Boomkat Product Review:
An exquisite showcase for Andy Bey, one of John Coltrane’s favourite singers, available on vinyl for the first time - includes delectable takes on Nick Drake’s ‘The River Man’, and ‘Get It Straight (Straight No Chaser)’ by Thelonious Monk.
"'Allegedly Coltrane’s favourite singer, Andy Bey recorded as vocalist for Max Roach (“Members, Don’t Git Weary”), Horace Silver (“Won’t You Open Up Your Senses”), Gary Bartz (“Celestial Blues”) and Stanley Clarke in the late sixties / early seventies. He released one solo album and then disappeared from view for 20 years, resurfacing in the nineties.
This 1998 album showcases his four-octave range, the intimacy of love songs and raw power of the blues on a mixture of standards (“Pretty Girl”, “Some Other Time”), Latin (“O Cantador”, “Drume Negrita”), modern (Nick Drake’s “River Man”), and a couple of original tunes. Available for the first time on vinyl, cut at 45rpm, it features Andy on vocals and on piano, with appearances from Gary Bartz and Geri Allen.'"