Don Heller

'Blame It on My Youth' introduced Don Heller —a 22 year-old Brooklyn singer— to the world. Down Beat magazine praised the album as one of the most encouraging releases in 1956, but unfortunately this did not translate into success, and his name was soon forgotten. Somewhat Sinatra-influenced, Heller sings with fullness of sound, ungimmicked directness, and musical taste, happily failing entirely to conceal the exuberance that is basic in his singing. Ralph Burns was responsible for a set of smooth, imaginative arrangements. Among the alternating musicians we can hear in these recordings there are some top jazzmen, including Burns himself on piano; Charles Mingus, Wendell Marshall, Freddie Green, Don Lamond, Billy Bauer, and Osie Johnson. The tunes are all standards, treated well by Heller himself.

—Jordi Pujol (From the liner notes of FSRV 203)

Albums featuring Don Heller

1 record