Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters

Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters

by Andy & the Bey SistersAndy & the Bey Sisters


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Although the vocal trio Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters lasted 11 years, it wasn't as well documented as it should have been. The trio, which consisted of Andy Bey and his sisters Geraldine and Salome, was formed in 1956 and broke up in 1967 -- and during that 11-year period, they only recorded three albums. The first was provided for RCA Victor in 1961, and the other two, Now! Hear! and 'Round Midnight, were recorded for Prestige in 1964 and 1965, respectively. In late 2000, those two Prestige dates were reissued on this excellent CD. There are some parallels between the Bey siblings and Lambert, Hendicks & Ross, but that comparison is only valid up to a point because this threesome has a bluesier, more churchy outlook. Essentially, Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters falls into the jazz category, although it isn't the work of myopic bop purists. This is jazz, but it's jazz mixed with R&B, gospel, and the blues. So a very earthy, down-home approach prevails on material that ranges from Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child," Ray Charles' "Hallelujah I Love Her So," and Horace Silver's "Sister Sadie" to Consuelo Velazquez's "Bésame Mucho" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Corcovado." It's regrettable that the trio didn't become better known, because it had a lot of potential. Risk-taking but quite accessible, this is a CD that both jazz and R&B enthusiasts should be aware of.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0025218524520
catalogNumber: 24245
Rank: 49257

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy & the Bey Sisters   Primary Artist
Andy Bey   Piano,Vocals
Richard Davis   Vocals
Jo Jones   Vocals
Jerome Richardson   Vocals
Salome Bey   Vocals
Kenny Burrell   Vocals
Barry Galbraith   Vocals
Milt Hinton   Vocals
Osie Johnson   Vocals
Geraldine Bey   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ray Charles   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Cal Lampley   Producer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Chris Peters   Liner Notes
Cole Porter   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Ralph Dollimore   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Ric Marlow   Composer
Lee Roberts   Composer

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