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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Duke, The Blues - Billy Eckstine And Me!

The Duke, The Blues
Billy Eckstine And Me!
Production: Ozzie Cadena
Mastering: Rudy Van Gelder
Cover Photo: Hank Schneider
Design: Portrait Productions
Notes by H. Alan Stein
Regent Records
RMG 6053

From the back cover: Mr. B. the suave interpreter of ballads, sophisticated entertainer, and show-business golf star, has his roots deep in Jazz. Coming first to fame in 1939 with Earl "Father" Hines' great band, "B" made a big splash in musical circles and with a growing band of fans of that era for his great blues singing. Today, although he has traded a repertoire based largely on The Blues for one of Popular Ballads and Standard Show Tunes, the unique, earthy quality that he projected into his blues still comes through in the "sexy" sell that he projects into ballads.

Hear then, a collection of outstanding songs, selected by our A&R department from Mr. B's "classic" period, when, he lead his own band that featured such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and others.

Sophisticated Lady
In A Sentimental Mood
It Ain't Like That No More
Oop Bop Sha Bam
In My Solitude
Jelly Jelly
Blues For Sale
Tell Me Pretty Baby

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