Teddi King

'Round Midnight [Japanese Import]

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The sublimely atmospheric 'Round Midnight pairs Teddi King with pianist Beryl Booker, whose twinkling accompaniment perfectly underscores the session's nocturnal flavor. King's vocals reveal a potent melancholy missing from her later recordings, a vulnerability made all the more poignant by the stark simplicity of Booker's backings. The music's unflinching intimacy makes for compelling listening, lending new emotional resonance to familiar material like "What's New," "It Never Entered My Mind," and the title cut.

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