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Lee Wiley & Ellis Larkins - Duologue (1954/1988)

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Lee Wiley & Ellis Larkins - Duologue (1954/1988)

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A1 	–Lee Wiley 	My Heart Stood Still 	2:23
A2 	–Lee Wiley 	Looking At You 	2:43
A3 	–Lee Wiley 	You Took Advantage Of Me 	3:21
A4 	–Lee Wiley 	By Myself 	2:30
A5 	–Lee Wiley 	My Romance 	2:35
A6 	–Lee Wiley 	Give It Back To The Indians 	3:29
B1 	–Ellis Larkins 	Mountain Greenery 	3:05
B2 	–Ellis Larkins 	It Never Enter My Mind 	2:56
B3 	–Ellis Larkins 	Perfume & Rain 	3:16
B4 	–Ellis Larkins 	My Funny Valentines 	3:02
B5 	–Ellis Larkins 	Then I'll Be Tired Of You 	2:41
B6 	–Ellis Larkins 	Glad To Be Unhappy 	2:18

Drums – Jo Jones (tracks: A1 to A6)
Photography By [Ellis Larkins Photograph] – Hans Harzheim
Piano – Ellis Larkins (tracks: B1 to B6), Jimmy Jones (tracks: A1 to A6)
Trumpet – Ruby Braff (tracks: A1 to A6)
Vocals – Lee Wiley (tracks: A1 to A6) 

Lee Wiley tracks recorded in New York City, 7th July 1954
Ellis Larkins tracks recorded in New York City, c. 1954

 

Although only 38 at the time of this recording and still in her musical prime, singer Lee Wiley was already thought of as a has-been, and was finding it increasingly difficult to locate work. Her sophisticated, gentle, yet sincere swing style was out of favor by the mid-'50s, but she still had something to say. This CD reissue features her haunting voice showcased on eight numbers with a quartet that includes trumpeter Ruby Braff, pianist Jimmy Jones, bassist Bill Pemberton and drummer Jo Jones; the best are "My Heart Stood Still," "My Funny Valentine" and especially memorable versions of "It Never Entered My Mind" and "Glad to Be Unhappy." Although pianist Ellis Larkins, who is heard on four unrelated unaccompanied solos, gets co-billing on the CD, he and Wiley never actually meet. ---Scott Yanow, AllMusic Review

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