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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Someone to Watch Over Me
  2. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
  3. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (With Martha Tilton)
  4. In a Sentimental Mood
  5. Willow Weep for Me
  6. Yesterdays
  7. If You Could See Me Now
  8. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
  9. Day Dream
  10. Embraceable You

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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson . . . 25 Feb. 2004
By gtra1n - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The opening track of this disc was played for a 'Blindfold Test' panel, at the 2003 Monterey Jazz Festival, that consisted of Kevin Mahagonny, Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy and Jon Hendricks. The audience was spellbound and the singers were unanimous in the special qualities and beauty of Bey's work. But the best way to describe this album was in Mark Murphy's words; "this is the tempo of love."
All the tempos are slow, Bey's own accompaniments spare. He stretches out each tune, but his method is unique; he phrases almost independantly of the tune, but so musically and beautifully that it combines both the tension and release of the melodys all but breaking free from the harmonies, always to return, and of course the sheer expressive beauty of his voice, which is a wonder, but may not be to everyone's taste. It is an instrument, and he thinks instrumentally, unlike pop singers but like all the great jazz singers. In a serious way he is the opposite side of the coin to Betty Carter, each reworking the standard fare to discover the NEW, yet approaching from opposite directions. Cherishable.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THAT VOICE 21 Mar. 2002
By Robert Bannerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Very difficult to explain what Andy's voice does to and for me. I get the feeling at times that he records only for my personal listening pleasure. After an almost 15 year search, I was finally able to get Andy's first two recordings (albums)on CD. His two sisters accompanied him on both. The first album was entitled "Now hear this" and I forget the title of the second. Point: If you like Andy Bey, you absolutely must hear these recordings. His renditions of Round Midnight, In My Solitude and God Bless The Child are BREATH TAKING, PAINFUL, AND ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE. I'd be happy to share. Thank You
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bey brings a new range to some good standards 21 Mar. 1999
By A. Lear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Andy Bey's interpretations are original, evocative, and in a few cases haunting. I almost swooned at "Someone to watch over me." Bey redefines mellow -- yet in a few places (like "Yesterdays") he lets an edge creep in, which keeps things from getting mushy or maudlin. He is a class act.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Bey one of the greats who kept in there 18 Nov. 2008
By C. Katz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Andy Bey is one of those talents whose story is a more a crime not tragedy (and jazz hsitory is replete with both).His is a survivor in many a sense and beyond all his courage a man of extraordinary range,talent,and feeling.Andy Bey is a singer who was born in 1939.In late 50's he had a band with his two sisters and they recorded and LP.Did do much here in states but they had some popularity in Europe.By the earl 70's when many male (and female) jazz singers gave up he tried to stay in he came and recoded with the likes of Gary Bartz and others.But he was truly an insiders talent and didn't have much opportunity.He tries not to bitter but has every right to be as far as the industry was concerned.

Yet he got a second chance with this 1996 release.I found it the first year I stared running a jazz section at a Hifi shop.I was just blown away from the first song.I am so glad he got this chance when a producer saw him in a club and wondered why he wasn't being recoded.This mark his first recording in 22 years.And it is a sparse gem of just his piano and voice.It is so stripped down and personal I find it another aspect of his courage to expose himself emotionally.I know I use the words "Feeling" and "Pathos" a lot i my reviews but this album would be a great entry into a dictionary for those very words.The tunes he plays:1. Someone to Watch over Me-Gershwin, George
2. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - Porter, Cole
3. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart - Ellington, Duke
4. In a Sentimental Mood -Ellington, Duke
5. Willow Weep for Me - Ronell, Ann
6. Yesterdays - Harbach, Otto
7. If You Could See Me Now - Dameron, Tadd
8. I'm Just a Lucky So and So -David, Mack
9. Day Dream - Ellington, Duke
10. Embraceable You - Gershwin, George
They are all delivered with a rough hewn baritone though Bey posses a 4 octave range.Now I know that nobody wants to be stereotyped or sentimentalized so his discovery 2 years before this CD shouldn't give it import "of tragedy" that so many gave to Billie Holiday who prefer her latter period because they "here her pain".Andy might have have reason to be pissed off about the industry (and said so referring to Diana Krall In a NY Times interview saying her reception would be different if she were black.I couldn't agree more thinking she's cheesecake and coquetteish more than a equal talent to those she outsells).But one has to admire the difficulty of being a gay black man in the "macho" world of jazz (to explore that read David Hadju's book "Lush Life,about Billy Strayhorn superb jazz book and one of history and prose in itself).And I wish that everybody who has bigotry towards gays could here him and listen that when Bey sings "She" you could substitute "He" for him or any person.Love is love.It certantly is more real and worthy of recognition and acceptance than having a few ridiculous stereotype characters on television.But again if you didn't know any of this you could listen and just be in awe of his originality combined with a respect for the traditional song and just think him a great talent.I think that for me Bey is the equal of any singer of the past and I put hi among Johnny Hartman (who's good looks and talent should have made his star but his overt sensuality and racism limited him in way's a safe performer like Nat Cole was not limited).Bey had a wonderful follow up Shades Of Bey where he does a beautiful now foten cover of a Nick Drake English modern Folk tune "Riverman".And two more CD's after that. 70 I know he was still gigging last year.And I hope there are many more years.Check the You Tube Andy Bey Television Interview done with Billy Taylor.It's great.I have all his work and think of the gift we got ad try not to concentrate on the forces that kept him form greater success.Because in my mind there is nobody more successful in conveying the emotion of the Great American Songbook than Andy Bey and for that we should be thankful.
Thank you Andy
Chazz
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor and get this one. 29 July 1998
By Richard Thurston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An absolutely one of a kind performer. Subtle and blessed with a remarkable voice Bey delivers a song unlike anyone else I know of. Unhurried, Bey moves through a tune extracting the exact maximum effect from each lyric. Accompanying himself on piano the production is spare and elegant. A great, great singer.
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