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Ballads, Blues & Bey

Andy BeyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 24, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Evidence
  • ASIN: B0000014N5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Someone To Watch Over Me
2. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
3. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
4. In A Sentimental Mood
5. Willow Weep For Me
6. Yesterdays
7. If You Could See Me Now
8. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
9. Day Dream
10. Embraceable You

Editorial Reviews

Though he is a deftly understated piano player and a singer with a heartbreakingly pure voice, Andy Bey's recorded output is scant. Despite stints with the likes of Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Louis Jordan, Bey's only readily available work is this "comeback" disc released in 1996. Ballads, Blues & Bey is a showcase for Bey's range, which begins as a velvety smooth baritone and often launches into the tenor range to accommodate the emotional peaks and valleys in his repertoire of standards. Bey's treatment of those standards is deliciously slow. He draws out lines and adds pauses to squeeze a tune for everything it's worth. Bey uses the piano sparingly, only touching the keys to add color or nuance rather than rhythm and melody. Bey's take on these songs is delicate, as if too heavy a hand might tarnish the joy and sadness he's trying to evoke. A moving and beautiful disc. --S. Duda

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson . . . February 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The opening track of this disc was played for a 'Blindfold Test' panel, at the 2003 Monterey Jazz Festival, that consisted of Kevin Mahagonny, Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy and Jon Hendricks. The audience was spellbound and the singers were unanimous in the special qualities and beauty of Bey's work. But the best way to describe this album was in Mark Murphy's words; "this is the tempo of love."
All the tempos are slow, Bey's own accompaniments spare. He stretches out each tune, but his method is unique; he phrases almost independantly of the tune, but so musically and beautifully that it combines both the tension and release of the melodys all but breaking free from the harmonies, always to return, and of course the sheer expressive beauty of his voice, which is a wonder, but may not be to everyone's taste. It is an instrument, and he thinks instrumentally, unlike pop singers but like all the great jazz singers. In a serious way he is the opposite side of the coin to Betty Carter, each reworking the standard fare to discover the NEW, yet approaching from opposite directions. Cherishable.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THAT VOICE March 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Very difficult to explain what Andy's voice does to and for me. I get the feeling at times that he records only for my personal listening pleasure. After an almost 15 year search, I was finally able to get Andy's first two recordings (albums)on CD. His two sisters accompanied him on both. The first album was entitled "Now hear this" and I forget the title of the second. Point: If you like Andy Bey, you absolutely must hear these recordings. His renditions of Round Midnight, In My Solitude and God Bless The Child are BREATH TAKING, PAINFUL, AND ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE. I'd be happy to share. Thank You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bey brings a new range to some good standards March 20, 1999
By A. Lear
Format:Audio CD
Andy Bey's interpretations are original, evocative, and in a few cases haunting. I almost swooned at "Someone to watch over me." Bey redefines mellow -- yet in a few places (like "Yesterdays") he lets an edge creep in, which keeps things from getting mushy or maudlin. He is a class act.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor and get this one. July 29, 1998
Format:Audio CD
An absolutely one of a kind performer. Subtle and blessed with a remarkable voice Bey delivers a song unlike anyone else I know of. Unhurried, Bey moves through a tune extracting the exact maximum effect from each lyric. Accompanying himself on piano the production is spare and elegant. A great, great singer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Bey one of the greats who kept in there November 18, 2008
By C. Katz
Format:Audio CD
Andy Bey is one of those talents whose story is a more a crime not tragedy (and jazz hsitory is replete with both).His is a survivor in many a sense and beyond all his courage a man of extraordinary range,talent,and feeling.Andy Bey is a singer who was born in 1939.In late 50's he had a band with his two sisters and they recorded and LP.Did do much here in states but they had some popularity in Europe.By the earl 70's when many male (and female) jazz singers gave up he tried to stay in he came and recoded with the likes of Gary Bartz and others.But he was truly an insiders talent and didn't have much opportunity.He tries not to bitter but has every right to be as far as the industry was concerned.

Yet he got a second chance with this 1996 release.I found it the first year I stared running a jazz section at a Hifi shop.I was just blown away from the first song.I am so glad he got this chance when a producer saw him in a club and wondered why he wasn't being recoded.This mark his first recording in 22 years.And it is a sparse gem of just his piano and voice.It is so stripped down and personal I find it another aspect of his courage to expose himself emotionally.I know I use the words "Feeling" and "Pathos" a lot i my reviews but this album would be a great entry into a dictionary for those very words.The tunes he plays:1. Someone to Watch over Me-Gershwin, George
2. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - Porter, Cole
3. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart - Ellington, Duke
4. In a Sentimental Mood -Ellington, Duke
5. Willow Weep for Me - Ronell, Ann
6. Yesterdays - Harbach, Otto
7. If You Could See Me Now - Dameron, Tadd
8. I'm Just a Lucky So and So -David, Mack
9. Day Dream - Ellington, Duke
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sound that captures the essence of pure intimacy. January 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Bey's style and sound are a perfect blend which could make any love -starved poet weep. Lovely, acustic piano playng complements Bey's raw, intimate sound.
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