Here Comes Cleo

Here Comes Cleo

by Cleo Brown
     
 

Cleo Brown impressed a lot of folks with her jazz piano and swinging vocals during the 1930s and 1940s before abruptly retiring from her recording career until Marian McPartland coaxed her into appearing on her NPR radio program, as well as making a final CD for Jazzology, both near the end of Brown's life. This Hep compilationSee more details below

Overview

Cleo Brown impressed a lot of folks with her jazz piano and swinging vocals during the 1930s and 1940s before abruptly retiring from her recording career until Marian McPartland coaxed her into appearing on her NPR radio program, as well as making a final CD for Jazzology, both near the end of Brown's life. This Hep compilation includes 27 of Brown's recordings from the 1930s. While many of these songs have long since fallen into obscurity, Brown's approach to songs sometimes suggests Fats Waller, though she is a bit more subtle with her vocals than Waller. Her rapid-fire treatment of Pinetop Smith's "Boogie Woogie" is easily the most memorable track, though her stride piano chops in her own "Pelican Stomp" (an unaccompanied performance) are also quite impressive. The source material for this CD varies quite a bit in sound quality, but the digital remastering minimizes the distraction of the occasional noisy track. Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
Label:
Hep Records
UPC:
0603366103424
catalogNumber:
1034

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Tracks

  1. (Lookie, Lookie, Lookie) Here Comes Cookie
  2. You're a Heavenly Thing
  3. You Take the East, Take the West, Take the North, I'll Take the South
  4. The Stuff Is Here and It's Mellow
  5. Boogie Woogie
  6. Pelican Stomp
  7. Never Too Tired for Love
  8. Give a Broken Heart a Break
  9. Mama Don't Want No Peas an' Rice an' Coconut Oil
  10. Me and My Wonderful One
  11. When Hollywood Goes Black and Tan
  12. When
  13. You're My Fever
  14. Breakin' in a Pair of Shoes
  15. Latch On
  16. Slow Poke
  17. Love in the First Degree
  18. My Gal Mezzanine
  19. You've Got Me Under Your Thumb
  20. Swingin' on the Swanee Shore
  21. Who's That Knockin' at My Heart?
  22. Did You Mean It?
  23. Man, Be on Your Way
  24. My Handy Andy
  25. Who'll Chop Your Suey?
  26. Tramp
  27. Is Jenny Getting Any More?

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cleo Brown   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Gene Krupa   Drums
Bobby Sherwood   Guitar
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Vic Berton   Drums
Perry Botkin   Guitar
Tubby Hall   Drums
Manny Stein   Bass
Leonard Bibbs   Bass

Technical Credits

Pinetop Smith   Composer
David Franklin   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Cleo Brown   Composer
Pat Hawes   Liner Notes
John R.T. Davies   Producer
Alastair Robertson   Producer
Otis Rene   Composer
Ben Ellison   Composer

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