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Still Fresh by Four Freshmen

The first record I owned, back in 1964, was the Four Freshmen’s "The Swingers". To this day, that album has been one of my favorite records and, in my opinion, one of the best vocal group recordings ever. "Still Fresh" is better. The arrangements, both vocally and instrumentally, are exquisite. The solos, particularly Kevin Stout’s trombone and guitar work and Brian Eichenberger’s piano are great. "My Shining Hour" cooks from beginning to end. The Freshmen have included three songs from the Nat Cole songbook - "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "Unforgettable" and "Walking My Baby Back Home". All of them are Freshmen interpretations of great songs. I don’t know how the Freshmen failed to record "Moonlight in Vermont" before this, but it was certainly worth the wait. My personal favorite in the ballad category is Bobby Troup’s often overlooked "The Meaning of the Blues". This version is pure perfection. If you like vocal group jazz, you have to have this album. You won’t have a better one in your collection - until their next one.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Four Freshmen
  • CD Title: Still Fresh
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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