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After a late-'90s career revival with albums like the indelible Shades of Bey, this veteran singer-pianist scored his first Grammy nomination with 2004's American Song. The warm-voiced Bey puts his mark on ten tunes, most undeniably standard but open to new twists in his hands. Languid but emotionally potent, Bey makes something of song that have long been associated with definitive readings-Frank Sinatra on "Angel Eyes," Johnny Hartman on "Lush Life"-as if to remind us that these standards remain relevant. A couple of less well-known songs also make deep impressions: Hear what Bey does with the Nat "King" Cole obscurity "Never Let Me Go." This is a great record by an artist with much left to say, who's fortunately finding a growing audience for his music.


Born: 1939 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Jazz

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

One of the great unsung heroes of jazz singing, Andy Bey is a commanding interpreter of lyrics who has a wide vocal range and a big, rich, full voice. Bey enjoys a small following that swears by him; nonetheless, he isn't nearly as well known as he should be. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, not far from New York, Bey was exposed to jazz as a child and started singing in front of local audiences as early as age eight. At some gigs, an eight-year-old Bey was accompanied by tenor sax great Hank...
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