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Soul To Soul
Afrasia, 2014.
LP ... About July 15, 2016 (delayed)
We've loved Carmen Lundy since the very first time we heard her voice – and that love has only continued to grow over the decades, as she's given us a tremendous run of great records and wonderful music! This time around, Lundy's still strongly in the jazz side of the spectrum, but also ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Changes
Afrasia, 2012.
LP ... About July 15, 2016 (delayed)
A wonderful record from Carmen Lundy – filled with original compositions, and recorded with a really solid jazz-based backing! The set's a great reminder of why Lundy is one of our favorite jazz singers ever – one of the few who continue to hold true to their original promise over the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Poet In New York
Go Jazz/Somethin Cool (Japan), 2000.
CD ... About September 21, 2016
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Blues & Me
Go Jazz/Somethin Cool (Japan), 1995.
CD ... About September 21, 2016
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Serenade To Sweden
Reprise/Real Gone, 1963.
CD ... On September 2, 2016
A beautiful and rare recording – both for singer Alice Babs, and Ellington himself! The session was cut in Paris in 1963 – and it's a moody, intimate album that features Duke backing up Alice with arrangements that are quieter and more subtle than those used with most other Ellington-re ... CD
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Speak Low
Yellow Bird/Enja (Germany), 2016.
CD ... About August 1, 2016
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Goodbye To Love
Modern Harmonic/Edison, 1959. (reissue)
LP ... On August 12, 2016
Spare vocals and light guitar – an approach that's quite similar to the late 50s Liberty work of Julie London – and which features vocalist Claudio Thompson singing to great accompaniment from guitarist Barney Kessel! The style here is moody and mellow – not nearly as romantic as ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Encino/Muzak (Japan), 1967.
CD ... About July 15, 2016 (delayed)
A really charming little set from vocalist Bobbi Boyle – a singer in Encino during the late 60s, working here with a great mix of jazz, bossa, and all things groovy! The album's almost a Sunshine Pop take on jazz vocals – one that has Bobbi singing with a sweet small combo, and ... CD
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Journey
Victor (Japan), 1980.
CD ... About August 24, 2016
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Sunglow
Victor (Japan), 1981.
CD ... About August 24, 2016
A classic groover from Yasuko Agawa – proof that the Japanese scene had an ear for soul in the years before Monday Michiru! The early 80s set is made up from equal parts jazz, soul, and Brazilian influences – all used nicely with tight, fusiony production that really works nicely with ... CD
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Wilder Alias
CTI/King (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About September 4, 2016
Jackie & Roy are definitely getting bit wilder here – hitting an electric early 70s CTI mode, and really growing a lot in the process! The session has the vocal pair working with CD players who include Hubert Laws on flute, Joe Farrell on saxes, Roy Pennington on vibes, and Steve Gadd on ... CD
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RPM (UK), Mid 60s.
CD ... About August 4, 2016
A great set of tracks by this lost 60s female singer – a thin-voiced lovely who recorded mostly at Chips Moman's Memphis-based American Studios during the late 60s! Sandy works in a style that's part 60s girl pop, part country – with strong production on the vocals, and lots of nice ... CD
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Atlantic/Real Gone, 1971.
LP ... On August 5, 2016
A never-heard third Dusty Springfield album for Atlantic Records – issued here for the first time ever, and very much in the same soulful spirit as her other records for the label! Springfield tackled Memphis and Philly soul on her previous two albums for Atlantic – and here, she hits ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Zoltan (UK),
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Verve (Japan), 1955.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
The title's a bit misleading – as "evening with" makes you think the record's going to be a concert. But instead, it's just some great studio work from Anita O'Day – recorded during her initial years for Verve Records! The album was recorded in the company of 3 small groups ... CD
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Toni
Verve (Japan), 1955.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
One of the first "adult" albums by a young Toni Harper – first known as a child sensation in the 40s, but stepping out nicely as a torchy vocalist in the 50s! The album's got a really great, really mellow Verve approach – with backings by a small group that includes Oscar ... CD
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Come Swing With Me
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1956.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
Early work by singer Beverly Kenny – a great 50s jazz vocalist who never got her due, but who managed to make some pretty fine records at the time! This album's one of them, and features backings from Ralph Burns – not as dark and moody as some of his other work of the 50s, and in a ... CD
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But Beautiful
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1956.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
One of the bluest vocal sessions ever cut by Monica Lewis – a really sad-tinged set recorded with some spare, gentle backings from the Jack Lewis combo! Jack plays piano, and other instrumentation includes guitar and clarinet – but Monica really dominates the mix with her singing ... CD
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Divine One
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1960.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
Sarah Vaughan definitely earns her divine nickname here – singing sublimely here in a warmly jazzy setting from her early years at Roulette Records! The style's a nice extension of Vaughan's best sides at Mercury – and is almost a nice back-to-basics approach, the kind of reminder that ... CD
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Folksy Nina
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1964.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
A fitting title, as Nina's always mixed in a bit of folksy influences with her jazz – increasingly so at this point in her career, as she was opening up her bag a bit to include traditional songs of pride, protest, and despair. The album's a great precursor for her work on Philips a few ... CD
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Story of the Blues
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
An early album from Della, a mostly-traditional set of numbers – showing the evolution of the blues style in the early 20th century – with backing by Sid Oliver, and titles that include "Empty Bed Blues", "Lover Man", "There's Always The Blues", "Stormy ... CD
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Portrait Of Chris
Atlantic (Japan), 1960.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
A very moody album from Chris Connor – one that features arrangements by Ronnie Ball and Jimmy Jones, on a somber set of songs that makes the album one of Chris' darkest for Atlantic! Most of the tunes are in small group settings – a bit tightly arranged, but in a good way that gives ... CD
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Weekend In Paris
United Artists/Warner (Japan), 1963.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
An overlooked gem from Chris Connor – a French session cut with arranger Michel Colombier, and a real standout from the rest of her recordings! There's a maturity here that's really great – a sound that's every bit as sad and sexy as Connor's work for Atlantic Records, but more ... CD
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Roulette/Warner (Japan), Early 60s.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
Etta sings here with a tight little jazz group that includes Junior Mance on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Joe Newman on trumpet, Frank Wess on tenor, and Mike Manieri on vibes. The session's got a nice swing, and Etta's voice is perfect as always, especially on the tracks "Moon Man", ... CD
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Roulette/Warner (Japan), Early 60s.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
One of the most obscure Jackie & Roy sessions ever – a split LP that features one side of tracks from the musical By Jupiter, and another from the show Girl Crazy! The style of the set is in a similar mode to Jackie & Roy's best work for ABC – with small combo jazz group ... CD
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Welcome Matt Dennis
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), Late 50s.
CD ... About July 27, 2016
A lesser-known set from vocalist Matt Dennis – not as well-remembered as his 50s dates for RCA and Kapp, but still pretty darn great nonetheless! Matt's working here with full backings from Sy Oliver – in a set that showcases his talents more as a singer than a songwriter – but ... CD
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Zoltan (UK),
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We Could Be Flying
Meantime (Norway), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About July 29, 2016
Magnificent work from European jazz vocalist Karin Krog – a landmark album that shows why she sings like no other singer! On this 1974 session, Karin moves far beyond the standard jazz of her roots – into territory that's spacey, cosmic, and filled with the best influences bubbling ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Meantime (Norway), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About July 29, 2016
One of our favorite singers and one of our favorite composers – brought together in a dream of a vocal jazz album! We've always loved the tunes that Michel Legrand penned for films of the 60s and 70s – as they've got a depth, sincerity, and jazziness that goes beyond most of his ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Meantime (Norway), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About July 29, 2016
The music may be Gershwin, but Karin Krog gives it a twist that's all her own – working here with wonderful small combo backing, and putting the tunes over in a style that's spare and personal – yet never sleepy or cloying! The approach is really fresh, yet never also overly modern or ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Speak Low
Yellow Bird/Enja (Germany), 2016.
CD ... About August 1, 2016
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RPM (UK), Mid 60s.
CD ... About August 4, 2016
A great set of tracks by this lost 60s female singer – a thin-voiced lovely who recorded mostly at Chips Moman's Memphis-based American Studios during the late 60s! Sandy works in a style that's part 60s girl pop, part country – with strong production on the vocals, and lots of nice ... CD
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Atlantic/Real Gone, 1971.
LP ... On August 5, 2016
A never-heard third Dusty Springfield album for Atlantic Records – issued here for the first time ever, and very much in the same soulful spirit as her other records for the label! Springfield tackled Memphis and Philly soul on her previous two albums for Atlantic – and here, she hits ... LP, Vinyl record album
 



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