We've honestly never heard of Boone before &ndash
; but according to the notes, he sang with Basie in the 60s &ndash
; and overall, he does have a sound that's somewhere in the range of Joe Williams. However, unlike Williams, Boone seems to fancy himself as more of an overall singer &ndash
; and works through a number of genres on the set, not just Basie blues. The backings are either by a core quintet that includes Herman Riley on tenor and Dolo Coker on piano, or by the Allen Ray Orchestra. There's a few righteous moments on the set that make the album worth checking out &ndash
; kind of higher concept numbers in which Boone expresses himself with that groovy approach to pop soul that was floating around LA in the 60s &ndash
; kind of a "dash
iki" hip approach. Titles include "Framed", "Old Folks", "Beyond The Moon", "Cocoa Joe", "Hard Hearted Hannah", and "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues".
(In a color cover, with a slightly different image.)