaye P Morgan – a set that reminds us that she had a lot more to offer back in the day than her frequent appearances on The Gong Show! The approach here is straight, jazzy, and plenty darn groovy – arranged by Marion Evans with a nice sense of swing, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi and insert! Cover has a promo sticker.)
Koji Moriyama —
Smile ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
Great vocals from Japanese singer Koji Moriyama – an artist with a really unique approach to his music – quite unlike any other American jazz vocalists we can think of! Koji's got a style that's slightly raspy at points – not off key, but very personal – and sung in this ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
A real swinger of a record – one that features vocals and conga work by Koji Moriyama, with backing by the piano trio of Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! Given that Yamamoto's style is usually a bit more spare and laidback, it's nice to hear him grooving in a setting like this – as Moriyama's a ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Later work from Chicago singer Audrey Morris – a talent that most folks know only for her albums in the 50s on Bethlehem and RCA! Here, Audrey pays tribute to the era of film noir – with songs from films that include Gun Crazy, The Racket, Fallen Angel, Detour, Kiss Me Deadly, Farewell ... read moreCD
Really nice work from Andrea Motis – a singer who's way most than just a pretty face handling a few Brazilian tunes – a she also works here as an instrumentalist, blowing both trumpet and soprano sax, in a way that really adds a lot to the record! The rhythms and most of the ... read moreCD
One of Mark Murphy's standout sessions for Muse – a bit more arranged than some of the others, with backings directed by Dave Matthews that bring a nice sort of punch to the session! The tracks are mostly jazz standards, done in vocalese mode – with instrumentation by a small group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mark Murphy's classic set of tracks dedicated to Kerouac, with Richie Cole filling the role of Bird on alto, and Murphy singing vocalese versions of Parker's tunes, and reading from some of Kerouac's writings. Tracks include "Parker's Mood", "Boplicity", "Bongo Beep", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer collection of work from one of the hippest jazz singers of all time – captured here at a point when he was really opening up into some fresh, unique territory of his own! Mark Murphy first began recording in the mid 50s for Decca, and had a run of other records in the 60s for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Mark Murphy's first albums – quite different than his later work, but swinging and jazzy as he could always be! Ralph Burns arranged the set, and even at this early point, you can hear what a talent Murphy is – singing with a confident swing that wasn't often the case for male ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover is lightly aged, with a streak of marker on back.)
One of the best early albums by vocalist Mark Murphy – cut to arrangements by Bill Holman on side one, a set of big band numbers, and to smaller piano trio backing on side two, which features mellower stuff. Murphy's really developing his voice at this point, and is starting to get some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Recent work by Mark Murphy – but as sublime as most of his best stuff from the 70s! The set was recorded in Europe, with the kind of respectful backing you'd expect from a scene that's loved Murphy's work for years – and which have done quite a bit to keep his unique style of jazz ... read moreCD
Quite possibly the greatest of Mark Murphy's early albums for Capitol – a heavily swinging set that features some great arrangements from Bill Holman, and Mark's classic version of the title tune – which he'd reprise nicely in years to come! The album's got Murphy in great west coast ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has some wear and tape on the seams.)
One of his best for Muse, with a beautiful set of jazzy vocal grooves that includes his reading of "Stolen Moments" (later made famous by United Future Organization), plus "D.C. Farewell" and an excellent version of "Waters of March". Warm and breezy, with that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great range of work from Rose Murphy – one of the most unique talents of her generation, and an artist with a style that's really unlike anyone else we can think of! At one level, Murphy's a great pianist – ala Hadda Brooks – but she's also got a high range of singing, with ... read moreCD
Sharon Muthu —
Muse ... CD Darwin, 2006. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
(Out of print.)
Amina Claudine Myers —
Amina ... CD Novus/BMG, 1988. Used ...
A pretty interesting change for this lovely lady of the AACM – as Amina Claudine Myers makes a shift towards more R&B-inflected jazz, working in equal parts vocals and piano with more electric instrumentation than you'd hear on some of her earlier albums. Although the move was kind of ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
(Out of print. Disc has a security strip on the top side, tray card is missing one spine.)
A sexy little set from singer Meg Myles – recorded live before a very adult nightclub crowd – with a great set of tunes to match! The record's got a lot more energy than Meg's previous material from the 50s – and Myles really has a way of swinging things with a sensual sort of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Torchy vocals from singer Mari Nakamoto – sung in English, and graced with some really lovely arrangements! The tunes are mostly standards, and Mari's presentation is traditionally torchy – but the backings have a lightly swinging quality that features some of the great touches the ... read moreCD
An excellent early album form Johnny Nash – one that's quite different than his later hits, and which has Johnny singing in a jazzy sort of mode that reminds us a lot of Jesse Belvin! Like Belvin, Johnny's got a warmly sweet voice that's lighter than Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, or other ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty darn great work from jazz vocalist Nanette Natal – a sweet blend of breezy vocals, jazzy rhythms, and the kind of open-ended singing that always made Nanette's albums a treat! There's an approach here that follows strongly in the sweeter Bay Area jazz vocal groove of the 70s – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This overlooked jazz vocalist lays down a mellow set of jazzy vocal tracks with a group featuring Walter Bishop Jr. The material's all original, and all hip, and includes the tracks "Gone the Midnight Sun", "Ice Fire", "Individually", and the long "Silent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo preswsing Cover has a cut corner. Shrinkwrap has shelf wear and a small hole in one corner.)
End ... LP Island, 1974. Very Good+ ...
One of Nico's darkest albums – and the kind of record we always suggest to those who doubt her genius! The incredibly spare set has Nico playing harmonium, which makes for a spooky off-kilter sound that really gives the record a somber approach – especially as the instrument sounds a ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Nordjordet (Oyonn Groven Myhren/Bugge Wesseltoft) —
Nordjordet ... CD OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A fantastic meeting of ancient and modern on the Norwegian jazz scene – a set that echoes some of the vintage Scandinavian folk/jazz experiments of the 60s, but with a very different vibe! The project is a collaboration between traditional singer Oyonn Groven Myhren, who also plays this ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Novi Singers —
Torpedo ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Novi Singers & Aleksander Mazur Quartet —
Bacharach ... CD Muza (Poland), 1976. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A dream come true – our favorite vocal group performing work by our favorite composer! The Novi Singers, in case you don't know them, were a totally hip Polish vocal quartet – with a sound that was part scatting vocalese and part groovy 60s, very different than that of many of their ... read moreCD
A warm set of groovers from Flip Nunez – a San Francisco-based pianist with a great Latin tinge, working here in a fantastic setting that makes for one of his greatest recordings! The album was recorded in SF in 1976, and it's got the laidback groove of some of the best sides coming from the ... read moreCD
A striking session for Anita O'Day – and a refreshing change from her work of the 50s! This one has Anita singing with arrangements by Gary McFarland, a mix of easy jazz styles that show a more sophisticated side to her voice – a bit more careful than before, with more hidden in the ... read moreCD
One of the strongest of Anita's mid 50s outings for Verve – a tightly-crafted set that benefits from some good arrangements from Buddy Bregman! The format is perfect for Anita – giving her little space to have to make decisions, and letting her concentrate on the tone and charm that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Verve Inc pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Anita O'Day is fast and free in this live set recorded at Chicago's famous Mister Kelly's nightclub – a venue that gives the recording a nice intimate feel! As with many of her Verve sides, Anita dominates the set with her wit, warmth, and personality – working the crowd as much as an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese Polygram pressing, UMV 2550, with obi.)
Anita O'Day pays tribute to Downbeat poll winners by singing vocal versions of their big hits in this lively set of jazz tracks from the 50s! Arrangements are by Marty Paich and Russ Garcia, both swinging as nicely as they ever did – and the setting of the album keeps Anita nicely in line, ... read moreCD
Buddy Bregman's doing the arrangements on this one – and he brings a great jazzy flair to the backings, helping Anita O'Day open up in her most dynamic mode! The whole set swings nicely, but without any sort of hoke – and Bregman manages to highlight specific instruments in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Verve Records Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam held with clear tape and some light aging.)
One of the strongest of Anita's mid 50s outings for Verve – a tightly-crafted set that benefits from some good arrangements from Buddy Bregman! The format is perfect for Anita – giving her little space to have to make decisions, and letting her concentrate on the tone and charm that ... read moreCD
A sweet Japanese take on American easy grooves – an album originally issued in 1971 under the title Easy Listening Special, and featuring the vocals of Hiroshi Okazaki! Hiroshi sings in English, with a warm, mellow, and round sort of tone – not exactly soulful, but cool and almost ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
A great lost slice of easy from Japan – sweet vocal tracks that are sort of a groovy take on the Hawaiian sound of the 60s! The tracks include a lot of Hawaiian standards, sung by the Living Voices in a mode that's occasionally gentle and dreamy, but which at other times has a surprising ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Ruth Olay's billed on the cover as a "singing discovery of the Jack Paar Show" – and she's got a vocal approach that must have been dynamite on TV! At times, her tones are quite low – almost the dusky style of Dinah Shore – but she's also got a pretty dynamic quality ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2008 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)
Lisa Ono —
Brasil ... CD Dream Music (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
Lovely work from Lisa Ono – one of the first singers of the modern age to return to the genius of 60s bossa, and one of the few to keep getting it right over the years! Here, Lisa sings with studio help from Mario Adnet – that great contemporary bossa talent who's got a key ear for ... (Brazil, Vocalists)read moreCD
An unusual album of harp jazz – with Orlando as the composer of all the tunes, and doing some vocals – with help from Rufus Reid on bass and Marshall Thompson on piano! (Jazz, Vocalists)LP, Vinyl record album
Perhaps the biggest album ever for Irish singer/songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan – and the one that yielded him his big hit "Clair", a great little ditty about an uncle whose fallen in love with his niece! The track's a gem, and it's featured with loads of other great numbers like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Other Dimensions In Music with Fay Victor —
Kaiso Stories ... CD Silkheart (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
Vocalist Fay Victor joins the wonderful group Other Dimensions In Music – for a performance that really helps deepen the sound and knock the whole thing out of the park! Make no mistake, we already love the instrumental side of the group – Roy Campbell on trumpets and other instruments ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Key proof that great songs never get old – and maybe even more, that the political messages of yesterday still have plenty of power today! Drummer Ulysses Owens mines the righteous territory of the 60s and 70s here – bringing together songs originally performed by Nina Simone, Abbey ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Patti Page is working here to class up her image from the country waltz sound of her biggest hit – and is going instead for a waltzing mode that's more traditional, and which brings out the duskier side of her vocal talents! Don't get us wrong, there's not a lot of Strauss in the mix – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and splitting.)
Jack Palance —
Palance ... CD Warner/Water, 1970. New Copy ...
A really unusual album from actor Jack Palance – unusual in that it may well be his only vocal performance on record, and even more unusual in that it came out during a very hip stretch of Warner Brothers at the start of the 70s! Yet the pairing of Palance and the budding genius of Warner ... (Folk/Country, Vocalists)read moreCD
A rare gem by singer Jackie Paris – an underrecorded LA singer from the 50s and 60s, with a sound and style that's somewhere between early Mark Murphy and later Bobby Troup! Paris has less of the vocalese approach of some of his contemporaries – and is also lacking the heavy vocal ... read moreCD
A really wonderful collection of music from the legendary bassist William Parker – and one that finally brings a light to an under-illuminated side of his talents – his work with different singers over his long and creative career, all collected together here in a great 3CD set! Make ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
A dream of a record from Marvin Parks – a hell of a jazz singer, and one that we'd place in an elite legacy that runs from Oscar Brown up through Jose James! The work here is wonderful – as Nicola Conte produced the record, and gives it the same sort of jazzy sparkle as his own sublime ... read moreCD
The most righteous album ever from Kellee Patterson – her first record, and a set that's way different from her more soul-based sides of later years! The album's got Patterson working in a wonderfully soulful approach to jazz – a style that's not unlike the earliest work by Dee Dee ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heck of a cool group – with a really cool sound! The Peddlers were a late 60s British trio, with a sound that was part soul, part jazz, part supper-club vocals – all done with a clean approach and a nice instrumental twist that often included a bit of Hammond organ! A big chunk of ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
A really fantastic final album from The Peddlers – the UK trio who effortlessly mixed jazz and soul in the 60s, but who work here in a more expanded format! All the best elements of the group's sound are still nicely in place – those raspy vocals, strong use of keyboards, and ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
An early vocal outing from the star of Psycho – surprisingly nice, with this unusual blue-tinged vibe! Plus, the arrangements are great – handled by jazzman Al Cohn, and directed by Urbie Green! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Oscar Peterson with Singers Unlimited —
In Tune ... CD MPS (Germany), 1971. Used ...
One of the first albums cut by the fab Singers Unlimited – and the set that has them backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! The Singers always mixed well with guest jazz talents – and the style of this albums gives their sweet harmonies a nice jazz-based groove and not too much cheese on ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
(Out of print, 2005 pressing – jewel case edition.)
Oscar Peterson with Singers Unlimited —
In Tune ... LP MPS, 1971. Very Good+ ...
One of the first albums cut by the fab Singers Unlimited – and the set that has them backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! The Singers always mixed well with guest jazz talents – and the style of this albums gives their sweet harmonies a nice jazz-based groove and not too much cheese on ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album from vocalist Pat Peterson – sister to trumpeter Marvin Hannibal Peterson, and best known for her work as a member of Ray Charles' Raelettes backing group! The sound of the set is miles away from Pat's work with Ray – open, soulful, and done in a sophisticated jazzy ... read moreCD
A key moment in the career of Esther Phillips – and a record that really has her shaking off the rougher bluesy styles of the earlier years, and pointing the way towards strong jazz success in the 70s! The album's definitely burnin, but with a sophisticated vibe too – as Esther works ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 70s album, issued at a time when Esther Phillips was really riding high with her records on the Kudo label – but a set that brings together unissued sides recorded for Atlantic in the 60s! The style is a great mix of rootsy soul and hipper jazz – arranged by Onzy Matthews on side one ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Given her start as a rough-hewn child junkie R&B singer, it's hard to believe that Esther's the one singing these beautiful ballads and soul tracks! The album's fantastic, though – and it shows Esther maturing into one of the more fantastic vocalists of her generation. Oliver Nelson, ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
A totally groovy set from the famous Czech ensemble of Vaclav Zahradnik – easily one of the greatest groups going on his scene at the time, and presented here in a very weird and wonderful special setting! The album's definitely what it says in the title – fairy tales in beat, done as ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD