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

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Carmen McRae

Ms Jazz
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Always-hip work from the great Carmen McRae – a singer who moved way past standard jazz during the second half of the 60s – to a point where she was really handling a great range of material by the start of the 70s! Carmen's voice was always great, but there's a really special quality ... CD

Dakota Staton

Ms Soul
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
A 70s set from the great Dakota Staton – but done with a lean, jazzy vibe that really gets back to the spirit of some of her earlier recordings! The group's a small combo, with the great Norman Simmons on piano – always a great accompanist for a jazz singer, and working here with ... CD

Sheila Jordan

Portrait Of Sheila
Blue Note (Japan), 1962.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
One of the only two vocal jazz albums that the Blue Note label recorded back in the day – and a haunting batch of tracks from a young Sheila Jordan! The style here is quite different than that of Jordan's later, more experimental records – and this early session shows her as an ... CD
Bear Family (Germany),
CD ... About June 25, 2019
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RCA (Japan), Mid 60s.
CD ... About July 10, 2019
... CD
Direction/Demon (UK),
LP ... About July 12, 2019
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Dodo Greene

My Hour Of Need
Blue Note (Japan), 1962.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
One of the few vocal albums on Blue Note's short lived 89000 series – and one of the only few ever cut by the obscure singer Dodo Greene! Green's got this raspy voice that's just great – somewhat fragile, but not in a wispy way – kind of honest and human, and somewhere in the ... CD

Ayako Hosokawa

Mr Wonderful
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About August 7, 2019
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
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
Columbia/Real Gone,
CD ... On June 14, 2019 (delayed)
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Columbia/Real Gone,
CD ... On June 14, 2019 (delayed)
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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

Sylvie Vartan

Sylvie
Rev-Ola (UK),
LP ... About June 28, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 1967. (reissue)
LP ... On June 28, 2019
One of the greatest records of the 60s – and a sublime debut from Nico, sounding fresher and less dreary here than on many of her later sides – although still pretty chilling overall! The record features larger orchestral backings on most tracks – never too heavy, but with light ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ray Charles

Yes Indeed! (mono)
Atlantic, 1958. (reissue)
LP ... About June 28, 2019
Yes indeed – a mighty early classic from the great Ray Charles – one of his first full length albums, and a set that brings together the searing sort of work he was doing for Atlantic Records in the 50s! Ray's completely confident and at the top of his game here – and a lot more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 1961. (reissue)
LP ... About June 28, 2019
Classic bluesy soul from Ray – featuring an assortment of original tunes, plus a few standards, done in a mode that's got more of the jazzy touches associated with his late 50s "genius" years. Titles include "Feelin Sad", "Ray's Blues", "The Midnight ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gil Scott-Heron

Spirits (deluxe edition)
TVT, 1994. 2LP (reissue)
LP ... On July 5, 2019
Great album by Gil Scott-Heron from the mid 90s, and a record that turned out to be a much better than any of us figured it would be! Gil's voice and writing is as beautiful as ever, and very much in the tradition of his best 70's work. The production is just right on most of the tracks, and the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Metropolitan Jazz Octet with Dee Alexander

Too Hot For Words
Delmark,
CD ... About August 5, 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
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
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

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

Scott Walker

Stretch/We Had It All
Beat Goes On (UK), 1973/1974.
CD ... About April 25, 2019 (delayed)
"Stretch" and "We Had It All" were Scott's big tribute to the modern country, with songs written by Jerry Reed, Jimmy Webb, Tom T. Hall, and numerous Billy Joe Shaver songs. CD
 



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