Charles Brown: Blues And Other Love Songs
Brown’s soothing vocals, understated elegance and crafty blues oriented piano work shines on his solo rendition of the standard “Who’s Beating My Time” while his upbeat demeanor, poise and expressive vocalizations surge forward on, “I Put Myself Together”. With this piece, saxophonist Houston Person establishes his presence towards the final minutes as he performs bright soulful lines to compliment Danny Caron’s softly stated chord voicings. The musicians turn in an affable, mid-tempo swing version of “Mint Julep” as Person pursues rich lyricism sparked by gritty lines atop Brown’s rollicking and rolling piano work while the pianist gives Monk’s classic, “Round Midnight” the stride piano and R&B treatment in altogether animated fashion.
Like so many of his peers and predecessors, Charles Brown enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence later on in life yet his influence and significant legacy remains documented thanks to fine recordings such as Blues and Other Love Songs.
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Charles Brown; Vocals, Piano: Houston Person; Tenor Saxophone: Danny Caron; Guitar: Ruth Davies; Bass: Gaylord Birch; Drums
Track listing: 1) Do You Want Me? 2) Fool That I Am 3) Who
Record Label: 32 Records