Amazing work from singer Dee Alexander – a wonderfully soulful album of jazz vocals, and one that we'd rank right up there with our favorite records by Carmen Lundy or Dee Dee Bridgewater! Dee's a singer who's worked in Chicago for years, but we've honestly only begun to appreciate her ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Two of the coolest, grooviest tracks ever recorded by Lorez Alexandria – back to back on a Japanese-only 45! "Send In The Clowns" is taken at this great modal jazz clip – a completely different rhythm than anyone's ever used with the tune, which completely transforms it ... (Funky 45's, Vocalists)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Perhaps one of the straightest albums that Lorez ever cut – but still pretty darn great! She's got a unique voice that's capable of being fairly smooth and mainstream, yet still manages to hit these wonderful soulful passages that transform any kind of material and makes it her own. That's ... read moreCD
Michael Allen —
Act 1 ... LP London, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
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(Blue label stereo pressing with Bell Sound stamp.)
An early, rootsy Mose Allison sides, mostly instrumental, bluesy piano trio numbers, but Mose busts out with some vocals on an early version of his signature tune "Parchman Farm" and "Lost Mind", and a spot of trumpet on "Trouble In Mind" . He's joined by Addison ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label 50th Street NYC pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Labels have side notations written in pen. Cover has a half split top seam, some aging, and some pen and marker on back.)
A pivotal album for Mose Allison – and one of the first records to ever feature his voice, even if only on one track! During the 50s, Allison was mostly known for his work as a bop-styled pianist – on records by Stan Getz and others – but at the end of the decade, he really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove and NYC stamp. Cover has some wear with a spot of tape on the top seam and some writing on the back. Vinyl plays with a short click on "Kissin Bug".)
Includes three sets – the first with vocalist Karrin Allyson, the second with the Scott Hamilton Quintet, and the third with the Concord Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Chris Potter, Benny Green, Ray Brown, Louie Bellson, and others. (Jazz, Vocalists)CD
Ernestine works her way through a set of bluesy tunes with a spot of jazz – with backing by Ernie Wilkins orchestra, with players that include "Hank Jones, Tate Houston, Yusef Lateef, Ernie Royal, and Clark Terry. Titles include "My Kinda Love", "See See Rider", ... read moreCD
(Out of print, sleeve has some very light edgewear.)
Early American work from Julie Andrews – recorded right at the start of her big fame on the stage, but with styles that almost hearken back more to the sound of her homeland! Many titles have musical elements or themes that echo the British Isles – a few traditional folk tunes here, or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic collection of work from those years when singer Ann-Margret first popped up on the American market – young, fresh, and sexy – and willing to do whatever it took to make her music stand out from the pack! Ann-Margret's got a vocal range that's maybe deeper than most of her ... read moreCD
Annette With The Wellingtons & The All-American Chorus —
Annette On Campus ... LP Vista, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
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(Cover has a half split top seam and light surface wear.)
A key album in the career of Louis Armstrong – one that helped him forge the fourth or fifth great comeback in his career! As you'd guess by the title, the album's built around Louis' hit version of "Hello Dolly" – sung in a mode that at one level stretches back to his roots ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(A beautiful pressing – part of the Acoustic Sounds series! Remastered 180 gram pressing – with tip-on sleeve.)
Great jazz-based work from Fred Astaire – set up here in a combo that includes Flip Phillips on tenor, Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Barney Kessel on guitar, and Oscar Peterson on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with deep groove. Cover has wear, aging and some splitting in the seams.)
Claire's the wife of drummer Chuck Austin, and as far as we know, this classic set of west coast vocal jazz is the only album she ever cut. The set features spare backing by a quintet – with Barney Kessel, Stan Wrightsman, Shelly Manne, Morty Corb, and Bob Scobey – and the overall ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage UK pressing, on Vogue, in flipback cover.)
Fantastic work by maestro Burt Bacharach – subtle genius, and an album that offers more to us every time we listen to it! Burt's work has been recorded by many – but few ever gave it the kind of treatment that he did – as you'll hear in this brilliant array of sweeping strings, ... (Now Sound, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic! We love Burt Bacharach in so many ways that it's easy to forget the genius of these early A&M sides – but going back to them is always a treat, and it's wonderful to hear the way that Burt lays down his own work when given the chance! You know the tracks – "House ... (Now Sound, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label stereo pressing. Cover has light aging.)
Rare Bacharach galore – an assortment of under-reissued tracks all penned by the mighty Burt – most of which are from the heyday of 60s uptown soul! Despite the 1952 in the date range on the title, almost all the tunes here are from the mid 60s – that time when Bacharach was ... read moreCD
Collects 14 tracks recorded with Russ Freeman, Bud Shank, Pete Jolly, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, and others including "Someone To Watch Over Me", "This Is Always", "Let's Get Lost", "Moon Love", "Sweet Lorraine", and "I Fall In Love Too ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
An "after theater" version of the Richard Rogers musical No Strings – done in a cool way that really changes the feel of the music! The "cast" for the set is an assortment of Atlantic Records artists from the early 60s – Herbie Mann, Chris Connor, Lavern Baker, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Shrinkwrap has some sticker remnants on front.)
With Freddie Greene on guitar, George Duvivier on bass, Eddie Shaughnessy on drums, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Al Grey and Billy Byers on trombone, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis on tenor sax. (Jazz, Vocalists)LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has wear, aging, a stained corner, and some notes in marker.)
Count Basie plays the piano and Joe Williams sings in his bluesy way and they are backed by a slew of musicians who include Thad Jones on trumpet, Ben Powell on trombone, Frank Foster on tenor saxophone, Sonny Payne on drums and many, many others. Frank Foster did all of the arrangements and the ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Shirley Bassey is at her mellow best here – sounding very different than the brassy vocalist who first rose to international fame with "Goldfinger" – yet still able to work through all the rich aspects of her great vocal range! Arthur Greenslade handles the backings, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shirley Bassey —
Live In Japan ... LP United Artists (Japan), 1975. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A rare Japanese-only set from Shirley Bassey – a 2LP set that features some great jazzy backing from the group of Nobuo Hara and His Sharps & Flats! The sound is bold and brassy – just right for Shirley's voice – and given the live, acoustic setting of the record, the album's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with commemorative obi, including the insert. Obi has a small tear and a light stain and some fading at the very bottom. Cover has some aging.)
Nicolas Bearde is a singer with equal parts experience in jazz and soul – which makes him a perfect artist to take on the music of Nat King Cole – which he does here in a way that may well be better than any other Cole tribute we've heard, including a recent effort by Gregory Porter! ... read moreCD
One of the all-time classics from Harry Belafonte – thanks to sweet arrangements from Tony Scott! Titles include the classic "Day O", plus "The Jack Ass Song", "Hosana", "Brown Skin Girl", "Man Smart", and "Jamaica Farewell". LP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy vocal jazz from Poland – very much in the style of the best work by the Novi Singers! The group's led by the lovely Ewa Bem, but features harmonizing male voices behind her on many titles – set alongside lightly electric instrumentation that has lots of sweet breezy touches! ... read moreCD
Warm backings from Marty Manning – and a set that really has Tony Bennett coming into his own for the 60s! Titles include the classics "I Wanna Be Around" and 'The Good Life" – plus "Once Upon A Summertime", "If You Were Mine", "Someone To ... read moreCD
Overlooked genius from Brook Benton – moving past his simple hit style here to work with arranger Belford Hendricks in a set of tunes that's a bit more "singerly". The tracks are mostly ballads and slower, sadder numbers – sung by Brook in a style that's slightly emotive, but ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bittersweet set of vocals from Polly Bergen – recorded with a sound that really fits her sad-eyed look on the cover! Although Bergen's voice is sometimes confident and full, it's nicely restrained here – often somewhat dark-toned and moody – in ways that remind us of Morgana ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye white label promo, with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Warm and wonderful late work from the great Andy Bey – former member of Andy & The Bey Sisters, and a singer who will forever be in our heart for his hip 70s recordings with Horace Silver and Gary Bartz! This one has Bey running through a host of straighter jazz tracks – mostly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masha Bijlsma —
Profile ... CD Jazz Line (Germany), 1998. Used ...
A great little package that expands on the tune "Paradise" – one of the catchiest numbers in years from the raspy-voiced genius of Mario Biondi – a contemporary singer, but one who's perfect for turning out soulful tracks that really hearken back to the bast! Here, Biondi ... (New Grooves, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trad swinging from Connee Boswell – working here outside of her famous group with her sisters, and getting some pretty nice small combo backing from the Original Memphis Five! The overall style hearkens back to a jazz mode a few decades before the late 50s date of the set – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Clea was one of a host of hip female singers that Chess was trying to bring up in the late 60s – and although she was less successful than bigger stars like Fontella Bass or Marlena Shaw, this album's in very much the same mode as some of the best Cadet female soul, with arrangements by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label stereo pressing. Cover has adhesive residue along the spine and some light wear.)
(Maroon label pressing. Cover has a bit of flaking on the opening.)
Dee Dee Bridgewater —
Afro Blue ... CD Trio/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. New Copy ...
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's ... read moreCD
Dee Dee Bridgewater —
Afro Blue ... LP Trio/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charles Brown —
Legend ... CD MCA/Offbeat, 1969. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Vocalist Charles Brown is backed by a group that includes young and old musicians, for a variety of styles, and which includes Mel Brown, Red Holloway, Jimmy Bond, and Ed Thigpen. Dorothy Ivory sings on a few cuts, but most of the vocals are by Charles, with his smooth raspy mellow tone, and a ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD