Our Shining Hour
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This is one of popular entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr's best jazz-oriented albums. The CD reissue features Davis with the Count Basie Orchestra performing arrangements by Quincy Jones. Unfortunately, the personnel of the Basie band is not given, but the orchestra mostly acts as a prop behind Davis much of the time anyway. The singer is heard in top form on "Teach Me Tonight," "Work Song," and "Keepin' out of Mischief Now," adding a bit of tap dancing to a lighthearted "Bill Basie Won't You Please Come Home." Some of the more poppish tunes, such as "Blues for Mr. Charlie" and "She's a Woman," are a bit dated, but, in general, fans of Sammy Davis Jr will want this set.
Summer Time Jazz.
This music is like sweet lemonade on a hot breezy summer day!!!! Its just right for the smooth jazz time listener!!! Amazing music I love i!!
Alternate Takes are Better!
It would be nice if Verve would add the alternate takes of many of these songs to this collection: they were the ones released on the original LP version, which I owned. In particular, "Why Try to Change Me Now" and "Teach Me Tonight," which, IMHO, are much more interesting than the versions offered here.
Born: August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, NJ
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s
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