Like a heat lightening, scorching across the hot Louisania night! I had never heard much Jerry Lee Lewis when I first decided to pick up this box set. Truth be told, the early years of rock'n'roll had not interested me much until a few months ago when my younger cousin introduced me to some of the music. Its all fair and square, though, I got him hooked in classic country a few years back.
Anyway, this box set rocks; its an amazing collection of the early work of Jerry Lee Lewis who was one of the early greats of the genre. When you listen to this music you can not help but feel that all of the cool, rebeliousness, and power which are oozing from the speakers is rubbing off on you just a little bit.
Buy this box set and then, when your done, pick up the Johnny Cash Sun Records set as well, which is another amazing collection.Daniel McCollum – Amazon
With the exception of one song cut with Charles Mingus in 1946 and two with King Curtis later in the 1950s, this single CD (which consists of Helen Carr's two Bethlehem albums) has the complete output of the talented but short-lived singer who died in 1960 at age 36. Carr's interpretations fall between jazz and middle-of-the-road pop, yet her treatments of the standards consistently swing and uplift the material. On one occasion she is joined by a quintet with husband/pianist Donn Trenner, trumpeter Don Fagerquist and altoist Charlie Mariano, while the other session finds Carr interacting quite winningly with a trio consisting of guitarist Howard Roberts, bassist Red Mitchell and the muted (but fiery) trumpet of Cappy Lewis. Recommended.
Helen Merrill's first American record since 1968 (she had spent much time in Japan) is mostly a duet set with pianist John Lewis; three songs also have flutist Hubert Laws, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Connie Kay. The emphasis is on ballads, with all of the nine songs (other than the pianist's "The Singer") being quite well-known. The obvious empathy between Merrill and Lewis is well displayed on such numbers as "Django" (which has rarely been sung), "Angel Eyes," "Alone Together" and "Mad About the Boy." An introspective set full of subtle creativity.
Reissue from Helen Merrill featuring the high-fidelity HQCD format. Part of a four-album Helen Merrill HQCD reissue series featuring albums "Django," "Love in Song," "Change the Band," and "Cool & Bossa."