A sweet blend of easy vocals and soft rock – the one and only album by Bergen White, a heck of an arranger on the Nashville scene of the late 60s! Despite White's geographic locale, though, the record's got much more of a late 60s west coast feel – sunshine rock touched with sadness, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and ring wear.)
Flora Purim —
Flora e MPM ... LP RCA/Audio Clarity (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
The amazing first album from Flora Purim – recorded years before the Brazilian jazz singer would rise to much greater fame on the global scene! Here, Flora's stepping off of the late bossa years – working in a mode that recalls some of the jazzier bossa singers of the time, but also ... (Brazil, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Dean's biggest hits – "Everybody Loves Somebody" – on an album with other great ones that include "Shutters & Boards", "Siesta Fiesta", "My Heart Cries For You", "From Lover To Lover", and "Just Close Your Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color label mono pressing. Cover has light wear.)
A key turning point for Frank Sinatra in the 60s – a record that got him firmly back on the charts with a great new sound! The leadoff title cut really sets the pace for the whole thing – a slyly syncopated groover that works perfectly with Sinatra's aging vocals – originally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Leon Thomas' first album for Flying Dutchman – and one of his best ever! The vibe is very similar to his work with Pharoah Sanders – with long modal tracks that bring out the best side of Thomas' spiritual vocalizations – especially on the 17 minute track "Pharoah's Tune ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a promo sticker, light wear, and some aging.)
Leon Thomas —
Full Circle ... LP Flying Dutchman, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
The last album in Leon Thomas' classic run of albums for the Flying Dutchman label – and one of the most unique as well! There's a tighter feel here than some of Thomas' more free-flowing spiritual jazz sessions – but the sound is hardly commercial at all, either – and still has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover looks nice, save for a lightly stained corner.)
Dream Of You is one of Helen's best from the 50s, thanks to some great arrangements from Gil Evans! Evans' young and modern talents are a perfect fit for Helen's sadly icy vocals on the set – taking her to new places never reached on some other sessions that were trying for a warmer, sweeter ... read moreCD
Stunning – and some of the best work we've ever heard from Shirley Horn! We know, we know – you've seen a bit too much of her in the jazz racks of late – but don't let that stop you from picking up this album, because it's amazing! Shirley returns to the spare, subtle simplicity ... read moreCD
Maybe the straightest jazz set we've heard to date from Kandace Springs – a record that's got a great old school vibe overall, and the sorts of moody, dark-tinged qualities that takes us back to vintage material by Abbey Lincoln or Nina Simone – something we might not have said about ... (Neo Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
A cool 80s set from Nina Simone – recorded live in spare trio formation, with a sound that's a lot more old school than you might guess from the date! Nina's piano has this nicely broken-down quality – almost a raspy edge that complements her unique vocals nicely, and quite different ... read moreCD
4 discs of Sinatra's finest from his Reprise years! 81 tracks including "Let's Fall In Love", "You'd Be So Easy To Love", "The Last Dance", "It Started All Over Again", "You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", ... read moreCD
An 80s collection, but one that's filled with gems from Gil Scott-Heron's legendary early years at Flying Dutchman – a time when he was recording some of his most impressively righteous material ever! The music's a hip mix of protest poetry and sweet jazzy numbers – played with great ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
Early genius from Kurt Elling – one of Blue Note's best vocal signings of the 90s, and a richly talented singer who's still not well understood by many audiences! The set's got Kurt doing a bit of everything he does great – completely transforming old standards like "Nature ... read moreCD
An album as incredible as its bulls-eye cover – the first record ever from a young Bob Dorough – and easily one of his most swinging sessions! The style here is a bit straighter jazz than on some of Bob's later work – vocalese inspired by Jon Hendricks, King Pleasure, Eddie ... read moreCD
25 tracks – including "Unforgettable", "Mona Lisa", "Too Young", "The Very Though Of You", "Lush Life", and "Autumn Leaves" and more. CD
(Out of print. BMG club pressing.)
Tony Bennett —
Jazz ... CD Columbia, Late 50s/1960s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A great collection of some of the more jazz-based work of singer Tony Bennett – one that features a huge amount of all-star musicians – including Al Cohn and Stan Getz on tenors, Count Basie and Herbie Hancock on pianos, Nat Adderley on cornet, Chico Hamilton and Art Blakey on drums, ... read moreCD
Easily the greatest album that vocalist Mark Murphy has recorded in years – and a surprising departure from a lot of his recent work! Murphy did the album in collaboration with German trumpeter Til Bronner – a player we mostly know for his own smoothly soulful, and often-grooving ... read moreCD
Beautiful later work from Mose Allison – still completely charming and totally on top of his game! The set includes the fantastic title track – plus "Gettin There", "Tai Chi Life", "What's Your Movie", "I'm Alive", and "Top Forty". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from the mid 50s jazz years of Dinah Washington – tracks recorded for Emarcy and Mercury, with titles that include "Teach Me Tonight", "Blue Gardenia", "Soft Winds", "Never Let Me Go", "It Could Happen To You", "Easy ... read moreCD
One of the swinginest albums by the Hi Lo's, thanks to some great backing from Marty Paich and his Dek-Tette – the same group used to back Mel Torme and other west coast singers on other great vocal sessions of the time! Marty brings a bit more groove to the set than usual – pushing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 6 eye pressing. Cover has a small center split in the bottom seam.)
Mark Murphy —
Rah ... LP Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ...
Great early work by Mark Murphy – a set that's different than the cool breeziness of his 70s work, and done with an approach that's a lot hipper than most of his 60s contemporaries! Ernie Wilkins handles the arrangements, and there's a rollicking soul jazz groove here that's a bit unusual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Nina's first for RCA – a mixture of jazz and soul tunes handled with some classy arrangements by Sammy Lowe, most of which feature nice electric bass work at the bottom by Gene Taylor! Taylor's bass gives the tracks a nice "dip" that's not exactly funky, but does provide a ... read moreCD
One of Eddie's last great records, and a smoking live set that has him singing with a group that includes Eric Kloss, Richie Kole, and Mickey Tucker playing some sweet electric piano. The vibe is more traditional vocalese than some of Eddie's other Muse recordings, with a return to the solid sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The beginning of an amazing run on RCA for vocalist Jon Lucien – working here in a sublime blend of styles that's way beyond simple soul or standard jazz! Lucien's got a sound that's unlike anything we can think of – apart from the countless imitators who've tried for his style in ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has aging, a tracklist sticker, and light wear.)
Eubie Blake accompanies vocals by Edith Wilson on three tunes including "He May Be Our Man", "There'll Be Some Changes Made" and "Black & Blue", with Ivan H Browning on five tunes including "Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho", "Go Down Moses", ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic collection of work from the legendary Esther Phillips – one of the most distinct voices in soul music, captured here during some key moments in her career! The box is huge – and begins with a full CD of tracks from Esther's initial years on Lenox Records – a label ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreCD
Rare material from trumpeter and vocalist Valaida Snow! Tracks were recorded for Apollo, Bel-Tone, Derby, Chess, and the Danish label Tono and feature Snow accompanied by Bobby Smith & His Orchestra, Buzz Adlam & The Day Dreamers, and Jimmy Mundy. CD
A beautiful album, and one of the lost jazz gems of the 80's! The whole session's got a beautiful mix of soulfulness, tight jazz playing, and rich warm composition that's rare for the time the record was recorded – and it's one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by bassist Curtis Lundy, ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
We want to hate this guy! Why? Well, because years ago, when he was still just a divinity grad student at the University of Chicago, we used to catch him sitting in on sessions all over the south side. At the time, his vocal stylings used to make us wince – but those years in the trenches ... read moreCD
Sinatra-Basie is the inaugural effort from the 2 leaders and the stellar orchestra – and it's a great one. Sinatra is as charismatic and loose out front as he's ever been on record, and the Basie & his players swing brilliantly with arrangements by Neal Hefti. Titles include "Pennie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, aging, seam splitting, and call letters in pen on back.)
Great UK beat group grooves from the late 60's – featuring the amazing voice of Julie Driscoll and the hard Hammond organ sounds of Brian Auger! Auger's working here with his Trinity group – the small combo that had a firey Jimmy McGriff-like quality – as you'll hear on their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label Duophonic pressing. Cover has heavy wear and some stains.)
A wonderful tribute to the role of the telephone in postwar culture – not just as a means of communication, but as a theme for some mighty groovy music as well! You'll recognize a few of these tunes – classics that have a phone call or operator at the center of the lyrics – but ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreCD
A cool little set to keep the summer going long after Labor Day – and the kind of package of sunny classics from the postwar years that will provide plenty of summer listening even when you're locked indoors! As with other entries in this cool series from Bear Family, the mix of music is ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreCD
You may know Dinah Washington as a jazz singer – but at her start, she was also a hell of an R&B vocalist too – a side of her talents that's focused on very strongly in this set! If you love the jazz side of Dinah, don't worry – there's plenty of that here too – but the ... read moreCD
Later work by Billy Eckstine – a nice little album from the early 60s, recorded in a dark and somber tone that shows a whole new side to his voice! The album features amazingly restrained arrangements by Billy May – a mix of jazz and strings that has a sadder, deeper style than before ... read moreCD
Great jazzy work by this excellent singer – a tight set featuring Oscar Brown Jr. performing jazz material written (mostly) by other composers, shifting the focus away from his earlier records, which have more of his own compositions. Ralph Burns and Al Cohn handled the arrangements – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 2 eye pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)
Breezy, jazzy alternate versions and some strong unreleased tracks from Italian vocalist Mario Biondi – great stuff that offers a fresh take on material from the landmark A Handful Of Soul album and more! Biondi's A Handful Of Soul brilliantly got the ball for Biondi, who's now a bonafide ... (New Grooves, Vocalists)read moreCD
Amazing work from the early, legendary years of Billy Eckstine – that time when he was fronting one of the hippest backing groups a vocalist could hope to have! Eckstine's voice was already becoming the stuff of legend by the time of these recordings – but thanks to contributions from ... read moreCD
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, & The Trinity —
Streetnoise ... LP Atco, 1969. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ...
Some great funky grooves by this legendary British ensemble – featuring excellent keyboard work by Brian Auger, recorded during the period when he was really beginning to stretch out a bit, and hit a much more open-ended kind of sound. Julie Driscoll is still on vocals, singing in her raw ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chris' Craft is a great one here – beautifully simple and straightforward jazz vocals, served up at a level that few other singers can match! The album's one of our favorites from Connor's classic years with Atlantic – as it's got a mellow, moody approach that's filled with the darker ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a light mark from sticker removal on front.)
Features work by Ida Cox, Bertha Idaho, Helen Homes, Sara Martin, Mildred Bailey, Sweet Peas Spivey, Lil Johnson, Trixie Smith, Susie Edwards, Lucille Bogan, Cleo Robinson, Martha Copeland, Edith Johnson, Albennie Jones, Lizzie Miles, and Ella Fitzgerald. LP, Vinyl record album
Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends —
Ugly Papa ... LP Jukebox Lil (Sweden), Late 40s/1950s. Near Mint- ...
Pure crooning genius from Vic Damone – with fresh arrangements from Capitol maestro Jack Marshall! Marshall's work in the studio was often playful – sometimes a bit too much so, as on his own instrumental albums – but here he brings out a real boldness in Damone's voice, a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a promo ink stamp on back.)
One of the first albums ever by this legendary jazz vocal group! LHR do the incredible – and create a set of vocal renditions of standards by the Basie band, putting jazzy lyrics in to replace the instrumental solos, but keeping the same vibe as the original tracks. The sound and approach ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Peggy Lee —
So Blue ... LP Vocalion, Early 50s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Early 50s work for Decca – with titles that include "You're Blase", "Something I Dreamed Last Night", "So Blue", "Too Late Now", "Street Of Dreams", and "It Never Entered My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
A great groove from Herb Alpert – and a set that almost returns him back to his best fusion styles of the 70s! Lani Hall's billed on the title of this one, but only sings on a handful of tracks – leaving most of the set to focus on Herb's sweet trumpet lines, out front of backings that ... read moreCD
The most righteous album ever from Kellee Patterson – her first record, and a set that's way different from her more soul-based sides of later years! The album's got Patterson working in a wonderfully soulful approach to jazz – a style that's not unlike the earliest work by Dee Dee ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 – ... (Brazil, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old ... (New Grooves, Vocalists)read moreCD
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreCD
Amazing work from the great Jon Lucien – and probably his best-ever record! The album has Jon hitting a totally unified vision of spacey soul – bringing in elements of Brazilian music and touches of his Carribean roots, fusing them together with a sweet jazzy style and one of the most ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing. Vinyl has a few light clicks in two spots, but is nice overall. Cover is nice!)
An overlooked bit of 80s soul from Marlena Shaw – and a mostly R&B-based album, despite it's appearance on Verve! Although the date is late, Marlena's still keeping the same vibe going that she used in her late 70s work for Columbia – a sophisticated mix of soul and jazz, handled ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
14 compositions by Nurock based on vocal and body noises, with guests Skip LaPlante, Jay Clayton, Michael Meadows, Rebbeca Armstrong, and approximately 100 volunteers! (Jazz, Vocalists)LP, Vinyl record album
Nino Tempo & April Stevens —
Hey Baby ... LP Atco, 1966. Near Mint- ...
Incredibly groovy work from the team of Nino Tempo and April Stevens – a sweet bit of 60s pop with plenty of Sunshine touches! The pair have a gentle swing that's totally great on just about every track – a unqiuely jaunty groove that's almost the Atco equivalent of the sound that ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole and some seam splitting.)
A really interesting album from the great Lee Hazlewood – at one level, a set that's maybe the closest Lee ever came to recording a country album – and at another, a great reworking of the modes he first explored with Nancy Sinatra! It's 1968, and Lee's brought his outlaw cowboy image ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and partially unglued seams.)