Jazz in Paris GITANES
Harold Nicholas & his Orchestra
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Que reste-t-il de nos amours?
St Louis Blues
That Old Black Magic
Teach Me Tonight
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Over the Rainbow
I Only have Eyes for You
June Richmond and the Quincy Jones Orchestra
I've Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
Everybody's Doing It
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Andy Bey and the Bey Sisters
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
The music is pleasant but the connection between the three participating
groups puzzles me.
Don Mather is a saxophone player and Bandleader in Coventry