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

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Sny Podroznik
GAD (Poland),
CD ... About October 26, 2018
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Hires Hits/Craftman (Japan), 1963. (reissue)
LP ... About November 3, 2018
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Audiophile/ORG, 1988.
LP ... On November 9, 2018
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Columbia (Japan),
CD ... About November 10, 2018
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Sunset Blvd,
CD ... On November 16, 2018
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Columbia/SFE (UK), Mid 60s.
CD ... About November 16, 2018
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Warm Sound
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. (reissue)
LP ... About November 21, 2018
A wonderful little record from Frances Wayne – thanks to some great arrangements from Neal Hefti! Hefti's approach here is just perfect – not as over the top as his work with Count Basie, but with the right blend of sophistication and soulfulness to make Wayne sound great – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wednesday's Child
Atlantic (Japan), Mid 50s. (reissue)
LP ... About November 21, 2018
One of the most obscure 50s vocal sessions on Atlantic Records – a sophisticated set of material set to beautifully shaded arrangements from Thomas Talbert! Patty McGovern's vocals are somewhat fragile and soft – but in a really nice way that mixes beautifully with Talbert's slightly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, Mid 50s.
LP ... On November 23, 2018
Newly discovered! (Note: This item is not for sale online until after the opening of business on Saturday, November 24. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules, it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Facination Rhythm (die-cut 10 inch single)
Verve, 2018.
12-inch ... On November 24, 2018
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One Night Only (CD/DVD)
Blue Note,
CD ... About December 1, 2018
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King (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About December 5, 2018
A sweet swinger from this hip Japanese vocalist – one of the groovier talents of that scene in the 70s, and an artist whose name wasn't that well known on our side of the Pacific! The record's got a soulful bounce right from the start – thanks to backings from the trio of pianist ... CD
King (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About December 5, 2018
Way more than just a standard jazz vocal set – thanks to inventive arrangements from an acoustic combo – one who backs up singer Martha Miyake in ways that really let her take off! There's a subtle grace to the instrumentation – one that really supports the lead role of the ... CD
My Favorite Songs
King (Japan), 1970.
CD ... About December 5, 2018
A classic set from one of Japan's greatest jazz vocalists of the 60s and 70s – like most other work of its type, sung completely in English, in a style that's very faithful to American jazz singers from years past! The set's a great no-nonsense outing – and Martha swings nicely with a ... CD
Helen Merrill In Tokyo
King (Japan), 1963.
CD ... About December 5, 2018
A rare Japanese session from vocalist Helen Merrill – one of a few key 60s recordings she cut on the Tokyo scene, after initial fame in the US! The album features a great small group arranged by drummer Takeshi Inomata, played by a combo that includes alto, baritone, and trumpet – all ... CD
Tokyo Canaries
King (Japan), 1958.
CD ... About December 5, 2018
Early jazz vocals from the Japanese scene – recorded in a late 50s stretch when the Tokyo scene was really taking off! The album's a split effort showcasing two different vocalists – Mitsuko Miyake on side one, and Kiyoko Maruyama on side two – both singers with a good command of ... CD
King (Japan), 1971.
CD ... About December 5, 2018
Groovy vocals from 70s Japan – a very hip male quintet, and one with the same harmony sound as The Four Freshmen or The Hi-Los! Given the date of the record, the tunes are a bit more contemporary – but still swung by the group with a very jazzy style, one that often has sweet small ... CD
King (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About December 5, 2018
Incredibly groovy vocal work from Japan – a double-length album featuring work by a number of different groups! The first half of the set features the wonderful Singers 3 – a trio of female vocalists who sing together with a soaring, breezy groove that's totally great – one that ... CD
Just Friends
London/King (Japan), 1970.
CD ... About December 5, 2018
Lovely work from Kimiko Kasai – easily one of the best female jazz vocalists on the Japanese scene in the 70s! Kimiko's got a wonderfully deep range – an ability to dip into lower notes when needed, but not in any sort of gimmicky way – just this full-voiced quality that makes ... CD
By Myself Alone
East Wind (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About December 5, 2018
A hip set of jazz vocals by singer Ann Burton – who's working here in territory that reminds us a bit of Blossom Dearie, or Irene Kral on her best recordings. The set was recorded in Japan in 1974, with backing by assorted small groups that include piano, guitar, flute, and tenor – as ... CD
Where Am I Going
Philips (Japan), 1967.
CD ... On December 5, 2018
One of the greatest of all Dusty Springfield albums – a gem of a record that mixes British pop, soul, and some very groovy orchestrations! The whole session has that kind of soaring, soulful bounce that Dusty had on her best records – but which was possibly never done nearly as well as ... CD
Don't Let Go
MCA/Blue Thumb (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About December 5, 2018
Tight funky jazz from vocalist Ben Sidran – still very much in his best early mode, and playing with a really raw sound overall! Ben's vocals are in that down-home Mose Allison mode, but the real charm is the music – which features funky drums by Clyde Stubblefield, the man responsible ... CD
I Lead A Life
MCA/Blue Thumb (Japan), 1972.
CD ... On December 5, 2018
Wonderful early work from Ben Sidran! The album's got a hip jazzy vocal style – similar to some of the best late 60s work by Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg, but also with New Orleans touches – as in the work of Mose Allison or Dr John! Sidran brings in a smoother, groovier feel than ... CD
Everything's Coming Up Rosy
EMI/Parlophone (Japan), 1963. (reissue)
LP ... About December 19, 2018
A British jazz swinger from vocalist Rosemary Squires – working here with some great small combo backing that really opens up the tunes! The instrumentation's as vivid as Rosemary's vocals – and really helps flesh things out, and keep things swinging – with nice performances by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1955. (reissue)
LP ... About December 19, 2018
Sweet and mellow vocal work from Bev Kenny – a sophisticated jazz singer who only cut a few albums back in the 50s and 60s! The set's a strong one – and has Bev singing easily with the Johnny Smith group – nothing fancy, but quite nice, and with a warm and intimate feel that has ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1959.
CD ... About October 18, 2018
Great stuff – one of Annie Ross' rare albums as a solo act away from her trio with Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert – and a great little session cut with small combo jazz backing, which gives the song a nice swinging edge! Zoot Sims is the main soloist on the tunes, Russ Freeman lays ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2018. 2LP
LP ... On October 12, 2018 (delayed)
Beautifully intimate sounds from the great Cecile McLorin Salvant – a set that has the singer working with only piano or organ for accompaniment, but at a level that has her voice still flowing with marvelous ease! We've loved Cecile right from the start – but here, she maybe blows us ... LP, Vinyl record album
Embraceable You
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970s.
CD ... About September 26, 2018 (delayed)
Great 70s live work from Sarah Vaughan – material that easily stands alongside her best for the Pablo label at the same time, but which is far more obscure overall! The notes on the CD aren't much – and obviously help enforce the obscurity of the sessions – but we can say that ... CD
Reach Out
A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1967.
CD ... About October 25, 2018
Fantastic! We love Burt Bacharach in so many ways that it's easy to forget the genius of these early A&M sides – but going back to them is always a treat, and it's wonderful to hear the way that Burt lays down his own work when given the chance! You know the tracks – "House ... CD
Kapp/Elemental (Spain), 1965.
CD ... About October 25, 2018
A great batch of early work from Burt Bacharach – one of the first albums to be issued under his own name, and proof that Mr B was head and shoulders above most of the other arrangers and composers of his time! At some level, the style here is a bit more traditional than some of Burt's later ... CD
Stylings Of Champian
Champian, 2017. 2CD
CD ... On October 26, 2018
A double album from Champian! CD
Prestige/Craft, 1964.
CD ... On October 26, 2018
Terry Callier's first album – recorded in 1964 when he was a wee teen hanging around Chicago's folk scene! As the title indicates, the album's definitely got a folk-styled sound – but also as the "new" implies, it's got a sound all it's own, fresh and free – and that ... CD
Kythibong, 1977. 2LP (reissue)
LP ... On October 26, 2018
A brilliant collaboration between these two dark moody French singers – every bit as great as their classics from the early 70s! Recorded in 1977, with enough material to make up 2 LPs, this set features tracks that slip and slide into each other with cool sounds, spare instrumentation, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Seasons Greetings
Real Gone,
CD ... On November 2, 2018
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Spice Of Life
Cadet, 1969. (reissue)
LP ... On November 2, 2018
An amazing batch of sophisticated soul tracks – and a favorite with the righteous groove scene! On the surface, the record's a combination of jazz and soul tracks in the same mode that you'd find on some of Nancy Wilson's albums for Capitol during the same time – but digging deeper, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Edsel (UK),
CD ... About November 2, 2018
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Prestige/Craft, 1964. (reissue)
LP ... On November 2, 2018
Terry Callier's first album – recorded in 1964 when he was a wee teen hanging around Chicago's folk scene! As the title indicates, the album's definitely got a folk-styled sound – but also as the "new" implies, it's got a sound all it's own, fresh and free – and that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France),
CD ... About November 3, 2018
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Abkco, Mid/Late 60s.
CD ... About November 9, 2018
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Voices In Harmony – KPM 1125
KPM/Be With (UK), 1973.
LP ... About November 15, 2018
One of the grooviest albums on KPM – loads of upbeat vocal numbers in harmony, conducted by two of the swingingest cats to ever work for the label! LP, Vinyl record album
Multiplication Rock
Capitol (Japan), 1973.
CD ... On December 5, 2018
Sure, it was silly stuff when we were kids – but once De La Soul sampled "Three Is The Magic Number", this record became one of the most prized in our possession! And thanks to that hip hop reintroduction, we've really fallen in love with the music again over the years – ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1978.
CD ... About September 21, 2018 (delayed)
A fantastic 70s album from the legendary German label MPS – but one that gives some great early exposure to a pair of talents from the LA scene! Joanne Grauer plays keyboards with a sweet breezy vibe – a bit like some of the hippest Bay Area indie jazz sides of the time, and made even ... CD
Demon (UK), 1973. (reissue)
LP ... About September 14, 2018 (delayed)
Heaven & Earth & The Stars includes what is perhaps the greatest of these is Lulu's collaboration with David Bowie and Mick Ronson on versions of "The Man Who Sold The World" and "Watch That Man" – both pretty fantastic, and given maybe a bit more mid 70s polish ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rich Kid Blues
Demon (UK), 1971. (reissue)
LP ... About July 6, 2018 (delayed)
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Rich Kid Blues
Demon (UK), 1971. (reissue)
CD ... About July 6, 2018 (delayed)
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Handful Of Soul (special edition with bonus CD)
Schema (Italy), 2006. 2LP Gatefold
LP ... About April 20, 2018 (delayed)
An incredible full length debut from vocalist Mario Biondi – a jazz singer we'd rank right up there with the legendary Mark Murphy – supported here with great backings from the High Five Quintet! The grooves here are in a soaring, tightly-stepping style – very much the best club ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Jamboree 63 Vol 2 – Polish Radio Jazz Archives Vol 13
Polskie Radio (Poland),
CD ... About March 1, 2018 (delayed)
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