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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sequel
  • ASIN: B000024F5T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 638,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Thomson on 16 April 2013
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and my meat man is a sweet man...This is just wonderful. Fabulous performance of great songs sang with swing, wit and style. If you like Ella and Billie, this is a little like the genetically impossible off spring of both. None of the the scat pyrotechnics of Ella though - just a great singer singing great songs with a little of the worldliness of Billie. If you are swithering over buying this, don't - buy it. If you regret it, I'll be surprised. Great sounding band too, a bit like the Sinatra records of the fifties - even though I think it was recorded in the seventies...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CENTRAL LONDON MAN on 18 Sep 2013
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THIS ALBUM I FIRST BOUGHT IN 70S.THIS IS ESTHER AT HER JAZZ SINGING BEST SIDE ONE WAS STUDIO RECORDINGS AND SIDE TWO A LIVE CLUB DATE .ATLANTIC DIDNT REALLY KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH ESTHER AND IN MY OPINION THIS IS HER FINEST ATLANTIC RECORDINGS.THE SAD THING IS ESTHER WAS AT ATLANTIC AT THE SAME TIME AS ARETHAS GOLDEN PERIOD AND I BELIVE MANY OF ARETHAS TRACKS IF GIVEN TO ESTHER WOULD OF BEEN SENSATIONAL AND BETTER THAN ARETHAS VERSIONS.ARETHA KNEW THIS AND GAVE HER AWARD FOR YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK TO ESTHER FOR HER KUDU DEBUT ALBUM FROM A WISPER TO A SCREAM ESTHER WAS A DIFFICULT WOMAN BUT YOU CANT SOUND LIKE THAT AND BE MISS MAINSTREAM .SHE WAS A ONE OF AND WAS A TRUE ORIGINAL
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is an essential album by a gifted blues/jazz artist. 14 Jan 1999
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Format: Audio CD
I love this album. Her singing is earthy, assured and powerful. Her phrasing makes each song uniquely her own. If you like Dinah Washington or Billie Holliday you owe it to yourself to listen to this album
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful! 25 Mar 2001
By DaRRen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just bought this album yesterday, and I am now playing it for the third time. It is splendid. Phillips' style is very similar to Dinah Washington -- which means deep southern black blues singing. What is amazing about the album is that it was made in 1976, but it has the same "classic" sound as 40s/50s blues.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely incredible swinging, sexy timeless album 17 July 2009
By JHoots - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have owned this album for more 30 years and it always gives me a thrill to hear it. In fact, it is in my car's CD player right now.

When I first bought it, I was not sure how old it was. It just had that classic sound of bigband sultry sassiness, with jazzy horns and drums. And, of course, Phillips' amazingly assured vocal phrasing. She was a master. I was amazed a few years later to realize that it had actually come out shortly before I had bought it.

It continues to be one of the most prized albums in my whole collection, and I love turning others on to it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite albums! 27 Jan 2013
By john wesley - Published on Amazon.com
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The first time I heard this CD I was hooked on Esther Phillips because of her amazing soulful voice and her light vibratto who really makes an unique sound and style. Every blues lover should have this disck in their collection..
An Underrated Classic from An Overlooked Singer -- Superb !!! 21 Sep 2014
By Nandu - Published on Amazon.com
This is an underrated classic by an underrated, overlooked singer. Esther Phillips (aka "Little Esther") got an early start as a child singer who was barely out of her teens when she first hit it big in the mid-1950's. Esther somehow never got the "Big Break" she deserved and was looking for. Her powerful, soulful phrasing will hit you like a ton of bricks just in the first few chords and will remind you of her Dinah Washington-like influence. The same clipped phrasing and soulful delivery is uncanny in its ability to evoke the also-great Dinah Washington, who unlike Esther Phillips, DID hit it big in her time.

"Confessin the Blues" is a must for any jazz/blues fan. If you like Dinah Washington and good-to-honest pure jazz singing, this is for you. "Confessin" is actually a mish-mash of two separate recording dates put together by Atlantic Records. One session consists of a swinging band behind Esther, and the other (my preferred session), is a compilation of a "live" session with an audience. The live session will make you feel as though you're in the front row at the Blue Note or any similar jazz nightclub and that intimate late night feel. You can actually feel and smell the cigarette lingering in the air. Esther is more relaxed in the live session and she is accompanied by only a jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums.

The song selection is flawless and gives Esther plenty of room to stretch her powerful vocals. Listening to this wonderful recording, you can't help but wonder why Esther didn't hit it big in her lifetime compared to the likes of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald? She has the vocal chops and technical ability to deliver a song like nobody else (except the aforementioned great Dinah Washington). Only in 1975 (just a decade before her untimely death) did Esther finally enjoy a pop Top-10 discofied remake of Dinah Washington's classic "What A Difference A Day Makes", ironically the same song that gave Dinah her own Top-10 hit in 1959. Talk about history repeating itself.

If you like this musical realm of Esther Phillips, may I suggest getting the two-fer "Confessin the Blues / Burnin" also available on Amazon, which collects two Atlantic recordings onto one. "Burnin" extends the late-night jazz club feel found on half of the "Confessin" songs. You won't find Esther Phillips in better form than this Must-Have CD for her fans and jazz-a-holics. Esther, the likes of her will not be duplicated again.
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