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Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters: Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters (1964-65) 2000

Andy Bey and the Bey Sisters

Track list:

Now! Hear!:
01. Willow Weep For Me
02. A Taste Of Honey
03. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
04. Sister Sadie
05. Since I Fell For You
06. Night Song
07. Besame Mucho
08. September In The Rain
09. The Swingin’ Preacher
10. Smiles

‘Round Midnight:
11. Love Medley:
11a. Love Is Just Around The Corner
11b. I Love You
11c. Love You Madly
12. God Bless The Child
13. Squeeze Me
14. Tammy
15. Hallelujah I Love Her So
16. Everybody Loves My Baby
17. ‘Round Midnight
18. Solitude
19. Feeling Good
20. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye

Personnel:

#1-10 – Now! Hear!:
Salome Bey – vocals
Geraldine Bey (de Haas) – vocals
Andy Bey – piano, vocals
with
#1,2,4,6,9:
Jerome Richardson – tenor sax, flute
Kenny Burrell – guitar
Richard Davis – bass
Osie Johnson – drums

#3,5,7,8,10:
Jerome Richardson – tenor sax, flute
Barry Galbraith – guitar
Milt Hinton – bass
Jo Jones – drums

#11-20 – ‘Round Midnight:
Salome Bey – vocals
Geraldine Bey (de Haas) – vocals
Andy Bey – piano, vocals
Kenny Burrell – guitar (14-17,19)
Milt Hinton – bass
Osie Johnson – drums

Now! Hear! [PR7346] (1964)

#1-10 – Now! Hear! (Prestige 7346):
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey;
#3,5,7,8,10: August 17, 1964
1,2,4,6,9: August 20, 1964
Recording Engineer: Rudy van Gelder
Producer: Cal Lampley

'Round Midnight [PR7411] (1965)

#11-20 – ‘Round Midnight (Prestige 7411):
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey;
#14-17,19: February 26, 1965
#11-13,18,20: May 27, 1965
Recording Engineer: Rudy van Gelder
Producer: Cal Lampley
Liner Notes: Christopher Peters
Cover Design: Don Schlitten

*****

This compilation:
Released: September, 2000
Label: Prestige
PRCD-24245

Digitally re-mastered by Kirk Felton (2000)
Liner notes: Joel Dorn

Andy and the Bey Sisters [RCA LPM-2315] (1961)

*****

Although the vocal trio Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters lasted 11 years, it wasn’t as well documented as it should have been.

The trio, which consisted of Andy Bey and his sisters Geraldine and Salome, was formed in 1956 and broke up in 1967 — and during that 11-year period, they only recorded three albums.

The first was provided for RCA Victor in 1961, and the other two, Now! Hear! and ‘Round Midnight, were recorded for Prestige in 1964 and 1965, respectively.

In late 2000, those two Prestige dates were re-issued on this excellent CD.

There are some parallels between the Bey siblings and Lambert, Hendicks & Ross, but that comparison is only valid up to a point because this threesome has a bluesier, more churchy outlook.

Essentially, Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters falls into the jazz category, although it isn’t the work of myopic bop purists.

This is jazz, but it’s jazz mixed with R&B, gospel, and the blues.

So a very earthy, down-home approach prevails on material that ranges from Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child,” Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” and Horace Silver’s “Sister Sadie” to Consuelo Velazquez’s “Bésame Mucho” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Corcovado.”

It’s regrettable that the trio didn’t become better known, because it had a lot of potential.

Risk-taking but quite accessible, this is a CD that both jazz and R&B enthusiasts should be aware of.
~Alex Henderson[allmusic.com]

*****

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