Peggy King (vcl), with Andy Kahn (p), Bruce Kaminsky (b), Bruce Klauber (d)
Reference: FSRCD 5503
Bar code: 8427328655033
Along with Tony Bennett, Peggy King is among the very last certifiable stars of radio, television, motion pictures, theaters, nightclubs and recordings still working today. Shes packed a lot into a whirlwind career of the 1950s and early 1960s, working with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. to André Previn and a three-year association with comedian George Gobel; appearing in films like Zero Hour; singing at the 1955 Oscar Awards telecast; entertaining U.S. troops overseas with Bob Hope during the Korean War; and recording for Columbia Records, among others.
In 1961, she married After Six Formal Wear Chairman/President Samuel Rudofker, started a family in Philadelphia, and left the business. Aside from a brief re-entry onstage and with new recordings made during the mid-1980s, Peggy King did not perform in public professionally again until almost two years ago, when she met pianist Andy Kahn, drummer Bruce Klauber, and bassist Bruce Kaminsky, members in long-standing42 years, to be exactof Philadelphias popular jazz ensemble The All-Star Jazz Trio.
01. Lets Fall In Love (Arlen-Koehler) 2:20
02. Cry Me a River (Hamilton) 4:23
03. Peggy King introduces Any Questions? 1:16
04. Any Questions? (Hamilton) 2:17
05. Maybe Youll Be There (Bloom-Gallop) 4:33
06. How About You? (Lane-Freed) 2:51
07. Born to Be Blue (Tormé-Wells) 3:11
08. Be Careful, Its My Heart (Berlin) 2:44
09. The Boy Next Door (Martin) 4:04
10. Nobodys Heart (Rodgers-Hart) 4:44
11. Dearly Beloved (Mercer-Kern) 3:20
12. Wait Till You See Him/Her (Rodgers-Hart) 3:01
13. While Were Young (Wilder-Palitz) 2:52
14. You Better Go Now (Graham-Reichner) 4:07
15. With a Song in My Heart (Rodgers-Hart) 3:25
16. My Ship (Gershwin-Weill) 5:16
17. Cant Help Lovin Dat (Kern-Hammerstein) 4:42
18. You Took Advantage of Me
(Rodgers-Hart) 3:11 *
Total time: 61:00 min. approx.
(*) Bonus track
Peggy King and The All-Star Jazz Trio
Andy Kahn (acoustic piano), Bruce Kaminsky, Kydd (bass), and Bruce Klauber (drums).
Recorded at the private studio of Andy Kahn, Philadelphia, March 2 & 9, 2015
* Bonus track recorded at Square on Square Restaurant, Philadelphia, on February 27, 2015
Remote Recording Engineer: Rick Reinhart
Post Production at Studio 4, Conshohocken, PA
Mixing Engineer: Dan Tatarowicz
Mastering Engineer: Phil Nicolo
Booklet photography: Maria S. Young, Anthony Dean, Howie Brown and Maryann Lopinto
Produced by Andy Kahn and Bruce Klauber
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
For further information about Peggy King and The All-Star Jazz Trio, visit: http://www.allstarjazz.net
Peggy King shares the distinction of being one of the last of the singers working in radio, television, films and club work with Tony Bennett. The song Cry Me A River was written for her by Arthur Hamilton but Mitch Miller, at Columbia, told her that no song with the word “plebeian” in it would ever be recorded by that company. It wasn’t and Julie London recorded it for United Artists and sold a million records. Mitch was never the brightest at recognising big-selling songs as Frank Sinatra would have agreed, having his own run-ins with him frequently until he moved record companies. Peggy sings it here and very well although history will record that it belongs to Julie London forever.
The association with the All Star Jazz trio (as they style themselves although pianist Kahn is the main mover and shaker) goes back several years and the quartet fit together very well here. Peggy has a warm, sensuous voice and is particularly effective on ballads. She knows all these well-worn standards like the back of her hand and does justice to all of them on this release. She does a very good job on Born To Be Blue, a song she first sang with co-writer Mel Tormé on television in 1952. She gives it a suitably blue hue in this reading with strong support from piano, bass and drums. This is an engaging recital of standards by a singer with a fine voice and personal sound. At the time of recording she was 83 years old but you wouldn’t know it from listening.
Derek Ansell, Jazz Journal (February 2016)
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