Jean DuShon

Feeling Good

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Jean Du Shon's third and final album for Chess records maintains the high standards of two previous LPs. She's again accompanied by Herman Foster (piano), Earl May (bass), and Bruno Carr (drums) -- members of Lou Donaldson's band who also supported her on Make Way for Jean Du Shon. Oliver Nelson's orchestrations are stellar and Phil Ramone's engineering crisp and clear. Du Shon delivers crafty renditions of "Wild Is the Wind" and "Feeling Good," as well as the jazz/pop standards "Out in the Cold Again," "You Don't Know," "What Now My Love," and "If I Ruled the World." Not included on this or any of her Chess albums is her original rendition of "For Once in My Life" (cut while at Chess), which Berry Gordy supposedly had pulled from the market in favor of Stevie Wonder's. The song was co-written by Ron Miller, who was under contract to Motown at the time. It's time MCA (they own the Chess catalog) reissues Jean Du Shon's rare nuggets on CD.

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