Various Artists

Cool Whalin'

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Six different bop-oriented vocalists are heard on rare recordings on this LP, an English import from Spotlite, Joe Carroll performs "I Don't Want Love" and "Gambler's Blues" with a quartet led by trumpeter Howard McGhee in 1970, the forgotten Kenny "Pancho" Hagood sings four numbers with the Joe Sample Trio in 1967 and Babs Gonzales jams two songs with his usual enthusiasm in 1952. Side two has what might be Eddie Jefferson's earliest recordings ("Bless My Soul" and "Beautiful Memories" from 1948-49), Pancho Hagood and Earl Coleman are heard in 1948 and the obscure Frankie Passions sings "Especially to You" and "Nobody Knows" with a late '50s group that surprisingly includes pianist Thelonious Monk. This is an album that lovers of bop singing will have to get.

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