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


Mark Murphy

Bridging A Gap
Muse, 1972. Very Good
One of Mark Murphy's earliest records for Muse, and an essential release in his developing style in the 70's. Sweet warm and swinging jazz vocals, with accompaniment by a tight group that includes the Brecker Brothers, Ron Carter, and Pat Rebillot. The set features two Murphy originals, "Saus ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ben Sidran

Don't Let Go
Blue Thumb, 1974. Very Good+
Tight funky jazz from vocalist Ben Sidran – still very much in his best early mode, and playing with a really raw sound overall! Ben's vocals are in that down-home Mose Allison mode, but the real charm is the music – which features funky drums by Clyde Stubblefield, the man responsible ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reprise, Mid 60s. Very Good
One of the harder to find Sammy records, and one of the best! Sammy takes Mel Torme's drippy "California Suite", an extended work about how great California is – and he turns it into an extended chat between Sammy and a friend in a bar in New York City, with twists and turns that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mary Kaye Trio

Night Life
20th Century, Early 60s. Very Good
Although the Mary Kaye Trio put out a number of goofy Vegas-y show albums, this one's actually got them singing some great stuff with a bit more of a traditional vocal style. Mary takes the lead solo on most of these, and she lays down a great version of "How Does the Wine Taste?", plus ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips, 1964. Very Good+
Classic Nina – recorded live on a variety of familiar numbers, but in that incredible mode that always transforms songs completely, lifting them from their roots and turning them into amazingly fierce proclamations of power and emotion! The tracks are longish, at a level that allows for a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Click/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy
Breezy electric vocals from 70s Sweden – a great little record that's heavy on electric piano and organ, and which features some sublime vocals from singer Meta Roos! The record does a great job of blending influences from bossa nova and sophisticated American soul – in a style that ... CD

Oscar Brown Jr.

Sin & Soul
Columbia, 1960. Very Good+
Trend-setting vocal work from Oscar Brown Jr – one of the hippest singers of his generation, and a vocalist who really took things to the next level in the 60s! Brown's got a sound that's partially influenced by the vocalese of Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and other singers of the 50s ... LP, Vinyl record album
United Artists, Early 60s. Near Mint-
Early work by Dakota – recorded in the years before her more famous sides for Capitol. The album's got Dakota in a similar late nite style – working with arrangements that are heavy on the strings, but still steeped in soul – mostly standards, but a well chosen batch that are ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chris Connor

This Is Chris
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Good+
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

King Pleasure

Golden Days
Hi Fi, Early 60s. Very Good
Beautiful beautiful record, and still one of the greatest jazz vocal albums ever made. The great King Pleasure sings in a raspy vocalese style similar to Jon Hendricks or Eddie Jefferson, but with a sense of warmth and delivery that the two of them never seem to reach. The set list here features ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mark Murphy

Stolen Moments
Muse, 1978. Near Mint-
One of his best for Muse, with a beautiful set of jazzy vocal grooves that includes his reading of "Stolen Moments" (later made famous by United Future Organization), plus "D.C. Farewell" and an excellent version of "Waters of March". Warm and breezy, with that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Leon Thomas

Full Circle
Flying Dutchman, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold
The last album in Leon Thomas' classic run of albums for the Flying Dutchman label – and one of the most unique as well! There's a tighter feel here than some of Thomas' more free-flowing spiritual jazz sessions – but the sound is hardly commercial at all, either – and still has ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fontana, Late 60s. Near Mint-
A weird one – but one of the real standouts in Cleo Laine's 60s catalog! As the title might imply, Cleo sings jazz versions of Shakespeare poems and bits from plays – with musical backing by husband Johnny Dankworth, who gives the set a cool enough groove to really make it work, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eddie Jefferson

Body & Soul
Prestige, 1968. Very Good+
Seminal work from one of the hippest jazz singers ever – a session that showed the world that Eddie Jefferson was firmly back in business during the 60s! The set's got a really rollicking feel, and a bit more influence from soul than the bop of Eddie's roots – with elements of gospel ... LP, Vinyl record album

King Pleasure/Annie Ross

King Pleasure Sings/Annie Ross Sings
Prestige, Early 50s. Very Good-
A record that revolutionized the concept of jazz vocals in the 50s – thanks to famous performances by Annie Ross and King Pleasure! The tracks on the LP include Ross' early interpretations of Wardell Gray's classics "Twisted" and "Farmer's Market", and the King Pleasure ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Lee Wilson

Without A Song
Inner City, 1969. Very Good+
A rare early gem from Joe Lee Wilson – the singer who's probably best known to the world for his performances on Archie Shepp's late Impulse recordings. The vibe here is similar to his work on Shepp's albums of the time – but it's also mixed with a hip and mellow approach that has Joe ... LP, Vinyl record album

La Vergne Smith

La Vergne Smith
Vik, 1956. Near Mint-
Obscure vocal session cut by New Orleans singer LaVergne Smith, and recorded in the Crescent City along with a local group that included Red Tyler, Wallace Davenport, and Earl Palmer. The material is bluesy and standard, and LaVergne's soulful voice wraps a bit of New Orleans in every track. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mark Murphy

Bop For Kerouac
Muse, 1981. Near Mint-
Mark Murphy's classic set of tracks dedicated to Kerouac, with Richie Cole filling the role of Bird on alto, and Murphy singing vocalese versions of Parker's tunes, and reading from some of Kerouac's writings. Tracks include "Parker's Mood", "Boplicity", "Bongo Beep", ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bill Henderson

Bill Henderson
Vee Jay, 1961. Very Good
Classy supperclub vocals, with arrangements by Jimmy Jones, and some sweet polished singing from Bill Henderson. Most of the tracks are standards or pop – like "Am I Blue", "The More I See You", and "Twelfth Of Never – but there's a few nice lesser-known ones, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Claudine Longet

Colours
A&M, Late 60s. Near Mint-
The colors are rich, but gentle too – like a palette of pastels, all sung by the lovely Claudine Longet! The album's got a slightly more mature feel than some of Longet's first for A&M – great Nick DeCaro arrangements that show some of the deeper elements creeping into pop at the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Blue Stars Of France

Lullaby Of Birdland
EmArcy, 1954. Very Good+
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 ... 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
Verve, 1959. Near Mint-
Very cool work from Anita O'Day – a session cut with Jimmy Giuffre arrangements, in a style that's a bit different than some of her other 50s work for Verve! Jimmy brings a nice touch of modernism to the record – casting the horns in ways that show his own love of creative colors and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday (MGM)
MGM, 1959. Very Good-
One of Billie's last sessions – recorded with beautiful large backings by Ray Ellis, and a heartbreaking tone that may not show Billie as strong technically as on some of her earlier albums, but which is pretty darn compelling nonetheless. Titles include "All The Way", "Don't ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 1968. Sealed
Great Atlantic work from Mose – cut in the early years of his rediscovery by the hippie crowd, but with a tight small combo mode that recalls his classic 50s recordings for Prestige! The group on the set's a trio – with Mose on piano and vocals, Red Mitchell on bass, and Bill Goodwin ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Hartman

I Love Everybody
ABC, Mid 60s. Very Good+
One of the coolest records ever by Johnny Hartman! Unlike his other mellow jazz vocal albums, this one's got a swinging batch of large group backings – handled by Oliver Nelson and Jack Pleis – and one in a way that really brings out a whole new side of Johnny, a very entertaining side ... 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

Double Six Of Paris

Swingin Singin!
Philips, 1962. Near Mint-
Great early stuff by this swingin' French vocal group! These guys swung as hard as American groups, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross – but they stuck to hipper, jazzier material, and had a driving sound that never let up! The group is led by singer Mimi Perrin, who also handed the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Darin

Love Swings
Atco, 1961. Very Good+
One of the greatest Bobby Darin albums ever! Gone are all the gimmicks of some of his teen records, and in their place is a solid, serious approach to jazz vocals that has Darin standing tall with the likes of Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. Honest, this is one of our favorite vocal ... LP, Vinyl record album

Clea Bradford

Her Point Of View
Cadet, 1968. Very Good
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Carmen McRae

Portrait Of Carmen
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good
An excellent album from Carmen McRae – one of her hippest records ever, and a great set of vocal gems that often gets overlooked! Arrangements are by Benny Carter, Shorty Rogers, and Oliver Nelson – and the album's got a swinging groovy style that pushes Carmen past her straighter jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album

Georgie Fame

Get Away
Imperial, Mid 60s. Very Good
A great little album from Georgie Fame – with a hard raw soul sound that shows what a big crossover potential he had with the UK soul market! The album's got some wonderful arrangements – quite raw, with some nice organ, and plenty of heavy vocals from Georgie in a strong blue eyed ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dinah Washington

In The Land Of Hi Fi
EmArcy, Mid 50s. Very Good+
The Hi Fi in the title might imply that there's a bit more going on here arrangement-wise than on some of Dinah's other albums – but the scoring by Hal Mooney is still pretty straight, in a sophisticated jazzy mode that works best with the vocals, and which never overwhelms the singing for ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lorez Alexandria

Deep Roots
Argo, 1962. Very Good
One of the greatest records ever recorded by vocalist Lorez Alexandria – and a perfect summation of her rich talents as a singer! Backing is by a small Chicago trio that includes John Young on piano, Vernel Fournier on drums, and George Eskridge on bass – but the arrangements of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metro, Early 60s. Near Mint-
Very groovy set of vocal tracks recorded by Mel during his years with Verve, and featuring some haunting arrangements by Russ Garcia. Tracks have a beautiful mellow spacey sound, as the Velvet Fog rolls in, and washes over the arrangements with vocals like "Moon Song", "Don't Dream ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Wiley

West Of The Moon
RCA, 1956. Very Good
A great set of torchy ballads from Lee Wiley – a singer who virtually helped invent the genre on record with her classic sets for Columbia Records! This album's done a few years after those – and features backings by Ralph Burns, who brings a fair bit more sentimental moments to his ... LP, Vinyl record album

Della Reese

Melancholy Baby
Jubilee, Late 50s. Very Good+
Della Reese definitely takes the "melancholy" in the title seriously here – and turns the set into one of her most blue-tinged records from the early days! The backings are full, but never too lush – handled perfectly by Sid Bass, who shades in the corners with some sad ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 1956. Very Good+
Buddy Bregman's doing the arrangements on this one – and he brings a great jazzy flair to the backings, helping Anita O'Day open up in her most dynamic mode! The whole set swings nicely, but without any sort of hoke – and Bregman manages to highlight specific instruments in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 1958. Near Mint-
Anita O'Day is fast and free in this live set recorded at Chicago's famous Mister Kelly's nightclub – a venue that gives the recording a nice intimate feel! As with many of her Verve sides, Anita dominates the set with her wit, warmth, and personality – working the crowd as much as an ... LP, Vinyl record album
Everest, Early 60s. Sealed
The sweeter side of Gloria Lynne – a set of dreamy numbers, sad tunes, and ballads, with backings by Leroy Holmes. Titles include "Please Be Kind", "Bali Hai", "A Hundred Years From Today", "My Prayer For You", "Intermezzo", "Long Ago ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella In Hollywood
Verve, 1961. Sealed
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

Sarah Vaughan

No Count Sarah
Mercury, 1958. Very Good+
The title's a bit of a joke – because the record features a batch sidemen from the Count Basie band – Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Freddy Green, Billy Mitchell, Frank Foster, and others – all working with Sarah, but the Count's name is missing, due to contractual obligations! Despite ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mel Torme

Comin Home Baby!
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good+
One of Mel Torme's hippest albums of the 60s – and a strong shift towards more swinging material after some of his mellower work for other labels! There's a bit of electric piano in the mix, and plenty of that Atlantic records pop/soul jazz approach – a take on soul jazz that's similar ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margaret

Cowboy & The Lady
LHI, 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold
A really interesting album from the great Lee Hazlewood – at one level, a set that's maybe the closest Lee ever came to recording a country album – and at another, a great reworking of the modes he first explored with Nancy Sinatra! It's 1968, and Lee's brought his outlaw cowboy image ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jon Hendricks

Cloudburst
Enja (Germany), 1972. Near Mint-
A mixed bag of tracks from Jon Hendricks – but with some really great moments! The set was recorded in Germany in 1972, and it features Jon running through a variety of styles to please the crowd – some of them blusey, some of them straight readings of older numbers – but on a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, Early 60s. Very Good+
Quite a popular live album from Ella – recorded in Berlin at the height of the cold war years – featuring a famous recording of "Mack The Knife" that almost blew away Bobby Darin's hit with the cut! The album's nicely free of some of the stodginess of some of Ella's Songbook ... LP, Vinyl record album

Judy Roberts

Other World
Inner City, 1980. Near Mint-
Sweetly grooving vocals from Judy Roberts – a Chicago homegirl, but one with the warm sunny touches of the California scene of the late 70s! The record's got Judy working with a tight small combo – keyboards, bass, guitar, and percussion – grooving away in a sweet mode that works ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Very Good+
This is Mel Torme's best-ever album, and it's one that we'd recommend to anyone who likes jazz vocals at all – even if you can't usually stand Mel! The Velvet Fog is backed by a great 10-piece group, led by the great Marty Paich, and featuring excellent west coast players like Pete Candoli, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Billy Eckstine

Prime Of My Life
Motown, 1965. Very Good
A lost bit of work from Billy, and a suprisingly nice album that sets the stage for a host of more sophisticated male singers to come! The record features Billy with lush arrangements by Melba Liston, Gil Askey, and Bobby Tucker – singing in a deep and sensuous style that's similar to that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dakota Staton

Time To Swing
Capitol, 1959. Very Good-
It's time to swing, but with a classy sound throughout – very much the best mix of modes Dakota Staton brought to her key early years at Capitol Records! Backings are by Sid Feller, and are pretty darn jazzy throughout – more so than some of Sid's other work of the time – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated December 02, 2020


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