Lee Evans And His Orchestra - Lee Evans...In Concert [Command Records RS 858 SD] (1963)

Released: 1963
Country: US
Label: Command Records
Catalog: RS 858 SD
Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening

Item# SR-CORS858SD
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

Note: 1972 ABC Reissue without gatefold jacket

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
02 Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
03 Porgy And Bess Medley
a My Man's Gone Now
b Bess You Is My Woman
04 Midnight In Moscow
05 The Simple Joys Of Maidenhood (From ''Camelot'')
06 Satin Doll
07 Thou Swell
08 Body And Soul
09 The Way You Look To-Night
10 If I Should Lose You
11 Look No Further

Lee Evans...In Concert
Lee Evans And His Orchestra

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Album Review

John Rouse [allmusic.com]

Lee Evans and His Orchestra in Concert is an Easy Listening jazz album, that combines classical sensibilities with jazz - it has more in common with Rhapsody in Blue than with Love Supreme. The album on Command Records (Stereo RS 858 SD) is single disc but presented in a double fold-out format, with extensive liner notes typical of the early 60s. Evans acknowledges his debt to Gershwin - and it is clear throughout - not only the choice of tracks, but the orchestration by Lew Davies, and the scales and runs that Evans chooses are clearly Gershwin-based, with occasional blue notes, but this is Western music.

If you like Gershwin, Kern, and their ilk then this album is an interesting, if obscure, addition - Evans is clearly classically trained - and while calling this jazz is a stretch - his dexterity and training make it an interesting album for those who like their jazz to be straight ahead. It doesn't swing, it doesn't go near bebop, but it's a good listen when you're in the mood for jazz with a classical bent.