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XSingers we love -- from vintage torch to vocalese, scat, jazz poetry, standards, and more!


Colpix, 1960. Near Mint-
A key early moment for Nina Simone – recorded live at Newport in 1960, at a time when the festival was one of the most important showcases for groundbreaking jazz – and a perfect setting for Nina to really let loose in that righteous style that would fuel her career during the 60s! ... LP, Vinyl record album

Carmen Lundy

Good Morning Kiss
Blackhawk, 1985. Near Mint-
A fantastic record – one of the best jazz vocal records of the 80s, and a real bright spot in an otherwise dim decade! The set is Carmen's debut – and it's a masterful self-produced effort that immediately put her in the ranks of the ultra-hip, ultra-soulful jazz crowd – singers ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fontana, 1965. Very Good+
A rare British session from vocalist Mark Murphy – and one of his grooviest albums of the 60s! Mark's working here with great backings from the orchestras of Tubby Hayes, John Dankworth, and Les Reed – all of whom give Murphy some of his hippest grooves to date, very much in the mode ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chris Connor

This Is Chris
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Sealed
Beautifully icy vocals from the amazing Chris Connor – the kind of record that set a new standard for vocal jazz back in the 50s! The session's a small group one – with Chris singing intimately alongside backing from Herbie Mann on flute and tenor, Kai Winding and JJ Johnson on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jackie & Roy

Time & Love
CTI, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold
An excellent 70s set by Jackie & Roy – very different than their work of the 50s and 60s, with an approach that's much more far-reaching and complicated – a style that opens up their vocal talents majestically! Gone are the simpler ditties of earlier years, and in their place are ... LP, Vinyl record album

Shirley Horn

Lazy Afternoon
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. Very Good+
Nice album recorded during a time when Shirley Horn's talents were lesser-known to the world than in her current revival. The set's got Shirley playing piano and singing in a very sweet trio with Buster Williams and Billy Hart. The material's mostly standards, but as usual, Shirley manages to get ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mose Allison

Wild Man On The Loose
Atlantic, 1966. Near Mint-
Great 60s work from Mose Allison – a key record cut at that time when his influence was being felt strongly on the other side of the Atlantic – by younger London singers like Georgie Fame and Zoot Money! Mose is almost answering back with this great little record – hitting things ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jimmy Witherspoon

Spoonful Of Blues
United, Mid 60s. Very Good+
Classic jazzy blues from one of the best in the business – and an album that doesn't show up as often as it used to. Titles include "Good Jumpin", "Fickle Woman", "No Rollin Blues", "Big Fine Girl", and "Failing By Degrees". LP, Vinyl record album

Billy Eckstine

Stormy
Enterprise, 1970. Near Mint-
Think what you might about Mr. B, but this is a sweet soulful album of dreamy pop songs, produced and arranged by Isaac Hayes, with a similar sound to some of the work from the same time by Grady Tate. Billy's voice is as deep and round as always, and the newer backing brings a nice quality to his ... LP, Vinyl record album

Julie London

Julie Is Her Name
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good
A landmark album in 50s vocal jazz – spare, moody, and evocative tunes from Julie London – sung in a stripped-down setting that few other singers would dare at the time! The sound of the set is as sexy as the cover – intimate, personal, and breathily sung in a mode that comes ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Lee Wilson & Bond Street

What Would It Be Without You
Survival, 1975. Sealed
A really nice album by vocalist Joe Lee Wilson – a soulful, spiritual singer who didn't always make great albums! Wilson's got a mellow style of singing that's very much in the Leon Thomas tradition – and on this record, he's working with a group (and material) that really lets him hit ... LP, Vinyl record album

Anita O'Day & Cal Tjader

Time For Two
Verve, 1962. Very Good+
A great little meeting of two of the better talents on Verve Records in the early 60s – one that pairs the warm vocals of Anita O'Day with the cool vibes of Cal Tjader – in a sweet little session that's actually one of O'Day's best from the time! The feel here is lively, and slightly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good
A fantastic cover, and some great music to match – a key early classic in Chris Connor's late 50s run for Atlantic Records! As on her debut for the label, Ralph Burns handles the arrangements here – in a mode that's somewhat modern, but never too academically so – with just the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Billy Eckstine

Modern Sound Of Mr B
Mercury, 1964. Near Mint-
Well, we don't know if Mr B could ever be considered "modern", but this is a pretty groovy batch of 60s pop tunes – like "Mister Kicks", "People", "Wanted", "Wives & Lovers", and "A Beautiful Friendship" – all done to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reprise, 1967. Very Good
A beautiful little album that shows a whole new side of Sinatra! Frank's a bit late on the bossa game – but the record's a wonderfully gentle batch of bossa nova tunes, performed with musical and occasional vocal accompaniment by Jobim, and larger orchestral backings by Claus Ogerman. Far ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nancy Wilson

I Know I Love Him
Capitol, 1973. Very Good+
An excellent lost album from Nancy – and one of her most original! The record takes the sophisticated soul vocals of her late 60s albums on Capitol, and twists them with a hip LA jazzy style arranged by Don Sebesky, and performed by The Crusaders and Arthur Adams. Great stuff, and with the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lurlean Hunter

Stepping Out
Vik, 1958. Very Good+
One of 3 albums that vocalist Lurlean Hunter cut for RCA during the 50s – all of them very nice, in a sophisticated jazz club style that's not as well remembered these days. This album has her singing with Phil Moore's orchestra – a perfect backdrop for her dusky style. Titles include ... LP, Vinyl record album
Decca, Mid 50s. Very Good
Pretty darn cool stuff from one of the greatest jazz singers around! This one was Mark's first album, cut a long time ago when he was a wee lad – as you'll see by the photo on the cover. The arrangements are by Ralph Burns, and they're pretty darn hip – and although the style is more ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jimmy Witherspoon

Blues For Easy Livers
Prestige, 1967. Very Good
Blues, but with a nice jazzy finish – thanks to arrangements by Roger Kellaway, and small group playing by Pepper Adams, Richard Davis, Mel Lewis, and Kellaway. Jimmy's voice is nice and easy, and he more than keeps up with the hip group on the album's 12 short tracks. Titles include "L ... LP, Vinyl record album

Abbey Lincoln

People In Me
Inner City, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold
A great session that was recorded in Tokyo in 1973 – featuring Abbey backed by a small group that includes Dave Liebman on sax and flute, Al Foster on drums, and Hiromasa Suzuki on piano. The record's pretty darn hip – and it's a nice version of Abbey's haunting approach to vocal jazz, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Direction, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold
An incredible late album from Bobby Darin – and a real treasure! The record was cut after Darin's mid 60s fascination with the work of Tim Hardin, most of which he re-recorded for Atlantic during that time – but it's got a similar style to the Hardin years, yet features some stunning ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, Mid 60s. Very Good+
US issue of a bunch of sides that Pet cut for Vogue Records, with classic Tony Hatch arrangements backing her up. The titles aren't ones that are usually associated with Petula, but she makes them her own with groovy Brit pop arrangements. Titles include "Volare", "Morgen", ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

Hottest New Group In Jazz
Columbia, Late 50s. Sealed
How can we even begin to describe the genius of Lambert Hendricks and Ross? The group was a jazz vocal supergroup that merged three talents that had already made a big name in the bebop vocalese field – Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and the lovely Annie Ross – and the project was an ... LP, Vinyl record album

Abbey Lincoln with Archie Shepp

Golden Lady
Inner City, 1981. Very Good-
A wonderfully moody album from Abbey Lincoln – one that's a bit more laidback than some of her other efforts, but no less soulful! There's kind of a broken, jagged sound to the record – a late nite vibe that's blue and melancholy, and which gets some great support from the tenor sax of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Betty Carter

Now It's My Turn
Roulette, 1976. Sealed
Excellent work from Betty Carter – much more sophisticated than some of her 60s work! The album features Betty recorded in that hip trio format that she developed to fantastic heights during the decade. Betty sings standards and originals with a warmth an imagination that we can hardly ... LP, Vinyl record album

Rosemary Clooney with Duke Ellington

Blue Rose
Columbia, 1956. Very Good+
Fantastic stuff, and proof that Rosemary Clooney was always one heck of a great singer – with strengths in jazz that you didn't always hear in her pop work! As you'd guess from the cover, Duke Ellington's leading the group on the album – and most of the tracks here are older Ellington ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hi-Lo's

Hi Lo's Now!
MPS (Germany), 1981. Near Mint-
By the time of this early 80s recording, original Hi-Lo's member Gene Puerling had been crafting sly vocal jazz gems for MPS with the Singers Unlimited – mixing together smooth 70s production and slight electric instrumental touches, to get a sublime sound that took the harmony approach of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, Late 60s. Sealed
A classic set of tracks from Peggy – featuring the sublime hit "Is That All There Is?", produced by Lieber & Stoller, and arranged and conducted by Randy Newman. Other arrangements are by the likes of Mike Melvoin, Mundell Lowe, George Tipton, and Bobby Bryant – all of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella In Hollywood
Verve, 1961. Very Good+
A nice little Verve session that breaks from the usual format – especially the "Songbooks" one – and features Ella in LA with small group backing by Jim Hall, Lou Levy, Wilfred Middlebrooks, and Gus Johnson. The set was recorded live at the Crescendo – in a jazzily ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mel Torme

California Suite
Bethlehem, 1957. Sealed
An insane record – simply insane! Mel Torme wrote the California Suite as a tribute to his home state during the glorious postwar years of growth and boom – and it contains some of the weirdest songs he ever sung! At the base, the work is driven by the same west coast jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Marge (France), 1980. Sealed Gatefold
A wonderfully moody album from Abbey Lincoln – one that's a bit more laidback than some of her other efforts, but no less soulful! There's kind of a broken, jagged sound to the record – a late nite vibe that's blue and melancholy, and which gets some great support from the tenor sax of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Abbey Lincoln

It's Magic
Riverside, 1958. Very Good+
Early work by Abbey – recorded in a mode that's straighter than she'd sound a few years later – less angry, more like other jazz vocalists of the time, but still with that unmistakable Abbey Lincoln quality in the voice! The arrangements on the set are by Benny Golson – using ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sarah Vaughan

After Hours (Roulette)
Roulette, 1961. Near Mint-
Sarah Vaughan may be known for an earlier recording of After Hours for the Columbia label in the 50s – but on this early 60s set for Roulette, the title really fits her style – and is perfect for the mature, melancholy way that Vaughan has of putting over a tune! Sarah always had a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ann Richards/Stan Kenton

Two Much
Capitol, Mid 50s. Very Good
Ann's a more lustily voiced singer than the sort that usually worked with Stan Kenton during the 50s – with a deep range in her delivery of a song, and a mode of singing that's a bit more unbridled than you'd expect for someone working under Stan. This set's a lot more Ann's album than it is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Epic, Early 60s. Very Good
One of the few albums ever recorded by Joan Shaw – a pretty hip singer from the 60s, working here in a nice small group setting. Joan's vocals are a bit rough, which is possibly why she never made it big, but she does have a way of putting over a tune that grabs us nicely – kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Riverside, 1962. Very Good
Given what a freewheeling, open-minded, and lyrical jazz singer Mark Murphy is, it's hard to imagine him really loving "the blues" – and fortunately, most of that love is extended in the title, because the album itself is less of the blues effort that you might think. True, the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jon Hendricks & Company

Love
Muse, 1982. Very Good+
Jon's going back to the Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross format here – working with a group of singers known as Company (featuring family members Michele and Judith Hendricks), running through vocalese versions of jazz tunes with the same solo line trading style used by LHR in the 50s and 60s. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chris Connor

Witchcraft
Atlantic, 1959. Near Mint-
A lovely side by Chris Connor for Atlantic, recorded not too long after her stint at Bethlehem – where she'd perfected an icy cool style of singing that's still to be matched to this day! The album features larger arrangements by Richard Wess – but still has a light jazzy feel, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Carmen McRae

Piano & Vocals
Jazzz, 1976. Near Mint-
Quite an unusual session for Carmen – one recorded live at a small club in Japan, featuring Carmen on vocals and piano, with no other accompaniment! The sound is wonderful – spare, free, and more intimate than we're used to hearing her – and given how often Carmen was recorded in ... LP, Vinyl record album

Irene Kral

Wonderful Life
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good+
One of the more obscure 60s albums cut by jazz vocalist Irene Kral – and a great little record that shows her to be more of a singer than we expected! Some of the tunes on the set have the straight vocals with band feel of Irene's other albums, but a few more go for a groovier sort of 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mose Allison

Local Color
Prestige, 1957. Very Good+
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Roulette, 1958. Very Good+
Jeri Southern can be a hell of a jazz singer when she wants – and that was definitely the case on this gem of a record – a laidback small combo setting with excellent guitar accompaniment from Johnny Smith! Smith's trademark tones really color the record in a great way – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, 1959. Very Good+
A later Capitol gem by June – where she reprisies a number of classics from her early years with Stan Kenton – new versions of late 40s tunes, done here with Pete Rugolo arrangements that go a good way towards showing how both he and June had grown during the 50s. Titles include "H ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chris Connor

Finest Of Chris Connor
Bethlehem, Late 50s. Very Good+ 2LP
A tasty little 2LP set – one that collects the excellent late 50s vocal work cut for the Bethlehem label by Chris Connor! At the time, Chris had a sound that she virtually invented – icy vocals backed by small combo jazz, in a very spare and subtle setting – and the sound was, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Anita O'Day

Anita
Verve, 1956. Very Good
One of the strongest of Anita's mid 50s outings for Verve – a tightly-crafted set that benefits from some good arrangements from Buddy Bregman! The format is perfect for Anita – giving her little space to have to make decisions, and letting her concentrate on the tone and charm that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Light In The Attic, 1970. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.99
One of the wildest of the classic Free Design albums, and one that will leave you scratching your head – thinking that these guys were either the biggest acid freaks around, or the most simplistic kiddie-minded adults you'll ever meet! We don't know what got into the water in the studio on ... CD

Patricia Scot

Once Around The Clock
ABC, 1959. Very Good
A great 50s vocal session – for a number of reasons! One of the strongest is Patricia herself – a fresh-voice singer who's without hoke – backed by some moody arrangements from the Creed Taylor Orchestra. Even better is the selection of tunes – which includes a number of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Billy Eckstine

You Call It Madness!
Regent, Late 40s. Very Good+
Sublime work from Mr B – a collection of his earlier Savoy singles, assembled for a wonderful 50s album on the Regent label – and featuring some of the best jazz-based work in the classic Eckstine mode! As is well known, Billy's group of the time featured nothing but top-shelf jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
Savoy, 1960/1985. Near Mint-
A later pressing of classic early work from Jimmy Scott – airy ballads and love songs, done in that incredible vocal style that has made Scott an enduring legend for countless years! Backings are very nice – sad and dreamy, perfectly fitting the mood of the tunes. The record's one of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Irene Kral with Herb Pomeroy

Band & I
United Artists, 1959. Very Good
Sparkling work from singer Irene Kral – and possibly the best album she ever cut! The backings here are by the Herb Pomeroy group – a slightly modern ensemble that still knows how to swing with a good dose of Boston soul – and the overall feel of the album's a lot more forceful ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated March 09, 2021


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