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One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so.
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Possible minor surface noise when played.
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A classic set of early jazz recordings by Nina Simone – one of her first albums ever, but already with an approach that's quite different from other singers of the time! Nina's singing a fair bit of standards here, but she brings a deeply personal approach to the material – inflecting ... LP, Vinyl record album
A strong back to basics session for Nina, one that featured her piano and vocals only, a very spare approach that was markedly different from her work a few years previously for other labels. Nina's tone on the piano is incredible – and she's working with some striking modern jazz changes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excellent Philips work by Nina – a set of tracks that mostly features spare combo backings from Rudy Stevenson on guitar and flute, Bobby Hamilton on drums, and Lisle Atkinson on bass. One track, "For Myself", features arrangements by Horace Ott – and another, "Images&quo ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
A beautiful album of sad-tinged tunes – the standout album from singer Sandy Stewart, best known for the title hit, but great throughout! Sandy's soft, fragile voice is backed by the orchestra of Nick Perito – in a string-laden style that only seems to further emphasize the sad tones ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Jimmy Rushing's last truly great albums – a jazz-tinged session of bluesy material, one that gets at his best work of the 50s! The arrangements are by Al Cohn, and have a fluid swing that pushes Jimmy past cliche – working with players that include Zoot Sims, Budd Johnson, ... LP, Vinyl record album
The title sounds a bit ambitious, but the album's actually a great intimate date from Carmen McRae – a beautifully-recorded small combo performance – caught live at Donte's in LA, with a sound that hearkens back to some of Carmen's best work of the 50s! The format is spare and simple ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sarah Vaughan takes on the work of Duke Ellington – almost presented here in a style that's similar to some of the Songbook albums on Verve from the 50s! Billy Byers handles most of the arrangements here – especially on the larger group numbers – but some tracks are also in a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Frank Sinatra, 1965 – really changing up his groove with some hipper work from Sonny Burke and Jimmy Bowen in the studio – on titles that include "Tell Her", "I Like To Lead When I Dance", "When Somebody Loves You", "Somewhere In Your Heart", and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nelson Riddle arrangements, very much in the spirit of the Capitol years – and titles that include "Witchcraft", "The Second Time Around", "Put Your Dreams Away", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Young At Heart", and "Oh What It Seemed To ... LP, Vinyl record album