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Now Singing in 12 Great Movies

Billy Eckstine

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This reissue of an early-'60s collection of movie themes sung by Billy Eckstine is labeled as a jazz CD, which is a bit of a stretch. Although no one should question the jazz credentials in the resumes of the rich-voiced Eckstine, pianist and conductor Bobby Tucker, arranger Billy Byers, or producer Quincy Jones, this is very much an easy listening album. Of the 13 songs, which include a bonus track not on the original release, only a few have become jazz standards, and just one, "On Green Dolphin Street," deserves to be called a jazz arrangement. This is not to knock the music, as it is very listenable, with a solid performance throughout by Eckstine. It is just that the arrangements are very predictable, lacking any significant improvising or solos, awash in strings with a rhythm section that seems on autopilot. While several songs in addition to "On Green Dolphin Street" have become part of a typical jazz singer's repertoire, ("Manhã de Carnival," "Moon River," and "A Felicidade"), the very sappy "Never on Sunday" (with lyrics totally unfit for a male singer, or for anyone for that matter!) and the forgettable "Three Coins in the Fountain" (the theme from the easily bypassed movie of the same name) haven't stood the test of time very well. Billy Eckstine's vocal abilities are never in question, but jazz fans need to know what to expect prior to purchasing this reissue.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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1
More (From Mondo Cane)
00:02:40

Norman Newell, ComposerLyricist - Orchestra, Orchestra - Riz Ortolani, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Tucker, Conductor - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist - Gaetano Oliviero, ComposerLyricist - Bill Byers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
The High And Mighty
00:04:00

Dimitri Tiomkin, ComposerLyricist - Ned Washington, ComposerLyricist - Orchestra, Orchestra - Bobby Tucker, Conductor - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist - Bill Byers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Moon River
00:02:38

Johnny Mercer, Author - Henry Mancini, Composer - Quincy Jones, Producer - Billy Byers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Tucker, Conductor, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Eckstine, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney's Orchestra, Orchestra - Bill Byers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Never On Sunday
00:02:47

Billy Towne, Author - Orchestra, Orchestra - Manos Hadjidakis, Composer - Bobby Tucker, Conductor - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist - Bill Byers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Tender Is The Night
00:03:18

Sammy Fain, ComposerLyricist - Orchestra, Orchestra - P.F. Webster, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Tucker, Conductor - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist - Bill Byers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Manha De Carnaval
00:02:51

Orchestra, Orchestra - Antonio Maria, Author - Luiz Bonfa, Composer - Bobby Tucker, Conductor - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist - Bill Byers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
A Felicidade
00:02:47

Vinicius De Moraes, Author - António Carlos Jobim, Composer - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Three Coins In The Fountain
00:03:47

Jule Styne, Composer - Sammy Cahn, Author - Bobby Tucker, Conductor - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist - Bill Byers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Days of Wine and Roses
00:02:50

Johnny Mercer, Author - Henry Mancini, Composer - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
On Green Dolphin Street
00:02:35

Quincy Jones, Producer - Ned Washington, ComposerLyricist - Pete Rugolo, Producer - Bronislaw Kaper, ComposerLyricist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Bob Shad, Producer - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist - Bobby Tucker and his Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
My Own True Love
00:03:29

Max Steiner, ComposerLyricist - Mack David, ComposerLyricist - Orchestra, Orchestra - Bobby Tucker, Conductor - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist - Bill Byers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
The Good Life
00:03:36

Jack Reardon, Adapter - Jean Broussolle, Author - Orchestra, Orchestra - Bobby Tucker, Conductor - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist - SACHA DISTEL, Composer - Bill Byers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Tonight
00:02:43

Stephen Sondheim, ComposerLyricist - Leonard Bernstein, ComposerLyricist - Billy Eckstine, MainArtist

℗ 1961 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

This reissue of an early-'60s collection of movie themes sung by Billy Eckstine is labeled as a jazz CD, which is a bit of a stretch. Although no one should question the jazz credentials in the resumes of the rich-voiced Eckstine, pianist and conductor Bobby Tucker, arranger Billy Byers, or producer Quincy Jones, this is very much an easy listening album. Of the 13 songs, which include a bonus track not on the original release, only a few have become jazz standards, and just one, "On Green Dolphin Street," deserves to be called a jazz arrangement. This is not to knock the music, as it is very listenable, with a solid performance throughout by Eckstine. It is just that the arrangements are very predictable, lacking any significant improvising or solos, awash in strings with a rhythm section that seems on autopilot. While several songs in addition to "On Green Dolphin Street" have become part of a typical jazz singer's repertoire, ("Manhã de Carnival," "Moon River," and "A Felicidade"), the very sappy "Never on Sunday" (with lyrics totally unfit for a male singer, or for anyone for that matter!) and the forgettable "Three Coins in the Fountain" (the theme from the easily bypassed movie of the same name) haven't stood the test of time very well. Billy Eckstine's vocal abilities are never in question, but jazz fans need to know what to expect prior to purchasing this reissue.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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