One of the greatest albums ever by the consummate jazz hipster – Babs Gonzales! Babs was part singer, part poet, and part philosophy – working in a jive
-heavy style that was filled with inside jokes on the New York jazz scene of the postwar years – and peopled with odd characters from that scene, including musicians, hustlers, hookers, and small-time crooks. Babs speaks and sings on the set, backed by arrangements from Melba Liston, played by a small combo that includes Kenny Burrell, Peck Morrison, and Roy Haynes. The whole thing's great – one of the best blends of hipster jive
and jazz ever – and titles include "Dem Resolution Liars", "The Hat Box Chicks", "Dem Jive
New Yorkers", "The Squares", and "The Cool Cat's Philosophy".
(Original pressing! Cover has some seam splitting.)