Bob Stewart (vcl), Al Evans, Chuck Sedacca, Marv Falcon (vcl), Joe Derise (p, vcl), Gene Quill (as), Al Cohn (ts), Herbie Mann (fl, ts), Mat Mathews (acc), Hank Jones (p), Joe Puma, Mundell Lowe (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Charlie Smith, Kenny Clarke (d)
Reference: DCD 112
Bar code: 8427328441124
Special Collector's Edition
· Complete Sessions
· Original artwork and liner notes
· Hi-Fi Recordings
· Newly Remastered
01. Me And My Shadow (Rose-Dreyer-Jolson) 1:31
02. Blue Prelude (Jenkins-Bishop) 3:11
03. Bernie´s Tune (Miller-Stoller-Leiber) 4:58
04. Ev'rytime I Fall In Love (More-Aulcino) 2:21
05. Remember Me (Warren-Dubin) 2:14
06. Bye Bye Blackbird (Henderson-Dixon) 2:40
07. Similau (Coleman-Clar) 2:18
08. Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella (Kahal-Wheeler-Fain) 1:48
09. Ooh Baby It Scares Me (Darwin-Girard) 2:54
10. There´ll Be Some Changes Made (Wiggins-Overstreet) 2:01
11. You´re Blase (Sievier-Ord) 2:12
12. All´s Well That Ends Well (Wieland-Baker) 2:14
13. Caravan (Tizol-Ellington-Mills) 2:40
14. Skylark (Mercer-Carmichael) 2:34
15. Look Dawn That Lonesome Road (Austion-Shilkret) 2:39
16. If I´m Lucky (Myrow-DeLange) 3:13
17. Between The Devil And The Deep (Arlen-Koehler) 2:19
18. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Mercer-Arlen) 2:33
19. When The Blues Come On (Darwin-Cohn) 3:37
20. Avalon (Rose-Jolson-DeSylva) 2:03
21. Laura (Mercer-Raskin) 2:30
22. Moonglow (Hudson-DeLange-Mills) 2:27
23. It´s Mine After All (Darwin-Mathews) 3:10
24. Blue Prelude (Jenkins-Bishop) 3:06
Total time: 63:08 min.
Tracks #1-12, from the Dawn album "The 4 Most Sing The Arrangements of Joe Derise" (DLP-1112)
Tracks #13-24, from the Dawn album "Bob Stewart Sings With the Mat Mathews' Quintet" (DLP-1103)
Personnel on #1-12:
Al Evan (lead vocal), Chuck Sedacca (2nd vocal), Joe Derise (piano, 3rd vocal), Marv Falcon (4th vocal), accompanied by Gene Quill (alto sax), Al Cohn (tenor sax), Mat Mathews (accordion), Hank Jones (piano), Joe Puma, Mundell Lowe (guitars), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Charlie Smith (drums).
Personnel on #13-24:
Bob Stewart (vocals), Herbie Mann (flute, tenor sax), Mat Mathews (accordion), Joe Puma (guitar), Oscar Pettiford (bass, cello), Kenny Clarke (drums).
All tracks recorded in New York City, 1956
Cover designs: Dave Falcon (The 4 Most) / Frank Scott Studio (Bob Stewart)
Photography by Mel Mills (The 4 Most) / Fernend Fonssegrives (Bob Stewart)
Original sessions produced by Chuck Darwin
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
24-Bit · High Resolution Remastering
"The first half of this CD consists of a previously released Dawn album from 1956 called The 4 Most Sing The Arrangements of Joe Derise. The 4 Most was a vocal group quartet that consisted of Al Evans, Chuck Sedacca, Joe Derise and Marv Falcon, supported here by an octet that included Dick Sherman, Gene Quill, Al Cohn, Hank Jones, and others. The 4 Most's style was very reminiscent of the Four Freshmen/Hi-Lo school of jazz vocal harmony, and especially close to the upper range that the Hi-Lo's often highlighted. On the dozen titles from this group, there are several occasions for solo features, including a scatted Bernie's Tune, Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella, and Bye Bye Blackbird.
In 1956, singer Bob Stewart and the members of the Mat Mathews Quintet recorded twelve tracks at the New Jersey studio of Rudy Van Gelder. Let's Talk About Love, originally released on the Dawn label, has now been digitally remastered and licensed to Fresh Sound Records as the second part of this reissue (now called simply Bob Stewart). Listening to this music, now just short of fifty years old, one hears a first-rate jazz crooner. Stewart's voice has deepened since this recording, as his 1990s albums, largely on his own VWC label, attest; his sound here could be compared to that of Mel Torme or Dick Haymes.
These twelve songs are notable for Stewart's comfortable vocals as well as the performances of the other musicians, among whom the most prominent voice is Herbie Mann's flute. The short playing time is average for the era. Most of the tunes are ballads with rather well-worn (by now) titles like Come Rain or Come Shine, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and Avalon. Two of the songs were co-written by producer Chuck Darwin with Mat Mathews (It's Mine After All) and Cohn (Al?) (When the Blues Come On). The album concludes with the Gordon Jenkins' Blue Prelude.
Bob Stewart shows a real compatibility with the music, making these songs come alive with feeling. They may now be regarded as being saloon or lounge vehicles, but I'd prefer to regard this as a collection of expressive performances by someone who wasn't hesitant about bringing a jazz sensibility to these individual tunes. It is a shame that Stewart had to wait 34 years to record his subsequent album in 1990."
Michael P. Gladstone -All About Jazz