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Teri Thornton: Lullaby Of The Leaves (CD: Fresh Sound)Teri Thornton: Lullaby Of The Leaves (CD: Fresh Sound)
Two albums from vocalist Teri Thornton, dubbed by Cannonball Adderley as the greatest voice since Ella Fitzgerald. “Devil May Care”, her debut LP, was recorded for Riverside at the end of 1960 with backing from some of New York’s brightest jazzmen, including Clark Terry, Seldon Powell, Wynton Kelly and Freddie Green. She subsequently signed for the Dauntless label and had a hit single with “Somewhere in the Night”, the title of the 1963 album included here, again with some front rank musicians. This CD is a fitting memorial to a singular jazz vocal talent. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £12.99 


Audrey Morris: Bistro Ballads (CD: Fresh Sound)
From the early 1950s, Audrey Morris’ delicate piano and forceful voice were an asset to any intimate Chicago club, cultivating a repertoire of obscure, understated material, as she displayed in her two first albums

On the first, “Bistro Ballads”, she provides her own spare, sophisticated piano accompaniment, supported by the sensitive bass of Johnny Pate and the hushed cymbals of Charles Walton, as she brings her soulful style to bear on some untarnished ballads worthy of her skill and intelligence. On “The Voice of Audrey Morris,” she’s backed by a group of jazzmen plus a superb string section conducted and arranged by Marty Paich. (Discovery Records) 


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Audrey Morris: Bistro Ballads (CD: Fresh Sound)


Mitzi Gaynor: Mitzi Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin (CD: Fresh Sound)Mitzi Gaynor: Mitzi Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin (CD: Fresh Sound)
Two albums from talented all-rounder Mitzi Gaynor, whose starring film credits included “There’s No Business like Show Business” and “South Pacific”. Featuring an orchestra packed with top-notch jazz musicians, both records were beautifully crafted pieces of work clothed in the skilled arrangements of Pete King and Russell Garcia, who picked a very similar and polished instrumentation for each. (Discovery Records) 


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Lurlean Hunter: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz presents four classic Lurlean Hunter albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "Night Life"; "Blue & Sentimental"; "Lonesome Girl" and "Stepping Out". 


Price:  £8.99 

Lurlean Hunter: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Rita Reys: The Cool Voice Of (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)Rita Reys: The Cool Voice Of (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
Dutch singer Rita Reys earned herself the title of “Europe’s first lady of jazz” and she also made the grade in the USA when crossing the Atlantic to perform and record with notable American jazzmen.

2 CD set covering a wide range of recordings from the 1950s, many with bands from the Netherlands but also including tracks with the Lars Gullin quartet and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. This collection of songs sets her wonderfully cool voice against a variety of backgrounds. Regardless of context, her artistry is supremely evident throughout. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £19.99 


Rita Reys: Jazz Pictures At An Exhibition + Marriage In Modern Jazz (CD: Fresh Sound)
Kenny Clarke’s presence in Paris round the middle of October 1961 was too good a chance for Pim Jacobs and Rita Reys to miss. Pim, with his brother Ruud on bass and Wim Overgaauw on guitar, were one of the smoothest functioning jazz combos in Europe, so when he phoned the great drummer to fix a date Clarke jumped at the offer. The result was a joyously grooving, relaxed concert recorded at the Singer Concerthall at Laren in Holland on October 12.

As a pair, Rita and Pim were an artistic marriage made in heaven from their first meeting, a fact mirrored in their real-life marriage. Serendipitously, the second album included here was the first record on which Rita Reys was heard at length with her soon-to-be husband’s trio. It was recorded in Hilversum on June 23, 1960, the same summer they were awarded first prize in the international competition at the “1er Festival Europeen du Jazz” in Antibes-Juan-les-Pins in July 1960; this last performance included here as a bonus.

She was already considered a top jazz vocalist with her own swinging style—Europe’s First Lady of Jazz. In Kenny Clarke’s own words, “she’s just great, she’s just... well she is RITA!” (Fresh Sound Records) 


Price:  £12.99 

Rita Reys: Jazz Pictures At An Exhibition + Marriage In Modern Jazz (CD: Fresh Sound)


Barbara Russell: Swing With Me + Golden Blues (CD: Fresh Sound)Barbara Russell: Swing With Me + Golden Blues (CD: Fresh Sound)
Captivating singer Barbara Russell’s jazz-influenced style ran the gamut from warm, intimate ballads to swinging up-tempo tunes. She was signed to United Artists and made two albums between 1960 and 1962 – “Swing with Me” with arrangements by Don Costa and “Golden Blues”, arranged by Nick Perito. On both these dates the orchestrations became a velvet cushion for Russell’s jewelled tones. As a bonus there are four tracks recorded live at Jazzland, a venue at the 1964 World’s Fair. (Discovery Records) 


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Ethel Ennis: Sings Lullabies For Losers + Change Of Scenery + Have You Forgotten? (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
Ethel Ennis’ acclaimed 1955 debut album, “Sings Lullabies For Losers”, spread her fame beyond the small East Coast club circuit and her hometown following in Baltimore. Made with a heavyweight jazz quartet that included pianist Hank Jones and drummer Kenny Clarke, it signaled the emergence of a major singing talent.

She moved to Capitol, with which she made her next two albums, “Change of the Scenery” and “Have You Forgotten”. For these the label wheeled out the big guns – Neal Hefti arranged and conducted the orchestra for the first, while on the second she sings in front of three different backgrounds – a large string section, a full brass section and a rhythm section plus vibes and guitar, conducted and arranged by Sid Feller. (Discovery Records) 


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Ethel Ennis: Sings Lullabies For Losers + Change Of Scenery + Have You Forgotten? (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)


Marge Dodson: In the Still Of The Night + New Voice In Town (CD: Fresh Sound)Marge Dodson: In the Still Of The Night + New Voice In Town (CD: Fresh Sound)
A youthful Marge Dodson made her recording debut with these two albums for Columbia, In the Still of the Night, in 1959, and New Voice in Town, in 1960. On them she revealed a warm, sultry voice, and a distinctively personal, jazz-inflected style marked by an honest consideration for the lyrical content of the song, enabling her to switch from moody ballads to swingers with facility. On top of these artistic qualities, in her live presentations she had a combination of glamour, taste and humor that connected with audiences and saw her hailed as a great new singing find.

Her repertoire on these albums covered most of the better standards, and the tasteful arrangements by Michael Colicchio and her husband Coleridge Perkinson provided an engaging framework. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Toni Harper with the Oscar Peterson Quartet (CD: Fresh Sound)
In 1956, when Toni Harper was just eighteen years old, she made her first album for Norman Granzs Verve, the label he had started earlier that year.

For her debut Harper, who had already made an impact as an almostbaby singer, was backed by none other than Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Alvin Stoller. On display were all the traits that had made her a success: a good voice, a knack for swing, and brilliant intonation. She had traces of Sarah Vaughan in her singing, without ever becoming derivative or getting stuck in any one style.

All I want now, she said, is to become a good, versatile singer. To underline that, this fine release also includes two recordings she did with Dizzy Gillespie, four tunes issued on two singles with an orchestra under the direction of Buddy Bregman; two tracks from her appearance on the TV show Stars of Jazz, and one last song arranged and conducted by Marty Paich - a handful of great performances by an outstanding singer. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Toni Harper with the Oscar Peterson Quartet (CD: Fresh Sound)


Toni Harper: Lady Lonely + Night Mood (CD: Fresh Sound)Toni Harper: Lady Lonely + Night Mood (CD: Fresh Sound)
After the novelty experience of a child vocalist piping her way to fame with Candy Store Blues in 1948, Toni Harper grew up into a singer with a warm, polished voice, and the taste to phrase sensitively and authoritatively.

The two excellent albums on this set, Lady Lonely and Night Mood, were a rewarding showcase for the adult Miss Harper, whose cool approach to a series of low-key ballads and easy, swinging touch on the up-tempo songs reveal a singer with more than a fine appreciation of jazz feeling.

For a vocalist with such jazz and pop affinities and a repertoire of attractive originals and superior standards, the great arranger-conductor Marty Paich was ideal. Using groups with strings, horns and woodwinds, and others with reeds and brass, he featured the artistry of Art Pepper, Bud Shank and Jack Sheldonthree of his favorite jazz soloistsand first class rhythm sections, with results that are a must for anyone with a taste for great scoring, fine playing and equally assured singing. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Betty Blake: Sings In A Tender Mood (CD: Fresh Sound)
Cincinnati singer Betty Blake was featured vocalist with the Buddy Morrow orchestra when she was invited into the studio in 1957 as a guest on two songs with trumpeter John Plonsky’s quintet, following up with a single of her own. In 1961 vibes player and producer Teddy Charles arranged for her to record an LP for Bethlehem Records backed by some top flight jazzmen including Zoot Sims, Kenny Burrell, Mal Waldron and Charles himself. These complete recordings are presented here, digitally remastered.

Blake had a touching ballad style, free of gimmickry, but she disappeared from the scene and little is known about her. She died 2001. (Discovery Records) 


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Betty Blake: Sings In A Tender Mood (CD: Fresh Sound)


Sue Raney: Complete Capitol Years 1956-1960 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)Sue Raney: Complete Capitol Years 1956-1960 (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
Sue Raney – one of the most talented and sensitive singers ever to grace both jazz and pop music – was signed to Capitol Records after appearing on Ray Anthony's TV show and a three-month stint at the Hollywood Palladium. At the heightof the rock 'n' roll era she attracted a teenage following with her easy to listen to ballad style.

This comprehensive collection includesalbums made firstly with Nelson Riddle and then Billy May plus several singles. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £19.99 


Sue Raney: Late In Life (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


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Sue Raney: Late In Life (CD: Fresh Sound)


Joanie Sommers: Johnny Get Angry (CD: Jasmine)Joanie Sommers: Johnny Get Angry (CD: Jasmine)
JOANIE SOMMERS was launched by Warner Brothers, in 1960 as 'The Voice Of The Sixties', and recorded a hugely diverse body of work for the label, taking in mainstream Pop, Jazz, and classy revivals of Great American Songbook standards. This compilation features all her singles between 1959-62 - including her other principal hits, 'One Boy' and 'When The Boys Get Together' - plus the pick of her LP tracks, notably 'Shake Hands With A Fool' and 'Since Randy Moved Away'. (Jasmine Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Joanie Sommers: Positively The Most! + The Voice Of The Sixties + For Those Who Think Young (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
Warner Bros records hailed Joanie Sommers as a great new singing discovery in 1959 and she was later marketed as The Voice of the Sixties (the title of one of the albums included here). She also became known as the Pepsi girl after singing on a commercial for the soft drink company.

For the 3 LPs included on this double CD she was provided with some first-class arrangements, while the studio musicians included top rank players such as Art Pepper, Jack Sheldon, Bud Shank and Frank Rosalino. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £19.99 

Joanie Sommers: Positively The Most! + The Voice Of The Sixties + For Those Who Think Young (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)


Lorez Alexandria: What Is This Thing Called Love (CD: Jasmine, 2 CDs)Lorez Alexandria: What Is This Thing Called Love (CD: Jasmine, 2 CDs)
Lorez Alexandria was a classy jazz singer who is often and sadly overlooked for artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holiday. However as this collection attests she certainly deserves similar attention as that devoted to her peers. Features four complete albums: The Band Swings - Lorez Sings; Singing Songs Everyone Knows; Early in the Morning and Sing No Sad Songs for Me. Includes her singles 'I'm Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter', 'Ain't Misbehavin'', 'Don't Blame Me' plus many other well-known standards from the great American songbook. (Jasmine Records)

 


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Betty Carter: The Complete 1948-1961 (CD: Le Chant du Monde, 2 CDs)
The complete set of Betty Carter's early recordings comprises four original albums - Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant, Out There with Betty Carter, The Modern Sound of Betty Carter, Ray Charles and Betty Carter - as well as some rarities that were first released on 78/45 rpm records. The two CDs have been carefully re-mastered. The 36-page booklet includes some rare historic documents, a text in English and French and a detailed discography. (Harmonia Mundi) 


Price:  £11.99 

Betty Carter: The Complete 1948-1961 (CD: Le Chant du Monde, 2 CDs)


Betty Carter: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Betty Carter: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz presents four classic Betty Carter albums , including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD."Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant"; "Out There"; "The Modern Sound Of Betty Carter" and "Ray Charles and Betty Carter".

 


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Irene Kral: The Band and I + Steveireneo! (CD: Fresh Sound)
Debut album of the great Irene Kral. On it the outstanding young vocalist has the benefit of Herb Pomeroy’s celebrated big band which, though it had never featured a vocalist before, gave her a backing that no orchestra composed of studio musicians could match.

On “Steveireneo!,” her second album, she handles a dozen of Steve Allen’s songs with complete command. Under the direction of Al Cohn, the band consists of front-rank East Coast personnel delivering fine solos in a savoury showcase for a superior singer. (Discovery Records) 


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Irene Kral: The Band and I + Steveireneo! (CD: Fresh Sound)


Pat Bowie: Out Of Sight/ Feelin' Good (CD: Jazz Beat)Pat Bowie: Out Of Sight/ Feelin' Good (CD: Jazz Beat)
The only two albums in singer Pat Bowie's discography, included here in their entirety and for the first time ever on CD : “Out of Sight!” (1964) and “Feelin’ Good!” (1965). On the earlier album, she is backed by Seldon Powell, Ray Bryant, Kenny Burrell, Milt Hinton & Osie Johnson; on the second by Charles Mcpherson, Tommy Flanagan, Al Hall & Osie Johnson.

After such a promising start, Pat Bowie would never make another record, at least according to discographies. These two albums never really became classics, as such - but with the superb musicians present, and Bowie’sindividual approach there is much for the jazz enthusiast to enjoy here. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Helen Grayco: After Midnight (CD: RCA/ BMG Espana)
 


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Helen Grayco: After Midnight (CD: RCA/ BMG Espana)


Mildred Bailey: Mrs Swing (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)Mildred Bailey: Mrs Swing (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
Blessed with a light, clear, bell-like voice and a musician’s ear, coupled with excellent diction, Mildred Bailey could sing a song with such conviction and warmth, that she would make you, the listener, believe in it, no matter how superficial the actual message. She was the number one white singer of the Swing era, she truly was Mrs. Swing. 100 tracks have been shoehorned onto the 4 CD’s including all of her greatest recordings between 1929 and 1942. The set comes with a 52 page booklet. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £15.49 


Astrud Gilberto: The Astrud Gilberto Album (CD: Verve)
Until the recording of this album, Astrud Gilberto had been almost exclusively associated with the great Stan Getz. She not only came to national attention as vocalist with Stan Getz on Ipanema, she spent the later part of 1964 playing night clubs and concerts with the Getz Quartet. With this album she proved her own individuality with the help of the brilliant arranger/conducter Marty Paich and her fellow country Antonio Carlos Jobim. (Verve Music Group) 


Price:  £9.99 

Astrud Gilberto: The Astrud Gilberto Album (CD: Verve)


Astrud Gilberto: Look To The Rainbow (CD: Verve)Astrud Gilberto: Look To The Rainbow (CD: Verve)
Look to the Rainbow was Astrud Gilberto's third album for Verve. Gil Evans' superb arrangements proved to be the perfect setting for Astrud and this remains one of her most memorable recordings.

Due to the short length of the original Look to the Rainbow album, we have added six songs from her fourth album for Verve called A Certain Smile, a Certain Sadness. This album was a collaboration with Brazilian organist Walter Wanderley, best known for his international instrumental hit Summer Samba. Astrud presents a vocal version of this same song here. (Verve Music Group) 


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Astrud Gilberto: Finest Hour (CD: Verve)
 


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Astrud Gilberto: Finest Hour (CD: Verve)


Astrud Gilberto: The Shadow Of Your Smile (CD: Verve)Astrud Gilberto: The Shadow Of Your Smile (CD: Verve)
 


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Astrud Gilberto & Walter Wanderley: A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness (CD: Verve)
Recorded in 1966 with the Walter Wanderley Trio, A CERTAIN SMILE, A CERTAIN SADNESS is possibly Astrud Gilberto's finest album. Brazilian organist Wanderley had worked with Astrud and her husband Joao Gilberto as an accompanist and arranger for years, so his trio-including bassist Jose Marino and drummer Claudio Slon-has an intuitive feel for Astrud's "desafinado" (deliberately off-pitch) vocal style.

The trio's playing meshes perfectly with Astrud's vocals, especially on the perfect "Summer Samba (So Nice)," highlighted by an astonishing Wanderley solo pitched somewhere between jazz great Jimmy Smith and the Zombies' Rod Argent. Other gems include the two title tracks, the enormous hit single "Call Me," and an uncharacteristically peppy version of the standard "It's A Lovely Day Today." The CD reissue is digitally remastered and includes extensive liner notes. (Verve Music Group) 


Price:  £9.99 

Astrud Gilberto & Walter Wanderley: A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness (CD: Verve)


Chris Connor (CD: Atlantic)Chris Connor (CD: Atlantic)
 


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Chris Connor: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents four classic Chris Connor albums plus including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD."Lullaby Of Birdland"; "Chris"; "This Is Chris"; "Chris Connor" and side one of "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not".

A series of firsts greet our first selection of our tribute to legendary jazz vocalist Chris Connor, "Sings Lullaby of Birdland". Her first job singing with a trio, her first recording contract and her first LP record! The trio in question comprises Ellis Larkins on piano, Everett Barksdale (from Art Tatum’s band) on guitar and Beverly Peer on bass. Her second album "Chris" features tracks from her first date for Bethlehem which were arranged and conducted by Sy Oliver. For her third album "This Is Chris" her reputation was beginning to grow as can be seen in her fine company of musicians. Chris is joined by Ralph Sharon on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, Osie Johnson on drums, Joe Puma on guitar, Herbie Mann on flute and Kai Wiinding and JJ Johnson on trombones. Her performance is one of an artist who has arrived, an artist who has established herself amongst her contemporaries. As these three albums we made up of selections from Bethlehem sessions from December 1953 - April 1955 we have presented the tracks in chronological order instead of album order. On "Chris Connor" from February 1956 Chris once again shows off her ability to choose interesting and unconventional songs, often long forgotten or overlooked. Moving away from her jazz roots for another 1956 recording date Chris "turns frankly sentimental" for "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not". Chris is here accompanied by a large orchestra made up of strings, woodwind, reeds and rhythm, conducted by Ralph Burns who also wrote the arrangements. All four albums have been digitally re-mastered. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Chris Connor: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Chris Connor: Chris Craft (CD: Atlantic)Chris Connor: Chris Craft (CD: Atlantic)
Influenced by Anita O'Day, this torchy, smoky singer, along with Julie London and June Christy, epitomised cool jazz singing in the 1950s. Recorded in spring 1958, with a quartet led by guitarist Mundell Lowe, Chris Craft features quality songs that highlight Connor’s charm and humour. (Warner Jazz) 


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Irene Reid: Movin' Out (CD: Savant)
 


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Irene Reid: Movin' Out (CD: Savant)

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