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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The Ritz, when they made their first recording in 1985, were a bop-oriented vocal trio consisting of Daryl Bosteels, Sharon Broadley and Mickey Freeman (backed by a rhythm section which included Bosteels on piano). By 1991, there were four vocalists in the group, including Bosteels, Melissa Hamilton, Val Hawk (doubling on guitar) and Christopher Humphrey. This CD also includes Fred Haas on alto and tenor saxophones, along with plenty of guest spots for flugelhornist Clark Terry. The Ritz had expanded beyond bop and actually at this point sounded at its best on ballads, including a medley of "Blue and Sentimental" and "Mood Indigo," "Come Sunday," "A Beautiful Friendship" ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The Ritz, when they made their first recording in 1985, were a bop-oriented vocal trio consisting of Daryl Bosteels, Sharon Broadley and Mickey Freeman (backed by a rhythm section which included Bosteels on piano). By 1991, there were four vocalists in the group, including Bosteels, Melissa Hamilton, Val Hawk (doubling on guitar) and Christopher Humphrey. This CD also includes Fred Haas on alto and tenor saxophones, along with plenty of guest spots for flugelhornist Clark Terry. The Ritz had expanded beyond bop and actually at this point sounded at its best on ballads, including a medley of "Blue and Sentimental" and "Mood Indigo," "Come Sunday," "A Beautiful Friendship" and "Lotus Blossom." This CD is easily recommended to listeners who enjoy jazz-influenced vocal groups, of which there have always been very few.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/1993
  • Label: Denon Records
  • UPC: 081757799928
  • Catalog Number: 77999

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue and Sentimental
  2. 2 Mood Indigo
  3. 3 Almost Blue
  4. 4 Meditation
  5. 5 Come Sunday
  6. 6 A Beautiful Friendship
  7. 7 Last Night When We Were Young
  8. 8 Lotus Blossom
  9. 9 Lament
  10. 10 A Love So Strong
  11. 11 Heart's Desire
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Ritz Primary Artist
Marty Ballou Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Fred Haas Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Val Hawk Guitar, Vocals
Melissa Hamilton Vocals
Les Harris Jr. Drums
Jeff Auger Piano
Daryl Bosteels Piano, Vocals
Christopher Humphrey Vocals
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
The Ritz Producer
Jim Anderson Engineer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Kozo Watanabe Executive Producer
Val Hawk Arranger
Melissa Hamilton Producer
Daryl Bosteels Arranger
Hiroyuki Hosaka Mastering
Christopher Humphrey Arranger
Les Harris Arranger
Mack David Composer
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