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As Long As There Is Music by Lou Levy and Pinky Winters

The featured soloists, Levy and Winters, do not appear together on this recording. The 10 tune CD features each performer on 5 tracks accompanied by the legendary Netherlands Metropole Orchestra which has been part of the Dutch Radio System since 1945. The orchestra is just too large to list every musician. Let it be said that the group has backed every major performer to appear on Netherlands Radio and TV including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Pete & Conte Candoli, Stan Getz, Frank Rosolino, Zoot Sims, Mel Torme and others. The few stars mentioned are drawn from a list of about 100 provided in the liner notes.

Pianist Lou Levy (born 1928) is a most inventive player but his immense talent is not well displayed here. Levy has worked with Sarah Vaughan, Ella, Sinatra and Peggy Lee but is especially known for his quartet sessions in the mid 1950s.

Lou plays 5 selections including Charlie Parker's "The Hymn", "I'm Old Fashioned", "My Old Flame", "As Long As There Is Music" and "Carnival". In my humble opinion, the lush orchestrations are very confining to the jazz pianist and inhibit Levy's swinging capability.

Vocalist, Pinky Winters, is new to my ears but appears to be from the June Christy school. She has a wonderful jazz style and opposed to Lou Levy, seems very much at ease with the large band. Pinky sings "All Through The Night", "Sure Thing", Flying Down To Rio", "The Dreamer" and Harry Warren/Mack Gordon's beautiful "I Wish I Knew". Pinky Winters is warm, swinging and probably the best part of this album.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lou Levy and Pinky Winters
  • CD Title: As Long As There Is Music
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Koch Jazz
  • Rating: Five Stars
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