Andy Bey - Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters

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2000 CD reissue.

From the initial glow of three-part harmony on “Willow Weep for Me,” a tune that’s been recorded countless times but never quite like this, Andy and the Bey Sisters established a unique approach to ensemble singing that was, in the oft-quoted words of Duke Ellington, “beyond category.” Churchier than Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, jazzier than the Staple Singers, the work of pianist-vocalist Andy Bey (b. 1939) and his singing sisters Geraldine and Salome drew upon jazz, blues, gospel, R & B, Broadway, and pop in a most compelling fashion that sounds as fresh today as it did when it was recorded.

The Newark, N.J. based trio made but two albums for Prestige, Now! Hear! and ’Round Midnight (from 1964 and ’65, respectively), both of which are collected here. Long out of print, these 20 performances will surely open the ears of many listeners who have never savored the myriad joys offered by these singing siblings.

with Jerome Richardson, Kenny Burrell, Richard Davis, Osie Johnson, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Jo Jones

(02521852452)

SKU 02521852452
Barcode # 02521852452
Brand OJC / Prestige

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