Saturday, April 27, 2019

Dolores Hawkins

This Jasmine Records release focuses on Dolores Hawkins' singles throughout the 50's. The songs kind of remind me of rockabilly, not really what Wanda Jackson was doing but more like Ella Mae Morse's attempts. Dolores sounds like a cool school singer which makes sense since she worked with Gene Krupa and Roy Eldridge, two people the legendary jazz singer Anita O'Day worked with. Hawkins later did a standards album which I wasn't surprised to find out. It's been released on Fresh Sound Records. I'll have to listen to that sometime.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Bea Abbott

Bea Abbott - The Too, Too Marvelous Bea I collect 50's female jazz vocal singers who only did an album or two. Most of them turn out to be generic. Bea Abbott doesn't fall into this category. She had a distinctive, unusual voice. It took me a while to get used to it but now I like it. My favorite songs are her renditions of Day in, Day Out and Almost like being in love.