Pages from an Imaginary Life

Pages from an Imaginary Life

by Andy BeyAndy Bey


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Coming off his Grammy-nominated 2013 album, The World According to Andy Bey, vocalist/pianist Andy Bey delivers the equally compelling 2014 release Pages from an Imaginary Life. As with its predecessor, Pages finds the jazz iconoclast returning to his roots with a set of American Popular Song standards done in a ruminative, stripped-down style. This is Bey, alone at the piano, delving deeply into the harmony, melody, and lyrics of each song. But don't let the spare setting fool you. Bey is a master of interpretation. In his seventies at the time of recording, and having performed over the years in a variety of settings from leading his own swinging vocal trio, to working with hard bop pioneer Horace Silver, to exploring the avant-garde with Archie Shepp, Bey has aged into a jazz oracle who doesn't so much perform songs as conjure them from somewhere in the mystical ether of his psyche. Famously blessed with a distinctive, sonorous baritone warble, Bey's voice has only ripened over the years to a warm, burnished, woody resonance; a sound perfectly suited for these poignant, romantic songs. In his hands, songs like "My Foolish Heart," "How Long Has This Been Going On?," and "Everything I Have Is Yours," take on new hues of gorgeous devastation. And yet, there's still something hopeful, swinging, and urbane about Bey's performances, and songs like "Lover Come Back to Me" and "Take the 'A' Train," are, as with all of the music on Pages from an Imaginary Life, joyous, earthy celebrations of life and love.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2014
Label: Highnote
UPC: 0632375726621
catalogNumber: 757266
Rank: 71770

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Bey   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Andy Bey   Composer,Producer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Big Maceo Merriweather   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Katsuhiko Naito   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Eric Comstock   Liner Notes
Ted Koehler   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Allen Roy   Composer

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