sábado, 23 de mayo de 2009

Maxine Sullivan: Memories of You - Tribute to Andy Razaf (1956) ... plus

A subtle and lightly swinging jazz singer, Maxine Sullivan's delivery was very likable, and she did justice to all of the lyrics she sang during her long career. After moving to New York, Sullivan sang during intermissions at the Onyx Club and was discovered by pianist Claude Thornhill. Thornhill recorded her with a sympathetic septet singing a couple of standards and two Scottish folk songs performed in swinging fashion — 'Annie Laurie' and 'Loch Lomond.' The latter became a big hit and Sullivan's signature song for the rest of her career. Even if lightning did not strike twice, she was now a popular attraction. She appeared briefly in the movie Going Places opposite Louis Armstrong and in the Broadway show Swingin' the Dream. From 1940-42, Sullivan often sang with her husband, bassist John Kirby's Sextet, a perfect outlet for her cool sound. Both had the unique distinction of being the first Black Jazz stars to have their own weekly radio show, Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm, which they starred for two years. Sullivan had a reasonably successful solo career and then, in the mid-'50s, became a trained nurse. In 1968, the singer began making a comeback, performing at festivals and even playing a little bit of valve trombone and flugelhorn. During her later period, she often sang with mainstream jazz groups, including Scott Hamilton's. This legendary 1956 session marked a return to recording for Maxine after a long absence from the studio, and found her in the company of jazz giants Milt Hinton, Buster Bailey, Jerome Richardson, Dick Hyman and Charlie Shavers. The album, which many believe to be the best of Ms. Sullivan's career, was a special tribute to one of jazz music's greatest songwriters, Andy Razaf ('Ain't Misbehavin', 'Honeysuckle Rose'). As an added bonus, there have been added two extra tracks, including an updated version of Maxine's biggest hit 'Loch Lomond' recorded that same year. http://www.amazon.com/, http://www.allmusic.com/
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A fragment of the 1938 film, Going Places, where Louis Armstrong and Band play 'Mutiny In The Nursery' with Maxine Sullivan singing in different sequences:
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Maxine Sullivan sings live 'Surprise Party', in 1975:
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