A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry

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Barnes & Noble - Will Friedwald
Like Dinah Washington, with whom he shared vocal duties in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Joe Williams (1918-1999) was one of the few singers to create a distinctly personal synthesis of jazz, the blues, and popular music and forge a style that encompassed the music of Memphis Slim as well as Cole Porter. It was precisely that point that Williams sought to make with A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry, the first "solo" album he would make after coming to fame with Count Basie's band. Whereas he primarily shouted the blues with Basie, for this project Williams wanted to show his versatility by crooning torch songs in the tenderest way possible, in a manner influenced by Nat ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Will Friedwald
Like Dinah Washington, with whom he shared vocal duties in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Joe Williams (1918-1999) was one of the few singers to create a distinctly personal synthesis of jazz, the blues, and popular music and forge a style that encompassed the music of Memphis Slim as well as Cole Porter. It was precisely that point that Williams sought to make with A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry, the first "solo" album he would make after coming to fame with Count Basie's band. Whereas he primarily shouted the blues with Basie, for this project Williams wanted to show his versatility by crooning torch songs in the tenderest way possible, in a manner influenced by Nat King Cole, his fellow Southerner by way of Chicago. It's a short CD (35 mins), but thanks also to Jimmy Mundy's lush orchestrations, every note on it is choice.
All Music Guide - John Bush
During the mid-'50s, Joe Williams was one of the hottest properties in vocal jazz thanks to a big hit recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra "Every Day I Have the Blues". But when he moved from Verve to Roulette a few years later, he modified his version of the big-band blues for his first album with the label. Roulette owner Morris Levy was interested in crossover potential -- he had recently hit number one in 1957 with the folk-pop singer Jimmie Rodgers -- and he had Williams record an album of lush ballads with strings arranged by swing veteran Jimmy Mundy. Vocal fans thinking of Frank Sinatra as arranged by Gordon Jenkins instead of Billy May will be well on their way to imagining the sound of A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry. Although Williams, like Sinatra, was a fabulous swing vocalist, he was also an excellent balladeer with a rich vibrato and the confidence to let a straight reading speak for itself. Torch songs comprise most of the song list, and include "What's New?," "It's the Talk of the Town," "Where Are You," and Irving Berlin's "Say It Isn't So."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094637134023
  • Catalog Number: 71340

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Williams Primary Artist, Vocals
Jimmy Mundy Conductor
Jimmy Jones Piano
Jimmy Mundy Orchestra Bass, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Drums, Vibes
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Malcolm Addey Remastering
L. Brown Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Joel Dorn Producer, Liner Notes
Norman Gimbel Composer
Hugo Producer
Isham Jones Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Luigi Producer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Gene Paul Mastering
Teddy Reig Producer
Marty Symes Composer
Victor Young Composer
James Gavin Liner Notes
Barry Ulanov Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Patrick Roques Reissue Design
Nancy Dwyer Illustrations
Harold Adamson Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Peter Tinturin Composer
Charles Newman Composer
Lester Krauss Cover Photo
Irving Reid Composer
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