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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
King Curtis' lone LP for the tiny Everest label eschews his signature gutbucket R&B approach in favor of a late-night, bluesy atmosphere that brilliantly captures the unparalleled soulfulness of his tenor sax solos. Ballads and standards spanning from "Unchained Melody" to "The Nearness of You" are vividly realized by the lush arrangements of Sammy Lowe, complete with vocal contributions from the Malcolm Dodds Singers. Still, it's Curtis' melancholy leads that command the spotlight, boasting the cerebral intricacy of jazz and the emotional heft of soul. [Originally released in 1960, Essential Media Group's 2007 reissue appends the bonus tracks "Lonely Prairie" and "Jay...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
King Curtis' lone LP for the tiny Everest label eschews his signature gutbucket R&B approach in favor of a late-night, bluesy atmosphere that brilliantly captures the unparalleled soulfulness of his tenor sax solos. Ballads and standards spanning from "Unchained Melody" to "The Nearness of You" are vividly realized by the lush arrangements of Sammy Lowe, complete with vocal contributions from the Malcolm Dodds Singers. Still, it's Curtis' melancholy leads that command the spotlight, boasting the cerebral intricacy of jazz and the emotional heft of soul. [Originally released in 1960, Essential Media Group's 2007 reissue appends the bonus tracks "Lonely Prairie" and "Jay Walk."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Essential Media Grp
  • UPC: 894231101724
  • Catalog Number: 942311017
  • Sales rank: 292,114

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Close Your Eyes (2:37)
  2. 2 Unchained Melody (2:29)
  3. 3 Off Shore (3:10)
  4. 4 The Nearness of You (3:01)
  5. 5 Misty (2:49)
  6. 6 Stranger (2:46)
  7. 7 When I Fall in Love (2:38)
  8. 8 It Ain't Necessarily So (2:59)
  9. 9 Our Love Is Here to Stay (2:57)
  10. 10 My Love Is Your Love (2:30)
  11. 11 Sweet and Lovely (2:50)
  12. 12 Azure (3:07)
  13. 13 Lonely Prairie (2:07)
  14. 14 Jay Walk (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Curtis Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Bauer Guitar
Eddie Bert Trombone
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Marshall Royal Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Herman Foster Piano
Jimmy Lewis Bass
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Raymond Beckenstein Flugelhorn
Garvin Bushell Flute, Oboe
Belton Evans Drums
Panama Francis Drums
Ernie Hayes Piano
Christine Spencer Track Performer
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Malcolm Dodds Track Performer
Anita Darian Track Performer
Ralph H. Fields Track Performer
Noah Hopkins Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
King Curtis Composer
Gus Arnheim Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Paul Klein Executive Producer
Alex North Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Hy Zaret Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Michael H. Goldsen Composer
Sammy Lowe Direction
Rama Barwick Reissue Producer
Bernice Petkere Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Austin Powell Liner Notes
Aldo Venturacci Art Direction
Charles Daniels Composer
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