'Round Midnight

'Round Midnight

by Andy & the Bey Sisters


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Criminally unsung pianist and singer Andy Bey had the most visible career after he and his sisters Salome and Geraldine Bey broke up their performing trio after an 11-year run in 1967, but this family singing ensemble was far more than just the act that launched Andy, and he wasn't really the focus of the group. All three siblings were highlighted equally in the trio, and their harmonies together were the ethereal kind that can only happen in a family where all involved have grown up hearing each other's voices and phrasing every single day. The Bey trio recorded very little together, unfortunately, just a single album for RCA in 1961 and two albums for Prestige, Now! Hear!, released in 1964, and this one, 'Round Midnight, from 1965. Part gospel, part muted R&B, part stylized blues, the Bey trio was also very much a jazz outfit, due in no small part to Andy's underappreciated piano playing and the presence of bop veterans like Milt Hinton on bass, Osie Johnson on drums, and Kenny Burrell (who appears on about half of the tracks here) on guitar. In essence, the Bey trio sounded like a thinned-out and more jazzy, gauzy version of the Staple Singers. Highlights from this set are a wonderfully balanced version of Ray Charles' "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," a stirring take on Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child," the ever expanding and ascending "Feeling Good," and a fine rendition of the title track, Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight," which has never been the easiest song in the world to sing effectively, but the trio nails it here in what might have been deemed a definitive version if it had actually been heard by more than a handful of people.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 0888072301658
catalogNumber: 1124593

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy & the Bey Sisters   Primary Artist
Andy Bey   Piano,Vocals
Bey Sisters   Vocals
Salome Bey   Vocals
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Milt Hinton   Bass
Osie Johnson   Drums
Geraldine Bey   Vocals
Geraldine Bey   Vocals

Technical Credits

Fats Waller   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Liner Notes,Author
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer,Audio Production
Cole Porter   Composer
Bob Porter   Reissue Producer,Audio Production
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Stuart Kremsky   Reissue Producer,Reissue Production Assistance
Chris Clough   Reissue Producer,Reissue Production Assistance
Christopher Peters   Liner Notes

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