Friday, January 8, 2016

Beverly Kenney - Complete Royal Roost Recordings

The appearance of Beverly Kenney as a guest vocalist at the 1955 Jazz for Israel concert at Carnegie Hall was the beginning of her successful but tragically short career — she took her own life at 28. Her arrival was, for most pop buyers and jazz fans, a major event. Considered one of the most intriguing new voices to come since Julie London’s auspicious record debut, she exuded warmth and a sense of humor, taste and tenderness, while her innate jazz pulse won her glowing tributes from jazz critics.
With her lightly husky, attractive voice — and her style — she gave an impeccably contemporary reading to the standards on her three Royal Roost albums, accompanied by Johnny Smith’s group, Ralph Burns’ orchestra and by the fine support of Jimmy Jones and the Basie-ites.
This set is completed by several intriguing bonus tracks she recorded early in her career, including a demo session with pianist and vocal coach Tony Tamburello recorded just before her major breakthrough, and tracks from a broadcast she did with the trio of Gildo Mahones. In an arresting demonstration of her quality, the set displays not only all her skills as a singer, but also her outstanding musicianship and care for lyrics.
Jordi Pujol

Source :

Beverly Kenney
Complete Royal Roost
(3 Lps On 2 Cds) + Bonus Tracks


Cd. 1

1 The Surrey with the Fringe on Top (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  2:09
2 Tis’ Autumn (Nemo)  2:29
3 Looking for a Boy (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:19
4 I’ll Know My Love (Greensleeves) (Jones, Kaye)  2:34
5 Destination Moon (Roy Alfred, Fisher)  2:21
6 Ball and Chain (Sweet Lorraine) (Burwell, Parish)  3:02
7 Almost Like Being In Love (Lerner, Loewe)  2:08
8 Stairway to the Stars (Parish, Malneck, Signorelli)  2:46
9 There Will Never Be Another You (Harry Warren, Gordon)  2:12
10 This Little Town Is Paris (Schwartz) 3:10
11 Moe’s Blues (King)  2:16
12 Snuggled on Your Shoulder (Young, Lombardo)  2:28
13 Give Me the Simple Life (Bloom, Ruby)  2:19
14 I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry (Cahn, Styne)  2:58
15 Trolley Song (Martin, Blane)  1:52
16 Violets for My Furs (Adair, Dennis)  2:53
17 This Can’t Be Love (Rodgers, Hart)  1:47
18 Scarlet Ribbons (Segal, Danzig)  1:57
19 If I Were a Bell (Loesser)  2:08
20 Why Try to Change Me Now (Coleman, McCarthy)  3:33
21 Swinging on a Star (Burke, Van Heusen)  3:01
22 You Go to My Head (Gillespie, Coots)  2:38
23 It Ain’t Necessarily So (Gershwin, Gershwin) 1:32
24 You Make Me Feel So Young (Gordon, Myrow)  2:10


Cd. 2

1 Nobody Else But Me (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:17
2 The More I See You (Gordon, Warren)  3:03
3 Old Buttermilk Sky (Brooks, Carmichael)  2:43
4 I Never Has Seen Snow (Arlen, Capote)  3:51
5 A Fine Romance (Fields, Kern)  2:52
6 Who Cares What People Say (Jerome, Scholl)  2:34
7 Makin’ Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  2:03
8 The Charm of You (Cahn, Styne)  2:31
9 Isn’t This a Lovely Day ? (Berlin)  3:04
10 Mairzy Doats (Drake, Hoffman, Livingston)  2:46
11 My Kind of Love (Holdeman, Sherman, Trace)  2:25
12 Can’t Get Out of this Mood (Loesser, McHugh)  2:46
13 Gay Chicks (Shand, Merrill)  2:24
14 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  2:50
15 The Things We Did Last Summer (Cahn, Styne)  2:36
16 That’s All (Brandt, Haymes)  2:39
17 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin)  1:54
18 The Surrey with the Fringe on Top (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  1:50
19 Ball and Chain (Sweet Lorraine) (Parish, Burwell)  2:05
20 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  1:35
21 Moe’s Blues (King)  1:47
22 Snuggled on Your Shoulder (Young, Lombardo)  2:07
23 Can’t Get Out of this Mood (false start) (Loesser, McHugh)  0:20
24 Can’t Get Out of this Mood (Loesser, McHugh)  2:21
25 Surrey with the Fringe on Top (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  1:51
26 Violets for Your Furs (Adair, Dennis)  2:13
27 Mountain Greenery (Rodgers, Hart)  1:31
28 Almost Like Being In Love (Loewe, Lerner)  2:05


[Cd. 1, # 1-12] from the 12" album "Beverly Kenney Sings for Johnny Smith" (Royal Roost LP 2206)
Beverly Kenney - vcl
Bob Pancoast - p & clst
Johnny Smith - g
Knobby Totah - b
Mousie Alexander - dr
Recorded in New York City ; 1955.
[Cd. 1, # 13-24] from the 12" album "Come swing With Me" (Royal Roost LP 2212)
Beverly Kenney - vcl, accompanied by Ralph Burns’ Orchestra
Nick Travis - tp
Urbie Green - tb
Julius Watkins - fr hrn
Al Epstein - cl
Sam Marowitz - as
George Berg, Danny Bank - bs
Moe Wechsler - p
Billy Bauer or Barry Galbraith - g
Janet Putnamv - hrp
Milt Hinton - b
Don Lamond - dr
Ted Sommer - bng
Recorded in New York City, May ; 1956.
[Cd. 2, # 1-12] from the 12" album "Beverly Kenney Sings With Jimmy Jones & the Basie-Ites" (Royal Roost LP 2218)
Beverly Kenney - vcl
Joe Newman - tp
Frank Wess  - ts & fl
Jimmy Jones - p &  arr.
Freddie Green - g
Eddie Jones - b
Jo Jones - dr
Recorded in New York City ; 1957.
[Cd. 2, # 13] was recorded by Beverly Kenney early in her career as part of a tap dance instruction recording. Labeled on the original 78 rpm as "Gay Chicks," the song is in fact a pop tune based on an old African-American saying, "A Chicken Ain't Nothing' But a Bird."
Berverly Kenney - vcl
unknown p, b & dr
Recorded date and location unknown
[Cd. 2, # 14-24]
Berverly Kenney - vcl
Tony Tamburello - p
Unreleased demo session ; circa 1954
NB [Cd. 2, # 18-24] are duet versions (vocal and piano) of tunes also recorded for the Royal Roost label and included on Cd. 1, # 1, 6, 9, 11, 12 & Cd. 2, # 12]
[# 25-28]
Berverly Kenney - vcl
Gildo ¨Mahones - p
Tommy Potter - b
Ron Jefferson - dr
Recorded live Radio Show, New York ; 1956


Melanchthon said...


cd. 1

Cd. 2

Fred Archtop said...

Thank you so much Mel.

deGallo said...

She is wonderful! Thank you.

furnguy said...


blbs said...

Thank you, Mel!

tdelyon said...

Many thanks, Mel :)

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a fantastic post, Melanchthon.
It's really a very nice double album.
Thanks a lot.

Brush&Stick said...

Completely new singer for me; thanks for this introduction!

Mike said...

This is quite a revelation, a really remarkable, and at least to me, completely unknown singer. I am most appreciative.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel! I've had the Decca recordings and I'm very glad to have her Roost recordings as well.

paco's brother said...

Merci pour nous faire entendre cette voix si belle avec, peut-être due à la connaissance de son départ de la vie, l'impression d'une légère blessure dans le timbre.

Anonymous said...

great post! Thanks!!

Jim from NYC

Anonymous said...

Thank you for everything, and a re-up of this will be appreciated anytime