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    Lost Voice

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    Toni Harper's two original albums Toni (1956) and Lady Lonely (1959).


    Toni Harper's childhood was made of the magic any aspiring adult artist would kill for: a platinum record, a performance at Carnegie Hall, evenings spent sharing a stage with such performers as Cab Calloway, and invitations to appear on television with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Milton Berle, and Ed Sullivan. And all of the magic unfolded before she'd turned 12 years old.

    The jazz vocalist, who now goes by the name Toni Dunlap, got her big break in 1945 when she went up against a couple hundred other kids at an audition held by choreographer Nick Castle. Harper, who had been a dance student of Maceo Anderson, passed muster as far as her dancing, but when she sang Waitin' for the Train to Come In, she had the audition sewn up on the spot. Castle cast her in his production of Christmas Follies, which was staged at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Harper drew enthusiastic reviews and went on to earn a platinum record when she was eight years old with Candy Store Blues.


    Harper paired with Herb Jeffries for You're Too Tall 'n' I'm Too Small, the number for which she later paired live with Calloway at Los Angeles' Million Dollar Theatre. Television beckoned the young singer and she was a guest on numerous programs, among them Sullivan's weekly variety show. When she wasn't appearing on television, she was singing at numerous New York hot spots that included the Apollo, the Strand, and the Paramount. At the age of 11, Harper topped it all off by singing at Carnegie Hall.


    Like many child stars, Harper's career slowed down as she began to mature. As a teenager, she was too old for the childhood image that had given her a great start, but too young to effectively take on a more adult image. She attended high school in Los Angeles, involving herself in such extracurricular activities as drama, choir, and the glee club. She continued to take professional singing jobs during the school's summer break. Having completed high school in the mid-'50s, and still hampered by her youth, she sang for the teenaged record-buying public. For a young woman of her age, One Hamburger to Go was more acceptable in the public eye than any of the more sophisticated songs that she would record in later years, such as Love for Sale.


    The vocalist got her chance to sing the more adult songs when she recorded for Verve. In addition to Love for Sale, Harper recorded such songs as I Could Write a Book and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Backing Harper on her self-titled first recording for Verve were pianist Oscar Peterson, drummer Alvin Stoller, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The vocalist later signed with RCA Victor, recording for the label for about four years and ending in 1963. Harper quit the business in 1966 after devoting more than 20 years to her singing career.


    - Linda Seida (All Music Guide)

    LP 1 - Toni:
    1. Can't We Be Friends
    2. I Could Write A Book
    3. Gone With The Wind
    4. Singin' In The Rain
    5. Love For Sale
    6. Just A Sittin' And A-Rockin'
    7. A Foggy Day
    8. You Don't Know Love Is
    9. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
    10. Little Girl Blue
    11. You Took Advantage Of Me
    12. Like Someone In Love


    LP 2 - Lady Lonely:
    1. Lady Lonely
    2. In The Dark Of The Night
    3. He Was A Man
    4. My Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
    5. The Lack Of Love
    6. Blue It Grows
    7. I Love The Blues
    8. You Taught Me How To Cry
    9. The Velvet Hammer
    10. The Other Woman
    11. Nobody Home But The Blues
    12. Busy Blues
    13. Love Has Come, Love Has Gone
    14. River Weep

    Toni Harper
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Swing's The Thing Swing's The Thing Quick View

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    Swing's The Thing

    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    Illinois Jacquet's 1956 album Swing's The Thing features Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Jones, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Jo Jones.


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    1. Las Vegas Blues
    2. Can't We Be Friends
    3. Achtung
    4. Have You Met Miss Jones
    5. Lullaby of the Leaves
    Illinois Jacquet
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Stan Getz And The Oscar Peterson Trio Stan Getz And The Oscar Peterson Trio Quick View

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    Stan Getz And The Oscar Peterson Trio

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    This 1957 date for Verve was the only official collaboration between Stan Getz and Oscar Peterson and it finds the two jazz greats in a quartet rounded out by guitarist Herb Ellis and bassist Ray Brown. The lack of drums here allows Getz's tenor to pace the foreground with a graceful precision while Peterson's deft fills and relaxed accompaniment creates the perfect atmosphere for creative interplay and fine sonic detail.


    The Norman Granz-produced 7-song set features a dynamic mix of standards, Getz originals like the heartening Tour's End and an infectious version of Ellis' Detour Ahead. Getz even regarded this historic meeting with the Oscar Peterson Trio as, One of the most enjoyable recordings I ever made. How refreshing it is to play with these pros.

    1. I Want To Be Happy
    2. Pennies From Heaven
    3. Ballad Medley
    4. I'm Glad There's You
    5. Tour's End
    6. I Was Doing All Right
    7. Bronx Blues
    Stan Getz
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Jazz At The Philharmonic: Blues In Chicago 1955 Jazz At The Philharmonic: Blues In Chicago 1955 Quick View

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    Jazz At The Philharmonic: Blues In Chicago 1955

    Norman Granz' Jazz at the Philharmonic series brought together the jazz titans of his era to perform together. The
    JATP Blues in Chicago (1955) returns as a 180-gram vinyl LP. Oscar Peterson leads a band with Buddy Rich,
    Illinois Jacquet, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and Herb Ellis performing together.
    1. The Blues
    2. The Modern Set

    3. The Ballad Medley
    4. The Swing Set
    Oscar Peterson / Illinois Jacquet / Herb Ellis
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  • Jazz At The Philharmonic: Carnegie Blues Jazz At The Philharmonic: Carnegie Blues Quick View

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    Jazz At The Philharmonic: Carnegie Blues

    This legendary album consisted of tracks recorded at Carnegie Hall between 1946 and 1967 with an all-star
    ensemble of jazz legends like Herb Ellis, Jo Jones, Ray Brown, Coleman Hawkins and Illinois Jacquet. This highly
    requested Verve reissue returns as a vinyl LP.
    1. Carnegie Blues [Live At Carnegie Hall/1946]
    2. Tea For Two [Live At Carnegie Hall/1946]

    3. Blues [Live At Carnegie Hall/1946]

    4. I Got Rhythm [Live At Carnegie Hall/1946]
    5. Lester's Blues [Live At Carnegie Hall/1953]
    6. I Cover The Waterfront [Live At Carnegie Hall/1953]
    7. Lester Gambols [Live At Carnegie Hall/1953]

    8. Medley: Robbin's Nest / Polka Dots And Moonbeams / Can't We Be Friends [Live At Chicago Civic Opera]
    Lester Young
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  • Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! Quick View

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    Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!


    Fourteen numbers from the heyday of swing, composed sometime between 1930 and 1945 - played and sung time and time again in ballrooms, or on the radio to advertise biscuits or war bonds, were recorded by Ella in completely new and personal interpretations in 1961. No one should be put off by the rather unfortunate cover. Clap Hands... is absolutely top notch as regards musicality, perfect recording quality, superb accompaniment by a small ensemble, with room for improvisations; it offers a wonderful opportunity to discover something new in these evergreens, despite the occasionally banal lyrics. The songs of this recording conjure up bygone days, with listeners in the 21st century being offered a highly personal homage to one of the most successful periods in the 100-year history of jazz.


    Originally released in 1962.


    Musicians:


    Ella Fitzgerald, vocals

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Gus Johnson, drums

    Stan Levey, drums

    Lou Levy, piano

    Wilfred Middlebrooks, bass

    Joe Mondragon, bass


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    1. Night In Tunisia
    2. You're My Thrill
    3. My Reverie
    4. Stella My Starlight
    5. 'Round Midnite
    6. Jersey Bounce
    7. Signing Off
    8. Cry Me A River
    9. This Year's Kisses
    10. Good Morning Heartache
    11. (I Was) Born To Be Blue
    12. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
    13. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
    14. Music Goes 'Round And 'Round
    Ella Fitzgerald
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - Sealed Buy Now
  • Coleman Hawkins And Confreres Coleman Hawkins And Confreres Quick View

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    Coleman Hawkins And Confreres

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    Ben Webster had long before passed through the ranks of imitator, then pupil and finally master. His college attendance, as one might put it, in the Duke Ellington Orchestra gave him a sureness of expression in his great showpieces and he also learned to hold his own against such musical giants as Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton. Hawk was able to thoroughly enjoy his fame in numerous Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts given all over the world, where, of course, he had to assert himself against many other saxophone players. Two such JATP ensembles are to be found on the Confrères LP. The relaxed atmosphere is particularly noticeable in the title Sunday in which Roy Eldridge comes into the limelight with a brilliant solo. And just listen to George Buvivier's marvelous bass playing (in Nabab!) where he certainly has no reason to hide in the shadow thrown by Ray Brown. Coleman Hawkins' voluminous, supple sound which had a great influence on the styles of musicians ranging from Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins up to Joe Lovano, is best heard after Roy's solo in Honey Flower.


    Originally released in 1958.


    Musicians:


    Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone

    Ray Brown, bass

    George Duvivier, bass

    Roy Eldridge, trumpet

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Hank Jones, piano

    Oscar Peterson, piano

    Mickey Sheen, drums

    Alvin Stoller, drums

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone


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    1. Maria
    2. Sunday
    3. Hanid
    4. Honey Flower
    5. Nabob
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Encounters Ben Webster Encounters Ben Webster Quick View

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    Encounters Ben Webster

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    As critic Nat Hentoff makes clear, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster were larger than life. Formidable, even forbidding presences, they revealed a depth of feeling in their playing that spoke of their vast life experiences, as great writers or painters speak through their work.


    Recorded in 1957.


    Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone

    Ray Brown, bass

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Oscar Peterson, piano

    Alvin Stoller, drums


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Blues for Yolande
    2. It Never Entered My Mind
    3. La Rosita
    4. You's Be So Nice to Come Home To
    5. Prisoner of Love
    6. Tangerine
    7. Shine On Harvest Moon
    Coleman Hawkins
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Trio The Trio Quick View

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    The Trio

    Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl


    Oscar Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the Maharaja of the keyboard by Duke Ellington, but simply O.P. by his friends. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honors. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years.


    Peterson made numerous duo performances and recordings with bassists Ray Brown, Sam Jones, and Irving Ashby, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel, pianists Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Benny Green, and Oliver Jones, trumpeters Clark Terry and Louis Armstrong, and many other important jazz players.


    Peterson redefined the jazz trio by bringing the musicianship of all three members to the highest level. Together with Joe Pass (guitar) and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass), Oscar Peterson (piano) called the trio in his own words, 'the most stimulating' and productive setting for public performances as well as in studio recordings.


    The Trio is a 1973 live recording at the London House in Chicago. Winner of the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance By A Group, this energetic live set is the highlight of all three storied careers.


    In his Allmusic review, critic Scott Yanow complimented the playing of Pass and Pedersen but wrote the reason to acquire this set is for the remarkable Oscar Peterson. The pianist brilliantly investigates several jazz styles... Peterson really flourished during his years with Norman Granz's Pablo label, and this was one of his finest recordings of the period.

    1. Blues Etude
    2. Chicago Blues
    3. Easy Listening Blues
    4. Come Sunday
    5. Secret Love
    Oscar Peterson Trio
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Ella And Louis Again (Out Of Stock) Ella And Louis Again (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Ella And Louis Again (Out Of Stock)

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound

     

    There isn't much one can say about an album whose title is Ella And Louis Again. The "again" obviously means they've already done one album together and beyond that, what can you say about two people like Ella and Louis? I doubt that there's anyone today who loves music, who doesn't know Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The backing, with the Oscar Peterson Trio and Louis Bellson substituting for Buddy Rich, remains, as in the first album, quiet, discreet, swinging.


    "Once again (so to speak) Pops and the First Lady of Song seem to be singing in the room, right before your eyes. (When I recently played Ella & Louis for a friend who's a prominent jazz critic, he literally gasped and afterward likened the experience to "an acid trip.") ... their shivering cruise through 'Autumn in New York,' on Ella & Louis Again, is one of those essential artifacts of American civilization." - Fred Kaplan, www.stereophile.com, Aug. 10, 2012


    "...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen!" Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011



    Originally released in 1957.

     

    Musicians: 


    • Louis Armstrong, trumpet, vocals

    • Ella Fitzgerald, vocals

    • Louie Bellson, drums

    • Ray Brown, bass

    • Herb Ellis, guitar

    • Oscar Peterson, piano



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Don't Be That Way
    2. Makin' Woopee
    3. They All Laughed
    4. Comes Love
    5. Autumn In New York
    6. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
    7. Stompin' At The Savoy
    8. I Won't Dance
    9. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
    Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
    $49.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM Mono - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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