179

Andy and the Bey Sisters: 'Round Midnight

David Rickert By

Sign in to view read count
Andy and the Bey Sisters: 'Round Midnight One of the best things about all of the limited edition series out there is that occasionally an obscure oddity gets released. Not necessarily a record that people have sought after, but more like one that many never even knew existed and thus never clamored for its release.

Such is the case with 'Round Midnight, recorded in 1965 and one of only three records that Andy and the Bey Sisters made. Andy, Salome, and Geraldine Bey were siblings who sang in tight three part vocal harmonies in a blend of jazz, R&B, and blues—that owed more to contemporary AM radio than any of the jazz vocal groups of the past. Their recordings were virtually ignored, despite an earnest (and largely successful) attempt to wed jazz singing and the more popular R&B into a potent swinging mix. As an added bonus, notable sidemen, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Osie Johnson are on hand (Andy Bey plays understated piano) and guitarist Kenny Burrell sits in on half the tracks.

There's no denying the power of the ethereal harmonies on "God Bless The Child the title track, and a rousing version of the Ray Charles tune, "Hallelujah, I Love Her So, that is appropriately swinging. But as interesting an approach as it is, things tend to wear thin by the end, even though the record is barely over a half an hour long.

As an added surprise, this session is also available in a 2000 release paired with their other Prestige session on one CD. Thus you might be tempted to seek it out, if you're not overly concerned about having the superb Van Gelder re-mastering.

'Round Midnight is an odd choice for a release, one that will continue to struggle to find an audience today. As an oddity of vocal jazz, it's a pleasant record but probably won't inspire you to seek out more of the material; neither is it one you'll return to that often.

Track Listing: Love Medley; God Bless The Child; Squeeze Me; Tammy; Hallelujah, I Love He So; Everybody Loves My Baby; 'Round Midnight; Solitude; Feeling Good; Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye.

Personnel: Salome Bey: vocals; Geraldine Bey: vocals; Andy Bey: vocals, piano; Kenny Burrell: guitar; Milt Hinton: bass; Osie Johnson: drums.

Year Released: 1965 | Record Label: Prestige Records | Style: Vocal


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read The Big Wig CD/LP/Track Review The Big Wig
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Dreamer Is the Dream CD/LP/Track Review The Dreamer Is the Dream
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert CD/LP/Track Review Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Failure of Words CD/LP/Track Review The Failure of Words
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read "Once Upon A Time In Portugal" CD/LP/Track Review Once Upon A Time In Portugal
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 30, 2016
Read "Som før" CD/LP/Track Review Som før
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 4, 2016
Read "Groovin'" CD/LP/Track Review Groovin'
by Jeff Winbush
Published: November 2, 2016
Read "Komorebi" CD/LP/Track Review Komorebi
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 17, 2016
Read "Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton" CD/LP/Track Review Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 19, 2017
Read "A Moment In Time" CD/LP/Track Review A Moment In Time
by James Nadal
Published: July 21, 2016

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!