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Jazz in Paris GITANES 013 036-2

Harold Nicholas & his Orchestra

  1. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  2. Que reste-t-il de nos amours?
  3. St Louis Blues
  4. That Old Black Magic
  5. Teach Me Tonight
  6. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  7. Over the Rainbow
  8. I Only have Eyes for You
  9. June Richmond and the Quincy Jones Orchestra
  10. I've Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  11. Sleep
  12. Everybody's Doing It
  13. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  14. Andy Bey and the Bey Sisters
  15. Scoubidou
  16. Smooth Sailin'

This is more in the style of a popular vocal album than a jazz album, only the Andy Bey tracks really qualify as jazz vocals. That is not to say that this isn't very pleasant music. Harold Nicholas was one half of an act called the Nicholas brothers, who were sensational dancers and very much at home on the Paris cabaret scene. His voice is in a style somewhere between Billy Eckstine and Sammy Davies and he knows how to deliver a song. The backings are excellent and there are some nice little cameo solos from unnamed musicians.

June Richmond is also a cabaret artist, although she served an apprenticeship with the Bands of Les Hite, Jimmy Dorsey and Cab Calloway and recorded with Andy Kirk. By all accounts she also had a stunning appearance and worked for some time at the 'Casino de Paris'. Quincy Jones is the MD and arranger for her tracks and he delivers the kind of quality you would expect.

Andy Bey and the Bey Sisters are like a mirror image of Lambert Hendricks and Ross and I would like to hear more of them than the two tracks on this record.

The music is pleasant but the connection between the three participating groups puzzles me.

Don Mather

Don Mather is a saxophone player and Bandleader in Coventry

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