From the initial glow of three-part harmony on "Willow Weep for Me," a tune that’s been recorded countless times but never quite like this, Andy and the Bey Sisters established a unique approach to ensemble singing that was, in the oft-quoted words of Duke Ellington, "beyond category." Churchier than Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, jazzier than the Staple Singers, the work of pianist-vocalist Andy Bey (b. 1939) and his singing sisters Geraldine and Salome drew upon jazz, blues, gospel, R & B, Broadway, and pop in a most compelling fashion that sounds as fresh today as it did when it was recorded. The Newark, N.J.Ðbased trio made but two albums for Prestige, Now! Hear! and ’Round Midnight (from 1964 and ’65, respectively), both of which are collected here. Long out of print, these 20 performances will surely open the ears of many listeners who have never savored the myriad joys offered by these singing siblings.
Willow Weep for Me, A Taste of Honey, Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars, Sister Sadie, Since I Fell for You, Night Song, Besame Mucho, September in the Rain, The Swingin’ Preacher, Smiles, Love Medley (Love Is Just Around the Corner/I Love You/Love You Madly), God Bless the Child, Squeeze Me, Tammy, Hallelujah I Love Her So, Everybody Loves My Baby, ’Round Midnight, Solitude, Feeling Good, Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
with Jerome Richardson, Kenny Burrell, Richard Davis, Osie Johnson, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Jo Jones