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Ain't Necessarily So

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Bey brings the energy of his live performances to American Standards. Insiders have always known about Andy Bey. Given his limited output of studio recordings, live performances were the source of his reputation as a singer.

Aretha Franklin reminisces about the nights when Andy and The Bey Sisters worked the Village in New York: "Soon as I finished my gig, I'd run over to hear them. Andy never got the recognition he deserved..."

Like the playground legend who never made it to the NBA, Andy Bey was almost consigned to the fading murmurs of those who caught him in Paris in '59, of Birdland in the mid '60s. But now, we're blessed with a new release of a live recording that captures the energy and magic, and continues to change how we think of American Standards. Decades intervened between those after-hours "below the radar" sessions and the recordings presented on Ain't Necessary So. But the vivid performances haven't dimmed a bit.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 12th Street Records
  • ASIN: B000W1V7SQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...you must consider this guy. He has the goods. Great voice, great piano work. Fine ear for melody and all the stuff that gets thrown in to make amazing jazz music what it is. And he works so well with other musicians. It really adds up to a wonderful listening experience.

Its also interesting to consider that this is only now being released -- two years after the original live dates were recorded!

As I listen to it, I want to hit a club and get pulled into a great evening of live jazz performance. If only time travel was possible...I'd know exactly what club and what nights to aim for!

There are relatively few great male jazz vocalists out there today. For my money, you can keep Buble and the other Sinatra impersonators (including Harry Connick Jr.) and I'll take one original like Mr. Bey any time!

He's been around and he still can make the music interesting, relevant and wonderfully enjoyable! Its great to have this record of a master at work.
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Wow. I'm speechless. I haven't been this speechless since...I reviewed the last Andy Bey c.d. in 2004, "American Song."

2004 was an exceptionally strong year for vocal jazz; but I was and am of the strong opinion that "American Song" was the best of a group of outstanding c.d.'s for that year, and arguably the best of this decade. Among other things, it raised the question: "What can Andy Bey possibly do for an encore?"

What he did was to release in 2007 a live recording of the best of a 3-day gig from May of 1997 in Birdland, NYC. No overdubbing, no mixing of prerecorded tracks here; I can only assume that we are hearing what the very lucky concertgoers heard, with Andy Bey both playing piano and singing, Peter Washington on bass, and for the most part Kenny Washington on drum (with Vito Lesczak sitting in on the two uptunes, tracks four and eight).

And, I can only assume that Mr. Bey both sang and played while sitting down. And I am thoroughly blown away.

How in the world can anybody play a first class jazz piano and be a first class jazz singer at the same time? When I think of the best piano-voice duet album, Bill Evans and Tony Bennett, I think of two musicians with total concentration, feeding off each other's inspiration. How can one person duplicate that? How can one person split his brain in two, and have the left side play off the right side and vice versa, as though he were two people?

It's virtually impossible to do. And yet, Andy Bey comes as close as any human being could to pulling that feat off here.

Sure, his touch gets a little heavy, a little chordal while he sings.
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I heard Andy Bey recently in concert with his trio. With his talented, young musicians, Bey is bringing 60 years of musicianship and making jazz new again. There are many jazz musicians with good, even superb technique. Bey has technique, soul, and the imagination to reinvent jazz. He takes jazz standards apart and puts them back together right in front of your ears.

And his voice, even at 68, has an extraordinary range and set of sounds, from falsetto to bass.

Bey is an original. Take yourself to a venue where he is performing, 'cause you won't see his like again soon.
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EXTREME WARNING: Unless your computer has updated Norton Anti-virus protection or comparable protection against covert & malicious software (which infects your computer & then downloads all your files at night by spies) DO NOT ACCESS ANY OF MY REVIEWS!!! [This is no hype or joke.]

In the history of jazz where both jewels and masters of the craft abound, AIN'T NECESSARILY SO by the Andy Bey Trio is a priceless find... one almost beyond modern comparison. Simply stating the truth, [with no disrespect intended] by comparison with Kevin Mahogany, Michael Feinstein, and Harry Connick, Jr... they all need to listen and learn... or else retire.

This album is no over-hyped mediocrity, but absolutely the real deal. Nine tracks of jazz-trio and vocal magnificence! Andy Bey, in my opinion, is the best self-accompanying, jazz pianist since the incomparable, Nat King Cole, and later his younger brother, Freddy Cole. AIN'T NECESSARILY SO is also one of the best engineered live-albums since Les McCann's & Eddie Harris' jazz masterpiece---SWISS MOVEMENT.

Whether you're a first-time listener, a jazz novice, or a long-time aficionado, this album is an absolute must... one to be bought, thoroughly enjoyed, and shared with friends. It is incomparable.

P. S.-- Andy Bey is also one of the lead singers on Horace Silver's excellent [but hard to find & somewhat expensive] album, THE UNITED STATES OF MIND. Check out this jewel as well.
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Andy Bey: Wow! A sexy, 70-something jazz singer who cradles his piano and gives back. Thank you, Andy, for keeping keeping on! Come back to Seattle, one more time again. Here's another keeper-CD from this wonderful singer a powerful listen: American Song!
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