The band cetianly does swing, and so does she...
Aaron B | Hacienda Heights, CA | 03/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lorez Alexandria was one of the finest jazz and swing singers on the late 50's. She only recorded a handful of sessions, so they are all pretty essential. This particular session is worth picking up because instead of being backed by one of her usual small jazz combos, she gets to interact with a swinging big band. Some of the highlights here include a swingin' Ain't Misbehavin, Just You-Just Me, and a touching Dancing On The Cieling. It is so great to be able to hear Alexandria in a big band jazz setting like this, too bad she didn't record more sessions like this. Well worth picking up."
A disappointing CD from a talented jazz singer
bencharif | Staten Island, NY United States | 03/01/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"It's not Lorez Alexandria's fault. Her voice is the same strong yet supple instrument familiar to her fans from other recordings. But on this CD, her distinctive style is submerged beneath the weight of overly busy arrangements, blaring horns, and a less than stellar choice of material.The one exception--and even here, Alexandria has to work overtime to be heard through the band's pyrotechnics--is the first cut, the quirky and challenging "You're My Thrill," which a singer of Alexandria's caliber should have been able to make into a classic. It's interesting but, sadly, no more than that.As with the vastly superior "Lorez Sings Pres," another King label reissue from the 1950s, this CD comes with no liner notes and no identification of the personnel (though in this case, that's probably a wise omission).I'm sorry to have to report that this CD is for diehard fans only."
Far From a Disappointment, I'm Happy to Report
Mike DiMartino | Rochester, NY | 01/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Please don't deny yourself the listening enjoyment of this CD. Don't allow yourself to be influenced by the lame review written by that Nat Hentoff wannabe lame-o who is so almighty that he deems the personnel of this great band is not worthy of being mentioned.
Baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams and trombonist Frank Rosolino were among the personnel. So, you shouldn't place much faith in a reviewer who thinks the names of greats like these were "wisely ommitted." How lame!
Another point: Lorez was active and recording well into the '90s (not just the '50s, as states the other uninformed reviewer)."