Samstag, 6. Februar 2021

Rita Reys ‎– The Cool Voice Of Rita Reys (1956)

Rita Reys (born Maria Everdina Reijs; 21 December 1924 – 28 July 2013) was a jazz singer from the Netherlands. She was billed as "Europe's First Lady of Jazz" and was one of the top jazz singers in Europe from the mid-'50s to the turn of the millennium. Born in Rotterdam, she began singing as a teenager. Reys won several song contests and in 1941, when she was 16, joined the Hawaiian Minstrels. In 1943 she became a member of her father's theater orchestra. Other early experiences included touring with Lex Van Spall, Ted Powder, and the Piet Van Dijk Orchestra. 

In 1945 she married drummer Wessel Ilcken, who introduced her to the postwar jazz scene. She worked with her husband's sextet for most of a decade. They were based in Stockholm for a time, where she recorded with the great baritonist Lars Gullin in 1953. In 1956 Reys recorded probably her most famous album, "The Cool Voice of Rita Reys". Her backup band was Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. Reys and Ilcken spent a few months in the United States during 1956-1957. She had opportunities to sing not only with Blakey but Jimmy Smith, Chico Hamilton, Clark Terry, and Mat Mathews.

Back in Europe, tragedy struck in 1957 when a car accident resulted in the death of Wessel Ilcken. After some time, Reys continued her career. In 1960 she married pianist Pim Jacobs, working regularly with his combo up until his death in 1996. Along the way she performed with Zoot Sims, Oliver Nelson, the Dutch Swing College Band, and other notables. Reys, despite being influenced by Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé, had her own approach to caressing ballads and swinging uptempo tunes. She celebrated her 80th birthday during 2004-2005, writing her memoirs (Rita Reys -- Lady Jazz) and having many special performances, including television specials and concerts all around the Netherlands.

The  album "Cool Voice of Rita Reys" features sessions recorded with bands led by drummers Wessel Ilcken and Art Blakey divided over each side of the original LP which was released on the Dutch Philips and US Columbia labels.


"It's All Right with Me" (Cole Porter) – 2:37
"Gone with the Wind" (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson) – 2:35
"My Funny Valentine" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 2:59
"But Not for Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin" – 2:09
"I Should Care" (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn) – 2:38
"There Will Never Be Another You" (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) – 2:27
"I Cried for You" (Gus Arnheim, Arthur Freed, Abe Lyman) – 3:30
"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (Porter) – 3:36
"My One and Only Love" (Guy Wood, Robert Mellin) – 4:14
"That Old Black Magic" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 2:56
"Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year" (Frank Loesser) – 3:41
"Taking a Chance on Love" (Vernon Duke, John La Touche, Ted Fetter) – 2:34

(320 kbps, cover art included)

2 Kommentare:

Il Commendatore hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for the album!

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks for your interest & all the best!

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