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June Christy – Make Love To Me: The Small Group Recordings (2001/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1 kHz]

June Christy – Make Love To Me: The Small Group Recordings (2001/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:11:32 minutes | 513 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © RevOla

Though June Christy performed well in many different settings, she excelled when leading a small group or singing a sympathetic chart. Though in 1945 she was still a decade away from a dedicated solo career that saw her shine with Pete Rugolo’s advanced arrangements, Christy began recording laid-back transcription dates with small groups of Stan Kenton sidemen. The Jazz Factory’s collection of this material, “Complete Capitol Small Group Transcriptions”, trumps earlier collections like “The Uncollected June Christy with the Kentones” (1946) by offering 25 small-group titles from late 1945 and 1946, all recorded with a talented group of Kenton’s players including Bob Cooper, Kai Winding, Shelly Manne, and Ray Wetzel, plus guitarist Dave Barbour.

Her voice given greater emphasis in front of this septet, Christy treasures her vocals on “Make Love to Me,” “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams,” and “September in the Rain.” She also illustrates the extroverted voice that carried “Tampico” less than a year earlier by ad libbing a forceful “June’s Blues.” A prelude to the considered subtleties of her work in Kenton’s Innovations Orchestra of 1950-51 and her Capitol solo career, this release is an excellent complement to her more popular work of the mid-’40s.


01 – Make Love To Me
02 – How High The Moon
03 – Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
04 – Can’t Help Loving That Man
05 – Sweet Lorraine
06 – Don’t Worry About Me
07 – I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
08 – June’s Blues
09 – Mean To Me
10 – September In The Rain
11 – Stompin’ At The Savoy
12 – The One I Love Belongs To Someone Else
13 – Moonglow
14 – Get Happy
15 – I’ve Got a Guy
16 – Lover Man
17 – Lullaby In Rhythm
18 – This Is Romance
19 – Supper Time
20 – I’m Thrilled
21 – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
22 – How Long Has This Been Going On
23 – You’re Blasé
24 – Prelude To a Kiss
25 – What’s New?

Tracks “01-08” recorded on December 13, 1945 in Los Angeles, CA;
Tracks “09-13” recorded on December 27, 1945 in Los Angeles, CA;
Tracks “14-21” recorded on July 31, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA;
Tracks “22-25” recorded on August 1, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA.

The cover features Christy at the Club Troubador, New York, c. 1947.


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