The first great Holiday album from Patti Page – a mid 50s Mercury album that brought together a host of seasonal recordings made by the singer – most of which show a side of Patti that's a bit different than her hits! Page's vocals here have a straight, expressive feel – respectful to the material, and a lot less likely to move into gimmicky pop moments – a vibe that's right up there with Rosemary Clooney at the same time, especially in the way that Patti's got this warm glow to her presentation of the lyrics. The music is somewhat overlooked, both in the Christmas cannon and in Page's own catalog – which makes it a nice discovery, too. Titles include "The First Noel", "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night", "Pretty Snowflakes", "Christmas Choir", "I Wanna Go Skating With Willie", "Where Did My Snowman Go", and "Christmas Bells". CD features bonus tracks, too – including "Little Donkey", "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus", "Home For The Holidays", "The Christmas Song", and a special "Christmas Greetings From Patti". (Holiday Music, Vocalists)CD
A set of music that's as groovy as you'd expect from the look of the cover – a quartet of French female singers, all working with legendary jazz arranger Claude Bolling – on work that's quite an unusual mix of modes! At some level, the quartet format makes for a jaunty approach to female French pop – with all the vocals coming together, to serve up the lyrics with lot of force! But Bolling also adds in some unusual inflections to the styles – sometimes a bit of trad jazz, but with a 60s mod spin – sometimes groovier, with a sweet Paris swing – over the course of some very cool material. CD features 19 tracks in all – and titles include "L'Oiseau Rare", "Les Parisiennes", "Java", "Jimmy brown", "L'Amerique Ca N'Est Pas Le Perou", "L'Argent Ne Fait Pas Le Bonheur", "Le Tunnel Sous La Manche", and "Le 30 Fevrier". (French, Vocalists)CD
A really fantastic album from singer Helen Merrill – and quite an obscure one as well! The set was recorded after Helen's initial burst to fame on the Mercury label in the 50s – and has her taking on a more laidback, more open-minded approach here in a very hip setting that includes a fair bit of work from guitarist Charlie Byrd – fresh off his fame of recording with Stan Getz, and able to bring some of his unique phrasing to the record in a really great way! The material is nicely varied – different than what Merrill would have recorded in the previous decade – and definitely indicates the step into hipper territory that some of the rising vocalists of the 60s, such as Nina Simone or Oscar Brown Jr, were taking at the time. Other musicians include Jimmy Giuffre on clarinet, Hal McKusick on flute, and Jimmy Raney on second guitar – and titles include "The River", "Minha Rocca", "Forbidden Games", "John Anderson My Love", "Cannetella", "Itsuki No Komoriuta", "Quiet Nights", and "Careless Love". CD
Dinah Washington —
In Tribute ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1962/1963. New Copy ...
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The tribute here is to Dinah Washington herself – who left the planet all too soon, after passing away at an early age in 1963. The set brings together great late material that Dinah recorded for Roulette Records – tracks unissued at the time of this album, with beautiful arrangements from Marty Manning and Fred Norman – all in that new level of boozy sophistication that Washington was bringing to her music in the final years! The vocals are superb – very different than the earlier Mercury sides, but no less powerful – maybe even more so in their subtlety – and Henry Glover produced the record with a perfect balance of jazz and soul. Titles include "That Sunday", "I've Run Out Of Reasons", "Lingering", "They Said You Came Back Running", "Make Believe Dreams", "Lord You Made Us Human", and "Icy Stone". CD