Albums

£14.99
£9.99

Vocal Jazz - Released November 1, 2010 | Bonsaï Music

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
£14.99
£9.99

Vocal Jazz - Released April 28, 2011 | Bonsaï Music

Hi-Res Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
£13.49
£9.49

Vocal Jazz - Released February 14, 2012 | Motema

Hi-Res
Gregory Porter's sophomore effort confirms the talent that was so apparent on his debut. He's developed greater technique and subtlety in his impressive singing. The '70s soul is still quite apparent in his voice, with shades of Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers, but he's also the vocal heir to Nat King Cole. He's becoming a major talent, not just as a singer but also as a composer, with a unique, elliptical style, both for melodies and lyrics, which is quite evident when held up against the covers here. Porter is also acutely aware of dynamics, able to move smoothly from the softness of "Imitation of Life" to the almost atonality of the raucous "Bling Bling," which also features some excellent scat singing. His own material isn't immediately memorable, but insinuates itself into the brain after a few hearings, sophisticated and often beautiful. He keeps his soul/blues credentials alive with a version of "Work Song" that allows him to go full-throated against some honking sax. To finish, there's an a cappella version of "God Bless the Child," a song forever associated with Billie Holiday. It's a daring move, and one that works as it showcases the tenderness in his voice, with an almost liquid quality in the singing, the emotions hinted at rather than laid out. It's a superb climax to a disc that should certainly help Porter's star rise even further. ~ Chris Nickson
£14.99
£10.49

Vocal Jazz - Released March 5, 2012 | Jazz Village

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Sélection Les Inrocks - Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio - Sélection JAZZ NEWS
£14.99
£9.99

Vocal Jazz - Released September 11, 2012 | Outhere

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
£16.99
£14.49

Vocal Jazz - Released November 22, 2013 | Columbia - Legacy

Hi-Res
Although there are a multitude of box sets chronicling Bessie's entire recorded career, this two-disc, 36-song set sweats it down to the bare essentials in quite an effective manner. Bessie could sing it all, from the lowdown moan of "St. Louis Blues" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" to her torch treatment of the jazz standard "After You've Gone" to the downright salaciousness of "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl." Covering a time span from her first recordings in 1923 to her final session in 1933, this is the perfect entry-level set to go with. Utilizing the latest in remastering technology, these recordings have never sounded quite this clear and full, and the selection -- collecting her best-known sides and collaborations with jazz giants like Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and Benny Goodman -- is first-rate. If you've never experienced the genius of Bessie Smith, pick this one up and prepare yourself to be devastated. ~ Cub Koda
£17.49
£12.49

Vocal Jazz - Released February 4, 2014 | Prestige

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
The 2006 Rudy Van Gelder remaster of MOSE ALLISON SINGS reminds listeners that Allison was churning out great songs and performances as far back as 1957 (and that he's been doing the same ever since). The artist's distinctive mixture of blues, jazz, dynamic piano playing, and witty songwriting plays loud and clear on this early offering. There are fewer Allison originals than one might prefer here; instead he takes on classic blues (Willie Dixon's "Seventh Son") and jazz (Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"). But the originals that are here (like "Young Man's Blues," which was covered by the Who) are worth the price of admission. The reissue adds four tracks and a revised running order, and highlights Van Gelder's flawless production.
£17.49
£12.49

Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Prestige

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
Don't Go to Strangers was Etta Jones' first album for the independent jazz label Prestige when it was released in 1960 (having been recorded in a single session on June 21 of that year), and although Jones had been releasing records since 1944, including a dozen sides for RCA in 1946 and an album for King Records in 1957, she was treated as an overnight sensation when the title tune from the album went gold, hitting the Top 40 on the pop charts and reaching number five on the R&B charts. An elegant ballad on an album that had several of them, including the masterful "If I Had You" and a marvelous reading of "All the Way," a song usually identified with Frank Sinatra, "Don't Go to Strangers" featured Jones' airy, bluesy phrasing and uncanny sense of spacing, and was very much a jazz performance, making its success on the pop charts all the more amazing. Listen to Jones' restructuring of the melody to the opening track, the old chestnut "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," to hear a gifted jazz singer sliding and shifting the tone center of a song like a veteran horn player, all the while leaving the melody still recognizable, but refreshing it until it stands revealed anew. Apparently there were no additional tracks cut at the session, since bonus material has never surfaced on any of the album's subsequent reissues, although that's hardly a problem, because as is, Don't Go to Strangers is a perfect gem of a recording. ~ Steve Leggett
£14.99
£9.99

Vocal Jazz - Released October 9, 2014 | Laborie Jazz

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Sélection JAZZ NEWS
£14.99
£9.99

Vocal Jazz - Released November 10, 2014 | Backstage Production

Hi-Res Booklet
£9.99
£6.49

Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 2015 | Trunk Records

Hi-Res
£16.99
£14.49

Vocal Jazz - Released March 16, 2015 | Legacy Recordings

Hi-Res Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Sélection JAZZ NEWS - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Jazz
£16.99
£14.49

Vocal Jazz - Released April 17, 2015 | Okeh

Hi-Res Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Sélection JAZZ NEWS
£17.49
£12.49

Vocal Jazz - Released June 1, 2015 | Decca (UMO)

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Sélection JAZZ NEWS
£11.99
£7.99

Vocal Jazz - Released June 9, 2015 | Whaling City Sound

Hi-Res
£11.50
£8.63

Vocal Jazz - Released July 3, 2015 | Winter & Winter

Hi-Res Booklet
£7.49
£4.99

Vocal Jazz - Released July 7, 2015 | Jasnet Records

Hi-Res
£14.99
£12.99

Vocal Jazz - Released August 28, 2015 | Okeh

Hi-Res Booklet
£14.99
£9.99

Vocal Jazz - Released November 13, 2015 | Ohrwurm records

Hi-Res Booklet
£14.99
£9.99

Vocal Jazz - Released January 29, 2016 | Laborie Jazz

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Victoire du jazz

Genre

Vocal Jazz in the magazine