Friday, February 14, 2014

June Christy - Ballads for Night People + The Intimate Miss Christy

Ballads for Night People:
The music on this album features the popular singer June Christy in a ballad-oriented program. She is backed by trombonist Frank Rosolino, a French horn, a sax section, a rhythm section, and a harp, all arranged by her husband, tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper. One in a long string of Christy's Capitol recordings, this fine set (highlighted by "Bewitched," "Do Nothin' 'Till You Hear from Me," "Kissing Bug," and "My Ship") holds its own with the singer's best sets. - by Scott Yanow, AMG
The Intimate Miss Christy:
On June Christy's excellent run of albums for Capitol Records the vocalist was most often backed by Pete Rugolo's complex orchestral charts or by small, freewheeling jazz groups led by her husband, Bob Cooper. So The Intimate Miss Christy is a special treat for her fans as it finds the cool blonde singer backed only by Al Viola's guitar and Don Bagley's bass (though a flutist sits in on a few tracks). This guitar/bass-only approach was first popularized by Julie London and went on to be utilized by many other singers during this era. The backing not only suits the laid-back, cool jazz approach of June Christy perfectly, but it also means that the singer is never forced to strain too hard, as she sometimes did when working with the experimentally inclined Pete Rugolo. And while the vocalist usually put a dark emotional spin on her ballad readings, this album is definitely aimed more toward romantic entanglements than romantic regrets. The Intimate Miss Christy may be a fireside makeout album, but it's one that merits repeated listens even when the embers die out. - by Nick Dedina, AMG

Artist: June Christy
Album: Ballads for Night People + The Intimate Miss Christy
Year: 1959 + 1962
Label: EMI (1998)
Runtime: 70:39

1.  Bewitched (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers) 4:56
2.  Night People (Fran Landesman/Tommy Wolf) 3:20
3.  Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (Duke Ellington/Bob Russell) 4:06
4.  I Had a Little Sorrow (Bob Cooper/Edna St. Vincent Millay) 3:50
5.  I'm in Love (Danny Kaye/Christina Ferraris) 2:45
6.  Shadow Women (Arthur Hamilton) 3:13
7.  Kissing Bug (Billy Strayhorn/Joya Sherrill/Rex Stewart) 2:41
8.  My Ship (Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin) 3:58
9.  Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington/Bob Russell) 2:58
10.  Make Love to Me (Kim Gannon/Paul Mann/Stephen Weiss) 3:08
11.  Spring Is Here (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers) 3:03
12.  Fly Me to the Moon (Bart Howard) 3:14
13.  I Fall in Love Too Easily (Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne) 2:30
14.  Time After Time (Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne) 2:22
15.  The More I See You (Harry Warren/Mack Gordon) 3:03
16.  Don't Explain (Arthur Herzog, Jr./Billie Holiday) 2:38
17.  It Never Entered My Mind (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers) 3:31
18.  You're Nearer (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers) 2:54
19.  Misty (Erroll Garner/Johnny Burke) 3:05
20.  Suddenly It's Spring (Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke) 2:44
21.  I Get Alone Without You Very Well (Hoagy Carmichael) 3:09
22.  Ev'ry Time (Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane) 3:20
June Christy (Vocals)
Norman Benno (English Horn, Bassoon, Oboe) - 1-10
Monty Budwig (Double Bass) - 1-10
Red Callender (Double Bass) - 1-10
Joe Castro (Piano) - 1-10
Buddy Collette (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxphone) - 1-10
Bob Cooper (Arranger, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone) - 1-10
Jim Decker (French Horn) - 1-10
Vincent DeRosa (French Horn) - 1-10
Chuck Gentry (Bass Clarinet) - 1-10
Joe Gordon (Trumpet) - 1-10
Kathryn Julye (Harp) - 1-10
Stan Levey (Drums) - 1-10
Mel Lewis (Drums) - 1-10
Shelly Manne (Drums) - 1-10
Frank Rosolino (Trombone) - 1-10
Bud Shank (Flute, Alto Saxophone) - 1-10
Al Viola (Guitar)
Don Bagley (Double Bass) - 11-22
Bud Legge (Flute) - 11-22
Teddy Brannon (Piano) - 11-22
George Foster (Drums) - 11-22
Jonah Jones (Trumpet) - 11-22



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