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Yasuko AgawaFree Soul – Yasuko Agawa ... CD
Victor (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99
A sweet little set – one that brings together some of the grooviest cuts ever recorded by Japanese singer Yasuko Agawa – one of the leading lights of the overseas scene at the end of the 70s! Yasuko's got this really special blend of styles – a bit jazz, a bit soul, often ... read more CD

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Dee AlexanderWild Is The Wind ... CD
Blujazz, 2008. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Amazing work from singer Dee Alexander – a wonderfully soulful album of jazz vocals, and one that we'd rank right up there with our favorite records by Carmen Lundy or Dee Dee Bridgewater! Dee's a singer who's worked in Chicago for years, but we've honestly only begun to appreciate her ... read more CD

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Maya AngelouMiss Calypso – Maya Angelou ... CD
Liberty/Rev-Ola (UK), 1957. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Wild! Long before she was a hipster poet, and even longer before she was the Poet Laureate, Maya cut this early album of calypso tracks for Liberty – with a rootsy sound that's actually pretty darn nice! Maya wrote a larger number of the tracks, and backing is by Tommy Tedesco on guitar and ... read more CD

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Burt BacharachHit Maker! – Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits ... CD
Kapp/Elemental (Spain), 1965. New Copy ... $9.99
A great batch of early work from Burt Bacharach – one of the first albums to be issued under his own name, and proof that Mr B was head and shoulders above most of the other arrangers and composers of his time! At some level, the style here is a bit more traditional than some of Burt's later ... (Now Sound, Vocalists) read more CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Hit Maker! – Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits (180 gram pressing) ... LP 12.99

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Shirley BasseyNever Never Never/Good Bad But Beautiful ... CD
United Artists/BGO (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 16.99
Two early 70s albums from Shirley Bassey – back to back in a single set! Never Never Never is a warmly-crafted 70s album from the great Shirley Bassey – a set that continues that great move she was making at the end of the 60s – shaking off some of the bolder, brassier styles ... read more CD

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Nicolas BeardeI Remember You – The Music Of Nat King Cole ... CD
Right Groove, 2019. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Nicolas Bearde is a singer with equal parts experience in jazz and soul – which makes him a perfect artist to take on the music of Nat King Cole – which he does here in a way that may well be better than any other Cole tribute we've heard, including a recent effort by Gregory Porter! ... read more CD

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Cilla BlackSher-oo/Modern Priscilla (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Parlophone/SFE (UK), 1968/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A pair of EMI classics from Cilla Black – separated by the space of a decade, and filled in with 21 more bonus tracks too! First up is Sher-oo – fantastic work from Cilla Black – only her third full length album, but a set that already has the singer growing way past some of her ... read more CD

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Dee Dee BridgewaterAfro Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio/Muzak (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's ... read more CD

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Dee Dee BridgewaterDee Dee Bridgewater (1976)/Just Family/Bad For Me/Dee Dee Bridgewater (1980) ... CD
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Four great albums from Dee Dee Bridgewatwer – a hell of a jazz singer, and also a great soul talent too! First up is a self-titled set from 1976 – Dee Dee Bridgewater's first album as a soul singer – recorded a few years after she first broke on the scene as a righteous jazz ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD

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Terry CallierNew Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/Craft, 1964. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Terry Callier's first album – recorded in 1964 when he was a wee teen hanging around Chicago's folk scene! As the title indicates, the album's definitely got a folk-styled sound – but also as the "new" implies, it's got a sound all it's own, fresh and free – and that ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD
Also available New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (180 gram 2LP expanded edition) ... LP 26.99

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Ray CharlesModern Sounds In Country & Western Music – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
ABC/Concord, 1962. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Brilliant work throughout – both of Ray Charles' classic country albums on a single CD package! Volume one is the stuff of legends – and what seemed a silly idea at the time was true proof of Ray's genius – the most successful album of his career and a bona-fide number one hit ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD
Also available Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music – Vols 1 & 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big Band with Carmen McCraeNovember Girl ... CD
Rearward (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $11.99
A rare gem from the Clarke Boland Big Band – and one of the group's few vocal sessions ever! The album's a really unique one – recorded in the UK in 1970, and featuring singer Carmen McCrae joining the group for a fresh and unusual batch of tracks – most of them originals written ... (Jazz, Vocalists) read more CD
(It's hard to tell from the image, but Rearward packaged it all in a really nice case with a glossy silver metalic finish!)

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Blossom Dearie/Bobby JasparAdorable Blossom Dearie (3CD set) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99
A great look at the earliest years of the lovely Blossom Dearie – and a set that also features a surprising amount of work from reedman Bobby Jaspar, who was making big waves on the Paris jazz scene at the same time the young Blossom was living in France! CD1 features the pair together ... read more CD

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Cris Delanno & Nelson FariaBossa Is Her Name ... CD
(Brazil), 2019. New Copy ... $24.99
Bossa is her name, and bossa is the sound – a beautiful collaboration between singer Cris Delanno and guitarist Nelson Faria – who team up here to do a great bossa nova reworking of Julie London's classic album Julie Is Her Name! Given the strong use of acoustic guitar on the original ... (Brazil, Vocalists) read more CD

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Halina Frackowiak with SBBGeira ... CD
Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
There's a really cool meeting of talents going on here – lead vocals from Polish singer Halina Frackowiak, and backings by prog power trio SBB – who change up their groove in some nice ways for the record! We mostly know SBB for their long-form, fusion-styled jams – but here, ... (Rock, Vocalists) read more CD

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Lee Hazlewood400 Miles From LA – 1955/1956 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Lee Hazlewood is looking a bit nervous on the cover – very different than the swaggering bravado of his mustachioed fame of the late 60s – which is quite fitting, given that these tracks were all recorded very early in his career! The collection presents the debut of a set of early ... read more CD
Also available 400 Miles From LA – 1955/1956 ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Jon HendricksCloudburst ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A mixed bag of tracks from Jon Hendricks – but with some really great moments! The set was recorded in Germany in 1982, and it features Jon running through a variety of styles to please the crowd – some of them blusey, some of them straight readings of older numbers – but on a ... read more CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Takehiro Honda & Mama TMisty ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $22.99
A rare vocal session from pianist Takehiro Honda – one recorded with Japanese singer Mama T, who sings here in English throughout! Mama's name is one that might make you think she's a blues singer – but her approach is mostly that of a 60s soul jazz vocalist – jazz at the core, ... (Jazz, Vocalists) read more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Jazzmeia HornLove & Liberation ... CD
Concord, 2019. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
We really loved Jazzmeia Horn on her debut, but this time around she really knocks it out of the park – to a point where we're ready to list her among our top few favorite jazz vocalists – a short list that includes Betty Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Shirley Horn! We're not easy ... read more CD

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Langston HughesVoice Of Langston Hughes ... CD
Folkways, 1950s. New Copy ... $11.99 16.98
A wonderful collection of work from Langston Hughes – material pulled from a handful of albums recorded for the Folkway labels in the 50s, all of which are pretty darn great and long out of print! Hughes' writings are well known – part of a rich tradition of African-American expression ... (Comedy/Spoken, Vocalists) read more CD

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Kayo IshuLiving Scat – Neo Standards ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $22.99
Breezy and easy vocals from Japan – a collection of recordings made by singer Kayo Ishu from the late 60s and 1970s – not really "scat" in a conventional style, but cool wordless vocals with a sweet jazzy feel! The 19 track set brings together tunes from a variety of ... read more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Kayo IshuLiving Scat Elegance ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969/1971. New Copy ... $22.99
A beautiful little CD – especially if you like dreamy French soundtrack work from the 60s! Kayo Ishu sings a variety of tunes from famous 60s soundtracks, but about a quarter of the set is work by the mighty Francis Lai – done in a moody, mellow style that's right in keeping with his ... read more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Etta JonesSoulful Sunday – Live At The Left Bank ... CD
Reel To Real, 1972. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A very soulful setting from singer Etta Jones – who really opens up here in a concert done for the Left Bank jazz society in Baltimore! The performance is from 1972, and really has Jones sounding a bit different than on her 60s material for Prestige – partly because backings are by the ... read more CD

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Kimiko Kasai with Kosuke MineYellow Carcass In The Blue ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $19.99
A record that's far more beautiful than you'd guess from the "carcass" in the title – a strong set of vocal work from singer Kimiko Kasai – easily one of the hippest Japanese singers of the 70s! Although Kasai's sometimes straight on the album, she also stretches out in freer ... read more CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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Lo Greco BrosDifferent Standards Vol 2 ... CD
Irma (Italy), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
Beautiful work here from the Lo Greco brothers – sounding even warmer and jazzier here than on their previous work for Schema Records! The duo of Gianno Lo Greco on drums and Enzo Lo Greco on bass have a really easygoing approach to rhythm – soulful, with all the right spaces between ... (Jazz, Vocalists) read more CD

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Claudine LongetColours ... CD
A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1968. New Copy ... $9.99
The colors are rich, but gentle too – like a palette of pastels, all sung by the lovely Claudine Longet! The album's got a slightly more mature feel than some of Longet's first for A&M – great Nick DeCaro arrangements that show some of the deeper elements creeping into pop at the ... read more CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Colours ... LP 2.99

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Jerry LordanAll My Own Work ... CD
RPM (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Early Brit pop from Jerry Lordan – best known as the songwriter of a host of hits for bigger artists in the pre-Beatles years – stepping out here in an album of his own! Jerry's a singer with a surprising degree of charm – not a full-on rocker, but more of an old school vocalist ... read more CD

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Carmen LundyCode Noir ... CD
Afrasia, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Fantastic work from Carmen Lundy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time, and an artist who keeps on giving us her best as the years go on! This album's definitely some of Carmen's best – as it features the singer working with a wonderful group that includes Jeff Parker on ... read more CD

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Carmen LundyModern Ancestors ... CD
Afrasia, 2019. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
To our ears, there's nothing like a record from Carmen Lundy – one of the few jazz singers who can hold us completely rapt over the years, and who keeps on coming up with wonderful albums like this one! Carmen's voice has always been fantastic, but in recent years she's got an even more ... read more CD

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Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt EllingAfro Blue ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 17.99
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm ... (Jazz, Vocalists) read more CD

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Johnny MathisDifferent Kinda Different (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1980. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A tremendous start to the 80s for Johnny Mathis – and a set that really continues that strong shift into soul-based territory he begun in the 70s! Gene Page handles a lot of the arrangements here, and gives the whole thing that strong blend of strings and soul that he worked on other 70s ... read more CD

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Johnny MathisI Only Have Eyes For You/Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1976/1977. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
Two key 70s albums from Johnny Mathis – back to back on a single CD! I Only Have Eyes For You is a great little record – one that has Johnny Mathis still holding onto the majesty of his vocals from the early years, but really finding a new sort of groove with arranger Gene Page! Page ... read more CD

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Cecile McLorin SalvantWindow ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
Beautifully intimate sounds from the great Cecile McLorin Salvant – a set that has the singer working with only piano or organ for accompaniment, but at a level that has her voice still flowing with marvelous ease! We've loved Cecile right from the start – but here, she maybe blows us ... read more CD

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Monday MichiruNaked Breath ... CD
Artist Share, 2004. New Copy ... $12.99
Monday Michiru in a beautifully stripped-down setting – working here with just the guitar of Adam Rogers alongside her wonderful vocals – on a record that shows just how much she's grown over the years! The format is spare, but that also seems to unlock even more jazz expression in ... (Neo Soul, Vocalists) read more CD

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Monday MichiruNaked Breath 2 ... CD
Sonic Image, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
Beautiful work from Monday Michiru – an artist we've loved for over 20 years, and who just keeps on rewarding our faith in her work with records like this! Years back, Monday was a soul singer, then she grew into a very talented jazz singer too – and here, she's in a very special space ... (Neo Soul, Vocalists) read more CD

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Mitsuko Miyake & Kiyoko MaruyamaTokyo Canaries ... CD
King (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99
Early jazz vocals from the Japanese scene – recorded in a late 50s stretch when the Tokyo scene was really taking off! The album's a split effort showcasing two different vocalists – Mitsuko Miyake on side one, and Kiyoko Maruyama on side two – both singers with a good command of ... read more CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Koji MoriyamaSmile ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
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 more CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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Koji Moriyama with the Tsuyoshi Yamamoto TrioNight & Day ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $19.99
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 more CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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Andrea MotisDo Ouro Lado Do Azul ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2019. New Copy ... $29.99
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 more CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Nana MouskouriVoice Of Greece (3CD set) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $9.99
A huge amount of early work from Nana Mouskouri – a singer who looked a bit like a librarian, with glasses to match – but who managed to catapult to huge global fame in the 60s and 70s! Part of that fame was due to the fact that Nana was not only a great singer, but also graced with a ... read more CD

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Mari NakamotoMari Nakamoto with Suzuki & Watanabe Duo ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A very cool setting for Japanese vocalist Mari Nakamoto – a unique trio outing that features guitar from Kazumi Watanabe and bass from Isao Suzuki – both really creative players who push the album way past the usual! The mix of guitar and bass is wonderful – gentle, but still ... read more CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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Nordjordet (Oyonn Groven Myhren/Bugge Wesseltoft)Nordjordet ... CD
OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
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 more CD

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Novi SingersMy Own Revolution – Novi Singers Rec 1968 to 1971 – Polish Radio Jazz Archives Vol 24 ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $5.99
Very cool live work from this ultra-hip Polish vocal group – at a level that both matches their classic records of the time, and also brings in some other groovy surprises too! The setting is live for all these tracks – and the music often features lots of cool organ from the great ... read more CD

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Hiroshi OkazakiLiving Jazz – Neo Standards ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $22.99
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 more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Hiroshi OkazakiLiving Voices – Neo Standards ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
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 more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Lisa OnoBrasil ... CD
Dream Music (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $32.99
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 more CD
Also available Brasil ... LP 49.99

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Ulysses Owens JrSongs Of Freedom – The Music of Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, & Joni Mitchell ... CD
Resilience, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
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 more CD

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William ParkerVoices Fall From The Sky (3CD set) ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2018. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 29.98
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 more CD

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Kenneth PatchenKenneth Patchen Reads With Jazz In Canada ... CD
Folkways, 1958. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Kenneth Patchen, like Kenneth Rexroth, was one of the few poets who really understood what it meant to read and write in a jazz idiom – as you'll hear on this excellent set of beatnik jazz tracks! The album features Patchen reading in a great style – angular, cynical, really working ... read more CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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✨✧ Pat PetersonIntroducing Pat Peterson ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 more CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Josef Pliva & Vaclav Zahradnik OrchestraFairy Tales In Beat (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Supraphon/GAD (Poland), 1969. New Copy ... $12.99
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 more CD

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Jon RegenHigher Ground ... CD
Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
A nice little record from Jon Regen – a singer who works in a space that's somewhere in between jazz and more familiar singer/songwriter modes – in a legacy that might begin with Ben Sidran in the 70s, and come up to present work by an artist like Jamie Cullum! Regen's got a nicely ... read more CD

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Mister RogersIt's Such A Good Feeling – The Best Of Mister Rogers ... CD
Omnivore, Early 90s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A full set of vocal performances by the legendary Fred Rogers – mostly tracks from later years, and all done with superb accompaniment from Johnny Costa – who provides the spare, sprightly piano lines that always make the Mister Rogers lyrics sparkle so much! You'll recognize most of ... (Comedy/Spoken, Vocalists) read more CD

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Lita RozaMe On A Carousel (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pye/El (UK), 1958. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
A rare early album from Lita Roza – a British singer who recorded some pop in her day, but also had the depth of a much more serious vocalist overall – as you'll hear on the material in this set! The core of the CD features the album Me On A Carousel – a record that has Lita ... read more CD

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Vanessa RubinDream Is You – Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron ... CD
Nibur, 2019. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the best albums in years from jazz singer Vanessa Rubin – a very hip set dedicated to the music of Tadd Dameron, which makes for a collection of tunes that go way past the usual! Plus, in addition to a great set of songs, the album also features direction from Cecil Bridgewater – ... read more CD

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Gil Scott-Heron & Brian JacksonGil Scott-Heron Anthology – Messages ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
Some of the best tracks ever from the pair of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – some of most righteous, authoritative and thematically heavy soul music ever created – compiled in one incredible set! Messianic, emotive vocals from Gil and stunningly restrained, magical soul jazz ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD

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Marlena ShawTake A Bite (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A nice little album from Marlena Shaw – continuing her 70s experiments in updating her jazzy vocal style to a sweet modern soul groove – and a winning effort! As always, Marlena shows that she can handle a wide range of styles – from uptempo dancefloor material to more tender ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more CD

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Nina SimoneSilk & Soul (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of Nina's first for RCA – a mixture of jazz and soul tunes handled with some classy arrangements by Sammy Lowe, most of which feature nice electric bass work at the bottom by Gene Taylor! Taylor's bass gives the tracks a nice "dip" that's not exactly funky, but does provide a ... read more CD
Also available Silk & Soul ... CD 7.99

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Nina SimoneSings The Blues (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Nina's not just singing the blues here – she's completely reinventing the sound of the format – by drawing on a long tradition of vocal expression, and infusing it with the hipper, more personally exploratory mode she forged in the 60s! The album's got a subtle brilliance that means ... read more CD

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Esperanza Spalding12 Little Spells (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Concord, 2019. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
12 sublime spells from Esperanza Spaulding – with 4 more spells added to the mix for the physical release of the album! The record's got Esperanza really blowing us away – not content to just stay in the safer territory that she virtually invented a few years back, and which could ... (Neo Soul, Vocalists) read more CD
Also available 12 Little Spells (with bonus tracks) ... LP 26.99

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Yukihiro TakahashiSaravah Saravah ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $29.99
Japanese singer Yukihiro Takahashi pays tribute to the classier side of European vocals here in this mellow gem from the late 70s – an album that's done with production help from Ryuichi Sakamoto, in an easygoing mode that fits the "city music" style that was the best side of ... (Rock, Vocalists) read more CD

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That's WhyBest Of That's Why ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $8.99
Vocal jazz, but with plenty of tripped-out touches – hardly what you'd expect from a Norwegian group with plenty of Christian leanings! That's Why were one of the key groups to reform the sound of church music in Norway at the end of the 60s – and work here with a unique hybrid of jazz ... read more CD

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Time 5This Is Time 5 ... CD
King (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $9.99
Groovy vocals from 70s Japan – a very hip male quintet, and one with the same harmony sound as The Four Freshmen or The Hi-Los! Given the date of the record, the tunes are a bit more contemporary – but still swung by the group with a very jazzy style, one that often has sweet small ... read more CD
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Caterina Valente/Alaide Costa/Maysa/Dolores DuranWomen Of Bossa Nova Vol 1 (Bossa Classica/Joia Moderna/Tom Jobim For Maysa/Dolores Duran & Her Interpreters) ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99 13.99
A very cool collection of female bossa nova records – one that really goes way past the usual! First up is Bossa Classica by Caterina Valente – a German singer by birth, but one who was really open to new styles from around the world – including lots of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian ... (Brazil, Vocalists) read more CD

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Vernons Girls/Lyn CornellVernons Girls/Lyn Cornell ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Groovy sounds from the Vernons Girls – a larger choir who were originally created in support of a Liverpool football team – but who shrunk to a trio by the early 60s, when they recorded some very rocking material! That latter sound of the group is our favorite here – and the set ... (Rock, Vocalists) read more CD

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Fay VictorBarn Songs ... CD
Northern Spy, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Fay Victor has always been an experimental sort of singer – and here, she works in a very experimental setting – a "chamber trio" that just features her voice alongside the cello of Marika Hughes and alto sax of Darius Jones! Fay's voice is wonderful – cresting with the ... read more CD

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Muriel WinstonFresh Viewpoint & Muriel Winston (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/Shout (Japan), 1974. New Copy Gatefold ... $24.99
One of the most unusual albums on the legendary Strata East label – an unusual mix of jazz and soul vocal material, put together by singer Muriel Winston with arrangements from the great Bill Lee! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to the record – one that's upfront and personal on the ... read more CD
Also available Fresh Viewpoint & Muriel Winston (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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Zbigniew Wodecki with Jerzy MilianSny Podroznika ... CD
GAD (Poland), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $8.99
A very cool Polish singer from the 70s – but one who works in styles we'd be much more likely to associate with male vocalists from America in the previous decade! Part of the style might have to do with the backings – which are superbly handled by jazzman Jerzy Milian, who directs the ... read more CD

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Ann Young &Yuji Ohno TrioAs Well Be Spring ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $22.99
A lovely set of 70s jazz vocals – recorded by American singer Ann Young, with backing by a Japanese combo led by pianist Yuji Ohno! The sound is pretty darn soulful – tracks that range from modal groovers to mellow ballads, all sung by Ann with a really rich vocal approach, and backed ... read more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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VariousAnother Banana Split Please – More Gems From The Good Old Summertime ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 12.99
A great set of tracks to celebrate the summer – mostly music that predates the big wave of beach and surf rockers of the 60s, and which show that there was still plenty of joy about the warmer months of the year during previous scenes in the postwar years! As with the earlier volume, the ... (Rock, Vocalists) read more CD

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VariousAutumn Leaves – 29 Gems For The Golden Season Of Indian Summer ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A great little collection of autumn-themed tunes – and one that definitely lives up to the spirit of the Indian Summer in the title! By that, we mean that these songs are maybe more about the cycle of rebirth and new life that's triggered by fall – the shift away from the dog days of ... (Rock, Vocalists) read more CD

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VariousCapital Revolution – Le Canzoni Che Hanno Cambiato Il Mondo ... CD
Universal (Italy), 1968. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
A 50th anniversary celebration of Italy's Capital Radio in 1968 – a set that combines familiar English rock of the late 60s with a huge amount of Italian pop as well! The mix of modes is great – and the 2CD package goes a long way towards illustrating the way that non-Anglo countries ... (Rock, Vocalists) read more CD

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VariousRCA Groovy Songbirds ... CD
RCA (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $24.99
Sweet 60s pop from RCA Records – really special tracks that come from a time when the label was figuring out newer, groovier ways to work with some of its female vocalists – including some who'd scored bigger hits in the generation before! The package follows very strongly in the ... read more CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing!)

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VariousShel's Girls – From The Planet Records Vaults ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Producer Shel Talmy is maybe best known for his work behind some of the bigger rock artists on the UK scene of the 60s – but he also really had a great way with a gal singer too – as you'll hear in this killer collection of female pop singles from the time! The tunes here groove like ... (Rock, Vocalists) read more CD
 
 



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