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Wham of Sam: With the Marty Paich Dek-Tette

Sammy Davis Jr.Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 9, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: August 9, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MRS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Lot Of Livin' To Do
2. Begin The Beguine
3. My Romance
4. Too Close For Comfort
5. Soon
6. Falling In Love With Love
7. Thou Swell
8. Can't We Be Friends
9. Guys and Dolls
10. Blame It On My Youth
11. Let There Be Love
12. Bye Bye Blackbird

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Includes Begin the Beguine; Thou Swell; Guys and Dolls , and other standards.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bye Bye Blackbird December 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
" Sammy Davis Jr. was the greatest entertainer I ever saw " so states Tony Bennett. And who am I to disagree with a singer who has probably forgotten more about music than I will truly ever know. Sammy Davis was, by all rights, probably in that rare echelon of singers along side Sinatra, Bennett and Mel Torme who was the "singer's singer. " An entertainer who other singers would stop by and catch his act after finishing their gig at another local watering hole. And who could blame them? Sammy was that rarest of entertainers. A jazz singer who was just as comfortable in a lounge/saloon doing standards as well as knocking out versions of current popular songs as well. Something that even the formidable Mr. Sinatra couldn't always pull off. Plus, with the release of " The Wham of Sam " a disc that fortifies my feelings that other than the other singers mentioned above, Sammy simply had few peers.
The Chairman of the Board ( Sinatra to the uninitiated ) once called it " phraseology. " That type of singing that required the vocalist to dig deep into a song's subconcious and pull out everything he's got. Making the song his. And God know's Sammy had that knack! Starting off the CD with an incredible rendition of " A Lot Of Living To Do " Sammy takes the song and is off and running. Uptempo, swinging and making you believe he really has gotta a lot of livin' to do. And we just want to go along for the ride. " Begin the Beguine " with just a mean set of percussion ( who else could pull that off? ) and he's still in his element. Taking each song, feeling it's 'groove' never betraying the lyrics but simply understanding them and making them his own. A risk that no other singer I know could ever try...much less get away with! But fortunately Mr.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album by Davis and Paich March 9, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This Cdis one of the best examples of a happy collaboration between a singer and an arranger.Sammy Davis is in top form as a Jazz vocalist and arranger Marty Paich,makes use of his "Tentet" sound with great musicality,Fantastic renditions of tuneslike:Blame it on my youth,Bye Bye Blackbird,Let it be Love shows Davis' swinging vocal aptitude along with Paich's West Coast smooth jazzy counterpoint.A marvelous CD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy, even in his prime, never sounded this good November 3, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Several previous attempts of Sammy's mid-60's recordings on CD have sounded like playing a scratchy 78 speed record. The sound on this recording is distinctive and clean. Featured are several songs not quite as familiar - such as "Soon", "Can't We Be Friends" and "Falling In Love With Love" - that remind you what a great song stylist Sammy was. The collection is a mix of up tempo toe-tappers and smooth ballads. No use of a string accompaniment; just a showcase of a great rhythm and horn section along with a vocalist that often goes underappreciated. You don't have to be a Sammy fan to enjoy this one. It is a nice addition to any jazz collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great bit of nostalgia! November 4, 1998
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard this album while I was in Vietnam in 1964; it was a great link back home to the States. Although my tape copy has been missing for many years, I've always carried these songs and this title around in my head. Sammy's melodies are crisp and rich and his rhythms are always 'right on' in this collection.
I came to AMAZON tonite specifically looking for this album. It was too easy; now if I can only find a CD with a track of Sam singing 'Back in Your Own Backyard' on it. I think that it was a cut on the original release of this album, but it's not listed on this release. I'm sure that it will surface eventually because it's got a great sound too.
In any event, if you like this kind of music, you are guaranteed to love 'Paul Desmond - Desmond Blue', which has become available once again and is from this same era. And amazingly, it's only a click away here at AMAZON.COM [this is simply the spontaneous endorsement of a happy customer].
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best album, he is like a musical instrument May 23, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
If you have ever seen him "live and in one", this will bring back your best memories. I liked this better than his Greatest Hits album. He does one number with just percussion, that worth the price alone (Begin the B)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1961 Classic July 29, 2010
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It is hard to imagine being a sophomore in high school and listening to this stuff, but one of the great things about this album is the music and the nature of the jazz arrangements. I never cared for all of the selections on this album and would skip over some of them. Some of it is just too piano bar/intoxication despair oriented for me both now and then, but I think as a whole you cannot get a better recorded performance of Sammy Davis Jr than this. I think too this showed his real talents which were often masked by his upkeep, meaning his Pack-rat image with Sinatra and so on which may have caused him to be more reserved and self-conscious (inhibited). Plus he was black and that did not make it easy for him.

Over the years my vinyl LP disappeared and I recently thought more and more about this album and found it on CD recorded in a way that retained much of the LP sound.

Strangely, a month or so later I had a dream. I was walking down this very broad sidewalk, like one might find in Las Vegas, which was sloped downward where I thought I saw Sammy Davis Jr standing. He was pacing between the curb and the building as if waiting for someone. He was carrying a very bright what appeared to be mother of pearl briefcase with heavy gold trim. I thought about introducing myself and finally decided to referring to him as Mr. Davis. I'm not sure exactly what happened next as I had this dream close to a year ago, but after I mentioned how much I liked this album, he responded by being somewhat harsh asking me if I got outside, meaning if I spent my entire days loafing around listening to his music or how I needed to be doing other things. At this point his ride came along and he left.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy swings !
This is Sammy's very best jazz album. He's backed by top flight west coast musicians and the impeccable Mel Lewis on drums. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen T. Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars SAMMY'S BEST ON REPRISE
This disc contains all the Dektette recordings with the great Marty Paich. Sammy's is in prime form,and the he is assisted by the best West Coast Guys. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Palermo
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Ma'am
The Wham Of Sam marks Sammy Davis Jr. debut Reprise recording under the newly formed label by Frank Sinatra. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Adam C Kuykendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Whams
This is a nice one for the Sam Fan. Cocoanut Grove is a better album but this is nicely done. Recommended.
Published on January 13, 2012 by Sklanchy
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Sammy?
Essential Sammy? I thought only certain vitamins were essential. Anyway, I'd say this is one of his best and most interesting recordings. Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by The Jury's Out
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most under-rated vocal jazz albums of all-time
If you think you know Sammy, guess again. Yes, a lot of his stuff is schlock, but forget about that for now. Read more
Published on July 4, 2009 by EugeSchu
3.0 out of 5 stars I Will Arrive A Little Late Tonight
Sammy Davis Jr ruined his reputation by playing the ultra-cool hipster with a 4-inch cigarette, high heels and day-glo feather boas for most of the 1970s. Read more
Published on May 29, 2001 by David Bradley
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