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Billy Eckstine – Once More With Feeling (2003 FLAC)

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Billy Eckstine - Once More With Feeling (2003 FLAC)

Billy Eckstine – Once More With Feeling (2003 FLAC)

Artist: Billy Eckstine
Album: Once More With Feeling
Release/Reissue: 2003
Genre: Jazz

01. Once More with Feeling
02. Stormy Weather
03. Cottage for Sale
04. Blues in the Night
05. I Hear a Rhapsody
06. As Time Goes By
07. That Old Black Magic
08. I Apologise
09. I Love You
10. With Every Breath I Take
11. Secret Love
12. I’m Beginning to See the Light
13. Anything You Wanna Do (I Wanna Do with You)
14. Like Wow

Billy Eckstine was looking back more than forward by 1960, and his second record for Roulette featured two remakes of familiar hits he’d enjoyed almost 20 years earlier. He also covered two average themes from forgottable movies, the first being the title song (from a Yul Brynner vehicle), the second being “Secret Love” (from a Doris Day film). It may read like a desultory date, and indeed it would have been if not for the presence of a solid jazz band and the surprisingly sympathetic arrangements of big-brass auteur Billy May. Eckstine had fronted some strong bands in the past and consequently doesn’t need to strain his voice to equal the energy behind May’s charts, even on unexpected swingers like “Stormy Weather” and “I Hear a Rhapsody.” “I Apologize,” one of the two remakes, is treated with glimmering strings that certainly suggest the ’40s but work in the context of the adult-pop era as well. [A 2003 reissue by Roulette Jazz added two bonus tracks, a pair of pop crossovers originally released as a single.]