Babs Gonzales

Tales of Manatthan - The Cool Philosophy of Babs Gonzales

Fresh Sound 1600 Series

Personnel:
Babs Gonzales (vcl), Kenny Burrell (g), Peck Morrison (b), Roy Haynes (d), Melba Liston (arr)

Reference: FSRCD 1602

Bar code: 8427328616027

Album details

All tracks originally issued as 12" Mono album Jaro International JAM 5000

Personnel:
Babs Gonzales (vocals), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Peck Morrison (bass), Roy Haynes (drums).
Recorded in New York City, 1963

Session arranged by Melba Liston
Artwork by Maurer Studios
Liner notes: Nat Hentoff

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"An enthusiastic singer, Babs Gonzales did what he could to popularize bop. When this fairly obscure album was made in the late '50s, beatnik culture was just starting to penetrate the consciousness of mainstream America via such unlikely vehicles as the Maynard G. Krebs character in the TV show The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Compared to Krebs' caricatured verse, the hipster-speak tales Babs Gonzales spun to light cool jazz backing on Tales of Manhattan: The Cool Philosophy of Babs Gonzales were gritty and streetwise. Heard these days, when we know just how on-the-edge some New York beats were, it sounds a little innocuous and contrived. Taken as a timepiece, however, Gonzales' deftly rhythmic, lilting spoken poems-fables have their dated charms. Even if they steer well clear of slice-of-life insight, the good-natured semi-sermonizing on making connections (the non-drug-related kind), talking up chicks, hanging out on Broadway in the wee hours, and stretching out your dollars to sustain your semi-bohemian lifestyle do capture something of the sunnier side of the 1950s New York hipster world."

Richie Unterberger -All Music Guide

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