Monday, March 24, 2014

MAVIS RIVERS: Mavis Meets Shorty Rogers (1962/FLAC + CUE + LOG + Scans)

New Japanese CD re-issue!!

Trumpeter and flugelhornist Shorty Rogers recorded only a handful of albums with singers on which he had a major playing role. The short list includes June Christy, Mike Trenier, Betty Bennett, Eartha Kitt, Jeri Southern, and Mel Torme. His little-known album with Rivers—Mavis Meets Shorty—was recorded in 1962 for Reprise. Chuck Sagle arranged. It's a wailing band date typical Shorty-Rogersof Rogers of the period. Punchy charts, bongos in places, trigger-happy horns, Red Callender's tuba and Rogers' gorgeous flugelhorn and cool lines. Not an easy session for any singer, and yet Rivers surfs it effortlessly with a pure tone and loose feel. Marc Myers

Mavis Rivers meets Shorty Rogers – and the result is a hell of a swinging session that may well be the greatest record ever from this overlooked vocalist! Shorty brings a groove into play right from the start – one that pushes Rivers past her sometimes-trilling style, and into a mode that's rock-solid and soulful all the way through – very much in the same spirit that Marty Paich or Oliver Nelson might bring to their own great arrangements for a singer. Mavis has this way of keeping up with the groove while still being really expressive, especially in her vocal range – in that way that was the rising challenge of the 60s that only a handful of vocalists could do this well – very hip, mod, and adult. Titles include "Slightly Out Of Tune", "I Remember You", "When Sunny Gets Blue", "The Best Is Yet To Come", and "I Feel So Smoochie".  Dusty Groove, Inc.

I Remember You / You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me / When Sunny Gets Blue / Nothing But The Best / I Feel Smoochie / I'm Gonna Live Till I Die / The Best Is Yet To Come / I've Got You Under My Skin / Slightly Out Of Tune (Desafinado) / My Shining Hour / By Myself / Get Out Of Town

Arranged by Chuck Sagle. Recorded in 1962.