Mellow but compelling work from Betty Carter – singing here with the Norman Simmons trio in an album of material pulled from 2 different live dates in 1969. There's a few nice numbers where the group really opens up – and Betty pushes the envelope vocally, in a style that she'd explore ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Betty Carter – much more sophisticated than some of her 60s work! Betty's captured here in her hip trio format that she developed to fantastic heights during the 70s. Betty sings standards and originals with a warmth an imagination that we can hardly describe accurately ... read moreCD
George Shearing Quintet/Dakota Staton —
In The Night ... CD Capitol, 1957. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Wonderful late 50s jazz from the LA scene – not just because singer Dakota Staton is at the best of her youthful prime, but also because the Shearing group on the set is great too! George is working here with one of his best lineups – a group that includes Latin-inflected Al McKibbon ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
A gem of a 50s album from Frank – well-themed and swinging, with a batch of travel-related tunes that really groove nicely! Billy May handled the arrangements on this one, and he gives the record a nice jazzy finish that fits the globe-trotting tunes well – taking Frank around the ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
Jazzier stuff than usual for Jimmy – but that's probably because he's got backing group a group that includes Gerald Wilson, Teddy Edwards, Jimmy Allen, Hampton Hawes, and Harry Edison. David Axelrod – believe it or not – was the album's producer, and although the set sounds ... read moreCD
Mid 70s magic from vocalist Irene Kral – one of a handful of albums that really had Kral setting herself apart from most other jazz vocal contemporaries! The approach here is very simple – just Irene's voice and piano backing from Alan Broadbent – but a hell of a lot goes on in ... read moreCD
A nice late 70s set from Helen Merrill, with wonderfully spare accompaniment that really puts her vocals center stage – almost a return to the best mode of the landmark 50s recordings that first got her noticed! The group features some standout work from jazz musicians who include Dick Katz ... read moreCD
Helen Merrill & John Lewis —
Django ... CD Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A wonderfully moody album from singer Helen Merrill – recorded with backing by pianist John Lewis, in an overall feel that's got some of the styles that Lewis forged with the Modern Jazz Quartet! The tunes are familiar ones, mostly, but arranged in a style that's got wonderfully sad and ... read moreCD
Great later work from Anita O'Day – a set that really focuses in on the mature style of vocals she hit during the 70s – a mode that's quite different from some of the sometimes too-bright styles of her early years, and really lets her find some new feeling in her music! The first half ... read moreCD
This is the sort of work we love the most from Anita O'Day – not her big band years, or her tight 50s albums on Verve – but instead the intimate small club recordings that dominated her later career, which showcase a singer with more craft, more maturity than ever before! Anita had ... read moreCD
Anita O'Day —
My Ship ... CD Emily/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Great small combo work from Anita O'Day – done at a time when the singer had maybe faded from the American limelight a bit, but continued to do some really exceptional work for a variety of smaller labels! In fact, we might even say that Anita during this stretch was even hipper than before ... read moreCD
An overlooked treasure from Anita O'Day – easily one of her best records of the 70s, and a record that seems to bring together both of the best aspects of her sound! At one level, there's a tightly swinging groove to the set – that great small combo jazz approach that seemed to work ... read moreCD
Sure, it was silly stuff when we were kids – but once De La Soul sampled "Three Is The Magic Number", this record became one of the most prized in our possession! And thanks to that hip hop reintroduction, we've really fallen in love with the music again over the years – ... (Soundtracks, Vocalists)read moreCD
Music from Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Mildred Bailey, Helen Humes with Count Basie & his Orchestra, Maxine Sullivan with the John Kirby Sextet, Helen Ward, Ella Fitzgerald with Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, SaraH Vaughan, Lee Wiley & more. CD
Smooth soul and jazzy diva stylings combine in this tight late 80s album by Dianne Reeves. George Duke produced, and tracks include "Eyes On The Prize", "Come In", "Never Too Far", "How Long", "Hello (Haven't I Seen You Before)", and "We ... read moreCD
A beautiful collaboration – featuring these sublime readings of the music of Michel Legrand – arranged by the maestro himself, and featuring a mix of Brazilian jazz styles in the instrumentation! The vocal readings are wonderful – both artists sing, and really get to the heart of ... (Brazil, Vocalists)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Anna Margarida —
Anna ... CD Vault/Essential, Mid 60s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A very dreamy set of bossa work – recorded in the US by singer Anna Margarida, with a gentle feel that's even warmer than most of the work coming out of Brazil at the time! The approach is maybe a bit more understated than a bossa album on Verve, but has a lot of the same elements – ... (Brazil, Vocalists)read moreCD
A sweet set of soulful numbers from Nancy Wilson – tracks that offer up a perfect fusion of her jazzy roots and soul-based styles of later years – wrapped up in lush arrangements from Japanese jazzman Masahiko Satoh! The record follows a similar approach to Wilson's Keep You Satisfied ... read moreCD
A beautiful early album from Cassandra Wilson – a singer who already had a really deep sound, right at the start – and definitely hit her stride with music like this! The album mixes jazzy currents with rootsier elements – some of them from a more global perspective – and ... read moreCD
Classy soul from Regina Bell – a mellow, mature set that's filled with seductive charms! Titles include "Take My Time", "Someone Who Needs Me", "La Da Di", "Let Me Hold You", "Oooh Boy", "What If", "Gotta Go Back", and ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
A laidback, and almost rootsy effort from Cassandra Wilson – recorded with small combo backing, and still handled in the sweetly swinging style of her other Blue Note work – but also with some folksy touches that create a more intimate feel on the record than you might think. Of course ... read moreCD
(Out of print, mark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
A pivotal set from Cassanda Wilson – and a record that firmly established her as one of the freshest new singers in jazz at the time! The album's awash in rootsy, dusky tones – and has an earthiness that's clearly inspired by older blues, but expressed by Cassandra in voicings that are ... read moreCD
Sinatra at his lonely best – as emphasized by the cover image, which has him sitting alone at a bar, looking sadly into his drink. The album's got backings by Gordon Jenkins, a bit more flowery than some of Nelson Riddle's, but in that sad dreamy mode that Sinatra worked with on the Wee ... read moreCD
Spanky Wilson really takes off here – hitting some of her boldest soul modes to date – and serving up a few funk-heavy classics in the process! Production and arrangements are by HB Barnum – who draws on his own rich legacy of soul projects for the set, and finds a way to let ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
Joyce Cooling —
Cameo ... CD Nucleus/P-Vine (Japan), 1988. New Copy ...
A breezy jazz vocal classic from the San Francisco scene of the 80s! Joyce Cooling plays guitar in a mellow jazzy way – a bit influenced by Brazilian fusion, and a bit by the CTI/Kudu styles of the mid 70s – warm and soulful, with a flowing, glowing kind of style that actually even ... read moreCD
A rare session from indie soul legend Penny Goodwin – a previously unissued live performance from 1974, featuring small combo backing in a sweet and jazzy mode! Penny's got a voice that's instantly recognizable – a bit raspy, in the mode of Esther Phillips – but cooler and more ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
Funky jazz vocals from Romania! We know, we know – it's a bit hard to believe – but this album's a really groovy treat, and one by a singer we're quite happy to discover! Aura's got a style that clearly draws on some of the other hipper female jazz vocalists of the time – like ... 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
Singer Cyrille Aimee gets help from some great "friends" here – a tight quintet with Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Joel Frahm on tenor, and Spike Wilner on piano – really helping set up her vocals with a solid instrumental footing! Aimee's got a slight Billie Holiday quality to ... read moreCD
An amazing document of righteous soul jazz – the full recordings for Horace Silver's United States Of Mind trilogy – done in collaboration with singers Andy and Salome Bey! The sound is completely different from Silver's work of the 60s – very righteous and message-oriented, with ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Eddie Cleanhead Vinson —
Cherry Red ... CD Bluesway/One Way, 1967. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Eddie makes a nice little comeback here – singing in a style that's perhaps a bit rootsier than some of his classic sides, which actually had him working in a more sophisticated jazzy style – but which are still pretty nice, thanks to some good hard soul production. Titles include ... (Blues, Vocalists)read moreCD
This live set by Terry Callier was recorded in 1982, after his Elektra LPs, with a very stripped down trio lineup that featured Terry on guitar and vocals, accompanied by only bass and percussion. The sound is spare, beautiful, and haunting – and this recording is excellent proof that he's ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
Sure, Rickie Lee Jones went onto become a bit of a cliche in later years, but this early album's still got an undeniable power – and was a great breath of fresh air, at a time when it seemed like most of modern music was forgetting its roots! What is it with the LA scene from the 60s onward ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreCD
A long-overdue album from UK soul singer Jaki Graham – a vocalist who seems to have gotten better and better over the years! As you might guess from the title, a fair bit of tracks on the set are older standards – sung by Jaki in a jazzified approach to soul, with elements that are ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
A beautiful set by Nat King Cole joined by conductor/bandleader Quincy Jones and his Big Band – performing live in Zurich on May 1, 1960 – and what an impeccable performance it is! Quincy was touring with a pretty amazing line-up in his Big Band at this point – with Benny Bailey, ... read moreCD
A selection of early work by Cassandra Wilson – pulled from four different albums on the JMT label, sides that she recorded back in the 80s, in the early days of her career. Even at this point, though, Cassandra's still got an amazing ability to transform a song – taking standards like ... read moreCD
Some of the best material ever recorded by singer Jimmy Scott – presented as a lovely 3 disc package with copious notes, and a lot of bonus material too! The bulk of the sides were cut during the earliest years of Jimmy's career – from 1952 to 1960, all with great small group, jazz-base ... read moreCD
A classic Vegas moment for Sinatra – with accompaniment by Count Basie, and arrangements from Quincy Jones, to boot! The set features some great spoken bits – really one of the first chances the American mainstream got to taste the Vegas vibe – and titles include "It Was A ... read moreCD
A real turning point in the career of singer Mark Murphy – 2 great sessions for Capitol from 1960, both with creative arrangements from Bill Holman, and a sound that opens up strongly from Murphy's Decca years! In a way, the records are the first time that Murphy really got to do what he ... read moreCD
(Note: CD oddly has the tracks reversed – so that Playing The Field titles are listed as being from Hip Parade, and vice versa – but the whole thing's still musically great!)
Includes tracks omitted from the following Savoy CD releases due to space constraints. Have No Fear Big Joe Turner Is Here, the Original Johnny Otis Show, and the Billy Eckstine album Mister B & The Band. 15 tracks total. CD
One of Lou's most jazz-oriented albums – featuring backing by Les McCann's famous trio with Leroy Vinnegar and Ron Jefferson, perfectly suited to Lou's soulful renditions of the tunes on the album. Most of the numbers are bluesy ones, but as usual, Lou manages to give them his own hip twist ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
An excellent live date from Sheila Jordan – and quite an unusual one, too! The set features Jordan's vocals with just the bass of Harvie S for accompaniment – a wonderfully spare setting that lets Sheila open up in all those freely inventive ways she first started showing us in the 70s ... read moreCD
(Library sticker on booket cover & hub sticker on disc.)
A beautiful pairing of the vocals of Billy Eckstine and the arranging talents of Pete Rugolo – a real standout set that's easily one of Eckstine's greatest albums ever! By the time of this set, Rugolo had made a great name for himself arranging other vocal sides for June Christy, The Four ... read moreCD
Four albums from the great Ben Sidran – a mighty hip jazz singer, and a great pianist too! First up is Free In America – a great little set all the way through – and about as classic as you can get for Sidran in the 70s! The album's got a bit more soul in the mix, but still has ... read moreCD
A nice best-of collection of Gil's work on Arista – issued in the 80s, with Gil looking terrible in a "Members Only" kind of way on the cover, and with the extra new track "Re-Ron", an electro track about Ronald Reagan! Still, there's more than enough nice moments – ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
Abbey Lincoln takes on the legacy of Billie Holiday – in a strong live set recorded with a small group at the end of the 80s! The setting's a bit more relaxed here than on some of Abbey's other albums of the period – a bit looser and sometimes more languid, but only in the best sort of ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Maria Joao & Aki Takase —
Alice ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1990. New Copy ...
The voice of Maria Joao is one of the most unique of her generation – partly trained in the fluid styles of Brazilian jazz singers of the 70s, but also open to some of the more creative expressions of the European scene too – a balance that's executed here perfectly in the company of ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums to ever sum up the genius of Lou Rawls in the 60s – a brilliant live set put together with the talents of David Axelrod! The record perfectly captures the easy-going soul of Rawls in the early years – a natural approach to his music that made him one of the ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
A classic album of soul duets – and one of the deeper records cut by Betty during the 60s! The arrangements are by the great Marty Paich, and although there's some singers in the background, the overall sound is still pretty nice and soulful. Betty's high voice works well with Ray's raspy ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
Music from Bill Samuels & the Cats 'N Jammers Three, Eddie "Mr. Cleanhead" Vinson & his Orchestra, the Trenier Twins, Helen Humes, Dinah Washington, Junior Tamplin, Joyce Jackson, Joe Houston, "Manhattan" Paul Bascomb, Zilla Mays with John Peek & the Blues Caravan, ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD