Lush Life

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
For decades, Joe Mooney's only Atlantic LP, Joe Mooney's Songs, was out of print -- and if a collector was able to find a rare copy at a vinyl swap meet, he/she knew that the thing to do was grab it at once. Then, in 1999, the album finally became available on CD when Koch Jazz reissued it as Lush Life. An intimate session that finds Mooney on vocals and organ, Lee Robinson on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums, Lush Life shows just how charismatic a singer Mooney could be. Some of Mooney's admirers compared his casual, smooth, relaxed style of singing to that of Nat King Cole, and while that isn't a bad comparison, Mooney's highly accessible versions...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
For decades, Joe Mooney's only Atlantic LP, Joe Mooney's Songs, was out of print -- and if a collector was able to find a rare copy at a vinyl swap meet, he/she knew that the thing to do was grab it at once. Then, in 1999, the album finally became available on CD when Koch Jazz reissued it as Lush Life. An intimate session that finds Mooney on vocals and organ, Lee Robinson on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums, Lush Life shows just how charismatic a singer Mooney could be. Some of Mooney's admirers compared his casual, smooth, relaxed style of singing to that of Nat King Cole, and while that isn't a bad comparison, Mooney's highly accessible versions of "Lush Life," "My One and Only Love," "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," and other standards point to the fact that he was most certainly his own man. Besides, Mooney was singing long before he ever heard Cole. Mooney swings throughout the album, but not in a forceful or aggressive way -- his subtlety, in fact, was a big part of his charm. Lush Life is highly recommended for lovers of jazz singing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923852421
  • Catalog Number: 8524
  • Sales rank: 313,292

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Mooney Primary Artist, Organ, Vocals
Osie Johnson Drums
Lee Robinson Guitar
Milt Hamilton Bass
Technical Credits
Tom Dowd Engineer
Bill Hughes Artwork
Gene Paul Mastering
Donald Elfman Producer
Naomi Yoshii Producer
Mark Fellows Engineer
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