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Take the a Train
Betty Roche
Take the a Train
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.


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All Artists: Betty Roche
Title: Take the a Train
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1956
Re-Release Date: 5/23/2000
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227599225


Album Description
Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.

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Brother, think no more and just get this.
Jack Dempsey | South Miami Beach, Florida | 05/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As with most of the little other available recordings by Ms. Betty, this one is a no-brainer. You just have to get it. This is a good reflection of her days with Bethlehem Jazz, but outside of her unbelievable vocals, you get a couple of VSOP jazz cats coming over and laying down some licks. The ultra smooth, but taken from us way too soon, Eddie Costa lays down vibes. This cat was straight out of the Hamp/Milt school, but with that unmistakable 50's West Coast vibe that would make even Tjader look twice. Then you have Candoli on trumpet. Conte Candoli has been around forever, but imagine a young Chet studying from him circa "Live in Milan." That's about the general vibe of his style. Smooth and fluid and, if you haven't done so, you should check out each of those cats solo/quitent/etc releases. Even when Candoli was an old-geezer, he teamed up with Bob Cooper and put out a live album in 93 that was phenmonenal.

As for this one, it really needs no further explanation. If it does, you really shouldn't be here and should probably stick to buying Kenny G records and just go back from wherever it is you stumbled from. But, I sense that you ened up here because you are in the know, so you know what I mean. Since that's the case, just add this to your cart and thank me later. Enjoy it and get it while you can. It's already out of print anyway and going fast from the few sellers that are left."
An excellent CD by a comprehensive jazz singer...
Jack Dempsey | 05/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Betty Roche was one of Duke Ellington's finest singers from the 40's, in the 50's she only recorded one session for Bethlehem "Take The A Train" this CD re-issues all the songs from the origiinal classic session plus two alternate takes. Since Roche only recorded two more sessions in the 60's on the Original Jazz Classics label, this is a valuble addition to anyone's jazz library. Roche had a highly appealing and swinging voice. She really scats like crazy, and takes plenty of chances, a true jazz singer. Highly recommeded."
Fine Gems From an Underrecorded Star
Steve Emerine | Tucson, AZ United States | 02/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For every Peggy Lee or June Christy who debuted with big band giants before going off to become individual stars, there are a dozen Betty Roches who didn't get the breaks to take that path. Roche was Duke Ellington's vocalist twice in her career, and she also worked with Earl Hines, but her solo years were lean when it came to making records. Fortunately, Bethlehem brought here into its studios in 1957 for this excellent recording. She's best known for "Take the A Train," but she shines just as brightly on "Something to Live For," "In a Mellow Tone," "September in the Rain" and eight other tunes. Conte Candoli contributes some fine trumpet work to make the evening complete. It's not surprising that the only extra material available to add to the CD were two alternate takes of "Go Away Blues." The rest of the tunes are good enough to do in one take."