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

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Gearbox (UK), 2019.
LP ... About April 19, 2019
One of the most amazing jazz vocalists of our generation returns here with an incredible group – a majestic combo to match all the spiritual inclinations in his music – with work from Kamasi Washington on tenor, Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, and both ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Haus (Germany),
CD ... About May 10, 2019
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Parlophone/SFE (UK), 1965/1974. 2CD
CD ... About May 10, 2019
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Parlophone/SFE (UK), 1968/1978. 2CD
CD ... About May 10, 2019
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Kathryn Moses

Music In My Heart
PM/Solid (Japan), 1979.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
The second album from Kathryn Moses – a sweet mix of warm vocals, funky flute, and even a bit of sax! Kathyrn's as great a singer as she is an instrumentalist – and the album offers equal parts of her talents – stepping out with a style that's often a bit funky at the bottom, ... CD

Bug Alley

Bug Alley
PM/Solid (Japan), 1980.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
A great and groovy jazz vocal set – with cuts that include "Bop Follies", "Sancho Suite", "Footprints", "Daybreak", and "Milestones". 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

Pinky Winters

Pinky
Vantage/Venus (Japan), 1954.
CD ... About March 20, 2019 (delayed)
The first album ever from Pinky Winters – a beautiful little set that already has the singer reaching some great heights in her music! The feel of the record is quite similar to some of the vocal sessions on Bethlehem from the mid 50s – particularly the Chris Connors albums – 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

Scott Walker

Stretch/We Had It All
Beat Goes On (UK), 1973/1974.
CD ... About April 25, 2019
"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

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66

Stillness
A&M (Japan), 1971.
CD ... About May 8, 2019
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
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
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
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

Esperanza Spalding

12 Little Spells
Concord, 2019. 2LP
LP ... On May 10, 2019
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Esperanza Spalding

12 Little Spells
Concord, 2019.
CD ... On May 10, 2019
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ECM, 1980.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
A great lineup, with Swallow on bass, plus Steve Kuhn on piano, David Liebman on saxes, Lyle Mays on keyboards, Bob Moses on drums, and Sheila Jordan on vocals! The work is wonderful – very different than the usual ECM album, but still with all of the label's charms – just maybe given ... CD
Atlantic, 1959. (reissue)
LP ... On May 31, 2019
Some of Ray's biggest tracks for Atlantic, including many remakes of standards like "Just For A Thrill", "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin", "Am I Blue", and "It Had To Be You". You've heard it all a million times, but it's still beautiful stuff – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ray Charles

What'd I Say (mono)
Atlantic, 1959. (reissue)
LP ... On May 31, 2019
A pivotal album for Ray – one that features the sweet electric piano jammer "What'd I Say" – offered up here in 2 parts, and a track that would become the prototype for so many funk songs in years to come! The Raelettes back Ray up on most tracks – and other tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 1956. (reissue)
LP ... On May 31, 2019
One of the later Atlantic albums by Ray – and one that, like the others of this vintage, focuses on his instrumental side. Ray plays piano in a number of small groups, with players like David Fathead Newman, Emmott Dennis, Oscar Pettiford, John Hunt, and Joseph Bridgewater. The record ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 1967. (reissue)
LP ... On June 7, 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 ... On 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 ... On 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
 



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