Maxine Sullivan

1941-1946

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Although not as essential as the first Classics Maxine Sullivan CD, this set has its strong moments too. Sullivan was always a simple and subtle singer who swung lightly and mostly stuck to the melody while uplifting the themes with her intelligent expressiveness. The first eight selections on this disc find her joined by the John Kirby Sextet on such numbers as a remake of "Loch Lomond," "St. Louis Blues" and "My Ideal." The two numbers from March 19, 1942 ("Beside the River Clyde" and "How Do I Know It's Real") list the singer as again being joined by Kirby's Sextet but the backup group is clearly larger and using slightly different instrumentation. Sullivan is also heard backed by a rhythm section and strings on four selections, on two numbers apiece with the Teddy Wilson Quintet and Benny Carter's Orchestra (the young tenor Dexter Gordon has a solo on "Looking for a Boy"), and performing six tunes (including several remakes) with strings, the prominent harp of Laura Newell, a rhythm section, and clarinetist Hank D'Amico. The 1944-46 titles have also been reissued by Tono, although the 1941-42 selections with Kirby have long been scarce. In her early to mid-'30s at the time, Maxine Sullivan sounds both youthful and mature during her interpretations, very much in prime form.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:56 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:19 SpotifyAmazon
6
3:10 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:39 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
9
2:35 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
11
2:55 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:50 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:55 SpotifyAmazon
15
feat: Teddy Wilson
3:02 SpotifyAmazon
16
feat: Teddy Wilson
3:05 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
18
feat: Benny Carter
2:50 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:54 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:48
24 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
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