Speaking of Love/Sing Me a Swing Song

Speaking of Love/Sing Me a Swing Song

by Bobby ShortBobby Short


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Bobby Short's third and fourth Atlantic Records albums, Speaking of Love and Sing Me a Swing Song, were both released in 1958, so there is justice in pairing them on this CD two-fer. But the two LPs took distinctly different approaches. Speaking of Love, a concept album of optimistic love songs, found Short's voice and piano backed by bass and drums in what was virtually a recreation of his nightclub act. And Short acted like he was in a nightclub, too, giving bravura performances of a repertoire of sophisticated show tunes. Sing Me a Swing Song, on the other hand, had more varied musical backing. Eight of the 14 songs used a ten- or 11-piece band consisting of six or seven horns and a rhythm section, and another four featured a five-piece unit in which Don Elliott added a variety of single instruments including trumpet, trombone, and vibes. The song selection also was more varied, including everything from bluesy Duke Ellington songs to the Marx Brothers novelty "Lydia." Here, Short was able to sing in a more restrained manner much of the time, blending more into the fuller arrangements. So, as a combined listening experience, the two-fer will blow the listener back early on, with the force of Short's enthusiasm, then draw the listener back with the often more subtle colors of the small big band sound on the later tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2001
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431684320
catalogNumber: 6843

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Short   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Urbie Green   Trombone
Warren Covington   Trombone
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Phil Moore   Conductor,Musical Direction
Danny Banks   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Don Elliott   Trombone,Trumpet,Mellophonium,Vibes
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Phil Giacobbe   Trombone
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Clyde Lombardi   Bass
Romeo Penque   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Sol Schlinger   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Todd Sommer   Drums
Buddy Woodson   Bass
Jack Satterfield   Trombone
Arnold Fishkind   Bass
Lou Oles   Trumpet
Sonny Rivera   Drums
Ismael Ugarte   Bass
Pat Merola   Bass

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Fred Astaire   Introduction
Ethel Merman   Introduction
Monty Alexander   Composer
Phil Moore   Arranger,Director
John Payne   Introduction
Harold Arlen   Composer
Tony Martin   Introduction
Andy Razaf   Composer
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ernest Gold   Composer
Mel Larson   Composer
Jerry Marcellino   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Deke Richards   Composer
Clifton Webb   Introduction
Earl Brown   Engineer
M. Robinson   Composer
Marvin Israel   Cover Design
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Don McCray   Composer
Roger Whitaker   Liner Notes
Edwin Miller   Liner Notes
Earle Brown   Engineer
Bart Howard   Composer
L. Lewis   Composer

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