After the Lights Go Down Low and Much More!!! [UK]

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By the year 2000, the golden oldie rotation of "Band of Gold" was the main thing keeping the memory of Freda Payne alive. Yet deep in the catalog of the classic jazz label Impulse lies this ambitious, largely successful recording of After the Lights Go Down Low, which shows just how diverse, and indeed brilliant, Freda Payne can be. The album is divided into half big-band tracks, and the other into small a small combo setting. The main presence in both cases is alto saxophonist Phil Woods, and this is one of the few recordings he doesn't turn into a football scrimmage for bebop yardage. There is an incredible wealth of material here, and it is definitely impressive to consider that Duke Ellington wrote a song ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
By the year 2000, the golden oldie rotation of "Band of Gold" was the main thing keeping the memory of Freda Payne alive. Yet deep in the catalog of the classic jazz label Impulse lies this ambitious, largely successful recording of After the Lights Go Down Low, which shows just how diverse, and indeed brilliant, Freda Payne can be. The album is divided into half big-band tracks, and the other into small a small combo setting. The main presence in both cases is alto saxophonist Phil Woods, and this is one of the few recordings he doesn't turn into a football scrimmage for bebop yardage. There is an incredible wealth of material here, and it is definitely impressive to consider that Duke Ellington wrote a song specifically for this session. It is the singer's confidence and marvelous vocal abilities that steal the show at every turn, but that is not to demean the contributions of top-drawer jazz musicians such as pianist Walter Perkins and guitarist Jim Hall. The record is dominated by Tin Pan Alley material, to be sure, but on the second side some serious jazz is attempted, including a beautiful "'Round Midnight," and a version of "Lonely Woman" by Ornette Coleman. When it comes to the latter tune, the author of the liner notes seems to be straining to hide his contempt, referring to the song as a "composition" in italics, as if it was too touchy to print such a thing in a regular font. It is hoped that an Impulse reissue will see the light of day in this case, so that the line "all that's left is a "band of gold" will no longer be true in the case of this virtuoso songstress. The album was reissued on CD in 2005 in Verve's limited-edition series, with beautifully remastered sound, complete reproduction of album cover art, and liner notes . ~ Eugene Chadbourne and Thom Jurek
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 602498802748
  • Catalog Number: 000427102

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freda Payne Primary Artist, Vocals
Bob Brookmeyer Valve Trombone
Art Davis Bass
Jim Hall Guitar
Hank Jones Piano
Walter Perkins Drums
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Nick Travis Trumpet
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Manny Albam Conductor
Al DeRisi Trumpet
Gus Johnson Drums
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Alan Raph Trombone
Sol Schlinger Baritone Saxophone
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Cootie Williams Composer
Ronnell Bright Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Clara Ward Composer
Manny Albam Arranger
Gus Arnheim Composer
Ornette Coleman Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Margo Guryan Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Bob Simpson Engineer
Harry Warren Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Ruth Ann Roberts Composer
Joe Alper Cover Photo
Joe Lebow Liner Design
Robert Flynn Cover Design
Bryan Koniarz Reissue Producer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Pauline Rivelli Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A definite album to treasure!

    This is Freda Payne's debut album, which is of jazz music. Being a huge fan of Freda Payne that I am, I was very overjoyed that a CD reissue of one of her old albums came out! This is a must-buy CD for anyone who's a fan of Freda Payne or jazz music or both. Eight out of 12 of these songs (including "The Things We Love to Do" and "It's Time") will make you wanna get up and dance! This is a CD that should be treasured by all people, young and old. Let's hope that some other CD reissues of her old albums (whether they're imports or from America) will be released sometime very soon! Before I wrap this review up, you must know that the reason why I did not recommend this album in any of my reviews of the other CDs of her music was because at that time, I didn't have this album. Now that I have it, I STRONGLY recommend it!

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