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From ‘Sleep Warm’ to ‘Let Me Get Close To You’ , we have mixed 20 ‘Mellow Jazz‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Comfort and Tenderness‘. It has Percy Sledge, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Hagood Hardy Orchestra and many more.

IMAGE : My two favorite boys Photo by E.Drake

Alligator: Katie Webster toured the country with Redding, and can be heard on his Live At The Whiskey A-Go-Go album. Unable to join Redding on tour in 1967 because she was pregnant, Webster was not on the plane that took Redding’s life.

Percy Sledge : While he worked as a hospital nurse in the early ’60s, Sledge began his professional music career as a member of the Southern soul vocal group the Esquires Combo. On the advice of local disc jockey Quin Ivy, he went solo in 1966. Ivy fancied himself a record producer and he agreed to help shape Sledge’s song “When a Man Loves a Woman” into a full-fledged single

Angela Brown on Myspace : Angela Brown Angela Brown is certainly a Blues Diva – „raucous, raunchy and rumbustious“ are just some of the words used to describe this great singer. Born in Chicago, Illinois. Angela began her musical career by singing gospel music in church and performing with school choirs.

Canoe : Hagood Hardy started his professional career as a vibraphonist in 1956 at the House Of Hamburg. After relocating to New York in the early ’60’s he became a much-in-demand performer with all of the Jazz elite including The Village Vanguard.

Europe Jazz Network : Drummer Joey Baron was born into a Jewish working class family in Richmond, Virginia in 1955. He his largely self-taught by means of watching others play and listening to recordings, radio and television. His early influences ran the gamut from Ed Sullivan show guests, to “The Wild Wild West” television show theme to records by Art Blakey, Ray Charles, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, James Brown, the The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Wolfman Jack Smith : Jack Smith’s movie career almost took off in 1946 when he received an offer from David O. Selznick. Smith politely declined, preferring to stick with radio. He did appear, however, in Warner Bros.’ On Moonlight Bay (1951) with Doris Day and Gordon McRae.

Derrick Harriott on Myspace : It was as early as the mid 1960s, when Derrick opened up his first shop at 125 King Street. Now, he is a landmark in Twin Gates Plaza, Kingston. In the new century Harriot has switched to a career of facilitating those who want to build collections through his own record shop.

All About Jazz : Gene Harris’ music always sounded as if it had a smile on its face as big as the one Harris himself wore while performing. That type of sunshine can never be dimmed. Gene Harris died on January 16, 2000 while awaiting a kidney transplant from his daughter. His beaming personality illuminates all through his recorded legacy.

PLAYLIST : Doris Day & Jack Smith – Cuddle Up A Little Closer (2.52) . Derrick Harriott – Close To Me (2.25) . Lina Nyberg & Esbjörn Svensson – Close (11.49) . Paul Anka – Love Me Warm And Tender (2.20) . Gene Harris Quartet – Blues Closer (7.21) . Frank Sinatra – Sleep Warm (2.45) . Percy Sledge – Warm And Tender Love (3.2) . Nat King Cole – Warm And Willing (3.00) . Four Play – The Closer I Get To You (5.01) . Joey Baron – Closer Than You Think (7.49) . The Commodores – Just To Be Close To You (3.27) . Hagood Hardy Orchestra – Hold Me Close (3.29) . Angela Brown & Katie Webster – Hold Him Close (2.52) . Muddy Waters – Close To You (3.05) . Steve Tyrell – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (3.34) . Bo Carter – Please Warm My Weiner (2.59) . Bonnie Lam – Close To You (4.10) . Jody Miller – Let Me Get Close To You (2.12) . Lionel Hampton – Wrapped Up In Your Warm And Tender Love (3.21) . Dizzy Gillespie – Closer (3.15) .


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