Marty Bell, Don Heller (vcl), Don Elliott (vib, tp, perc, arr), Ralph Burns (p, arr, cond), Al Epstein (sax), Bob Corwin (p), Billy Bauer, Allen Hanlon, Freddie Green (g), Vinnie Burke, Charles Mingus, George Duvivier (b), Jim Campbell, Don Lamond, Osie johnson (d)
Reference: FSR V203 CD
Bar code: 8427328642033
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The Best Voices Time Forgot
Collectible Albums by Top Male Vocalists
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The Voice of Marty Bell
Marty Bell was born in 1925 in Newark, New Jersey. He started playing trumpet when he was about 15, and began singing just a few years later, while he was part of an Army band. From 1946, and for several years thereafter, he toured as a big band singer, but never neglected his trumpet work entirely. With that experience under his belt, he made the break away from band vocalizing and started working as a single. Marty stood out for his light but sturdy, swinging sound, and his easy, consistent command of the beat. This album was released in 1956 and marked his debut on record. Working with him on eight of the tracks —and taking off on their own on four others— we find the swinging quartet led by the multi-talented jazzman Don Elliott.
Blame It on My Youth
'Blame It on My Youth' introduced Don Heller —a 22 year-old Brooklyn singer— to the world. Down Beat magazine praised the album as one of the most encouraging releases in 1956, but unfortunately this did not translate into success, and his name was soon forgotten. Somewhat Sinatra-influenced, Heller sings with fullness of sound, ungimmicked directness, and musical taste, happily failing entirely to conceal the exuberance that is basic in his singing. Ralph Burns was responsible for a set of smooth, imaginative arrangements. Among the alternating musicians we can hear in these recordings there are some top jazzmen, including Burns himself on piano; Charlie Mingus, Wendell Marshall, Freddie Greene, Don Lamond, Billy Bauer, and Osie Johnson. The tunes are all standards, treated well by Heller himself.