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Betty Roche / Marilyn Moore: Four Classic Albums Plus (Take The A Train / Singin’ & Swingin’ / Lightly And Politely / Moody) (2CD)

Betty Roche / Marilyn Moore: Four Classic Albums Plus (Take The A Train / Singin’ & Swingin’ / Lightly And Politely / Moody) (2CD)


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AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Betty Roche (3 x L.P.’s) and Marilyn Moore (1x L.P) complete with original artwork and liner notes.
Betty Roche-”Take The “A” Train”; “Lightly and Politely”; “Singin’ and Swingin’” and Marilyn Moore-”Moody”
Mary Elizabeth Roche was somewhat of an unsung heroine in the jazz and blues singing world of the 1940’s. Hers is partly a story of being in the right place at the wrong time! Changing her name to Betty Roche her career began in 1939, recording with the Savoy Sultans two years later in 1941. The following year she joined none other than the famed Duke Ellington Orchestra with whom she appeared in the movie ‘Reveille with Beverly’. Here she performed the song she has remained most renowned for “Take the “A” T rain”. Duke then invited Betty to join him at Carnegie Hall where he was performing his Black, Brown and Beige suite. Both performances had been received extremely well but crucially for Betty’s future, neither had been recorded. By 1944 Betty had left Ellington to pick up her career again, working with the likes of Lester Young, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, Earl Hines, Charles Brown and Clark Terry. Having left the music business for a while, Betty returned in 1951to rejoin Duke Ellington and she finally got to record “Take the “A” Train” for the Duke’s “Ellington Uptown” album. Here we feature all three of Betty’s fine albums and also as a bonus cut, her wonderful rendition of “Summertime” from the cast recording of “The Complete Porgy and Bess”.
Marilyn Moore was born into a showbiz family and was performing in vaudeville with them at the tender age of three! By her teens Marilyn had decided to join the jazz world as a singer and as such she performed the clubs with the likes of Woody Herman, Charlie Ventura and Ray McKinley and Al Cohn. In the fifties she married Cohn and settled down to raise their two children but by 1957 she was offered a recording contract with Bethlehem records with whom she made her one and only record, “Moody”. It’s a wonderful album with definite traces of the influence of Billie Holiday with whom she has often been compared . However she certainly has her own warm, intimate and sensitive style which comes across forcefully, as you will hear! Sadly, following her divorce from Cohn, Marilyn never got the chance to record again, instead settling down to continue raising her family.

CD1
1-12: ‘Betty Roché - Take The “A” Train’
1. Take The “A” Train
2. Something To Live For
3. In A Mellow Tone
4. Time After Time
5. Go Away Blues
6. Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
7. Route 66
8. All My Life
9. I Just Got The Message, Baby
10. All Too Soon
11. You Don’t Love Me No More
12. September In The Rain
13-21: ‘Betty Roché - Singin’ & Swingin’’
13. Come Rain Or Come Shine
14. A Foggy Day
15. Day By Day
16. When I Fall In Love
17. Blue Moon
18. Where Or When
19. September Song
20. (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along
21. Billie’s Bonuce

CD2
1-10: ‘Betty Roché - Lightly And Politely’
1. Someone To Watch Over Me
2. Why Shouldn’t I
3. Jim
4. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
5. For All We Know
6. Rocks In My Bed
7. Just Squeeze Me
8. I Got It Bad (And That ‘Aint Good)
9. Maybe You’ll Be There
10. I Had The Craziest Dream
11. Summertime - Bonus Track taken from The Complete Porgy & Bess
12. Summertime (Reprise) - Bonus Track taken from The Complete Porgy & Bess
13. Summertime (Reprise) - Bonus Track taken from The Complete Porgy & Bess
14-25: ‘Marilyn Moore - Moody’
14. I’m Just A Lucky So And So
15. Ill Wind
16. If Love Is Trouble
17. Is You Is Or Is You Aint’ My Baby
18. Born To Blow The Blues
19. Lover, Come Back To Me
20. You’re Driving Me Crazy
21. Trav’lin All Alone
22. I Cried For You
23. Leavin’ Town
24. Trouble Is A Man
25. I Got Rhythm

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