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This is a fun recording, one of singer Irene Reid's few in a small-group setting. Assisted by organist Charles Earland, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trumpeter James Rotundi, guitarist Bob DeVos, and drummer Greg Rockingham, Reid mostly interprets familiar material. Two songs (a swinging "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" and "This Bitter Earth") are associated with Dinah Washington, the humorous title cut was made famous by Helen Humes, and there are a couple of middle-of-the-road pop songs and a pair of humorous blues ("Big Fat Daddy" and "One Eyed Man"). Million Dollar Secret is not an essential release, since most of the material is quite familiar, but this is one of Irene Reid's finest recordings.


Born: 23 September 1930 in Savannah, GA

Genre: Jazz

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

Like many great blues and classic jazz vocalists, the Savannah, GA raised Irene Reid began singing in the church. She was born on September 23, 1930 in Savannah, and attended the Alfred E. Beach/Cuyler High School. There, she learned vocal music from teacher Peter Smalls. In her early days singing around Savannah, it was either in the church or in the high school, and the thought of becoming a blues or jazz singer didn't dawn on her until some time later. After her mother passed away in 1947, she...
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