One of the coolest albums ever from vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin – and a set that really shows her strong ties to the South African jazz scene of the 70s! The album was done in close collaboration with husband Dollar Brand – who turns in some sublime arrangements for the record, which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible full length debut from vocalist Mario Biondi – a jazz singer we'd rank right up there with the legendary Mark Murphy – supported here with great backings from the High Five Quintet! The grooves here are in a soaring, tightly-stepping style – very much the best club ... (New Grooves, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Possibly the greatest album ever by the legendary Chicago soul singer Terry Callier! Terry's rich mellow voice is mixed with superb arrangements from the Cadet studio team, with Charles Stepney at the head, and the result is completely sublime. The songs are longer than on earlier albums – ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit bolder than Matthew Cassell's first album – but still with all the best elements nicely in place! This self-released EP expands Cassell's sound a bit with the addition of backing vocals, tenor, trumpet, and cello – but the core sound still comes mostly from Matt's great vocals, ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Matthew Larkin Cassell —
Pieces ... LP Out-Sider (Spain), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
Very hip work from this Bay Area 70s singer – sweetly jazzy, and with a nice undercurrent of soul – one that's ripe for rediscovery! There's a wonderful mix of moods going on here – a quality that perfectly sums up the genre-trading aspect of the Bay Area scene back in the day ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A newly-discovered live set from Ella Fitzgerald – recorded at the Shrine Auditorium in LA, a week before the famous Ella At Zardi's set! Producer Norman Granz was already great at capturing an intimate artist in a live setting – as evidenced by his famous Jazz At The Philharmonic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – on translucent yellow colored 45rpm vinyl!)
Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago —
Comme A La Radio ... LP Saravah/Superior Viaduct, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
One of the coolest albums ever recorded – a legendary meeting between the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and inventive French singer Brigitte Fontaine! The set was recorded at the end of the 60s in Paris, and it perfectly sums up all of the incredible energy bubbling out of the post-68 years – ... (French, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic 70s album from the legendary German label MPS – but one that gives some great early exposure to a pair of talents from the LA scene! Joanne Grauer plays keyboards with a sweet breezy vibe – a bit like some of the hippest Bay Area indie jazz sides of the time, and made even ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that the LP has a slightly creased corner.)
Sweet jazzy pop from Barbara Gryfe – a singer who not only works here on a rare album for the Canadian Broadcasting System, but who also sings a bit in Hebrew too! The production and presentation have a sweet late 60s style – a bit influenced by the Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
High Risk —
High Risk ... LP Sister Love/Jazzaggression (Estonia), 1974. New Copy ...
A really unique album by an all-female jazz group from the LA scene of the 70s – a group who were part of the feminist collective of artists distributed by Olivia Records, but who are maybe even more righteous than the rest! The group mix together jazz and poetry – the latter of which ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late work from the great Billie Holiday – the kind of mature set that made Verve Records such a perfect home for the singer in the 50s! Where other labels might have pushed too much to try to get Billie into more commercial, or more straightforward modes – Verve just relaxes into the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Verve work by Billie Holiday – and an album that probably brought the word "distingue" into the vocabulary of more people than any other use! (And in fact, probably also caused a lot more trouble with mispronunciation than any other Billie Holiday album title!) The tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lonnie Holley has always been very much his own man – in his artwork, in his cultural presence, and even in his music – which has always been pretty darn hard to describe! Holley sings with the up-close expressiveness of a jazz singer, yet also references plenty of bluesy roots as well ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition smoke colored vinyl with download.)
A really unique album from the great Etta Jones – a session recorded down in Muscle Shoals, and not in Chicago – a setting that gives James an extra sort of deep soul power! The backing is nicely different than some of the other Chess material – killer work from the legendary ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe not the first album to ever pay tribute to the music of the great Bill Withers – but certainly one of the best we've ever heard, thanks to the mighty vocals of Jose James! Over a relatively short career, James has proven to be a singer who can handle himself in just about any setting ... (Neo Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best-remembered jazz albums from singer Bev Kelly – partly for the record's great use of guitar by Johnny Smith, but also for the great vocals from Bev herself! The album's one of a few that really set a new standard for small combo jazz in the 50s – different than the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Jazz Analog Premium Collection!)
Karin Krog —
Joy ... LP Meantime (Norway), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
A groundbreaking session of European jazz – one of the first true moments of genius from singer Karin Krog! Tracks are long and experimental without getting too far out – and Karin's icy voice flows out magically over compelling tunes that still remain some of the most striking jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual moment from Lulu – who's quite far here from To Sir With Love – and starting to take on the music of Davie Bowie as well! The set features a really surprising collaboration with Bowie and Mick Ronson on versions of "The Man Who Sold The World" and "Watch ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maria Monti with Steve Lacy & Alvin Curran —
Il Bestiario ... LP Ri Fi/Unseen Worlds, 1974. New Copy ...
Other-worldly sounds from Italian singer Maria Monti – working here with lots of help from avant genius Alvin Curran and jazz legend Steve Lacy! Curran handled the arrangements, and comes up with these moody electronic backdrops on a few pieces that remind us a bit of Terry Riley – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lovely little record from singer Jaye P Morgan – a talent that most folks know from her 70s appearances on the Gong Show, but who was also a pretty nice vocalist on her own! The set here showcases a much more soulful side of Jaye's style than her earlier albums – a smoothly jazzy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two of Poland's greatest musical assets – together on one album – as the groovy groovy Novi Singers turn their talents towards the work of Frederic Chopin – singing his compositions in a jazzy harmony style that's quite similar to the 60s classics of The Swingle Singers! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy Rowles —
Kinda Groovy ... LP Capitol/Return To Analog (Canada), 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
Kinda Groovy, indeed – one of the most interesting records ever from pianist Jimmy Rowles – as it also features the pianist singing a bit, too – in that raspy voice of his we find totally charming! The mix of vocal sand instrumentation has a lot of the same appeal as Jack Sheldon' ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Our favorite-ever album from Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that we'd easily rank as one of our favorite soul records of the 70s! The mix of modes is mindblowing right from the start – as Gil's poetry comes into play with his growing talents as a singer, and his warm sensibility for jazz ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing batch of sophisticated soul tracks – and a favorite with the righteous groove scene! On the surface, the record's a combination of jazz and soul tracks in the same mode that you'd find on some of Nancy Wilson's albums for Capitol during the same time – but digging deeper, ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album cut by Nina Simone during the time she was working with Weldon Irvine – a live album that really has the lady stretching out, and showing off all the cool, complicated grooves she brought to a concert setting! Weldon did the arrangements, and they've got a very righteous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An important early live show for Nina Simone – a move from the world of small nightclubs (as mentioned in the title of her first record), to the classy Town Hall venue – working in front of an audience filled with left-leaning listeners who were the perfect crowd to get the unique bag ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Obscure work from the Canadian scene at the start of the 70s – served up by a singer who's part soul, part jazz – and who delivers a surprising amount of unusual tunes on the album! Judy Singh's got the class and poise of Nancy Wilson, although maybe a slightly more youthful style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mayumi Sonoda with Kichiro Sugino Trio —
Gogo Sanji No Aki ... LP Johnny's Disk/Studio Mule (Germany), 1982. New Copy (reissue)...
An overlooked gem from this hip Japanese singer – a vocalist who's got a different take on jazzy modes than some of her contemporaries – with a raspy vibe that's maybe closer to the work of European vocalists like Karin Krog or Monica Zetterlund at their best! Mayumi Sonada has none of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kandace Springs —
Indigo ... LP Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ...
Much more of a soul-based set than the debut album by Kandace Springs on Blue Note – really showing the growth in direction the label has been taking in the past decade or so! Kandace is a perfect singer for the sorts of ears that have been brought to Blue Note by some of the work of Robert ... (Neo Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A British jazz swinger from vocalist Rosemary Squires – working here with some great small combo backing that really opens up the tunes! The instrumentation's as vivid as Rosemary's vocals – and really helps flesh things out, and keep things swinging – with nice performances by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great overview of one of the greatest 60s groups to ever record on the UK scene – the legendary Walker Brothers, who then spun off Scott Walker as a solo act – then reformed briefly for a few more records in the 70s! Scott Walker's solo work has become the stuff of legend over the ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Paul Williams' greatest albums – produced by his friend and frequent collaborator Roger Nichols, with a style that's very much like the best work the pair recorded together! The songs are some of Williams' best – really warm and intimate numbers, done in a heartfelt style that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Contemporary jazz artists reinterpret songs from Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band – with tracks that include "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" by Makaya McCraven, "With A Little Help From My Friends" by Mary Halvorsen, "Good Morning Good Morning" by Shabaka ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album