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SSJ (Japan),
CD ... About July 5, 2017
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Live In Tokyo 1964
SSJ (Japan),
CD ... About July 5, 2017
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Reprise/Real Gone, Early 60s.
CD ... On July 7, 2017
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Atlantic/Real Gone, 1970.
CD ... On July 7, 2017
Dusty Springfield continues her exploration of American soul begun with the Dusty In Memphis album – but this time around, she's headed for Philly, where she gets to work with the Gamble & Huff production team! In a way, we like this work even better than Dusty's better-known Memphis ... CD
Live & Doin' It
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About July 12, 2017
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Send In The Clowns
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About July 12, 2017
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Wonderful Life
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 60s.
CD ... About July 12, 2017
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 ... CD
Feelin Good
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s.
CD ... About July 12, 2017
Arrangements by Peter Matz, Michel Legrand, and Jack Elliott & Allyn Ferguson. CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 60s.
CD ... About July 12, 2017
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Philips/Mercury (Germany),
CD ... About July 20, 2017
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CBS/RPM (UK), 1967.
CD ... About July 25, 2017
The two faces of Fame are live and studio – as each side of the album was recorded in each mode! Side one features the Brit jazz vocalist swinging in a live set recorded in early 1967 – done with lots of Hammond organ in the lineup, and an overall style that picks up a lot from Ray ... CD
Atco/Rhino, 1968. (reissue)
LP ... On July 25, 2017
A landmark album for Dusty Springfield – one in which she more than proves her soul music talents, by taking a trip to Memphis, and recording in a sweet Atlantic soul mode! The album's handled by stellar talents all the way through – arrangements by Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin, production ... LP, Vinyl record album
Snowbound
Roulette/Warner (Japan), Early 60s.
CD ... About July 26, 2017
Beautiful later work from Sarah! Although it's easy to think that she "sold out" by making albums like this for Roulette – with a larger backing than before, and more of a pop feel – these albums are also incredible, and feature a sophisticated sense of interpretation we ... CD
American Country Songs
Atlantic (Japan), 1959.
CD ... About July 26, 2017
Quite an unusual album from Helen Merrill – but a set that also shows that quite early on, she was a singer with a keen ear for working on larger concepts too! Merrill first rose to fame as a cool-voiced singer in the 50s, but she does a surprisingly great job here with country tunes as well ... CD
Sound Of Silence
Atlantic (Japan), 1968.
CD ... About July 26, 2017
One of Carmen McRae's great 60s albums for Atlantic Records – a set that's still strongly jazz-based overall, but which seems to have an extra dose of soul at the bottom! The approach is a bit like the best late 60s sides by Nancy Wilson or Marlena Shaw – rooted in jazz, but hipper ... CD
Ann, Man!
Atlantic (Japan), 1961.
CD ... About July 26, 2017
One of the few albums ever recorded by 50s vocalist Ann Richards – best known for her work with Stan Kenton in the post-June Christy days, stepping out very nicely here in a small group session! Ann's definitely got a touch of the June in her approach – but she's also a bit warmer, and ... CD
Chris Craft
Atlantic (Japan), 1958.
CD ... About July 26, 2017
Chris' Craft is a great one here – beautifully simple and straightforward jazz vocals, served up at a level that few other singers can match! The album's one of our favorites from Connor's classic years with Atlantic – as it's got a mellow, moody approach that's filled with the darker ... CD
Misty
Atlantic (Japan), Late 50s.
CD ... About July 26, 2017
An unusual set from the legendary vocalist Chris Connor – a record that's graced with a boozy later image of Chris on the front, but which features a host of rare gems from her late 50s years at Atlantic Records! There's some really wonderful work on the record that easily matches, if not ... CD
Two's Company
Roulette/Warner (Japan), Early 60s.
CD ... About July 26, 2017
Despite any prejudice you might have against Maynard Ferguson, he actually does a damn good job backing up Chris Connor's lovely voice on this record – probably because his band is super-hip, and includes players like Jaki Byard, Joe Farrell, and Rufus Jones. Connor is in fine icy form, as ... CD
Comin Home Baby!
Atlantic (Japan), 1962.
CD ... About July 26, 2017
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 ... CD
 



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