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Album Review

Pianist Stanley Black's roots were in jazz and the British dance band scene of the 1930s. By the late '40s and early '50s he had settled into a comfortable existence as a composer of film scores and purveyor of lounge and mood music. Dutton Vocalion here presents two of Black's most understated Decca albums, Red Velvet and Music for Romance. Unfortunately this ultra-comfy stuff comes across as stringy Muzak with piano in front. Those who regard this material as a cop-out for a man who made great jazz records with Coleman Hawkins in 1934 should bear in mind the fact that Hawkins too made several albums with strings. Even so, Hawk's orchestral collaborations with Manny Albam, Glenn Osser and Frank Hunter were more substantial than Stanley Black's Red Velvet and Music for Romance.

Biography

Born: 14 June 1913 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Stanley Black was one of the most prolific and eclectic British bandleaders of the postwar era, appearing almost daily on BBC radio and recording dozens of LPs and film scores in a vast array of styles. Born in London on June 14, 1913, Black began studying piano at the age of seven under the tutelage of Rae Robinson; he went on to attend the Mathay School of Music, and was just 12 when the BBC Symphony Orchestra performed one of his original compositions (a distinction he earned by winning a contest...
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