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This is one of Abbey Lincoln's greatest recordings, she has at last shed her usual flat, superficial, brittle style and here digs in and bares her soul. The power and emotional range of Abbey's singing and her vividly personal timbre and phrasing is all empowering on this album.
Rich and rhythmic, sparkling and seductive, Felix Baloy's voice marks him as one of Cuba's very finest someros.
Alejandro Enis Almenares born in Santiago de Cuba 24th May 1937 is perhaps the last of the Troubadours of the golden age of Trova in Cuba. As a composer he has written over several hundred songs including Mueve la Cintura mulata used in the film Pecado Original.
Annie has been singing wondrously well, with strong swing, peppery bite, archness and potent feeling since 1950 when first I heard her in Paris. But, until Richard Bock made the dead right decision to record la Ross with Gerry Mulligan, Annie's perambulating orchard has been almost shut except to those peripatetic addicts who got hooked on Ross in the jazz backyards of Paris, London and New York.
"Ben is still a whale of a tenor player, his approach for the ballads being as poignant and lyrical as ever.
The husky-voiced Carter was capable of radical, off-the-cuff re-workings of whatever she sang
Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London.
Jazz, a product of so many things – musical evolution, the social scene of a particular time, the economic atmosphere of the moment, what somebody had for breakfast that day – and none of those things will ever come together again as they did when these records were made.