During his three years on Verve from 1965-'68, singer Arthur Prysock cut some of the finest jazz ballads in the catalog. Akin to the smooth and sultry baritone work of Johnny Hartman and Billy Eckstine, Prysock's seductive vocals entranced with their own special brand of aching vulnerability, especially on melancholic ballads like "Everytime Is the First Time." That track and ten others grace this strong offering from 1968. With a full band and strings along for the ride, Prysock shines on bluesy slow burners like the Budd Johnson-penned "Since I Fell For You" and grand ballad fare like "Autumn in New York" and "My Buddy." And with a bow to the day's youth culture, Prysock pulls off mod swingers like "Another Time, Another Place" and the title track. Topped off with fine charts by Claus Ogerman, Bobby Scott, Horace Ott, and Torrie Zito -- with a collective resumé including Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Antonio Carlos Jobim, et al. -- I Must Be Doing Something Right finds the urbane Prysock in a solid program of hip swing and unparalleled balladry.
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