A year before his untimely death from heart disease at age 29, "tough Texas" tenorman Herschel Evans revealed his gentle side with Count Basie, whose band was not renowned for ballads. Herschel Evans changed that. Stepping closer to the mike than customary, Evans wraps his big, warm tone around a listener the way an affable uncle dispenses hugs, convincing each little niece or nephew that she or he is Uncle's special favorite. "Blue and Sentimental" leaves us forever grateful for the too-short visit of Uncle Herschel.
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