Everett Greene

My Foolish Heart

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Producer and saxman Houston Person has a knack for working with soulful singers -- along with his longtime cohort Etta Jones, he's helmed sessions for Charles Brown, Lorez Alexandria, Dakota Staton and many others. Person's latest discovery is Everett Greene, a 64-year-old Indianapolis native sporting a classic sound on this, his debut recording. He's got a deep, rich baritone with a good share of vibrato -- not so much in the Johnny Hartman school, but a definite throwback to earlier, vintage crooners like Billy Eckstine, Arthur Prysock and Earl Coleman. A lightly swinging backup combo, led by Person, puts Greene in a comfortable groove on this all-standards set. Nothing earthshattering, but enjoyable.

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