Notes and Editorial Reviews
2. Close Your Eyes (Shut Yo' Mouth)
5. I Love You
6. Would You Like to Take a Walk?
7. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
8. Side by Side
9. My Blue Heaven
Personnel: Slam Stewart, Major Holley (bass); Dick Hyman, Oliver Jackson.
Recorded at Soundtek Studios, New York, New York in 1981. Includes liner notes by Dan Morgenstern.
Personnel: Major Holley (vocals); Slam Stewart (vocals); Dick Hyman (piano, organ); Oliver Jackson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.
Soundtek Studio, New York, NY.
Briefly available as an LP on the PM label shortly before it went out of business, this fun date featuring two bassists best known for singing and playing bass simultaneously, Slam Stewart an octave above and Major Holley in unison with his bass. Both their humor and great playing are readily apparent throughout this release, especially on classics such as "Misty" and "Undecided." The big surprise is "Tomorrow," the obnoxious song from the musical Annie; its amusing facelift makes it tolerable at last. The title track is a takeoff on "Close Your Eyes." Versatile pianist Dick Hyman and solid drummer Oliver Jackson round out this enjoyable session, one of the last jazz albums on Delos before they returned to classical music exclusively. ~ Ken Dryden
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