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


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

Grady Tate

By Special Request
Buddah, 1974. Very Good+
Great vocal work from Grady Tate – a collection of his best tracks recorded for the Skye label – including "Windmills of Your Mind", "In My Time", "Sack Full of Dreams", and the beautiful "After the Long Drive Home". 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. 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

Dianne Reeves

Welcome To My Love
PAJ, Early 80s. Near Mint-
Early work from Dianne – handled with a lot more laidback production than on later albums, a sweetly soulful approach with some nice California touches! Billy Childs gives Dianne some great backing on piano and keyboards – and other players include Harvey Mason, Billy Carroll, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jon Hendricks

Tell Me The Truth
Arista, 1975. Very Good+
One of the greatest records ever by Jon Hendricks – one of our favorite male jazz singers of all time! The album's an obscure 70s session that features Jon opening up from earlier days – moving into a bit of soul, a bit of funk, yet still keeping things really strong on the jazz tip. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jackie & Roy

Lovesick
Verve, Mid 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold
Wonderfully groovy work from the team of Jackie Cain & Roy Kral – a set that has the pair moving into much hipper modes for the 60s, and really taking off from the greatness of earlier records! Backing is still by Roy's core trio, with acoustic piano at the lead – but the addition ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mark Murphy

Stolen Moments
Muse, 1978. Very Good+
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
Solid State, 1968. Very Good Gatefold
A funky big band album, recorded by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, with the great Joe Williams on vocals! The record is one of the most sought-after by the team – probably because it includes the hard breakbeat version of "Get Out of My Life Woman". The other tracks are pretty funky, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kenny Rankin

Kenny Rankin Album
Little David, 1977. Near Mint-
A simple title, but a classic album – arguably one of Kenny Rankin's biggest hits of the 70s, but every bit as great as his lesser-known work! Don Costa arranged the set, but the sound is still wonderfully intimate – with a focus on Kenny's vocals and acoustic guitar, steeped in folksy ... LP, Vinyl record album

Art Van Damme & The Singers Unlimited

Invitation
MPS, 1974. Near Mint-
One of the coolest albums ever cut by the Singers Unlimited – thanks to great instrumentation from the mighty Art Van Damme! Art plays accordion – in a way that works perfectly with the banks of sound and sweetness we love from the group – an instrument whose own breathy tones ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ella Fitzgerald

Sunshine Of Your Love
MPS (Germany), 1969. Near Mint-
Very cool, very groovy, and one of Ella Fitzgerald's hippest albums of the 60s! The set was recorded in San Francisco in the late 60s, but was issued by MPS in Germany as proof that the label always had an ear for bringing something different out of a mainstream artist. And although live, the ... 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
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+
In our opinion, this "comeback" material by Rushing was way better than his original work from the late 30s. He's got more of a sense of control here, and his approach to the material is extremely thoughtful, and always tinged with a good sense of jazz, making it swing a bit more than on ... 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

Nancy Wilson

Lush Life
Capitol, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Genius work from Nancy Wilson – the kind of Capitol Records gem that was partly jazz, partly soul, and very much in that special territory that made Wilson one of the most mature, sophisticated singers of the 60s! The record's got Nancy working through some material with bluer currents, ... 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

Della Reese

Della Reese Live
ABC, 1966. Near Mint-
One of Della Reese's greatest records – and a unique little session cut "live in the studio" before a very appreciative crowd! Bobby Bryant wrote out some very hip charts for the session, and they're made even better by organ work by Bill Doggett and piano lines by Gerald Wiggins ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good+
An excellent album of vocals by the great Joe Williams! Joe's always been a fine singer, but with Basie, he really gets the backing he needs to do his work the best. And although this album isn't as authenico as it might be, it still comes from a time when Verve really knew how to handle singers ... 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

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

Sammy Davis Jr & Laurindo Almeida

Sammy Davis Jr Sings, Laurindo Almeida Plays
Reprise, Mid 60s. Very Good
The closest thing Sammy D ever came to cutting a bossa album – and a lovely batch of fragile tunes that feature no other instrumentation save for the guitar of Laurindo Almeida. Almeida plays acoustic guitar on the album, in a gentle style that supports Sam's rich voice as it works through a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

Hottest New Group In Jazz
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+
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

Etta Jones

So Warm
Prestige, Early 60s. Very Good+
Etta Jones is definitely nice and warm here – working with some great backings from Oliver Nelson, who mixes in a bit of strings with the usual jazzy punch he was delivering at the time! Jones' vocals are at the height of her early powers here – working with poise, class, and a heck of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, 1964. Very Good-
The Four Freshman and Pete Rugolo team up again to bring us a follow up to their hugely successful 4 Freshman & 5 Trombones from 1956. It's not as great as the first record but it still offers some sweet moments and that great Four Freshman sound. Features such songs as "A Taste of Honey ... 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
Verve, 1956. Very Good 2LP Gatefold
This is a 60s set that brings together the 2 volumes released separately. Among the 30 plus songs are "All Through The Night", "Anything Goes", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "I Love Paris", "Easy To Love", "You're The Top", "Let's Do ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nina Simone

Baltimore
CTI, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold
A real standout 70s set from Nina Simone – a one-off date for CTI Records, done with a sound that's different than her earlier work for RCA, Philips, and Colpix! The groove here is often as soul-based as it is vocal jazz – thanks to arrangements from David Matthews, who brings a ... 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

Ernestine Anderson

Hot Cargo
Mercury, 1956. Very Good+
A great early set from singer Ernestine Anderson – material recorded in Sweden with a sound that's even more sweetly swinging than some of her American albums of the time! The backings on most tracks are by Harry Arnold – one of the hippest Swedish leaders of the time, and an arranger ... 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

Annie Ross with Zoot Sims

Gasser!
World Pacific, 1959. Very Good+
Great stuff – one of Annie Ross' rare albums as a solo act away from her trio with Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert – and a great little session cut with small combo jazz backing, which gives the song a nice swinging edge! Zoot Sims is the main soloist on the tunes, Russ Freeman lays ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 1963. Very Good+ Gatefold
An early gem from singer Freda Payne – recorded back in the days when she was a jazz vocalist, years before her famous hits as a soul artist in the early 70s! The album's a darkly-tinged session with arrangements by Manny Albam – done in the late nite mode that you'd expect from the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pat Moran Quartet

While At Birdland
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good+
One of two albums cut for Bethlehem by the Pat Moran Quartet – a groovy little combo that harmonized vocally while they were grooving on their instruments! The group's led by Pat on piano and lead vocals – and singer Bev Kelly is also with the group – and this album features ... LP, Vinyl record album

Billie Holiday

Lady In Satin
Columbia, 1958. Very Good-
One of Billie's last recordings, and an incredibly striking batch of songs arranged by Ray Ellis with a sad, fragile ege that's perfect for the style of her later work. Billie's voice is faltering, but in a way that only makes the songs sound more personal and more compelling – and although ... 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
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+
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
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

Joe Williams & Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

Sing Along With Basie
Roulette, 1958. Near Mint-
One of the more obscure albums by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross – a session of Basie tunes, performed with backing by the Count, plus additional lead vocals by Joe Williams, the voice most closely associated with the Basie group at the time! The style is similar to the trio's Sing A Song Of ... 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
Savoy, 1960. Very Good+
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 Jimmy's key early ... LP, Vinyl record album

Carmen McRae/Julie London/Chris Connor

Bethlehem's Girl Friends
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Very Good
A split album that features 4 tracks by Carmen McRae with the Mat Mathews quartet, plus 4 more obscure numbers by Julie London, recording with the quartet of Tony Scott. The McRae material is some of her best jazz work from the time – cut in that perfect small group vocal mode that was one ... 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

Jackie Paris

Jackie Paris Sound
East West, 1958. Very Good+
A pretty obscure record by Jackie Paris – a light-voiced jazz singer who cut some key albums in the 50s! The set was very briefly issued by East West, a short-lived Atlantic Records subsidiary – and features Paris singing to some great small group accompaniment from players that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good+
A rare one from singer Pat Morrissey – a sexy late 50s nightclub singer with a bit of a jazzy bent. The record's not going to knock Sarah Vaughan out of your collection, but Pat's got a warm intimate style of singing that makes the material stand out more than the usual vocal session from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Prestige, Late 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
Two later album's from Allison's stay at Prestige, Ramblin' With Mose and Autumn Song – before he moved over to Atlantic to go on to greater success – collected in one package. Unlike his later, more well-known sets, this is mostly instrumental, but there are a couple of nice vocal ... LP, Vinyl record album

Frank Sinatra

Come Fly With Me
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good+
A gem of a 50s album from Frank – well-themed and swinging, with a batch of travel-related tunes that really groove nicely! Billy May handled the arrangements on this one, and he gives the record a nice jazzy finish that fits the globe-trotting tunes well – taking Frank around the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Richard Harris

Tramp Shining
ABC, 1968. Very Good Gatefold
Pretty stunning work from the team of Richard Harris & Jimmy Webb – a shining point in both of their careers! Harris wasn't much of a singer, and was mostly known as an actor before these two albums. He teamed up with Jimmy Webb as the perfect foil for some of Webb's late sixties song-st ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated May 14, 2021


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