Peggy Connelly – That Old Black Magic (1956/2014) [PrestoClassical FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Peggy Connelly – That Old Black Magic (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:37 minutes | 429 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

This 1956 session for Peggy Connelly was one of only two releases from the singer and her only album for Bethlehem. With arrangements by Russ Garcia, Connelly is backed by some of the finest West Coast musicians of the day on this collection of standards, including Charlie Mariano on alto sax, Bill Holman on tenor sax and Stan Levey on drums.

An excellent album of vocals that’s one of the best vocal jazz sessions ever cut on Bethlehem! Although the dramatic signature Billy Daniels rendition had been around since 1950, Peggy’s take on the tune is a more straight-forward Latin interpretation that shows some good vocal range. Russ Garcia conducts the band with his deft touch and musical finesse, something quickly evident to the aware listener. Enjoy them, because these recordings are fully representative of Russ Garcia’s versatile talent as a composer and arranger, in both the instrumental and vocal fields.

01 – That Old Black Magic
02 – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
03 – Trav’lin’ Light
04 – Ev’ry Time
05 – It Never Entered My Mind
06 – Why Shouldn’t I
07 – Gentleman Friend
08 – What Is There To Say
09 – He Was Too Good To Me
10 – I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
11 – Fools Rush In
12 – Alone Together

Arranged & Conducted by Russ Garcia.
Recorded on January 16-18, 1956 in Los Angeles, CA.
Remastered in 2014.

Peggy Connelly – vocals
Russ Cheever – soprano saxophone
Charlie Mariano – alto saxophone
Bill Holman – tenor saxophone
Jimmy Giuffre – baritone saxophone
Pete Candoli – trumpet
Stu Williamson – trumpet
Al Hendrickson – guitar
Max Bennett – bass
Stan Levey – drums