A great set of torchy ballads from LeeWiley – a singer who virtually helped invent the genre on record with her classic sets for Columbia Records! This album's done a few years after those – and features backings by Ralph Burns, who brings a fair bit more sentimental moments to his work here than you might expect from some of his other more modern outings. The proceedings have a nice touch of jazz – thanks to players who include Urbie Green on trombone, Nick Travis on trumpet, and Moe Wechsler on piano – and although Lee's vocals have a slightly aging quality, that only serves to help the fragile emotions of the best numbers in the set. Titles include "You're A Sweetheart", "This Is New", "Who Can I Turn To Now?", "My Ideal", "Limehouse Blues", "I Left My Sugar Standing In The Rain", and "Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now". LP, Vinyl record album
Dark and sophisticated vocals from LeeWiley – cut with a slightly more traditional feel than some of her other albums from the time, partly because the backings are handled by Billy Butterfield! Yet despite a slightly traddish bent, there's also a slightly modern feel too – a nice melding of modes that's very much in the best 50s RCA spirit – fresh and sultry enough to live up to the streetwise image on the cover. Arrangements are by Al Cohn and Bill Finegan, and titles include "Blues In My Heart", "The Memphis Blues", "From The Land Of Sky Blue Water", "A Hundred Years From Today", "Make Believe", "A Touch Of The Blues", and "I Don't Want To Walk Without You". LP, Vinyl record album
A dream of a set – really well-chosen tracks from the 50s – with work by LeeWiley, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rushing, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Mathis, Dolores Hawkins, Joe Williams, Betty Roche, Betty Carter, Babs Gonzales, and others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 80s issue. Cover has a promo stamp, light wear, and bumped corners.)
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