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 moreCD
An instant classic from Chicago vocalist Dee Alexander – one of the greatest jazz singers working today – and an artist we'd easily rank right up there with old school talents like Shirley Horn or Lorez Alexandria! Dee can sometimes be far-reaching in her style, but here she steps back ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Early work from Swedish jazz singer Alice Babs – and a set of recordings that feature the vocalist in the wonderful company of leader/arranger Erwin Lehn! Lehn's got a really fantastic sense of color – which we know most famously from his album on MPS – and that approach works ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
An airy, icy combination of voice and instrumentation – used in a way that takes us back to some of the coolest Norwegian experiments of this type from years back – like some of the sparer work of Karin Krog, or unusual vocal projects on the Jazzland label! Bendik Baksaas leads the ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Two key albums from England's legendary Cilla Black – back to back in a single set, and with 26 bonus tracks too! First up is the amazing 1965 debut, Cilla – a record that maybe draws even more heavily on American soul music than some of Dusty Springfield's early work – all given ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
A fantastic vintage performance from the legendary Ray Charles – his first concert outside the US, spread out over four different nights at the Antibes Festival in France in 1961! This package brings together the full performance for the first time ever – not only including material ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
A treasure trove of work from the team of John Dankworth and Cleo Laine – quite possibly the Lord and Lady of British jazz, given the scope of their work over the past 50 years! The 4CD set presents a wonderful range of music from both artists – and includes solo material from John, ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
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 moreCD
One of the few vocal albums on Blue Note's short lived 89000 series – and one of the only few ever cut by the obscure singer Dodo Greene! Green's got this raspy voice that's just great – somewhat fragile, but not in a wispy way – kind of honest and human, and somewhere in the ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)
We really loved Jazzmeia Horn on her debut, but this time around she really knocks it out of the part – 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 moreCD
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Ayako Hosokawa —
Mr Wonderful ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
Mellow vocals from the lovely Ayako Hosokawa – one of Japan's greatest jazz vocalists of the 70s, singing here in a warm and intimate setting. Ayako sings in English, mostly American standards plus a few pop numbers – and the backing for the set includes keyboards, tenor, guitar, and ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
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 moreCD
One of the only two vocal jazz albums that the Blue Note label recorded back in the day – and a haunting batch of tracks from a young Sheila Jordan! The style here is quite different than that of Jordan's later, more experimental records – and this early session shows her as an ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)
Kirk Knuffke with Steven Herring —
Witness ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ...
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from cornet player Kirk Knuffke – and that's saying a lot, as all of his albums are always pretty darn unique! The set has Knuffke working with singer Steven Herring – whose rich baritone vocals are very much out front in the arrangements ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Funky sounds from Croatia – presented here with a sweet 70s groove, and some very offbeat vocals throughout! Zdenka Kovacicek has a completely different way of phrasing than most other European singers we've heard – all these weird twists, turns, and sharp little angles that are a ... (Global Grooves, Vocalists)read moreCD
Magnificent work from European jazz vocalist Karin Krog – a landmark album that shows why she sings like no other singer! On this 1974 session, Karin moves far beyond the standard jazz of her roots – into territory that's spacey, cosmic, and filled with the best influences bubbling ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Claudine Longet —
Colours ... CD A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1968. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt Elling —
Afro Blue ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
Sweetly soaring mid 70s work from Johnny Mathis - a pair of classic albums plus bonus tracks in a 2CD set! The voice of Johnny Mathis meets the soulful arrangements of Paul Riser and HB Barnum on Heart Of A Woman – all wrapped up with Johnny Bristol production! Johnny's tender voice, the ... read moreCD
Johnny Mathis riding high in the early-to-mid 70s – with 2 great albums on one CD! Johnny takes on a mix of sweet & tender and more melancholy tunes on Killing Me Softly, showing a surer hand at making a batch of then contemporary hits his own much more successfully than other veteran pop ... read moreCD
Great magic from Johnny Mathis at the start of the 70s – a set that has Johnny working through some groovier tunes from the second end of the 60s – all set to some mighty nice backings from Ernie Freeman! Ernie brings in a fair bit of strings, but also gives things that soulful punch ... read moreCD
One of the most righteous albums ever issued by the always-righteous Tribe Records label of Detroit – a really collective effort, one that features ensemble vocals and spiritual jazz – all pulled together by pianist Harold McKinney! The album showcases a group named Voices Of The ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Cecile McLorin Salvant —
Window ... CD Mack Avenue, 2018. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
Sublime early work from Carmen McRae – done with backing from pianist Ray Bryant in a small group setting! Carmen's singing in a beautifully fragile mode – with only Ray's piano and a bit of bass and drums to back her up – and it's a real treat to her the McRae vocal approach in ... read moreCD
Carmen McRae —
Ms Jazz ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Always-hip work from the great Carmen McRae – a singer who moved way past standard jazz during the second half of the 60s – to a point where she was really handling a great range of material by the start of the 70s! Carmen's voice was always great, but there's a really special quality ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Incredibly beautiful work from Nicole Mitchell – and a record that's maybe unlike anything we've ever heard from her before! The group's a quartet, and Mitchell plays flute in the lead – but the session also features Fay Victor on vocals, who has this magnificently dynamic style – ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Way more than just a standard jazz vocal set – thanks to inventive arrangements from an acoustic combo – one who backs up singer Martha Miyake in ways that really let her take off! There's a subtle grace to the instrumentation – one that really supports the lead role of the ... read moreCD
A classic set from one of Japan's greatest jazz vocalists of the 60s and 70s – like most other work of its type, sung completely in English, in a style that's very faithful to American jazz singers from years past! The set's a great no-nonsense outing – and Martha swings nicely with a ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Zoot Money —
Transition ... CD Columbia/Righteous (UK), 1966. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful set from Zoot Money – a solo project, away from his big band – recorded with a soulful groove that's right up there with the best 60s work by Georgie Fame! That's no surprise, though, given that Money and Fame were both key parts of the Brit scene of the time – ... read moreCD
Koji Moriyama with the Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio —
Night & Day ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
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
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
The second album from Kathryn Moses – a sweet mix of warm vocals, funky flute, and even a bit of sax! Kathyrn's as great a singer as she is an instrumentalist – and the album offers equal parts of her talents – stepping out with a style that's often a bit funky at the bottom, ... 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
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 moreCD
Mark Murphy/Clarke Boland Big Band —
Midnight Mood ... CD MPS (Germany), 1967. New Copy ...
A fantastic set from vocalist Mark Murphy – easily one of his greatest albums ever! The session was recorded for the MPS label in Germany during the late 60s – at a time when Murphy was recording some excellent work overseas – and the album features backings by a small combo ... read moreCD
A great look at the wit of England in the years before the rise of Monty Python – a special early 60s time when new ways of lampooning society were really coming into play, sometimes finding their only outlet on the musical stage! As part of that legacy, the set features two important early ... read moreCD
Nordjordet (Oyonn Groven Myhren/Bugge Wesseltoft) —
Nordjordet ... CD OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy ...
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
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 moreCD
Novi Singers —
Torpedo ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy ...
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 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 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 stunning early chapter in the career of singer/songwriter Kenny Rankin – an artist who'd later break big with a unique mix of jazz and folk, but who already sounds pretty amazing on these early singles recorded for Columbia Records! We'll be honest, we didn't even know about this part of ... read moreCD
Poland's Jazz Jamboree festival really opened up in 1963 – and featured great performances from jazz musicians all over the European scene – plus key Polish talents, and a few American guests as well! This first volume features a huge amount of material by Dutch singer Rita Reys – ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Jimmy Ricks —
Vibrations ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
A fantastic solo showcase for the voice of Jimmy Ricks – a singer who's perhaps known best for the deep tones he brought to The Ravens vocal group – but who sounds pretty great here on his own! The album's more jazz than soul – with Don Sebesky conducting, and using some nice ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Annie Ross —
Gasser ... CD Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
Great stuff – one of Annie Ross' rare albums as a solo act away from her trio with Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert – and a great little session cut with small combo jazz backing, which gives the song a nice swinging edge! Zoot Sims is the main soloist on the tunes, Russ Freeman lays ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Two very different slices of work from the Brit easy scene at the start of the 60s – TV music from arranger John Gregory, and a set of swinging vocal sides from the great Mike Sammes Singers! Gregory dominates the first record – which is split between an album of western themes, mostly ... (Now Sound, Vocalists)read moreCD
A set that wasn't initially conceived as a full album by Gil Scott-Heron – but one that's come to be an essential part of his catalog, thanks to the always-relevant title theme! The album's actually a classic collection of work from the early years of Gil Scott-Heron at the Flying Dutchman ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
Ben Seawell —
Five ... CD Modern Icon/Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ...
Ben Seawell is both a singer and bassist here – singer on the tunes that allow him to step out in the lead, bassist more on tracks that feature another vocalist upfront – guests who include Falu Shah, Becca Stevens, and Gabriel Gordon! The music is a mix of jazz and singer/songwriter ... read moreCD
One of Frank Sinatra's last great ballad albums for Capitol – a sad and dreamy batch of tunes that kicks off with the incredible "Only The Lonely" – one of those Sinatra torch songs that's so great, so sad, nobody else has ever been able to record a better version, nor have ... read moreCD
Incredibly groovy vocal work from Japan – a double-length album featuring work by a number of different groups! The first half of the set features the wonderful Singers 3 – a trio of female vocalists who sing together with a soaring, breezy groove that's totally great – one that ... read moreCD
Groovy groovy Dusty Springfield – and wonderful stuff all the way through! Dusty's working here in some of the soulful styles used on her more famous hits of the late 60s – recording with arrangers that include Peter Knight, Keith Mansfield, and John Paul Jones, with production by John ... read moreCD
A sparkling set of early work from the great Dusty Springfield – one of those fantastic records in which the singer almost seems to be working in a style that's equal parts soul and pop, even in the years before she recorded in Memphis and Muscle Shoals! There's a strong influence here from ... read moreCD
One of the greatest of all Dusty Springfield albums – a gem of a record that mixes British pop, soul, and some very groovy orchestrations! The whole session has that kind of soaring, soulful bounce that Dusty had on her best records – but which was possibly never done nearly as well as ... read moreCD
Dakota Staton —
Ms Soul ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
A 70s set from the great Dakota Staton – but done with a lean, jazzy vibe that really gets back to the spirit of some of her earlier recordings! The group's a small combo, with the great Norman Simmons on piano – always a great accompanist for a jazz singer, and working here with ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Very hip work from Dakota Staton – one of her great early 70s albums for the Groove Merchant label! Backings here are by the band of Manny Albam – in a mode that's jazzy, but inflected with plenty of soul – and which has the same sort of rhythmic pulse that you'd find in Lou ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
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 moreCD
The first-ever anthology of work by Sharon Tandy – a mod Brit singer from the 60s, one with a really groovy sound! Sharon's got the same heartbreaking blend of soul and pop that you'd find in Dusty Springfield at her best, but she's working with arrangements that have a rawer sound – ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreCD
Easily our favorite album ever by Grady Tate – a complex suite of tracks about adult love, loss, and redemption – put together with a focus and clarity that even surpasses his classic Windmills Of My Mind record! The whole thing was arranged and conducted by Harold Wheeler – who ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
One of the most amazing jazz vocalists of our generation returns here with an incredible group – a majestic combo to match all the spiritual inclinations in his music – with work from Kamasi Washington on tenor, Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, and both ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
Pinky Winters —
Pinky ... CD Vantage/Venus (Japan), 1954. New Copy ...
The first album ever from Pinky Winters – a beautiful little set that already has the singer reaching some great heights in her music! The feel of the record is quite similar to some of the vocal sessions on Bethlehem from the mid 50s – particularly the Chris Connors albums – and ... read moreCD
(Part of the Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Colleciton series!)
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 moreCD
A sweet swinger from this hip Japanese vocalist – one of the groovier talents of that scene in the 70s, and an artist whose name wasn't that well known on our side of the Pacific! The record's got a soulful bounce right from the start – thanks to backings from the trio of pianist ... read moreCD
There's nothing like 60s British female pop at all – a genre that's very much unto itself, and which seems to draw equally from roots in rock, pop, and soul! Most of the cuts here have a punch that's different than the softer, sometimes sadder tones of American girl pop of the time – a ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreCD
A very cool collection of tracks from voices you might know more for their work on the screen – an array of British talents from the postwar years who were mostly known for their comedic performances in film and on TV! The word "thespians" is used here with a bit of wit – as ... read moreCD
A really cool set that looks at the rise of late 50s beatnik culture from a variety of different styles – not just the jazz and poetry that marked that scene's biggest contribution to music – but also the wealth of modes that inspired those years too! The 3CD package features a ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A totally wonderful little collection – one that looks at obscure singles issued by Columbia Records in the 60s – all by female singers with a strong dose of jazz in their style, but often working here in groovier modes too! Some cuts are rare numbers by artists who issued albums on ... read moreCD
Guys go pop, and end up sounding pretty darn groovy in the process – especially since most of the tracks on this collection have a nice sort of groove! All numbers have full, rich 60s production – those bigger studio modes learned in the early years of rock music, but turned towards ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreCD
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 moreCD
The fab sound of London in the postwar years – a set of cooking cuts from the Soho scene, served up from a time when the city was finally getting back its steam! The music here is a really hip array of modes – a bit of jazz, Latin, rock instrumental, and more – used in tunes that ... read moreCD