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EVERY INCH A KING,
This review is from: Four Classic Albums Plus [Bidin' My Time / To You From Teddi King / A Girl And Her Songs / All The King's Song] (Audio CD)
This compilation comprises four and three-quarter albums. The earliest was "All The King's Songs", recorded for Coral during 1953 with an orchestra directed by Lew Douglas & Johnny Richards. The next was originally entitled "Storyville Presents Miss Teddi King", a 10" LP recorded in 1954 with the quartet of Ruby Braff, Jimmy Jones, Milt Hinton and Jo Jones. Six of the eight numbers are presented here, split three aside between the two CDs. The remainder is made up of three RCA albums, namely "Bidin' My Time" with Al Cohn & his Orchestra from mid-1955, "To You from Teddi King" from mid 1956, and "A Girl and Her Songs" from March 1957, both accompanied by George Siravo & his Orchestra.
Teddi King had a glorious bell-like voice, with a controlled vibrato, which poured forth apparently effortlessly. Like all the best vocalists, she had the ability to project the lyrics in an understated fashion, relying on dynamics and intonation to convey her interpretation. The result was a delivery both subtle and pleasing to the ear, which can be enjoyed without any sense of listener fatigue. Given those attributes, the sadness is that she developed the auto-immune disease Lupus in the early sixties, and did not record again until 1977, the year of her death. As a result, she is far less well-remembered than other female vocalists of the era with whom she deserves to be ranked.
Miss King sounds equally at home with a small jazz combo, a big band, and a full orchestra. The set is packaged with the original liner notes, and both CDs have a playing time of just one second short of 80 minutes. It's an exquisite reissue, which will commend itself to Miss King's devotees, and should help to swell their number.