Andy Bey: Lush Life
Andy Bey (vocals)
American Song (Minor Music MM 801117)
Paul Meyers (guitar), Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass), Mark McLean (drums).
Composed by Billy Strayhorn.
Recorded: Englewood, NJ, November 2003
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Andy Bey's voice is unique, but so is his phrasing, his diction and the atmosphere he can conjure up on almost any song he decides to sing. "Lush Life" is a special case because of the special connection the singer feels with Strayhorn's compositions. Here, Bey concentrates on singing and leaves the piano to Geri Allen. The result is great. The verse is played as a slow, full-of-depth duet with Allen before the rest of the band enters. When Bey is through with the words, he scats or rather improvises sounds while the instrumentalists create a loose environment that seems to float randomly around the singer's voice.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum