Ultra-Rare 1959 debut from Claudia Thompson featuring Barney Kessel! Mastered from the original 1959 tapes & pressed on Orange Vinyl!
A sultry and sophisticated songbird. The ultra-rare debut and sole output of a
wondrous and mysterious vocalist, perfectly accompanied by guitar icon Barney
Kessel. An Early Stereo marvel from the original 1959 tapes!
Kessel was a jazz pioneer -- as one of the leading lights of the hard-bop
movement, his jazz guitar was legendary, and he was ranked the No. 1 guitarist
in Down Beat and Playboy for numerous years. He played with Sonny Rollins and
Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald as well as leading his own super-tight group.
On albums such as The Poll Winners, Kessel defined the bop style with a jazz
"power trio," creating a body of work that made him a legend.
Not much is known of Thompson -- even though the record's a long-time crate
digger classic, she remains a mystery. But her stunning voice will knock you out
-- sounding like the precedent of singers like Karen Carpenter, her no-nonsense,
emotion-soaked singing carries marvelously a collection of standards including
"Stormy Weather" and "Body And Soul." Kessel's remarkable playing provides a
sparkling backing for her vocals.
Claudia Thompson has a perfectly tuned, and wildly dramatic voice. Picture a
female Chet Baker; youll have to hear it to believe it.
Ultra-rare debut and sole output of a wondrous and mysterious vocalist
Perfectly accompanied by guitar icon Barney Kessel
Mastered from the original 1959 tapes!
Barney Kessel, guitar
Benny Carter, alto sax
Ted Nash, alto sax, flute
Joe Howard, trombone
Harry Betts, trombone
Ed Kuspy, trombone
George Roberts, trombone
Nino Rossi, cello
Paul Smith, piano
Arnold Ross, piano
Joe Mondragon, bass
Mike Rubin, bass
Keith "Red" Mitchell, bass
Alvy Stoller, drums
Dick Shanahan, drums
1. Some Of These Days
2. Body And Soul
3. If I Should Lose You
4. Stormy Weather
5. I'm Through With Love
6. The Morning After
2. Blue Prelude
3. You Call It Madness
4. Fan Me
5. I Was Yours
6. Gloomy Sunday