Sunday, March 20, 2016

Julie is Her Name

For a time, Julie London was as famous for her sexy album covers as for her singing. Her debut is her best, a set of fairly basic interpretations of standards in which she is accompanied tastefully by guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Ray Leatherwood. "Cry Me a River" from this album, was her biggest hit, and her breathy versions of such numbers as "I Should Care," "Say It Isn't So," "Easy Street," and "Gone with the Wind" are quite haunting.
Scott Yanow

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Three years after her debut, Julie is Her Name, Julie London returned to the intimate jazz guitar and bass backing that resulted in a Top Ten album and single (the still-popular "Cry Me a River"). You can almost see the cigar-smoking executives at Liberty Records planning this one out — "Hey, if the public loved it the first time, they're bound to love it again, right ?" Well, to give the cigar-chompers some credit, Julie London favored this backing for her live performances and she originally had to fight to be able to record with this intimate jazz backing. Plus, every uptown singer — from Johnny Mathis to Chet Baker to Sarah Vaughan — was recording with a guitar/bass duo after Julie is Her Name hit big, so why not the lady who started it all ? For once, pandering to the public equaled taking the artistic high road, because while Julie is Her Name, Vol. 2 may not be as fresh or unexpected as its predecessor, it actually stands up as a slightly stronger album. London's breathy vocals aren't that different, but she seems more confident and she swings more, even on the ballads. Howard Roberts may not have been a "name guitarist" like Barney Kessel, who played on the debut, but his work here is strong and bassist Red Mitchell lays an entire rhythm section worth of foundation for London to stretch out on. This album was also better recorded than London's debut and the release has a fuller, richer sound to it. Since the plunging-neckline album cover to London's debut was talked about as much as the music, Liberty Records decided to continue the concept by literally putting spotlight beams on the famed beauty's chest. Thankfully, Julie London had enough jazz credentials and focused vocal talent that such blatant cheesecake shots remain of secondary importance to the music contained on the album.
Nick Dedina

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Julie London
Julie is Her Name
(vol. I & II)


1 Cry Me A River (Hamilton)  2:58
2 I Should Care (Weston, Stordahl, Cahn)  3:16
3 I’m in The Mood For Love (McHugh, Fields)  2:29
4 I’m Glad There is You (Madeira, Dorsey)  2:26
5 Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man (Kern, Hammerstein II)  3:10
6 I Love You (Porter)  1:52
7 Say It Isn’t So (Berlin)  2:00
8 It Never Entered My Mind (Rodgers, Hart)  2:24
9 Easy Street (Jones)  3:13
10 ‘S Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin)  1:33
11 No Moon At All (Evans, Mann)  1:52
12 Laura (Mercer, Raskin)  1:43
13 Gone With The Wind (Wrubel, Magidson)  2:08
14 Blue Moon (Rodgers, Hart)  2:31
15 What is This Thing Called Love (Porter)  1:46
16 How Long Has This Been Going On (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:46
17 Too Good To Be True (Clay, Boland)  2:42
18 Spring is Here (Rodgers, Hart)  2:08
19 Goody Goody (Mercer, Malneck)  2:18
20 The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else (Jones, Kahn)  2:04
21 If I’m Lucky (Myrow, DeLange)  2:17
22 Hot Today (Flanagan, Hendler)  1:48
23 Little White Lies (Donaldson)  2:49
24 I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan (Schwartz, Dietz)  1:49
25 I Got Lost in His Arm (Berlin)  2:06
26 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan)  1:55
27 It’s The Talk Of The Town (Levinson, Symes, Neiburg)  2:36
28 Lonely Girl (Troup)  2:35
29 Fools Rush in (Bloom, Mercer)  2:07
30 How Deep is The Ocean (Berlin)  2:10
31 Don’cha Go ‘Way Mad (Stillman, Mundy)  2:38
32 You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me (Dubin, Warren)  2:29
33 Memphis in June (Webster, Carmichael)  1:59
34 September in The Rain (Warren, Dubin)  1:40

The most sensual voice in the history of jazz, this CD contains Julie London’s complete Julie is Her Name sessions, backed only by guitar and bass. The first of these dates marked London’s recording debut and included the first version ever released of the classic standard “Cry Me a River”. Unlike some CD issues of Volume 1, which presented it in a fake stereo version, both albums in their original form: Volume 1 (recorded in 1955) in mono, and Volume 2 (recorded in 1958) in stereo.

[# 1-13] Julie is Her Name, Vol. 1 (Liberty LRP-3006)
Julie London - vc
Barney Kessel - g
Ray Leatherwood - b
Recorded in Hollywood ; July 1955
[# 14-25] Julie is Her Name, Vol. 2 (Liberty LST-7100)
Julie London - vc
Howard Roberts - g
Red Mitchell - b
Recorded in Hollywood ; July 1958
[# 26-30] from Lonely Girl
Julie London - vc
Al Viola - g
Recorded in Hollywood ; April 1955
[# 31-32] from Julie
Julie London - vc
Jimmy Rowles & His Orchestra
Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 1958
[# 33-34] from Calendar Girl
Julie London - vc
Pete King & His Orchestra
Recorded in Los Angeles ; May 1956


Melanchthon said...

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deGallo said...

I bought the first LP shortly after it came out and still have it in mint condition. Therefore, it is my favorite of the two. Especially since Barney Kessel is my favorite jazz guitarist. Howard Roberts does a very good job but can not compare to Kessel. No one has ever come close to him accompanying a vocalist in this kind of intimate setting.
I have these already but will DL anyway. Thank you....marvelous!!!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thank, Melanchthon.

Andy said...

Much appreciated. Thanks. :)

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Mythic cuts on these 2 albums, with fabulous comping by Barney Kessel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful music, Julie was unique, thank you MM.

Jimmy said...

melanchthon is the password

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

Olde Edo said...

Thank you very much! If I can stop looking at the pictures, I will also try listening to the music!