Reference: FSR V128 CD
Bar code: 8427328641289
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
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit
Donna Sings Dinah
Donna Drake was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and came to Detroit at the age of 3. The eldest of four daughters, she attended Northern High School in Detroit, where she first sang with the school choir and participated in variety shows with fellow schoolmates Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, and Barry Harris. Around 1952, after having won a talent show in Windsor, Ontario, she received a contract on a television show, where she sang supported by the Kenny Burrell Quartet. As she recalls it, this was the moment that inspired her to become a professional singer. We don’t know much about her artistic career, although it is said that for a time she worked with the great Charlie Parker. She recorded her only album in 1968 —DONNA SINGS DINAH— a kind of homage where she reimagined some of the songs made famous by Dinah Washington. Supporting Donna we find the Wynton Kelly Trio, the same group that worked with Miss Washington for so long, and so the tribute is complete. Donna Drake is as close as anyone can get to Miss D, an uncanny resemblance that goes beyond mere imitation.
Haliday Sings Holiday
Paula Haliday was born in North Carolina, in the town of Hobgood, where she graduated from the Andrew Jackson High School as an ambitious seventeen year old, whose aspirations led her to becoming a jazz-singer. She acquired the gospel-like quality of her versatile voice singing in the church choirs of her hometown as a soloist. The recognition she received gave impetus to her already powerful desire and driving ambition to emulate her heroine and idol —“Lady Day.” Even though she never tried to imitate Billie, Paula does sound a great deal like her. In this, her first and only album, recorded in 1960, Paula Haliday freed her voice from every inhibition and emotional restriction. Accompanied by an excellent quintet, she projects, she croons, she swings. There are some noteworthy solos sprinkled through the set, particularly by pianist Don Abney —which make HALIDAY SINGS HOLIDAY a veritable musical experience as well as a tribute to the great Lady Day.
"It’s amazing how many jazz vocalists have been overlooked over the decades. Here are three reissue sets that make you wonder how some singers strike it big and others get overlooked, as no one here deserved the obscurity that they received.
The latest of the female version of The Best Voices Time Forgot include Dinah Washington-influenced Donna Drake, who’s backed by the adroit team of 2/3rds of Miles Davis’ trio pianist Wynton Kelly, drummer Jimmy Cobb and bassist Keter Betts. The 1968 session has her classy on “Dream”, sassy on “Evil Gal Blues”, fingersnapping with Betts on “What A Difference A Day Makes” and dressed well in blue on “For All We Know” while agonizing on “I Could Have Told You So”. Paula Haliday had her chance in the spotlight with this charmer of standards supported by pianist Don Abney and his quartet. The backing trumpet player is positively Ellingtonian as he plunges on a dramatic “Gloomy Sunday” and gives a nice wah wah on “Love Me Or Leave Me”. Haliday herself has a twinkle in her eye on “If It’s The Last Thing I Do” and slinks to the sway of “Until The Real Thing Comes Along”. A pair of Forget-Me-Nots."
George W. Harris (October 5, 2020)
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