13 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As Peggy Lee continued to make pop albums for Capitol throughout the early '60s, she'd use her extra studio time to record the jazz stylings that were her true calling. Though these tracks were often left off the official albums, they were eventually compiled on the 1965 release Mink Jazz, which went on to become one of Lee’s most enduring albums. Capitol desperately wanted to turn the blonde Lee into another Doris Day, but she was always more comfortable and effective playing the jazz chanteuse than the squeaky-clean pop vocalist. Though she didn’t possess the fierce sense of swing of an Anita O’Day or the virtuosity of an Ella Fitzgerald, few could match Lee for setting a mood. “My Silent Love,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Cloudy Morning," and “I’m a Fool to Want You” are why listeners return to Lee’s work after all these decades. No one recorded hotter torch songs, but Lee also had genuine jazz credentials. Her rhythmic fluency and fiery timing jump out on “It’s a Big Wide Wonderful World!,” “The Lady Is a Tramp," and “I Won’t Dance.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

As Peggy Lee continued to make pop albums for Capitol throughout the early '60s, she'd use her extra studio time to record the jazz stylings that were her true calling. Though these tracks were often left off the official albums, they were eventually compiled on the 1965 release Mink Jazz, which went on to become one of Lee’s most enduring albums. Capitol desperately wanted to turn the blonde Lee into another Doris Day, but she was always more comfortable and effective playing the jazz chanteuse than the squeaky-clean pop vocalist. Though she didn’t possess the fierce sense of swing of an Anita O’Day or the virtuosity of an Ella Fitzgerald, few could match Lee for setting a mood. “My Silent Love,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Cloudy Morning," and “I’m a Fool to Want You” are why listeners return to Lee’s work after all these decades. No one recorded hotter torch songs, but Lee also had genuine jazz credentials. Her rhythmic fluency and fiery timing jump out on “It’s a Big Wide Wonderful World!,” “The Lady Is a Tramp," and “I Won’t Dance.”

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About Selah Sue

Genre-bending Belgian singer/songwriter Selah Sue was born Sanne Putseys on May 3, 1989 in the city of Leuven, and raised in nearby Leefdaal. She began playing acoustic guitar and composing her own songs at the age of 15, and by her late teens had skillfully refined her signature blend of soul, hip-hop, funk, and reggae into a powerful force. Part Adele and part Erykah Badu, Sue honed her craft at home, in studios, and in clubs before gaining momentum through appearances at major festivals and on Flemish television shows. By the age of 20 she had secured a record deal and found herself in the studio with the likes of Farhot and Patrice, Me'Shell Ndegéocello, and Cee-Lo Green (she was even asked by Prince to open up a show in Antwerp). Selah Sue released her eponymous debut album in March of 2011. ~ James Christopher Monger

HOMETOWN
Leuven, Belgium
BORN
May 3, 1989

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