Frances Faye – Frances Faye Sings Folk Songs (1957/2014) [PrestoClassical FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Frances Faye – Frances Faye Sings Folk Songs (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:19 minutes | 489 MB | Genre: Jazz Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

A 1957 session of traditional music recorded in anticipation that folk music would be the next big trend. Frances Faye is accompanied by brass and strings arranged by Russ Garcia and a band that includes Maynard Ferguson and Don Fagerquist on trumpets, Frank Rosolino on trombone and Mel Lewis on drums.

Frances Faye was a spirited middle-of-the-road pop/cabaret singer. During 1955-1957 she was one of Bethlehem’s few non-jazz artists although being with that label resulted in her interacting with veteran jazz musicians. In 1957 when it looked like folk music was going to be the next big trend (it would be, but not until the early ’60s), she recorded a set of traditional melodies while accompanied by brass and string orchestra arranged by Russ Garcia that included West Coast jazz players (including Maynard Ferguson, Don Fagerquist, and Frank Rosolino). Faye was not the most subtle of singers but she sounds quite expressive on such numbers as “Frankie and Johnny,” “St. James Infirmary,” “John Henry,” a variety of ancient folk songs, and even “Clementine.” Five previously unreleased alternate takes round out this intriguing program.

01 – Frankie and Johnny
02 – Greensleeves
03 – Skip to My Lou
04 – Lonesome Road
05 – Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen / Deep River / Goin’ Home
06 – Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
07 – St. James Infirmary
08 – Go ‘Way from My Window
09 – The Three Ravens
10 – Oh My Darling, Clementine
11 – Oif’n Pripitchik / Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral / Come Back to Sorrento
12 – John Henry

Recorded in February and March, 1957 in Hollywood, CA.
Remastered in 2014.

Frances Faye – vocals
Frank Rosolino – trombone
Herbie Harper – trombone
Lloyd Ulyate – trombone
Milt Bernhart – trombone
Maynard Ferguson – trumpet
Don Fagerquist – trumpet
Jimmy Salko – trumpet
Howard Roberts – guitar
Max Bennett – bass
Mel Lewis – drums
Russ Garcia – Conductor.



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