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Friday, October 8, 2021

Felicia Sanders At The Blue Angel


Baby, Did You Hear?

Felicia Sanders At The Blue Angel
Columbia Records CL 654

From the back cover: Also from the back cover: I remember that afternoon, and the impressions she made on Herbert Jacoby and Max Gordon, the two gentlemen who run the Blue Angel as a hobby and as an excuse for never going home at night. She showed up in a plain little blue street dress with a small white Peter Pan collar. Above that was the alert, calm, but slightly amused face she still wears, and above that was the wonderful cascade of slightly astonished curly black hair that remains one of her trademarks. She didn't look exactly like a nightclub singer that afternoon, but she sounded like one, and despite her chirp of protest that she didn't have an evening dress to her name, she went to work there the very next day, and in the very same dress. Both she and it were a hit. 

Miss Sander's Background Musicians

Irving Joesph, the ringleader of the trio of musicians who supply the music for Felicia Sanders words, is a pianist of note – he is an alumnus, for instance, of the Art Mooney and Tommy Dorsey bands, and he has accompanied Lena Horne – as well as an arranger. He belongs to the new school of musicians who believe that a classical background is essential for anyone who wants to arrange music on his own hook. What he has written for Miss Sanders is interesting, not to say entertaining, in itself without ever intruding on the thought and mood she is conveying.

Norm Jeffries, who is on drums in this album, spends most of his evenings in Chez Paree, one of Chicago's biggest night spots, where he works with many of the country's most famous performers. In his time, he has done duty with several of the tops bands.

Red Callender, the album's bassist, operated in California. He used to have a group of his own, and he had backed quiet a few famous jazz singers. He does a great deal of recording work, and now and then, say his friends, he shows up in symphonic organizations, playing not only the bass but the tuba.

Come Rain Or Come Shine
Speaking Of Love
If I Love Again
It Might As Well Be Spring
I Wanna Be Loved
Baby - Did You Hear?
Something Cool
My Funny Valentine
You Make Me Feel So Young
When The World Was Young 
Old Devil Moon
The Song From Moulin Rouge

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