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Impulse (label)

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Lorez AlexandriaAlexandria The Great ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $22.99
A beautiful album from Lorez Alexanderia – one of her two excellent sessions for Impulse! The record was cut after Lorez recorded some great sides for the Argo label – and it works off the strength of those sides, taking her unique vocal approach, forged in R&B, but smoothed by ... read more CD
(UHQCD pressing!)

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Ray CharlesGenius + Soul = Jazz (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... On April 16, 2021
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you ... (Soul, Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Verve/Acoustic Sounds series!)

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✨✧ Johnny HartmanVoice That Is ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
At the time of this album, Johnny Hartman definitely was the voice that is – a singer with a new level of maturity for the 60s, and a voice that's far more masculine than the geeky look of the photo on the cover! Hartman's sound here is smooth and warm, but never in a too-commercial way ... read more CD
(NOTE: this copy is missing the tray card and is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Beverly JenkinsGordon Jenkins Presents My Wife The Blues Singer – Beverly Jenkins ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Well, Beverly Jenkins is hardly a "blues singer" – at least in the traditional sense of the word – but the album's a unique early Impulse session, with a relatively trad feel. Nice small group instrumentation – with Eddie Miller on tenor, Matty Matlock on clarinet, and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Lambert, Hendricks & RossSing A Song Of Basie (Impulse pressing) ... CD
Impulse, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the first albums ever by this legendary jazz vocal group! LHR do the incredible – and create a set of vocal renditions of standards by the Basie band, putting jazzy lyrics in to replace the instrumental solos, but keeping the same vibe as the original tracks. The sound and approach ... read more CD
(Out of print, punch through booklet.)

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Jackie ParisSong Is Paris (Japanese pressing) ... CD
MCA/Impulse (Japan), 1962. Used ... $11.99
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 more CD
(Out of print, early 90's Japanese pressing.)

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