Saturday, October 19, 2013

SHADES OF BEY, ANDY BEY - vocals and piano, ALISON VAN PELT - artwork

Andy Bey's bass-baritone voice has aged over the last thirty-odd years, but it's aged well; he now sings in a husky drawl that sounds all the more warm and intimate for being a bit ragged around the edges. When he goes into falsetto, as on "Midnight Blue," athe sound is so dark that you don't recognize it as falsetto at first. This album peaks early on with "Like a Lover," a wistful love song with only the gentlest, sparest guitar accompaniment. But there are many other beautiful moments, the best of which always come on the slow numbers: the Billy Strayhorn classic "Pretty Girl," on which Bey sounds like Billy Eckstine with a weathered patina to his voice, and the surprising Nick Drake cover, the moody and intense "River Man." His vocal version of Thelonious Monk's "Straight, No Chaser" is fun, but it tends to expose the limitations of his range; however, he makes the uptempo "Believin' It" work beautifully -- Geri Allen's edgy, modernist piano contrasts nicely with Bey's effusive, bop-inflected delivery. by

Artist Credit
Geri Allen Guest Artist, Piano
Stephanie Badini Photography
Gary Bartz Guest Artist, Sax (Alto)
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Andy Bey Piano, Primary Artist, Vocals
Dori Caymmi Composer
Dorival Caymmi Composer
Earl Coleman Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Charles Davis Composer
Nick Drake Composer
Dominique Eade Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Jerry Gordon Executive Producer
Adolph Green Composer
Eliseo Grenet Composer
Ernesto Grenet Composer
Annabelle Hoffman Cello
Dave Howlaski Engineer
Dennis James Bass
Herb Jordan Producer
Victor Lewis Drums
Paul Meyers Guitar
Thelonious Monk Composer
Nelson Motta Composer
Sheila Prevost Art Direction
Roger Seibel Mastering
Andy Stein Viola, Violin
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Sally Swisher Composer
Alison Van Pelt Artwork
Peter Washington Bass

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