Herb Jeffries

A Brief History of Herb Jeffries (The Bronze Buckaroo)

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Herb Jeffries, who in the late '90s was the only survivor of the 1940 Duke Ellington Orchestra, is heard on 14 selections on this CD, which covers a six-decade period. There are two tracks from the likable singer's cowboy films of 1938, appearances with Earl Hines' orchestra (1934) and Sidney Bechet, four numbers with Ellington (including the hit "Flamingo" and "Jump for Joy"), guest shots with Joe Liggins' Honeydrippers, one song taken from a live concert at the Apollo in 1954, and two numbers (including "I'm a Happy Cowboy") from a 1995 session. Throughout Jeffries is in surprisingly consistent form, displaying a warm baritone. Although not a jazz singer himself, Herb Jeffries sounds quite at home in these diverse settings. A recommended set.

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