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Helen Humes

Helen Humes - Songs I Like to Sing

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Songs I Like to Sing

By Helen Humes

Very Good Condition

A Review:

I bought this CD because of the great reviews (as has been noted elsewhere, "N. Dorward" gives it the complete rundown) and - let's be honest, here - it was only $7.65. A funky, low price, so I figured what-the-heck?

Wow, what a find. I listened to it once and went "eh." A little too close to Ella, for me, a little too easygoing. But just now I listened to it again and she (Helen Humes) is fantastic. All the plaudits you read elsewhere here are on the mark. One song in particular is worth the purchase: "Every Now and Then," a relatively obscure tune from the Thirties that she does with a string quartet (!) and rhythm/sax backing that HAS to be the definitive vocal read of this gem. Oh and by the way, throw in a little Ben Webster crooning his tenor around her, why dontcha'? Lots of other great performers in there, too: Shelly Manne, Barney Kessel, Andre Previn - essentially the West Coast crowd, that arranger Marty Paitch pulled together.

Seriously, this is a delicious CD. When Helen wants to rock, she rocks. When she wants to whisper, she whispers. It's all here.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
  2. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  3. Don't Worry 'Bout Me [Alternate Take]
  4. Mean to Me
  5. Every Now and Then
  6. I Want a Roof Over My Head
  7. St. Louis Blues
  8. You're Driving Me Crazy
  9. My Old Flame
  10. Million Dollar Secret
  11. Love Me or Leave Me
  12. Imagination
  13. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

Product details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics / Contemporary Records
  • ASIN: B000000Y9R

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