On King 1957-1959 Plus Her 1954-1956 Blue Lake & Chess Recordings (2-CD)
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Lorez Alexandria

On King 1957-1959 Plus Her 1954-1956 Blue Lake & Chess Recordings (2-CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Lorez Alexandria (vcl), Paul Serrano, Cy Touff, Willie Thomas (tp), Ronald Wilson (fl), King Fleming, Ralph Sharon, Ralph Burns (p), Jimmy Raney (g), Eldee Young, Earl May (b), Vernell Fournier, Osie Johnson (d), Frank Hunter, Russell Garcia, Richard Wess, Johnny Richards (arr, cond)

Reference: FSRCD 979_2

Bar code: 8427328609791

In 1953, Lorez Alexandria (1929-2001) was already a young veteran of church singing in Chicago. But when she decided to start her professional career, it was as a jazz and R&B singer with the King Fleming Four, an instrumental quartet that would become one of the favorite groups of the Midwest soon after Lorez joined them.

By the end of 1956, in addition to her work with Fleming’s quartet, she began a career as a single, billed as “Angel Voice.” This was an important step for her, as in 1957 it led to the start of her recording career on the King label. For her first album—”This Is Lorez”—she sang with a musical line-up that brought in a different sort of sophistication to the record, shading tunes with moody colors on flute and oboe that perfectly support the singer’s soulful sensitivity and expressive way with the lyrics.

The critics received her with open arms, which in turn led the label to produce, that same year, a second album—”Lorez Sings Prez,” featuring only songs which Lester Young had recorded. She managed to find the essence in each song, its soul, and where there were no lyrics, Lorez scatted, with perfect understanding of what Lester had to say.

In 1959, she recorded two more albums for King, but the label, instead of hiring an arranger and musicians for the sessions, used pre-recorded instrumental backgrounds for Lorez to overdub her voice. She did a wonderful job interacting with them, in some of the finest work by this much forgotten jazz legend. It is no wonder that throughout her career, some eminent jazz critics compared her with Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan or Carmen McRae.

Tracklist MP3

Sample this album
Disc 1
Disc 2
Total time: 139:31 min.


CD 1
01. Introduction – I Thought About You (Van Heusen-Mercer) 2:46
02. I’m Glad There Is You (Dorsey-Mertz) 2:42
03. Thou Swell (Rodgers-Hart) 2:27
04. Snow Storm (King Fleming) 2:49
05. Penthouse Serenade (Burton-Jason) 2:14
06. And There You Are (Fischer-Carey) 2:44
07. The Sky Is Crying (Carter-Herrick) 3:15
08. You Make Me Feel So Young (Myrow-Gordon) 2:10
09. I’m Making Believe (Monaco-Gordon) 3:00
10. Baltimore Oriole (Carmichael-Webster) 2:56
11. You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown-Kahn) 2:38
12. Necessity (Burton-Lane-Harburg) 2:26
13. Introduction – Fine and Dandy (Swift-James) 2:55
14. Fooling Myself (Lawrence-Tinturin) 3:29
15. D.B. Blues (Lester Young) 2:57
16. You Are Driving Me Crazy (Walter Donaldson) 1:56
17. Easy Living (Rainger-Robin) 3:19
18. Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Van Heusen-Burke) 2:58
19. This Year’s Kisses (Irving Berlin) 2:28
20. There Will Never Be Another You (Warren-Gordon) 2:29
21. No Eyes Blues (Lester Young) 3:43
22. Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid (Young-Beeks) 4:52
23. Williams’ Blues (Russell Williams) 3:04
24. One O’Clock Jump (Count Basie) 2:54
25. Please Come Back (King Fleming) 2:50
26. Stompin’ at the Savoy (Sampson-Goodman-Webb) 2:34

CD 2
01. You Are My Thrill (Gorney-Clare) 2:02
02. Don’t Blame Me (McHugh-Fields) 2:34
03. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Waller-Brooks-Razaf) 2:52
04. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter) 3:02
05. Dancing on the Ceiling (Rodgers-Hart) 3:04
06. Love Is Just Around the Corner (Gensler-Robin) 2:24
07. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (Ahlert-Young) 2:07
08. Just You, Just Me (Greer-Klages) 2:18
09. All the Things You Are (Kern-Hammerstein II) 1:48
10. The Thrill Is Gone (Henderson-Brown) 2:17
11. My Baby Just Cares for Me (Donaldson-Kahn) 2:32
12. Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter) 2:47
13. Then I’ll Be Tired of You (Schwartz-Harburg) 2:48
14. Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) 2:05
15. Sometimes I’m Happy (Youmans-Caesar-Grey) 2:29
16. Long Ago and Far Away (Kern-Gershwin) 2:58
17. But Beautiful (Van Heusen-Burke) 2:14
18. I’m Beginning to See the Light (Ellington-George-Hodges-James) 4:19
19. I Can’t Believe that You’re In Love with Me (McHugh-Gaskill) 3:02
20. Spring Is Here (Rodgers-Hart) 3:35
21. Angel Eyes (Dennis-Brent) 4:19
22. Better Luck Next Time (Irving Berlin) 3:01
23. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (Rodgers-Hart) 3:36

Album details

Sources CD 1:
Tracks #1-12, from the album “This Is Lorez” (King 542)
Tracks #13-22, from the album “Lorez Sings Pres” (King 565)
Tracks #23 & 24, from the 78rpm/45rpm disc (Blue Lake 104)
Tracks #25 & 26, from the 78rpm/45 rpm disc (Chess 1633)

Sources CD 2:
Tracks #1-11, from the album “The Band Swings-Lorez Sings” (King 657)
Tracks #12-23, from the album “Standards with a Slight Touch of Jazz” (King 676)

Lorez Alexandria, vocals in all tracks

Personnel on "This is Lorez":
King Fleming’s Sextet
Ronald Wilson, flute, oboe; King Fleming, piano; Wilbur Wynne, guitar; Russell Williams, bass; Vernell Fournier, drums; Aubrie Jones, bongos.
Recorded in Chicago, February 25 (#1-6), and March 5 (#7-12), 1957

Personnel on "Lorez Sings Pres":
King Fleming’s Sextet
Paul Serrano, trumpet; Cy Touff, bass trumpet; Charles Stepney, vibes; King Fleming, piano; Eldee Young or Earl May, bass; Vernell Fournier, drums.
Recorded in Chicago, November 6 & 13, 1957

Personnel on Blue Lake & Chess recordings:
King Fleming’s Quintette
King Fleming, piano & vocals; John Neely, tenor sax; Russell Williams, bass & vocals; Aubrie Jones, drums & vocals.
Recorded in Chicago, c. March 1954 & c. August 1956 (#25 & 26)

Personnel on "The Band Swings-Lorez Sings":
Lorez Alexandria, overdubbed vocals (Chicago, 1959)
Tracks #1-3 & 5-11 with Frank Hunter's Orchestra
Nick Travis, Al Derisi, Don Leight, Bernie Glow, trumpets; Harry DeVito, Phil Giacobe, trombones; Leon Cohen, alto sax; Herbie Mann, flute & tenor sax; Allen Eager, tenor sax; Hy Mandel, baritone sax; Donn Trenner, piano; Sal Salvador, guitar; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Shadow Wilson, drums. Frank Hunter, arrangements.
Recorded in New York City 1956

Tracks #4 & 5 with Russ Garcia & His Four Trombone Band
Maynard Ferguson, valve trombone; Herbie Harper, Frank Rosolino, Tommy Pederson, trombones; Dick Houlgate, baritone sax; Marty Paich, piano; Red Mitchell, bass; Stan Levey, drums. Russ Garcia, arrangements.
Recorded in Los Angeles 1955

Personnel on "Standards with a Slight Touch of Jazz":
Lorez Alexandria, overdubbed vocals (Chicago, 1959)
Tracks #12, 14, 17 with Russ Garcia & His Four Trombone Band
Maynard Ferguson, valve trombone; Herbie Harper, Frank Rosolino, Tommy Pederson, trombones; Dick Houlgate, baritone sax; Marty Paich, piano; Red Mitchell, bass; Stan Levey, drums. Russ Garcia, arrangements.
Recorded in Los Angeles, 1955

Tracks #13, 22 with Orchestra Conducted by Richard Wess
Harry Lookofsky, violin; Urbie Green, trombone; Jerry Sanfino, Romeo Penque, woodwinds; Richard Wess, piano; Sal Salvador, guitar; Milt Hinton, bass; Sol Gubin, drums.
Recorded in New York City 1957

Tracks #15, 19 with Al Belletto Sextet
Willie Thomas, trumpet; Jimmy Guinn, trombone; Al Belletto, clarinet & alto sax; Fred Crane, piano; Kenny O’Brien, bass; Tom Montgomery, drums.
Recorded in Chicago, 1957

Track #16 with Johnny Richards’ Orchestra
Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Childers, Pete Candoli, trumpets; Stu Williamson, trumpet & valve trombone; Shorty Rogers, bass trumpet; Vince De Rosa, French horn; Frank Rosolino, Tommy Pederson, Don Nelly, trombones; Charlie Mariano, alto sax; Richie Kamuca, tenor sax; Ronny Lang, baritone sax & piccolo; Bill Holman, bass sax; Marty Paich, piano; Buddy Clark, bass; Stan Levey, drums; Lou Singer, mallets.
Recorded in Los Angeles, 1956

Tracks #18, 21, 23 with The Ralph Sharon Trio
Ralph Sharon, piano; Jay Cave, bass; Christy Febbo, drums.
Recorded in New York City 1956

Track #20 with The Ralph Burns Quartet
Ralph Burns, piano; Jimmy Raney, guitar; Clyde Lombardi, bass; Osie Johnson, drums.
Recorded in New York City, 1955

Original King recordings produced by Sidney Nathan and Ralph Bass, Blue Lake by Al Benson & Chess by Ralph Bass.
Blue Lake and Chess recordings, courtesy of the Armin Büttner collection.
Special thanks to Hubert Stowitschek & Daniel Gugolz
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Mono / Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
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