My Crying Hour + My Kind of blues (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Roulette SR-52048
    Roulette SR-52048
  • Top Rank ST12-301
    Top Rank ST12-301

Cora Lee Day & Debby Moore

My Crying Hour + My Kind of blues (2 LP on 1 CD)

Best Voices Time Forgot

Cora Lee Day, Debby Moore (vcl), Jimmy Jones (p, dir), Harry Edison (tp), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Barry Galbraith (g), Eddie Jones, George Duvivier (b), Osie Johnson, Elvin Jones (d), Jerry Valentine, Don Donaldson (arr)

Reference: FSR V127 CD

Bar code: 8427328641272

The Best Voices Time Forgot
Collectible Albums by Top Female Vocalists

· Collector's Edition
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art, Liner Notes
· Complete Personnel Details
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit

My Crying Hour
Cora Lee Day (1914-1996) was virtually unknown when she recorded 'My Crying Hour' in 1960, the only album in her brief singing career, before becoming an actress. She bore a striking vocal resemblance to another legendary “Day,” the immortal “Lady Day” —Billie Holiday— but her voice still has that certain intangible quality that singles her out as a rare-find on the jazz scene and is sure to catch your ear. Under the direction of pianist Jimmy Jones and with a number of skillful arrangements, Cora Lee gained the drive and confidence to sing an engaging repertoire of fragile, moving songs in the manner that came most natural to her —soft and intimate.

My Kind of Blues
Debby Moore (1925-2017), who once sang with Earl Hines, was a Fifties pop singer whose light, warmly caressing voice and ability to read a lyric and phrase well showed a frank jazz awareness. It’s no surprise, then, that she was able to get a quintet of this quality for this mix of blues and standards. Although the group is cast in a mainly accompanying role, it could call on Harry Sweets Edison’s swinging solos and delightful backing for the singer —who also contributes the novelty of whistling on a couple of tracks in a style not unlike the trumpeter’s— as well as Jimmy Jones’s elegant soloing and Barry Galbraith’s funky guitar. The result was 'My Kind of Blues,' a consistenly interesting debut album, with the singer generating her lithe, detached swing and getting her own groove going.

01. My Crying Hour (Sonny LeGlaire) 3:45
02. When Your Lover Has Gone (E.A.Swan) 2:50
03. Trouble Is a Man (Alec Wilder) 3:01
04. The Very Thought of You (Ray Noble) 3:17
05. I See a Million People (Robert Sour) 3:30
06. Ain't No Use (Wyche-Kirkland) 3:08
07. It Isn't Fair (Warshauer-Sprigato-Himber) 2:37
08. You Taught Me How to Cry (E.Johnson) 3:29
09. Weeping Willow (Zola Garrett) 3:03
10. Try a Little Tenderness (Woods-Campbell-Connelly) 3:20
11. I'm Gonna Laugh You Out of My Life (Coleman-McCarthy) 3:26
12. The Masquerade Is Over (Magidson-Wrubel) 3:16
13. Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days (Morris-Donaldson) 3:02
14. Come On Home to Me (Debby Moore) 2:26
15. See See Rider (Traditional) 2:25
16. Nothin' but Trouble on My Mind (Debby Moore) 2:41
17. Sent for You Yesterday (Basie-Rushing-Durham) 2:10
18. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home (Warfield-Williams) 2:39
19. I'm Travelin' Light (Young-Mercer) 2:58
20. (I Know) My Baby Loves Me True (Debby Moore) 2:57
21. Why Don’t You Do Right (McCoy-Lee) 2:50
22. How Come You Do Me Like You Do Do Do? (Austin-Bergere) 2:25
23. Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles) 2:56
24. No Love, No Nothin' (Warren-Robin) 2:46
25. I Get a Feeling (Maultsby-Buttler) 2:12 *

Album details

(*) Bonus Track

Tracks #1-12, from the Cora Lee Day album “My Crying Hour” (Roulette SR-52048)
Tracks #13-24, from the Debby Moore album “My Kind of Blues” (Top Rank ST12-301)
Track #25, from the Debby Moore single (Top Tank 45JAR-284)

Personnel on “My Crying Hour”:

Cora Lee Day, vocals
Accompanied by Sextet & Orchestra conducted by Jimmy Jones
Sextet (#2,3,6,7,9,10,12): Harry Edison, trumpet; Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax; Jimmy Jones, piano, Barry Galbraith, guitar; Eddie Jones, bass; Osie Johnson, drums.
Orchestra (#1,5,8,11): Arrangements by Jerry Valentine.
Recorded in New York City, June 1960

Personnel on “My Kind of Blues”:

Debby Moore, vocals & whistling
Accompanied by Harry Edison, trumpet; Jimmy Jones, piano; Barry Galbraith, guitar; George Duvivier, bass; Elvin Jones, drums.
Arrangements by Don Donaldson
Recorded in New York City, December 1959

Liner notes: Jordi Pujol, Howard Cook
Original recordings produced by Teddy Reig (#1-12), and Sonny Lester (#13-25)
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"Just when you think there are no more ladies at the jazz microphone, Barcelona-based Fresh Sound Records does some fracking and comes up with more black gold!

Cora Lee Day only recorded this one album before becoming an actress, ranging in TV shows like Hunter or in films such as What’s Love Got To Do With It. As a vocalist, she has a bit of a mix of Eartha Kitt and hints of Billie Holiday, teaming herself on this 1960 session with a sextet and orchestra conducted by pianist Jimmy Jones. The Basie alumni Harry Edison/tp, Illinois Jacquet/ts and Osie Johnson/dr give R&B is support, with Day slinking with the horns on “When Your Lover Has Gone”. She oozes through Jacquet’s fog on a rich “Try a Little Tenderness” and slithers on “Ain't No Use” with a stark take of “This Masquerade is Over” with sublime work by Jones. A ringer!

Debbie Moore is almost as obscure; she did sing a bit for Earl Hines, but this 1959 album with the disparate team of guitarist Barry Galbraith, swinging trumpeter Harry Edison, classy pianist Jimmy Jones and steady bassist George Duvivier also includes drummer Elvin Jones, and he’s in a bluesy mood along with the sassy Moore on this wide range of blues. Moore sings with verve and even whistles with nifty understatement by Duvivier and Jones on the cooing “I Get A Feeling” and sassy “Come Home With Me”, with Sweets cheering her on. She oos and aahs through “Hallelujah I Love Him So” and agonizes a wisp on “Why Don’t You Do Right”? A hip Basie pulse gets her in a good mood on “Sent For You Yesterday” and “(I Know) My Baby Loves Me” and gets a gospel preaching feel on “Nothin’ But Trouble On My Mind”. Get this lady a room!"

George W. Harris (September 14, 2020)


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