"Don't You Know I Care" was introduced by Al Hibbler in 1944. Mance's winsome intro sets the stage for Andrews's authoritative and assured, drawn-out initial query: "Dontcha know ... I care ... or don't you care to know?" His voice seems to embody the best qualities of Hibbler, Big Joe Turner and Billy Eckstine, although Andrews himself cited Billy Daniels and Herb Jeffries as major influences. Person's obbligatos, as well as Mance, Drummond and Carvin's sensitive, unobtrusive support, help make this an essential Andrews track, not to mention the successive soulful improvisations by Person, Drummond and Mance. It is Andrews, however, who keeps the listener enthralled with his velvety smooth, naturally expressive delivery, down-to-earth yet sophisticated. A polished pro, who's still going strong today in his 80s.
December 10, 2008 · 0 commentsTags: don't you know i care
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