Shades of Bey

Shades of Bey

by Andy BeyAndy Bey




Andy Bey's bass-baritone voice has aged over the last thirty-odd years, but it's aged well; he now sings in a husky drawl that sounds all the more warm and intimate for being a bit ragged around the edges. When he goes into falsetto, as on "Midnight Blue," athe sound is so dark that you don't recognize it as falsetto at first. This album peaks early on with "Like a Lover," a wistful love song with only the gentlest, sparest guitar accompaniment. But there are many other beautiful moments, the best of which always come on the slow numbers: the Billy Strayhorn classic "Pretty Girl," on which Bey sounds like Billy Eckstine with a weathered patina to his voice, and the surprising Nick Drake cover, the moody and intense "River Man." His vocal version of Thelonious Monk's "Straight, No Chaser" is fun, but it tends to expose the limitations of his range; however, he makes the uptempo "Believin' It" work beautifully -- Geri Allen's edgy, modernist piano contrasts nicely with Bey's effusive, bop-inflected delivery.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/1998
Label: Evidence
UPC: 0730182221527
catalogNumber: 22215

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Bey   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Geri Allen   Piano
Gary Bartz   Alto Saxophone
Victor Lewis   Drums
Dennis James   Bass
Andy Stein   Violin,Viola
Peter Washington   Bass
Annabelle Hoffman   Cello
Paul Meyers   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dori Caymmi   Composer
Jerry Gordon   Executive Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Herb Jordan   Producer
Sally Swisher   Composer
Alison Van Pelt   Artwork
Sheila Prevost   Art Direction
Ernesto Grenet   Composer
Dave Howlaski   Engineer

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