Debby Moore (vcl, whistling), Harry Edison (tp), Jimmy Jones (p), Barry Galbraith (g), George Duvivier (b), Elvin Jones (d)
Reference: FSRCD 475
Bar code: 8427328604758
Debby Moore, 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 group is cast in a mainly accompanying role, it could call on 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 trumpeters as well Jimmy Jones’s elegant soloing and Barry Galbraiths funky guitar. The result was a consistently interesting debut session, with the singer generating her lithe, detached swing and getting her own groove going.
"As its title promises, My Kind of Blues captures a distinctly personal interpretation of familiar blues and jazz standards--Debby Moore's uncommonly warm and gentle vocals soften the blow delivered by the lyrics of "How Come You Do Me Like You Do" and "Nothin' But Trouble on My Mind," transforming their melancholy into profound compassion and understanding. Nuanced contributions from trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, pianist Jimmy Jones, guitarist Barry Galbraith, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Elvin Jones further underscore the session's feather-light beauty. Fresh Sound's 2007 CD reissue appends the bonus cut "Get a Feeling."
Jason Ankeny -All Music Guide