2017/06/14

Teal Joy - Ted Steele Presents Miss Teal Joy (1955)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 36:31 | Size: 82.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side A
1. Let's Fall In Love 2:15
2. Easy To Remember 2:59
3. Since I Fell For You 2:33
4. Misirlou 2:37
5. Don't Worry About Me 3:06
6. Deed I Do 2:30

Side B
1. For You My Love 2:10
2. That Ole Devil Called Love 3:44
3. Who's Sorry Now 2:06
4. Come Back To Sorrento 3:10
5. Autumn Leaves 2:53
6. El Cumbanchero 2:43


Recorded in New York City, 1955

Vocals - Teal Joy
Directed By, Arranged By – Ted Steele
 
Ted Steele was a composer, arranger, performer and orchestra leader who appeared extensively on radio and television during the late 40s and 50s. He hosted The Chesterfield Supper Club on radio and Cavalcade of Bands on television, and he worked with artists such as Perry Como and Frank Sinatra. About Teal Joy, Steele writes, “I have never been so positive of greatness as I am now”:

“New superlatives must be found to describe the talent and versatility of Miss Teal Joy…This young lady was singing in the Bamboo Club in Atlantic City, practically on the doorstep of the recording center of the world and virtually unnoticed, when I happened in. Now I am so grateful that I was the one to come along and be completely stunned by her immeasurable talent and taste…Teal Joy is a rarity in that she has the emotional and technical ‘feel’ for every kind of music, as demonstrated in the variety of songs chosen for this album. Born in Seattle, Washington, Teal is of Japanese, French, and Peruvian descent, which I am sure imparts to her interpretation of these songs much of the rich emotional color and understanding, delicacy, and mystery of many cultures…Because of her amazing versatility I felt that we needed three distinctly different sounds to showcase Teal properly. Three different orchestras, comprised of the outstanding names in the music world, were called in to do this album.” Steele gleefully quotes a remark made “by a normally unconcerned engineer” who worked on recording Teal Joy: “This album will bring back music.”

Steele’s prose seems hyperbolic until you have listened to the LP, at which point you tend to agree with him. The LP is tremendously exciting and tremendously varied. Joy sings in Japanese, Yiddish, Italian, French, and Spanish as well as in English. Her version, in Italian (the original language) of “Come Back to Sorrento” is one of the highlights of the LP. Others include “Misirlou” (Yiddish) and “El Cumbanchero” (Spanish). She sings “’Deed I Do” in English and then, surprisingly, in Japanese. When she sings in English, her intonations sometimes remind you of Billie Holiday (Joy covers Holiday’s hit of the 1940s, “That Old Devil Called Love”), but at other moments she recalls Eartha Kitt and, surprisingly, Edith Piaf. (Joy has a big voice.)
 

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