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Nucleus with Leon ThomasNucleus with Leon Thomas – Live 1970 ... CD
Gearbox (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
One of the most striking, most unusual settings for the voice of Leon Thomas we've ever heard – a rare 1970 performance with the Brit group Nucleus – done right at the same time that Thomas was recording his classics with Pharoah Sanders! The initial approach is similar, and the songs are familiar – but the overall execution is quite different given the change in instrumentation – as the Nucleus lineup includes Ian Carr on trumpet, Chris Spedding on guitar, Karl Jenkins on piano and oboe, and Brian Smith on tenor, saxophone, and flute! Tracks are all nice and long, and rhythms begin with a slightly similar mode to Thomas' other records – but the use of Spedding's guitar is especially striking, as is Carr's trumpet – which has a very different quality than any American player that Thomas ever worked with. The sax and oboe lines are especially nice – often exotic, but in more of a European spiritual way than an American one – and throughout it all, Thomas really holds the course with some wonderful vocals – on long tracks that include "One", "Chains Of Love", "The Journey", "Echoes", "Damn Nam", and "The Creator Has A Master Plan". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
 
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Lorez AlexandriaHow Will I Remember You? ... LP
Discovery, 1977. Very Good+ ... $19.99
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- ... $4.99
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 ... Just Sold Out!
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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Patti AustinLive At The Bottom Line ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... About December 3, 2017
Sweet smooth late 70s soul from Patti Austin live at the Bottom End, with David Spinozza on guitar, Michael Brecker on tenor sax, and more. Tracks include "You Fooled Me", "Jump For Joy", "Rider In The Rain", "Let's All Live & Give Together", "Love Me By Name", "One More Night", and "Let It Ride". (Soul, Vocalists) CD

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Patti AustinLive At The Bottom Line ... LP
CTI, 1979. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Sweet smooth late 70s soul from Patti Austinlive at the Bottom End, with David Spinozza on guitar, Michael Brecker on tenor sax, and more. Tracks include "You Fooled Me", "Jump For Joy", "Rider In The Rain", "Let's All Live & Give Together", "Love Me By Name", "One More Night", and "Let It Ride". (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a gold stamp.)

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John Barry & Sophia LorenSophia Loren In Rome - Original Televison Soundtrack ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Despite the fact that Sophia Loren's name is prominently displayed on the cover, and despite the fact that she's pictured on the front, most of the record is instrumental work by Barry – although there is a vocal track or two by Loren! The sound is pretty groovy, and the tracks have a nice soundtracky feel that's in keeping with Barry's best work for films from the time. Titles include "The Aggressors", "Marcell", "Secrets Of Rome", and "Sophia". (Soundtracks, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a tracklist sticker and some marker. Labels have some marker.)

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CariocasIntroducing The Cariocas ... LP
Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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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June ChristyImpromptu ... LP
Interplay, 1977. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
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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Rosemary ClooneyRosie Solves The Swingin Riddle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA, 1960. Used ... $3.99
A rare gem from Rosemary Clooney, and a great set done with arranger Nelson Riddle – grooving nicely in a bigger band mode, but inflected with plenty of great Riddle touches on the instrumentation – in a way that matches the playful quality of Rosie's vocals! The overall sound is quite dynamic – especially on the horns, which often step out in some unusual blasts of sound – and Clooney sounds equally great on both the ballads and the upbeat, highly-swinging numbers. Titles include "Shine On Harvest Moon", "By Myself", "Angry", "I Get Along Without You Very Well", "April In Paris", and "How Am I To Know". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Theme From Peyton Place" and "Without Love". CD

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Sammy Davis JrTreasury Of Golden Hits ... LP
Reprise, 1963. Very Good ... $0.99
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+ ... $29.99
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 ... $0.99
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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 ... $3.99
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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Astrud Gilberto5 Original Albums (Astrud Gilberto Album/Look To The Rainbow/Certain Smile Certain Sadness/Windy/I Haven't Got Anything Better) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $19.99
A quintet of wonderful records from the legendary Astrud Gilberto! First up is the Astrud Gilberto Album – pne of Astrud Gilberto's greatest albums of the 60s – a classic session produced for Verve by Creed Taylor, and featuring sweet gentle arrangements from Marty Paich, co-arranged with Antonio Carlos Jobim, who also plays guitar on the session next to the piano of Joao Donato! That's a mouthful of heavy-hitters, we know – but the result is a totally great session that has Astrud's light and gentle vocals drifting over some of the most magical bossa backings you'll ever hear. The whole thing's great, stuffed with bossa classics done in English – and titles include "Once I Loved", "Aqua De Beber", "O Morro", "Dindi", "Dreamer", and "Photograph". Look To The Rainbow is one of the moodiest Verve albums from Astrud Gilberto – a set that has some surprising arrangements by Gil Evans – working here on one of his few 60s dates with a singer! Astrud's blue-tinged vocals work perfectly with Evans' backdrops – and Al Cohn also takes over the helm on two of the album's tracks, but still does a very good job of keeping the groove. There's a nice mix of sadness and lightness in the set – and titles include a wonderful version of "Berimbau" that actually features berimbau playing by Dom Um Romao, a great take on "El Preciso Aprender A Ser So" with English lyrics, and the titles "Bim Bom", "Lugar Bonito", "Frevo", and "Once Upon A Summertime". For Certain Smile Certain Sadness, Verve Records got the great idea of teaming up its (then) biggest Brazilian imports – vocalist Astrud Gilberto and organist Walter Wanderley – both of whom were selling plenty at the time! Astrud's lovely vocals are matched beautifully with the lean, rhythmic bossa grooves of Wanderley's trio – and the result is a record that's near-perfect in execution. Most of the tracks are quite short, as is the record itself – but it's a perfectly concentrated dose of the Verve bossa sound at its best, with tracks that include "Portuguese Washerwoman", "Tu Meu Delirio", "A Certain Smile", "Call Me", "Here's That Rainy Day", "A Certain Sadness", "It's A Lovely Day Today", and a vocal version of Wanderley's big hit "Summer Samba", redone here as "So Nice"! Windy is one of the hardest to find Astrud Gilberto records on Verve – and one of the best! Deodato, Don Sebesky, and Pat Williams did the arrangements – and the sound here is a bit different than some of the straighter Gilberto sets of the time – still very bossa-inspired, but also in a style that mixes in some great Sunshine Pop and 60s easy influences too – particularly on the tracks arranged by Williams! Tracks are all quite short, but get a heck of a lot of magic into a tiny space – and the album features some really wonderful songs that break Gilberto's pattern a bit – including versions of the Marcos Valle tracks "Crickets Sing For Anamaria" and "Chup Chup, I Got Away" – plus takes on "Windy", "Sing Me A Rainbow", "Never My Love", and "Where Are They Now?" I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do is one of the darkest albums ever recorded by Astrud Gilberto – her 60s last session for Verve Records, and a batch of beautifully moody tunes throughout! Arrangements are by Albert Gorgoni, who'd handled Gilberto's previous September 69 album – but the style here is a bit mellower, a bit sadder – touched with more adult themes of love, life, and loss – and very much in keeping with Astrud's tear-stained image on the cover! There's a sound here that almost mixes Gilberto's earlier bossa with the more baroque modes of Scott Walker at the end of the 60s – and as with Scott Walker's classic solo sets, the album shows a side of Astrud's talents that we never would have expected a few years earlier! Titles include "Wailing Of The Willow", "Where's The Love", "Wee Small Hours", "If", "Without Him", "Trains & Boats & Planes", "The Sea Is My Soil", and "Didn't We?". (Brazil, Vocalists) CD

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✨✧ Astrud GilbertoTalkin' Verve ... CD
Verve, Late 60s. Used ... $2.99
Groovy groovy compilation that brings together 16 of Astrud's great bossa pop tracks for Verve! The set's nicely selected, and most of the material on here is lesser-known stuff than her hits – but every bit as great. Titles include "Berimbau", "Windy", "Holiday", "Bim Bom", "Crickets Sing For Anamaria", "On My Mind", "Beginnings", and "Bossa Na Praia". Groovy covers, nice bossa, and all in Astrud's lovely lovely voice! (Brazil, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)

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Dick HaymesLook At Me Now! (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
SSJ (Japan), 1957/1958. Used ... $14.99
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- ... $4.99
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+ ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Cover & labels have a name in pen.)

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Etta JonesI'll Be Seeing You ... LP
Muse, 1988. Very Good ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in marker on the back.)

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Jumping JacquesSugar & Spice ... CD
Petra (Italy), 1968. Used ... $14.99
A very cool group that's as groovy as their name! The Jumping Jacques were a 60s French vocal group who took elements of other French groups – like The Swingle Singers or Les Double Six – and worked in a mode that was very mod, and very 60s! The tunes on the set sparkle with inventive vocal pyrotechnics – dipping bass parts, floating soprano lines, skipping scatting tenor and alto bits – all coming together in a lovely blend of male and female vocals, dancing lightly with all the charm of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66. Most tracks are non-verbal – in that the vocals are working in more of a scatting instrumental mode, jazzily grooving on a set of original tunes by leader Jacques Hendrix. Very cool, and very much in the mode of mid 60s Michel Legrand soundtracks, The Gimmicks, and other bits of European grooviness! Titles include "Let Them Eat Cake", "Gossip & Chatter", "Someday We'll Know", "Somehow I Feel I Must Be Dreaming", "Offbeat Fugue", and "Love Me Now". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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