Vocal Jazz

The Andrews Sisters – The Golden Age Of The Andrews Sisters (2002) {4CDs Box set}

The Andrews Sisters - The Golden Age Of The Andrews Sisters (2002) {4CDs Box set}

The Andrews Sisters – The Golden Age Of The Andrews Sisters (2002) {4CDs Box set}
EAC Rip | 4xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Scans Included
Total Size: 639 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Jasmine Records | Czech Republic | Cat#: JASBOX 7-4 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

Since the 50-year limit on copyrights in Europe has led to a flurry of Andrews Sisters releases beginning in the early ’90s, it’s worth pointing out that the British Jasmine label is not just another fly-by-night outfit cobbling together a bunch of old 78s. The four-disc Golden Age of the Andrews Sisters, with a running time of more than four-and-three-quarters hours, contains more tracks — 101 — than any previously released Andrews Sisters compilation.Read More

Billie Holiday – Body And Soul (1957) {1996, MFSL, 24-Karat Gold Disc Remastered}

Billie Holiday - Body And Soul (1957) {1996, MFSL, 24-Karat Gold Disc Remastered}

Billie Holiday – Body And Soul (1957) {1996, MFSL, 24-Karat Gold Disc Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 139 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc II | USA | Cat#: UDCD 658 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

This session comes from close to the end of the line (1959) in the erstwhile swinging company of Barney Kessel on guitar, Ben Webster on tenor, and naysayers will be quick to point out that Lady Day wasn’t in peak form here. But Billie Holiday with some of the platinum chipped off the pipes is still way better than a buncha finger-snappin’ wannabes anyday.Read More

Tony Bennett – The Complete Improv Recordings (2004) {4CDs, Box Set}

Tony Bennett - The Complete Improv Recordings (2004) {4CDs, Box Set}

Tony Bennett – The Complete Improv Recordings (2004) {4CDs, Box Set}
EAC Rip | 4xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.12 GB (CDs) + 107 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Concord Records | USA | Cat#: CCD4-2255-2 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

For those new to the music of Tony Bennett, Improv was a label started by Tony Bennett and businessman Bill Hassett. Bennett was fed up with the suits at Columbia Records, who were trying to make him sing rock & roll. When his contract expired at the beginning of the 1970s, he and Hassett formed a label to help him realize his aesthetic ambitions, and Improv was born.Read More

Nina Simone – The Complete RCA Albums Collection (2011) {9CDs, Box Set}

Nina Simone - The Complete RCA Albums Collection (2011) {9CDs, Box Set}

Nina Simone – The Complete RCA Albums Collection (2011) {9CDs, Box Set}
EAC Rip | 9xCD | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 2.98 GB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: RCA, Sony, Legacy | USA | Cat#: 88697938902 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, R&B

Nina Simone was a singular artist, and she went where she pleased, leaving behind a recorded legacy that is passionate, political, defiant, and delicate by turns, no matter what strain of folk, blues, jazz, or gospel she was dipping into, and she did it all with dignity, grace, and intelligence. This set collects all nine of her albums for RCA Records (released between 1967 and 1974)Read More

Al Jarreau – The Very Best Of: An Excellent Adventure (2009)

Al Jarreau - The Very Best Of: An Excellent Adventure (2009)

Al Jarreau – The Very Best Of: An Excellent Adventure (2009)
EAC Rip | APE Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 461 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Rhino | USA | Cat#: R2 521 468 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, R&B

Vocalist Al Jarreau is one of the most successful singers in history. He has scored hits on Billboard’s Jazz, R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Contemporary Jazz charts. He’s won multiple Grammys and sold millions of records. Rhino has assembled 15 tracks that represent his long career with Warner Brothers and even cross-licensed a couple from Universal’s GRP and Verve imprints.Read More

Ella Fitzgerald – Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995) {4CD Box Set}

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995) {4CD Box Set}

Ella Fitzgerald – Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995) {4CD Box Set}
XLD Rip | 4xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 732 MB (CDs) + 111 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: GRP Records | EC | Cat#: GRP 46482 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

The four-CD retrospective The Legendary Decca Recordings represented both an attempt to present the essence of Ella Fitzgerald’s two-decade tenure at Decca Records and to defend that period against the conventional wisdom that not until she moved to Verve Records in the mid-’50s was her talent given full rein.Read More

Louis Armstrong & Friends – What A Wonderful Christmas (1997)

Louis Armstrong & Friends - What A Wonderful Christmas (1997)

Louis Armstrong & Friends – What A Wonderful Christmas (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 209 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Hip-o Records | USA | Cat#: HIPD-40065 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, Xmas

Although this Christmas compilation is credited to “Louis Armstrong & Friends,” it’s really more aptly categorized as a various artists anthology, since Armstrong only has six of the fourteen tracks. The disc is filled out with seasonal offerings by Dinah Washington, Mel Torme, Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, and Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, mostly from the 1950s.Read More

Bing Crosby – Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics (1962) {Reissue 1999}

Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby's Christmas Classics (1962) {Reissue 1999}

Bing Crosby – Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics (1962) {Reissue 1999}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans @300 dpi, PNG, Included
Total Size: 231 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Capitol | USA | Cat#: 72435-21433-2-0 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, Xmas

While it does not include Crosby’s biggest hit, the perennial “White Christmas,” this collection of holiday favorites remains a good representation of the singer’s many seasonal recordings. Among the highlights are “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Any fan of Crosby, as well as good Christmas music in general, will want to hunt this down. Read More

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (1962) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song (1962) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (1962) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 287 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity, Austria | Cat#: AFZ 225 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

First issued in the early ’60s, this collection of musical Christmas cheer is packed full of the smoothly sung, sentimental favorites associated as much with Nat King Cole himself as with the season. The singer’s performance of “The Christmas Song” is an unforgettable classic reprised here twice, once in an updated version that includes a contemporary vocal from his daughter, Natalie, and also in Cole’s original 1946 recording.Read More

New York Voices – Let It Snow (2013) {2014, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

New York Voices - Let It Snow (2013) {2014, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

New York Voices – Let It Snow (2013) {2014, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 431 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity, Austria | Cat#: AFZ5 520 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

Let It Snow finds New York Voices Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Peter Eldridge celebrating a host of traditional and sacred holiday classics as well as secular favorites. With the assistance of Grammy Award winning producer and engineer, Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Eagles, Manhattan Transfer, Fleetwood Mac), the quartet has fashioned an album that honors beloved songs, while incorporating sophisticated jazz and swing elementsRead More

Nat King Cole – Welcome To The Club (1959) {2013, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Nat King Cole - Welcome To The Club (1959) {2013, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Nat King Cole – Welcome To The Club (1959) {2013, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 310 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity, USA | Cat#: AFZ 153 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

As the 1950s came to a close, Nat King Cole (vocals/piano) continued creating stylish renditions of pop and jazz flavored standards. On Welcome to the Club (1959) the artist teams up with Dave Cavanaugh and the Count Basie combo — minus the maestro himself due to contractual restraints — for one of Cole’s most powerful collections supported by a big band. In fact, it is Cole’s unmistakable ultra-cool intonations that flawlessly reign in the fieryRead More