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Georgie Does His Thing With Strings

Georgie Fame

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Album Review

Georgie Does His Thing with Strings draws on arranger Keith Mansfield's past as a sound library maestro to create a lush, sweeping approach with a distinctively cinematic edge. Its moody, mellow sensibilities perfectly complement Georgie Fame's increasingly mature vocals, which sidestep the R&B inflections of his previous records in favor of a poignant style rooted in jazz and traditional pop—the inclusion of Bacharach/David gems like "This Guy's in Love with You" and "A House Is Not a Home" further underscores the session's sophistication and elegance.

Biography

Born: 26 June 1943 in Leigh, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Georgie Fame's swinging, surprisingly credible blend of jazz and American R&B earned him a substantial following in his native U.K., where he scored three number one singles during the '60s. Fame played piano and organ in addition to singing, and was influenced by the likes of Mose Allison, Booker T. & the MG's, and Louis Jordan. Early in his career, he also peppered his repertoire with Jamaican ska and bluebeat tunes, helping to popularize that genre in England; during his later years, he...
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