Vocal Jazz

Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again: Her Classic Performances (1997)

Vera Lynn - We'll Meet Again: Her Classic Performances (1997)

Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again: Her Classic Performances (1997)
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Total Size: 132 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Hallmark | UK | Cat#: 305532 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

The Beautiful voice of Vera Lynn and twenty songs cut at the begging of Worl War Two including the title track and such other nostalgic classics as ‘A nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’ and ‘The White Cliffs Of Dover’. As a symbol of the spirit of Britain during our darkest hour, Vera is rightly held in enormous affection and steem, but these tracks also reveal her to be a superb singer and highly enjoyable entertainer.Read More

Doris Day – Complete Recordings With Les Brown (2001)

Doris Day - Complete Recordings With Les Brown (2001)

Doris Day – Complete Recordings With Les Brown (2001)
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Total Size: 515 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: The Jazz Factory | Spain | Cat#: JFCD22846 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, Swing

Reissuing the identical material compiled elsewhere several times (most notably on Columbia’s The Complete Doris Day With Les Brown), Jazz Factory won’t win any points for originality, but the material itself is golden. Day’s recordings with Les Brown blazed at such a high candle power that even an energetic combo like the Andrews Sisters could hardly compare (no less with their three voices to her one).Read More

Nat King Cole – The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio (1991) {18CD Box Set}

Nat King Cole - The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio (1991) {18CD Box Set}

Nat King Cole – The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio (1991) {18CD Box Set}
EAC Rip | 18xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 2.74 GB (CDs) + 177 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mosaic Records | Canada | Cat#: MD18-138 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, Swing

Music fans born after 1960 are less likely to be aware that Nat King Cole began his career as an influential jazz pianist, so much so that the great Art Tatum and the up-and-coming Oscar Peterson formed trios similar to Cole’s. What this comprehensive limited-edition boxed set does is put all of Cole’s jazz trio recordings, including later groups that added a conga player, selected tracks from sessions that sometimes border on easy listening, and nearly the complete contentsRead More

Dinah Washington – Complete 1943-1951 Mercury Master Takes (2001) {4CD Box Set}

Dinah Washington - Complete 1943-1951 Mercury Master Takes (2001) {4CD Box Set}

Dinah Washington – Complete 1943-1951 Mercury Master Takes (2001) {4CD Box Set}
EAC Rip | 4xCD | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.24 GB (CDs) + 41.4 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: The Jazz Factory | Spain | Cat#: JFCD22841 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

A third-generation blues singer who matched the interpretive brilliance of Billie Holiday and the vocal sweetness of Ella Fitzgerald very early in her career, Dinah Washington needed precious little time to hone her art. While still a teenager, she recorded her first hit, “Evil Gal Blues,” with Lionel Hampton’s band, and was recording as a solo act by 1946.Read More

Dinah Washington – What A Diff’rence A Day Makes (1959) {1997, MFSL, Remastered}

Dinah Washington - What A Diff'rence A Day Makes (1959) {1997, MFSL, Remastered}

Dinah Washington – What A Diff’rence A Day Makes (1959) {1997, MFSL, Remastered}
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Total Size: 189 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL, UltraDisc II | USA | Cat#: UDCD 698 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

One of the more notorious albums in the history of vocal music, What a Diff’rence a Day Makes! is the lush session that bumped up Dinah Washington from the “Queen of the Blues” to a middle-of-the-road vocal wondress — and subsequently disenfranchised quite a few jazz purists.Read More

Les Paul – The Legend And The Legacy (1991) {4CD Box Set}

Les Paul - The Legend And The Legacy (1991) {4CD Box Set}

Les Paul – The Legend And The Legacy (1991) {4CD Box Set}
EAC Rip | 4xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 894 MB (CDs) + 56.8 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Capitol | USA | Cat#: C2-97654 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, Country, Blues

If you’re going for the big gulp, you could do no better than this excellent four-disc box set, which covers all the highlights of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s tenure with the label. Sparkling sound abounds throughout (even on the old acetate masters like “Lover”), with the first three discs covering not only the best issued Capitol masters, but three of Paul and Ford’s radio shows for NBC and assorted catchy radio commercials for Robert Hall clothiers and Rheingold beer.Read More

Madeleine Peyroux – Keep Me In Your Heart For A While: The Best Of Madeleine Peyroux (2014)

Madeleine Peyroux - Keep Me In Your Heart For A While: The Best Of Madeleine Peyroux (2014)

Madeleine Peyroux – Keep Me In Your Heart For A While: The Best Of Madeleine Peyroux (2014)
EAC Rip | 2xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 622 MB (CDs) + 154 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Concord Music Group | Netherlands | Cat#: 0888072361577 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

The 2014 career-spanning anthology Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux, showcases tracks from throughout the Georgia-born, Paris-based vocalist’s career. Starting with her 1996 debut album, Dreamland, and running through her 2013 studio effort The Blue Room, Keep Me in Your Heart for a While reveals Peyroux’s transformation from a bluesy, Billie Holiday-influenced vocal ingenue to a mature and sophisticated interpreter of popular songRead More

Dinah Washington – The Complete Roulette Dinah Washington Sessions (2004) {5CD, Box Set}

Dinah Washington - The Complete Roulette Dinah Washington Sessions (2004) {5CD, Box Set}

Dinah Washington – The Complete Roulette Dinah Washington Sessions (2004) {5CD, Box Set}
EAC Rip | 5xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.60 GB (CDs) + 641 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mosaic Records | USA | Cat#: MD5-227 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, R&B

During 1944-1958, Dinah Washington recorded jazz, blues, R&B, pop, and even gospel, excelling in each area. In 1959 after she had a major pop hit in “What a Difference a Day Makes,” the quality of her recordings declined as she was mostly backed by large anonymous studio orchestras in an attempt to duplicate that song’s commercial success. The arrangements were often more suitable for a country singer than for Washington, and her own singing seemed exaggerated and overly mannered.Read More

Nat King Cole – The Very Thought Of You (1958) {1997, DCC, 24-Karat Gold Disc Remastered}

Nat King Cole - The Very Thought Of You (1958) {1997, DCC, 24-Karat Gold Disc Remastered}

Nat King Cole – The Very Thought Of You (1958) {1997, DCC, 24-Karat Gold Disc Remastered}
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Total Size: 279 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: DCC Compact Classics | USA | Cat#: GZS-1119 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

Nat King Cole possessed one of the most accessible and appealing voices of any singer in the 1950s. This ballad-oriented set puts the emphasis completely on his voice (there is no piano playing or any hint of his jazz-oriented past) and features Cole accompanied by Gordon Jenkins’ sweet arrangements for a string orchestra.Read More

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}
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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