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Vocalists — Coming Soon 📣

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

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Verve, 1962. 2LP
LP ... On October 2, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 1962.
CD ... On October 2, 2020
... CD
BGO (UK),
CD ... About October 5, 2020
... CD

52nd Street

Scrapple To The Apple
Inner City/P-Vine (Japan), 1985.
CD ... About October 21, 2020
An auspicious name, but an intimate little record – one served up by the vocal duo of Wendy Simon and Eric Shaw – in a mode that's a fair bit like work from Jackie & Roy, but a bit more bop-oriented as well! The pair do a great job of riffing together on the upbeat numbers – ... CD

Bobby Cole

Point Of View
P-Vine (Japan), 1964/1990s.
CD ... About October 21, 2020
An incredible treasure from a lost vocal jazz genius – the little-known Bobby Cole, every bit as great a singer as he was a songwriter, very unusual for the time! Bobby was probably best remembered as the house pianist at Jillys, but at the time of this 1964 recording, he was poised to ... CD
EMI/Cherry Red (UK), Early 70s.
CD ... About November 5, 2020
A great collection of work by one of the most unique voices in early 70s British pop – the enigmatic Norman "Hurricane" Smith, a strange singer whose work fits into a spectrum that lies somewhere between Georgie Fame, Gilbert O'Sullivan, and Ray Davies! Like all three of those ... CD

Nina Simone

Pastel Blues
Philips/Universal, 1965. (reissue)
LP ... On November 6, 2020
Wonderful stuff from Nina Simone – working here still with one foot in the jazzier style of early days, but with haunting elements of the later progressive style to come! The "pastel" in the title shouldn't imply any sort of softness on Nina's part, because if anything, she's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nina Simone

I Put A Spell On You
Philips/Universal, 1964. (reissue)
LP ... On November 6, 2020
Captivating work by Nina – working here in that unique crossover style she was using in the mid 60s – a blend of jazz and soul arrangements that were perfect for her intimate folksy style. The album's one of her first few for Philips, and it really has her opening things up a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album

Billie Holiday/Sonhouse Allstars

Billie – Original Soundtrack
Verve,
LP ... On November 13, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Billie Holiday/Sonhouse Allstars

Billie – Original Soundtrack
Verve,
CD ... On November 13, 2020
... CD
EmArcy, 1955. (reissue)
LP ... On November 20, 2020
A jazz vocal masterpiece from Sarah Vaughn – one of her greatest albums ever, and a record that raised the bar for countless vocal sessions in years to come! Sarah's working here in an intimate group arranged by Ernie Wilkins, and featuring some sublime solo work from Clifford Brown, Paul ... LP, Vinyl record album
El (UK),
CD ... About November 20, 2020
... CD

Mari Nakamoto

Mari
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About November 20, 2020
... CD
Hires Hits/Craftman (Japan), 1963.
CD ... About September 23, 2020 (delayed)
One of Blossom Dearie's hippest albums – done in that lightly grooving style that makes her 60s work some of our favorite! The style is groovier than Dearie's already-great work on Verve – a bit in the mode of her Capitol Recordings, and some of her British 60s gems from overseas ... CD
EMI (UK), 1969.
LP ... About August 29, 2020 (delayed)
Tripped-out pop by the great Sandie Shaw – a real departure from her other work of the 60s, and an album that's overflowing with wonderful late 60s tunes, grooves, and production! Sandie actually produced the set herself, in collaboration with supervisor Kenny Woodman – and she's going ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reprise/Legacy, Mid 60s. (reissue)
LP ... About October 2, 2020
Pure Holiday genius from Dean Martin – a Christmas record we like even better than his already-great set for Capitol, and one that's done in the boozier style of later years! Jimmy Bowen's at the helm of the record, working with arrangements by Ernie Freeman and Bill Justis that present the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cecilia Stalin

I Am
Firefly (Sweden),
LP ... About October 16, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Gil Scott-Heron & His Amnesia Express

Summer '86 (180 gram vinyl) (2020 Record Store Day Release)
Trading Places (UK), 1986.
LP ... On October 24, 2020
(Note: This item is not for sale online until noon on Saturday, October 24. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day Drops rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Saturday, October 24. It ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (Japan),
7-inch ... On November 3, 2020
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Leslie Odom Jr

Christmas Album
S Curve,
CD ... On November 6, 2020
... CD
Riverside/Craft, 1958. (reissue)
LP ... On November 13, 2020
A classic album from Chet – and one that's got a perfect mix of vocal and instrumental moments, of the sort you don't find easily on other albums! Chet plays trumpet and sings, and is backed by Kenny Drew, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones – a different style of group from his west coast ... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Girls Scene
Decca (UK), Mid 60s.
LP ... About August 29, 2020 (delayed)
To our ears, the UK scene of the mid 60s was much more of a girl pop haven than the US one of the time – and if this set isn't proof of that fact, we don't know what is! The Brit girl sound of the 60s has certainly been well-represented by recent reissues of work by Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark ... LP, Vinyl record album
 



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