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

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Jazzmeia Horn

Love & Liberation
Concord, 2017.
CD ... On August 23, 2019
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Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About September 4, 2019
A very cool setting for Japanese vocalist Mari Nakamoto – a unique trio outing that features guitar from Kazumi Watanabe and bass from Isao Suzuki – both really creative players who push the album way past the usual! The mix of guitar and bass is wonderful – gentle, but still ... CD
Light In The Attic, Mid 50s. 2LP
LP ... On September 13, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Light In The Attic, Mid 50s.
CD ... On September 13, 2019
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Mari Nakamoto

Unforgettable
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About October 9, 2019
Torchy vocals from singer Mari Nakamoto – sung in English, and graced with some really lovely arrangements! The tunes are mostly standards, and Mari's presentation is traditionally torchy – but the backings have a lightly swinging quality that features some of the great touches the ... CD

Koji Moriyama

Smile
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About October 9, 2019
Great vocals from Japanese singer Koji Moriyama – an artist with a really unique approach to his music – quite unlike any other American jazz vocalists we can think of! Koji's got a style that's slightly raspy at points – not off key, but very personal – and sung in this ... CD
Resonance,
LP ... On November 1, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Resonance,
CD ... On November 1, 2019
... CD
Universal (Japan),
LP ... On November 2, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About August 15, 2019
Wonderful work by Nina – the kind of record that once made purists turn up their noses, but which is now being rediscovered as a unique jazz/soul crossover album, filled with loads of nice moments! The instrumentation's pretty darn interesting – and includes sitar, harp, Spanish guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ayako Hosokawa

Mr Wonderful
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About August 7, 2019 (delayed)
Mellow vocals from the lovely Ayako Hosokawa – one of Japan's greatest jazz vocalists of the 70s, singing here in a warm and intimate setting. Ayako sings in English, mostly American standards plus a few pop numbers – and the backing for the set includes keyboards, tenor, guitar, and ... CD

Novi Singers

Torpedo
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. (reissue)
LP ... About February 1, 2019 (delayed)
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Liston/P-Vine (Japan), 1983. (reissue)
LP ... About August 21, 2019
A great set of mellow soul from the start of the 80s – not the Positive Force of "We Got The Funk" fame, but a different groove that has a nicely smooth groove! The style here is halfway between soul and AOR, but handled with an indie charm that really keeps things compelling ... LP, Vinyl record album
ABC/Concord, 1962.
LP ... On September 6, 2019
Brilliant work throughout – both of Ray Charles' classic country albums in a single package! Volume one is the stuff of legends – and what seemed a silly idea at the time was true proof of Ray's genius – the most successful album of his career and a bona-fide number one hit that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Erik Tagg

Rendezvous
Poker/P-Vine (Japan), 1977. (reissue)
LP ... About December 4, 2019
Warmly crafted vocal work from Erik Tagg – a Dutch singer who'd relocated to Texas by the time of this mid 70s set – singing here in English with some nicely jazzy backings on the set! There's a style here that's a bit singer/songwriter, but somewhat deeper too – one that has a ... LP, Vinyl record album
London Calling (UK), Late 60s. 4CD
CD ... About August 15, 2019
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Koji Moriyama with the Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio

Night & Day
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About August 7, 2019 (delayed)
A real swinger of a record – one that features vocals and conga work by Koji Moriyama, with backing by the piano trio of Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! Given that Yamamoto's style is usually a bit more spare and laidback, it's nice to hear him grooving in a setting like this – as Moriyama's a ... CD

Metropolitan Jazz Octet with Dee Alexander

Too Hot For Words
Delmark,
CD ... About August 5, 2019 (delayed)
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Erik Tagg

Rendezvous
Poker/P-Vine (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About July 1, 2019 (delayed)
Warmly crafted vocal work from Erik Tagg – a Dutch singer who'd relocated to Texas by the time of this mid 70s set – singing here in English with some nicely jazzy backings on the set! There's a style here that's a bit singer/songwriter, but somewhat deeper too – one that has a ... CD

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66

Stillness
A&M (Japan), 1971.
CD ... About May 8, 2019 (delayed)
A real classic from Sergio Mendes – probably most famous for its funky bits! The record pushes past the formula of the earlier Brasil 66 albums, and goes for a more sophisticated approach that adds in some sweet electric moments, more complicated grooves, and an overall sound that's even ... CD

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Fool On The Hill
A&M (Japan), 1968.
CD ... About May 8, 2019 (delayed)
One of our favorite albums by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – a perfect bridge between the simple pop of earlier records, and the group's expanding sound as the 70s approached! The warmly glowing Brasil 66 style is still very strongly in place, but the music here is all a bit hipper – ... CD

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Look Around
A&M (Japan), 1967.
CD ... About May 8, 2019 (delayed)
Dreamy bossa pop from the A&M studios of the 60s – the Brasil 66 sound at its best! The style here is a perfect blend of real Brazilian influences and some of the hipper styles bubbling in the LA studio scene of the time – all locked together perfectly by Sergio Mendes, in the twin- ... CD

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Equinox
A&M (Japan), 1967.
CD ... About May 8, 2019 (delayed)
The second album by Sergio and crew – and a real push forward for the group! The basic format of two-female harmony leads is still in place – but for some reason, this album gives a bit more of a nod to Brazilian roots than before, and really spices things up with an even more ... CD
 



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