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June Christy's exquisite moment
Ben Glenn | The nation's capital | 06/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thanks to jazz historian and reissue producer extraordinaire Michael Cuscuna, we now have one of June Christy's finest albums, BALLADS FOR NIGHT PEOPLE, once again in print.
By 1959, Christy was comfortably ensconced at Capitol Records, with a string of superb, ambitious and solid-selling albums, most recorded with collaborator Pete Rugolo, under her belt. With success assured, perhaps by this time, then, she felt free to depart from the Christy-Rugolo mold, because 1959's BALLADS FOR NIGHT PEOPLE finds the singer in the hands of husband Bob Cooper, himself a virtuoso musician and former Kenton player.
Clearly, the intimacy that Christy and Cooper shared in their personal lives carried over into this project: the song selection as well as Cooper's delicate arrangements are particularly lovely, even fragile at times, incorporating such elements as flute and harp, and all recorded over a tangible studio silence that is tranquil and deeply romantic. Cooper's arrangements such as those on "My Ship" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" are a far cry from Rugolo's bold and often blaring charts which at times tip perilously close toward controlled cacophony.
Production of this reissue is first-rate, with its 24-bit remastering and faithful reproduction of the original album artwork. Notable, too, is Cuscuna's inclusion of 5 Christy tracks from the album DO RE MI which likely would not be a commercially viable reissue on its own (the unfortunate truth).
So pick up a copy of BALLADS FOR NIGHT PEOPLE. Then go home, dim the lights, pour yourself a drink and explore the sounds of nighttime with June Christy."
Careful Christy Purchases
Music Lover | 08/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The June Christy album Ballads For Night People was issued in, I think, 1998 by EMI England as a 2on1 with The Intimate Miss Christy. I understand Do Re Me is to be issued in England later this year paired with The Cool School as another 2on1. Anyone reading Ben Glenn's review in which he gives the opinion that Do Re Me is probably not viable for reissue, or anyone purchasing the latest Christy release June's Got Rhythm, which has four tracks from The Cool School added, might like to know all this. It is a great pity the comparable record companies in both counries don't consolidate their reissues. When is one of them going to reissue the rare Christy album This Time Of Year? Having said that, we have been well served with CD versions of the classic June Christy LPs in recent years."
Christy the romantic balladeer
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 03/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"'Ballads for Night People', recorded in 1959, was the second album that June Christy cut with her husband, saxophonist/arranger Bob Cooper. It features a mix of upbeat and slow numbers, all showcasing Christy's voice perfectly. Of all the albums June Christy recorded during her glory days with Capitol, this has to be a favourite of mine.
While June Christy never enjoyed the kind of super-stardom that marked the careers of jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O'Day, she did have a niche following that seems to have grown and grown over the years. The reason is simple; for sheer vocal ability and finesse, there is still nobody to touch Christy.
Here on 'Ballads for Night People', Christy delivers exactly what the title promises, and gets to perform a delicious selection of torch songs and romantic ditties. Highlights would most certainly include "I'm in Love" (with it's frenetic jazz chase mid-section); "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" is also beautifully-achieved. Kurt Weill's "My Ship" has a classically-based arrangement, with French horn and harp prominently scored. Christy was also one of a few jazz greats to lay down "Kissing Bug". "Shadow Woman" (previously covered by Julie London on her 1957 album About the Blues) is also fabulous.
This disc also includes five pieces from her 1961 album, 'Do Re Mi', a less-successful attempt to do a set of Broadway musical numbers.
Digitally-remastered in 24-bit stereo for the very first time, 'Ballads for Night People' preserves the magnificence of June Christy for another generation of fans.
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