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✨✧ Leon ThomasSpirits Known & Unknown ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from Leon Thomas – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and a set that was recorded at the same time he was working with Pharoah Sanders! Thomas really rose to fame on Sanders' classic "The Creator Has A Master Plan" – and this set really takes off from that moment – letting Leon spin out some spiritual vibes of his own, and step into a few fresh new styles as well! The album's plenty righteous right from the start – partly because the lineup includes James Spaulding on alto and flute, Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and the enigmatic "Little Rock" on tenor – who is actually Pharoah Sanders – but also because Leon serves up a shorter take on "The Creator Has a Master Plan" – done in a great style! The album also features a classic vocal take on Horace Silver's "Song for My Father", with lyrics that we totally love – plus the frenetic "Malcolm's Gone" – and the tracks "One", "Echoes", "Let The Rain Fall On Me", and "Damn Nam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in marker. Labels have some marker.)
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Lorez AlexandriaHarlem Butterfly – Lorez Alexandria Sings The Songs Of Johnny Mercer Vol 2 ... LP
Discovery, 1984. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Another soulful set of jazz standards that pairs the great Lorez with a group led by Gildo Mahones. Gildo's always been one of the best piano players we've heard accompaning a vocalist, and his work with Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross is the stuff of legends. This group has the added benefit of good tenor work by Herman Riley, and the band swings well with Lorez as she soulfully makes her way through tracks like "Mandy Is Two", "Skylark", "Harlem Butterfly", and "P.S. I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a name in marker.)

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Lorez AlexandriaHow Will I Remember You? ... LP
Discovery, 1977. Very Good+ ... $23.99
A great album from the late 70's, featuring the excellent jazz vocalist backed by a totally tight group led by Gildo Mahones. The sound is deep and loud, and there's some nice phat bass on here, particularly on the intro to "Baltimore Oriole", which has a nice break sound at the beginning. A great track, with a nice jazz dance feel to it! Other titles include "Little Boat (O Barquinho)", "Until It's Time For You To Go", "Perhaps", and "Greatest Love Of All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light staining & a name in marker.)

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Ernie AndrewsErnie Andrews Sings With The Fuzzy Kane Trio ... LP
Phil-LA Of Soul, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $6.99
Ernie takes a hip trip from the west coast, and hooks up with the great Fuzzy Kane Trio – an extremely soulful outfit that flourished in the Baltimore scene of the late 60s, but only ever cut one other album on their own. Ernie's still in the pop soul vocal style of earlier albums – a mode that's got a bit of Lou Rawls, and some of the other ambitious crossover intentions of the LA scene of the 60s – but Fuzzy's work on the acoustic piano sweetly souls up the best tracks, and the album features some nice obscure tunes – which pushes it past the usual session of this sort. Titles include "Nearly", "July the 12th, 1939", "Say Hello To Yesterday", "Time To Hit The Street Again", "Free The People", and "Sometime When You're Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has wide masking tape on all seams and a name in marker. Labels have some marker.)

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Clarice AssadImaginarium ... CD
Adventure Music, 2014. Used ... $3.99
Sublime vocals from Clarice Assad – a singer who's got some ties to older Brazilian traditions, but who also really makes things all her own – with a dynamic sense of phrasing that's perfectly backed up by some equally great instrumentation! Clarice handled all the arrangments – which blend flute, strings, vocals, and lots of deft percussion – but always in this lean way that moves along effortlessly with her beautiful vocals. The approach has all the fresh appeal of Joyce at her best – although Clarice is quite different overall, and often open to a much wider range of influences. Titles include "De Perna Pro Ar", "Passaros", "Fantasia", "Tempestade", "Why", "Lachrimae", "Dedezinha De Maio", and "Revolta Das Flores". (Brazil, Vocalists) CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Pearl BaileySings For Adults Only ... LP
Roulette, 1957. Very Good ... $1.99
Not as "adult" as you might think – at least given the way the word is used today – but pretty great work by Pearl nonetheless! The tunes themselves are a bit "blue" in terms of subject matter – tales of girls with hot pants, loose love, and the kind of backroom hijinks that weren't always talked about so freely in the torch singer era. But given the time, and the setting, the tunes are still pretty soft on the subjects – and get the themes across through clever turns of phrase, slight innuendo, and just the right intonation at the right time – a style that makes Pearl Bailey perfect for the work! Titles include "I Want A Man", "She Had To Go & Lose It At The Astor", "The Physician", "Josephine", "Zip", "Flings", "You Can Be Replaced" and "Legalize My Name". LP, Vinyl record album
(Color bar pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam.)

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✨✧ Jesse BelvinBut Not Forgotten ... LP
United, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Jesse was one of the greats – and he would have been as huge as Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, or Ray Charles, had he not died a tragic early death in the late 50s. This album collects some of his great polished R&B tracks from the early and mid 50s, recorded in LA, and a perfect progression from the postwar styles laid down by Nat Cole and Charles Brown. Titles include "Girl of My Dreams", "My Desire", "I'm In Love", "I'll Mess You Up", and "Once Upon A Time". (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in pen.)

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Blue Stars Of FranceLullaby Of Birdland ... CD
Mercury/Nippon (Japan), 1954. Used ... $6.99
A key link in the early career of Blossom Dearie – and a fab album of jazzy vocal tracks throughout! Before Blossom recorded some of her 50s sides for Verve in the US, she was living in France and working with The Blue Stars – a cool male/female jazz vocal group that went onto become the prototype for later acts like The Swingle Singers, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, and Les Double Six! This 1954 album by the group was actually a minor hit in the US, where their swinging harmony version of "Lullaby Of Birdland" crept up the charts for a few weeks. The album's even cooler than the hit, though, and has lots of groovy jazz vocal tracks in French, with the sort of vocalese harmony scatting that you probably already know from the more famous groups mentioned above. You can always pick out Blossom's distinctive voice in the group, but the real strength is the groovy group vocals – shining beautifully in one of the first great recordings of vocalese harmony! Tracks include "Gina", "Embrasse Moi Bien", "La Danse Du Baiser", "Toute Ma Joie", and a version of "Mister Sandman" that's been renamed "Mister L'Amour". CD
(Out of print.)

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Walter Brown & Jay McShannConfessin The Blues ... LP
Affinity (UK), 1949. Very Good ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a name in marker.)

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CariocasIntroducing The Cariocas ... LP
Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
The Cariocas were a swingin jazzy bossa vocal group, with a sound that was similar to the Tamba Trio, but a lot more jazzy. They recorded this rare album in the US during the mid 60s, under the auspices of Quincy Jones, who did all the arrangements for the session. The record's got a few Brazilian standards, plus nice lesser-known material like "Tema Para Quatro", "Insonia Por Sonia", and "A Minha Na Morada". (Brazil, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing with deep groove. Bottom seam has staining & peeling. Cover has a name in marker on both sides.)

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Ray CharlesDedicated To You ... LP
ABC, Early 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
A set that features Ray Charles singing tributes to a dozen ladies that are supposedly the "you" in the title! Tracks include "Josephine", "Candy", "Ruby", "Stella (By Starlight)", "Hardhearted Hannah", and "Sweet Georgia Brown". (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has yellowed tape on all seams and a name in marker on back.)

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✨✧ June ChristyImpromptu ... LP
Interplay, 1977. Very Good- ... $1.99
An obscure moment in June Christy's career, but a great one too – a rare later recording, done many years after her time at Capitol Records – in a laidback setting with a hip group of west coast players! June's voice definitely shows a bit of age, but she's still head and shoulders above most jazz singers of her generation – mixing subtle feeling and darkness together beautifully, in a way that makes for a wonderfully moody record! Lou Levy leads the group on piano, and other players include Bob Cooper on tenor and flute, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Jack Sheldon on trumpet – although the horns don't seem to appear on all the tracks on the date. Titles include "The Trouble With Hello Is Goodbye", "My Shining Hour", "Once Upon A Summertime", "Show Me", "Willow Weep For Me", "Everything Must Change", and "Autumn Serenade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear, peeling along the bottom seam & a name in marker on both sides.)

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Sammy Davis JrSammy – The Original Television Soundtrack ... LP
MGM, 1973. Very Good ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear & a name in marker.)

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Sammy Davis JrTreasury Of Golden Hits ... LP
Reprise, 1963. Very Good ... $2.99
The Sammy Davis Jr sound, heard in full effect – cast out through a host of wonderful material on this early Reprise record – with dynamic Morty Stevens arrangements that really bring the most out of Sammy D! The tunes are varied, but Sammy makes most of them his own – working both through emotive moments and swinging lyrics – all without ever losing his cool, and all with vocals that easily blow away most of his contemporaries. Tracks include "In A Persian Market", "That Old Black Magic", "Stand Up & Fight", "It's All Right With Me", "Hey There", and "Birth Of The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ethel EnnisEthel Ennis Sings Lullabies For Losers ... LP
Jubilee, Late 50s. Good+ ... $34.99
Early work from singer Ethel Ennis – a record with a much more intimate, late nite vibe than some of her albums of the 60s – as you might guess from the cover! Ethel's really out in the lead here – getting gentle backing from a quartet with Hank Jones on piano and Eddie Biggs on guitar – in a way that really puts Ennis in the same territory as Sarah Vaughan on her best small group dates of the 50s, which allows the singer to really stretch out, and show off her jazz chops all the way through! The tunes are very well chosen, and really fit the mood – moving between familiar numbers and some great lesser-known gems – with titles that include "Off Shore", "Blue Prelude", "Hey Jacques", "Dreamer Dreamer", "Say It Isn't So Joe", "Lullaby For Losers", "Blue Willow", "Casually", and "Bon Voyage". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing purple label pressing with deep groove and spelling error on label. Cover has moderate wear, a large name in marker on both sides, and tape on the seams. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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Bill FarrellLush Life ... LP
Dobre, 1978. Very Good ... $1.99
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(Cover has a name in marker & light wear.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla In Hamburg (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1965. Used ... $5.99
A very lively, very swinging little set from Ella Fitzgerald – recorded in Germany, the site of more than one great live date from her over the years – and done in a freewheeling style that makes the record a real standout in her 60s catalog! Backing is only by a trio – Tommy Flanagan piano, Keeter Betts bass, and Gus Johnson on drums – but the grooves are full enough to almost come from a big band, especially when mixed with the dynamic styles of Ella's vocals! Most tunes are older standards, but there's a few groovier 60s numbers as well – and in a way, the record's a bit of a transition from Fitzgerald's older Verve modes, and some of the hipper work she'd do for MPS and Warner at the end of the 60s. Titles include "Don't Rain On My Parade", "Walk Right In", "Old Black Magic", "Here's That Rainy Day", "The Boy From Ipanema", and a great take on Arnett Cobb's "Smooth Sailing". CD
(Out of print 90s Japanese pressing.)

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Babs GonzalesLive At Small's Paradise (aka Sunday Afternoon At Small's Paradise With Babs Gonzales) ... LP
Chiaroscuro, 1963. Very Good ... $4.99
A mad mad afternoon with the great Babs Gonzales – one of the hippest jazz singers ever! The set is one of Babs' best on records, and it features a mix of jazz vocals and hipster monologues that shows perfectly the mixture of talent and hustling that Babs used to make a name for himself in the New York scene. He's backed by a nice little combo that includes friends and songwriting partners like Horace Parlan, Clark Terry, and Johnny Griffin – and the set includes loads of great numbers like "Dem Jive New York People", "Keep An Ugly Woman", "Be Bop Santa Claus", and "Le Moody Mood Pour Amour". The whole thing's hung together with some great patter, and recorded in a way that shows the warm spirit of all the more famous folks who kept Babs going along during his glory years! This is the second pressing, on Chiarusco, but still a tough one to get a hold of! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wide tape on the seams, a name in marker, and some stains.)

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Dick HaymesLook At Me Now! (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
SSJ (Japan), 1957/1958. Used ... $19.99
Tremendous post-Capitol work from the legendary Dick Haymes – a session produced and financed by Haymes himself, and one that shows a whole new level of his talents! That wonderfully mature vocal approach from the Capitol years is still very firmly in place here – but some of the tunes also have a more dynamic nature too – thanks to backings from the Maury Laws Orchestra, which features core rhythms from the trio of pianist Cy Coleman! Cy's got a way of making things swing more than Haymes had at Capitol – and Dick responds with a bit of confidence amidst the more familiar blueness – a nice change from before, and one that yields a few surprising groovers. One of these, "The Riviera", is a great original by Coleman – and other titles include "So Far", "You're My Girl", "This Time The Dream's On Me", "Oh Look At Me Now", and "Cheek To Cheek". CD adds 2 more titles that were dropped from the original album, plus two more from radio broadcasts – with titles that include "What's New", "Moonlight Becomes You", and "The Long Hot Summer". CD

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Jon HendricksCloudburst/Four Brothers ... 7-inch
Decca, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Very cool – and one of the first records we've seen issued under the name of Jon Hendricks! The single is pre-Lambert Hendricks & Ross – but also features backing from the Dave Lambert singers. (Funky 45's, Vocalists) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo copy, too. One label has a small sticker.)

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Shirley HornGarden Of The Blues ... LP
Steeplechase, 1985. Very Good+ ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Cover & labels have a name in pen.)

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